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Post  Nikolas Remes on Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:04 pm

Chapter 1

And so the trouble begins.





March 4th, 9:21

In Germany, there exists a tavern known for its vast array of beers and warm reception; it's a safe spot for weary travellers heading towards the low countries and back. Its built just outside a national park and has excellent access too breathtaking views. Its also known to be pet-friendly with an old female Greek Harehound guarding the entrance, greeting visitors as they enter and with five other harehounds roaming around the property. This tavern is called 'Ye Olde', and its owner has a problem.

Nikolas Remes is very good at managing the tavern even when he's not around, leading such an elusive life that his regular customers often chat how they rarely see him at the bar. This doesn't mean he has no experience or skill to deal with customers in that sort of environment, but mainly due to the true nature of the establishment and his entire life. He is often called away to fulfil his obligations elsewhere or following leads for his personal reasons.

Whatever takes him away from his home in Europe, the owner understands he has obligations to his employees even being support staff from the Anglican church. Even they deserve some form of holiday, and this is where his problem lies. Nikolas Remes could give them all the time off they deserve, but it would leave him short-handed. The easy solution here was to close the kitchen and only provide essential snacks while keeping the bar open. As long this is achieved Nikolas could handle this on his own, but it would increase his work ten-fold and service time would suffer as a result. However, this would mean all the support staff would be able to have some time off after covering his absence so many times.

"Hmm." Nikolas thought about it as he looked towards the staff rota and nodded his head before heading towards the bar.



This was the best choice available to him, by shutting the kitchen he can provide limited service which he shall inform the customers as they enter the establishment by a notice on the door. Not only does this allow him to fulfil his obligations to those who work for him, but also to his customers by remaining open. And so as he got to work by informing his staff and preparing for opening while Orais stayed in her usual position to greet the first customers of the day.  

11:57am

As the time approached midday, customers started to fill the tavern, and it wasn't so overly busy that would be impossible for one to manage at this point. That challenge would come around at 5 pm, so, for now, everything was going according to plan. Some customers weren't happy with the limited service, but in the world of customer service pleasing everyone was impossible.

And he wouldn't have to worry too much as his faithful harehounds which roam the property as sentries being outside and in helping him keep an eye on everything. Notably, Dromas was outside the front of the tavern pacing around, who would typically be on the second floor. He was the largest of the Harehounds and made an excellent guard dog, but something has caught his notice across the road. But the faithful companion dare not to leave the property boundaries showing an example of his excellent training.[/b]


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Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:34 am

Staring back at the dog from across the road was a white haired boy who had two blue feathers sticking out of his hair and a red scarf comfortably wrapped around his neck. An eagle poked it head out from the boy's coat, where it had been sheltering itself from the cold air up until that point. The bird keenly watched each person who walked by with its cynical eyes and if it deemed anyone grew to close for comfort it would threateningly peck the air quickly indicating the fate that awaited anyone who didn't heed its warning. The boy on the other hand possessed a very welcoming aura to him and the small grin that decorated his face seemed to indicate that he didn't have a care in the world. However, this illusion of tranquility would quickly be broken just a moment later when a loud, pain filled roar echoed out from around his general vicinity.

It would only take a moment for anyone who happened to be nearby to figure out what the source had been. It had been his stomach, it had been a day or two since his last meal and while his face may have continued the act of tranquility his body had no intentions of doing so. Logically speaking, it would've made sense that after not eating for so long he would've rushed into the tavern to quell his hunger but there was one important detailed that was holding him back. He was broke, his empty pocket where his wallet had once been served as a constant and cruel reminder of his foolishness. He had fallen victim to his own naivety and this was his punishment for it. His wallet had been stolen and the thief had doomed him to starvation in this country that was so far away from home.

There was a small part of him that began to consider begging but each time this thought entered his mind it was quickly silenced by his pride. If worst came to worst he could always try heading out to the nearest forest and hunting but at this point he wasn't even certain if he had enough energy for that. His bird had tried to help him out a few times but he wasn't so hungry as to settle for uncooked rat just yet. The overwhelming and crushing feeling of defeat pervaded throughout his entire being and yet he rose to his feet. The instinctually desire to survive hadn't given in just yet and he refused to be defeated by a simple low class thief. He was going to survive this and get back to Necessarius base in England.

As he got to his feet the eagle in his jacket quickly took flight before returning to him to perch on his shoulder. He pickup his backpack which had been laying beside him on the bench and for the first time the empty quiver and bow that had been on his back became visible. He slowly made his way to the other side of the street over to the guard dog who had been watching him. Cautiously he moved the back of his left hand near the hound so that could sniff him without feeling threatened. The worst thing he could do right no would be to get in a fight with the dog. There was no way he had enough strength to win a fight like that right now.

"Hello there, I'm terribly sorry for the trouble but could I ask you a question? Do you happen to know the owner of the tavern over there or at the very least if he is looking for any part time employees? My wallet was stolen just the other day and as you can probably tell I really could use something to eat"

Yes, the white haired boy was asking a hound about employment at a nearby tavern and while to any onlookers he probably looked like a man driven mad by hunger his sanity was actually completely intact. He paused just a moment before an apologetic expression crossed over his face and he spoke again.

"I almost forgot! I need to introduce myself, my name is Atsa Tsinaajinii and its a pleasure to meet you. What would your name be?"

Atsa didn't expect an answer from the hound right away especially considering what just happened. It most of been quite strange for the hound hearing the shaman's voice and understanding everything he was saying. It was like walking down the street one day and suddenly running into a dog that could speak english fluently. As such the boy had no problem giving Dromas the time he needed to get his thoughts together.
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Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:53 am

Saravati Nair was someone Vita had first set her sights on some time ago. At the time, they had not yet met directly. They had not worked on so much as a single assignment together. In all likelihood, even though Vita knew of Saravati, Saravati was completely unaware of her. For someone without a disposition or goals like Vita's, that was entirely natural. But Vita had heard of the girl escaped from India first from word of mouth, dropped mentions from and eavesdropped conversations of people who had met the girl, or knew other people who had, and next through firsthand accounts, obtained through personal effort.

"You, how would you like to become a citizen of mine?!"

It was slow-going, extracting information through casual conversations and non-overt people watching to avoid undue suspicion, but she was hardly in any hurry. For cases like these, the methodical path was the only one to take. And besides, when she first heard of Saravati, that light which indicated she had discovered an opportunity to make wonderful use of something had already appeared. Not only would the girl be potentially useful on her own, she could kill two birds with one stone and have her help with another project as well. For something like that, this amount of work was hardly anything to complain about.

"...a tavern in Germany. It's right by this national park, I hear it's a beautiful place!"

And eventually, certainly, she made contact. She scheduled a coincidental encounter, began the usual spiel to cement first impressions, and worked as a guide to bring the conversation to its destination.

"Saravati? Saravati, Saravati, where have I heard that before...?"

And eventually, preying on all the bits and pieces of the girl's personality she had researched beforehand and what she had gleaned from firsthand conversation, the Empress of Rome experienced, of course, success.

"Haha, this'll be fun! Can't wait!"

Negotiations that Saravati never knew began, concluded, and the two girls' trip to the tavern and home of Nikolas Remes, 'a convenient guy to know', was cemented from scheme to reality.

And thus poor, innocent Sara's fate was finally sealed.



"It felt like we were in that inn forever, but eventually that scary-faced- Ah, here it is, here it is! Saravati, let's go!"

Even if Saravati were to tend more to the side of a night owl than an early bird, that morning she found that with Vita as a traveling companion, it hardly mattered. The pair had awoken bright and early that morning, in no small part due to Vita's constant assertions that if they were going to pay visit to an owner of a tavern, the morning hours when dining traffic was slim was best.

Pulling on Saravati's hand, she urged her companion to hurry as she herself hurried forward, looking as excited as she felt. The impression the genuine anticipation gave was more than somewhat ironic considering the true motivations behind it, but unfortunately there was no one present to appreciate that observation at present.

Passing through the doors and into the immediate interior of the tavern, though, Vita's mind sharpened as her gaze stayed natural. Her target was somewhere within this building, and she could not begin the next step of her plan without confirming its location and composition. But the appearance of actively searching for it had to avoided at all costs, lest potential wariness against thieves mistakenly take notice of her.

Take notice of everything within that initial snapshot. Don't look for anything, simply notice everything you see. Even unable to expressly search, unable to move even her eyes as she wished or to alter her expression from its (thankfully, due to the lack of extra effort needed) genuine excitement even if she were to see, say, something as odd as a very, very hungry-looking boy asking a dog for employment, she would certainly locate what she was looking for.

