So now that I have a whole ass again…
Things are slightly more quiet now that the minotuar is gone, but you can still hear battle raging from all around. The Red Fool shows back up with some guys I’ve never seen before, but Hazzy seems to recognize of them. The brinchie is introduced as Dante Santiago, and his compadre Shen (still don’t know what the deal is with his eyes). Hazelf mentioned something to them about a demon lady being there and then I heard him say Sharnia. The fuck she doing back? Last I checked, John and I took care of her on the boat to Southern Shale. Maybe she came back for me. I don’t know, but I hope she doesn’t hold grudges. I look over to see what looks like Riley eating a wad of paper. Is that some kind of special diet for brinchies? Anyway we make our way through town to Five Points passing pile after pile of bodies burning. We stop when these two little orphans walk up to Hazelf holding out their hands, one boy and one girl. These poor kids probably didn’t have anything. Hazzy gives them some of his rations and coins, and I make a flower out of journal paper for the girl. What can I say, I have a soft spot for children. It’s not fair that they have to grow up knowing war and loss.
Tammi asks us if we need to do anything before we move on with our next stage of the plan. I immediately go to find a new pair of trousers. It’s not hard to get attention when your ass is hanging out of our pants and you’re as handsome as I. I find a local tailor who fashioned me a new set of pants that flattered my figure if I do say so myself. As I make my return to the rest of the group, I see a large group of individuals enter the courtyard. Among them, the most noticeable was this enormous 17 ft. tall ogre with an eye patch and a massive cross bow that puts normal cross bows to shame. One of his tusks was also chipped which made him look even more badass. Next to him was a much smaller 7ish ft. tall human (Olaran by the looks of it) with short blond hair and close to him a smaller female with curly brown hair who was carrying a flute. Holy crap it’s been a while since I’ve seen another bard. She seemed to be the shy type though staying behind her companions as to not be noticed. There was also a dessert dweller wrapped in his linens that had a neat scorpion tattoo over one of his eyes. Leading the group was an Eldakar with similar hair to me, but still different, sporting a long bow. Dante and Shen go up to them and talk to them and the Fool shows up, one of the guys referring to him as “boss.” Are these people the Circus??? I’ve heard rumors, but they didn’t make sense until now. Either way I need to find out about that bard!!!
Tammi returns and says that we need to rest up for tomorrow. We will meet with her and Lt. Draxx at noon tomorrow at the fountain. That means I have today to talk to the bard. I hope she’s not committed to anyone right now. I haven’t had the luck with finding companionship like Riley has with the Balam and Hazzy. It would be great just to have one night where I don’t have to think about whether or not I’m going to make it though the next day or not. Tammi goes to the barracks to sleep, Sage goes to be with the orphans (apparently she also has a soft spot for kids), Hazlef goes to do more healing, and Riley and I go to meet with the Circus to talk to the bard (and I believe Riley has a thing for Dante. Things might be getting frisky there). We find the group gathered around drinking ale and the human telling a joke, of which I only caught the punchline, “…and that’s when the bear fucked him!” Immediately everyone started laughing hysterically, except for the bard. I go up to her and tell her that I noticed her flute and asked if she could show me something. She was hesitant at first, but after showing her my Elvish flute, she began to play a melody. I instantly recognized it as the Flight of the Raven, a personal favorite of a friend of mine back when I traveled with other musicians. I joined in on my flute providing a harmony layer that made the song that much prettier. After we finished the crowd erupted. I even heard the thunderous clap of the ogre in appreciation. I asked the girl for her name and she quietly squeaked “Piper.” It was perfect! I saw how close the girl was to the human. Were they friends? Siblings? Lovers??? I had to know, but I was too afraid. I didn’t want to know the answer if it wasn’t going to be what I wanted it to be. I left. It was getting late and I didn’t want to get on Tammi’s bad side (trying to do better than I did with Tiny).
I make it back to the barracks and I see Tammi and Hazlef who is asleep. Tammi asks me about Sage and Riley. I tell her Sage is with the orphans and Riley is still with the circus. She sighs and tells me to take her to Riley. I return with Tammi to see the crowd gathered in a large circle with Riley and Dante in the middle of it, Dante with his sword drawn and Riley with his bow. So much for him finding love. I look over and see Piper with that other guy and I feel my body move towards them. I was walking over there, but I didn’t want to. I knew as soon as I asked, the truth would come out that they’re together. I couldn’t bare to hear it. They’re so different. He’s loud and obnoxious, but she’s dainty, sweet, and pretty. I went over anyway and asked her about who taught her flute. She replied her mother, to which I told her it was my mother who showed me how to play the lute and who gave me L’ysha. I could see that the man was too engaged in the fight for him to listen so I ask her, and of course they are in fact married. My heart sank. I told her we should play again together and bid her good bye. I couldn’t stay there next to them. The guy would eventually catch on, and I’m not here to make any more enemies than we already have. I returned to Tammi who was enjoying some ale and spectating this sparring match between the felines. I could see that Riley was well under the influence trying to shoot dull arrows at the un-inebriated cat. Riley was getting his ass handed to him (at least not a chunk taken off). At some point, I see Riley grab Dante and kiss him. Great. There goes another one in the column for Riley. How the fuck does he do it??? I can’t get one girl, but since I’ve met him, Riley has smooched three guys (and got even more lucky with some of them). I decide to return to the barracks and rest up for tomorrow. I’ve seen enough.
