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tassanaburrfoot
11/26/2003 7:44 AM

OOC: READ THIS BEFORE POSTING

Before I begin this thread, let me give everyone a reminder. NO OOCS IN THIS THREAD. There is a separate thread in which you can give comments and questions in. THE ONLY TIME one should give ANY OOCs in this thread is IF it relates directly to what is going on. Example:

As Karina listened to what the Kagonesti said to Selina, the woman couldn't help but smile. After all, she knew that Selina was only half Kagonesti. (OOC: Karina is half god, so she can sense this sort of stuff.)

Which, to be honest, this particular post can be turned into an entire IC to read like this:

As Karina listened to what the Kagonesti said to Selina, the woman couldn't help but smile. Being a half god, Karina had the ability to sense that Selina was only half Kagonesti.

Again, try to word your posts in a way that there is no need for OOCs to explain why you did something or what is going on exactly. IF AN OOC IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, then that's fine. But make it short and to the point. Also, remember there is a separate thread in which you can post OOCs.

Also, things like, "Good post" "Awesome thread" "I understand" etc, should be posted in the OOC thread. And any other type of comments "Ooh! Can I join?!" There is a thread in which to say that you wish to join. There you can also give descriptions of your characters and such. Again, NO OOCS IN THIS THREAD. THERE IS A SEPARATE THREAD FOR OOCS. And DON'T post an OOC in here in your first post telling me you understand or anything. Please allow me to insinuate that anyone who posts in this thread automatically understands this point I'm trying to get across.

Also, if you do post a lot of OOCs in this thread, I will ask you to leave. And if you don't leave, I will email one of the mods explaining to them what is going on. And trust me, no one here in the rp section wants any of the mods to start coming over here. But don't think I won't do it. Those who know me well enough know that I keep my word. And if I said I will do something, this generally means I will do it.

I will post this same OOC in the OOC thread.

BIC:

Saegle loved being away from Fernwood. In all his life, he had been in that village. And while he loved it, he was glad to be away from it. As the wind whipped through his blonde tipped, stark white hair, he couldn't suppress his laughter. He was happy. Next to him, on her blood red horse, his wife rode. And he knew she was happy as well. And possibly a bit nervous.

Saegle remembered the tests that Brightsky used to give him about weapons and combat and such. And while those tests were nothing like the one Selina was getting ready to take, they still made Saegle nervous. So in an odd sort of way, the demigod understood Selina. He would be nervous too.

He wasn't scared for her. He knew his family wouldn't let her fail. He was confident that if it seemed she was about to fail, one of his family members would put a stop to the Test.

Looking up at the night sky, Saegle gave a salute to each moon in turn, including his father's moon, which shown quite clearly on this night. After all, Nuitari was at his peek, which meant those who worshipped the god of black magic, were at their peek as well.

When Saegle was younger, he had asked Brightsky about the moons. The young demigod had been shocked to learn that not everyone could seen the black moon. Only those whose souls were corrupt could lay eyes on the moon. But Saegle could see it. And he wasn't corrupt. Saegle had asked his mother and she had said that she could see it as well. And she definantly wasn't corrupt. At least, according to Saegle, she wasn't.

The demigod smiled at the memories and then threw his head back and laughed. As the dawn started to approach, Saegle slowed Labyrinth and Trapper. "I think it's time to make camp, Beloved," he said to Selina.

He hopped off his horse expertly and tied both horses reins to a tree branch. He then started unloading the packs off Trapper. "You know, it's kinda funny that we are traveling by night," Saegle commented as he started making a fire. "Sleep by day, travel by night. Always live in the dark time."

He chuckled at the irony of his words.

PrincessOfDarkness
11/26/2003 10:16 AM

Karina sighed deeply to herself as she wandered through the woods. She had no real feeling to do anythign right now, save explore. Her hood hung low over her face, and her flowing robes covered every inch of her body, her boots and gloves hiding whatever skin could show. She was bored, flatly, and a bored demigoddess with an evil streak is never a good thing for the realm.

The sun had set some time ago, and she gazed upon her half-brother's moon fondly. The other two were then, and she regarded them both with a nod and a cool glance.

She yawned to herself and continued to plod along.

Skystrike
11/26/2003 11:32 AM

Aust was rather pissed to say the very least. He had gotten hismelf into this mess and he sure as hell was going to get himself out of it. The only question was how. How would Aust manage to fix this horrible little mistake he had made and rejoin his father. Aust wasnt too sure yet, but he knew that his father had taught him well, and he would soon realize that the solution was just as easy as getting into the problem and he would be able to fix it.

Aust had been performing a trasportation spell at the instruction of his father. This was no simple teleportation to the tower though, but rather a more broad and diffcult form of transit. The spell was desing to take Aust to Palanthas, and then back again. If Aust had been able to perform it properly, he would have been in the city already, but Aust had made an error while chanting the spell...

"I cant believe it. There is no explenation why I made this mistake. I mean the spell book clearly said the rune 'Eld' not 'El.' And what did I go and do? I said 'El' and ended up here. I cant believe it, I am such a fool. I made such a childish error." Aust mentally scolded himself as he tried to move through the brush as easily as possible. A sold wind blew through Aust's short blond hair as he closed is eyes to avoid getting dust in them that was carried by the wind. The fifteen year old mage in training signed, as he moved on, trying to think of the correct rune to fix this mess up.

Aust's thinking power was shattered though he he came across what appeared to be an elfin lady and a kenderman making camp on the side of the road. Aust knelt into the bushes to avoid being seen, and he listened to see if they were dangerous in any way. Just in case, Aust prepared a magic missle spell between his hands.

Kalia_Majere
11/26/2003 1:48 PM

The forest was filled with a jumble of noises, and the keen ear could hear some of the bustle from the Capitol city of Qualinost. The cliff overlooked the city, and a pair of pale blue eyes looked down from a ledged crevice in the side of the cliff.

Kiela watched the hustle below her with mild interest. The calls of other Griffons made her tilt her head towards the skies, the clear nicting membrane slipped over her upturned eye as she watched the other, larger griffons fly overhead.

Kiela sighed, and her silver-grey feathers ruffled out a bit, and the cere above her beak flushed. She slipped back into her lair, and preened her wings out of nervous habit... ever since she had left the forests of Ergoth, she had to fight fiercely for her territory, and fought even more fiercely against unwanted mates.

Her talons scraped the earth and stone floor of her lair in agitation. she only wished she had a reason to leave...but she had sworn that one day she and her old friend would be reunited....

"Selinna.... Wherre arre you?" She said softly, the deep voice slurring certain sounds for her beak couldn't form them properly.

Lunitari0
11/26/2003 2:06 PM

Selina loved being on a horse again. She loved the night as well. Even though the elfmaid could not remember living among her kin, the Kagonesti somehow felt somehow when she was outside, the air dancing through her long raven hair, all her senses alert.

What made it even better was that Saegle, her heart and soul was with her now. Selina was happy. She was also extremely nervous.

She was nervous about the upcoming Test, of course. Her Human Shalafi had told her of his. She knew that the Test had 3 parts, each designed to suit the alignments of Good, Neutral, and Evil. She knew that the Test was designed to evaluate a students mental, physical and magical abilities. She knew that many did not survive their Test. And last, Selina knew that parts of each Test was based on the experiences in the students life.

This is what made Selina nervous, even fearful. There were numererous events in her life that the Kagonesti woman had no desire to experience again, illusion or no.

Selina came out of her disturbing thoughts as Saegle's voice came to her ears. She looked up to see that dawn was breaking and was surprised that she had been silent for a good part of the night. She smiled at her husband, her heart immediately light again as she looked on his happy face.

"Quite right Beloved." she commented as she dismounted Dappler and tied him up near Trapper and Labyrinth. As Saegle got the fire ready, Selina laid out their bedrolls and brought out a bit of food. Then the demi god was done with the fire, Selina wrappeed her arms around his waist and kissed him deeply. "But I am so happy in this moment, it doesn't matter when or where we travel as long as we are together."

She smiled up into Saegle's eyes. The love in his eyes gave Selina a rush of much needed confidence in herself.

I will pass my Test and overcome every difficulty it throws at me. For myself, for Saegle and the family we left in Fernwood, for Tassana and my Shalafi....even for my birth family and friends I never had a chance to meet.

tassanaburrfoot
11/26/2003 2:24 PM

Saegle nodded happily returning her kiss. Then, he heard the noise. His senses went to alert in moments. That was when he sensed the magic. He whispered to Selina, "Someone is watching us. I don't know who nor why."

The demigod then stood up and drew his sword. "Come out, Mage," he spoke in ordering tones. "I know you are hiding and within moments I will know where. It would be best if you came out in the open where I can see you."

The ebony skinned man looked around the area. His liquid brown eyes scanned the bushes as his waist length hair danced around his body. He wore the clothes of a mage. His mother being a mage, that's all she really dressed him in. Yet, there wasn't any one particular colour. Instead, the clothes he wore were an array of white, red, and black. He wore a pair of black leather pants, a white tunic, and red boots. His cloak was a mixture of all three colours with a three moon clasp.

"I'll say it again, Mage. Come out before I make you," he demanded.

Lunitari0
11/26/2003 2:48 PM


Saegle nodded happily returning her kiss. Then, he heard the noise. His senses went to alert in moments. That was when he sensed the magic. He whispered to Selina, "Someone is watching us. I don't know who nor why."

As Saegle called a warning to the one watching them, Selina gazed into the trees that surrounded their campsite. She could swear she smelled charcoal, a component she had seen her Shalafi use in attacking spells, but with all the other smells of nature filling her senses, the Kagonest woman couldn't be sure of its exact location.

Skystrike
11/26/2003 3:04 PM

Aust became a bit on edge when he realized that he had been spotted. The young mage-in-trianing had sensed nothing about the two when he had found them, however the moment the ikender drew his sword an aura of power encircled the entire area. Aust's mind when into a bit of survival mode when the kender's powers became apparent, and he instantly began to think how he could logically get out of this situation as unscaved as possible. Knowing he would not have enough time to try and rephrase his trasportation spell and escape back to the tower, Aust took a more aggresive kind of action. Using a minor displacement spell, Aust disappeared from existence, and reappeared a mere three feet away in plain vision of the others he had been spying on. It was by no means a working mode of transportation, havin a five foot range, but the dispalcement spell was useful in battle. With surprise on his side, Aust threw the magic missle he held in his hand straight at Saegle. Aust watched as the glimmer blue light raced toward the kender's abdomen.

Lunitari0
11/26/2003 3:12 PM

Selina spun in surprise as the Mage appeared in view of her and her husband. She was about to tell the man they were of no danger to him as she saw the magic missile released from his hand. The Kagonesti watched in horror as the spell shot toward Saegle.

She yelled a warning.

tassanaburrfoot
11/26/2003 3:16 PM

The boy had indeed surprised Saegle. The demigod barely had enough time to swing his sword around and block the attack. The demigod turned and looked at the mage. He almost dropped his sword. "Shael?" Saegle asked in amazement.

Skystrike
11/26/2003 3:26 PM

Aust nearly had a doubletake when Saegle mentioned his brother's name. It had been so long since Aust had heard any word of Shael that logic broke in him for almost an entire second. Perhaps these people were even more of a danger then he guessed them to be. What if they had read his mind? Aust was sure that his mental defences had not been breeched, but there were those who had the power to bypass them and he wouldnt even know, much like his father could, and telling by what Aust was sensing now, he wouldnt put it past the kender. Logic snappign back into place along with fear, Aust formed another magic missle betwen his hands.

"How do you know Shael?" Aust asked, holding his magic missle ready, pointing it at Saegle's head, ready to fire if he didnt like the kender' answer.

Lunitari0
11/26/2003 3:38 PM

Selina made her way over to Sagle in 3 bounds, standing in defense at her husbands side as she saw the second magic magic missile appear in the Mage's hand.

tassanaburrfoot
11/26/2003 4:03 PM

Saegle raised a single white eyebrow. "He works for me," the demigod stated.

Now that Saegle was prepared for the missle, meaning now that he could see the boy, the demigod sat down at his camp and stirred the fire. He motioned for his wife to do the same.

He looked at the boy. "My name is Saegle Darktime. I am the son of Tassana Burrfoot, innkeep of E Asha 'A Mellonea in Fernwood," he said calmly. He took out some jerky from his pack and started munching on it. "And this is my wife, Selina Darktime," he stated. "She and I are heading to the Tower in Wayreth so that she may take her Test."

He continued to eat as if nothing was wrong. And as if the boy had nothing pointed at him. "Your brother came to us with hardly anything and my wife and I offered him a job. He's really a sweet guy."

Lunitari0
11/26/2003 4:17 PM

At Saegle's word, Selina sat down by the fire and took some of the rations. She listened quietly as her husband spoke to the Mage, gaging how much of a threat he could be.

Skystrike
11/26/2003 4:29 PM


He continued to eat as if nothing was wrong. And as if the boy had nothing pointed at him. "Your brother came to us with hardly anything and my wife and I offered him a job. He's really a sweet guy."


For the second time that day, logic was forced out of Aust. The fact that this guy was the son of a living legend among the tower was not the cause of his shock however. Aust could always deal with Saegle's famous status later. Concernt for his brother overode his personality.

"You have seen him? Is he ok? He had nothing? Was he hurt? Will he be ok? Where is he? What is he doing now? Tell me something!" Aust yelled in a moment of overload. A moment that did not come often to the often logical personality of Aust. It was a rare moment indeed.

krackah
11/26/2003 4:38 PM

The bottom of the beaker clinked as Natalia finished preparing her spell. This was to be the spell to end spells. This would bring her to her peak.
"Blessed Nuitari.." She whispered in silent salute to her god. "Grant me the strength.."
Finishing the incantation, she felt the wind begin to pick up around her, her silver hair flowing in a stream straight up toward the ceiling.
As the room began to spin, she gradually began to black out.

As the world spun back into focous she found herself in a field, with a small group of people maybe fifteen feet in front of her. The light of Nuitari shone upon them, siloheting the man with white hair, and his elven bride.

"Drat.. Goofed again." She whispered. Instead of boosting her magic to it's peak intensity, she had teleported to gods know where. Hiking up her black robes, she walked over the small group, shifting her Irda appearance to that of a human female.
"Pardon me.." She said to the group. "I seemed to have lost my traveling party.. where are you all headed?"

tassanaburrfoot
11/26/2003 4:46 PM

Saegle raised an eyebrow again. "Come sit with us by the campfire. And have something to eat. Your brother is happy. He has found a home in the village of Fernwood. He is doing quite well. I gave him a job working the inn and he seems to be rather fond of his job. Do not worry, sir. Your brother is in a good place. The people there are wonderful and very nice. What is your name, if you don't mind my asking?"

Lunitari0
11/26/2003 4:50 PM


"Drat.. Goofed again." She whispered. Instead of boosting her magic to it's peak intensity, she had teleported to gods know where. Hiking up her black robes, she walked over the small group, shifting her Irda appearance to that of a human female.
"Pardon me.." She said to the group. "I seemed to have lost my traveling party.. where are you all headed?"

Selina looked up as the Black Robe Female approached.

"Greetings." she said with a smile, "I'm not sure where he is heading yet," she continued, motioning to the male Mage who was still talking with Saegle, "but my husband and I are travelling to Wayrenth. I plan to take my Test."

PrincessOfDarkness
11/26/2003 7:33 PM

As Karina continued down the road, she picked up the feeling of a group of adventurers. Naturally liking being hidden, she cast several quick spells before continuing.

Looking over the next hill, she saw teh group. A kender, an elfmaid, a human that was threatening the kender, and one more person she coudln't identify.

She used one more invisibility spell and crept up a little closer.

Arandur
11/26/2003 8:17 PM

The pale light of Solinari filtered through the cloistered room in beams of dusty motes to reveal a figured hunched over a desk, his hand meticulously copying notes from a piece of yellow vellum parchment to a thick leather-bound tome hundreds of pages thick and opened just short of its centre. The figure wrote by the light of a candle that burned with a bright violet flame that easily illuminated the pages and cast a similar hue over the chamber to reveal walls covered in shelves and upon these shelves thousands of books.

The figure sighed to himself and ran an aged hand across his face, along his prominent nose and through his long white beard and then sat for a few moments clenching and unclenching his hand to ease the cramping that had begun from his extended period of laborious transferring the names of new admissions into the archives.

A small pulse of light attracted the old man, who looked up and smiled warmly at a pale glowing orb of light that suddenly pulsed a staccato a small flashes accompanied by notes of ethereal music. The wizard nodded knowingly to the floating orb as it lazily circled the old figure.

“Yes I know Olbarian, its late and I should rest, but there are students to add to the archive, only a few more and then I will rest indeed, my old friend.” He said tiredly but affectionately to the orb which glowed slowly and then floated away towards the cases of books.

Falagar looked across to the parchment with his blue eyes as he worked the stiffness from his hand, mulling over the new students to be admitted over the next few months and to take the Test of the Tower of High Sorcery in Wayreth. The old Wizard smiled as he glanced across the names, recognizing one or two of whom their parents or grandparents had taken the test years earlier. His eyes stopped on two names upon the list, and his snowy brows furrowed in puzzlement.

Selina Darktime…Saegle Darktime

He scratched his head as he pondered on their names, now where have I heard these before?

His old eyes widened for a moment as it suddenly dawned upon him, and he quickly leapt up with suprising nimbleness for one so elderly, and crossed the cluttered room grabbing a pale cloak from a stand and a wide-brimmed hat the color of pure snow that matched his eloquent white robes and placing it roughly upon his head as he ambled through the doorway and down the stairs of the Tower of Wayreth.

The Son of Nuitari and his new bride were coming to Wayreth and there was much to do in preparation…


[Edited by Arandur on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 11:55 PM]

Skystrike
11/27/2003 5:11 AM

Aust was not to sure weather or not to believe this stranger of anything he said. Son of Lady Tas? Was that possible? As far as the tower knew, Lady Tas had no lineage as of the moment. Then logic set in again. If they were lying, then there was no way that they could have known Shael, or even about Lady Tas, and yet all of their information seemed to be accurate. Sure, they might have read Aust's mind, but again Aust was almost curtain that no one had breeched his defences. Stepping out on the limb a little bit, Aust extiguished the magic missle and sat down at the fire near Saegle.

"I am student of the tower, Aust Enis, son of Lord Archmage Enis. Worried brother of Shael. Tell me, is there anything else you can tell about my brother stranger?" Aust said.

Of course, Aust had a spell on his lips in case Mr. Darktime was indeed dangerous...

tassanaburrfoot
11/27/2003 10:37 AM

Saegle smiled. "It is nice to meet you, Aust. Shael had told me he had a father in the Tower. But he didn't say anything about a brother. I suppose one learns something new on a daily basis. As far as your brother is concerned, like I said, he is quite happy. And from what I've seen thus far, he's good at his job. Hasn't steered me wrong."

When the stranger approached, Saegle said nothing to her, just merely nodded. He kept his attention on the mage. "Do you know way to the Tower in Wayreth? My wife is looking to take her Test. I'm still debating on whether or not it would be necessary to take mine. I suppose I could take it for fun, but I'm still unsure as to whether I want to."

He thought about it for a moment then shook his head. "Doesn't matter if I do it or not, my wife still needs to go through with it. Which means that we still need to get to the Tower."

PrincessOfDarkness
11/27/2003 3:35 PM

As Karina crept closer, she could sense serious power from the kender. The only kender she knew who had weilded magic in the past was Tassana Burrfoot, who she had not met anytime but had heard quite some comments from her half-brother, Nuitari of the black moon. She didnt' see how the god could take such a lust (was that the right word?) in a mortal, nevertheless the KENDER. Little brats.

Again she wondered who this kender was. The elfmaiden she paid no attention too, and the mage was a mere tower mage. Pondering him deeply, she came a bit closer. If the kender was powerful enough, he'd sense the presence of the Dark Queen, but nothing more.

Placing a hand inside her pocket, he carressed her favorite object. She intiated a telepathic conversation with the power on the other end of the magic.

"Nuitari......do you recognize the kender?"

The Orb of Godly Talking became cold under her fingers and it seemed that the thing itself became alive.

"Why, yes I do....that would be Saegle Darktime...he is my son."

Karina pratically choked on herself. "He's a kender!"

"Well, yes. His mother is Tassana Burrfoot."

This time she really did choke, "You're insane, Nuitari."

"So you've told me."

Karina shook her head and pulled her hand away from the now-rewarming object. She looked again at Seagle and sighed.

"Ah..Nui...what have you done now.." She murmured under her breath.

tassanaburrfoot
11/27/2003 5:10 PM

As Saegle spoke with Aust, he couldn't help but feel a strange sensation in the air. It was magic. Dark magic. Not knowing quite yet what it was, the demigod did not say anything. He just pretended nothing was going on.

