Yatashi: Part 7


Scene VII

Yatashi Does Niemand's

Random conversation. Included for completeness.

[You stare at the image of the Bar on the card. It begins to seem more real to you, then your surroundings change.]

Worlds' End Bar(#0RHJ)
Carpetted in soft red, its heavy, polished wooden tables and comfortable, leather-backed chairs tinged sepia beneath the light from stained coach-lamps on the smokey rafters, this bar does not at first seem out of the ordinary. It is only when you notice the enormous variety in food and drinks here, or the diverse speech of its patrons, or the fact that nobody here ever seems to pay, that you begin to realise that this is no ordinary shadow bar.
For this is the Worlds' End Bar, and it drifts unanchored, through shadow. It is a place where Amberite Princes mix with the lowest of shadow-rats. A place where Law and the Lords of Chaos wheel and deal beneath a thin layer of conviviality. A place where lives and nations are bought and sold, where secrets are buried or revealed over tea, or a glass of wine. A place to enjoy yourself, but warily.
The bartender on duty is Edward, and the servers are Gilbert and Claudette.
Contents:
Hoschvagar
Darque
Jerrald
Tanith
Carl_Danners
Jonathan
Opium
Megan
Vorpulus
Sculpture of the Future

Jerrald sighs and shakes his head.

Tanith looks at Megan in mock surprise. "Ooh, little girl."

Hoschvagar says "May I sit?"

Vorpulus says "Speak away, Evil One."

Tanith raises both eyebrows. "Evil one?"

Yatashi(#26346PeOc)
His hair is close-cropped and brown, and his face is simple. He stands a little shy of six feet tall, lean but not homely in a linen robe that washes downwards over his form. A pair of worn brown sandals wrap around his feet. His eyes are faceted and dark within their sockets.

Yatashi reflexively looks at itself.

Tanith looks over. "Yatashi! Hi!"

Hoschvagar sits down at the booth in the far corner.

Jonathan nods to Danners.

Yatashi glances around. "Tanith!" he says cheerfully, and then glances at Carl Danners, if he happens to be nearby. "Carl."

Jonathan wanders off into the back room for a bit.

Carl_Danners grunts. Drinks more orange juice.
Carl_Danners says "Hi."

Megan looks at Tanith, then at Hoschvagar, and says mildly, "Do go on. I find your insults fascinating."

Hoschvagar orders a coffee. Edward hands it to Claudette, who takes it to the booth in the far corner and sets it before him.

Tanith says seriously to Hoschvagar, "You're not making a very good impression, you know."

Megan adds, still mildly, "I don't believe you were given permission to sit, Hoschvagar, by all the occupants of this table."

Yatashi sits down, brushes back his hair with one hand, and looks around.

[You sit yourself down at the large round table near the far wall.]

[The Sculpture]
Along the top the title:

Amber: The Next Generation.

Below are two woman each lovely and standing by an emblem.
By the pattern is Tabitha. Tabitha is an attractive, but not stunning, young woman with a slender figure, long auburn hair, deep emerald green eyes, and a delicate dusting of freckles across the bridge of her nose. She wears a loose-fitting black T-shirt inscribed in white with 'Diana Tregarde and the Guardians--North American Tour', a snug pair of slightly faded blue jeans, and a pair of white running shoes. She has a happy smile and a cheerful sparkle to her eyes.
While in front of the logrus is Chance: A slim, tall woman who appears to be in her mid-twenties. Her bright blue eyes twinkle a little less these days, and her straw-blonde hair is bound into single, elegant braid. She wears a black silk shirt with wide sleeves gathered at the wrists, blue jeans with an intricate silver belt, reminiscent of Celtic knotwork, and black boots. An equally intricate silver earring dangles from her right ear and a small emerald is set in her left earlobe. She wears a dagger on her belt. At the bottom is the title:

Chaos: The Next Generation.

A low sizzling noise comes from the vicinity of the back room.

Hoschvagar smiles a disarming smile.

Darque sips his Absinthe, and grins a little.

Vorpulus raises an eyebrow..."What are you proposing?"

A few blue sparks bounce out the door to the back room, into the main room. Maybe an electrical fire?

Megan appears not the slightest bit disarmed.

Tanith glances over at the door to the back room. "Hrm?"

Darque chuckles.

OOC NOTE: The laws of the Worlds' End Bar have changed. Type `+lhelp laws' to find out what they are.

Worlds' End Bar Laws:
Earth--OUR Earth--laws apply. No magic. No psychic powers. This means you. If it hasn't been seen on CNN, it doesn't work, and even then you can skip the Entertainment News clips of Jurassic Park. No way, none of it, not at all. If not altered or renewed, the laws of the Worlds' End Bar will revert to normal at Sun Aug 15 00:43:19 1993, AmberMUSH local time.

Observe that Yatashi does, indeed, have -10 stuff. :)

Jonathan wanders out of the back room, brushing sparks off his jacket, and looking a bit uncomfortable.

Hoschvagar sips coffee."Good coffee,this.

Tanith blinks a few times, then peers at Jonathan.

Jerrald says "Looks like the David Copperfield wanna-be is in a little trouble..."

Tanith snorts softly.

Carl_Danners grunts. Drinks some more orange juice.

Yatashi pales slightly as the new laws take effect, and some of the health in him fades.

Jonathan notes that axiom changes aren't apparent until you try to do something and it works differently.

Darque sips his Absinthe.

[You stand up and stretch, pushing in your seat.]

Jonathan orders a ginseng soda with a lime twist. Edward pushes it across the bar and it slides to a stop in front of him.

Yatashi moves over near Tanith's table.

Jonathan sits down at the long mahogany bar.

Hoschvagar winks at Tanith.

