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    Indigo Meeting

    Post by Sokka on Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:28 am

    Date: November 5, 2013
    Time: 10:10 am

    Aah, the library... it never got old.

    Luckily, Sokka's schedule this week had afforded him the chance to not only set out on several errands for Korra and himself this morning but also to swing by one of his favorite places to visit on the Breach. It was especially nice since he was able to come here both with Korra and by himself, and whilst both types of visits were a little different by their very nature, both were just as fun in their own way.

    Today, the Water Tribe warrior wanted to see if he could find any books that detailed more of the history of their world, because even though they both knew a pretty respectable amount, their world had been around for so long that much of the history of it had fallen way to the passage of time. What was not gone with the decay of oral tradition had likely been lost over the centuries, be it by natural causes or deliberate ones, much like what the Fire Nation had previously done. The library out in the desert undoubtedly had several books on it, but that had of course been lost when Wan Shi Tong had decided to let a long-held generalizations lead to disappearance of the library for good. It was a shame really… and sometimes, Sokka still wondered if Professor Zei was able was actually able to read all of those book in peace now…

    … hopefully, even with Wan Shi Tong's fury, the humble knowledge seeker would have the chance to truly live that dream of his.

    In any event, the idea to look for some ancient written history of his world had come about given the discussion he and Korra had had at breakfast this morning. Just… general curiosity really, but Sokka had sought to sate it, so here he found himself, in between morning errands, on track for a good break in the Solid State Library.

    It was particularly quiet here this morning, even more so than usual… but the ambient noise of fellow curious souls did cause the Water Tribe warrior to smile as he made his way up the stairs. It really was nice being able to learn things without having a time crunch on them, and without having to worry about a war going on… even with the occasional chaotic events here, he was still very grateful for that simple fact.
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Anansia T'Ori on Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:07 pm

    One might think that Anansia had been spending a great deal of time in the library, but nothing could be further from the truth. For a (potentially former) information broker, the thought of a veritable treasure trove of knowledge available at her finger tips should have been quite the temptation… and to a degree, it certainly was appealing. Enjoyable, even, to think of spending a day, or days, sitting and reading. No doubt someone could spend weeks or months reading constantly, and not even scratch the surface of the wealth of information stored there. By all accounts, she should have been almost a permanent fixture in the building, nestled amongst the shelves, absorbing the written word by the bucketful, the truckload.

    This was only her second visit.

    Mind you, it helped that there was a ban on nosing around in the history of world that weren’t your own, at least those worlds that had residence here. Still, there was plenty of reading to do that wasn’t off limits, not to mention a plethora of information about her own world, things that would have taken her centuries of research to track down back home that were now readily available. And it wasn’t that it wasn’t tempting. It wasn’t that she wasn’t curious, because she was. At least idly so. She enjoyed hoarding knowledge, amassing information… but now, it was because it amused her, not because it was a means to an end, a means to survival in a cut throat world. A hobby, rather than a profession.

    She wasn't sure if she was retired, though it probably wouldn't take much to simply consign herself to stagnation, to settle into the humdrum and mundane and disappear into the background, and live a quiet, comfortable life out of the spotlight. It would be much more effort to exert herself, to strive for those great plans she'd once had, the ones that had brought her here to begin with. She had had such plans, before... but, then, dying did funny things to your perspective, didn't it? In the Pool, she had been advised to live... and she had been giving it much thought. That she become a ghost was, no doubt, not what her guide has intended, but...

    Well, Anansia wasn't sure what she was more afraid of. Putting forth an effort and failing utterly or... succeeding and yet find that it made little difference in the end. Again. For all her clever little schemes and plans, the world ticked away quite nicely with or without her assistance. So, why shouldn't she just kick back and relax?

    Speaking of schemes and plans, however... Today, Anansia had been browsing, drifting her way through the shelves (and, admittedly, slowly meandering her way in the general direction of the trashy romance novels) without any particular goal in mind (beyond the ultimate, aforementioned romance novels), when she caught a glimpse of a face that looked familiar. Wasn't that the young man...? Yes, she believed it was---the young man who she had assisted in coordinating the defenders during that... that Ra-Moon incident. What was his name? Sokka? Yes, that was it...

    Hm. Well, even if she wasn't currently motivated to go back into business, she'd still meant for some time to make his acquaintance properly. Clever minds that one coordinated well with were not so common as to dismiss them out of hand, yes?

    Moving to catch his eye as he approached the shelves, Anansia smiled, ever so slightly. "It's Sokka, isn't it? I don't know if you'd remember me."
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Sokka on Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:37 am

    In short order, Sokka had climbed the first flight of stairs, soon looking about this level with the same bright curiosity he had a similar wing in the library out in the desert. Let's see… some of the general geography was around this area, so if he continued on, he'd find his way towards the section that held the history of his world. He'd visited there a few times before, but with as vast as the library was, he still liked to make sure that he was headed in the right direction before he got too far down that way.

    As the Water Tribe warrior began to make his way through the shelves, he soon blinked and raised his eyebrows slightly, having caught a glance of a rather familiar face. She had to be familiar, as he was pretty sure he had not encountered anyone else of her species before, and if the very subtle look he was reading in her eyes was right, it seemed that she recognized him too.

    Sokka returned the woman's smile with a slightly broader one of his own as she spoke, slowing his steps right there as he landed right by a section of books detailing various fauna found across the Breach. Huh, she remembered his name after all this time! Granted, she did strike him as the sort to have a great memory, but with as chaotic as things had been back then, he would not have blamed her at all if she had blanked on just who he was.

    "That's right," stated Sokka, nodding to her at her greeting. Making sure that the name that he had caught in passing for her during that whole mess was the right one, he added, "Of course I remember you! You're Anansia, right? It's good to see you again!"
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Anansia T'Ori on Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:33 am

    When she'd first met him, those many months ago, Anansia's impression had been of an earnest young man, accustomed to taking charge and formulating plans.  He'd come too naturally to it for it to have been his first time.  They had not, neither of them, come up with a plan independently of the others and then demanded that they follow it---instead, she and Sokka had listened to the others and directed their suggestions into a scheme that most seemed to agree on.  Anansia had stepped in to coordinate with the young man in this task without prior planning on either of their parts---it had been spontaneous, and thrilling, and quite satisfying.  

    Of course she'd remember him.

    "It's good to see you, as well."  Indicating the shelves around them with a small, subtle gesture, Anansia inquired, "What brings you here?  And if you say books…"  Her smile grew a notch or two.  She doubted he was here for the cheap romance novels (like she was).
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Sokka on Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:29 am

    Even with as chaotic as the entire mess with the robots had been, Sokka had been grateful for a few things around the battles… aside from being able to set everything right, of course. First and most importantly, he and Korra had strengthened their already unbreakable bond. Second, both of them had got to recover more of their own power. Third, he and Korra had made a new friend in Chell. And fourth, he and Anansia had been able to meet even briefly, both of them bringing their own skills and experience to the fore just as everyone that had banded together did. Before the Castle That Never Was had appeared, Sokka had not had the chance to really use his tactical skills outside of a sudden battle since the final events in Yu Dao… he always enjoyed that opportunity, and it had been fun to meet someone that he worked so well with right off the battle club.

    Sokka grinned at Anansia's own greeting, although at her subsequent gesture and note about his potential response to her question, he couldn't help but laugh a little. "Ha-ha, well, books are great and all, but I was mainly coming by to see if I could come by to look up some of the ancient history from the world Korra and I are from. The two of us know a fair bit, but many written sources have fallen way to the passage of time… both natural and otherwise. I was just curious about looking into some of what we weren't as well versed in."

    Folding his arms and nodding a bit, he paused before asking, "How about yourself?"
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Anansia T'Ori on Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:36 pm

    The thought of learning a little of his world was somewhat intriguing, if only for curiosity's sake. Despite their brief partnership months ago, she knew very little at all about the young man or where he came from. Inviting herself along to read over his shoulder might not be considered polite, however. Though, it also again made her wonder what she might learn about her own world if she went looking. There were plenty of unanswered questions, secrets lost to time. Perhaps she could discover the truth of the Reapers, learn what they had been after.

    Or, possibly not. Either way, she supposed it would be an interesting read, regardless of what she found out. On the other hand, there were still so many romance novels left on the shelf…

    She met his laugh with a slightly wider smile, though the asari was notably composed when it came to facial expressions in general. "Nothing quite so interesting. In all honesty, I was just here to pass the time…" She was loathe, however, to own up to her current addiction. "I was just here to see if I could find a few more books to curl up with. I've been… indulging in laziness, lately."
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Sokka on Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:02 pm

    "Hey, passing the time is always a perfect reason to come to the library," reasoned Sokka. At Anansia's added not about finding some more books to enjoy around her recent enjoyment of just kicking back and taking it easy, the young warrior simply nodded in understanding. He might have liked to keep himself busy with various things, whether it was really active or not, but he could certainly understand and appreciate taking the time to just relax, unwind, and even destressify for a while.

