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    Re: Where Art Thou Purple-Man?

    Post by Zurg on Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:52 pm

    "Even so, the Lochlann devil makes a worthy challenge on his own. I look forward to the day when I meet him in combat once again."

    You know what they say about demons...

    "Careful not to get burned," Zurg kindly reminded. The Lochlann Devil was, in a way, fascinating. But like a moth entranced by a candle's alluring flame, Prixlezub will have to keep focused on the bigger objective: hit fast and hit hard. Any tomfoolery and the brooding menace was likely to instigate a most harrowing comeuppance. Zurg was silently grateful to have put his gloating days far behind. But yes, that energizing spark between demon and alien... It was nothing short of glorious.

    Clever as the horned monarch was, he knew very well that Prixlezub would have no difficulty catching his drift. "My sources," AKA: Zurg's impressive network of satellites and reconnaissance bots, "have pretty much confirmed that the southern continent is largely undisturbed. Rarely does anyone from the city and outlying areas bother." For one, it was too perilous for the average citizen. And two, what would they gain? "It would be a waste," he agreed, with a slight inclination of his head, "which is precisely why we're going to take full advantage of the situation. With your ferocious might and my advanced technology, connecting our two cities will be a relative breeze." And it's not like a bunch of stick-throwing lizards had a single prayer against someone like Zurg, so... Piece of cake! Now, if they threw in a bit of magic, on the other hand... His upper lip twitched at the thought. "And if I see so much as one blasted fireball hurled our way, I'll make it a point to singe a few scaly hides." There were just some things that could never change, and Zurg's extreme dislike for magic was one of them.

    "When would you be planning to conduct this? So I know when to make preparations to leave."

    Good question, good question... The horned monarch tapped his teeth in contemplation. "Hmm, well... it wouldn't be opportune now," he muttered quietly, more to himself. October was already over - tomorrow was Halloween, in fact - which meant the rains weren't too far away. Rain, snow, that abysmal cold... Zurg ultimately shook his head. "No, no," he remarked. "Not now, not November, and most definitely not December. January is iffy as well. How about... oh, February? March, perhaps? The weather isn't so dreary by then." And the Holidays were always hectic.


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    Re: Where Art Thou Purple-Man?

    Post by Prixlezub on Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:28 pm

    Of course, of course... Zurg had already reminded the demon prince many times in this very conversation alone to be careful regarding the Lochlann demon. Prixlezub said nothing further on the matter, both of their points had already been made.

    So, he gladly let the topic die, instead focusing his attention upon the matter that was the perilous jungles. Amber eyes attentively watched as Zurg explained that most of the jungles, and the southern continent as a whole were unexplored. Who knew what delectable opportunities awaited them where the faint of heart dared to tread? A whole second world was available should anyone take the initiative to cross the swamps and seek it. The idea of treading upon virgin ground was admittedly a prospect that excited the ancient demon, despite his age.

    Especially if there was a possibility that there was going to be some possible bloodshed. but, the prince doubted that the Ss'ruul would be so foolish as to try and interfere with two powerhouses like Zurg and himself.

    "I see no reason for there to be complications, they know that I had a hand in protecting their city from the invading Nazaj'ir. They saw the members of our party as heroes after the incident. So long as the trade agreements are kept fair, clear, and simple; they will likely agree." Prixlezub rumbled, confident that the lizard-people would be open to making a few new, powerful friends. A bit of extra wealth on the side likely did not hurt anything either.

    A brow quirked at the mention of hurling fireballs, however.

    "If they do something so foolish, they will have to answer to both of us." The demon commented.

    Now, the preparations... With the holidays on their way, most of the winter months were unavailable for the expedition. February and March seemed to be their best bets for getting down into the jungles while avoiding their rainy seasons. The devil in human guise hummed thoughtfully, considering the two available times for departure.

    "February would be best, if only to expediently take advantage of the situation before anyone else gets an idea." Prixlezub replied, "I can easily be ready by either month, the three month span allows me plenty of time."

    This was a demon that had the entirety of New Avalon ready to be handed to Cailia on a silver platter within less than a year. Organizing trade with the lizard city would be a breeze.
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    Re: Where Art Thou Purple-Man?

