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Post  Dr Blight on Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:08 am

"We didn't directly come from the surface to be fair. We were tasked with exploring tunnels underneath the ruins of Kelfas by The Boar and his group. Specifically to look further into something we found earlier during a similar task but couldn't explore in detail at the time. Inside we found a machine from Kelfas that was still in fairly good condition, and a tunnel with a moving platform that lead to where we were found. We managed to get the machine working and came down here to see what the tunnel led to." Adelinde answers with a small shrug.

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Post  Ramsus on Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:56 pm

Zarethria and the scholarly female drow share a look that certainly means... something, but you're unsure what. Then the female scholar asks, "Could you tell us more about how this device works in detail and how you control the part of the machine that is down here?"
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Post  Dr Blight on Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:27 pm

"While I was able to figure out how to use it, I'm afraid I don't fully understand HOW exactly it works. I know the device controls earth elementals and that it prevents them from moving up higher into where Kelfas lay. As for the platform, there was a part of the device that separated from it intended for use in commanding the earth elemental bound to it to carry us up or down."

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Post  Ramsus on Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:33 pm

"I see. Do you think the part used to carry you down or the other earth elementals could make a larger tunnel between here and somewhere on the surface?" Zarethria asks.

((You're pretty sure that it could in fact do that and that it wouldn't be too hard for you to figure it out.))
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Post  quietkal on Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:27 pm

Steam continues quietly attempting to entice Ketha with the food, likely to little, possibly middling success. She is barely paying attention to the discourse currently happening.

Parveth pays polite attention to Adelinde's disclosure, content to let her take the reins. She is slightly worried about the drow gaining renewed access to the surface, but she only betrays her discomfort a little bit.
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Post  Dr Blight on Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:16 pm

Adelinde folds one arm across her chest to support the other at the elbow and taps her chin in thought, her tail flicking idly behind her every few moments. "Hmmm, possibly? I can't say for sure... Without checking I can't be certain but off the top of my head the biggest concern would be where this tunnel you want would be." She concludes with a small shrug.

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Post  Ramsus on Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:15 pm

"I see. Well I would have to confer with the council about that. I assume a larger cavern would work best?" Zarethria asks.

((It actually would only matter at all if you consider purposes of not collapsing tunnels and such. The earth elementals can travel through and move pretty much any amount of earth and rock and such.))

Regardless of what the answer is her next question is, "You mentioned earlier that you could see Malnibonae. As far as I understand, the surface races do not see in the darkness well enough for that. How were you able to do so?"
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Post  quietkal on Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:58 am

Parveth sits up a slight more as she answers, having slumped into a more comfortable position as Adelinde answered.
"A potion has enhanced our sight. This feels an anticlimactic answer, but such is the truth.
A second potion awaits us on the return to cleanse us of the effects of the first, so we may return to sunlight without being blinded."


Steam sort of pauses her compulsive nibbling to timidly add, "Um, full disclosure, I didn't drink the potion so I'm very dependent on your candles at the moment. Thank you for them and the food, by the by, this is delicious."
She returns to nibbling.
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Post  Ramsus on Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:45 pm

"You're most welcome. I'm glad you find it enjoyable." Zarethria replies to Steam with a smile.

The older scholar asks, "Do you have more of either of these potions? Studying them would be of some interest. We would be willing to pay you for them."
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Post  quietkal on Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:39 pm

"Well sure you can!" Steam forgets her self-imposed trial for a moment as she happily digs in her bag to pull out her pair of potions. She scoots them towards the scribes, or hands them to a helper if the scribes are very out of arm's reach, and says, "No charge! We've been enough of an imposition already!" She smiles pleasantly.

Parveth narrows her eyes a bit at Steam. The wood elf is not particularly mercantile-minded, but Steam just giving away her potential ability to see down here at all is not a good turn of events for actually no gain.
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Post  Dr Blight on Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:32 pm

"Steam no, I appreciate your enthusiasm but we should hear what they have to offer first. It may be something we dearly need." Adelinde reaches over and lowers Steam's arm, patting it in a friendly way before turning her attention towards the scribes, settling back into her seat and smoothing out her robes as her tail languidly swings to her opposite side and settles against her.. "Apologies, she means well but that isn't a decision for her to make on her own. If I may, what would you be willing to offer for them?"

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Post  Ramsus on Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:24 pm

They raise an eyebrow at Steam's offer. The older scholar replies, "Of course dear."

The scholars whisper back and forth and bit before the elder one says, "Gold would probably be of the most use to you. There are merchants you could buy whatever goods you actually would find useful yourself rather than us spending time figuring such things out here and now. How does two hundred gold per potion sound?"

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When Adelinde withdraws Steam's offer, she can actually tell Zarethria and the older scholar are a bit relieved/have more solid footing on how to do these discussions. They clearly understand trade (either financial or political) and are wary of what Steam might expect in exchange for "free" things.
The younger one seems to feel like "*snaps fingers* dang!" and only seems to grasp they missed out on getting free stuff.

The elder scholar's offer is a lowball. The potions are worth about three times (maybe more) what she's offering. She's prepared you to haggle but also isn't ruling out that she can take advantage of it if you surface people aren't as cunning as the drow or are too afraid of upsetting them to haggle.
That said, you wouldn't want to ask for too close to it's actual value. You'd probably offend them if you went higher than half their value since that would be giving them a worse deal than you'd get out of a regular merchant. Haggling but keeping the offer under half would probably garner the most respect and political currency as they'd know you're keen but also that you were willing to give them a discount and first grab (better if you're only selling the potions to them) at the potions.
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Adelinde smiles winningly as she speaks animatedly, drawing on her natural showmanship with little flourishes of her hand and flicks of her tail meant to draw attention to herself. Subtly moving her hands so when she gestures to the potions they twinkle with the ethereal blue light of the chandeliers as shadow of her hands passes over them. "Come now my lady, they're worth more than that! These potions are made with techniques from the legendary age of Kelfas itself! I can hardly imagine the secrets that could be pried from just examining the glass-work of these bottles, never mind the potions! Techniques and secrets lost to the ages could be hiding inside this little package just waiting to be rediscovered! Surely you can bear to part with a little more for that? 315." It was a little more than she was expecting to get, but she certainly wouldn't object to it if they agreed and it gave her somewhere to go if they didn't.
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