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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:32 am 
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Sparrow spins around in mid-air, ending up facing his illusory dwarf. The dwarf itself stays still; and Sparrow sees if he can spot anyone or anything having moved between him and the dwarf.

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:36 pm 
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"Extortion? Hardly. We're merely holding a prisoner and soon releasing him to the kingdom. Whether or not the authorities will be involved in this release is entirely up to what mood we're in. But, if you must see him, then I shall take you to Sael. Preferably with much less soldiers."

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:48 pm 
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Sparrow spins around in mid-air, ending up facing his illusory dwarf. The dwarf itself stays still; and Sparrow sees if he can spot anyone or anything having moved between him and the dwarf.

He doesn't see anything. The spell flickers again, more slowly, as though someone is trying to sense where the source of the dwarf illusion is coming from by following the connection back to Sparrow.

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"Extortion? Hardly. We're merely holding a prisoner and soon releasing him to the kingdom. Whether or not the authorities will be involved in this release is entirely up to what mood we're in. But, if you must see him, then I shall take you to Sael. Preferably with much less soldiers."

"I assure you -- no?" Wipp seems almost surprised by the word, and looks thoughtful, then continues. "No. We will not accept Anthony Wilson as a bargaining chip. What else do you have to offer?"

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Anthony blinks at 'will not accept'.

"Well, since the painting of your roads in red is already settled, may I suggest a treaty? We have very good archers, warriors and battlemages. That's a fun word: Battlemages. Anyway, they're very useful in combat."

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:46 pm 
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Sparrow zooms diagonally up into the air, and then begins to do some fancy flying over the dwarf illusion's head, never staying in the same place for long.

"Pardon me," says the dwarf illusion, stepping forward (and having apparently worked out the secret of an indoor voice). "Apologies for the interruption, but I'm in possession of information not yet shared with my superior." He nods to Anthony. "Apologies, Sir, there was no time." To Big Nose, he continues "You ask what else we have to offer, sir? We have the antidote."

"This man," he adds to Anthony, "appears to be suffering from Belibus Root poisoning. Someone probably slipped it into his wine, though none but the most delicate of palates could possibly have detected it. Nonetheless, observe the pupil dilation, the distinctive smell on his breath. If it is Belibus Root, of course, then he'll be seeing spots before his eyes by now..."

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"Well, since the painting of your roads in red is already settled, may I suggest a treaty? We have very good archers, warriors and battlemages. That's a fun word: Battlemages. Anyway, they're very useful in combat."

Wipp looks intrigued despite himself. "That is interesting ... most interesting." He leans back in his seat and looks thoughtful, tapping his chin with one finger. "As a solution, it does not lack for elegance."

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"Pardon me," says the dwarf illusion, stepping forward (and having apparently worked out the secret of an indoor voice). "Apologies for the interruption, but I'm in possession of information not yet shared with my superior." He nods to Anthony. "Apologies, Sir, there was no time." To Big Nose, he continues "You ask what else we have to offer, sir? We have the antidote."

"This man," he adds to Anthony, "appears to be suffering from Belibus Root poisoning. Someone probably slipped it into his wine, though none but the most delicate of palates could possibly have detected it. Nonetheless, observe the pupil dilation, the distinctive smell on his breath. If it is Belibus Root, of course, then he'll be seeing spots before his eyes by now..."

Wipp stares in confusion.

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"Are you seeing spots before your eyes, sir?" Sparrow's illusion asks Big Nose, bluntly. Sparrow adds more spots to the illusion of spots before the eyes on Big Nose.

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Meanwhile, Ruan's still over sparring with the soldier. He's also trying to keep their eyes on him, and not Anthony or Dwarf-Sparrow. As he strikes (slowly) and parries (slowly), he starts giving out little tips and tricks as he goes, essentially turning it into an impromptu training session.

Ironically, if he'd been asked to do the same with swords, axes, or any other sort of weapon, he'd have been hopeless. However, polearms or staves... that's a different story.

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 4:08 pm 
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Ruan is finding that the soldier is incredibly poor at fighting. He seems to have had no training at all.

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"Are you seeing spots before your eyes, sir?" Sparrow's illusion asks Big Nose, bluntly. Sparrow adds more spots to the illusion of spots before the eyes on Big Nose.

"Yes," Wipp says, then adds, looking quite affronted and hurt, "but it's fine. Let us carry on the discussion." He turns back to Anthony. "Let's talk terms. If the king retracts his order to allow criminals into Sael, what can you offer in return?"

Sparrow sees one of the mages cock his head, then snap his eyes to very close to where the fairy is flying. Sparrow's control over the illusion on Wipp fizzles, requiring more and more power to maintain.

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Both Sparrow and his illusion stare at Big Nose, completely surprised at this attitude. To the point where the mage takes Sparrow entirely by surprise, and the spots-before-the-eyes spell vanishes entirely.

Sparrow thinks about this for a while, and then the dwarf illusion says "Sir, your soldier's boots are a most unflattering shade of brown. Perhaps you should have them march back home to replace their boots with green ones?"

As Big Nose opens his mouth to reply, Sparrow creates an illusion of the word 'yes', in Big Nose's voice, from the vicinity of Big Nose's mouth.

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:30 pm 
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Sparrow will have to wait to do this illusion, as Wipp is currently waiting for Anthony's response.

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"Magical healers. They heal. With magic. Their services for no prisoners."

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"Magical healers. They heal. With magic. Their services for no prisoners."

Wipp nods thoughtfully. "We can talk specific numbers later," he says, ignoring the dwarf's question and the phantom "yes" that appears to come from his own mouth. "If we allow them to keep their walls closed to all our citizens, what in return?"

All but one of the mages are looking at Wipp; the last one continues to look in the fairy's direction. Sparrow feels the air beneath him growing uncomfortably, dangerously hot.

A sergeant runs up and interposes himself between Ruan and the soldier. "What are you doing?" he scolds the soldier. "You're ruining everything!" The soldier's lower lip trembles, and he hangs his head.

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Ruan looks at the sergeant curiously, eye narrowed. "How now, sergeant? Surely you wouldn't object to a soldier getting a bit of sparring in."

Assuming, of course, they really are soldiers in the first place... there are times when it's nice to have a big bushy beard on one's face and long hair. Makes it harder to read facial expressions, for one. Either these troops are real raw troops, or someone is trying to be sneaky.

Aside from the fairy, that is. And Anthony. And...

Never mind.

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"Protection from various, barbaric creatures such as goblins." Anthony is on his toes for this one.

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