Log:V4 Session 103 (Meta, no ontology)

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[6/7/18 9:13:05 AM] Tempest#5018: "[Session start ; Session #103]" [6/7/18 9:13:22 AM] Tempest#5018: "_Welcome back to the Mazes, Reina Miyako-Knight!_" [6/7/18 9:13:26 AM] Tempest#5018: "_First, a recap is in order._" [6/7/18 9:14:42 AM] Tempest#5018: "_You are currently in the training room of the Sirvarris Dojo, and you had spent most of the day (and last session) sparring with Priam, your ally Fiend, for the purpose of training your Evasion skill, which is currently sitting at 12 SP (Basic level). You completed every single Tier 1 and Tier 2 sidequest, as well as S3-1 - A Light Shining in Darkness._" [6/7/18 9:15:24 AM] Tempest#5018: "_On the last words of last session, you were planning on checking the Hiring Bureau out for the other job request - the one posted by the archaeologist. But of course, what you do next is up to you._" [6/7/18 9:15:41 AM] Tempest#5018: "_The date and time are: Quartema 20, Year 704. It's 5:04 AM._" [6/7/18 9:16:04 AM] Twib#7809: "Ehhhhhh, I've delayed long enough. And I've also already taken that job request, so I do believe I can just head to the library." [6/7/18 9:16:24 AM] Twib#7809: "But before I do - "Priam, take off your loincloth and get in here, I need a selfie of us working out."" [6/7/18 9:16:55 AM] Twib#7809: "I'm still naked, since I didn't want my clothes to get damaged, so I'll put them on once I meet that Archeologist." [6/7/18 9:17:03 AM] Twib#7809: "But first, caaaaameraaaaaaa." [6/7/18 9:17:46 AM] Tempest#5018: "_Click!_" [6/7/18 9:17:49 AM] Tempest#5018: "_Photo #48 taken._" [6/7/18 9:19:01 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** Are we going to stop our training?" [6/7/18 9:20:06 AM] Twib#7809: ""I'm out of weapons, and frankly you look like you're getting bored."" [6/7/18 9:20:33 AM] Twib#7809: ""I'll pick up a few things to whack at people with next time - for now, we should proooobably see about getting a second Amulet."" [6/7/18 9:21:27 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** Could we drop by the Hiring Bureau first? My bosses probably have a message or ten for me." [6/7/18 9:21:44 AM] Twib#7809: ""Help me pack up, darling?" Not that there's much to pack up - just our weapons and cleaning up the massive amounts of sawdust the chainsaw left behind. Reina's more interested in getting the chance to streak through the city - ughhhhhhhhhhhh." [6/7/18 9:21:53 AM] Twib#7809: ""Fine, but only because you're handsome. And we're going naked.>"" [6/7/18 9:22:12 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** _<Deadpan.>_ We should probably -not- walk out of the training room naked." [6/7/18 9:22:34 AM] Tempest#5018: "_For the sake of brevity, I'm considering everyone's already dressed back up and ready to go whenever you are._" [6/7/18 9:23:20 AM] Twib#7809: ""It's like 6 AM, no one's going to call the cops on us." Reina grumbles the entire way like a particularly busty child, but she dresses up and follows Priam's lead. For once." [6/7/18 9:23:43 AM] Tempest#5018: "_Which, in a way, she is, being 17 years old._" [6/7/18 9:24:59 AM] Twib#7809: "In retrospect, that explains A Loooooooooooooooot, doesn't it." [6/7/18 9:25:41 AM] Tempest#5018: "_10 rooms pass, during which you cross through the quiet town, and reach the Hiring Bureau._

    • [Sirvarris - Hiring Bureau]**

_The Hirer pulling night duty seems to be pretty tired-looking, with several empty cups of coffee on the desk, but he is alive, conscious, and with his eyes (barely) open._" [6/7/18 9:26:14 AM] Twib#7809: ""My boyfriend here has to check his mail. Anything for a hot tanuki like me?"" [6/7/18 9:27:00 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Hirer]** _yaaawn_... Oh, gosh. I'm so sorry. I hate night shifts... I want to be moved to the day slot already. Yes, sure, let me enter your names in..." [6/7/18 9:27:26 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Hirer]** Huh? From the Hell Inc. direction? Sheesh, and it's marked "very important", too..." [6/7/18 9:27:34 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** Could you print that out and let me read?" [6/7/18 9:28:14 AM] Tempest#5018: "_The printer begins ... well, printing, complete with printing noises, and in an instant, the email is now regular mail, which the demon begins reading... at his pace. In the meantime, the hirer turns to you._" [6/7/18 9:28:43 AM] Twib#7809: ""Priam, you're getting pulled off bodyguard duty, aren't you?"" [6/7/18 9:28:54 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Hirer]** There's that archaeologist in town who needs help, this was marked as "already read twice", I suppose you're familiar with the details, yeah?" [6/7/18 9:30:43 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Hirer]** Lemme know if you want to take that job." [6/7/18 9:30:58 AM] Twib#7809: ""Yeah, I figured as much. I'll head over and wave my metaphorical dick around so he'll pay me. Not the first time I got sucked off." Reina waves the details off. "Sign me up for that."" [6/7/18 9:31:15 AM] Tempest#5018: "Main story quest started! **M11 - The Treasure Hunters**" [6/7/18 9:32:42 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Hirer]** Okay, well, you know about the Silverlight Library we have in town? Medieval-era library, with a section dedicated to ancient books? Your employer's name is Marcus McBride, and you can find him there..." [6/7/18 9:33:47 AM] Twib#7809: "Oh Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck, it's the assholes that Mom got thrown into jail, is the face that Reina is currently wearing." [6/7/18 9:33:54 AM] Twib#7809: "She's very expressive that way." [6/7/18 9:34:11 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Hirer]** You don't look so good. You okay there, miss?" [6/7/18 9:34:31 AM] Twib#7809: ""I'm weeping over the future where my hot demon boyfriend breaks up with me."" [6/7/18 9:34:43 AM] Tempest#5018: "_In the meantime, Priam is finished reading his mail, and he doesn't look enchanted either._

    • [Priam]** ...oh, _fuck_."

[6/7/18 9:35:36 AM] Twib#7809: ""At least you're also upset about having to leave me."" [6/7/18 9:35:47 AM] Twib#7809: ""Can we at least head to the bank to drop off all the stuff I bought you?"" [6/7/18 9:38:19 AM] Twib#7809: ""...Orrrrrr, is this actually serious.>"" [6/7/18 9:40:48 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** It's serious. I'm being called back to Gehen. There's uh... I can't say too much, actually. I have an idea of what the words "reassignment" and "bureaucratic means" imply... stupid officese. Anyway, uh... To give you the short version, my bosses are preparing for something serious, and I'm being mobilized." [6/7/18 9:41:49 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** I hope it's just drum beating and propaganda, but I dunno, I have a feeling it's not good. Anyway... I've got a bit of time to drop your things at the bank. I'll leave you everything I carry, without exception. Is that OK?" [6/7/18 9:42:56 AM] Twib#7809: ""Oh, okay, so you /are/ breaking up with me. Cool."" [6/7/18 9:43:07 AM] Twib#7809: ""Not serious at all."" [6/7/18 9:43:28 AM] Twib#7809: ""Ugggggggggggggh, I was going to raid Cloud Ten with you and everything, it was gonna be awesome."" [6/7/18 9:43:40 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** I'm not, and ... dare I say it, I was enjoying your company. Never seen a youkai so careless and outgoing. You'd make a bunch of succubi jealous of you." [6/7/18 9:43:51 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** But, that's how it is, I suppose." [6/7/18 9:44:22 AM] Twib#7809: ""Fine, but I want either a phone number or your oath that I am fucking you into the ground once I do a hostile takeover of Hell."" [6/7/18 9:44:34 AM] Twib#7809: ""It's - it's really, really fucking lonely out here in the Mazes."" [6/7/18 9:44:41 AM] Twib#7809: "Goddamnit Reina don't cry." [6/7/18 9:45:02 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** If we meet again, I promise you we'll do whatever you like. I've got a feeling you'll leave a mark and make Hell themselves _want_ you." [6/7/18 9:45:20 AM] Tempest#5018: "_The big dumb demon offers a hand to shake, and an attempt at a smile._" [6/7/18 9:45:58 AM] Twib#7809: "Reina just stares at the hand. And then up to Priam's face." [6/7/18 9:46:19 AM] Twib#7809: ""That is not how you leave a girl, holy shit, holy SHIT you are so bad at this."" [6/7/18 9:46:26 AM] Twib#7809: ""*Kiss me* you fool."" [6/7/18 9:47:10 AM] Twib#7809: ""I'm going to miss your big hulking lug, the least you can do is kiss my tears away or *sooooomething.*"" [6/7/18 9:48:25 AM] Twib#7809: "Reina's voice is surprisingly shaky, but other than the growing tears, nothing really gives away the sudden longing in - in everything. She's always gotten too attached too quickly, but goddamnit this hellhole world sucks.." [6/7/18 9:48:38 AM] Tempest#5018: "_He awkwardly leans down to your level and makes a **really** bad attempt at a kiss on the lips, clearly embarrassed by the whole thing._" [6/7/18 9:48:50 AM] Tempest#5018: "_The hirer mumbles something about wondering if he's already hallucinating._" [6/7/18 9:49:32 AM] Twib#7809: "It's, without a doubt, the shittest kiss Reina's ever had." [6/7/18 9:50:01 AM] Twib#7809: "Priam slobbers, he pushes in too hard, and it almost feels like he's trying to swallow her whole than actually kiss her." [6/7/18 9:50:09 AM] Twib#7809: "It's still the nicest thing anyone's ever done." [6/7/18 9:51:07 AM] Twib#7809: "So she breaks off the kiss, turns around to compose herself, and refuses to look back at Priam. "Alright, then. Let's get going to the bank."" [6/7/18 9:51:17 AM] Twib#7809: "She doesn't really have any fight in her, not right now." [6/7/18 9:53:06 AM] Tempest#5018: "_To the bank! 3-room Batman transition!_

