VS 082 Xenofos returns to the Bothy

Varanis — 1626 0735 Bothy 04

????, Fire Season, Season/Illusion Week


Fire Season/Illusion Week/Clayday/ Shortly before Yelm’s Rise. [[[s01:session-42|Session 42]]]

Varanis has been standing guard over Berra, the bothy, and the dire relic contained within all night.

This continues on from [http:journeyoftheheroes.wikidot.com/varanis:1626-0734-bothy-03 Xenofos at the Bothy]//

SPOILERS for Xenofos’ inner demons.


The first rooster has sung, dew has fallen. Xenofos is looking for Varanis.

Varanis is still guarding the bothy. Berra is still asleep. The Vingan looks tired, and grateful to see her cousin.

With bloodshot eyes and pale skin, Xenofos looks pretty awful in the cold morning. It would seem he has not slept.

“I have meditated on Truth and Honour. I found no answers.”

“Then try again in a few days. Try on Godday, when you will be close to Lhankor Mhy.” She can be as merciless as the Humakti sleeping nearby.

The Humakti sleeping nearby looks small, and peaceful.

“You have requested to hear truth of things I rather keep hidden, hidden from the world, hidden from myself. I still don’t believe summoning those dragons brings any good.” Xenofos speaks quietly, at times slowly, but not with enough pause to reply, silencing possible attempts with a gesture. “But you have vouched for me, when I have strayed from Truth.”

His cousin listens and does not try to interrupt.

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She steps back. “We both need some sleep. Even a couple of hours before whatever this day brings. Yes?”

Xenofos is wiping his eyes and nods without a word.

Varanis turns to look at Berra, still happily sleeping. “It seems a shame to wake her, but…” She shrugs. “Berra,” she calls out, not loud, but hopefully loud enough.

Berra turns over, stretching as she comes towards waking.


“Your turn. I’m going to get some sleep. It was a quiet night, mostly.” At least it was in terms of the bothy, so it’s not really a lie.

“Yehna?” Berra half opens one eye, and then is awake, instantly. “Oh. Right.” Just like that, there is another warrior on duty.

Seeing that the Humakti is truly awake now, Varanis turns to go, nudging Xenofos to get moving in the right direction. “I’m glad you came to me, at last,” she tells him. “For now, let’s find some sleep. We can take some more strides forward when we’ve rested.” She yawns suddenly. “Goddess. I haven’t slept more than a few hours in a row since… well, probably since the Wilmskirk healers made me sleep.”