Skystrike
11/27/2003 5:36 PM


Saegle smiled. "It is nice to meet you, Aust. Shael had told me he had a father in the Tower. But he didn't say anything about a brother. I suppose one learns something new on a daily basis. As far as your brother is concerned, like I said, he is quite happy. And from what I've seen thus far, he's good at his job. Hasn't steered me wrong."


For a mere moment, Aust looked as if he were hurt, however the expression quickly left his face. Why would Shael not have mentioned his own brother? Aust quickly put that thought out of his mind though, as he began again to focus of his beloved logic.



"Do you know way to the Tower in Wayreth? My wife is looking to take her Test. I'm still debating on whether or not it would be necessary to take mine. I suppose I could take it for fun, but I'm still unsure as to whether I want to."



"I made a mistake when casting a spell. I was at the tower, but I spoke the wrong rune and ended up here. I was going to try and trasport back, but with the dark moon's high arc my spell seems to be faltering. Its amusing, how an invisible moon can cause such trouble for us mere white robes in training. I will have to wait till tomorrow evening before I can trasport back. Mind if I stay here a while? In return I will guild you to the tower." Aust said.

Lunitari0
11/27/2003 8:10 PM

Hearing the conversation between Saegle and Aust, Selina turned an ear to them while she finished her explantion to the female Black Robe. Even while keeping an eat open to everything and everyone at the campsite, Selina felt the tingle of darkness in the air. Unsure wether it was one of the Mages present, or some other power, the Kagonesti stayed silent.

tassanaburrfoot
11/27/2003 8:41 PM


"I made a mistake when casting a spell. I was at the tower, but I spoke the wrong rune and ended up here. I was going to try and trasport back, but with the dark moon's high arc my spell seems to be faltering. Its amusing, how an invisible moon can cause such trouble for us mere white robes in training. I will have to wait till tomorrow evening before I can trasport back. Mind if I stay here a while? In return I will guild you to the tower." Aust said.

Saegle nodded. "Fair enough. You can stay with us if you wish. We really could use a guide. Neither of us have ever been to the Tower. As for the black moon, it's not invisible. It's as clear as the other two moons. You just aren't looking hard enough."

Saegle then realized what he said and corrected himself. "Well, it's clear to me. Sorry. I'm still trying to get over that not everyone can see my father," he said dismissing the thought with a wave of his hand.

"We leave come nightfall. I'm getting some sleep if the two of you do not mind," the demigod said as he unrolled his bedroll and crawled into it. He stripped off his cloak and tunic and used these as pillows. No sooner then his head hit the pillow, the demigod was fast asleep. Surprisingly enough, he was a quiet sleeper.

Lunitari0
11/27/2003 8:53 PM

The business of the night before soon caught up with Selina. Making sure that all the newcomers were comfortable, she then bid them each a goodnight. Within moments, the Kagonesti elf was fast asleep next to her husband.

krackah
11/27/2003 11:12 PM

Natasha shook her head. So much had happened so quickly. She looked to Saegle for a second. Nuitari seemed to illuminate the man, making him seem all the more holy.
Intruiged only began to describe the way she felt toward this person. Walking up to him, she smiled.
"I'm sorry to bother you.. But I was headed to the tower at Waywarth myself. Would it be posisble for me to accompany you as well?"

Skystrike
11/28/2003 6:10 AM

Aust decided, more by process of elmination then anything else what he would take the first watch. Sensing a tingle of drakness within the air, Aust kept on guard.

Silvermagess
11/30/2003 8:49 AM

A Dark Robed mage sat in a study flipping through a book. He finished looking over it and flipped through another one in a minute.

Indalico had heard a bit of a commotion. Many mages of the tower already new that a Saegle Darktime was coming. Son of Nuitari. Indalico could hardly have cared less. His concern was not with that one. His concern was with the elfmaid.

He had done enough scrying and augery to be content with his knowledge of the situation. Now he had gone back to his habit of memorizing and learning. He swept back one of his bangs.

Even though grey haired and begining to wrinkle, at 65, Indalico was still in better shape then most of his fellow Dark Robes. Definatly able enough to give the test. And without mercy.

He adjusted his hair, which was tied in a short pony tail. Saegle Darktime and his wife Selina. Yet, everyone seemed more interested in the boy.

"Fools." He muttered to himself.

tassanaburrfoot
11/30/2003 6:23 PM

As the night approached, Saegle woke up and started packing the packhorse back up. Once finished, he looked at Aust. "I made a spot on Trigger for you to sit. I know it's not much, but we hadn't really expected to have company on our trip to the Tower," the demigod said, indicating the packhorse.

"I would've let you ride on Labyrinth with me, but he seems a bit too tempermental. I don't want to risk you getting hurt. Trigger is as gentle as they come," Saegle said reassuringly. He turned to Selina. "Are you ready to leave, Beloved? I don't wish to waste too much time getting to the Tower. I really want to get this over with, if you get my meaning."

Lunitari0
11/30/2003 6:52 PM


As the night approached, Saegle woke up and started packing the packhorse back up. Once finished, he looked at Aust. "I made a spot on Trigger for you to sit. I know it's not much, but we hadn't really expected to have company on our trip to the Tower," the demigod said, indicating the packhorse.

"I would've let you ride on Labyrinth with me, but he seems a bit too tempermental. I don't want to risk you getting hurt. Trigger is as gentle as they come," Saegle said reassuringly. He turned to Selina. "Are you ready to leave, Beloved? I don't wish to waste too much time getting to the Tower. I really want to get this over with, if you get my meaning."

Waking up and stretching, Selina finished helping getting packed up. When Saegle turned to her, the Kagonesti woman nodded.

"I'm ready to go." she agreed as she mounted Dappler. "The sooner I get started on my Test, the better I will feel."

PrincessOfDarkness
11/30/2003 7:07 PM

Karina awoke from her light rest in her tree, watching them mount there horses and be on their way. She was anxious to move herself, to watch Nuitari's child and his mortal lover...not to mention the rest of them they had picked up.

krackah
11/30/2003 9:23 PM

Natasha smiled a cold thin smile as she stood up and stretched from the evenings slumber. She didn't sleep well, and she couldn't pin point why. Not that it mattered. She never slept well. She started to walk besides the rest of her companions, heading toward the tower for the woman to take her test..

She found it very interesting that the man had the very aura of power around him that her patron's moon gave off, and to make things even more confusing, he was consorting with a Kagonesti elf. A red robed Kagonesti. Shaking her head, she offered a small prayer to the dark god of magic, and followed the rest of the group, figuring it was better to walk back to the tower with a group of people...

Silvermagess
12/02/2003 1:09 PM

Indalico put down the last volume he had been reading and streached. He knew that he would soon have to greet the guests and was figuring out how to do it.

"Those two certainly have gained a number of followers. He muttered to himself. He needed to figure the best moment to meet with the young lady. He needed to interview her properly before he started.

He wanted to be absolutly sure that she knew what she was doing. He didn't have the time or the patience to be suffering fools who thought of magic as some simple triviality. He prayed she would have her head on together.

tassanaburrfoot
12/04/2003 8:25 PM

Aust nodded quietly and mounted on the horse Saegle called Trigger. It was quite uncomfortible sitting between all the packs. Not to mention, the saddle wasn't really made for people to sit on. Aust thought about pointing out this little fact, but he kept his comments to himself. No need to upset Tassana Burrfoot's son, he rationed.



Saegle let Aust take the lead. After all, Aust knew where they were going. The demigod sat back in his seat and enjoyed the ride. He chattered on about stories from the War of the Lance and tales about Qualinost. He basically talked about whatever his mother had taught him. It was a calm night. Nothing big or spectacular happened. The stars shone bright.

At one point, Saegle tried pointing out Nuitari to Selina and Aust. But he finally gave up. Looking at the disguised Irda he asked, "I thought all of your kind worshipped the light gods. Why are you wearing the robes of Nuitari, God of the Black Moon?"


Curiously, Aust looked at the woman Saegle talked to. But he didn't see anything about her that would give the demigod cause to think she was any different from the rest present. Grant it she seemed to have more power, but then most black robes seemed that way... Aust thought on this as they rode on through the night.

Lunitari0
12/04/2003 9:12 PM

Selina was quiet for most of the nights trek, happily listening to the sounds of nature and Saegle's stories. At 95 years old, the Kagonesti elf was not old enough to remember the battles spoken of, but she enjoyed the stories told.

Letting Dappler guide the way as the walked along, Selina smiled into the darkness.

krackah
12/05/2003 12:41 AM

Natasha smiled at the young demi-god. A face people didn't see to often.
"I am someone of an outcast to my people.. You could say The gods ofl ight Abandoned me.. Nuitari gave me hope of a bright and.. fortunate future."

She was quite impressed to say the least. To be able to see through her disguise so well.. There was something VERY special about this boy. She just couldn't put her fingers on it..

PrincessOfDarkness
12/05/2003 1:21 PM

Karina picked up the rear, half-flying and half-walking after them. She had no interest in their stories. The only one she truly worried about was Saegle, and the fact that this...this demigod, a nephew of her's technically, was such a...well..jolly creature. It really didn't please her very much. And an Irda! And Irda! Wearing black robes! Why hadn't Nuitari told her about about this?

How ever much she itched to talk to Saegle and Natasha, her mother had ordered her against it. How much Tahkisis would fume if she discovered this half-god, with an elf, a red robe.

Skystrike
12/09/2003 9:08 PM

Aust lead them along slowly, deciding to avoid conversations about Irda and pending black forces at work in the area.
"Once the black moon passes parahilion, we may be able to pass to the tower by teleportation. Till then, I guess we will pass through Qualinesti..."

tassanaburrfoot
12/09/2003 9:26 PM

Saegle turned to Aust. "Teleportation? Yes. Your brother offered such transportation. If you don't mind, I'd much prefer traveling by horse. You can see more of the land that way," he asked.

He looked to Selina. "As far as passing through Qualinesti, is it necessary? Though I don't have any of my grandfather's maps, I do recall looking at them as a child. And my grandfather's maps clearly state Wayreth to be opposite of Qualinesti. Somewhere east of Qualinesti in fact. If I'm remembering correctly, that is."

Saegle really didn't plan on travelling to Qualinesti before Selina's Test. He wanted to ensure she was a mage beforehand. He guided his horse in silent contemplation.

Lunitari0
12/09/2003 9:58 PM


Saegle turned to Aust. "Teleportation? Yes. Your brother offered such transportation. If you don't mind, I'd much prefer traveling by horse. You can see more of the land that way," he asked.

He looked to Selina. "As far as passing through Qualinesti, is it necessary? Though I don't have any of my grandfather's maps, I do recall looking at them as a child. And my grandfather's maps clearly state Wayreth to be opposite of Qualinesti. Somewhere east of Qualinesti in fact. If I'm remembering correctly, that is."

Saegle really didn't plan on travelling to Qualinesti before Selina's Test. He wanted to ensure she was a mage beforehand. He guided his horse in silent contemplation.

Riding her small red horse next to Saegle and Labryinth, Selina nodded, "I believe you are indeed correct, beloved. From what my former Shalafi had told me, the Tower of Wayrenth is on the eastern boarder of Quailnesti."

She tucked a lock of her raven hair behind a pionted ear as she chuckled sheepishly. "Which I'm glad of actually. I wanted to take my Test before entering the elvenland of my ancestors."

PrincessOfDarkness
12/10/2003 12:59 PM

Karina merely sneered to herself as she heard the talking about where the Tower was. Now...did they mean where it as NOW or where it was GOING to be? SHe watched them make their way off, following them slowly and steathily.

Silvermagess
12/10/2003 2:12 PM

Indalico could feel the shadows feeding him the information. He chuckled despite himself.

"So there are still novices who can get lost in Wayreth. Hmm, that takes me back." He sighed as he pick up an hourglass and flipped it over. He had been timing their progress since the crew had been brought to his attention

Skystrike
12/12/2003 10:38 AM

"You forget, master Darktime, the tower likes to...move, so to speak. That map may have been correct durring your grandfather's time, but not so now. I feet a pull in the west here, through the elfin lands. The tower must be in this direction." Aust said, matter-of-factly.

tassanaburrfoot
12/15/2003 8:18 AM

"We shall see," Saegle stated, looking warily to the west.

The companions rode on quietly, no one really saying anything. As the sun started to come up, Saegle motioned for the others to make camp for the day. He dismounted his charge and unsaddled the black steed. He then put a halter on the stallion and took the bridle off. He tied the halter to a nearby tree branch and let the horse graze. He then grabbed one of the packs off of Trapper and opened it. He dug around inside and took out a bowl.

"I really would've prefered to camp near a stream or something, but this is fine I suppose. We have enough waterskins," he said more to himself then to anyone else.

He filled the bowl with water from one of the waterskins and took it to Labyrinth. He watched as the horse emptied the bowl, then he filled the bowl back up. He continued this until the waterskin was empty. Bringing both the empty bowl and empty waterskin back to the pack, he took out another waterskin and handed it to Selina. He also handed her the bowl and indicated she did the same with Dapple.

He reached in the pack again and took out another bowl and waterskin. This he handed to Aust. "Here, this is for Trapper. Since you are riding him, I think it would be best if you made sure he was watered. His halter is in the pack on his left side," the demigod said, pointing to a pack near Trappers let shoulder. "Selina, you should be able to find Dapple's halter in there as well. The horses need the break from their bridles. I'll help Aust unload Trapper."

With that, Saegle got up and started unpacking Trapper. While he did this, he hummed to himself. Looking up at the sky, he cocked his head to one side, "Seems like Nuitari wishes to linger this morning," he said, curiously. He continued to watch the moon as it started to sink into the earth. He chuckled to himself. "Even He must sleep sometime, I suppose," he said, winking to the Irda.

He then busied himself with making the camp, pulling out bedrolls, and taking out rations. He ate very little and gave his bedroll to Aust, saying that he would bed up with Selina for the night. After all, the two were husband and wife.

He sat on the grass and started to hum again. He looked at Selina. "Come see, Beloved," he said, gesturing to a spot near him. "I'm not sure, but I don't think you know this song. It is a song my mother taught me. See, during the War of the Lance, there was a knight named Sturm Brightblade. Course, he wasn't truly a knight except where it mattered. In his heart. Then, because of the elfwoman named Laurana and a hill dwarf named Flint Fireforge, the knight was accepted into the knighthood.

"It was then that Sturm realized the knighthood wasn't what it should have been. See, the need for power cluttered the knighthood. The knighthood had forgotten what the Oath and Measure truly meant. Hardly any even followed the Oath and Measure. And when they did, it was merely for personal gain then anything.

"You know about the Dragon Highlords, correct? Well, when the High Clerist Tower fell under attack by the Highlord Kitiara Uth Matar, Sturm climbed to the top of the tower to fight against the Highlord. However, the Highlord caught him unprepared and killed him. It was devastating. Course, because of Sturm's death, the rest of the knighthood fought with zest and they defeated the Highlord.

"Many mourned for Sturm Brightblade, the only knight to truly follow the Oath and Measure. During his funeral, this song was sang:


Return this man to Huma's breast:
Let him be lost in sunlight,
In the chorus of the air where breath is translated;
At the sky's border receive him.

Beyond the wild, impartial skies
Have you set your lodgings,
In cantonments of stars, where the sword aspires
In an arc of yearning, where we join in singing.

Grant to him a warrior's rest.
Above our singing, above song itself,
May the ages of peace converge in a day,
May he dwell in the heart of Paladine.

And set the last spark of his eyes
In a fixed and holy place
Above words and the borrowed land too loved
As we recount the ages,

Free from the smothering clouds of war
As he once rose in infancy,
The long world possible and bright before him,
Lord Huma, deliver him.

Upon the torched of the stars
Was mapped the immaculate glory of childhood;
From that wronged and nestling country,
Lord Huma, deliver him.

Let the surge of his breath
Perpetuate wine, the attar of flowers;
From the vanguard of love, the last to surrender,
Lord Huma, deliver him.

Take refuge in the cradling air
From the heart of the sword descending,
From the weight of battle on battle;
Lord Huma, deliver him.

Above the dreams of ravens where
His dreams first tried a rest beyond changing,
From the yearning for war and the war's ending,
Lord Huma, deliver him.

Only the hawk remembers death
In a late country; from the dusk,
From the fade of the senses, we are thankful that you,
Lord Huma, deliver him.

Then let his shade to Huma rise
Out of the body of death, of the husk unraveling;
From the lodging of mind upon nothing, we are thankful that you,
Lord Huma, deliver him.

Beyond the wild impartial skies
Have set your lodgings,
In cantonments of stars, where the sword aspires
In an arc of yearning, where we join in singing.

Return this man to Huma's breast
Beyond the wild, impartial skies
Grant to him a warrior's rest
And set the last spark of his eyes
Free from the smothering clouds of war
Upon the torches of the stars
Let the last surge of his breath
Take refuge in the cradling air
Above the dreams of ravens where
Only the hawk remembers death
Then let his shade to Huma rise
Beyond the wild, impartial skies"


Saegle sat for a while, pondering over this song. He knew it was a knight's song. But his mother had taught him that

"Every person should be respected, Saegle," the kendermaid said, cradling the demigod's head in her lap. "Even the gully dwarves. Even those who you wouldn't think shouldn't be respected. For you never know their true potential. Let them decide whether or not they deserve your respect. Not you. For it is their own conscience they have to worry about. Just like you have to worry about your own."

"But what if they hate me, Mother?" the child asked.

"They will, my son. They will hate you. And envy you. And love you. They will do all of this. But to hate them back. To envy them. These sins you should not commit," she whispered, stroking his long white hair.

"But Father would protect me. He wouldn't let anything happen to me," the demigod explained.

"You really think that? Then you are naive. He cannot save you from everything. Trust me, my son, you don't want to go through life depending on your father," Tassana said. "Depend on yourself. You are the only one who can get through this life. This is your life. Live it the way it should be lived. You can do anything your heart desires. Just remember, that above all else, you should respect everyone and everything. For respecting them will give you an advantage that they will not have."


The demigod nodded to himself as he thought back on that day. It was the day his training started. With the thought of training fresh in his mind, Saegle stood up and took out his sword. Walking a safe distance away from his companions, he practiced his skills with the sword.

Lunitari0
12/15/2003 1:23 PM

Selina watered Dapple with care, and when the elfmaid took off his bridle to let him graze by the trees as Saegle had done with Labrynth, the small red-colored horse nuzzled her shoulder gratefully. Selina patted the animal lovingly before going to sit beside her husband to eat her bit of rations.

As Saegle began telling the story of Sturm Brightblade and the War of the Lance, his elven wife listened with avid interest. She had indeed heard of the Highlords...and even of the heros her beloved spoke of...but never before had she heard the story in such detail.

Selina leaned her head on the demi-gods shoulder as he sang the song of Sturm Brightblade. The tune was hauntingly beautiful and the words were a tribute to a brave and just man. She smiled as the last bar was held for a few seconds.

Sitting up so Saegle could stand, she sat crossed-legged in the grass as she watched him train with his sword. To the Kagonesti woman, her loving husband was much like the knight he had told her about: strong, brave, loyal.

....and together we will stand at each others' sides forever. Drawing and depending on our best qualities and love for each other.

Skystrike
12/15/2003 1:59 PM

Aust did what he could to help unpack the horse he had ridden all day on, but he knew that it wasn’t too much. Having lived in the tower all of his life, Aust didn’t know the first thing about horses. Aust did feel a little guilty though, for not doing too much to help Saegle and his wife out, save gilding them, so he decided he would help in the only way he knew how. He would help them with magic.

Carefully making his way through the travel packs, Aust found the three empty water sacks from before. Opening each one, Aust muttered a few words of power and magically filled them again as he listened to Saegle tell his story. Aust remembered stories of the War of the Lance from his studies, but he had never heard such a detailed version of the story from someone who lived outside the walls of the tower. Not to mention that the song was completely void to him.

When Saegle got up and moved away from camp a bit, Aust waited a few moments and began to fallow the demigod. Such a strange creature Saegle was, for he was a grown man and possessed a huge amount of innate magical power, yet in mind he was still much of a child. And then, there were moments where Aust noticed a more calm and collected side to the adult. Saegle was a complex mind indeed. Aust watched the demigod go about his practice silently from behind him, amazed by the skill he possessed, and yet in turn realized; somehow he had managed to expect no less from the demigod.

Cherizal
12/16/2003 10:49 AM

Cherizal raised her head from her book and rubbed her almondshaped eyes. A young mage had brought her an ancient spellbook and she had spent all day reading. She stretched and walked to the window with a distant look in her eyes.

She thought about Selina and Saegle Darktime that soon would arrive to the tower. They were an interesting couple and the gods of magic watched over them. Lunitari herself had appeared to her in a dream and asked her to see to Selina's Test personally. And of course she was going to do what her goddess demanded of her.