    Post by Zurg on Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:59 pm

    "I see no reason for there to be complications, they know that I had a hand in protecting their city from the invading Nazaj'ir. They saw the members of our party as heroes after the incident. So long as the trade agreements are kept fair, clear, and simple; they will likely agree."

    This was quite true, the monarch supposed. From what he heard of their southern neighbours, the Ss'ruul were a rather superstitious bunch. They were warriors first and foremost, respectful of might and glory, and generally appeared like run-of-the-mill savages; Zurg's favourite when it came to negotiations. Show 'em a good death ray, perhaps a proton bomb, and trading became a cinch. Nothing wrong with simply taking, of course... In any event, February was looking more and more promising for the two of them. "Then we shall organize our plans accordingly," Zurg agreed. It shouldn't be too hard, really. Prixlezub will supply the reputation and sheer brute strength, and he will bolster the Demon Prince with advanced technologies and business savvy. "I've already triangulated the coordinates for a secure jump between Point A to Point B; I'll just need a bit of time to finish the gates' construction."

    The complicated math was the hardest part, as any gate specialist could attest. Building one would take little over a week, if Zurg stayed diligent - which he would, knowing his dogged personality. "In the meantime," he continued, "we ought to hammer out a 50-50 trade compromise with the Ss'ruul before we get too ahead of ourselves." Normally, Zurg was more partial to a nice 0-100 split. He was no longer an Evil Emperor, however, so fairness was suddenly a thing. "I'm not sure what a bunch of hissing lizard warriors could want from us, but I suppose they'd like modern trinkets."

    He had a hunch - just a small one - that many of the Ss'ruul commoners would be entranced by a flushing toilet.


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    Re: Where Art Thou Purple-Man?

    Post by Prixlezub on Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:17 pm

    Of course, the both of them were experienced in the ways of dealing with foreign nations, and they were savvy enough to know what to say and what to get out of their dealings. The only thing that they needed to account for, were any unseen potential consequences, and the matter that was technology.

    That would be something which more or less leaned upon Zurg's tech-savvy shoulders. Prixlezub, for all his experience and longevity, still had not the slightest clue in the area of dealing with those strange contraptions of circuitry and silicone chips.

    "Very well, I will await your say when it comes to the gate construction. Do what you must." The demon prince nodded.

    It was after all, Zurg's plan to go and make a deal with the Ss'ruul people. The last thing he wished to do was stick a giant, red-hot claw into his affairs. So whether it took a week, or several months, the prince was content with waiting. He had his own scheming to do regarding a certain lake demon in the meantime, and February was a four month wait ahead of them both. Amber eyes blinked and glanced down thoughtfully at the white carpet. A trade would need to made, yes, but the demon prince considered that while the Ss'ruul may enjoy some modern technology, there was a chance that they would shun it as witch craft as well.

    ...Something about electricity being some foul sorcery and cameras stealing souls.

    "In my visit to the city, I noticed they had a great fondness for precious metals and stone. Their capitol is a very lustrous place. They are a simple people, but I have seen that they are capable of at least utilizing a forge for smithing their weapons, and possess a means of communicating with the local megafauna; giant beetles and the like." Prixlezub considered, regaining eye contact with the horned ex-Evil Emperor. "If we are to give them some modern trinkets, we should keep them simple and perhaps appeal to their tastes for that which glistens, or aids their affinity for metal working."

    But of course, it was only a suggestion. Zurg could take it or leave it as he pleases.
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    Re: Where Art Thou Purple-Man?

    Post by Zurg on Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:52 am

    ...Precious metals, stone, and giant beetles? There was a comment dangling on the tip of Zurg's tongue, though the horned monarch refrained from appearing too ethnocentric. "Well, I suppose they'd be interested in contemporary mining equipment and better forge tools," he stated. No flushing commode for them, sigh! "As for their, er, peculiar tastes in animal husbandry, they might be interested in reinforced tethers and corrective prods." Suddenly, Zurg paused, the alien's eyes conveying his worry. "...They do understand the concept of electricity, right?" Because if they don't... well, needless to say, he was beginning to second the 'witchcraft' possibility. Hopefully it wouldn't come to that, but one could never be certain with isolated, backwater civilizations. "Perhaps a bit of cultural reconnaissance is in order..." He made a mental note of it and moved forward in their discussions.