Something very, very expensive, and hopefully very, very fragile.
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Post  Saravati Nair on Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:28 am

The rumor mill was a powerful thing indeed. Though one can seek to remove oneself from it, she will be unable to so long as she continues to interact with humans. Necessarius was no different in that regards and such was only to be expected when humans of such strange proclivities ended up conglomerating in one place. Interfacing with the rumor mill was inevitable.

Needless to say, the rumors surrounding the enigmatic and eccentric ‘Roman Empress’ were numerous. Though as she learned from first hand experience, such rumors were likely unfounded.

Despite all of that, there was not a single moment of suspicion in the encounter that got the snowball rolling. Even the call to adventure by Vita, which was inevitably for her own manipulations was something Sara remained completely oblivious.

If anything, the enthusiastic “I’d love to” she ended up giving was evidence enough that Vita had Sara wrapped around her finger. After all, how could she deny an excuse to travel to a location she’d never been to before.

A big national park and nearby urban centers she could explore at her leisure? The enticing offer was pure perfection.

In retrospect, perhaps exercising a modicum of restraint and caution would have saved her much grief.


Lack of morning traffic was truly a wonderful thing. Though as much as Vita insisted it was due to being up early, Sara could hardly bring herself to point out that it was actually fairly late in the morning. She had gotten sufficient sleep so any jetlag from switching timezones was promptly quashed.

Needless to say, she was not sleep-deprived in the slightest. Despite that, she could only find herself surprised with the abundant energy of the girl who was pulling her along. Sara had barely gotten changed into her coat and shorts before she found herself being pulled out of the inn and towards the tavern.

The sane of mind may question why two (well, only one in this country) underage girls were going to a tavern so early in the day. That sanity’s probably holding them back so they should discard it.

Luckily for Sara, the pull of the younger girl had finally come to a stop as they entered the doors to the tavern. She took a few seconds to gaze about the locale and take in the atmosphere before she finally pulled her hand away from the other girl and could finally start to walk around on her own. While traveling companions were definitely nice, Vita was far from the ideal.

That being said, plenty of observations could be made about the place while she was seated and she could always admire the atmosphere in the context of a meal. Without much thought, she picked a table close enough to the bar that any employee may notice but far enough to indicate that she was not after an eye-opener drink.

All that was left at that point was to wait.
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Post  Nikolas Remes on Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:57 pm

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Dromas was the largest of the hounds that belong to Nikolas. He was bullish in comparison but loyal without question. The dog was rather surprised by the words were spoken by this individual and turned its head back to across the road. It wasn't exactly looking out for him but something else.

What would sound like a mild bark to everyone, begun to make sense for the Shaman.

"Go away!" Dromas had said who was an attempt to keep something away. Before turning towards the strange individual.

"The Thunder Lord! Dromas! " Dromas had barked while then staring furiously across the road. "Master? On his own today, he has no help. Will you help?" but that was all the dog was willing to say once something emerged from the hedge across the road. It was a small ginger haired kitten seemingly lost and was immediately frightened by what came next. A loud thunderous bark can be heard from Dromas which may have explained why he described himself with that name.

"Go away! You make master sick! Not today!"  Dromas continued to bark but remained within the boundaries of the tavern's property.

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It was truly right to question what two underage girls would be doing in a tavern in the middle of the day. The first one to acknowledge them was Orias the oldest hound, she laid down on her bed near the entrance and when the two girls past she wagged her tail upon seeing them. This behaviour was often confirmation in Nikolas' eyes that the girls weren't hostile, but it didn't include any funny business.

Upon finding a table both girls observed the surroundings and what they found was a rather humble establishment. The tables were beautifully crafted from oak, the building structure itself had kept an old fashion design which gave the place character and the bar was placed in the middle, like a lone island in a sea of tables it had numerous expensive looking alcohols on the back cabinets. It also had a variety of glasses superbly cleaned hanging down from the top and on one wooden pillar which housed the bar had numerous pictures, some of an old house and many with a tall blonde man with different people. Beneath those pictures was the symbol of the Anglican cross hanging down.

On the counter they would notice near a sign, mentioning about limited service was sitting by a small bell which they could toll to get the owner's attention. Speaking of the owner, they could see a tall blonde haired bartender attending some other customers in the distance past the open doors that go outside. He was followed by a hound closely who was known as Argo who was very protective of Nikolas at any turn. While they had searched nothing look so reasonably expensive or fragile at first glance. But if they looked closely, they would see vases with plants in and some marble Greek statues, small in size but did the job to effectively decorate the place.

But what probably caught their attention the most was this small puppy, compared to the other hounds was walking by with a pair of keys hanging in its mouth and soon tripped over them. The young puppy tumbled on its side but thankfully made a quick recovery. It soon attempted to pick the keys up again but struggled as the girls watched.

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Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:57 pm

Upon hearing the first thing the dog had to say the shaman stopped in his tracks. It was definitely not a welcoming response and for a moment the boy considered leaving despite his hunger. Fortunately, he discovered a moment later the hound wasn't talking to him but some creature that was in a hedge across the street. A wave of relief washed over him but at the same time he had to pity the poor thing. However, this pity was replaced only a moment later with pure amusement. The Thunder Lord? Such a pompous name that the shaman couldn't stop himself from letting out a small laugh. He just had to hope he didn't offend the hound too much.

"Well it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance Lord of Thunder Dromas."

Once again, the shaman failed to resist his urges and he bowed towards the large hound. With his head down he was hiding an amused grin but it was too late for going back and the shaman had completely given into his mocking urges. At the very least he managed to keep his tone and facial expression serious to hide his true intentions.

”I didn't realize we were using titles so please let me reintroduced myself. As I said my name is Atsa but I’m better known by the name Nagaynezgani, son of the Sun Lord and slayer of human monsters.”

Needless to say everything Atsa just said was a lie besides his actual name. He didn't have any actual titles and he had borrowed the name of one of his culture’s most important heroes. Nagaynezgani, which means Slayer of the Alien Gods, was born of White Shell Woman, the chief goddess, and the Sun. The shaman had also altered the story in that sense to make it more believable since Nagaynezgani was the son of the actual Sun not someone with the title Sun Lord. The part of slaying human monsters followed the original story, however, since the hero was said to have slayed all sorts of monsters and evils with his twin brother to defend the Navajo people. Part of him felt a bit guilty about using such an important hero to mock out the hound but it was a singular occurrence and he wasn't mocking the hound not the hero. Despite the fun he was having with this he needed to return to the task at hand.

”Hmm, so your master is on his own today? Sure, I’ll give him a helping hand”

Fate was smiling on the shaman today it seemed. Not only was there work available at the tavern but the owner was completely on his own, which meant he was much more likely to accept the request for work. The young shaman had begun to walk towards the door when the identify of the creature bothering Dromas finally emerged from the hedges. It was a kitten and upon this realization Atsa almost tripped over his own feet. The creature that had been bothering the intimidating hound this whole time was a harmless lost kitten. The reason for this quickly became very clear. Dromas was simply trying to protect his master, who the shaman had to assume was allergic to cats. Yet he couldn't just abandon the lost kitten.

”Lord Dromas, you forget your manners. While I understand your reasoning you should be kinder to a lost child”

Atsa crossed the street over the kitten while opening the top of his backpack. Reaching his hand in he pulled out a small container of cat treats, the shaman always made sure he was prepared to help animals in need. Once he it across the street he slowed his approach to avoid frightening to kitten anymore then the hound already did. Crouching down he held the treat out towards the kitten.

”It’s okay, I’ll get you back home I just need to get some food first. You can stay with me till we find your home”

In a moment the shaman would move between the hound and the kitten blocking Dromas vision of the creature. As it ate the treat he would gently lift it up and slowly lower it into his backpack. ”Just hide in here for now while we get past the hounds. Going to leave you with the treats and I won't shut the bag so you’ll have plenty of air. The other furs inside should hopefully mask your sent but you have to stay quiet so we don't get caught. I'll tell you when we are inside but you have to promise me you won't go anywhere near the owner. Got it? Good” Even though he planned to bring the kitten inside he still left it in a position where it could get out of the backpack at any time if it wanted to.

Now he just needed to get into the tavern without getting caught. So the very first thing he did was fake as if he was returning the kitten to the hedge. Due to the hounds scent, however, he needed something to make the act believable. So with his back still to the hound he pulled the bottom part of the shirt out of his jacket and tore a piece off the front. Reaching into the bag he rubbed the cloth against the kitten so that it would hopefully pick up a bit of its scent before placing it in the hedge in front of him. After he had accomplished that he turned around and made his way back toward the tavern along with his bag.

