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101 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:42 pm

"No," I sigh heavily. "I took out a notice on one of the boards near his house to occupy him. He'll spend the next couple of weeks hunting a bog wyvern before realizing that I killed it last week, and the only one left out there is a youngster that's still feeding on fish and baby alligators."

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102 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:51 pm

"I've heard rumors of a barghest in the northern forest trails towards Novigrad," I remark offhand, "Not the main routes, but some that a few acquaintances take when bringing goods up.

"Not suggesting it's a task for Emhyr, given the purpose of the trails, but if you're ever curious about that sort of thing."

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103 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:59 pm

"Hmm, I could be convinced to look into it," I nod thoughtfully as I rest against the table to sip at my drink. "Any idea on what its purpose in the area is? Has it been hunting travelers? Or just been seen lingering around outside the city?"

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104 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:01 pm

"I don't know too many of the details, I just hear it talked about amongst some of the people I sell my wares to. From what I can gather, though, it's not lingering too close to the city, it's a bit further into the forest." I continue, "It could just have been a wild dog seen by one of the younger blokes, looking for a wild story to tell when he got home, but it's spooked a couple of the more serious traders."

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105 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:09 pm

"Rightly so," I frown slightly as I pull a small, leather-bound notebook from my pocket and open it up to a blank page. "At the best of times, a barghest is an omen of death and misfortune. I'd warn your contacts off of traveling alone - they tend to favor solitary prey, and may well be biding its time until some lone trader wanders across its path.

"I'll look into it, though," I say as I start a rough sketch of the beast and a crude map to give me an idea of where to look for it. "Witches in Novigrad have a hard enough time without their supplies being cut off by a barghest."

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106 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:24 pm

"That's my thought," I nod, a bit relieved he doesn't seem put off by the idea of the trading routes into the city.

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107 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:28 pm

"Would you be willing to get more information from your contacts for me?" I ask without looking up from my sketch. "That way you aren't divulging their names to a hunter and they're more willing to speak plainly? I could use a better idea of where to look for it, size, approximate age, if there's any grey in the coat, what its howls sound like - just so I can narrow down what sort of barghest it is, make sure it doesn't have a mate I need to worry about."

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108 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:30 pm

"It's howl..." I nod vaguely, laughing as I continue. "Yeah, I'll see about that. I mean, they might wonder why a wares witch who never leaves her home is inquiring, but I'll try."

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109 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:34 pm

"Tell them you've another merchant who travels the path that might be able to get rid of it," I offer off-handedly as I finish jotting down a couple of notes before tucking the notebook back in my pocket. "It wouldn't be a complete lie - I do sometimes sell my goods here or there. Mostly to root out the unsavory sort, but still. I'll take care not to lead any of them to think you're working with a hunter - particularly one who wants to travel out to the trade routes near Novigrad."

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110 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:57 pm

Smiling gratefully, I nod again.

"Thank you, truly. Even if it turns out to be nothing, it'll put my mind at ease."

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111 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:03 am

"It's my pleasure," I smile as I finish off my juice. "If you need to, you can set me up with one of the traders, and I can travel with them. Assuming one of them is fearful enough to accept a companion."

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112 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:10 am

"I'm certainly not known for my connections, that's more of Nell's avenue." I laugh, "As soon as I said the words 'I know someone-' they'd wonder what I was up to."

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113 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:13 am

"Well, either way, I'll manage," I laugh at that and shake my head as I glance at her. "Anyway - how did things go with your friend? I hope she wasn't too angry."

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114 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:23 am

"Well, she wasn't thrilled..." I grimace a bit as I rest my arms on the island, "She left not long after you two did, hasn't been home yet. I'm honestly kind of dreading it."

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115 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:30 am

"I'm sorry," I wince, shaking my head tiredly. "I'd offer to speak to her, but... well, I somehow doubt that will help the situation."

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116 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:33 am

"You weren't the problem." I say a bit quickly, "Emhyr wasn't the problem, really. No, this is shit between us that's been there since Rae was little. My little outburst didn't help it, either."

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117 Re: Witchy Wonderland on Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:38 am

"Mmm," I nod in understanding, not pushing the issue as I frown. "Well, nevertheless, I'm sorry."

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