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The Undercity, Emerald City, Washington

Sunday, May 17, 2020

 

07:38:21PM

 

@Kaede Kimura

 

The Red Summer's resident magic specialist smokes a cigarette as he watches Mixnus and Nixnus lug the bars of gold from the deck of the PT boat down to its cabin. Blonde, sporting an obnoxious Hawaiian shirt, and eyes half-hidden by the rim of his glasses and the darkness there is no mistaking the naked greed and slightly slack-jawed awe as he intently follows the gargoyle twins carry their newly gained wealth.

 

It had been nearly half an hour of continuous back and forth trips from the gargoyles, and only a small pile of gold bars lies in neat stacks on the sewer floor, when Alaynah goes up to you. She smacks her pack of cigarettes and offers one up to you.

 

"Gotta tell you, should have asked for more." She chuckles slightly then shakes her head, obviously in a good mood. "Tell me, you can create all this wealth so why're you here chasing after a murderer knee-high in sewer water?"

 

***

 

A few more minutes pass before Zach, holding a hand-held radio, waves at Alaynah.

 

"Boss, the package's coming."

 

Alaynah nods at the comment and turns to you, her one good eye hard, all business now. "We'll keep this simple. We all get on my ship and when we're in the middle of the river, nowhere for him to run to, and then you take him and leave. Then me and my crew gets out of dodge, never to show our faces in this city again."

 

She motions for the gargoyles to finish their work with a "Hurry up."

 

"Oh, and I almost forgot," she turns back to you. She raises two fingers. "There's another one coming with Advay, some P.I. in-the-know and packing magic. Goes by the name of Christopher Daye of Blackstaff Investigations. He's yours to handle and, uh, your pet if it comes to that."

 

***

 

@Spacefurry

 

At long last your trip is nearing an end. You can see the metaphorical and literal light at the end of the tunnel as you guide Advay down the sewers, the professor's boxes of personal belongings and research bobbing up and down as they trail the both of you in the air.

 

"I-is that it?" Advay asks as your flashlight gleams against a PT boat's hull. "I must say, I can't wait to finally sleep somewhere that isn't a cramped, dusty cave always with one eye open. It takes a lot out of a person, you know."

 

Your flashlight quickly beams over the whole of the PT boat and its light is joined by several other flashlights from the crew of the boat. A dark-haired woman with an eyepatch, who looks to be the leader, walks forward to meet you. A bespectacled man in an obnoxious Hawaiian shirt watches from the deck, smoking a cigarette. Then two gargoyles emerge from the boat's cabin, matching and glowing runes on their foreheads. They move to a a couple of gold bricks lying on the sewer floor and haul it back into the PT cabin. Lastly, a woman in armor atop a clockwork pony made of bronze and brass.

 

"Cristopher Dayes?" The woman with the eyepatch greets you with a smile and an offered cigarette. "Advay Upal? Welcome to The Red Summer . We're your ticket out of here."

 

She gestures at her PT Boat. "None of us want to be inside a sewer for longer than we have to. So get on board."

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14 minutes ago, Zeitgeist Blue said:

"I-is that it?" Advay asks as your flashlight gleams against a PT boat's hull. "I must say, I can't wait to finally sleep somewhere that isn't a cramped, dusty cave always with one eye open. It takes a lot out of a person, you know."

 

"Looks like it could be." Blackstaff acknowledged and agreed. "That's understandable." It had been a long walk and the professor had at least been someone he could talk with on an academic level. It made the trip a little more bearable. They had been luck and avoided any major encounters, no one had recognized Advay or thought twice of their activities. For all appearances, it was simply two men engaged in conversation as the moved some boxes.

As they approached, Blackstaff clicked his flashlight off and greeted the woman that approached them.

 

35 minutes ago, Zeitgeist Blue said:

"Cristopher Dayes?" The woman with the eyepatch greets you with a smile and an offered cigarette. "Advay Upal? Welcome to The Red Summer. We're your ticket out of here."

 

She gestures at her PT Boat. "None of us want to be inside a sewer for longer than we have to. So get on board."

 

"That would be us." Blackstaff nods. "Thank you, but no." He says, politely declining the cigarette. His eyes sweep over the gargoyles as they move gold bars into the ship's cabin. They were either magical constructs, he guessed, or under an enchantment judging by the runes on their foreheads. His gaze shifted to the man in the Hawaiian shirt and focuses his mental muscles, all the magic of the area coming into mental focus. He lets his gaze linger on Mr. Hawaiian for a moment and then over to the armored woman on the clockwork horse.

"I fully agree, we don't want to be down here any longer than necessary." He says looking back at the captain and giving a friendly smile. "So, what can we call you?" He asks as he motions for her to lead the way.

 

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The Dreamer smiled at Alaynah's comment about asking for more after the created money had been stored. She might even think about producing some more for them after this, since she had given them so much trouble and the Carnifex had threatened to eat her fingers. "I live comfortably enough, but someone asked for my help to right a wrong and I am afraid I have never been one to stand by, even as a child. I am sorry about dragging you into this, but if nothing else I hope that the provided resources salve any harm done."

