The Ballad of Adler Young, Canto 2.5

The Ballad of Adler Young, Canto 2.5
RE: The Ballad of Adler Young, Canto 2.5
>Adler: So, why is Burnside here now? Did the Duchess send her to kill you?
>Burnside: No, she wanted you to scare him, then join him so you can spy on Adler for the Duchess. She's been made aware that Adler is starting projects that might interfere with her plans. Same arrangement as last time.
>Adler: She's... Being very honest.
>Burnside: Uh, yeah. Elves don't lie, remember? Adler's been spending too much time around lowfolk.
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RE: The Ballad of Adler Young, Canto 2.5

Quote:>Adler: So, why is Burnside here now? Did the Duchess send her to kill you?
>Burnside: No, she wanted you to scare him, then join him so you can spy on Adler for the Duchess. She's been made aware that Adler is starting projects that might interfere with her plans. Same arrangement as last time.

"You're here on a mission from the Duchess?" I inquired, somewhat uneasily. "What exactly was your assignment?"

"Well, I was supposed to try to assassinate you," Burnside admitted with a shrug. "But if that didn't work out, my secondary task was to keep you distracted for a while."

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"Keep me distracted from WHAT," I exclaimed with a sinking feeling.

"Gonna have to ravish me a LOT more afore I'll tell you that," she chuckled.
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RE: The Ballad of Adler Young, Canto 2.5
Quote:"Gonna have to ravish me a LOT more afore I'll tell you that," she chuckled.


>"And you're going to bath a little more for that to happen".


>YOu may want to check on your cult. If the duchess is making a move, they might be a target.
>Maybe she's going to send... *dun dun* her own barber gang*dun dun*
>A war between hair carers would be messy, yet very minutious, you could say there would be ....a lot of hair spliting.


>(Still, it's nice to see you've still got it in bed)

>Also you did inconvenience the duchess o'Daisy after all, and she takes you seriously enough to send an agent (beyong her two cretinous sons). Guess that well Percic tor siege wasn't as complete a mess as it seemed after all. That's gonna be a boost to your esteem. (gotta take those little victories where you can)
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RE: The Ballad of Adler Young, Canto 2.5
>Adler: "C'mon, what are you trying to distract me from? Tell me for old time's sake."
>Burnside: "Alright, enough time has probably passed anyway. You're supposed to distract him for as long as you can so the time slips keep Adler out of the way and undo whatever he's working on."
>Adler: "You know, I can control the time slips now."
>Burnside: ". . . Oh. . . "

or

>Adler: "What are you trying to distract me from?"
*Load, distant, and ground shaking explosion*
>Burnside: "That."
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Quote:>YOu may want to check on your cult. If the duchess is making a move, they might be a target.
>Also you did inconvenience the duchess o'Daisy after all, and she takes you seriously enough to send an agent

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Oh no, oh no, this wasn't good! I thought I had cleverly fended off an assassination attempt, when in actuality I had fallen for the simplest ruse in the book! Of COURSE the Duchess wouldn't have sent Burnside alone! There must be someone else, messing with my operations in the lowfolk world while I was busy being distracted here in Faerie! My hairdresser cult might be in danger!

I quickly gathered up all of Burnside's blades (lest she re-acquire them while I wasn't looking) and carried them with me into the scrying tower.

I dumped the weapons in a corner and entered my scry-space. Everything seemed in order around the vicinity of the stone circle. The trees had nothing unusual to report. Thinking of my hair cult, I guided my attention toward the village of Tulgeyside ... only to be stopped by an unseen barrier at the edge of the forest!

I tried scrying in all directions, and my panic increased as again and again I found that my range was limited to the bounds of the tulgey wood that contained the Albric Tor Gate.

Quote:>Adler: "C'mon, what are you trying to distract me from? Tell me for old time's sake."
>Burnside: You're supposed to distract him for as long as you can

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I rushed back outside and shook Burnside roughly by the shoulders.

"WHAT HAVE YOU DONE??" I bellowed. "WHY CAN'T I SCRY OUTSIDE THE FOREST?"

"Like I said, honey," she giggled. "You're gonna have to ravish me real hard to make me talk. And do it more Unseelie-like this time."
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RE: The Ballad of Adler Young, Canto 2.5
>Aaw gosh darnit they burried more of these stupid little dolls that block your sight while you were distracted, didn't they ?

>Gotta admit that's clever.

