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Lost Carnival Mods ([personal profile] ringleaders) wrote in [community profile] lostcarnival2017-03-26 05:52 pm


When: Day 73 - Day 87
Where: The islands of Alola.
What: The Carnival arrives at its next touring location, a series of tropical islands inhabited by a species of animal called Pokemon and their trainers!
Warnings: Pokemon is pretty PG-rated.


Alola is broken up into four different islands, with a number of unique points of interest. Boats can easily be rented in order to get between the islands, or you can just pay for the fair of a scheduled trip. If you can prove you have the skills for it, you can also call on a "Ride Pokemon" - that is, either a Charizard or a Lapras that will fly or swim you between locations.

► POPULATION: Though the islands appear very small as an abstraction in the actual games, that doesn't hold over into the actual reality of it. When interacting with the different locations, imagine that they are about as big and spread out as they would be in real life. It's about on the same scale as Hawaii is on earth. Ignore any wikis that say the population of each island is like 200 people, because that's just adding up all the scripted NPCs, and there are realistically more than six houses per town.

► AMENITIES: Even if they aren't overtly listed on island maps, it can be assumed that all towns and cities will have basic amenities - that is, places to eat, place to go to the washroom, places to buy souvenirs, and the other things one would expect in a tourist heavy area. You can also buy malasadas pretty much anywhere.

► POKECENTERS: You'll be able to find a Pokecenter in pretty much every town - a Pokecenter is a public building in which Pokemon Trainers can rest and get their Pokemon healed. Think of it like free international Pokemon healthcare. You can also buy Pokeballs here, as well as potions and other healing items for later use.

► AETHER FOUNDATION: A peace keeping organization that shelters Pokemon from harm and abuse. If you kill/maim any Pokemon or otherwise act violently in public, they will come to try to take you down with their Pokemon. They also are the main force working against Team Skull.


► TRAINER SCHOOL: A full fledged for young, aspiring Pokemon Trainers! Students go here to learn about Pokemon care and battling before setting out on their own journeys. It would be sort of weird for an adult to show up here, like it would for an adult to try to attend an elementary school, but you can probably learn some of the basics just from touring the facility.

► HAU'OLI SHOPPING DISTRICT: The biggest shopping district on Melemele, you can do a lot here, from eating out to getting your hair dyed. A lot of shops are, unsurprisingly, completely Pokemon focused - but there are some that aren't, too. There are also some very nice beach fronts nearby.

► BERRY FIELDS: Berries come in a lot of different types and have different effects when used. Mostly, Pokemon love to eat them, regardless of what type they are. This is a big field of them, most of which are free to take if you catch them when ripe.

► TEN CARAT HILL: The secluded interior of a small mountain, filled with some rare types of rock Pokemon. You have to be able to bypass the left overs of some recent rockslides to get in.

► TRIAL SITE: There is only one trial on this islands, which is the Normal type trial. All you have to do is fight a bunch of Pokemon ferrets, and then fight an even bigger Pokemon ferret that thirsts for your blood. It's not so bad.


► TIDE SONG HOTEL: A big ass hotel near the port - if you want to stay on Alola overnight, this is a pretty good place to go. It isn't too expensive, and is also rather nice.

► DIMENSIONAL RESEARCH LAB: Alola, on occasion, has been the site of various dimensional breaks (haha) in which extraplanar creatures called Ultra Beasts have crossed over. There isn't much information about these beasts, but they are something that are being actively studied. Characters who are nerds might find some of this information interesting.

► HANO GRAND RESORT: The inevitably big, fancy resort that tends to take route in touristy places like this. If you actually pay to spend some time there, you can enjoy all the things you'd expect to find in a fancy resort, except with way more Pokemon. There is also a fancy, secluded beach for resort goers only.

► BATTLE ROYALE DOME: A battle area in which 4 trainers fight each other all at once, with teams of there Pokemon. The trainers here are mostly quite expert, and you need a team of three Pokemon to play, so player characters probably won't be able to participate. However, you can still come to watch, if you like seeing a bunch of colourful monsters slapping each other around.

► PANIOLA RANCH: A large ranch that keeps a lot of Pokemon that resemble earth farm animals. You can leave Pokemon here to stay for a while if you need a break from the strains of trainer life. Quite often, however, your Pokemon will end up getting knocked up and leave you with another egg to care for.

