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Old Jul 17th, 2022, 10:36 PM
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Sincerity is always key, even if adhering to honesty is a naďve ideal. Whatever the momentary consequences, Kara received the answers she sought. An herbalist's shop named after the dragon road, an area on the outside of the walls. It may be too much to ask that their boss's chest is there, but certainly an abundance of targets to ask where the chest went.



Back at the casino, it was expected of them to get back to work. Though tiring, Kara went back to the ring to pick up challengers. Vyeggar had offered some unnecessary taunts to get a proper line of challengers to try and tackle Kara. At the end of such a work-filled night, she was dripping with enough sweat that she had to towel herself off with one of her arm wrappings. She gave Vyeggar a strained stink eye, "I would-" She pauses to catch her breath some more, "Prefer to have less of an opportunity to keep it up, or earn your respect." She complains in a breathy tone. Despite her athletic figure, stamina was a weak point that most readily could exploit. Were she unable to conjure barriers, she would be an easy target for attrition.

After getting her pay, Kara stuck around in the vicinity of the half-orc, "Maybe to test how much they can squeeze out of us in other ways, just in case we do find the box." She says, musing at her coin purse being filled out nicely at eye level. She looks toward Vyeggar, "Like, instead of making us permanent employees, permanent customers on their other fare."

Back at the common room, Kara loosens any leather straps on her person and sits by an adjacent wall. Otherwise known as around here, bed. She let Liana share what the three of them had figured out on their field trip. After all, Kara herself was too tired to come up with any more connections with the rumors heard about hidden passage ways, or whatever Grim had been up to.
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Old Jul 20th, 2022, 07:13 AM
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Tarbin slowly nodded once again. "I'm rested enough and the chance to cook something has calmed me down.." Tarbin replied with a slow smile. "Well its the pay that brought me here so I suppose I had better get to work..." Tarbin then agreed as he headed out of the common room and towards the casino floor.

Despite what the large man had said his heart wasn't currently in to wrestling with drunks and he ended up putting in somewhat of a half hearted effort. 'Do poorly on day one and get better odds on day two...' Tarbin thought to himself at the end of his shift as he headed back towards the break room.




"Friend you should take better care of yourself..." Tarbin lightly admonished as he reached out and took a firm grip of the half-orc's shoulder. Before Vyeggar could shake him off a pleasant warmth then suddenly spread from the point of contact as healing energy radiated outwards from the large man's hand. "You will need your strength in these coming days... do not let it be drained from you..." Tarbin commented before releasing the green skinned man and heading in to the common room.

Once the group had assembled in the common room Tarbin crossed his arms in front of his chest and frowned. "Using drugs in such away does not seem a very honourable way to get the answers that we seek..." Tarbin commented. "It seems to me that it is akin to giving them poison to loosen their tongue..." Tarbin added as his frown grew. "What does this Red Sunshine do?" Tarbin then questioned.

"I did not learn much from the staff here other than the half-orcs sent with us were considered fools who would be unlikely to be involved in a scheme against Tilly other than as unwitting pawns..." Tarbin added.



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Everyone Grim's companion sniggered at the pet-name 'Phoenix', and a hand goes through her fiery hair to sort it out. "Cheeky - I shouldn't have told you about that name. Sure, I'll get some food, though I think there'll be plenty for us to eat later." She punctuated this with a finger twirling about in his hair, before she sauntered away.

The common room was as crowded as any of the group had ever seen it - there were only a handful of free bed-spaces, with most spaces being taken up by someone stretching out a bedroll or laying themselves down on straw. Idle conversation filled the room - complaints about annoying regulars, Most of the staff near you still had their uniforms on and were looking at you suspiciously as they tried to put on other clothes while removing their loincloths at the same time. In the further corners were the new arrivals hadn't been noticed, people stripped naked and then put on other clothes freely. It was as if they were amongst a grim found family, or prisoners forced into intimacy by a dark purpose.

That dark purpose overheard Tarbin speaking, and approached with the jangling of keys. It made all the conversation in the room stop.

