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    After Caleb's plan for the T-doc is changed, there are some old demons to face, and feelings to deal with.

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    Liam said Essek and Caleb would eventually become romantically envolved - once they worked out their own shit. And I decided to run with it.

    Also, Caleb is full of angst and trauma and I just couldn't leave that alone.

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    835PD, Rosohna...

    “So your plan…” Mercy says, opening her eyes to peer up at him where her head rests against the porcelain tub. “If you’re not hunting the Shadowhand then…what?”

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    Something is very wrong with Essek. He has far too many limbs, is sporting claws and sharp teeth, hisses and growls, and can probably fit inside Caleb’s component pouch. But Caleb is certain he can reverse this strange Aeorian magic. Really, what kind of wizard would he be if he couldn't? It just takes some elbow grease and hard work.

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    relativity, noun. 1) In physics: the degree to which a phenomenon’s perception differs between observers based on their independent reference frames; 2) In philosophy: the belief that there is no absolute morality existing beyond the conditioning of the individual.


    The return to Aeor is a crucible of sorts- all that they have this time is each other, which is both electrifying and terrible in near-equal quantities. Two wizards in one place is trouble, but when they're Caleb and Essek it's a match to acetylene.

    (Or: how it falls apart and comes back together.)

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    There are no words in the languages he speaks to describe accurately how he feels about being in the presence of the Nein, and with the major cultural difference he has no way of expressing them more subtly.

    He would have changed out a few items of his jewellery, and the rumour mill would have started flying around him, but at least his intended new friends would take one look and see it was for them.

    The symbolism of his jewellery is exactly by the Kryn book, because he may not believe in the Luxon as his fellow Kryn do but he is firm in his cultural standings.

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    There is so much they should discuss first, before diving headlong into… whatever this is. But Eiselcross is cold, and they’re both so tired of being alone. It can’t really be as simple as that, can it?

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    “We have not only been transported into these different bodies, into this part of the Empire,” Caleb continued. “Oskar and Guinevere are also...the characters in a novel.”

    Essek blinked at him. “A novel,” he repeated. “Might I ask what the, er, genre of this novel would be?”

    Caleb winced. Bit his lip. “Trashy smut,” he replied.

    Essek dropped his head into his hands. “I don’t suppose you will tell me that the woman you currently embody meets up with a human from the Empire.”

    Caleb gave a laugh that held anything but mirth. “Oh, my friend, no. She falls in love with Oskar the half-orc. It is, after all, called Tusk Love.”

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    Aeor's ruins are an unforgiving place-Caleb and Essek were well aware of that before they ventured under the ice again, but this expedition has soured with particular vengeance.

     

    Whumptober 2021 inspired fic, loosely incorporating the following prompts:
    No. 1 - ALL TRUSSED UP AND STILL NOWHERE TO GO (“You have to let go” // bound)
    No. 15 - FEED A COLD, STARVE A FEVER (delirium)
    No. 14 - UNDER PRESSURE (beaten)
    No. 31 - HURT & COMFORT (trauma)

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    “Caleb, it's contagious. Fuck. You gotta stay away from Essek man. Go to Caduceus, he’s in the grove. It’s risky but you two might die-” The frustration rang clear in her tone, even where the sending cuts off. No doubt grinding her teeth at the current word limitations, hands balled into fist with the need to punch something just to feel better. She knew him well enough to know that leaving Essek alone is out of the question. Besides, they share a bed, a room, a tower, a house, and soon a life together. The window for avoiding contamination was already long gone

    His spells are tapped now. This will be the last of the contact he will have with Beau.

    “Please keep searching, Beau. I will be doing the same. My fears aside, I do not have it within me to teleport today. Good luck.”

    He can only hope his immune system works to keep the ancient disease at bay.

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    Essek travels to the ruins of Aeor, just like the Mighty Nein. But in this alternate universe they find themselves on different sides.

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    Struggling. Unlikely odds. Terrible beasts.

    Caleb let go. Let himself be pulled. Essek screamed, slipped into Undercommon, terror palpable in his voice, desperation obvious and raw. The strange, otherworldly smell of dunamancy began to fill the air, ozone and something else, something unnamable, something that screamed of nostalgia and whispered future and sang the siren song of possibility. Caleb kept his eyes up, trained at the beast, sharp, glowing fangs, one part ice shard, two parts slobber and old blood, polished selenite stakes, immeasurable darkness in its cavernous throat.

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    During an Aeor expedition, an encounter with a beast leaves Caleb injured. Essek, of course, takes care of him.

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    More than hearts are on the line in Aeor, as Caleb Widogast and Essek Thelyss search for answers, and discover that there's more to the ruined city than they ever knew.. and more to themselves, as well. The arrival of Verin further complicates things, but the chaos has only just gotten started with Exandria once more in peril, and without the Mighty Nein together to stop it. Can two broken wizards and some unlikely allies do the trick?

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    After a long stretch of fighting for their lives, the wizards relax in the dome and savor the beauty of the stars.

    Prompt from sgtober2021 "Starlight"
    Excerpt from In Ruins, I Found You. In Time, We Rebuild (https://archiveofourown.org/works/32499934/chapters/80606581)

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    Essek, the master of time magic itself, had never met a person with such an ability. “What time is it now?” he asked to sate his curiosity.

    Caleb didn’t even hesitate. “8:49.”

    “You know it to the minute,” Essek murmured. This man and his beautiful brain. It had been so long since he’d felt such a way, desiring someone in any capacity, and he found himself wanting to know everything that Caleb thought, to understand what made him tick. Caleb knew the exact time at all times, just from his mind alone, and something about that was incredibly sexy.

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    Lucien, his party and the Mighty Nein advance towards Aeor, facing the dangers of Eiselcross. He's on the verge of getting everything he ever wanted, power, knowledge, control, but he finds it increasingly difficult to maintain the illusion that everything is going according to plan when his body seems to remember a life he never knew. He should feel nothing for the Mighty Nein. And yet...

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    They were three moves into the game when Caleb looked up at him with an unreadable expression. "I thought you said you didn't remember how to play?"

    "I never said that."

    Essek and Caleb play chess.

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    As he explores Aeor with the Mighty Nein, Essek wonders what he is doing there and question the bond that unites him to this strange group. Despite his fear, he knows he's incapable of not following them to the end.

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    Whumptober Day 1: “You have to let go.”

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    No. 1 - ALL TRUSSED UP AND STILL NOWHERE TO GO

     “You have to let go” | barbed wire | bound

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    "You have to let go." Essek pleaded, looking up at Caleb from his precarious position. 

    "No! We don't know how deep the drop is. We don't know if the field extends all the way down- it's too risky. Just let me try. Please." Caleb begged in return, doing his very best to hold onto Essek.  

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    His own personal journey into masculinity took place during a stretch of years when he was already enrolled at the Soltryce Academy. By then, he was surrounded by arcanists, and physical displays of strength mattered very little, which suited him just fine. He was a man, and he felt a man, and that was that.

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    In which Caleb finds himself being appreciated for something he isn't, usually.

    EDIT: This is a 5 + 1 things, though now I'm not sure how to call it. Five times Essek is horny on main and one time Caleb is too?

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