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[Nexus Prime] Second Stop: Nexus Prime

31 Cryxatum Era XXIV

A ship bearing the name, The Sleepy Dragon approached the docks of Nexus Prime, and Alice found herself staring out at this new place. She had been in Jaedaexia for two months to earn sufficient gold to continue in her travel.

She had always find Arium to be an odd place. There was Aslangard, the city of good. There was Vortex, the dark city, the destination she was heading for. There was Nexus Prime, the merchant city ran by guilds, a city that dislike the dark gods, but were not fanatics like Aslangardians.

Her final goal here was Vortex. Since she was already here, she decided might as well explore Nexus Prime, earn some traveling funds, look for contacts and hone her skill. She gathered Vortex would be difficult to ply her trade as she believed the Dark City would have more than its fair share of ghost callers.

Alice walked down the busy streets of Nexus Prime, humming a cheerful tune. If only the people knew the words to this tune.
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Old July 11, 2017, 07:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It was his brightenings of rest, and on such a brightenings, Maximus always find himself walking aimlessly. He allowed his feet to guide him where he go. Some brightenings, he would find himself in the countryside. Others, he would find himself in a tavern. This brightening, he found himself at the docks.

The blue scaled dracon stood by the pier and watched the flow of the people. He was looking for anyone that looked out of the ordinary. He spotted another ship appeared and another group of people alighting. No one looked particularly special, until he noticed a black hair girl. He wondered why he had pinpointed her out. She didn't feel draconic and she looked like any ordinary human. She was not even particularly well dressed or had any special things that would attract him. Nonetheless, he was thought to trust his instinct about such matter. It had never gotten him wrong, so far.

"Serale friend." Maximus spoke as he walked forward. "I am Maximus, and I couldn't help by notice that you are quite young for one to travel. Maybe I could be of assistance to you?"

He knew it was an awkward introduction, but it was no choice. He had often introduced himself to strangers in his other guise, a friendly human guise. As a dracon, he rare did, but this brightening, he had to do the rare thing. He wanted to see where his instincts will bring him with this girl.
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Her first encounter in Nexus Prime, the first polite person who greeted her and offer her assistance was a dracon? What was the odds? One of the darker races had approached her in the Province that once belonged to the dark.

”Serale Maximus. Name’s Alice. Alice Ward. And I am already 16, an adult by my own rights! I am heading to Vortex, but since I am in Nexus Prime, might as well explore this place and see if there was anyone who needed help.”

Alice knew the story of dracons, about how they were redeemed by a deity of the light, but they were not fully accepted by society. This dracon just still openly and greeted her. She wondered if this, Maximus, was someone that she could trust with her dark arts.

”You know of anyone who wish to speak to their recently deceased loved one?” Alice usually probe the person’s intention by throwing this direct question first, then a quick follow up statement. ”We know it is impossible, but I am good at consoling these people. Anyway, what do you do around this parts?”

The young abjurator waited for the dracon answer. She hope he knew where to find such people or maybe the dracon was one himself.
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So... this girl was named Alice, and her skill was to console people with dead family members? It was an odd skill

"Me? I don't actually DO anything around here. Mostly I keep my ears open for people requiring help. Either I step up and offer help, or I advice them where they could find people with certain speciality, for a introduction fee. Recently, I got to know an apprentice weapon smith and I have sent him quite a bit of business." Maximus said. He was not actually lying. As Maximus, he had no real job. As Marcaida, his alter ego however, he was an apprentice weapon smith.

"So Alice, help console people? I could look for such people for you, but I think they would prefer to speak with their loved one though. I would." Maximus said sadly.
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The faerie flew around Nexus Prime, bored to bits. She wanted to do something. Anything. She had not shot an arrow, threw a bomb or did anything exciting, aside from a escaping an eagle who had thought a faerie was food. Even that incident barely lasted a minutes. Eagles do not fly well inside cities.

It was then she noticed a blue dracon talking to a human child. It was an odd pair. She thought it might be fun to listen in to what they were saying and that she did. She flew stealthily in, excited about what secrets she could find out.
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Alice giggled at Maximus response. ”I mean what do Nexusian Or Nexus Primian do here for fun? I don’t mean what do you actually work as. Basically, you work as a middleman and a mercenary?”

There was nothing wrong with Maximus’ line of work. It was proper work, risking life as a mercenary and non-paying owners and customers as a middleman. It sounded very much like what she did, when no one wished to speak with the dead or there was a crack down on her work.

”I am so sorry.” She placed her palm on her chest as she spoke. ”Sounded like you know someone who had recently passed on. Maybe I can make amends? I know of a folk tale about calling a spirit. It was said, if the spirit never respond after performing a little rite, the person must have lived a good life and is now in the hands of the gods. If you want to know, maybe I can tell you about it. Don’t know if it would really work though, but I have to trust it work. No spirits appeared so far.”

The folk was a basically pure garbage made entirely by her imagination. It was another ploy to get more information out of her ‘potential customers’, to find out if how much of a potential the person had to become her customer.

A movement in her peripheral vision caught her noticed and she found a faerie creeping in. ”Ooooh!” Alice swooned. ”A faerie! Please come closer little faerie. I rarely get to see one of your kind. This nice dracon here is named Maximus and I am called Alice, daughter of the Ward’s family.”

