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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Areada on Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:14 pm

"Oh, you're a suspect." Iris said, raising an eyebrow at him, "Just not exactly in the kind we lock up. You see, I have to suspect everybody. It's nothing personal, you understand. But if I didn't suspect everybody, it would just happen to be that one somebody I didn't suspect who did it. You understand the problem.

"I'd like to know if this looks at all familiar to you." Iris continued, "I'll be questioning all the other magic-users in town, of course, but you're the newest and I'm guessing that most of them will have no idea about this situation. Or they'll say that, at least.

Specifically, can you tell us anything about the black rotting away wooden podium? The girl doesn't bear any particular signs of magic, but if you can...sense anything, any is helpful."

She looked at Theo, "You're suspected too. Unless you alibi out. We'll need alibis from most everyone."

Theo had a dreadful sinking feeling in his stomach, and realized that he had no idea where his sister was. Not that she would have had anything to do with it, but he worried. If someone was out there, killing defenseless young women...

Not that Cardy was defenseless. He fully believed in her ability to take out probably most members of the village, given a need.

"You got that?" Iris yelled to the general crowd, "You're all suspects. Everyone in this town! And I'll be seeing to everyone's alibis PERSONALLY."

Theo watched Iris with an amount of respect and terror. She was deadly efficient and thought way too big to really be practical.

He grimaced. He really hoped she never found out about the business transactions he participated in from time to time.





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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Nayaby on Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:13 pm

Artur flashed Iris a brief smile, "My alibi is nearly airtight, dear Sheriff. Many villagers would have witnessed my walk from my home to the charred cafe this morning. I made a spectacle of myself, as I am oft to do." He turned his gaze to the body of Maryana Waters. "Allow me to give the body a brief inspection."

Artur strode up to the corpse without a hint of inhibition, as if he wasn't bothered in the slightest by the sight of the poor girl's condition. He knelt over the body and pulled out not his tortoise, but a sparkling blue ball seemingly made of glass. The item was translucent, which crooked white lines protruding from the centre to the surface. "A divining orb," Artur explained, "It's a sort of magic detector, a remnant of the great Grimboran Magisterium. Sadly, none of their recipes survived. What I would give to taste authentic Grimboran cuisine!"

Artur held the object over several spots on Miss Waters' body with no visible effect. The look on Artur's face slowly turned from fanciful curiosity to worry, though he strove to conceal it. Beneath the confines of his robes, when he was certain everyone was looking away, if only for a brief moment, he drew a pin and pricked himself on the finger, allowing a drop of his blood to fall on the body. It wouldn't be noticed amongst all of Miss Waters' other injuries. He realized he had been holding his breath and released it. It wasn't her. At least not as far as he could tell.

When Artur spoke to the Sheriff again his voice had taken a more serious note, "I can't imagine what went through her mind when this happened. A physical assault would have been a mercy compared to this, poor thing. It's something like a balloon. You keep filling it with air, and the more air you fill it with, the bigger, and better, and more brilliant the balloon becomes! But also the more volatile. You reach that critical point where the balloon just can't hold any more air, and it pops. Our dear Miss Waters, was a balloon. Only, instead of air she was filled with magical energy. It reached that critical point and... pop. That's my best guess anyway. As much as I hate to admit it, I could very well be wrong. Whatever did this is a powerful force. Far stronger than even me. And I'm damn well magnificent, so that should worry you. And the podium is just gone, I can't seem to sense a trace of it."

He looked about, seemingly uncertain about something, "Carrion birds. Crows, and ravens, and the like. They aren't very common around here. If you notice any, you'll be sure to let me know, right?"
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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by MozytheHealer on Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:15 pm

Opal followed everyone to the square and was horrified. She positioned herself so that she could listen with half an ear to what the Sheriff was saying, but also listen to what everyone else was saying. It was hard, as she was very easily confused, but it worked. She heard Artur say to the Sheriff something about telling him if anyone saw crows and turned toward Artur, looking away from the body. "I couldn't help but overhear you talking about crows, and I think I saw some this morning while I was studying. I was at my house on the outskirts of town, on my porch."
She had indeed seen them and thought it odd, but had dismissed it, as she had a lot of studying to do and didn't need anything distracting her.
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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Areada on Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:19 pm

Theo looked at Artur, "Crows, Ravens? You're right, they're not too common around here, but I could have sworn there was some sort of bird circling the other day. Do ravens and crows circle? I haven't the faintest idea..."

