Chapter 1: The High and Lows.   Posted by Sol Invictus.Group: 0
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 24 posts
Sat 7 May 2016
at 11:31
Chapter 1: The High and Lows
Lesser people could think of Zhu Yin as divinity herself with the way she dressed and with her bronze skin. Dragon-Blooded would see her as sorceress---which was fine, since they didn't automatically brand her an Anathema just because she had skin of bronze (she still got their attention though, but she was fine with that). And because of the added protection as well as because she already looked magical or divine with the marks from her control spell, she chose to don her bronze skin every day.

It wasn't a wise move for someone who wanted to get to know the common folk on a personal level. It was a wise move for someone who wanted them to revere her. Yin didn't really know what she wanted. She wanted them to want to accept her help---to recognize her as someone who could help---and she wanted the added protection.

So her skin right now was made of bronze.

She smiled to the herald as he called out her name.
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 77 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Sat 7 May 2016
at 14:24
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Quixotic Quetzal was glad to note she wasn't the only odd standout amongst the crowd. As the charming young faeblood flitted across the room to the refreshments and helped herself to a glass of wine, she turned about and turned her eyes across to the herald as he announced the exorcist's arrival.  There was no missing the towering brute that was Seven-Folded Rose (although, to be honest, Ixie didn't immediately recognize the smith beyond her... notable.... features.)

The glimmering bronze woman captured her attention a bit more. An exorcist who had saved countless homes, really? That seemed like a person to get to know. She did hear as Silken Sash was introduced - and he was a bit of a friend - more a casual companion to share drinks with. How had he gotten invited, she wondered? He did have his ways. Maybe he'd borrowed someone else's invitation? Ixie smirked a little. That sounded like him. She'd have to teach him what it was like, later.

Drink held lightly in her left hand, and keeping her wings drawn back, Ixie wove between Dhelzhan nobles and suspicious guild merchants, between visitors of import and locals of influence. While part of her just wanted to launch up above them and sail over to her destination, she got the feeling that it would be seen as rude. Also, she'd possibly spill her drink.

So it took her a bit before she turned up by Zhu Yin, sashaying up with her perky step. She leaned in and lightly knocked her delicate knuckles on her bronze shoulder, before letting out an earnest laugh. "Wow, I've heard of getting bronzed skin, but this is pretty wild. Hi~!" The perky, animate little  bird-girl practically glowed, smiling with her eyes as she introduced herself. "I'm Quixotic Quetzal, but everyone here struggles with it. You can just call me Ixie. So, you're an exorcist? Neat! Don't know too much about exorcism. Or ghosts. But it's good that you've helped people. I definitely know about that. C'mon, you should get a drink. Err, can you drink, like that?" she chimed, still beaming. But at least, it seemed like she was waiting for Zhu Yin's response.


...Finally...

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 14:26, Sat 07 May 2016.

Lirin
 Night, 14 posts
Sat 7 May 2016
at 15:14
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Navigating through the crowds of people like an expert dilettante, Lirin's attention is on scanning the crowd and the people entering the party, searching it and taking note of any potential troublemakers or people of note.  Occassionally stopping to make small talk, he blends in with the party-goers, appearing to be just another face in the crowd.

Even his clothing blends in with crowd's, its muted colors and simple cut hiding the fact that it fits perfectly, not hindering his movement in the slightest.  That is not all the clothing hides though, as an exceptionally astute observer might notice the slight bulge under his forest green jacket where a well-used flame piece rests out of sight.  The same observer might also notice that Lirin's striking eyes, one of blue and gold & one of green and gold, never stop moving, flicking over every person in the room, apparently keeping track of where everyone is and what they are doing.

Or at least he was until he heard the herald mispronounce an unfortunately familiar name; looking over to the main entrance, he sees an exhaustingly optimistic young woman and sighs a bit before merging back into the crowd.

