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1030186 No. 1030186 ID: 9b127b

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Perceiving an insult Reefa jumps to her friends defense.'No! Sister Lanix is very kind! She thought it would do me good to make more friends, she just wanted me to have some fun and relax a little bit, she told me the pressure of the court was effecting me poorly. She even managed to convince father!'

Garrin finds that suspect King Flagrion has little patience for frivolity 'The King knew of this-'

Reefa interrupts 'But that's not why I wish she was here! I'm so worried about Tawny! I know you said they had the giant on the run but what if it's an ambush and there's more giants, I'm certain Inquisitor Sabria can handle herself what with all the wars she's fought and Sister Rolita is the sturdiest woman I've ever met, but my poor Tawney she's so long and thin, she's a scholar you know not truly a warrior in any sense and my only true friend in the world, I try to only think of good outcomes but when I close my eyes all I can see is her poor broken body crushed and ruined by those filthy monsters and tossed aside like so much rubbish. I can't bare these horrid thoughts and I feel so utterly useless! Had I the strength of Uncle Midas I could slay them all and protect everyone I care about, had I the wisdom of my father I would have had the foresight to bring a mightier contingent, as it is I continue to play the role of defenseless child while my kingdom burns around me in the fires of chaos, Gods help me I am suffocating under the weight of my unending parade of failures... '

Princess Reefa seems well engaged in the conversation!
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No. 1045033 ID: e5709d

"Reefa, is there yet something else troubling you? Typically, people only unleash their emotions if they have something they keep hidden associated with that emotion, even from themselves."
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No. 1045039 ID: a7a180

Stiff upper lip, Reefa. No need to make a scene in public. The tavern is a place for you to relax... responsibly, of course.
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No. 1045051 ID: 629f2e

Okay, Reefa has just opened up to you about her many concerns. This is the most critical moment in this whole conversation, and you need to respond correctly.

It is very simple, but because you are bad at this I will spell it out clearly: Show her some actual sympathy.

Don't try to hit the root cause of her frustrations so that you can fix them, and don't tell her to calm down. She's stayed calm for some time now, and this was clearly boiling under the surface for a while. It is imperative that you do not make her feel like she cannot trust you with her feelings if you want this to go anywhere.

She's scared for her friend's potential fate, and she's upset that she can't do more to help with either this or the overarching kingdom's situation. These are valid concerns, and there is nothing you can reasonably say that will clear them away in a single conversation.

Loosen up slightly, place a hand on her shoulder, and tell her "I'm sorry. You've been going through a lot."

Maybe after that you can address specific points.

"I wish I could do more as well, even if I don't share the weight and expectations of nobility as you do."

"Our companions will come back, and you will be with your friend again. I have the upmost faith in this."

Let her feel the pain and fear that she does. Share it with her. Make it clear that it's alright to feel that way. When she is ready, she will accept it and continue to move forward. Fear and sadness are simply parts of life.
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No. 1045068 ID: 322af8

Gently rest a hand on her shoulder and work on calming her down as you head to the tavern. Suggest she get something strong to help dull the worries.
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No. 1045070 ID: 8483cf

>>1045051
This. Place a hand on her shoulder, say you wish you could help but aren't as well-versed as she is, and let her know you're willing to listen to her again in the future as she works through her concerns.
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No. 1045080 ID: 7dae82

Oh, this part's obvious, she's laying bare her soul here! Small barbs will feel like deep wounds, while small comforts will feel like... well, you get the idea, so comfort the girl!
Get that charisma going, assure her that her friend is well! Get her swooning! She gets addicted to that comforting presence, she'll be easy to reel in like a fish.

Do take note of Lanix's... unusual behavior though, should she have lied about the king approving, she has to be investigated. Worth keeping an eye on her to see if she slips up or pulls unusual stunts.
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No. 1046535 ID: 9b127b
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Garrin knows when one bares their heart you must tread carefully 'it's true I know little of noble life and I cannot understand the struggles that brings.' He chooses to tap into some genuine sympathy and places a hand on Reefa's shoulder 'However Lanix is not as weak as she may seem, she has never shirked on her training and is every ounce the warrior her sisters are. I know warriors, I've trained many. Fresh youths have surprised me with their resilience and courage many time, Lanix I suspect will surprise us both.' he avoids address how many young soldiers never return.

