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Romance / Life Long Lovers with a rocky past
« on: Today at 05:10:03 AM »

"We’ve been together since the beginning, and we’ve come so far."

N'dar // Jungle Wing // 26

About the Character:
N'dar and Ivonai have been running together for as long as either of them can remember. From orphaned thieves in Fort, to dabbling in wher fighting right up until N'dar is taken away to the weyr to Impress, these two have struggled through life to get where they’re at. Their brief time apart while N'dar is away, impressing dragons and growing up, is rough but he returns for her. As promised.

Their history is full of rough and tumble stories, but with a bit of a happy ending now that everyone is at the weyr.

Wanted ICly:
Someone to pick up N'dar. There’s a lot in their history that would be fun to play out, and current events and dramas to play through. :3

Wanted OOCly:
Pretty much the same ICly. Exploring their story, playing out things. Someone who wants to invest in them as much as I am. :3

Hit me up if you're interested.

New Members Introduction / Re: Hello?
« on: February 20, 2018, 02:12:43 PM »
Hello, hello, and welcome to the forum. <3

I happen to love table top RP as well. ^_^ Huge fan of it, actually, and DM for a group of friends roughly once a week. We have fun with it.

We do have a character creation guide if you need help plodding through the application, but figuring out what sort of character to make can always be tricky.

The wanted ad index lists the type of person they're looking for first, their rank second, then age. The name at the very end is the character in play that in requesting the ad so you can peruse that profile for an idea of who they might be attached to. ^_^

>_> Inki beat me to it.

Universal Events / Re: [ 14.02.2591 ] Kill the Messenger
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:11:15 AM »
If anyone needs an "in" for the event, there are these available 'positions' from this most recent round of posting. :P

- Anyone can be the Green that Denoth is protecting.
- Anyone can be the bronze about to be eaten near Rinneir.
- Anyone can have the enterprising wher that saves Tavisk – preferably a large wher. :P
- Anyone can be the injured Blue trying to be dragged off, who Uramaeth is trying to protect.

Universal Events / Re: [ 14.02.2591 ] Kill the Messenger
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:54:58 PM »
Event response will be getting posted up sometime after Valentines.  :love:

New Members Introduction / Re: Hello!
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:55:11 PM »
Hello hello and welcome to SWW. <3 I'm glad you decided to join us. 8D I have a huge myriad of characters with a lot of wanted ads attached should you be looking for connections.

Otherwise, enjoy your stay and I look forward to Rping with you soon.  :love:

OOC Hang Out / Re: How important is art?
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:50:47 PM »
My answer is sorta two fold, both in what I would outwardly judge a site by and what I would judge a site by before I joined. Because I realized they're two different things. XD

The short, easy answer is that I don't think that art is required for a site to be nice. Plot is always the most important. Hatchling art isn't required by any stretch and I can understand why some people wouldn't even bother - since a lot of newly impressed characters end up becoming inactive. It can be disappointing creating art only to have it not be used. Thankfully we have a lot of enterprising people who churn out a lot of art for people's dragons But for one person to have to do it all, I can see how it can be, or could be, daunting.  So while art is always nice, and I can be a little judgy of what art I do see, I don't think every site has to have it.

However, for me to join a site... I definitely think a site should have hatchling art and dragon art. It took me awhile to be able to provide creature art for SWW, but now that we have it, I'm super thrilled and I'd like to see such things in a site I'd join. Being able to visualize things is a great boon. So I'd probably expect more out of a site I might join than one just in passing. Because I'm a turd like that.

OOC Hang Out / How important is art?
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:56:49 PM »
There was a question posed over on Pernese Online, and I thought it was a neat one to discuss with all of you too. The initial question was, simplified, how important is it that you receive hatchling art when your character impresses? Would it deter you from joining a site if your character didn't receive their own customized dragon art?

But I also wanted to extrapolate, and expand, on that a little. Would you turn away from a site if they didn't have any art at all?

In other words, how important is it, to you, that an rp site has arts?

OOC Hang Out / Re: Whatcha Watching?
« on: February 10, 2018, 12:20:07 AM »
We are watching a handful of scary movies on Netflix tonight. So far, we've watched Open House and in currently watching The Ritual.

Open House started really good but had the biggest shit of an ending. :c I was so disappointed.

The Ritual is shaping up to be better. But we'll see. ._.

