[IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

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[IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Forge » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:28 am

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"I'm just sayin'," the greyhead bellowed in the unintentional way of the thoroughly drunk. He gestured at the television, which was showing a game that involved putting a leathery ball into a hoop some distance above the players' heads, slopping beer over his arm as he did so. "So many negative things are said about ritual sacrifice. Nobody ever talks about the positives." Roggi hesitated, then held up a finger. "No overpopulation. Huh? how about that? Healthy respect for government - nobody wants to be on that list. Uh. Whassnext?" He stopped in his tirade for long enough to wiggle a finger inside one pointed ear, turning his good eye on his hand once he'd finished and scrutinising his findings with an expression that made his scar pucker in an unpleasant way. "Global warming!" This time he did shout, and only seemed to realise when the proprietor shot him a look from the other end of the bar.

"Still illegal, Roggi. They lock you up for it, entrepreneurial spirit or otherwise." Nick was sitting on the bar top, cross legged, watching the game and chewing on peanuts from a bowl that was clearly intended for customers. Not that there were any, at that moment; it was a quiet night, though he'd probably still have been on the bar whether there were patrons in or not. Customers loved that relaxed attitude in places like this. He hoped. In retrospect, he'd been doing it for long enough that any damage to his client intake was likely permanent. Along the bar the Elf huffed, taking another swig of his beer only to find that the bottle was down to dregs. He eyed Nick, waggling the empty container from side to side.
"Don't suppose I could, uh.. Just till pay day, you know." The warlock grunted, which seemed to be all the signal the elf needed to reach over the bar and retrieve a top-up.
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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Liara_Amagi » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:02 pm

Liara walked into the bar and heard what roggi said, "you realize global warming is a crock. There's no proof that it exists...justhe some propaganda. The earth can take care of herself." She went to the bar and said, "do you have any Sake in? Or any bites on a good job?"

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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Forge » Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:19 pm

Nick glanced at the newcomer, and then slowly - reluctantly - put his palms against the bar top and levered himself back to his feet. He could have fixed her order without getting up, probably; magic was fickle, but fetching and carrying drinks was an easily managed task. Reyes liked to do these things by hand, though. It was part of the whole deal, the bartender tending bar by hand. Still, he took a final, longing look at the game before turning back toward the girl.

"Roggi's not really worried about the planet," he told her, snatching up a bottle from the back bar. The warlock rolled it between his hands, directing heat into the liquid within. He had a bottle warmer, somewhere, but it was one of those purchases that had never seen much use, and eventually he'd put it somewhere that it wouldn't take up much room. And then promptly forgotten about it. "He just wants to go back to a time when it was socially acceptable for him to poke holes in Mundanes." The Elf made a noise of agreement from within his beer, and Nick set the warmed sake bottle in front of the girl along with a little ceramic cup. "First one's on the house. As for work?" The warlock shrugged, waving one hand in an expansive gesture that took in the empty bar. "This's a bar. Maybe someone'll come in later looking for hired labour. Who knows? Till then, take a load off. Relax." The warlock turned his attention back to the game, where one of the teams had apparently emerged victorious. He pulled a mildly disgusted expression, muttering something under his breath before dialling down the volume with a flick of his fingers. He shook his head, then twisted to look back at the girl. "Kind of work you even looking for?"
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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Liara_Amagi » Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:31 pm

She said, "thieving, assassinating, usual work for a ninja..." she took a sip of the sake showing two tattoos. One being of a gold fox head the symbol of a high ranking member of the Amagi clan...before it was forced to disband 500 years ago. The other was the symbol for the five sacred beast's of japan.

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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Sammy » Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:34 am

To call it a bad day would easily have topped the understatement scale. Collecting a soul was rarely a pleasant experience, it is very rare that anyone is ever truly ready for death; humans, numerous as there flaws may be, possess an unrivalled drive to survive. This, however, had been a special case, another stain for her to carry for as long as her servitude lasted. The fact that her actions had led to yet another extension to her contract did nothing to soften the blow even though she knew she would do the same again without a second thought.

As was often the case, Riley found herself stood outside Nick's without any recollection of consciously deciding to go there. Instantaneous travel (or near enough as to make no perceivable difference) was just one of the many 'gifts' bestowed upon her by 'the boss', as was the fact that not a single mundane raised an eyebrow when she appeared from nowhere.

With a shrug that meant it was as good enough a place to drink herself stupid as any, the Reaper pushed open the door and made her way to her usual spot at the bar, her expression even more grim than usual.
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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Forge » Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:59 am

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Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:31 pm
She said, "thieving, assassinating, usual work for a ninja..." she took a sip of the sake showing two tattoos. One being of a gold fox head the symbol of a high ranking member of the Amagi clan...before it was forced to disband 500 years ago. The other was the symbol for the five sacred beast's of japan.

