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PostSubject: CSI DC #2- This time it's personal (?)   Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:49 pm

Ah, Kaionar. What an excellent city. Even in the grip of winter, it kept a balmy temperature just bordering on coat weather. Deserts never really got cold during the day- night was another story, but it was mid-morning, and therefore, warming up for the day.

Lutis too, was just warming up for the day. Breakfast had not yet been procured, given a late start to the day, but he was less fussed about that given the means by which the day had begun; namely, next to a lovely young woman by the name of Aisel with sandy blonde hair and an overly positive view of Kaionar. He had a sneaking suspicion she should have been heading to the Northern Grand Academy rather more quickly rather more quickly than she seemed to be, given a slight mishap the night before when she had given a delicate sneeze and half the glass in his house had exploded into shards at the pitch of it. Not something he wanted happening on a regular basis, although he hadn't exactly hurried her out of his small quarters that morning.

Now they sat in one of the smaller side squares, the clanging of a nearby blacksmith filling the air as he hammered out a set of horseshoes. His four-legged customers waited outside, horses of all sizes tied to a pair of wooden stands. Aisel seemed a little too excited for her age to be watching so closely, but Lutis didn't know much (or care) about horses. He cared more about food. Breakfast- brunch- was calling.
"How about's we go find ourselves a little something to eat?" he asked, pulling a lock of her hair back behind one ear a little stronger than perhaps it should have otherwise been for a sweet gesture. Let's go. He linked their arms, ready to pull her away, but she resisted, patting him on the chest.
"Oh, just a bit longer. Look, he's about to put on one of the shoes." She barely spared a look towards him, enraptured even as Lutis sighed in defeat.

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PostSubject: Re: CSI DC #2- This time it's personal (?)   Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:36 am


Kaionar was not what she had expected. From the derisive comments of quite a few of her fellow Academy people, she had figured it to be something resembling a dank, dark hole. But upon arriving on this lovely morning, Soneya didn’t get that impression at all. The sun had already stretched out across the city and bathed it in its warm, golden glow, making the city look oddly peaceful, despite the bustle of merchants and all sorts of people milling in the streets.

It was toasty warm already as well and she started sweating just a little bit but she decided to keep her cloak on for the time being. It had a darker shade than her, as per usual, skyblue robe that looked more like a dress. It was a new trend that had arisen and she liked the combination of lovely dress with practical robes – the pockets, she could not live without the many pockets she used to stow away all manner of things. And it was exactly those things that she didn’t want stolen, hence the cloak. While she didn’t think Kaionar was as bad as everyone told her, she didn’t want to risk being mugged right away. It would be terribly embarrassing.

Soneya wandered around the city for a while, taking in the sights and soaking up the atmosphere of the city. Maybe the people were a little more brutish and aggressive than she was used to, but people couldn’t be the same everywhere either now could they. Where would be the diversity? And what else would she rant about, glaring at yet another little boy who thought he could ram her accidentally on purpose to try and steal something, only to snatch back his fingers with a hiss as they instantly froze upon touching her gold pouch. Yes, she may not think Kaionar was all that bad, but she wasn’t stupid either.

Suddenly, a smell permeated the air and Soneya stopped in her tracks. That smell! It was…. She sighed. It was heavenly. She had no idea what it was but she followed the scent until she arrived at a food cart with a grizzly, grumpy man selling what looked like small pies.

“How much are they?” she asked, and when the man named his prize, she rose an eyebrow a little but decided that it wasn’t quite as exorbitant as she had expected and fished out his payment while he wrapped a thin piece of .. something.. around it so she could hold onto it while eating without getting grease all over her fingers. What service! She had not expected that.

When she bit into the pie, flavours exploded all over her mouth and she almost moaned in surprised pleasure. It tasted exquisite! Various vegetables she could detect and the texture was moist, yet firm. It was some kind of meat though with a myriad spices overlaying the taste, she wasn’t sure what it was. She only hoped it wasn’t rat, but with the way it tasted, she didn’t even care.

Shooting a questioning glance at the man as she chewed the rest of her bite, he gave her a grin. “Dragon meat. It’s good, eh?”
Soneya’s eyes went wide at the mention of dragon and she blinked a couple of times, wondering if she had heard correctly. When the man started laughing at the expression on her face, a gleam in his eye that she did not like at all, she choked on the remaining few crumbs of pie in her mouth, coughing like mad.