"Red Sunshine is brain-rotting shite, is what it is," Tilly grunted. "Comes from some kind of swamp-flower. If you're a small thing, it makes you dizzy and giggly. If you're anyone else, it makes you nearly blind. The junkies love the stuff." Her one eye drifted over the group of new staff members, one by one, making sure to extend her next words to everyone.

"Don't knock too many heads together - Talafax is a bastard but he's a good customer."

Then the atmosphere changed, and the fear turned into a slight reverance - Sandraminae made her way into the room. For the first time since you have all met her, she was not wearing her skimpy work uniform. Instead she wore a black dress, and had her tumbling golden hair neatly knotted into a bun held by large hairpins. She was followed closely by a huge, ugly orc and a small kobold. The orc was pushing a large crate on a trolley, while the kobold had a quill tucked behind one ear and a bundle of notes in her claw.

"Sorry, ladies, gentlemen, others, I had some business to attend to," Sandraminae explained. "You should all know if you're still working tonight or not - a change of clothes is in the bedrooms, you'll get paid in the morning. But everyone else..."

Her fingers unfurled like a fan, and the kobold dropped the notes into them, just as the orc ripped the top off of the crate. Sandraminae looked to the notes and smiled to all of you. "Well, look who gets paid first," she chuckled, before putting a set of coins in six neat piles. "Damien, 83 gold. Liana, 37 gold and 5 silver. Tarbin, 20 gold. Kara, 40 gold. Vyegger, 20 gold. Grimzinta..."

"Ten."

Sandraminae snapped her head to Tilly with a confused quirk of the brow. Tilly ignored her and demolished Grim's pile, pocketing most of it. The elf didn't protest, though there was an obvious if silent question. Tilly leaned forward and whispered something, which made Sandraminae's mouth become a little 'o'. Her eyes drifted to Grim sympathetically.

"Make it worth it," she said. Then, mischeviously, she looked to Damien. "At least now you can make a rough estimate what you could've made with all of your fans, handsome." With that, she turned her attention to the rest of the staff, making sure that they were paid their dues.

Tilly had more business with all of you.

"I overheard Dragon Road," she said. "You can go in the morning - I want you all for shifts in the evening." Then her usual expression changed. The anger that was so common of her seemed to become more tempered and restrained. Like there was something she was looking forward to. "If you see a kobold with a scar... don't talk to him. Just tell me where he is. I want him personally."

There was a crackling sound from her mallet-like fists. She looked specifically to Vyegger, Kara and Tarbin for a second, recognising them as the fighters amongst the group. "Can I trust you to do that? Just leave him to me? Because if you scare him off before I can... well, he'll find out. And unless you leave him alone, so will you."

Liana, however, had her attention pulled away from Tilly, not that the boss seemed to care. The one with a quill tucked behind her ear, giving her a soft but quiet unfriendly smile.

"You a'ight, missus? Doing ok?" the kobold asked sweetly. "You seemed a bit lost earlier. Were you looking for someone? Did you find them?"
Out of CharacterSorry, Dylan. Feel free to hate Tilly as a cold conniving evil woman if you want.

So, to clarify, everyone's earnings is this! Add to your sheets if you haven't already.

Damien Liana Tarbin Kara Vyegger Grim
83gp 37gp 5sp 20gp 40gp 20gp 10gp

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Damien was silent and attentive as Tilly spoke to them, thoroughly convinced again that she had ears everywhere. Even IF he'd had more concrete information on her discrete basement dealings, he wasn't sure how wise it would be telling the others out loud while inside these walls.

As the vishkanya collected his earnings from Sandraminae, her comment drew out a small smirk.

"Even MY stamina has its limits. What good is higher pay if I'm too worn out to engage in witty banter?" He winked at her as he moved forward with the others to collect their earnings. Sure enough, Grim's pile was sufficiently lacking compared to what he'd earned... Damien supposed the company was probably worth it though. "Making friends already Grim? I guess that's one way to get a bed with a bit more privacy." He nodded to the little man in silent congratulations.

Payment collected, attention shifted back to Tilly. She'd caught wind of their plan for the following day, and as she made it clear she wanted first crack at the scarred kobold, her attention seemed to be primarily on Vyegger, Kara and Tarbin. That was probably for the best... no need for her to focus on Damien, whose composed demeanor still could not totally keep down the traces of aggression welling up in his eyes as he thought about the little cretin. He wanted satisfaction... but he wasn't foolish enough to extract it personally if it meant putting himself in a bad place with Tilly.

