There and Back Again
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"Mh," Varis grunted some sort of agreement when the Outlander realized that he was correct. There wasn't anything for them to take and sell – unless they really wanted to carry back tons of scrap metal for some extra money. Someone who was desperate surely would do something like that, but the metal was heavy and the pay wasn't good. He certainly wasn't going to be doing any such back-breaking carrying.

Splitting up though, that he wasn't too sure about. After all, he was supposed to be a bodyguard – kind of a hard thing to do if the one he was protecting was nowhere near him. Then again, being done with this faster did sound like a great idea. Everything dangerous should have been dismantled.
"Don't ever call me that again," the Dunmer just had to object to the overly friendly – or possibly patronizing – tone,
"But fine. There's a chance that these paths will both continue for a while. We shouldn't stray too far, if that looks to be the case."
04-22-2017 07:46 PM
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"Call you what? I asked if you'd be a dear, who knows if you'll actually live up to the task? I shan't stray, don't you worry."

He went nonchalantly through a door, then another, and another after coming out empty each time. The forth seemed a bit more interesting - there was a small chest on a shelf, a larger one on the floor, and a chest of drawers with half of the feet broken off leaning against a wall. It tilted woefully to one side.

Elethis approached the small chest to measure his key against it. Not quite. Then bent to check the larger one. Success!

"Oh Varis, I've found it! How convenient, only a few twists and turns after all." And he slid the key in and unlocked the chest with a satisfying click.
04-25-2017 04:09 PM
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"Maybe I don't want to be a dear," Varis grumbled like the maturest of all Dunmer ever in the history of Tamriel. Maybe he shouldn't have done as the Outlander asked, that'd show him! But some distance from the stupid Altmer did sound good at this point. He could just take a little breather and hope the idiot didn't get ripped to shreds while he was gone. Or maybe he should have hoped for that. He was going to get paid as long as he could make his way back to the body…

He did eventually start making his way where he had been pointed, his gait rather slow and he really wasn't into this, dragging the guar with him whether the dumb beast wanted to come or not. The Dunmer didn't care much, making his way through a door. The hallways were quite uneventful, even if the occasional snaps and groans of the ruins themselves caused him to flinch now and then. It seemed to be yet another area for living quarters, the empty remains of beds and furniture thrown around, whatever might have been on the shelves lost to the passage of time and looters a long time ago, he was certain.

Elethis' voice was muffled, but still audible enough for him to make out the sounds. He… Found it? In a part where there clearly had been others already? If the chest wasn't already empty and opened – not an impossible task without a key, though Varis couldn't say he knew much about the lock mechanisms of the Dwemer… Well, something seemed off, at least. He took off, leaving the guar behind as he dashed to where he had heard the Outlander's voice.
"Did you check for traps?!"
04-26-2017 06:32 AM
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"Ah, I should have thought of that, shouldn't I?" He said as he was shocked by the trap, as he turned the key, it radiated through the metal and up his arm, and he fainted to the floor.

In his brief time of unconsciousness, he saw a vision of what he might find in there: The one thing his parents would be proud of him for; A wife and children, to carry on their lineage. But why on earth were these people inside a small chest?

When he woke, he panted as if stricken by a nightmare, and clutched his chest in horror.
04-30-2017 12:17 AM
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Fuck. Varis hadn't been fast enough, only getting to the room to see the Outlander's body jerk from the electricity that coursed through it. For a moment there was a blinding flash the Dunmer had to shield his eyes from, and then it was over. The Altmer was on the ground, released from the shock's grip. Aaand he didn't seem to be moving.

"Shit. Shit!" This was not good. Varis knelt beside the body and removed his own helmet, unsure if he even wanted to touch the thing. He couldn't believe it. Leaving the Outlander alone for a few minutes and he was already dead! Probably. The Dunmer inched closer, feeling the mer's neck. Okay, there was a pulse, so he wasn't dead yet. Seemed to be breathing still, too.
"Oi. Oi! Elethis," he tried calling out, even giving the Altmer a slap on his cheek. Didn't seem to really be working as well as he had hoped.

