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881374 No. 881374 ID: bfb318

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The plans that Zall had for us appear to be plans for an unknown future date.

>"I can ask one of the others for this, Fen." says Aira. "You don't have to spar with me."
"I want to. The only thing else we've been given are jobs that don't pay well or don't mean anything."

Holly hands me a drink. It's just water.

>"You should at least spar someone good." Aira continues.
>"Hey, you." says Holly. "Quit acting down on yourself. Besides, without that excuse, Fen would just get stuck with Orjin running up and down the whole tomb system."
"No one else is around to spar with, anyway, except Sir Mopp, and he's busy. Everyone else is doing work, or... today is the 49th, right?"
>"Yes." Holly answers. "It's mail day, so anyone still around here is waiting at their camp for delivery. That's why it's so slow today, or at least now. Once the letters come in, and people get their spending money, this place will get packed."

The only worthwhile event in the past five or so days, since we came down into this new base, has been the completion of my helmet and greaves. We've been told very little.
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No. 913109 ID: bfb318
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"During my stay, I was visited by Blood Pudding, who accused Cheese's family of helping the empire and told her to start getting Butterknife under control. This makes me believe that Butterknife acted on her own, as an individual. I acted as Cheese's bodyguard, and when Cheese asked Blood if it was working with the necromancers, the answer was an unconvincing 'of course not'."

I continue covering the events in more details, including what mutant family dynamics I saw, and that Cheese doesn't know what motivated Butterknife to do so. I also share the information about the rest of Cheese's family, including lesser known members besides the five that Zall direectly asked about.

I leave out the part about the spare gold in possession of the crows, and Butterknife's strength. Her strength isn't hard to leave out, nor do I feel bad, because there isn't much to leave out at all. That entire line of questioning left me with vague cryptic hints.

"Cheese has also sent a letter."

I hand it to him, and recall the letter. It's a formal word that Cheese has nothing to do with the necromancers, and she is getting in contact with the rest of her family to make sure none of them are. She's confident the answer is no, explaining why, explains a great deal of other things that were told to me anyway, and promises that he can expect at least 2 vials of antidote within the next 2 weeks.
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No. 913111 ID: bfb318
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913111

"Has anything happened within the last week?"
>"Of things that are your concern, I've made two lists. The primary list has teams that will regularly hunt down the necromancers. Then, there is the side list. The ones on this list will replace those on the primary list who become dead or missing. It also includes people with specialized skills who will be called on for specific missions. Examples of this are wizards who are exceptional at stabilizing shaky caverns to make sure they don't fall on elite teams, or scouts who are exceptional in their own respect that I want to keep back to scout specific locations as the need arises. It also includes specialty groups such as Sir Orjin's party."
"What's our specialty?"
>"Remember that when I sent Sir Orjin into the anomaly, it wasn't for the group's strength, but for the group's discipline. I'm embarrassed to say that 'following orders and objectives' counts as a specialty around here. That is how it is, so I've placed Sir Orjin's group is on the side list. Train hard, because if your group can defeat any group on the primary list in combat, then I'll consider your group invaluable."
"Thank you, I understand."

Something else also comes to my mind, so I ask it.

"If I may ask, did you learn Sir Hydril was sharing information before or after his death?"
>"Before. Now, unless you have anything else to report, you may leave. This training hall is open to you at any time, just as the underground hall was before."
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No. 913112 ID: eeb7d9

Well, he won't be telling us anything else. Take tour leave and go and say hi to your friends, including Sir Orjin, it's been awhile since we last saw him. Give them their gifts. After all is done, go train, you don't have anything else to do, so you might as well get busy getting stronger.
Or, you can help Elinol with Sir Orjin. Your choise.
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No. 913113 ID: 65c9b9

>>913111
lets go say hi to the rest of our friends and tell Sir Orjin that we missed his lovely voice telling us to strip down and fight like real Kobolds.
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No. 913114 ID: 6ee5db

Isn't it late? Sleep then do as >>913112 suggested
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No. 913116 ID: 5f3f48

>I'm embarrassed to say that 'following orders and objectives' counts as a specialty around here.
So our team's speciality is fighting like soldiers instead of warriors.

>Before
Points for competence and presumably controlling what information was fed through a known spy.

Still, just context at this point. We have nothing more to report or that needs asking, it's time to go.
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No. 913118 ID: 91ee5f

>>913111
Since everything has been moved around, you might need some help finding where Sir Orjin’s squad is so you can go there. And you’ll also need help to find Sir Mopp to get your armor.

