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Upon entering the tavern you find it to be rustic, dim, cramped, and smelling of spilled beer. Moving through the crowd, half of which seem to be deadtiming, you spot a fireplace with a banjowood carving on the mantle, you also make out through the haze the curving bar and private booths hidden behind ferns. A side door leading to a bamboo patio outside reveals a hungry looking dumpster mimic sneaking towards an unsuspecting customer.

On the wall is a large, ornate mirror which people seem to step in and out of freely. A winding staircase near the front door leads to rooms for rent upstairs. The backroom is now completely off-limits to all patrons and most of the bar staff, it's occupied by the bartender.

Trog's Tavern is no longer enchanted to be indestructible. Attempting to damage it will succeed. Now with Free Sweet, Delicious Wi-Fi.  We've recently renewed our liquor licence!

New: Anyone that is not a bar staff that tries to pilfer drinks out of where they are kept will get a maximised disintegrate to the head. You have been warned.

In Memoriam (hall of former staff): Trog (owner emeritus), El Jaspero (manager emeritus), Hoseki (bouncer), Tempest Stormwing (bouncer), Valthreborn Valthera (bouncer), Vivian (bartender), Alex Shipmaster (bartender), Erdan (bartender), Kantur (bartender), Who (cook), Zee (cook)

Current Staff:
Owner and Proprietor: Melantha
Manager: *NEW* Alex
Bartenders: Aurora
Bouncers: Now hiring!  No seriously, Inquire within! Temp. Bouncer: Aurora
Cook: Ghoolion
Entertainment: T.B.A.

NOW HIRING: Bartenders, Cooks, Talented bards, Burly bouncers, etc.
(Hey bards: just take spotlight in the tavern's center and start singing!)

Only the finest NPC servers:

Nina - A feisty and vivacious 18 year old (she's legal). Mean and completely unavailable.
Paige - A sweet and wholesome elf working her way through college here in town.
Cosmo - A quick-witted and oppressed gnome scoundrel.

All will be happy to serve you. Since all are NPCs they are up for communal control. Feel free to say what they do or say to you or any other patron. To a point.


Catoblepas Sauvingnon
Chimera Cabernet - A hearty red with a hits of oak and black cherry.
Kobold Chianti - Tart and tangy! Try it with fava beans!
Merfolk Merlot - Full-bodied with a hint of rose.
Purple Worm Pinot - Earthy aroma.
Funky Llama - A rich fruity wine, available in white or red.
Iames Agonia - This tart, dark red wine will stun you and leave you feeling good for hours.
Xorn Zinfandel - Sweet and fruity!
Cormyrian Fireamber - Imported and very good.
Spoonake Chablis - Straight from the Underdark!
Feline's Fancy - A purplish, swirly mixture that any feline will adore.

Mixed Drinks:
Pina CoLlama - If you're not into yoga and have half a brain.
Swampwater - A Phosphorescent lemon-lime delight.
Jasphattan - Sweet vermouth with bitters and more.
White Russian Wukei - Vodka, Kahlua, and Milk.
Long Island Iced Tea - Tastes better than it will make you feel in the morning.
Mai Tai - Dark and pineapple juice.
Sneak on the Beach - Vodka, Cranberry juice, pineapple juice and Peach Schapps.
Rust Monster - Scotch and Drambuie.
Coffee Martini - Buzzzzz.
Murderita - Wasted away again...
Rampaging Rail Mixer - Mad strong!
Ice Liqueur - Guaranteed to cool you down.
Dwarf Spirits
Aboleth Absinthe
LEVEL UP LIQUER - Need a few extra XP? We gots XP in a bottle!
Dragon's Liver Buster - The strongest drink in the house. Don't say we didn't warn you...
Constitution Crushing Wine - Fort. DC 35 or pass out!
Djinn and Tonic - Whirling ice cubes, fizzy soda, and one drunk genie.
Rum Llamonade Daquiri
Mudslide Daquiri
Chuul Lounge - Bacardi Limon, Aberration, creme de bananes and juices
Ichor Liquor - Made from a fermented mix of various kinds of blood
Black Market Wallbanger
Hydrogelic's 110 proof Firewater
Guild Vodka No. 3
Black Shadow - A strong concoction guaranteed to send a chill down your spine at any temperature.
Haley's Liquer - Named for the redheaded rogue, a sweet creme liquer, excellent over ice.
Wizard Blizzard - Crushed ice and Bourbon. The effect depends on the spell stored in it.
Black Ice - Named after one of the greatest rock bands, this mix of Black Shadow and Ice Liquer is guaranteed to give you a chill
Nut Brew - An herbal mixture combined with whiskey. So sweet, it's like your not even drinking!

