Once again Vogh and her family ties allowed them to quickly pass through the Dalenguard Gate.  She privately thanked her family name as they sped away from the gate and towards Castle Shard.  Once inside, they were ushered to see Lord Zavere and Lady Rill.  The reactions of Lord Zavere was strange to Vogh for the reaction of Lady Rill was something she more expected from both.  She thought to ask him about it but decided not to push any subject.

When Lord Zavere said they could probably help the young lass, Vogh’s eyes lit up.  Yes, of course, we would love help in bringing her back to life.  If it is okay with you, I would like to accompany her to be raised from her state.  She may remember me and my song when she awakes.  Talin, would you like to go with the cart and gather up the statue at Linech while I do this?  They were quite loaded now with the reward from each of the quests.  60 dragons each and 200 crown of gems each.  A nice haul for such a short time.  Vogh smiled.  Is it okay if Linele stays the night here and we just meet here in the morning?

I thought perhaps a little time away from each other might be good.  Hope that is okay.

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Lord Zavere and Lady Rill acquiesced to Vogh’s request to keep the child overnight. She was dead anyway, so unlikely to cause any trouble.

Vogh and Talin returned to the Minstrel for the night. Vogh returned to Castle Shard the following morning, while Talin headed to Linech’s Burrow. Zavere had a flat wagon, with no sides, and a team of horses waiting at the end of the street. Two drivers, and six porters waited with the wagon.

A contingent of six city watch guards accompanied the wagon as well. Talin preceded the large group into Lineche’s cul-de-sac and my how eyebrows raised. The bard smiled at the discomfort as the two thug-guards stood up straight and tried to act official. It wasn’t long before the dwarf from Linech’s office, and Seanus the halfling were outside the building Talin had been in twice now, and hoped this third time would be the last.

Seanus nodded with recognition and led Talin, and the six porters up to retrieve the statue. Unsurprisingly, Lineche and his ugly lady friend were nowhere to be seen. The porters tilted the statue onto its side and carried it down the stairs and out to the waggon. Both drivers stretched a large cover over the gold decoration to avoid prying eyes getting unsavory ideas.

Talin rode on the wagon side all the way back to Castle Shard and accompanied it into the building. Lady Rill had the lifters bring it to a room where she immediately set upon it with her magic. Kadmus ushered the men out and allowed Talin to remain behind in the sitting room for snacks and wine.

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For Talin, the transaction seemed to go pretty well with Linech’s men.  Talin was fully surprised to see that the statue was actually still there.  Lincech was pretty adamant about not letting the statue go, though after quite a bit of convincing from Talin and Vogh he relinquished the trophy.  Talin, of course, knew why he didn’t want to give it up for it was a man.  Talin had another thought to ask Seamus, might you know who crafted such a fine thing?  I was thinking about having one done for my fair lady, Vogh.  He was hoping to garner some more information if he could.

When all was done and the troupe made its way back to Castle Shard.  Talin added in bringing the statue inside and to the room it currently resides.  He was asked to go to the waiting room and await the result to bring the Lord back.  Talin enjoyed some of the delightful snacks, but for the most part felt out of sorts without Vogh there.

He wondered how she was fairing.  It would be quite the feat to bring the girl back from undeath and he wondered what the girl might do and act.  If she was actually a part of the drug trade, what would she do now?  How would she react?  So many things to wonder about.  If she wasn’t would she help build her case against her father?  Linech… the man was responsible for so much shivel in this town, Talin’s new town.  Perhaps, something should be done about the man.  A jail cell was too good for him, that is if he was even convicted.  Maybe it was time for Talin to do his part once more…

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Seanus shrugged and explained only that it was a gift from a friend of Mr. Linech’s and that was all he knew. Seanus didn’t even know who the friend was.

Talin was shocked when Vogh walked into the same sitting room with Lord Zavere following shortly after. He stood, “I thought you would have already left by now.” Vogh smiled and shrugged then Lord Zavere explained, “My apologies. The arrangements took a bit longer than expected, and the clerics of St. Valien’s are very busy. My personal carriage with take the two of you, and Linele, to the temple and everything is arranged. Thank you for doing this.”

