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Ysalwen Surana, Warden-Commander of Ferelden ([personal profile] freedom_is_grey) wrote in [community profile] milliways_bar2017-07-14 06:36 pm

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Ysalwen steps through the front door, looking lighter and less troubled than she has in weeks. Having your apprentice settled into a Tal-Vashoth mercenary team -- the Valo-Kas, as it happens -- will do that. Particularly given that they are newly formed, though taking in members of several different mercenary bands with a great deal of experience.

Meraad liked them, and James found very little to complain about with any of its members, so.

Ysalwen settles herself at a corner booth, pulling out her tablet-book and pulling up three holographic windows. One contains a complicated nuclear decay simulation, another has some sort of energetics equations on it, and the third is playing Die Hard. She's been told it's a quite interesting play, and so.

Liranan has settled underneath her chair, ready to take a nap while she works. He may come out when the movie's gunfire starts, or he might just roll his eyes and go back to sleep.
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze smiling (smile)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-15 11:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Baze grins, just this side of cheeky. "That's exactly right! It's an art piece, now. I'm calling it 'The Hubris of Man.'"

He steps inside, leans his staff against a wooden counter, and takes a gulp of tea before setting the cup down, too. "Here's the still," he says, motioning to the pressure cooker. The copper tube comes out of it via a hole drilled in the lid, and travels down to the sink, where it's coiled multiple times around a thick section of PVC pipe. The end of the tubing sits just above a bit of charcoal, which in turn sits above a ceramic jug.

"When the still is running, I fill tbe sink full of water to cool the alcohol," Baze says, tapping the sink handles. "The first preasure cooker exploded because too many fumes escaped, or it became too pressurized, or something. I have a friend looking into the cause."
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-16 12:19 am (UTC)(link)
Baze cackles, leaning on the sink and folding his arms. "I'd rather not go through another explosion, even for art's sake," he says, shaking his head. "I lived through too many, and died that way, too."

Despite the subject matter, he still seems cheerful. "So, I was distilling moonshine when the first cooker blew up. But I've successfully brewed stout, red ale, and hard apple cider. Did you want one? I have some of each chilling in the fridge."
iprotectyou: An animated gif of Baze smiling (smile)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-16 12:26 am (UTC)(link)
"Of course!" Baze says, and crosses to the fridge. He opens it and retrieves two brown, glass bottles of cider and a magnetic bottle opener. After popping them both open, he offers her one.

"So, did you ever get your apprentice settled?"
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-16 12:49 am (UTC)(link)
Baze beams at her. Watching someone enjoy what he created is a unique pleasure. He indulges in his own cider and makes an appreciative hum.

"That's great! So she's also a Tal-Vashoth? I can't remember if you'd told me her species name. I assumed she was an elf, like you."
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-17 06:00 pm (UTC)(link)
"Oh, so she'd have a hard time fitting in anywhere," Baze says, trying to picture what this woman must be like. The task isn't difficult; he's known plenty of non-humans. "I'm sorry the Qun are difficult to explain. But not painful, right? If they're not, then, try, please? I'd like to know."
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-17 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
"I'm sorry," Baze says, shaking his head. He reaches out to squeeze Ysalwen's hand, and just holds it for a little while. "So, the Qun are the empire of the qunari? The ruling class, that controls them?"
iprotectyou: Baze Malbus holding his heavy repeater rifle and raising his brows (I think not)

[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-17 07:25 pm (UTC)(link)
"That," Baze says, his tone dry as Jedhan dust, "sounds like a load of bantha poodoo. I suspect they're 'enlightening' other people through force with their military branch?"
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-17 07:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Baze cocks his head to the side. He leans on the counter, holding his cider loosely in his fingertips. "The right to interpret the Qun?"
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-17 08:18 pm (UTC)(link)
"Ah, I understand now," Baze says, nodding eagerly. He smiles at the saying--new languages are cool! "That's a beautiful language. And I like that saying a lot, though I would disagree. There is plenty to struggle against. Even in heaven. Is that the qunari language? What's it called?"
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-17 09:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"Is that part of what you like to study? Languages?" Baze says, and then listens with rapt attention to the rest of her explanation. His eyes widen as she finishes, and he whistles to break the ensuing silence. "That philosophy is fascinating. I think I understand what you're trying to say. It's what we do with our blessings and curses that matters, not the blessings or curses themselves. That makes perfect sense to me. Thank you for sharing that, Ysalwen."
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-17 11:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"Absolutely," Baze says, matching that grin. "The best way to get someone to be comfortable with you is to speak their language. I only know three myself, and one of those is thieves' cant. Coming from a city of pilgrims, that's shameful."

The smile is broadens when she speaks of her faith. "I can understand why you'd want to follow her, yes," he says, and his grin dims a bit. "The Guardians have a saying: 'I am with the Force, and the Force is with me, and I fear nothing, for all is as the Force wills it.' I struggled with the last bit for a long, long time, and I'm still not sure how to wrap my head around it. Chirrut, though, he never let go of his faith."
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Baze pats her hand on his shoulder, his eyes soft and his smile fond. "It's true, I never did have much time for learning. But I do now! Maybe you can teach me some qunlat, or your favorite language you speak at home?"

Baze bows his head. "Thank you. That means a lot to me, more than I can say, in any language. My lack of faith hurt Chirrut for nineteen years. He has forgiven me, but I still can't believe it."
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-07-18 12:05 am (UTC)(link)
She is good at hugs. Baze leans into her embrace while it lasts, his own arms wrapped around her despite the half-full cider bottle in his hand. He's ssurprised, but grateful that she chose to be physically affectionate. As the most tactile person on Jedha, he has missed cuddling, and Chirrut can only take so much.

Tears sting Baze's eyes at her words, and he tries, ever so much, to smile again. It's watery, and his voice is a little choked when he speaks. "Thank you. It is difficult. It's the hardest thing I think I've ever done. I need to forgive myself, too, but I'm not sure how."

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