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924496 No. 924496 ID: c1eaac

Chapter One: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/897839.html
Disthread: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/124957.html
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No. 926400 ID: c8452a

>>926397
This is the horniest thing I've ever seen and we're surrounded by demons.
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No. 926411 ID: 70df1e
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926411

i only had time to draw or because i have finals and my hands hurt. i poured all of my energy into this
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No. 926560 ID: c1eaac
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926560

You kill most of your afternoon in the marketplace, browsing clothes, looking for exactly the right thing to wear to Jasper's party. Finally, once you've figured it out, you pay the shop owner to have a courier deliver Or's outfit, and take your own home with you. You even stop for a bite to eat on the way back - because you doubt you'll be eating much at Jasper's.
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No. 926561 ID: c1eaac
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926561

When you get home, there's a package waiting for you with one of your servants. A box of chocolates, and a note.

Glasya-Labolas,

Thank you for getting Ornias out for the evening. And good luck.

Camio.

Well then. Word must be traveling fast.
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No. 926562 ID: c1eaac
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926562

You take a bath and get dressed in your new clothes, and by the time you're ready, it's almost time for Jasper's party. One last look in the mirror, and then you're headed down the stairs to the main hall of your estate.

To your surprise, Ornias is there waiting for you. They're wearing the outfit you bought them, and they look so stunning you're almost tongue-tied. They offer you a smile as you stumble down the last few steps.

"I thought I would walk over with you, since your estate is closer to Jasper's," they say. "But it doesn't exempt you from giving me a tour, you know."

"Of course not," you manage.
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No. 926563 ID: c1eaac
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926563

Or offers you their hand and you take it, guiding them out the front door. Jasper's isn't far, but the walk will let you have a conversation before you get there, which you're sure Or intended. You can make a strategy for dealing with Jasper, ask them who they think might be there, or ask them about themself, but you'll probably only have time to do one of those things.
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No. 926564 ID: 270774

i think it would be rude to jump straight into strategy. ask them how they think the party is going to be, in general!
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No. 926565 ID: 70df1e

ask them about the drama of it all.
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No. 926566 ID: 02e2dc

strategizing would probably be a good move but i'm going to go with "ask or about themself". kind of a mood killer to invite someone out and then immediately go "ok how are we going to avoid jasper pulling some shit" imo
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No. 926567 ID: 02e2dc

>>926565
also yeah THE DRAMA OF IT ALL~~~
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No. 926569 ID: c7f906

Ask them about if word's gotten around about what you allegedly saw happening to Jasper. Ask if it's beyond the realm of disbelief to stick to the alibi that you thought you were witnessing something completely different. Or don't ask, if that would be a stupid question.
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No. 926579 ID: c0641d

Ask about expectations for the party; express slight concern, and let Or steer the topic into strategy.

Quick inventory check; did you bring the angel feather, Camio’s card, and/or the angelic knife on your person? (It’ll be good for us to know ahead of time.)
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No. 926592 ID: 10c408

Confide in Ornias that you've been so busy, the rumor mill has gotten away from you which is probably an amateur mistake.
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No. 926598 ID: 7fd2b7

ask them about the party or themself!!!
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No. 926639 ID: c8452a

>>926566
Yes
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No. 926747 ID: c1cb95

ask them about what they've been up to since we saw them last! i'd like to know what the typical nobility gets up to in their free time
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No. 927277 ID: c1eaac
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927277

INVENTORY CHECK:

Currently on your person you have Arty's feather, the angel-blade knife from your Uncle Tamar, a couple of your own calling cards, and a monogrammed handkerchief, which you never leave home without. You've left Camio's calling card at home, coming to the conclusion that he might not like to be forced to put in an appearance at Jasper's party.
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No. 927278 ID: c1eaac
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927278

"This is one of the first times I've been out all week," you say a bit sheepishly, glancing over to Or. You wonder how much they know about what you witnessed with Jasper and Eae, but that doesn't seem like a great topic to lead with. "And I'm afraid I've been a bit too busy to stay on top of the rumor mill. What have you been up to lately, Duchess?"

"Oh, you know, this and that," Or says, cryptically. "Hosting my tea group, of course, and refurnishing a wing of my estate for my human -"

"Your human?"

