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Author Topic: Chapter 1 - To the Mountains  (Read 24718 times)
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Shan Gutarus
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« Reply #105 on: January 19, 2004, 08:00:22 AM »

The party walked in relative silence until the sun had drifted over head and was now about three quarters to the western horizon. Shan noticed how disturbed Pally was still, and how he wished he could understand what those other elves had said. But the shingar was also noticing a change in the forest. The trees, so grand and spectacular before, were becoming less and less impressive, though their towering forms never ceased to awe Shan.

Soon, the wild cat realized the reason for the thinning of the trees. The group came to the edge of the Auturian Woods, and before them lay the vast plains that seperated them from the mighty Mithril Mountains, their destination.

Shanvorin looked up at Pally, her face drawn with remorse. Why is she so distressed about leaving the forest? he thought to himself. The cat looked back at the party, and Giglar and Sindayl had stopped at the edge.

"I've had enough of this," Giglar said, "I have better things to do than hang out with you people." The dark elf's eyes drifted over to Paladia and she bowed, "Good luck, elf kin." And with that she walked back into the forest and seemed to meld in with the shadows themselves.

Shanvorin looked over to Sindayl. She glanced from person to person and then bowed. "Thank you, Miss Paladia. But here is where our paths must diverge." The woman turned and began walking along the border of the forest towards the north.

Paladia's face had remained cold and stoic throughout the two unexpected seperations. And the elfmaid had become especially stiff when Giglar had regarded to her as 'elf kin'.

"We continue," Paladia said flatly, and the Tethinrhim walked away towards the distant mountains.



"A dream can exist only in darkness."

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Urse the Distant
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« Reply #106 on: January 20, 2004, 03:50:22 AM »

Urse was disappointed when Felina chose to ignore him.  He shrugged and quickened his pace so that he was close to this cat.  A talking cat?  Perhaps he had misunderstand.  Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue?  He decided not to ask the others about it, lest they thought him puddled.

He looked at the cat again.   It did seem self possessed, but then, what cat didn't?  Perhaps he could teach it one of his songs.  It would like that, he imagined.

Still, stranger things existed, but not many.  He had not spoken to the too who had left, so he was quite calm about it.  He wished them well, though.  Singletons in the wilderness often faced dangers that would not approach groups.

"Queprur waits...."

The Favor of Querprur

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Paladia Entonei
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« Reply #107 on: January 21, 2004, 03:57:22 PM »

Giglar had referred to Pally as her 'kin'. Kin! she thought, disgusted Never would I call a dark elf my kin. Just the thought of knowing that her and that woman shared blood in any way sent shivers up Pally's spine.

"We continue," she said flatly, turning her back the Auturian woods. For the first time in all her years, Paladia set foot on soil outside her beloved forest. She grown up there, been taught about the plants and animals that grew and lived within it. Rarely had she heard of or spoken of the world outside. Other elves had of course ventured the world away, but these were not in training to become Kaeirian warriors. They were average Tethinrhim, if such a thing existed.

Paladia kept walking toward the east but suddenly the ebony furred wild cat by her side stopped and the elf could feel the feline form tense. At first she moved to prod the cat along, but a sound, the same sound that had alerted Midnight Cat, reached her sensitive elven ears. A cry. Pally couldn't figure anything else of the noise she heard other than the fact that it was coming from where she planned to go.

The ranger considered for a moment detouring around the possible obstacle, it might waste time especially if the others wanted to investigate. But Paladia realized that this could be part of her intended journey, a test from the gods themselves!

Wanting to find out, the elf continued her course towards that faint cry, wondering what awaited her now. That distant feeling of adventurous yearning bubbled up from inside her for a moment, but Pally's subconcious pushed it down and forced the elf to concentrate on the task at hand.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"

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Shan Gutarus
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« Reply #108 on: January 22, 2004, 10:50:22 AM »

Shan walked beside the leading elf, his thought wandering aimlessly. But just as he was daydreaming about life before the 'incident', a soft noise reached his powerful ears as if it were right beside him.

The wild cat could tell it was a female voice crying out, though that was all Shan could figure from the noise. His pace quickened with Pally beside him, and the shingar went over a small knoll. As he reached the top and looked over, he noticed a group of about half a dozen people in a group. On closer inspection, Shanvorin could make out six distinct figures shoving around a much smaller person.

