Salbad (Archive Repost)

Mercenaries from across Lodoss are called together with the promise of glory and treasure as Karla begins a new plot to bend Lodoss to her will.
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Z wrote:To save all our history for posterity, and boost members' post counts, I'm reposting old threads from the yahoo group and old forum. It may be a long and tedious task, but hopefully it'll be done and we can find all our history in one place!


Jet sat back in the tavern. There was little to do without any wars to play in. There was no need for a strategist when there was no great enemy to fight, and trying to bring in the Alecrastian's into Lodoss would be suicide. He smirked. For either... He eyed a barmaid hesitantly. He was still not used to dealing with commoners, and his use of vernacular dealing in common was strained to say the least. He cleared his throat and raised a finely groomed hand. "My dear maiden," he spoke elloquently. "Perhaps I may, by chance, have some service over here."

She came over giggling. "Yessir." she said with a soft drawl. "So whaddya be havin'?"

Jet flinched at her disregard for proper speach. "It is 'what will you be having, sir', not 'wahdda ya be havin'." he stressed.

She placed her hands on her hips. "Well 'scuse me, mista all high'n mighteh." She cleared her throat. "So then, what will YOU be HAVING, sir?"

Jet grit his teeth, but maintained his calm. "I will be having some wine, preferably of vintage stock. Just bring an uncorked bottle. I want nothing to do with with your dirty paraphenalia."

She rolled her eyes and went about getting his order. Jet collected himself silently, there was no use blowing up here in this place. He was by no means a fighter. A strategist, yes, but not a fighter. She returned shortly with the bottle and put it down in front of him. "Anythan' else, yer grace?"

Jet dismissed her with a wave. There was no need to talk to dirt like that. She left in a huff and Jet uncorked and poured himself a glass of the wine into his own glass. "{Simpler pleasures than dealing with whores.}" he muttered in Alecrastian.
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For months, Karla had been searching for information on a tactitian who had worked with the Marmo. When she formulated her new plans, this man was one she wanted to find. At that time, he was little more than a shadow, but she eventually learned that he went by the name of Jet, what he looked like, where he was from, and where he was.

She had sent her raven spies to scour Marmo until they came across a man who fit Jet's description. She teleported to Salbad immediantly and sought him out. Before hand, she had discovered something disturbing; three former heroes traveling with the mercenaries out of Blade. She would have to remove them, but when she last checked her orb, Garrack and Ryna had remained behind in Hilt. Leaf still had to be taken care of at least.

Karla observed Jet from her usual place: the shadows. At first, she just watched his exchange with the barmaid, to get a sense of how he interacted with people. His nobility showed.

Karla, or rather, Orath, rose and gracefully crossed the room. Her/his movements were vaguely feminine and appearance manicured. Orath was a rough, masculine man, but Karla had softened him. He looked as if he were a commoner turned noble.

"Pardon me, sir. Would you be Jet?" Karla asked, stopping behind the seat across from Jet.
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He eyed the rough man. Is this someone I had in my employ? No, I never forget a face. That circlet looks awfully effeminate. "I am Jet." He replied. He pointed to the seat that the man stood before. "Pardon me if I seem distrusting, but you seem to have me at a slight disadvantage. You have my name, but I fail to have yours."
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Karla sat down in the seat across from Jet, maintaining her poise. "My name is Kaladron," she/he replied, giving the alias she had used in the letters posted in mercenary guilds across Lodoss. "I understand you deal in war?"
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"When there is war to deal with." He stated blandly. "Of course, I am a tactician. So, what do you need? There are no wars in Lodoss, sadly enough." He took a sip of his wine and savored the smell under his nose.
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Karla smirked. "How would you like to start one?"
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Jet sipped his wine. "What is in it for you?" He knew what was in it for him. There was money to be made in war. He sighed and withdrew his question. "I could, if permitted, start a war. All I need is some fool who thinks he can be a leader, and I could slowly manipulate and poison from the shadows. But how are we going to start this 'war' of yours?"
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Karla avoided the answer to his question of what was in in for her. All she was interested in was restoring her balance. "You will not be disapointed then. I am gathering 'fools' as we speak. One will be choosen amongst the warriors who come with my invitation."
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"Very well then." He stated. "And then, what would you have me do in the mean time? I do not like to waste my time hanging about the lower class of infidels and hooligans."
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"In the mean time, I recently found someone in one of the parties of adventurers that I don't want to know about me. I need someone to capture her for me; but not kill her. I have my own uses for her," Karla replied. Leaf was a liability, as she would recognize Karla's circlet. However, Karla wanted a female body again, and it would silence Leaf just as well as death.
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"Very well then." Jet responded after giving it a little time to think it over. "But I have a question, if you would indulge me in this one act: is this a job, or is this a request? I would be fine with either, but I need to know if I am funding this myself, or if this is a joint venture you are entrusting to me."
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"It is a job," Karla replied. "You will be well compensated, and I will pay for any expenses. Coin is no issue."
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Jet nodded slowly. It was a job after all. He thought. He gently sipped at his wine, and closed his eyes to think it over. Coin does not buy loyalty, but it does loan it for a while. He smirked and returned to the conversation at hand. "Very well then. I accept. Tell me what needs to be done."
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OOC: Kilij is just about done, so I'm just going to wrap this up so we can get to kidnapping Leaf.

IC: Karla was coolly expressionless as Jet accepted. The Grey Witch then began to explain her plan to her new tactition. Once finished, they could simply teleport back to the Silent Swamp.
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