The Night Market!

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Re: The Night Market!

Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:28 pm

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Oram & Darius

"Yes, yes it is a spyglass!" The merchant said. "This is one of the more mundane ones we have, there are others of course of course," he handed Oram the spyglass to look at and it was a beautiful example of crafting skill. Oram looked around at the items and spoke to Darius. The merchant overheard him and smiled, but he did not say anything at the time. Oram browsed the wares and found a few things of interest. There were books and scrolls which had information on moving goods by sea. It was all quite general, but nonetheless useful. The merchant, however, gave a slight cough. "If you'd be interested," he said. "We do have some more specialised, premium goods which might help with moving large and heavy items by sea. If you wish?" He smiled. "We don't put the premium items out for general display, since they are the remit of the more ... focused customer. But I'd be happy to show you, if you wish."

Darius' request, though, that was something else. "Everything I know about the Pirate Lords?" He grinned at the mariner. "I know a lot, sir, and its worth is more than one story. But I will trade you a tale of one of them for that tale of yours. You pick which one, of course. If you don't know all of them," he looked around and grabbed a book. The spine declared it as "A Historical Study of the Pirate Lords of Scalvoris" it was written by one Enri T'nooh-Meougg. "Their names are in there," he said sliding it over. He smiled to Darius as he slid the book and said. "Is this a surprise enough?" He smiled then. "If the Pirate Lords is your interest, then we have a few more exclusive items which might take your fancy?"
Vhunhald wrote: Round 2! Actions available:
  • Oram: You have access to a very good spyglass and / or information on moving large goods via sea. You can now choose to purchase / not. You may also:
    • Stick and have the same actions available as in Round 1.
    • Progress to more unusual goods, browsing more premium wares.
    • Leave Or, of course, you can exit this ship and go find another!
  • Darius: You have access to a very interesting book and / or one tale of a Pirate Lord. You can now choose to purchase trade / not. You may also:
    • Stick and have the same actions available as in Round 1.
    • Progress to more unusual goods, browsing more premium wares.
    • Leave Or, of course, you can exit this ship and go find another!
Rei'sari & Nathan

The woman watched as Rei'sari browsed books. She found a number of cookbooks - and there was one specifically which dealt with fruity desserts and had a range of recipes from the known to the very challenging. There were other cookbooks written in languages she didn't understand but - since she didn't understand them, she didn't know what they were about. In the short time she had, she couldn't browse the pictures sufficiently to know. So, when she took the timeyour first action was very much 2 actions - browsing for fruity dessert cookbooks is very specific. Then to add in that you want fruity dessert cookbooks in a range of languages is another. So I've gone with those two. to do so, she found another three or four books which might have been what she wanted. It was hard to tell specifically, of course, since she could not read them. The merchant smiled at her. "I can give you a price for those," she said quietly. "Also, if you're interested in unusual desserts, we do have some ingredients and other items of the more specialised variety. If you're interested?"

As for Nathan, the woman smiled. "Seeds, unusual ingredients? Yes, those I can do for you. We don't sell animals, I'm afraid, though." She moved over to where there were a number of jars and so on and she reached up for a few. "Here," she said and she handed him a small slice of cake. "This is a cake made with the fruit which grows from these seeds," she said. The taste of what he had was unlike anything else. "This is a cake made from the balancing of the three parts of a sunburst fruit." She smiled. "Would you like some seeds? Or I have some Sweetwine Vine Seeds, you soak the leaf in something and then the tiniest part of that leaf imparts the flavour of what it was soaked in. " Looking at him, she raised an eyebrow. "I do not teach cooking skills, I sell cooking wares. However, we do have some more specialist books and equipment, if it is your wish?"
Jurmond wrote: Round 2! Actions available:
  • Rei'sari: You have access to a very good cookbook focused on fruity desserts and written in a language you understand. It has a range of skill levels in there. You also have access to three cookbooks which are written in languages you do not understand, but which seem to meet your criteria. You can now choose to purchase / not. You may also:
    • Stick and have the same actions available as in Round 1.
    • Progress to more unusual goods, browsing more premium wares.
    • Leave Or, of course, you can exit this ship and go find another!
  • Nathan: You have access to two types of seed / ingredient. You can now choose to purchase / not. You may also:
    • Stick and have the same actions available as in Round 1.
    • Progress to more unusual goods, browsing more premium wares.
    • Leave Or, of course, you can exit this ship and go find another!
Natalia & Zoro

