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A FRAGMENT FOUND IN THE NEW PAVIS LIBRARY (Date and author unknown)

Argrath and Elusu prepare for a battle: 

ELUSU: Wa, Chief. What is the sound of a sword?

ARGRATH: A metallic ping. A whoosh of wind as it swings through the air. A meaty crunch as it slices flesh and bone.

Elusu shakes her head. No.

Later, after the battle, women weep and the wounded scream in pain.

ARGRATH: That is the sound of a sword.

ELUSU: Ain’t it beautiful?

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Elusu and Argrath are deep in their cups:

ELUSU: Look into the ale, Boss. Watch that bubble, rising. What do you see?

ARGRATH: The World.

ELUSU: Pop. Now it’s gone.

ARGRATH: But look, another rises to take its place.

Elusu chugs the beer then burps loudly.

ELUSU: So die a thousand worlds. (Calls to the barkeep) More beer!

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Elusu and Argrath walk down a dusty road on a beautiful day.

ELUSU: I am the blow that cannot be parried. I strike you dead, but you’re alone. What am I?

ARGRATH: Suicide.

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Elusu takes a hit of hazia. Passes the pipe to Argrath.

ELUSU: Imagine perfect Law. Perfect Order. Everything is the same. All is at rest. Nothing changes. As it was before creation. What else do we call this?

ARGRATH: Primal Chaos.

ELUSU: And what then causes creation?

ARGRATH: More Chaos.

ELUSU: Wa! Stop hogging the pipe!

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Argrath and Elusu ride a boat downstream on the River of Cradles.

ELUSU: What color is the sky?

ARGRATH: Today? Blue.

ELUSU: What color would the sky be if I scooped out your eyes?

ARGRATH: If you put out my eyes, I won’t be able to see it.

ELUSU: But I'll still see it.

ARGARTH: No. Because if you put out my eyes, you’ll be dead.

ELUSU: Wa, if I’m dead and you’re blind, then what color is the sky?

ARGRATH: There is no sky.

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Elusu and Argrath are at a tavern.

ELUSU: Wa, Chief, what is this gold coin worth?

ARGRATH: Twenty silvers. So… 200 horns of beer?

Elusu and Argrath are lost and dying of thirst in the Wastelands.

ELUSU: Wa, what is this gold coin worth now?

ARGRATH: Nothing.

Nearly dead, Elusu and Argrath reach an oasis. There are several Rhino Riders there.

ELUSU: Now what is that gold coin worth?

ARGRATH: If we’re lucky, both our lives.

Argrath and Elusu loot the dead bodies of the Rhino Riders. Elusu finds another gold coin.

ELUSU: Wa, no wonder. They already had a gold coin. What do you think it’s worth?

ARGRATH: Everything. And nothing.

ELUSU: Right now, I would trade it for a beer.

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Argrath and Elusu reach a fork in the road.

ELUSU: We're lost. We don’t even have a destination. Which is the correct way?

Argrath continues straight, taking neither road. Elusu follows.

ELUSU: At the end of this road, there'd better be beer.

Edited by RHW
ALLCAPS before dialog to make it easier to read. Made Elusu sound more like herself, wa.
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22 hours ago, RHW said:

A FRAGMENT FOUND IN THE NEW PAVIS LIBRARY (Date and author unknown)

Well, that was cheerful. Excellent riddles, though.

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Argrath and Elusu walk through Founders Market. Merchants and customers alike eye Elusu warily. Many of them have been wronged by her before.

ELUSU: Wa, Chief. What’s the sound of one hand clapping?

ARGRATH: This?

Argrath slaps Elusu across the face.

ELUSU: No.

Bystanders applaud.

ELUSU: That.

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2 hours ago, RHW said:

Argrath and Elusu walk through Founders Market. Merchants and customers alike eye Elusu warily. Many of them have been wronged by her before.

ELUSU: Wa, Chief. What’s the sound of one hand clapping?

ARGRATH: This?

Argrath slaps Elusu across the face.

ELUSU: No.

Bystanders applaud.

ELUSU: That.

haha, keep em coming

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Argrath and Elusu leave a meeting with fellow rebels in Heortland.

ELUSU: Wa. What was the name of that Humakti fellow again? The big one wearing all the skulls?

ARGRATH: Sargarath.

ELUSU: And the Kitori?

ARGRATH: Gar Darkspear.

ELUSU: Wa, Gar is a nickname for Argrath too, right? Like that Rath bully and the Arry prick. And Kallyr is called The Argrath and her representative was another Argrath and that Kat girl is really named Arkatha.

ARGRATH: Get to the point, Fool.

ELUSU: The pointy bit is, seems like we got a surplus of Argraths. After all, there are only four Elusus. Plain old Elusu, Elusu the Liar, Elusu Sit Here, and Elusu the Polite.

ARGRATH: Those are all you. And it's four too many if you ask me.

ELUSU: Wa. So all them other Argraths are all you, too?

ARGRATH: It's not the same thing.

ELUSU: Whatever you say, Chief.

Argrath thinks about that for a while.

ARGRATH: Fuck.

ELUSU: Aye. Let's get a beer.

Edited by RHW
Polished some stuff up.
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Elusu carves a wooden marionette while Argrath watches.

ELUSU: Wa, Boss, I’m working on a new puppet show. What’s the funniest way to die? Violence or poison?

ARGRATH: Depends. I like the one where Hon-eel chops up Pyjeemsab. But Euglyptus dying is pretty funny, too. All those farts.

ELUSU: Can’t go wrong with farts. 

ARGRATH: Who’s this one about then? 

ELUSU: It’s the bloody tale of a self-important, morally ambiguous Orlanthi heroquester. 

ARGRATH (studies the puppet): I thought he looked familiar. 

Before Elusu can respond, Argrath chops off her head. 

ARGRATH: Violence is always an option. 

Elusu’s body fumbles around, finds her head, and puts it back on her neck.

ELUSU: Good point. Guess I'll go with poison.

Elusu returns to her carving.

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The middle of the night. Elusu squats astride a sleeping Argrath, wearing an Eurmal mask. She leans over him as he wakes.

ELUSU: Wake up, Chief! Guess who’s beneath the mask!

Argrath looks up at the mask.

ARGRATH: Right now? Me.

ELUSU: Wa. Hadn’t thought about it like that.

Elusu takes off her mask, revealing Argrath’s own face. 

ELUSU: But when you're right, you're right.

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Too many WAs.
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