Beers & Such:
Grim Brewery brand Ginger - Death-o-licious!
Archon Ale
Guilders Ale
Balthor's Best
Mind Flayer Mead - Mmm... brains!

Other Fine Beverages:
Celestial Soda Pop - Soda specially brewed in Celestia. Tastes divine.
Darknight Coffee - Cream has no effect.
Root Beer
Red Minotaur - Energy Drink
Llamonade - That cool, refreshing drink for quadrupeds.
Dragon's Fire Breath - Cherry Kool-Aid for the kids!
Fox Cola - The choice of the furry generation.
Hot Chocolate - With little marshmallows and stuff.

Hot Spicy Peanuts - Damned Spicy!
Velvet Elfish - Trogtilla chips with hot cheese and meat dip - soooo good.
Fortune Cookies - I got this deal with a local factory see...
Bamhacon - Where ham meets bacon.
Salads - Spring Greens, Caesar, and Italian Pasta
Mint Brownies - The original Ghoolion treat.  Bright green and available with and without walnuts.
Three Metal Cake - A delectable mix of vanilla, chocolate, and confetti cake frosted with alchelmically treated Mithril, Adamantine, and Platinum.
Carrot Cubes - Six sided dice made of carrot cake.

Dwarven Cigars - From our axe-hewn humidor
Coffin Nail™ Cigarettes - Get Nailed!
Halfling Pipeweed - Bogart™ brand

If you don't see it, ask for it!

Libris wrote:
Greeny barks with laughter, then looks towards the stairs.  A second later, the Jonahs head into the bar.  Amid some immediate hugging and ear stroking, the girls fire questions at the wolf:

"We didn't think you'd be here for ages."
"Did you like sailing?"
"How's Kratos?"
"Where's mum?"

"Why do you smell of burnt sheets?" the wolf counters.

"No reason," the girls reply in unison.

Melantha taps her foot "So if I did a snap room inspection I wouldn't find anything untoward upstairs?"

The Jonahs look at each other.


"It's just the sheets.  I took the blankets and pillows off the bed first," Jamin says.

"And in all fairness, the purple flames are very pretty."

Melantha sighs "I leave you alone for 2 minutes and already you make a mess. Can I expect to be repaid for this and in what way?"

"Yes, and financially," Jonah replies.

Melantha pouts "Aww, that's no fun."

Tala looks at Greeny {lupine} "So how have you been cutie?"

"Money can be used to buy fun things, though," Jamin comments.

Greeny barks a laugh.
{Lupine} "Flattery gets you everywhere, they say.  I've been doing well.  Not enjoying the open sea, but it was good to see my cub again."

Melantha gives a (slightly wicked) grin "That depends on whether someone is willing to play along."

{lupine} "I never trust the sea, it's just a couple of planks of wood between you and a gulf of nearly bottomless water"

"Were you thinking of getting a basketball hoop or a board game?" Jamin asks hopefully.

Greeny whines.
{Lupine} "Well that's that, I'm never going on a boat ever again."

Melantha giggles "Oh come on, this is me were talking about." she's aware that she's treading on eggshells around the pair, but if she couldn't be anything but herself (even in a toned down version).

And through the mirror steps Marisela, looking a little whiter than usual. She sits down at a distant table and orders (for the first time) a strong drink.

The drink is quickly delivered by Aurora, who doesn't actually seem to leave any more.

