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IC Poisoned Honey: A Requiem for the Gods Sidequest

BunBun299

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Tochtlea continuues to scrutinize her, getting uncomfortably close. "The curse must be broken," he repeats, "in the light of the sun. Alas, I cannot; I would trade for your blood, but those of my people who could break the curses of the owls died when the gods fell. It is a simple enough matter for one who knows the rites. The owl-curse is a magic like any other."



Xoco makes a clicking sound that you take to indicate amusement. "Not a butterfly," she says. "Ītzpāpālōtl is - was - a terrible skeleton goddess, mistress of birds, of fire, and of those that die in the egg. She would couple with mortal men; her children are the spirits of the wild, the faerees, as you call them. Her sign is the obsidian butterfly, and also the claw-winged bat."

"It may be that you are touched by Ītzpāpālōtl," Tochtlea says, eyeing Rikku. "She was a goddess; her reach was long."
"Definitely no goddesses in the family tree," Rikku says. "That's something that would have been mentioned. I just come from a place where there's a lot more variation in hair color among humans."


"Our safety relies on the city-humans? I do not like this," Tochtlea says. "How are you to hold them bound to any agreement? They are treacherous. Surely they will think this next world would be better without any Cueyatl, without any Cochotlacatl. What if they fall upon us and slay us when we approach them in peace?"
"If they tried to harm you when you approached in peace," Rikku says with confidence, raising her fist in a defiant gesture, "then they'd have to go through me first. I'm the last Monk Sister of the Lotus Blossoms. Maybe I couldn't take them all, but I'd make them regret starting the fight."

She lowers her fists, "Besides, the world is coming to an end. What's the point of holding onto old grudges?"


"You are strong in magic, chichi-Anna," Xoco says, staring at Anna and rubbing the cut on her scaled palm. "I felt your magic, like a fire within you. This thing you should be able to do."
 

shadowsaint007

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Tochtlea continuues to scrutinize her, getting uncomfortably close. "The curse must be broken," he repeats, "in the light of the sun. Alas, I cannot; I would trade for your blood, but those of my people who could break the curses of the owls died when the gods fell. It is a simple enough matter for one who knows the rites. The owl-curse is a magic like any other."
"Too bad I don't know how to break curses," Aress mutters under her breath.
Xoco makes a clicking sound that you take to indicate amusement. "Not a butterfly," she says. "Ītzpāpālōtl is - was - a terrible skeleton goddess, mistress of birds, of fire, and of those that die in the egg. She would couple with mortal men; her children are the spirits of the wild, the faerees, as you call them. Her sign is the obsidian butterfly, and also the claw-winged bat."

"It may be that you are touched by Ītzpāpālōtl," Tochtlea says, eyeing Rikku. "She was a goddess; her reach was long."
Aress chuckles humorously at this.

"Hear that, Rikku?" she teases the fighter. "If that's the case, I bet your family get-togethers are weird. 'Hey, pass the sauce.' 'I would, but granny hexed it and then caused it to rain crows.' 'Again?!'"
"You are strong in magic, chichi-Anna," Xoco says, staring at Anna and rubbing the cut on her scaled palm. "I felt your magic, like a fire within you. This thing you should be able to do."
Aress looks at Anna hopefully.

"Well, it wouldn't hurt to study it... somehow. Right?" she asks the kitsune.

She watches her comrades argue that they would help the parrot-folk travel to another world if the local humans objected. Personally, it was a hassle that they even told the birds what they were here for, much less bargain with them and offer to help, but then again, Aress grew up a cynical person, very much not the hero type.

Still, it was... admirable how these three were trying to help everyone.
 

Talisman

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Madeline isn't sure exactly what to say at first... but she does after a moment state "If they attacked you and your folks without cause as you come in peace, then I would fight them alongside you in defense of your people." She looks skyward briefly before she returns her gaze to him "The end is coming, and we should all work together to save as many as possible, no matter who they might be. We, they, you, all of us, need all the help we can get in this. Because if we fail... then no one gets saved."
Anna nods... "If you would walk me through the process, I will gladly break the curse... and I would appreciate the knowledge I would gain. She smiles and nods... "My providence is fire, and my kind, Chichi, or rather Kitsune... are born of flames and storms."

it would be foolish to cross me..." Anna says, her eyes flaring a deep purple for a moment... "I offer MY protection upon any who wish to survive and escape doom" Anna says "and more people offering blood FREELY would lead to a FAR more powerful spell would it not?" She says, knowing offered blood is more powerful than stolen...
Tochtlea looks thoughtful at Madeline and Anna's declarations; the two warrior-parrots exchange muttered words.

"You have some knowledge of blood magic, then," Xoco says to Anna. "Blood freely given is the strongest of all."

