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Unread 05-09-2004, 09:00 PM   #11
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Felce went into the bar, and got a seat where he could see the door. He liked to know who came and went, it was always safer that way. Unfortunately, that also meant that he was always the first to be seen by those who came in. While he had noticed that there were many different kinds of people here, few actually stood out. Most seemed content to live their own, relatively quiet lives, and drink themselves to stupor. In the corner, he saw a particularly lonely elf though, whom everyone tried to avoid looking at. That guy is dangerous thought Felce. Soon though, the elf left.
While he was still scanning the room's patrons, a man entered. He was tanned, and dressed strange, but it wasn't his clothing that Felce noticed. Under his conical hat, Felce saw the man's eyes. They burned with intensity, from what Felce knew not. Have I seen this man before? thought Felce. There was something about the way he looked... Felce thought about calling the man over for a drink, but held back, not knowing what the man's intentions were. Instead, he finished scanning the room.
At another table, there was a man conversing with four sailors from Felce's crew. They were throwing back beers, telling stories and having a good laugh. Felce heard the sailors call the man 'Rue'. Deciding he had to start somewhere, he walked over to the table. He sat down with the others, and was introduced by a sailor.
"This here is the owner of our ship, Felce Albero" said the sailor. Felce nodded. "And this is Rue Calotropis, Felce. Says he used to be a sailor, but is currently without a crew."
Rue put on a big, fake smile. It appeared that Rue had been cleaning up; cards were on the table and most of the money was in a pile in front of him.
"You play cards?" Felce asked.
"Of course." Said Rue, again with that fake smile.
Felce took out a few gold coins and put them on the table, and dealt the cards. Felce had seen Rue's type before, many times. When it came time to call, Felce showed his hand. He knew a few tricks himself, and had a straight flush.
"Impressive" said Rue, tapping his cards on the table, a seemingly innocent gesture, but he had secretly switched his hand. When he revealed his cards, he had a royal flush. Felce had expected this however, and was using the game as a test. But, card skills don't really help when it comes to fighting, quick wits were needed. As Rue was laying his cards down, Felce caused a slight gust of wind to draw the cards out from his sleeve. Needless to say, the other sailors, who had been playing with Rue all night, got furious at this. Felce sat back, to watch what Rue would do.
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Unread 05-09-2004, 09:08 PM   #12
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Tsuruchi's eyebrows went up under his jingasa as he saw the cards fly from the sailor's sleeve.

A shugenja? Or...

He gritted his teeth as the word crossed his mind, but he forced himself to relax and watch. But still, he could not help mouthing it.

"...maho-tsukai..."
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Unread 05-09-2004, 09:09 PM   #13
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OOC: What do those mean, Dante?

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Guy saw the magic used to blow the cards out of the man's sleeve, and was confused. Did I do that? I don't remember casting a spelll... He thought to himself, since he has yet to met another mage beyond his father.
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Unread 05-09-2004, 09:20 PM   #14
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Moments after he cast the small spell, he knew he had made a mistake. Most of the patrons would see what he had done as Rue trying to cheat and making a mistake, but... More people seemed surprised than should have been. Thoughts raced through his head, Are there actual mages here? Does Rue have a reputation, do people expect him to not make these stupid mistakes? Felce had to get out of there. If someone had seen what he had done... He wouldn't be safe anymore. In the confusion caused by his sailors, Felce left the bar, and returned to his ship. He'd have to find his mercenaries later. Everything always got complicated around Felce...
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Rue's fake smile faded into a smirk of self denigration as he quickly slid his cards back together, along with a few that didn't originally belong to him--figuring he wuld sort them later, and tucked them into his pocket. A life of ridiculous luck, both good and bad, had left him the type to be rather unphased by such things.

"Guys... guys... this is all just a big mistake..." the pirate started, holding up his hands in a gesture of peace as his eyes moved over the room, glancing for an easy escape, or at least something or someone to hide behind.

"Oh yah... it was a mistake alright," one of the sailors countered, drawing his weapon--a scimitar, rather standard for sailors--and advancing on Rue, who had just watched their captain leave.

'Must not like blood... but no time to think about that,' he thought, as he glanced over toward the dangerous looking man wearing the jingasa, 'Hope he doesn't get involved..., and began to stall some more, still trying to talk his way out of it, but he slid the toe of his boot under one of the table legs and propped his chair up on it's back legs, just in case. "Hey, how about I just let you keep all the money and we'll all just walk away from this, all our limbs intact, hm?"

Unfortunately, only one of the sailors seemed to like that answer. Probably the most laid back of the four. The other three, however, were no where near placated, as the other two drew their weapons as well. 'Well... shit,' mused the pirate as a scimitar headed for his neck. Rue had been expecting it, however, and he tilted back on his chair further, entering into a controlled backward fall which, thanks to his foot being hooked on the table leg, flipped the table--as well as any cards, coins, drinks, and food left on it--right into the four sailors, and knocking them over.