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PostSubject: Re: CSI DC #2- This time it's personal (?)   Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:53 pm

Ah, great. First it was 'just this one horseshoe', then it was 'just this one horse', then 'I want to pet them', and somehow Lutis' day was degenerating into something resembling one a parent would have with an overzealous child. Oh yes, wasn't it lovely to pat all the horses while their owners looked on and waited for some untoward behaviour. Lutis was almost tempted to act up to just get them away, but he remembered the previous night's event with the broken glass and resisted the urge to jab his fingers into a horse to make it jump.

Finally, finally she remembered that they probably couldn't spend the entire day looking at horses, turning to Lutis with bright eyes as if his day was just as exciting as hers.
"You wanted breakfast, didn't you?"
He just wordlessly grabbed her hand and dragged her on to find food.

There wasn't as such a market area in Kaionar, stalls rammed pell-mell into streets and squares where they could find space. It meant it wasn't difficult to find food, but could be hard to navigate at the best of times. What had initially been an attempt to take trade off the streets and into permanent shops had degenerated into a sort of free trade throughout the city for any wares, any where, and did nothing to cull the corruption in Kaionar. If anything, the chaotic streets only made it easier to undertake illegal business, and only reinforced the reasons for using back streets, the few gardens of the rich, and the rooftops as valid streetways. What took an hour to traverse on the roads took half the time on the well-connected rooftops. But Lutis was good while he had Aisel hanging off his arm, and duly used only the roads. Which was only the reason why he came across Soneya choking herself on a questionable pie.
He probably would have noticed her anyway in that sky-blue robe of hers, but the fact that she was almost throwing up a pie in the street was also a factor. He pulled free from Aisel with a surprised laugh, putting his hands to Soneya's upper arms and laughing in glee.
"Soneya! What are you doing here?"



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PostSubject: Re: CSI DC #2- This time it's personal (?)   Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:44 pm


Leaning over a bit, the mage tried to catch her breath, without making things even worse. However, Soneya almost upchucked as the choking and coughing mixed with her stomach spasms. She barely managed to keep herself from heaving all over the well-worn boots that suddenly popped into view underneath her face.

Before she could apologise, not to mention gain her breath, even as she began to wonder that she had seen boots like those not all too long ago, familiar laughter hit her ears just as a pair of hands grabbed her by the arms in a friendly, almost welcoming gesture. And then the voice.

Clearing her throat a few times, while still gasping for breath, she straightened and tried to get out a greeting but just coughed a little more before she finally managed to get her body back under control again. She looked into a delighted Lutis’ face and almost snarled at the sound of his laughter.

“Dragon!” she hissed. “He sold me a pie with dragon meat!” A pie she was still holding in her hands. “What kind of a fucked up place is this?!” Forgotten were all the nice things she had thought of this place only a few minutes earlier. This was the most terrible place she had ever been in! Selling people dragon meat! Without disclaimer!

“Stop laughing,” she grumbled as she finally got over her shock – a little at least. But then, a smile tugged at her lips as well, the look on his face not really warranting any other reaction.

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PostSubject: Re: CSI DC #2- This time it's personal (?)   Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:51 pm

Ah, so she had began to experience Kaionar and all its fine culinary delights. Lutis stepped back as it began to look like she was actually going to be sick, trying to spare himself that pleasure.
"Not enjoying the city, I see." Behind her, the vendor was still chuckling at the foolishness of foreigners to the city, even though he wasn't earning any trade with the scene in front of his stall. Lutis spared him a withering look and he busied himself elsewhere with his oven and supplies.
"Yeah well... Welcome t'Kaionar, my friend. I'm sure I can get y'something a mite more appetising." Eat or be eaten, when it came to the Free City, and, well, most didn't want to be eaten by a dragon. It was a contraversial meat though, as many, Lutis included, had dragons as friends or were partnered. It didn't feel right to be eating something that could be a pet like a cat.

"Here, get yourself a slurp of this," he pressed a water skin into her hands, a vital thing to carry in hot climates, "and we'll find ourselves some real Kaionarian delights. Mouse fritters? Succulent plant wraps?" He ushered her away from the stall, only distracted from Soneya's appearance by a less-than-delighted clearing of the throat from Aisel. He turned to her with a little chagrin; "Soneya, this is Aisel. She's going t'the Northern Academy to study... What was it again?"
Aisel hrrumfed with disgust and flicked her hair.


