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Title: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Shan Gutarus on February 23, 2004, 12:18:22 PM
They had traveled for just over two weeks, the pace steady (though not as quick as Paladia would have liked) and now the party stood staring up at the path that would lead them into Crazy Woman Pass and through the Mithril Mountains.

The journey from the woods had been uneventful. Nyari, having quickly become comfortable with the rest of the group, turned out to be a very talkative young girl. She would excitedly discuss anything with anyone, even taking in conversations with the relatively unresponsive Shanvorin, whom she would occasionally ride upon when tired.

Finally, the party had come to the base of the mountains where they made camp. Now it was early morning, the sun just coming over the horizon, and Paladia was eager to go.

Shan was lying on a large flat stone, looking up at the simple path that had brought them through the low hills that built up to the mountains, and now would bring them into the actual range itself. The trail was lined with craggy rocks and large boulders.

There's something about this place I don't like he thought irritably, but Shan's thoughts were interupted as Nyari climbed up beside him and told the shingar about some dream she had that night.



"A dream can exist only in darkness."



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Paladia Entonei on February 25, 2004, 11:05:22 AM
Paladia stood off from the side of the party, as she was often found. The journey had not been as the Tethinrhim would have liked. The pace had seemed too casual, the light hearted chit chat among the group irritating her. Pally was also uncomfortable in the unfamiliar settings; the elf missed her trees, her forest, her home.

"Let's go!" she ordered impatiently, walking through the rough camp as the others were packing up. "I want to get through with my business in these mountains as quickly as possible," she added, skeptically scanning over the large boulders and craggy trail sides.

Finally the group was moving, and the elf couldn't help but notice the cat's uneasiness. He feels it too, Pally thought to herself, still looking over the new terrain as they walked through the trail. Something is missing, out of place...I just can't put my finger on it.

It was still morning, midday an hour or two away, when the small party came to a snow-fed stream, not large enough to make itself too much of an obstacle in their path. On the other side of stream was the fabled Crazy Woman Pass, its winding road coming up high into the mountains.

"This is Crazy Woman Pass," Paladia announced, turning back to the group, "We can rest if you need it." The elf's cold stare drifting down towards Nyari, who was trying hard not to reveal her quickened breathing.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Urse the Distant on February 26, 2004, 02:46:22 AM
Urse found himself trapped between the sky and the ground.  His eyes were sometimes transfixed by the beauty of the mountain ridges and peaks.  Then he would look down at the child and make sure she was keeping up, or if showing tiredness, someone was picking her up and carrying her.

It was hard going, certainly harder than he was used to down on the plains between the cities.  He gasped for breath and hoped they would rest from the relentless pace soon.

"Queprur waits...."

The Favor of Querprur



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kareesh Valendar on February 27, 2004, 12:53:22 AM
Kareesh felt uneasy, but why, she could not tell. Even as they were walking, she rested her hand on her dagger's hilt. When they came to Crazy Woman Pass, the female Elf up front told them they could rest if they needed to.

"I do not require rest," Kareesh said as she held her tongue at all the things that she wanted to say. "But it seems others in our group do. I say that we rest for awhile, at least till we are all rested enough to go into the mountains."

Its like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didnt want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy...?



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Mnsyth Mrnwn on February 27, 2004, 04:44:22 AM
Minsyth nodded from beneath his cloak at Kareesh's comment. He himself did not need rest and would not need any for many more hours. "Perhaps the few of us that do not need rest can scout ahead a little ways to make sure everything is clear."

He had noticed everyones uneasiness about the place and realized that there was something about it but it was not strongly felt in him as it seemed to be with the others. He actually kinda liked this place oddly enough.

Slowly, he passed up everyone and made his way a little farther from everyone, looking ahead, seeing if his eyes would catch anything unusual about the place...

"...Life is a story waiting to be written. It is up to us to make it exciting and unforgetable..." - Shara



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Shan Gutarus on February 27, 2004, 01:20:22 PM
Nyari, relieved that some of the party members had decided upon a rest, sat herself down next to the stream. The small child dipped her hand in the ice cold water, swishing it around to make tiny whorlpools. She seemed so at peace for a child so young to be all alone, and so far from home.

"Perhaps the few of us that do not need rest can scout ahead a little ways to make sure everything is clear."

Shan looked back at Paladia to see if the elf was moving to go with Minsyth. By the way she had sat down away from the rest of the group and was once again scanning over the strange parchment, the shingar was having doubts. The cat, restless and wanting to find out for himself why this place seemed so odd to him, plodded over to stand by Minsyth's side.

