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#21 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:20 PM

Aaron was surprised by Marisha's response. He had expected her to laugh at him, or turn him away, or even, unlikely as it was, forgive him. He'd never even suspected she'd try to thank him though.

"I... I don't know what to say, Marisha. Normally I'd say you’re welcome but... I don't deserve your thanks. I've done nothing but offend you and put you in danger to serve my own selfish needs. I'm not trying to be some charming suitor, winning you over with compliments. I'm trying to apologize. If anything, it's me who should be thanking you, even if it's just for being yourself, or for teaching me there's actually something to math, or for showing me things about myself that I would have never even fathomed at on my own." Aaron stepped back, and bowed formally, lower even than he would for a high prelan. "Thank-you, Lady Marisha Nathar. Thank-you."

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#22 Marisha Nathar


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Posted 22 December 2014 - 03:53 AM

Marisha was a cautious woman. She was sure that was what had kept her alive until now, the only thing that had gotten herself and Nerid away free. She did not make any moves without a great deal of forethought. But she had done exactly that, disregarding her better judgement. She would be hurt again - perhaps it wouldn't hurt as much since she knew it was coming? Perhaps that would offer some defense? It was a terrible idea to do this. She could have been killed after the ball; Phyra Venture's rampage afterwards was no secret. This wasn't a simple or a safe thing to do.

But his words momentarily made her feel special, as if she mattered. As long as she remembered that wasn't true, it would keep her safe. As long as she didn't really believe anything he said... he had a lot to say, the words spilling out almost as if he was as anxious as she was, things she never could have believed in a thousand years. How could he sound so sincere? She couldn't look away from his eyes.

She hesitated for a few beats and then answered tentatively, "If you would like to... should mathematics interest you, I would be happy to study with you..."


#23 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 26 December 2014 - 06:38 PM

And so, once again, everything came back to math. Aaron couldn't help but chuckle a little, letting out a little bit of laughter despite the sombre situation. Quickly realizing how that laughter might be interpreted in the given circumstances, Aaron interjected before Marisha could assume he was making fun of her in some way. "I'm sorry, I wasn't laughing at you, I promise. If anything, I was laughing at myself, or at our situation. I mean, it's almost as if things have come full circle, haven't they? Here I am, in way over my head as per usual, faced with the prospect of discussing mathematics, which you will remember I'm completely useless at." Despite himself, Aaron laughed a little again, glad to feel the mood lighten slightly.

"If I'm honest with myself, I suppose it will likely be important to improve myself in that area. After all, how will I calculate my new-found importance without a strong grounding in mathematics?" Great, now he had managed to make something Marisha was interested in look like a joke. That would go over well. "If I haven't invalidated your offer with my obvious idiocy, might I take you up on it? I would be delighted to learn from you. If you wanted, we could even make the position official. My uncle has taken a larger interest in my education since my cousin's death, so I'm sure he would be glad to see I've taken the initiative to improve my grasp of mathematics, and compensate you for your pains."

Wait, now am I suggesting I want to buy her friendship? "That's only one option, of course. I mean, I'd completely understand if you would want to keep thing casual. After all, you probably have your own house business to be about here in Luthadel, and don't have the time to professionally tutor someone. Besides, doing so would probably be below your station. I wasn't trying to imply that...not that it matters... or if you really would like to..." Aaron sighed as he forced himself to stop talking, and took a deep breath before continuing.

"I'm sorry, Marisha. I don't know what's come over me. Might I have your permission to stop digging this hole I'm in, and give you a chance to pull me up out of it?"

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#24 Marisha Nathar


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 01:59 PM

Mathematics was the only subject on which Marisha could hold forth with confidence - where she knew her ground. It was a safe haven. And it could not be argued that there was anything wrong with talking about mathematics with someone - could it? Aaron was laughing lightheartedly, though, as he joked and Marisha gave a hesitant smile until he mentioned his newfound importance and she remembered she was speaking to the heir of House Elariel. Again she berated herself - what are you doing? Her mind spun wildly, trying to formulate a safe course of action on ground that was inherently unstable.

He somehow seemed as uncertain as she was, as if his statement that he was in way over his head was true. But why would he be uncertain? Aaron Elariel knew what he was doing. He was one of the Luthadel elite, he was the heir to a Great House. He could dance circles around Marisha any day. Like his sister, he was a master of the game.

