Seeing Eye to Eye
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The ritual to which you bore witness requires no less than two petitioners to summon the spirit of the wood, and they must be of one mind and one heart. Historically, it has always been blood relatives who were chosen.
If what you say is true, and not one but two spirits answered their call, it is a sign of disharmony between them.
Until we discover its source, attempting the ritual again could prove disastrous.
But I fear the others will not be forthcoming with informaton were I to press the subject.
For our esteemed guest and ally of Ronka, on the other hand, I believe they would be willing to speak freely.
Would you speak with the people of Fanow and see if they know aught of any trouble between Phyna and Ciuna?
It pains me to think they are at odds with one another.
Phyna and Ciuna? In all of Fanow I can think of no one closer. 'Tis little wonder they were chosen to petition the spirits of the wood.
In a sense we consider all here to be family, but twins are said to have an especially powerful bond.
Which is why it has been so strange to see them argue in recent days. They have not been the same since the Children and Eulmoran soldiers breached the border.
I do hope they can come to terms with whatever troubles they are facing.
I can only imagine what might be driving those two apart.
I spoke with Phyna not long ago. She heard that I was considering leaving Fanow and wished to talk.
It is a decision not to be made lightly, for we may never return once we leave.
But now that you and your companions are here, I... I feel our duty has been fulfilled. I understand the ruins must be protected from the Children, but what difference does one guard make? Phyna shares my feelings on the matter, and has also considered leaving.
We have done all we can to keep the outside world from knowing of our ways. But in doing so we know nothing of the world beyond our borders. Were you in my position, would you not yearn to know what is out there?
I speak with Ciuna quite often, actually. About our history and duty to the late emperor.
We were once a nomadic people, or so the legends say. But Yx'Maja, in her boundless love, sought to bless us with a home. And so she appeared before the emperor of Ronka in a dream, and bade him allow us into his kingdom.
That is how we found our home and our purpose. Ciuna is determined to protect both.
You have entered the temples of Yx'Maja, yes? I can but imagine what wonders they hold.
I see. Phyna yearns to explore the outside world, and Ciuna would remain hidden from it.
For as long as I can remember they were inseparable. Phyna's mirthfulness tempered by Ciuna's pragmatism.
I never realized such difference in principles could divide them so.
We have finished with the altar.
I gather you have apprised Master Lanille of what happened?
We wish to apologize for─
There is no need. However, were you to petition the spirits again, I suspect they would answer as they did before.
It will not happen again, I swear it! Please say you will let us try again.
Yes, let us try with one of our own and not this outsider. The summoning would have worked if not for him.
Enough, Ciuna! The problem lies not with our guest, but with you and your sister. You have been fighting over the future of Fanow, is that right?
Family is not meant to agree on everything. But fail to respect your differences and before long you will have no family at all. What would become of Fanow if the others shared in your contempt for one another?
You are to prepare for another petitioning of the spirits, and I expect you to come to terms before then.
If the ritual is to succeed you must find harmony.
I apologize for burdening you further, but may I ask you to accompany them?
|Of course.||Well, if there's no other way...|
I will leave you to your work, then.
I fear you have a long day ahead of you...
We do not need your help, but if Master Lanille insists...