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[Arium to Moonstone] A promise of wealth

Ioannes, Era XXIV

Several pieces of perfumed parchment found their way into the hands of several competitors from the coliseum. They were all delivered by couriers and bear the same message.

 
 Serale Brave Warriors.
I am Lord Quinn the Fifth and require an escort back to the city of Ziel Aerca in Moonstone. I have seen your fight and find you suitable.

Please meet me on the 45 Ioannes XXIV at the Silver Stag Inn at the 6th Candlemark in room 3. My family will pay plenty for the successful service.
 
 




When anyone knocked on the door of room 3 between the 5th to the 7th candlemark, the door opened to reveal a man in his middle age whose entire face was covered in horrible burn scars. It was difficult to determine his race. He would greet the knocker by name and welcome them in.

”Welcome.” His voice was very feminine. ”I am Quinn of the Lanterna family. Have a seat while we wait of everyone to arrive.”

The door open to reveal a table with a few empty glasses and a bottle of wine. It was from a good era.
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Maximus read the perfumed letter three times. The man had somehow noticed him and wanted him to escort hm back to Ziel Aerca, the city of vice. The sender's name, the promise of plenty pay and the delivery by a courier hinted at a very rich man. That made the dracon seek out his work place to apply for a month worth of leave, citing family emergency.

On the appointed time (6th candlemark), Maximus appeared in the seemings of Seoni Isabella. A young elven lady with long white blond hair, sea green eyes, tanned skinned and with many Air’riela styled tattoos. She had a figure that many described as sexy.

Seoni was greeted by Quinn and she introduced herself in a rich vibrant voice. "Serale. I am Seoni. I have received your invitation. I would like to hear more before making any decisions." She produced the parchment he had sent.

When invited in, she entered, took a seat, but did not take any drink. She wanted to have a clear mind if she was to be part of an escort team.
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Darius looked at the paper and came to the room at the appointed time. He could always use more money, and also he had something he had wanted to check out in what was left of Frigid river. Rumor had it he might find something suitable to be his partner there besides as a mercenary this was right up his ally. he saw the female elf and figured it must be Maximus other wise he might of hit on her. Darius took a seat and a glass of wine indeed it was good wine. "Call me Derick I assume we are being paid in cash for this job right?"
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Maximus was the first to arrive.

”Welcome Seoni. Come in and have a seat. We will wait to the 7th candlemark before of what I need of you.” Quinn invited Seoni in. He could not remember who this elven lady was in the coliseum, but if he had sent a courier to invite her, she must have impressed him somehow.

Not long after, Darius arrived as well.

”Welcome Derick. Come in and have a seat. We will wait to the 7th candlemark before of what I need of you.” Quinn invited Darius in. He remembered this guy. He was the brave one that went after the minotaur and the giant without any thoughts in the battle royale. Quinn hoped Darius’ partner, the dracon too.

The seventh candlemark came and gone.

”I guess its just the two of you. Let me tell you everything I need before you ask any question.” Quinn took a seat and poured some of the wine for himself.

He took a deep breath in and started speaking in a tone used by many tragic performers. ”I came from the destroyed city of Zinn’Sunn and heard that my entire estate had moved to Ziel Aerca. Alas, I only had such news a few cycles ago or I would have returned to my family as soon as possible. Let it be known that the Laterna family have many enemies and no doubt their eyes will see me the moment I stepped out of the sanctity of Nexus Prime. Thus, it will be safest that we travel through the mountains, through Bellewood, for my enemies know I dislike woods and mountains. I can sacrifice such discomfort to get back home. And to your question, Dar. Derick. Yes. You will be paid in cash when you deliver me there successfully. Right. I will leave you to talk amongst yourself and ask me any question later.”

He left the table and went into another room and closed the door.

Maximus as one that lived with soldiers for many eras, he would have heard of a Quinn Lanterna. The man was said to be a rich spoiled child who ran away from home before the war. The family had seek out various camps to post rewards for his return.

Darius as a mercenary would have heard to the small house of Lanterna. They were outsiders of Zinn’Sunn. They were not nobles or celebrities, but they were famous amongst the circle of mercenaries. They hire a lot of mercenaries to do their leg work and they only hired those they chosen. i.e. If a mercenary walk up to their estate to ask for a job, it was likely they were going to be ejected after some rough handling.

Maximus and Darius may speak amongst themselves and share their knowledge.

Ten minutes later, the door opened and he return with three bulging backpacks and a heavy suitcase. ”Anything to ask or we can go now?”
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After Quinn left, Seoni turned to Darius and grinned. "Derick? In case you didn't catch who I am, we fought a bear together."

"Anyway I have heard about a Quinn Laterna as a child. He ran away from home and his family had posted quite a fair bit of reward for returning him." He informed his partner.

When Quinn returned, he decided to as two questions that were bugging him. "Lord Laterna. How much of a reward are we looking at, and who are your enemies we are talking about?"

If the enemies were as powerful as Quinn had said, he had to take a little more precautions.
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Darius gave a nod to Maximus, "Yes i figured it was you, and Derick is just a name i go by when I don't want to draw to much attention to my self." Darius took another sip of the wine. "Though I do wonder are all the partshad to ask for my self :P right when you transform like that?" Darius gave him a moment to answer and then continued on "Yes I have heard of their family, and they are rather particular about who they hire. So we must have done something to impress him, or he is just that desperate." Darius patted the second sword he had picked up on the way here. He would rather not admit he had blown nearly half a months worth of earnings on it. But he felt better having a second blade and a repair kit. Darius was nothing if not prepared so he asked "I assume you have made sure to have adequate previsions on the carriage my lord? I have no problem hunting if we need it. But it's best to have food and water just in case we can't find adequate sources of both." Darius waited for a moment for the question to be answered then added. "Also if we stop in a town inn on the way please use a false name less likely your enemies will find you that way." after all this was not Darius first time being a body guard so he knew the basics.
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Quinn nodded at Darius wise words. ”Then I will go by the name of Harrison. You call me Mr Wells.”

