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Sunday Snippet, October 13, 2019

This follows from last week’s post. (The love potion in question ate away at some stones.)

(A bit more background about this story. It was started to go along with a D20tabletop RPG that a friend was creating.  I have no idea where his project currently stands; I should probably ask him.)

 

“Now, now. What’s Tuiee going to say when he sees what his love potion does, hm?”

Chollee snorted. “As if I care what that fat no-talent shopkeeper has to say!”

“Ooooh… he’s going to fire you!”

She shrugged. “He fires me every week.”

“And you keep working.”

“He pays well. And he needs me.” 

The truth was, Tuiee had always been very good to her, and she truly did love the old man, even though she seriously doubted his stories of being a grand wizard. 

“Keep on believing it,” Ozell said. “Things are going to change and you’ll need him someday.”

 

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Sunday Snippet, October 6, 2019

Switching things up a bit for a bit, posting from a barely started rough draft that has no name yet.

(A bit more background about this story. It was started to go along with a D20tabletop RPG that a friend was creating.  I have no idea where his project currently stands; I should probably ask him.)

Chollee gave the contents of the cauldron an angry stir, muttering curses under her breath. The midday sun and disturbing lack of ocean breeze did nothing to improve her mood and she directed curses at them as well as the cauldron, the contents of the cauldron, the fire under the cauldron, and the owner of the cauldron.

Not genuine curses of course: she wasn’t quite that angry – except maybe at the owner of the cauldron. She gave contents another stir and a few drops splashed out, landing on the stones of the fire pit and hissing angrily as they ate away at one.

“I thought that was supposed to be a love potion?” a voice said curiously.

“Go away, Ozell. I’m not in the mood.”

“Obviously,” the voice snickered and she splashed some of the liquid in its general direction.

 

 

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Sunday Snippet,September 29, 2019

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

 

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath.
D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
(They are both university professors as well as Mages.)
Katheri is a student at the university and has Mage potential.
Ellinea was D’Laron’s Questora, now deceased.

Xooshemi is going to get a name change. She’s a member of the Mage Guild (an archivist), and was D’Laron’s Saja. 

A few vocabulary words for now and for future reference.
Qestora is a female apprentice
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

Picking up from last week.

With unspoken accord they returned to D’Laron’s office and D’Laron refilled their brandy tumblers. As he handed one to Trebor he spoke quietly. “You do want Katheri, don’t you?”

“I won’t lie to you, Del. Yes. I would love to have her as a Qestora. But I’m not sure it’s a good idea – for me, for her, or for you. You need her, Del.”

D’Laron looked at him, pale blue eyes pleading.  I don’t know if I can,” he said softly. “I didn’t even sense her Potential.”

Trebor smiled. “Yes you did. Maybe not consciously, but you were aware of it on a deeper level.”

D’Laron studied the amber liquid in his tumbler for a long moment. “Trebor?”

“Hmm?”

“Do you think it’s ever been done, or that it’s possible?”

“Do I think what’s ever been done?”

“Two Sajen for one Qestori.”

“Two–?” Trebor stopped, stunned, his mind racing. “Are you out of your mind?”

“It was your idea,” D’Laron pointed out dryly. 

“Well, yes, but…”  Trebor’s voice trailed off as he turned the idea over in his mind.  Had it been just something to say to Xooshemi? Or would it be really be possible? There was no doubt that the idea excited him, that he wanted to do it.  Still he hesitated. “Maybe…”  He looked up, catching and holding D’Laron’s gaze, looking into him, reaching into him to gauge his feelings. At last he nodded, satisfied that D’Laron was not doing this to escape the responsibility of a Qestora, or because he knew that Trebor also wanted her, but out of a genuine desire to do what was best for Katheri. “Do you think we can?” 

“I don’t know why not. And two Sajen looking out for her are better than one, especially given the circumstances.”

A smile spread slowly across Trebor’s face. “Then let’s do it.”

D’Laron nodded, relieved. “I’m glad Xooshemi is going to be away. I don’t want her to know about Katheri yet. Not until we get her properly apprenticed.”

Trebor nodded. “The better to protect her.”

“Yes. I will not let that happen to another one.”

“Nor will I.”

Their gazes locked and the vow was sealed without need for further words.

“Now all we have to do,” Trebor grinned, “is convince Katheri.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet,September 22, 2019

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

 

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath.
D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
(They are both university professors as well as Mages.)
Katheri is a student at the university and has Mage potential.
Ellinea was D’Laron’s Questora, now deceased.

Xooshemi is going to get a name change. She’s a member of the Mage Guild (an archivist), and was D’Laron’s Saja. 

A few vocabulary words for now and for future reference.
Qestora is a female apprentice
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

Picking up from last week.

As they started out of the office they met Xooshemi on her way in. 

“What do you two want?”

She was almost snarling and D’Laron was taken aback for a moment. “Nothing important.” His smile was forced. “Just a minor question for an Archivist.”

“Well, what is it?” she prompted impatiently.

