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Old June 3, 2013, 08:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bogtown lies on the eastern edge of Nexus, just outside the city walls. It is a man made swampy area of land created by the storm drain run-off from South eastern Nexus, which for convenience sake empties through the eastern wall rather than running all the way across the city to the bay. Due to poor drainage of the soil, the land has become a small swamp. Bogtown swamp covers a roughly square area a half mile on the side, with the water eventually draining down a small creek on the northern edge. The swamp is heavily grown with large cedar trees which for some unknown reason have black wood and bark, and a variety of small shrubs, many of which produce edible berries. The trolls also grow a variety of food plants that are unknown elsewhere that thrive in the swamp. The smell of the place is not pleasant owing to the rotting vegetation of the swamp and the unclean water which feeds it from the drain.

The inhabitants of Bogtown are for the most part trolls, the descendants of an outbreak of Troll disease some century past. Ostracized from human society, they moved to the swamp and built Bogtown because it was a place no one else cared to venture and thus free for the taking. It is little more than a collection of crudely made huts, hewn from the black trees that grown in the swamp, but there are a few shops that sell locally made things. The trolls of Bogtown use their own currency, the Hornak, which is a large coin some inch and a half in diameter that is made from pig ivory and elaborately engraved. Hornaks can bring a large price from Nexus collectors, but the trolls are loathe to give them to outsiders as replacing them in time consuming and difficult.

The Bogtowns trolls are of a type particular to the area. They are tall, generally between 6 and 8 feet in height, black hair and green skin, and long arms and fingers. Their eyes are large and intensely black, and they are hideously strong. Their skin is equivalent to leather armor, and they heal quickly, even regrowing lost limbs over the course of a few months. Bogtown trolls see well in the night as a cat does, and they have highly keen senses of smell.

Bogtown is extremely dangerous. The trolls there are not necessarily evil, but they are very bitter against their once human ancestors and they all stick together. If you fight with one, you fight with the whole of the town.

The Broken Sun:

The Broken Sun is the only tavern in Bogtown, a hulking single story black building raised above the squelchy ground by resting its foundation on the stumps of trees, many of which were cut in the building of the tavern. An uprooted stump has been affixed to the roof over the door, the round base of the trunk and radiating roots resembling a stylized sun. Two over-sized steps lead to a wide veranda, and from there through a door nine feet high the visitor enters the building.

The Broken Sun is one room filled with an assortment of chairs and tables. A bartender works at a table in one corner, and food is cooked in a pot nearby over a large fire place. The menu is simple; for drinking you have a choice of birch beer or water which will likely not be too clean. For food, the bar offers only stew, made from a changing list of ingredients depending on availability. The meat could be anything locally available but is most likely to include the flesh of the large savage pigs the trolls raise.

There is no lodging available at the Broken Sun as Bogtown does not usually get overnight visitors.

Jenkle's General store.

Jenkle's is a large square building which, like all the local buildings, it raised on short stilts above the marshy landscape. The store offers a bewildering array of objects, nearly all of which were made by trolls of the bog and sold on consignment. A heap of furniture stands at the rear of the store, and to the right rows of garments made of bark cloth hang on racks. Weapons forged of bog iron are available, although few of them are light enough for a human to wield. Many unusual items can be found, from Soul Drums to Goblin Fish Oil.

Jenkle is a short (only 6'2") troll with a massive square physique who moves restlessly about the store at all candlemarks of the brightening and many of the darkening. Of all the trolls of Bogtown he is perhaps the most welcoming of strangers (although this is rather faint praise) as he is interested in purchasing items from the outer world that cannot be regularly had in the swamp.



Dressed in oddly looking clothing, Poe made his way towards Nexus Prime in the first of summer. It was cooler then it would be in the next few brightenings so his newly purchased and pressed attire was slightly different. Not to mention someone matching his true description was wanted for murder in Nexus Prime. It was a good thing to only be traveling to the outskirts of town. Dressed in his white shirt accompanied by a black leather vest, black trousers and short hardened black boots. Poe wore his steel maskguy faux mask to his face his his white hair dangled down to his shoulders. If anyone was an expert, they would be able to tell that the hair was a wig.

Where was the hedgemage heading towards? The not so popular Bogtown, land of the trolls. He didn't have a map no had he ever been there but he did hear rumors of the place and a description of the path that lead to such a place. Knowing trolls enjoyed human flesh from time to time, Poe carried a traveler's backpack with some exliers of odd effect on his back with a small pouch containing alchemist's fire in it.

And so, Poe was off.
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Old June 4, 2013, 07:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Lightem heard about the troll's place. And when he heard about them, Lightem wondered if they would help them against the Xet. Well, he could try, indeed.

He was using his new clothes. Dress in black, shirt, vest, trousers, gloves, with his Dark Blue Cloak and a black hat in his head. In the belt, his two bastard swords were waiting for action, Clair and Naha. His Talvia was stuck around his waist, black too. And the broken dagger was hidden in his boot.

So, he decided to enter in the town of trolls and try to convince them to help him and Nexus Prime against the Xet. They were big, strong and... Weird too. Either way, Lightem was ready to face them, if necessary.

