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Thom trailed along quietly for most of the walk to the intersection. Now that they were out of the church and committed to some form of action, he found he felt very much out of his element. The walk helped calm his nerves, and Sam taking on the bulk of the conversational duties was a blessing. It allowed him the time to get a few things straight in his own mind.

The foremost of which proved to be that this entire venture was for the benefit of Shadow and Treasure. Justice was surely important, especially if some poor soul had died and been buried in a shallow grave rather than committed to the flames and Hauta. But their greater commitment had to be to the living.

"I think I agree with Sam," Thom started out hesitantly, "Shadow is sure to be worried about Treasure. And, he may have additional information that will focus our search. Treasure didn't even seem all that certain what was happening. I'm sure the Marshal won't begrudge our concern."

Thom clapped Dolan gently on the shoulder. "And he certainly can't arrest you for being concerned."


 
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The marshal's officeWith the majority interested in learning more from the crime from Shadow himself and perhaps reassuring him that he wasn't alone in the matter, the group headed east on a windy road that roughly paralleled the southern edge of town. The rolling hills cause the road to have to snake its way along the valleys and ridges. Several ranch houses, barns, and pastures could be seen off to the right (south) and the field hands that worked there hadn't seemed to take much of a holiday break. Livestock needed to be tended to each and every day.

Eventually, the marshal's office came into view, sitting on a high point, overlooking another crossroads. The place boasted its own stables, were a slender man was tending to the horses there. Another man was standing watch in front of a single-story brick building. The structure lacked windows almost entirely and looked of solid construction. A large wooden placard with marshal's star hung out front. The front door to the place was a solid piece of iron that looked like it could withstand glows from giants. They apparently were serious about their security.

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Swallowing his reluctance about getting involved in such secular matters (as well as a throat full of road dust), Thom stepped toward the guard, assuming that Dolan's distrust of the law and Sam's temper would be ill-suited for this first approach.

"Excuse me, sir. My name is Reverend Thom Morgan and my companions and I were coming to check on a friend who was taken into custody today. We were hoping to speak to him to put his mind at ease about his daughter and make sure that he is doing as well as possible, given the circumstances."

Thom opted for calm respectfulness, seeing no reason to antagonize the man for doing his job. He suspected that Orilo might have been more eloquent, but sometimes dropping the religious title didn't hurt.


 
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OriloDespite his earlier bravado, Orilo finds his mouth grow dry and his palms become slick with sweat as they approach the Marshal's office. These dusty streets seem so remote compared to Orilo's lofty ideals...and yet, they are but a brisk walk from the great houses with their lavish parties and sultry intrigues that Orilo has become used to. Orilo frowns. "What else have I missed while sipping wine with nobility?"

Fortunately for the Goliath, lost in his own musings for the moment, other members of the party had the wherewithal to make introductions before the guard became nervous. Orilo blinks, awareness returning to the present situation as Thom steps forward. Nodding, Orilo smiles faintly. His thoughts now turn habitually to his bardic training; almost unbidden, a few lines of verse begin to compose themselves for whatever epic poem may result from this adventure.

In the turn between years, was justice undone;
Precious Treasure flew for help.
Three heard the cry; three did respond,
the Preacher, the ...Fighter?

"Hmm, let's put a pin in that until I know more about Sam...now where was I."

the Preacher, the Fighter, the Bard!

To Shadow they ran, hope bloomed anew
But who could foretell of their doom.

"That last line has a good ring to it...hopefully I won't have to use it!"


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The jail houseDolan lingered behind the group, not excited about the prospect of approaching lawmen, while Thom stepped forward. The guard outside was somewhere in his mid-thirties and was clean-shaven. His tan-colored pants and coat had seen better days but the sword and scabbard at his side seemed brand-new. He tipped his hat back a little as Thom spoke on his business for being at the jail. The guard looked over the preacher for a stoic half-moment before replying. "Alright, Reverend," the Human replied. "I know the man you're talking about. You can come in... and one other only." He produced a small ring of keys from his coat pocket and moved to unlock the door.

Inside the jailhouse as dark and oppressive. There was a small wood stove for heat but it didn't seem to make much difference even for such a small space. The ceiling was high above everyone's heads but the entry room and the 2 hallways leading into the back and side of the building were narrow. The entire structure inside and out was made of brick and had no windows. In the summer, the place had to bake like an oven.