“We were talking about how things have changed since we were Qestori and one thing led to another,” Trebor stepped in smoothly as D’Laron hesitated. “Given that there used to be actual schools just for Mages we got to wondering if there was ever a case where one Qestori had two Sajen.”

Xooshemi frowned, thinking. “I don’t recall ever having come across anything like that,” she replied. “Of course, that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Could just have never been recorded. Or could be that I’ve never come across it. Believe it or not, I don’t have the entire history of all Orders memorized.”

“Any idea how something like that would work if it did exist?” D’Laron asked. 

“If you two are that interested, research it,” Xooshemi snapped. “I don’t have time for fool’s games.” She pushed past them and then stopped, turned, and looked up at the two of them. “Just so you know, I’ll be away for probably most of the rest of the semester. I just got word that there’s a family issue I need to attend to. So look up whatever you want, just don’t make a mess.”

Xooshemi turned and went into her office, firmly closing the door behind her, leaving the two of them standing in the hallway in bewildered silence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet,September 15, 2019

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

 

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath.
D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
(They are both university professors as well as Mages.)
Katheri is a student at the university and has Mage potential.
Ellinea was D’Laron’s Questora, now deceased.

Xooshemi is going to get a name change. She’s a member of the Mage Guild (an archivist), and was D’Laron’s Saja. 

A few vocabulary words for now and for future reference.
Qestora is a female apprentice
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

Picking up from last week.

“Xooshemi?” Trebor’s distress was so obvious that D’Laron couldn’t dismiss the accusation. His mind played back over the preceding years, and a small shudder ran through him. He knew that Xooshemi had been hard on Ellinea, and looking back, in light of what Trebor had said, he began thinking that it wasn’t just trying to teach and mold her. How could he have missed it? “I was too blind to see it,” he whispered, feeling ill. “Why – why didn’t you tell me what was going on?”

“Toward the end, I barely saw Ellinea, and neither did you. Xooshemi saw to it that she was isolated from you, and thus from me. I thought it was unusual, but… Xooshemi was your Saja and Ellinea was your Qestora and I had no place interfering in either end of things.”

D’Laron swallowed hard, suddenly realizing how isolated Trebor must have felt, and how helpless. At last he rose and placed a hand on his friend’s shoulder. “From now on, Treb, we share suspicions.”

Trebor nodded. “You’re right. I should have said something then, and I should never have pulled away.”

“And I shouldn’t have let you.” He gave Trebor’s shoulder a squeeze. “Come on, let’s get out of here.”

“But –?”

“I just don’t feel up to talking to her right now. Not after what you just told me.”

Trebor nodded and rose. “I’m sorry, Del.”

“So am I, Treb, for a lot of things.” He hesitated for a moment. “Treb, from now on, nothing comes between us. Certainly not Xooshemi.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet,September 8, 2019

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

 

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath.
D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
(They are both university professors as well as Mages.)
Katheri is a student at the university and has Mage potential.
Ellinea was D’Laron’s Questora, now deceased.

Xooshemi is going to get a name change. She’s a member of the Mage Guild (an archivist), and was D’Laron’s Saja. 

A few vocabulary words for now and for future reference.
Qestora is a female apprentice
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

Picking up from last week.

“Del… Ellinea was not your fault.” Trebor took a deep breath and plunged forward suddenly. “And it wasn’t suicide.”

D’Laron looked up, startled. “Treb – “

Trebor rose and started pacing again, clearly agitated. “I didn’t want to say anything then. I didn’t have any proof. I still don’t. But since we’re speaking the unspeakable… and even the unthinkable…”

“Are – are you sure?”

Trebor whirled to face him. “Yes, I’m sure. She was stressed, having trouble coping, but she was not suicidal.”

D’Laron rubbed a hand across his face. “Why didn’t you say anything?”

“What was I supposed to say, Del? ‘Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but your Saja murdered your Qestora’?” Trebor sank into a chair, face in his hands, choking back a sob. He had said it, had voiced a suspicion he had sworn he would never voice. The words were out and there was no way to call them back.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet,September 1 2019

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

 

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath.
D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
(They are both university professors as well as Mages.)
Katheri is a student at the university and has Mage potential.
Ellinea was D’Laron’s Questora, now deceased.

Xooshemi is going to get a name change. She’s a member of the Mage Guild (an archivist), and was D’Laron’s Saja. 

A few vocabulary words for now and for future reference.
Qestora is a female apprentice
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

Skipping a few lines from last week.

“There’s more, isn’t there?” D’Laron asked softly. He knew the answer. He didn’t want to hear it, but he knew he had to.

Trebor hesitated. 

“Say it, Trebor. I need to hear someone else say it.”

D’Laron’s pain was raw and sharp and Trebor took a deep breath, closing his eyes, trying to block it out.

“Ellinea.”

D’Laron hissed softly and drew in on himself, the name bringing fresh pain. “Yes,” he said. “Ellinea.”

“I’m sorry, Del.”

D’Laron looked up, his eyes moist. “I blame myself.” He fastened his gaze on the tips of his shoes, wishing this entire conversation had never been started.