OOC Hang Out / Re: Whatcha Reading?
« on: January 27, 2018, 04:57:34 PM »
So I subscribed to the Kindle Unlimited through Amazon Prime and I'm endeavoring to read a bit more this year. Yay for resolutions

Anyways, there's a series I fell in love with that isn't finished yet - and I didn't finish the third book because the end is probably going to make me cry. I literally have 10 pages left of the 3rd book and I just stopped reading because it's at a happy part, but this series has been NOTORIOUSLY mean - in a good way. :P

Anyways, the series is Beautiful Monsters by Jex Lane

Definitely a mature series cause there's a lot of sex in it. ._. The world building is neat though and I fell in love with some of the characters. (I also hate... HATE a couple of teh others... )  The writing isn't the best, I'll be the first to admit, and I started the series thinkin' it was gonna be a 'wham, bam, thank you ma'am' sorta thing. Two dudes get together, there's some angst, and I move on with my life. That's what I THOUGHT it was gonna be.

But then I got all invested, I've probably cried three or four times out of sheer sadness and frustration BECAUSE THERE IS NO HAPPY ENDINGS in this series apparently and I'm a masochist. So, because the books actually made me cry, I have to mention them.

Adverts / Re: Affiliates & Our Advert
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:37:50 PM »
We'll take care of it. Thanks for lettin' us know.  :love:

Adverts / Re: Affiliates & Our Advert
« on: January 02, 2018, 11:36:16 AM »
Updated <3

Announcements & Events / Re: Quote Depository
« on: December 17, 2017, 09:50:25 AM »
"And I mean, no offense, but I'd rather not have anymore help if that was your idea of helping out"
Originator: Renolus
Link to the Post

Added : SirAlahn

Journals / Re: Slow Going WIP *gasp*
« on: December 16, 2017, 07:55:22 AM »

Play By:
Sara Loren

Date of Birth:
21.06.2553 9th Pass
Place of Birth:
Which Hold or Weyr. Check history for Fall dates for specific places during the 9th Pass.
Weyrmate or Spouse:
If there is one.

Your Reflection...

Appearance: Standing at a modest 5'5", she still manages to seem taller than she really is. Her personality fills whatever room when she walks in, be it with a smile or the loud snap of her anger. Nothing about Oppesine is mellow, demure, or understated. She likes bright colors - or what passes for bright on Pern - so reds and oranges, and generally in dress form of various cuts and designs. She's not overly picky about clothes so long as they meet the previous criterion. Her dark brown hair is naturally wavy and she leaves it down, where it reaches just past her hips.

Response to 9th Pass Catastrophe: Oppesine is of the firm belief that there are those strong enough to use other people, and then there are those meant to be used. This was never more apparent than during the Pass, when things were at their worst. Rather than become one of those that would be used, Oppesine became one of those that orchestrated the use of people at the profit of her and her family. While she wouldn't have been able to do it on her own, having the backing of her family enabled her to thrive where others might not have. And she's perfectly fine using people.

Response to dragon color mutations: She wished that fire lizards came in different colors. Is there a way to make them change too? Because that would be neat to her. Otherwise, she doesn't really understand what the whole fuss is. It's just color.

Who are you...

Attention : Oppesine flourishes under attention, like any experienced harper during a play. She quite enjoys when all eyes are on her, even if it might not be for a good reason.

Music : She doesn't have an ear for it, or the ability to play herself, but Oppesine has a weakness for music when it's played well. She absolutely hates when it's not though and she'll loudly let you know if you're terrible.

Gifts : Especially flowers. They don't have to be elaborate or anything like that, especially since flowers can be hard to find currently, but she likes flowers. Their fleeting beauty is a treasured marvel to her. She will accept just about any and all presents though.

Family: Obviously, but she does quite like them as people too. She'd do a lot for them, even if she'd complain the entire time.


Babies / children : of any shape, size, or relation. Even her own. They're loud, they're demanding of her time that she doesn't want to give, and they're dirty. She's pawned her children off on her whores because she can't be bothered.

Flit Eggs : To eat. It might be a thing that some Holders have picked up out of necessity, but it's a barbaric practice that she heavily scorns. Having 4 flits of her own, she's not about to allow such a practice around herself.

Wher Fights : She doesn't really like watching the fights - they're too brutal for her - and she just ends up feeling bad for the poor wher that ends up losing. She'd much rather not watch, or be around, for the fights.


