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Dec. 19th, 2009


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<z> 6*Danil has been working his way up in his job and is now a foreman, and goes into the Folly looking for more expensive entertainment.
* ^ Kenji is putting the combs back in his hair and then pulling on his gloves
<z> 6*Danil is now better-dressed, a velvet collar, dirt still under his fingernails shows he hasn't completely converted to gentleman.
* ^ Kenji sips his tea delicately.
<z> 6*Danil heads in to the bar and takes a seat, recognizes the dancer and gives him a polite nod. "Well met and good evening."
<^> <Kenji> still offering to buy people's sisters? ::sip sip::
<z> 6*Danil snorts. "Bought a few, got a few refunds. Still slipping off the kimono for tips?"
<^> <Kenji> I see you are the same cultured gentleman as before.
<z> 6*Danil "A leopard doesn't change his spots that easily."
* ^ Kenji checks himself in a tiny handheld mirror in the palm of his hand and taps on some lip gloss.
<^> <Kenji> nor does the hyena.
<z> 6*Danil bursts out laughing. 71
<z> 1 "You should be a jester at the court of the Demon Council."
<^> <Kenji> I think not. I have no desire to be surrounded by the insufferable and coarse and unable to leave.
<z> 6 is amused. 1 "There's a point. I may be more demon than human but even I get sick of those blowhards." He flags down a server if there's one to be had.
* ||| There is indeed, and she serves without butting into the conversation, such as it is.
<^> <Kenji> I don't have any more to do with the so called 'courts' than necessary.
<z> 6*Danil nods. 1 I've got a reason to care. This demon girl hired me to find one of their prisoners, a high value prisoner."
<^> <Kenji> not a prisoner if they don't have him or her, rather a fugitive. if that.
<z> 6*Danil 6 frowns. 1 She says he was held in one of the dungeons here. Maybe he got away, but do humans ever get away from demons here?"
<^> <Kenji> all the time. :;faint smile.::
<^> <kenji> they're not infallible. certainly not all knowing.
<z> 6*Danil 1 Well well... the only reason I'm not on anyone's list is because my demon has a soft spot in her heart for me. I doubt anyone has a soft spot in his heart for this one. He offended one of the Demon Elder Council."
* ||| A very smooth, lightly-accented masculine voice says, 1"And in this particular area, the rules are a bit less... stringent." 6The voice belongs to an elf, by all appearances, but not slender and pale. This one is solidly built, bronze-skinned, with long blond hair in many tiny braids, and eyes that are tawny like a jungle cat. He wears dark leathers, shirt, and something that looks a bit <cut>
<|||> <cont> like a kilt. <done>
<^> <Kenji> pretty easy to do.
<|||> <Elf> "Ah yes, angry women. Better to cut your losses with those, all around."
<z> 6*Danil nods, acknowledging the elf. 1 So would you say, a human might actually stay alive if he had adequate... let's say - protective coloration? I'd like to tell the demon there's no hope but something tells me she won't be satisfied till I bring back his skull."
<^_^> <Kenji> while there is life, there is hope.
<|||> <Elf> "Enough money, enough connections. Enough... information. There are many ways to hide in a place such as this." 6He beckons the serving girl over and orders a drink. 1"But I apologize for interrupting your conversation - it is interesting to hear someont talk of a bounty openly."
<^_^> <Kenji> I've no problem with it but ... i'm not after a bounty.
<z> 6*Danil looks wary. 1 Bounty? I'm not collecting a bounty. I'm doing a favor for a former mistress." 6 he is embarrassed to reveal to them he was once a slave. 1 We have an understanding. She wants her... human pet back."
<^_^> <Kenji> she's old enough for her wants not to hurt her.
<|||> <Elf> "Ah, but there are some who cannot take that little pain. All desire is suffering, you know."
<z> 6*Danil 6 shrugs again. 1 I was just a distraction from her human. Once you've had Terran you can't go back. 6 somehow that strikes him terribly funny, and he downs his ale, and casts about for a refill.