Opium says "If you don't mind my interuption, what's this BPSI?"

Yatashi says to her, looking drawn, "I think I shall leave now; I feel less well than I was. Do you need help in removing any annoyances? If not, I should appreciate it if you would tell me where Constantine might be."

Darque glares at Opium, then takes to his drink.

Hoschvagar says "Hmm?"

Tanith eyes Hoschvagar for a moment, then says to Yatashi, "Want company?"

Hoschvagar puts his cup down gently.

Megan looks up at Yatashi.
Megan orders a Sprite. Edward hands it to Claudette, who takes it to the booth in the far corner and sets it before her.

Tanith says, "Oh, shit," and puts her hand to her side. There's a patch of shadow, there, and bright reflections from nothing, and then nothing.

Megan looks at Tanith.

Yatashi smiles thinly to Tanith. "Certainly. Come along. Bring your friends, if you like."

Tanith makes unhappy growling noises, and stands.

Megan says smoothly, "If we're going to see 'Tine, I wouldn't mind leaving. Tanith?"

Hoschvagar extends his right hand.

Vorpulus shakes it grimly.

Darque sips his Absinthe.

Megan looks at Hoschvagar and Vorpulus and shakes her head slightly.

Tanith smiles. "Do come along, Megan."

Hoschvagar smiles.His hand is icy cold,white and a bit clammy.It also happens to be rock hard.

Carl_Danners glances at the far corner. Grunts. Drains his orange juice.

Hoschvagar lets go.

Yatashi says "Through the mirror, Tanith?"

Tanith touches her belt. "Tane' won't kill me too much."

Hoschvagar says "Bye now."

Vorpulus releases Hoschvagar and stands to bow to Megan.
Vorpulus says "Thank you, my lady."

Hoschvagar inclines his head as they leave.

Vorpulus says "For your time."
Vorpulus says "And advice"

Tanith nods to Yatashi. "Yah. Constantine's been showing you around? Nice meeting you, Vorpulus."

Vorpulus says "And company."

Vorpulus smiles. Travel safely.

Megan looks blindly confused at Tanith, but follows her after a smile at Vorpulus. "No need for that; I'm just your average...little girl, was it? You're welcome. And remember: don't jump for weapons unless you know you need them then. It can get you a death sentence easily enough."

Vorpulus says "Likewise."

Jonathan says "Wocktle."

[You step into the shadows and look into the mirror. You feel yourself being sucked into...]

Hall of Mirrors
You stand in the middle of a long marble hall, which stretches endlessly to what you term "north" and "south", for lack of a better directional points. The sense of being at the hall's midpoint comes not so much from any sense of distance, but from the overwhelming assurance that, no matter which way you walk, there will be an equal number of mirrors in that direction as in any other. The reflections produced by the hundreds of floor-length mirror reflect your image into a bewildering array of confused shapes and colors, and in the disorientation of the moment, you might almost imagine that some of those images move independently of yourself. A brief flicker at the edge of your imagination leads you to fancy that there might be someone else in here, yet the mirrors show nothing but the endless reflection of the hall itself.
You get the strange feeling that there is something beyond the mirrors, as if, were you to 'focus' on one of them, it would transport you into realms of wonder and terror beyond your wildest fancies, or, were you to 'scry', perhaps it would afford you a hint of the worlds which await. You think that you almost catch a 'glimpse' of these places, out of the corner of your eye.
Contents:
Amber Guard

Megan slowly materializes in the hall.

Tanith slowly materializes in the hall.

Yatashi looks infinitely better. Well, finitely better.

Megan says breathlessly, "Jonathan is going to kill me, but at least Vorpulus knows enough to keep himself safe now."

Tanith says "Not really, Megan?"
Tanith says "Yatashi, someone made magic stop working in there. Maybe other stuff, who knows."

Megan says "Yah, really. I said that last too loud. I forgot he was there."

Tanith narrows her eyes. "I'm not about to let him."

Yatashi nods, and makes a face. "I am all right. It's just ... it does unpleasant things to my form."
Yatashi says "If it were a thing that could kill me, I would have died long since."

Tanith says "Yah, it's a pain for me, too."
Tanith says "*Damn*. That sword was a *gift*."

Yatashi looks curiously at Megan. "I don't believe we have been introduced."

Megan says "What was that sword?"

Yatashi holds out his hand. "I am Yatashi."

Tanith says "I'm sorry. Megan, Yatashi. Yatashi is Tiffany's brother."

Megan says "No, I don't think we have.. I'm Megan Reynolds, Constantine's personal aide."
Megan shakes Yatashi's hand. "Ah! I remember him mentioning you once, vaguely."

Tanith sighs. "A Christmas present from a friend."

Yatashi smiles. "Ah. The more pleasant to meet you, then, that you are a friend of a friend."

Megan smiles.

Yatashi shakes, or returns his hand to his side, depending on Megan's response to it.
Yatashi says "What does he say about me?" He crinkles his eyes, a little. "I hope that it is not too bad."

Megan says "No, just something about meeting you, or something."

Yatashi says "Ah."

Tanith says "Is anyone thirsty or anything? I didn't get anything to drink."

Yatashi turns to Tanith, color completely returned to his face. "So. We were visiting Constantine ..."

Megan says "'Tine was going off to have a private conversation with someone. I'm not sure where."

Tanith says "Oh... do you know who?"

Megan says "I think it was one of the Amberite clan, but I don't know; there's a lot of them and I don't know all of them."

Tanith sighs. "Maybe we shouldn't bug him. Should I go check the bar?"
Tanith says "Or I could trump him."

Yatashi mms. "I think that Trumping him would work well enough."

Tanith says "'kay."
Tanith rummages through her purse.
Tanith comments, "I'm glad I didn't have any of her knives on me."

