Dear readers, tonight we publish the transcript of a recorded interview from another universe.
They are adventurers, magicians, and technomancers, and we have a unique opportunity to learn about their fascinating world.
“…ing on? …about now? Alright, Ori. Now it’s working. “
A majus would see the swirl of color as Rilan adjusted the audio and visual recording system. She’d forgotten she and Ori made this interview back when the recording Systems were introduced. The Council of course thought each maji should have one, to be able to communicate with each other in an emergency. Now, they mostly sat unused in maji’s apartments.
They’d done the little mock interview back when she and Ori were a thing, at the height of their adventures across the ten homeworlds. When they’d gone separate ways, she on the Council and him trudging about wherever, the crystal containing the recording sat in the back of one of her closets. But now that he was back in her life…
Rilan sat down in a chair to enjoy the old recording.
R – Tell us a little about where you grew up, Ori. What was it like there?
O – “I am to be from Asbheriton. It is a small village in the mountains of the Syra province of Kiria. But I would rather not be talking about touchy family matters such as this. Ever since my brother departed for the ancestors, I have had little reason to be going back. The ancestral house was given to my third cousin, you know. A dreadful bore. She would talk about anything and everything that was to be coming into her head.”
R – “Not like you at all.”
Rilan tempered her retort with a smile, but Ori’s crest still spiked in aggravation. Good she was here to prick his pride.
R – Just one more question about your family home and then we’ll move on. Did you have any favourite toys as a child? Any cherished memories?
O –“Toys? No. But, I was to be having a pet wingdrake. Delphorus and I begged our father for it for most of a cycle. Father was quoting the old fright-tale that it would steal the souls of your ancestors, but even he was not so entrenched in his religion that he really believed it. Eventually he relented and was letting us have it. Delphorus and I trained the drake to be taking grubs from our hands, and to be fishing for swimmer larvae in the nearby pond. Delphorus took over care of the beast when I was to be leaving for finishing school. Eventually we had to set it free to find a mate and complete its lifecycle before joining its ancestors. Wriglifon was a good pet.”
R – “I’ve never heard that before, Ori. That was a nice story.”
Rilan cleared her throat. She didn’t imagine this would really get Ori to talk about his past.
R – So, what do you do now?
O – “You are knowing this, Rilan.”
R – “Yes, Ori. It’s for the recording. Just play along.”
O – “Ah, I am seeing now. After retiring from my philosophy position at the university, I was able to be traveling across the ten homeworlds full time. I would not be alive if you were not saving me on many occasions, Rilan.”
Rilan saw her recording blush. It would only be a few cycles after this that she joined the Council of the Maji and she and Ori went separate ways.Continue reading “Origon and Rilan (of Tales of the Dissolutionverse, by William C. Tracy)”