Zavere departed and Kadmus entered, pulling a floating ‘casket’ that contained the poor girl’s body. He ushered the two out the front entrance where an amazing ‘carriage’ awaited the duo. No wheels were visible beneath the body of the vehicle, instead it merely floated above the cobblestone street on a magic force. The magic, and wealth, these two possess must be incredible.

Kadmus floated the casket over to the rear of the floating carriage, where he affixed it to the back, tying it securely in place for its transport. A driver and a guard smiled down at the Bards as they neared the carriage. Both were well dressed, and both had short swords strapped to their hips. The horse team was a pair of pure white Camarillos, hitched to the carriage by normal means, but the tack was exceptionally crafted with gold and purple stitching and bells.

Neither Vogh or Talin had ever seen anything like it, even in the Nobles’ Quarters. Upon their approach one door swung open magically, and a set of stairs slid from beneath the carriage into place before them. Shaking his head Talin held the door, unnecessarily, as Vogh ascended then he joined her in the plush interior. The door closed, and stairs returned to beneath their magical transport as they settled onto incredibly soft cushions.

The noise of the outside was dampened, the reason made apparent when Talin tried to tuck his arm out the window only to smack it into a glass barrier. No, not glass, but glass-steel. The incredible material far stronger than regular glass. He tapped his knuckle against the clear barrier and shook his head in awe once more. Then the man laughed out loud as he looked over to Vogh, not believing the finery.

Riding in the Zavere’s carriage was like what they imagined riding on a cloud would feel like. There was no rumble of wooden wheels over stone streets, no jostling or bumps as they glide along the route to the Temple District. Beyond the privilege of riding in such finery, they noticed nearly everyone moved out of the way at the carriage’s approach. People gawked from street side as they passed. When they wound down the path into Dalenguard Castle the Guards stopped all traffic in and out, allowing the carriage to pass completely unhindered.

As the carriage passed through the castle gate both passengers noticed the glassteel windows darken a bit. One of the drivers spoke down through the passage, “Sir and Ma’am, I’ve set the windows to prevent anyone seeing inside for your privacy. You can still see out, but no one will be able to see in. I hope that is alright.”

Again Talin laughed out loud. He couldn’t help himself. Never before had he experienced anything of the like in all his days. They made impeccable time, traversing Oldtown rapidly, then descending the ramp down into Midtown. The drivers took them up Dragon Street, to Sunrise Street where the bards could see the outskirts of the beautiful and lush Emerald Hill.

After crossing the river all the buildings turned into religious institutions, or those that supported the many, many temples in Ptolus. Sunrise Street brought them straight before St. Valien’s Cathedral. And a Cathedral it was, for no other name captured the size, scale, and scope of the building’s beauty.

Before either could depart the carriage they noticed both drivers jump down. One untied the casket from the rear and slipped it off the back, where it immediately began to hover once more a few feet above the ground. The second driver stood beside the door, which again opened magically, steps descending, right before the path that led to the massive building.

Although just one of nine churches in Ptolus dedicated to Lothian, St. Valien’s was the largest and most well-known. It was designed in the traditional Lothianite fashion, which is to say an elaborate, baroque structure with intricate iconography and ornamentation that almost threatened to collapse the building with the weight of its significance. Gilded angelic figures adorn every lintel, alcove, and archway, while bas reliefs of winged lions guarded every hallway and door. Graven images of saints and figures of Lothianite significance covered almost every surface, including the ornately carved pews in the sanctuary.

One driver pushed the floating casket around to the duo as they stepped out before the path, flanked on both sides by crystal clear pools of water. The driver waiting for them cleared his throat and again spoke in the most respectful tone, “Sir and Ma’am, it is not my place to instruct you, but I offer St. Valien’s does maintain a strict policy that no weapons are allowed within the cathedral, except those wielded by the Knights of the Dawn. We will await your return here and your weapons would be completely safe inside the carriage during your visit.” He bowed forward slightly in respect as he finished.

Both acquiesced, laying their weapons inside the magical transport, then Talin began pushing the floating casket up the path to the ornate entrance. The interior was just as overwhelming and breathtaking as the outside. Practically every surface boasted some form of decoration, carving, tapestry, statutes, or bas relief. Viewing everything would likely take a human lifetime. An elf might be able to fit in a full review in their centuries long lifespan, but they might be cutting it close.

