Orion smiled, her argument definitely making sense. It was how he would justify it, after all. Leaving the village was a way to see the world, to know what is happening around the area, to be more...worldly. People often tend to stick to their comfort zones, unwilling to leave their bubble, as Cheshire would call it. The bubble, however, served an important function. Rhyolite Village served more than just a safe-haven, but also as a building block of society. It was an attempt for civilization, at its bare bones.
"This bubble is more than what it looks like, you know," Orion frowned, trying to find the words before it left him, "Rhyolite is a place where people try to be people, for the most part." He paused for a moment, "Out there, the Calamity is still alive, ravaging whatever it could get its hands on. In settlements like these, we try to forget. We try to move past our bloody past, and forged a new future that's remotely better than what we've had."
Orion wasn't sure how to continue after his small spiel. His face had turned ashen, which he tried to drown by chugging down the last of his beer. He waved for the barkeep, another mug was placed in front of him in a flash. He'd been here too many times, and everyone knew how much he'd drink, they were always prepared.
"Family's important," Orion's gaze went past Cheshire and onto the street, lost in his thoughts for a moment. Family was a word he could never utter without feeling a pang in his chest. Family was something he did not have. "Me? I wake up for smoke and booze, of course!" Orion wiped the frown on his face, replacing it with a well-practiced smile. He really did not know why he was fighting. To be stronger? Probably. To honour his mother, most definitely. There was something else, however, and he just didn't know how to articulate it properly. It was at the back of his mind, just nagging at him.
"To family! May they always keep you straight onto your course!" He toasted, his smile now full-on as he took a long gulp of his drink, "Have you met any of the members yet? Master? Any of them pester you?" He was slowly feeling the effects of alcohol, but he wasn't debilitated...yet.