Comic 129 - Flirt with the bookstore clerk

13th Jun 2018, 1:34 PM in High Roads, Low Roads, Threeroads
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Flirt with the bookstore clerk
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Morgenstern 13th Jun 2018, 1:34 PM edit delete
You toss a book on raising giant chickens onto your big stack of books, bringing the price to 45g. You also take a glance at the paper stuck to the front counter--it's just a warning about not standing around, idly reading books without actually purchasing them. The store seems to have a problem with loitering.

Before paying, you do some light flirting with the clerk behind the counter. She's... not very responsive, nodding quietly and staring you down as you talk to her. You start to ask where she's from, but then--

"Given your exceptional charm, the company you keep, and the accumulation of previous evidence I can say with 93% certainty that you... are an enchanter!," the clerk declares in almost a single breath, abruptly pointing a finger at you.

"Previous... evidence...?," Justice wonders aloud.

"Company he keeps?," adds Valley. "Like, what's THAT supposed to mean?"

The bookstore clerk crosses her arms against her chest, giving a subtle smirk. "The underwear thief was recently caught, only for him to escape his jail cell. His guard at the time was a minitaur--a FEMALE... minitaur. Of the minitaur population in this kingdom, fewer than 10% have non-ranch related jobs, and even fewer still have taken up combat roles. Therefore, it stands to reason that YOU--"

the dark elf points a finger suddenly at Valley,

"--are the very same guard that let him escape. Or should I say... HELPED him escape. Further, YOU--"

the dark elf points a finger at Justice now,

"--are clearly wearing clerical vestments tied to the church of the One Holy Goddess, an organization not known for cavorting with thieves OR vagabond ex-guards in their employ. For both women to have been seduced, YOU--"

she points the finger at you one last time,

"--would need to have EXCEPTIONAL charisma, but the life of a seedy merchant, perverse orator or similar common swindler wouldn't afford you the abilities you need to evade the law this long. No... I can say with almost absolute certainty that you must be an enchanter. I had not ruled out a more mundane thief with a dedicated staff providing aid, but the presence of the minitaur leads me to believe you began developing your entourage more recently in response to the bounty. The odds of your skills being purely martial are abysmal."

"If you wouldn't mind, Miss," Justice begins, "is there any chance I could ask you to slow down...?"

"Yeah, like," Valley agrees with a squint, "I didn't catch half of that? But I did toootally catch the part where you think Nast is the thief? You HAVE to be like, a bounty hunter... right?"

"Incorrect!," the dark elf replies, shoving her lenses closer to her face with her middle finger. "I am not a bounty hunter YET, having caught no bounty. A diviner with a high success rate suggested an opportunity would cross my path if I took up this book store--I began to doubt her after one month and fifteen days, but as you walked in my confidence in her prediction was restored!"

"So..." Justice nervously starts to reach for her hammer. Valley's already taken a firm grip on the anchor, readying to bring it out. Justice finds the words, asking hesitantly, "you're planning to fight us now?"

"Negative," replies the dark elf. "With your present party composition and the geometry of this bookstore, my chances of winning the battle would be well in the sub-60% range at BEST, and that's before unknown factors come into play. As I have no intentions of suffering defeat and SUBSEQUENTLY having my panties taken--you filthy pervert--I will wait until the environment and circumstances favor me more heavily."

Justice and Valley look at you, then at each other, then back to the dark elf. Their confusion is palpable.

"But, like..." Valley can barely manage the thought. She looks like her brain is going to overheat. "Why would you totally TELL US all that?! Can you just, like... not talk?"

"Have you been affected by some terrible curse, perhaps?," asks Justice. "One that forces you to forego the element of surprise, and tell your entire plan...?"

The elf smirks anew, shifting slightly to a very unaffected, nonchalant stance. "Your awareness of my machinations does not calculate into the odds at all. I can prepare for you, but you cannot hope to prepare for me. Once the factors line up correctly, my success will be guaranteed regardless of whether you expect it or not. Your escape will be a statistical impossibility."


Barswanian 13th Jun 2018, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
And if we're not the thief? What happens to all that effort?

