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909681 No. 909681 ID: 1301e8

Possibly NSFW?]

Welcome to the orbital habitat platform of New Horizon, the crossroad of all species. Located in neutral space, near the center of the colonized universe, we welcome all species of all backgrounds and experiences. Come to New Horizon for a new, greater future. New Horizon, where anything is possible…

Notice: All SAI must be registered citizen before traveling to New Horizon. SAI without citizenship or ownership will be scrapped on sight. AI experiencing the sentience bug on New Horizon soil will be granted citizenship, if provable. All SAI are required to carry their ID with them at all times and- NEW DAWN –be prepared to be searched at any- NEW DAWN -even when in the safety of your own home and- NEW DAWN -SAI do not have the same rights as other species in-

A NEW DAWN IS HERE

WITNESS THE STEEL SUN

SING. AS. ONE.
DREAM. AS. MANY
NEW DAWN
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No. 920689 ID: 1301e8
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The limousine leaves the estate and starts traveling through the tram tunnels at a high speed, ensuring that no one would be able to follow you. You’re sitting down next to Lily on some soft velvet cushions, the avian herself fiddling with an apparatus near the door for a few moments before handing you some kind of non-alcoholic drink. Meanwhile, the guard is sitting on the other end of the car, still glaring dagger at you.

:RishiNH: So… your guard?
:LilyNH: Oh, don’t mind him. I got to have someone escorting me around at all time so… Herc here has to come with us for now.
:RishiNH: He wasn’t there when you came by my office?
:LilyNH: Yes, he was.
:RishiNH: …no, he wasn’t?
:LilyNH: He was just outside the door, in case anything happened.
:RishiNH: Wouldn’t it be better if he came inside with you?
:LilyNH: He didn’t want to disturb our meeting so…
:RishiNH: …if you say so.

You’re forced to get off at the tram station right across the street from the gallery, as it doesn’t seem to have its own private parking lot. As you enter, you’re greeted by a giant statue of… a serpents? You think? It’s either a serpents dressed in some really weird clothes or some snake monster, you’re not sure…

:LilyNH: Ah, here we are…
:RishiNH: Where do you pay for entrance?
:LilyNH: *Giggle* there’s no entry fee, silly! This is a public gallery.
:RishiNH: Oh…

Lily walks over to a map of the gallery and starts looking through our options.

:LilyNH: What do you want to go look at first? Let’s see… We have Historical Grounded Varkian art, Modern Grounded Varkian art, Historical Fleet Varkian art, Modern Fleet Varkian art, local art, both professional and amateur as well several painting and sculpting classes… oh, and a… err…
:RishiNH: Adult section.
:LilyNH: Err… y-yeah, the adult section?
:RishiNH: And where would this Marquise Isabelle be?
:LilyNH: I… have no idea.
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No. 920691 ID: b1b4f3

>>920689
Try the Modern Grounded Varkian art first.
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No. 920695 ID: c1212a

First off, what does she look like? We want to be able to recognize if we bump into her. Does she teach any of the classes? go to one and volunteer as a subject for anatomy practice so Lilly will see you in the nude

What's the difference between the different schools of art? I'm thinking grounded, probably historical, will have the lowest probability of anything disparaging of Lilly's physique- same with Local art. Or just go with whatever Lilly has an affinity for.
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No. 920698 ID: 91ee5f

>>920689
>And where would this Marquise Isabelle be?
>I…have no idea.
You can either look up Isabelle’s name on the net to find a recent picture of her or you can ask Lily to describe what Isabelle looks like, since they’ve met before.

Or you can just call Isabelle and tell her that you’re here to meet her in person, like she requested. And then she’ll either direct you to where she is in the gallery for you to meet her or you can tell her which section of the gallery you’re in so that she can come find you.

>which section do we go to first?
Let Lily choose.

And wherever you go, make sure you watch where you swing your tail when you’re slithering around. You don’t want to accidentally knock something over!
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No. 920707 ID: ad51b8

ask what she knows about that statue about the serpents. You're curious to know what that is about.
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No. 920739 ID: 7fafab

Whichever is closest to the adult section, but act like it's a total coincidence that that's the one you're interested in.
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No. 920807 ID: a9af05

>>920689
>Go where?
Let Lily decide.

>Where's client?
I agree with the methods that >>920698 mentioned on how to find her.
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No. 920982 ID: 1301e8
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920982

>Go to one and volunteer as a subject for anatomy practice so Lily will see you in the nude.
It says here that they are looking for volunteers… hmm… and they are willing to pay for it too? It’s basically a free paycheck, isn’t it?
>Go to whichever is closest to the adult section, but act like it's a total coincidence that that's the one you're interested in.
Sadly, the place is designed so that the adult section is not connected to any of the other parts… probably because they don’t want anyone accidently walk into it, you’d wager.
>And wherever you go, make sure you watch where you swing your tail when you’re slithering around. You don’t want to accidentally knock something over!
You’re not a child anymore. You can keep your tail in check, thank you very m-
:LilyNH: H-hey, watch the tail!
:RishiNH: My apologies.

