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Old April 10, 2019, 07:27 PM   #1
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... continued from here with appropriate travel time

Argon left the governor's office with a hint of an idea of what to do. He had a name, a profession, a location and an event which may be famous in some circles. Maybe a hint or two of where a mercenary had went could be found at the bottom of a few ales as some retells tale of heroism and victory over tragedy. He was going to hear that tale and see if any hint of truth can come from it. It was merely the travel in between these initial thoughts and now that had given him ample opportunity to consider how to go about this task. With the bitter taste of bark in his mouth he was glad to be in a city again. Even this city would do.

So what kind of bar does a mercenary go to with their winnings? An uptown bar with the bigwigs or to their familiar watering holes about the empire? Argon was banking on the latter since he couldn't afford the former and being able to brag to former compatriots of a change of fortune seemed more likely.

To that extent Argon would head to the nearest watering hole that those of lesser means would go to and see what useful information could be gleaned from there. Even if how could only hear how other warriors would soend their money if they were only rich might be enough to give a direction or even the right person.

It was also of some curiousity as to why Malice took on the name Temperance it was certainly a more fitting name for a city but he doubted the city could keep to its namesake given its reputation
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Old April 13, 2019, 07:53 PM   #2
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Chapter I: ”More Lovely and Temperate”

A famous bard and playwright once compared his beloved to a summer’s day. If they had known that part of his verse would eventually allude to the rebranded city called Temperance, he might have used a different word altogether. Then again, orcs and undead tended to snack on playwrights and bards ...those artsy types tended to have softer flesh even when eaten raw.

Argon’s journeys led him from Moonstone to Enamoria where the former stronghold of the Dark Alliance would always be known for its horrific history and propensity for violence and villains’’. Or was it? This gradual recovery was ...slow going, but entirely impressive given that the Lady Thane of the city was supposed to be an adorable young woman with a fondness for sweets and dolls. How she managed to consolidate power and drive old and new foes from the surface was largely a mystery, but that was not the topic on Argon’s mind. Right now, he was looking for an inn. As it were, the city of about five thousand, had a handful of choices.

For a dwarf of his means, however, the headhunter collapsed those options into two prospects: a rundown but popular spot for mercenaries and laborers nicknamed the “Bum” and a middle of a road and more respectable tavern called “Honey & Oats” where merchants drank and looked for ways to dishonor their wives. The former Argon heard about on his journeys because it was a hotspot for sellswords whereas the latter was frequented by those who paid them.

Temperance, despite the face lift, was muddy and cold after some spring showers turned stormy weather. The Guarding Guards looked bored, just as their Lady Thane suspected, and hardly glanced at the dwarf as he passed through the Gothic gates and stone walls.
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Old April 14, 2019, 04:48 AM   #3
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Argon had a few options having made his way into 'Temperance' and two were immediately obvious upon his inquiries. The only thing was that he did not have and could not dress like a person looking to hire a sellsword. He would be immediately out of place and probably be an obvious mark. If he were to go there he would have to acquire the right clothing and given the coin he had available he would not be purchasing said clothing. Ironically being a thief in a city full of ne'erdowells was a worse idea than doing it in a flourishing city like Port Alyxandrya. Argon decided to try and not step on the wrong toes in the pursuit of this female mercenary of some skill.

The dive of a bar where sellswords spent their time was more Argon's speed. Given his main career as a freelance caravan guard he could be said to be a sellsword himself. He simply didn't have a dazzling reputation to make him worth more coin. He was yet to acquire that. Maybe this job would even help in that regard although perhaps only in moonstone on government jobs. Anything was better than nothing, however.

So Argon went to the "Bum" to see what he could sniff out with his keen nose. As he went about exploring the city it was not lost to Argon exactly how inattentive the guard were at the gate. This could be useful later if he needed to get out in a hurry. Just look like you ought to and no one would pay you any heed, it seemed. The architecture of Temperance hadn't particularly changed with the change of name and the wet muddiness actually felt homely to the dwarf who preferred the wilderness to cities on many occasions. Argon suspected the people had changed about as much as well around the rougher edges of this city so Argon went to the 'Bum' with his best tough-guy strut even as he sported less than impressive low quality weaponry. He put his best and strongest, ikos-rune tattooed arm forward (even if he cannot yet say he had sufficient mastery to use it) forward as he made his way in to the rough establishment and looked about to see the kind of clientelle that had saw it fit to spend their time and coin at the 'bum'.