We're trying to catch the thief. She's welcome to come along and help.
GS 13th Jun 2018, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
I'm ... very much afraid she won't believe us.
Then again, maybe that diviner's prediction actually meant her opportunity lay in joining the party, so I might very well be wrong.
So, we should make the effort to persuade her. A very strong effort.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
We can try, but

Judging by this update I expect that the librarian girl already calculated the odds of us attempting to convince her we're not the panty thief and dismissed that route as statistically improbable.

Nast can still claim innocence because the truth is on our side, but I have no hope of convincing her. Not like this, at least - and since she's aware of our Je Ne Sais Quoi, we can't just charm away her doubt.

But, we still got the initiative. Let's make it count.
lil Joshu 13th Jun 2018, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
+1 trying

Besides, if she's such the analyst, she should be able to figure out we're not the thief, and are trying to catch the real thief if we offer her to join the party.

Because if she joined, it'd let her observe our methods AND increase the chance of her finding evidence we are the thief; that is not something the thief would do. However, if we recognize she wants to catch thief and ourselves are planning to catch the thief, then her ability and desire would be valuable, and of course we'd invite her into the party, and let her see for herself that Nast is not in the business of stealing panties (getting into panties with permission is a different matter), but in the business of chasing down the panty thief.

Thus, offering (and accepting if she accepts) a position in our party is the best route.
Jex 13th Jun 2018, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
While likely pointless, insist that we are not the panty thief. Also ask if she is taking every single variable into account, like cosmological events, or general sources of mass death. There are too many things she is unable to guarantee to claim we are unable escape.
GS 13th Jun 2018, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
Also, point out that prediction is a bit dubious. It could mean that her opportunity lies in joining us on the hunt for the panty thief.
Jex 13th Jun 2018, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
Also if people still want to identify her glasses, Nast could boop her on the glasses while casting identify, and then ask what the statistical probability of him doing that was. If she knows he just identified her glasses play it off as wanting a pair of his own as they are stylish
Dragos 13th Jun 2018, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
First inclination is tp have valley knock her over the head with the ancor just to see how statically impossible she finds it but no.

Demand evidence that you are in fact the panty thief! Your parents can vouche for your whereabouts up untill the day before your arrest and a powerful darkelf such as her should be able to tell nether lady is being mind controlled. Her opportunity is to join your party and help clear your name and adventure along the way.

Also what is she doing trusting a diviner? Anyone and predict the future if they're vague enough lol

Mabye mention we learn spells through sex. She might want to see how that works ;)
Green Visitor 13th Jun 2018, 4:55 PM edit delete reply

This encounter needs superior logic. Allow her to investigate the available evidence. If necessary, make a gambit. If she has better evidence for you being the thief, than our evidence disproving it we will accept her better judgment.

-1 tell her we learn through sex, unless it's a logical thing to say.
Antarean 13th Jun 2018, 2:33 PM edit delete reply
I . . . suspect she reads a lot of books but is not often surprised by the ending.

Well, proclaim our innocence, explain the situation and all that. Hm, I'm kinda curious if she would have any statistical insight into why the panty thief might look so much like us. If she doesn't believe us we could posit it as a hypothetical. Oh, also ask her what the odds are that we actually *are* the panty thief, given that he's able to steal panties from all over, including the princess's, and probably wouldn't have been caught by the guards in Humblestart.

If she insists on trying to bring us in at some later point, then maybe it would be a good idea to NOT practice the Return spell, leave something she can't calculate for so we have an ace in the hole.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 3:34 PM edit delete reply
+1 to this. I worry it will have some unexpected results but think that it's till worth a try.
G. Sansa 13th Jun 2018, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
Justice tells her we're not the thief. Not that she'll believe us.

Then tell her "Yes, an opportunity has come your way. An opportunity to join our party. You have nothing to lose by hearing me out.

"Your deductions so far are mostly correct. I was mistaken for the panty thief and imprisoned as soon as I left this town. In the short time since then, I have accumulated a party, other allies, resources, experience, and information at a high rate. All evidence points to me having, pun intended, a charmed life and a bright future, like any number of other apparently-lowborn adventurers that fill the books surrounding us, both fiction and nonfiction. In fact, if history is any guide, I may well save the world from some as-yet-unknown mortal danger. If you join us, you can have a part of that; if you thwart us, you put yourself into danger.