"I would..." she said hesitantly, "It was not a... quid pro quo, my Lord. Mathematics is something that I love, and I would... be glad to share it with someone else. It would be a pure pleasure and I would ask nothing in return. I don't... work professionally... I am self-taught, from books, and I should not charge for sharing what understanding I have. I have never tried to teach anyone else before." Marisha bit down on her lip. "I may do a terrible job as an instructor, but if I can show you the art in the subject, then I will consider myself to have succeeded. Yes, it can be a tool, used to predict the world around us - physics, economics, or your codes - but fundamentally, mathematics is pure truth, my Lord... it is a precise beauty that cannot be explained but only discovered. Everything else in this world is so very... unclear, and... you can never be sure of anything. The elegance of an equation is different."

Her eyes had lit up despite her nervousness and her hands clasped together in front of her. "I would... have to say that it is more akin to poetry or music than anything else. What they are to emotion, mathematics is to reason and thought. It is the highest expression of the mind."


#25 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 07:10 PM

Aaron frowned slightly as Marisha responded to his sorry attempt at making her feel comfortable. The fact that he and Daerra together had struck such a blow to the confidence of someone as competent as Marisha was disturbing to say the least. He began to wonder how many others had he, unintentionally or at Daerra's direction, hurt in this way? Realizing his expression might be misconstrued as disapproval, Aaron tried his best to save the thought for a later time, and focus on what Marisha was saying.

Only to realize that he barely understood any of it.

Math was art? What did poetry and music have to do with numbers? Lord Ruler how do I get myself into these situations? Aaron's thoughts stilled again as he met Marisha's eyes, which were alive with light and enthusiasm. The hesitance and uncertainty of earlier seemed to fade away, and the real Marisha began to emerge.

Aaron decided he had to keep this discussion about math going at all costs.

"That sounds amazing," In that I'll be amazed if I ever understand it. "But how do numbers and equations create art or predict the future? Aren't they just for keeping track of boxings or tallying scores in Shelldry?"

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#26 Marisha Nathar


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 02:08 AM

"Oh no, not at all," Marisha said. Her eyes widened at this unfortunate misconception. "The world operates on mathematical principles. If I throw a stone in the air, I can calculate where and when it will land using a simple kinematics equation - of course air resistance makes things more complicated, but still, it can be predicted. I can use mathematics to predict the load of force on a building and design a structure that can hold up. There's a library in Fellise that is sinking into the ground a few inches every year because the engineers forgot to calculate the weight of the books when they built the foundations. And there are very complicated forms of mathematics that can predict the odds in games of chance and help you maximize your hopes of winning."

She hesitated, then reached for the neck of her jacket, which was buttoned high against the ash, catching hold of the silver chain there and drawing out the pendant at the end. She fumbled with the clasp, and held it out to Aaron in the palm of her hand. It was a stellated dodecahedron made of a fine silver framework. "This is a stellation of one of the perfect polyhedra - the dodecahedron. Each side is a pentagram; the edges are extended outward to create this star."


#27 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 03:03 AM

Aaron tried his best to resist the urge to zone out as soon as Marisha started using words he didn't understand. Kinematics? He needed to show her he valued her company; he needed to focus and to really listen for once. Why had he been born with ash for brains? Why was it that he could understand exactly how to correct his path in light of wind resistance and elevation when he was flying through the air instinctively, and yet not grasp the basics of...

Aaron almost interrupted Marisha as soon as the realization hit him, but he held back, and tried to listen as his thoughts raced back and forth, trying to figure out how he could show he understood for once, without giving away his secret.

Marisha's bauble provided a welcome distraction, something easy to focus on. Or rather, it was difficult enough to focus on it that it kept Aaron's attention. Every time he tried to perceive it's whole, the pendant would shift slightly and change before his eyes, forcing him to study individual facets one at a time.

"A stella-poly-what did you say?" Aaron took the necklace from Marisha, and held it up to the light. "It's pretty, but what does that have to do with equations?

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#28 Marisha Nathar


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 03:16 AM

"A stellated dodecahedron - artwork created from a geometric concept," she explained. "I had it made by a siilversmith in Fellise. There are five perfect polyhedrons, or geometric shapes, where each face, edge, and corner is exactly equal to every other one. The one everyone knows is the cube, of course."