“I know. But it wasn’t you.”

“I know. But…” He sighed. “I should have stepped in. I shouldn’t have let Xooshemi ride her so hard, make things so difficult for her. I failed her.”

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, August 25, 2019

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

 

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath.
D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
(They are both university professors as well as Mages.)
Katheri is a student at the university and has Mage potential.

Xooshemi is going to get a name change. She’s a member of the Mage Guild (an archivist), and was D’Laron’s Saja. 

A few vocabulary words for now and for future reference.
Qestora is a female apprentice
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

“Yeah, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that. Some of your friends are full of shit.”

D’Laron’s mouth quirked in a half smile. “Probably true, but not this one, although he would probably agree with you.”

Trebor looked up, his dark blue eyes haunted, his face drawn. “I’m all right, D’Laron. Really.”

D’Laron shook his head. “No you aren’t. Talk to me.”

“I – I can’t.”

D’Laron frowned. The two of them had never kept secrets from each other, except briefly, and even then it had been Trebor trying to protect him. “Trebor…”

He shook his head. “No, Del. I can’t. Not about this.”

“What is it, Treb? Woman troubles?” 

D’Laron was teasing and Trebor flashed him a pained smile. “Not precisely.”

D’Laron sobered immediately, following a hunch based on what they had discussed earlier. “It’s Xooshemi, isn’t it?”

Trebor didn’t answer, just looked away.

“It is.” Trebor nodded and D’Laron could feel his misery. “Talk to me.”

“I can’t, Del. It’s bad enough that I’m thinking what I am – I really can’t bring it out into the light of day.”

“Trebor, tell me. We may be thinking the same things but we won’t know if we don’t talk.”

Trebor looked up and D’Laron felt the gentle and familiar touch of Trebor’s Talent and realized that it had been missing from his general background sensations – in his concern and preoccupation with Katheri he hadn’t noticed. He took a deep breath and relaxed, letting his shields down, letting Trebor in.

Slowly, his friend nodded and pulled back, but D’Laron felt his presence linger as a familiar part of his aura again.

“I’ve missed that,” D’Laron said softly. “I couldn’t put my finger on what was missing, but it was you.”

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, August 18, 2019

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

 

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath.
D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
(They are both university professors as well as Mages.)
Katheri is a student at the university and has Mage potential.

Xooshemi is going to get a name change. She’s a member of the Mage Guild (an archivist), and was D’Laron’s Saja. 

A few vocabulary words for now and for future reference.
Qestora is a female apprentice
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

Xooshemi’s office was empty when the two men arrived so they settled in to wait for her. D’Laron pulled a book off a shelf and settled down to read, but Trebor fidgeted, pacing restlessly.

D’Laron put his book down. “What’s wrong, Treb?”

“Nothing. Just…” Trebor shook his head and sat down, only to bounce back up a moment later.

“You’re nervous.” D’Laron paused. “If I didn’t know better I’d say you were scared.” Trebor just shook his head and resumed pacing. “Relax, Treb. It’s just Xooshemi. I promise I won’t let her eat you.”

“I don’t need you to protect me from her,” Trebor snapped. “I can take care of myself the same as you or any other Mage.”

D’Laron put his book down and stood up. “Trebor?”

“Leave me alone! I don’t need you to fight my battles for me!”

D’Laron flinched as Trebor’s words slashed at him. He reached out for him, but Trebor sank into a chair, burying his face in his hands.

“I’m sorry, Del. I didn’t mean that…”

D’Laron took a seat next to him, and spoke gently. “Treb, a friend of mine recently told me something very wise. He said ‘I can’t help you if you won’t let me.’ “

“Yeah, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that. Some of your friends are full of shit.”

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, August 11, 2019

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

 

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath.
D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
(They are both university professors as well as Mages.)
Katheri is a student at the university and has Mage potential.

Xooshemi is going to get a name change. She’s a member of the Mage Guild (an archivist), and was D’Laron’s Saja. 

A few vocabulary words for now and for future reference.
Qestora is a female apprentice
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female)
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

“I’ll talk to her.”

Trebor frowned softly. 

“What is it, Treb?”

“I don’t know. Did you ever just get one of those feelings? Nothing to base it on, not part of your Gift or anything, just one of those feelings?”

D’Laron nodded. “They’re normal for us, remember?”

Trebor’s smile seemed distracted. “Telling Xooshemi about her just seems… I don’t know. It makes me uneasy somehow.”

D’Laron frowned, and Trebor felt him reaching for the thread of doubt that he felt. At last he sighed. “She’s going to find out about her eventually.”

Trebor nodded. “True. So I suppose telling her now will be for the best. But still.”

D’Laron nodded. “Yes. I agree. Come along when I tell her? I know she’s just about impossible for you to read, but maybe you’ll pick up on something…”

Trebor’s grin had a dark edge to it. “Just try to keep me away.”

D’Laron smiled and tossed back the rest of his brandy.  “Let’s go.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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