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    Snow And Slavers

    Victoria Sheridan
    Victoria Sheridan

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    First Magic: Merces Letifer
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    Post by Victoria Sheridan on 19th December 2019, 5:14 pm

    Job Details:

    Job Title: 100 Year Free-form
    Rank: 100 Year
    Job Location: Anywhere
    Solo Word Count: 12,500 words
    Group Word Count: 25,000 words
    Additional Requirements: N/A
    Job Description: Whatever the player chooses
    Enemies: Whatever the player chooses
    Reward: 150,000 jewels OR a custom Artifact weapon/armor/item - Must specify which when handing in the job

    Job Sign-Up: Page 17, Post Number 408
    Victoria Sheridan
    Victoria Sheridan

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    First Magic: Merces Letifer
    Second Magic: Combat Medic
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    Post by Victoria Sheridan on 19th December 2019, 6:06 pm

    -Phoenix Mountains, near the foothills-

    Wearing her camouflage winter gear with Azure Armor underneath the jacket and polarized orange goggles perched on her head, Victoria also carried a backpack with food, water, and Bandolier and Crown of Persephone inside of it. Today she was in the snowy Phoenix Mountains region, which was home to the independent guild Silver Wolf and its powerful Guild Mistress. She did not know how territorial Silver Wolf was, but she was sure that the purpose of her visit would get the guild off her back if its members came to ask why she was here. Victoria was not here for sightseeing. She was here on a mission that had become a personal crusade for her... putting slavers out of business.

    Victoria had heard through the rumor mill that a band of slavers had taken up residence in the foothills of the Phoenix Mountains and instead of waiting for someone else to handle it, she decided to do something about it herself. She was here to find out whether the rumors were true and if they were proven to be true, to remove the slavers from this region. However, the brunette would not be alone in her anti-slavery crusade in the foothills. Joining her on this mission was her guildmate Shirokawa Itori, the kitsune who was also Sabertooth's newest Ace. Perhaps Itori hated slavers as much as Victoria did or she just wanted to keep the brunette in line by not allowing her to kill the slavers once they had been found... either way Victoria welcomed the help from the level-headed kitsune.

    Itori was a good contrast to Victoria. Where Victoria was brash and prone to acting before she thought things through, Itori was level-headed and thought everything through before taking action. It also helped that Itori was a good communicator and a talented diplomat, two traits which would come in handy for this mission. A few hundred meters in front of her was a hillside tavern named The Frozen Phoenix and someone inside might have some information about the outlaws hiding in the area. However, the slavers could have eyes and ears there to listen out for troublesome do-gooders, so the Sabertooth mages would have to proceed with caution.

    Victoria looked around for a shelter that would protect her from the blowing wind and biting cold. The tavern was the closest thing to cover in the immediate area, but she did not want to go inside of it without Itori being with her. She was in unfamiliar territory and the brunette was not exactly the most intimidating mage in Earthland, so she wanted someone to watch her back in possible slaver territory. If the tavernkeeper was in cahoots with the slavers, having Itori as backup would make all the difference. The wind picked up again and blew snowflakes into Victoria's face; they landed close to her eyes and she wiped them away.

    Despite the biting cold, Victoria opted to wait for Itori before going any further. She would need Itori's people skills to help her learn about the outlaws. She would also need the kitsune's powerful magic to deal with the outlaws when the fighting started. Finally, she would need Itori's calming influence to keep her from doing something to the slavers that she would regret.

    [Post Word Count: 550]
    [Victoria's Word Count: 550/12,500]
    [Total Word Count: 550/25,000]
    Itori
    Itori

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    Experience : 197,949

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    First Magic: Spirit Fox Magic
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    Post by Itori on 20th December 2019, 12:01 pm

    Slavery was one of those things which just seemed to pop up in every society and culture no matter what you tried to do about it. Itori had seen a lot of empires rise and fall and she could say with some certainty that slavery always found a way to slither inside. You could argue about what caused it but the its persistence was above question.

    However just because people were going to keep trying to control the fates of others didn't mean one should just sit back and let it happen. The pessimists liked to argue that you might as well not bother fighting back as evil would never give up. Itori would argue that there was no reason why good couldn't be just as persistent.

    The tenko's response to the frosty weather was little more than adding a coat to her normal attire. She was used to wearing mundane but modest clothes that covered her entire body so she only really needed to add another layer to help ward off the cold and the snowflakes that threatened to melt upon contact. Her nine white tails were covered a thick layer of soft fur which would be as effective at keeping them warm as any piece of clothing would have been. As an added bonus Itori's white hair and fur combined with her new white coat meant that she was effectively walking around with natural camouflage in this wintery landscape.

    As she walked towards the appointed meeting place she considered the details of the job. They were rather straightforward: there was a rumour of slavers having set up camp in these foothills. She'd be joining up with Victoria to verify whether these rumours were true and if they were flush the slavers out. Of course while the details were straightforward the execution might be trickier: they'd have to do some digging to get all the information they needed.

    It didn't take long before Itori could hear Victoria in the distance. The tenko hastened her step as around her the snow swirled along the pathways laid out by the winds, although they seemed to part before the nine-tailed spirit fox. Casting her perception forward she located her fellow Sabertooth mage and altered her course accordingly, until she was close enough to call out with her lyrical voice to draw Victoria's attention.

    "I hope I did not keep you waiting." She joined the brunette, giving her a small bow before coming to stand next to her. "It is fortunate to see you in good health. Let us hope that we do not have to linger in this area for too long." She didn't show much of a reaction towards the weather, although the other mage would feel the winds weaken and the cold lessen around Itori. The tenko didn't show any sign of doing it on purpose as she instead cast her glance towards the tavern ahead.

    "Is there anything we might need to discuss regarding the proceedings of this job or shall we move ahead onto the procuring of intel?" Since they didn't have anything better than rumours regarding the bandits they didn't have much of a choice but to ask around. Not that the two of them couldn't have tried searching by hand but it would be significantly more practical if they tried to narrow down the area which they had to search before they ended up combing over the entirety of the Phoenix Mountains.

    WC: 576
    PWC: 576/12,500
    TWC: 1,126/25,000


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    Victoria Sheridan
    Victoria Sheridan

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    First Magic: Merces Letifer
    Second Magic: Combat Medic
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    Post by Victoria Sheridan on 20th December 2019, 7:05 pm

    Victoria braced herself against the biting wind and shivered as she waited for Itori to arrive before daring to venture inside The Frozen Phoenix. She was glad that she had bought the winter camouflage clothing all those months ago because the warmth it provided more than paid for itself during her three trips to Snowfall Island and her current trip to the Phoenix Mountains. Without the protection provided by the clothing her enemies would not even have to lift a finger because the intense cold would kill her for them. Victoria's mind turned from the cold to the possibility of having to explain to inquisitive Silver Wolf mages what Sabertooth was doing in their territory. That possibility was yet another reason she was glad that Itori would be helping her today; Itori was an Ace and would have a lot more influence with other guilds than a rank-and-file member like Victoria.

    Speaking of mages, Victoria reached out with her ability to sense magic and felt a powerful magic signature not too far away from her. It was not Wizard Saint strong, so that chick from the desert had not come down from her guild hall to kick ass and take names. Victoria determined that the signature was coming from somewhere behind her, so the brunette turned around and found herself facing none other than Itori.

    "Hi Itori! You made it just in time!" Victoria greeted the well-dressed kitsune and newly minted Ace of Sabertooth. Something was different about the woman... it seemed like she had somehow gotten another tail or two in the time between their rescue of the swordsman with the poor sense of direction and now. The brunette had not noticed that until now, but the brunette and the kitsune did not interact very often because the two mages were usually on the move doing jobs for Sabertooth. Victoria was off beating up outlaws and Itori was busy doing whatever mystical fox ladies did.