<z> 6*Danil has stopped `ing
* ^_^ kenji was sipping tea?
<z> 6*Danil had just refilled, and gave Requiem a very charming smile, more human than demon. Maybe he thinks he's got a chance now that he's paying full price and has silver in his pocket instead of copper.
* ^_^ Tora of the very, very red hair drifts in. Tora is in very beautiful and incredibly expensive white robes embroidered with pale pink and white mums.
* ^_^ thinks i have an alias for him
* ^_^ fuji
* ^_^ Tora Kushinada is a teenager, about 17ish. his eyes are violet and he seems to project innocence and sweetness, just a bit shy. sensitives, however, feel there is much more to this boy than that - something dark beneath the cool eyes that bides its time. He wears a long white robe in an eastern style, embroidered with white spider mums.
* ^_^ there he is. :D
<z> 6*Danil recognizes the boy but doesn't remember anything about him.
* ^_^ he might recognize the Onza, who's following him at a few paces.
<z> 6 that he does. He gives a neutral smile and makes sure the Onza gets a good look at his silver rings set with semi-precious stones. He has come up in the world.
* ^_^ the onza snorts faintly. almost leers. but he has to keep watching and stay close to tora
<z> 6*Danil is getting a little buzz on with his third ale. "So we meet again... Anzac?"
<^_^> <Onza> Yeah, I remember you, Anal.
<z> 6*Danil laughs out loud again. "Still keeping unsavory company?" He completely forgets what Tora is there for.
<^_^> <Onza> well, you're here.
<z> 6*Danil 1 Very true... may I buy you a drink, since you've got a few to catch up on?"
<^_^> <Onza> working.
<z> 6*Danil looks around him. 1 Working? In a tavern? 6 tries to remember what exactly he does.
* ^_^ Tora tips his head at them, eyes going slit pupiled for a moment. Onza stiffens a little and then relaxes when tora looks away again, and another man that Danil did not notice before orders tea for Tora
<^_^> <Onza> I'm with my master. ::irritably::
<z> 6*Danil turns and stares at Tora, then away. 1 Oh. OHhhh... 6 shakes his head. 1 Of course. I'm sorry...." 6 he visibly recoils.
* ^_^ Caracal is a lean young man, possibly part elvish, of 5'10". His hair is about the color of caramel and down to his hips, usually pulled back in a loose ponytail. He usually wears a black leather tailored longcoat over dark clothing, and he has dark glasses that cover his eyes. He has no visible weapons.
* ^_^ he is waiting on Tora. the onza seems to be doing nothing that anyone can tell other than looking stylish
<z> 6*Danil 6 wouldn't have any thoughts on that, either. He assumes anyone who looks stylish is either putting on airs or is for sale in some way. He is wondering who he can ask about how to bribe members of the government to look in the dungeons for prisoners.
* ^_^ the Onza looks at Danil and snorts on a laugh. but says nothing
<z> 6*Danil gets mildly alarmed at that. 1 You aren't poking around in my mind now are you, Anzac?' 6 and he gives Tora an uneasy glance.
<^_^> <Onza> its what i do. ::smiles a bright and perhaps slightly vicious smile::
<z> 6*Danil mutters, 1 There oughtta be a law... 6 then he brightens. 1 You don't... do it for hire do you? Or your... master?"
<^_^> <Onza> you cant' afford me.
<z> 6*Danil 1 No but my mistre -- my friend can. If you can give me the information she is seeking I am sure she can meet your price. However outrageous it might be. And I'll be quits of this stupid job. 6 He's right - she's got Kuja gold, a goodly chunk of it.
<^_^> <Onza> ... you don't want...
<^_^> <Tora> now now, Onza. ::turns his pansy purple eyes on Danil. :: Don't tell the man what he wants.
* ^_^ Onza's eyes close briefly as if in pain.
<^_^> <Onza> Yes, Tora-sama.
<z> 6 sighs. 1 The princess wants what she wants. I want what the princess wants, so it's what I want. She wants the human pet so I'll find the human pet. And I'm coming up dry which means he's gone to ground and I will look forever and ... she won't get what she wants. 6 he throws up his hands.
<^_^> <Tora> then tell her i want a soul. hers. yours. either will work.
<^_^> <Tora> but it has to be volunteered by you, or by her.
<^_^> <Onza> Looks away. he tried to warn Danil as best he could.
<z> 6*Danil stares for a moment. Then begins to laugh. 1 Listen, boy... I pay in gold. 6 he puts his hand on his heart. 1 This has already been given. And not to a soul-eater. 6 he makes an arcane sign of protection. He is disturbed by Tora's price.
* ^_^ Tora glances at the onza and then at the blonde and goes back to his tea. the onza is looking at the floor.
<^_^> <Tora> Onza. handle it.
<^_^> <Onza> yes, my lord.
<z> 6 Danil shakes his head. 1 Is that what you did? Is that what both of you did? Sold your souls to this - this - boy? But WHY? 6 He is amazed.
<^_^> <Onza> no. we did not.
<z> 6 Danil is confused, and waits for an explanation. 1 But... why do you serve him?
<^_^> <Onza> he's our master. ::eyes look distant::
<z> 6 Danil looks at Onza frankly. 1 Then he owns your freedom, but not your soul?
<^_^> <Onza> you're a nosey mortal.
<z> 6 shrugs. 1 I am hired to be nosy. The princess wants what she wants. Being a slave is a hard habit to break.
<^_^> <Onza> she's gonna be out of luck then. pity.
<z> 6*Danil 6 frowns. 1 Why? She isn't looking to enslave him. Leastways that isn't how I understand it. She... um... well you know how demons are about their humans. 6 At least that's how he sees it.
<^_^> <Onza> Apparnetly not since you shied away from my lord's offer like you were spitting on vermin.
<z> 6*Danil laughs again, uneasily. 1 My soul isn't mine to sell for simply seeking information, Anzac. I can't sell what I don't own.
<^_^> <Onza> yeah, Dan-hole, i understand completley.
<z> 6*Danil 6 looks at Tora. 1 I'm not sure you do. I serve the princess because she's out of luck and because she's got a shred of decency... for demonkind. And because... well let's be honest, she's a hot little number. We had some good times. And I don't say no to her. But there are limits to where I go. I'll pay a lot to find him. And if you have any help to sell for a
<z> 1 price I can pay, I'll take it. She wants the human, very badly.
<^_^> <Onza> out of my hands now. You insulted my lord.
<^_^> <Onza> You're lucky he doenst' want to make a fuss in the room.
<z> 6*Danil blinks. 1 What? He is the one who asked me for my soul! I wanted to buy some information! 6 but he grows uneasy once more, sensing more power than he can fend off.
<^_^> <Onza> yeah? Well, *boy*, thats too bad, ain't it?
<z> 6*Danil 6 suddenly realizes that the Onza has done something . 1 What - what did you do? 6 he looks at Tora, now with open fear. 1 What did you do?
<^_^> <Onza> he's taken the gauntlet you slapped him with. you insulted him. you didn't just refuse, you attempted - badly, i might add - a ward as if he's a common demon and actively tried to harm you rather than started haggling. You called him 'boy.' you laughed at him. and you sneered at him.
<^_^> <Onza> you tell me. what did you do, hm? would you laugh at your mistress? Laugh in her face and call her names? you laughed at mine.
<z> 6*Danil 6 throws up his hands again, a familiar gesture. 1Well, most of the time, yeah. It's an unorthodox relationship.
<^_^> <Onza> well then, you're not really used to dealing with real demons, are you?
<z> 6*Danil 1 I'm half blood, I get certain rights. To the demons, I'm a human, to the humans, I'm a demon. I don't have to pay obeisance to them unless... of course... forced to. 6 he gives Tora another sidelong look.
<^_^> <Onza> whoops, too late, huh?
<z> 6 Fear once again flickers on his hard features. 1 You didn't... you didn't - kill him did you? 6 He thinks, the princess will kill me if she knows about this.
<^_^> <Onza> heheheheheee... me? I'm right here, you can see me.
<^_^> <Onza> what the others who obey tora are doing? now that i can't say.
<z> 6*Danil narrows his eyes. 1 I wasn't born yesterday, Onza. 6 oh surprise surprise he knows his name. 1 And how many others are obeying... your worthy master? 6 too little respect, too late.
<^_^> <Onza> we're a coven. those come in various numbers and organized differently depending on what they do.
<z> 6*Danil 1 I have no quarrel with you or your coven. But please... don't kill the human... or it's my life here. The princess will roast me slowly before eating my entrails, and that isn't how I planned to go.
<z> 6 he is probably exaggerating. Probably
<^_^> <Onza> Danil. You took it out of my hands. Do you understand? You pushed and you got *his* attention. and then you insulted him.
<z> 6*Danil sags in the chair, putting his head in his hands, and makes a slight sound of grief. 1 Then I'm as good as dead. 6 he takes a carefully hoarded pouch of silver, representing two months of profits, and pushes it across the bar toward Tora. 1 This is all I own. Please, don't kill the human. I didn't mean any insult to you or yours. 6 too late, he pays attention to p
<z> 6 protocol, but his gesture is a genuine one.
* ^_^ Onza moves so fast that you simply could not see him move - and he is holding the Caracal's wrists.
<^_^> <Onza> he's not attacking. he's just trying to make an offer, Caracal.
<z> 6*Danil is stunned, and falls back, hands held up in a gesture of surrender. 1 I'll go, I'll go! He is afraid to move.
* ^_^ the Caracal just suddenly was there, and holding his hands at a strange angle - little nigh invisible web wrapped somehow through his fingers, glistening. the onza's hair brushes it and falls away as if it were never attached, severed by whatever the blond has in his hands.
* ^_^ tora bends and scoops up the hair.
<^_^> <Tora> leave him, Caracal. he's of no consequence.
<z> 6*Danil doesn't get the benefit of Tora's indifference, and is out the door.
* ^_^ tora smiles to himself.
<z> 6 a weary and rather grubby human wrapped in worn woolens trudges in through the door, blowing heat onto his hands as he removes his gloves, and peers into the room before entering it. He is slightly built, with shocking black hair and pale skin, and has not shaved in many days.
* ^_^ unless where Danil is staying is heavily warded... the silver is in his room on his pillow with a note sealed with a simple stylized tiger. inside is written 'treasure what is left of your life.'
<z> 6 It's not, and the note and the reappearance of the silver makes him far more afraid than the sacrifice of it.
* ^_^ is that pucci, btw?
<z> 6 yep
* ^_^ a kitten climbs up pucci's leg. its a small chocolate black kitten with big blue eyes.
<z> 6*Pucci is startled by the little animal, but then smiles down at it. "I'm afraid I haven't got enough money to feed you, little one. I just came in to get out of the cold."
<^_^> <Kitten> mew!
* ^_^ Tora's head snaps around and his purple eyes narrow and then he stalks towards pucci.
<z> 6*Pucci has a sinking feeling that his last two coppers are going to go down this cat's gullet instead of his own. 1 All right all right... 6 he reaches down and pets the kitten and looks toward the bar in hopes of a cheap pitcher of milk, and then spots the purple-eyed youth, and nods. 1 Good evening, sir, is this your pet?" He is hoping.
<^_^> <Tora> My Miko, yes, thank you. how can i possibly repay you for finding him? ::smiles sweetly, all signs of demon gone. for now.::
<z> 6*Pucci 1 Oh thank goodness... I have hardly enough to pay for my dinner, I feared... 6 he is embarrassed and bites it back. 1 I did not find him, he found me, I cannot claim to have done anything to deserve your kindness... 6 he gently cradles the kitten and moves to hand it to the youth.
<^_^> <Tora> ah, but he went straight to you, did he not?
<^_^> <tora> come, have dinner with us. ::such a sweet youth. he can't be more than 17::
<z> 6*Pucci is mildly flattered. 1 It is just my way, animals tend to come to me, I must smell like food. 6 he thinks maybe the youth is looking for a certain kind of company, and he doesn't want to get into that. 1 I don't want to impose on your time... I was just... 6 girding himself for another night in the cold.
<^_^> <Tora> Please. I was just snubbed by a terrible fellow, some kind of bounty hunter, and i could use some pleasant company.
<z> 6*Pucci wonders how to say no when the moment of decision arrives. 1 I... 6 smiles nervously. 1 I don't know what to say. 6 he holds out a clean but chapped hand to shake. 1 My name is Ludovico, I am from... well, not from this land. 6
<^_^> <Tora> I am Tora, the Kushinada. ::blinks at his hand and takes it sort of lamely, as if he's never seen a handshake before. finallyclasps it in both his and bows over it.::
<z> 6*Pucci puzzles over the title, accepts the gesture of respect and makes a little bow of his own, European style. 1You are... I am afraid I do not recognize the title... a member of the nobility then? 6 whatever nobility there may be... he hasn't figured it out yet.
<^_^> <Tora> I'm not from this city.
<z> 6*Pucci nods. 1 I understand. 6 He unbuttons his coat and sits down. He is exhausted, and hasn't eaten for two days. 1 I meant no disrespect. I ask because I too hold a title, but it is as meaningless and extinct as the city I left, and I will never see it again. 6 He sighs, and grief overcomes him briefly. 1 Or my children.
* ^_^ onza flinches suddenly.
<z> 6*Pucci sees the man flinch. 1 Sir, are you unwell?
<^_^> <Tora> he's being sent a vision from our oracle.
<^_^> <Onza> twin children, boy and girl, cloaked in shadow, sheilded by the hidden fire. They know their father yet know him not. They know their mother but she is naught.
<z> 6*Pucci looks from Onza to Tora. 1 You are... mystics? I only ask because... I have had my own encounters with ... forces... not of my own choosing, I assure you."
<^_^> <Onza> bound with a ring...
<z> 6*Pucci blinks rapidly, and his mouth opens. 1 "How... how did you know...?" his eyes fill with tears.
<^_^> <Tora> he's in contact with the oracle.
<^_^> <Tora> onza. ask Havana. are they well? this man is their father. ::gently.::
<^_^> <Onza> ... yeah. yeah. they're fine. they're good.
<z> 6*Pucci 1 Whatever you do, do not say the name... of the ... 6 he gulps... 1 the god... 6 he is suddenly rigid with fear. He doesn't hear the comments, or doesn't register them.
* ^_^ Onza twitches a little
<^_^> <Onza> Okay. thats all we have.
<^_^> <tora> its alright, gentle sir.
* ^_^ Caracal offers Pucci a clean black silk hanky
<z> 6*Pucci accepts it, almost distractedly. 1 They... I have never set eyes on them. 6 he wipes his eyes. The emotion brings him over the edge and his hunger causes him to nearly faint.
* ^_^ Caracal and tora guide Pucci to a seat.
<z> 6*Pucci almost forgets where he is now, he reaches into his pocket and takes out a small magical object - the light shell he got from the avatar of Summer, and clutches it as if it is his only connection to reality. The shell will shine with an inner light and a small but penetrating warmth.
* ^_^ Tora gasps. Okay...maybe this was fated after all.
<^_^> <Tora> You have a gift of the Sun.
<z> 6*Pucci 1 looks down at the shell. 1 It was a gift from a friend... from that city. It is all I have left of it. All I have left of any of them. Even my... 6 he makes a slight gesture. It's clear he doesn't know the significance of the shell.
<^_^> <Tora> It means that I will offer my protection. ::even if it were not just to spite a man who was rude to him.::
<z> 6*Pucci shakes his head. 1I know I may seem to be a poor man... a beggar, to you... I am not a beggar, merely an unfortunate man. I don't ask you for anything... perhaps you misunderstand... it is magical but... 6 he thinks Tora is a little superstitious.
<^_^> <Tora> I have my own reasons, but the shell seals it. It is a symbol of the pantheon i follow, the Light.
* ^_^ not the shell, the Light itself
<z> 6*Pucci looks down at it. 1 You... you think that you owe me something? I am afraid I could not accept... any gifts from a stranger. Thank you for the offer of dinner but that is quite more than anyone has done for me in months.
<^_^> <Tora> You are hunted by the demons. I offer, freely, and of my own free will, the protection of the Kushinada.
<z> 6*Pucci gulps and nods. 1 It is true... I dare not say more, but it seems you already know. What must I do to accept this... this protection? How does this obligate me to you? 6 there has to be a catch. There's always a catch.
<^_^> <Tora> if you choose your path... in a way that leads you from under my protection, i cannot follow
<z> 6*Pucci smiles sadly. 1 I have somehow managed to survive this long without your protection, though poorly, I can't see that losing it will be that much of a risk. Then I accept.
<^_^> <Tora> then - please accept what hospitality i can offer for as long as it lasts.
<z> 6*Pucci surrenders. 1 I hope... that it is freely given... 6 he doesn't want to say what comes next, t hat his heart is already sworn to another. He still thinks the youth is lonely and wants some companionship.
<^_^> <Tora> of course it is. ::blinks confusedly::
* ^_^ the onza leans over and murmurs into pucci's ear.
<^_^> <Onza> ::murmur:: my lord tora is chaste.
<z> 6*Pucci blushes. 1 Please excuse me... I have been in some rough places, I have made a false assumption my lord. 6 But he's super relieved.
<^_^> <Onza> he hasn't figured it out.
* ^_^ bread and a cream of potato soup with crumbled bacon lightly garnishing it are delivered to pucci!
<z> 6*Pucci doesn't know what to say to Onza's comment. 1 All is well. It is a very cold night, and even a gift of the Sun is not enough to keep me from shivering. 6 he doesn't say much more while he downs the soup.
* ^_^ Caracal guards them while the onza gets up and arranges for them to stay the night. a bath and fresh clothes for Pucci - where the clothes came from is unknown but they are up to his former social standing and expectations.
* ^_^ and ... pucci will have a guard from here on out.
<z> 6*Pucci turns rapidly back into the gentleman who first arrived in Dragongate with his fortune in jewels, minus the jewels, but the prospect of sleeping in a bed with a full stomach has him almost giddy with joy.
* ^_^ he has some money, certainly enough for little fripperies and his meals, and fresh changes of clothes.
* ^_^ Tora takes care of his wards
<z> 6*Pucci heads off to bed and thanks Tora again for his generosity, still wondering whether this man, too, is something other than what he appears. Such good fortune could not have simply fallen in his lap this way, not after nearly a year on the run in New Babylon.
* ^_^ Onza will offer to shave him. apparently the Onza knows how to be a proper valet and is the one laying out his clothes. and buying them. they are ...extremely fashionable locally.
* ^_^ yet flattering on pucci - he ignores anything that he finds unflattering
<z> 6*Pucci accepts, reluctantly, but he's used to valets and isn't put off. If they are alone, he ventures a question. 1 Is this common, in your... religion, for you to have chaste priests such as Lord Tora? In this place that seems most unusual.
<^_^> <Onza> we are not from here. and he's not a priest.
<^_^> <Onza> its probably going to be extremely difficult for you to understand. I don't understand it.
<z> 6*Pucci "I am sorry if I presumed. But I myself was only three or four more hungry days away from accepting ... advances, from some of the denizens of this place, and I would never have forgiven myself. I hope you don't take it amiss that I presumed.