"My human lover, yes. They're very in vogue, you know," Or says. They aren't wrong - taking a human lover has become something of a trend in the past decade or so, though it's still a little subversive to let them live in Hell with you. Considering how many demons still think of humans as a snack, and all. "Camio has one too. She's very...spirited."

They don't sound like they like Camio's human very much, perhaps for obvious reasons. You decide to change the subject.

"Speaking of Camio, he sent me chocolates for inviting you along tonight."

"Did he?" Or laughs, high and genuinely amused. "That's very funny. I suppose he's glad to be staying at home. There was some unpleasantness between Eligos and Murmur at tea this week, and he knows as well as I do how much they love to escalate with one another."
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No. 927279 ID: c1eaac
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927279

"Eligos and Murmur are coming?" you ask, just to be sure.

"I'm sure they are. My cousin never misses a dinner party, and Murmur never misses an opportunity to be petty in public," Or says, with another laugh. "Hopefully they won't drag anyone else into their little pissing match, but that remains to be seen."

"Do you know who else will be there?" you ask. Might as well seize the opportunity to talk a little about the party itself, while you have time. "I've never been invited to one of Jasper's parties before."

"Well, it changes depending on who happens to have prior engagements, but I expect at least a few of the regulars will be there. Even though the invitations went out on such short notice," Or says. So you weren't the only person who got your invitation just this afternoon. Interesting. "Some of your siblings are usually there, at least Vetis or Shax, and my little group...I expect Foxglove will be there as well, they've been a bit enamored of Jasper as of late. Beyond that, who's to say?"

You catalog the information in your mind, nodding as Or speaks. Depending on which of your siblings are there, and who they're with, you might have more allies at the party than you thought. You'll have to keep an eye out for them.
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No. 927280 ID: c1eaac
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927280

You want to ask Or more, but the two of you are already through the gate of Jasper's estate and making your way up the front steps. A few other demons filter inside before you, and when you get to the door, you're surprised to find an angel in a servant's uniform holding it open for you.

"Welcome to Lord Abbadon's home," they say, in clumsy, yet fluent, demonic. "How shall I announce the two of you?"

"Prince Glasya-Labolas Hethson and Duchess Ornias Bathinson," Or says, taking charge immediately, perhaps sensing how tongue-tied you are. They sweep you along on their arm as the servant announces you to the main hall, a few demons looking curiously your way.

"That servant was an angel," you murmur, leaning close enough for them to hear you.

"All of Jasper's servants are," Or replies matter-of-factly. "Shall we get something to drink? You look like you need it."
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No. 927282 ID: b1b4f3

...does this mean Jasper's eating of angels is more of a consensual thing...?
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No. 927283 ID: 10c408

>>927282
Considering what we know and how Jasper manhandled Eae out of the room, I very much doubt that.

These guys are most likely part of the staff/subordinates of the angel ambassador that Abaddon somehow convinced to basically fund his all-you-can-eat-buffet.

And if true I wouldn't be surprised at all if they're disgusted with what's happening but can't cut loose and spill the beans for one reason or the other.
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No. 927286 ID: e8b8f8

maybe have like ONE drink, the last thing you want to do is get shitfaced at the party of a dude who may or may not want to kill you. also jasper is a weirdo, who knows if he's putting angel blood in the wine or something.

can we look around and take stock of who's here? are there any angels around?
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No. 927288 ID: 70df1e

>>927282
is jasper holding you at gunpoint and making you say this. legitimate question we WILL save you

also lets get us a drink. and get or a drink. i feel like we're going to need drinks before the party even gets started.
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No. 927305 ID: 10c408

>>927288
...It's way too fucking early to start acting on unproven assumptions. We JUST got here, dammit. We don't have enough information about Jasper's evidently entirely angelic staff to do anything that bold and reckless.

We should bid our time and collect as much information as possible on pretty much everything Jasper related as possible, including his staff.

And then we should wait for an opportune moment (or make one when not at this party!) to act on it.

And hopefully we'll be a helluva lot more subtle than the end of the last thread.

(not saying that chasing Jasper was the wrong move, but we were super obvious about chasing and evidently abandoning him to Eae.)

