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The Dreamer

Akasha Emberstone

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
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Jun 27, 2019
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Magi
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Glassblower
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Female
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Taliha's reaction was much like Akasha's own when she was a young girl, oh how her brother would torment her by threatening to pour the fowl substance in her mouth while she slept; and the rotten bastard had done it to. "Well, when the disease can lead to death, then sometimes it's worth it." Akasha replied back, though she understood what Taliha was speaking of; not all cures were worth their hassle.
Leaving the guessing of what shop they would stop at to Taliha, Akasha took the moment to study her guard, curious as to how concentrated Taliha seemed to be on such a simple task. Either she was trying to prove her worth to Akasha, or she was just as desperate to find a cure as Akasha was. Either way, the platinum haired woman didn't mind. Hearing Taliha's musings, Akasha chimed in, perhaps she'd have to advise the girl on the many factors that went into making a decision.
"That could also be the case. Keep in mind they may be able to afford shops because they are skilled enough to successfully scam others out of their own funds. It's hard to tell from looking on the outside, but once you see the dealer, it's much easier to form an opinion."

Overall, it was damned near impossible to know about a business just by viewing it from the outside, no you had to get into the merchant himself and see how he conducted himself. Akasha had seen quite a few con artists muscle their way into nice positions of power, either by trickery, bribery, or pure recklessness. While that might have been something more common in Cathwa, there was always the chance you could run afoul some noble bastards cousin in his raunchy clothing store. Akasha's eyes lingered upon that of a boy wearing a red cap, only for her eyes to meet Taliha as they both seemed to have the same reaction to the sighting. Perhaps this town wasn't as glamorous as it seemed. Given that the street rats were willing to come to this stall, it perhaps had some level of honesty to it; after all, who would be more conservative of their funds than those who had little to begin with. "Let's see how you haggle." Akasha muttered, as she watched Taliha go forth and try to bargain with, what Akasha could only describe as a witch; though that might have just been the superstition talking. Taliha opened by insinuating they needed cures for upset stomachs, well...that wasn't exactly untrue, however the middle aged crone before them seemed to think that one of the women was pregnant. Akasha understood the approach Taliha was taking, but perhaps she was being a little too vague. After all, they just needed a treatment for sea voyages, it'd be unfortunate to be given something that only helped with the throes of pregnancy. Akasha stepped in closer, as the crone seemed to be recognize her presence. The last thing Akasha wanted to know about was the ordeal of a witches offspring, so she wished to conclude this deal before she needed any more harmful imagery in her head.

Trying to must up a smile, and trying not to view the woman before them as an evil hag, Akasha tried to elaborate as to what they were looking for. "Actually ma'am, my friend's husband is taking a hand at sailing. We were looking for something to help him better deal with illness, as he isn't accustomed to the sea. Do you happen to have such a remedy?" Akasha asked, mustering up a great deal of politeness, mostly because she didn't want an ill omen to fall upon her; witches could do that after all. "Eh? A sailor you say. Hehe, my husband was a sailor you know? Oh yes that he was..." The woman babbled, as she seemed to be distracted by something out of sight of the two women. The crone reached down for something, after shuffling several things about, she withdrew what looked like a pair of oddly shaped tubers. "Now this here ginger root, it'll sort that out right as rain you see. Doesn't last long unfortunately, but it can get you by for...oh..." The woman paused, looking down to her hands as if she was trying to count on her fingers. "Perhaps three days each." The woman looked down to the pair of roots she had set before the women and shrugged. "Sadly, only have the two, but that should be enough for a week." As the crone glanced back up at Akasha, the fire magi kept her hand tightly on her coin purse, turning to look to Taliha. "Well, what do you think?" She asked, knowing that the supply would only get them half of the way to the islands. Akasha would be fine paying for the cure, assuming it worked after all.
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Taliha Ojivua

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
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May 29, 2019
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Taliha couldn’t argue with Akasha’s reasoning, concerning the necessity to treat an illness despite how nasty the medicine tasted, so she merely nodded her head in agreement. As to what speculation the two could do concerning the honesty of these alchemists, Akasha made the ultimate point; you just had to speak to the dealer and judge each based on their actions. She did, however, cast the woman a sidelong glance when she mentioned seeing how well Taliha could haggle. Perhaps she should have gotten her week’s wages before leaving the tavern for certainly she would not make a good impression in that arena.

