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Title: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Ta'lia of the Seven Jewels on June 07, 2005, 06:25:22 AM
In the elven city of  Aer'Ylferian  lies a burned woman on a bed out of soft moss, without movement, unconscious. She is looked after well, the best healers of the Quallian are beside her lair and tend her body, but there is no medicine to cure her hurt soul.


Talia doesn‘t know, that she is Talia. She just goes on and on forever, so it seems to her. She cannot rest, for there is no place to rest. All sky is nor‘sidian black, only faint hues of crimson reds jitter over a formless ceiling, reflections of the fires which frame her path. If you can call a path, what is just a small track between pits of glowing coal, erupting fountains of fire, smoking cracks.

She feels so hot, no sweat is cooling her face, she has forgotten the name of water. Even worse is the thirst, her throat is dry and hurts, she is unable to speak, nor to produce any simple sound.

She is ready to die, but not even that is possible. She can only die in a cool, dark place, and she has to find one, maybe over there? And so she stumbles on, sets foot before foot.

Sometimes, very rarely, the heat retreats a little bit, her throat is a bit less hurting, but not for long, then it returns.

She goes down a hill, not steep, not flat. Down there, maybe down there it will be cooler, for it is dark down there.


Siroled, the seer, sits next to her bed and tries to get some fluid into her mouth, but her lips are crusty and  nearly closed. In her dreams this woman reappears daily, but she can‘t tell yet, what the dreams are telling her. she hopes, that a close contact might help to solve the puzzle.

A healer comes and asks her to leave. There is something severely wrong with this woman, and their best priest of Seyella should not face an unknown danger.

***Astropic of the day***
"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path   that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly. ~Don Juan"



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Terra Artemos on June 08, 2005, 12:50:22 PM
Avi'Sharu sits watching over the armor clad, red haired woman as she sleeps peacefully, her sword at her side. She does not particularly relish the task of sitting watch over the exhausted and injured human, but does not envy the older ones task of trying to heal the burned human either. It seems the elders think these human were important, and was at least relieved that all she has to do is sit and make sure the human does not drift off into too deep of a sleep.



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'

Edited by: Terra Artemos at: 6/9/05 17:54


Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Aueniteri on June 09, 2005, 08:43:22 AM
Melor

There is a strange air about him as he enters the small building. A female elf, apparently his senior, stands from a small cot on which she had been resting, and watches him silently as he glances around the room. Melor, this best of the best, this powerful assassin, she notes, takes several seconds before actually recognizing her, and when he does, the look in his eye is something frightening, even to her. Of course, aside from what was just mentioned, there is no evidence, but Melor is panicked.

"I have something for Garrek, and reason to believe he'll be heading this way soon."

He drew out a longsword, of obviously human make. She takes the blade and handles it, curious as to what it might be, but not really daring to ask questions.

"Make sure he gets that, and tell him he needs a new door post."

With that, Melor turned and left. In the same motion, he also left his previous career, but it didn't matter anymore. Garrek was going to have him killed anyway.


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Silence! You could give your excuses until Injèrá hides her head from all Santharia, but it will never preserve your life.
I have so sworn...



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Terra Artemos on June 10, 2005, 08:20:22 AM
Terra awakens to find an female adult elf watching over her, she could not tell really how old the elf was from her appearance, but from the elfs reaction to her waking up Terra figured she was a younger adult. Terra lies in the moss padded bed for a few moments, with something stuck in her mind, like something really important she had forgotten and was trying desperately to remember. It does not bring upon her the pain and dispare of the dark things in her mind, so she tries to relax and let it come to her. Suddenly she sat streight up quickly, felling just a little dizzy for a split moment from the sudden action, and remembers the burn patch of ground where she had found Talia's sword.

Terra is not sure why, but she has the most urgent feeling that she forgot something of very great importance there, and looks around trying to find Hajarian, but he was gone. Terra's eyes finally settled on the elf woman that had been where they faught the demon, then grips her Moon Blades scabbord in one hand and starts to get up. The elf who had been watching over her stood, and spoke sharply in her tongue which Terra did not understand, but she could assume its meaning. As Terra eases her self up from where she had been laying she looked to the elf healer, responds in her usual cool, level tone, hoping that the elf could at least understand her.

"There is something very urgent I must do."

Terra walks over to the elf she remembered from the battle with the demon lord, she thought she vaguely remembered her name was "Teri" something, but was unsure where she heard it or if she was correct. As the battle went on everything became mier in an ever deeper haze, and Terra figures that at some point she must have fallen asleep or worse yet unconcious. Steping before she elf she thought was called Teri, Terra addressed her in the same cool, smooth, level tone that she had addressed the healer in, hoping that this elf could understand her, as she could not quite remember which tongue she spoke if she had at all.

"Could you guide me out of this forest? I must go to a place to the west I think. It is most urgent that I go there."

