The Golden Law had another one of those Court of Honour things on Monday evening. I was out hunting, so wasn’t able to make it, unfortunately. Still, heard some of what was going on from the others in the Sigil who did manage to make it out there. Turns out Ennalor’s got himself some plans. From Agnes was saying, they’re talking about launching some kind of crusade. Not too big a deal in itself, but I guess the slightly worrying thing is who it’s meant to be against, that being nobody in particular. Far as I can tell, they’ll be going after anybody or anything that they wind up deeming to be evil. Can’t see that going all that well…I mean, I doubt they’re all that likely to find themselves going down the same path as the Scarlets or anything like that, but the issue’s that there are a lot of evil things out there in the world. Lot more than one group can really hope to take on, even if we and I guess their other allies wind up helping them out with it. Probably more to it than what I’ve heard, but it sounded to me a little as if they’re looking to just throw themselves at any threat that pops up anywhere until there aren’t any of them left over. They’ve come pretty close to doing that before, some of those days we had the ship filled up with their wounded, and that was before they decided to take on the abstract concept of evil. Bound to wind up having a few more threats pop up than already exist following that strategy, is the other thing. Know they’re bound to have the best of intentions, but still…doesn’t seem all that smart to me. Just have to hope it’s only them that wind up getting hurt if things don’t work out. Guess I’ll have to order in some extra medical supplies for when that happens. Yueqin did come by the ship, actually, dropped some off, so I figure those’ll help if things turn pear shaped sooner rather than later.
Main event for my evening was the tattoo. Wound up meeting Lumenar down at the ship. Just gave her the design, sat down and we got started. Stung a little, but I’ve had plenty worse over the course of my life. Not sure the shoulder’s all that sensitive, anyway. Didn’t take her all that long. Would’ve been…what, couple of hours maybe, maybe a little less? Lot less time than I’d been expecting, but she did work pretty quickly. Probably quicker than most. Guess she’s got a lot of experience. Work didn’t suffer for how quickly she got it done, at least not as far as I could tell. Looking at it afterwards, looked pretty close to the design I wound up picking out. Matthes and Sarah seemed to approve when they had a look at it, so I’ll take that as a good sign. Wouldn’t want it looking rough, not if I’m gonna have it there the rest of my life…guess I could wind up losing it at some stage, like the way Matthes apparently lost the two he had, but I’m not sure that’d necessarily be all that pleasant of an experience. Didn’t go into detail, but I think he said something about them being cut off. Not something I think I’d want to go through. Anyway, like I said, I’m happy with the work Lumenar did, and with the design I wound up picking. Only thing now’s to take proper care of it, keep applying the salves, make sure not to cover it up any more than I have to, at least for the first week or so. Should be good to get back to usual clothing by the weekend, from what she said. ‘Til then, happy enough with the outcome that I don’t think I’ll mind showing it off a little.
Lumenar was pretty focused on her work while I was getting it done, but talked to a couple of other people. Like I said, Sarah was there. Wearing her father’s armour, so I take that to mean that she was busy with her trials and that this one she’s just gotten finished is the last. If that’s the case, guess it’d make her a proper vindicator now, same as Tolen and Danuld. Wonder if there are gonna be any changes in her demeanour on account of it…didn’t notice any when I was talking to her, ‘part from the fact that she turned down cake or any other kind of celebration, but I guess that could be more because she’s not wanting to risk not fitting into the new armour than anything else. Guess she might have something planned to celebrate, something traditional. Still a lot I don’t know about vindicators. Still seemed reasonably social, at least. Heard about the tattoos Matthes used to have before the two of them wandered off for the night. Had two tusks, one on each of his forearms. Story that inspired them was that his great grandfather once hunted this giant troll up in the mountains, turned its bones into a chair and had the tusks as the armrests. Idea of the tattoos was that they were meant to look a little like the arms rests if you held them right. Shame they’re not around anymore. Anyway, that was about it, at least until they were getting ready to head off. As they were leaving, mustered up the courage to ask if they could swing by the cottage some time, pay Gloria another visit. Still not thinking about having kids of their own any time soon, at least from what they said, but I guess she really won them over that one time. Not surprising, how cute she can be at times. Don’t mind them dropping by myself. Like I said to them, door’s always open to friends, ‘specially ones who’ve been gone as long as they have.