* MEMORY : She says she has a perfect memory, which is a beautiful lie, but she's not far from the mark. She has a great mind for faces and even better at putting names to them. Cross her, in any way, and she'll remember you for turns and turns to come. It's the quickest way to make an impression on her.

* MASK : Her whores call her the Actress. Not because she's a performer or has harper training, but because there are layers to her moods and masks she hides behind. She might be angry and you'll never know until she's manifest it in a way that benefits her. False smiles seem real, she can cry on command when it benefits her, and her moods firmly under her control - even if it might seem contrary to the case.

* EDUCATED : With only a basic harper education that everyone else received, she's actually quite good at mental math and a quick study. There's a reason she was selected to 'managed the books' so they say. Between her memory and retained education, she's rather book smart.

* SILVER TONGUE: She's charming, when she tries. Whether it's because she has a pretty face, an easy smile, or an infectious laugh, she's just easy to be around. Small, unthreatening, people are disarmed and find themselves smiling right along with her. Especially since she flatters easy and it seems genuine.

* CLEAN : It's important to her, and in her line of work, that things be clean. People, clothes, rooms, whatever it is, she's got a pretty high standard. And if people don't clean themselves, she'll do it. And you won't like it.


* ALCOHOL : She is an alcoholic with a real problem. She has little tolerance and can become quite belligerent. Her 'class', if she had any to begin with, and composure are a thing of the past when she starts drinking. And she does so enjoy drinking.

* SHAMELESS : One could argue this is a strength, but her family and friends would argue otherwise. She doesn't understand the concept that there are just some things, personal business and the like, that shouldn't be aired in public. Public displays of affection aren't taboo to her and social norms have never meant anything to her. It's almost like she needs a handler to remind her that some things are best left behind closed doors.

* WEAK : Her bark is infinitely worse than her bite. She talks a good game, and she can certainly pull strings to get things done, but she doesn't know how to fight. She's a 'lover', not a fighter. At least, at base.

* VIOLENT : With an explosive temper and that she has no idea how to fight, the fact that she can be moved to violence is not something in her favor. At all. But she's quite satisfied in hitting, screaming, and taking her anger out on things. Whether they deserve it or not.

* ESTABLISHING BOUNDARIES : Once she has decided to trust someone, or let them close, she had trouble establishing any sort of healthy boundaries. The people near and dear to her can easily take advantage of her, and she will allow it. Though she might huff, puff, and scream, she can be quite easily manipulated if people know how to play her - or they just push enough.

Describe Yourself:

* HEARTLESS : It takes a certain flavor of person to manage people and sell them to other people. There is a close group of people that she cares about, but beyond that, she is quite heartless. Easily disassociated from seeing the people she manages as anything other than property, which enables her to manage them quite well and not get hung up about it.

* PASSIONATE: Oppesine feels everything deeply. Love, hate, happiness, betrayal. The whole gambit of emotion runs through her hot and on a wide spectrum. When she does feel things for someone or something, that is.

* COMPARTMENTALIZED: Business is business, friends are friends, and family is family. She doesn't have problems keeping these things separate. Don't think for a second just because she's friendly with you that you matter to her if you're a business associate or if you're one of her whores. Conversely, she'll do just about anything for family because they are family - if it were life or death, of course. Getting into one of these 'groups' in her mind is difficult - just as it's difficult to fall out of them. Friends are friends, for better or worse, and she'll martyr herself for family.

* FOLLOWER: She enjoys managing people and she'll protect what assets are hers - in a round about way, but she doesn't like making really big picture decisions. Especially if those decisions affect people she perceives as friends. She can be wishy washy, indecisive, or procrastinate. It's best that someone else make really big decisions - she'd rather manage her whores and have fun.

* SELF CENTERED: Oppesine's world revolves around herself. Her time, her actions, and everything she does is to further her own schemes, ploys, and plots. She doesn't frequently go out of her way for others - not even her own children - and will only do so with prompting and prodding by her siblings.

The Magic Touch: As noted above, Oppesine is an alcoholic. This was easier to manage while they lived in Fort, a bit harder since moving to the weyr but like a true addict she's found ways to get it. Most likely from previous contacts in the brewer hall.


Mother: Rank, birthdate, deathdate if applicable. If she was a dragon rider, we need to know the turn she Impressed and the name of her dragon.
Father: Rank, birthdate, deathdate if applicable.  If he was a dragon rider, we need to know the turn he Impressed and the name of his dragon.