And, as Rue fell, his hands locked around the front legs of his chair, and he continued to roll backwards even after the chair hit the ground, coming up on his feet a full roll later, with the chair held in front of him for protection to facilitate his escape. It was a good thing he did so, too, because as he went around the flipped up table, randomly wondering why he had decided to sit on the far side from the door, one of the scimitar wielding sailors attacked him with a downward hack. The chair came up swiftly to catch the blade in the seat under Rue's control, and the sailor found his weapon lodged in about a foot of wood, while Rue found the blade a bit closer to his face than he would have liked. The pirate reacted quickly, however, twisting the chair while pushing it forward, simultaneously disarming the sailor and smashing him across the cheek with the chair leg, which, luckily, sent him stumbling back into his compatriarts allowing Rue the precious time needed to flee to the door.

Of course, just darting out wasn't Rue's style, so instead he gave a quick wave to the sailors with two fingers, said, "Ta-ta," and then threw a random patron, who had been watching, onto the men to slow them down further, before walking, although swiftly, toward the door.

Now he just had to hope the sailors would stay tangled long enough for him to exit the bar, and that no one else would get in his way. Not that it really mattered either way, the damage had been done and he'd hear no end of this from his friends around town. Making such a stupid mistake.
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Unread 05-10-2004, 12:39 AM   #16
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The field was empty, green, and peaceful. The grass was green, the flowers growing, and not an animal to be seen.

As always, Janus came out of his teleportations with a bang, hurling flames away in a pressure blast from his landing point after his short trip through Dark Space, where a person went while teleporting. He stood straight and tall again, getting a crick out of his neck, then standing as still as a statue in the middle of his small, blackened crater. He stood silent, deep in thought in what their goal was. As always, the Master had burned the instructions, almost literally, into their skull, unremovable and a constant reminder until the task was done. He focused on what this artifact was, which other then an object of "Great Power" was quite vague and mysterious...

However, he did give them an idea of where to find it. The only person that knew how to find it had a map to it's whereabouts, and the owner of that map was named Felce. He was currently in Pirate Town, about to go search for the treasure itself it is presumed. There would need to be quick action, or they might lose this individual, and his map, and while the Master had spies everywhere, there where still ways to escape them. They had to act fast, or else this persona and his map would ge away, and most importantly, they would lose access to this artifact. Sure, they where useful in that they kept him alive by pleasing the Master, but he had plans, and one day when he gathered enough artifacts, his plans would be ready...

Where was that blasted Grim? If he wasn't here soon, he would leave without him. Janus resisted the urge to tap his foot or pace, and instead stayed standing silent and still, waiting, his patience growing thin...
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Unread 05-10-2004, 10:15 AM   #17
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The forest was peaceful that morning. After camping out and cooking a rabbit for breakfast, Scott reminensed that haunting voice. Who was that voice?! Scott shook the thought away and tried thinking about something else. Like where to get his next job. After packing his things up and setting down the road, a scream echoed in the distance, behind him. "Why me?" he asked himself. He took off back towards the towns direction, although it was already some distance away. After running for a few minutes, he came upon a human body, female, and slain. "Bastards" Scott mumbled under his breath. He looked up and saw a troupe of orcs running off towards the town, barely in sight now. "Damn filthy orcs!" he yelled. His eyes burned with a fiery rage. An orc stopped and turned around.

Black blood flew through the sky. The elf, enraged, hacked and sawed the orcs to pieces. They were completly helpless. He stopped ad looked at the last orc, trembling in fear. "Why did you kill her!" Scott demanded.
"We were only obeying the master!" the orc blubbered. " And whose this master of yours!" Scott pressed. "An assasin... a deadly one at that... he said that she owed him some money. She never paid...." the orc confessed. The elf spat on the orc and immediatley sliced him in two. Scott, curious of this assasin's abilities raced back toward Pirates Town with all due haste.
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Unread 05-10-2004, 02:27 PM   #18
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As Janus sat tapping, a large shadow swept across the plain. He looked up to see a giant white winged creature loudly flapping down. Its centered body was big and circular, and the entire creature was made completly of bone. As it touched down, the bones began to blow away, exploding in the wind as they traveled down. Grim planted his staff into the ground and walked over to his cohort.

"So as I understand it, we are to find this, Felce? Must be a pretty powerful trinket for him to need my help..." Grim mused.
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Unread 05-10-2004, 04:46 PM   #19
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"Hmm, indeed. He hasn't needed to send two of his elite soldiers to gather something for him in a very long time. Either this Felce is a very dangerous individual, or getting the artifact itself will be a very dangerous task..." Janus mused. Janus looked at the ground in thought, then looked back at Grim and said, "So how shall we do this. The Master did not specify HOW he wanted us to retrieve this document, only that he did want us to get it. Our regular methods are usually... Less then stealthy. Should we try to sneak the document away somehow, or just get it like we normally do?"
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"How about we go to the nearest bar, since if he's a real pirate he'll head for there first thing, ask real nice, then kill everyone in town anyway, pocket the map, get the souvenir, and do whatever we do in our downtime."
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