Patriarch Dolmant places his hands on anyone who asks for his blessing, and says a brief prayer, asking the Elene god to look after them and help them find success. Sir Ulath, young Berit, and Talen are all quite happy to accept his blessing (Talen even gives Dolmant his ring back, which comes as quite a surprise to Dolmant who could have sworn he was wearing it a minute ago).
When he gets to Piper, though, she shakes her head firmly - and then cheekily holds out her hands as if to offer Dolmant a blessing, raising an interrogative eyebrow as she does so.
Dolmant looks at her for a moment, then asks "Are you offering me your blessing?"
Piper nods, grinning.
Dolmant considers the situation. "I'm not sure I should," he says, after due consideration, "but very well. I will accept your blessing."
Piper's blessing turns out to consist of a kiss on each cheek, a pat on the head, and a brief snatch of music.
While Piper and Dolmant are talking in the background, Vanire nods in response to Felix's requests. "You're right," he says, "turning up in Rendor in a horseless carriage is an easy way to be killed quickly. However, Rendor lies across the Arcian Strait, and that's weeks away by horseback. I'd recommend taking your vehicles as far as Coomb, and then taking a ship there across the Strait to Jiroch - I can give you a letter of introduction, along with enough to pay an honest Captain for the journey. Once you're in Jiroch, you would do well to speak with a cattle-herder named Mirrelek - he's really an undercover Pandion Knight, Sir Perraine, there to keep an eye on the Eshandist movement, and will be glad to help your quest once he learns what it is. He'll have up-to-date, local information, at the very least."
"As to food - we can certainly send some along. Feeding the hungry is one of the charitable works of the Church, after all, is it not Dolmant?"
Dolmant nods. "It is indeed," he says.
"And as a charitable work of the Church, we can certainly indulge in it at any time we so please. I hope your people will appreciate military rations - they're not tasty, but they keep well. Will there be anything else?"