OCC: Sorry... I was a little confused by your posting, Alexia.
Perhaps I should point out that my characters don't know a few things:
1) They don't know King Benu is dead, or that your town is gone. No one has told Klaatu. He wasn't affected by the mysterious metallic noisemakers that destroyed your people. That's why he asked if you would take him to the king of the Benauh elves. He could have asked Andimia, but it was much more ironic and poignant, I thought, if he accidentally asked the daughter of the slain to bring him to that village. Dramatic, or something. I guess it didn't work.
2) You referred to the King's daughter. I don't believe the subject of the King's daughter has come up to my guy. Klaatu probably knows the Benauh elf king had a daughter, but your character has not been formally introduced to mine at all, let alone as a Princess, and Klaatu didn't know your family well enough to recognize you as such. He does not know Benu is your father.
There are several races, and several kingdoms in the area. You came from one, Klaatu came from another, he worked for a third, and that was overrun by a fourth. Araith's character and possibly that of Ajax (someone you briefly introduced) represent others. Obviously, Kivval is another. There were more, including unidentified human armies, and a band of orcs. Two unidentified characters have just shown up... both wizards? Probably we will meet more races and states as we develop this thread. It's sort of like the United States, or Europe -- although with more orcs and sentient snakes!
So, my characters don't assume your character came from the Benauh elves unless you or Tethon tell him so. Now might be a good time to confide in him (hint, hint). After all, he has healed you twice, fed you, given you shelter, come to help you, and provided some small degree of friendship. It might be in character for you to reciprocate. But that's just how I think. Play it your way.
3) Obviously, I am waiting for someone
to tell Klaatu that King Benu is dead and his daughter, Alexia is in charge of the Benauh elves. Then Klaatu will cooperate with her to help obtain the Rod, as long as he believes he can borrow it to help cure his son. That's why I have played off the references you put into the story, and set up my own references as I have (such as to a legend that said "...the Leader of the Benauh Elves") etc. Klaatu only assumed that "Leader" meant "King". He's wrong. It really means "Princess"... Unless you decide to play off MY reference and introduce another twist, such as your long-lost uncle shows up and attempts to claim your throne and make himself Leader.
4) About writing conventions: Klaatu did not speak the word "diplomat" to your character. True, the word showed up in my last two postings, but that was just a third-party commentary of me as the writer. It was not Klaatu speaking to Alexia. I do much of my writing in third-party observer mode, just as I have seen many others in Strolen's Citadel write. I have tried to copy the conventions used by those I consider most skilled in this interactive style of story-telling.
I try to use italics in the manner that I have seen others using them in this posting... which is to indicate my character is "thinking"
, not speaking. I use carets "< and >"
with italics to indicate my character is "<squeaking>"
in his native language to other mole-people.
You may have noticed I try to be precise, so others may understand me. My grammar, spelling, and punctuation are usually quite good. Hopefully I will be able to continue without too many mistakes.
If I am unclear, (and this applies to any participant who is in this thread) please let me know and I am sure we can work out a system that is agreeable. Thanks for listening to all this.