That didn't mean that Selina would get an easier test than the other mages-to-be though, but that Cherizal, Head of the Red Robes, would supervise the Test and make sure that the girl really deserved to pass it.

It was almost time. The forest would find the couple when they awoke, she decided. And the weather will be against them. It will be raining she thought Even if the gods favor them, they have to learn that not all things come easy in life.

She magicked a glass of wine and sipped it pondering on her decision. Was she trying to teach them something or to take some kind of revenge?
She shook her head disappointed. She envied the couple because they were happy together in spite of magic, in spite of their origins and their past.

Cherizal sighed. She had gone far, but magic and her position inside the conclave were all she had left. She had lost or sacrificed all the rest: family, homeland, friends, love.... They were just empty words for her. She pushed those upsetting thoughts aside and studied a scroll where she had written a few notes about Selina's test.

It's time to check if the other mages are ready. She sent a message to those who were going to be involved in the Test and waited to hear from them.

tassanaburrfoot
12/16/2003 12:10 PM

Saegle worked hard on his sword skill. After a while, he had taken his tunic off and practiced just in his breeches. His long hair flew around him in the breeze. His black skin glistened in the sun. As his wife slept, he slashed, swiped, and destroyed imaginary opponents. Sweat glimmered on his brow and still he fought. His face contorted in mock rage, yet there was a calm in his movements. A rhythm in his step. Indeed, it was almost like he danced instead of practiced. His sword whirled in the deadly dance.

He gave one last swing and stopped two inches from Aust's neck. Seeing the boy standing there, the demigod straightened up and sheathed his sword. He smiled at the mage and winked. "Pretty good, huh?" he asked. "Come, let's go get some rest. The journey tonight will no doubt be long."

He led the boy back to the camp. Lying next to his wife, Saegle wrapped his arms around Selina and closed his eyes. Labyrinth nickered and then settled down.

Kalia_Majere
12/16/2003 1:42 PM

OOC: Sorry to post this here, but I asked in the ooc thread how close to Qualinesti everyone was, but no one answered, so I'm gonna just jump in.

BIC: as the sun climbed high, the roosts quieted down, but Kiela couldn't rest. She paced restlessly, simply unable to settle in one place. Finally she lept out of her cavern lair, and spread her wings to the sunlit sky.

Golden sunlight flashed off of silvery feathers as Kiela climbed high into the sky, her narrow wings allowing her to attain soaring height much faster than her more broader-winged cousins.

I cannot wait any longer.... I must start my search again...

She thought to herself, her silvery-blue eyes scanning the forest below...

PrincessOfDarkness
12/16/2003 2:53 PM

Karina caught Cherizal's call and sent one back, signifying that she was indeed ready for helping the red robe with Selina's test. Flatly, she had been bored, and this seemed like a rather interesting thing to do. The magess was currently unaware of her parenter's divine blood or her parenthood, only known of the significant power Karina held. She watched Saegle and Selina in aamusement, recalling the song that Saegle sung with a half-grin.

Lunitari0
12/17/2003 8:36 PM

Selina stirred slightly as she felt arms go around her. She relaxed immediately, however, as even in her dream state she recognized Saegle’s familiar scent. She cuddled in closer to his body as she slept.

Selina found herself standing in a large field, surrounded by trees and hills. In the air were the smells of nature: flowers, wildlife, people. All scents that Selina vaguely recalled although she didn’t remember ever being here. As she stood there, surrounded by elves that apparently couldn’t see or hear her, she watched a child about 5 years old come into view. She had waist-length jet-black hair and deep green eyes. On her cheek was a tattooed blue and white swirl. Selina smiled as the girl ran over to two adult elves and was picked up by the taller one, obviously her father. He swung her around in a circle causing her to giggle happily. The older female, the mother, watched on with a smile. Selina got closer to the family, again feeling like she knew them, but no matter how often she tried to see the faces of the adults, she couldn’t make them out. As Selina continued to watch the scene in front of her, she watched as the little girl point up into the sky at a young griffon. She wiggled out of her father’s arms and ran to the griffon as it landed softly. Lifting her arms to hug the beast around it’s feathery neck, she smiled as it nuzzled her neck. Selina frowned slightly as a twinge of a memory tugged at her mind. Walking over to the griffon as the child ignored her presence, Selina reached out a hand to touch the animal. The griffon too ignored the movement, but the contact only strengthened the feeling that Selina knew the animal…

Then the landscape changed and Selina was standing in a rundown doctors office. The same elf child from before, this time looking about 13 years old was being held down on a table by a male human. As the crying girl struggled to get free, a second human man touched a red-hot metal rod to her face, as if cauterizing a wound. Selina winced as the elfling screamed in agony, only to be rewarded with a slap to the face by the man that held her down. The combination of pain and the slap rendered her unconscious. The two men soon left the room, leaving the child terribly burnt. Watching for a few more minutes, Selina saw an older white robed woman slip into the room. Walking over to the sleeping girl on the table, she touched a gentle hand to the burnt right cheek and muttered silent words. When the woman withdrew her hand, all the burns were gone, leaving the child’s face smooth and clean again. The woman vanished without another sound. Selina walked over to the table and looked at the young elf. So much like herself…yet so many things were still unclear… Selina touched a hand to her own face, lost in thought as the image disappeared.

Selina could be heard crying in her sleep. Crying for the elf child. Crying for herself. Because like it or not, long forgotten memories of both good and bad were starting to re-surface in her unconscious mind.

tassanaburrfoot
12/17/2003 10:18 PM

Saegle started as he heard his wife cry. He opened his eyes and put a hand to her cheek. He then moved to turn her on her back. "Selina, my love," he whispered, nugging her gently.

The trees rustling around the companions. A rain had soaked them. Was still pouring. "Come, my love, wake up. We need to find shelter," he said, softly.

Looking up, he jumped to his feet, startled. The companions were surrounded by a forest that had not been there when Saegle had laid down. He drew his longsword and his short sword and looked around. A whirling wind rustled the trees and blew the rain harder. The wind also brought the stir of magic clear to Saegle's conscience.

"Selina, Aust, we are here. We are in Wayreth Forest," he said with a smirk.

Sheathing his swords, he walked over to his horse and untied him. He then went about tacking the horse up for the ride to the Tower. He motioned his wife and Aust to do the same with their mounts.

Once he was finished, Saegle dropped the reins and walked to Aust and Trapper. "Here, let me help you tack him up. All these packs can be quite hard to place," he said with a kind smile as he helped the mage tack up the draft horse.

Lunitari0
12/17/2003 11:47 PM

Selina woke sleepily to Saegle's voice and sat up. Her earlier dreams still tugged at her mind though they were now just vague feelings and images.

Feeling the storm beat down on them, she dragged a hand over her face to clear the water from her eyes. That's when she noticed she had been crying. In order to try and hide the offending tears, the elvenwoman quickly brushed a hand over her face, ending with her right cheek.

....The same elf child from before, this time looking about 13 years old was being held down on a table by a male human. As the crying girl struggled to get free, a second human man touched a red-hot metal rod to her face, as if cauterizing a wound....

As the image from her dream returned with full force, Selina's body jolted as sudden firey pain struck her face. She would have cried out in real pain if she hadn't bit her lip. Taking her hand from her face, it was shaking violently with emotion.

To avoid her state being seen by her companions - a useless jesture when it came to Saegle - the Kagonesti woman pushed herself to her feet and strode purposefully over to Dappler. With silent, quick efficiancy (sp) she tacked up the red-brown horse as her husband helped Aust.

She avoided eye contact with everyone, knowing her eyes would betray her. Instead she scanned the skies from time to time, feeling like she was missing something......

Kalia_Majere
12/18/2003 4:17 AM

Kiela flew on, the forest gowing steadily thicker around her, and suddenly silent. The griffon could feel magic pull at her wings, making it more difficult to fly... feeling the magic, she realized where she had to be.... Wayerth...

Finally she landed in a small clearing, and looked around... wondering just why she had been allowed in this forest... from behind she heard the sounds of several horses, and their scents carried on the soft wind, The silver griffon turned her head to stare in the direction that they where coming from...waiting for their arrival.

Skystrike
12/20/2003 10:07 AM

Aust stood slowly and began to fallow Saegle as he moved through the trees. Sure, Aust had spent the larger portion of his life here at the tower, but the Wayerth forest still creeped the young student out.
"Careful Saegle. I'm sure you know why." Aust said so quiet it was merely above a whisper.

tassanaburrfoot
12/20/2003 10:14 AM

Saegle felt more then saw his wife's plight. Looking at her, he noticed she had turned away from he and Aust. The demigod shook his head. Hopefully the elf will confide in him. Who knows?

Making sure Trapper was secure, the demigod went back over to Labyrinth and mounted. "Come, the rain is not going to stop anytime soon. It's magic," he said. He looked at Aust and nodded. "I know what causes the rain. Among other things. I have no fear of either. Come along. The way is long and I do not wish to be in this rain any longer then need be."

Saegle led the way through Wayreth, drawn more to his instinct of magic rather then any idea of where he was going. The demigod pulled his soaked cloak closer to his body.

Skystrike
12/20/2003 11:11 AM

Aust mounted his horse as he turned to Selina.
"Come lady Darktime. We have to get moving. It's not wise to stay in one spot long within this forest." Aust said.

Aust moved forward slowly, knowing that anyone or rather, anything could jump out form the shadows. In order to try and keep his mind off of the forest, Aust decided it was as good a time as any to ask Saegle a few questions he had.

"Lord Darktime, if I am," Aust said, but did not wait for a responce, "Tell me of your past? How does a son of lady Tas live so far from the tower's gaze? I only ask because my master would be interested, knowing your mother."

Kalia_Majere
12/20/2003 1:10 PM

Kiela ruffled the feathers on her wings, and the crest on her head stood up slightly as the rain trickled down between her feathers....making her shiver. She again heard the sounds of horses, and people as well....but the rain was quickly masking their scents....

She shook herself spraying water in every direction in vain attempt to stay dry....as she waited.

Silvermagess
12/20/2003 2:07 PM

Indalico heard what sounded like a call.

The head of the red robes...

He walked toward a large shadow in room and stepped through it. The other side of it leading to the mage's room.

"I apologize if I'm being rude, but I like a direct approach."

tassanaburrfoot
12/20/2003 9:29 PM


"Lord Darktime, if I am," Aust said, but did not wait for a responce, "Tell me of your past? How does a son of lady Tas live so far from the tower's gaze? I only ask because my master would be interested, knowing your mother."

Saegle looked at Aust and shrugged. "I'm not sure why my mother did not bare me or raise me near or even in the Tower. I was born and raised in Fernwood. Now, I will admit, that village is full of magic-users. Dragons mostly. A family of dragons. Then there is my mother and her family. A sprite. Then the shadow element lord, Minoa. So, I was raised around magic. Perhaps it had something to do with my father being there? After all, he did live in Fernwood with my mother and I for a little bit. Who knows. It matters little."

He shook some water off of his head. The hood of his cloak fell and his white head of hair was like a beacon of light for a moment. Then it became dulled by the rain. Saegle did not bother putting the hood back up. Instead, he let the rain fall on his head, soaking his white hair. Then he cocked his head up as if listening.

"We are approaching something. Something magical. I'm not sure if it's a threat or not. Just be cautious," he whispered to his companions as he began to feel the presence of the griffon.

Lunitari0
12/20/2003 11:28 PM

Salina mounted Dappler and followed Aust and Saegle toward the pull of magic. She could feel it as well, and being that her Test was soon to come, the sensation was comforting as well as nerve-wracking.

Letting her husband speak to the mage before speaking, she the pulled her red-brown horse up to ride beside the demigod. She smiled at her beloved.

"Memories of my childhood, though still unclear, are starting to show themselves in my dreams," she explained softly knowing Saegle had felt her turbulant emotions, "though I still don't understand many of them, I know that some are good as well as bad."

Not knowing how to continue, the elf woman waited to see if Saegle would comment or offer any insight or advice.

Skystrike
12/21/2003 7:22 AM

Aust was about to comment with awe when he learned of the abundance of magic at Fernwood, but his senses quickly peaked. Magic was strong here, but this felt a little bit different. The words of a spell fluttered along his lips.

Cherizal
12/21/2003 8:40 AM

Cherizal wasn't surprised to see Indalico appear in her study. His lack of respect irritated her, but no emotions showed on her face. He was a black robe after all and she knew better than expect any other kind of behaviour from him.

She took her time sipping her wine and regarding him with a cold look in her eyes.
"I just wanted to make sure you are ready for the test. They will be here very soon" she said softly with a small smile on her lips.

Silvermagess
12/22/2003 6:31 AM

"Ready enough. Though I have a question for you? I would like to know more about this Tassana Burrfoot woman. I have heard a lot about her. But, I have never cared much to learn more until now."

Indalico knew he had proably annoyed with his rude manner but saw no sign which was good. That was why he always liked dealing with any mage that wasn't part of his order. No grudges or Power Word spells were every thrown his way.

"I feel the more I know, the better I will handle the situation."

tassanaburrfoot
12/22/2003 9:18 AM

Saegle looked at Selina. "Perhaps it's part of your Test, Beloved. After all, we are in the Wayreth forest. Perhaps they want you to remember your past. It's been so clouded by hate and fear. Try to remember the good things. I heard you talking in your sleep. You called someone 'Momma' then someone else 'Papa.' Your family perhaps?"

He placed a hand on Selina's shoulder. Smiling, he said, "It's good that you remember. You should remember. Whether these things are good or bad, one's past helps to define who that person is... At least, that's what Brightsky told me once."

He turned his attention back to the path they were taking. It seemed like the forest itself was leading them to the Tower. Saegle cocked his head. "It's funny how that pegasus talked. Yet never did he reveal anything about his own past or life with my mother."

The demigod was silent for a moment. When he spoke up again, his voice was quiet. "We are approaching the magical being," he said softly to Aust and Selina.

PrincessOfDarkness
12/22/2003 12:44 PM

Karina appeared next to Indalico, nodding slightly to him and then look at Cherizal from below the hood of her robe, "Greetings, Cherizal, I come to assist with this Selina's test. I hope you do not mind my intrusion....this seemed to be the place everyone is meeting."

He looked at Cherizal and Indalico, smiling.

Lunitari0
12/22/2003 6:42 PM


Saegle looked at Selina. "Perhaps it's part of your Test, Beloved. After all, we are in the Wayreth forest. Perhaps they want you to remember your past. It's been so clouded by hate and fear. Try to remember the good things. I heard you talking in your sleep. You called someone 'Momma' then someone else 'Papa.' Your family perhaps?"

He placed a hand on Selina's shoulder. Smiling, he said, "It's good that you remember. You should remember. Whether these things are good or bad, one's past helps to define who that person is... At least, that's what Brightsky told me once."

He turned his attention back to the path they were taking. It seemed like the forest itself was leading them to the Tower. Saegle cocked his head. "It's funny how that pegasus talked. Yet never did he reveal anything about his own past or life with my mother."

The demigod was silent for a moment. When he spoke up again, his voice was quiet. "We are approaching the magical being," he said softly to Aust and Selina.

Nodding at Saegle's words about her memories, Selina cocked her head and bit her lip thoughtfully. She knew it was good to remember...she wanted to remember. She didn't even understand why she couldn't remember in the first place. But she knew that with her beloved and good friends at her side, she could take anything her mind revealed.

Hearing her husband's words about the approaching pressence, the Kagonesti grew jumpy, as if someone was tickling fingers across her spine. She knew it wasn't from fear, but didn't think it could be from excitment. Automatically, she began searching around and sniffing the air for a scent of what the being could be.

Skystrike
12/22/2003 9:15 PM

Sensing something, but not too sure what it was, Aust fell on his guard. He would to be surprised again.

Cherizal
12/24/2003 8:29 AM

A flicker of displeasure appeared in Cherizal's eyes when Indalico named Tassana Burrfoot. It was clear she didn't like to talk about the kendermaid.

"What do you want to know about Tassana? Her magic proves that the gods can fail too, just like us. But I guess it's not my job to question what the gods do or do not do. She's been granted the use of white, red and black magic and that makes her very powerful."

Then Karina appeared and Cherizal's eyes narrowed, but her voice was still soft and emotionless when she spoke. She had learnt to control her temper, her anger burnt inside her but she didn't allow herself to show it anymore.

"Yes, it seems like this is the meeting place, even if I haven't sent any invitation. Falagar is the only one missing, but maybe he won't make it today" she frowned "He's an old man and he hasn't been well lately. He hasn't even answered my call. We should proceed without him".

tassanaburrfoot
12/24/2003 9:29 AM

Saegle slowed his horse down and pulled out his sword. He led Labyrinth and the others into the clearing. The rain poured about them, soaking them even more, though how much more the three people could be soaked, one was quite unsure.

When they reached the small clearing, Saegle gasped in surprise. His mother had told him of these magnificent creatures. Half eagle, half lion, they were constant friends and companions of the elves. Never had the demigod thought he would ever actually get to see one. Yet here was a griffon. Standing in this clearing, soaking wet. It seemed the griffon was waiting for someone. Saegle hoped off his horse and sheathed his sword. He bowed slightly to the griffon. Then he looked up to his companions and motioned for them to get down.

Saegle turned back to the griffon and said in Qualinesti, "I am Saegle Darktime. This is my wife, Selina Darktime and our companion Aust, of the Tower of Wayreth. We are here because my wife has come to take her Test. Are you here to lead the way?"

Kalia_Majere
12/24/2003 3:31 PM

Kiela watched the group enter the clearing, her gaze locked at first upon the man with the ebony skin and white hair....then her silvered blue eyes found Selina...and went wide in shock.

"I- Selinna...Iss that you? Cann I Posssibly have founnd you againn?" Keila exclaimed, taking a cautious step forward. It was only then that the introduction registered on her shocked mind.

"Lead the way? Not that I know of...Though I wouldnn't be ssurprissed of what those magess would plann... I am Kiela Falconnsswinng." She said, bowing in return, her wings sweeping out to full extension....then she turned her gaze back to Selina.

"It has beenn sso lonng....." She said softly, her eyes seeming to mist as if with tears.

Lunitari0
12/24/2003 5:52 PM

Seeing the griffon, Selina's eyes locked with that of the beast. It was the same griffon from her dream! What's more, it seemed to know her, called her by name, yet Selina could not recall seeing the animal before last night.

And yet she seemed familiar somehow...

Slowly, she climbed from Dapple's back and glanced at Saegle before taking a few steps toward the griffon. "You say my name, but I can't recall yours. I apologize but my mind seems to have been clouded for quite some time."

Smiling slightly, Selina continued her approach until she was close enough to reach out and touch the soft fur of the animal. "Yet, I think I must have known you once, for a have seen you in my sleep...."

tassanaburrfoot
12/24/2003 7:42 PM


Kiela watched the group enter the clearing, her gaze locked at first upon the man with the ebony skin and white hair....then her silvered blue eyes found Selina...and went wide in shock.

"I- Selinna...Iss that you? Cann I Posssibly have founnd you againn?" Keila exclaimed, taking a cautious step forward. It was only then that the introduction registered on her shocked mind.

"Lead the way? Not that I know of...Though I wouldnn't be ssurprissed of what those magess would plann... I am Kiela Falconnsswinng." She said, bowing in return, her wings sweeping out to full extension....then she turned her gaze back to Selina.

"It has beenn sso lonng....." She said softly, her eyes seeming to mist as if with tears.




Slowly, she climbed from Dapple's back and glanced at Saegle before taking a few steps toward the griffon. "You say my name, but I can't recall yours. I apologize but my mind seems to have been clouded for quite some time."

Smiling slightly, Selina continued her approach until she was close enough to reach out and touch the soft fur of the animal. "Yet, I think I must have known you once, for a have seen you in my sleep...."

Saegle smiled to his wife and the griffon. Turning to the griffon, he said, "Your kind are known well by my mother's people. Well loved. I am not surprised you know of my wife. If you care to join us to the Tower, you are more then welcome, Keila. Selina is to take her Test there."

He nodded his head slightly in a bow and walked back to his horse. He mounted the horse and looked to his companions. "We still have a way and I do not think the mistress of the Tower will be pleased if we keep her much longer. Cherizal is a hot tempered spirit."

He nudged his horse forward in the rain and muttered softly to himself, "Which is probably why she has us in this damn weather."

Airiana
12/25/2003 7:15 PM

Archmage Falagar hadn't been the clearest in his orders, but Shanara was used to that, especially since he was ill. Of late, he'd delegated a lot to her, but that was fine as far as she was concerned; she liked teaching what she could to the apprentices, and she had so much to teach them.

