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Order of the Sword & Rose
Sho woke up in his room with the burning pain on his back.‘Crap, the fricken dragonmark again. Why is it messing with me again. Been 4 years since it burned last. I’ll never under stand’ Sho thought tohimself.
“Ouch,” Sho moaned as he got up, “That fire giant reallyhurt me when he stepped on me. I hate giants, just big dumb dwarves, that’swhat they are, oversized dumb dwarves.”
A knock at his door.
“Yes?” Sho asked. Axalise stepped in and closed the doorbehind herself. “Ello Axa, mind frosting my back a little.?” ‘Axalise Drizzin, my adopted sister, an elfof white skin, and blood red hair. Ireally don’t know why she’s here in Stormreach, but I am glad for her icyabilities, she is the best ice sorceress I know.’
“Your back again?” She asked with a crooked smile, “I usedto be jealous of those who had dragonmarks, but I am happy I don’t now”
“Just cool me down, and enough with the smart talk.” Sho snapped. Axalisecast a very gentle chill touch on his back.
“How was the adventure last night?” She asked, “I heardthere were very many hobgoblins and a fire giant”
Sho groaned, “Now I see why you specialized in ice magic andnot fire, I hate things with fire—“
“What about your flaming rapier?” She interrupted?
“…Except that, I will always love Inferno”
“You named it?”
“Yeah, Inferno, and Shocker” Sho said with pride. “What’syour point? You named your staff Ingazo.”
“That’s because Ingazo was the ice spirit I trapped insideof it.” Axalise replied.
“…..*Sho grumbles in Draconic*”
Axalise smirked. “There,” She said, “Better yet?”
“Yes, thank you Axa.” Sho said with a sigh of happiness thatthe burning is gone. “So, why did youcome here?”
“I already told you…”
“No, no, I mean to my room. Why did you come here?”
“I was checking to make sure a trap has not killed youyet. You are good, but things happen.”She finally said.
“Humph,” Sho said, “No trap can get me. I’m Sho Drizzin theLavender.”
“Why do you keep calling yourself that?”
“What do you mean?”
“Sho Drizzin the Lavender!”
“Cause that’s who I am….?” Sho was trying to see what shemeant.
“No you are not, you are Sho Scorpio, heir to Clan ScorpionImperial. The Drizzin part of you diedwhen mom and dad died, the lavender part of you died in hell, so why having thewrong name?”
Sho was pissed, his mark burned with his anger.
“How dare you speak like that? Has Aemilius poisoned yourmind with his foolish lies!?”
“He is now our FATHER, Sho, get used to it.”
Sho raised his hand ready to strike her.
‘STOP FOOL! Don’t you dare do that, you are better thanthat. Put that hand down damn it, she isyour sister, younger sister. Fool, youknow yourself, don’t be something you are not!’
Sho slowly put his arm down, happy he conscious kicked in.
“Sorry….” Sho apologized quietly, “Please, just leave, I have work to do.” Axalise looked at him in fright for a little,gulped, and bowed. She left quickly.
Sho sighed in relief. Too much pressure and pain on him.
“Fricken giants.” He whispered under his breath.
Sho awoke with his head throbing in great pain, like a warforged was standing on his head. It was dark. He opened his eyes, it was still dark, Sho then remembered. Anger burst out, Sho was ready to kill, but couldn't move, he was in too much pain. He heard voices, two voices, so he listened."Thank you very much again Sir Jorasco." Aemilius thanked the halfling.
"No problem at all," said Jorasco, "Anything for the father of good little Axalise. She helped us alot, as did Sho. It's a shame, his eyes, how did this happen again?"
"He was trying to disable this realy deadly trap, and there were hidden spikes, that went off when he disabled. The spikes hit his eyes." Aemilius said putting on a false worried look.
Jorasco shook his head. "Shame, what a shame, he was such a good elf, very talented, and this happens to him. Curse those evil creatures that dwell in this city and cause people like Sho to get injured or die." Jorasco shook his head. "If only I was able to give him eyes and lrt him see again, but magic only can heal so much."
Aemilius pulls out a blind fold with runes on it.
"Look here Sir, here is something my greatest priests created after 50 or so years of reasearch, and experiments. This helps a blind man see. These runes connect to the wearer's mind, and sends him the outline of objects to his mind magicaly. This does not restore ones vision, but helps his walk around better at least." Aemilius explained as he showed the blind fold.
