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#6207813 Jun 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
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A delicate Blood Elf woman strode up the steps to the Scryer’s library. She was garbed in high heeled boots, stiff elbow length red and gold gloves, a matching corseted robe, and a white hooded cloak which hid her face somewhere deep within. The strap of a sizable messenger bag was draped over her shoulder and under the cloak. She and a guard nodded absently to each other, neither really paying the other much mind.

She browsed the shelves before pausing front of some particularly old tomes that she’d stopped to study before. Gingerly she slid a hefty book from its place. The elegant style of the runic writing and intricate illuminations only enhanced the already significant value of the spells within themselves. Her dainty gloved fingers turned the pages with great care inspecting the workmanship.

Despite or perhaps due to the excessively gentle manner in which she handled the tome it slipped through her fingers and hit the marble floor with a mighty WHUMP. Several heads turned her way and her body language was sheepish as she bent to retrieve it, cloak enveloping her kneeling form.

The Elf quickly slid the precious book back into its place as she stood and moved on to another shelf. This time she only briefly inspected a small herbalist almanac before striding out the way she came.

She walked straight to the lift, pausing anxiously at its edge. Heights… Why was everything good in Outland always placed so high up? The heels clicked softly on the textured surface and she waited tensely for the lift to reach bottom.

Once in Lower City she ducked into the nearest outhouse and began to strip. Off came the enveloping cloak, the dainty gloves, the corset, the boots, the robe and the form shaping bandages underneath were loosened so that Anukaar could expand to a more natural shape. If he’d still had features he’d look pleased with himself. He sighed in relief and pulled the tome out of the messenger bag to inspect it again.

It would be a while before they noticed the fake that he’d swapped it out for. It was a lovely replica even if he did say so himself. Sure, he got lazy after a couple of chapters where he’d begun to just make up poetic sounding gibberish but at a glance? Perfect.

There were definitely interested parties he could sell the original to in the Consortium. He put it away again this time wrapped in the Elven style lady’s clothes. After rewrapping himself properly and getting dressed in more traditional Ethereal garments Anukaar headed out to do some casual shopping while he was in the city and put off the inevitable terrifying flight back to Netherstorm.
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#6208610 Jun 03, 2012 at 06:07 PM
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((XD I LOVE how Anukaar pulled his trick! Very smart guy, I can see why Roulette falls for him even if she won't admit it. ))

Trushul was wandering through the lower city, his hair sticking awkwardly around his ears and spikes, puckered around his braid from repeatedly running his hands through it. In his hands was a small, simple device of Ethereal make, and it was driving him insane.

He had been scouring different vendors lately, trying to find some spare parts to work on a device to speed up the final repairs on the Exodar, but he had been distracted by this. A Krokul vendor had it tucked away in a corner, and through much badgering and haggling Trushul was able to get a hold of it.

The Consortium were not really forthcoming with their designs. If he could just find a way to reverse-engineer this... however, he was hesitant to take it apart before he even had a clue to what it did.

Stopping in the middle of the street with a fierce frown on his face (many people seeing the large Draenei looking so furious decided to give him a wide birth, leaving a fairly large empty space for him to brood in), he turned the device over and over again in his hands.

"Curse this to the void," he growled in his native tongue, turning it over on more time before settling his hands around it. "I will have to find a Ethereal willing to at least hint at things. Perhaps for some gold?" Everyone did say Ethereals were notoriously greedy and self-serving.

His head shot up as he raked his gaze over the people nearby, deciding to head towards the first Ethereal he saw.
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#6208771 Jun 03, 2012 at 06:51 PM
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((It's handy being able to change your silhouette >:) Also, do you have a purpose in mind for that object?))

Anukaar paused uncertainly as he was approached by an angry Draenei. It wasn't an angry Peacekeeper Jadaar, however, so that was good. Or anyone else of a guardish persuasion. So with his stolen book wrapped in women's clothing stuffed neatly in the bag under his arm, he lifted his chin and gazed blankly at the approaching man.

Sometimes not having any facial cues was incredibly helpful. This was one of those times.
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#6208810 Jun 03, 2012 at 07:03 PM · Edited 6 years ago
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((Really, ANYTHING as long as it isn't a fake. It can be a magical cookie maker and Trushul would be ECSTATIC to know what it does. If you have a plot planned, it could be a good Macguffin. ;D))

Trushul came to a stop in front of the Ethereal holding a bag, and shoved the device into his line of sight.

"Can you tell me what is the purpose of this device? Or what machine it might work as part of?" His accent was a little thick and word order slightly off, but it was clear enough for the vast majority of people to understand.

No sense in wasting time. If this Ethereal didn't know, he needed to find one who did. He wanted to have enough time to get home and start sketching out possibilities, after all.
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#6209687 Jun 04, 2012 at 12:55 AM
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((Oh, I totally wouldn't do a fake! What's the fun in that? ;D ))

Anukaar stared at him blankly for a pregnant pause before his head tilted at the device.