She doesn't respond for a while when she responds it's with a practiced calm.'Thank you Garrin' she states before adding 'Forgive me for my outburst, I'm so very tired.'

Garrin suspects there's more troubling the women but decides not to press the issue.
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No. 1046536 ID: 9b127b
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Garrin considers his next talking point but has no time to voice it.

'Oh! There it is!' Princess Reefa exclaims.

sure enough a tavern called "the sunken treasure" stand before them.
the building looks clean and expensive, a far cry from the back alley dives Garrin is more familiar with.
A sullen group of kobold hoodlums are loitering nearby.
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No. 1046538 ID: e51896

drive those kobolds outta here, we can't have our princess be seen near such disgusting hoodlums that are beneath her, especially when their not bowing to her. Make way for the royal princess!
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No. 1046539 ID: 629f2e

Ignore the hoodlums for now. This is a tavern, not everyone who shows up here will be of a higher caliber. If they do anything, then you may respond.

While you're at it, try to gauge how Reefa is looking at them. Does she give them a friendly look that she would give any of her subjects, or one of disgust? Don't attack them just because the lady finds them distasteful, but keep it in mind if the need to confront approaches.
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No. 1046554 ID: a7a180

Shoo them away, they are besmirching the fine exterior of this establishment.
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No. 1046577 ID: 322af8

Ignore the kobolds. You're not a town guard. If they bother the Princess get between you and them. Otherwise go to the bar, open the door for her and get ready to spend a lot of coin on those drinks.
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No. 1046691 ID: 755399

Let's at least give the kobolds a friendly smile and wave. She's their princess too.
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No. 1047873 ID: 9b127b
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Garrin decides to take no action, as they walk past the hoodlums eye the Princess, Garrin gives them a stern look.

Princess Reefa waves to them in response, but they merely sneer and turn away.

She seems a little put off by this but makes no comment.
Garrin opens the door to a lively tavern with an ethereal décor, a cool dampness fills the air and the place smells of the sea.

A few people take notice of the entrance of new patrons, nudges and hushed murmurs follow then one man exclaims loudly 'By the sea mother! Flops' been tellin the truth it's her royal highness!'

There are numerous gasps then all eyes turn to Reefa standing in the doorway.
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No. 1047874 ID: a7a180

Just wave to them too, Garrin promises it will be better received this time.
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No. 1047875 ID: 629f2e

Let her take the lead. Step in yourself if there's trouble or if she asks, but give her a chance to be independent.
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No. 1047965 ID: 322af8

Let the Princess do what she feels needed. Lead her to a table. Maybe next to that one horse lady. If things go poorly with Princess maybe she might lift our spirits...
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No. 1047966 ID: e51896

>>1047875
this
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No. 1048017 ID: 8483cf

Who's Flops?

Smile and wave, smile and wave.
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No. 1048370 ID: 9b127b
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Garrin let's the princess handle the crowd.

'Hello everyone!' Reefa waves to the crowd with a large smile on her face 'yes it is I your crown princess!'
The crowd cheers and mugs are raised in support, she motions for them to remain sitting as they begin to stand 'please! don't get up on my account, enjoy you drinks! the kingdom is buying this day! The cheers return louder than before.

A bewildered barkeep emerges from the back room 'Now what's all this-' he freezes when he sees the red figure in his doorway.

upon being noticed by the man the princess shouts 'Surprise!' she gives a cheeky grin 'I've found you at long last!' with that slips past Garrin and begins descending the stairs

the barkeep blinks twice before a warm smile spread across his tired face 'Bless my stars the little spicy pepper has graced my humble establishment!'
Garrin knows this Ichthian well; Philipose "Flops" Oropesci, the king's old jester five years retired.
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No. 1048371 ID: 629f2e

If you know them, then offer a greeting of your own. Not too formal, just something appropriately casual for how well you knew them.
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No. 1048414 ID: 322af8

Oh bother. Hopefully you have the coin on you to buy all those drinks. Check your coin purse as I doubt the princess has any on her. Other than that say hello to the barkeep and stay close to the princess.
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No. 1048423 ID: 8483cf

Remind the former jester that he's not in court, and it's impolite to refer to Reefa as a spicy pepper.
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No. 1049037 ID: 9b127b
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The crown has accounts in all cities, the king however might not be pleased with how his daughter intends to spend his money.
Flops has always been a rival to Garrin for the kings ear, the knight had petitioned for his retirement and Inquisitor Sabria support in this had proved invaluable.
though the king had only agreed after awarding him a hefty some of gold for "loyal service to the crown" his majesty HAD promised that he would have no further contact with the princess...