So far so good, despite her flustered moment when the herbalist asked if she was expecting, Akasha stepped in with a ready cover story giving Taliha the minute she needed to recover. She smiled, already affecting concern in her facial expression for her imaginary husband and his new career as a sailor.

Taliha would reach out to take the odd looking roots from the woman as she extolled their virtues and did some quick calculations in her mind coming to the same realization as Akasha; even if the roots worked it would not be enough to see them safely to the Archipelago. Absentmindedly her thumbs rubbed over the slick thin skin of the root, noting where it was flaking along the ends. Picking at the skin slightly with her thumbnail she exposed the translucent tuber beneath. Raising it to her nose she could readily smell its pungent aroma.

A smile of pleasant surprise spread over her feature and she said, ”I think Jubal will like this.”, she said to Akasha before turning to the woman. ”My husband is so picky when it comes to these things. But I am concerned, you say it will last only a week?” That wouldn’t do at all, especially since they would be halving the roots between them. She continued with her story by saying, ” He will be gone for months at a time, you know what I mean. You said your husband was a sailor too? He only gets one foot locker and this is going to be very bulky. Not to mention expensive.” Her smile turned into a look of worry and she made a motion to return the roots to the rotund woman.

Taking the roots back the woman gave her a look of commiseration. ”Ah deary, such is the life of a sailor. I'll tell you what though. You could probably get ground Ginger from one of the shop keeps. It will take up less room and is a bit less effective, fresh is best you know. But it will tide him over till he reaches port. If I were you, get him both. Tell him to use the fresh root first then when its gone to use the dried. Chances are by then he will have his sea legs and not need to use the ginger at all after that.” But then there was the issue of money and it would look awfully strange for Akasha to buy her husband’s medicinals.

Effecting great embarrassment, she said, ”Geesh, that maybe more expensive than I was counting on. Jubal hasn’t gotten his first pay yet and I’ve had to rely on my friend’s purse strings. My husband…”, and here she leaned in a bit closer imitating the woman’s failed attempt at secrecy to say, ”He would be awfully angry if he knew I was accepting charity, especially over this weakness in his belly. He is so proud, I know it’s silly but is the Ginger root really the best we can do for the price?”

Algarus
 
The Dreamer

Akasha Emberstone

Character
Cathwa Nation Citizen
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Jun 27, 2019
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136
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Magi
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Glassblower
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Female
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24
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Algarus
Taliha was quick on adapting, Akasha would have to give her that. As the woman took to the fake husband story rather swiftly. Akasha's gaze was more affixed to that of the witch handling their cures. What was she doing rubbing her fingers all over the roots? Was this some sort of elaborate curse? Akasha only lingered on it in sparse moments, as she was more intent on getting her moneys worth for this cure. If the elderly woman before them was truly a witch, perhaps she enjoyed profit over hexing her clients; after all, that wasn't exactly a good business model. It took a small bit of effort for Akasha not to smile as Taliha lamented about her fake husband and his fake illness, followed by his fake motivations and thoughts on the matter. Perhaps the woman was an actress before being a sellsword, she was well worth the coin purely from the entertainment factor alone; at least their upcoming voyage wouldn't be dull.

The witch provided a way for the pair to maximize the use of the root, which was certainly helpful advice. Though it was here that they also hit their first pitfall, how expensive was this treatment to be? It certainly sounded...well...costly. The witch muttered to herself as Taliha finished weaving her tale, her features seeming to show a case of understanding that clashed with personal interest. "Ah, I see dearie I see...well...how about this, for the two roots and my advice, I can sell it to ye for..." The woman paused and tapped her chin with her long crone like digits. The witch paused, seeming to have settled on a number she agreed with. "How about fifty coin for both roots? That seems fair, no?" She muttered, eyeing the two, trying to see if they were in agreement. Akasha glanced to Taliha, feeling like they were on the right course. "Dear, let me buy it for you. It's the least I can do since you helped with the children last season." Akasha said, putting her hand on Taliha's shoulder, preparing to reach into her coin purse and pay for the goods. Taliha would feel the unnatural warmth begin to sweep across her upper back from the brief contact, further proving that Akasha was indeed unnatural. Akasha felt like they were in for a decent deal, given advice on top of the goods themselves, and since Taliha had done the legwork, the least Akasha could do was pay the rest of the way there.
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The Outcast

Taliha Ojivua

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
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May 29, 2019
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Taliha found herself wanting to hold her breath as she waited for the herbalist to state her fee and had to force herself to relax, then the woman stated 50 coins and was going to charge for her sales pitch? She never said it wasn’t free and she frowned shaking her head slightly. Only Akasha went into super concerned friend mode and began to second guess herself. She knew she was no haggler. With a sigh she said, ”Well since you put it that way, we could just call it even seeing what little monsters they are.”

