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Hideki brushed a stray bang out of his face without looking at the waitress, yet. He doesn't seem impressed or bothered by the situation. "While that sounds quite interesting, I'll have a glass of wine if you've got it. Red, please." He finally looks at the waitress in the eye and smiles brilliantly, but briefly. "Your boss is lucky to have someone to cover for him. Thanks for the heads up, too."

He decided then and there that he'd get some of "the house special" later for analysis. His interest had been piqued. He actually preferred to never be drunk, as it impaired his most precious commodity: intellect. That being said, he also knew how hard it was to elicit information from a person in a bar without at least appearing to enjoy himself. Hopefully I can find something worthwhile to do here.
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The waitress looked around with a worried expression when wine was said, Then sighed after he changed, "I.... I thought you were going to start a fight again. Wine isn't sold here for that reason...." As she walks away, the men start laughing. A man wearing an oddly shaped mask, oddly not muffled, "Hey buddy, are you with that drinking girly over there."

Another man, wearing a paperboy cap, leans back to see her from where he is sitting, "Wow, I doubt women from the outer reach can compare to her. Think I gotta chance?"

a man wearing goggles hits them both, "Ignorance, purely ignorant. You both lust for women, yet you both are the least tolerable people ever. She is elven, if you haven't seemed to notice. She is a protester, she's obviously new to the city. She's gathering a crowd due to she's showing high tolerance to the drink. Its funny how fast they forget that elves aren't readily effected. I recall some postponed effects, but its mostly in their sleep. Though I doubt the newsprint is ever accurate on institute studies."

The waitress returns with the mug, oddly enough the color seems to change as you look at it. "The bar is not liable to any injury or illness." She walks off to help with the counter. The men continue talking, seemingly forgetting Hideki, "So, you hear about that nutcase down at Everlast. He's been trying to set up some extra income for Bastion." The man with goggles starts laughing, "You realize that is a dumb move, those elves are going to start to get violent if he expands that way. Go to Waterhole, no one gives a shit about Waterhole." The man who is wearing a paperboy cap, "I heard on my way in here, protesters are getting offers from Sebastian. Something about inventing a new blueprint.... I recall that the crowd was pretty pissed, probably Sebastian looking for another black sheep." The men start laughing and talking about something else.
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Hideki takes mental notes of the men's conversation. Tomorrow he would try to get a better grasp on the protest situation. After the waitress brings the drink he waits for her to leave and for the three fellows to become distracted by their conversation before smoothly and quickly pouring some of the liquid into one of the vials he keeps in his belt pack. The people here seemed normal enough but for some reason he couldn't help but feel uneasy in the tavern. Deciding it would be best not to stick out too much, or be labeled as a troublemaker, he heads to the counter and pays for his drink before heading outside, leaving the rest of the drink with the man in the goggles.

