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absolutedark ([personal profile] absolutedark) wrote in [community profile] nexus_sages2016-06-20 03:20 pm

+1 dragon

((Be gentle if I've done something silly, I'm new and to be frank, I can be a bit airheaded.))

What an intriguing feeling. Nobody was batting an eye at the dragon. They were too busy reading brochures and taking each other in, and Shade couldn't blame them. Some of the 'humans' looked far stranger than he did. They had strangely colored skin or pointed ears, and other beings barely looked human at all.

Apparently this was the norm for the Nexus. Shade himself had read the basics of the brochure, with some effort that is. He was finding it difficult to follow the pamphlet's suggestion about asking questions. To do so was to leave yourself vulnerable... but still, he did have a few curiosities about mortalkind.

"The knowledge that you're going to die someday, why doesn't it seem to bother you?"
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[personal profile] brave_heart_verity 2016-06-20 07:47 pm (UTC)(link)
((Hey, so glad you decided to join us! :) Before I tag in: Ver's got a truth-sensing curse stuck in her that she can't turn off. She knows when people are lying and she can see through illusions; she doesn't know what the truth is or have psychic powers. More details here. If you don't want to deal, let me know, I know it can get annoying.))
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[personal profile] brave_heart_verity 2016-06-21 10:17 pm (UTC)(link)
"It's not like we can do much about it." Here, dragon, have a thoroughly unimpressed pink haired chick. The warm weather means she gets to show off her tattoos in a brown and beige striped tank top and jean shorts. Her hair is up in elaborate Viking braids that she wears like she's used to them. "But that doesn't mean it doesn't bother us. We just have to go about living the best lives we can manage regardless of the inevitable."
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[personal profile] brave_heart_verity 2016-06-22 09:35 pm (UTC)(link)
"Don't say things you don't mean." The retort is sharp and quick, fast as the wince the lie provokes. "It isn't 'giving up' to not take on an impossible challenge. Is it sad that you can't understand the sublime beauty of knowing your life will be defined by birth, death, and everything you accomplish in-between?"
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[personal profile] brave_heart_verity 2016-06-23 12:41 am (UTC)(link)
She starts to give a quick answer, then sighs and stops to think about it.

"I don't know," she has to admit eventually. "It would depend on the circumstances."
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[personal profile] brave_heart_verity 2016-06-24 11:02 pm (UTC)(link)
"Like... the cost. What I'd have to do to become immortal. Everything has a price and there are things I'm not willing to do. Or discuss." She can see that attempt at pursuing other uncomfortable conversation threads coming and hopes to head it off at the pass.
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[personal profile] brave_heart_verity 2016-06-25 06:26 pm (UTC)(link)
"No. I've learned to be careful what I say when magic is being discussed." She's a cautious one, when she has time to think. And something about this dragon's attitude screams to her that he is not to be trusted. "No sense worrying about what I don't want," she concedes with a shrug. "Are you immortal?"
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[personal profile] brave_heart_verity 2016-06-26 11:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Her eyes track his movement and she takes note of the fact he's protective of that pendant, but her gaze doesn't linger there. "Getting ideas would require caring about the subject, and I don't, so why would I bother?"
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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-20 08:29 pm (UTC)(link)
An old human man gives the question some thought. "I wouldn't say it doesn't bother me," he admits, "but you could say we have our whole lives to get used to it. There are some things we can't change, which makes what we do about the things we can all the more important."
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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-21 03:21 am (UTC)(link)

"I've seen people make amazing changes," the man insists gently. "Tyrants overthrown, prejudices dispelled--what is it you haven't seen change?"

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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-21 03:51 pm (UTC)(link)

The old man gives a frown of concern. "That's a fairly harsh opinion of humanity, but it does seem like an outside opinion. What do your people do so differently?"

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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-21 11:35 pm (UTC)(link)

"The flaws of one person, or of several people," the old man points out, "aren't necessarily an intrinsic flaw of humankind."

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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-22 01:06 am (UTC)(link)

"Well, I have to admit," the old man drawls, "this is the first time I've heard someone justify prejudice on the basis of being too busy."

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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-22 04:10 am (UTC)(link)

"So you consider yourself as far above humans as they are above animals?" The old man isn't impressed. "I've heard that claim before."

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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-22 07:35 pm (UTC)(link)

"I'd gain respect," he points out. "Not just for myself, but for all people. You're looking at thinking, feeling people and deciding that they're less than you, when you barely know anything about them. I've been fighting against people who do that all my life."

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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-22 11:48 pm (UTC)(link)

The old human shrugs. "Strength doesn't make someone right," he points out, "and as for smarter? Well, you haven't really proved that, yet."

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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-23 12:21 am (UTC)(link)

He lets the majesty crack slide. This old man has been called worse, by those whose opinions he valued more. "You might show some insight," he suggests, "some empathy. I'd like to think a more advanced being would be compassionate. You might listen, and think, when someone tries to honestly answer what started out as a fairly loaded question."

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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-24 12:41 am (UTC)(link)

"Son," the old man assures him, unruffled by the dragon stare, "I promise that when I insult you, you will know it. So far, all I've done is answer your questions--but perhaps honesty's pricked your pride."

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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-24 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)

"I'm reaching conclusions, based on what I'm seeing and hearing from you, and how that lines up with things I've seen in the past," the old man explains, patient. "I'm not applying any of those conclusions to your people as a whole, only you, and I'm prepared to revise my position as new information comes to light."

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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-25 02:10 am (UTC)(link)

"We're still talking," the old man points out, "so that's progress already. And I believe that when you think over what we've said later, you might admit I had a point or two."

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[personal profile] stands_for_something 2016-06-26 10:48 pm (UTC)(link)

"Because the longer you talk to someone," the man explains, careful not to let his tone seem condescending--this isn't the time to lose progress by pricking the dragon's pride, "the harder it is to tell yourself that they aren't a person. It's easy to write off a faceless, nameless 'they' as somehow less than ourselves, but the more you know of them, the more the image you have of them gains depth. You start to recognize aspects of yourself in them, and aspects of them in yourself, and it all starts with talking."