Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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Wade
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"Morning, beauty.
How goes?"

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"I got a response."
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"Something wrong?"

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"It's just... her. What she's done. And they
might be angry that you've forgotten."
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"Don't worry. I'll explain them tha stuff myself...
So what they said?"

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"Just when and where we'd meet, what the paper says."
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"...Just lemme see tha letter."

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" I am aware of that trap. But I want my answers."


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"...Alright. That's suspicious as sh#t."
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"Not just suspicious. It's a clear message.
Idre wasn't smart enough to see it so she
gave it to me. She was pale as an icicle."

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"So I guess we just bring a bunch of people who
can keep to the shadows and end this?"
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"Exactly. I don't want them spot me with an
army and flee. So I got a plan. Would ye
join yerself, to start with?"

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"You don't want me there in open. I'm not
good at clandestine and... she's met me."
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"I still don't know what exactly it's all about.
And at which side tha woman is."

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"Does it matter? They are going ot try to recapture you, Jalib.
We're on the same page. Yes?"
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[Snorts and nods]
"My goal is to meet tha b#tch.
And look into her eyes."

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"I know... you want answers."
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"But not those ye expect."

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"It's that... sort of business remained unfinished three and a half years ago. That still stands."


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"F#ck's going on here?"

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"I went to this shrine with my companion, the elf wanted to fight,
we fought away from the shrine, and now I'm healing her."
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"Oh aye. Convince me yer masked self is 'healin'
and not 'thievin'... And ye better talk fast."

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"Well uh. I have this cloth and her helmet,
which I took off to wash her face."
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"Tryin' ta kill me poor friend ta death an' rob her nekkid..."

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"What if I said I'm sorry for those things I didn't do?"
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"Ye ain't sorry yet, but if'n ye don't get yer arses outta dis
here woods and leave me friends alone, ye will be."

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"If I survive, I know several guardians of this shrine."
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"For a second here, filthy drow."

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"Fine! K'yon, stay out of reach of that dwarf."
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[Whispers]
"If tha fight starts, I will have to attack ya and yer bud.
It's... better ye just leave."

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[Nods]
"K'YON! Get over here!"
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[Whispers]
"And thanks."

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"Ye came here with a sole purpose, Val. To kick their a#s. And they kicked yers. What to add?"


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"So... I got this letter.
It's from Rashemi friends."

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"Ever been to Rashemen?"
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"...I don't know."

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"Guys... what if they actually are friends?"
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"Bless your heart, Edelgarde."

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"Right... some things never change."
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"Tha meeting is just in a few hours. When tha time would
be about to come, ye'll all head North along tha road.
Until ye stumble upon Twin Tail Inn. Enter it in small
intervals like typical visitors. And wait. Drink, talk,
play cards, do yer thing."

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"I think I kin do that just fine."
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"When yer all at tha place, I will follow tha last.
Means me, Nathan and Idre."

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"Why do they want h-you?"
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"We think it's vengance of an old
Thayan... aquaintance of his."

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"In tha Inn, try not to kill too many gawkers. There's gonna be chaos."


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"Morning. Rashemi friend."

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"Call me Ramus."
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"Get to business, Ramus."

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"C-can I go now?"
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"Ye can't."

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"Get in the corner, pet, while I see this to completion."
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[His nostrils flare]

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"I think it is high time you return to your master, fiendling."
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"Now we can talk..."

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[She gasps for air, unable to speak]
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"What should I do with ya now, woman?!
Do ye realize what ye f#cking did?!"

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"...don't know who she is to you, or
what all this is. But don't kill her."
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"Why ye did it?!"
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[Wheezes]
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"Jalib, don't!"

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"You don't know what they were going to do-"
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"And why I should be f#cking more merciful now, after
ye wanted to sell me back to that red garbage?!"

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"Because you're better than them."
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"She's out blue. We gotta keep her somewhere until she gets to feelings."


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"That's a one large a#s mess...
I don't know how to move forth."

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"Jalib..."
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"What?!"

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"Are you the prey? Or are you the hunter?"
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"What sort of question is that?!"

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"It means... it's just time to hunt."
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"We can't bloody assault Thay."

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"Can't we?"
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"...Whatcha grinning at...?"

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" 'F#ck Thay' is a strong cry. Do not overestimate
their walls. And their knights. And their security."
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"We can achieve sieging an enclave, fine!
But tha whole Thay?"

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"Not -all- of Thay. Just...
One woman's corner."
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"We gotta... we need a plan. Or lure her outta Thay. Somehow."
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Wade
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"Greetings. How are you feeling today?"

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"Better, now that the beast is dead.
Komestra will hear though. Somehow."
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"Whatcha planning to do next, then?"

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"I'm getting my family out of Thay.
After I give you what I know."
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"Tell me more about it..."

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"Ye told me a lot about my past. How much of it was true?"


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"Now-now, cap. Don't start. When ye said
people shame ya for yer nice looking
dress I supported ya."

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"I know you have said so, but you also expressed less
favorable opinions of the style Tialysana wears...
And a strip poker goes farther than that."
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"...What I even said about her other
than she's annoying b#tch?"

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"WHAT DID YOU CALL HER?!"
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"Annoying bit-"

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"Duel me!"
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"...What?"

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"I challenge you to a lawful duel."
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"What do I win?"

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"My forgiveness."
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"Do I need it?"

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"And... and...
...Duel me!"
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"..."

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"And I kid ya not, just after tha fight I met damnable Tia outside tha keep."


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"Hello. The guards told me
I could find you in here."
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"...We met?"

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"No, we haven't. I already know who you are, and
I... inadvertently monitored your progress
in your fight against the Thayans."
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"Who's in tha damn are ya, woman?"

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"Shandra. I am part of the resistance movement."
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"Resistance movement, eh... Reds seemed to be subtle
in tha region. Is there something I don't know?"

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"Do you know the location of their scout encampment
just thirty miles outside of Beregost?"
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"...Now it seems I do."

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"Do yer best. Yer reward would be me dealing with them, ye got my word."


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True seeing is a good start.

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"The first thing I did. Since Jalib said cats can be pervert
druids I always use it before I pet anything."
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[Walks in]
"Alright, what's going on here? Ed is doing it right.
Oona, looking gorgeous."

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"Deneir sent one of his cat messengers to the Friendly Arm.
The cat asked to be brought at the temple of Oghma and
spoke. He said that a beholder has some dangerous
knowledge and it must be retrieved and kept
away from human temptation."
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"So. What exactly needs to be done?"

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"Yer leading, Ed, so a piece of advice for such ventures.
When some stud says 'Tha gods told me...', kick him out. Remorselessly."


