Oct 29, 2020 4:17 AM
ellie and villanelle in spelljammer
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"Do you think there might be, uh, aggressive competition?"

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"Well... That depends on how good we are at fast talking."

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"You'll be all right, then."

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"The best anti-pirate weapon."

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"What's the runner-up of choice?"

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"Well, I can't pull off 'teleporting bombs' yet... I suppose I'd have to go with anti-ship weapons."

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"How many of those do we have?"

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"Two, one capable of firing forward, one aft. They require magic to activate. Not the best radius of fire, though, but I can get a punch out of them when I need to."

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"Better than none."

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"Yeah. They're a bit of an older model, but that matters less against pirates than it does some others - there's not really a coordinated arms and armor race anywhere."

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"Something like that would be scary, in this context."

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"It'd get bad, fast," she says, more seriously.

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"Pirate ships shouldn't be much more armored than this, though - some do have stolen old war ships, but that's exceptionally rare, and usually reserved for the big time gangs."

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"Hopefully this site isn't quite that interesting."

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"Well, perhaps you'll be my good luck charm."

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"I am quite charming, and reasonably lucky."

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"Perfect, then!"

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She grins and steers the ship on - they'll be coming up to the transition into normal space very soon.

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"I believe I have decided that I do not wish to be your student formally."

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She glances over, grin fading a bit. "Huh. Any particular reason?"

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"I. Uh."

"Don't want to get you in trouble."

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She beams.

"You're delightful."

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