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Old 2005-02-13, 01:58
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he raised one thin arm and stepped out of the shadows, waving the poly on, while
tracking him with the specs and the snub nose of the pistola from beneath his
cloak. a few minutes later, he'd closed the 50 meters between them with a
bounding stride and was examining the tube nervously in the light of the poly's
lamp. he handed over the agreed sum and ruffed the misshapen head, not seeing
Murgo's sullen, embarassed glare at the familiarity. he tucked the tube safely
away and asked about the factor who'd been carrying it: he'd bribed several
layers of secretaries in the office of a prominent autocrat to get the
information.

he'd discovered a lone factor, the black robed priests of Aglaia and all the
known cities, hand carrying a small container of medicine: nothing out of the
ordinary about the ministrations of a country factor, seeing to the thetes and
polys working the fields. but this factor was from off city, lately of Plataea.
the information that Nicodeem had paid so dearly for was this_the factor had
arrived from Plataea, but not before the Vaan attack that burned the city to ash
and sent its people scattering. this factor had arrived secretly, after the
Vaan had taken the city and sent it spinning upwind, into the starved altitudes
where they flitted their twisted lives; never touching solid ground except to
raid and burn.
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