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tassanaburrfoot
11/14/2003 12:02 AM

Utica sat at a table in one of the many inns in Waterdeep. Indeed, today had been a glorious one. She sipped at the fine green wine of the drow as she contemplated the day's events.

She and her father had worked very hard in convincing the clerics of Eilistraee that they wanted to follow the Dark Maiden as well. And it had worked. Finally. Utica and her father would be free of the Spider Queen once and for all. Course, Utica hadn't always thought that way.

Utica was a drow. Born in the bowels of the Underdark in the city of Menzoberranzan, Utica had been raised among the matriarchal drow as one of them. But she had not been one of them. Not truly. Her father had seen to that, teaching her things behind the Matron Mother's back. At first, the lessons taught to Utica had been entertaining to the young drow female. She found them quite amusing.

But, as she joined the school to become a priestess of Lloth, much of what her father taught her began to sink in. She started seeing what her father saw. Soon there was no fun in beating a weak male with her whip. Suddenly, her prayers to Lloth seemed futile and disgusting. What was she doing praying to that foul goddess anyway? Just because she was drow didn't mean she had to worship Lloth. There were other gods and goddesses to choose from. Her father had said so.

Course, the Matron Mother never saw it that way. Nor did any other person in Menzoberranzan. They thoroughly believed that the only diety worth worshipping was Lloth. So, Utica took her father and they left for the surface world.

Now the two lived in Waterdeep, making a meager living on the trades her father did. It was a good thing, Utica thought, that her father knew something about trade.

Utica sipped on her wine again. The door to the inn opened and shut and Utica looked up. She smiled. Her father.

Talas had never truly revealed his age to his daughter. When she asked, he just said, "I have passed my 200th year. I have yet to see 300."

He was about 5' in height. His black skin had once been onyx in colour but the few years in the sun had turned it into an extremely dark brown. There were parts of his body that were still the onyx colour, but those parts only the local wenches saw. He had silver coloured eyes and a long mane of white hair that also had become stained from the sun. It was now a yellowish white. He kept his hair in a cord at the back of his head.

The male drow wore a blue tunic with black leather breeches. He had thought about doning a darker coloured shirt, but it was too hot outside for such thoughts. Besides, Talas liked the way the blue made his dark skin stand out.

Utica motioned for her father. The drow female looked much like her father, only she was darker than he. Her hair was whiter too. And she was quite a beauty. The female drow wore a simple red tunic belted at the waist and brown breeches.

Both drow wore swords on their hips and daggars on their belts. They also both carried money pouches full of money from the day's trade.

The two drow greeted each other with an embrace and kiss on the cheek. "Would you like a glass of wine, Father?" Utica asked, giggling.

Talas gave his daughter a half grin. "You jump ahead of yourself, Utica. We've been accepted. That does not mean we are clerics or anything," he said. "But yes, a glass of wine would be nice."

Utica smiled and ordered a glass of wine for her father. "How hard can it be, Father? The Moonsword shouldn't be that difficult to find."

Talas shook his head. The glass of wine came and Talas took a long swallow. "Listen to me. We are talking about a sword that the goddess herself has blessed. You say it's not difficult, but we would have to travel to the lands of our ancestors. Do you know what that means?"

If it were possible for a drow to pale, Utica would've done so right then. "The elvish lands?" Her eyes widened. "Father, that is suicide!"

Talas raised an eyebrow. "Yet, it is what we have to do. We have to put our faith in our goddess that she will help us to get there and back safely."

Utica sighed loudly. "It will be difficult... Very difficult..."

The male drow nodded and continued his drink in silence. The female drow was suddenly lost in her thoughts.

Lunitari0
11/14/2003 1:53 AM

OOC: Okay, I thought I would try and expand my RP horizons and give FR a shot. Please bare with me.


Name: Darria Starcatcher
Race: Moon Elf
Age: 258
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Silver
Skin Color: Light Blue
Height: 5 foot 5
Family Origin: Silverymoon
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Rank: Wizard

Background: She was born and raised in Silverymoon under the girth of the aristocrats. When she decided to become a Wizardress, her family was very happy, since they were all Wizards. Darria didn't like all the pampering she recieveved from her family, so with her families blessing, she traveled to Waterdeep.

Personality and Appearence: Being raised in an aristocrat household, Darria Starcatcher is used to being soft-spoken and polite, though she has a firey spirit in her and had learned to fend for herself on her travels. Darria stands at 5 foot with an elegant grace about her, and has sharp green eyes and flowing silver hair. Prefering to cover her light blue skin in clothing in shades of white, green and brown, Darria also carries a longbow with her at all times.


BIC: It was near sundown when the Inn came into sight. It had been an interesting last few days to say the least, as Darria's clothes were in tatters, she was dirty and hungry and couldn't even remeber the last time she slept.

The journey had started out well enough, but then a group of theives had assulted the camp, killing all the other Moon Elves Darria had been travelling with. All she had been able to salvage was the horse she now led through town and enough supplies to get her here. Her food had run out yesterday.

Darria tied her horse up to the fence beside the Inn and entered the building, swaying on her feet as she did so..

tassanaburrfoot
11/14/2003 2:08 AM


Darria tied her horse up to the fence beside the Inn and entered the building, swaying on her feet as she did so..

So deep into her thought, Utica did not see the elven stranger enter the inn. Talas, however, did notice. And he was quick to the woman's side, helping her steady her feet.

At first, it was hard to discern the woman's heritage, but the ears quickly gave it away. Talas snorted, but helped the elven woman to a chair anyway. Coldly, he asked, "What is a surface elf like yourself doing in Waterdeep? You are certainly not here to sell anything."

Utica looked up and was suddenly in full alert. It wasn't too often that surface elves ventured to this city. And even moreso, this elf looked like she had been to the Abyss and back. Grabbing the glass of wine, Utica took a more congenial approach to the woman and offered her a sip of the wine.

The female drow looked at the elvenwoman curiously and then to her father. Turning back to the woman, she asked, "What brings you here? Who are you? And when was the last time you had anything to eat or drink? And...... How long has it been since you had a decent bath?" Utica wrinkled her nose when she said this.

All merriment seemed to fade from Talas's facade. He watched the woman with obvious contempt born of all drow.

Utica on the other hand, seemed to almost welcome this newcomer. She gave the rest of her drink to the elvenwoman and ordered her some food.

Lunitari0
11/14/2003 2:23 AM


Utica looked up and was suddenly in full alert. It wasn't too often that surface elves ventured to this city. And even moreso, this elf looked like she had been to the Abyss and back. Grabbing the glass of wine, Utica took a more congenial approach to the woman and offered her a sip of the wine.

The female drow looked at the elvenwoman curiously and then to her father. Turning back to the woman, she asked, "What brings you here? Who are you? And when was the last time you had anything to eat or drink? And...... How long has it been since you had a decent bath?" Utica wrinkled her nose when she said this.

Darria fell into the seat offered her, and gratefully sipped at the wine the female drow handed her. After a few moments of relieving her parched throat, she looked to the woman again.

"My name is Darria Starcatcher and I came here to study as a Wizardess. My companions and I were assulted by a group of Thieves a week ago and all the others were killed. My food ran out yesterday, and I can't remember the last time I slept."

When the female drow arranged for food and drink, the exhausted Moon Elf smiled her thanks. When the food came, she cleaned her plate, feeling stronger afterward.

tassanaburrfoot
11/14/2003 9:52 AM


Darria fell into the seat offered her, and gratefully sipped at the wine the female drow handed her. After a few moments of relieving her parched throat, she looked to the woman again.

"My name is Darria Starcatcher and I came here to study as a Wizardess. My companions and I were assulted by a group of Thieves a week ago and all the others were killed. My food ran out yesterday, and I can't remember the last time I slept."

When the female drow arranged for food and drink, the exhausted Moon Elf smiled her thanks. When the food came, she cleaned her plate, feeling stronger afterward.

Talas listened to the elf's words and raised an eyebrow. "What was wrong with the place you are from? Why couldn't you study magic there? The elves are known for crawling with magic."

Utica, however, had a different idea. "You must be famished. Being attacked by thieves, that must mean you have no money?" she asked. Not waiting for an answer, she said, "Then you should stay with us. I insist on this."

Talas looked at his daughter in shock. "You want this surface elf to stay at our house?!" he exclaimed.

"Well, she's not going to sleep on the road, Father. She might as well come to our house. Besides, the food we cook is much better than the stuff I just bought for her," the drow female said. She looked at the elfwoman. "My name is Utica Bo'Llithe. This is my father, Talas Bo'Llithe. We live here in Waterdeep. If you can walk, I shall take you to our home and there you can rest, wash up, and eat something decent."

Talas stood up and shook his head. This day had gone too well, he knew. And now it was falling apart. They were going to board a surface elf. What luck! he thought sarcastically.

Lunitari0
11/14/2003 2:10 PM


Talas listened to the elf's words and raised an eyebrow. "What was wrong with the place you are from? Why couldn't you study magic there? The elves are known for crawling with magic."

"Indeed, I could have studied my magic in Silverymoon," Darria agreed, in fact, my family was ecstatic when I announced my wish to become a Wizardess. It was the rest of the help, I did not want however. In my father's househould, I would have been pampered, waited on. This was not the way I wished to find my way. I want to experience life, to learn how to stand on my own. So I expressed this to my father, and with his permission, I traveled here to Waterdeep to start out on a new life for myself."

Darria's green eyes went from father to daughter as they dicussed her boarding with them. It was clear that despite his objects, Talas Bo'Llithe had lost the arguement.

"I thankyou for the offer of help, and I promise you both that I will earn my keep and pay back your kindness."

tassanaburrfoot
11/14/2003 10:00 PM

Utica smiled at the moon elf. "Come, follow me," she said, holding out her hand.

The female drow led the surface elf into the streets of Waterdeep. They walked down the streets, Talas following the two females, til they got to an apartment building. The female drow whispered a word and the door opened. They entered the building and walked up a narrow staircase. Reaching the third floor, they turned into the hallway and walked to the fifth door on the right. The female drow pulled out a key and opened the door.

The apartment was small. Fit for two people. It had two bedrooms on one side of a small hallway. On the other side was the kitchen and a wash area. At the end of the hallway was the living area and study. This was where Utica led Darria. When they got into the room, Utica indicated a couch. "You can sleep there during the nights, Darria. I would offer you my bed, but there are things in my room that might make you uncomfortable."

Talas shook his head. "I will take the couch. She can sleep in my bed... Unless.." he smirked, "she wouldn't mind sharing a bed with me..."

Utica's eyes widened. "You will not!" she exclaimed.

Talas looked at his daughter with both eyebrows raised. "Oh? Think you to tell me what I will and will not do? Do not forget who is the teacher and who is the student here, Daughter."

Utica clamped her mouth shut.

"Nonetheless," Talas continued, "I was merely jesting. I will sleep on the couch tonight, and as long as the surface elf remains here."

Utica smiled and nodded in satisfaction. "Don't worry. My father isn't as mean as he sounds. He's just... cocky.... Anyway, his bedroom is much nicer than mine. I personally like to collect... exotic things, where he prefers just normal living."

The female drow led Darria down the hall again and opened her father's door, which was now on the left side of the hall. She entered the room and showed it to Darria.

In the far side of the room was a full-sized bed with brown and black furs covering it as well as two covered goose down standard pillows and two long black satin down pillows. Next to the bed there was a night stand with a candle atop it. The nightstand was made of cherry oak. On the wall with the entrance door, a dresser and vanity set stood there. Both were made of cherry oak as well. A long mirror stood on its stand directly in front of the bed.

On the other side of the room, in fact right in front of Utica and Darria, was a cherry oak chiffarobe. It had two huge doors to it. And next to that was a cherry oak bookcase. The bookcase had numerous books upon it written in all kinds of languages. It also held some writings from Talas himself. The room wasn't that messy. A few discarded clothes lay here and there, but the bed was made and all drawers were closed. Even the books were neat looking.

"My father isn't usually this messy," Utica said, indicating the clothes with a wave of her hand. "It's just we've been so busy the passed few days..."

The drow female shrugged then led Darria across the hall and opened the door to the wash room. There was a tub and a bucket and pitcher. Along with towels and hand rags. Utica walked up to the bucket and pitcher and looked in them. "Ah, you are lucky. We don't always have water in either one. Father must have been planning on taking a bath," Utica said.

"That I was," Talas clarified, walking up behind the two females. "The water is most likely cold by now, but it shouldn't be intolerable. It's suitable enough. Come, Utica, let her get washed up."

Utica nodded and started to follow her father out. Then she stopped. "What will she do about clothes? She can't possibly where what she's got on."

Talas nodded and went into his room. He came out with a human sized green tunic. "In my dealings with other races, I tend to acquire clothes. This should fit you even without a pair of breeches. Tomorrow, when the markets open I shall go and get you some proper clothing," Talas said, then went into the living area.

Utica smiled at the moon elf, then closed the door. She ran into the living area and sat in front of her father on the floor. Looking up at him, she said, "Do you think she could help us? After all, she grew up around the other elves..."

Talas shrugged. "She's also from Silverymoon. We need to go to Evermeet. That would be completely out of the way."

"But she wants to learn magic," Utica said. "Who better to teach her than the elves of Evermeet? Certainly she'll learn nothing here except how to sell merchandise. We could bring her to Evermeet to be around her people and we can get what we need. It works perfectly!"

Talas studied his daughter. "I'm not sure it's a good idea. I don't trust surface elves.."

"Yet what better way to prove that we are just like any other elf!" Utica nearly shouted.

Talas raised an eyebrow. "Very well. We shall see what happens. Though, I don't like the idea."

The entire time they talked, the two drow spoke in the Undercommon known to the drow to keep Darria from knowing anything they said.

Lunitari0
11/14/2003 10:36 PM

The entire walk to the drow home, Darria remained silent as she took everything in. When they arrived at the apartment, the Moon Elf looked from room to room as Utica showed her around. Ending the tour in the bathinging room, she took the clothes offered her with a "Thankyou" before the two drow stepped out to let her clean up.

Pouring the water into the tub, Darria got out of her clothes (that were little more than rags now) and stepped in. As she sunk into the water, she shivered slightly. It was indeed cold as Talas had said, but refreshing out her long, tiring journey. It felt perfect.

After taking the time to wash her hair and scrub all the road dirt and stink of herself, Darria stepped out and dried off thoroughly. Looking herself over after dressing in the borrowed clothes, the elvenwoman looked herself over with satisfaction. though the garments weren't her usual style they would do fine until proper attire could be found. Her skin, no longer brown with dust and mud, was once again a beautiful shade of light blue, and her clean and dry hair shone like a wave of spun silver down her back.

So far this hasn't been to bad a first day of my new life. Soon enough, my studies will begin....and perhaps I have found to people that will help my transition to not be so difficult....I wonder what they are speaking of....

Walking out to the living area where the drow family sat, Darria said, "I thankyou both again for your hospitality. The bath did me a world of good."

tassanaburrfoot
11/15/2003 9:10 AM


Walking out to the living area where the drow family sat, Darria said, "I thankyou both again for your hospitality. The bath did me a world of good."

Talas and Utica looked up. As soon as Talas saw the surface elf, he put his head back down and looked instead at a book he had on the table. Utica smiled and giggled. "It's a good thing you are only wearing that tunic for tonight. Father will have to go first thing in the morning to get you some clothes," the female drow commented.

"Anyway, it's time for bed. We've got things to do tomorrow," Utica said.

Before the female drow could bid Darria goodnight, Talas looked up and asked, "Would you be interested in going to Evermeet?"

Utica shot him a glance, but Talas did not look at his daughter. Instead, he kept his gaze intently on the surface elf.

Lunitari0
11/15/2003 4:43 PM


Before the female drow could bid Darria goodnight, Talas looked up and asked, "Would you be interested in going to Evermeet?"

Utica shot him a glance, but Talas did not look at his daughter. Instead, he kept his gaze intently on the surface elf.

"Travel to Evermeet?" Darria considered the question carefully. She new there were other elves there but could not recall ever being there. Perhaps her elven kin in Evermeet could help her with her magic studies as well.

"Yes, I would," the Moon Elf confirmed with a nod. She regarded the drow family curiously, "May I ask why you would offer to take a strange elvenwoman on such a journey?"

tassanaburrfoot
11/15/2003 10:35 PM

Talas smiled at the question. "Look closely at my daughter and I and tell me why. Two drow travelling to Evermeet. How interesting. And alone? Such danger in an odd occurance..."

Utica looked at her father. He was acting quite cocky tonight and she did not like it. "What my father means is," the female drow stated, "is that two drow alone in Evermeet... Well, it's unheard of. And we need to go to Evermeet. It's very important to us both."

Talas silenced Utica with a look so intense one would think he could've killed they young girl in that glance. "Do not worry about the importance of our journey to Evermeet. Let us suffice to say that we will have fewer problems if a surface elf were to be with us in surface elven lands."

"Even though Evermeet is as much a homeland to us drow as it is to the surface elves," Utica piped up.

"Go to bed," Talas ordered his daughter in a tone that was more demanding then asking.

The young girl looked at her father. She was hurt by his rashness, but did as was told and bid both her father and Darria a goodnight.

Once Utica was in her room, Talas whispered a few words in the language of the drow. A small blue light sparked from his hand and then disappeared. The male drow sat down in a chair.

"I hope it is not too dark for you. Growing up in the darkest parts of the Underdark, I've never gotten over the dark," he said to the moon elf, indicating the lack of light in the room.

Indeed, the only light that seemed to be available was the light from the moon through the window. It was a full, bright moon.

The drow put a hand to his forehead and rubbed it. "It has been a tiring day," he said, more to himself than to the moon elf. "Have a seat, if you don't mind," he offered, indicating the chair Utica had occupied moments ago.

"Tomorrow I shall take your rags and see if I cannot find any garments that are around the same size. I also will have to find out what ships leave port, how much they are, and when they depart. The less time we spend here in Waterdeep, the better," he said.

The drow seemed much more relaxed now that his daughter was no longer in the room. He got up and went to the kitchen. "Would you care for some wine? I don't have anything you surface elves drink, but I do have some of the finest drow wine money can buy."

Lunitari0
11/16/2003 2:47 PM

Looking the drow male and his daughter, the silver haired Moon elf had to concede that Talas and Uticia were right. Evermeet sure wasn't a place where drow elves were usually seen. What confused her was the tension between father and daughter. Darria made no comment however, just bid the drow female goodnight.

When Talas offered her a chair, the pretty Moon Elf sat, "The light level is fine," she commented when Talas mentioned it, "I'm more comfortable at night anyway....some wine would be nice, thankyou."

tassanaburrfoot
11/16/2003 6:04 PM

Talas brought two glasses of green wine into the room and gave one to Darria. He sat in his chair and sipped at his own. "It would be wisest to sip at the wine. Downing it could prove disasterous," he warned.

He sat for a while, not saying anything. He just sipped at his wine and watched the moonlight play on the window curtains. He watched as the moon rose into the nightsky. "Have you ever seen a Waterdeep night?" he asked suddenly.

He rose out of his chair and walked up to the window. It was a large window. He pulled back the curtains and stood there, gazing over the city. "It is incredible. The way the moonlight plays on the building tops. Looking down at the streets, you can see the occasional drunk, late nighter, and even thief walking down the broken, stone paths. The lamplights give the people a shadow appeal. Quite beautiful. Reminds me of the Underdark..."

He grew quiet again as he watched the night. It seemed almost as if he and the night were one. Were lovers. He closed his eyes softly and then opened them. He turned to the moon elf. "But then, you should know all about the moon, shouldn't you? Don't your kind study the moon?"

He walked up to her. Kneeling down, he raised himself up slightly and kissed her tenderly on the lips. He held her there for a moment and then sat back on his haunches. "Sorry," he said, roughly.

Then realizing what he was doing, he stood up again. Clearing his throat, he said in a voice barely gruff, "Sorry. I tend to forget myself at times. "

He paced the room a little, then spoke, "I have a lot that needs to be done on the morrow. I have to wonder at the roll Utica wished you to play in this journey. Personally, I can only see you helping us through Evermeet and in exchange, you will always have a place to stay here in Waterdeep. We will never charge you or anything. And, if need be, I could always build a third room to this place. It would be too much, I'm sure. Just realize how important this mission is to my daughter and I. It is our future. Our only hope. And I am thankful and grateful that you have agreed to help us."

Avenging_Angel
11/16/2003 6:31 PM

OOC: Hmmmmmm........
I have a char who would fit here perfectly.
(if it's all right with you, tass)
Name: Danira Half-drow
Race: Half moon-elf, half drow

Personality and Appearance: Danira is well trained in weapons, and rarely seen without her falchion. She has dark skin and silvery hair, and her eyes are bright green.Despite her heritage, she hates drow, and isn't too fond of moon-elves either, because she was abandoned by them when she was delivered as a child to them.

Lunitari0
11/16/2003 8:36 PM

Darria accepted the glass of green wine and sipped at it carefully. It was a different taste for her, but she found it an interesting one. She watched Talas at the window as he spoke of night in Waterdeep.

"We do indeed study the moon..." the Moon Elf half whispered, almost hypnotied by the male drows reactions to, and his descriptions, of the moonlight time.

When he knelt and kissed her, Darria was surprised. She had just met this man! His lips were soft on hers and the kiss so tender. However, Darria did not respond. And then it was over.

As Talas stood up and began to pace the room, Darria toched her hand to her mouth. Her lips were still wet from his kiss. She smiled to herself slightly, embarrassed by the contact, but when the drow spoke again, Darria's face was normal and her hand had lowered.

"It is I who should thank you," the elvenwoman replied with a smile, "you have helped me when I needed it, been nice to me when it wasn't required. For this, I will do everything I can to help you and Uticia with your goal. I promise you that."

tassanaburrfoot
11/16/2003 8:58 PM

OOC: I thank you for your interests in the thread, Angel. But I would like to ask you kindly. If you have any ideas for this thread or any further comments or if you wish to join, please email or IM me. I do not want ANY OOCs in here if I can help it. Also, if you wish to join the thread, I want more details emailed to me BEFORE your first post. I know this is sounding assinine, and I apologize, but I want NO screwups with this thread. And nothing that will make this thread stray from it's original path.







BIC:

Darria accepted the glass of green wine and sipped at it carefully. It was a different taste for her, but she found it an interesting one. She watched Talas at the window as he spoke of night in Waterdeep.

"We do indeed study the moon..." the Moon Elf half whispered, almost hypnotied by the male drows reactions to, and his descriptions, of the moonlight time.

When he knelt and kissed her, Darria was surprised. She had just met this man! His lips were soft on hers and the kiss so tender. However, Darria did not respond. And then it was over.

As Talas stood up and began to pace the room, Darria toched her hand to her mouth. Her lips were still wet from his kiss. She smiled to herself slightly, embarrassed by the contact, but when the drow spoke again, Darria's face was normal and her hand had lowered.

"It is I who should thank you," the elvenwoman replied with a smile, "you have helped me when I needed it, been nice to me when it wasn't required. For this, I will do everything I can to help you and Uticia with your goal. I promise you that."