Terra hoped the elf woman did not ask why, because she was not sure of this herself, but she knew she must go back there.



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Ta'lia of the Seven Jewels on June 11, 2005, 07:59:22 AM

The healer manages to get some liquid into Talia's mouth, but the burned woman does not swallow, nor move in any way.



The burned woman walks emotionless down the hill, trying to avoid the firepits and the smelling windrows of sulphur and other biting substances. But suddenly she stops - has somebody called her? She turns around, looks back - again. A word comes to her mind - Zaa-pher, but she doesn‘t know, what is meant with it, and so she continues going downwards.




To the surprise of the healer, Talia opens her ciliaryless eyes for a moment, but she doesn‘t see anything, her gaze is distance and not looking like that of a sentient being.

***Astropic of the day***
"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path   that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly. ~Don Juan"



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: In the Quallian on June 11, 2005, 08:42:22 AM

„Kurrun, we have to talk to these people, maybe my dreams and visions get clearer then, or we can understand them better. Maybe if we know more about them, they get less frequent and I get some sleep. I can‘t go on like this much more longer.“

Siroled paces in Kurrun's room, looking old out of pure exhaustion. She had lost considerably weight in the last days and at the rim of not be able to stand upright. Soon the moment would come for her to take „The Juice“ and kill her ability to see into the future or to die from exhaustion.


„I know, you are right, my dear, but the high elven circle wanted to wait till the Leias is back from the Zeiphyr, otherwise the strangers have to tell their frightening story twice. The burned woman can‘t tell anything in the moment. but the redhaired should be alright by now. Lieofin will surely support your request as well - he wants to know more , how the demon was able to penetrate into the Quallian. So lets send message to the three to come to me and to report what they want, and why they set their foot into our forest.


Kurrun stands up and shakes a little bell. A young elven boy appears and asks for his wishes.


Ava be with you, Suri. Please go to Lieofin and tell them, that it is necessary to question the travellers already now, for Siroled is in danger. We will ask the group to come to my room and answer our questions. Then go and find the three and bring them in this room. Ask Mirika to bring food and drinks. Thanks you,my boy!“


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Suri, the young elf quickly informs Lieofin about the meeting, then hurries to the room, where the redhaired human rests. He is glad to find the other, more elven one looking as well:


„Ladies,“
he addresses them in the best tharian he is able to speak:


„Our elder Kurrun asks you to visit his room and to tell us , what you are here for, and what happened. This is  not the high elven circle, the burned woman requested to meet, but our leias is still not back, and the information should flow. would you please follow me?“


Hopefully he will find the male elf as well soon.



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Terra Artemos on June 11, 2005, 09:58:22 AM
Terra is hesitant to follow the elf boy, not because she feared danger from doing so, but because she felt so powerfully driven toward another task. Finally she decides its best to get it over with, as she doubts these elves would ask to see a human so eagerly if it was not of some importance. Terra looks to the elf boy and give her stern reply within her usually smooth, level tone.

"Lets go then and get this done quickly. I have another task I feel is of grave importance to deal with."



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Aueniteri on June 12, 2005, 09:05:22 AM
'Teri watches as the elven mage simply presses past her, too intent on his own business to speak with her. Of course, part of it might have been 'Teri stepping out of his way as he got near enough to speak, thus making it look like she had only been there by accident. Maybe he knew she was watching him, wondering, or maybe he didn't. As it was, she wanders to where the healing is being performed, and leans against a wall, starting to slowly fall to a sitting position when an elven boy enters, and immediately addresses the red-haired woman, proceeding a quick glance at 'Teri. Curious, 'Teri stands upright again, and steps away from the wall.


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Silence! You could give your excuses until Injèrá hides her head from all Santharia, but it will never preserve your life.
I have so sworn...



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Ta'lia of the Seven Jewels on June 14, 2005, 07:20:22 AM
OOC: I assume now, that you both will follow the young elf, Teri, you as well, ok?

Suri, not sure, if the elven woman will follow his request as well, looks a last time intensely at her, then he turns round and leaves. He is urged to look back to check, if both are following him, but that would show his insecureness, and he is not willing to give in. So he stops only at the next crossing, looking at the two women and pointing to an upper path.

“We have to go up there!“

Unlike in Geaf, elegant stairs laid out with stone despite the height are leading up in the upper level of the town, nearly at the top of the trees. There they enter a big room built between three trees. Light is falling through the canopy, which is here not as dense as on the bottom of the trees. The room is simple furnished, just a few low seats are arranged in a circle, a low big table is standing in the middle.

Only a few people are here, two who they know already from the forest, Lieofin, the leading mage in the fight against the demon, the other one is the healer they met already there as well. The other three are unknown to them. There is an old elf, simple looking, with plain clothes and no emblems of power or wisdom, but he emanates a presence like no other. A young woman sits next to him. Despite her youth she is looking tired and ill. Haunted.  Not far away, another woman, an old one, despite her elven nature she is looking old, near death. But a friendly smile welcomes the three newcomers.

