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Re: Thief fanfic In The Shadow of the City
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2007, 01:31:00 PM »
                I smiled to myself. Lucius never failed to deliver.
 
 I leaned forward closer to him, as if I was about to discuss further business.
"Heard anything lately about the new lord in town, Constantine?"
 
 Lucius stared back at me, his expression unreadable. "Nuthin' ye've not heard of, I'm sure."
 
 I fished out five gold pieces from the beneath the neckline of my blouse and slid them over the counter to him.
 
 "Start talking."
 
 I levelled my gaze at him, marvelling inwardly when he didn't even flinch.                        

 

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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2007, 05:20:00 PM »
                "Well, for whatever good it'd do ye," light reflected off the coin as Lucius flipped it between his fingers "The man's said ta be a collector o' all different sorts o' weirdness. Trinkets, arms, plants, some even say human skins, but that be ol' wives tales, lemme tell ye. Fact be, that 'e makes the nobles in the City nervous, if he be 'eccentric' or bloody-well mad, seems they can't make 'im out." he stopped toying with the coin and set it down on top of the other on the counter before they all vanished under his palm as he continued
 
 "An' for a mansion o' that bloody size, he done hired very, very few manservants. The few he did get, say they're only allowed on one or two floors o' the buildin', remaining floors be off-limits ta' ev'rybody. This one maid that accident'ly wandered on a floor they ain't allowed? The guards Constantine keeps (all o' them he brought to the City wit' him, sure 'nough) damn near almost flogged 'er fer pokin' her nose where she gots no business. I heard they were rollin' out the whip to "teach her obedience", but the lordship him-bloody-self came down and called off those dogs o' his, told the maid to get dressed, get out an' never come back." pausing for a moment he caught Crox's gaze, and shook his head once with a sigh
 
 "Not my business ta tell others what to do an' what not to, but Constantine be bad news, lass. I done seen one o' the keys for the locks in that place (a cutpurse from up north snatched it of one o' the guards, an' brought it ta me 'cause nobody wanted to make use o' the thing), and judgin' by that key, they got the damnd'est bloody security I've seen. An' there be talk o'more – rabid beasts, mazes an' bad magics... most o' which is probably wash, ghost stories, folks like ta tell 'em ta scare wee children an' s'perstitious thieves" he chuckled dryly "But ye never know."
 
 "Now, I'd say this been 'bout five gold pieces worth of talk, aye?"                        

 

                                                  

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Re: Thief fanfic In The Shadow of the City
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2007, 11:52:00 PM »
                I took all of this in silently. Lucius stood there looking at me evenly, sturdy as an oak tree. I decided to trust him.
 
 "I'll be upfront and honest with you, Lucius, and that's because you've always given me what we agree upon. Me and someone by the name of Fade- "
 
 I stopped as Lucius broke into a wide grin.
 
 "That bastard? Aye, I know 'im. Yer lucky if ye get home in one piece if he shoots 'is mouth off on ye!"
 
 I shot him a sour look. "Yeah, that's the same one we're talking about then. Well as luck would have it, there's a job tonight and that's why I'm here." I patted the package of potions and light explosives tucked securely around my waist. "I don't trust that guy, he's not telling me the full story, and it looks like you know a little something about this madhouse." I cocked my head towards the door of his shop. "Fade's meeting me outside in a minute."
 
 I gave Lucius a knowing look and gave his nearest forearm a squeeze. I left it at that.                        

 

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Re: Thief fanfic In The Shadow of the City
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2007, 01:09:00 PM »
                The door closed behind the lithe woman. Lucius ran a hand over his scalp in thought.
 
 Constantine, eh? Interesting, very interesting. And Fade was in it. He, along with the girl (as far as Lucius knew), were two of the few remaining freelancers in the City, and that alone counted for something. He ran his gaze over the various tools and utilities behind the counter.
 