Hoschvagar slowly materializes in the hall.
Hoschvagar has arrived.

Megan says "I've one if you can't find yours, Tanith. Whose? Tane's?"

Tanith nods.
Tanith finds it. "Just a sec..."
Tanith stares at a card in her hand.

Hoschvagar says "Oh lordy.Hullo."
Hoschvagar steps through a large mirror carved from vallenwood.
Hoschvagar has left.

Hoschvagar has arrived.

Yatashi smiles to Megan. "So how did you come to be his aide? Are you Aspnes, a friend, terribly competent, or perhaps all three?"

Hoschvagar stares at a long barroom-type mirror, and slowly fades from view.
Hoschvagar has left.

Tanith says something involved to the trump.

Lots of people come and go.

Megan laughs. "I'm Iera's friend, and was just learning blades when he first met me. He accepted me as a student, first, then taught me a lot more than just bladework. Friends, now, and somewhat competent, at least."

Yatashi smiles. "Iera?" He furrows his brow. "She is ... I think I have heard her name ..."

Megan says "Iera Aspnes, she'll be. Thomas and Weasel and Spence are her teachers."

Hoschvagar slowly materializes in the hall.
Hoschvagar has arrived.

Yatashi says, "Ah!"

Tanith looks up from the trump. "So, Niemand's?"

Yatashi nods. "Certainly."
Yatashi takes Tanith's hand.

Vorpulus has arrived.

Hoschvagar dropped Vorpulus.

Vorpulus attemots to kill you by drawing his sword...

Hoschvagar stares at a long barroom-type mirror, and slowly fades from view.
Hoschvagar has left.

Yatashi offers his other hand to Megan, although she may prefer to take Tanith's other.

Vorpulus looks about...and pauses

Yatashi studies Vorpulus impassively.

Hoschvagar slowly materializes in the hall.
Hoschvagar has arrived.

Vorpulus mutters to himself about f*cking flags and, sheathing his sword, leaves in a cute huff....

Megan accepts Yatashi's hand and smiles.

Tanith looks up from the trump, at Vorpulus. "Excuse?"

[Vorpulus]
An average-sized male with a heavy build catches your eye. He notices your glance and smiles at you, his cloak opening slightly with the glint of armour underneath and the promise of a sword at his side. His face looks like it's seen many wars and not a few wounds, and maybe wasn't so handsome before it started either...Still, it holds deep etchings of an inbred determination mixed with resignation and strength.
Carrying:
long, double-edged sword
elvin chainmail

Hoschvagar traces something in the air, mumbling and gesturing at Vorpulus. your voluntary muscles spasm into immovable cramp....

Tanith clears her throat. "Excuse me?"

Yatashi will assume that that does not apply to him, Tanith, or Megan.

Vorpulus slows and seems about to cramp.....

Hoschvagar steps through a large mirror carved from vallenwood.
Hoschvagar has left.

Vorpulus unwinds as Hoschvagar leaves.
Vorpulus coughs once

Tanith asks Vorpulus, "Are you okay? What's going on?"

Vorpulus picks a random mirror
Vorpulus steps towards the twisted black framed mirror, fading from view just as he reaches out a hand to touch it.
Vorpulus has left.

Carl_Danners slowly materializes in the hall.
Carl_Danners has arrived.

Yatashi looks after Vorpulus, a hint of a frown in his brow, and then shrugs, and turns to Tanith. "I believe we can continue."

Constantine fades into view.
Constantine has arrived.

Tanith says "Um, yah."

Yatashi says "Constantine."

Tanith looks down at the trump in her hand. "Whoops. Sorry."

Carl_Danners glances around. Nods to Megan, Constantine.

Constantine glances around, wary.

Megan watches the goings-on warily. "Hi, Carl. 'Tine."

Yatashi grins faintly.

Constantine says "Hello, all. Um, Tanith, things OK?"

Tanith says "Oh, yah, things are fine."

Hoschvagar has arrived.

Tanith eyes Hoschvagar.

Megan tenses warily as Hoschvagar reappears.

Constantine smiles a bit. "I was close enough, so..."

Hoschvagar says "Don't mind me."

Tanith says "Oh, I mind you."

Hoschvagar steps towards the twisted black framed mirror, fading from view just as he reaches out a hand to touch it.
Hoschvagar has left.

Tanith says "He did something to Vorpulus."

Constantine glances at Hoschvagar thoughtfully.
Constantine says "Did he? He was bothering Choti earlier."

Tanith says "Magic, looked like."

Carl_Danners grunts.
Carl_Danners says "What sort?"

Constantine says "Mmm. Who's Vorpulus?"

Tanith says "The ooky kind."

Carl_Danners grunts.

Yatashi says quietly, "Perhaps we should retire to Niemand's, before he returns? I have a discomfort with mages ... you understand."

Tanith says "Some guy from Rome; he's nice."

Carl_Danners grunts.

Megan says "Vorpulus is the one I warned about weapons, sir."

Carl_Danners says "City of Black Bells."

Constantine says "Ah, alright."

Megan says "About jumpiness."

Carl_Danners says "What'd he do?"

Tanith looks sympathetic. "I'm sorry, Yatashi."

Constantine says "Sure, Yatashi. It's quiet there, right now."

Megan tilts her head at Carl as she says that.

Tanith pats him on the shoulder. "It's *really* understandable."
Tanith asks Megan, "Do you think Vorpulus needs help?"

Yatashi says "He induced a cramp, I believe. As far as I could observe; I only caught the tail end, and the reaction."

Tanith says "A cramp? Boy, some people have funny ideas about useful spells."

Megan sighs, and runs her hands through her hair. "I don't know, Tanith. You heard what Horschvagar offered him. I... I just only met the two of them tonight; I'm reluctant to step in without being asked until I know at least one of them better."