<^_^> <Onza> he was sacrificed to a demon lord. meant to be that demon lord's new body. He was a virgin. perfect and immortal. thats not what happened. instead of being subsumed by the old monster, he discovered that the 'monster' was simply one of the sacrifices previous who had turned to evil and kept the spirit rather than go on when it was time.
<^_^> <Onza> the power was there. and he did battle with the old dragon... and won. he kept the power and the demon is in that body - but so is the sweet virgin boy. they underestimated him. Just because you're innocent does not mean you are not a wild thing and able to bite and fight when cornered.
<z> 6*Pucci blinks. 1 So he is an innocent youth who discovered a spirit imprisoned and defeated it? That... that is a remarkable thing..." 6 but he smiles wistfully. 1 I cannot say I was ever sweet or virginal, at best I can say I was always much too naive to do battle with evil.
<^_^> <Onza> we were henchmen. doomed things. Tora while influenced by the demon recognized us as enemies. the coven as it existed then wanted our bodies - we were young. they were not.
<^_^> <Onza> we were all bound with demons. and then tora's sister showed up. and thats when he broke their control over him for good. he let her kill him.
<^_^> <Onza> and all of us died trying to save him.
<z> 6*Pucci nods, not fully understanding. 1 Then... how do you come to be here?'
<^_^> <Onza> ... and something ... happened. He was the Kushinada. the spirit of the green, the rice, the corn. he ressurected us... and let the old coven go to hell as they should always have. rather than cheat death and let it take our souls in their place and keep our bodies ... Tora somehow twisted it all. his sacrifice ...
<^_^> <Onza> we stayed. we kept the demons' powers. well, creatures, we're not exactly demons, not all of us. not as most understand it.
<z> 6*Pucci 1 Perhaps, being so wise from the oracle, you may also know that I too, have died and been resurrected. By this... deity whose name I dare not speak. And that is how all of the rest of my misfortunes ensued. But for me, I am not exactly human any longer, but I cannot claim to be better, perhaps a little worse than human."
<^_^> <Onza> heh. i'm not known for my wisdom. the oracle is. mr.Brown, he's our wise one.
<z> 6*Pucci 1 But you knew of my children. They are far away in another... in another world. No one, not demon or human or fae, has ever spoken of them, they had no knowledge of this."
<^_^> <Onza> its fine, fine. Brown knew of them.
<z> 6*Pucci has a thought, but doesn't want to ask, not after all this time, to break open old wounds. What became of Tizra.
<^_^> <Onza> do you want to know?
<z> 6*Pucci "I have been through much in the past year, sir. I wonder if my heart could stand one more blow... but... 6 he thinks further. 1 I wish to know, yes.
<^_^> <Onza> she lives in a dream state. a man who she thinks is you - her husband - cares for her. he is not. He does not sleep with her except to comfort and warm her, they do not have sex. she never recovered, her mind wanders. But a man with your aspect cared for your children, and for her. He raises horses. And taught them piano and the harp and violin, and guitar.
<z> 6*Pucci 1 She is in no pain? She does not suffer?
<^_^> <Onza> she thinks she has a perfect life. as perfect as it can be for a selfish, self absorbed woman.
<^_^> <Onza> the Shadow Lord takes care of her. as he promised.
<z> 6*Pucci takes a deep breath. 1 I think you are too harsh in judging her. I was drawn to her because, for her other foibles, she was after all... a human being.... 6 yeah he's still fatally naive.
<^_^> <Onza> i'm not judging her. I am telling you what i am recieving.
<z> 6*Pucci 1 I appreciate what you can tell me. 6 even if he disagrees with the assessment.

