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Slums VIII

A side of the Town with dirtier, more crowded streets, broken-down buildings, and a higher crime rate.

And, it seems, occasionally, Zerg...
The_Librarian

Greeny rushes out of Merant's Temple and into the slums, stopping across the street from the Temple's entrance.  He's equal parts anxious, mournful, and proud, but most of all, this wolf is ELATED.

Not only is he out of the evil atmosphere of the temples...

Not only have the terrible echoes in his head faded...

BUT HE'S ALIVE!

So although he's very concerned, his tail is wagging hard.
The Bushranger

A minute later, Quinn hurries out, presumably with Aurora, and looking very, distinctly, worried.
Who

Aurora is indeed there, looking equally worried. No idea what to say.
The_Librarian

"Oh good, you got out okay.  I really didn't fancy going back in there and doing the whole rescue thing.  Now, care to fill me in?" Greeny asks, sitting on his back legs.
Who

"I think they where supposed to get some rings...I'm not really sure, my head's still a little fuzzy."
The_Librarian

"Dying does that - I'm amazed I can still remember my name the number of times I've been corpsified."
Who

"You have? I'm sorry.."
The_Librarian

"Well, I got shot by an arrow, stabbed in the back with a sword, imploded and cursed... I'm sure I'm missing a few.  Ooh yes, pitchforks, pictchforks aren't fun."  He looks at Aurora sympathetically.  "But I alway choose to come back."
Who

"Can you remember what it was like? Being dead?"
The_Librarian

"It varies," Greeny says thoughtfully.  "Usually I end up on a tropical beach, which is all right, with hula girls, who aren't much use to me, and some tequila, which I can't drink, so death is normally a bit sandy.  This time, however... well, my spirit was somehow trapped, maybe accidentally I'll grant you, on Merant's plane, and that was dreadful.  There was a crushing, oppressive sense of evil there that crawled into my head like uninvited maggots, gnawing away at my conscience, encouraging me to- but hey, I didn't kill anybody, right?  I'm tough, me."
Who

"Oh...I don't remember anything..."

And now she's rather glad she didn't.
The Bushranger

Quinn, meanwhile, goes to slide her arm around Aurora's shoulders, and takes a deep breath...

"There were rings, yeah. And...a mother and child who Kalidas was telling Jonah to kill...and Jamin got slashed by somebody with a sword. And something about Tempus."
The_Librarian

Greeny opens his mouth a few times, unable to properly put his thoughts into words on the first attempts.

"Jonah is a killer.  I've seen it, and it didn't phase her one bit, and that was before she split in two so the same'd go for Jamin too, but killing an innocent would push her over an edge.  What edge, I don't know, but I bet it wouldn't have been a good edge.  She didn't actually do it, did she?" Greeny asks uneasily.
The Bushranger

Quinn shakes her head. "No. Sometimes yeah you gotta do what you gotta do...but I think she would have if I...if I hadn't put myself in the way long enough for her to get over it."

She pauses.

"I think, though...after we left...Kalidas did."
The_Librarian

The Bushranger wrote:
Quinn shakes her head. "No. Sometimes yeah you gotta do what you gotta do...but I think she would have if I...if I hadn't put myself in the way long enough for her to get over it."

She pauses.

"I think, though...after we left...Kalidas did."


Greeny snorts.
"That wouldn't surprise me, he's a jerk," the wolf replies as the Temple doors open.

Jonah, supporting her broken arm but now otherwise and surprisingly looking her usual self, smiles at her friends.

"Broken bones hurt a lot, don't they?" she comments as the wolf casts his healing magic.  "I can't hang around - I've done something a bit-"

"Foolish?"

"No, just, no, okay?  But I think I best skip Town for a while.  Tell Mel I'm sorry.  Jamin'll figure the rest out.  Come on, wolf," she adds with a nod.

((Last post until next Friday, sorry - going on holiday!  See you in a week!))
The Bushranger

((Aw. See ya!))

