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"No offense, cousin, but it will not go as you think it will. You assume they will believe you. You assume they would be delighted to have someone usurp their power and take the spotlight to themselves. And you assume they would be willing to help you to achieve even more while they lose power by giving you what you need."
Ersarkess nods toward the tavern.
"Let's discuss this - at least we can come with prepared questions and define our own goals before barging there. In my experience, at least two of those assumptions are wrong, possibly all three. People don't like losing power."
He takes Thael under the arm.
"Let me explain some things about real people..."
Thael is genuinly surprised by his cousin's response. "Why in the would would they not believe us? Anyways, I guess it won't hurt to go to the inn and discuss, but I don't see how our course of action will change".
Raghnall weighs in on the conversation in his typically grunt."Instead of drinking we should be killing, that thing is still down there defiling corpses."
"When you answer the question I asked. What do you hope to accomplish by saying that?
Let's say they hail you as a prophet. What would you ask of them?
Let's say they throw you out as a lunatic. What would you do?
What do we want to do besides getting that sorcerer out? What would you ask if someone offered help in material goods to take down that sorcerer?"
Ersarkess motions expansively with each question.
"I suggest we go there and see what is going on and what can we offer or buy from them. I doubt we're the first that got down there and yet, the sorcerer is still in the mansion. I know this is far fetched, but he may be in league with them re-selling them their items. I'm not saying he is, I don't believe it. But we need to prepare for every option. And know what we want to accomplish and what is minor sidetrack. For example, that dead man may no longer have axe wound and may be revived."
He drinks from his cup.
"My take on this: we go to the guild and look around as strangers would. We see if there is anything that can help against the sorcerer and the demons. We return the man to the surface and try to keep him alive, just because it is right thing to do. Then we plan again."