The shingar looked up at the warrior with his human-like blue eyes as if waiting for him to take the lead.

~~~~

Meanwhile, the slim form of a young woman peered over the edge of a cliff, her prone body hidden by a struggling bush which clung desperatly to life on the rock. A small smile escaped her lips, as the woman slipped back into the shadows of the rocky terrain unnoticed.



"A dream can exist only in darkness."



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kim Sandrage on February 28, 2004, 07:43:22 AM
Kim sat herself against a rock to ease her feet. Oh how she missed the snow of her home. She looked sadly at the area as she throught back to the weather and terrain of her home.
"So quiet here so bare" She wispeared upder her breath.
Walking up to Nyari Kim smiled at the child her cold heart felt the pain and lonliness of this child.
"So where are you from Im from Cyhalloi."  

Welcome to shadow world far under northern skies
Mountains and raging seas, valleys and icy winds Glory and majesty, triumph and victory
Legends and epic tales born between these dark lakes
For you a new one written with black blood
(Lyrics from Luca Turilli - Magic Horizons



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Paladia Entonei on February 28, 2004, 03:44:22 PM
Nyari looked up from the stream, her attention drawn to one of the women who had turned to speak with her. "My daddy travels with me. He says that our home is on the road and our fate is with the wind," Nyari replied proudly, speaking of her father like he was some kind of war hero or grand king. The little girl's eyes drifted up to the sky, "I miss him. He used to tell me stories before bed." But with a sudden bright smile, Nyari continued, "But Daddy will be in Nepris! Waiting for me with Uncle Dimitri. And he'll tell me all about his escape from the evil bandit men!"

Paladia, who had taken a seat a respective distance away from the others, looked up from the parchment. Not used to the mannerisms and minds of children, the elf stated coldly, "Don't get you're hopes up, child. Bandits are ruthless."

Understanding well what the Tethinrhim had meant, Nyari turned a pleading face towards Kim's general direction, "But Daddy will be okay. He protects me. He can protect himself."



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kim Sandrage on February 28, 2004, 09:08:22 PM
Km looked at the elf then back to the young girl. It was possible that her father was already dead but surely the belief that they were alive was better than the belief they were already dead.
"Im afraid I do not know, Your father may well of got away if he did we will find him for you and return you back in to his arms."  Looking out in to the distance her mind once again drew back to her home and her Godfather. She wondered if he was okay, if he missed her... No why would he. Shaking the thoughts from her head she turned to the Tethinrhim.
"How far is it to Nepris?"

Welcome to shadow world far under northern skies
Mountains and raging seas, valleys and icy winds Glory and majesty, triumph and victory
Legends and epic tales born between these dark lakes
For you a new one written with black blood
(Lyrics from Luca Turilli - Magic Horizons



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Paladia Entonei on March 02, 2004, 03:38:22 PM
Paladia looked back up from her parchment. "To Nepris? I..." the elf paused. She didn't know. Geography wasn't something a Kaerian warrior studied. But before the warrior could answer, a small voice interupted her.

"Two days," said Nyari, her hand swishing through the cold water again. "Two days with ponies going slow. And more breaks."

The auburn haired elf stared with a look of both surprise and satisfaction at the child. Suddenly, her hazel eyes turned cold. "Right. Should take just over a day for us then," the elf said with finality, looking back at the poem that the cat had held on their first meeting.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kim Sandrage on March 07, 2004, 05:33:22 AM
"okay a day." Turning back to the little girl, Kim watched as she played with the water. So young and so innocent, poor thing may never see her father again but it sounded like she had family.
Looking up she questioned Paladia.
"What is Nepris like i have never been there. I was told it would be a good place to find work."

Welcome to shadow world far under northern skies
Mountains and raging seas, valleys and icy winds Glory and majesty, triumph and victory
Legends and epic tales born between these dark lakes
For you a new one written with black blood
(Lyrics from Luca Turilli - Magic Horizons



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kareesh Valendar on March 09, 2004, 04:44:22 AM
"If it is a good place to find work, then it must be a good place to find a place that I may sell the small collection that I started before I was kicked out of the last town," Kareesh thought to herself as she watched the human child play in the water. She could tell that all the others thought that the child's father would already be dead, as did she. Death came frequently for many people.

"If we are to reach this city, then we should leave this place as soon as possible," Kareesh said looking around.

