In your experience, a little flattery never hurts a conversation, as long as you can sound sincere about it.
“That’s quite a nice robe.”
“Naturally. It is of the Master’s design, after all. As is nearly everything in this city. Why did he invite you here?”
That’s not a question you want to answer too honestly. But you’ll work with the truth where you can.
“I’m here to visit the Temple,” you say. “And to deliver something to them.”
“A delivery? The Master is not in the habit of asking his guests to run errands.”
“As you said, the Master is very busy,” you say calmly. “I’m simply helping where I can.”
“Now that you mention it, we did just send Monin to respond to a sudden request for more manpower,” they muse. “Still, though. There is no need for a guest of the Master to trouble himself with such trivialities. Leave the package here and a Silent One will take it to the temple by the end of the day.”
“That may be longer than the Master can wait. It would be best if I could just be guided to the Temple, to ensure it gets done promptly.”
“But then it would not be blessed by the journey of a Silent One,” they protest. “That would be an ill omen.”
Now you’re not sure if this is some kind of test or if this city is just that strange.
How should you handle this?
it has already been blessed