14th Feb 2015, 4:34 AM in The Rite of Serfdom

Red onion!

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Red onion!
[[Abúi talks to P'Séaigg on a crystal ball while Brakeburn is tattooing her]] / Abúi: P'Séaigg, can it wait? I'm kind of tied up rightn-OW! Careful, you oaf! ...No, not you! Brakeburn! He is poking me with a - well, HAR, HAR! I just might let him if you keep going on like - OW! ...Okayy, what do you want? Really? Sigh... I'm on my way.
[[At the Transporter, Norla quarrels with one of the ritual priests]] / Norla: Don't tell me what the Constitution does or doesn't say! I helped write it? / Priest: Suuure you did!
[[Isolde enters and presents her card]] / Isolde: Isolde Shieldbiter, Shieldbiter, Shieldbiter and O'Hanrahan! The lady is correct!
Isolde: The person you're talking to is a veteran of the Contention Wars with four Red Onions*), and a Founder of the Republic. Stop treating her like a fresh-faced initiate!
Wythllew: Just a dash of magery would fix all! / Ottar: Think not on't! / Priest: She still doesn't have the right to endanger my staff with her reckless handling of Waylay Dust!
{{*) Red Onion: An award given for extraordinary accomplishment in the Elven Underground during the Contention Wars. Because the Underground had a habit of dressing up as French onion-sellers, the Onion was a decoration that people could wear inconspicuously, or at least as inconspicuously as any French onion-seller could be in a society where both trade in agricultural produce and the wearing of any clothing at all were rare.}}
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Reinder Dijkhuis 14th Feb 2015, 4:34 AM edit delete
Reinder Dijkhuis
*) Red Onion: An award given for extraordinary accomplishment in the Elven Underground during the Contention Wars. Because the Underground had a habit of dressing up as French onion-sellers, the Onion was a decoration that people could wear inconspicuously, or at least as inconspicuously as any French onion-seller could be in a society where both trade in agricultural produce and the wearing of any clothing at all were rare.

Originally published on May 28, 2004.