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"An interesting problem. One that will likely intrigue Xufaer." Nallaul strokes his hair in the absent minded way he does when he's thinking. Finally he speaks again. "Perhaps trying to cure it outright is the problem. Have they tried modifying this plagues parameters? Like changing the target of the plague? Delaying the onset of the symptoms? It won't save those already afflicted, but the others might stand a chance. Also give you more time to find your man and forcibly extract the information you need from him."
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"It appears that I've just found myself a new best friend!"
"You don't say?" Adam grinned as he refilled Mrith's glass pleased with her smile and joy. Finally, someone other than the Children and Sublime who was not all gloom and doom with a large wooden shaft up their rear ends. After dealing with Jester's apocalypse fueled rage for the last several cycles in the tower, this was a most welcome change. "If you don't mind me saying so, I have grown quite fond of you as well."

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"Looks like archmage has returned with quite the entourage. And many stories in tow, I'm sure! What say you we set course and check on them? I do believe I know most of them and they are quite the personalities, I assure you. I've some news of my own worth sharing with him. The end of the world kind of news. Always good to put things in perspective."
"What? Must I share with these other...? I suppose that I must." Adam said with mock exasperation as he offered his hand and much to his delight, Mrith took it and hooked her hands around his. Adam tried to hide how please he was at the gesture. "Though I suppose if I must enter the wolves lair there, there is no other I would have by my side."

Adam followed along as Mrith greeted many of the key personalities that were here. This was a foreign world to a soldier like him, but it was interesting to see those that would decide the fate of so many... to see up close the politics that Adam had done his best to distance himself from. He had faced fearlessly and fought demonic and infernal hordes... creatures so horrific that it would drive people mad at the very sight of them. Yet, he would have preferred to be in the middle of that horde than in the center of that... masquerade. Yet, he felt reassured as Mrith navigated through the crowd with ease and grace and Adam did his best to follow suit, even as Mrith greeted Morgan's cat. A familiar no doubt as it replied in far too perfect Common. It was at times like these, Adam wished that alcohol actually affected him.

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"Brood First-Born Tal'gos, Tavrin, fancy meeting you both here!" Reflecting back on her previous encounter with them, she then added; "Although I am not surprised to see you both here with Morgan."
Adam looked over the two. There was an odd air about the one Mrith referred to as Tavrin, but recognized Brood by the name as one of the Children. While he could not get that sense from Tavrin, the woman Brood did not seem to be a politician. Adam gave each a polite nod and then offered silently a drink from the bottle of wine he and Mrith had been sharing.

"It is a pleasure to meet you both... and so what brings you to this gathering and the acquaintance of my dear lady Mrith?"

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"Here's Adam! One of the finest Sei around. You'll all be glad to make his acquaintance, I'm sure." She'd look up at him with a wry smile. "You're amazing. Amaze them!"
"See now I know you're just trying to mortify me on purpose." Adam said with a wink and smile as he nudged Mrith after her flamboyant introduction... the very thing that Adam had been dreading as soon as he entered the shark tank. Still, he had faced the horrors of the planes, Adam could handle this... he bowed as Zilira gathered herself to leave to meet with the toddlers.

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"Well, it seems you have plenty of women around to protect you, and I'm sure I saw Didina and Misa nearby too, so I'm afraid you're going to have to survive without me for a little while as I have a pair of toddlers to meet. Enjoy your politicking."
"Morgan, it is good to see you again... you look well, less tense than last we met. Perhaps what they say is true about the right lady can do for a man." Adam nodded as Zilira left their company. Adam turned to the archmage who was behaving more to his reputation than the first time they had met. "Without my dear friend, Mrith, I dare say I would be quite a mess and lost here... and she simply give me too much credit. As I said when we first met, I am just a simple soldier... and based on what I have seen, very grateful to the gods for it."
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Brood is startled by the banter between Zilira and Morgan... The sheer level of nuance in biting sarcasm and the apparent love of it! If their ability to stay toe to toe was any measure of their future relationship, the wizard and demi-goddess would make a fine match indeed.

