Unexpected Lessons

17th of Cylus 719

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17th of Cylus, Arc 719

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Praetorum flipped the fish in his hand belly up, slitting it open to pull out its guts. Cleaning it out in the stream, he set it with the others, and turned to the pile of wood, twigs, and grass Edyn had gathered for him.

Stacking up the wood, kindling and tinder to lay the base for a fire, Praetorum stepped back, watching in amazement as, with a snap of Edyn's fingers, the pile burst into flame seemingly of its own accord, going from a dry pile of wood and grass into a crackling fire in a matter of trills. "That's certainly convenient." He muttered, thinking about the bits, even breaks it would take for him to get a fire this big.

"They're happy to help." Edyn shrugged, taking one of the fish that Praetorum had cleaned and gutted, and spitting it. Between the two of them, they soon had all the fish propped up over the fire. "It's a relationship between us; the fire, earth, air and water are my friends." As if in agreement, the fire leaped higher, licking at the insides of the fish cooking above it. 


"Well then, please thank them for me." Praetorum reached out to flip one of the skewered fish, but his shoulder spasmed, and he hissed in pain, dropping it into the flame.

"See, this is why you were told to rest." She scolded, casually reaching into the fire to pick up the fish. It was unburnt, untouched when she replaced it on the stand, he noted. "Honestly, it won't kill you to just sit around for a few trials." Praetorum shrugged with his good shoulder, grinning sheepishly. She rolled her eyes. "May I do something?" She asked him, gesturing to his shoulder. 


Praetorum hesitated. The truth of it was, magic scared him. He'd been on battlefields with mages before, seen the sort of destruction it could bring. And he wasn't so sure he ever wanted to be touched by something that warped the soul itself. 


On the other hand, this was Edyn, his captain and compatriot. She was devoted to the Hand, and he'd never seen her use her magic to do anything but help them. Praetorum said nothing for a few trills, thinking deeply, weighing the pros and cons, then nodded slowly. "Alright." She said, scooting closer to him. "Thank you for trusting me."


Raising her hand to his injured shoulder, she began to trace shapes over his pauldron with her fingers, leaving gleaming lines of sunlight glowing in their wake. He watched, eyes wide, as the inscribed image seemed almost to spark when she pulled her fingers away, and then almost melt into his armor. As it did, he felt the pain in his shoulder start to ease a little, the throbbing pain smoothing out into a more even ache. "Give it a few bits, and your shoulder should be good as new." She told him, sitting back. 


"I... thank you." He inclined his head, impressed. "I didn't realize you could do that with... what was it you called that magic?" 


"This was hone, using runes to, well hone your body to its finest, and beyond. Most of what you've seen from me so far—" she gestured to the fire, which leaped out briefly to lap at her fingers "—has been defiance, the relationship with the elements themselves." Edyn smiled. "You see what I mean, now, about protecting people I care about?"


Praetorum nodded, touching his shoulder lightly. The pain was fading rapidly, and was barely more than a slight tightness now. "I do." He said, a new appreciation for her magic in his voice. He still found it unsettling to think of something warping your soul, but... he understood holding the desire to help others above ones own safety. Fates knew he'd done it himself more than enough times. 


Smiling, she pulled the fish off the fire, laying them out on a smooth rock that emerged from the ground. "There's a lot people don't realize you can do with magic." She picked up a skewer of fish, held it thoughtfully before her eyes. "Want to see something cool?"
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Let's play 'What's Weird About Prae'

Head

  • A fiery rune shines under his right eye
  • A firey glow in the back of his mouth

Arms

  • A ring of blue runes floats over each of Prae's wrists
  • A silver shield marks the back of his right hand
  • A ring of light around his left forearm

Misc

  • His tail is about eight feet long, usually knotted around his waist
  • His body temperature is uncomfortably high

Surroundings

  • Wind gusts with every step he takes
  • The area around him is slightly more static-y than normal
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Praetorum stared nervously at what he could only describe as a tear in the air in front of him. Through it, he could see Edyn's grinning face, and the roasted fish she was offering him through it. "That's terrifying." He mumbled, but slowly reached through the rip to take the skewer. Retrieving it, he scooted back a little ways, the sight of space being warped reminding him too strongly of the strange area around a fracture for him to be comfortable with it. 


"It is pretty disorienting until you get used to it." Edyn agreed, picking up a skewer of her own. She delicately took a bite from the side, a sharp contrast to to Praetorum simply biting the head off and crunching down on it. "Rupturing portals are very useful though; escaping enemies, transporting goods, changing the direction of an arrow, you get the idea."


Praetorum nodded slowly, thinking. "If they're big enough to transport people though, you could build a shelter with... defiance, was it?" She nodded. "And then send civilians through a portal into there, keep them safe while a battle is happening." He mused. "Could even build a healing tent in the middle of a battlefield." He took another large bite of his food, considering the possibilities. That magic could open up tactical avenues to support normal forms of warfare was something he'd never considered before, but now that it occurred to him, it was obvious. 

Popping the last of his fish in his mouth, he took up a second skewer, and frowned over it. "Why talk to me about this?" He asked. "You said you were testing the waters, for... what? My willingness to accept your magic? I don't understand why; you don't do this with anyone else, do you? I know I'm not the only one that doesn't really understand how magic works, or wants to. And it hasn't seemed to bother you before."


Edyn sighed at that. "My answer to that is... complicated. I'm afraid if I tell you now before laying the groundwork you'll just refuse outright."

Praetorum frowned, not liking the sound of that. "I told you, I like things to be straightforwards. This will go a lot better if I know exactly what you want from me. If it helps, I promise to at least try to keep an open mind; I'm not going to run off screaming or anything."

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Let's play 'What's Weird About Prae'

Head

  • A fiery rune shines under his right eye
  • A firey glow in the back of his mouth

Arms

  • A ring of blue runes floats over each of Prae's wrists
  • A silver shield marks the back of his right hand
  • A ring of light around his left forearm

Misc

  • His tail is about eight feet long, usually knotted around his waist
  • His body temperature is uncomfortably high

Surroundings

  • Wind gusts with every step he takes
  • The area around him is slightly more static-y than normal
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I'm quite enjoying these threads with Edyn. Prae is a good student. One small note, you've had a few threads submitted below 1500. This is a soft cap that every thread needs to try to achieve. While not all threads need to reach this, it needs to not be a habit to be below the 1500.

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Praetorum
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  • Skill Knowledges
    1. Field Craft: Cleaning and gutting river fish
    2. Field Craft: Spitting fish to roast
    3. Tactics: Magic opens up many new possibilities
    4. Tactics: Talking through hypothetical scenarios
    5. Intelligence: Keeping a healthy suspicion of people acting differently towards you than to anyone else
    6. Detection: Noticing when someone is acting oddly in conversation
  • Non-Skill Knowledges
    1. Magic: Defiance is a relationship between mage and elements
    2. Magic: Hone is a runic magic of some sorts
    3. Magic: Hone can heal people
    4. Magic: Rupturing is portal magic
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