(open) 'cause we find ourselves in the same old mess
Wessex Theskyra
the Wraith
Queen of the Hollowed Grounds

Age: 41 | Height: 5'8'' | Race: Demi-god | Nationality: Natural | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
Level: 10 - Strg: 44 - Dext: 43 - Endr: 46 - Luck: 46 - Int: 1
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#1
I write sins, not tragedies
There’s a small upside to the burned buildings - some would laugh at calling it a silver lining, but in a land where the soil has become week, the earth needs all the help it can get. And you know what’s a good fertilizer? Wood ash - after it’s been composted a bit.

So Wessex has been organizing composting piles around the Grounds, trying to help the non-Ascended prepare for planting season; it’s not the most glamorous work, but they need all the help they can get. Wheelbarrow in hands, the Queen goes to open a shed and as she enters, finds a pesky buzzing noise. Bees? Wasps? She quickly finds the source of the sound - there, in the back corner, is a good sized wasp nest.

Unlike Bees, there’s no real use for wasps, so Wessex obviously needs to destroy the nest. But first - something to extinguish a potential fire. So once she has a bucket of water, the Wraith takes careful aim at the wasp nest and attempts to laser the fuck out of them, heating up their nest and tiny angry bodies with her gaze until they start to burn up and get even more angry, with little tiny burning bodies briefly flying around until they drop to the ground.
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Samuel Wordsworth
Book maker/seller

Age: 29 | Height: 5' 5" | Race: Ascended | Nationality: Natural | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
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Samuel

For the first weeks after Longnight, Sam had been busy getting his own shop back to a running state; now that it was recovered from the fire and actually a little better for it, he had turned his attentions out to the Grounds at large, offering help where he could and trying to recover them all from what had been a stressful and destructive event.

He'd also been working on his ideas of a peace coalition, an idea he held close to his heart and kept secret from most, worried that those determined to have war would rip it from him. Possibly unfairly, he had assumed Wessex would be one of them, and had not approached her about it. In fact, other than the portal work in the Climb, he hadn't spoken to the Queen at all; they had a past and he often felt that he was an annoyance to her.

(And unlike most times, when it was his paranoid mind telling him that, Sam believed this one was actually real).

He was walking back from a spot in the ruins where he'd been helping a herb salesman recover some rare stock from cracks in the stone when he too heard the buzzing sound. Sam paused, frowning as he tried to work out what it was; probably bugs, but he'd been in far too much danger in the last year to dismiss anything unknown in Sanctuary. Walking around to the entrance he opened the door to peek in; he did not expect to see Wessex, lasers active, frying wasps.

The door had creaked when he'd moved it, so there really wasn't any pretending he wasn't there and just leaving. Blinking as he watched the wasps fall to the ground, he said quietly: "Well, um. I came to see what the noise was, but it seems you have it handled?"
I was not ready for the road
I was so discontent to wear that heavy load
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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: 10 - Strg: 44 - Dext: 43 - Endr: 46 - Luck: 46 - Int: 1
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#3
I write sins, not tragedies
She barely remembers to turn off the lasers when she whirls around to see who’s at the door, the lights tracking quickly across the wooden shed, leaving a pair of light scorch marks in their wake before she scrunches her eyes closed. “Oh,fuck, sorry Sam -” Wessex looks away and then pauses to make sure everything’s ‘normal’ before looking back at the bookmaker.

“Wasps are - the fucking worst. Absolutely no use for them. They don’t pollinate, make honey, or do anything useful. They just sting. So she doesn’t feel too bad about destroying the nest. Waving a hand in the air to make sure the few still flying around don’t reach her, she makes a face.

“But yeah, all good.” And if it wasn’t, it would be. Returning to the ash in the wheelbarrow, the Queen attempts to resume her composing efforts, but the front wheel seems to be stuck in some memory mud and it does not want to let go.
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Samuel Wordsworth
Book maker/seller

Age: 29 | Height: 5' 5" | Race: Ascended | Nationality: Natural | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
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Samuel

As he realised the beams of light were coming towards him, Sam ducked and let out an undignified 'wahh-!' sound; thankfully, they stopped short of actually frying his face off, and he stood up, trying to clear his throat and straighten out his shirt as if he had stood there stoically the whole time. "It's um..it's alright."