"Hopefully Grandmother Bright briefed her on how to act," he thinks to himself as he navigates the crowd, continuing to take note of people as they entered, his curiousity piqued when the herald had no titles or embellishments for a name that he didn't recongnize: Silken Sash.

"Well, that's unusual; the herald normally doesn't get confused..." Lirin ponders as he moves to get a better look at the mystery man, shaking his head slightly as he sees Ixie literally knock on another visitor's shoulder.
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 25 posts
Sat 7 May 2016
at 21:42
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Anyone with some knowledge of magical materials could see that Yin carried pauldrons of orichalcum and starmetal. She also had a glimmering (hence active) hearthstone. Much of it could be explained away by her being a sorceress, but it would definitely raise some eyebrows. Exalted weren't especially "common" after all.

"Nice to meet you, Quixotic Quetzal," Yin said without butchering the name. "I'm Zhu Yin, but you can call me Yin, or Zhu, or come up with something new if you like."

She smiled.

"Drinking isn't a problem. Give me a nod if you see any cider around."
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 79 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Sat 7 May 2016
at 23:20
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Ixie laughed a little at how... well, Yin wasn't that animated at all as she replied to her playful banter - though, she didn't seem cold, either. Ixie lightly bit her lip, tipping her head to the right as she eyed Yin's response, trying to get a quick read on her as she quietly  let out an audible and rather obvious  "Hmm..." 

Whatever she worked out seemed to satisfy her in the moment, though, since she put her hand out again, and grabbed Yin by the wrist, motioning her along. "Yeah~ They have cider, c'mon." She said,  lightly tugging Yin along... though, Yin was pretty confident that the girl wasn't strong enough to drag her anywhere if she didn't play along... even if she wasn't all bronzed up at the moment...

"So~ You're an exorcist, huh? Pretty cool. Do you, you know, go around punching misbehaving ghosts and stuff?" She asked, her steps a bit springy as she led the way. When she mentioned punching, she playfully shadowboxed the air a couple of times. For what it was worth, she showed decent form, but it lacked obvious formal training. Then again, she was also just kind of punctuating her ideas with a gesture.

(Ixie rolls a Per+Socialize check to try and read intentions on Yin, to see what her impressions/feelings on Ixie's presence are. IE, she's trying to tell if she's being annoying or getting in her way or something. Guile only applies if you're trying to really hide  how you're reacting;

3 successes on the attempt)

Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 26 posts
Sat 7 May 2016
at 23:40
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Yin doesn't try to hide anything. She isn't annoyed by Ixie, but she clearly doesn't have the energy herself to keep up with her at her own pace. She's being friendly though since she doesn't want to hurt Ixie's feelings by seeming uninterested.

"I don't really need to punch ghosts to exorcise them," she said. "I'm generally against violence, but I do know how to throw a punch if I really need to. I find that most mortal threats can be reasoned with though. My bronze skin usually protects me long enough to give me the extra time I need to talk someone down. Demons are the real danger, but they are super rare. I've only encountered one in my entire life."
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 80 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Sun 8 May 2016
at 00:06
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Ixie got them through the crowd steadily enough, even if she had to dampen her pace for the slower, bronze-clad woman she'd seemingly attached herself to for the moment. Once they made it to the refreshments, Ixie sprightly ordered up cider from the servants tending the demands of the guests, then turned to Yin while the servant got to work.

"Aha~! Well, It's not like I like to hurt people. But you gotta' look after yourself, you know?" She prompted the woman with a perky smile. Twisting lightly to the side to look out over the party, she mulled those words over a moment.  "Well, I mean, people don't bother me too much. I mean, it's not like a mob can chase me into the air or anything.  Never seen a demon, myself. Have seen some ghosts though. Most of the ones I know of are fine. Grandmother Bright has  some who live in the Plaza." She explained.
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 27 posts
Sun 8 May 2016
at 00:13
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Yin nodded.

