Kero blinked. :…Wait. Just wait. Yes, he’s a mage; he’s probably as spry as a man ten years younger. And blood-mages like Wen Ruohan can do horrible things to live longer. But Guangshan’s still over sixty. Why the hells were they expecting him to-?:
:Kellen says strong cultivators may be in the field until they hit a hundred.:
Kero tried not to stare. :What.:
Sayvil cleared her mental throat. :Apparently everyone expects Lan Wangji and his older brother to clear the century mark, if not longer.:
:What.: Because yes, Grandmother Kethry had been well into her twelfth decade when she’d finally passed, but she hadn’t been on a battlefield since before Kero herself had been born. Even a mage couldn’t fight when they were over ninety… could they?
:There’s something different about them,: Sayvil muttered :The way energy flows around them, it’s like….:
:Like. What?: Kero asked bluntly.
:A Hawkbrother would be closest,: came the reluctant admission. :The way they move magic not just with their minds, but through their bodies as well. We Companions use the magic of our existence to be stronger, faster, more enduring than any horse. Hawkbrothers use their own magic to do some of the same.:
Meaning those sabers weren’t showing off at all. Oh. Joy.
Nie Huaisang cleared his throat. “Of course, the most likely suspect to have stolen those arrays would be a rogue cultivator, or perhaps one of the smaller sects that wanted an unusual filial revenge on the Wen Sect. I’m sure all the sect leaders would say so.”
:They’d “say so.”: Sayvil smirked. :Oh, he is good. You know, I don’t think he’s told us one lie yet?:
Kero’d met experienced mercenary captains who couldn’t have pulled that bit of diplomacy off. The Nie Sect leader had picked the right man for the job, fluttery or not.
“But wherever those notes may be, it’s a matter for – well, sneakier people than we are.” Nie Huaisang brightened. “My brother’s spies are on it! And I know the Lan are too. But we’re not sneaky-”
Lan Wangji gave a minuscule shake of his head.
Yes? No? Augh, does this man come with a dictionary?