Perhaps it wasn’t such a bad deal for it seemed like Akasha was just that eager for a cure. Though she didn’t think anyone could suffer at sea like herself, maybe this woman was the exception. She looked toward the shops and said, ”But for the dried, you’ll have to let me pay you back with some help or other. Anything but babysitting.”


Algarus
 
The Dreamer

Akasha Emberstone

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
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Jun 27, 2019
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Magi
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Female
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Akasha was rather enjoying the fake history she and Taliha were making up for one another, though she had to give the woman props for her quick wittiedness. The truth was that yes, Akasha desperately wanted a cure before their voyage, and frankly she'd rather pay fifty coins save herself and her bodyguard the hell that was sea travel.

Withdrawing the correct amount of coin from her purse, Akasha set the payment down on the stall as five stacks of ten, leaving Taliha to collect the root. "Oh don't even mention it. It's the least I can do after all I've had to put you through." Akasha said dismissively as Taliha suggested paying her back; though she was fairly certain the woman was just playing along. The crone paused to count her payment, her boney fingers fiddling with the coins arrayed before her, before sweeping them under the stall and smiling to the young women. "Thank you for your buisness dears, hope your husband is giving you proper attention. Not many wives are that thoughtful you know." The old woman gave a wink to Taliha, which made Akasha want to die inside.

Still, they had their cure, and would ideally be freed from the plight of sea sickness; assuming their root hadn't be hexxed by the old hag. Akasha would smile to Taliha as they left, her eyes glanced down to the two roots that her bodyguard now carried with her. "I have to give you credit, you handled yourself quite well there, for a house wife." Akasha smirked, expecting a retort to follow. "Hopefully this plant will solve our problems for the future. Though I'm going to be most displeased if I learn this was just a ruse." She muttered, a small undertone of annoyance filtered through in her words. "But, I do applaud your negotiation skills. I think I made a wise investment with you." Akasha commented, nodding in agreement with herself. That meathead Tonka would have screwed that whole encounter up.
Kayenta Moenkopi
 
The Outcast

Taliha Ojivua

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
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She would have been surprised to learn that Akasha felt the woman might be a witch, but it hardly mattered. One moment she was blushing and backing herself away from the woman’s intrusive comments, the next she was carting off the roots that could very well be the means of easement for both she and her employer’s predicament. Once they were out of earshot of the herbalist, she grinned when Akasha commented on her play acting. ”Ah, I don’t know about housewives, but the trail mothers of the clans are women to be reckoned with.”

She brought the roots to her nose as they walked inhaling their pungent aroma. ”I hope so too. At least it is not that nasty cactus brew you spoke of earlier”, she commented. Hopefully that old saw about it having to taste bad in order to work would not hold true in this instance. She pause the wandering of her silly thoughts when Akasha called hiring her a good investment. It made her laugh, ”I hope you feel the same when we are arguing over the last cup of tea and only halfway there.”

It was the first time she had openly admitted that she too suffered from sea sickness, but it had been insinuated enough to be the safe bet anyhow. Looking at the shops the first one was much too crowded for her liking so she would tip her head to the second which had significantly less people milling around, ”How about this one?” After how helpful the herbalist had been on the street she hoped they hadn’t run out of luck when it came to bargain hunting. Either way it seemed that Akasha was not the only one who was pleased with their employment arrangement for it was rare that Taliha had been hired on by someone whose sense of humor matched that of her own.

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The Dreamer

Akasha Emberstone

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
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Jun 27, 2019
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Magi
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Glassblower
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Female
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Akasha smirked at Taliha's response. "Well, if they are like you, you're clan must be mighty indeed. There aren't enough resourceful women as there should be." She wasn't too keen on the way that the clans conducted themselves, perhaps that was something she and Taliha could talk about on their upcoming voyage. With her up and coming actress and bodyguard in tow, they would continue on the shopping district, this time trying to find a store that might be able to supply them. The comment of the cactus brew caused Akasha to shake her head.