Iris gave him a look, "Hush. You're interrupting my focus. Can you alibi out this man, and that woman." she indicated Opal, "for that matter?"

"Yes." Theo said, "They've been at the party for hours with me. This corpse looks fresh."

"It is." said Officer Donny, who was performing a rudimentary sort of inspection, "I can't tell for sure, but it can't have been more than an hour since she died. It looks like most of her bruising was caused in some sort of struggle. I would guess that she was fighting for her life, and doing a damn good job of it."

"So she had a chance, against her attacker?" Iris said, "Interesting. But where does the magic come into it."

"See, I believe it could have either been the cuts on her neck and head that did her in, but I can't be sure, or whatever magic involvement it was." Donny said, "There was a weapon involved, probably some sort of dagger or knife. But only for those injuries. The rest look very much like just extreme fighting."

"We'll have to have the morticians in to make sure." Iris said, "But thank you, Officer.

She turned to Theo, "If these two will also alibi you, then I suppose I can have you three cleared and you can help me with the investigation. I can vouch for Officer Donny and he for me, and also the secretary of the sheriff's office."

She looked at the corpse, and a very dark expression crossed her face.

"I don't like this." she said, "The townsfolk hold that this place is peculiar, but I never believed a word of the 'secret magical substance'. If it is that substance, why is it now, after so many years, that things have finally happened of consequence? But if it is not, what sort of thing has come upon our town with such malevolence."

She looked at Artur, Theo, and Opal, "Though, for all we know, it is the product of an unfortunate magical experiment by a murderous member of the community. Let us hope so, yes?"

Theo nodded, "Yes."

But he thought, and Iris probably knew, he realized, that from Artur's face and words, things were not going to be that simple.

How irritating! Could it really be that ridiculous green dirt? There was no way.

"Mr. Koery." Iris said, "Where is your sister? She's sharp, and I could use the both of you on this."

Theo grimaced, realizing the implications of what he was about to say.

"I haven't seen her." he said, "Not for half an hour or so."

He looked at Artur, "You talked to her last, what did she say?"


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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Zip on Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:05 am

Jarvis arrived late to the scene holding a fist sized stack of papers in one arm and a roped up greenish bird in the other. The fist sized stack of papers was the amount of paperwork needed to submit a death to Magnificence's National Records.

The bird was the creature that brought over the files was called a Hanforb, an artificial animal crafted by the Godwin Kingdom's elite sorcerers. They could smell the scent of death up to 150 miles and once detected, sent the paperwork to the courier in charge of the particular sector. The one in particular that Jarvis had captured would have sent word back to Magnificence's Ministry of Appropriate Response if he hadn't caught it. It put up a fight.

He nicknamed the bird Spicy.

By the time he made it to the crowd, the woman in the center had demanded alibis from everyone. He gulped. Not because he was afraid of being accused of murder through malicious use of magic(he couldn't even use it) but because of the very brief, but very amorous affair he had with the sheriff about two years ago until it ended because of...things. Things involving a new interest in making sock puppets and a a rather unwarranted questioning of Jarvis' maturity. Today things between them were less than...amicable.

At least in Jarvis' eyes anyway.

In the time since, he had gotten at least twelve citations for inappropriate use of the courier badge to get free things. All of which were completely true, but something in the back in his mind made him wonder....

All this thinking made him lose track of where he was going when he bumped into Mrs. Geemer.

"Oh!" she yelled. "Jarvis, thank the stars you're here! Someone was murdered!"

"Mrs. Geemer not no-" He tried to say, but at this point, it was already too late. Everyone's attention had shifted had shifted to Jarvis...including Iris'.

He bit his lips. Mother of Vo- He suddenly looked up.

