February Writings – Luke’s Book (forum rp thread)

Title: February Writings – Luke’s Book
RP Thread Number: 55
When Occured Between Sessions #23 and #24
Location: Luke’s Book
Out of Game Date: Feb 24 – Mar 9th, 2019
Participants:  Luke, Sidonai
Original Thread: http://silkandspices.net/forums/index.php?topic=40.0

We have an index for sections below, each corresponding to a page on this thread in the forum. This is to allow you to quick click back to near where you might have stopped reading.

Index: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, Section 6

ROLEPLAY

SECTION 1

Luke

Hello,

I have met Elaine, and the dagger did as was intended. Nesterim volunteered to be stabbed with it, and honestly the suffering involved was awful. He screamed, and I think all of us will probably have nightmares of this. His dedication to protecting his family from Glorion is what drove him, and I respect his resolve, and hope he never has to do anything like that again.

Elaine struck a deal with Alluvia, without my knowing. Both are young, and have that special kind of stupid that comes with that age. Alluvia wanted to go into the Underdark with us, and as the royal heir to two different families, that just isn’t possible. The only reason she is even in Kokand was that Moari had harmed her so badly that she needed help from my temple.

I opted for the more expedient choice, which is not the right one, in which I balled them both up in Drow stasis balls for safekeeping. I got them out on my return, and badgered them both into annulling the deal. I don’t care one way or the other about deals and contracts, and am not happy with Elaine for creating them with the people I am closest to. I was kind this time. I’m not sure what to tell you or her, if I can’t get across to her that this is a big problem.

I also ran into an issue when we fought Glorion, the Balor Demon, and the undead to get Veronwe and the rest of the captives back. Izzy was there, and very pregnant.

To start at the beginning, when we were at the big elven meetup, where Glorion kidnapped everyone, Izzy had been there as the head of her own house. Even I would not have slept with her without Rabbit because she seems dangerous. She is Rabbit’s old handler, and was looking for a way out of the Underdark proper.

We talked and eventually I spent the night with her and Rabbit. Unbeknownst to me, the Fey of the forest had taken this opportunity to drop everyone’s birth control and play a little Midsummers Night’s Dream to attempt to bring closure. I’m not sure such a simplistic action will bear fruit as the Avatar of Lolth discussed quite frankly with us Corellon’s abusive violence against her, and the Drow are very much under her sway. The Fey would have to fix the god’s perceptions of each other to make any of this stick.

I knew my birth control wards had been downed when I got back, because Salkya caught it when she was treating me from almost dying at Glorion’s hand.

Izzy was very pregnant, and I didn’t want to fight her if she was possibly carrying my child so I put her in a stasis ball as well.

As a side note, these stasis balls are literally the best thing I’ve ever encountered, and have mostly solved my problems until I can open them back up and deal with the occupants.

After killing Glorion, the Balor, and all the undead, I had Salkya check, and the child is mine. I’ve been arguing with her that I want to be involved with my child, and Key offered her and household sanctuary if she should decide to stay.

So while this was a decisive victory over Glorion, and a daring rescue, my life is a bit upside down right now.

How are you? Have you managed to sort out what was vexing you last time we spoke?

-Luke


 

Sidonai

Luke,

Things are going great, but obviously not as thrilling as your life. The Abyssals are ramping up their saber rattling and actually are starting to move. I think Orcus is behind a lot of it, but they are getting power from somewhere else as well. I think it’s older magic but we haven’t been able to confirm that.

I am absolutely excited that you will have a child. That would mean I am a grandparent and you cannot understand how thrilled I am. Do you know if its a boy or girl? Have you and Izzy come up with a name, are you going to have more children? What are your family plans? If you need assistance whether it is money, servants or items you just need to tell me.

I am proud of you killing Glorion, just to warn you I know he was working with a cabal of people, something Three Daggers… I will get you the exact name ASAP.

Definitely bring the mother in, take care of her and treat her well. Don’t make the mistakes I have.

