Geometric Archipelago:The Longest Five-Pointed Night/Chapter 10
Chapter Ten: No Spellwares For You!
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<mainstreet> You find yourselves in a corridor, having just shut the door on Professor Gozano.
<Ascii> "Okay, guys. I don't think we're going to get anywhere here with diplomacy. I say we move on to one of the others, and perhaps...reconsider our options here later this evening. Preferably after nightfall, if you know what I mean."
<Brellius> "I assume you're not talking about a sleepover..."
Ascii blinks. "...no. No, Brellius, I am not talking about a sleepover." He heads for the stairs down. "Let's wait until we're outside to discuss plans further. I don't entirely trust this place."
<mainstreet> A portrait of an old lady yawns in your general direction.
<Ascii> "Next thing you know we'll be having to fend off annoying bespectacled teenage spellcasters." He walks faster, leading the others.
Brellius tags along
<mainstreet> Ascii: You make it back to the ground floor without incident.
<mainstreet> However, you notice that the exit seems to be missing. It's just a solid wall.
Ascii knocks on the wall. "Hey, where'd the door go?"
<mainstreet> Ascii: As you approach the wall, you notice a small sign: "Don't make the DM waste all his hard work! Enter and exit by a different tower each time!"
<Brellius> "What's a dee-em?"
<mainstreet> The sign blinks out and is replaced. "Never you mind. Just go to a new tower to exit."
<Ashling> "It does that."
<Ascii> "I think it's an unseen, all-powerful, yet oddly insecure force."
<Ascii> "C'mon, let's just go." Ascii leads the way to another tower.
Brellius tags along again
Ascii shrugs, heads for Divination.
<mainstreet> You enter the Divination Tower. A large seal, a purple image of an open book, is present on the archway on your left (leading into the main part of the Academy). Fittingly, the scroll motto is: "The past, present, and future are open books."
<Ascii> "I wonder if these guys could tell us what the Prof is up to."
<mainstreet> You also notice that the people milling near this tower are wearing purple. Similar to how the people near the Enchantment Tower were (generally) wearing green.
<Ascii> "Ah, color-coded."
Ascii looks for the door here, then?
<mainstreet> Ascii: On your right, there's the door leading out.
<Ascii> "Here we go." *open*
<mainstreet> Similarly to the Enchantment Tower, you also have the spiral stairs... or not, you just leave, and find yourself on the C ring, very near Avenue One.
<Ascii> "Okay, so." Ascii keeps walking. "Who's next on our hitlist?"
<Brellius> "There's Jasmine and Travis."
<Ascii> "Hmm. I'd like to put off Jasmine; the fact that she knows we're looking into her is a bit worrisome. Let's go with Travis for now."
<Ascii> "Where can we find him?"
<Kanzel> "Don't you have a list or something?"
<Ascii> "I thought you had the list."
<Brellius> "I have the list in my head. I think I remember the way."
<Ascii> "Oh, right. Lead on, dood."
Brellius tags the group along to Travis' address from the list
Ascii follows dutifully.
<mainstreet> You find yourselves on the E Ring, just northwest of Avenue 4. You see the rusted metal sign, painted in green: "TL;DR SPELLWARES"
Ascii reasserts his leadership of the group by opening the door and leading them inside.
Brellius tags along dutifully
<mainstreet> You enter and see all sorts of items... swords, axes, armor, staffs, wands, potions of all colors and sizes -- pretty much everything you can imagine can be found here, it looks like! There's a large counter with some sort of map on the top. A tall blonde woman, classically beautiful, is sitting behind the counter. She looks at you as you come in. "Hello there, how can I help you today?"
Ascii oohs, both at the vast array of Cool Stuff(tm) to look at and at the lovely lady watching over it. "It's like, the best store ever..."
<mainstreet> The woman smiles. "I know."
Ascii briefly forgets what he's supposed to be doing, instead wandering the isles looking for awesome stuff to buy.
<mainstreet> Yup, Cool Stuff. Looks like you can buy just about anything here.
<mainstreet> As you walk down the aisles, when you're close to the counter you notice there's an opening behind the lady here -- there's a back room, but you can't get to it, it's intended for employees, clearly :P
Ascii then remembers what his real goal here is - to hit on the pretty clerk! "And it even has the lovliest clerk ever." He flashes his best Crest-enhanced smile. *shing*
<mainstreet> The woman shakes her head ruefully and shifts her hands, where you can now see a ring on her finger. "Yeah, Rex thought so too."
<mainstreet> "Do you need something, or are you just going to waste my time? Because I'm probably more than capable of blasting you right out of this shop."
Kanzel mutters "Everyone in this city is so violent..."
<mainstreet> "Hey, it's an island where magical combat is practiced to great glory every six months. What did you expect?" she snapped back. "I doubt I'll go more than a couple of rounds, but still. It's the principle of the thing."
Ascii grins. "Sorry, but can you blame me for trying? Actually, we're looking for Mr. Travis..."
<mainstreet> The woman rolls her eyes. "Well, why didn't you say so?" She calls out to the back room. "HEY TRAVIS, YOU'RE WANTED IN HERE!"
<mainstreet> It takes a minute, then you hear a grumbling "Yeah, yeah, gimme a sec."
<mainstreet> Another full minute later, a tall man, highly tatooed all over his body -- which you can see quite well, he's not wearing a shirt -- coal-black eyes with very large pupils and equally black hair, steps on out. His body is one that can definitely get away without a shirt, at that. "Travis Brantley, chief wizard of TL;DR Spellwares. What do you need from me that Misses Groudon here can't provide?"
