Ask someone else what they saw
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There are old neophilologists, and bold neophilologists...
A matter of luck: It could go either way (success chance: 50%)
Who is that?
The woman is petite and looks consumptive, but the voice issuing from her mouth is a thundering roar. "The bargain holds! The Name is gone! We count the days!"
The fellow's eyebrows are smouldering, but he seems otherwise unharmed by the graffiti. He only says, "They don't look like coins!" before shouldering you aside.