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    By the time the Mighty Nine emerge from the Happy Fun Ball, the King is dead, two members of the Assembly have been executed for the crime, and, in the hopes of ending the war, Essek Thelyss has been engaged to one of their replacements - the Archmage Caleb Widogast.

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    Essek glides over the snow-covered tundra in silence. The blinding glare of the morning sun seems to reflect from all directions simultaneously — and he is rapidly developing a headache. 

    The tinted goggles that could have helped with this very problem are on his office desk back at the outpost. He’d simply meant to pop back to Rosohna for perhaps an hour, then return straight to his new abode in the Biting North with the research volumes from his library he’d learned he couldn’t do without and the supply of blank transcribing journals that he’d learned the outpost lacked. Essek never intended to see the sunlight on this quick errand, after all, and he was always loath to don the goggles for the visible, undignified rings of pinched skin they left around his eyes and nose. Despite all the things he’s had to relinquish control over, or perhaps because of that, Essek finds he still cares about appearances. 

    Of course, things did not go to plan.
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    Or the fic where Essek “Teleport Champ” Thelyss spends his free time performing risky teleports For Science while ruminating on what sent him to Aeor in the first place.

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    Essek doesn't care about anyone, until he does.

    What happens after you betray the only friends you've ever had and unexpectedly develop a conscience? You try to make amends and move forward in a world that, unsurprisingly, wants you dead.

    (Updated summary because what started as a character study suddenly has plot, now!)

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    Essek lives in a world of color, but what is his favorite?

    Based on the art work of @starsnart on Tumblr. Specifically this installment is inspired by the art you can find here...
    https://starsnart.tumblr.com/post/643920079820636160/what-is-tieflingesseks-favorite-color-or-is-he

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    A few message spells and a strange dwarf with a note later, Essek is losing his mind on top of the snowy outpost waiting for his friends. How dare he have feelings. This would be so much easier if he could just not care. Oh well, c'est la vie.

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    Eventually, they run out of words.

    Silence follows. It settles heavily on their shoulders, stills their hands, bends their backs. From across the table, they look far less like the fairytale that Essek sometimes tells himself to calm his own mind. They look less like courage and invincibility, and more like flesh and bone.

    (Or: the Mighty Nein comes to Essek for help.)

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    Essek would be lying if he said he wasn’t cold. Even in the underground hollow beneath these cursed arctic wastes where, protected from the harsher elements and creatures, they had set up their outpost a cold wind blew. Floating in a slow figure of eight it was the closest to pacing he would do. Normally he would weather such feelings, not letting them slip through the tiniest of cracks. But tonight he had no such luxury. His worry and fear were too great. 

    Jester’s voice- broken, quiet, defeated- still echoed in his mind from an hour prior. 

    “Essek… we’re coming to you. It’s bad, Essek. Like, really bad. Might need medical aid. Think we’re a couple of hours away, not sure. Help-”

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    Essek's relationship with the Mighty Nein can be especially fraught at times, but what if things had turned out differently?

    An exploration of 'bad ending' routes. And a whole lot of projection.

    Vague references to spoilers up until C2E122.

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    “Isn’t it something else? Feeling that sort of power humming through your veins?” Essek whispered low in Caleb’s ear. Sinfully low, stoking the interest of that quiet part of him that lingered in the back of Caleb’s skull, that wanted to know more. That wanted him to continue.

    It was a gradual journey, and a pleasure, coming to know, intimately, that part of Caleb. The part that begged to be unleashed. Looking at it, like looking in a mirror.

    And the difference between you and I, is thinner than a razor.

    Caleb hadn’t been wrong. If only he had heard himself from where Essek had been sitting.

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    Essek's tone is academic, clinical, cold. “It would be pointless to deny that I am attracted to you. And I wouldn’t object if what happened last night would happen again. But I would be grateful if we could keep it between us.”

    There’s a beat, then Caleb nods. “I’m fine with keeping it quiet and casual.”

    Or how cold, ruthless and lonely Essek Thelyss (a brilliant student with a secret) accidentally makes some friends and falls in love: a Shadowgast college AU.