As for what to do...

Honestly, just mention to Ornias that after what they've personally told you about Jasper's parties, you are mostly sure the drinks are quite heavenly in nature and thus you will not partake.
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No. 927412 ID: e119f3

drinks sound fun but like we might need to be able to think clearly here
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No. 927413 ID: 7bc8ec

One Drink
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No. 927449 ID: c0641d

We're staying dry tonight. This is purely a social attendance, and there are safer places to indulge in gluttony.
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No. 927577 ID: 7011e0

well the angel employee situation is kind of weird and i'm not a big fan

get a glass and whether we actually drink any of it or not remains to be seen. who's here?
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No. 927608 ID: c8452a

>>927577
Yup this
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No. 928340 ID: c1eaac
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928340

"One drink couldn't hurt. I'll have whatever you're having," you tell Or, as the two of you enter Jasper's ballroom, though it remains to be seen if you'll actually drink your drink, or just hold onto it.

"Of course, dear," Or says, with a smile. "I'll get us both a little something. Stay right here, and I'll be back for you in just a moment."
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No. 928341 ID: c1eaac
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928341

Or bustles off, and you take the opportunity to look around the room. You see a lot of angels in servant uniforms, mostly carrying plates of hors d'oeuvres. Apparently Jasper's staff really is all angels - you wonder if they're willfully complicit in these parties, or if they can't turn him in for some reason or another. Blackmail? It's hard to be sure.
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No. 928342 ID: c1eaac
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928342

As far as demons go, there are a few familiar faces, as you continue scanning the crowd. You see Murmur and Azza having a lively conversation not too far off from where you've entered the room, which is surprising. You didn't know they were friends - or maybe more than friends, judging by the way Azza has his arm slung around Murmur's waist. Foxglove is also nearby, on the arm of a large demon in military dress who you don't recognize. Eligos doesn't seem to be here yet, but perhaps he'll be fashionably late?

A wave from the other side of the room catches your eye, and you glance over to see your half-brother Shax waving at you, accompanied by your half-sister Xezbeth. They might have brought dates, too, but you don't see anyone with them at the moment.

Aside from that, you...don't recognize a lot of the people here. You could always ask Or for a second opinion, since they seem more in touch with the latest gossip.
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No. 928343 ID: 2af340

wait for or to get back with your drinks and then go say hi to your siblings!!
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No. 928347 ID: 7011e0

wave back but stay put until or gets back, i don't want everyone to be separated for too long. let's go talk to our siblings first though!
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No. 928355 ID: 02e2dc

ask ornias for the hot gossip oooo

then go talk to your siblings first anyway, it's only polite!
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No. 928379 ID: e8c16a

siblings so we might have allies! just to cover our bases
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No. 928394 ID: c8452a

>>928343
Yup.

This suggestion couldn't possibly be biased.
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No. 928413 ID: e21b4e

oh siblings for sure!
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No. 928800 ID: c1eaac
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928800

You wave back at Shax, but decide to wait for Or to come back before you make your way across the room to greet your siblings. Luckily, it isn't long before they're at your side again, pressing a flute of champagne into one of your hands.

"I thought you might want to keep your wits about you, considering where we are," they say pleasantly, with a little wink.
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No. 928802 ID: c1eaac
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928802

You look up at them, studying their face for a long moment. "How much do you know about -"

"I know enough," they assure you. "I can't say I blame you for what you did, but I can't imagine Jasper is pleased about it, either. I was surprised you trusted me as your companion for the evening. Jasper and I have known each other since we were children, you know."

Huh. You didn't know that, actually.

"Are you suggesting I shouldn't trust you, Duchess?" you ask, politely enough.

"Oh, no, dear. Not at all." They stifle a laugh behind their hand. "Betraying a prince would be ill-befitting of my station. And besides, Camio likes you."

That isn't quite the answer you're expecting, but you'll take it.
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No. 928803 ID: c1eaac
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928803

"We should go say hi to my siblings," you say, nodding towards Shax and Xezbeth. You're not exactly good friends with them, but it's only polite, and you want to be sure to cover your bases as far as allies are concerned.

