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Galad and his siblings had made the mistake of underestimating mortals once before, particularly the round-eared kind. The event had left an emotional scar one he would not soon forget - time did not heal all wounds - and the very fact he now needed to adopt the shape of one sickened him greatly but what choice did he have?

Yes indeed, he was a dragon and that very fact alone should have given him the
confidence to sweep aside any threat the local militia posed but making enemies of them needlessly was exactly what Valaxor would have desired. Damned, be his name. There was a reason his father had survived so long, and he knew the lesson well. That said for all the efforts he had taken in trying to conceal himself from prying eyes the shape wasn't perfect, he rarely needed to practice the art and two slight horns protruded from his forehead.

To help hide this Galad travelled in a light white robe, he'd acquired from a merchant in exchange for some shed dragon scales, coming with a hood and mask the covered his mouth and forehead it had proven to be an effective if somewhat obvious disguise. In the three days since simple reconnaissance with Tai's help had revealed their target to be a wealthy merchant who had an interest in purchasing the gem from the thief that had stolen it but without knowing when or how intercepting the transaction would prove difficult.

Galad surveyed his surroundings it was mid-day and the Bazaar was empty, his eyes locked immediately upon their target a woman he had seen frequently with the merchant. If they could somehow persuade her to help them he might be in for a chance at resolving this peacefully but first, they needed to find her alone away from prying eyes and ears. "Tai any ideas?" He whispered to himself.

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“Bribery is supposed to be a long used tactic, that or charming them but I rather hope your own standards are a bit higher then…this” He gestured, or rather the projected image he’d imposed over Galads eyes did, It was a skill he’d long since mastered and it was rather convention situations such as this, not that he recalled needing to do it before.

He examined the disguise his partner was wearing once more and grimaced “On another note, how exactly are you keeping your balance on those two legs? You don’t even have a tail, even those lizard things had a tail, what is wrong with these monkey things?” he was not looking forward to figuring out how to move with those and he was going to have to at some point but it wasn’t as if he had many opportunities or reasons to do so before.

He huffed and turned to examine the woman “I have a few…snacks I could spare, those in addition to some of your shedding should be more than enough to buy one’s services, or at the very least tempt someone into a meeting”
And the sooner they had done that, the sooner he could get out of this place sure there where some nice looking snacks on display but getting them without drawing attention would be hard… not to mention that darn merchant who had tried to sell them a ‘new and fashionable’ pendant.

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It was becoming more often that Nova was sent into various towns to arrange for supplies to be sent to her caravan. The people that had taken her captive as a child had given her this job. Most likely it was because she was a native to the Cathwa Nation and they were the outsiders. She didn't think of like that though. In a way, she was a bridge between two worlds and didn't quite fit into either one wholly.

Her business was just about done and she would meet with the merchant one last time to make sure everything was in order to proceed. After the meeting was over, she left the shop and looked about the market, trying to decide if there was anything else they would need.

Deciding they wouldn't need anything else, she figured she could use a treat. Walking over to one of the other stalls, she checked out the selection of snacks and picked one out. Bargaining with the seller, they both appeared to be pleased with the outcome and she walked carrying her piece of the pie.

Since this was an open market, places to sit were offered. Slave or not, Nova did have some freedom here. Having completed her job, she wouldn't be expected to return to the caravan for a little while longer. As long as it was by the time the supplies arrived.

Taking a seat under the shade of a rare tree, she started eating. There was plenty of room around her and nobody else sat close.

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"Charm eh?" Galad chuckled, "Is there something your not telling me Tai, this fawning over my ascetics." He replied speaking to himself, he did not disagree but he never considered his vanity in the shape of a man. "Do you suppose I should then instead kidnap her, take her to some tower and proclaim it my lair. Perhaps they will send a Knight or bargain for the stone." He laughed, "Good idea on the food though, or perhaps jewellery there are some rather nice necklaces over there."

He knew he would come to regret teasing Tai but right now any form of escapism helped put him at ease, the chains still burned but that was insignificant in comparison to the pain of his entrapment in this contract. Once the girl had taken her seat he inhaled a deep breath approaching the verdant tree.

He took his seat nearby stretching and smiling as he basked in the cool shade, "It's impressive how much is on display here, and the stories they tell especially in such scorching heat. Say what is that you are eating?" He said aloud hoping he might somehow strike a conversation.

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He let loose a small rumble of displeasure at his partner’s words, true he knew they were spoken in jest but some things needed to be vocalised, like the gaudiness of some of those pieces of trash that would not, no could not live up to his glory, so what if he was a bit vain, some of galad had to rub off on him somehow.

As they approached there target he send a small ripple into the Galads pockets, depositing a few items of possible value to advance their plan, but other than that, he planned to wait...
this was his partners play, all he needed to do was keep an eye on the surrounding actors and as of now, none of them where getting to uppity…well mostly.
“And that’s number four” he muttered aloud to point out the most recent pickpocket that had just left with less than they had come with. It was almost a game at this point, an anything one but a game one the less.
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Maybe she had some sort of body odor she was unaware of, but the area around her remained clear until somebody started approaching her. Whatever kept others away from her, didn't stop this man. In reality, there was nothing wrong with the way Nova smelled but that was what she was thinking.