"With any luck, she didn't curse the roots. Though as far as witches went, she seemed strangely trustworthy." Akasha spoke, letting Taliha know what she had been harboring for the last few moments. Akasha glanced down to the roots being cradled in Taliha's arms and nodded.

"Well, worse comes to worse we can reach an accord. Perhaps we can share it?" Akasha suggested, though in honesty she would rather her bodyguard be in better health then she; after all what was she to do if she were attacked? Though perhaps if the brew was too foul, she'd let Taliha have it anyways. Those were decisions to be made at a later time however.

Walking by the first crowded store they came across, Akasha glanced into it's doorware to try and gleam what exactly their wares were; it seemed to be some sort of discount potion shop, which immediately made her lose interest. Taliha pointed out a shop just a tad up the road which had significantly less customers entering it, at which Akasha agreed with her judgement. "It seems we'd be less likely to be trampled there, lead on." She stated, as the pair would venture towards the shop. The first thing they would have noticed as they near the shop, was a wave of incense would assault their senses just five feet away from the door. "Perhaps the stench keeps the customers at bay." Akasha joked, though her face twitched in disgust at the overwhelming smell of jasmine and...was that honey? Odd.

The shop itself looked rather empty, as several candles sat flaming brightly on the counter, perhaps the source of the strong smell. Several trays of...something were laid out about the room, it looked like powder but had unusual coloring to it. Odd. Stepping inside, the women would see a moving bald head hovering below the counter, the sounds of muttering coming from it. As they came closer, there was a *bang* and a series of swears, as an old man emerged from behind the counter. His face was heavy with wrinkles and signs of age, donning green and dirt spotted robes that must have been as old as both the women combined. "'Is someone there?" He asked, moving to come to the other side of the counter. He was hunched over, holding a cane to keep himself upright, as he felt his way around the counter. Akasha eyed the man with caution, unsure of what to really say, as she looked to Taliha to open negotiations; clearly this man was also a witch.
Kayenta Moenkopi
 
The Outcast

Taliha Ojivua

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
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May 29, 2019
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It was true that the people of Cathwa were very diverse, but among the Ojivua the plight of women was not so heinous as one might expect. Many rose to positions of power among her people. They were just as respected and valued as members of their society as the men. She had noticed in the Old Empire there were places where the landed gentry gave no value to their women. Should a Lord among them have no male heirs his lands often passed into the hands of a steward or guardian pending the marriage of his daughter who then would be Lord of the lands. Other than as a commodity, a woman had no value. There were quite few things messed up about the Ojivua but at least she could not be sold into slavery under the guise of marriage. ”Oh we do alright I suppose. Perhaps it is life that makes it so. Migrating as we do we really can’t afford to be unable to contribute just because we are women. Some of the best warriors among my clan are female”, she remarked before ducking into the shop.

Taliha scrunched her nose up a bit upon detecting the odor, the scent of jasmine so sickeningly sweet she didn’t detect the overtones of honey even once inside the shop. Places like this were not her favorite spot, where too many scents fought for dominance with each other, she ended up being overwhelmed and getting a bit of a headache. There were a few foreign plants that she was even allergic to. She chuckled when Akasha mentioned the smell and said, ”Seems to be working”

It was rather nice, Taliha thought, to have the shop to themselves and as there were so many interesting looking items lying about, she didn’t have to feel rushed but could take her time perusing the merchant’s wares. Even the owner was missing, and she got the sense of getting away with trespassing at some mage’s secret workshop. Soon enough the impression was marred by the loud bang and the approach of the shop keep. Was the old man blind?

”Yes good sir”, she was quick to respond in case this was true. She didn’t want a man who brewed potions to feel as though he needed to protect himself and any delay in responding on her part might raise his suspicions. At the very least it was respectful to answer right away. ”The woman, the rather round one who sells herbs in the market stalls?, she began by way of explanation before continuing, ”She recommended we purchase some ground ginger to supplement these fresh roots. My husband is about to put to sea and will need a ready supply for his stomach, you see. Do you sell ground ginger sir?”