"Why hello, sweetie!" He said with his best smile. "How have you been keeping? Me? I've got a bird, his name's Spicy. You want to touch?" Spicy wiggled around a little.
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Meanwhile, the wind had blown Zop into the ground as the sound of Rhorzans suddenly stopped. A rider had stepped off, examined it, put it in his pocket, and signaled the others to continue.
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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Nayaby on Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:40 am

There had been sightings of crows then. That was unnerving. She was watching. Perhaps she was watching for the same reason Artur had come to Clueless himself. He shook his head slightly and replied, "Miss Ko'erey? She seemed quite upset about the loss of her jobs. I believe she left the party a little early to go home, but not before I offered her a position as my assistant. I could use a proper humanoid, bipedal assistant. Tortoises are rather slow, and lack thumbs you see. I see where you're heading with this question, and she certainly didn't strike me as the murdering type. If she did this, she's quite the wily demoness, isn't she? Tell me Theodore, has your sister been acting strange recently? Glowing red or yellow eyes? Speaking in tongues? Sacrificing small animals to appease a demonic god?"

It was at this point that Jarvis arrived on the scene, a tied-up Hanforb held under his arm.
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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Areada on Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:35 am

Iris's eyes narrowed with a strong dislike and also a fair amount of general irritation.

"No thank you." she said, "And if those are death papers under your arm, you can forget about having them processed anytime soon. You know we need to conduct a full investigation before submitting them, or else it will take forever to get them out of the records. I suggest you hand them to Officer Donny, and he'll see about filling them out."

Officer Donny looked less than excited about the prospect of paperwork.

"Your sister does paperwork for fun, right?" he asked Theo, "She could fill this out?"

Cardamon had, indeed, at times, been known to help the morticians out with paperwork.

"Sure, I guess." Theo said, "And Sheriff, I'm sure she just went home. She hasn't been strange at all recently, just out of sorts about the jobs today."

"I really agree with you." Iris said, "It's just the technical bit of alibi, and she'll be in the clear. I only ask because I'd love to have both of you on deck for this investigation, but I need her cleared before I can give her any official trust. Personal trust, sure. But the paperwork, the technicalities!"

Theo nodded sympathetically.

"And I'm fairly sure people would have noticed if she'd been looking demonic recently, she gets about town quite a lot. Busy girl." Iris continued.

She glanced at Jarvis again, and glared, "I don't suppose he alibis out." she said, mournfully, "Unfortunately, murder isn't really his style and he can't use magic."





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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Nayaby on Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:19 am

"Well Sheriff," Artur said, "What's our next move? It's quite late, so perhaps it would be most prudent to continue the investigation on the morrow, after our brains have had some time to thoroughly chew and properly digest the situation."
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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Zip on Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:01 am

The waning double moons were partially obscured by some low lying clouds that night. Jarvis struggled to keep Spicy in his arms.

"Yeah, I agree with the wizard fellow. I...don't suppose I can leave town to go home, can I?"

At that point, Mrs. Geemer's eyes lit up.
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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Areada on Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:11 am

Iris sighed, "Well, you all ought to get some sleep. Investigation, first thing in the morning. Theo, you'd better be at the station in the morning, I have loads of paperwork that will need done."

Theo grimaced, "Alright, Sheriff."

Iris glared at Jarvis, "Yes, please go."

Mrs. Geemer did not agree, "NO." she said, her eyes lighting up moments before, "Jarvis is a man of the world. I'm sure he'll be an immense help, officer."

Mrs. Geemer was a well-intentioned woman, but a loud one, and a tactless. She completely failed to notice the hateful tension emitting from Jarvis and Iris.

Theo ducked out, with a nod to Artur.

"Thanks," he said, "I'd best get home to Cardamon. You mean you'd really give her a job? That's incredibly nice of you. She's a good person, really, you know. She's just a bit blunt and morose, and sometimes enigmatic. It's an indecision thing."

