Linika's Lies

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Linika's Lies

Postby Linika » Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:31 pm

http://www.themodernapprentice.com/gen_equipment.htm - falconry info

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Steel in Harmony
Ashan 71, arc 718, Viden

She could only say now that she should have known better. After all, she was not truly forbidden to enter The Devil's Advocate, the far more disreputable drinking establishment only a single corridor closer to Viden proper. But the patrons of The White Fox Inn, the cleaner and nicer version where she'd decided to go instead, clearly felt her presence was bringing the Devil's Advocate atmosphere within their proximity; and they didn't like it.

Well, she didn't like them either. And even though these murmuring, self-righteous do-gooders would never think of taking anything close to aggressive action, Linika found that she preferred the open hostility of that lower-class pub to this whispering jury, sneaking judgmental looks over the tops of their menus.

As well, the ratio of eidisi to human presence was far "bluer" than at the DA. And that was never a good thing; not that humans were much higher on her rankings. During her work trials, Linika always found humans to be more like herd animals, only being truly outspoken in their derision when in the safety of numbers. She shrugged and decided that this was an aspect of eidisi snobbery that was actually respectable. They stared vocally down their nose at you even when alone.

With the reputation she's been saddled with, she could attribute some degree of courage to that. But more likely it was the security of knowing that any crime against an eidisi in Viden would garner much more severe penalties, even when they clearly initiated it. Not to mention, any accusation levied against a naerikk in Viden, would be an open-and-shut conviction.

Linika shook her head and told herself to stop whining. She knew she was exaggerating to a considerable degree. She had just had a particularly trying trial. And she had some protection of her own. When she got dragged - or encouraged - into trouble, she always got released, courtesy of her IA standing. They wanted her to maintain her anti-social demeanor as much as possible, in order to ensure that subversives would still be likely to approach her, as a potential ally, with their plots against the city.

But right now, the chorus of the trial's insults were still ringing in her ears, and the looks the diners and drinkers were making poor efforts to hide were getting to her. 'Well, bloody piss buckets!' she thought to herself. 'The IA wants me to stay unpopular, don't they? Maybe there's a some would-be traitor in here right now.'

With this rationale bolstering her antagonistic nature, she spun her chair, being sure to make as much unpleasant scraping as possible, and addressed the collective gathering, "Why don't you assholes quit staring at me? Just order and be done with it, so I can have mine in peace, hmmmm?" The ensuing gasps of offense only encouraged her, adding sarcasm to the mix, in the form of an apology. "Oh goodness me! Did my naughty word just assault your pure, virgin ears? Well I'm just as sorry as I can fucking be!"

There was one man that chuckled in response. For some reason, this just egged her on. Maybe he was that would-be traitor. "What's your problem, clown? Why don't you take notes then? So you'll know how to stand up for yourself the next time some little girl calls you names."




A Good Look for Viden
Vhalar 21, arc 716, Oscillus
Faith's rope did not look to be long enough to reach the bottom of the chasm before them. Strangely, the surroundings offered no immediately-apparent help. Battle raged outside of the Tomb of Tried once again. It had paused briefly as all stopped to stare in shock and wonder at the burst of blazing ice that had shattered the roof and cascaded horizontally across the sky in every direction.

Now it seemed that a determination to see there be some point in that Immortal sacrifice was the motivation for the renewed fury of the Heroes of Idalos to bring blade and bludgeon to the forces of Lisirra, Syroa and Aelig. It was becoming ever less sure that Audrae had been as much a part of this conspiracy as the other three. Some even spoke of her being responsible for the undoing of their plot.
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Linika's Lies