► TRIAL SITES: Brooklet Hill is a lake filled area that contains the Water Trial. You have to fight a bunch of schooling Wishiwashi, and then an even bigger schooling Wishiwashi to win. Wela Volcano Park contains the Fire Trial, where you must climb to the top of the dormant volcano, and spot the difference between a series of ceremonial island dances. Then you gotta fight a team of Marrowaks and a giant Salazzle. The Lush Jungle contains the Grass challenge, in which you have to find a series of rare organic ingredients in order to brew something that will lure out a giant Lurantis.


► MALIE GARDEN: A nice big garden to hang out in and chill. Also, there are Pokemon there... and also, Pokemon battles? There's really no end to it.

► MOUNT HOKULANI OBSERVATORY: Up at the top of the local mountain, you can go see a space observatory. Like most things in Alola, it's like a regular observatory, except with more Pokemon, since some Pokemon just straight up come from space. You can take a bus up here, but you can also hike if you want.

► HAINA DESERT: A shitty desert in the middle of the island. Mostly only good for if you want the kinds of Pokemon that live in shitty deserts.

► ABANDONED THRIFTY MEGAMART: A Megamart, but haunted. Extremely haunted, filled with the kind of ghost Pokemon that would actually kill you. You have to take a bunch of pictures of ghosts on your way through here if you want to beat the Ghost Trial.

► PO TOWN: The ramshackle remains of the town that Team Skull have taken over. It's completely walled off from the rest of the world, and is pretty terrible. No point in going in there unless you're fighting crime, in which case you can expect to get challenged to Pokemon battles by a lot of Team Skull knuckleheads.

► LAKE OF THE MOON: A huge, round temple thing in the middle of nowhere. It's used to praise a legendary Pokemon that existed years ago, but there presently doesn't seem to be anything around except cool architecture.

► TRIAL SITES: The Observatory contains the Electric Challenge, during which you have to fend off various kinds of electric grubs, before eventually taking on a giant Vikavolt. The Abandoned Megamart must first be cleared before challenging the Ghost Trial officially, at which point you will have to defeat a powerful Mimikyu.


► SEAFOLK VILLAGE: A village made of nothing but houseboats and other water fairing homes. It's the only major town on Poni Island.

► ANCIENT RUINS: Most of Poni Island has been reduced to ruins, over time. Not many people live here, relative to the other islands, but there are a lot of abandoned buildings from when they apparently used to.

► VAST PONI CANYONS: Most of the island is comprised of canyons, caves, and valleys filled with particularly strong Pokemon, and also a lot of fight-hungry Pokemon trainers. Most of them will want to fight you as soon as they see you, since they are there mostly to train, but they will back down if you tell them you're not a trainer. Though, at that point they will strongly urge you to go home, because it's too danger for anything other than the strongest trainers.

► ALTAR OF THE SUN: A matching altar to the one found on Ula'ula, except this time dedicated to a legendary Pokemon of the sun. If you play some magic flutes here at the right time then apparently a giant lion might show up, but there's no way to be sure.

► TRIAL SITES: The only Trial here is the Grand Trial, which is a fight against the leader's ground type Pokemon. You may also get lucky and have the Fairy Trial's kahuna deign to fight you, with her fairy types, if she randomly wanders into your path. Both of them are very strong, and are not advised to challenge for new trainers.
kingsroads: (small cheeky little smile)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-06 08:27 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Strange can't help but laugh as Haunter shoves it's way between the two of them and the door. Aw, he's a good bud. While Lambert's irritated, he's just a hundred percent charmed. ]

See if Grant will go in one of those pokeball things, like Pig's got. At least that way he'll be able to come with us and not have to worry about the sun.

[ Lambert's got those pokeballs, right? He's actually doing this properly so naturally he should have those weirdo ball things on him. Strange, in contrast, has no pokeballs. Because let's be real, he totally spent all his money on books. ]
whattaprick: (like so whatever)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-06 08:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Shouldn't you be doing this yourself?