Talin kept his nervous laughter under control as they entered. Two knights of the Order of the Dawn, the Church’s order of holy warriors, approached them almost immediately as they entered. Only one spoke, “Please follow me” They two led them all the way down the sanctuary to a door, then down a flight of stairs. The coffin remained flat through the entire trip, and floating down the stairs effortlessly with Talin’s guidance.

Symbol of the Order of the Dawn.

Once down the stairs they followed a series of passageways until they entered a very plushly furnished room. “Please wait inside.” the knight instructed simply, then shut the door behind them. Inside were several couches and seats, more artwork with symbols of the church everywhere. Neither sat, unsure of their surroundings and what would come next.

After several minutes pacing around the room, inspecting some of the ornaments a part of the wall cracked and opened into a secret door. Another guard like the two outside entered. He too was covered in full plate emblazoned with the Order’s symbol, and a holy symbol of Lothian around his neck. An ornate longsword swung at his hip. After entering he gestured back toward the door and announced, “His Holiness Archbishop Adlam Theobold.”

An elderly man, who looked far too close to the grave, shuffled in with the help of two women covered head to toe in blue vestments. One on either side of him held his arms and were clearly supporting him as he made his way into the room. Vogh had heard his name. If not for the presence of the Holy Emperor and the Prince of the Church in Ptolus, Archbishop Adlam Theobold would be the highest-ranking Church official in the city.

A second knight entered the room, standing beside the door watching the bards. The old man shuffled over to the casket, which the first knight opened for him, revealing poor Linele’s form inside, pale in death. He nodded and immediately went into the throes of spell casting. Each attendant produced vials of water, which the Archbishop sprinkled repeatedly over the little girl’s corpse. Then at predetermined times they would hand the holy man diamonds, which he lay all around, and over, the lifeless body.

The entire process took nearly a half hour, and seemed both intricate and powerful. When the bishop spoke the last word both attendants ‘caught’ his form as the meager strength which brought him in appeared to completely fail him.

Vogh and Talin held their breath then opened their eyes wide when they heard a gasp and cry from inside the coffin. Little Linele sat bolt upright inside the coffin and nearly screamed at the sight of the frail old man, who did not react at all, but simply began leaving the room. Vogh instantly began to sing a soft and soothing song, which at first had both knights reaching for their blades, but they quickly relaxed realizing there was no magic directed at them or the Archbishop.

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Vogh had been down with the other servants as they prepared the body of Linele.  Finished with her task of cleaning the body up, it was nothing really as she used a sea sponge and bathed her well.  When she walked in to see Talin waiting in the sitting room she smiled as he rose from his seat.  Just then Lord Zavere explained why it was taking so long.  Talin said, All went well getting Lord Ambercrombe’s body from Linech.  Course the man was nowhere to be seen.  Seamus handled everything and we were in and out quickly.  I came back here with the statue and Lady Rill is right now using her magics to bring him back.

Both Lord Zavere and Vogh nodded at that and Zavere left right away, probably to see if any aid was needed.  Vogh turned to Kadmus as he entered the room and said we are ready.  As she looked back to Talin and extended her hand towards him.

When they reached the exit door and saw the carriage that would take them to the temple, Vogh’s mouth dropped.  She turned to see Talin in much the same state, with his mouth wide open.  Gaining her composure Vogh followed behind the casket as Kadmus pushed it towards the back side of the carriage.  Vogh noted the horses as well, magnificent creatures the Camarillos.  Power and elegance all wrapped up in one package.  She had only ridden one of them when she was but a child.

With the casket now attached, Kadmus opened the carriage for the two to enter.  Talin noted the driver and guard both well dressed and gave them a nod as he stepped into the carriage.  He put out his hand to Vogh.  She took it with grace and let Talin ‘pull’ her into the carriage.  The ride to the temple was a pleasant one, one in which a baby could have slept with easy for there wasn’t a single bump.  There wasn’t even much noise coming from the clop of the horse’s hooves on the cobblestones.  Talin tried to stick his arm out the window the glass barrier prevented such a thing.  Vogh gave a little giggle as Talin pulled back his hand rubbing it slightly. Quite ingenious wouldn’t you say? Vogh offered.

