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Old April 9, 2019, 12:23 AM   #1
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Pitcher In the Gut in Port Alyxandrya [Argon and guest]

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Argon was leaving a tavern where they had recently met a young half dracon who was no longer with them and were walking through the gut. The gut was the darker and more criminal area of Port Alyxandrya. They would know that the Gut was the opposite of the nobles nest in terms of wealth and had many practitioners of the darker arts who lived in it. It is a split which is very much physical and apparent. Many people who had lost their living in the wars from before lived there, including from the invasion of the Xetans. Zkron was with him but had his own things to do.

The gut was not too crowded tonight. The street they were walking down was narrow and was meant to be a shortcut. The city held little qualms about darker races such as vystichi and orcs in the city so these were around in a larger number than would be expected in a good city. Where were they going?
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Old April 12, 2019, 03:15 AM   #2
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Why woukd Argon goto the gut? Well a lack of caution could have been posited based on previous behavior but it turned out his accommodation s somewhere in The Gut. Cutrate prices for accommodation if you don't mind the cutthroats.

The dark elves and orcs were more plentiful here as well as ne'er do wells from all manners of species. As Argon walked he kept a hand on his axe and the other on his coinpurse and his eyes were peeled to make sure that whosoever were about were not taking too keen an interest in him as he walked.

Z'kron had mentioned something about his own errands Argon never really questioned what the dracon did. He was ancient and seemingly moreso than any other dracon he knew of. He was allowed to be peculiar after that.

So thus narrow passageway promised to be a shortcut? Well Argon liked shortcuts. It was time to see exactly how this shortcut panned out for him..
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Old April 13, 2019, 06:32 AM   #3
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"Just head off a few errands that I thought I'd mention without elaborating on heavily." explained the dracon, as he waved the dwarf off. "The gut is a nice place to do them, given they need to occur in a specific location. You know, I used to live in the gut, back in the day. Had a cellar. Maybe I'll visit it. Just off to do something quite uneventful. Don't mind me. I'll, ah, meet you at the designated meeting point in an hour and a bit. Nothing too significant. No major changes or rewards. You know. Social business." He tapped the side of his snout conspiratorially. "Anyhow. Have a good hour or so."

And with that, the dracon took off at a brisk walk. This, he was quite certain, was Argon's tale. Argon was a hero in the making. It was a lot harder to be a hero when one so rarely had the chance to fly solo.

There was, he dimly recalled, a little gathering place for dracons there. A bit insular. A bit religious. He'd not been there in a while. Dracons needed to hide themselves from the general populace. Maybe that's where he would go.
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Old April 17, 2019, 09:43 AM   #4
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Argon the dwarf with one larger arm walked down the passage. It was dark and smelled unpleasant the cobbles were loose and a beggar lay on the ground. He was human and was missing one of his legs. When ARgon came near to him, he pulled himself away. "Stay back. I don't have any money. I don't have anything you want." he yelled. He looked terrified. The passageway twisted a little bit so ARgon couldn't really see around the corner.

Zkron the blue dracon walked down the gut the other direction. It also smelled unpleasant but was still much better than ARgon was going through. But it wasnt too far until he recognised a door that he recognised as belonging to a dracon hideout for where they had their hidden cultural rituals. As a dracon he would be welcome to wait there as a social setting.
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Z'kron wrinkled his nose as best he was able at the smell. It was definitely unpleasant. His taloned feet slapped rapidly against the street as he tried his best to get away from it.

Still, he was certain that, somewhere, somehow, Argon was smelling something worse.

That was the type of metaphysical certainty that only true friendship could bring.

He paused at the door. He'd not really planned on doing much when Argon was off being a hero. Maybe just wandering around in expository manner. At the very most, something social. Usually, when he stepped aside like he had before, it was like his mind went a little misty and confused, and things all fogged up before he was snapped mentally sharply back into focus.

To his slight confusion, that hadn't happened. Instead, he was standing in front of a very real door. A door that, to his surprise, he recognised as being a door frequented by dracons. Perhaps it was his architectural nous. Perhaps it was his memory. Perhaps it was his innate dracon nature contributing. But it was not the type of recognition to be sniffed at.

He inspected the door carefully. The size. The type of wood. The nature of it. Not that it particularly mattered in the broad scheme of things, but the architect in him liked to know.