"Very interesting." Jorasco said interested. "Come, to my library, tell me more, and what they did."
Aemilius and Sir d'Jorasco walk out. Sho waited a few more minutes to move.
'Damn! I'm blind, he took my eyes, he...he, CRIPPLED ME! How am I to stop him now...' Sho thought in his head.Sho walked to the Pionex tavern the best he could. The magical blind fold helped, but Sho still could not tell the difference between the wall and the ground. He was blind, he was in pain, he was lost.'How will I stop him now...'
Sorgo sat down and wrote this letter to Ragyr, as Sho requested.
Dear Mr. Ragyr the killer,
I am Sorgo Tran the Healer, knight ofthe Silverfla...forget it, we met before, I healed you after the incidents withSho. Now, you know SHo is dead, but he gave me a message to give toyou. The night of Sho's Funeral, you will meet me. There I willbring Sho back, and you will witness his rebirth. Bring a shovel, yourdigging. Do this if you still want everything that SHo promised.
With all due respect,
Sorgo Tran the Healer, Disciple of ShoDrizzin the Lavender
TheGraveyard in House D
*Ragyr sighed at the grave.* Supposed to give me a reward,and then you go and die. Great. *He turned around, scanning the distance.* Andnow I'm supposed to wait for some Sorgo person, who I don't even know, who willlet me witness your 'rebirth'? Pff. Fat chance. *He turned, and started toleave.*
A shovel is thrown at Ragyr, hitting the warforged's feet.
"Dig," said the appearing Sorgo, "And don't make a big mess."
*Ragyr sighed, but then laughed, a little too loudly.* Well! I was beginningto wonder when you'd show up. Been here for the past hour.
*He picked up the shovel, and walked back to Sho's grave, beginning to digit up, not quite caring where he threw the dirt. He glanced back at Sorgo whilehe dug.* So, what's up with this whole rebirth thing? You trying to play outthis elf like some sort of hero, coming back from the dead, or something?
*He laughed again, and turned back to the grave.* Not that I care, mind you.I'm just going for conversation, here.
"Well, i'm bringing him back from the dead, he is the one whoused the term 'Rebirth'. " Sorgo responded. "I understandyou talking, the graveyard gets boring, though please, a littlequieter, if the guards hear, there will be trouble."
Sorgo looked at Ragyr and the hole being dug. "How much left?"
So he used the term 'rebirth', hm? You ask me, all we're doing isreviving him. No need for a special term-- *He stopped as he heard the shovelblade hit what sounded like gems.*
*Ragyr looked up and grinned.* Looks like this is it. I did the digging, youcan pull him up. *He threw the shovel to the ground and sat down a smalldistance away, like he was waiting for a show.*
Sorgo growled at Ragyr.
"I have no clue why Sho likes you." Sorgo said as he jumped intothe hole. After uncovering the casket, he lifted the lid. There laySho, as he was at the funeral. Sorgo climbed out of the hole, and pulled outhis greater rod of True Resurection.
"I hope this works." Sorgo said as he started casting. Thistook lots of Sorgo's power to keep the rod on full power. Light coveredSho,and then went away. Sho did not move.
"Um...did it work?" Sorgo asked. As he spoke Sho Started toclimb out, and he looked different. His skin was no longer gray, it wasblack, and his hair was now pure white, his dragonmark was a silver-blue color,his tattoo of a scorpion glew with a faint white aura. The only thingthat looked the same was the magical blind fold over his eyes.
"Sho?" ask Sorgo.
"Robe, now." Sho said with out streached arm. Sorgo gave himthe Robe, and Sho put it on. The robe covered him completly like Shoasked. "Staff?" Sho asked, and Sorgo gave him the staff. Sho turnedto Ragyr.
"Now, that I am reborn, we have things to finish. Ragyr, cover the holeback up. Sorgo, make it look as if no one was here, the grave the same asit was, and as if I was still dead. Ragyr, Only to you and Sorgo am I alive,this here never happened, do NOT tell Deriaz of this, understand?"
*Ragyr leaned back on another gravestone, and crossed his arms as hesat on the ground.* Well, well, well. The blind elf makes a triumphant return.*He clapped slowly.* The performance could have used a bit for flare, if youask me.
*He got up, and brushed himself off. He picked up the shovel again, butpointed the blade of it at Sho. He glared at him for a few seconds, beforelowering it.* I'll stand by your word and not tell Deriaz, but. . . The two ofus are linked a little more than I like. I can't guarantee he'll discover howto share memories between the two of us, but I'll keep it covered up. . .
