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Incensed [8 Thory 4261]

With two Cani lurking around Quelldrie House — and by
“lurking” I naturally mean “paying rent and frequently
cooking for the rest of us” — it has become imperative that
we be more reasonable about scents. [Bard avoids translating
that into a dorfy little pun; Sythyry was just being zir
usual pompous self. -bb] In my prior apartment, we usually
had something cheap and pungent, like chissowary or cinnamon
or maulningo or chulle-clove. One cone or scoop of those in
the kitchen, and Havune could pretend that the privy and the
midden were clean enough.

Cani, it is said, have no concept of “an unpleasant scent”.
Nonetheless, they feel quite free to complain about scents
which do not meet their current aesthetic considerations.
Havune was generally not terribly complainy about that — he
certainly cared about messiness more than a few whiffs of
this or that.

Anoof and Narngi are not terribly complainy. They’re quite
kind about it. “Ghirbis? Perhaps it might be better to
burn alathzoin incense on the first floor today, since
that’s what’s been burnt in the second floor these last
several hours. Or cinnamon, perhaps, if you’re finding the
alathzoin not to your taste; cinnamon will be strong enough
to overwhelm it, but in a very harmonious way.” Obviously
only she and Anoof will be able to detect just how
harmonious the way is … well, and Havune, who is evidently
trying to seduce Anoof with gifts of alathzoin incense and
other Cani treats, by the sounds lurking out of the
Cycloidal Pond Filled with Harmonious yet Cycloidal Trout,
he was evidently succeeding.

(For the pruriently interested, the sounds included a loud
declaration of the intent to seduce as Havune trotted up the
stairs to the Pond — and no, it’s not a pond, it’s a
bedroom that needs another name — followed by, so far, half
an hour of diamond-chess pieces clacking on the board, and
discussions of diamond chess. Narngi left, not to give her
fiances some privacy — Cani do not like privacy — but
because she was bored by the game. Also because she wished
to complain about the incense.)

In any case, Ghirbis was quite devoutly flustered, to the
point of stomping up to the Carcanofex Suite and proclaiming
to me, “Sythyry, beware! I am flustered! We must have an
organized schedule of incenses, or, perhaps, I shall be
deflocculated by our resident Cani!”

After a brief discussion on the definition of
“deflocculated” — an act which, according to Ghirbis,
involves the repeated impact of large chunks of frozen horse
entrails upon the tail and tail-proximate parts of a
presumably innocent but definitely Yistreian Rassimel — we
agreed on the need for some more organized incense

How experienced are you with living near Cani, or other people with very keen noses?

I am Cani, or a person with a very keen nose.
I have a great deal of such experience.
I have a modest amount of such experience.
I have little or no such experience.

What do you use incense for:

To ensure that the smells of the home are harmonious and pleasant.
To add excitement or delight to the air.
To complement other pleasant household scents, such as the smell of onions being sizzled in butter.
To hide distasteful scents, such as the smell of a wet Cani.
To fulfil common social niceties and courtesies.
To hide embarrassing scents, such as the smell of one's Herethroy roommate greatly enjoying zir Rassimel girlfriend, to the extent that even a Zi Ri can smell it sometimes.
As a way to enjoy pleasant sensations akin to those of eating, yet without enhancing my sufficiently-enhanced waistline.
As a crucial ingredient in my seductions, of fiances or of others.
Something else; see notes.

Do you like incense with:

Subtle or perhaps even innocent scents
Bold, rambunctious scents
Sophisticated, elegant scents.
Hot-blooded scents full of passion.
Cool, collected scents.
Familiar, homesome scents.
Something else: see notes.

[OOC: The incense story arc is inspired by beetiger's new web business, If
you order something, mention Sythyry in your comments for a
free gift.]

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