She closed her master's door softly and stood in the hall. "Go to Cherizal, you will… cough… take my place administering the Test." He'd told her. Well, she thought. I can do that. He wouldn't entrust me with the task if he thought I couldn't do it. With that thought, the barbarian woman sighed and closed her crystal-blue eyes. She muttered a single Arcane word and she disappeared from her master's door in a sparkle of light.


"Yes, it seems like this is the meeting place, even if I haven't sent any invitation. Falagar is the only one missing, but maybe he won't make it today," she frowned "He's an old man and he hasn't been well lately. He hasn't even answered my call. We should proceed without him."

"Archmage Falagar will be unable to take part in the Testing," Shanara stated simply as she appeared next to Cherizal in a shimmer of blue-white light. "And as such, he has sent me in his place." At this she bowed politely to the assembled mages. "What part am I to play in the Test? Falagar was too ill to do much more than to tell me to report to you," she said with a nod to Cherizal.

Cherizal
12/26/2003 3:07 AM

Cherizal raised a brow when the white robed mage appeared. She was getting really annoyed by all these mages who teleported directly into her study instead of appearing in the corridor, knock on the door and announce themselves. She shook her head. There was no time to teach these people some manners, she would take care of it when they were finished with the test.

"I thought so... Falagar spends too much time on his books and doesn't take good care of his old body. I don't know what he had planned for Selina's test, but I wanted him to be the one to begin. You can give her a soft start if you wish, Shanara." She allowed a wry smile to appear on her lips, then she added "We have wasted enough time. I'll make Selina and Saegle reach the tower in a couple of minutes."

Silvermagess
12/26/2003 7:01 AM

A soft start.

Indalico mused to himself.

Not always the best of ideas. But, I'll leave it to them.

He was worried by what Cherizal had said.

I certianly hope she maintains her cool.

He could tell that he might as well had been surrounded by his fellow black robes. Only apprentice of Falagar appeared to be sane. But, that was to be expected.

Lunitari0
12/26/2003 10:31 PM

Hearing her husbands words as she still gazed at the griffon, Selina nodded slowly. "Kiela....yes, that name sounds familiar somehow...Yes, please come with us if you wish. Perhaps since you obviously know me, you can help fill in some of the blanks in my memory. Have we known each other long?"

The Kagonesti walked back a bit toward her horse again preparing to mount back up, but it was also clear that she was interested in anything the griffon could tell her about her past.