    "I know it's kinda late, but congratulations on becoming a Guild Ace!" Victoria congratulated Itori on achieving status within Sabertooth. She let the mood float around for a few seconds before turning to the task at hand, which was finding out whether slavers really were holed up in the foothills of the Phoenix Mountains or if it was just empty talk. Victoria thought it prudent to apprise Itori of her idea and her concerns before they went into the tavern.

    "OK Itori, here's what I'm thinking. I spotted that tavern, which is called The Frozen Phoenix. I'm thinking that we might be able to find someone who can help us, but before we go walking in there's a concern I'd like to share with you." Victoria said to Itori, doing her best not to insult the ace's intelligence.

    "I'm thinking that if the slavers really are in the area, they're gonna have someone in the tavern keeping an eye out for do-gooders like us. I don't know if the tavernkeeper's in on it voluntarily or if he's being forced to work with them. That's why I waited until you got here before I even thought about going inside." Victoria informed the ace of her concern that the tavern was a listening post for the slavers. She also posited the theory that the tavernkeeper might be helping the outlaws, though whether or not said help was voluntary was yet to be determined. They would find out soon enough.

    "Now that you're with me, I'm ready to go into the tavern when you are." Victoria stated to Itori.

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    [Victoria's Word Count: 1,142/12,500]
    [Total Word Count: 1,718/25,000]
    Itori
    Itori

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    Experience : 197,949

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    Post by Itori on 22nd December 2019, 9:19 pm

    Itori answered Victoria's greetings and following congratulations with a smile and another bow. "I am glad to hear that, and I thank you for your kind words. I will make sure to live up to the standards required for an Ace of Sabertooth." So far as Itori could tell the main reason she had been elected as an ace was because she was one of the older members of the guild, not only in actual age but also in veterancy. Beyond that she imagined that her developing a stronger level of trust with the higher ups of the guild had also helped a lot.

    Regardless of the reason she'd have to work hard. She accepted the position so she didn't have any excuses if she failed.

    The tenko listened patiently as Victoria laid out her idea regarding the tavern. It was true that such a place was generally the best place to find answers to questions of a non-academic nature... But the gunner mage also had a point that such a place wasn't always safe. Not everyone valued morals above coin, and those who did weren't immune to a little twisting of the arm out here where the arm of the law didn't always reach.

    "Understood. We will have to proceed with due caution. A single spy should not be a threat to the two of us combined but if they managed to alert the higher ups we could be facing challenges of a more notable quality." Itori wasn't one for arrogance but it wasn't arrogant for a nine-tails to assume that someone posted in a tavern to keep an eye out was unlikely to be the biggest threat.

    "As if anything would dare to try anything with all three of us present."

    Itori barely reacted to the voice, although one of her ears did twitch before she looked upwards. The voice had come from above, and if Victoria were to look up she'd see a fiery and winged woman descend quickly until she was standing next to the two of them. The air around them quickly became significantly warmer to the point that the winter clothes might actually be redundant.

    "But really, the Frozen Phoenix? That's kind of rude, don't you think?"

    "I am quite certain that they would never have given the tavern that name if they had ever encountered you, Nenet."

    The woman, now having been revealed to be Nenet, raised in eyebrow in mild surprise before laughing. "Was that some actual snark from the always polite tenko? You see something new every day."

    She placed an arm around Itori's shoulders and pulled her close, the nine-tailed fox appearing to just go along with it for the first couple of seconds before gently freeing herself and turning back to Victoria. "I believe introductions are in order. Victoria, this is Nenet, a phoenix and a friend of mine. Nenet, this is Victoria Sheriden, an experienced mage who I have had the pleasure of cooperating with during past missions."

    "'Sup." Nenet gave Victoria a quick wave before placing her hands behind her head, looking rather casual for a humanoid phoenix who'd just shown up out of nowhere without warning. "I occasionally go see what Itori is doing. But I heard you guys were heading for the tavern, so let's go already!"

    Itori suppressed the urge to sigh. She was pretty sure Nenet wanted to go there as much for the drink as for anything akin to intel gathering. "I suppose we should. I would suggest letting me do the talking at first, and Nenet, please avoid getting into any arguments or fights."

    The phoenix gave a quick grin and a nod and the nine-tails led the way to the tavern, expecting the other two to follow. The phoenix did so without question, giving Victoria a wink as she began to walk. "I just hope they're willing to put up with Ito's overly polite behaviour."

    WC: 655
    PWC: 1,231/12,500
    TWC: 2,373/25,000


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    Victoria Sheridan
    Victoria Sheridan

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    Experience : ‭1,569,262

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    First Magic: Merces Letifer
    Second Magic: Combat Medic
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    Post by Victoria Sheridan on 23rd December 2019, 9:46 pm

    Itori demonstrated her usual diplomatic demeanor when she modestly accepted the congratulations Victoria gave her for becoming an Ace of Sabertooth. Aside from her fighting ability and the pleasant company that she provided, that diplomatic demeanor was another important reason why the brunette requested Itori's assistance. The fox lady had a way with people that the gunslinger could not hope to match. Either her nature as a mystical fox lady gave her a boost in charisma or it was the fact that she was easy on the eyes, but people responded to Itori in a far different manner than they did Victoria. Until she figured out just what it was that gave the Ace her amazing people skills, Victoria would chalk it up to that old mystical fox magic.

    The brunette heard a familiar voice ringing from the sky and recalled Itori's phoenix companion Nenet. When the winged girl landed and gave a short wave to Victoria, Victoria returned the favor. She gave Nenet a short wave and listened to her boast to Itori that no one would dare try to harass the three of them together. She noticed that the phoenix girl emitted enough heat around the duo that winter clothing was not required. Victoria had not noticed that in the Mysterious Canyon because of that area's hot and dry climate... out in this frigid locale the heat Nenet put out was a lot more noticeable.

    Nenet was eager to go to the tavern to sample its wares. Itori requested that the lively phoenix girl refrain from starting any fights while the Sabertooth mages were conducting their business inside The Frozen Phoenix. Itori also requested that she be permitted to do the talking, a proposition that Victoria had no problem with.

    "I was gonna suggest the same thing, Itori. You've got people skills that are a lot better than mine and people tend to listen to you a lot more readily than they do me. I'll hang back and let you do the talking." Victoria readily agreed to the Ace's request. She had no problem hanging back and letting the sociable fox lady do the talking. Victoria was more adept at shotgun diplomacy than she was the normal kind and not every situation required a forceful approach. One could catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, after all. Nenet poked fun at her mistress' polite demeanor and Victoria was quick to defend it... politely, of course.

    "I don't mind Itori's politeness, Nenet. It's one of the things I like about her. She's one of the most polite people I've met in my life and I like her company." Victoria politely and carefully defended Itori's demeanor. Maybe Itori was so polite because she could afford to play the long game due to her lifespan, a luxury that most humans did not have. Most humans had around seventy to one hundred years of life before they died. Itori could live centuries past that, if not far longer than mere centuries. Victoria's thoughts were interrupted by the sight of Itori casually strolling towards the tavern and the realization that she would need to hurry to catch up with the Ace.

    "C'mon Nenet, we'd better get going!" Victoria urged the phoenix girl before breaking into a jog to catch up with the taller fox lady. She did not want Itori to enter the tavern alone nor did she want to be literally left out in the cold.

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    [Victoria's Word Count: 1,717/12,500]
    [Total Word Count: 2,948/25,000]
    Itori
    Itori

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    Experience : 197,949

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    Post by Itori on 24th December 2019, 6:27 pm

    Itori nodded as Victoria agreed with the suggestion that the tenko would be the one to handle the talking, at least at first. While the nine-tailed fox was quite certain that Victoria would also be able to extract the required data if push came to shove it was true that she usually had an easier time convincing people to provide the information willingly. Aside from the fact that she had a more polite demeanour that put people at ease her natural charm as a kitsune meant that most creatures had an inclination towards liking her and going along with her wishes. This wasn't a power that Itori abused intentionally often but when it came to learning the location of a group of slavers (if the rumours were true about there being slavers in the area) she was willing to be a bit more flexible with her ethics.