As for the Fey… if they are working in the world again things are much worse then most would believe. Their goals are generally beneficial but never assume they will benefit you. Oh and as for the tragic story of Corellon and Lolth… that is one for the ages. Abuse, treachery, love, love triangles, lies and promises. Some of the best fodder for romance novels I tell you.

Once again back to the children… I hadn’t realized it was something you would want. Of course I wasn’t expecting the mother to be a drow that wasn’t Rabbit. I hope things are ok between you and her.

I am glad the slave/master log sigil worked, keep a hold of it, you never know when it will come in handy.

Also I hadn’t heard of the stasis balls. I am assuming they are abbysal if they come from the drow so be careful with them. If they aren’t corrupted, then they sound like excellent tools.

As for your sister, she will care for you and she may get angry but she considers family first, always.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

Are the abyssal a threat to your holdings? I am unaware of the politics or the lay of the land over there. Orcus is a familiar name, because that is who Glorion went to when he became a Hell Knight, we found. The Balor demon we fought was possessed by Orcus somehow because its as a helluva lot smarter than when I first met it with the Drow camp. The misty dark magic that encircled both the Balor demon and Glorion had that old magic feel to them.

If I get more information on this for you, I will let you know, in case it helps you with your own fights. I hope things are going well, and that you have enough backing to hold them back.

Izzy and I are working it out. We are still figuring this all out as neither of us had planned on parenthood, and we both were very careful in our birth control to avoid it. She doesn’t understand why I would even want to know my own child, because Drow just don’t culturally work that way. She’s a bit perplexed that I do. I’m sure we will have to discuss this all, and I’ll let you know. I have a place for her if she chooses to stay, and I hope she does because that would be easier for me to see the baby. It’s a boy, by the way. Salkya verified it will be a son.

Should I worry that the agents that killed your other children will eventually come for me and mine? I have some protections, but if that’s the case I need as much intel as I can get to protect the boy. Myself? I am not so worried, but this puts things in a different light.

Rabbit is not happy Izzy is pregnant, as she wants a child as well. We were waiting to undo her pact with Despek Xwe, Lolth’s handmaiden. There are two law gods from way back that would hear petitions of this sort and cut oaths. We have a lead on an old temple of theirs to make that happen. That is our next stop. I need Rabbit to be free of this. Then she might want to have a child of her own.

I had never really considered fatherhood because I had never really considered there was anyone willing to have children with me. It’s only been recently I’ve found partners that I care about that wanted to stick around. Not just one, but two. It’s a little overwhelming, but not in a bad way.

My biggest fear is bringing children into the worlds and dying like my mother did. It’s probably why I put it off so long. Let’s just say that was not an experience I would want to put my own children through.

I didn’t know that the Fey involvement was significant. They are little alien creatures that are hard to follow even when they mean well. Veronwe’s guardians like me, and keep smelling me. Apparently I smell good to them, which has caused issues in the past.

I can’t thank you enough for the help with the slave/master log book. It also helped us rescue Anglerond’s daughter who was taken 100 years previous. She had managed to become a minor priestess of Lolth, but jumped at getting out of the Underdark. We will be keeping an eye on her, of course, just in case, but I’m hoping that is a happy ending for both of them.

The stasis balls are what the Drow use to move high level slave targets to ensure they can’t be hurt. They are very expensive.

I actually know nothing about deals and contracts, and Elaine said something that made me think even if I have no interest, it would be in my best interest to learn. Do you have any resources you could recommend for that. I could use our worlds recommendations, but I think that would be a little one sided for my purposes. I think if I am to know your side of my family then it would be good to understand your business and what you do.

Thank you for all the help. It was invaluable in taking down Glorion, and helping us get what we needed out of the Underdark.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

They attack us regularly, we have been at war for eons. However, they have changed a lot in the last five years. Orcus is one of the stronger ones has disappeared on his moves directly against us, but we are getting reports he is moving on your plane. The misty magic is reminiscent of shadowfell. I will look into this. it is partially the fey response too, the last five years things have shifted and the Fey have started moving too. I will let you know of any changes.