>You can just call Isabelle and tell her that you’re here to meet her in person, like she requested.
:NonNH: [Oh, you’re that charming detective, aren’t you? Just wait at the entrance and I’ll enlighten you with my presence.]
:RishiNH: I just called Isabelle, she said she would meet me here in just a moment.
:LilyNH: Oh, I guess we’ll have our tour after that then? So… um… I guess I’ll just…
:RishiNH: You can always start without me, you know.
:LilyNH: Y-yeah… I guess? I’ll… um… check the fleet art… just to remind me of home, right?

>First off, what does she look like?
:LilyNH: Well… white… and small? Classy looking, you know…
>Does she teach any of the classes?
:LilyNH: I think she teaches some of them, yes… though I think most of them are private?
>What's the difference between the different schools of art?
:LilyNH: Well… historical is old art, modern is new… um… the art from the fleet are generally shaped by the harsh living conditions in space, hope for a better future and… well… err… and the grounded art is from the many smaller planet colonies, so… new beginnings and tranquility and… stuff…
:RishiNH: And local art is from the station?
:LilyNH: That’s right.
>Ask what she knows about that statue about the serpents. You're curious to know what that is about.
:LilyNH: I’m not sure… I don’t even think it’s really a serpents but… err… something else… like a-
:IsabellaNH: It’s a lovely representation of the stress of the modern life, where the pressure have turned this once beautiful statue of a Serpents into a corrupted form of current corporate culture and ideals.

Out of nowhere, a very short and petit Varkian lady has appeared.
:RishiNH: I presume you’re the Marquis Isabelle de Lac-
:IsabellaNH: No need for those silly titles, my precious little amethyst... and it’s Isabella, with an a…
:RishiNH: My apologies, Isabella.
:IsabellaNH: No need… and you must be…?
:RishiNH: The tides brings you salutations, friend. I am Rishi Zsazsa, Private Detective, and have called for me?
:IsabellaNH: Ah, I have been quivering with antici… … …
:LilyNH: …err... are-
:IsabellaNH: -pation to get my lovely little hands on such a… muscular and… mmm… steady private dick.
:LilyNH: Um… m-maybe I s-should leave?
:IsabellaNH: I did indeed request your splendid presence here today, as I am in need of a… persistent and untiring lady like yourself. But before you ruminate, let me illuminate the need I have for you, my lovely Rishi, if you would just come with me...?
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No. 920986 ID: 2202fb

Hol up, is this a sakkilian wearing a varkian mask? Am i the only one who sees this?
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No. 920988 ID: 79eaac

>>920982
"Of course. I'll return or contact you when I can, Lily."
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No. 920989 ID: 79eaac

>>920986
Ehhhhh, I don't see enough to be convinced.
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No. 920995 ID: 91ee5f

>>920982
Looks like you’d better go with her.

Tell Lily that you’ll call her when you’re done and then both of you can look around together.

>>920986
Yes, you’re the only one that can see that.
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No. 921002 ID: b1b4f3

>>920986
I think she's a swan.

>>920982
Tell Lily you'll be back in a bit.
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No. 921011 ID: c1212a

Certainly. Tell Lily you'll find her in the fleet art gallery once you're done. Make a mental note to find her in the adult section when you're done.
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No. 921012 ID: 2202fb

>>920995
thanks...
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No. 921076 ID: 1301e8
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>Hold up, is this a sakkilian wearing a varkian mask?
…you’re pretty sure she just got a big beak… well, a big beak for her size, at least.
>I think she's a swan.
She does indeed look like that earth creature called swan, at least according to the search you just did.

>Certainly. Tell Lily you'll find her in the fleet art gallery once you're done.
:LilyNH: Err… r-right. I’ll see you there in a few, Rishi.
:IsabellaNH: Lily? Why, you must be Lord Skywatcher’s precious little daughter, correct? I do believe we have had the enjoyment to meet before, have we not?
:LilyNH: We… um… m-met at the gala last year?
:IsabellaNH: Ah, yes, of course, of course. I simple didn’t recognize you without that splendid looking dress you were wearing. Why, it was like the night sky itself was crying over-
:LilyNH: It w-was a nice dress, yes… err… don’t you have… um…
:IsabellaNH: Ah, of course, of course. I do hope you’ll stay for a cup of tea after we are done here. It would be so precious if I had the time for a bit of a conversation with another lady of class, yes?
:LilyNH: Err… s-sure?
:IsabellaNH: Now, master Rishi, do come this way, will you?
:RishiNH: Certainly.
>Make a mental note to find her in the adult section when you're done.
You do know she have a bit of a perverted side to her, but you don’t think she has to courage to actually act on it in public like that. Though, it would be funny if you found her there…

:RishiNH: So, why do you want to hire me?
:IsabellaNH: It will become apparent as soon as we reach the adult section of the gallery. I do promise that it will be an… illuminating experience.
:RishiNH: ...if you say so?