"Furthermore, it is highly illogical for you to set up a bookstore in an unknown town merely for the bounty on a simple panty thief. However, joining the party of a hero would be worth it. You'd see the world, gain a share of treasure as yet uncounted, and, if I dare say so myself, have plenty of fun while doing it.

"Now, please do not imagine that I plan to simply trust you to join my party and not betray us at the first opportune moment. If you join us, you'd have to find some way to reassure us that wouldn't happen. I'm sure your intellect is up to the challenge.

"But if you can do that to our satisfaction — and by that I mean, so that a majority of the current party votes to accept you in — we'd share the knowledge we've gained so far. I'm quite sure that at that point you'd be convinced that I'm not the thief."
G. Sansa 13th Jun 2018, 2:51 PM edit delete reply
But with a bit more flattery. "Your powers of deduction are impressive", that kind of stuff. Don't be afraid to lay it on thick, we have JNSQ on our side.
GS 13th Jun 2018, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
You know, in some ways an analytical mind like hers would make for an ideal addition to our team.

She could help Ranse with research, Inzo with designs, collect data and sift it for clues...
We just need to persuade her.
Guest 13th Jun 2018, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
+1 to all the above.

Also, we have not in anyway charmed our party into joining us. They all have free will and chose to join Nast because he is obviously not the thief.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
+1 to this, but rather than flattery, make that honest praise. Her powers of deduction really are impressive.

I have my doubts if that explanation works - I would've worded it differently myself - but I'll be happy to see this version if that's what Morgenstern chooses for the next update.
Iago 13th Jun 2018, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
Yep, I like it.

We are not the thief, but we are a fairly competent and well rounded party on the hunt for him/her, for obvious reasons.
She's got a brilliant deductive mind, but works alone, which has already proven a hindrance just now.
We on the other hand, have run into a dead-end, or close enough, because we have trouble connecting the dots : we got loads of leads, but have to jump through an inordinate amount of hoops to get anything out of them.

Join us, and together we shall rule the world ... I mean catch the evildoer, and make her first collar a highly prestigious one. And prove the innocence of a man against all evidence, showing off her analytical genius.

Everyone wins !
And that is the real opportunity here. Even she cannot deny that possibility, which means something.

I'd be willing to relay some evidence, name those witnesses not currently involved with us (mostly fairies, really). Point to the currently worn panties of our female cohorts. At least make her doubt the official story enough that she feels it's worth digging, even if she does not join us.

And last, just because we're on the run doesn't mean we can't have fun, no strings attached. An opportunity to showcase how hard we're going to not steal her panties away. She can even keep them on, as insurance, if she wants.
Dysprosian 13th Jun 2018, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
I like this but having her meet the parents and knowing nast hadnt even left this small town until after all things would give food for thought.

Also use that point as a failure in her calculations and investigative ability.
V.V.V. 13th Jun 2018, 4:01 PM edit delete reply

I think we should also point out that while we've certainly begun to acquire a "small group" (she hasn't seen the rest of us yet), we are clearly on the rise in our power and cannot have had enough to have committed these - often impressive - prior events.

We could point out that if she is truly committed to taking us down, or more appropriately, to proper justice, then she can do no better than to travel along with us, to be acquainted with our skills. If we cannot prove to her that we too are seeking the true thief, then she would have unparalleled access to her quarry.
G. Sansa 13th Jun 2018, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
But what if she doesn't care about our innocence, but only cares about the reward? I still think we should ask for some assurance (or insurance) that this isn't the case.
Iago 13th Jun 2018, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Heh, she doesn't seem the type. From what little we've seen, that is.
I'd expect her to want people to know how smart she is, how much of a brilliant hunter she is. At least that's how I interpret the lengthy sherlock holmesque demonstration.

I could absolutely be wrong, but it's at least worth a shot.
lil Joshu 13th Jun 2018, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
lil Joshu
Green Visitor 13th Jun 2018, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
more +1 ing
Zeraligator 13th Jun 2018, 2:47 PM edit delete reply
Why wait and give her the chance to apprehend us later? Shouldn't we 'take' care of this problem now.
GS 13th Jun 2018, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
Because we're not bad people, and she hasn't actually lifted a finger against us.
Besides, she'd make a great addition to the team, if we can just persuade her to join us and see for herself that Nast is not the panty-thief.
If her keenly analytical mind does not tickle your fancy, consider that she probably has insider knowledge on the bounty-hunter subculture.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
You can think me weird for saying this but

I think accepting that this librarian-bounty hunter will be tracking us will work to our advantage somehow. With that in mind, 'taking care' of her would mean we lose out on a potential future reward.

