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Undertaker

Age: 28 | Height: 5'8" | Race: Abandoned | Nationality: Outlander
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#15
Scattering sparks of thought energy
Deliver me and carry me away
"And do all the Ascended support the Blight or the murder of the Fae? What is the source of their rivalry with the Fae?" Abasi asked, tilting his head in confusion; this was the first time he'd heard of that particular schism, if indeed there was one.

Her question is a hard one to answer. The Gods in Egypt had been an all-important part of life, involved in every aspect, much the way they were here. But they had been silent, invisible forces, not physical beings that could be seen, that had specific relationships with all kinds of townsfolk. That changed everything, in regards to relations between different religious or racil groups. Still, there were was some comparisons to be made. "We had cultures that we disagreed with on matters of Gods; there have been wars fought over the righteousness of religions. Though I understand most people here do not wish it to come to that."

He watched the tea fill the cup, breathing in the scent. "I have heard of Ludo, a God that deals in death...I feel with my choice of occupation and prior experience, this God seems the most sensible for me to meet."
Here in my kingdom I am your lord
I order you to cower and pray
ABASI
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 30 - Dext: 29 - Endr: 29 - Luck: 30
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Amalia
'Cause she's just like the weather
Can't hold her together
Born from dark water
Daughter of the r a i n and s n o w
Amalia blinks at his follow up question, a slight amount of exasperation coloring the edges of her voice. "Not all of them, no- but the Fae dislike the Voice. And after the barrier fell... that's when the blight began to spread to the woods. And they asked the Ascended to stay out, but the Voice continued to send them, which spread the blight more." How new is this man to it all? How much does he know, and how much does he want to know? Fidgeting slightly, she continues. "Then, before LongNight, she sent some of the Ascended to attack a sacred tree that held a portal. They... they killed it, and five Fae besides. With the Voice's help."

Swallowing, she turns her face up to Jyoti in the rafters. "So no, I would not say all of them are murderers. Or even bad people. I know many helped- they wanted to stop the blight. But to continue supporting the Voice after all of this? That I can't understand." Sensing her companion's growing discontent, the little whale swims down to the counter, settling herself on Amalia's neck and breathing a huff of starlight.

It is easier to turn the topic back to him, away from her own troubling and uncertain feelings about the role the Ascended play in the world. Gravely she nods agreement with the assessment that they do not wish it to come to war, passing him the teacup as it fills. There is sugar and a little cream on the counter behind her, and she turns to grab it as he mentions Ludo. When she faces him again, a smile curls at her lips. "What occupation and experience?" she wonders, extending the small cup of milk and bowl of sugar toward him with an inviting nod.
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Undertaker

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#17
Scattering sparks of thought energy
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As Amalia went into more depth about the relationship between the Voice and the Fae, Abasi nodded along, appreciated the extra details. This story was complicated, a million smaller fights and events fitting in along the way and every person seemed to have a different piece to add into the mix. "And...the portal, was it useful?"

He followed her eyes up to the rafters and watched Jyoti fly. Once he would have reacted loudly to seeing a small flying whale; now he just raised an eyebrow, wondering why he had not seen one of these before among other's companions. Perhaps a gift granted to Amalia by the Gods she was favoured by. "People often let devotion carry them to unimaginable ends." He commented as Jyoti floated down, still following the creature with his gaze the whole way.

Abasi took his tea - he looked to both the milk and sugar but shook his head. He had never liked to weaken strong tastes nor sweeten them. "I am...well. I believe the word here is Undertaker. I am helping the people of the town in matters of death. In making sure their loved ones are buried or cremated or dealt with as they wish; I have skill in dealing with dead bodies from my world, where I often prepared them thoroughly for burial." He sipped his tea, hardly considering this anything worth making a fuss over.

"So I was hoping to speak to Ludo. I have spoken to Delphia, who I understand is a daughter of Mort, who is also a Death God. She seemed to approve of my idea, though...told me some troubling things about the afterlife here." He sighed, frowning down at the ground.
Here in my kingdom I am your lord
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ABASI
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 30 - Dext: 29 - Endr: 29 - Luck: 30
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Amalia
'Cause she's just like the weather
Can't hold her together
Born from dark water
Daughter of the r a i n and s n o w
Useful is a difficult thing to measure, and Amalia does not answer the question except with a quiet shrug. Adding a healthy quantity of milk to her tea, the baker forces herself to relax a little, breathing in the aromatic spices that rise up in the steam. Curiosity dances across her expressive features as he explains his role as undertaker, slightly puzzled by the custom to maintain lost loved ones but not entirely opposed. "Did that help their souls reach Mor- ah, your afterlife?" she wonders, remembering the many souls lost at LongNight. "Did you have something like lanterns, to guide them on their way?"

Ludo does make a good deal of sense. Nodding, Amalia smiles at Abasi. She's heard of Delphia as well, the rumors around the name inspiring a great deal of awe and surprise- the Shield has heard of children of the gods, of course, but never met any herself. Her attention is taken away from the demi-god when the undertaker comments on the content of their conversation, causing Amalia to frown. "What kind of troubling things?"
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Undertaker

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#19
Scattering sparks of thought energy
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It seemed Amalia was unwilling to make a judgement on the portals; Abasi noted that. He suspected that soon the debate surrounding them would come to a head. When that time came it was good to know where each person stood, what could be said around whom.

"Yes." He answered to her question. "We would preserve the bodies with chemicals, remove their organs...but leave the heart. The soul would go to be judged by the Gods; if successful they could then return to their body nightly to have a home within it. It is best that the body is as preserved as possible, so that they can recognise themselves and know where to go. We...had no lanterns, but families often left instructions or prayers in the tomb for the soul to read." Abasi wondered if this sounded brutal to her, savage; it was so different from the way people did things in Caido.

As far as what was troubling... "She told me with certainty that Outlanders, once dead, cannot return to their worlds - their souls, I mean. Which means my soul shall be trapped here, away from all my ancestors, Gods, traditions...it saddens me and I imagine many other Outlanders would feel the same." Abasi sipped at his tea, shook his head with a sigh, the most emotion he'd really shown since entering. "I am not yet decided if it is something I want to tell people or not."
Here in my kingdom I am your lord
I order you to cower and pray
ABASI
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Amalia Chandrakant
the Shield of Safrin
Baker
Portal Guardian
Age: 22 | Height: 5'6 | Race: Attuned | Nationality: Natural
Level: 11 - Strg: 30 - Dext: 29 - Endr: 29 - Luck: 30
JYOTI - Mythical - Starwhale (Humpback)
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Amalia
'Cause she's just like the weather
Can't hold her together
Born from dark water
Daughter of the r a i n and s n o w
His preservation rituals are bizarre, but she does not think them barbaric. Indeed, the idea of keeping some part of the deceased appeals to Amalia on a deep, personal level, though she cannot help but find an amount of selfishness in the act Abasi describes. "Why... why would they want to be tethered to a tomb, though? If the body was given back to the ground, would the soul be free to go where it wished?" To visit the ones it left behind, to see the lost and lonely?

Ever more interested in life than death, Amalia had never thought to consider that Outlanders may not wish to remain here when they died. That they might have family, loved ones, lost ones, gods they had hoped to spend eternity beside. The thought catches her like a blow to the chest, leaving her breathless, her expression one of dawning dismay. "Oh... I didn't... I didn't know," she breathes, black eyes wide as she stares at Abasi. "I'm sorry."

She doesn't know what else to say, what she can possibly do to soften this blow. So she sips her tea in careful silence, leaving it for him to reflect by himself or break the peace- whatever he needs to ease his pain.
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