As he passed by Dromas he gave a friendly wave. ”Have a good day Lord of Thunder”. If he successful made it by Dromas without getting caught he would continue on to the door. As he approached he would smile at the hound by the door. If this dog didn't catch him he was home free as in the next moment he would open the door and enter into the tavern. It didn't take long for him to spot the owner since he was the only one working and he matched the blonde man in pictures around the bar. With his goal in mind he didn't notice the two girls watching the puppy struggle with the keys. Instead he placed his bag on a nearby vacant table and discreetly whispered to the kitten hidden inside ”I’ll be back in a moment””. He didn't want to risk causing the owner an allergic reaction so the kitten couldn't be around for this interaction. Now he just needed to wait until his target wasn't interacting with customers.

”Excuse me sir, I’m sorry to bother you but I heard you had your handful with business today. As long as you don't mind I would like to give you a helping hand”

The shaman smiled at the tall blonde haired man as he held out his hand in greeting while praying to any gods that would listen that his offer to help would be accepted.
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Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:26 pm

The tavern was a treasure. Well-furnished and caringly maintained with an old style to it, it felt like almost like an antique. 'Ye Olde' was a name that Vita could understand this place having. And as with any antique, the scent of money wafted throughout the place as much as any food or drink.

Though they would be difficult to damage, the tables would be very expensive to replace if she managed to do so. Structural repair was always expensive, and would be especially so in a place like this even without its status as a working establishment, but that too would likely require too much overt effort. She took notice of the vases and statues laying about, but while she imagined she could rack up a tab fairly easily by going around and knocking them about, they were spread out too far. Her assessment of their individual prices was too low.

But as she followed Saravati to the table she had chosen, her cheery grin remained true without need for any performance. Inefficient, in-optimal options were spread about everywhere, but she had caught sight of the object of her desires. At the center of the room, the island bar. Among the alcohols harbored by it, her appraising eyes took note of more than a few expensive or expensive-looking brands. Just imagining the price tags, involved, Vita knew she had found her jackpot. All that was left was to lead Saravati and her to it.

That was the focus of Vita's intellect. However, as stated before, straying eyes had a habit of catching the attention of others, so all of the above was musings based upon what happened to come into her sight. What she saw as she looked around the room in the a way a young girl excited to have finally reached her long-anticipated destination did, as well her thoughts and reactions thereupon, were a different matter entirely.

Though she had been following Saravati at first, at some point she had wandered off, not far but very much away from the table. For at some point a small puppy had come into her sight. Carrying a set of keys, evidently rather hefty judging from the animal struggled, Vita's path-finding had been almost absentmindedly set off-course by the sight of it.

"Awwww."

Crouching down to a height more level with the young pup, Vita's cheery grin lapsed and was replaced by a thoughtless smile, the kind of innocent happiness that puppies and kittens had the ability to engender in man, woman, and child alike.

"Here, you need some help with this?"

Saying so, Vita picked up the keys from where they lie on the ground, and gestured so as to return them to the puppy. The little thing would then take the keys, and Vita would return to Saravati's side and they would spend their meal staring at the puppy making its way across the room and internally melting from how adorable it was.

But as the puppy inevitably moved to retake the keys, Vita's wide innocent smile, thoughtless in a way clearly affected by small animals' shared power to decrease the complexity of thought in all sentient beings around it, widened just a tiny bit.

"Aww, so close."

Without allowing it to actually close its jaws around the keys, Vita's hand would pull back at the last moment, taking them out of the small dog's reach. Afterward, the pup would likely continue to make repeated attempts as Vita brought the keys back toward him, but the result would be the same each time. The only thing differing between each attempt was Vita's smile. Still thoughtless, still nothing more than the pure smile of someone going 'awww' at a small animal, it seemed to widen, deepen bit by bit.

"Saravati, Saravati, look over here! Isn't it adorable?"

Yes, still that same smile, but despite that purity, despite that thoughtlessness, despite the fact that she was genuinely acting as nothing but a young girl infatuated by cuteness, there almost seemed to be something slightly wicked at the edges of it...
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Post  Saravati Nair on Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:23 am

Wondering what was taking Vita so long, Sara finally directed her gaze to her younger compatriot. What she ended up seeing was the purely innocuous and heartwarming scene of a girl approaching a little puppy and playing (?) with it. Well, as far as she could tell. She could hardly tell certain things at that angle.

In a sense, it felt so different from how Vita generally acted. Was it a redirection of that boundless energy she seemed to have or was it a feeling of realism that permeated it much more? Unlike the girl’s previous enthusiasm, this one felt, for once, almost contagious.

Sara still had enough resistance to not intervene unless brought in. She could hardly bring herself to intrude on Vita’s own little slice of happiness so she merely smiled and chuckled at the sight. It was enough to simply watch from the back.

“Saravati, Saravati, look over here! Isn’t it adorable?”

And out went all resistance.

Sara picked herself off the chair and scurried over to the dog and crouched over to its height just like Vita had.

“It sure is~”

Though, unlike Vita who was content playing with it and the keys, Sara reached her hand out to pet the little canine on the head with a smile almost identical to Vita’s.

"Who's a good pup~"

The contagion begins~
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Post  Nikolas Remes on Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:03 am

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It was a simple tactic, and it worked perfectly. Dromas was utterly unaware what Atsa has done and remained sitting at the boundary of the property, making sure the kitten doesn't make his master sick from getting too close. But Dromas wasn't the smartest of the group, but when it comes to a particular hound known as Orias, this was a different story. It was impossible for the old girl to realise immediately, but something smells differently. Her nose was far more sensitive than Dromas' nose, and as Atsa passed, she seemed confused by slowly following from behind.

But she would be temporarily distracted by a particular small puppy who was barking at what seemed like two customers; not realising they had a bunch of keys she gave a weary look, before giving Theron a lick on the ear as a way to tell the pup to calm down. While the little guy wined in response, Orias returned her attention to the bag and managed to lean against a table with the bag on top. And while Atsa had begun speaking with Nikolas she started sniffing at the bag, after then poking the bag with her nose, there was a slight 'mew' from it which only confirmed the old girl's suspicions. She didn't seem aggressive at all and was now attempting how to move the kitten before her owner reacts.

”Excuse me sir, I’m sorry to bother you but I heard you had your handful with business today. As long as you don't mind I would like to give you a helping hand” Atsa said which was responded with a muted glance for a moment; it was evidently clear to Nikolas that this person wasn't local. "Well, that is very kind to offer, but I don't accept applications out of nowhere." Nikolas said before thinking for a moment, sure it was clear that he was alone today, but something didn't add up. "Why don't you tell me how you come to find this place and your situation." Nikolas said gesturing to an empty table. It would seem nonetheless he would give this boy an interview.



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Theron, the puppy, had wined in response to Vita's actions and though calmed down by Orias' reaction the young puppy continued to stare at both Vita and Saravati. It seemed to have taken Orais' action to heart as Theron remained silent even when Saravati had come over to pet the puppy. But something was stirring inside that little mind as without warning he came to life and ran away from Saravati before running back.

Theron had done this a few times and even licked Saravati's hand; the puppy was trying to get her to follow and eventually ran beneath the tables towards the direction of stairs in the corner of the establishment. Whatever the puppy was up too was unclear, but Theron seemed excited.
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Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:23 pm

The white haired shaman had noticed when he was followed into the bar but there wasn't anything he could do about it without creating a scene. Instead he had to try to think of a different way to keep the hounds attention away from the bag. His first idea was to simply pay no attention to the bag and to leave it out in the open to make it seems as if he had nothing to hide. It seemed to be working at first as the hound focus shifted from the bag to a puppy that was being played with by two girls.

Yet Atsa's victory was short lived as it was only a moment later that the hound returned its attention to his bag and poked it with its nose. Of all the misfortune! He had been to too confident when he had gotten past Dromas and didn't prepare enough for the second one. At the very least it didn't seem like this hound was aggressive so he wasn't overly concerned about the kittens safety but at the same time he hadn't spoken to Orias so he didn't know anything about her. Instead of directly interfering he decided to just keep any eye on the kitten and hound through the lay lines.

The growth of Atsa misfortune seemed to be growing exponentially and a incredibly sharp pain went through his guts as Nikolas told him he didn't accept applications out of nowhere. He had expected as much but the words still felt like knife blades stabbing into his skin. It was all for not! His starvation was going to continue. He might actually have to eat the mice his eagle caught for him…

This was all that thief’s fault. If they hadn't taken his wallet he could’ve just come into this tavern and bought food instead of coming in looking for a job. How could they do this to him?! They had left him with nothing in a land foreign to him! As his stomach continued to rumble his anger grew but he hid any indicators of his anger or hunger pains from rising to the surface. He didn't want to scare Nikolas nor did he want the man to pity him for his hunger. It may have felt like an invisible blade was being pushed through his abdomen but his pride was still intact. He wasn't going to beg for food despite the pain.

