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The Lord Ruler's perfect capital city, Luthadel, is doing the impossible: rebelling. Skaa half-breeds are being taught the power of Allomancy, something that the Lord Ruler's obligators said only existed in the nobility. The enslaved skaa, with their murderous benefactor, now fight back against a living god's oppression.

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W1 D6 EA Cantos Orlan Valkyn Venture Aaron Elariel

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#21 Cantos Orlan

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Skaa

Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:26 PM

Cantos watched the cane sweeping in, and immediately dropped to the ground. Rolling to the side, he didn't even attempt to parry, just dodge aside. Knowing he wouldn't make it, he grabbed a blue line attached to one of the coins and pulled hard. The coin was firmly attached, and instead of it flying to Cantos, Cantos flew to it. He let go and landed lightly on his feet, significant distance between the two of them.

Lifting his shield, an idea came to his head, and he dropped into a low crouch, dueling cane up, shield forward.

#22 Valkynphyre

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MiBoam Obligara the Inquisikandra

Posted 09 July 2010 - 05:49 PM

Valkyn watched the hazekiller burn iron. The man was a novice, as well as a fool. He didn't know how to use his weight and remain balanced. This would be all too easy. He threw a coin and pushed, aiming for the Hazekiller's head.

He flew after the coin, ready to grab the shield after the coin hit it. He would toss this fool around the room.
Valkyn Venture
Other Characters: Phyra Venture, Brand, Fenna, Lian Vaunter.

#23 Cantos Orlan

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Skaa

Posted 10 July 2010 - 02:40 AM

The coin slammed into his shield, and Cantos used the force to fall backwards and roll onto his shield. A desperate pull sent him skidding across the floor right underneath the floating feet of the Inquisitor. He held on tight to his shield, pulling as hard as he could, and suddenly something happened. It was as if the iron in his chest roared to life and sent him flying hard. He crashed into the wall, and stumbled to his feet, clear across the room from the Inquisitor. Shocked he was still alive he stumbled into a defensive position. [I}This Allomancy is powerful.[/I] He thought to himself.

#24 Valkynphyre

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MiBoam Obligara the Inquisikandra

Posted 11 July 2010 - 03:03 AM

Enough. Valkyn burned Atium. A short steelpush, ironpull, and a single swing with the dueling cane knocked the fool out.

Elena's heartbeat faded. He was alone for now.

Now, what do do with him?

Valkyn lifted the unconscious man into a sitting position and sat crosslegged across from him.

He was a moderately skilled duelist, but his control of allomancy was pitiful. He was a noble, if a low-ranking one, and an allomancer. He had a grudge against the steel ministry. He could burn iron and tin. Mistborn. The only choices were these: let him go with a concussion, offer to bring him into the rebellion, or offer him as a traitor to the Steel Ministry.

Valkyn drew out his lute and set it against the wall. He reached out to grab it, and hesitated. He reached again, and stopped.

With steel, he pushed softly against metal inlays on the lute. with iron and steel he plucked the strings and changed the notes. Music. Elena loved music.

She was back, burning pewter softly.

The hazekiller would wake in an hour or so. He needed to have the decision made by then.

The lute played on the wall as his brow furrowed beneath the mask. In a fit of anger, he pulled the fake scar off of his chin and pulled the lute to him, gripping it too tightly.

He sighed and began playing.

If he let him go, the fool wouldn't be likely to betray him. He didn't know anything. He had no idea the rebellion existed, most likely, and even less idea that Valkyn was involved. All he knew was an Inquisitor thrashed him for sedition. However, the fool would likely learn nothing, and next time he spoke unwisely, another obligator or Inquisitor would likely end his life. He might also speak of an Inquisitor who let him go.

He could offer to bring him into the rebellion. Ignas would be glad of a mistborn, though he would have to be trained. He had great fury at the Steel ministry, but he had given no clue of his thoughts of the Skaa. Still, if they could give him purpose, he might be a valuable ally. Or a miserable liability if his head didn't cool. Still, he could kill him at the first hint of betrayal.

Or, he could offer him to the steel ministry as a traitor. A waste, in several ways. A waste of passion, a waste of allomantic power, even if...

No.

Maybe he should just kill the man. Elena wasn't whispering to him, so he was left to his own devices.

He shifted between major and minor keys as he played. The music betrayed his thoughts, or perhaps complemented them.

The third option was likely the least risky. The second the most, with the most reward possible.

Two options left.

He switched to a pentatonic scale. A rhythm for philosophical questions.

He would wait until the man awoke, and feel him out. If he answered wrong, he would be delivered to the Canton of Arbitration tongueless.

Elena's heartbeat faded again. The man must have run out of pewter. Now he wouldn't wake for hours.

Valkyn picked the body up and moved to the upper floor to await cover of darkness. The mists would return just before the skaa, and he could proceed to the Abominations' Lair.

Perhaps the fool could be taught.



Perhaps not.
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