Talas nodded. "Well, if you do not mind, we have but six more hours until sunrise. You should get some rest, as should I. I bid you a goodnight, Darria."

The drow sat back in his chair and picked up a book written in some foreign language. He had been deciphering it for quite some time now and was back at it again. Within moments he had forgotten all about the moon elf, or so it seemed.

Lunitari0
11/16/2003 9:25 PM


Talas nodded. "Well, if you do not mind, we have but six more hours until sunrise. You should get some rest, as should I. I bid you a goodnight, Darria."

The drow sat back in his chair and picked up a book written in some foreign language. He had been deciphering it for quite some time now and was back at it again. Within moments he had forgotten all about the moon elf, or so it seemed.

Finishing her wine as they had spoken, Darria nodded as she sat her empty glass down. Getting up, she told Talas goodnight and silently disappeared down the hall to his room, the room she would be sleeping in tonight.

Once inside, the moon elf closed the door and slid under the warm covers of the large bed. Alone in the peaceful darkness, the elfwoman closed her eyes and thought about the days events as she waited for sleep to claim her...

Avenging_Angel
11/17/2003 9:37 AM

OOC:

OOC: I thank you for your interests in the thread, Angel. But I would like to ask you kindly. If you have any ideas for this thread or any further comments or if you wish to join, please email or IM me. I do not want ANY OOCs in here if I can help it. Also, if you wish to join the thread, I want more details emailed to me BEFORE your first post. I know this is sounding assinine, and I apologize, but I want NO screwups with this thread. And nothing that will make this thread stray from it's original path.


WHat's your thing with OOC's? I also used to have a problem with OOC's, until, on my old site, another person related to me.



Shanah, my dear, there is NOTHING wrong with ooc's.
Read this.

"In the beginning, God created RP'ing. God looked, and the RP'ing was good. Next, god created posts. Go saw that the posts were a good idea, but tthey needed order. THen God created threads, to seperate posts from other posts. GOd looked, and saw it was 11:00, and time for him to go.

Then God created the two races of posts, both to be equal in the sight of man: The OOC's to divide real life, and IC's, to divide in character. GOd looked, and it was good. Then God created avatars,to look awesome, and moderators, to keep people from insulting eachother enough for mankind to destroy itself."

So, do not be afraid of the OOC. It is a beautiful part of RPing.
[/End quote]

tassanaburrfoot
11/17/2003 9:43 AM

Talas was still awake when the sun rose into the sky. He waited a couple minutes, then grabbed his cloak and went out the door, making sure it was locked before he started down the stairs and out into the street.

The morning streets of Waterdeep were already filling with people. Shops were opening. Another busy day was approaching. Talas walked down the street to the local garment shop. He opened the door and stepped in.

A pungy old woman stood behind the counter. "What can I do ye fer?" she asked with a toothy smile.

The drow looked at the woman. "I need clothes for a lady. More specifically, an elf."

The woman wrinkled her nose. "That daughter of yours comes in here all the time. What she need clothes fer this time?"

The drow's eyes narrowed. "It's not for my daughter. It's for a surface elf. The kind that worship the moon."

"Ah! A Moon Elf!" the woman exclaimed. "Haven't seen one of those in years. You holdin' her fer ransom?"

"It is not your business why I have a moon elf. I just need some clothes for her, seeing that I own no clothes that would fit her," Talas said, trying to keep his cool.

The woman nodded. "Very well. We have some really nice clothes over here of elven make," the woman said, bringing the drow to the clothes.

Talas looked at the clothes a picked a few he liked, including a midnight blue satin dress with white silk trimming. He also bought a few pair of green tights and some blue and green blouses. Just enough for a long journey. Then he saw the dress on the dummy.

The dress was made of silk. It was burgandy in colour and swept the floor. The top of it made a "U" over the breasts. A long piece of brown leather tied the top together, giving the dress a peasant look. The waist was trimmed in white lace as was the "U". The rest of the dress was just the deep burgandy colour all the way to the floor. Nothing trimmed the bottom of the dress save the hem. It was a simply made dress, but one Talas thought perfect.

"How much is that dress?" he asked, pointing to the burgandy dress.

The woman smiled again. "That dress? Well, for most I would make them pay 30 gold, but for you..."

Talas handed her the 30 gold before she could say anything more. He took the dress down and carefully folded it.

Not knowing what else to do, the woman took out a box and helped Talas carefully put it inside. Sealing the box, Talas paid for the other garments he had bought and then left the shop, carrying his prizes. He made his way back to the apartment.

Meanwhile.......

Utica woke up from her sleep and went into the kitchen. She smoked some rothe meat and took a loaf of bread from the pantry. She brought these to the living area. She then walked to her father's room and knocked on the door. "Darria, there is food if you are hungry. I have it in the front. Get up," she said.

The drow then walked into the living area. It was obvious that her father was already gone and that he had been gone for some time now. She looked out the window just in time to see him walking down the street carrying a big package and some bags full of stuff. "Ah, he's back from the clothing store. I wonder what he bought me..."

It was obvious that the young drow was used to getting presents from her father.

tassanaburrfoot
11/17/2003 12:57 PM


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OOC: I thank you for your interests in the thread, Angel. But I would like to ask you kindly. If you have any ideas for this thread or any further comments or if you wish to join, please email or IM me. I do not want ANY OOCs in here if I can help it. Also, if you wish to join the thread, I want more details emailed to me BEFORE your first post. I know this is sounding assinine, and I apologize, but I want NO screwups with this thread. And nothing that will make this thread stray from it's original path.


WHat's your thing with OOC's? I also used to have a problem with OOC's, until, on my old site, another person related to me.



Shanah, my dear, there is NOTHING wrong with ooc's.
Read this.

"In the beginning, God created RP'ing. God looked, and the RP'ing was good. Next, god created posts. Go saw that the posts were a good idea, but tthey needed order. THen God created threads, to seperate posts from other posts. GOd looked, and saw it was 11:00, and time for him to go.

Then God created the two races of posts, both to be equal in the sight of man: The OOC's to divide real life, and IC's, to divide in character. GOd looked, and it was good. Then God created avatars,to look awesome, and moderators, to keep people from insulting eachother enough for mankind to destroy itself."

So, do not be afraid of the OOC. It is a beautiful part of RPing.
[/End quote]

OOC: Well, Angel, I don't believe in your god, so that talk doesn't work for me. And furthermore, again, do not put anymore OOCs in this thread. Luni doesn't do it, I'm not doing it, and I don't expect anyone else to do it. Again, if you wanna play in the thread, email me, It's not that hard. It's not like you don't have my email either. I'll ask you one more time, please do not post any OOCs in this thread. I would greatly appreciate it. To do so would be insulting to me.

Lunitari0
11/17/2003 1:55 PM


Utica woke up from her sleep and went into the kitchen. She smoked some rothe meat and took a loaf of bread from the pantry. She brought these to the living area. She then walked to her father's room and knocked on the door. "Darria, there is food if you are hungry. I have it in the front. Get up," she said.

Darria woke to a knock on the bedroom door and an announcement of food. She pushed the blankets aside with a smile and then gave a long stretch. The sleep the night before had been the best one she'd had in a long time.

Climbing out of the large bed, she smothed out the wrinkles in the to-big green tunic she was wearing and then made the bed. Leaving the bedroom, she then went to the washroom to clean up the best she could before breakfast.

A few minutes later, still dressed in the borrowed clothes but now cleaned up and refreshed, Darria stepped into the living area.

"Morning." the moon elf said to Utcia as she sat down in an empty chair.

tassanaburrfoot
11/17/2003 9:48 PM

Utica watched out the window as her father crossed the street. When she heard Darria, the drow mumbled a good morning back to the moon elf. She heard the sound of the entrance door to the apartment complex open and the young drow nearly leaped. She rushed to the front door and stood there eagerly.

When Talas opened the door, Utica burst, "What did you bring me?"

The older drow looked at his daughter as if she had lost her mind. "I didn't bring you anything. I went and got Darria some clothes."

Utica cocked her head. "Then what is the big package for?" she asked.

"Darria," he said, narrowing his eyes.

Utica pouted, "But you always get me something."

"Then perhaps I've spoiled you too much," the male drow stated walking into the living area.

He handed Darria the huge bag he had been carrying. "In there are a few pairs of tights and some tunics. I would've bought you some boots, but I do not know your size. You will have to come with me to the shoe parlor for those. There is also a blue dress in there. Tonight I'm supposed to meet up with a travelling merchant about some dwarven-made jewelry and I want you to look your best."

"But," Utica protested, "I thought I was supposed to go with you."

Talas looked at his daughter. "You already know our business. If Darria intends on staying here in Waterdeep she has to learn the trade as well. We still have some more money we need to save up before we can make the journey and I intend on using every trick I know to get that money."

Utica's brows went together in anger. "And what trick are you planning on playing tonight?" she asked.

Talas smiled evilly and walked around Darria. He placed his hands on her shoulders and kissed her neck lightly.

Utica's eyes widened in shock. Then they narrowed in anger. "What trick are you planning on playing, Father?" she asked more sternly.

Talas smiled again. "Well, who could resist my new wife?"

With that, he pulled out a gold ring that had a diamond in the middle. Taking Darria's left hand, he slipped it on her finger. He smiled the whole time he did this. Then he looked at his daughter and his face grew stern.

"I do not intend to actually marry her, Utica. This merchant is more willing to deal with a married person than one who isn't. Especially if children are involved. And like it or not, you are my daughter."

"But, Father, this merchant doesn't have to know that. We could play it off just as easily," Utica stammered, tears glistening her face.

In three steps, Talas was in front of the younger drow. Before she could protest, he cupped her face and kissed her deeply. Utica wrench herself free of his grasp and looked at him in disgust.

Talas returned his daughter's gaze with far more disgust than she. "You think we could do something like that in public easily? Without thinking about it? I highly doubt it. I will have to make the relationship believable and I cannot do that with my own daughter. Besides, there is bound to be someone there who will know us. They don't know Darria. Her playing my new wife will be a great ruse and it will keep her out of trouble. No one wants to mess with the wife of a drow. Not in these parts at least."

Trying to wipe her father's kiss from her lips, Utica nodded in agreement. "What would the clerics think, though?" she asked.

Talas then stopped. He hadn't thought about that. "If push comes to shove, I'll tell them the truth and why. I will be honest with them. They should be understanding," he said.

"And what if they are not?" the young drow asked, obviously not convinced.

Talas shrugged. "That time has not come yet."

"And what if she doesn't want to play the wife of a drow?" Utica asked, pointing to Darria while asking.

Talas looked at Darria then. He walked back up to her and knelt down so that he was looking up at her. He took her hands into his and looked up into her eyes. "Doing this will ensure your safety during your stay in Waterdeep. The people here fear us drow more than a plague. They won't bother you as long as they think you are my wife. Furthermore, as I said before, it will make this deal go a lot smoother. What do you think? Will you help me? I know I've already asked much from you, but you realize I only ask this to better Utica and my own lives. You won't have to sleep with me or anything. Nor anything else when it's just the three of us. It's a public act, nothing more. Can you do it? Will you do it?"

Lunitari0
11/17/2003 10:07 PM

The conversation between the two drow was a blur to Darria's eyes as she tried to take everything in.

A business deal...clerics...a wedding ring on her hand...the lightest of kisses on her neck..

But as Talas knelt in front of her, asking her to help him and Uticia with their future, Darria's mind was clear. Looking into Talas's eyes as he held her hands, the moon elf nodded solemnly with a smile that shone in the golden glints of her green eyes.

"Yes, I will. I'll help you anyway I can."

tassanaburrfoot
11/17/2003 10:47 PM

Talas jumped up, smiling. "It's done then," he said, pulling Darria up with him. "Once you are dressed we can go down to the shoe parlor and get you some boots to go with your casual clothes. Perhaps we'll get some nice shoes for your blue dress as well."

"What is the package for, Father?" Utica asked.

In his anger and then question and now excitement, the older drow had forgotten about the package. He looked at it. "It's for a real special occasion. Not to be opened until then either."

"But who is it for?" the young drow questioned anxiously.

Talas threw her an irritated look. "I thought I told you already. It's for Darria. Now, no more questions. You annoy me with your spoiled whining."

Utica snarled, but said nothing. She stormed into her room and slammed the door.

Talas shrugged. "She'll pout then be over it. Come, let's go downstairs before the sun gets too high in the sky," he said to Darria, leading her out the door.

He held her hand in his as he led her down the street to a small shop that had an old wooden sign hanging from it. They entered the shop together and a small bell rang. The bell was attached to the frame of the door.

A skinny human entered into the area from the back door. He had very little hair on his head and what was there was greying. He wore a black apron and a white tunic with brown breeches. "Aye? Can I help ye? Ah! Talas. Good to see you. Needin' some mending on yer boots?" he asked, giving a toothless grin at Darria.

Talas's eyes narrowed. "I would advise you not to look at my wife that way."

The human jumped. "Yer wife? But ye ain't married," the man said.

"I am now. I got married last night," the drow lied easily. "In fact, I'm here to get some boots for my wife."

The human seemed to be taken aback. "Aye, we got plently of boots fer th' lady. But I must be askin' ye, Talas, where did ye find 'er? Ya know, she's one of them surface elves. Not likin' to yer kind. Thinkin' this will look good in front of them clerics?"

"That is none of your business, Ralph. Just help my wife find a pair of boots to fit. I give you money for shoes, not for my personal life."

The human nodded and turned from the "couple." Talas smiled at Darria and kissed her on the cheek. When the human turned back to them, he hada pair of black leather knee high boots.

The human motioned Darria towards him onto a bench. He tried putting the shoes on her, but they were too small. Getting up, the human grabbed another pair of the same kind of boots and tried them. This time, they fit.

Talas nodded. "And we need a pair of shoes to match a midnight blue dress. You have anything, Ralph?" he asked.

The human thought about it for a second, scratching the top of his head. "I think we have a pair of white shoes, but ye said blue..."

"White is fine. The dress has white trimming," Talas said.

Ralph smiled and went into the back. Talas looked at Darria and smiled. Whispering in almost perfect elvish, he said, "Ralph is the largest big-mouth on this side of Waterdeep. You can be assured that our 'marriage' will be well-known by noontime."

When Ralph returned, he was carrying a pair of white shoes with pearl linings. "Made these meself this mornin'. Cost ye extra, Talas," he said, a little sorrowfully.

Talas smiled and kissed Darria on the cheek. "Anything for my morning sunshine. She's worth every penny," he said.

The human nodded and tried the shoes on Darria. They were a perfect fit.

"You like them, Beloved?" the drow asked the moon elf, a gleam in his eyes. It was obvious he was enjoying himself.

Lunitari0
11/17/2003 11:02 PM


"You like them, Beloved?" the drow asked the moon elf, a gleam in his eyes. It was obvious he was enjoying himself

Talas wasn't the only one who was enjoying the "marriage". Darria's green/gold eyes danced playfully as she stood up to test the new shoes. Walking the length of the store, she stopped in front of the male drow.

Reaching a delicate and slender blue-skinned hand toward him, the moon elf softly carressed the cheek of her "husband". "The shoes are perfect, Talas."

And she kissed him lightly on the cornor of his mouth.

tassanaburrfoot
11/17/2003 11:14 PM

Talas's eyes widened ever so slightly when Darria kissed him. Then he smiled. "Very well, we shall buy them."

Ralph watched the "couple" with great interest. Talas paid the shoemaker and the "couple" left the shop. The human watched them go. A puggy old woman approached Ralph. "Who's dat wit our Talas?" she asked.

"His wife," Ralph said simply. The woman looked at the elfwoman in amazement but both elves were already out of ear range.

"Are you hungry?" Talas asked Darria. "I know I am. There is a fresh fruit stand not too far from here. And an inn that sells wonderful ale, if you are interested? I don't know about you, but the last place I want to be right now is at home with my daughter. She can be quite annoying when she's throwing her fits."

Lunitari0
11/17/2003 11:24 PM


"Are you hungry?" Talas asked Darria. "I know I am. There is a fresh fruit stand not too far from here. And an inn that sells wonderful ale, if you are interested? I don't know about you, but the last place I want to be right now is at home with my daughter. She can be quite annoying when she's throwing her fits."

Darria nodded, "I would love to stay out for awhile. See the sights sort of thing, get to know my new home better," murmuring quietly in elven with a slight chuckle,"and you as well."

tassanaburrfoot
11/17/2003 11:49 PM

Talas smiled and nodded. He led the way to the fruit vendor he had spoken of.

"Talas! Good to see you, lad," a dwarf said from next to the stand.

The drow smiled and shook hands with the dwarf. "You as well, old friend. How goes things with the old lady? I haven't seen either of you since winter solstice."

"Aye," the dwarf said, "the ole girl's fine, lad. Still as purdy as ever." Then the dwarf saw the moon elf at Talas's side. "Seems like you found another one. How long you keepin' her fer?"

"Well, old friend, this one I'm keeping," the drow stated, taking Darria's hand and showing the dwarf the ring.

"My!" the dwarf said softly. He took out a small telescope and examined the ring. "Real diamond! Fourteen karat gold band! Nice sized rock too, I might add."

The dwarf put his telescope away and took the moon elf's hand from Talas. He kissed the back of it lightly. "Yer a fine lass. You hang on to this rogue here. He's a toughy, but he's nice. Treatin' you right in the bedroom I'm hopin'?"

Talas's eyes did widen that time. "Lardion! You take me for a fool? Someone as beautiful as she?"

The dwarf nodded. It was obvious the dwarf did not really agree with the drow on the issue of beauty, then again, he never did. "Don't ye be worryin' yer head, Talas. Wantin' fruit?" he asked, changing the subject.

Talas took two red apples and gave some money to the dwarf. "Don't hestitate to visit some time, old friend. I'm still living in the same place."

"Aye. Yer daughter still there too? How she doin'?"

Talas nodded. "Yes, she's still there. And she's doing fine. A little upset with me because I went to by Darria here some clothes this morning and didn't buy Utica anything."

"Poor lass. I told ye you were spoilin' her," the dwarf said. "And now you got yerself a new girl to spoil. I doubt Utica's gonna like that one."

Talas shrugged. "She's gonna have to grow up sooner or later."

"Aye. Ye right about that one," the dwarf said.

As the drow started to leave the vendor, the dwarf stopped him, "Hey, Talas! Ye wouldn't mind beddin' an ole friend, would ye? Me vendin' cart's not doing so well today. Didn't do too well yesterdi either..."

Talas smiled. "Drank too much?"

The dwarf nodded slowly, his head bowed. "I'm hopin' ye don't mind? I'll pay ya back somehow. Free fruit th' rest of the time I'm here."

The drow patted the old dwarf on the back. "I would be honoured, friend. I shall see you later at my house. Utica is home and will no doubt welcome you with open arms... Though I would suggest you have something to put into those arms... She's not too happy at the moment."

The dwarf gave a toothy smile and nodded happily.

Talas then led Darria away from the dwarf as fast as he could and towards the inn he had spoken of earlier. "That's not good," he said in elven. "I'll have to figure out how to pull that one."

Lunitari0
11/18/2003 12:04 AM


Talas then led Darria away from the dwarf as fast as he could and towards the inn he had spoken of earlier. "That's not good," he said in elven. "I'll have to figure out how to pull that one."

In the Inn, Darria sat across from Talas at the table he showed her to. She started to lift the apple to her mouth, but found her hand shook with sudden nervousness. It wasn't as if the handsome drow would make any unwanted toward the woman playing at being his wife, but being raised so proper, Darria had never even been in the same room with a male when they were dressing let alone share a bed with one.

Yet the moon elf had to admit that the idea intrigued her...

"What now?" she asked Talas in elven.

tassanaburrfoot
11/18/2003 12:20 AM

Talas shrugged and called to the nearest barmaid. She was a rotound woman with fiery hair and an overly large bosom. "What should I be doin' ye fer, Talas?"

"Get me an ale and something my lady here can handle," the drow said, hoping the barmaid would take the hint. Obviously she didn't.

"Got yerself a new one, eh?" the woman asked. She turned to the elfwoman. "Be careful 'bout dis one, hear? 'E can get purdy rough when 'e gets into it."

Talas darkened a little. "That'll be all, Christine."

"Bah," the woman said. She looked at the elfgirl. "'E's a tough one t' please. One of me girl's tried 'im last week..."

Talas interrupted her. "I said, that'll be all, Christine."

The woman, looking a bit taken aback, left the couple.

"I apologize about that. She gets carried away in her stories at times. Truth is..." he stopped a moment trying to think of an easy way to put it. "Well, being a drow, I have done what most drow do. I have been with a number of females. I hope that does not upset you too much?"

The barmaid returned with their drinks, slapping a mug full of ale in front of both people and then leaving. "I'll be puttin' it on yer tab, Talas," she said as she left the two.

In elven, Talas said, "As far as Lardion goes, I think I know how to pull it off. You can sleep in my bed and I will sleep on the floor. Just give me a couple of those furs I have on the bed and a pillow and I should be fine. Just know, that he has to think we are sleeping together and that we are... in fact... a couple."

He took a swallow of his ale. On a normal bout he would've savoured the sweet taste, but now, he could barely taste it.

Lunitari0
11/18/2003 12:39 AM



"I apologize about that. She gets carried away in her stories at times. Truth is..." he stopped a moment trying to think of an easy way to put it. "Well, being a drow, I have done what most drow do. I have been with a number of females. I hope that does not upset you too much?"

The barmaid returned with their drinks, slapping a mug full of ale in front of both people and then leaving. "I'll be puttin' it on yer tab, Talas," she said as she left the two.

In elven, Talas said, "As far as Lardion goes, I think I know how to pull it off. You can sleep in my bed and I will sleep on the floor. Just give me a couple of those furs I have on the bed and a pillow and I should be fine. Just know, that he has to think we are sleeping together and that we are... in fact... a couple."

He took a swallow of his ale. On a normal bout he would've savoured the sweet taste, but now, he could barely taste it.

Taking a drink of her ale and setting the mug down, Darria took a deep breathe, letting it out slowly before answering the drow in elven.

"Your life before we met does not bother me, Talas. I meant what I said when I told you I wanted to get to know you better; that I would do anything in my power to help you and Uticia. As far as the dwarf goes, I'll be the perfect picture of the devoted wife."

The elvenwoman grinned, teasing and good-natured, in order to hide her sudden nervousness.

tassanaburrfoot
11/18/2003 9:44 AM

Talas smiled at Darria's response. "Great. Then it shouldn't be any problem fooling the old dwarf," he said, taking another swallow of the ale.

A barmaid came to the table and sat on Talas's lap. She started playing with his hair. "Wanna do somethin' tonight, Talas?" the girl asked in a sweet, high pitched voice.

Talas's eyes widened as he grabbed her by the waist and attempted to get her off of him. "Ambyr, I would like you to meet my wife, Darria," he said, indicating the moon elf that sat across from him.

The girl hopped up quickly. "Your wife? But yesterday you weren't married! When did she happen?" she demanded, her voice loud enough to get everyone's attention. All talk stopped as everyone in the inn turned to the scene being displayed.