[ Books he probably hasn't even read, or he'd know a lot more about Pokemon than he does!!! Lambert can't really fathom anything wanting to get into one of those balls, but as it happens, he does have a couple on him, so he digs around in a pocket to fish one out. ]

C'mon. If you're coming, get inside. [ He waggles the ball at Haunter for a moment before tossing it at him (with great aim, naturally). With a last cackling haunthaunthaunt, the Haunter disappears in a flash of light and gets into the ball. There, easiest capture he's ever had! And once he's collected that ball, he'll continue harrying Strange back out into the (relative) sunlight, squinting and looking around for Pig... who's just taken to chewing on a weed, and doesn't seem all that impressed when Lambert shows up again, despite how quickly it backed away before. ]

Come on, Pig. We're heading back. [ Lambert picks another pokeball off his belt (he's really getting good at that) and pops Mudbray back into it. ]
kingsroads: (GIVE IT UP FOR MAGIC)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-06 09:16 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Look it's not HIS fault that all Strange bought were history texts instead of something actually useful like a friggen field guide.

As they exit the building and enter the sunlight, Strange frowns. Honestly...he doesn't really want to walk all the way back to the carnival. It's sunny and awful and he left his stupid floppy hat back in the trailer so he'd just end up being a sweaty possibly sunburned mess. So, as Lambert deals with Pig, Strange just looks around as if there's any possible way that he could get closer to the carnival entrance.

Well, there is a puddle. Honestly, he prefers travel by mirror to travel by puddle but beggars can't be choosers. Strange walks over and mutters something under his breath, checking the paths that the puddle could lead to and making certain that they don't end up on the other side of the island. There's something that'll work. It's still a bit of a walk to the entrance and less of a walk to the trailer, but the spell will cut out the majority of the journey.

Once Mudbray's back in his pokeball, Strange gestures for Lambert to come over to where he is.

Come over here. I'm about to make our return trip to the carnival easier for both of us.

[ time for magic bullshit. ]
whattaprick: (dead eyes)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-07 07:52 pm (UTC)(link)
[ With a look of complete misgiving on his face, Lambert steps closer. He sees your muttering, Jonathan Strange, and he knows what that sort of thing usually means when magic users are concerned.

Still, he's also been around Strange long enough to guess what he's doing. ]

Taking a shortcut?

[ Not that he has a single complaint about that. The alternative was to hop on another boat or Pokemon, cross the water and run down some routes trying not to make eye contact with other trainers, which he normally wouldn't mind getting into fights with, but...

The medallion's important. And more importantly, it's his. Even now, just a day later, he's already wondering why the hell he let Strange have it in the first place, but one thing's certain, he's not taking it off again. ]
kingsroads: (YAY RASH DECISIONS!!!)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-07 08:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I am. If you want to walk the way back, be my guest. Otherwise, take my hand.

[ Strange moves to step in the puddle, offering his hand to Lambert as he does so. There's a pause as he mutters the spell...and then whoomp, the two just get magically sucked into the puddle. There's a feeling of falling which is almost instantly countered by the feeling of getting pulled up through a different puddle closer to the entrance. ]

So! Let's continue, shall we?
whattaprick: (these wooounds they will not heeeal)

sort of a time skip

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-08 05:37 pm (UTC)(link)
[ As far as things Lambert doesn't actually want to do, walking all that way back is most certainly at the top of that list, at last right now. Even if standing in a puddle seems like a good way to ruin the shoes he just bought, he takes Strange's hand -- rough callouses probably a sharp contrast to the magician's -- and grips it firmly.

Given he's never actually taken advantage of Strange's teleportation before, it's sort of a trip. Lambert brushes himself off when they get there, glancing around. ]

Handy. [ He says, blinking, before they head off. Of course, even as close as Strange has brought them, there's still walking to do, and giving shit to each other on the radio to be done, which is mostly what they do until their steps finally take them to the magician's trailer. ]

wheeeee time skip

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-08 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Eventually they reach Strange's trailer. He pushes open the door for Lambert to enter and HOO BOY right off the bat is the trailer a little worrying. Because it's a mess. There are some cursory attempts to clean things up because Strange lives with Lars and actually has to make the trailer slightly habitable, but it still looks a bit ridiculous. There are stacks of papers on the corner of one table in seemingly no order, wet spots on the floor thanks to snow Strange forgot to clean up, and so much garbage Atlantis tourist crap. Lambert probably bumps his head on a shell windchime as he enters.

