The Old Worlders
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Los Angeles & Baltimore: LAlejandra and Baltijandra began to meet with each other through proxies to discuss what to do. LAlejandra, already well-prepared by Linda’s prophecy powers, updated Balti about the consequences of them meeting — which is to say they will be reunited as one being. They both agreed to wait until after their respective babies were born, which would give them time to make arrangements for Los Angeles and Baltimore and their families. Ramon and Xelhua began to meet with each other as well to get to know each other and figure out how to handle the families after the Alejandras are reunited. They started weekly conveyances to each other’s cities via Javid.
Ramon and Xelhua are only just starting to get to know each other, so their opinions are rather reserved — but Ramon really appreciates just how cultured and learned Xelhua is, and Xelhua finds it really nice to have someone around to listen to him go on and on about architecture and the like.
|V. Safe Word||83. Pride and Fall|
|V. Mother’s Day||V. Do You Think Any of Us Are Free?|
|Among the first things Moe did was make arrangements for Bear’s body. She hosted a modest funeral at Nova Olympus, inviting any of the survivors who wanted to say something about Bear. For the next week or so she proceeded to cling a little more tightly to Sofia, Leanne, and Lisa, as well as Carmen, Brendan, and Shawn.|
|He completed construction on the basement of Caer Uir as per Mictlantecuhtli’s and Mictecacihuatl’s (especially her) specifications for the care of the unworthy Aztec souls. However, shortly after completion, he was approached by both Anubis and Morena and pressured to remodel his castle based on their specifications. Manannán mac Lir also happened at that time to have some suggestions for Brendan in this regard. Out of respect for the gods, he conceded to their wishes, but was very much vexed by this whole affair. He’d be unhappier, but because Ken and Sanura had constructed boots for him which contained the soil of Eire, he is now free to go where he pleases, provided there is some spare time.|
|A week following Envy’s death, Derrick continued his duties as the sun during the day and then proceeded to wander Meten-Khai-Ra at night alone, spending the entire time thinking and praying. After that he approached Sanura, Team Duat, and Ken individually over the course of the next few days to lay out plain what he was struggling with and why he wasn’t talking to them.
His absolute worst fear had been forcefully exposed to everyone who had been part of the mind link and exploited by Envy to gain control over him. This was a violation of the deepest and most personal kind for Derrick, which makes it extremely difficult for him to be vulnerable again, even to those whom he trusts utterly. Moreover, he saw his worst fear come to life in Envy himself: wrapped in his own chains and unable to interact with others without binding them to him. It is a very real possibility, and Derrick doesn’t know if that’s precisely what he’s doing with everyone. This only made it a lot harder to approach the others about this struggle — because if this were the case, he’d only be binding them further. In the end, he followed his instinct and told them about it. This is not a decision he’s at peace with, but judging by the fact that he’s currently wrestling with his self-worth, he was never going to be at peace with it.
Upon hearing that Sanura decided to continue to keep the creation of the Dimmer quiet and approached Ken to ask if Derrick could escape to Kenspace when he felt the need. Ken agreed, and they approached Derrick about it. Ken made sure to inform Derrick just how tempting a solution escapism is, and how poorly it works when it comes to actual problem-solving. Derrick thanked Sanura and Ken, earnestly, but declined the offer.
|Happy as clams in the sand at high tide.|
|With Lena absent, he decided to take the opportunity to catch up on learning about and practicing magic from Isis.|
|A week prior to official pronouncements of policy by the current Fifth Sun, Tlilocelotlpilli took Ruben along with him across the sky. At nightfall, Ruben returned home (safe and sound) and proceeded to discuss with the survivors Tlilocelotlpilli’s plans for him. Ruben had already decided to proceed — he was just double-checking with Lisa and the rest of his family.|
|It’s life as usual for Galen — although when Susan was subbing for Derrick he got to ride Eolus around and take care of him which was the most exciting. He’s still dating Ricky, too! He really likes Ricky.|
|She is as she ever was: a little odd, but on good terms with her oddness. She liked spending a lot of time with Moe and Sofia and the others, and very much enjoyed Lisa’s reading of the Ramayana. Occasionally she could be found wandering around by herself, practicing Russian cusses. Once Lisa corrected her cuss, explaining how it worked, and then proceeded to tell her a more polite form of address.|
|V. I Pray This Helps You Find Harmony|
|On June 13, Angela approached everyone individually(ish) to inform them that she was going on a walkabout, that she plans on coming back at some undefined point in the future, that she may not ever come back, and that she was saying goodbye. There were many hugs and tears to be had all around.
