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Re: Alea Iacta Est....Alterum


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Arc 721, 18 Ashan


“Someone like me? How do you mean?” He had gone on to talk about the talent she apparently possessed, although Elisabeth had no idea what he was speaking of. If he looked at her, he would see a minute amount of confusion but nothing more. If he refused to answer the question, she wouldn’t push the issue.

The familiar whined, causing Elisabeth to gently rub his head again, unsure of what he wanted but intending to provide some measure of comfort to him, speaking softly. “It’s alright. Everything is alright.”

The man told her that she shouldn’t apologize for acting within her nature, but Elisabeth didn’t quite agree. “Perhaps, but our natures also shouldn’t be defined or absolute. We, as creatures, evolve and change every trial. Every experience and person we meet changes us. Sometimes for the worse. Sometimes, the better – but always different. I’m not sure I’ve ever met another where I wasn’t different in some small way by the end of the interaction. Then again, maybe I’m just a bit odd that way. I like thinking that people leave ripples behind. Unseen but powerful.”

She talked. He didn’t, much…but what he did say always gained her attention. Elisabeth was an avid listener – a collector of information. It seemed her companion was similar. That trait was on full display when he questioned her interaction with an Andaris. “Royal Family? Really? Huh. He never said so to me. We discussed blade training and my need for it. His first name was Xander. We only met once. Things progressed in Rharne quickly and I never had the chance to follow up with him.”

Elisabeth told him of her thoughts on their original meeting and his remarks were…interesting. Arching her eyebrows a bit, she nodded her head with a smile but wasn’t going to let the comment slide without retort. “Yes, but what would your motivations have been to get me to lower my guard? I wasn’t lucid. There was no advantage to gain for you. Thus, I choose to believe you were being truthful and kind. Just as I am truthful in telling you what the words meant to me. The point still is – sometimes we don’t know the impact we make on others until they tell us. I’m telling you. Do what you will with that information. “

Honest. That was what Elisabeth was. Sometimes perhaps too much so but such was the life sometimes of someone so young in the ways of the world. That didn’t mean the young mage wasn’t quickly gaining experience, knowledge, and wisdom but that was only something time could grant to one. There was no rushing it.

“Woe…why do you think you are here again? Again, I don’t confess to know much about dreams, but it seems odd that you found me a second time, or is there something I don’t understand?”

It was a fair question, at least from her perspective. Elisabeth wasn’t discounting that there was something she was missing. In fact, it was highly likely. She was the novice and he, more experienced. Perhaps Woe had some ideas.

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Woe sighed, but smiled despite himself as he stared ahead, past Elisabeth, ”You ask as if unaware of yourself. Don’t you see? You have an uncanny knack for getting others to open up, to reveal who they truly are. That’s a rare gift. It would be a shame not to be aware of it, and worse not to use it. I thought it remarkable that someone like that had escaped Magpie’s awareness, in his own backyard.” But then, Woe shrugged. He supposed even Magpie wasn’t omniscient. Although at times he certainly put on those airs.

Breen rubbed his head eagerly against Elisabeth’s hand. But whined no more, it was satisfied with what it’d gathered.

”Yes! You understand, but you seem unable to see… Take for instance… I know a Yari mercenary named Balthazar. I was willing to throw away my life against a formiddable enemy in Quacia, urging him to take the people into the undercroft to safety.” Woe smiled to remember that episode. ”He turned me around, and told me to let him fight. Fight against an enemy that he was far better equipped to deal with than I. I would’ve certainly died if it wasn’t for him.”

”So you’re certainly right, those ripples can indeed travel far, and affect us in ways that are hard to reckon with. But still, I can’t fault one for acting within one’s current nature, such as it is.” He nodded to himself.

Woe listened to her talk of Xander… Wait, Xander Krome? Woe didn’t remember a Xander Andaris in the Royal Family. Perhaps it was something that had happened while he was away from Rynmere. In any event, it was interesting. That Xander Krome still lived. Woe would tuck that morsel of information in the back of his mind, as she continued to speak.

She spoke of lowering her guard, but she seemed to misunderstand. He shook his head, ”No I didn’t deceive or lie to you. Then or now. It’s more of a general warning of advice. And of course I will do what I will with the information that trickles my way. I would expect no less of you.”

”It happens, sometimes we dreamers find our way to each other by chance, or some other quirk of Emean mechanics find ourselves gravitating toward the same dreamers… But, it may be our time is short… I leave you with this, if you can. Meet me at the Temple of Glass in Scalvoristown? If you are in Viden, it’s a mere boat ride of twelve trials. Not too far, and I will pay your expenses. I would like to meet… Say the thirtieth of Ashan.”

So saying, Woe began to wake, and fade from the dream. Soon enough, he was gone, waking into his bed.

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Comments: I found it interesting that Elisabeth considered dreams a means to escape, and I love how you mixed different aspects of the waking world that meant something to her (Viden and the orange sand that reminded me of Faldrass, among other things) in her dreamscape.

I like that both of you described what your PCs had been doing before they met in this dream!

Woe’s first post made me wonder if he really considers his mutations to be hideous. He may be lacking the greater part of a heart, but it sounds as if he cares about some things in the world, nevertheless.

Elisa’s thoughts about the world and how she was who she was very described very well in my opinion. She gives me the impression of being very close to being lucid even before Woe actually made her lucid.

I really appreciated reading another installment of the “Quacian Botany” series.

I’ve already read a few of those threads and enjoyed them! You created an interesting scenario!

I’m especially curious about what exactly Woe’s daughter Werthorn has become in this dream world. I think I know what you mean by the weirdness you mentioned in the review request, this is a dream though, so Werthorn’s father that was murdered is allowed to become lucid.

I also find it interesting how much Magpie still affects Woe after all this time. Fortunately, the situation was resolved quickly. Elisa’s curiosity and concern were really described well. I like how she pretty much started at the beginning – with introductions!

Their conversation was quite interesting, and I learned a lot about both of your PCs in the process, but my favourite part was Breen and how he asked if they could keep Elisabeth. That was a great scene. I agree with Woe, by the way. Elisabeth has an uncanny knack for getting others to open up. And it is remarkable that Magpie didn’t notice her. She’d be a great initiate!

And you mentioned the meeting in the Glass Temple on the 30th! That probably didn’t go the way Elisabeth and Woe thought it would, did it?

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