A Collab Between Valor, Aeolian, Lmpkio, and MarsAdept
Glory actively worked against letting her mind wander as she waited for her chosen teammates to arrive. The first to appear was Victoria, which was a genuine surprise to Glory since Victoria appeared to be quite drunk. The urge to chastise Victoria was strong, but Glory held her tongue. Victoria would most likely be sober by the time they got anywhere. Hopefully. Glory gave a slight nod to Victoria as she arrived, but said nothing since Victoria probably wouldn’t be in the mood for conversation.
The next to arrive was Dreadlin. Glory gave him a nod as he approached, just as she had done with Victoria. When Dreadlin spoke, Glory answered his question. “Yes. We are waiting on Lorn. He should be here soon enough.” Glory took a moment to glance up at the guild entrance before looking back to the group. Approximately a minute and a half later, Lorn would arrive.
Glory gave him a nod as she had done for both Victoria and Dreadlin. When Lorn began to talk about tutoring and knowing the way, Glory listened intently. Thinking for a few moments after he finished talking, Glory nodded and said. “Alright. We’ll take the carriage through the swamps. It might not be safe but we’ve got two S class mages present, which should be more than enough to ward off any problems.”
Glory pushed herself up from the rock and went from sitting on it to leaning on it. Using her hands to better articulate her plans, Glory began to describe the ideas she had been thinking about earlier. “My basic plan right now is to have Lorn use his heart magic to track the Exceed, which will hopefully not have been sold yet, and then we can assault the dark guild and take it back. As a bonus, since this is a dark guild, we can beat up everyone there and take them to the authorities to hand them in. Might even get to destroy the guild hall if we’re lucky.”
Glory paused for a moment before she brought up an alternate plan. “However, this depends on the Exceed not being sold yet. From the guildmaster’s speech earlier today, we need to recover it even if it has been. Giving up this quest will not help our reputation in the slightest. Given this, if it has been sold the plan is generally the same: Beat up the dark guild, but then interrogate them before shipping them off to the authorities. Then go chasing after it again.”
Folding her arms, Glory waited a few moments to let everyone digest the information she had presented before adding in one last comment. “Anyone got any better ideas? Anyone got any problems with the ideas as they stand?”
The lizardman simply nodded in agreement at her simple, yet efficiently logical sounding plan. However there was one small thing that he felt could be done better.”S’unds diddly to meh,”
he croaks with a thumbs up, ”But I reckon’ tat taken’ a tiny ol’ carriage through de stinkin’ swamp may lose us valued time. I have big ole’ monstas tat can trek through de deep soggy watas much mer effectively than de tiny ole’ rust buckets. I can easily hel’ all three of yehs on de back of meh leviathan ferm, or even on meh tall fiery ferm, and still be fasta then them. Waddya thank of tat, eh?”
Victoria tries to speak up but a drunk hiccup come out. She curses at herself under her breath before taking another squigh from her water-filled jug. Calming herself by force of will and demanding the world stop swaying, Victoria finally manages to get a word out, “I swear to y’all I will be sober by the time trouble finds us. ‘was not expecting to go on back to back missions so soon. Promises… I will follow y’all’s lead until I get back on the horsey. Dark Guilds deserve all they get from us Light guilds.
Taking another squig of the water, she turns to Lorn with a forced smile, “You can fix a crash and hangover from a drunken state? I had me wine. What a devilish spirit! Goes down smooth and yummy, but the hangover leaves you feeling like a dried out grape or a corpse awaiting for death to get down his list to you. Go for it.
” Victoria hiccups and swears at herself again. With pain, she winced and then said, “I give you permission to fix this.
“I think that’s a wonderful idea Dreadlin, though, perhaps you should conserve your energy in case we run into trouble. But then, I’m sure you know your own limitations. So if you certain, I will gladly comply”
, Lorn said as he acknowledged the lizardman’s idea for them to ride on his back. He looked back to Victoria and smiled,
“Alright love, this should only take a moment.”
His hands were on either side of her head, as he closed his eyes and began using his Heart Magic. After he removed his hands from her head, she’d feel a weight lifted off her, the insobriety and drunken feeling essentially nullified.
Lorn stepped back from her, pushing some of his hair behind his ear and folding his arms across his chest, “Feeling better?”
Victoria froze in place as Lorn put his hands near her head. She could literally feel her struggling against her drunkenness just to remain still for Lorn. As the heart magic flowed through her, her body relaxed and became visibly less tensed. Victoria genuinely smiled for once and proclaimed with excitement, “By the Moon, that was impressive! Sir Lorn, I should seek out your services more often. Wow! Just wow! Let us give this dark guild a lesson they will never be able to forget.
Glory nodded in agreement with what was stated. Turning to Dreadlin, Glory spoke quickly. “Alright Dreadlin. We’re going to a swamp, so most likely your leviathan form will find the most use. If you would please…”
When Dreadlin finished transforming, Glory helped the shorter members of the group clamber onto his back and get a good grip before jumping aboard herself. Glory gave his back a couple pats before shouting a clear and gripping tightly as Dreadlin lurched away. The travel was harsh and bumpy, but it was also thankfully quite quick. The scenery was a blur as they moved to their destination.
It didn’t feel like a long time before they arrived at the manor of the family that had placed the request. Thankfully, for all his speed Dreadlin was also good at another important component of travel: Brakes. With their travel finished, Glory hopped off of Dreadlin and gave the leviathan a thumbs up as she walked to the door while the others were disembarking. Producing the folded request from a pocket, Glory raised her fist and knocked firmly upon the door. Perhaps a bit too hard, as she did leave a slightly notable pair of dents in the door from her metallic knuckles. Not thinking much on it, Glory tapped her foot as she waited for the family to answer.