Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"You certainly learnt. In fact,
you won in the rematch."
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"So what? She still won overall. Tha rematch is
purely for my ego to not hurt that huge."

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"It's also good for my ego, Jalib!
Keeps me grounded after a near win."
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"Woman, please. There's no near wins.
Ye either won or lost. So... I lost."

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"I can wake you up at the first crack of dawn
every day to go training. Just say the word."
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"Say no more. I'm in a terrible shape."

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"I lost more fights in one evening than in my whole life while using
everything they allowed me to use. Name me a bigger f#ck up, I'll wait."


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"Enough of that... What happened?"

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"The banites killed him."
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[He takes a breath]
"Rina, Ed... come here."



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"What brought ya here and how ye
even found out this is going on?"

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"I was worried about Amalica. The woman right next to
the resurrected fellow, you met her the last time you
and your friends visited me in Rockrun."
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"I wonder if ye knew 'bout this incident or she
was just randomly hanging around here."

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"Zhents coming after him again? They might try... we'll send them back to Grimhold, on feet or in bags."


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"People pinning messages one on another, arguing...
I've never seen such weird thing anywhere, it
feels like some Balder's Door common."

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"The author should read the law himself."
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"That would be mine. At least it's
legible... and I know the law."
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"Yer sending out messages with threats.
It doesn't make sense to me."
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"Once again, I know the damned law...
A shame the drow from the Keep felt
the need to wander into Duchal lands."

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"We don't have any avowed drow."
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"I simply say leaving messages like this
and sending threats won't get ya far."

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"He might become a problem later."


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"Why all the secrecy about it? I've counted...
a fair amount of deception in regards
to associating with drow."
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"Because of tha anti-drow hysteria Balder's Door
is known for, I have enough of headache at
tha moment even without it."

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"Eh-- I wouldn't call it hysteria. Drow look
only out for themselves, no matter how
much they seem to want to help."
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"Me and my House don't support racial segregation.
If I smash a drow, it's because it's some lolthite
or a raider, not because it's a drow."

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"I suppose you've given up
on becoming a noble, then?"
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"Damn I need it for? After tha war I've seen clear
who does tha real job and who gets titles."

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"Aye-- fair enough. Simply wanted to understand
a few things. Mostly why you didn't kick Drego
when he was cozying up with Aunrae in public."
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"Why should I? Everyone deals
with drow. Ye do it too."

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"Eh-- I do it when I have
to
, not any further."
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"...Were ye forced to run shirtless
by Eldath's shrine too?"

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[A pause]
"...I'm fairly sure that never happened."
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"I don't mind it. It's yer business. And what -we- do is ours."


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"I got carried again. I'm proud of my child."


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"Wow!"
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"...Damnit."
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"Double prize."

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"By the hells, was not ready for that."
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"Me too, Dral."

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"That's my brother!"
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"That's my gold..."

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"I accidently kicked Dral's arse and won two hundred bags."


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"Let's see what treats we got tonight."

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"The orbs will come later-- we're still mass-producing them.
We have the darksteel boxes in there, plus as much silk and
silver, in equal quantities, filling up the rest of the space."
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"And nice furniture too."

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"So maybe we can't have a giant gold statue
or house made of it, but we do have silver!"
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[Sighs]
"Maybe he will drop the idea
of the statue once and for all."
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"Don't worry about tha giant golden
statue, I have it handled."

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Wade
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The last chapter

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"Tha time has come. Spades Estate is complete."


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"This is probably throwing Mister Drego under
a moving caravan, but I understand you might
have expressed some interest in a Void vessel?"
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"Are we talking 'bout
tha airship by chance?"

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"Yes... but more. I've read on this in very old texts... but, it
seems they still exist... according to Sayushi. There are air
ships that you've seen, Jalib. Then there are air ships that
can transit the planes...or aetherspace away from Toril...
as best as I understand it... which isn't much."
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"I don't wanna travel tha planes, I just
want a damnable ship that flies."

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[Grins at Sayushi]
"Well there you have the answer.
'Just a damn ship that flies.' "
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"Duely noted!"
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"If ye can help with this one we'll accept it.
Building tha skyship is one of tha House goals."

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"We need to find a halruan for tha start. Any halruan."


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"Ye know... Part of me wants to unpetrify her
now. That she wakes up at my own estate
I have built. With her being nothing here.
I want her wake up in this new world."

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"In otherwords... you still care what she thinks."
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[Clenches his fists]
"No. F#ck her. It's... She's nothing now.
She doesn't have anything! I do."

