In the backwoods - near Lord Pike's estate

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In the backwoods - near Lord Pike's estate

Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:21 am

Cecil stands in a small clearing nearly 30 minutes walk into the forests from the estate. Sitting down on a stump, he pulls up his hood and rests.

~TIME WARP TO NIGHTFALL~
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Post  Scribbler on Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:34 am

The night was much like the one before it, and yet, so different.
Spatters of inconsistent drizzle shivered out of the sky, and then stopped again.
Occasionally the damp breeze mustered enough strength to waver whatever leaves had survived the winter.
Those on the forest floor skittered lazily, and settled again.
Compared to the confusion of the previous night, there was silence.

Syuzanna walked the path among the trees, stepping gently but firmly.
There was nothing here that would do her harm after all.
She had not been walking for long, and she guessed it was about an hour or so after sunset.
Upon rising she'd returned to the Lord's house, anxious to discover what had happened the night before.
There too, was quiet, so whatever remained of the Seekers seemed to have left.
She was quietly optimistic. Though they attracted trouble like nothing else she knew, they also had a knack for surviving it.
Well...most of them.
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:36 am

Having just finished scribbling some notes, and with the sun setting over the horizon, Cecil packed away his equipment. Sitting silently for a moment, he heard light footsteps on the dirt. As he looked up, he saw a figure approaching through the tree line.

"You found me then. It is good to see you again."
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Post  Scribbler on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:46 am

A pointed smile greets him in return.
"Guud evfening, Sesseel. Ov kourse."
She hands him a piece of paper, pale blue in the evening light.
"Ay goht yur note."
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:48 am

He gestures with his hand that she should take a seat on the next stump.

"You told me once that you would be able to help me using your more specialist abilities, and that time has come. I would like your help to end my current existence. I tire of my current life. I want to stop it."
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Post  Scribbler on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:55 am

"Endh?" Her cheerful tone becomes suddenly serious. "Yu...are shure?"
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:00 am

He nods.

"I grow weary of this life. I have to live hidden away in the woods, not with my family. They have not contacted me here in Gevell, because they believe I am dead. I am an outcast. I operate with the Epitaph through couriers and dead drops. I am unable to join the Seekers' operations because I would be in too grave danger."

He sighs heavily.

"All I wanted in my life was to report. To stand in the shadows of great people at the turning points in history. But now I can't. Now I will rot and break apart, until I am merely a pile of waste. All I wanted was to watch history be made... for ever..."
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Post  Scribbler on Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:11 am

"Shht." she interrupts him. "Noht dhis. Furhever ees a dangerus wurd. Ay kno...tu well."
She sighs, and stops to think.
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:20 am

"What is it?"
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Post  Scribbler on Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:33 am

"Stop dhis. Let me luuk at yu."
She stands over him, and offers a hand up.
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:39 am

Cecil accepts her help, climbing to his feet and standing quietly in front of her.
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Post  Scribbler on Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:56 am

Letting him stand in front of her, she examines the state of him.
He's not wrong. His form does seem to be degrading, if slowly.
Syuzanna walks around Cecil, gently prodding at his shoulders and back.
They are deteriorating.
But...
A thought forms in her mind, and she wonders...
"Ay myt haf...how tu say...hhmf."
She motions for him to sit down.
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:58 am

Cecil sits, still quiet, not wishing to interrupt.
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Post  Scribbler on Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:04 am

"Eef dhis is wat yu wish, ay can du eet. Buht only eef yu are shure."
She pauses, to let her words sink in.
"Undrstand, bileev me. Ay undrstand more than yu myt think."
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:12 am

"How could you possibly understand? As you stand, you are immortal. You can pass as normal. I have a way to hide my face, my form, but I will slowly rot away. This would simply be speeding up the process, nearing the inevitable. I sought you out because, as a fellow half-dead and as a priest of the Wise One, I believed you were the person I could most rely on. The others, they... They wouldn't understand."
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Post  Scribbler on Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:22 am

She turns away, partly to rein herself, but also to give him a moment, letting him settle.
"Aht leest yu kan walk the day." she murmurs, softly.
"Eemortall. Ha. Dhat remains tu be seen. Buht. Dhis is noht about me."
Syuzanna turns, and kneels before him, her voice is quiet, but strong.
"Sesseel. As yu sayd, ay haf...speshulizt talent. Yu want me tu endh yur suffering. Dhis ay know ay kan du. Buht, eef yu are weeling..." She looks him dead in the eyes. "Ay kan re-mayk yu."
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:38 am

"I'm not sure I understand. What would that entail?"
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Post  Scribbler on Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:41 am

"Well, ay dhink eet iz possibull. Ay haf noht dun eet befor, yu understandh, buht ay hav a dheory, andh ay dhink eet shud work."
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:01 pm

"Well, before I agree to anything, I would like to know more. What would the process be? What would happen to me afterward? Would I be... Human, again? Or something else?"
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Post  Scribbler on Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:18 pm

"Sensibull. Yu haf questyns, ov kourse, leht me explayn."
Syuzanna stands up, and cocks her head for a moment, listening.
After a few seconds, she seems satisfied, and takes a seat beside him.
"First. Ay kannot mayk yu Human. Ay kannot givf yu lyfe. Dhis is beyondh my...ability. Ohnlee dhe Gods-"
She breaks off that line of thought, and continues with something more relevant.
"Sekondh. Eef it does noht wurk, ay swear tu yu dhat eef eet is steel yur wish, ay weel endh yur existens."
You can tell from the look in her eyes that she is sincere.
"Dhird. Ay weel noht lye, eet iz beyondh anything ay haf tryd before. Eet weel require prepirashun andh reserch. As fuur process, tell me, in all ov yur travells, haf yu evr hurd ov mummifikashun?"
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:49 am

"I do indeed know if that process. In fact, I came across it while searching for a way to preserve my physical form, but all I found was nothing but myths and legends. Were the stories true? Can it really be performed?"
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Post  Scribbler on Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:01 am

The Vampire pauses for a moment, and looks at him, a weak smile on her face.
"As ay sayd, eet iz noht somthing ay haf done- buht surely as dhe tu ov us ar here tu talk abowt eet, there iz a chance, yehs?"
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:10 am

"If it's an alternative from returning to the realm of death, it can only be worth attempting. How long do you need to prepare?"
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Post  Scribbler on Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:19 am

She makes a counting gesture with her hands as she considers.
"Dhere weel be som items ay shall needh tu gathrr. Andh ay weel fynd as much infurmashun as ay kan-"
Looking down at the Seeker, she continues. "Ay du ov kours haf odhr duties tu attendh tu, buht ay shuud be abul tu keep dhe items widh me. Eet iz a shayme we du noht haf tyme tu return tu Sangterre...Weere weel yu be in...hmm." She looks at the sky, and back to him. "Tehll me, Sesseel- Haf yu evir been tu Shuru?"
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Post  Cecil M. P. P. Osthorpe on Tue Apr 30, 2013 2:33 am

"Once, before. It is a shame that I must return, but I am to accompany the Seekers there in but a month's time."
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