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Old May 17th, 2014, 05:36 AM
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Madantya LightbringerThe black haired woman took a step forward, making eye contact with Errya. Her voice rang out with confidence, making sure she spoke clearly. "Still the idle threats. You haven't the slightest clue of our parties abilities, and on top of that you are outnumbered. Even if you did manage to take us out, for something so mundane, than perhaps one of you would make it through the encounter alive, and my money is on one of your formidable furry friends here. That being said, We do not wish for any unnecessary trouble. The man asked a fair question, and if you do not feel you need to answer it, than so be it, that is your prerogative." Madantya raised her hand back towards Valtyra, and continued to speak. "I believe my friend here was interested before, and if you would just tell us your price.. she can decide if she still wants one." She then turns back to Valtyra and the rest of the group, and speaks to them in a quiet voice. "However inaccurate they may be, anything that could give us even the slightest edge over this place, should be considered..." She then turns back to stare at the map dealer, waiting for what she hoped would be a stated price.


 
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Old May 18th, 2014, 04:56 PM
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Skurvin had had little interest in this diversion, and now it was escalating needlessly. He very much doubted this person's maps were worth anything, but any information she could provide might be useful. Of course she would likely not be in a mind to share it if they attacked her.

Stepping foreword and speaking up in an attempt to diffuse the situation, Skurvin says, "I apologize for my overzealous companion. There is no need for defensive posturing or idle threats from any of us. I'm sure no one will benefit from a conflict." He smiles
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pleasantly and adds, "May we see your maps while my friend decides on her purchase?"

 

 
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Old May 18th, 2014, 11:52 PM
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The woman paused for a moment, seemingly considering whether she should continue to peddle her maps or take another action. Finally she said, "The maps cost 20 gold each. No looking at them until I am paid in full. The dungeon changes often, but several locations stay the same or change very rarely."
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Old May 19th, 2014, 01:38 AM
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Skurvin smiled and nodded his head appreciatively, pleased that things were going in the right direction now. The smile also helped hide his amusement at the absurd price for such a con, but she did give one interesting bit of information. Several rooms stayed put or rarely moved. That was very interesting.

As he waits for his new friends to decide on their purchase, Skurvin passes the time with conversation in an attempt to coax more information out of the woman.

"Thank you," he says, taking a step closing while making no threatening gestures. "Tell me, how on earth do you keep your maps up to date if the dungeon changes? Are they magical, or do you have someone constantly going out to check for you?"
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As Skurvin took another step forward, he stepped into the room with the pillars. Suddenly, the light on the tip of his crossbow winked out and, to his horror, Kria vanished behind him.
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MadantyaWhile Mad stood there calmly staring down the map dealer, she heard Skurvin moving his way past her. She let her dark eyes drift to him, and listened to the words he spoke. Her lip twitched as he spoke, but she refrained from speaking back to him. Perhaps he had spent some time dealing with the more shady folks, perhaps he thought there was a method to his words. Overzealous... bah! To her this was the way of things, if you let yourself get walked over, than it would continue to happen. She had spent much of her recent time, in some quite shady areas, trying to avoid unneeded attention. That time had helped her learn how to deal with thieves and cons, but she was not here to step on others toes, and so she refrained speaking anymore on the subject. She had said what she needed to, and whether the map dealer and her goons would take it to mind, that was all up to them now. It seemed this Skurvin is quick with his tongue. That made her more curious about his motives.

When the other finally states a price, she almost laughs out loud, though she catches herself before doing so. "Well, There you have it." She stated to the others, as she turned to start heading towards the south exit of this. She froze when the light flickered out, and Skurvin's friend vanished. Well that was interesting.... "An anti-magic field here at the center of it all eh? Walk the light back out of it, see if the spell returns." She says casually, making her way towards the writing on the wall in the south side. "Certain Death This Way... how amusing, with all these warnings you either go west or you go east... This does have me curious." She states, as she stares down the southern passage.
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Jasen noted the anti-magic field with interest, but he said nothing about it. Instead, after continuing to look at Errya's face intently and deciding she wasn't a woman to be haggled with, he pulled exactly twenty gold pieces out of his pocket. "Information could mean the difference between life and death down here," he mused, offering her the money. "We'll take your map."

 

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Errya glared after Madantya, but nodded and smiled to Jasen when he offered his gold. She handed one of her bodyguards a scroll and he began to walk into the room, exchanging it for the gold and making his way back to the stairs, where Errya and her other bodyguard were already beginning to turn to go. As he opened the scroll, he found it blank.
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Valtyra peered over Jasen's shoulder. "Maybe its a magic map? That lights up when you get near something it recognizes?" She asked hopefully. She knew little about maps, magic or otherwise, but had a sinking suspicion they weren't usually blank or this expensive. She hoped Jasen wasn't going to be mad at her if it turned out he'd wasted all that money.
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Jasen unrolled the scroll. He knew that being cheated was a possibility, but he had chosen to trust, and now...

When Valtyra suggested it was a magic map, he blinked. "If it's a magic map, it won't work in this room," he said. "Errya," he called. "Why is this scroll blank?" Jasen took a step backwards, out of the room of pillars, to see whether the map started working.

But if Errya turned out to be a crook... Jasen had been betrayed enough by crooks in his own family. He had little patience for cons.

 
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Old May 20th, 2014, 12:21 PM
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When Jasen looked up, it was to see Errya ignoring him as she turned to leave, her bodyguards going with her.
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As Jasen backed out of the room, Valtyra followed. She did not like the feeling of not being able to access her magic. She had never particularly cared for it before, but now that she couldn't use it, her skin felt all crawly and weird.
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Skurvin had said nothing during the exchange. In fact his silence had almost been conspicuous. He had stared for a long moment at the spot where Kria had vanished. Without his magic or his protector, he had felt very small and very vulnerable.

despite the growing dread and sense of panic in his stomach, he had put on an air of calm, pretending it hadn't bothered him. Running away would have only shown weakness and encouraged an attack by any who might mean him harm. Once their business was concluded, he gave a short bow of his head before walking away, trying not to be in too big a hurry to exit the anti-magic field.

 
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OOC: Did anything appear on the scroll when Jasen exited the anti-magic field?
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The scroll remained blank as Jasen exited the room, but Skurvin was relieved to find that as he left the room, the light reappeared on his crossbow and Kria snapped back into the hallway.

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