*He began to slowly cover up the grave.* You know, now that you're up andrunning, there's something you should probably know, seeing as you also broughtup Deriaz. . . *He trailed off, and grinned to himself.*
"As long as you wonr tell anyone yourself, theycan discover this by themselves." Sho said. "What is this aboutDeriaz?"
*Ragyr laughed.* You haven't heard? Good. That means that Jaggie characterhasn't talk-- *He shut his mouth, and shook his head.* That's not the point.
*He patted down the dirt on the grave, and turned to Sho.* You haven'tnoticed? Ever since that incident at the Catacombs, Deriaz has been shying awayfrom you all. You want to know why? *He snapped his fingers, and a slip ofpaper appeared in his hand.* Because he's taking me and him off to Khorvaire.From there, I'm taking him to the Mournlands-- With or without you getting me ajob with the Lord of Blades.
*He grinned, and snapped his fingers again. The paper disappeared.* But theship leaves in a few days. Which means I still have the chance to help you out.
But enough about me and Deriaz. *He laughed.* You're up and moving again.What next?
*Ragyr grinned. He had gotten the response he wanted. He crossed hisarms.* No can do. See, the way I work, I always take the course of action thatwill benefit me. . . And in this case, Deriaz. . . the most. Which means. . .Without you.
But forget about us. We're just problems for the guild, aren't we? That'swhat Deriaz thinks, at least. . . *He sighed.* But that's beside the point.What are we doing next about Aemilius?Previous Message:
Sho cursed in draconic as he always did in anger.
"No, I didn't notice, maybe because I was DEAD!" Sho yelledin whisper at Ragyr. "Sorgo! why did you not say this right away!.Forget it...damn, ok, can you get Deriaz to hold it a few more days, i'll buyyou the tickets, and will join you so I can lead you to Lord of theBlades?"
"Hey, I'm going mournland to meet with Lord ofthe Blades, and I think it will be better for Deriaz if I came, I like youRagyr and you style, I trust you with my life, but I do not trust you withDeriaz's. And what the hell is he blabbing about problems, Varro andMekari caused more than you and Deriaz could ever in your life time." Shocoughed blood. "Damn, they still forgot to remove your metal from mylung." Sho drew his dagger, and stabbed it into his own lung with noexpresion. Then he stuck his fingures in and pulled out a chunk of metal,and handed over to Ragyr. "I believe this is yours. Sorgo, heal now!"Sorgo came up and healed Sho's bloody wound. "So about Aemilius, wekill him. In 2 days, we kill him. So, is that enough time toprepare? Because he is damn powerful, and like I said, you will kill him,not I. That is why I hired you, all I can do is weaken him. If youcan has Deriaz change the date, it will be better for you."
*Ragyr shook his head as he gladly took back the metal.* Like I said, noway. It's the two of us going, no one else. Either the two of us go alone, oryou're going to have to stop us. It's more to our benefit to go that way. . .
. . . As for 2 days? Hm. . . *Ragyr went silent, thinking. After a moment,he shook his head again.* It's cutting it close. I think the ship leaves onthat day. Deriaz can't reschedule when we leave, either.
He doesn't have the money. He sold a sack full of gems he's been collectingover the past few months. The only things he has left to sell are his abundantamount of swords, which he would never do. . . His necklace with that mute's,or former, earrings and that Forged Bard's spearhead. . . Again, would neversell. . . And the faded red wristband of that guild. . . Crimson Nexus?-- withhim. Another 'momento'. Don't even think of convincing him to sell his mask--You'd be better off asking him to jump into a pack of rust monsters. He won'ttake money, either. He's much too humble for his own good.
*He sighed.* I'll see what I can do, though. I'm not going to force him toreschedule-- I want out of here as soon as possible-- but I won't flat outignore your requests. Not with a reward still on the line. I'll see what I cando.
Sho looked down.
'Fricken stubborn Forged'
"Ok, what about this." Sho said looking back at Ragyr. "Intwo days the Clan Scorpion Armada gets here, we kill Aemilius, I become newemperor, I get you and Deriaz your own ship, and drow to serve you. Also I give you money of great amount. But, if you want the position,take 1 day off from what and Deriaz are doing, and follow me to Lord of theBlades. Once it is done, I leave, and you and Deriaz are to do what ever, youwill be powerful, and rich."