The pair had a chance to chat and Natalia browsed the wares. She did not look for anything specificit said you needed to be specific and "be sure to include what you're looking for". Sorry! but it gave her the chance to have a good idea of the kinds of things here. When the merchant spoke to her, she said that she'd appreciate a surprise. That caused a smile from him and he nodded. "Yes, yes of course!" He looked around and then he grabbed a book. The book was entitled "The Complete Compendium of Norms, Mores and Social Etiquette in Scalvoris", which he put into her hands. "Have a look at that," he said. "Customs and expectations among different groups in each of the towns of this fine island. Would that be the kind of thing that you would be interested in?" It had information galore in there on everything from pirate greetings to the very rare groups of high society. He smiled at her. "If it is not to your liking, perhaps you can be more specific in your interests? Maybe I can help you further?" He gestured, vaguely, towards an area of the ship where no visitors were.

And then there was Zoro. Zoro who immediately wanted to "buy them all". The merchants eyes lit with delight. "Why, good sir I do! I do!" He took Zoro over to a table. "Here, sir. Here was have this!" He gestured, magnanimously and there was a ten-volume set. "The Complete Encyclopaedia of Prophecies On Scalvoris: Arc 300 - 721" There was also a matching set on "The Legends and Tales of Scalvoris". He beamed at Zoro. "I could do you a discount for a bulk purchase, sir and, should you wish it there are more..," he paused, dramatically, and then lowered his voice in a conspiratorial manner. "select and premium goods, below. I would be happy to show you - and the lady - those goods if you wish?"
Theosophuss wrote: Round 2! Actions available:
  • Natalia: You have access to a very good book focused on etiquette within the many groups within Scalvoris. You can now choose to purchase / not. You may also:
    • Stick and have the same actions available as in Round 1.
    • Progress to more unusual goods, browsing more premium wares.
    • Leave Or, of course, you can exit this ship and go find another!
  • Zoro : You have access to two full sets of encyclopaedias. You can now choose to purchase / not. You may also:
    • Stick and have the same actions available as in Round 1.
    • Progress to more unusual goods, browsing more premium wares.
    • Leave Or, of course, you can exit this ship and go find another!
Kori & Balth

When Kori asked about the timeframe, she smiled slightly. "There are many theories and legends about the origin of the Immortals," she said, and she gestured to a specific book. "That book, for example, is about creation legends across Idalos. There is a tale among some of the more salty seafarers which tells of how the sun exploded and the seas boiled and on that trial, the Immortals were born. Another speaks of Cassion existing before the others - and he thought of what Idalos would be like and he laughed at how ludicrous it was; that laughter became the Immortals. Some say that the Immortals were created by beings even more powerful than they. Is that the kind of thing you're looking for?" She smiled. As for what was the most interesting thing, she considered. "Well, of course, to me that answer is you, the customer." Looking around, she considered it. "Up here, I think it's this," she reached out and picked up a small glass ornament, about an inch high and in the shape of a bear. "Apparently, blessed by Ralaith. We have some more specific and enchanting wares, if you would be interested. They are premium and, of course, come with a higher price. "

Balthazar found a few texts on the Immortals in question - flicking through them revealed that they were detailed and clear. Then, he did something then which seemed to surprise herSECRET OBJECTIVE ACHIEVED. "My name is Felice," she said and she smiled at him. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Balthazar." He asked about Domain Magic and the Spark and she nodded. "Indeed, there are a number of academic treatise on the nature of the Spark. Here, this is the area you want to look at." There were five books, and a few scrolls. She smiled at him as she suggested the book which was most useful, but explained that they were all quite good. "Again, we have more specific information here, but I wouldn't want it to fall into any hands. May I ask, why you wear those?" And those, of course, were accompanied by a gesture to his paradigm cuffs.
Cheekka / Felice wrote: Round 2! Actions available:
  • Kori: You have access to a very good book focused on Idalos creation legends and a glass bear. You can now choose to purchase / not. You may also:
    • Stick and have the same actions available as in Round 1.
    • Progress to more unusual goods, browsing more premium wares.
    • Leave Or, of course, you can exit this ship and go find another!
  • Balth : You have access to three good books on the Immortals Vri, Famula, Pier & Pre. You also have access to five books and three scrolls on Domain Magic. . You can now choose to purchase / not. You may also:
    • Stick and have the same actions available as in Round 1.
    • Progress to more unusual goods, browsing more premium wares.
    • Leave Or, of course, you can exit this ship and go find another!


