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Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« on: March 09, 2019, 09:11:01 AM »

Sidonai walks up the twisting road in the Warrens. He watches the people of all races moving around him and seems comfortable, even though he is dressed too finely for this part of the city. He is a bit over six feet tall, slender, almost elven, with large brown eyes. His hair is moderate in length, beginning to silver at the corners with a proud nose and lips. The smallest horns rise up above his hair about three inches, giving him an impish look, rather then a demon or devil appearance.

He stops for a few moments and talks with a local working girl, exchanging pleasantries and turning down her offer. He hands money to some of the local denizens asking and he just seems comfortable.

He finally finds the door he is looking for and stops. A bit of hesitation, momentary though it was. He listened and could hear someone clanking cookware around as the smell of something being cooked wafted in the air. He smiled and listened more. He could feel his son's blood on the other side of the door and it made him smile, he pushed his excitement down, after all he wouldn't want to ruin first impressions. Although maybe the book already did that.

He leans over to knock when he smells the abyssal touched creature in the apartment and his survival instinct kicks in for a moment, then relaxes. He can tell there was recently many people, but it seems only two remain, one his son, the other his son's lover... girlfriend... something.

He takes a deep breath and smiles and knocks, meeting his son is worth the risk, having a son worth all of this, if it works out.


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Rabbit shifts in her seat on the couch. Relaxing after the rest had left, she was able to enjoy the time her and Luke had together. She knew her time was winding down, whichever way things went, she would change soon. So she spent every moment she could with Luke, every moment he allowed without feeling overwhelmed by her. At least until things had settled.

She didn't hear the infernal on the other side of the door, somehow his footsteps had blended so seamlessly with the outside it escaped her excellent hearing, but she could smell him. Infernals were always claimed to have a sulphur smell, that wasn't quite true. The smell wasn't of rotten eggs, or other chemical sents, it was something else. It was the fire in them that wanted to consume the world, put it into boxes and command it when they could.

This could only be one person she knew of that would walk up to Luke's shack. Elaine had already announced that Luke's dad was coming, so it wasn't a surprise. Even still, more than four hundred years of training couldn't be fully stopped and she shifted her position, her balance moved so she could leap into action if she needed. She tried not to move a lot visually, didn't want to put Luke on alert or think she was overreacting, but what if this wasn't his father, but something else.

Rabbit cocks her head and just as the door knock sounds announces to Luke "You have another visitor Luke."


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Re: Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2019, 07:36:15 PM »

"So it seems," Luke says with a smile. He had spent decades with visitors at all times due to his clerical healing work. While he knew his father was coming, he wasn't expecting him for a a while, so it was his assumption this was business, not family.

Luke leaves his tiny stove top, to answer the door, "You are lucky I'm home, what can I. . . " He stops, looking at the man in front of him. He's a paladin now, and can sense his father, but is surprised. Sidonai's horns aren't like Luke's. Luke has rather tall horns and all black eyes. He could not hide what he was if he tried. Sidonai is attractive and almost Elven looking.

"Father?" Luke asks, sure of the answer before he hears it.
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Re: Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2019, 08:58:44 PM »

Rabbit sits quietly while Sidonai at the entrance just smiles happily. His son looks healthy, he  could feel his son in front of him and every sign showed health and a centeredness he didn't expect. A smile crossed his face and he bowed "Luke?... I have come a long way to see you my son. Tell me this is you.


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Re: Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2019, 06:43:32 AM »

"Yes! Yes, it's me," Luke says. He wonders if he looks like his mother to Sidonae. "Come in. Come in! I wasn't sure of your timeline, but I had thought it would take longer for you to get here."

Luke steps back to let the man into his small shack, and says, "I'm going to have more room dug under this, so this is the entry way, but I haven't had time to do it. If this is too small, we can go to an inn I know of that has good food and drink, and great rooms. I know the innkeepers, and can get you a deal."

Luke steps back and shows his father his home. The small bed is curtained off, but there is a small table, with two chairs, and a loveseat which Luke motion his father two.

"Are you hungry, I was making a little dinner. It's not much, but there is more than enough. . . " Luke trails off.

He wasn't sure what else to say.
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Re: Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2019, 07:13:44 AM »

Rabbit remains motionless, as she gazed on the new person. She can feel the demon roll forward in her pushing. The voice in her head babbled on about a valuable target in front of her, someone that if they died would help the Abyss's war. Her eyes narrow as she concentrates on Luke, on the desert, on the singing. Her face tightens but the wave slows down and is now controllable. She stays quiet the entire time, now she wanted to know who was so hated or targeted that would cause the demon handmaiden to push so hard.


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Sidonai steps in and looks around. His smile is real, and he appreciates the cozyness. His eyes settle on Rabbit and for a moment he is unsure. Something was looking out of her eyes that was abyssal and not the drow female sitting there. The feeling passed as he saw Rabbit's eyes settle back and he smiles at Luke.

He does a short circuit around the small shack. His smile gets bigger when he looks at the curtained off area. Noting the new curtains, it must be because of his new relationships. He touches the walls and enjoys the positive feeling of this place. He can smell the desert here, like the whiff of sun upon waking up. His son was protected and it made him happy. He turns and before he takes a seat on the love seat he leans forward and clasps his son in a hug.

"Not at all Luke, this is perfect. I like your place. I am sorry if I arrived too early sorry about that. I am pretty good with gates and other forms of travel. Sometimes I have to take time, but today worked out well. I would love some dinner though, if you have enough."