    "And our side of the arrangement?" Zurg asked. He wasn't about to speak for the Demon Prince, but Zurg would like a dab of security when dealing with spear-throwing, scale-rustling lizard-men. Oh, and can't forget about the fireball-throwing. "Open trade between cities is a must," the alien continued, "but we can't throw merchants blindly into peril. If the Ss'ruul are going to be trading with Portal City, assuming they'll even want to, they will need to respect and obey civilized law." Rich, coming from an ex-tyrant. The irony wasn't lost upon him. Zurg held up three fingers, "No maiming, no slavery, and no cannibalism." Was it insensitive to assume that the Ss'ruul were capable of the aforementioned? Perhaps, but business was often an insensitive trade, and Zurg wasn't naive when it came to, pardon him, savages. "I can't speak much for those who would stupidly violate the Ss'ruul's own laws, but there won't be a lot of confidence if they freely go terrorizing visitors. This matter is probably better left to you, Prixlezub."

    Don't get him wrong, Zurg was an intimidating man. But intimidation could only go so far with warrior cultures, and the Demon Prince's reputation had already been established. It was hard bullying a gigantic demon crowned in fire and sharp, pokey bits.


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    Re: Where Art Thou Purple-Man?

    Post by Prixlezub on Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:32 pm

    Prixlezub nodded in agreement, forge tools, equipment for mining and the like would certainly pique their interest, they already had demonstrated that they were capable of metal-working, certainly some improved ways would be welcome, or at least humored. There was but a thoughtful blink from the demon's amber eyes as he considered the worry that seeped into the monarch's gaze.

    "I am uncertain. I remembering having seen their refugees come to the city prior to our expedition, it was how we learned they required our aid." Prixlezub replied, "Perhaps they could understand it, and perhaps they could not. Likely our best way to find out would be to locate the refugees, if they still reside in the city."

    It was better than going all the way to the jungles to find out, and possibly upset relations in the process. Though, that gave the demon prince another idea, if the refugees could be found, maybe they could learn a little more about what the Ss'ruul would want before preparing for their trade attempt. But at the same time, the refugees had come to the city years ago, knowing whether or not they were still there was a long-shot in itself- along with whether or not they would even wish to speak with them.

    Moving on, there was still the area that was ensuring the merchants would be safe when visiting the city. Of course, there was the matter of law; although such things went both ways, from the demon prince's experience. It was admittedly odd, that the purple alien would be so wary of the Ss'ruul and even think that they could possibly be cannibalistic or the type to enslave others. But at the same time, whether or not he had taken Zurg to the Ss'ruul city during their week-long trip to the southern continent was difficult to discern. For whatever reason, the memory of that whole venture was oddly fuzzy around the edges. Some things were clear, and others may as well have been viewed through a layer of heavily warped glass.

    But, given the obvious prejudice, it was safe to assume that the city had been a destination they had skipped. The prince sighed, and gently shook his head.

    "If anything, I would sooner save such concerns of slavery and barbarism for the Nazaj'ir. The Ss'ruul are a proud people, reserved, but they recognize the value of order and if they could not adhere to the laws of others if need be, I doubt the handful that escaped the Tz'tchotlan would have come here. They would have sooner settled in the wilderness somewhere." Prixlezub replied evenly. He may not have spent his time at length with the lizard people, but he learned plenty about them in the week or so that he had been travelling and helping them.

    "That said, initiating trade may be a slow process. Even the refugees, when they had came to us, were not readily asking for help- nor were they keen on our technology. The leader of their group thought it was too convenient compared to their ways... Until he was pressed by his party to be a little more flexible in the face of their desperation." The demon prince added, considering it all.

    Though, it was wise on Zurg's part to leave this matter to him, between the prince's power and his reputation, likely it would be easier for the Ss'ruul to heed what he has to say. Zurg was a smooth politician and had the firepower to back up his previous dictatorial regime, but what mattered here was whether or not the lizard-people were familiar with their negotiator.