>But y'know you do have burnside with you, you could turn her

>Oh you won't convince her to turn on the duchess but you probaly can convince her to do stuff for you with judicious application of 'the touch' as reward.
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>Adler: Your scion powers engage as you are catapulted into a frothing rage.
>Burnside: "Uh-oh..."
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Quote:>Aaw gosh darnit they burried more of these stupid little dolls that block your sight while you were distracted, didn't they ?
>Oh you won't convince her to turn on the duchess but you probaly can convince her to do stuff for you with judicious application of 'the touch'
>Adler: Your scion powers engage as you are catapulted into a frothing rage.

"TELL ME WHAT YOU DID," I snarled while applying my most powerful Orgasmic Touch.

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"Ohhhhh," Burnside moaned. "I didn't do nothin' honey, I been here distractin' you."

"What did THEY do then?" I demanded, keeping on the pressure. "Why can't I scry outside the forest?"

"Ahhhhh," Burnside gasped. "I don't rightly know. It was them crazy religious rabbits at Bunkirk ... uhhhhh Fuma ... we convinced 'em you was practicin' witchcraft an' they come up with their own way to contain you."

"We??" I snapped. "Who's 'we?' Who else was with you?"

But Burnside had passed out and was snoring blissfully on the porch pavement.
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RE: The Ballad of Adler Young, Canto 2.5
>Adler: Well, what now? Find out what the rabbits did, you suppose. Go and survey the stone circle. Take Burnside with you. She may be useful, or at least so you can keep track of her. You leave her here and the time slips will let her run away.
>Adler: Don't panic, there are still ways around this. That Ash character is working for you, discretely. Surely he'll send someone to contact you to inform you of how things are going. And the trees should still be under your command. You can bounce back from this easily. Right? Right???
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>You can use the trees to contat Ash since he's a voice of the forest expert. He just sworn himself to your service and look like you're jsut gonna need ikt. Ain't the timing just perfect ?
>(A little *too* perfect, but sadly you're not in mosotion to listen to somehealthy paranoia right now)
>So yeah use the tree to contact him, have him bring some of your clutists, dig the stupid dolls out or whatever it is they did.
>Enjoy as for once you have managed to competently .. well not avoid yor enemy's machoination, they're still outsmarting you and being way ahead of you, but at least yu managed to react quickly. Good enough.
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Quote:>Adler: Well, what now? Find out what the rabbits did, you suppose. Go and survey the stone circle. Take Burnside with you. She may be useful, or at least so you can keep track of her. You leave her here and the time slips will let her run away.

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I needed to get outside and investigate this, but I couldn't leave Burnside unsupervised. The time-slip might allow her to get away, or perpetrate some other manner of villainy while I wasn't looking! I got dressed and awkwardly pulled her assassin's cloak back onto her semi-conscious form. Then I lugged her down the stairs and out through the Gate into the stone circle.

"Tell me what's going on," I commanded the trees as I laid Burnside down on the grassy sward.

"In reference to what?" they rustled in reply. "We've just been standing here, photosynthesizing and minding our own business."

"What did the rabbits do to prevent me from scrying beyond the forest?"

"They haven't done anything unusual that we are aware of."

"You're sure? They didn't bury little poppets in the ground or spill milk all around the perimeter?"

"No. We have our orders to punish them if they get too cozy within reach of our branches."

Quote:>Adler: Don't panic, there are still ways around this. That Ash character is working for you, discretely. Surely he'll send someone to contact you to inform you of how things are going. And the trees should still be under your command. You can bounce back from this easily. Right? Right???
>You can use the trees to contat Ash since he's a voice of the forest expert. He just sworn himself to your service and look like you're jsut gonna need ikt. Ain't the timing just perfect ?
>(A little *too* perfect

"Where's Ash Marten?" I asked. Unfortunately it looked like I would be needing that devious fox's services after all.

"He left."

"I already knew that. Where did he go?"

"Hold on. We'll ask around."

I waited for a few minutes while the Voice of the Forest faded off into the distance and then came back.

"Bad news. We're cut off."

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"Cut off?" I repeated, with a sinking feeling. "What do you mean?"

"The land all around is cleared for settlements and farms. There used to be a few trees scattered here and there, within rustling distance, that could relay messages to and from the greater wooded world. Now they are gone. It seems there is nothing but open fields and meadows in all directions, as far as we can perceive."

I realized I should have made Ash swear that oath after all.
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RE: The Ballad of Adler Young, Canto 2.5
> Adler: Do not panic! You're of Ireaneus blood dammit! You just have to think! Besides, you were correct in refusing Ash's services, in fact you think if you go whining to him now, you'll look even more pathetic to him. You'll have to wake up Burnside and make her tell you what she knows.