As Zilira makes her good-bye comment about Morgan having plenty of women around him to protect him, Brood blushes a second time. Perhaps Zilira had meant it innocently enough, but to Brood's ear, there was a hint of jesting that Morgan was indeed a playboy. That was two times in the last five minutes that Zilira had made Brood blush. Zilira was on a roll.

Brood almost decides to go with Zilira to try and see Cypher's twins, but is unsure if she could handle being in the demi-goddesses presence, the way things were going.

"It was a pleasure to meet you," Brood responds, inclining her head, "And if Cypher is willing to attend another guest later, I would love to meet her twins as well."

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M'rith joined the group boldly; Brood was unsurprised, given her previous encounter with the green dragon. Brood especially appreciated the introductions, saving some of the awkwardness Brood was slowly starting to feel standing amongst this peculiar group of individuals.

"Are you an entertainer, then, Adam?" she asks with curiosity. When she finds out he was, 'just a soldier', Brood is a little disappointed. Perhaps she had thought he might also play an instrument...

"Well, you will find good company amongst the Children, Adam, for we are all soldiers in one way or another. But the life of a soldier, I think, is not always so simple."

Brood looks at Morgan with a questioning glance. It was true: Brood was a soldier herself, but her life was definitely not straightforward. It was one of the life lessons you learned when you regularly fought against the Fiends.
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"Are you an entertainer, then, Adam?" she asks with curiosity. When she finds out he was, 'just a soldier', Brood is a little disappointed. Perhaps she had thought he might also play an instrument...
"I suppose that depends on what you define as entertainment... depending on what it is, I suppose I can be very entertaining... cheekiness aside." Adam says with a warm smile. He was more at ease talking to Brood as he had initially assessed she was more soldier than politician, like so many here, and seemed out of her comfort zone as well. "I have a penchant for cooking and people have said that my rendition the Mithral Chef is actually pretty good."

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"Well, you will find good company amongst the Children, Adam, for we are all soldiers in one way or another. But the life of a soldier, I think, is not always so simple."
"Being a "simple" soldier does not mean that our lives simple, though admittedly they are much less... complicated... than many of those gathered here." Adam says to Brood as hands her a glass of the wine she and Mrith had enjoyed. Perhaps it was that kinship among soldiers that connected him to the other Children that he met and found fellowship with them so much easier and familiar. "I find that soldiering is very straightforward... now combat... well now that is an entirely different matter. Still have I have enjoyed my time here celebrating with the rest of your kin and they make an excellent... and potent... ale. You should be very proud."
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At the appearance of Mrith and Adam, Silverforge bows his head briefly in greeting. "Mrith, dear, glad I have a chance to talk with you again when I'm not too busy. Work still hasn't cleared up, but there is no need to run around like a mouse in a glass bowl."

He accepts Adam's offer of wine since the drinks he requested apparently have still not arrived. Taking a sip and then savoring it for a moment before passing it back to Adam with a smile of thanks. "I've found that there is no life that is simple to those who live it. Everything and everyone views their life as complicated at some point, and that's likely true. What might be simple to one is complex to another, and vice versa. That said, I find cooking is a rather good talent to have on hand -- often I have wished I could boast of that myself, if only for my own pleasure."
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Despite having dismissed the plain and brusque woman standing beside him as being of concern to him in his search, he kept being drawn to study her. Something about her did not set right in his mind. As he pondered this, his mind turned to his old love – literature. There was something tragic about this woman who had been beheaded and then returned to life…much akin to an opera, in the most classical of senses. In every fantasy there is a nugget of truth, he always said, and thus he mentally filtered through the expansive library in his mind, evaluating one character after another.

Finally, he hit upon an ancient Freeborn work by the name Reflections of Ruin. He could not contain his pleasure as his mouth tugged upwards into a brief smile as his eyes narrowed, an expression so slight and fleeting as to be mistaken for a mere twitch, but there nonetheless. He mentally reproved himself. It seems I spoke too soon…I might have the person I want after all…
Now the only trouble was to find the person he needed to confer with about the matter…he spoke mentally to his companion.