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    Re: Where Art Thou Purple-Man?

    Post by Zurg on Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:06 pm

    Refugees... Refugees... "You know, that rings a bell," Zurg remarked, more to himself than his guest. He did recall a few exotic visitors years ago - but therein lied a potential obstacle, no? The passage of time waited for no one, and the monarch was hardly a gambling man. "There's a chance," he agreed, "but not a certainty. Years have past since initial contact with the Ss'ruul caravan; far too many resources would be exhausted just to see if whether or not there are still a handful of stragglers in the city limits. It is better and more efficient, I believe, to simply head for the source: their capital." When it came to advanced technologies and ingenuity, something as trifling as distance was rendered inconsequential. "Once I've established a stable two-way gate system, visiting Tz'tchotlan would be like the snap of your fingers." But, should the Demon Prince insist on putting his hellish sniffer to use, Zurg wasn't about to object.

    "If anything, I would sooner save such concerns of slavery and barbarism for the Nazaj'ir. The Ss'ruul are a proud people, reserved, but they recognize the value of order and if they could not adhere to the laws of others if need be, I doubt the handful that escaped the Tz'tchotlan would have come here. They would have sooner settled in the wilderness somewhere."

    "Perhaps I've simply had far too many instances staring down the wrong end of a spear," Zurg halfheartedly joked. Noble or not, the horned alien trusted the Ss'ruul like he trusted magic. "Until we've fully examined their culture and beliefs regarding outsiders for certain, I'd like to maintain an air of caution with our southern neighbours. For... insurance purposes, you understand." Not a gambling man in the slightest.

    "That said, initiating trade may be a slow process. Even the refugees, when they had came to us, were not readily asking for help- nor were they keen on our technology. The leader of their group thought it was too convenient compared to their ways... Until he was pressed by his party to be a little more flexible in the face of their desperation."

    Now where did this sound familiar?

    The monarch knew better than to flit his gaze toward the upstairs bedroom. "You don't say..." he muttered dryly. Pride, stubbornness, xenophobia - a classic cocktail of an isolated civilization undoubtedly going to prove itself irritating. For a brief moment, Zurg began wondering why he was even bothering with the overgrown lizards. ...Oh right, because he had way too much free time on his hands. A quiet sigh escaped him. "If nothing else, at least the continent will be opened for free travel." And from there, the possibilities were simply endless. How incredibly exciting!


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    Re: Where Art Thou Purple-Man?

    Post by Prixlezub on Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:36 pm

    It should ring a bell, without them likely none of the people who got involved in that excursion would have even known the planet had another continent. But even so, Zurg aptly voiced a concern that Prixlezub had kept to himself until now.

    ”It is a distinct possibility that they are not going to be here anymore.” The prince wholeheartedly agreed, ”Likely we would have better luck with avoiding that route completely given the numbers that had arrived, and including the possibility that they could disappear as readily as anyone else upon this plane. But it is not above being considered and put on the table as an option.”

    It could even be a last resort, depending on how determined Zurg was to initiate trade with the jungle-dwelling reptiles. Even so, the purple monarch was right to deign it necessary to do more research before they assume too much about the Ss’ruul people- despite what Prixlzub had seen during the excursion, it could just be one side of a many faceted culture.

    ”I can make a visit prior to our excursion to make an agreement upon the gate, to better research the Ss’ruul’s culture.” Prixlezub offered. ”I will take a month to observe and learn about them, and show you my findings- the holidays of this world matter little to me. During that time you can make your preparations for the gate.”

    If anything, it would offer some amount of what to expect from the city’s denizens, as seen by someone who could visit the city freely as an accepted hero of their people. There could be no question they would not answer for him. Likely a Ss’ruul that had not spent a number of weeks escaping certain doom could be a little more open to outside opportunities. But, that certainly did not seem to help matters, as Zurg seemed a little disheartened at the possibility that trade might not be an option depending on what the jungle-peoples were like.

    ”It could be a symptom of circumstance as well, Zurg.” The demon added, what starved and weary traveler was ever in the mood for being pitched the latest tech?

