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Weighty Considerations[18 Chirreb 4261]

Remarkably, the greatest number of the monsters agree with
me.

I did, in fact, say very little about what to do with the
mouse, or the Gormoror adventurers, and decide to ask the
Duke or at least Kaim-Su for recommendations on this topic.
I diverted her by asking how she knew they were there to
kill her, and she told me about some nastily enchanted
crossbow bolts and some very heavy fire spells, and invited
me to look at them with the Eye.

I did. They were nastily enchanted crossbow bolts and very
heavy fire spells. I also looked at her defenses concerning
nastily enchanted crossbow bolts and very heavy fire spells.
The crossbow bolts were fired from some dozens of miles away
(though the crossbow was only a few feet from Vae’s big ugly
head at the time), and those miles were full of wood and
wind, according to the spell that blocked them, though most
of the rest of us wouldn’t have agreed. There was another
spell that would twist crossbow paths into eternal knots,
and another to turn the crossbow bolts into so many memories
of childrens’ verses, and … well, if you really care, you
can read the Ducal report. (Or if you can’t, probably best
if you don’t.)

Actually I didn’t spend the time to dissect her defenses
just then, Prof. Gostegg and some of the grad students in
Dissection of Spells did it later…

… which was delightful, really. It meant that I got to sit
on the shoulder of one Zanniajaia, who is a member of my
preferred species, and, yes, my preferred coloration too.
There aren’t that many blue Orren — they’re mostly brown –
but the few blue ones are to be cultivated, and, when
possible, sat upon. Or otherwise provided with
opportunities to compare our coloration.

No, it’s not just about camoflage.

And now, it’s time for a miscellany, or, perhaps, even, an
assortment.

  1. Question for later consideration: Should I fret
    about finding another Orren particularly appealing, when
    Ilottat is being particularly inattentive?
  2. I offered Real-Eel the mouse, but I started by
    explaining to her what it was and offering not to show it to
    her. She preferred to never see it at all. I’m not quite
    sure what to do with it now… it’s in a box in a spare
    closet at Quelldrie House. I hope to forget it and leave it
    there, until either I reread this diary in a thousand years
    or until some poor crown prince of Daukrhame or something
    stumbles on it.
  3. I asked various people, mostly city guard, about the policy
    on having nendrai torture their prisoners. The general
    reaction was, “Anyone who attacks a nendrai should be
    prepared to pay the price. At any rate, we have no great
    desire to challenge a nendrai over the lives of mere
    foreigners.”

    “But that’s horrible!” I said.

    “You may try to talk her out of it, if you wish.”

    I might.

  4. Seeks-Veils evidently proposed marriage to her lover in
    Rusunder. He refused to move to Vheshrame for her. Now
    Seeks-Veils does not have a lover in Rusunder any more, or
    anywhere else, as far as the rumors know. She said (to
    Havune and Ghirbis — I was, unfortunately, busy observing
    mice) that she was going to go screw someone easy like
    Nestrune silly in revenge. Nestrune, less unfortunately,
    was in class at the time. By the time Havune told either of
    us, she was no longer available to non-Orren anymore. At
    least, even I have more sense than to make a pass at someone
    who just changed her name to Seeks-Perpetual-Virginity.
  5. Question for later consideration: Should I fret
    about wishing for an opportunity with Seeks-Someone-Easy,
    especially when Ilottat is being particularly inattentive?
  6. Question for later consideration: Should I fret
    about missing an opportunity with Seeks-Someone-Easy,
    especially when Ilottat is being particularly inattentive?
  7. I managed to catch Ilottat in the pond, in Orren form (yes,
    O sarcastic monsters, I was in Orren form — we both were)
    and we had a few bubbly underwater kisses. He sort of kind
    of agreed to see me tonight. I unstrategially mentioned
    something about Orren-on-Orren kissing. I am not seeing him
    tonight.
  8. Question for later consideration: Should I fret
    about missing an opportunity with Ilottat,
    especially when Ilottat is being particularly inattentive?
  9. Question for later consideration: Should I fret about
    not being distraught over missing an opportunity with
    Ilottat, especially when Ilottat is being particularly
    inattentive?

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