A tall, lanky Lizardman waited inside. He'd picked up his spear and was watching warily as to who was entering. After a few words between the 2 guards, the Lizardman took over and lead the jail's guests down the narrow hallway to 4 heavy metal doors (2 on each side of the hallway). He banged on the first one on the left and spoke through a very small window in door. "You have a visitor..." he said.

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OriloOrilo looks sideways at Sam. "To avoid any hasty presuppositions...would you like to accompany the Reverend? I will understand if the prospect of touring an incarcaratory facility is..." Orilo blinks, rethinking the necessity of his next several sentences. "That is, do you wanna wait out here?



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Sam makes twoRiding along the outskirts of town, the terrain and the ranches leave her homesick for Dry Creek. It hadn't been much in terms of buildings -- these ranch houses, simple as they were, put the construction of the bunk house out at Dry Creek to shame. But the sense of freedom, of teamwork -- they feel as physically present to her as the hills and open sky.

The sight Marshal's office sent that sense of freedom packing. She wasn't against the Law, exactly. She understood its necessity on some theoretical level. But in practice, its application seemed uneven. Unjust, even. And what point was an unjust Law? And that was before they wanted Ulysses. If he wasn't her brother, she'd say he deserved to be caught. But he was blood.

She started at Orilo's words -- he seemed to have looked right into her thoughts. But she was ready with her response. "I'm the second. I'm going in. Shadow needs to see some familiar faces, boost his spirits. I ain't a criminal, I'll be okay. It's just me and the Law...it's complicated." A steely look at the bard, a nod of the head to Dolan, and she's at Thom's side, trying to look calm and purposeful, while feeling a bubbling mess of chatter. the next time'll be for that fool brother of mine...and what do I say to Shadow? Gotta get him to think it'll be alright, but will it? Hope he don't see right through my like that goliath; been too long since I played cards down the ranch, losin' my touch...
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Thom looked back over his shoulder as Orilo and Sam sorted themselves out. He gave Sam a reassuring bob of his head before following the guards deeper into the building. After the glare of the midday sun outside, Thom found the relatively dark building a relief, despite the oppressive architecture. Perhaps naively, Thom didn't come with any predispositions regarding law enforcement, local or otherwise. The Law was always a thing that acted Somewhere Else. He was aware of the distrust the guards and the Marshals engendered, especially in the Reach, but he had no personal feelings one way or the other.

The guard's knock seemed unnaturally loud in the confined space, bringing Thom back to the moment, and Thom's dark eyes watched the door warily. When Shadow didn't respond immediately, Thom's smooth voice filled the space, hesitant given the situation and setting. "Shadow? It's Thom Morgan. I'm here with Sam Smith. We heard about what happened, and we're here to check on you."


 
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Dolan was set at ease when the guard told Thom that only two visitors were allowed inside. He wasn't planning on entering the building anyways, but at least now he wouldn't have to come up with an excuse. It was a nice day, and the hill atop which the marshal's office boasted an impressive view of the city to the north. The Kenku Spires had an impressive magnificence to them, and has he watched he could see dark clouds forming off in the distance to the west of the city. It wasn't too far of a walk, but he hoped they would be out of the ranch lands by the time the storm hit. Or maybe, they'd be even more lucky and the storm would pass all together, but this day had an ominous feel to it, and Dolan didn't expect they would be so lucky.

After hearing that only two would get to enter the jailhouse, Dolan assumed it would be Thom and Orilo, so when Sam stepped forward he was a little bit taken aback. It did make sense, as she knew Shadow, but he thought the two of them were in solidarity in their views of lawmen. As far as solidarity was concerned, Dolan felt that he certainly shared the least common ground with the Goliath, but maybe this was a good chance to get to know his comrade better. He did seem like a nice enough fellow.

After Thom and Sam entered the building, casually strolled away from the building, wanting to place some distance between himself and the guard standing outside. At first the silence was a little uncomfortable as he searched for something to say to break the ice.

"I fought with alongside a few Goliaths in my company when I was out west, but I must say you are the most peculiar Goliath I have come across. Were you born here in the falls?"



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OriloSam's answer surprises Orilo, who nonetheless graciously defers to the young woman. He wonders about her title in his epic. Hero, perhaps. Time will tell. And what of Dolan...Orilo had originally dismissed him, but the day had been full of surprises. Years of dancing with the upper class - merchants, aristocrats, royalty - had he really become so blind?