    One ear twitched as she heard Nenet comment on her 'overly polite behaviour' but the tenko refrained from commenting. She knew the phoenix well enough that she was just teasing and trying to get a rise out of her. For Nenet the fact that Itori was nearly impossible to rile up was just a challenge, and every time she got her friend to actually snap at her was in a way a victory.

    Nenet meanwhile raised one eyebrow at Victoria. "Oh it's very nice and all but don't you think it might be a bit stiff for a bunch of thugs out here in the cold?" The phoenix shrugged before going with the other two. She'd be lying if she said that she didn't like Itori but for a hothead like her the tenko's calm attitude could get kind of tedious at times. Where was the fire, the passion? It was little wonder that Nenet would often leave Itori to her own devices and go out to find something fun to do.

    Itori waited for the other two to join her at the entrance to the tavern before she opened the door, stepping inside and holding the door open until Nenet reached out to hold it so the nine-tailed fox could make her way further inside. The inside of the building looked like what you'd expect from a hillside tavern which often had to deal with such weather: the walls were thick and sturdy so as to keep the cold out, the ceiling was low and off to one side there was a large fire pit dug into the floor and surrounded by a rectangular stone border which served to warm up the room and, looking at the spit placed above it, the occasional roasting of big game. The tables and chairs were all close to the walls, leaving the middle of the room open. The counter which simultaneously served as a bar took up most of the back wall with most of the actual wall obscured by big barrels. There was a door-sized opening behind the counter which lead to the kitchen where another fire burned, and next to the counter there was a door which was ajar from which food could directly be delivered from the kitchen to the customers at their tables. On the wall opposite to the one with the fire pit there was a door which no doubt lead to the first floor.

    There was little doubt that this tavern saw much use but at the same time it was clear that this place was meant for hunters, sellswords, outlaws and other folk who would be described as unsavoury more often than not. It was not the kind of place a travelling merchant of good repute would use unless they had good bodyguards or were very desperate. The wooden floor was worn down, the air smelled of ale both old and fresh along with the body odours of men who didn't get to bathe very often, and the smoke from the fire pit trickled away very slowly, slithering across the low ceiling and threatening to prick the eyes of the people in the room.

    Itori for her part did her best to ignore the scents and the poor air quality as she made her way to the bar. Of course the arrival of three ladies didn't go unnoticed: the only other woman in the room was the one bringing food to some of the tables, and beyond that it was clear that the three of them weren't your average travellers. About half of the tables were being used, some of them crowded and others occupied by one or two weary men trying to warm their bones with ale. There was also two men at the bar, who turned around to watch the newcomers for a moment before returning to their conversation.

    The overall noise of the place died down a little before it started up again, most of the men having decided that they weren't drunk enough to start bothering a nine-tailed fox, a lady who looked like she could probably lay them out with one punch and a chick with fiery wings. That wasn't to say that there wasn't some leering but one couldn't expect any less in a place where the ale was as vital to people's warmth as the fire from the pit.

    The bartender straightened up a little as Itori approached the bar, having been listening to the two men arguing over their drinks before the door opened. He was a fairly heavyset man, with a close-cropped beard and messy brown hair that almost reached past his chin. He could've been a pretty boy if he put some more effort into cleaning up and shaping up, but as it was he was more accurately described as ruggedly handsome. At least his girth appeared to be as much muscle as fat, so if need be he could forcefully separate the customers if a fight broke out.

    Blue eyes focused on Itori as the tenko gave him a slight nod of her head as greeting. In this kind of place an actual bow would have been out of place and drawn even more attention, something which they already had more of than entirely desirable. The bartender/tavernkeeper looked... curious more than anything else, although there was also some wariness in his eyes as he rested one hand on the countertop.

    "A good day to you sir," Itori opened up with her lyrical voice, albeit speaking softly. "We are in need of the aid of a man who is knowledgeable about the area. Could you assist us or do you know of one who could?"

    The tavernowner didn't immediately reply, his gaze instead moving up and down to seize Itori up before switching to Victoria and Nenet. Nenet lifted one hand from its position behind her head to give him a wave and a grin, the man's eyebrows lifting before he returned his attention to Itori.

    "Yer a strange sort a'right. Depends on wha' yer looking for, but if ye need sum'one who knows lots about the area ye best be asking Harver over there." He nodded towards a group of three men sitting at a table close to the fire pit, specifically a man who wasn't speaking much. He was draped in fur and leather, drinking from a mug and seemingly having little else of importance to focus on at the moment. While not exactly heavy he looked sturdy and the first glance could let you guess he was used to surviving out in the wilds. "'E's known for being one of the best hunters in these parts, does his hunting closer to the mountains than ev'ryone else." The taverowner lowered his voice a little. "That said ye best be quick with yer bus'ness. Smart folk won't be bothering you but three pretty ladies ain't sumthing ye see ev'ryday. Not ev'ryone is smart enough to know not to try anything, y'get what I'm saying?"

    Itori gave the man a grateful smile. "I understand. I assure you we will depart as soon as we have the information we need. Thank you for your assistance."

    The man shrugged and turned halfway around. "Don't worry about it. Jus' make sure ye don't waste time." With that he entered the kitchens, where he began to talk to the cook, a woman with a strong build which indicated she didn't shirk from doing her share of the heavy labour to keep the tavern running.

    Itori turned back around towards Victoria and Nenet, although one of her ears was swivelled into the direction of the kitchen. When next she spoke she was speaking almost softly enough to be a whisper, although her voice still clearly reached both of her companion's ears. "I believe that he is telling the truth, both that Harver is the man we should be asking for information regarding the area and that the longer we stay here the more likely it becomes that trouble will find us. Not all of the customers harbour positive intentions towards us." Her sensitive ears were about the best one could hope for when it came to picking up on things people didn't want you to know. She ignored the whispers which were clearly motivated by the libido of men but some of those low voices talked about things less innocent than some hands-on flirting.

    Nenet rolled her eyes. "So we buy that Harver guy a drink and ask him to tell us whether he's seen the people we're looking for. And if the others try to do anything I'll straighten things out." The way she grinned as she said that made it clear that she wasn't going to settle things peacefully if things came to that. It was practically a slasher smile.

    WC: 1,619
    PWC: 2,850/12,500
    TWC: 4,567/25,000


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    Victoria Sheridan
    Victoria Sheridan

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    Post by Victoria Sheridan on 26th December 2019, 10:35 pm

    "Maybe Itori's a bit too formal, but you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. At least that's what an old pal of mine said." Victoria opined to Nenet, who believed that her mistress was being way too formal for the setting. The winged girl believed that there was no point in wasting manners on some local yokels in the Phoenix Mountains. Victoria would let the fox lady work her magic because Itori got results without resorting to posturing or over-the-top threats, unlike Francesca Corlone. The brunette shuddered at the very thought of the mob princess and her boorish behavior, especially that stunt in the Silver Moon Inn when she threw a perfectly mixed Bloody Mary onto Victoria's apron and tried to hurl a bar stool at the brunette after Victoria stood up for herself.

    Victoria would pay back that asshole one day, but right now she needed to focus on the present.After realizing that Itori was calmly walking away and would enter The Frozen Phoenix with or without them, Victoria and Nenet reached the door to the tavern at roughly the same time. Neither one of them wanted to make the kitsune angry because the fox lady could get revenge on those who slighted her in ways that would make the offender wish they were dead by the time revenge was taken.

    Itori stepped inside and held the door for Nenet, who held it open just long enough for Victoria to grab it. Victoria grabbed the handle and let herself inside the establishment, which was a welcome relief from the constant cold of the outside. She could feel herself getting warmer already.

