Kyou 46

[18:47] Happy: "So Naib. What have you seen in the past few days, since the spirits went mad?"
[18:47] Murska: 'I can't say I've seen much. The nature seems oddly quiet… and there have been odd sounds at night.'
[18:49] Happy: "The weakest of them have died. It was worse the first night."
[18:50] Murska: 'Why, do you know something of this? I thought spirits aren't talked about much in these parts…'
[18:58] Happy: "They aren't. I'm not exactly welcome in the cities." Hope is dressed in full barbarian gear, close fitting leather.
[18:59] Murska: 'Nobody seems to be. I've met more welcoming areas…'
[19:04] Happy: "And yet you still come further into Hyrillia instead of leaving, like any sensible person would do. That tells me that you must have business here."
[19:04] Murska: 'Maybe I'm just interested of what I can find?'
[19:05] Happy: "Maybe."
[19:05] Happy: Her tone indicating that she doesn't accept that, but isn't challenging it either.
[19:06] Murska: 'So, what are you even doing here? Would you happen to be part of the reason this army is coming here?'
[19:09] Happy: "An army after one barbarian? No, they aren't coming for me." She pauses, for the time it takes to chew and swallow another bite of jerky. Then grins. "I'm coming for them."
[19:10] Murska: 'I suppose I should head somewhere else then…' The man seems somewhat uncertain. He places his hand into a pocket, seems to be pulling something out.
[19:12] Happy: Hope watches, alert, but without changing her posture or reaching for a weapon.
[19:13] Murska: (Michicora doesn't do anything I guess?)
[19:13] Murska: He pulls out… a coin. Shock and awe. :P
[19:13] Murska: You haven't seen a coin like that, though.
[19:13] Murska: 'You seem like an interesting person. Heads or tails?'
[19:13] Shadowcaller: (Well, she trusts that Hope can handle this man. Otherwise it would be a bold in his throat by now.)
[19:14] Happy: "Heads."
[19:14] Murska: He flicks it to the air and catches it in his palm.
[19:15] Murska: 'Hm. I guess I'll be witnessing this war after all then.'
[19:15] Shadowcaller: (No country for old men?:P)
[19:15] Murska: He pockets the coin again.
[19:15] Murska: (Old?)
[19:15] Shadowcaller: (Never mind…)
[19:15] Happy: Hope tilts her head. "You live by chance?"
[19:15] Shadowcaller: ((Link:
[19:16] Murska: 'Not always, but then, I've nothing better to do right now.'
[19:19] Happy: "Hmm… and why should I trust you?"
[19:19] Murska: 'Well, you obviously don't. I can't offer you no reason you'd accept.'
[19:24] Happy: "Actually, I tend to be favourably disposed to those I've shared a meal with. But there's too much at stake. I need to know how you feel about the spirits and the gate before I can make any decision about you."
[19:25] Murska: 'Ah, the gate. I'm, let's say, interested of them.'
[19:26] Happy: "Go on."
[19:27] Murska: 'What more is there to say? This place is unique, I'm sure you know.'
[19:29] Shadowcaller: (goblins updated.)
[19:32] Happy: "There are different ways to be interested in something."
[19:44] Happy: "An artist and a hunter might both find a deer interesting."
[19:47] Murska: 'Well, as I've said, I'm a traveller. Life is nothing without the experiences it consists of, and I work to live as much as I can.'
[19:54] Happy: "And what would you think of a world without spirits or gods? A world with only mortals?"
[19:56] Murska: 'Eh. I don't have much of an opinion, never having lived in such a world. But I'd imagine it'd have less variety. Wizards would probably quickly take over most of it.'
[20:06] Shadowcaller: *pokeÄ
[20:07] Happy: "I wouldn't like that to happen."
[20:08] Murska: 'I don't know if it'd make much of a difference for most people, including myself. I'm not that religious.'
[20:08] Murska: 'But, wasn't this supposed to be an 'exchange' of news? You tell me something aswell.' *smile*
[20:09] Happy: "As I said. The gate is closed. The spirits go mad. The gods are silenced. And Kyou is closed up tight."
[20:11] Murska: 'So, what are you doing about it? Waging a war against the Empire? With what?'
[20:14] Happy: "With my strongest asset. Hope."
[20:14] Happy: "And perhaps some allies."
[20:16] Murska: He smiles again. 'I'd like to meet those allies, if you're so confident.'
[20:20] Happy: "I'm still deciding. If you were to betray us to the army, we'd have to kill you. It might be better just to send you on your way."
