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May 19, 2019 2:23 PM
a new killer on the block
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"Yes, that sounds familiar.  A fascinating array."  He turns toward Decima.  "I'm impressed you and Moira can bear to make use of your daemon's ability at all."

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"Oh, we're not bothered at all. Don't you think there's a certain intimacy, in death? You never know someone quite as well as when that fear enters their eyes, and, well, that's all we need, isn't it?"

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"That's a fascinating perspective on killing!" he says earnestly.  "I don't think I've ever thought of it that way."

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"We each have our own ideals, I've found. But it's certainly interesting, all the reasons."

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"Is that why you do it, then, that intimacy?"

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"Somewhat. But more - death is special. The perfect zenith. If I could be but one thing, it would be that from which all things emerge, and to which they all return."

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"That's beautiful.  I'm afraid my own reasons are comparatively pedestrian."

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"I'll admit to being a bit of a poet. Do you mind sharing?"

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He muses.  “For a long time, it was for the challenge.  It’s difficult to get away with, if you’re maintaining a civilian identity.  And there’s just something about choosing not to be a good person that feels very liberating.  Well, you must know, of course.”

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"The challenge is very enjoyable. I don't really engage with concepts like 'good' and 'evil', I don't think, beyond 'playing the villain' being an amusing pastime. You should try having a philosophy debate with Tyrannissa sometime, though, ze has a delightful view."

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"I," ze says, "Have a correct view." (Ze has shifted into a washed out appearance, hair blurring with galaxies).

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"Sounds like a longstanding disagreement.  I'd love to hear about it."

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"Maybe you two should have that philosophy debate, then. Later, perhaps."

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"Perhaps."  He turns toward Maystadt.  "If you don't mind me asking - your name always sounded familiar, but I could never place it...?"

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"I am named after the man who proposed the process of intercision."

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He snaps his fingers.  "Of course.  What about everyone else?  Well, some of them are obvious."

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"Well, the obvious meaning - to decimate - but Decima is also the Roman name of the Fate who measures the thread of life. The Fates are also where I got Moira's name; he's a bitis atropos, too, which is named after the Fate who ends life."

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"Fire. Egni sounds better than Ignis," Egni says.

Kreus, then, shrugs and says, "I'm a bit of a word geek I guess? Kreus is a really old word for ice, is where we get 'crystal.'"

Tyrannissa nods and says, "Tyrannissa means Tyrant. In Middle Latin, but prettier. I got it from a poem:

"When, with flame all around him aspirant,

"Stood flushed, as a harp player stands,

"The implacable beautiful tyrant,

"Rose-crowned, having death in his hands;

"And a sound as the sound of loud water

"Smote far through the flight of the fires,

"And mixed with the lightning of slaughter,

"A thunder of lyres."

"There's a lot of verses. I know them all."

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"Implacable beautiful tyrant," he repeats, tasting the words on his tongue.  "I can see why you like that."

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Ze seems satisfied with that response.

"It is a good poem."

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"I shall have to read the whole thing one day."

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Tyrannissa nods.

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"After dinner we should demonstrate our abilities in more detail, and find a room for our new member."

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"Assuming you intend to stay with us?" her daemon adds.

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"Oh, I think so."

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