Constantine shakes his head. "What'd he offer? No harm in standing by to ensure no treachery, neh?"

Megan adds to Carl, "Vorpulus was jumpy. Like I used to be. Weapons."

Carl_Danners glances at a mirror. "Abyon there now."
Carl_Danners nods.

Yatashi smiles to Tanith.

Tanith says "Well, Abyon's a mage."

Megan says "He offered him his body back. I'm not sure what that meant."

Carl_Danners says "In exchange for what?"

Tanith says "A story."
Tanith says "One of those symbolic deals?"

Symphony fades into view, from in front of a particularly large mirror.

Symphony has arrived.

Carl_Danners grunts.

Constantine says "Sounds like."

Symphony quickly glances around.

O fades into view, from in front of a particularly large mirror.
O has arrived.

Megan nods at Symphony.

Tanith looks into the bar mirror. "Why don't we just go to Niemand's?"
Tanith glances at Symphony.

Constantine says "Mmm. Beats the Hall."

O wobbles in.

Constantine says "Yatashi, you've never been, neh?"

Megan nods. "Definitely." She mutters, "And we'll have the army between us and any weirdos."

Yatashi shakes his head. "Not really, although I am aware of what it is."

Tanith says "Well, it changes a lot, but that's cool."

O thinks the humans look like they know what they're doing, and considers following them.

Tanith says "I bet you'll like it. Tiffany does."

Symphony stares at a long barroom-type mirror, and slowly fades from view.
Symphony has left.

Constantine grins. "True. Follow me, then?"

Megan ducks through before 'Tine, grinning.

Carl_Danners says "Bye. Take care."

Megan fades from view into a mirror that twists the light into many colours and shapes.

Megan has left.

Tanith says "Not coming, Carl?"

Symphony slowly materializes in the hall.
Symphony has arrived.

O looks at mirrors, 11 at a time, finally deciding just on the bar.

Carl_Danners grunts.

O stares at a long barroom-type mirror, and slowly fades from view.
O has left.

Carl_Danners says "Be there in a bit."

Constantine fades from view into a mirror that twists the light into many colours and shapes.
Constantine has left.

[You concentrate on the image in the mirror, watching it become more solid, more real, and you step forward...]

Meadow near the Black Road
From this peaceful, rolling meadow one can see the winding Black Road in the distance to the west. From here the road doesn't look very wide but it is hard to tell for sure. There is a small hillock here, as well.
Contents:
Constantine
Megan
Five contingents of Stryl demons
Concealed Observer
Aspnes Troops -- Three Companies
iron pole
Obvious exits:
Around the Hillock Black Road mirror

James looks amused. "I've an advantage."
James is the Aspnes commander.

Tanith fades into view.

Megan grins. "Well, and do you?"

James says, "I've an army."

Tanith says "Hiya, James."

Megan giggles. "I've Tanith!"

Tanith laughs and steps to Megan's side. "I can take an army *without* my sword.

James looks amused. "An overwhelming advantage. Maybe. Sir, request support."

Tanith says "Well, a small army."
Tanith says "Actually I think it was only a platoon."

Yatashi listens curiously.

Constantine grins. "I'm not getting involved, James."

Megan hides behind 'Tine and grins out at James. "Besides, we're supposed to be going to Niemand's."

Constantine says "True enough. Talk to you later, James. Keep things calm."
Constantine heads 'round the hillock and disappears from view.
Constantine has left.

Yatashi looks curiously at James, and nods. "Yatashi," he introduces himself in passing, and then accompanies the group onwards.

Tanith grins and waves at James. "See you."

Megan waves to James as she trots off after Constantine, grinning.
Megan heads 'round the hillock and disappears from view.
Megan has left.

[You head around the hillock and wander into Shadow. You feel drawn by the nearby presence of the Courts of Chaos, and soon find yourself standing by the Abyss. Crossing via filmy, you head into the Courts. In moments, you are surrounded by city streets. You step out of an alley.]

Side Street
This moderately-sized street leads away from the Plaza towards a residential area.
To the north is the entrance to Niemand's, the local dive. To the west is the Plaza of the Flowing Stone.
Contents:
Megan
Constantine
Concealed Observer
Obvious exits:
Dojo Niemand's Alley Plaza

Tanith emerges from the alley next to Niemand's.
Tanith has arrived.

[You open the door to Niemand's and enter. It quietly shuts behind you.]

Niemand's(#19310RMJ)
Bizarrely, today all the furniture of Niemand's appears to be serenely floating in the center of some universe. As in, you can see no walls, floor, or ceiling, but you do have a lovely view of stars, comets, planets, and the like. Indeed, you have a marvelous view above you of an enormous constellation that very obviously looks like a partially-coiled serpent. You note that the shoggoth at the corner table looks very happy here.
Niemand's now has variable tech and +lhelp! Suggestions for improvements are very welcome. +mail Chance.
Contents:
Random
Chance
Niemand
SIGN: NIEMAND'S Rules of Etiquette:
Bouncer
The shoggoth at the corner table
Obvious exits:
Exit

Tanith comes in from outside.
Tanith has arrived.

Constantine comes in from outside.
Constantine has arrived.

Megan comes in from outside.
Megan has arrived.

[The corner table with the shoggoth (#6) has 5 empty seats. Seated are: Random, Chance and The shoggoth at the corner table]

Constantine says "Hey, Random, Chance. No problem to speak of."
Constantine sits down at the table that glows with balefire.

Tanith smiles strainedly.
Tanith follows Constantine over to that table.

The table that glows with balefire flickers brightly for a moment.

Yatashi glances briefly at Random and Chance and sits down.
[You sit yourself down at the table that glows with balefire.]
[Yatashi sits down and joins you.]

