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Almedha » Lair » Nemmerle
Level 1
Snapper Male
Feb 19, 2018 (1 year)
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PrimaryOilslick Tiger
SecondaryBlack Seraph
TertiaryPlatinum Spines
Eye TypeLight Common
Energy: 49 / 50
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    Nemmerle the Headmaster
     before we can fight it, we must name it

Theme: Who We Are
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For being so open-minded, Chenek certainly had a hard time accepting any open-mindedness that did not conform to his own. Nemmerle found that was true for many dragons that called themselves “open-minded.” It was a narrow label to him, anyway. Dragons were rarely, if ever, what they called themselves. Indeed, most dragons would never recognize themselves if they came across their double on the road.

“I don’t think it works like that,” the Pearlcatcher said finally with a helpless shrug. He often came to Nemmerle because he had little else to do, though Nemmerle sometimes wondered why. They never agreed.

“It may not,” Nemmerle allowed before glancing back at Chenek from his study of the page before him. “Why, do you think?”

Chenek seemed to have already thought about his answer, and was waiting to be asked. “Logically…”

Nemmerle nodded before Chenek even finished. Logic. Or, as Nemmerle liked to call it, the crutch of the unimaginative. Of course, it was a wonderful tool. It solved many problems, more than Nemmerle could count.

Waiting until Chenek finished his well-reasoned defence of rationality, Nemmerle offered, “Doubtless, logic is important, Chenek, doubtless. So don’t misunderstand me when I say I think it’s the height of hubris to believe that’s all there is.”

Chenek rolled his eyes, grinning a little. “And stooping rather low to appeal to the unprovable, isn’t it?”

Nemmerle smiled broadly. “It is,” he agreed heartily. “But I’d rather stoop low and know it than put myself on a pedestal only to find I’ve been in a cave all along.”

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Nemmerle has been teaching magic for a long while, and learning magic for even longer. Even though he is a Light dragon who could never know firsthand the ways of Arcane or Wind, he has just enough knowledge to be dangerous. He also likes to say he’s been teaching long enough to know the most important thing to know: it’s better to truly know nothing than to believe one knows everything. This invariably leads to disaster, a battle the likes of which cannot be won with violence or wit. If only it were so simple.

As the Tempest Chase grew, they needed a teacher for their magic users. Nemmerle presented as a strange sort of Snapper, perhaps older or younger than he looked. It was very hard to tell. For a standard fee, Nemmerle agreed to travel with them, taking many students under his wings, including members of Beastclans that travel with the Chase. His best student is the Harpy Sparrowhawk, though Calill and Eggplant both show potential in the ways of magic. They are still young, however, and have a lot to learn about how much they have to learn. He finds dragons like Magina and Radek to be very interesting, indeed, magically, never having seen their equal and only heard tell of things like it otherwise. He speaks to them both perhaps a little more than they’d like. Part of this is because Nemmerle is uncomfortable with non-Snappers. He’d much rather spend his time with the few Snappers in the Chase, since he feels he understands them much better. However, as he likes to tell his students, one never got better at anything they didn’t practice. He knows how very difficult it is, though his students never believe that. Everything magic-related seems unrealistically easy to Nemmerle, so some are quick to dismiss his empathy and opinions on difficulty.

Perhaps owing to his “old soul,” Nemmerle could be the best philosopher the Chase has next to Almedha or Lilwen. It’s quite difficult to tell whether Nemmerle truly believes any of the things he says, since he so holds loosely to the things he thinks are true, always thinking he could be proven wrong at any moment. He could be right. But, as Nemmerle says, just because he doesn’t know the truth doesn’t mean it’s not out there.
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Even though Sparrowhawk is fairly aloof, apparently judging no dragon to be worthy of his presence, Nemmerle is patient. Fortunately for Sparrowhawk, he’s one of Nemmerle’s best, most naturally-talented students in magic. Nemmerle worries for Sparrowhawk, however, that he will one day get into some trouble with a terrible price. Unmitigated and unearned pride in nothing but what is inborn tends to exact a vengeance that even the gods couldn’t match. Nemmerle would do anything for his students, though Sparrowhawk may not know it.
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Anna, despite her father’s objections.
Eggplant, despite his Guardian’s objections. (Nemmerle’s clearly a popular guy with the parents…)
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» Nemmerle’s surname, Earthsea, comes from his heritage land and his original home wandering the shores in Shadow, Light, and Lightning.
» Almost every member of the Chase has been Nemmerle’s student at one time or another, and his education is usually required for joining the Chase. He’s surprisingly insightful about hunting monsterous creatures.
» Nemmerle respects all the gods approximately equally except for one: the Arcanist. Nemmerle believes that it was his pride that brought the Shade to Sornieth.
aesthetic: Nemmerle likes to dress the part of a Light wizard, matching the bright with the shadowed and clothing himself in a mosaic of Light magic.
likes: magic, students, humility, traveling, candles, feasts
dislikes: the Shade, pride, “open-mindedness”


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