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"By the gods, what happened?!"
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"Uh? Hey..."

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"W-we thought someone kidnapped you!"
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"You... might have noticed...
My absence for a time..."

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"We did... I didn't think you would leave like that...
I thought you were avoiding me or something..."
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"Some people... the wrong people... started following me.
I was ambushed, between Beregost and Nashkel... and
I woke up in a cave... a group of people wearing
violet robes and masks captured me."

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"Who were they? Do you know them?!"
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"Whenever ye recover, feel free to provide all ye know
'bout these b#tch children. I'll see what I can do."

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"Well. Seems we got a problem, Bella."
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Wade
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"Can someone bloody explain
what happened to Oona?!"

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"Swing again, swung before, through the door; come for she.
Fiendish features, anger lingered, singer of a bloody ballad;
weilder of a weapon phallic."
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"Did I... hit ya?"

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[Looks down]
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"Enough of that... Time to finish it."


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"Ooh. Jalib?"
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[Embraces her]

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"O-oh!"
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"Sorry."

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"All is well: the spell is broken and he is woken-
Ughhh. J-Jalib... crushing her..."
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"We probably should... find others."


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"Fantastic. Vampires."
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"I guess it's time to go around equipped to deal with
vampires. They will show up again at some point."

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"Well. Gotta make sure these don't stand up later."
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"...We bashed not that sort of evil I wanted to bash."


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"...I have a question, Jalib. Why do you think the
vampires aren't related to Zael's kidnapping?"
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"Even if they are, we got no damn clues remaining.
They turned to dust."

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"They were the same who hissed at the sign. I wonder
why they kept a whole load of torn books."
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"...What if Zael's captors were vampires too?"

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"Probably why they hissed at the sign.
They were hoping for entry."
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"Vampires hissed at tha sign because they couldn't enter.
They collected a pile of books as some message. While
Zael's captors were trying to lure Candlecastle's
secrets outta him to get inside."

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"Both cultists and vampires have tha same goals. Cultists -are- vampires."


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"You know what you're doing?"

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"As said, really. Last chance. I won't be mad if you won't go.
Not sure whether we'll get out of this intact."
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"If I didn't want to join, I wouldn't have dragged my arse
all tha way here. I'm with ya until this mess is over."

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"Keep mindblank scrolls ready for tha time sh#t gets dark."


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"...It went wrong faster than expected."

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"When we originally came to the meatplane, we came there by
accident. We -wanted- to go to a prison plane for an ancient
Brachina. But we apparently screwed up on the planar
coordinates back then and now, we did the reverse."
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"So we're in tha right place now...?"

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"We are in the place we -wanted- to go to back then.
But we're not in the place -I- wanted to go to now."
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"So... what now?"

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"I'm thinkin'."
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"Ain't sure we got much time.
I feel like tha place is collapsing."



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"F#ck's going on here..."

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"Don't worry, they won't fight us yet. Come in, guys.
Before they get cranky. And for the love of all that
is holy, don't take any meat bits with you."
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"Let's see what's in tha chests."

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"Death!"
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"...Thanks."



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"Arnheto iunrterd. Neoc agian arnheto iarn rsohtbe
ieernm irn ierndt naimod, petdsie ierndt testmtpa
toer pcroett irtt. Warst seyellr oeern?
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[Coughs]
"Irt hsa enbe marny nohmst."
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"Iarn erstadt kmsea senes. Tgiieresnnt. Marny nohmst hsa
psdaes, ieednd, erstadt si eiutq taricen. Teyellr ieerndtes.
Aer oeern irn eaeglu wirth erst idnef erstadt darde toer
rbsiudt ierndt eacep arndt ssdtuie?
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"Erstadt was that... right..."
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"You want her to speak through one of us?"

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"One of us shall be her voice, I think.
Step forth."
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"I don't want no creepy women
messing with my mind."

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"If you wanna, you can try, Eth.
Best drop the wards."



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"Are you. In league with the little fiend
and her plots? Speak. Explain.
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"I came here to ask for your expertise, if you would be
willing to share it, perhaps. Why did I receive
this call? There were others with me last
time. More capable than me."
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"The only one that has tried to see a piece of the place was you.
The only one that brought it where it was not meant to be.
The only one that created another hassle to solve.
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"I apologize for doing so. I was not
aware of what I was causing."
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"Once again you walk through the halls that are made hard
to reach and protected beyond measure. Is this an accident
once again? A curiosity? A curiosity is not enough to walk
the lengths you did. Not for a mere question.
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"I may have another thing I may seek.
But it is unrelated."
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"In time, the world shall end The stars shall die. Under bleeding stars
your kind shall howl upon the dying sky. Upon bleeding skies they
will return, once again, as they did many times did before. And
with them, I shall arrive and walk the dying plane. To collect its
last breath and preserve. And then world shall be remade anew.
To their will. And their image.
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"Do you still recall the times of the past, sometimes?
The worlds devoid of beau-"
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"Who. Tha damn. Are ya?!"

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"Jalib, I don't think she actually
remembers that herself."
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"The time to return has passed. I shall remain here,
till the time is right. And then all that you had been
living through shall become one more record.
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"We came here to stop yer dreams, aye? Is it... achieved now?"
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Wade
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"This doesn't make sense... Fortifications, artillery?
Are they doing clandestine or preparing for a siege?"

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"They could easily get within range of Beregost without
causing much fuss if they pass through the wyvern's
gorge and go around Durlag's tower, but they're not
planning to move anytime soon. Not until after
reinforcements arrive."
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"Why would they try to siege Beregost?"

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"It is an independent City-state with
very few allies. Last I checked."
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"A city that has nothing to do with me.
...As long as b#tch's bloody ambitions
end on catching me, that is."

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"They operate without the official sanction
of the Enclaves in Amn and Baldur's Gate.
In other words, they went rogue."
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"She risks a lot doing that. She's not an idiot who would go all in like that, go against tha enclaves."


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"I have your report, we are running out of
time so I figured I better hand deliver it."
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"'Bout time, aye. Lemme see it."



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"It mentions a red scum woman... did ye see her?"

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"A female, but they are all bald,
so look the same to me."
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"She should be small heighted. With high
pitch voice and unbearable aura."

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"Okay, you just described me."
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"So... Ye located tha caravan. Show me where it's expected to be tomorrow on this road."


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"Yer been a mess, aye. But what do
I get if I linger on that? Let it go."

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"I think I should stay here... for a few days."
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"All tha things ye said, they were irritating, not painful.
Tha only thing that hurt me was..."

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"I just woke up crying... and I couldn't stop...
I felt like I broke the world."
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"Ye didn't. I am here and not going anywhere,
no matter what challenges arise."