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"Just consider the idea of moving on.
It's the best advice I can offer."
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"Tha thing is, Bella... I don't know what to do next.
After she sees it. Should I... petrify her back?"

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"I think you still care too much about
her. Be it her anguish or otherwise."
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"I can't not care! I..."

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"I know. In direct anwer to your
question... I don't think it matters."
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"So it seems she remains stoned... once more."


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"How are you feeling, first of all?"
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"Terrible."

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"I know. You really need that holiday."
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"I... can't even pull on a mask infront of
those guests, that's when ye feel it's enough."

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"I have two news of import. First, Trissae can
secure us a steady source of cursed items.
I need your consent to seal the deal."
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"Sure. Just be careful."

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"Secondly, Morgan is back."
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"Who cares..."

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"She was marching with an army
of undead toward G-... right."
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"This is all feeling surreal to me at tha
moment, Ed. I wouldn't care if a devil
army returned under my windows."

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"I see. The Guide told me you are going to Waterdeep."
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"She just asked me 'where to' and I didn't
know. So that's what I said."

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"I will hold the fort until you are back, Jalib. Deal with
promotions... initiatives, recruitment. Not as efficiently
as you. But I'll try. Our ideas often don't align. So it
won't be as if you were in charge."
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"I only care that yer safe."

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"Don't worry, Jalib, I'm not that easy to get rid of.
However I can't hold the fort forever. I will do my
best for one, two months. But I'm an avowed,
I can't be the head of the House. So... after
that time someone will have to take my place."
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"As long as it's not Drego."

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[Chuckles]
"I don't want to find someone to take my place.
I would rather you came back from your trip."
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"I... Will try."

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"Don't worry about me. Just take your time.
But remember that the House needs you.
We need a leader. I am not one."
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"Let me come along. I won't tell people
what you are up to. I don't care where."
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"Ye still sound like yer taking part in my mischievous
plan... but there's no plan, Bella. I'm stressed out
and don't know what to do with myself, that's
what's going on. There's no fun trip ahead."

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"I don't want a fun trip. People will ask.
I'll just tell them it's a secret."
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"Well... I gotta move some direction, right? "

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"And I have to be here. But I can
teleport... We can... make it work."
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"Then... when I wake up,
we'll depart. I guess."

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"Okay. Should I let you get ready? Or... I don't know.
Sit here a bit longer. This is.... I think this is good.
In the... long term."
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"I don't need preparations."

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"We can just go... I don't know... see the world.
Chult or... Damara... or... we'll figure it out. I'll
need to come back here... a lot.... but we'll..."
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"I clearly designed this room for keeping Batibat."

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"Why? I mean what about it is specifically Bat?"
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"Small beds, silly."

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"Oh... it was a joke. Humor isn't my... just..."
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"We'll get used to eachother again
and it won't be so awkward."

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"Yeah... in a forever."
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"It all felt like constant descending up some mountain... reaching new
heights and self-improvement with every hurdle passed. It felt like tha
longer ye live tha more advanced ye are... It felt like ye'll be more and
more advanced with every step, it felt like ye reached harmony with
tha world at some point... but then it all suddenly collapsed. And
yer afraid of tha guests at yer own party at yer own estate.
All tha self-improvement and evolution... where is it?"

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"I like to think you're... a better person than you were when
we met. I think you are. The worlds be damned. It's... what
you learn and what you take with you. I guess... Until...
you've widdled away all your time."
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"I want tha world be damned... to stop caring about what
others think. I will never be accepted as an equal among
them. I can only be part of them from tha position of
power. I am either outcast or worshipped. I can't...
have normal relations with people."

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"You've a whole party upstairs."
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"Aye, hiding from it in a prison."

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"By choice."
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"It's Ed's efforts organizing it,
they didn't come for me."

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"I came for you."
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"Thanks..."

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"Your restlessness is a good thing. If you channel it
properly. And I... would like to help be a part of that."
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"How ye gonna help me?"

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"By telling you it's alright to move on.
But asking you not to burn the bridge."
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" - We also... still don't know where to go when we wake up.
- We'll cross that bridge as we get to it."
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Wade
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"I am terrible at this part. Uh.... yes! The one
and only Jalib. This is Cyran. A new guard."
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"I've noticed."

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"Perhaps we should head to the Inn?"
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"I am tired from tha road, Bella. And... ye could guess
I've returned rather fast after getting Ed's response.
On top of everything, enough to say ye gotta look
at where we all stand in tha hall. This symbolism
pisses me off."

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"Th'hells are you on about?"
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"It's none of yer business bud. Ye may go."

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"Oh, by your leave then?"
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"No. By yers."

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"...I would like some time alone with Jalib. Cyran."