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Akasha Emberstone

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
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Jun 27, 2019
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Magi
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Female
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Seeing that Taliha was handling the negotiations, Akasha looked at the strange powders that were strewn about the shop. The old man seemed to wobble as Taliha spoke, his face scrunching in confusion as he listened to her speak. "Ground Ginger? Why would I ground Ginger? I haven't seen her in years!" He said aloud, drawing Akasha's attention. Was this old man senile? Akasha moved back to Taliha, trying to readdress what it was they were looking for. "No, ground ginger, the ingredient. My friend's husband is a sailor. He gets sick at sea, the old woman said you could help." After another pause, the old man only shook his head, hobbling over to the counter and began shuffling items, before withdrawing a sack and a wooden spoon from under the counter. "I've never heard of someone's husband getting pregnant after sailing, but if that Ginger is behind this...now...where did I put it..." The old man seemed to be in his own world now, his hands feeling the edges of the tray, moving from tray to tray in this manner. No, it was definite now, this man was senile, how the hell was his shop still open? "This wouldn't help with pregnancy, but it'll help settle the stomach out. If he ever goes back out to sea, it'll help him with that too." He muttered, taking the spoon full of the powder and setting it into the bag, after doing this several times he stopped and closed the bag. Hobbling back to the counter, the old man felt for the counter top before setting the bag onto it. "Let's see here....seven scoops with three per scoop..." The man began to mutter, counting to himself. Akasha was starting to grow annoyed at the man, what in the hell was he going on about? "Sir, what ingredient are you selling us? I'd like to know before we purchase it." "Eh?" The man paused, as if remembering he had two customers before him. "I'm giving you crushed ginger root. You said Ginger did that to your husband? Terrible woman that Ginger, but this will help ease his suffering." Akasha looked back to Taliha in confusion, then back to the old man who had just finished his calculations. "That'll be twenty five in coinage." He stated, still staring off blankly ahead. Akasha looked to Taliha and opened the back on the counter. It certainly smelled like Ginger, so perhaps this is what they were looking for.
Kayenta Moenkopi
 
The Outcast

Taliha Ojivua

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
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May 29, 2019
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Taliha laughed at the old man’s ribald comment, despite being foreign to these lands she had met several women who went by the name so the pun did not escape her. Imagining the man not having a heart attack if he tried to mount the steps, let alone a woman, was not something she put much faith into for he was as decrepit as they came. But then when Akasha tried to clarify thing the man’s rambling ceased being humorous for they hinted at senility. Perhaps his mind still knew the business and it was his hearing that caused the problem.

When Akasha sniffed at the contents of the bag, Taliha looked to her for confirmation that the powder was indeed ginger. The price seemed much better than what the street vendor had offered, but that could be just the difference between fresh and dried. She had said the ground would be less effective than whole root, after all. ”Well its not ‘liquid gold’”, she said, which was a drink of the desert, orange in color, made from the berries of shrubs that grew in the harshest of conditions. She had not tasted its sweetness in years, but among her people it was known for its healing and general health giving properties. ”However, the price seems reasonable enough, we shall take it.”, she concluded briefly.

Once the transaction was complete and they exited the shop, she intended on broaching the subject once more with her employer on the ship they would set sail. She had mentioned that in all likelihood she could convince the captain to leave sooner than not, so she assumed they would have to seek this man out. Arrangements would have to be made for the transport as well. In the meantime, she looked out toward the street waiting for Akasha to finish her shopping. What if Tonka came back with a sudden change of heart seeking remunerations? Unlikely, the man had seemed glad to discharge his service, but there were many dangers that one could fall prey to if they were not watchful.

Algarus
 
The Dreamer

Akasha Emberstone

Character
Cathwa Nation Citizen
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Jun 27, 2019
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Magi
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Glassblower
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Female
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Akasha was glad to see Taliha enjoyed the man's foolishness, but she did not. She couldn't tell if this was some witch mind game, or if the man was genuinely confused. Though thankfully it looked as if the man knew something about herbal treatment, until Taliha mentioned liquid gold. Akasha had only vaguely heard of the drink, some sort of magical potion that restored life to those on deaths door; or something like that, she really needed to get in touch with the other side of her culture. The old man reared back, almost falling backwards onto the shelf behind him, his face twitching in disgust as Akasha fumbled for his payment. "This isn't that kind of store Madam! If you're into that strange nonsense, take it to a brothel." The old man muttered, seemingly off put by whatever he thought Taliha had said. By the time he had finished, Akasha had slid the coins onto the counter. "There you are sir, twenty five as requested." She stated matter of factly, though she felt a little concern as her coin purse was getting quite light now; though she still had her chest stowed away in the tavern. The old man paused to count the coins, while Akasha patiently waited to take the sack and get out of this place before the fumes killed her. "I'm a man of good sense, so I believe our buisness here is concluded." The stranger alchemist said, shrinking back below the counter with his payment. "Have a good day ladies!" He called from under the counter, though Akasha was already outside of the store by then.

