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Oct 19, 2019 3:46 AM
Dragon Age Ari lands in vampireworld
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"Yeah!" He leads them through the ruins, which are indeed pretty cool if you've never seen an Elvhen ruin before. There's some carvings and mosaics, a lot of ivy, a couple of worn-away statues.

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"We should walk into more mirrors."

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"Most mirrors aren't Eluvian. Not sure how that one ended up connecting to a mirror in your world, actually, they're supposed to just be a network between places in Thedas. But old magic can get kind of weird sometimes, it's not that surprising."

He leads them out of the ruins and into the swampy forest that is the Korcari Wilds. "Keep a lookout for red or blue flowers, okay? They're an important ingredient in the vitaar."

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"Sure!"

Splash splash.

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Ari keeps stopping to pick various plants. Blue and red flowers are held in his right and left hands respectively; other plants are distributed more evenly. He also points out various other herbs along the way.

"That's elfroot. Tastes good, and it'll take away a headache if you make tea with it or staunch bleeding if you crush it and press it to a wound." "That's deathroot. Very poisonous." "Embrium. Kind of weird to find it here, it usually likes a drier climate. The pollen can be used to treat pneumonia."

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"Man, humans get sick a lot."

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"Hey, Vashoth get pneumonia too. It's just something that happens when you've got lungs."

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"Not vampires. We don't even go to the bathroom."

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"Oh, cool. Well, it's something that happens when you need your lungs, anyway."

It's not too long before they fetch up at a tiny cottage. There's a man standing outside, wearing a simple robe and raising his eyebrow.

"Hi Dad!" Ari says, hugging him.

"Arilal," Flemeth says mildly. "You've made friends. And your skin is cold, and you're no longer grey. All in all, quite a few changes."

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"I turned him into a vampire, was nothing."

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"I see. What exactly does that... entail?"

"I drank some of her blood and now I'm stronger and faster and I have better senses and I won't get sick or old!"

Flemeth's eyes widen slightly. "Interesting." He turns to the other two and bows. "It seems I must thank you for the gift you have given my son. Won't you come in? I have soup and bread, and I'm sure you must be hungry after walking such a long way through the Wilds."

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"Delighted," says Zeke, perfect gentleman.

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Ari runs in, but doesn't sit down to eat, instead going to a workbench in the back and beginning to mash up flowers with a mortar and pestle.

"What are you making, son?" Flemeth asks as he lays the table with soup bowls and bread.

"Vitaar! Blue and red, royal elfroot base for the blue and blood lotus for the red."

"Make sure not to over-concentrate the lotus," Flemeth cautions. "You don't want to be hallucinating the whole time you're wearing it."

Ari makes an irritated noise. "I know that!"

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"Your son's cool!" Tabby announces. "And so's your soup!"

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Flemeth laughs. "I can take credit for the soup, but Arilal is his own creature." He ruffles Ari's hair fondly. Ari shakes his head vigorously to dislodge his hand, and Flemeth retreats with another chuckle.

Then he sits at the head of the table, steepling his fingers. "So, you're both vampires, and my son is as well. Is there any particular disadvantage to it? Should I expect him to fear open spaces, or crave lyrium, or..."

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"Am, grown up vampires can break humans mating with them if they're not careful? Stuff that works on them doesn't work on us? We grow up a lot slower."

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"I see," he says. "Well, there shouldn't be any problems related to mating for a while yet. If Arilal grows too slowly, though... hmm. Perhaps it was time, anyway."

Ari looks over his shoulder with some confusion. "What are you talking about, Dad?"

He waves a hand. "Nothing important. How did you two meet Ari, anyway?"

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"He stepped through a weird magic mirror."

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His eyes narrow. "An Eluvian? In the Wilds? How- well. All's well that ends well, I suppose."

"I ate a guy!" Ari volunteers. "He was delicious."

Flemeth taps the table thoughtfully, not visibly disturbed. "That doesn't sound like you, Arilal. What did he do?"

"Well, I'd just woken up and I was really hungry. But Tabby says he wanted to mate with her."

"But you didn't feel threatened in any way?" Flemeth presses.

"No, not really. He was just... there, and I killed him, because he smelled delicious. Are you saying I should feel bad?"

Flemeth shakes his head. "If Tabby managed to draw him in, he probably deserved it. But it does sound like becoming a vampire cost you some of your empathy. The Ari I know wouldn't have killed someone without a good reason."

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Tabby shrugs. "Vampires eat people."

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"That much is rapidly becoming apparent," Flemeth says drily. 

"So, wait, am I a different person now?" Ari asks, sounding somewhat disturbed.

"No, you're still suffused with a certain essential Ari-ness. But you've become a little bit more like me."

"...well, that's not so bad."

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"You're just a predator like me and sis now. The rules are different."

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Flemeth smiles. "Yes, that's the word for it. We're all predators here, now."

"You're being creepy, Dad," Ari says fondly.

"And what of it? An old man needs a hobby. And I'm nothing if not an old man."

(He looks about thirty, actually. Except around the eyes.)

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