Belrun is so close to getting this damned flu strain to calm down in this one egg. She copies the change across to a few more eggs' worth, iterates, writes everything down, and Fetches the egg that is getting scary into her pot of simmering water before it makes a break for it. It's getting on toward dark and if she keeps working she's going to have to do it by candlelight, and she doesn't like that - it's already too easy to bump into things when she can see them. She calls it a day and closes up the lab for the night and heads out to walk over to the university cafeteria. It's a nice evening, and it's Flatbread Night, and she's in a generally good mood.
:Re-sleeved!: More laughter. :Not much, really. I - hmm - I remember she had a filthy mouth, I must've learned so many new curse-words from her:
Belrun chuckles. :Do you want to try to guess who she was?:
:Sure - er, do you have ideas?:
:I found two similar names but if it's neither of those I'm lost: She looks up the summaries for Heralds Liara and Lilla.
Liara was a strong Fetcher and otherwise sounds like a very boring person. She rode on an interior circuit for forty years. Lilla was a Farseer and strong Mindspeaker, with impressive enough range that they kept her in Haven to be the hub of the fledgling Mindspeech relay, and also one of the few Heralds to marry and have children, five of them.
:I think it must be Lilla! Lirelle loved foals, I remember that. Once we were in Haven permanently anyway, she must've had another four of them:
:If we ever crack resurrection all the personal relationships around here are going to get so complicated! Lilla also had a Companion of her own and so on and so forth! I think I have the idea from somewhere that Companions don't really care much about how you're all interrelated in your Companion incarnation but I don't know where I got it, is that right?:
:Right, no one seems very fussed about it. Occasionally two Companions will seem familiar to each other and maybe notice they remember the same event, but it's only even interesting to gossip about for two minutes. Makes me wonder if there's something in effect on us to make the past life memories seem less salient? Sort of the way dreams are hard to remember. It'd just be confusing if they were as clear or vivid as the ones from our current life, I think:
:I guess it would be confusing in some circumstances. And, I suppose, it'd be cruel in a way if you were moping over Lirelle and Lancir all the time even in this go-round. But, I don't know, they should still be yours? If you were just - putting them away, yourself, to concentrate on what you were doing, that wouldn't bug me:
:So I'm glad there were records to consult: She's going to see if she can identify Lilla's Companion too, why not, the whole chain.
:I think some Companions used to be human but not Heralds: Amshalan clarifies. :In the Guard, usually:
:I guess they had to start somewhere:
:There wouldn't have been many dead Heralds yet, early on! Might've been enough of King Valdemar's armsmen who escaped with him, though, or maybe a lot of them were dead farmers at that point, who knows:
:I wonder if there are still originally-farmer souls in, uh, circulation:
:Huh! You know, I wonder if when Companions die, sometimes they come back later as humans again! Presumably not remembering anything, since they'd start as little babies:
:Possibly! I don't know what circumstances tend to prompt reincarnations besides needing somebody to be a Companion:
:Me neither! Want to see how Vanyel is getting on?:
Vanyel has carted over several more boxes to a table, and is now going through one of them in more depth.
"Did you know," Vanyel says with considerable pride, "my Companion was a mathematician in a past life? This sort of makes sense, it's come up in relation to talking to Leareth. Fandessa, Chosen in four-seventeen."
"Cool! Just for kicks I wound up looking up who Amshalan's Companion used to be, too, and found her."
"Ooh! Fandessa's Companion was Beltrin. Did you see any Heralds with names like that, I don't recall. A stallion, so it'd be a man, unless Heralds sometimes switch sex when they come back as Companions..."
"I don't know them to do so but I suppose if they did it occasionally I wouldn't know! I don't remember anybody who sounded like that off the top of my head but there were so many..."