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"I feel like I should sob... but all I can do is
leak tears... I'm cold... I don't trust myself...
I want to hide so I don't hurt anyone..."
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"Ye'll be fine, Bella. Yer underestimating
yer power and resilience now."

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"I'm serious about staying here though... I can just...
Pay the Innkeeper for a month. Block the door with
a table... I have my spoon."
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"Bella... I think... aye.
Stay here for now."

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"I forgave ya, Bella. I moved on. Move one too."


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"A devil's scout is approaching your direction."
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"What?!"

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"That's still not normal for this stretch of the road?
That's good news. But its what I see, all the same."
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"Hold the higher ground."

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"Any objection if I gift it with
feathers from amongst you?"
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"Shoot."

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"Vampires worshipping devils?"


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"Blasted things are coming from every direction!
Are you lot alright?"
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"No one died so far."

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"Aye, that's good. It'll be a lot more fighting
before we're done here though."
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"We gotta find a good defensive spot
since we can't seal tha breaches.
What's yer word, yer grace?"

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"I say we try to defend the way up
so they are not getting flanked."
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"It's not tha worst position, I say."

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"It's not ideal but we came for a party, not
the war! It's just that the war found us.
So let us bring it to them!"
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"Soon, they started invading tha ship from all tha possible holes.
Damn, they even came from underwater. We had two pit fiends inside."


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"For those who didn't deal with reds... All tha red scum
got magical brands. So if they recognize me among
attackers tha signal would be sent even despite
they die a second later."

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"So am I really to act like the leader?"
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"Mhmm."

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"Yer a Bandit leader, Spades."
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"I don't need them scared. I want them
overconfident and then dying for it."


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"Oi, yer been roight, madam Spades.
Th- th-e- whole caravan o' rich butts."

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"No one move and we keep you breathin'.
This is a stickup. Nows put down your
worthless faces into the dirts."
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"Sounds fine fer me. Just wreck their sh#te
and take the stuff that's left after."

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"What is this?"
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"Shuddup and do what
madam Spades told ya."

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"They were intoxicated with some sh#t before it
all started... Can ye search tha caravan to see if
there's any spying devices, madam Spades?"

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"Ohh... Yes, I can do that."
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"Make sure we're not eavesdropped."

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"Have a look at this."
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"Heck's that..."

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"This was just a Crystal Ball to watch us.
I checked it already. And disabled it.
Not specifically an alarm, but they'll
know this caravan is out."
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"I don't mind them retaliating. I would
like to avoid them escaping."

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"Sh#t... Something is coming...
A large group approaches."
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"...There we damn go."

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"Where tha f#ck did tha rest come from? Why it wasn't in tha report?"
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Wade
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"I'm such a mess, Bella..."


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"You and I will likely work to distract the enemy,
while Jalib and Elladir smashes them from the
flanks and Theadric and Ashlyn shoots from afar."
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"Tha actual problem here would be wizards. They gotta be
shot down just as ye see them.Those buggers are bald
and wear bright red robes as if screaming 'shoot me!' "

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"You said we are expecting them
to summon things, are we?"
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"That's what happened tha last time...
they simultaneously summoned some
minotaur looking demons."

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"Numbers, terrain, tactic, risk?"
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"Tactic's listening to me. Risk — preparing for tha worst.
Yet with our numbers we should do fine. Reds rule this
mess... everything else is just tools and fodder."

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"I got three of those Wails, One-Eye. Just in
case we have more than one dense crowd."
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"Good. Very good."

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"...Think I see our battering ram at the fence by the way."



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"Hullo. Ogruhn came... like you ask.
Them guard not let Ogruhn in..."
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"Came just in time."

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"Hiya Big guy!"
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"Everyone, this is Ogruhn.
He'll be our vanguard."

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"Yes, well... I have to admit... this is
a good addition for a siege."
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"Mmm, here's tha plan, bud. I say
'Ogruhn charge' — ye charge, aye?"

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"Oh. That smart plan."
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"If ye see a small-heighted red scum woman — try to leave her alive... I'll need to... ask questions."


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"Formation! Front line!
Waiting orders, Jalib."
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"They chose wrong pockets to get fed from...
Shoot them down."



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"You..."
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"Don't sound so surprised, bud.
Ye came here for me."

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"You made her really mad, you know, and she wants
her pound of flesh. Or rather, she wants it back--"
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"She's always free to come visit me herself...
I am looking forward to it."



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"It's... she..."

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"Jalib, snap out of it by the gods!"
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"I looked at her and... I forgot 'bout tha battle. I couldn't believe my eye and just stared..."


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"...Does Oona know?"
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"Not yet. It's... it's over.
Simple like that."

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"Is she dead?"
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"No. Petrified. It was my initiatve to keep
her alive at all cost, dontcha get it, Bella?"

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"I do."
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"All tha siege on Beregost... it was all her doing.
And she did it for me! To... get me. Why?
Why would she risk everything and lose
trying to get me? It's... not like her..."

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"Dwelling on the why... may drive you mad."
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"It's... I wanna talk to her... still."

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"You think she will tell you the truth?"
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"No... but... I still want it. Want to
hear it... and get this over with."

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"Not as scary now... is she?"
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"I just expected it end differently... I expected
her weave her webs, torturing me for years,
not letting me rest until I face her... and she
escapes. And now it just... is over. Like that."

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"And it bothers you... because she wasn't the
strong rival you knew back in your past?"
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"Maybe... it... just doesn't feel right.
I don't get it. Why it was so simple?"

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"It's useful to visit places where nothing changed. To see how -you- changed."
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Wade
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"We are going to end this today... Many of you gathered
that are not soldiers formally speaking, have aided
our cause against the infernals for many months.
I want to thank many of you personally for this.
Though there may not be time today."
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"Let us hope we all return to celebrate
accordingly once it is done."

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"We are going with the main push, to the heart of
Dragonspear. I will lead the vanguard myself...
Though I think we were waiting on a few others."
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"They have just arrived, Grand Duke."

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"Oh sh-"
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"You think I would miss this?"

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"Look, it's Elminster!"
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"...That old perv-"

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"Elminster, Khelben... It has been a while."
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"Arcanists you are with me. It will be our role
to ensure magical attacks from the fiends
to not affect the main assault."

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"Infantry! You are with me. Jalib, I expect you
to show the volunteers how we do things."
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"That's what I'm here for, general."

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"Ye heard tha Duke, people. Time to move."


