:Yes, curry that spot right there,: Kellen sighed, leaning into Lan Wangji’s brush. :Come on, talk to me, Chosen. I know you can brood and brush at the same time.:
Lan Wangji paused, one hand on warm white hide. “Herald Talia claimed that there would be others seeking marriage alliance with Wei Wuxian. And that he is… considered a priest, for restless spirits.” Which of those were more disturbing, he did not want to think. He hoped Kellen had better answers than his own heart.
:I think shaman is more accurate, at least from those I’ve met in the past,: Kellen mused. :But, yes. He’s Gifted, and not a Herald. That means he stands a chance of not dying young, and is likely to pass on his Gifts to any offspring. Valdemar can always use more Healers, and there are plenty of families out there, noble and otherwise, who’d offer a lot to set up an advantageous marriage. Add in that the Wen are going to be teaching methods of Healing entirely new to Valdemar, and have experience with defending against magic – the Jianghu had him ranked fourth among eligible young masters. He’ll be considered as desirable here.:
Lan Wangji bit back a flare of heat and how dare they. No one had ever courted Wei Wuxian, he’d been blindly oblivious to all who fluttered near him-
:And for the first time, he can respond to any offers based on what he’s interested in, instead of what’s politically advantageous to the Jiang Sect,: Kellen mused. :I wonder if he’s had time to even consider that, yet? Oh, he has to worry about how anyone he might court will get along with the Wen, they’re family now; but for the very first time, it won’t be Sect Leader Jiang deciding whose offers their First Disciple can and can’t encourage. Marrying in or out of a sect won’t even come up!: A white nose nudged him, pointedly. :The Lan wouldn’t have let you marry out, would they?: