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    Books can be Better than People

    Post by Alasdair & Sutekh on Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:31 am

    01:10
    December 8th, Year 5





    It wasn't a long walk from the Sanctuary to the library normally, but when you're lost, it could be a little difficult. A few rights, a left, then back around to make a circle, then another left and a few loop-de-loops and finally...

    "Let's get the hell out of this cold," Sutekh demanded, keeping his jacket tightly closed to keep the cold air from seeping in. "We could've found it if you had let me ask again," "better to leave than to stay. Just go inside." The large doors seemed intimidating, and although the place it revealed looked clean and organized, the strong scent of books, books, books galore simply poured out! It was a wonderful smell to Alasdair; he loved reading scrolls, books, maps, anything old that held some interesting fact or information! Sutekh... well, he was just happy to be out of the cold. "Ooh... where to begin?" Al's eyes were wide with wonder as he started to wander away from his companion and further into the depths of knowledge. Sutekh was never too far behind him, though, always just out of eye-shot.

    "I wonder what we should learn about first? What do we know so far?" Alasdair asked, his voice was soft, yet Sutekh could hear him a mile away as his radar-like ears twitched into his direction. "Picking fights randomly is bad; don't trust cats; claims that you and I can die, but... I still don't believe that! For me, at least." Sutekh mumbled the last part as Alasdair took out a random large book. Though large and heavy, for him it was like a piece of paper. He immediately opened it and began to skim, but it was mostly just about some place he didn't know about that seemed to have very advanced technology. How odd!

    "I don't know, I kind of agree, but I don't want to risk it. We should try and be nice to people as best we can here, I don't want us getting hurt. Especially since Lunette's still so happy to see us!" The woman did make them breakfast the past two days despite Alasdair not even needing to eat. Though the pampering was nice, it made them both slightly worry. Was she really that scared of losing them again? "She'll be fine. Just pick out some books and we'll sort through them or whatever you have planned." Sutekh leaned against one of the bookcases slightly, hands in his pockets and his tail wrapped around himself almost defensively. Alasdair, meanwhile, had been picking out a few random ones from random shelves nearby. They claimed there wasn't any information or history in regards to this place, as odd as it seemed to Alasdair, but there may be some maps and other information!

    With his choice of books picked out, Sutekh escorted the nearly blind Jiangshi towards a table and helped him set the books down, where they both took a seat and while one eagerly awaited to learn something, the other just stayed irritated and wary. "Let's see... first off, a map..." he flipped through one of the books and managed to find bits and pieces of a map, but... for some reason, they didn't seem to connect! He tilted his head in confusion--he saw the plains and forest, but on another page, it was some other mass, such as the ocean of even a swampland. This place didn't even have a map that was understandable??

    "... Hoof." T'was all the little guy could muster as more thoughts plagued and rattled his brain. Maybe they would have to start out on foot--and then maybe connect the map? "May I  use your pen and paper?" "Yeah, here... What's wrong?" Alasdair took the two items and gave a smile as thanks, but his confused face came back as he over-looked the rather awkward map style. "Just... weird geometry. That's all. I'll just make a list of places we can go to that may or may not connect." "In the spring, right? I know you're excited, but so far, I don't like this place and more than half of the people I've met--and I don't trust them. We should just lay low for a bit and try to figure things out--then we can go on excursions... we should train, too." Sutekh growled deeply at the thought of having to train; were there people really going to attempt to try and kill them--or Al, at least?

    How do you kill a God? Or at least a God-like being. That's what he'd say, but telling people something like that so openly--it felt like it'd be a mistake. Almost like he'd be asking for trouble--which he usually was, but still. He didn't need someone trying to kill the two of them. He'd gotten them both into enough scraps... and a lot of near-misses. But he thought, those people knew HOW to kill him... is it different here? Wait, why should I care? Death is death--if we die, we can come back... But what about those that didn't? "Fuck, I hate this place!" "Ah! Wh-what's wrong?"