The old elf raises, when Suri leads Terra and Teri into the room and greets them.

„Welcome, travellers, in the Quallian. Your journey was a hard one, so please sit down and have a cup of cha first before we talk.

Suri knees down and pours everybody a cup of tea. Then he bows and leaves the room without saying anything else.

After a first sip, the old elf continues:

„My name is Kurrun, I‘m a member of the high elven circle as all other present here are as ell. Let me introduce my friends to you. You know already Lieofin, our master mage, adept in many things. On his side, Airam, one of our best healers, you have met her as well in the forest. Our lady there is Aikirana, most probably the oldest elf in the Quallian, a source of knowledge. At last, here on my side  sits Siroled, and she is a seer of Seyella. She saw your coming in a vision, and so we were able to protect you when entering the Quallian. She is the reason we asked you to come and to allow us to interrogate you, though our Leias, to whom the burned woman wanted to speak to tell her news - threatening news - or to seek advice, isn‘t back yet.

Her visions and her dreams concerning you all haven‘t ceased, after the vanishing of the demon - don‘t think, that he is beaten - she has even more dreams than before. But she can‘t point to what they are telling her, there are only fragments. But she can‘t go on for long anymore without dying from exhaustion or loosing her abilities to look into the future. So we ask you, to tell you all you know. That may help to put the fragments and pieces together and solve some questions. Maybe we can help you better afterwards. but please tell us, what happened to you, not only in the Quallian, but before.

But before you start - is there any chance, your companion, the old Ylffer elf, will follow our request as well?“

***Astropic of the day***
"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path   that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly. ~Don Juan"



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Aueniteri on June 14, 2005, 07:43:22 AM
'Teri, not familiar with Talia's apparently former companions, simply looks helplessly at Terra. Although she is doing her best to quell it, she is worried about the gem, which Talia was protecting for some reason, and somehow suspects her brother's involvement in its disappearance.


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Silence! You could give your excuses until Injèrá hides her head from all Santharia, but it will never preserve your life.
I have so sworn...



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: In the Quallian on June 14, 2005, 04:54:22 PM
Kurrun, Lieofin, Siroled, two other elves, Terra, Teri


Kurrun has seen many things in his life. He knows people well. So he observes now, that the two women are not very familiar with each other. The elven one hesitates with speaking, looking insecure at the other one. So he addresses her again:

“ Just tell us , what you have experienced in the last time - when did you meet the others, especially the burned woman. What do you know about her? I heard she claimed to know our former Leias Asaia, better known as Wren, but I don‘t know, what she wanted.
May I as well ask, who you are? We know Hajarian, what brought you to accompany him?


Kurrun hopes, that his questions help the two women to talk about what they have experienced.



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Terra Artemos on June 15, 2005, 01:25:22 PM
Terra hesitantly follows the young elf who leads them streight to a large room built high up in the forest between three trees. Withing the room is a large round table round which sit low chairs, several of the chairs are occupied by elves ranging from relatively young to very old. Terra vaguely recognized two of the elves, but the rest she knew she had not seen before. One of the older ones Terra does not know stands and greets them, and she listens as intently as she can, though still feeling groggy from her injury and sleeping. Finally after the old elf had finished speaking Terra took a sip of the tea that the your elf had poured for her before he left and tried to answer his questions where she could.

"The old Ylffer elf?"

Terra pauses for a brief moment trying to think of what he ment, the realizing he was refering to Hajarian, Terra replies.

"I don't know. He was gone when I woke up, and I don't know where he went, or where he would go."

Terra looks to Teri and notes that she is hesitant to speak, but to their origional request, and the questions the old elf asked, Terra would have to start at the beginning anyway. Terra takes another sip of tea and stares intently at the table as if she is arranging her thoughts and memories upon its surface. After long moments she begins to speak, at first still looking at the table as if moving the last peices into place.

"It seems easiest to start with who I am and work from the beginning of all this, or at least what I can remember. I have not yet fully recovered from my injuries, so I hope you can bare with me.

I am Terra Artemos, my first memories are of the island of Guldor the homeland of the Kassumarii, though I was not born there. I am a warrior that will offer my sword to any just battle.

I first met Talia, the burned woman, sortly after... returning I guess, to Satharia from Guldor. It was in an in outside to Strata, and she was with others, one of them being the man that hired us onto this quest, though he is now missing. I can't seem to remember a lot about Talia, much of what seems like I should remember is just a hase. It seems like she grew up in the desert there. She is a good person though, and seemed almost motherly toward a half elf that traveled with us. When trouble befell us in Chylikis and it became apparent that the artifact we recovered from the city of Strata, a fist sized green stone, was what these others were after she took it and tried to lead them away from us while we recoved. Once I had recovered enough to try and catch her, myself and Hajarian set out to try and catch up with her.

