Kaerri's Man. =)
(Part 1 of 2)
Paladin Bria listened to all of this. Grasping her beloved evergreen holy symbol, she prayed a silent call to her faith and moved closer to Brendoran as the leader of the Wayward Wanderers brought what explanation could be brought to such chaotic and strange happenings. There, she stood, tall-looking and proud as ever, but all the more curious. More than once, her soft brown eyes lingered on Otiorin as if drawn there by curiosity, but for the moment, those curiosities stayed within her. For she realized there was much to be learned, not only about the Red Cave and its bloody secrets or of the band she had thrown her lot in with, but also of herself and this unknown woman she evidently used to be.
Oscar of Highwind mused, his black ears swiveling to take in Brendoran's every word. "I see, Bren, though not as clearly as I would like, given the stakes. Thank you for summing up the facts so neatly." He turned to Paladin Bria, the little claw on his index finger raised. "And to you, divine one. All is as Lord Brendoran has told. I am Oscar of Highwind and it was you, or rather your former and true self, that brought me back from a death most unfortunate to serve the people and crown I so dearly love. You might say I am indebted to you, though I would have entered this," his little whiskers swished as he reached for the correct word or phrase, "series of foully-brought conundrums whether you had or not."
Paladin Bria chose this moment to curtsey and reply. "This stranger, this person you all say I used to be. If it is Mielikki's will, I would return to her while ceasing to be all that I am. For I have felt since we met that something indeed was not right with me. I have feelings I cannot explain, notions without decent reason bursting into my mind." She shrugged. "My mind and my spirit are not one and I suffer for it."
Oscar padded over to her and closed his eyes. "Upon my word of honor, I will see your suffering undone, Bria of the Ko, most peaceful of all healers in Highwind, nay, in all of Averlund and Sharseya!"
Paladin Bria stood there, apparently not knowing what to say. It was clear to all of you that she had not recognized any of the places Oscar had now mentioned. They may as all have been a forgotten dream. She crossed her arms and frowned in thought.
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"As for me and my own escapades," he drew in a deep breath and focused himself, "allow me a few moments and I will share what happened on our side of the snow globe..."He clasped Otiorin on the shoulder and nodded to Oreleth, then went to kneel beside Oscar the red panda. "And what are you doing here, Oscar? How came you to this...well, wherever we are? What do you know of this place?"
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