Dec. 8th, 2009


louisev

Another Night in New Babylon

01 6*Danil is waiting outside the Maiden's Folly, which hasn't opened yet for the day, watching for a conspicuous head of black hair.
01 (I mean red!)
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<|`> 6Kaji came plodding along soon enough, giving a yawn, her hands clasped behind her neck briefly as she approached him. 14"Hello pet."
01 6*Danil snorts. "Not hardly, Princess." He scowls. "Don't be makin any insinuations in public or it could anger some a my customers."
<|`> 6Kaji only chuckled a bit and redid the tie on the end of her braid. 14"Don't get your panties in a twist, Danil, it is also an affection nickname, you know."
01 6*Danil snorts again. If he had an attitude before, it certainly seems a lot more obvious now that he is free. And not only this, but his accent seems to have changed somewhat, more like some of the lower class local humans.
<|`> 6The lower one was, the more one blended in, although he was quite the actor, she knew he could pull off acting higher up when it was needed. 14"So, where are we off to?"
01 6*Danil 'NOt the workhouse, princess. I know of a private auction house... they have private slaves there, the ones from big houses. Some of them even read.' He motions toward the shopping district. "This way.'
<|`> 6She gave a nod, following him onward. 14"That would be most helpful." 6She probably stood out slightly, even if she did try to dress down. Even common pieces of clothing looked different when especially well made.
01 6*Danil "So while we are on the way, what exactly are you looking for, you said a male, a companion, what do you want him to do?" He gives a smirk. "Same as before?"
<|`> 6She rolled her eyes, giving him a lood. 14"I wasn't the one who picked you out, you know. And I need a protector, of sorts. Someone who can look the part, but won't start spewing old noble rheteric when I pull out a sword. Intelligent."
01 6*Danil he gives her an appraising look. "Protector? What for? You have magic! Did you lose it or something?"
<|`> 6She glared now, but only at the ground. 14"No. I am simply having to...relearn it. And I don't want to be caught with my pants down, so to speak, if something were to happens."
01 6*Danil gets a little more cocky. "How could you lose your magic? It wasn't because you violated one of those human laws was it? On that red world?" He is barely restraining a grin.
<|`> 6She put a hand to one of her own batish looking wings, then gave a yank, seeming to pull out some slightly bloodied white feathers out of no where, shoving them in his face. 14"You recall this little change of mine?"
01 6*Danil "I thought... that was some ... joke you were playing on your brothers. Don't tell me you... are ... good now?" He is more stunned by this than by her temporary loss of magic. "Look, I'll be honest with you. You don't need a slave. You need a bodyguard."
<|`> 6She dropped the feathers, flicking her fingers a bit. 14"Bodyguards are bribed more easily."
01 6*Danil "Yes but a slave ... you don't find slaves with any battle skills. I know, I sell weapons."
<|`> 6Kaji let out a small huff before looking to him. "You had battle skills. And bodygaurds are usually so...meatheaded."
01 6*Danil "That is because I was captured. I am half demon you know. Mostly they kill ones like me." He shrugs. "You want to go to the slave auction fine. It's just up here." He hasn't stopped walking, just slowed a bit, and comes to a large door, and bangs with the oversized knocker.
06* ^ what a boob
06* ^ a black cat watches them.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Well, we might get lucky. If we do not, then fine, you will directed me towards a place to hire a bloody bodyguard."
01 6*Danil nods. He knows of several mercenaries who would be glad to take Kuja gold for guarding her, and not ask any questions about why a human would need to guard a demon. The door opens a crack and then a little wider. "Come in quickly and leave a deposit with the cashier just there." Danil motions for Kaji to proceed him.
<|`> 6Kaji gave a nod and walked inside, giving a look around the place before taking out a large pouch of coinage, taking out a few to leave with the cashier. She was wlel prepared for high pricers, this was not something to scrimp on.
01 6 The cashier hands her a receipt after weighing the bag, raising an eyebrow. "Go in that first door." They are in an inner courtyard of a noble house, or what was once a noble house, and inside the door the room is crowded. One can barely see the auction in progress without standing on someone else.
<|`> 6Looks like she would have to live with standing on her tip-toes at the back of the room. 14"Blast it, too many tall people." 6While the males of the demon species were very large and tall, the women were of slightly more 'normal' stature.
01 6*Danil cranes to see who is being auctioned now. "Female, you arent interested, wait till the next one."
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Stand still." 6If you can't see, get taller, so she takes the situation in to her own hands and moves to piggyback herself on Danil to get a better view.
01 6*Danil groans, humiliated, but he doesnt shake her off.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Good boy." 6She couldn't help but smirk slightly as he waited to see who came up next.
01 6 next one is a male of delicate features and olive complexion. Not a laborer by any means, and the auctioneer says 'Eighteen summers old, lightly used... pleasure slave, reads and writes, good as a secretary or bookkeeper if you trained him. Highly intelligent. We'll start the bidding at 300 gold."
01 6*Danil "Buy him, get a guard for the door, and stay home," he grunts, shifting his feet under her light weight.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"You are not helping, Danil." 6She looked him over, tempted, but he would hardly be a suitable for her needs.
01 6 the bidding is fast and furious and is soon up to 1000 gold. And not surprisingly, it is wealthy demon women bidding against one another. The boy looks frankly frightened.
01 6*Danil "The poor thing is going to get torn to pieces by those demons, do you want that? He'll be dead inside a year."
<|`> 6Kaji did not look shocked at the clientel. Demon women had a great liking of human males, especially the pretty ones. 14"No, but I don't want to be dead either." 6She frowned, looking aggitated, although with what exactly, who knew. 14"....2000."
06* ^ ... so she should spend ridiculous amounts of money on every slave out there?
01 6*Danil thinks, why not. He hates slave auctions. He's been sold at them.
01 6*Danil "Then skip the next one too, because he can't be a bodyguard either." The pretty teenager goes for 1200 gold, to a particularly hungry looking, well dressed demoness, who grabs the leash and tugs him through the crowd to the cashier.
<|`> 6Kaji felt bad, but even she didn't have the money to buy every slave and put them in a former pet home somewhere. She watched the demoness go, giving a small 'huh'. 14"I think I know her mate, he's a favorite companion of Ky's. No wonder she's here."
01 6 the runner up for the pretty pleasure slave boy bid gets the second, not as handsome one, for a mere 800 gold. Another overdressed, overeager looking demoness tugs off her prize. "Heads up, this one at least looks the part," Danil says, craning his neck at where the next slaves were coming through.
<|`> 6Kaji looked, still frowning. She know knew how Ludwig must often feel, seeing things that made a knot in her stomach, but being unable to do much of anything about them. 14"Poor boy. She's going to rip him to shreads."
01 6 The auctioneer says 'Captured in battle from a pirate ship, handles weapons, may need discipline. Bidding begins at 50 gold."
01 6 the slave is at least as sulky as Danil was, and clearly has not been a slave for more than a week or two. The fierce look in his eye shows he would have to be kept under a spell to be kept at all. Bidding is lackluster. Danil nudges her knee. "Bid on him."
<|`> 6Kaji looked over this one, her chin resting on top of Danil's head. 14"Pirates are not know for their intelligence, unless he was the captian. But two out of three is not terrible." 6So she calls out. 14"100."
01 6 Another voice in the crowd speaks up "One twenty" but does not sound enthusiastic.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"200." 6Perhaps the jump would be enough to shorten the auction in her favor.
01 6 going once, going twice, "Sold to the lovely and very tall lady! Bring your purchase to the cashier, let her through let her through" the auctioneer says, banging his gavel, and the bailiffs nudge the sulky slave forward. Danil starts pushing through the crowd without letting her down.
06* ^ a delicate young man with hair the color of blood watches, fanning himself with an ornate fan.
<|`> 6Kaji was only too happy to ride right along, looking a bit more enthused about her purchased as they got closer. 14"Your father was a pirate, wasn't he?"
06* ^ but now i must go, thats my sister.
01 6 okey doke!
01 6*Danil snorts. "Maybe, I ain't tellin. But that ain't him." In fact, the sailor she had bought looks a little less rough up front than he did from in back. No one had put decent clothes on him - he was straight from a dungeon.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"I suspected that much, thank you." 6She slid down off him, eager to get a better look at him. 14"Not exactly special area material, or even decently taken care of, it looks like."
01 (sorry phone i have to stop for a bit)
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01<z> 6*Danil is waiting outside the Maiden's Folly, which hasn't opened yet for the day, watching for a conspicuous head of black hair.
01<z> (I mean red!)
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<|`> 6Kaji came plodding along soon enough, giving a yawn, her hands clasped behind her neck briefly as she approached him. 14"Hello pet."
01<z> 6*Danil snorts. "Not hardly, Princess." He scowls. "Don't be makin any insinuations in public or it could anger some a my customers."
<|`> 6Kaji only chuckled a bit and redid the tie on the end of her braid. 14"Don't get your panties in a twist, Danil, it is also an affection nickname, you know."
01<z> 6*Danil snorts again. If he had an attitude before, it certainly seems a lot more obvious now that he is free. And not only this, but his accent seems to have changed somewhat, more like some of the lower class local humans.
<|`> 6The lower one was, the more one blended in, although he was quite the actor, she knew he could pull off acting higher up when it was needed. 14"So, where are we off to?"
01<z> 6*Danil 'NOt the workhouse, princess. I know of a private auction house... they have private slaves there, the ones from big houses. Some of them even read.' He motions toward the shopping district. "This way.'
<|`> 6She gave a nod, following him onward. 14"That would be most helpful." 6She probably stood out slightly, even if she did try to dress down. Even common pieces of clothing looked different when especially well made.
01<z> 6*Danil "So while we are on the way, what exactly are you looking for, you said a male, a companion, what do you want him to do?" He gives a smirk. "Same as before?"
<|`> 6She rolled her eyes, giving him a lood. 14"I wasn't the one who picked you out, you know. And I need a protector, of sorts. Someone who can look the part, but won't start spewing old noble rheteric when I pull out a sword. Intelligent."
01<z> 6*Danil he gives her an appraising look. "Protector? What for? You have magic! Did you lose it or something?"
<|`> 6She glared now, but only at the ground. 14"No. I am simply having to...relearn it. And I don't want to be caught with my pants down, so to speak, if something were to happens."
01<z> 6*Danil gets a little more cocky. "How could you lose your magic? It wasn't because you violated one of those human laws was it? On that red world?" He is barely restraining a grin.
<|`> 6She put a hand to one of her own batish looking wings, then gave a yank, seeming to pull out some slightly bloodied white feathers out of no where, shoving them in his face. 14"You recall this little change of mine?"
01<z> 6*Danil "I thought... that was some ... joke you were playing on your brothers. Don't tell me you... are ... good now?" He is more stunned by this than by her temporary loss of magic. "Look, I'll be honest with you. You don't need a slave. You need a bodyguard."
<|`> 6She dropped the feathers, flicking her fingers a bit. 14"Bodyguards are bribed more easily."
01<z> 6*Danil "Yes but a slave ... you don't find slaves with any battle skills. I know, I sell weapons."