Prae

Prae was there, alone, and the merchant looked at him. He regarded Prae with a level expression and then nodded. "I may be able to help you, I think," he said. "We have a range, below deck, where you can practice and, as it happens, one of Idalos' best archers is one of my crew." Funny, that. But he carried on like it was absolute fact, and so he gestured to an area which seemed to be devoted to ranged combat especially. "There are a number of techniques which I believe might help. I have some books on crossbow use, here." There were, indeed, a couple of books. Should Prae browse them they were filled with tips and tricks, things like practicing from a distance so that slight errors in aim were exemplified, things like that. They seemed very sensible. When Prae asked what he would recommend, though, he showed him a small weight which could attach to Prae's crossbow. "One of the things that I found was that I inevitably over-shot to the left. It's hard to adjust that sufficiently, and I found myself then over shooting to the right. The problem there is that it builds bad habits. This attaches here, and slightly adjusts your aim for you." He showed Prae what he meant. "So, then it compensates - when you calibrate it correctly - for any persistent error. That means that you can very slowly adjust your shooting and adjust this to match." He smiled slightly. "We do keep a more extensive stock below decks, for the more discerning customer." He gestured then to Prae's hand - specifically, the back of it. "And we offer a discount to Taithir."
Shal'zariain wrote: Round 2! Actions available:
  • Praetorum: You have access to a books on crossbow combat and a calibrating aim-thingie that will help you adjust your aim more precisely. You can now choose to purchase / not. You may also:
    • Stick and have the same actions available as in Round 1.
    • Progress to more unusual goods, browsing more premium wares.
    • Leave Or, of course, you can exit this ship and go find another!
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First things first - apologies for missing a week! However, we are back on track now!
Things to note:
  • Each ship has a Theme and a variety of Merchants. Each Merchant has a different surprise!
  • You will be on each ship for a minimum of 2 rounds. In that time, I urge you to interact with each other as well as the merchant.
  • If you stay on your ship longer than 2 rounds, you might discover more indepth things. Equally, you'll miss the delights of another ship.
  • You will be in a pairing on each ship - but the person you are with on your first ship will NOT be who you are with on the second ship, etc.
  • Any questions - ask away!
  • There are secrets to be discovered about each ship, and each merchant.

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Re: The Night Market!

Sat Aug 28, 2021 2:42 am


Balthazar had just arrived. Of course. Well, at least he didn't seem annoyed at
Kori'än almost running straight into him. When the man continued, however, he
couldn't help but perk up, definitely interested in such a trade. "Of course," he
agreed with a smile, before turning his attention back to the items. There was
no reason for hiding any interesting item he found from Balthazar, and if he
could, in turn, take a look at whatever the other man found interesting, well,
then he definitely wouldn't pass the opportunity.

As the merchant began to answer his inquiry, Kori'än felt his attention being pulled to
her words. He took the book she had pointed at, carefully opening it to take a look at its first page, each example of legends she provided making him more and more interested. Creations legends across Idalos, not from a specific place. Maybe there would be one of those legends that would be true, or maybe the truth could be pieced together from multiple, different tales. Or, maybe, everything was nothing more than legends, and the truth was hidden somewhere else. Regardless, the tales themselves sounded interesting, even amusing ― while Kori'än didn't find all that hard to believe that Cassion's laughter was powerful enough to create, he doubted it would be the origins of Immortals. Could an Immortal even create other Immortals? Wouldn't their creations be beings of less power than themselves?

Of the three examples, he knew what he found most possible. And yet, sometimes the truth was improbable.