Random gives everybody a wave, nodding to Constantine, "Good."

Megan eyes the table warily, but sits down as 'Tine does, trustingly.

The table that glows with balefire flickers brightly for a moment.

Megan sits down at the table that glows with balefire.
[Megan sits down and joins you.]

The table that glows with balefire flickers brightly for a moment.

Chance sips her beer.

Constantine says "Random, this is Megan, my aide. Megan, Random."

Megan nods politely. "Pleased to meet you, sir."

Spence coalesces from the shadows.
Spence has arrived.

Random glances up from murmuring to Chance and smiles politely, "A pleasure."

Tanith touches Constantine's shoulder. "Back in a bit, maybe. You people have fun."
Tanith walks to the door.

Constantine nods to Tanith. "Take care, love."

Chance waves to Spence, smiling warmly at his arrival.

Spence says "Hiya, hon."

Random nods to Spence, "Evening, Spence."

Tanith frowns a little as she leaves.
Tanith leaves through the only door.
Tanith has left.

Spence nods in return.

Constantine says "Hey, Spence. Meet a friend of mine?"

Megan smiles up at Spence, politely. "Hi, Spence, sir."

Spence looks around. "Eh, what?"

Thorn comes in from outside.
Thorn has arrived.

Yatashi orders something random from the menu.

Constantine says "Spence, meet Yatashi. He's a friend from Berkeley."

Thorn glances about.

Constantine says "Thorn!"

Spence nods. "Yatashi."

Thorn turns to Constantine. "Ah, a familiar face! Been a while, neh?"

Spence glances back. "Thorn."

Yatashi nods. "Pleasant to meet you." He smiles, and then takes a bite from the plate before him.

Constantine says "Quite. You have impressive timing, I'd say."

Thorn turns to several faces that seem familiar, that he hadn't seen upon entering. "So I've heard."

Constantine says "You're up to date with the news, then?"
Constantine orders a pot of Aspnes Kona. Niemand gestures, and a mottled, translucent demon pops into existence, brings it to the table that glows with balefire and sets it before him. Then it bubbles away into chaos again.

The table that glows with balefire flickers and seems to burn with a cold light.

Yatashi looks slightly nonplussed at something or other, and chews determinedly.

Thorn says "Perhaps not completely, but I've heard that my father is the King, I've inherited a House, and Finndo is a coatrack. Is there more?"

Constantine laughs softly, pouring himself a cup of coffee.

Spence looks back over at Chance.

Thorn smiles guardedly.

Constantine says "Eric is King in Amber; Spence and I are two of three Royal Generals of Chaos. Jvaraka has returned from the grave."

Megan says reflexively, "Finndo is not a coatrack."

Random mutters, "Close enough."

Thorn ahs. "Yes, I'd heard of Eric and Jvaraka. I suppose that congratulations are in order to both you and Spence, though. THAT, I had not heard."

Yatashi looks like he wants to say something, but continues chewing. A faintly trapped look appears on his face.

Constantine glances at Yatashi. "Food bad, Yatashi?"

Yatashi smiles slightly, as if amused. After a moment, he nods.

Chance frowns briefly at Megan.
Chance says "It's what happens when you order something at random. Lucky you didn't get the Pervish cooking."

Constantine sips coffee. "Person frozen, being used as a coatrack."

Megan looks at Chance. "Hm?"

Chance says "I wish you'd stop saying that, Megan. You don't know the man."

Yatashi finally swallows, and looks slightly embarassed. "It's not bad, the flavor, at that."

Thorn chuckles. "I do, though. If he ever gets out of such a state, there'll be hell to pay. Somewhere..."

Megan looks confused. "What?"

Yatashi murmurs curiously to Constantine, "Is this someone I should know?"

Thorn smiles impishly. "After all, anyone man enough to marry a Hendrake lass isn't going to take kindly to being used to store clothes!"

Constantine says "Oh, I'm sorry, Yatashi. Yes. Chance, meet Yatashi; Yatashi, my friend and occasional accomplice in politics, Chance."

[Chance]
A slim, tall woman who appears to be in her mid-twenties. Her bright blue eyes twinkle a little less these days, and her straw-blonde hair is bound into single, elegant braid. She wears a black silk shirt with wide sleeves gathered at the wrists, blue jeans with an intricate silver belt, reminiscent of Celtic knotwork, and black boots. An equally intricate silver earring dangles from her right ear and a small emerald is set in her left earlobe. She wears a dagger on her belt.

Chance smiles. "Pleased to meet you, Yatashi."

Yatashi glances at Chance. "Ah. Pleasant to meet you." He flashes teeth.

Spence glances at Constantine.

Chance runs a hand across her face and sighs. She downs the rest of her beer.

Constantine raises an eyebrow at Spence.

Thorn glances about, evaluating the merits of staying about.

Constantine adds, "Chance is Spence's fiancee."

Yatashi mms. "Congratulations to the both of you, then!"

Chance smiles a brief, weak smile at Yatashi. "Thank you."

Thorn chuckles. "Not the kind of detail to forget, Constantine!"

Yatashi grins to Chance. "Suggest a drink? I'm not sure what's good here."

Constantine chuckles softly. "It's one of the things I assume everyone knows."

Megan peers at Chance. "What'm I supposed to not be saying?"

Constantine says "Just to complete the introductions; Thorn, Yatashi, and vice versa."

Megan throws a pretzel across the table at 'Tine, lightly.

Chance says "Defending Finndo, Megan."

Yatashi nods to Thorn. "Pleasant to meet you," he says, in the clipped way of one who has had several introductions already recently.

Constantine catches it left-handed, and munches.