Its like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didnt want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy...?



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Shan Gutarus on March 09, 2004, 10:40:22 AM
Minsyth glanced down at Shan, then up at the rest of the party.

"I will take the cat further up the trail. I wish to see what we have ahead of us," he said. Skipping over the glacier-fed stream, the ebony furred cat in pursuit, Minsyth began walking up the trail.

The elf and the shingar rounded a bend, the scouting pair walking out of sight of the rest, and continued walking, his step quick.

The bubbling and sloshing of the brook had long since been left behind. The shingar, ears flattened, stopped in his tracks and padded the ground nervously with a large front paw. Something was wrong. And now it only dawned on the wild-cat. It was silent. The stream's babble had died away minutes ago, no birds chirped, no creature disturbed the delicately perched pebbles and not even a breeze rustled the sparse vegetation.

Minsyth glanced down at him curiously, but suddenly, the elf turned his head up to the trail, now understanding what lurked about them. A hand on his sword-hilt, Minsyth took a step back as Shanvorin crouched.

A crude arrow thudded into the soil at their feet, and the pair turned their gazes upward. Coming over the edge of a small slope were at least a dozen wild men and women. The men, their faces covered with scraggly beards caked with mud, carried crude clubs or swords. The few women, their hair long and equally unruly, carried either spears or thin daggers.

The thirteen wild-folk, obviously making their homes in the caves that dotted the mountainsides, charged in Minsyth and Shan, weapons drawn and ready. A huge man, apparently their leader, screamed a wild cry that echoed off the walls of the mountain trails and came barreling down on Minsyth, club raised high.



"A dream can exist only in darkness."



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Paladia Entonei on March 09, 2004, 09:57:22 AM
"If we are to reach this city, then we should leave this place as soon as possible,"

So impatient, that woman is Pally thought to herself irritably, though had to admit that she had similiar wants to get things on with.

About to tell Kim how she had never been to Nepris in her life, Paladia was cut off, words on her lips, by an angry scream coming from further up the trail.

"By the gods, what was that?" Pally began, already on her feet. Straining her keen hearing towards the sound, the trained warrior was now certain some kind of struggle was already in the works.

"Looks like you've got your wish," the woman snapped at Kareesh, taking her bow up and slinging it over one shoulder, ready to charge up to the sounds of battle.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"

Edited by: Paladia Entonei  at: 3/10/04 0:11


Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Urse the Distant on March 12, 2004, 04:05:22 AM
Urse was lost in his thoughts.  Once again he was thinking about the time in his childhood when he confronted the witches for the white lady and how he had loved her since.  His mind was making its familiar journey to the incident with door that changed him when he heard the scream.

"Oh, I think Queprur will have her hands full today."

He tried to get the non-combatants to hide behind some rocks, while looking wildly over his shoulder.

"Queprur waits...."

The Favor of Querprur



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Paladia Entonei on March 14, 2004, 10:21:22 AM
Paladia had her bow notched and ready as the elf skidded around the last bend. Her long, graceful strides came to a stop as the elf was confronted with a horde of wild men before her. The first dozen stood on the trail, surrounding Minsyth and Shan, joined with a handful of trained archers perched atop cliffs and boulders around them.

The warrior spotted a female archer above taking aim at the others who had followed Paladia up the trail towards the ambush. Raising her bead to the cave-dweller, the Tethinrhim let fly. Her aim was true, as always, and the shot landed the woman in the chest.

Paladia paused a moment, her face losing all it's color. The warrior had never killed a soul. Her training had never required her so. Tears rimmed at her eyes, but the young, stoic elf refused to show weakness. I had no choice she told herself, I couldn't just let her shoot....

With a detirmined huff, Paladia looked up to the archers again. Those who had flanked the dead woman had fled in cowardice, apparently racing along a defined trail. All thoughts of guilt or regret dissolved, the elf moved to ready another shot.

But Paladia was rudely interupted as a sharp pain coursed through her left arm. Her entire left side pulsed with pain, as the wild-man brought his club up for a second, more solid, blow. The archer took a step back, only to feel herself up against the cold, rough surface of the side of the mountain. Four wild men stalked up to the elf, their eyes gleaming wildly with battle lust.

