"I'm putting you in a tricky position, Knots, I know. I'm sorry, I truly am."
Perhaps most surprising was the truth of what Faith said. She didn't want to make him feel uncomfortable, had no wish to put him in a position of saying or not
saying anything he did not wish to. Yet. Faith would tear down every building in Viden with her bare hands if it was what it took to find some information about Padraig. It wasn't what she wanted, but it was what she had to do. But Knots' words told of something that Faith suddenly realised he thought. "Knots, I'm not asking you to go after him. I'm not. I've asked every captain in Scalvoris docks and a few here, too."
She admitted that rather shamefacedly; Padraig would not be amused and would be more than a little worried about her, especially in her current condition. "None of them will sail. I'm looking for things that I can research, maybe, try. Information. I.. I don't think anyone will go there with Cylus soon upon us."
He spoke of Scalvoris then and Faith looked at him with a smile. "You know Scalvoris, Knots?"
He seemed like a good sort, in his own way and Faith was used to working with people just as rough around the edges. It didn't bother her, not in the slightest. "I work at the Order of the Adunih there, and own a restaurant."
She hadn't been there long, she said. Just over an arc, but it was home.
There was no doubting it and, were Padraig here to tell them he would undoubtedly agree, Faith was a strange woman with a strange and often apparently random thought process. Random was the last thing her thoughts were, in fairness - she thought about things in a different way than others, but that was often to do with her rather unique upbringing. Or whatever one could call it. But there, surrounded by books and with a grizzled old pirate looking at her, Faith wondered something. In wondering it about the man, she had to ask, "You are from Scalvoris? What ended you up in Viden, Knots?"
It seemed like a strange place for him but then, she had to admit, she didn't really know Viden as well as she could or might. She knew the Academy and this place, a few of the more well known areas, that was it.
And, of course, if Knots wanted to go back, she would help him. Of course she would.
To Linika, though, she turned her gaze and she smiled. "I am very grateful to you. I would like to, if we could, try and find out what we can about this symbol. It is possible,"
she said, as much to placate Knots as anything else, "that it is a symbol of an Immortal or a group of Mer, or.. I don't know. But it might provide a clue. No one is going to ask you to go anywhere or do anything."
Looking at Linika she raised an eyebrow. "Do you know where we might find such books?"
In terms of the money, she would be paying Knots, and she would be surprisingly firm. Linika had done her a favour, but she did not need to do more. In fact, Faith said, the least that she could do was buy her friend a meal, if they had time. The offer was made to both the Naerrik and Knots and Faith would freely admit, if asked, that she did so in the hope that Knots might talk more freely when more relaxed. She would admit it freely if asked and so, of course, she hoped that no one did