Hajarian our group had met on the ship as we fled from Strata with the artifact. I guess his modivations for journying with us is as much curiosity as perhaps being bound into the larger scheme of what is going on. He had a feeling we would find Talia here, how he know she would be here, if he knew for sure at all I could not say, but none the less we finally cought up with her where the demon was defeated, though we were to late to do anything to aid her."

Terra takes another sip of her tea, and seems to becoming unsteady, if it is from her emotions, or from the injury to her head is not appartant as her face remains cool and not showing her emotional state. Inside however she was deeply concerned for Talia, and also concerned about the nature of this thing that she had forgotten yet bothers her so greatly.



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Ta'lia of the Seven Jewels on June 15, 2005, 05:01:22 PM
Kurrun



Some moments of silence pass, till Kurrun talks again:

„Thank you, Terra Artemos, for your brief summary. Could you tell us a bit more about the one who hired you? When did your journey start? What do you know about the gem, where did you find it and to whom did it belong?“
Kurrun sees the exhaustion and forlornness of this woman, though her calm mask is without flaw, and only his farther reaching magic abilities allow him to penetrate it.

“But have a rest, maybe the companion of your friend wants to go on? As you like! “

***Astropic of the day***
"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path   that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly. ~Don Juan"



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Aueniteri on June 16, 2005, 07:58:22 AM
'Teri listens intently to Terra's story, somehow amazed at what she did not know. But then, Terra is failing, it seems, and attention to a degree falls on 'Teri. Her hands are clasped firmly to the opposite wrists, and her gaze drops as she inhales slowly, yet deeply. The human in her answers the question indifferently: what has happened? Surely nothing out of the ordinary up until the demon attacked, and the results of that they well know themselves.

Something slightly more thoughtful pushes the ideas into a different direction: Terra saw fit to give a piece of her background. However, would that be appropriate for 'Teri? Most elves, although not exactly hateful, frowned upon the enterprising Dinik and his son Sean. And then the question of Garrek is raised. Although he torments her continually, drawing attention to his corruption could bring him to find her more of a nuisance than an amusement, and he would simply have her killed as he had so many others.

Thus a question arises that 'Teri needs answering, although she knows speaking it aloud will do no good. Slowly, she opens her eyes, having closed them as she habitually held her breath, and cautiously, quietly exhales as she glances at everyone about, looking for something in them that might betray a loyalty to, or even an agreement with Garrek. After having thus scrutinized everyone, and finding none to be, so far as she is able to judge, a threat in this way, she decides to tell what little she knows, pointless as it may be. Still, possibly by force of habit, she does not mention Garrek, or even her paternal lineage by name.

Thus she begins, speaking in the Quaelhoirhim dialect of Styrash, "I am Aueniteri, child of a Quael elf and an Eyelian father. I have many times neared these forests of my childhood in my travels, and was doing the same again when I met Talia. In the night of the eve we met, we were assaulted by what I can only assume is this same demon, but the human's sword protected us from it following directly. Little else has happened; we arrived here in the Quallian, and met Furchego, whom I believe you may have been familiar with. He was overcome by the demon, and the resulting beast attacked us. I know nothing of this artifact except what has been said here.


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Silence! You could give your excuses until Injèrá hides her head from all Santharia, but it will never preserve your life.
I have so sworn...



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Ta'lia of the Seven Jewels on June 17, 2005, 07:23:22 AM
KURRUN



"Do you knowsomething about the sword? What happened,when the demon appeared, you you be a bit more precise? it might be of importance." Kurrub inquires.

***Astropic of the day***
"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path   that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly. ~Don Juan"



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Aueniteri on June 17, 2005, 07:18:22 AM
'Teri shakes her head slowly. "I'm not exactly certain. She placed the sword in the ground between the campfire and her beast, a desert creature, and we rode off. Somehow, I assume, the demon must have channeled itself through the fire, and the sword was somehow instrumental in impeding it."

She shrugs, and glances again at Terra.


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Silence! You could give your excuses until Injèrá hides her head from all Santharia, but it will never preserve your life.
I have so sworn...

Edited by: Aueniteri at: 6/16/05 23:19


Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Terra Artemos on June 17, 2005, 11:32:22 AM
Terra takes her time to collect and order her thoughts as Kurrun talks to Teri. Teri finishes, and glances to her so she tries to answer what questions she could.

"I don't know a lot about Talia's sword, it was a beautiful piece of work. It had a winged figure that formed its pommel, its outstretched wings forming the pommel guard, I remember this as I found it quite unusual.  I think I remember some form of writing along the blade as well. I found it in a scorched area a ground outside the forest, I guess from what Teri said that is where the demon first appeared. I think... Yes back where we were attacked by the demon... a male elf I believe took it, but after that things become very unclear.