"Oh, of course!" Or says, sounding delighted at the prospect of socializing. They take your hand in theirs again and practically drag you over to where Shax and Xezbeth are standing, taking long-legged strides that you struggle to keep up with.

"Hello, Shax, darling," they say, while you catch your breath behind them. "You're looking well."

"That's not a compliment I hear often! You're too sweet, Ornias." Shax laughs, the mouth over where his eye should be chittering and grinding its teeth. He has a plate of what looks like little teacakes in one hand, and is eating them with the other, slurping them up into a mouth he's manifested on his palm. It's kind of gross. He leans slightly to one side and looks around Or at you, all smiles. "Hello Glasya-Labolas! I didn't know if you remembered me."

"Of course I remember you," you say politely. Shax is only a few centuries younger than you, and Marax's twin brother. He's a marquis, not a prince, but he gets around the social circuit enough that you hear many, many things about him. Including the fact that he briefly dated Murmur, after Marax left for earth, and then dumped Murmur for Murmur's servant Andras. You think Shax and Andras are still dating, but it's hard to say.
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No. 928804 ID: c1eaac
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928804

"You have a hard face to forget, Shax," Xezbeth says, wryly. She scans your face for a moment before offering you a small smile that somehow still manages to look unimpressed. "Hello, Prince."

"You can call me Glas. We're siblings," you tell her. You don't know much about Xezbeth, only that she's older than you, and she shares her estate with Shax. She - like your mother - seems to prefer keeping a low profile when it comes to court and other societal events.

"Glas, then," she says, sounding agreeable enough. "I must say, I didn't expect to see you at one of Jasper Abbadon's parties. What's the occasion?"
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No. 928806 ID: 70df1e

tell your siblings about the whole seeing jasper get eaten by an angel and then getting an invitation thing. chances are theyd find it funny and take your side later? also introduce or to your sister
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No. 928809 ID: 7011e0

well we met jasper at a party the other day and then he sent us an invitation to this one! it was super kind of him and definitely not an attempt to get us in a spot where he can take revenge
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No. 928811 ID: 2af340

introduce or!! and tell them we found out about japsper's secret vore kink
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No. 928812 ID: 270774

we don’t have to go into detail, but if we’re scoping for allies, you can admit that you’re pretty sure the reason you received an invitation tonight is because jasper is a little, uh, annoyed with you
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No. 928814 ID: 10c408

We should be deadpan and/or blunt here. A little honesty is gonna go a long way towards working the crowd

"To be honest, he and I don't see eye to eye on a particular matter. last week it got him into some trouble and I decided to leave him to sort it out himself.

naturally, he seems to blame me for it and I've accepted his invitation to cut any future problems he may cause off at the knees, if need be."
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No. 928815 ID: ffce6d

>>928812
haha yeah this. no need to go into too much detail
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No. 928827 ID: c8452a

>>928809
And introduce Or.
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No. 928830 ID: 0c162d

i think politely joking abt it / talking arnd it is def the way to go
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No. 929668 ID: c0641d

>>928814
Hah, nice; it's vague enough to avoid outright scandal but true enough that your siblings don't get the wrong idea. Also, don't let them make you hold up the entire conversation yourself; "Are you a frequent guest of ol' Jas's get-togethers yourself? I've heard things about the catering. What would your verdict be on that, judging by your experience?" Don't forget to arc an eyebrow with a probing look to really get across how circumspect the things you heard were.
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No. 930054 ID: f2320a

>>928804
We should be deadpan and/or blunt here. A little honesty is gonna go a long way towards working the crowd

"To be honest, he and I don't see eye to eye on a particular matter. last week it got him into some trouble and I decided to leave him to sort it out himself.

naturally, he seems to blame me for it and I've accepted his invitation to cut any future problems he may cause off at the knees, if need be."
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No. 930130 ID: c1eaac
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930130

"Ahh, well," you say, and you don't have to try hard to sound a little sheepish. It's probably best not to tell Shax and Xezbeth the whole truth, if they don't already know, and hope that they'll side with you regardless. "Jasper got into some trouble at court last week, and I left him to sort it out on his own. I think he invited me here out of annoyance more than anything."