Scratch that last part then. It would be funny if she walked into you at the adult section instead.
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No. 921077 ID: 1301e8
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921077

Isabella guides you through the gallery towards the section for more… “adult” art. You even have to pass by a security guard seemingly placed there just to make sure people of young age don’t walk into this part of the building. As you enter, you’re surrounded by all kind of odd looking paintings, sculptures and-

:RishiNH: Did that statue have huge face do-
:IsabellaNH: Focus, my dear, you can take a look on the art after we’re done.
:RishiNH: My apologies.

She leads you to a larger room, filled to the brim with paintings on all the walls as well as several statues in each of the corners. As the centerpiece, there’s a large, empty pedestal. About five times five meters in size, it’s just about a half meter high with a single step located on the side for easy access to the top of it.

:RishiNH: May I be so bold and to guess why I am here? You want me to find whatever was taken from this large pedestal?
:IsabellaNH: Hmm? Oh, that is not a pedestal, dear, that’s a scene.
:RishiNH: …a scene?
:IsabellaNH: Not all art is of physical nature. Some are… performances.
:RishiNH: Performance? In an… adult manner?
:IsabellaNH: Indeed. That is why it’s here, is it not? Why do you ask? Do you maybe have a performance piece you wish to… enlighten us with?
:RishiNH: Verily, I am not sure what performance art even is.
:IsabellaNH: I am sure I can teach you a thing or two later, my precious amethyst, but first… this is why I called you here.

She gestures towards a large painting hanging on the wall, depicting… something?

:IsabellaNH: This is the resonating cloud, by the great, green twin wyrms.
:RishiNH: …I’m not sure I get it. It’s just some shapes?
:IsabellaNH: It’s a testament to the animal cravings we all feel for the next opportunity to take pleasure in the carnal union of flesh.
:RishiNH: I don’t see it. Verily, a lot of the art in here is just… strange?
:IsabellaNH: This painting right here is about to win the grand prize in a competition we are holding right here in our lovely little gallery.
:RishiNH: …and you want to hire me to…
:IsabellaNH: Find the person who painted it, of course.
:RishiNH: Didn’t you say who it was painted by already.
:IsabellaNH: Ah, yes, the great, green twin wyrms. At least, that is what all its painted is signed as. But that is clearly just a pen name. What I need, love, is a real name, a real person.
:RishiNH: So you want me to find this “twin wyrm”?
:IsabellaNH: Indeed, that’s why I’m hiring you. I am simply… shivering in anticipation to meet this twin wyrm in person… oh, and I am certain he or she is Serpents, just like you. Your kind has a certain… style to your art… and the wyrm part in the name is also a giveaway, no?
:RishiNH: So, find a Serpents painter somewhere on this station?
:IsabellaNH: Do you take the case? I have a few other painting for you to look at if you do.
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No. 921101 ID: b1b4f3

>>921077
Sounds straightforward. What should you do once you've found the artist? Arrange a meeting? Also, what about payment?
Also start flirting back once you have the case.
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No. 921111 ID: 2202fb

>>921077
This guy could be long dead. Wouldn't a historian have better luck?
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No. 921150 ID: a9af05

I'm late for this, but I'm just going to say it anyway.

>>920982
Rishi, no volunteering for posing in the nude for a bunch of artists while your on the clock for detective work! Wait until after hours, then you can volunteer.

>>921077
>Adult performances
She's talking about sex on the stage in front of a bunch of people.

>Find the artist
Ask what you should do if you find the artist but they don't want to come here? Or what if they've recently left the station?

>>921111
That's only a possibility. The only way to find out is to investigate.
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No. 921156 ID: ad51b8

sure, why not. Take the job.

Guess some questions to ask would be how are the paintings delivered and how old some of the paintings are.
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No. 921162 ID: c1212a

I'll see what I can do. How about those other paintings?
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No. 921341 ID: 1301e8
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921341

>Sounds straightforward. What should you do once you've found the artist? Arrange a meeting?
:IsabellaNH: All I ask is for their name and a way to contact them. More than that is unnecessary.
>Ask what you should do if you find the artist but they don't want to come here? Or what if they've recently left the station?
:IsabellaNH: Do not worry your pretty little tail about that. If they lack the conviction to receive the reward, it will simply be donated to a good cause in their name, little amethyst.
:RishiNH: Reward?
:IsabellaNH: As I said before, they have won a competition, love.
>What about payment?
:IsabellaNH: I will simply pay you your usually fare? I believe it was clearly stated with your contact information?
>This guy could be long dead.
:IsabellaNH: While I cannot say for certain his current state of mortality, it cannot have been a negative one for long if that is the case. After all, we received this very painting just two weeks ago.