    Sutekh had blurted out his thought and scared Alasdair, who was very much into drawing a map of some kind and listing places to go. The dog-like man quickly corrected himself, "It's nothin'. Nothin' at all. Just irritated... I don't trust anyone here and I don't like the idea of people thinking they can kill us just because." Alasdair gave a slow blink  before sissy-slapping Sutekh's face, "are you still on that? Just forget about it! We don't know, that's okay. We're not going to know because we're not going to be looking for trouble! Yeah? And besides, you never trust anyone you first meet, anyway. We'll just have to wait and see how it works out until the warmer months, okay?" Sutekh gritted his teeth, but gave a small frown instead, "yeah yeah, I know. I'm still going to train, though... I don't want people thinking they can walk all over me..." That twinge of pride, it really needed to just... disappear for a bit. "I won't stop you, but... don't try and pick random fights... Lunette mentioned something about a board--where we found her ad? She said people post requests for fights there all the time! You can do a few of those, can't you?"

    Sutekh looked away, but gave a small nod and a 'yes-ful' grunt. Alasdair patted his friend in reassurance, and continued with his own project, while Sutekh just seemed to keep thinking the worst. A different environment, the lack of power--even more than before--and people who claim nothing can stop death? It was all just a bit too bothersome to the beastman...

    It felt like they'd be there for the entire night, at this rate.
    But that's okay.
    Books can be better than people sometimes, anyway!
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    Re: Books can be Better than People

    Post by Alasdair & Sutekh on Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:51 pm

    11:30
    December 8th, Year 5





    "Zz....zzz...Snrk..." Wiggling his nose and letting out a loud snore, Sutekh opened his eye and realized... this wasn't the tavern. He also realized he had forgotten where he was. He attempted to get up, but his head met with a loud THUNK noise as it hit the bottom of the table he had slipped under. "FFFFFF--shit that hurt...... Al? Al, are you still--" his question was answered as he got up from the underside of the table, Alasdair's face smudged with ink slightly as he had apparently poorly scrawled a replica of the map he had found in the various books about the Breach. It wasn't very good or detailed, but it had most of the places he knew about mapped out and the ones with questions marks... well, they weren't either important right now, or he'd bother with them later.

    "I read... all of these books. And it makes little to no sense, but I think I get this place a bit more!" Alasdair said with a victorious pose, arms in the air though covered by his sleeves. He looked more tired than usual, which began to worry Sutekh, but he let it go for now and just gave his friend a pat on the back. "That's uh... that's great, man." "I made a map for us to use, though it's not very good, but I made a list of other things, like the past events that changed this place! Apparently there were a lot! Like this one about dark magic and runes... and another where this place apparently had been infected with a virus. I don't understand that one very well, but this place seems to have deities, too!... One's X, he rules over this place, or it, I think is preferred with God-like beings, right?" Alasdair idly scratched his head as several papers were scattered across the desk and some even on the floor.

    Sutekh gave a slow, slow blink and just... didn't even know where to begin, but nodded in regards to the question. "I copied everything word for word--except made them shorter of course for easier travel since we don't have a bag, but I put down all the basics about this place that was written in the books--and the map was together in another page, but it looks like it still has more to be added to it! It's fascinating, it's like this place keeps updating itself or something!" Alasdair's cheerfulness was completely baffling to Sutekh, but... Al had been alone for several years, reading scrolls and books and everything else he could find in regards to their own homeworld... and with the possible realization they wouldn't be going home...

    "... That's uh... that's great, buddy. You sure do get a lot of work done..." Alasdair gave the dog-man a prideful smile as he began to stack his papers up. "It also says that we can regain lost abilities and powers by 'earning' them, which I guess means winning fights or even other things! So training might be a good idea after all..." Al scurried to hold all the papers he had together, but there were simply too many. Sutekh had to intervene and carry some as well, and decided to start heading out. "Oh, but I didn't put the other books back!" "I'll do it then, you get a head start back to the tavern to keep these safe." Alasdair hesitated, but decided to do so, and left the library with a large group of papers in his arms.

    Sutekh meanwhile placed his on the table and did as he said he would--taking the books back where they belonged, returning to grab the papers his friend worked so long on, and followed him out to head back to the tavern. The city wasn't a comforting place to him--it felt odd and he felt out of place there, and this wasn't home--but it was still nice to know he had someplace to call home...

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