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Huh. That was interesting.

Aisling hadn't expected Ein to be superstitious. Or maybe it was just a gut feeling, a sixth sense? They trained Dreadlords in a lot of weird things from what she'd been told. Just to be safe the noble woman focused for a split second and boosted both of their luck ever so slightly. It probably wouldn't make a major impact, or was even necessary, but she didn't want to take any unneeded risks.

"Let me know if the feeling gets worse," she added. She could always focus a bit more luck.

They walked out of the seedy club and into the familiarity of the bazaar. Aisling suddenly felt like she needed to go and take a very hot bath. De-compress from her blunder and erase the stink of it. Sadly, they'd failed to accomplish anything so onwards they went.

Ears perked up at the question pointed at her. "Of course. Ask me whatever you like." She shook her head in astonishment and added, "and you don't have to call me your lady." Aisling may have been a decade his senior and a noble of Vel Anir but she drew the line at, 'my lady.'
 
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Ein nodded his head, though in the back of his mind he couldn't help but think what one of the Proctors would say if they ever heard him address Aisling by her name.

They had always been strict about names and titles. Everyone had their place in the world, a fact which had been drilled into them from the first day. Not that Ein particularly cared anymore. Proctor or Archon, they were all dogs of the military now, beholden to another set of laws that nobody was quite yet sure of.

"Alright." He said with a glance at her.

Ein would never argue against something that made his life easier.

"What is it we're trying to accomplish here?" His voice was low, but loud enough for her to hear. He didn't want anyone in the crowd to listen in on their conversation. "I mean I know the party line. Get the city back, but…"

He glanced down at her again. "How far are we willing to go?"

Ein's voice remained neutral, steady. His question, though simple, had a complex answer. If negotiations failed and things fell apart, what would they do? Kill the council? Break them down through threat and intimidation? Ein didn't care how they did it, but he needed to know what to prepare for.
 
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Titles and formalities were fine but they created an overly formalized environment. Any of her attendants or personal bodyguards were always instructed to dispense of such things, though very few did. It was nice that Ein had joined the ranks of the few in close proximity who listened to that simple request.

People tended to put more effort into something if they were working for someone who treated them as an equal.

The corners of Aisling's mouth tilted upwards at his next line of questioning. "We're here to make sure they're trading iron and arms with Vel Anir," her brow furrowed slightly, "and no one else."

Truthfully, that was her only mission. Get them to give up the fruitless idea of trading with anyone outside of Vel Anir's sphere of influence by tossing enough Weiroon money at them that they'd be fools not to accept. Then, slowly, over the course of a few years re-incorporate the city-state back into a provincial government that answered to the Republic of Vel Anir.

Aisling's new masters back home had been quite clear about this.

His next question though, gave her pause. "We don't have to worry about that."

Those words were short, direct. Perhaps he was correct, she'd wondered the same thing, that if the council told her vanguard to piss off the Anirian military would... escalate things in Amroe. Force them to capitulate to their demands. It was the stick and she was the carrot.

"Our task is straightforward and simple Ein," until the council had thrown a wrench into it, "we shouldn't do anything... actually, nevermind." Technically they were already working outside the bounds of their orders but Aisling figured exploring the city and hunting for information would only get her in trouble if the Republic found out about it.

And they weren't going to find out.
 
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Ein slowly raised an eyebrow, opening his mouth to ask a question before he slowly closed his lips and simply nodded. "Alright."

He tried to remind himself that Aisling's mission was not his own.

The Dreadlord had been sent along to ensure that Lady Weiroon remained safe. That no harm, came to her while she was in Amroe. If he could accomplish that than the Guard would give him an 'attaboy'. Whether or not she succeeded in his political goal?

That wasn't his responsibility.

He tried to remind himself of that, but then she finished speaking.

A frown touched his face for a brief moment, and he half stopped. Amber eyes flickered down towards her, and his expression became one of curiosity. What did Aisling want, he wondered? What was she trying to get out of all this?

She certainly didn't seem like she wanted to be here. After a few moments more thought, Ein just nodded. Deciding it was best to do what he always did; go with the flor.

"Lets see if we can't find that Council Member then." He was sure they could be very convincing.
 
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"Yes, let's find him."

It was nice to see a bodyguard who was thinking about the big picture. Most of the Guard she'd interacted with followed orders and carried out their duty well enough but they tended to be dumb as rocks. A lot of the sailors she commanded weren't much better. Even the Dreadlords she'd had at her disposal tended to just be varying levels of sociopathic.

Ein was turning out to be a decent change of pace. Perhaps the Anirian Guard had tempered him. Or maybe he had always been this way.