"Well, I'd be annoyed too, if you left me to be torn apart by angels," Shax says, a bit too loudly for comfort.
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No. 930131 ID: c1eaac
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930131

"You would probably welcome being torn apart by angels, Shax. Don't tease him." Xezbeth's voice is stern, but her smile becomes a little more genuine as her gaze flicks back to you. "Don't worry, neither of us is particularly fond of Jasper, either. Shax is a gourmand, and I'm accompanying him as his plus one to ensure he stays out of trouble."

"Neither of you brought dates?" you ask. You know next to nothing about Xezbeth's romantic prospects, but surely Shax has his pick of friends and lovers to bring.

"My romantic situation is...complex," Xezbeth says, with forced diplomacy. Or makes a noise behind you, under their breath, and you resolve to ask them what she means later.

"Andras didn't feel up to running into Murmur or any of his friends," Shax chimes in.

"Smart of them," Or says, again under their breath.
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No. 930132 ID: c1eaac
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930132

"Ah," you cut in, remembering your manners. "Xezbeth, have you met Duchess Ornias? They're my date for the evening."

"I have not," she says, offering Or her hand. "Though I know their cousin Eligos well. He speaks highly of you, Duchess."

"Does he? That's a surprise." Or laughs, and takes Xezbeth's hand, kissing it briefly before returning it to her. You're a little awed by their charm, and how easily they integrate themself into conversation with strangers, like everyone is an old friend they've known for centuries.

"Have you and the duchess been courting long?" Shax asks softly, sidling up next to you to watch them and Xezbeth chat. "I hear they're a hard one to pin down, if you're thinking of marriage. Or are you just trying to fuck them?" You look up at him sharply, and he laughs, raising his hands as though trying to pacify you. "No judgement, of course! I'm just curious."

"I'm not sure," you say, and you just barely have time to think that maybe that's something you should be considering before the angel by the front door is announcing a newcomer to the party.
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No. 930133 ID: c1eaac
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930133

"Duke Eligos Bathinson," they say, and you and Or both snap your attention to the door. You see Eligos there, sporting a new hairstyle and much more casual clothes than he was wearing to court. He looks good. He probably doesn't see you, since you're far in the back of the room, but maybe you should talk to him?

"Did he bring a date?" Or asks, craning their neck to see.
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No. 930134 ID: c1eaac
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930134

"And Prince Marax Hethson," the angel at the door goes on. The noise in the room falls significantly, and you get the distinct impression that all hell is about to break loose.

"What the fuck?" You hear Murmur say, from the front of the room.

"Oh, boy," Xezbeth says under her breath, behind you.
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No. 930138 ID: 70df1e

team huddle with or, eligos, and xezbeth. murmur is going to start shit because im like 100% thats his ex that left him at the altar that he mentioned at the last party and shax is in xezbeth jail so we should figure out how we want to proceed very fast like
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No. 930142 ID: 3f3f1a

YEAH MAKE A PLAN or if it seems to be a scene can u excuse urself from the ballroom temporarily and quickly,
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No. 930145 ID: c8452a

"What the fuck." But under your breath. Maybe it would be fun to constantly stay very far away from the splash zone of whatever drama is about to happen.
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No. 930149 ID: 10c408

....Okay seriously JUST exactly how many people know what happened to Jasper? It's imperatively that we determine this information.

But that's for later. Right now... Fuck's sake, Eligos.

"I do believe we should make ourselves even more scarce."

Do not get involved. Try to stay in earshot if you can but don't get involved.
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No. 930159 ID: 270774

yeah, let’s just make a game of it. try to stay close enough to be in earshot, but far enough away that you won’t get spotted or dragged into things. i’m sure or is going to love that plan, too
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No. 930747 ID: 26262d

eligos bitch
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No. 931560 ID: f950b0
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931560

"What the fuck," you echo under your breath, watching Eligos sweep into the room with Marax on his arm. God, when was the last time you even saw Marax? Probably before you stopped going by Princess and started going by Prince, if you had to guess. Definitely long before his wedding, or lack thereof.