Clutching at her weapon in her left hand, which still tingled from the strike, Paladia's right arm dropped down to the concealed dagger on her hip. But the woman knew too well that with the four men closing in, she wouldn't have the speed to drop them all without another feirce, and probably fatal, strike.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Halatir on March 14, 2004, 02:24:22 PM
Traveling off the path, Halatir pushed himself to travel faster, harder, testing his limits to keep his mind off Twen... and Shailiha. Stepping and climbing nimbly over the rocks and boulders he enjoyed the solitude, even as he missed the company of his constant companions.

The circumstances of their separation were.. strange to say the least, but before he could embark on that memory, wild calls interrupted his thoughts, emanating from where he believed the main path into "Crazy Woman Pass" began.

Changing his pace to a slow jog, he weaved his way around the boulders, appearing over the path rather than in it as he had expected. The wild bearded men in the path instantly drew his attention, distracting him from the dead woman at his feet, an arrow imbedded in her chest. Stumbling over the body, his gaze fell on a red headed woman surrounded by four attackers. Bad odds.

Working his way to the ledge over her he tensed himself and drew his cutlass, leaping off and landing in crouch directly in front of the woman, immediately springing to stab one of the men through the chest, turning to square off with another in the next moment.

In the end, all that mattered was you...



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Paladia Entonei on March 16, 2004, 02:42:22 PM
Her muscles tensing, Paladia readied her trained figure for a last desperate lunge. But all thoughts were shot as a blur landed before her. Expecting it to be another wild man, coming in for the kill, the elf poised to kill, but was stopped as she recognized the smooth, chiseled face of her elven kin.

With a curt nod of gratitude to the newcomer, Pally dug her left heel into the soil and spun, sidling past Halatir, her dagger hand out wide. The slow, bulky man who now stood in her way (a rather undesirable position) met a razor sharp blade in the cheek and the blunt connection of dagger hilt soon after. The elven warrior's smooth knockout left her victim unconcious on the trail and his companion wide eyed and slack jawed.

But that didn't last for long. The next opponent for Paladia was smart enough to take a step back as the Tethinrhim lashed out with her dagger. Thinking fast, Pally tucked her blade away and had her bow readied and squared on the bearded man's nose.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Shan Gutarus on March 17, 2004, 10:07:22 AM
Minsyth and Shan had managed to keep the ambush party at bay for a while, the shingar doing most of the work with growls and displayed teeth.

But, with help from their enthusiastic leader, the wild men were closing a circle in around the two. Minsyth unsheathed his longsword fully, wavering it threateningly at the nearest clubbed man. Shan on the other hand hunched his back, digging his front claws into the dirt and bearing his pearly white teeth.

This caused the men to hesitate slightly; not too keen on being mauled to death by three pygges of fur and sharp, pointy things. Growling, their leader urged them forward to attack.

Three young men, eager to please, lept forward. Two towards the elf and one closer to Shan. Minsyth busied himself with the two, parrying and swiping at their blunt clubs. Shanvorin was more reluctant to surge ahead into battle.

The shinger and the young man in front of him stalked each other, the two trying to get a feel for their opponent. Jeers came from the man's comrads, boosting his confidence.

Weilding a crude spear, the wild man sprung over Shan. The wild cat whipped to the side, dodging the spear only to face off with the bearded fellow again.

"The kitty's got spunk!" the man cried, a strange accent on his words.



"A dream can exist only in darkness."



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Urse the Distant on March 18, 2004, 02:07:22 AM
Urse was torn.   If he moved away from his position guarding the child and the others, then they would be easy meat for these wild men who came from nowhere.  Yet, if he did nothing, he could see the warriors being overwhelmed.

He spoke to his goddess for guidance.  Looking down he saw a rock.

"Quick everyone!  Throw rocks!   It may be our only chance."

With enthusiasm he grabbed a couple of stones and pelted them at the wild men, all the time encouraging the others to join him.

"Queprur waits...."

The Favor of Querprur

Edited by: Urse the Distant at: 3/17/04 18:08


Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Halatir on March 18, 2004, 01:19:22 PM
As the woman took care of one of the men and turned on another in rapid succession, Halatir focused on his opponent, feinting and jabbing to cover up his lack of skill with the blade.

There was no time for a spell, so he took a deep breath and slipped into the stance his teachers had taught him for meditation, his blade angled down over his head and his left hand held out, towards his opponent. His face was neutral as he planned his moves in the split second he had, having to adjust the routine because of the blade in his hands.