"Pe'er, I need you to go try to find the person who spoke to us the other day. The one who gave us our tip for this place. Don't be too worried about being seen, that way he might well find you as you find him."

The response came quickly. "Ohh...good! A quest....I do so love quests of my own...I'll do my best, but I think he'll be awfully hard to find...hopefully he sees me first."

True to his command, the shadow headed off. To those around it would look much as if Silverforge's shadow had come to life, and in a way it had as the creature slid backwards and out of the ground, leaving behind Silver's actual shadow in it's place. Once out of the ground it was a surprisingly large form, dark as a demon's soul. Inspire of this, it had an inescapably chipper and happy expression on it's almost featureless face, grinning broadly with eyes partially pinched shut from the smile as it hastily floated off to do it's bidding.

Silver, for one, did not even seem to acknowledge it as he spoke. "You know, Mrith, there is something about you I simply cannot place...no offense meant, of course, for this isn't in the negative...but you do not strike me as quite like many of the other people I meet here."

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"If you don't mind me saying so, I have grown quite fond of you as well."
That made her laugh. "Well that settles it then! You are now officially my escort for the rest of this party."

She held a tight self-satisfied smile after he commented on her trying to mortify him on purpose. After he greeted Morgan and said that she gave him too much credit, and she couldn't help but whisper back to him; "Very nice. You're a natural!"

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"Mrith, dear, glad I have a chance to talk with you again when I'm not too busy. Work still hasn't cleared up, but there is no need to run around like a mouse in a glass bowl."
Figuring that he may well be referring to that one task he'd been setting them on, she deciphered that he likely indicated that there was no rush at the moment.

The shadow splitting off of Tavrin startled her, her expression more aggressive than one of surprise. It was a fleeting one and quickly recovered from given the shadow's appearance.

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"You know, Mrith, there is something about you I simply cannot place...no offense meant, of course, for this isn't in the negative...but you do not strike me as quite like many of the other people I meet here."
"Ah?" She laid her head against her right shoulder while her thumb pressed against her lips, eyes squinting appraisingly. That sounded like an invitation to play a game of words with him.
"You mean, besides being a Quallish dragon diplomat?"

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Noting Mrith's response to Pe'er, he chuckled and waved her off. "Don't mind Pe'er. Just off on a little job. Wouldn't hurt a fly unless I told him to."

When she speaks about being a dragon diplomat, he nods. "That would be one thing, yes. Still, I've met draconic personages before, and that's not what strikes me. I sense a bit of the planes in you, and while it is familiar on the one hand, yet on the other the nature of your connection to them strikes me as different than what I have encountered before."

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Adam's suggestion about being an "entertainer" doesn't get much more than a nod of Brood's acknowledgement of the pass. For whatever reason, his manner of speaking was much more comfortable to Brood. It seemed that Zilira had the magic touch when it came to making Brood uncomfortable.

"A difference of opinions, perhaps," Brood said responding to Adam's comment about soldiering, "I find that fiends tend to force their enemies to make difficult decisions, and even the simplest of us have regrets..."

Brood was rambling a bit, as a flash from her own past swept through her memory. Yes, she certainly had some regrets about her past actions.

Again, Silverforge's voice echoed in her brain. As if she didn't have enough to think about! 'Focus, Brood!' she chastised herself, letting herself return to the present. Thankfully, the departure of Silverforge's shadow was enough of a distraction that she doubted anyone had noticed a change in her behavior or mindset.

Brood had been hoping to bring up the coin with Morgan, but as it was, she wasn't sure she was comfortable having such a discussion in the present company. Still she probably ought to say something?

"I have met Shadow a few times," Brood inserted, in that particular way people do when they don't have anything meaningful to say, "Do you have a particular interest in her?"