"They said you're ambassador for Lady Bright? What can you tell me about her?"
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 81 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Sun 8 May 2016
at 00:28
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The energetic girl nodded a bit at that. "Uh-huh.  She's... well, not really sure what you wanna know. She's kind and caring about the people she's taken in, but she can't take in everyone. She's strong and benevolent, though. At least, that's how she is with me. I don't really know how she might be with someone like you." She said, her eyes glancing over the sorceress again discreetly, honing in, this time, on her glowing hearthstone. "oooh, pretty."
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 28 posts
Sun 8 May 2016
at 00:33
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Without really noticing it, Yin covered the hearthstone with her hand---clearly not willing to talk about it right now. She tried to distract Ixie by gesturing for the coming cider.

"Someone like me?" she then asked.
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 83 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Sun 8 May 2016
at 00:38
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It seemed to work, though it was unclearl if she'd really manipulated Ixie or whether the girl just wasn't going to fixate. She fluttered her eyes a little at Yin, as she was pressed on her words. "Erm? An... excorcist? I mean, I've never actually known one, and I don't really know how she feels about exorcism, since she has ghosts living in the plaza, too. Well, not living... you know what I mean."
Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 29 posts
Sun 8 May 2016
at 00:43
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"She's got ghosts living in the Plaza?"

Yin's nose wrinkled at that.

"Why doesn't she let them pass on? Since she's a god, she probably has her reasons ... but I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that. Does she at least treat them well and not use them as cheap labor? There's nothing worse than someone abusing the dead, even if that person is a god."
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 84 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Sun 8 May 2016
at 00:54
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For what it was worth, Ixie's scrunched-up face wasn't, for once, an attempt ant teasing someone else. "Ick. Ghost slavery? Talk about dark. You really gotta relax, she's really not like that. That's... that's really disturbing to think about, you know. I mean..." Ixie actually shuddered a little bit, repulsed by the whole idea. She turned her eyes about rather urgently, then raised her drink to bump into Yin's cider, before taking a little sip. "C'mon, don't be so dreary. Grandmother Bright takes care of everyone who lives in the Plaza as best she can - ghosts, the poor. Even a lonely fae-blood like me. "

She fluttered her feathers gently to illustrate her point, looking off to her left at the extended span of her wing on that side, then sidelong, and up, back to Yin's eyes.
Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 17 posts
Sun 8 May 2016
at 01:24
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Rose watched the bronze-skinned woman and the fae-blood talk and also tracked the man going around and making sure everyone stayed calm. Parties made her uncomfortable but she was advised to come here - and with all the supernatural folk around, a big Solar smith was almost normal.

She decided to follow the guy wandering around, in case he needed any muscle to calm people down. And because she wasn't sure what else to do.
Lirin
 Night, 16 posts
Sun 8 May 2016
at 15:11
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Keeping an eye on the conversation between the bronzed exorcist and the winged ambassador, Lirin continues to patrol the party when he notices that he has a tail; it helps that the woman following him is probably the tallest person in the room.

Taking a moment to exchange pleasantries with a local merchant, Lirin takes a drink from a roaming waiter and sips from it before placing it on another waiter's empty tray, for finished drinks, before slipping around him and into a nearby crowd, vanishing from his tail's sight.

( [Dex+Stealth] to hide in the crowd, and using a 3 die Excellency to augment it; 5 successes)
Sol Invictus
 GM, 37 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Mon 9 May 2016
at 14:49
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"Oh my!" speaks the voice behind Ixie, a woman standing just behind her, dressed in barely visible silken gowns. The scarves a variety of colors covered only her most intimate parts underneath the veil-like gown, leaving little to the imagination. She was an older woman, 30, maybe even 40, but her body was kept in good form, making it harder to tell behind the veils that covered all but her face. "I was wondering if these we an accessory, but they're real wings, aren't they?" Her hands reached out, brushing gently along the feathers. "You would do well to make something with these feathers. They'd always match after all!" she gave a small laugh at her own joke.