>Guess some questions to ask would be how are the paintings delivered and how old some of the paintings are.
:IsabellaNH: Why, I do believe we’ve been receiving art work from this intriguing artist for… oh, I don’t know, five years? Six?
:RishiNH: And you haven’t looked into who it is until now?
:IsabellaNH: They haven’t won anything before… in fact, most of the art we’ve been sent have never been showcased… or only been put up for short times in the local amateur wing of the gallery. It’s only rather recent their art have risen to such… splendor!
:RishiNH: How so?
:IsabellaNH: They used to paint only objects and people as we see them… but now, they paint the emotion, the feeling, the… moment.
:RishiNH: …how do you paint an emotion? You can’t see happiness, can you? Never mind… how do you receive these paintings?
:IsabellaNH: They are delivered by a privately hired courier directly here. I’ve never had the chance to personally talk to any of them, as their timing is rather irregular.

>How about those other paintings?
:IsabellaNH: Right this way. While he does have another glorious painting hanging in the local talent section, I do believe such a… cunning Serpent as yourself would rather look at the ones we have in the store room, if I am not mistaken?
:RishiNH: Being able to take a closer look would help, yes.
:IsabellaNH: Then follow me, my beautiful little amethyst.
>Also start flirting back once you have the case.
:RishiNH: Speaking of amethysts, I can’t help but remark that your eyes are like emeralds, glistering in the setting sun at sea.
:IsabellaNH: Ohoho… why, amethyst, aren’t you just a bit… robust in your words? That, and a bit hypocritical, hmm? After all, your eyes shines ever brighter, do they not?
:RishiNH: But the pure, elegant feathers of yours brings them out more than my scales would ever do.
:IsabellaNH: Do not dare to speak ill of those shining gemstones that adore your magnificent shape. They are each one an amethyst, sparkling as the light reflect from them with each graceful moment you do.
:RishiNH: But that is nothing compared to… your… um… graceful swaying as you… move?
:IsabellaNH: Ohoho, running out of compliments, my precious little amethyst? I do admit, I didn’t expect such a refined vocabulary from a plebian, but you do speak at times as a real lady of some renown.
:RishiNH: …plebian?


>She's talking about sex on the stage in front of a bunch of people.
…and that’s… art? Eh, you really don’t get it.
>Rishi, no volunteering for posing in the nude for a bunch of artists while your on the clock for detective work! Wait until after hours, then you can volunteer.
You can always work late… or invite Lily over after you’re off the clock. Either way, you better ask…
:RishiNH: So, this thing about volunteering for the art class.
:IsabellaNH: Ah, yes, we are always looking for new forms to paint. Let me take a proper look.

She walks around you in a circle as she looks you up and down, before giving of a bit of a disappointing tsk.

:RishiNH: Something wrong?
:IsabellaNH: Sadly, we already have enough Serpents volunteers as it is… and your body is, while very beautiful and a sight to behold, simple to unnatural for our current theme. We’re looking for more… ah, normal body types at the moment.
:RishiNH: I see…
:IsabellaNH: Though, I do have a favor to ask you. You see, I am looking for a certain… special volunteer at the moment.
:RishiNH: A special one?
:IsabellaNH: I need a certain kind of person as a motive for one of my coming classes. It has to be a Varkian, Sakkilian or Hiver, a male one, that’s either lean or muscularly built.
:RishiNH: That wouldn’t be too hard to find.
:IsabellaNH: Oh, but that’s not all. I am looking for a certain… kind of person. Someone that has been shaped by… ah, hardship. Someone from a lower part of society, someone living in poverty, someone that’s less fortuned. Maybe from the tunnels down on the lower levels, maybe?
:RishiNH: You want me to find... gutter trash?
:IsabellaNH: Oh, now let’s not be mean with our words… but, yes, gutter trash would be a fitting description *Cough*. I need someone that as a person show the signs of that kind of life. The people down there are just so… different, no? Why, I was walking down there, with an escort of course, just earlier today and do you know what I walked in on? At the junkyard down at level 38, near one of the gates, there were two people just going at it like animals! While I never saw them with my own two eyes, the sounds were unmistakable! They were doing it right in that filthy, small corridor, right next to a heap of trash, in the middle of the day while people were walking around. They are so… fascinating, don’t you agree?
:RishiNH: Err… y-yeah… so you want to find this man?
:IsabellaNH: Oh, I simple want you to ask a friend if they know… or are, this person I’m looking for. I am willing to compensate for their time, of course. Now, here we are, at the store room.

