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04-11-2016, 09:41 AM
Post: #201
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Unrelated to this dispute, the Republic will also express its interest farther eastward. These lands are ones we would consider claiming after we are finished in the southeast with Yayovey."

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04-11-2016, 10:48 AM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2016 10:57 AM by MQuinny1234.)
Post: #202
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The Dark Hand arose. With a snapping gesture of his arm, a small bound scroll appeared in his grasp, probably made out of paper. He unrolled it with one hand upon the table, whilst he made the same fluid motion with his other, a pencil appearing. He leaned forward looked over his scroll for a moment, scribbled some swift circles and lines and then looked towards Tyrol.

"I'm sorry, could you?" He asked, handing the scroll towards him whilst pointing at the map with the other.

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"Those are some of the areas of interest. It will change in time obviously, the lands far overseas are hard to research at the moment, and until Rudahog knows more, I cannot decide for definite. And whilst I have circled Somilla and Dolgothur, and Ahsar, that is only because I have allied with them at the moment. Or intend to."

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04-11-2016, 11:15 AM
Post: #203
RE: Spheres of Influence
The Slovei says,

"Regarding the Circulian Peninsula, the Republic desires only the island off its coast."

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04-11-2016, 12:35 PM
Post: #204
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As the others talked, the dragon of Teór Aradel worked diligently to keep up with the various claims, using simple colored light magic to indicate the claims of different nations on the grand map, occasionally asking a question to clear up the flurry of different demands. Though the map was yet unfinished, a reasonable margin of progress had been made.

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04-11-2016, 12:42 PM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2016 12:46 PM by Demonsul.)
Post: #205
RE: Spheres of Influence
Claims were debated and argued, with groups breaking off to discuss individual disputes and resolve conflicting ideas of what the world should end up looking like. Entire regions traded hands as people argued over who should get what and when, as the sun passed across the sky, heedless to the disputes of leaders and lords taking place in that beautiful garden.

All this arguing over fine points, and before the full extent of each nation's claims were even known - no doubt Patsmith Pilveruth would have something to say about all these debates taking place before he had even finished drawing up his claims.
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04-11-2016, 01:17 PM
Post: #206
RE: Spheres of Influence
Half of Patsmith's whiskey was gone, and he notably sighed loudly and took drinks each time a leader showed off their claims.

"Really? Ya think you can tame the Mortenwood? Ya think men greater than us haven't tried? And ya'll just think ya can lay claims to Faralon, huh?"

He looks to the Tsar, shaking his head.

"You're the most sensible so far, Tsar, keepin' yer interests mostly to the mainland. I appreciate yer offer of help, and I'd be open to splittin' the country with you and Andur. Aradel, though, if ya think I'll sit by while ya make such an obvious stretch to our coast, yer a bit mistaken. If anyone has claim to the Mortenwood, it's ourselves and Andur, and if we can finally clean up the danged thing it'll be done between the two of us. It'd be a danged valuable resource. Well. Reckon I might as well mark our claims, eh?"

Patsmith takes a gander at the map.

"Within our sphere, I'd claim our half of the Mortenwood, if Andur and ourselves actually CAN clean it up. Been real quiet there lately, not sure I want to stir it up again any time soon. Wheatvale also claims Underzweig, but as an ally, and Scallia and Setderine. Tsar, I don't reckon you'd be up to letting us have a bit of the Cossacks' land, North of the mountains, when ya clean 'em up. Ya seem to be the cleanin' up type, with the claims ya got posted now. I just would like enough to establish a road north of the mountains. Probably wouldn't be worth it if any locals still are about after, but it seems like a wise investment. Now, overseas..."

He pokes at the map, specifically, the Great Western Desert continent.

"Two of ya already claimed the island North of the Great Western Desert. Rude to cut off a poor old man before he could lay claim, but if that thing is still mostly deserted it's most like been so for a reason, so I won't contest. But there's a smaller island, further down the coast? Reckon we'd like that, for a naval trade port if nothin' else. I'd also like to contest the two claims on the cluster of nations there, primarily to prevent the issue of everyone gettin' their feelin's hurt if no one but me notices, but also to put a claim to Ulbarida. They look like they got nice farmland, not sure I'd want to, well, 'free' them or anything, but they'd make a good trade ally at the very least. Honestly, I just want the option of havin' a Wheatvalian foothold in that region in case anyone tries any funny business so close to my country. Also, no one but Mortemia wants to claim that northern half of desert? What the hell, we'll claim that, too. Might be some nice stuff to find out there, doubt we'll ever be able to colonize it... Mortemia, with yer undead you might be able to actually put some towns out there, we won't argue ya on that, but just share expedition rights with us? Maybe we'll establish a port on the coast, if that'd be alright with ya, but I don't know if we'll even find a good spot for it. We can talk things out, I'm sure, ya seem to be sensible enough."