"Now do you see why I don't trust those types? There is something off about them, I know it." She reaffirmed, looking to Taliha to back her up. Despite the trama of having to negotiate with witches, they had secured their prize, ideally neither of them would have to deal with being sea sick ever again. Unless ginger tasted that bad. Still, Akasha had scored big today. She gained a new bodyguard, a potential friend, and a remedy for her greatest weakness; aside from ticklishness, she was still working on that one. "Still, I couldn't have done this without you, so thank you." Akasha nodded, looking to Taliha with a genuine smile. They would next be setting out to speak with the captain, though it was a fair walk away. Still, with a friend at her side, they could pass the time by talking of Cathwa; Akasha was quite curious about the tribal culture, as all she had experienced was the life of a street urchin. What the two women might not have known, was a pair of eyes watching them from a distance. "Is that the one?" One of them asked. "Yea, looks like it. Weird though, she doesn't look like she's from Cathwa." The two hooded figures consulted the details on paper before them. "Maybe not, but the hair fits exactly. Has to be her." "Yea, guess so." With that, the strangers kept a lax distance behind the woman, trying to not stand out from the usual crowd.
Kayenta Moenkopi
 
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Taliha Ojivua

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
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There was just something so absurd about the encounter that by the time the two women had found themselves back on the street, Taliha was feeling more relaxed in Akasha’s presence. Shopping alone sucked, but today this market was actually entertaining in a way she had never experienced before. Perhaps it was just that they were not spending any of Taliha’s funds!

Instead of backing her up, however, she turned traitor to poke fun of Akasha’s leeriness of herbalists. Laughing, she reached out to give her shoulder a small shove and teased, ”Oh I don’t know, I think if both of us had taken one step closer he might have paid us to leave and go ravish this Ginger instead” Who knew haggling could be such fun?

Keeping her contact brief, the woman was her employer after all though Taliha didn’t figure she was all that uptight; she was, however, mindful from the few times she had touched the woman that she was filled with a heat that was just begging to get out. A boy cutting across the street to duck into an alley, and wearing the street rat signature beret, reminded Taliha she had seen it in action. Did the boy pause and turn to look past the women at the silent men trailing the ladies? Though Taliha couldn’t know why, when she saw the boy she knew he was not looking at them but beyond.

She was not much of a fan of children, and the earlier incident had certainly put her off the red cap wearing kind in Noria today. Turning, as she waited for Akasha to react to her tormenting, she cast her eyes to their back-trail seeking something amiss or at the least, of interest to the lad. There were women chasing after children, men and women doing business, and those that looked to just be milling around. With the abundance of activity here, who could blame those that just came out for a lark?

Turning back around she continued to walk beside Akasha and asked, ”I am happy to serve, Madame. Where to next?”

Algarus
 
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Akasha Emberstone

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
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Jun 27, 2019
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Magi
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Female
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Algarus
Akasha snickered as Taliha gave a playful shove to her shoulder. Maybe she was a little superstitious, but she had her reasons to be; though...maybe she could try and dial it down a tad. She did note that Taliha seemed to be aware of making prolonged contact with her, certainly by now she must have realized there was something quite odd about her employer. Akasha would have to elaborate on it at a later time.

For now, they could enjoy one another's company as they moved on, though Akasha spotted another one of those stret urchins stalking around; this place really did have a children street gang problem. "I don't think that old man would have noticed even if we had." Akasha replied, not seeming too upset that her superstitions were being teased at, though it did make her a tad red around the cheeks. It seemed the activity of the town was starting to pick up as the day was stretching into its final arc. Taliha asked as to where they were departing, and Akasha responded. "We need to head by the port and speak with the Captain. After that, we can head back to the tavern and rest. And please, just keep it at Akasha." She finished with a request, narrowing her eyes towards Taliha as they continued along their way, as Akasha tried to mull over what exactly she was going to say to the captain; she personally didn't want to fling money at the man, especially since she needed some left over to pay for Taliha's company. Still, there was time, and funds to keep things flowing.
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The Outcast

Taliha Ojivua

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
Created
May 29, 2019
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Age
34
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Taliha laughed, ”You are no doubt right. Were it not for the strong odor of the ginger I don’t think he could have found it. At least now we know why his shop was nearly empty.” The two continued on down toward the wharf and it took a little bit longer than normal now that the traffic of people on the streets was growing. Thus far her experience in Noria had not been so very hateful, but she still didn’t think that a city such as this would be someplace she could ever envision settling down for any length of time. She noted the people seemed to be happy enough, it had been days since she had witnessed any stabbings. Some sea ports were just not safe to dock in at all.