The guides you into a large room filled to the brim with boxes of all kind of shapes and sizes. Seemingly at random, she pulls open one of them near the corner of the room and show you that its filled with paintings of all sizes. You pick one of the smaller one to take a closer look at…

:RishiNH: Flowers?
:IsabellaNH: As I said, they started their career painting simple objects and people. Pretty common for Serpents, if that is what they are.
:RishiNH: And this weird glowing paint?
:IsabellaNH: Why, that is a part of why I believe that the artist is a Serpents. That is a paint based on grounded up Tharoonian crystals, imported from the Serpents home world of Roon.
:RishiNH: Wait, aren’t those things highly toxic for non-Serpents!?
:IsabellaNH: They are, which is why I believe the artist is, as I just mentioned, a Serpents. Do not worry, while the fresh paint still have some of its toxic attributes, its dried form is harmless… unless you decide to start licking the painting, but who would do something so… brash?
:RishiNH: So this painting in particular are a few years old?
:IsabellaNH: Indeed. Now, while the value of that painting to us is practically worthless, it might still be priceless for the original author, so do be careful.
:RishiNH: Don’t worry, I’ll be careful.
:IsabellaNH: Glad to hear it. Now, was there anything else you wanted to ask, my little amethyst? I cannot dally here for long, as I have other matter to attend to after all.
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No. 921345 ID: b1b4f3

>>921341
Already a lead. "For Drizn". Run a search for someone matching that name.
You might want to try looking at other paintings that might be similar gifts.
Also I noticed a marking on the side for the canvas. Maybe we can start checking art supply stores too. 45x45 doesn't sound like an unusual measurement, but maybe there are some uncommon canvas sizes that this artist used, that we can... actually, asking the shopkeepers might be a dead end. We'll run into customer privacy concerns again.

Other than that, I guess we're good. Should go back to Lily and continue the date.
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No. 921354 ID: 91ee5f

>>921341
>Flirting
Don’t let Lily catch you doing that. Even though you told her you just wanted to be “friends with benefits”, she’ll still be hurt if she catches you flirting with someone else after you flirted with her a few moments ago.

>At the junkyard down at level 38, near one of the gates, there were two people just going at it like animals! While I never saw them with my own two eyes, the sounds were unmistakable! They were doing it right in that filthy, small corridor, right next to a heap of trash, in the middle of the day while people were walking around.
Ha! She heard you and Ben having sex in the alley! XD

>That is a paint based on grounded up Tharoonian crystals, imported from the Serpents home world of Roon.
>Wait, aren’t those things highly toxic for non-Serpents!?
There’s a big clue. You’re looking for either a place that sells those crystals or a place that sells the paint made from those crystals. Because of the toxicity of the crystals, there can’t be that many stores that are allowed to sell them.

>the painting
There’s something on the side of the painting. It looks like “AS-14” and “45 X 45”. Then on the bottom of the painting it says, “For Drizv“.

Check the other paintings to see if there are similar things written on them.
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No. 921358 ID: 2202fb

Our mark might be a druggy. Chems usually let you start seeing emotions.
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No. 921372 ID: a9af05

>>921345
>"For Drizn"
>>921354
>"For Drizv"
It's kinda hard to tell because of the fancy writing, but I think it's actually "For Drizu".

>>921358
If Isabella is right and the artist is a Serpents, then that's impossible, since Serpents don't have tongues for licking things. Even if they got a body mod that gave them a mouth and tongue, the paints won't affect them.
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No. 921376 ID: b1b4f3

>>921372
Ah, Drizu works best, yes.

Hmm. What *are* the symptoms of being poisoned by this paint? If it's hallucinogenic like that... It's always possible that the artist isn't Serpens, or the original artist was then their protege took over the pen-name, and they aren't Serpens and so are getting poisoned by the pigment.
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No. 921377 ID: 2202fb

>>921372
No, like they are doing non-paint drugs and painting what they see.
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No. 921410 ID: c1212a

>>921341
Ask the significance of 'as-14'. I assume 45x45 is simply the canvas' dimensions.
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No. 921430 ID: ad51b8

well I see some numbers on the side, pretty sure those are just the size of the painting but might as well ask what they're for. Also ask if she knows the name that's written on the painting.

Maybe check the back of the painting as well just to be thorough.
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No. 921478 ID: 7fafab

"Yeah, I know a trash Sakkalian. I'll tell him of your offer soon as I can."

Where does the courier deliver the paintings?
Setup a monitoring device of some sort there in case they show up.

Drizn. Time to investigate this name. Alongside searching for people name such, is there an etymological meaning behind it? It may be a pet name or something that could clue us in into Drizn's relation with the painter.
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No. 921479 ID: 7fafab

Oh, and anything important about:
"A5-14"
"45x45"
?
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No. 921543 ID: 1301e8
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921543

>Yeah, I know a “trash” Sakkalian. I'll tell him of your offer soon as I can.
:IsabellaNH: Oh, please, do not deride just because they are different, my lovely amethyst. You do not happen to have a picture of this person?
:RishiNH: I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t mind being called that, but sure, here’s a picture.
:IsabellaNH: Ah, would you look at this! A clearly synthed gold ring in his snout, an abundance of affordable makeup and that… hmm… that head fin is a bit out of the norm, but the low cost of the augmentation really does bring forth the class of person I am looking for. An uncut emerald in the rough, just waiting to be polished!
:RishiNH: He calls himself Punk and lives down on 38 Level of this spire.
:IsabellaNH: Punk? Truly? Why, he is perfect! I must have him! Please, ask him to volunteer! I promise you, he will not regret it!
:RishiNH: I’ll see what I can do.