<|`> 6Kaji let out a small huff before looking to him. "You had battle skills. And bodygaurds are usually so...meatheaded."
01<z> 6*Danil "That is because I was captured. I am half demon you know. Mostly they kill ones like me." He shrugs. "You want to go to the slave auction fine. It's just up here." He hasn't stopped walking, just slowed a bit, and comes to a large door, and bangs with the oversized knocker.
06* ^ what a boob
06* ^ a black cat watches them.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Well, we might get lucky. If we do not, then fine, you will directed me towards a place to hire a bloody bodyguard."
01<z> 6*Danil nods. He knows of several mercenaries who would be glad to take Kuja gold for guarding her, and not ask any questions about why a human would need to guard a demon. The door opens a crack and then a little wider. "Come in quickly and leave a deposit with the cashier just there." Danil motions for Kaji to proceed him.
<|`> 6Kaji gave a nod and walked inside, giving a look around the place before taking out a large pouch of coinage, taking out a few to leave with the cashier. She was wlel prepared for high pricers, this was not something to scrimp on.
01<z> 6 The cashier hands her a receipt after weighing the bag, raising an eyebrow. "Go in that first door." They are in an inner courtyard of a noble house, or what was once a noble house, and inside the door the room is crowded. One can barely see the auction in progress without standing on someone else.
<|`> 6Looks like she would have to live with standing on her tip-toes at the back of the room. 14"Blast it, too many tall people." 6While the males of the demon species were very large and tall, the women were of slightly more 'normal' stature.
01<z> 6*Danil cranes to see who is being auctioned now. "Female, you arent interested, wait till the next one."
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Stand still." 6If you can't see, get taller, so she takes the situation in to her own hands and moves to piggyback herself on Danil to get a better view.
01<z> 6*Danil groans, humiliated, but he doesnt shake her off.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Good boy." 6She couldn't help but smirk slightly as he waited to see who came up next.
01<z> 6 next one is a male of delicate features and olive complexion. Not a laborer by any means, and the auctioneer says 'Eighteen summers old, lightly used... pleasure slave, reads and writes, good as a secretary or bookkeeper if you trained him. Highly intelligent. We'll start the bidding at 300 gold."
01<z> 6*Danil "Buy him, get a guard for the door, and stay home," he grunts, shifting his feet under her light weight.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"You are not helping, Danil." 6She looked him over, tempted, but he would hardly be a suitable for her needs.
01<z> 6 the bidding is fast and furious and is soon up to 1000 gold. And not surprisingly, it is wealthy demon women bidding against one another. The boy looks frankly frightened.
01<z> 6*Danil "The poor thing is going to get torn to pieces by those demons, do you want that? He'll be dead inside a year."
<|`> 6Kaji did not look shocked at the clientel. Demon women had a great liking of human males, especially the pretty ones. 14"No, but I don't want to be dead either." 6She frowned, looking aggitated, although with what exactly, who knew. 14"....2000."
06* ^ ... so she should spend ridiculous amounts of money on every slave out there?
01<z> 6*Danil thinks, why not. He hates slave auctions. He's been sold at them.
01<z> 6*Danil "Then skip the next one too, because he can't be a bodyguard either." The pretty teenager goes for 1200 gold, to a particularly hungry looking, well dressed demoness, who grabs the leash and tugs him through the crowd to the cashier.
<|`> 6Kaji felt bad, but even she didn't have the money to buy every slave and put them in a former pet home somewhere. She watched the demoness go, giving a small 'huh'. 14"I think I know her mate, he's a favorite companion of Ky's. No wonder she's here."
01<z> 6 the runner up for the pretty pleasure slave boy bid gets the second, not as handsome one, for a mere 800 gold. Another overdressed, overeager looking demoness tugs off her prize. "Heads up, this one at least looks the part," Danil says, craning his neck at where the next slaves were coming through.
<|`> 6Kaji looked, still frowning. She know knew how Ludwig must often feel, seeing things that made a knot in her stomach, but being unable to do much of anything about them. 14"Poor boy. She's going to rip him to shreads."
01<z> 6 The auctioneer says 'Captured in battle from a pirate ship, handles weapons, may need discipline. Bidding begins at 50 gold."
01<z> 6 the slave is at least as sulky as Danil was, and clearly has not been a slave for more than a week or two. The fierce look in his eye shows he would have to be kept under a spell to be kept at all. Bidding is lackluster. Danil nudges her knee. "Bid on him."
<|`> 6Kaji looked over this one, her chin resting on top of Danil's head. 14"Pirates are not know for their intelligence, unless he was the captian. But two out of three is not terrible." 6So she calls out. 14"100."
01<z> 6 Another voice in the crowd speaks up "One twenty" but does not sound enthusiastic.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"200." 6Perhaps the jump would be enough to shorten the auction in her favor.
01<z> 6 going once, going twice, "Sold to the lovely and very tall lady! Bring your purchase to the cashier, let her through let her through" the auctioneer says, banging his gavel, and the bailiffs nudge the sulky slave forward. Danil starts pushing through the crowd without letting her down.
06* ^ a delicate young man with hair the color of blood watches, fanning himself with an ornate fan.
<|`> 6Kaji was only too happy to ride right along, looking a bit more enthused about her purchased as they got closer. 14"Your father was a pirate, wasn't he?"
06* ^ but now i must go, thats my sister.
01<z> 6 okey doke!
01<z> 6*Danil snorts. "Maybe, I ain't tellin. But that ain't him." In fact, the sailor she had bought looks a little less rough up front than he did from in back. No one had put decent clothes on him - he was straight from a dungeon.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"I suspected that much, thank you." 6She slid down off him, eager to get a better look at him. 14"Not exactly special area material, or even decently taken care of, it looks like."
01<z> (sorry phone i have to stop for a bit)
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01<z> 6*Danil sniffs the prisoner, gets a faint reek of rum and a strong scent of dungeon. "We need to clean him up." The slave, Gerand, draws back from him, realizing that despite looking human, Danil has the telltale fangs. "God help me," he says quietly. Danil grins contemptuously. As a demon might.
<|`> 6Kaji gave a dismissive wave towards Danil. 14"Don't mind him, he's not going to do anything. But yes, he needs a bath, horribly, and some new clothes. You have a name?"
01<z> 6*Gerand squints at her. "What did you buy me for?" he croaks, clearly thirsty and hungry. "Tell me now so I can kill myself."
01<z> 6*Danil meanwhile, tugs on the leash binding him. "Come on, come on, let's go." He isn'T stronger than Gerand, just better cared for and much better fed.
<|`> 6Kaji walked along beside Danil, looking down the streets for a bathhouse, or the rare legitamate spa. 14"Well don't do that, then I'd just have to go get another one. I imagine you'll feel much less like killing yourself after getting clean and some food and drink."
01<z> 6*Gerand tries to hold back, hard to do since Danil is tugging him pretty fiercely. "I am not a slave, I would rather die than serve your polluted pleasures!" the man is certainly intelligent and doesnt get this slave stuff yet. Danil snorts and tugs a bit harder.
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<|`> 6Kaji just sighed. 14"If I'd wanted a sex toy, there were plenty of better options besides you, or I could just ravage Danil over here. So making a fuss."
01<z> 6*Danil grins luridly. Gerand wasn#t too bad looking, under the dirt, but he relaxes slightly. Clearly he hasn't got any interest in finding out what demons are like in bed. "What, then?"
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Bodyguard work. Soecifically of me."
01<z> 6*Gerand blinks confused. "But... you're a... you don't need a guard. Who am I to guard?" good news, but he doesnt seem pleased.
01<z> 6*Danil nudges him again. "She is a little less magical than she seems right now, let's get off the street."
<|`> 6Kaji 14"I am a Kuja. While no doubt having a demon bodyguard would be more...correct, just having one at all will make things look more proper. And don't say things like that in public, Danil." 6slightly hissed.
01<z> 6*Danil "If we could get off the damn - here's the tavern, put up here and i can bring him downstairs to wash up for a couple of silvers, Princess." They are back at the Maiden's Folly which is now open (hopefully)
06* [] It's always open.
01<z> 6 how convenient
<|`> 6Kaji headed inside the place, dipping in to her moneypouch once again to put a few coins in Danil's hand. 14"Make sure he gets nice and clean, I'll be back shortly."
01<z> 6*Danil tugs the leash of the exhausted Gerand. "Come on now, and don't try anything. I bite." And he tosses the silvers on the bar before hauling the prisoner off to the baths, leaving Kaji to herself.
06* [] business is business. But it's Friday and Requiem's not in. Okori is there instead - tallish fellow with hair the color of black silk, and eyes like dark garnets. His hair is up in a pony tail tonight, said ponytail made up of many, many little braids, at the end of each one of said braids is a gold bead.
<[]> <Okori> "If he's got lice you keep him out of the good baths or Req will have a fit when she gets back." 6He waves after Danil.
01<z> 6*Gerand "I haven't got any poxy lice!" He does have fleas though.
<|`> 6A while later a new set of clothes was delivered to the baths for the newly aquired Gerand while Kaji made herself comfortable and pondered what to get to eat.
<[]> <Okori> "Nothing personal, but vermin don't make a good selling point." 6He shrugs.
01<z> 6*Danil trudges back up the stairs, cracking a remaining flea in his thumbnail. "No lice, thank the gods..." the transformation of the captive is notable - he isn't swarthy at all, but very fairskinned, and his hair, curiously enough, is a red-blond, not quite Kuja red. Danil holds the leash on the slave collar firmly. "Here we are, Princess, but i don't think unless you have
01<z> 6 spell to place you should try holding on to him yourself."
<|`> 6Kaji 14"You hold him then, come sit down at the table, I'm hungry." 6Hm, under the dirt he wasn't bad looking. The hair color was an interesting surprise.
06* [] Okori tends the bar and brings food whenever people order, so long as he sees the coinage up front
01<z> 6 He might pass as a relative, possibly. Cousin, perhaps. Danil tugged the leash and Gerand took a seat when suggested, but he looks, despite his cleanliness, even more despondent. He sags in the chair.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Oh perk up, it's not the end of the world. Rather the beginning of it. Now Danil, what was that thing we had last time?..."
01<z> 6*Danil "Stew, princess, I believe the lamb or the pork." Gerand shakes his head. "The end for me... freedom is life, without it there is only death." The histrionic kind.
06* [] if they do indeed order stew, Okori brings it, and their drinks. He's got an ear out for one of the private rooms though, and seems just faintly distracted, but not unattentive.
<|`> 6Kaji perked at that. 14"Oh, pork, get four of those." 6She said four because no doubt Gerand could probably stomach them both. 14"Nonsense, look at Danil. He wasn't always a free citizen of the world."
01<z> 6*Danil gives Kaji a look. "I think he wants you to pay him," meaning Okori. Gerand's eyes flicker over Danil. "He was born to it, then."
<[]> <Okori> "Well, I've no preference as to who pays, as long as someone does."
01<z> 6*Danil gives Kaji an expectant look.
<|`> 6Kaji doled out the coins, giving Danil a look back. 14"It's coming out of your fee."
01<z> 6*Danil "I said I'd bring you to find a slave, I am doing guard duty on your guard right now, Princess. I can let him go if you want to be difficult."
<|`> 6Kaji 14"You're holding his leash, I can muster something to keep him there for a while if you'd rather not eat."
01<z> 6*Danil sighs. "Fine, but I'm not buying his lunch, he'll eat for two."
06* [] Okori takes the coins, bows and leaves them to argue.
