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19 December 2009 @ 03:36 am
And now for something completely different  
Setting is running concurrent with the previous scene, just across the plaza in the Priorate HQ.

 
thmightykeyboard (11:47:23 PM): "Well it is like I said, Maester Ji-Han, the words speak for themselves they do not need to be paraphrased and 'interpreted' any further. The Eniat clearly defines our course of action and I respectfully---" Bheid stopped mid argument with a lurch. A holy word had been spoken not far from where they stood arguing in his mentor's office over phrasings. He was a parlomancer, a sorcerer of words. Some words were very mundane, most of the ones used in daily speech held no power beyond the ability to convey thought. Other words, however, had deeper meanings and a magic all of their own. Just speaking one could conjure up ancient magics lost to the ages. Only if such a word had a profound impact did his senses pick up on it, and being so close it had felt like one of the great bells were ringing in his head. "Holachim," he repeated, reverence apparent in his hushed tone. "Someone has employed the Word." Bheid's demeanor and expression conveyed all the surprise he was feeling.
bythemilligram (11:57:52 PM): Whatever they had been arguing about fell away the moment that word was spoken; immediately, Ji-Han could sense something, nameless but intense. And there were so few reasons for that word to be spoken. It was mostly buried in their most ancient of texts, held as especially sacred by those who wove words - a gift at which his longtime student excelled. But Ji-Han was never one to jump to conclusions, and fell silent, eyes half-closed, as though his mind were very far away. He was trying to feel it out, get a solid grip on the energy he'd just felt. It was a long moment before he deemed it to be certain, and as realization dawned, he slowly sat down at the ornate chair behind his desk. This was a moment to be remembered. "This is the Awakening."
thmightykeyboard (12:04:19 AM): "Then you should know what needs to be done," Bheid all but whispered with a voice soft yet full of force and intent. His stride took him to the front of his mentor's wide and ornate desk and he planted his hands down on top of its engraved surface. "None can deny what our next actions must be. We must find the Imari and offer up ourselves in her service. Even you cannot deny that now." They'd argued enough times over the Eniat's teachings but never so fiercely than over the Imari. Now was a time of true calling and even though he had all the respect and admiration for Ji-Han, he would abandon him and his ideals if he did not change in his ways now that the Awakening had begun.
bythemilligram (12:08:30 AM): "Her 'service' will mean the destruction of us all. You know this." His words were quiet, but unfaltering. "We will gain no favor, no special treatment, by volunteering ourselves as sacrifices." They'd had similar arguments before, but it had never felt so immediate as it did now - soon, they would all have to choose a side, and the thought of the split that would occur was a sobering one. "This world is not the one the Imari left behind. Mankind has earned its place, and has every right to endure. What you speak of is betrayal of the highest order." He may have sounded strict, but it was largely out of concern; Bheid's beliefs were darker than his own, and he could too easily imagine his student coming to ruin for his choices.
thmightykeyboard (12:31:51 AM): "Don't speak of things you know nothing about, old man. The Imari will choose her treasured ones as it says in Deivra chapter 13. The Words, Maester, look at the Words. If you felt their tug as I do then you would know that the Imari would never harm those who love her and obey her. It is the wicked and disobedient she has come to bring to ruin." Of this he was sure. Entirely. Not even his mentor's wise council would change the way he felt. What he knew. "Do not tell me you plan on opposing her. You will be destroyed. You and everyone else who thinks as you do." He too cared about the other and would not want to see him come to harm, but that would not mean he'd side with him in this matter.
bythemilligram (12:36:46 AM): "Her energies are primal, wild - they represent a time that has come and gone." At the sharpness of Bheid's words, his own grew sterner, less forgiving. "You know I have never believed that the change she brings will be a positive one. How many lives will be lost if she's given free reign?" He let out a deep sigh. "You are young and devoted, and that is praiseworthy, but this is not the way we are meant to choose. Would you sacrifice our peace for her favor?"
thmightykeyboard (12:42:10 AM): "Our peace," he intoned incredulously. "Our peace was won by blood of thousands not all that long ago, dear Maester. Our peace is a fragile one, able to be broken by the slightest provocation!" He was striding across the floor in front of his mentor's desk as he always did when worked into a fever. Bheid was a passionate man, young and fully idealistic, not wisened by the years as some of his peers were. He might be very talented with the Words but he lacked experience that only time could teach, not the books he poured himself into. "She will bring us true peace. The Imari will rule over all our world and bring to it harmony. She cannot be stopped, resisting her will only cause more deaths than need be! Why can't you see that?"
bythemilligram (12:48:32 AM): "The only peace the Imari brings is that of deathly silence." The passages that spoke of that had always been somewhat ambiguous - just enough to foster massive debate, to the point that the central religion had split into various factions, mostly centered around how they read that particular piece of scripture. "Once, she had every right to rule over the land. But now...if we are to survive, her power -must- be contained." It was a grim prospect. He got to his feet. "She has to be stopped, Bheid, or the world you speak of will die before it can be born."
thmightykeyboard (12:59:13 AM): "It makes no sense to kill those obedient to her," he declared with the full force of his convictions. He had to be right, the alternative was much too frightening to think about. "Beyond that, how do you even expect to control such a force as the Imari? She is a power as ancient as our world, even the Ancient Ones, your ancestors, could not ultimately control them and that is why they simply did not destroy her. You may engage yourself in this fruitless and fatal endeavor but you must not drag those who follow you into it, lest you want their deaths to be on your hands."
bythemilligram (1:02:26 AM): "And will my hands be cleaner if I tell them to accept her wrath? To lay down as she destroys mankind?" Being in a position of authority was never easy; whatever he did, the consequences went far beyond himself. And when it came to this, it went beyond even their order. The very nature of their world hung in the balance. "I am not so arrogant to think that we are wiser than the Ancient Ones, but perhaps we are stronger. Spirits willing, that will be enough." But Bheid was confident, too confident, and stubborn. "You really intend to do this?"
thmightykeyboard (1:16:58 AM): "I intend to seek her out and see her for myself, that is what I intend to do. Who has the authority to say that she has any wrath for us? Mankind was not even a thought in her Age. She has no reason to harm us until we try and take what is rightfully hers." His motion stopped with his hands planted firmly on his hips. Their arguments before had been mostly for the sake of discussion and honing their skills but now it was more than that. The Imari was here and their differences of opinion were now coming down to something of critical importance. "I must find her. I will not even ask your permission to leave the priorate in search of her. You are either with me or against me at this crossroad."
bythemilligram (1:24:39 AM): If Bheid could get past his readings of the old dogma - and his insistence that he was right - Ji-Han could see him doing great things. But so long as he chose this path, it was impossible to ally with him, despite their personal history together. "That permission is not mine to withhold," he conceded softly. "You have always done what you felt you had to, Bheid. And I have tried to support you. But you speak of the end of our time, and I will not have a hand in bringing that end about. If you leave to do this, you leave alone." If only it were that simple. Bheid was hardly the only one who interpreted things that way.
thmightykeyboard (1:38:42 AM): "You sadden me, Ji-Han, you truly do. I never dreamt I would see the Awakening myself but I had always thought we could put aside our differences for the greater good of this world, and I can see that is something that simply will not come to pass." He had to shake his head at the last comment, he knew full well his mindset was not the only one, not by a long shot. "I will leave alone for now, there is no need to sound the alarms. Not everyone seeking her will be true and faithful." It was meant as a jab and spoken like one.