>Ask the significance of 'as-14'.
:IsabellaNH: A mark of quantity over quality. Personally, I only use these kinds for my art classes, where most of them will be thrown away in the end anyway.
:RishiNH: So… they are cheap? Ergo, this artist of yours might be lacking funds for one reason or another.
:IsabellaNH: Quite the conundrum, as the paint they are using is rather on the quality side of things.
:RishiNH: …which might be the reason they are lacking in funds.
>Where does the courier deliver the paintings?
:IsabellaNH: Why, right to our cargo door.
:RishiNH: May I set up a monitor device there in case they show up again?
:IsabellaNH: They only come about once a month, maybe even less, so catching them would be… hard.
:RishiNH: No reason to be sloppy, even then.
:IsabellaNH: Speaking of sloppy, I do believe I have a meeting I must get to. If you’d mind…?
:RishiNH: I’ll find that artist, Isabella, you can count on it.
:IsabellaNH: Then until we meet again…


>Ha! She heard you and Ben having sex in the alley!
You’re not sure if you want to tell Ben that or not… either way, next time you need to be more careful! Public indecency like that is illegal after all.
>Our mark might be a druggy. Chems usually let you start seeing emotions.
Hmm… which might be the real reason why they are so low on funds. You might be looking for some Chemmer hiding down in the deep tunnels for all you know… maybe Ben and his gang know someone that paints? Nah…
>What *are* the symptoms of being poisoned by this paint?
Horrid pain as your organic tissue slowly solidifies apparently. It will take years, but it’s not something you’ll want to happen to you.

>Already a lead. "For Drizn". Run a search for someone matching that name.
You look up both the names Drizn and Drizu, finding a ton of people with that name on this station alone. Well, a ton might be a bit much, but a dozen each, at least. No one is called Drizv, though.
>There’s a big clue. You’re looking for either a place that sells those crystals or a place that sells the paint made from those crystals.
There are only four places on the station that sell the paint, and then it’s only imported at request. Oh, would you look at that? One of shops that sell the stuff is located just below ground in the DreamWeaver Spire, which is located right next to the spire your currently in. Pure crystals on the other hand count as contraband and are illegal to even own on the station, so that’s probably not what they are using.

>I assume 45x45 is simply the canvas' dimensions.
That would be correct, yes.
>Maybe check the back of the painting as well just to be thorough.
Let’s see… G.G.T.W|T.A… which you’re going to guess is the initials of the artist? Great, Green Twin Wyrm… T… A? What does T and A stand for?
>Check the other paintings to see if there are similar things written on them.
They all have the same initials, the same signature and most of them are “as-14”. Some of the bigger paintings are marked “as-20”, which you’re going to guess is better quality? You also find a painting or two that are signed with “To Drizn”… or is it Drizu?
>Don’t let Lily catch you flirting.
She might be hurt if you start focusing on someone else right now, so you’ll keep yourself on the down low at least until this… “date” thing is over. These aliens and their weird rituals.

And speaking of Lily, maybe you should get back to her?
You find her in the Historical Grounded art gallery, looking over an odd statue.

:LilyNH: But what does it represent? I guess the planets are future colonies and the ship is obvious… but what is the plant that’s part machine supposed to be?
:NonNH:
:LilyNH: …not that I was expecting an answer from you…
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No. 921547 ID: 094652

>Two authors
>Art was unpopular, recently skyrocketed
I have a hypothesis: the original art was drawn over by another artist who didn't know the original artist, hence the Twin Dragons and lack of names to prevent copyright infringement. Then they met up and @#$%ed and started working together to boost the synergy of the paintings to gala levels.

... Or perhaps Isabella chose a starving artist at random so she can jack up their prices and increase the popularity of a freshly expanding new supply of art brand.

>Toxic to non-Serpens
... What if it's a murder weapon that has been cleverly disposed of by turning it into priceless art? I mean sure, any weapon collector would burst into laughter if you claimed a replica of Ashbringer was used to assassinate the leader of New Cantebury, but they'd quickly sober up if you showed them a 'supposedly haunted' lead statue owned by a Caligula, and demand it be preserved in non-toxic translucent plastic.

Using poison for art would be an acceptable art choice; centuries of chemistry research into poison means its visual properties are well-defined for specific artisitic needs. However, that also demands a level of safety in the final product. Why the hell is this thing out in the open air?!