Now he was an important person, at least more important than the one he was in all his life before arriving Nexus Prime. So, he needed to help the city and work for the city.

Lightem entered in Clara, in order to be ready if necessary. His left hand was in the pommel of Clair, and his Cloak was closed in front, the edge of the cloak was stuck in Lightem's shoulder, closing the cloak. He was feeling like a gentleman.
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Old June 4, 2013, 10:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Trolls. Filthy, disgusting, repulsive creatures. There mere existence could cause one's stomach to turn over and threaten to empty its contents on the ground. There was few things for which a troll would be considered good. Formidable in a fight, stronger and smarter than an ox. But for Links the best thing about them was that they were hated by the other sftskin races as much as dracons. He doubted he would ever be on friendly terms with a troll, but at least he could empathize with the hatred they received.

For some reason, on this particular brightening, the draconic knight found himself sitting outside the gates of Bogtown, the troll haven of Nexus. He was mostly out of sight from the gates, just sitting and watching and waiting for something to happen. Why was he there in the first place? He would say he lost a bet with an acquaintance. He was suppose to go in, buy something from the store, and eat a meal at the tavern. Links made a personal note to never play cards with Vivian again.

Sitting on the ground, wondering how he was going to enter the gates without getting into a fight, Links noticed two different humans also walking toward the town. There was only one usable path, so why else would they be on this path? It appeared that neither had noticed each other so far. The dracon grinned to himself, and stood up. He brushed off his clothes; plain, comfortable, and a little worn on the edges from traveling. Going into a town full of trolls with a group sounded like a much better idea than solo.

With a small nod and a curt wave, the dracon called out. "Headed into town?"
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When Poe arrived at the outskirts of bogtown he found that the path, which had been growing lighter for some time, faded away all together. It as difficult to tell whether this was because there was so little traffic or because the squelchy ground devoured permanent roads, both were likely equally to blame.

And so, against all odds, the three travelers all arrived at the same place at the same time, despite there not having been a visitor to those parts in a month. Things were like that sometimes.
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Poe stopped and paused for a moment as the voice came out from the path. The Human looked the figure...a Dracon over not once but twice sizing him up. The arena and fighting for your life had that effect - sizing everything up - at the same time, Poe noticed another traveler on the path that seemed, knightly. ignoring the other figure for a moment, Poe address the voice.

"Bogtown, yes." Poe replied to the much taller Dracon. He was not trusting of strangers, espically Dracons and their abilite to shift into forms that were undetectable. The Human Vagaran then started to sway from side to side as if he were to crouch into a tackle, but the true meaning for it was to be closer to the alchemist's fire he carried with him and/or a spring loaded jump attack if needed.

"You heading that way?"
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Lightem was almost at the gates when a voice was heard from somewhere. Then he heard more voices and his head searched for the source. And there he was, the dracon. Lightem saw the dracon and the other man, and he concluded the other man was unknown for him but a Vagaran, and the dracon was not just a dracon, he was Link, the first dracon Lightem meet in ZA, in that crazy tournament.

He approached from the man and dracon and talked for the dracon in the first time. - "Serale, Links, around by these lands?" - he said, and he stretched his hand to shook his... hand. - "And serale for you, my name is Massani, Lightem." - he stretched his hand again to Poe. - "I am, indeed. I need to talk with the... Boss Troll. They can be a big vantage against the Xet. And you, Links, why are you here?"
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Links watched as Poe swayed, a small smirk crossing his face in amusement. Softskins were so petty. If they see anything that doesn't look like them they assume its a mindless monster that wants to eat them. Such was the life of a dracon. At least he wasn't as ugly as a troll, there was some consolidation on that. The knight just simple nodded to the human. "Yes I am."

Links recognized the second human from somewhere. It took him a few moments to place the face. The tournament in Ziel Aerca, clear back in winter. He shook Lightem's hand, careful not to scratch the softer skin with his talons. Then the question, why was he here? Did he tell the truth? Or come up with a lie? The dracon figured it would be better to be forth coming and tell the truth. At the very least it would avoid more awkward situations later.

"I'm here because I lost a bet in a card game. You have to be careful when they say "unusually high stakes." I probably should have known better. Anyway, shall we go together? Safety in numbers and all that stuff, you know." Without waiting for an answer, the dracon picked up his pack and started walking towards the gates of Bogtown. There was no time like the present.
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Still slightly uneasy by the scaled giant, at least to Poe Links was somewhat of a giant, he nodded. "Very well, though my mother always said not to speak to strangers; who might you be?" Poe asked both of the travelers.

The two obviously knew eachother from some other time in their life so, if anything was to happen, Poe knew he would need to look out for his own first. Bogtown was an interesting place and the Vagaran wanted to explore it more and find out more about the place. Who knew what secrets, if any, were hiding there...
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The three men walked along the marshy road towards Bogtown, introducing themselves as they went. Up ahead, the road forked to left and right around the massive bole of an unidentifiable tree. The many thick twisting branches spread out in all directions, shading the paths to either side of it. A swing made of dark rope and a plank of wood hung from the sturdiest of these branches, and a girl swung from it, back and forth. It was difficult to gauge the girl's age, but she seemed about the size of a 10 year old. Her hair was long and black and her skin a medium gray color, her limbs were long and her hands and feet were large. A troll girl, it would seem. She swung quietly, watching the approaching men with a baleful gaze.
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Lightem nodded and entered in the village with the dracon and the Vagaran. Until they found the girl.

