Jun 25, 2019 12:08 PM
Marena lands on Neuroi
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"As much as I like being safe and cozy, I'm not going to be safe and cozy if the Neuroi stop being over there, you know? May as well try and get rid of them so I don't have to worry about 'em."

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"Would that God made more people think like that. We must all stand firm against evil." The middle-eastern man nods solemnly.

(Rost shakes his head and frowns almost imperceptibly, then makes a noise of polite agreement.)

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"I can't really blame people who can't go toe to toe with Neuroi for not trying? But someone'se gotta, anyway."

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Rost comments, "Someone's got to fight for God, for king and country, for any number of reasons. For all that I admit the Neuroi are more serious than most reasons, such reasoning has, alas, worn a bit thin on me. War consumes."

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"Yeah, it does that. Survival's the first priority, war tends to make people forget that there are any other priorities."

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"We are a beautifully simple species in some regards," Rost comments sardonically. "Defend your life and your stuff. Put others in their place. Take and boast."

"We have finer inclinations as well," Ayden insists. "Love, art, kindness."

"Perhaps. And here we are, chewing over the topic of human nature like a bunch of philosophers."

"There is nothing wrong with philosophy."

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"I seem to be on a run of ending up in philosophical conversations in pubs. Though we can switch to a lighter topic."

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"Isn't that what pubs are for?" Rost asks, "Deep, intelligent conversation about the nature of the world? Certainly not inane tales, bawdy jokes, bad singing, and other random tomfoolry."

(Ayden bursts out laughing.)

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"I am sure there is a way to combine deep philosophical thought with bawdy singing. I'm not sure how, but it has to be possible."

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Rost continues to be a little crude and rather sardonic, and not as relaxed as he ought to be. Ayden is apparently involved in 'diverting resources and making connections', (read: smuggling) though he dances carefully around the subject. He has a steady sort of demeanor and has no work for Marena, "As much of my work occurs on larger scales and in circles of high business". Ayden excuses himself after a while. Rost pays her and has another delivery and mentions that he has someone who is offering quite a lot for documents regarding or a sample of that one boat company's mystery metal.

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Ahh, smugglers. Such a noble profession.

"I can't make any promises, but I do know one of the engineers working on that project. I might be able to rustle something up."

And she accepts the delivery. That she can make promises about,

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Pay's the same - not absurdly high, but pretty good since it's not terribly out of the way. Rost might be leaving the country again soon, though. 

She's only been here and back a few times, but a couple of the locals recognize and wave at her as she hangs out. Eventually it's time to go back.

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She'll take what money she can get. And hopefully she can get the documents before Rost leaves, but that may not be likely.

Homewards!

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