“Or you like to be fashionable late, Terger Alela.” Minister Gale replies. “Regardless, since you are now here, we can no longer wait for your other companion. You will have to explain the situation to him later.”dfryer36 wrote:"It appears that either I'm late or the time table I was given was over estimated," Terger says.
Terger notes that he doesn't see Gralf in the room. There is a man sitting at the room's center table, which is covered with what looks like wizardly gear. There is also a dwarf in the trappings of a cleric. The new 'ally' that Lady Pomander was forcing upon him.
“Can we get on with this.” A man who'd been pacing when Terger entered. “I have an experiement I must get back too.”willpell wrote:The latest arrival to the room catches Relgar's eye, though he finds himself unable to put a name to why. He decides to allow his latest tirade against the exigencies of civil injustice to die away into a mumble, and starts actually paying attention to his surroundings for perhaps the first time since his initial confrontation with the guard captain.
“Terger,” Minister Gale motions to the man. “This is Lord Traherne Merrick of the Wizard Council. He is here to speak on behalf of that man there.” The minister points to Relgar. “His name is Relgar Aspergrim and he has, somehow, been embroiled in this mess.”
“I am Elkgrar Ashhand of the Students of the Great Inventor. I have been asked to join you for the task at hand,” the dwarf says calmly. “I hear we are hunting a renegade who caused the trouble in New city the the other day.”
“Yes, we'll get to that,” the minister replies. “But first,” he looks at Lord Merrick. “The Wizard Council has insisted that Aspergrim here is in the service of the council and must be allowed to find the renegade with or without the help of The Five. I find it very amusing that the council believes they can dictate terms to The Five.”
“Be careful, Yelte. The rule of The Five is not absolute, and you know it. Besides the city's guards have little luck bringing him in so far. If it hadn't been for Aspergrim, you wouldn't have even known how the man got out of New City.”
“I heard he told the guards to go to hell,” Elkgrar says.
“Quite true. He didn't tell us anything of much value. Mainly he just pissed off one guard after another. If it hadn't been for his connection to the council, which we learned from you, Lord Merrick, he would have been taken to the Inquisitors, eventually.” Minister Gale looks at Relgar with a catlike smile. “It would have been an interesting battle of wills, I think. Mr. Aspergrim would likely have died before he'd told them anything.”
Minister Gale looks at Terger. “He will be a good companion for you and Elkgrar in your hunt for Phelix Del Cannitha.”
“You cannot force him to work with them,” Lord Merrick shouts. “This is a matter for the Wizard Council. Phelix is an arcanist. He is to be our prize not The Fives.”
“Oh, I'm sure The Five will let you have him, eventually,” Minister Gale replies calmly. “And if Mr. Aspergrim here wishes to go it alone against a powerful sorcerer and his well-armed minions, he's more than welcome to try. But I think he will chose to work with the team and reap the benefits that will come his way if he does so.”
“So, you're resorting to bribery,” Lord Merrick mocks.
“Oh shut up, Traherne! This is not the Wizard District! You are in Old City and your council will learn their place in Bluffside's hierarchy or The Five just might reconsider who gets ostracized next month!”
Minister Gale walks over to Relgar and looks at him with dignity. He takes a quick glance at the man's possessions, noting the book with interest, before addressing Relgar.
“Assuming Alela here has no objections, and he better not, are you willing Relgar Aspergrim? If you are then all charges are dropped and you may gather your things for the task ahead.”