After the gate the light dimmed inside as well, Vogh and Talin could almost feel the tangible magic that the carriage must hold.  It marveled the both of them, just in different ways.

When they arrived at Emerald Hill Vogh and Talin both peeked out the carriage window to see the lush greenery.  It was majestic, Vogh thought that they should come for a proper visit some time.

Finally arriving in the area where so many temples were clustered in Ptolus Vogh spotted St. Valien’s Cathedral.  The architecture of the thing was enormous and must have taken decades to complete.  Vogh knew that though the outside was grand, the inside was much more.

The carriage stopped and the driver and guard unhooked the casket and then opened the door for Vogh and Talin once more.  Climbing out Vogh’s eyes took in the Cathedral more fully.  Course she had seen it before but had never entered.  She wasn’t much of a godly creature, though the gods did have their place in many peoples lives.

The statues and figures attached to the building made it seem as if it were living.  Like others were keeping watch to this day even.  When told to relinquish their blades, Vogh handed hers over promptly as did Talin.  They both knew of the traditions and it only made sense.

Entering the building both could see that the outside was pale in comparison to the interior.  All of the decorations from carvings to tapestries was beautiful to be seen. They went down some stairs and through passageways which were in line with the rest of the cathedral.  They met two knights and Vogh knew right away based on their emblem which order they were from.  As they were told to wait, Vogh and Talin looked around the room they were in.  It was gorgeous.  Some of the works must have taken years to complete, with how ornate they were.

Finally, after several minutes another guard entered and announced His Holiness Archbishop Adlam Theobold. Vogh had heard the name before, but seeing him now she bowed her head taking her eyes off him.  He was the third-ranked Holyman of the city, not something to scoff at for he had power like not many others.

The Archbishop began the makings of his spell and started his prayer.  The water and diamonds were an offering to the gods that would bring Linele back from death.  IT took some time and it was clear it was taxing the old man, but when he finished he collapsed with the final words and the exertion of it all.  He had completed the spell and with the help of the two females, he began to walk away.  Vogh wondered at that.  He didn’t even want to receive the thanks from the person.  It wasn’t all about that apparently.  He did his gods work and that was enough for him.

Vogh and Talin watched on to see if the spell worked and sure enough in short order, Linele sat upright and was about to scream out until Vogh began her song.  It was the same song that she sang under the water to bolden her companions and soothe Linele.

Linele, it is me Vogh.  We have brought you back from the dead.  Take a moment to get your bearings and when you are ready we can talk.  It didn’t take Linele long though and she hopped out of the casket, not wanting to spend a single second more inside.  Vogh then began again, Linele what do you remember before you died?

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The little girl wrapped her arms around Vogh’s neck and sobbed. The beautiful woman’s heart went out to this tiny thing, not so unlike herself, and she kept a soothing melody flowing.

Finally Linele wiped her eyes on the simple, white gown that had been placed upon her at Shard. Her eyes were the green of orc skin, but that seemed to be the only trait she inherited from her father. Linele was a beautiful little girl, especially now that she was no longer an undread thing.

The young woman, looked at the duo and thanked them, tearfully. “I don’t remember much. The visions, do you remember the visions? I was playing with my dog, then all the buildings on the island were on fire, and the figures in black were moving around and killing people. Then… then… I died…” She fought back sobs, trying to steady her shaking breath to continue. “But then I woke up, inside that glass coffin, and I was cold, and thirsty. I broke through the glass and all those people were scared of me. They tried to attack me so I ran and went down into that water. But then I could breathe underwater! But nothing felt right, and I kept hearing voices in my head. I don’t know how long I was down there, but then you all came, and I attacked that woman?! And daddy!?” That broke her ability to hold things together.

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Vogh held the young woman tight in her embrace.  Having stopped singing when Linele had begun to talk, Vogh listened to her hearing every word and searching for things to console her with.  There there Linele, you are safe now and with people who care about you.  Why were you at that place anyway?  Why weren’t you with your daddy?

Vogh let her answer the questions and ask ones of her own before continuing on, What would you like to do now?  What are your dreams Linele?

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“I’ve always lived there. It was beautiful, and daddy would come often. We would play on the beach and enjoy the waters. Sometimes we would go out on the Arrowhead and sail around. He gave me Sasha when he was just a puppy.”