'I suppose I'll just have to hope there's something left for me when she's done.'

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Grim watches his new companion saunter away, admiring the view and curious just what she will be hungry for later he wonders before turning his attention back to the common room and the unfortunate task at hand, the interruption and information from Tilly an unexpected surprise, although really it shouldn't have been considering her profession as the head of a den of iniquity such as the Dead Mermaid Casino. not that he was judging of course, he had been a patron before his enforced employment after all.

"Talafax? he is the head of this Dragon Road Operation? good to have a name to look for at least" he mused aloud to no one in particular

Sandraminae's entrance was breathtaking and as always Grim could not help but admire the grace on display as she made her apologises for her tardiness and proceeded to dispense their earnings, the look on her face as Tilly cut Grim's own so severely at least appeared to be genuine shock, which turned to understanding and sympathy as Tilly whispered in her ear, making Grim wonder exactly what he had gotten himself into with the redhead.

As enjoyable as the evening had been and the night promised to be, he was not sure it was worthy nearly four score from his earnings but he managed to hide his disappointment and anger at Tilly, Barely. Now was not the place to argue and he would be able to earn more he supposed, as long as he could get a good nights sleep in his extortionately priced room he should feel well enough by tomorrow to suffer through further nights in the common room with the others.

His face was dark and cold for a moment as Damien nodded to the Gnome and made his comment, but then he composed himself and his usual cheery grin returned to his face, his eyes full of amusement again as he looked up at his emerald cohort "You know me, Grim in name but a Friendlier Guy you couldn't hope to meet"

Grim chuckled "Although on this occasion perhaps i should have asked a few more questions before finding a private room for the night" with a shrug of his shoulders he swept his minute pile of coins into his pocket. "There is always tomorrows games i suppose"


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Without comment, Liana pocketed her 37 gold and 5 silver when paid. It was not bad money at all, given her station in life. Unlike perhaps her companions, she did not resent living and working in such a place, except, as it lacked some freedom to pursue some of her purposes.

Tilly's anger, Sandrimina's glamour, the pledges of vengeance and the byplay of Damien and Grim's employment are all matters that she silent absorbs, not at the moment having anything relevant to add.

But her companions should know: she shares a psychic bond with them now (except for the vile half orc): if they exercise skills that she can enhance, See out of character notesshe will always do so.

To the club twirling, previously glaring, sweet talking, shoulder-riding and quill-behind-the-ear kobold, Liana answered sweetly. "Sure, ma'am, and by the way, my name is Liana. And you are?" If the kobold would give a name, Liana will take note of it, but she continued to answer the kobold. "A girl will look for a friend or danger or love (by the Hundred-and-Eleven). As I work for you all now, should I let you know if I come across anyone in particular?" She is an innocent and helpful halfling, here for the good of the community.

She tried to Sense motives, at which she's really not very good.suss out -- what is kobold's interest or concern with her looking for someone.

(Perhaps the next day, when and as time permits.)

When she had time, she would continue to get to know more of the staff. The working boys and girls and entertainers were her kind of people; she was a zealot of the heavenly host who are concerned for such kindred folk as she and they. She would speak words of comfort and encouragement, and of the hundred and eleven gods of love and lust. As she did this, she sustained the intense psionic focus that gave her words and manner natural resonance and influence.

 


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Tarbin nodded at Tilly as the orcish woman arived at just the right time to be able to answer his question. "About what I expected..." Tarbin commented while wearing a puzzled frown on his face. "It is beyond me though why someone would waste good coin to poison themselves..." the large man declared. "Talifax is the one who sells the red sunshine muck?" Tarbin then questioned.

"I intend to only knock the heads together that need it..." Tarbin then added with a serious look though he soon shrugged the comment off and glanced away.

As Sandraminae and the pay trolley entered the room Tarbin glanced over along with everyone else. The large man then accepted his pay with a slight bow, while 20 gp was one of the smaller amounts paid out it was still a very respectable amount for a single nights work and it had to make Tarbin wonder how much the Casino managed to make in a single night.

