Hector gave Haqq another metal disc for examination, and the man just pocketed it and returned to asking Lynn questions, this time concerning her family’s medical history. Her very apparent Intarian heritage had not escaped Haqq’s notice, and she had to explain that she was indeed born in Atreya.
Hector’s attention was divided when yet another reaper appeared, this time descending from the ceiling.
‘Haqq, it’s almost time for the assembly meeting. Asad wants you to join him.’
Haqq rolled his eyes. “He still thinks he can convince Abbas?”
‘He does. And so do I.’
“Well, of course you do.”
The reaper’s skeletal face twisted impossibly with annoyance. After a moment, he eyed Haqq’s guests. ‘Hello. I do not believe I have seen any of you here before.’
“Agh, don’t bother them, too,” said Haqq.
Garovel jumped at the chance for another introduction. ‘We’re from Atreya. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m Garovel, and this is my servant, Hector Goffe, along with our comrade, Lynnette Edith.’
‘Atreya? Interesting. I am not exactly from around here, either. My name is Axiolis.’
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‘Oh?’ said Garovel. ‘Where are you from, then?’
Axiolis seemed about to answer when he stopped himself, hollow eyes narrowing. ‘You said... your name is Garovel?’
‘I did, yes.’
The reaper’s odd reaction had even gained Haqq’s attention. ‘Then,’ said Axiolis, ‘are you Chergoa’s brother?’
Hector blinked and turned to stare at Garovel, who took his sweet time answering.
‘...Yes, I am. How do you know Chergoa?’
‘She is an old friend,’ said Axiolis. ‘I happened to cross paths with her a few times before really getting to know her. The first was some three hundred years ago in Ardora. She was trying to have her servant dig a new well for a village that was struggling through a drought. It made a favorable impression on me.’
‘Yeah, she has a good heart,’ said Garovel. ‘Usually.’
‘When she first told me that she had a living sibling, I thought she was joking.’
‘I don’t blame you,’ said Garovel. ‘Is Chergoa here in Kuros, then? I don’t sense her nearby.’
Axiolis’ expression somehow darkened. ‘Oh... you do not know, then. I thought that perhaps she got word to you herself.’
‘My servant is a Rainlord,’ said Axiolis, sterner now. ‘His name is Zeff Elroy. He was captured by the Vanguard, which is why I am here seeking aid from the Sandlords. Chergoa’s current servant is Zeff’s daughter, Emiliana Elroy.’