Skystrike
12/27/2003 5:58 AM

Aust let his guard back down and reversed his spell. A Griffon, poping out of no where! This past few days was really begining to try Aust's sense of order and reality.

~~~~~Meanwhile
Zod appeared slowly before the rest of the archmages within Cherizal's study. The powerful white robe, former black, smirked to see such a strange gathering of people in the red robe's study.

"I thought I might aid in this test, of Mrs.Darktime, while I waited for my son to return, but it seems you already have quite a roster of people who wish to help." Zod said.

"Sorry for just barging in, of course my lady Cherizal." Zod added, as if an after-thought.

PrincessOfDarkness
12/27/2003 7:00 AM

"Good to see you, Zod," Karina commented softly, "Ah yes, and I just realized now we have barged in your private study. A thousand apologies." But the words were apathetic, honestly, Karina couldn't have cared less wether she walked in on the Whitestone Council, "You'll have to ask Cherizal if you can help, of course, she is the one that called us all here."

Kalia_Majere
12/27/2003 3:19 PM

Kiela made an odd purring sound in her throat, and her tail curled around her claws. Her head tilted to the side as if she were listinging to something only she could hear, her blue eyes intent on the young Kagonesti woman.

"Selinthansa EvenStar, Daughter of Karaathala of the Pathfinder clan... and of Kethrenlas EvenStar of outland Silvanesti...we were separated in a fierce battle, I was barely fledged and was wounded... I couldn't find you after it as over... and your tattoos are gone..." she added almost as an afterthought

Kiela's feathers ruffled outward and then settled in an instant as she waited for Selina's response.

Lunitari0
12/27/2003 3:32 PM


Kiela made an odd purring sound in her throat, and her tail curled around her claws. Her head tilted to the side as if she were listinging to something only she could hear, her blue eyes intent on the young Kagonesti woman.

"Selinthansa EvenStar, Daughter of Karaathala of the Pathfinder clan... and of Kethrenlas EvenStar of outland Silvanesti...we were separated in a fierce battle, I was barely fledged and was wounded... I couldn't find you after it as over... Your tattoos are gone..."

Kiela's feathers ruffled outward and then settled in an instant as she waited for Selina's response.

Selina listened to Kiela as she introduced Selina's elven name and parents. In the Kagonesti's jumbled memories a few more things fell into place like pieces of a puzzle. Images flashed in front of her eyes quickly and she fell silent as she tried to make sense of them.

Selinthansa EvenStar. The little girl with the elven parents and the griffon. It's me!....and my tattoos! The Human Father took them from me!

Selina's green eyes went wide with shock and she wavered slightly on her feet as more of the truth of her past hit her. "The Human burnt them off!" she said in a strangled vioce, "I remember that now too!"

Kalia_Majere
12/27/2003 3:40 PM

Alarmed, Kiela made it to Selina's side in a single bound, her sheer size steadied the Kagonesti, though the horse tried to shy away.

The griffon's eyes closed, grief shone clear in their depths. "I am sorry Selinthansa... I am so sorry I couldn't be there at your side as I swore...."

Lunitari0
12/27/2003 3:56 PM

Selina reached a calming hand out to Dappler as she leaned against the griffon. "Don't apologize Kiela. If my memories are true, there was nothing you could have done to stop what he did to me. Nobody could have, I fear." She gave her griffon friend a soothing pat.

Looking back to the group, her eyes landing on and holding those of her husband, she said, "Sorry for the delay everyone. You're quite right, beloved. We should be off. Lady Cherizal will be expecting us and I must keep my head clear for my Test."

Selina then then hardened her expression against all the pain in her eyes and heart. She could not fail. Failure meant death. And she had to much to live for now. Climbing up on Dappler, she said "We all must be off now if we're going."

tassanaburrfoot
12/27/2003 4:21 PM

Saegle listened to the conversation between the griffon and his wife. When Selina almost fell, Saegle went to move by her side, but the griffon had gotten there first.

"Selinthansa Evenstar..." he whispered to himself, pronouncing the elvish name with precision. "I like it," he said to no one in particular. "Though, Kiela, she is not an Evenstar anymore. She is now a Darktime. I like Selinthansa, though. Very pretty. Sounds almost like normal elvish instead of Kagonesti..."

When Selina mentioned haste, the demigod nodded his head in agreement. "Yes, we should be on our way," with that, he kicked his horse back into a trot through the rain.

As they walked through the forest, Saegle looked up. He smiled softly. "Selina, Beloved," he said, motioning her to him. He pointed up. "There is the Tower of Wayreth."

The top of the Tower could be seen from where they travelled. It was magnificent. The sun was just starting to rise in the eastern sky and gave the top of the Tower a look of complete majesty.

Saegle's smile was that of known knowledge of this Tower. He could feel the magicks and powers eminiating from the Tower. "We are close. Let's continue," he said, moving Labyrinth forward.

The black horse picked up his pace.

Skystrike
12/27/2003 4:48 PM

"Great we are back..." Aust said, with alot less glee in his voice then the others. All being back meant was that Aust was forced to hear his father beat him up for his mistake. He had already done that himself, he didnt need it from Zod as well.
Soon, the group were at the very gates of the tower, which in all it's majesty loomed before them.
"Well, Lord, and Lady Darktime, it was a pleasure..." Aust said, getting off the horse and preparing to leave.

Lunitari0
12/27/2003 5:05 PM

Riding through the forest with her friends, Selina looked to see if Kiela had indeed accompanied them. She was about to say something to the griffon when she heard Saegle call her over.

Going over to her husband and looking to where he pointed, she saw the Tower of Wayrenth. She gazed up at in in amazement. Within that structure lies my future as a Mage, perhaps my very life.

Greasping her red medallion for a second for comfort, the Kagonesti clucked her tongue as she pushed her red-brown pony on.

Airiana
12/27/2003 7:16 PM


"I thought so... Falagar spends too much time on his books and doesn't take good care of his old body. I don't know what he had planned for Selina's test, but I wanted him to be the one to begin. You can give her a soft start if you wish, Shanara." She allowed a wry smile to appear on her lips, then she added "We have wasted enough time. I'll make Selina and Saegle reach the tower in a couple of minutes."

Shanara bowed her head in respect to Cherizal. "If that is what you think best, Lady, I shall. And as well, a thousand pardons for my rudeness--my master bid me make haste, and transporting myself thus was the quickest way I could think of. Please accept my sincerest apologies for my transgression."

tassanaburrfoot
12/28/2003 8:34 AM

Saegle looked at Aust thoughtfully. "Do you mean you do not wish to accompany us into the Tower? I would've liked to have seen your father's expression when he learned that it was you who led us here. Unless of course, he already knew that?"

Skystrike
12/28/2003 9:31 AM

"I wouldnt be surprised if he did already know, but with the dark moon so high, his power is limited as mine is, for he no longer serves the dark gods." Aust said, "But, yes your right. I should probobly lead you into the tower."

Cherizal
12/28/2003 1:00 PM

The study was getting very crowded and Cherizal decided it was about time to end the meeting. She didn't listen to Karina's empty apology, but turned to look to Zod.

"You can help Shanara with the first phase of the test, Zod. It's the first time for her and she may need a little guidance. I will take the second phase and Karina and Indalico the third."

She stopped as if listening to something and nodded.
"They are here. I will give them a short welcome and bring them to the main meeting room. I will see you all there." She said a few words in the language of magic and disappeared.

She reappered just outside the tower: an elfmaid with silver hair dressed in red robes made of rich velvet, her face was ageless, her eyes cold and sad at the same time. The rain didn't touch her and the aura of power around her made her appear taller than she was.

She regarded the newcomers with a smirk, then she smiled more openly. She made a quick gesture and the rain stopped.
"Welcome to the Tower of High Sorcery in Wayreth, Selina Darktime. And welcome to your husband and friends as well" Cherizal looked at each of them and nodded, her eyes narrowed slightly when they stopped on Aust, but she didn't say anything.

"I am Cherizal Soelvstjerne, Head of the Red Robes. You are here to take your Test, Selina. I believe you know what it means and the risk this involves. You will have time for a short rest, then the Test will begin".

Kalia_Majere
12/28/2003 1:23 PM


I like Selinthansa, though. Very pretty. Sounds almost like normal elvish instead of Kagonesti..."


The sound that Kiela made was something between a whisle and a growl. "That puzzle iss easy to Explain... Her father was Ssilvanesti, not Kagonnesti..."

Kiela paused with the rest as she took in her first view of the tower of Wayerth, Towers to be precise if what she heard was true. She blinked and then followed Selina, keeping pace easily with the elf maid's horse.

At the gates they where greeted by another elven woman, the rain stopped at her direction as she indroduced herself... Kiela glanced at Selina in silent worry, but didn't say a word.

Lunitari0
12/28/2003 3:17 PM


She reappered just outside the tower: an elfmaid with silver hair dressed in red robes made of rich velvet, her face was ageless, her eyes cold and sad at the same time. The rain didn't touch her and the aura of power around her made her appear taller than she was.

She regarded the newcomers with a smirk, then she smiled more openly. She made a quick gesture and the rain stopped.
"Welcome to the Tower of High Sorcery in Wayreth, Selina Darktime. And welcome to your husband and friends as well" Cherizal looked at each of them and nodded, her eyes narrowed slightly when they stopped on Aust, but she didn't say anything.

"I am Cherizal Soelvstjerne, Head of the Red Robes. You are here to take your Test, Selina. I believe you know what it means and the risk this involves. You will have time for a short rest, then the Test will begin".

As the elfmaid greeted them, Selina climbed off her horse and bowed respectly to the Head of the Red Robes. When the woman mentioned risk, Selina's stomache turned slightly with fear but, strengthened by the presence of her husband and friends, she was able to keep any sign of the emotion off her face.

"I thankyou Lady Cherizal. And the rest will be most welcome before my Test begins."

Skystrike
12/28/2003 4:01 PM

Zod smiled at lady Cherizal, and was off in the same shimmer as before.

Downstairs, at the gates, Aust came forward before lady Cherizal, and bowed, showing his respect.
"Milady, do you have to know where Lord Archmage Zod Enis is at the moment. I believe he will be expecting me."

Airiana
12/28/2003 9:18 PM


The study was getting very crowded and Cherizal decided it was about time to end the meeting. She didn't listen to Karina's empty apology, but turned to look to Zod.

"You can help Shanara with the first phase of the test, Zod. It's the first time for her and she may need a little guidance. I will take the second phase and Karina and Indalico the third."

She stopped as if listening to something and nodded.

"They are here. I will give them a short welcome and bring them to the main meeting room. I will see you all there." She said a few words in the language of magic and disappeared.

Shanara bowed her head and murmured a word of thanks to Cherizal before she transported herself. Shanara too whispered words of magic and soon found herself in the meeting room alongside Archmage Enis. She smiled softly at him and smoothed back her long hair with a sigh. "I don't know about you," she said conversationally. "But I am almost as nervous preciding over this Test as I was when I took it myself!"

tassanaburrfoot
12/28/2003 9:26 PM

Saegle raised an eyebrow, then nodded to Keila.

As they approached the gate, the ebony skinned demigod looked at Cherizal. He climbed off his horse and nodded his respect to her. He sighed and then placed a hand on Labyrinth's muzzle. "Before we enter, m'lady, I would ask what is to become of our horses. I would like to know they are well cared for while we are in the Tower," he said to the red robed elf.

He smiled to Selina. This was her time. And he couldn't be more proud or excited for her.

Turning to Aust, he said, "I want to thank you for all your help. Whether you realize it or not, you are much like another I have come acquinted with. I have high hopes for the both of you. You know of the one I speak."

He turned back to Cherizal and awaited admittance.

Skystrike
12/28/2003 10:48 PM

"You give me too much praise, Lord Darktime." Aust said, truning for a mere moment from Cherizal. His head was still down in respect, "After all, the only reason I meet you at all was because I made a mistake..."

"I dont think I have quite as bright a future as he does." Aust said.

PrincessOfDarkness
12/29/2003 4:13 AM

OOC: I'm going to be gone monday (today) to thursday. ^^

BIC~

With a word of magic, Karina followed Zod and Shanara into the meeting room, waiting for Selina. At this moment, though, her attention was on one of the men with her, Saegle. The 'thing', Nuitari's son as teh god had said, had also came in the Tower, and she wanted to see how well he handed the same divine, inherent magic that she rarely used herself.

Cherizal
12/29/2003 3:09 PM

"Your father is in the meeting room, Aust. He is one of the mages who will give Selina her Test. He will be busy for a while, so I suggest you wait before you try to get in touch with him" said Cherizal to the boy, then she turned to Saegle.

"Don't worry, the horses and the griffon will be cared for" she raised a brow "Do you believe we are barbarians here in the tower?"

She shook her head and motioned them to follow her inside the tower.

Skystrike
12/29/2003 3:16 PM

"Of course lady Cherizal. Thank you for your advice." Aust said, standing and turning to Selina.
"Good luck on your test. It is likely that we will see eachother again within the tower."
With that, Aust was off.

Lunitari0
12/29/2003 3:23 PM

Giving Dapple a pat and then going to Kiela Selina told her, "I'll see you when my Test is done. Everything will be fine. Wish me luck." She smiled at the griffon with more confidence than she felt.

Then going over to Saegle, she offered her hand to her husband so they could walk in the Tower together. As She met the demi-god's eyes, a mix of fear, excitment, and nervousness could be seen in her emerald eyes. Only Saegle could see it.

"This is it." she said with a smile," you'll be there to watch? I hear family is allowed."

Kalia_Majere
12/29/2003 4:19 PM

Kiela watched Selina walk past her... hearing her words to Saegle.

"I too am family..." she whispered to herself, then berated herself for her self-pity. What did she expect? A surprised and a welcoming of open arms? With all the years that had gone by....

yes....that was exactly what she expected... and now she wondered if her presence here was now a liability to Selina... Penalty for failing was death... The Griffon shivered, fur and feathers stirring out on end, muscles tensing.

Lunitari0
12/29/2003 8:17 PM

Selina had forgotten to ask Kiela if she wanted to come as well, assuming the griffon would understand her wishes. But as Selina glanced back and saw Kiela hadn't moved, she frowned at her earlier mistake.

"Are you not coming Kiela? I could use all the encouragement I can get..."

tassanaburrfoot
12/29/2003 8:19 PM

Saegle took Selina's hand and smiled. "I will be watching you, Beloved. And I will be waiting for you at the end of your Test. After all, I am more then confident you will pass."

He looked to Keila. "Do not worry, noble companion," he said to her to ease her, "I highly doubt you would like the confines of the Tower anyway. Selina will come back to you. You both have much catching up to do."

He then followed Cherizal into the Tower, leading his wife almost as if he and his wife were royalties entering their own home. After all, Saegle was the son of Nuitari. Nuitari's only son. That made him a prince. Prince of the Black Robes.

Besides, he was also the only child of Tassana Burrfoot. That had to count for something as well. The son of one of the most powerful sorceresses in all Krynn.

But this wasn't about Saegle. This was about Selina. So, the demigod did not dwell on the thoughts of his heritage or his rights. He merely walked next to his wife like any proud husband would.

Lunitari0
12/29/2003 8:30 PM

Hearing Saegle's words to Kiela, the elfmaid nodded with a sigh. "That's right...I forgot the Tower may be uncomfortable for you. No worries though. Once my Test is done, we'll have alot of time to catch up. And that's just what I intend to do."

With a smile and a wave for her friend, Selina turned and walked into the Tower with Saegle.

Cherizal
12/30/2003 1:21 PM

Cherizal lead the couple to the meeting room where she introduced them to the other mages that were going to give Selina her test.
"You can rest here for a while. Refreshments will be brought to you." she said, then she gave Selina a reassuring smile.
"We will call you when it's time to begin" With those words she disappeared.

Skystrike
12/30/2003 5:08 PM

"Tell me," Zod said, looking at Saegle coldly, "How does your father veiw me since I changed my colors? With contempt no less? I could sense he was annoyed when I first asked to change..."

"And of my son? Was a guide enought? I hope so, he has much to answer for, due to his mistake." Zod added.

tassanaburrfoot
12/30/2003 10:00 PM

Saegle smiled to Cherizal as she spoke and nodded his own thanks. He then turned to Zod and frowned.

"I know little of my father's work," he said, seemingly a little angered. "Though I have heard of you and your... change of face. I cannot speak for my father, though I will say he was quite angered. He despises losing followers to the white god. Can you blame him? After all, were it not for Lunitari, I have not a doubt in my mind that the two gods would fight constantly. I have no doubt that they do even now, though I know it is not as bad as it could be."

When he heard Zod's talk of Aust, the demigod grew angered. "Do not speak of your son in such manner. I was honoured to run into him. He was an excellent guide and I wouldn't have asked for another."

The demigod circled the white robe and observed him carefully. "Why did you change colours, Zod? You wear white robes, yet you still have the spirit and attitude of any normal black robe. It's amusing really. You hold your child in such little regards yet you expect him to honour and respect you?... Such are the thoughts of black robes. Think about it, Zod," he sneered, his lip curling a little as a soft growl escaped his throat.

Indeed, it was almost like a panther stalking his prey. So intent and fierce was his gaze on the white robe, he was much like the panther. "If you truly are under Solinari's light now, then you certainly aren't showing it very well. Tell me, Zod, do you grow cold in the night when you still see Nuitari's moon at your window? Does the sight of his dark light still block your view of Solinari?"

Lunitari0
12/30/2003 10:16 PM

Selina nodded her thanks to Cherizal before the red robe vanished. Seating herself quietly as Saegle spoke to Zod, Selina heard the conversation though her thoughts were on her upcoming Test.

So much was riding on this. Had she learned enough? Would she be quick enough in her casting? Selina suddenly wished her Shalafi was her to give her some final encouragement. Shaking the doubts out of her head, the Kagonesti set her mouth in a determined line. I'll be fine. I know my spells inside and out. I'll be fine.

Yet as she took a sip from the glass of water she'd gotten while Saegle paced around Zod, her delicate hand shook ever so slightly.

Lady Lunitari please give me strength!

Silvermagess
12/31/2003 6:50 AM

Indalico looked at Saegle and Zod's conversation in annoyance. He looked at the girl who looked so nervous.

Idiots.

He walked over to Selina and looked at her.

"Greetings Mrs. Selina Darktime. I'm Indalico. I'm hoping you do well on your test." His face had a slight smile on it.

"It is alright to be nervous. Everyone is when they take this test." He was leaning against the wall next to her.

He glanced back at Saegle.

"How long have you been married? Is being in the state of matrimoney treating you alright?"

Skystrike
12/31/2003 7:08 AM

Zod let out a deep bellowing laught that seemed to get on everyone's nerves. Its not like that was something he wasnt used to, for he had gotten on everyones nerves since he changed his colors, so its not like he cared in the slightest.

"There is a difference, you know," Zod said, "Between tought love and being cruel. I'm sure you are quite aware of that, as my onlyson is. I only wish him the most skill and power he can have, so that his future can be as productive as mine."

Zod shifted his position a bit to better face Saegle as he moved around him. Zod laughed again, "I had a bit of a vision with Solanari, which prompted me to change my colors. Believe me when I say that my life is filled with so much clarity now, its astounding."

"And you would do good to not judge me, Lord Darktime." Zod said, not flinching a bit as Saegle moved around him.

tassanaburrfoot
12/31/2003 7:59 AM

"You pompous black-hearted liar!" Saegle growled, his eyes becoming bright red as his body tensed. His teeth sharpened while his hair danced around him like knives. "Do not act as if you have only one son. You have always been and will always be nothing more then a black robe. Your blackened heart proves that. The fact that you turn your sight from your other son.

"Does he not please you enough? Does he not make you happy? Why? Because he chose not to follow the path of magic? You imbecile! Shael has a far better heart then you could ever hope to have. He's happy and content with his life. Do not think for one moment that just because I am the son of Nuitari that my knowledge is limited," he snarled.

It seemed he was almost ready to pounce the white robe. But then he cooled suddenly as if someone had calmed him and told him not to continue with his anger.

Saegle sighed and looked exhausted as he ran a hand down his face. His eyes, teeth, and hair returned to normal. His body loosened up a little. "The worst thing you could do right now is provoke me, Zod. You have two sons. Both of whom love you very much. You claim to be a white robe. And you claim I am falsly judging you. Yet you continue to support my claims with your own actions and words. Choose your words wisely, Zod. Less they come back to haunt you."

With that, the demigod turned back to his wife. Seeing her speaking to the Head of the Black Robes, Saegle smiled. He sat next to her silently and listened to their conversation. He said nothing to either of them, but he took Selina's hand into his and started to "play" with it. Touching it, examining it. He seemed immensely interested in her hand. Again, he said nothing. Just smiled to himself. His expression bore not only the interest in her hand, but another expression as well. An expression that almost seemed he was listening to someone talk to him.

Airiana
12/31/2003 1:33 PM

Shanara smiled in greeting to Saegle and Selina Darktime as they entered, but kept her distance; watching and listening to their interactions with others. When Saegle verbally attacked Archmage Enis, the plainswoman thought she might collapse from shock at his change in appearance. He is truly his father's son, she remarked to herself silently.

When the transformation had completed itself, bringing Saegle back to his normal state, Shanara was much relieved. She sipped at a glass of water and watched Selina and was in awe of her beauty.

Lunitari0
12/31/2003 3:53 PM

Selina looked up from her nervous thoughts as the Black Robe approached. She smiled at him slightly, grateful for the distraction of her fear.

Glancing at Saegle just as he was coming over to sit down, Selina told the mage, "We've been married for about 3 days now. And yes, the marrige is treating me wonderfully. I couldn't be happier." Over her agitated state over her Test, true happiness could be seen in the Kagonesti's eyes and as the demigod sat and took her hand, Selina's nervousness seemed to completely for a few seconds vanish as the looked upon her husband.

Looking back at Indago, she asked, "Will you be involved in my Test?"

Skystrike
01/01/2004 9:30 AM

Zod gave Saegle a very blunt smile, provoking him to take some kind of action, before sitting down. Saegle didnt matter, and nor did his opinion in Zod's eyes.

Instead his gaze shifted to the lovely Selina...

PrincessOfDarkness
01/01/2004 1:36 PM

OOC: Sorry about that, tho vermont was fun!

BIC~

"I am Karina." She said softly, looking at each of them seemingly through the robe, "I would meet you to eye to eye, but I don't think you would be pleased by what you saw. It might startle your nerve, Lady Selina," She chuckled softly, bowing. She turned her gaze to Saegle, studying him.

"He seems to be indeed my brother's spawn, though this half-nephew of mine does not seem to carry his father's heart like I carry my mother's...."

Silvermagess
01/03/2004 2:08 PM


Looking back at Indalico, she asked, "Will you be involved in my Test?"


"Yes. I hope you have the nerve to do what you have to."

I wonder if I have the nerve to even give this test? I mean gods, why do I have to be working with Karina and Zod?

Lunitari0
01/03/2004 2:39 PM


"Yes. I hope you have the nerve to do what you have to."

Selina nodded slowly at the mage. "I know I do. I have studied my spells backward and forward, I know how to defend myself. I also know the penalty for failure and that in itself will help me focus on my goal."

PrincessOfDarkness
01/03/2004 5:36 PM


"I know I do. I have studied my spells backward and forward, I know how to defend myself. I also know the penalty for failure and that in itself will help me focus on my goal."


"It is impossible to defend yourself from the unexpected, I think," Karina said softly, though her voice travelled, "I have no doubt you are very skilled in magic, Lady Selina."

Skystrike
01/04/2004 12:25 PM


"It is impossible to defend yourself from the unexpected, I think," Karina said softly, though her voice travelled, "I have no doubt you are very skilled in magic, Lady Selina."


"Not quite." Zod said, smiling, "Curage and selfawareness is a good sheild for that your not ready to face. And as for your skill, all the moons are peeking interest. I cant be too sure as to why, but it is quite positive that you are important as to whats in store for the entierty of the Conclave."

Lunitari0
01/04/2004 3:35 PM

Selina listened as the two Mages discussed her skill and courage. Catching what Zod said about the Conclave, the elvenwoman looked over at the man. "How could I possibly effect the entire embodiment? I'm only one."

tassanaburrfoot
01/06/2004 10:24 AM

Saegle remained calm as Zod and Selina talked. It was obvious that Saegle did not like Zod, though for different reasons then his father.

Truth was, the demigod couldn't care less which robes Zod chose to wear. What he did care about was that Zod pretended to have only one child. Saegle could not comprehend why anyone would want to deny someone as free-spirited and kind as Shael. It drove him to anger.

But, for Selina's sake, Saegle kept his cool. Though for how much longer, only time could tell.

Skystrike
01/07/2004 9:15 PM

Zod waved a hand through his sholder length blond hair and just smiled as his glance pased over Saegle's.

"One person has a great deal of potential to influence everything. Its one of the first lessions you learn here at the tower." Zod said, smiling. He then took Selina's hand and kissed it lightly.

"Im sure you will change the world, in one way or another." Zod said, quitely.

Lunitari0
01/07/2004 9:29 PM

"Thankyou for the thoughts Lord Mage," Selina replied as she withdrew her hand from his. She knew it was only polite for a man to kiss a woman's hand in respect, but not having it done by anyone but Saegle, she was not sure what he proper response was. Because of that, she just smiled politely as she continued to sit at her husband's side.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/08/2004 1:55 PM

Karina smirked at Zod, but said nothing in responce. She stood quitely in the room, watching the bunch of them socialize. Her hidden gaze was kept mainly on Saegle, trying to figure out how much of his father he really held. The demi-god, was of course, the reason she had volunteered to help with the test for the elf. From what it seemed, he seemed good at heart, kind, and loving, none of which his parentage had. Her nephew seemed nothing like her or his father, which piqued her interest to stay.

tassanaburrfoot
01/08/2004 4:46 PM

Saegle looked haughtly at Zod. "I would greatly appreciate it if you do not put your hands on my wife. Such gesture is not required for her Test," the demigod sneered. "And trust me, mage, you do not want to test my anger. It is not a pleasant sight to behold. It is even worse if you are the reason for it."

He felt Karina's eyes upon him, but he did not turn to her. In fact, he acted as if he hadn't even noticed. By now, he knew her heritage was the same as him. Furthermore, he knew they were related through dark means. But, was her godly parent a goddess or a god? If so, which one? It was apparent they weren't siblings. After all, from what Saegle knew, Saegle was an only child on both parents' sides.

The demigod sighed and rubbed his wife's back reassuringly. Though the company at the moment wasn't the best, he was content. For the time being, that was. His gaze turned back to Zod.