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Re: Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2019, 08:32:47 AM »

Luke takes note of how stiff Rabbit is. He’s sure nobody else would notice but Luke knows her. He makes a note to ask more about abyssal versus devil. He just doesn’t know the intricacies of it all.

Luke smiles at his father and pulls down another bowl and a wine glass, “Absolutely. I’m in the habit of making more than I need. I often have guests asking for help because of my clerical duties. It’s just a simple stew with bread. The gal down the road gifted me some bread for healing her son, and the meat cane from a young man that asked me to marry him to his sweetheart yesterday. The wine I bought from a trader that brought it over from the Frankish state of Burgandy.”

He pours the wine and hands the glass over before he checks the stew one last time to see if it is done before he starts dishing it up.

“How was the trip?” He asks.
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Re: Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2019, 08:44:35 AM »

Rabbit relaxes as the pressure eases. A real smile comes to her face as she watches Luke’s father. “I see where your son got his devilish good looks now.” Rabbit has a satisfied smile on her face from her wit.


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Sidonai smiles at the compliment, relaxing himself as the tension eases. He sits and stretches out.

"Between dodging celestials and daemons, you can say it wasn’t boring. In fact now there is something darker in the webways as well. That is unexpected and will have to research it when I get home. If you let me one of these days show you about the webways. I think that would help you and your group."


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Re: Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2019, 11:15:07 AM »

Luke smiles as Rabbit speaks, and listen's to his father respond.

"I don't know anything about that kind of travel. I'd love to learn more. I'm glad you made it here in one piece," Luke says.

He then dishes up soup and bread and hands them out in his mismatched bowls.
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Re: Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2019, 11:33:13 AM »

Rabbit takes a bowl and bread and sits back to watch her love and his father get to know each other. She loves Luke so much, and by the gods if this infernal hurts him, she will put him in a permanent time out.


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Sidonai takes the food. There is no judgment on the condition of the cookware and food service. He tastes the bread and soup and seems happy to be doing it. He is quiet, as if just examining the experience of the food. He does look up at his son.

"I apologize Luke. I am normally very entertaining and distracting, but I don't know how to start this. You look healthy, I can see your being watched over both physically and spiritually. How do I get to know you better?... Don't tell your sisters I am uncertain about how to proceed though, I have spent a lot of time trying to get them to respect me."

He chuckles to himself at a private joke.

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Re: Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2019, 03:54:09 PM »

Luke smiles at his father, and says, "This is an unusual situation. I've seen families be reunited like this, and it's always awkward. I think the best thing we can do is just talk to each other. I don't need to be entertained. I just want to know you. Tell me about your home?" Luke offers.
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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2019, 05:05:00 PM »

Sidonai smiles and looks around the room. He nods and seems proud of Luke and Luke's place,  "We have several family estates, the one at home is not as big as some. Maybe 80 or 90 rooms. We have other homes in other parts of the world, or on a couple of different planes. The family has several getaway locations such as cabins in the woods, or on the beach. Would you like to visit them? They belong to you as much as myself or your sisters. Most of them often stay empty."


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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2019, 07:56:15 PM »

Luke looks a little surprised.

"I actually can't even imagine that. It's hard to imagine not living in . . . well, a tiny one room place," Luke smiles. "I might like to visit. I'd like to see where you live."

"This is the first and only place I have ever owned. I bought it when I made a particularly large haul out from under some nobles up in noble district. I wanted to be close to the people I healed and looked after. I had just had some issues with the Sekhmet temple, and I decided to strike out on my own.," Luke explains.

"I got this place for a very low price because the previous owner had died, and nobody had noticed. I had to clean it, but I felt that was a fair cost, and I could make sure the previous owner was respectfully buried since they had no family. I still visit the grave and give my thanks," Luke says.

The Sekhmet temple is doing much better financially the days and has purchased another small place close to hear, where they now station young clerics, because I am gone so much," Luke smiles. "The community here needs the that kind of help. Folks still come to me when I'm home, though."
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Re: Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2019, 08:10:43 PM »

Sidonai chuckles and nods,  "You are always welcome. It is your home, all of them are your homes. I am proud of what you do here, and the questing you go on. I am happy you have fulfilling relationships as well." His gaze slides over Rabbit and he gives her a nod and a smile.

"I assume you are still good with Sekhmet herself though. I can feel her protection over your place, her real protection. I hope you don't mind, later I will introduce you to Skriv, he is my gate specialist and he is excellent watching over children. He will keep your family safe."



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« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2019, 08:18:16 PM »

Luke looks a little surprised, and says, "Thank you. I'd like to think I've made a difference in the lives of the people here. I am favored by Sekhmet. She values humor, and the way I became a paladin amused her. My thanks for the help with the dagger. My hand didn't kill Glorion, but I gave Te'Teh a tool that would do it in one blow. His death will help a lot of people."

"Who and what is Skriv? Is he a gate wizard?" Luke asks.
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Re: Expected Visitor (Luke's Place)
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2019, 08:30:56 PM »

Sidonai looks surprised "You aren't the one who killed Glorion? You didn't wield the dagger?" There is concern in his voice

"It probably is no effect, but the dagger is meant for infernal warriors. I apologize I assumed you were wielding it. Didn't Elaine explain it to you? Your sister and I will have words." A look of anger crosses his face but disappears.

Sidonai returns to Luke's conversation "Skriv is an infernal who serves us. He has always served us and is undying loyal. He will protect all the babies here. He has innate magic that includes gate use. He is more effective then a gate itself. He is also qualified in taking damage and inflicting it."



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