Follow The Fish

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March 18, 2015: Ulani goes looking for "Where The Dragon Suns Itself" and meets more than she anticipated

The Atlantic Ocean


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Rowan is headed for Atlantis. Or Poseidonis as Namor calls it. Namor. He was amused to learn that the Prince of the Southern Tribe had applied for membership in some kind of surfacer League. Though he's not sure what kind of League. They have so many. Football. Baseball. Hockey. Major. Bowling. Justice League sounds like perhaps they're all lawyers or judges. He's not sure. He'll figure it out later. Right now he's daring his first serious trip below the waves in quite some time and now approaching the city and the palace.

In Dragon form. He's faster like that.


After the council meeting, Ulani headed straight back out, aiming for New York to find where the 'Dragon Suns Himself'. She's vaguely aware of the League but her thoughts may reflect Rowans just less 'formed'. Hydraporting into Rowans general vicinity, dark hair streaming behind her, Ulani's still heading towards NYC.


There is no doubt that the moment Atlantis' sentries notice the Dragon approaching the city, and notice is sent back at the speed of thought. Thus, and ONLY because Arthur is currently asleep and surrounded by guards that she herself vetted as well as Vulko himself, Mera swims out to meet Rowan before he has to get too far into the city proper. The general citizenry is still a bit … skittish of late. Maybe it's a good thing they had not seen the other individual just appear there. ~ Rowan. You should have let me know you were arriving. ~ Her thoughts aimed at the dimensionally-displaced Blue are more concerned than scolding.


The big reptile stops when he sees Mera approaching. He's still a bit uncertain of his welcome in Atlantis. Particularly after having killed a number of their soldiers. He does know that he finds their endless sense of superiority and arrogance grating and he's pleased to see one of the three Atlanteans he can tolerate well. ~Queen Mera. My apologies, I did not want any message to be intercepted by… those who might feel unkindly toward me.~ The large lizard makes a passable impression of bowing in the water. One that may draw notice from further afield, as might the deep, resonant thrum he makes in greeting.


Ulani has avoided Atlantis in her journey. The Blues have been ensuring they keep clear of the boundaries since The Incident.

Suddenly, she stops, an alert sounding on a device located in a device curving around her right ear. Frowning, the Blue Envoy checks her right wrist and turns in Rowans, and Atlantis', direction. She's not moving as quickly, but quickly enough, she'll gain the boundaries of Atlantis very soon.


"The big reptile stops when he sees Mera approaching. He's still a bit uncertain of his welcome in Atlantis. Particularly after having killed a number of their soldiers. He does know that he finds their endless sense of superiority and arrogance grating and he's pleased to see one of the three Atlanteans he can tolerate well. ~Queen Mera. My apologies, I did not want any message to be intercepted by… those who might feel unkindly toward me.~ The large lizard makes a passable impression of bowing in the water. One that may draw notice from further afield, as might the deep, resonant thrum he makes in greeting.

Ulani has avoided Atlantis in her journey. The Blues have been ensuring they keep clear of the boundaries since The Incident.

Suddenly, she stops, an alert sounding on a device located in a device curving around her right ear. Frowning, the Blue Envoy checks her right wrist and turns in Rowans, and Atlantis', direction. She's not moving as quickly, but quickly enough, she'll gain the boundaries of Atlantis very soon."


Mera looks at Rowan in open curiosity, her head tilted slightly to one side. ~ What news do you have? ~ She's hoping it's good news. She's had enough bad news for the next several years.


~I contacted the Blue. They were not… immediately hostile. It went well considering.~ The big reptile resolves into a smaller form. One that may be more familiar to Ulani. And very familiar to Mera. "Wait. Did you hear something?"


Ulani is faced with a quandry as she closes on the Alantean borders… She knows the one she seeks is within but diplomacy insists she not cross.

Pausing just on the borders of Atlantis, the Envoy frowns to herself before calling on her innate abilities to shape water into a stylised a fish form. It takes a few minutes for the form to complete, but when it is, Ulani sends it forth, across the Atlantean border.

The control of the fish form, takes most of her attention… if anything hostile comes, it come be bad for the woman.


Mera goes on alert the moment Rowan asks if she heard something. She practically causes the water around her to bristle the way she did at Namor's troops. "Hear what?" That's when she notices the fish shape made from cohesive water and promptly creates a 'cage' around it.


Rowan looks over. "Blue." He murmurs. He's not sure if Mera's ever seen an Elite in water form. He's quite pleased to see Ulani though. "Someone's just outside the border it seems." He murmurs and turns to go that way, inclining his head to the queen. "Shall we say hello?"


The fish shape beats against Mera's cage, in the direction of the Atlantean border and Ulani.

At the border, Ulani floats in the water… guiding the Atlantean monarch and Rowan to her…


Mera looks from Rowan to the cohesive water fish and back, then nods for him to lead the way, keeping the cage around the fish.


