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Old 05-22-2018, 06:12 PM
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Can I trust her? Sara considered Zyanya's request, but curiosity won out and she followed her. Once they were relatively alone, Sara asks softly, "So what did you want to ask me? And I have questions for you as well."

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"Mostly, my questions have to deal with your being undead. How did it happen?" Zyanya stopped before the bag elf and requested to see hers again. "I'm not trying to be rude or judge or anything. I'm just curious."

"I'm judging." The new voice seemed to originate from the longsword at Zyanya's waist.

"Onyx..." The tall woman practically growled the word as she opened the top of her backpack. "Be nice. She might be like Tupac and you like him." She removed her mask, revealing pale skin, sharp cheekbones, a thin scar running along her left jaw and a small, delicate mouth.

For Sara's benefit, she explained, "Tupac is a Dhampir and one of my friends from home. He's also one of the kindest souls you'll ever meet. Want's nothing more than to help people."

After setting the full mask gently in her pack, Zyanya dons the half-mask she brought. This one covers her face from brow to nose tip and follows the curve of her face just below her cheekbones. It's also more brightly painted than her other one since it has a red and golden yellow design painted on it along with the black rimming her eyes. She closed her pack and gave it back to the attendant. "So? How'd it happen?"
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:24 PM
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"How did you know?" Sara asked. "I hope it's not obvious to everyone. That would be bad for me." She watches Zyanya change masks while considering answering. Finally, she nods a little, "I've always been this way. I am an Eleti. We are a race of animated skeletons with our own mind." She pauses, "We are very rare and hunted when others find out we exist." She shrugs, "If it wasn't for my friendship with Eiluned, I wouldn't have come anywhere near the city." Then she looks at Zyanya's mask, "Why do you wear masks? I don't see anything you need to hide."
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"I just do." Zy shrugged. "I always seem to know if those next to me are living or undead. My mother says that we've an ancestor who's a psychopomp. Maybe that has something to do with it?"

"Probably explains the mask thing too."

Zyanya sighed, rested a hand on Onyx's hilt and focused. The sword disappeared after several seconds. "I've been wearing masks almost constantly since I was six. It's hard to explain it well but I don't feel quite like myself if I go for long periods without wearing some form of mask."

She removed the belt that now held an empty scabbard and gave that to the elven attendant to put with her pack. "I'm sorry, but I need to know,"
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Staring directly at Sara, she asked her next question. "Are you in the habit of attacking innocents or harming them in any way? I'm mostly talking children and those who did nothing to harm you."

She could probably guess at the answer based on what she'd been told so far. Unfortunately, she really did need to know. Onyx would never forgive her if she didn't confirm her suspicion that Sara really was like Tupac, a kind soul stuck in an undead body.
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Sara is shocked at Zy's question, "Absolutely not." Then she grows a little sad, "But no one - well, most - people don't ask before attacking. Still, I don't really blame them. I would likely do the same if I was in their shoes." She straightens up and her eyes flash, "That's why I've dedicated my life to killing evil undead. Where ever I find them."
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"Calm down. I'm not going to attack." Zyanya smiled softly and indicated that they should return to the party. "We're alike in some ways. Onyx and I protect our village from evil undead. We both wear masks."

Once back in the living room, she swung by the food tables. Her little plate was full of finger foods when she returned to the corner she previously occupied. "Hello again."
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Old 05-23-2018, 06:08 AM
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Sara headed straight for the group while Zy was getting her food. She could now count Zy as someone who knew what she was and still a friend - or at least friendly. That makes a total of 3 people in my lifetime so far. She stood with the group but didn't say anything to them. I wonder if these others would be as understanding of my nature. She looked around at the party until she found Eiluned and watched her smiling and flitting from one guest to another. Is this an act? She seemed worried about some others? Was she over reacting? Sara shook her head and turned back to the group. "So Aurius, how do you know our host?"
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As they returned, there was a hooded, short, stout, bearded man wearing all black posted up in a corner. He said nothing. His face was shaded, though you can see his eyes are scanning the room.

Those at the party who were present for his arrival found the dark dwarf greeting Eiluned with a surprisingly warm hug. Eiluned herself even seemed to be willing to slow down, just long enough for the display of tenderness. "When you're done playing, make sure I'm still awake."
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In the midst of enjoying a few delicious treats provided for the guests, he found himself lost in the crowd taking in bits and pieces of information as he quietly mosied his way around the hall. Personally he feels as a specialist with a unique ability to attain information that is otherwise hidden with something as mere as physical contact. Information gained in the form of memories and feelings that an object or person might have experienced during their existence.

"Hmmm... I wish I could say it was anything as significant as Amazons or giant spiders that inspired our meeting. But it was something a bit more humble as a greedy shopowner who thought he could continue to scam his customers into purchasing "priceless artifacts". I just so happen to be perusing his wares when I overheard the price he gave her and it was an item I had very recently investigated. And yes... it was completely worthless. However, he currently had an item in his inventory and was unaware of its true value. I convinced her to purchase it for a laughable difference when compared its real worth."


Aurius chuckled to himself quietly at the conclusion of his little story. "I can't say it's the most honest way to make a living wage without any real work, but if these shady vendors don't know what they are selling then they deserve it."
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:19 PM
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Sara chuckles, "Well done, Aurius. I agree. Those who try to scam others will be found out eventually." She grew silent, but began to feel almost welcomed at this party, but she could not forget what she was and that the others didn't know.
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Smiling, Zyanya popped the last bit of food in her mouth. The conversation had stalled so she had no issues with leaving the little group. She waved as she wandered off. So, when is this going to get more interesting?

You really want things to get more interesting? More interesting could mean anything. Zombies. Ghosts. Random attack by the other guests.

Good point, Zy admitted with a mental grimace. The only indication of her internal conversation was a slight frown that lasted for a second or two. She traded in her plate for a cup of mead and meandered through the crowd.

A short time later, she found herself in a corner with a dwarf. "Hello. What brings you here tonight?"
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