There were two coffee shops in the bazaar but Aisling already knew which one most likely housed Hinsley. The Crowded Buzz was a shop near the entrance of the huge shopping center and served more as a location for the working class who came as tourists to the ritzy shopping center.

Eventually, they found where Aisling had assumed their target would be. Café Trois.

A cute patio adorned the front of the building but the interior was an elaborate longue with an upstairs that was typically reserved for more affluent members of society. That was where Hinsley, if he was even here, would be. She was sure of it.

But the first step to getting up there was a simple one. "What are you having to drink?"

They'd need to blend in. Hopefully Ein liked coffee.
 
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Ein made a face as he looked at the large coffee house board that was in front of him. A dozen things were written and listed in chalk, most of which he had to squint to actually see.

"I uhh.." It was at that moment that he realized he'd never actually had coffee before.

There weren't many luxuries in the lives of Initiates, and Coffee was hardly one of them. It had never even occurred to him that it was something he should try. In the Reach he had mostly focused on drinking wine, eating steak, and having an enjoyable time with...other pursuit.

Coffee had never even entered his radar. "Well."

He frowned, looking at Aisling.

"What are you having?" Ein looked back at the board. "I was thinking the...Dragons Blood Espresso..."

Whatever in the fuck that was.
 
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”Not a terrible choice,” though she expected he’d hate espresso mixed with a spicy cherry syrup this place called, ‘dragon’s blood.’ ”I’d order something a bit more mild. Perhaps the King’s Cafe au Lait or the Lingering Latte would be better choices?”

Both drinks would be a decent introduction. The King’s had quite a lot of milk but you still at least got hints of coffee flavor. The Lingering had an enchantment cast on the beans which caused the caffeine to last significantly longer, a great trick used amongst scholars (or so she was told).

A finger pointed up at the board as she stated simply, ”I’m going for the Taagi Vanilla,” a simple mixture of vanilla bean, espresso, and cream, ”but go with whatever takes your fancy.”

Aisling laid a Cortosi silver talon on the bartop, best not to use Anirian coin in these parts, and ordered her drink. A bob of her head towards Ein followed. ”And whatever he’s having.”

“Yes ma’am,” the skinny barista said as another worker began to make the Weiroon’s drink.

She moved to the end of the bar, collected her mug, and waited for Ein to make his selection. All the while eyeing the upstairs section and debating the best manner for them to gain access.
 
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Ein stared at the board for a few more seconds, frowning, and then looking at Aisling as she offered him even more suggestions.

After a few seconds of the barista staring at him expectantly Ein finally cleared his throat. "I'll have the Lingerie Latte."

The girl behind the counter frowned for a moment, tilting her head at Ein.

"Lingering Latte?"​

"Ah. Yes." Ein said with a nod of his head. "That. That would be delicious I think."

He offered her a smile, and the girl behind the counter let out a quiet giggle. Ein slipped away from the counter and walked over towards where Aisling was standing. As he came to stand besides her he noticed the not so subtle gaze up towards the step.

Ein followed her gaze. "I can cause a distraction."

He offered, glancing back towards the instruments behind the counter, an idea trickling into his head.
 
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Aisling overheard the staff call out Ein's drink and she issued an approving nod in his direction. They were likely to have a long day that would trail into the evening. The added caffeine might do him some good.

"Hm," she mused on the idea of a distraction. It was a sound plan, it might even work. Clarissa wasn't here to object either.

There were risks and dangers to being too brazen but she had to trust the Dreadlord's instincts on something like this. Besides, the entire venture was risky and brazen! Aisling blew at the stem emanating from her latte and took a cautious sip.

It tasted divine.

"It's quite good today," she offered as a grin grew across her face. "Do it."

She took a few steps closer to the staircase. Best to be ready in case the window to ascend was small. Aisling was, once again, overjoyed that Clarissa wasn't here. The chance of Aisling and Ein being separated, even for a second, would have driven her attendant mad with worry. But there wasn't much risk of harm befalling her in a place like Cafe Trois.
 
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Ein nodded his head.

There wasn't really much to his plan, there didn't need to be. As he moved to grab his drink his gaze flickered over some of the oddities behind the counter. He let his eyes float over them, and then to one large glass pot in the back.

That will do. Ein thought to himself. Then he stepped up to the counter, grabbing the odd cup that had some sort of strange lid on it. He watched for just a moment, taking a sip of his drink and waiting.

When the Barista stepped away from the pot Ein smiled.