Or at least EXP for seeing her sidequest to the end. With such a strong opening I'm already hooked and want to see what else she's gonna do.
GS 13th Jun 2018, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
"Hello. Our name is Nast. Would you be so kind as to observe basic social niceties and tell us yours?

With that out of the way, we are NOT the panty thief. We have plenty of witnesses of this. Rather, we would like to suggest that the prediction you are following means you should join our team; we're adventurers steadily growing in strength, with the mission of capturing the real panty thief and bringing them to justice.

No, Justice, not you. Little 'j'-justice. But I digress.

Now, Miss Dark Elf not-yet-a-bounty-huntress, would you like to calculate the odds again?"
G. Sansa 13th Jun 2018, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
+1, especially on introducing ourself and getting her name.
GS 13th Jun 2018, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
It's a bit hurtful how she's saying we "seduced" Valley and Justice.
I mean, yes, Je ne sais quoi has an effect on others. But it's not the same as casting Dominate person, is it? Just look at Mel; she was affected by Je ne sais quoi, but she was still scheming to hand us over to the Knights.
Our influence CAN be overcome, if the person we're facing just uses their willpower. Right now, this Dark Elf is doing so with what looks like ease!
And it's not like we lied to our friends just to get them into bed! 0_0
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
We know that, but she doesn't. I imagine that other Enchanters might not be so nice about letting people keep their free will, when they have a powerful charm ability like ours.

By that I mean, I can excuse her for thinking that, but we might want to demonstrate to her some evidence that her guess is wrong. That might make her recalculate the odds again.
Caydenite 13th Jun 2018, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
We, err, did literally seduce Valley into joining our party though.
Guest 13th Jun 2018, 2:53 PM edit delete reply

Is statistician a class?
G. Sansa 13th Jun 2018, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
"You think you've defeated me simply because I have no mana left, I'm out of power? Ha! I cast p-hack! The less power, the better!"
G. Sansa 13th Jun 2018, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
"You may have gotten away this time, Doctor Bayes, but I'll catch you next time. That trick isn't reproducible."
GS 13th Jun 2018, 2:58 PM edit delete reply
Perhaps her class is 'scholar'.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
I'm fine with Librarian, but I would also suspect 'Detective' or 'Investigator', given how she applies that, with 'Applied Statistics' and 'Probability Analysis' as her skills.
1977 13th Jun 2018, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
If she is so logical about it then we should have enough facts to convince her we're not the real PantyThief.

We never left Peace Calling before, the day we do it we get immediately arrested in Humblestart.

The panties were stolen all over the world in places we never were before.

She said it herself, Justice wouldn't be with us if we really were the PantyThief.

The diviner said the opportunity to become a bountyhunter would cross your path.
We are in pursuit of the real PantyThief to clear our name.
Join us.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
We have a crown argument against her actually. We left Humblestart and got captured ONLY A COUPLE DAYS AGO.

Whereas the panty thief has been active for way longer than that. Long enough for there to be a bounty this librarian noticed and to get a hint from the diviner A MONTH AND A HALF AGO. And we have an alibi before then.

If you try to convince her with evidence then definitely throw that her way.
Placeholder 13th Jun 2018, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
Ask her for a murder mystery book as well, pay and leave.

Once outside, cast Return and take us to Humblestart so she can't track us.
G. Sansa 13th Jun 2018, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
No. Don't let her know our powers.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
+1 to the Mystery Book, but don't reveal we know Return. Just leave normally.

She just said she's not prepared to battle us. I doubt that would change just because we step out of the book store - instead she's going to turn up some other time, when we least expect her... probably. At least that sounds dramatically appropriate.
Guest 13th Jun 2018, 4:12 PM edit delete reply
Please re-examine your information and then tell me. Would you say I have the skills necessary to evade the king's elite palace guards?
Green Visitor 13th Jun 2018, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
Lemme propose something spicy here. What if Nast replied like this?