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"Fate has a funny way."
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"It does... I really missed ya, Bella.
I didn't write... but I missed ya."

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"I feel like the world is spinning. And I don't know where
to hold on... But I am glad to have you back."
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"I would recommend you leave."

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"Hm... each of doss will pay 4 bags of
coins and can walk your way..."
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"Yer serious now?"

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[Nods and licks his lips]
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"I got another suggestion. Yer getting outta
here and not troubling tha surface again."

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"Not an option."



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"Such comfort..."
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"Our prison is better than many Inns."

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"I have a question for him, or two if I may?"
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"As many as ye wish... He's all yers."

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"You are with Bregan D'aerthe, am I wrong?"
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"Tha truth is... it seems I could defeat him alone. I went
for overkill to not risk, but instead I almost killed ya."


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"Ye know, I thought... yer planning to build
yer new estate at Breezing Waters?"

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"I prefer the Gate as much as I detest the bueracratic
hops I'll have to jump through. Why? Location and
accessibility. And to ensure the competition
doesn't estiblish a foothold."
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"I don't see Balder's Door laws as a protection...
it's something that gonna bite ya in tha
arse sooner or later."

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"Something's going to bite me regardless of what I decide.
One has to expect it to happen and brace for it."
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"Ye'll simply have more control and freedom at this place
than ever at tha city. That place already has too many
factions that would block yer air."

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"It needs to be acccessible to potential
clients. That's the part of the politics."
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"If we established accessbility,
would ye settle here?"

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"I'll consider it. Key word consider."
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"Challenge accepted."

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"We'll see what else we can do, since Salim disappeared
and can't build us mechanical crocodiles."


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"...Wait, who's Titania?"
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"It's me."

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"I suppose I'm your consort, then!"
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"I asked then what's tha strongest and grumpiest fey
and they told Titania... I guess they knew something."



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"Well... last time was last year. One of our acolytes was
gifted an easel and had yet to assemble it. I heard weasel
instead of easel. So my dear mother Titania assembled a
monstrous weasel with the wooden pieces.
...Speak of the devil."
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"Times changed. I've evolved
into tha Fairy Dragon senior."

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"But you still look exactly the same, Fair Titania."
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"Wish Fairy Dragons could care
more that Blue Caps think."

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"T'is true, madam fairy dragon. I imagine
Titania in a lavish ballgown, of course."
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"Sir Fairy Dragon."

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"It would have been such, had I been addressing you, Sir Fairy
Dragon. I am a Baron after all, it is important to know the
proper way to address my constituents, fey or no."
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"Ye indeed could learn a lot
about etiquette, Baron."

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"Ha, the senior Faerie Dragon seeks to educate
the Baron on decorum. Laughable!"
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"Someone would have to at some point."

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[Frowns, breaking character]
"Aye, someone might..."
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"I was also incompetent at fey and didn't know a sh#t about them...
so it made me less comfortable in my role."


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"You accomidate your prisoners
better than we do ours."
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"It's tha most comfortable prison in tha world.
Look at this happy bugger over here."
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"Oh... nau... nau so soon..."

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"I have to admit... at Bregan we tend to
run... experiments on our prisoners."
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"My only experiment was to convince him to
become a decent person. It obviously failed."


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"Till next time... my dear tailed abbil."
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"Ye better hope there won't be next time, bud."
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"Ussas trying to being kind... Ussas first steps
on the way to becoming better ilithiiri."
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"Don't test my patience. Out."

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"Urf... my coin is on the line here."
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"Ussas will remember doss... mostly dosst mace."

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"From this moment, I should never see yer sorry arse again.
Gods forbid someone tells me yer made another ambush."


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"Take it I gotta choose between ya?"
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"I want to hear why Hanner wants it."

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"I like Carah and I gave her my word
I would help end this, plain and simple.
I never go back on my word."
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"Very well, then I'll be honest, too. I hope it'll end
the whole mess with Orcus, but truly, I want to
release Carah, too. Once you have the dagger,
are you keeping it or passing it to Sabyn?"

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"As I told Jalib, It would be
kept safe in the vault."
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"I guess 'until Carah's mess is resolved' is not
a good wording, since Carah is always a mess.
How much time ye think ye need?"
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"Until the book is destroyed would be a better
way of putting it, I suppose. Though I merely
want to deliver the blade to Sabyn... Hanner
has his own way of dealing with it."
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"Until tha book is destroyed
-or- two months."

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"Very well."
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"It's not news its mystical qualities are a myth. But people believe what they want to believe.
It might change something if ye stab tha book... it might not. It's all speculations based on myths."
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