Not being fond of wasps himself he laughed, the sound a little high-strung and anxious from the near-face burning still, but a laugh nonetheless, one Sam was a little surprised by. It wasn't often he agreed with Wessex on something or that they discussed something so nonchalant and easy. "Absolutely. The Atheneum has Paper Wasps, which aren't even natural-" He wrinkled his nose with clear disgust. "They cause so many problems."

He watched her leave the shed, was about to make some excuse to leave and quietly pardon himself, but then Sam noticed that whatever Wessex was gathering in the wheelbarrow had been heavy enough to get stuck. Against his usual shy, avoidant nature, he went to help. "What are you doing with all this ash?" Sam asked as he went to lift the front of the cart with all his strength, trying to dislodge it and pull it over the mud.
I was not ready for the road
I was so discontent to wear that heavy load
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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: 10 - Strg: 44 - Dext: 43 - Endr: 46 - Luck: 46 - Int: 1
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#5
I write sins, not tragedies
She wrinkles her nose too, having heard (of course) of Paper Wasps, but never encountered them. The Atheneum isn’t her usual stomping grounds. “I bet.”

Despite their mutual hatred of wasps, it isn’t much to go on, until the wheelbarrow gets stuck and between their two impressive strengths, they wrest it from the grips of the dastardly Memory Mud. Wessex offers him a smile as thanks and when he asks, explains. “It’s good for fields, I think. Have you ever seen the Woodlands after a fire. Outside of a firepit? Little sprigs of green pop up, and not just because the overgrowth is gone, but I think it’s because the ash is useful. So I’m composting it for the farmers first.”

Dumping the ash into the dirt pile, she then scoots around to the other side and picks up a shovel, mixing the dirt and the ash in together. “Got several of these around the Grounds and some families waiting for planting day.” A strand of hair falls into her face and she tucks it back, leaving a smear of dirt along her temple - an unusual, ordinary mess for the normally sharp-edged and clean Queen.

“How did the shop come out? Not too bad, I hope.”
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Samuel Wordsworth
Book maker/seller

Age: 29 | Height: 5' 5" | Race: Ascended | Nationality: Natural | Citizenship: Hollowed Grounds
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Samuel

Sam frequently, in the last couple of years, found himself surprised at his own strength; this was no exception, and while he did step out of the way of the wheelbarrow, he did then spend a moment stood looking at his hands. He knew the Voice improved their bodies, hid patches and additions within already-there flesh, but it always felt strange that he, with his rather lanky nerd body, could outmatch most people in the town.

"Oh...that's quite nice. The sort of thing you'd write as a metaphor for a new beginning." He commented quietly, unsure if Wessex liked that kind of observation, but it was his immediate thought; how he could illustrate it, green spirals of ink rising from a brown gradient at the bottom of a page.

Seeing what she was doing with the shovel, Sam went to grab another and begin to help automatically, years of cleaning up after disasters making it second nature to pick up and assist. "It's fine...we actually found another wall behind the panelling with nice paper. So all in all, it may have been an improvement." He smiled with a hum, though his face quickly was taken over with a confused frown. "Do you...know why it was the Spark Bird attacked us in the first place? And...did we successfully get rid of the monsters?" A loaded question, maybe, but she was the Queen.
I was not ready for the road
I was so discontent to wear that heavy load
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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: 10 - Strg: 44 - Dext: 43 - Endr: 46 - Luck: 46 - Int: 1
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I write sins, not tragedies
If Sam is surprised at his strength, Wessex is surprised at her occasional eloquence - and the praise for it. She looks across the pile at him, blinking at first as she takes it in, then letting a smile slowly spread across her face. “If the Monsters are truly gone - and I think they are - then I’d say it’s a new beginning of sorts,” she offers slowly. Even if the Ascended ultimately lose whatever’s coming their way, the Grounds will hopefully be safe during Long Night for years to come.

“Oh? That’s a silver lining.” And perhaps one less resentful person in the long run (nevermind all the other things she’s done to Sam, shhhhh). “I’m glad it wasn’t too bad.”

Another couple of tosses and mixing before she pulls out and leans on the shovel. “Not yet. There are a couple Attuned - Henry and maybe Noah, from Halo - who sound like they might be willing to go to Frey and see what’s up with the Sparkbird.” Sighing needlessly, she looks to the door, out to where the bird might be (you know, somewhere). “It really did all the work for us. If something is wrong, something fixable, we should help it.”
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