You need...a strategy. That's what you need. One that will keep you, Shax, and Xezbeth out of the crossfire, since someone here (you'd be surprised if it wasn't Murmur) will surely recognize the three of you as Hethsons and try to drag you into this whole mess. And also one that will let you keep an eye on things, mostly for Or's sake. They sounded earlier like they wanted to see what would happen between Eligos and Murmur.
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No. 931561 ID: f950b0
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931561

"We should probably make ourselves more scarce," you say to the group at large, in a voice that definitely communicates how super not-panicked you are. You are't surprised to see Xezbeth and Shax looking roughly as uncomfortable as you feel. Shax dated Murmur fairly soon after Marax left him, so...that's about right. "Unless you think your cousin needs assistance, Or?"

"Oh, no. Eligos dug this grave for himself, and now he has to lie in it," Or says brightly. "We can go wherever you like, darling."

Well. That's settled, then. You'll have to grill Or more about why Eligos and Murmur are fighting later, but for now, it's time to make your escape.

"I hear Jasper's garden is lovely," Xezbeth says, with a pointed sort of look at two nearby doors with large glass panes set into them, that clearly lead out onto a patio. You - and the rest of the group - decide to take her hint, moving towards them just as you catch a glimpse of Murmur moving towards Eligos in the crowd.
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No. 931562 ID: f950b0
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931562

You escape out onto the patio, and instantly feel like you can breathe a bit better. Very few of the party guests seem to be out here, and it really is quite nice. The grounds of Jasper's estate are spread out before you - a stone path leading through a lavish garden, and beyond that, an elaborate looking hedge maze. You're not terribly surprised. Hedge mazes have risen in popularity among noble demons in the past few centuries, and are considered a good place to conduct covert affairs.

Now that you're more or less alone, it seems like a good time to address the elephant in the room.

"So," you say carefully, leading the group onto the path. Might as well walk and talk. "How many people know what happened with...me and Jasper, at court?"

"Hard to say," Shax replies. "Xezbeth and I heard from Andras, who heard from a servant of the king's. I don't think Jasper told anyone else, if that's what you're worried about. You probably humiliated him by not helping. It's pretty funny, really."
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As Shax talks, you slowly become conscious that someone is watching you from the entrance of the hedge maze. An angel. They aren't wearing a servant's uniform - in fact, they're dressed more like a party guest than anything else. Maybe they're here undercover, but if that's the case, why is their halo showing?
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No. 931566 ID: 7011e0

well it's good not EVERYONE knows i guess... anyway does anyone know this angel. or why they're here
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No. 931569 ID: 70df1e

hey we were concerned about jasper telling demons but what about jasper telling angels? i mean id assume therye cool with it on account of eae doing the attacking, here, but that angel over this is giving us a Look (tm) if i am not mistaken and i dont like that one bit
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No. 931582 ID: 2af340

be nice and say hello! :)
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No. 931583 ID: 10c408

Hoo boy. There's three possibilities and all of them are worrying.

One: That's the angel diplomat who is pulling strings to fund Jasper's "all you can eat" angel buffet.

two: He's the main course for Jasper's meal tonight.

three: He's neither of the above. Most likely, he's too important to simply disappear.

We need to find out which is true and we have to be lowkey about it.

So, with that in mind.

Clam up, immediately or change the subject back to Eligos and Marax. Take the little group a ways down the path, then suggest splitting up.
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No. 931602 ID: 02e2dc

ask your pals if they know that angel

also ask them if they know why eligos is trying to start shit (i assume?) by bringing marax. does he have a bug up his ass about us pulling rank on him or is he just doing it for ~THE DRAMA OF IT ALL~
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No. 931603 ID: 02e2dc

also ask what or thinks about ~THE DRAMA OF IT ALL~ we need that sweet demon court gossip
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No. 931611 ID: cb754e

>>931602 this! last thing you need is to get separated from these guys and become angel chow. point out the angel to the group!
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No. 931614 ID: 190147

deeeefinitely do not approach the angel on your on, ask your friends if they know them and maybe wave at them?
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No. 931763 ID: c0641d

"I spy with my little eye... either one soon-to-be unfortunate or one that could very well be enabling the misfortune. Frankly, this curiosity is eating me alive." wink, nudge "Should we introduce ourselves?"

