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The Books of Spades - Ep1. The Invitation

Ciel

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The Backstory:

Two of the Legendary Masterworks created by the Master Craftsman Gerolt in his prime, tomes capable of boosting a Summoner or Scholar's power to incredible levels, yet these abilities are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to what these items, when restored to their full power are capable of.

 

Saturated in the energies of some of Eorzea's most talented Arcanists, the Books eventually gained a form of sentience and learned to use the aether to communicate amongst themselves, absorbing their wielder's desires to protect Eorzea and gather knowledge the Books of Spades and Diamonds gained with thier self-awareness a purpose and used their ability to network and communicate to help achieve the goal of keeping Eorzea safe.

 

However with the chaos in the aether from the events before, during and after the Calamity, many of the Books became weathered and lie dormant, and those that survived found themselves cut off from their brethren isolated and alone.

 

Following an the exploration of the Syrcus Tower, Aisha K'lank'lan noted Summoner and adventurer acquired an unweathered Book of Spades, soon after making contact The Book asked for her to undertake several tasks to help keep Eorzea stable, and protect it's people

 

Ever willing to accept a challenge Aisha went forth but after many sleepless nights and more than one failed mission she and the Book reasoned that the best way forward would be to gather together allies and perhaps with time reestablish the network of Spades and Diamonds, their wielders and allies to once again create a coalition for good works throughout Eorzea.

 

Choosing to make this project her own Aisha decided not to first reach out to her own free company and instead witht he Book's help began gathering information and gaining allies herself and after many months of work she and her Book believe the work is ready to begin in earnest.

 

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Dokey was delighted upon receiving Aisha's mysterious letter. Dokey's travels have not quite yielded the results she so wished; she is still regarded as a madwoman, a tyrant, and fool by the people of Eorzea. Her acceptance to meet with the letter's author derived both from the immediacy of its call and the chance to sway the individual minds of a nation. Ultimately, it was clear Aisha was in need of assistance and saying "no" did not even occur to Dokey. She only hopes her presence and name do not marr nor hinder the forthcoming adventure in any way.

 

And so the two met in person. Much to Dokey's surprise, Aisha was able to discern her location without request. The two greeted each others, concerned little with the letter and more worried of the recent history of the other. Aisha was quick to ask, however, if there was a place they could sit and talk--down to business per usual. Dokey invited her into the cabin she has been renting through the years, although never quite staying in. Only recently because of the misfortune granted to her by her efforts to re-shape Eorzea has she returned to the seclusion of the hut. She was delighted to see Aisha, a familiar face. She was more excited to be of some use.

 

Dokey offered Aisha some tea. Aisha accepted with a smile.

 

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Dokey stood as Aisha sat and delivered her tale. She had asked Dokey if she had heard of the Book of Spades. The title was something Dokey had not heard of since her childhood--the stuff of legends and bedtime stories. Further as she is no longer part of the courts of Eorzea such matters were no longer relayed to her. Both her interest in and her memory of the book have waned as a result of maturity and time. Confounded, she implored Aisha to explain herself. She asked how Aisha came into possession of the book.

Aisha explained that during a foray into the Syrcus Tower she had looted the book from the person of fallen solider. Additionally she told of the book's history and its purpose (see: 'backstory' above). A woman of ethics, Dokey had more questions still. Further having not talked to Aisha in some time her character was, for Dokey, in question. Why exactly was Aisha in the Tower? Aisha was, assisting the Sons of Saint Coinarch with shutting down the place and stopping the Mad Emperor Xande. Pleased by such a noble response and the still virtuous character of her old friend, Dokey agreed to help Aisha for both their sakes. However, there were two condtions: 1.) Why her? and 2.) Dokey would not kill nor harm any creature that may come before them; she would only provide support both in health and spirit.

 

Aisha nods and adds that it was not only her who wishes for Dokey's assistance, but the book as well. The book, she said, spoke to her. Shocked! Dokey was in awe that a book could talk! Aisha had to remind her that it did not talk per se, but it wrote. Still enamored by the sight of the magnificent book, Dokey longed to own one of her own! Oh how her bookshelf missed such a rarity. She had always thought the book assumed the will of its owner and its mind was some closed off portion of the owners intellect. Never had she thought both were distinct!

 

The Book wanted to speak to Dokey.

 

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"Good evening, professor, it is a pleasure to speak with you," the words curled neatly atop the page.

 

Dokey was taken aback, "Wh..."

 

"I understand this may be a new experience for you, allow me to explain." There was a pause. "Myself and my brtheren, the Book of Spades and DIamonds, had established a network of sorts between each other. It is how we gained and shared knowledge with oursevles and our weidelers. As our knowledge grew, we found ourselves able to... predict events... in minor ways at first with increasing clarity as time passed and the data at our disposal grew."

 

Under Dokey's studious glare, the fire of an excited child burned.

 

"We used this ability to safeguard Eorzea, trimming the hedges of fate," the final word came a moment later then the rest. The Book continued to explain how the Calamity disrupted their lines of Aether used in communication but also destroyed and left many of the Books without power. The Book proclaimed its intent to continue its work.

 

Always the skeptic and concerned with the safety of everyone else, Dokey no doubt had question.

 

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Dokey inquired into the books previous owner and whether or not if, in the wrong hands, the book could be used for evil. The book's memory of its previous owner(s) is "indistinct" because he entered ST before the Calamity. The book assured Dokey that none of the books could be used for wrongdoing because, by the gift of their precognition, they would not permit it. Dokey remained weary because the answer did not quite seem to answer her question. Her friend had faith, so she she thought she would too. In the very least, she would be there if anything went wrong. She did not press further. Instead, she asked why the book had chosen her in particular.

 

The book answered vaguely, "Though I am not sure of the details, your involvement with this project is meant to do something positive for Eorzea.. and yourself." Another vague answer, but this one Dokey admired and agreed to be, as she said, "A puppet of fate." The book corrected her without hesitation, "There is no need for that level of devotion, I assure you; we are partners here if nothing else."

 

"Man has always shared a hand in the creation of the world," Dokey replied. The book did not answer.

 

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(To wrap this up because I have other things to take care of, I am omitting particulars.)

 

And with that, Aisha closed the the book. Although closed it could still hear the two friends so Dokey communicated with Aisha via Linkshell. There, Dokey continued to express her apprehensiveness. Regardless, she conveyed to Aisha that she would see it to the end, if only for the sake of her friend. In discretion the two further discussed the nature of the book and their quest until the sun rose.

 

Aisha left in order to round up more people for their journey.

 

Dokey stayed in her small cottage so she could tie up loose ends. She had forgotten about her tea. She wondered when she would hear from Aisha next.

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Only read the backstory, but I shall come back to this. These RP things always fascinate me though I'd personally NEVER do them haha

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Well..... I finished it and now I want to like.... do a dramatic reading of this xD

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