#29 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 03:28 AM

It took Aaron a moment to follow what Marisha was saying, but having the visual representation helped. "So, all of the sides of this are equal . . . and the silversmith who designed it used an equation to figure that out?" Aaron chewed on his lip, wishing he could coax the mathematical secrets out of the pendant by staring at it.

"Wait, I think I'm getting it, sorry for being so dense." Aaron felt a slight blush rising in his cheeks and did his best to ignore it in the hopes it would leave. "So, if I measure one of these little segments, then I'll know exactly how big all of the others are. The same goes for the space in between and so on. It's a comparison, kind of like when you judge distances by using visual references or cues, right?"

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#30 Marisha Nathar


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 11:16 AM

That was... close enough for now. The stellation of the dodecahedron made any attempt to explain the concept of a polyhedron more complicated. "Yes, that's approximately right. I can show you how to construct one of these, but that's for later. I just wanted you to see that you can create something beautiful from a mathematical concept."


#31 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:46 PM

"Makes sense to me!" Aaron said, smiling, happy that Marisha was wiling to treat him like a human being, rather than the Deepness itself.

"I'm have to admit, my appreciation of the concepts you are laying out is more in the form of awe than true understanding." Aaron's enjoyment of Marisha's company helped him to temporarily set aside his feelings of inadequacy, and his smile genuine and unblemished by his self-doubt. "Though I suppose, my education on the subject is somewhat lacking. How did you develop your adoration of artful arithmetic? You obviously love it, but someone must have helped to get you started, no?"

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#32 Marisha Nathar


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 06:40 PM

Marisha thought awe was the right place to start from with mathematics, instead of bored resignation. Maybe Aaron really did want to learn something... maybe he saw something of value or use at least in what Marisha knew. She was, at least, good at this - it was the one area in which she had any talent, outside of her Allomancy.

She hesitated, and her gaze dropped to the ground at his question. This was a more personal question that touched, if lightly against things she didn't want to talk about. "Books, my Lord," she said, flushing. "I am self-taught, I... my family has a rather old collection in their library that no one else was interested in, so no one cared if I read them, and I have followed the Proceedings of the Mathematical Society by the post."


#33 Aaron Elariel


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Posted 29 July 2017 - 07:13 PM

Marisha looked away at his question, eyes falling to the ground. Her earlier enthusiasm for the subject of math seemed to lessen, though she still gave him an answer.

Of course she's hesitant to speak about her past, so soon after being hurt. Aaron had betrayed Marisha's trust, and he knew he would need to work to earn it back before she would start to trust him more easily with personal details. I will have to be very, very careful with this.

"That's incredible, Lady Marisha." Aaron tried his best not to sound too familiar. Despite her demure attitude, Aaron couldn't help but be a little awestruck by Marisha. While he had grown up surrounded by the most expensive tutors and one of the most impressive libraries in the Empire, Marisha had found her brilliance all on her own, piecing together what she could from the books her family happened to have around the manor.

"I can't imagine teaching myself something as complicated as mathematics, especially at the level you've demonstrated. The Lord Ruler knows I've had difficulty with even the most simple of concepts, no matter how many tutors or books my family throws at me."

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#34 Marisha Nathar


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:05 AM

To Marisha, being self-taught without any guidance meant that there had not been structure to her education, she most likely had gaps in her knowledge - possibly significant ones she did not even know about. Any real mathematician would surely have taken her measure as a dilettante and laughed. You are good for only one thing, Marisha. Remember that.

She sought for an answer, perhaps some way to dismiss or deny the charge - brush it away somehow like a cobweb settling uncomfortably onto her. She did not dare to look up in case he still had that expression in his eyes and she ended up staring again. Her mouth opened and closed a couple of times. "Oh, help," she said, not sure to whom she was appealing, and only realizing that it was out loud belatedly. Horrorstruck she scrambled for a correction. "I meant to say - I meant - I meant - I don't know, my Lord, I am not good at anything else, especially not talking." She should have gotten a conversation book and memorized it, so that she had a rote, bland answer for anything anyone could say. "My Lord, you are, you are so clearly a man of... of great intelligence in every respect, perhaps it is only that you have not yet... found that which inspires you to a passion for learning."






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