[20:23] Murska: 'Well, the coin toss told me to keep going this way. Then again, I'm not some sort of a Geor, and I do value my life.'
[20:23] Happy: "What is a Geor?"
[20:24] Murska: 'Geormen, believers in chaos. Mostly live near the deserts.'
[20:25] Shadowcaller: (Most likely those kuori worshippers…)
[20:25] Murska: (These guys are not anywhere near here.)
[20:26] Shadowcaller: (No where near Kyou or no where Hyrillian?)
[20:26] Shadowcaller: *no where near Hyrillian
[20:26] Murska: (Nowhere near either)
[20:26] Murska: (Well, not THAT far from the Empire's borders)
[20:27] Murska: (They're near where Naib was born, actually.)
[20:27] Happy: "Do you know how to fight?"
[20:27] Murska: 'Enough to defend myself.'
[20:34] Happy: "You'll probably need it. I can tell you where you can cross the river, but I don't know any way of getting into Kyou."
[20:35] Murska: 'Well, I'll just see what happens.' His movements seem very well balanced and swift, kind of flowing, you note.
[20:36] Happy: (I thought we were sitting down)
[20:36] Murska: (As he eats, and moves his hands while he talks.)
[20:36] Happy: (okay)
[20:38] Happy: "There's a bridge that's less guarded than this one. They only send patrols sporadically." She gives him directions.
[20:39] Murska: 'Yeah, I assumed there would be some way of crossing upstream. This road is quite new, and before it was here, why would the people have crossed two rivers when they can cross one?'
[20:44] Happy: "I wish you good journey."
[20:44] Murska: 'Are you scouting the road here?'
[20:45] Happy: "I am."
[20:49] Murska: 'You're equipped in a way that suggests you don't have any permanent station near. Just checking on them?' The man seems to think for a bit. 'There's a signal flame on top of the tower and I'm pretty sure the usual amount of guards is less than ten, although there seem to be more preparing for the arrival of the army. Does that work as a gift for the food?'
[20:51] Happy: "It does indeed. How did you know about the signal flame?"
[20:52] Murska: 'Saw the fuel for it being carried into the tower, and the top floor is shaped in a way that the fire would show far towards Kyou but not towards the direction of the road.'
[20:53] Happy: "Good eyes. I thank you."
[20:55] Murska: The man stands up and bows. 'No, I must thank you.'
[20:57] Happy: "Perhaps I could let you meet one of my allies. But I warn you, she will be far less trusting than I am."
[20:57] Murska: 'Another fierce huntress?'
[20:59] Happy: "Indeed."
[21:00] Murska: 'Looking over this conversation with a bow in hand?' He gives a smirk.
[21:00] Shadowcaller: (Ha! its a crossbow!)
[21:00] Murska: (:P)
[21:01] Happy: She grins. "Very much so."
[21:02] Shadowcaller: (Michicora most likely mumbles something about that its a crowwbow now.)
[21:02] Shadowcaller: /crossbow
[21:03] Happy: (Does she climb down?)
[21:04] Shadowcaller: (Nope, she preferes to have a distance after all.)
[21:04] Shadowcaller: (She waits until you come to her.)
[21:05] Murska: Naib looks around, interested, but doesn't find any trace of her.
[21:14] Murska: (poke)
[21:14] Shadowcaller: (Me or happy? I think she spilled something.)
[21:15] Murska: (just keeping this awake)
[21:16] Happy: (spilled a full glass of coke)
[21:16] Murska: (Ouch. Hopefully not on keyboard?)
[21:16] Happy: almost worse
[21:16] Happy: it *almost* hit the power strip
[21:17] Murska: (Oo You keep drinks near places where they can, if spilled, keep you from continuing whatever you were doing on the computer for more than few minutes at most? )
[21:17] Happy: (everything's kind of cluttered here…)
[21:29] Shadowcaller: *poke*
[21:30] Happy: "So you didn't see her. You just made a clever deduction," Hope says.
[21:30] Murska: 'Got me there. Where is she?'
[21:31] Shadowcaller: He can hear a voice behind him "Here." (yes its Michicoras voice, but he would not recgonize it anyway)
[21:32] Murska: He turns around very quickly. 'Oh. Nice to meet you.' It still takes him a while to see where she must be.
[21:33] Shadowcaller: (oh, she just emerged from the bushes… somehow.)
[21:33] Shadowcaller: (Link:
[21:34] Murska: Naib bows again.