"Ambyr, calm down," Talas whispered, trying to get the barmaid to sit next to him.

"No! I will not calm down!" she yelled, snapping her arm out of his grasp. "I want to know where this wench came from! And what is she doing with such a big rock on her finger? A rock that should be mine!"

It was quite obvious that Talas was embarrassed. At the same time, one could tell that he was also angry with the girl. "It is none of your business where she came from and it would be in your best interest not to insult my wife again."

The other barmaid, the older one, came to the table. "Wha's all the rukus 'bout?"

"Talas got married, Momma! 'E married tha' wench! Tha' elfin..."

Before Ambyr could say what she had intended to say, Talas backhanded her. "I told you not to insult her again," Talas shouted. "And if you wish to see a true wench look in the mirror. There is one there in plain sight."

The human girl's face was streaked in tears. The place where Talas had hit her already started to turn red. The girl put her hand to the place and spit in Talas's face.

The older barmaid ordered one of the other barmaids to take Ambyr out of sight.

The drow watched the girl depart through narrow eyes. He was panting and shaking with anger.

The older barmaid sighed and place a hand on Talas's shoulder. "Per'aps ye should get goin', Talas. Dis life is not fer a married man."

Talas growled and grabbed Darria's hand. "I wasn't planning on returning anyway. I've had enough of that girl," he said and pulled Darria out of the inn.

The rest of the way home, Talas held Darria's hand and walked fast. It was obvious he was angry.

Utica was at the window watching her father and the surface elf walk towards the apartment. Talas sensed the girl's eyes on them and grew even more angry. He stopped suddenly and brought Darria around to him. Holding her by the waist, he kissed her passionately.

Utica's face twisted in hatred at the display her father was giving. She watched him as he stood there, teaching the surface elf the power of a kiss. Somehow, the female drow knew something like this would happen. Her father was forever taking women to bed with him. Always up to the challenges each woman brought to him. And now he's got a virgin surface elf to play with.

The female drow hated her father's actions as much as she hated the surface elf. And each moment her father held the elf, kissing her, Utica hated both of them more and more.

When Talas did let go finally, he looked at Darria. He was panting lightly and looking into her green eyes. He gave a sigh and said in a raspy voice, "Let's get inside before Utica worries about us."

Lunitari0
11/18/2003 6:18 PM


The rest of the way home, Talas held Darria's hand and walked fast. It was obvious he was angry.

Utica was at the window watching her father and the surface elf walk towards the apartment. Talas sensed the girl's eyes on them and grew even more angry. He stopped suddenly and brought Darria around to him. Holding her by the waist, he kissed her passionately.

Utica's face twisted in hatred at the display her father was giving. She watched him as he stood there, teaching the surface elf the power of a kiss. Somehow, the female drow knew something like this would happen. Her father was forever taking women to bed with him. Always up to the challenges each woman brought to him. And now he's got a virgin surface elf to play with.

The female drow hated her father's actions as much as she hated the surface elf. And each moment her father held the elf, kissing her, Utica hated both of them more and more.

When Talas did let go finally, he looked at Darria. He was panting lightly and looking into her green eyes. He gave a sigh and said in a raspy voice, "Let's get inside before Utica worries about us."

Darria walked with Talas down the street in silence, nearly having to run to keep in step with the drow's quick stride. It was obvious that Talas was angry about the behavior of the barmaid in the tavern, and to be truthful the moon elf had lost some of her cheery spirit in the face of being called such awful names and seeing Talas spit on.

Then Talas pulled her to him, kissed her deeply and passionately. Taken by complete surprise by the action at first, the unexperienced elvenwoman froze. However, as the kiss continued with no less fire in it, Darria felt herself give in as she began to return the kiss.

When the drow male looked at her after ending the kiss, lightly panting and a bit raspy sounding, Darria only nodded silently as she followed her "husband" inside.

tassanaburrfoot
11/18/2003 9:18 PM

Talas led Darria into the apartment. Utica sat in a chair in the living area and said nothing. Talas turned to Darria and kissed her lightly on the lips. "Why don't you go ahead and freshen up. While you get dress, I can freshen up as well," he said.

He left the surface elf at the door of the bathing room and walked into the living area. The tension between father and daughter could be felt more than seen as Talas sat in his chair and picked up a book. Silence lurked in the living area.

Suddenly, Utica said in drow, "You do not love her. You know this, Father. You cannot love her. She is a surface elf."

Talas looked up from his book. "No one said anything about love, Utica," he whispered in the same language his daughter used. "Most drow do not even know what it is to love. Besides, this is a business arrangement..."

"No it is not!" Utica shouted, standing up and pacing the length of the room. "This is some ploy of yours to ruin that girl's life. And I will not stand for it! I swear by Lloth herself..."

"Well, it is a good thing you don't worship the Spider Queen anymore, isn't it? Imagine swearing by her and following her. Imagine the consequences of such actions!" the male drow retorted, standing up himself.

"Were we in Menzoberranzan..." Utica swore.

"Well, we aren't in Menzoberranzan, now are we? We were outcasted from there. Or do you not remember?" Talas demanded.

Utica spat, "Only because of you! Everything is your fault! And I hate you for it. I utterly completely despise you. And may you rot in the worst parts of the Abyss with nothing but the spiders to keep you company!"

With that, the female drow stormed into her room and slammed the door shut. Talas picked up his book and threw it across the room. The book slammed against the wall making a loud "boom" sound. The male drow plopped on his chair and put his head in his hands.

A knock came at the door. Talas looked up. He got up and went to the door. Opening it, he was surprised to see Larnoid standing there. Then the drow remembered his promise of room and board.

"Come on in, old friend," Talas said, tiredly.

The dwarf walked in. "Where's my Utica at? I've got a present for her."

Talas shrugged, he was about to tell the dwarf what happened when Utica burst out of her room. The girl looked absolutely thrilled. "Uncle Larry!" the young drow screamed in an excited voice. She hugged the dwarf.

Larnoid patted Utica on the back. "It's good to see you too, lass. Now, come sit in the parlour and see what uncle got for ye," he said, leading the young drow into the living area.

The young drow gleefully followed the dwarf into the living area.

Talas shook his head.

Lunitari0
11/18/2003 9:36 PM


Talas led Darria into the apartment. Utica sat in a chair in the living area and said nothing. Talas turned to Darria and kissed her lightly on the lips. "Why don't you go ahead and freshen up. While you get dress, I can freshen up as well," he said.

He left the surface elf at the door of the bathing room and walked into the living area. The tension between father and daughter could be felt more than seen as Talas sat in his chair and picked up a book. Silence lurked in the living area.

Taking her new clothes into the washroom with her, Darria chose the more everyday garmets from the assortment Talas had bought ealier this morning. The moon elf washed up and dressed in the new clothes, which fit perfectly. Her reflection smiled back at her as she took stock of her appearance in a small mirror.

Very nice. she mused to herself.

Then Darria's ears caught the sounds of tense whispers in a language she didn't understand and she sighed deeply. Talas and Uticia were arguing again. The moon elf could sense the female drows anger about her arrangement with Talas. He wasn't in love with her, nor she with him ,but this arrangement would help seal the drow family's future. They had been nice to her, were continuing to treat her well, and Darria vowed to herself that she would help Talas by way of repaying that kindness.

Hearing a knock on the door as the dwarf from earlier came in, Darria re-entered the livingroom with a smile, "Hello again, sir dwarf."

tassanaburrfoot
11/18/2003 10:15 PM

The dwarf smiled to the moon elf. "Darria, is it? Never did I think Talas would be married," he said.

Utica shot a fiery glance at her father, who ignored it.

"If you'll excuse me, I'll be off to wash up. Darria and I have a dinner date tonight. And,... Beloved," he said, smiling to Darria, "once our guest has been seen to, you might want to change into that blue gown I bought for you today."

Utica growled, "No need. I know how to care for Uncle Larry. You just get dressed," the young drow sneered, looking at the moon elf.

Larnoid smiled. "Ah, little ones always seem to dislike the stepparents. But, don' ye worry, little Utica. It'll all be alrigh'. You jus' hang in there," he said, patting her back.

The female drow curled up in the dwarf's lap. Soon she was sleeping. Her white hair softly falling into her face.

The dwarf smiled and whispered to the moon elf and male drow, "She's 'ad a rough day by th' looks of it. Methinks this new marriage has her up in knots. She's not used to having another female around. Give her time, dearies. She'll come around."

Talas smiled. All anger from the few moments before vanished from the drow. He kissed Darria on the cheek and went into the wash room to get ready for tonight's dinner meeting with the merchant.

Lunitari0
11/18/2003 10:54 PM



"If you'll excuse me, I'll be off to wash up. Darria and I have a dinner date tonight. And,... Beloved," he said, smiling to Darria, "once our guest has been seen to, you might want to change into that blue gown I bought for you today."

"Of course,....love." Darria replied with a bright smile.

She cast a helpless glance at the sleeping Uticia in the lap of "Larry", before giving the dwarf a thankful smile. She disappeared into the kitchen and brought the visitor a drink before excusing herself to Talas's bedroom to change her clothes...again.

Idiot, She reprimanded herself silently and bitterly as she entered the sleeping chamber, you should have realized that he would want you to wear the fancy dress!

Stripping of her common pants and shirt, Darria reached for the box that contained the satin gown that Talas had purchased for the meeting tonight. Holding it before her briefly, the elvenwoman had to admit the dress was beautiful. Slipping it on proved it was even better than at first glance.

Midnight blue with white silk trim, it set off Darria's light blue skin and long silver hair extremely well. The V-neck was modest, barely hinting at her bust....but the hint was enough. The waistline was also gathered into a V style and showed of the slenderness of the moon elf's waist and figure. The dress had midnight blue buttons down the back, which upon putting it on, Darria realized she could not secure ou her own.

Blushing slightly, she sighed.

It cannot be helped. she reasoned.

"Talas....love?" she called quietly, "could you help me button up when you have a chance please?"

tassanaburrfoot
11/18/2003 11:25 PM

Talas heard Darria's voice through the door. Grabbing a towel, he secured it around his waist and opened the door. He nearly laughed when he saw the elf's plight. "Come in here," he said, taking her hand and pulling her into the wash room.

"Turn around," he said. He buttoned up the dress and then gazed at her through the mirror. He drapped his arms on her shoulders and rested his head on the left side. "I think we will be able to pull this off quite easy, dear. You are dazzling in that dress."

He stood there for quite some time, staring at her and himself. Then, he brought her around to him, to face him. He kissed her again, letting his hands run up to cup her face as his kiss becomes deeper. Running his hands through her hair, he brought her closer. It was a passionate kiss.

Suddenly, he pushed her away. Bending down, he held himself up by placing his hands on his knees. His towel nearly slipped away, but he grabbed it in time and relatched it. He sat down on the floor and put his head in one of his hands. "Gods," he whispered roughly.

He looked up at Darria. "I could easily fall for you. Any male could. Look at you. You are as beautiful as a Waterdeep night. Your eyes twinkle like the stars and your pale skin is like the moon. And that dress drapes over you like the nightsky," he whispered. "Here, come sit next to me. I just want to wrap my arms around you."

Then, he thought about it. "Perhaps that's not such a good idea after all. It's probably best if you walk out that door and join the dwarf until I'm finished. I don't want to do anything that either of us may regret."

Lunitari0
11/18/2003 11:58 PM

As Talas stood behind her, his face next to hers in the mirror, Darria's breath caught in her throat as realization hit her how good the two of them looked together.

As the drow male kissed her again, deep and passionate, Darria almost unconsiously pulled him into her embrace as he pulled her into his. She gently ran her hands up across his bare back and shoulders as the kiss continued to deepen.

Then it was over.

When Talas pushed her away, abruptly ending the moment between them, Darria crouched beside him a little bit away as he spoke. As he said the the most wonderful things to her that she had never heard from any man before. The elvenwoman knew she was not in love with the charming and handsome drow, but she could not deny that she was attracted to him.

Taking a few moments to re-gather her senses, she then spoke in a husky whisper.

"I could fall for you as well, I must admit. I find you strikingly handsome and charming, and since we have met you have treated me better than any male in my entire life. I know you must think me naive and unworldly. but I'm not. I completely understand the terms of this arrangement, Talos, I promise you that. Though I do find myself physically attracted to you, I will never ask anything from you beyond friendship...during the time of our agreement and beyond."

Smiling genuinely at the worried drow on the floor, Darria stood up. Stepping back in front of the mirror, she smoothed her dress and hair back into place.

"I will see to our guest." she said, once again speaking normally as she made her way to the door..

gait_firestorm
11/19/2003 10:52 AM

Thalgard walked along the plains of Icewind Dale. He had been in Dale for only a couple of hours and he was already wounded from an attack by a frost giant.
He had thin black armor on, covering most of his body and his hair was long, platinum but had a few blood stains covering the bottom of it. He seemed likely to die in this place. The reason being out here was that he was said to search for a lost relic of some sort but the tale must have been a myth. He was going to die.
He closed his eyes and fell to the snow. He started to open them when he suddenly looked dazzled by the objects around him sprang up forming into some type of room. As the walls fromed around him, he was in a hallway and a door smacked right into the back of his head.

tassanaburrfoot
11/19/2003 9:34 PM


"I will see to our guest." she said, once again speaking normally as she made her way to the door..

Talas nodded to the moon elf and waited for her to leave. When she did, he sat there for a moment, thinking things over. Yes, he could easily fall for her pale skin, emerald eyes, and silver hair. But he knew it wouldn't last. A drow's interest changes from time to time, never staying the same. This was the reason most drow did not believe in marriage to begin with. And those that did, oftentimes divorced within the decade. Or worse.

The drow got up and finished cleaning himself. He then changed into the garments he would wear for the dinner.

Larnoid looked up when the moon elf entered the living area. "You look lovely, lass. Tha's a pretty blue gown yer wearin'. Bet Talas got that for ye? Ah, he's a good lad. Bring ya many years of joy," the dwarf said quietly, not wishing to wake up Utica. "So, how did you meet the strapping young drow, anyway?"

Lunitari0
11/19/2003 9:48 PM


Larnoid looked up when the moon elf entered the living area. "You look lovely, lass. Tha's a pretty blue gown yer wearin'. Bet Talas got that for ye? Ah, he's a good lad. Bring ya many years of joy," the dwarf said quietly, not wishing to wake up Utica. "So, how did you meet the strapping young drow, anyway?"

Darria sat down in a chair across from Larnoid as she considered the question. She decided to go with the truth....mostly.

"Some thieves attacked me on the road. Talas and Uticia came to my rescue. Talas and I had a bond right away..."

The moon elf trailed off dreamily as a soft smile came to her lips. Her green/gold eyes farely sparkled with newlywed bliss.

tassanaburrfoot
11/20/2003 8:39 AM

Larnoid smiled as the moon elf recalled her meeting with Talas. She truly was in love with the drow, that much the dwarf could see.

When Talas entered into the living area, he was dressed in a pair of black leather breeches and a deep blue shirt and a black waist coat. He looked at the dwarf and then to the surface elf. He smiled. "Are you ready?"

The dwarf asked, "Where are ya'll off to?"

"We have a business dinner to attend," Talas explained. "I hate to run out on you like this, Larnoid, but this dinner is important. It could mean enough money to get us to Evermeet."

"What're ya'll goin' to Evermeet for? The land of the elves is no place for drow."

Talas shrugged."We have our reasons for going. And trust me, the way will be ok."

Talas then looked at Darria. "Ready? Let us be on our way," he said.

Larniod watched as the couple left. When Talas shut the door, the gruff dwarf whispered, "Oh no you don't Talas."

The dwarf stroked Utica's hair lightly.

Lunitari0
11/20/2003 3:39 PM

As Talas entered the living area clean and dressed, Darria smiled at how handsome he looked. The black leather pants and coat paired with the deep blue shirt he wore, set of the handsome drow's natural
appeal.

Keep your mind on the job, Darria. He doesn't want anything to do with you. You're not in love with each other. It's just an act for business. Just an act.

She smiled prettily and listened quietly as the two men spoke briefly. When Talas asked if she was ready to go, the moon elf nooded and stood up.

"Let us be off then." she agreed as she took the drows hand, "See you later Larnoid." she looked toward the dwarf with a smile before leaving the house.

tassanaburrfoot
11/20/2003 6:31 PM

Talas smiled at Darria as they walked down the darkening streets of Waterdeep. In elvish, he said, "You are doing quite well. I must admit. Though I find it curiously amusing that a surface elf such as you can live this lie so comfortably."

The drow nodded at the people they passed as he and his "wife" walked towards yet another inn. They entered the inn and Talas looked around. Not satisfied, the drow walked up to the innkeep. "You haven't seen any dwarves come through here at this time of the evening, have you?"

The innkeep, a pug-faced bald human in his late years, smiled softly at the drow. "Which one? Thar's always dwarves in this inn, Talas," the innkeep answered.

Talas nodded. "Well, this one would be a female. One of them Gold Dwarves the Great Rift. She doesn't have a beard like most female dwarves..."

"Talas!" a rough feminine voice called. A short, dark tanned woman with long black hair waved at the drow from a table.

The drow smiled and led Darria to the table.

Lunitari0
11/20/2003 11:38 PM


Talas smiled at Darria as they walked down the darkening streets of Waterdeep. In elvish, he said, "You are doing quite well. I must admit. Though I find it curiously amusing that a surface elf such as you can live this lie so comfortably."

Darria smiled mischeviously at her "husband" as they made there way down the street hand in hand. In elvish she responded playfully, "Just because I'm a surface elf, Talas, doesn't mean I don't know how to lie. As I told you back at the house, I will do anything to help secure your future as my way of repaying all the kindness you have shown me."

As the drow and moon elf entered the Inn and made their way over to the female dwarf Talas was to meeet with, the Darria kissed Talas lightly on the cheek before sitting in the chair he offered her.

tassanaburrfoot
11/21/2003 5:09 AM

"Talas, how are you?" the female dwarf asked kindly. She looked at the moon elf and cocked her head. "Is this your wife?"

Talas smiled. "That she is. Bella, I would like you to meet my wife, Darria. Darria, this is the lady I've been telling you about."

The dwarf stroked her chin. "I didn't know you had married a surface elf. Your little girl looks full blood, not half."

The drow nodded sheepishly. "She is full blood. I had met Darria after Utica was born. In fact, Darria and I have only recently married."

The dwarf nodded.

The drow did offer Darria a seat and when she sat down, the drow took the seat next to her. "Shall we go on with business, or would you prefer to eat first?"

"Ah, Talas, ye make it hard on a woman. Let us order some food first. I hear the primed duck is delicious," the dwarf answered, waving down a barmaid.

The dwarf ordered the duck and then looked at Talas. "What'll you and your lady be having?"

Talas thought about it for a moment. "I think a bowl of your soup will be just fine. I am not really all that hungry. I had eaten earlier today."

"Aye, I heard about that," the dwarf responded in kind.

Talas looked at her, both his eyebrows raising.

"Lousy barmaids. They think they own it all. Don't realize tha' once a guy gets married he's no longer available," the dwarf said, before ordering a mug of ale. "Make tha' three two, girl," she told the barmaid.

Talas put a hand on Darria's. He was shocked that the dwarf had taken his earlier brawl with the barmaid so well.

When the food came, Talas more or less picked at his soup, not really wanting to eat. He wanted to get this business finished and get home.

The dwarf ate loudly. She slurped her ale and smacked her food. Needless to say, she wasn't a very pleasant dinner companion and Talas made a note not to make anymore dinner plans with dwarves. Then again, he should've known this having eaten with Larnoid on many occasions.

When finished, the dwarf to a long swig of her ale and covered her mouth while letting out a belch. --She didn't want to be rude.-- Then she cleaned her face with a towel one of the barmaids gave her and looked at Talas.

Talas smiled. "Business?" he asked.

"I've got three boxes of the finest jewelry made by my kind. It'll sell good in your shop," she said.

"Of what, exactly?" the drow asked, narrowing his eyes and leaning in.

"I've got rings, necklaces, bracelets, broaches, anklets, toe rings, and them belly chains you see them younger girls wear," the dwarf said.

Talas nodded. "What are they made of?"

"Oh, come now Talas! You've seen what's in these boxes. Are we gonna make a deal or not?" the dwarf questioned, growing irritated.

Talas shrugged. "I just want to make sure everything is authentic. I don't need my shop closed down because I'm selling fakes," he said.

The dwarf growled, "Iffen ye think fer one moment tha' any of me stuff is fake, I'll leave dis place an' sell me own stuff come Market Day!"

Talas sat back and chuckled, "It's ok, Bella. I'll sell your jewelry. What percent of the profits do you wish? Most of my suppliers get..."

"Fifty percent!" the dwarf interrupted.

It was now Talas's turn to get angry. He leaned forward and narrowed his eyes. "...Thirty percent," he finished.

"I know how much you usually give, Talas. And I say I want half," the dwarf said.

"I will not raise my standards for you. If I do, then the other suppliers will want me to raise my standards for them," Talas explained.

"Then I'll take me jewelry to another shop that'll give me what I want," the dwarf said starting to get up.

"You won't find another one here in Waterdeep," the drow said. "Not one that will give you 30 percent. Most only give 20, if that much. Depending on the quality. I'm offering you a fair deal."

"45," she countered.

"30," he responded.

"40?" she asked, looking at him.

"30," it was clear he would not give in.

"Yer a shrewd businessman, Talas. Alright, thirty it is. And only cause I don't wish to embarrass you in front of your new wife," she said. "Tha' jewelry will be brought to you tomorrow."

Talas nodded and watched the dwarf get up and leave. He smiled and looked at Darria. "First thing in selling jewelry. Never go up on your percent to the suppliers. It shows weakness."

He then offered his hand to Darria and led her out of the inn. On the way out, he paid for the meal.

gait_firestorm
11/21/2003 9:57 AM

OOC: What is going on right now? I want to join in, which i have already done...

tassanaburrfoot
11/21/2003 12:49 PM

OOC: Gait, do you have an email? If so, can you email me? That way I can tell you the basic plot of the thread and so on and so forth, that way you get a basic idea of what part you could play. This thread is on a very tight schedule and I don't want to lose track of the way it twists and turns. So, please, email me.

Lunitari0
11/21/2003 4:11 PM


Talas nodded and watched the dwarf get up and leave. He smiled and looked at Darria. "First thing in selling jewelry. Never go up on your percent to the suppliers. It shows weakness."

He then offered his hand to Darria and led her out of the inn. On the way out, he paid for the meal.

Darria had been eating her soup and listening to the Talas and Bella haggle of her share of the profits of selling the jewelry in the drow's shop. The moon elf was mildly surprised that she found the bartering interesting and found herself an avid listener of the conversation.

When the deal was finally struck - at Talas's initial statement that the dwarven supplier would get 30 percent, Darria gave the other woman a polite nod as she got up and left the Inn. As Talas smiled at her and gave her the first lesson in business, the elvenwoman took his offered hand and nodded.

Moments later the "couple" stepped out of the Inn and were walking down the streets of Waterdeep during a beautiful moonlit night.

tassanaburrfoot
11/21/2003 8:14 PM

Talas did not take Darria home right away. It had only been two days since their "marriage" and already the drow was growing accostumed to the surface elf. He enjoyed her company. And the night air was wonderful.