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PostSubject: Re: CSI DC #2- This time it's personal (?)   Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:21 am


“Well, I was enjoying it. Before this happened,” Soneya waved a dismissive hand at where the pieseller was making his way off. She finally disposed of the unfinished pie by throwing it after him – not hitting him, obviously.

When the thief offered her his waterskin, she gratefully took a small sip, and almost spit it out again. “Mouse fritters? Mouse?” Soneya narrowed her eyes at Lutis, unsure whether he was serious or mocking her. It wasn’t always that clear with this man. Ignoring the question for now, she took another slightly larger sip, the liquid refreshing and somewhat soothing after the shock of the pie.

“Thanks.” She handed the waterskin back to him and briefly wondered who the girl was who seemed to try to remain attached to his hip but whom he ignored completely.

Taking a deep breath, she attempted a semi-successful smile. “Well, thanks for the welcome and the rescue. This was not how I envisioned my first day in Kaionar to go, but I guess things could have been worse. And it smelled sooo good!” She looked a little wistful at the memory of the fantastic savours but scolded herself for ever thinking dragon meat smelt nice. Maybe it had just been the rest of the ingredients, not the dragon…

“Anyway,” she shook off those thoughts. “Food would be fantastic right about now! I haven’t had lunch yet and breakfast has been quite a while. But please! Real food, if that can be had around here.” She grinned at Lutis, and though it faltered a little when he introduced Aisel, she did her best to keep it plastered to her face. After all, the girl had been completely forgotten in this little scenario and that wasn’t the nicest thing to happen to someone.

“Nice to meet you, Aisel.” Soneya’s smile turned genuine when she added: “You’re going to love the academy. It may not be as hot up there, but the possibilities are endless. So much to learn, so much to see, and quite a few handsome men, too.” She winked at the girl but wasn’t sure that had been the best idea. Covering it up, she asked: “What is it you’re going to study?”

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PostSubject: Re: CSI DC #2- This time it's personal (?)   Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:04 pm

Lutis snorted at Soneya's fiery response to her breakfast; some would say good food going to waste. Lutis wasn't so sure, but no doubt some creature would snaffle it up later as a snack. It didn't smell half-bad, if he had to admit it to himself.
"No? Don't fancy them?" He laughed and retrieved his waterskin, clipping it back onto his belt. "Ah, it's day one. Soneya, that explains a lot." Although, not why she was in the city; but later, later. 

"It's a long way from Golam, so I've never been before. I've mostly heard good things though. Before I got to Kaionar, at least," Aisel said doubtfully to Soneya, glaring at Lutis as readily as ettiquette would allow. Soneya provided all the opportunities to get in a fair few pointed looks at the man. "Handsome? I'd settle for polite, at this point."
Lutis had the good grace to look a little chastised.
Aisel continued, "I suppose it would probably come under wind magic. Although the mages back home weren't entirely sure, so it might be something else. Things to do with sound." It was complicated, when her magic wasn't all there yet, odd effects occuring sometimes outside of her conscious thought. Something she had definitely explained to Lutis the night before.

Yes, that was why he couldn't remember- because it was a strange sort of magic that was hard to define. Women, so fussy when vague explanations like that couldn't be remembered! He took the glares in his stride, only shuffling his feet when Soneya's mention of lunch made him want to burst.
"Haven't even had breakfast yet. There's plenty t'be had for real food though. C'mon, we'll find something tasty." He patted Aisel on the arm and gestured for Soneya to lead the way, pointing down a different street to the one the pie vendor had slowly disappeared along. They had been headed towards a shop- an actual shop!- that sold the best fried pockets of dough, some with sweet apple syrup or other fillings, the open shutters allowing the smell to waft into the street. A huge bowl of the sweet variant was positioned in the open entrance, guarded hawkishly by one of the shop's lackeys as another worker shovelled more hot triangles of batter into the deep dish. Served in a paper cone, three copper coins would get a generous helping of the hot food.


