Mayli discovered that Amatialle and Thetadaison weren’t the relationship she thought they were. Way to break a preteen’s heart, you overindulgent parent figures. 😛
To new/unfamiliar readers: Dremael is a concept developed for experience and play. The premise is a centre-world full of portals, connected to any conceivable realm at specified points in its histories. Dremael is concealed in mists, representing a psyche’s crossing into liminality and all the danger/excitement that occurs when you journey beyond yourselves. The name is a mashup for both “Dream of God” and “dreadful maelstrom.” We spent more time in lands through the portals, since Dremael itself was not a place to linger. There’s always the potential for self-annihilation if you tarry too long in Dremael (see Psalm 139).
For fun, here’s some silly ideas for what Mayli wasn’t privy in 12 years. A throwback to older Dremael stories from my childhood, quite different to the anthology version within early adolescence. I’m using characters’ ayanic names given by Mayli (interchangeable “nicknames” with separate glosses, depending on context and speaker). Characters have nuanced names; plus standard form, hierarchical, legendary, affectionate, intimate, etc. I didn’t encounter honorifics — these were days before anime was regularly shown on children’s programming. I think the grass in DBZ is the real main character. Don’t ask me about Kai. I gave up near Buu’s debut.
I presume Theta wanted to preserve Amine’s ignorance. Someone should’ve told her that kids watched The Crow and discussed during recess. After getting our daily mock-historical fantasy roleplaying in, of course. That’ll be a future post.
Ah yes, Kitty. The Great Cat. Amine had a particular fondness for cats, and Mayli thought it’d be fun to ride a giant tiger. Kids. Anyway, I find this hilarious, because Theta didn’t want to be the White Phoenix at first. Hard to say no when her predecessor selected her and oops, matriarchal society. Can’t say “no” to your spiritual mama/instructor. Theta was taught to threaten Amatialle in making her point. Oh man! It’s not loaded. Kitty wasn’t harmed in this episode, I promise. She had a lot to relearn when it came to dealing with him, and RinmaruGames wanted me to pick between a gun or crossbow. This series is from their vampire manga creator games.
A little bit of explanation: In the Dremael Citadel, the floor just above the foundation (provides a barrier from lava) is inaccessible to everyone except the Timekeeper. Why? Because there’s a single portal, a forbidden one. It leads to the Abyss. You don’t want the Phoenix, who maintains Dremael, wandering into it. The Timekeeper guides wanderers who happen in on Dremael. It’s easy to lose your way.
Amatialle’s lantern carries a flame birthed from Theta’s luminosity (astronomical denotation). Since the fire comes from Theta, she can figure out where he is, as long as he’s in Dremael. It’s reciprocal — he can do the same for her. That way, if there’s some random invasion or whatever, or Sasha came to visit out of boredom, or Luke desired someone else’s advice for once, Timekeeper and Phoenix can get a status check with each other quickly.
If you were hosting either/both of the Realmworkers for tea, don’t plan in too much detail. Here’s a solid tip: Don’t bother trying to expect the unexpected. Luke and Sasha will mess with your ideas no matter what you do, even if you threw everything to the mists. Relax. Sasha taught Luke the subtle art of mischief, and Luke taught Sasha the obtuse science of sass. They thought Pongo and Perdita from 101 Dalmatians are worthy role models. That could explain things.
Acolytes are under the Phoenix, Agents respond to the Timekeeper. Think of these groups as factions, in a sense, to the upkeeping of Dremael. Seren is an Agent. Agents and Acolytes aren’t sex-defined, but Phoenixes are female and Timekeepers male. Again, these were stories from my early-mid elementary school kid life. One way to interpret these ideas is the matriarchal system I’d grown up with, and moving away from such.
I figure they’re practising or sparring close to the Pedestal Towers. Queen Leidai would be proud. Oh, here’s another thing. Phoenixes have a succession line, but they aren’t shoved off to disappear from Dremael’s history. It’s a role, and they can choose to do something else after term, continue onward, or retire as honoured matriarchs. Sometimes, too honoured.
Sasha supported factions’ autonomy as they’re mutually dependent. Bad things happen when one group or either the Timekeeper/Phoenix go wrong. Basically, dialling down the matriarchy at Theta’s request. Let’s not go into what King Linus suffered through.
There you have it. The founders of Sky Plateau & Aniaryn Lindya find the “dramael” of Dremael so entertaining, they’ll have a chandelier and candlelight dinner on a cold winter’s day to cozy up and eat Mayli’s stolen cookies. A couple of gossips, those two, but at least they keep it to themselves. Maybe.