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Discussion in 'Elysium' started by Jasnah Kholin, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. Jasnah Kholin

    Jasnah Kholin The Stormlight Archive

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    SEPTEMBER 27TH, YEAR 108
    @Akane Kurashiki
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    Traveling to Elysium had been more alarming an experience than Jasnah cared to admit out loud. Just the concept of settlements existing in space, and traveling there via translucent elevators and vehicles that didn’t need to touch the ground to move, had filled her with a mixed sense of awe and dread. Awe because it was truly amazing what people could accomplish with tools alone, and dread because space was large and vast and empty.

    Rationally, she knew her dread was because she lacked an understanding of space and all it entailed. Being from a world that had never known marvels like electricity, or the internet, or a number of other such innovations, made it difficult for her to come to terms with unfamiliar concepts. But she was confident that, just like all the other technological innovations she had come to learn and understand during the last year, she would soon come to understand and appreciate space.

    But until then, she would remain tense.

    Eventually, she was dropped off at Elysium. Alliance Square rose around her, with graceful spires and a sky that looked like the sky ought to, but was purely a fabrication. Jasnah’s gaze returned to her surroundings and she was soon pointed in the direction of the headquarters itself, checking the time of her pocket watch. She was a little early, but as she had no idea how long it would take her to find the offices she sought, she surmised she’d be on time.

    It wasn’t long before she was led to the offices of the Councillor of Science, one Akane Kurashiki, and asked to wait before Miss Kurashiki had wrapped up with her previous meeting. So Jasnah settled down in one of the chairs, smoothing out her skirts and folding her hands over her lap. Her mind swarming with thoughts that were more troubled than the vast, black emptiness she knew was just beyond the fake sky outside.
     
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  2. Akane Kurashiki

    Akane Kurashiki Zero Escape
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    It took what felt like forever for the concerned citizen to leave Akane’s office, after what felt like ten years of hearing some kind of plan about a convoluted hydration system for growing plants that stopped making sense about an hour in. She kept her cool, however, nodding at all the appropriate moments and accepting what felt like a ream of paper (definitely environment-conscious, this one) before he finally stood up and she showed him to the door.

    She didn’t even have time to heave a sigh of relief, however, as she noticed someone sitting outside - a dark-haired woman who sat there politely, but so had the man before her…

    Akane hoped this new visitor wouldn’t be nearly as obnoxious as she raised her voice. “Can I help you?” she asked, trying to sound as polite and unburdened as possible, reminding herself that she was going to help people in this job. Not necessarily every single person who came in with an outlandish proposal, but certainly some. This was what changing the world like a normal person looked like, she thought as she held out her hand for the woman to shake.


     
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    Jasnah Kholin The Stormlight Archive

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    Jasnah hadn’t been waiting long. But her thoughts had started to run ahead of her at such a hurried pace, she’d almost pulled a notebook out of her safepouch just to jot it all down. She raised an eyebrow before standing to her feet, Ivory — her spren, inky-black and humanoid in shape — having shrunk down to the size of a speck of dust as soon as they arrived at Elysium. He was invisible to the naked eye, but she knew he was there. It wasn’t often that he strayed from her side, not when he was as hungry for knowledge as she was.

    “We had an appointment together,” Jasnah reminded her, having learned enough in the last year to know that shaking hands was considered an appropriate greeting. She shook the woman’s hand with her right, her left hand — the safehand, in Vorin terms — covered by her longer sleeve and pressed against her side. “I’m Jasnah Kholin, the Head of the Scholars’ Coterie located in the Crystal Vales.”
     
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  4. Akane Kurashiki

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    Akane nodded at the mention of the appointment. It seemed like her days were mostly filled with them, but she hadn’t met this person yet, and quickly figured out why. Jasnah Kholin had been the unfamiliar name on the docket that morning, but she was a prominent figure in the Crystal Vales just as Akane was in Elysium.

    “It’s nice to meet you, Ms. Kholin,” Akane said, hoping the formal address was the correct response here. She hated being so formal all the time, but plenty of people seemed to expect it.

    She didn’t waste any time leading Jasnah back to her office and pulling out a chair for her at a wooden table, a nice one with plenty of space for a notebook or laptop or whatever she might want to take notes with. “I wondered what was going on in the Crystal Vales when I saw your name on my schedule this morning,” Akane said as she settled down with her half-full mug of tea from her previous meeting. “What can I do to help you?”

    It must be something important in order to justify the journey to literal space, but Akane was less than sure about the actual subject matter at hand. All she knew about the Crystal Vales was that it was extremely hard to get technology to work there because of some kind of pervasive magic in the air, but there was nothing she could do about that. Hopefully the problem would be a little more solvable… she tapped a pen against her notebook as she tried to think of what might be going on that would require her assistance.


     
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  5. Jasnah Kholin

    Jasnah Kholin The Stormlight Archive

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    One of Jasnah’s eyebrows rose. Although she knew who Kurashiki was — Jasnah wouldn’t have requested a meeting with her otherwise — she’d expected Kurashiki to introduce herself in turn. It was only proper, when Jasnah had done so earlier. Still, after all this time of living in a world as diverse as Pandora’s, Jasnah knew better than to assume what she considered rude was rude by others’ standards. So she remained silent as she followed Kurashiki into her office, re-evaluating her previous assessment when Kurashiki pulled out a chair for her.

    It was just minor differences in what they each considered proper, nothing more.

    Jasnah settled into the chair, crossing her hands on her lap. “Nothing of great import, I’m afraid.” She’d taken care to look into the comings and goings of the Crystal Vales when she’d first awakened there after the world’s end, for lack of a better term. Even if whatever history book she’d come across had been written in complete gibberish, much to her chagrin. She’d had to ask around to learn about recent events, but at least no one in Cascade Bay had thought much of her questions. Her reputation as a historian was considered common knowledge, but when history itself had been irrevocably altered...

    “As the Head of the Scholars’ Coterie, my specialty lies in history.” She didn’t know how close Ivory was anymore, not when he was no larger than a speck of dust, but she suspected he was somewhere close. “We don’t have many scientists in the Crystal Vales, but I’ve often found that science plays an integral role in the development of any society. How would you say it played a role in Elysium’s development?” A general enough question to start digging around, she judged.