Please let me know everything you find out.

Are you and Izzy seeing each other or is that a possibility? I am impressed with how you work in your life. Gaining allies seems to be second nature to you.

Being a father is a wonderful thing, one I will be honest I have not spent enough focus on. With the death of your mother I have been attempting to change that. I am proud of you. Do not fear bringing them in, they are truly our only immortality.

If I could arrange for a stasis ball to be provided to me, I will make sure to pay accordingly. No pressure on it, but I would really appreciate it.

Contracts… You definitely need to learn. Elaine will teach you and I am here for any questions. Contracts are part of your life blood, whether you want to be involved or not they have a special power over your flesh and you can in turn control the results on your side. You ever notice people agree to things for you that they don’t to others? That is your blood. It isn’t a control, but it makes you more approachable.

There is so much about children I want to talk to you about I will need to think on it. I can say yes you are of course in danger if people find who your father is. Your children, especially any sons, will be in danger as well. I am going to send someone to help watch over them, someone that will protect them while you are away.

I will always be here for you.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

Since whatever my fate is bound up into is a part of this whole apocalyptic bother, and seems to keep bringing me into contact with Orcas and his goals, I’ll probably have more to say as I learn it. I’ll keep you into the loop.

Izzy and I are not in a romantic relationship as such. Since she was Rabbits handler back when Rabbit was a hadn’t maiden, they had a bit of a relationship. Rabbit had killed her previous handler and Izzy treated her less like property and more like a friend and lover. That makes this all the more complicated.

I’ll ask Rabbit about the stasis ball, because they are hers, not mine. Although I am wasting such expensive items like mad because the convenience.

I’ll ask Elaine about the contracts. I do want to learn.

I haven’t finalized anything with Izzy in regards to my son. Le the sort things out with her before I add any more worry. She’s dangerous in her own right, and prepared she’d give anyone a run for their money.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

I am sorry if this is a side track but I had to ask. What do you know of and what do you want to know of your mother?

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

Oh. I wasn’t prepared for that. I know my mother was a bloody ruthless warlord, or something, but I honestly don’t know exactly what she was doing. I know more about the people she killed because I was at her trial, and what they said she did, then what she would have said.

Maybe you could tell me what she was actually doing. I am under no illusions about her actions, but it’s also true that victors write history.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

I hope I didn’t go to tangential in that question. I have so much I want to talk to you about and it bubbles out. This will come out randomly I realize, I don’t have an organized way to present it, so I am hoping your questions will help clarify things.

Your mother was a complicated woman. She was full of love, hate and desire to change the world. No matter what else you say, she wasn’t one to sit back and just let things go by without addressing things directly. She either loved someone or hated them. I was fortunate I think to be loved.

Your mother was born to a 3/4 Tiefling as well, I guess that makes her actual 7/8ths devil… I hadn’t considered that. I guess that would make you 15/16ths Devil. That I think would explain a lot about your power and some of the things Elaine has already reported back.

Your grandfather was a warlord until his retirement, where he became a fisherman. He was always good with marine life and that is where he raised your mother. Your grandmother was a full blooded devil. She was a Erinyes warrior and assisted your grandfather and then finally gave birth to your mother. She learned how to pilot and control a boat and to fish before she struck out.

Your mother liked fishing and she also learned how to make wine… did you know that? I still have some bottles of the wine she made. Maybe we can share one at some point. I would like that.

So that was a scattershot of what you didn’t ask, before your mother became a warlord. Any specific questions about that, or more about her warlord experience?

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

I didn’t realize I was had that much of the blood. I’m not sure exactly what power Elaine thinks I have, because usually I turn to trickery.

I knew mother was big on our bloodline, but as an adult I’m not really sure what her exact philosophy was, or what she was fighting for. What was her point in all of that, and why did she decide to step away from fishing and wine making into a life of violence? There must have been a reason?

