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✧ THOTH
 Posted: Sep 2 2017, 01:55 AM
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Unknown • Egyptian Deity • Equilibrium • Egypt/Duat


Exactly who Tsar Lunar was became clear...and yet not. An individual who looked little older than a child toddled into the room; however, it was clear that the tsar was not a child. Despite the purity and innocence of his demeanor, he held himself in a way that only an adult- at least in name, no matter the age- would be able to. However, this also answered nothing about who the man was. Thoth knew nothing about this individual outside of a title that he could presume held a fair amount of importance. How much it held was hard to say. After all, he had known nothing about the Moon Clipper prior to this visit.

It was absolutely irritating. He had always been relatively...greedy when it came to knowledge. He liked knowing things and one of his greatest goals was to know everything. It was something that others would scoff at, but he cared little. To learn was, as far as he was concerned, a noble aspiration and something he was perfectly fine with wasting his life away doing. However, this attitude naturally meant that he was highly displeased at not knowing something.

It was unlikely that Khonsu knew this. Rather, he was probably trying to...tip to scales in his favor, so to speak, and not in the most subtle of ways. Whether he was at all successful with it he could hardly know. Still, irritation was hardly a reason to be rude, was it? Dipping into a respectful bow, he offered a greeting to the tsar. "Thank you for overseeing this game, Your Majesty." Probably a bit too formal, but he did not know the ways of the moon. Moreover, a thank you was at least one of the things he should be saying if Khonsu was going to drag royalty into this.

They had taken to their places. A withering look seemed to slip through the cracks of the politeness that Thoth had been directing towards the other deity? "Very well." He said. His gaze surveyed over the board. After a moment, he made his move.

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 Posted: Sep 17 2017, 06:24 PM
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10,000 • Rabbit • Knowledge • N/A


To Khonsu, it was simple. As a resident of the Clipper, he had the upper hand in this situation – Tsar Lunar the Eleventh was surely a fair and just Tsar, but no one was perfect. Tsar Lunar had come to be acquainted with him, knew him for he lived upon the Clipper – while Thoth was a stranger. A guest, a visitor…surely he would intend to be fair in his judgement, but he would give the advantage to Khonsu unknowingly. And he could tell that it bothered Thoth, the God of Magic was perturbed, he could see. But, he said nothing – after all, there was no valid accusation he could possibly make. The rosy Tsar had done nothing wrong, and nor had he.

The Tsar did not speak words in response, simply raising a hand to each cheek, shaking his head, his single hair bouncing as he seemed to bashfully reject such formalities. He truly was a child at heart, was he not? Innocent and pure, but all the same he held a wisdom that Khonsu dared not question. He did, though, catch the hostile glance he received from Thoth – one which he returned with the politest of smiles and a nod. Of course, they were goading and false in nature. He waited patiently, hands clasped in his lap, as the man thought upon his move, only shifting as he looked upon the board. His move….

”Tell me, why is it you try so hard? Are you so thirsty for power?” he asked, even as he made his own move. It was, of course, a part of his own tactic, one of distraction. His mind was sharp – even throughout conversation, he was oft able to tune out the words of others, focusing solely on his task at hand. Was the same true of Thoth?
you can count on me
You started sinking and it pulled you down It may be tough you've to get back up Because you know that life ain't over yet I'm here for you so don't forget You can count on me Cause’ I will carry you till you Carry on Anytime you need someone Somebody strong to lean on Well you can count on me To hold you till the healing is done And every time you fall apart Well you can hide here in my arms And you can count on me To hold you till that feeling is gone
~|love, libby

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 Posted: Sep 17 2017, 07:22 PM
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It appeared that he had been correct about his words being too formal. Nonetheless, he supposed that being too polite was better than being rude. People could become terribly delicate when placed in a position of where they thought someone was being rude to them. He had seen it more than once with a number of deities, as the lot could be terribly...sensitive.

Thankfully, the Tsar seemed to be less sensitive and more bashful. It was a far easier response to deal with, about as easy to deal with as Khonsu's rather disgusting behaviour. He was relatively sure that the other deity was up to something that went beyond trying to get favour. After all, revealing one's trump card early was a fairly poor move- not that it was a good move to begin with.

His eyes stayed upon the game. While they did not lift at Khonsu's words- he was a bit too focused for that, having such behaviour ingrained in him as the Scribe of the Gods- a visible shift in his body language could be seen. "Power?" He sounded genuinely confused and he trully was. Thoth saw little value in power. For most of his years, he had valued knowledge. Power...was useless. It corrupted men and felled kingdoms. A god was hardly immune.

Of course, he hardly had the best of intentions with this entire challenge, but he sought only to have Nut view him positively. Power had never quite come into his mind. The only reason he helped anyone was usually because he wished to have a positive relationship.