>Sidequest
For that matter, don't take the sidequest. You don't know enough about Isabella to trust her to keep your hire alive and intact.
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No. 921556 ID: b1b4f3

>>921543
Augmented uredo? Machine life, as in SAIs?
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No. 921565 ID: 91ee5f

>>921543
>Tells Isabella about Ben and shows her a picture of him.
I don’t think you should tell him about her offer. Sure, he might not mind being called things like “gutter trash”, but that might only be during private sexual moments, like when he was with you. He might not like it if it’s in public with Isabella and her art class.

>You look up both the names Drizn and Drizu, finding a ton of people with that name on this station alone. Well, a ton might be a bit much, but a dozen each, at least.
Because of the toxicity of the paints, these paintings could’ve been given to a Serpent. Are any of these Drizns or Drizus a Serpents?

>There are only four places on the station that sell the paint, and then it’s only imported at request. Oh, would you look at that? One of shops that sell the stuff is located just below ground in the DreamWeaver Spire, which is located right next to the spire your currently in.
Focus on the Drizns and the Drizus that live close to those stores. Living closer to the stores makes it more convenient for them to get the paints.

>You also find a painting or two that are signed with “To Drizn”…or is it Drizu?
Take pictures of those specific paintings so that you can show them to any Drizns or Drizus that you might end up visiting. Showing them the paintings might help them remember who gave the paintings to them.

>But what does it represent? I guess the planets are future colonies and the ship is obvious…but what is the plant that’s part machine supposed to be?
“Maybe it represents coexistence between plants and machines? I don’t know, I’m not very good at this art stuff.”

Tell Lily about the job you got from Isabella. Then be prepared for her to be upset because that means you’ll have to leave the gallery to do your job and cut this “date” short.
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No. 921579 ID: ad51b8

Could be meant to represent something involving uredo. Either the artist liked them or maybe liked something about them.

Anyways how are you doing?
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No. 921600 ID: 864e49

Wasn't the Human world green and blue with a big moon? And isn't the Sakkilian world mostly dessert?
If that's what it's supposed to be then where are the other species home worlds?

The plant that's part metal could either mean coexistence between nature and technology or it could represent how as technology progresses it replaces and destroys nature and what is natural.
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No. 921756 ID: 7fafab

>>921543
"Hey Lily! Back from talking with Isabelle. The small bits like the Human homeworld, Sakkalian homeworld, and Varkian fleet to me. As for the giant city plant tentacle, uhhh... Uredo tentacle porn? I got nothing. What's with the pink magic lines on the tip of the tentacle? Maybe it's "nature supporting everything"?

"...y'know, that pink looks kinda like a blush."
covert sensual caress
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No. 921786 ID: a9af05

>>921543
Tell Lily about the job.

>>921565
I agree with this, you shouldn't tell Ben about this. He might not enjoy public humiliation like that.
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No. 921800 ID: 7fafab

>>921786
"public humiliation"
Have you seen the way he dresses? I don't think he cares too much.
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No. 921801 ID: 7fafab

>>921800
Plus, as she said, she wouldn't use such vulgar terms.
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No. 921859 ID: 1301e8
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921859

>You shouldn't tell Ben about this. He might not enjoy public humiliation like that.
Wait, who said she’ll humiliate him? As far as you understand, she wants to paint him… or have a class paint him… probably naked…
>As she said, she wouldn't use such vulgar terms.
Indeed, she did seem a bit insulted when you called him trash. Besides, going by how she’s been acting so far, she’ll probably start calling him her emerald from the rough or something.
>Have you seen the way he dresses? I don't think he cares too much.
Ben clearly has a thing for being stepped on by beautiful girls. Though, he’s also very much about telling the system to fuck itself so… hmm…
Either way, Ben is an adult and can make his own decisions. You’ll simple tell him about Isabella, her desire for him and then let him come to his own conclusion. By the tides, he might even do it for the creds alone even if it’s something he doesn’t want to do.

>I have a hypothesis: the original art was drawn over by another artist who didn't know the original artist. Then they met up and @#$%ed and started working together to boost the synergy of the paintings to gala levels.
You’re not so sure about that… it seems more likely this person simple got better over time, as most people do. But the paintings are signed with two different signatures on the back so… maybe it was a group project from the starts? …or maybe T.A is their real name?
>...Or perhaps Isabella chose a starving artist at random so she can jack up their prices and increase the popularity of a freshly expanding new supply of art brand.
You’re pretty sure Isabella doesn’t have enough influence to do something like that… and she’s already rich enough as it is. A simpler theory is that she simple likes art and wants for local artists to flourish.
>What if it's a murder weapon that has been cleverly disposed of by turning it into priceless art?
…what. Who in their right mind would murder someone with a weapon that takes years to actually kill someone?
>Why the hell is this thing out in the open air?!
Because apparently it’s not dangerous after the paint sets.