*Ragyr's eyes seemed to light up at the mention ofpower and money.* Hm. . . Now you're talking my language! I'll get him to stickaround another day, you can count on it. *He rubbed his hands together.* Itjust means another day that I have to keep Deriaz-- Well, I mean, that Deriazhas to stay away from you all. It won't be that hard. *Ragyr nodded.* Two days,then. It's settled.
Sho noddeds to Ragyr, and lets him go. Sho then walks to thePhionex Tavern using his staff to guid him. Sho walked up to the door and satfacing the Fellowship of the Golden Night guildhall.
"Sorry," Sho said to himself, "Sorry I had to do this. Ragyr,I hope you are ready, the kill will be in 2 days...2 days...you better be ready."
<Sho> *Sho walks up to the gates that lead to the Harbor, waiting for Ragyr.*<Ragyr> *He appears a few moments later, with a frown on hisface. He glares at Sho for a few moments, before sighing.* Sho.<Sho> *Sho turns his head to Ragyr. With eyes and no blindfold.*<Ragyr> *He sighs.* We've, uh, got a change of plans. . . <Sho> *Sho was fully armored in his chain shirt and rapiers.* What do you mean?<Ragyr> *Ragyr shook his head.* Well, about Deriaz. . . See, uh.. . How do I say this. . . *He shrugged.* Well, I may have accidentallyspilled that I was helping you. And, stubborn as he is. . . Um. . .*The sound of footsteps came up behind Ragyr.* He's, uh, helping.<Deriaz> *Deriaz grinned, and stood next to Ragyr, arms crossed.He didn't say a word. He looked a little bigger, though, then normal.On his back was his normal Tower Shield, but he had now two BastardSwords strung on his back, along with another one on either side on hislegs.*<Sho> *Sho swore in Draconic.* Nothing I'll say will change your mind, will it?<Deriaz> *Deriaz grinned.* Nope. Not a thing. You want his help? You're getting mine, then, too.<Sho> *Sho sighed.* Fine, BUT, Ragyr will have the finishing move on Aemilius, only him.<Deriaz> *Deriaz shrugged.* Whatever floats your boat.<Sho> *To both:* Ok, we stick with Aemilius and Axalise, no matter who is dying on the other side you will stick, got it?<Deriaz/Ragyr> *The two of them nodded.*<Sho> Ok, lets go. *Sho said with a frown on his face. He pushed the gates open, the War is starting.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *The two followed, silently. Ragyr shot and angry glare at Deriaz, though, who only grinned.*<Sho> *Battle noise is heard in the easy side of the harbor, soSho lead the Forged to the West, toward the Lobster, where Aemilius andAxa watched.*<Sho> *They ran and noticed Aemilius and Axalise on top of a building, watching the war.*<Ragyr/Deriaz> *Ragyr looked up and grinned.* Ragyr: Not much fora leader. Not in the fight, helping out, but instead watching. . . *Deriaz nudged him in the side, signaling him to be quiet.*<Sho> *Aemilius noticed Sho, Ragyr, and Deriaz* Sho? You’realive? So the rumor was true, you have been reborn, and you look morelike a Drow now too, and are those eyes. . .? Your normal eyes? Hahaha!This is great, come and celebrate, watch Stormreach fall part by part!<Deriaz/Ragyr> *By instinct, Deriaz drew one of his BastardSwords. Ragyr snapped his fingers, as a staff materialized in hishands. They looked to Sho, waiting on orders on what to do.*<Sho> Sho: No! We are here to stop this, you WILL die NOW! Ragyr, Deriaz, NOW!<Deriaz/Ragyr> *The two nodded, and Deriaz took off towards thebuilding, quickly climbing a tower of boxes towards the roof. Ragyrbegan to glow with dark runes covering his body, as two purple missilesshot out of his hand, flying at Aemilius.*<Sho> *Aemilius smiled. He and Axalise both summoned Hell Hounds.Aemilius then drew his Khopesh, and his shield.* To the death my Son!HAHAHA! *Aemilius blocked with his shield and summoned a Wraith.*<Sho> *Sho jumped to the roof, drawing his rapiers.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz grunted slightly as he reached the roof.He regained his composure quickly, rushing at Aemilius, but stopped asthe Wraith summoned. He quickly sheathed the sword, drawing a differentone, and took a slash at the ghost.*<Ragyr> Oh, sure, leave me down here. *Ragyr sighed, and walked over casually to the boxes, taking his time climbing up.*<Sho> *Axa cast grease on the roof's edge, hoping to make the Hero's fall.*<Sho> *Sho bends his knees so he can get balance, and slowly inches his way to the hell hounds*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz slipped to one knee, but didn't fallcompletely. He rolled awkwardly away from the Wraith, towards anotherHell Hound, which he took a stab at.