Seeing his sister again, here in this place, Orion was of two minds. He had been of two minds for some time now, but the feeling still left him uneasy.
Everything came with a kind of duality: Panic and placid calm, fight and flight overlapping into inaction, familiarity and otherness. He stood tall before them in the clearing, his every emotion, his every action delayed or belaid by the will of another. His inner monologue now more than ever a dialogue.
It was all his fault. What was going to happen to her. To her friends.
But of course it was good that she was here. It meant she would survive what was coming. Wasn’t that something to celebrate? Of course it was.
Both voices were his own. It seemed that he fought only himself. Had it been this way all this time?
Had he warned Leela away from here of his own volition or had Lady Pluma allowed him to reach out? Did she need his sister as well?
Did he want her to be a part of all of this? To become a subject of the Abdicated Throne? His own voice, whether his conscience or something else, answered:
Better to accept the Gift than die a slow death from what was to come.
In today’s episode, the Wanderers stay skeptical as they explore the Keep of the Abdicated Throne, an eldritch location found deep in the Emerald Firth with ties to the Miasma, and to the mysterious Pluma. Who or what is she? What are her plans for DeGrasse? What does she know that our intrepid Wanderers don’t? We get cleaned up (again), start a ticking clock, and contemplate a change of careers.
This week on Play By Podcast: The Interdependency Shuffle 23: What She Wants
Play By Podcast is Michael Collins (@arealwriter), Leon Barnes (@SlapKatZ), Liam Higgins(@liamhiggins97), and Max Coe (@_NotMyDivision_)
Cover Art by Ariel Corrales (@arielcorrales_)
Music by Cody Ojea (@SixChordCircus)