Quinn nods, and tries to give Jonah another careful hug. "Be careful, alright?" she says, before sighing, and looking back at Aurora. "So...to the tavern?"
Who

Aurora nods.

"I should probably get back to work..."
The Bushranger

"We should go home so you can change first," Quinn points out. "And...maybe you should take a day off. Considering what happened..."
Who

"Maybe...do you think Mel'd mind?"
The Bushranger

"Um. Well...I think she wouldn't mind you being in shredded clothes." Quinn giggles a little, and blushes, then turns serious once more. "But the bloodstains should probably have something done with them."
Who

Aurora nods, she's probably right.

"Yeah..."
The Bushranger

"C'mon them. Let's go get you changed. You can borrow some more of mine if you have to."

And Quinn will try to lead the way back to her apartment!
Who

Off they go!
The_Librarian

Girl plus wolf had disappeared at that point with a satisfied *BAMF* - meaning they've now been gone a week.

And where Jonah had been not long before, Jamin now appears, running out of the temple.  She looks in vain up and down the street to see if she can spot her other self, and then sets off at a run towards the streets.
Who

Dei walks through a recently erected portal. She stops and waits for someone.
Obscurejones

Alex strolls out after her.
Who

"Took you long enough."

She walks ahead a bit and holds open a dirty rusted door in to a rickety looking shack.

"After you."
Obscurejones

He looks disgusted but walks in.
Who

All of the walls have book shelves, mostly filled with various treatise on the arcane. There's a table with various metallic doodad and bits of SCIENCE! and there's a mat on the floor, probably the cleanest thing in the building.

"Not bad, eh?"
Obscurejones

It's a hovel.  A well equipped hovel but still a hovel.
He shrugs.
I've been in worse.
Who

"I'm not big on facilities right now. I'm working on it. Now if you'd like to take a seat?"
Obscurejones

He looks for something undisgusting or soiled to sit on.
Who

The mat on the floor is probably his best bet.
Obscurejones

He sits cross legged on the mat.
Who

She grins and starts trailing various wires from her table and trying to attach them to his head,with duct tape.
Obscurejones

He pulls his hair back where he can.
Who

She holds out a wire.

"And if you could hold this one in your mouth."
Obscurejones

He frowns and tries to wipe the wire off on his jacket before doing so.
Who

"Great, just a little tip. You probably don't want to eat any fruit for at least two hours after this."

With that she flicks an incongruously large switch and Alex should get a sensation like chewing on a battery as Dei umms and ahs over some dials and readouts.
Obscurejones

Alex hums slightly as the electricity does the same.
Who

Dei turns back towards him, fidgeting a little on the spot, barely able to contain her excitement.

"Okay, good news or bad news?"
Obscurejones

Dealers choice.  I would prefer the more informative.
Who

"I'll do both then. It's not parasite, it looks like some kind of memetic life form.. Early stages though so it's not going to kick in for atleast another three days. How great's that hey?"
Obscurejones

Any idea what happens when it reaches maturity?
Who

"Not sure really. Looks pretty aggressive though, we could wait and see. Please say we can wait and see. It'd make a great study!"
Obscurejones

He shrugs.
Sure.  I'm between projects at the moment anyways.
Who

She claps her hands together in glee.

"Awesome!"

She runs a finger across her shelves, looking for a pad.
Obscurejones

He shrugs, unfolding into a standing position.  Brushes some dirt of himself.
Who

She holds a surprisingly clean pad and pen out to him.

"If you could just write something down? Anything at all."
Obscurejones

He sketches out a brief alchemical formula.
Who

Dei takes it and looks it over.

"What's that do?"
Obscurejones

Precious metals into lead.  It's the alchemical equivalent of a pun.
Who

Dei frowns momentarily.

"That's stupid, anyway now we wait for changes in your behaviour or perception. Three days tops."
Obscurejones

He nods.  Bounces on his heels a little while he waits.
Who

"Well this is boring. Don't mind if I get some work done do you?"
Obscurejones

Not at all.  Don't suppose I could help?
Who

"Actually you might be able to. How much do you know about magic?"
Obscurejones

He holds back a scoff.
I know plenty.
Who

"And can you actually preform it?"
Obscurejones

He nods.
Who

For the second time today her eyes light up with joy.

