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"A bunch of stories for scaring children, some caelum scriptures, and I can't even read the third. Haven't looked through the last one, a diary, yet."
> Take it out I suppose, skim through first few pages. It'd be rude to start reading heavily at lunch.


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"A bunch of stories for scaring children, some caelum scriptures, and I can't even read the third. Haven't looked through the last one, a diary, yet."
> Take it out I suppose, skim through first few pages. It'd be rude to start reading heavily at lunch.

Pulling out the book, you flip threw a few of the pages.

English, but written in heavy cursive. Would take a bit to properly read it, you're not picking up much of anything just skimming.

The waiter returns with a tray holding the food, and he deposits a bowl on top of a saucer in front of you, and two plates, salad and a sandwich, in front of Iiri. Each of you get a fork, spoon, and knife, though you only need one of those for your food.

A slip of paper held in a metal bracket is placed in the center of the table. The bill, probably.

Waiter: "Enjoy."

After he leaves, Iiri reaches forward and moves your soup bowl off of the saucer and places one of her sandwich halves on it, flashing a brief smile and then tries to suppress it as she begins eating her salad.


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>Enjoy the soup.


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>Enjoy the soup.


You ignore the sandwich for now and dig into the soup. Thick base, lots of mushrooms, creamy rich flavour. It's almost like gravy, and completely delicious.

The two of you eat in a calm silence for a bit, enjoying the food and warm sunlight.

Iiri casually reaches towards the diary sitting on the table, delicately flipping through the pages.

Iiri: "What were those scary stories about?"


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"Mostly magic, and people misusing it."
> Try the sandwich.
"I think they were meant to be cautionary tales or teach lessons. They got kind of dark though. Turning people into monsters, killing everyone around you in a fit of paranoia, society collapsing when magic they rely on breaks...
Actually, now that I think about it, the only story that DIDN'T end badly was the one about a non-mage."


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"Mostly magic, and people misusing it."
> Try the sandwich.
"I think they were meant to be cautionary tales or teach lessons. They got kind of dark though. Turning people into monsters, killing everyone around you in a fit of paranoia, society collapsing when magic they rely on breaks...
Actually, now that I think about it, the only story that DIDN'T end badly was the one about a non-mage."


Bread, roasted ham, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo. Simple, but still delicious when you've been limited to preserved ham, bread, and spinach for the past few months.

Iiri: "What was the non-mage one? Seems like maybe a book that argues against magic."


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"A prince gets chased out of his country, trains with the sword, gets his favorite sword back, then returns to his kingdom and whups ass."
> What the heck was the name of that one...


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"A prince gets chased out of his country, trains with the sword, gets his favorite sword back, then returns to his kingdom and whups ass."
> What the heck was the name of that one...


Uh, what was the name of that one? You've heard it elsewhere too, it's pretty well-known...

Iiri: "Is that the dustblade?"


Right, that's the one. A young child-prince is taken out of the kingdom by a maid, along with the family's sword, as his older brother takes control and kills off heirs and nobles that would oppose him.

The maid leave the prince with an old man living in isolation, hoping that he'll be safe. The old man, once a master swordsman, drills swordsmanship into the prince day after day, year after year, until the master has to leave for some unknown reason. The prince continues his training on his own, staying in the secluded cottage until one night a thief breaks in and steals the family sword.

Determined to find his only belonging, the prince scours the land for his blade, using farm tools, cheap weapons, and even sticks to fend of bandits and later assassins. He became infamous for his "Dust blade", a technique that involves manipulating the air to pick up dirt, sand, or dust and slice an enemy's eyes and arteries.

After many years, the prince found his homeland, the kingdom where he was born. The soldiers that opposed him fell by the dozens, mages were blinded and bled out before they could cast, and his brother, wielding the family's sword, was killed almost instantly.

The young prince, now the last rightful heir to the thrown, was recognized as king, and he and his descendants ruled the kingdom for centuries, surviving the Corruption, and even rule to this day.



Yeah, that's the one.


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"Yeap, that's it. Pretty crazy, don't you think? I wonder how he thought that up."

>Pause, look away embarassedly for a moment.

"...Thanks for the sandwich."


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"Yeap, that's it. Pretty crazy, don't you think? I wonder how he thought that up."

>Pause, look away embarassedly for a moment.

"...Thanks for the sandwich."

Iiri looks away as well, and out of the corner of your eye you can see her trying to force away an embarrassed smile.

Iiri: "I-I'll be looking forward to the next history report!"


The two of you finish the rest of your food, and then leave the appropriate amount of money for the bill.

Iiri: "Twenty minutes 'til noon, let's head to the station."


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"Sounds good!"

>Off we go! Make sure to buy tickets well before the train arrives. Don't wanna miss it!


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"Sounds good!"

>Off we go! Make sure to buy tickets well before the train arrives. Don't wanna miss it!

The station is a short walk away. Nothing fancy - a large building that the train passes through, several rooms and ticket booths on the walls that are furthest from the tracks. Tickets are, pricier than a meal, but you can manage.

Only a handful of people standing by - the afternoon ride is rarely crowded.

A few minutes later, the distant sound of a train gliding on tracks is heard, and soon the locomotive slowly enters the station, gently decelerating to a stop. The doors hiss open and ticket-punchers step out.

You and Iiri get your tickets punched and step into the train, finding a booth for just the two of you.


Now to wait for travel time, you guess. Iiri, sitting across from you, pulls out one of the reports you wrote for her, and you decide now's a good time to check out the diary.

Looks to be pretty old. The first entry is dated for the year 7324, during the War of Blades.

Mostly writing about daily life in an isolated town, personal relationships (the writer is female), and several mentions of three ancient books that were passed down for generations. The first one is the holy texts of the First of Caelum, not particularly valuable since they printed millions of those. The second is a carefully preserved volume of tales from before the Corruption, extremely valuable and suspected of containing information that could cause trouble. The diary-owner was aware of Alchemy, perhaps.

The last, is perhaps the most interesting. It's written in a Lupus Phonetic Alphabet that is no longer in use, though apparently the diary-owner (who is human) was capable of reading it. The book seems to be the holy text of a sect of the Ruhe, one of the Lupus religions. The diary doesn't go into much detail as to what the Ruhe texts contain, other than that it says the texts have mentions of a form of magic that is controlled by writing (Runic magic?) and a material transmutation magic (Alchemy?).

The last few entries of the diary owner talk about how one of the kingdoms to the west have been pushing east, their armies razing towns as they head towards the coast.



Probably the most interesting find so far, maybe you can find someone who can decipher the Ruhe texts.


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> They'll have to be a pretty trustworthy someone, considering the book's subject matter... Maybe we can find an old reference for lupus alphabets and use that.


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Make some small talk with my travel companion about the reports she's reading.


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>In the middle of the small talk, suddenly read the part about the the lupus book again, remember the other lupus book, then ignore it and think it is a coincidence.


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