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Jul 27, 2017 8:48 AM
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Aaaaaa she's so pretty it's not fair -

"... Anyway, uh. Where was I before I decided to get on my soapbox? Nearly just died doing something stupid and heroic, I think?"
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"You killed the person the dragon told you to kill but your allies had all died."

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"Right. Yes. That. So I raid J'Nah's stuff - this is where I got my portable hole, actually - and found an item she was going to use on Tymofarrar, to make killing him easier. You can probably see where this is going."
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" - why'd you want to kill him? Or did you just keep it around -"

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"He was terrorizing the kobold clan and ruling over them as their master, and none of them liked it but none of them could do anything about it, either. Not to mention the, uh, eating people thing he did. There were various bones of previous people that went into his cave. And I'd lived nearby for years, I'd heard of a white dragon in the area causing miscellaneous trouble, someone had even asked us to take care of him a while back. Drogan decided it was too dangerous for any of us. So, I sort of knew about him and just hadn't met him before then. And he needed to stop."
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"Was the poisoned person unpoisoned by now?"

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"Nope, it was a nasty poison. He was recovering, but not up to doing things."
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"Does your world have any people whose job it is to, uh, do things -"

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"Depends on the things that are being done. But, uh. For killing dragons and the like?" He smiles wryly, then raises his hand. "There really wasn't anyone else to handle the doing of things around those parts, Hilltop wasn't a large town, that we had anybody around that could handle these things was kind of a stroke of luck. A lot of places don't have anyone."
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"I guess that makes sense."

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"So uh. Yeah. And that was the first time I fought a dragon." Pause. "Went better than with J'Nah, actually, I had gained a much healthier dose of caution, prepared much better, and, uh." He coughs. "Won."
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"Were the kobolds happy?"

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"They were surprised that I survived, I think they'd expected me to die horribly, but pretty happy. They already had a chief that managed all of their affairs, and they could stop devoting all of their time to doing what he told them to do. And stop living in a frozen cave. They didn't like it much there. I think they moved away from Hilltop, what with having recently upset them, but I'm not entirely sure where they went. Deekin would know - that's where he is, he went after them."
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"That sounds like a pretty good ending, then, really."

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"Yeah. That had been the plan. I think my favorite part was when I went back and told Deekin that Tymofarrar was dead. He uh, didn't believe me, I had to unroll the portable hole and start displaying proof. And then he was ecstatic."
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"Though the kobold chieftain trying to set me up with his sister was... memorable."
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"Kobolds don't look very pretty."

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"I'm sure she was perfectly pretty to other kobolds, just. I am very much not a kobold."
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"So you fought a dragon and did not get married."

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"I fought a dragon, did not get married, and successfully retrieved all of the items I'd been sent to get! Yay for me. I go back, assorted objects in hand - one of them, a statue, got broken in the chaos, but I think at the time that's not really my problem - and present the assorted lot to an invalid and recovering Drogan. Turns out, the broken statue was about to become my problem. The statue itself had been disguising the incredibly magical gems inside, and among the assorted items that were taken, it looked like they were the entire reason for the attack."
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"This all starts to sound kind of like Eru had a plan for you in particular."

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"I don't know about Eru in particular, but - yeah, kinda. I think we would have found the gems eventually while we were trying to figure out what they were trying to steal, but the statue getting broken definitely saved us a heap of time. Maybe Tymora had a hand in a number of things, 's far as I can tell she's been pretty good to me."
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"So now you had the magic gems?"

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"Now we had the magic gems! Drogan did not know anything about the magic gems. None of us did, but we knew they were really magically powerful and that someone powerful enough to hire a dragon and a sorceress wanted them. So we had to find out what they were - Drogan knew a guy that could help figure it out. Being, uh, the one that had recently fought a dragon, I got sent with the gems to find him."
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