Brood looks around to the group as if offering the same question to all of those present, including Kala and Eve.
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He chuckles a bit at the suggestion. "I've heard of Shadow, yes...although I cannot take pure credit for this trick. Pe'er is a being of his own -- a Shadow Elemental. Bonded to me, and mimics my own shadow generally. But not something that I personally manipulate, per se."
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Morgan snorts at Brood's question. "You could say that. We've an interest in all of them, really, but she, Many Faces and the 'Lady in the Light' have been the three most visible as far as we've been able to tell. We've had run ins with a few of them by now though, and seen all of them, or at least all of the ones that they're owning up to." He rubs his temples. "Really, it's all starting to give me a headache now, trying to figure out who they are and what they want."

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The shadow had indeed reminded her of Shadow as well, and the familiarity helped subdue her alarm.

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"That would be one thing, yes. Still, I've met draconic personages before, and that's not what strikes me. I sense a bit of the planes in you, and while it is familiar on the one hand, yet on the other the nature of your connection to them strikes me as different than what I have encountered before."
Mrith paused then. She had not expected that. But then again, she hadn't been sure of what to expect. She did not want to lie about it and figured she wouldn't have to considering the company present. But they were not dragons and had no dragon blood that she knew of, and so this did not concern them.
"Impressive. I indeed have a certain connection to Crone that goes through the planes. It is one of the reasons I have certain talents that go beyond what you would expect from an emerald dragon."
Turning her head sideways so that she wouldn't face anyone, she casually blew a thin arc of electricity that thickened into a foot-long tongue of flames. Wisps of smoke flew from her nostrils.
"Many gifts. Some of which I suppose I should thank my Rudaa parent's druidic upbringing for."
She paused again.
"I understand by your conclusion that you are quite knowledgeable about the planes. Along with a bound shadow elemental... you did not strike me as an academic. Firsthand experience?"
He did happen to be a new face and was swimming interesting social circles. Worth a shot.
"Would you happen to know about the Nine Realms?"
She would try to catch a reaction to the term from those present. Perhaps Eve would know.
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That made her laugh. "Well that settles it then! You are now officially my escort for the rest of this party."
"I would not have it any other way." Adam said at Mrith's exclamation and could not help but feel satisfied at her laughter. It was simple, but it was a richer reward than anything he had of late. Surely with all of the recent conflicts, laughter, genuine laughter, was a rarity.

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She held a tight self-satisfied smile after he commented on her trying to mortify him on purpose. After he greeted Morgan and said that she gave him too much credit, and she couldn't help but whisper back to him; "Very nice. You're a natural!"
"Well, dear Mirth, I am so delighted that you can be so ambivalent about my mortification and social awkwardness. " Adam spoke mirthfully with a wink. "And I have always enjoyed when others have had fun at my expense."

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"Oh, right, yeah. Sorry if I came across as a bit of a d!ck back then. It wasn't exactly the best time for a friendly chit-chat for me, though Mrith tells me that you're on the level." He snorts. "For that matter, finding out that you seem to be one of the few people that Jester trusts says a lot. Quite how you've managed to deal with him so long without him driving you mad is a mystery to me."
"Actually, it is not too difficult once you realize it's nothing personal and that Jester is that way all of the time. As for trusting me, I guess he figures he owes me something for putting up with his shite all of the time." Adam said with a laugh at Morgan's description of Jester. "And don't worry about before, I figured that we all been under some serious stress lately... and compared to Jester you're a ray of sunshine. I'm just glad that you're back to being your reputed usual self. Cheers!"

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"A difference of opinions, perhaps," Brood said responding to Adam's comment about soldiering, "I find that fiends tend to force their enemies to make difficult decisions, and even the simplest of us have regrets..."
"Perhaps we may be talking around one another... forgive me. I was stating that my identity as a soldier was simple, which does not mean that characterization necessarily extends to what I do. As I have said already, war and battle are rarely simple and straightforward, even in the most ideal circumstances. " Adam said warmly to Brood's response as he offered the wine he had to her. "I have my share of regrets as well... like most in our profession, but to keep coming back and fighting on in spite of them that is what makes most solders so special, no?"

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