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[Port Alyxandrya] Shake those bones! (Kailin)

Era XXV
Early Spring

With another evening, came another darkening inside Port Alyxandrya for Sarah. The young mage had been staying within the city while she had been investigating a number of small things, while also taking in the sights from time to time as well. Thanks to that, she had traveled through most of the city over the past few brightenings, but had yet to visit one particular district that she had heard the guards warn her about each and every time she had visited.

The gut.

More shanty town than actual city, it rested within the broken walls of the port city as a long standing fire hazard, a fact that was reinforced with the number of times that it had been burned down and rebuilt over the course of many era's. It had persisted against purges and attacks, with its residents seemingly spewing up from the ground to refill the district whenever its populace was culled off by circumstance or disease. It was for the most part, a dark place where those that walked within often were outside the reach of the law. Patrols were infrequent and often limited, in order to avoid losing men to what was considered by most officials, to just be a black pit of despair and death within the otherwise well ordered city.

And it just happened to be Sarah's destination that brightening.

Happy, seemingly oblivious and with a very unwelcome curiousity, her steps would lead her towards the district, her eyes looking this way and that almost as if she were just a tourist taking in the sights. Though, other than her own body, she wasn't really carrying anything of worth either. No obvious coin purse. No weapons or jewelry. Just an undefended young woman in a brown dress, walking the district.
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Old January 14, 2018, 02:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It was not long after Sarah's steps carried her into that dark, generally ignored (and best avoided) area of the port city, that she began to garner interest from the locals. This was, patently, not a good thing.

She walked like an outsider... like someone who didn't belong, head unbowed, steps too casual, too easy. The way her eyes skimmed the streets that were really no better than alleys, looking not down at the ground but up into the faces and places she passed far, far too curious.

Sarah was, to put it simply, entirely too unafraid. And here in the Gut, there were only two types that stuck out in such a way - those that fought for dominance in this broken place, and those who knew no better - and only one of those usually survived the darkening.

It wasn't long after the young mage entered the shantytown that footfalls began to echo her own, and only moments after she passed a pack of laughing youths that one smiley young man peeled away from the shadows and oozed up next to her, not respecting personal space very well as his swinging arm brushed against her own, "Lookin' fer a tour guide, miss? Come to see the sights, 'ave ya?"

Another voice added to the first, this one from behind her, jaunty and with a false friendliness that wasn't trying to disguise itself as anything true, "What you'll be wantin' is The Red Sky at Night. Best ale in the Gut, and a sight t'behold. A right pheonix is'at place. Burn it down an' it just come right back from t'dead."

"Sure an' we can buys you a drink, too. Welcome to the city an' all that stuff. Whatdya say?" It seemed Sarah had managed to find herself a proper pair of suitors.
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The gut was a fairly interesting place. Never before had she seen such a ramshackle and ill put together collection of piles of wood. And the people! Those that she passed were definitely rather unique compared to the others that she had seen during her walk over towards this district. But, she wasn't left to her own devices for long.

"Oh?", she'd sound, her footsteps slowing as she felt an arm brush against her own.
"Is that ale your offering any good? Personally I like alcohol that really burns as it goes down. Stuff that makes you feel like you could breathe fire.", she'd reveal, her eyes looking over her two suitors in an innocent and totally trusting way.
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"Breathe fire, eh?" The elbow at her side dug below her ribs for a moment, before the lad looked to his friend with a glance that said quite clearly that THIS. This was their lucky day.

"'ere that, Sal? Lass likes breathin' fire, she does."

"Oh, I heared it, an' I got summat'll get 'er breathin' fire, alright." He laughed, and just like with his tone, there was nothing in Sal's laugh that was trying to be anything less creepy than it really truly was. So nice when people could just be their authentic selves.

"So what's yername, sweet'art?" One one either side, then, and with a set of footsteps following gamely behind, the two led Sarah further into the shantytown, and it seemed they'd meant what they said about taking her to the tavern. Gents of their word, obviously.

And it wasn't quite full dark yet, which meant that she wasn't entirely fair game. At least not by the code that these youths ascribed to. Honor amongst the downtrodden and all that.

And so they entered a rather lively environment in which there was all sorts of swill on offer, where a most colorful collection of thieves, murderers, and other unmentionables were peppered here and there with a few fresh faces that looked downright scandalized, with a heady glow of excitement that labeled them Young Fools. The bartender held court at the bar, though, and looked over the trio (plus straggler) as they entered, eyes narrowing.

"What'll it be, then?" She pulled a couple glasses down in preparation for their order.
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The jokes of the two were for the most part lost upon the Sarah as she looked from one face to another, apparently clueless as she simply smiled at them both. Still, it was nice that they both apparently knew the way towards someplace interesting as she was escorted further into the confines of the dark and dangerous Gut without anything untoward happening. It was almost like the rumours about this place were completely unfounded. Complete speculation probably created by those living elsewhere in an attempt to slander those that had to stay here.

And then they would wander over towards a rather lively place of entertainment and drinks together, with Sarah looking around the Gut as they went and for all apparent appearances, went wide eyed as they entered the bar and found their seats before the bartender.
"Something that will make these two wish they had never been born as it slides down their throat please.", Sarah would reply happily. She wasn't really sure about what they specifically had on tap, but hopefully they'd have something that at the very least interested her in stock.
"Oh, but in alcoholic form please. Steel is a bit too messy."
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