"Brilliant! Can you do that thing where you make like, like a wall of...something? I'm not sure what it is but it's all glowy and stuff."
Obscurejones

He sketches a few runes in the air and a miniature wall of force appears.
Who

She sets about measuring it and prodding it and licking it with gusto.
Obscurejones

He raises an eyebrow at the licking.
Who

She looks at him, nose pressed against the wall.

"What?"
Obscurejones

That's a little...
He searches for the word.
Who

She pries her face away from the wall and takes a brush of her table, starting to cover it in a gloopy orange substance.

"A little...?"
Obscurejones

He smiles wickedly.
Kinky.
Who

She dumps the brush on the floor, grabbing a small torch and shining it on the goop.

"What? Seriously? Weirdo."
Obscurejones

Joking.  Relax.  You're not one of my types.
Who

"Types of what?"

A small cord extends from the torch and Dei hooks it up to a small box, which lights up and begins ticking.
Obscurejones

... Partners.  For that sort of thing.
Who

"Not really follo...brilliant! Now if I'm very careful...you might want to take cover."
Obscurejones

He sketches out a few more runes and seems to blur slightly at the edges.
Who

She grabs a dirty looking glove from behind her bench and slips it on.

"See, this is where everyone goes wrong. Magic and science aren't opposed like they think. Once you get to a certain level they're practically identical and now I've got the energy pattern for one of these walls if I transmit a wave of equal power on an antithetical wave band they should cancel out."

She places her hand on the wall of force and the glove lights up, if all goes well the wall should be no more.
Obscurejones

That it does.
Well yeah.  Duh.
He seems mildly impressed.
Who

She does a little happy dance.

"I am a bloody genius!"
Obscurejones

He smiles and holds out a hand.
Could I see that glove?
Who

She ceases her jig and hands it over with a nod.

"Careful with it. That's the prototype."
Obscurejones

He nods and then promptly starts to pull it apart once she's handed it over.
Who

She grabs a rusty looking SCIENCE! gun off her workbench and opens fire on him.
Obscurejones

He ducks, shoves his hands int he remains of the glove and holds it up.  The wall appears in a shield like shape from his outstretched fingertips.
Give me a second! I'll put it back the way it was if you like.
Who

"Do you know how long that took me!? What the hell are you doing?!"
Obscurejones

I can put it back!  I just wanted to see if I could reverse the effect.
Who

She stops as it dawns on her.

"Oh...why didn't I think of that?"
Obscurejones

Two minds work better than one?  He lets the shield drop.
(deadtime)
Who

"Maybe...if you're going to try and knock it in to reverse watch the neutron flow."
Obscurejones

He nods and tweaks a few of his adjustments.
Who

She sits on the workbench and watches him, enraptured by the work.
Obscurejones

He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a little pressure switch.  It inserts it into the palm of the glove.
Who

Dei cocks her head to the side.

"And what's that?"
Obscurejones

He taps his fingers to his palm, splays his fingers.  The shield pops up.  Taps it again, splays them.  The dissolving energy leaks out.  Taps it twice, splays his fingers, nothing happens.
Controls.
Who

"Not bad, not bad at all."

Alex's hand is probably really dirty now...I guess that's not really important but I thought it worth mentioning.
Obscurejones

He pulls his hand out of the glove and pulls out a handkerchief to clean it off.
Who

Dei tries to take the glove off him and stow it safely away on the floor behind her workbench.
Obscurejones

He let's her.
Anything else you're working on?
Who

"Just bits and pieces right now. Most important thing is what's in your head."
Obscurejones

He frowns.
I was hoping there might be something I could work on while I wait.
Who

"I'd rather you not tamper with my gizmos while there's something in your head. Just relax, take a nap or something."

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