"Anything else?"

Marisela slips two platinum pieces into Aurora's hand "Yes. Keep the drinks coming."

The Jonahs spot Marisela as she enters the tavern and look a little worriedly at the angel as she orders a drink.

"I think she could use a friend," Jonah says to Jamin and Mel before peeling off and heading towards the angel.

"I recommend Nut Brew.  It's full of tastiness," she says to Marisela.

Jamin, meanwhile, folds her arms.

"Yes, actually, we do know," Jamin says to Mel, raising an eyebrow.  "I'm not so sure you could handle us anyway. We're not your usual conquest."

"It's not tastiness I'm looking for." Marisela says tiredly then finishes the first drink.

Melantha leans forwards with a smile "That almost sounds like a challenge. As if I wasn't going for it already."

"What's happened?" Jonah asks the angel in concern.

"Well, sadly our room's a bit burnt right now, so I guess we'll never find out," Jamin says with a grin.

"Oh I wasn't intending for it to go that fast." she leans back "As you wouldn't want that and even if you were I'm a bit bored of things going from base one to four in a matter of minutes."

Marisela grabs the second drink before it's been placed on the table. She downs it and slams the glass on the table "I've been replaced. Me. Replaced."

"Oh don't worry, Mel.  There's no danger of that occuring."

"Damn right there's not," comes a wolfy mutter.


"Another angel?" Jonah asks gently.  "Well, it's their loss.  You can be properly terrifying, y'know."

"We can all be pretty terrifying. And whoever's replaced me has been pushing for my position for centuries. She might be...very eager to prove her worth." she narrows her eyes at the bar to try to encourage the third drink to be delivered.

Melantha smirks "Well you've got you're ground rules set out pretty clear. Still, I can think of other things to do that doesn't cross that."

The third drink arrives with the addition of a small bowl of nuts. Woulda been quicker but she had to go bind.

"Sorry about that."

With that done she can go back to her usual routine of bar work and eavesdropping.

"See? I knew you'd come round to basketball sooner or later," Jamin says helpfully.


Jonah frowns.

"She's not gonna go after you, is she?"

"No. Killing your predecessor might be the case for the followers of an evil god, but not my one. The initial target depends on the angel chosen and her temperament, Rhiannon is a strategic and tactical fighters so she'll probably go for the hammerblow and finish Kalidas off when he shows himself. Ariana has been pushing the most so she will be going for a quick and easy kill. That means a...softer target." she takes the third drink and downs one half of it "Do you know what it's like to have a single purpose you've been literally designed and created to do and then have it ripped away and tossed on the pile as if you're a broken part?" she slams her fist down on the table "I'm not broken damnit. I can fight just as well that I did before." her cheeks are getting quite rosy, her constitution might be through the roof but drinking after being teetotal for generations is probably not the best thing to do.

Melantha chuckles "You just keep on thinking that Jamin. You just keep on thinking that."

Jonah looks thoughtful.

"Could you prove that by killing your replacement?"  I mean, gee, that'd solve a lot of problems.

"I'm not allowed to, it's prohibited. Else there would be a lot of infighting, we're avatars of war, we save that for the enemy." she finishes off her drink "Let alone without the godly gifts that I used to have I don't think I'm capable of killing friggern Kalidas at his prime."

Leaving only the 'softer' targets, yikes... Although...

Jonah looks thoughtful.

"What if you killed me and Jamin... And we made it look really good..." she says slowly. "But you let our souls return to Merant's realm so it's not, like, totally permanent or anything. Then you get your job back and everyone gets to live happily ever after."

Melantha's head immediately snaps round when she hears what Jonah said.

Marisela pauses and says carefully "You do know what you're saying, right?"

Mosh tries to get anyone at the bar's attention for another Ichor.

Nina, one of the NPC bar staff, gets the Ichor for Mosh.

"We'd be back in a few days," Jamin adds. "We'd lie low in the meantime."

"The important thing is that our souls get back to Merant."

