Londo hustles and spits, and spends no time getting seasick, practically welcoming it over the alternatives.
I'm going to sleep for the next several months and then who knows. Maybe I'll head back to Qadira and try to get a bead on where that pasha went. Someone needs to see she is held accountable after all.
Masym says nothing on the long trip back to the Fearsome Tide, though Midge can see this last excursion has clearly taken a toll on the young man. While much of it can be attributed to the aftereffects of the spider venom, she can see the effects of the nobleman's betrayal had on his spirit.
"I will be happy to be back in Absalom, Sister. That was one of the most difficult assignments I have ever dealt with...even counting the time I was captured by those derro." Masym shakes his head, his tone haggard. "I think I need to recover for some time Midge, but once I feel up to par I look forward to taking the mantle for freedom."
When Fifi brings out her bathing suit, his eyes widen briefly but he averts his gaze quickly. "I think I will skip the swim Fifi," then a thought occurs to him, "Wait a moment, I thought your kind did not like the water."
Fifi dismisses Masym's concern, saying-"Nonsense! Good-natured ifrit know one should learn to be comfortable even in such out-of-comfort zones. It's an acquired taste, really: our lives are not in danger like one might think, and it's good for a skin that might otherwise always stay dry. Come on! Don't you want to see Midge in a bathing suit too?"-she says, prodding at the man's soft spot.
I was assuming the journey would not be full sail all the time, since air currents can work against us too.
|Marcus Vulpares Fantailler|
With Marcus's incredible sea-faring abilities, there is a strong possibility that we'll go nowhere fast.
Marcus is abnormally silent for a large portion of the trip, but speaks up when prompted at the very least.
"I'll be returning to my father's estate. I will need to discuss... matters with him before continuing my work with the Pathfinders. If you wish for some time at sea for a swim, I would be happy to oblige and lower the sails once we are out of Taldan waters. I am in no particular rush to arrive back in Absalom... myesss... Although I have a strong suspicion that Masym has little interest in seeing Midge in a bathing suit. I suspect it is rather the... hrmmm.... opposite in fact..."
A few days into the journey he takes Londo aside. "You've seen far more than I'm sure you'd care to admit in the service of Taldor... how do I fit in with those you've fought alongside in the past? I had hoped to hold a... moral high ground... but Chalfon..."
He scratches his chin and shifts back and forth from human to kitsune... human to kitsune.
"...which face is my face and which is my disguise?"
With a smirk he adds, "...and who's ass do I need to kick to find out?"
In the Service of Taldo? Londo says with a chuckle.
You know I earned this title in the service to a man who was looking to reclaim his family legacy. I was led to believe at that time that family legacy meant everything Taldor. That the bonds of family and the accomplishments of the past held real currency there.
He sips water slowly, trying to settle his stomach before continuing.
At the end of the day, Chalfon got his brother killed in a naked power play and if not for us would have gotten away with it scot-free. You compare favorably to most of your brethren, Marcus. I dare to think Taldor may actually be acutely in need of your service to save it from falling off the precipice. But I have served alongside many the murderer. Myself included. You have a way of fighting that delays killing until absolutely necessary and that speaks well to your character. You're going to do fine, young man.
By the time you reach Absalom, everyone is ready for a little down time... though that is not to be had for a few more days.
News of Jacquo's death, and Pasha Al-Jakri's disappearance, are the talk of the Lodge. Rumors and speculation are everywhere, and Ambrus Valsin himself calls you in for debriefing, and he is not alone.
You are grilled quite extensively on what happened in Oppara, barely touching on your work in Cassomir. Muesello's involvement raises a few concerns, for both him, and the lodge there... but the machinations of Chalfon and the Shadow Lodge traitors seems to be the main focus of concern to most.
Runners are sent with missives for people and places you've never heard of, even before you are done with your debrief. By the time you are finished, intense discussions and plans of action are already in the works, and you are dismissed as those higher up the chain work well into the night, gathering information and hopefully enacting damage control if necessary.
Fortunately, by recovering the letters from Muesello there is little to connect events back to the Society as a whole, and as the days wear on, you learn that you're involvement seems to have gone under the radar as well. With no evidence to connect him to anything, Muesello was apparently released after a day in holding. The Opparan Lodge/Bait and Tackle shop is safe.
The diary that Fifi found in Chalfon's room, proves to contain quite a few details on his plans and schemes. With some mediation, and the diary, all out war between the Taldor and Qadiran factions is avoided, both sides eventually recognizing how the Shadow faction was trying to manipulate events.
New primary contacts with both groups are established eventually... Lady Gloriana Morilla taking over for Jacquo Dalsine, and one of the Qadiran trade princes, Aaqir Al'Hakam, taking the lead for that faction after Muhlia Al-Jakri cut off ties.
Marcus especially, is happy with the Taldan choice. Lady Morilla's views on the state of Taldan excess and privilege, and the need for reforms on many of Prince Stavian's views, in order to restore the country to its former glory and influence, far more in line with his own. You know little of the Trade Prince, beyond him being more interested in trade than ancient enmities.
You hear no news of the fate of the Dawnflower Blossom's ship... or what happened to the Pasha after she fled.
You do learn that the Society has finally learned the location of one of the major players behind the Shadow Lodge, and has sent agents to Almas in hopes of dealing a critical blow to the traitors.
But all of those are tales for other chronicles...