Daggin peruses the texts on natural philosophy with a critical eye, but also remembers his surprise when hearing that the covenant library contained a translation of a complete work by Aristotle himself, with annotations by successive notables- a prize work in and of itself. He cannot help but turn up his nose a bit as he says,
"These works on philosophy would be a prize in most libraries, but they don't run to my tastes... but I'll mention you if I meet any I know may be interested... the Brothers Vezzini, you say? Where would I find them?..."
Daggin stays and listens with some skepticism to the history as narrated-
"A fine pedigree... if you can believe a Venetian merchant, or a Constantine..."
Or any merchant, he failed to add. He takes a closer look, and sees the tell-tale signs of age, and can't help but notice the signs of fire, all too obvious...
Alexandria? Could this seller be so painfully ignorant of the greatest story of libraries of the ancient world? One of the seven Wonders? What better way to flog an old greek dog of a text. But if this is what it appears to be...
He glances up at the bookseller, looking him in the eye and considering the variety of effects at his disposal... and silently bemoans the lower magnitude spells he had disdained to study in his over-pride as an apprentice.
Add another season to the ever-growing list, for a questioning spell of a magnitude that can be cast subtly... Greek, Hebrew, among others... how did my Parens find the time?...
He looks around for something that could distract the merchant, get him to turn his back for just a second -
"Do you have a stool or such for these tired bones?", and, under the guise of examining the proffered items, utters a few muttered "let's see now" and "what do we have here?", allowing those to slide into less intelligible utterances, and then attempts several subtle Intellego spells of low magnitude. Unless those reveal these to be the fakes he more than half expects, he makes his best face of distaste and disinterest, and begins the dance...
"Well, these are worthless to me unless I could find a translator, and who knows what that would cost, or what's contained within these... relics." He utters that last word with dubiousness, as one observing the bones of an ancient shipwreck or a verdigris token to a forgotten time.
"And I could not say when I could find such a scribe, nor how long that process would take, nor what my expenses would be... toss in one of the philosophia texts, so that I know I'm getting something for my value, and give me, oh, 3 years, and you have a deal..."
As the haggling continues, Daggin knows that, for him, the risk is worth the price asked, so any concession on the part of the seller would be acceptable, but he also knows that no merchant asks the lowest they'd take, and that he does not care to allow any such to have the better of him...
(If the spells reveal the text to be contemporary and a sham, he'll lose interest and wander off to find the Vezzinis...)
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[color=brown][i]Folk Ken 2 (+1 academicians) + 1 (Percep)
Guile 2 +1 (either Pre or Com +1)
InHe 4 - age of material
Fatiguing, Spont total +13 + aura + etc, Quiet and subtle gestures -7 = d+6+/-etc vs. target 8/2.
InIg 4 - Tale of Ashes, momentary, "how and when the item was burned"
Similar, base +11 -7 = d+4 +/-etc vs/ target 8/2.
[Bargain +1, Pre & Com +1)[/i]