"It's just some kid" he thought to himself "Having some kind of tussle"

The ebony feline moved to go around the group, but the little girl's sharp cry peirced the air and caused Shan to look at her once more. That last wail was anything but a mock cry of fear. It was honest terror.

Shan had never been known for being especially generous or empathetic. He didn't care for anybody but himself and only did things to help if he could use the deed as later leverage. And not much  had changed for the man-turned-cat.

Maybe her folks are wizards and can change me back. Or they might be rich," he thought as the shingar bounded towards the fight with Paladia in tow behind, "Or even better...maybe she has an older sister"



"A dream can exist only in darkness."

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« Reply #109 on: January 22, 2004, 11:26:22 AM »

Brakken walked along slowly, taking time to stop and look at anything that caught her attention. She always thought best when she was alone, and since she enjoyed thinking immensly, she coincidentally found herself on her own quite often. Today was no different.

She hummed to herself, trying to work out a tune for a song she had just penned lyrics for.

An hour passed, and she realized that she had wandered quite far from her caravan. She also remembered that her caravan was moving in the opposite direction that she had been, and with a few crude mathematical assumptions, Brakken knew that it would take her quite a long time to catch up. About to turn around and try some jogging, the young rover heard the sound of a small child crying out. She looked in the direction of the cry, and saw several men pushing a little girl around, not very far away.

Quickly, she realized that she had to do something, if only because helping someone else when they are in trouble seemed like an honorable and morally just thing to do.

"Hey! What's going on!" she called, as she approached. "Stop that!" Brakken stooped down as she moved towards the group and picked up a rock. Without thinking, she threw it at one of the men and hit him in the small of his back.

Hmmm... that might have been stupid of me, she thought, but she continued towards them, reaching for the virgin dagger at her side.

"Kailee, Kailoo."

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« Reply #110 on: January 23, 2004, 04:13:22 PM »

The man Brakken had hit turned angrilly, rubbing his back from where the rock had hurt. The other five in the band turned their attention from a bruised and crying little girl to look at the new face. But suddenly, one of the men yelped and pointed over to a running shingar and an arming elf coming fast behind.

The jet cat bared his teeth threateningly and turned suddenly as he barreled towards the unarmed man who had alerted the others. The strong build of the feline collided hard with the man, sending the band leader back a ped or so to have him land hard in the soil.

Without a thought to the new woman standing not far away, Shan turned to the rest of the other party, all of them now bearing blades from short swords to dirks to daggers, the men obviously angered by the attack on their comrad.



"A dream can exist only in darkness."

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Paladia Entonei
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« Reply #111 on: January 23, 2004, 04:18:22 PM »

Paladia, surprised when the shingar broke into a run toward the group, started running after herself. The elf took the bow off her back and had the weapon set in moments, not halfway to band of men. The Tethinrhim, seeing clearly that these were not her allies, let fly one arrow to have the missle dig deep into the dirt at the feet at one of the men.

He looked up, a long dagger in hand, as Pally smashed him in the face with the end of her bow. Blood from the man's broken nose splattered on the fine wood, causing a moment of disgust. Human blood..on her bow. Now, as she set another deadly arrow, Pally was mad.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"

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« Reply #112 on: January 23, 2004, 04:34:22 PM »

Brakken was horrified as a large feline approached the group of men. She stopped dead in her tracks and stumbled over a rock. Lurching to the side to catch her balance, Brakken then noticed another figure running towards the ruffians. A female elf with a bow, no less.

Brakken winced as the elf smashed a man in the face with the bow, and could only stare for a few moments. What was going on? Who were all these people and where did they all come from?

A few seconds passed before Brakken realized that the group of men had turned their attention away from herself the little girl. She rushed forward and snatched the child's wrist, pulling her away from the fight.  

"Kailee, Kailoo."

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« Reply #113 on: January 24, 2004, 09:37:22 AM »

He just stood off to the side and watched as Pally and the cat ran to help the woman fight off the men and get the child to safety. It wasn't until the men once again turned back the child did he feel that his presense was needed. He ran over to the woman and helped her get the child out from the center of the field. Making sure that they were alright, he returned to Pally and helped her and the cat fight off the men.