Sliding into motion, he whipped his blade down and around, letting his left arm fall as he followed his cutlass into a quick twirl, letting it bring him one step closer to the wild man, taking the hilt in both hands as he came to face his opponent and jabbing ahead swiftly, pulling back before it even had the chance to hit, lifting his wrists towards his head to angle the blade down across his body before flipping his wrists to bring the blade into a downward slash, once again twirling and........ stopping as he saw his opponent running away down the path.

Smirking, he kept his cutlass ready, turning to see how the woman had faired in her battle and prepared to jump in if needed.

In the end, all that mattered was you...



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kim Sandrage on March 19, 2004, 07:03:22 AM
Kim turned to Urse,
"I will protect the child. You go a head and fight."
Turning back to the child.
"Come" Kim commanded and looked around for shelter. Seeing a few bushes with shadows she pulled the child with her and pulling her under her cloak she hid her and the child concentrating and managing to hide them both from the eyes of the people.  

Welcome to shadow world far under northern skies
Mountains and raging seas, valleys and icy winds Glory and majesty, triumph and victory
Legends and epic tales born between these dark lakes
For you a new one written with black blood
(Lyrics from Luca Turilli - Magic Horizons



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Paladia Entonei on March 21, 2004, 09:06:22 AM
Nyari shivered under cover, not capable of seeing around the bend to the fight. "W-what's happening? Who's fighting up there? I don't want to be left alone again," Nyari whispered, her large blue eyes rimming with tears. The little girl shuffled uncomfortably and caused the bush they hid behind to rustle.

A young archer on the cliff above was scanning the area, and noticed the unnatural movement. Grinning, he bent down on one knee and notched an arrow. Matching the bead up to the dark forms behind the bush, the wild-man let fly.

Palladia's own arrow still lay rested on the forehead of one of the ill trained warriors. "Why did you ambush us," the elf asked, keeping her words slow and deliberate. The man's face hardened, but as Pally pressured the arrow tip into his skin, he answered.

"We were...he said...told....you came through. We had to, so we can stay alive," he stuttered, shaking visibly.

Paladia's cruel eyes examined the man, then with a shove, sent him running down the path. The red haired elf turned to the new comer. "Thank you," she said coldly to Halatir with a curt nod, "I am in your debt." The woman's eyes narrowed as she caught a glimpse of Minsyth and Shanvorin having difficulties of their own.

"I have to help my -- them," she continued as she notched another arrow and took aim at one of the aggressors.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kim Sandrage on March 22, 2004, 06:36:22 PM
Kim whispered tenderly to the child.
"Hush Nyari we do not want them to see us." Moving her arm found Nyari tighter she held on to the child trying to protect her.

Kim looked out from her cover and saw a man on the cliff notice them and aim an arrow at them. Quickly she pushed Nyari out of the way hoping she had enough time to get out the way herself .  

Welcome to shadow world far under northern skies
Mountains and raging seas, valleys and icy winds Glory and majesty, triumph and victory
Legends and epic tales born between these dark lakes
For you a new one written with black blood
(Lyrics from Luca Turilli - Magic Horizons



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Halatir on March 27, 2004, 09:14:22 AM
Nodding, Halatir sheathed his cutlass, pulling his quarterstaff from over his back and planting it upright into the ground in front of him. Closing his eyes, he spoke softly to the red haired elf, a soft accent tinging his voice

"Tell your friends to cover their eyes and be ready to take care of those that are left."

Staring past his staff in front of him, he focused on the closest of the attackers, giving her a moment to warn her friends as he picked out his targets. Raising his hands to the sky, his voice ringing out through the pass, "Vsh r, Vsh r!"

As he clapped his hands together, a round of thunder rolled across the sky and in a rapid succession of flashes, lighting struck, leaving his targets on the ground, some burned beyond recognition.

In the end, all that mattered was you...



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Paladia Entonei on March 27, 2004, 09:40:22 AM
The arrow thudded into the ground, literally a hair away from Kim's shoulder. Cursing to himself, the archer slung his bow over his back and unsheathed a short sword. Coming away from his cover, the wild man jumped over the edge of the cliff which lined the one side of the path. His feet skipped off the steep rock, but just enough to keep him from a straight drop. Grinning, thinking he had them caught, the man charged the place where Kim and Nyari huddled on the ground, a gleaming sword in hand.

Further up the trail, Paladia stared curiously at Halatir. It took her a moment to understand, and then it finally clicked. Magic! The Tethinrhim was not used to magic, and generally distrusted it. The elf preferred tactile weapons to rid of her enemies.

