Isobel falls in next to Eilid as the maga walks around the covenant. She glances back at the sentry, wondering for a moment why the person thinks she's a threat, but then quickly forgets that they're being followed.
She listens carefully to what Eilid says, somewhat uneasy around the woman because of her Gift. But surprisingly, she seems more relieved than shocked at the maga's big reveal.
"I'm so glad you came out and said it so explicitly," Isobel replies in Gaelic immediately. "I was wondering how to tell you I knew without offending you. I've been watching you from afar for some time now, and paying attention to the rumors about your settlement. Moreover I've had my ...," she hesitates a moment before going on, "... my familiar looking in on you. He can't get past the road we're walking on - you have some powerful protection magic at work - but he's still learned some things."
"You see," she continues, "I'm a witch too, though from a different tradition than you, I think. At least you don't seem to be in a coven like mine. And you're a natural witch too, like Elspeth from my coven. I've known her for years and still feel uneasy around her, like I do around you. Belasco - my familiar - tells me that it's part of being a natural witch. I hear that it's one reason that some covens can be disfunctional. He warned me that if I started feeling uneasy around one of you, I needed to try and overcome those feelings, and I am trying. I still feel suspicious around you. But I try and pretend you're Elspeth and ignore those feelings like I do with her."
"I specialize in healing, though I can do other things as well. I can talk to animals and use magic to find things and ... well, more than that. I can also brew potions to let other people share my magic." She reaches into a belt pouch and takes out a small carved wooden container stoppered at one end, offering it to Eilid. "Here's a healing potion for you as a gift. It should heal one person of any but the most fatal of injuries. Belasco wanted me to tell you that I can also brew potions that would help you overcome exhaustion. He seemed to think you'd find that interesting."
"But I'm also trained in mundane healing, and even some Medicine," she adds, then switches to accented Latin. "And I've learned how to speak the Latin that you sometimes use around your settlement. I really think I might fit in here, though I have no desire to displace your Runa. Please say that you think there might be a place for me."