"If that is what you want we can leave the kobold be for now..." Tarbin agreed with a shrug of his large shoulders at Tilly's next statement. "But would it not be quicker just to grab him if we see him and bring him to you?" Tarbin questioned. It was likely after all that their group would be spotted down dragon road and if the kobold saw them then surely he would be on the lookout for Tilly in the future.



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At the sight of Grim's severely reduced pay, Vyeggar chortled laughter at the gnome's misfortune. He had spent a coin or two on a woman before and paid for it the next day in one way or the other. Venereal disease was no joke, he'd discovered. The half-orc walked over to Grim and clapped him on the back.

"Cheer up, mate, at least you can get your rocks off more than once," he guffawed. "Bet you won't make that mistake again. Or maybe she's just that damn good - hell, maybe it's loooove!" And at this, Vyeggar absolutely loses it with laughter, a real gut-buster that has him first clutching onto Grim for support and then eventually sinking to a knee.

"Does - hahaha- does the carpet match the -hohohoho - does the carpet match the dr- HAHAHAHEHE!" Vyeggar is unable to finish, laughter taking over his ability to speak. He is eventually able to get himself under some semblance of self control and makes his way over to his own stack of coins. He looks down into Tilly's one eye.

"Aye, love, and thanks for the gold, though it seems a bit daft when we're just going to turn right around and hand it right back to you. Why not just cut out the middlewoman and you just take my earnings off what I owe for your special box. You know, normally when I pay for a woman's box, I get a bit more pleasure out of the arrangement." He winked at Tilly with the eye which wasn't full of blood.

When the talk turned to the kobold, Vyeggar merely shrugged. "Don't remember no kobold, I don't pay much mind to vermin." His eyes flicked menacingly to the kobold with the quill before returning to Tilly. "If I see your boy I'll let him be, but if he crosses swords with us I won't think twice about squashing the little bastard. Now, are we done here? It's been an absolute sh*tstorm of a day, and I am ready for bed."


 

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For better or worse, Kara had little to say to Tilly from her position at rest on the floor. Her stamina was mostly spent from the activities of the day and retelling what she had intuited from the guards. But even rest could wait for pay, as Sandraminae's appearance with wages prompted Kara to hop to her feet. Swiftly forty gold pieces vanished into the contents of her coin pouch. Once the drawstrings were closed Kara resumed the route to her spot.

At Tilly's more directed instructions, Kara pauses in her steps. Shrugging her shoulders before turning about, she says, "I can look into blunted arrow heads. The scar-face won't die easily from that, that is, as long as you don't mind a kobold delivery, as Tarbin said." Facing Tilly she scratches the back of her head, "Otherwise. Fine, I'll see about holding the big guy back and telling you immediately if he is in the way of the investigation." Glancing Vyeggar's way as he said more than a few unnecessary words.
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Everyone Sandraminae tittered a little to herself at Damien's joke. "And where would I be without your banter? That is a much better use of your stamina." There was a flirtatious wink from her, one that many a customer had seen, before she moved on to pay all the other staff what they were owed.

Tilly did not answer immediately when Tarbin asked about just bringing the kobold in. Or, rather, her answer was her fists curling. Each finger popped like a tree branch snapping. "I will deal with him myself," she growled. Somehow, she made this sound like a threat. Her gaze extended to Kara as well, catching her in a wild furious look. "No talking. No fighting. Don't let him know you've seen him. Just tell me where he is."

She began to walk away, stopped only by Vyegger. She had to look up to him. When he looked down, he found the first smile he had seen out of her - they seemed like a rare thing, like her face didn't know how to do it. It was full of cruelty. "I didn't think you'd be the smart one. You only know 'Punch' and 'Don't Punch' don't you?" She slapped his cheek lightly, as if she was a mother patting him on the shoulder. Even this was rough and done to hurt. "You'll do well here, Vugmuk." With that, she stomped her way upstairs, with all of the staff giving her a wide berth.