"Why would I want something so base?" His gaze shifted up slightly. "I only try hard because a lack of effort will leave Nut in the same position. That is unacceptable." His gaze shifted back to the board before he made another move.

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 Posted: Oct 14 2017, 11:20 PM
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10,000 • Rabbit • Knowledge • N/A


Base, he called it? How pretentious. Khonsu’s lips curled, though his attention remained in large part on the game. He maintained his focus – and did his best to appear amicable, though his jeering was meant to set the other off-kilter. He didn’t, though, want to gain any penalties from the Tsar for poor conduct – so he would have to be careful if his aim was to distract. Thoth was as masterful as he in the art of maintaining his focus…it would be difficult, yes, but doable. He could see Thoth set with his mind distracted.

But he found that answer to be so….laughable. Power, base? That was the true word of a scholar. But not of Thoth. He was no fool, the God was known to be more than what he showed upon the surface. There was something else, something that was not so pure of heart, which he wanted from this challenge. Just what was it? His gaze shifted to their scribe, the hare who was monitoring their game. He was smirking about something…not that Khonsu could allow himself to become distracted by their audience.

Khonsu clicked his tongue as he gazed back to the board. ”How thoughtful of you. Truly a paragon above us all.” He observed the board a moment more; if he played this game right, he could claim a victory without Thoth even realizing…it was a matter of feigning one strategy in order to play out another. He had not been beaten in this game; dear Thoth would not be the first to defeat him, surely. He made another move – one that would seem almost amateur, but it was the beginnings of a trap.
you can count on me
You started sinking and it pulled you down It may be tough you've to get back up Because you know that life ain't over yet I'm here for you so don't forget You can count on me Cause’ I will carry you till you Carry on Anytime you need someone Somebody strong to lean on Well you can count on me To hold you till the healing is done And every time you fall apart Well you can hide here in my arms And you can count on me To hold you till that feeling is gone
~|love, libby

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 Posted: Oct 15 2017, 07:34 AM
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Thoth had always been a paradox, whether Khonsu realized it or not. While it was no lie that the deity rarely acted true with most people, he rarely did so out of a sense of manipulation. He cared little about power, viewing it as needless. Rather, his attention was solely focused upon knowledge and wisdom, so much so that he had long ago become consumed by a desire to collect as much as he could. It leaked into his behavior. He was not a person of pure heart. If anything, he was quite haughty and foolish- a truely unpleasant person. Yet, he acted kind for others because he knew that enemies were poor and favors were better. Why purposely collect enemies when you could avoid it? It certainly helped his own goals.

A person who only sought power...such a being would never have caught the eye of Ma'at. Indeed, Khonsu seemed to have forgotten the smaller details about Thoth. He was not just a deity of great power who seemed unusually willing to help others. He was also the God of Knowledge and spouse of the personification of Ma'at.

There had been a reason that Thoth had told the Moon Rabbit that he would win, despite how arrogant the statement had seemed. He had held a fair idea that Khonsu had a better idea of his weaknesses than his strengths. While such an attitude created caution, it could also create arrogance and cause one to overlook things.

His gaze shifted to Khonsu more fully, raising an eyebrow. "How highly you think of a mere scribe," he mused. Of course, he was a bit more than that, but at the end of the day people usually only remembered him for his writing.

For a long moment, he stared at the board. What was before him was something different than typical Egyptian games. The Egyptians tended to enjoy their luck. If anything, it was more along the lines of what the Romans or Greeks enjoyed dabbling in- games of skill and practice. His lips curved upwards at the thought.

After a moment, he made up his mind. It would be foolish to presume that Khonsu had no plan. However, acting in a reactive manner seemed foolish. He would need to turn the tables. Making his next move, he seemed to have ignored the fact that Khonsu had moved at all.

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 Posted: Oct 27 2017, 01:22 AM
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10,000 • Rabbit • Knowledge • N/A


A “mere scribe”, he said? The little trickster was pulling his leg. Khonsu scoffed, shaking his head as a small smirk flitted upon his lips. ”And you think so little of yourself.” he retorted, his tone in jest; after all, in truth, he did think more lowly of Thoth than himself – particularly for this brashness of his. To challenge Khonsu in such a manner was surely a laugh – but ever more it was unnatural, it was bizarre. And Khonsu did not like bizarre things. He turned his gaze upon the Moon Man, smiling as the young lad chuckled in his own response.

He had to wonder what the little Man in the Moon was thinking.

Khonsu watched as the next move was made – seemingly ignoring his own move. It was as though they were playing on entirely different boards, each attempting vastly different strategies. Both were playing on the offensive, or so it appeared, which meant that as their approaches were so vastly different…neither would succeed in trapping the other. Khonsu chortled, drawing at his next piece. ”You sure you want to make a move like that? It’s so out of left field….I’ll even allow you to change your move without penalty!”

