Comic 856 - Get food, head to the bar

Posted on 28th Mar 2018, 9:54 PM in Shipping Off to Southden
Get food, head to the bar

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Morgenstern 28th Mar 2018, 9:54 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
You're not exactly sure what time you're expected--the man with the long coat just said after sundown. It's really easy to find a food truck out on the docks, so you stop by one real quick for dinner. You end up getting big sodas and fishdogs--which is, from what you can tell, a fish fillet between pieces of toasted bread. Caius seems to enjoy it, Dr. Finch is heavily skeptical through the whole experience.

"Having seen the waters around Southden," Dr. Finch states, "I am concerned about what condition this fish was in prior to its preparation."

On the way to the bar, you take a quick check on everyone. Fuse remembered to feed the Mars guests, and Fuse himself is alternating between searching for info online about Douglas Gargan when he was younger, and chatting with Lydia using private messages on her website. Michelle has made a great deal of progress on the house in Ilworth, even in so short a time.

The three of you stop at a few bars up and down the street, popping in to ask a few questions. The bars are mostly empty, run down, and very cramped... and no one inside will tell you anything. They all act like they have no idea about any fighting.

Finally, you stop at the address the shady man had given you. Walking in, the bar is even smaller than the others were, with only one customer and the bartender present.

"Either we've been had," Dr. Finch whispers, "or this is a front."

"T'would be the latter," says the woman at the end of the bar. You're... surprised she could actually hear Dr. Finch from that far. She glances you up and down, but mostly seems to focus her attention on Caius. "I presume Ace of Cups sent you...?"

You didn't actually catch his name, you realize.

The woman gives a faint smile. "He wears a long coat, has a haircut that you see and you think, "only a complete asshole could have that haircut." And then, the bloke opens his mouth, and you feel like a psychic."

"Yeah," Caius chuckles, "that's who sent us, then."

The woman nods. "I'm Lovers, and I'll be your manager for tonight. Anyone entering the ring must have a member of the Deck backing them, so... if you can't trust me, trust the fact that I have money riding on you. You will do one fight, exactly one, against a single opponent chosen by another member of the Deck. As a new fighter, you will receive 10% of the cut if you win, and a... discount, I'm told."

Lovers idly toys with a large silver ring on her middle finger. "I will also need your names... all of them. The fighter's name, obviously, for the announcer's sake but no one in the arena can be anonymous. We've had a few... incidents." The faint smile returns. "I am very adept at telling if someone is lying, so please, no aliases. You are free to leave if this is not to your liking; otherwise, I will take your names and lead you into the arena."

Comments:

Leafia_Barrett 28th Mar 2018, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
Leafia_Barrett
I'd rather not risk getting rejected from the building. Let's just be honest with our names.
CiciEnixa 28th Mar 2018, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
CiciEnixa
Tarot card aliases, cool :D

Does it necessarily have to be our full names, though? We could all go by nicknames or just the first name, those aren't really aliases. They don't seem necessarily like people who'd give out our names, but still, a degree of anonymity never hurt. Probably.
Madd 28th Mar 2018, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
Madd
Tell them our names and that Cauis is our fighter.
rufiangel 28th Mar 2018, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
rufiangel
Fuse and Lydia, chatting via PM, huh...? Hmmmmm. ;)

I'm kinda like eh, why not give our names? Though Jane can just straight up say her name is Blondie, it's not technically lying, is it? XD
Twyll 28th Mar 2018, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
I mean, Jane has been going by Jane Doe for so long that she can say her name is that, honestly.
Crestlinger 28th Mar 2018, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
Pity we could certainly play up the theme here: Jane as the high priestess, Finch as the hierophant, and Caius as strength.
Macheman7 28th Mar 2018, 10:40 PM edit delete reply
Macheman7
Make sure to ask The Lovers what kind of opposition we could find in the ring before we agree to anything or tell our names.
Guest 28th Mar 2018, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
Whew, just binged this, so forgive me if I'm a little behind or repeating old comments...

Thoughts for later:
- you might be able to safely talk to Edison if you dunk the end of the containment tube into a pool and pull off the lid; give her a cell phone to call. Might be worth it if you want to better her up by telling her you found her "sisters," and ask if she can talk to/negotiate w/ the Many w/o Carpenter listening.

-In terms of proof of magic for Jury, would a charred corpse with magic runes engraved in it work? Might want to shake off the Mars dust, though, so they don't know you can reach there.

For now:

-Maybe have Caius (he has no surname, right?) say his name and "Blondie" - he won't be lying and there's not much to track there. If Dr. Finch is a bit more traceable if you want to have him chill at another bar.
undeadDreamer 28th Mar 2018, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
Caius should be fine but the others might want to maybe sit this out. On the other hand if we actually get to see it I really want to see Finch and Janes names so maybe they'd stay and watch.