 By the time Lucius made it to the alley, Fade had already joined Crox, he was talking to her with his back turned to where Lucius was standing, though when he closed in within hearing range Fade spoke up without turning around to face him

 
 "Lucius." kid was sharp, he'd give him that much
 
 "Fade." he replied casually coming up to the alcove in which's shadow the two were standing "Lookin' ta make som' fame, I hear."
 
 The other gave a wary glance, then shrugged noncommitally in that what's-it-to-you? way
 
 "Easy way ta break yer neck, goin' in unprepared." Lucius replied to the unvoiced question "I don't fancy loosin' good payin' customers like that, so I think I'll be helpin' ye out on this one."
 
 Fade's face remained neutral, but his gaze became colder. Crox looked between the two with a raised eyebrow
 
 "I'm not interested in yer cut, son." Lucius continued "Ye can 'ave whatever gold ye can drag out o' that place. I'm interested in som'thing more..." he searched for the right word, failed, and finished vaguely "...along my lines o' interest."
 
 A couple of figures passed nearby and the three fell silent as if on cue. There was always traffic in the Docks, but you never knew
 
 "Now. So happens I know someone who 'as tried it already." Lucius picked up only after the passers by were well out of hearing range "Got far, in the end din't get ta th' prize, but 'e did walk away wit' 'is head still attached ta 'is neck. Last I heard 'e'd be willin' ta share information 'bout the place. Might be a good idea ta talk ta 'im."
 
 "And this 'someone' will just give that information out like that, huh?"
 
 "It might take a favor." Lucius said with a shrug
 
 "No, really?" Fade asked ironically "What kind of 'favor'?"
 
 "Hard ta tell fer certain." Lucius took the tooth-pick from his mouth and flicked it behind his shoulder "But I imagine breakin' him out o' Cragscleft prison will be on the top o' 'is wish list."                        

 

                                                  

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Re: Thief fanfic In The Shadow of the City
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2007, 05:00:00 PM »
                I supressed a growl. I like Lucius well enough, good man, good thief, but...we just didn't have TIME! I opened my mouth to say as mcuh when a laden cart turned the corner and trundled towards us.
 
 "Make way!" The driver shouted, and we all pressed agaisn the sides of the alley. As the cart passed, I noticed a certain sigil emblazoned on its side. Was that...!
 
 "Oh DAMNIT ALL TO THE BOWELS OF PISS SPEWING BLOOD GUTTED HELL!!"
 
 I have a bit of a bad mouth on me.
 
 "THAT was our ride!"
 
 I grumbled more curses under my breath, regaining my composure with some small difficulty. Well, if that's that, I might as well...
 
 "Ugh....Cutty's gonna KILL me..."
 
 I streched out my shoulders, they were a bit sore from climbing up that chimney, and pondered Lucius's suggestion.
 
 "Cragscleft huh? Hmm...Garrett's been through there, I think he said he went in through...Yeah, thats doable....What the hell. Let's toss the dice."
 
 Lucius smiled at my aquiensence, and went back into his shop to gather his gear.
 
 ((Will that suffice grin ? *goes to research TDP and TMA))                        

 

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Re: Thief fanfic In The Shadow of the City
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2007, 11:16:00 PM »
                ((I think we're onto something. Good going, you two. La, can I leave it to you to carry on since all Crox will do at this point is just follow?
 
 *wishes she could pass Az her copy of TDP* Well the research better be in-depth LOL!))                        

 

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« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2007, 02:55:00 PM »
                The gas & flash bombs went into the pouches on his belt, lock picks were slid into the arm bracers and the hollowed out heel of his boot, everything else would have to be stored in the leather bag flung around his shoulder. It was quite a bit to carry, but Lucius always figured there was no such thing as being over-equipped or over-prepared.
 
 Having retrieved his equipment from the store, Lucius caught up with Fade and the girl

 
 "So, what's our route then?" she asked
 
 "Going in through the mines is the fastest way." Fade replied "Not to mention we'll avoid the fools guarding the gates."
 
 "Mines. Well, if it's that's th' best way in. We'll need us a boat in 'at case. Shouldn't prove too much o' a problem." Lucius scratched his chin, looking around. They were in the docks, after all. If you needed a boat, the chances of finding one were far better here than, say, at the Sunday market.
 
