Apr 05, 2020 12:48 AM
further adventures of belmarniss
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"Uh, my first choice of backstory would be 'oh, I bought him in Katapesh'. Since I don't expect 'em to look up whether you can transport Katapeshi slaves through Osirion."

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"Then that works."

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"Saves having to come up with a criminal past for you. Wouldn't be the moment for the funny story lever. Do you still have the darkvision goggles?"

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"Fazil does but I could get them off him."

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"Good, carrying a light for you would look a little weird. You should still have one while I sleep so you can see farther but for travel the goggles're better."

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Nod.

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"If they want to spring for Fazil too I'd take him and spin it differently, harder to pass off a cleric as a purchase, but if it's just you you'd have to mostly not talk, not evince annoyance when we talk in drow, pretend you don't understand it even if I hit you with a Tongues while nobody's looking, act kind of scared of me, do whatever I tell you to sharpish and with a minimum of followup questions, and carry anything heavy we wind up with."

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"All right, I'm in. What's the story if they'll pay Fazil?"

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"He could pretty much just go as himself and sell the thing where Abadar is just super into trade, you'd be with him, I'm your loosely native guide - we don't want to look like, altogether, an adventuring party, adventuring parties from the surface are typically bad news and it's not unheard of for them to contain ethnic drow, so I can't look that assimilated."

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Nod.

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"I'm making it sound very complicated but it could wind up being a pretty simple trip. Go down, bother a mushroom farmer for directions, buy a bolt of silk and haul it topside so I win a bet, easy."

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"Win a bet?"

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"There is a market in how long till trade goods from a drow country are freely available for sale! Unfortunately it was worded so I couldn't clean up by selling stuff I have owned for more than three years."

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"How inconsiderate of the Prince Merenre."

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"So inconsiderate! I like my boots but way less than I like the boots I could get for what I woulda won."

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"I guess it could be argued that the taxpayers shouldn't be buying you boots but I think they could stand to be more generous, really."

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"The people who bought into a betting market without checking whether I bought my boots downstairs would be buying them."

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"Ah, well, that's on them. - you're probably not the only one here with drow souvenirs, I guess. Might be the only one who bought them."

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"If someone got their hat off a dead drow that doesn't mean the hat was drow-made. We steal, you know. But I can vouch for the provenance of my stuff."

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"Well, we'll have to run off with their money some other way. When do they want you to leave?"

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"Said authorizing it tomorrow but didn't give a departure date."

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"Pretty quick moving when they wanted us out of the sea."

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"Yeah, I think it'll be soon, but that could mean tomorrow or the next day or in a few."

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Nod.

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"How much will subcontracting you run me?"

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