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Jul 27, 2017 4:35 AM
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Aydanci is accustomed to darkness. Or, to be more accurate, being surrounded by a legion of shines that trail after him while he's in darkness. He has a small, thin box where he keeps them when they're not in use, and it stays with him wherever he goes. If someone needs a shine, he's happy to provide, and any extra shines he makes that don't have an obvious purpose go in the box for safekeeping.

A moon rises in the sky, and Aydanci stares in wonder and in awe.

And then, later, the Sun follows.

A warm red glow fills the sky and Aydanci puts all of his shines in his box and goes to find his parents because what is that, it is so pretty, parents, parents come look!
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Aydanci's parents are already outside looking. He's big - already the size of an Elven child of twenty-five - but his father picks him up effortlessly and sets Aydanci on his shoulders for a better view. It is pretty. The Elves are all making quiet delighted noises. 

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Aydanci doesn't make noise, he's always been a very quiet child, but he does stare in open delighted wonder. And quietly thank his father for picking him up to see better, because pretty.

And then it gets a bit too bright for him to stare directly at. But he's a smart child, so he makes a pair of shades, and they can go over his eyes so the light's not as bad. He looks a little longer at it, but then that's too bright, too, so he decides that maybe he should look at what everything else looks like in the light, and not at the light itself so much. This seems like a good plan. So he does that.
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The Noldor have several fortresses now, strategically positioned across northern Beleriand, which is what this place is called. Aydanci is growing up beside Lake Mithrim, where they have been since he was a baby, and it is in the mountains and very pretty. The Sun reflects on the water. The walls are very tall and very safe and the buildings within them are gracefully made. Everything is currently bathed in bright golden light.

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It looks so much nicer now! It was never ugly, ever, but to see any of it properly he had to go with his legion of shines to see. It was hard to see the beauty of the architecture when it was covered in hundreds of little moving lights, piloted by a child. And now he can just - look. No shine piloting required.

It's gorgeous.

"Is it always going to be like this?" he asks softly, delighted.
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"I don't know," his father says, putting him down. "The Moon likes to go away and come back; maybe the Sun will do that too. They do it back on the lost world."

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"If it works like that here it'll be like we have a little bit of the lost world with us!" Pause. "Besides me and Lári and the other humans, I mean."
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"It will! I am so happy that the Valar figured out how to make it work safely in a completely different world."

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Aydanci nods, wondering if it works like anything he understands. It could be a giant shine that's piloted across the sky, but that seemed altogether too silly. The Valar would probably have something a little bit less ridiculous.

"Was the light from the trees just like this?"
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"It was the same color, but the gold and the silver were the same brightness and when they overlapped you got these stunningly pretty combinations. When these overlap the Sun's just brighter than the Moon." He sends the memory of a Mingling.

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He nods, amazed and a bit sad that this thing no longer exists.

"It was very pretty! But also very bright. If the Moon and Sun take turns I think I like that there is a darker time, so I can play with my shines."
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"The darker time works well for humans, too, since you sleep more than Elves and can't see so well in the dark without shines," says his father. "You can do things when there's light and rest when it's dark, that's how humans did it on the lost world."

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This seemed a sensible way to sort his time. He nods again.

"It's nice that the Valar were thinking of us."
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"It's lovely! I'd been wondering what they were doing all this time while we've been fighting the Enemy and there's our answer, it was probably very tricky building a good Sun and Moon!"

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"Now that they're done, will they help more?"
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"I certainly hope so. I am sure at least that the Enemy will try to drag the Sun and Moon out of the sky, for he hates and fears light and beautiful things, and they will probably be sure to stop him, after all that work they put in."

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Aydanci thinks this is an entirely reasonable answer, and nods in that solemn way he has when an answer has satisfied him.

"Do we need less shines now that there is a Sun? I should probably keep making lots just in case the Enemy manages it..."
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"You could make some extra-bright shines from the Sun and we can ask the King if they are needed or if they should be stored away in case of trouble."

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"Okay!"

He goes off to do this. Immediately. He's very excited about the prospect, actually.
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He can make such bright shines! Everyone around him is singing delightedly. Apparently a dark cloud has risen around Angband, probably because the Enemy does not like the Sun. 

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Aydanci sets on the important task of making several bright shines! And the less important task of making a silly face at Angband's dark cloud. Yeah, Enemy. Take that!

And then when he has several large, extra-bright shines, he asks his parents to let him present them to the king.
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His parents are happy to accompany him to do that! The King's palace is the prettiest building by the water. The King's whole family lives there including the Princess Lári who is human and Aydanci's age so Aydanci knows his way around the palace very well. 

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He does! He'll find her, first, actually. Has she made any extra bright shines? What has she done with them, if she has?
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She has been making shades for people and things that are bothered by the Sun! "HI, Aydanci! Did you see, the Enemy's grouchy!"

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"Hi, Lári! I did! I hope he stays very grouchy and that the Sun shines right in his eyes."
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"He didn't put up shades. Isn't that silly of him? I'd have put up shades."

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