Nick laughed, then abruptly stopped when it became clear that she wasn't going to join in. The warlock raised an eyebrow at the girl, raising a hand to tug thoughtfully at the braids in his beard.
"Oh, you're serious?" He asked. "Huh. Ninjas in New York. And you're not even a turtle. Who'd have thought?" At the other end of the bar Roggi let out a sputtered cackle, spraying beer over his section of bar top. Nick snatched up a rag in a practiced gesture, moving to clear up the mess. "Well, listen - best of luck to you. Not sure how much call there is for assassination in New York, but you're the expert, right? Thieving you might get lucky with, but that's more the breaking and entering kind. I don't know if ninjas do house calls. It'll be a learning experience."

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With a shrug that meant it was as good enough a place to drink herself stupid as any, the Reaper pushed open the door and made her way to her usual spot at the bar, her expression even more grim than usual.

The warlock flagged the Reaper as she walked in, finishing his sweep of Roggi's section of the bar and giving her time to find a stool before bundling the used rag into a sink and making his way toward her. He tipped the ninja an apologetic nod as he passed, snatching up a bottle of something cheap and nasty along with a pair of glasses, one of which he set in front of his latest patron. Nick didn't say anything at first; just filled her glass and gave her time to sink the contents before topping it up again. He filled one for himself, too. If Riley was drinking, he'd probably need it, too; and at the end of the day it was his damn bar, and he'd drink his profits if he wanted to. Leaning forward the warlock braced an elbow on the bar top, his back angled toward Roggi and the other woman, effectively cutting them out of the conversation.
"Hey, Riles." He kept his voice down for once. Not the soft, near-whisper people used when they pitied you; gods knew he hated that one. Just enough to keep from advertising their discussion, was all. "Bad day at the office, huh?"
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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Liara_Amagi » Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:14 am

She glanced over at the newcomer when the door opened. She recognized the smell of death on her and decided to be cautious. She was told by her old friend that she couldn't die, partially because, Byakko wouldn't allow her to but, she didn't want to take a chance...not with the shinigami in the room.

She just drank a little more of the sake, using the traditional way to do so. She said, "well, any jobs a criminal would want...though being known as volpe the great thief these days isn't much help as it was in the 1700's...now they just think i'm a myth or legend in the criminal underworld." She took another sip, "though taking some time off didn't help."

She said, "no one has any class if that's all that's out there. I remember when those things were more of an art. I don't know if i'm the only ninja here but, I am the last of my clan, rest died in...was it the late 1800's? It's been so long even I don't remember the date."

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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Sammy » Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:56 am

Riley gritted her teeth and studiously ignored the self-proclaimed ninja assassin. Those who profited from death sat pretty high on her scumbag scale, she'd long since lost count of how many souls she'd harvested just because someone with money had wanted them rid of. The fact that she had the distinct impression that this woman's soul would not be easily dispatched just made the whole thing more dishonourable. Her patience was low enough today so she tuned her out as she drained the drink Nick had placed in front of her, grateful when he put himself between her and the stranger.
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"Hey, Riles." He kept his voice down for once. Not the soft, near-whisper people used when they pitied you; gods knew he hated that one. Just enough to keep from advertising their discussion, was all. "Bad day at the office, huh?"
Riley reached for the bottle, refilled her glass and sent the contents the same way as the first. This wasn't the sort of cheap crap you savoured and even if it had been an 85 year old single malt, there was little chance of her pausing to taste anything right now.

"What kind of man," she began, just when it seemed that she might not respond at all. "What kind of person beats a child? Beat isn't nearly strong enough word but I can't -" She trailed off, her voice was low, she had no interest in sharing any of this with a total stranger. Before Nick had chance to reply, she laughed without any form of merriment, a bitter and almost twisted sound. "As it turns out, a dead one."
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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Liara_Amagi » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:12 am

Liara closed her eyes and sipped a bit more of her sake. She was remembering things from feudal japan. She was the heir to the Amagi clan leader and once she had finished her training, she would explore the prefecture and would occasionally steal or kill to protect or help her people. She was celebrated by those she helped...or knew that helped them. Then a purr came from her as she recalled getting hugged by some orphans she had helped. Obviously influenced by something not human. She then got up when her drink was done and paid for it with a coin that would've been worth three times the amount the bottle was worth in this era. She then got up to leave merely bowing her head as custom for thanking him.