We set out... Sorry, I am not certain how long ago we set out on this quest. A lot has happened since then, and after I struck my head I have bee having trouble keeping track of time. I guess, we spent no more than two days in Strata, then the sailing time from Strata to Chylikis, we arrived earlier in that day, but I don't think we stayed they day, but I can not be sure. We were attacked by a pair of dark clad knights and I guess I struck my head in the fight, them my memory and sense of time is full of gaps, any further events would not offer any reliable reference.

I can tell you a bit more about the man that hired us, though. He wore robes and was bald on the crown of his head. He seemed  kind, and seemed to have a way of great wisdom beyond ones lifetime about him. He had a most peculiar ability to change his form too. The most frightening occurrence I still remember vividly, and just before he went missing, he seemed greatly troubled then as well. It was aboard the ship that we sailed on from Strata. He changed into a Chasm Demon and seemed to come at us as if to attack us only to stop as if a great force of will prevented it. This seemed to happen several times then it turned and smashed its way out of the cabin, and disappeared. We had the whole ship searched an no sign of him or the Chasm Demon. The last intentions we know of him was to urgently get to Milkengrad, but we do not know what business he had there.

As for the Heart, I do not know a lot about it other than it's green and about the size of ones fist I think. It was held by one of the thief guilds in Strata and was in a hidden vault of some sort in the sewers of the city."

Terra took a few more sips of tea trying to recall anything else of consequence, but the urgency of that forgotten thing was only getting worse.

"That is all I can recall on these subjects for now. If there is anything else you wish to know please ask quickly. There is something of some urgency I must see to."



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Ta'lia of the Seven Jewels on June 26, 2005, 09:23:22 AM
Kurrun


„A strange thing, this shapeshifter of yours. Do you think the human form was his true form?

Do you have any idea, why you were attacked? And who these black clad attackers were? Humans or elves? Was somebody with you, who might have known more? Or were you alone?“

***Astropic of the day***
"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path   that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly. ~Don Juan"



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Terra Artemos on June 27, 2005, 11:32:22 AM
Terra lets out a soft bearly noticable sigh at having yet more questions to answer, and takes a sip of tea before looking intently at the tables surface again as if it would yeild the answers. Searching her memory Terra tries to find any thing conclusive to say if the human form Capher presented was his natural form or simply one he was comforatable presenting to others. This very question had been on her mind for time as well,  but could not remember exactly when it arose.

Then there was the question about the fight. Terra's memory of the times around this was unreliable at best, and she struggled to scrap together what she could remember. The effort of trying to remember these thing were making her head ache, even if it did not show outwardly.

Final after long moments Terra once again met Kurrun's gaze, and resolved to speak of what little she could put together.

"I don't know anything really about shapeshifters, though I can only assume the human form he presents is either his natural for or that which he is most comfortable in presenting to others."

Terra sighs again out of fustration this time it was free from her restraint.

"As for the fight, I am sot sure about a lot of things, much of what happend is still in a hase. Koldar a companion traveling with us at the time, and I were shoping to replace some of our weapons. I think he went off after the dark clad knights, I can't remember why. There was some talk about the artifact, or maybe events around it I am not sure. I just remember the talking and bits an pieces of the context, not any of what was said. We faught, and I don't really remember anything much from then on, just frafmented blured images, and confusion."

Terra finishes the last sip of tea and places the cup on the table.

"I would like not to have to answer any more questions just now. In time more may come back to me but for now I have said all I can, and to push farther will do none of us any good."



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Ta'lia of the Seven Jewels on July 01, 2005, 06:17:22 AM
KURRUN


„Well, thank you for your patience.  If you remember more, please come back at any time to tell me or one of the present persons.

For now I want to ask you, what you would like to do. Your companion is for some time not able to move or travel. You are of course welcome, till she is well again, but that may take some time. Do you have any plans for the near future?“

***Astropic of the day***
"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path   that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly. ~Don Juan"



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Terra Artemos on July 03, 2005, 09:24:22 AM
When Kurrun askes what she had planned she has to think little on that. Her very being is pulling her back toward where she had found Talia's sword, and apparently where the demon had first appeared. Terra's head almost feels like its splitting open, though not bearing on her appearance, it put her past the point of plesentries. Terra speaks very directly in her cool tone.

"I wish to journy back to where I found Talia's sword, where the demon first appeared. I do not know why but I have a dreadful feeling I have forgotten something important to do with that place, be it and object or event, I do not know. All I know is I am draw there to find out."

Kurrun nods at Terra's answer, noting that she is out of sorts, and replies.

"Very well, perhaps Lieofin should go with you."

Terra's reply to the offer is short and direct.

"If he is ready when we are. I will not delay for him."

Kurrun gives another nod of acknowladgement before dismissing them.