Do I have any other relatives here on my mother’s side?

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

You have the power, all of your group have that kind of power. Power always attracts power, this happens on occasion. Elaine may complain, may fight with you, but she will always protect you. You have other siblings that are less… family minded but Elaine is someone that will be there for you bitching the whole time like a teenager.

Your mother started out enjoying her life as a fisher and making wine on the side when your grandfather was taken by mercenaries who had been hunting him for a long time. Your grandfather was taken and executed by nobles, not because of what he had done as a warlord, but because of what he had not done. He had spared a small village for mercy. That village later rebelled against the nobles because of conditions and the nobles wanted revenge for their loss. Your grandfather always got a hard time about being too lenient, although I do have to say I approve of his methods.

When your mother saw your grandfather executed she swore she would get her revenge on all nobility, that she would defend her people and those that needed it. She wanted to usurp the nobles, replace them with institutions of more equity.

Don’t get me wrong, your mother wanted some power out of that, but I believe it was always in order to promote what she believed would be the right thing. You and your mother are awfully similar, so much so that it sometimes takes me aback. She was so proud of what you would do when you grew up and moved away from her.

She would have loved your Tieflings for Noble Rule bit.

You do still have family on her side. Her mother is still alive and I believe you have a few cousins. I lose track of them, I suspect that is one of my opponents trying to keep me from bringing our family together. We will fix that. I promise you.

I will find those that are still alive. They were also purged though, the nobility wanted your whole family dead, not just your mother. So your family scattered and hid.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

That’s actually kind of tragic for my mother. She watched her father executed, and I can’t imagine what she must have been thinking knowing I had to watch her be executed. That was probably worse for her than the execution.

If you could give me a list of my mothers relatives, I would be grateful. I’d like to reach out. I now have a son on the way, and it’s important he knows where he’s from, even if I never really knew.

I can’t agree with my mother’s methods, but I understand her motivations. I follow her logic in that, I just tend to take a more Sekhmetian angle on the whole thing.

Thank you for telling me about her. There was only so much I could know as a child.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

I will get that list for you. I hope you don’t mind if I tell you more about her as we talk, she was very important to me and I don’t have anyone to talk to about her.

I received her messages to me years after her death, she was desparate for me to rescue you before she was executed. She cried… she didn’t want you to follow her path. She wanted you to be a fisherman. Although I am positive she would be even prouder of what you are now.

I will always hate myself for not getting her message and not protecting you both. I cannot say I am sorry enough or do anything to make up to you having to see that. I will do what I can to ensure the pattern does not repeat itself, your babies will be safe, and I will make you as safe as I can although I do agree as an adventurer you do put yourself out there enough times I can’t do anything about.

That list will be coming soon, along with a list of your sisters.

I hope you don’t mind but I will be coming soon as well.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

I am a little overwhelmed. I have spent my entire adult life thinking I was completely alone in the world. I built a family around me that wasn’t blood related, so I feel I have been blessed by so many people interested in my life.

As a child I wouldn’t have understood your situation, but as an adult I do. I don’t hold any of this against you. My mothers tactics were violent and blunt. You can’t poke a bear with stick and not expect retaliation. Rich bears have a long reach, and I’m not sure that was something she understood.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

You are correct, when your mother was younger she didn’t understand the reach. Her father had gotten away with things and she thought at the very least she would learn his lessons and go further up the chain. She believed she could stop them before they could get to her, at least she believed this until she got a bit older.

When we met she had lost most of her army of fanatics to exertion and attrition. She had learned a lot but by the time she had that knowledge she was on the run. I was able to keep her safe for awhile and we had you. We both thought she would continue to be safe but they caught one of her sisters and she couldn’t deny vengeance, and people too far up the chain were killed to allow her to live. This is when I got cut off from her and couldn’t reach her.