Postby Linika » Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:14 am


Alchemy: Burned Ice Worm Skin an Inhibitor in "Frostbite" Process
Alchemy: Ice Worms "Boil" in Room Temperature Water
Alchemy: Ice Worm Mixture, Boiled Dry and Scraped, Yields "Frostbite"
Chemistry: Recognizing Brightfern Spores When Frozen
Detection: Identifying Someone by the Books They are Holding
Detection: Too Hasty of a Denial Shows You Know Something
Endurance: Guilt Can be a Truly Debilitating Force
Intimidation: Leaning in Face to Face With a Glare
Investigation: Book Titles Can Tell a Lot About a Person's Goals
Investigation: Unlawful Sources Often Have Rare Information
Persuasion: Blending Threats and Bribes With Your Argument
Persuasion: Good Cop/Bad Cop Rolled into One
Psychology: Recognizing a Friend, and Actually Wanting to Help
Sociology: Knowing When NOT to Add Unrealistic Optimism
Xypha: Identify: Accent Recognition Can Start a Chain of Memories
Xypha: Identify: Sensing the Geographic Origin of an Unfamiliar Word

Directions to "Hyde and Seek" Shop in Almund
Echo Scrolls and How They Work
Faith's Husband, Pad, is a Man of Many Scientific Talents
Ksamknai: Some Kind of Eastern Sea Monster
NPC: "Knots" - Scalvoran Ex-Pirate, Living in Viden
NPC: Linus: Proprietor of "The Devil's Advocate"
Viden Location: The Library
Viden Location: "The Devil's Advocate" - A Tavern



Bodies shuffled about as crews were designated. Linika had been fortunate to have approached Yorrick with her question before, as she now found herself more or less situated in her group already, and not being shoved around by those trying to line up elsewhere. Once again, a frigid breeze whipped by, and she was reminded of the effectiveness of the cloak she'd been assigned for this task.

On an impulse, she scooped up a handful of snow. It was cold in her hand as her body heat melted it. Lifting the hem of the cloak to drop the snow in it, she found that it did not melt there. So it seemed that this cloak did not actually comfort the body by generating heat of its own, but rather by locking the environment out somehow, so it didn't affect the wearer. But the snow had been an actual target of her hand, when she held it. That appeared to make a difference in the dynamics of whatever magic was involved.

She approached the human, Yorrick, again. She made no effort at "winning him over" with needless flattery, getting instead right down to business. "Sir, if you need names, mine is Linika. I was wondering if we are going to divide this group up, when we reach the docks; and have smaller groups take on the searches of individual vessels? I honestly believe that it works better than to have such a...swarm...clambering over each one."

If the man demanded some explanation, she would recount her own misadventures as a child in Augiery. She had won the title of 'Paragon of Disobedience' at the ripe old age of 9 arcs. Having been told to stay out from underfoot of the sailors aboard the Naerikk vessels in harbor, she did not take this to mean "stay off the boats", but rather, literally, only to not get stepped on, in the process of burning her boundless energy searching out every nook and cranny to be found on them.

Not that these would be the details she would recount. It would be more that a huge knot of bodies like this often got more in the way of each others' searches than complimented them. She had evaded many eyes by interposing bodies looking the wrong way between herself and them. And also found that, with so many people looking, some corners were assumed by everyone to have been scoped out by someone else.

One last concern with such a large group, was the likelihood, especially here in Viden, that there would be several with Yvithia's 'Xypha' blessing. She had no doubt that the two primary leaders would have it. She wanted to keep hers hidden. Certainly Virikai had it. There had been a woman with him, that Linika had assumed was some partner from his sphere of authority. But the woman was now being placed in the same group as herself. She wondered if this some deliberate move by Virikai.
OOC
Okay, word count is 497 (by paragraph: 67, 103, 76, 90, 74, 87) - check
Childhood memory - check
Something involving snow - check
Use of key words - check
Introducing oneself to Yorrick - check 8-)

- Poison -
"Shelf Life'...What an ironically contradictory concept."

- Linika Amarinthine -
User avatar
Linika
Approved Character
 
Posts: 288
Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:32 am
Location: Viden
Race: Naerikk
Profession: Apothecary
Renown: +74
Character Sheet
Prophets' Notes
Plot Notes
Partner
Personal Journal
Medals: 7
Painting With Words (1) Alpha Testing (1) Beta Bot (1) One Arc Later... (1)
Pioneer (1) Ymiden 716 (1) Holiday Event 2016 (1)

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