After picking up your armor and regrouping with your team, get some sleep, then wake up in the morning and continue training your body and your mana sensing until Sir Orjin’s squad gets called in to do something.
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No. 913122 ID: 91ee5f

>>913118
Also, ask about the promotions. Did the rest of your squad get promoted while you were gone? Do you need to be promoted? You can wait until a more appropriate time for the promotion, if now isn’t the right time for it.
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No. 913124 ID: 86eb65

I bet that Butter's little stunt ruined his efforts to track down what Hydril was sharing and with whom he was sharing it with.

Lets get back to our group and check in. Then back to training.
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No. 913126 ID: 5f3f48

>>913122
We can figure that out from our allies, we don't need to pester Zall about it.
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No. 913130 ID: 91ee5f

>>913126
Yeah, I guess you’re right.
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No. 913135 ID: bfb318
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I think about promotions, but realize I can ask others about it later.

>"Wait a moment, Fen. I almost forgot."

Zall tosses an emblem to me. It's a greater knight emblem.

>"If you survive this campaign to the end, you get to keep it."
"Thank you, sir."

I feel like there are other formalities I should see besides saying 'thank you', yet he tossed the emblem to me like it was a loose stone that's been taking up space in his room. And that he almost forgot about it.

I leave, and I sense Zall does the same to go back to the main training area.
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No. 913137 ID: bfb318
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I want to locate the others in the group, so I go back to Holly's place. I learn that since it's so late at night, most are asleep. Aira was apparently at Sir Zall's area, but I didn't think to look there. It doesn't matter, as I can see her tomorrow anyway.

Like the previous tavern, there's an area at the back of it where Sir Orjin's group is. Sir Mopp is there, and I leave the armor with him until I'll pick it up tomorrow to train.

For now, I'm told Valsano, Firzel and Sir Orjin are still awake and in the bathhouse. I go there. Although it's open to other customers, only my squadmates are there now.

"'bout fuckin' time you got back from your vacation, barbarian!" says Orjin.
"I'm glad to see you, sir."
"Did Zall give you permission to be a sarcastic shithead, too?!"
>"I don't think barbarians know what sarcasm is, Sir!" says Valsano. "So uh, it's not 'Sir' Zall, anymore?"
"It should be for you glorified mud runners!"
>"Not even 'overdressed pawns', sir?" asks Firzel.
Not even pawns forget to say 'Sir' as much as you braindead loafs have!"
"I have gifts."
>"Now we're talking." says Firzel.
"Scarves, blankets, and so on."
>"Hell yeah." Valsano says.
"Good job, Fen, on your greatest contribution to the empire yet!"
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No. 913138 ID: bfb318
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I leave each gift with their belongings before stepping into the baths as well.

"How was the skeletorium?"

I get a weird look from Valsano.

>"Shove your face in a pile of maggots eating a corpse." he says. "That's the skeletorium experience!"
"The barbarian's probably done it before and said it was a fine meal!" says Orjin, who is lying. "So he'll be less of a coward about going back!"
>"I changed my mind!"

Firzel laughs.

>"I saw the exact moment you changed your mind, Valsano! It was when those girls were impressed by the stories you told them about your exploits down there."
>"All I needed was to be reminded that there's a good life outside of that place! I wish I knew where Holly got those girls from. When I left the Skeletorium and entered this tavern, and Holly told me I could eat and drink for free and got those girls to help me recover, I thought the only explanation was that Death Carrot murdered me and I went to soul heaven! It was too good, but then I realized I was alive and things weren't flawless when I came to this bathhouse."
"What's wrong with this bathhouse?"
>"Segregation! Who makes a tavern with a gender segregated bathhouse?!"
"There is a disease ridden orgy shack on the other side of this place!" says Orjin. "Which I forbid all of you from going into, because you all do just fine complaining all day without having diseased, shrivelling dicks!"
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No. 913139 ID: 65c9b9

>>913138
Ask what an orgy is.
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No. 913140 ID: 6ee5db

>>913138
"I feel that there are better places to have an orgy than a shack."
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No. 913141 ID: b1b4f3

>>913138
Is there really? Ew.
I suppose Aira and Frais are in the other bath. Or training. I've got half a mind to jump right back into training...
Ask Sir Orjin if he wants to spar later, you want to see how you match up to him now.
Also ask how tough the fighting was down there, or even up here even. Things are moving faster now by what you've heard.
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No. 913142 ID: 5f3f48

Yet more conflating of bathing and sex. The Empire is weird about this stuff, it's the same problem you had at the last bath house.

