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Oct 15, 2019 3:30 PM
decima meets ellie
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"I do not understand why this place is... allowed."

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"They're too incompetent to create a functioning society and want their poor out of their faces?"

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"Plausible. Hmm." She looks around and overhead at the ceiling of the cavern. "A sufficiently hot fire would crack the rock, potentially precipitating a large-scale subsidence, if the cracks were located strategically."

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She snickers.

"Perhaps as a parting gift."

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One of the Carta dwarfs runs past in an awful hurry.

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"I do wonder where they're going..."

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"Looks like a messenger. Probably going to relay news of our attack."

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"I'm very tempted to be a fly on the wall in that conversation."

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"I'm sure it would be enlightening. We may even be able to save our assassin the trouble of hunting us down."

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"Oh, let's please ambush the assassin. That would be dreadfully hilarious."

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"All right."

Their quarry is taking a direct route. He doesn't seem concerned about potentially being followed.

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Pity for him! She follows, after double checking her camouflage.

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He leads them, all unawares, to an apparently nondescript cave wall. He presses a certain section, and a cunningly-hinged door made of the wall swings out. He pulls it shut after he enters.

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The rock is, presumably, as vulnerable as all rock to being merged with and traveled through.

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People here don't really have any sort of system of defense against that, so yes.

The other side is a system of dwarf-sized tunnels, thankfully much cleaner than outside. The Keres has to stoop. She's not thrilled about this.

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She avoids giggling at the look on the Keres' face but is still smirking perhaps a bit.

She's not crouching much at all.

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They pass a few side passages, leading to storage rooms and dormitories and a refectory. But the main attraction is the large meeting room that lies at the center of the complex, and the leader to whom the messenger is making his report. She does not look pleased by what he has to say.

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And what does he have to say?

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That the two demons Tethras has been raving about destroyed the lift and mauled the guards. And no one saw them do this until after it had already been done. And it's going to take several weeks to repair. And their shipments will be delayed in the meantime. And that one of them is a mage who can cast magic on dwarfs.

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Naughty, pretending those dwarves didn't play a role in what happened. But Hisame will let this slide.

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The leader wants eyes on the two vandals. And she's putting a sizeable bounty on them. And she wants someone to contact the Antivan.

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Does anyone mention what the Antivan is? (Or are her stolen memories from earlier helpful?)

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Antiva is a country north of Kirkwall, known for its wine, merchant navy, and assassin's guild. The Antivan Crows are without question the premier assassins in all of Thedas. It's somewhat odd that the Carta leader is referring to 'the Antivan' specifically, rather than 'the Crows' generally.

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Perhaps one very good assassin? She does hope so.

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Some people hurry off to arrange spies and bounties and assassins. The rest begin discussing how they're going to move their product without the elevator. Apparently the new captain has been stepping up patrols in the docks, and bribery has become less effective.

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