"Uhm... may I?" He asked, shifting his weight and slowly reaching for the small object.
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#6212877 Jun 04, 2012 at 05:50 PM · Edited 6 years ago
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Trushul frowned for a second as the Ethereal's hand landed on the device. He didn't let go. His fingers started drumming on it in thought before he gave a sharp nod to himself. Right, Ethereal's liked payment. Perhaps if he offered payment the Ethereal would be less likely to run off with this. He really did not want to let such a beautifully designed piece of tech go.

"Yes, but be careful. Also, for you help..." Trushul let one of his hands drop the device, the other still holding on as he dug through the pack which was resting near his hip, the woven shoulder strap getting in the way as he tried to sort out what he had in there. "Ah-ha! Would two Tigerseye and a Shadow Gem be good payment? I know they do not have them much here, yes?" He looked up hopefully.
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#6213580 Jun 04, 2012 at 09:22 PM
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The Ethereal's head popped up. Payment? Well that was a lovely bonus. He'd intended to be helpful merely to avoid suspicion or trouble. Or would that have been more suspicious? Regardless... yes, bonus.

"Yes... yes, thank you... that will be just fine..." He said softly, nodding.
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#6213731 Jun 04, 2012 at 10:15 PM · Edited 6 years ago
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Trushul smiled brightly. "Wonderful!" He looked back down at the device and frowned. He knew he needed to let it go, after all, if he didn't he would never find out what it was and so it would be as if he had lost it. Slowly he released it, looking down at the device mournfully, hoping that the Ethereal could tell him what the Light it was.

He adjusted the goggles on his forehead, before letting his hands clasp together and started wringing them, his fingers drumming on his wrist as he watched the Man (Woman? Genderless? He would have to ask some other time, Ethereals were harder to tell than many of the other races the Draenei had stumbled across.) examine the machine.
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#6214239 Jun 05, 2012 at 01:26 AM
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((lol, Tru is so cute! And Anukar's skinny too, so that doesn't help with the androgyny XD))

Anukaar nodded, having asked for the device more so he could demonstrate than examine. He'd recognized it instantly and had used one often. He twisted the bottom then released it, causing the object to hover in the air in exactly the place he'd held it.

"It's a game. To pass the Time." He explained, running his fingers across the surface in a particular pattern. Pieces rose up, some physical and some holographic, into a three dimensional game board. "You see, at the Bottom is a small movable.. beam of light. You try to angle your mirrored Pieces to shatter the holograms with it... Geometry, see? Except the targets Move... Certain runes are more points than Others and you can adjust difficulty... I imagine your people have similar things... You need ways to pass Time when you don't Age, per ce..."

He chuckled awkwardly and straightened a bit, closing the game down again then plucking it out of the air to return to the be-goggled Draenei.
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#6218790 Jun 05, 2012 at 10:46 PM · Edited 6 years ago
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((He is. He is just this big bundle of awkward-to-other-people-but-makes-sense-to-himself that I love it. <3 And yeah, in Trushul's head he is like 'is there technically any gender for energy based beings?' And I LOVE Anukaar in all this. So wonderfully awkward and it's so cute!))

Trushul's eyes lit up in delight as he saw the machine go into action. "Yes, I see! A game of calculation. I like this very much." He grinned widely as he took it back, any previous tension gone as he twirled it around in his hands, before copying the movements of the Ethereal to make the game come back into action. He examined it closely with the smile in place, muttering things in Draenic. "Lovely- such design! Such a wonderful game. This machine is brilliant. Perhaps I should be able to reverse-engineer it without having to take it apart? It should be simple enough..." He continued on mumbling to himself in his language as he moved the pieces, numbers going on in his head as he angled the light to hit the pieces rather quickly.

He noticed a shift in movement and jerked his head up, realizing he had forgotten about the Ethereal. "Ah, yes! Sorry, right. Payment. Thank you very much for this- ah, can two people play it? Or is another game like this needed for such a thing?" He asked as he handed the three gems over, closing the game down and softly placing it into his woven bag. He would examine it closer later.
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#6219441 Jun 06, 2012 at 03:29 AM
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((For the record, this was inspired by this game... except with more fancy sci-fi 3d Etherealness XD))

Anukaar happily accepted his payment. He briefly considered a 'questions about Ethereal... stuff' booth where he could accept payment in multiple forms but imagined that the Consortium would probably frown upon such a thing. Pity.

"It's usually Played solo... but I believe there's a two player Setting.... I usually play on the solo setting so... " He shrugged and decided that the Ethereal Stuff Booth would perhaps require more verbal on the spot making things up than he was prepared to do anyway.

It was always easier to tell the truth or say absolutely nothing. Less to remember. He preferred the latter, frankly. Not just due to the nature of his work, though that was a factor, but he was also very soft spoken and didn't consider himself particularly... good at... you know... expressing stuff.

