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Apr 27, 2017 8:45 PM
Ellayania in Numenor
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This is true. She will certainly promote the issue to the attention of the Valar when she visits.
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That'd be - interesting.

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But first she will be meeting with the King.

He's taken a name in a different language than previous rulers, can they shed any light on reasons why?
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...yes but wow is it complicated. They immediately all start talking at once.

So - no one speaks Quenya, it's strictly a ceremonial language - 

- well, someone corrects, some Elves speak Quenya -

- sure, but not on this side of the sea - 

- see, there were some, they all died and the language was banned, their children never learned it or at least wouldn't admit knowing it -

- and it's not held in disrepute these days but no one speaks it -

- but the nobility do all speak Sindarin, and the commoners mostly don't -

- some regions they learn it in school. 

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So his name is in the more commonly spoken language?
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Yep - 

- he objected to the court being run in a language most people didn't speak - 

- it's more that he objects to trying to emulate the Elves - 

- his name means 'Lord of the West', which is a direct insult to the Valar -

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So it is a somewhat fraught issue. Populism and defiance against history and authority figures perceived as uncaring.
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Everyone is very emphatic that no, it's not fraught, it is obvious and their perspective on it is the correct one. There are more opinions than people present.

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Of course, of course. She appreciates each of their uniquely obvious and correct perspectives.
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The Valar don't know about the King's name, they don't think. They're a little worried what they might do.

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Are there any historical incidences of them being insulted in such a manner?
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They were mad at the Noldor about the Kinslaying and Doomed them but that was a bit more than just an insult.

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She can phrase that little bit of information so as to soften the impact, when it arises.
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Oh, good. It's nice to have a god who is, uh. More involved.

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She aims to please.
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And they reach Armenelos! Word has preceded them and they are met by some sort of very glittery honor guard.

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She is quite honored, of course. Are they a general escort, or do they have a destination in mind?
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Palace, if that works for her.

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That is where she was going.

Would anyone care for a blessing?
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The honor guard looks very torn. They clearly have instructions not to harass the deity for blessings. Everyone else would like a blessing and the scholars would like to know why they're only one a person.

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It's hardly harassment if she offers unprompted, surely?

It's only one per person right now so that everyone can still have something to look forward to.
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That's a good answer! They will all have blessings.

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She can distribute them as they make their way to the palace.
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It's a magic palace. Designed by the Maiar, way back, and still held up by their lingering magic rather than any particular skill with stoneworking, which the new arrivals did not possess. There is a very formal reception with hundreds of people. They are very pleased to meet her.

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She is pleased to meet them all as well. The palace is interesting, she may see if some of those structural tricks are reproducible in the absence of Maiar magic.
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