Maybe in the future you would like to hear how I met your mother, she was incredible. I think there might be a way to fix that past tense if you would help.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

The rich and powerful don’t like to be challenged. I can see what she was trying to do, but corrupt powers will do anything to keep themselves in power.

I didn’t even know I had an aunt at all.

I find myself in a very odd position of having the ear of two royal households, and am lovers with the son of the queen of one o them. I think he fancies Kokand life more, though. I am careful, though.

I’m not sure my mother can be resurrected. It was very long ago, and I have no body. It was destroyed. It was my first thought when I joined as a Sekhmet cleric. Salkya has a lot of skill, but she was sad when she told me even she couldn’t do it.

-Luke


SECTION 2

Sidonai

Luke,

Are you sure he doesn’t fancies being there for you more than Kokand?

Speaking about that, are you going to make it official between any of the others? A father needs to know these things.

As for your mother you are right. There isn’t any normal resurrection I know of that can be done easily. If there was, I would have done it myself. I believe in order to deny your mother passage to me upon her death that they cast her to shadowfell. That is the one realm that doesn’t access the infernal realm. If it was to the Abyss I could have battered with demons for her.

If I can figure out someone who can retrieve her for me, I can bring her back (hell Salkya could bring her back). Unfortunately being 100% infernal and ascended as a full devil I cannot access that plane personally. I don’t trust almost anyone to go there on my behalf. It would have to be someone who wanted to rescue her and whom I could trust…

Once she was brought back though, your mother could be fixed.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

I think our relationship is so new, I wouldn’t bet on that. He’s a much older elf to my 30 something tiefling.

I know nothing about Shadowfell. I will take a look at what and where it is. My “fate” quest with the 3 and whatever that is has been taking me all over, so if I ever end up down there I’ll look into it.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

By no means am I asking you to go to Shadowfell. It is one of those places that makes it incredibly unlikely to be able to be resurrected or returned. I don’t want to lose my son, along with my wife.

I am hoping if you hear anything, and if you find people you feel you can trust to be sent to get her.

Tell me about this quest for the 3. I have only gotten a few reports and to be honest I am trying to piece together what exactly is drawing them to you and your group. Can I help with that at all?

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

That’s relieving, but I also can’t rule out that I’d end up going there.

Glorion “Accidentally” opened a gate in the Temple of Gussi, which was being infiltrated by the 3 as they attempted to gain access to this world. To be fair, it could have been an accident because Glorion was an idiot.

We then decided to go find a way to close that gate, not realizing who the 3 were because nobody knew. It’s too long ago. There are almost nothing but vague references.

We went and found some weird chunk of metal used to help close the gate, a key, from the last gal who did it. It’s part of some sort of divine forge from the beginning of time. There is a handful of other sites we have to close down with this key, but there is some sort of celestial timing issues that have prevented us, then once they are all shut down we can go back to the Temple of Gussi and close down the damn thing Glorion opened with that sword.

Everyone we bump into talks of fate, and how one of us was going to turn. (Spoiler: it was Glorion) The only person in our crew that isn’t “fated” to do this is Sargon, who is a Tsovinar cleric, and an orphan marked by her. He’s currently working on bringing her back into the world to combat Umberlee. I don’t know much about that.

If you want specifics, I can give you that. You fought the 3 once. They are trying to open a way back into this world.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

There is something about this that tickles my memory. I feel I can be completely up front to you. I do not know everything (haha the idea is ludicrous). A lot of people assume I do, instead of realizing many questions I have to do research on. I am called the librarian or archivist by some and it is true. I can find the info. I however am not a complete book myself and I can’t regurgitate.

Would you be ok if I looked into this for you and giving you what research I could find? I know we have only been talking for a few months, but I am kind of fond of you and want to give you as much help as I can.

Something about your words though tickle something in my head. There is something there but I don’t know what it is. With your permission I will help you how I can.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

I would be fine with you wanting to help with information. We have no real idea to turn, and have gone to the Temple of Serapis for information and even they had little to none.

