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« Reply #15 on: Aug 26th, 2009, 9:55pm »

Ever cheerful to tout her own accomplishments, Josaphine set to it with gusto, gesturing wildly with one arm while the other shivered in it's purchase on Win's arm, the effort of keeping herself from falling between the Golem's thrashing legs roughly on par with the effort of keeping her topic general and beneficially nonspecific.

"Oh a great numba a' tings, for findin' people. If dey be dabblin' in any sorta hexwork, or if ye be havin' some effect dey cared much about, 'den I can find'em."

Josaphine paused, considering Win's secondary passage, who in turn seemed to perk up his skull, in accordance with Josaphine's will.

"Why ye be askin'?"
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« Reply #16 on: Aug 27th, 2009, 6:53pm »

Dimitri gat about half way though nodding thoughtfully before he realized it simply addled his brain more. Hexwork. Well, he couldn’t’ think of any reason why she would be, unless someone asked her to, and he couldn’t bet on that.

“Ah well, I’d very much like to have my soul back, you see.” He answered “I was hoping you could either create something which would help me directly locate it, or find my sister, who is a person in whom I have complete confidence, and who I am sure I can um…convince to help me.”

Be conversational. He urged himself. Normal people talk about things. Pretend you care, quickly. The silence is stretching It’s getting awkward. Go now. “Do you have any siblings?”
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« Reply #17 on: Aug 29th, 2009, 8:27pm »

"I do, a pair o' strong willed 'n thick skulled types, but mark'em not."

Josaphine hitched her cap up, delicately picking at dust in the corner of her extra eye with one long, white finger. Golden in this light and deep, miles deep, the eye swam slightly and hurt to dwell on.

"As fer y' sister or y' soul: Both ha' very close links to you. It'd be the work of a momen' to find y' sister if you had an effect o' hers. I'd need an artifac' o' some power to find her wifou'."

Josaphine paused, flexing her fingers and shifting her cap back, splitting her tawny face with an arching grin; teeth like grave markers, achingly white.

"Ah ne'er found a soul, afore, so I wouldn' 'noo where to start. I'll start thinkin' 'bout how I might."

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« Reply #18 on: Sep 4th, 2009, 7:25pm »

“Never found a soul, but you tamper with them, I see.” He tapped the temple of the metal monstrosity beneath him. In the distance he could see the silvery, shifting image of a city in a desert. From here they could walk, without causing a fuss. He looked disheveled enough to have been lost in the sand. “A fascinating construction, no doubt. However, not terribly secure. For instance, I have spent the last half an hour loosening these bolts.”

With that he gave a flourish of his hand he removed the skull cap of the golem. Something the shade and effects of a lightning bug, but a hundred times larger, erupted before it was even fully off. It spiraled upward, a mad, liberated light bulb, then took off at a ninety degree angle due south. Underneath them, the metal monster went to pieces. Dimitri, having expected this, dropped into a roll and came up, elegantly, with his nickel revolver in his right hand. It was pointed, predictably, at his rescuer.

“Now, I think this is the better situation. Yes. This is much improved. Now, I’m not entirely certain what you had planned, but I have a better idea. You do your mojo and find my sister and I don’t allow the movement of blood from unnecessary places.” He smiled. Sort of. “Please.”
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« Reply #19 on: Sep 4th, 2009, 8:13pm »

Josaphine, having notexpected this, and having in fact been perusing the back of her eyelids while meditating on the matter of soul location, collapsed in a pile in the sand, rolling a dozen times before coming to a half, her hooves splayed out and her head reeling. The epitome of clarity, she managed an "augh" as she spiraled into the sand and was still.

"It's no' so simple, man. Ya kin I could find with ya blood, but it'd require a great reserve o'power sucha' I don't have now. Otha' wise I need some artifact a' ya' sista's."

Josaphine hrumphed as she sat upright. Tower and The Lion nuzzled her hips with reassuring iron solidity, but the gentleman had a nightmare grip on that pistol and it didn't take a third eye to pick up on his lethal intent. This didn't put her above gaming the situation.
It just meant playing the game softly.

"I don' be wantin' ta' die, but I need 'dese 'tings."
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« Reply #20 on: Sep 4th, 2009, 8:34pm »

Well, he hadn’t entirely thought that through, had he. Yes, he remembered she’d mentioned that. How unfortunate. Well, he did have one thing of his sister’s. He wondered why he had kept it. It had seemed so important not long ago. He’d even kept it through the sewers of Rome. He couldn’t even remember any more. How very strange. He slipped his left hand into his holster.

The first time he set out, his sister had loaded his gun for him. She’d sharpened his knife. She’d packed his bag. She had waited half an hour till he was ready to leave, and watched him, smiling, until he couldn’t see her anymore. And then, as soon as he was around the bend, he took a single bullet out of that gun, and slipped under a loose corner in the holster. Followers were not supposed to keep possessions, but he had kept his father’s pistol, whom he had called Einherjar, and his sister’s bullet. It all seemed so comical now. He tossed it to the hooved woman.

“Will that do?” He ran his thumb along the hilt of the gun. For a moment there was a shadow…but no. It was a silly thing, afterall.
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« Reply #21 on: Sep 4th, 2009, 10:35pm »

"Ah ye be havin' a violent focus here, It be workable but it's a dangerous workin'. Blood'll come of it."

Josaphine got onto her knees, eyes flat and wary as she began scraping in the sand with a knuckle, the shell and casing lying in the middle of what rapidly became a stylized triple ringed circle, broken by cheerless, sliding characters which wouldn't resolve or focus. She coughed as she deftly opened a cut on the meat of her palm, pressing it into the cardinal points of the circle and then wrapping her bandanna around it. As a final garnish, she flipped her knife into the sand, bloodstained point first.

Still kneeling, Josaphine raised her lithe form ramrod straight, closed her livid green eyes and opened her third. The humidity increased, the air began to shimmer. The sand became a terrible white and then a number of awful red and purple colours. Sweat caked Josaphine's brow- night flowed from Josaphine's shoulders. Her crackling wildfire eye was a single light in a localized darkness.

Wild, jungle scents and strange, frightening musks crept in. The calls of some strange beast, keening at the edge of audibility echoed away.

And as suddenly it was done, the cloak of night collapsed, Josaphine's black hair, plastered to her skull, fell loosely around her shoulders and covered the great Eye.

She put her hat back on.

The knife was hovering, the blade quivering and pointing north/northwest, to a distant mesa. Josaphine smirked.

" 'Dere's a trail a mile wi'e if you can be seein' hexwork. An' I can. We got three days 'for it starts to fade, so dat's how much time you got to be findin' her."

She didn't rise. She crossed her legs, dress flowing over her knees and hooves.

"But'cha won' be findin' her wi'oo me. So it be time to renegotiate our deal, man. Ya' shoot me now, ya never fin' no sister. I wan' two things. I wan' a promise ya' never exhort me wi' violence again..."

Josaphine licked her lips. Even this far removed, chronologically, genetically, geographically, it had stunk of the bog witch.

"an' I wan' da' creature ya sister has."
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