Return of the Emblem Chapter Eight: Affairs of the World
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:04 PM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:18 PM
"This pair." she said, picking them up and holding them to her ears for comparison. On Robin they looked... possibly good, their simple look complimenting her simple attire well. "What do you think?"
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:22 PM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:22 PM
Some time later, Robin had approached them, wanting to search for that guy with the pegasus. Sophia payed her no mind though, she was now looking at a pair of blue earrings. She was about to ask the two for their opinion, but it seems Robin beat her to it.
''I was also thinking on those.'' She said. ''I think they look fine.''
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:30 PM
"They look to be around the same price as that charm from earlier too."
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:41 PM
"Wait you heard? Heard what?" the man asked before a few unrelated explanations came in. It didn't seem there was anything more he could do information-wise. "Mostly mercenaries? Huh. Head up onto the deck, tell anyone who bothers you that Filat let you through and to take you to the captain. If you're not here to be hired for work, you're best off looking somewhere else. The Captain's not even bothering with simple passage requests." he explained.
He's not? Well that makes sense. Those other sailors are threatening people involved ... so he's probably only interested in hiring muscle to fight back ... OH GODS ... we could end up getting caught in the middle of this! Raquel panicked silently, though her trembling and teary eyed expression were a little hard to miss. Just calm down. You're not scared. It's that drink from earlier. "L-let's go see the captain, then."
"Alcohol doesn't even seem to help much ..." Gabbie noted, thinking of Raquel. "... and don't worry about bein' down and out around me. I'll eoither cheer you up or pay you back when I start to feel loike shit. Raquel's roide is just outsoide. Could wait out there til she gets back, if ya don't have anywhere else to be."
Then a thought occurred. "Hey, I've been meaning to ask you ..." she began to ask the barkeep a question.
"Yes? Ready to order?"
"After what you did to Raquel? Heeeell no ... but that's the thing. What was in that drink? It couldn't have just been alcohol. She's not really all that drunk ... just scared out of her moind."
"I'm not sure what happened. The listing ship's known for bringing out people's feelings, but they also get drunk as hell ... so it's hard to tell the difference. She didn't look like she had a high tolerance, either. I was surprised."
I'm going to laugh my ass off if it turns out that the first time she got the emblem to work for her, all it did was keep her sober. Gabbie thought to herself, before focusing back on Davod. "So, yeah ... there's plenty of 'fresh air' by the wagon~"
"It seems I have chosen my words poorly. You see, I have already explained what they 'do'. There is no function beyond being 'aesthetically pleasing' to both the wearer and the observer. Only a mage could think of anything else to do with them." Mualim explained, remaining calm and composed.
"Well there is one thing you should know. Everyone else does. The fallen I mentioned, Steinn. He and I are establishing a ... temporary alliance in order to prevent any of his other brothers from taking power when the current emperor passes. As you know this would not sit well with the King or the generals. You're bound to run into him at some point, so keep in mind that he is our ally and his secret must be protected. He's disguised as a dark avian ... clumsily but no one would expect to find a fallen in Ursium, so it should do for now. Treat him as any other ... and 'Siv', the fallen you all brought back ... she isn't to be mentioned outside of the estate for any reason." Weyland explained, swapping for a more serious tone. "Already there is so much that could go wrong. The last thing I need is an investigation into 'my corruption', and so on. We are trying to prevent a fallen blitz, here." he added, going all casual again.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:52 PM
"'Only a mage can do something with them.' So, you mean even you don't know what they do? Do they house magic or something?" Norbert asked, back to his irritable-but-not-actively-being-threatening state. Well that's useless. "Alright, so, you basically sell things that..." he glanced around the room "glow. Ornaments, mostly?" Looks like a pretty good way to become a target or keep yourself awake at night.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:56 PM
So turning to face the shopkeeper again. ''And how much those these earrings cost?'' Well, time to find out.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:06 PM
"If this doesn't seem to suit your interests, Raquel, we can just walk away from it," Blake said reassuringly, as he gently clasped one of his hands on her shoulder to further emphasize that point. "There are other options, so there really is no pressure." Well, those other options did not seem to be too appealing to him, but he wasn't the employer. He went where the money went.
