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Do you have a name?

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such a good happiness

"Serik Tanaikon. You?"

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In Angband you have to earn having a name and most people haven't especially not me.

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"- the fuck d'you do instead, then?"

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If you need to talk about somebody a lot you nickname them or call them by their job or something. Like there's my baby and my tattoo guy and the blacksmith and Weird-Ear. My siblings call me, like, 'slut' and 'flowers' and 'prettybutt' and 'braids' and 'inky' and 'tunes' and stuff.

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"It'll be weird if I don't have anything to call you... 'Rima'," he suggests. 'Art' in his native Ansati instead of the Nathuremi he's been speaking. Switching languages makes it feel more like a name to him without it really being any different from 'prettybutt' on a conceptual level. It feels to him like it should be up to her whether to keep the nickname thing going or pick up a proper name now that she is out of that increasingly awful-sounding place.

(It has sort of half occurred to him that she is probably reading his mind what with the thing where she's carrying on a perfectly coherent conversation while pretty obviously not knowing the language and also talking exclusively in his head. He hasn't actually paused to contemplate the idea head-on, or think through the implications, but insofar as he has thought about it he doesn't especially object.)

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I love it!

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Awwwwwwwwwwww what a good. He beams at her some more and conjures a white rose petal that floats down a few inches and gently sticks to the end of her nose.

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Giggle. She lifts up her baby. The baby grabs the rose petal and eats it.

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- the baby is - kind of concerning, the last time Serik had anything to do with raising a kid it did not turn out super great - he loves his daughter but, uh. (The thought is not very clear on the exact contents of 'uh'.)

Well, whatever. If Rima comes with a baby then Rima comes with a baby. He certainly wouldn't dream of trying to separate them.

"- why is she so funny-looking," he says, which is a stunningly tactless thing to say about somebody's baby, isn't it, but if he didn't ask he'd never find out.

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She's an orc. They're supposed to look like that. Melkor breeds orcs out of Elves - I'm the intermediate generation - and orcs are supposed to be very unlike Elves and Elves are pretty.

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"Uh. Why."

That just seems like a completely insane hobby to have. Like, his favourite hobby may not be the most normal and unobjectionable thing ever, but at least he doesn't magically make people's children uglier, what the fuck?

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He uses orcs as troops and slaves. Elves are a huge pain to use like that.

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"I'm not super impressed with this guy, I have to say."

Maybe it's just that it vaguely reminds him of himself when he was younger. Except if he'd magically created a bunch of people to be his slaves he would've made them all very nice-looking.

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The ugly part might be specifically to upset Elves extra.

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"What'd Elves do to him?"

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Oh, Melkor is a god and he's at war with the Elf gods.

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"I hope that mess doesn't follow you here, that'd be annoying."

He is not especially worried about his ability to fight off both sides of a divine war by himself, but he would much rather spend his time doing fun things like rain flower petals on his new orf's adorable head. Also his daughter might get hurt and that would be bad.

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I don't think it will! I was not super valuable.

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"They must value very different things than I do."

He conjures a sweet-smelling silver-white rose and gives it to her.

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She smells it and adds it to her hair and twirls. Yep. I was breeding stock pretty much.

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"Well. I don't want you as breeding stock. I think you have the loveliest smile I've ever seen and I want to give you nice things so you keep smiling it."

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Giggle. That sounds awesome!

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He beams again. He kind of wants to scoop her up and kiss her but he isn't sure whether that would qualify as a nice thing and he's too giddy to come up with a way to ask, look at her, she's amazing.

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She adjusts the baby on her shoulder and traipses up to kiss him.

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