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"The Flaming Fist and Hellriders have secured
the surrounding area enough... Aaron, Jalib,
we have it out here. It would be helpful if
you both could lead the interior assault."
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[Nods]

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"We will need a front line, range support
and healers behind. Then a rear guard."
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"We'll need a guide too. Someone
who knows those coridors."

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"Get to the interior of the keep.
With Haste!"



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"This portal will remain open for all time...
Our mission will be finished.
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"It will not be."

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"Such is the will of Dis of the hells."
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"Enough words. Attack it."



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"They keep coming! Start sealing!"

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"Arcanists! We will cast with you!"
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"People with shields, cover them!"




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"VICTORY!"
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"So over now, eh..."

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"Grand Duke, we'll have the Flaming Fist
move in and secure the castle at once.
Well done, volunteers, patriots
of Baldur's Gate."
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"Tha war is over."


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"...I don't like how much this feels like a goodbye."
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"Every good story has an end. My story is complete.
But I keep breathing. For whatever reason."

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"Yeah... maybe... where are you going?
Maybe I should come?"
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"I want to figure out why I do. For ya?
Or because it's not an end yet?"

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[Rubs a sleeve over her eyes]
"Okay. I'm sorry... I'm just... I didn't mean to."
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"I would like ya be missing me, aye, but
I don't want ya worried. I will be back."

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"Year is a whole life, remember? To me it was."
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"Oh! Also, that's Jalib!"
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"Been missing my girls."

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"You are back!
How was the trip?"
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"Remember I told ya tha North is
cold and East is f#cked up?"

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"So you went south?"
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"Since we're already at tha West..."


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"...And damn, people, it was tha
first time I've seen flying ships."

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"Ooooooh! You went to Halruua."
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"Bella gets tha prize."

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"We used to have an Acolyte here whose famliy was
-famous- for their Airships. Skilled Shipwrights."
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"I think those people thought... 'Who cares
we can't sail tha seas, we'll sail tha skies'."

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"Can you imagine pirate
stories, but in the sky?"
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"...Now I want my own sky-ship
bully a group of sky-pirates."

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"I want to... become a captain of my own sky ship.
I need to find some halruan to build one for me."


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"Is tha riot over like that?"

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"The riot may be, but this is not. Spotted,
spied, denied. What reason would be
give to forgo the roasting?"
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"Yer sudden absence. Ye could return tomorrow.
Ye could return in a month. Ye could return
never — a common story of tha Coast."

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"How long after her bed was cold did he
wait, she ponders? An hour? A day?"
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"Two weeks. Two. Damnable. Weeks. I met tha
Sunflower a few days ago. Even he didn't know
where ye are... so means nobody does."

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"And yet, the Sunflower has better sense, as attested, than
to expect she'd forgo returning. Yearning, perhaps, but
believing. Would that the same could be said for her
friend, which to rend the key from it's lock.
Plot thickening, it's on her head, she should
have guessed when he was hired?"
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"Did ye even read tha message I left
before clawing it off, Oona...?"

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"The words written were intact for the time it took
the flames to devour them. Read, yes. Appreciated,
even, but she'll not be enslaved by assumption."
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"It's not news I'm ambitious. But it's also not news
I am convinced nobody can be better at running
tha theater than ya. Ye could return a year
later and nothing would change."

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"I wasn't glad ye disappeared. I had many people
I liked disappear with no word and it's always been painful."


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"Morale compass is probably what concerns ya.
I'd say it's rather gray. With occasional light."

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"Mayhap he knows her not so well after all."
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"See? Yer speaking like tha true Spade. I want to
start a family of tiefers. We'll have a mansion by
tha cliff over tha river with a sky-ship tower."

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"Ah! Akin a Guild, then, a gathering,
a club? Club of Spades..."
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"It's not a club. It's tha family."

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"Oh, like... a criminal organization."
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"Ed never had a family. I probably as well.
So for us it's something more than that."

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"It... is a kindness well deserved."
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"Becoming one of tha Spades is an honor and a sign of my trust.
It's not given to any bastard with a tail."


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"Talks are over, I've started my house."


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"Ah... hello."
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"I can guess what ye gonna talk 'bout, so
Bella's tagging along with me. Assuming
I'll mostly do tha talk."

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"That's... accurate."
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"I am Jalib. Bella's beloved tiefer, to make things
clear from tha start. Reineke, correct?"

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"Correct. Reineke Villame.
Isabella's husband."
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"Not anymore."

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"It's tha past. Thanks for letting it go."
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"It's long to explain. Tha House has a complicated system.
Ye can't join tha tiefer family as ye don't have tail. But
ye can join tha House as tha full-rights member."

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"But what's the point of it all?"
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"Tha point is to unite troublemakers and see it burn.It
doesn't take too much talent to just unite troublemakers
like me and ya, Skye... it takes more of it to bring them
to glory. In time, we plan to build Spades estate with
tha first on tha Coast skyship."

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"You still gotta have some sorta
aim or incentive to join."
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"What sort of goal would ye
deem worthy then, woman?"

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"Some folks work in trade, others are sellswords, other
scholars. I'm just sayin' you need a direction."
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"That's a valid point."

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"There should be a better appeal for puny humans to join."


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"Hey Marie."

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"Hey Jalib."
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"We've heard news 'bout Morgalia's disappearance.
Is Bob tha new dreadlady now?"

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"No. I'm the Dreadlord now."
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"As expected. Congratulations."
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"Indeed. Congratulations."

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[She looks at Linetheil, then to Jalib]
"Your latest conquest?"
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"No, it's our friendly neighborhood medium.
She belongs to herself."

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"Another soothsayer..."
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"Let's get going before tha bloody social rituals suck me in completely."


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"So here's tha place, attractive woman."

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"This one thought there would be a farmhouse?"
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"I don't remember where it was, so finding
it is a warmup for ya."

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"That is not how it works."
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"We gotta start somehow. Talking
of that... Hey Bluecloak!"

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"...hmm?"
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"Yer good at tracking?!"

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"Depends on what needs to be tracked, really..."



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"...I seem to recall, something about a missing house?
And now... wait, I'm missing a tooth."
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"Get to tha highground, everyone!
Group up and defend tha woman!"

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"This one... she saw."



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"I noticed some buggers... get ready."

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"Now I'm a simple man, people. I just need to be pointed towards tha source of tha dead and smash their unliving butts."


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"It's all tha past and I think I let it go... but I am still
waking up in cold barely surviving another night.
So... my problem is more techincal here. I have
phantasmal attacks. I want to end them."

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"Then have you truly let it go? Have you
ever managed to kill the phantasm? "
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"I never thought ye can actually do that..."

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"One can. If they are not bound
by the laws of men."
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"...Can we materialize it so
I'll crack its ghostly skull?"