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Vogh wondered why her dad put her on the island at such a young age without family there to watch over her always.  Who took care of you when your daddy wasn’t there?  You know I don’t think the place is a safe place at the moment.  Perhaps that can be changed and you could live there once more, but not right now.  What would you like to do now Linele?  Would you like to see who made sure you were brought back to life?

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Asking a preteen what their dreams were was quite comical. She could barely even process the idea. “Oh. I had Ninny. She was my nanny. I named her that because I couldn’t say her real name when I was young, Neoanna.” Linele stopped and her eyes brimmed with tears once more, then she flopped down on the couch, putting her head in her hands. Her voice was muffled slightly as she spoke toward her own chest. “I guess Ninny is dead now too. I don’t know what I want to do. Brought me back to life? That creepy looking old man? Um. I already saw him. He’s creepy…”

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Vogh didn’t have much experience dealing with children and Linele was no different.  Vogh thought about the questions she asked and only shook her head.  We don’t know what happened to Nanny, but we could find out just not right now.

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Linele shook her head, having no idea who Vogh was talking about.

Talin spoke softly to Vogh, “Perhaps we should leave here and take her back to the minstrel, or even shard? We also have the two, er…, slaves waiting at the minstrel for us.”

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Talin’s idea was a good one.  Linele just needed time to process this whole thing.

Great idea Talin, Vogh thanked whomever was still in the small room they were in and then nodded to the guards.

Vogh and Talin arrived back at The Ghostly Minstrel and since it was getting close to lunch time they found a table off to the side.  The Minstrel was already bustling with patrons, some of which were already hard into the drink. Vogh asked for enough food for the three of them and then asked Talin, why don’t you go see about our guests.  Maybe they would like to join us, that is, if they are still here.

As Talin left Vogh turned her attention to back to Linele.  What was she going to do with the little girl.  Vogh didn’t exactly want to take her back to her nasty father, but maybe that wasn’t a choice that was hers to make.  So tell me Linele, what do you like to do, beside playing with your dog of course?  I want you to feel comfortable and make sure that you are okay.

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Talin had a feeling that Vogh wanted to speak with the girl alone.  So when Vogh asked him to check on the two slaves he nodded in agreement.  He thought to himself that Vogh would make a wonderful caring mother one day.  This put a smile on his face as he bounded up the stairs two at a time.

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Telleth had told Talin where he could find the duo that dropped his and Vogh’s name, plus a single gold piece. The big human, Sumar, cracked the door, obviously his full bulk braced against it defensively. Talin could see the lizard man Salsan back a ways, standing in an attack ready position as well. The handsome bard smiled disarmingly (then stabbed his magical sword through the door killing the human. Oh wait. No! haha 😀 ) and both relaxed immediately.

“Talin! Come in! We cannot thank you enough!”

“Indeed sssir. We truly cannot expressss our gratitude enough for your ressscue.”

It was odd hearing the lizard man speak, as his longer tongue flicked out and caused him a lisp on each S. Wasn’t it mean that the letter ‘s’ was in the word lisssp? Just seemed like someone was being mean in their naming method there.

Both assured Talin they had settled in very comfortably and they intended to do whatever they could to earn their keep and repay the gracious bards.

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Linele ate voraciously, it was almost as if she had just returned from the dead, after being undead. She was less than dignified, but Vogh just smiled at the young woman’s apetit. When Linele took a deep drink to wash down the food she gasped a deep breath and hiccuped, then she leaned back against the sturdy chair, holding the mug of very light wine in both hands. “Well, I mostly played on the island and did my studies with Ninny. Father would come and we would enjoy time together, reading and sailing. Then he would bring me to the city sometimes and I would play with the Cooper’s kids. They had four and they all live in the same burrow as daddy’s office.”

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Talin could only grin at how guarded the two were in the room.  There normally isn’t much trouble in the rooms at The Minstrel, but he guessed they were just being over cautious.  Greetings you both, no need to worry about payment.  I came up to make sure you both were okay and to also invite you down for lunch. (What did they call lunch?)

