[Purchasing: Nullifier x2 - 500c Attempting to use barter(Rank 2) and Proper Language to make it 400c]
The last time she had come here had been at the end of the war, a brief visit that had seen her gain a medal for the death of one of her formica and a few trinkets besides. It seemed different somehow, the bits of random metals that made its shell resembling a patchwork golem with one glowing eye to see her with. And even knowing full well that there were no other options, the potions that soft-skins favored drugging their beasts with out of stock and the beast in her kennel showing little sign of stopping his collection, she did not want to go in. She did not want to see the dash-claw.
But she had seen in the past, and the sight, though revolting, had not convinced her to split from the Sentinels then. Now, dressed in a swirl of fabric that made a modest 'skirt' and having repeated the Common words so many times that she felt choked by them, she could not let it stop what she intended to do. With a deep inhale, Haix made her way into the shop, calling out a faint "Hello" as she entered.
Kapper was typically in the back working, but today he was up front checking on stock whenever the customer came in. He turned around and looked up at the voice. "Greetings. What sort of services are you interested in today?" He said. The customer did appear to be one of those that knew that they wanted, and they had the sense not to try to bring animals into his shop with his expensive wares, so that was a plus.
Her eyes sought out the dash-claw before she could think not to look, but the voice was enough for her to tear her eyes away from the slick-sick form. It was not the toneless inflection of a golem that replied to her, but one she recognized despite having last heard it what felt like a decade ago. She met the eyes of the former general and current golem-crafter, and inclined her head in not yet forgotten respect. “Ssir,” she began, unable to completely eliminate the hiss that the Common letter drew from her, “I have heard you created a device,” less of a hiss that time at least, “that can rid a defective lab creature of it’s willfulness in a way far superior to ssimple drugs. That is what I sseek.” Keeping her voice steady was difficult as the Common words tried to trip up her tongue, but she felt confident she had not mangled them beyond drawing out a few s’s.
A part of her hoped he would not have any such thing. A small part, easily ignored as she calmly waited for a reply. And if he sold no such item, she would buy the first piece of shiny metal that caught her eye and leave.
Kapper was an astute individual, but a fairly polite one. He ignored the individual's discomfort in that way that people only do when attempting to be polite, but it was obvious to him that the customer was uncomfortable. He was used to it. Some folks were afraid of machines at all, or distrustful at best. Some of them were absolutely irate at the primal seeker's true nature- alas, it was not his problem.
He listened. After the individual spoke, he nodded. "Yes- I create a product called the Nullifier, it-" He began. Then he was suddenly going into all kinds of words- the kind that most folks that were not tinkerers perhaps did not quite understand. Soon though, he stopped, cleared his throat, and then said- "They are quite easy to use, just place near the base of the skull and wait. Preferably leave if you must. When you return, disinfect the tiny blooded spot at the back of the creature's skull, and wrap it for healing. The creature will then listen to your every command." He said.
Then, only because the individual seemed very concerned about his wares, to make sure it was something that they truly wanted; "The creature will never ah, truly bond with you after the use of the device. However, it will listen to all of your commands." That should do it. "If the device interests you, they are 250 credits a piece."
When he began to explain the product, Haix found herself hopelessly lost as she tried to make sense of the words. She kept the mild expression on her face as he explained, as to do otherwise might insult him, but she was lucky to understand a few words in every sentence, several of which lost meaning as they were attached to others in ways that she did not understand. What little she did understand was no less interesting for that. She tried to memorize certain words and phrases that sounded the most important, hoping to find what they meant later.
As if he could recognize her lack of understanding, the golem-crafter stopped his explanation, replacing it with a simple bout of instructions that even she could follow with ease. She was almost disappointed, both with how easy it would be to remove the problem creature in her kennel and that the explanation had come to an end. She had enjoyed learning what little she could of its workings, the horror the dash-claw brought to her seeming to evaporate a little as she had listened.
Then came the warning, the boon, and the price. Of the first, there would be little enough of an issue. The beast and his kind were not the sort form a bond with anyone, nor would she want to bond with such abominations. Of the second, she asked him with genuine curiosity, "To be ssure, will it obey anyone with the correct commandss, or will it obey only myself?" She did not intend to use the creature against things that could speak Sakaash, much less her own cant, but for a beast to halt just because the prey spat out a sound similar enough to one of her commands would render it useless for the rest of the fight.
And then, after he had answered that, feeling much too curious in this place of metal and false life, she would ask, "Ssir, could you suggesst any good books to help me better understand how it workss?" It took a decent amount of will a second later for her not to flinch at that bit of foolishness, but she managed to hold herself as if she had not realized she had admitted to understanding little of his explanation. She would listen to his suggestions, or rebuke, quietly, thanking him at the end if the first option occurred.
