An Unknown Booked Conversation [Virikai]

The Talius siblings study together...

24th of Saun 715

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Date: 24th Trial of Saun, 715th Arc
Location: The Prime Atheneum

Raven’s fingers lightly ran along the leather bound spines of the books that sat upon the many shelves. Currently, she had situated herself in The Prime Atheneum, the library where she spent a good chunk of her time reading. It was her obsession, her drug. The young woman came to the library upon this night in order to do a bit of studying, to work on her letter of linguistics in cryptography. Her studies required her to do so, but it wasn’t as if she didn’t want to do it, for she had her own reasons for doing it. It was all the about the secrets and the possible weapon behind it all. It wasn’t just that either, it was also the mystery and the work that went into the discovery of it all. Her white gaze fell upon a leather bound book, its pale covered spine revealed the title of the book and her index finger hooked onto the top of the spine. She tugged the book from its shelf and the other books around it softly leaned into the spot where the book had previously been. Both hands gripped the book and she tilted it so then the front of the book revealed the title in bigger gilt lettering.

’The basics of Linguistics,’ was spelled across it. Her right hand lightly drifted across the title before her hand stilled upon the last ‘s’ in the title and her index finger lightly tapped upon it while she paused to take a moment to think to herself. Cryptography was like the complex form of linguistics, for linguistics was the breakdown of the written language after all. Slowly, she took the full weight of the book into the crook of her right arm and her left hand moved to brush back her raven locks as she lifted her gaze. Raven moved forwards with slow steps, her heels softly clicked upon the floor underneath. She was looking for a simple desk to seat herself at so then she could read the words upon the pages in peace. Although most of the time, she was left alone in peace to do whatever it was that she wanted to do. In this case, it was to do some reading. Her cloak gently brushed the backs of her slack covered thighs while she continued to walk. With her chin kept tilted upwards, she walked with the pride and confidence that only one born of the Talius family could. Many knew who she was, but she couldn’t really care less about them unless it involved them revealing their secrets to her in whatever form it came in.

Her footsteps brought her past the statue of Treid and she stopped in her movements to peer at the stone figure. Many things about the immortal intrigued the young Eídisi and she had yet to take the time to read more about the immortal. What she did know was that he was the immortal of knowledge and that he had also created the Ellune. Her white gaze peered at the stone face and she wondered as to where the immortal was now. Perhaps one trial, she may visit the Ellune’s home city, although it would be better if she read up more about them. Her tongue lifted to press to the roof of her mouth before she continued forwards within her walk, pondering could take a back seat for the moment. That was until she had gotten a few breaks into her trial. Cryptography, Treid, Yvithia and secrets were a few of the things that held her attention captive. Family was the furthest thing from her mind at that point, none of them really contacted her unless she had an obligation to perform. She didn’t really put any thought into it either, it didn’t really hold much interest to the woman.
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Running his fingers along the bindings of the dusty tomes that made up the many shelves dedicated to the sciences of the body, Virikai found himself at a loss of where to begin. Previously, when studying for his own enjoyment, he would find a book that he liked the look of and flip through the first few pages, skimming the small letters on the page to get a feel for it. If he liked it, he would sit and devour it. If not, then he would decide on a more interesting topic. Without aim or purpose, the Talius heir found it enjoyable to accrue as much information as he desired.

Now, however, working towards a qualification, he found himself painfully limited on what he had the time to study. He was ambitious enough that he saw the value of gaining a qualification, sure… but he despised the restrictive nature of being told what he was to learn. The more experienced students - the ones studying for higher level qualifications - were specialised, but had the freedom to choose. Oh, how Virikai couldn’t wait to get that far. But, for now, his attentions were sadly focused on human anatomy. It was useful to an extent, he finally conceded to himself, accepting that the course was more than valuable to his work in the Facility for Retrospective Analysis.