Keeping a level enough head to heed the elf's warning, Paladia turned to the group where Minsyth and Shanvorin continued to lightly spar with their opponents.

"Get down!" she screamed in Styrash, meaning for Minsyth to understand but keep the wild men from knowing their fate. Having done all she could, Paladia brought one arm up against her face as Halatir began his spell.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Shan Gutarus on March 27, 2004, 09:54:22 AM
Minsyth sidled away from a weak jab. The wild men were toying with him, he knew, but it wouldn't be long until they wanted blood. Suddenly, a female voice peirced through the jeers of the men.

"Get down!" came the elvish cry, and from the tone of Paladia's voice, Minsyth knew to obey. He feigned quickly to the right, then dropped down to the ground and kicked his opponents legs out from under him. The elven warrior held his position on the ground, awaiting whatever was about to strike.

Shan on the other hand did not hear the warning. And even if he had, the wild cat wouldn't have understood it. The shingar's opponent was overconfident, which only caused Shan more energy to dodge his less than "teasing" jabs.

All of a sudden, a sharp crackle reached Shanvorin's ears. A bright light flashed and the cat was thrown back by a tremendous blast. Dirt and charred debris took flight as lightning struck the earth about them.

A club of one unfortunate man broke in half from the flash. While one end fell harmlessly to the ground, the other end of the weapon went flying. It hurtled towards Paladia and struck the warrior in her exposed ribs. Her sharp cry of pain brought Shanvorin to raise his head.

Around them lay charred bodies of the dead and the down. Those who had survived, a scarce four of the original wild men, lay groaning on the ground, struggling to stand.



"A dream can exist only in darkness."



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kim Sandrage on March 28, 2004, 08:59:22 PM
Kim saw the man headed towards them with his sword bearing. First the arrow now this, Kim was furious.
Pushing forward her hand she muttered a few words and it was as though the mans shadow went against him slowing him down slightly. This gave Kim enough time to push Nyari out the was and pull out her fan. She ran at him and attacked him. However Kims concentration dropped slightly giving the man time to attack back.
He managed to block many of her attacks, before she struck out with her leg and kicked the man down in suprise. Hovering over the man her foot on his weapon hand she stared at him.
"Why did you attack?" she questioned her blade going down to his neck.

Welcome to shadow world far under northern skies
Mountains and raging seas, valleys and icy winds Glory and majesty, triumph and victory
Legends and epic tales born between these dark lakes
For you a new one written with black blood
(Lyrics from Luca Turilli - Magic Horizons



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Paladia Entonei on March 30, 2004, 04:54:22 PM
Paladia watched in awe as lightening struck the ground, striking down her enemies. But a sudden blow knocked her breath from her lungs and stole away her thoughts of magic.

And airborn peice of club shot through the air. With her arms sheilding her face from the spell, Pally's ribs were left unprotected. The heavy wood collided with her left ribcage, throwing her back. Paladia could feel the agonizing crunch of bone as she hit the ground, crying out.

The elf lay there, gnashing her teeth, as the largest of the wild men stood from the burnt area. The large man, obviously their leader, stood and veritably shook with rage, his crazed eyes flicking back and forth from Halatir to Minsyth and back.

Further down the trail, a far more frightened wild man stared up at Kim, sweat beading on his forehead.

"Why did you attack?"

"Those were our orders," he stuttered. Something was strange about him. He was dirty and bore a scraggly beard of a man truly living in the wild. Yet as he spoke, the man's teeth were straight and white, his eyes glimmering with civility. "We jus' doing what told. Told to strike as you folk came up the trail."



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kim Sandrage on March 30, 2004, 05:03:22 PM
Kim stared at the man as he spoke. Something didn't feel right. She looked about briefly seeing many of the others scattered and a long haired man probably there leader. She decided to leave the elves to deal with him. Then looking back towards Nyari she checked the girl was unhurt.
"Are you okay Nyari?"
Looking back down at the man without waiting for a response she wondered what she should do with him.
"Nyari take the mans sword from his hand please. I have got his arm trapped and will keep an eye of him. Becareful though I do not know how many more are hidden"

Welcome to shadow world far under northern skies
Mountains and raging seas, valleys and icy winds Glory and majesty, triumph and victory
Legends and epic tales born between these dark lakes
For you a new one written with black blood
(Lyrics from Luca Turilli - Magic Horizons



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Urse the Distant on April 01, 2004, 10:16:22 PM
