The Rathess Cerin emerges into is not quite like the one he remembers. In many places, there are signs of activity -- small portions of buildings cleaned or refurbished, tiny gardens of unusual plants, freshly painted signs and images adorning the rocks.
<Cerin> "Greetings to you, Ssithumi, I hope the day finds you well?"
<Ssithumi> "Indeed, Cerin! Just today we have cleared another five buildings."
<Cerin> "That is excellent news. I am sorry I do not get to spend more time here."
<Ssithumi> "Do not be concerned. What brings you to Rathess today?"
<Cerin> "I was wondering if I might talk with you somewhere private, please, I have several things to tell you, and to ask of you."
Ssithumi nods, and hops up to an alcove perhaps 70 feet up within the current building.
The room is small and narrow, with only enough room for the two to sit.
<Ssithumi> "I believe she would have brought many of them with her when she disappeared. It is possible some were taken by the Deliberative."
<Cerin> "I know where she left some of them. That is where I found this ring, amongst others. But I remember a blade too."
<Ssithumi> "Of what sort?"
<Cerin> "I am not sure. It was called the Evening's Vengeful Shadow. I know that."
<Ssithumi> Ssithumi scrunches up her reptilian face. "I do not believe Ymir ever carried a blade, besides a simple pocketknife."
<Cerin> "...that is puzzling."
<Ssithumi> "It is."
<Cerin> "Though, given how Zahara hides her blades, perhaps not. It is possible she only called the blade when she killed." he shrugs "Do you know anything of the other artifacts she was rumoured to carry?"
<Ssithumi> "She had a few possessions that she never parted with -- a small book, a set of pins, the Night seal... little else."
<Cerin> "What did the Seal do, what was it for...I would guess a badge of office but..."
<Ssithumi> "They bound the temporal power of the Solar Deliberative. As long as the Solars held those Seals, the authority of the Deliberatve remained."
<Ssithumi> "Rexinus... hmmm. I have not seen him. Do you have reason to speak with him?"
<Cerin> "We have found a part of his taxonomy. It would be most interesting to speak with the author, I think. Also, the details he might be able to supply would be useful for my thesis."
<Ssithumi> "Hmmm. I shall keep an open eye."
<Cerin> "Thank you. I do not suppose you recall the location of the mountains of Xiyi?"
<Cerin> "Do you know what happened to the Fa'la'tarena?"
<Ssithumi> "I do not believe any remain, with the world shrunk to its current borders."
<Cerin> "That is sad news. Another thing we have lost...from the Taxonomy they sounded like they might be very interesting to talk too."
Tags: (:tags Rathess, Dragon-Kings, Ssithumi, Grey Ring, Ymir, Seals of the Deliberative, Night Caste Seal :)