A handkerchief appears before Smudge's face, "You alright, dear?"
Smudge slides backwards, startled, and looks up. She frowns when she recognizes the man before her, and dashes the tears from her eyes, not taking the handkerchief. "It has been a long month."
The halfling slides the refused handkerchief, back into a pocket. He steps back, leaning against the railing. "I'm glad he's safe. Though things got quite messy there. I wasn't expecting you to blow up the boat."
She sighs, "Things sort of got out of my control. I suppose I shouldn't have expected everyone to move with the same care. But.." Her brow furrows, expressing her confusion. "We didn't blow up the boat. I thought your people did."
He shakes his head, "No, we were hoping to get it quite, intact. That way we could find where all there locations were, among the islands." He shrugs, "I suppose we will just have to use other means."
She stands, brushing herself off, and joins him at the railing, staring out over the edge of the ship. She's to tired, too spent, to care about being angry at him anymore. "I suppose they didn't want that, then. Who are you, anyway? How'd you get into all this?"
He chuckles slightly, "I do a little of this, and that. Saving the world, thwarting evil and all that. There's six of us." He nods over to the bow, where a small figure sits. "Each with their own skills. The paladin felt something odd, and she went and investigated. When she found the group, she moved us into positions, to learn more, then take down the group." He turns, joining Smudge in looking over the railing.
Smudge lets out a low chuckle and shakes her head, the pieces coming together. "Ahh. I see. Was it one of you who placed the bodies then, and drew Intayazz into it? Were you just playing the fool when you came to ask me questions?"
"Heh, no it was not one of us who placed the bodies, actually. But I was playing the fool, because we had the woman under protection, already." He falls silent for a moment, "There will end up being more, throughout the islands, but let's hope it they are not making anymore."
She nods slowly. "Did you figure out exactly what they were doing, and is it over then?"
"Trying to bring the Shadow into the world. And no, not quite over. There are still dozens among the islands. We are hoping that with their leadership gone, however, that they won't be taking anymore people. Perhaps a deadly power struggle as well," he laughs softly.
Her answering chuckle is vicious. "One can hope." She pauses a long moment, looking out over the city, then turns to face him, her arms crossed over her chest.
The halfling turns to face Smudge, then seems to jump, noticing the piece of jewelry above her crossed arms. "You? Heh, well, I am glad that was found," He points to the golden dove brooch. "Though, the boy seems a bit young for you."
Smudge looks confused, and looks down at the brooch. Realization dawns on her face and she laughs a little, shaking her head. "I'm what? No, no, Blinten gave it to me in thanks for all of this. He said there were others, I didn't know this was the one he was supposed to save." She blushes. "Trust me. I don't think he even realizes girls are interesting yet. And when he does, he can have it back to give to whoever it is convinces him of that." She laughs again and eyes him with a little smirk. "Either you're incredible at digging up information, my friend, or you've a more personal reason for knowing this."
A soft short laugh, escapes the halfling. "Yes, indeed." He steps away, walking slowly to the figure sitting on the bow, "Unless you have no more questions, I should be returning to our search."
Smudge chuckles, her suspicion all but confirmed, and nods. "You truly have my thanks for all you did to help get Intayazz back to us. Should you need help in the rest of this, or whatever else comes up, just ask... One thing though..." She turns serious. "I don't really care for being used as an unwitting distraction."
"I told ye not to go, but you didn't listen. Yes I used you as a distraction, but can you blame me. Would your friend have lived, had the girl not saved him?" He stands next to the, now standing, elven woman.
She sighs and shakes her head. "Maybe... After all hell broke loose, probably not. I don't blame you.. It worked.. Just, I still would have played the part. I just don't like being a dupe."
"Well, I will remember that, though I doubt there will be a next time. I am sorry, that you had to get involved. Truly I am. I did not wish for you, or your friends, to be in any sort of danger"
She nods, accepting the apology. "Good luck to you and yours then. I hope you find the rest of them quickly."
"Perhaps. If your wife and Blinten will let you out a moment." She grins. "Two years is a long time."
He laughs, "Yes, indeed it is. Though, two years is the last I was able to message her." He pauses thoughtful. "This is the first time I have seen the boy, since he could walk." He reaches into his pocket, and tosses a heavy pouch towards Smudge. "Take care of him, will ye?" And in a flash, the elf and halfling are gone.