Marisela goes silent for a moment. Her newly developed conscious is going ape at the thought of, to be frank, slaughtering two people for the sole purpose of getting her job back. But she didn't want to think about spending the rest of her eternal existence in this form. She slowly nods "Ok. We'll have to make it really convincing so they can't smell a rat."

At that Melantha's mouth drops open.
The Bushranger

Meanwhile, the third redhead in the bar at the moment appears to be listening with distinct interest.

Aurora drops off another Ichor to the what I think is a vampire.

"Anything else?"

"Right, first we should-"

Jonah is interrupted by a rather loud bark.  Both Jonahs look at Greeny as he gets to his paws, and then Jamin glares at him.

"If you're about to tell us not to do this, then save your breath.  You're mum's companion, not our babysitter."  Greeny snorts.

"Actually, I was going to comment how like your mum's plans this sounds. You do realise if she gets wind of you doing this and I've not done a thing to stop it she'll probably put a sword in my back or something, right?"

"You would have put forward some very convincing arguments if you hadn't been visiting..." Jonah searches for a good excuse.

"Your dear friend..." Jamin improvises.

"The Officer!  He's at Inari's, isn't he?" Jonah says triumphantly.

Greeny's tail wags for a moment, but then he whines in concern.

"The thing about your mum's plans, though, is that they never woirk."

"Neither did most of Herreldr's plans when he was in his old demon form. So they've got that in common at least." Marisela frowns slightly in concentration "It has to take place outside of town, preferably off this plane. It'll leave too many coincidences if it takes place here about peoples involvements."

Mosh frowns at the shenanigans and then looks to the window.  Realizes he's finally awake during the night and heads for the door to duck out before the sun rises again.

"Good idea," Jamin says.  "Where do you suggest?'

"Some place on Abeir-Toril would best, Melantha left trails there and so if I appear there it'll hopefully look like I've never left if Herreldr catches wind of it." she thinks more "Actually there's a perfect cover, if we 'clash' on wherever the front line is at this point it would hopefully look like you're working for your father, Tempus is still quite adamant that his children are working for him unless proved completely innocent, and I'm going after you to prove my worth to him."

Melantha slips silently off her chair and moves quietly and quickly to the door to the back room.

This doesn't go unnoticed by Jonah.

"I don't like it when she sneaks off like that," she says darkly. "But I don't reckon she'd betray us.  All the same, we probably don't wanna hang about on this. Shoo, wolf!"

Greeny tilts his head at the Jonahs, then looks at Marisela.

"Good luck." With that, he slips through the mirror to Inari's.

Click goes the door as Melantha closes it behind her.

Marisela frowns "I know she wouldn't betray us, she's invested a lot of time, effort and taken a lot of risks over us. There must be another reason." she then shrugs "Or maybe not. I'm a little new at emotions."

She finishes her drink and stands up "I'll check in at a temple to see where would be best to go. Then we can get started." and she disappears as she plane shifts away.

Jamin looks at Jonah.

Jonah looks at Jamin.

They both look at Aurora.

"How many Nut Brews are you legally allowed to sell us in one go?" Jamin asks.

"I don't think there's a limit."

"Woo hoo!"

"Twelve nut brews, please!"

Tala looks at the pair and lets off a small growl.

Aurora quickly gathers together the requisite nut brews.

"Here you go. Are you really going to drink all those?"
The Bushranger

Shrike arches an eyebrow, then shakes her head.

Mosh bounces out into the street.

"Ayup.  It'd be a waste not to, now, wouldn't it?" Jonah replies.

"Besides, it's not like the alcohol really gets to us... but it might help to smell a little drunk," Jamin adds.

{lupine} "For people who claim to have a big soft heart you're either dumb and oblivious or you just don't care about hurting other people."

Jonah raises an eyebrow in an unimpressed way.

{Lupine} "Oh?  How'd you figure that one, wolf?"

{lupine} "When you casually talk about topping yourself did you not think that it'd have any effect on her? Probably not as your celebrating the idea by drinking."

Jamin chokes on her Nut Brew.