He took her on a guided tour through the city. A tour guided by himself of course. "Ahhh, the City of Splendors," the drow said, taking Darria down the dark streets, "there are sixteen Lords of Waterdeep and no one knows who they are. Anytime the Lords appear in public areas, they wear masks. The only one who doesn't is the Warden of Waterdeep, also known as the Commander of the Watch.

"There are many sites to behold here in Waterdeep, including the City of the Dead. It's a huge cemetary located down this street here," he explained, pointing down the street they were turning onto. "Do not worry, though, we are going no where near the cemetary. In fact, at night, it's seeled off and guarded. Perhaps sometime during the day we shall visit it?"

The drow shrugged. "Let's go this way," he said, turning her down yet another street. "It's strange," he continued, holding her hand and swinging it lightly, "all the wealth that seems to come through this city. Most of the people here are more wealthy than the wealthiest person in some country village. And it all has to do with trade. The largest trade center in all of Faerun. That's what this city is. And that's why it's so important for you to learn about trade. Tomorrow, I'm going to take you to my shop and teach you how to sell some jewelry. Bella should be there to drop off her supply, so that will be good. It'll be nice to get some new stuff. Perhaps she'll have a necklace or something to match that present I bought you..."

Without really realizing what he was doing, Talas slipped a hand around Darria's waist. "Also, something that might intrigue you, ssinssrigg," he said, the word slipping out of his mouth as easily as water, "Waterdeep has been known to produce some of the finest wizards. There is a college around here somewhere, called New Olamn. It's a fine college from what I hear. It's a bardic college. There is rumour that this college is to rival that of your hometown, Silverymoon. Pretty intriguing, I think. Amusing."

Then, they were standing in front of the apartment. All the twist and turns they took throughout Waterdeep, and they ended back at home. Talas smiled and opened the entrance door, bringing Darria up the staircase to the third floor. When they got to their apartment, Talas stopped and looked at Darria. "You did beautifully tonight, ssinssrigg. I cannot wait to bring you to my shop tomorrow. I'll let you pick out some jewelry you like too. It will be nice, you'll see. You'll get first pickings from Bella's supplies. And do not worry about the cost. I'll take care of everything," he said and then kissed her.

This kiss was as deep and passionate as the one they shared in the wash room. He ran his fingers through her hair and pulled her body closer to him. He let the kiss go for a moment and looked at her. Again he smiled. "I hope I am not going too fast. It's just... I can't seem to stop kissing you. And seeing you tonight, I wanted to kiss you so bad. Even during our walk, it took me everything to keep from kissing you," he said, getting close to her for another kiss.

When he finally let her go, he took a step back and calmed down. He smiled at her again, and then put the key in the door and opened the door. He let her in first.

Lunitari0
11/21/2003 8:40 PM

Darria walked hand and hand with Talas through the dark streets of Waterdeep as he took her on a tour of her new home. The night air was beautiful and the moonlight made the elvenwoman's silver hair and blue skin seem to sparkle. Not only that, but she could not stop smiling.

As Talas told her of waterdeep, Darria listened intently. The city sounded so interesting and intriguing, and she found herself wanting to learn more of the city and of the type of life here.

Amaxingly, even with all the twists and turns on the travels, the couple found themselves back at the apartment. Before going inside, the drow male turned to her and complimented her on her performance this evening.

"I enjoyed it Talas and I would enjoy coming to your shop to learn about your business." the moon elf said happily before Talas took her in his arms again. The kisses shared on the doorstep that night stirred something in Darria....and she wasn't afraid to admit it.

Taking a few moments to calm herself, the moon elf stepped into the apartment.

tassanaburrfoot
11/21/2003 8:52 PM

Talas followed Darria into the apartment and shut the door behind them. He made sure it was locked before going in the living area to check on the dwarf. Larnoid was awake to Talas's surprise and even seemed to have been waiting for them. The drow looked at the dwarf curiously.

"Ye still look beautiful, lass," the dwarf commented to Darria.

"Where is Utica?" Talas asked.

"In bed," the dwarf answered gruffly.

"She woke up?" Talas asked, seemingly amazed. It wasn't often that the girl woke up.

"Well, I started to bring her to bed. Ya know, pick her up and carry her?" the dwarf explained, turning red. "But she's too tall for her own good. She woke up halfway there."

"Oh? Why would she wake up? She usually stays asleep when I bring her to bed..." Talas wondered.

"I dropped her."

The drow suppressed a laugh. "I am sorry, my friend. Next time, perhaps, it'll be better to just wake her up."

"I don't know what happened. She used to be easy to carry," the dwarf said, looking distraught.

"She's older now, Larnoid. She's grown," Talas explained, trying to make the dwarf feel better.

The dwarf sighed. "I need to speak to ye alone for a moment, lad, iffen the lady don't mind?"

Talas looked at Darria and kissed her lightly on the lips. "I'll be to bed soon, ssinssrigg. You go on and get ready for bed," he whispered to her, kissing her again. His previous statement about not being able to get enough kisses rang true. But, he stopped before he made a scene in front of the dwarf. "I'll see you in the room," he said and then walked over to his chair and sat down."

Lunitari0
11/21/2003 9:09 PM


Talas looked at Darria and kissed her lightly on the lips. "I'll be to bed soon, ssinssrigg. You go on and get ready for bed," he whispered to her, kissing her again. His previous statement about not being able to get enough kisses rang true. But, he stopped before he made a scene in front of the dwarf. "I'll see you in the room," he said and then walked over to his chair and sat down."

Darria nodded and kissed Talos lightly again before bidding Larnoid a godnight before going to the bedroom.

Once there, she closed the door and took her dress off and put it away neatly. Then she slipped the oversized green tunic from the night before over her head, lifting her long hair from underneath it so it flowed loose down her back. Listening to the two men talk softly in the living area, the moon elf folded back the thick coverings on the bed and climbed in, sitting against the pillows.

Then she remembered Talas's instructions and sighed.

Climbing out of bed again, she took one of the blankets and pillows off the bed and arranged them comfortably on the floor next to the bed. With another sigh, she climbed back in bed and got under the covers.

tassanaburrfoot
11/22/2003 7:27 PM

Talas stood up and walked into the kitchen. He poured himself and the dwarf each a glass of the drow wine. He went back into the living area and gave offered a glass to Larnoid.

"Naw, Talas. I can't drink that elvish stuff, ye know that. Give me something strong and hearty," the dwarf said.

Talas laughed softly, "Actually, you'd be surprised at how strong elvish wine is. Yet, it goes down so smoothly..."

The dwarf shook his head. "I don't wish to discuss liquour with you, Talas, that is not my reason for wanting to talk."

"Then what is this about, Larnoid?" Talas asked, sitting back down in his chair.

"Darria," the dwarf said gruffly, yet a bit too loud.

Utica woke up, but remained silent, preferring instead to sit by her door and listen to the conversation.

"What about her?" the male drow asked.

"Wha' game ya think yer playin' Talas?" the dwarf asked.

"Quite honestly, I really have no idea..."

"Oh, shut yer trap!" the dwarf interrupted leaving the drow looking stunned. "I've seen you with the womenfolk, drow. An' Darria's too sweet of a girl to be lettin' her heart get tied up with someone like you. Ye don't deserve her. An' iffen I was her, I'da left ye at the alter!"

Talas's eyes widened. Utica suppressed a laugh, but not without a snort letting loose. Talas's ears caught the snort and his attention snapped to Utica's door. He didn't say anything, but waited a moment. Not hearing anything, Talas quickly whispered an anti-hearing spell over the door. The spell hampered only Utica's hearing. No one else in the house was effected by it. When Utica realized she couldn't hear anymore, she pouted and kicked her wall. She then stormed to her bed and plumped onto it.

The drow looked at Larnoid through narrowed eyes. "You have no right to speak to me like that. I am giving you a roof over your head during your length of time here in Waterdeep. You don't know what is going on between Darria and I. Furthermore..."

"Enough, Talas," the dwarf said softly. "Yer right, ya know? I don't know what's goin' on between you two. But I did see her face earlier this evenin' before you went to tha' dinner. When she spoke of you, it was with love. An' her eyes shown quite brightly. Methinks she's fallin' for ye, Talas. I know how you drow operate an' I'm tellin' ye. Don't go hurtin' tha' girl's heart. She's too sweet and too young fer such things."

Talas placed his hands on his hips and looked at the dwarf. "You don't know me as well as I thought you did."

"Then tell me what I need to hear. Tell me the truth, Talas," Larnoid urged.

"You want the truth? Fine. I'll give you the truth," the drow said. He sat back and looked towards the window. "Truth is, I don't know how I feel towards her. From the moment I first laid eyes on her, it's been hard to turn them away. And everytime she leaves the room, I feel a darkness fill the void. And it wrenches my heart. But when she walks into a room, it's like the room lights up. Becomes this place of dazzling beauty. And I cannot stop staring at the source of the beauty. I cannot stop staring at her.

"You should've seen her tonight, Larnoid. As I guided her through the streets of Waterdeep. I had never seen anyone with more child-like curiousity. Call her naive if you wish, but I find it utterly intriguing. There is so much to teach her. And so much time. Never had the moon and stars seemed more wonderful until I compared them to her. And to be honest, she outshines both.

"I realize I am unworthy of such a possession as she, but she intrigues me. She makes me feel like I've never felt before. And the more I learn about her, the more I want to hold her, be with her, make her mine..."

Talas trailed off. Somewhere during his speech, he had gotten up and walked to the window. It was at the window where he had compared her to the moon and stars for the second time since Darria's arrival. When he finished his comparison, he had turned to Larnoid to finish his speech.

"Ah, Talas, ya got it bad, lad. Real bad," the dwarf said.

"What do I have?" the drow asked, confused.

The dwarf chuckled, "Yer in love and ya don't even know it!"

Talas raised an eyebrow. "In love? I have never been in love before. I don't even know what it is."

"Sure you do," the dwarf said, joining his friend at the window and patting the fragile drow on the back. "Anyone with a heart knows at least a little about what love is. Besides, if you didn't know, then ye'd still be in the Underdark takin' orders from tha' Matron Mother of yers. But ye got out. And ya took yer daughter wit' ye. Tha's love, Talas. Love fer yerself and love fer yer daughter. An' now, ye got a new love. An elvish love. A pure love. Hang on to 'er, Talas. Girls like Darria only appear once in a lifetime."

Thinking about the dwarf's words, Talas bid the dwarf a good night and then entered his room. He did not want to look at his bed. He knew who lay in it and at the moment he couldn't bring himself to look upon her. She then seemed to him more pure than an angel. He felt sinful to look at her, dirty, ashamed. He took the fur and pillow she had left for him and fell asleep on the other side of the room, as far from her as possible...

Lunitari0
11/23/2003 6:23 PM


Thinking about the dwarf's words, Talas bid the dwarf a good night and then entered his room. He did not want to look at his bed. He knew who lay in it and at the moment he couldn't bring himself to look upon her. She then seemed to him more pure than an angel. He felt sinful to look at her, dirty, ashamed. He took the fur and pillow she had left for him and fell asleep on the other side of the room, as far from her as possible...

Still sitting up in bed when Talas entered the bedroom, Darria smiled at the handsome drow. She had overheard the words between him and Larniod, was surprised and warmed by them, but chose not to comment. That's when she noticed Talas seemed to be fighting not to look at her.

The elvenwoman frowned, slight flickerings of hurt showing in her green/gold eyes.

Did the dwarf's words anger him that much? Did he change his mind about my performance tonight and wishes to end this arrangement? Find someone else to help him, and leave me on my own?

These questions and more ran through Darria's mind as she settled down for what was to be an unrestful sleep.

tassanaburrfoot
11/23/2003 7:43 PM

Talas woke up the next morning feeling like he had a hangover. He quickly shook it off and looked over to the bed. Darria was fast asleep. He sat there for a while watching her.

He had had a horrible night thinking about what the dwarf had said. "Anyone with a heart knows at least a little about what love is. Besides, if you didn't know, then ye'd still be in the Underdark takin' orders from tha' Matron Mother of yers. But ye got out. And ya took yer daughter wit' ye. Tha's love, Talas. Love fer yerself and love fer yer daughter. An' now, ye got a new love. An elvish love. A pure love. Hang on to 'er, Talas. Girls like Darria only appear once in a lifetime.

Those words had echoed in Talas's mind over and over again until he had grown wary and could no longer think. He had fallen to sleep still thinking about what Larnoid had said.

When he had awoken, Talas had made a decision. He got up from where he had been sleeping and changed his clothes. All the while, he watched to make sure Darria didn't awaken. When he was finished, he walked over to the bed and crawled in next to her. He wrapped his arms around her and kissed her lightly on the lips. "A sleeping beauty," he whispered. "One who needs to awaken. Ssinssrigg?"

He smiled.

Lunitari0
11/23/2003 7:53 PM


When he had awoken, Talas had made a decision. He got up from where he had been sleeping and changed his clothes. All the while, he watched to make sure Darria didn't awaken. When he was finished, he walked over to the bed and crawled in next to her. He wrapped his arms around her and kissed her lightly on the lips. "A sleeping beauty," he whispered. "One who needs to awaken. Ssinssrigg?"

He smiled.

Darria had had the worst night sleep in her life. Worried that Talas would announce her departure in the morning, the moon elf had tossed and turn until she passed out from exhaustion.

She woke slight as she felt comforting arms go around her and soft lips touch hers. The elvenwoman rolled over to gaze in Talas's silver eyes. She smiled at him before realizing his mood had seemed to change from the night before.

"Talas?...." she whispered questioningly, clearly confused.

tassanaburrfoot
11/23/2003 8:27 PM

He kissed her on the lips again. He pushed her long silvery hair out of her face and smiled again. "You should see the morning. It is beautiful. Though, not as beautiful as the person I am holding in my arms. Come, come see," he whispered, getting up and tugging at her to follow.

He walked to the window in his bedroom and pulled back the curtains. Sunlight burst into the room with great brillance. "Waterdeep's mornings can be as beautiful as her nights at times," he said. "Should we go to the shop today? Perhaps we should... After all, I do have to meet Bella there..."

Talas's lip curled. And he put an arm around Darria's waist. "I would rather spend the day lounging around and being with you. Though, you will be there, correct?"

Meanwhile

Utica woke up with the dawn. She was still quite upset about the events of the night. She checked on her spiders, snakes, and other creepy crawlies she kept in her room. Then she put on her clothes and opened her door.

The dwarf was snoring loudly on the couch in the living area.

Utica sneered and then went into the kitchen. She debated on whether or not to fix breakfast, but decided against it. She grabbed a loaf of bread from the pantry and then went into the living area. She kicked Larnoid lightly on the side to wake him up.

He woke with a start. "Who's tha'? Come out you filthy vermin! I'll cut ye down with me ax!"

"What ax?" Utica asked, looking at the dwarf as if he'd just lost his mind.

Larnoid looked around. He blinked a couple of times then looked up at Utica. "I'm sorry, lass. I had a strange dream last night."

The drow female shrugged it off. "I never dream."

"Has yer father woken yet?"

She shrugged again, not really caring. "Don't know. If he is, I wouldn't know about it. He's got his door locked and warded. Not that I care. I just hope that whatever fun he's having with his elfwhore he'll have his full and be done of her soon."

The dwarf gave her a stern look and growled, "Now you listen here, missy. Yer father hasn't been this happy in a long time. Ye leave him and Darria alone. They belong to each other and deserve each other. Got that?"

The drow merely shrugged, not really caring one way or the other. It was clear that she didn't like Darria. But it was also clear she wouldn't say anything.

Lunitari0
11/23/2003 8:45 PM


He kissed her on the lips again. He pushed her long silvery hair out of her face and smiled again. "You should see the morning. It is beautiful. Though, not as beautiful as the person I am holding in my arms. Come, come see," he whispered, getting up and tugging at her to follow.

He walked to the window in his bedroom and pulled back the curtains. Sunlight burst into the room with great brillance. "Waterdeep's mornings can be as beautiful as her nights at times," he said. "Should we go to the shop today? Perhaps we should... After all, I do have to meet Bella there..."

Talas's lip curled. And he put an arm around Darria's waist. "I would rather spend the day lounging around and being with you. Though, you will be there, correct?"

Darria stood in Talas's embrace looking out at the wonderful morning. Even though she perfered the shadows and moonlight of night, the elvenwoman found the sunlight beautiful today.

"Of course I'll be there today, if you wish" she answered. "But Talas....does this mean you don't wish me to leave? You looked so upset last night. I thought...."

The moon elf trailed of helplessly.

tassanaburrfoot
11/23/2003 9:02 PM

Talas looked at her in shock. "Me? Wish you to leave? Now why would I wish that?" he asked, and then chuckled, kissing her on the nose. "You have nothing to fear, ssinssrigg. I do not wish you to go anywhere except with me."

He stood there a moment longer, then sighed. "Well, you should get dressed if you wish to go anywhere today. I'll be in the room with Larnoid when you are finished dressing. Wear something casual. Mayhap a pair of those hose and a tunic would be good," he said, and then left her to her dressing.

He walked into the living area to see Utica sitting in her chair with a look of pure disgust on her face. He returned that look with one of scorn. "You need to start remembering your place, child," he said.

"And you yours, Father," she said. "Were we in Menzoberran..."

"But we are not! And I will hear no more of that god-forsaken, spider infested hell hole! Do you understand? We were banished from there. Do you understand what that means? If we set foot even close to that foul place we will be killed on sight. Good riddence too! I hope that place caves in!" Talas shouted.

The ward on his door had been taken off when he had left his room, so when he shouted, he could be heard loud and clear.

Utica looked at him with utter shock. "Father!" she breathed.

"Don't 'Father' me! And another thing, if you wish to continue to downgrade Darria behind her back, then by all means, be my guest. But, say one thing out of line or hurtful in any way, shape, or form to her or in front of her and may Eilistraee have mercy on your soul, cause I sure as hell won't. I'll rip you from limb to limb and feed your corpse to the dogs," he sneered.

Utica snarled, "You are insolent, Talas. The most insolent male I have met in a long time. And methinks it has to do with that wench you have in your room. You'd better watch your back. The followers of Eilistraee don't take kindly to males who downgrade, insult, or threaten females."

"It wasn't a threat, Utica. It was a promise. And if you call me 'Talas' one more time, I'll slap you so hard you'll wish you'd have said otherwise," the male drow said.

"You don't have to worry about it. There is a dwarf at the shop who needs attention," Utica said, then stormed out of the apartment.

Larnoid didn't say anything, but he watched the entire scene. Talas plopped in his chair and looked towards the window.

Lunitari0
11/23/2003 9:20 PM

Getting dressed in the bedroom, Darria overheard every word of the rather loud arguement. Washed and dressed in a dark blue tunic and white hose, her silver hair flowing smooth around her shoulders, Darria waited until Uticia had left to enter the living area.

"Morning," she said quietly to the two silent men, trying for everything to keep the anger and hurt off her face, "May I get you both some breakfast before we all start our days work?'

tassanaburrfoot
11/23/2003 10:26 PM

"Bah!" Larnoid snapped, and then he calmed. "Sorry, Darria, dear. I'm not hungry at this moment. And were I you, I wouldn't be either. I'm off to me stand. Iffen either of ye get hungry today, make it a point to stop over."

"Aye, that we will, my friend," Talas stated as he watched the dwarf leave.

The drow looked at Darria. "I apologize for the way my daughter acted. Don't pay attention to anything she says. She's been acting strange lately."

Lunitari0
11/23/2003 11:03 PM



The drow looked at Darria. "I apologize for the way my daughter acted. Don't pay attention to anything she says. She's been acting strange lately."

Darria sighed, suddenly getting the urge to wrap her arms around the drow. Not knowing how he would react to such an action, however, instead she just sat in the chair nearest her "husband".

"She seemed to like me just fine before our arrangement....now I'm...she calls me awful names and looks at me with contempt. Does she hate the arrangement so much...Me?...What?"

The moon elf took Talas's hand in hers and looked into his eyes as she waited for the drow's response.

tassanaburrfoot
11/24/2003 9:11 AM

"She's jealous, ssinssrigg. That's all. She's used to being the only female in my life save a wench here and there. Again, don't take what she says to heart. It's me she's angry with and it's me she's lashing out at me," Talas said.

He stood up and stretched. He said, "Come on. We need to get to the shop before Utica starts anything with Bella. That girl is real good at ruining things for me when she's angry."

He led Darria out of the door and down the streets of Waterdeep to a small shop. He led her into the shop. The moment they stepped in, they were surrounded by jewels of all makes, shapes, and sizes. At one counter stood Utica and Bella.

"Hi, Father," Utica said gleefully.

Bella looked at Talas and Darria as well. "Ah, th' drow is back an' 'e's got his wife with 'im too," the dwarf stated, smiling broadly.

Talas gave Utica a curious look. The young drow smiled and bounded over to her father in joy. She kissed her father on the cheek and even went as far as to give Darria a hug. "It is so good to see the two of you have made it here today. For a moment there I thought you were going to sleep in," the young drow said, winking at Talas.

Talas raised an eyebrow, but made no comment. "Well, my dear Bella. Is everything here?"

"Aye, lad. Yer daughter here helped me put them in the cases around here. There is my display over here," thedwarf said, pointing to a display case on the left side of the shop. "In fact, that's where most of me stuff is. Yer daughter is a fine display person. Do you 'ave 'er do all yer displays, Talas?"

"For the most part," the drow answered. "She tends to be better at it than I am."

The dwarf nodded. "Well, then. I'd better be off, methinks. Got a long journey back to me home. I'll be back to pick up th' money."

Talas nodded and watched the dwarf as she left.

Utica polished a diamond studded bracelet and put it back in it's case.

"What is your deal?" Talas asked his daughter suddenly.

Utica looked up and shrugged. "Nothing wrong with letting others think we are a happy family. Is there, Father? If so, I could always track Bella down and tell her the truth..."

"No, it's ok. I was just curious," Talas interrupted, not wanting Utica to finish her statement.

Utica smiled and continued to polish the various bits of jewelry.

"Alright. As both of you know, you get first pickings of new jewelry. So, both of you, go to the case and see what you like," Talas said. "The shop opens in thirty minutes, so try not to take too long."

Utica giggled gleefully and bounded over to the new case. She smiled at Darria. "Please, Stepmother, you take the first pick. Then I shall take second. Usually we get three or four pieces, so it will go back and forth between the two of us," Utica explained.

Talas watched Utica curiously. He wasn't sure what game she was playing but she seemed to be genuine about her thoughts and suggestions.

Lunitari0
11/24/2003 1:44 PM

When Darria and Talas entered the shop, the elvenwoman noticed how bright and happy Uticia seemed compared to only a couple hours before.

When the drow female greeted the couple, Darria returned her hug warily, but said or did nothing that would raise suspion for Bella...who, Darria noticed curiously, had a big smile on her face. Still the moon elf remained silent.

Is she up to something?....