Reefa hustles delicately over to Flops and embraces him, he turns to his compatriot'haHA! I tol'ya Sheeka I knew royalty! you owe me forty scales!'
A dumbfound Ichthian can only mumble 'of all the things that fool could tell the truth about..' ruffles through her pouch for some coin

Garrin has never liked Flops, too often has he placed the princess in danger for the sake of entertainment.'Mister Oropesci, You are no longer court jester, and this is not the royal court even if you were. you will address her royal highness correctly.'
Flops grins broadly and laughs'haHA! Garrin you old stiff! Didn't see you step in! still running yourself ragged over the little things?' The former jester then mocks Garrin's superior demeanor'You're in My tavern now! as proprietor I order you to relax and take it easy.'
'you better do as he says, he IS the proprietor.' Reefa reiterates, her serious tone ruined by the smile emerging on her face.
Garrin clenches his beak but yields, not to the irritating clown but instead his crown princess 'As you wish your highness..'

The Ichthian Sheeka tries to give a weak smile 'Uh here I go, um repaying my debt, like an upstand citizen yer majesty' she then hands over a small pouch of silver to Flops.
Reefa pouts 'Flops, you should let her keep the money! think of it as penance, shame on you for being so hard to find!'
Garrin quietly agree that he's a shockingly hard man to find. The king had once placed a bounty on the jester, regrettably he's been long since pardoned.

Flops adopts a hurt look 'I weren't hiding far, I sent you you letters.'
Reefa pretends, poorly, to be angry.'letters that had no return address! it was very rude! I couldn't even respond! not that I could when all that was written was a giant "F" '
Flops laughs harder than he needs to at this 'ha HA HAAAAH! I'm so glad you got my letters! did you figure out what they spelled?'

Garrin wonders if he should ...
A) participate in the conversation further
B) scope the place for danger
C) Engage some of the patrons
D) Stand by in case the Princess requires anything

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No. 1049063 ID: 322af8

I'd argue B) seeing that is our job. Also listen to what the letters spelled out.
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No. 1049069 ID: 8483cf

B. Get a feel for the patrons.
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No. 1049104 ID: 629f2e

C. You should try to be social for Reefa's sake, but she'll pick up on your hostility if you can't be civil with the ex-jester. Perhaps you could try talking to Sheeka, while staying nearby.
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No. 1049149 ID: 9b127b
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Reefa recites from memory '"Flops flips Taps N' Tips." a riddle to tell me you were working in a bar'
Flops claps his flippers together 'haHA exactly! now now I have so much to tell you!...'

Garrin Considers the dangers present

1) On the way in Garrin had seen a group of globalan sailors, probably pirates. even if they aren't Globala has taken a lot of Teroth land and always seem to want more.
2) the serving wench is an abeilite, odd for one to be working so far from her hive, abeilites have been known allies of various freedom fighters and rebels could she be one as well?
3) The Elderly kobold peasant was the only one who didn't cheer when Reefa made her entrance, perhaps he's just hard of hearing, but who is that young finely clothed hoofer he's with?
4) Sheeka, she seems nervous yet battle ready clearly she fight for a living but in what outfit?. her exchange with Flops also seemed a little odd. were his comment some sort of signal?
5) A gargoyle, rare in these parts many are worshipers of violent gods. an Ithkarian from the west most likely which would put him at odds with Teroth and it's Prismatican rulers.
6) The local ichthians seem like simple common folk, but there's a lot of them and they stick together, any or all of them could be Flop's cohorts at the very least.
7) more ithkarians, a human and a dwarf, judging from the matching masks likely associated with the gargoyle. they could be spies or mercenaries they're presence in Teroth is technically forbidden though rarely enforced.

he's not sure who poses the greatest threat.

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No. 1049150 ID: a7a180

The elderly kobold is quite suspect, seconded by the abellite. Approach calmly, not accusatory.
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No. 1049162 ID: 8483cf

Let’s break it down.