Vogh listened to Linele talk and tell about what she did use to do.  It sounded nice, why would her father put her in the situation that he did if he cared for her.  Did he care for her? Vogh thought about it some and had to think that he didn’t.  He seemed to really not want her there when Vogh and Talin brought her.  When she was killed he seemed to only care for the watch.  What was special about the watch that he cared more about it than her, his daughter?
Do you want to go see your daddy?  We can bring you if you want. Vogh knew she couldn’t keep her from her father forever.

The other option is we could take you to see your mother.  Is she still around here?  Vogh asked.

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Both the former slaves were happy to follow Talin down to grab a bite to eat, and both had their jaws fall open when they saw Linele. “but… but.. but… ssshe wasss dead….” Salsan struggled through the realization while Sumar remained silent and stared. Dumbfounded they joined the table, still staring at the living little girl.

Linele seemed to pay them no mind, too hung up on Vogh’s question about her mother, and struggling with the thought of going back to her father.

“I don’t know miss Vogh. I don’t know if I want to go back.” She had a very different reaction when asked about her mom. Linele jerked her head up and her eyes went wide. “My mother?! I haven’t seen her since I was very little… Father never would answer any of my questions about her. I remember she was beautiful, and she worked for some “Moon” company. Her name is Tashari.”

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Vogh enjoyed the reaction of the two former slaves as they laid their eyes on Linele.  As they took their seats and starred at the young woman she explained what had happened.

Talin had called the waitress over ordered two more meals for the two.  He then turned to acknowledge Linele as she talked about her dad and then her mom.  Talin was thankful she was thinking about not returning to her dad and maybe seeing about her mother.  After we eat we can head over to moon you speak of and see if we can’t find your mother. 

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Both the men looked at each other and frowned, shaking their heads in unison. They dug in when the food arrived and didn’t speak much.

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“We are in your debt. We will accompany you.” The lizard man used words lacking syllables that accented his lisp. The big human simply nodded.

All five exited the Minstrel together and walked down center Street. Again vogh and Talin entered the Rogue Moon Trading Company. Talin asked their tag along to wait near the front so as no to complicate matters, then they caught an available person to ask after Tashari.

The middle aged man clutched a wooden tablet with papers against his chest and led them up a flight of stairs to the second floor. He pointed them to a closed, heavy wooden door, then left to resume his duties.

Talin shrugged, looking at Vogh and Linele, and knocked. A heavy clunk confirmed the sturdiness of the barrier. They heard a muffled woman’s voice beckoning them to enter, so they did. The door latch opened without a sound and no emenated from well oiled hinges as the portal swung open.

Inside was an attractive, human woman, if a little on the larger side. She looked up at them over reading spectacles to inquire about their needs only to stop, breathless as she saw her daughter.

“Linele!” The woman shouted. She tossed her glasses on the desk, atop piles of papers, and rushed around the desk to wrap the young girl in her arms. “It is so good to see you! It’s been ages!” She clutched the girl to her chest then stood and moved Linele slightly behind her.

Tashari’s mode and face changed considerably as she stood to her full height, looking down on Talin and Vogh. “And what does my EX-husband require to so bless me with this rare visit? Out with it, lackies.”

Both bards were caught off by the venom in the woman’s voice.

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When Vogh saw the look on Tashari’s face it touched Vogh’s heart.  It put a huge smile on her face only to be smacked away by the abrupt change in the attitude of the woman.  Vogh at first didn’t say anything but since she knew the woman was only watching out for herself Vogh began slowly, Madame Tashari, we do not work for your ex-husband.  We rescued your daughter from a lifetime of misery and pain.

Vogh didn’t want to say that the girl was an undead being at this time.  We know of the exploits of your ex-husband and didn’t want to bring Linele back to him.  We asked her who her mother was and she said you were.  We came right away for she told us that it had been a long time since she saw you.  We do hope we did the right thing by bringing her to you.

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Tashari’s expression softened immediately upon their explanation, then she welled with unshed tears and thanked them.

“By the gods, forgive me, and thank you.” She tucked Linele under one arm and held her close. “Lifetime of misery and pain? What do you mean?” The big lady asked with alarm.

Tashari listened to Vogh and Talin’s story then thanked the duo again. “Does he know you have brought her to me? He is not a kind man, nor is he the above board business man he would have people believe. I do not want us to live in constant fear of reprisal…”

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After relaying Linele’s story to Tashari, Vogh was thankful that the woman didn’t react differently.  To ease her thoughts, Vogh told her, Her father has no idea that she is even alive.  He knew her to be dead and that is all.