    • [Sirvarris - Bank]**

_You know the drill. Three Town Security officers (this time, appearing to be regular citizens with a TownSec badge, since Sirvarris is not a police town like Joliet), and the banker. The banker on night shift seems to be a middle-aged female mouse halfling with a sassy look in the eyes. More empty coffee cups on the desk, as well._" [6/7/18 9:54:23 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** So, just to be clear, I'm giving you everything I'm carrying. This is **all** going to your item vault, right?" [6/7/18 9:55:49 AM] Twib#7809: ""Yeah. I'm sure I'll find another boytoy to comfort me, and they'll just hold onto it all when I withdraw it from the bank."" [6/7/18 9:57:55 AM] Tempest#5018: "_Alright, please wait a few while Priam unloads his literal assload of items onto the counter and gets the poor mouse-lady banker to make back-and-forths between her desk and the vault._" [6/7/18 9:59:06 AM] Twib#7809: "Reina can't stop herself from checking out the mouse-lady's ass and hips. Curvy or thin?" [6/7/18 9:59:25 AM] Twib#7809: "(Also can I get a list of what's in the item vault so I can keep track in my sheet)" [6/7/18 9:59:36 AM] Tempest#5018: "_Definitely curvy. In fact, she's rather overweight._" [6/7/18 9:59:43 AM] Tempest#5018: "(( List coming as soon as I'm finished." [6/7/18 9:59:55 AM] Twib#7809: "Mayhap a bit toooo thicc." [6/7/18 10:17:21 AM] Tempest#5018: "Items deposited:

<Weapons> Chainsaw (Cond. Excellent) Ithaca 37 Stakeout (Cond. Good, Clns. Clean) - [3+1 /4, Magnum P-Buck] Walther PPK/S (Cond. Good, Clns. Clean) - [5+1 /7, Standard JHP] Pipe wrench (Cond. Fair) 2x M84 Flashbang 2x Mini C4 charge

<Ammunition> 4x Walther PPK/S 7-round magazine [7/7, Standard JHP each] 70x 12 gauge, Magnum Plated Buckshot

<Food> 6x Bottle of mineral water Canned corned beef with potato 3x Apple 3x Orange Energy bar 2x Chocolate bar 3x Canned peas and carrots

<Meds> Amphetamines Steroids (anabolic)

<Crafting items> 2x Crafting toolkit [20 /20 uses each]

<Valuables> 8x Electrum ring (5 with mounted gems)

   No gem mounted (x3) - 209.40 P$ each
   Sugilite - 509.75 P$
   Impure diamond - 379.95 P$
   Zircon - 299.65 P$
   Spinel - 392.05 P$
   Moonstone - 684.65 P$

5x Electrum tiara (0 with mounted gems)

   No gems mounted (x5) - 1172.50 P$ each

1x Electrum choker (0 with mounted gems)

   No gems mounted (x1) - 971.50 P$

<LBE> Dump belt Specter shotgun rig Condor utility rig Jaeger rucksack" [6/7/18 10:17:49 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** And that's everything." [6/7/18 10:19:05 AM] Tempest#5018: "_The process has taken 8 turns._" [6/7/18 10:19:18 AM] Twib#7809: "Mother fucker there was a wrench I could have trained with" [6/7/18 10:19:48 AM] Twib#7809: ""Alright then. So, do you just - vanish in a pile of smoke and ash? Or are you heading to Rog or another dark sanctum?"" [6/7/18 10:20:28 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** I'm headed to the big capital, Gehen. It'll be a long trip." [6/7/18 10:21:43 AM] Twib#7809: ""Why not use the tunnels? They'll let you in."" [6/7/18 10:21:48 AM] Twib#7809: ""Probably for the last time, but."" [6/7/18 10:22:17 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** They'll let _you_ in, not me." [6/7/18 10:23:06 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** Please, don't, you've done a lot already. It'll be okay." [6/7/18 10:24:00 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** I'll be fine, really." [6/7/18 10:24:18 AM] Twib#7809: ""The last thing I need is for you to get jumped by a bunch of asshole Angelics. Look, I don't even need to actually go to Gehen, I'll just open the door for you and you can head out on your lonesome."" [6/7/18 10:24:38 AM] Twib#7809: ""It's, like, what, 8 rooms away? 15? Come on, let me have this."" [6/7/18 10:25:02 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** This far south? I doubt these fools will want to go past Ventis. I think it's pretty safe, there's Temno and Flaxton on the way." [6/7/18 10:26:00 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Priam]** No, really, don't worry about it. I've got to go, now. You, be good, let your vices speak, and say hi to any dark maiden you meet, okay?" [6/7/18 10:26:49 AM] Twib#7809: ""You're an asshole and I love you. When I get you back, you better have fucked at every dark sanctum in the Mazes.. I'll be grading you you cock!"" [6/7/18 10:27:17 AM] Twib#7809: "She doesn't wait for his response. Se just leaves, to the library, anything to get out of this awkwardness." [6/7/18 10:34:55 AM] Tempest#5018: "_You both leave at the same time; but split once at the street; Priam going south to the exit, you going north towards the library..._" [6/7/18 10:37:40 AM] Tempest#5018: "_Wordlessly and with a fast pace, or so it would seem, you walk the 7 rooms separating you from the..._