Then just as he began to give up his fate seemed to start taking a turn for the better. Nikolas had invited him to a table so that he could tell his story. He could use this opportunity to try change the man’s mind and get himself hired. As the boy headed towards the empty table that the owner has gestured to a small scratch at the top of his head reminded him about his companion that had been with him this entire time. Strange, the eagle had been on his head this entire time but the man he was asking for a job didn't seem notice the bird at all or at least wasn't paying attention to it. However, the shaman still believed that not having a bird with him at the time of the interview could increase his chances. So with a click of his tongue and quick gesture towards his bag he gave his eagle its commands.

Reluctantly the eagle took off the white haired boy’s head and headed towards the bag. Though it decided to have just a little fun on its way there. So it took a small detour on its way to the table and headed towards the two girls who were playing with the puppy earlier. With a quick movement it turned on its side and quickly flew between the girls’ heads hoping to startle them a little. If they could understand the bird’s language like Atsa could they would hear him chuckling as he carried out this maneuver. As he landed on the table a moment later positioning himself between the bag and the hound he would see the shaman glaring at him before he sat down at the table. The eagle knew he was going to get severely scolded later.

Damn bird! Are you trying to ruin my chances of getting a job?! Do you want me to starve?! You’re going to get it later!

The shaman tried to retain his calm grin as he took his seat at the table but it was becoming increasingly difficult. His stubbornness and pride from earlier had been completely torn apart after his bird decided to have a bit of fun. How was he supposed to explain himself after that?! He was going to have to apologize to the two girls after this interview as well. The only relief he had at the moment was that the eagle hadn't broken anything and that the kitten now had a guard. Taking a moment to get his thoughts back in order Atsa looked at Nikolas with an apologetic look.

“Sorry about that, he can be a bit of troublemaker and it only gets worse when he’s hungry. I promise it won't happen again” The shaman paused and sighed before beginning his next statement. ”To answer your questions I only really ended up finding this place by chance. I was taking a breather on a bench outside and I just decided to take a look inside. Though to be completely honest, I came inside looking for a job because my wallet was stolen a few days ago and I haven't eaten since then”

He had abandon his pride and told Nikolas the whole truth, well everything minus asking Dromas about job availability. At the time telling the truth seemed like his only chance of getting a job after the incident with his bird so he swallowed his pride.



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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:34 pm

Having ignored the pup's cries for mercy while she indulged herself playing with the dog, it was all but natural for inconvenient outside presences, such as the birdboy, to receive that doubled. She knew she would have to factor him into her planning sooner or later, given what she'd overheard that he was trying to do, but right now all she wanted to do was enjoy playing with the pup. Simple joys like this were a step beyond concepts such as social class, justice, or evil, unfazed by such trivial things.

Which was why when birdboy's bird interrupted that golden time and the pup ran off in short succession, she knew that she would have to make sure this turned out to be an unpleasant experience for him.

"Um, mister? You know you can't actually talk to animals, right?" Looking in the direction of Nikolas and his potential employee, Vita looked all the world like a concerned citizen, voice filled with concern. Even as that bundle of joy left her side and her eyes inevitably followed it, she forced herself past that rush of disappointment and focused on the two men of the tavern.

Because she was just so worried, yes.

"Sir, I wasn't going to say anything, but with what I just heard I don't think I can do that." Speaking to Nikolas now, she continued. "Outside, when I came in, I passed by him trying to talk to your dog. Not like a normal person does it. but like he actually thought he was having a conversation. He called your dog weird things like 'Lord of Thunder', and, um, he thinks he's the 'Lord of the Sun' or something?"

"Honestly, I just wanted to let it pass, but if he's really in that sort of situation, I don't think I can. Um, aren't there places for people like him? Like shelters and stuff." Shelters, prisons, animal protective services, mental wards, holes five foot deep. All better places for a mentally unstable, broke, possibly homeless man than attempting to find employment from a tavern's guard dog. "I don't really know much about that sort of thing, so I'll leave it to you? We'll let you know when we're ready to order."

With that Vita attempted to break off from them and discover where the bundle of fluff went. But as she turned, for just an instant where her expression was hidden from Nikolas' line of sight, the smile completely left her eyes.
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Saravati Nair on Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:39 pm

Unlike Vita, the bird and its incompetent owner were meaningless in the grand scheme of things to Sara. Aside from being slightly startling, there was nothing more to it besides it being an unruly animal, unlike the timid little pup that had gripped tightly onto her focus.

Ignoring Vita’s little rant about the mentally unstable, hobo of a birdboy, she simply let her eyes and hand follow the puppy that was going about a weird cycle of running away and coming back to lick her hand.

She did make a note that she'd probably have to wash her hands before any meals came, though.

Eventually, Sara finally caught on to what the pup was after.

“You want me to follow you, little one?”

While Vita’s head was turned and focused on the hobo and the bartender, Sara got out of her crouching position and began to weave around the tables to follow the dog that was rushing underneath them. She didn’t have to put too much effort to keep pace though as it was still just a puppy.

After a minute of following it, she finally made it to the stairs in the corner that the little one was excited to take her to.
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Nikolas Remes on Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:13 am

Atsa Tsinaajinii & Vita Vesta Caesar

That is what didn't add up, you see he actually hoped it was a hat but that clearly wasn't the case. Since walking into a public place with a large eagle on his head. But he wasn't someone to push people away the moment they show up, this could be some entertainer that had the chance to attract more people to the tavern. That is what first sprung in Nikolas' mind the moment this guy had come applying for a job, he thought about what benefit this could bring from looks alone.

But he knew the old saying, you couldn't judge a book by its cover and this will remain the same. He was actually impressed by the lad as a small gesture had gotten the Eagle to fly away, it was similar to how he interacts with his hounds. From this alone, Nikolas had found worth in this individual. Though the eagle's misbehaviour had made it clear more training was required.

But it seems this guy had all the training required to be a decent human being, that was Nikolas' assessment with his blatant honesty and confession. The poor lad had no money and needed some means to gain some financial assistance. Nikolas' early thought came to mind about being a possible entertainer but before he could even respond another player entered the scene. It was one of the girls which the Eagle had annoyed. She was clearly a young girl but held herself like a grand noble worthy of respect. Though that actually was annoying and Nikolas took out his lighter in response as some form of coping mechanism. He couldn't smoke inside but holding the lighter sometimes help to calm his habit.

And what followed was what simply sounded like a textbook character assassination, though you cannot argue that she wasn't wrong from the public perspective. But its what she had mentioned which caught the bartender's interest. And as the girl broke the conversation off and silence reigned Nikolas stood up not entirely in response to what had been said, but nobody had just walked off like a painting had been ruined in his mind. The second girl which the eagle had attempted to annoy had left the table, and he only just noticed since his attention was taken by the blonde headed girl.

"Lord of thunder... huh.. He isn't wrong." Nikolas said who walked over towards the bar and reached over near the till. There under he pulled out a blue folder and brought it over towards Atsa. After opening it he slowly searched through the papers inside before pulling out what seemed like ownership papers for one of the hounds. This was one was about Dromas and he pointed towards the name section which read 'Dromas (The Lord of Thunder)'. This wasn't just a simple confirmation, but a direct conversation towards Atsa. Nikolas has never seen this guy before and not even his helpers knew of this nickname. It was nigh impossible for him to know unless he spoke with Dromas directly.  

He then smirked once more before he spoke again. "You're hired." Nikolas said as Argo who was near him gave a slight bark, which for Atsa translated as congratulations. "But before I tell what you shall be doing, let me get you something to eat. There would be no point if you're too weak to work. The kitchen is out today though, so I can get you a premade sandwich at least" Nikolas said who walked over towards the blonde haired girl who made a remarkable intervention moments ago.

Though before he can say anything, Nikolas seems irritated as he has gotten closer to the bag. But playing the long game, the bartender approached Vita with a question not knowing her reaction to him hiring Atsa.

"And is there anything I can get you? Again the kitchen is out due to too limited service, but we have sandwiches, biscuits, crisps and other nicknacks."

Meanwhile, Orias had stood guard at the bag and would warn Nikolas if he would get close.  



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Theron had run all the way across the room which was very far for the young pup, but to Sara probably not so much. But what the little pup was after had seemed worth it and encouraged by Sara following him the pup's blind enthusiasm leads them to the stairs. There was one going upstairs and on the other side was another stairway going down. While the public had some access to the upper levels if they rent a room for the night, the one going down was marked as staff only.

Though this meant nothing for Theron whom's blind enthusiasm had lead to the pup tumbling down the stairs without stopping. And before you know it a small crash can be heard and something had fallen. And while the silence was brief it had been broken by whining from Theron.