I hope that elf keeps her wits about her, he thinks to himself.
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Ani looks around awkwardly at the crowd coming about her. She shrugged, they were all human, which is mostly what this particular city is filled with, guess they havent seen the like of elves too much. "Yeah, I feel great! Do you not know about elves???" Judging by their blank faces she was right, "We have a high tolerance for alcohol. I doubt you've ever seen an elf drunk." She took a swig from the next mug. "But as you can see that has its drawbacks, we need a strong drink to feel anything, or to drink a lot to get even close to tipsy."
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The Bartender starts laughing, "We knew about that last part, but this technically isn't a traditional drink. Honestly, its far from a drink at all. It gives effects no matter the genetic history, just elves have a tolerance for the instant effect." Rolling his head, then waving to a new customer. Shortly after putting focus back on Ani, "We don't have many elves come in, mostly due to the protests threaten our jobs and families if someone were to comply, that is. As most of us could give a rats ass about if you come into the city, others of our kind would rather force you out and not give a chance." The bartender starts serving another patron, "We're mostly surprised on an elf wanting to drink anything but wine."
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Ani raised her hands, palms up, "What can I say? I like a drink every now and then, a real one." She took another swig then, halfway through now, maybe she should slow down..."Say, what are those side effects you're talkin about?" She might feel em later, if not now. She didn't pay too much mind to the other patrons coming in.
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The bartender sighed, looking at a clock. "Well..... its kind of a hallucinogenic. You'll start seeing things, those things I have no idea. From there you get accelerated heart rate, eye jumps, and dilated pupils. There are some.... other effects. I would never tell a lady about these things, but I presume you can figure it out." Looking in her eyes, "This is why I was watching you closely, hence part of the crowd as well. Eyes give the biggest hint to someone who's taken even a sip of this drink." The bartender laughs as he serves drinks to others at the bar, "It isn't deadly directly, so you shouldn't have to worry if you stay within the confines of a safe place when it takes effect."
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Ani's mouth dropped a bit and her eyes widened with fear as she whispered, "Fuck." Then she slid the drink back to him violently and stood up, "What kind of drink is that?! That's more like a drug!" Then she darted out of the tavern and started for The Foundry. While doing this she fumbled for her blueprints, she had to get there and give them this before the drug started to-but then it hit her like a ton of bricks, she thought she was running, now it felt like she was trudging through 3 feet of mud. She stopped and collected herself, breathed slow in through her nose and out through her mouth, her heart felt like it was going to jump out of her chest! She looked around and she didn't know where she was then, all she could see was shiny smoke from the factories and everything was extra dirty, from the air to her skin. She whispered again, "Fuck."
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A couple of guards ran over, seeing someone in distress. "Ma'am, do you require medical assistance?" One guard points to the Tavern, "She had to have came from their. Must've tried to beat the drink." A guard sighs as he sees her struggle, leaning in to get a look at her eyes. Noticing the dilation, "Damn it, Ron strikes again I suppose." One guard grabs her arms, While the other guard pulls out a vial, "Ma'am, if you are lucid enough to respond. Do you wish to reverse the effects of the tonic from the place you were just at? It will take a minute after you drink it, though we cannot give you it if you wish to stay like this."
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Okay now things were getting freaky, these men called themselves guards but all she sees is weapons. "What?" She responds in a daze but when one grabs her she tries to shrug him off, "Don't touch me..." She sees the vial, reverse the effects? Is that even possible? No, they were obviously trying to drug her. She yelled, "No!" And a burst of wind came out of her, pushing them off of her and making the vial go flying and break. She darts for the direction she think leads to home.
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The guards stand there, not entirely fazed by the fact that the vial broke and the woman was distrusting. One guard waves to someone in the distance, presumably another guard. The two guards start to follow, one pulling out an odd looking rifle and aims it. "Sir, I await your command to fire." The guard sighs, "Tranquilizers won't do anything to an Elf...." The guard with the rifle looks at who you can assume is a superior, "Wa.... what do you mean "Won't do anything to an Elf?", How do you think she's an Elf?" The guard pushes the rifle down to the ground, "She broke the vial with wind, Last I checked she did that unassisted. Now you follow her, I'll look to get other guards to get her." The guard puts the rifle back, nods and starts running after Ani.
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(that picture is what she looks like, so her elf ears do stick out of her hair. just letting you know)

In all this commotion Ani realizes she lost her blueprint. She stops, forgetting where she was going or why she was running and searches for the blueprint. Her focus is completely on finding that blue paper so the only color she now sees is blue. And she's mumbling to herself, cursing for losing something so important, for thinking she could trust humans and their alcohol...wait! Humans! She looks up to see guards right on top of her, dammit.
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(Mixed races don't always have the natural elven ability, but can share the ears.)

The guards put their hands up, One steps forward, "Ma'am, we are not here to hurt you." Putting his sword and pistol on the ground, "I'm Maxwell, I see your having problems today. You seem to be looking for something, If you come with me. I can send them to look for it. No matter what it is, they will not look at it. We will take you to The Foundry, there we can sort out this situation. Don't worry, we help people like you all the time." He stays where he's at, keeping eye contact with Ani.
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(aahhh ok)
She doesn't really follow what hes saying until she hears 'The Foundry.' She nodds, "Yes! Yes, The Foundry, I must go there. I-I have...something, something to show them.." Ani looks at the ground again, trying to remember, "But I lost it...it's um blue. Paper." All of a sudden she didn't feel so good, worse than before anyways. The glow of her skin faded from her face and her vision went black as she slumped to the floor, crossbow coming off her back clip and all.
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About this time Hideki turns the corner with a folded blueprint in his hand. His eyes widen a bit as he sees the elf woman collapsed on the ground with the guards around her. He was right to have come back, worried about that damnable drink. "How is it legal to serve people that stuff?", he asked one of the guards. Moving up to the group he sighed and realized tonight was probably going to be a long one.
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