Realizing the woman had asked him if that was what he was looking for, he took another look at one of the pages of the book, nodding. "Yes, actually. Thank you."

Kori'än faltered a bit when she told him, bluntly, that he and Balthazar were the most interesting thing on the ship. He cleared his throat, looking down at the book again, and reminding himself that she was a merchant, and it was obvious that she would try to make them buy her wares through whatever means she could. And yet, he couldn't help but become suddenly uncomfortable. In fact, he was ready to just ask the price of the book and leave, when the woman showed him the bear. Instantly, his interest was picked once again, and his previous discomfort was suddenly forgotten.

It took every ounce of control he had not to take the bear from her hand to inspect it. Not that it would make a difference ― Kori'än had no idea how to verify if an item was indeed blessed or not. But he hoped that she was honest enough not to try and push him a common glass figurine for an exorbitant price. "Yes, I'd like to buy it," he said, leaning forward slightly to take a better look at the bear. Then, Aokan and Laneey's face flashed through his mind, and he cleared his throat again. As much as he wanted to just grab the bear and whatever else interested him, he was no longer only responsible for himself. "I mean, I'm very interested in it, and I'll probably purchase it. But I'd like to see some of your... premium wares first if that would be alright? How much would it be for the book and the bear?" Maybe, just maybe, he would be able to get at least a couple of interesting things. He could always work harder in the following days if needed.

Kori was so focused on the things in front of him that he had totally forgotten to ask the woman's name. As Balthazar presented the question, he pressed his lips together, annoyed at himself. Such an obvious detail, and yet, it seemed that he was incapable of asking others for their names. It hadn't been the first time this had happened, and it probably wouldn't be the last.

"I'm Kori'än," he offered with a whisper, clenching the book harder for a trill before he forced himself to relax before he damaged the book. "Sorry about..." his lack of manners. He let the phrase hang in the air, taking a step back and allowing Balthazar to ask for whatever he wished. His request was an interesting one, and while Kori knew unsurprisingly little about magic, it was a subject that held some interest to him. He hoped the other man would still be interested in sharing information.

For a moment, he stayed quiet, allowing Felice to answer the other's question and guide him to the section that held the books of his interest. While Balthazar was browsing the wares, though, Kori'än couldn't contain his curiosity any longer. "Are you a mage?" he asked, before wincing at his own lack of tact. Well, the question was already out there now, and he probably would just make matters worse if he tried to fix it, so he let the words hang in the air, not pushing if Balthazar chose to ignore it.

At Felice's question, though, he frowned, following her eyes to the cuffs around the man's hand. Kori had no idea what they were, but he stayed out of it. He had been invasive enough for the trial.

Or maybe not, because once all was said and done, he turned to Felice. "May I ask who Cheekka is? You have many interesting items around here." He couldn't help but be curious about what sort of person would be able to gather such treasure.
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Re: The Night Market!

Sun Aug 29, 2021 6:19 pm

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60th Ymiden, 721

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The man's comment about enjoying eating made Rei'sari smile.

"It is kind of the same thing, really. You don't have to enjoy cooking in order to enjoy eating, but I would think that most cooks enjoy eating."

Rei'sari wondered how she had come to enjoy cooking for a few trills, but the man kept staring at her wings, and that made her feel self conscious enough that it distracted her from her thoughts. His question was a welcome distraction from the way his staring made her feel.

"I enjoy eating too. Especially fruity desserts."

"My name is Rei'sari, by the way." she added a few bits later when she realized that she hadn't introduced herself.

The man's comments about books and wine caught her interest as well. There really were a lot of interesting cook books here, and even though she hadn't come to the market specifically to buy anything, she was starting to think that she would end up doing just that.

"Yes there are a lot of interesting books here. I certainly didn't know that you could smoke wine."

Not that she was interested in drinking wine, smoked or otherwise. She didn't much care for alcoholic beverages at all. But the idea of smoked wine was an interesting one. Was it the same as smoked meat? Or was it more literal, and the wine would have smoke coming out of it if it was smoked?