01<z> 6*Gerand looks at the food hungrily, unable to conceal the fact that he has been living on dungeon rations - dry crusts and filthy water.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"I'm paying for his, don't fret. And no, Danil was not born to the slave life...mostly."
06* [] and returns with very generous helpings of stew, and an assortment of drinks, including tea, lemonade with peach, and a rich dark coffee with an elegant creamer and sugar dish on the side.
01<z> 6*Danil "No, I was captured like you, and no less proud for that, after all, my mother was her kind." He jerks a thumb at Kaji. "At least until she got bewitched."
06* [] Then Okori's off to that private room - a murmer of voices when the door opens, but nothing distinct. He takes a tray out, brings another one back in - mostly alcohol, but some food too - looks like a roast and some crispy potato souffle type things.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"What an interest word for it. And don't be polite, go ahead and eat, Gerand. ...Oh! Potato puffs."
01<z> 6*Gerand has no attention for anything but food and slurps it down hungrily, grabbing a fistful of brown bread as well, eating like the starved creature he is.
01<z> 6*Danil "Isn't that what happened?" He doesnt have any idea what happened to her.
06* [] Okori glances over on his way back through. 1"Can bring you a few, miss, if you fancy."
<|`> 6Kaji shook her head at that. 14"Not exactly. Not even my celetial friend can fully explain it, but it seems I brought this upon myself. Although due some research I've done, I'm beginning to suspect my mother's bloodline may be prone to it. And oh, yes, please."
01<z> 6*Gerand is starting to feel better, and looks up, attentive once more. "Celestial? Since when do demons truck with celestial beings? On this world?" he thinks she is telling tall tales.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Wasn't really on this world, actually...Nevermind about all that."
06* [] Okori bows politely, and wanders to the kitchen. He returns after a moment with a small platter of those little souffle type potatoes, whipped, seasoned, and piped so they look like flowers before being baked. They are actually sitting atop some very thinly sliced chicken and have just a sprinkling of breadcrumb and cheese.
<|`> 6Kaji looks utterly thrilled with the apperence of the potato souffle things, clapping her hands excitedly. 14"I love potato puffs."
01<z> 6*Gerand "What have I fallen into here? A half demon and a demon with no magic?" His eyes gleam with possible opportunity. Perhaps he can escape.
<[]> <Okori> "Glad to please, miss." 6He smiles a bit on his way back to the bar.
<|`> 6Speaking of which, she knew she could trust him right off, so she tugs on the collar herself to make him lean over. 14"Stay still for a moment." 6She certainly had enough magic to do this.
01<z> 6*Gerand feels the spell seize him, and his eyes widen. He grows still, and tries to speak, but can't. Danil grins. "I guess I'll run along after lunch then!"
<|`> 6Kaji puts a hand on the side of his now clean neck, a black crest appearing there. 14"Weapons to sell, Danil?"
01<z> 6*Danil "Always, Princess. Of course if you would like to equip your new bodyguard I can provide a very well tempered broadsword and some hand knives."
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Later please. Where might i be able to find you?"
06* [] Two very nondescript gentleman enter the tavern and have a brief word with Okori before heading into one of the back rooms as well. And they are utterly nondescript - no matter how long you look at either of them, you can't really recall what they look like, other than two rather tall men.
01<z> 6*Danil grins. "On the waterfront. I work for the captain of the Black Eel."
01<z> 6*Gerand is disconcerted by the spell that has frozen him.
<|`> 6Kaji takes the leash herself and releases the spell. No magic her ass. 14"All right, don't do anything too idiotic." 6She watches the men briefly, squinting at them. Odd.
01<z> 6*Gerand sits still for a moment, afraid to test if he can move again, and then wiggles a hand, picks up his spoon, and returns to eating. He can always try to bolt after Danil is gone. "Name is Gerand."
06* [] It is very odd. People with any sort of innate magic can feel their attempts at perception sort of slide off the two like oil on teflon
01<z> 6*Danil "I'm Danil. But you probably don't need to know that unless Princess sends you off to look for a blade. Remember, the Black Eel. It's in port for the next fortnight." He cleans his bowl with a piece of bread and heaves himself up.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"It's Kaji, not princess. And stay for a moment more..." 6She didn't like her senses screw with like that. It was very unnerving.
01<z> 6*Danil "I have things to do... Kaji." He grumbled the name. "Surely you can handle Gerand here, he is afraid of magic, and that strengthens it, lucky for you."
01<z> 6*Gerand "Not afraid of magic." But who is he kidding?
06* ^ the young man with the hair the color of blood and the ornate fan shows up - he's wearing a very pretty kimono, pale silvery snowflakes in beads brocaded on his white robes. with him is a much more orangey redhead in gypsiesh garb, and a tall man in a plain cream and brown suit.
06* ^ trailing them is a man all in black with honeycolored hair down to his hips. he carries no obvious weapons and he wears large dark wrap around glasses.
01<z> 6*Danil catches sight of the familiar kimono-clad dancer. "Well if it isnt my friend the monk! Kenji, Kenpo?" He waves a greeting, but he still hasn't sat down again at Kaji's request.
06* ^ Kenji, no. Kenji had dark hair, black and glossy with a purplish sheen.
01<z> 6 whoops, i thought you were playing the same char!
06* [] The two men vanish into a private room - which may have been the same one that Okori went into earlier, but it's difficult to say. Hard to watch two people who don't look like people so much as... a hole where people should be.
01<z> 6 scratch that.
06* ^ the Redhead has bright amethsyt colored eyes.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"The one in the dress looks like a girl." 6She comments as she picks up a potato thingy.
01<z> 6*Danil recognizes him, though. "That's the.. you know... the - necromancer. Isnt it?"
06* ^ the orange haired fellow was saying he worked for a necromancer, indeed.
06* [] Okori offers to serve the newcomers, very politely, in the order of arrival. Davi, who is Requiem's twin brother, appears to assist.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Hm. Yeah, you may be right. Prettier dress thing tonight than before."
01<z> 6*Gerand barely notices the strange people, but listens carefully to what Kaji and Danil say without looking up or trying to make any sudden moves that might invite her to put a spell on him again.
<|`> 6Kaji glanced under the table, gently tapping Gerand's shoes with her own once before going back to her delicious potato suffluffies. 14"Who's he with?"
01<z> 6*Gerand shuffles his feet uneasily, wondering if she is casting another spell on his feet. Danil shrugs. "I don't know, you don't really want to tangle with their kind do you? They could all be... you know... " he whispers. "not living."
06* ^ Onza points out a table and offers a hefty tip to get just that precise one. hopefuly one that isn't full of people.
06* [] nope, that table is empty and Davi ushers them over and will take their orders.
<|`> 6Kaji gives a shrug. 14"I've delt with not living people before. But if you're nervous I'll get you a necromancer bell of some sort."
01<z> 6*Danil snorts, but he is uneasy. "I'd just like to collect my pay and head out if it is all the same to you."
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Oh fine." 6The pouch was taken out again and she counted out the agreed upon fee, dropping it down in front of him. 14"Be off then."
01<z> 6*Danil counts the coins carefully, smiles tightly and pockets the money. He claps Gerand on the shoulder and says "Remember, for a good blade that will not let you down, ask at the Black Eel." And whoosh, he is out of there. Not a moment too soon, those people were giving him the creeps.
06* ^ the Onza blows Danil a kiss that could make a normal human's skin crawl. half demons probalby just get goosebumps
01<z> 6*Danil pretends he didn't see that. His steps quicken and he shivers. And hopes Onza isnt making a regular haunt of the Maiden's Folly. He just isnt that type of guy.
01<z> 6*Gerand does make note of the gesture though, and conceals the expression on his face, then watches the Onza surreptitiously from that point on.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"Why is it the pretty ones are always like that? It's maddening, really..." 6She comments to herself.
06* [] The door to the private room opens yet again, and this time a man emerges who can be seen quite clearly. He is at least 6' 6" and quite possibly taller. Light honey complexion, blue-green eyes as clear as ocean water. He is... absolutely gorgeous, if you don't mind the hint of cruelty in his gaze. Dressed expensively, but not weakly - he wears armor, dark leather that's polished til it <cut>
<[]> <cont> shines. Two gold rings on his left hand, one on his right. No earrings, no necklace either. His hair looks black until the light hits it and one realizes it's actually burgandy/wine colored. <done>
06* ^ the Onza has to grin at Gerand at least once, meeting his eyes dead on as if he knew Gerand was going to look up at that moment.
01<z> 6*Gerand ducks back and fixes his gaze on his stew. Somehow, that strange man had figured something out about him he didnt want his new owner to know.
06* [] said hair is pulled back into a clip that looks like a clawed hand. He waits at the door for all of two seconds before a shorter, far slimmer young man slips out of the room as well and closes the door quietly. The young man is pretty, but in a sinister sort of way. Long dark hair, wide green eyes that look like they belong more on a cat than a young man. very slender. He smiles in that <cut>
<[]> <cont> slightly blank way killers have before they strangle their victims. <done>
<|`> 6Kaji only sighs. 14"Ten to one says he likes the boy toys too. Oh well. I suppose I could take Danil's advice and buy a pretty boy for myself and simply go home."
01<z> 6*Gerand clears his throat quietly gulps down another forkful of stew. "You'd need to buy another, I'd die before I would let you touch me, Demoness."
06* [] Tsk. Kaji would lose that bet over the tall burgandy haired man. The younger dark-haired one practically radiates virgin rays, so no way of knowing what he fancies.
<|`> 6Kaji 14"You're no pretty boy, Gerand. And it's not really my calling to go out and chase tail at the moment, anyways."
01<z> 6*Gerand nods, relieved once more. But he doesn't venture his gaze to look at Onza again, in case he is caught looking.
06* [] The burgandy haired man directs the younger one over to Okori to pay up what seems like a sizable tab, and after a glance around the room, he starts for the door, albeit slowly, like he's waiting for another to join them.
06* ^ Tora watches them opently.
06* ^ they ordered simple tea.
06* [] The burgandy haired man will watch back, just as openly. Faint, knowing sort of smile. The young man seems a little oblivious though, and goes to wait by the door, kneeling with his arms behind his back.
06* [] Davi sets out a proper tea service for them, and lets them know to just call for him or Okori if they need anything else.
06* ^ Tora beams at him and they have tea. except the honeyblond in black, who stands nearby out of the way.
<[]> <Burgandy Haired Man> "Get the door, Caine." 6His voice is like good brandy to the senses, and the young man stands up from where he is kneeling, and gracefully turns to open the door to exit the tavern at the same time that the door to the private room opens again and Lithos steps out, carefully. His long hair is gone, cut severely short, and his eyes look just a little glassy - either drunk, <cut>
<[]> <cont> high, or in pain. Possibly some combination of all three. Dressed much as he was last time he was here, right down to the pretty bracelets on his arms. <done>
<^> <Tora> oh, his lovely hair. What a shame. His master has no taste at all.
Session Time: Sat Jun 28 00:00:00 2008
06* [] The burgandy haired man just chuckles at that, and gestures for Lithos to hurry up, which he does... just a little. It's rather apparent that he's having to be careful about his balance.
<^> <Tora> I'll have to see how long he's going to live, this man. ::smiles sweetly.::
Session Close: Sat Jun 28 00:06:47 2008