[21:35] Shadowcaller: Michicora don't really react to this, instead she turns to Hope "Can he be trusted?"
[21:42] Happy: "Perhaps. I wouldn't have known about the signal fire if he hadn't told us. Naib, this is Michicora, Huntress of Kuori."
[21:43] Murska: 'Oh. Kuori. Very nice to meet you, I am Naib, a traveller.'
[21:44] Shadowcaller: "I heard."
[21:45] Murska: 'I guess, but at least now we're formally introduced.'
[21:45] Happy: "I am a follower of Kuori as well, which is reason enough to want the gate open. And there are… other reasons."
[21:46] Shadowcaller: "We are."
[21:46] Murska: 'I heard there were some troubles with Kuori followers not too far from here from my last stop. Are there many of you?'
[21:47] Shadowcaller: "All of them do not follow the true ways."
[21:49] Happy: "There are others?" Hope asks Michicora. "Would they ally with us?"
[21:50] Shadowcaller: "Far away." She nods to a direction behind her
[21:50] Murska: Naib seems confused. 'Wait, so you aren't a part of those?'
[21:52] Shadowcaller: "I'm part of all the true gods worshippers."
[21:58] Happy: Hope just listens, as this is all new information to her.
[21:59] Murska: 'Right, of course.' Naib doesn't feel like trying to question her any further.
[22:01] Shadowcaller: "Why are you here?"
[22:01] Murska: 'To see what I can find.'
[22:02] Shadowcaller: "Why should we trust you?"
[22:03] Murska: 'Why do you keep asking that? There is nothing I could say that would convince you.'
[22:04] Shadowcaller: "Its a normal question."
[22:05] Murska: 'Hm. Actually, most people ask things like 'what is your name', 'where are you going', 'how long are you going to stay' and, most commonly, 'can you pay?'
[22:06] Happy: "You probably don't travel with guerillas very often."
[22:07] Murska: He smiles again. 'Well, first time for everything.'
[22:10] Happy: "You can travel with us as far as the crossing," Hope decided. "After that, we'll see."
[22:11] Murska: 'Well, I was going that way in any case so it suits me.'
[22:13] Shadowcaller: "If thats your wish." Michicora states, emtionless
[22:19] Murska: I guess they travel, then.
[22:20] Shadowcaller: Whatever Hope wanted them to travel
[22:20] Happy: Continuing to follow the scouting route
[22:21] Murska: After checking the bridges, they're supposed to do a quick check to learn of the area in general, especially around the road, and then make their way back.
[22:22] Happy: Then they do that. Though as soon as the telepathic check comes in, Hope reports about Naib and asks if he should be brought back to Gallion.
[22:23] Murska: (To Cessie this time)
[22:23] Happy: (okay. rp it out?)
[22:23] Shadowcaller: (She's asleep right?)
[22:23] Shadowcaller: (Right, different time..)
[22:24] Murska: (Hm. Dunno. Anyway, Aegnor will be a bit unsure of what exactly to do. The man knows of them, which is bad, but if he were to know of the military camp(of which the scouts have been informed by now, btw) it'd be even worse if he'd escape)
[22:26] Murska: ('Trusting your judgment. If you think he knows too much or is likely to tell of it, or if you trust him enough that he could be useful, bring him. If none of those, try and get him to leave, hopefully with false information just in case.')
[22:28] Happy: /Right now, he only knows that there are two Huntresses scouting the road who want to open the gate. We'll keep him with us at least a day, to see what kind of man he is./
[22:28] Shadowcaller: (Is this after or before?)
[22:30] Happy: (after or before what?)
[22:30] Shadowcaller: (Well the other chats time-line.)
[22:30] Murska: (after, quite a lot)
[22:31] Shadowcaller: /Okay… I tell that to Aegnor then./
[22:32] Happy: /Don't worry, Cessie. We're being careful./
[22:34] Shadowcaller: /I'm not worried, just be careful for traps and such. You can't trust anyone./
[22:44] Murska: (poke)
[22:45] Happy: /I will. You be careful too./
[22:46] Happy: (And because it's in the timeline's future, she won't ask what's happening :P)
[22:46] Shadowcaller: /Don't worry, there is nothing to be careful about here./
[22:49] Happy: And after doing the rest of the scouting report, the conversation ends, and the party moves on.
[22:50] Happy: Not that Naib should have recognized there was a conversation.
[22:57] Happy: *poke*
[22:57] Shadowcaller: *poke*
[22:58] Murska: The group travels towards the old bridge at least until we manage to end that dream. :P

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