But thanks to all the commotion being caused by Vita and Atsa, Nikolas couldn't hear the pup at all.
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:05 pm

As the blonde haired girl made her way over to the table Atsa looked over and gave her an apologetic look. At the moment everything seemed to be working out for him, the owner was giving him a chance at a job and he was going to be able to ask for forgiveness from one of the two girls his bird had bothered. Unfortunately, his positive outlook would only last a few moment longer as after the first words came out of the young girl's mouth he knew where this conversation was going. Every word that followed that sentence felt like a spears piercing through his heart. How was he suppose to defend himself against those claims? He couldn't deny them since they did happen but he couldn't explain them either. Telling the truth would just make him look crazier.

Then again, how bad could the asylum be? If they ended up sending him there at the very least he would finally get the food he needed. After that he would just need to escape, which wouldn't be too hard as long as he was able to get a hold of his bag or at least the furs inside. Though if he got taken away he had no idea what they would do to his bird or the kitten. There was also no guarantee that he'd be able to get to his bag. It was too much of a risk and the shaman wouldn't dare leave his animal companions behind so he was going to need to think of a different way out of this.

As these thoughts rapidly ran about in the white haired boy's brain his face had contorted into a look of pure defeat. He had no idea how to defend himself against the girl's accusations so he just sat in silence as she finished her execution of his character. A very small part of him was convinced that the blonde haired girl was some kind of disguised Anaye, a monster, sent to torment him. In the silence he watched as Nikolas stood up and looked at something behind him. The shaman turned his head to see what the owner was looking at and realized that the other girl his bird had bothered had vanished. He was curious as to where she could've gone but he had bigger problems to deal with at the moment or at least he thought he did.

"Lord of thunder... huh.. He isn't wrong."

Once again, Atsa didn't know how to react as these words came out of the owner's mouth and he pulled out the ownership certificate for Dromas. The Lord of Thunder hadn't just been some nickname the hound had given itself it seems and the shaman felt a bit guilty for mocking it out earlier especially since it might've just saved him from being sent to asylum. Now all he had to do was come up with some convoluted story for how he discovered the hounds name. He could try to pass himself as some kind of entertainer of some kind, like one of those fake magicians that use optical illusions, pull rabbits out of hats, etc. That could work, right? He wasn't dressed for the part but he could definitely figure out. He could use real magic so he could definitely pull off being a fake magician. Yet before the shaman finished putting together his fabricated story Nikolas spoke two words that seemed to come from heaven itself.

"Oh thank God! Thank you so much! I promise I won't disappoint!"

The boy's usual grin had turned into a wide smile that seemed to just radiate with pure joy. He had somehow managed to get the job despite everything. Also while he had heard Argo's congratulation but after what had happen with the blonde hair girl he wasn't going to risk speaking to the hound. Instead he quickly made eye contact with the hound to acknowledge the fact that he had heard him. His fortune seemed to be growing exponentially as Nikolas also offered him something to eat as well before he started work.

"A sandwich would be fantastic! Before that though I just realized I never introduced myself. The name's Atsa. Atsa Tsinaajinii"

The shaman was basically drooling at the mouth at the mention of the sandwich but his hunger would have to wait until he at least attempted to resolve the last of his problems. As Nikolas approached the blonde haired girl Atsa would followed and wait until the girl answered his new boss' question before he spoke.

"I know that you think I should be in an asylum somewhere right now but I just wanted to apologize for my bird's behavior early and any problems it may have caused you. He is usually on much better behavior though he can be a bit of a troublemaker sometimes"

Atsa held his hand out towards the girl even though he knew how unlikely it was that she would shake his hand after everything that had happen.

"I was hoping that we could start over on better terms. My name is Atsa Tsinaajinii, may I ask what your name is?

Once again, he wasn't expecting a shred of kindness from the girl who had tried to get him sent to an asylum somewhere but if he was going to work here she was going customer. So he had to at least try making everything right between them.
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Post  Saravati Nair on Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:51 pm

But, as Sara made it to the stairs, the pup was already long out of her vision. In front of her were two paths, the stairs going upward and the stairs going downward. The pup could have gone to either side. Though running up the stairs was possible, it was far more likely that the little one made its way downstairs.

Sure enough, after taking her first steps down the staircase, she heard a small crash from below that confirmed her suspicions. She jolted down the stairs, eventually hearing the sound of a whimper from the young dog.

Rather than making the smart move and trying to inform the barkeep who likely was the dog’s owner, she just continued to run down the stairs until she found the dog.
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Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:21 pm

So in the end, the little bit of revenge failed. That was hardly a matter of concern; although disappointing, birdboy's, Atsa Seen-A-Genie's offense wasn't something worth getting sidetracked from her main concern over. What mattered here was chasing down that pupp- befriending Nikolas. She had been approached, so she needed to take advantage of the moment.

She could always just kill him later, after all.

"And is there anything I can get you? Again the kitchen is out due to too limited service, but we have sandwiches, biscuits, crisps and other knicknacks."

"I'll take you up on that, then. Are two sandwiches okay? If I get something, than I need to get something for Saravati as well." Somewhat skittishly, she spoke. During the short term within which Nikolas had spoken to Atsa and, subverting her expectations, offered him a job, her mien had shifted from its original concern to confusion, then to worry, and now to a slightly embarrassed nervousness held forcibly up by a sense of pride.

It was quite the array of expressions, but as anyone who knew her could attest, Vita was a very expressive person. "Um, about just now. Did I butt in where I wasn't needed?" Her only clue so far was Nikolas' reaction to what he'd called the dog, but that alone was enough to tell that there Nikolas had seen something in him that she hadn't.

She was standing there, apologetic and awaiting a response, when Atsa approached her and spoke.

"I was hoping that we could start over on better terms. My name is Atsa Tsinaajinii, may I ask what your name is?

Startled for a moment that someone would do such a thing, she gave a quick glance to Nikolas before deciding to respond. Even if he was a rude man who would interrupt conversations like that, he had just been hired as an employee of the shop. That meant that being on good terms would be beneficial. For a variety of uses.

"I'm Vita, Vita Vesta Caesar." At this point in her introduction, a glowーthe brightest she had displayed since entering the shopーoverwrote all traces of her previous expression. Pride, gravitas, confidence! It practically radiated from her small body. And with a smile that would not be out of place on a general on the battlefield, she continued.

"The Empress of Rome. It's a pleasure to meet you."
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Re: [SS] Friends with Benefits

Post  Nikolas Remes on Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:29 am

Atsa Tsinaajinii & Vita Vesta Caesar

Working in the customer service business, you would hear many things and see many expressions. It was like the perfect view to have on human behaviour and interaction. Some say you can tell a lie to the one your speaking too but for everyone else that lie was obvious. And no one thinks about the bartender serving those drinks who become the perfect friend to share secrets. Their guard around the bartender is never truly up and that was perfect for Nikolas.

And while in this situation he was partially involved, the major contributors was Atsa and Vita. Who had just shared their names respectively, but other things had been said by Vita which warranted a response but something she had said astonished him.

"The Empress of Rome. It's a pleasure to meet you."  

The sense of confidence radiating from the little girl had left him surprised. But that claim to the title 'Empress of Rome' sounded just as crazy as one claiming to speak to animals. Does everyone have a gimmick? Nikolas had briefly thought.

"Atsa Tsinaajinii and Vita Vesta Caesar. It's also a pleasure to meet you both." Nikolas had said in response to these wild customers. But he has delayed enough answering Vita's concerns and now started to address them. "Actually it was your intervention that saved his standing. Only because you mentioned Dromas' full name. It confirmed the value in hiring him and so he has you to actually thank. But please this tavern is supposed to be a safe haven, so don't cause too much ruckus... Now let me get you both your sandwichs and one for Saravati?  " Nikolas said begun to walk away before realising something.

"Oh, my name is Nikolas Remes and welcome to the Ye Olde Tavern." he said before walking away after his introduction. But as he headed towards the kitchen the bartender noticed something glow beneath the bar.

Orias remained at the table with the bag, guarding it and once her master left the scene she walked over towards Atsa immediately. And what only sound like a normal dog trying to communicate for Vita, with Atsa he heard an old but kind voice.

"There is a home for the kitten outside. A safe place in the garden at back, which master and Dromas doesn't often tread. " Orias had said who sounded like an old grandmother in Atsa's mind.

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At the bottom of these stairs leading to the basement, Theron had been found laying on the ground next to a fallen small table. There was also fragile picture frames as their remains lay scattered on the floor, with some of the pictures had fallen out. They seemed to have pictured the bartender in some and mostly certain locations across Europe like the Eiffel tower and other famous landmarks.

Theron though seemingly have escaped the objects on the fallen table and continued to whine until slowly getting back on its feet. Shaking its little head it became clear that this puppy may just be clumsy and this was a daily occurrence.