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

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« Reply #114 on: January 25, 2004, 09:55:22 AM »

Pally raised her bow up and marked the bead straight between the eyes of the approaching man. His movements froze and the tip of his blade drooped slightly. Humans she thought with disgust, and the proud elf shot the arrow towards him, but angled the shot down so that it dug deep into the dirt at his feet.

The young man, who couldn't have been far out of his youth, gave a yelp and turned and fled. Paladia, just for good measure, sent another quickly set arrow towards him, pinning the dirt just in front of his feet. The man tripped and stumbled, but regained his feet and seemed to run double the speed.

The elf turned again, to see the shingar growling against a gingerly approaching warrior. But the man was certainly afraid of the large cat, 3 pygges of muscle and fur as dark as night. Pally knew that the midnight cat could handle itself, and the elf turned to face whatever new opponent that approached.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"

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Shan Gutarus
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« Reply #115 on: January 28, 2004, 06:58:22 AM »

Shanvorin turned to see a man with a long dirk in hand aproaching the shingar cautiously. At first, Shan moved to flee but then he remembered just how imposing his new feline form could be.

The shingar arched his back and caused his black fur to go up on end, bearing his pearly white teeth and letting out a menacing growl. The scene gave the man pause, causing the tip of his dirk to dip towards the ground somewhat, but the stubborn soldier held his ground.

Though that soon changed as Shan took one step forward with his huge paws, which sent the man running and leaving his dirk behind.

Quite proud of himself, Shan turned to where the little girl and a new woman were standing. But the cat noticed a figure just behind them, a crossbow notched and aimed straight for the woman's back. Letting out a roar, Shan bounded towards her meaning to push the woman and child out of the way, but the crossbowman pulled the trigger and the missle whistled towards Brakken.



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« Reply #116 on: January 29, 2004, 03:20:22 AM »

Urse unfroze.  The sudden violence seeming to come out of nowhere.  He saw the crossbow being loosed.  This is not Querprur's will!  Holdng his staff aloft, he began to run towards the crossbowman screaming at the top of his voice.

Hopefully, the man will run off before I get there, he thought.

"Queprur waits...."

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« Reply #117 on: January 29, 2004, 06:28:22 AM »

Kim looked around wondering where she was. She had been told there was a village out here where she could find work. I knew I should not of trusted that slimey faced fellow something did not seem right"
As she walked futher she saw a group of people and not far from her a woman and child. Kims heart lept as she saw the weapon heading straight for them. Calling the power deep from within her heart she bound the pair in shadows and pulled them clear. Tired but worried Kim ran to the pair.
"Are you okay?"

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

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« Reply #118 on: January 31, 2004, 04:00:22 AM »

Kareesh had wandered for severald days straight. She only stopped for a few moments each night to regain strength and to eat. Her bright green eyes reflected the sun's bright rays as she looked up at the trees, barely noticing their beauty. Wearing a dark green cloak, her hood was down, revealing her jet black hair. Pointed ears were clearly seen as her hair was pulled back out of her face by some material tied together. ((OOC: Like a ponytail))

As she was walking along, she heard the screams of a young child. She didn't think about it much for she knew that children often played games in the woods. When it came a second time, she began to think more about it. Then, when she started to hear the pained cries of full-grown men, she turned towards where the sound was coming from. The trees soon receeded and she was standing in an open field.When she got the to the sight, she stayed inside the skirts of the foliage. The strange group of seemingly travelers with their large cat, had everything under control. She would just wait here and see if they noticed her.

Her eyes fell upon a small group of women off to the side of where a few were battling men, who she determined to be the attackers.



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...?

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« Reply #119 on: January 31, 2004, 03:08:22 PM »

The crossbowmen fumbled with another missle to get it loaded, hoping that he could gain his bearings before this new screaming man came any closer. But he dropped the crossbow bolt into the dirt and the man with the staff was fast approaching. Groaning loudly, the man dropped his crossbow and turned to flee as Urse was quickly closing the gap.

Meanwhile, Paladia stopped for a moment to regard the situation. Only three of the bullies remained; one of them rather preocupied with the singer and the other having run off the moment Pally had made quick work of his friend.

The last was charging angrilly, his crude shortsword raised in the air, towards the male elf. Looking over at Minsyth, Pally held no doubt that her fellow elf could handle himself with the human easily.

The red haired elf, keeping her bow in hand, started to walk towards the shaken little girl and two women who had come to stand near her.



"Fall down seven times, stand up eight"

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