 

***

 

She looks over to Zach as he speaks, nodding to Alaynah. "After this is done, if what occurs today causes you any harm in the future I am more than willing to aid you. What I have done should not cause you and yours harm." She takes a moment to memorise the name of the investigator coming with Advay, grimacing. "Let us hope that it does not come to that. You may have noticed that it is not the most pleasant creature."

 

***

 

The Dreamer looked over the pair, making sure she doesn't linger on Advay, instead focusing on the man she would apparently have to either talk down or subdue in order to apprehend the murderer. He looked like he might be trouble as he interacted easily with Alaynah, and they started onto the boat. The Dreamer hoped that the man would see reason and let her apprehend the murderer, although she had to wonder why he was helping Advay in the first place. Was he loyal to the money? Did the man have some secret that was being threatened? Or was he somehow unaware of what Advay had done and was simply doing a job, not knowing who he aided?

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On 9/18/2020 at 1:37 PM, Kaede Kimura said:

The Dreamer smiled at Alaynah's comment about asking for more after the created money had been stored. She might even think about producing some more for them after this, since she had given them so much trouble and the Carnifex had threatened to eat her fingers. "I live comfortably enough, but someone asked for my help to right a wrong and I am afraid I have never been one to stand by, even as a child. I am sorry about dragging you into this, but if nothing else I hope that the provided resources salve any harm done."

"Oh it's done more than enough. Me and my crew are set for life. One night and we've hit the payload thanks to you," Alaynah says, giving you a wide grin. "We might just go our separate ways after this, play golf or I don't know with the nieces."

 

She pockets her cigarette pack and strides back down to where Mixnus and Nixnus were unloading the gold bars, then she turns on her heels to face you again, a last comment ready on her lips. "But if you are in need of the best smugglers this side of the Albian River, and you continue to pay even half as well as you do now, consider us eager to be in your employ whether it is to catch murderers or save orphanages."

 

On 9/16/2020 at 6:03 PM, Spacefurry said:

"That would be us." Blackstaff nods. "Thank you, but no." He says, politely declining the cigarette. His eyes sweep over the gargoyles as they move gold bars into the ship's cabin. They were either magical constructs, he guessed, or under an enchantment judging by the runes on their foreheads. His gaze shifted to the man in the Hawaiian shirt and focuses his mental muscles, all the magic of the area coming into mental focus. He lets his gaze linger on Mr. Hawaiian for a moment and then over to the armored woman on the clockwork horse.

"I fully agree, we don't want to be down here any longer than necessary." He says looking back at the captain and giving a friendly smile. "So, what can we call you?" He asks as he motions for her to lead the way.

"Alaynah," she says as she leads the way into the deck of her PT Boat, the engine ready and purring softly inside the sewer. Then she points at her crew saying their names as she goes through each one. "You can call the horrid Hawaiian fashion, Zach. And that's Mixnus and Nixnus." The gargoyles unfortunately look indistinguishable from each other.

 

Then Alaynah points at The Dreamer. "And you can introduce yourself."

 

Brief introductions finished, she goes right back to work, gesturing at the gargoyles and instructing them to lead Professor Advay into the guest room and help him unpack. They do so without complaint, taking Advay's boxes two in a pile before plodding to the entrance of the lower deck.

 

With a quick nod and thank you at you, Advay scurries after the two gargoyles, and the trio soon disappears below deck. After a few seconds, Zach, wearing the Hawaiian-shirt, stamps out his own cigarette and follows them down.

 

"You've got your own designated cot," Alaynah says to you as soon as Zach is gone. "We'll let you know when it's ready."

 

Then she too moves to enter the PT Boat, but she stops at the doorway and turns to look at both you and The Dreamer. "Just so you know, it'll take a day to get from here to our site in Toronto if we want to make sure to throw any tails. Zach says there's an anti-tracking device on Advay, had to use Christopher here to track them, but you can never be too sure."

 

She looks at the both of you then nods, descending to the lower deck. "Give us a few minutes and we'll be out of Emerald."

 

***

 

The PT Boat's engines kick off with a metallic roar that propels it forward in the sewer. It isn't long until you see the evening sky at the end of the sewer. The lights in the twin cities of Emerald City, Washington and Emerald City, Oregon greet you as you exit the sewer and enter the Albian River. They glow softly and golden, under a dark sky devoid of stars. But the moon hangs above the city, a lone and silver crescent.

 

Though you see boats and ships of all kinds in the distance, none are so close that you can make out the people on them. The roar of the PT Boat cutting through the water, the boat vibrating under your feet, and the splash of the waves fill your ears. Standing on the main deck, sea-salt greets your face and nostrils, and only one other person observes the things you see now.