Saegle did not really care for fights. But he would not tolerate anyone fooling with his wife. Especially when that someone was Zod.

Skystrike
01/08/2004 4:55 PM

Zod's look sharpened, as he turned to look Saegle in the eye. It was this very same death glare that had meant doom for many of students who had made mistakes under his tutalige, usually by means of detention. Detention being locked up for weeks on end...What could Zod say, he was a stern teacher.

"You would do best not to overstep your rights Mr. Darktime, and better to not tell me what to do. Your parent may be a dark god, but Im am confident that you still are little challenge to me. Now, mind your place. I didnt care much for your mother, and I care little more for you." Zod said.

tassanaburrfoot
01/08/2004 5:37 PM

Saegle growled, "And you will watch your rights when speaking of my mother. She may not be accepted by many of you High Sorcery mages, but do not forget. She is a mage. And she took her Test just like each of you. Furthermore, she worked harder then anyone of you to get where she is. You did not have to deal with the hardships she faced. Or the ridicule she accepted from people like you."

He then cocked his head to the side in amusement. "You think I am no challenge to you? Do not test my skills, master mage. Your children can surpass you. You can be rendered hopeless to the point where you cannot go back. But, anger me, and you will live out fears beyond your imagination. But it will not stop there. Once you have gained my anger, my true anger, you will never be able to turn away. I will haunt your steps everywhere you go. Even beyond death, you will not be able to get rid of me. Even oblivion will not save you from my wrath."

The demigod then grew quiet again. His eyes flickered red, but then remained the liquid brown he inherited from his mother. For one as easily tempered as Saegle, the demigod was really playing it cool in the Tower. He wanted his wife to do well.

"But this is not between us, Zod," he said. "We will have our fun later. This is the time for Selina. This is her chance. And I will not blow it on some petty imbecile like yourself. If you wish to continue this, I suggest you find me after Selina's Test. Not now."

Skystrike
01/08/2004 5:46 PM

Zod laughed, annoyingly.
"I would rip you apart worthless impudent. Watch your toung if you even want to remain in the tower for your wife's test."
With that, Zod sat back down. He didnt show it, but Zod was a bit shaken inside. Was it by mere chance that Saegle happened to mention his two greatest fears, or did he somehow know? Zod was sure that his mind had not been invaded. Another thing that kind of caught Zod off guard was the flash of red from Saegle's eyes. He had only seen that flash one other place. Paladin's vision...

With a short word of power, Zod formed a small globe of light between his hand and fired it through the wall. If of course passed right through the wall leaving no mark. He had sent his message.

tassanaburrfoot
01/08/2004 5:57 PM

Saegle rolled his eyes. It was apparent to the demigod that the mage's bark was worse then his bite. And the ebony skinned male did not care too much for dealing with the white robe at the moment. The demigod's main concern was his wife. Nothing meant more to Saegle then seeing his wife succeed.

Skystrike
01/08/2004 6:09 PM

After a few moments, there was a knock of the door and Zod waved his hand, causing the door to swing open. Aust was revealed, as he slowly walked into the room.

"You summoned me, Master Enis?" Aust said, bowing his head to the floor. His voice was rather plain, but it held a respecful tone.

"Ahh yes, take Mr. Darktime to his room would you? We would like to speak with his wife a bit more ebfore we send her along as well." Zod said.

"Of course. Thank you Master Enis. Come, this way Lord Darktime." Aust said, looking at Saegle.

Arandur
01/08/2004 7:20 PM

IC… Confident that Shanara’s footfalls had receded far enough down the winding steps to his study the old mage opened his left eye and rolled it around the room looking for signs of the young white robe before he quickly drew back the linens of his bed and rolled to a sitting position, his hand with skin like weathered parchment rested heavily on the mattress for support, the old wizard painfully aware of the weight of his great many years upon his mortal body.

A soft pulse of light and a few haphazard mote of music came from the soft globe of light which floated over Falagar’s parchment covered desk.

“Eh?” the old mage grunted in surprise as his bushy white brow rose to regard the glowing orb “-yes Olbarion, my little friend I was indeed pretending to feel ill. I need more time with my manuscripts before I meet Tassanna’s son. There is so much to learn and so very little time for study. The Prophecy is hard to interpret and the ancient tongues are strange. Too much was lost during the cataclysm, I’m afraid little one that there may be too precious little lore left for me to translate this prophecy entirely.” He said tiredly running his weathered hand across his face and over his prominent nose then down through his long white beard as he stood and made his way across to his cluttered desk.

The glowing light of Olbarion blinked quickly and ever so soft motes of sound were barely audible above the old mage’s movement as he sifted through the documents upon the desk. He looked upon indignantly at the little orb.

“Cunning old goat indeed!” he muttered with wounded pride “and yes I am entirely confident in Shanara’s ability to teach the apprentices, this is as much a test of her abilities as it is an endeavor to gain time to translate this prophecy.”

Falagar took a seat in his high backed chair and drew his gold rimmed spectacles from within their velvet pouch, placing them with practiced ease upon his long nose before looking to the scripts before him.

“At least Shanara shows the proper respect to her elders.” He said absently with a glance to Olbarion, “something that others should perhaps take note of.” He finished with a firm admonishing look to the orb.

“But I digress, I have little time for chatter Olbarion, I have to translate this text before the young Darktime couple arrives it-” he said as his sentence was suddenly cut off by Olbarion as the orb flashed erratically and its ethereal notes chimed loudly and urgently. The old wizard’s head came up sharply his snowy brows high upon his wrinkled forehead.

“By the light of Solinari! What do you mean they are already here? They are still days away at the very least.” He asked suddenly, his questions answered by the little orbs erratic pulsing and chiming.

“They have been here for some time?” he said suddenly as he quickly jumped upward and ambled over to his cloak stand to throw his cloak of pure white over his snowy robes.

“How incredibly rude of me this must seem, Tassanna’s son arrives and I am not even there to greet him and his new bride. The Master of Apprentices absent.” He muttered to himself angrily as he snatched his broad-brimmed hat from the stand with one aged hand and slapped it hurriedly upon his head, while the other fumbled for his Wizard’s Staff in its place next to the stand. Finally grasping the Staff in his hand he looked to the pulsing light of Olbarion.

“How do I look? Like a Master of Apprentices?” he asked critically. The orbed pulsed once and chimed softly causing the wizard’s brows once again to rise indignantly before he turned to the door and stepped into the darkened corridor.

“Old Goat indeed…” he mumbled as he started down the stairs with a bemused chuckle to himself…

Lunitari0
01/08/2004 7:53 PM

Selina stayed silent during the talks between Saegle and Zod. More to stay focuseed for her approaching Test, but also because she didn't much like what was being said. She leaned on her husband's shoulder in content as he gently rubbed her back.

When Zod mentioned Tassana and her son in such insulting ways, the Kagonesti felt a flash of anger in protection of her family. The emotion didn't show on her face, however. She had also seen her beloved's eyes flicker red in anger before turning to their usual liguid brown. She smiled and patted his hand, extremely proud at the control he was maintaining over his temper.

The escort for Saegle arrived. As Aust waited to take the demigod to his room, Selina looked from the mages to her husband questionly. The time was drawing closer, she knew, and suddenly it felt like the room was shrinking and that everyone was looking at her. The neves hit full force again.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/08/2004 8:34 PM

Karina raised an eyebrow at Zod, "Calm yourself, Zod, you do not want to be picking fights with Saegle. I can assure you with whatever little training he has, he will defeat you....and worse comes to worse, I will help. And then of course, you will not be able to defeat me either. Nevertheless Tassana is....a mage, like you and Shanara, she deserves the same respect if not more for what she went thought as compared to you. Then again, Shael would know better, I suppose."

She shrugged and noticed Selina's sudden confusion, "You will do fine, Lady Selina. I trust that in you. You seem to be strong of character and of magic. My complements do not come easily. I have faith you will pass my test." She watched Saegle go down the hall and followed with a quick bow to Selina, basically ignoring Zod's presence altogether.

Skystrike
01/08/2004 8:50 PM

Zod seemed to pull from the world totally. He didnt seem to notice that Karina was talking to him, but rather with a few words of power he summoned up a sroll and quill. At the point he began to scribble furiosly upon the scroll, muttering words of power under his breath as he went along.

Aust on the other hand was trying to wait as patiantly, but you could see on his face that he was waiting for Saegle to come along, "Lord Darktime...whenever your ready."

Arandur
01/09/2004 12:32 AM

IC: The figure of Falagar ambled down the staircase, his pure white robes fluttering around his aging frame as he strode with a determined purpose towards the meeting place where Saegle and Selina were speaking, his wizened hand held his gnarled wizards staff of pale wood which clacked loudly upon the stone floor as he walked.

He strode into the chamber without hesitation looking every inch the kindly old wizard from the bard’s tales, nodding a greeting to Karina and flashing a smile to Shanara as he patted Aust’s shoulder good naturedly before glancing to Zod with a slight crinkle of disapproval upon his elderly face before he looked to the Darktime couple.

“Ahhh, young master Saegle, welcome to the Tower of Wayreth” he greeted the demi-god warmly as he stepped forward offering his aged hand to the young man, his blue eyes watching the young man intently as if he was studying every move Saegle made beneath his bushy white brows.

The old wizard turned to Selina and again smiled, offering his hand to the young kagonesti. “And you must be his lovely bride and our newest apprentice, Selina. I am wizard Falagar of the Order of Solinari and the Master of Apprentices here in the Tower. If you have any needs or questions just ask one of the apprentices and they will show you to my study.” He said still smiling broadly as he smoothed his white beard with his free hand.

“When you both have a free moment, I would like to speak to each of you. Individually. Selina we must speak of your test and young master Saegle, it would do an old man well to speak a little about your mother, it has been quite a while since we have seen her here at the tower and its always good to hear news of how my old apprentices are doing. Especially when they don’t write.” He mumbled as he looked to Shanara and waved her forward with a bony hand…

Airiana
01/09/2004 8:25 AM


He mumbled as he looked to Shanara and waved her forward with a bony hand…

Seeing her master, Shanara quickly came forward and bowed respectfully. "I am glad to see that you are feeling better, Master Falagar. Will you be taking over the Test or do you still wish for me to precide over it?" She asked, flashing a smile at the elderly mage.

Lunitari0
01/09/2004 11:38 AM

Selina nodded in respect to Karina's comments to her. As the White Robe approached she stood and took the hand offered her. "Thankyou for the offer, m'lord, I appreiate it."

tassanaburrfoot
01/09/2004 3:05 PM

Saegle was about to angerily follow Aust when Falagar approached. Hearing that this mage was interested in his mother, Saegle smiled as readily as a kender. "I would love to tell you of my mother. At least, what I know. I can't speak for her thoroughly, for she left the village without reason or warning. But, it is quite alright. I hear her race is wonton to do such things," he said with a slight chuckle.

It was obvious the demigod did a complete turn around of temper in seconds. The demigod looked to Aust. "Will you join us?" he asked the young white robe. Then he turned to Falagar. "Is it ok if Aust comes with us, Master Archmage? I had grown a certain liking to this young apprentice and I would hate to leave him behind. Besides, I have nothing to hide from him."

He then looked at Karina for the first time. He cocked his head slightly and looked up at her. "And you as well, Aunt," he said suddenly as the relation to her clicked.

The short demigod smiled then and followed Aust and Falagar. "I must say, I have known white robes to be quite haughty and self-righteous. But it just goes to show that robes do not define who a person is on the inside. Take Master Zod for example..." he continued until he was out of earshot of the people in the room.

Arandur
01/09/2004 6:03 PM

IC: …Falagar chuckled, a glint of amusement in his eye as Shanara asked her question. He shook his head slowly, his white beard swaying slightly as he did and patted her arm with an aged hand.

“No Shanara I will not be presiding over this task, you are more than ready to preside over the Test. I am sure you will do the Order proud!” he said with a smile before turning to Aust and Saegle.

“Yes of course young Aust may come, the lad is a promising young wizard. And it is always a pleasure to have Karina as a guest.” He said as he clapped his free hand to Aust’s back.

They walked through the halls of the tower, Falagar’s staff rapping loudly on the stone as they walked, the old man listening to Saegle’s words. He nodded his head and looked to the young demi-god sideways before answering.

“Yes, never judge a book by its cover or a man by their lineage.” He added nodding sagely “My master taught me that lesson many years ago. Unfortunately there is a trait that many of the Wizards of the Tower seem to have in these dark days and that is Pride. They seem more eager to battle each other to decide who is more powerful in the Arts that they forget that it is the three Orders we serve and not ourselves.” He stopped walking and then regarded Karina, Saegle and Aust, fixing them with his intense blue stare.

“Remember, true power does not come from the magic. It makes you powerful, yes. But True Power comes from here and here.” He said as he tapped his free wizened hand to first his heart and then his temple.

The old wizard then turned again and began walking once more towards his study, a flutter of white robes…

[Edited by Arandur on Friday, January 9, 2004 6:08 PM]

tassanaburrfoot
01/09/2004 6:35 PM

The demigod was towered by those who walked with him. But, had you told him so, he wouldn't have cared. After all, he was tall compared to his mother, standing at four and a half feet while is mother was a few inches under four feet.

He nodded at Falagar's assessment of true power and pride. "Yes, I have noticed the pride among the mages. I suppose they are taking the gods' return for granted?" he asked. He knew the story of the War of Souls.

After all, his kendermaid mother had played a part in that war. Small, but then, she had been small as well. His mother was pretty well-known for her knowledge in mortal and martial combat as well as her magic expertise. It was a strange thing really.

"You wanted to know of my mother, Master Archmage," Saegle began, started to speak out his thoughts. "It seems strange really. She had been born before the Chaos War. In fact, she had fought alongside the Speaker of the Suns at the age of 20 years. Yet, even after the War of Souls, she remained young. Never once did I see her age. It's almost as if someone has stopped her aging process. Course, beauty does not affect knowledge. Aside from perhaps a few I have met, my mother is one of the wisest people I know. And that's saying a lot about a kender."

He grew quiet again, his thoughts on his mother prevailant. When he spoke up again, it was almost in a childish manner. Like a child who lost something, or someone rather. "You know, she did not even attend my wedding. It was as if she feared," he said. He scoffed, "But since when do kender have fear of anything? Most likely she was worried. Though, even that seems unlikely. My mother is good at protecting herself and those she loves. It just... her whole leaving was just... unexpected. I still don't understand it. Perhaps you may have some advice on this prospect, m'lord?"

The demigod looked up at the white robe mage hopefully. He did not know what to expect, but he had hoped the mage could give him something to think about. Some... explanation.

Silvermagess
01/09/2004 6:48 PM

Indalico walked over to Zod.

"Zod. I think we need to talk about your lack of manners."

Indalico didn't really care about people who changed orders. But, he was getting incredibly annoyed. With Zod and Saegle's behavior. And Zod was the only one to take it out on.

Indalico manged to put on a strained smile. All this despite the vien he had popping in his forhead.

"I must admit though, you have guts to be hitting on another man's wife right in front of him." He had reservations about the union of those two, but as a married man himself, he understood what it meant to be a jealous husband.

Arandur
01/09/2004 7:13 PM

…Falagar regarded Saegle for a moment his snowy brows furrowed in thought as he walked. The staff clacking upon stone.

“I think young Saegle that you already have the answers you need, but you are thinking to much with this” he said tapping the demi-god’s chest lightly. “Balance, between the heart and the mind my boy, ther must always be balance.”

“Think on your mother and what you know of her, she was a most peculiar apprentice indeed. Not what I truly expected from a kender especially considering the Burrfoot lineage and their tendency for…light-fingered-ness. Your grandfather caused quite a stir.” he said with a chuckle recalling distant memories.

“But there is indeed one thing that I do know about your mother and her family. Fear things they do not, but care deeply for those they love, they do. I would suspect that your mother’s leaving was more out of concern and love for you than of any fear.” He said running his aged hand through his beard.

“Your mother understood where true power came from Saegle, I am sure she had her reasons for the sudden disappearance but I am also sure she is not alone on this endeavor, she always had more than enough companions around her, a veritable menagerie if I do recall. Not to mention common sense far greater than most Wizards I know.” He said still smiling as he reached out and squeezed the shoulder of Tassana’s son in reassurance.

“I understand it is hard young Saegle, but try not to dwell upon your mother, I am sure Tassana is well wherever she is now. I fear however that you must be stout of heart for your wife’s sake.” He stopped and frowned, his brow furrowed in concern.

“I am afraid that some of the other Wizards may make this Test especially difficult upon young Selina because of her…association with yourself and your mother. There are many wizards who are bitter about your mother’s ascension to all three Orders and many who resent your lineage. All things that I fear will make this Test more difficult for Selina.” He finished quietly, concern in his old eyes.

He looked from Saegle to the other and then began once again up the last few steps to his chambers, his white robes trailing behind him…

tassanaburrfoot
01/09/2004 7:35 PM

Saegle chuckled lightly at Falagar's mention of the Burrfoot light-fingers. "Ah, she may not have particularly liked the art of handling, but it does have it's uses," he said merrily as he fingered a valve he had lifted from Zod without notice. "Don't worry, Master Archmage. I will return it. I always do. Can you believe my mother actually hated it when I 'aquired' things? I remember the first time I did it. I had never been popped so hard on the hand..."

Saegle smiled and placed the valve in a pocket he had tied to his belt. He grew more serious as Falagar continued. "Yes, Selina is going to need support. I have confidence she'll pass. Regardless how difficult they make it. However, I feel I've placed a larger burden on her then necessary. I just... couldn't help myself.

"See, my mother had kinda adopted Selina into the family when Selina first arrived to Fernwood before my birth. I suppose my mother wasn't planning on having children. It was complete coincidence that I was born.

"From what I know, Selina had left the village with some companions to find a way to stop a certain evil from destroying me. During one of my mother's story-telling sessions, she pulled out an orb and showed me the villagers who were not present in the village. I fell in love with Selina the moment I saw her in the crystal ball.

"I started communicating to her through the ball. She did not know my face. Only my voice. But I had captured her just like she had captured me. When I was told she would be returning to the village, I grew nervous. After all, she had never seen my face or my skin.

"Alas, I suppose those factors did not matter. She still fell in love with me upon our meeting. We knew life would never be the way it should unless we were joined forever. So, we married.

"I have never been happier, Master Falagar. Selina is the light in the darkness I live in. My mother may wear all three robes, my heart may be full of love and care, but there is still my father lurking in me. He still dominates my nights. And well... Selina, as I've stated before, is the light during such times. As long as my love for her remains... as long as she remains... Darkness will never gain full reign of me."

Saegle smiled slightly at his pronounciation as he followed Falagar into the white robe's chambers.

Skystrike
01/10/2004 8:27 AM


Indalico walked over to Zod.

"Zod. I think we need to talk about your lack of manners."

Indalico didn't really care about people who changed orders. But, he was getting incredibly annoyed. With Zod and Saegle's behavior. And Zod was the only one to take it out on.

Indalico manged to put on a strained smile. All this despite the vien he had popping in his forhead.

"I must admit though, you have guts to be hitting on another man's wife right in front of him." He had reservations about the union of those two, but as a married man himself, he understood what it meant to be a jealous husband.



Zod slowly looked up from his scroll and smiled at Indalico, "Why, I dont have the slightest idea what you are talking about."

Zod pocketed the scroll he had been writing on in his robes and smiled broadly at the mage before him. It was the cocky kind fo smile that usually got people very annoyed with him. It was the kind of smile that just screamed 'my shit does not smell...'

"And I really dont think that you can judge me or my manners, master mage. You know just as well as I do that these manners of mine are just fine." Zod said.

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The short demigod smiled then and followed Aust and Falagar. "I must say, I have known white robes to be quite haughty and self-righteous. But it just goes to show that robes do not define who a person is on the inside. Take Master Zod for example..." he continued until he was out of earshot of the people in the room.



"I dont take too kindly to you talking about my father like that." Aust said, sounding a bit annoyed, "He is my father after all, and he has taught me all I know, so please dont slander him before me. I tend to get quite upset."

Aust listened to them talk, and smiled inside himself. Aust had to say that it was a nice tale indeed. "Tell me, you said earlier that you meet Shael. I know you allready said he was doing well, but is there anything else you can tell me?"

Lunitari0
01/10/2004 10:54 AM

Selina sat quietly after Saegle and a few of the mages left. She chuckled inwardly at the conversation between Indigo and Zod, hearing every word even as it appeared they forgot she was there.

They had said they wanted to speak to her before her Test began and and the dark-haired Kagonesti wondered what they wanted to know. About her life, her experiences? She shrugged slightly as it didn't much matter. Her Shalafi and Tassana had explained to her about the make up of the Test. Her experiences would be included wether she wanted them to be or not...

tassanaburrfoot
01/10/2004 5:02 PM

Saegle looked at Aust. "I was not slandering your father, Aust. If it sounded like that, I apologize. What I meant was that, there are many... stereotypes found in each different set of robes. I merely pointed out that your father did not share the same stereotypes that most white robes carry. I'm sure Master Falagar could agree with me on this one? Besides, even Master Falagar does not share those stereotypes. Basically, I was merely stating that you cannot judge a book by it's cover. You can never tell what is on the inside."

When Aust spoke of his brother, Saegle smiled. "Shael is wonderful, as I said before. I met him the day before I left my village. I put him in charge of running my inn. He seems to be a very cheerful person. I remember stories my mother used to tell me of an old innkeeper who lived in Solace named Otik. Shael reminds me of this innkeeper.

"When he came to us, he seemed a little lost and unsure. He hadn't any money and his clothes were filthy. But his attitude and desire to work is what charmed me over. He wanted a place to stay. Selina and I needed someone to care for the inn. He had no money. We had a job available. So, we hired him. He's living there now, from what I know."

The demigod placed a slender, ebony hand on Aust's shoulder. The black hand contrasted deeply with the white robes. "Your brother is in good hands. Where he lives, he is with a small family of dragons, a Shadow Lord, and Elementals. Besides, the village is god protected. As long as my mother lives and calls Fernwood home, that village will forever be protected by the three gods of magic."

He then thought about it. "It's strange how the gods favour my mother," he said to Falagar suddenly. "I can understand why so many do not care for my mother. What others don't understand, though, is that my mother never asked for the gods' favour. She just wanted the ability to practice magic. It was not her fault if my father or uncle caught a fancy to her..." He thought about what he said in that moment and clamped his mouth shut with the one word you never want to hear uttered from a kender, "Oops."

Arandur
01/10/2004 5:51 PM

…Falagar chuckled to himself, a knowing look of an old man with many memories, at the mention of Otik and the Inn of the Last Home. After a moment Falagar returned from his memories and regarded the two young men from beneath his snowy white brows as Saegle spoke of Shael and of Fernwood as he moved around the confines of his cluttered Wizard’s study readying the tea. The elderly White Robe placed a small black pot over the ever-burning fireplace and filling the silvered teapot with tea. At the mention of a father and an uncle the old wizard stopped and looked to Saegle his old eyes narrowed for a heartbeat before he quickly went back to what he was doing.

‘That should take a few minutes.” Said the old Wizard as he looked at the pot for a moment then turned and head back over to where Karina, Saegle and Aust sat, taking a seat in a plush reading chair that was well-worn from time.

“I am glad that the both of you are here actually, for we have Tower matters to discuss firstly.” He said glancing from one young man to the other as he smoothed his white robes absently with an aged hand as he spoke.

“As I am sure my esteemed colleague Karina here will attest to, and before I am flooded with inane questions about the matter from other Wizards, what of the Test?” he said, running a free hand through his white beard.

“Master Saegle, do you intend to take the Test and join our Order?” he asked solemnly before turning to Aust. “And young Master Aust, a number of the elder Wizards have begun to ask of your future. You have the ability lad, but you do not seem inclined to take your place as a member of the Orders. I have seen many apprentices come through the Tower Aust and you have the raw talent.” His expression softened from its intensity.

“This question is not meant to pressure you lad, though the choice to take the test should be yours and yours alone.” he said smiling reassuringly to the young apprentice.

“Ahh, the tea is ready.” He said happily with a glance towards the fireplace and smiling broadly as he got up and ambled towards the fireplace muttering to himself softly…

tassanaburrfoot
01/10/2004 6:22 PM

Saegle cocked his head and thought about the archmage's question. "Take the Test?" he asked quietly to himself. Aloud, he spoke, "I have thought of doing such a thing. While I love my father, aunt, and uncle, I do not think I would like to have them dictate how I use my magic. I suppose it is ok for some, but I have seen my father in his rarest form. I do not envy the black robes. And I assure you, were I to take the Test, those are the robes my soul would claim.

"I may have the heart of my mother. But my soul belongs solely to my father. Part of the chaos that came with a kender and dark god producing a child. And, as I said, my robes would be black. I do not wish to rely on my father that much.

