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Old April 13, 2011, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly?" (Kenkuroi; Open)

Cryxatum Era XVIII in the POST-FRACTUM

A gloomy day in Secyclion. A flood day. The canals boiled. Black clouds flew overhead, the palm trees bent and the surf blew in the lashing wind, and rain crashed down like sling-shot stones, pummelling the empty streets. From time to time the people of Neos Megalis would glance out their windows -- shopkeepers minding unfrequented stores, craftsman made idle knowing their customers wouldn't be coming for their orders that day. Four figures cut a dramatic image in the tempest. Three cloaked men stood in a gondola, pushed along by a bitter gondolier. And when they saw the hunched one, and that leash held in the hand of the tallest, they shuddered.

He had been drawn away from the city for some time. A desperate merchant of Nexus had found himself broke on arrival in Secyclion -- floating in on a raft after his ship had been attacked and stolen by pirates. The merchant had come for enough money to buy a small ship and cargo, only to shipwreck it. Three months later and Barabas had acquired and sold the man's Nexian manor, his distillery, all his gold and jewels, his whole extended family, and the man himself, but only after castrating him. With the orc's teeth.

The gondolier stopped and tied up at the most notorious address on the Main: the Nexus.

Barabas the Money-lender stepped onto the wooden dock, his henchman and his orc in tow. The wind whipped their cloaks around them as they mounted the stairs to the third floor. He knocked.

"Hapax, open the door."

The henchman drew a sledge-hammer and broke the door into pieces.

"Oh, Kenk-ooo-roy, somebody owes me some dough!"
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Old May 16, 2011, 03:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Indeed Kenkuroi was at home that very day.

Flood days meant The Nexus below was sunk knee-deep in water, and Kenk wasn't in the mood to get his shoes all soaked and muddy, unless of course the desperation for his daily booze became too overwhelming, which was usually the case... by the time the candlemarks hits way past the darkening mark. And currently the brightening was still too early, at least for the half elf it was.

He was lying on his sleeping bag (to this day Ken still couldn't be bothered getting a decent bed, much less a mattress), clad in nothing but his underwear (such was the half elf's usual 'sleeping attire') when he was awoken by the sudden rude intrusion.

"Wha-!? What the-? Haz keep it down you fething..." the sight of Barabas, the man with a sledge hammer, the orc that was not Haz, and his broken door made him pause his sleep-laden grumpy yelling. Still it took many a moment - much eye-rubbing, yawning and squinting - before Ken eventually began to realize what was happening and who those intruders in his house were.

"Holeeeeee Phedos take me away!" he yelped as he immediately jumped onto his feet and began running for the windows, partially closed to keep out the rain.

"Haz! Haz! They're here! Quick! Throw them out!!" he shouted for his room-mate while on the run.

No answer? Wait, was Haz even at home? Bugger half orc was probably out on the streets, mugging peeps. Damnit! This was why he allowed that green mongrel to share his bed, bath and roof. It was for this very reason! And where was the damn greenie when he needed him the most!?

Enough of his unreliable 'body-guard', time to escape... NOW!

Raining. Flood days. That also meant, the canals outside had overflowed, and the streets was now a watery walkway. As in people no longer walk, they swam or better yet, they cruise down Nexus on a gondola.

In other words too, he can jump out of his window, off his three story apartment, right now! And splash into the water instead of landing on hard pavement and breaking a leg or two. So long of course fething Bowery hadn't parked another stolen carriage below. Know your environment and all that. Now this was why he loved the Nexus (and hated it too), flood days indeed...

Of course, he had to make it to the window first.
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Old May 31, 2011, 10:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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"I hope you invested that money smartly, Kenkuroi," said Barabas, "You owe me twenty grand -- or yourself. Hapax, get him."

The henchman with the sledge hammer trundled up to the half-elf in his underpants. Barabas figured Kenkuroi would run, however. The young debutant-type always tried to run for it. The merchants and the broke shopkeepers and farmers just gave up, resigned to it, too broken to contest their fates. It was their debauched kids who put up the fight. Nothing like a bit of blue blood to put some spring in that step -- fortunately for Barabas, a combination of inbreeding and the lazy, drunken lifestyle in which getting laid was the most exercise they ever got, they never really got that far. As soon as Kenkuroi booked it for the window, he unleashed the orc.

Leaving Barabas and the henchman behind, the orc came dashing on all fours, snarling, livid. As Kenkuroi leapt out the window the orc's teeth caught his butt, nicking a small piece of skin and tearing his undergarment straight off. But Kenkuroi got away. His three story cannonball stung a bit, and he was plunged deep into the murky canal water, but he surfaced alive and next to the gondola Barabas had taken here. He could see up to his window, however. The orc took a moment and leapt right after him. Barabas glimpsed out the window and turned. He and the henchman were hoofing it down the stairs of the building, while the orc, which had landed farther off, was now swimming towards Kenkuroi, still snaring.
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"YEEEEeeeeOOOoooouch!!!" came the ear splitting, unwitting attention-grabbing, Neos resounding, third floor falling shriek of pain, yell of anger, and howl of terror all into one.

Feeling a piece of his buttocks getting caressed by FANGS, was definitely no fun. And despite what people say about his massive closet, he could never quite appreciate the touch of, as well as having his only piece of modesty get rip away by... of all persons, a MALE ORC! (That whole picture there was just wrong wrong wrong wrong to boot!). Jumping off a third story window could probably get a feature in fear factor, but jumping of a third story window while stark naked was just... extreme streaking.

Into the water, arms and head first he landed with a loud splash. Kicking his legs desperately, he tried to realign and propel himself out of the murky depths. He broke surface, gasping for air as he did so.

So, his exposed flaccidity and sore butts aside, did he manage to escape the loan-sharks?

He looked up just in time to see the orc leaping off while Barabas and his henchman disappeared from the window.

"Crap crap crap crap crap..." Ken chanted as he frantically started swimming, without even bothering first to know how the orc fared and where did he land. For some unknown reason he found himself heading towards Barabas's gondola, instincts directing his muscles and stuff.

He clambered on board. And the first thing he looked for was the oars. Next was the rope that tethered the boat to the mooring, if any. Systematically the half elf went for the rope first, trying to loosen it. Then he would go for the oars, and... ROW ROW FIGHT DA POWAH!!

Whatever it takes to not pay the unpayable!! Run from the unrunnable~!
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