    -Inside The Frozen Phoenix-

    Victoria entered behind Nenet to find a reasonably well-made establishment that was a bit on the rustic side but was suited for the environment it was located in. The walls were thick and sturdy so as to keep the cold out, the ceiling was low and off to one side there was a large fire pit dug into the floor and surrounded by a rectangular stone border which served to warm up the room and, looking at the spit placed above it, the occasional roasting of big game. The tables and chairs were all close to the walls, leaving the middle of the room open.

    The counter which simultaneously served as a bar took up most of the back wall with most of the actual wall obscured by big barrels. There was a door-sized opening behind the counter which lead to the kitchen where another fire burned, and next to the counter there was a door which was ajar from which food could directly be delivered from the kitchen to the customers at their tables. On the wall opposite to the one with the fire pit there was a door which no doubt lead to the first floor.

    Inside The Frozen Phoenix was a collection of outdoorsmen with questionable hygeine, most likely hunters and trappers who knew the area like the back of their hand. The three women attracted a bit of attention from the locals but no one made a move because they knew that Itori and Victoria could kick their asses if push came to shove. So could Nenet, that bellicose winged wonder who was bored and looking for an activity to alleviate the boredom. Between the three of them they could easily wipe the floor with the locals, but the brunette wanted to avoid that because it would make Sabertooth look very bad.

    Itori walked up to the bar and engaged the hefty tavernkeeper in conversation. Victoria watched the socially adept fox lady do her thing while sparing an occasional glance at the locals in case one of them got any ideas. Victoria spared a glance at the offerings of the bar and was mildly disappointed that there was no Albino Gander or Slatheron vodka and no tequila of any kind. There was whiskey in abundance plus gin and other hard liquors that the brunette could drink, but she could use most of it to clean her lawnmower engine... if she had a lawnmower. There was some Wild Crow whiskey on offer, which kicked like a mule but had a good aftertaste... for whiskey, anyway.

    Victoria frowned when she saw bottles of CEIL vodka behind the bar. That stuff was a cheap vodka with a strong alcohol flavor people drank for a quick buzz, mostly the party crowd who did not know any better or could not afford Albino Gander or Slatheron. CEIL would do the trick in a pinch, but Victoria preferred to save her Jewels for better alcohol. If they were not in such a dangerous place, Victoria might have gotten a shot or two of Wild Crow, but she needed to stay sober because alcohol and magic did not mix.

    After several minutes of conversation Itori calmly walked over to the pair and whispered to them of what she had learned. The guy to talk to was Harver, who was considered to be the best hunter who frequented these parts. However, Itori had been warned to conduct their business in a hurry because three burly men were whispering about doing things to the three women that moved past annoying unwanted flirting and into more sinister territory. The brunette quickly got the point Itori was trying to make and asked a quick question.

    "OK then, do you want me to go with you to talk to Harver or can you handle it by yourself? Or would you rather have me do it?" Victoria whispered her query to Itori. Nenet stood ready to deal with any troublemakers and so did Victoria, who did not trust the three burly men making vaguely sinister remarks about the female visitors. Anyone looking to hinder their mission would get more trouble than they bargained for because the three women were not just hapless city slickers way out of their element. Itori had kitsune magic to back her polite words with force, Nenet had phoenix fire and the will to use it, and Victoria had an arsenal of weapons that she could call upon and her fists if guns were not fast enough. Anyone who attacked them thinking they were easy prey would learn the hard way that the Sabertooth mages could defend themselves.

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    Post by Itori on 27th December 2019, 7:43 pm

    It was good to see that both Victoria and Nenet were on guard. Itori's ears allowed her to overhear all the conversations going on in the room (and the rest of the building) but it was better if her friends focused on the surroundings while she extracted the necessary information from the right people. Of course such a task was already easier than it would have been for them... The advantages of being a succubus could turn difficult task into a breeze.

    As for Nenet... well she was just keeping an eye out while at the same time joining Victoria in inspecting the drinks the tavern had on sale. Unlike the gunner, who was a connoisseur, the phoenix approached alcohol with a more economical perspective: she wanted to drink and get drunk, so she drank and got drunk. Of course there was alcohol which tasted better and alcohol which tasted worse but she'd never invested into the art of brewing to the point that she could tell you which drink was which and why one was better than the other. At least in terms more refined than just 'this beer tastes stale.' It was good to see that the people around here had the heavier stuff in times of need though. Times of need being the time when someone really needed to get drunk.

    In response to Victoria's question Itori shook her head. "I should be able to take care of it myself, but I would be grateful if the two of you remained vigilant. There is good reason to believe that more than one of the customers is aware of the slavers but is more likely to support them than to hinder them, and while nobody here possesses the raw power required to oppose us directly they could make an attempt to catch us unawares." Nenet nodded, her smile still up as she was almost looking forward to knocking some heads. The tenko for her part would much rather this didn't happen, but she wouldn't get in the phoenix's way if she found reason to pound someone.

    With her companions warned about the possible threat Itori went over to the table where Harver was drinking, the two other men seated at the same table halting their conversation to look at the kitsune. Itori gave them her usual gentle smile and a polite bow, her nine tails subtly spread out behind her to help cement her as being more than just a pretty girl.

    "My apologies, but I am in need of some information which I believe your companion could provide to me and my friends. Could I ask you to grant us a small measure of privacy? It should not take very long." This time around she allowed her voice to carry its enchanting effect, albeit in moderation. At the same time she focused her charming aura on the two men: it was one thing for them to decide against bothering the three women when they were keeping to themselves but she couldn't expect two grown (and fairly tipsy) men to ignore the opportunity when one of those three women actually approached them all proper-like.

    "Sure, whatever you say sweetcheeks. Maybe you can come talk to us in private after eh?" Both men laughed but got out of their seats, sitting down at another table while Itori thanked them and gave them another small bow. Once Harver was alone at his table Itori focused her attention to him, the fur-clad man looking at her from underneath heavy eyebrows. "So, what do you need me for?" It appeared that he wasn't quite as easily enchanted as the other two. Of course Itori didn't think he needed much convincing: he didn't look like the type to let his second head take over even after he'd already gotten some alcohol inside of him.

    "The owner of this establishment informed me that you are the most knowledgeable man in these parts regarding the lay of the land. Me and my companions are searching for a group of outsiders who have established themselves in this region in recent times. We were hoping that you could aid us in locating them... if the rumours of their presence are true."

    Harver raised one eyebrow, glanced around, then put his drink aside. "That's some dangerous information you're asking for miss. Most people would rather not get involved." Itori nodded in understanding. "I would not ask this of you if I did not believe the need to be sufficient to warrant it. We are willing to recompensate you for your assistance."

    Harver grunted and shook his head. "Money'd just convince them I was part of whatever you're trying. And I ain't some youngling who loses his head the moment a pretty face comes along, and I doubt you're the count to offer such things anyway. Well, your friend might, but I'd rather not get burned." He nodded towards Nenet, who true enough looked the most like the kind of woman who might be fine with trading her body for some information. She certainly never bothered to wear any kind of clothing which would make her look more modest, if only because she didn't need to fear the cold.

    Itori sat down at the table as Harver began to explain in a low voice how to get to the slavers. A subtle illusion on Itori's part also ensured the sound wouldn't travel beyond their table.

    Victoria and Nenet meanwhile would see that for the most part their presence was becoming less noteworthy now that they'd been in the room for several minutes without anything actually happening. Sure Itori had been going around talking to people but since she actually managed to make it look rather uninteresting. Not that the ogling and the occasional whisper stopped, but beyond that it looked like everyone had returned to their own business.

    While Itori was still listening to Harver a group of three men from another table all stood up and moved towards the door. If Victoria and Nenet had been paying attention earlier they'd have realized that those three hadn't returned to minding their own business: most other tables had resumed their conversations but those three had remained whispering and shooting the three of them glances which were less than friendly.