    Prixlezub noted the other’s sigh and could only nod in agreement. ”Indeed, travel is still an option barring the alternatives. Perhaps once the Ss’ruul have time to see how the other half lives, they too might be a little curious for trade?”

    It was a possibility.
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    Re: Where Art Thou Purple-Man?

    Post by Zurg on Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:23 am

    True, they should be as thorough as possible. As much as Zurg liked skipping a step, he knew the dangers of complacency. "I'll save us a bit of time and send out a few drones," he offered. "If I find anything worthwhile, you'll be getting a prompt full report." It was probable that the Ss'ruul refugees had already returned to their gilded capital, but no stone must be left unturned. Losing to Lightyear 3,427 times provided for... invaluable lessons in planning. Oh, and causing a near universe-wide meltdown. Either or sufficed.

    ”I can make a visit prior to our excursion to make an agreement upon the gate, to better research the Ss’ruul’s culture. I will take a month to observe and learn about them, and show you my findings- the holidays of this world matter little to me. During that time you can make your preparations for the gate.”

    As fate would have it, Prixlezub generously proposed a month's time.

    "Well that's just Jim-crackin'-dandy!" Oh, how good it felt saying that again. The monarch curbed his enthusiasm, but not before Prixlezub made a reasonable inquiry. Would the Ss'ruul be interested in trade? "Hmm..." Considering those scaly tribesmen were found of insect husbandry and, ugh, sorcery, perhaps the Ss'ruul would enjoy more... immaterial features? "Well, if they aren't interested in any of Portal City's numerous goods, there's always the sights!" Zurg extremely doubted any of the Ss'ruul would take pleasure in, say, places like the casino or Afterlife Club. There was always the park, though! And the bakeries, and the shops, and the streets, and... goodness, just so much to see and do! "And if they aren't a fan of the city, there's always the surrounding biomes too," the monarch added. There were the grasslands, the forests, the tundra, the sandy beaches and glistening sea... And who knows? Maybe some of the Ss'ruul would even, gasp, move out from their capital and start dating outsiders. "He he he..." Don't ask, Prixlezub, don't ask. Zurg was a mysterious jogo.


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    Re: Where Art Thou Purple-Man?

    Post by Prixlezub on Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:45 pm

    Then, Zurg had a change of heart and the nigh impossible last resort became a nigh impossible not-so-last resort. How that came to pass, Prixlezub wisely decided it was not his business, and listened as the purple monarch went on to offer the use of drones. The method certainly was viable, as the demon prince was also the type to send out some sort of construct to go and survey around the volcanoes in his absence. Whatever Zurg’s drone’s possessed likely were more apt in their ability to find what they were looking for, and could do it more efficiently than the demon prince’s sort of arcane ability.

    His human guise briefly bore a thoughtful expression before agreeing; ”Very well, perhaps the drones will find something of use.”

    If Zurg wanted to try and find the refugees that were still in the city, the demon had no qualms.

    Just as Zurg had no issue with the demon prince taking a month to visit the city beforehand to learn a little more about the people. He even seemed excited at the very idea of a month of observation. If the Ss’ruul were not interested in trade, the idea of them seeing the sights was proposed, to which the demon prince gave a thoughtful hum. It would not be too far fetched to consider that perhaps they would like to explore the concrete jungle, as it were.

    If not the city, then perhaps the surrounding wilds.

    ”It remains to be seen, but there is bound to be a number of curious, adventurous spirits among them.” He rumbled, there were certain personalities that consistently hopped racial barriers with ease.

    His head tilted slightly at the sound of laughter coming from the purple alien, what it was about, the demon prince did not know. He also figured it had little to do with the actual terms of his plan or how to get their information to carry it out with ease. Regardless of what tickled the alien so, Prixlezub let the topic lie. They seemed to have come to an agreement on what mattered, and thus was time to wrap it up in a bow and part ways til February.

    ”So we are in agreement I take a month’s visit to the city while you work on the bridge, perhaps in the December to January range. We regroup after to consider our findings, and in February we propose the gate between the two continents to the Ss’ruul, correct?” Prixlezub stated, his fingers coming to steeple together in his lap as he watched Zurg from his seat.

    It all sounded quite simple, unless there were some details that had otherwise not been mentioned.

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