Victorius Harrendrus

The Value of Loot

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Date.png End of Harvestmere 9:51

Location.png Same Starkhaven tavern as before

Characters.pngVictorius Harrendrus, Tia'iz, Bardonia and Dalma Val

Players.pngVictor, @Claire, @Gali10, @Skorge

Requirements.pngEndeavour group

Notes.png Let's appraise the loot!

Links.pngPrior: Victorius Harrendrus and the Shop of Doom

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It was a very good thing to be back in safety. Well, relative safety at the very least. Victorius' ribs still felt pretty tender after the incident with the golem. But now that they had their loot it was likely very much worth it. Of course it was just now tht they would be trying to know the full value of their haul, since they had to keep it hidden in their travel back from Kirkwall. He rather not fight off bandits and get more injured than he really was.

 

And now their were in the room they had as their base of operations in Starkhaven, with all their loot gathered together. Of course it could feel a bit tight with all four of them in the same room but luckily neither of them was of a large stature. Now he knew that the maps and the other scrolls he had snatched with him was worth a lot, both to him and if there was more than just navigational charts it would be some from collectors. But a lot of it was written in that strange spidery writing of the Qunari, which he was glad that they had Bardonia here, he hoped she could understand it. Though the way his luck felt it would be in the same characters but in a different language. At least they had some coins as well.

 

Well, he hoped at least that they could get clues from the illustrations. And so he looked to the rest of the gang, the elf and the dwarf.

"Well, that sure was an adventure! i hope you got yourself some really fine stuff."

He had noticed that Tia had gotten herself a couple of new blades, he was a bit curious to hear what else she had taken. More of curiosity since it was their shares, since he was not going to take it all for himself. That was another fight he wanted to avoid.

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Bardonia wasn't very happy that she missed out on their adventure in Kirkwall. The emporium sounded like a fascinating place, and she was pretty sure that the others could have used her help there. But sadly, they had to eventually face the fact that Kirkwall was just too dangerous for an apostate like her.

At least she could help now, since she was the only one who could make sense of a lot of this amazing loot. It wasn't often that Bardonia could be in Victorius's company without constantly looking at him in admiration, but all these surprisingly well-preserved were so interesting she was completely distracted from him.

Like Victorius guessed, some of it even Bardonia couldn't fully decipher, but most of it was easy to read. And even the words that were foreign to her, she could mostly make some sense of. She hasn't found any information crucial to their endeavor yet, however, so for now she just took notes of what she thought might be relevant and allowed the others to talk.

{I'm guessing we'll need to agree ooc on what Bardonia is going to find... Also, her notes are a cute way for us to add stuff later :P}

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It didn't matter that there were four in the room, there could have been more because Tia was sitting in Dalma's lap! She was absentmindedly twirling the dwarf's dark hair around her fingers. It wasn't because she was acting out of character being all moon eyed over Dalma, Tia was deftly avoiding talking about her haul. She'd come across something very interesting and it had not been the blades - though they were very handy given the fact they were so much better than her former weapons!

"I only got one awesome thing from that trip..." She replied and she threw Victorius a wink before feeding Dalma some grapes - she was of course referring to the dwarf as her "prize" since they had reconnected in a romantic way. She'd not really had a chance to discuss her loot with the dwarf since they'd been in Victorius' close company all the way back from Kirkwall. Tonight, when they were alone in their room, she'd fill the dwarf in. As much as she appreciated the work and the promise of adventure from this new group Tia was a more cautious thief when it came to her loot these days.

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It might have looked strange to see an elf perched on the lap of a dwarf, for Tia was certainly a bit taller. But this was helped by the fact that Dalma was unusually tall and well-built for her own kind.

And if anything, she was even less subtle or careful about displays of intimate affection. She had learned it from Tia, and the mercenary too reveled in their re-discovered romance. Indeed, when Tia hinted about her true prize, the dwarf flashed a feral grin and leaned in to kiss the top of Tia's chest, which was left alluringly exposed by her clothing. 

Yeah she quickly found herself occupied with this, so she would leave the talking to the rest.