When Talas let the discussion go and told the two women to take their picks of the new jewelery, his "wife" smiled. Following Uticia'a lead, the elvenwoman went over to the case of merchandise. Among Darria's chioces were a relatively simple bracelet and necklace that would go with the nightblue gown she had worn the night before.

When the shop was ready to open for the day, the moon elf looked to Talas for further instruction on how to conduct the days work.

tassanaburrfoot
11/25/2003 7:25 AM

Talas smiled at the two women as they picked out their jewelry. He still couldn't believe how civil Utica was being. He took over Utica's job of polishing jewelry when the first customer of the day walked in.

Talas smiled at the young man who walked in. He was a common man. He had brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a sable tunic and brown breeches.

"What can I do for you?" Talas asked the young boy.

The boy looked nervous. "I need a ring. I'm... proposing tonight..."

Utica gleemed. "To Jacolynn?" she asked.

The boy turned beet red in the face as he nodded.

The young drow giggled. "We have the perfect assortment for her," she said, taking the boy's hand and leading him to a glass case full of engagement rings.

Talas looked at Darria and smiled as yet another customer entered. This one was a middle-aged man with brown hair and blue eyes. He too had commoner clothes on.

"Talas?" the man said.

The drow looked at him. "Hello, Delacore."

"I need a necklace for my wife for the Winter Solstice. I know it's early, but I have the money now and would like to get it as soon as I can. Do you do down payments?" the man asked, looking at the drow hopefully.

Talas sighed. "Normally, we do do down payments. Unfortunately, Utica, Darria, and I are going to be leaving within a month. I won't have any of my records with me and I don't know how long we will be gone."

"Darria? Who's Darria?" the man named Delacore asked. He looked around and his eyes settled on the surface elf.

Talas walked over to her and put an arm around her waist. "This is Darria. She is my wife," the drow answered.

"May Bane take me and put my heart on the Iron Maiden! Never did I think you'd get married, Talas. And to a surface elf! Blessed be!" Delacore exclaimed.

"Blessed be," the young boy with Utica said, looking at the couple. "I always thought that drow and elves hated each other. Guess I was wrong."

"No," Utica corrected, "you were right, for the most part. Drow and surface elves are worst enemies. My father, Darria, and I are the exceptions to this rule. There are others who are exceptions too, I think. But it's rare."

"And even more rare for the two races to marry into one another," Delacore said. "Congrats, fine lady," he nodded to Darria. "You got yourself a fine gentleman. In all my dealings with him and others of his kind I have never met a more respectable, honest drow."

Talas smiled politely. "Now, how about that necklace for your wife?" the drow asked, leading Delacore to a case of necklaces.

"Well, Talas, I can't really pay for anything expensive right now. Money's tight. I was hoping you'd do a down payment," the man said.

"It's ok, Delacore. We have plenty of nice, expensive-looking necklaces that don't cost as much," the drow replied, showing the man a few of which he spoke.

As the male drow helped the man, he looked up and smiled at Darria. Then he turned his attention back to Delacore and started naming prices...

gait_firestorm
11/25/2003 10:49 AM

OOC: Tassanna, my email on my computer is screwed up so heres my email; 06_brasier@gaggle.net. If you send something to me first then i can reply back, thats how it goes here.

Lunitari0
11/25/2003 12:28 PM

Darria could barely believe how much fun she was having helping Talas and Uticia in the jewelery shop. She did not feel right helping customers yet, but she had enjoyed speaking with Delacore and the soon to be engaged boy. When the drow intoduced her to each of the customers, the moon elf smiled happily. Each time Talas met her eyes with a smile, she didn't have to look in a mirror to see the happiness on her face.

As the drow family worked with customers, Darria took over the job of overseeing the polishing of the jewelry to make sure the display looked its best.

If father could see me now! the surface elf thought with a silent chuckle as she worked.

Here was the only daughter of the Starcatcher family working in a jewelry shop polishing merchandise and sweeping floors....living with a drow family....pretending to be married to a drow....finding herself increasingly drawn to that same drow. Back at home, Darria was never allowed to know of her father's business, made to stay with her tutors and servants. As much as she had hated all the pampering, the elvenwoman had never dreamed that in only a short few days she would be living such a different life. Once more, she loved it! Now all she hoped was that her new life didn't unravel before her eyes.

Continuing to help around the shop, Darria watched and listened as Uticia and Talas interacted with the customers hoping to learn as much as possible.

tassanaburrfoot
11/25/2003 2:39 PM

As the day wore on, more and more people came into the shop. People of all different races and sizes. Talas and Utica took care of each customer in turn.

Then mid-day came about. "Are either of you hungry?" Talas asked.

Utica nodded. "I could use something to eat."

Talas smiled. "Then let us close down for the moment and go grab a bite to eat. I'm sure Larnoid will be happy to see us."

Utica smiled.

They were just about to close shop when two people in black cloaks entered the shop. They both were about Talas and Utica's sizes. Throwing back the cowl of her cloak, one of them revealed that not only was she their size, but she too was a drow.

The other person did likewise and reveal that she was a drow too.

At first the two drow said nothing, just gazed around the shop with twin black eyes. They pulled their long manes of stark white hair from their cloaks.

"Talas..." the first drow said in a soft whispery voice.

The male drow nodded and smiled at her. "How may I help you ladies?"

The second drow sneered, "We've heard rumours Talas. And we would like to know the truth."

A single white eyebrow was raised as Talas looked at the two drow. "What would you like to know? There are always rumours spreading about about me."

The first drow walked over to Darria. "It is rumoured that you have married a surface elf. One of the moon people," she said, looking at the moon elf.

Talas smiled. "That is no rumour, my friend. That is the truth. My wife is the lady you see before you. Darria..."

"Darria Starcatcher," the second drow interrupted.

If drow could pale, Utica would have. As would Talas at that moment.

"You know her?" Utica asked suddenly, not caring about protical.

The two strangers however hadn't. "As long as you are on the surface, child, you will act in the manner of what you are. You are a child and you do not speak unless spoken to. This is not Menzoberran," the first drow snapped, looking fiercely at Utica.

Utica looked at the ground and turned, not wanting to show her sudden anger at the drow's biting words.

But, Talas did show his anger. "Who are you to tell my dauhter what she can and cannot do in my shop?" he asked.

"We are followers of Eilistraee," the second drow said simply.

Talas scoffed, "No, you are not. I know the followers of Eilistraee. And you are not them. How do you know my wife? And again, I ask you, who do you think you are to talk to my daughter like that?"

The first drow smiled. "You caught our bluff I see," the drow said. "Now we are to catch yours. You are no more married to this surface elf than we are priestesses of Eilistraee."

Talas said nothing for a moment. Nor did Utica. In fact, the young drow had retreated to where Darria was. She stood beside the surface elf and did not look at the strangers.

Finally, Talas did speak. "I see you did catch me. But how do you know we don't intend on getting married?"

It was the strangers' turn to laugh. "A drow marry a surface elf? Even if you wanted to, her father would never approve," the first drow said.

"Her father wouldn't have to. She's an adult. If she wishes to marry me, she can very well do so," Talas said simply.

"Very well," the second drow said, sharing an evil look with her sister. "Let us make a bargain with you, Bo'Lilth. Marry the wench. Truly marry her. Invite us to the ceremony. Otherwise we will hunt her down. Our father would make good use out of the daughter of Starcatcher."

As the two drow turned to leave, the first threw over her shoulder, "Do not forget to invite her father as well. If you do forget, we will ensure his attendance."

They disappeared, laughing.

"Who were they, Father?" Utica asked, not having ever seen their kind before.

"Followers of Vhaerun," Talas said.

He sighed and looked at the two females. Grabbing the nearest object, a bracelet, he threw it at the wall. The bracelet hit the wall, dented it, and fell to the floor.

Utica frowned. "Father? What are we going to do? We can't let them kill her," the young girl said in drow.

"I know. We will figure out something," he said in likeness.

Lunitari0
11/25/2003 2:59 PM

As the two drow left the shop, Darria could not help but shake with fear.

Marry Talas for real...and invite my father....or be hunted and killed? It can not be! I want to stay, live and be with him....but he'll never agree. He doesn't care for me - I'm just a mere part of a business arrangement for him. Even if I wasn't, my father would never come to a drow union...or anything else involving a drow. Oh gods, what is to happen now!

Standing beside Uticia, barely seeing the drow family as the world began to waver under her feet, the moon elf leaned on a free wall of the shop, sliding down to sit on the floor as darkness threatened to ascend.

tassanaburrfoot
11/25/2003 3:23 PM

Utica looked at the surface elf. "What's wrong?" she asked.

"Can you not tell?" Talas snapped. Then he caught himself. Softer, he said, "She's distraught. You think her father is going to show up to the wedding?"

"What wedding?" Utica asked, her eyes snapping to her father.

Talas shrugged. "We said we were not going to let her die."

"I would rather her die than for you to marry her!" Utica said, her voice raising.

Talas raised an eyebrow. "And what stops me from marrying her?" he asked calmly.

"She's a surface elf!" Utica shouted, throwing her hands up in the air.

Talas's eyes narrowed. "And we are surface drow, in case you haven't noticed," he sneered. "And if I wish to marry her, there is nothing stopping me. Nor is there anything stopping her from marrying me."

"But, Father..."

"Do not say it, Utica. I've had enough of this conversation. Let's get something to eat. We can discuss this once we are home," Talas said, turning the window sign around to show they were closed.

He looked at each female in turn. "Come. Let's go see what Larnoid is up to," he said, opening the door for the two women to walk out.

Lunitari0
11/25/2003 3:34 PM

Listening to the conversation between father and daughter did not do much for Darria's state. Sure, Talas would perhaps wed her to save her life, for which the moon elf was grateful, but getting her father to come would be impossible. And the drow females had said that the Patriarch of the Starcatcher house had to be present.

Her mind still whirling with questions and fear, Darria stood up. Silent, she followed Talas and Uticia out of the shop.

tassanaburrfoot
11/26/2003 11:37 AM

It was a quiet walk to the vendors. Talas looked around for Larnoid's cart, but did not see it. Curious, he stopped another vendor. "Do you know what happened to the fruit stand and the dwarf who ran it?" he asked.

The vendor shrugged. "I saw 'im walk off with two women with dark skin like you. They were wearin' cloaks."

Talas's eyes widened slightly and he looked at Utica. Utica caught the look and almost immediately burst into tears. Talas waved it away and turned back to the vendor. "What happened to the cart?"

"It's over there," the vendor pointed to a corner in the marketplace. "Th' dwarf moved it before them black skins came. Said 'e'd git more business there."

Talas nodded and took both females by the hand. He led them over to the cart and looked around. "Larnoid?" Talas called out. But no one came.

Growing desparate, the drow walked behind the cart and started looking around. Utica was quick to help. "No note? No anything?" she asked.

"Not even keys. Nothing," the older drow said, looking around anxiously. He went to the back of the cart and even stepped inside.

"If you are looking for the dwarf, you are looking in the wrong spot Bo'Lilthe," said an all-too-familiar voice from outside the cart.

Utica screamed.

Talas came outside to see both of the drow females standing there. Larnoid's head was held up by one of them. The rest of his body was no where to be seen. Anger boiled in Talas's blood. He grabbed a daggar from his belt and threw it at the female holding the head. The female stopped it with flick of her hand and turned it. She threw it at Darria. The daggar stopped right in front of the surface elf's face. It stayed there.

Talas dropped the second daggar he had pulled out. "Don't hurt her. Can't you see you've done enough?" he asked.

"We are just ensuring you know what we expect of you Talas Bo'Lilthe. We do not wish you to stray from your course of action. Everytime you think to, remember dear Larnoid and his horrible demise," the first drow said.

The second drow, the one holding Larnoid's head, threw the head at Utica's feet. "And just to let you know, Bo'Lilthe, his death was filled with pain. You should see the rest of his body," the drow laughed as the sisters disappeared.

Talas stared at the head. Slowly, he sat on the ground.

Utica, terrified, ran to her father and wrapped her arms around him. She sobbed. Talas held her. He was at a loss of what to do. He looked up at Darria. "Are you ok?" he asked the surface elf.

While death was a major part of the Underdark, the drow knew that surface elves cherished life more than anything. He knew that such an act of violence could destroy an elf's innocense in a heartbeat.

Lunitari0
11/26/2003 2:31 PM


Talas came outside to see both of the drow females standing there. Larnoid's head was held up by one of them. The rest of his body was no where to be seen. Anger boiled in Talas's blood. He grabbed a daggar from his belt and threw it at the female holding the head. The female stopped it with flick of her hand and turned it. She threw it at Darria. The daggar stopped right in front of the surface elf's face. It stayed there.

Talas dropped the second daggar he had pulled out. "Don't hurt her. Can't you see you've done enough?" he asked.

"We are just ensuring you know what we expect of you Talas Bo'Lilthe. We do not wish you to stray from your course of action. Everytime you think to, remember dear Larnoid and his horrible demise," the first drow said.

The second drow, the one holding Larnoid's head, threw the head at Utica's feet. "And just to let you know, Bo'Lilthe, his death was filled with pain. You should see the rest of his body," the drow laughed as the sisters disappeared.

Talas stared at the head. Slowly, he sat on the ground.

Utica, terrified, ran to her father and wrapped her arms around him. She sobbed. Talas held her. He was at a loss of what to do. He looked up at Darria. "Are you ok?" he asked the surface elf.

While death was a major part of the Underdark, the drow knew that surface elves cherished life more than anything. He knew that such an act of violence could destroy an elf's innocense in a heartbeat.

Darria stared at the fallen dagger at her feet then turned to look at the head of the dwarf on the ground. Seeing the dead friend of the drow and the loss on Talas's and Uticia's face made the surface elf angry. So angry it scared her.

Hearing Talas's question, Darria shook her head slowly. She wasn't okay, would never be okay again. Larnoid was nice, and he had died for nothing. He had died to prove a point. A point that would not have had to be be made if the moon elf had not come to live with the drow family.

Falling to her knees as a wave of saddness hit her, Darria wrapped her arms around Talas and Uticia. She felt a deep loss for the life of Larniod. But the frightening anger at the situation was still there as well.

As Darria looked at Talas again, the beginning of a change could be seen in the elvenwoman. As she stood up and drew her delicate hand across her face, the tears of mourning and loss were replaced with anger and hate at the act of such violence. Her greee/gold eyes, usuaslly filled with happiness, now snapped and dance with rage.

tassanaburrfoot
11/26/2003 3:07 PM

Talas watched Darria stand up. Seeing her eyes dance with Rage, the drow stood up and wrapped his arms around her waist. "Darria, ussta ssinssrigg..."

"She doesn't understand our language," Utica growled in a low voice. "She doesn't understand you when you use terms of endearment. She understands nothing! It's her fault Larnoid's dead. Don't you see? Had she not come, he would still be alive. Had you two not pretended to be married, he would still be here. It's your fault! His blood is on both your hands," she yelled, her voice had raised while she had talked.

"She is not the only one who does not understand anything, Utica. These people have been after you and I since we left the Underdark. Wanting us to join their cult. They would've came to us and we would've turned them down. Then they would've killed Larnoid to get to us. Regardless, he would have died," Talas said.

He turned to Darria and kissed her on the lips. "Do not both with it, ssin--love. Everything will be fine. Once we have the Moonsword, things will fall into place."

Utica dried her tears. "How much longer before we have enough money for passage?"

"Shouldn't be too much. Come, let us go home. I couldn't work anymore today," Talas said, guiding Darria away from the cart.

Utica stayed behind a moment. "What of Larnoid? Of his... head? Shouldn't we bury him or something?"

Talas nodded and threw over his shoulder, "If you can get it we will bury it tonight."

Utica stared at the dwarf's head for a moment. The last thing she wanted to do was to pick up a dead head. Nonetheless, she took some of the cloth from his booth and used the cloth to pick up and wrap the head. She carried the head with her.

The small family walked the streets of Waterdeep towards their home.

Lunitari0
11/26/2003 3:30 PM

Darria walked with them back to the house in sad, angry silence. Talas had said Larniod would have been killed anyway, but she still felt guilt at his death.

But she was also confused as she listened to the drow family talk. Talas had called her love, but he had also said that once the trip was over everything would fall into place. What did this mean? Did he want her to stay with him and be a real wife to him, or was he planning to fake out her father and send her away once they had what they needed?

What a situation she had gotten herself into. Threats of death, the death of someone who could have been a friend, loving someone that confused her to no end, wanting to befriend a girl who despised her...and having to face her father on top of it all.

Darria kept her head on Talas's shoulder the whole way home.

tassanaburrfoot
11/27/2003 11:57 AM

Both drow remained quiet until they got home. When the door was opened by Talas, Utica walked in and went straight to her room. She had brought the head with her. Yet Talas was too exhausted to notice. He walked into the living area and plopped into his chair.

Looking at Darria, he said softly, "I know it's hard to understand the ways of the drow. This is why I left the Underdark. To get away from the trouble. I didn't want my daughter, my only daughter, to be raised with those ways. So I left. And I took her with me. We came to the surface not knowing what we would find. Luckily enough I knew something about being a merchant and being around females most of my life, I learned how to tell what was fake and what was real with jewelry. So, I opened up a little shop to sell jewelry. At first it was hard to get travellers to give me their merchandise to sell. But as time went on, they realized how much easier it was to 'hire' someone to sell their jewelry.

"It's not the best job in the world, but it puts food on the table and clothes on the back.

"A few years ago, a drow male came in our shop and told my daughter and I about some type of ceremony that was to be done that night. He gave us the location and ensured us no one was to be hurt. So, with caution, my daughter and I went to the ceremony.

"At first, the naked dancers appalled me. But as I watched and learned, I learned that these drow were not like the drow in Menzoberran. Or like any of the drow in any part of the Underdark for that matter. These drow were followers of the Dark Maiden, Eilistraee. These were good drow. Drow who hadn't turned from the light, so to speak. It was the closest any drow had ever come to returning to the ways of the surface elves, our cousins.

"The followers of Eilistraee intrigued Utica and I and we yearned to learn more. And we did. The priests and priestesses were more than happy to teach us the Dark Maiden's ways, which were completely different from the ways of the Underdark. For the first time in my life, I saw hope where there hadn't been any before. I saw life where there once was death. And I'm not talking about graveyards, Love. I'm talking about here. In my own life. It was amazing.

"Utica and I yearned to join the followers of Eilistraee. But in order to do so, we must find a relic. The Moonsword. It is the sacred sword of Eilistraee and is said to be in the heart of the elven lands. Which, as you know, is Evermeet.

"If we find this sword and bring it to the followers, not only will we be granted admission into the halls of Eilistraee, but we will also be allowed one wish. Larnoid could come back to us. That is why I said things will fall into place once we have the Moonsword."

For the first time since Darria was here, Talas pulled out a small wrapped paper. It was cylander in shape and narrow. The drow whispered a word in drow and a small flame appeared in his hand. He used this flame to light the paper he held and he sucked on the paper. With a wave of the hand, the flame was gone. Talas sat there and smoked the cigarette, blowing out the smoke as he did so. He was tired and depressed. The closest thing to a friend he ever had and the dwarf as murdered.

But that wasn't the only thing on Talas's mind. He thought about the upcoming wedding. It wasn't that he didn't want to marry the surface elf that stood not too far from him. It was more a fear of whether she would be happy with him. He did not know much of the ways of the surface elves, but he knew that Darria was used to living the life of luxoury. He knew he couldn't give her that. Nonetheless, the wedding would take place. It had to take place.

He finished his cigarette and looked at Darria. "Tell me more about your family. Your father, this Starcatcher, what of him? What made you wish to come to Waterdeep? You certainly didn't come here for this. Nor did you come here for me," he said with a slight smile.

Lunitari0
11/27/2003 7:51 PM


He finished his cigarette and looked at Darria. "Tell me more about your family. Your father, this Starcatcher, what of him? What made you wish to come to Waterdeep? You certainly didn't come here for this. Nor did you come here for me," he said with a slight smile.

While listening to Talas speak of the followers of Eilistraee and the much needed Moonsword, Darria now understood why travelling to Evermeet was so important to the drow. This explanation as well as the desire in Talas's eyes to succeed strengthened the elvenwoman's vow even more to help them.

At the mention of her father, Darria bristled slightly. Nonetheless, she would not refuse the drow his wish. She sat in a chair nearby chair.

"My father is Kalan Starcatcher and he owns and runs one of the biggest clothing stores in Silverymoon. He is hardly ever home and when he is, its mostly because of dinner parties for business, parties that my mother devotes her life to planning. My days were spent among my tutors and servants working on my various lessons.

Both my parents love me very much, and I them, but I hated all the "stuffiness" of my life there. I wanted to find my own life, to do things for myself, perhaps even find someone to share a life with. When I expressed my desire to come here to Waterdeep, my father allowed it happily. I come from a long line of Wizards and he was very proud that I wanted to join the art.

I will not lie, Talas, my father will not like what he sees of me here. Deep down I know he wants to see me happy, but when he meets you he won't care that I am already happy."

The moonelf paused for a moment to let her words sink in. Then she pushed on.

"Surface elves and drow hate each other as we both know, and my father is no exception to that rule. More than that though, I fear that my father had hopes of arranging a union between myself and one of his partners. He had yet to mention it, but even if he had I would have refused. As I said before I wanted to find my own way, not be pushed into their ideas for me.

My father may even go to such lengths to make me return with him and continue my studies else where, but that is not what I want. I want to stay here and help you and Uticia with this quest of yours. I want to continue my studies as a Wizardess. I want to stay with you..."

tassanaburrfoot
11/27/2003 8:30 PM

Hearing Darria's words made the drow smile. He got up from his chair and walked over to her. He knelt down in front of her. "You do not know how happy you have just made me by saying what you just said," he whispered.

He whispered a few words of magic and casted a spell over Utica's door. He turned back to Darria. "I realize the two of us will be getting married, but it doesn't seem right that we are doing it this way," he said taking her hand into his.

He took off the "wedding ring" Darria wore. "That ring means nothing. It's a fake. Like the marriage we paraded around Waterdeep," he said, throwing the old ring on the ground and giving it a nasty look.

He looked up into her green eyes and took another ring out of his pocket. This ring had been part of Bella's collection. It was silver with a sparkling diamond in the center of it. Smaller diamonds circled the larger diamond.

"Darria," Talas started. He cleared his throat and looked up at her. His silver eyes making contact with her green ones. "I hate forcing you into marriage. And I never wish to force you into anything. So, I am asking you. Will you marry me?"

Lunitari0
11/27/2003 8:43 PM


Hearing Darria's words made the drow smile. He got up from his chair and walked over to her. He knelt down in front of her. "You do not know how happy you have just made me by saying what you just said," he whispered.

He whispered a few words of magic and casted a spell over Utica's door. He turned back to Darria. "I realize the two of us will be getting married, but it doesn't seem right that we are doing it this way," he said taking her hand into his.

He took off the "wedding ring" Darria wore. "That ring means nothing. It's a fake. Like the marriage we paraded around Waterdeep," he said, throwing the old ring on the ground and giving it a nasty look.

