Oct 18, 2021 7:06 AM
Dreamshaper Felix in Quintessence
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Felix takes flight and follows but does not stop the raven.

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At the portal, the raven lands and struts around investigating the edges, trying to figure out how it behaves. It takes off again briefly to get a closer look at the top edge, then lands to examine the back of the portal. 

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The edge is blurry and grayish when she squints at it. The back looks like a weird patch of fog, which shows her the scene in both dimensions. The other side of the portal opens to a luxuriously decorated room.

"If you cross over you're going to wake up."

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She hesitates, but - she can always come back here and investigate some more, can't she?

Circling back round to the front of the portal, she steps through. 

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Raven blinks awake next to her brother. 

That was an unusually vivid dream, if it was a dream...

He's looking at her strangely. "Cat? Are you alright?" 

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Cat breathes a lot easier once Raven is awake.

"Rae...did you just have a dream where a man with wings came to rescue you and said you had magic?"

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"Yes, why?" 

Now she's properly awake. She sits up in bed to look at him. "...did you have one too?"

Maybe it wasn't a dream, or wasn't only a dream. They won't know unless the winged man turns up again, or if something strange happens the next time they dream...

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Okay, with that out of the way, Felix tries to identify the two dreamshapers location and knock at their door.

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The building they're in is one of a long row of terraced houses. If he imagines it ruined and devastated, it might remind him of the house he found in the first dreamshaper's dimension.

The door is answered by a servant dressed in black, who manages to mostly conceal her surprise at the wings. 

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"Sorry, I lost the letter and only barely managed to find this place. But I was told to meet someone here. They should be able to recognize someone with my description." He makes a good case of presenting himself for being bashful over losing the letter.

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She nods, taking this in stride.

"Might I ask your name, please, sir, and the name of the person you are here to see?" 

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"My name is Felix Dalkaila." Bashful, bashful. "I lost the letter before I could read. I was supposed to meet two people in this address and they should recognize me by the red-orange wings."

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She looks dubious. "If you'll wait here, Mr Dalkaila, I'll send someone to ask."

She calls another black-clad servant over and sends her running off. 

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Polite smile. "Of course." He waits.

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After ten or fifteen minutes, Cat comes down the stairs, closely followed by Raven. They are both impeccably dressed, in the black of mourning like the servants; if Felix didn't know for a fact they were both asleep twenty minutes ago, he'd never be able to guess. 

Cat takes one look at Felix and nods, instantly recognizing him.

"Mr Dalkaila." Unlike the maids, he doesn't appear surprised at all by Felix's appearance. He has a lot of practice not looking surprised. Also, his emotions aren't working properly this week.

"...thank you for coming," he continues deliberately, coming to the door to shake Felix's hand. "Michael Haldane. Please call me Michael; Mr Haldane was my father." He doesn't falter on the 'was', but it's an effort. 

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Handshake. "Ah, of course. I don't know if you got the warning that I was coming. I had to... depart very suddenly, too much smoke in the area. Ah, call me Felix."

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"Of course. And this is my sister, Isabella." Smile. Fake smile, but a very good one.

"It's a pleasure to meet you, Felix. Won't you come this way..." He leads Felix to the parlour, Raven trailing them. The study would be better for privacy, but he's not ready to set foot in that room just yet. None of them are. 

Once they're in the room with the door shut and no servants watching or listening, the smile drops off his face.

"I would like an explanation." 

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"Me too, from my perspective I found myself in this universe less than a day ago. Then when I went to sleep and I noticed two other dreamshapers and came this way to rescue them."

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"Well, first of all, what is a dreamshaper?" Raven asks. 

"That might be useful to know, since apparently I am one." 

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"Of course, which were you? The panther or the raven? A dreamshaper is someone with the ability to expand a pocket dimension while they are dreaming. They have some control over how the dimension expands, but often can't change things they already create. They can also open portals to and from it. The dreamshapers needed rescuing because when someone first receives the power they can't wake up and can't control the dreamshaping until their projected dream-avatar leaves the dimension." Pause. "Did you happen to see a piece of gray quartz around where you slept?"

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"Uh, I was the raven," she answers.

"...panther?" She looks at Cat. "You didn't tell me that part." 

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"Yes, a panther. European, I think."

He focuses back on Felix. "I did notice a piece of quartz, I think, when we first woke up; I don't remember it being there last night. Does it belong to you?" 

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"Sort of. It would be more accurate to say that me and my brother," there is a brief flash of pain there. "keep it safe from misuse. Or at least we tried to."

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"Misuse? Is it magical?" Raven wonders. 

"...is it the reason we became dreamshapers?" 

She seems to be taking this a lot better than her brother: she's more animated, more excited by the idea of suddenly having magic. He's mostly blank. 

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"The previous owner used it horribly. And if it is the dreamshard, then it should be. Where is it?"

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