Needless to say, despite the fact that everything about the trailer says 'oh god why does someone live here', Strange walks over to his equally messy bunk as if this is perfectly normal.

Help yourself to a drink or something, by the way. There are cups near the sink.
whattaprick: (dead eyes)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-09 12:18 am (UTC)(link)
[ Lambert had been here once before, just to see Strange's super creepy scrying trick, but 1. he'd been drunk, and 2. it had been dark and he was too lazy to really squint at the shadows to better discern what was in them, so he hadn't really appreciated what a fucking shitshow the trailer is. Or maybe, somehow, it's gotten worse between that limbo between worlds? Seriously, they haven't been in the Carnival long enough for Strange to have made this much of a mess, but it seems that's what happens.

He doesn't just bump his head on a shell windchime; it actually catches on the curling tip of one horn, and he grimaces as the shells knocking against the metal send up a merry chime. Disentangling himself, he heads for the sink as Strange indicates, only to recoil in disgust. And for a witcher, that's saying a lot. ]

I don't think these cups have been washed in weeks. [ In fact, they haven't been washed in so long they've started to develop a civilization in them. ]
kingsroads: (totally got this situation down pat)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-09 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
[ By the time Lambert's gone to examine the sink, Strange is already at his bunk, head underneath the bed as he looks around for the medallion. Really, it must be underneath here somewhere. He fell asleep with it on and then it somehow came off in the night, logically it must be underneath the bed and wait a minute, Lambert just said something didn't he. ]

What? [ Strange remarks. There's a thud a moment later as Strange hits head on the bottom of the bed, swears, then carefully sticks his head out so he can see what Lambert's talking about. And, at least to his credit, he manages to look a little bit guilty when Lambert gestures to the sink. ]

Ah, yes. I'm afraid some of that happened before the Celebration. [ which was literally over two weeks ago. ] I thought I had cleaned that out already, apparently I missed a spot.

[ or an entire cup. He is literally the world's worst bachelor and this awful cocktail of madness and having not fully coped with Arabella being stuck in Faerie isn't helping matters in the slightest. ]
whattaprick: (lone wolf)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-10 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
I'd say a lot more than just a spot.

[ Lambert doesn't consider himself a neat and clean person, traditionally, but after the shit Vesemir's given him over the years, keeping his possessions tidy is a matter of habit. It helps that witchers just don't carry a lot of personal possessions to begin with.

This, though ... is a dump, even by his own loose standards. Without thinking too much about it, he flicks the faucet on and gets the water running, grabbing the scouring pad or sponge or whatever's there to clean with to start rinsing the worst of it off. (He isn't up to exploring whatever the trailer has in the way of automated washing; two hands and determination will do just fine.) ]

Any luck finding the medallion?
Edited 2017-04-10 02:17 (UTC)
kingsroads: (small cheeky little smile)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-10 01:36 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Strange does feel a bit guilty about Lambert cleaning. This is his trailer, he'll have people over, no matter how he feels he really needs to get his shit together. But then when Lambert asks his question, Strange snaps back to attention. ]

Ah, I think so? I spotted something shiny underneath the bed--it was in a far corner though. Let me just check...

[ And then he goes back to look underneath the bed. A few things are pushed out from underneath there onto the main floor area: a bloody shirt, a carefully wrapped box, a different cup. A moment or so later, Strange lets out a triumphant 'ha!' as he wriggles back out from under the bed, witcher medallion in his hands. ]

There we go. I told you I knew where it was!
whattaprick: (snerk)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-10 07:55 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Oh, thank fuck for that. Lambert's tail swishes through the air when Strange comes up from under the bed; in the time it's taken Strange to dig that shit out he's also managed to wash off and stack nearly everything in the sink so it's at least visually cleaner. Sure, it's probably rude to come into someone's house and just start arranging their shit for them, but Lambert's never been one to let politeness stop him from doing whatever he wants.

Wiping his hands off on a (mostly) clean towel, he steps back over to Strange, reaching out to deftly tug the medallion from his fingers. ]

How'd it even get under there, anyway? Did you kick it? [ He glances over the rest of the mess, mouth twisting wryly as he toes at the shirt. ] What'd this come from?
kingsroads: (Default)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-10 09:19 pm (UTC)(link)
It probably fell off when I was sleeping, [ Strange mentions, as if it's the most obvious thing in the world. Still, he lets Lambert take the medallion because after all, it's his, unlike SOME OTHER PEOPLE he's not going to play keep-away with other's belongings.