Regardless of the response, he knew where his next piece would go. He would remain with his intended path as before, forming a trap that would limit Thoth’s maneuverability. Early in the game it would not be clear…but later on, he would begin to suffer for ignoring his moves.
you can count on me
You started sinking and it pulled you down It may be tough you've to get back up Because you know that life ain't over yet I'm here for you so don't forget You can count on me Cause’ I will carry you till you Carry on Anytime you need someone Somebody strong to lean on Well you can count on me To hold you till the healing is done And every time you fall apart Well you can hide here in my arms And you can count on me To hold you till that feeling is gone
~|love, libby

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 Posted: Oct 28 2017, 08:06 PM
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Thoth said nothing in response to Khonsu's retort. Instead, an amused smile played across his face. Thought little of himself, did he? It was a statement that Thoth might have thought true were it not for the fact that he knew himself well. He knew not only who he was, but also his flaws and weaknesses- or at least many of them. It was why he tended to try and hide the latter. He knew quite well that his being was not one that most would take well to.

He rose an eyebrow at Khonsu's words, a small frown playing across his face. He already knew quite well that the deity had a fair amount of flaws, arrogance being one of them. However, it was quite foolish to make such an offer and not because of the abuse that it might offer.

"Ah," he said, frowning slightly, "You will regret your pride, Khonsu." It was a trait fairly common among the powerful and often led to downfalls. He did have to wonder if Ra possessed such a pride as well. After all, the deity had passed the decree he had in regards to Nut for the most foolish of reasons. It was most irksome that he had to play games with Khonsu, the only deity within their pantheon whose light was more powerful than Ra's, to help Nut.

They had only agreed to one game. However, a prideful man would not be able to deal with a loss. Khonsu could try to avoid it, but as long as he won this game he was sure that he would be able to gather what he needed.

His gaze drifted towards the board and he made his next move. "Ma'at is doing well." It was an abrupt change, one which seemed to come out of nowhere. However, it was a more amicable subject as far as Thoth was concerned. After all, the woman technically was one of the few things they had in common, being Khonsu's sibling and Thoth's wife.

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 Posted: Nov 16 2017, 11:37 PM
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Regret his pride….?

His pride gave him his strength. Pride was what gave him power to move ahead, to sit where he did, crowned with the magic he held at his fingertips. He had power to surpass all, a blinding light that could not be matched, and Thoth would have him bow with humility? That was to allow himself to be walked upon. No…he gained strength from his mind, he was powerful because of his pride. Thoth was an idealistic child and a fool.

A fool who would soon lose.

He was moderately surprised to hear mention of Ma’at, hesitating in his thoughts for only a moment. He found himself smiling, shaking his head. Ah, Thoth…attempting to use his quick tongue to diffuse tensions. In the end, it was perhaps for the better. ”Of that I am glad to hear. For all that I think of you in this moment, and the fool rashness of your actions for a reason I simply cannot fathom…” He shook his head. ”It gladdens me that she takes well to your care. Does she speak of me much? Am I missed, or…” Another wry smile as he made his move. ”has your cleverness entertained her so much that I am forgotten?”

Despite his words, they were spoken wholly in jest. He would not be spiteful where Ma’at was concerned.
you can count on me
You started sinking and it pulled you down It may be tough you've to get back up Because you know that life ain't over yet I'm here for you so don't forget You can count on me Cause’ I will carry you till you Carry on Anytime you need someone Somebody strong to lean on Well you can count on me To hold you till the healing is done And every time you fall apart Well you can hide here in my arms And you can count on me To hold you till that feeling is gone
~|love, libby

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 Posted: Nov 17 2017, 06:25 AM
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Khonsu did not reply to his comment on pride, but he did not need to. Silence was often louder than words and in the lunar deity's case it was clear that he likely did not agree. The line between pride and confidence was thin, but Khonsu crossed it. It would inevitably be his downfall, bringing about a loss so great that Thoth would leave with what he wished.

Perhaps it was arrogance to think so, but time often punished those who were unable to see their own faults and stood above their own lot in life. It was, in his own view, more wisdom than arrogance to see that his brother-in-law's fatal law would be his downfall in this game of their's.

Still, he would allow that lesson to be learned rather than explained.

Thoth merely offered a quiet smile. "Rash, hm? Is that because of my actions in regards to Ra's ruling or another matter completely?" There was little reason to explain the former. Anyone within their pantheon knew quite well that Ra had not taken...well, to put it lightly, to Nut's pregnancy. The reaction was one that Thoth hardly agreed with, seeing it short-sighted and in poor form for a ruler. However, his actions were less a rebellion against them and more a correction.

He hummed, musing over the query for a brief moment. "She remembers you as well as she remembers each of her kin. However, her attention is turned towards the world of man and its fallacies far more than it focuses upon any deity."

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