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    He knew he was doomed. There was a sharpness in her gaze that only appeared when she was gearing herself up for battle. Tempers flared. And maybe… maybe he wanted to be caught. Maybe he wanted it to be his own people who decided his fate. Maybe he was just… Tired.

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    Caleb’s blush faded, and any trace of slump disappeared. “A couple of weeks ago I sent Yussa a letter like yours. When I didn’t get a response, Jester messaged him. What that didn’t get a response, I headed over there myself, only to find that Yussa isn’t taking any audiences. I believe he may be in some trouble.”
    “So? He is a wizard of some capabilities.”
    Caleb winced. “Ja, but Yussa is also the one who’s keeping watch of Halas’s imprisonment. He also has the Happy Fun Ball, sorry, the Archmage Bane. Either of them would be a problem, but Yussa has both and has already shown that he doesn’t make the best decisions with these items.”

    Otherwise known as Essek is a disaster gay, just really good at hiding it, Yussa is trying so hard not to get attached to all the mortals, Halas is eternally screaming in his ruby, and there is probably a plot

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    Before going to dinner with Trent Ikithon, the Mighty Nein leverage Caleb’s new teleportation abilities to spend the night somewhere they all feel safe together: the Xhorhaus in Rosohna.  It’s only logical to check in on their favorite drow wizard while they’re at it.

    Or: In the wake of the peace talks, Essek is dismayed to realize he has grown a heart.  It’s quite small, and it really only fits the Mighty Nein, but it’s a start.

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    Zemnian, fɛɐ̯ˈnɪçtən, verb.
    Definition in Common: 1) to destroy, ruin, wreck; 2) to annihilate, obliterate, benothing; 3) to do away with, undo.

    Ich werde seinen Geist vernichten.

    What if Bren, after having his memories restored, was unable to escape the asylum? What if, instead, he was kept in Vergesson under Ikithon's spell, only able to try to break himself from it once every thirty days? The Mighty Nein proceed as they had, followed by the cat familiar that had helped Nott escape from a prison cell and stuck with her ever since. Somehow, they still end up Heroes of the Dynasty and winding up before Emperor Dwendal for stopping Obann's attack on Rexxentrum.

    And Ikithon still sets off their creep radars.

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    He leans forward slightly, glancing curiously at the shadowy figure.  Essek has never really considered other timelines before and the possibilities they might hold.  After all, he supposes that if this is the timeline that has played out, that there must be some reason for it — that this version of himself did something to win out over all of the others.

    But as he gazes at this alternate version, this shadow, this echo — he suddenly finds himself stopping and staring in a more critical light.  Why was it that his timeline had continued on instead of being severed abruptly, stunted and stopped?  Why was he the one sitting there, the one who wouldn’t shimmer and fade away after casting a single spell?

    What had he done to deserve it?


    With the Mighty Nein away, Essek is left to consider his loneliness. He doesn't let himself think about how he misses them, or how things could be different in another timeline.

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    SPOILERS. FRICKN. SPOILERS. DO NOT READ IF NOT CURRENT!!
    Loose canon, follows events but soulmates exist. Different races have different ways of receiving/displaying soulmarks, and not all soulmarks are romantic.
    Mostly general, polynein if you squint, jester/anyone if you squint, molly/caleb if you squint.
    Essek/Caleb, Veth/Yeza, Yasha/Zuala are only confirmed pairings.

    First few chapters are M9 meeting their soulmates, after that is 90% Essek 3rd person limited POV.

    I'M ONLY ON EPISODE 70 BUT I'M MARATHONING. WILL UPDATE IF/WHEN I FIND OUT STUFF. I know spoilers though cause Essek is my boi and I've read fanfic.

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    Back in the faded pleather seats of their diner, Caleb finished his muffin and brushed the crumbs off his hands. “What other choice do I have, Beauregard? I am in no rush to return to the Empire—”

    “Hear, hear—”

    “—but I have nowhere to live if I remain here. This city is expensive. More expensive than I anticipated.”

    Beau picked up her mug of coffee. “You could stay with Fjord and Caduceus,” she said. “Or you could tell Nott that you aren’t moving out.”

    “But I promised. And more than that, I offered.” He ran a hand through his hair and immediately regretted the decision. It was sticky.

