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Sep 22, 2019 3:12 PM
Dragon Age Ari lands in vampireworld
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One of the Templars stabs her in the shoulder.

"That seems cruel," one says.

"It's a monster," the stabber responds.

From her vantage point near the ground, Tabby can see roots growing up within the circle of Templars.

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Tabby decides this is probably something they probably shouldn't see.

"Please, misters, I don't know what's happening!"

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"You killed Vincent," the first man growls. "Whatever you are, you're not human."

The second man, who has pointed ears, rolls his eyes but does not comment on the implicit racism.

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"I--I did what? Where am I?"

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"Don't listen to it," the commander says sharply. "It's-"

A thorny vine reaches out and crushes his throat, and he's cut off midsentence. The Templars break formation, whirling around to defend against this new threat, but they're flanked. Ari takes advantage of their distraction to get to his feet and rip out the elf's throat.

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Tabby manages to pull off a leg sweep, slicing away a couple of Templars' feet.

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The remaining Templars don't last long. One tries another Smite, but Ari distracts him by fracturing his kneecap with his tiny yet powerful fists.

Once the Templars are all dead, the vines coil in on themselves and rise up until they form a sort of cocoon, out of which steps Flemeth, his arms folded.

"Arilal."

"Sorry, Dad," Ari says sheepishly.

"I told you to have a bath. Instead you tried to take on a fully equipped team of Templars, who had been sent to kill me and were certainly equipped to take down three children, no matter how strong they might be. You had no strategy. You had no contingencies. You didn't adapt to the circumstances."

Ari hangs his head. "I wanted to impress you."

"You failed."

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"But he was great!"

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Flemeth turns to her. "You are not my child, and I do not expect you to know how I expect one of my children to behave. Rest assured, charging into battle crying out for blood is not it. The Witches of the Wild are cunning. They are subtle. They use trickery and deception to lead their foes into inescapable traps, and thus they cannot be defeated. I raised Arilal, even if he is not my own flesh and blood, and I expect him to understand my ways. From you, I expect nothing."

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"Should we be insulted?" Zeke whispers to Ari.

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"If he wants you to be insulted, he'll insult you. He literally expects nothing from you, or from anyone else who isn't me." To Flemeth, he says "So what should we have done?"

"You tell me," Flemeth says. "You wanted to impress me? Tell me what would have worked."

Ari thinks about it. "...we should have drawn them out," he says eventually. "It was easy for us to kill Ser Gideon, because he was alone. We could have used the lost-children excuse to get one or two more of them, then picked them off one by one as they left the camp for tasks and personal needs. They'd catch on after a couple of deaths, but at that point we could start breaking them psychologically. Mutilate the corpses and toss them into the camp, maybe. Certainly we could make noises and keep them from sleeping. After a night of that, they'd be easy prey."

"Then why didn't you do that?"

Ari pauses, looking at Tabby and Zeke. Then he reluctantly admits, "Tabby wanted to rush in, and I didn't want to sound boring in front of my friends."

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"Great, pin it on me."

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"Actually sounds fun."

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"I'm not pinning it on you. It's still my fuckup."

Flemeth nods. "Given you've never had friends, though, it does make sense you'd do stupid things for their benefit. I know I did." He looks bitter for a moment, then continues "I'm ready to forgive this if you don't do it again. Can you promise me you'll be smart in the future?"

Ari nods rapidly. "Yeah!"

"Liar," Flemeth says fondly.

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"So, can he still play with us?"

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"I don't imagine I could stop him," Flemeth says.

Ari hugs Zeke firmly.

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Zeke hugs back. "So, should we go back through the mirror?"

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"Well, let's get the vitaar first," Ari says. "Since it's what we came for in the first place."

Flemeth pulls two jars out of his robes and hands them to Ari. "I finished it and took it with me, since I imagined you'd want it."

"You're the best," Ari says happily. "Okay, now we can go back through the mirror."

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Zeke runs off backwards, waving at Flemeth. "Thanks Ari's dad!"

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Flemeth laughs and waves back.

Ari speeds through the woods towards the ruins. "That all went pretty well, honestly."

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"We got the paint, we killed some fuckwits, we figured out your vampireness works properly..."

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"Yeah!"

Ari, more familiar with the terrain, is the first through the mirror.

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It's still night on the other side. The snow's a tad thicker on the floor. There's also a scent. Similar to the twins but... unfamiliar. 

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The scent puts him on edge. He sinks half-consciously into a battle-ready stance.

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A pale, blond, absurdly curly head of hair pokes out from behind a corner. "Hi!"

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