"I understand. You may go and make your preparations for your journey. Lieofin will join you soon enough."

With Kurruns dismissal Terra stands and turns to Teri.

"Will you help guide me to where the demon first appeared? I dare not trust my own memory, nor can I navigate these woods on my own."



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Aueniteri on July 03, 2005, 09:28:22 AM
'Teri hesitates only for an instant before nodding. It is really the only response she can come up with.

In reality, she knows nothing of the Quallian. All her days were spent in the Zeiphyr, and though they may be considered sister forests, with tribes of elves occupying each that are the most closely related in all of known Santharia, still she does not feel at home among these trees, for primarily two reasons. The first, naturally, is that Garrek reigns here as well as there, the second being that most of her days were spent in the large Driel mansion.


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Silence! You could give your excuses until Injèrá hides her head from all Santharia, but it will never preserve your life.
I have so sworn...



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Terra Artemos on July 05, 2005, 08:28:22 AM
With Teri's nod, they both left the company of the high circle and went back to the temple to prepare their things for the journy back to the spot where Terra had found Talias sword, and where Talia and Teri had first encounted the demon. After a short discussion among the high circle Lieofin to left to make his preparations, doing so with ahist fearing that his charges may indeed leave without him, and that the demon may come after them again.

Leaving the temple Terra is suprised to find Lieofin waiting with Coore and two other horses. They seem all packed and ready for the trip. As Terra approaches Coore pulled his reigns form Lieofin's hand but stands eagerly awaiting Terra. As Terra prepares to lift herself into the saddle Lieofin spoke.

"Your horse has a strong spirit, and is fiercely loyal to you. He is an inteligent animal indeed."

Terras eyes meet Lieofin's as she watches him over Coore's back for a moment before replying.

"I trust no one tried to ride him. I am in no mood t appologize for some one elses foolish actions."

As serious as Terra and the situation around her and her companions is Lieofin can not help a short chuckle before he responds.

"No, anyone around your splended animal for a short time can tell that it would be more trouble than its worth. He was just difficault is all."

Terra takes to the saddle and looks to Lieofin and Teri as they do the same. When all are ready Lieofin takes the lead, Teri and Terra following closely behind, then Lieofin turns to Terra.

"Where exactly is this place you wished to go?"

Terra does not have an answer for the question, she honestly can not remember anything after a point in the battle at the clearing with any clarity to yeild any answer to where she is now.

"I honestly do not know where we are, so I do not know which way to go myselt. It was somewhere east of the river that flows near Chylikis. I am not sure but I think its after the road from Chylikis crosses the river."

Terra looks to Teri for any details she may be able to add to guide them.



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Aueniteri on July 07, 2005, 08:30:22 AM
'Teri notices Terra's glance, but it is rather uncomfortable to her. Granted, she traveled on this path, and knows it well, but it seems as though Terra should be able to find the way.  


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Silence! You could give your excuses until Injèrá hides her head from all Santharia, but it will never preserve your life.
I have so sworn...



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Terra Artemos on July 15, 2005, 03:10:22 PM
Terra notices Teri's discomfort at being looked toward to fill in any blanks that may be of importance, and then proceeds to explain.

"If I miss out anything important, I would like you to speak up.

There are still many parts of my memory that are fuzzy, and beyond my ablity to recall in any useful detail. Like the trip from the clearing where we fought that demon to the temple were I rested. I am only vaguely aware of being in motion, as if it were a dream that I have awoken from, but have no recallection of what direction we traveled or for how long. To make things worse I have never been in such a deep forest, everything seems the same to me, no tree different from any other.

To be honest, I do not think I could navigate such a deep forest on my own, even if I were fully well."



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Aueniteri on July 16, 2005, 05:14:22 PM
Now that was something that made sense. Trouble navigating a forest. Granted, it helped to know the forest, and this is the closest thing to the Zeiphyr without actually being 'Teri's former home. She simply smiles and nods in response. The path may be obvious to her, but her human friend will have problems noticing it. This, then, is the real purpose she is here; as a kind of an interpreter into the ways of the forest.

Her thoughts wander a bit as they travel, 'Teri motioning to the path whenever they begin to stray. Granted, she grew up under a roof, uncommon for an elf, and in large gilt halls were her childhood days spent, but the trees have always been a thing of particular enjoyment for her. That, and rain, and water in general, and moss, and most plant life, as she thinks about it; animals, too. Everything about the forest, she decided, she loved, and at this moment, she is happy. Nothing is here to make her uncomfortable, and she has forgotten, nearly, that there is another traveler with her and the red-haired woman, Terra.


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Silence! You could give your excuses until Injèrá hides her head from all Santharia, but it will never preserve your life.
I have so sworn...