He looked up into her green eyes and took another ring out of his pocket. This ring had been part of Bella's collection. It was silver with a sparkling diamond in the center of it. Smaller diamonds circled the larger diamond.

"Darria," Talas started. He cleared his throat and looked up at her. His silver eyes making contact with her green ones. "I hate forcing you into marriage. And I never wish to force you into anything. So, I am asking you. Will you marry me?"

Darria looked at the drow in front of her, overcome by emotion. She couldn't hardly believe what was happening. She smiled a smile that could clearly be seen in her eyes.

"Yes, Talas, I will. I will marry you."

tassanaburrfoot
11/27/2003 9:02 PM

The drow, overcome with excitement, put the ring on Darria's finger, then took her into his arms and kissed her deeply. As he leaned into the kiss, he pushed against her body. As one of his hands held her head, the other anchored him against the chair.

Lifting himself up, he rasped, "I'm sorry. I know I could never give you whatever it is that that elven noble can, but I guarantee that I will give you everything I can. Already I have given you one thing that no other female could have ever had. And you willingly wishing to marry me.... By Eilistraee I have never felt more happy. I could not be luckier."

He kissed her again. Circling his arms around her slim body, he drew her close. He softly pulled her off the chair and brought her with him onto the floor. He laid her down, kissing her. He brought himself atop her and pushed her hair back with his hand. Realization slowly began to dawn on him.

She had never done any of this before.... She's a surface elf.... Surface elves tend to stay pure until marriage....

He lifted himself up again and stood up. He paced the length of the living area. He was so overcome with emotions and excitement. He was also frustrated and confused.

"I'm sorry," he said to her. "I'm not used to doing this. I've never gotten married before... Not only that, but... you are so beautiful..."

He looked at her for a moment. He started to walk towards her. Every muscle in his body anticipated her touch. His mouth yearned to kiss hers again. But he stopped. "I cannot continue," he said, and turned from her again. "I do not wish to start something I know I cannot finish. At least cannot finish right now."

He stopped pacing and looked at her again. Then he turned away again and walked to the window. Looking out over the city, he whispered, "Perhaps it would be best if I were to sleep in here tonight. And every night until we are married."

He was silent after that. His gaze overlooking the moon and stars and the streets of Waterdeep.

Lunitari0
11/27/2003 9:18 PM

As Talas slipped the ring on her finger and kissed her, Darria responded with equal emotion. As they couple laid down on the floor, the elvenwoman continued to kiss the drow deeply, not caring about timing or anything else but being with Talas in this moment.

Getting up and staightening herself, she stepped to the drrow and placed a hand softly on his shoulder, "I have never been married either, but I know that I want you in my life. I want to stand at your side and make you happy for all my days. Noble or not Talas, I'm happy with you."

She sighed softly, debating.

"We can sleep apart if you wish. I understand why. But remember - Waterdeep thinks we are already wed. If someone was to drop over unexpectedly, it may raise suspion if we are not together."

tassanaburrfoot
11/27/2003 9:27 PM

Talas turned from the window and looked at Darria. A single white eyebrow was raised. "Would you like for me to sleep in the room with you? Mind you, I will not be sleeping on the floor again. It's too cold and too hard. Think you can handle me sleeping next to you?"

Lunitari0
11/27/2003 9:34 PM


Talas turned from the window and looked at Darria. A single white eyebrow was raised. "Would you like for me to sleep in the room with you? Mind you, I will not be sleeping on the floor again. It's too cold and too hard. Think you can handle me sleeping next to you?"

Darria thought she heard a bit of a challenge in the question, and curiousity glinted in her green eyes as she met Talas's gaze.

"Yes I'd like you to sleep in the same room with me. Yes I think I can handle it." she answered with a soft smile.

tassanaburrfoot
11/27/2003 9:47 PM

Talas smiled and placed a hand around her waist. Taking his other hand, he tilted her to the side and kissed her. Then he brought her back up and headed towards the bedroom.

He beckoned her before entering. "Also, I don't know about surface elves, but I, as well as most my kind, dislike clothing. So, if you don't mind, I'm gonna get rid of some of this clothing before I smuther to death."

With that said, the drow took off his cloak and tunic. He then began to strip off his weapons and such. "Would you mind closing the door? Utica has a habit of getting up in the middle of the night and getting something to drink. I don't want her to walk out of the kitchen to see me in all my glory."

He then took off his belt. Sitting on the bed, he kicked off his boots and slipped off his pants. He then got under the covers and scooted to the other side of the bed. The side against the wall. He looked up at Darria. "Coming, ssinssrigg?" he asked, patting the spot next to him and smiling.

Lunitari0
11/27/2003 9:56 PM

Watching Talas undress and get into bed, Darria turned and closed the door. With her back to him, she frowned with nervousness....than smirked to herself.

If he wants to play the challange game, so be it!

Stripping off her clothing until she was standing naked, her blue skin glittering aand shifting like shadows in the moonlight, she walked over and climbed into bed. Her silver hair spread over the pillow as she turned to look at the drow beside her.

tassanaburrfoot
11/27/2003 10:42 PM

Talas smiled as he watched Darria undress. As she climbed into the bed, Talas lifted the covers invitingly. Once she was under, he straightened the covers and wrapped his arms around her. With his free hand, he pushed back a lock of her hair from her face.

"This feels so much better. Now," he said. He twisted a little. "Damn," he whispered.

He sighed and laid on his back. He turned his head to Darria. "Goodnight, ssinssrigg," he whispered and kissed her lightly. He whispered a word and the lights in the room departed, leaving only the moonlight from the window.

Talas turned on his side again and wrapped his arms around Darria. Sighing deeply, the drow was slowly wrapped in the darkness of sleep.

Lunitari0
11/27/2003 10:51 PM


Talas smiled as he watched Darria undress. As she climbed into the bed, Talas lifted the covers invitingly. Once she was under, he straightened the covers and wrapped his arms around her. With his free hand, he pushed back a lock of her hair from her face.

"This feels so much better. Now," he said. He twisted a little. "Damn," he whispered.

He sighed and laid on his back. He turned his head to Darria. "Goodnight, ssinssrigg," he whispered and kissed her lightly. He whispered a word and the lights in the room departed, leaving only the moonlight from the window.

Talas turned on his side again and wrapped his arms around Darria. Sighing deeply, the drow was slowly wrapped in the darkness of sleep.

Darria returned the kiss and turned into Talas's embrace. Moments later, she drifted off to sleep, the moonlight shining on her face as she smiled.

tassanaburrfoot
11/29/2003 10:24 AM

As the morning sunrise poured into the room, Talas opened his eyes. He purred softly and kissed Darria on the cheek. "Wake up, ussta ssinssrigg. The morning is here and there is plenty to be done. Today I look for a captain to set sail on the high waters to Evermeet. I'll be needing you awake and smiling."

He sat up and stretched. Then, climbing over Darria, and teasing her a bit, he got out of the bed. He grabbed his pants a put them on followed by a tunic. He grabbed a brush from his vanity and brushed his hair, making sure to tie it in a black cord after.

He smiled at Darria. "I'll be in the living area when you are finished getting dressed."

He left his room and closed the door. He nearly jumped when he turned to see Utica standing right in front of him.

"Larnoid is no longer here. Why were you sleeping in your room?" she asked.

Talas pushed his daughter to one side and walked passed her.

"I want to know why!" she demanded.

The male drow turned on his heel and snarled at the girl, "What I do is my business. You are to keep out of it."

Utica's lip curled as she looked at her father. "Remember what this whore is supposed to be to us, Father. She is not someone we intend on keeping around..."

"She is not someone you intend on keeping around. There is no 'we' in that statement," Talas said.

"You are not serious?!" Utica exclaimed.

"Perhaps," Talas said with a smile. "Not that is matters. You are just a child. You are my child. One day you will understand these things."

Lunitari0
11/29/2003 4:42 PM


As the morning sunrise poured into the room, Talas opened his eyes. He purred softly and kissed Darria on the cheek. "Wake up, ussta ssinssrigg. The morning is here and there is plenty to be done. Today I look for a captain to set sail on the high waters to Evermeet. I'll be needing you awake and smiling."

He sat up and stretched. Then, climbing over Darria, and teasing her a bit, he got out of the bed. He grabbed his pants a put them on followed by a tunic. He grabbed a brush from his vanity and brushed his hair, making sure to tie it in a black cord after.

He smiled at Darria. "I'll be in the living area when you are finished getting dressed."

Indeed Darria was awake and smiling. After Talas left the bedroom, she took a moment to marvel at the ring on her hand before climbing out of bed to get dressed for the day.

We begin our journey soon. To Evermeet and the Moonsword, to my studies...and the upcoming wedding. The first two events excited the elvenwoman to know end, but the third - the wedding at which her father had to be present - made her stomache twist in fear.

Pushing all negativity from her mind, Darria dressed for the day. She pulled on a pair of casual beige hose and a tunic in shades of beige and dark green. Standing in front of the mirror, she brushed her long hair out until it shone, remembering with some regret she didn't have anything to tie it back with.

After making the bed, Darria stepped out of the bedroom...and immediately saw the tension on Utica's face. Remembering Talas's words from the day before the moonelf chose to ignore the drow female's hostility toward her.

"Morning." she said to both father and daughter.

tassanaburrfoot
11/30/2003 6:58 PM

Talas nodded to Darria while Utica sneered and went back into her room. The male drow shrugged it off and put an arm around the moon elf's shoulders.

"So, we will have to get you a wedding dress now. Aside from your father, think anyone else will be showing up on your side? I know there won't be many from my side. All my family live in the Underdark. Not to mention, I think they'd be more content to kill me rather than watch me marry," the drow said, chuckling. "Especially since I'm marrying a surface elf."

Walking into the living area, the drow let go of Darria and walked to the window. "What shall we do today, ussta ssinssrigg? I know we have to go find out about a ship to Evermeet, but besides that. What would you like to do? Want to go shopping for your dress?"

Lunitari0
11/30/2003 7:21 PM


Talas nodded to Darria while Utica sneered and went back into her room. The male drow shrugged it off and put an arm around the moon elf's shoulders.

"So, we will have to get you a wedding dress now. Aside from your father, think anyone else will be showing up on your side? I know there won't be many from my side. All my family live in the Underdark. Not to mention, I think they'd be more content to kill me rather than watch me marry," the drow said, chuckling. "Especially since I'm marrying a surface elf."

Walking into the living area, the drow let go of Darria and walked to the window. "What shall we do today, ussta ssinssrigg? I know we have to go find out about a ship to Evermeet, but besides that. What would you like to do? Want to go shopping for your dress?"

Following Talas into the living area, Darria considered his questions.

"Well...my mother may come. Regardless of my father's plans for me, I don't think my mother ever thought I'd really marry. Anna may come as well - she was one of my servants and the closest person I had as a friend.

As for what I want to do today - shopping for my dress and such sounds like a wonderful idea."

tassanaburrfoot
12/02/2003 8:58 AM

Talas smiled. "We will go to the place where I bought you that dress. It will be nice. And the woman there would really like to meet you. And we can go back to the shoemakers shop and you can get a pair of shoes to go with the dress.

"Should we get married before or after Evermeet?"

"How about never?" Utica said from her bedroom door. Apparently she had been standing there for quite some time.

Talas turned to the girl. "If I don't marry her, she will be killed."

"Your point being? She's just along with us for the ride anyway, Father. You had no true intentions with her, except to see how quickly you could get her in your bed. Well, you succeeded quite well with that one," the young drow said quite bluntly.

Talas's eyes narrowed. Then he thought about it. "You are right," he said.

Utica was about to snicker, but she stopped. She looked at her father, shocked. "I am?" she asked in disbelief.

"Aye, you are," he said, waving it off casually. "Those were my only intentions. To see how quickly I could get Darria in my bed."

He looked at Darria and put his arm around her waist. "Among other things," he said with a smile. He bent close to her and placed a kiss on the curve of her neck, letting his body touch hers. "And then when I saw her laying there, unclothed and willing, I found how much I like that sight."

Starting to see where this was going, Utica's lip curled.

"I learned how much I enjoyed seeing the surface elf lie there. So willing. So trusting. So..." he stopped, unable to control his emotions, he pulled Darria close and kissed her deeply. His body moved against hers.

Utica snarled in disgust. "You make me sick!" she exclaimed and slammed her door.

Quickly putting a sound-proof spell over the door, Talas stepped back and laughed.

"Sorry, ussta ssinssrigg. But she deserved that," he said, still chuckling.

He pushed a bit of her hair out of her eyes and looked at her. "I do have to admit. What she said had been true. At one point. Then I realized the treasure I had found. Usually when I open clams, I see only food. I don't know how it happened, but this time I found a pearl."

He kissed her lightly. "I don't intend on losing you. Or hurting you. You are more precious to me than a rare diamond. And you know how much I deal with jewelry," he said with a smile. He pulled her into an embrace and just held her there for what seemed eternity.

"This feels good. This feels real good," he whispered. When he pulled back, it was only to hold her around the waist and look back into her eyes. "You know, I have never hugged anyone before. I think I'm inclined to doing it again," he said and pulled her back into yet another embrace. "I want to do this more often. I like this a lot," he whispered.

Lunitari0
12/02/2003 6:43 PM


Quickly putting a sound-proof spell over the door, Talas stepped back and laughed.

"Sorry, ussta ssinssrigg. But she deserved that," he said, still chuckling.

He pushed a bit of her hair out of her eyes and looked at her. "I do have to admit. What she said had been true. At one point. Then I realized the treasure I had found. Usually when I open clams, I see only food. I don't know how it happened, but this time I found a pearl."

He kissed her lightly. "I don't intend on losing you. Or hurting you. You are more precious to me than a rare diamond. And you know how much I deal with jewelry," he said with a smile. He pulled her into an embrace and just held her there for what seemed eternity.

"This feels good. This feels real good," he whispered. When he pulled back, it was only to hold her around the waist and look back into her eyes. "You know, I have never hugged anyone before. I think I'm inclined to doing it again," he said and pulled her back into yet another embrace. "I want to do this more often. I like this a lot," he whispered.

Darria silently admitted that for a second Talas had her going with his teasings to his daughter. When Utica left, however, and held her in his arms while explaining his true intentions, all the moon elf's doubts and worries vanished.

Laying her head on the drow's shoulder, Darria sighed happily. The feel of Talas so close and the emotion she saw in his silver eyes filled her heart with a warmth she had never experienced before. She never wanted it to end.

Lifting her head just slightly enough so they were cheek to cheek, she whispered in his ear, "I want to do this more often too. You asked when we should get married: let's do it before we leave to Evermeet. I cannot wait another moment to be your wife."

tassanaburrfoot
12/02/2003 8:36 PM

Talas pulled her away slightly. "Ah, thinking like a true Bo'Lilthe. Get it done and over with. Then we will have the rest of our lives to live for each moment. Not to mention, it'll make the trip to Evermeet much easier. I agree, ussta ssinssrigg," he said, kissing her lightly.

"Come, let us go to the clothes shop. Then off to the shoemaker," he said, forgetting about the boat and taking her hand.

He led her downstairs and on to the streets. He led her to the shop where he had bought her clothes only days before. Entering, he looked around for the old lady.

She was standing near the nightgowns, showing a particularly ugly one to an elderly couple. When she saw the drow and his elven friend with her, she perked up and left the elder couple. Making her way to the drow she said, "Talas, in me shop again already. What can I do ye fer?"

The drow smiled. "Agatha? See this beautiful female I have with me? I need you to fit her in the most beautiful wedding gown you can possibly find."

The old woman gave a toothless smile and looked at Darria. "An' who might ye be?" she asked kindly.

"This is my soon to be wife, Darria Starcatcher," Talas introduced.

Agatha nodded and shook Darria's hand. "Pleased to meet ye. Ne'er thought I'd see the day me Talas got married. Tell me, Talas, I am invited to yer wedding, eh?"

"If you give us a discount on a nice dress, we will let you attend the wedding," the drow said.

The old woman nearly leaped for joy. "Why, come see, young lass. What in particular are ye lookin' fer?"

Lunitari0
12/02/2003 8:49 PM


The old woman gave a toothless smile and looked at Darria. "An' who might ye be?" she asked kindly.

"This is my soon to be wife, Darria Starcatcher," Talas introduced.

Agatha nodded and shook Darria's hand. "Pleased to meet ye. Ne'er thought I'd see the day me Talas got married. Tell me, Talas, I am invited to yer wedding, eh?"

"If you give us a discount on a nice dress, we will let you attend the wedding," the drow said.

The old woman nearly leaped for joy. "Why, come see, young lass. What in particular are ye lookin' fer?"

The elvenwoman considered the question carefully. She unconsiously chewed on her bottom lip as she thought. "Something long and elegant with a bit of lace. With long sleeves and a low neckline...but not indelicately low."

tassanaburrfoot
12/03/2003 1:32 PM

Agatha smiled and looked through the dresses. She pulled out one and Talas automatically shook his head. "She'd look like a turkey in that, Agatha," he said.

The woman grumbled and put it back. She took out others, but there weren't really anything of interest. Before they knew it, they had gone through all of the dresses.

"You don't have anything else?" the drow asked.

The woman sat on a trunk and thought about it for a moment. Then she smiled a huge toothless smile. "I have one more dress. It's in th' back. Give me a moment."

As the woman disappeared into the back, Talas hugged Darria. "I hope this one is the one. It's starting to get late and we still have to visit the shoemakers."

The woman came out holding a dress in a dressbag. She hung the bag up and unzipped it. Talas marvelled at the dress.

"Go' a'ead, lass," the woman said excitedly. "Go put 'er on 'n come back out 'ere with it."

Lunitari0
12/03/2003 1:45 PM


"Go' a'ead, lass," the woman said excitedly. "Go put 'er on 'n come back out 'ere with it."

Darria took yhe dress from Agatha with a smiile and disappered in the back to chane. When she came back out ten minutes later, she did a small circle to show all angles of the outfit.

Looking at Talas with a shy smile she asked "Well, love...what do you think?"

tassanaburrfoot
12/06/2003 5:05 PM

Talas couldn't do anything but stare at Darria. It was like looking at the most holy creature. A part of him wanted to start crying. The other part of him wanted to cower before her.

The dress was heart shaped in the bosom. The sleeves stopped at the elbow and then billowed out, nearly touching the ground. Around the waist was a ropebelt that hung loosely. Sequence in the shape of a swan started at the left side of her bosom and continued down to her buttocks. This swan circled around her waist. The rest of the dress flowed about her and dragged upon the ground.

For a long time, Talas was silent. He couldn't think of what to say. The white dress mixed with the silver of Darria's hair gave the moon elf an otherworldly appearance. So stunned, Talas couldn't even approach her.

Agatha smiled in satisfaction. "You like?" she asked. "Then you buy. Go take it off, dearie, before Talas cries his heart out."

Talas suddenly realized that he had indeed been crying. But there were no sobs or anything. Merely a tear or two that escaped his eyes. He turned suddenly, unable to look at the purity of Darria any longer.

The old woman giggled as she guided Darria back to the dressing room. "Methinks 'e likes it, dearie. I'd get 'im to buy it fer ye. It'll be perfect."

Lunitari0
12/06/2003 5:14 PM

The wedding dress was like a perfect dream. She loved it and wanted to wear it on the day she married Talas. From the drow's reaction, she knew he liked it too.

Once dressed in her regular clothes again, Darria came back out and approached Talas. With a smile she wrapped her arms around his neck. "Well, love, what do you think of that dress? Could I have it for our wedding?"

tassanaburrfoot
12/10/2003 2:18 PM

Slowly coming out of his trance, the drow nodded. "Yes. Yes, that will be your dress. How much for it, Agatha?"

Then the drow took Darria and wrapped his arms around her. He kissed her deeply, passionately. When he pulled away, all he could do was smile.

The old woman smiled. "Put me eldest daughter in th' weddin' an' I'll sell it fer 130 gold."

Talas thought about it, looking at the dress. Considering the dress's beauty 130 gold wasn't that bad. It was still expensive, but not too expensive. Taking hold of the dress, he placed a sack full of gold into Agatha's open palm.

"Wha' o' me daughter?" she asked.

"Elizabeth? Aye, she can be in it," he said, handing the dress to Darria. "Now we need to be off to the shoemakers. She needs shoes."

The drow looked at Darria. "Ready, ussta ssinssrigg? Come along."

"I'll send Elizabeth to your home when she is dressed, Talas," the old woman called as the drow and his bride left the store and made their way to the Shoemaker.

Lunitari0
12/10/2003 2:36 PM

Waving goodbye to Agatha with a happy smile, Darria took Talas's hand and followed him to the shoemakers. Looking down at the wedding dress again, the elvenwoman shook her head at how amazingly beautiful it was. And it was hers!

tassanaburrfoot
12/10/2003 2:49 PM

Talas smiled at Darria as he led her into the shoemakers. "Ralph?" he called.

The scraggly human came out from behind the back door. "Talas! Back already? Wha' can I do fer ye today?"

"Well," the drow said, scratching the back of his neck. "Apparently my wife's family didn't like the idea of not being invited to the wedding, so they are asking us to redo the wedding."

"They wan' another weddin'?!" the shoemaker asked, both eyebrows raised.

"Aye," Talas said. "Think you have anything to match this dress?" he asked, showing the shoemaker the dress.

"Ahhhh... Aggie's collection, eh? Aye, I got sumthin' t' match. Always make it a point t' match 'er dresses. Ne'er know when she's gonna sell one," the shoemaker said.

Ralph went into the back and came back with a pair of white shoes. Atop the foot of the shoes was a swan. When the shoes were brought together, the swans' necks made a heart shape. The shoes were no more then slipons. The backs were held together by white sequenced elastic.

"Would'n th' lady like to try 'e on?" Ralph asked.

The drow nodded. "Go ahead, ussta ssinssrigg," he whispered.

The shoemaker took Darria's hand into his calloused hand. "Come, dearie. Sit 'ere on this bench," he said kindly, leading Darria to the bench.

Lunitari0
12/10/2003 3:04 PM

Sitting down on the bench and sliding her elvenmade brown boots off, Darria took the delicate white shoes from their maker and put them on. Standing up, she took a few steps to test the feel of them. They fit perfectly.


Putting her feet together to see the heart-shaped design of the swans, Darria chuckled, "They are perfect."

tassanaburrfoot
12/11/2003 7:25 PM

Ralph smiled. "Aye, the' are, m'lady. Will ya'll be buyin' 'em?"

Talas nodded. "Yes. We will be buying them."

The shoemaker nodded and helped Darria take the shoes off. He then placed them carefully in an elaborately decorated shoebox. He looked up at the happy couple. "Forty gold, Talas," he said, naming his price.

The drow tilted his head. "Only forty? I thought they'd be more then that," he said.

The shoemaker shook his head. "Naw, Talas. Yer gettin' remarried. Already ya spent a lot on th' dress. Don' need be spendin' it on shoes too. Forty will be fine."

The drow eyed the shoemaker. He knew better then to trust Ralph like that. "What is it you want?" he asked.

"Well, Talas, it's like this. Me wife saw a real pretty ring in yer store th' other day. She fell in love with it. Only problem is it cost more 'n I can afford," the shoemaker said.