Relax and chill with your pals, it's pretty much going to be training and danger from now on.
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No. 913144 ID: c0641d

"Orgies are those things where many kobolds gather for sex, right? I've honestly a hard time understanding why that's necessary. Isn't one other kobold enough?" "Anyways, did you meet Death Carrot, Valsano? What was he like?"
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No. 913146 ID: e1d580

>>913138
“What’s an orgy, sir?”
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No. 913147 ID: 91ee5f

>>913138
>I wish I knew where Holly got those girls from.
“Speaking of which, I have a message from Holly to both you and Firzel. She said to stop distracting her girls when they’re trying to work.”

And remember Fen, Holly said she hasn’t told many people in Sir Orjin’s group about the tavern, so don’t tell anyone about what Holly told you!

Now that you’re face to face with Sir Orjin, you can talk to him about Elinol complaining that he’s not letting her fight when she wants to. Then comment on how if her fighting is as bad as her cooking, then it’s for the best that she doesn’t fight.
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No. 913150 ID: 8269f3

The word ‘shack’ is kind of a turn-off, anyway.
Mention how you’ve heard about Valsano and Firzel making rounds at Holly’s with the waitresses, maybe poke fun at them a little. Either way just relax a while, probably gonna be the last time in a while that you can.
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No. 913152 ID: eeb7d9

I am pretty sure Fen knows what a orgy is... But it would be a prefect joke, he needs to learn how to make those.

Valsano, one day, women are going to be the death of you.

I like the idea of sparing with Orjin. It's not like we have anything better to do.

Serious talk now, what did guys you faced down there? We got assassins and mutants, but not real action. Politis and boring stuff. At least for me.
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No. 913154 ID: 86eb65

Whats a orgy shack and why would it shrivel your dick?
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No. 913155 ID: b1b4f3

...strange, I thought Holly said Valsano and Firzel were asleep.
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No. 913157 ID: 91ee5f

>>913147
Also, even though you already asked Holly and Sir Zall what happened during the week you were gone, go ahead and ask the same question to Sir Orjin, Valsano, and Firzel. They might have something different to say and they might mention something that Holly and Sir Zall didn’t already tell you.
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No. 913158 ID: 91ee5f

>>913155
I thought that too, but when I went back and looked, she just said that they were here at the tavern, she never said they were asleep.
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No. 913159 ID: 86eb65

Look to your left. Then your right.

If the first thing you see is not your sword within arms reach like Orjin's then you should smack yourself. Assassin's love killing naked people in the bath.
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No. 913160 ID: b1b4f3

>>913158
>"Keep Valsano and Firzel busy so they quit bugging all my girls!" I stare at Holly. "Don't take it so seriously! It's nothing bad, they just distract the girls when the girls have jobs to do! They're asleep now, anyway."

I mean, maybe she was misinformed, or maybe they just woke up, or maybe they were going to bed after this bath?
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No. 913161 ID: 0c3c2c

>>913138
Fen, jokingly ask what an orgy is. Then mention your promotion. It is nice to be a Greater Knight. Maybe if you do well enough in this campaign, they'll make you an actual noble.
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No. 913165 ID: 10c408

"If that's the case, sir, you'll also have to ban Valisano and Firzel from harassing Holly's staff while they're working. Before she guts one of them as an example to the other."
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No. 913172 ID: 298905

So, what's the story on Bolk? He always seemed to prefer to take care of lower-ranked people, so he's probably not that happy with everyone below a certain level being ejected?
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No. 913174 ID: bfb318
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"Have you seen Death Carrot?" I ask Valsano.
>"Nah, just his cohorts. If you want to know more, look at my report, when I'm not around!"
"I will. I want to know what I've missed. After this bath, I am going to train in Sir Zall's hall until he sends us on a mission. Sir Orjin, if you show up there, I'll want to spar with you. Elinol has - "

Sir Orjin's head turns ominously to me.

Valsano and Firzel snap glances at me that scream 'stop talking'.