He chews on his wheat stalk, moving his finger down to the Southwestern Jungles.

"Now, one of ya claimed the Istani, already. Have fun with that. What I'd like to put claim on is the land North of 'em. See that river, that goes out to the sea? That there, up to the bit where it forks. Just, that general little bit. That'll be some fertile farmland. And finally..."

He jabs at the landmass north of the Untamed Lands.

"Justanianus, I know yer claimin' this, but I reckon my folk would have the agricultural knowledge to settle at least part of this land pretty well. 'Course, your holdings would profit from the trade, and it's not like we'd be able to cause ya any trouble with any holding being so remote. I'll give ya a choice: we'd either like to settle that bit that juts out, so that we can establish trade ports to trade our crops with your colonies, or we'd like to settle the bit with three rivers to the North. Course, if ya'd be so kind to give us the whole deal, we'd be mighty grateful, but I reckon ya got plans to expand North into the un-mapped lands. Up to you. Speakin' of unmapped lands!"

Patsmith straightened his back, giving a grin.

"Since I was so patient and let ya'll claim most of what we know now, Wheatvale would like official agreement to be in talks over any new continents discovered after this! Don't worry, I don't got plans for no world-wide empire, I just want to find new fertile farmlands to work my people's magic on. It's a magic that'll help feed the all o' ya'll! Oh, and also, there's a LOT of overlappin' here, we'd best address all that before it becomes the next reason why we have another little potluck."
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04-11-2016, 01:55 PM
Post: #207
RE: Spheres of Influence
Asena slides a map to Patsmith. "I would be willing to give you this claim in exchange for support on the current borders of our colony in Tolmavaria. We hope that this rather generous proposal opens up friendly relations between our nations in the future, as your people seem to be the genuine sort - a rare and appreciable quality in these trying times."

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04-11-2016, 02:06 PM
Post: #208
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The dragon of Teór Aradel silently regards Patsmith for a while.

"I have already ceded my claim of Faralon." he eventually says. "And as I explained when I made the claim, it was never my intention to settle the Mortenwood. Instead, I wish to know how it came to be cursed, that I can prevent other regions from falling to a similar curse. To this end, I offered yourself and Andúr my aid in reclaiming the Mortenwood."
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04-11-2016, 02:10 PM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2016 02:13 PM by Kocel.)
Post: #209
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Ohhhh, that looks like a nice lil' port. Ya know what, sure. Er, apologies, Rudahog, for makin' claims on two of what you were claimin', but ya already got a nice deal on plenty of claims to the South! Not contesting the rest of those. Just the Northern Continent and this bit Miss Asena is claimin'."

He takes a drink from his whiskey jug, smiling pleasantly before looking to Aradel.

"Ya did? Sorry, reckon I was lost in thought at the time. Well that's nice. Ya know what, I'll remember the offer. The dark magic of the Mortenwood is honestly a threat to the whole danged continent, it's just been takin' a bit of a nap lately. Which is great for us! But the sooner the Mortenwood, and all the evil spawned from it, is sorted with, the better for everyone."
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04-11-2016, 07:17 PM
Post: #210
RE: Spheres of Influence
The Tsar nods in response to Patsmith's question regarding the cossacks.

"I would certainly be willing to discuss the Pulovian Cossacks with you at a later date, or perhaps after the meeting," the Tsar nodded before looking to Andur's steward. "And I shall look forward to the partition of Faralon, then. The sooner we three can halt their destabilizing propaganda, the better."
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04-13-2016, 06:32 AM
Post: #211
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After one last brief discussion with a handful of the other leaders Tyrol returns to his spot at the table.

"Zo would motion that we take a brief respite and come back to this in a day or two's time. It is clear that many need some time to think and deal with matters outside of this conference. Would this be amenable to everyone?"
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04-13-2016, 06:35 AM
Post: #212
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Aye, I would find the motion agreeable. I feel the need to stretch my legs anyway." Justinianus agreed.