”Any poor fool can go live through their lives without making enemies my dear. I am not poor and am not a fool. You can say my biggest threat would be from the Redcliff family. They are always trying to kill my family’s heir apparent, which is me. Reward wise, I will see to it that you are suitably rewarded” He replied to Maximus questions.

He handed one backpack to each of them and the suitcase to Darius. ”Don’t think it’s nice to allow a lady to carry too many things. Check the backpack, there are essential things for our journey and the suitcase contain all my belongings. Protect it well too, Derick.”

In each backpack contained a some cold weather outfits, a length of stout rope, a few brightenings worth of trail ration, waterskin and a potion labeled ‘To Purify Water.’

”The alchemist told me one part potion, then parts water would make even the dirtiest water safe to drink. If you have nothing on, we should leave the town now, before the suns rises even further.” He put on his backpack and looked ready to leave.
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Darius gave a sidelong glare at Maximus he would get the dracon back for this. "I have nothing pressing in this town or place by all means lets leave at once." once they arrived at the carriage he would place the suite case in it and take the reigns of the horses. He gave another smile at the dracon in disguise "Wouldn't it be better to let Mr Wells enjoy the company of a lovely young lady such as you?"

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To Darius question about where his body parts were after skin dancing, the dracon shrugged. He did not know where everything went, but he just knew he could do it.

Maximus, or should we say, Seoni grinned at the turn of event. The dracon had chosen his newly acquired female form to learn more about the form and if there was any problem with this form, he could discard it without any heartbreaks. To carry less things, it was a surprise to him.

"Don't worry, Derick, I will take care of Mr Wells." She flashed a grin. "Let us go then."

Seoni picked up the backpack and to struggle a bit with the weight. Then she gave her employer a wane smile. It was all an act of course, his strength did not diminish with the change of form.
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oocPosting a bit faster here to get the adventure started

Harrison shook his head. ”There is no carriage. A carriage would only trumpet my departure. We will walk all the way, as distasteful as it is to me. We will walk out of the gate casually. The guards have no reason to stop us. We head south towards Dasmia and we can rest in town for the darkening before tackling the mountain.“

The journey to Dasmia was uneventful, but they moved at a very fast pace. They had to squeeze what normally took two brightenings, with rest and leisure pacing, to just one. It was safe to say, everyone was tired after the walk, especially Darius.

Harrison had only booked a room which he informed everyone have to sleep together. He secretly winked at Darius after that comment.
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Even as Maximus, walking at such a pace would tired him out. Although the elven seemings did not reduce his stamina in anyway, the elven leg was slightly shorter and s/he had to content with two additional things that s/he found that was pulling him off balance if he was not careful about it.

Maximus in his male human form had been involved with carousing with female elves or humans many times, but it was usually to learn more about being a human and acting like a human. Therefore, Seoni did no complain about sleeping in the same room. S/he was just too tired. In fact, she just agreed to it. "Good idea that. Mr Wells and Derick should rest first. I will take the first watch. About four candlemarks later, I will wake Derick up for his turn."

If they agreed, Seoni would take the time to change into something more comfortable and prepare for the colder journey through the mountains.

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Darius was not sure how much a guard was needed at an inn but it was a good idea to be prepared. "perhaps he is not as dumb as I thought" he thought as he fell on a bed. As tired as he was he had no argument against sleeping first. "Just wake me on time unless something happens." Darius gave a yawn and quickly fell asleep.
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The darkening passed through peacefully and after four candlemarks, Darius woke up to take over. Maximus was safe from any vile thoughts from Quinn, as Quinn was too deep in sleep to do anything. In fact, the pair had to spend qa quarter of a candlemark to wake him up.

Quinn ordered a good breakfast, lamented that he had slept too deeply when he was alone with Darius and started walking up the mountain in a more leisurely pace.
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After four candlemarks, the dracon woke his companion up to take over. "Doubt nothing going to happen, but I have set a chair over by the door. Been sitting and resting my eyes there."

Maximus woke up with a sudden thought. Although he did not fancy softer skinned people, his friends had told story about how they felt the goods of a drunk lady. He had half expected him to be stripped or at least Quinn's hands all over him. It didn't happen and he knew why after a while. Quinn must be used to a rich man life, and such walk, he must be exhausted. He decided as a lady, he should think about caring about her body.

Seoni enjoyed the breakfast and ordered more stew to start her brightening. A real elf lady would not have eaten that much, but her appetite still belonged to a male dracon.

The pace up the mountain was more leisure and Seoni just followed. S/he kept her eyes peeled for any movement, listened out for any unnatural sound and move forward to speak with anyone that came their way. "Serale. Nice brightening we are having here. Just checking out how's the road ahead? We are heading to Centripax where to have a nice rest in the forest town."

The greetings satisfied a few things. First, he would know more about the weather and dangers ahead. Second, if anyone was looking for a person heading to ZA, they would not guess it's them. Of course, once they crossed the midway point of the mountains, he would drop the heading to Centripax lie, as by then, it would be too obvious they were heading to ZA.
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Darius was rather annoyed he had to get his employer out of bed part of him just wanted to pull him out of bed and throw cold water on him but he resisted that thought. once they were down stairs he ate his fill and stuffed somethings that would keep into his backpack as they began to head toward the mountain once things started getting colder he would put on the cloak that was provided. he hated having one hand folding the blasted suitcase it was limiting his movement.
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