    "Ah, I see. But hey, it's important to know when to indulge in that. After all, too much work can be even worse than not enough, so it's good to relax from time to time," stated Sokka. "And books are definitely a good way to be lazy… especially since you get to enjoy them whilst keeping your mind active."

    It was good to keep ones mind sharp after all, and books were usually a really fun way to do that. As for Sokka himself, he'd definitely grown to enjoy the sheer variety of books here, both informational as well as fictional. Some of those stories for the latter… he'd had plenty of his own adventures, but it was always fun to get swept away in another world. It might have sounded a little cliché, but it was most certainly true.
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Anansia T'Ori on Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:09 am

    Anansia chuckled softly. He was being kind, though in truth she wasn't being terribly hard on herself. Still, he did have a point---there were plenty of lazy ways to spend her time that would have left her clever mind to rot (though she suspected there were better selections available, if her intent was keeping her mind active).

    "Too true. The mind must be maintained, like any other tool." Or weapon. "If it's not kept sharp, it will become dull and rusty." She, however, should probably think about choosing better sharpening stones, for honing her mind properly. Hmm.

    She gestured, indicating deeper into the library. "You said you were studying your history… do you have a particular goal in mind? A question to be answered? Or is it simply curiosity?"
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    Post by Sokka on Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:27 am

    Nodding in agreement with Anansia as he noted how the mind needed to be kept sharp, Sokka stated, "Exactly. And the best part about that is that there are many ways to keep it sharp. Different books, puzzles, games of strategy… just so long as it's actively engaged, any of that can be staved off." The Water Tribe warrior himself had come to rather enjoy various strategy games, including a certain series of titles he'd managed to find between City Noise and a shop at Rosewater Mall… as awesome as those were though, he still enjoyed checking out all sorts of books from time to time.

    "Right now, just simple curiosity," stated Sokka at Anansia's questions and gesture. "The really ancient history of our world was not as well documented back home, so I've been occasionally working on reading up one what I can in what texts have found their way here. It's so incredible to read and see just how different things were millennia ago… yet at the same time, you can still tell it's your world."
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Anansia T'Ori on Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:56 pm

    Something she could relate with, then, though perhaps not as intriguing as if he'd had some question to answer, or other scheme in mind. So much of her own universe's history was shrouded in mystery, it would be positively delightful to have all of those secrets at her finger tips, answers to questions that scholars back home would have gleefully lopped off their right arms (or other appendages) to just get a glimpse at...

    Should be positively delightful. There was something less satisfying about it, knowing that the knowledge would have very little relevance here. Then again, the knowledge itself would certainly be interesting in its own right, even if she couldn't put it to any particular use.

    Nodding, thoughtfully, she voiced some of this. "In my own world, there were many questions about our past---relics that much of our civilization was founded upon---that we didn't have clear answers for. It is... amazing to think I could just pick up a book here, and answer all those questions. Even if it is about a world that may or may no longer exist."

    She smiled slightly. "Perhaps we could swap stories of ancient history, some time."
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Sokka on Fri May 16, 2014 3:57 am

    Whilst gaining new knowledge of ones homeworld might not help one live on the Breach itself, it was still very interesting to learn about, and Sokka had definitely come to appreciate that even more since he had first got the chance to visit the Solid State Library. For the Water Tribe warrior, so much of his own history had been lost to the passage of time. Oral traditions had become skewed if not forgotten completely, the Fire Nation had destroyed anything that might expose a weakness of theirs, and anything that reached back over millennia had not been kept up with as well as it probably should have. Some of it had still been documented though, and somehow, it had survived… some of those same sources eventually making their way here.

    Sokka nodded at Anansia's words, finding another parallel to them. He knew some of the origins of his and Korra's own world, but not the REALLY early history. Heck, it had only been recently that he'd started to learn a little bit about what life had been like before humans and spirits weren't quite as separated as they were in his time. As far as being able to pick up a book and learn about it though… he could only grin as she voiced that idea. "I agree. Even if I can't go back home, I love being able to learn more about it. In a way… aside from learning for my own personal interest and curiosity, I guess it also helps me still feel connected to it."

    As for the suggestion of exchanging stories, Sokka gave Anansia another strong nod. "Yeah, perhaps we could… and maybe even share not-so ancient history before then. Which I guess brings me to this… if you don't mind me asking, what was your homeworld like?"
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Anansia T'Ori on Tue May 27, 2014 11:28 pm

    Indeed, swapping stories of home was always fascinating - the possibilities were endless, ripe with new ideas and concepts that would have been alien, or at least fanciful, in her own world. It didn't matter that these worlds were out of reach, it was a new intellectual frontier to explore, even if it would only remain on a conceptual level. There was a wealth of technology, science, magic, even culture that would have satisfied even the most voracious of archeologist, and would certainly provide her enough cerebral exercise to last a century or two.