 They walked the narrow streets in the general direction of the pier, casually passing the odd peasant and a, largely disinterested, Watch patrol.

 
 "What's the story on this friend of yours anyway?" Fade asked at some point "If he's that good, how'd he wind up getting jailed?"
 
 "I said I know 'im," Lucius corrected with a chuckle "I 'aven't said I consider th' grimy bastard a friend." which was true - in general thieves had acquaintances, sometimes partners, rarely friends. The term had a different meaning between the people in this particular line of business anyway "Either way, 's far as I know, 'e was thrown inta Cragscleft fer "disterbin' th' peace", not 'cause o' being caught breakin' in."
 
 The smell of fish, oil and moldy cloth assailed their nostrils with a vengeance as they exited the backstreet into a larger clearing between buildings. A few ships were docked at the pier, some sailors went about their business, but other than that they were largely unnoticed. Those who did notice knew better than to pay attention to figures skulking around in the middle of the night.
 
 "Anyone of you landlubbers own a boat?" Crox asked no one in particular, leaning against a lazily flickering gaslight
 
 "Dozens." Fade replied with a straight face "All docked at the other pier though. Tough luck, huh?"
 
 "We're clear on th' fact that th' mines are crawlin' with walkin' dead, aye? Good." Lucius said, walking up to the pier "This one looks sturdy 'nough. Don't think anyone'll mind if we take 'er on a short trip an' return it in th' mornin'."
 
 "Or not?" Crox offered
 
 "Or not." they agreed
 
 'Borrowing' a boat in the Docks to reach the old mines beyond Cragscleft in the middle of the night was hardly a complicated matter. The more difficult part of the plan, at least the immediate one, was actually making your way along the narrow canal to reach the river without making too much of a commotion.
 
 There were no specific laws prohibiting boats from passing through the canal, Lucius knew (and thieves were generally well-versed in the letter of the Law, seeing as they were the group most likely to be breaking it on a regular basis), but three shady, armed figures taking a trip that way at night would at least attract attention. And considering the gear on them, attention of the Watch was greatly unwelcome.
 
 Thankfully, the clouded sky allowed the small vessel to remain mostly concealed dissapearing between lone patches of moonlight mirrored in the water, as it passed through the canal, only several feet beneath the streets. The ride went so uneventful in fact, that the two men started talking (though in hushed tones, to be fair) about the latest in lock picking to kill the time. It was Crox that silenced them with a gesture as they approached the last bridge spanning the perhaps 10 ft broad canal before it met the river

 
 "Someone's on the bridge" she said, her voice barely a whisper
 
 Two streetlights flanked the bridge, the light pooling on the sides, leaving the middle of it drenched in shadow. Lucius squinted, but failed to notice anything. Still, he'd been around long enough to recognize a marksman when he saw one, and he guessed she carried the bow not for appearance's sake only. He'd trust her eyes. Indeed, just as the boat was passing under the bridge, fragments of a hushed conversation reached the occupants of the vessel. Lucius and Fade exchanged glances.

 
 "The Watch." Fade mouthed
 
 On cue, they both reached for the walls of the canal. Thankfully, it was narrow enough that they could reach the sides from the boat, halting its progress. Minutes passed in complete silence, broken only by the water's low hum. With the guardsmen only a couple of feet over them, breaths were held. The boat hidden in the deepest shadow under the bridge, they waited.
 
 And waited.
 
 Then waited some more.
 
 Finally it was clear - the patrol had left. In the contrast The rest of the journey went by peacefully. They had reached the entrance to the mines.

 
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« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2007, 04:58:00 PM »
                ((oh no i dont mind at all. that was a good quip grin ))                        

 

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« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2007, 12:04:00 AM »
                ((would that we could continue. LA has left pv for parts seldom traveled by this one. and val is currently off sulking in her corner. its more or less in purgatory until both of them decide to return. vals inevitable, la's unlikely.))                        

 

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