Thorn smiles. "Anyone who has been around lately. " He turns to Yatashi, extending his hand. "My pleasure, I'm sure."

Spence nods to Yatashi, a little slow.

At your table, Constantine says "Thorn's the Lord of House Hendrake, these days."

Megan rolls her eyes at Constantine, and turns to Thorn. "Sir, I'm Megan Reynolds, Constantine's aide."

Carl_Danners comes in from outside.
Carl_Danners has arrived.

Megan says "Well, Chance, I don't know him, but what does that have to do with whether or not I'm right about how he should be treated?"

Spence considers the tables in the bar one more time.

Carl_Danners walks over to the balefire table.

Constantine blinks. "I am slow tonight."

Thorn smiles warmly to Megan. "A pleasure, milady. Anyone who speaks well of Finndo, the gruff old bear that he is, has something to be said for them."

Random sips his beer, looking seriously as Chance.

Yatashi nods to one of the other chairs, and then looks curiously at Constantine.

Megan colors a little. "Thank you, sir." She glances at Constantine with a quirky smile. "Of course you're not, sir."

Constantine nods to Yatashi.

Carl_Danners sits down at the table that glows with balefire.
[Carl_Danners sits down and joins you.]

The table that glows with balefire flickers brightly for a moment.

Megan smiles. "Carl!"

Carl_Danners says "Hi."
Carl_Danners orders a beer. Niemand gestures, and a mottled, translucent demon pops into existence, brings it to the table that glows with balefire and sets it before him. Then it bubbles away into chaos again.

The table that glows with balefire flickers and seems to burn with a cold light.

Constantine sips his coffee.

Random orders a Pete's Wicked Ale. Niemand nods, and a mottled, translucent demon pops into existence and brings it to him before bubbling into chaos again.
Random flips the top off the bottle and takes a deep sip.

The bar slithers forward slightly.

Megan orders a Sprite. Niemand gestures, and a mottled, translucent demon pops into existence, brings it to the table that glows with balefire and sets it before her. Then it bubbles away into chaos again.

Thorn glances at the sky outside. "Well, it has been good chatting with you all, but I've got to go. It appears I've inherited a House; I want to see what state it's in."

Constantine says "Take care, Thorn."

Carl_Danners says "Take care."

The table that glows with balefire flickers and seems to burn with a cold light.

Megan nods. "Good night, sir."

Chance stands up as well.

Random says "Ditto for me. Night everyone."

Thorn smiles and nods to each in turn. "Good night to all, until we meet again."

Carl_Danners says "Bye."

Thorn leaves through the only door.
Thorn has left.

Chance says "Good night."

Constantine says "Night, Random. You take care too."

Random says "I'm damn well going to try."

Megan nods politely to Random.

Carl_Danners chuckles.

Yatashi follows this spin of glances and nods with a meaningful look at Spence.

Random walks away, slowly fading from view.
Random has left.

Chance sits down at the table in the shadows.

Constantine says "Certainly room here if you two would like."

Chance orders a bottle of Old Chaos Rot and a glass. Niemand gestures, and a mottled, translucent demon pops into existence, brings it to the table in the shadows and sets it before her. Then it bubbles away into chaos again.

The table in the shadows seems to stretch out and engulf Chance as she sits down, obscuring her from view.

Spence eyes Chance, shadows or no.

Chance says "Join me, Spence?"

Spence nods.
Spence sits down at the table in the shadows.

Chance fills the glass with OCR.

The table in the shadows seems to stretch out and engulf Spence as he sits down, obscuring him from view.

At your table, Yatashi says "Ah, well."

Megan gets a straw, sticks it into her soda, and sucks on it thoughtfully.

At your table, Megan says "Mmm?"

At your table, Constantine says "Mmm. I expect she's upset about politics."

At your table, Yatashi says "How so?"

Chance takes a large gulp of her drink.

At your table, Megan says "Who?"

At your table, Constantine says "Chance."

At your table, Megan nods.

At your table, Constantine says "Did I mention Finndo to you, Yatashi?"

Carl_Danners drinks some beer.

At your table, Yatashi hesitates, looking at Megan. "He was mentioned earlier tonight ... otherwise, I know very little."

Megan sucks contemplatively on her soda straw.

At your table, Megan says "Carl? Do you think I'm wrong to say people shouldn't call Finndo a coatrack or use him as such?"

Chance finishes her glass and pours herself another liberal dose.

At your table, Carl_Danners says "No."

At your table, Constantine says to Yatashi, "Finndo's the king of one of the major powers around here. He's currently been captured by Chance's House, Yyvrael."

At your table, Carl_Danners says "You're right. Breeds more hate to do that."

At your table, Yatashi grins. "I think my sister likes him."

At your table, Megan looks relieved. "That's what I thought. And it'd show more strength if they captured him and then released him, I thought.."

At your table, Constantine chuckles softly. "She does, in her way."

At your table, Yatashi reflects. "What were the circumstances of his capture?"

Chance downs the contents of her glass. She shudders slightly and closes her eyes briefly.

At your table, Carl_Danners says "He's a hostage. Foolish to just release him. Foolish to mistreat him."

At your table, Constantine says "Mmm, Carl. He was attempting to lead an army against Yyvrael, Yatashi."

At your table, Yatashi grins. "Aha." He considers. "He has fallen far."

At your table, Constantine says "Mmm. But then, that's no reason to mistreat him."

At your table, Yatashi says quietly, "I am used to mistreatment. I would be no judge of such things."

Carl_Danners drinks some more beer.

At your table, Constantine says "I figure it's pretty simple. Anything I'd object to having done to me if captured, I'd object to doing to someone else."

At your table, Megan says, ever-so-slightly heatedly, "Well, I'm not, 'cause I've always learned how to protect myself. But...yeah, what 'Tine said."