    It did, of course, mean reciprocating - which was less intellectually stimulating (as it was retreading old ground) but not actually unpleasant.

    His question was not as simple as it appeared on the surface, however. She suspected, from what she'd observed thus far, that the level of technology of his homeworld had not yet reached space flight, but that didn't necessarily mean he hadn't learned of it since coming to the breach. (After all, hadn't their first encounter end with traveling to the moon?) "Mmm. Well, to begin with, how familiar are you with concept of space travel? Travel between planets, stars, galaxies?"
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Sokka on Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:01 pm

    Sokka enjoyed the ideas of new intellectual frontiers just about as much as he did a thrilling spar or a good chunk of tasty meat. The three completely different areas of interest might not have been related at all, but he loved exercising his mind as well as his body. It was one of the many reasons that his knack for creativity and inventing had come the to the fore from simple thoughts to actual, workable designs. He liked learning new things, and as far as sharing older ones went… well, it was quite frequently a neat way to relive things or at least let another share in that experience. He and Korra had become even better versed in that in their time here, and they were both already very skilled at it when they had first arrived.

    At Anansia's question, Sokka raised his eyebrows a bit before stating, "I'm a little familiar with it. I knew about planets, stars, and galaxies to a decent degree back home, but ever since I came here, I've learned more about some of the general travel between different places in space. Not enough to be an expert by any means, but enough that I wasn't TOO caught off guard by our trip earlier this year." Granted, that had been his first trip to space and it had still be a surreal surprise, but he at least understood the basics that helped carry their team there.
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    Post by Anansia T'Ori on Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:47 am

    That answer didn't come as a surprise, and Anansia nodded, thoughtfully.  "That will help..."  She folded her hands behind her back, tilting her head as she described the world that she'd come from.  It was difficult to decide precisely how close a perspective to provide---her home, after all, could be loosely defined as the whole universe she'd come from, or the small house that she'd been born in.  "My home world was a smaller---though, most of my people would add, nevertheless important---part of the larger whole... Several alien races, under the leadership of the Council, controlled a significant portion of the galaxy.  And, we were not the only... Mmm, I suppose nations would be the nearest equivalent... to claim territory.

    "To be honest, I imagine it wasn't terribly dissimilar from a single planet's nations and governing bodies, just spread out amongst a larger background.  More space to expand and explore... and, of course, plenty of dangers, even traveling in Council space."
     Space would have, after all, been dangerous even if there hadn't been a single other living being in it.  

    "The world that my species originated on is... was?  Mmm... called Thessia.  At the time I left and ended up here, it was wealthy, peaceful, prosperous...   We were some of the first of the Council races to have explored the galaxy, and were integral to founding the Council..."  She trailed off, and then flashed a small smile, waving a hand as if to brush away her words.  "I could babble on like a computer recording, but I don't imagine it would be terribly exciting.  Is there anything in specific you were curious about?"
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    Re: Indigo Meeting

    Post by Sokka on Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:12 pm

    Sokka returned Anansia's nod with a slight one of his own, inwardly feeling a little glad that his limited knowledge of space travel was deemed helpful. As she began to describe her own homeworld, making notes of different alien races, a council, and the galaxy that it controlled. The comparison to nations certainly helped, as that was a concept that the Water Tribe warrior was FAR too familiar with.

    The idea that the entirety of that galaxy was set up similarly to his own world or some of the other worlds he'd heard of -- at least with regards to nations, governments,and the like -- made a lot of sense… it was a pretty basic concept, but in that world, it was exercised on a much grander scale. "I see…" In that galaxy though was a world called Thessia, and that was where Anansia's people had come from. Sokka nodded again as she described it and their role within the Council even more, right before smiling a bit as she gestured after her words.

    Given the sheer vastness of her own world, Sokka could understand how Anansia could go on about just about anything there… heck, he could go on about all sorts of stuff just from the four nations, but even with everything there, the same as his companion, he seriously doubted that just rambling it off would be too interesting… well, at least all at once, that was. Seeing that she'd answered his original question and then some though, he had to think for a moment before responding, stating, "Well, you already answered me about your own homeworld, and answered my next question about the galaxy itself. Were you living on Thessia when you were pulled here?"

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