L7 Main Entrance Courtyard of Dragons Keep
Dragonator stepped down from the entrance doorway of the keep and, smiling, walked up to the dragon Ragnir. "Greetings, friend Ragnir", he said, bowing deeply to the dragon.
"There is no need for such courtesy from you, Dragonator" chuckled the dragon. "You and I both know that you have no need to".
"That may be so, however it is wise to maintain tradition when in front of the other men". Dragonator leaned forward, and whispered "besides, we wouldn't want anyone to become suspicious. I have found that there are many enemies in this place to our cause".
"That is fair enough" growled Ragnir. "I do not, however, understand why such a loyal people came to regard us in such a way." The dragon sat down, a broad grin on his face. "Ah, it is good to see you. Without you to talk to, things have been very dull. So I've come for a visit. I don't care what laws this petty King has made, I could not bear sitting in the Valley doing nothing. In fact, recently-"
"Hush, Ragnir", Dragonator chided. "This place has many hidden ears. We will talk later in private. For the moment, we must pretend to have only recently met". In a louder voice, Dragonator said "I hope that the accommodation we are providing is not to bad. If it were possible, we would better it." The two stared at each other for a few seconds. Eventually, in a monotone voice, Ragnir grumbled "Yes, it will be satisfactory."
"Excellent". Dragonator continued in a wisper, "We will talk later. The situation is worse than we originally thought, which is why I have not contacted any of you since my arrival here, it has been to dangerous. Your mere presence here could invite suspicion. But it is good to see you too. Perhaps we could have a game of Stones later, while I explain the situation."
"Yes, that sounds good. I haven't had any good games since... before, and will look forward to it." Ragnir looked up, seeing a man wrapped in black standing unobserved behind a nearby weapons cart. "Who is that?" he exclaimed.
Dragonator turned, but the man was gone. "Probably just another worker", he muttered. "I will see you shortly. It is best if we aren't seen together to often. The King is very suspicious these days." With that, he walked out the gates and into the city, leaving Ragnir to be shown to his accommodation. Galcor came out of the Guardhouse and fell into step beside Dragonator.
Meanwhile, in the Air Marshal dragon stables...
Grim marched into the stall, and bowed before Blazewing. "Great dragon, it has been requested by his Lord Dragonator that you undertake an important scouting mission to determine the military situation in the Scorpion Knights lands. Are you willing to comply?"
"Most certainly!" exclaimed Blazewing, stretching his claws and startling one of the tenders. "It sounds exciting, and if Dragonator deems it to be necessary, I am sure it is important. Who will go with me? I don't want one of your common soldiers."
"Dragonator thought as much. He has suggested taking a man familiar with dragons. Grim glanced over at the tender. "You, boy, what is your name?"
"Antirrhopus" replied the man, "and I do not appreciate being called that, sir". He gazed into Grim's eyes fearlessly.
"Hmmm, a brave one you have here tending you Blazewing, would you accept him as your companion on this journey?"
Blazewing regarded Antirrhopus apprehensively. Finally he snorted "He will do. He has done a good job on my claws."
Grim turned to Antirrhopus. Tender, are you willing to undertake this mission for the sake of your kingdom?"
EDIT: All posts from here on will have colour coded talking, it seems easier than always saying "and this guy said this, then the other guy said that" etc. :-P Thanks Imperial Shadows! X-D
Edited by dragonator, 05 April 2008 - 08:54 AM.