"You would like a discount?" Talas asked.

Blushing, Ralph nodded.

"I'll see what I can do," the drow stated, handing Ralph a pouch of forty gold.

The drow led Darria out of the shop and down the streets towards the apartment. "I need to go to the Temple of Eilistraee to see about a priest or priestess for the ceremony. Utica shouldn't give you much trouble. Will you be fine on your own for a while?" he asked the moon elf.

Meanwhile

Utica was sharpening one of her many blades when a knock came at the door. Sighing, the drow answered it.

Standing in the doorway was a human girl of no more then 25 years old. She had long straight brown hair and brown eyes. She was pretty, but not much by drow standards. She was slim and wore a green peasant dress.

Utica smiled. "Well, hello, Elizabeth. Please, come in. Here to see my father?"

"Aye," the girl said, walking into the apartment and into the living area. "Is it true, Utica?" she asked suddenly, her eyes watery. "Is Talas getting married?"

Utica nodded. "To a surface elf wench at that," the drow muttered.

Elizabeth caught what Utica said. "I'm guessing you don't like her?" she observed.

"I did at one point. Until my father decided to marry her," the drow explained.

Elizabeth nodded. "I'll have to meet her to decide. I'm supposed to be in the wedding. Least, that's what me mom told me. That's why I'm wearing this fancy dress and all."

Utica shrugged. "I suppose I'll be in it too. I'm thinking about wearing black.... Or better... purple," she said with a smile.

"Ain't purple the elven colour of mourning?" the girl asked.

Utica's smile widened as she nodded. She walked to the window and looked out at the streets of Waterdeep. She saw her father and Darria depart. She watched as the elf made her way to the apartment building. "Seems like you'll get to meet the elf wench. She's coming upstairs."

"What's her name?" Elizabeth asked.

"Darria... Darria Starcatcher..."

Lunitari0
12/11/2003 8:15 PM


The drow led Darria out of the shop and down the streets towards the apartment. "I need to go to the Temple of Eilistraee to see about a priest or priestess for the ceremony. Utica shouldn't give you much trouble. Will you be fine on your own for a while?" he asked the moon elf.

Taking the dress bag and the shoes from Talas, Darria kissed him on the cheek. "I'll be fine, love. See you soon."

Soon the elvenwoman found herself outside the apartment she had been sharing with the drow family. Opening the door and stepping inside, she saw Utica talking to a human girl in a geen dress. Smiling at each of them, she shifted the dress bag and shoes to one arm and extended her free hand in greeting to the visitor.

"Hello. My name is Darria Starcatcher. I'll be back in a moment - I have to hang this in the bedroom." With a slight not to Utica as she passed by, Darria slipped into the bedroom and hung the dress bag in the closet. After setting the matching shoes inside as well, the moon elf returned to the living area and sat down.

"Talas will be back shortly. He went to see a priest or priestess of Eilistraee for the ceremony. May I get either of you a drink?"

PrincessOfDarkness
12/11/2003 8:20 PM

Saylen stood up from his prayers, wiping some invisible dust of his silk black robe. He slowly stood up and swept down the hallway, the robe fluttering after him. The silver lining of the robes glistened in the light as he ponderously traversed the halls, wondering curiously to himself about many things.

His hands fiddled with the tie on his loose robe, trying to decide wether to loosen it or tighten it. He had heard of one of the Bo'lilthe family was getting married. He had no doubt that that family would be rushing to the temple, seeking him or one of his fellow priests and priestesses.

He pushes a thread of hair behind a pointed ear as he continued his pace to the other end of the temple. He was suddenly anxious to see if a Bo'Lilthe would come to see.

tassanaburrfoot
12/11/2003 8:50 PM


Taking the dress bag and the shoes from Talas, Darria kissed him on the cheek. "I'll be fine, love. See you soon."

Talas nodded and watched Darria cross the street. Once she crossed, he turned and made his way to the temple.

Soon the elvenwoman found herself outside the apartment she had been sharing with the drow family. Opening the door and stepping inside, she saw Utica talking to a human girl in a geen dress. Smiling at each of them, she shifted the dress bag and shoes to one arm and extended her free hand in greeting to the visitor.

"Hello. My name is Darria Starcatcher. I'll be back in a moment - I have to hang this in the bedroom." With a slight not to Utica as she passed by, Darria slipped into the bedroom and hung the dress bag in the closet. After setting the matching shoes inside as well, the moon elf returned to the living area and sat down.

"Talas will be back shortly. He went to see a priest or priestess of Eilistraee for the ceremony. May I get either of you a drink?"

The two females watched the elfwoman enter. Elizabeth's eyes widened at the elf's beauty. Utica smiled tightly. "Good to see you, Stepmother," the drow said with a very slight sneer.

Elizabeth shook Darria's hand. "I'm Elizabeth, Agatha the seamstress's daughter. I'm here for the wedding. I'm to stand in it..."

As Darria went to put her dress up, Utica looked at Elizabeth with a nasty face. Elizabeth smiled, but said nothing.

Then Darria came back and offered the two females drinks. Elizabeth readily agreed, "Aye. I'm awfully thirsty. Haven't had anything to drink since Momma told me that Talas was gettin' married."

Utica just shrugged. "I'm not thirsty," she said simply and went back to staring out the window.

Elizabeth looked at Darria and took a seat on the couch. "So, how did ya met Talas?" she asked, curious about this elf who stole the drow's heart. Though, it was plain to see the elf's beauty alone was enough to steal the heart of any male.

Meanwhile

Talas walked through the streets of Waterdeep. Soon he was upon the Temple of Eilistraee. Seeing the guard he nodded to them. The two female drow knew Talas. In fact, they had been the ones to suggest that he come to the temple a long time ago. They allowed him admittance and he entered the temple.

Stopping a sentry, he asked in drow, "Do you know where I can find one of the priests or priestesses?"

The sentry, another female, nodded. Speaking the drow tongue, she said, "I believe Brother Saylen is around here somewhere."

Talas smiled. "Do you know where I could find him?"

"The alter perhaps? Not sure," the female drow replied.

"Thank you," he said, bowing slightly.

The female drow nodded and went back to her duties of patrolling the temple.

Talas walked down the various corridors of the temple until he reached the alter. He looked up at the statue of Eilistraee and bowed. "I wish to thank you, dear Maiden," he whispered in drow. "You have brought to me a rare jewel. I am in disbelief that I found her. I am unsure what I have done right, but it had to be something really right. Truly good in your eyes, for I know I am undeserving of her. Thank you, my Dark Maiden."

Talas opened his eyes and gazed at the statue for a long time. Eilistraee was beautiful, that was certain. Nothing could compare to the Dark Maiden's beauty. Though many have tried.

Talas would not make the mistake of saying Darria was as beautiful or more beautiful then the Dark Maiden, but the surface elf was surely close. Talas lost himself in deep thoughts over this.

PrincessOfDarkness
12/11/2003 8:56 PM

With a sigh, Saylen came to the front gates. He looked at the two scribes, and put a hand on one of their shoulders. The woman turned around and bowed her head, then smiled, "Talas Bo'lilthe is looking for you, Brother Saylen," She said, "He went to the altar room, I believe."

"My thanks, may the Dark Maidan walk with you," Saylen turned and walked back through the temple to the altar room, where he noticed a single figure in front of the broad statue of his goddess. Bowing his head in respect and whispering a prayer, he entered. He put a hand on Talas' shoulder lightly, almost a ghostly touch, "Talas?"

Lunitari0
12/11/2003 9:01 PM


Then Darria came back and offered the two females drinks. Elizabeth readily agreed, "Aye. I'm awfully thirsty. Haven't had anything to drink since Momma told me that Talas was gettin' married."

Utica just shrugged. "I'm not thirsty," she said simply and went back to staring out the window.

Elizabeth looked at Darria and took a seat on the couch. "So, how did ya met Talas?" she asked, curious about this elf who stole the drow's heart. Though, it was plain to see the elf's beauty alone was enough to steal the heart of any male.

Darria disappeared into the kitchen and returned with to drinks - one for Elizabeth and one for herself. Handing the guest her drink with a smile, the moon elf took a seat facing the girl before taking a sip of her own drink.

"I was travelling from Silverymoon when I was surprised by some theives. Talas found me and helped me get myself back together. We soon fell in love."

tassanaburrfoot
12/11/2003 9:13 PM


Bowing his head in respect and whispering a prayer, he entered. He put a hand on Talas' shoulder lightly, almost a ghostly touch, "Talas?"

Talas started at the unexpected touch. He turned and saw the priest. "Brother Saylen," he said in the drow tongue. He bowed and then met Saylen's gaze. "I was wondering if you would be interested in helping me with something."

Thinking about what he was going to say, he started slowly, "I met this female named Darria Starcatcher. I wish to marry her. I was hoping we could marry in the temple. Perhaps have you or another priest or priestess conduct the ceremony?" He looked a little nervous. Almost unsure.

Darria disappeared into the kitchen and returned with to drinks - one for Elizabeth and one for herself. Handing the guest her drink with a smile, the moon elf took a seat facing the girl before taking a sip of her own drink.

"I was travelling from Silverymoon when I was surprised by some theives. Talas found me and helped me get myself back together. We soon fell in love."

"I tried getting Talas to love me," Elizabeth said, sipping her drink. "At one point I thought he did..."

"Bah!" Utica snapped. "You knew what he was about. He had no more interest in you then he did any other wench. Which is the same interest he has in you, Darria. That I can guarantee. Mark my words. Once he's finished with you, he'll throw you aside just like all the other wenches."

The drow crossed the room and went into her room, slamming the door.

Elizabeth was teary-eyed. "Are you sure you want to live with that?" she asked, indicating Utica's outburst.

Lunitari0
12/11/2003 9:21 PM


"I tried getting Talas to love me," Elizabeth said, sipping her drink. "At one point I thought he did..."

"Bah!" Utica snapped. "You knew what he was about. He had no more interest in you then he did any other wench. Which is the same interest he has in you, Darria. That I can guarantee. Mark my words. Once he's finished with you, he'll throw you aside just like all the other wenches."

The drow crossed the room and went into her room, slamming the door.

Elizabeth was teary-eyed. "Are you sure you want to live with that?" she asked, indicating Utica's outburst.

Staring after Utica with eyes full of hurt and shock, Darria patted Elizabeth sypathetically on the shoulder.

"Talas has told me her bark is worse then her bite, don't worry," she assured the girl while trying desperately to believe her own words, "besides, to be with Talas, I would weather any storm."

PrincessOfDarkness
12/11/2003 9:22 PM


Talas started at the unexpected touch. He turned and saw the priest. "Brother Saylen," he said in the drow tongue. He bowed and then met Saylen's gaze. "I was wondering if you would be interested in helping me with something."

Thinking about what he was going to say, he started slowly, "I met this female named Darria Starcatcher. I wish to marry her. I was hoping we could marry in the temple. Perhaps have you or another priest or priestess conduct the ceremony?" He looked a little nervous. Almost unsure.


"Starcatcher?" Saylen replied, also in drow, "Related to Kalan Starcatcher of Silverymoon and the surface elves?There was a hint of distaste in his voice, as if he did not fully agree with Talas' choice, "How did you stumble across a surface elf, Talas? And a Starcatcher at that?" He had a small, wry smile on his face as he spoke, and shrugged a second later, "I'm sure I can find someone who could wed you, if you wanted it so." His eyes twinkled mysteriously as he spoke, watching the other drow.

tassanaburrfoot
12/11/2003 9:38 PM


Staring after Utica with eyes full of hurt and shock, Darria patted Elizabeth sypathetically on the shoulder.

"Talas has told me her bark is worse then her bite, don't worry," she assured the girl while trying desperately to believe her own words, "besides, to be with Talas, I would weather any storm."

Elizabeth nodded. "Aye, Talas used to tell me that too. Always did he and his daughter disagree about things. Everything too. Even what shirt to wear sometimes. Once when I was here, I came out in one of his shirts and she fussed because it wasn't my colour or some nonsense like that. Utica can be nice when she wants to be, but Talas spoiled her."

"Starcatcher?" Saylen replied, also in drow, "Related to Kalan Starcatcher of Silverymoon and the surface elves?There was a hint of distaste in his voice, as if he did not fully agree with Talas' choice, "How did you stumble across a surface elf, Talas? And a Starcatcher at that?" He had a small, wry smile on his face as he spoke, and shrugged a second later, "I'm sure I can find someone who could wed you, if you wanted it so." His eyes twinkled mysteriously as he spoke, watching the other drow.

"Actually, she kinda stumbled into me. I was in a tavern with Utica when she came in dirty and injured. Apparently some thugs had destroyed her caravan and murdered her companions. Utica and I took her in. It wasn't until she was rested up that I knew she was a Starcatcher. Not even quite sure what that means, exactly. She told me her father was some sort of noble in Silverymoon. But you know my knowledge of surface nobles," he said, indicating his long years in the Underdark and oblivious to all outside knowledge. "It seems I still have a lot of learning to do.."

He thought on that a moment, then looked at Saylen, "So, you wouldn't be interested in wedding us? I would be much appreciative. I realize this is last minute, but we both kinda want to get it done and over with."

Lunitari0
12/11/2003 9:47 PM


Elizabeth nodded. "Aye, Talas used to tell me that too. Always did he and his daughter disagree about things. Everything too. Even what shirt to wear sometimes. Once when I was here, I came out in one of his shirts and she fussed because it wasn't my colour or some nonsense like that. Utica can be nice when she wants to be, but Talas spoiled her."

The elvenwoman tensed inwardly at Elizabeth's words. She had hoped that Utica had been being spiteful with her words about the girl and Talas being together, but apparently the younger drow had spoken the the truth.

Nodding, Darria said, "Yes...when Utica and I first met, she was extremely nice to me. It was only when her father told her of our marriage plans that her attitude changed."

PrincessOfDarkness
12/11/2003 9:50 PM

Saylen chuckled to himself, "I would be honored to wed you with your love, Talas. I merely think it strange that a Starcatcher and a drow would be together, that is it. Her father is Kalan Starcatcher, he is a very weathly elven noble of Silverymoon."

The drow priest tucked a strand of white hair behind his pointed ear and chuckled again, "Ah yes, youth, running into love and marriage so hurriedly. Enjoy those days of yours, Talas," He grinned, "You might get old like me someday."

tassanaburrfoot
12/13/2003 5:46 PM


The elvenwoman tensed inwardly at Elizabeth's words. She had hoped that Utica had been being spiteful with her words about the girl and Talas being together, but apparently the younger drow had spoken the the truth.

Nodding, Darria said, "Yes...when Utica and I first met, she was extremely nice to me. It was only when her father told her of our marriage plans that her attitude changed."

Elizabeth smiled. "I know what you mean. But she'll get over it. Don't you worry. Then she will like you just as much as she likes me," she said confidently.

Saylen chuckled to himself, "I would be honored to wed you with your love, Talas. I merely think it strange that a Starcatcher and a drow would be together, that is it. Her father is Kalan Starcatcher, he is a very weathly elven noble of Silverymoon."

The drow priest tucked a strand of white hair behind his pointed ear and chuckled again, "Ah yes, youth, running into love and marriage so hurriedly. Enjoy those days of yours, Talas," He grinned, "You might get old like me someday."

"It's not a matter of youth, Brother Saylen," Talas said. "It is more or less a matter of life. Besides, I wanted to be married to her before we embarked on that journey to Evermeet."

Talas looked back up at the statue of Eilistraee. " I do intend on finding that sword. And I know where it is.... At least, I am confident in the Dark Maiden to lead the way."

PrincessOfDarkness
12/13/2003 6:13 PM


Talas looked back up at the statue of Eilistraee. " I do intend on finding that sword. And I know where it is.... At least, I am confident in the Dark Maiden to lead the way."


Saylen followed Talas' glance to the statue, his playful grin lost as he traced the marble curves in reverence, "The Dark Maidan will lead your way if you are worthy of it, Talas, I can only hope that you are. For if not....I would not want ponder your fate." His hand slid inside his robe, running his fingers over a long scar on his chest he'd aquired passing his own test. He withdrew the hand quickly and tightened his robe a bit, clasping his hands behind his back, "I have faith that you will pass. Now, this Darria....where is she?"

Lunitari0
12/13/2003 6:21 PM


Elizabeth smiled. "I know what you mean. But she'll get over it. Don't you worry. Then she will like you just as much as she likes me," she said confidently.

Taking another sip of her drink, Darria thought about Elizabeth's words. Were the girl and Utica really friends or was the drow female only pretending to like the human as she was with Darria herself?

Putting the glass down again she asked, "How long have you and Utica known each other?"

tassanaburrfoot
12/15/2003 8:45 AM


Saylen followed Talas' glance to the statue, his playful grin lost as he traced the marble curves in reverence, "The Dark Maidan will lead your way if you are worthy of it, Talas, I can only hope that you are. For if not....I would not want ponder your fate." His hand slid inside his robe, running his fingers over a long scar on his chest he'd aquired passing his own test. He withdrew the hand quickly and tightened his robe a bit, clasping his hands behind his back, "I have faith that you will pass. Now, this Darria....where is she?"


"She should be at the apartment with Utica. I was wanting to ensure I had someone to proceed over the ceremony before I brought her here," Talas said, turning his attention back to Saylen. "She's new around here and I didn't want her upset if you didn't approve of our joining. Therefore, I sent her home."

Taking another sip of her drink, Darria thought about Elizabeth's words. Were the girl and Utica really friends or was the drow female only pretending to like the human as she was with Darria herself?

Putting the glass down again she asked, "How long have you and Utica known each other?"

Elizabeth thought about it a moment. "Since I was little, I suppose. Well, you know how slowly drow age," she said. "I was just a child I think. No more then five years old. When I turned fifteen, my mother tried to get Talas to fall in love with me. As did all the mothers at that time. Everyone was wanting to become Talas's bride, but he took none of us. Utica had told me it was because we were all too young and we got old too fast for his taste," she explained. She smiled. "I would've done anything to win Talas's heart. I did do anything. Nonetheless, nothing worked."

She sighed and took another sip of her drink. She nodded to Darria, "If only you knew how lucky you are to be marrying him. You are living everyone's dream. Seriously. Talas is a fine drow. Never again will you meet someone even close to him. He's smart, charming, nice, energetic, incredible in combat. He loves Utica and dotes on her like nothing I've ever seen with a father. He cares deeply for those he keeps close to his heart. Again, never will you meet another drow, or male for that matter, like Talas. He truly is one of a kind."

Lunitari0
12/15/2003 12:20 PM


Elizabeth thought about it a moment. "Since I was little, I suppose. Well, you know how slowly drow age," she said. "I was just a child I think. No more then five years old. When I turned fifteen, my mother tried to get Talas to fall in love with me. As did all the mothers at that time. Everyone was wanting to become Talas's bride, but he took none of us. Utica had told me it was because we were all too young and we got old too fast for his taste," she explained. She smiled. "I would've done anything to win Talas's heart. I did do anything. Nonetheless, nothing worked."

She sighed and took another sip of her drink. She nodded to Darria, "If only you knew how lucky you are to be marrying him. You are living everyone's dream. Seriously. Talas is a fine drow. Never again will you meet someone even close to him. He's smart, charming, nice, energetic, incredible in combat. He loves Utica and dotes on her like nothing I've ever seen with a father. He cares deeply for those he keeps close to his heart. Again, never will you meet another drow, or male for that matter, like Talas. He truly is one of a kind."

Darria smiled at the description of her husband-to be. "I am beginning to know how lucky I am. I can see the strength and respect in Talas's eyes, a sight that warms my heart more than I could have thought possible. When I'm near him, I'm more than Kalan Starcatcher's only daughter. I'm Darria. When Talas holds me, even speaks to me, things seem brighter."

PrincessOfDarkness
12/24/2003 11:15 AM


"She should be at the apartment with Utica. I was wanting to ensure I had someone to proceed over the ceremony before I brought her here," Talas said, turning his attention back to Saylen. "She's new around here and I didn't want her upset if you didn't approve of our joining. Therefore, I sent her home."


"I see. Wise choice, I suppose," He shrugged slightly, "When do you want this ceremony to happen? It will take a least a few hours to get up preperations and such, I'm sure you'll both need better garments..." He muttered, coutnign off the fingers on his hands, "an altar...a priest....hmm..."

tassanaburrfoot
12/24/2003 8:04 PM


Darria smiled at the description of her husband-to be. "I am beginning to know how lucky I am. I can see the strength and respect in Talas's eyes, a sight that warms my heart more than I could have thought possible. When I'm near him, I'm more than Kalan Starcatcher's only daughter. I'm Darria. When Talas holds me, even speaks to me, things seem brighter."

"As I said before, you are a lucky girl, Darria," Elizabeth said, standing up and pacing the length of the room. "Any girl in Talas's arms is lucky. Even if it's only for a little while. But you, Darria, you are beyond luck. Not only are you gonna be in his arms for a little while, but you will be there forever. That's a long time."

She took a sip of her drink and looked out the window. "Utica will come to love you as if you were her mother. Trust me on this one. Utica strives on females. After all, she was raised in the Underdark around nothing but females. And while she has her anger at you, it will not last. She will come around and care for you like her father does. Perhaps it will not be the same care, but it shall be care nonetheless."

"I see. Wise choice, I suppose," He shrugged slightly, "When do you want this ceremony to happen? It will take a least a few hours to get up preperations and such, I'm sure you'll both need better garments..." He muttered, coutnign off the fingers on his hands, "an altar...a priest....hmm..."

"I wish to have the ceremony conceeded as soon as possible. That way we can be on to Evermeet and the Moonsword," as he spoke the name of the sacred bastard sword, Talas tilted his head in respect to Eilistraee. Then he continued his answer, "Her gown and such is already bought. She can be dressed and ready with a word. As for myself, I have my own garments at home in my cedar cabinet."

He turned from the statue and walked out of the room. He turned back to Saylen. "As for the alter, a priest, and anything religious, like I said, I was in hopes that the temple could be our place of celebration. After all, I intend on bringing her into the moonlight of Eilistraee. She is going to help Utica and I retrieve the sword. With that in mind... Well, it would be interesting. A surface elf worshipping the Dark Maiden. Don't you agree, Brother?"

Lunitari0
12/24/2003 10:26 PM


"As I said before, you are a lucky girl, Darria," Elizabeth said, standing up and pacing the length of the room. "Any girl in Talas's arms is lucky. Even if it's only for a little while. But you, Darria, you are beyond luck. Not only are you gonna be in his arms for a little while, but you will be there forever. That's a long time."

She took a sip of her drink and looked out the window. "Utica will come to love you as if you were her mother. Trust me on this one. Utica strives on females. After all, she was raised in the Underdark around nothing but females. And while she has her anger at you, it will not last. She will come around and care for you like her father does. Perhaps it will not be the same care, but it shall be care nonetheless."

Watching Elizabeth move around the room, Darria too, stood up and took a sip of her drink. "I hope you're right about Utica. I want nothing more than for the 3 of us to be happy together."