*<Sho> *Aemilius blocked the blast with his shield and chuckled.**Axalise casted Ray of Frost at Ragyr.* *Sho got off the grease, andtumbled forward, stabbing at the hell hound he first could reach.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr tried to move out of the way gracefullyfrom it, but his foot slipped in the grease as he did. He fell to theroof as the ray shot over him.* Ragyr: And I wanted to come out of thisclean, too.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz grinned, and slid across the grease likeice. He slid his way over to Ragyr, lifting him up and setting him outof the grease. Deriaz switched swords, to one covered in Acid, andcharged (but more slid) through the grease at Aemilius.*<Sho> *Axa cast burning hands not at the trio, but at the grease spell, making a wall of fire.*<Sho> *Sho finally killed the hell hound, and turned to Deriaz.* Get Axalise, Deriaz, go get Axa!<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr's eyes went wide as the fire engulfedDeriaz. A second later, Deriaz rolled out of it, landing on his back.*Ragyr: Careless. *He laughed, and made his way over to Deriaz. Hishands turned white. At contact with Deriaz, the burn marks disappeared.Deriaz nodded to Sho as he got up slowly.* Deriaz: Sure thing. *He madehis way around the wall of fire, and as he got Axalise in his line ofsight, he charged again.*<Sho> *But it was too late, Axa casted wall of ice between Shoand the 2 Forged. It was up to Sho to stop his own sister who he usedto care for.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz stopped on a dime, and cursed.* Deriaz:Aaaaalright, then. *He turned to Aemilius, and unhooked the shield onhis back. Slowly, he inched his way forward, keeping a defensivestance, Ragyr laughed to himself, a complete 180 behind Aemilius.*<Sho> *Sho attacked Axa, rapiers slicing at his sister. Axalisecasts fireball at him, breaking part of Sho's armor off, but he stillcharged, despite the pain.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Once Deriaz was within striking range of Aemiliusfrom his slow creeping, he couldn't help but laugh out loud.* Deriaz:Well, doesn't this look familiar, hm? The two of us, facing off again.<Sho> Aemilus: Hehehe, except I will kill you this time. *Heshield bashed Deriaz, and cast fireball at Ragyr with his sword hand.Aemilius came back with his Khopesh at Deriaz.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz took the hit from the shield, and slidback slightly. Ragyr's eyes went wide again, and he jumped to the side,but it wasn't enough. It engulfed his left side, and he hit the roof.*<Sho> *Sho sliced Axa's robe with his flaming rapier so his weapon wouldn't freeze*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz grinned at the Khopesh hit the shield.*Deriaz: Oh, come on now. You can do better. You did so well last time.*He swung his foot out under the shield, attempting to trip him, as hebrought his sword down, trying to sunder Aemilius's armor. He prayedone of the two would hit.*<Sho> *Axalise whacked Sho in the stomach with her staff, making him kneel over for a second.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr sat up, and groaned.* Ragyr: Not my day,today. *He shrugged, and healed himself. He stood up, and the runesbegan to glow again. A ball of green appeared in his hand, and slowlybegan to take shape.*<Sho> *Aemilius did not trip, but the sword hit him, yet did very little damage because it bounced off his armor.*<Sho> *Sho stabbed Axa with his shocking burst rapier. Shestopped, and blood poured from her mouth. The blood was the same coloras her hair and lips: deep blood red. Sho pulled the sword out, andtears came down from his eyes.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr grinned. Deriaz, on the other hand, rolledhis eyes. The two were obviously talking between each other. Ragyrsnapped, and the green shape turned into an arrow, which floated in theair. He took a step to the left, and began to summon another twoarrows.*<Sho> Sho: Why Axa, why did you join him? Sorry, my little sister.<Ragyr> *Ragyr moved quickly, summoning a flurry of arrows,dripping with poison in the air. He laughed loudly, and snapped again.The arrows rocketed forward at Aemilius.*<Sho> *Aemilius noticed Deriaz roll his eyes, and tripped Deriaz,turning to Ragyr, with a spell being cast. A skeleton was summoned, andtook the arrows for him, being entirely destroyed.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz fell to the ground, and Ragyr sighed.Another snap, and a red aura covered Deriaz for a second. His eyesturned red, and he glared at Aemilius. He swung the sword at him again,seemingly stronger than the last time he swung.