If Eligos is trying to start beef with Murmur, I think he should be comfortable with explaining why himself, at a less volatile time.
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No. 932701 ID: f950b0

i posted this in the disthread but idk how many people really check it so! i updated the wiki page on hearts goetia with pretty much everything you guys have learned about every single character so far. i figured it would be easier to have a dedicated info hub than expect you guys to do a bunch of backreading to remember certain gossip/facts.
https://tgchan.org/wiki/Hearts_Goetia
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No. 932755 ID: f950b0
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"Not to change the subject," you say, leading the group down one of the garden pathways, "but does anyone know why Eligos brought Marax? Or, you mentioned earlier that Eligos and Murmur were fighting, but..."

"Oh, they are," Or says, looking positively delighted about getting to dish some hot gossip. Their voice is lowered conspiratorially, which is fine, because you're still concerned about that angel that was watching you. Luckily, your group is about to go through a long tunnel made of leaves and flowers grown over a series of metal archways, which should hide you from view for a moment.

"I thought they were close friends," Shax says. His good eye is shining, like his interest is piqued. You can't blame him - court drama is pretty fun to hear about.

"Of course they are, dear. They just don't see eye to eye on a few things," Or replies sweetly. "For one thing, Murmur is one of the few people in our social circle who actually likes Azza. I don't think Eligos was happy when he announced his intention to bring Azza tonight. So naturally, the only acceptable response was to bring a date Murmur would hate just as much."

"But Marax hasn't been back to Hell in years," you say, still a little surprised that Marax really turned up here, on this night. It seems improbable. Then again, so does the fact that you showed up with Ornias Bathinson on your arm.

"He and Eligos are friends," Xezbeth says, before Or can answer. "He probably did it as a favor. Eligos visits Marax on Earth sometimes, and lets Shax and I know how he's doing. Not that we care."
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You're finally deep enough in the tunnel that you're sure you aren't being watched, and you stop walking, earning yourself odd looks from the rest of the group. You don't want to linger in here too long - someone else might come through, or the angel might get suspicious - but it's good enough cover for a brief, private conversation.

"Did anyone else see that angel watching us out there?" you ask.

Shax shakes his head, though he looks curious. Xezbeth frowns slightly, and Or looks a little confused.

"What angel?" they ask.

"Short, chubby, big braid going down their back?" You gesture vaguely with your hands to try and indicate what you mean. "Wearing a cape?"
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No. 932757 ID: f950b0
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"That sounds like Suriel," Or says, recognition suddenly sparking in their eyes. "They're Jasper's head servant, I think, or something like it. They help organize his parties."

"I thought they were just his lover," Xezbeth says, arching an eyebrow.

"I heard they were an undercover spy sent down to get dirt on him," Shax says, quite confidently. "And he's bribing them to make them stick around as his bodyguard, so no other agents of Heaven can get to him."

You, Xezbeth, and Or all stare at Shax for a moment. It's not exactly the most outlandish thing you've heard of a demon doing, but it would be...pretty ballsy for a demon of Jasper's relatively low standing to try and bribe (or even blackmail) an agent of Heaven into working for him. That's definitely not an offer most angels would accept.

Still, if Suriel really is Jasper's bodyguard...you might be in some trouble.
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No. 932758 ID: 7011e0

well even if they're his head servant, it's still probably bad they're out here staring at us instead of running the show with the other servants... another reason to keep on our toes
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No. 932762 ID: 2af340

look over your shoulder
also, ask for some goss on azza!
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No. 932770 ID: 10c408

Note to self, learn how to sketch portraits on the fly. A little bit of near-exact drawing of basically anything important can go SO FAR with all the subterfuge and intrigue we're getting caught up in lately.

And as far as Suriel goes... Well, we brought Arty's feather and the dagger for a reason. (second note to self, self defense lesson from Camio would be nice.)

That said... Keep gossiping and moving through the garden. Direct everyone to a more open area so that you can keep a better eye out on things.
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No. 932807 ID: 70df1e

Keep one hand on arty's feather and be ready to use it just in case Suriel starts following even more into the garden!