After taking a few bites of her pastry, she noticed the arrival of the man. He chooses to speak with the slave and asked what she was eating.

Looking at her hands and the desert, she held it out slightly so he could get a better look.

"It's a pie. That vendor over there has them. Do you want one?"

The nature of a slave was to serve and that stayed with Nova even when talking to strangers. She did not expect to have to pay for more treats from her own money, but she would get more for him if he wanted her to.

Her eyes did not look at him in the eyes and instead, they rested on his chests. If he was familiar with slaves, then he should be able to figure out that is what she was.

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Ignorant of the pickpockets Tai was counting he began inspecting the pastry he was initially confused, surrounding the contents of the food in what he assumed was an edible package was certainly intriguing. "It is edible, the package?" He asked genuinely curious not realising how peculiar a question that was.

Galad looked up to her noting the lack of eye contact and subdued posture, now body language he could understand and he appreciated the fact her situation wasn't much greater than his. Albeit he was forced into the services of another drake, and she a man.

Knowing how that felt now he could emphasise with her situation at least, "It is a kind offer, but please keep the precious metals for yourself. I have actually been wanting to talk to you about something, my name is Galadaeros and my friend is... uh nevermind."
 
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He suppressed a snicker at that, it was rare that he wouldn’t show his face when they were about but sometimes it was for the best.

It was a tense moment whenever his partner shifted his legs, there wasn’t pain, not right now but the black chains presented a ever present threat. One he had not been able to help his partner to escape from, they were like ghosts to his touch and galds…well it was best he not try, not with what knowledge they currently possessed.

~Why don’t you buy a few?~ he motioned to the cart as he dropped a few coins into his others claws..hands ~If the locals keep giving us coins like this we must use them no?~
food was a good talking point, and at he very least it could be used to as a good distraction.
 
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Since this was the only nation Nova had been in, the question posed to her did not seem out of place. She had no idea any other country had pies. Then again, she really didn't know much about other cultures and only her own. This was the world she lived in and the only one she understood. Listening to Galad ask his question, she nodded and showed him by taking a bite of the crust.

"It is something sweet and tasty. Are you sure you don't want any?"

Not that it really mattered much to her either way. She would enjoy hers and for the moment that is all she was interested in. When he said he had been wanting to talk to her, she gave him a quizzical look but remained silent until he finished.

Lowering her pie, she had heard his fumble in his speech before he said to nevermind. It almost appeared he thought he had somebody with him. Giving a mental shrug she still did not meet him in the eyes.

"I am Nova. What is it you wish of me?"

His companion had yet to make himself known to Nova so she did not pay any attention to him.

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Nova's demeanour left Galad feeling uncertain, she might have been a servant to be so subservient caught him off guard. He didn't much like to take advantage of the situation and taking his friends advice got to his feet "One moment please Nova." He said taking a look towards the baker.

~You have a point I suppose we do not have much use for it. I'm not in the hoarding mood, I'll get you one for later.~ He replied ignoring the itch of the chains rubbing exposed flesh, at least they didn't make walking any more awkward than it already was. Purchasing a pair he returned to Nova taking a cautious bite.

It exploded with a sweetness he hadn't experienced before and gave a toothy grin, allowing the palette to run wild on his taste buds "Wow," He exclaimed enthusiastically, "you know how to pick some good food Nova. You'll have to fill me in on some other recommendations sometime."

Returning to his seat Galad flinched in the sun's glare, "I'll save this one for later I think. Honestly, I don't expect anything from you, on the contrary, I would be in your debt and have my eternal gratitude if you were able to help me. Something that was stolen from my..." Making a deep growl momentarily he forced the word out, "Master... that I have been tasked to retrieve and he would prefer I paint the town red in order to retrieve it but it would condemn me. I want to avoid it but I need help in exchange I will owe you my life."

He knew this was sudden and was very likely to backfire but patience was waring thin and he didn't fancy a trek through the accursed desert in pursuit of another opportunity. If a full moon came before then he'd be trapped and lose the scent in hostile lands, plus he doubted Valkator would wait. It was a gamble but one he hoped might pay off.

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A hiss of frustration filtered over their connection for a moment at the talk of life debts.

Galad was his.

In truth he would be more than happy to drench this town in blood if it meant keeping his other safe but such a thing would not come easy, nor would it be one that complimented their sensibilities.

A rather infuriating predicament…Yet it was not one that he could solve alone.

He glanced over at this Creature taking note of every pinprick of light that reached his senses. With luck the girl would prove to be sensible and fortune would smile upon them all. However recent events had proved that the winds of luck were not in their favour.

The only thought that kept him calm was the notion that one way or another he would get his prize, how long it would take and how many lives would be lost was the only variable that marked his ire.
 
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Watching the man go off to purchase two of the pies, Nova did not question his decision. A small part of her was glad he changed his mind and wanted to try it himself. She returned the smile with a little light in her eyes as she watched his reaction to the sweet treat. So far their interaction had been pleasant and it gave her a little more courage. Finally, she looked up to meet him in the eyes and sat up a bit.

