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    It is a year after his death that Wei Ying reforms.

    It is not a sudden thing, nor is it slow. He doesn’t wake so much as stretch, as if from a nightmare, caught in the last grasp of it like a fish on a hook, struggling but made docile by the pain.

    The tattered edges of his soul slide back together, but it is not an easy thing. Where once they fit, if somewhat haphazardly, they are now frayed and ragged; ill kept. He is corpse cloth, left unburied and forgotten.

    The crows watch as he pulls himself, stitch by stitch, back together. It is a painful process, not healing so much as a reforging, like the reforging of an old pot, or the process in which he took a blackened sword and dreamed his seal out of it. He must layer the broken edges of himself over each other, weld them together so that the seams stay strong, a patchwork of memories and feelings and instincts.

    It is, it must be said, not a voluntary thing.

    Death rarely is.

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    03 Oct 2022

  2. Rec 32

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    "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman in possession of a prodigious magical talent, must be in want of a husband."

    In a world vaguely reminiscent of our own early 1800s, failed artist in residence Nancy Crane is recalled from her position at a finishing school in order to confront the engagement between her younger sister Alice, a soon to be acclaimed magician, and an ambitious baronet, Sir Thomas May. Suspicious of May’s motives and faced with whispers that he and a fringe group of rebels are plotting to overthrow the Princess Regent in favor of her dastardly nephew, Nancy attempts to uncover the truth about Sir Thomas and protect her family from both the vicious gossip of the Ton and sinister sorceries.

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    01 Oct 2022

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    ANBU Team Red and ANBU Wolf are unleashed on Kumo after the Third Shinobi War.

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    22 Sep 2022

  4. Rec 88

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    (Or, notes on the difficulty for political historians to find the records they are used to having for their favoured historical coup-throwers. Why did Shikako Nara have to be a shinobi, again?)

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    Sasuke has a lot of experience with Shikako's plans. Sometimes though, Shikako's solutions are still just Shikako things to him.

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    20 Sep 2022