"... I understand the need for precautions," Axel said, after a moment. "If even a third of the fallen population were as strong as the weaker of the two that attacked us, we would have issues. As for the Fallen present at the estate, my lips are sealed. Now, if you don't mind, I must begin practice of my lancemanship." With the smallest of salutes, the man left the room, and made almost immediately for the sparring hall for Weyland employees.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 12:30 AM
"Well ... it's between the Leverager and the Argus. I want to at least see what the captain's like before we make a decision." Raquel replied with a depressed look on her face. She felt so helpless at the moment. She noticed that the deck of the Leverager was busy, but there was more than enough room there alone for the entire party. Despite the danger, it seemed somewhat ideal.
... and then they were accosted, again. "Hey! Who the hell are you people?" a crewman called over, putting down what he was carrying and stomping on over. Two more broke off from their duties to back him up.
"We're with Filat! I-I mean he wants us to talk to your captain! We need to see the captain!" Raquel blurted out defensively, and loudly. They stopped in their tracks and looked back and forth at each other.
"Head to the cabin." the sailor replied, nudging his head toward the aft of the ship. Having no clue where the cabin might be, Raquel figured it was up to Gytha to lead her them there since the crew didn't seem interested in helping.
It seems he doesn't care for the 'gift' itself. Very well, I shall put aside the mystical crap for the moment. "Perhaps I should clarify a bit, good sir. My wares house very small fine tuned hosts. These hosts collect the magical energy that exists all around us, and as the energy coalesces, these beautiful lights are created. The amount of magic contained in such a small area causes the effect, so to put it simply, there is really no end to what you might be able to do with with them. Mages make use of magical energy in more ways than either you and I can fathom, so I hope my explanation will be satisfactory."
"Only three gold." the shopkeeper replied with a smile.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 12:56 AM
So I'm buying for a lady who doesn't use magic in what's basically a magic shop. Well, it's not like I don't know any mages. the pegasus rider mused silently to himself, seriously pondering what he might find in this shop. I've never seen a shop like this, but then again, I haven't been to many shops and magic is pretty useless to me personally. "How common are" he paused, trying, to find the right word, "host shops?" Good a name as any, I guess.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 01:12 AM
"I'm just trying to think rationally, here. It's that stupid drink from earlier." Raquel replied, sounding frustrated. "Every bad thing that could possibly happen is finding its way into my thoughts and it's making it hard for me to think straight. Before today, I had no idea how many different ways the enemy could just swoop in and take us out."
Mualim carefully shut the box containing the necklace and sat it down on one of the display tables as he answered. "'Host shops' could mean any number of things, but as far as what I do, I have not heard of any others. Magical hosts are usually 'big industry'." Turning back to face Bert once he finished putting the necklace down, he continued. "Mines and surface deposits will yield natural hosts and the energy from these is used to make staves, tomes, and other enchanted items. Hosts have varying degrees of strength, however, and this strength greatly effects how they are handled. The hosts in my shop are perfect for their use. The strength to capture and hold a sizable amount of magic, but without the destructive potential of a true 'magic seal'."
Posted 30 March 2012 - 01:29 AM
So, this may be a rare opportunity. Norbert thought, a little perturbed by that. He also recalled that there was a magic seal he'd seen before. "Magic seals block magic, right? If one came in contact with something really magically powerful, wouldn't it explode?" he asked.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 01:48 AM
There was silence after the knock, but then footsteps got louder and louder until it was obvious there was someone right on the other side of the door. The door opened and the nomad from the previous segments was standing there with an apple in his hand, partially eaten. "Hiiiii theeeeere ..." he suddenly forgot his own phrasing at the sight of the small group.
Raquel's eyes widened in shock. "Reign?!"
"Raquel? Huh, small world ... very small." he muttered in response, though he seemed somewhat happy to see a familiar face. His smile was also a melancholy one, though.
"The reason a magic seal will 'explode' is because its effect on magic is so strong that a balance of power cannot be reached. If too much energy is pulled in, it will explode ... though I cannot imagine a being strong enough to cause a seal to detonate all on their own." he replied. "These hosts cannot detonate, because their strength is not sufficient enough to build up enough energy. A magic seal is created when this strength is altered by a very experienced--and often crazed--magician. These are virtually harmless." he added with a shrug.
Posted 30 March 2012 - 02:37 AM
So it won't be dangerous if it's near Raquel's emblem... Alright. Though...it won't be useful at all either. Whatever, I've spent enough time on this. "So, you really think she'll like the necklace? Or is there something else worth 10 gold you think she'd like better?"
Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:25 AM
''Well, I guess we can head back now.'' She told Tina and Robin. ''Unless you also want something from here.''
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