When Rei'sari found a cook book that seemed to be exactly what she was looking for, she felt a rush of excitement flow through her. The decision of whether to buy something was all but made...if she could afford the book. She also found three cooks that seemed to be focused on fruity desserts, but they were written in languages that she didn't recognize. They were also of interest to her, but less so than the first book. She loved the challenge of having to figure out what language the other books were written in and learning those languages, but she was also eager to begin making some of the desserts right away and that wouldn't happen if she couldn't understand the recipes.

"I would love to know how much these books cost." she replied when the merchant offered to give her a price for them.

The eagerness in her tone might betray how very interested she was in the books that she had found. Then the woman mentioned ingredients and specialized items, and Rei'sari smiled.

"I would be very interested in seeing those, please."

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Re: The Night Market!

Mon Aug 30, 2021 3:01 am


60 Ymiden 721
Balthazar took it as a very good sign that he found most of what he was looking for in his first sweep with the aid of his own dark eyes and the woman named Felice. He listened to what she said to Kori'an about the various creation stories but he was not as interested in the actual texts as the other man seemed to be. The stories the woman referenced about the creation of the Immortals seemed entertaining to Balthazar but only some seemed plausible. He wasn't sure entirely why but he didn't believe Cassion had birthed Vri with a laugh. The idea that any laugh had created Vri seemed a little too far out there for Balthazar to believe and he'd seen some strange things. The idea that they'd been created by beings more powerful than themselves seemed possible but at the same time it didn't make sense to Balthazar. If that were the case, what had happened to those beings? The pursuit of knowledge was an endless ladder of questions and you never knew if the answer was at the top or the bottom rung.

While Balthazar flipped quickly through the three books he'd found on the Immortals, the woman presented Kori'an with a glass bear supposedly enchanted by Ralaith. It made the detective think about the first time he'd met Vri and how the Immortal of Death had reclaimed his quill from the captain he had Balthazar kill. Maybe carrying around items enchanted by Immortals that they didn't give you wasn't the best idea... but Balthazar was still curious about the other enchanted items that the woman had mentioned. For the moment he'd be content with his books because he had almost collected too many to carry easily. It started with three books on the Immortals and then Felice, who was nothing but polite which would earn her the benefit of the doubt in a few trills, showed Balthazar to five books and literal handful (depending on the size of your hands) of scrolls on Domain magic which he looked at curiously. She told him which ones she thought would be most useful and Balthazar realized he probably did not need all of the books she was showing him. He already knew more about magic than the average duck.

Felice confirmed that they had books which were more specific but expressed caution which Balthazar both did and did not understand. He understood not wanting to grant someone magic but he didn't know why the knowledge he was asking about could be considered dangerous- if that was what she was implying by saying she didn't want it to fall into just any hands. Felice asked about the paradigm around Balthazar's wrists and he raised one hand to about eye level to look at the metal. "You're familiar with these? Where have you seen them before?" He didn't know why it surprised him, but it did. He was under the impression there was not an abundance of the material in the world. Balthazar smiled and realized he should probably answer her question but before he could, Kori'an presented one. Balthazar, with eight books and three scrolls about Immortals and magics in his arms, turned to look at the other man. It seemed both Kori'an and Felice had a similar thought but Kori'an was a little more blunt about it. Balthazar chose to be honest.

"I was, yes, among other things." He said first to Kori'an before turning to Felice, "I was initiated into an assortment of magics throughout my life- you might be familiar with the domains and if you'd like I could tell you, but the point is I learned to use them effectively in terms of power and skill only. My peers suggested, among other things, that I did understand the nature of what I was wielding." Balthazar took a small breath and lifted some of the scrolls Felice had referred him to, "I can't say they are wrong, but I'm trying to correct that. I was always more interested in what magic could do than where it came from and the will it would impose but now I see the advantage of a larger viewpoint. I'm trying to make sure that when I finally do take these off, I know exactly what I'm dealing with."

He turned to Kori'an again, "I don't like to consider myself a mage while I'm not dealing with what they have to. My sparks are suppressed by the bracelets I wear." Figuring that he'd done a good enough job of answering Kori'an's question, Balthazar turned to see what Felice said- both in response to him and in response to the question about who Cheekka was that Kori'an had asked.
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1. Progress, Balthazar wants to see the fancy stuff.

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Five books and Three scrolls on Domain Magic.
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Re: The Night Market!

Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:34 pm

Container cranes stay mainly in their frame

Oram grinned as he listened to Darius; it was clear he was doing well in his new life, and that Hopetoun was not only on track to succeed, but even starting to prosper. He turned more thoughtful when Darius talked about the cranes, and the lack thereof at Hopetoun. Scalvoris’ docks had cranes, Darius pointed out, something Oram had paid surprisingly little attention in all his arcs living here. He had seen them, of course, knew abstractly what they were, but he had never truly watched them, to understand how they did what they did. As a child, those monsters had always scared him a bit.

Oram realized he could ask Clem, who worked on the docks, to show him around. He had heard the hulking traveler mention a mishap involving a crane once, although thankfully no one had been hurt. The hunter was just about to ask Darius something else when the merchant chirped up about the wares, particularly the spyglass he had asked about. The merchant handed it to him and Oram weighed it in his hands. The tube was made from some sort of bone or ivory, and on its sides were carved figures of sea creatures with a single long horn sticking out of its head, recurring in a variety of scenes. They were fancifully portrayed with somewhat mortal-like faces and expressions, in attitudes of play. In the background of one scene, a walrus with an annoyed expression waved its flipper angrily at the heedless creatures causing a commotion. In another, a man shrank nervously from a narwhal whose horn tip was perilously close to his crotch.

The spyglass was somewhat hefty, not ideal for holding up to your eye for breaks on end. Nonetheless, it seemed solid enough for rugged use, and a quick look through it revealed that its lenses were a bit stronger than those of the one he and Jasper Seams had used to keep an eye on the hopper bands last season. The merchant had called it a “mundane” spyglass, but Oram liked mundane things; he told the merchant he would take it.

As to the books, Oram picked one of the more general ones up, a merchant mariner’s memoir on his lifetime of trading voyages all over Idalos. Skimming it with his spectacles on, the traveler could see that this was a book that managed to make sailing the several seas and seeing exotic peoples in far away lands dry and uninteresting to most readers. And yet, it seemed to dwell on precisely the sort of logistical details Oram was interested in.

When the merchant asked if he were interested in looking at the “premium” books, Oram was torn. Not because he was particularly interested in “premium” books -in fact that sounded suspiciously to him like they’d be books about cranes with lots of numbers, squiggly lines, exotic letters, and common letters that didn’t actually spell words like “dx/dy”. No, the reason he was tempted was because he overheard Darius offer to exchange stories with the merchant. That was a clever offer; maybe some trial Oram would have occasion to barter such an offer. He knew lots of stories, had traveled to some interesting places, and had sense enough not to spend half the story explaining how he got the wheels back on the wagons after landing.

And yet, he wanted to move on. He could always ask Darius to share his stories on another occasion. He offered to buy the spyglass and the riveting merchantman’s travelogue, then took his leave to check out another boat. He had noticed the red flag with the shield on it; he was interested in perhaps purchasing some martial items, such as a helmet, and a better spear, maybe some sort of manual so that he could improve his spear fighting without having to spar with Selenia again. Taking his leave after making his purchases, Oram headed back out onto the wharf in the balmy Ymiden night.
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Re: The Night Market!

Thu Sep 02, 2021 5:13 pm

Ymiden 60, Arc 721
Natalia took Zoro’s offered hand, shaking it gently, smiling. “A pleasure, Zoro Astrain. Natalia Gregorios.” Releasing his hand, she gave him a quick, appraising glance. He was pleasant enough to look at, but looks weren’t everything in the young woman’s book. Perhaps a few questions would loosen him up a bit, and she could have a look inside the mind. That was where the intrigue always was.

She couldn’t help feeling like she had seen him somewhere before, and then the ‘where’ popped into being. “Oh! You were at the Feast.” Relieved she recalled the information so quickly, Natalia refrained from speaking of specifics – for a few different reasons. Specifics sometimes made other people uncomfortable, and that was never a prime objective of hers. Well, unless it was the prime objective, but in this case, no.

“Changes? Well, that sounds interesting. I guess we should dig in then, shall we?”


