"Someone was looking for you," a drunk, muscular man applying some paint to his fingernails says to Belmarniss as she walks by. "Drow girl."
"Nice, I've been feeling the lack since last I rode it. When do you wanna leave, I'm between stuff right now."
"If we head out at sunrise you'll get there around when it opens, I think."
"Cool. You want to meet me at the Onyx or should I come here?"
"We can meet you at the Onyx. This place is a bit downscale but we didn't know how long we'd be waiting for you."
"What, am I the only woman you've ever met? Visiting a monastery isn't exactly high hazard pay stuff, you could've roped in somebody's sister."
"I don't really want to drag anyone who isn't an adventurer into this."
"Both my sisters are pregnant anyway."
"I am sisterless."
"Fair enough. Congratulations and/or condolences on the pregnant sisters."
"Human women are usually excited to become mothers. - at least, Osirian women."
"Are they, or is it just the sort of thing they worry will be socially unacceptable to be wailing and gnashing their teeth about? One does hear restrained complaints about labor and sleep deprivation and chafing and so on."
"It's hard when they're new if you don't have any servants."
"I think lots of people are legitimately having a really positive experience, even if they'd probably choose to have fewer if it were their choice."
"If you say so."
"Her given name is Abada. She was going by the Dread Dagger, when arrested."
"I haven't heard of her but I'm not really up on my maritime villain flashcards."
"They're as melodramatic as adventurers, it's terrible."
"Hey, Belmarniss is my real name. It does mean 'bottomless pit' but that's just how drow names are, man."
"Met a guy the other day who claimed he was the resurrection of Aroden. He had the same beard as the one portrait in most Osirion history books, that was the only resemblance."
"When I started adventuring there was this asshat who claimed that his family was eaten by the Tarrasque."
Hagan flicks a pebble at him.
"Investors like the dead twin angle on my research project, it's sort of cute."
"Investors are all very dense and I don't understand how the industry survives. Someday the money will stop flowing and everyone will have to get day jobs."
"Wanna make ninth first," he says fervently.