Veraka found himself nodding in solemn agreement with Iljrene, despite his near loss of control. However, two things had eluded him; one was his charge over Cinder and Adian's children. His mother and him had given a very personal gift to the two as-of-yet unborn infants, and that fact was what fueled the aasimar's rage at the bandits. However, he found it hard, VERY hard to resist the urge to punish those who were partially responsible for Cinder's disappearance.
The paladin decided to help out in the search for the portal with Adian and the other Protectors. It was when Zyzaat came in and offered his idea over to Adian that the paladin stopped and looked at him. The thought of bringing a mind-flayer into this was a little disturbing. However, if the mind-flayer turned renegade on Zyzaat, it would just be one more target for Veraka and his inner demon.
"Zyzaat, pray tell that this is not one of your many jokes; if we bring a mind-flayer in now, well, it's a one-way path from there. However, I'm not in command here." He looked to Iljrene, then to his very anxious and worrisome friend, Adian.
However, the aasimar felt that he needed to inform Zyzaat, and the others of one thing; "also, Zyzaat, Iljrene;" he started, looking at each in turn, "if that mind-flayer comes here, and decides it would be fun to tamper with my mind, well, let's just say that Adian has witnessed first hand what comes out when someone starts screwing around with my mind." The paladin looked to Adian, and remembered that time when he told the young drow about his curse that he carries, and the consequences of unleashing it.
With that said, the aasimar turned towards Iljrene, and strode over, leaving Adian and Zyzaat to contemplate his warning.
"Lady Iljrene, you requested me earlier?"
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