When Kisaik pretty much assured him that he wasn’t losing his hair, Devin breathed a huge sigh of relief and proceeded to smile all over his face. He was a vain priest of Delroth and going bald – as a Mortalborn and in his twenties, no less – would have been absolutely devastating for him. He wasn’t sure if his patron Immortal even accepted priests with bald spots!
Upon hearing the Tunawa’s next question, he abruptly stopped smiling again though and blinked a couple of times before he replied, “No, it’s not a costume?” in a tone of voice that made his answer sound more like a question. He had experienced a lot of unusual events over the course of his life – he had even met a magical tree that had turned his eyes purple – but he was a bit out of his element at the moment, to be honest!
“The feathers are there because of magic”, he explained and patted his head again. “Was I just magically paradigmed or uninitiated?” he wanted to know. He wasn’t shocked or pissed off or anything like that; he was more fascinated than anything else. He found the prospect of (likely) being the only person in the world that got paradigmed or uninitiated magically rather than because someone stuck an item on them exciting.
He liked being unique!
For a moment, he considered trying to shapeshift or something like that, in order to make sure that it wasn’t just a case of magical feather loss, after all, but shapeshifting was messy and painful, and he really wasn’t in the mood for that right now. A headache was more than enough!
Before long, the young man who was still a little out of it found himself distracted by another fascinating thing anyway. When Kisaik recited his titles, he listened to him, mouth agape before he piped up, “I think I know that language. That sounds kind of like Xanthea! I was a doctor in the Medicine House in Desnind for a while!” he explained before he wanted to know, “Where did you get all those titles from, Chip?”
“I got my titles from Saoire and Delroth”, he then remarked. He hadn’t gotten them from any birth pecking order either – although he wished he had been born a noble, to be honest. His parents had never been mean, or abusive or anything like that, and objectively, they had probably tried their best, but they had been poor. Being poor sucked!
“Oh, so it was really just a hallucination?” Devin asked, sounding disappointed as Kisaik told him that the goat could certainly not talk. A moment later, his gaze fell on Keke who still stood where he had been before, a blank expression on his bearded face. He walked over to him and stroke him and assured him, “I still love you even if you just bleat. Your bleating is pretty great!” He really didn’t want Keke to develop self-esteem issues because he couldn’t talk. That Keke probably didn’t care, having the intelligence of animal, didn’t occur to him. In his opinion, you didn’t hurt an animal’s feelings, not even accidentally!
A moment later, when Kisaik’s dragonling appeared, his jaw practically dropped. He looked from Aquarius to Kisaik and back before he tentatively asked, “I’m not hallucinating him, am I?” He was about to ask if he could pet Aquarius because he was absolutely amazing; upon hearing Kisaik remark that he didn’t know his own strength or size sometimes, he looked shocked though, quickly grabbed Keke’s reins and positioned him a bit further away. In his opinion, it was better to be safe than sorry!
Yet another moment later, when Kisaik let onto his shoulder, he grinned again and inclined his head because he liked having a Tunawa on his shoulder. “I have a bit of a headache, and I suffered from temporary hallucinations, and I have magical feather loss, but apart from that I’m doing great … I think?” he replied. Upon hearing Kisaik mention the 1st of Vhalar, he nodded because that explained absolutely everything in his opinion.
“I think that’s it!” he agreed in a cheerful tone of voice. “I’m suffering from a case of 1st of Vhalar. Do you think that this could be a new ailment? If you discover something new, you get to name it, if I remember correctly. How does Vhalaritis sound?” he asked. He found the prospect of possibly having made a medical discovery pretty exciting, despite the strangeness of the last couple of bits. There was also the question as to what he should do with Chip who had a lot of titles though. He couldn’t just let a magical Tunawa with a dragon…ling stand there!
“Umm … do Aquarius and you want to accompany me to the manor?” he wanted to know. That it might be a good idea to ask what Kisaik had warned him about before he had appeared didn’t occur to him. He had in fact as good as forgotten about the orb due to all the other strangeness. Besides, in his opinion, it really was a case of rapid-onset Vhalaritis!