In addition to her own dealings, the dark-haired young woman was keeping tabs on her current companion, curious as to what his wants were regarding the Night Market. If she was aware of his awkwardness around her, Natalia didn’t say or show. People could be uncomfortable for a myriad of different reasons, and it was always uncouth to assume what that source was.

Instead, she focused on what he said. Prophesies? Interesting. As he went on, things became a bit clearer. Looking for all the world like she was minding her own business, she very much wasn’t, although they were out in the open and it wasn’t as if Zoro was whispering.

Natalia herself was having a hard time deciding what she was looking for, unable to decide. The book presented was interesting, but not what she wished. In fact, it reminded her more of the life she had come from and not where she wanted to be headed.

That thought led her to finally having a glimmer of an idea.

Smiling, she handed the book back to the gentleman. “Not quite, no. It, however, has led me to a thought. Do you have anything on unsolved mysteries in Scalvoris? For example, long-standing mysteries that no one has ever solved perhaps?"

For the time being, Natalia was content staying on the ship and seeing what it could offer her. Zoro’s requests had intrigued her as well, and as such, she was curious what he would think about his choices. The two books he had been offered were interesting, although she wasn’t sure if she had much interest in prophecies.

Since leaving her family, her worldview had been expanded dramatically, and as such, things that once didn’t matter, now did. What she did with those opportunities, however, was up to her.

Another thought popped into her mind, causing her to glance to the man once again. “As well, I’d like to see about getting a gift for someone.” Casting a look around, Natalia considered what the person in question would find valuable. Something small – as a thank you for the invitation to the Feast. “Something unique, small. I intend to gift it as a ‘thank you’ for a social invitation.”

it was then that she realized she didn't know the man's name. An oversight of her curiosity. "I apologize for my rudeness. Natalia - and you are?"

Arching an eyebrow gently at Zoro, she gave him a mischievous smile. “Shall we stay and see what other curiosities “The King's Coconut” has for us?”
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  • Natalia declined the book offered and asked for books regarding Scalvoris unsolved mysteries.
  • Natalia asked about a small, unique gift.
  • Natalia will stick
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Re: The Night Market!

Thu Sep 02, 2021 10:35 pm

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Zoro was delighted with the merchant’s offer of the books. Both the encyclopaedia of prophecies and the matching set of the legends of Scalvoris and he smiled winningly at the merchant. “Tell me about the discount, good sir!” Zoro was biqaj and he was very used to trading and haggling. Whatever deal he got, he was sure it would be a good one!

Then, he realised that the pretty lady was speaking to him and when she mentioned the feast Zoro’s eyes swirled vibrant pink but unfortunately for Zoros embarrassment it did not stop there and his whole body blushed with a palpable rosy hue. “The feast! Yes!” He stammered, feeling like an imposter, “I was there. I brought Joy. The person. The child. N..not the emotion. Or maybe the emotion. Yes,” he said, mumbling his words. “I was there.”

Maureen, his diri who was sitting on his shoulder, tutted. She was not visible to anyone and only Zoro heard her when she said, ‘I’ve really got my work cut out with you, Sonny Jim’ . Zoro, unthinkingly replied aloud, “My name’s not Jim.” This only intensified his embarrassment to the point that he wanted the deck to open up and swallow him. He tried to think of a way to cover up the fact that he had just blurted out what must seem to be nonsense to Natalia. He could not think of anything to get himself out of it and so he decided to follow the probably very unwise advice of his grandmother, Zita. “Jim was my grandfather,” Zoro said. “He was married to my grandmother. Her name was Zita. She used to smoke a pipe and fed her poodle only the finest cooked meats and delicacies. It was the most vile and aggressive beast I’ve ever met. But my grandmother used to say that when you’ve dived in the water, the only thing to do is kick and swim your hardest.”

Did that help, Zoro thought? Did he sound less like a lunatic. Sadly, he came quickly to the conclusion that the answer to both of those questions was no. It hadn’t helped, so he used the last weapon in his arsenal and, in fact, the one least practiced. “I like your shoes and you have nice skin.”

Every lady liked a compliment, after all. Maureen did not speak, he had rendered her speechless with his buffoonery. However he very clearly heard the sound of her hand slapping against her forehead and the groan of despair.