    • [Silverlight Library of Sirvarris - Entrance]**

_At first sight, it is no different from a regular, modern library, but signs and posters speak about the ancient, medieval nature of the town, the library itself, and directional signs point to the "SILVERLIGHT SECTION", two rooms to the east, inside of the librarian's office. This is probably where you want to go._" [6/7/18 10:39:19 AM] Twib#7809: "Two rooms it is. There's no real urge to dilly dally right now; she can camwhore and upload pictures after she finishes making a fool of Mom's dumb rivals." [6/7/18 10:40:03 AM] Twib#7809: "Ah, but first - drop the bag, take out the dogtag from Fort Silver, and put it on, so that the bright, untarnished metal is resting right inside her deep cleavage." [6/7/18 10:40:09 AM] Twib#7809: "It's the little things that help with morale." [6/7/18 10:42:02 AM] Tempest#5018: "_I'm not going to consider that took any turns since it's mostly for show. Let's just say you fished out the artifact dogtags and wore them._" [6/7/18 10:43:07 AM] Twib#7809: "Great. Because I'm gonna make this motherfucker *fish it outta my tits*" [6/7/18 10:43:46 AM] Twib#7809: ""Marcus, you in there? I'm here about the job you posted everywhere." Reina gives no shits about being quiet in the library, and calls out in the early morning as she approaches the room." [6/7/18 10:45:39 AM] Tempest#5018: "_You move two rooms east ,finding yourself inside of the exceedingly quiet librarian's office. A male human, in stereotypical adventurer-archaeologist garb (a tee shirt, a cowboy hat, mountain pants and hiking shoes), looking to be about in his fifties. At his right thigh is a shiny revolver with wood grips, and slung over his back is a bullwhip. You'd think his name could be Indiana. But no, that is indeed McBride._" [6/7/18 10:46:23 AM] Twib#7809: "He's just as much up his own ass as Mom described." [6/7/18 10:47:38 AM] Twib#7809: ""So, handsome, you're the one looking for a beautiful and talented assistant?"" [6/7/18 10:50:52 AM] Twib#7809: "Reina's all smiles, the game of seduction and flirting soothing her nerves. She's not wearing her dress, but honestly the shirt is much more useful for a stunt like this. All it took was pulling it up around her waist to expose her massive, impossibly perky breasts - and the shining dogtag that was nestled between her warm flesh.." [6/7/18 10:51:13 AM] Twib#7809: ""Found right in Fort Silver, handsome. Feel free to touch if you need to examine the goods."" [6/7/18 10:52:55 AM] Tempest#5018: "(( You're still wearing the evening dress on my end" [6/7/18 10:53:00 AM] Tempest#5018: "(( Did I miss you saying you were changing?" [6/7/18 10:54:02 AM] Tempest#5018: "(( Aight, it's okay, I'll just swap you out with the traditional outfit." [6/7/18 10:54:10 AM] Tempest#5018: "(( Mistakes happen!" [6/7/18 10:54:21 AM] Tempest#5018: "(( No cost of time or anything, I don't mind really." [6/7/18 10:55:21 AM] Twib#7809: "(Cool.)" [6/7/18 10:56:22 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Hmmm.. Nah. It's not what I'm looking for, sorry. Nothing like, err, something more ancient, more, divine, perhaps?" [6/7/18 10:58:01 AM] Twib#7809: ""Well, there's also the Amulet I'm wearing /over/ the shirt, but I was assuming you wouldn't want to bother with something that the Contestant's already claimed."" [6/7/18 10:58:24 AM] Twib#7809: ""Since I'm pretty sure the Demonics and Angelics would have a word about taht."" [6/7/18 10:58:34 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** That is actually exactly what I'd like to look at." [6/7/18 10:58:54 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** May I have a closer look? I won't take it from you if you'd rather keep wearing it." [6/7/18 11:00:27 AM] Twib#7809: ""Yeah, it's no problem. Just let me tuck it under the shirt." Reina takes just a moment to pop it underneath, letting it rest right next to the more plain dogtag." [6/7/18 11:00:32 AM] Twib#7809: ""Enjoy."" [6/7/18 11:02:37 AM] Tempest#5018: "_The archaeologist takes the amulet in his hands with extreme care and very delicate movements, deliberately making sure not to touch where he's not supposed to (perhaps to your disappointment!). With a close eye, he observes every facet of the divine artifact, painted in shades of azure, but greyed and faded with time, which depicts an elaborate image of a dragon god; in Common, he is known as the Azure Dragon; in the Youkai language, he is known as Seiryuu._" [6/7/18 11:03:30 AM] Twib#7809: "Fuck you it's Meng Zheng." [6/7/18 11:03:41 AM] Tempest#5018: "(( Hah" [6/7/18 11:03:57 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** It's the real deal... The missing fourth Amulet has been found... It's exactly like the other three - of course, the difference is that the others have different colors and depict the other Gods. But this is it. The rumors were true. It does look like you _are_ the Contestant, or so the religious factions have been saying, as of late." [6/7/18 11:04:19 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Well, it's a pleasure to meet you, but what ,exactly, is your full name? Just so I have something other to call you than your title." [6/7/18 11:05:18 AM] Twib#7809: ""Suck my tits and I'll tell you," Reina says. "Or you could look me up on Mazenet, I've uploaded a lot of my photos lately."" [6/7/18 11:05:37 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** _<Deadpan stare.>_ Pardon me?" [6/7/18 11:06:07 AM] Twib#7809: ""Suck on my tits, and I'll give you my name. I think that's a very fair trade."" [6/7/18 11:06:21 AM] Twib#7809: ""Or you can just call me by my title until you actually do your research."" [6/7/18 11:06:51 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Hrm. That wouldn't be very professional of me... or very proper, now, would it?" [6/7/18 11:07:06 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Please don't tell me that's actually your day job." [6/7/18 11:07:21 AM] Twib#7809: ""It isn't."" [6/7/18 11:07:35 AM] Twib#7809: ""But that's because being a lady of the *night* isn't a *day* job."" [6/7/18 11:07:45 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** ..." [6/7/18 11:08:15 AM] Twib#7809: "Reina sighs and begins putting away her sweater puppies. "So, McBride, how may I, the beautiful Contestant, Whore of the Gods, service you today?"" [6/7/18 11:08:28 AM] Tempest#5018: "_He's unable to come up with an answer to your wit. His face pretty much translates something in between 'What the FUCK kind of person is this' and 'Oh my Gods I can't believe SHE is an Amulet bearer.'_" [6/7/18 11:08:54 AM] Twib#7809: "Gods, I could CUM to that kind of O-face." [6/7/18 11:09:04 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** ...Right, hrm. Okay, so." [6/7/18 11:09:25 AM] Twib#7809: ""You know, if all you wanted was a peepshow, I charge for those. Don't leave me waiting."" [6/7/18 11:10:12 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** As I mentioned in the job offer... I want someone who can take care of themselves. I need someone who knows how to fight, and is interested to take part in a real life treasure hunt, since we're likely going to be researching history, and if we're successful, **make** history as well." [6/7/18 11:10:28 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Because you carry one of the Amulets, I'm inclined to think you're at _least_ interested in the idea." [6/7/18 11:10:47 AM] Twib#7809: "Now /my/ face is going 'Oh fuck this is a Floyd who learned how to not be an immediate scumbag.'" [6/7/18 11:11:16 AM] Twib#7809: ""Not particularly. I'm just going to murder the Angelics and take over Hell. I just want my paycheck from you, handsome."" [6/7/18 11:14:14 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Well, there will be plenty of _that_ if you do what we require of you. I said 'we'; because this isn't just my operation; I'm partnered with my colleague, Prisca Stilcore. She is the main librarian here, and the caretaker of the Silverlight section; though currently she's absent. You'll surely get to meet her later" [6/7/18 11:15:56 AM] Twib#7809: ""This is the worst sales pitch I've ever heard, and people have tried to convince me to *defecate* on them."" [6/7/18 11:16:18 AM] Twib#7809: ""So then, what do you want me to do, besides be a pretty figurehead and obvious bait?"" [6/7/18 11:18:23 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** We are after an ancient artifact, the Crown of King Maratuxa, the last king of the medieval era, alongside the crown's jewels. The completed Crown serves as a key to open his Tomb, and legend says that vast treasures have been buried inside along with him. Invaluable artifacts, gold, gems, probably more loot as well. Our particular interest is in recovering literature, messages, books, anything in written form that could be used to complete the Silverlight Libraries and learn more about our ancestors." [6/7/18 11:19:51 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** I'm more or less certain it's not just a raider-bait legend and that the Tomb exists; it is referenced several times in all of the Silverlight Libraries - except Mippei Yosai, we couldn't enter that town, for obvious reasons. And besides, the practice of burying the kings alongside their personal fortune is known to be a tradition from back then." [6/7/18 11:21:42 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Naturally, since we are three, you'd be entitled to a third of the treasure..." [6/7/18 11:23:15 AM] Twib#7809: ""I can't imagine It'd be worth it compared to just mining in Heshbar. But, alright - why do you want the Contestant, specifically?"" [6/7/18 11:24:22 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Because you survived Fort Silver. If you're god enough to murder a battalion of dragons, you're good enough for the risks ahead of us. Besides the usual daily threats in the UA, we must expect that once word gets out that we're after the Crown and its Jewels, that other... groups, with different agendas, may try to stop us." [6/7/18 11:25:08 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Your primary role will be to protect us from anyone threatening our lives or our work. Consider it an extended mercenary contract, of a sort." [6/7/18 11:26:15 AM] Twib#7809: ""And these other groups would, let me guess, include the Yatela Family or whatever they're called?"" [6/7/18 11:43:14 AM] Twib#7809: ""And, while I'm at it, what do you and this 'Prisca' plan to do first for this plan?"" [6/7/18 11:55:36 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Let's just say I visited Gimrun, and hounded the Silverlight library caretakers multiple times until they could put me in touch with one of their members. They eventually showed me someone, we discussed for a few hours over a cigar and a beer, he took some of my money and I've never heard of them since. Shady, shady, and I know, I was a fool to trust them with a single coin." [6/7/18 11:55:43 AM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** I'm hoping we'll have better luck with you." [6/7/18 11:58:40 AM] Twib#7809: ""Aaaaalright. And what's the job you're hiring me for right now? Or was this just a meet and greet?"" [6/7/18 12:00:37 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** It's simple really. Our long term objective: Find the Crown Jewels. Find the Crown. Complete the Crown, find the Tomb, receive treasure." [6/7/18 12:03:23 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Well.. I _make_ it sound like it's a simple matter, but it's really not. The Crown was lost a long time ago, and the Jewels were never officially confirmed to have been found by anyone, and the location of the Tomb is still something I'm working on. Prisca was the first to even have any information at all on the Tomb's existence. We've got clues, a rough idea of where it COULD be, but I'll need more time for research. ... Oh you mean _right now?_ Well, okay. Right now, I think we should focus on the Jewels. The Crown was lost during the acts of terror in 55, so the only ones most likely to recognize the special Jewels would be specialists. And what better specialist than Lori Schwartz, the world-famous jeweler?" [6/7/18 12:03:46 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** For now, let's start simple. Let's travel together to Heshbar, and let's go find her." [6/7/18 12:04:53 PM] Twib#7809: "Ugh, she was JUST THERE. "But - alright, whatever. Let's use the Engineering Tunnels, that'll cut most of the travel time out. Are you geared up already, or do you need to buy some supplies first?"" [6/7/18 12:11:23 PM] Twib#7809: ""It's almost like I'm the Contestant or something."" [6/7/18 12:11:44 PM] Twib#7809: "To the Service tunnels. We'll head to Neo-Khazrun, and then it's a quick stop to Heshbar." [6/7/18 12:23:56 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You travel 16 rooms to the Generator facility, and the service hatch room. The engineers recognize your right of passage, and let you and McBride pass._" [6/7/18 12:24:18 PM] Tempest#5018: "_The computer with its fingerprint sensor is awaiting to know which destination you're taking._" [6/7/18 12:25:10 PM] Twib#7809: "Neo-Khazrun." [6/7/18 12:26:21 PM] Tempest#5018: "_The computer displays a message._

Travel duration: Estimated to be 250 room equivalents ETA: ~ 22 hours" [6/7/18 12:27:06 PM] Tempest#5018: "Please ensure you are well-fed and hydrated or carry enough food and drink for the trip, and that you are not too fatigued for traveling." [6/7/18 12:28:17 PM] Twib#7809: "How iiiis my nutrition and hydration?" [6/7/18 12:28:53 PM] Tempest#5018: "Hydration: 902 - wtr" [6/7/18 12:28:56 PM] Tempest#5018: "Fatigue: 35.5% - OK" [6/7/18 12:29:08 PM] Tempest#5018: "You can do the trip, though you will be markedly tired once on the other end." [6/7/18 12:29:38 PM] Twib#7809: "That's fine, I'll rest up at a restraunt over there." [6/7/18 12:35:09 PM] Twib#7809: ""And what she's getting out of this?"" [6/7/18 12:37:57 PM] Twib#7809: ""Your affection?"" [6/7/18 12:38:47 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** You want the sales speech or the honest answer?" [6/7/18 12:41:50 PM] Twib#7809: ""Honesty. I've heard enough sales speeches today."" [6/7/18 12:43:05 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** She's excellent at what she does, the total nerd type, always optimistic, always upbeat.. When she's got her head in something, she's always completely in. I think, very honestly, that she's dreaming of the fame it'd bring her, of being more than just a little twig of a librarian in the middle of the Southeast." [6/7/18 12:43:17 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Don't tell her that, but she's a bit of a ditz sometimes..." [6/7/18 12:43:39 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** I'm not quite sure she totally understands the, er, danger aspect. That's part of why I hired you." [6/7/18 12:44:09 PM] Twib#7809: ""She's the kind of person to burn everything down to the ground when someone ruins her dreams, isn't she."" [6/7/18 12:45:06 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** What? No. She'd _break_ if someone did something of that sort of her. She might carry the standard shotgun that every librarian seems to carry, but honestly and between us, I don't think she's ever fought a single day of her life." [6/7/18 12:45:43 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Always up in her little world, know what I mean? But I don't judge. I wish I could be this, er, careless. We're opposites, in a way. She never seems to go out much, I'm traveling the world all the time." [6/7/18 12:46:23 PM] Twib#7809: ""Oh, you sweet summer child. This is going to end in tragic hilarity."" [6/7/18 12:46:32 PM] Twib#7809: "Ready to skip the rest of the way to Neo-Khazrun." [6/7/18 12:47:22 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** I dunno if it'll be hilarious, but let's avoid tragedies, okay?" [6/7/18 12:49:30 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You resume the long, long, loooong, **loooooooooong** trek down the Sirvarris-Neo Khazrun service tunnel. You pass by a couple of engineers, and the only sounds you hear are the faint rumbles and clangings of machinery and tubes passing above your head, but besides them, there are little distractions._" [6/7/18 12:51:24 PM] Twib#7809: ""If you need to eat after this, I'm not paying for your breakfast."" [6/7/18 12:52:32 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** _<Amused.>_ Oh, come on. I'd love to go out for dinner with you, but I have the means to hire you, so don't you worry about that. I'm not asking you to pay for my needs." [6/7/18 12:52:46 PM] Tempest#5018: "_It is a new day! Firesday, Quartema 21, year 704. It is 3:04 AM when you finally reach the other end of the tunnel and climb up the ladder. In less than five hours, you will have been in the Mazes for 16 days exactly._" [6/7/18 12:53:34 PM] Tempest#5018: "[Fatigue: 60.7% - Tired]" [6/7/18 12:53:51 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You're **tired**. And probably bored, after seeing nothing but tubes and tunnels for so long._" [6/7/18 12:54:29 PM] Twib#7809: ""You didn't seem interested in eating me up when I was offering my tits on a silver platter, McBride." First things first, we go to the bar." [6/7/18 12:54:41 PM] Twib#7809: "I need 15 coffees in me stat." [6/7/18 12:55:41 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** I said dinner, I didn't say I wanted the extra special menu at Club 380, dear Contestant. And you'll have to tell me your name, eventually!" [6/7/18 12:56:41 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You only carry 7 black coffees in your inventory. You might want to buy more if you want fifteen._" [6/7/18 12:56:52 PM] Twib#7809: "Hence me going to the bar." [6/7/18 12:56:58 PM] Twib#7809: "To buy more coffee." [6/7/18 12:57:07 PM] Tempest#5018: "Ah, whoops, I missed that" [6/7/18 12:58:13 PM] Tempest#5018: "_There are three bars in Neo Khazrun:_ (Social Square) > The Jolly Dragon: Has a more medieval feel, oriented towards tourists and partygoers. > King Gulram's Inn: Although it also has a name bearing historical significance, it is more frequented by locals and regulars. (Mall) > Larry's, a modern establishment that is there more for the convenience of a watering hole in the mall than anything else" [6/7/18 12:58:49 PM] Twib#7809: ""You could just look me up on Mazenet after this. Or go to the Guards and check my criminal record." Reina's slowly, steadily, becoming more at ease with the man as they talk. It's even almost *charming.* "Besides, what kinda man doesn't want dessert before dinner?"" [6/7/18 12:59:02 PM] Twib#7809: "@roll 1d3" [6/7/18 12:59:10 PM] Tempest#5018: "(( /roll" [6/7/18 12:59:25 PM] Twib#7809: "/r 1d3" [6/7/18 12:59:25 PM] Sidekick#6198: "<@236554858042228739>: `1d3` = (3) = 3" [6/7/18 12:59:31 PM] Twib#7809: "Larry's it is." [6/7/18 1:01:38 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You walk out of the generator facility in Neo Khazrun, and walk towards the Social Square. Despite the fact it's 3 in the morning, you see many people coming and going, as is befitting of the unofficial capital of the Mazes. People of all sorts of species, too. Humans, halflings of various kinds, a few youkai, you think you even spotted a Demonic (though no-one you recognize).