As Lambert gestures to the shirt, however, Strange can't help but frown.

That was the shirt I wore during the masquerade part of the Celebration. [ Part of the reason it's been kicked under the bed is that the shirt got bloody from fighting off vampires and any attempts at Strange doing his own laundry just made the bloodstains worse (he truly is that useless). Another part of why it's kicked under the bed is because coping is for losers. ] I'm afraid it's become more of a rag now than an actual shirt.
whattaprick: (Default)

it truly helps if i remember to hit enter

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-12 05:19 am (UTC)(link)
I can see that.

[ Which is why his tail's going to come around, hook its tip into the cloth, and neatly dump it into the nearest trash can. Or at least on top of the nearest pile of rubbish, though it's hard to tell what's meant to be of value or not here. Get your life together, man. ]

At least tell me the blood isn't yours. [ Or else he'd be like, kind of annoyed he hadn't come to the medical tent then (but given Lambert's demonstrated a bit too firm a hand with those bandages, perhaps Strange is better off without his tender loving care). ]
kingsroads: (well drat now)

'why hasn't this tag posted yet OH WAIT'

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-12 01:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Part of it is mine, most of it is from a vampire, but don't worry, [ Strange butts in as soon as Lambert shifts to that 'why didn't you come into the medical tent' annoyance. ] It was just a scratch. Nothing I couldn't take care of myself. I've dealt with worse in the peninsula, after all.

[ Don't worry about blood, blood's just a thing! A thing that all people have to deal with, that shirt isn't worrying in the slightest, look at Strange try his hardest to convince Lambert of that. ]
whattaprick: (sincerity)

[sad trombone noise]

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-13 01:39 am (UTC)(link)
[ Lambert only qualifies to patch people up out of sheer technicality. Trying to sort out what's going on inside someone's head, especially when they've straight-up admitted to being crazy? Even harder. It'd be easy to let it slide, and make the obvious joke about the peninsula begging to be made there but...

He loops the medallion over his head again, letting it come to rest in the hollow of his throat, and gives Strange a look that's far too intent. (Having eyes that can mostly see in the dark will do that, but also, between the horns and the cat eyes, he's just unsettling anyway.) ]

You mean like using black magic to raise corpses? [ That's a long ways from what Strange told him, in the beginning, when he'd described it mostly as building roads and putting out fires... And yet for all that he'd willingly helped soldiers, he's squeamish about taking life. What a mess of contradictions.

His tail uncurls behind him, waving idly, while he stalks forward to close the distance between them. ]

Why'd you even do it in the first place?
Edited 2017-04-13 01:39 (UTC)
kingsroads: (nothing is ok & everything hurts :c)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-13 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
[ As Lambert steps forwards, Strange steps back but him running into his bedframe prevents him from stepping back any further. Huh, it's weird how he feels WAY TOO CORNERED in this situation. He doesn't really like it. But, there's no mirrors or puddles or ways to actually dodge this question so there's a pause before he actually answers. ]

Wellington needed to know the location of some missing cannons, filched by a regiment of Italians. [ It's said as if it's the most obvious thing in the world, as if that's a perfectly logical explanation to raise the dead. ] None of my usual methods for finding information were working. So, as a last result, someone brought in some Neapolitan corpses who were of the same company as the Italians who had the cannons. I brought them back to life and the soldiers asked them directly.

[ His voice falters a bit here. It's easy to see thanks to the fact that Alola's driven him to short sleeves, but Strange's hands are trembling slightly as he describes the event, something that he hasn't noticed in the slightest. ] Raising them was simple. The problem was, I had no idea how to send them back to Hell. And they—they didn't want to. They kept begging me....

[ Strange trails off, not completing that thought. The words are stuck in his throat and he makes an attempt to continue the conversation before changing it entirely. ]

Anyway, it's not going to happen again. I don't want to bring someone up from Hell only to eventually send them back or temporarily rip them from Paradise. Besides, Arabella isn't even dead to begin with.