"A troll girl? I didn't knew that the disease was genetic and was passed in generation to generation..." - He said, looking to her.

"She's not looking friendly by her look. What do you want to do?"
- He asked to both, entering in Clara.
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Poe introduced himself to the strangers as Poe and nothing more. No last names, no biography - just short and simple Poe. It was the least he could offer on the rocky road to Bogtown. They trio should at least know eachother's names before possibly being eaten by troll people. In fact the idea made Poe laugh out loud and that was when the group came upon a fork in the road.

A girl, she was...a trollish girl? and swinging as she sat on a plank of wood that was hanging from the tree attached by rope. She was young but had long, slender limbs. She did nothing by watch as the group approached.

Poe entered into Clara as he listened to the human knight speak of disease being passed through generations. It was then Poe bent down and picked up a rock. Nothing large and nothing too small, it was the size of a rock for skipping across water. He looked it over and brushed the dirt and grime off of it as the human knight spoke of the grey girl not looking friendly. That was the very moment - the trigger or the "code" word for the short Vagaran.

With a smile and a nod, Poe acknowledged Lightem and then attempted to hit the greyish girl by throwing the newly found rock at her.


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"Links Kha'Serith. A pleasure meeting you both. I hope it stays that way." What else was there to say at the moment? They were three adventurers who happened to be going to the exact same place, all for different reasons. Whatever twisted, cruel turn of fate this was, the dracon was not complaining. Two humans weren't the worst things to be with while walking into a troll city. They could have been gnomes, or faes, or at the very worst elves.

With all their faults, there was one thing that Links could consistently count on about humans, and that was their racism against everything not human. So when the trio came upon the little troll girl on the swing, the dracon was not surprised of his companions reactions. While he wouldn't call himself a friend to trolls, there was somethings that he wouldn't stand for, no matter the circumstances.

The dracon stepped up and tried to knock the rock out of Poe's hand. A low snarl eminating from his throat. "Are you daft? You should never willing provoke something that can rip you apart without a second thought. Trolls fit into that category. Or what? Are you two softskins scared of a little girl? I'll go talk with her so you don't have to risk your smooth hides. Now don't do something stupid that will make the whole town come after us, because I'm not going to save you."

Then, without a second look back, the purple dracon walked forward toward the girl. His golden eyes leveled at her. His look wasn't too aggressive or too friendly. It was very casual, as if talking to a troll was something he did every other brightening. And considering how brutish softskins could be, that idea wasn't too far of from the truth.

"Hello there."
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Links was too late to stop Poe from throwing, but he managed to hit his arm and the rock went flying wide to the left, missing the girl but a good ten feet. Her look became even colder, but she did not stop her swinging.

She watched Links approach with an unwavering gaze.

"I do not like it!" she said suddenly. "I do not like it the rocks! My mother will mash you down!"

The girl spoke emphatically but with a quiet voice, and as she did so the three visitors heard a sound of something large moving in the underbrush perhaps 50 yards away. Perhaps the aforementioned mother.
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At the sound of something large moving, Links let out an exasperated sigh, hung his head, and covered his eyes with his hand. Too late. The softskins were being their usual racist selfs, and now they had a full grown troll coming at them. It was surprising that they survived as a race at times. It must be all the breeding they do.

With another sigh, Links looked back up at the little troll. He really didn't want to fight a troll if he didn't have to, especially if it meant that he would lost the second bet. Diplomatic persuasion was in order. "Look, I'm sorry he threw the rock at you. He's dumb. We both know that humans are dumb a lot of the times. But, if you don't have your mother mash us down, I promise that we won't throw any rocks, or anything else at you. We'll even be your new friends if you want."

The dracon shot a quick glance behind him toward his two companions. His eyes were cold and hard, seeming to say to the two softskins, "don't screw this up."
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The rock and Poe's arm were notched to propel the rock at the trollish girl when suddenly Links interfered and helped send the rock veering off to the side missing the troll girl, barely.

Then, about 50 yards out. Rustling in the brush started towards the group. Poe reached into his bag and took out a one container of alchemist's fire. Hopefully, it wasn't the mama troll. If it was, Poe was ready to launch the alchemist's fire at her at moment's notice - afterall, most living things disliked fire.

Waiting with anticipation, Poe watched as Links could now practice and deliver diplomacy, if able. Was Poe involved in this whole 'bet' he spoke of or was Poe just simply that racist and threw rocks at anything that looked...nonhuman? Regardless, Links now had a chance to earn his badge in both diplomacy and leadership. He started by glaring back at Poe and Lightem as if to say - don't feth things up.

With a smile, Poe half nodded and let the Dracon work his magic of words with the troll girl.
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