As Orilo's thoughts churn, he senses that Dolan is about to speak. Those instincts, at least, were not disappointed.

"No Goliath mother would ever give birth in a city, but yes, I come from the local Herd. My peculiarity, as you put it" Orilo grins to show that he is in on the joke and not offended. Goliath grins are usually interpreted as scowls, but Orilo has worked on warmth and friendliness for years to turn the savage glint of his eyes into mirth so the gesture usually succeeds in his usual circles. "well, let's just say that I'm a forerunner of change. Before my time, no Goliath stayed in the Falls after dark save for nefarious purposes. Or to sleep off an evening's revelry!" he adds cheerfully. "But, thanks to efforts of forward-thinking Goliaths like myself and open-minded folk like Thom, that is slowly changing. To see so many at the church today!"

Orilo grows quiet for a moment forming his next thought. "Today was good. Today, it seemed like everything was possible - mutual respect, brotherhood, friendship. But on other days...well, there's a long road ahead."

Before his self-rumination becomes too obscene, Orilo recalls his manners. "You have traveled more than most, perhaps you have better perspective than a weary courtier? Please tell, what wonders of men and nature have you seen in the wide world? Unless there was no time while you were in a company - I have no wish to dredge up painful memories..."


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Thom Morgan When Shadow didn't respond immediately, Thom's smooth voice filled the space, hesitant given the situation and setting. "Shadow? It's Thom Morgan. I'm here with Sam Smith. We heard about what happened, and we're here to check on you."
NPCing ShadowThe silence was broken by the soft padding of feet inside the cell and a fuzzy, black face appeared at the small window in the door. Shadow looked upon the face of his visitors and nodded in recognition. "Thank you for your visit, Reverend. They seem to think that I killed a man who was found dead on my property but even they haven't been able to identify him." He broke his train of thought with one that seemed more urgent. "How did you hear about my incarceration? I'm guessing that my daughter might have had something to do with that," he said. If what he suspected was true, that means that she hadn't followed his instructions. The implications of that truth was disconcerting. "Have you seen her? Is she safe for the time being?"




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Comfort from the uncomfortable Where Thom found the shade of the building a relief from the bright light outside, Sam felt a wave of discomfort enter pass over as she entered in, exacerbated by her eyes struggling to adjust to the darkness and the stifling heat. She felt cocooned, constrained. A flash of Ulysses locked up here passed before her and she nearly moaned in anguish but remembered Thom's nod. Remembered Shadow, who was actually locked up here, now. Be strong, Sam. Strong for Shadow. And don't let the lawmen see your discomfort.

"Have you seen her? Is she safe for the time being?" Sam could sense the urgency and concern in his voice, and hastened to put him at ease.

"It was Treasure, sure 'nuff. Told us what was up. She's alright, Shadow, shook up, but alright. She did what you told her -- went to the neighbors first. But said they were bein'..." Sam pauses for a moment, and when she speaks her town is slightly different, like she was pausing to recall Treasure's words to get them right. "...weird. They knew about the corpse, but were actin' like you'd done it fer sure, and weren't comin' back. Treasure weren't havin' none of that, so came to us, at the church."

"I figured they were in on it, the neighbors, setting you up. I was ready to -" Sam stops abruptly, looks guiltily at the lizardman, gives a quick little shrug-head tilt combination, and continues in a slightly lower voice "well, you know. But Treasure said this Wilbur was like family." Sam's tone makes clear she isn't fully convinced.

"Clear as day it's a stitch-up, Shadow; not the first, won't be the last. We'll straighten it out -- got a couple more folk outside'll help us. Just wanted to let you know there folk out there helpin' you, to help your spirits while you was..." a look around, an awkward gulp "...in here. And to ask -- what the heck is up? Who'd you look at funny that would do this?" Speaking as low as she can and still have Shadow understand "We we're gonna head out to the farm, see what's up, but didn't know what we were lookin' for..."