If the sellsword he was after had sufficient success he might not find her in this tavern and perhaps would be better looking in Honey and Oats instead but he had reasoned before that the sellsword may still come here to boast and even if not the people who knew more about her that could prepare Argon for what is to come would assuredly be here. If he could use the right method of persuasion he could pick out a lot of useful information out of this place and that was exactly what he intended to do.

Either way he, as confidently as he could muster, made his way to the bar and called out to the barkeep

"Barkeep! Give me the kinda brew that makes those fuzzy pants over in Port Alyxandrya's hair fall out in fright!" Argon exclaimed.

IN truth, Argon knew, those fancy nobles in the playboy city of Port Alyxandrya would have their hair fall out at the mere mention of the name so it was safe to say any such ale or spirit that was given to him would cause such people much consternation. Not for Argon, however who as a dwarf had a stronger constitution, by his own reckoning only, than those human nobility did.
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Old April 16, 2019, 08:49 PM   #4
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So Argon went to sleuth and sniff.

The “Bum” for all its charm smelled of manure and saltwater. Which was somewhat of a feat considering the lack of dairy farms and oceans around Temperance. But the dwarf played his part well, cajoling the barkeep and demanding his strongest drink at once. This earned Argon some rowdy cheers from the other patrons who all looked like pirates, cosplaying as cowboys, who were also being hazed into some kind of gang.

“One Bamouff comin’ up”, mumbled the barkeep. The human had leathery skin and was so wide that he looked like an oversized dwarf. But he waddled to and fro with surprising nimbility behind the counter, juggling drinks, mugs, and glasses with the dexterity of a circushand. His black beard was also braided in a very common style among the Zergardian dwarves, Argon noticed, and his bald head was heavily tattooed with barbed wire, eagles, and trebuchets.

If Argon regretted ordering something that could put the ‘fuzzy pants’ of Port Alyxandrya to shame, he might start worrying as more patrons (again, the tattooed and muscled variety) started to gather around him as the barkeep began to prepare his drink. ‘Bumouff’, the apparent specialty drink, was served in a very tall mug. The murky-looking liquid, which consisted of very dark ale swished in a gin that smelled so strongly of tar that Argon felt his sinuses clear the moment it arrived in front of him.

“BUM TO MOUTH!”

“BUM TO MOUF!”

“BUMTAMOUF”

“BAMOUFF! BAMOUF!”

The entire tavern was cheering and roaring at the dwarf now, eager for the newcomer to down the very, very bad idea in liquid form.
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Old April 18, 2019, 05:00 AM   #5
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An opportunity had arisen. A terrible opportunity. It was immediately apparent that Bamouff was no ordinary drink and it would be extracting its toll.

Fortunately Argon had experience with wretched spirits and spoiled ales. He rarely drank anything better given his mediocre finances. He alsl counted his blessings being a dwarf where, perhaps, having a stronger resistance to alchemical toxins may translate to a better tolerance to the tarpit the bartender had poured him.

Never the less othere must have downed this terrible ichor before him. It wouldn't be straight up poison afterall.

Having seen the crowd chanting around him he held up his drink and made a toast

"To the savage sword and axe, may it strike through always!" argon said and immediately put hinself to the task of downing this drink.

He pinched his nose to limit the smell and began to chug and quoff to the best of his ability, letting the rancid drink rush down his throat like dragon's fire. He was determined to hold up his end of the bargain, to partake of this ritual of excrement and by gosh he was going to let that last drop flow down his throat whatever the consequences. At least being a dwarf it wasn't a long fall to the ground.

He hadn't inquired what was in it, this drink, but it was better not to know. Bum to mouth was enough of a description.

After, finishing the drink o otherwise he would recompose himself and look about the crowd with a look of tomfoolery

"now who wants a kiss?" Argon said making a kissing face while regretting the idea every bit as the crowd had promised he would.

Still the show much go on...
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