Eventually, and after 20 rooms of traveling, you reach the Mall, and make a stop at Larry's. Although a clean, modern establishment like the map advertised, it's as generic as it gets. It's really just there for a pit stop._" [6/7/18 1:02:06 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** A criminal record? My, my. I see you've got a storied past already. You seemed so young, though!" [6/7/18 1:02:09 PM] Twib#7809: ""15 coffees, please."" [6/7/18 1:02:54 PM] Twib#7809: ""And I'm 17 and proud of it. Maybe show me a good time and I'll tell you how I ended up getting put in the slammer, if you know what I mean."" [6/7/18 1:02:56 PM] Tempest#5018: "_About time, as you were starting to feel thirsty._ [396 wtr]" [6/7/18 1:04:04 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You walk one room east, into the bar counter room, walking past a terribly bored halfling waitress, and taking up one of the stools, with your employer taking one right next to yours._" [6/7/18 1:04:58 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Hey, chief. You heard the lady, fifteen coffees, and that's just for her. I'll have a blonde ale and two waters. Put 'em on my tab, I should still have credit on it." [6/7/18 1:05:18 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Barkeep]** Comin' right up. You ought to give me another plat soon, McBride, your credit's runnin' out!" [6/7/18 1:05:26 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** I know! I haven't been in town in a while." [6/7/18 1:06:22 PM] Tempest#5018: "_A short moment later, you're served a tray full of coffee cups - a sight you've become used to, by now. The archaeologist is then served his beer and his water._" [6/7/18 1:08:48 PM] Twib#7809: ""Speaking of good times - you are literally the first person who HASN'T been weirded out by my coffe binges." 15 Coffees, and an Afterglow to keep the edge off." [6/7/18 1:09:07 PM] Twib#7809: ""Been with a tanuki before, eh?"" [6/7/18 1:15:37 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** I'm 55 and I'm still alive. I can reasonably say that coffee binging is something I've done before. You remind me of those students i've met once before... They were 17 or 18, like you, and going through their adult studies to become scientists. My gosh, they'd been cramming since 6 in the morning, and it was late evening when I saw them!" [6/7/18 1:16:29 PM] Twib#7809: ""And now instead of coffee, you do all your jobs lightly buzzed?" Reina asks, gesturing to the beer." [6/7/18 1:17:21 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Oh, no, that's just because I like my blonde ale in the night. I like coffee, too, but I just wasn't tired! Still ain't." [6/7/18 1:21:03 PM] Twib#7809: ""We just."" [6/7/18 1:21:13 PM] Twib#7809: ""We just walked literally 22 hours straight.:" [6/7/18 1:21:21 PM] Twib#7809: ""With no breaks or sleep."" [6/7/18 1:21:32 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Oh, that's nothing! It was 22 hours with _nothing_ happening. Try doing that on the Deep route!" [6/7/18 1:21:55 PM] Twib#7809: ""I have, the Deep route's easier because you can resupply!"" [6/7/18 1:22:19 PM] Twib#7809: "Reina downs the rest of her coffees. "Let's just get going to Heshbar."" [6/7/18 1:22:21 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Ha, that's a good point. There is SO much good stuff in the UA. Seriously, who drops this much crap? Raiders are fucking stupid." [6/7/18 1:22:52 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You spent 15 turns drinking your caffeine, during which Marcus had ample time sipping his beer slowly and downing his water._" [6/7/18 1:23:02 PM] Tempest#5018: "_One mom please._" [6/7/18 1:23:07 PM] Twib#7809: ""Part of the trouble is that not a single Raider seems to have the 150 Capacity Bags. Because they're retarded."" [6/7/18 1:26:11 PM] Tempest#5018: "[Food] Beverage - Cup of coffee, black. 14 ntri, 48 wtr - Agility+1, Alertness increase for 10 turns, Fatigue -4.0%, Stress +0.4% - Weight: 1 - [Quantity: 15]" [6/7/18 1:26:46 PM] Twib#7809: "And 2 TB for an Afterglow, natch." [6/7/18 1:26:52 PM] Tempest#5018: "(( Gimme a sec" [6/7/18 1:30:02 PM] Tempest#5018: "Nutrition: 1641 ntri - OK Hydration: 1094 wtr - Hydrated Fatigue: 2.8% - Energized Stress: 7.0% - Moderate" [6/7/18 1:30:18 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You gave a kick to the ass to your nervous system. Time to stay awake for 1 week!_" [6/7/18 1:30:51 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You're under the effects of Agi +1 and increased alertness for 135 turns._" [6/7/18 1:30:59 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Not that it'll matter._" [6/7/18 1:31:12 PM] Tempest#5018: "You're out of Tanuki Balls! [0 /10]" [6/7/18 1:32:05 PM] Twib#7809: "Ah damn it." [6/7/18 1:32:20 PM] Twib#7809: "I miscalculated~" [6/7/18 1:32:23 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Will you deal with the effects of moderate stress for the time being?_" [6/7/18 1:32:44 PM] Twib#7809: "Nope." [6/7/18 1:32:59 PM] Twib#7809: ""Still up for that late dinner? I am about to starve to death.>"" [6/7/18 1:34:16 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Sure, where do you wanna eat?" [6/7/18 1:35:07 PM] Twib#7809: ""No idea, what's in town?"" [6/7/18 1:35:19 PM] Twib#7809: "back to the Social Square to check the map, I imagine?" [6/7/18 1:35:27 PM] Tempest#5018: "No need, I'll show you here." [6/7/18 1:36:55 PM] Tempest#5018: "< Neo Khazrun - Town Map > Food production: Hydroponics / Cloning farm Water production: Natural water processing unit Residential areas: 5 regular (HR1 Bunkdorms, HR1 Bunkdorms, HR2 Dormitories, HR2 Dormitories, HR2 Dormitories) + 3 special (HR3 Double beds, HR4 Single beds, HV villa) + Hotel

   The three special residential areas are referred to as the "VIP Zone".
   The third HR2 residential area is called Impetus Lodges.
   The HR3 residential area in the VIP Zone is known as Knight Errant Residences.
   The hotel is called Khazrun Hostel.

Social square facilities: Hiring bureau, Bank, 2 bars, 2 restaurants [Trattoria, Izakaya], Takeout stand, Shooting range, Library (Silverlight), Casino, Strip club, Dojo, Style shop

   The social square center has a memorial dedicated to the memory of Mayor Rodney Vanden, who was murdered in E7-55 on live television during the Spectrum acts of terror.

The bar in E4 is called The Jolly Dragon, and has a more medieval feel, oriented towards tourists and partygoers.

   The bar in E5 is called King Gulram's Inn, and although it also has a name bearing historical significance, it is more frequented by locals and regulars.
   The trattoria in E7 is called Knight's Delights.
   The izakaya in D7 is called Izakaya De Luxe.

Shops: Mall, 10 emplacements (Weapon shop, Gun shop, Forge, Delicatessen, Clothing shop, Engineering workshop, Jewelry store, Casino, Restaurant [Diner], Bar)

   The diner in the mall is called Silver Castle.
   The bar in the mall is called Larry's, and is a modern establishment that is there more for the convenience of a watering hole in the mall than anything else.
   The mall also notably has a memorial dedicated to the memory of Colonel Morgan Phasma, Maze Military leader from E7-504 until his assassination at the hands of youkai activists in E7-531.