Throughout, Sam's words lacked the comforting tone and formulation one might have expected from a woman-folk in this situation -- that was never Sam's style. It all spilled out a bit sloppy and rushed, few spaces for Thom to but in. But her purpose came through; her steadfast belief in Shadow's innocence and her determination to see justice -- not the law, justice -- done. That would have to be comfort enough.
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Although Dolan was initially wary of the flamboyantly dressed Goliath, he found Orilo's cheerful demeanor to be welcoming. He usually wasn't one to open up to strangers, but he had a feeling that their paths had intertwined for a reason. His own feelings felt validated when the Goliath shared that he too felt a certain power, a certain hope from today's; something special that maybe hadn't been there before.

"I agree, today's service was good. It filled me with a sense of hope I haven't felt in a long time." Dolan paused while he thought of how to address his own past. It was impossible not to dredge up the pain in his memories, but there were good memories among the bad. He tried to think of what the courtier might want to hear from him.

"You're right, I've been far to the western nations. Things are different there--and I must admit, most of what I know is from what others have told me, not from what I've seen with my own eyes. You see, as a soldier, our camps were beyond the walls of most cities, so I never got to see the gilded castles or bustling ports. With several nations in close proximity there is an intermingling of cultures and trade. The few traders and bards we met along the way could talk for days about politics, someone like you might fit in well there..." Dolan began to trail off as he realized what he was suggesting. "Society is a little different there, surely you recognize that a place like Argillon Falls is so diverse, all types of men seem to flourish here throughout the ranks of society. It's not like that in some of the cities in the west... We came across slavers once who had three Goliath's in chains. I cut those men down and they bled for their crime." He paused ever so slightly as he felt re-lived the memory of his sword opening the throat of one of the slavers. He then continued quickly, hoping Orilo wouldn't notice the nostalgic pause. "We freed the three Goliaths, but they seemed as wary of us as they were their captors, and to be fair, many of the men in my company paid them no kindness past cutting their bonds."

Dolan didn't know how his tale took such a dark turn. "Sorry brother, I didn't mean for that to get so dark. I guess what I'm trying to say is, I think you're right. This place, Argillon Falls, is special. We have reason to be hopeful... I hope anyways."
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Shadow at the jailhouseShadow's head could be seen nodding along through the tiny window as Sam spoke. "I really appreciate you taking an interest in this matter and on my behalf. Deputy Sikes seems to have assumed that I am guilty. Their evidence seems rather flimsy to me; but he seems determined to make it stick. The story is that my neighbor found a body buried on my property behind an old shed that I haven't made use of. The body is said to be covered in claw wounds, consistent with a Tabaxi's claws. Anybody know me would realize that if I were to attack and kill somebody, then it wouldn't be with using my claws. Second, they haven't told me who the victim is. They don't seem to know themselves. I'd guess they removed the dead man from the place that they found it." He sighed to himself. "I have no reason to kill anybody and moreover, I have reasons not to - namely Treasure. There's nobody here that I wish harm to or vice versa. And yes, as for Wilbur and his family, we've always been on very good terms with each other as friends and neighbors. Treasure is good friends with his granddaughter and we've helped each other out once in a while. I find it impossible to believe that reporting the dead person on my property was an act of malice, though I would have preferred that he come to me first about it instead of going straight to the marshals." Shadow fell silent for the moment, not really sure what other details he could add.

OutsideAs Dolan and Orilo waited outside, they could see a small group of people approaching the jailhouse building. The one in the lead was a tall and pretty Firbolg woman in traditionally male clothing. She was followed by a black haired (and bearded) man in dark suede who was carrying a small pot of something that he needed a pot-holder to shield his hand from. And 2 other men accompanied them - large Humans with suitably large swords over their shoulders. All of them wore the 'tin star' of the Marshal's Office.


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Thom stood silently while Sam jumped in to set Shadow's mind at ease and try to gather some additional information. Listening carefully, he still let his dark eyes wander around the room, taking in the unusual place and glancing at the guard
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in particular. He clenched his jaw slightly at the suggestion that the deputy had already made up his mind. The kind of corner cutting, assuming it wasn't part of some grand conspiracy, was what he disliked most about the various officials and lawmen in Argillon Falls. They dealt with so much that often they were happy to take the easy answer even if it wasn't completely true.

Stepping up to Sam's shoulder and addressing the small window in the cell door, Thom spoke carefully, getting a sense that they wouldn't be permitted a long interrogation. "If there's anything you can think of that we should look into, we'll do our best to find the truth of this quickly. Treasure is safe at the church for now with Mrs. Peel. We'll head over to your property and take a look around with..." he glanced at the guard, "fresh eyes."


 
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