She spoke up, leaving thoughts of city life alone for now, and asked, ”What is the name of the ship we are supposed to take?” There were many in port, which no doubt accounted for the volume of street traffic. Many people had relative on board those ships, others would contain people eager to get on dry land, any land, while a large portion were doing business and tending to their trades. She was starting to get a bit anxious about shipping out, feeling like it was time for her to move on once more. Once people started knowing her name and recognizing her on sight it was a clear indication that she had stayed in one place for too long.

Akasha’s offer of work couldn’t have come at a better time and she was actually looking forward to reaching the Archipelago and trying to find the woman’s brother. Sure, the two were not bosom buddies or anything of the like, but it was rare that a person lucked into what seemed congenial company in a boss. With any luck the ginger would see them through the worst of the voyage. But of Akasha’s brother? Hopefully they would not need a miracle and whatever fix he had gotten himself into could be remedied.

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The Dreamer

Akasha Emberstone

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Cathwa Nation Citizen
Created
Jun 27, 2019
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136
Rank
Magi
Job
Glassblower
Gender
Female
Age
24
Marital Status
Single
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Algarus
Akasha smiled at Taliha's assessment of the old man, and indeed she shared the same notion. "Had we stayed there a moment longer I think I would have gotten ill. I have no idea how that poor man can withstand such a stench." She remarked, as the pair had embarked towards the harbor, hoping to negotiate with the captain. Taliha seemed to be as alert as always, which did make Akasha feel a tad relieved; after all, she couldn't always watch her own back. Though she was used to doing so in Cathwa, at least in Cathwa the cities weren't so damn packed, here everyone was crammed together like a pack of sardines, it was maddening. The pair could see a crew of sailors carrying crates worth of supplies up and down the docks, clearly this was the right place.

Taliha asked what the name of the ship they had booked passage was on, causing Akasha to pause for a moment and recall. She stumbled with the name for a moment, until it came back to her; don't you hate it when that happens? "The Endeavor. That's what it was called." She said, a tad bit of uncertainty in her voice, but Akasha was eighty eight percent sure that's what it was called. Akasha would walk onto the dock now, with Taliha hopefully at her side, though she did her damnest not to even pay the ocean below them any mind; just looking at the waves could send her reeling. The pair of men that had followed them decided to stay back, seeing that trying to confront the two women on a busy dock might not go their way.

Working her way along the docks, Akasha found it rather difficult to navigate past the dock workers and sailors, who seemed to just march forward, not giving a damn to whoever happened to be in their way, but she made it work. She tuned out the sloshing sounds of the ocean below, as she caught sight of their target just ahead. The Endeavor was a medium sized boat, and though it's crew seemed to be absent for the time being, with what looked like two or three deckhands mopping the deck. Akasha looked back to Taliha, her stomach already getting knots from just thinking about boarding the gangplank. "I'll be honest, I'm already feeling sick and we haven't even set sail yet." Akasha muttered, expecting Taliha to get a chuckle out of her situation. Taking in a deep breath, Akasha closed her eyes and slowly walked up the gangplank, she hadn't gotten more than halfway up it when an older man's voice called down to her. "Ahoy there ladies, is there something ya be needing?" The man spoke loudly, Akasha could actually hear him over the crashing waves below her. Without opening her eyes, Akasha looked upwards and shouted back. "Yes, we're the passengers on your boat, we want to ask about moving up the departure date!" There was a moment of silence, before the voice shouted back. "Sorry lass, I didn't catch that last past! What's this about a date?" Akasha balled her hands up in frustration, every second they were on this dock was another she felt as if she was going to void out her stomach contents. She took a step back, potentially bumping into Taliha, who hopefully was faring better than she. "Can...you help me?" She asked, her cheeks reddening from how embarrassing this whole ordeal was.
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