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    Default Team Alabaster: The scorpion and the frog.

    The three lovely ladies Sarvine, Sharlot and Tsukohari joined by their token mascot Tarsus are ready and dressed for business. The Nobles district is probably the most obvious place to go and start sticking their hands into viper nests but other avenues of approach are always open.
    What would be the first order of business?

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    Despite his adamantium plate, Tarsus looks as if a weight has been lifted from his shoulders. "On your lead, Tsukohari," he says in almost a chipper tone. His thoughts return to his first day on the job. He took the lead that day because someone had to, not because he particularly relished the job. He flexed his hand where Lamashtu bit him, and reflected on whether the day might have turned out different if he'd drawn a different straw.




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    Sharlot stretches up against the nearest wall and partially stifles a yawn--she manages to close her mouth before baring every hag-sharp fang, but the otherwise silent breath now exits with a mousy squeak. She squints at the brightening sunlight breaking overtop the neighboring buildings. Why's there never any coffee around on business days?

    An unfamiliar but chipper voice breaks through her haze of distaste. Ah, the cleric. At least one of us is a morning person. She considers ruining that morning for a good two seconds. He'd been amusingly smoked about the coffee last time. "Coffee," she quietly sobs, all focus lost once more.

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    Faint snoring can be heard emanating from a pocket close by. Sarvine checks in on her sleeping toad friend and sighs quietly. She would appreciate encouragement from the little guy, but he had stayed up late last night as they discussed ways to get more spells. He deserved it........and he was also small enough to ride and not be a burden. She looks down and tugs on her armor, shifting it into place more comfortably than it had been after being hastily thrown on that morning.
    With a glance of amusement she pats Sharlots shoulder. "We might find something while we're looking around."


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    Sharlot glances in the direction of the snoring with wistful envy. Bufo's living the dream. But she can't keep pouting after getting sympathy from a friend. The corners of her painted mouth perk up and a joke rolls out as though on queue. "I'll keep an eye out for a changeling-sized pocket."

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    Meanwhile, Tsu is leading in a deep royal-blue kimono, one leg showing as she walks. The sashes are in a golden color, to match her eyes, and she has both handwraps and footwraps of the same color. Bits and shiny baubles are here and there, including a dice-fetish on her main sword, right at her side. Her bag and smaller sword, as well as her rope darts, are left with Tarsus for now since he's so damn cheerful and happy. She also has a headdress with fronds around her head, and a connected half-mask covering her forehead and the top of her face. She's dressed for court, and her mind is much more on the mission than it is about being embarrassed.

    Tsu is musing, though. Hmm. "Coffee for Sharlot first. Let's all be on top of our game - if we absolutely have to be separated, we take it in pairs. Sarvine and Tarsus, Sharlot with me. That way, each set has someone who can navigate the politics, a utility spellcaster, and a strong fighter." She adjusts the couple of small pouches on her sash. Shuriken, antitoxin, and her thieves' tools, as well as her map case with parchment and charcoal. The signature red cape is being used to keep her sword on her sash, making it easy to just pull off and drape over her arm in a move as she holds her sword. It's a damn-useful item, and has stayed with her throughout most of her time as a White Star. Underneath the top part of her kimono-dress, with the neckline at her neck, is her breastplate. She's no less protected than she has been...just maybe not as excessively-armed.

    "Noble's District is the best start. For the moment, Sharlot is going to be my wing-girl. Tarsus, Sarvine, you're my 'guards'. Or an escort, or however this works. It'll be obvious we're White Stars, but we can still put on a show. Any questions?"
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    "I always wanted to be an escort." Sarvine remarks dryly. "Not many people are a fan of fangs, though. Anyway, question number one: what do we know about the houses? Goroth doesn't seem the type, so I'm betting this Gangar twat hired people to kidnap the lady in order to blame them for some reason. Which brings us to question number two: how are we going to get all this info without the noble getting wind of it. He seems like the paranoid type, and I can't blame him, I would be too in his position."


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    "Gangar might actually be a victim," Tarsus says to Sarvine. "Without this marriage, he's a noble, but he has no money. I could see if she disappeared after the wedding, but before?" He shakes his head. "Doesn't make sense. He loses too much."




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    Tsu is listening to all of this, trying to figure it out. "So...there's House Kalath. Gangar is main blood, and high noble, but poor. Starscream is a side branch, with Lilium being low noble but rich as hell. The marriage would make her high noble, and him rich, possibly even with some popular opinion because of her, ah. Orphanage sponsorships." Good so far. "House Goroth is suspect, but they're not the likely perpetrators. And the Box of Under can't get to them because of House Dauthus." Her head's starting to hurt.

    She does come across something though. "There has to be an agenda for why they suspect Goroth. Perhaps offenses, bad comments? I say we seek an audience with House Goroth early on. I also want to see where Lilium was kidnapped from, question the help, and see if we can turn up clues. After those, if we have any leads, we follow up, but the last stop will be with House Kalath altogether. Either someone doesn't wish to see Lilium be a high noble for some reason, or somebody wants to keep Gangar poor and desperate. I don't think he has a lot to hide, considering how quickly the mission came up, meaning he's as likely an ally and informant as any we'll have. I suggest we talk with him as early as possible, and see if we can enlist his help in navigating the noble heirarchy." Eh. "Bonus for him if he had an important role in getting her back, right?"
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    Tarsus nods curtly at Tsukohari's summary. "It's also possible we've got another Sven on our hands," he offers, but quickly realizes that neither Sharlot nor Tsukohari would have any idea what that means.

    "On Alabaster's first mission," the cleric explains with a glance to Sarvine for support, "we were to escort a slave cart through the Outskirts. Along the way, a slave went missing, and we initially assumed she escaped the cart in the chaos of a kobold ambush near the Gauntlet." His eyebrows arch as he looks to Tsukohari, "Turns out, the cart's driver, Sven, was in love with her. He smuggled her out in Tengutown when we went off to hit the Bad Moons for Toshiro." He raises his hands defensively. "I'm not saying it's what happened here; I'm saying we can't rule it out… until we can. Best not mention that to Gangar, though."
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