Then Vogh looked to Linele, are you okay Linele.  If you are then we will leave you with your mother.  I hope that your relationship can grow and bring many happy memories.

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Linele smiled up at her mother and nodded enthusiastically. She left the big woman’s arms long enough to give both Vogh and Talin a hug, then thank them once more.

Tashari shook both their hands. “If you ever need anything of me, or Rogue Moon, don’t hesitate to come calling.”

The bards left with full hearts and a sense of good done on their part. Killing evil was satisfying, but seeing the righteousness of a mother and child reunited was far more fulfilling. They made their way back down to the first floor and Jessie’s office. She stood when they entered her already open door and greeted them warmly.

“Well hello. It’s good to see you two once more. Did you come with the good news that you’ll be accepting my offer?”

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Vogh shook Tashari’s hand and said,if we need any help we sure will.  Also if it is okay with you we would like to come see you two sometime again to see how things are going.

When Vogh and Talin entered Jessie’s door and she asked if the pair had come up with a decision Vogh smiled, yes we have and it is good news.  We would like to accompany you on the mission.  We will be bringing along two associates but no worries for their pay.  We have them covered.
When do you want to leave?

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“That sounds fantastic. Give me a couple days. I will need to make arrangements here with Moon since this is not part of my job. You said I can reach you all at the Minstrel? I will send word, or come myself to notify you.”

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Vogh and Talin shook hands with Jessie once more, then departed her office, collected the ex-slaves and headed back out into the Ptolus day. Clouds roiled overhead, but they looked unlikely to drop anything. The sun even broke through occasionally, sending rays of light streaking down and racing across the streets and buildings of the great city.

The four had nowhere else to be that day. It was open, and they had some time until they were to leave for the goblins with Jessie.

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Vogh and the others went back to The Minstrel and even though it was early afternoon, the place was still busy.  People must be having late dinner or something.  Talin went to ask about performing that night so they could earn a little coin and because he felt in the mood to perform.

Vogh led the two former slaves up to her room.  I want to see if the armor we got from those thugs would fit you.  There were two breastplates that may fit and you could definietly use the swords and bows they had.  Vogh pulled out the armor and had them try it on.  IF it fit, great if not then she had another idea.  She would head over and see her young man in training and see if they could swap or sell and buy something different for the lizardman.

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The male guard’s armor did fit the big human, Sumar. But the female human guard’s armor clearly would not fit the lizard man.

“Miss Vogh. How are we ever to pay you back for these gifts? We were slaves. We have nothing. And we are not warriors ma’am. I’ve been in bar room brawls, but my hands have never held a weapon, nor have i worn armor.” Sumar shared.

The standing lizard nodded in agreement with the man’s statements.

They three left the room shortly thereafter and went next door to Bull and Bear where Iltumar greeted her with a wide smile.

“Mistress Vogh. Welcome, and who are your friends?” He finished his sentence, but the words caught a bit in his throat as Salsan entered last. They boy had never met one of the bipedal lizards before and he was taken back by one entering the store.

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Before entering both men were very thankful and Vogh understood that they may not have much experience in fighting with a blade.  Their admission of such proved Vogh right.  Oh it is nothing you two.  these items in my opinion are yours you’ve earned it.  As to no experience, well I can help remedy that with some training.  least you wont cut yourself with the blades.    Vogh said with a laugh as she opened the door.

Vogh lit up seeing the young man behind the counter.  So Iltumar, how goes business.  Oh dont mind Salsan, he is with me.  You will be seeing more of him in fact.  I am going to be training them later.  Are you able to come?

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The boy’s expression didn’t seem nearly as enthusiastic as times past. Vogh figure out why as soon as Iltumar spoke, “So they are coming too?”

She reassured the young man (use whatever words you want obviously) then asked him about selling the female’s breastplate to purchase one that might fit the lizard man.

Iltumar looked over the breastplate, obviously made for a female. “Typical versions sell for $200, but this had to have been custom made for a woman. Where did you get this?”