 

For the Dreamer, it is Christopher Daye of Blackstaff Investigation, someone who protects the murderer Advay for his own reasons. For Christopher, it is an armored woman on a clockwork pony, one with Alaynah's crew. Yet for the paranatural investigator, something seems off, like a detail he had missed waiting for him to uncover it and unravel a scene.

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The Dreamer's smile stayed as Alaynah offered her help. "I might just take you up on that. You never know when you might need aid." She was relieved that she'd managed to repair the damage done, she didn't want to ruin anyone's lives.

 

***

 

The Dreamer no longer smiled, urging the pony forwards alongside the group. Her eyes were alight as she watched Advay and Christopher. She observed closely as Alaynah introduced her crew, baring her teeth in an attempt at a smiling introduction to the investigator. "Call me Heir." She wanted to give the man the benefit of the doubt, but surely an investigator would be aware that he harboured a murderer, wouldn't he? Or had Advay bewitched the man in some way? Thus the man was either incompetent, moronic, corrupt or bewitched and while she might be able to work around the first three without violence she wasn't sure.

 

***

 

The water around the boat was teeming with dream creatures, from regular fish to sea serpents, while the sky and the deck were more vacant. The dreams were trying to be less conspicuous as The Dreamer watched the PI. Still, they populated the deck, a small dragon draped across her shoulders as a bird arcing with lightning stared at the investigator. Behind her head hovered a grinning cat again, peering over her shoulder at the investigator and staying out of her sight. The Dreamer took a deep breath to steady herself, she would talk to the man, see if she could find why he was helping Advay if she could. She would prefer not to have to fight him, as much as she could feel the Carnifex thirsting for blood in the back of her mind. She urged the pony to walk up to the man, "Mister Daye, might I have a word with you? There is something I feel we must discuss." She looked down to him from her mount, slightly annoyed at the inconvenience but unwilling to show her paralysis to a man she might have to fight in the near future.

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Blackstaff nodded in greeting to Zach and the gargoyles in turn. All of them radiated magic except the captain. When Alaynah says the armored rider can introduce herself, his original thought that she wasn’t a member of the crew was further confirmed for him. Perhaps another passenger he thought.

23 hours ago, Kaede Kimura said:

"Call me Heir."

He looks up at the Dreamer and gives her a polite nod. “Heir. Christopher Daye, Blackstaff Investigation.” He introduces himself as he took a moment to sort through the magical auras surrounding the rider. He wasn’t surprised the horse registered as magical, the armor as well. Through those though, he could pick up her magic as well and it was significant.

On 9/22/2020 at 7:19 AM, Zeitgeist Blue said:

"You've got your own designated cot," Alaynah says to you as soon as Zach is gone. "We'll let you know when it's ready."

Looking back he watches Advay as the professor hurries after the gargoyles, heading below deck, followed closely by Zach. He nods to Alaynah. “Thank you, captain.” Blackstaff mentally noted the captain’s comment about Zach having tracked him.

As she too disappeared below, Blackstaff stared after for a moment and then moved to the railing to lean on it. When the boat cleared the sewers and he could see the sky overhead again Blackstaff took in a breath and exhaled. It was only a little better than it had been before. After all, they had only just exited, but the salty scent was a nice change. He relaxed, only a little, as looked out across the water at the other vessels going to and fro.

Around the boat, multiple magical auras gathered and moved through the water. Only a few shared the deck with himself and the rider. “Is she a summoner?”  He wondered off-handedly as he glanced back at her and the ‘companions’. He turned back to the water and heard the clockwork stead’s hooves on the deck as it approached.

23 hours ago, Kaede Kimura said:

"Mister Daye, might I have a word with you? There is something I feel we must discuss."

“Oh?” Blackstaff asks, pulling something small out of the interior of his jacket as he turns to face ‘Heir’. Looking up at her to opens a tiny paper wrapped item, he puts the contents in his mouth and chews lightly. Holding a small brightly colored container towards her. “Gum?” It was at the same time, a silly but polite gesture. Something that might throw some ever so slightly off, but then he was a man of finding advantages where he could.

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The Dreamer blinked, momentarily stunned at the non sequitur before continuing. "No thank you." She could tell that was probably supposed to confuse her and was not too prideful to admit that it had worked. She wasn't sure how to best approach the conversation She could work around to what he's doing over time, or she could try to approach the subject directly. She'd taken the direct approach a couple of times, and it had worked, although with complications. She had no real idea as to what the man could do with magic, so could she afford to run headfirst into a fight considering the possible collateral damage?

 

Although... She could probably make them a new boat if it came to it. Regardless, maybe not quite so direct as she had been with Alaynah and her crew. So something more circumspect than directly asking after Advay to help her get a sense for the man, which opened up a variety of possible starting points. Perhaps she should try to engage him with questions of magic first? Although she wasn't well versed in the subject she did know a bit, and she could get some outside opinions without giving away too much if she had to fight him.

"I've heard you are well versed in matters regarding magic." She took a steadying breath as she chose the starting point. An every delightful point of conversation when it came to her powers. "What do you happen to know about demons?"

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