"I'm glad you enjoy it! Make sure to wrap the second one up or it will make a mess of your clothes. I will give you more advice on food as you need it."

Saying this would be far easier than him actually being able to find something to wrap the pie up with. It was just a piece of advice and there wasn't much Nova could do to help him beyond words. After taking that bite, Galad sat back down with her and seemed to be in some sort of pain.

Listening as he continued after a few moments, she looked at him with a bit of a lost look on her face. He wanted her help to locate something that had been stolen from his master...that got a flinch of her own. They were both bound to a master and neither one of them could break free. However, he had hope, and right now, she did not.

"So my helping you recover this item will save your life and those of the people around us?"

Drawing her brows together, she really didn't care about the town around them, but a small part of her did. Taking the last bite of her pie, she brushed her hands together to get the crumbs off and nodded.

"I will help you. What information do you have, Sir Galadaeros?"

A shiver appeared to go up and down her spine as Taiyangjing focused his attention on her.

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He fell back taking a seat turning away and scoffing at his disbelief and thinking aloud, "Tai I can't believe that worked." He took another small bite from the pastry then turned back to Nova with a smile. "Ahem... what I meant to say was thank you!"

He began to wrap the second as she suggested while considering how best to explain what they so far knew, he couldn't trust her with all the information. There was still a risk she might betray them after all especially if she knew what race they belonged, besides she had no reason to know.

"It started no longer than a week ago when I and my friend were exploring the caves within one of the passageways into the Lantherni Wilds. We believe there might be a safer route for travellers but in our exploration, we stumbled upon something unforgiving." He pulled up the sleeve of his robe revealing some of the obsidian chains that wrapped around his arm.

"A dragon lurks there and far as I can tell after bargaining for our freedom he put this curse on us. It's meant to enforce our compliance in acquiring what it believes to have been stolen from him." He pulled his sleeve back down before anyone else could witness them before continuing.

"He gave us this location and description matching one belonging to your master, a purple crystal that glows in the dark. It's only small but I have the feeling its value is significant to this dragon, he preferred that I kill your master to get it but I am not a murderer."

"After following your band for a couple of days I suspect he is much the same, and without cause enough to go, slaying innocents, I decided to take another route but I seriously doubt he is the kind of man to go stealing from dragon hoards which leads me to believe there is more to the object than the drake is letting on. Thankfully my friend is something of an expert on such things I just need to get my hands on it first."

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~…I have no idea what you’re talking about, I never stole anything from anydra..oh you meant gems~ he chuckled before quickly changing the subject, namely the hume that had caught his poor moons attention.

~I suppose she was infatuated by your pure draconic charisma, you could use a new pet I suppose, just remember to feed and water it daily, on other notes Also I will remind you that blood is an excellent source of iron and the slaughter of livestock totally reasonable course of action in cases such as this~ Was this being to bloodthirsty? This probably was but he was running a bitlow on iron after his last project and its not as if they needed aloof there blood.


Speaking of which….
~I suppose i do have a few ideas on the gem front, if I can get it into my claws for a few minutes I could make a more realistic fake, though I could use a few more minerals that i'm running short on, we haven’t really sat still long enough for me to gather a decent supply on my own.~

And now while his partner was stuck thinking about that he focused on the more delicate issue, namely himself, with his partner's current form he could probably make a hume of his own.

but did he want to? Debatable. He felt…withdrawn for now, a need to keep close, though having a form would mean he could keep track of potential threats easier…

~…..i'm going to regret this but i'll make a form, just need to find somewhere that’s closed off enough, bloody tailless apes~ he sighed and began looking for a decent area to take form, and possibly a snack for his trouble.

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Unknown to the trio, their unusual appearances and conspiratorial manner had not gone completely unnoticed. While most in the bazaar were too hurried by their own chores to take much notice of some furtive people tucking into some overpriced pies, but at least one man was not; Pahu Muthiasson, a man dressed in the unusual garb of a desert trader- simple and hard-wearing fabrics died garish red and gold, with tribal tattoos on his exposed flesh denoting his lineage and rank to those able to read such things.

Usually, Pahu would have been as busy as any in the Bazaar, but right now he was at a loose end, his previous employer having been dragged away to the palace dungeons. He felt unsettled and alone, even surrounded by the hustle and bustle of merchants and house-servants- the city was a place of noise and motion, while his eyes and ears were more attuned to long hours reading the tiniest features among silent seas of sand dunes. Leaning in a quiet corner, observing the crowd, Pahu could hardly believe his ears.

"Excuse me, Gentlemen... and Lady. Your tale of dragon curses and stolen treasure intrigues me greatly. If you don't mind listening to the words of a humble sellsword, I would offer you a proposal. Now, I happen to be in need of employment, and the way I see it I could fill my purse either by offering my services to this man you intend to steal from, or by offering my services to your little gang. I thought it only polite to give you all the first chance to bid, since I find your tale of misfortune and honor has moved me, Sirs."
 

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