[ Well that's new information that he didn't mean to tell. And as soon as those words leave his mouth, Strange's eyes widen in a manner that's pure 'well shit, I didn't mean to say that.' ]
whattaprick: (like so whatever)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-13 05:50 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Rambling along like Lambert actively cares about the intricacies of magic is well and good, but the way he starts shaking is hard to miss, even if Strange himself doesn't seem to have registered it. Corpses don't typically come back from the dead in Lambert's world -- peasant superstitions and occasional seances with ghosts aside, which is normal enough -- and what Strange is describing is a conscious, intelligent application of magic to something even seasoned mages in his world would hesitate at.

Then again, maybe that was Strange's advantage at the time. Because he didn't know any better, he could do what others wouldn't, but it's clear the experience has dissuaded him from trying again. Even past his instinctive disgust, even a hardened monster like Lambert can feel a touch of sympathy (though that's probably only because he actually likes Strange) for the circumstances, even if he thinks it's completely insane that Strange went that far just because someone asked him to.

Never mind that half of the things Lambert's done would probably sound equally insane to the magician, and Geralt's stories even worse than that.

The last bit, though, jerks him away from that line of thought as effectively as pinching a lit candlewick to extinguish it. ]

What do you mean she isn't dead?
kingsroads: (totally got this situation down pat)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-13 06:34 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Why did he say that? He should have lied, he should have kept his mouth shut, he should have said anything except the truth. Because then there'll just be more questions and Lambert would probably bother Childermass about this and as much as the other magician aggravates him, he has a point by not telling Strange anything.

But, then again, he was already feeling odd about lying to Lambert in the first place. He had been feeling odd about lying ever since hell, though this is the first time Strange's realized that oddness to begin with. That sinking feeling in his gut about lying to Lambert was starting to vanish, only to be replaced by a different sinking feeling in his gut about having to explain the whole scenario. What he wouldn't give for a mirror to run through to escape this conversation but, as it is, he's cornered between Lambert and the bed.

Urrrrrgh he's probably going to have to talk about feelings. Feelings suck, why did he get himself in this mess in the first place.

That's exactly what I mean, [ Strange simply states, as if that explains everything, though he does still look obviously uncomfortable with this conversation. ]
whattaprick: (Default)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-14 02:56 am (UTC)(link)
[ At first, Lambert looks incredulous. Then, slowly, that expression shifts to incredibly pissed.

Lambert doesn't normally care (much) about being lied to -- that nobody likes telling a witcher the truth is sort of a given, even if nine times out of ten, it would have made his job a lot easier. People hide shit all the time, and sometimes prying out secrets is more of a trial than just killing the monster. At least that's straightforward enough to deal with.

Mostly, he's angry because he let can't-keep-a-secret-to-save-his-life Strange lie to his face and get away with it. Anger's easier than dealing with the other emotion it stirs up, so he latches on to it like a lifeline, lips curling back from sharpened teeth as he snarls. ]

What the fuck, Strange? Then what the hell was that sob story for?
kingsroads: (well fuuuuuuck)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-14 03:15 am (UTC)(link)
I thought she was dead to begin with! [ Strange explains, desperately trying to find a way to get out of this conversation and not deal with an incredibly angry Lambert. Is it a bit cowardly to try and run away from a conversation? Yep. Does Strange kind of hate himself for this cowardly behavior? Also yep. But does the much taller, much beefier, and much angrier Lambert currently look like he wants to use Strange as target practice? Holy shit yep, those self-preservation instincts are kicking in hard. ]

I buried something that looked like my wife and what I thought was my wife. I only recently learned that Arabella isn't dead, but trapped in the realm of faerie, held captive there by some creature. That's the faerie I was trying to summon in the first place yesterday.

[ Before he froze the carnival. Before he messed up big time.

Of course, this opens up a whole host of questions (how long ago was she kidnapped? how'd you learn about it in the first place? what are you going to do now?). But at least with this statement can't-keep-a-secret-to-save-his-life Strange obviously is telling the truth, if only because he looks a little bit terrified about this whole situation. It's unnerving having someone loom over you when you're used to being the person looming in the first place.
whattaprick: (sincerity)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-14 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
[ The reason Lambert looks like he could kill Strange right now is because, well, he could. If this is what Childermass feels like all the time, it would explain an awful lot about the man.