Sanura tried to persuade Angela to stay a little longer while while she made her a suit of armor. While Angela reluctantly agreed, it was clear to Sanura that she had been antsy and putting this off since after the report of Tim’s death. Eventually Sanura decided to tailor one of the older suits of armor she had made to Angela’s size and presented her with that instead an hour later.
Shortly after her departure, those that remained from Team Duat (Aida, Susan, Derrick, Oskar) stopped having weekly fandom meetings. Moe began her daily clootie tying habits again.
|Three days after being given his pendant, Sanura started receiving flowers three times a day: in the morning, an hour after the shop opens, midday, and in the evening, right at sunset. He also began showing up daily after sundown to help her and the other shop workers close up shop. Not even Sanura noticed at first, until he revealed himself.
The first day he began doing this, he also presented Sanura with four red carnations and asked, “Ms. Menmatre, would you honor me with another date?” They scheduled two days hence. On the day of the date, in addition to her thrice-daily bouquet of flowers, she received a box of chocolates.
This pattern of thrice-daily flowers, once-weekly chocolates, and daily visits to help the shop close (and then some) continued through the end of the month and beyond.
|On June 20, Oskar set off on Gullinbursti for another trip ’round the demiplane. He returned a week later and approached Ken about rescuing the Aesir. Ken suggested they bring Dovile along, and Dovile brought Yesen and Mokosits. Within the day they had said their goodbyes and gone.|
|Galen (12)||S. Chocolate and Sad Songs|
|Just three days after his birthday, he returned home incredibly bummed. When Lisa gently questioned him about it, he reported that he and Ricky had broken up — amicably, and they would still be friends, but Ricky wasn’t as serious about it as Galen was. From there he proceeded to be sad.
Throughout the next few hours of Galen’s moping, Ruben seethed. Eventually he blew up and yelled at Galen, saying mean and hurtful things. Lisa pulled him aside to talk. After a few more hours of talking, Ruben discovered that he was angry at Galen for being hurt and letting himself get hurt and why would he allow Ricky of all people to hurt him? That’s just so stupid!
Meanwhile, word got around and Moe came over once she was finished with her duties with Johanna. She brought chocolates and sat down with Galen and proceeded to introduce him to pre-apocalypse breakup traditions. It wasn’t long before Carmen, Leanne, Susan, and Sofia joined them. They ate chocolate, sang sad songs, and talked about their own experiences and memories.
Though Galen proceeded to be sad and not do much except hang around Lisa and Leliana for the next couple of days, he returned to his usual daily routine with aplomb.
Later that week, Ruben approached Galen and invited him on a camping trip to Heartbreak Lake. There Ruben apologized, explained himself, and prompted Galen to talk about Ricky and why he was so hurt. Then they proceeded to enjoy their camping trip and hang out with Lake Isabella and Coyote.
|They’re expecting! Lake Isabella is due June 3rd, 2027. Coyote hinted strongly that the survivor women should all come over and throw a baby shower sometime. (For Izzy’s sake, of course.)|
|V. All Aboard|
Mokosh’s Holiday begins
|Team Helheim returned with the Aesir on October 21, all a little worse for the wear.
They had sought the entrance to Helheim, which Ken was very insisted was not too far from Grimsey. Indeed, he was correct. They entered Helheim, where they sought the souls of the Norse dead. Just as they managed to rescue them, they encountered Angela — also worse for the wear — fleeing Asgard with the Valhallan souls in tow. Behind her were legions of fire giants. Team Helheim and Angela found and unmoored Naglfar.
As they sailed away (with as much haste as they could muster), they found leaves falling from Yggdrasil which, upon landing, shifted into the missing gods. With Ken and Oskar on one team, Mokosits and Yesen on another, and Angela and Dovile remaining on the boat to cover them, they managed to efficiently retrieve them and bring them to Naglfar. Once all the gods had been retrieved, they emerged back out into the world. Once it was assured that they would be able to return to Bakersfield safely, Angela said goodbye and departed again to continue her walkabout.
