{se} A soldier meets a general
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Darkeye Dwartonarm
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Blackeye
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Darkeye was on his way into the woodland to find out about the fauna of the Hollowed Grounds. But the words of Bastien wouldn't go out of his mind? What war and what did it have to do with the gods? What was the meaning behind the war? Why did the gods even fight? He breathed in and hoped that Kor might give him clarity. The woods around him had something peaceful. He walked a few steps into the woods and heard a sound. Could it be a trap or an ambush? He got his weapon ready and tried to hear from where that sound had come. Was it an enemy, a beast, or just a normal being like him? And then he saw someone. "Kor greet you, young one."
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Wessex Theskyra
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WESSEX
She hadn’t meant to sneak up on anyone out here - but that’s the inherent problem in both knowing these woods intimately and having a high Dex stat possessing a preternatural ability to move quietly. Wessex sees the flash of his weapon before anything else and is about to call out to announce herself when the stranger beats her too it, just as she’s rounding a thick tree.

Honestly? It makes her snort. And just for show, she look around, as if there might be someone else coming up behind her. “Young? Me? Clearly you haven’t met many Grounders.” Which is to say that she is one of the older ones - and at forty-something, she is by no means old. However, such was the harshness of life before the bubble broke.

And she isn’t quite sure what he said first - Core? As in their Core? It sets her Outlander-senses a-tingling.
No, I’ll be the stone
I’ll be the hunter, a tower that casts the shade
I lie awake and watch it all
anything goes with Wessex
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Darkeye Dwartonarm
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Blackeye
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He was surprised at how silent that woman moved. If she wanted to hit him, she would be able to do it without him even noticing it. He is angry about it. Once he had been this kind of person, but now he was on the other side. So this was how it felt. An enthusiastic smile appeared on his face and his eyes focused on that woman.

" Grounders are the people of this land? Are you one of the Bastiens friends?" He tried to calm himself down a bit. "I'm sorry this is all a misunderstanding. I don't want to harm you, young one." He tried to make a few steps back to give her space and room to breathe. He lowered his weapon.
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Wessex Theskyra
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WESSEX
“Oh - you must be new. Yes, we call the people who live in the Hollowed Ground ‘Grounders.’” She smiles in return and takes a small step closer. “Then you have your Halovians, who live in Halo, and Torchers, who live in Torchline.” And she’s sure the people who live in Stormbreak call themselves something fancy, but she doesn’t give a flying fuck about them. “But all of us are Caidonites, because we live in Caido.” Or should it be on Caido?

“And yes, I’m a friend of Bastien’s. Like a sister, almost.” That joke’s funnier when you know the context, and she doesn’t expect this Outlander to understand the intricacies of their politics quite yet. Putting her hands up, she waves away the apology. “You’re fine. I doubt you could actually hurt me right now.” And then realizing what she’s just said, Wessex quickly tries to follow it up. “Not as an insult, I’m just… far stronger than I look.” Hopefully that’ll serve as a satisfactory placeholder for now.

“I’m Wessex. You are?”
No, I’ll be the stone
I’ll be the hunter, a tower that casts the shade
I lie awake and watch it all
anything goes with Wessex
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Darkeye Dwartonarm
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Blackeye
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"Kor greets you Wessex, nice to meet you. I'm Blackeye and yes, I'm an outlander. Thank you for that information that helps me a lot. Yes, I am quite new to this land. Many strange people live in Caido. It's kind of fun and interesting. Maybe you could be so kind and you can give me more information if this would be possible?" he smiled at her and took a small book out of his backpack. Then he started writing.

" Bastien gave me a little hint that a war is coming and I want to understand why? If this is possible for you. He said that he is an
ambassador, what is your position if it is allowed to ask? I understand, I have met a few strong People here and there. It would be an insult for me if you pretended that you are weak"
he smiled again to get her in a better mood.
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Wessex Theskyra
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WESSEX
Core? Wessex’s face scrunches up in brief confusion at the repeated greeting, but as the man goes on, she chooses not to draw attention to it quite yet. Clearly this Outlander came from a land very different from Caido. He even goes so far as to take out a notebook before he’s finished asking his questions and the Wraith chuckles - she certainly wouldn’t underestimate the grizzled man, but she does decide that in this moment, he isn’t a threat.

“Wow, you go right in for the hard stuff, don’t you?” Glancing around the two of them, she spots a decent sized log and gestures towards it in an invitation to sit. This might be a longer conversation than she’d originally planned. “Well, I happen to be the General of the Grounds. Which isn’t saying much, but I suppose when the time comes, I’ll be in charge of strategy and all that. And yes… a war is coming whether we like it or not. It’s god-driven, mostly. Which is unfortunate, because I think if you left it to the people, we’d say fuck it, no thanks.”

If the Old Gods would just leave it all alone... ah, but that's something she'll get to shortly, as she pauses briefly to see if there are any questions from Darkeye.
No, I’ll be the stone
I’ll be the hunter, a tower that casts the shade
I lie awake and watch it all
anything goes with Wessex
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Darkeye Dwartonarm
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Blackeye
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" Sure young one, this is how I learn. Never the easy way." He looked at the log and noded. He sat down after her and waited for Wessex to talk again." A general, amazing. For me this is much. Maybe a general can give me more information about this situation. What is the position of the grounds in the coming war? And who are you fighting then?  I know the gods want the war but what I know is gods would never fight for themselves. The voice takes people to this world, said Bastien, to fight for him. The old gods take the people from here then? But why do they fight? What is the reason behind all this shit? I'm sorry that I ask so much but I need to understand this." He wrote his questions down, leaving place for Wessex' answers.
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Wessex Theskyra
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WESSEX
“How old are you?” she begins with a chuckle, “that you keep calling me young? I’m older than almost everyone I know.” Which isn’t saying much, given how her people had led brief, hard lives for over two centuries, but it is a lot, when it comes to life and experience.

