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Nov 25, 2020 6:15 AM
volare AU where leareth comes back without a broken lifebond
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Amshalan is pretty relieved about not having to do multiple days of running all the way from Petras to Haven. 

She crosses the Gate, nuzzles Belrun's hand, and reaches out with Mindspeech. :Rolan?:

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:Oh: Pause. :I did not actually expect you would come. I can send -: another pause, :I will send Savil to meet you: 

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And shortly later Savil comes out on the Palace lawn to meet them.

"Belrun." She opens her mouth as though to add something else, and then stops and says nothing. 

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"Is Vanyel okay?"

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Is Vanyel ever okay, Savil thinks but does not say out loud. "Physically fine. Still not sure what in all hells he was thinking. How - are you...?" she trails off. 

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Shrug. "I'm not dying."

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"And Leareth? I guess you haven't actually seen him, but - goodness, the man was murdered horribly, is he recovering from that all right?"

A second later Savil realizes that it's possibly in the category of 'very rude' to bring up her lifebonded's violent murder, but oops too late. 

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"Don't know. He made it north. His handwriting's the same."

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It's an entirely reasonable response, and still makes her wince. "Anyway. Van wanted to talk to either you or Leareth, and I assume Leareth isn't going to come down here in person. You willing to talk to him now?" 

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:I can manage on my own at the stables: Amshalan offers. :The stablehands here are used to Companions, they won't lock me in a stall or anything stupid like that: 

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Belrun pats Amshalan absently and nods.

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Savil, without saying anything else, ushers Belrun to the House of Healing. 

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Vanyel is sitting up in a bed in the big shielded room that has room for a Companion stall in it. He looks faintly sheepish, mostly defensive. He ducks his head. "Belrun. I'm - so sorry about everything that happened." 

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"Not your fault."

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"Rolan didn't want to talk to the god, so I - decided to get the Shadow-Lover's attention. Did you know you can use Healing to stop your own heart. I didn't until I tried it." 

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Savil is rolling her eyes. 

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"I'm aware."

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"Anyway. Um. I took notes - it wasn't that helpful, sorry, the Shadow-Lover is really cryptic, and then I might've, er..." he hesitates, "...asked to speak to the bigger god, but that was mostly just very confusing."

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"The bigger god being -"

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"I still don't know Their name! It's ridiculous! They were..." He squints. "They showed up as this sort of bizarre spinning white pillar of fire that didn't even speak in words, it just somehow went straight into my head. But They did admit to having, what is it, territorial remit, over Valdemar. And the Shadow-Lover said They weren't involved with Leareth's death, and that multiple other gods were." 

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"Okay. Well, that's good to know, I guess, though They could just... lie, if they wanted, probably."

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"I did also have that thought." Vanyel frowns. "They didn't confirm or deny having been involved with the lifebond, even when I asked the bigger god directly, but I think the Shadow-Lover was sort of giving me hints. He said multiple gods were involved with that too, with different goals." 

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"That's uncomfortable."

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Nod. "It sounds complicated." 

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"Can I see your notes?"

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