Yylhauntra, 1 [10 Lage 4261]
I suspect that most of you didn’t wait ’til you were in a
university before doing what I did tonight. No, not
that, I’ve done that, I just don’t mention it in this
journal. No, not that either, I haven’t done that.
What I did tonight was, meet someone of my own species that
I hadn’t known since I was very young.
Yylhauntra doesn’t really stand on ceremony, or travel with
much of an entourage. Zie came with only two servants, a
quiet and very formal Cani man named Spathe and a short
bouncy Orren boy who changes his name more often than
Strenata. It was “Catch-The-Hapless-Toad” when I met him,
but by midafternoon he was “Tlispet Explosive Eel”, and by
nightfall he was “The Band of Serrated Copper Around The Rim
of the Sun”.
- (No, as far as I know there isn’t one, not that I am an
expert in the sun.)
- (No, as far as I know I don’t have a crush on him.)
Yylhauntra evidently remembers all of his
names, and always calls for him by using (1) the current
name, (2) the name for the current time of day but three
days before, and (3) the name for the current time of day
but nine days before.
Anyways, Yylhauntra drove up to the front door of Quelldrie
House in a very ordinary carriage in the form of an
exceedingly large animated pottery bull. Not that such
carriages are that ordinary, but you’d sort of expect
a firstborn Zi Ri to have something flashy and flamboyant
and impressive. I mean, it even looks like
And zie got out zirself to talk to Jarmiet and Ghirbis, and
asked them not to bother to announce zir. So the first I
heard about it was when this owl-beaked Zi Ri came
tap-tapping at my window and saying, “Hello! You must be
So we sat in my fireplace and chatted about family and
things, and zie corrected me when I called zir
“grandparent”. (It’s great-grandparent. Tnirvakuovvka is
zir child, and Dzeriaunet my ~father~ is Tnirvakuovvka’s
child.) And we ate some pickled slugs that zie brought –
zie’d picked them up in Daukrhame on the way here. Good
slugs, but, well, if you were expecting me to tell about
appetizers from the dawn of time, you’ll have to wait on
Which is to say, I served zir some brandy, and I did ask
about the first brandies. Zie didn’t exactly remember, but
zie didn’t have distilled spirits at all until a decade or
two after Shaliun invented the first techniques for copying
and grafting bound spells. One of the first Khtsoyis
wizards, a fellow named Asponius Gezirk, worked out a spell
to destroy most of the water in some wine. Nonmagical
stills didn’t show up ’til rather later. Or so Yylhauntra
I was sort of expecting huge crashing thunders and
demigod-style magics or something. Glikkonen doesn’t
exactly do that, but you can tell at a glance that zie
can. Yylhauntra’s obviously plenty powerful and
well-equipped too, but … I think Esory’s family, say,
seems richer and has heavier magic. Maybe that’s just
because Yylhauntra only brought the third-best stuff
travelling. I’m not sure.
Anyways, I am quite perplexed at how ordinary it all seems.
Zie’s staying at a medium-nice bed-and-breakfast some ways
away, and left in midafternoon to go there. Zie’ll be back
for breakfast. So I have some time to prepare.
What should I try to do on this visit?