Rowan swims a little faster when a figure comes into view. ~Ulani. She's a Blue… agent of some kind. I notice she's conspicuously outside your border.~ He thinks to the sea queen as he speeds on. "Ulani!" Once they're within hailing distance Rowan isn't shy about calling out.


Ulani's fish construct dissipates as Rowan comes into view. "Blue Warrior" the Envoy inclines her head to the pair "Your Majesty, I am Ulani, Envoy to the Blue." Floating in the water, outside Atlantean borders, the woman holds her hands down by her side, palm out.


Mera stops just inside the border, the cage dissipating just after the fish does. "Envoy to the Blue. And yet you approach alone. Are you not Kraye's successor, then?" She watches the unfamiliar Blue intently.


Rowan has no idea of the inns and outs of Blue politics. It might be a good idea for him to learn at some point but thus far there hasn't been any opportunity. He simply peers at the Blue Envoy. "This is not, I take it, an official mission to the Atlantean government."


Ulani bows to the Monarch and the Blue Warrior "No Blue Warrior, this is not to the Atlantean Government, I came looking for you."


"Me?" Rowan quirks an eyebrow and looks over to May. "Well. I must say that was much quicker than I was expecting. May I present to you Queen Mera of Atlantis." This would be Arthur's wife. And not the Arthur who has a round table. Though come to think of it he has no idea what kind of table King Arthur has. Maybe it is round. Well… either way…


Mera nods to Ulani politely, even though the female Blue addressed her as Majesty before Rowan introduced her. She does look at Rowan again when Ulani admits that he's the one she was seeking out. Is that possibly a hint of amusement comjng across telepathically?


Taking a deep ''breath'' and floating back from the border, the Blue Warrior looks to the Queen of Atlantis. "My apologies for my intrusion, Your Majesty. It was not my intent to interrupt your business." beat "I am Ulani, Envoy to the Blue Government. My honour in meeting you." The Blue bows from waist, her respect evident.

Looking to Rowan, her stoic mask in place, Ulani bows again "Greetings, Dragon Blue, I was enroute to the place where the 'Dragon suns himself' to speak with you further."


"Ah." Mera knows where that is. The Harbor. There's a rock out on one of the ends of it that's hard to get to. He lays there sometimes. Folks photograph him. He doesn't generally mind. "May I ask what about? I do not think the Queen will object if we speak of this before her, do you Mera?"


Mera shakes her head no. "I do not mind. Though I find myself curious about this place that has been mentioned. 'Where the Dragon suns himself?'"


Bowing deeply, Ulani regards Rowan and then Queen Mera. It takes many long minutes before the Blue Envoy can 'voice' any concerns. "My government simply wishes to know more about Rowan," Ulani addresses Mera directly "And determine friend or foe."


"It's the rock where I lay sometimes." Rowan explains. At the end of the harbor. It's one of the reasons at least there he can fly about and not have the police and the national guard called. Folks know that there is a dragon and that he doesn't hurt anything. They haven't connected that dragon to the Blue just because… well there's no real way to. "What is it our people wish to know?"


"Ah." Mera knows where that is. The Harbor. There's a rock out on one of the ends of it that's hard to get to. He lays there sometimes. Folks photograph him. He doesn't generally mind. "May I ask what about? I do not think the Queen will object if we speak of this before her, do you Mera?"

Mera shakes her head no. "I do not mind. Though I find myself curious about this place that has been mentioned. 'Where the Dragon suns himself?'"

Bowing deeply, Ulani regards Rowan and then Queen Mera. It takes many long minutes before the Blue Envoy can 'voice' any concerns. "My government simply wishes to know more about Rowan," Ulani addresses Mera directly "And determine friend or foe."

"It's the rock where I lay sometimes." Rowan explains. At the end of the harbor. It's one of the reasons at least there he can fly about and not have the police and the national guard called. Folks know that there is a dragon and that he doesn't hurt anything. They haven't connected that dragon to the Blue just because… well there's no real way to. "What is it our people wish to know?"


Mera ohs faintly and nods at Rowan's explanation about his chosen basking rock. To Ulani she offers, "He has proven himself friend to my husband, but I know that you need more direct proof for yourself." Character reference, maybe?


Noting that Rowan uses the term 'our', faint smile lines appear around Ulani's eyes, even as a slightly droll smile graces her lips and she nods to Mera. "Just so, your majesty." Casting a glance to Rowan and then back to Mera, the Envoy considers her next words "That, in itself speaks volume, but" deep breath, exhaled slowly "do you believe he is of the Blue and from a different world?"

Turning to Rowan, Ulani inclines her head "My apologies, Warrior, for the line of questioning." He's struck her as the type who should understand the need for caution.


Rowan nods and crosses his arms. He'll listen. It's important that Ulani pursue lines of questoning like this because there's a great deal about him that's odd. His nature and the tech and magic behind it is advanced. Almost one of a kind. Well actually literally one of a kind on his world.