He sighed, with half a laugh, "Well, this has certainly been quite a day. Lots for me to do at home, paperwork, letters to write, oh dear."
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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by MozytheHealer on Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:08 pm

Opal noticed the tension between Jarvis and Iris and backed away from them slightly. She didn't like being near people who were emitting such a level of hate at each other. "I think I will be going as well. I have a little more studying that I have to do today." She said, a little awkwardly.
Opal nodded to each of them, then turned to walk away. This had been a horribly complicated day, and it made her very tired. She was not used to being around such numbers of people, and it was very disconcerting to have someone in the town die like that.
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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Areada on Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:33 am

It was a really lovely morning. Dewey, and fresh, and perfect. Old Miss Brownboot, who lived on the edge of town with a garden that would beat out all the competition with violence in any 'most likely to cause a rift in the space-time continuum due to sheer mind-numbing flamboyancy', was up early watering her flowers with her miracle-growth fertilizer. No one was sure what it was, and she wasn't telling. Jarvis might be able to tell you a different story, though, perhaps involving a perilous journey and a lot of black black market deals. But that's only a theory.

Back to Miss Brownboot. As she watered her flowers, she had to pause and look up through her exceedingly expensive, probably magical glasses. Because there was dust rising from the road in a cloud, and two extremely strange shapes approaching with haste.

The two riders rode large Rhorzans, both rather ferocious looking. The riders were no exception. Both were tall and had roughly the same build and coloring, though one was a man and one was a woman. Twins? Miss Brownboot thought to herself.

Both wore dark blue outfits of thick, leathery cloth. Both wore large belts, on which were hooked two swords for each. Their capes flowed dark gold, and their hair was a dark brown. The woman's was long and curly and clipped somewhat with golden ornaments, the man's was short, but shaggy, and bound back by a golden thread. Both looked cold, imposing, and Miss Brownboot made a mental note to hide the fertilizer the first chance she got.

The riders passed her home, with barely a glance in her direction, though if the rider's eyes widened at the sight of her garden, it was probably not a trick of the light.

Cardamon was walking into town, having left Theo at home, where he was doing some frantic paperwork. There had been a death. Theo had come home full of stories of murder and magic, and frantically begged Cardamon to tell him what she'd done that night. She assured him that she had walked home, and seen nothing.

Cardamon was worried. A fear and terror had struck her last night, on her way home. Things were not okay. The events of last night proved that. She found it difficult to breathe, sometimes, and had cried for a long while early that morning, in the back garden where Theo could not see. Now she was composed, she was off to offer her assistance to Iris. There was the small matter of alibi. That would be tricky. But if she could not help with the investigation due to her unable to be confirmed alibied out status, at least she could find something to distract her from the fear gnawing at her stomach and terror gripping her heart.

What had happened? What in this good land had caused such events to play out?

She had just reached the crime scene of the town center, when the Rhorzan riders arrived. She was the lone figure in the otherwise empty town center, the body had been removed for autopsy. The riders rode in in a moment, a terrifying moment. Cardamon nearly screamed, but did not, though when she saw the riders, she wished she had done so.

The riders looked at her, and their eyes met with hers, and she was afraid anew. But something made her feel defiant, the thing that had kept her from despairing the last night. None of this was her fault, and she would be damned if she let the world continue down this path of fear and destruction. Indecisiveness nagged at her back, but the fear was stronger.

With her most polite smile, and with a heavy dose of antagonistic energy, she said "What can I do for you this fine morning?"

The riders stared at her.

"Perhaps you would be so good as to direct us to someone in charge of this town?" the woman said.

"Right this way." Cardamon said, gesturing to the road the town hall was on, "Follow me, please."




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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by MozytheHealer on Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:45 am

After Opal had walked away from the crime scene she hurried back to her house, a little frantic. She shoved open the door and, not bothering to turn on the lights, went to a small back room. There was a man her same age standing in front of a washbasin and washing his hands.
"Brother, did it go well?" She asked, hugging him.
"Wonderfully. They found that other body at a perfect moment." Her brother said, smiling.
"Did you...?"
"No. That wasn't part of the plan, but it definitely helped." He dried his hands and looked at her. "I assume your part went well, what with the unplanned distraction."
Opal nodded. "And no one suspects me. They all think I'm an airhead."
"Perfect." Opal's brother walked from the room and Opal followed. "Go to your room and sleep. They won't find him tonight." He said from the doorway of another dark room.
Opal nodded and hurried to her room, pleased at how the day had gone.