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PostSubject: Re: CSI DC #2- This time it's personal (?)   Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:02 am


Soneya listened to Aisel and wasn’t quite sure what to make of the woman. For her it had seemed obvious that the woman had never been to the academy since she was on her way there, but alright. At least on the fact that Lutis wasn’t the most polite, they could agree and the mage couldn’t supress a grin at the pointed glance.

“Ah, sounds a little more complicated. Maybe you have aspects of two kinds of magic. Guess you’ll learn more about it once you’re at the academy,” Soneya replied with a smile, intrigued at what exactly it was the other woman could do.

She was immediately distracted from that thought however when Lutis mentioned he, or they, hadn’t even had breakfast yet. Shaking her head with a thought she didn’t want to speak out loud before Aisel, she followed his motion and walked where Lutis had indicated. At first, she wasn’t quite certain this was the right way to go as that awful pie vendor had disappeared down the same alley, but when they arrived at the food shop, she had no more qualms about walking in the same steps.

The smells! Oh, those wonderful, delicious smells! She almost forgot herself again but since Lutis had said this would be a good place, she figured she wasn’t going to be surprised by another dragon pie fiasco or something of the sort.

There was a mixture of sweetness and spiciness to the flavours that had her mouth watering so much that she wanted to eat it all but she decided to go for something savoury first. Stepping up to the counter, she asked for a cone of a mixture of savoury pockets, vegetables and poultry, and as soon it was handed over, she took a small bite. Of course, she cursed herself – inwardly, because she didn’t want to annoy Aisel even further – at having burned her tongue with the piping hot food, then waited for the others to have their food.

“I’m going back for dessert later,” Soneya stated, eying that lovely bucket in the entrance way. “Too good to pass up! Unless there is another shop somewhere that sells an even better smelling dessert. I’ll follow your lead on this one, Lutis, you’re the Kaionar expert.”

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PostSubject: Re: CSI DC #2- This time it's personal (?)   Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:32 pm

Lutis bought himself and Aisel a cone of sugary pockets each, presenting her the paper wrap as a gift. She looked suitably pleased with the offering, her mutinous thoughts stilled- for now. He certainly was pleased, taking a step back from the shop to get out of the way of the steady stream of customers, and tuck into his own breakfast. They always tasted good from this shop, although they bordered on divine today given how hungry he was.

"I'll swap you one. Then y'can get dessert elseplace." He dropped one of his own steaming pockets into Soneya's cone and stole a different one, licking the hot grease off his fingers. "Woah, they're like lava." 
Finally content with food in his hands, they found a stack of boxes out the side of the shop to sit on, making a hefty dent in his meal before breaking off to start up the conversation again. 

"So, Soneya. What even brings you t'this little ol' city of mine? Isn't the sort of place thought you'd be interested in. Too much sand." Completely the wrong place for a water mage. 


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PostSubject: Re: CSI DC #2- This time it's personal (?)   Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:22 am


The first pocket was gone almost in the blink of an eye. It was that good, and she was that hungry. Travelling took a lot of energy after all.

“Oh, yes!” Soneya beamed when Lutis suggested an exchange and she happily held her cone out to him so he could swap out the food. What a fantastic idea. “I know! Aren’t they amazing? But you should know, since you know this place.” Ah, food usually put her in a good mood and this food put her into a particularly nice one given the way it tasted, even more so after her previous experience.

“That sweet one smells divine,” Soneya swooned when she put her nose into her cone to get a whiff of it. She was almost tempted to eat it right away but she wanted to savour her salty ones properly first. And that she did. It was quiet for a time as they all dove into their food with more or less enthusiasm.

Soneya grimaced at Lutis’ question. “Way too much sand indeed. And I try not to think where it’s all lodged because honestly, I feel like it’s everywhere.” Just the fact that she was now thinking about it again had her itching all over, but she refrained from starting to scratch. What was the use? It would just get in everywhere again anyway. Luckily the robe helped a bit as it was airier.

“But yes, anyway. The reason I’m here is because some dude here, apparently a rather rich guy with some property, thinks he has a water source somewhere underneath all that sand. I’ve been sent to investigate and if it is true to help turn that source into something useful.”

It had been impolite but she had been nibbling on another pocket while talking but she was just so hungry. Now she swallowed the last bite of it before looking at Lutis with a considering look on her face. “Instead of roaming around the city like the tourist that I am, trying to find this place…. You don’t happen to know where a certain Ray Sylvan lives, do you?”


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