Alessandro looks at the spears and shields, then replies. "They seem adequate for our needs."
Giovanni inspects the equipment carefully. "Could do with a clean, that's for sure, but they should hold up."
"Fortunately we have no scandal in this fight to contend with, it being a strictly household matter, and to be fair, our opponents below are as clean as lagoon water this close to the city will allow for." Maria offers in a better humor than a woman seemingly beset by so many worries has a right to be.The weapons and shields do indeed carry a thick layer of dust and some tarnish but appear sturdy enough, though too old fashioned to ever be fielded in public with scandal.
"Provided they are fit to the task, I doubt that fashion will be an issue..." she says sardonically, then looks to Lucrezia as she adds in a speculative tone "Indeed, I rather fancy that they will add a certain antique charm to the artistic interpretation of the events to come."
She turns back to Giovanni and Alessandro to explain "While they may not be rodents, Giovanni, I would suggest that the previously used on rats method of forcing them to flee down a defined path of our choosing is the wisest one to use here. If I intend to capture them, rather than simply drive them away, then there must be a place to herd them to other than back into the water."
"It is most puzzling. You are a spy, but neither an agent of an ardent love, nor one of a killing hatred. I believe your neutrality of compulsion indicates curiosity, rather than malice on the part of your mysterious employer, but I could not say that with total certainty." Maria replies softly, then shrugs as she concludes "Better to know one is spied upon by a possible ally than a possible enemy. I have no shortage of the second possibility, even with the efforts of my servants to dispose of them as swiftly as they arise."Lucrezia looked at Maria as she asked her question with a furrowed brow, " I must observe him....he was not supposed to see me but it is too late for that so I watch and watch.....I have no thoughts on him or anything much beyond that."
Lumio pointed at the door, " Are you heading in now then?"
OOC: Are the PCs ready to go catch crabs?