    Unfortunately Nenet hadn't been paying attention, and while she picked up on the three men leaving she lost interest once she had ascertained that they weren't moving towards Itori. The phoenix had also decided to sit down on one of the barstools so she didn't have to remain standing the entire time, giving the bartender a wink and the promise that she'd come back for a drink later on.

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    Post by Victoria Sheridan on 29th December 2019, 5:39 pm

    "OK. You work your social magic, Itori. You've got this." Victoria affirmed her belief that Itori had things under control before the Ace went over to speak to Harver. The fox lady was a good talker who could make the person she spoke to feel like they were the most important person in the room. Victoria appreciated that ability because Itori made the brunette feel like the former actually cared a little about her beyond what it took to keep the brunette placated enough to work with her. While they were not exactly best friends, the two mages worked well enough together that they got the job done thanks to their complimentary abilities and temperaments. Itori was the undisputed brains of the duo with a silver tongue and Victoria was the heavy who knocked heads together whenever the time for subtlety and social graces had passed.

    Despite the wide gaps in their intellects Victoria liked Itori. The soft-spoken kitsune had a way with people that was hard to match, but she did not lord it over anyone. Itori just did her thing and let the results speak for themselves. She had a track record of success with that simple strategy, but there was more to Itori's success than just having a silver tongue. Itori had power and she knew how to use it to good effect.

    After taking an idle glance at the drinks lined up behind the bar Victoria was shaken from her idle thoughts by something she should have picked up on if it were not for her musing about alcohol and the keys to Itori's success. She glanced over at the three men from earlier and noticed something that was more than a little alarming.

    Those three sketchy guys from earlier were still talking to each other.

    Their conversation still had the same sinister undertones now as it did earlier. They seemed to not care too much about secrecy; if anything they were trying to sow the seeds of fear in the minds of the mages and scare them away so that they could capture the trio away from the sanctuary of The Frozen Phoenix. The brunette would fall for such an amateur trick so easily. Victoria had lived on the unforgiving streets of Capital Crocus and had run into people worse than these goons. She had even run into more competent slavers that would have captured her were it not for the timely intervention of Lawrence Sheridan.

    Victoria could not hear what was being said, but she could tell that Harver was a smart customer. He was not divulging everything he knew right away and Itori was having to dip into her bag of diplomacy to keep the man talking. She could not blame the mountain man for being cautious. Unlike Victoria and Itori, who had the backing and protection of a Legal guild, Harver had no one to go looking for him if he went missing. However, if his information was good and the Sabertooth mages were thorough, Harver would be safe from retribution after today.

    Victoria saw the three men having the sinister conversation get up from their table and start moving towards the door, probably to tell their pals to ready an ambush for the trio and for Harver. She had to act fast before they could get away. She needed a reason to keep them inside just long enough for Itori to learn what she needed to learn from the clever mountain man. A fight would be a good way to slow them down, possibly even stop them, but she would be guilty of violating the law and would get into deep legal trouble because of it. There had to be something within the law that she could do to keep them from leaving. The brunette looked to the bar for inspiration and her eyes passed over liquor bottles.

    Liquor bottles. Liquor bottles. Liquor bottles.

    That was it!

    Victoria would be violating one of her rules about drinking on the job, but if she could stall them long enough for her companion to get the info, it would be worth it. Victoria took a deep breath before she started walking for the three men, and not just because they smelled like a horse stable that had not been cleaned since the last edition of Sorcerer's Magazine came off the presses. The brunette was about to engage in some risky Grade-A shenanigans that would either work perfectly or backfire horribly.

    "Hey guys! Wait up!" Victoria loudly called out to the trio, who pointedly ignored her. She hurriedly walked past them and stopped just shy of the door. She then started her bid to play for time.

    "I'm new to the region and see that the bar in this place has a lot to offer. My fiery friend over there's pretty interested too. Can you guys give us some drink suggestions?" Victoria asked them politely but loudly to draw attention. She was willing to talk nicely to them so long as they did not lay a hand on her. If they did all bets were off. The brunette would start swinging until she won or they won. She might be twiggy, but she could punch well above her weight class with her fists alone, to say nothing of the weapons she could summon at will.

    Victoria waited for their response and hoped they would take the bait. Even if she only bought a few seconds, that might be all the time that Itori needed to seal the deal. With the loud mention of alcohol maybe Nenet would quit chatting up the bartender and get over here to help with the charade. If the phoenix girl did get interested enough to chat up the sketchy trio Victoria could buy minutes instead of seconds, but that depended on whether the sketchy trio played ball and whether Nenet would hear what was being said. There were a lot of variables at work and having a lot of variables meant that there were a lot of things that could go wrong with improvised plans such as the one the brunette was trying to pull off.

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    Post by Itori on 2nd January 2020, 4:44 pm

    Nenet had been asking the bartender about what the regio was like when she heard Victoria speak up. Looking around she quickly focused her attention on the brunette and the three men that she was standing in front of. The phoenix had a rather casual and carefree attitude but she definitely wasn't stupid. She doubted that Victoria would just go and engage these three men unless there was a good purpose behind it, something related to the job. To her eye the three men definitely looked like there might be worth in keeping them tied up for a while longer.

    As for the three men, the one in front opened his mouth angrily before Victoria even finished talking. "You want me to tell ye what to drink? Well why don't ye get on yer knees and-" Before he could finish his crude comment another of the trio grabbed his shoulder and shook his head, pulling him back while stepping to the front himself. His appearance wasn't much better than that of his foulmouthed companion but when he spoke he did so with a gruff and impatient voice rather than the volatile anger of the previous man. "Any drink here is good. Now get out of the way. My friends and I have business to attend to. Can't keep people waiting." His brown eyes were hard as he loomed over Victoria, clearly hoping that his large stature and stern attitude would persuade her to get out of the way.

    "Hey now, that's no fun!" Nenet spoke loudly as she approached the trio from behind, drawing the attention of more than half the tavern as she slipped between them and wrapped her arms around their shoulders. "When a pretty girl asks you to help her choose a drink you don't tell her no! I'm sure whoever you're planning to meet with will understand if you were held up."

    The angry man tried to push Nenet away, only for the phoenix to give him a firm hug before chuckling and letting him go. Planting her hands on her hips she tilted her head as she gave the three men a challenging look, daring them to turn down the offer. She wasn't entirely aware of what the situation was about but if Victoria wanted to keep these men busy she'd make sure they were kept busy."

    "Ye can choose any drink you want, just leave us alone you harebrained fire-" Again the angry man wasn't allowed to finish as the third man held his arm up in front of his volatile companion as a signal to stop. it looked like the two other men were familiar with the first man's hotheadedness and dealt with it as if it was second nature.

    Of course, while the first man appeared angry at any delay and the second one tried to intimidate Victoria into stepping aside it seemed like the third man was more interested in the offer... or at least the two women offering it. "She does have a point buddy. When a woman asks you for a drink you don't just say no." His eyes flitted over towards where Itori was still talking with Harver softly for but a split second before returning to Nenet, who grinned and winked. "The others aren't going to complain if we tell them we had to help some girls who didn't know the way."

    The first man was seething before he sighed and took a deep breath, still noticeably irritated but at least no longer looking like he was about to explode. "Fine, if that's what ye want. But yer the one who's gunna tell the others about it after. Don't want them to yell at me for yer stupid idea."

    The second man looked between his friends and the two ladies who were now flanking the three of them. After several seconds he nodded. "Fine then, but let's be quick about it."

    "That's the spirit!" Nenet grinned as she pointed with her thumb over her shoulder at the bar. "Now, as you can imagine I'm quite the lover of a drink with some real heat to it, so do you have any suggestions for that?"