The next morning Opal's brother slept in while Opal prepared breakfast. She didn't try to wake him, as he liked to sleep in, and she didn't hear that much happening outside other than the normal morning noise, so she assumed that He hadn't been found yet.
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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Nayaby on Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:40 am

“Well, what do we have here,” Artur said quietly to himself, watching the Rhorzan riders from a safe distance. He had come into town that morning to seek out Cardamon about the job he had offered her, but it seemed that these strangers had found her first. They didn’t seem hostile, but there was something very wrong about them, though Artur couldn’t quite place it.

“They’re definitely there,” Artur decided, scratching his chin. “I should grow a beard. Naked chins are no fun to scratch. No, no, focus Artur. Cardamon may be in danger. They are there. I think. It’s hard to tell. What do you think Tortimer?”

“Maaah,” the tortoise said.

“Very good point,” Artur nodded, “They are there, but they aren’t there! That’s brilliant!” He frowned, “But then, they must be elsewhere if they aren’t with them. But where?” He withdrew his wand and tapped the end against his temple thoughtfully. “That’s it! They are there, and they aren’t there, because they are there! It’s all rather obvious once you put a little thought into it.”

“Maaah?” Tortimer said.

“Of course not!” Artur replied, “They haven’t seen me yet, and I’d like to maintain the element of surprise for as long as possible.”
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Post by Zip on Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:02 pm

---((Bah, mindless filler. Couldn't stop myself. Feel free to skip ahead if you want.))
Jarvis threw away the rest of his breakfast into the provided trash bin. It was also filled with breakfasts finished two-thirds of the way.

The breakfast consisted of a (relatively fresh) bagel, regionally famous Clueless sushi(for being able to turn eaters completely orange in six weeks), low fat yogurt geared towards women trying to lose weight(imported all the way from Anorexica), and a cafeteria kebab(some meat thrown on something sharp, and afterwards sprinkled with the seeds of a pom-wom-pom fruit).

That night, he stayed at the local hostel,The Awful Quirk , since when forced to choose between staying in a jail cell where he was sure Iris would slip something in his food, and the elderly Mrs. Geemer who assured him more than enough times that Mr. Geemer was away in the province of Cyril for business, he didn't mind giving up a few currants.

...Granted, he forgot his wallet at home, and the proprietor refused to let him to stay for free. Instead, Leo forced him to stay in the "scum class" room with the rest of the town's homeless. He eventually made friends with one particularly vagabond. Elliot Norwood's business plan to raise chinchillas for fun and profit failed after two weeks after a particularly nasty spiced toast rainstorm caused his stock to overfeed and drop dead.

"Long live capitalism, eh, Elliot?" he said to him on his way out the door that morning.
---((End mindless writing. Somewhat.))

It was a beautiful morning on his way to town hall that morning. It rather reminded Jarvis of his favorite horror novelist whose books always went something along the lines of, ahm...err. Anyways, Mrs. Geemer had offered to take care of Spicy for the day while he assisted with the investigation so he was relatively free for the day.

He stopped over at the florist to pick up a bouquet to place an order...until he realized that he'd probably be the one sent to go out and get it, so he continued on to town hall.

He arrived in front of the entrance. The huge, Votwood doors were also sprinkled with SO to keep them from...igniting or something along those lines. He opened the doors as quietly as you could open ancient, rickety doors and looked around for Theo. The small building was actually only one room, with stadium style seating and two bright red podiums in the center for debate and discussion, reminiscent of the olden days of Magnificence democracy. In the top corner, there was a small stage for a band to play fitting music for the occasion.

He took a seat in the third level, and attempted to adjust his gloves, which for some reason looked really crooked. "Hey, isn't that Pendragon's wife up there? She looks well-off for a grief stricken widow," he whispered to the woman next to him. He then noticed the scent of her hair. "Hey, is that pom-wam-pom I smell in there? It smells lovely on y-" He stopped after he recognized the scent. "Just my luck," he muttered.