" - complained about not being able to fight. If her fighting is like her cooking, then maybe there's a - "
"You wanna spar, savage? Yeah, I'll be there tomorrow. Save some energy, because we'll spar!"
"Okay, thank you. By the way, I was promoted to greater knight."
>"Great." Valsano says. "Now it's all back to normal, 'cause Sir Orjin's a grand knight now."
"Congratulations, Sir Orj - "
"Shut your dirt collector, no one who matters gives a shit about promotions!"
"Okay. Firzel and Valsano might care that I don't know what an orgy is."
>"Somehow I'm not surprised!" says Firzel. "It's when kobolds have sex, but more than two at once."
"Oh. And sex happens in bathhouses? It seems odd, but the last one I did seemed to treat cleaning and sex as two simultaneous acts."
>"No one said anything about that!" said Firzel.
"I did!" Orjin yells.
>"Not about being in bath houses! Damnit, Fen, I just wanted to relax with girls in here and chat them up! That isn't innuendo for sex, I'd at least have sex with them back in my room!"
"I didn't ask."
>"Well you deserved the answer!"
"Speaking of girls, Holly told me to ask you and Firzel to not bug them while they're trying to work."
>"If Holly wanted that, she wouldn't have gotten the prettiest girls I've seen in my life!" says Valsano.
>"And they certainly don't act like they're being 'bugged!' Firzel backs him up.
>"How can I ignore them when they ask if there's anything I need?"
>"How can I ignore those inviting eyes?" Firzel speaks, doing so each time Valsano speaks.
>"How they can see what you want and give it to you!"
>"Those tail sways from the draconians!"
>"The tits on the fields!" says -
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No. 913175 ID: bfb318
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Valsano said that.

"Valsano. I don't understand the attraction, and we are both draconian, so I don't understand why you are attracted to them, either."
>"You wanna know why I like them and you don't, huh?"
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No. 913176 ID: bfb318
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He throws Firzel a glance, and like an unspoken message, Firzel scoots in and they both sing, in unison, what sounds like a line to a imperial song I've never heard before.

>"Because I'm not a fuckin' hole crawling, culturally absent, shroom munching saaavaaaage!"
>"Because I'm not a fuckin' hole crawling, culturally absent, shroom munching saaavaaaage!"

They laugh to themselves, I hear the sound of girls giggling just outside of the room, and I let this conversation die forever.
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No. 913178 ID: b1b4f3

>>913176
Get fuckin owned Fen.
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No. 913180 ID: eeb7d9

Revenge is due.
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No. 913183 ID: deec6e

>>913176

Isn't it great to have friends?
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No. 913186 ID: 91ee5f

>>913176
>I let this conversation die forever.
You may want to let the conversation die forever, but I’ve got a feeling that Valsano and Firzel aren’t going to let it go any time soon.

In fact, they’re probably going to try and “educate” you on the attraction to tits, whether you like it or not!
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No. 913187 ID: 10c408

Just for that, we should ensure that their blankets go 'missing' for a day.
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No. 913195 ID: c0641d

“... You know, I’m not surprised that this sort of song exists, but the two of you... have quite a lot of gall singing such a thing to my face.” Get out of the bath. “I think I’ll need to sleep on this, and work out any lingering feelings in the training hall tomorrow.” Look back at them with the most genuinely hurt expression you can muster. “I’d appreciate it if you were to spar with me then.” Walk away, and try not to let on that you don’t actually care that much about it; you know they meant it in good fun, but someone has to teach them that their words can have an effect on people, and therefore consequences.
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No. 913197 ID: 470289

Start looking into promising pawns or Lesser Knights for the Orjin group. Holly can probably help. This is one of the best times to learn leadership skills with subordinates who aren't incompetent.
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No. 913198 ID: c1212a

...I'm glad you survived down there, Valsano.
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No. 913203 ID: 91ee5f

>>913195
I’m pretty sure Fen doesn’t give a fuck, so I don’t see any reason on why he’ll pretend to have his feelings hurt.

Also, I’m pretty sure the last thing Fen would want is for Sir Orjin to see him pretend to be hurt and start giving him new nicknames referencing how much of a crybaby he is. Because we all know that Sir Orjin can and will do that.
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No. 913205 ID: 9125e0

Damn Fen they got you good,Now you gotta get em back good
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No. 913210 ID: 65c9b9

>>913176
Fen you must prove them wrong you are not a uncultured savage and thus must stare at tits until you understand what they mean.
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No. 913213 ID: 8269f3

>>913210
get to it lad
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No. 913228 ID: b0354c

You're going to remember that.
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No. 913234 ID: 870927

>>913176
roasted
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No. 913254 ID: 6ee5db

I wonder how long it will take Firzel and Valsano to think "Wait, if Fen doesn't like tits then why is he fucking Aria?" Since unless something happened while we were gone, they still probably think we're giving Aria savage dickings on the regular.
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