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Feb 03, 2023 7:43 AM
the children of hurin, but gayer
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"You give me hope for this quest, then, and for the deliverance of one I took as my daughter. Go with my good will, and if you find her, guard her and guide her as you may. Ennil Cuthalion, long have you been foremost in the defence of Doriath, and for many deeds of valour and wisdom have earned my thanks. Greatest of all I shall hold the finding of Lalaith. At this parting ask for any gift, and I will not deny it to you."

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"A sword only, my liege, one of greatest worth, for our enemies will be too thick and close for a bow alone, and what blades I have will not suffice for the thickest armor."

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"Choose from all that I have," says Thingol.

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She bows. "Thank you, my liege."

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Elves talk weird, sometimes.

But it sounds like this means Lalaith is okay? And now they can go find her and bring her back? Except that Ennil wants to get a sword first, which makes sense. (Danallin still has her knife.)

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- Thingol dismisses his court, and asks who Danallin is. 

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She's Danallin, daughter of Morwen. Uh. He's not her liege, right, she doesn't live in Doriath or anything... Your... majesty? Lalaith's sister.

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"It grieves me that this is your introduction to Doriath, Danallin daughter of Morwen. But perhaps your coming is fortuitous - Lalaith might be willing to hear a message born by you."

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"I hope so. What's the message?"

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"That there is nothing to forgive nor pardon, and that she does and will always have a place in Doriath where she is needed. And that I and the Queen hold her in our hearts."

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"I'll tell her."

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"Thank you. You may also take any gift from us that you wish."

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"Umm... Can I think about that one?"

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"So long as it does not delay your mission."

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"...Maybe I'll just ask afterwards."

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"That would be acceptable, if it is your wish."

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"Thank you, your majesty."

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"You are most welcome, daughter of Morwen."

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Does she bow at this point or like... what. She's very unclear on how interacting with royalty, uh, ends. Hopefully she can just copy whatever Ennil does.

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Ennil is helpfully very clear and easy to copy in her etiquette; she bows and thanks the King as they're formally dismissed. 

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Cool, okay, she can do that.

Then... armory? For her sword?

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Then the armory. Ennil rarely comes here, so many of these blades will be unknown to her...

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Then perhaps she will not have any preconceptions that stop her from noticing that one sword in particular seems to call to her. Of medium length, single-edged and slightly curved, the hilt of dark wood wrapped in white thread sized for either a single- or double-handed grip. An elaborate abstract inlay design wends its way up from the etched circular crossguard almost a quarter of the blade's length, the deep black tracery standing out starkly against the silvery metal.

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...It's certainly beautiful...

Ennil takes the sword in hand, to test its weight. 

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Perfectly balanced.

And a slight niggling in the back of her mind, a sleepily inquisitive brushing...

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