"T-two days," Conrad replied. "A p-priest found m-me at the t-tavern and asked if I'd s-seen you. I w-was on my way home t-to see if you'd l-left a m-message or something I'd m-missed when I f-found your g-gloves."
Post by Kender Bard on Jul 23, 2009 2:22:42 GMT -5
Kaylin blinked, confused about that. "I don't recall discarding them to be honest." Her brow furrowed in consternation.
"Riva couldn't carry you alone," Sirius said from his cot. He had been feigning sleep, and even now didn't bother to open his eyes or stir. "She had me help her. This was before she decided to add me to her collection. On the way out of Morilanta, after she'd grabbed Gabe and dragooned him into assisting her, we waylaid a traveler who had spotted our encampment near Acoia. He was the first victim, the dead boy. Then Riva gave Gabe something shortly before she ordered me to come with her. She grabbed you-" he looked at Kaylin then "-and I decided I'd had enough. I couldn't really do anything about overpowering her. She's Storm and knows where my Water sign is. She could have just killed me; and if I'd tried to overpower her, she would have sleep-pinched me as well probably. Anyway I took your gloves off and dropped them because they were innocuous enough. Sure as I had suspected, she turned on me after we'd gotten you 'tucked in' and I'd found Gabe unconscious."
Post by Kender Bard on Jul 23, 2009 15:52:42 GMT -5
"More or less," Sirius answered. "Riva came out here in hopes that being closer to Efil and away from most of her competition would mean she would have ample chance of forwarding her successes without risk of sabotage." He rolled over and added, "And all our senior priests were killed in a bloody sacrifice a while back ago, so there's nobody to teach the young ones."
Post by Kender Bard on Jul 23, 2009 16:58:19 GMT -5
Sirius just shrugged and fell silent.
"Me either," Kaylin agreed quietly. She sighed and her eyes shut a bit, tiredly, before she looked over at where Gabe slept soundly. "Poor kid. You know, they're probably going to put him with the other temple orphans. It's not a bad life - probably paradise compared to Morilanta - but still. I feel for him. He seems like a good kid too." And for some irrational reason, she was beginning to feel a bit responsible for him - perhaps because Sirius showed no inclination to do so.
"So do you spend all day saving captive slaves or what?" Sirius asked Conrad.
Post by Kender Bard on Jul 23, 2009 18:15:43 GMT -5
Sirius gave him a look that was commonplace to that announcement - confusion at how a man who stutters could be a singing bard. Then he shrugged, not caring enough to ask. "Better hope nobody misses Riva, though I doubt they will."
"Why?" Kaylin asked, suspiciously.
Sirius bared his teeth in a fierce, nasty grin. "Cause otherwise someone will come looking for her and Morilanta has little qualms with bloody revenge."
Conrad flinched slightly and shook his head. "B-b-bloody r-revenge for what? I d-don't know when or if they w-would m-make an excep-p-ption, b-b-but Acoia d-doesn't t-tend t-to s-sentence p-p-people to d-death."
Post by Kender Bard on Jul 23, 2009 18:33:21 GMT -5
"Any excuse to spread evil," Sirius replied with mock cheerfulness.
"Is Acoia in danger?" Kaylin asked in a hushed, frightened voice.
Sirius shook his head. "Naw. As I said. Riva wasn't really important that I know of. As far as I'm aware, she was just some nobody acolyte who got too bold in coming here. But for all I know she has rich or prestigious family. Not likely, though, or she wouldn't have had to come here. She'd have just bought or threatened her way to a higher position."