Revelations to Yylhauntra [11 Lage 4261]
Yylhauntra:"So, tell me about your child of a count of Daukrhame."
Me:"He's a ..."
Me:"He."[Translation note: Sythyry used the Orren-specific gender-ambivalent pronoun, but, since Zi Ri are never male, "he" would have done as well. -bb]
Yylhauntra:"That's what everyone was hinting at?"
Me:"Yes, it is. He's the sixth ..."
Yylhauntra:"You do know the traditional penalty for loving an Orren, don't you?"
Me:"Um ... "
And zie gave me quite a long lecture on it. It's obvious. Orren are flickery-minded, flickery-hearted, quick-living, quick-changing mammals. We are fairly slow-changing lizards: not as tightly focussed as a Rassimel, but fairly invariable. It's not really a good hope for good long-term stability. Indeed, it is begging for heartbreak.
Me:"Well, isn't that like just about every other relationship involving at least one mortal? Or even only Zi Ri, but Zi Ri who might change their opinions or tastes over time?"
Yylhauntra:"I have two stable relationships. Or, at least, they've been stable so far. Verehinga and I spend every twelfth year together. Myrihaaveinen and I spend a month together every three years, arranged never to fall during Verehinga's years."
Me:"So you're alone most of the time?"
Yylhauntra:"Not alone, certainly, but celibate. More or less. I have the occasional other liaison with another Zi Ri."
Me:"And you've had no other lovers?"
Yylhauntra:"Hardly no others! Dozens, at least."
Me:"So ... all but two of your other lovers have brought you heartbreak?"
Yylhauntra:"Not quite that bad! Quite often we agree to a certain amount of physical intimacy, and that is that."
Me:"But most do, even Zi Ri?"
Me:"So it's not that much different than with Orren?"
Yylhauntra:"Your puny logic may twist my poor neck in knots, but the truth of my words remains true, and, even, truly true!"
Me:"I was afraid of that."
Yylhauntra:"For which many apologies. Now tell me about your Orrenfriend?"
So I did. Zie didn't laugh too much.
* * *
Zie had taught me well.
Me:"O my honored grandparent, you have asked me deep questions about myself. But now you must pay the price. I shall ask you deep questions about yourself!"
Zie laughed for a good two-thirds of a minute at that.
Me:"What would you advise me to do about Ilottat?"
Yylhauntra:"Well, I think you're pretty much stuck with him for now. After he departs and leaves you all covered in misery, perhaps make some better plans for your next lover."
Me:"Have you ever been interested in any non-Zi Ri?"
Me:"Not ... voluntarily? What do you mean?"
Yylhauntra:"Do you really want to know?"
Me:"... I'm not sure ... "
Yylhauntra:"Then you probably don't want to know the details. Ask me later if you like. I have a very good reason for my opinion of nendrai, though."
A complexity-40 Mutoc Mentador spell could turn your native language into lust for the nendrai. Another one could turn your anger at being controlled into lust for the nendrai. For two thoroughly disgusting examples.
[OOC: sorry this is taking so long to write. Reality is kicking my ass extensively and thoroughly. -bb]