"However, as I've said before, such an idea as the Test was intriguing at first," the demigod said with a smile. He traced the air with strange symbols that hung there in a bluish smoke. It was magic of a sort. Rune possibly? The words vanished and a vase appeared in midair and fell onto the floor. It hit the floor with such force, the vase broke as easily as a wine glass.

"Besides, I'm still gathering my magic and trying to grasp and control it. I would not like to jeopardize anyone. At least, not anyone of any importance..." he whispered, his eyes flickering red as he thought about those he would like to jeopardize. The moment his eyes turned red, they were back to their liquidy brown colour.

He looked up at the white robe innocently. So innocently, in fact, one would guess at what thoughts could've provoked the red eyes while at the same time one would wonder if the red eyes had ever even been there.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/10/2004 7:42 PM

Karina uncharactistic silence broke with a polite decline of the tea.

"The magic you are trying to get a hold on," She said from the back of the room, "Is the magic of the gods. The magic that flows through your blood and mine, nephew. You must meet your father and get an agreement from your father before you can control divine magic, Darktime."

She lifted up the glass shards with a wave of her hand, demostraiting her words. She glanced at the white robe, "You can take care of it yourself...I wish to speak to Saegle alone for a moment, if you do not mind."

tassanaburrfoot
01/10/2004 10:30 PM

Saegle looked at Karina curiously. "Meet my father? Get an agreement from him?" he asked incrediously. Then he scoffed, "I was raised by my father, aunt. He has granted me permission to perform his magic, if I can learn to control it. It is a task he gave me..."

He looked at Falagar ironiclly, "A Test of my own. Though not of the sort any mage here at the Tower could give. A Test given to me by my father as a 'wedding present,'" he said, taking out a black scroll from a pouch that had been strapped on his back. He opened the scroll. Evil seeped from it. With a quick word of magic, Saegle stopped the evil from affecting those in the room. He then read the bloody words from the scroll aloud:

Dear son,

Since you have shown you will find a way to do as you wish regardless of your parents' wishes, I have for you a Test.

Throughout the ages, the mages of High Sorcery have given out Tests to young, up and rising apprentices to weed out bad seeds. These Tests are difficult and deadly. Only passing such a Test will ensure safety. And those who do pass the Test do not go unscathed.

However, you being my son, are in no need of such Tests. You are more powerful then any mere mage in that Tower, including some of the eldest.

This does not mean you are the wisest or the most knowledgable. In fact, you are quite ignorant on the ways of the world in which you live. You are ignorant on a lot of things.

When you and Selina decided to marry, you also planned a trip to the Tower for her Test. While I will admit I do not care for the girl, I have confidence that she will pass. Do not take this to mean that Solinari, Lunitari, or I shall aide her. This Test is to weed out the bad seeds. If she truly is a bad seed then you will have to come to terms and accept that as a part of life. I wish the girl luck on her Test.

I have also learned you plan on travelling to Qualinesti should she pass her Test. I warn you. The elves will not take kindly to you, even though you are the son of a well-loved member of their society, Tassana Burrfoot. After all, you are also the son of a dark god.

This task I am setting before you will give you the chance to discover the powers given to you at your birth. This is not an easy task, as you will learn. The evil inside of you grows as you grow. You must learn to control this beast or it will control you. Just like your magic.

Your mother gave you the ability to do some of the lighter stuff from Solinari and Lunitari. These will come in handy. However, your true power comes from me.

Again, I give you this magic for I am confident you will be able to wield them as easily as you wield your swords. As you learned to wield and control the magic, you will grow more powerful. As you grow more powerful, you will learn to chant your weapons to make them better, more efficient, more powerful.

Though you may use them, spellbooks are not necessary. You won't have to memorize your spells like a wizard does. Your spells will come to mind when needed. Eventually, you will learn to act on instinct and the right spell will come on instinct.

But I get ahead of myself here. Trust the magic, if nothing else, son. It will never lead you astray and will always be there to guide you when nothing else will. Pay respects to your mother and your gods and never give in to the demon I have incidently placed in you.

You are a Darktime. A Dark Lord of magic. Remember that. Always.

Nuitari, God of Dark Magic

As Saegle ended the letter, he sat there in shock for a moment. He hadn't read the letter before. He had intended to read it here, in hopes the mages could determine his father's words better then he could. But Nuitari's words rang like bells in Saegle's head. "He's not going to help Selina?" he asked softly, in complete shock.

He sat stunned for a moment later. Then another realization struck him. Without meaning to, his father had given him a title. His father had named him a lord. A lord of magic, but a lord nonetheless. Saegle wasn't known for his arrogance, vanity, or haughtiness. He was more humble in nature. He enjoyed working in an inn and living a simple life.

But what would such a title bring to him? If she truly is a bad seed then you will have to come to terms and accept that as a part of life.

Those words haunted Saegle more then anything. "Selina... she... won't... fail, will she, Master Falagar?" the demigod asked, feeling a lot younger then he had felt in a long time. The demigod was in mental distress and disbelief.

How could his own father even consider that Selina would not pass the Test? Do not take this to mean that Solinari, Lunitari, or I shall aide her.

Selina was truly on her own then... As was Saegle. But... it was improbable... Saegle had never been on his own... Where was Brightsky? Where was his mother? What of Tinsel?...

The demigod looked up at Karina and Falagar like a lost puppy searching for it's mother. "I... I have never been alone before... If Selina fails... I'll... die..."

He thought about it more. Realization of his spell dawned on him. He thought about it for a moment, then smiled. "She won't fail. I know she won't. We are each other's rock. No one and nothing, not the gods, not the magic, not the Test, can separate us. She will pass and she will wear the colours of her beloved goddess. And she will go to Qualinesti with me by her side. And though it will be tough at times, we will carry each other through." The demigod spoke with a confidence born of the kender. At this moment, he shone as his mother's child.

Skystrike
01/11/2004 7:07 AM

Upon hearing Saegle's title in the letter, Aust instantly regretted acting so freely around the lord. In fact, Aust could recall several moments of disrespect in the past few days, and he felt bad for them, ashamed.

"Sorry for my disrespect in the past few days milord, for I did not know of your position. I will please hope that you might forgive me." Aust said, as he titled his head in respect.





“And young Master Aust, a number of the elder Wizards have begun to ask of your future. You have the ability lad, but you do not seem inclined to take your place as a member of the Orders. I have seen many apprentices come through the Tower Aust and you have the raw talent.” His expression softened from its intensity.

“This question is not meant to pressure you lad, though the choice to take the test should be yours and yours alone.” he said smiling reassuringly to the young apprentice.

"My father asked me to wait a bit before I took my test," Aust said with a bit of a sigh, "He said he needed a bit more time to prepare for the moment as a father. Im not to sure what that means..."



She lifted up the glass shards with a wave of her hand, demostraiting her words. She glanced at the white robe, "You can take care of it yourself...I wish to speak to Saegle alone for a moment, if you do not mind."

"Allright. I'll be waiting outside. Call me back in when you are ready. I do still need to take you to your room Lord Saegle." Aust said.

"Might I be dismissed?" Aust asked.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/11/2004 8:58 AM

"Nui?" Karina asked with a chuckle, "Of course not. He wouldn't help Selina if his life depended on it. He's too fair for that, and he prizes you more then you might think. He wouldn't give any handicaps to someone who he believed was worthy of his son."

She put a gloved hand on Saegle's shoulder and stood behind him ,"You are the son of Tassana and Nuitari, apparently. Nephew, then. You are lucky, for I did not learn of my magic till my Test. Be official, and take it. You'll probaly learn something about yourself...a few somethings, for that matter." She grinned to herself and shook off her hood, revealing her solid oynx orbs, "But I don't think you learn quite as much as I did." WIth a haunting laugh, she sat back in her chair and watched them.

tassanaburrfoot
01/11/2004 11:48 AM


"Sorry for my disrespect in the past few days milord, for I did not know of your position. I will please hope that you might forgive me." Aust said, as he titled his head in respect.

Saegle smiled kindly at Aust. "Allow me to ask you, Aust. In the short span that the two of us have known each other, have I ever given you a reason to apologize for you actions? Or treat me any differently then you would a friend or fellow apprentice? Just because I have a title means little. First and foremost, we are friends. And as such, I expect to be told when I act like a fool. I hold you in high regards, Aust. And I could not possibly accept an apology from someone such as yourself. Instead, I feel the need to apologize to you. You have done nothing but help me in the passed few days and I have treated you lower then dirt. Friends don't treat friends in such a manner. And I apologize. I hope you will be willing to accept my apology and call me friend?"

"Allright. I'll be waiting outside. Call me back in when you are ready. I do still need to take you to your room Lord Saegle." Aust said.

"Might I be dismissed?" Aust asked.

"I do not know why your father was so anxious to get me to my room. However, I will join you shortly, my friend," Saegle said before turning his attention to Karina.

"Nui?" Karina asked with a chuckle, "Of course not. He wouldn't help Selina if his life depended on it. He's too fair for that, and he prizes you more then you might think. He wouldn't give any handicaps to someone who he believed was worthy of his son."

She put a gloved hand on Saegle's shoulder and stood behind him ,"You are the son of Tassana and Nuitari, apparently. Nephew, then. You are lucky, for I did not learn of my magic till my Test. Be official, and take it. You'll probaly learn something about yourself...a few somethings, for that matter." She grinned to herself and shook off her hood, revealing her solid oynx orbs, "But I don't think you learn quite as much as I did." WIth a haunting laugh, she sat back in her chair and watched them.

Saegle shrugged. "My father has placed a Test before me. To see whether or not I can learn to wield my powers and control the demon within. It is a dwanting task that will take much longer then any Test provided within these walls. It's not a matter of taking the Test, Aunt Karina. It's a matter of starting it."

Little did Saegle know, the letter had been the first part of his Test.

Nuitari watched his son. The god sat at his throne on his moon. The crystal that held the image of his son, wavered in mid air. The dark god smiled. Though the title had been unintentional, Nuitari liked the sound of it.

Besides, what other title would be deserved of his son? Nuitari could think of more then a dozen. But what if...

The dark god hated his mother with a passion. Moreso, he disliked doing anything expected of him as a son. But...

After all, Saegle was going to Qualinesti. Even if the petty wench didn't make it through her Test. Nuitari would make sure his son made it to Qualinesti. Why not raise the city from it's watery underworld and change it back into the glory it once was? Why shouldn't Saegle become a king?

The dark god listened as Saegle spoke to Karina. Blasted sister! Though he did not hate her as much as his mother, he had very little love for the child of Tanis Half-Elven. He tolerated her, though, for she had come to use before.

And now she wanted Saegle to take his Test in the Tower of High Sorcery. While that would give Nuitari more control over his son, he still liked to let his son think that he was living his life the way he wanted and that his father had very little interferance.

Nuitari watched as Saegle told his sister that the Test has not begun yet. The dark god chuckled.

Two orbs, one of white and one of red, appeared before Nuitari. The dark god growled, "What is it you want?"

Solinari and Lunitari appeared before him. "Perhaps it is best you let our mages give Saegle his Test. It would be wise. And our mages know what they are doing," the white god said softly.

"Solinari is correct, dear brother," Lunitari said, her blood red robes shuffling around her as she walked to the dark god. "Have faith in our mages. They have done this countless times. We have never given a Test to anyone before. I would not want anything to go wrong. As I assume you wouldn't."

Nuitari raised a black eyebrow. "And what makes you think something would happen? My son is too powerful for those Tests. He would destroy our precious mages, the few we have. Remember, my mother turned the tides when she stole the world. It will take a long time before we can get things back in order and have a steady flow again."

He smiled then. "Think about it, Solinari. You have already lost one good mage. I suppose Palin Majere is having the time of his life in Solace. No more magic. No more worries."

Solinari shrugged. "I still have Falagar, brother. And he has proven his worth to me time and again. My most faithful follower."

"Is that why you keep him alive? Because he is so faithful? Par-Salian was faithful too, brother," Nuitari said. "Why did he die?"

"Par-Salian died because he asked to die. It was a noble request. He is happy now. But Falagar likes where he is. He likes helping others and doing what needs to be done around the Tower. Besides, who else could've taken Tassana the way he did? I have never seen someone accept someone else so readily, regardless of race, age, or size. Falagar is wise," Solinari explained. It was clear Falagar was a favourite of Solinari's and the god would not be swayed to think otherwise.

Lunitari smiled and placed a hand on Solinari's shoulder. "You are wise, brother. When Falagar feels it's time to leave Krynn, Solinari will grant his wish. And Falagar will die peacefully."

"Not if you allow the mages to give Saegle his Test," Nuitari said.

"Is that a threat?" Solinari asked suddenly, growing defensive.

Nuitari smiled mischievously. "Only you could take it as such. I merely meant that were Falagar to give Saegle his Test, there would be a chance that Falagar could die. A chance that Saegle would kill him."

"I highly doubt Saegle would kill anyone, Nuitari," the goddess of neutral magic said. "Not that he wouldn't want to, or that it is magically or physically impossible, but you forgot one minour detail about your son. He was born from Tassana Burrfoot. Which means, not only does he have her heart, but he has her common sense and brain. He wouldn't kill anyone who is so loved by the gods. Which is why I think that the only mages who should be allowed to give Saegle his Test would be those of our choosing. We could work through our beloved and help them give him his Test."

The dark god looked at god and goddess in turn. "Saegle's Test has already started," he announced to them. "He read my letter. Selina is about to start her Test. Her Test is the next phase of his Test. There is no stopping his Test now. Things have already been set into motion. If you wish to contribute, you may. I will not stop you. But, again, his Test has already begun."

Solinari and Lunitari both looked at Nuitari with wide eyes. With short words of magic, they both disappeared and reappeared on their own moons. Solinari closed his eyes. Falagar he whispered softly into the ear of his most faithful mage, Falagar... Be wary of Saegle Darktime. He is to watch Selina's Test. But it is possible he will not like most of what he sees. Have Aust get Saegle to his room as quickly as possible. Once Saegle is there, call upon me and I will help you cast a spell powerful enough to keep the demigod in his room. Do NOT let him leave for ANY reason until AFTER Selina's Test is finished. And if Selina should fail, approach Saegle's room with caution. The demigod will be extremely dangerous. I do not want to see any mage or apprentice harmed. Furthermore, I would like to see the Tower stand for another century or more.

Again, once Saegle has entered his room, call upon me. He needs to be kept safe. Otherwise, he can destroy the entire building and all those who live there...

Lunitari ran around her throne room, knocking things down in her path. A nervous gnome watched her. "M'lady? Areyouinneedofhelp?" he asked.

The red goddess looked up for a moment. "I cannot find my ball. Help me find it," she ordered the gnome.

With a yelp, the gnome rushed around to find it. When he did find it, he blushed. "Imsorry,m'lady. IsupposeIgotalittlecarried..."

"It does not matter," the goddess said as she grabbed the ball. It was covered in gadgets. Apparently the gnome had tried to make the ball a multifunctioned base. Lunitari rolled her eyes and with a wave of her hand, the gadgets were gone. She then whispered a few words. The ball turned into a beautiful swirl of red before coming upon the face of a red robe.

Cherizal Lunitari spoke into the ball, When Selina's Test is finished, Saegle needs to get to Qualinesti. Whether Selina passes or not. The demigod must continue his journey. However, when the Test is finished, and he starts to leave, call upon me. I will then give you a spell. You are to take this spell up to the topmost part of your Tower. As you watch Saegle ride his stallion towards Qualinesti, you are to cast this spell. The spell will prevent the Qualinesti grave from rising. Trust me, you do not want to give Saegle the chance to bring Qualinost back. Especially if Selina fails her Test. I will help you with the spell, for it will be powerful. Call upon me when he goes to leave. I will be watching the girl's Test.

Then as an after thought, Lunitari added, While Saegle may be in his room during Selina's Test, do not deny him the priviledge of watching it. He may become angered at points, but this is ok. Trust me.

The god and goddess then sat on their thrones and waited for the outcome of the Test.

Nuitari, on the other hand, seemed to be enjoying himself. He called forth a bottle of elvish wine and a wine glass and made a toast to himself. He then sat back with two orbs hovering before him. One orb focused on Saegle. The other turned to Selina.

Lunitari0
01/11/2004 1:02 PM

Still sitting thinking about her soon coming Test, Selina's mind suddenly became unclear with confusion and upset. The Kagonesti's head shot up as she wondered where the emotions came from. As the waves of pain and distress that washed over her heart were once again replaced with confindence and love, the elfmaid smiled softly in realization.

Saegle was nervous for her. Scared for a second even.

After a moment, that thought was no longer comforting as it first was. Her beloved never feared anything, let alone his wife's abilities. If Saegle was scared....was there something she didn't know?

Taking a deep breath as she stood up and got another glass of water, Selina walked around the room as Zod and Indigo continued to talk. Stopping to look out a window, she sipped slowly at her drink deep in thought.

Cherizal
01/11/2004 2:26 PM

Cherizal sat in her study and thought about the part of the test she was going to give Selina. She was writing down her impressions about the girl and a few details of the test she had decided to change, when the crystal ball on her desk turned red.

Lunitari...
She listened to her goddess' words and nodded.
"Yes, my lady, I will do as you wish" she said in a whisper, then she leaned back and pondered on Lunitari's request. She wondered what exactly was going on feeling a little disappointed that the goddess had chosen to not explain the situation more clearly.

Well, I'll find out sooner or later she thought and shrugged It sounds like something interesting is finally going to happen in this tower. Maybe I should join the others and make sure I don't miss anything.

She chuckled to herself. For a moment she looked like the curious young girl she had once been, then she shook her head and went serious again. A quick gesture and she vanished. She reappered at Selina's side.

Lunitari0
01/11/2004 5:48 PM


Cherizal sat in her study and thought about the part of the test she was going to give Selina. She was writing down her impressions about the girl and a few details of the test she had decided to change, when the crystal ball on her desk turned red.

Lunitari...
She listened to her goddess' words and nodded.
"Yes, my lady, I will do as you wish" she said in a whisper, then she leaned back and pondered on Lunitari's request. She wondered what exactly was going on feeling a little disappointed that the goddess had chosen to not explain the situation more clearly.

Well, I'll find out sooner or later she thought and shrugged It sounds like something interesting is finally going to happen in this tower. Maybe I should join the others and make sure I don't miss anything.

She chuckled to herself. For a moment she looked like the curious young girl she had once been, then she shook her head and went serious again. A quick gesture and she vanished. She reappered at Selina's side.

Selina turned from the window in surprise the Head of the Read Robes appeared beside her. "Lady Cherizal." she said with a slight bow of respect for the Silvanesti Mage. Standing up straight, she asked, "Is it time?"

Airiana
01/11/2004 6:07 PM

Shanara, seeing Selina's sudden discomfort, went over to the Kagonesti with a warm, honest smile. "I don't think you have much cause to worry," she commented in her accented-Common. "You have an aura of power about you… I am sure you will do fine." She said, taking a sip of her water. "By the way," she said sheepishly. "I am Shanara Moonbright, of the Order of Solinari. I will be assisting Archmage Enis in your Testing today." She said, putting out her rough, darkly-tanned hand out to shake Selina's.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/11/2004 6:37 PM

"I will be around if you need me, call if you want," She said to Falagar, "I will, unfortunately, answer."

She nodded to him, Aust, and gave a smirk to Saegle before exited and pulled out the Orb of Godly Talking. Nuitari swirled within it.

"What's going on Nui? I know you're talking with Solin and Luni, and I know you're talking about the test. I am, amazingly, willing to help you here.

Lunitari0
01/11/2004 7:07 PM


Shanara, seeing Selina's sudden discomfort, went over to the Kagonesti with a warm, honest smile. "I don't think you have much cause to worry," she commented in her accented-Common. "You have an aura of power about you… I am sure you will do fine." She said, taking a sip of her water. "By the way," she said sheepishly. "I am Shanara Moonbright, of the Order of Solinari. I will be assisting Archmage Enis in your Testing today." She said, putting out her rough, darkly-tanned hand out to shake Selina's.

Turning from Cherizal slightly, Selina smiled at the white robe woman. Shaking her hand, the dark-haired Kagonesti cocked her head as she took in Shanara's words. "Aura of power about me? Well, I suppose I would have to have the gift to be here. But then, my former Shalafi always seemed to think I was very gifted. I know he did, though he refused to speak of it with me. You see, I don't exactly know where my abilities come from, though I feel it strong with in me. My parents died years ago and I don't remember anything about them. Though, recently, I have been having vague flashes of memory..."

Arandur
01/12/2004 1:09 AM

…The white robes wizard kept himself busy pouring the tea, though he listened intently as Saegle read through his letter from his father, a growing knot of uneasiness rising in the pit of his ancient stomach.

Quoted:
Those words haunted Saegle more then anything. "Selina... she... won't... fail, will she, Master Falagar?" the demigod asked, feeling a lot younger then he had felt in a long time. The demigod was in mental distress and disbelief.


Falagar looked to the young demi-god concern in his old blue eyes for the anguish in the young man’s voice, despite being the son of Nuitari, he is still just a young man the wizard reminded himself. He set the tea upon the table and regarded Saegle intently.

“I will not lie to you, young Saegle. There is indeed a chance that harm may well befall young Selina, to fail the Test is to die. That is the covenant we of the Orders hold and the price we pay for the gift of magic. Your wife has made her decision, a dangerous one indeed, though it is something she needs to do.” He said as he stroked his long white beard.

“And yes, the gods of magic shall do naught to aid your bride, they seldom do in the Tests. Believe me Saegle this is for the best, for both Selina and her relationship with the other Wizards of the Tower. If she is aided by the gods, she has not accomplished something on her own and been given something most others were not. It will sow naught but bitterness. She needs to cast her own shadow Saegle, or be lost in the shadow of yours. You have the blood of the gods within you and that casts a mighty shadow enough to swallow us all.” He said patting the young man’s knee consolingly with his aged hand.

Quoted:
Falagar... Be wary of Saegle Darktime. He is to watch Selina's Test. But it is possible he will not like most of what he sees. Have Aust get Saegle to his room as quickly as possible. Once Saegle is there, call upon me and I will help you cast a spell powerful enough to keep the demigod in his room. Do NOT let him leave for ANY reason until AFTER Selina's Test is finished. And if Selina should fail, approach Saegle's room with caution. The demigod will be extremely dangerous. I do not want to see any mage or apprentice harmed. Furthermore, I would like to see the Tower stand for another century or more.


The Master of Apprentices heard the voice of his god within his mind, and nodded his understanding and assent. He looked once again to the son of Tassana, alike and yet so very different from his mother.

“I am truly sorry for what you will endure young master Saegle, it is an anguish I understand all too well for I feel it whenever an apprentice faces the tests, but you must be strong and have faith in your wife, do not interfere with the tests in anyway.” He said quietly but with a sorrowful conviction in his voice.

He glanced to the door and then looked back to Saegle. “Aust will take you to your room now, I have much to do and there is precious little day left with which to work. It was good to once again see a Burrfoot within the walls of the Tower, I will see you shortly.” He said tiredly but with a smile as he stood and head over to his desk.

The old wizard glanced to the parchments on his desk and read one of the first lines of the ancient prophecy, a cold shiver running through his spine as he moved a tome to cover the writing, but it did little to soothe the old man's fears.

And He shall come forth unto the Tower of the Moons, and Darkness shall follow…







[Edited by Arandur on Monday, January 12, 2004 1:17 AM]

Cherizal
01/12/2004 4:26 AM

"No, it's not time yet, Selina" answered Cherizal with a smile "I just wanted to see how things where going on here. It must be a little stressing for you having all these people around. I wanted to give you the chance to rest before the test begins, but my fellow mages don't seem to be leaving you in peace. But then maybe it's better this way, so you want think too much about what is going to happen in a while."


Turning from Cherizal slightly, Selina smiled at the white robe woman. Shaking her hand, the dark-haired Kagonesti cocked her head as she took in Shanara's words. "Aura of power about me? Well, I suppose I would have to have the gift to be here. But then, my former Shalafi always seemed to think I was very gifted. I know he did, though he refused to speak of it with me. You see, I don't exactly know where my abilities come from, though I feel it strong with in me. My parents died years ago and I don't remember anything about them. Though, recently, I have been having vague flashes of memory..."


Cherizal shot Selina a serious and apprasing glance.
"Who knows, maybe you will find out more about your abilities and your past during the test. Noone ever knows how a Test is going to develop. We prepare the challenges, but then everything is possibile. But no matter what, it will be an experience you will never forget, unless you fail of course. In that case you will die" said the red robed elf absently. Then she shook her head and her expression softened.

"But if you have been summoned to the tower, it means we consider you ready. You won't fail if you are true to yourself and the magic that run through your veins."

Lunitari0
01/12/2004 12:22 PM


"No, it's not time yet, Selina" answered Cherizal with a smile "I just wanted to see how things where going on here. It must be a little stressing for you having all these people around. I wanted to give you the chance to rest before the test begins, but my fellow mages don't seem to be leaving you in peace. But then maybe it's better this way, so you want think too much about what is going to happen in a while."