>Adler: Whoa....you really should learn to control your anger...Burnside isn't waking up anytime soon...
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>Fine, no Ash, just as well. You can solve this problem yourself.
>Wait, what about the Ixies ? They're still bound to your service and they're mobile.
>There should be a few zipping around either the ruins or the forest.
>If they're feeling mercenary to day, you can alway ask the plants to bribe the ixie with the aphids that plagues them (kind of an almost symbiostic thing there, clever of you)
>Send them to check on your cultist and spy on the rabbits.
>Meanwhile... you've been hitting the books for a while now, was there anything in there on how to block scrying ?
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Quote:> Adler: Do not panic! You're of Ireaneus blood dammit! You just have to think! Besides, you were correct in refusing Ash's services, in fact you think if you go whining to him now, you'll look even more pathetic to him. You'll have to wake up Burnside and make her tell you what she knows.
>Fine, no Ash, just as well. You can solve this problem yourself.

Fine! I didn't need that sly, sneaky old fox to bail me out of this predicament! He probably had a part in causing it anyway! I would solve this on my own because I was a scion of Irenaeus and I was destined to rule someday!

Quote:>Adler: ...Burnside isn't waking up anytime soon...

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I tried to wake Burnside so I could ask her who her accomplice was, but she was sleeping off the effects of a super-potent Orgasmic Touch. Nothing I did would rouse her from her blissful slumber. I would have to wait for answers to those questions.

Quote:>Wait, what about the Ixies ? They're still bound to your service and they're mobile.
>There should be a few zipping around either the ruins or the forest.
>Send them to check on your cultist and spy on the rabbits.

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"IXIES!" I yelled, and a few of them buzzed into the stone circle.

"Hast thou finished thy venery with yon raccoon femme, Sire?" one of them asked cheekily while giving a salute.

"You were watching the whole thing, weren't you?" I groaned.

"Twas quite entertaining," the Ixie giggled. "Now I understand what our great-grand dam saw in thee. Plus I actually managed to win a few aphids from Typantronn."

"You know my feelings about betting," I scolded. "I need some of you to contact my hairdresser cultists and make sure they're okay. Some others, go spy on the rabbits in Bunkirk and find out what they did to prevent me from scrying beyond the forest."

"Oh, canst thou not scry beyond the forest now?"

"No. Whatever they did, it must have been recent ... after I spoke with Ash Marten, in fact."

"We shall see what we shall see," she replied, and flitted away.

Quote:>Meanwhile... you've been hitting the books for a while now, was there anything in there on how to block scrying ?

Now, while I waited for the Ixies to bring me information, it would certainly be useful to peruse the scrying tower library for information on ways to block scrying. I knew about the enchanted poppets that the Boy Dukes tried to bury, and of course everyone knew you couldn't scry over spilled milk ... but the trees had already ruled out both of those possibilities. What else was there?
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RE: The Ballad of Adler Young, Canto 2.5
>Adler: You should also have your Ixies find out where Ash went. You might want to keep your suspicions of his involvement in your current troubles quiet until you know for sure. Then again, he might be flattered that he was your first suspect.
>Adler: You might want to go back and sift through those books to find something to give you a clue. Your control over the time slips should keep you from losing your Ixies.
>Adler: Also, Burnside seems to know what's going on. Restrain her so she can't escape. She said she'd tell you if you play her games. No, that would take too long, plus it's letting her know she can manipulate you. Interrogate her for real, threaten her if you have yo. What do you know that truly scares her?
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>Oh you've alway been good with Gramayre and curses.
>You could threaten her with the dreaded (at least for her it sure would be) curse of Veganism.
>Or mild temporay frigidity.  (... full on would probably be crossing a line somewhere)
>Or the "curse" of self control
>... I wonder if you could curse an unseelie elf to alway act nice and seelie (now that would be crossing a line for sure. But it doesnt matter if you can or would actualy dl it, only the fact she believe you could do it matters.)

>Don't forget you can do crazy things with Gramayre too. You've alay hesitated to overuse the power becuse of it's danger but here... you've got an entire ruin and forest to pratice pretty much by yourself.
>You could actualy make the bushes mobile
>You could animate paper cranes to use as flying messengers
>You could make the books tell you their secrets. Litterlay search themselve to get at the pages containing the information you seek
>Like what are the ways to block scrying in an aera.

>Don't forget you also have Rebecca the rabbit among your cultists (remember you turned her father into a poodle ?). She could go at the village and spy for you
>Heck maybe you could have her father do the spying (who would pay attention to a poodle ?) in exchange for finaly lifting the curse.
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