He understood discretion, so wasn’t surprised at Vogh’s less than specific answer. (im guessing)

“Well, this will either fetch a higher price because it’s lady specific, or it will sell for almost nothing because we won’t be able to find a customer. I’ll have to ask the brothers. I’ve got some leather or studded leather which could be strapped to fit the lizard but anything like a breast-plate or hard metal will have to be custom made.”

He took the plate into the back and was gone far longer than normal. He returned with bad news. “I’m sorry Miss Vogh, but the brothers wont buy it.”

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Vogh was disappointed in the news Iltumar gave but tried not to show it.  She just said,aw that is too bad.  So, tell me which of these studded leather pieces would work best for my friend here?

Iltumar pulled a few pieces out and had the lizardman try them on.  Iltumar even helped him.  It seemed that he wanted to touch one up close that wasnt trying to eat him she guessed.

When they finally found a nice piece Vogh asked, how much for the suit?  As long as it was within the right price (according to the book) Vogh bought it.  She then said, so we see you tonight?

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Iltumar told her 25 thrones and agreed he would be there for training.

Sumar and Salsan looked quite different wearing armor. The big human for sure looked far more imposing in the breastplate, instead of the rags he had on when they brought them from the underwater caves. Salsan too looked far more fierce. Vogh could see why the lizardmen were a bit feared in Ptolus, and thought of as a scourge. But if they were all like Salsan, why wasn’t this race more respected?

With nothing else for now, they all departed and went back to the Minstrel.

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Vogh returned to The Minstrel and by now it was getting pretty busy.  She found Talin and asked if he was able to perform tonight.  Luckily, they only had a short act up early and Talin could perform.  Vogh wanted to show Salsan and Sumar what else the two could do besides fight.  Vogh figured she could get a few songs in before training would start.

Vogh had an idea for the two men.  They would use their new bows to inflict wounds.  She didn’t want them doing anything up close and personal right away for fear they may not live.

The group ordered dinner and watched a comedy act that went on for about an hour while they ate.  Then it was Talin’s turn.  Vogh and Talin both went up and began singing and performing.  They made such sweet music together and soon the crowd was singing and dancing along.  IT wasn’t to last though for after the second song Vogh bid adieu and her and the two men left to go meet Iltumar so they could train.  Since all three were pretty green she let Salsan and Sumar spare each other while she showed them what to do with Iltumar.  They trained for two hours and by that time the two men were already doing much better.  Vogh had confidence they would at least stay alive.

They all returned and Talin was still playing so Vogh joined him once more.  They played for two more hours and then stopped.  The Minstrel was emptying out and it was time for bed.  Vogh and Talin said their good nights to the two men and then went back to their room together.

The next morning came and they all met for break fast.  Talking about what to do today.  Vogh wanted to take the men out to practice shooting.  She herself was going to do a bit as well for VOgh wasn’t as proficient with a ranged weapon as she was with a blade.

Just killing time.

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Talin and Vogh earned some coin, which basically covered the cost of their staying in the Minstrel. They slept well, and saw the two ‘men’ the next morning for breakfast.

Talin suggested they go out the north gate to the tournament field to practice with ranged weapons. He didn’t even own a bow, other than the ones they had procured, as they were seldom useful inside the bustling city. But one never knew, so practice would do them all good.

The tournament field was equipped with archery targets for the Godsday festival and people could use them throughout the year as well. All four of them took their time and walked the distance to the north gate and out to the tournament field. Ptolus’ weather today seemed to be cooperating as the clouds were moving overhead, but the sun was out more often than not.

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Another fine night on stage and in the bedroom, Vogh was a satisfied woman as she got up and went down for break fast.  When Talin mentioned the tournament grounds she smiled and agreed.  Perhaps we should get you a ranged weapon Talin? Talin thought about it for a bit, and then gave in.  How about we sell the 2 long spears the thugs had and get another long bow and more arrows.

It was a sound plan, after eating she went back upstairs and grabbed the armor and the spears.  Can we go to a different place to sell these.  I couldn’t sell the armor yesterday. Vogh asked Talin.

Talin knew of a spot and so they all went there before heading out the north gate.

Training with the bows was humorous at first, but after a few hours they all were getting the hang out and soon it was lunch time.  Vogh suggested eating somewhere close so they could train more in the afternoon.

So want to find another shop to sell stuff and then an eatery close to the north gate.  I am on my phone so can’t look this stuff up currently.