It was very obvious. Alice loved faeries and pixies. There were said to be lovers of tricks and they looked so cute. Alice just loved faeries and pixies to the death, and sometimes, she would even love some of these fae-folks to their literal death.
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Maximus laughed gaily as he heard her said about spirit calling. "Spirit summoning might be real, you know. I have heard of real spirit summoners, calling ghost."

The dracon guessed his instincts were finally wrong. This little lady had nothing good to provide him, but since there was nothing else to do, he decided to entertain her. "Maybe you can show me these rites? I would dearly like to see my father. He died in the recent war, didn't even know what happened."

He turned to see the who she was waving to and it was a faerie! Maybe the faerie would come closer. If she did, never would Maximus know that this faerie would be introduced to him, in his human form.
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Since she was spotted, Lady flew over. “Serale. Alice, daughter of the Ward’s family. Serial Maximus. Call me Lady.”

“You have a long name Alice, daughter of the Ward’s family. Is there any shorter way to call you? It would be difficult to shout a warning to you. You know, like, if a stone is falling, we have to shout: Look out, Alice, daughter of the Ward’s family. A stone is falling!” Lady spoke sincerely.

ooc: Lady is a very literal person when it came to name.
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Alice stared hard at the faerie. Her expression one of surprise. The faerie had just called her Alice, daughter of the Ward’s family and treated the entire line as her name. When she hear Lady’s explanation, she understood. ”No Lady. My name is Alice. That is all. My family is named Ward.”

”Show you those rites to call your father? Maybe it will work!“ Alice answered excitedly. She was excited because Maximus might proved to be the real deal, one that really wanted to summon a spirit. Then she quickly apologised when she caught her excitement and sombre up. ”Sorry for that Maxmius. I never had a chance to talk to people with family that went to war. I think soldiers would love to meet their loved ones one more time. I could show you, of course there is a small fee involved, more of a reimbursement for me to buy all the items needed. It’s usually about.“

Alice thought of the price she wanted, then remembered something else. She could get something she always wanted for her fees. ”You say you know a good blacksmith? If you can get yourself a discount and ask him to make something for me, a custom dagger, I could use the crowns I saved to buy the needed things. Think about it.“

Looking straight as the faerie, she asked. ”Lady, so what do you around this parts?”
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"A small fee for the ingredients or a custom dagger. I could try to get the custom dagger, but you have to provide me with the specs. I can't promise I can afford a custom dagger even with my contacts, but the fee, if you could let me know, I can tell you straight away." Maximus replied her. His thoughts were this girl was trying to cheat his hard earned gold, but the idea that he could talk to his father(s) was too great not to try.

"You must perform the ritual first, then I pass you the dagger or money. Agreed?" He countered. At least if she was bluffing him, he could just decide to walk away with nothing lost but his time and maybe a little shamed face for believing her.
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“Alice? Alice!” The faerie said happily. The name was much better than the previous one.

“I do not do much around here. I came down from the Great Mountains a few months ago after I cannot find my fellow friends. I wonder where they are. Most likely they are dead. I must keep up my hope though!”

Lady was part of a Faerie group known as the Guardians. They specialised in bug exterminations, cave spelunking, exploring new areas and some other things that required a tiny being. Her group would never do anything outright evil. Contract to kill people and stealing valuables were things they had a straight policy of no.
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Alice listened to Lady’s story and thought how lucky she was this brightening. She had two people that might like to talk to the dead. However, this triggered her defences. What were the real odds that two people needed help to call for spirits when it was already unusual enough to get one. It was still possible business and it was just suspicion, no concrete evidence yet. ”Wow! Lady. You must keep your hopes up, but if you want, we could discuss something to attempt to call your friends? They might be still alive or they might just be happy even when they are dead. Not sure if the rite will work though, most of the time, I guess I get the happy dead.”

She then turned to Maximus. ”The dagger I wanted is not really that special. Its a straight bladed single sided dagger of 7 inches long. I believe it’s called the Tantō by some users. What so special is I want the handle to be rowan and I want the knife made of pure iron. You think you can do it?“
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Maximus listened to the ingredients needed. They were not all that expensive. Pure iron, rowan wood and the rest was up to him. He could make them or asked his trainer to make them and he pay for it. The Tanto sounded like a nice enough blade, 7', just good for stabbing as closed ranged.

"I will check with my contact and let you know which is better. I am not too sure about cost of knives. I rather use claws or a bigger weapons." Maximus grinned, showing all his teeth.

Turning to the faerie, he asked. "Lady, anything you like to do around here? Maybe I can find some nice small weapons for you too. It's not really safe around here. The price would be good." A faerie weapon, it wouldn't be too expensive to make.
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Lady shook her head. "I rather not summon them if they are dead. Let them rest. I am interested in seeing a ghost."

"I'm comfortable enough with using my bow and arrow. Thanks for the offer." Lady said to Maximus.
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Alice nodded wisely at Lady’s reply and declaration of interest.. ”Wise of you not to try to call the spirits of your friends. If they came, that means they are truly dead.” Inwardly, Alice knew the spirits of her friends would sure come if they were dead. There was no way for her to revive them.

”Sure!” Alice replied to Maximus. Then to the both of them. ”I should find a place to stay. Anywhere to recommend or I will just look around and maybe meet you all her tomorrow?”
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