All I know is that the Temple at Gussi was locked to time to keep these out, but it was already crumbling when we went in, then in our ignorance we opened that gate. We don’t know why these different sites are significant or why, or why we can’t do it all at once. We do know the story on the key, but even that’s hazy on how it all fits together.

This quest is the only thing that is truly dangerous at this point in my life.

Thank you,

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

Keep the book close, I will get you what I can. Do you have a route planned to go to free Rabbit? Can you wait a few days for the person I sent to arrive. They can watch over your child. He doesn’t look like much, but you can trust him and he is far stronger than he looks.

Temple of Gusi, I have heard of that. It was the central worship place for one of the minor human gods. Have you figured out why they might have picked that specific location? It seems like a rather lower level place to have something happen there.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

We can wait a few days. I am working things out with Izzy, but it’s complicated. She used to be Rabbit’s handler, and can’t understand why that might not be the kind of relationship Rabbit wants. In more ways than one, she treats me like a new handler for Rabbit, instead of someone that loves her.

I have no idea why that temple was chosen. We have the sword of Itus until an heir to that man god appears. I’m not really too hopeful in that direction.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

I do have some items that are geared to help you find what you need. A Compass of Need is what it is called. You would just have to touch it to the blade and make a small incantation and it would find anything that is needed to go with that sword.

These artifacts are rare, but are around, and I have a couple put away for my needs. You could also use it for Rabbit, or for anything else you may need.

Would you like it? I am happy to bring it to you, or at the very least have Elaine bring it. Anything to make it easier for you to survive and thrive my son.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

I am concerned about the level of help you are giving me. I’m not really used to having anyone help me much. I just kind of meander through life figuring it out on my own.

When you come and we meet, we can talk about the compass. I’d feel it was too important to just take. That’s a priceless artifact.

-Luke


Sidonai

That is more than fair Luke, and I am sorry to maybe go overboard on this.

I will bring it and talk with you before you leave. I am also going to look into the questions you have about the three. Let me know anything else you might need and I will see what I can do.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

If you can get here, I very much look forward to meeting you. This is a good stop gap, and I feel I am getting to know you, but it’s not the same as meeting you face to face.

To be honest this exceeded my expectations. Did I tell you I met a succubus that recognized you in me? She was terrified of you, and after the attack by the other gal, I really was quite worried.

Now I look forward to getting to know you better.

Thank you,

-Luke


Sidonai

Did the succubus give her name at all? It could be that she should be terrified of me if she harmed mine or stole from me. Otherwise my reputation from when I first ascended still precedes me.

I am so sorry about the Erinyes that engaged with you. She is afraid of me now and that won’t happen again. You will not have to ever worry about me doing something harmful to you or your children. We are family and the blood is what binds us all.

I have already engaged the necessary elements to come visit. I realize you are busy so do not feel the need to focus on me. Although it would be fun if you would let me take you out for some fun. I am told I am pretty good at that.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

She went by Idalla. We freed her from being enslaved by a possessed elf. He was possessed by some purple mist thing in the Arbolon forest, that may or may not have something to do with the 3? She had been his slave before they went to an old Dwarven hold to get some things. We were hired to pick up the pieces after they had all been killed and possessed of this purple mist thing. I still don’t know what it was all about.

However, she recognized my face, and knew you. She was very scared of you. We had given her one of the Elves horses and let her go free and clear. She was kind of blown away we didn’t keep her. She offered us an oath of protection, and a way to summon her in a time of need, but honestly, we never have. I’m not sure what she’d be able to do, if our party was unable to figure it out or fight it off.

I would be happy to set aside some time to see you. I want to know you. Just let me know when you will be here so I can meet you. The only thing taking me out of town is Rabbit’s quest, so we can free her, so just let me know the timing.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

I do know Idalla, I believe she is the one that ripped me off after giving me probably one of the best blow jobs I have ever had in my life. You really should hit her up, she is a sweetie. If I catch her though… maybe she can make up for it.

