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stardusted-bookworm · a day ago
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40 and Luc and Essek platonic ship? I just think their reactions would be hilarious and/or cute
Amber Rings
Pairing: Essek & Luc
40: tummy kisses
A/N: I know this probably isn't what you wanted, op, but I literally could not think of anything for this pairing in this specific circumstance. I hope you still like it!
Essek took a deep breath, more nervous than he had ever been before. More nervous than when he had stolen the beacons right under the Dynasty's nose. He felt as if he were staring into the jaws of death itself.
He shook himself. He was being ridiculous. And every second he was late would just make it worse for him.
Steeling his nerves, he knocked on the Brenattos' door. Immediately, the door swung open to reveal a ginger wizard. Oh thank the Light! Essek didn't know if he'd have been ready to see Veth first.
"Caleb." Essek hoped his nerves were being translated through that one word.
Caleb Widogast's eyes softened. He leaned in and kissed the corner of Essek's mouth. "Hullo, Schatz. She is waiting in the dining room."
Essek gulped. "Oh, Light..."
When Caleb offered him an arm, Essek hung onto it almost like a lifeline. They walked into the Brenattos' home and made their way to the room of judgment.
Perhaps that was too dramatic of a suggestion.
When they enter the dining room, Veth is sitting at the table, sharpening a crossbow bolt menacingly.
Never mind, Essek thought. 'Room of Judgment' was a fair assumption.
"Veth," Caleb chided.
"What? I'm not doing anything, Caleb," Veth said. She placed the bolt in her crossbow and cocked it. "We're just here to talk, right?"
"Yup!" Essek's voice sounded abnormally high, especially to his sensitive ears.
He cleared his throat and called upon a century of court etiquette. "May I sit, Mrs. Brenatto?"
She just inclined with her crossbow.
Essek gingerly sat in the seat across from her, conscious of every movement.
Caleb made to sit down as well, but Veth clicked her tongue. "Ah, ah, boy. Why don't you go help Yeza in the kitchen?" She narrowed her eyes at Essek. "Hotboi and I are going to have a little one on one chat."
Caleb looked nervously at Essek before he pushed his chair in and left the room.
Veth kept looking at Essek several minutes after the human left. Essek was starting to sweat in his seat, which is very difficult when one's body temperature is lower than normal.
Abruptly, Veth said, "Look nervously to the side. Are they looking at us?"
Essek glanced to where she indicated, not putting up much of a façade of nerves. Indeed, both Yeza and Caleb were glancing anxiously into the room. Upon noticing Essek's attention, they both scatter and disappear further into the kitchen.
"Not anymore," Essek whispered, "though their attention may still be focused on this room."
"Good." Veth leveled the crossbow at Essek's face. She waved a hand when he flinched a little. "Don't worry, it isn't cocked anymore. I undid it as Caleb was leaving."
"It does not change the fact that having a weapon pointed at your face is unsettling."
Veth chuckled. "Fair enough. Did you bring it?"
Essek looked back once more at the kitchen, and when he was sure no one was looking, he pulled out a small, black velvet box.
Veth all but dropped the crossbow and snatched up the box. She gingerly cracked open the lid and gasped. He knew what she looked at for he'd had the same reaction when he'd first seen it.
It was a relatively simple silver band but there was a beautiful smooth stone of amber sitting in the center. There was also etching along the sides of the band.
"If you would repeat after me, Mrs. Brenatto." Essek cleared his throat. "Slyannen lueth chath ak'uech lil' ulin."
She repeated it, and while the pronunciation was a little rough, it still worked. The writing on the ring flared a bright white and a series of images projected upwards.
First, was a picture of Veth and her family, surrounding Caleb in a warm embrace. Next, a picture of the Empire siblings: Beau's arm was slung over Caleb's neck, knuckles rubbing into his head, but he was smiling. The third picture was of a little blue tiefling with small tusks propped up on Caleb's shoulders, her parents, Jester and Fjord, smiling fondly in the background.
Fourth, a picture of Caduceus and Caleb as they worked side by side in the Blooming Grove while tending to the graves of the dead. The fifth was a picture of Yasha getting Caleb to try the finest Xhorhassian cuisine, made entirely of bugs. Caleb Widogast looked rather disgusted but tried one for his friend. The next photo had Kingsley Tealeaf leaning flirtatiously over a counter as Caleb mildly blushed.
But the last and final picture was a moving picture of Caleb and Essek slowly swaying to a silent slow song, arms looped around each other, cheek to cheek. That was the first time Essek had asked Caleb to dance. It was a fond memory for the two.
Essek laughed. That one was one of his favorite.