So, yeah... that idea was out. Through this thought process his featureless mask of bandages was looking squarely at the other man with apparent rapt attention.
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#6222977 Jun 06, 2012 at 08:46 PM
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((Ooooh, awesome! /gets lost in Thinkgeek... I love that site!))

"Hmm..." Trushul thought for a moment, before giving a decisive nod. "Then let us play! There should be a table in that-" Wait, what was it his sister had said? Ah, he could not expect people to drop something for him. The Ethereal had looked like he was going somewhere too...

"I mean, if you would have the time? I wish to make sure I have the rules correct. However, if you are busy, I will understand." He frowned, the crease between his brows pinching at the annoyance of having to ask these things. If there was only a way to invent a machine which could tell the answer before it needed to be asked, things would be much more straightforward and well-oiled.

He started drumming on his wrist again while waiting for the answer, his mind running over the rhythym as he thought of the possibilities of the machine and the way it operated. He wondered if this Ethereal knew of the machinery and engineering used in it. It would certainly be wonderful to have more info so that when he took it apart, it would be easier to put back together.

Not that he hadn't been able to put a machine back together since he was a child, but still. He had the time back down to a maximum of five days in the last couple of decades, and he would hate to break his streak.

((Oh man, these guys are both so awkward. It's hilarious! I'm just... how are they even communicating right now? XD))
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#6224147 Jun 07, 2012 at 05:05 AM
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Once again the Draenei received a lengthy blank gaze from Anukaar as he considered the question.

While it was certainly practical to get the hell out of dodge with his stolen bounty he'd planned to wander around and kill time anyway. He hated flying. Why there wasn't a teleporter installed everywhere was beyond him. He'd bought a well trained netherray several years ago which he'd named Necessity but he always dreaded picking her up from the stable.

The chances of being caught were terribly slim anyway. On the off chance that someone noticed the book was even missing, they would be looking for a female Elf. And they wouldn't be. Why would anyone search him? He felt pretty safe sticking around.

"Oh... Okay," he said. "I'm not busy."
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#6228133 Jun 07, 2012 at 11:36 PM
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Trushul clapped his hands together. "Wonderful! Now, there is... ah, where is that Tavern? What is it's name again? The one with the Tauren Chieftans who play, but are not all Tauren. Perhaps there is good, I often go there to sketch out ideas for my latest prototypes. It is very quiet." He nodded to himself, liking the choice. He never bothered to actually look at the place's name as it was unimportant, but he had stumbled across it so many times he had become something of a regular there.

During the day it was quiet, and no one ever bothered you! It was lovely. Sure, some had said that it had a bad rep, but he had seen nothing wrong. They must be exaggerating.

((Sorry it took so long! Was trying to figure out what Trushul was going to suggest. XD))
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#6228550 Jun 08, 2012 at 03:17 AM
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((No worries, I take a while between posts off and on too XD Sorry this one's so short, but it's somehow funnier to me this way ))

"World's End." Anukaar advised more ominously than he intended.
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#6231691 Jun 08, 2012 at 06:16 PM · Edited 6 years ago
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(( XD It is.))

Trushul beamed. "That's it!" Any skill to pick up the ominous was completely absent in him. "Shall we go there?"
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#6233108 Jun 09, 2012 at 05:07 AM
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((Do you have an idea for bringing any of the girls in? Cause I kinda do, your Ethereal at least XD))

"Yes. That will be just fine... eh... Draenei fellow."
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#6235079 Jun 09, 2012 at 05:40 PM
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((I was thinking she would come in at a moment to get their butts out of fire, but I am very open to suggestions! ;D ))

"Call me Trushul." He said, giving a nod to the Etheral, before turning in the direction of the World's End Tavern and walking on. "And what is your name?"
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#6236768 Jun 10, 2012 at 05:55 AM
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((Well, just for the record, I would not consider it even the least bit godmodding if Anukaar's precious cargo vanished XD If she's at all interested))

"Trushul." The Ethereal repeated, a habit to help him better recall new names. But he paused too long after it and attempted to recover. "I mean... that's not my name too... that's Your name. Mine is Anukaar."
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#6239475 Jun 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM
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((Well, depends. I don't think books are really her *thing*, but if she kinda knows Anukaar even a little she would do it just to mess with him. I get the feeling that she can't resist bullying awkward people a bit... >.> ))

Trushul nodded. "Of course, it would be surprising if you had a Draenei name. Anukaar then? Do you usually play this game? I am curious as to your strategies." There was a bit of a bounce to his steps, looking forward to matching wits against someone. His sister was not one for games of strategy.

They made it into the Tavern and found a seat out of the main trafic, although the place was all but dead at this time of day. At spotting him, the bartender looked a mix of relieved and annoyed. Relief at not having to deal with another mid-day drunk (as two were already passed out on the tables), and annoyed because Trushul tended to take up a table for hours and only order one or two cheap drinks.
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