Siblings: Name, rank, birthdate, deathdate if applicable. If any were dragon riders, we need to know the turn they Impressed and the name of their dragons.

Children: Drudges, Holders, and Weyrfolk very rarely have an opportunity to Between when pregnant. If they come from a traditional family, they'll be married off between 12-16 and should have a child around that time. If they just end up sleeping around the Weyr, the risk they'll have a child is still rather great though they may not be involved in its life.

Tell us a story...

This is the perfect place for you to write out your character’s history. Dot points work out best. So list the important events in their life, a small description of what happened, and their emotional reaction to the event with no more than 5 turns between each event.

* year, age Event

* year, age Event

* year, age Event

* year, age Event

* year, age Event

Give us a taste of your character and a sample of how you roleplay. No real length limit.

Member Info...

Created By:
What you would like to be called on the board
Other Characters:
List, please.
Inactivity Preference:
Make them an NPC, kill them off, adoptable, or have them fade away?
Mauling Permissions:
Look here for the different options!
Anything Else:
Any notes or comments you’d like to make. If you would like your character listed as nonbinary, please note it here.

Coded by SanctifiedSavage for SWW

New Members Introduction / Re: An Interesting Title
« on: December 14, 2017, 07:23:25 AM »
Hello! Here is an official welcome!

I has a fluff pupper who doesn't eat the things he's not supposed to. He's actually pretty well behaved, though it was hell to get him that way. ._. I too play a lot of games. ^_^ We have a gaming thread floating around here somewhere that I'll probably throw at you sometime and we post screenshots and such in the discord, should you want to join us there.

I am always up for plotting, of course. Bring it on.  :happy: I offer up all my characters. Because why not. :D

OOC Hang Out / Re: Character Play List
« on: December 14, 2017, 04:24:25 AM »
It's not often I find a song for Keassa. I love how this one sounds for her, though. Lookin' at you, D'mir.

Lover by Truslow
You, you and I
In the spell of the night
The butterflies, they dream
Just to feel what we've seen
To be lost in the beauty of love
And you say, that you'll never
Forget of its flame
And you'll hold to its warmth
All our days

Days turn to years
And the cobwebs appear
The memories, they fade
All the moments we made
And we feel only ashes remain
And we fought, through the tears
Hoping light may appear
So my dear, will you keep me tonight?

So, lover
Will you carry my heart?
Will you carry my scars?
Will you carry my soul?
So, lover
Will you carry my heart?
Will you carry my scars?
Will you carry my soul?

So for me, will you stay?
And remember this flame
As it burns 'til the end of our days

OOC Hang Out / Re: Browser Add On
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:20:00 AM »
In light of recent events, gonna go ahead and bump this in the event anyone uses FireFox and would like a neat thing that saves everything you type in a text box. :D

OOC Hang Out / Re: Whatcha Watching?
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:02:51 AM »
So I watched the movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and... it was good. If you go in with the right expectations. XD

Let me preface this with saying I loved Avatar. The movie with the big blue Na'vi. Loved it. It was beautiful. But the plot was not complicated, at all, and you could easily see what was going on.

That's sorta Valerian except the main characters are... awkward. My BF thought their awkwardness was awful, I thought it was enduring. It wasn't terrible in the same way that like the MC's interactions in Jupiter's Ascending was, but it was a different way of handling things between MCs and I liked it. I can definitely understand why not everyone will.

Beyond that, the movie is as beautiful as Avatar. The world building in this is where the movie shines and, if nothing else, I recommend watching it just for that. Same with Jupiter Ascending. These movies aren't complicated, the plots are pretty straight forward, and the relationships are either self insertion bleh or just as straight forward, but my god. The world building, the setting...

Right. So.


I've been watching a bit of this and spammed some in discord but I'll post it here too. Some of this... err most of it? is on crunchyroll.

My favorite so far! ._. I hate waiting every week for the episodes to come out. It has everything I love. Scenes that have made me cry at the beginning, a big monster that is in love with a wittle mage girl, romance, and a messed up sorcerer that wants to make monsters out of the parts of people. Think FMA chimeras.
Spoiler for For real spoilers:

REMEMBER THIS SHIT? Yeah. Same level as this shit.

I loved this one but it tormented me too. It was listed as one of the better BL animes out there, so I went into it thinkin' I was gonna get some sweet action. INSTEAD IT WAS SAD AND MESSED UP AND I CRIED AT THE END. It's SO GOOD and not because the main characters are a little gay for eachother. Let me stress A LITTLE. ._. But the setting is amazing, the plot is beautiful, and I did cry at the end and listen to music from this one for DAYS. People on discord can vouch.