With a gesture, the woman called over a younger woman dressed in orange silks almost as light looking as Ixie's own gossamer. "I am Hari-sah and this is my daughter Fa'ularid. I think feathers like that would work wonders with your wedding dress Fa'ul," she says, turning to the girl who seems to look more at Ixie's wings than at Ixie.

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 14:49, Mon 09 May 2016.

Zhu Yin
 Zenith, 32 posts
Mon 9 May 2016
at 15:21
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Zhu Yin was just about to respond to Ixie when the woman interrupted them. Thinking that her calm nature would be annoying to Ixie, she took a sigh of relief from being "saved" from all that energy and discreetly tried to move towards the cider.
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 88 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Mon 9 May 2016
at 15:43
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Ixie turned about to find herself met with a decidedly beautifulwoman wearing only wisps of fine silk.  She put on a small, earnest grin as the woman, seeming to have overheard, admired her wings.  She beamed, elating in the feeling of someone else admiring them rather thanbeing afraid of her for having them. She stretched them out a bit - though she did lightly shudder as the woman put a hand to her feathers. At the least it was a light touch, rather than a rough and grasping child's hand. Ixie liked kids, but they didn't appreciate how delicate wings were.

This woman, however, seemingly knew how to treat something delicate and beautiful, ixie determined. She answered her with a little nod. "Well, I've actually thought about that, but it's kind of a pain to pluck'em. They have to grow back, and it hurts... a little. Maybe I could collect them when they fall out..." she mused thoughtfully, putting a finger to her lips. She glanced aside to where Yin had been - only to see her ducking away to chase after the servant who'd gone to fetch her cider. Ixie slightly frowned, but it vanished when the woman drew her attention back and called over her pretty daughter.

"But yes, they're real wings. It's a lot of work, honestly, keeping them clean. Do you know how hard it is to preen them and pluck out anything that gets into the feathers without a beak? Pretty rough. Gotta pluck feathers when they get damaged or weakened, and then there's the molting..." she chimed, with an affectionately exasperated sigh. She drew her wings around her shoulders in a rather precoscious and brief self-hug. "Still, a good chance to collect them. I... actually have some back where I'm staying."

Ixie grinned a little. "I'm Quixotic Quetzal, but, well, Ixie's easier on most of the people around here." she chimed with a giggle. "You're getting married, Fa'ul? When?" Ixie had a lot of questions, but she decided to start with the friendly introductions. As she did, she spread her wings again, taking up a bit of space, and she did pause to glance back over her shoulder to be sure the area was clear. She'd learned her lesson once, brushing a lit candle with her wing... That hadn't been pretty... Once she had the room, she lightly stretched her right wing out to the fascinated young woman, giving her a little nod. Yes, you can touch it.

This message was last edited by the player at 15:45, Mon 09 May 2016.

Sol Invictus
 GM, 39 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Mon 9 May 2016
at 22:43
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The younger woman, much like her mother, let a gentle hand glide over the wing, though she seemed much less impressed. "I'm not sure, I don't think they'd look good with my wedding dress," she said, only for her mother to answer, "Of course they would! Girls will be girls." It's perhaps most apparent now that the two are talking about you more like an accessory than someone they'd like to meet. "It's a shame they aren't plucked easily, you could certainly set up shop if you ever needed spare jade."
Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 91 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Tue 10 May 2016
at 00:34
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As she got a better feel for their tone, Ixie drew her wing back in, her perky smile remaining, but growing a bit less radiant. The idea made her stomach turn. using herself as some natural resource for clothes for the rich, as pretty as they'd look, she'd never trade flying around for it - or, at least, the possibility of one day getting good enough with them to really fly... That musing, the tone in it. They wanted her feathers for their own. At least the older woman did. The younger didn't even seem to really care about her wings, after a cursory glance.