Zoro was very interested in perusing the merchant’s premium goods and nodded his eager assent to the pretty lady’s suggestion of staying to see the other curiosities that the Kings Coconut had in store for them. Maureen mused aloud into Zoro’s ear. ‘Kings Coconut? Is that some kind of euphemism?’ Followed by ‘”Come in to my parlour, said the spider to the fly’, this she intoned in a sonorous voice much like Natalia’s but all of it was, sadly, wasted on Zoro.



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Re: The Night Market!

Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:15 am


“Oh?” Prae blinked in surprise when the man mentioned having one of the best archers in Idalos on his crew. “Would I have heard of them?”

Then the merchant spoke some more, and Prae nodded, stepping over to the area the man indicated to start browsing through the books he’d been directed towards. “This is quite the impressive collection you have here,” Prae noted as he flipped carefully through the books. Invisible to all but himself, his diri, Aurien climbed up his shoulder to whisper in Prae's ear. Amused, Prae indulged his diri, passing on the questions the curious little spirit had. “If you don’t mind me asking, where do you get it all? And what do you do on trials when this night market isn't happening? Are you a merchant by trade?”

Picking out a book that seemed promising, Prae turned back to the merchant, just in time to see him bring out what appeared to be a small weight. As the man demonstrated its use, Prae lit up. He had been having problems recently with his aim drifting, and this promised to help him correct that in a very physical way, which was how Prae preferred to learn. “I see,” Prae said, hefting the weight in his hand once it was handed to him. “I hope you don’t mind me putting off deciding what to purchase,” he said somewhat apologetically. “I’d like to see this more extensive stock before making a decision on what to buy.”

He didn’t have so much money that he could frivolously spend, although he was certain this discount the man mentioned would help greatly with that. Curious, Prae’s eyes drifted to the man’s own hand, looking for a matching Taithir shield on the merchant.
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Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:07 pm

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Darius watched with curiosity as a grin spread across the merchant's lips. He was a shrewd trader, to be sure, but the possibility that he knew more about the Pirate Lords was an enticing idea. Almost five arcs had passed since they had disappeared, and there was no shortage of theories and rumours on what had become of them.

And that is what probably should have made Darius wary. Anyone could peddle information and pass it on for a few nels - especially someone who would be gone the next trial and couldn't be held responsible for any false leads that he threw at the feet of people with more money than sense - and yet there was something about the way the man spoke that made Darius want to believe him. Certainly, the book added a dose of credibility to his claims, and as the bearded blond leafed through the pages, he recognised several names: Frederick the Slaver; Audric the Butcher; Ero'imtsa the Kraken; and of course Dianav the Pirate King.

Each page appeared to be a biography with a few details, such as the name of that Pirate Lord's ship, which colours they would fly at sea,, and a brief description of what little else was known about them.

Darius didn't know who Enri T'nooh-Meougg was - it wasn't a name he recognised - but he was intrigued about learning more.

"That seems like a fair trade," he nodded. "A story for a story."

And then, after bidding Oram farewell as the wilderness man took his leave, Darius proceeded to recite from memory the story he had heard from his father many times. The tale revolved around an experience Josef Baer had had at sea, when a Videnese sailor called Harry wet his breeches at the sight of one of the Pirate Lords.

It culminated in Josef telling the Pirate Lord that Harry - who was clearly terrified - had wet his breeches because he couldn't handle his rum. The comment was met with a roar of laughter from the boarding captain, and they were sent on their way.

At the conclusion of the tale, Darius looked back at the impressive book and flicked through a few more pages until one particular name caught his eye.

"Vadni the Bard," he spoke aloud to the merchant. "He is said to write songs of his deeds. I dare say you must have heard one or two?"

The glint in Darius' eyes probably revealed his enthusiasm more than his words alone, but the trader's other offer was also enticing.

"And aye," he added with a grin of his own, "I'd be very interested to see what other Pirate Lord wares you have."
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Re: The Night Market!

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Hello Players!

Pegasus has asked me to take this thread over for her. I've agreed, and will be posting in about a week's' time, so that I can get caught up with everything that's happening in it. Thank you to Pegasus for running this thread thus far.

In a week, I'll delete this comment and post the next mod post. Thanks for your patience!

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