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Asmodeus was a name she had heard of before but Zinxi was not fluent in the histories of the heavens and hells. She looked up to the Baron and whispered to him. "Is Asmodeus friends with... you know who? If so he may very well have reason to visit these games."


 

 


 
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AvophiorWincing behind the mug of ambrosia as he takes a sip, Avophior is struck by the same sinking feeling in his guts as Zinxi just voiced. Lowering the mug back to the bar he takes a deep breath and, with nothing more encouraging to say, he simply nods. "It stands to explain our "serendipitous" discovery of an event which we were previously ignorant of, but places us in direct conflict with opponents of considerable power sponsored by any number of manipulated or malignant patrons." Avophior's wry tone is unregulated, and his skepticism casts a minor pawl over the otherwise convivial conversation. Directing his next question to Cayden, "And this contest is, I presume, to the death?"

"Of course not." Cayden responds. "But of course, we play hard. People do tend to die all the time." Avophior grunts, and takes another drink of ambrosia.
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The little gnome sorceress in her pristine white robes took another sip of the nectar in her cup. It would be foolish to think that there'd be no repercussions from their destruction of Mephistopheles. Zinxi set her empty cup back atop the bar and looked up at Cayden. "Well you best prepare for the arrival of both Asmodeus and my lady Sarenrae. I have a sneaking suspicion that they will both be making an appearance for these games." She gave the handsome god a wry smile and asked him. "When do the games begin properly good sir?"


 

 


 
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"The Cayden Cailean?" Eurydice muttered in her second cup of ambrosia. This time she was going to slowly savour every drop. Who knew when another opportunity would arise? She turned her attention to the deific innkeep. "So this is all an elaborate way to choose a suitable apprentice? Like the artisans and other craftsmen do back onÖ" The bard pointed outside in the direction of the gate through which they had entered this realm.

"I do have a few questions though. You said the gates would have rebuffed us if we did not have the golden key. What is that key? And how does one go about acquiring one? Saving the world? Outdrinking a god?" She winked at Cayden. "Or slaying a godís avatar?" Eurydice hoped she had made enough suggestions so it wouldnít be too obvious they had just bested Mephistopheles. "What kind of games are this anyway? And the most important question of them all. Sinceyouíre not drafting and Sarenrae and Asmodeus arenít here, who is drafting people for their Tianna? " What a strange word. Where have I See knowledge checksheard it before?



 


 
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"Tomorrow," he tells Zinxi. "Today is the party, everyone's arrivals. Solo contestants get sorted into the required four person teams. Then the games begin tomorrow. First are tests of skills and ability, which is scored, team scores too low are eliminated. Then the first round of the tournament, single elimination of course. Then a test of martial and magical skill and the next round of the tournament. By then there will only be two teams left, who will fight it out in a fight on the third day."

He winks when Eurydice asks "The Cayden Cailean," but shakes his head when she asks about apprentices. "No, not quite. Though many of the Tianna have become apprentices and protege's before. It is not the same as direct service, there have been those who have won the tournament and accepted no one's invitation, though it is very rare and they are a hotly controversial bunch who make as many enemies as they do admirers. You snub as many as you impress that way, as rogue champions without identifiable allegiances are, understandably, dangerous."

Cayden doesn't seem to have the same sense of understanding as one would have hoped in regards to Eurydice's wink. "There was an object of gold at your gate, that was the key. Those unworthy would have been overcome by its touch and the gate would not have opened, and once opened, those unworthy wouldn't have beeb able to pass through. I know Obad-Hai is coming, as is Ptah, Gorum, Norgorber, and Pelor. But if what you're saying is true, you've somehow brought Sarenrae and Asmodeus when they weren't planning to be here - who knows who will show up."
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Even the unflappable diplomat cannot hide his stunning over the revelations of this place. Some wrong-turned ambrosia sends Jarmuld into a coughing fit. That soon passes, but the confusion remains. The dwarf was never much familiar with the patrons of the other planes, but he had sense enough to know them as revered potentates on a cosmic scale. 'How do you even address a deity?' He downs the brew without looking, wondering if he is going to need something stiffer.

Much reassuring is how this particular deity clearly does not stand on ceremony. The nature of the contest and prize soon becomes clear. Even as Zinxi's astute observation leaves a sinking trepidation in Jarmuld's cast-iron gut, the dwarf cannot help feel a certain thrill at the prospect of a realm-spanning competition. Contests, particularly the rougher sorts, are a daily feature of the giant tribes of the Peaks, especially now that they are less likely to wars and raids on each other. He has mixed feelings about the opportunity of playing contractor to distant planar patrons in far-flung realms. Of course, if the forge-father Torag asked for something, Jarmuld would be nearly at a loss to decline.