{Lupine} "You think we're celebrating?!" she splutters.  "We're preparing ourselves for something horrible!  Honestly, how daft can you be?"

{Lupine} "If we'd sounded the least bit scared, Marisela would probably've been too guilty to take us up on the offer, and we needed her to take up the offer.  We also need to smell drunk to make it plausible why two belt goddesses couldn't defeat one de-powered angel."

{Lupine} "I mean, there's loads we couldn't say while Marisela was here.  Let her think we're being completely selfless.  If Mel's gonna worry about us, that's... not great, but we can't avoid it."

Tala tilts her head on one side {lupine} "You sound like you almost need to die. What sort of scheme would require that?"

{Lupine} "It's all about family," Jamin says patiently.

{Lupine} "Let's say Marisela is replaced by this more powerful angel who is dead set on killing our brother. No offence to Kal meant, but it's clear a fully powered angel is more than a match for him and us when he's in the best of health, which we don't know for sure that he is.

"On the other hand, now let's say Marisela is reinstated as an angel. She'll be thinking to herself 'my, how lovely those demon goddesses were, maybe not all demons are inherently evil'. Maybe she talks to other angels and has them thinking the same way. Peace and loveliness spread, Kal gets to live, and we take a vacation in the land of the dead.
Jonah sips her nut brew while Jamin picks up the thread.

{Lupine} "But our family probably wouldn't approve of us helping Marisela given she beat Kal to a bleedy pulp, so we can't let them know either, hence us appearing drunk and bent on revenge against Marisela, during which she'll kill us."

{lupine} "Are you impressed? It's okay to be impressed. We won't tease you or anything."

Tala is impressed but tries not to show it much {lupine} "So basically you'd prefer the devil you know than the devil you don't. Their attitudes towards you might change, but not Kalidas. He's put more than enough of a dent in their resources to be beyond redemption in their eyes. And I can't say I blame them for that, if one person butchered a lot of your friends how would you feel towards them?"

The wolf pauses and then with a bit of a whine she looks at Jonah {lupine} "Look, could you go talk to her please? I don't know her as well as I like recently, which is slightly scary, but it's clear to me at least that she's upset. I know this is slightly rude for me to say but given you're going away again soon for an un-established time it would do her good. And she can do scary stuff when she's upset."

Another pause {lupine} "And I would appreciate the gesture. There's little worse than an upset mistress."

{Lupine} "Then at least we've bought Kalidas time to prepare," Jamin says as Jonah gets to her feet. "Besides, we know he's a jerk.  He killed Greeny.  Only jerks would want to kill someting so fluffy and cute."

Jonah gently taps on the door to the back room.

"Mel... it's Jonah."

Tala grins at Jamin "You're right there."

Melantha looks to the door when Jonah knocks from her chair at a desk. She sighs and composes herself before getting up, moving to the door and opening it "Hi Jonah."

"Can I come in? I owe you an explanation."

Melantha nods slowly "Sure, come in then." she opens the door wider and steps backwards away from it.

What's this?  A little humility from a Fireball twin?  Sure looks like as she enters the room and meekly closes the door behind her.

She takes a deep breath, and speaks slowly.

"First of all - let me explain about the plan.  And then I'll tell you why you shouldn't worry about whether we'll be back or not."

Melantha nods again "Go on."

Tala wanders behind the bar and into the kitchens in search of food.

Jonah repeats the explanation she gave in the tavern.


"Let's say Marisela is replaced by this more powerful angel who is dead set on killing our brother. No offence to Kal meant, but it's clear a fully powered angel is more than a match for him and us when he's in the best of health, which we don't know for sure that he is.

"On the other hand, now let's say Marisela is reinstated as an angel. She'll be thinking to herself 'my, how lovely those demon goddesses were, maybe not all demons are inherently evil'. Maybe she talks to other angels and has them thinking the same way. Peace and loveliness spread, Kal gets to live, and we take a vacation in the land of the dead.

"But our family probably wouldn't approve of us helping Marisela given she beat Kal to a bleedy pulp, so we can't let them know either, hence us appearing drunk and bent on revenge against Marisela, during which she'll kill us."