Also with so many conflicting accounts of what they do, maybe they just do... Everything? A head servant who kisses a man and take a bribe. Or maybe its all gossip except for the servant bit, because I can't think of any other reason they'd be at this party. Still, worth keeping an eye on.
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No. 932841 ID: 7e9c89

make certain to stay with a group! or at LEAST your date. could be dangerous..
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No. 932869 ID: c0641d

Exercise healthy observation of your surroundings as you continue:

"Well, to be honest, clearing up some of my confusion regarding the nature of Jasper's angel compatriot is one of my motives for coming here. I mean, wouldn't you want to know what the deal is with an angel associating themselves with a demon surrounded by such, ah, choice rumors? Simply knowing her name and gender now can already be considered a small victory, in fact. But of course, that alone is small potatoes - stuff you could have told me about (and did). If anyone is up for some tailing... but ah, let us not talk of such skullduggery. As we leave the privacy of this arbor, shall we continue making thinly veiled mockery about Azza?"
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No. 933562 ID: c1eaac
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"Well, perhaps they just do everything," you say, mostly joking - but still quietly unsettled by the way Suriel seems to be keeping an eye on you. At least you have options, when it comes to protection.

You lead the group out of the tunnel and back onto the path proper, winding through the garden and idling your time away until it's safe to go back in. Or until dinner starts, you suppose. You try to watch Suriel surreptitiously, but they haven't moved from their post at the entrance to the hedge maze.

"Tell me more about Azza," you say, eager to change the subject now that you're somewhere you can be seen and heard. "I'm afraid I don't know him very well."

"Well, he's old money, but he's never attached himself to any suitors for long. If you ask me, I think his older sibling steals most of them away for sport. And because they're quite pretty," Or says, quick on the draw as usual when it comes to gossip. "He and Eligos have been courting the same pair of humans for a while, now, and it's turned into a bit of a rivalry. One of the humans favors Eligos, and the other favors Azza, but neither of them will make a choice because they favor each other most of all. It's all very dramatic."

Or sighs happily, then glances over to Xezbeth. "I'm surprised you hadn't heard about that, Xezbeth dear. I'd have thought that you and Eligos could commiserate, when it comes to dating humans."
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Xezbeth makes an offended noise in her throat, and looks as though she's about to snap at Or, but is cut off before she can even begin by a loud BANG. It's the door to the patio slamming open, and you realize with dismay that Murmur is the one who opened it. He looks a mess - hair in disarray, wine on his shirt - and you find yourself wondering how so much could have happened to him in such little time.

"ORNIAS," he says loudly, spotting the group you're with. "YOUR COUSIN IS A REAL SON OF A BITCH."
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Or grimaces, looking extremely put out.

"I should handle this," they say, beginning to politely disentangle themself from the group. "I don't think it will take too long. Glas, you're welcome to stay with your siblings -"
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Just out of curiosity, you glance back at the hedges, towards Suriel. They're gone. You catch a glimpse of their cape trailing away, farther into the maze.
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No. 933568 ID: 7011e0

okay we are /not/ going to follow suriel into the murder maze because that would be a terrible idea. let's stick with our siblings please
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No. 933569 ID: 70df1e

go with or!! they're our DATE!

also i really want to see the drama. what happened to you in all of fifteen seconds murmur. i want answers. blease
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No. 933570 ID: 10c408

Honestly? Either go with Or or don't and stay with your siblings.

Above all else we should NOT follow Suriel into the hedge maze.

Also if at any point Murmur starts bitching about your family, just smack talk Marax.
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No. 933572 ID: 2af340

murder maze tempting......
to be fair the last time we followed an angel didn't turn out great (for jasper)
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No. 933574 ID: 10c408

>>933572
He got better, though.

And we're still trying to figure out what else happened that night.
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No. 933591 ID: 3272af

gotta stick w or!
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No. 933593 ID: 869963

GO WITH YOUR DATE
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No. 933604 ID: c0641d

They're your date, let them decide. "Well, you are my date. It would be unseemly to abandon you at such a difficult moment... Unless you think it would go smoother without me and my siblings. Shall us Labolases three make ourselves scarce in the hedge maze in the meantime?" (Siblings seems the least interesting option, but combining them with tailing the angel seems much safer than going in on our own.)
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No. 933615 ID: c7f906

>>933574
For all you know they were fooling around. In fact that should be your alibi.

Go with your date into the lion's den.
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