    "If you want heat there's the Deepmountain Firewhiskey." The third man helpfully suggested. Now that he was no longer busy trying to convince his friends to stay for a while longer he was being less subtle about staring at the figure that the phoenix was willingly putting on display. Although at the very least he had the decency to keep his eyes above her shoulders whenever either one of them was talking. "It tastes like someone set normal whiskey on fire and then bottled it but it'll keep you real warm during these cold days."

    The first man snorted. "It'll also make ye breathe fire like a dragon. C'mon Erval, ye can't tell a girl to drink that stuff, even if she looks like sum'one already set fire to her."

    "Those are some big words. I bet I could drink you under the table though, firewhiskey or any other drink you care to name." Nenet's grin widened and became almost outright challenging, spreading her wings behind her.

    The first man was either very confident or very oblivious. "What?! Ye think I'd let a little gal with fire between her legs say that? C'mon then, let's show just how good ye think ye are at holding yer drink!" He began to storm towards the bar only for the third man, who apparently was called Erval, to grab him and stop him.

    The second man tried his best to ignore the chaos of his two friends arguing not only with Nenet but also each other. Instead he was still glowering at Victoria. "So? If yer like yer friend then firewhiskey would be your choice, but if ye just want to get drunk the bar's got CEIL vodka. Or are you going to waste more of our time by asking for something else?" Of the three men he looked like he was the least interested in entertaining Victoria and Nenet. Erval was clearly letting his second head do at least some if not most of his thinking and the volatile man had appearently easily been distracted by Nenet's challenge. Only this man was still trying to hurry things up.

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    Post by Victoria Sheridan on 4th January 2020, 10:58 pm

    Victoria was starting to have second thoughts about her improvised plan because while the three men smelled like a barn, they were built like a barn too. Just one of them could break the twiggy brunette over their knee without breaking a sweat if any of them wanted to do it. The first guy was an absolute jackass with a rather punchable face, the second guy was slightly better, and the third was actually helpful with informed drink suggestions and kind of cool. If they really were in league with the slavers, she would beat up the first guy the hardest and go easy on the third guy. In the meantime, she had to cope with the unexpected success of her ploy.

    It had succeeded when she did not expect it to. She had the undivided attention of the three men and Nenet had joined the conversation, lending the ploy even more value as a time-waster. The brunette struggled to keep a straight face when the phoenix girl suggested a drinking contest with the second man. The half-baked plan was working well... perhaps too well. Sooner or later the three guys would put two and two together and realize that the brunette asking about alcohol was stalling them for time for her more attractive guildmate to get information from Harver before the trio could go get their slaver buddies together for a slaver ambush on the decidedly anti-slavery mages.

    The second guy was actually willing to take Nenet up on her challenge of a drinking contest until he was stopped by the third guy, who was easily the most reasonable of the trio. Victoria had to keep herself from showing frustration because the drinking contest could have easily bought Itori several more minutes to do her thing and the idea was rejected. However, considering they had eaten up a good few minutes, the brunette should have counted herself lucky that that ploy lasted this long without being exposed for what it was, which was pure and utter BS. Victoria took the third man's helpful suggestions into account and looked at the second man, who was just barely being civil when he asked if she had any other questions or if she was just going to waste more of their time. His growing suspicion meant that it was time to wrap up the charade before it was exposed for real and the trio got really pissed.

    "So you suggest CEIL vodka if I just want to get drunk as quick as possible?" Victoria repeated the second man's suggestion. She did not expect any kind of acknowledgment, but she was trying to be polite by acknowledging what he had suggested to her. Her gaze then turned to the man who had suggested the Firewhiskey for a hot drink with a lot of kick.

    "And if I want heat in a drink, I go for Firewhiskey?" Victoria inquired about the whiskey to the man who had suggested it. To keep the ball rolling she needed to not just talk about alcohol, but to actually get the drink in question. Now was the time to violate a rule about not drinking on the job by getting a shot of Firewhiskey and seeing how they would react to her reaction. That ploy would be good for wasting a few more seconds and maybe eliciting a cheap laugh at her expense. If Itori needed time, the brunette would do her best to provide enough of it.

    "OK gentlemen, I'm sorry if I held you up, but I appreciate all of your advice. Now I'm gonna get a shot of Firewhiskey. Thanks again!" Victoria politely thanked the three for their time and made her way to the bar to make good on her word. She sidled up to the polished wooden bar and got the attention of the tavernkeeper with a raised hand. He looked her in the eyes and waited for her order.

    "One shot of Firewhiskey, please." Victoria calmly requested. The man nodded and set down a shotglass, then poured out a perfect shot of the drink. The brunette set down the Jewels for the shot and walked back over to Nenet and the men to swig the potent whiskey in front of them. She stood in front of them so that they could see that she was putting their advice to use.

    Victoria took the shot and coughed barely ten seconds later. The man was not lying when he said the drink was a hot one. She was already starting to regret taking the unspoken challenge to try the whiskey, but it was too late to back out now. This would be the first time she ever drank on the job, but breaking a personal rule was necessary to sell the deception. Itori would most likely forgive her for this transgression as long as she kept the violations few and far between... too many violations would be bad for Sabertooth's professional image.

    Victoria was not terribly worried about getting intoxicated because she had built a resistance to alcohol. While it was not on par with the resistance of hardy men like the burly trio standing before her or Nenet the party phoenix, the twiggy brunette could hold her own. If she lured one of them into a drinking contest that wasted even more time, that would be a bonus. However, she would be in questionable condition when it came time to hunt the slavers and end their little enterprise in the middle of nowhere.

    "Whoa. This is some strong stuff! No wonder it's called Firewhiskey!" Victoria told them, hanging onto the shotglass for dear life as the beverage started to burn her throat. It took a lot of effort not to cough up her lungs on the spot, but she was still on her feet. Hopefully Itori was getting what she needed because the brunette had a feeling that the Firewhiskey would kick her ass if she drank too much more of it in one day. Firewhiskey was a drink that one treated with respect because it was fire in a bottle.

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    Post by Itori on 5th January 2020, 12:18 pm

    Victoria's plan was indeed working well. While the men definitely didn't really trust her motivations they were at the very least letting themselves be held up by her and the phoenix girl. Of course the reason why it was working so well was pretty obvious: the third man was clearly the sort who wouldn't give up on the opportunity to talk to a pretty girl, let alone a pair of pretty girls. The first man looked like the only reason he hadn't stormed out yet was because he didn't want to leave without his companions, and the second man also looked like it was only with great reluctance that he indulged Victoria's inquiries.

    However it was also clear that her plan wasn't going to work forever. The first and second man both were growing increasingly annoyed even if the second man was being less open about it. Only the third man was trying to remain polite and well-mannered. When Victoria repeated their suggestions back at them the second man nodded curtly, his eyes narrow as he folded his arms. When she told the three of them that she'd go and drink some firewhiskey he just gave her a short grunt. "Sure, whatever. Now get out of the way."

    "If she's going to order some I might as well join her. See you later guys!" Nenet gave the three men a quick grin before she followed Victoria to the bar. The first and second man moved to leave but the third one stopped them, whispering in a hushed voice only for the other two to both reply rather harshly. The arguing continued even as the two women ordered their drinks.

    When Victoria moved to return to them the second man grabbed the third man by the shoulder and forcefully pulled him along as he and the first man stepped out of the tavern, slamming the door shut behind them. There was the sound of loud footsteps quickly disappearing as the men moved with some hurry.

    "That went about as well as we could have hoped." Nenet emptied her own shot glass with little issue, although when the drink tried to burn her throat as well she just belched a small plume of fire and chuckled while inspecting the now empty glass. "That IS a pretty strong drink. I like it." It wouldn't come as a surprise that the phoenix would have little issue with a drink called firewhiskey. She looked at Victoria and noticed that the gunner girl might be not quite as tolerant of the drink. "You okay?"