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"Possibly, this could happen. By using you as a
beacon, the being could be summoned into
the material plane. And then slain."
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"Damn, say no more..."

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"I say leave gathering tha crowd to me. I need ya as tha ghost-specialist
who actually is the only one who knows what we're doing."


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"Speared with a fork... sure."
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"When it was... itching..."

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[She sheds a tear]
"Yes. Itching."
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"Ye may remove... that..."

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"Merciful gods... W-was it her?
The maniac who did this?"
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"Aye. Ye thought I'm some... amateur
to lose eye in combat?"

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"I remember her crying over my shoulder... or it was a dream?"
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"Tha figures appear only on transitions. Between dreams
and reality... and strike. Those are tha phantasms...
are centipedes phantasms too? I don't know...

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"Neither does this one - though it is not uncommon
to see dreams where one has to fight for their life.
This one believes that warriors often suffer from
such never-ending war."
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"...If we materialize tha Chiontar-large centipede
at tha theater Oona gonna hand my a#s to me.

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[Whispers]
"What is done in the dark is without judgement. The skulking
god grants new beginnings to those who seek them. A place
without good or bad within the depths below. Maybe
Ibrandul can break your chains of guilt too."
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[Narrows his eye]

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"Your other side, one eye."
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"Alright, show yerself..."

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"Hiya!"
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"Morning, sneaky b#tch."

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"So rude. Who hurt you, one-eye?
Would you like a hug?"
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"Step closer and I'll smash yer jaw."

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"I've dealth with a lot of stalkers, mediumess. I know how to catch them."


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"You must be Jalib."
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"One, only and legendary."

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"I met with a few in Candlekeep.
I heard nothing but good things.
Always a pleasure to meet
another master."
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"Another master, eh? Master of
what ye even are, woman?"

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"Combat mastery."
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"That's a rather loud statement.
Yer not looking too strong."

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"Friendly spar then. Two
enchantments and go?"
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"Place as much as ye want."


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"Are you going to prepare as well, sir?"
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"I was born ready."

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"That woman was really good at fighting and gave me a blessing
to beat her stalker up would she keep spying."


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"I've naught but respect for the art you practice...
ah.... where did you... learn it?"

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"Art..? This one has walked with it
for as long as she may remember"
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"So... no teacher?"
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"It's weird a sorceress
asks such stuff, Bella."

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"Not... in the manner you might
speak as the Guide, no."
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"Ah... sorry. I'm... I am being rude. I'm just...
A worrier. Especially when it comes to...
matters personally important to me."

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"You do not trust this one."
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"As it stands! I would like to... bear witness.
To what... transpires today. And... I do not
know you. So. By default... I am wary.
I will not intervene. In any way."

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"Not even if there is an attack?"



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"So we're here... and we may start."

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"Now then - did you bring your own tonic to
aid with sleep, or shall this one aid you?"
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"I trust yer tonics more."

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"Jalib, do you need the usual set of wards?"
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"Do I? Why not..."

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"May the gods watch over us."
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"May tha gods stay outta my business."

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"This one is going to need you to lie down.
Somewhere where she might reach you."
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"Where... what..."

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"It's gone. I told you, it's going
to be alright. Welcome back."
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"Mh... thanks... I need to... think
about it when I'm more sane..."

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"This one gave him a couple of healing aids. It should
help him regain clarity with time... though his
mental state might take slightly longer."
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"Not tha first time. It happened many
times... was there really something
more than mess in my head?"

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"Yes... she's really dead now."
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"She... who?
Who... did we kill?"

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[She doesn't answer]


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"You are off then. Seer?"

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"Can she trust you - as you
asked outside the Inn?"
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"Of course. I always keep my word."

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"Perhaps one day you give this one the same grace
as you ask her to give to you. This one's duty here
has been fulfilled. What is needed now are those
that are already here."
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"There's no ifs... I'm alive. What else matters?"
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"...is that a Red Wizard?"
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"No, I shaved Oona and petrified her, taking
over tha theater. It's tha past anyway."

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"Were it one from here?
Or... your home?"
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"Tha one who came after me many years later.
She waged a war and I won it. I... wanted to
talk. Yet she's still a chunk of stone.
Someday..."

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"I could help you talk to her."
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"Why she betrayed me? That question is more of a pained whimper rather than something sensible."


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"Morning, people, how goes?"

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"Hi Jalib. That ball's going
on or something."
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"Mhm, what are we waiting for, then. Let's go."

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"You are going?"
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"Aye, I enjoy visiting such social
torture rooms once in a while."

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"I weren't planning on it, don't
have nothing to wear neither."
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"I expected that answer.
So come with me."



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"Uh... it's very pretty, thank you."
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"I was mostly worried I'll f#ck tha proportions
up. But my eye was good as always."

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"Okay. Uh... one more thing
before we go. I'll be right back."
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"I'm sorry to spring all of this on you tonight."
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"That's not a bother. I am just... not tha sorta
man to judge ya. Everyone has darksides
like this. To various extents."

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"It's the sh#t everyone warned me about, but
I never listened. So maybe you should judge."
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"It's tha past. As long as yer not doing
that anymore it doesn't matter."

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"I'm not. 'least, the demon's gone. Plenty of
other spirits that can possess me, though."
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"Ye don't have to worry 'bout me, at least.
I've handled way worse in my time than
a spirit-possessed shamaness."

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"Only... only been a week but,
but it feels like I can trust you."
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"Week is an a#s-load of time, come on."

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"Is it?"
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"Aye. And a year is a whole life..."

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"It was a good day. Just... don't overthink stuff. Tha world is not burning."


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"Jalib? It's me, Jalib."
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"Wha..."

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[She takes his hands]
"You're awake."
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"Ah... aye... It... went
wrong, I take...?"

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"You... had a reaction."
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"Just as I woke up in this world I won a pit fight... how? My muscles remember, my head doesn't."


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"Excuse me? I don't remember you
being authory over anything, Jalib."
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"But I have power to beat ya up. Salim,
ye don't wanna be here. Get out."

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[Sighs]
"And with that, Batibat, I shall take my leave.
I'm not about to stand between Jalib and one
of his self-appointed Crusades. People who
do that end up with broken kneecaps, skulls,
spines, and various other body parts..."
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[Nods and looks to the hin]
"So... Ye became pain tha arse lately,
woman. How we gonna resolve that?"

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"I'm following the path laid before me. Nothing
more, nothing less. Whether you or the coast
can accept that it's for you to decide."
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"That's just vague words. But I'm a simple man.
So I'll give ya this simple choice... Would ye
put on manacles willingly or I'll beat ya up
and do that for ya?"