"Oh, wow. It's clear you really put a lot of thought into this, gathering evidence and analyzing the possibilities to figure out this case. You will make a great investigator one day."

"I guess this is the part where I'm supposed to admit to being the panty thief and explaining my reasons for going on that stealing spree. Except I can't do that because, well, I'm innocent. Sorry to disappoint you, but that's the truth."

"It's fine if you don't believe me. When I first heard that I look just like the panty thief, I couldn't believe it either. I mean, I came back here to ask my parents if I have a lost sibling or evil twin, cause what are the odds of two unrelated people looking so similar that one can be mistaken for the other? Pretty bad, huh?" (Pause to let the Librarian tell Nast the exact odds of that)

"Regardless, I'm trying to catch the panty thief, to clear my name and end their stealing spree. If you're serious about earning that bounty, then I'd say there is a pretty good chance that we'll meet again. And when that time comes, new evidence might come to light."

"I look forward to it. Thanks again for these books... and, oh, I almost forgot, what's your name? It would be awkward to have a bounty hunter analyzing my every move and not even know what to call you."

Something like this. And after that, we calmly walk away. We tell Justice and Valley that we know what we're doing (even if we really don't) and that the librarian girl is proooobably harmless in practice, just talks a big talk, but we'll still be careful on account of her possibly telling the royal guard we've been through here. We specifically DON'T invite her to join our party, not right now at least, and instead we tease her with that 'let's meet again when new evidence comes to light' to setup for recruiting her another time.

Also, this option isn't really compatible with the options others were suggesting, like charming her, stressing that we're innocent, intimidating or even 'taking care of her' right now. It would require giving up on all of those to settle for this subtle approach and leaving before saying too much.

Basically, the librarian girl seems like the type who loves solving mysteries and this makes Nast himself into a mysterious character. Why is Nast acting so confident? Why isn't he trying to defend himself and bring up evidence to convince her of his innocence? If we stir up her interest like this then she will fall for Nast harder than what our Je Ne Sais Quoi could achieve.

... so, that's basically it. That is my idea, soooo what do you guys think? Is it crazy or is there some hope for this plan?
Guest 13th Jun 2018, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
This is a crazy plan, and I love it
Guy Incognito 13th Jun 2018, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
G. Sansa 13th Jun 2018, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
If we do this (and though I like my idea better, this one isn't half bad), we should drop some hint about the fairies: "You might find a little bit of evidence in the temple in the woods. A bunch of little bits, actually. Watch out for the giant spider downstairs, though; it's fast."
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 10:45 PM edit delete reply
We shouldn't drop hints, though. That's part of becoming her mystery man, you see.

If we're baiting the librarian to investigate us, then giving her the answer, or a hint where to find more clues, cheapens the investigation process, makes it too easy.

This woman will move heaven and earth to uncover every secret we have, and a bunch we don't know at all as she tracks down information on the panty thief.

That's why I want to let her do it. Let's see it happen. I think it will be worth it just to read more of her clever deductions, and if we learn new things in the process, then awesome.
Korsha 13th Jun 2018, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
Challenge her tactical genius. Equip the Skull Helm and say you're a lich and you killed and raised Valley to help you escape. If she falls for it, there will be too many variables for her and she'll retreat to come up with a new plan.

Or, since she just admitted she can't take all three of us anyway, tell her you're not the thief. If she's not convinced, knock her out and tie her up with reinforced vines.
Barswanian 13th Jun 2018, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
Caydenite 13th Jun 2018, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
+1 to pretty much everybody's suggestion of informing her that we're not the thief. I don' think we'll convince her, as she'll be on guard suspecting we've min-maxed for bluff. I'd suggest telling her we hope she does investigate us fully, and when her clear analytical skills have determined we're innocent from ALL THE EVIDENCE, we'd be eager to have her join our party, as those same skills will help a lot in our shared goal of tracking down and defeating the real culprit.
Jochi 13th Jun 2018, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
+1 to telling her Nast is not the thief, including pointing out the thief's career clearly started long before Nast left town.
+1 to asking her the odds of two people looking so much alike, but mention that we do not know if the resemblance is natural or magical.
But then ask her the odds that Nast, knowing her ability to observe and calculate, would bother telling her all that if it were not true.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
Corwin of Amber 13th Jun 2018, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
We should certainly put her talent to use, perhaps she's aware of some use for panties beyond perversion? One of the key elements missing is the motive for doing so. We should also find a place in town, maybe near a mine entrance to set up a return spell for later use. Something tactical. Also pick up a blank journal for the inventory tab.
Caydenite 13th Jun 2018, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
+ if she knows non-perv reasons, although I suspect perv is the motivation. That or just being quest fodder deliberately.

