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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 involved - 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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    Caleb Widogast buys a home to keep himself from sleeping on the Rosohna streets. The only home he can afford his supposedly haunted, but Caleb is a reasonable man of science, and definitely doesn't believe in ghosts, goblins, or magic.

    Even if all that was real, there could be no worse monster residing here than him.

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    "Many people who work in the field of ornithology are starry-eyed optimists, reveling in the wonder that is the avian species. Those people are idiots. Birds are little bastards whose eyes can stare straight through your defenses into your soul."

    Essek is a Deaf ornithologist in need of a new assistant. Caleb is a hearing ornithologist suddenly in need of a new job. And Professor Thaddeus (unbeknownst to either) just happens to be the newest bird at the aviary where they meet.

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    Three years. Three years since they successfully faked his death and the Dynasty stopped looking. Three years of peace, of not having to leave Caleb and home behind.

    Why couldn't it last?

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    No matter what people say, Essek isn’t a god. As far as the proper classification goes, he’s not even a lesser idol. But he is a deity and the powers he possesses make people whisper his name like a prayer and seek his guidance in matters that transcend knowledge of mortal arcanists.

    But, in the end, it's always the same: they cower in fear before him as soon as they realise the size of destruction he’s capable of. There’s no reason to believe that Caleb Widogast would be any different.

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    Caleb wakes up on Rumblecusp with no memories of who he is or how he got there. The people around him seem to care for him greatly, and he wants to do his best to help them, even when they fail to return his memories with their divine magic.

    Many things are confusing, but none more so than what appears to be his personal journal, written in a cipher he can no longer remember. Perhaps the handsome drow his friends brought him to in Rosohna may be of help.

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    The three lich sisters of the Vermaloc woods have been turned to dust many years ago, but it is foretold that they shall return one fateful Night of Ascension, when a virgin lights a candle in their old lair. Today, they say the old house in the woods stands haunted, with anyone foolish enough to venture inside living to regret it.
    So, naturally, the Mighty Nein do what they do best. Poke around.

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    Or, where Hocus Pocus is Exandria, Binx is Long Essek, and the Mighty Nein are, well, the Mighty Nein.

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    “This is not a negotiation.” Deirta Thelyss’s voice cracked the air like a thunderclap, sharp enough that even her ever-bustling flock of attendants twitched. “You will agree to this marriage, or I will have you cast from Den Thelyss for dereliction of duty. Is that clear?”

    Essek held himself stiffly, his shoulders rising in affront. A dangerous lapse of control, considering the woman standing before him, and one he would berate himself for later in the privacy of his tower, but he couldn’t help it. To be bartered off as—as a diplomatic representative of all things. It was absurd, insulting. Was the prestige his accomplishments brought to the den not enough? The Bright Queen herself had awarded him the title of Shadowhand for the advancements he’d made to the field of dunamancy, advancements that had secured countless victories in the war. Why should he have to upend his entire life to accommodate some human he’d never even met?

    Or: A Shadowgast Arranged Marriage AU in Space~

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    Caleb's history with Trent was worse than he had ever been able to explain aloud. He didn’t want anyone to know. Wanted to forget.

    Trent Ikathon needed to bring Bren, Caleb, back into their little family. Need to remind him where he belonged. To whom he belonged.

    Essek would have sobbed if there was anything left in him to move or break. Trent had taken all that away piece by piece. He lay still where he had been left, crushed under the weight of the pain of the last hours, of the endless days of torture, kept in a timeless demi-plane until time lost meaning.

    But he didn’t have a choice.

    Caleb needed him.

    Set after The Things He Took, but not necessary to understand.

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    Professor Widogast, as he’s still getting used to being called, is sitting in his office preparing his lesson plans for the upcoming school year when he gets the news that his partner has been sentenced to death.

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    When Yussa invites himself along on an expedition to Aeor, he expects to unravel both the mysteries of ancient mages, as well as Caleb's mysterious arcane acquaintance.

    If he'd known this sort of mystery was best-relegated to the pages of a romance novel, he probably would have stayed home.

    In which Caleb unpacks some feelings around trust, Essek admits some fears about family, and Yussa is a third wheel.

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    These vignettes follow the Shadowgastober 2021 prompts as well as any other short stories and character studies I feel like adding.
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    Caleb spoke for the first time since he had teleported them to Zemni Fields, his voice just loud enough to be heard above the din of the last of the year’s cicadas. “We are about a mile out. I needed a bit of time to get my thoughts in order.”

    Essek squeezed his lover’s hand. “I could listen. If you want?”

    Caleb squeezed Essek’s hand in return and gave him a sad smile. “I have not been back. I could not. Not alone. And not while I still believed I could change what happened. What I did.”

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    Deep into their exploration of Aeor a fight goes wrong for Essek and Caleb and there are consequences to deal with.

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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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    Essek hasn't had to work this hard at trancing at night for a long time. As a result, he is suffering from insomnia. Or whatever the trance-version of that word is.

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    After six painfully long years, the man in question was no longer the child that Essek remembered and yet could still render Essek breathless, could still leave him feeling weak at the knees. Essek had to grip the edge of the stadium for a long moment as he focused on his breathing. He’d made a promise all those years ago, and now as he looked at the gorgeous man in the center of the ring fighting, literally, for his life, Essek realized he’d failed at that promise.

    Consecution AU in which Essek and Bren met at the Soltryce Academy when they were both much younger. Even back then, Essek had been more than a little smitten, but unprepared to admit it. Now, nearly six years later, Caleb gets the chance to see all the things Essek did in the name of love.

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    She had no loyalty to her old master. He’d killed the smiling little girl she could’ve been. She had even less loyalty to the woman who had taken his place. She followed the Martinet because he, at least, understood what they were.

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    Caleb and Beau had been working on taking down Da'leth. Then he makes the mistake of taking Essek.

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    Caleb puffs a breath.

    “Not too far off, I will be an old man.”

    His wry grin doesn’t reach his pretty blue eyes.

    “I suppose.”

    Essek traces a loose second finger along Caleb’s hairline.

    Quite far off for Caleb though, isn’t that? More of an ‘eventually’.

    Then Caleb continues, before trailing off as if still picking words.

    “And you…”

    “Me?”

    With a dry huff of a chuckle, Caleb looks aside.

    “Well, you will be you.”

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    AKA the wizards have some alone time in the present and try to figure the future, 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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