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04-13-2016, 06:42 AM
Post: #213
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"I agree, My acolytes will enjoy the momentary reprieve from withholding their learning and training.... They are quite enthusiastic and its a pain to clean up"
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04-13-2016, 07:30 AM (This post was last modified: 04-13-2016 10:59 AM by chimericWilder.)
Post: #214
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Agreed. While this lull persists, I should like to pen several letters for home, then go observe this city and talk to its people."
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04-13-2016, 07:44 AM
Post: #215
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The Tsar nodded.

"Very well! Asena, would you mind if I walked about the city and met some of your people? Amaro Zor seems like a fascinating city."
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04-13-2016, 09:10 AM
Post: #216
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Yeah, I'm bored already. Gonna go tour your city, if you don't mind."

Mortemia clattered to her feet and walked off without a second thought.
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04-13-2016, 10:59 AM
Post: #217
RE: Spheres of Influence
(04-13-2016 07:44 AM)Cidellus Wrote:  The Tsar nodded.

"Very well! Asena, would you mind if I walked about the city and met some of your people? Amaro Zor seems like a fascinating city."

"Feel free, my friend. You're more than welcome to explore. If you need a guide, my husband is available, and he would be quite happy to help show you around."
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04-13-2016, 11:01 AM
Post: #218
RE: Spheres of Influence
"No fun in exploring if you have a guide, but I thank you for the offer," chuckled the Tsar.

He did have one thing to attend to first, however! He looked towards Justinianus of Herinhia.

"Outremarian, a private word?" the Tsar asked.
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04-13-2016, 11:02 AM
Post: #219
RE: Spheres of Influence
"Of course, Tsar." Justinianus says, allowing the dragon to lead him on.

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04-13-2016, 11:03 AM
Post: #220
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The Tsar led Justinianus somewhere private for a conversation!
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04-13-2016, 11:52 AM
Post: #221
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Tyrol turns around to his delgation, and after a few moments nods.

"Mighty Zo must return to Arcavat, but I will remain here to communicate his will. Dark Hand, a word before we part ways? Oh, and Aradel I was hoping to finish speaking with you before you leave for your home, but if you must be back I suppose we can sort it then."
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04-13-2016, 12:05 PM
Post: #222
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"Hmm?" He looked up from the map. "Oh. If you wish, I'm in no rush."

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04-13-2016, 01:33 PM
Post: #223
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Justinianus returns to the centre of the garden and allows himself a yawn. Otherwise his expression betrays nothing as he looks around the garden.

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04-13-2016, 01:54 PM
Post: #224
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As soon as finishing his breif discussion with the Dark Hand, Tyrol walks up to Justinianus and pulls him ever so slightly aside.
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04-13-2016, 05:31 PM
Post: #225
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The Eorelan delegation agrees to the recess, and most of them head back to the apartments rented by their government. The foreign minister remains in the garden, examining the flowers of the garden.

"Quite lovely," Nikita murmured to himself as he walked.

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04-13-2016, 05:38 PM
Post: #226
RE: Spheres of Influence
The Tsar, unless anybody else wishes to speak with him, leaves the palace grounds and goes to explore the city! Maybe watch some theater, or some performances. There seemed to be a lot of stuff to check out.
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04-13-2016, 05:51 PM
Post: #227
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" 'EY, CZAR! YA HAVEN'T DRANK THE WHISKEY I BROUGHT FOR YA!"

Patsmith gestures to the cart.

"I mean if ya think I'm stupid enough to try to poison a dragon I'll drink a glass first. I actually need it, all this diplomatic talkin' gets me wishin' I was out in the fields."

He unceremoniously grabs a cup from a nearby table and begins wrestling with the comically large jug in an attempt to figure out a good way to pour it.
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04-13-2016, 05:53 PM
Post: #228
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"Oh! Yes! Sorry, got caught up in all the negotiations!" the Tsar said, rushing over to try some of the moonshine. "I appreciate you bringing this all the way here."
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04-13-2016, 06:55 PM
Post: #229
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"Don't mention it! Way I see it, if a couple men can't bond over a good, strong drink, reckon they can't bond at all!"

Patsmith coughs.