Finally deciding on a book, Virikai stepped away, large tome in hand, and strode quickly down the narrow path between the shelves until he came to the main staircase. He didn’t need to go upstairs; there was more than enough room for him at one of the many tables on this floor, but he had the sneaking suspicion that his younger sister had once again found refuge in the Atheneum. It was most likely that she was upstairs somewhere, where the texts on linguistics were housed. Pale orbs were focused straight ahead as the young man ascended the stairs, the hem of his ice blue embroidered robes trailing behind him. He walked with a determined air, his hands resting at his sides and swallowed slightly by the voluminous sleeves of his robes, which all but hid the book and bag tucked under his arm.

Much like the lower floor, all was silent as the other students studied around. As he began to walk in the direction of the linguistics shelves, and the tables that accompanied them, the clicks of his boots on the marble was heard among the low whispers of studious groups. Those who were moving around the floor diverted their own courses for him, as if he was an object repelling other objects. They bowed their heads as he passed, the few who recognised him even going as far as to murmur, “My Lord," to him. He gave no indication of hearing them, his attention never wavering from the path straight ahead of him. It amused him, to an extent. His father was a Lord, and his mother a Lady. As a courtesy, Virikai and Raven were often afforded the same respect, even if it wasn’t an official honour.

Reminded of the naer girl that Virikai had ensnared, he recalled her scathing tone as she mockingly applied the title of lord to him. His lips almost twitched, as if a smile dared to break through the otherwise indifference façade. He wondered what his sister, who had almost more scorn for those deemed to be lacking, would have made of the outcast. Raven was arguably the only person that Virikai could claim coming close to true companionship with - he might even go as far as to claim that he felt familial love for the younger woman. They were similar in almost every aspect, and Virikai could not help but admire how refined and ambitious his little sister had become. His pace slowed and a small smile did grace his lips as he saw the jet locks of his sibling. “Father was asking after you,” he said without preamble, placing his book on the table and reaching into his leather satchel for a sheet of vellum and a pen.
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Raven’s steps had taken her to a desk just a few shelves away from where she had originally been, the woman gently placed the book upon the wooden table top. A table where she had already set her gear up at. Her left hand proceeded to gently tug the chair out from underneath the table and the woman would then seat herself down as she gently pulled the book towards her form before she opened it. That was then when a familiar voice spoke to her and she lifted her white gaze to view her brother who had approached the table. “Viri, if father was really asking for me, he knows where I spend most of my days.” Her right hand lifted so then she could tuck her raven locks behind her right ear, the golden ear cuff softly glinted in soft light that was present within the library. Her head angled gently to the right while she simply watched her brother settle himself down at the table. Many said that Viri looked like their father and she couldn’t deny that statement, however she got along better with her brother rather than her father. “Besides, I still sleep at the family home, if he was bothered, he could very easily pass me in the hallways.” Indeed, the Talius house was not a house that she consider to be her home.

Their father adored, well more like spoiled her older brother and both parents paid more attention to him. As far as Raven was concerned, she was basically ignored, however they made sure that she was well educated. She figured that it was just her father’s attempt to make her more marriageable, to marry her off to another Edís. Marriage, however, was not a part of Raven’s interests at the moment, in fact she probably wouldn’t be interested in it for many arcs. Although, she was sure that now that she had reached and passed the sexual maturity age, their father probably wanted her to marry soon, but she wasn’t going to let that happen. She leaned slightly to her left, her fingers then tugged open the flap of her bag and pulled out a couple of sheets of crude paper, followed by a pen. She never used vellum for notes; the crude paper did the job just fine. The young Edís settled these items upon the desk and her gaze glanced at the book in front of her, peering at the title page before she looked back to her brother. “Viri, you know how I feel about talk that involves our family.” She lifted both hands so then the elbows rested upon the table top, her fingers interlaced over the book and she leaned forwards just a fraction to rest her chin upon them.