His barrage of questions finally comes to an end and the Wraith looks amused. “Okay, you’re probably going to have to repeat at least a few of those.” Ticking the first one off her finger, she begins again. “The Grounds is the current home of the Ascended, which means it’s for the New Gods, because we’re children of the Voice, the primary New God. We’ll be fighting against the Old Gods and their followers, which is… most everyone else.” Her tone falters a bit, betraying her ever-simmering feelings of dismay and disappointment. “I believe we have allies in a few non-Ascended, but for the most part it’s racially divided.”

Holding up a finger to correct his next assumption, Wessex finds she has to dig a little deeper than the surface explanations she’s been relying on. “And the Gods did fight, in the first war. But the Old Gods failed to destroy the New ones and instead had to settle for imprisonment. I think they’ll fight again.  And I think that’s what the Old Gods are still scared of - that the Voice is too clever for them. That she’ll have invented something or come up with a new magic that’s beyond anything they’ve seen before.” Maybe it’s fantasy. Maybe it’s her fantasy, but Wessex has seen first hand how ingenious her Lady is. How she works with the world and molds it to fit her vision. “The Old Gods are stagnant. The don’t want anything to change. They see her rise to Godhood as a threat.”

She knows she didn't get all his questions, so the General falls silent and waits for Darkeye to prompt her again with the rest of them - or not.
No, I’ll be the stone
I’ll be the hunter, a tower that casts the shade
I lie awake and watch it all
anything goes with Wessex
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Darkeye Dwartonarm
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Blackeye
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" In my world, I was one hundred and fifty-two. I don't know if I got a new body here so I think I'm still that old. You look young I think. I hope I don't offend you. In my world, humans get only sixty or seventy years old. You look like you are in your late thirties. That's why I say young one. I will stop if you wish so or say that I'm wrong." Darkeye looked at Wessex, not sure if his words offended her.

Darkeye grabbed his beard again. "I have many questions. I sure will ask a lot more. If that is okay? But why does the Voice take people from other worlds? We are the intruders from other lands. Sure the people are going to fight you. You take the people's land. This is a good reason for war even without the gods. So it is obvious that the people of this world don't like the Voice. Will you kill all that serve the old gods?" Darkeye knew that this was a tricky question. But he needed to know how far this would go.

Darkeye looked surprised. He smiled. "Gods that fight their own war, interesting. Where did they imprison the new gods? Gods are always afraid that this might happen to them, both being imprisoned and something to change. You follow the Voice I think. Magic is a problem in this world then too. Strong magic comes with a price. In my world, there was once a certain god. He had the aspect of power. But power devours all. So he must be stopped. He changed in a way that was not acceptable. He could not be killed but he was captured and is still being tortured. But this makes him angrier and revengeful. We know him as the rat child and he is neither a god nor a demon. Because he is like a plague that rots even a good person. I hope the Voice is not that kind of god. Yearning for power makes good people into a monster." Darkeye's hand clutched to a fist. So many dead people for a fucking god's ego. He will become what is necessary if this repeats.
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Wessex Theskyra
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WESSEX
Well, that is a surprise, and Wessex doesn’t bother to hide it. “Damn, okay, she says with another chuckle. “I’m forty-three now, but I’ll always look thirty-eight. That’s… older than most for my people. Conditions were hard here for a long time, and a lot of us didn’t make it to old-old age.” Shrugging the shitty memories off, she lets the offer to stop calling her young one die - she wasn’t really offended, anyway, just curious.

And they’re off to the races again, so she tries to hold as many questions in her head as possible before finally letting the last ones go. “Ah, right. Okay. So she doesn’t really steal you from your world. From what I understand, she makes… a copy of sorts. You’re still you, in every way, and if there’s a version of you still alive in your world, that version remains. So you aren’t really leaving anyone behind. I think she initially pulled people here because she knew that the natives - we call ourselves Naturals - didn’t have the will to break out of our prison by ourselves.”

She gestures in the direction of the Grounds border. “Once, we had a force field around this area. It’s big, sure, but it was still a prison and it trapped everything inside. Weather… people, animals, plants. Eventually it started to kill us, and we lost a lot of people just trying over and over again to get out. People who have to struggle to eke out an existence don’t have a lot of energy left over to fight monsters or gain power. But these new people… they did.”

And here’s where she didn’t quite follow Darkeye’s statements, venturing slowly, “But no one is stealing anyone’s land. Caido is massive. Torchline, Halo, and Stormbreak all have cities. The Greatwood is inhabited too. King’s End would be a beautiful place to live. There’s plenty to go around.” As for hating the Voice, well, she knows of a few who had been here and experienced the Blight and the Mathair incident. She shrugs again. “I hate the Old Gods and their heralds for imprisoning us here. I hate them for actively killing my family and encouraging others to do the same. The Voice just wants to live and let live. Existing isn’t a reason for war, let alone the genocide of an entire race of people.”

But you’d never get an Old God to concede that fact. And there’s a steel flash in her ice-blue eyes, something harder than Darkeye has seen over the past conversation. “I’ll kill in defense. Or to get the advantage. But if they don’t fuck with me or the Ascended - then no, I’ll do my best not to harm them.”
No, I’ll be the stone
I’ll be the hunter, a tower that casts the shade
I lie awake and watch it all
anything goes with Wessex
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