There was just a single beat of the conversation where Ixie felt upset. Then, she turned around for the offensive. "Honestly, I think they'd suit you well." she said to Fa'ul, gesturing. "I mean, it's got the brilliant orange with the green. They would bring out your eyes, I think." She paused, and leaned in toward Fa'ul, closing into her personal space with every intent of imposing a little discomfort in an effort to draw some reaction other than bored disinterest from her. She was going for a look right in the eyes, faces inches apart, still smiling - to her, at least. Fa'ul hadn't been the one to annoy her so much as she seemed to be missing what Ixie had to offer.

She lingered there for just a moment before relenting and looking to the mother. "They might not be easy to pluck, but it's definitely something I could do." she began, tantalizing her with the possibility. She knew the woman already wanted her feathers, after all. What better way to snub her than to continue; "...Unfortunately, I don't think the Tri-Khan himself could pay me what they're worth to me. I suppose I do have the ones that fell out, but... " she shook her head with a smug little grin. "...Maybe I'll take up a little accessorizing all on my own."

She brushed a wing to the side dramatically as she turned away, taking a sip of her wine to punctuate her smooth and sharp retort.

Ixie's playing a bit of hardball with a social flurry. IMO she's justified a stunt, and her two social attacks are as follows. They may or may not have intimacies that come into play, even if Ixie doesn't know them :P

Charisma+Presence VS Fa'ul: Inspire to try and incite curiosity or interest in Ixie, or at least interest in her feathers/wings.

Dice Pool: 2 Cha + 3 Presence + 1(charm), -3 Flurry, -3 flaw, +4m peripheral (Presence Excellency) gives 4 dice +2 stunt dice = 6 dice (Appearance is 3 VS Fa'ul's Resolve, if I exceed it, I get that many extra dice: if I get any, you can roll them) Ixie is actually spending 1 point of willpower here, being earnest and wanting to impress someone who's rolling their eyes at her wings.

Manipulation+Presence: Attempting to Inspire anger/frustration at being denied something she's expressed a desire for.

Dice Pool: 3 Manip + 3 Presence +1(Charm) -3 Flurry, -3 Flaw (though this is kinda... sneary-mocking, not really 'friendly social interaction')  +4m personal (Presence Excellency) +2 stunt dice + any appearance bonus dice

Charisma Roll v Fa'ul: 6 dice+ 1 WP + any appearance bonus
20:30, Today: Quixotic Quetzal rolled 7 successes using 6d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 7,9,9,9,9,10.  Charisma v Fa'ul (+1 wp).

Manip Roll V Hari: 7 dice + any appearance bonus
20:30, Today: Quixotic Quetzal rolled 3 successes using 7d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 1,10,4,1,3,6,9.  Manip v Hari.
20:32, Today: Quixotic Quetzal rolled 2 successes using 3d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 7,9,2.  Reroll 3 failed dice (Mocking Bird's Call).

Ixie's guile is 3, for purposes of hiding how much she feels hurt by the whole ignorance bit, and she's hiding it behind the bravado and social aggression, which might qualify as a stunt to raise guile at your discretion.

WP: 4/5
Personal: 9/13
Peripheral: 29/33

This message was last edited by the player at 00:43, Tue 10 May 2016.

Sol Invictus
 GM, 41 posts
 The Unconquered Sun
Tue 10 May 2016
at 04:03
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Fa'ul took a step back as Ixie moved toward her, but as she did, she did look at the wings. "You think so?" Her eyes fluttered as she asked, the slightly red-orange eyes popping while her lips curled into a slight smile. She spent a moment in thought, perhaps contemplating what her dress might look like with a few feathers or perhaps even wondering a bit more about what it would be like to fly.