He sat upright and said, "Good morning, Iris. Wonderful day, isn't it? I hear the Magsy grey flower is in full bloom."
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Post by MozytheHealer on Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:02 am

Opal's brother walked into the room where Opal was setting the table and sat. Opal set his breakfast in front of him and then sat herself, at the other spot at the table. "We had better make you an alibi for both...incidents." She said to him.

"Yes. We can always say that I was at home with a headache. No one saw me around town last night." Opal's brother said, leaning back in his chair and thinking.

"And the Sheriff talked to me last night while at the scene, so I'm off the hook for both as well." Opal said, hoping her brother thought that that was good. Her brother smiled at her before taking a bite of his breakfast.

"That's wonderful, Opal. You did a very good job last night. We shall walk to the town hall to see the Sheriff with my alibi right after breakfast."

Opal smiled widely at the praise.


After breakfast they left the house, heading for the town hall. "After this, Em, can we toast our success with that bottle I brought back last night?" Opal asked quietly, so no one else could hear. Her brother nodded slightly, and gestured slightly for her to stop talking. She immediately fell silent and looked down. She believed she had convinced the Sheriff and the others that she was timid, and her brother wouldn't like it if the found otherwise.
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Re: A Town Called Clueless

Post by Areada on Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:24 am

Cardamon walked before the Rhorzan riders, leading them as quickly as she could to the town hall. She glanced around, noticing with some discomfort that people were staring. In the most graphic sense of the word, mouths hanging open and eyes practically bulging and everything. She hurried faster, glancing back at the silent riders every now and then. They radiated power and probably a good deal of magic. She suddenly wished she was better at magic, or maybe decisive enough to confront them or just run away.

The town hall was finally in sight. She sprinted towards it, pulled the doors open, and held them open. The riders halted, looking into the building.

"Our thanks." the woman said, "Your name?"

"Cardamon Ko'erey." Cardamon said, firmly.

The woman raised an eyebrow, "Ko'erey? You are unusual, child. I've never seen one quite like you before."

Cardamon felt a stab of fear. Did the woman know? No. She couldn't.

"Ko'ereys are unusual." Cardamon said, "It's sort of a thing."

The woman raised her other eyebrow, "It is one thing for a group to be infamous. It is quite another for an individual within the group to possess qualities that would make them infamous to their group, and infamous to the world because of their infamous status within their group. Those who are different should not be considered lightly."

Cardamon's head swam, but she nodded.

"You're confusing her, Ete." the man said, "Let the Ko'erey girl go for now. She's not that interesting."

"Oh, I beg to differ." the woman said, with a lingering glance at Cardamon before she turned away.

"Thank you for your guidance." the man said, "We no longer need you."

The riders took up the reins again, and their Rhorzans walked straight into the town hall. Cardamon sat down, overwhelmed, by the doors, and curled up into a ball. She felt sick and wanted everything to stop. It wasn't fair. Why did these things have to happen? Couldn't Clueless just abide in peace?

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Iris gave Jarvis a withering, nasty glare, "Don't give me any of that flower talk, Jarvis. You'd best be quiet right now before you say something I really hate. Believe you me, I've half a mind to toss you in jail right now and find a reason later-GARBREY'S EYES!" she swore, springing to her feet, "What in the fourteen pits of eternal waffle-making is that?"

The riders had entered the town hall, causing a fair bit of panic and destruction to the furniture.

Iris suddenly stamped her foot on Jarvis's, "Argh. This is your fault, somehow."


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Post by MozytheHealer on Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:33 am

Opal and her brother stopped when they reached the town hall. Opal glanced at her brother, who in turn glanced at the riders. "Who are they, Em?" Opal asked her brother nervously.

Her brother shook his head. "I've never seen anyone like that." He walked into the town hall after the riders, completely ignoring Cardamon. Opal followed closely, clinging to her brother's arm.

"Maybe they have something to do with the murder last night." Opal suggested quietly. Her brother shrugged slightly, watching the riders with interest.
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Post by Nayaby on Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:13 am

"How rude, and without even a simple thank you," Artur said, strolling up to Cardamon with a smile, "You feeling right as rain Miss Ko'erey?"