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Ta'lia of the Seven Jewels on July 18, 2005, 01:16:22 AM


The now stony path leads slowly down, down in a grey-red realm of no defined features. Only now and then, reddish flames coming out of nowhere can be seen, but they don‘t make the darkness lighter. Occasionally, the woman with no name stops, rarely she looks back, as if she has heard someone calling her. But then she goes on, step by step, slowly, but continuously.

Edited by: Talia Sturmwind  at: 7/19/05 7:31


Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Terra Artemos on July 19, 2005, 04:19:22 PM
*OOC* Sorry Talia, you Purple is a little better, but still a bit hard to see. Maybe just use white and italics or bold or somthing. :|  */OOC*

As they ride on, Tarra notices Teri has grown distant, just taking in the forest. It occurse to Tarra that Teri may not be as acustomed to the forest as she had at first assumed, but neither Teri or Lieofin seemed to be reacting to any danger, and Lieofin seemed focused and vigilent since leaving the city so Terra thought to leave Teri to taking in the sights.

Mid-evening sets apon the three as they travel through the forest, and Lieofin slows his mount so that he can more easily speak to them.

"I know of a clearing up ahead where we can camp for the night."

As Lieofin looks back he can see the hints of weeriness in th proud warriors posture, and continued.

"You need your rest yet Lady Artemos, and the place where the road crosses the river is more than a days ride from our border. I would suspect the place you wish to go will yet be a days ride if not more from here. We will leave at first light and with you well rested we can push on into the night if you feel we must."

Terra is about to object to Lieofin suggesting they stop so early, but  as he continues she decides to follow his suggestion. She knows her full energy has not fully returned and continuing to push herself without suffisiant rest would only continue to errode her strength. Instead she responds with a simple question.

"How far are we form the border?"

Lieofin answeres with equal simplicity.

"If we leave as first light we should be out of the forest by the end of sunrise if we ride at a steady pace."

Terra simply nods as they enter the clearing Lieofin spoke of.

Lieofin being first to enter the mossy green clearing, takes a quick scan of their suroundings, then droped from his saddle.

"We will make camp here for the night. We will be safer in the shealter of the Quallian. Lady Terra, you should just rest yourself, Teri and I can look after setting up camp."

Lieofin turns to Teri.

"If that is alright with you."

Terra dismounts as well, but dispite her weerliness was not yet ready to sleep, but at Lieofins insistance she found a comfortable spot on the mossy ground and kneels, placing her MoonBlade before her in a well practiced manner. Terra though fearing her mind may be too weak from her injury began focussing inward looking for answers she could not find while she was still concerned with the world without.

Within her mind a fog lay over the land formed of her experiances memories, and those elements that make her who she is, in places it was thick in others it is thin. Terra makes her may causiosly through the land of her inner sight, of her mind, looking for that forgotten thing that draws her toward where she found Talia's sword. Terra reaches a place where she sees a faint vistion of a woman, Talia, and a sword stuck in the ground in the thick nearly impassable fog, and hears flute music. She tries to move closer to see it clearer, to usnderstand what she was seeing within herself, but the fog grew thicker and the vision was lost in the haze. Terra knew that the vision was some garbled memory of Talia, but what it ment she could not understand, part of it had to do with where she found the sword through, perhaps all of it, but she could not see it clearly enough to understand.



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'



Title: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Aueniteri on July 22, 2005, 08:29:22 AM
'Teri simply nods an affirmative, and removes her own pack, setting it ever-so-carefully on the ground near the center of the camp. Many of the things she carries with her are not simply survival items, and many of them, such as her precious violin, can be destroyed easily. She glances around at the group before stepping a little ways away and looks to Lieofin for further direction.



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Aer'Ylferian
Post by: Terra Artemos on July 26, 2005, 09:57:22 AM
Lieofin guides Teri as they set up camp, it was a simple camp, a small stone surrounded would provide some worth when the night grew cool. As the camp nears completion Lieofin notices that Terra had not moved in some time in any way, far longer than is normal for anyone even the most patient elf to be perfectly still. An expression of worry showing his age and wisdom spread across his face as he approached Terra, he observed her gaze was distant and seemed disconected from the world, and her beathing being very shallow but steady. If it were not for his experiances Lieofin is pretty sure that Terra is not lost in thought as ones breathing does not normally become as shallow as hers, it seemes even stanger that she could have fallen asleep in such a position and with her eyes open none the less.

"Are you alright Lady Artemos?"

Lieofin waits some moments for a reply, but Terra does not seem to repond or move at all adding to Leiofins worry. Perhaps all that has happened has gotten to her, Leiofin thinks as he comes beside her and places a hand on her shoulder hoping it will at least gain some acknoladgement.

"Are you alright?"

For some moments there is not even an acknowlagement to his presence then Terra finally seemed to com back to the world. Leiofins worry eases, but an edge remains as he wonders what had happened.