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Oh he was sure that there were more things than rekindled love that the two women had gotten in the trip, but he was still glad to see them happy together. But since they were not sharing anything else that they have taken he turned his eyes to Bardonia and her notes. Thinking back to what had happened in Kirkwall it had been a good idea to leave her behind, that golem might have had harmed her too and if she had broken her hands then communiction would be a real difficulty.

"So? Have we found ourself something that we could use or did I just grab some old parchments? If so can it at least be some good recipes in there?"

He had his heart set on that it would be something good for his future plans, he had already set things in motion to get himself a proper ship built for a long voyage, but nothing had been set in stone just yet sine he wanted to have some clues to get where he wanted. And it would assure his invesors hat he was on the right track.

 

So there was a lot of hopes and dreams in these parchments, he just hoped it would be all worth it. Because if not then his struggle would likely to continue.

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It was probably a bit of a hazard in this small flammable room, but Bardonia needed her hands free so she wrote with fire letters in the air.

"No recipes so far, I'm afraid, but I did find some things that might be interesting. This map, for instance," the mage showed her friends, "This area isn't anywhere in Thedas. I don't know what the scale is, so it could be villages or actual cities, but but there are people living here and here. At least, there were."

{so sorry I was so late...} 

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Holding Dalma's face to her cleavage - since the dwarf did so enjoy it there! - Tia laughed, but she did get a chance to read the words Bardonia had written. Raising an eyebrow at Victorius she asked, "What use is a map of somewhere we cannot get to?" If he had explained his entire endeavour then the elf had not been listening. Perhaps Dalma had?

Pulling the dwarf away from her chest (she'd nearly pulled out her breasts already!) Tia asked, "Did he ever tell us what his goal even was with all of this?" Tia was merely curious, she was having good, clean fun for the first time in a lifetime, after all.

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"Maybe he should re-iterate." the dwarf purred, both talking as if the man was not sitting there. 

The merc just gave her lover a lazy smirk before leaning back in to kiss the elf's chest again.

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What Bardonia had showed them was really interesting and when looked at the map himself he thought it looked pretty real enough, not a map made by someone with too much time and fantasy on their hands. It didn't look like any area he had seen before.

 

Then he looked up from the elf and the dwarf's pause in their snuggling session, smiling a little but he knew he owed them a full explanation.

"Mmmm, yes, I might have missed that while we got so excited to get the treasure. What I have been planning for some time now is a chance of a lifetime. I mean to cross the Amaranthine Ocean with a worthy ship. The Qunari are living proof of that the voyage is possible, since there are no mentions of anything looking like them from the days of the Imperium."

And he should know since as a son of a Magister there had been a lot of lessons about the glories of the Imperium. And even though slaves were not mentioned as often as they most likely had been many, there would have been some description regarding having something that huge and with horns as a slave. Even this day those who had one used them as trophies. Well, that was a bit of a stretch of the truth but he remembered the crowd in the arenas always had a greater reaction to a Qunari gladiator. Though honestly both positive and negative.

 

But now he was trying to explain to the newest members of his plans, if they did not hoose to walk out now.

"I already have some backing behind me, but it's not been easy without solid proof. This map will ensure that this is not mere fantasies."

He held it up to make his point, of course avoiding the residue of the fire letters.

"So if we can somehow figure how to get from where we are now to where this map is showing, all that is left is to have the ship built. And with most of Thedas at a relative peace it is the best time to do this."

He really felt that he was really lucky, the history of Thedas had hardly been peaceful, with civil wars, Blights, Exalted Marches, Qunari expansion and just plain border disputes. Of course there were bandits, Raiders and pirates but they were not likely to go away regardless.

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Bardonia already knew about Victorius's plans, so while he was explaining them to Tia and Dalma she continued to look through the loot.

Eventually she did find something in a tattered notebook, written in some archaic form of qunlat. In fact, what she found was enough to make her jump excitedly in her seat. Turning back to then with a bright smile, she wrote, "Found it! Not the way there but definite proof, way better than the map. This is the journal of someone who actually made the trip - there doesn't seem to be anything about the navigation or where they came from, mostly just two or three months worth of puking and diarrhea schedule, but he keeps complaining about 'that foolish journey west'."

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