I am trying to get to you ASAP. I want to get you the compass and explain it. I might be able to get there before you leave. I know you have to leave soon and we could only visit a short time. What I can do is make a very short stop there with you, go take care of my business on that plane and then come back to hang out after you have come back with Rabbit.

Be careful fighting a demon over Rabbit, those kind of duels don’t favor mortals and no matter what Rabbit will have a mortal enemy that will come to take her back.

You know, if she mixed her blood with ours I could protect her. Just an idea to put out there for you.

-Sid


SECTION 3

Luke

Hello,

I’ll keep Idalla’s penchant for theft in mind. If anything she owes me for freeing her, though. I just don’t think we have the same interaction/relationship as you two do.

I can’t wait to see you. I’ll have some of my favorite wine to share with you. I don’t live with much, so please be prepared to not be impressed. I will have to see about expanding my living space if I’m going to be having so Manny guests. I think the wizards guild might be able to expand my space without the square footage changing.

What do you mean “mixed blood?”

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

I am sure you could develop a similar relationship. Idalla is good at keeping men on their toes…

Do not worry about impressing me, you have already done so far beyond your imagination. I am sure it will be impressive enough, but you should definitely expand if you are going to have two lovers who live with you and children.

Mixing blood is mostly a rhetorical statement. If she wanted to bond to our family we could use our innate magics to protect her and her children.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

I just wanted you to have your expectations of my physical holdings sufficiently lowered so as not to be disappointed. I have never collected physical things.

I still don’t know what innate magics we have or what bonding means. I know nothing about your side of my bloodline, really.

-Luke

Sidonai

Good morning,

I am sorry Luke I forgot you don’t have all the pieces. Bonding is a simple thing really. It is a very similar way I bond with sorcerer’s to give them power. For some its a pact, for others its just a promise between two people.

The bonding doesn’t require anything but an agreement, and a set of circumstances that will dissolve the agreement. Normally the agreement can be dissolved by the mortal satisfying a condition and asking to be released, or by the one with infernal blood deciding to release it. It could also be like marriage vows and when you two separate she goes on to her own life.

If you are feeling super in love, you can just make her a part of the family permanently.

Does this make sense?

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

Um. Could I be accidentally bonding people and not know it, or is this something that I have to do specifically out of my way?

-Luke


Sidonai

No no no no no

You have to personally bond with someone intentionally. It requires for most people to go out of their way to perform a bonding. Unless you learn to do it on purpose it must always be with a consenting creature. It is why infernals are good at word games.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

Thank the gods for that. Consent is very important to me. It’s kind of part of my central tenants.

I was worried I might have unduly influencing people.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

If you are worried I can look you over and see if you have done that. It is technically possible but you don’t have the personality type from what I see to do that without noticing. That takes a lot of skill, a lot of practice and honestly a predilection set you don’t have.

In fact you are so over aware of influencing and harming others I can almost guarantee you haven’t done it. You I think would take conscious effort to force someone to bond with you, even if it was for the greater good.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

I would appreciate if you checked when you came. I accidentally manage a lot of things I shouldn’t be able to. This is probably something I should understand. You had recommended Elaine, so I’ll ask her to teach me.

I do look forward to your being here. I suspect I know a few places that you would like here.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

Would you prefer if I kept my presence unknown to your friends? Some of your sisters don’t want me being publicly around, they say I embarrass them. I tend to like to enjoy myself when I get to the prime plane. They always expect me to be a dowdy librarian, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

That is completely unnecessary.

First, I am not inclined to keep secrets and have no reason to be embarrassed of you. I am not embarrassed of my lineage. I never have been. I look forward to meeting you, and I would like you to meet my friends and chosen family here.