*<Sho> *Aemilius took the bow, his armor bending slightly this time at his back.* Damn! *He cursed.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz grinned wildly behind his mask, apparentlyliking this flood of rage. He swung again, recklessly, at Aemilius.*<Sho> *Aemilius parried, and slashed at the body of Deriaz morequickly and harder. Deriaz could tell that the Emperor was pissed.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz fell backwards, and the red in his eyeswas gone instantly. He quickly regained his composure, and took adefensive stance. Ragyr began to glow again, ready to cast something.*<Sho> *Aemilius cast Bull Strength on himself and swung theKhopesh so hard at Deriaz's shield, it dented.* Aemilius: Do not opposeme!<Deriaz/Ragyr> *A white aura surrounded Deriaz's shield after thehit landed. Ragyr laughed. Deriaz nodded to him, and glared back atAemilius.* Deriaz: Sorry, got orders to. *He quickly sheathed theacid-coated sowrd, and drew one that seemed to glow with pure good. Hegrinned, and lifted the shield again.*<Sho> *Sho laid his sister's body down and faced Aemilius who wasreally pissed. He charged at his Uncle.* Aemilius: I am the greatgrandson of Vulkoor, also known to you as the Trickster! Do you reallythink you can defeat me!? *He bashed Deriaz with the shield so hardthat Deriaz was pushed almost off the roof. He faced Ragyr and castHypnotic Pattern, and did the same to Deriaz.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr quickly ran out of it, but Deriaz wasn't aslucky. The colors began to hypnotize him, and he began to waver backand forth, under the spell's effect.*<Sho> *Sho jumped at the distracted Aemilius, and knocked theshield and khopesh out of his hands, leaving Aemilius with no weaponother than magic.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr grinned at the turn of events.* Ragyr:Nicely done, elf! *He pointed a finger at Aemiliues, and a ray of flameshot from his hand, straight for Aemilius.*<Sho> *Aemilius grabbed Sho by the neck, and threw him to theroof. He proceeded to kick his foster son's leg so hard, the legsnapped in two. Aemilius did not see the spell coming towards him, andit hit him in the face, burning the entire right side.* Aemilius:AAAAAHHHH! You Forged BASTARD! I will KILL you PAINFULLY FOR THIS!!!*The evil Drow charged Ragyr with his fists only, swinging hard.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr grinned, and sidestepped around a majorityof the punches. A few clipped him, but he didn't seem to mind. Helaughed once he had gotten Aemilius to go in a half circle.* Ragyr: Andthis is where I take my leave. *A pillar of magic engulfed him, and heleaped over Deriaz, who was charging straight behind him-- At Aemilius.*<Sho> *Aemilius stopped, and saw the Forged running towards him.He threw a punch at Deriaz, denting him in the chest, but was knockeddown in the effort, almost going through the roof. Blood came from themouth-- The blood of a cursed, evil Drow.*<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz coughed, but grinned at the hit. Ragyrwalked casually over, and slapped a white hand on Deriaz's chest,fixing the dent. The runes on Ragyr's body were beginning to die out.*Ragyr: Nice hit, if I say so myself. / Deriaz: Nice plan, if I say somyself.<Sho> Aemilius: Damn you all!<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz pointed the sword at Aemilius, but glancedover at Ragyr.* Deriaz: So, Sho said you were supposed to do thehonors? Or would you rather me?<Sho> *Sho limped over to his Uncle.* Sho: There, we are gone,Axa is dead. You have failed. *Aemilius chuckled a wounded laugh.*Aemilius: No, I have not. You will take the throne, eh? If you do, Ihave not failed. You will have problems. . . And so will Stormreach.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr groaned, and snatched the sword out ofDeriaz's hand.* Ragyr: If it will get this sappy family reunion sceneover with faster, I'll do it.<Sho> *Sho didn't say anything, just limped away to the two Forged.* Sho: Ragyr. . . Finish him.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr laughed.* Ragyr: Gladly. *He took a step upnear Aemilius's head, but out of the way of his hands. By habit, hestarted cutting into the left side of Aemilius's face, but not tryingto kill him. He drew an intricate R on his cheeck. Ragyr glanced up atSho.* Ragyr: Unless you want this done quickly?<Sho> Sho: Mark him, and kill him, but quickly. . . And painfully.