Oct 25, 2020 6:10 AM
Anders, Ant and Ira meet new friends and rescue old ones
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The elf waits until they're alone to speak again. "My message is from Karl." Beat. "Kind of."

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The name thrills through Anders and his heart beats painfully in his chest. "You know Karl? Is he all right? What happened?"

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"He's...fine for now. We think. But we need to move quickly. The Gallows are a mess. We need to get them out."

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“Right, yes, of course,” Anders says, immediately grabbing his jacket. He slings his staff onto his back. “Do we have a plan?”

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"Sort of. A...friend of mine is causing a distraction. To get Karl into the Chantry."

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That gives Anders pause. "Why the Chantry? Why not the Wounded Coast?"

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"Because my friend isn't certain how long the distraction will last. And- Karl's not alone. Child won't make it to the coast."

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Anders could've laughed if he wasn't so scared for Karl. Both of them, adopting strays. Something meant to be in that.

"The Chantry will be well-guarded. This has to be quick and quiet," Anders thinks out loud.

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"There's a cellar, and a back way in. C'mon."

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"D- Anders?" Cia asks from the doorway.

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"Stay here. Cia. Make sure everyone's settled," Anders says, squeezing eir shoulder as he passes em. "You too, Ilska."

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Ilska clicks her tongue, narrows her eyes at his staff. "But-"

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"I need you here to protect the patients and Cia, Ilska. I'll be fine."

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"You better be," she mutters, but keeps her place by the door.

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"I promise," he says, making sure Ilska sees how seriously he means that. 

He turns to the elf. "Lead the way."

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She does, clearly having already plotted a route in her head for this. She's quiet until they're out of earshot.

"Protective children," she notes, leading the way through a grate that until she pulled it aside, looked very solid.

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"We came from Ferelden together. We've become rather attached to each other," Anders says. "I didn't get your name before?"

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"I didn't give it," she comments blithely. Pauses. "It's Raeli."

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"Nice to meet you Raeli. Thank you for coming to find me."

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"It was everyone's best chance."

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"I've been trying to plan a way to get him out for months. I have to know how you did it."

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"We'll explain everything once he's out. Up here."

Raeli scrambles up a crumbled set of stairs.

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Anders nods his agreement and follows her.

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And not too long after, they make it into the Chantry cellar. Raeli presses a finger to her lips, before collecting a bow and quiver from a barrel she'd obviously left it in earlier.

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Anders grabs his staff, spells already tingling in his fingertips.

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