Special facility: Laboratory (PC - Physics/Chemistry) Other facilities: Generator, Hospital, Town Hall" [6/7/18 1:38:06 PM] Twib#7809: "Silver Castle it is, it's already in the mall." [6/7/18 1:38:25 PM] Twib#7809: ""So, McBride - is that revolver and bullwhip all you use?"" [6/7/18 1:39:59 PM] Tempest#5018: "_7 rooms later, and you're at the mall's diner, Silver Castle. There are a couple of customers in the corner, all the way in the back, near the door to the kitchen. They look like completely fried stoners. Besides that, it's pretty dead and empty, with the waitress (surprisingly another halfling) simply busy sweeping the floor with her broom._" [6/7/18 1:41:08 PM] Twib#7809: ""Menu, please!" I'll just grab Marcus and sit our asses down. "But seriously - just the gun? And the whip?"" [6/7/18 1:41:59 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Just about, yeah. I get around a lot, but I'm not a fighter, and I make a decent amount of money with other jobs. So usually I just hire mercs if I think I'll be in danger." [6/7/18 1:43:46 PM] Tempest#5018: "_The waitress brings you and McBride a menu._" [6/7/18 1:43:48 PM] Tempest#5018: "< Silver Castle - Diner menu >

(Main) > Homemade mac and cheese - 3.00 P$ for 1 plate / ntri: 185 ntri, 25 wtr > Basket of onion rings - 4.00 P$ for 8 rings / ntri: 27 ntri, 25 wtr per item (total 216 ntri, 200 wtr) > Grilled chicken salad - 5.00 P$ for 1 plate / ntri: 264 ntri, 25 wtr > Plate of fries - 7.00 P$ for 1 plate / ntri: 378 ntri, -48 wtr > Restaurant-style Cheeseburger - 12.00 P$ for 1 burger / ntri: 313 ntri, 25 wtr > Restaurant-style Double Cheeseburger - 15.00 P$ for 1 burger / ntri: 417 ntri, 25 wtr > Large buffalo steak - 18.00 P$ for 1 plate / ntri: 584 ntri, 25 wtr > Chicken filet sandwich with cheese - 20.00 P$ for 1 sandwich / ntri: 632 ntri, 25 wtr > Entire roasted beef sirloin - 28.00 P$ for 1 roast / ntri: 1141 ntri, 25 wtr

(Sweet) > Caramel sundae - 6.00 P$ for 1 cup / ntri: 304 ntri, 17 wtr > Apple pie slice - 8.00 P$ for 1 slice (1/6 pie) / ntri: 260 ntri, 17 wtr > Strawberry milkshake - 13.50 P$ for 1 glass / ntri: 570 ntri, 17 wtr > Apple pie, whole - 48.00 P$ for 1 pie (6 slices) / ntri: 1560 ntri, 102 wtr

(Drinks) > Bottle of mineral water - 1.00 P$ for 1 bottle > Cup of coffee, black - 1.50 P$ for 1 cup > Cup of green tea - 3.30 P$ for 1 cup > Can of lemonade - 3.30 P$ for 1 can > Can of cola drink - 5.00 P$ for 1 can > Bottle of beer, blonde ale - 7.50 P$ for 1 bottle" [6/7/18 1:46:21 PM] Twib#7809: ""12 baskets of Onion Rings," Reina orders, throwing down 48 parallers to pay for it." [6/7/18 1:46:40 PM] Twib#7809: ""Marcus, you need any? You paid for the coffee, I'm willing to buy you something."" [6/7/18 1:50:05 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Mmm. Well, since you're offering. I'll have a grilled chicken salad." [6/7/18 1:50:41 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Waitress]** That'll be 5 bucks for the salad and 48 for the onion rings." [6/7/18 1:51:01 PM] Twib#7809: "Another 5 bucks. It's the least I can do." [6/7/18 1:51:07 PM] Twib#7809: "So that's 53 total." [6/7/18 1:51:21 PM] Twib#7809: "The clatter of coins hit the table." [6/7/18 1:51:35 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You plopped down 53 brass coins onto the table, which the waitress grumbles at while picking up. Marcus seems surprised._" [6/7/18 1:51:57 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** 53 brass? You're out of big coins, missus?" [6/7/18 1:52:20 PM] Tempest#5018: "_796 brass, 42 cunny remaining. Money pouch: 817 P$, 8.38 /20_" [6/7/18 1:52:29 PM] Twib#7809: ""I keep all my big coins where they belong - in the bank."" [6/7/18 1:52:45 PM] Twib#7809: ""If I need a big purchase, I just use a cell and transfer the exact amount."" [6/7/18 1:53:14 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Ah, well, fair enough. But still, it's not very polite to pay with small change. You should keep a few coppers and silvers just in case!" [6/7/18 1:53:58 PM] Tempest#5018: "_An instant later, the waitress stone-facedly serves you your enormous order of onion rings, and your employer's grilled chicken salad._" [6/7/18 1:54:44 PM] Tempest#5018: "_There is a total of 2592 ntri and 2400 wtr in front of you._" [6/7/18 1:57:18 PM] Twib#7809: ""Frankly, they'll have to remove brass from circulation entirely before I stop paying in it." Let's eat 6 baskets of Onion Rings, and then I'll generate 10 TB." [6/7/18 1:58:02 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You spend 6 turns ingurgitating 1296 ntri and 1200 wtr worth of onion rings. What a kid._" [6/7/18 1:58:21 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You swear you saw Marcus spend more time watch you eat with an amused expression than he did eating._" [6/7/18 1:59:08 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Wait... Oh, you're doing that thing tanuki are doing. Alright, I'll shut up." [6/7/18 2:00:04 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You are going to burn 2500 ntri (leaving you with 424) and 100 turns to generate 10 TBs. Is that OK?_" [6/7/18 2:00:18 PM] Twib#7809: "Part of the meditation process is flipping off the guy dunking on you. You won't deny me this." [6/7/18 2:00:19 PM] Twib#7809: "And, yes." [6/7/18 2:00:40 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Well, actually, 324, because 100 turns pass._" [6/7/18 2:00:42 PM] Tempest#5018: "_But you get me._" [6/7/18 2:01:34 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Despite being caffeinated to hell and back, you manage to concentrate enough to regenerate your powers, although it did take extra effort - and fatigue, undoing a lot of the energy that you drank so much coffee for._" [6/7/18 2:01:59 PM] Tempest#5018: "Nutrition: 324 ntri - Hungry Hydration: 1300 wtr Fatigue: 25.4% - OK Tanuki Balls: 10 /10" [6/7/18 2:02:26 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Amusingly, you still have 22 turns of black coffee effects to go._" [6/7/18 2:05:27 PM] Twib#7809: "That's fine. I'll burn 2 TB for Afterglow now, and then eat up the rest of the Onion Rings." [6/7/18 2:05:51 PM] Tempest#5018: "8 /10 TB left. You'll leave another puddle on another deal, but hey, that's part of the fun." [6/7/18 2:06:24 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You then spend another six turns eating the remaining onion rings. (another +1296 ntri +1200 wtr.)_" [6/7/18 2:07:45 PM] Tempest#5018: "_By the time you're done eating, Stress has fallen to 4.4% - and will keep dropping._" [6/7/18 2:09:09 PM] Twib#7809: ""Okay, /now/ I'm ready for Heshbar. Are you, McBride?" Reina asks as she daintly wipes her mouth clean with a napkin, ignoring the puddle and... fragrance, that's now dripping off her chair." [6/7/18 2:09:34 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Sure am." [6/7/18 2:09:40 PM] Tempest#5018: "_He didn't seem to have noticed, either..._" [6/7/18 2:10:00 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Will you be skip traveling there?_" [6/7/18 2:12:01 PM] Twib#7809: "Yup." [6/7/18 2:17:43 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You leave the restaurant, fed and recharged (and in the process of, er, afterglow-ing). You walked 15 rooms to the gap corridor, and are now facing the exits to the UA. Heshbar is one of the neighboring towns, and you choose to skip travel there; adding a reasonably short 11 rooms to walk, totaling 55 minutes of UA traveling._