"I do, yes," Mera tells Ulani. He knows details about Atlantis that, well, to be honest, have never happened but that reveal details no one from this version of earth could possibly know. And after considering that, Mera didn't really think too deeply on the whole Blue part of the equation.


"My thanks, your highness" Ulani bows again and turns to regard Rowan. "A recommendation from an Atlantean monarch, may go some way to allaying my governments concerns." Or it may not, whose to say he isn't being positioned as an Atlantean asset… but this approach to it would be highly unusual.

Blowing out a deep breath, the Blue female considers Rowan "Tell me about yourself, why you are different." she pauses, weighing her next words "You don't appear to have the usual Blue traits." An apologetic look accompanies that request.


"I have a genetic… anomaly. A defect. It's rare, among our people, but quite natural. One in a million. I was born without our people's common ability. In a nation at war this made me a liability." Rowan glances over to Mera. He's told her some of this story already, but perhaps not in full.

"When I came of age I consented to undergo a radical experimental proceedure that would have robbed anyone else the ability to manipulatate water. I had no such ability, and so nothing to lose. I was a cripple already. The results were what you have witnessed already." And Mera has seen several times.

~Thank you, Mera, for saying that.~


Mera nods to Rowan when he glances her way. It's both an acknowledgement of the displaced Blue's thoughts sent toward her as well as support for whatever he chooses to tell Ulani. Of course, she is now hearing details of Rowan's past he's not shared with her before, and she does her best to keep her expression looking calm and uninterested. As if she'd already heard all of this before.


Ulani listens carefully to the story. "Why would you consent to the procedure?" she may actually understand it, but would like to hear his reasons from him. The Atlantean monarch gets a small smile "My thanks, Queen Mera, for allowing me this time."


"I could not fight otherwise. I was a liability on the field and at home." Rowan's really saying he was useless. In a society consumed by war, the only value to anything is what it can contribute to the war effort. The proceedure was is only chance to be of any value at all, well, beyond a purely administrative one. But even then, life without the Blue's ability to manipulate water is difficult. They use it in everything from getting around to fighting. "There was, it seemed at the time, no real option."

Rowan glances to mera again to see what she thinks.


Mera is more than aware of Atlantean citizens whose abilites are very weak to the point of being essentially powerless. That might have been detrimental where Rowan came from, but here it is simply well within the range of Atlantean tolerance. "Do you regret your decision, Rowan?"


Ulani cants her head at Mera's question, a small nod of acknowledgement given to the other woman. Waiting till Rowan answers Mera's question, the Envoy looks intently at him. She's not grown up in a time of war, the Blue for all their secrecy or perhaps because of it, have not experienced anything like what Rowan had previously mentioned.

Returning her attention to Queen Mera, Ulani allows a small frown to crease her brow "With all that has happened recently, you trust him?" Perhaps that is more of a statement, than a question. A monarch, unprotected, with a dimensionally displaced Warrior and an unknown Envoy, not in the heart of her city…


Mera is, in fact, one of the more dangerous beings Rowan has ever known in any dimension. Still it is something of a statement of trust that she is here. Or is it a statement of mistrust in her own kind. Not trusting them to handle this appropriately. Rowan isn't sure he would. "I regret that it was necessary. The world that made it so was an awful one by any standard. But I do not regret the choice itself."


"With all of the recent events, I find myself trusting Rowan even more." She doesn't elaborate on why that is. It is, and that should be enough.


Schooling her face into impassivity, Ulani works to hide the shock she experiences at Mera's answer. "I see." Interesting. Rowans response has the Envoy considering him even more closely "You regret it was necessary, not that you did it. An interesting response. You disagree with war or was it something else?"


"To the best of my knowledge this world has never seen a war like the one on mine, so I'm not sure if either of you will understand this, but I shall try to explain…" Rowan says rather somberly. "No soldier enjoys war. War is an awful, terrifying, heart breaking thing. The one on my world consumed everything. There was nothing outside it. All was done with thought toward the war. I regret that it came to be that way, but since it was I cannot regret doing what I had to in order to safeguard my people."


Mera can only nod her agreement with Rowan's words. She might not have seen that lwvel of warfare, but she was raised on violence for the express purpose of visiting violence upon others. It was a relief that she did not even feel at first to have that cycle of violence broken, and here Rowan is saying that entire generations of undersea folk were raised with that mindset. Truly unsettling.


Ulani also nods at Rowans words. "You show great compassion, Blue Warrior. It must have been very hard to live like that."

"I would like to speak further, Rowan. Of yourself and this Aspen you told me of. When I am satisfied I have a better understanding, I will report my findings to my superiors." Ulani regards the Blue calmly "Is this acceptable to you? If it is, I will meet you on the sunrise."

Turning to Mera, Ulani bows once again "Queen Mera, it has been my pleasure, thank you for your time."


"Yes, quite acceptable." Rowan nods. Ulani seems like she's on her way out. "Will you be… coming to the Surface anytime soon your Majesty?"


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