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  1. "Yes, let's do that. I'm hungry too," Aridwyn replies. She gazes at Zeke in wonder. Janara said he had the Gift, but I never dreamt anything like this... Aridwyn looks up, but Janara is already gone. A smile creeps on to her face. I haven't given her enough credit... she does have a subtle bone in her body. Or maybe she's just anxious to get back to Joe? "Dumplings sound good right now," she says to Bhogmur, and then she summons every ounce of her strength and scoops him up, hugging him tight. She feels a pang in her gut, knowing this is the last time she will ever pick Bhogmur up
  2. Aridwyn gazes down at her son, and her eyes fill with tears. Rune had warned her recently that the road to Aizen Krahl would be dangerous, and though he hadn't mentioned it, she knew at its end waited a people not known for their kindness to orcs, no matter how small and extraordinary. Though she wanted him with her, she knew it was selfish. He could learn much from the Reptus, and Zeke needed him. What kind of mother would she be to prevent him from doing good? Besides, a little voice in her head that sounded suspiciously like Adeline was murmuring he doesn't belong to you... he belongs to al
  3. "Perhaps we can talk with the priest tonight, then ask him to come back in the morning once Bhoggy's awake. He's had such a wild day, I hate to interrupt his sleep. He'll be thinking more clearly after a good night's sleep anyway, I suspect." Not for the first time, Aridwyn asks herself what right she has to brood over her own misfortunes when Janara has encountered so many more and yet manages to remain cheerful. "I imagine so. Yes, I do," she murmurs softly.
  4. "No... it does. It seems like forever. He's growing so fast, and I don't want to miss a minute of it." Aridwyn feels a pang in her stomach. No mother wants to outlive her child... mine will be dead of old age before I have my first gray hair. She looks at Janara and immediately feels another pang. Perhaps this is why elves keep to themselves... it hurts too much to outlive your friends. Aridwyn throws an arm around Janara. "He is smart, and wise beyond his years. But he is strong too, and he knows right from wrong. And he's got you, me, and Joe. That's nothing to sneeze at." She s
  5. "Well, some," Aridwyn says, pursing her lips, "but it's wrapped in enough vaguery to rival the most cryptic elf mage. I'm impressed. This indicates that the Child of Harmony will come from outside, but mentions nothing of the child's race. Oh, and while many Reptus will welcome the child, an equal number will declare this heresy. So now we know why fighting broke out in the streets, at least." She sighs and closes the book. "It will be good to speak with a monk about this. Perhaps he will be a bit clearer than this manuscript." She glares at it in frustration. Aridwyn looks up in ala
  6. Meanwhile back at the legation, Aridwyn sits with the book of Reptus prophecy, carefully making notes about the "Child of Harmony" on some paper from her backpack. Occasionally she steals a glance at Bhogmur, who is still contentedly playing with Joe, then shakes her head and returns to the manuscript, obviously deep in thought. Could it be? Was it truly compassion for another victim of the Darkspawn filth that made me take him in... or was I simply a cog in a very large wheel? What are the chances that the rare elf who speaks orcish would arrive in the city of the Crusaders just in time to re
  7. Aridwyn eagerly takes the manuscript from Ernesto and begins to search it for information on the Child of Harmony, pausing only to snicker at Janara's slack-jawed admiration of Gragg Elfslayer. "Looks like Joe has some competition..." she whispers to her friend in her lowest voice, hoping Ernesto won't notice.
  8. A sudden thoughtful look passes over Aridwyn's face, and she carefully sets down the elven book. "Ernesto, did you happen to come across any books on Reptus prophecy?"
  9. Aridwyn listens eagerly. She had had a feeling this conversation was coming. Aridwyn's eyebrows shoot up, but she tries to hide her surprise. She had known of Janara's feelings for Joe for some time, but had not realized Janara was thinking this seriously yet. She furrows her brow in thought, searching for the right words. "Hmmm... the thing is, Malachias is a soldier. He's used to taking orders... not that Yvette gave him an order, exactly... at least, I don't think so..." She sighs and abandons that line of thought before Malachias can wander in upon them. "Joe, it seems like
  10. Aridwyn shrugs and stands. "I'm game. Let's try not to miss dinner, though."
  11. Aridwyn's eyes light up at the beautiful silks brought to her, and she gazes at them in wonder for a few moments before donning them. She had of course worn beautiful things in Almirithil, but the past few years of solitary roaming had left little opportunity to dress up. After dressing and arranging her hair, Aridwyn rejoins the others in the common room. The sight of Bhogmur dressed like a young Reptus prince brings a grin to her face. "Bhogmur, you look so handsome!"
