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Herta von Shwartzwald
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Thu 8 Mar 2018
at 23:35
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"No, of course not!" said Herta.  "It ended long before I was born.  But... it's part of my family heritage.  I still probably benefit from the knowledge we learned, the pacts we made in that era.  No one will tell me if that's true or not, though.  But I'm still judged for it in many places."
Head Witch
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Fri 9 Mar 2018
at 02:10
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"Yeah, but it's not like you did that stuff, so, I'm not sure why they'd hold it against you," Kimberly said.
Herta von Shwartzwald
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Fri 9 Mar 2018
at 02:38
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"Because I'm a reminder, I think," said Herta.  "I use the same magics; I'm bound by the same pacts, as well.  The powers I use are the same.  I didn't arrange for the slaughter of untold thousands to gain the pacts or the knowledge, but my grandparents did."
Head Witch
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Fri 9 Mar 2018
at 05:51
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"But you didn't do any of that? That's really unfair," Kimberly said.
Herta von Shwartzwald
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Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 02:42
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"Perhaps," said Herta.  "It touches me nevertheless.  But... not here, so much.  Most of them, here, don't care about who we were, and that's good."
Head Witch
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Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 03:23
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"Yeah, I mean, you're not responsible for whatever they did," Kimberly said.
Herta von Shwartzwald
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Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 04:01
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"Thank you for that thought," said Herta.  "And it's better here."
Head Witch
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Sat 10 Mar 2018
at 22:45
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"It's true though," Kimberly said.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 02:05, Sun 11 Mar 2018.

Herta von Shwartzwald
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Sun 11 Mar 2018
at 01:24
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"Well, you're right," said Herta.  "But it's half the witches in Europe that need to be convinced of that.  Not me."
Head Witch
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Sun 11 Mar 2018
at 02:10
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"Well, you could just stay here, right?" Kimberly asked.
Herta von Shwartzwald
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Sun 11 Mar 2018
at 04:15
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"Most of the time," said Herta.  "If I found a place here, somehow.  But I couldn't stay here forever.  I have to return to the Shwartzwald, now and then.  I don't really plan on having children, but I'll have to return there for their birth, and for several other ceremonies, as well."
Head Witch
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Sun 11 Mar 2018
at 06:07
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"I suppose that's fair, but that stuff really seems to cause you pain," Kimberly said.
Herta von Shwartzwald
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Sun 11 Mar 2018
at 06:33
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"Oh, being in my home doesn't," said Herta.  "No, I'm very fond of the Shwartzwald, and our home.  What causes me pain is having outsiders drive home what my family did back before I was born, over and over again."
Head Witch
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Sun 11 Mar 2018
at 22:18
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"Ah, okay," Kimberly said.
Herta von Shwartzwald
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Mon 12 Mar 2018
at 01:01
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"...but I admit that a few incidents in Europe drove home how we're often regarded," sighed Herta.  "It's not like the past is easy to forget.  We still have the knowledge that we gained and the pacts we forged.  Contrary to popular belief, though, human sacrifice isn't a condition of the pacts."
Head Witch
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Mon 12 Mar 2018
at 01:15
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"It's not?" Kimberly asked.
Herta von Shwartzwald
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Mon 12 Mar 2018
at 02:50
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"No," said Herta.  "...large-scale death made the Dives that let the Pacts be forged possible, but that was all.  The bargains we make with the Deep Swimmers aren't for death.  They have plenty of that.  We bring them things they don't have-- things of life and birth."
Head Witch
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Tue 13 Mar 2018
at 00:24
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"I see. I'll pretend I know what those things are," Kimberly said.
Herta von Shwartzwald
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Tue 13 Mar 2018
at 01:26
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Herta laughed at herself, ruefully.

"Sorry," she said.  "I go technical very easily.  Deaths in an area allow us to enter the Black Ocean, which is the Netherworld, the place the newly-dead go, and ghosts linger.  The more deaths, though, the deeper into it you can go, and there are inhabitants deep inside it, Deep Swimmers, things that were never alive.  They are alien, vast and powerful, and we can trade with them, or make pacts with them for power or knowledge.  The deeper you go, the stronger they become, but it's harder to get to them, and more dangerous.  Our ends of the pacts are providing them with things relating to birth or growth or fertility, since those things do not exist in their world."
Head Witch
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Thu 15 Mar 2018
at 03:20
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"Th-that's not making me more comfortable with death," Kimberly said.
Herta von Shwartzwald
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Fri 16 Mar 2018
at 01:22
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"Well, if it helps, you don't have to deal with them," said Herta.  "They can't come here, directly.  It's not easy for us to go there.  It's a world apart from yours, a mystery that you can ignore completely."
Head Witch
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Fri 16 Mar 2018
at 02:54
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"But now I know they exist," Kimberly said.
Herta von Shwartzwald
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Sat 17 Mar 2018
at 05:09
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"True enough," said Herta.  "There's little to be done about that, but remember, they don't come up here.  They can't hurt you."

...directly, anyway, and they could come if called, but why bring that up now?
Head Witch
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Sat 17 Mar 2018
at 22:03
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There was a loud pop.

"Okay, on to your next class, girls," Miss Bell said.
Herta von Shwartzwald
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Sun 18 Mar 2018
at 00:49
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Waving goodbye to Kimberly, Herta hurried to her next class.