louisev

Danil Returns to the Maiden's Folly

01 6*Danil wanders down a familiar street and pushes open the familiar door to the Maiden's folly once more, where he has frequented most nights for the past half year.
06* ||| The pretty redheaded barmaid will have a drink for him - his usual. And if he's a regular paying type, he even has a tab.
01 6*Danil definitely pays regularly, and from the way he drinks he is doing better than common laborers do, as well. he doesnt just sit and drink at that tavern, he does business. serious business. "Thank you my dear."
<|||> "My pleasure, Sir. Let me know if you require anything further."
01 (Requiem)
06* ||| thank you ^_^
01 6*Danil "If you got any a that lamb stew you had a couple a nights back, I could fancy some a that, or a piece of pork."
<|||> "Will do." 6She smiles and slinks her way to the kitchen. Always very nice to the paying customers.
<|`> 6Kaji headed inside the place, folding her wings down to a more managable size as she took off a large sun hat. Fair skin came with the shock red hair, pretty, but a job in itself to take care of. A seat was quickly found and slouched down in to. Traveling was exhausting.
01 6*Danil notices any demon who enters the tavern, but this one makes him look twice and then choke on his beer. "Well of all the fang-toothed tyrants to walk in to this tavern it had to be Kaji Kuja of Kujaville."
06* ||| Requiem brings out Danil's food, and drops a curtsey in Kaji's direction. 1"Welcome to the Maiden's Folly, Sir. Can I get you anything?"
<|`> 6No doubt she was getting some looks, some favorable, some not so much. She looked wide eyed for a moment as she got a load of Dnil, but her expression quickly smoothed it self in to a smirk. "My my my. Are you wearing anything red under those trousers?" She looks yo the girl, giving a nod. "Yeah, whatever he's having, please. I trust him."
01 6*Danil "Ale and stew Princess Kuja, just ale and stew. What would one of you high and mighty's be doing on this side of the world. Your brother get dumped out of the Elder Council?" He picks up his bowl and glass and wanders over with a questioning look as to whether he could join her.
06* ||| Requiem looks amused. 1"Very well then." 6And off she goes to fetch said ale and stew. They don't usually have any trouble with demons paying up, so she doesn't raise a fuss about seeing coin first.
<|`> 6Kaji motioned to a chair, kicking it out a bit invitingly. "No, quite the opposite really. You would be proud, he'd pulling for the civilization to actually move forward. It's cause quite a split."
01 6*Danil "If it means full rights for humans I'm all for it, Princess." He takes the offered seat. "In the meantime, till it happens, I'll stay right here in Babylon as a free man."
06* ^ a group argues on the front porch of the in, very quietly - and most of the words seem to be gibberish anyway. but after a moment, most of the group moves away and a redheaded man enters and heads for the bar.
<|`> 6Kaji glanced over, but one couldn't really tell if it was because of the red hair or the arguing. "Come now, dear Danil, we weren't all so terrible. As for this town...well, at least I'm used to seeing not demons in power. It severely disturbs my father."
06* ^ Very long dark red hair, fair skin and bright bluegreen eyes.
01 6*Danil gives a polite nod to the newcomer. "Old Keo is just going to have to get with the times... this may be the only truly free port but look at what it does for commerce." He takes a sip of his stew. Damn the food is good here.
06* ||| Requiem has a very good business relationship with most of the food vendors around, so yes, the food is excellent. Always a little fresher, a little brighter, than anywhere else.
06* ^ the redhead smiles sweetly but there is a flicker in reality briefly of sharp, sharp teeth and bright phosphorous green eyes - but maybe it was a lamp flare or something he seems perfectly normal.
<|`> 6Kaji chuckles a bit, having a taste of the stew before decided she liked it and having a few larger spoonfuls. "Keo is fine, it is Kontero I'd be worried about. Anyways, I really pleased to see you doing well."
<^> Who's a guy gotta kill for service around here? ::light, amused voice, teasing.::
<|||> "We've already filled our assassination quota this eve, sir, so you're in luck. What can I get for you?"
01 6*Danil is a little alarmed by the appearance of the redheaded stranger. A Kuja he doesn't know, perhaps? He turns back to Kaji. "Oh... Kontero! And here I thought Keo Kuja was your father...! " he chuckles.
06* ||| so many redheads in one room. shocking.
01 6*Danil is just a plain old brunette.
<|`> 6Kaji flushed deeply, looking almost appauled at such an idea. "Certainly not. Keo may be the oldest of my brothers, but he's not that old. Be happy you've never met my father." She looked over at the other redhead, shaking her head a bit. "Outspoken advertising."
<^> Amaretto - if you've got it, over ice. if you dont' have any of that, screw it, i'll have a beer.
01 6*Danil holds up his glass. "Try the ale, friend, and the stew is excellent."
<|||> "Heh, you're the second person in a week to ask after that." 6She smiles faintly and drifts back to the bar to get said amaretto, and some very neat, perfectly symetrical icecubes.
<^> food, no stomach for it right now. Just ate.
01 6*Danil "All the more for me then." He rises and extends a hand to the redhead. "Danil's the name," he smiles, revealing the small fangs of a half-demon very briefly. "And this is Princess Kaji Kuja of Kujaville, my former mistress."
<|`> 6Kaji rolled her eyes, leaning back in her chair as she took a long sip of the ale. "Not a princess, and the town does have a real name, you know."
06* ^ the Redhead hesitated half a heartbeat and then turned and took the other man's hand and placed his opposite hand on top of both, then shook Danil's hand, once, twice, release and withdraw.
<^> I am the Onza.
01 6*Danil is mystified by the strange handshake, but takes it in stride. "Honored. " He turns to Kaji. "You mean it ISN't Kujaville?'
<|`> 6Kaji doesn't seem to notice the oddness and just laughs. "No, it's not. ...Well, perhaps to you, I suppose it is..."
01 6*Danil "So what brings you to the Folly then, Onza..." leaving off the 'the'. Haven't seen you in here before and I've been coming in pretty regular since winter."
06* ||| Requiem returns with the amaretto, and hands it over to Onza with a little curtsey
06* ^ Onza puts a large shiney opalescent coin down for Requiem
<|||> "Oh how pretty... would you like a tab, Sir?"
<^> I needed something to get the bad taste out of our mouth from the last job we were doing.
<|`> 6Kaji looks slightly worried at this, looking to Danil. "Do they have a different currency here?"
<^> sure. ::winks at her.::
06* ||| Requiem blushes faintly, but goes to set up the tab. 1"Not many gentlemen order that. But you seem nice enough."
01 6*Danil is slightly taken aback that this Onza guy ignored his question, and retreats, sitting back down again and look at Kaji. "They take gold and silver I know. I don't know what that coin is, maybe it is from another part of the world."
06* ^ he didnt' ignore it. he answered it.
06* ^ to wit: I needed something to get the bad taste out of our mouth from the last job we were doing.
01 6 ahhh, thought he was talking to the barmaid!
<|`> 6Kaji settles in with her drink, her stew now done. "This town is a welcome change of pace from stogey kujaville."
01 6*Danil 'So what kind of... business do you do, Onza? I am in... hard goods." he chuckles as if he had made a private joke.
<|`> 6Kaji dipped her fingertips in her ale, flicking droplets at Danil. "You stop that."
01 6*Danil "what'd I say?"
06* ||| Requiem keeps drinks topped off as needed, and will bring seconds if asked. It's a pretty quiet eve at the tavern - summer's heat means a lot of the usual ruckus dies down til it's very dark out.
<^> Necromancy.
01 6*Danil "Oh my. Then you don't use many traditional... weapons I would imagine."
<|`> 6Kaji looked fairly curious at that. "Do you specialize in bringing them back and putting them down?"
<^> I'm just working for the man.
<^> but he does both.
<^> the Hyena does most of the putting down. I'm the social one.
<|`> 6Kaji raised a brow as she looked him over. "Is everyone in your group a 'the'?"
01 6*Danil bristles. He never cared much for magic of any kind. "Well if you know anyone who... needs some high quality steel... someone who isn't dead that is..."
<^> yeah, i suppose so. and we're out of luck, i guess. ::grins:; we're all dead.
01 6*Danil "What a shame..." no new sales prospects today.
<^> well, were. but you know... you work for a necromancer, sometimes that shit happens.
<|`> 6Kaji reaches over, giving Danil's arm a few comforting pats. "Don't fluff your fur all up, dearest, I think necromancyis a fascinating subject. Had a brother who tried it once, but my father made him stop when the cat he brought back attacked poor Ky's head, another brother tried to light it on fire to get it off, his hair looked spectacularly awful for a few months."
01 6*Danil "Raising the dead is not my favorite topic I'm afraid."
<^> i'm not particularly fond of it either, sport.
<|`> 6Kaji "Then why work for a man who does it?"
01 6*Danil "Excellent question, Princess." He swills down more ale... the hell with sobriety.
<^> because he's a necromancer.
<^> and I belong to him.
01 6*Danil hisses with disapproval. He had been owned - once. By Kaji. "This is a free city though. Can't you break free?"
<|`> 6Kaji ahs.
<^> no. dude. he's a *necromancer*.
01 6*Danil looks from one to the other. "So he'd... what... deaniminate you?"
<^> specifically a Demonoligist.
<^> I just can't disobey him.
<|`> 6Wait, wait now, rewind. "Demonligist?"
06* ||| Actually... this is a city where anyone and anything can, and is enslaved, depending upon the circumstances. Just like anyone, and anything can be free. It's all status here, no racial/breed/etc. caste system.
06* ||| Case in point, a very beautiful young man with hair the color of frost and eyes like clear blue water, wanders in looking rather sulky.
06* ||| His skin is very pale, completely flawless, and his ears are just ever so faintly pointed. Delicate clothing in pale cream with little gold designs on the cloth and...
01 6*Danil has the idea that if the demons aren't in charge of everything, somehow that computes as freedom.
<^> a Demon-ologist
06* ||| a perfectly matched set of slave bracelets on either arm. He talks to Requiem for a bit, rather boredly.
06* ^ Onza's eyes flicker over to the young man and then back to his drink.
01 6*Danil "So what can a demon Ologist do that say your average necromancer can't do?"
<^> you know. bind demons.
01 6*Danil "Well couldn't you hire some other demon Ologist to say... unbind you?"
<^> Angels, demons, devils, dark spirits...
<^> well, taht would be disobeying him, wouldn't it?
01 6*Danil shrugs. "I suppose so. Unless somebody owed you a favor."
<^> besides, i *wasn't* a demon.
<^> no, even if they owed me a favor, it would be disobeying.
<|`> 6Kaji looked over, frowning slightly as she seemed to ponder something. "Ten to one says gold speaks louder than any favor to your master."
<^> if you find a free coupon for icecream and your mama said 'you cant' have icecream' you can't use the coupon.
06* ||| Very pretty young man indeed. Currently giving Requiem a longsuffering look as she explains that no, she can't fulfill an order without the seal of the young man's owner. They've had this discussion before.
01 6*Danil notices that the pretty boy is being denied service. "Can't someone buy the kid a drink or at least a bowl of stew?"
06* ^ Onza peers at Requiem and the young man, one long pointed ear appearing from beneath the waves of red hair briefly. then, zoop, vanishes again.
<|`> 6Kaji frowns as she takes out a pouch, digging through various coinage before taking out a thick gold coin. "Was easier just yelling at a purse..." She mutters to herself. "Do they take this here?"
<|||> "You can buy him whatever you like - just watch you don't let him get you into trouble." 6Mildly.
06* ||| The young man lowers his eyelashes, to cover an exasperated sigh.
01 6*Danil "Well then I can pay for him, get him an ale and a bowl of stew if he wants a bite to eat." The slave bracelets disturb him.
<^> Trouble? oooo. ::passes the Amaretto down to the pretty boy.:: I'll buy some.
06* ||| The bracelets are pretty too - armbands with gold and little filigree designs. The boy grins at the hospitality and takes his food right on over like he was invited.
01 6*Danil "I don't favor boys myself, I think I'm safe."
<|||> "You're all generous sorts - that's a rare thing."
<|`> 6Kaji follows Danil's line of sight to the bracelets, then looks back to him. "Speaking of that sort of thing, I need your help with something. You know this town well enough, right?"
01 6*Danil "Sure... at least the waterfront and the vendors here. I stay away from the Council chambers and the upper classes though... your sort of people, Princess. What's the matter, lose your human pet again?"
06* ||| Requiem shakes her head. 1"Lithos, you get any of my customers in trouble and I'll feed you to a grue." 6But it's only mild reproof. Lithos grins at her winningly and has his stew. And sips Amaretto, too. Mmm.
<^> Grue! I love Grue! its chewy and crunchy.
<|||> "We have one in the cellar. Guards the place after dark when we're closed. Haven't found a burglar yet... a few bags occasionally... but never the thief himself."
<|`> 6Kaji "You were my last, my dear Danil, although I did lose you, I suppose. But I find I am in need of an assistant. People on the outstirts don't tend to trust me, go figure. And since I know freedom is one of your passions, I thought you might help me find an appropiate slave to release and train."
<^> they are delicious.
<^> what now? ::turns back to Kaji:: Isn't that backwards?
01 6*Danil scowls with suspicion. " What do you want a slave for... and what are you training him for?"
06* ||| Lithos doesn't say anything, just watches the group from underneath eyelashes as icy white as his hair.
<|`> 6Kaji "No, not at all. And I don't want a slave, I want an assistant. Having a male companion with me that I know I can trust that's not secretly reporting back to Keo is something that would be extremely useful to me."
01 6*Danil is confused. But you just said... you wanted a slave."
<|`> 6Kaji "Getting someone out of the slave markets forever and freeing them is a perk to the plan. I want to purchase a slave, set them free and give them a job."
01 6*Danil peers closely at her. "Just... any old slave? Human, elf, what?"
06* ||| Lithos eats his food very carefully, and only occasionally licks his fingers when he thinks no one is looking.
<|`> 6"Whoever you think would be best suited and most deserving." She peers down in to her mug, putting it on the edge of the table for a refill.
01 6*Danil jerks a thumb at Lithos. "What about that one - he's pretty enough, young enough, eats well, looks healthy. Maybe he's for sale."
06* ||| Requiem drifts past and refills it. Lithos steadily sips at the amaretto, and occasionally glances at Requiem as if she's going to take it away.
<|||> "Forgive me for speaking out of turn, sir, but I'd not wish you ill after feeding me - my master doesn't sell his slaves."
<|`> 6Kaji sighs a bit. "Pity, you're awful pretty. But it looks like your master likes you quite a bit, from the look of those bracelets, I wasn't too hopeful."
01 6*Danil "It was an idea. I didn't want you to feel left out of the running. One could do worse than be bought by Princess Kuja. Her family is very important."
<|||> "Like isn't the word, Miss."
<|||> "Besides, I'm a terrible slave, confidentially speaking." 6He polishes off his stew.
<|`> 6Kaji "What is the word then?"
<|||> "I think I'm an affront to his finer sensibilities, seeing as I don't obey." 6He smiles sweetly, and has some more amaretto.
01 6*Danil "So we could offer him a deal, take you off his hands,tell him we'll reform you."
<|`> 6Kaji chuckles a bit, liking him already. "You naughty little monkey."
06* ^ Onza asks the tender for another glass and a bottle.
<|||> "Monkey's have tails, but I'll not argue the rest, Miss. He'll not let me go, be the first slave he's ever let go. The Archers are keen on retaining property."
06* ||| Requiem brings Onza both glass and bottle, though she does glance at Lithos again. She worries about that boy - he's going to get someone killed someday. Maybe himself, maybe someone else.
01 6*Danil "Why does he keep you then? Certainly he would accept a good price."
<|||> "You'd have to ask him that, yourself. I can think of a lot of reasons, but mostly, it's just because he's many things I can't call him out loud or my bracelets will smite me good." 6Shameless.
<|`> 6Kaji "Stubbornness, most likely. That, with owners and slaves, I am well acquainted with."
01 6*Danil shrugs. "So much for making an easy acquisition at dinner time. I can go down the slave market tomorrow and find someone a little less... encumbered. What's in it for me, Princess?"
<|||> "... are you really going to let the poor bastard you pick free?"
01 6*Danil "She said so didn't she?"
<|`> 6Kaji "A sense of well being not enough for you? And yes, I am. I let this one free, after all." A nod towards Danil.
<|||> "... might know someone you can get then. Over at the workhouse."
01 6*Danil "Hold on now, she asked me to find someone for her. And the workhouse may not be the best place...." he fixes an eye on Kaji. "I was thinking more along the lines of a few pieces of gold."
<|||> "Suit yourself. Workhouse is a slave market too - get plenty of nobles and merchant's sons who fall on hard times or just want to cast off an inconvenient kid."
<|`> 6Kaji gave a shrug as she picked up her drink once again. "All right, a price can be settled. And why is a workhouse no good?"
<|||> "Only most of them can read and write."
01 6*Danil "the ones they send down to work on the ships are all skin and bones."
<|`> 6Kaji "They can be fattened up."
<|||> "I know a couple of pretty ones that they don't put to the hard work."
<|`> 6Kaji "I take it they give them another sort of work to do?"
01 6*Danil chuckles nastily. "Yeah, like what I used to do for you, Princess."
<^> ... ::looks at Danil and then away again, sipping his drink.::
<|||> "Actually... they keep them in the library - the underground part. Some things only virgins can do, after all."
01 6*Danil "Which is worse, being a slave whore or being a necromancer, Onza?"
<^> A slave whore can die someday and escape.
<^> necromancy is forever.
01 6*Danil "Or get freed by a Kuja princess," he chuckles. "I'm sorry to hear you didn't fare as well as I."
<^> and i'm not a necromancer. i work for one.
<^> you have no idea, boy. ::curls his lip faintly.::
<|`> 6Kaji frowned at that, looking slightly disturbed. bleh... "I had not thought of it that way."
<|||> "Best not to think of it at all."
<^> well, better the necromancer than the sorcerers before him, really. ::shrug::
06* ||| He touches one of his bracelets and then stands up abruptly, and a little tipsily. 1"Sorry to eat and run, kind masters and mistress, but I should get going before they send someone after me again."
01 6*Danil "Thanks for the tip on the workhouse, good luck with your... master."
<^> what, you're not working us? I'm feeling worked.
<|`> 6Kaji "Certianly can't have that. Scoot then."
01 6*Danil is mystified. "Working us? Whatever do you mean, Onza?"
<|||> "Oh any time." 6He beams at them all, and then winks at Onza. 1"I'd not work you, Mister. Now for another bottle... well, one must stay warm at night."
<^> I'm always warm except when i'm not.
<|`> 6Kaji "Weasely monkey." She comments before looking back to Danil. "So we will go tomorrow and you shall pick the proper one out for me."
<|||> "Ah but a bottle is never so fickle." 6He laughs a little, bows very gracefully, and then slips out the door before his bracelets really start paining him.
01 6*Danil "I have to bring you along? Oh, so you can approve the purchase of course..." he sighs. He had wanted to take her money and do it on his own.
<|`> 6Kaji "Well you can't just take my money and run, I want to see what I'm buying before I get it. Slaves can get very expensive, anyways."
01 6*Danil chuckled again. "The best costs money. How much did you pay for me, Princess? And... wasn't I worth every gold sovereign?"
<|`> 6Kaji "I didn't pay anything for you, so yes, I suppose you were."
01 6*Danil "Oh yes, I must have been your birthday gift. Silly of me. If you meet me here when the Folly opens tomorrow we can go down together. After I have another bowl of that excellent stew."
<|`> 6Kaji gives a nod. "Of course. Sounds perfect. And you were a lovely birthday gift."
01 6*Danil puts some silver coins on the table to pay up his tab, and pulls his cloak around his shoulders. "Till we meet again, Mr. Onza. Princess." He bows politely.
06* ||| Requiem will bid him a pleasant night.
Session Close: Wed Jun 18 21:54:03 2008

