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Cordelia

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#21
Cordelia kept close to Siali, feeling somewhat uneasy as they made their way through the crowded streets. It was unlike anything she'd known before. Even before her life in the Tower, she'd never made a journey to Denerim. That was best left to her father and mother and in those cases, Cordelia was left in the care of tutors and servants. As such, the city was a mixture of exciting and genuinely terrifying. Most of all, she worried about the looks people were giving her. Between her uniform and her staff, it was clear to anyone that she was a mage. That attracted suspicion, and she shared her worry with Siali. Would some people fear her?

“Some will.” Siali was blunt but not hurtful. “But they won’t hurt you.”

Cordelia nodded. It was a bitter truth, but one worth hearing. "I do not blame them," she said. "Magic is dangerous. But I do hope they can accept my being here, as long or as short as that might be. Likewise for yourself; I should like us to become good comrades."

That meant activities and bonding. Cordelia was no expert on soldierly jocularity but she suspected that a relaxing day at the market and food stalls would go a long way to establishing a connection to her fellow Warden. True, they were not much alike but Siali still seemed a reliable sort worth befriending. Experienced, confident, knowledgeable. For now that meant knowing exactly the right stall to go to in order to grab street food. Cordelia suppressed her sense of mischief as Siali spoke with a tired looking elf and then returned with knotted bread. It somehow left like she was breaking a rule, eating such casual food. If only her mother could see her now...

“Here. These were my favourites, as a kid.” Siali offered her the bread, which Cordelia took happily. “My parents used to buy me one every time I won a fight.”

"I never received treats," she said carefully. "Unless a pony counts as treat, which I rather think it doesn't."

Cordelia took a curious bite of the bread and smiled at the warmth that followed. There were sweet touches to it, a hint of cinnamon and some sugar that did not overpower the hearty taste of the bread itself. It was good, unlike anything that Cordelia had ever really eaten. She took a moment to merely enjoy it, savoring the taste of both the bread itself and the small personal exploration it represented. Perhaps one day, she might be as city smart as she was book smart. A tall order, but sitting with a new friend and eating vendor food was a step down that path. A step towards something more worldly, which life in the Tower had denied. It left her with a question, however, which she posed to Siali.

"We've accomplished one city feat today,"
she began happily, taking another bite of her bread. "But I shan't think we'll stop at snacks. You've live here for some time. What is the something essential I should know about the city? I've spent my life away from these places; what is the one thing you believe I should know? What is the one thing you believe I should see?"
 

Siali Arnith

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#22
“I never received treats.” Cordelia had taken the bread with evident pleasure. No, Siali couldn’t imagine the templars were hot on rewarding mages for anything. “Unless a pony counts as a treat, which I rather think it doesn’t.”

Well, that was a sentence that finished like a smack to the head. Siali blinked at her, considered the generosity of the gift versus its practicality, then snorted. “Not unless you were really keen on them, and as far as I’m aware treats are less interesting if you have them around every day.” Had that been before she went to the Circle, then? Had to have been. Although she couldn’t imagine a mage trying to outrun the Circle on ponyback. They were reliable little plodders but not much for a flight.

At least this gift had been better received. Cordelia was smiling as she chewed the bread. Siali ate slowly as well. Even though she could buy these whenever she was at market now, she held herself back from the impulse, indulging only rarely. She didn’t want to lose her enjoyment of it, or of the fleeting memory it provided, one of few good ones from her childhood.

Of course, just eating a snack wasn’t enough to summarise a city, and Cordelia was eager to learn more. "We've accomplished one city feat today, but I shan't think we'll stop at snacks. You've live here for some time. What is the something essential I should know about the city? I've spent my life away from these places; what is the one thing you believe I should know? What is the one thing you believe I should see?"

Siali thought for a moment. Had she been her younger, more cynical self, she would have taken Cordelia to the alienage or the slums, to show her how many people in the city lived and struggled every day. And it was something the other woman would need to see at some point – painting everything all shiny wouldn’t benefit her at all in the long run.

“S’difficult to pick one thing. The market’s where you can see who comes to Denerim, the taverns’re where you can learn more about them, the Fort’s where the Archdemon was slain.” She had a thought. “I reckon you’d like the Wonders of Thedas, if you’re not sick of magic stuff after all that time in the Circle. Lots of people go in there, not just mages and templars. There’s lots of clever mechanical things, and scrolls and such. Interested?”
 

Cordelia

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#23
Siali paused for a moment, taken aback at something which Cordelia said. Was the notion of a pony so outlandish? “Not unless you were really keen on them, and as far as I’m aware treats are less interesting if you have them around every day.”

Cordelia nods, shifting on her feet and thinking back wistfully to her time with her family, before the Templars came. "It was a practical matter," the young mage explained, not even a hint of play in her voice. "Were I to be Arlessa, riding would be an essential skill. Learning from a young age was only sensible. No different than learning Orlesian." She paused. "Biscuit was a wonderful pony though..."

That was the past. The present was more exciting. Denerim's streets and corners held the potentiality for all sorts of adventure and new experiences. Loathe as Cordelia was to wander such foul smelling streets, every other part of her was eager to explore. Years of being cooped up in the Circle tower left her spirit yearning for fulfillment that it seemed likely a simple stroll would not fix. Still, she was eager to see whatever she might. Siali was a fair guide, taking a moment to consider what it was that Cordelia needed to see

“S’difficult to pick one thing," the elf admitted. Cordelia worried that her chaperone was not up to the task, but listened eagerly. "The market’s where you can see who comes to Denerim, the taverns’re where you can learn more about them, the Fort’s where the Archdemon was slain.” She paused. “I reckon you’d like the Wonders of Thedas, if you’re not sick of magic stuff after all that time in the Circle. Lots of people go in there, not just mages and templars. There’s lots of clever mechanical things, and scrolls and such. Interested?”

Cordelia beamed. A shop of books and curios, speaking to magic and perhaps the wider world? She could not have dreamt up a more perfect place for her to patronize. She nodded. "Indeed, I am very," she said. "We shall proceed there and perhaps I will even find a new book! Then, I rather think I'd like to learn more about you and your people."

She paused. "This is fun, but it is a chance to understand a world I've not truly seen until now," she admitted. "And if we somehow stumble upon some more sweets along the way, I shan't complain."
 
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