Urse had covered his eyes and crouched, although he was not sure what to expect.  Then came a loud crack and a smell he did not know followed by the foul stench of one he wished he did not.

He looked up and seeing what looked like bodies, set off towards them.  They were foolish, violent people but they belonged to his mistress and he must prepare them.

Looking around he could see that nearly all the dead had departed.  There was only one woman sobbing.  Her face was charred off and Urse could see the sky through her chest.  

"Hush, now.   You will soon be in Querprur's warm arms.  Now before you go to the Lady, tell me who paid you to attack us."

"Queprur waits...."

The Favor of Querprur

Edited by: Urse the Distant at: 4/1/04 14:17


Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Shan Gutarus on April 02, 2004, 02:41:22 PM
A faint reply came from the dead woman, speaking from beyond the grave.An elf. Rounded us up. We're only merce-- She was not given a chance to continue as her voice was cut off and the spirit became silent.

The wild cat was running. He heard Paladia cry out and when the shingar raised his head, Shan saw the elfmaid falling to the ground, clutching at her ribs.

Shan came up beside Pally, the elf groaning and holding her side. But the shingar was interupted by the low, baratome voice of the group's leader.

"You there!" he cried, pointing a shaking finger towards Halatir, "What do you think you're doing? They said there would be casualties, but not this many."

Nyari was oblivious to the events up the trail, the little girl was not even aware of Halatir's spell. The child stared wide-eyed at Kim for a moment, not seeming to register.

"Nyari take the mans sword from his hand please."

Blinking, Nyari ran over to Kim and her captive. The little girl bent down and tentatively picked up the short sword. Twisting it over in her hands, she looked up at Kim and lifted it up to the woman to take it.



"A dream can exist only in darkness."

Edited by: Shan Gutarus  at: 4/8/04 3:33


Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kim Sandrage on April 02, 2004, 03:59:22 PM
Kim took the short sword as Nyari gave it to her and looked it over.
"Thank you" She said to Nyari "Now stay close to me."
Turning down to the man on the floor she awaited pressed her foot down a little harder, making it harder for him to breath.
"What should I do with you?"

Welcome to my world of shadows

Edited by: Kim Sandrage  at: 4/4/04 12:27


Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Halatir on April 04, 2004, 01:06:22 PM
Lowering his hands, Halatir brushed them gently against each other and gathered his staff, slipping it back over his back as he coldly eyed the speaker. His voice held no warmth as he sized the man up.

"Then your employer didn't research very well, did he? Tell me why this group is so valuable and maybe I won't kill you where you stand."

Letting his voice fade away, he wiggled his fingers and spoke a soft word in styrash, causing the wind to rise around him, ruffling his hair and robes, as if he was charging for an even more powerful attack.

Focused as he was on the speaker, he hoped there were no more wild men brave enough to attack him.

In the end, all that mattered was you...



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Mnsyth Mrnwn on April 04, 2004, 06:39:22 PM
The blast of lightning that the spellcaster had brought upon the opponents had left him stunned and speechless. The last time he had seen power of that kind was with his sister yet her power was nothing compared that of the man beside him.
Minsyth moved to the shadows, being careful as to not be seen or heard as he hurried to get around everyone and get to Paladia and aid her, for even though the cat was now with her, he could do little to help her.

Rushing behind the party he returned to them next to Pally, kneeling next to her, eyeing the area at which her hands were clutching her ribs in pain. Carefully, he stilled her, "Moving will only cause more pain....lie still and let me look at it.." It was then that the leader spoke to the man who had cast the spell. Since he was not being addressed by anyone, he returned to his task in caring for Pally, trying to make her comfortable as best he could in the situation.
Lifting her hand, he gently felt the area, careful as to not cause too much pain, even though he knew it would.

Glancing about the persons of the group, it seemed that everything was under control. Kim was with the girl, Halatir was speaking with the leader, he was with Paladia and the cat...Urse was alone, seemingly conversing with himself as Minsyth often saw him do. All of them were in his line of sight...all others he could not see at the time.  

"...Life is a story waiting to be written. It is up to us to make it exciting and unforgetable..." - Shara



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Paladia Entonei on April 06, 2004, 05:41:22 AM
"Moving will only cause more pain....lie still and let me look at it."

Paladia groaned and lay still, knowing that Minsyth spoke the truth. "My ribs..." she muttered through clenched teeth, "I've broken at least one."

"Tell me why this group is so valuable and maybe I won't kill you where you stand."

