Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Well... maybe the killer knows Qorvass really well.

Better than Asad, huh? Fine, I’m sure that’s a possibility. But I’m hearing a whole lot of speculation and not very much actual investigating.

I’m just trying to narrow down our pool of suspects.

Ha. Did you watch a lot of cop shows when you were younger?

Uh. Maybe.

Was this before or after that little stint as a criminal mastermind you told me about?

L-let’s just focus on the investigation.

Yes, let’s.

Hector stopped walking as he realized that he was staring at one of the building’s exits. Dunehall was still practically a maze to him, so he’d just kinda been following Garovel around, but now he had to ask, “Where are we going?”

Everyone else is questioning people around the castle, so I think they’ve got that covered. We’re going to talk to people outside.

“Uhh--” When he saw that Garovel had not stopped along with him, Hector jumped to a brisk walk in order to catch up again. “Why would anyone outside Dunehall know anything?”

Not sure, actually. That’s why I didn’t ask anyone to come with us. I don’t want to waste their time.

“...But?”

But what Lynn said is still bothering me.

“Lynn?”

Don’t you remember? Those mysterious reports she told us about?

“Oh.” Frankly, he’d all but forgotten. Strange occurrences all across Sandlord territory, is what Lynn had said. And he supposed Garovel had a point. Fuad Saqqaf’s apparent murder certainly qualified as a strange occurrence.

Soon, they were outside and venturing up the underground path into the fresh air of early morning. It felt a little strange, sneaking off like this. He’d already grown accustomed to following the lead of these more experienced and powerful lords. He hadn’t realized how much he enjoyed this sense of independence. Though, he WAS still taking orders from Garovel, but that didn’t really count, Hector felt.

Without any other method of transport, Hector resorted to running. He considered using iron platforms to launch himself over long distance--like he’d practiced in Gray Rock--but Moaban made that seem like a bad idea, what with so many trees everywhere. The deep forestation might have been pretty to look at, but it sure didn’t make navigation any easier. After about five minutes, he’d already lost track of which direction Dunehall was in.

17 comments:

  1. Two pages in two days? What is this sorcery?

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  2. Vincent Atd[perspherspley]May 12, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Hector stopped walking as [he] realized that he was staring at one of the building’s exits.

    He considered using [to] iron platforms to launch himself over long distance--like he’d practiced in Gray Rock--but Moaban made that seem like a bad idea, what with so many trees everywhere.

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  3. Dunno. Someone must be tampering with my site.

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  4. Shhhhh: disturb not the writing fairies, for they are skittish and prone to caffeine benders. ;)

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  5. Orientation 101:
    Use a map. Carry a compass or a charged mobile phone with GPS. Make notes of landmarks. Remember where you parked the car. ;P

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  6. Some more:
    "But I’m hearing a whole [lot] of speculation and not very much actual investigating."

    "Hector jumped to [a] brisk walk in order to catch up again."

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  7. Guess it's either time for Hector's iron pillars or his freakin' large needles to pinpoint his location. While Garovel telling him how many did he make and which direction.

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  8. I just had a thought: you all know how Parson killed Soccoro partly to make sure that she didn't crash the economy? If that really did so much damage and the free market hadn't evolved some kind of moderating ability on lucrative powers, Abolishers would use their own powers to do it.

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  9. They did in the past with diamonds. It's the very example Parson brings up when killing her.

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  10. He didn't say what material was used to crash it last time, only that it was annoying to fix (and that they have some watchdogs now). Although I do think that the diamonds that the Jungle Wars were fought over came from Abolish.

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  11. I guess I'd forgotten about that. Still he was pretty unreasonable considering that he knows that the rainlords won't harm civilians out of spite, even if they did actually think he would mind.

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  12. No one ever claimed Parson was reasonable. He's a very fanatical zealot.

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  13. Well, he's pretty smart, and for all we actually 100% know, his plan really will benefit the war against the Vanguard in the long run.

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  14. Smart and reasonable aren't necessarily the same thing. I doubt Parson would be willing to budge from his path to overthrow sermung no matter how many arguments you throw his way.

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  15. What, no Next Page button?

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...
    (five minutes later:)
    ...OOOOOOOOOoooooo!





    Oh, well. At least even if the story dies, that death won't last long. :)

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