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Feb 16, 2019 6:40 PM
Audrey in Wonderland
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"Well, Hatter seems likely to be the Knave, given his somewhat more disreputable nature: but you're no minor piece either, given that you would have been a Rook in the chess game. So I expect you'd be the Ten. I could have you two backwards, but I think it's near certain one of you is the Knave and one of you is the Ten."

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Everless stands a little bit taller and dips her head to preen herself.

"You haven't met any other Resistance members yet," she points out. "What makes you so certain that we're the two most important after Faramund and Araminta?" 

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"You personally know King Faramund, and were able to get him on short notice. You also personally knew the Sage before he went mad. You're a raven, and ravens are often known as Rooks, and a Rook in chess is second only to the king and queen. Even if the world has shifted tremendously, you would never be a minor piece - Faramund is still a King, as Sophia would still have been a Queen. The Sage, then, would be a Bishop, and as for Hatter..." 

She looks over at him.

"Hatter is, well, the Hatter. Has there ever... not been a Hatter?" 

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"I inherited the business from my father, and he from his, and so on. I'm not sure how far back it goes, but this house is more than a hundred years old." 

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"Well, there you go then. And - let me see, were you ever in service to Queen Sophia?" 

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"...yes, technically, I suppose. I worked for her brother the King." 

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"I'd suspect you for a Knight, then."

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"I suppose you could say that, yes. Is that important?" 

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"- It's interesting, because my intuition is that Everless is lower rank than you now, when you'd have been lower rank than them before. I think that's because you can be a Knave, while they're a bit -" 

She pauses. 

"...I am not going to say the thing I just realized, because it's both rude and off-topic. And no it doesn't have to do with ranks, just - names around here are tricksome things." She coughs. " - what was I saying - Everless is too reasonable to be a Knave, whereas you are a classical Mad Hatter. So the new system may have swapped your relative importances - or it may not. Can you tell me honestly which of you seems to be directing the other more often?" 

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"Probably Hatter, if either of us," Everless admits. She opens and closes her beak a few times like she's debating whether to ask a question. 

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Hatter nods agreement and reaches out to smooth down the feathers on her head. 

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Audrey hums to herself. 

"...honestly, given the amount to which the current Wonderland is themed around poker and chess, perhaps I should take the time to explain the two games in detail."

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A certain little bird, who has been dozing on the windowsill for the last while, perks up at the word 'games' and comes to see what they're talking about. 

"Games?" 

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...sure, okay, that's cute. Everless hops over to say hello.

"Yes, that does sound like a good idea." 

She starts cautiously preening the Jabberwock's feathers, tilting her head to listen to Audrey while she does so.

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(This is...fine? Slightly confused quiet cheeping.)

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