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"Jalib did I not tell you already your an
ant to me. Don't try to act tough now."
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"Ye fled three times. If ye wanna
flee tha fourth it's yer last try."

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"All I say if ye see her strolling around Friendly Hand,
don't stare like nothing goes on. Gather and banish her out."


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"Damn, woman, why? Why ye keep
trying to delve into that?"

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"I don't know! Because I'm stupid! Because, because,
because... power's all I'm after. Everyone keeps
f#cking telling me to stop and I don't."
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"Even if -I- tell ya?"

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"But if I'm powerful I don't have to, to be afraid
when we... go down to places like this. If, if,
if... if something happens to... to you, or,
or, or Isabella or Eldarian or anyone I
should be able to, to protect you,
save you... bring you back."
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"Ye sure demons will
help ya with that...?"

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"I don't know."
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"Power is... it's a long term goal.
So short-term boons won't help...
yer catching my drift?"

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"Maybe I don't care about later."
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"She's just... so nice. And I feel so much support in how she suffers from tha same things I do."
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"The f#ck have we even done?"
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"Nothing yet. She just doesn't know where
it's all going and this is killing her. "

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[Stands up]
"Where is she?"
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"Probably sleeping. What ye wanna tell her?"

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"If this is a real issue then we gotta talk
about it. And I'm mad she lied to me."
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"She... never admits such things."

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"I trusted her. I've trusted her..."
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"She'll never confess to ya. And she speaks favorably 'bout ya. But there's that."


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"Ye look quite beaten up, mediumess."

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"...Ah. It was a... dream. This
one was... thrown off a cliff."
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"Not yers, I take? I wonder
who was that..."

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"It is not her story to tell. Besides, we
are not here to speak of this one."
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"Then what ye wanted to talk 'bout?"

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"Your heart. And soul. And how they fare."
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"When it's all terrible I'm just keeping in mind it only means tha white stripe is ahead."


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"I have a rhetoric question. Yer tired of Batibat's sh#t?"


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[Sighs]
"Seems I just don't trust them to make that
choice. I feel like they won't do anything."

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"And they might not. So... we lean
away from doing things on their own.
And we lean towards earning it."
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"But where is that compromise? I need them
at those positions, yet they gotta...
ask me themselves?"

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"If you want to encourage people to take control
of their own lives and self steer. You have to tell
them: You have to choose what you do."
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"So how do I announce what roles even
exist without pushing them to take
those I want them to take?"

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"You need to decide, Jalib. If you want them
where -you- want them. Or if you want
them where they will put themselves."
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"I just scheduled tha first House meeting on weekends but got no idea what to do with it."


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"Jalib?"
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"...Who took my eye-patch?"

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"You weren't breathing!"
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"You forgot to replace the
bloody glowstone!"
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"I say... where is it...?"

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"I have it. But, but, but your gem's been
draining you. It were killing you, Jalib.
What do we do?!"
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"...Give me tha damnable eye-patch."



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"Elementals are used to power
golems... quite efficiently."
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"Ain't they forcefully trapped inside?
What bothers them to rise against
me like tha previous phantasm?"

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"I'm just saying.
There are other options."
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"I gotta find a spirit, then. Would any
spirit agree to live in my head?"

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"How about your... friend? It'd not be
agreeing, but if you ever wanted force
one in there, you got a statue."
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"...Ye suggest me to force her spirit
to forever work on powering me?"

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"Yes."
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"Enjoyable and f#cked up
at tha same time."

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"We could still find a willing spirit."
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"She will be forced to do it.
It will never be willing."

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"I can't think of one that'd be willing, aye. Not to,
to have its power drained, like that. It needs to
gain more than it loses from that deal."
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"I'm going downstairs. Decide to do
what you wish... But I'm not...
going to be a part of this."

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"So for all she did she's killed and her soul is forced to serve me until it depletes, eh..."


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"I declare tha first House of Spades meeting started from this point. No succubus jokes until it's over.
Tonight it will mostly be about promotions, pathes to choose and what's going on. Additionally,
some words 'bout tha problems in tha world around us. So, firstly... Is there anything ye'd
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"My only concern at the moment is the increase in
necromancers around the coast, other than that, nay."
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"That's a solid problem already,
bud. It's good ye brought it up.
Madam Rokranon?"

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"I got nothing."
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"Expected and fair.
Sister Ed?"

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"Just a question, really. Did you
manage to get access to Court?"
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"In fact, aye. Eltan invited me to tha
security council as his advisor..."

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"My only fear is I gonna be useless like almost everyone else...
I'm there to knock sense into tha court, not to flash my face among noble arses."


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"All present have been invited by Duke
Eltan to sit in the meeting and advise."
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"I got a question bout that,
then, bu-- Aaron."

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[Looks at Jalib]
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"I will ask plainly. Will his grace
duke Eltan show up tonight?"

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"He stated he will not be
present for the meeting."
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"Then who is here on his behalf?"

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"You are. We all are.
We are a council."
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"Yer dodging tha question. I received a letter that
duke Eltan invites me to take part in his council.
Where is he? Where is any ducal representative?"

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"If you do not feel you can conduct the business of
counciling on the defensive agreement, as His Grace
asked of you, then you are welcome to leave. In no
way was the missive I sent out an indication that
Duke Eltan was going to be present. Nor, that it
was an open disscusion."
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[He rises]
"I am not taking part in this farce."

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"I mean, he's free to host such meetings, but he has no f#cking right to
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"I guess it's time."
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"Aye. Now gimme a hug and I'll go."

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[She hugs him]
"Don't forget to come back.
I'm not a good leader."
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"Ye weren't. But yer improving a ton
lately. Makes me wonder how much
more potential ye got out there."

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"Don't make me worry!"
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"Maybe someday ye'll be staring at tha
waterfall too, asking why ye live this life."

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"If I do, I hope you will be
there to drag me back."
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"I won't be as gentle, sadly.
But... I'll be there."

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"I just wish ya be happy here without me. That's what I wanna see."
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"This is why Pyotr stays
away from the campfires."
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"It's better simply collapse this crypt
and bury them under stones."

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"I have a meteor swarm."
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"Would do. At my word!"

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"Stand back."
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"Three! Two! One!"

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"Ye say Fists don't do anything. Ye will be tha one who would. Ye'll start. People will join over time."


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"Well, look at that."
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"There's already a house there?"

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"I like it! We'll have our own lake!
It's abandoned, right?"
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"It's a bandit lair, so nobody gonna
complain when we demolish it."

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"Do as we say or sleep with the fishies?"
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"They can as well just get out.
There's a lot of choice."