Artur had cast a charm on the door to town hall. A little something he hoped would continue to hide his presence from the Rhorzan riders. Actually, he hadn't cast a spell on the door. He was certain the riders would notice such an obvious source of magic. Instead he had cast a spell to cast a spell to cast a spell on the door, routing the magical energy through a tree, a lamppost, and Miss Brownboot's hat. That should at least confuse the reptillian-riding-wretches for a moment.

"Chin up girl!" Artur said, taking a seat on the steps next to her, "There's nothing to be afraid of. Literally!" He laughed, "Rest assured that those incredibly intriguing folks were not just standing here, being rude and just all-around creepy. At least, not at the moment you just spoke to them anyway. They're sort of... flickering. Yes, that's the word. Flicker flicker flicker!" He wriggled his fingers with his last few words. "I wonder if they make good tea." Artur scratched his chin. "You can tell a lot about a culture by the beverages they serve you know. For instance, the wandering Shkwaga Nomads of the eastern Chaos Lands derive a peculiar draught by steeping jaka bird feathers in boiling stink buffalo milk. For a visitor to refuse an offered drink is a great insult punishable by two consecutive days hanging by your ankles from a tree. The Shkwaga Nomads don't drink the concoction themselves, of course. They just have a fondness for humiliating their guests. All good fun, really!"
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Post by Areada on Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:02 am

Cardamon almost laughed, but she felt too sick. However, she did uncurl herself and look up at the ridiculous wizard.

"It wasn't that they were rude." Cardamon managed to say, "They were just not quite right. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know what to feel."

She swallowed, "It's been a bad couple of days for me, I guess. I could use some tea. Not jaka bird and buffalo tea, though." she said, managing a chuckle, "That's terrible, really, but so funny. What would you say of Clueless, with our fine wines and abundant wine-cellars?"


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Post by Nayaby on Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:59 pm

Artur looked at Cardamon curiously. She could sense something was off about the Rhorzhan riders. No perfectly ordinary human being should have been able to tell anything was amiss about them. What was it the cloaked woman had said? That Cardamon was unusual, and something to do with Ko'ereys. It was unsettling, as Artur had never sensed anything in particular about the girl.

"Ah yes, the vineyards surrounding Clueless produce much more palatable drinks than the nomads of the eastern Chaos Lands," Artur said, "Now, what say you about finding out what exactly our mysterious visitors are after? I'm certain we could sneak a peek through an open window."
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Post by Zip on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:15 am

Jarvis rolled his eyes and as his ex clucked on. He leaned back against his section of the bench and attempted to remember his mother's advice. Go ahead and find a nice Neoclassicist girl, Jarvy! she often said in her letters. Humbug. He was perfectly fine to stew in his own little pit of bitterness and-

His face suddenly grimaced in extreme discomfort. What if--His thoughts were interrupted when the pain train pulled up to his brain.

He jumped up and began hopping on one foot. "D'Arvit, woman!" he swore. "It was a joke!" He stopped when something familiar somehow reached out to him.

He looked down, and clad in more expensive clothing he would ever see in his lifetimes, were two out of towners. His fingers twitched, like an old bad habit had just resurfaced, but he controlled them.

But there was something more. "Zop," he said under his breath. He bit his lips as the band stopped playing, the debaters stopped debating, and the guards began to guard.

The young, fair, but incredibly pampered Alice Pendragon snapped her fingers and the town's guard moved in to surround the intruders.

There were three of them, each wearing old leather armor with the town's emblem emblazoned on them and wielded a shield and a slightly rusted iron spear. The burliest of them stepped in front of the riders and pointed his weapon in at them.

He was Samuel Ronit, a grizzled war veteran serving on the Cyrillian defense forces during the tense Waffle Conflict. The trooper had retired to Clueless after his deployment for the "peace." Jarvis smiled. Speaking from experience, the guy could definitely handle himself in a tough situation.

The fellow's retirement party was scheduled in two weeks! Jarvis frowned. In the back of his mind, he knew how this could eventually play out.

