Mmixamk and Rehit invited us — everyprime on Strayway, leaving only our terrifying ophidian defense grid to keep the ship safe — to a little ceremony for Yerenthax and Jyondre, at the Tall Guardhall at noon.
Getting there was more troublesome than we expected. We asked for directions to the Guardhall, and got sent to a tall wicker spire by the outward gate, where a pair of guardfolk laughed at us and told us that we were at the Useful Guardhall, and we needed to go to the Tall Guardhall, most of the way across town. Fortunately, the actual ceremony couldn’t start until Yerenthax and Jyondre got there. Rehit rushed them up to the balcony, and the rest of us — and some dozens of locals and semi-locals — gathered in the plaza in front of it to listen. By “semi-locals” in particular I mean Jyondre’s family and some friends, come in from Heleshario for the occasion.
Harulse read a short mayoral speech in very pompous tones. (Mmixamk presumably can’t give his own speeches, but he obviously wrote it not Harulse, since I understood every word.) It was all pretty basic, and basically pretty, things like Our honorable guests from ancient Ketheria and rescuing Pwishika with no thought for their own safety and They didn’t have to do it.
And finally, officially proclaimed to be heroes according to the eyes and the laws of Eigrach.
Jyondre — who is a native of Srineia, if not of Eigrach — gasped at one. For it is quite significant.
It’s even grammatically significant. Jyondre is now allowed to use a new set of historical status markers — he can call himself “I-hero”. He had undergone the jivu ceremony earlier so he could get up to “I-jivu”, so he obviously cares a lot about status markers. Now he’s up to “-hero”. He’ll never be able to get the top one there, “-colo”, since that’s only for children of the original colonists, and he can’t change his parents.
Then Rehit gave a little speech too. Rehit isn’t the orator that the Mayor is, but a couple of points were worthy of note:
- If Yerenthax and Jyondre ever want a job in Eigrach, they are welcome in the City Guard. This is rather a throwaway.
- Yerenthax and Jyondre each are granted a stipend of seventy lozens a month [several hundred dollars a month -bb] as long as they return to Eigrach Mene each month to collect it. This is not a throwaway, since it costs Eigrach something.
Actually, the stipend is quite unusual, at least by Ketherian standards. Sometimes rescuers are given money as a reward, several hundred lozens even, but usually just as a purse of amber. The stipend … I wonder if they usually give a larger purse, and they’re planning to save money since Yerenthax and Jyondre are leaving with me in a few months?
Anyhow, Yerenthax and Jyondre were absolutely — and deservedly — delighted, and embraced and kissed on the balcony. The rest of us wrongfolk cheered for them,
At times, the heroes’ cup is full of honeyed brandy.