"Xoco cannot break this curse," Tochtlea says sharply. The female parrot gives him what you can only assume is a dirty look.

"No, I cannot. I do not have the power. But you might," Xoco says to Anna. "The rites I know, the proper channels. These I have studied; these I could teach."

Tochtlea mutters something under his breath. Xoco looks intently at Anna.

"I offer to teach you this, kit-soon-ay-Anna, in return for two things. An offering of blood, and your personal protection for me and my family."

"Definitely no goddesses in the family tree," Rikku says. "That's something that would have been mentioned. I just come from a place where there's a lot more variation in hair color among humans."

"If they tried to harm you when you approached in peace," Rikku says with confidence, raising her fist in a defiant gesture, "then they'd have to go through me first. I'm the last Monk Sister of the Lotus Blossoms. Maybe I couldn't take them all, but I'd make them regret starting the fight."

She lowers her fists, "Besides, the world is coming to an end. What's the point of holding onto old grudges?"
"If the world ends, there is none: all shall journey to Xibalba together," Tochtlea mutters. "But if there are new worlds? If any are to survive? Then there is much to consider. The Cochotlacatl will not be slaves, nor prey. Better death."
 

RainbowSparkle91

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Madeline simply nods at this, looking to Anna as she waited to see what she would say when it comes to the offer given. She doubted the fire fox would say no, though as she thought about how they themselves had survived the destruction of their own worlds, she wondered if a world's death took it's heaven and hells with it... or if they simply broke away to become their own separate realms of existence.
 

annakimly

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Anna looks to Tochtlea and sighs... "if the world ends, any part of it, be it heaven or hell, dies with it my friend... " she says, her voice forlorn... in her world she had been related to divines, perhaps she knows first hand? "Your people are not to be slaves nor prey... but other worlds may have other rules..."

Anna forges her katana in her hand and levels it, before slicing her palm... "Xoco, of the mighty hunter tribe of Cochotlacatl I give my word that I will endeavor to bring you, your family, and your people to a safe new world..." She offers her hand... "I do not make this offer lightly, nor do I make it for self gain, I only wish to save whoever I may, and whoever has aided me and my friends is more than worth saving..."

After that matter is settled... "whenever you may, teach me these rights so I may free my companion of their curse..." She smiles kindly...
 

Talisman

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Xoco draws her obsidian knife and presses the blade to the wound on Anna's palm. You can see that the blade is actually absorbing the blood, like dry soil soaking up rain. There is surprisingly little pain.

The parrot-woman withdraws her knife, examines it, then nicks her own palm and bobs her head to Anna. She offers her bloody hand.

"So we are bound in blood," she says formally. "Come then, kit-soon-ay Anna. I shall teach you the rites of curse-breaking."

Despite Tochtlea's disapproving stare, Xoco begins speaking with Anna about how to use her magic to unweave an existing spell, demonstrating the words and gestures she knows to use. It takes a few minutes before Anna can put this information in context with the magical tradition she knows, but with time and effort, she thinks she's beginning to understand.

OOC:
Anna Spellcasting: 11. Anna can pick up Dispel as a free bonus power after a day of practice.

Unless there's something else that needs to be done, we're fast-forwarding to morning.
 

annakimly

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Anna follows along and learns eagerly, even going so far as to share some small baser teachings of her own healing, perhaps as a sign of good faith to Tochtlea...
 

RainbowSparkle91

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Watching as Anna learns the spell from the Parrot-woman, Madeline approaches Tochtlea and asks if there are any songs his people, or just those here in the lodge with them now, could share with him. She tells him of how back on her world, she traveled the lands seeking to learn songs and stories from every place she stopped, and she wants to make sure that this worlds songs, as many as she can learn, are not lost.
 

Talisman

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Tochtlea seems to be in a bad mood, but one of the spear-wielders, Zuma, takes note of Madeline's interest. In a low voice, he begins chatting with her about music and songs, quietly singing a few Cochotlacatl songs.

Xoco teaches Anna as best she can, and listens with interest to Anna's knowledge of healing magic. You get the impression the Cochotlacatl do not have a very strong healing tradition.

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Morning comes, after a somewhat cramped night's sleep (various tails have been stepped on several times). Zuma and the other spear-parrot are missing, presumably on guard or patrolling outside; the other two have slain a large snake, some fifteen feet long, and are busily cooking it for breakfast.

"The owls do not fly by daylight," Tochtlea reports. "We are safe for now, or as safe as we can be in these times. Where do you wish to go now, strange ones? The city of the humans is a day's travel to the north, but we cannot take you to their very gates. Do you wish an escort to the edge of the human lands?"
 

BunBun299

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"That is where we're going," Rikku says. "So as close as you can get us would be appreciated."
 
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