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    It’s childish, Essek’s mother has told him once, to think of different worlds and different timelines instead of living in your own. Those worlds and timelines can be harvested for power, their potential can be reaped, but it’s childish, Essek’s mother has explained, to wonder if there is a world in which he is smarter, quicker, better. It’s even more childish, Essek has learned all on his own, to wonder if there is a world in which his family loves him more than they love their made-up god.

    So he is, of course, being a child. But perhaps there is a world in which he can have the Mighty Nein.

    (Or: five times Essek traveled to different timelines for the Mighty Nein.)

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    “A forest sighs with relief when the fire clears it of choking vines. You are a wildfire Caleb. There is no shame in letting yourself burn.” He says softly, grazing the back of his hand along his lover’s cheek before cupping his jaw with both hands. “The forest will thank you for the room you’ve given it to grow, even if it cost them a few trees.”

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    You cannot fall for him, he scolded himself. You are too smart for that!

    And yet he had to admit that he’d come to cherish the younger wizard’s presence. He’d taken a liking to the tea he always brought – rosemary, good for concentration, prepared by Caduceus. He enjoyed the subtle sounds, the calm breathing, the occasional hum of concentration or realization, the rustling of pages flipped by someone else’s fingers. He’d picked up on a few details while stealing glances from behind his book. He now knew that Caleb wrinkled his nose when transcribing a spell, that he liked to rest his chin on his wrist, lips hidden behind his knuckles, as he looked into the distance, that he sometimes bit his lower lip while reading, that he rubbed his temples with his fingertips whenever he got frustrated. But his favourite sight by far was when after a few hours spent hunched over a desk, Caleb rose to stretch his stiffened muscles.

     

    Essek struggles to maintain his sanity while navigating the tense political landscape and the complexities of friendship. And then there's Caleb Widogast, intriguing, endearing and potentially dangerous. Especially since he seems to be hiding something...

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    The Mighty Nein had forgiven Essek. They had moved on with nothing but a wary eye and even more friendship than before.

    And Caleb was having a difficult time dealing with it.

    How could he possibly forgive Essek when he still can't forgive himself?

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    I could see the smirk on Caleb’s face, as if he had just figured out the solution to a millennia-old formula. “So. Breakfast?”

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    “Allow me to make it up to you?” Essek heard himself ask, suddenly too soft, too genuine, all without his permission.

    Caleb cocked his head to the side just so, his eyes searching, lips caught parted halfway to whatever he’d been about to say before those words came tumbling out of Essek’s mouth. “How do you suggest?” he asked, that low, faintly rasping quality returning to his voice, his eyes catching the shifting light beautifully.

    What had he just told Caleb about the dangers of acting on impulse? Essek swallowed, his mouth dry suddenly. He held his hand out to Caleb, not trusting himself to speak. Wordlessly, a smile flickering at his lips, Caleb took his hand. Essek pulled him up to his feet.

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    “Caleb?” He asks, so softly, the hesitation clear to his own ears.

    Caleb hasn’t stopped his pacing. He’s become a blur of motion and restless energy, and Essek stands absolutely still.

    There are things you need to know. About our… mutual friends, for want of a better phrase.” A beat. “About me.”

    Essek doesn’t dare to interrupt. Doesn’t move, even as his hands itch to reach out, to still Caleb’s fingers as they twitch against his forearms.

    “It’s a conversation we should have had, after the… ah, incident with the… prisoner. Maybe if we had, you might have realised.” Caleb’s voice is low, and someone with lesser hearing may not have caught the weight of what these words were costing him. “I operate under no illusions that it would have changed anything. You had already done what you had done. You can’t change the past."

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    The time Caleb and Essek finally have a conversation about just what it is that lies between them.

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    After a long month of no contact, an injured Essek finds the Mighty Nein in Eiselcross. Curiously, in a magical tower limited purely by Caleb's imagination, there is only one bed. (Well, seven, technically.)

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    In a world where soulmates share magic, generated when they touch, Essek realizes how much brushing hands with Caleb Widowgast could mean.

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    Beauregard had a lot on her plate. Form dealing with school and keeping good grades on a major she didn't choose to maintaining her small social standing. The last thing she expected to be was shy and flustered. But the art student who passed by the fountain once a week made Beau just that. Beau just wanted to get through the day, the semester, but most importantly, winter.

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