PrincessOfDarkness
01/01/2004 4:31 PM


"I wish to have the ceremony conceeded as soon as possible. That way we can be on to Evermeet and the Moonsword,"


"The moonsword..." The priest nodded, "Well, I wish you good luck, that you may indeed need," His smile dissapeared, "All tests are difficult, though it is many different difficulties that come."



As for the alter, a priest, and anything religious, like I said, I was in hopes that the temple could be our place of celebration. After all, I intend on bringing her into the moonlight of Eilistraee. She is going to help Utica and I retrieve the sword. With that in mind... Well, it would be interesting. A surface elf worshipping the Dark Maiden. Don't you agree, Brother?"


"Strange indeed, but not as strange one following the Spider Goddess," He replied, then grinned.

tassanaburrfoot
01/06/2004 12:07 PM


Watching Elizabeth move around the room, Darria too, stood up and took a sip of her drink. "I hope you're right about Utica. I want nothing more than for the 3 of us to be happy together."

"And happy you will be. Trust me on this, Darria Starcatcher. Utica has never had a true mother model to help her out. I mean, she lived in the Underdark. But what do the drow teach? Nothing of real value, I'm sure. You, however, are beauty and grace. You love. You learn. You live. Utica will come to understand that. And she will want it as well. And soon she will learn from you.

"Right now, she is merely jealous of the attention you are getting from her father. Utica is used to being the only true girl in Talas's life. She will settle down. Trust me. Especially when she realizes that you are not going anywhere," Elizabeth said with a wink. "Now where is that blasted husband-to-be at?"

"Strange indeed, but not as strange one following the Spider Goddess," He replied, then grinned

Talas shuddered. "I must confess, Brother. Sometimes Utica incidently mentions the Spider Queen. It's been hard for her, this conversion. She's learning though. She wants to follow the Dark Maiden. Her heart is with Eilistraee. But old habits die hard..."

He didn't say anything for a moment. When he did speak, it was with a litte less excitement. "I do hope all goes well when we reach Evermeet. It will be strange being around all those surface elves."

Then he brightened. "Well, Brother. I had best be off. I need to ensure the bride is ready. How does tonight sound for the ceremony? Around dusk?"

PrincessOfDarkness
01/06/2004 1:38 PM


Then he brightened. "Well, Brother. I had best be off. I need to ensure the bride is ready. How does tonight sound for the ceremony? Around dusk?"


"Sounds great to me, Master Talas. I will have everything prepared. I would like to meet the girl first, so come a bit early. Would you mind that?" Saylen asked with the same smile, "And bring your family, too." He bowed one and then to the statue, waiting at the entrance.

tassanaburrfoot
01/06/2004 4:09 PM

Talas nodded and then bowed to both the priest and the statue. "We shall be here before dusk then so that you may meet her," he said.

The drow saluted and then departed the temple. He made his way through the streets of Waterdeep. He wasn't really interested in anything inparticular. After all, he had lived there for many years.

Getting to the corner where his apartment was located, he looked up at the window and smiled. He waved a little then crossed the street.

Hearing her father's footsteps on the stair, Utica ran out of her room and opened the door. She then threw her arms around him just as he was walking in the house. "Utica!" the male drow exclaimed, trying to pry her away from him.

She looked up at him and smiled. "Vendui, ilharn. Good time at the Temple? What did the priest say?"

A single white eyebrow was raised as Talas looked at his daughter with suspicion. "What does it mean to you one way or another?" he asked.

Utica shrugged and closed the door. She then bounded into the living area. "Ilnarn's home," she said happily to Darria and Elizabeth.

"Ah! Speaking th' drowspeak are we, Utica?" the human girl asked.

Utica giggled. "Come now. You've been around me long enough. You know what I'm saying."

"Aye," Elizabeth replied. "You are saying 'ill ern'.... ill..."

Utica giggled again, "I wouldn't try so hard, Elizabeth. You might hurt yourself."

Talas walked into the living room and nodded to Elizabeth. He then smiled at Darria. "My daughter likes to use the language of our people. In time you will be able to understand it as well. 'Ilharn' means 'father.'"

Utica pouted. "Aw. You took the fun out of it, ushdui zhaunth ilythiiri," she said with a smile.

In mock anger, Talas said, "Now listen here, waelin inlul'quar." He playfully pointed a finger at Utica.

The younger drow giggled again and raspberried at her father. "So when is the ceremony?" she asked.

Talas went back to looking at her suspiciously. "At dusk. Tonight. Why are you suddenly..."

A knock at the door stopped Talas and startled him. Utica looked curiously at the entrance. Waving a hand to silence the females, Talas walked to the door and answered it.

"May I help you?" he asked to someone dressed in a hooded cloak.

"Yes. You may," a female voice answered from beneath the cloak. She had a thick accent that sounded a lot like Darria's. "I am looking for an elf."

Talas looked at her suspiciously. "Everyone here is an elf with the exception of the human girl."

The female chuckled, "More specifically a Ithil'quessir, dear Tel'gothrim. Or, in your tongue, a..."

"I can speak elven, dear lady," Talas sneered. "What do you want with a moon elf?"

The female lifted her hands and pulled off the cloak's hood to reveal her beauty. "What any mother would want with her child, drowkin."

Indeed, she was quite beautiful. And graceful in her gestures features. She looked every bit like Darria. There was no mistaken the heritage. Talas took a step back to allow her in.

"Where can I find her?" she asked the male drow.

Talas, now that the initial shock was over, smirked. "She is in the living area. Right this way."

He led the elf into the living area and looked at Darria. "Ssinssrigg, there is someone here to see you," he said, waving a hand in the direction of Darria's mother.

Lunitari0
01/06/2004 9:53 PM

Darria looked up hearing Talas call to her. She looked from the drow to the elfwoman beside him. She put her glass down quickly and stood up, smoothing her tunic as she did so. Walking over to the the older elf, shee hugged the woman that was a mirror copy of herself.

"Atara (Mother)..." she greeted her mother, "What are you doing here? Is father with you?" she asked sneaking a glance at Talas.

E'rleline Satcatcher took in her daughters "common attire" with a silent glance before hugging her warmly. "Kalan refused to attend your wedding, mela (love). He said he would never attend a drow function of any sort. He said I must not come either, but I refused to stay away."

E'rleline's green eyes flashed with defiance for a second, but the noble aristocrat's upbringing would not allow for anything else. Instead she turned to Talas. "So you're the one that wishes to marry my Darria, are you?"

tassanaburrfoot
01/14/2004 8:50 PM

Talas smiled kindly to the elven mother. "Yes, I do intend on marrying your daughter. Tonight, actually," he said. "In fact, ssinssrigg," he said looking at Darria, "you really need to be getting ready. The priest wants to meet you before our wedding. Which reminds me!"

He looked at E'rleline. "You said your husband is not coming?"

Utica looked at her father and then her eyes widened. "They'll know! Dear Dark Maiden!" she whispered. "They are going to bring him, aren't they? They said he would attend whether or not he chose."

Talas turned his gaze to his daughter. Her words slowly began to sink in. Realization of what was to take place this night brought chills to the male drow's spine. He spoke none of this to Darria or her mother. They did not understand the way of the drow. Not yet at least. He did not wish to worry them more then need be.

"Your father will be at our wedding, Darria. I am sure of it. You have no worries," Talas whispered, biting back the urge to tell her how he knew.

Utica pipped up, "But yes, Father is correct, Darria. You simply cannot get married wearing that. Come, come, we go into Father's room and change out of those clothes. Elizabeth? Care to help?"

The human, who had been quiet during this reunion, jumped up and smiled. "I'd be delighted!" she squealed.

The two girls pulled Darria and her mother towards Talas's room. "Cannot let the mother miss out on her daughter's preparations," Elizabeth said.

Talas shook his head as he watched the helpless surface elves get dragged into his room. Once the door was closed, Talas grabbed a wine glass and hurled it at the wall. The glass shattered into millions of pieces. He silently cursed the Vhaerun priestesses.

Utica and Elizabeth had both heard the glass shatter. They looked at one another with wide eyes. "Forgive him, Darria," Utica said, "my father gets quite ralled when excitement fills the air. He'll be better once we are at the Temple. The Temple of Eilistraee has a calming affect over my father that hardly anyone can match.

Lunitari0
01/15/2004 3:08 PM


Utica and Elizabeth had both heard the glass shatter. They looked at one another with wide eyes. "Forgive him, Darria," Utica said, "my father gets quite ralled when excitement fills the air. He'll be better once we are at the Temple. The Temple of Eilistraee has a calming affect over my father that hardly anyone can match.

Darria took in Utica's words in silence, trying to shrug off the feeling of dread that was building in her. She remembered what the two drow at the shop had said earlier, that Kalan Starcatcher would attend the wedding no matter what, at the elvenwoman wondered at what lengths they would go to get him there.

But E'rleline Starcatcher knew nothing of the threats of earlier. Not wanting to worry her mother, Darria went to the closet without meeting her eyes. Pulling out the dress and matching shoes that were her wedding wear, she showed them to the three women in the room. "What do you think of it? Aren't they beautiful?"

E'rleline had to admit that the garment was indeed quite gorgeous. "You will look like an angel on a cloud, dear." she confirmed with a smile. Tunring to the young human and drow, she said, "Let us help Darria with her preperations. It would simply not do for her to be late for the meeting with the priest."

With a flurry of activity, the dressing began. As happy as Darria seemed to be marrying Talas today, E'rleline could tell there was a darkness lingering around her only daughter and wondered why she seemed so preoccupied.

tassanaburrfoot
01/16/2004 11:02 PM

Utica smiled and helped Darria put on her dress while Elizabeth merrily fixed Darria's hair. Both girls talked back and forth throughout, in Common and in drow. It was obvious by now that Elizabeth had only pretended not to know Drow earlier.

"Eventually, Darria, you'll learn my language as well," Utica said to her stepmom to be. "Father and I use it constantly. We find it easier then talking Common. And not everyone knows what we are saying. Unless someone like Elizabeth here shows up. Then we are a bunch of people sitting around, talking in Drow. Course, Elizabeth's accent is deplorable. But it's better then speaking Common. For your sake though, we'll speak Common more then Drow. Until you learn Drow, that is."

Elizabeth laughed and whispered in Darria's ear, "See? Told you she would come around."

The drow looked at the human. "Now what are you whispering about?" she asked.

The human giggled, "Nothing ye need worry 'bout. Calm yerself, Utica. Quite unbecomin' fer a beauty like ye to be worried."

"And it's quite horrible to hear someone of your stance to be talking like that. Really. If you want to marry someone important one day and hopefully get out of your mother's home, then you have to stop talking like you have no education. Father and I have done everything we can to educate you. It's your turn now to make something of yourself," Utica said, zipping the back zipper on Darria's dress and straightening the sleeves.

The human girl rolled her eyes. "I'm not worried, Utica. Were we around people we needed to impress, ye know I'd impress 'em. But we ain't. So, I ain't impressin' nobody."

The drow shook her head and finished up on Darria. She stood back and smiled. "Ah. You are look very swell, Darria. You will make a good bride for my father."

Elizabeth smiled as well, happy of her handiwork with Darria's hair. "Aye. Talas has the perfect bride. Speaking of which!"

The human girl flew to the living area and back again with a package. "This is fer the weddin' night, Darria," she said with a wink. "'Ere, open it. Call it an early weddin' present."

Utica's eyes widened at the package. If drow could blush, Utica's face would be red. As it was, her cheeks darkened a shade.

Meanwhile

Talas paced the length of the living area. He had already dressed and was ready to go. However, he did not wish to rush the females, so he thought. Mistake.

His thoughts were on Kalan. What were the Vhaerun priestesses plans for the moon elf? Would they let him go free? Or did they have other plans for him? Did they have him now? Or were they on their way to get him? When would he and Darria see Starcatcher? What would the surface elf look like? Would they torment him?

Talas worried over his bride's reaction. She did not deserve something like this on her wedding day. She deserved to be happy. To smile. To love and be loved by all. Alas, the drow would not allow that. He supposed she would never be fully happy while the drow haunted the footsteps of the Bo'lilthes'. It was part of the curse of coming into the light.

But, Talas was prepared. He had Darria now. And he wasn't going to let her go. His entire being ached for her. And why not? She was beautiful, caring, loving, kind, respectful, smart... And that was just the beginning of her.

Talas was taken aback when Elizabeth ran into the living area, grabbed a package, and then ran back into his room. The girl didn't even take notice of the male drow.

Ah well, she was excited. They all were. And they had a right to be.

While the Vhaerun priestesses may take Darria's happiness away, Talas would not. He would enjoy every possible moment he can with her. Smiling at his self-proclamation, he half-hearitly fussed loud enough for the females, "Come on, now. We are going to be late to the Temple. I would hate to have to call a carriage."

Utica giggled and shouted out to her father, "You need to call a carriage anyway. Darria's dress drags and we don't want her dress to get dirty."

Talas smiled. He knew he would have to call a carriage. He had taken care of that on his way back from the Temple. Then he heard the knock at the door. He went to the door and opened it.

"The carriage is here," he called out.

Utica stepped out of his room. "That fast? What did you do? Teleport one?"

Talas chuckled, "You speak as if I'm a magic user. Just go, get in the carriage."

Utica yelped and ran back into Talas's room. Grabbing one of Talas's cloaks from the cedar cabinet, she threw it over Darria and her dress. "Don't forget to pick up your dress," she told the moon elf as she and Elizabeth helped Darria out the apartment and into the carriage. It was a nice sized carriage which easily fit four elves and a human.

Lunitari0
01/18/2004 4:08 PM

With the three woman fuzzing over her so much, Darria could only laugh in delight at their conversation. E'rleline, though quiet letting Uticia and Elizabeth talk, fussed over her daughter just as much as the other two women. When the bride-to-be was finally ready, the older moonelf stood back with a smile that lit up her green/gold eyes.

"Beautiful...simply beautiful." she said, holding her daughter at arms length as Elizabeth left the room, only to return with a packaage a moment later.

Seeing her first "wedding gift" Darria chuckled. Glancing to her mother and seeing E'rleline shake her head in shock, the elvenwoman quickly thanked her friend for the thought before tucking the package away in the dresser.

Hearing Talas's call that the carriage had arrived, Darria slipped her feet into her shoes and lifted up the skirt of her gown so it would not drag. Once outside, she took a seat beside Talas and accross from her mother, happy to see there was more than enough room for the 5 people.

tassanaburrfoot
01/18/2004 6:10 PM

Talas smiled. Taking Darria's hand and placing a hand on Utica's leg, he said, "I am the luckiest drow alive. Sitting between the two most wonderful females, like I am. How did I get such luck?"

Utica rolled her eyes, but put her head on her father's shoulder. "It is we who are lucky, Kel'nar. Ussta ssinssrigg dos."

Talas smiled and put his arm around his daughter's shoulders. He then kissed her on the top of her head. "Ussta ssinssrigg dos," he replied softly.

Elizabeth wasn't one into showing affections like the father and daughter did. She sat next to Darria's mother and went into a conversation with her. "So, excited about your daughter getting married? After all, she's marrying one of the finest drow in Waterdeep. At least I think so. What are your plans after the wedding? Gonna return to your husband? Where do you live?"

"If I didn't know better, Elizabeth, I'd think you were a halfling with all your questions," Utica said irritiably.

The human only giggled.

Talas sighed, "Let her ask her questions, Utica. It helps ease everyone's excitement."

The human nodded happily and looked at E'rleline.

Lunitari0
01/19/2004 3:40 PM

E'rleline smiled over at Talas and Darria before turning to answer Elizabeth's questions. "To be honest with you, young lady, I couldn't have been more surprised when I heard about the upcoming wedding. This isn't exactly what we had planned for our only daughter."

E'reline looked pointedly at Darria, causing the younger elf to glance away. Turning back to the human, E'reline continued, "However, unlike my dear Kalan, I understand that children must find their own way. Like it or not, parents cannot control their children's lives. I may not agree with everything to do with this marriage, but I want my Darria to be happy."

Looking Talas directly in the eye, she said, "And if you make my daughter happy, then I fully accept this marriage."

The Starcatcher matriarch pushed a lock of silver hair back into place as she glanced out the window of the carriage. "As for what I'll do after the ceremony, I'm not sure yet if I'll return to Silverymoon right away. Kalan was quite angry when I told him I was coming here, and my husband usually needs a few days to bluster about before he calms down."

tassanaburrfoot
01/23/2004 7:03 PM

Elizabeth smiled happily. It was apparent she was pleased with the answer she got.

Talas, however, frowned. "I wouldn't rule out Kalan not coming to the wedding, Lady Starcatcher. Something tells me he will be there. Whether he wants to or not," he said quietly.

Utica sat up and looked at her father curiously. "Dost llaar talinth nind yorn ser ninta xan'ss?"

Talas sighed, "Usstan treemma ol."

Utica shuddered slightly in her seat. "Talinth nind yorn elgg ukta?"

"Xas," Talas answered, leaving it at that.

Elizabeth, knowing very little drow, but enough to guess at what they were saying, gave Talas a look of terror. "You cannot be serious!" she exclaimed.

Talas looked at the human. His eyes narrowed slightly. "Do not think you know our race. You may know the language some, but you know nothing of our customs. Utica and I have showed you the lighter side of the drow. I think that might be a mistake."

The human's eyes widened. "You mean, drow are worse then Utica?!" she asked, fear edged on her voice.

"Hey!" the young drow said, playfully hitting Elizabeth on the arm. "That's not very nice."

"Well, I was only stating fact. You are not very nice yourself."

The carriage came to a stop and the two girls hushed. The driver opened the door. "We are here, m'lord."

Talas nodded and stepped out of the carriage. He then turned and helped each of the ladies out. When he came to Darria, he gave her a reassuring kiss on the cheek. "Do not worry, ussta ssinssrigg. This night is to be a happy one. Eilistraee watches us this very moment. And I guarantee she is more then happy for us."

He led his family and the human girl into the Temple. They walked into a large room that had an alter to it. He looked around for Brother Saylen. A smile played on the male drow's lips. He was excited suddenly at the prospect of one of his own kind meeting the female he wished to share his life with.

Lunitari0
01/23/2004 10:58 PM

Knowing very little of the drow tongue, both Starcatcher women looked from Talas to Uticia and back in confusion. However, at Elizabeth's sharp question, E'reline eyed the three worried.

"What does she mean - what can't they be serious about?" she questioned her daughter sharply in elvish.

Darria merely shrugged in confusion, but her eyes showed deep worry.

When the carriage stopped and everyone stepped out, Darria's heart fluttered with excitment. Talas was right; the goddess was watching them this night. Under her sight and the sight of her family, the elfwoman was to marry the man she loved.

With a return kiss on the cheek and a squeeze of the drow's hand, Darria walked inside the temple. On the left of the couple, E'reline smiled softly as she walked with them.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/27/2004 9:06 AM

"What took you?" Asked a voice behind them, the figure almost materializing , "I have been expecting you for some time," The owner of the voice stepped into a light. Indeed, he was dressed better then normal as well. His stark-white hair had been tied into a braid that fell down his back, clasped with a clip that beared the symbol of Ellistrae. His robes were also lined with gold thread, rather then the normal black.

"You all look wonderful. I am Brother Saylen, the one Talas met earlier. Which one of you is Miss Starcatcher? You all look so wonderful it would be hard for me to guess which one.." His eyes twinkled with amusement," Miss Ultica, Miss Elizabeth, a pleasure, as always," He nodded politely at them, "so that leaves either of you, who are obviously both surface elves," He muttered something under his breath in drow, "You both as well look astonishing."

Lunitari0
01/27/2004 3:00 PM

Hearing the voice behind them, both Darria and E'reline turned with the others when the Priest approached. With a smile and a bow of respect that made her dress rustle slightly, Darria straightened.

You, of course, are correct. I'm Darria Starcatcher. This is my mother E'reline Starcatcher." she introduced as her mother, too, showed her respect.

tassanaburrfoot
01/28/2004 5:45 PM

Elizabeth blushed slightly. It was common knowledge that the human girl had a huge thing for drow males. "The pleasure is all mine, I am sure, Brother Saylen," the girl said.

Utica shook her head. Walking to Saylen, she boldly rested her arm on his shoulder. "So, you are seriously considering helping these two get married? I'll tell you, their children are going to be a strange sight to see," she said, a mischievous smile playing on her lips.

Talas reprimanded his daughter. "Utica! He is a follower of Eilistraee. Show some respect," he said, pointing a finger at the young drow.

The young drow took her arm off and walked back to stand next to her father. "So, when's the wedding?"

"When the eve comes," Talas answered.

"Well, the eve is almost here. Perhaps we should start? Make good time," Utica said.

Elizabeth nodded in agreement.

Talas looked at Saylen. "You don't mind, do you, Brother Saylen? To get this over?"

A voice reverbirated in the Temple, "Not without the father of the bride, Talas Bo'Lilthe."

Talas and Utica turned in unison as did Elizabeth. The human gasped in horror as the eyes of the father and daughter narrowed.

The two Vhaerun priestesses stood at the Temple entrance. Between them, bound, shackled, and looking worse then a beaten pig, cowered Kalan Starcatcher.

Talas took a step forward. The spokes-priestess stopped him. "No, Talas. Come close and the elf dies. He is here to see the wedding of his daughter. Not you. And don't think of trying anything Saylen. Kill us and you will kill Kalan. His life force depends on our fair health," the drow said in a deep, evil voice.

A snicker escaped from the other priestess as she kicked Kalan in the gut. The surface elf gasped in pain and coughed up a mouthful of blood.

Utica growled and Talas snarled. "Do not harm him in front of his family," Talas sneered.

The second drow priestess laughed, "What family? He disowned his daughter and claimed his wife died. He has no family."

Talas snarled, "I don't care what he's said. Do not harm him here."

The two drow priestesses laughed, but did not harm the surface elf again. "Let's get the ceremony started," the first priestess stated, nodding to Saylen.

Lunitari0
01/29/2004 4:08 PM

At the sight of the priestesses holding Kalan, E'reline gasped in shock. She started to move toward her husband, but at the threats of the drow female's, she stopped. She looked to her daughter helplessly.

"Just do as they say mother. It's all we can do." Darria advised in a shaken voice, not taking her eyes off her beatean father. Seeing him bound and bleeding brought tears to her eyes.

"Yes Brother Saylen," she said turning to the priest, "I think it best we start."

PrincessOfDarkness
01/30/2004 8:25 PM

Saylen's hand clenched into a fist, holding it behind his back, "Do not harm him within my temple...within the temple of Ellistrae. It is against the rules of this building. I suppose I should kick you out now, for even bringing your violence here."

His voice was layered thickly in contempt, gritting between his teeth, "Whatever reason Lord Starcatcher is chained between you two should be forgotten here. This is not a temple to Vhaerun, so I order you, as a Priest of Ellistrae, to unchain the moon elf and leave. Kalan will remain for the wedding, which will commense as soon as he is in presentable condition. I will not have a wedding with the bride's father in such terrible shape."

Giving the priestess another glare of doom, he turned to Talas and muttered/whispered to the drow, "Usstan gumash inbal tlus della bauth nindol complication...."

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