The moment of uncharacteristic empathy passes as soon as it comes. While Strange quickly offers up the explanation, Lambert doesn't seem particularly appeased, eyes still narrowed and tail still whipping sharply enough through the air to create sound, amplified by the close confines of the space they're in. Now would be a really awkward time for someone to walk in, since he's taking this opportunity to plant a clawed hand against the wall to box Strange even further in, eyes going flat and cold. ]

All right. [ He says, with a calm he doesn't at all feel. Honestly, it's probably cruel to do this to a man who isn't all there in the head, but hey, at least the promise of trauma in his immediate future probably feels more of an urgent problem than the trauma of his past. ]

Anything else you want to share, or is that it?
kingsroads: (lol y'all my bad)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-14 04:11 am (UTC)(link)
[ Strange just shrinks backward and inward as Lambert looms over him. He is acutely aware of how much he done fucked up. ]

I'm sorry, [ he blurts out, eyes still darting across the room as if that would magically make a mirror appear. There was one in the bathroom but it would just be ridiculous to even make the attempt, Lambert would slap that stupid magic circle spell on him the moment he made a break in that direction. ] I should have told you earlier.

[ It's a combination of timing, forgetfulness, anger at his own failings, and hope that he could ignore the question entirely that have kept Strange from telling more people that his wife isn't dead. After all, if Strange had saved Arabella when he summoned that faerie, then he could easily side-step the question of what happened to her in the first place. Who cares, does it matter, she's alive and she's here. As it is...what sort of magician lets his wife get kidnapped, right under his nose? ]

I...don't really know what I should be sharing to begin with. [ he's still a bit confused as to why Lambert, a person who's past Strange knows barely anything about, is so angered by the fact that Strange lied about an aspect of his past. (The obvious answer of 'because friends don't lie to each other, dingus' will come later). ] Is there something else you want to know?
whattaprick: (Default)

[personal profile] whattaprick 2017-04-14 05:01 am (UTC)(link)
[ A realization that might come even later, if Strange ever develops the capacity for self-reflection for it, is that there might be another obvious reason Lambert's never mentioned his past: he's never actually asked, or shown interest in knowing about it.

Lambert knows it's ridiculous to be angry. Still, for a moment he'd thought ... well, it doesn't really matter what he'd thought, does it? Strange is a madman, he'd said as much. Still, the apology does what the prattling didn't, and will make Lambert settle down enough to pull back, leaving Strange breathing room as he crosses his arms. ]

Guess it wouldn't have made a difference. [ He'll acknowledge, if grudgingly. ] Doesn't really change anything.

[ In other words: they'd still be stuck here, Strange's wife would be whatever she is, and Lambert would be able to do jack shit except mouth pleasantries. He could have at least done so without embarrassing himself getting all adamant that he hoped Strange's plan would work, though. He glances away, the lines on his forehead deepening for a moment. ]

What happens to your contract now? [ He asks, slowly. He doesn't know the details, but based on what Strange just told him ... it seems like it'd be pretty useless. ]
kingsroads: (GIVE IT UP FOR MAGIC)

[personal profile] kingsroads 2017-04-14 05:25 am (UTC)(link)
[ Strange visibly relaxes as Lambert backs off. It's like the air got let out of a balloon, that's how relieved he is that he isn't being towered over and glared at anymore. He slumps down slightly, sitting on his bed in a bit of a relieved manner. Lambert's eased back a bit so Strange is definitely a bit less frantic and less ready to bolt like a nervous animal. At the question, though, Strange frowns. ]

The end result is useless, but I haven't learned anything that would require me to have the contract changed. After all, my contract has nothing to do with my wife, but instead is for a spell that I thought could save her.

[ The contract is for the knowledge of how Gilbert Norrell raised Lady Pole from the dead. While Strange has his suspicions (that begin with 'f' and end in 'aerie'), he doesn't have 100% proof about how it was done and the only person here who likely knows how it happened, Childermass, certainly isn't going to tell him to begin with. And, if he's learned anything from the past few days, it's that specific terms matter. Thinking isn't the same as knowing and it most likely wouldn't be enough to change the contract. ]

I suppose what's going to happen is I serve out my remaining time but spend that time either learning about faeries or improving my magic.

[ It's said with a small little shrug. What else could he do in the first place? ]

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