<Deriaz/Ragyr> Ragyr: Alright then! *He glanced down atAemilius.* Sorry, employer's orders. The humiliating thing. . . Just myown little flavor. *He stuck the tip of the sword in Aemilius's mouth,letting it sit there for a moment as the taste of it settled beforethrusting it down until Ragyr felt the roof, and continued pusing alittle farther. Ragyr let go of the sword, and clapped his handstogether.* Ragyr: Well, what a day this turned out to be, hm?<Sho> Good. A swell day. *Sho said, lying.* Come, take thebodies, we go to proclaim the news to the army. And it is time for meto take the throne.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr pulled the sword out, tossing it to Deriaz,who sheathed it without removing the blood. The two lifted the body,swinging it over Deriaz's shoulder. Ragyr then moved over, swingingAxalise's body onto his own shoulder.* Both: Lead the way.<Sho> Keep her body intact. She will get a proper funeral. . . Unlike Aemilius.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr shrugged, but nodded.* Ragyr: Alight, whatever you say.<Sho> *Sho led Deriaz and Ragyr to the battle. At the sight oftheir leader dead, and Sho alive, no less standing, and the will thatAemilius wrote saying that Sho owned it all now, they stopped fighting.They bowed to Sho, took their casualties and went back onto the ships,waiting for an order. Sho gave the body of Axalise to Sorgo, and toldhim to get her ready for a proper burial. Then, he turned to face theForged.*
<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz saluted in honor, but Ragyr only tapped his foot, as if waiting for something.*<Sho> The body of Aemilius will be a little ticket to help youget the position I promised. His body will come with us. We leavetomorrow morning. *He pointed to a black and orange ship.* That isyours. *He then pointed to a black and green ship.* That is mine. Youwill follow my ship to Khorvaire. The Drow on your ship will sail, andwill follow your command.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr stared at his ship, with pure happiness inhis eyes.* Ragyr: It's perfect! It's incredible! I--- *Deriazinterrupted.* Deriaz: Can't accept it. *Ragyr stopped, staring at theboat, mouth wide open.*<Sho> It is not your ship to keep, Deriaz. It is just for your trip.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz shook his head.* Deriaz: I know. Andthat's the reason we can't accept it. *Ragyr spun around, glaring athim. Deriaz stared at him for a few moments, in silence. Ragyreventually crossed his arms, but Deriaz shook his head. Ragyr whirledaround, but Deriaz shrugged-- All done in silence. Deriaz turned toSho.* Deriaz: I'm not leaving. Sorry. *He grinned slightly to himselfbehind the mask.*<Sho> *Sho smiled.* Glad to hear that Deriaz.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz nodded, but Ragyr just stared at the ship.He eventually turned to face Sho.* Ragyr: Ok, so he's not leaving. I'mstill getting that money and power you talked about, right?<Sho> But I promised Ragyr. He is going to go get a position, andit is his choice to come back or not. You two are connected, but areseperate. He goes, I promised.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz shook his head.* Deriaz: He's not leavingeither. / Ragyr: WHAT!? *The black Warforged stared at him indisbelief. Deriaz sighed.* Deriaz: I know we're connected, but. . .Still. . . Though we aren't exactly the fondest of each other, I kindaneed him here. . . Y'know?<Sho> HEY! Deriaz! He just got a job from me. He WILL get paid. I promised, and he risked his life to work for me!<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz shrugged.* Deriaz: Then pay him some other way. He's not leaving.<Sho> Just let him go to get his job. I'll make sure he getsback. The Lord of Blades will have him be located here, if I ask.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz shook his head again. He felt his neckgetting a little sore from doing so.* Deriaz: That's exactly why Ican't let him go. I don't want him doing any more jobs, though I knowhe will. And I damn sure don't want him doing it under the Lord ofBlades-- Not after hearing about him from Jaggie. *Ragyr groaned, butdidn't say anything.*<Sho> Hey, I am friends with Lord of Blades. . . The only breather friend. . . He is fine, and so will be Ragyr.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deraiz crossed his arms.* Deriaz: Are youlistening to me at all, or has this new power already gone to your head?