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"Is it the Dukes' land?"
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[Nods]

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"Ooh so we -do- need to
fold Eltan's pantaloons."
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"That might bite our arses later."

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"Tha only actual risk we're having is if we start inviting drow, for example. That would be a scandal."


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"Someone was either impersonating Edelgarde or is impersonating
Sister... was it June? Or Anne? We think the latter. She turned up
at Candlekeep to banish Edelgarde from the orphanage, but then
Melissar said she spoke to them and they knew nothing of it.
We think this meeting's a trap set up by a fake Anne.
So we wanna spring one on them."
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"Tha scheme with an Inn is old as tha world. Melissar
and Ed... And maybe brother Dundee will be tha
face. Everyone else, dressed as visitors, will
come beforehand and wait."

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"There's definitely a doppelganger."
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"Tha goal is to make tha rest of us look
like just another tavern visitors who
don't stand out."

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"There is still the chance that we might
meet with the real Sister Anne."
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"Then the problem would
become of the church."
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"I can scan their shapes to see."

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"Yes. Jalib and I shoud
have true seeing active."
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"Ye'll need a code word, Ed. Just... say out
loud that ye'd like to order Fires of Mirabar."



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"I always sensed this was important to you. And the
children felt it as well. This is why I have taken to
helping you Edelgarde. However I cannot allow
you into the Orphanage at this moment."
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"It is important to me. That's why it doesn't make
sense to ruin all of it writing that letter."

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"I do not believe the Edelgarde that wrote that
letter is the same as the one who had visited."
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"There is only one Edelgarde."

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"I didn't notice anything. They both seem to be real."


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"Nononono... no...
This can't be true...
It's all wrong..."

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"What is?"
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"I saw... three things... Lance Rensillin at the
Radiant Heart... A mill with a noise of someone
sawing wood... And myself. The scry pulled in
three different directions..."

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"I saw a windmill when
I looked at Khalso's spirit."
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"What did these damnable paladins do?"

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"I doubt they did anything, Jalib."
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"I don't know... it's all...
nothing makes sense..."



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The spirits here are restless, I don't know why.
Maybe the shrine over there's been defiled."
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"I say we still gotta see what's this
all about. Too late to turn back."

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"I agree."
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"It can't be a coincidence."



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"It's not this one either."

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"We can't just go checking every windmill on
the Coast. We need a way to narrow it down."
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"Bet ye never thought that someday ye'll
need these weird peasant machines."

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"It's a... long story. But there's been a real weird scrying we just had."


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[Puts something on the table]
"So something has been going around
masquerading as others, you believe?"
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"...That horse again."
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"What's going on?"

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"This hair here was the result of an investigation
Protector Izz and I conducting after a farmer
was seen chasing a horse."



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[Silently walks in]
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[Gets up]
"..."
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"What's going on?!"

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"Linetheil? Vanira?"
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"What's this?"
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"I don't know, but I'm scared..."
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"This... one is here. She is here."

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[She takes Linetheil's hand]



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"For the love of the gods!"

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"Squire Sean, in here!
Anyone else in the halls?!"
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"I was told about a commotion.
What is happening?"
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"We don't know!"

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"Such disappointment. If only Eunice could
see you, killing this horse."
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"Who are you! How do you know her
name? What do you want from me?!"
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"Is this you?
This is you?"

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"Who... Am I?"
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"No! No! You
are not me!"

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"That gate... Crafted with beautiful words.
Edelgarde... What is it you fear?"
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"What is my fear... Some entity
is pretending to be me!"

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"No... No... Don't take my dolly!"
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"Leave me alone! Leave me alone!!!
Shut up! Shut up! Give it back!
G-give it back..."

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"They're trying to take me away, Eunice...
I'm all you have left of her? And you'll just let
them get away with this?"
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[Whispers to Linetheil]
"She killed a child who stole her doll... Quickly...
we must resolve it. How... how do we resolve it?!"

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"Kindness. Modestly. Piety. Mercy."
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"NO!"

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"Kindness. Modestly. Piety. Mercy. Kindness.
Modestly. Piety. Mercy. Kindness. Modestly. "
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"Mercy. Kindness. Modesty. Piety."
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"Mercy. Kindness. Modesty. Piety."

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"Kindness. Modestly. Piety. Mercy."
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"Mercy. Kindness. Modesty. Piety."

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"Mercy. Kindness. Modesty. Piety..."



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"I... Jalib?"
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"I'm here..."
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"Brother..."
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"Yer tha past... Get outta her head."

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"It can hurt me as much as it dares... I won't back away."


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"Jalib!"
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"...Got bandages....?"

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"Y-yeah, yeah...
You've got a curse."
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"Damn... I... I knew about these dreams and
things from Ed's space, ye know... I just never
thought they can materialize someday..."

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"I knew too, a bit. It seems like... she really
is like Adrian. Locked that part away, until
it, it became its own thing."
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"Her running through tha glass and having
her feet sliced was a common nightmare.
And now it's my common reality."

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"I'm just an idiot. I knew what's going on and kept walking through glass because... wanting to show ya something?"
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Wade
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"Our hands are full now with this sh#t. Ed lost all her spells, Rina lost an eye, I can barely walk..."


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"You're me! That's cute!"

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"No I'm not."
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"Hey! No fair, you have more friends than me!"

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"Who are you? Do I have an actual twin that looks
like me? Or are you some trick of the darkness?"
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"Yer actual evil twin. Yet another
gag going outta control..."

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"It was a success with one casualty. So we gotta try and rescue her. Or build a testament if we fail."


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"What's... damn... going on?"

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"Lin is trying to win the battle with
the child, we need to support her!"
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"Linetheil! Damnit!"
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"...Lin is currently trying to take over the Realm...
I can... get you all out. Or you can see if she can best this thing."
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"We gotta stay..."

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"I am not leaving without her."
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"We can't leave her again!"



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"H-how... How did you get here..."
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"She... allowed her feet to wander, but did not
quite think through the consequence of such."

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"You don't know how to control this plane... So
unless you can use that Mist on another one of
these, you're just as screwed as the rest of us"
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"She put her gem into the wall.
Vanira is giving her more gems."
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"This one pities you. But this one cannot
let you keep on doing what you do."
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"They're about to do something...
I think she's getting us out."
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"And what 'bout her?!"
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[Tarina doesn't answer. She doesn't know.]

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"It's a success. Nobody died and tha child got materialized. So it can be killed."


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"Tough day?"

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"Some arsehole grabbed my tail and threatened
us of killing us. Because I told him we wouldn't
help him if he didn't apologise."
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"Ye know tha rules. Just give me tha name."