    • [Heshbar - Gap corridor]**

_You're back to the entrance of the mining town, and it's now 3:59 AM._" [6/7/18 2:18:46 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Both the black coffee and the afterglow effects have ended._" [6/7/18 2:19:12 PM] Tempest#5018: "Stress: 0.8% - Low" [6/7/18 2:21:06 PM] Twib#7809: "And now to the Jewelry store." [6/7/18 2:21:33 PM] Twib#7809: ""I should probably buy some food and C4 from the mines before we leave."" [6/7/18 2:22:23 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Pardon my curiosity, but, why?" [6/7/18 2:23:31 PM] Twib#7809: ""Because C4 takes care of every problem."" [6/7/18 2:24:30 PM] Twib#7809: ""And because I struck it rich mining yesterday and now I have over 50k burning a hoke in my pocket." [6/7/18 2:26:29 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Really! Well, then I have no worries about you being properly equipped." [6/7/18 2:27:12 PM] Tempest#5018: "_To the mines first?_" [6/7/18 2:57:05 PM] Twib#7809: ""No, no, it's fine. Let's finish up the jewelry thing. It's not like I'll need C4 for the store."" [6/7/18 2:58:08 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Talk about a blow-out sale, if you did!" [6/7/18 2:59:20 PM] Tempest#5018: "_16 rooms later ,you walk all the way back to the jewelry store. Unbeknownst to Marcus, it is not the first time you visit Heshbar Treasures, or Lori Schwartz!..._" [6/7/18 3:00:02 PM] Twib#7809: ""Hiiiiii Lori, I have a frien here interested in ancient jewelry."" [6/7/18 3:00:45 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** What in the _world_ are **you** doing here, McBride? And _you_, what are you doing with _him?_ Where's your pack mule demon?" [6/7/18 3:01:10 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** You know each other?..." [6/7/18 3:02:23 PM] Twib#7809: ""I was here two days ago mining. And my boyfriend had to go to the Demonic capital for work."" [6/7/18 3:02:34 PM] Twib#7809: ""But *you two* know each other, Marcus?"" [6/7/18 3:04:03 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** He hasn't tried to ask you out yet, has he?" [6/7/18 3:04:09 PM] Tempest#5018: "_McBride looks a little embarrassed..._" [6/7/18 3:04:37 PM] Twib#7809: ""Unfortunately, no. I even told him to suck my breasts and everything.">" [6/7/18 3:04:50 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** What a shame, you look made for one another. _<Snark!>_" [6/7/18 3:04:52 PM] Twib#7809: ""Between you and me, Miss Lori, I think he has a thing for a pretty librarian in Sirvarris now."" [6/7/18 3:05:02 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Lori, please... You two, quit it, okay?" [6/7/18 3:05:59 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Alright, Mister Archaeologist-that-never-discovered-anything. Give me a good reason not to throw you out of my store. Unlike you, she's been a customer of mine before, so you better make a good case for yourself." [6/7/18 3:06:16 PM] Twib#7809: "KNEW It" [6/7/18 3:06:23 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Fine, fine, fine..." [6/7/18 3:06:39 PM] Twib#7809: ""I'll buy something if he wastes your time. Does that suffice?"" [6/7/18 3:06:47 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Fine by me, little lady." [6/7/18 3:07:11 PM] Twib#7809: "Reina just smiiiiiiiiiirks at Marcus, and steps aside to let the useless man speak." [6/7/18 3:08:24 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** _<Long, drawn out sigh>_ We're here because we need an expert in ancient and rare jewelry. I'm about to get on the hunt for the Crown of Maratuxa. And I came here with the Contestant - _<He points at you>_ - because I've hired her, for security." [6/7/18 3:08:59 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Mrs. Schwartz lets a silent beat pass, eyes full of suspicion staring through the archaeologist, as if not believing him... until she replies._" [6/7/18 3:11:00 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Well. That's different. Here I thought this was just a customer of mine who happened to enjoy demons and electrum. You brought me a familiar face, McBride, and one I happen to like. I have no reason to trust _you_, but I have no reason _not_ to trust Miss... er... _<She turns to you, employing a much less sassy tone, being almost friendly.>_ I don't recall you ever told me your name, if you ever did. Could you remind me?" [6/7/18 3:13:16 PM] Twib#7809: ""Prisca Stilcore, Miss Lori. Sorry for getting off on the wrong foot."" [6/7/18 3:13:31 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Now I know for a fact you are _not_ Prisca." [6/7/18 3:13:42 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Don't lie to me, would you?" [6/7/18 3:14:02 PM] Tempest#5018: "_McBride looks like he's about to eat his hat._" [6/7/18 3:14:17 PM] Twib#7809: ""Oh, you two've met? That's wonderful, I'm glad McBride actually brings his girlfriend to buy jewelry."" [6/7/18 3:14:41 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** She's not my girlfriend... Gods-damn-it, Lori! What is this, high school?" [6/7/18 3:14:43 PM] Twib#7809: ""Since my boyfriend's off fighting in the war, you can call me Mrs. Priam, Lori."" [6/7/18 3:14:56 PM] Twib#7809: ""It seems fitting to remember him by."" [6/7/18 3:15:41 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** _<She hisses at Marcus.>_ _You_, shut up. I'm speaking to my customer. _<Back to you>_ Very well, Mrs... "Priam". Very demonic-sounding kind of name, but that'll do for now. Let me offer you a deal." [6/7/18 3:17:06 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** If you two need my help, how about you prove that I can trust at least one of you? I'll tell you what I know about the Crown Jewels, and _perhaps_ I'll give you a bit of information about the location of one of them... if you accept to do a little bit of work for me. And you, Mrs Priam, since you've been a good customer to me in the past, if you do a good job, I'll throw in a little extra, on the house." [6/7/18 3:17:16 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Yes, yes, yes, we'll do whatever you like, now tell us!" [6/7/18 3:17:38 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Silence, McBride. The power to decide is in "Mrs Priam"'s hands, not yours." [6/7/18 3:18:57 PM] Twib#7809: ""Well, you and I are hard working women, Miss Lori - so you understand that I gotta ask what you want us to do, before we can agree to do it."" [6/7/18 3:21:41 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Of course, my dear. As you perhaps know, Heshbar Treasures is not just any jewelry store, it has obtained the reputation of "most prestigious jewelry store" in the world. All of our primary materials are mined, processed and cut here in Heshbar, from the mines to my workshop, and I pride myself on selling only the highest quality. That gets me perks, like having customers from all over the Mazes, but that also attracts me problems." [6/7/18 3:22:53 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** We don't have problems of security - TownSec is competent, I've been attacked perhaps once or twice in my entire career (and I killed the bad guy each time - take notes, McBride, and go to the range, you old slob!). Generally speaking it's peaceful town. But outside is another matter entirely." [6/7/18 3:25:08 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Some of my customers live very far away and don't always have the time to travel all the way to my shop, so I often hire couriers to deliver packages. This is common knowledge, and every caliber of scumbag outside has tried to attack my couriers before - from lowlife marauders to organized gangsters, I've had them all. But as of recently, I've had _unimaginably incompetent_ couriers, incapable of delivering a Gods-damned package to Neo Khazrun! It's literally next door, how hard can it be! Three times in a row, I've lost three immensely expensive creations, hundreds of man-hours, more money than I care to admit!" [6/7/18 3:26:49 PM] Twib#7809: ""So are they in jail for stealing or just dead?"" [6/7/18 3:27:17 PM] Twib#7809: ""Professional curiosity, you see - I, unlike my companion here, am not an icompetent courier."" [6/7/18 3:27:21 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** And the last of these nincompoops disappeared last week! _Disappeared!_ I'm fairly sure he's dead and the raider just stole him and everything he carried... body and bones included, probably. _Yuck._ My reputation is at stake, that needs to cease. I'm tired of losing money, time, customers, and most of all, incompetence. So since then I decided to deliver everything myself, but that means I have to close the shop while I'm out. That leads us to today. I've promised a customer to deliver a package myself - but maybe you could come with me instead." [6/7/18 3:29:10 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** This won't be a standard Trading Mission, I'll be carrying the package myself. This is a tiara, made out of silver and adorned with five garnets of different sizes. It's worth 1890 P$ and it needs to be delivered to a rich customer in Neo Khazrun. I just want you to come with me, show me you can behave, and keep me safe if need be." [6/7/18 3:29:20 PM] Twib#7809: ""And let McBride manage the shop for you while us ladies are gone?"" [6/7/18 3:29:48 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Yes. McBride! You're going to guard the shop while I'm out. That's within your skillsets, isn't it?" [6/7/18 3:30:02 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** I heard you the first time, Lori. I'll keep your shop safe." [6/7/18 3:30:36 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** _Good._ And as for you, Mrs Priam... There's 500 P$ for you if you do this for me. That should be easy money for you, right?" [6/7/18 3:31:07 PM] Tempest#5018: "_What do you think of this offer?_" [6/7/18 3:31:24 PM] Twib#7809: ""Oh, keep it. That's chump change for me - just your appreciation of my skillset and massive assets is enough."" [6/7/18 3:31:30 PM] Twib#7809: ""Will we go now?"" [6/7/18 3:33:12 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Lori smiles brightly._" [6/7/18 3:33:21 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** How professional. Let's go, in that case!" [6/7/18 3:33:46 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You are free to skip-travel to Neo Khazrun, since this isn't a Trading Mission or any kind of obligation._" [6/7/18 3:33:59 PM] Twib#7809: "Wait seriously." [6/7/18 3:34:01 PM] Twib#7809: "Well." [6/7/18 3:34:02 PM] Twib#7809: "Okay then." [6/7/18 3:34:07 PM] Twib#7809: "Let's Skip." [6/7/18 3:34:47 PM] Twib#7809: ""So, I must say - I'm surprised you let Marcus guard your shop. I would have thought him the kind of scoundrel that would steal everything in the store given half a chance."" [6/7/18 3:40:44 PM] Tempest#5018: "_I'm considering this conversation is while you're on your way._" [6/7/18 3:42:54 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Oh, he's not a scoundrel. He's not a criminal, he's just someone whose work ethic is not up to my standards. He's semi-famous in the archaeology circles for traveling across the world and never having discovered anything new or important. Unless you count womanizing. I banned him from my shop as a customer, but I suppose he's still good enough as dumb muscle. Not that we need it!" [6/7/18 3:50:10 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Lemme know if you want to finish traveling or keep chatting._" [6/7/18 3:54:39 PM] Twib#7809: ""How *do* you know him? Did he try to put his charms on you?"" [6/7/18 3:55:11 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** You wanna know?" [6/7/18 3:55:30 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Negotiation check to try and get het to explain it all?_" [6/7/18 3:56:44 PM] Twib#7809: "Sound good." [6/7/18 3:56:50 PM] Twib#7809: ""I really do."" [6/7/18 3:56:57 PM] Twib#7809: "/roll 2d6" [6/7/18 3:56:58 PM] Sidekick#6198: "<@236554858042228739>: `2d6` = (6+2) = 8" [6/7/18 3:57:02 PM] Twib#7809: "Deeeecent." [6/7/18 3:57:36 PM] Tempest#5018: "Success! FT to pass was 5. You gained 1 Skill Point in Negotiation." [6/7/18 3:57:47 PM] Tempest#5018: "Negotiation Skill: 8 SP" [6/7/18 3:59:28 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Oh, all right. Yes, we were a thing, once upon a time. He didn't hold his end of the bargain, to put it in mild terms. For somebody of his age and deploying this many efforts, I grew tired of him not being the famous, hard-working archaeologist he always told me he was going to be. So I told him we should keep it professional and stop seeing each other. Of course, he had to act like a child about it, so I banned him from my store - until today, at least." [6/7/18 3:59:53 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** He means well, I'm sure, but until he really gets something done, he'll always be small-time. And I don't do small-time. _Literally." [6/7/18 4:00:13 PM] Tempest#5018: "_A curt little smile forms on her lips at the end of that last sentence - she'll let you draw any implications you want from it._" [6/7/18 4:02:50 PM] Twib#7809: ""Oh, *Lori*, I like you."" [6/7/18 4:03:28 PM] Twib#7809: ""I don't suppose you have enough time and interest to show a younger gal some nightwork skills? As you can see, I am anything but 'small-time'."" [6/7/18 4:05:18 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** If you had been male, and if I had been half as old, I'd have said yes. But, I don't swing that way and I'm too old for this sort of thing. It's hard to admit, but I'll be fifty next year. I sure hope you will improve your reputation, and work on giving people your real name, though. There's something about you... Your name _should_ be known, especially in the right circles." [6/7/18 4:06:46 PM] Twib#7809: ""A shame - but fret not about your age, Lori. You're just as beautiful as me, and the afterlife will do you some good, once all is said and done."" [6/7/18 4:07:08 PM] Twib#7809: ""As for my name, well - I don't give it to people like Marcus. But you, Lori, can call me Reina Miyako-Knight out of his earshot."" [6/7/18 4:08:43 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Heh. Pleasure to finally know your name, miss Miyako-Knight. Interesting name - do you come from a mixed-species lineage? You should wear it with pride, you know. A solid reputation is everything in this world. Even the lowest of scum recognize a famous name." [6/7/18 4:10:20 PM] Twib#7809: ""I do, actually!" Reina brightens up immedistely at the chance to share her story. "My parents were a Tanuki and a human. You're the first person to actually be willing to consider such a thing - everyone else just laughs and says it's impossible."" [6/7/18 4:11:05 PM] Twib#7809: ""I mean, I suppose it's impossible in Mazeworld proper, but I guess interspecies breeding works by different rules since I'm an outworlder."" [6/7/18 4:12:09 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Hn. They don't think it's impossible because of genetics, it's more a problem of... racism." [6/7/18 4:13:36 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Such couples are rare, it is true, and the fruits of such are rarer yet, but society tends to forget that miracles happen. Twinleaf City is proof enough of that. I personally find such things fascinating. You, on the other hand, seem to be a completely alien case. You're _also_ an outsider?" [6/7/18 4:14:35 PM] Twib#7809: ""Gotta be if you're the Contestant! And the Demonic bodyguard I had eating out of my hand should be suitable evidence of my status I hope."" [6/7/18 4:15:33 PM] Twib#7809: ""Though, uh - speaking of. I apologize for the jokes and the poor inpression. They were uncalled for and they got old fast."" [6/7/18 4:15:43 PM] Twib#7809: "poor first impression*" [6/7/18 4:27:00 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** As long as you remain on your best behavior from now on, I shall forget these initial transgressions." [6/7/18 4:29:01 PM] Twib#7809: ""Well, you just turned down my 'best behavior' since you don't swing that way, but I hope this is a good compromise."" [6/7/18 4:29:14 PM] Twib#7809: "And now to Neo-Khazrun to complete the delivery?" [6/7/18 4:33:02 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You complete your traveling - 16 rooms to reach the town exit, 10 rooms (and 50 minutes) through the UA to return to Neo Khazrun and reach the gap corridor there, and another 8 to reach Neo Khazrun's social square center._" [6/7/18 4:35:03 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Okay, wait here. I'm going to the