The kobold who was confronting Liana, meanwhile, just narrowed her eyes at Liana's answer, as if trying to see into the whites of the halfling's eyes. As if some secrets could be found. Then there is a nod and a smile - she doesn't find any. "Well, missus, I just wanted to be sure you hadn't lost some'wun you care about." She then looked to the huge orc standing by the box and nodded in his direction. "If I were to lose my dear Larzon, I think my heart would give out." Said orc gave Liana a very alarming look, as if he was going to run over and tear off her head there and then. When the kobold waved to him, he waved back, still with that same awful expression.

The kobold giggled and looked back to Liana, offering a hand. "Rizotto Maztablazta. My husband and I are security - you let us worry about any shady characters, so long as you make them known to us." She gave a quick look to nothing in particular over Liana's shoulder, then back again. "I'm afraid I have to make myself scarce, missus. Please let me and my husband know if you ever have a problem." And with that, she slunk away.


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Some of you had better sleep than others. Grim barely slept. But you each awoke at roughly 7am, roused from your sleep by the distant sounds of the ports opening for business. Breakfast was the one time that the Dead Mermaid had ever been seen quiet by you - just workers getting ready for the day slowly, and actually relaxing. Tilly was nowhere to be seen. The more social of you made little small talk with the other staff who were curious about you, while some of you just prepared for the day. It was an important one.

Your first lead.

The journey through the city was strangely ominous. No matter how hot and humid it was, you could somehow feel a chill regardless. A chill of purpose and of need. There was important work to be done. You took your first steps beyond the walls of the Lawless City in what felt like so long, even if for most of you it's been days at most. There was only a little questioning about your purpose by the guards, nothing out of the ordinary or unseemly. Instead of talking the road off into the desert and the jungle and the nothing, you turned right. Right down Dragon Road.

Into darkness. Julianople was a jungle of concrete and timber, but this was a jungle of wood and nature. The last of the morning mist clung to your feet as you walked, the stone beneath your feet becoming a dirt track, and then mud and water. Pretty much everyone you saw was a kobold. This was their home, with squat buildings made for the poor, made not by the city builders but by the riff-raff who had nowhere else to go. Musk and dust and flies filled the air. There were a lot of eyes on you, mostly the residents wondering who these strangers were.

You continued deep into the jungle. Even Dragon Road was abandoned by you as you made your way to Dragon Road Herbalists. No guards. Seemingly no roads. You had to wade into the puddles of muck more than once. But finally you came to a large building decorated by bones. It was kept out of the muck by huge stilts that kept it aloft, and beneath it, next to the stairs that would lead you up to the front door, was a little jetty for boats. None were in.

You were all immediately confronted by an old female kobold, with her long hair in conrows running down to her feet. Her hair was long and thick enough to hide her whole body, and it was intertwined with flowers and mystic charms. "What is your business here, strangers?" she croaked, her voice wary, suspicious and cold.
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First thing out into the morning sunlight, Liana sneezed, a sound like blowing a high pitched whistle. Then the walk began.

Time passed. Quite some time - as the path led into shady darkness.

Despite her short stature, her proportionately long legs are quick. She has She took an alternate racial trait: Fleet of Foot: Some halflings are quicker than their kin but less cautious. Halflings with this racial trait move at normal speed and have a base speed of 30 feet. This racial trait replaces slow speed and sure-footed. Riding on someone's shoulders is humiliating.no trouble keeping up with the marching pace of humans.

Liana misliked the swamp and grungy outdoors. A city, and indoors was much more her favored environment. As she walked, sometimes she hummed a tune. Sometimes she listened. At one moment as she was listening, without changing her stride she quietly passed on some information in a low voice.

Liana whispered a warning to the others. "I'm pretty sure we are being watched. Can anyone spot by who? Stay alert."

Some time later, they arrived at the house. The woman seemed to Liana that she could be a witch, which matched what she was hoping for.

"Hello ma'am." She answered. "Is this the Dragon Road Herbalists?"