In the exact same moment, his free hand flickered. A snap of his fingers rang out, and in an instant the glass pot exploded. The sound was loud enough to snap nearly everyone's attention towards it, a scream echoing out a second later as an overdramatic man threw his drink on himself in surprise.

"OH MY GODS!"​

He called out.

"I'VE BEEN BURNED! WHAT HAPPENED?! THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!"​

The sound of his voice carried throughout the establishment, the Guard at the stairs immediately moving away from his post. Ein looked back at Aisling, and then quickly darted to her side.
 
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"Perfect," she whispered under her breath once Ein got close enough.

Together they ascended the stairs quickly before the guard could return or notice two strangers entering the space reserved for the upper crust of Amroe society. Once at the top of the floor they noticed a huge chandelier with nearly fifty candles all burning a strange blue, likely some sort of arcane fire. Groups of dignified men and women were gathered at the bronze railing to gape down at the commotion that was still on-going on the first floor.

A quick once over let Aisling know that none of them were their target.

She looked around, appearing as any ordinary customer looking for a table (though Ein and her were very much not dressed for this part of the cafe). Eventually she saw precisely what they sought out.

In the corner sat a man in a large top hat, flanked on either side by gorgeous looking women. From what she'd heard about him this man, Mr. Hinsley, had not taken a wife. He'd taken two. Polygamy was very much not recognized by the state of Vel Anir but apparently the city-state of Amroe had no such qualms.

Standing just to the edge of his table was a large orc and burly looking human. His bodyguards, both eyeing the gathering of nobles at the railing.

Aisling, undeterred, approached his booth and the man looked away from his cup of coffee and up at her. "They're letting any street rabble up here these days I see."

"Mr. Hinsley," she said with a nod. Best not to give who she was away. "I'm here for that... thing you needed."

Perhaps she should've thought this through a bit more before running straight at him.
 
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Ein decided that it was probably best to keep his mouth shut in a place like this.

He noted the bodyguards standing by Mr. Hinsley, the massive Orc and Human large enough to probably see most people simply walk away from the situation all together. Most people. Ein smiled slightly, taking up position directly behind Aisling.

The Dreadlord wasn't as bigger as either of the other men, but that would hardly matter if things came to a head.

His shoulders squared slightly, and he tried to take on the same brutish look that the guards had. It didn't come as easy to him, pretty as his face was, but he thought he did a fair enough job. His arms crossed in front of his chest, and then he waited for Aisling to speak.

An almost immediate cringe ran through him as she did, his hand almost coming up to smack his own face. I think she might not belong in politics.

Ein thought to himself.
 
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"Oh. Right." Hinsley said after a long pause and a quizzical look overcame him. Aisling was starting to think that she might just belong in politics.

Hinsley looked her over up-and-down before his eyes darted towards Ein and he did the same thing. Sizing them up as if they were cattle at the market. "I thought I told the association that I just wanted women but, well, for a man he looks womanly enough."

He thought, oh, oh no. How did this keep happening?

"N-no, sir, with all due respect we are not from any association of that nature," she blurted out as quickly as she could.

Further confusion overtook Hinsley's face as he tried to figure out what other business they'd come for. "This is of a much more... sensitive nature." That probably wasn't the best word choice either but she was grasping at straws at this point. Maybe if she took a glug of her coffee it would seem... mysterious. Or intimidating. Or something.

An eyebrow came up on the gentleman's face and realization dawned. "Ah. You're from Ivolia."

Ivolia, a Cortosi duchy on the western front, which had been rapidly growing in power. Was that the play the council in Amroe was entertaining?
 
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Ein couldn't help but turn his head slowly towards Aisling as Mr. Hensley assumed he was a prostitute.

A very pretty and apparently feminine prostitute.

Briefly he considered burning the entire room alive. It wouldn't have been that hard, and might stave him some humiliation at this point. A coffee house exploding likely wouldn't have been too unbelievable, and he was pretty sure he could shield Aisling well enough with his wings.

The Dreadlord hadn't exactly been taught to weather humiliation of any sort, and he was half a second away from simply grabbing Mr. Hensley and beating him half to death when they finally got a useful piece of information.

As soon as he mentioned the city Ein ran through everything he knew about the place.

In his time at the Academy there had been many missions to Cortos. Seeds of dissent sowed, Church leaders killed, villages burnt down to cut off supplies and cause chaos. He had never been to Ivolia, though knew of it's ambitions.

The city was famous for it's cavalry. Men who apparently rode on strange lizard like creatures instead of horses.

His lips thinned, and Ein dragged himself back into reign. Standing there with a scowl as Aisling dug their grave further.