Secondly, any attempts to keep my family secret are laughable at this point. Elaine slept with Sargon, causing a massive issue between him and his girlfriend. Then, when they reconciled and Sargon said he was not sleeping with her again, she’s refused to take no for an answer, and keeps inappropriately making advances. Then she made that deal with Alluvia, which was like tossing fuel on a fire with the politics here. Which is why she ended up in a stasis ball so I could try and salvage the situation because let’s just say nobody was happy with her actions. It was dicey because Alluvia is the heir to two Elven kingdoms/empires.

I am not ashamed or embarrassed of you. I look forward to you meeting everyone.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

That makes me happy. I will bring you a few housewarming gifts. You have set up the space for your children already right?

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

We haven’t really decided anything. Izzy is currently staying at Keyleth’s manor in my rooms. My own home is one room only and Tabbit is trying to figure out if we can dig down to create more space. It’s all very much up in the air.

My biggest concern to to talk her into letting the baby be a Teifling and not doing some horrific ritual to painfully change his race.

I am a little distressed and concerned and I am hoping we can work it out.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

Let me know what I can do. She absolutely cannot do that to someone of your bloodline. It will do a lot of damage if abyssal god touched rituals try to do something with infernal blood, especially our blood.

I am on my way. I will talk here as I travel. I am coming.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

I am working with her. I don’t think it occurred to her that it would be a problem. She asked to live under my roof so there is that. Here’s hoping we get it all worked out.

Maybe by the time you get here I’ll have more good news.

-Luke


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Sidonai

Luke,

I feel much better then. What do you eat or what sort of dance do you perform in order to get so many elven and drow nobles to crawl in bed and then come live with you?

That is partially me, but I wonder about your mom’s blood. She had an ability to distract someone and make them interested in her. Maybe that is what caught my attention to begin with.

Well that is neither her nor there, we can talk in detail about that in person.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

I am not really sure how this all happened, to be honest. Nesterim by all reasoning should have hated me, but here we are. Rabbit was a coworker and we just hit it off. Izzy was her handler, and Rabbit brought her in when we met with the Drow, and now look where we are.

I let everyone know I am terrible at relationships, and will try, but monogamy isn’t possible. If there is any effect of my bloodlines, it’s small and wears off because I have had a lot of disgruntled partners who were unhappy with my inability to keep it in my pants.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

Good, you have had bad breakups, that means this is real. It also means your relationships is all because of you. Elves are incredibly resist to seduction or allure that isn’t real. It means you have whatever it takes.

Are you dating Izzy now? Or is that over and its just parenthood?

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

No, I never dated Izzy, it was literally one night of the elven political camp thing, and that was all it took. I was actually resistant to having Izzy in my bed, but Rabbit suggested it and joined. I have literally only known the woman for that one evening, of which most of it were not spent talking. So no dating. Definitely not. We haven’t even been able to agree on much other than we are going to try and work together.

She was also Rabbit’s handler when Rabbit was a handmaiden and that complicates everything. This is a sticky situation, to be sure. I made it 1000 times worse by spur of the moment kidnapping her, which lost her the Drow household she was head of. She’s kind of stuck here now, because of my actions, which works in my favor, but I should have never done that.

This is very complicated.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

Complicated is good, complicated means it can always fail, but it can always be salvaged at least partially. This is going to sound awkward but pursue that relationship with Izzy. Not dating, or going out, but see if you can connect at least get close to her.

First that will help with raising your child. Parents who are close, even on a friendship level will help greatly. Secondly this is how you make relationships that will work out in the future. Third, it is never bad to have a bevy of drow women you sleep with.

Just an old man’s opinion, but there it is. Whether you wanted it or not.

-Sid


Luke

Hello,

Having a bevy of Drow women is a recipe for them ganging up on me.

Who was it you were sending to help protect the baby? I’m not really used to having family go out of their way for me, so I’m worried this might be putting you out.

-Luke


Sidonai

Luke,

You aren’t putting me out. I am bringing an associate named Skriv, he excels at watching over valuables, including people. This is the least I can do.

As for the girls, living dangerously is what life is about isn’t it?

-Sid

 

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