Shattered Core: Jalib's Memory Fragments.

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

Unread post by Wade » Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:54 pm

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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.

Unread post by Wade » Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:20 pm

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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.

Unread post by Wade » Fri Nov 29, 2019 4:22 pm

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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.

Unread post by Wade » Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:59 am

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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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[Sighs]


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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.

Unread post by Wade » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:32 pm

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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.

Unread post by Wade » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:31 pm

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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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