louisev

An Evening at the Maiden's Folly

Session Start: Fri Sep 14 00:00:00 2007
Session Ident: #demonworld
* ||| And now ============= somewhere on the other side of the world ================
* ||| The autumn festival celebrating the Oracle of Autumn continues. It is a grand celebration leading up to the birth of the new year, which happens after harvest in the quiet of winter. The city of New Babylon, a bustling coastal town reminiscent of Rome or Greece, is illuminated by both lamp and torch, with music playing in the air entwined with the scents of roasting meat, perfume, alcohol
<|||> and excesses of all sorts.
6 Down on the waterfront, a heavily muscled human man with a shock of blond hair and a deep tan, has just finished a long shift unloading cargo, and he is headed into the main gates to spend some money and go drinking, maybe acquire some entertainment for the evening. His name is Danil, and he was once a favored pet of a particular female Kuja demon. Times he would prefer to forget.
* ||| There are dancers in the streets - women painted in metallic golds and coppers and reds - colors of autumn, and of the Oracle they celebrate. They wear little else save the body paint, a few feathers and a light chain around their necks, symbolizing the coming frost after the feast times.
6 A frost would be welcome after the heat of summer, summer is no time to be unloading ship cargo, particularly live cargo. Danil takes in the sight of the dancing women, looking them over appreciatively, and heads for the nearest tavern to start on his evening of drinking.
* ||| Plenty of taverns by the docks, catering to all types, from the noblemen who may have just disembarked to the lowly cabin boy with only a few coppers to rub together. The closest one that a working class gentleman might approve of is the Maiden's Folly, run by a pair of redheaded stepchildren, who are mixed between some sort of fae and the ones of the Rim. Twilighters.
6 Danil ducks into the Folly, looking around to see if there might be some whores working the place who he could liquor up and pay for an evening's companionship.
* ||| It's fairly packed, sailors on shore leave, a few gladiators. The girl of the set of twins, Requiem, waves her bartowel at Danil. 1"Welcome, Stranger - pull up a seat. My brother's in the back refereeing the card games, so you'll have to order through me."
* ||| Requiem is tall, for a woman, about 5' 10" with waist length fiery red hair, violet-grey eyes, and just a smattering of freckles on the tip of her nose. She is voluptuous, almost to the point of sinful.
6 Danil grins and winks at the girl. "I won't object, sweetheart... I will take your regular ale, not the cheapest, but not the best." He puts his coins on the bar to let her know he has money to pay to keep it coming.
<|||> "One ale comin' up. We got some beef in fresh - made a stew, made steaks, though most people are out eating at the festival grounds and such."
6 "If you're serving it, I'll have a trencher of stew, that sounds mighty fine." He gives her another smile. "If you're serving then you can't be for sale, you got any girls half as pretty who might be?"
<|||> "No, but I can put Davi in a dress and sell him to you," 6She teases. A manly shout from the direction of one of the parlors says, "I heard that!" And Requiem laughs as she saunters off to fix the stew. A man leaning on one of the nearby barstools glances at Danil.
<|||> "Slaver's are two streets down."
6 "There aren't any freewomen who whore down in this part of the city?" he says to the man. "I'm not from these parts you see."
<|||> "Oh, whores. Most of them are workin' the festival too - all the rich folks amble on thataway, once the seasickness passes."
* ||| The man polishes off an impressively large glass of some reddish-gold drink and then clears his throat. 1"Whore houses are close to the center of the city - gladiator rings too. It all goes together, y'see."
6 Danil smirks. "Well I'm not a rich man, just a working man. Of course if any of you fine gentleman have a halfway decent looking sister you want to introduce me to, she'll be safe and in one piece when the night's done..." he picks up his ale and looks casual.
<|||> "Not all the whores are high class, but they all follow money, that's for damned sure." 6He laughs. 1"The ones that don't are the ones you wanna look out for."
* ||| Most of the men go about their business - there's some high stakes gambling going on, and that's more than enough distraction. One or two shoot Danil evil looks.
* ||| Requiem returns with the stew.
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6 Danil turns back to his meal. "I'll have to go into the city then if I want what I'm looking for..." he says, though more softly. He gives Requiem another bright smile and puts down what has to be plenty of money for the stew. "Thank you darling, it looks wonderful."
<|||> "No trouble at all, mister." 6She takes the extra and counts it up, leans over and gets a gooood look at Danil, then nods to herself and sets up a tab for him, so if he comes back, he'll get a little extra for his trouble.
6 Danil slurps up his stew with passable politeness, wiping his mouth with the edge of his sleeve. "So do I really have to go all the way into the city to find a girl, or are there any more local arrangements?" he asks her.
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<|||> "Sir, I don't really pick up whores, so I couldn't say. There might be one or two up the street."
6 Danil nods. "I understand, I hope I didn't offend you, you do seem like a very sweet girl." The next grin he flashes her reveals longer canines than normal for a human - this muscular longshoreman has demon blood in him. "You have rooms?"
* ||| Requiem doesn't seem bothered by the demonish traits. She nods. 1"Yessir, we sure do. How long would you like to stay?"
6 "Two nights, I think. A room for... two." Another rakish grin. "You don't object to ... guests in the rooms I would hope...?"
<|||> "Not at all. Cram as many in there as you can fit, sir. But you're the only one that gets meals and drinks for your stay."
6 Danil nods. "Understood." He puts down another short stack of coins. "This enough for two nights?"
* ^ a rustle of silk and faint chiming of delicate bells announces another patron entering.
* ^ Kenji is an apparent human with oriental features, ivory skin and long, long dark hair with a strange irridescent sheen to it when the light hits it right. He is a slim, delicate man with slanted eyes the color of jade. he moves with fluid grace, and looks almost choreographed.
* ||| Requiem quotes a price that's fair, if a little on the high side. Unless you factor in having to replace all the sheets. Then it's perfectly fair. 1"Looks to be enough," 6She glances to the newcomer. 1"Be right with you, sir, just let me get this gentleman set up with his room."
* ^ he is wearing a long kimono-like robe of silk, black at the shoulders and embroidered with stars, fading down to the bottom where it is a red sunset with pink and pale silver and gold clouds.
* ||| Kenji gets a few catcalls from some of the rowdier men.
* ^ his hair is held back with pins that have tiny silver and gold bells on them. At first glance, some might mistake him for a woman.
6 Danil knows he is overpaying. It might pay off in due course. "I can wait, I'll finish my dinner. By all means, go ahead and serve... our new friend here. My name is Danil," he greets the man. It is pure outgoingness, rather than interest.
* ||| yup. they do.
<|||> "Very well." 6She nods, turns to Kenji... pauses for half a heartbeat when she notices how *pretty* he is, then continues on with her, 1"Welcome to the Maiden's Folly. What can I get you?"
* ^ Kenji smiles sweetly. his teeth are very white.
<^> ::soft, faintly accented voice:: Thank you. May i trouble you for a cup of tea? something with cinnamon, if you have it.
* ^ he smiles and lowers his lashes a little at Danil.
<|||> "Oh sure, we have tea. It's only a few copper." 6She bustles about and then vanishes into the back for a bit to get the kettle on again.
<^> I am called Kenji.
6 "Pleased to meet you. So you must not be from around here either, judging from the reaction of some of the locals here..." he laughs softly. "You some kind of monk?"
* ^ Kenji blinks and looks down at himself.
<^> ... i'm a dancer.
* ^ wow. makeover time if someone thinks i look like a monk.
6 Danil thinks anyone in a kimono is a monk.
* ^ those samurai in the corner are going to kick his ass
* ||| lol yeah.
6 "I guess that's what the bells are for, eh?"
* ||| There are shouts from the parlor as Requiem returns with tea.
<^> most monks shave hteir heads, or at least partially
6 Danil nods. "So that's how you can tell. Say, this stew is great. put some hair on your chest. If you want it that is."
* ||| Requiem sighs as a nicely cushioned chair goes sailing from the room and dashes to catch it before it shatters to bits. Kenji's tea service, an asianesque tea service no less, is set on the bar in front of him.
* ^ Kenji has put several peices of silver, peirced in the middle, octagonal, and marked with a dragon, on the bar. he smiles and accepts his tea. does things very rituallized. so he's either into his tea or he's ocd
6 Danil wonders what the flying chair was about, but doesn't move to help Requiem keep the peace. Well, not unless she asks that is.
* ||| Nope. Requiem nabs the chair, and stalks into the parlor. 1"Okori! What have I told you about riling up the guests?!" 6She sits the chair down with a huff. 1"And Davi, you know better than to let him play!" 6More squabbling noises. A very tall, tan and completely bald gentleman is eying Kenji.
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* ^ Kenji sips his tea.
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6 Danil sees the man who is watching Kenji. "I think someone might be interested in a private dance, my well dressed friend..." he says to Kenji
<^> perhaps.
* ^ Kenji takes a small mirror from his sleeve and checks his makeup.
* ||| Requiem flings a dark-haired, mocha-skinned gentleman with eyes like cinnamon out into the main room. 1"There. Now stay out and work or fruit off, I don't care which." 6She smiles sweetly at the room in general and says, 1"Okori will be your server for the evening, to celebrate his *exceptionally* good luck at the tables tonight."
* ||| Okori sulks.
* ||| The bald guy is still staring.
6 Danil chuckles, wipes his mouth on his sleeve and pushes away his now empty trencher, and gulps down the last of his ale. Now it's time to go find a friend.
* ^ Kenji sips his tea and lets baldguy stare and tries not to show how amused he is at Okori.
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Session Close: Fri Sep 14 02:29:33 2007

Jul. 19th, 2007

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aionwatha

The log with Ky that's been requested...

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Jul. 8th, 2007

watching eye

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