But what the fall had revealed was more than just broken picture frames. What once covered the portion of the wall where the table stood was a Rune Card and on closer inspection, it would be something akin to a security camera in magical form. As it begun to glow the closer Sara had gotten making it clear she had been detected.

Though that didn't mean much to Theron who seemed to have run down one of two paths, clearly to the one labelled storage as it seems to be after something. But on closer inspection, there clearly was more Rune cards and it became clear to the trained eye this had the hallmarks of the people clearing-field magic which used Rune cards as the concept.

If that didn't scream the true nature beneath the heart of this tavern, maybe what Sara would find down the other path would confirm it. Ignoring the other part of the clearing field, the end had lead to a door with a cross hanging on it.

It was a cross of the Church of England.
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Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:10 am

The Empress of Rome? Had he missed some kind of joke? Also why did it seem like a pattern of grandiose titles was beginning before his eyes? First there was a hound declaring himself The Lord of Thunder and now there was a blonde haired girl declaring herself the Empress of Rome. What was next the Queen of England? A Tsar? The Earl of Sandwich? Before he could think up anymore noble titles the shaman's mind was completely distracted by the last part of the Earl's title. Sandwich. He really hoped he would get the sandwich Nikolas had mentioned earlier soon. The shaman's hand return to its position at his side, since at this point it was obvious the girl wasn't going to shake it, and for a brief moment Atsa drifted off into a daydream focused solely on food before being dragged back by his new boss mentioning his name.

"Atsa Tsinaajinii and Vita Vesta Caesar. It's also a pleasure to meet you both. Actually it was your intervention that saved his standing. Only because you mentioned Dromas' full name. It confirmed the value in hiring him and so he has you to actually thank. But please this tavern is supposed to be a safe haven, so don't cause too much ruckus... Now let me get you both your sandwichs and one for Saravati?  "

Thank Vita? Ha! The white haired boy still wasn't completely convinced that she wasn't some monster sent to destroy him. The only reason she had saved his chances at getting a job was because she had utterly failed at trying to ruin him. She had even suggested sending to him to some kind of asylum yet only moments after that she claimed to be an empress. Atsa knew he could come across as being crazy as a result of his magic but the blonde haired girl in front of him was actually insane. He didn't even want to think about how massive Vita's ego must've been to fall under such an illusion. However, he didn't want to risk upsetting the girl all over again so he'd just go along with the nonsense for now.

"Oh, my name is Nikolas Remes and welcome to the Ye Olde Tavern."

"Thank you again Mr. Remes"

As he finished that sentence the shaman turned back towards Vita and bowed his head slightly. However, this time around he wasn't doing in a mocking manner like he did with Dromas but instead he was just going along with the girl's story to avoid angering her.

"It's a pleasure meet you as well your highness"

Just as the shaman raised his head back to its normal position he noticed Orias approaching him. The voice he heard was older than he had expected though it was relieving to hear the kindness behind it. She was definitely much different than Dromas, who's aggression earlier had frightened the poor kitten half to death. While normally he would've responded to Orias right then and there he didn't want have Vita bring up allegations of insanity against him again. So instead he slight nod to Orias and he moved over to the table to grab his bag, which harbored the kitten inside.

"I'd hate to come across as rude so I have to apologize for leaving so suddenly but I have to drop something off around back before I get to work. I doubt it but if you want to come along you're welcome to. It should only take a few minutes"

While the shaman had invited Vita to come along he truly didn't expect or want her to. The only reason he did was to be as polite as possible since he was leaving the conversation just after the girl had introduce herself. Regardless of whether she agreed to come along or not Atsa will carefully lift up his bag making sure that the kitten was safe inside before heading back over to Orias and calling out to Nikolas.

"I'll be back in just a moment boss, just dropping something off out back"

After that he would look over at Orias and nod his head once again hoping the older hound could tell he was asking her to lead the way. It would've been so much easier just to talk but he really didn't want to go to an insane asylum anytime soon.
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Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:29 am

"Actually it was your intervention that saved his standing. Only because you mentioned Dromas' full name.

An omen of ill tidings indeed. On the surface, Vita simply gave a look of slight confusion, but she'd noticed the significance. Wild rambling or prescience? If it was the latter it could only mean one thing. Forbidden knowledge had now entered Vita's brain. To Atsa, to the animal-speaker, this was indeed nothing more an omen of ill tidings.

After all, with knowledge came power, and even though the Empress' heart could forgive all, forgiveness was not forgetfulness. Too bad, Atsa.

"Oh, my name is Nikolas Remes and welcome to the Ye Olde Tavern."

"I know!"

As Nikolas left the room, Vita that gave that simple response without explanation. For him it would be enough if he was at all worth his salt. But what about the other boy? What about his new employee, who may or may not be fully ignorant as to the true purpose of this establishment?

Awareness might offer a modicum of explanation. Of course, the knowledge that it was not some random girl he had offended but rather a magician may give reason for an advanced level of worry, but as has already been mentioned, knowledge is power. And besides, it's not as if it would help him anyway.

Yet if he proved ignorant... How did she know his new boss? What was their relationship, if they had one? Was she just messing with him, or was it the bonafide truth? Knowledge without explanation breeds only confusion. Suffering would surely await the bird-boy along that path.

But even should that be the case, he need not worry. Vita Vesta Caesar, Empress of Rome, is not without compassion. As an employee of this shop, and surely a future ally, she could hardly let him be. And in time, through that continued company, he may perhaps discern the answer. Such chances would be granted in time.

In the meanwhile, Vita wouldn't be offering any help, though.

"It's a pleasure meet you as well your highness"

"Mm, our meeting began roughly, but there's no reason to carry that forward. The pleasure is mine."

Not a trace of regret for her actions could be seen in Vita as she seemed to brush the events from a few moments prior under the rug, but only a true mind reader could tell whether it was due to a genuine lack of reflection or not. The reason for which being that as of Atsa's greeting, an all-encompassing aura of pride and satisfaction had coated her body with an excess of thickness surpassing even that from her self-introduction. No poker face could possibly match it if it came to concealing emotions.

"I'd hate to come across as rude so I have to apologize for leaving so suddenly but I have to drop something off around back before I get to work. I doubt it but if you want to come along you're welcome to. It should only take a few minutes"

Atsa was making at attempt to escape from the mass, but such thing clearly would not be allowed. A hand reached out from within the bright glow which seemed even to obscure her features and grasped his shirt as he attempted to walk away.

"I don't know where Saravati went, and while Nikolas is in the kitchen I have nothing to do but wait. Rather than wasting that time, I'll take you up on that offer."

With that she moved ahead of him towards his stated destination, out back behind the building. Her advance of action made it clear that his offer, now made, could not be retracted, and also made it clear to Nikolas, should be he still be present watching for that purpose, that any conversation regarding those kinds of matters were fine being left for later.

"In the meantime, you can tell me how you knew that dog's name! I didn't see any tags, but he obviously didn't actually respond to you... Ah, are you a magician or something? Do you pull that eagle of yours out of a hat?"

Without mercy, she asked only the hardest of questions: those he couldn't actually answer. Rather than something with a simple solution, Vita was sure that anyone she asked would agree that this was a much more efficient way of passing the time.

The burden it put upon the questioned was an unfortunate sacrifice, but that was all, yes.
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Post  Saravati Nair on Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:38 pm

As she reached the basement, the first thing that reached Sara’s eyes was the sight of Theron getting back to his feet before shaking his head. From the sight of the broken picture frames and the pup’s general nonchalance about the fragments that now lay on the floor, this incident seemed to be a normal occurrence. In the end, the pup was probably just super clumsy as it was still growing. It was understandable, albeit likely mildly irritating for anyone involved.

As the puppy continued to move ever forward, Sara’s eyes wandered back to the shattered glass, the remnants of the picture frames, and the rest of the objects in the general vicinity. A very familiar—almost commonplace in her line of work—object lay. It was a single rune card, which had, given what she knew about them, likely already detected her presence in this basement. Any moron could tell from it that the basement was restricted access.

Normally, anyone would turn back from this point and just pretend that they saw nothing. Unfortunately, normality was far from what should be expected at this point. The pup had stumbled further in and only God knew what it could end up breaking or what danger to which its clumsiness would bring itself.

Taking the plunge, Sara pressed in and once again caught sight of the animal pressing forward into a path labeled ‘Storage’ at a divergence and followed it until she was tailing it at a distance enough where she could casually just walk behind it.

Keeping an eye out, she continued to notice even more rune cards spread all over the place. At this point, it was pretty evident that the bar owner was a magician. She could just explain herself later when she got back to the ground floor, so she just pressed into the domain of the people-clearing field, pondering all the while on how to convince the pup to come back up.

