Interlude from spies with babies
That Lyan didn’t say anything about the dandar was pure GM oversight, not any shortcoming of Lyan’s. [ETA: Or, as Raisse’s player said, perhaps he’ll want to wait until after Midsummer.] I hope I’ll remember next time so the queen won’t stop working with him!
The spies we know about have been caught. The proclamations were made and when Radan was three days old I showed him to the people. I pretended to them, to Radan and myself that I could stand up that long and I seem to have pulled it off.
It was two days before the feast of Anshen and we were blessed yet again. Moyri’s twins were born and I was there to see it happen. Held her hand while Imri guided them out and Dushtan kept a close watch on her heart. All seems to be well.
Even before that, that same morning, a letter from Khora arrived together with a large pack containing probably the most attractive fabric I have ever seen. I had to smile then. Khora had found the time to weave it for me to give to Moyri. I’m glad to be able to give her something special and I don’t think anyone is better suited to wear it, except maybe Khora herself.
Moyri suggested Khora should make a profession out of weaving and forgo being a doctor. I think she should follow her heart as much as possible. If a doctor is what she wants to be, then she’s better off being a mediocre doctor than a fantastic weaver. Not that I think she will be. She will probably be a great doctor as well. And even though it may be her upbringing that is making her refuse payment, I think that making it on her own with Aidan will do her more good than all the money she could make.
The day before Midsummer
While I was recovering from having Radan, Talvi seems to have taken over the every-day running of the palace. And I have not heard a thing about it, so it must be going well. Things are pretty much done the same way they always were and for now that may be best, but in time we should add a little bit of Iss-Peranian flair, maybe when Moyri has recovered.
That night Lyan had stopped by with a proposal for a marriage law. I read it but when he returned the next day I was not quite ready to answer him on it. Marriage really is a matter of the heart and in the domain of the gods, or it should be. But making sure justice is done when they decide to go their separate ways, or even when they don’t, is something very human and something that sometimes could stand improving. He did not speak a word on the matter of the dandar, even though I asked him to relay that information. If the next time we meet, after Midsummer, the subject doesn’t come up, I think we will have to read something into it: that they are not inclined to work together with us on this and perhaps even that some dandar have gained influence with those who follow the Nameless. I did suggest that he collect data on judgments that have been past throughout history in cases of marriage and see what precedents they might suggest. Perhaps even write a book on it.
We gathered around Anshen’s fire on Midsummer Night and discussed the spies and the dandar and celebrated just being in his and each other’s presence. Rikhi and his wife and Hinla were there. All were welcomed by Lyse and Anshen, I think. Athal lit the fire, but it was nice to just to take part and not be out in front. I visited Moyri again the next day so she could show her twins to Vurian, Rovan and Hinla. And when I saw Hinla hold the baby girl I realized I did not yet have a little girl of my own. I am not jealous of Moyri and in one way I am closer to Hinla than even Vurian because of what we went through together, but that is not exactly a cute little girl thing. She has suffered though things I can barely imagine and it has affected her. If my mother is any indication, though, that time will come for me.