While carefully trying to search her mind for some undertanding Terra hears a faint voice, but does not recognize it and is confused if it comes from within or without. Some moments later she faintly feel a hand on her shoulder and again hears the voice though it now reaches her with the strength that Terra can tell its that of a male elf, it was definately not within. Fearing she had gone to deep to come back by her normal means, Terra focuses on the sensation of the hand on her shoulder and uses it to guide her sences back out towards the world.

Terra's gaze becomes less distant and disconected from the world, then she looks towards the hand on her shoulder and Leiofin a little disoriented. She notes the expression of worry on his face, and answers the obvious question, that she was not aware he had asked of her twice, in her usual smooth, level tone.

"I am alright. I was just meditating, trying to find some answers."



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Border-Camp
Post by: Ta'lia of the Seven Jewels on July 27, 2005, 07:31:22 PM
Lieofin looks with concern at Terra. Was this an effect of the encounter with the fire demon as well, or were there older injuries which needed to be tended? This woman behaved strange for a human one. Few were normally  able to reach such a state of meditation to be nearly too far away for hearing input from outside. This was a dangerous undertaking. And a doubtful for a warrior whose goal it should be to be always present if any danger should arise .

“ Lie down and grant your beaten body a night  of sleep - I guess you will need tomorrow all your strength. I will watch over you tonight.“

Though Lieofin normally doesn‘t take much notice of people he meets for only a short time, this woman is different. His oh‘mód‘hál senses an unusual disturbance in the aura of this human woman. Not that he is able to do anything against it - only mages with an even greater ability for oh‘mód‘hál and an ability to melt the own aura with that of the injured soul - healermages- are able to do that. This disturbance of the aura must be older than only a few days, he could feel it, and so it was not an immediate concern . There is no need to become active because of this. But he should talk to this woman, once they are back. Maybe the old wise Kurrun could do something.

He gets up, Teri has set up the camp entirely meanwhile and all are having some food the elven community provided them with. Guardorans are passing while Lieofin is watching out, in a state of resting but still present enough to catch any disturbances. Camping though  in the Quallian is shelter enough for the group.

***Astropic of the day***
"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path   that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly. ~Don Juan"



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Border-Camp
Post by: Terra Artemos on July 28, 2005, 06:50:22 AM
Terra nods at Leiofin's statement as she reaches for her Moon Blade lifting it reverently as she gracefully stood, as if in a single motion.

"Yes, we all will. At first light we will ride hard till we reach the place I wish to go. I need answers and even in the direct examination of my inner sight my memories are still too confued to undersand. I must find out what I have forgotten about that place, and why it bothers me so greatly that I have forgotten it."

Having spoke all she wishes to, Terra moves nearer to the fire, lays down. Though her strength was again building it was still apparent by her werriness that she till had some time to go before she is back to her normal strength, and able to handle a strenuios fight, for now she had to rely on others to do most of the fighting if it came to that.



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'



Title: Re: In the Quallian - Border-Camp
Post by: Terra Artemos on August 03, 2005, 05:49:22 AM
Terra wakes as the first rays of the sun begins to dance across the tree top, and with her strength renewed while she slept, she sat up and looked around the camp to her traveling companions. Teri and Leiofin are also sturing from their sleep, though Leiofin seems to have only cought a brief rest and stretches the drousiness from his body. Seeing Terra solidified in determination gathering her gear, Teri and Leiofin do the same, once they where all mounted Terra speaks.

"We will ride hard. I want to get there before night falls again if that is at all possible. None the less we will have to try. Do not ask me why it seems so urgent all I know is it is, and we must get there quickly."

Terra turns to Leiofin and continues.

"Leiofin, lead us out as quickly as you feel safe for our mount."

The tone of Terra's voice make if clear that she means every word, and Lieofin nods his understanding before leading them quickly from the clearing.

The trees pass quickly by the three riders as they make their way to out of the forest, though the pace was swift it was not too much so as to risk injury to their mounts. Emerging from the forest Lieofin points off into the distance and speaks loud enough for them to hear over the sound of there horses hooves knowing Terra would not except them stopping over such a detail.

"The river is a fair ride, we should reach it by midday at this pace."

Terra knows their horses now clear of the underbrush of the forest can take a swifter pace safely and urges Coore into the lead heading for the river then following it south. They only stop once briefly to rest and water the horses and eat quickly before resuming their demanding pace, and finds a place to cross the river. As darkness begins to fall Lieofin tries to convince Terra to stop for the night but she would not hear it. Once it becomes nearly imposible to see she begins to resign herself to the fact she will not get her answers this night, then brings Coore to a stop and dismounts. Just as she was about to tell the others to set up camp Terra heard a femilior voice shouting in the darkness, then recognises it as Caphers voice. Terra walks towards the voice in the darkness, and calls back.

"Capher! Where are you?"



'I am grey. All but those like me see only darkness and light, they do not see the grey between them. In this greyness I dwell. I would not wish this fate on any other.'