"My friends and I," she puts a friendly hand around Grim's shoulder, "wanted to look up this place while we were in town. To shop for some herbs. Our mutual friend Talafax recommended this place."
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Were it not for the damned mosquitoes, it might have actually been a pleasant morning. Vyeggar had taken off his now scuffed but still quite expensive loafers and tied the laces together before looping the whole mess loosely around his ropy green neck. The now ripped black slacks had been rolled up to the knees, revealing the bulging green calf-muscles of his legs. His feet squelched in the muck and slime, and Vyeggar spat a bug from his mouth. After the sexually satisfied yet completely exhausted Grim had nearly sleepwalked into a few deeper pools of jungle muck, Vyeggar had laughed and taken pity on the poor shorty by he's only 40 pounds, I'm not even at a light load.hoisting him up onto his shoulders. "Take a nap, friendo - no sense having you wasted before we even start this foolishness. Hey per Liana's character info she often sings while she walksSongbird, you want a I imagine not, based on our current relationship, but as she's another shorty, worth an ask at least. Vyeggar would be at med load with her weightride too?" he asked the halfling woman. He expected coldness but wouldn't care either way. With their little legs they'd just slow this foolish trip down even more, but if she wants to play it frosty down there in the mud, it's no skin off my nose. Speaking of skin, the skin of his face had almost completely closed up from the wounds he had received at the hands of the guards. Vyeggar had offered up a quiet blessing to Sophi for her mercy in stopping the bleeding, but his fists had been clenched in rage as he prayed. It was clear the scarring was deep and permanently disfiguring, and although he would never have considered himself a vain man, the fact that his countenance from this point forward was so utterly marred as to render him a walking gargoyle hurt his soul in a way he would never be able articulate in words.

Despite the provided directions to the herbalists shop, finding the venue had been trial and error. When the raised hut finally came into view, and after setting the little gnome down, Vyeggar just shook his head. Kobolds, he sneered, kobolds everywhere. He would have preferred his method of dealing with the filthy buggars, namely stomping until there was just a puddle of flesh and bone, but this was a fact-finding mission, a diplomatic inquiry into a hostile incident between two factions - in other words, it would likely just be talky stuff. It had been made clear to Vyeggar, to his complete and utter surprise, that talky stuff was not his strong suit. He was still chuckling over Tilly's words from the night before, just before her little love slap: "I didn't think you'd be the smart one. You only know 'Punch' and 'Don't Punch' don't you?" She had him pretty well figured, at least regarding his approach to diplomacy - either hit the target, or scare the piss out of them that you're about to if they don't talk. It had worked well enough when it was just him, but that was no longer the case. Liana, seemingly, was the mouth of their merry little band, so Vyeggar contented himself by being the eyes and ears.

It was for this reason that he was, seemingly, the first one to see the figure up in the tree. The click of the bolt had drawn his eye up, and after the momentary flick he returned his gaze to ground level. Liana's earlier warning about feeling like being watched had been as helpful as being told to wear a poncho during a monsoon. He didn’t fault her for this; it was good to see she had her head on a swivel, but he didn't need her to tell him to keep his guard up - guarded was his normal state of readiness every day of his life.

The figure in the tree had a crossbow readied to fire, but for the moment it wasn't directly aimed at any one of them. That would likely change quickly, but for the moment no one had acknowledged the threat the figure posed, and the half-orc wanted to keep it that way to start. That didn't stop the reflexive readied action: if x-bow is aimed at the group, will activate Snapping Turtle Style for a minute of +1 shield bonus to ACtensing of his muscles should the weapon swing his way, but otherwise he did not give any overt sign there was a problem. He did, however, catch Kara's eye. The sharp eyed scout was probably already aware, but there was no sense taking that for granted. With just the Stealth check?slighest nod of his head, Vyeggar whispered to the human woman: "Don't turn. Cypress, nine o'clock, thirty feet up. Crossbow." Beyond the small nod, the whispered message, and the ever so slight tensing of his muscles, Vyeggar did not acknowledge the threat.