Still, as worrisome as certain attention might be, the diplomat cannot help intrigue at the gathering of mighty potentates to view the games. "M'lord, you describe a lot of rivals and many frankly hostile powers gathering all in one place. How do you all manage to minimize the friction and let cooler heads prevail?"
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Cayden shrugs at Jarmuld's question, "Because everyone wants the games to continue. Everyone benefits, plus we've all seen enough conflict to know no one comes out of all-out warfare better than when they started. We do most of our fighting with each other on the disc through mortals. It's safer that way. Also, the nature of the stadium, no one has to see each other to get to their respective theaters. For many, if they don't choose to, it's almost as if they've come to spectate alone."
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The little gnome in her immaculate robes of white sat the empty cup back down once more. She had to admit that the nectar was in fact quite tasty. "That is a very pleasing taste. Is that a hint of cinnamon or is it cardamom?" Zinxi smacked her lips savoring the taste. "Very nice!"
After a few moments the sorceress had another thought. "What is there to do here besides drink your fill. While I do enjoy your nectar I don't normally consume very much in the way of fermented spirits."

 

 


 
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Cayden takes the compliment with clear recognition, and the sense he never gets sick of hearing them. "There is drinking and mingling, mostly. Appraising the competition. Getting settled into your accommodations, though you won't get your key until later. Fighting, arm wrestling, cursing and the like are prohibited, of course. Nothing which would compromise someone's ability to compete." Though not entirely unexpected, as everyone is eyeballing everyone to some degree, the group does have a number of eyes on them. As they conversed a few individuals and groups come in. Most recently, the man in the armor who called off the motley crew which accosted them at the portal walks in, alone.
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Eurydice nodded at Caydenís explanation. She could understand that such lone wolves would be considered dangerous if not held on a leash. She did not remember a golden object though. Perhaps Mephistopheles touched it and we were granted access when we killed him.
The bard looked at her companions. "Since this is a competition I suggest we try to find out as much as we can about our adversaries." Charming as she was, Eurydice could be a quite determined goalgetter - everything she had done this far had been in line with her ultimate goal: finding the love for Orpheus again. Not that I have come any closer. She thought embittered.
When the armored man entered, Eurydice added. "Like who he might be." Her eyes
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Eurydice's memory is jogged of two things at once, first the sword and the stone made of solid gold at the fair, which Jarmuld gripped and caused the portal to open which brought them here. She is also reminded, from the same incident, of the gang of powerful adversaries which attempted to block them from entering the portal and were chased away when Zinxi transformed into a great dragon and caused more attention than they seem to have wanted to attract. The man who entered, wearing well crafted full plate, is the same man who appeared to have been in charge of their ambushers, the one who urged them not to enter the portal, and the one who dismissed the gang and let them be. As he glances around the room he makes eye contact with Eurydice and her companions clustered around Cayden at the bar. He holds her gaze for a moment before with a very slight smile, he breaks contact and crosses the room to a table where a handful of those who accosted them at the fair are already seated. They are at a fairly large table with many chairs, though they only take up four of the seats.
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"The sword." Eurydice muttered before explaining herself to the others. "When you touched the sword, the portal opened. The sword was the key!" Recognition dawned at the armored manís crooked smile. The Bard returned it, not yet unleashing the full force of her charm. "I suggest we have a seat over there." She pointed at the table where the man had sat down. "They have some explaining to do about their ambush."



 


 
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Zinxi's mind was still distracted with thoughts of meeting the Dawnflower. So when the lady Eurydice proclaimed her desire to question the man Zinxi was in agreement. They seemed to be the same folks that had tried to prevent them from entering the gate's portal. "Well they were likely just doing their job. We should buy them a drink and show them there are no hard feelings. Perhaps they might deserve a second chance? Come lady Eurydice let us go and find out."
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As Zinxi approaches the armored man kicks out the nearest chair for her, clearly expecting them to approach. "Long time no see." He tells her as she approaches, "No hard feelings, I hope."
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The little gnome sorceress took hold of the chair by the back and straightened it before she sat down all prim and proper. She cast a glance at everyone of the folks seated at the table before she focused back on the man across from her. "I'm the healer Zinxi Majet. I was just telling my companion the Lady Eurydice here that I hoped there were no hard feelings. I understand you were just doing your duty guarding the portal so nobody gets hurt. My friend Master Jarmuld is made of sturdy stuff so he's fine and so is the Baron. We all make a pretty good team. I'd be happy to buy you all a drink but I think they're on the house tonight. What can you tell us about the upcoming competition?"

 

 


 
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