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Sep 24, 2019 5:47 AM
Tobirama and Faust are necromancers
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Joseph goes and fetches a map. 

The city has encroached; the river has not moved. 

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He outlines the extent of the catacombs, and marks a few entrances, commenting briefly on each's stability.

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"We should be able to access some of those without alerting the neighbors, but the town might note our presence; it depends, I suppose, on how secretive we wish to be - I don't imagine our presence in the area being known presenting a significant problem, especially if we don't linger to use the catacombs."

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"Entering the catacombs takes less time than exhuming a grave; I imagine sneaking in under the cover of night could be done without a watchman or anyone else seeing anything noteworthy if we were careful." 

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"The river paths might be more likely to be watched for bootleggers; still, this one here seems far from any prying eyes..." And she traces a door set in the woods. "But it's close enough to a road we might be able to retrieve more salts than we could in a single trip, packing them into the car."

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Nod. To Hiram: "How are they stored? We may want to bring new containers if the current ones aren't secure enough to prevent spilling during transport." 

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"Clay containers. Most are likely still intact, but they are not immune to being tipped over, no."

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"I'll acquire some jars with lids that seal tightly." 

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He nods. "Sensible."

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"Another matter: while you resemble my son greatly, you do not act like him, and it is unreasonable to try and keep the two of you from ever being seen together."

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"I have been acting differently since Eliza's death; I suspect further odd behavior could be written off. But the latter point I grant." 

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"Do you have suggestions for how to resolve this?"

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"My sister spent a time acquiring every orphan she stumbled across. No one will question if they lost track of how many she has. Besides, presenting a child of her own blood will quell those horrible rumors of her barrenness. Of course, she never would have distinguished between her children, so has not mentioned it prior."

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"Another cousin, perfect." 

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"I would want some tales of her, some indication of my supposed upbringing, but, yes. I can be an antiquarian, of an out-dated mind, to explain my speech. Perhaps I have been ill, and educated solely upon books, to explain my lack of modern knowledge."

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"She's not in town, now, but I will send her a letter. And stories aplenty can I provide."

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"We would have had to tell her that the family traditions had become more practical than theoretical in any case." 

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Emma nods. "She's I suspect suspicious of what we have been doing, but I have not confirmed it prior."

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"Well. She's not who we're hiding it from." 

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"Indeed. I suspect she'll want to meet her new 'child,' too."

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"Acceptable. What is my name to be?"

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"Hiram is antiquated but not too odd. Her surname is Sanders."

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"Hiram Sanders, then."

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Nod. "--We have your wife's body, as well. We didn't want to do anything irreversible until we had your expertise." 

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