"Oh... Essek..."
Veth had tears in her eyes as she looked from the pictures to the drow. She opened her mouth to continue but before she could, another, smaller, voice piped up, "Oh cool! Is that for me?"
Tiny Halfling hands reached up, snatched the box from his mother's hands and took off running. Essek, in a fit of panic, cast Hold Person on the child, temporarily forgetting that there may be arcane repercussions for it. Thankfully, nothing terrible seemed to happen to Luc, though he seemed a little irritated.
"Uncle Essek," the child whined, "let me gooo!"
Essek easily plucked the box from Luc's hands and vanished it into a pocket dimension before releasing him from the spell. "My apologies, Master Brenatto, but that present was not for you unfortunately. I have something much better for you. Would you like to see it?"
Luc's eyes widened. "Would I ever? Show me show me show me!"
Essek chuckled and summoned another item from his pocket dimension. It was a necklace that seemed fairly bland in visual until he placed it over Luc's head. Then, the drab leather becomes the finest gold. The boring, simple pendant becomes encrusted with jewels. All a simple illusion, but Luc doesn't need to know that.
"Now, speak a wish out loud," Essek requested.
Luc looked at himin disbelief but closed his eyes and said, "I wish toooo... see a giant dinosaur!"
"Okay, now open your eyes."
There was nothing in front of Luc physically, but the wizard knew that he saw a giant dinosaur towering above him. It was a very intricate illusion magic that allowed the user to view anything it wished even though it wouldn't appear in the real world. Almost like a... virtual reality...
The illusion only lasted for roughly a minute each time, but it was more than enough to keep the youngest Brenatto entertained.
Once Luc's eyes focused once more in reality. "Whoa! That's so cool, Uncle Essek! Thank you!" Luc ran up and threw his arms around Essek's waist and kissed his stomach, because that was the highest Luc could reach.
Essek was so shocked by this act of affection that he just froze. This shouldn't face surprised him as much as it did because this was how Luc always showed affection, but it had never been turned on Essek. He didn't hate it, but it was definitely new and sudden. Luc, not paying Essek much mind, ran off to go play with his new toy.
The drow remained frozen until Veth came over to pat him on the back. "Thank you for taking care of my boy, hot boi."
Veth nodded approvingly. "Yeah, except now we won't ever get him off that thing!"
Essek shook himself slightly. "Of course! It is always wonderful to see children excited about new things."
"Not to worry. I added a failsafe specifically for this. The necklace stops working after five illusions and resets after a long rest."
Just as he said that, they heard an "Aw man!" in the distance of the house.
Both wizard and rogue laughed out loud at that.
Veth placed a hand on the small of Essek's back. "While I am also grateful for you entertaining my kid, I was talking about Caleb."
"... Oh." Essek could feel the tips of his ears grow warm.
She moved so she was now in front of him. "The Mighty Nein may have brought him out of his shell and helped him heal himself, but you're the one who finally convinced him to let go."
Her eyes were unflinching in their sincerity. "I believe you were the one who finally allowed him to loosen his hold on the past and look forward to his future.
"I've seen the shift in him in these years you've been around. He's more playful, more joyous. Less grim and morbid. So thank you, Essek Thelyss, for taking care of my boy."
Essek's vision blurred as he tried to swallow around the lump in his throat. "Thank you, Veth Brenatto, for entrusting him with me. He has been a gift for me as well."
Veth hugged him tightly, the way only a mother can. "So when are you going to propose to him?" she asked.
"Well I was thinking tonight, at dinner. Would that be amenable to you?"
Translations:
"After all these years of you being lovesick fools? Hell yeah that's 'amenable' to me!"
Essek laughed and squeezed once more before letting go. "I am glad. I wouldn't want to do it without you here."
Veth rubbed her hands together evilly. "Just wait 'til Jessie heard about this. She's going to be so pissed that I knew first."
He shook his head. Always making mischief these two.
He summoned the box into his hand once more and thumbed the opening. Of course, he was nervous about tonight, but Essek wouldn't dream of doing it anywhere else. Caleb deserved to be surrounded by the love of his family on a night like this. And... Essek would be surrounded by his family as well for they had adopted him as their own. He smiled down at the box. Yes, tonight would be good indeed.
Slyannen lueth chath ak'uech lil' ulin: Stars and fire forge the future
Send me a number and a ship!
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iidaonni · 7 months ago
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Day at the beach
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c-kiddo · 11 days ago
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babysitting for th Brenattos :-3 
will probably draw more another time , but its bedtime ✸🌾
[Image ID: Two igital drawings of Luc and Caduceus from Critical Role. Caduceus is a tall, thin firbolg with pale grey fur and pink hair. He has a long tail and drooping ears. Luc is a small halfling child. He has brown skin and darker brown hair, pointed ears and a thin tail. 