Her gaze peered at Viri while she pondered to herself with a blank face, what did her father want exactly? Silence reigned over the woman and her gaze watched her brother’s face, curious as to why her brother sought her out upon this floor. He couldn’t be here just to tell her that their father was looking for her. “However, if you want to tell me as to why he is asking after me, then I may be interested. You and I both know that he mostly couldn’t be bothered with me, you’re his shining star after all. So what does he want with me?” A couple of bits passed before her hands unlaced and she turned her gaze to the book sitting in front of her. Her right hand moved to pick up the pen that she had unpacked from her bag. It was then when she flipped the title page over, her gaze now focused upon the book. Raven had seen the fact that Viri also had a book, which meant that he too was here to study. “How are you by the way? More importantly, how are your studies going?”
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Virikai’s returning smile was one which spoke of warnings to his sister. A scion and heiress together attracted attention, and the young edís was nothing if not particular about the private life of his family staying private. Despite her refined nature, Virikai saw Raven as a bitter woman. Perhaps it was her young age, and her as yet under-developed faculties for emotional restraint, or perhaps it was a permanent personality flaw. But a slight to Raven was visible to anyone who knew her well enough to look. “Father is a busy man, Raven,” he said softly as he angled his vellum on the desk with his fingers. “We cannot expect him to have the luxury of time to use as he might if there were no restrictions placed upon him by his work. But its been a while since you treated the house as your home.

Reaching over, Virikai selected the top book in the pile surrounding his little sister and pulled it towards him before opening it to a random page and feigning interest in its contents as he lowered his voice, “it’s plain to all that all the house is to you now is somewhere to sleep. Anyone might think that you had had a deprived childhood, miss Talius.” If anything, she needed to be reminded that certain privileges came with certain obligations. Virikai loved his sister, but even if their father were to die tomorrow, he would not hesitate to do what Verity Talius planned to do: eventually marry her off to the highest bidder. The Talius name, coming from their maternal side, was not as secure as the family made it out to be. The world was ignorant of their Delegate’s ancestry, and it would stay that way, through the strong marriages of both Virikai and Raven to other influential families.

Silence fell as Raven turned to her work for a few minutes, and Virikai continued to pretend to read, knowing that the conversation was not yet over. He closed the book gently and replaced it back on his side of the table when Raven leant forwards, speaking once again. “I’m not asking you to talk about the family,” he placated softly. Despite the disinterest on his face, his tone would convey some form of empathy to his sister. “But I would like you to talk to the family.” He held up his hand, to stop the ebony-haired girl from interrupting him, which he guessed she might want to. “I would like you to, at the very least, treat our father the same way that you would treat everyone else in the city - with polite civility. You don’t have to like him to do that, do you?

Leaning back once again, Virikai pulled his own book towards him and, crossing one leg over the other, rested the large tome on his chin. On one side of the book he placed the vellum paper and he prepared his pen. “I am not discussing that here, Raven,” he said, his tone (whilst still gentle to avoid garnering any unwanted attention) broking no room for debate from the other. “Far more important to you should be what I want. And I want to show some of the decorum you have been taught since you could walk, and stop acting like a petulant child. Academics form only half of what makes the eídisi so intelligent and superior. It seems that you have forgotten your station.
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‘Linguistics is the scientific study of language. There are three aspects to this study: language form, language meaning, and language in context.’

The nib of Raven’s reservoir pen stopped at the end of the sentence and the black full stop was almost like a back stain. Lucky it’s just crude paper and notes, she thought to herself before she dipped the nib back into the ink and lightly tapped it against the edge of the vial to remove any excess ink. The young Eídisi continued to read while she listened patiently to the words that she had heard so many times from her older brother. He always served as a constant reminder, a sharp one at that, but to her it no longer mattered. Knowledge was all that she cared about and it was the only thing that she would care about.

‘Linguistics analyses language as a system for relating sounds (or signs in signed languages) and meaning. Phonetics studies acoustic and articulatory properties of the production and perception of speech sounds and non-speech sounds.’

