Mar 07, 2021 9:46 AM
Deskyl and DZ in the Chancery
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Clematis is standing at a sink in the nearby kitchen doing the dishes by hand because there is no dishwasher.

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DZ stands quietly aside and watches her wash a dish, and then: "would you like me to do that for you, ma'am?"

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"I didn't expect you to, but if you'd like to feel free. I'm trying not to put pressure on you two..."

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"It's no trouble, ma'am, I expect Master Deskyl to sleep for the next few hours."

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"Alright then." 

Clematis steps away from the sink and dries her hands. 

"So, what was your world like?"

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DZ takes over, working efficiently through the dishes. "Do you want to know about a particular part of it, ma'am?"

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"I... I apologize if this is rude, but where did Deskyl get her combat reflexes from if not in battle?"

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"It's cultural, ma'am, she's a Sith - in the world we came from, some individuals have an unusual ability to sense and manipulate certain parts of our physics, called the Force; Sith are people with that ability and certain training to use it. Sith culture is very violent; laws don't apply to them, and generally the only thing that stops a Sith from doing whatever they want is another, stronger Sith, and often only via the stronger Sith killing them."

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"I... see..." 

Clematis sighs. "Well, she's safe here. So long as we don't attract attention from some overzealous Noble."

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"I appreciate that, ma'am. I'm not sure Master Deskyl will believe it very easily, though. Is there anything we might be able to do to help protect you from Nobles?"

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"Probably not, I'm afraid, save not venturing outside where you can be spotted. Either of you would attract attention."

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"I'll let Master Deskyl know, thank you. We expect that she'll spend most of her time asleep for the next few weeks, at least."

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"I see," says Clematis. "I'll plan for that. Is there anything you'd like me to buy in the way of food?"

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"Your food hasn't been familiar to us so far, but I can let you know when Master Deskyl likes what you serve, if you'd like. I don't eat; Master Deskyl will be able to make the charging cord I need if you can get her some parts for it. She says that a box of old electronics should be fine, or she can write a list for you."

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"I can get items on a list. Thank you for mentioning it."

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"Yes ma'am. Is there anything else I can do to help you, here, if we're going to be staying?"

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"The place could do with some tidying up a bit, nobody really pays attention to the clutter. I'm run off my feet doing all the other chores and the others are variously indisposed."

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"Yes ma'am. Do you have time to show me around, when I'm done with these?" It won't be much longer, the discussion isn't slowing her down at all.

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"Certainly. There's a few rooms to show you. You already know the study, the living room and the kitchen. There's mine and Aurica's bedrooms upstairs. And then there's December's studio."

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"Yes ma'am. Is it only the four of you living here?"

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"Three, technically, Alasha is crashing like you are. And we've only two beds, December has a camprest. But yes, we all live here more or less."

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"Yes ma'am."

"There were six where Master Deskyl was living before - her master, Lord Pritruth, and his apprentices Lord Grauzatis, Lord Valyr, Apprentice Deskyl, and Apprentice Tenin, and Lord Valyr's apprentice Rin."

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"I see," she says. "That must have been a very cramped environment. Very high-stress. I can see how those reflexes of hers would be... fast to develop."

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"I suppose you could say that, ma'am. They each had their own suite in Lord Pritruth's compound, but it can be difficult to have Sith in any kind of proximity to each other. Lord Pritruth was good at it, though, he's only lost two apprentices to infighting out of a few dozen over the years - he likes to train young Force-sensitives for other Sith to take as apprentices, he hasn't kept most of those."

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"Ah." Clematis nods. "That is, I suppose, better than the alternative."

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