<Sho> The worst that can happen is Lord of Blades asks him tofight for Mournland to protect Mournland, but that will only happen. .. NEVER! Ragyr? You listening to him? What is going on?<Deriaz/Ragyr> Deriaz: And the best that can happen is he stayshere, keeping himself happy by working for himself, and taking whateverjobs HE wants, not what that. . . Chump wants.<Sho> That CHUMP is the only reason you Forged are not still fricken slaves!<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr sighed.* Ragyr: I'm telling you. . .Stub-born. I'm all for leaving. Don't have anything to my name but thisstaff. *He lifted the stick slightly.* Ready to go when you are.*Deriaz laughed.* Deriaz: Am I supposed to worship this Blades guy,then? Cause I'm not seeing the point. *Deriaz shrugged.* But I digress.He's not going. Case closed.<Sho> No, you respect him, and not talk back. You can disagreewith him all you want, but respect your Lord of the Blades. Ragyr. . .I leave tomorrow morning, with or without you, but I prefer with.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz shrugged again.* Deriaz: Tell him to saythat to my face then. *He laughed.* Cause right now, I'm standing bywhat I said. That includes him not leaving. *Ragyr sighed.* Ragyr: Youknow, if he's not gonna let me leave, it's probably pointless to argue.You don't know him as long as I have. He can argue for hours on end.<Sho> Don't let this 'Runt' boss you around. Come, Ragyr, ignorehim. He has no power over you! And if he does, I'll make sure it goesaway.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr looked between the two, as if decidingsomething. Deriaz didn't look back at him. Ragyr sighed, and took astep back, standing behind Deriaz.* Ragyr: Look, it's hard to explain.. .<Sho> *Sho looked at Deriaz's eyes behind the mask.* I liked you better when you were depressed.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz grinned.* Deriaz: Yeah, well, I kind ofcame to realize. . . With the whole Varro situation, everyone wasdepressed. Ya gotta have at least one person you can turn to, y'know?<Sho> *He looked back at Ragyr.* Look, if you can't leave, I'llstill get you the job, even if I have to bring the Lord himself.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Ragyr's eyes lit up, looked pleased. Deriaz onlyshrugged.* Deriaz: Fine, bring him then. And I'll talk to the. . . *Hethought for a moment, and grinned.* To the porcupine-forged myself.<Sho> *Sho chuckled.* He does not talk to your type.<Deriaz/Ragyr> Deriaz: So I hear. All the more reason for me to meet him.<Sho> *He stared Deriaz face to face for a few moments.* Go help the wounded, Deriaz.<Deriaz/Ragyr> *Deriaz nodded.* Deriaz: Now that's an order I cantake. *He turned, and headed to the first injured person he could find,leaving Ragyr alone with Sho.*<Sho> The Heroes of Stormreach have won, Clan Scorpion Imperialis under my command, and I have politics to deal with. And this blueForged gets in my way! Bad evening, Ragyr. The evening is off to a badstart.<Ragyr> *Ragyr stared back at Deriaz, but nodded to Sho.* Yeah,well. . . He seems to do that a lot. Causes a lot of problems. . . *Heturned to face Sho.* the evening can only get better, though, right? Imean, aren't you rich now?<Sho> Rich with gold. Lost my friends, but who cares. Sho Drizzin the Lavender died. Sho Scorpio the Emperor lives.<Ragyr> *Ragyr laughed.* That's the idea. Look alive! You've got an empire to run. *He turned to look back at Deriaz.*<Sho> Don't worry, Ragyr. I will get you your position and yourpower. With my ship so fast, I'll be back in a month tops, with gold,with news.<Ragyr> *Ragyr turned back to Sho.* How? You heard the fool. He'snot going to let me go with you. And I doubt you're actually going tobring THE Lord of Blades here.<Sho> Wanna bet?<Ragyr> *Ragyr laughed again, louder this time.* I would love to meet him, then.<Sho> If I bring HIM the body of Aemilius Scorpio, and say you killed him, I won't have to bring him. He will come.<Ragyr> *Ragyr rubbed his hands together.* One simple job, andI'm getting a reward more than even my hardest brought in. *He cackled.*<Sho> Rest well my friend. *Sho turned around and headed towards the ships.*<Ragyr> *Ragyr nodded.* Oh, indeed, I will. *He continued to chuckle.*<Sho> *He turned quickly and tossed Ragyr a scroll, who caught it easily.*<Ragyr> *He blinked once at it.* What's this? *He unfurled it, and began skimming it.*<Sho> That is my deed to my home in House D. Give it to Hope of the Lady. And tell her. . . I'm sorry.<Ragyr> *He nodded.* You bet. *His eyes dimmed slightly, and a little devious grin began to form at his lips.*