Silence fell over the two and she had not recognized it until she had finished copying down her notes. Silence was a constant company and it was how she liked things, however she knew that her brother sat on the opposite side of the table and she lifted her white gaze to view her brother. Sometimes she liked him and other times, she despised him for he could be just like their father, which she guessed was why their father doted upon him so much. “When the house feels like a home, I will treat it as such brother. However, I have my own plans. I will not marry as a meek little kitten until my own plans are complete.”

The woman dipped her nib into the ink and tapped it gently against the side of the vial and lifted the pen so then the nib was held above her page. “If you care so much about the Talius name, then perhaps you should marry brother right away brother and carry it on yourself. You, father and mother both forget that I may have towed the line when I was a child, but I will not hesitate to bring my plans up ahead of time and leave the house. I have no emotional attachment to it and I most definitely have no emotional attachment to the Talius name.” Slowly, she angled her head to the right as she viewed him for a moment in thought. A smirk drifted upon her lips then before her gaze returned to the book that she was studying. “Besides, should you and father force me into such a marriage, I will simply take the name of my husband, leaving the Talius name in the dust.”

Slowly, her left hand turned the page of the book that she had been studying and continued to jot down notes. While her brother was across from her, she wasn’t going to waste a second of studying, especially when it came to family matters. They were but a nuisance at the best of times, especially when it involved her father. “I however, will speak with him; even though he has nothing that I wish to hear. When and where does he want to talk? I will… attempt to make an effort to be there.” She lifted her gaze, but not to look at her brother. The woman caught the gaze of an on looker and lifted a brow. Most of the time, no one dared to look at her, but her brother caught the attention of many and it was tiring to be out in public with him. Thankful, the on looker gripped their book tighter and walked off. “Honestly brother, you’re a magnet for attention, it’s going to back fire one day.”
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It was not unlike Raven to be rebellious, but it was rare for her to use such a tone when speaking to her brother. The two shared a love and connection that surpassed their family’s high status, and the desires of their father. Most often than not, the two would be on the same side, and Virikai always strove to make Raven feel respected. Today, however, she seemed intent on coming off as the victim, and Virikai would not pander to her pathetic whims right now. If this argument continued, they were likely to attract unwanted attention from others around them. She was clearly not in a submissive mood today.

If father directs me to, I will marry whomever he choses for me, whenever he desires. It is expected for both of us.” His voice was barely more than a whisper, and his tone was soft… slightly condescending, but also acquiescing to his sister. “Marriage does not necessarily mean your life is over. You have so much potential; it is unlikely that father will marry you off for the sake of being a good wife and bearing noble children for your husband. Surely you don’t expect that he would allow a child of his to be scorned and ignored, especially with a mind like yours?

Raven had lost her way, if she believed so little of their parents… and it was clear that a few words from Virikai would not change her mind. The Talius heir found himself disturbed by this newly forming image of his sister, and he knew that no work would be achieved today, at least on his part. Raven seemed perfectly comfortable and pushed her nose back into her book, not deigning to reply.

Sighing, Virikai scraped his hand through his hair, “I will leave you to your studying, then. Perhaps we will have dinner soon, just the two of us.” Raven merely hummed in response, but did not look up. Virikai bristled, not used to being dismissed by his younger sibling, but chose not to renew their argument by bringing up her poor manners. He folded his things back into his bag and stood, turning without a mother word and leaving the younger student to her work.
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An Unknown Booked Conversation [Virikai]

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Virikai Talius :

Knowledge:

Etiquette: Polite Civility
Politics: Acquiescing an Argument
Politics: Aristocrats Must Marry Well
Politics: Family Matters are Private
Politics: Remember Your Station
Politics: Respect the Will of Your Father
Research: Productive Use of Resources
Research: Time Management

Raven Talius: Sister
Raven: Dedicated to her Studies
Raven: Spirited
Raven: Studies Lingistics
Raven: Will Not Accept her Status

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Injuries: N/A
Fame: N/A
Magic XP: N/A

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Comments: I've never read any of Virikai's threads before, and I was pleasantly surprised. He's a very interesting PC and indeed an ice prince!
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