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[F05 - PP] Tracking the Rumors - Finding Shark

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The more Shield tore into the older lore of the front lines and the players that had once inhabited it, the more intrigued he became. There was the mystery surrounding Lowenthol's death and the shady circumstances around it, there were the ramblings of the newly out of retirement Oikawa, and the strange circumstances that he was investigating, even the oddity of the derisive player who had shown up to one of the boss raids wielding two blades at once. Now, as Shield bumped around in the streets of the Town of Beginnings, he heard the name of a player that had never fallen on his ears before. "Who the hell is Shark?" he asked to the grizzled player that sat on a bar stool at the ramen shop off of the main square.

"Shhhhh!" hissed the man, who put an arm around Shield and crunched him against his side. Unfortunately for Shield, the crunch was quite literal, and it felt as if the clothes that the player was wearing were in desperate need of a washing to fix said textural issue. "It aint'a somethin' you'll hear fromma the brokers! Jus' rumors and idle murmurs down the side streets! But'n they say he was a member of an old guild, the Brides of Christ or some'in'. And he's supposed ta be up on the fifth floor somewhere!"

"So... if it's a secret, why did you tell a complete stranger?" Shield asked, peeling the sticky, sweaty arm from around him and brushing the flakes of god only knew what food off of his side where he had been pinned a moment ago. The stranger stared blankly at him for a moment and then tossed back his head, shouting with anger at himself for letting his prized rumor slip to someone so easily, tearing at his hair. From the few strands he had left, Shield guessed he used the same gesture fairly regularly in the real world. He parted ways with the still howling loose-lipped player.

He swiped through the air and pulled up a blank message, adding a few names to the 'To' section before drafting the body of the missive.


Baldur, Hirru, Beat,

Word has reached my ears of a player who went missing from the front lines and, from what I can tell, Aincrad in general. This may prove interesting or profitable. Meet me up at the fountain in the fifth floor's main settlement if you're interested in doing some sleuthing.


@Beat @Baldur @Hirru @Shark

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