In the first drawing Caduceus sits by Luc, who is tiny beside him. Both of them are smiling as Luc is saying "I think we should go eat cake and go to the beach!" To which Caduceus replies "Oh. You think so?" and "At bedtime?".
In the second drawing Luc, who is missing two front teeth, holds up a simple drawing of himself and Caduceus standing side by side, holding matching crystal-topped staffs, resembling the one Caduceus uses. Luc is saying "Look!" and “It's for you." Caduceus is saying “Aw, thank you!” with a flattered expression. End ID.]
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smilelikeawolf · 7 months ago
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Caleb is really out there, living the rest of his life with Essek, taking down the Assembly with Beau, and teaching Luc magic.
Veth opens a summer camp and Caleb becomes a teacher to teach his students about magic and the risk of power and ensures that no child will ever suffer the way he did.
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viridializard · 7 months ago
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what a good story
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apricotsndots · 10 months ago
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“I like your face!”
“You smell like farts.”
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dinah-lance · 4 months ago
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Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins / Free Comicbook Day - art by Tyler Walpole
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bravenot · 4 months ago
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For a drawing suggestion, how about Luc with Frumpkin?
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[ID: 3 digital drawings of Luc Brenatto and Frumpkin from Critical Role. In image one, Luc is sitting cross-legged on the floor while Frumpkin rubs against him and happily headbutts the side of Luc’s head. His fur is a rich ginger colour with dark stripes and patches. The second drawing is the same, except Frumpkin is fully white. His fur looks very soft. Last is a black & white sketch of Frumpkin lying on the ground, looking wary, while Luc sneaks up behind him with a net. A thought bubble from Luc reads “time to bother this animal”. End ID]
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heartofpack · 10 months ago
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CW: Harm to Children
Luc the Brave
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mockingmolly · 6 months ago
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hello I am still cackling at the concept of Luc Brenatto aggressively trying to imprint on the two scary assassin wizards or the former war-criminal over the duration of their stay in the blooming grove and despite his parents’ best wishes
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ravennowithtea · 18 days ago
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🌸 Flowers for everyone! 🌸(6/6)
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princedorianstorm · 7 months ago
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I flip him a gold piece.
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spicybreadjuice · 6 months ago
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Kingsley visits the Brenattos
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vokhaz · 10 months ago
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we’re running. it’s bad
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eggzumii · 7 months ago
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"It's okay, Mom. It's okay. You did save me."
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sonschmarn · 7 months ago
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Despite it being telegraphed for quite some time, the announcement of the last ep of C2 caught me by surprise and send me into an everything-must-go kinda frenzy to finish up some old drawings and here they are lol :’-D
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seanotturom · 10 months ago
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luc, newly resurrected, traumatized but too young to understand what that means: you’re pretty cool :)
caduceus, both healer and sibling extraordinaire, without missing a beat: you smell like farts :)
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stickandthorn · 10 months ago
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Luc is gonna grow up to have a huge amount of Those Memories™️. You know, those memories you bring up casually in conversation and then suddenly everyone is staring you down and saying “dude, that is NOT normal.” He’s gonna have tons of those.
“Oh, you didn’t have to wear a special necklace growing up so the bad men didn’t find you?”
“No...?”
“You know, the special necklaces so the bad men can’t see you! We all wore them. I got mine as a present from Uncle Caleb before he took us on a fast vacation to this place filled with fire and mom let me shoot the crossbow for real there-”
“What the fuck?”
“Yeah, we went with all my mom’s friends and dad and Auntie Marion, we all had them, cause the bad men could spy on you if you didn’t have one. They could teleport right next to you if they spied on you, you know, we weren’t allowed to live in the house after they spied on us-”
“LUC what the actual FUCK was your childhood!”
“Normal! Anyways fuck the Cerberus assembly am I right?”
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lostsometime · 7 months ago
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ok so if exandrian schooling is anything like ours
5 year old luc will be starting formal education with other kids his age next year 
and he will have
1) a crossbow
2) a blink dog (at least some of the time)
3) a bunch of incredibly cool stories about his superhero mom and also the time he spent living in a crime lair
4) the vocabulary of someone who spent some time living in a crime lair
5) all the toys he could want because spending money on him makes veth feel less guilty
6) the beginnings of magical training
luc is going to be the coolest kid at nicodranian elementary school, i’m just sayin
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bougiebutchbitch · 9 months ago
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y’all asked for it
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