"Er, dragon, men, pretty much any sentient race... Ya get my sayin'."
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04-13-2016, 07:12 PM
Post: #230
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"Indeed! Hm, speaking of that. If you would like, you can join me in exploring the city. I intend to see as much of the city as possible before the resumption of the conference!" nodded the Tsar.

He took a gulp of the moonshine, then laughed, coughing slightly.

"Different from vodka, yet similar! The burn rivals my mightiest dragonfire, friend," the Tsar proclaimed.
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04-13-2016, 07:15 PM
Post: #231
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Oh look, there was Mortemia. Apparently she'd gotten bored with exploring the city already.

"Hey, Zora. Old-timer. City's boring and everyone just ran away when they saw me. Thought I would come get drunk with some tolerable people instead!"
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04-13-2016, 07:18 PM
Post: #232
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"Can ya even get drunk"

The question is made flatly and clearly without thinking. Patsmith coughs.

"Er, beggin' yer pardon, a' course. I just assumed, well, was probably one a' few drawbacks of being all skeleton-like."
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04-13-2016, 07:28 PM
Post: #233
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Mortemia laughed, a sound usually reserved for when something very bad is either happening, about to happen, or just through happening. Which, in fairness, might have been true. "Watch and learn, old-timer."

And then... she began casting a spell. Which would probably have been worrying, except that it didn't seem to do much of anything when she was done. Except that she seemed to sway a little, and just slightly slurred her words.

"I'd like to inform you that I am now... Kinda tipsy." Mortemia was either grinning because she'd invented a way to get drunk while undead, or because she didn't have skin and was literally always grinning. "Might make the rest of this conference tolerable, at least. Gods. Ever heard anyone blather so long about what little chunks of rock thousands of miles away they want?"
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04-13-2016, 07:34 PM
Post: #234
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The Tsar laughed loudly at this.

"This feels like it will be a good night! My good friend Mortemia and her drunkenness spells, my new friend Patsmith and his barrel of moonshine, and a city filled with adventure!" the Tsar said. "Provided you are both willing to, of course!"
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04-13-2016, 07:40 PM
Post: #235
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"I got mah pitchfork and I got a enough shine in me to probably put a man half my age on the floor."

Patsmith chuckles.

"Why the heck not? Reckon I can teach these elves how to throw a proper hoedown at some point, if'n we're lucky."
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04-13-2016, 07:40 PM
Post: #236
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Asena joined the Tsar, Patsmith, and Mortemia for drinks. "I'm curious if Wheatvale moonshine can match the sorts of ale the Chakano brew on the road." She pours herself a glass and raises it. "A toast: To newfound peace!" She downs the glass almost immediately. "Not bad - not bad at all. Nothing an Amaro can't handle, though." After smiling warmly at Patsmith, she turns to Mortemia. "If you'd like, I could personally escort you through the city. We have a few sights you might not have seen along the way, and my people would be less likely to act rude out of shock if they saw you were a friend of mine."
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04-13-2016, 07:50 PM
Post: #237
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Mortemia laughed again. "Awww, yeah. This is gonna be great. Might even help my reputation around here a bit. I'd offer to cast that spell on you, but... Preetty sure it'll kill people who aren't dragons. It's not made for squishy little people like you. Er, y'know, squishy little people in a good way. Not saying that's bad."

Mortemia just went quiet for a moment. "...Right, let's get going. For international relations, or something! Fuck it, I dunno. Sounded better in my head."
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04-13-2016, 08:04 PM
Post: #238
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"No offense taken, friend. What would you like to see first? Some of our finer monuments? The Great Municipal Library? Our stalwart defenses? Perhaps our concert hall? I believe there will be a rare joint performance from both the Chakano and the Zuhno tonight." There was much to do in Amaro Zor, and she worried that listing it all out for her guests might boggle their minds with possibility. Instead she narrowed the options down to the spots that she either enjoyed or which had personal relationships to her family line.
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04-13-2016, 08:14 PM (This post was last modified: 04-13-2016 08:14 PM by Cidellus.)
Post: #239
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"All of those sound fine. I say use your best judgement," the Tsar said, smiling.
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04-13-2016, 09:01 PM
Post: #240
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The Dark Hand looked after Tyrol. Except for a hand opening and closing repeatedly, he didn't act for a short moment.

He strode briskly over to Asena. "Thank you again for hosting us, but I should go now. No rest for the wicked after all. Good day." He bowed to her, turned to the others, bowed a slightly shorter distance, and them turned to walk out.

