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Conversations In Nosgoth - Chapter Four

A woman at the tram station who will talk to Kain:

Woman:
You there, friend! Yes you. A word of warning:
You'd better get indoors, as quick as you can. There's vampires on the streets. My sister's husband saw a man drained, white he was, just last week. And if the vampires don't get you, the Sarafan Guards will have some questions for a stranger in this part of the city, and their question aren't too healthy.
Now, go along with you. Quick.

The Sarafan guard by the gate who will speak if Kain approaches:

Sarafan Guard:
Gates are closed for the night. Move along.

Two thugs in a corridor while Kain is chasing Marcus:

First Thug:
So, this fella taps me on the shoulder.

Second Thug:
Right there in the Red Raven?

First Thug:
That's right, but I could tell he didn't belong there. Nice hands, he had, and that look in his eye, like he reads too much.

Second Thug:
Oh, a Swell, was he?

First Thug:
That's right. And he tells me he'll give me a tenner if I follow his wife of an evening and kill the man she meets. Heh, and guess who it was.

Second Thug:
Who?

First Thug:
A priest at the cathedral. She was going there every night to pray for her son who's run off somewhere.

Second Thug:
What did you do?

First Thug:
What d'ya think? What I'd been paid to do. I'm not one to spit at a tenner.

Second Thug:
Is it time yet?

First Thug:
No. Wait 'til that light up there goes out. The gentry never think. They invite you to their house, and what, do they think you just go away after that?

Second Thug:
And there's lots of silver you say? And the woman has jewels?

First Thug:
Hidden in the same place! Can you believe it?

Second Thug:
Well, we'll just have to teach them a lesson about that. They should thank us for it.

A man and a woman conversing in the bell tower area:

Woman:
I told my lady the girls wouldn't clean his lordship's room with that light burning in there, they were that frightened of it.

Man:
The lights stay on of their own accord?

Woman:
He calls it Glyph energy. He's lit the whole upstairs with it now. It's a wonderful light, so gentle and bright. I like it myself, but the girls near left in a body.

Man:
I've seen Glyph lights, but not in a gentleman's house.

Woman:
But he won them over in a minute the day he got the Glyph energy to heat his bathwater for him. That's right, we carry the cans up cold now, and he's got the water hot in a twinkling.

Man:
So I should hope.
Here's everything on your list for a week, just as you asked.

Woman:
You call this a peach? Peach stone, more like. It's green!

Two workers near the statue after Kain rings the bell:

First Man:
I almost didn't make it in time for my shift. I was buying another round when I heard the bell ring.

Second Man:
You won't hear me complaining. Time goes faster if you don't watch the clock.

Two noblemen talking by the Glyph batteries:

First Nobleman:
They're not a plague on the land, don't talk that way. They are the means to an orderly society.

Second Nobleman:
My father says -

First Nobleman:
Oh, you and your father. Don't you see, the order and discipline the Sarafan impose on the lower orders are for everyone's good. They respect us, they know their place.

Second Nobleman:
My father says there was a time when the great noble families ruled the land, with a king over all.

First Nobleman:
It's just the same now. The Sarafan Lord.

Second Nobleman:
But we, the nobles of the land, are not being permitted to have a proper influence upon affairs.

First Nobleman:
Speak for yourself.

Second Nobleman:
We cringe and we pay. Many an ancient family has been brought to ruin by the unending taxes. And where is the money going? He's not even building palaces.

First Nobleman:
Does your father say that too?

Second Nobleman:
My father has disappeared.

First Nobleman:
Oh. I am so sorry.

Second Nobleman:
Summoned to a meeting -

First Nobleman:
Don't tell me anything more.

Second Nobleman:
And never returned. So I've been thinking that if we, the young nobles, could meet...

First Nobleman:
I've just remembered that I have a very important - something I must do at once.

Two men talking in the street:

First Man:
Oi, you there. You work for the Bishop, don't you? I have three crates of wine to deliver.

Second Man:
I don't work for him.

First Man:
Oh yes you do. I've seen you there.

Second Man:
I've left his employ just this minute. I wouldn't go near the place if I were you.

First Man:
Why not? I've got this wine.

Second Man:
The Sarafan, searching the house.

First Man:
Thanks, friend. I owe you for that.

Two Sarafan guards discussing the attempt to apprehend the Bishop:

First Sarafan Guard:
No, you didn't take a stroll around the corner for a leak? You didn't rest your eyes, for just a minute?

Second Sarafan Guard:
No, I swear to you.

First Sarafan Guard:
Because if the Bishop succeeds in escaping...

Second Sarafan Guard:
I was here every minute. He did not get out this way. Have you found the tunnel yet?

First Sarafan Guard:
Ah, you believe that rumour? That the Bishop had a tunnel?

Second Sarafan Guard:
If he didn't get out this way, and the others didn't see him, then there must be a tunnel. It stands to reason.

First Sarafan Guard:
If there is, we'll find it. Just as we'll find whoever told the Bishop we were coming.

Second Sarafan Guard:
He knew then?

First Sarafan Guard:
Of course he knew! Why else would he have slipped away like he did? Idiot!

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