 

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All Grim can do at Vyeggar's crude remarks and mirth is roll his eyes and glance over at the others, giving them a grin and stage whispering "Allow our uncouth friend here his amusement, now that his physical appearance is as horrendous as his personality he can only wish any amount of coin could convince a young lady to spend time in his presence"

At Tilly's "polite" request that they do not engage the scarred Kobold, Grim quirked an eyebrow in curiosity, even more secrets it seemed, He had to wonder if they needed to investigate the missing chest at all, Tilly seemed to already know the people involved that their investigation had uncovered. He wasn't too happy about having his hands tied (metaphorically) but until he was physically recovered from his prior beating he would hold his tongue and not do anything else to incur her wrath, it had already cost him a considerable sum of money already although the night did promise to be entertaining and enjoyable



Grim had barely closed his eyes before it was time to be up again, sadly as an employee of the Casino now, he wasn't afforded the same luxury that his companion was to keep the room until later in the morning and continue to sleep off an energetic night. It was with a great deal of reluctance that Grim slipped out of the very warm embrace of the young redhead and dressed, heading down to breakfast, which thankfully was a much quieter affair than the previous nights gathering

Usually extremely social, Grim was just too exhausted to make small talk and was putting on a very convincing imitation of Yveggar's grunts and sullenness as he struggled to stay awake and not pass out into his plate, but soon the hot meal started to have the desired effect and he was able to follow his new companions outside, the fresh air helping to perk him up even more as he followed the group out of the city and into the surrounding jungle via the Dragon Road.

If he had been more awake, the explorer in him would have been revelling in the newness and adventure of the short expedition but on this occasion his fatigue and his short stature were making the trip unpleasant, so when the usually unhelpful Vyeggar lifted him onto his shoulders out of the mud, Grim was very surprised but in absolutely no mood to act indignant about it and used the opportunity to rest, giving the man a pat on the shoulder and a thank you in Orcish.

Seeing the man swatting at mosquitoes and spitting the bugs from his lips, Grim glance around to see the others suffering the same discomfort. in his current state he hadn't even been aware of the bugs, but then being quite a hirsute gnome he wasn't often bothered by them. Gathering his thoughts for a moment, Grim called on his magic, the rush of energy and power flowing through his body, even for such a small charm was invigorating for the Gnome, it could be quite addictive. Once more his aura glowed with magic and he waved his hand out over the group as they slogged through the mud, this wasn't his first time in a jungle and on his travels he had many conversations with rangers and woodsmen about the best way to repel insects. Most agreed that a mint scent would discourage them and he recalled being told by an Mud Amber Miner once that the Catnip Mint scent was the best for that task, even offering some to the Gnome to prove it. Still recalling the scent, Grim cast it out as a cloud to linger on the skin and clothes of his friends to help.

Eventually the group arrived at what they were sure was the Dragon Road Herbalists and Vyeggar lowered Grim to the ground again, once more the gnome thanked him in Orcish as the Kobold woman came out to speak to them, Liana took charge of that task thankfully, he still wasn't feeling as talkative as usual. His attention was drawn upwards as he felt the young woman's hand pinch at his next as she spoke, drawing an emphasis on her words "look up".

Grim smile softly at his friends warning, even if it was unnecessary but she had no way of knowing that Grim had also already seen the Kobold with the crossbow hiding in the tree above the house and was taking steps to deal with it. Using Liana's conversation as cover, Grim muttered the words to his spell, turning his body aside slightly to hide his hands as his fingers curled and waved the charm, at the moment of spell release, Grim cast out his hand, appearing to swat at a mosquito while throwing the spell at the kobold in the tree while calling out "ahh Damn Bugs!"


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Action: Prestidigitation on walk to produce Catnip scent over the group. Sleep Spell - DC 17 Will save to resist upto 4HD creatures falling sleep
Bonus Action: Sleight of Hand check to mask spell casting
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Despite her short stature, her proportionately long legs were quick. She had no trouble keeping up with the marching pace of humans. So she did not hesitate the give a brusk "No thank you" to the hideous orc.

But, she could be a bit more reckless than the typical surefooted halfling -- a bit more apt to slip and slide in the mud. Gods be-damned dripping muck she thought.

(At the house)

Liana Xirkul hadd spotted crossbow-kobold without a scar, and she had subtly, cleverly alerted Grim to the fact. But with disdain bordering on contempt, she observes that the half orc is swiveling his head around and not spotting the fellow thirty feet up in the tree. Foolish goon, she mocks him silently. Can't see what's before your face. Her eyes stab him with metaphorical cold daggers. (She did not realize that the kobold wasn't all that stealthy and that at least half of her companions had spotted the fellow, and were like herself keeping the fact covert.)

She kept her attention on the witch-woman, hoping to be let in without adversity.

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