And then, quite politely, he knocked. Equally politely, he awaited for entry. He wondered if he would be known. Had he been there before? His memories often played tricks on him. He was, as his aching joints often brought to mind, an unusually old dracon, and there was only a finite amount of information he could reliably store within his mind at any given point in time before it all began to leak out.

OOC: Z'kron has a terrible memory and is an unreliable narrator. Particularly as this was a social/no reward cameo to give Argon a chance to strut his stuff, I'm happy to roll with whatever.
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A pigs arse, Argon though, the gut is like traversing a giant pig's arse. The scared crippled man that had fled at his sight didn't bother Argon. It only highlighted that he should watch his back and he was mindful to do so. This was a narrow alley ripe for ambush. Getting stuck in the middle would be ill opportune so despite how it would have sewn to the cripple he hastened after him. Mindful for spots that others may ambush him from along the way he checked for storage containers, corners of walls and overshadowed areas and even the rooves lining this alley. A fight could ensue from any direction in the gut although most of the time you were asked to relinquish you belongings first before they killed you.

Argon took from his back his shield and equipped it as fadt as he could. It was not the most impressive lpokig shield but it had utility. He equipped his axe as well in the process. Being armed in a city was a crime but the guard don't traverse the gut and the denizens in the gut don't follow those laws. Argon would tale his chances with the lawman over judgment before entering the realm of Jalat any day
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Old April 18, 2019, 12:39 AM   #7
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Argon walked past the man who was hiding from him. The smell did not get any better but mostly stayed the same. There were several small garbage heaps in the alley and the foove of the alley was hanging over. It was also starting to rain. He heard around the corner the sound of someone hitting someone else and then something heavy falling to the ground.

The door Zkron looked at was made of teak and was quite thick. It had been thickly covered with oil and was not warped with time and had been taken care of well over time. When Zkron knocked on it it opened up. An old dracon female reached out and hugged him. She was half his size and dressed in thick robes. She said “Welcome back”.
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“Ah. Thanks.” The dracon looked at the older female with a type of blank confusion that was not atypical of him these days. He glanced around, looking for clues as to how and why he'd been here before. That said, his information, at present, was starkly limited.
“I like the doors. Teak. That's, ah, tropical isn't it?”

A barrage of mental information about the importation rates of teak were flowing through his mind. That they were currently in a major port rather limited the efficacy of any of his conclusions. He bent his architectural and druidic nous to its maximum in order to extract any information.

“I'm afraid I've forgotten.. a lot of things. So, ah. Thank you for the welcome. Very nice of you. I guess I'll come in. I don't have much time- I mean, I do have to get back to Argon. He's off being a hero, I think. Grand destiny. But, it's- what is this place anyhow?”
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Well that did not bode well. However Argon was a 'hero' and heroes don't run away from sounds of danger. Rather, he tried to be as quick and deft as he could to get to the corner. He didn't get to be alive over 50 eras by being dumb so he first peered out from the corner to assess who and what was the issue. If he were to swing his axe he wanted it to be the bad guy.

Then of course those series of sounds suggested someone was wounded or dead. That added urgency too so he would only tarry a moment before launching into actiom
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When he came round the corner in the alley that was a shortcut Argon the dwarf would see a man dressed in clean clothes curled up on the ground. He was thin and had a satchel of books on his back. He had been punched in the stomach and was coughing. A thin brown dwarf with blue eyes wearing rags was standing over him and looking down at him. “Give us your money and we wont have to keep doing this. This is better than if the others got you.” said the dwarf. Two rodent men holding clubs were standing behind him looking hungry but waiting for the dwarf to tell them waht to do.

Zkron learned that the building was quite old and had been repaired a lot over time. There was a smell of strong herbs through the building. The old dracon woman said “It is just a quiet place for dracons” and waited for Zkron to go in.
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Z'kron sniffed at the air. The scent of herbs was notable. Memorable.
He ran one talon down the back of his neck. His scales were itching just a bit. Maybe it was the Alyxandryan climate. Maybe it was something more gut-specific. So many things were going on it was hard to tell.

This building sure had gone through a lot of repairs. Hidden away in the gut, but with some obvious wealth involved- if the teak door was anything to go by. With people that knew him fairly well..

He raised his eyebrow, as he reappraised the robed draconic matron and reflected on his own rather habitually indulged habits.
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“Is this a.. draconic drug den?” he asked, with only slightly hesitant curiosity.
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The old dracon lady almost said "Yes" but instead shrugged her shoulders and waited to see if the Zkron went in and just said "It's a place to rest"

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