1: Sailors are most dangerous when on their ships, and when they get drunk and rowdy. They’re probably just here for a good time, if they’re happy, we’re happy. Not a threat.

2: Abelite: Very odd to see one here. A serving wench would hear many things. An excellent position for an informer and/or freedom fighter.

3: Elderly Kobold is pretty suspicious, but not a physical threat. His companion, however…

4: Body language for Sheeka is very suspect. Keep an eye on her, and don’t let her get close to the Princess.

5: A lone gargoyle? Suspicious by itself. Again, don’t let him near Reefa.

6. Uncertain. Read their body language and intervene if they get antsy.

7. If they’re visible, they’re trying not to get noticed so they don’t get hassled by the authorities. Most likely not a threat.

So, going by the above, 4 is highest, then 3, then 2, then 5.
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No. 1049163 ID: 629f2e

That is an irrelevant question.

It doesn't matter which of these parties is the most likely to post a threat, or which would be the most difficult to deal with if they choose to act.

What matters is that if ANY of them act, you have to be ready for it. Most of them probably won't. A good chunk haven't even thought about it, while some simply lack the nerve. It's unlikely that you'll fight more than two of those groups, if any. But if the worst happens, and all turn against you, have an escape route in mind for you and the Princess.

Keep an eye out, but don't treat them with hostility until it becomes clear they will be a threat. Reefa will think less of you if you continue worrying about phantom threats. You don't have to let down your guard, but it wouldn't hurt to pretend you have.
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No. 1049198 ID: 322af8

To be honest, I'd argue that if everyone is suspect, we best head to our table quickly and just make sure that no one gets too close other than the server.
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No. 1050014 ID: 9b127b
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The former jester and Princess continue chatting as Garrin scans the room, he ignores most of the drivel.
Reefa claps her hands together '...I've got a great idea! why don't you give me a tour of this wonderful tavern'
'haHA! thought you'd never ask my Spicy Pepper! you can well see my fine collection of wines...'Flops begins escorting Reefa around the place.

Garrin follows somewhat close by, using the tour to pass by some of the more suspicious clients without drawing too much attention, the elderly kobold being top of his list.
On a closer look he recognize the bold, a Gem cutter by the name of Yiddler. he's been a staple personality of the town for many years the bold having worked his trade since Garrin was a boy
Yiddler had been a serious sort of man with strong connections despite the typical station of his kind. Currently he scowls at the princess openly, though Reefa doesn't seem to notice.

'... oh my has Tilipa sprouted! she must be taller than her dear old father now!' Reefa Exclaims.

Flops beams with pride 'that she is! My girls talent has surpassed me as well '

Reefa sways to the music and closes her eyes Hmm I don't know she is quite good, but the way you performed was always so magical

Flops gives a sly grin 'Magic indeed! a spell to enchant a lovely lady into liking my terrible singing haHA!' the Princess laughs along with him.

Garrin takes in the woman accompanying Yiddler, A client perhaps? her state of dress and hair signify a woman of wealth yet she averts her gaze from the princess and is very quiet.
neither trait seems fighting for a noble in the presence of a princess, why hasn't she formally introduced herself?

Does Garrin
1) approach them?
2) sit down near them and listen to what they might say when the Princess walks away.?
3) Continue with Reefa but keep an eye on them?
4) focus on another patron?
5) Rejoin Flops and Reefa's conversation?
6) something else?

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No. 1050016 ID: 629f2e

Don't lose sight of the princess, but approach them. Try to be proactive! Greet them, ask what brings them there, and then be on your way.
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No. 1050069 ID: 322af8

1) approach them. Introduce yourself first to the lovely lady. You should get to know her...intimately.
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No. 1050079 ID: a7a180

2. Don't mix business and pleasure.
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No. 1050080 ID: 8483cf

>>1050016
1 (this)
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No. 1050386 ID: 61540c

3
Dude's probably just the capo for the thugs outside. Guard the girl.
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No. 1050399 ID: e5709d

Play wingman for Garcio because seriously look at the curves on that mare.
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No. 1050588 ID: 9b127b
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Garrin approaches the taller woman 'My lady, I could not help but notice a fellow troubled soul.' she gives the faint hint of a smile. Garcio had joked many times that Garrin had it bad for moody nobles...
...The man was right of course this woman immediatly appealed to Garrin.