Ascii blinks. This...is not the sort of merchant he was expecting.
<mainstreet> Ascii blinks again. Wait... those tattoos aren't really tattoos. They're more like... dried blood. And wait... that looks like a spell design. So he carved a spell into himself. Huh.
Ascii hmms to himself. He tries to identify the spell in question.
<mainstreet> Ascii: You also spot someone moving around in the back room.
<mainstreet> Ascii: Spell, what spell? It's just fancy design!
<mainstreet> Ashling: Your arcane sight causes the spell...s... to glow... oh, it's not just one spell. It's... four different spells! Youch. That must've hurt!
Ascii can't help but feel like he just seriously screwed up a valuable opportunity here.
<mainstreet> You recognize one spell as... Endure Elements. Another spell is... Displacement. The other two, you don't recognize straight off.
<mainstreet> You note, however, that one is Conjurational in nature, and the other is Necromantic in nature.
Ascii shakes it off. "Uh. Sorry about that, I zoned out for a minute. You're competing in the upcoming tournament, aren't you?"
<mainstreet> "Competing? Ha. I'm going to win. At least for a spot on the Council. We'll see about anything more," he sneers at you. "What's it to you?"
<Ascii> "Just concerned citizens asking around. There's been some rumblings about potentially dangerous goings-on at the tourney this time..."
<mainstreet> "Yeah, well, every tournament's dangerous. If you can't handle it, don't enter! And I..." at this, Travis cuts off, as another person steps out from the back room.
<mainstreet> Kanzel, Brellius: This person, you recognize immediately. It wasn't that long ago, after all, you and her battled, thwarting her attempt to get a quick takeover of Triangle Island... and she has a look of utter hatred on her face. "GET OUT!" she roars. "Travis, these people are not citizens here, nor are they people we want anything whatsoever to do with. Don't sell them anything, don't buy anything, and certainly don't tell them anything," she hisses at Travis, grabbing his arm.
<Ascii> "Eh?" Ascii blinks.
<mainstreet> "Well, I can't say I know you," she comments at Ascii, "but those two are just annoying meddlers," she points at Kanzel and Brellius. "It's not been all bad since I've been stuck here -- I did meet Travis here, after all -- but I almost had an Island under my command."
<Ascii> "You did? Wait, what?" He turns to the others. "Will you kindly let me in on whatever private in-joke I'm missing here?"
<Brellius> "Hm. That job was some time ago. I don't see a need to get worked up about it now."
<Ascii> "That depends on just how severely one might get worked up over...'it'."
<Brellius> "Well, she almost took control of an island, so possibly a lot."
<mainstreet> "My exile was permanent. I'm not going to let it go. Don't run across me in a dark alley," Lilly spits back at you. "And don't come into MY shop ever again."
<Ascii> "Exile!? You got someone exiled!?"
<Brellius> "Better than getting someone executed."
Ascii leans in, whispering. "Just what did you *do*!?"
Kanzel turns around to walk out. "Oh boo-hoo. We stopped you from killing your own mother and got you exiled. Cry about it."
<Ascii> "Killing your...wait, what?"
<Brellius> "We, uh, we did a lot of things for that job."
<mainstreet> "Oh, yeah, and I heard she was so devastated about what happened she went and just fled the Material Plane anyway! Let's face it, she was wimpy -- she needed to go!" Lilly yells back at Kanzel.
<mainstreet> "Lilly, calm down, please," Travis murmurs at her. Lilly just shoots Travis a fierce glare before looking back at your group, expecting you to leave.
Kanzel turns to face her. "That's what you do when you can't trust the people you love." she turns back and walks out.
Ascii just stares after her.
Ashling follows her out
Brellius shrugs and tags along
<mainstreet> Lilly turns her gaze to Ascii. "Well? Are you going?"
Ascii looks out after the others, then back at her. "...I suppose cooperation at this point is out of the question?"
<mainstreet> "That's a safe assumption," Lilly hisses at you.
<mainstreet> Travis sighs. "Sorry, but... gotta keep my wife happy... yeah, you should go."
Ascii gets a hand-dog look and shuffles out after the others.
<mainstreet> You all find yourselves back on the E Ring.
Ascii glares daggers at Kanzel and Brellius. "Answers. NOW."
Kanzel shrugs. "That was an answer. She's the daughter of the former Queen of Triangle, and she tried killing her mother and we stopped it. she was exiled, and here we are."
<Kanzel> "Mrs. Ravenwood tried to warn us, but I completely forgot." She looks at Brellius. "I guess you did too?"
<Brellius> "I was kind of hoping we just wouldn't run into her..."
<Ascii> "Mabe you should have mentioned that *before* we got thrown out of the shop."
Ascii sighs. "Now what? I didn't even get to ask anything..."
Ascii then glances at them again. "...seriously? *You* guys foiled a coup attempt?"
<Brellius> "Yeah, we can be competent once in a while!"
Ashling looks back at the store. "I wonder if I'll ever be allowed to shop there again... they have good stuff.."
<Ascii> "Probably not, now. Thanks a *lot*, guys. I wanted to hit on that clerk some more."
<Kanzel> "If I'd remembered that was going to happen, I'd have just disguised myself. Well, sorry guys. Who's next?"
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