Mercy (created by Meg) and Laeta (created by me) were characters in an email story she and I started two or more years ago one summer when we were bored. It never got very far, but we had some fun with it while it lasted. We also had pirate captains and talking horses and klyptomaniacs, and it was good fun, but rubbish, kind of like Endless Sky. We were laaaame, but we had fun, which I guess is the only thing that matters. The thing by Laeta`s feet was some kind of connection to her people, the Elves, if I remember correctly.