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Wessex Theskyra
the Wraith
Queen of the Hollowed Grounds

Age: 41 | Height: 5'8'' | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Natural | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
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WESSEX
A leader cannot lead with just a single counselor.

Ok, well, she could, but she also knows it would be better if she has more than one voice at the table. Different voices. Massively different voices. Wessex may not like it, but in the days following the cure, she came to the conclusion that at this point in time there is something that Bastien can do for the Grounds and the family, and more importantly - that it’s time for him to step up.

Rather, that she will likely have to persuade him to step up.

Ten prepared arguments lay on the tip of her tongue as she knocks on Bastien’s door; the action is oddly reminiscent of when she came to see Rex and him after she’d had her second Ascension. Only there will be no Rex inside today, only a child. No, not only a child. A beautiful combination of the two of them. One that gives her a little bit of hope and like many of their youngest kin, a desire to protect.

Which is, in part, why Wessex is here, doing her best to look as pleasant as she can.
No, I’ll be the stone
I’ll be the hunter, a tower that casts the shade
I lie awake and watch it all
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Bastien De Rosieres
Guildmaster / Artist

Age: 35 | Height: 6' 2" | Race: Ascended | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
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BASTIEN
I'm feeling devious
You're looking glamorous
Bastien was enjoying his newly cured life very much; with his mind cleared he had managed to clean the Sanctuary, though he found he didn't actually mind the splatters of paint from his more deranged moments across the floor and walls. He'd been happy to have Azrael back home, able to look after his child again and chat to them about everything and anything.

The only downside had been the oddly fresh knowledge of Rexanna's death. The portrait by the door was a grim reminder of what he had lost, that he had briefly regained in his hallucinations.

He had turned to what he always did for distraction: the comfort of art. With Azrael upstairs taking a nap (Ascended didn't need to sleep, but he thought it was good to teach his child the benefit of down-time), he leaned in close to the centre of a large canvas, making small concentric circles that bloomed out from it in cool colours. The knock at the door made him look up halfway through one and he walked to the entrance backwards still looking at his piece, considering the interrupted shape.

Opening the door to see Wessex he smiled and gestured for her to come in, swiftly walking back to his canvas himself. "Ah, the Queen herself! An honour. I assume you have not come to paint flowers."
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Wessex Theskyra
the Wraith
Queen of the Hollowed Grounds

Age: 41 | Height: 5'8'' | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Natural | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
Level: 7 - Strg: 39 - Dext: 40 - Endr: 40 - Luck: 39
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WESSEX
Wessex painting flowers? The idea makes her chuckle. “I’ve done it before, but my efforts might offend Caido’s greatest artist.” Ducking inside with a thankful tuck of her head, she spies the news painting of Rexanna first - the one that sits by the door. She stills and pauses, the chuckle quickly dying out, though it’s not replaced by melancholy. “I like that one,” she says to Bastien as she turns back and heads further into the house - a semi-familiar place - but she pauses before making herself at home.

“How are you?” the Wraith asks politely, inquiring mostly about his post-illness state of being. “And how’s Azrael?” As far as she knows, the child hadn’t been sick but that doesn’t account for the myriad of other concerns one might have when the parent is deliriously ill.

It’s one of the few reasons she won’t ever ask for a child; her life is too dangerous, too bold, too reckless. It would be unfair to raise a child in that kind of environment, or expose it to anyone who might use it against her. But she wouldn’t mind playing Aunt every once in a while.
No, I’ll be the stone
I’ll be the hunter, a tower that casts the shade
I lie awake and watch it all
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Bastien De Rosieres
Guildmaster / Artist

Age: 35 | Height: 6' 2" | Race: Ascended | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
Level: 5 - Strg: 20 - Dext: 22 - Endr: 14 - Luck: 10
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BASTIEN
I'm feeling devious
You're looking glamorous
"Oh, surely you know me well enough by now that you know no ones efforts could offend me." Bastien had always made it a point of pride to find something good to say about anybody's work, to appreciate the beauty in even the simplest, most crudely drawn pieces. One could hardly support everyone to make art unless one accepted all skill levels.

He glanced up to the painting of Rex that greeted visitors and smiled. "Thank you. I wanted Azrael to grow up with her presence still in the house, somehow." This way every morning their child saw their mother, even if it could not be in the flesh.

As for how he was; Bastien went to wash one of his brushes, tilted his head side to side as he scrubbed it in the solution. "It is...fading. I still feel odd sometimes, but The Voice truly did work one of her miracles. Azrael is well; growing far too fast. I knew they would, but...ah, I am trying to enjoy their curious phase while it lasts. I'm sure soon they won't want to hear anything from dad for quite some time." He himself had been a rebellious teen (hell, he'd moved to a whole other country just to piss off his dad) and could see it being a likely future for Az too.

"How are you recovering?" He asked politely, looking back to her.
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Wessex Theskyra
the Wraith
Queen of the Hollowed Grounds

Age: 41 | Height: 5'8'' | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Natural | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
Level: 7 - Strg: 39 - Dext: 40 - Endr: 40 - Luck: 39
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WESSEX
At this point, let’s just assume that Wessex only peripherally knows how baby demigods grow and that when Bastien says ‘he’s growing so fast,’ she thinks it’s… not quite as fast as it is. Or something like that. Either way, she nods along and is genuinely interested in the child’s progress, but has nothing concrete to add to a child-rearing conversation. “Maybe they’ll surprise you. I would have killed for a father, even as a teenager.” At least she knows that single parenting is hard. “I’m sure you have endless offers, but if you need anything -” he knows her door is open.

And as the Queen herself? “I’m fine. Fairly quick recovery, which I’m thankful for - turns out there’s a lot to do when you - somehow - become Queen again.” That whole thing is a little fuzzy, actually. There are flashes of a speech, Oliver, a crowd, and then the knowledge that she’s Queen. Again. The motive behind that move is even fuzzier, but perhaps this will be a good thing.

“Which leads me to why I’m here.” Looking at Bastien, she does her best to be both honest and frank about everything. “I need a council. Amun has already said yes, but I’m aware that I need a range of voices. And the two of us... are very different people.”
No, I’ll be the stone
I’ll be the hunter, a tower that casts the shade
I lie awake and watch it all
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Bastien De Rosieres
Guildmaster / Artist

Age: 35 | Height: 6' 2" | Race: Ascended | Nationality: Outlander | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
Level: 5 - Strg: 20 - Dext: 22 - Endr: 14 - Luck: 10
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BASTIEN
I'm feeling devious
You're looking glamorous
"Maybe so. I would like to think as parents go I am rather lax, after all." Bastien said with a smile; any child of his was unlikely to get into trouble for drugs, partying or sex, as long as it was at the right age and with full knowledge of the consequences. Though of course, with Azrael being Ascended, they were not quite as pressing concerns. At Wessex's offer of help he smiled and nodded. "Oh, I do. It's been useful, especially when I was ill...but I will keep it in mind. Thank you."

He laughed as she mentioned having a lot to do. "You say suddenly, but you did offer yourself for the role...and between you and I, there was no competition." Bastien whispered the last part, some mischief in his eyes. He had no issues with Oliver, the kid a part of his own guild, but he struggled with seeing the self-doubting man in a leadership role

Bastien had assumed she was there for a social call or to ask for a favour, maybe to reminisce about Rexanna; when Wessex began to speak about the council he frowned, clearly confused. "You would like me to help you think of candidates..? You of course cannot mean I join the council; you know I am not one for authority or government, especially not being in it."
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