At your table, Yatashi says to Megan, amusement glinting deep in his eyes, "I can but admire that."

At your table, Carl_Danners nods.
At your table, Carl_Danners says "Foundation of all the prisoner accords. Treat my people nicely, I treat yours nicely."

At your table, Megan nods. "If I can't trust that my people will be treated well, I've no incentive to treat yours well."

At your table, Constantine says "Chance doesn't get it."

At your table, Megan nods. "Well, and also she says only her father can get in to the room he's in, so even if she did..."

At your table, Constantine says "Her father and her?"

At your table, Yatashi mms. "Her House was hurt and threatened by Finndo, then. This gives her a certain right to make reply in pain ... although one might criticize the use she makes of this right."

At your table, Megan says "Not even her, she says."

At your table, Constantine says "Problem is, Yatashi, it's too...there's no knowing where the first offense was, anymore."

At your table, Megan says "Where does it stop? Someone has to try to make it stop."

Carl_Danners grunts.

At your table, Carl_Danners says "Sometimes it stops when everyone's dead."

At your table, Constantine says "Working on it, neh?"

At your table, Carl_Danners says "Sometimes even that doesn't help."
At your table, Carl_Danners says "Hope this one can be stopped easier."

At your table, Yatashi says "I don't think a person should be a coatrack."

Chance leans her head against Spence's well armored shoulder.

At your table, Megan says "But there's not anything we can do, is there?"

Spence reconsiders what hugging Chance might do to her, eyes her bottle, and orders something a bit less like fuel.
Spence orders a Point beer. Niemand gestures, and a mottled, translucent demon pops into existence, brings it to the table in the shadows and sets it before him. Then it bubbles away into chaos again.

At your table, Yatashi says "We could form a protest line in front of Yyvrael. It would probably upset Chance, however."

Constantine chuckles at Yatashi.

Carl_Danners grins.

At your table, Constantine says "I've been talking to people. It's all I can do, right now."

The table that glows with balefire flickers brightly for a moment.

At your table, Carl_Danners says "Protest lines only work when people care about public opinion."

At your table, Constantine says "Mmm."

Spence pops open his beer bottle.

Megan rubs her eyes with one hand absently.

[Carl_Danners]
Carl Danners is a small and light looking man of some undefined age in the twenties; he has black hair cut short and a sun-tanned complexion that looks as if he smiles often. His eyes are unreadable, hidden behind dark sunglasses framed with silvery wire. He looks vaguely studious; with more hair and less muscles he could pass as a hippy. He wears a black t-shirt speckled with jagged red splotches, loose gray trousers, and red hightop sneakers. His brown bomber jacket is well used, with a patch on the shoulder that's too weathered to read. The jacket's opened enough to hint at a pistol in a shoulder holster.
Carrying:
Business Cards

At your table, Yatashi studies Carl Danners.

Chance pours herself another glass of Old Chaos Rot.
Chance sips this one, slowly.

Carl_Danners nurses his beer.

At your table, Yatashi says "I suppose that's true, all in all. It's an annoyance technique at best."

At your table, Yatashi says "Better than feeling helpless, maybe."

At your table, Megan grimaces.

At your table, Yatashi says "Can't say."

At your table, Constantine says "True enough. A lot of people forget morale."

At your table, Yatashi grins.

Megan rubs her eyes again.

At your table, Constantine says "Figure that's part of Chance's problem."

At your table, Megan says "I'd better get to bed...have to be up tomorrow. Practice."

At your table, Constantine says "Alright, Megan. Is the game going well?"

At your table, Carl_Danners nods to Megan. "Bye, take care. Sleep well."

At your table, Yatashi says "If this conversation is bothering you, we can stop? In any other case, sleep well. Don't let the bedbugs bite."

At your table, Megan says "It's going. I think it's going well. I'll have to go see what James did, though."

Megan smiles at Carl. "Good night, Carl."

At your table, Constantine says "Good enough. Take care, then."

Carl_Danners grins. "You too."

At your table, Megan says "No, not at all. One of my more normal topics lately. Good night!"

Megan stands up and stretches, leaving the table.

Yatashi says "Farewell!"

Megan nods over at the shadows where she assumes Chance and Spence still are, and waves at everyone.
Megan leaves through the only door.
Megan has left.

At your table, Constantine says "Carl, Barimen heard anything from Jvaraka recently?"

At your table, Carl_Danners says "Have to ask Jonathan that."

At your table, Constantine says "Ah. Alright."

At your table, Yatashi says "I like this place, I think."
At your table, Yatashi looks down at his plate, considering. "Mostly, anyway."

At your table, Constantine says "What, um, did you order?"

At your table, Carl_Danners grins.

At your table, Yatashi grins. "Russian roulette from the menu. I'm not used to eating."
At your table, Yatashi studies it. "It seems to be part of a squid, stuffed with herbs, grains, and some sort of vegetable."

At your table, Constantine says "Try a bite?"

Chance takes a long sip from her glass.

At your table, Yatashi says "Oh, certainly."

Constantine orders a fork. Niemand gestures, and a mottled, translucent demon pops into existence, brings it to the table that glows with balefire and sets it before him. Then it bubbles away into chaos again.

At your table, Yatashi smiles, as if deliberately suppressing sadism from his eyes.

The table that glows with balefire flickers and seems to burn with a cold light.

Constantine takes a bite of Yatashi's stuffed squid, and chews.

At your table, Yatashi inquires innocently, "Do you like it?"

Yatashi mutters, at his table, "Do ... it..."

Constantine chews more.

Constantine thinks.

Constantine says "It's very chewy."

Yatashi grins.

At your table, Yatashi murmurs, "Look at them over there, lost in shadows. It's so romantic."