Of the third item, the price, it was a bit higher than she would have liked. She would buy it all the same, even if he hiked the price up after she had asked about the books. "Ssir," she forced herself not to take a deep breath here, not wanting him to know just how reluctant she was to barter over marvels, "it doess interesst me greatly." That was easy enough to admit. The next part would be the difficult one. "Would you perhapss offer a discount on the purchasse of two Nullifierss?" Having been so reluctant to purchase the one, now she found that she wanted two. One to keep, a deactivated one to study until she understood it or found a beast that needed to be corrected, the other to be used as soon as she made it back to the kennels.
Kapper had to admit, it was not common that he heard a Ssashirk speak with such technical skill. It was not that they could not, of course, but that they often did not care to enter his shop. He wasn't a weapon's shop, for one. So he was quite pleased to hear this. "All creatures obey correct commands from anyone- though creatures with loyalty issues may not take to other's commands well." He wasn't really sure how to answer that, no one ever asked questions like that in his shop. "No good books, but it should be quite simple." He stated. "Follow the instructions as given, and it will work."
He would normally not be happy with people asking for bartering in his shop, but he was somewhat impressed. "Perhaps. I'd be willing to go down to 400 credits for the pair." He was quiet, after that.
The first response was a bit confusing, the second a bit saddening. She would look for books on her own then, good or not, and hopefully begin to understand a little more about how the device worked. How did it break the creatures mind without damaging its body? At least the instructions were clear enough to follow, and she doubted anything made by the golem-crafter would fail to do what it had been made to do so long she she followed them.
When he gave her the new price, she was careful to stifle her shock, though not her gratitude. It was a much steeper discount than she had hoped for, and was one she was perfectly willing to take. With a quick nod and a "Yess. It iss a good price, thank you ssir," she counted the agreed upon amount of credits out of a pouch, then held them out to him. She looked forward to using at least one of them as soon as possible, and would gladly leave once she had the pair.
Kapper took the credits, retrieved the items after having counted the credits, and handed over the nullifiers. The trade done, and the payment recieved, the kapper nodded to the customer. "Splendid! Wonderful doing business with you." He said, and then a final- "Is there anything else I can do for you?"
Twilight-Claw: Thanks for that piece of info Ren! <3 | But would it be allowed for the flavor of the rp if the berry wasn't filling enough for the Lotine?
Jun 1, 2020 6:09:21 GMT -6
Renathan: There is no need to double up on a fish and a magical berry (doesn't change the effect of the berry at all) in a lotine breeding.
Jun 1, 2020 6:02:21 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Does anyone know if it is possible to combine both a magical berry and a fish in a Lotine breeding? Or is you can only choose one of them? (right now writing a Lotine breeding)
Jun 1, 2020 5:36:49 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: I am still interested in trading it for a green drake.
Jun 1, 2020 0:31:33 GMT -6
Ridelys: If you are still interested in a trade twilight, for your fidelity result, let me know.
May 31, 2020 22:49:49 GMT -6
Riku: I got three pet levels and 15c out of it. <3 And all the necessary posts for my job salary form.
May 31, 2020 18:49:26 GMT -6
Riku: In mine my crossbreed used foxfire to burn it - but then it used incendiary illusion, which was extra scary because my cross is a plant pet with thick fur. It used the distraction to escape. I’m proud of it, and it’s okay that I won’t finish this month.
May 31, 2020 18:48:42 GMT -6
Renathan: *But of course, the RNG was not having that. / In Morgan's story, the Nyssa was a real thing, so I wanted to have two different situations for the variety.
May 31, 2020 18:15:27 GMT -6
Renathan: Yeah, the 'finished the story but the RNGods are being a butt' thing is a rather unfortunate situation to be in. I had already decided that in Ren's story, the elderly woman had lied about the nyssa and just wanted someone to talk to*
May 31, 2020 18:14:49 GMT -6
Riku: That makes sense. I've considered that before. -nod- I hope your non-hxr life is going smoothly.
May 31, 2020 16:38:08 GMT -6
Haix: Just quitting the job. Don't believe I'll be making the ten posts required per month any time soon. XD
May 31, 2020 16:34:01 GMT -6
Riku: Note to haix, I believe you can post the new application form at the same time as the quitting form. Unless you are simply taking an overall break from the job system.
May 31, 2020 16:30:58 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: even AT the gardens yet. XD It sucks when you've finished writing your story and haven't gotten a success, because then its like "well... now what?" XD
May 31, 2020 15:51:47 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: ive found that when there's a quest that might take longer like this, its a good idea to try and space out the story beats to try and roll a success before i get to the meat of the story. XD Like, by the time i was 5 posts in my character wasn't
May 31, 2020 15:51:21 GMT -6