AND the last one. The one I'm CURRENTLY watching.

This is based around Karuta, which is a really neat competitive game, and a... love... triangle? My heart wants them all to be together so bad, but I know it's not going to happen. So I'm torturing myself by watching it and knowing I will inevitably end up crying and hating someone.

So. I watch romance anime. >_> I haven't listed all the sorts of things I watch, because A LOT of them are BL anime. I have a severe weakness for it. But. These are the ones I have loved and would recommend just because they're l

Announcements & Events / Re: Incoming Forum Updates
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:52:21 AM »
Alrighty, now that we fought a bit with the forum this morning, it looks like we ended up losing the posts from the last 2 days - posts that were done on the 11th and 12th. THere were some database issues in trying to fix the forum after the update and the backups that were done, somehow, were affected as well so the most recent backup ( as we do them every other day now ) was done on the 10th.

Sorry for the pain this is. ._. Updates to forum software are always a nightmare and this one sorta crept up on us because everything seemed fine. Just wasn't.

As always, thanks for being so awesome and understanding.  :love:

Adverts / Re: Affiliates & Our Advert
« on: December 10, 2017, 05:23:15 PM »
Added.  :love: Thank you.

Crafters / Re: Gavita [ 21.5.2564 / Apprentice Smith ]
« on: December 09, 2017, 04:17:11 AM »

Image Credit:
Link to line art.
Flit Details

As it looks
Date of Birth:
28.10.2590 9th Interval.
Place of Birth:
Southern Winds Weyr

Leaf looks almost like a leaf. Her hide coloring is a pretty soft shade of hunter green with much lighter shading of a jade green on her. She is average in size, falling right in the middle of the size range for a Green.


Mind Voice: Leaf loves to learn new words to mimic and sometimes might just pick up on words, just because she can. She prefers to use images mostly but will use feelings too. Her favorite word is 'no'.

Likes: List f 2-3 likes here, with at least one sentence of explanation for each

Fish - Fish is a natural delicasy for this firelizard. She loves to eat fish but not excessively. She prefers it as a treat. Spiderclaws are her favorite, but will not touch packtail at all.

Rain Storms - This Green firelizard enjoys a good rainy season. She'll be out flying in the rain as often as she can. She doesn't like thunderstorms or lightning. The loud noise and flashes of sudden light scare her.

Music - She loves the sound of music and will often try and 'sing' with the Harpers when they play. She can't keep a tune most of the time if the song is too fast, but she can sing the slower songs.

Dislikes: List of 2-3 dislikes here, with at least one sentence of explanation for each

Tunnelsnakes - She hates these things more than anytihng. She will be away for candlemarks to a few days, off hunting these vermin. She'll even bring a dead one back dead and leaving it for her pet's approval.

Being Dirty - She can't stand being dirty for very long. She will try and clean herself often if hers is busy, which means there will be mud or dirt all over the bedding or clothing in her pet's living space.

Beach - She doesn't like going to the beach and will not follow hers right away. She knows about the Beach Snakes and will reluctantly follow hers. She is fearful of the Beach Snakes, not just a dislike.

Member Info...

Anything Else:

Coded by SanctifiedSavage for SWW

Universal Events / Re: [ 13.1.2591 ] Raids in the Night
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:57:44 AM »
I has posted with Keassa and Remira:love:

Checked In
Code: [Select]
[{Halirina}] || [{Wsar}] || [{Lale}] || [{Cace}] || [{Niema}] || [{Keeda}] || [{Ayara}] || [{Bnyn}] || [{Yinaya}] || [{Seaphonellqua}] || [{Jdan}] || [{Haithen}] || [{Sethunya}] || [{Sric}] || [{Snis}] ||  [{Loressa}] || [{Sevastjan}] || [{Ysmersa}] ||  [{Gavita}] || [{Faytona}] || [{Tavianna}] || [{Meyelthra ||  [{Daysepona}]  || [{Ivonai}] || [{Quenneca}] || [{Everalsie}] || [{Domnitissa}]
Added : SirAlahn

OOC Hang Out / Re: Whatcha Playing?
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:22:52 AM »
Eh, just thought I'd update this cause I've been playing a lot of Skyforge. It's a fun enough game because there isn't a lot going on in the MMO world and MMOs are my jam.  But I'll be updating my list. Also! If anyone likes cute, crafting games~

Forager is free. Just a cutesie crafting game that's in demo mode.