Constantine says "Archetypically so."

Chance finishes what remains of her drink in one gulp.

At your table, Constantine grins. "Yeah. Much as I might find fault with Chance...love is special."

[Niemand]
Niemand was a Lord of Chaos in a minor House until he decided to give up politics and take up his first love...bartending. His current form is the quintessential ugly bartender. Huge and hulking, Niemand has a snaggletooth, perpetual razor stubble, one bulging eye, a beer belly the size of the Plaza at the End of the World, and an attitude to match all of it. If you don't believe that, just create a fuss.

At your table, Yatashi says "A moment."

[You stand up and stretch, pushing in your seat.]

Yatashi moves over to Niemand, and murmurs something to him.
You order an a bottle of fine wine, for Chance & Spence's table, and instructions to be romantic. Niemand nods, and a mottled, translucent demon pops into existence, brings it to you, and then bubbles away into chaos.

Chance grins at Spence and stands.

Spence says "Sorry, Yatashi. We're going to go be romantic at home."

Chance says "Thank you, Yatashi, but I'm retiring for the evening."

Carl_Danners grins.

Yatashi grins. "Ah, well. Timing is everything."

[Yatashi still has -10 Stuff.]

Constantine chuckles softly.

Chance says "Good night Yatashi, Constantine. Take care."

Constantine says "Bring the wine. And have a good night."

Yatashi says "Fare well, though."

Carl_Danners says "Bye."

Yatashi smiles, and leaves 'Have fun' unsaid.
Yatashi returns to his table.
[You sit yourself down at the table that glows with balefire.]
[Yatashi sits down and joins you.]

The table that glows with balefire flickers brightly for a moment.

Chance says "I think that the OCR has kind of frazzled my taste buds too much to be able to appreciate the wine."
Chance merges into the shadows somehow.
Chance has left.

Tanith comes in from outside.
Tanith has arrived.

Spence merges into the shadows somehow.
Spence has left.

Carl_Danners nods to Tanith.

Yatashi says "Tanith!"

Constantine says "Hey, Tanith."

Tanith looks around. "Hello."

Carl_Danners says "Hi."

Yatashi says "OCR?"
Yatashi hesitates, trying to remember something.

Constantine says "Old Chaos Rot."

Yatashi says "Ah."

Tanith says, almost cheerfully, "There was a cool floating guy in the other bar."

Yatashi says "I've seen a bottle of that, somewhere."

Tanith says "Well, er, not a guy."

Constantine says "Floating guy?"

Tanith says "Lots of eyes."

Yatashi reflects.

Tanith says "Talked funny. He's called Mr. Beholder."

Constantine says "Like Liebe?"

Yatashi says "How curious. Sit down! Tell us more."

Constantine grins, and adds, "Please."

Yatashi grins. "Spherical?"

Tanith looks around again, then paces over to the balefire table.
Tanith says "Yah, spherical."
Tanith sits down at the table that glows with balefire.
[Tanith sits down and joins you.]

The table that glows with balefire flickers brightly for a moment.

Constantine shapes an invisible basketball with his hands, and looks at Tanith.

Carl_Danners says "Bigger."

Tanith spreads her arms wider.
Tanith says "Sorta toothy."

Constantine says "Hmm. Odd. Nice, though, which is a good change."

Yatashi says "It's just as well that he could float, then. Rolling would be very undignified."

Tanith giggles. "It *would*."

Carl_Danners grins.

Constantine refreshes his coffee, grinning. "Painful, even."

Tanith says "Yah, all those eyes..."
Tanith says "*Squash*"
Tanith says "Ow."

Constantine says "Mmm, exactly. Though, hm. If you padded the floor it might work out well."

Yatashi considers. "Have you seen a turtle, Tanith?"

Tanith says "Oh, yah."

Yatashi says "Perhaps he could pull each eye in just before it touched the floor, and stick it out the other side."

Tanith giggles. "It'd still be undignified."

Yatashi says "I'm sure there are places where it would be considered the height of chic."
Yatashi says "Well, the depth of chic."

Constantine leans back in his chair, chuckling. "Not the World's End, though."

Tanith says "Hmm."

Carl_Danners grins.

Yatashi yawns, slightly, and covers it with his hand.

Tanith adds, "And Hiro's swords are *very* nice."

Constantine says "Hiro?"

Tanith rubs the back of her neck. "He's the one who hired Sebastian for a while."

Constantine says "Mmm. You mentioned that."

Yatashi says "I'm sorry. I'm a little drained of late ... family problems. I think I need a warm bed and a night's sleep."
Yatashi yawns again.

Carl_Danners says "Bye. Sleep well."

Constantine says "How're you doing with that problem?"

Yatashi says quietly, "I'll be okay."

Tanith blinks. "Tiffany's okay, right?"

Constantine nods to Tanith. "It's Daddy."

Yatashi says "I think so. I haven't seen her in a bit. I'll look her up."

Constantine says "That'd be good, mmm."

Yatashi studies Tanith for a moment, his black eyes bright and intense.

Constantine says "Serpent. I should have talked to Chance before."

Yatashi says "May I have a Trump of you, in case anything comes up?"

Tanith says "Me? Oh, sure. I'll, um, have to find someone to draw one, though."

At your table, Constantine says "Carl knows."

Yatashi nods. "Good night, all, then."

Luagha comes in from outside.
Luagha has arrived.

Constantine says "Good night, Yatashi."

At your table, Tanith says something under her breath.

Luagha sits down at the table of shifting colors.

[You stand up and stretch, pushing in your seat.]

The table of shifting colors changes color, around and around like a roulette wheel, and finally settles on pink.

Yatashi nods to Luagha as he leaves the bar.

Tanith says, looking down at her table, "G'night, Yatashi."

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