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04-14-2016, 04:31 AM
Post: #241
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"Lady Asena, I do thank you for being the gracious host, If someone needs to contact me personally would you kindly inform them that my messenger will be found with the rest of my delegation within..hmm.. what was the place called...Ah yes, A small inn called 'The Grateful Grub'. You can't miss it since our entourage had a lot of banners with them which they presumably planted everywhere."

The image of the wizard grew a smile

"I suspect if they like the ale they probably try to claim it"

and with a laugh the image fizzled out of existence and the robed man left the garden.
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04-14-2016, 09:37 AM
Post: #242
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Eyeing the drunk Mortemia and the others, the dragon of Teór Aradel allows himself a rare half-smile of amusement.

"I think both this library of yours and the concert hall would be to my interest, Asena. I shall join you shortly, if it please you. I've something to attend to first." He says, giving her a nod. Then he turns to trudge over to where Justinianus is standing alone amidst the garden, careful not to crush any of the roses beneath his great girth.

"A moment of your time, lord of Herinhia?"
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04-14-2016, 09:50 AM
Post: #243
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"Lord Aradel? Of course, lead on." Justinianus says, assenting to the request.

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04-14-2016, 10:38 AM
Post: #244
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Tyrol checks in with Zo, and the great dragon immediately lifts off and begins flying back to Arcavat with the majority of his retinue while Tyrol walks out of the garden, whistling. A handful of attendant follow after the mage but he waves them away.
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04-14-2016, 04:36 PM
Post: #245
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Patsmith shrugged.

"I don't have any bloody preferences, though I WOULD like some booze and entertainment. History is fascinatin' and all, don't get me wrong, but politics gets me in the need to, well, unwind."

He watched The Dark Hand leave.

"... Would've thought he'd make more of an exit..."
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04-14-2016, 05:48 PM
Post: #246
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"To be honest, I thought he'd be taller." Mortemia watched the Dark Hand walk away. "Whatever. That library have any ancient, forgotten secrets in its tiny, tiny books? Otherwise, whatever, let's just get drunk and hit the concert hall."
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04-14-2016, 05:57 PM
Post: #247
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(04-14-2016 05:48 PM)Anomaly Wrote:  "To be honest, I thought he'd be taller." Mortemia watched the Dark Hand walk away. "Whatever. That library have any ancient, forgotten secrets in its tiny, tiny books? Otherwise, whatever, let's just get drunk and hit the concert hall."
Asena nodded in agreement. "I would've thought he'd have been less... mundane."

"No secrets, unfortunately. As you might know, the Amaro did not have a written language of their own for quite some time, though we made a habit of becoming literate in several different foreign languages. After founding the city, my ancestors established an official dictionary for the Amaro people, and fifty years ago my grandmother ordered teams of scribes to start translating vast amounts of Amaro lore and foreign literature into our own language, that we might have a sturdy cultural record for future generations."

"That being said, it isn't exactly a party destination. Perhaps we ought to go to the concert hall after all. Does that sound good to you, Tsar?"
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04-14-2016, 06:02 PM
Post: #248
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"Well, if you want a generous donation of some of my own books, maybe I can arrange that. Unless you've already got 'em here, in which case, I need to compliment you on your excellent taste."

In all honesty, Mortemia's books weren't even that good. They were all written in a pseudo-academic tone that kept derailing into rants on various topics Mortemia had strong opinions on - which, naturally, was most topics. The only ones that were really informative or interesting reads were nearly a century old, and published under the name Nilanthi. They were rather hard to find these days.
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04-14-2016, 06:09 PM
Post: #249
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"That sounds fine! The performances were what I was most looking forward to at any rate," the Tsar admitted.
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04-15-2016, 04:00 AM (This post was last modified: 04-15-2016 04:03 AM by Palamedes.)
Post: #250
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"Are you guys still standing there?" Tyrol has clearly done a double take on the group of leaders, exiting some sort of bakery near the garden's exit. He steps out and walks over to them.

"I thought the Dark Hand was a little refreshing for a tyrant, much less murder and mayhemy then I expected. A little uh, quiet, but that could just be due to all the thinking we've needed to do. Anyways, heard you guys were going to that big performance, mind a tagalong? I haven't seen the two groups together since I was a kid, so was planning to go anyways."
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