residential area where my customer lives. Wait for me here, it should take about thirty minutes. If you need to go to the toilets, grab something to eat, or kill some time in one way or another, I'm sure this city has everything you need. Let's see... It's 4:49 in the morning - my customer was very specific about me needing to be here very early. Be there by 5:20, okay? I don't want to go looking for you." [6/7/18 4:36:44 PM] Twib#7809: ""And what do I do if I suspect you're being kidnapped or otherwise sttacked?"" [6/7/18 4:37:05 PM] Twib#7809: ""Want me to call the Guards, or go in guns blazing myself?"" [6/7/18 4:38:26 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Lori raises an eyebrow so high, you wonder if it'll fly above her head._" [6/7/18 4:39:29 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** What kind of town do you think this is? Greening? Neo Khazrun is safe, it has every need and interest to be. As long as we're in town, I'm not in _danger_, miss Miyako-Knight." [6/7/18 4:39:53 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Seriously, just wait for me here. I did promise to deliver this package myself, after all." [6/7/18 4:40:36 PM] Twib#7809: ""Half human Half tanuki here. I just always assume meetings go wrong - but you do you, Lori. I'll be right here."" [6/7/18 4:40:48 PM] Tempest#5018: "_She nods, turns, and moves west, with a brisk pace, the sharp 'clack!' of her shoes being about the loudest noise in the social square center._" [6/7/18 4:41:04 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You have 30 minutes for yourself, you're free to look around in town, or just to kill time however you wish._" [6/7/18 4:41:45 PM] Twib#7809: "I'll just wait for 30 minutes here. No sense getting lost, and I could use some downtime." [6/7/18 4:45:48 PM] Twib#7809: "16 days, and I haven't really just stopped and - breathed. Just watching people go by wouls be nice. For a little while." [6/7/18 4:48:30 PM] Tempest#5018: "_At nearly five in the morning, there aren't going to be too many people - it's less busy than in the day, but it's still the biggest town in the Mazes. Interesting characters come and go, walking to their destinations, some quickly, some slowly._" [6/7/18 4:50:05 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You see a couple of frog halflings, one male and one female, walking past you, talking about going to the Izakaya De Luxe restaurant, north of you._" [6/7/18 4:52:21 PM] Tempest#5018: "_From that same direction, a busy-looking tengu walks briskly, southwards, probably to the town exit. He's wearing one of these formal dresses; a black men's kimono, as black as his crow feathers folded behind his back. He even dropped a feather or two, walking so fast and so stiffly._" [6/7/18 4:54:39 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Then, a male human, wearing faded fatigues and old body armor. An adventurer type, no doubt, with the wooden stock of his rifle adorned with notches and crude engravings. He looks as though he knows exactly where he's going, but he has a slouch in his step, that of a man without worries. He turns west; forgoing the local restaurants and watering holes, perhaps he prefers the simple charms of a street food vendor._" [6/7/18 4:55:12 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Your thoughts wander. It's nice to take it slow from time to time... Maybe it's not such a hellhole after all, but you certainly wonder, if briefly, what kinds of lives the people you see coming and going have..._" [6/7/18 4:56:39 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Do you want to keep looking around, do you want to get up and go somewhere, or do you want to wait?_" [6/7/18 4:58:02 PM] Twib#7809: "I'll wait. There's been too much doing and not enough *being* in my life recently. Just 30 monutes to let myself relax would be nice." [6/7/18 4:58:48 PM] Tempest#5018: "You wait 5 turns, and 30 minutes pass..._" [6/7/18 4:59:47 PM] Tempest#5018: "_The clock says 5:19 AM. Still a few hours before the start of the morning rush..._" [6/7/18 5:00:10 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Hey, I'm back! The customer was very happy. He finally told me what he wanted that tiara for, too." [6/7/18 5:00:36 PM] Twib#7809: ""Is he proposing to his youkai girlfriend?"" [6/7/18 5:01:32 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Something about the coming-of-age of his daughter, she's going to turn 17, so she's gonna be an adult soon, and he wanted to give something to his little princess. Well, I guess that if you're from the VIP Zone, you can afford it. As long as he's satisfied, and as long as I get paid!" [6/7/18 5:03:11 PM] Twib#7809: "So he's proposing to his daughter, how depraved, Reina thinks but does not say." [6/7/18 5:04:22 PM] Twib#7809: ""Well, all's well that ends well. Does that mean we're heading back, or would you like to do something else first?"" [6/7/18 5:05:29 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Nope, we're heading back. Keep us safe, missus. That's the easiest 500 P$ you could've ever earned. You sure you want to work for free? I've made you go back-and-forth, least I can do is pay for your next few meals and ammo." [6/7/18 5:07:11 PM] Twib#7809: ""I'm not the kind of person to worry about that sort of thing between friends. If we *had* fought, I'd take you up on it - but this was just the most pleasant companionship I'd had in the past two weeks. Frankly, I'd be paying you for that, if you know what I mean."" [6/7/18 5:08:13 PM] Twib#7809: "Reina just shrugs and waves haphazardly towards the direction of the town gate. "Just humor old McBride and his wild goosechase when we get back? I think he really wants to impress this Prisca girl - who you'll have to tell me about, if they're an item."" [6/7/18 5:09:51 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Heh. If all you had for company was a boring old demon and Marcus in the past two weeks, then my poor friend, you need better friends! Maybe you should hire a mercenary just for talking... _<Sarcastic>_" [6/7/18 5:10:42 PM] Twib#7809: ""I would, but MAIM isn't open yet!"" [6/7/18 5:11:51 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** What?" [6/7/18 5:12:03 PM] Tempest#5018: "(( Don't metagame, honey. ♥" [6/7/18 5:13:01 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Anyway, let's get going. I don't know all that much about this Prisca, just that she's real - caretaker of that medieval library in Sirvarris, I think. And that she and him are friends. I'm not sure if he wants to court her... she's something like half her age? That's not really his style." [6/7/18 5:14:05 PM] Twib#7809: "(Heee.)" [6/7/18 5:15:08 PM] Twib#7809: ""Honestly, if he's struck out this much, either she's his secret daughter or he's desperate and robbing the cradle." Make no mention of the fact that Reina herself is literally only 17, no siree." [6/7/18 5:16:46 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** _Heh._ I would believe it. It's far-fetched, but I would believe it." [6/7/18 5:17:33 PM] Twib#7809: "Back to Heshbar, then?" [6/7/18 5:17:38 PM] Tempest#5018: "Back to Heshbar." [6/7/18 5:19:42 PM] Tempest#5018: "_8 rooms to reach the gap corridor, yet another 10 rooms (for once rolling low is a good thing!) and another 50 minutes to return to Heshbar, then another 16 to return to the shop, where a completely bored Marcus, sitting lazily behind the counter, is waiting... The time is now 6:09 AM._" [6/7/18 5:22:39 PM] Twib#7809: ""I'm glad nothing *too* strenuous happened. Now, Lori, would you be so kind as to take pity on your ex with what he wants to know?"" [6/7/18 5:23:20 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Oh, maaaan... You told her?" [6/7/18 5:23:24 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** I did." [6/7/18 5:23:56 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** For crying out loud, you didn't have to... Now that this little job is done, can we hear about what you know?" [6/7/18 5:27:15 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Oh, right! I did say I'd tell you. Well, since your employee is refusing payment, let the information I'll give you serve as such. Get your butt off of my chair." [6/7/18 5:28:05 PM] Twib#7809: ""500 Parallers is really chump change."" [6/7/18 5:32:46 PM] Tempest#5018: "_After swapping places with Marcus, the jeweler sits down, and begins talking._" [6/7/18 5:35:06 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Many weeks ago, I've received the visit of a very strange customer. He introduced himself using a very strange name, medieval sounding, something along the likes of Einar." [6/7/18 5:36:16 PM] Twib#7809: ""...Does Medieval Mazeworld have any stories about cyrigenic freezing?"" [6/7/18 5:36:37 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Don't interrupt me. You can ask all the questions you like when I'm finished. And for your information, no." [6/7/18 5:37:42 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Anyway. He resides in Gimrun, and he showed me a very peculiar gem, asking me to identify it. He was ready to pay me four times the usual fee for gem ID. So I did, and it was a golden topaz, already cut in a teardrop shape; what we call in the industry a pear cut. I offered him to appraise the gem as well, in order to have a chance to examine it a little closer; it was already cut, after all, and something struck me as weird about it." [6/7/18 5:39:53 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** He accepted, and he let me take a closer look. I was able to determine that this was made professionally - judging by the overall quality, but when observed under the microscope, the work was rough, it bore the traces of a kind of artisanal work that was... well... medieval in nature. As though it had been made profesisonally, but with the professional standards of another age, a VERY long time ago. The jewel did look old, and it did strike me as special, peculiar, but I couldn't exactly tell in what way." [6/7/18 5:42:05 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** I think that wasn't just a hunch, and that this Einar person has something much more valuable than a regular golden topaz. It may, in fact, be one of the Crown Jewels you're looking for. What's strange is that he even asked me if it would be possible for this gem to be set into a tiara, or, and I quote, "some other head adornment". I offered him to create a tiara that could hold this gem, but he refused, thanked me, and left the store." [6/7/18 5:43:44 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** ... ... ... Hmm. Okay. Thank you, Lori." [6/7/18 5:44:20 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Come on, Contestant, let's go. We've gotta talk business, anyway." [6/7/18 5:45:10 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Lori]** Come again soon, miss Reina! _<At Marcus>_ And _you_, keep your mitts off of her, she's too good for you!" [6/7/18 5:45:43 PM] Twib#7809: ""Awww, Lori, I said not to use that name *out* of his earshot!"" [6/7/18 5:46:13 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** So that's your first name, at least..." [6/7/18 5:46:56 PM] Twib#7809: "But Reina leaves the store alongside Marcus. "Yeah, but you'd best refer to me by title or else we'll have words."" [6/7/18 5:47:22 PM] Twib#7809: ""So what's the plan now? Gimrun, find Einar, steal the jewel?"" [6/7/18 5:49:43 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** The plan, now, is for me to do a bit of investigative work. I know Gimrun very well, I often travel there, and in the past few weeks, even more so than usual." [6/7/18 5:50:59 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** I'm going to dig around a bit, try to find who this Einar guy is, and if he still has the topaz. In the meantime, consider yourself officially hired, any further messages from us will be about this treasure hunting job. You'll get to meet Prisca next time, she should be back in Sirvarris real soon." [6/7/18 5:51:27 PM] Twib#7809: ""And my paycheck for doing this investigative work, McBride?"" [6/7/18 5:51:32 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Since you've done as I asked, let's talk compensation." [6/7/18 5:52:07 PM] Twib#7809: ""Your cock inside me would be a good start," Reina deadpans." [6/7/18 5:52:28 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** I'll be wiring you 500 P$ - one plat - for this initial job, since it was easy and you kept me - and Lori - safe. That could have been two plats if you had taken her offer, but it seems you refused that. May I ask you why?" [6/7/18 5:53:43 PM] Twib#7809: ""Because two days ago I made over 50 grand for literally an hour's work of mining, in Heshbar."" [6/7/18 5:54:11 PM] Twib#7809: ""Five hundred is chump change to me - I could live very comfortably the rest of my life if I wanted.'" [6/7/18 5:54:39 PM] Twib#7809: ""I'm making *you* pay because you're small time and a mediicre lay. Lori gets a pass becayse she's a friend."" [6/7/18 5:57:54 PM] Twib#7809: ""Does that explain it?"" [6/7/18 6:03:43 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** That's only your first job, and it's only going up. Your share of the treasure, if we get to that point, _**will**_ put those 50 000 P$ to shame." [6/7/18 6:03:58 PM] Tempest#5018: "_He speaks with sudden authority and confidence. He seems 100% certain._" [6/7/18 6:04:40 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** And you won't live your whole life on 50k, especially not as a youkai!" [6/7/18 6:06:45 PM] Twib#7809: ""You underestimate how frugal I am, and also how much people pay to get a taste of me."" [6/7/18 6:07:27 PM] Twib#7809: ""But are we done, then? Or do we need to go somewhere ... private, to further our discussion?"" [6/7/18 6:12:45 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Yes, for now, we are done. As soon as I have news, there will be a new message waiting for you at the Hiring Bureau... One moment." [6/7/18 6:12:51 PM] Tempest#5018: "_A short moment on the phone later..._" [6/7/18 6:13:24 PM] Tempest#5018: "_500 P$ has been deposited in your bank account. Balance: 47 134.35 P$_" [6/7/18 6:14:21 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Alright, I've gotta go, now. Stay safe, Contestant. ... _<He stops himself mid-step, and turns around.>_ Oh, before I forget." [6/7/18 6:15:17 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** _If_ we find that treasure, I'll consider celebrating with somebody high-class. _If_. I'm hoping on the high-class, really. Sound like a deal to you?" [6/7/18 6:15:58 PM] Twib#7809: ""We need to work on your negotiation skills, Marcus. But we'll see."" [6/7/18 6:16:09 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Marcus]** Yeah. Take care." [6/7/18 6:16:25 PM] Tempest#5018: "_He walks out, to the west, presumably leaving town._" [6/7/18 6:16:33 PM] Tempest#5018: "**M11 - The Treasure Hunters** - Main quest complete!" [6/7/18 6:17:47 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You're now left to your own devices. It's 6:09 AM, and you're in the Heshbar Shop Hub, in Shop Street 2._" [6/7/18 6:18:35 PM] Tempest#5018: "_And you're flat out of active quests or jobs. The Mazes are yours to explore until you get that next message. The current date is Firesday, Quartema 21; perhaps you should wait until tomorrow for news._" [6/7/18 6:19:59 PM] Twib#7809: "Hmmmmmmmm..." [6/7/18 6:20:36 PM] Twib#7809: "Well, might as well see what the shops have. I still need that C4, and make a Drill Arm." [6/7/18 6:21:11 PM] Twib#7809: "What are the other shops beaides the Jewelry store and the mining store in Heshbar?" [6/7/18 6:33:11 PM] Tempest#5018: "_The other shops in Heshbar include a delicatessen and a clothes shop._" [6/7/18 6:36:00 PM] Twib#7809: "Clothes shop it is!" [6/7/18 6:37:03 PM] Tempest#5018: "_2 rooms later, and you're at the Heshbar clothes shop!_" [6/7/18 6:39:36 PM] Twib#7809: ""Hey there. I just got dumped and I feel the pressing need to reinvent myself. Got any youkai clothes or LBE?"" [6/7/18 6:40:43 PM] Tempest#5018: "_The shop owner is an adorable-looking rabbit halfling, and she's more than happy to finally see a customer so late in the night._" [6/7/18 6:40:48 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Shop owner]** Of course! Let me show you what I've got for sale, miss!" [6/7/18 6:51:30 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Shop owner]** Aww... Well, stay safe out there!" [6/7/18 6:56:02 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Store manager]** Hunh. C4? C4. Yeah. I should have some..." [6/7/18 6:58:47 PM] Tempest#5018: "< Heshbar Mines - Supplies store >