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"It's not important. It's
just embarassing..."
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"No, Ed. Tell me tha damn name."

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"Jalib. Please..."



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"I see moving things, I need to catch!"
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"I see ye don't hear me... Because tha next time I see
something like that I'll smear yer dumb face over
this road. Did I make myself clear?"

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"I promised Izzy I will spare the lives of the people here...
You dare threaten me abusing my promise? Inferior
being, who the hell you think you are?!"
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"I am tha one who will beat ya up
unless ye shut yer loud mouth."

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"A thousand of your kind have fallen before me...
For the sake of Izzy, call this quits now, before
you force me to a dead end."
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"Ye got one last try to explain yerself."

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"Come if you dare. Worm."





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[She cries]
"That man needed help... He..."
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"...you killed him."
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"Seems so..."

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"I... I didn't want any of this..."
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"I got mixed feelings 'bout this. But he had it coming. I won't let anyone get away with threatening tha House."


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"Ye might not value yerself... But I do anyway."
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"Welcome to Kraak Helzak, House of Spades. Please,
find yerselves welcome and seat yerselves when ready."
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"Yer grace. We have received
yer call and answered it."

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"Aye, and glad ye did. Lookin' forward
to hearin' your proposals and plans."
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"We're here and we're ready to chat, we don't
wanna waste your time, so let's make this
as good as it can be for all of us, aye?"

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"Straight to business with ye, eh?"
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"We have tha target. Leave tha execution to us."


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"Alright, are you done measuring d#cks?"

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"Ed, this is a reasearch lesson for me.
I have never fought an opponent
so mighty. Ever. Please!"
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"...I need to find a
way to defeat her."
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"Oh boy."

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"These things depress me because I know if it was a real fight I would've been dead."


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"Your eye stopped working."

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"No! The opposite. It's always active."
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"Well! Constantly crossing into the Etheral
can't be particularly safe or healthy... but
no one is really an expert in this."

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"What the hell did I tell you months ago? Did
you listen? No! You bloody used the Ethereal
form to cross a room because 'it's easier'."
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"I was lazy to get up from tha couch."

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"Argh!"
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"I am saying! That yes, he might be turning more
into an -Etheral- entity than a physical one. But
-objectively- that is not necessarily... -bad-.
As long as he keeps control over himself."

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"What if he disappears completely?"
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"He's not a ghost yet!"
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"Give it time..."

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"I don't dislike tha power itself. It's just tha direction it's all going to."


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[Hands over a map]
"Just bring it back... took a good bit
of time and we hate paperwork."
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"We got less than a day so I need
to do tha final preparation."

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"We will speak to Aaron and let you know... if plans
for us change. We wish you luck. Much luck."
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"There's no luck. Only competence
and good preparation."

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[Smiles]
"We like that notion."
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"We're seriously not tha best group for this task. But this will only make our success more incredible."


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"Since it's anti-magic field,
only bombs gonna work."

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"We're not exactly suuuure what the generator
is yet... It could be a creature too."
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"Now... as we're close,
time to ward up."

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"We're not exactly suuuure what the generator
is yet... It could be a creature too."
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"Spades, to formation."



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"There's a fort right after these tunnels. The tunnels are
clear, of course, what's after - it is not. On the good
news, though, I believe I spotted the generator."

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"You are a star."
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"Bad news - as soon as you'll enter,
all your wards will vanish."

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"Right, that's what
I was afraid of..."
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"Do you think you'd be able to get
to it without being seen If we
gave you bombs to plant?"
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"The generator, what I think it is at least, reminds
me of an air elemental. But xas - some more
explosives would be appreciated."

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"I owe her a fungus drink for this mission."


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"So what happened in there?!
I just saw the explosion."
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"I actually threw a bomb to the shaman
that was holding the Anti-magic zone
generator intact. It... all exploded."

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"Smart plan."
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"...I can't believe such bruteforcing
worked, but it's a success anyway."

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"We lured them out and when tha team distracted them, I ran in and got badly hurt,
but completed tha mission. That's tha official story."
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Re: Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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"...When tha damn did ye manage
to build yer own estate?!"

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"A month ago! And close the door!
Now come and look at my pit.
Don't mind the petrified man."
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"I don't remember we ever made a wager
who gets there first. But it all looks like
as if we did and ye won..."

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"I barely even remember the
last time we saw each other."
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[Opens his arms]
"Then come here."

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"Tha climate on tha surface didn't change since we last met, Aunrae. But... it might change over time."


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"I'm not worrying about reputation even if people were
to never find out. I worry about doing the right thing
and I don't think I am in aiding people who as far as
I know might want to do what I fear they would."
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"Right... but the argument is... why them? Why not
just Rocky Creek... or the Houses... what do the
drow have that the surfacers don't..."

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"Correct. If it was... I don't know a group of charitable
drow I would say look they are good people I want
to help them. Why do I want to help the...-"
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"Tha thing is, Ed. We do
it for us, not for drow."

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"Yes and to help us we need a group of them
that is as least questionable as possible."
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"Find one that's less questionable
and get back to us."

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"The elistraeans. I'd rather deal with them.
Less chances they are backstabbing us."
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"Ed, I think you should put more stock
in personal relations, and less in
people's choice of god."

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"In the general case I fully agree, Tarina, but
a drow supremacy god seems extreme."
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"So far it's only about us. About us getting that pass that lets us be more free."


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"Don't relax too much, this mess is not over."


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"I'm being serious in that I probably
shouldn't be your diplomat."
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"But yer so much better than
me or anyone at tha House..."

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"Yeah... but... Jalib? I'm starting
to feel a bit like a tool or a means
to an end for you."
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"I just ask for yer help and
listen to what ye say."

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"No, it's... it feels more like a passive thing.
That is happening. Like me defending Edelgarde."
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"They came to ya themselves before I even
found out. Downsides of her wearing
Candlecastle uniform most of tha time."

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"Har. Har. I have a choice to
make amidst it, though."
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"What's tha choice?"

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"How much I trust Aunrae."
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"I don't know if ye'll like her, but I can assure she doesn't want to actually harm anyone."


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"Awoved Edelgarde.
May I come in?"

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"Sure. Please take a seat."
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"We got a surprise here."

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"Priest? Holy warrior? Paladin?"
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"Althalous Fenwick. And you
are Aunrae I am told?"

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"Mhmm! Aunrae d'Selmiyeritar. It's a pleasure.
I've mostly heard that you represent the Mystran
church. What do you know about me?"
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"I would not think I speak for the church, but
I am its current caretaker. As for what I know
about you, the information is, hm... varied."

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"They feel something in tha air but they don't know what. So they get panicked."
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