    Itori meanwhile finished her conversation with Harver, thanking him for his time and promising him that they'd be careful. Harver in return grunted something about how he hoped they succeeded if only because if they failed he could very easily be next on the chopping block. Helping mages track down a bunch of slavers was a risky move to make, even if the tenko did a good job of coming across as reassuring and confident. Standing up and leaving the table Harver's original two companions rejoined him at the table while the nine-tailed fox rejoined Victoria and Nenet, nodding at the two of them with a grateful smile.

    "Both of you, thank you for your hard work. Harver has been very helpful: we should be able to find our quarry with little issue." She glanced towards the door through which the three men had departed. While she'd been talking with Harver her sharp ears also allowed her to pay attention to what had happened at the entrance of the tavern. "However it would be prudent of us to move quickly. Your efforts delayed the three associates for long enough but we must make use of that time." Perhaps somewhat ironically ambushes did take some time to prepare if you wanted to do a good job of it.

    "Well let's get going then. No reason to hang around patting ourselves on the back." The phoenix was the first one to move, heading towards the door and impatiently motioning for the other two to follow her as she prepared to head out. With the information Itori now possessed there was little reason left to dally.

    The pale-furred kitsune nodded in agreement, then looked at Victoria. "Do you require me to remove the alcohol from your system before we depart? While we should have the upper hand in the upcoming confrontation Harver did not know their exact numbers and the full extent of their strength." Removing alcohol was pretty much the same as purifying poison, a relatively easy task. However it was Victoria's call, and at least having the firewhiskey burning her from within would keep her warm.

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    Post by Victoria Sheridan on 8th January 2020, 3:29 pm

    Sensing that the ploy had run its course and unwilling to press her luck any further lest they finally catch on, Victoria let the burly trio pass without any further smooth talking. She had succeeded far beyond her expectations and now it was time to quit while she was ahead. She stepped away from them and let them pass without further delay.

    "OK. Have a good day!" Victoria bade them goodbye as the wooden door closed. That third guy was pretty cool... if he were not in league with the slavers she would like to look him up and talk to him again some day. That Harver guy was pretty cool too. He had balls the size of the Phoenix Mountains for daring to tell Itori anything about the outlaws since they were still a threat and might have picked up on him being Itori's informant. Once the trio had went on their way she turned to Nenet and noticed that she was still holding the shotglass that had held the shot of aptly named Firewhiskey.

    "Yeah. I'm glad it worked as well as it did 'cause I pretty much winged it... ummm, forgive the pun." Victoria said to the phoenix girl at a volume that only the two of them could hear, allowing relief to slowly creep into her voice. She had just pulled off some pretty smooth talking to buy Itori time to learn what she needed to know and the men had not picked up on what the twiggy brunette was pulling. She would find out whether the trio had really fallen for the ploy or if they were just humoring her and were going to drop the hammer on the Sabertooth mages once they were far enough away from The Frozen Phoenix that disappearances would not look too sketchy. However, Victoria was sure that she had bought them some time to seek out the slavers and for Harver to put some distance between himself and this place before retribution came to his doorstep.

    Victoria walked over to the bar and returned the empty shotglass, then requested another round of Firewhiskey. The man behind the bar nodded and prepared the shot with the same smooth and precise motion that he had used to pour the first shot. This guy had a lot of bartending experience and showed in in the way he poured shots. Victoria put down the Jewels for the drink and downed the shot with practiced ease, then set the shotglass down on the bar and let relief creep into her body and the Firewhiskey work its fiery magic. This would be her last shot because she needed to have some coordination when the Sabertooth mages made contact with the enemy. She also did not need to get into the habit of drinking on the job; she had already violated her rule by drinking in front of the men, but if doing so helped the mission it would be worth it.

    Victoria saw Nenet take her own shot of Firewhiskey and belch out a small flame. It was not terribly surprising that a phoenix could handle heat without much issue. To her drinking Firewhiskey was probably like drinking ice water. Victoria heard the phoenix ask if she was OK and turned to face her.

    "Yeah, I'm doing good. A third shot's out of the question because this is some strong stuff. It makes CEIL vodka look like sparkling water." Victoria answered the phoenix's inquiry with an honest assessment of the whiskey's power. She was not ashamed to admit that the Firewhiskey was threatening to get the better of her. Victoria coughed a little because her throat was beginning to burn and the bartender helpfully supplied a shotglass of water that Victoria downed without a second thought.

    Itori sauntered up to the pair at the bar and praised them for their work in stalling the burly trio long enough for her to get what she needed from Harver. Victoria wished that she could say that it was an intricately planned ploy executed with the utmost care, but the truth of the matter was that the brunette had to think on her feet and use some acting skills to pull it off. Nenet's participation went a long way in making the ploy the success that it was.

    "Thanks Itori. Nenet here was a big help. I don't think I could have been nearly as successful if she wasn't with me." Victoria accepted the praise from the Ace and gave credit where credit was due. Nenet provided the second person necessary to make Victoria's ploy work even better than it would have worked because the phoenix girl had the confidence to engage the men in conversation. She also inspired Victoria to take a shot of whiskey to prove to the men that she was not completely deceiving them when she asked for drink recommendations.

    When Victoria heard that Itori could remove the alcohol from the former's system, the brunette did not need to be told twice. The brunette jumped on the offer with alacrity.

    "Yes, please. I'd like you to remove the alcohol from my system before we go any further. I need to be completely focused for what we're about to do." Victoria replied in the affirmative to Itori's question. Victoria needed to be focused and coordinated enough to use her main magic effectively because alcohol and firearms tended to make a very dangerous combination for anyone in the drinker's path. Aside from "friendly fire", there was also the possibility of property damage caused by any errant bullets, grenades, or rockets. She did not want to bury the trio beneath the snow of an avalanche caused by an errant Grenade Launcher round or a Rocket Launcher rocket or wreck an innocent villager's home with a stray rocket. She doubted that the slavers had strong enough defenses to warrant using those weapons, but she never knew what kind of opposition she might go up against in the course of a job.

    "I don't plan on making drinking on the job a habit, Itori. I had to drink to sell the deception. That's the only reason I drank when I did." Victoria assured the Ace that the brunette would not drink on the job as a regular habit.

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    Post by Itori on 14th January 2020, 7:11 pm

    Nenet flashed Victoria a quick grin and a chuckle at the pun, spreading her wings to display them in their fiery glory before folding them again so she wasn't taking up all the space in the tavern. "A pretty good attempt for someone who doesn't even have wings I'd say." She raised an eyebrow when the brunette got herself another shot of firewhiskey after the first one already seemed to be doing a number on her, but just let the woman do whatever she wanted as she got herself a second shot as well. "Yeah, it's pretty good. I'm guessing that they need strong drinks to stay warm up here." It wasn't like this place was the coldest: they were still only at the slopes of the mountains. However it was already clearly a different climate than the plains and grasslands that made up most of Fiore's landscape along with rivers, forests and hills. Around here the winter was a genuine threat, the chill seeping into your bones if you weren't careful.

    "That said you really should stop drinking it. Your throat isn't going to last." She said this even as she downed her own second shot, another belch of flame escaping her mouth soon after. "Gotta keep an eye on your constitution you know." The phoenix didn't think any less of Victoria for not being able to handle the firewhiskey. It'd be irrational to look down on the brunette for not being able to compete with a bona fide phoenix in a contest which revolved around tolerating throwing liquid fire into your gullet.

    Itori had her usual gentle -if possibly slightly mysterious- smile as she nodded in response to Victoria's explanation that she thought the phoenix had been a great help. "Nenet can appear like she cares for little beyond her own entertainment, but one would have to be foolhardy to not see how helpful she can be when she puts her mind to it."

    Nenet barked a laugh at that. "That's right, anyone who thinks I'm just a pretty face and good company doesn't know the half of it.