Yiddler clears his throat to draw attention to himself, his efforts are in vain.
Garrin deliberately ignores him and continues to speak with the lady'Indeed the mood is too pleasant here for me as well, might I have your name?'

Her voice has the whisper of one who rarely speaks'T-Tirzaea, Tirzaea Ahtas' Garrin smiles "Ahtas",he knows they name, a Knight household with delusions of grandeur, they have no love for the crown that holds them from higher station.

Garrin nods his head in respect'Ahtas... I know your family well they've served the crown for many generations, a shame I never met your acquaintance before now, I am Garrin Veraki.' Garrin introduces himself honestly, he is too well known in the knightly circles to conceal who he is.
Tirzaea expects that name and nods'I've heard of your deeds Knight captain...' the words are intended as a compliment. "Some of them" Garrin corrects in his mind.

Garrin and the rest of the table are briefly distracted by Tavern keeper beginning to shout 'Ladis! you're a guest in this house! NOT a serving girl!'

His niece Ladis rolls her eyes'I was just helping Snowpea she seemed rather busy...'

Garrin has never seen Flops so angry.'Snowpea can handle the customers herself! you're above all this' he sweeps his hand around the tavern 'you're apprentice to a legendary monster hunter! you need to play the part!' That's right Garrin remembers Vivian Hearth had a minion by the name of Ladis.

Ladis sighs 'She's not legendary and I'm more of a hand maiden really...'

The argument continues but the bar patrons lose interest
Yiddler takes the moment to speak 'We've all heard of your deeds, Knight Captain' his words dripping with disdain 'but we've no time to discuss empty glory and really should be leaving'

Tirzaea looks down and her shoulders slump'Master Yiddler is correct...' despite her words her eyes plead "save me..."
the two stand up ready to leave
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No. 1050590 ID: 629f2e

The Princess has been separated by a decent number of her guards, and is also lacking female companionship at the moment. Considering both of these thoughts, you can certainly find justification to pull this knight away for matters of greater importance.
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No. 1050591 ID: 3e9cdf

Oh, there’s no need to get up, let your tired old bones rest.
Offer to buy them both another drink as a courtesy for meeting them for the first time.
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No. 1050605 ID: e5709d

You have business with Viv, direct orders of your patrons. That's all the excuse you need to keep chatting with her minion.
Have her lure Vivian into your clutches.
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No. 1050621 ID: 8483cf

>>1050590
This
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No. 1050627 ID: 322af8

I agree with Himitsu. We should try and get Ahtas to stick around and join our dear princess in talk.
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No. 1050808 ID: 9b127b
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Garrin shakes his head'I'm afraid that's not possible, I need you here Ahtas'

'you do?' The mare smiles with exitement.

Garrin gives a nod'Indeed the Princess has lost most of her guards, and needs replacement companionship'

Tirzaea's smile fades replaced with confusion '...w-what?'

'as you are of fighting age your family's oath to the crown requires you to serve in the role of guardian.' Garrin explains.

Realization finally reaches the woman her voice cracks into a childish whine 'But I haven't been trained for such things, you couldn't expect me to bear arms could you?! My father said-'

Yiddle interrupts with a scowl'Be quite child! you are beholden to the knight captain, you better do has he says or it's the dungeons for you. forget anything your foolish father told you.' the old kobold then hobbles off.

'Y-Yes master Yiddler...' Tirzaea Ahtas seems on the verge of tears. but otherwise seems obediently awaiting instruction.
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No. 1050812 ID: 629f2e

"Please calm yourself. My choice of words was intentional, in that the princess requires companionship. She's been separated from her friend, and might benefit from another female acquaintance. Certainly try to protect her if she's attacked, but your main purpose is to help her feel comfortable. Just... Be sociable."
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No. 1050829 ID: 4cce43

I'm not asking you to bear arms, I'm asking yout to provide protection and companionship for your princess. Do your best within your capabilities, and you will be rewarded appropriately.
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No. 1050861 ID: 322af8

Hopefully the only arms you will require are the two that are attached to your body. We just need to you be friends with the Princess and help keep a look out for trouble.
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