    Explore procedurally generated lands with designs created by hand.
    Forage and mine for common and rare resources.
    Craft powerful and interesting items.
    Build your base with many different structures.
    Trade and build up an economy to expand your empire.
    Meet NPCs, enemies, bosses and playful fairies.
    Level up and learn new and interesting skills.
    Solve puzzles and find treasure.

Skyforge :
In Skyforge, you will walk the path from an immortal warrior to a mighty God, gaining followers as you fight to protect your world.

Your loyal followers will help you increase your power as you rise to become an Elder God. The best of the best will join the Order of Keepers and shape the fate of the world.

Personally, it's pretty fun if you can play with some people and it's not the grindiest. But it looks nice for coming out 4ish years ago and you can certainly play casually.

Spoiler for screenshots:
Dis my character.

One of the 'open areas' you can explore.

Also, we post a lot of game stuff on our discord. <3 Screen shots, game chat, etc. Feel free to pop on for it.

OOC Hang Out / Re: Character Gifs
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:52:41 AM »
Spoiler for GIFSSSS:
I feel like this is Faytona around her fellow crafters.

Faytona to her boys.

Gavita to Finna.  :happy:

Followed by a healthy dose of this for every interaction.

>_> Dis Meyelthra

OOC Hang Out / Re: Quotes Porn
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:47:56 AM »

Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.
- Thomas Berger

It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating. Today, for instance, as man and woman, both lover and mistress, I rode in a forest on an autumn afternoon under the yellow leaves, and I was also the horses, the leaves, the wind, the words my people uttered, even the red sun that made them almost close their love-drowned eyes. When I brood over these marvelous pleasures I have enjoyed, I would be tempted to offer God a prayer of thanks if I knew he could hear me. Praised may he be for not creating me a cotton merchant, a vaudevillian, or a wit.
- Gustave Flaubert

There's no thief like a bad book.
- Italian Proverb

An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.
- Augustine Birrell

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I drink to make other people more interesting.
- George Jean Nathan

Quotes from Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

“Call a jack a jack. Call a spade a spade. But always call a whore a lady. Their lives are hard enough, and it never hurts to be polite.”

“You see, women are like fires, like flames. Some women are like candles, bright and friendly. Some are like single sparks, or embers, like fireflies for chasing on summer nights. Some are like campfires, all light and heat for a night and willing to be left after. Some women are like hearthfires, not much to look at but underneath they are all warm red coal that burns a long, long while.”

“I have known her longer, my smile said. True, you have been inside the circle of her arms, tasted her mouth, felt the warmth of her, and that is something I have never had. But there is a part of her that is only for me. You cannot touch it, no matter how hard you might try. And after she has left you I will still be here, making her laugh. My light shining in her. I will still be here long after she has forgotten your name.”

“You do not know the first note of the music that moves me.”

“Its like he knows he's better than you, but doesn't look down on you for it because he knows it's not your fault.”

“Go out in the early days of winter, after the first cold snap of the season. Find a pool of water with a sheet of ice across the top, still fresh and new and clear as glass. Near the shore the ice will hold you. Slide out farther. Farther. Eventually you'll find the place where the surface just barely bears your weight. There you will feel what I felt. The ice splinters under your feet. Look down and you can see the white cracks darting through the ice like mad, elaborate spiderwebs. It is perfectly silent, but you can feel the sudden sharp vibrations through the bottoms of your feet.
That is what happened when Denna smiled at me.”

“No, listen. I've got it now. You meet a girl: shy, unassuming. If you tell her she's beautiful, she'll think you're sweet, but she won't believe you. She knows that beauty lies in your beholding." Bast gave a grudging shrug. "And sometimes that's enough."

His eyes brightened. "But there's a better way. You show her she is beautiful. You make mirrors of your eyes, prayers of your hands against her body. It is hard, very hard, but when she truly believes you..." Bast gestured excitedly. "Suddenly the story she tells herself in her own head changes. She transforms. She isn't seen as beautiful. She is beautiful, seen.”

“I needed to let them know they couldn't hurt me. I've learned that the best way to stay safe is to make your enemies think you can't be hurt.”

“Do not mistake me for my mask. You see light dappling on the water and forget the deep, cold dark beneath.”

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