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The dialogue between the diminutive gnome and towering serpentine beast is suddenly interrupted by the interjection of another party, heretofore unseen, within the chamber. As this third member of the conversation reveals himself with a significantly-intoned cough to clear its scaled throat, Mahu turns to observe a troglodyte garbed in a voluminous robe of rich vermillion fabric.
The troglodyte inclines its head reverently in the direction of the slassan before speaking,
"I expect, Lord, that the brethren of the Ochre Dome may seek to offer the Baptism of the Black Fire to this creature, as they have the servants of the so-called 'Master'."
The slassan, which still has not shared its name, replies, also nodding,
"I suspect there is truth to your claim, companion of the Vermillion Dome."