The next day we meet up at the fountain like we were told. At first it was Tammi, Hazelf, and I. Sage came up later and then Riley sporting the “yeah I got some” look. Hazelf asked what happened, and Riley said nothing, so in the spirit of Razelf and me not having any luck myslelf, I said “He got some!” That may have ticked Riley off, but I couldn’t help it. My heart was still distraught from yesterday and all I felt was bitter. I know that wasn’t his fault, but I just can’t shake this mood. Anyhoo, Draxx and the Red Fool show up together with the Fool telling Draxx the same joke from before. Again, all I could hear was, “…and that’s when the bear fucked him.” Man I really need to know this joke. Maybe I’ll ask the Fool myself if we ever have any more down time. Tammi tells us information about the Gargoyle, and the Red Fool come up to us with a bag of healing potions. We each take one, because Ascended knows we are going to need it. The Red Fool also offers up the service of one of the Circus members of our choosing. We finally got introduced to the group with the Ogre being Ox, the human Agustus, Piper (who I already knew), the mummy man didn’t reveal his name, and the Eldakar was Carlyle. My first instinct was to pick Agustus on the off chance the gargoyle fried him. However, Tammi asked about the ogre, but Draxx said that he was already on another assignment. After some discussion, we decided on the archer, Carlyle, being that Lycore left us.
As we were about to leave, the two orphans from the other day came up to the Red Fool. This time however, they did not look like little orphans who were starving and needed money. Instead they pulled bag after bag of coins (I saw Sage’s expression change when one bag was pulled out). Somewhere in the mix I heard one of them say father. Were these the Fool’s children??? He nervously shooed them away. I didn’t know the sucker had kids. They must be following in daddy’s footsteps with all that coin on them. Anyway, we set out for the gargoyle. Carlyle shot an arrow with some weird rope attached to it at a building and proceeded to scale up the wall to the top of the building. I nodded at Tammi and activated my cloak in pursuit of him. We can’t afford to completely trust these guys and I don’t want them to get the drop on us if things go south. I don’t fly too high and risk being spotted giving up our element of surprise. I run along the tops of the buildings, using my wings to glide from rooftop to rooftop and keep pace with Carlyle. He seemed to dig it too.
We got some ways towards the north wall and the group below ran into a group of horny demons (not the good horny either). I see Carlyle knock 2 arrows on his bow and shoot. I look over the edge of the roof to see that he took out two demons in one shot. Tammie whipped out her white silver scimitar and slice through another creep. We moved on to the wall where through the busted gate, we could see some giant mounted cross bows (kinda like the one Ox has, but on wagons). There were also a couple of empty buildings by this gate which I saw Tammi, Hazelf, and Carlyle go into one. Before I could ask why, I heard the sound of wings beating in the air, hell I could feel it! Instinctively I head for a building, but on the other side of the road with Riley behind me. In the building I could see Sage. What the heck was she doing against the wall??? The gargoyle lands next to her and takes a swipe. I close my eyes in fear that I just lost another friend. I open them to see her still standing and Tammi behind it with her scimitar. Celestial guardians begin to pop up around the gargoyle too.
I hear Riley yell something about only heavy weapons doing damage to this creature because of its stone hide. I think I have something pretty hefty that can slay this creature (and I’m not referring to whats in my pants). I see this arrow explode (you read correctly EXPLODE) in the gargoyle’s face, and that’s when I saw my opportunity. I strummed one of my more powerful chords and let out a burst of energy through the wall of the building I was in and made a direct hit, slamming the beast against the wall. This provided an opportunity for sage to get away, and her Tammi, and Hazelf booked it to the other side of the wall. Hopefully they can get one of those crossbows working and take care of big ugly. Carlyle, Riley and I were throwing everything we have at this guy, but it doesn’t seem to be doing much damage. The gargoyle then takes to the air, hovering above the top of the wall. The beast lets out a menacing roar, but that doesn’t scare me. I’ve seen too much to let things scare me anymore. I let out another burst of energy and I think it finally got to the creep. I also see some giant arrows fly by, a couple hitting it, but shattering on impact and a few flying off in the distance.
The thing flies down again to take a swipe at Riley, and he gets hit. A second swipe comes again, but before it makes contact a white light starts emitting from Riley. Was this the will of the Ascended, I don’t know, but at least he’s ok. Before I can help I feel a burst of energy hit me right in the back. I turn around and lo and behold its my crazy ex girlfriend Sharnaynay (not really ex girlfriend. She wasn’t my girlfriend to begin with). What do I do?? Do I turn my attention to Sharnia and risk Riley and Carlyle getting killed? Do I keep my back to Shanaynay and risk getting myself killed?? I turn to her and see Sage with her trusty throwing spikes attacking. I thought I heard Tammi say “Hey! Nice rack!” Was she trying to get up on my girl. Sure, she might be a demon with the horns and wings and all that, but she’s still HOT. Anyway, I fire a bolt at demon babe, but her magical shields do their thing and here goes the boat all over again. I hear an explosion behind me, and someone shouting, “fuck you Carlyle!” I hope that means that the creature is dead. I see arrows fly towards Sharnia, only to be deflected by her shield. I see Hazelf from over the wall let loose this eruption of pure white energy obliterating my fantasy girl. Can’t say I’m not sad to see her go again, but at least I know there is no way in hell that she’s coming back.
We did it! I don’t believe that in a matter of days, we killed a minotaur, a gargoyle and demon Sharnaynay (and all of my cheeks are in tact). We can rest for now, but I know the job is not over. Hopefully at the end of this, I will have a whole collection of songs to annoy my friends with…if they’re still around….if I’M still around. The fuck am I thinking? OF COURSE WE’LL BE AROUND! We have each other, and that’s what we need to get though this! No one messes with us!