    With Nenet already heading for the door Itori could focus her attention on Victoria as the brunette quickly asked her to get rid of the alcohol in her system. The tenko nodded as she reached out and placed a hand on Victoria's shoulder. "A wise decision. The alcohol might help keep you warm but you would be sacrificing precision and focus." As she spoke a peculiar feeling would ripple through the gun-girl's body. It was similar to splashing your face with fresh water except it flowed through her body as if Itori's touch was a pebble sending ripples across a water surface. She'd feel any effects the alcohol might be having on her mind and body disappearing with each ripple until they were completely gone. On top of that she'd also feel invigorated as if she'd had a good night's sleep on top of whatever other preparations she'd already made for the job.

    When her companion began to assure her that she wasn't planning on making a habit of drinking on the job Itori tilted her head to the side, then covered her mouth with the wide sleeve of the hand she wasn't using to purify Victoria. "You do not have to worry about my judgement Miss Sheridan. As long as it does not impede your ability to perform the duties given to you I have no objections to members of Sabertooth indulging themselves. Otherwise I would not consent to have Nenet accompany me on jobs. As for the impression you make to outsiders, as long as you do not drink in excess the vast majority of people are not going to consider it anything out of the ordinary. You are a creature of flesh and blood just like the rest of us after all, being a member of Sabertooth does not mean that you stop having your own wants and needs." With these (hopefully) reassuring words Itori pulled her hand away and turned around, motioning for Victoria to follow even as Nenet looked impatiently at the both of them. "I believe my dear friend would rather not wait any longer."

    Joining Nenet at the entrance of the tavern they would wait for Victoria to also join them before Nenet would push open the door and step outside, her heat making the transition from indoors to outdoors more bearable as she kept the door open for the other two to step through before she closed it behind herself. "So? What did you learn?"

    "The slavers are clearly not fools. Rather than building their base out in the open where they are not only vulnerable to the environment but assailants as well they have built their base in a location where several steep slopes meet to form a natural enclosure. This allows them to remain hidden from the authorities, keeps the worst of the weather out of the way, and means that under normal circumstances there is only one direction enemies could arrive from.." Itori immediately answered the phoenix's question even as she began to lead the other two away from the tavern. "I have also learned that the three men you two were distracting are planning to ambush us: the one who pulled the other out by the shoulder is heading back to the slaver camp to alert them of our presence while the other two will be trying to catch us unawares. If their whispers are to be believed they are hoping that they can deal with us on their own so they do not have to share us." If the tenko was disturbed by that idea she didn't show it.

    Nenet on the other hand frowned and actually snarled for a moment before giving a less friendly grin. "Well then, let's see how that works out for them. I propose we beat them up before we head for the rest of the scum. No sense letting them get away when we can neatly tie them up instead." The phoenix looked ready for a fight, now that they were no longer indoors spreading her wings as she cracked her knuckles and her sharp eyes looked around as if hoping that the two thugs were about to jump out of the snow so she could cave their heads in.

    Itori looked at Victoria. "It might be prudent to take care of the two ambushers before we head for the camp, but dealing with them might also slow us down so the other slavers have time to prepare. Either way we should not dally, but which action would you prefer to take?"

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    Post by Victoria Sheridan on 15th January 2020, 12:41 pm

    Victoria's pun was entirely unintentional, but the results were still amusing. Nenet took it in stride and commented on the brunette's ability to "wing it" despite not having wings before belching another small flame after downing her second shot of Firewhiskey. The phoenix girl then mused that the locals needed strong drinks to help them bear the cold of the Phoenix Mountains. Based on her experience so far Victoria could easily see why. The trio was just in the foothills and the cold was hard to bear... she would hate to travel to the highest point wearing anything short of full winter gear.

    Victoria heard Nenet remark that the former needed to slow down on the alcohol for the sake of her body. The fiery winged chick had a point. The hot whiskey was killing her throat and threatened to do much worse to the brunette if she did not stop drinking the Firewhiskey. Two shots was enough for a day.

    "Yeah, I'm calling it quits at just two shots. My throat can't take much more and I need to stay sober." Victoria took Nenet's advice because the former was not a phoenix chick who could down hot beverages like they were lemonade. She also did not want to get drunk and be useless before the inevitable brawl with the slavers. They were her most hated enemies and she wanted to be sober enough to have fun kicking their asses. Sabertooth members were not supposed to think like that, but Victoria hated slavers so much that the prospect of beating them up gave her more joy than the best alcohol. Victoria's grandiose fantasies of fighting the good fight and stomping slavers into the dirt would have to wait until she made contact with the enemy.

    Victoria then shifted her attention to Itori, who stated that while Nenet might look like a carefree party girl who was only interested in fun and alcohol, the fiery girl could be useful when she focused. The brunette found that to be an accurate assessment of Itori's companion. once engaged Nenet effortlessly slipped into the conversation and had the confidence to keep it going smoothly while sounding completely natural, a skill which was important whenever one was trying to pull the shenanigans that Victoria did.

    "I agree with that. Nenet always seems to come through when you need her the most. You don't wanna sell her short." Victoria praised the winged girl for her ability to come through when she was needed the most. Nenet herself agreed with Itori's assessment and took it in stride instead of being insulted by the implication that she was someone who looked like they only cared for personal amusement. Victoria could easily come across the same way with her fondness for alcohol and her tendency to take combat jobs because she liked fighting. Victoria's focus shifted once again when Itori used some sort of magic to purge the alcohol from the former's body and make her feel like a million Jewels.

    "Thanks, Itori." Victoria said simply in response to Itori's assurance that the drinking on the job would not be held against her. She was not sure if any extenuating circumstances came into play, but they probably did. The brunette drank in moderation and only drank to deceive the suspected slavers. The Sabertooth mage would not question the reasons for leniency and followed Itori and Nenet outside where they could talk about what the fox lady had learned from the brave Harver.

    -Outside The Frozen Phoenix-

    Thankful for Itori removing the alcohol from her body before the trio went to work and grateful that the fox lady did not consider her a hopeless inebriate, Victoria felt ready to go against the slavers and their helpers. Victoria was already focused because slavers were her most detested enemy, but having the alcohol removed before it could cloud her judgment and hamper her reflexes was a plus. Handling firearms and explosive spells was not something to be doing while intoxicated because "friendly fire" would hurt Itori and Nenet without distinction. Friendly fire was not something the brunette wanted to become known for, especially not friendly fire brought on by alcohol consumption.

    Victoria listened to Itori give a detailed rundown on what she had learned from the mountain man. Itori had learned that the slavers had wisely built a camp that was naturally fortified by several steep slopes, which made defending the camp fairly simple. It also made it easy to deter escapes since one false step by an escapee meant that they would be in for a nasty fall. Victoria frowned when she had learned that the helpful third guy who had suggested drinks was actually in league with the slavers. She was kind of hoping that one day they could meet under happier circumstances, but now that that hope was dashed she would do what needed to be done to shut the slavers down.

    Victoria's displeasure only grew when Itori theorized that the burly men wanted to take the Sabertooth trio for themselves so that they did not have to share with the main camp of slavers. There was no way in hell that Victoria was going to let that happen. She would kill every last slaver in the area before she become an object to be sold on an auction block. Itori asked Victoria for their next course of action.

    They could either deal with the ambushers and give the camp time to prepare or ignore the ambushers and press onto the main camp to knock them out before they could mobilize.

    "I say we deal with the ambushers first so that all our enemies are in front of us. We don't need any distractions once we hit their camp. Also, getting rid of the ambushers will clear an escape route should we have to pull back to regroup." Victoria answered Itori's question. Once the Sabertooth trio attacked the main camp the slavers would throw everyone they had at the trio. There needed to have a clear escape route in case things went south and removing the ambushers would go a long way towards assuring that a way out was available if it was needed.

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