Ken guided them safely to Kern River and moored them at Danmairge’s docks. Moe quickly got word of their arrival and brought an offering of delighted (and relieved) hugs for Team Helheim and specially brewed vodka for the Aesir, who proceeded to get blind drunk and sad. Eventually Ken informed Sanura about the Aesirs’ arrival (just as Derrick was about to) and from there Derrick and Sanura proceeded to pay a visit and greet the newcomers. While there, Ken picked a drunken fight with Heimdall, Sanura retrieved Hathor, and a drunken Thor accidentally knocked Derrick out cold. After Hathor’s arrival things got a little better, but Derrick, Sanura, and Ken decided to depart the pity party.
|All Saints’ Day
Mokosh’s Holiday ends
|Ruben (12)||Thanksgiving||Sofia (20)|
|The night before his birthday, a modest family dinner was held. Then the survivors helped him pack for his return journey to Acopa. The next morning, a couple hours before sunrise, he and Hector departed to begin his mandated Aztec warrior training.|
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|Yule||Aida (28)||Kolada begins||Christmas|
|Oskar (56)||Sanura (38)||Kolada ends|
Sanura and Ken went to rescue the Deva; Dovile consulted the earth to ask where they were, said they were in Bengaluru. Sanura and Ken went there to find it empty. After some searching, it turned out that it was on its own demiplane. Ken found the door and “knocked”… and Buddy greeted him! Ken introduced Buddy to Sanura. They got all caught up. Turned out Buddy reincarnated and rescued the Deva. A few days later they returned to Bakersfield.
Sanura had a prohibition-themed birthday party, complete with costumes and sets.
On December 31st, Derrick took Sanura out to the Tobin Rooftop (while wearing his dimmer, of course), having paid to reserve the entire roof, hiring Mrs. Tam. They ate and chatted until well after midnight, callling in the new year together.
Sanura began to attempt to build a rapport with the beleaguered Sigyn (and, to a lesser degree Loki). Loki regarded Sanura with no small degree of suspicion. But they treated her cordially enough.
|V. Oh Yes, Mr. Derrick Sultan|
Midday, Sanura received a massive bouquet (more like a small bush of flowers). Within them was a smaller bouquet of red carnations, bundled together. They’d been tied by a ribbon which held a handcrafted card. It read: “Ms. Sanura Menmatre, will you marry me?”
The Theoi returned January 6th in a curtain of flame pulled back, guided by Angela. With Trivia’s help, she managed to extract the Greek souls from Hades, thereby rescuing the Theoi. After being greeted by Sanura and seeing the gods safely to Moe, Angela started back on her walkabout. Hermes offered to go with her, but Angela declined.
Sanura chewed Hermes out for not raising Harry properly and now being supportive enough of Angela.
Moe flirted outrageously with Aphrodite and Adonis and, to a lesser extent, Dionysus and Ariadne.
At first opportunity, Lisa caught Athena up on what had happened while she was gone. After that she spent some days recording Athena’s accounting of her family’s history.
On February 6th, Athena cleared an abandoned part of Bakersfield out in full view of anyone in the area and began stacking architectural supplies (including but not limited to whole tree trunks, plaster, and slabs of marble). She proceeded to carefully construct what eventually turned out to be a massive, multi-story library made mostly of marble and ionic columns, complete with multitudes of statues. When it was complete, she named it “Bibliotheca Consilum” and gifted it to Lisa for her incredible service.
On February 14th, the survivors noticed that Moe had been gone for a couple days. Last word had it she was headed to check on the Theoi. Dovile confirmed that that she was safe and healthy (and not pregnant) and would return shortly. On February 22nd, Moe did in fact return, exhausted and hardly able to walk but cheerful (in a loopy way). She proceeded to spend the next few days sleeping (that is, when she wasn’t working on restoring her Enech). For two whole weeks she was not the least bit huggy — but she did spend a lot of time humming and cooking and baking. The survivors ate very well indeed.
|100. Offer Me That Deathless Death|
It was a quiet month with a great deal of promise for rest.
On March 20th, in preparation for the impending restoration of Enech (and Sanura’s and Derrick’s wedding), Moe began cleaning out Danmairge alongside the Fir Deannaigh. Lisa arrived in the midst of this cleaning to check on Moe and ended up helping out. Moe eventually found a dusty bottle of mead addressed to Lisa, given to her shortly after the Bogovis’ return by Svantovit with the instructions “You will know when to give this to her.” It was then that Moe decided to give the bottle to Lisa — they took a quick break and Moe poured her a glass. Lisa drank it.
And then, suddenly, the world turned inside out.