"So, you see, it's a way of helping out lots of people with one simple move.  And heck, I've died before. It's not pleasant, but we'll get better.  And, uh, yeah, we will be back..." Jonah looks a little awkward and embarrassed now.  "I'm sorry I was so blunt with the whole plan - I didn't realise you felt like that.  I thought we were just playthings to you.  Not that I minded, but-" and Jonah promptly shuts up again.

Melantha smiles slightly and sits down on a bed that's against one of the walls "I guess that I'm getting a little OCD about you, it was a bit childish to throw a mini-strop because of a decision that you took. But I also don't want to see you disappear again like before." she pauses for a split second before continuing into uncomfortable territory "You're not 'playthings' to me, I'll admit that at the start that you might have been but that's not the case now."

"Um, would it be wholly inappropriate to give you a big hug now?" Jonah asks.

Melantha giggles "Go ahead, and you can do a lot more if you like."

"A tight hug, then." Jonah approaches Mel and wraps her arms around her.

Which is gratefully received. Then after a (short) while Melantha looks at Jonah "I was thinking more to this tune." and she attempts to give the fiery goddess a huge kiss.

She'll succeed, too.


Meanwhile, in the tavern, Jamin tuts and downs a Nut Brew.

Melantha sighs and looks at Jonah "Look I'm not going to tell you not to do anything stupid, as you will be doing something stupid. Noble and brave yes, but still stupid. Just don't do anything more stupid."


Alex tilts his head "Anything wrong Jamin?"

"Ahhhhh..." Jonah says, avoiding answering that.  "So... now we're all good... I should get back to my nut brew..." she says awkwardly.


Jamin jumps, then blushes.

"What? No! Not really. I'm sorry - it's not something I'm comfortable talking about."

Melantha giggles again "Awww, that desperate to get away from me?"


Alex nods "That's ok, I'm the same on some topics." he looks at the drinks surrounding Jamin "I'd offer you a drink but it looks like you've got plenty there."

Jonah blushes.
"No!  Not desperate... it's complicated, 'kay?"


Jamin nods.
"They don't work, anyway," she says.  "Which is why we go for Nut Brew rather than DLBs - Nut Brews taste nicer."

Melantha would try to take a stab at the reason, but decides to leave it for now. The situation was already very complicated and she doesn't want to add more to it. For now at least "Ok." after a short pause "As a final thought I'm going to give you a parting gift, something for you to know that you can come back to."


Alex smiles "Y'know the god of wine has a stash of very potent stuff that can make even a god drunk."

"Oh? Jonah asks., both excited and intrigued.


"Ugh, that's not Dionysus, is it?" Jamin says, scowling. "He's on our 'flame on sight' list."

Melantha tries something that she hasn't done before but she think s that Jonah will like it, hopefully very much. She gives her a kiss with a twist, with other people she has added an extra cold, icy sensation to it but she's almost certain that Jonah wouldn't like that at all so she goes the other way and adds a warm and fiery sensation to it that should travel down Jonah's spine.


"You'll have to get to him before my old man, he's got a bone to pick with him too."

She's guessed right - but after recovering from the alarm of the new sensation, then the large amount of pleasure she gets from it, she pulls away abruptly.

"Um, yeah, wow, g'bye-" she splutters, and then flees for the door.


Jamin nods sympathetically.

"Yeah, I can imagine.  Me though, stickin' with the Nut Brew.  I drink for the taste and, right now, the smell although... you wouldn't happen to have any of that god-drunk stuff, would you?"

Then she sets down her glass slowly, and looks towards the door of the backroom where Jonah and Mel are.

Melantha giggles and blows Jonah a kiss "Now you know what will be waiting for you." then she turns and walks to the desk against the far wall.


Alex shakes his head "No, he mostly keeps that stuff to himself." he raises an eyebrow at Jamin's reaction.

And less than a second later, Jonah walks out of the door looking a little flustered.

"Having fun?" Jamin asks pointedly.  Jonah opens her mouth to answer, then looks thoughtful and smiles.

