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    Essek ventures into the dark depths of the mysterious Aeor with his friends, the Mighty Nein, but when a battle comes to a head and Essek makes a choice it throws his life into chaos and he struggles to right it. Everything is the same and different, his knowledge and actions are questioned and tested and Essek comes to some very startling realisations along the way.

    A multi-chaptered fic answering all of the Essek Week 2021 prompts, join Essek on a journey unlike anything he has experienced as he attempts to make good on a rare opportunity afforded no one else.

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    Essek doesn’t process it at first. It’s not until hours later as they sit recovering in Caduceus’ family home, gathered around a large natural oak table in the kitchen of the Blooming Grove, that it begins to hit him. 

     Jester had died.

     Caleb had died.

     ---

    A speculative exploration of how Essek might cope with the events of Episode 140. Pure Hurt/Comfort.

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    Final Day Prompt for Essek Week 2021 - Free Day and Day 2 of Shadowgast Week 2021 - Shared Fears

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    1/1
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    50
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    593
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    89
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    3018
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    Essek discovers that Jester either texts in all capitals, or completely ignores them. There’s no inbetween. He also discovers that there are 238 notifications in the Mighty Nein group chat that he had recently been added to in much pomp and circumstance that he still didn’t really understand. A final discovery is that the celebration of birthdays is a sacred tradition for the Mighty Nein and one he is going to be pulled in on regardless of his opinion on the fact.

    An exploration of tradition, culture, what is worth sacrificing in finding yourself and family.

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    English
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    30,648
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    9/9
    Comments:
    413
    Kudos:
    1194
    Bookmarks:
    255
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    11991
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    “It is just for warmth, Essek. You do not need to be embarrassed, ja?”

    He breathed out shakily. It was just for warmth. Just for warmth.

    He wasn’t sure he wanted it to be.

    -OR-

    Five times Essek and Caleb slept under the stars and one time they didn’t.

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    7/7
    Comments:
    84
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    617
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    69
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    5314
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    The last person Caleb Widogast, Professor of Modern History, expects to find as he walks in a random pub in a foreign city at the end of a long conference is Dr. Essek Thelyss, eminent Latinist and his sort-of intellectual crush.

    Things rapidly evolve from there, in rather unexpected ways.

    (Written for Essek Week 2021)

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    8/8
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    160
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    10092
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    Essek cocked his head slightly. “Is the one you call Master Ikithon a good keeper?”

    Caleb closed his eyes, his brow furrowing. Essek stroked his jaw lightly with his thumb.

    “Is he?” He whispered, ever so softly.

    “No,” the wizard choked out.

    Essek took one final step closer, his body mere inches from Caleb. “I could take care of you.”

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    2/2
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    Kudos:
    560
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    69
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    As he forces out a long, slow, steady stream of air, Caleb does the same, sitting in front of him, movements mirrored, and together they sit and patiently wait for Essek’s nerves to catch up with his lungs again. 

    Time and breath, time and breath, mingled together in the space between them. 

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    Day five prompts for Essek Week 2021 - breathe/eye contact

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    1/1
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    1
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    30
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    305
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    17
    Hits:
    1573
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    Friday, April 9th, Day Six: tower // fate

    Caduceus has a talk with Essek in the tower. Takes place right after breathe // eye contact (sometime after Eiselcross, but before they try to take down the Assembly).

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    Chapters:
    1/1
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    10
    Kudos:
    182
    Bookmarks:
    4
    Hits:
    1236
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    essek was taught that the luxon had connected soulmates with a glowing string. he didn't believe it at first, but meeting caleb widogast changed all that

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    1/1
    Comments:
    3
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    221
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    13
    Hits:
    1332
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    “They aren’t very nice to you, are they?” Lucien hummed, shaking his head. “Such a shame… I can be nice.”

    The tiefling's eyes flickered downwards and Essek felt his stomach flip.

    “Oh...”

    Lucien grinned, canines flashing sharply, and leaned forward slightly. “I can be very nice.”

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    1/1
    Comments:
    18
    Kudos:
    189
    Bookmarks:
    26
    Hits:
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    Essek is shown his guest room and takes in the decor Caleb had created. The 'Shadowhand' walls he tries to keep up come crashing down.

     

    Essek's POV, a missing scene from Episode 133 where we see Essek in his room. Somewhat spoilers for the episode.

    Also written for Essek Week prompts Stars and Tower.

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    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    13
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    226
    Bookmarks:
    13
    Hits:
    1330
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    When Essek's plan to double-cross the Cerberus Assembly fails, he finds himself a prisoner of the Scourgers.

    He also finds Bren.

    They make a deal - Essek's mind for Bren's body - and Essek realizes that maybe he has always been a little selfish, a little disloyal.

    Maybe he can teach Bren to be the same.

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    18,856
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    60
    Kudos:
    625
    Bookmarks:
    98
    Hits:
    6343
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    Essek takes a quiet moment in the tower.

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    1/1
    Comments:
    5
    Kudos:
    50
    Bookmarks:
    3
    Hits:
    273
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    When Essek joined the Mighty Nein, he didn't quite know what he signed up for. What he didn't expect was how they all would love him, in their own special ways.

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    7/7
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    18
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    385
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    27
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    3917
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    A series of oneshots and drabbles for the Essek Week 2021.

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    7,485
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    7/7
    Comments:
    2
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    51
    Bookmarks:
    6
    Hits:
    1230
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    A restful night is not had by all in the tower. Essek makes a choice, Fjord makes a decision. They both have to sit with it.

    written for essek week, day 6: tower

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    876
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    1/1
    Comments:
    2
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    70
    Bookmarks:
    6
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    321
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    Essek Week Day 6: Tower.

    Essek and Caleb are busy running an ever-growing academy. It should not come as a surprise that they forgot they were supposed to announce their engagement to their friends, or to actually plan their wedding.

    "I mentioned our engagement, and Beau seemed... surprised. Is she the only one you forgot to tell?"

    Caleb tries to turn around immediately, but Essek doesn't let him, softly makes him get back in place so he can continue braiding his hair. "We did not exactly have a traditional proposal," Caleb starts. "I kept thinking that I would tell them when we had a date, at least an approximate one, but then the talks about it stopped and I...worried you had changed your mind."

    Essek lets out a chuckle. Relieved, embarrassed. "I have been doing the same thing this entire evening."

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    1/1
    Comments:
    22
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    363
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    42
    Hits:
    1659
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    Thursday, April 8th, Day Five: breathe // eye contact

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    1,044
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    1/1
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    1
    Comments:
    14
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    224
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    6
    Hits:
    1791
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    it's the final battle against lucien and the tomb takers, and it's not going well. essek decides to put his borrowed time to use to ensure that the mighty nein makes it out alive, every last one of them

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    English
    Words:
    814
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    2
    Kudos:
    64
    Bookmarks:
    3
    Hits:
    546
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    Sometime in the future, Essek takes a look into a different past.

    For Essek Week 2021 Day Four: guilt // family

    Series
    Language:
    English
    Words:
    854
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    6
    Kudos:
    62
    Bookmarks:
    2
    Hits:
    549

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