The leader of the raiders looked at the hurt elf with relative compassion. The huge man turned to look back up at Halatir. "Listen. We were hired to cause trouble. Nothing more. We're all -- we were all -- mercenaries. Hired," he answered, his deep voice steady and emotionless, "I know what you're thinking. And no, we don't know his name. None of us even met him."

One of the raiders coughed as Kim's foot pressed against him and Nyari shuffled in behind the woman. "Rhalle speaks the truth. None of us met him," the pinned man stuttered then grinned up at Kim, "or her."



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kim Sandrage on April 06, 2004, 05:14:22 PM
Kim looked between Nyari and the man.
"What do you mean" She demanded her teeth gritting, pressing down on his throat harder.
Kim looked towards the leader.
"What did he mean!" Unconciously she pulled Nyari even closer to protect her from the words of these men.  

Welcome to my world of shadows



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Urse the Distant on April 07, 2004, 05:04:22 AM
Urse was never annoyed when the car all snapped and the deceased joined his mistress, but there were times when he almost sighed.

Without anger, he broke the necessary three blades of grass and tossed the ritual pebble in the air.   In his strong, quiet voice he move his tongue around the words of passing.

He stood and his heart was glad.

The ghost's words came back. An elf?  Not a lot to go off.  He approached the group, ready to tell them.

"Queprur waits...."

The Favor of Querprur



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Halatir on April 12, 2004, 10:11:22 AM
Halatir spared the yelling woman a moments glance before turning back to the leader, letting the wind around him die down.

"He means that he enjoys playing games with us. Well, I have one of my own. Make sure your employer knows that the next time he... or she, tries something like this again he... or she, can expect much of the same. Not a very wise investment, is it?"

Leaving the man for the others to deal with, he bent down next to the red haired woman, gruffly waving away the warrior at her side, placing his hand gently over the wound.

" It will hurt as it heals, and I won't be able to mend it all the way, but you will be able to move and fight to some degree."

Closing his eyes, he murmured the words elin'ders, the warmth of his magic spreading from his fingers into her wound.


In the end, all that mattered was you...



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kim Sandrage on April 13, 2004, 05:19:22 PM
Kim looked down at the man after hearing Halatirs words.
"Stand" She comanded her eyes thinning, Kim didn't like mind games, she didn't like them one bit.
"If you do not stand I will slit your throat where you lie."

Welcome to my world of shadows



Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Paladia Entonei on April 15, 2004, 12:50:22 PM
Paladia watched as Halatir bent down to aid her. Why does he help me a second time? Perhaps my father sent him.... she thought, but Pally's train of thought was interupted as the warmth of healing washed over her. The warmth was soon peirced by the gnawing pain of bones shifting overwhelmed her.

Pally clenched her firm jaw until Halatir had finished. He had been right, as her broken ribs felt much better. They would definatly have to be bandaged still, and in no way was Paladia fit to fight with decency. But at least the elf could walk.

She flashed a grateful smile at Halatir, a sight rarely seen by strangers.

The man under Kim watched as his leader handled the situation relatively well, but was jolted back to reality at Kim's command. Quivering, the man nodded curtly and began to stand. He gave a nod, a timid one at that, of thanks to Kim and, scratching his scruffy chin, turned back to the huge man for instruction.

The leader, or Rhalle as he was apparently called, crossed his massive arms and looked at the party with cold, blue eyes. "I take my leave. Me and my comrads have suffered enough today," he said, and with a strong nod of respect to each of them, stalked off the opposite way down the trail.

The man standing by Kim surveyed the area. Most were dead, and those who had survived had already managed to limp away. His fellow archers had long fled after his fall. Turning to Kim, the archer gave a long bow of respect and moved to leave after his captain.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"

Edited by: Paladia Entonei  at: 4/15/04 4:50


Title: Re: Chapter 2 -- Silent Dawn of the Sea
Post by: Kim Sandrage on April 15, 2004, 05:32:22 PM
Kim watched as the men left the area, they were fine fighters but fought for a cause that was evil. Turning back to Nyari she checked the child was okay. Something washed over her, never had she cared for anyone, growing up hating the other children, but something about this child, how helpless she was, reminded Kim of herself.
Kim hugged Nyari and smiled at her.
"Everythings going to be fine." But something in the back of her mind told her this wasn't the end and it was something to do with the red haired elf and the cat.
Turning towards the elf
"Should we continue?"

Welcome to my world of shadows