    (or: When Caleb finds a room for rent at a price too good to reject, it brings him into the life of the reclusive Mister Essek Thelyss—and brings Essek into his.)

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    Essek was never so deluded as to think that his sins would never catch up to him at some point, but even he never expected it to come in this particular fashion, in the form of a powerful attacker from his past coming to his mother with honeyed promises of greater political power in exchange for an arranged marriage with Essek himself - to say nothing of the fact that the man brings enough blackmail material on behalf of certain interested parties to force Essek into playing along on pain of a traitor's death if he doesn't.

    Essek is left alone to stare down the prospect of a nightmarish captive future, and to wonder if he's really considered the forms that a fate worse than death can take.

    Fortunately, it turns out that he's never as alone as he thinks he is. The Mighty Nein are more observant than he gives them credit for even now and they - especially Caleb - make plans of their own to set things right.

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    There was a figure within, laid out on the ground in a startlingly casual manner. Arms pillowed his head, one leg propped up on the knee while a spaded tail swished back and forth, comfortable albeit bored. A purple tiefling was housed beyond the bars, skin littered with scars and tattoos, horns that curled about his face, long and knotted hair.

    “I am here to speak with you,” Essek called. He started, as he always did, with a soft voice. Something welcoming, something comforting. It never worked the way he wanted.

    The tiefling paused, tail stilling against the floor. Then he curled his legs against his chest and pumped them forward, using the momentum to surge up into a sitting position. With one black eye and a split lip, the smile he flashed was likely far less charming than he’d intended.

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    Or: Mollymauk attempts to find the Mighty Nein. Mollymauk is arrested for breaking and entering. While the Nein are out of the country, it falls to Essek to deal with him.

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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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    This was when the Mighty Nein would catch him. He really did try his best at being a good RA. When they asked him for help, he provided it with a smile on his face, even when the request was particularly annoying.

    “Esseeeek,” Jester said, knocking on his door. “The dining hall is closed. Can you take us to the grocery store?”

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    Essek is the Mighty Nein's RA in their college dorm.

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    Sometimes, when a desperate plea reaches the ears of the gods, one of them answers. Essek has spent his life crafting his hands into weapons, and he wonders whether they will ever be fit to heal.

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    Essek has a moment to consider that gravity-based trust exercises have never worked for him, and then the spell hits. He leans back into it, falls, falls.

    (In which Essek is resurrected by the Mighty Nein and framed for innocence.)

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    What if Caleb had managed to get a teleportation circle scribed?

    [spoilers for 2x106//early episode 2x106 divergent]

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    Crushed under the pressure of expectation, perfect son and perfect student Essek Thelyss has turned to an unusual outlet for letting off steam: selling drugs. A chance encounter in the course of his work brings him into the orbit of 'The Mighty Nein,' a group of misfits just as fucked up as he is, including his longtime academic rival, Caleb Widogast.

    Friends are a foreign concept to Essek, but these weirdos are prepared to give him a crash course, and just in time. As Essek begins digging himself deeper into the criminal underworld of their small hometown, the Mighty Nein may be the only ones who can pull him back out.

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    Essek Thelyss is not a good person.

    He himself knows this.

    So why does he think good things will happen to him?

    Why does he assume that the Nein still want him?

    (Aka Essek thinks everything will be fine and it's not)

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    Essek is on somewhat of a high alert as his brother appears in his house, with absolutely zero word sent that he would be coming to visit. He thinks that the only thing that could make it worse is if the Mighty Nein showed up as well, and then he curses his ability to think.

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    Essek receives a message as he's marched out of the dynasty for what he's done, and though he doubts there's really any chance of saving him now, he asks anyway. He ends up quite thankful for those quick 25 words.

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    Verin Thelyss has spent a lifetime in the shadow of the Shadowhand. If he and Essek ever had a chance to be brothers, it died almost a century ago.

    So he isn't entirely sure why Essek has invited him to dinner with some friends of his. Some group of foreign mercenaries called the Mighty Nein.

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    Essek's treachery is discovered, and the Mighty Nein stage a daring rescue to break him out of prison. That's a much longer story, that I didn't write.

    This story is about what happens in the moments after.

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