Fragment 2.5 – The Question of Humakt

Diaries The Saga Of Berra — Fragment 2 5

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Back to Battalion came Berra with honour
Walked in with fame as her cloak under noonday
Greeting the Swords and Initiates closely
Sat in their barracks and talked of her Questing

Under the sword of Chettoria Warlord
Berra returned to the friends she had left there
Fewer returning than knew her in parting
Many who rested had names carved in glory

Round her were gathered the newest to Humakt
Listening rapt to the stories she told them
Battle reports full of danger and honour
Thrice had she quested as Humakt since leaving

Berra asked then the Battalion Question
How does a sword go to where it is needed1Or ‘how do you get your sword to where it is needed?’
Called on the wisdom of youth to give answers
Left many pondering new ways of thinking

Then Great Chettoria came down to greet her
Sword of the Fifth who had called her to Humakt
They spoke of secrets of Humakt and dying
Cold Separation for Wilmskirk Humakti

Berra had called on the Humakti Battalion and spoken to her old Regimental superior officer within the organisation, getting permission to bring Mellia and Yamia in for a consultation. She did that, and then went off with Varanis and Xenofos to a party, where she hung out with the guards and started an argument. On being pulled away she was politely menacing to everyone at a very expensive party, but was a very good bodyguard on the way home. After having disagreed with servants the day before on such fundamentals as whether they were allowed to touch her things to wash them, she moved out of her position in front of the door to Varanis’ room… And into Varanis’ room, across the door.


“They’ve taken my padding! And my scarf. They say they’re washing and repairing them!” – Berra

“The servants behind her are holding up various hair extensions with considering looks.” – GM
“Don’t do it!” – Varanis

“For the record, I was looking at her sister funny. I thought she was stealing the cutlery.” – Berra

“Are you free to act as a bodyguard for the next few days?” – Xenofos
“Sure.” – Berra
“It has some strictures you may not like…” – Xenofos
“Mmm?” – Berra
“No armour.” – Xenofos
“Mhm.” – Berra
“Possibly no visible weapons.” – Xenofos
“Not going to happen.” – Berra

“Alright. Dressing appropriately for a formal Esrolian occasion.” – Xenofos
“Would I have to get my tits out?” – Berra
@@*@@shrug@@*@@ – Xenofos
@@*@@considering look, headshake@@*@@ – Berra
“Sunburn.” – Berra

“What’s your threat model?” – Berra
“Middle aged ladies looking for a new young thing.” – Xenofos
“…” – Berra

“What you’re after isn’t a Humakti. It’s an Ulerian. You need a form of companionship.” – Berra

“You’d be asking me to act the part of your girlfriend. That’s a lie. I couldn’t do that.” – Berra