[Mining tools] Mining Access Pass - unlimited Pick-axe - 110 Mattock - 56 Mini C4 charge - 3 Small C4 charge - 1 Large C4 charge - SOLD OUT

[Consumables] Bottle of mineral water - 8 Bottle of beer, blonde ale - 5 Turkey, canned, 700g - 6 Military Rations, Regular - 5 Caramel candy - 6 Waffle - 5 Pork, canned, 700g - 4 Bottle of cider - 7 Apple - 5" [6/7/18 7:00:28 PM] Twib#7809: ""Alright, I'll buy 3 Rations and 3 Mini C4 charges."" [6/7/18 7:03:28 PM] Twib#7809: ""How much is that?"" [6/7/18 7:04:35 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Store manager]** Three rations and three minis... that comes up to 2550 P$." [6/7/18 7:05:55 PM] Twib#7809: ""Got my own." One phone call to the bank to transfer all of that to the shop." [6/7/18 7:10:28 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You've transferred the money for your purchases to the store._" [6/7/18 7:10:35 PM] Tempest#5018: "**[Store manager]** Thank you kindly for your business." [6/7/18 7:10:53 PM] Tempest#5018: "_Bank balance: 44584.35 P$_" [6/7/18 7:10:58 PM] Twib#7809: "And all of it goes into the bag." [6/7/18 7:11:29 PM] Twib#7809: "And then to Neo-Khazrun." [6/7/18 7:11:31 PM] Tempest#5018: "[Weapon] Class 4 - R2/Regular - Mini C4 charge - Command detonation explosive (70 grams). Requires a detonator to be set off. Weight: 1/item - [Quantity: 3] [Food] Rations - Military Rations - Regular. Contents: 2x Beef meatballs, canned, 170g + 1x chocolate bar + 10x Salt cracker + 1x Can of cola drink + 4x Cigarette + 1x Lighter. - Weight: 2* - [Quantity: 3]" [6/7/18 7:12:08 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You now carry a total of 4 mini C4 charges._" [6/7/18 7:12:15 PM] Tempest#5018: "BP/Main: 132.04 /150" [6/7/18 7:13:37 PM] Twib#7809: "Indeed!" [6/7/18 7:17:18 PM] Tempest#5018: "_You depart from the mining facility, and the mining town entirely, traveling 20 rooms to reach the Gap corridor. Then, once again, you take the UA route to Khazrun, and it takes 14 rooms and 1 hour 10 minutes to reach the major city once again..._" [6/7/18 7:27:37 PM] Tempest#5018: "And we will do some shopping on the next session!" [6/7/18 7:27:48 PM] Tempest#5018: "So that we're worry free and not pressed with time." [6/7/18 7:32:39 PM] Tempest#5018: "[Session end ; Session #103]"