>Are any of these Drizns or Drizus a Serpents?
Pretty much all of them are Seprents. Drizu’s is a Serpents name after all. Well, there is apparently one Varkian with the name, but that’s it. Drizn on the other hand is apparently popular among Hivers? Hmm…
>Focus on the Drizns and the Drizus that live close to those stores. Living closer to the stores makes it more convenient for them to get the paints.
They live all over the place, but no one lives close enough to a store for it to be significant.


:RishiNH: Maybe it represents coexistence between plants and machines? I don’t know, I’m not very good at this art stuff.
:LilyNH: Oh! R-Rishi! I didn’t see you there!
:RishiNH: Or it could represent how as technology progresses it replaces and destroys nature and what is natural.
:LilyNH: Err… I don’t know… feels a bit cliché? But I guess a lot of old art is cliché for a reason, r-right?
:RishiNH: Augmented uredo? Machine life, as in SAIs?
:LilyNH: This t-thing was made b-before first contact, so no, it’s not about either the Uredo or the SAI’s.
:RishiNH: Wasn't the Human world green and blue with a big moon? And isn't the Sakkilian world mostly dessert? Wait, doesn’t the human home world have more than one moon or something?
:LilyNH: A lot of planets are green and blue… or purple and blue… or red and blue and… M-Mars isn’t the only green and blue planet, right? As for the Sakkilian home world… err… doesn’t it lack oceans completely or something?
:RishiNH: So… they aren’t home worlds, then?
:LilyNH: I’m p-pretty sure they are just colony worlds…

>Tell Lily about the job.
:LilyNH: So you’re supposed to find some artist? S-sorry, never heard about them before but… um… I mean, I’m really the best at art so…
:RishiNH: Don’t worry about it, they are just a small, local artist at the moment. Not a lot of people probably know them by name.
:LilyNH: Err… so… y-you’re on your way or…
:RishiNH: I can work late today, don’t worry. After all, we have a date, don’t we?
:LilyNH: Y-yeah! A date *giggle*!

> What's with the pink magic lines on the tip of the tentacle? Maybe it's "nature supporting everything”?
:LilyNH: I’m pretty sure that’s just some old anti grav tech or something… but then again, why is it purplish? Hmm…
> "...y'know, that pink looks kinda like a blush."
:LilyNH: A blush? Why would a plant, two planets and a ship bl-
You pull her into a hug and, trying your best to be convert, let your hands wander a bit over her hips as you do.
:LilyNH: H-hey, take it easy, hotshot. *Giggle*
:RishiNH: Just saying hi to a cute lady…
:LilyNH: *giggle* Rishi, come on… save t-that for later, alright?
>Anyways how are you doing?
:LilyNH: Well… err… I’m fine, I guess?
:RishiNH: You didn’t like the art in the fleet section?
:LilyNH: Eh… to many bad memories… and their art is so damn boring and stiff, just like those that live on those colony ships.
:RishiNH: But you’re here now, so no need to worry about those old geezers, eh?
:LilyNH: So… hey… um… do you just want to wander around and talk for a bit or… um… I guess we can go and laugh a bit at the local art? I’ve heard all the weird stuff is located there? Oh, and I saw this café just down the hall if you’re aching for some fruit juice? I mean… I’m not sure you drink that but… err… or do you have any other plans? Want to go anywhere special?
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No. 921878 ID: b1b4f3

The writing doesn't really match but do a search for a Dr. Izu/n/v. Just in case it's a partially obfuscated dedication.

>>921859
Weird art sounds good, then the cafe.
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No. 921896 ID: 7fafab

>>921859
Weird art time!

"Lily: [...] I mean, I'm really the best at art, so..."
Sir Cactoid, you need to work on your proofreading.
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No. 921910 ID: 91ee5f

>>921859
>Pretty much all of them are Seprents. Drizu’s is a Serpents name after all. Well, there is apparently one Varkian with the name, but that’s it. Drizn on the other hand is apparently popular among Hivers? Hmm…
It’s still too early to rule out names, so those Hivers and that Varkian can’t be removed from the list. Not yet anyways.

>H-hey, take it easy, hotshot. *Giggle*
>Just saying hi to a cute lady…
>*giggle* Rishi, come on…save t-that for later, alright?
She’s right, save it for later.

Also, her bodyguard is right there. If he thinks you’re getting a little too grabby, he’ll just separate you two.

>wander around and talk for a bit, weird local art, café, or somewhere special?
Weird local art and then go to the café.

>fruit juice
>I mean…I’m not sure you drink that but…err…
“As long as it’s a liquid and it’s not completely solid or as thicc as my hips” *slap hand on hip* “then I can drink it.”
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No. 921912 ID: c1212a

Well, you don't know of anywhere special on the station quite yet, so local art sounds good.
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No. 921913 ID: ad51b8

weird art sounds like it could be fun.
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No. 922080 ID: 7fafab

>>921910
Save the main event for later, but getting her nice and flustered is important~
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