Oct 31, 2020 2:57 AM
Anders trains Cia and Ilska, not knowing what is to come
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"Yes, they are," he says, giving Cia and Ilska very pointed looks.

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"I listen," Ilska protests mildly.

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"Yes, my love, when it suits you."

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"I reserve the right to ignore you when it's about your health, or Cia's."

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Anders hears the unspoken 'but not my own', but chooses not to press it. 

"Well then, I hope you decide that blood magic won't help preserve Cia or me. Because I will be very concerned by that."

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"You haven't needed it so far," Raeli notes as she steps into the room. "I think we can avoid it for now."

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"Hey, Rae! Welcome home," Anders says, grinning at the elf.

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There's a crash from upstairs.

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"-What's he been up to now?" Raeli asks, pausing to hug Cia.

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"Turns out Hawke's family hoarded some serious magic books, Tevinter in origin. Karl's been pouring over them for days and-"

Bang. Stomping footsteps. 

"-and I guess he's coming to tell you himself."

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The door to the living room bursts open and in flies Karl, hands smeared with ink, a few flecks on his face. 

"Rae! Def! You will not believe the stuff I've found. There's this process in Tevinter-" He stops in front of Anders, kisses him once. "Hi love."

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"You have ink everywhere," Anders says, incredibly fondly.

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"Nice to see you too, Karl. We're fine, thank you, how're you?"

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'Everywhere' appears to also include the slightly ink covered Blaise who's following in Karl's wake.

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"Oh, look what you've done to poor Blaise."

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"Blaise! Blaise has been instrumental, Rae, I can't even-"

He grabs her arm excitedly. "The process- it's called 'a vessel', it's combining the soul with a spirit- power is shared between them- it could-"

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"For the love of the Maker, Karl, breathe," Anders laughs.

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"It's interesting!" Blaise says, quiet, but enthusiastic.

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"So, we managed to luck into something that's actually a thing?"

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Karl shakes his head, but his eyes are bright and he's clearly excited. "No, no you guys are something new. But! This is a practice that can help others, and maybe smooth the path to becoming like you guys. I had- damn it-"

Karl pats down his pockets. "Blaise, what did I do with that piece of paper I had?"

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Blaise holds it out.

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"We make such a good team," Karl says gratefully, taking it. "Thank you, Blaise." 

He turns back to Rae, explaining away (in very complicated magical terms) about just how he could change a spell here, position a rune here-

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Raeli is definitely interested.

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As is Cia.

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Justice is also interested, manifesting only slightly. A weird balance of Anders and Justice leans in closer to Karl.

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