"It can. It won't always will, but that is a very rare occurance. Generally making my Lucas happy makes me happy as well. As for happiness in yourself, well thats hard to explain. Generally a person who is able to see the happier things in life will find it easier to see happy things they like in someone else. So to speak... ... Perhaps reapproach that question later." She said, frowning at that last part as she wasn't sure she represented that correctly. She thought back to her other questions before going about answering them.
"Knowing you are in love... That one a lot of people are trying to figure out for themselves. The feelings you feel for someone might not start out as love straight away. It might start out as an attraction, liking the way someone looks or how they have acted then investigating further through dates or simply meeting up with them and experiencing stuff with them. For me most of the time its... A feeling you want to be with them. Sometimes its like you know no matter whats happening, being with them makes it feel better. Sometimes your body might react in their pressence, like a quickening heartbeat or just this wanting to be near them, sometimes causing you to subconciously move to them. It has similiar feelings to friendship, but more intense. Mmm, and if I keep going I might run into other topics so... Right, the next one..." She thought for a bit before speaking on that one.
"How a female in love is supposed to do and act... Honestly thats very dependant on the person. Speaking in a bit of a traditional sense, considering men in our society were often the protectors and hunters while females were generally child rearers gatherers and the like, no wait thats more gender roles... To be honest its easier to show rather than explain. Hmmm, a bit of a quick one is that the female will often seek closeness to the partner, enjoying having herself with her being right close often with an arm around him or her or both, personally I like both, being interested in them and what they have done to which they are usually that back depending, seeking to merge their activities. And at other times they seek to enjoy the company of their love and then move on to the next activity. A saying we have is 'absence makes the heart grow fonder', meaning some time apart makes the lovers want to enjoy the time they have together more."
She took a time to pause and think on the next question. Probably best to take the questions as they came.
"Well for the most part the couples generally tend to spend more time together, enjoying physical acts of affection from time to time. To what length depends on how close the couple is and what is happening around them. For example in their own place they might enjoy some more carnal pleasures while outdoors they might stick to kissing and hugging. Its more societal than anything else. To go further into that will probably require some talk outside the topic of love as well as inside it. Couples also like to date from time to time. A date is an activity you spend together with your partner, often something like having dinner out somewhere or spending time by a lake. An activity you both can enjoy together. Sometimes there are double dates where two couples spend time out together. Mmm... So... next set of questions and clarification questions on answers I have already spoken about?"
Lucina raises an eyebrow when she says what they do often involves pain. Her eyes widen a bit when she says he would be literally suffering the same thing if he was close while she was suffering. It wasn't her... 'purpose'? To ask why though. She didn't take too long to answer her question.
"Well you are not suffering all the time are you not? And a love strong enough will hold through suffering. For that last question though, that would require me knowing what you are trying to do." Noticing how Tex looked preturbed she tried to think of something she could say to help her, but waited until she was finished speaking about the lack of sight of someone in a hooded robe and the sexual reproduction.
"So do some humans depending on the robes. But that can just make someone want to see what is under them even more. And humans bodies tend to enjoy the act of se.x. Is it the same for yours?" She asked, morely as a question to highlight the previous one about carnal pleasures. She shrugged about her talking about what she will do about love.
"Love is not always the easiest thing to find, and you might have a more difficult job with your social structure than it would be for a human. And even then it can take years to explore the results. You could be at it for a while." She smiled to Tex. "Well to be honest, we don't need it to keep up our numbers now so the main purpose for it may be lost to us as well. The past does tend to build on the future." She sits back, waiting to see if there were more questions. If this one was thorough enough, she should have some more.
Tex nodded as Lucina answered her question, then decided to clarify it.
"To learn, Heartslight. Our purpose as a race, for more than two thousand years, has been to learn. To experience as much as we can experience, and pass this knowledge on to the other members of our race, who are attempting to do the same. The unfortunate truth is that the sum of experiences seem to lean much further toward pain, and that which is painful, than to pleasure, and that which is pleasurable. The very means of transferring knowledge and experiences seem to go against the wishes of one who loves another, as, with how procedure currently is, it involves temporary death. But, if life and experiences are pain, or result in an abundance of it, perhaps having someone one cares about might make life more...acceptable. Or it might dull the results we discover. Is it worth the risk, though?"
"I do not know. It may have been practiced at some point, but that has not been the case in a very long time. While most experiences have been remembered, this one appears to have been forgotten, or hidden away. Perhaps it is enjoyable, and perhaps it is not. Our bodies experience many of the same responses to various stimuli that a human body does, but this is not always the case."
At the mention of it taking years, the gremlin nodded.
"We have investigated the concept of physical pain, specifically that within the range that a Champion is capable of inflicting on someone, for several years. We are no strangers to experiments that take an extended period of time to examine, and are not as tightly bound by time as many races. Additionally, ours can be considered more of a preliminary study, in order to determine if more should take part, either to also experience what we have discovered or further our learning. Should we die permanently before we are finished, someone else will likely continue where we leave off, if the project is deemed worthy of such treatment."
After the last bit of explanation, Tex sat silently for a time, considering what to ask next and fidgeting apprehensively as she found herself drawing a blank. The largest problem was that she knew very little about love, even with Lucina's explanations, which unfortunately meant that the pool of questions she could draw on was also limited. What did one even ask where this subject was concerned?
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