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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Forge » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:37 am

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She then got up to leave merely bowing her head as custom for thanking him.

Nick gave a distracted half wave as the woman rose to leave. Roggi, ever the diplomat, gave a far more exaggerated one, complete with waggling fingers before sniggering and propping his chin in one hand, clearly settling in for the evening.

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"What kind of man," she began, just when it seemed that she might not respond at all. "What kind of person beats a child? Beat isn't nearly strong enough word but I can't -" She trailed off, her voice was low, she had no interest in sharing any of this with a total stranger. Before Nick had chance to reply, she laughed without any form of merriment, a bitter and almost twisted sound. "As it turns out, a dead one."

That explained a lot. There was a sliding scale, or at least one that Nick envisioned, which dictated how easy it became to deal with certain things when you'd been around for long enough. Mortals - Mundanes especially - died or wound up irreparably damaged with enough frequency that everyone became a little desensitized to it after a while. There were exceptions, though. Kids were one of them. The warlock nudged the bottle into a position that was comfortably within reach of the Reaper's free hand, and took a swallow of his own drink.
"Well, if nothing else.." The words took their time coming, partly because - well, what did you say to make something like this better? - and partly owing to the fact that Nick had been abruptly reminded how cheap the booze was. "..It sounds like you balanced the scales." He shot her a rare, serious look. "How many years this time?"
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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Liara_Amagi » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:08 am

When she opened the door, what looked like a white Tiger was laying down. She did a small two finger salute before the tiger grumbled. She said, "i'm coming, i'm coming, you don't have to grumble at me...or come down from the temple of Yggdrasil to scold me." The tiger made a chuffing noise before getting up.

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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Sammy » Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:18 pm

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"Well, if nothing else.." The words took their time coming, partly because - well, what did you say to make something like this better? - and partly owing to the fact that Nick had been abruptly reminded how cheap the booze was. "..It sounds like you balanced the scales." He shot her a rare, serious look. "How many years this time?"
"Only three and a half," she replied as she poured herself another measure, pausing to swirl it before knocking it back. "Alcoholic," she added, in way of explanation. There was a pause as she studied the bottom of her glass. Taking a soul of someone whose time had come was a painless process and could even be quite beautiful if the reaper had a mind for such things. Taking a soul before it's time, however, was another matter entirely. In her eyes there had been no other option but that didn't mean she had taken any pleasure in his painful, drawn out last moments as she had ripped the soul from his body. It was just something that had needed to be done. Three and a half years was generous, even for an alcoholic, a soul torn away in such a fashion was rarely of any use to anyone. Perhaps, she thought, the boss had started to think that he might actually like to be rid of her one day.

"She knew peace before the end," She spoke in little more than a whisper, as though more to herself than to Nick and, in a silent toast to her young soul, she refilled her glass and clinked it gently against his.
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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Liara_Amagi » Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:43 pm

She and the tiger walked out of the bar to get to work on something. She was thinking of heading to her base to work on making supplies and ideas for a job.

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Re: [IC] Nick's Bar [Tavern RP - Always Open]

Post by Forge » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:26 pm

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"Only three and a half," she replied as she poured herself another measure, pausing to swirl it before knocking it back. "Alcoholic," she added, in way of explanation. There was a pause as she studied the bottom of her glass. Taking a soul of someone whose time had come was a painless process and could even be quite beautiful if the reaper had a mind for such things. Taking a soul before it's time, however, was another matter entirely. In her eyes there had been no other option but that didn't mean she had taken any pleasure in his painful, drawn out last moments as she had ripped the soul from his body. It was just something that had needed to be done. Three and a half years was generous, even for an alcoholic, a soul torn away in such a fashion was rarely of any use to anyone. Perhaps, she thought, the boss had started to think that he might actually like to be rid of her one day.

"She knew peace before the end," She spoke in little more than a whisper, as though more to herself than to Nick and, in a silent toast to her young soul, she refilled her glass and clinked it gently against his.
"Three and a half's not so bad. Starting to think that old monster's coming to like you."
Nick sank the contents of his glass and let the silence hang for a little bit, confident that neither of them would benefit from his usual standard of witty banter. He spared a glance for the other end of the bar, where Roggi seemed content to doze drunkenly against one bunched fist while the other maintained its vice-like hold on his drink. The warlock pursed his lips, then topped off his own glass.
"Small victories, Riley." He set the bottle back down with a level of care that seemed to reflect how he was choosing his words. "Some days, have to take what we can get. Make as much difference as you can with what you're given." It was a poor ending, and the bartender shrugged, busying himself with his glass. "Proud of you, anyways." he mumbled, letting the words disappear behind the booze.
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“An avenging Reaper?” Came a disembodied voice.

The smell of burning firewood filled the air as dark smoke rapidly rolled across the floor with purpose and coiled up one of the bar stools a few places away from the Reaper. The smoke coalesced into the form of a man with black hair, a full beard, olive skin, and eyes that burned like the coals of a fire. He wore black boots, dark denim jeans, and a black leather jacket over a plain white t-shirt. His earrings glinted gold every time they caught the light.

Taking a pack of cigarettes from his jacket pocket he tapped the bottom in his palm to free one from the rest and pulled it from the pack with his teeth. He patted himself down looking for his lighter and let out a sigh when he came up empty handed. Taking it from his mouth the Jinn stuck the business end of the cigarette in his right eye to light it and then returned it to his lips. He took a sharp drag, exhaled the smoke, and put the pack back in his jacket pocket.

“Job security is what you have. You will never, ever run out of meat puppets to murder with morality as your justification.”
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Post by Liara_Amagi » Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:35 am

Liara walked into the tavern, she had a tiger come in with her this time.

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Post by Nicodemus » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:38 am

He still didn't like the city. The smell exuding from the drainage grates and the vehicles, blending into a noxious gas. The humming of hundreds of engines and the droning chatter of even more people. It all came together in an incessent rumble that hurt his head.

Wes stared at the concrete as he meandered through the maze of people on the sidewalk. He could feel his chest tightening.

He passed a magazine stand and acted as though he didn't notice the hairy man beckoning him. He pushed through, having to circumvent an impossibly wide man, who was in no rush to be anywhere.

Still focused on his snickers, Wes collided with someone's shoulder. The rough-faced man immediately spun on him and spewed forth a barrage of obscenities and spittle. Wes flinched when the man's finger aggressively poked his chest, tipping his balance backwards and bringing Wes into the street. Before Wes could react, his accuser's anger vanished as he pointed down the street in warning.

Wes turned in time to brace himself for the impact as the speeding car reached him.

There was the sound of a crash, then silence. Wes hadn't felt the force of being tumbled through the air, nor was there pain, though he still waited for it.

Wes cracked open his eyes, one at a time, his hand still held forward in a silly attempt of defense. The car had stopped, two feet away, rather violently by the looks of it. The bumber and hood were now in a U-shaped crater from which white smoke and steam escaped. There was also nothing in front of the car, between it and Wes, to cause such a halt in momentum. What had happened?

Wes lowered his hand and looked up to see the driver was okay, albeit dumbfounded, and looking back at him. Suddenly feeling exposed, Wes turned back to the sidewalk to find a score of the same open-jawed stares.

"What did you do?" The rough man asked, and Wes's chest began an attempt to finally strangle the breath from him.

"Who are you?" another voice from somewhere in the faces spoke. Another followed, and another, until a chorus of accusations flew at him from every direction.

Wes turned and ran, to where he didn't know. Just away. Though it seemed like a mile, he reached the corner of the block and glanced over his shoulder. The crowd was staring at the mangled car, still to confused to form a mob and run him down. Around the building and he was out of sight. He stumbled through the first door he saw.

It was quiet on this side of the thick wooden door. It was a bar. An unusually rustic one, but it was quiet. Wes stood at the door a moment, trying to catch his breath, before he realized there were other people.

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Post by Liara_Amagi » Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:17 pm

Liara looked over at him, along with the silloutte of the Tiger with her. She said, "relax, none of us bite...well, Byakko does but, he isn't hungry at the moment." The tiger made what sounded like a grumble at her but, she added, "it's a joke Byakko, the kid looks like he's about to wet himself..." the tiger made a purring noise when Liara was scratching his head.

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Post by Nicodemus » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:00 pm

Wes frantically tried to gain distance between himself and the tiger, almost toppling a stained wooden chair.

"Yeah, funny," he managed. He hoped he hadn't offended the girl, but who brings a tiger...what kind of bar was this?

He tried to play off his stumble and walked over to the bar. He didn't know what else to do. He sure wasn't going back outside. Choosing one of the battered stools, he noticed the bartender...

The bartender. Wes was supposed to order something. He'd never really been in a bar, or drank, for that matter. Damn those chest pains.

"Domestic," Wes panicked, hoping the man wouldn't ask him what kind. To avoid the question, he turned his stool back to the girl near the door.

"So, are you in the circus or..."

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Post by Liara_Amagi » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:38 pm

She said, "no, Byakko and I are bonded...he shares his life force and power with me." She looked over and said, "but, since your new to our world, that wI'll sound crazy...magic and creatures of myth and legend I mean."

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