Alice nodded at the senior guard. Sam growled at the riders, trying to imply he wasn't afraid to use his weapon.

"Your disruption of this public gathering will not be tolerated, " he began. "I am ordering you to step off of your mounts and state your name, rank, and intention."

The other young guards attempted to follow suit, but from Jarvis could make out, they were more scared of Sam the riders.


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Cardamon smiled, "You're pretty, um, how shall I say-nosy. But that's not a bad thing, I think. Let's find a window!"

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The man and woman complied, though acting as if they had not heard the order. Both kept a handle on the reins with their right hand, and stepped forward, nearly in unison.

"We wish to speak with your leader." the woman said, "Or leaders, as the case may be."

"Our visit is purely academic." the man said, "We wish to study the land around here for certain properties."



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Post by Nayaby on Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:51 pm

Artur peered into through the crack between two shutters of a window.

So, the Rhorzan riders were in Clueless to 'study the land for certain properties.' They couldn't possibly be talking about the Sparkly Green, could they? Artur had never been able to find out anything remarkable about it, save for its remarkable remarkableness. Had he missed something?

He leaned in to get a better look at the riders, but perhaps he shouldn't have. Instead of putting his eye up to the crack in the shutters, he wound up putting his forehead through the shutters. Naturally the rest of his head followed. Being partially through already, Artur decided he may as well let the rest of his body tumble into the building after.

"Oh, hello there. Fancy not-meeting not-people like you here!" Artur said, picking himself up and dusting himself off. "I'm Artur Lore, pleasure to meet you. Would you like a hot beverage? I could make tea! Doesn't tea sound wonderful? Tea for everyone!"

It was a peculiar sight to see the man tap the floor with his wand to light a immobile fire, then retrieve a tortoise from his robes and transmogrify it into a kettle which seemed to just float over the flames.

"Mr. Ronit, you like yours without sugar, yes? Everyone else?"
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Post by Zip on Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:44 pm

Samuel grunted, almost to express his disappointment.

He turned to his fellow guards. "Boys!" he yelled. They both exhaled suddenly. "Stand down, Mayor Pendragon can handle thi-BY VOT'S EYE!" It was at this point that Artur crashed in through the shutters onto the debate floor, put on a kettle made out of a magical tortoise, and asked Samuel how he liked his tea.

Jarvis burst out laughing, along with the rest of the spectators around him.

"Rip his head off, Ronny!" someone yelled. The observers went into another round of laughter.

Suddenly it stopped as Alice held up her hand. "That's..." her soothing voice paused for dramatic effect. She knew she had the crowd eating out of her palm. She smiled. "Enough." The line gave way to quiet awe from the stadium.

She looked at the riders. "Hello, and speaking for the town of Clueless, I am Alice Pendragon, interim mayor. Will you please follow me to my office to discuss whatever it is you two think is important enough to track mud all over the town hall's floors?"

She turned to her senior guard.

"Samuel, will you please escort Mr. Lore to the green room for the physical challenge?"

Unanimous applause followed. From what Jarvis heard, brutality, humiliation, and jaka birds were all things associated with the physical challenge.

As much as he wanted to see what a "SO massage rub" was, he couldn't help but intervene. He stood up and raised his hand.

"Ahh yes, Pendragon sir...ma'am...person?" Jarvis asked.

"Jarvis Boffan of Magnificence Postal Systems!" the secretary announced.

"Yes?" Alice asked?

"I do believe you might require a magic consultant in this meeting to explain certain things, and Mr. Lore is the..." he trailed off. "Mr. Lore seems to be capable of magic, and from what I've seen, he's fairly literate."

Alice sighed. She, along with everyone else, was looking forward to the physical challenge. "Very well, Mr. Lore, come with me."

The crowd booed. She looked at sheriff Iris. "Iris? Would you please be a darling and come with us and keep Mr. Lore out of trouble?"

Suddenly, she smiled. "And, ahh...Samuel? Would you please take Mr. Boffan to the green room and start chumming the swamp waters?"

Jarvis bit his lip. "Vot-D'Arvit," he muttered under his breath.

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