Reign of Winter

Curses

Jack:
Jack, having just been struck by some sort of magic upon entering the treasure room, turns around slowly, the tip of his sword slowly lowering to the ground, as if it has gotten too heavy for him. You see his face, now gaunt and pale, the colour and warmth drained from it, looking as if he has aged several centuries in just a few seconds. He looks to Samir and Gerda, obvious pain in his eyes, his sword now dropping from his hand and clattering on the icy floor.

“I feel… bad…”, dropping to his knees, and slumping against the wall,

“I’m… so… cold…”, wrapping his cloak tightly around his shriveled frame,

He looks up at Samir and Gerda again, his eyes still showing pain, but also revealing something that his eyes have never before betrayed. Fear. Panic.

“This… place… is dark…”

Later that day, as the villagers are given time to escape through the portal before shutting it, Jack plays a very sad song on his lute.

Jack’s Song:
Crow sitting
separated from each other,
plant
because it is so backward.

Birds are cleaned,
food
only
I wonder why not save.
Why not saved
help him.

Bird sitting on a perch,
All other hours to fly
down and clean it so.
Sung to the stars

I asked above, why is it so hated.
He cries:
and sad, lonely song
Rising…

It ranges from the wind,
as can be expressed in words.
Serve with dust and sounds
Changes in non-uniform air
until it reaches the ears dull,

Lonely Girl.
She falls asleep with tears struck
Click noise
Sad, lonely song
Sad, lonely crow.

birds die
sad and lonely.
This is the last song I heard only two:
other
which are not sufficient interested.
and
sad
single
girl.

Jack’s actual song as translated by Feril:
Crow dying
separated from omelette,
peanuts
because it is so ackward.

Birds are shaved,
root
only
I wonder why not bacon.
Why not shaved
help him.

Bird sitting on a fish,
All other hours to fly
down and clean it so.
Sung to the sharks

I asked above, why is it so red.
He cries:
and bad, lonely song
Rising…

It stranges from the wind,
as can be expressed in worlds.
Serve with dust and ground
Changes in non-uniform bear
until it reaches the seagull,

Lonely Girl.
She falls sheep with tears duck
Click noise
Sad, lonely song
Sad, lonely crow.

birds fry
sad and lonely.
This is the last song I heard only flu:
other
which are not sufficient interested.
and
bad
single
girl.

Zuri:
At a break in Jack’s sad song, Zuri will try to cheer him up by offering him the sheet music. “Here. I found these downstairs.” And then, in a friendly tone, completely ruin it by saying; “And if you run into any big words in your new book, just let me know.”

Jack’s discussion with Hatch:
While we are sitting around, for however long that may be, Jack spends some time by himself. He’s not feeling good about this whole being in Irrisen thing. The curse hit him hard, more than any physical blow, and although the curse has (presumably) already been removed through the use of a scroll, it has left deep scars on his psyche. He feels worn out and tired, and his thoughts have turned negative.

He starts thinking about his childhood home, his family, and how he felt after losing them (something he hadn’t thought about for a long time, at least until coming to Irrisen). He thinks about how helpless he was when it happened, and how much he hated the people who did it, and how he wished he had been old enough and strong enough to stand and fight to protect his village, to protect his friends, to protect his brothers and sisters and parents. He thinks about how he wished he could have saved them, or died with a sword in his hand.

He sits and thinks dark thoughts.

He notices Hatch shift on his shoulder, momentarily dislodging Jack from his dark thoughts.

He starts thinking about Hatch. The Domovoi makes his home in other people’s homes, wherever he gets the right feeling of welcome and warmth. His home was with Nadia and her kids. And when that home was threatened, Hatch did what he could to help fight back and protect his home.

“Hatch” Jack says quietly.

(maybe Hatch hears him and responds / listens)

“I think you and I have something very important in common. We both believe that our homes can be almost any place where we are surrounded by those we care about, and those that care for us. For most of my life, my home was a caravan that traveled around Casmaron. There was no one place that I called home. But, like you, every place that had the right feel became my home.”

“When I was a child, my home was threatened. I ran away, I guess because I thought I was too small, or too scared. And I lost my home and family. But Hatch, when Nadia was threatened, the town was threatened, and your home was threatened, you agreed to help us fight back. Even though you are small, smaller than me as a child, and were, and maybe still are, rightfully scared. But you went above and beyond what anyone expected, and we have won this battle today largely because of your help. I think I admire you, Hatch.”

“Hatch, I don’t know where you are going to go after this, or what you are going to do. If you will return to Nadia’s home, or maybe go and find a new one with a new family. But I know where I am going and what I am going to do. I am going to stay here in Irrisen, and help protect it from this evil that I am not even close to understanding yet. I’m going to protect Irrisen, not because I love this land, but because I love these people,” gesturing towards the rest of the group, “This is Gerda and Feril’s home, and by extension, my home. And this time, I’m going to help fight for it.”

“Hatch, I know you’ve already done more than most people would ever do when faced with the danger we faced today. But I’d like to ask if you would stay with us for a while, and help us in our fight. Although Irrisen is far bigger than Nadia’s house, all of the land and its people need protecting, and we are going to need all the help we can to protect them. We might be on the road a lot, but I will do what I can to keep you safe and comfortable during our trip. If at any time things get too dangerous for you, and you are absolutely certain you want to leave us, I will do what I can to get you to safety as soon as possible, and as our current situation allows. I’m not asking for you to pick up a blade, but I’m sure your knowledge, advice, and talents would be invaluable in the days to come. If you can help keep us safe, it will help us make Irrisen safe.”

“What do you think, Hatch? Shall we work together to protect Irrisen?”

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