She could probably just talk to--

That thought was cut off, however, once she caught sight of the door with a Cross of England hanging on it. If the previous hints weren't a sign that this was all restricted access, this sure as hell was.

She stared at the door for a good minute before looking at the excited puppy.

Reason be damned. A little peek couldn’t hurt, right? She had already tasted the poison so she might as well eat the dish down to the plate.

Cementing that logic in her head, she reached out for the handle and turned it.

“Here we go. Come on, little one~”
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Post  Nikolas Remes on Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:27 am

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There was a low pitched sound that only the hounds could hear and that just meant one thing. There was a trespasser somewhere they don't belong, and Orias noticed this almost immediately. Stopping for that moment and looking back she spoke in words that only Atsa would understand.

"There is a trespasser?" She said before lowering her head before continuing on her way. "Dromas will be able to handle it." She continued in her old age, it usually would've been her taken the lead but those days were long gone. She now remains a watchful guardian while looking after the other hounds. She may be old, but even the Lord of Thunder listens to Orias. And so she continued not paying attention to the words said between the two humans, leading them first through the beer garden which is home to benches for customers to sit at as they enjoy their drinks outside. The garden was nicely kept and it had a great view overlooking the national park.

They were then lead further down the garden towards the area of the hedgerow which divided the back area of the tavern's property until they found a gap. It was large enough for a small gate, but what sat there within the gap with the gate open was two other hounds.

Leon and Cronus who seemed excited the moment they saw Orias. But in words that only could be understood by Atsa Leon spoke first.

"Mother! Mother!"

"There are strange people behind you!" Leon said the most curious of them, who even got close to give them a good sniffing. "Cat?" Leon said who was able to tell straight away. "Move out the way Leon, she probably bringing the humans along to drop off the cat away from Dromas and Argo."  Cronus said in a more dignified manner than his sibling. Without even Orias having to speak, both the hounds moved out the way with them watching the humans as they passed. And what they found in the area cut off by the hedgerow was a smaller garden.

Immediately you could see a few more kittens running about with a larger cat, all seeming calm with even the hounds nearby. You could also see a rabbit hutch in the corner with two rabbits inside and in another area was a greenhouse with numerous plants clearly being grown inside. On closer inspection, you notice a small wooden bench with feed for the felines nearby and a source of clean water. There was even a place for them to sleep in case of rainy days.

"The ground's keeper James often looks after this area for Nikolas. But he's gone somewhere temporary?" Orias said not understanding the concept of holiday leave that much. Unknown to them James was an older man who was also a support staff from the Anglican church.

Saravati Nair

Moaning was heard from the direction of the storage area as the young pup seemed to have found something inside. But that isn't what was important at this time for Sara who decided to peep into the close room. But sometimes its best to leave well enough alone and this was one of them.

"Let's not intrude on too many boundaries shall well?" Nikolas speaks just as Sara tries the door. Nothing happened only the rattling of a locked door. But for any magician worth their salt, it would feel like there was more to it than just a simple lock.

"We don't want to cause a misunderstanding." He said as not only was one of the hounds behind him but also Dromas the largest of them all, and he was growling from top of the stairs. In all fairness, this person had intruded on what was a staff only zone. And not only that for being a mage, but the signs was also obvious. However, maybe it was because of what he knew that Nikolas didn't attempt to kill Sara. If they weren't part of the same church, the bartender would've already struck way before letting his presence known.

"Argo go get Theron." Nikolas said moving the shattered picture frames with his foot to give Argo a safe passage through it. Argo would quickly hurry past to catch the troubling puppy inside the storage area.

"Saravati Nair, we may be part of the same church doesn't mean you have permission to search everywhere on my property. Same goes for the other two." Nikolas mentions revealing knowledge beyond what Vita may have mentioned. He would also give the signal to Dromas to calm down but would remain watching from the top of the stairs. Nikolas would then gesture towards the stairs for Sara to return upstairs. "Thank you for looking after Theron, but I will take over now."  

As Nikolas spoke, Argo had returned with Theron who seemed to have found the dog treats in the storage area.
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Post  Atsa Tsinaajinii on Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:20 am

"I know!"

The shaman had no idea about the hidden nature of the tavern nor its owner and as such didn't pick on what Vita was truly referring to. For the white haired boy, the girl’s strange response to Nikolas welcome just led him to believe she had been her before at some point, though going from how his boss had acted and said up until this point he was fairly certain that he had no idea who she was. Though he had to wonder how Nikolas could manage to forget someone who referred to themself as the Empress of Rome and emitted such an intense aura of confidence. After just a few moments of contemplating Vita’s statement Atsa came to the conclusion that the girl had probably come to this tavern at some point in the past but had been served by one of Nikolas’ employees, who were all currently absent. As far as he was concerned there was no need to look further into that statement for now but due to the oddity of it he decided to remember what happened just in case something came up later.

In a moment after that contemplation Atsa finally felt as if he could relax as Vita agreed to move on from the events from earlier. However, he was a bit upset that the girl didn't express any signs of regret for trying to get him sent to an asylum earlier but at this point in time he wasn't going to push for an apology. Yet none of it mattered now since in only a few moments he would’ve left the scene and been following Orias out to the back of the tavern. Politely excusing himself from the situation and receiving no response from Vita after his invitation the shaman saw his chance to escape even if just a few moments. Taking the girl’s silence as a rejection of the invitation Atsa began to leave for the back of the tavern. Escape seemed so close until he felt a hand grab the back of his shirt.

"I don't know where Saravati went, and while Nikolas is in the kitchen I have nothing to do but wait. Rather than wasting that time, I'll take you up on that offer."

For everyone else it might’ve seemed like the hand was coming out of some awe inspiring flow but to the shaman it felt as if the reaper himself had just gotten a hold of him. Freedom had been so close just moments before but it had been taken away just before he had achieved it. Despite this Atsa maintained the smile on his face and looked back at the girl. "Hmm, I really wasn't expecting you to want to come along but I welcome the company"

Before the shaman could say anything further Vita had already moved past him and was advancing towards the back. For a moment he had to wonder what had just happened. He had gone from escaping Vita by going to the back on his own to Vita leading the way to the spot he could leave the kitten without having to worry. It really had become difficult to keep track of the situation but before he could put more thought into that the girl threw the most difficult question for him to answer at him.

"In the meantime, you can tell me how you knew that dog's name! I didn't see any tags, but he obviously didn't actually respond to you... Ah, are you a magician or something? Do you pull that eagle of yours out of a hat?"

"I guess you could say that though I'd put myself into a more generalized category, such a performer. As for my eagle he'd probably tear a few chucks of hair our of my head if I put him into a hat. Speaking of him though I should probably bring him with us so he doesn't cause anymore trouble"

Just as he finished that sentence he would quickly turn around, stick his right arm out straight to the side, and give a soft whistle. The eagle that was still sitting on the table where the bag used to be would quickly take to the air and fly over to Atsa before landing on his extended arm. Just a moment later the whited haired boy would turn back around and lower his arm, which result in the eagle moving up to perch on his shoulder. After that he quickly increased his pace to catch up with Vita until he heard Orias speak.

A trespasser? Who could that be? I haven't seem Vita's companion in a while, could it be her? There was a few questions he had but upon hearing Dromas name he could only pity the poor fellow who had wandered into the wrong area. Hopefully, the Lord of Thunder wouldn't treat them to badly. At the very least it didn't seem like the trespasser was a big issue since the older hound didn't find it necessary to even check in to see what happened and instead just continued showing them to the garden.

"So Vita, I've shared what I do for a living so how about you? You have any interesting hobbies or talents?"

The shaman posed this question to his companion as they walked through the beer garden, which he was admiring as they traveled. It was just an attempt to make conversation but he was curious to see what the girl had to say and he also wanted to take the attention of the conversation off himself. He had to hope his plan succeeded since he wasn't exactly sure what he would say if the girl continued to inquire about his profession as a "performer". Being questioned further wasn't going to end well for him so he needed to keep as much of the girl's attention as possible on herself and considering the ego he had seen so far it shouldn't have been too hard. Regardless of what conversation unfolded during their walk the shaman would go silent for a moment as they approached the two hounds that were at the open gate and heard what they had to say.

So these were the kids of the older hound? They were adorable and one of them even had an incredibly strong sense of smell. The new hounds had already discovered the bag the shaman was hiding in his bag so there was no point in keeping it contained anymore. It wasn't like Nikolas was nearby.

"Well I guess there is no point in hiding the little guy anymore. It's okay to come out now. I have somewhere for you to stay"

Slowly Atsa would reach into his bag and gently pull the kitten out. As long as the kitten was here in this garden with the other kittens and cat he was sure it would be okay. He could finally relax and not have to worry about causing his new boss an allergic reaction. The area looked perfect for the kitten to stay so he had no worries as he lowered it to the ground so it could go exploring on its own.

