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Sep 20, 2020 12:40 AM
tiny leareth comes back and is very sad
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:So, um, how are the other Heralds doing?: the second newly-arriving Herald asks Belrun, tentatively. 

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:Savil caught it early on, she's pulling through. Vanyel has it and his Healing-Gift is helping but the pneumonia he had before isn't...: She lists everyone else's conditions. :Though you could also just have your Companions ask theirs:

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:Fair enough, but you're a Healer and they're not: 

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Tantras shows up. Keeps his distance from Belrun too. :Belrun! Heard you've been saving all of our asses. Except mine, because I was smart and didn't get the flu: 

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:Congratulations on your intellectual achievement of not getting the flu: she snorts. :Anyway, they haven't introduced themselves, do you want to introduce me -:

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:Oh, how rude: And to everyone: :Belrun, this is Herald Dashan and Herald Nina. And Rolan. Who you know, I hope: 

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Rolan narrows his eyes slightly at Tran. :Shall we: 

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:Sure, why don't we. Want me to Truth Spell her?: 

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:Nina can do it: 

Nina does. 

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:What would you like to ask?:

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Rolan tosses his head a bit. :This is honestly very stupid, but - did you or Leareth cause a flu outbreak during these meetings and disrupt Valdemar's leadership?: 

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:No, I did not cause a flu epidemic or even one single flu infection for that or any purpose:

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:Do you have theories as to whether someone else did, and why: 

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:It's always a possibility around Leareth that any unfortunate coincidence is divine intervention to trip him up; it happens to him a lot. However, while he did get sick, he wasn't hit too hard and is recovering, so I don't really know what this in particular would be getting at. I don't have another guess besides that it is in fact just bad luck:

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:I see. An additional consequence, I imagine, is that his characteristic forward planning and paranoia have been impaired. I would have expected something else to happen to him while he was incapacitated, though: 

Rolan falls silent, visibly unhappy. (It's unclear how horse body language conveys this so well.) 

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:Yes. He's trying, I'm trying, but we're not sure what to expect next:

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Rolan's flanks swell and dip with a long, slow, deeply frustrated sigh. 

:–This level of confusion is not safe for Valdemar: Resignation and decision in his mindvoice. :I - am going to do as you suggested, once, and attempt to speak to our god. I am not even sure which god will answer, but - I would like answers, now: 

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Belrun is surprised! :I'm... gratified to hear that: she says, amending from 'glad', since she's truth spelled and this isn't exactly an uncomplicated emotional situation.

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:I am not sure it will help but I hope it will at least be informative. I also cannot say how long it will take, so perhaps you had all better go wait somewhere comfortable: 

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:Is there anything else you wanted to cover while I'm haloed?: Belrun asks.

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Rolan pauses, thinking. :Did you and Leareth have any other kind of secret agenda when coming here: 

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:Not except insofar as the exact contents of the undisclosed plan Leareth is generally understood to have constitutes a secret agenda:

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:Understood. What would you say your main goals were, then: 

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:Cementing a good working relationship to lay groundwork for eventually making progress on either the secret plan or some better plan to be determined:

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:I see. All right, I think that is everything I wish to ask. Nina, you may dispel the Truth Spell: 

The Herald nods. Belrun, of course, doesn't notice anything different. 

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