Of course, while Fa'ul seemed more interested, her mother scowled. "I wouldn't be so quick to speak ill of the man in charge of the city." Whatever kind veneer she'd erected to talk to you was washed away by the vitriolic insult. "No, no, I think you were right Fa'ul. After all, a woman's supposed to look beautiful...not like an animal. How does one even come about having wings?"

00:01, Today: Sol Invictus, for the NPC Hari-sah, rolled 2 successes using 7d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 3,2,5,7,4,5,7.  Read Intentions.

Unfortunately, I have awful rolling so she does not pick up on your hurt. But she's coming after you for that insult

Hari-sah has Appearance 4, Resolve 4, Guile 4
Her daughter has Appearance 3, Resolve 2, Guile 3.

Quixotic Quetzal
 Dawn, 96 posts
 The Mockingbird
 Gonna make you QQ.
Tue 10 May 2016
at 04:53
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Ixie lightly covered her lips with her free hand, chuckling lightly at something.  "That really wasn't my point.  My point is; you don't own me, so don't act like you do." She chimed, then turned to focus on Fa'ul. It seeme dshe was going to leave Hari's question unaddressed, a keener snub than any flowery answer she might spout in that moment. No, instead, where Hari was demanding attention, she'd  give it to the now-intrigued Fa'ul.

She gestured with a wing, back towards the party. "Why don't you tell me about your wedding dress, maybe I can come up with some ideas. I'm sure Grandmother Bright could help us out finding a good artisan to make whatever we need." She chimed, invitingly. "Like I said, I don't really need jade, so we'll figure something out, if you decide you want a feather ornament or something."

Ixie is only making one actual attempt here: Persuading Fa'ul to come talk with her without her mother. I imagine the intimacy/inspire (whichever you decided to treat it as)  will support, but her intimacy for her mother might oppose)

Charisma+Presence+1 ;  I'm unsure if you're willing to count this as a stunt, but if not, remove the last two rolled dice
+2 stunt -3 flaw = 5 base dice +2m peripheral.

Rolled 2 successes on the dice, which ties her resolve (which I belive works)  before any inspire/intimacy effects... maybe she's not as happy with Mom as Mom would like :3

I'm actually going to also throw a Read Intentions at Fa'ul, to try and get a read on her relationship with he rmother, actually. Happy? Strained? Intimacy context? Secretly resentful but being dutiful? Or actually dutiful? ^^;

Read Intentions: 4 successes beats Guile

Can't copy-paste rolls from the PS4...

Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 19 posts
Tue 10 May 2016
at 10:00
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Rose saw the noblewomen harassing the winged woman and decided to wander that way. The crowd parted for the huge blacksmith before closing in again. She really wanted to be in the forge because she didn't see how this benefited Creation.
Lirin
 Night, 17 posts
Tue 10 May 2016
at 13:02
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Seeing his former tail head towards a new destination after a few moments of looking for Lirin, he groans as he realizes where she is heading: towards Ixie and the noblewoman that Ixie was now talking to.

"Why couldn't she just stick to the exorcist?" Lirin mutters to himself as he navigates the crowd to intercept Rose before she can throw oil on the fire brewing between Ixie and Hari-sah.

Slipping out of the crowd in front of Rose, Lirin smiles up at the smith who stands a head taller than he.  "Seven-Folded Rose, was it?  How are you enjoying the party so far?" he asks, intent on distracting her from the faeblood and the nobles, while angling himself to keep a covert eye and ear on them.



OOC: Activating Sensory Acuity Prana from personal pool to keep track of what is happening between Ixie and Hari-sah, as well as the party as a whole.
Seven-Folded Rose
 Twilight, 20 posts
Tue 10 May 2016
at 13:34
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Rose, of course, is easily distracted and beams a big friendly smile down at the smaller man. Whatever can be said about the blacksmith's wits, her friendliness was never in doubt. "Yeah, that's me, Seven-Folded Rose. It's... interesting?"

Even Rose knew better than to ask how did a spat between a couple little butterflies benefit Creation. In front of them, at least.