"Yep," she replies, before grinning.

"Turns out there's some proper drink that even gets gods drunk, but the guy's hogging it all to himself."

"We're not getting drunk though.  We want our wits about us."

"Yeah, but we want to smell drunk - I didn't actually consider drinking any."  Not really.  Well, maybe a little.

"Anyway I don't think it's a good idea of you two getting drunk, the insurance premiums of this place would sky rocket."

"Especially since we've started experimenting with alchemy," Jamin agrees.  "Though it does make for very pretty fires."

Alex smirks a little "I could try to find some of the drink if you want. There's got to be some knocking around somewhere."

There's just something about the smirk which sets off alarm bells.

"Nah, hopefully the smell of Nut Brew will be enough," Jonah says, picking up her glass.  "So where's Alena tonight? You two didn't have a row or anything, did you?"

"No, if we did have a row I'd be finding someway to get drunk. I just fancied a change of scenery." and I think the Druid has gone permanently afk, last time I saw her online here was in January.

You never know, sometimes people come back from extended afks Wink

"Speaking of scenery, have you ever been to Abeir-Toril?" Jamin asks.

Alex nods "Yes. It was three or four years back."

"What's it like?" Jonah asks.  "Cold?  Hot?  Crowded?  Winged people, talking wolves?"

"All I saw was a battlefield in a godforsaken wasteland. For a tour guide you'd be best talking to my old man, he grew up there."

"Really?  So, is that like where Merant's from as well?" Jamin asks eagerly.

"Not really, Merant's originally from some random layer in the abyss. He just got imprisoned in a human body and was passed down from generation to generation until roughly 6 years ago."

The girls look slightly disappointed.

"Oh well.  Sounds like right now it's a bit of a battlefield anyway - hardly a place for sight-seeing," Jonah says.

Alex nods "Probably still be the same for several more decades to come."

And Marisela appears back in the tavern.

"Hey Marisela," Jamin says.  "Do we smell drunk to you?"

Marisela tilts her head at Jamin "Close enough. So where do you want to knock this out? I've got one spot in a recently conquered city or another right on the front lines. The problem with the latter is that it will be quite hard to get you in there but it is more believable."

((The only thing separating this from a typical 'choose you own adventure' novel is the page numbers to turn to ^.^))


"Front lines," Jonah says.  "It needs to believable or else it's not worth doing."

Marisela nods "Ok. What do you need to know about the location to be able to teleport there?"

That's something the Jonahs hadn't given much thought to.

"Uh... is there likely to be anyone we know near there?" Jamin asks hopefully.  "If we haven't been to a place, it's tricky.  I'm guessing teleporting with wouldn't be such a great idea either.  Alternatively, if you've got something from there, we might be able to get close - could end up anywhere in the area though."

"The main focus of fighting at the moment is at a city, I could teleport us to the general area and you should be able to find it from there."

"Sounds good to us," Jamin says.  "Just 2 secs, we need to change into something more comfortable." Jamin pauses.  "I use the term 'comfortable' loosely.  No matter what Mel might think, being wrapped head to foot in leather gets you the weirdest looks from the weirdest people."

There's a sort of drum roll of miniature bamfs, masking the girls in smoke until they reappear, dressed head to foot in their belt armour.

"Dressed to be killed.  Let's go."

((Well seeing that you've put their lives in my hands anything could happen  Twisted Evil ))

Marisela walks towards them, puts a hand on both of them and they disappear from the tavern.

Laume returns to the tavern and sits down at the bar

Melantha comes out of the backroom and sits down at a table. She waves a drink over for herself.

Firiat walks into the bar and waves a hand at an old tattered sign on the wall of one of the booths.  It springs to new life, bright blue ribbons unfurling and silver ink pouring across the paper.

Souls bought and Traded!
Wishes Fulfilled!
Immortality Guaranteed!
Reasonable Rates!

He slips p-ast the sign and hops into his seat, feet kicked up on the table.

Erou wanders in, shuffling a deck of cards.

"Got any sales?"

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