An adventuring party recruited from Osirion teleports into Azir on the 8th of Desnus. Rahadoum's recruiting contact in Osirion wrote ahead to note they were expected. Couple of guys he's known a long time - a wizard, a ranger - and a new guy, sorcerer, probably to replace the cleric they usually travel with. They spend two days in Azir getting oriented and head out to the front. The ranger wears an unusually high quality amulet of Nondetection; the sorcerer wears a headband for intelligence, which is a bit unusual as sorcerers usually don't need it to cast, but some variants do; they are otherwise unremarkable. Chaotic Good, Lawful Neutral, no reading, which could mean neutral or 'hiding it'. They work quickly and effectively, manage resources reasonably well, get recommended to higher-ups for a closer look on that account.
" - wow." She's squinting at them with Detect Magic. "That's incredible."
"Urtho is an incredible man. Researching new magic is his favourite thing in the entire world. ...He did invent sixteen different potentially-world-destroying superweapons just to see if it was possible, which is perhaps too much enthusiasm for groundbreaking inventions. Hopefully at some point we will spot him here." There are enough people here that searching for him with Thoughtsensing would be frustrating.
She puts her bracelet on. "Can we test them or will that terrify everyone -"
"I am already shielding myself, it should look exactly the same as that and not be very alarming. It does not let me do any other kind of spell, since it contains copious extra scaffolding to make shielding in particular easy. I will warn the security people, though."
Leareth Mindspeaks Nayoki, and also Taver, who should have a memorized list of everyone he's supposed to be coordinating with. (Taver is shockingly useful.) He slips on his bracelet.
His wife puts on hers.
It is, in fact, no more effortful to shield her than it is to shield himself. He gives her his standard shield against magical attacks, and additional protection against Detect Thoughts, which conveniently won't get in his way or block Mindspeech because it counts as his own shield, and he gives her a passive shield which he can instantly put more power into if she's attacked physically, but that in the meantime won't be irritating. To Detect Magic they'll look like three different layers, form-fitting to her body and of varying 'textures', not very obtrusive once in place and identical to his own.
Can she kiss him through them.
It'd be very silly if not! If someone attacks them with a sword or something he won't be able to kiss her during that, but at baseline it won't even be noticeable once she's used to it.
She's going to do that.
Awww. Leareth is delighted.
And then they can return to circling and greeting people and dancing and accepting congratulations and getting asked a lot of times how they met - "Iomedae sent me a vision to tell me to go to them" is the version she feels like explaining to strangers -
When the sun goes down there are fireworks and she is so incredibly incredibly exhausted.
Leareth is too, though a lot less frazzled than he'd expected; being able to put his own shields on Carissa hardly makes her invulnerable, but the fact that he can feel them as directly as his own does wonders for his peace of mind, which isn't strictly rational but oh well.
He puts his arm around her while they watch the fireworks together.
"I feel very married," he says in a murmur, half to himself. "I suppose that is the point. Spend a day entirely about that, in front of everyone, and it feels so real."
"I think that's the idea, yeah." Lean. "At least make it awkward to back out.
Glad we decided to rush it. I think it went off fine, and this way we're ready whatever comes up next..."
"How much longer are we expected to stay?"
"I think we could head out now."
"Would you like to head out now? I suppose we have not looked at most of the presents yet, but I think I will appreciate them more once I am rested."
"I super do not want to go through presents today, it can definitely wait. How'd you know to grab just this one?"
"...Khemet informed me I ought to." Along with quite a lot of other advice, every time he asked for help guessing what someone was thinking and what he ought to say - sometimes he didn't even need the advice as much as the reminder that Khemet was nearby.
"Ah." She can't even feel annoyed, Leareth's been considerably more at ease ever since they got the bracelets and she now has her husband's powerful shielding and spell resistance and apparently he can just make them stronger if anything happens. "I'm ready to go, if you are."
"Just a moment." Still with his arm around her, Leareth Mindspeaks Nayoki and Taver again to say that they're headed out. There are a lot of other people he should thank for their help properly, but he's so tired right now, especially of saying words to people.
Instead he just checks if Khemet is still in Mindspeech range or has already left.
He is still in Mindspeech range!
:We are headed to Aktun: Leareth tells him. :Thank you so much for being here today. I know it was inconvenient, but - it made such a difference for me:
:I'm very glad. Congratulations. Have a nice honeymoon.:
:I love you. See you in a few weeks, probably:
He gets started on an interplanar Gate to Axis, aimed for the same concourse where Abadar redirects all the Plane Shifts.
She watches, suddenly nervous for no reason. Maybe because this is the last moment anything can go wrong, maybe because soon they'll be alone together.
The Gate snaps up.