  12. "Don't worry, Janara, there's plenty enough water for all of us. Though I do fear I should have thought to ask Khowloon of Reptus bathing customs. Do we rub ourselves down with these soaps first?" Aridwyn investigates the jars, sniffing each one and finally selecting the one she thinks smells the best. "Or can we simply jump in and soak? I'm sure Khowloon is busy with other things now, so we'll have to figure it out for ourselves as best we can." Apparently untroubled by questions of modesty, Aridwyn quickly disrobes and slides into the warm water. "Oh, it's heavenly. You must come in," she br
  13. Aridwyn is left speechless by Janara's news. She gasps. Once she is able to collect herself, she murmurs, "I had sensed your Aurellius had something in mind for him, but I had no idea it would come so soon. Nothing that happens with Bhogmur should surprise me, though." Aridwyn firmly shakes her head. "No. I have known other orcs, fine examples of orcdom to be sure, but they were not gifted as you three are. I suspect the Gift has far more to do with the devotion all three of you have to Aurellius. I did not realize there was still such faith left in this world."
  14. Aridwyn kneels and embraces Bhogmur. "And it is a fine song too," she murmurs, trying to hide her tears of relief. She takes several deep breaths. Now that they are out of immediate danger, she reflects on how oddly unsurprising she finds the whole incident. She had sensed some time back that Bhogmur was destined for great things. The Child of Harmony? Look at how many of us he has already brought together... Aridwyn stands and smiles at Khowloon. "You are too kind. Thank you."
  15. "Maybe they're jealous of his lovely shade of green," Aridwyn replies just as ruefully. The look of fear in Bhogmur's eyes unsettles her. I haven't been that scared since Adeline... She reaches out and squeezes Bhogmur's shoulder, murmuring "We will keep you safe" in Orcish.
  16. Once Khowloon answers Aridwyn, she begins to follow the entourage, noting with irony that it is far easier for her to track Overlord troops in the snow than a large group in broad daylight. She is content to follow and observe until the mood turns violent, at which point she pushes as close to Bhogmur as she can. She is happy to let Janara carry him, as Bhogmur has grown quite a bit and Janara is far stronger than she.
  17. Aridwyn drops all protocol at the sight of Bhogmur and his entourage. "Where are they taking my son?" she demands, more bewildered than angry.
  18. Aridwyn finally returns with her purchases from the street vendors. "Here, eat this. The bread will settle your stomach," she says as she pushes hunks of bread into Janara and Bhogmur's hands. That accomplished, she takes out her own purchase, a hunk of cheese. She sniffs at it skeptically, then shrugs and takes a bite. "Not bad... though it does seem rather heated, do the Reptus add spices to everything or is it just in the air? I wonder where they get the milk. Krungbeasts, most likely." She takes another bite as she leans against a wall and watches the city around her.
  19. When Janara and Bhogmur begin to wheeze, Aridwyn steps out of the line for soup. Silently thanking any gods who might happen to be listening that she was slow to eat, she goes in search of bread to soothe their overspiced stomachs.
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  21. "I could eat, but something tells me I should ask, good Sir Erik, exactly what was your first bowl like?" Aridwyn asks lightly. "I don't mind being dared to eat odd things, I just like knowing what I'm getting into upfront." In truth she is hungry enough to slurp down a bowl even without Erik's explanation, but she does not wish to offend their hosts by spilling soup on herself or worse, spitting it out.
  22. "Erik!" Aridwyn throws her arms around the Crusader. "I had not dreamt we we be so fortunate to see you again in this journey. We have much to tell you... Oh, and you must meet our new compatriot Rune," she says, gesturing to the dwarf. "I was just telling him how much you two would like each other."
  23. "Mmmmm, beer and mustard," Aridwyn muses, rather more enthusiastically than one would expect from an elf. "All this talk of food is making me hungry. I wonder where we can get something to eat? Preferably not rat." She looks at Freen, hoping he takes the hint.
  24. Aridwyn grins broadly at Janara's barrage of questions. "I imagine they have many of the same things you'd find in the shops in Denelspire, and some things neither one of us has seen before. I doubt we look poor so much as different... or they might think some of the unfamiliar things we have are very impressive. Bhoggy might want to come with us, or he might think shopping is too girly for him now and get Joe to give him some arm-wrestling lessons instead. I'm sure many of the Reptus speak the other languages of Taltos. I imagine they keep the krungbeasts outside the city. I don't know when w
  25. "Though we elves have been here a long time, by necessity we must keep our numbers small," Aridwyn murmurs, half to herself. "Since elves lead such long lives, we must have but small families lest we tax the land beyond what it can sustain." She reflects to herself that orcs' short lifespans may have something to do with their large numbers, but does not voice it out of consideration for Janara. "My people say that the Reptus too have been here for many years; they are spoken of in our history of this region." Aridwyn braces herself when she sees Malachias wobble. She grins at Janara
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