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"I did kidnap you; your brother is fine, but he might be somewhat worried about you by now. My notes are not especially organized for other people's consumption, but I'm not opposed to it. Judging by how things have gone so far, your soul will probably piece together some more of the memories over the next few days, but most of them were too damaged for even that. As for the last, I'm not certain you'll still want to.

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"As for who I am, my name is Areelu Vorlesh, but I understand I'm better known by a number of less flattering titles."

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"Oh wow that explains so much." She clucks her tongue in annoyance. "Alright, more than a century, then, you definitely count as a legendary archmage." 

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"Yes, although I can't truthfully say I waited that long before picking inadvisable fights."

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"The last time Iomedae and Geb got in a fight, Iomedae lost. Like, I'm not gonna pretend I agree with your life choices, but, uh, I don't... have to agree with your life choices, to see you as a person instead of a, an evil-outputting machine? I'm pretty sure Villibor would do a lot more evil shit if I weren't around to ride herd on him--in general, I'm not worried that he's going to animate a dozen skeletons while I'm temporarily missing. But, like--" 

Her hand comes up to her chest again. 

"A person that I, like, ten percent? At the moment? Probably? Am, loves you very much. I'm not going to just put that down because you committed some atrocities about it." 

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Areelu will hug her, then, and not talk for a little bit.

 

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Eventually everything has to end though, and there are probably some more things they need to discuss.

"To be clear, yes, I'm not expecting you to come join me. If you desperately wanted to I could find you a position, but frankly demon lords don't really have a lot going for them as employers besides power and the other ones don't even have that."

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"Oh absolutely the fuck not, that sounds like a terrible idea. Actually if zero demon lords found out that I was in any way your kid that would be great! Actually!"

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"That is absolutely the plan. You are currently mind blanked, which should be proof against anything short of Lamashtu seriously exerting herself, but I also don't plan to go around advertising that there's someone that people could kill to hurt me. At that point demon lords might not even be your biggest concern."

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"Cool. Uhhhhh to what extent are you still working with the demons, when I said that you being the Architect of the Worldwound explained a lot I was sort of assuming that opening the worldwound in some way was instrumental for this," she gestures at her chest again, "if you are ongoingly doing evil shit I'm still not going to stop caring about you but I am going to...try to stop you. Which is less dumb than it sounds, considering that I am first circle plus whatever bonus you gave me and you are a legendary archmage, because I'm mostly imagining it occurring in the form of trying to convince you about it, not trying to spellcast at you about it." 

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"Less than I was in the second crusade, but not zero. I'm acting as support for a few demonic plots, but nothing that I would particularly care about you deciding to foil. I don't expect you to convince me to break with Deskari though, his protection is still rather useful to me and I would get worse offers from most other demon lords I could go to."

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"I don't think working for a different demon lord would be an improvement! Or, like, it might be, I don't know enough about demon lords to say, but by that same token I don't know Deskari to be worse than any of the others. I guess I would recommend against starting a side hustle working for Urgathoa, if you're going to keep working for evil deities, but prooooobably that's just my personal prejudices and I'm just permanently mad about her because I grew up in Geb and would be just as mad about Asmodeus if I had grown up in Cheliax. ...I still have a lot of questions but if our time is limited right now I'm not thinking of any that are immediately urgent. --Wait, except, what's my name? My other name, I mean."

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"I do need a patron, at least until I can figure out how to give myself 9th circle spells, and at this point that mostly means some demon lord or another."

The next bit is much harder for her to say, but she manages to get it out without her voice breaking.

"My daughter's name was Seshka."

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She rolls it over in her mouth. 

"Seshka. Luzai Seshka. I like it," she says seriously. 

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"I think for my part the only other things I need to do are get you a way for you to contact me in an emergency and doing something about the pain, but the primary limiting factor on you staying here is your brother's worry, and you would know better how to balance that out."

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"The pain? --How to balance that depends on how long I've already been gone, I think."

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"As part of empowering you, I had to perform surgery on you. Preventing the bodily incisions from causing you pain is trivial, but integrating a nahyndrian crystal into your soul is a rather more involved task. You're currently under a delay pain spell, and I can get you a wand of it to extend it more, but there are practical limits that prevent putting it off indefinitely. It's been almost 13 hours at this point since I grabbed you, and your current spell has about a day and a half left unless I dispel it."

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"Ah. Okay. If it's been less than a day, I think Villibor would probably accept some more delay in exchange for more complete explanations--like, what is a Nahyndrian crystal, what does having one implanted in my soul cash out to, long-term, does being a witch instead of a wizard mean you don't have any old spellbooks we can pore avariciously over, that kind of thing." 

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"A nahyndrian crystal is the solidified divine essence of a demon lord; they're named after the demon lord Nahyndri, since his were the one I first discovered. It's a backdoor to the kind of power that sets an ordinary but capable archmage like Nefreti or Razmir apart from Tar-Baphon, though my method doesn't require getting nearly killed by a god to function. And your summation is correct; I could pick someone as a witch or cleric, but if you wanted help with wizardry I mostly only have the spellforms in the context of my attempting to alter them to stabilize as witch spells. Theoretical texts yes, a spellbook to copy no."

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"--You're saying you--literally just--gave me the, the legendary? Part? Of legendary archmage?"

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"In kind, not in power; at the moment your divine essence is roughly as comparable to Arazni's as your wizardry is to hers. Nevertheless... yes."

Areelu Vorlesh has, in her opinion, earned being smug about this.

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"I don't want you to think I'm saying this just because I'm getting nice presents, even though this is a very nice present and definitely the proximate reason I'm saying this, but: I have such amazingly good luck in moms."

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Areelu Vorlesh will do something that definitely isn't preening in response to that.

"Do you want to see my library, or eat first? I haven't been able to get Mage's Magnificent Mansion back down to 7th, but I can still cast it."

She'd offer to make something herself, but she's pretty sure her cooking skills have degraded in the century since she last regularly ate meals.

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"I want to say library, but the lingering metaphorical voice of my other mom says I should eat first." 

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Then Areelu Vorlesh can use what is absolutely not a frivolous usage of mythic power to spontaneously generate an additional demiplane with an entrance set into one of the walls. The interior aesthetic matches that of the surrounding house, but the addition of liveried unseen servants and makes the boundary fairly clear.

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