==>Talk to the anonblood.
Before approaching the anonblood, you decide to get a drink. No sense in being sober in a bar, is there?
After asking for and receiving your drink, you grab a chair and after dragging it to the anon's table, sit in it backwards.
The anon looks around nervously. Definitely a young troll, from the lack of color in his eyes.
Ahoy there stranger, don't think I seen your face round the port much.
Ah well, um, that's a good thing- Wait, no, I mean, really? That's strange.
He laughs a little, but it's unconvincing. You take a swig of your drink, and pass it on to the other troll.
Yer a lil choppy there, take a drink of that grog, it'll loosen yer rigging up right good.
He sips it nervously, and you can see that he's slightly revolted by it. You grin, showing all of your teeth.
First one always burns a bit, fergot ta warn ya.
After coughing a little, he sets the drink down, and tries to smile.
At's a good word, interestin. Always want more of interestin.
The greyblood nods earnestly.
Better than bored! Nothin' worse than bored. Well 'cept keelhaulin.
Anyway, whatcher called t'day? Name's Drosic. Least fer now.
He seems confused.
At least for now...?
Well ya heard what I just said 'bout bored. Same name all the time? Borin'!
Oh, that's an interesting idea!
You grin again. Maybe there was hope for this one, after all.
Then today I will be...Xillas?
Gots a nice ring to it, yeah.
The young anon seems pleased with himself.
So Xil whatcher brings ya ta th' barnacle?
It seemed somewhere fun to be! That's all.
S'a good place ta be.
Xillas nods earnestly again, and you take up your bottle to take another swig. He fidgets nervously, and you lower your voice before continuing.
Yer a bit jumpy, I aint gonner shell ya or nothin
O-oh, thank you! Do I stick out that much?
He fidgets with his vest, obviously there to hide the symbol on the shirt beneath it.
Yep, shrimpy bit. Yer want some advice? first one's free, on th' house as they say.
Xillas nods, his hair flying about, and leans in closer.
Alright, tips fer not standin' out. from a... well, yer can call me experienced on the subject, yer might say.
First and shoremost, yer gotta relax. Summat sneeze behind ya and yer gonna harpoon through the roof faster than a grub flyin' outta his lusus's blowhole.
There was an earnestness in the boy's eyes; it looked as if he wanted to take notes on the subject.
Two. Yer gotta look the part. Ya got yer fancy duds, if'n yer scrabbin' inta some goldblood's deck yer in good, but place like this, ya look like ya took a wrong turn downshore back at Troll Albuquerque. Means yer gotta get yerself a proper symbol too. No symbol sticks out like a red crab in the middle of a bluefish deck party jus' as much as a highblood symbol do.
Xillas looks down at his shirt with a frown, and then nods again.
An three, yer gotta have an' escape plan.
He looks up.
An escape plan...?
Nothin' ever goes as planned, y'see. Squalls always kickin' up when yer least expectin' em.
An' yer gotta be prepared. )ould be anythin'. Threshecutioners lookin' at yer wrong. )ops an' legislacerators gettin' the wrong name on the wrong list. Local sharks wantin' ter make an example of some chum. Small guppies lookin' ta make a name fer 'emselves.
Xillas looks terrified. You grin and take another drink.
But once yer learned the ropes, 's easy ta make yer way through the riggin.
I- I see. Thank you for the tips, Drosic.
Is there anything I can do for you in return? Perhaps..buy you a drink, as I have heard is customary.
Aye, sure, a drink'll be good. This barrel's almost bottomed out, heh.
And..would a meal be good as well?
Always good, aye.
Then, order whatever you would like. I will pick up the bill.
You grin and hop up from your seat, and then proceed to cartwheel over the table. You land in a handstand and walk over to the bar on your hands before righting yourself. While Xillas looks on, surprised and amused, you order a seacow steak and another bottle of grog.
Regardless, thank you, Drosic. I shall keep your tips in mind.
No problem. Thank yer fer th' meal.
Drosicquest sidequest “Talk to the anonblood”completed! Reward: Seacow steak x1 and grog x1.