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Old 11-23-2003, 11:09 PM   #1
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Chapter 32: Loose Ends

As Missy Hissy arrived at the underwater temple, she realized she'd forgotten a couple of things in Brimloch Roon. Before she could teleport back, she heard the rumbling of the underwater door. Curious, she looked as a group of adventurers climbed up from the watery depths and looked around the temple, taking in the white pearl columns, the magical light, and the beautiful Kerah. As their eyes fell upon her, one - a mighty warrior, by appearances, asked her name. "Missy Hissy," she replied. "And who be you?"

The newcomers stepped back, one (apparently a valkyrie by trade) almost falling back into the pool. The great warrior, Danish by background, looked at her with strange eyes. "We've heard tales of you, but thought they were merely mother's prattle, destined to keep her children in order. We are the emissaries of the great and wondrous Stackman, sent to fulfill his wishes yet again, in yet another glorious and highly-piled adventure."

Missy looked over the group. "I've heard of you as well," she said. "The mighty troupe that can go where few others dare. You have my respect." She looked over the six adventurers - the Great Dane who first spoke to her; the Dane-Tee warlock wearing little but a T-shirt; Dane Fogelberg, the bard; Sous-Dane Mouvement, the zenmaster; Oxy Dane-t, the assassin who was never convicted; and Pry-Dane Defence, the mighty valkyrie. She hoped Stackman would forgive her instant nicknames for his adventurers; while the worlds often collided, one god usually left the others' charges behind.

They chatted of adventure, and Missy noted that the spinning obelisk thing had been repaired in her brief absence, but unfortunately, not well; as soon as the Great Dane set it aspin, it crumbled once again. She bid the adventurers adieu to return to Brimloch Roon for her forgotten errands.

As she appeared back in the central square, she slipped on evidence of a recent gathering. Scraps of paper that wrapped blackened turkey legs, hawked by local merchants, fluttered all over the square. Bits and pieces of gossip that she heard as she hurried along led her to believe that the god Stackman had recently appeared, and she had missed it. Cursing her luck, she turned into the Bushi Dojo.

Sensei Asami looked up from the workbench, where he was sharpening another wakizashi. Under his expert care, the blade could slice the skin off an orange without cutting into the flesh of a single wedge. "You've returned, and the Darkened One is no more," he said.

Missy growled, noticing a long, skinny piece of paper that had stuck to the bottom of her plate mail boots. "Correct, he is no more," she said.

"The guild appreciates your service and recognizes your skills," said the Sensei. "Here is but a token of our appreciation."

"Anything else you need done?" Missy asked.

Sensei Asami looked at her in the flickering light. "There is one more thing that I would ask of you, esteemed warrior of the night. A pirate, Bloodbeard by name, has been causing problems for us. Find him, and eliminate the problem. That should not be hard for one such as you."

Missy glanced up. Was he making light of her work as an assassin? True, her heart was not always in it, but she was still one of the best. No, he meant no disrespect. "I will take care of this," she said. "He shall be a problem no more."

Missy headed out of the Bushi Dojo and went over to the temple, where long lines of townspeople were asking for healing. One of the lesser clerics recognized her, and ushered her into the back rooms. Guild rank did have its privileges...

"Greetings, Malakai. What caused all the traffic?"

Malakai smiled wearily. "The god Stackman was he-"

"Yes, I know," said Missy. "I stepped in some of the leftovers in the square."

Malakai continued. "The god Stackman was here, and there was a great celebration at the death of the leprechaun."

At this, Missy looked around carefully. She thought that only Miruth knew about the leprechaun's demise.

"Great celebration," said Malakai, "and great drinking, and feasting, and dancing... but the drinking was too much for many of the townsfolk, and they have been coming in here non-stop, looking for something to take the throbbing pain away. We're almost out of ash twigs, and the willow bark is running low as well. Still, we have ample supplies of feverfew, so the townspeople should be safe.

"All right then. Here," said Missy, offering up the Relic of Isis. "I believe this is what you were looking for."

Malakai inhaled suddenly, scarce believing what was before his eyes. "The relic! You've found it!" He took it gently in his hands, and then clutched it to his breast. "At long last..." He rocked back and forth gently, swept up in emotion.

Missy cleared her throat. "That's nice. Anything else you need doing?"

Malakai looked up, his eyes moist. "I wouldn't ask this, but there is one more holy symbol that has been lost, the monk's ward. For those who follow the monk's path, it is a symbol of greatness. If you could find that, your place in the heavens will be assured."

"Okay," said Missy. "I'll look for it." She looked at Malakai again. "No... erm... reward... for the relic?"

Malakai tore his attention from the relic again. "There is little I could do," he said. "You are already well-revered within the temple. A small sum of gold is yours for the asking."

"Keep it," said Missy. "You have more need of it than I do."

Missy walked out of the temple, heading toward the wizard's guild, scarce believing that she had just turned down payment for a job. If word got back to the assassin's guild...

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Old 11-23-2003, 11:13 PM   #2
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Hope you don't mind me fleshing your guys out, bsftcs. You mentioned in the Prologue to Stackman's adventures that their names meant something in Danish, so I just made them funny Danishes...

Oops! I may have broken the pun rules, so a round at the Boogre Bar on me.
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Old 11-24-2003, 12:11 PM   #3
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[img]graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] Excellent new chapter, Bungleau. Very good writing. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] I really enjoy the way our two stories have been interlinked. [img]graemlins/thewave.gif[/img]

Of course I forgive you for the nicknames. They gave me quite a chuckle, although naturally far from being even remotely Danish.

One thing puzzles me, though: Two times chapter 31???

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Old 11-24-2003, 12:40 PM   #4
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Seems to me the number 32 was moderated into the title after my last post...

Whom by, I wonder.
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Old 11-24-2003, 02:34 PM   #5
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The gracious lady of the boards took care of the titles. Funny... last night, I didn't notice the numbering was off, and this morning, I saw that both posts had different numbers (in the sticky thread and this one).

And as for Danish, the closest I come to speaking it might be just to say Tag. And I'm pretty sure that's Swedish first [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Old 11-24-2003, 04:10 PM   #6
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Ah, yes, the word "tag" (pronounced with a palatalized g).

Danish:

1st meaning: grip, hold
2nd meaning: roof, ceiling

Swedish:

grip, hold

German:

day (or in slang just a short version of "guten Tag" ("good day"))


Not to be confused with the Danish "tak" which means "thank you".
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Old 11-24-2003, 07:28 PM   #7
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Shows how much Swedish (and Danish!) I know... I was going for "tak", not "tag".... So far, the languages I don't know are winning.

"Tak soon mir gut" is the rough equivalent of the sole Swedish phrase I know. Last I knew, it meant "thank you very much" or something like that.
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Old 11-24-2003, 08:24 PM   #8
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Thanks Bungleau a little rest came to my soul [img]smile.gif[/img]
Now I just have to wait for the next chapter
By the way this chapter was also excellent, and I would have expected nothing less [img]smile.gif[/img]

By the way bsftcs may I ask what you do in your everyday life, I have come to notice that you linguistic skills exceeds mine by fare, and I were getting pretty nice grades in English at gymnasium. Out of curiosity I just had to know, from where you are getting your linguistic powers [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Old 11-25-2003, 12:18 PM   #9
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Certainly, ZaRos, I am currently finishing my law studies at the University of Aarhus. No English literature there whatsoever though. I primarily ascribe my knowledge of English to my excessive bibliophilia. I generally read a lot of English (non-fiction) literature in connection with my great interest for history. [img]smile.gif[/img]

What about you? [img]smile.gif[/img]
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