"Well that takes care of that! Now then I think I just want to take a look around this area before I head back. I won't be able to truly appreciate the groundkeeper's work if I don't get a look around. What do you think your highness?"
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Post  Vita Vesta Caesar on Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:00 pm

It was a beautiful garden. A great amount of care had obviously gone into it, and considering Nikolas' true occupation, Vita assumed he had hired a talented gardener or groundskeeper to manage it. But more than the garden, what was even more impressive was the wildlife. It seemed as if this place was a little slice of paradise cut out from nature's bounty for their own personal use.

Judging solely from the way Vita had melted earlier in the tavern, one might make the assumption that the sight of the kittens skipping about in this oasis would have her melt once more. However, one must remember that Vita is an empress. Not only is this no longer the time or place for that, being in Atsa's company, she had standards. Not just any young animal, not just any level of cuteness was enough to satisfy her. For you see, Vita is unmistakably, undeniably, without doubt completely a dog person. On the scales of her heart, cats simply cannot match up.

Were anything to melt her heart here, it would be the two younger dogs that had approached them. But while they were certainly sources of warmth, they lacked the sheer artillery possessed by the likes of Theron. Thanks to that, Vita was able to maintain her ground without too much risk of falling to temptation.

"I guess you could say that though I'd put myself into a more generalized category, such a performer. As for my eagle he'd probably tear a few chucks of hair our of my head if I put him into a hat. Speaking of him though I should probably bring him with us so he doesn't cause anymore trouble"

"A performer? In that case, I would absolutely like to trouble you for a show at some point. It would make a nice way to pass the time, don't you think? I imagine you'd be our server, so I could even throw on an extra tip for the service."

As usual, Vita did nothing more than innocently torment the young employee on the outside, but internally she continued to plot up a storm. There must have been a reason that Nikolas chose to hire him after hearing what she had said. And given that every other human under the tavern's roof at the moment was a magician, it would hardly be out of place if that reason happened to be 'magic'; that is to say, if Nikolas had harbored the same suspicions she now did.

All that was left from there was to drag it out of him. Put him in a bind, pressure him, extract hints and eventually the truth. On the off-chance that he was actually a normal person, she couldn't just ask, but that was of little matter. Regardless of his identity, he didn't seem to have realized hers, and that gave her a significant advantage. Not to mention that mentally, he seemed to be quite the weakling.

"So Vita, I've shared what I do for a living so how about you? You have any interesting hobbies or talents?"

"Hm... People!"

After thinking for a moment, Vita spoke up. If one were to base their logic upon their observations of Vita's actions so far today, they might have come up with such admirable answers as 'blackmail' or 'bullying the weak', undeniably deserving of the death penalty, and she herself was indeed somewhat tempted to respond in such a vein just to see the resulting expression on Atsa's face, but in the end she decided it was best to simply tell the truth. And so she did, her expression making it obvious that she was talking about something she well and truly enjoyed.

"Good and bad, talented and useless, happy, sad, and angry... There's an endless variety, y'know? In the end, anything to do with them is sure to be exciting."

Not just people-watching, but playing with them, reigning over them, fighting with them, fighting against them... 'Fun' may not always be the case, but excitement, or perhaps more accurately stimulation was always present. And for a person like Vita, who both fancied herself and fully intended to establish herself in a position to reign over people, such an interest was most likely a prerequisite to attain any measure of success.

Otherwise, those people would someday swallow her up.

She let the conversation hang there, watching as Atsa finished the task he had ventured out here to accomplish. She wasn't sure why he'd hidden the kitten in his bag and taken it all the way out here, but she assumed it had to do with the same preternatural knowledge with which he had secured his employment.

And in truth, even beyond her grudge of being mocked and having her play time interrupted which she had already completely and totally forgiven, the idea of what Atsa might be capable of, which was slowly forming in her mind, had already piqued her interest by its own merit by this point. Whatever it was, any kind of information gathering ability held extreme value. Atsa was becoming a target in more manners than one.

"Sounds good to me. But why did you bring the kitten all the way out here? You were hiding it from Nikolas, right? It have to do with that trick yours? Hey, hey, how about an explanation~"

Brimming with pure curiosity, she asked of him. And she was fully aware that he had dodged her question earlier; this was in part a continued assault from that time. And the knowledge that he had attempted to hide something from his employer was yet another piece of leverage. But despite all those plots running under the surface, in this case, her true and primary motivation was none other than simply that which she showed on the surface.
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Post  Saravati Nair on Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:30 am

Locked. Sara couldn’t say she didn’t expect that. After all, she had essentially entered a restricted area and followed a puppy who was just wandering around for pure enjoyment. As such, the result was natural and the subsequent consequence could be considered just as natural.

Lifting her hand off of the doorknob that would not serve its purpose in its current state, she pirouetted about her right foot and faced the bartender who was making his warning to her, all in a single graceful flow. As she listened to the bartender, her eyes followed the bigger dog, Argo he seemingly called it, as it made its way to search for the smaller dog.

“I understand, I understand.” Sara sighed. Regardless of whether this man was an allied force or not, she had encroached upon the limits of where she was allowed to go and far overstepped them. She was definitely the one in the wrong here.

Shortly after Nikolas had finished speaking she noticed Argo having returned with the adventurous young pup.

“Of course that’s what he was after.” Sara let off a quick one-beat laugh and smiled as she walked past the young pup and waved to it. She was going to need to find a place to wash her hands since she had been petting the dog quite a bit since she encountered him. After getting back up the stairs and past the once on-edge Dromas, a question finally popped in her head.

“Wait. Other two?” Though, at this point, it was probably way too late to receive an answer for that.
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Post  Nikolas Remes on Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:37 am

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As Saravati went up the stairs, Nikolas looked towards Dromas for a moment which seemed to understand his intent from just a short glance, leaving his sight the Thunder Lord went to shadow Saravati just in case. Maybe Nikolas was acting a tad harsh, but there was justification for his actions. The bartender had found it hard to trust, so when someone breaks even the basic standard given even to a stranger, it frustrated and annoyed him. Still, in this case, he couldn't entirely blame the Little Bird he had thought looking towards Theron and Argo.

He proceeded to stroke the young pup on the head not knowing what to do with him as he signals for Argo to take him upstairs. As both the hounds' left the bartender slowly picked up the pieces of frames and pictures. For someone like him, it may be strange for him to keep pictures since his mind was a library of moments in his entire life even categorised in alphabetical order.

But these moments were especially important to him, though to keep them in such a secluded part of his building were only one part of the mystery that is Nikolas Remes. And now after putting the table back up, he placed the photos on top and made a note to finish cleaning this later. Since now he had to prioritise the more important task of reigning his fellow... "colleagues," in before things develop into matters that he couldn't control.

He heads upstairs without delay and noticed Sara was near the restrooms. Not knowing if she had already been or was about to use them.

"When you're finished Little Bird, please meet me at the Bar." Nikolas had said with a stern look who after approaching the bar had activated another people clearing field aimed at clearing civilians from the establishment. Which would in theory harm trade, it wasn't that bad since it was quickly approaching the slow times between Lunch hours and the evening rush. Having done that he would pick up a flashlight stored under the bar before heading into the kitchen to fulfil their order since he had already promised to do that already.

Though before he went in there his customers warmly said goodbye as they passed, things seeming natural to the usual regulars. How many times has he done this here? Everytime seemed so well organised when needing to clear the place in case the other world came knocking like right now.

Now in the kitchen, he would place a certain key in front of a flashlight when turned on showing an unusual window through someone else's eyes. What he was seeing was what Orias had been seeing in the back, Vita and Atsa at the garden with the felines.

Needing them to come back Nikolas would whistle in a unique tone which could be heard by all the hounds.

Atsa Tsinaajinii & Vita Vesta Caesar

The kitten was placed in the garden looking confused for a moment, before rushing towards the adult cat seemingly acting as if it belonged. This raised a certain question of how the kitten ended up across the street in the first place, but a look around didn't show any signs of the gap in the edges of this garden. Had something else been going on beyond the notice of even the hounds? That remained to be seen without closer inspection but something would stir the hounds at that moment.

Orias was the first one to react with the same words which only Atsa could understand, though to Vita it would sound like a curious bark.

"He calls?" Orias had said before urging the other two to go back inside. Leon and Cronus both quickly left as predicted leaving Orias to look up towards the shaman.

"Could you close the gate when you finish?" The old dog said before leaving as well seemingly putting the priority of their masters call above the guests. The hounds would pass through the bear garden to find the place starting to empty as the people clearing field comes into effect.


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