Research on the Daukhrame Embassy[23 Chirreb 4261]
Jherrel and Crander
I asked around a bit. Jherrel and Crander are minor bureaucrats in the embassy.
Me:"Who would they be loyal to?"
Anoof:"Well ... Daukhrame ... their family ... their friends ... the Choinxeian League ... primes ... all sorts of people and groups."
There's a good reason I've never been interested in Cani, no matter how traff I am.
Me:"Where would Ilottat come on the list?"
Anoof:"Medium-to-lowish, I suppose."
Me:"Could some other loyalty or personal interest be driving them to make Ilottat miserable?"
Anoof:"They wouldn't betray him or sell him out. That's un-Cani-like."
Me:"So they think they're doing something good for him?"
Anoof:"Well. Um. Or neutral (but good for someone else). Or maybe-good. Or probably devastating but that's his only chance of happiness. Or like that."
Me:"Who could benefit from it?"
Anoof:"Him? I suppose"
Anoof:"I don't know. Possibly a rival of some kind, but I don't know that he particularly has one ... or knows about it."
Me:"Who do you think it might be, who wants us to break up?"
Anoof:"I don't think they were lying or any such thing."
Me:"Should I be furious or despairsome?"
Anoof:"Despairing, I suppose."
Me:"I shall keep that in mind."
I don't agree with him.
Me:"Dearest? Why didn't you mention to me that your embassy was trying to get you to stop being traff?"
Ilottat:"Weil, I'm not traff."
Me:"I'm not an Orren. You won't even let me kiss you in Orren shape. But I think you're attracted to me."
Ilottat:"You, einzigartig, are the exception."
Me:"Well, this is what happened." So I told him.
Ilottat:"They had erwähnt, mentioned the matter to me once or twice."
Me:"Why didn't you tell me?"
Ilottat:"I didn't want you to souci, to worry."
Me:"I am not worrying. I am debating violent revenge."
Ilottat:"I should be most unglücklich if you did any such thing. Especially if your little pet lizard were involved."
Me:"Well, your little pet lizard is involved."
Ilottat:"My little pet lizard would be better off keeping zir head to the Mundgeschlecht and leaving the diplomacy to me.
I had no immediate answer for that. Indeed, I may have looked a bit shocked.
Ilottat:"... enchantment and Mundgeschlecht, of course." He did his best not to smirk.
At which point I decided it was a joke, and that there was only one fitting answer. The conversation never did really recover. But if I'm breaking up with him, I'm not doing a good job of it.
Stopping Being Traff?
It's a minor literary trope for someone with an improper taste in lovers to be cured of it by means of:
- A truly wonderful and entirely proper lover. I'm afraid Ysgwyd doesn't quite qualify.
- A pat on the head from Mircannis. Not currently available.
- A truly horrible improper lover. That would be me.
I don't know how well this works in reality, though. Maybe it only works on the Water-Tree or something.