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  • I walk the Lord Protector out of my office, and finding Zee waiting outside, more than happy to escort him back to where he came from, I make my apologies and beg off with claims of pressing business that are only a little exaggerated. I return to m…
  • "I'm not sure I view you as a neutral party, sir. You seem a rather formidable faction unto yourself." I incline my head in a gesture more Kerrn than human. I can't say why--just a sudden need to remind him that I am not some frilly noblewoman to be…
  • I make a show of seeming flattered, and maybe I am..a bit. But he plays the abashed schoolboy a little too easily. He’s up to more than he’s willing to let on. Maybe he’s seeing how naive I am. “You flatter me again, sir. But I’m afraid my position…
  • “I’m afraid rather too much of Iberis is my doing. Like me at her age, she is unable to see that she runs from one set of chains to another. She wants to be Iron—perhaps as much as I wanted to be Hammer—perhaps because I was, however briefly. I can …
  • I don’t know what I expected...a weapon? Something dangerous. I sit down heavily in my chair and lean forward to inspect the flower within the cylinder. “Is it so delicate that it must be contained like this? Or is it dangerous? Toxic spores or so…
  • Mysterious, opaque, black cylinders are not my favorite. I can feel Zee tense. As for the courtly talk, I find I have to struggle not to come right out and tell the Lord Steward to knock it off. I guess I’ve been on-station too long, or hanging arou…
  • “Important indeed, to merit such flattery.” I smile warmly. “Chief, please have your people show the Lord Steward’s people to refreshments.” Turning to the Lord Steward, I say, “I have every confidence that Chief Szijah is more than sufficient to …
  • "Lord Steward," I say, extending my hands to him in the traditional greeting. Its historical significance as a demonstration of an unarmed participant perhaps even less sincere in the arena he and I occupy than it was for our weapons-toting ancestor…
  • The Lord Steward will wear ceremonial garb. Thinks he can intimidate me with a sash or one of those ridiculous ceremonial sabres or something. I’m running a station here, not a debutant’s ball. He wants to meet here, he can see me in station clothes…
  • I take a long moment, looking at Sheva, deciding whether I want to hug him or hit him. I have blamed Sheva for years for caving in to his father's wishes. I've thought unkind things...many unkind things about his motivations. His willingness to supp…
  • "I know you do. I care about her well-being too." My eye falls on Iberis, six years old, precocious, and fearless, engaged in animated discussion with Baroness Alvega. I'd swear that the rather reserved princess looks...charmed and indulgent. The ba…
  • "No," I heave a sigh, and taking his arm, walk to the casket, where even the most avid eavesdropper would fear to follow the widow and son of the deceased. "I didn't mean it about the pyre. But I'm tired of other people--of convention--making my lif…
  • I pull back from Sheva’s embrace. Gods forbid I embarrass anyone. He gave me to his father like I was a prize aurochs, rather than risk his precious family reputation. Even now, it’s not "what will we do?" or "how can I help you?" or "what do you wa…
  • I drop my eyes from Sheva's--just in time, I think, to hide a flood of memories so vivid I'm certain he'll see them before they fall as tears. With a small movement of my fingertips and rotation of my wrist, I make the sides of my veil more opaque. …
  • The dome over the grand courtyard where Tarrak lies in state darkens almost imperceptibly, a riposte to the sun’s clearing the jagged canyon wall. The dome’s action keeps the ambient light and heat at a constant level. Still, the sun’s rays, however…
  • "Baron Gorey, I so appreciate your kind words in this time of sorrow. I shall think on them for many days to come." And I will. A flush of shame accompanies my instant distrust. The Baron has been nothing but pleasant and supportive. So, why do I ha…
  • "And find no terrors unvanquished before dream and day unite." She gave the traditional, somewhat darker response, though even at that time, many chose to omit mention of terrors, as if belief in such things was an embarrassing relic of the past. …
  • I answer the silent reproof with a mischievous smile--a smile no one ever sees on the face of Commander Grey. I'm just following my nature. And if not in front of you, who? I am the crow everywhere else; you'd really begrudge me being the bluebir…
  • "Fear..." I smile at Szi ruefully. "The League told me that they were sending a kerrn because your people are fearless." "They were wrong. You're not fearless." Szi doesn't react. Of course he doesn't react. Kerrn-baiting is never as fun as you'd…
  • I'm not sure I'll ever become accustomed to the sight of Szijah sitting in a meditation pose, serene and non-threatening and somehow more imposing because of it. I still have to look up at him, and I take a step back before sitting across from him. …
  • You know, I had "The Martian" and that 6-7 minute lag in my head. You're right--a moon would be faster. And yeah, I love the idea of hand-carried messages for longer distances.
  • With low index, we could have some relatively mild space activity. I like the notion of a space station and a human presence on one or more moons. I don’t want to detract from the richness of this reclaimant world, though, and I haven’t convinced my…
  • So if we’re saying that Mundus Humanitas destroyed this world and it’s being reclaimed (which I really like), maybe Topography ought to be Artificially-Created and Naturally Tame since it was once a desirable place? Also, can we get more specific o…
  • Adam and I crossed in flight. I could go for partial supporting. I like Adam’s idea of partial terraforming. Mainly I’m after the sense of claustrophobia or entrapment.
  • I like the notion of biodomes or other artificial environments. Not sure I like the idea of another (i.e., non-Vaylen) presence to deal with, since we’re already having a bit of human strife to focus on. So non-life-supporting? Maybe mineral-rich or…
  • I’m okay with that. I like the idea of internal strife blinding humans to the Vaylen threat a bit.
  • Hi. I'm John Lammers. By day, I work in the software industry in the healthcare space, desperately trying to remind people that I'm still technical despite being in management for years. Nights and weekends, I'm the developer of a virtual tabletop …
  • "I'm so pleased you were able to accommodate us." Accommodate us by having fewer prying eyes on whatever Xuan has planned--not to mention no news footage of Her Imperial Highness sneaking around, should things go badly, I think. "By all means, Ad…
  • Indeed. I very much intend to force him to turn off his surveillance. *Facing adversity with influence: * (Rolled: 2d6+2. Rolls: 2, 6. Total: 10)
  • I manage to not look at the Captain upon Jun's revelation about the connection between him and Mr. Anoleis. I feel only a slight tightening at the corners of my eyes in response, and I cover this by favoring Anoleis with a gracious smile as he kisse…