We already grabbed an old empty journal from home.
Green Visitor 13th Jun 2018, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
On account of Nast being in Peace Calling while the crimes of the panty thief was done, we can claim with more than 93% certainty that Nast can't be the panty thief.

Try goading her with statements like that, to get her to use her decent powers of deduction and speculation for our cause. This motormouth space-elf og logic is a gift to our unsolved mysteries. Throughout our questioning, keep providing her with more solid evidence of our innocence.

Once we get her to eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.
TheBiggestWinkle 13th Jun 2018, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
Much like telling people the future, telling people about your statistical predictions will affect their result, now she's just going to have to do another layer of predictive analysis just on trying to guess whether we know she know we know stuff, seems like an awfully inefficient move for someone apparently interested in statistics. Maybe we should ask what her deal is and why she's now currently managing the bookstore. And also whether or not she'll still sell us the books.
Evonix 13th Jun 2018, 7:05 PM edit delete reply
Understanding a situation does not nessesaraly let one control it although it is the first step, if the party takes the time to practice and develop a well rounded offense and defense, keep someone on gaurd at all times, avoids compremising situations and generaly hold ourselves to a professional standard while still innovating and progressing at a consistent pace we should have nothing to fear as the odds will always favor us. Of course pretty much none of these will ever happen so I vote for flipping the metaphorical chessboard and just stab the bitch and run away.

Of course I doubt she actually thinks like she says she does. On one hand if she thought she was being honest then she doesn't seem to compensate for her massive ego or logical flaws like "Your awareness of my machinations does not calculate into the odds at all." which is trivialy wrong in which case we could just set a trap like obviusly leaving ourselves exsposed and ungaurded at, say, 2AM with an innocuous "tree" nearby for a while. On the other hand it could be an act to convince us to do something stupid like try to stab her infront of witnessess and she has kept her actual carefull study and reasoning secret.
I think we should just skip town.
Green Visitor 13th Jun 2018, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
Given that she has decent skills and was here doing unlucrative work for one month and fifteen days, and previously hired a diviner she doesn't urgently need money.

Given her having assumptions about the panty thief prior to meeting us, her mission is the panty thief in particular, not just any opportunity in life.

Considering she haven't caught a bounty before there are several logical motivations:

i) She want's to become a Bounty hunter, and catching the panty thief is a means to that end.

ii) Someone else has sent her


ii) She personally wants to catch the panty thief, and becoming a bounty hunter is not the intention.

a) Regarding i) there is no use in proving our innocence, we must defeat her or clear our name.

b) Regarding ii) and iii) she has a personal reason to catch the panty thief.

In clear favor of b) is her verbal aggression, using words like seedy, swindler, pervert (twice). I say minimum 80 % chance.

Assuming b)
1) Her ethics obliges her to commit to catching panty thiefs (that would require very specific ethics)
2) She is driven by vengeance after
x)being personally wronged by the panty thief
y) someone she cares about has been wronged by the panty thief

Considering her concern for losing her panties as a subsequent event, x is unlikely.

Disregarding 1) I say she is emotionally invested in catching the panty thief because someone she knows personally had their panties stolen more than 45 days ago.

We should ask her which friend of her is a victim of the panty thief, and that cooperates with our party to find the real culprit. Hopefully she will see the logic eventually.
MakePeaceAndLove 13th Jun 2018, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
That was a fun little deduction. Man, what fun a deduction contest with her would be!
Tungsten 13th Jun 2018, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
a panty thief would clearly try to keep panties. We should suggest that Valley give the librarian elf her panties.
Eyebrows 13th Jun 2018, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
...We're not going to do it but why don't you expect us to start a fight after you telling us your plan?