Okay, even if the Outlander died, it was all good! He'd just take the money and go. Some kind of honor did keep the Redoran from striking down an unconscious opponent, so we was just going to have to wait to see if that was happening, occasionally checking if Elethis was still breathing and slightly loosening the robes around his neck and chest.

Alas, the Altmer did eventually open his eyes. Varis glanced away, still knelt on the floor beside him.
"…Are you an idiot…?"
04-30-2017 06:30 AM
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"Oh, what a relief!" He took a moment after staring up at him and taking in his surroundings. "I had the most frightening vision..." Sitting up, Elethis barely registered the fact that Varis had probably tried to resuscitate him mouth-to-mouth, instead looking at the chest which had popped open after it had done its job zapping him as punishment.

"This better have been worth it." His usual chipper tone was gone as he crawled over to peer inside. Just as he'd feared. Not as frightening as marriage, but a treasure box with nothing inside it but a few dead insects and a half-rotten ash yam was a close second.

"Alas, my curse continues."
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Varis just frowned as he picked up the helmet off the floor and affixed it to his head once more. The stupid Altmer didn't even seem to be all that worried of his near death situation. And to be fair, he wasn't sure if one was supposed to get to moving right after suffering such a shock, but the Dunmer didn't stop Elethis as he crawled over to the chest.

He got up himself and took a few steps closer to peek over the Outlander's shoulder, curious to see what was inside the chest. Nothing. Well, nothing useful, at least. It was strange to see food that still looked like, well, food. Something recognizable. He figured the yam couldn't have been in the chest for too long for it to be in such a state…
"Looks like someone got there before you," Varis scoffed and turned around to leave. He did have a guar he had to go fetch. The dumb beast had probably already gotten lost somewhere.
"Unless there's a hidden compartment or a false bottom or– Wait, when you say 'curse', you're not meaning cursed cursed, are you?"

The Dunmer stopped, turning enough to be able to look at Elethis despite his helmet.
05-04-2017 04:13 PM
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"Hmm..." He went about trying to find said compartment, "I mean that I am quite unlucky, nothing more."

Tapping the bottom of the chest, feeling the sides carefully like he were stroking a loved one. "Say, what do you make of this?" Under his finger he felt a tiny depression in the wood, and when he pressed into it, a small horizontal sliver of wood popped out. Elethis held it up to the strange Dwemer light fixture on the wall, and could make out strange writing carved into it.
05-09-2017 12:39 PM
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"…Right. Wouldn't be surprised if you really were cursed," Varis growled, accepting the mer's answer. For now. If he saw any proof of it being otherwise… Well, he'd be out of there. Curses weren't something he wanted to deal with, the Outlander wasn't worth it. The Outlander wasn't worth many things and the Dunmer was planning on leaving him alone to rub his face into the chest, as he had a guar to find. However, before he managed to make his exit, Elethis' voice stopped him and forced him to turn around again.

It was… A tiny rod or something? Varis didn't quite know, frowning as he stepped closer to see it a bit better.
"Is that… Wood? In the ruins of the Dwemer?" He tilted his head, puzzled. When everything around them was made of metal that had been able to stand the wear of time, suddenly seeing something wooden was… Unexpected. He didn't think he had ever heard of a wooden Dwemer artifact before, at least – or perhaps they just had rotted before any of them managed to see them. Just because they hadn't seen them didn't mean they didn't exist.

"That's unusual. If it is of Dwemer origin, of course," the Dunmer couldn't tell, after all. It wasn't anything he had seen before. It might have been something newer. Something planted there by a more recent visitor. It was a curious thing, wherever it came from. Did it actually mean something?

…Well, if there was some magic in it, he wouldn't be able to tell.
"Might be better to not play with it before you know what it is, Outlander."
05-10-2017 07:20 AM
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