Selina nodded at Cherizal's words. Looking around the room at all the mages talking quietly she said, "Wether I was I was here or alone in a room before my Test, I fear my mind would still whirl with thoughts and question, with memories of the past and dreams of the future. As you say, it may be better than I am here around people."



"But if you have been summoned to the tower, it means we consider you ready. You won't fail if you are true to yourself and the magic that run through your veins."

Again the Kagonesti nodded, her face serious. "I may not understand yet where the power comes from, but I understand it is part of who I am. I have studied my spells and meditated in prayer with the goddess. For better or worse, I am ready for what I soon face."

Cherizal
01/12/2004 1:12 PM

Cherizal patted Selina on the shoulder.
"That's the right attitude, child" she said, then she looked around and noticed that some people were missing.
"Where are your husband and his aunt, Selina?" she asked frowning. She was always a little concerned whenever Karina was in Wayreth and now there were two demigods walking freely in the tower. That was enough to make anyone worry.

tassanaburrfoot
01/12/2004 2:18 PM

Saegle nodded to Falagar. "I suppose I should be off to my room now. I just worry over Selina," he said glancing at the door.

He stared for a moment and then nodded to himself. "Yes, I should be off to my room now. Pray Selina does well, Master Falagar," he said as he made his way to Aust.

The demigod smiled at the human apprentice. "Ready, my friend?" he asked with a wink and a smile.

Chuckling, he entered the corridor. "Ok, now where do we go? No magic. Let us walk. The last thing I need is for you to magic us to another kender adventure," he said, laughing to show Aust that he didn't mean anything serious by it.


Nuitari watched as his son talked freely to the young mage. "If only you could turn him to us, Son. Talk to him. Let him see what our magics have to offer. Power beyond his imagination," the dark god whispered, taking a sip of the twisted elvish wine.

He then looked at Selina. A lip curled. The god had thought about ensuring the girl's failure. After all, he couldn't stand her. And if Saegle saw his wife die, he would blame it on the Conclave. This is what Nuitari had a problem with.

As much as he hated the girl, he would not interfere. He couldn't chance his son taking out his wrath on the mages. Too many mages had already gone to Tahkisis. He did not need more dying over a demigod's rage.

And so, the dark god hoped the girl would pass her Test. If she did not win, he had a plan to get Saegle away from the Tower before he started blowing things up. The god's only hope was that if she didn't pass, the boy wouldn't attempt to return to the Tower.

Again, Nuitari watched his son. The dark demigod was indeed impressive. The god was proud to call Saegle son. Even if the child carried the blood of a kender. Nuitari laughed at himself and called forth another crystal ball.

Whispering words of magic, a young maid appeared in the ball. The maid looked tired, a little worn, but happy. She was watching friends dance at the Inn of the Last Home. She was drinking the wine of her people and carrying on a conversation with a white pegasus stallion. She twirled a lock of her long auburn brown, blonde tipped hair with her finger while her liquid brown eyes carried themselves around the dance floor watching an old couple dance happily. This couple were the Majeres, as Nuitari knew. But he wasn't interested in Palin or Usha.

Nuitari's gaze remained on Tassana. His arms yearned for the kendermaid. He wasn't sure what she had done, nor quite why she had caught his fancy in the first place, but she was always on the mind of the dark god. He both hated her and loved her. He wanted her more then anything.

It was then the dark god noticed an amulet around the kender's neck. His eyes widened. "The Device of Time Journeying... How did she get it?" he asked himself curiously. It occurred to him then that she had been having the device. Ever since the gods found Krynn. The god could only assume it had been a gift from her father.

The dark god sighed and sat back. His gaze finally left Tassana as he went back to watching Saegle and Selina. He sipped at his wine again only to find the glass had gone empty. Grumbling to himself, he poured some more and watched.

Arandur
01/12/2004 3:31 PM

…Once the others had departed, leaving the old Wizard alone with his troubled thoughts he did indeed mutter a silent prayer to his master and god Solinari for Selina’s deliverance safely through the tests. Though he had the outward countenance of a calm elderly man, Falagar was indeed more worried about the events unfolding around him then he had been for the longest of times.

Master Solinari, young Saegle is heading to his room and preparations are almost ready for Selina’s tests. I do not mean to question you, my Master, though wouldn’t calm words and reasoning be a better method of holding one such as Saegle rather than a cage of Magic? he whispered softly into the gloom of the room, he did not like questioning Solinari but in Falagar’s heart he was unsure that Saegle’s turbulent emotions would understand a prison of magic…

tassanaburrfoot
01/12/2004 7:29 PM


Cherizal sat in her study and thought about the part of the test she was going to give Selina. She was writing down her impressions about the girl and a few details of the test she had decided to change, when the crystal ball on her desk turned red.

Lunitari...
She listened to her goddess' words and nodded.
"Yes, my lady, I will do as you wish" she said in a whisper, then she leaned back and pondered on Lunitari's request. She wondered what exactly was going on feeling a little disappointed that the goddess had chosen to not explain the situation more clearly.

Well, I'll find out sooner or later she thought and shrugged It sounds like something interesting is finally going to happen in this tower. Maybe I should join the others and make sure I don't miss anything.

She chuckled to herself. For a moment she looked like the curious young girl she had once been, then she shook her head and went serious again. A quick gesture and she vanished. She reappered at Selina's side.


Lunitari heard, not only Cherizal's response, but her thoughts as well. The goddess sighed. I know it is difficult, my child, to understand. Hard to accept. I will explain once the darkness has passed. I promise. But for now, you must trust in me. If in nothing else. You are my most beloved of mages.

For once in such a long time, the goddess was weary and tired. She was worried about the dark demigod, Saegle. Worried over the impact he might give to the precious Tower.

Her gnome sat at the foot of her throne and rubbed her feet. "it'sok,m'lady. Youwillgetthroughthishardtime," the gnome said comfortingly.

Lunitari looked down at the gnome and smiled softly. "You couldn't possibly understand, dearie. The Tower that I dearly love may fall this day," the goddess said.

The gnome grew wide-eyed. "Oh! I'msosorrytohearthat. Pleaseletmegivemycondolences..."

"It's not down yet!" the goddess growled to the gnome, making the gnome step back a few paces.

The goddess looked at the crystal ball again. She smiled at Cherizal. My light will guide you, dearest of the red robes. she whispered sitting back down and watching as the mages prepared Selina's Test.

"What's going on Nui? I know you're talking with Solin and Luni, and I know you're talking about the test. I am, amazingly, willing to help you here.

Nuitari smiled as he heard Karina's voice. He too took out an orb from the depths of his robes. He smiled into the orb. "Karina, you could help me in many ways, I'm sure. Why don't you sit in the room with Saegle? He is going to have a tough time dealing with Selina's Test, as I'm sure you know. You will be safe from any harm, I assure you. But then, you probably already knew that," he said with a smirk.

The dark god grew more serious. "You know there is a chance Selina won't make it through the Test. There is a chance she will fail. I need you to keep Saegle in line if she does. I don't need a whole in the ground where there once stood one of the greatest Towers to ever exist on Krynn. I am not saying to harm my son. Do that, and you will have to deal with me. But I want you to keep him in check.

"As soon as the Test is over, and if Selina fails, I will come to the Tower personally and help you deal with Saegle. But I need you there in case I don't get there in time. I have confidence in Selina, but one does not know what is going to happen."

Master Solinari, young Saegle is heading to his room and preparations are almost ready for Selina’s tests. I do not mean to question you, my Master, though wouldn’t calm words and reasoning be a better method of holding one such as Saegle rather than a cage of Magic? he whispered softly into the gloom of the room, he did not like questioning Solinari but in Falagar’s heart he was unsure that Saegle’s turbulent emotions would understand a prison of magic…

Solinari heard Falagar's prayer. He understood the mage's sentiments and his questions. Calm words and reasoning would be wise, Solinari whispered to Falagar. To any normal mage, that is. But we are not dealing with a normal mage. We are dealing with a demigod. And not just any demigod. This is the child of Nuitari. This child is more powerful then any normal demigod. Not only that, but he barely knows how to control his magic. However, he knows how to control it enough to possibly destroy the entire Tower. If not worse. I don't want anyone getting hurt.

I have full confidence in Selina, do not get me wrong. My wishes are that she pass. But no one knows how a mortal's mind works. You of all people should know that. You have schooled many apprentices. And have lost many apprentices. Many apprentices whom we both thought would make it, have failed. How are we to possibly know the outcome of Selina's Test?

I do, however, know Saegle's reaction should she fail. We must all take precussions against it. He is as dangerous as he is deadly. He could mean the end of the Tower of High Sorcery. As well as the end of many extremely powerful and well-known mages.

I have debated on contacting Tassana Burrfoot. At first I thought that with his mother there, Saegle would be less willing to react as harshly. However, I have decided against it. I know Tassana is little liked among the Tower, though she is welcomed to go there any time she may. But I worry for her safety as well as those in the Tower...

Solinari was interrupted by the sudden appearance of Nuitari. The white robe god looked at his counterpart with curiousity. "Nuitari," he said, "What... What are you doing here?"

"No warm welcome, Brother?" the dark god said with a smirk.

Solinari's eyes widened slightly. "Well, when you distrupt me from a conversation..."

The dark god raised a single black eyebrow.

"Of course I welcome you!" the light god sneered, a little irritated. "Now, why are you here?"

Nuitari walked across the room and gazed at the crystal that held the images of Selina and the interior of the Tower. "Watching the Test as well? It shall be quite a show. This Test will determine whether the Tower will stand for another few centuries."

Solinari's eyes narrowed. "I will not let your son harm that Tower nor anyone in it," he said.

"Nor will I. At least, not yet," the dark god said simply. "I have a plan. Karina is going to keep Saegle company during Selina's Test. And should Selina fail, I will go to the Tower and help Karina remove Saegle before he causes any damage."

"I talked to Falagar," the light god told.

"I know you did. I saw you speaking to him when I entered," Nuitari replied.

"Then you may also know that Falagar is going to put a spell on Saegle's room door. It will keep Saegle in. I plan on helping with the spell," Solinari informed.

Nuitari laughed, "You think a spell from a mortal is going to keep my son locked in a room?"

The light god growled, "I will be working through Falagar. The spell is my own."

Both eyebrows on the dark god raised. "Well, that changes things then," he stated. "I will still have Karina with him. But your spell should help. This works well. I shall see you after the Test, Brother. Let us hope the elven witch fairs well."

With that, the dark god disappeared.

Solinari rolled his eyes and sat back down on his throne. Have faith in me, Falagar. Together you and I will keep this evil that is haunting the Tower at bay.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

When Nuitari returned to his moon, he sat on his throne and looked at the three balls suspended in mid air. He then turned his attention to the one that centered on Selina and the occupants of the room she was in. A thought occured to Nuitari and the dark god smiled.

Indalico Nuitari spoke to his mage. I have a job for you. You know the girl you are about to give the Test to. I have little to no love for this girl. You should also know that she has lived with the infamous Tassana Burrfoot. She also considers the kender to be her mother. She loves the kender as much as the kender loves her.

Why do you think my son was so enthralled with the wench? My job for you it to make this Test as difficult as you can. I don't want her getting off easy. I want her to suffer. I want her to realize just how bad and how tough things can be.

She was abused by humans as a child growing up. Before she met the kender, she had been raped, beaten, and tormented by a group of men and draconians.

I give you this information for I know how creative your mind can be. If she should pass this Test, it should be a difficult passing. So difficult, she will wish she had failed instead...

The god then sat back and chuckled to himself. Indalico didn't always listen to his god, but Nuitari was confident the mage would not let Selina pass freely.

"I do this for you, Saegle," the god said, glancing at the ball which held his son.

Arandur
01/12/2004 8:42 PM

…Once again the voice of Solinari spoke within Falagar’s mind and the ancient Wizard listened to his beloved deity. He nodded his assent to the god’s wishes, surprised at the sudden interruption of conversation and then the sudden recommencement of Solinari’s words as he mulled them over in his mind, his hand stroking his beard in thought.

“I understand Master Solinari and I indeed have the utmost Faith in you, for you are the father of all that is kind and good in the Art. I am your willing vassal as always.” He said smiling as he whispered his response to the God of Magic. “Though I feel it may be prudent if I were within the room with him, to try ease his mind while the test unfolds. I fully understand the dangers this poses and if something dire does indeed unfold then perhaps I may be able to make him see some sense, if not then I readily accept my Fate.” He asked, in his old heart Falagar hoped it would not come to this but he would do all he could to save his beloved Tower and would gladly give his life in an attempt to save Saegle’s soul from the darkness he had spoken of.

“If I may bring your concern to another matter. It was a small detail, within a comment made by Saegle that regarded Tassana. It was said that she left out of Fear, which I believe was fear for his safety. Thus, my master, I believe that there is something more sinister at work here with a harmful influence on either the mother or the son. Because of this event, it may be unwise to bring the mother and son together until we know what caused the rift to begin with.” He said, his old voice still strong but thick with concern and unsure as to whether he should bring such menial details the attention of his God.

“And, although I know Tassana has the ability to work herself through the…adventures…she finds herself within, I fear that perhaps this latest development may be more than she is ready for, separated from her son and missing his wedding, it must have been no small thing that drove her from his side. Perhaps a small look-in to make certain she is well?” He asked softly, worried for kendermaid who along with Shanara held a special place in the old Wizard’s heart…

Lunitari0
01/13/2004 2:20 PM


Cherizal patted Selina on the shoulder.
"That's the right attitude, child" she said, then she looked around and noticed that some people were missing.
"Where are your husband and his aunt, Selina?" she asked frowning. She was always a little concerned whenever Karina was in Wayreth and now there were two demigods walking freely in the tower. That was enough to make anyone worry.

Selina glanced around the room. The others had not returned yet. Though she did know that she most likely would not see Saegle until after the Test was over.

The Kagonesti turned to back to the elven mage in front of her. "They, as well as Aust I think, left down the hall with Lord Falagar. I think they were seeing Saegle to a room before my Test begins."

Cherizal
01/13/2004 2:46 PM

Cherizal was surprised by Selina's words.
"Falagar? I thought he was ill" she chuckled softly and shook her head "The old man never stops to surprise me. I'll have to go and see what's going on behind my back. I'll see you later, Selina."

The red robed elf left the room wondering what Falagar was up to.


The goddess looked at the crystal ball again. She smiled at Cherizal. My light will guide you, dearest of the red robes. she whispered sitting back down and watching as the mages prepared Selina's Test.


Lunitari's words echoed in Cherizal's mind and soothed her somehow. She relaxed and smiled. She knocked on Falagar's door and entered the room without waiting for his reply.
"So what are you doing, Falagar?" she asked dryly. Then she looked at his old wrinkled face and her expression softened. "You old goat, I thought you were ill!"

Lunitari0
01/13/2004 2:59 PM


The red robed elf left the room wondering what Falagar was up to.

Selina watched Cherizal leave the meeting room, looking at the empty door for a second before turning back to the window. Looking out into the large courtyard, she sipped at her water, all the while reciting her spells silently.

Kalia_Majere
01/13/2004 4:02 PM

Kiela looked up from where she was sunning herself in the large courtyard, and she caught sight of Selina's figure in the window high above her...

::How goes things Selinthasa?:: The silver griffon quesitoned in mindspeech.

Lunitari0
01/13/2004 4:14 PM


Kiela looked up from where she was sunning herself in the large courtyard, and she caught sight of Selina's figure in the window high above her...

::How goes things Selinthasa?:: The silver griffon quesitoned in mindspeech.

Hearing a vioce in the back of her mind, Selina broke off her mental preperation. She knew it wasn't Saegle; it of course wasn't the same vioce, and there were no particular emotions that accompanied the message.

Looking down into the courtyard, Selina smiled to see Kiela looking up at her. With a mental shrug, Selina reasoned that if the griffon could mindspeak to her, Selina could communicate in kind.

Things go well, I suppose. The mages have seen Saegle to a room while I prepare for my Test. As often as I go over my spells, I also find that my mind wanders. You seem to be enjoying the sun, my friend. she commented with a smile.

Arandur
01/13/2004 4:23 PM

…Falagar shook himself out of his apparent reverie as Cherizal swept into the room, feigning injury at the term ‘old goat’ and shooting a glance at the small globe of light which hovered by the bookshelves. He ran a hand through his long beard and regarded the elf-maid from beneath his snowy brows.

“Actually young Cherizal, I feel remarkably better.” He said smiling as he shuffled across the room to the teapot, testing the surface with the back of his hand to make sure it was still hot enough. He glanced at the silvanesti and gestured towards the large plush seats that faced a small table for ‘guests’. It was all very informal, which the old wizard found made apprentices more at ease.

“Some tea? It is not often I am graced by the presence of the Head of the Lunitari Sect, what may I do for you today?” he asked as he poured the tea, waiting for Solinari’s response in his mind as he poured…

Skystrike
01/13/2004 5:15 PM

Aust nodded and lead both Karina and Saegle down the hall toward's Saegle's nearby room. As they walked along Aust felt as if he were a chess peice, moving across the board to some kind of nearby doom. Trying to shrug off the feeling however, Aust continued on with as little words as possible, allowing Saegle and Karina to talk among themselves.

Eventually Aust got them both to a large set of oak doors. With a simple motion and a word of magic Aust waved his hand and the door slowly opened revealing a very lavish room, filled with beautiful objects, fit for a king. There was a huge bed to one corner of the room, and it was covered in sheets that seemed to be lined with gold. On the walls there were paintings of long lost, and still current mages of great respect and power. The floor was garnered with a large rug that bore the likeness of a huge map of Krynn, the ocean's painted gold, and the land silver. There was a table near a huge window that overlooked the courtyard.

"Welcome to your room, mi'Lord Darktime." Aust said, as he bowed before Saegle and waited for them to enter the room.

Silvermagess
01/13/2004 5:44 PM

Indalico had went back to his spot in a corner and stood there feeling tense. He didn't like being trapped with people he didn't know very well or didn't like for any amount of time. Worse yet, he knew this was big. So many important wizards.

All because Nuitari has lost his objectivity. This shouldn't be so complicated. But, because of that Saegle...

He shuddered wanting to get this over with. He was reminded of that time. Yet, this was going to have even worse consequences if it went wrong.

He really wished that they could have given the girl the test without Saegle Darktime being here. It would be safer. Less dangerous.

tassanaburrfoot
01/13/2004 6:14 PM


“I understand Master Solinari and I indeed have the utmost Faith in you, for you are the father of all that is kind and good in the Art. I am your willing vassal as always.” He said smiling as he whispered his response to the God of Magic. “Though I feel it may be prudent if I were within the room with him, to try ease his mind while the test unfolds. I fully understand the dangers this poses and if something dire does indeed unfold then perhaps I may be able to make him see some sense, if not then I readily accept my Fate.” He asked, in his old heart Falagar hoped it would not come to this but he would do all he could to save his beloved Tower and would gladly give his life in an attempt to save Saegle’s soul from the darkness he had spoken of.

“If I may bring your concern to another matter. It was a small detail, within a comment made by Saegle that regarded Tassana. It was said that she left out of Fear, which I believe was fear for his safety. Thus, my master, I believe that there is something more sinister at work here with a harmful influence on either the mother or the son. Because of this event, it may be unwise to bring the mother and son together until we know what caused the rift to begin with.” He said, his old voice still strong but thick with concern and unsure as to whether he should bring such menial details the attention of his God.

“And, although I know Tassana has the ability to work herself through the…adventures…she finds herself within, I fear that perhaps this latest development may be more than she is ready for, separated from her son and missing his wedding, it must have been no small thing that drove her from his side. Perhaps a small look-in to make certain she is well?” He asked softly, worried for kendermaid who along with Shanara held a special place in the old Wizard’s heart…

Solinari understood the mage's concern. For it was his concern as well. Solinari loved the Tower. Cared deeply for those who lived within the walls of the Tower. Were the god mortal, he had no doubt he too would want to die protecting it. He shared Falagar's sentiment.

As for Tassana... What very few know is that Tassana did see her son's wedding. Once the wedding was finished, I journeyed to Solace in person and replayed the wedding for her on the walls of the Inn of the Last Home. She was very happy to see her son marry. She was worried she would miss the wedding. In fact, she was quite certain she would.

Apparently my dark brother, Nuitari, has no love for the elven beauty, Selina. He was quite angered when his only son fell in love with the Kagonesti orphan. Furthermore, Nuitari blames Selina for Tassana's lack of reaction to the dark god's advances. It seems the god wishes to take Tassana to his moon. Make her a mistress of darkness. Alas, she refuses, claiming she loves all three of us and could never choose.

Wise kender, if you ask me. However, it does not stop Nuitari's anger. Eventually, once Nuitari saw his son would not back down, he agreed to allow Saegle marry Selina. Under one condition. Tassana was not to attend the wedding. Had she been there, Selina's blood would've been spilled on the alter. And Tassana loves the elf as much as if the elf had been born from the kendermaid. Furthermore, such a death would have devistated Saegle.

Thus the reason it is tantamont that Selina passes. If Selina dies, Saegle will place the blame on the area of her death. And he will destroy whomever responsible, physically and mentally.

Tassana knew this. The kender is wise. She knew the danger her son is. Thus, to protect not only Selina, but all of Fernwood Village, Tassana left. Though she knew the village, and her son, would grieve, she knew as well, all would be safe. And it was. Nuitari did not spill Selina's blood. Instead, he sent the couple black roses as a symbol of his likeness of their union.

But, Nuitari will never accept Selina. That much is certain. He will wish her destruction until the day she lays in eternal sleep. The day she does, Saegle will lose his sanity.

These are the words spoken from the wisdom of Zivilyn, and I quote: Saegle and Selina should live an eternity of happiness. Light and darkness will always balance themselves along the demigod and mortal path. Age will never grace either, for as long as Saegle remains youthful, so will Selina. However, should harm ever come to Selina. Should Selina's heart ever stop beating, darkness will fall. Not only on Saegle's heart, but on all of Krynn.

Massive armies of the most powerful will develop from every corner of Krynn. Krynn shall become a world of chaos and confusion. A place wrathed with magic and suffering. The gods shall all but a few be destroyed. Three gods will remain. But with such confusion in the world, only one will rule. And the ruler will not be god, but half-god.

His hair will be silver-coloured and dipped in honey. His eyes shall be a liquidity brown. His skin as dark as his heart. He will be the most feared and most revered ruler of all. And no one, not even the ever-powerful Tassana Burrfoot, shall be able to stop him.

He will concur all. He will become the One God and will prevail where Tahkisis did not. All, even the three gods of magic, will bow and worship him. Then, when he has gained all power, the son of the Dark God of Magic shall destroy the one who brought all hatred to his heart. His father.

Though the ending may seem swell, we cannot allow the beginning to occur, if possible. Grant it, Selina must pass her Test on her own. The three of us have all promised not to interfere with her Test. This is why we must have confidence in the elf. The future of Krynn depends on her.

She is not to know this. Should she learn of it, it will makes things more complicated and nerve-wracking for her.

Perhaps, once you've finished with the lovely Cherizal, you should visit Saegle. I do not wish to lose my best mage, but at least you could help him. You are wiser then the eldest of the elves. I trust in you. You have my blessing and protection. Should Saegle Darktime get too hard to control, I will take you out of that room before he can put any damage on you personally.

Solinari frowned slightly. The remembrance of Zivilyn's words crept up his spine like a cold chill. The thought of worshipping someone like Saegle scared the god. And Solinari was hard to scare. If only Nuitari knew the dangers Saegle could bring.

But of course Nuitari knew. The problem was, Solinari knew, Nuitari did not care. The dark god believed he had a tight enough grip on his son. Thought he controlled his son. What the dark god, nor his son, knew was that it was reverse. It was a lesson that Solinari hoped, if learned, would be learned a long time from now.

The god of white magic summoned some Silvanesti wine and poured it in a glass he had recieved as a present from his dearest kendermaid.

It was true though. Solinari cared as much for Tassana as Nuitari did. Indeed, many of times, the light god found himself picturing the kendermaid sitting next to him on his moon. Children of their own perhaps...

The god sighed. It would not be so. Solinari was not like Nuitari and would not pressure or even ask the kendermaid. He believed too much in freedom of choice. And if Tassana could not freely choose the god of light, then he would not pressure her.

He sipped his wine and whispered irritatedly at the ball holding the room with the Testers and the Testee, "When is this thing going to begin already?"

Arandur
01/13/2004 6:52 PM

…The old wizard listened intently to his God as Solinari’s words filled his head, speaking the words from the wise deity Zivilyn. He kept his expression neutral and fixed upon his Silvanesti guest, smoothing his white robes with a frail hand. He nodded his head in assent and then looked anew to Cherizal, a smile upon his old face once more.

“Well then Cherizal, this old goat is having tea at the moment that is what I’m doing. Why was there something else that I should be doing?” he said, smiling bemusedly as he raised the cup before him as evidence, his mind wondering what exactly the elfin mage had meant by her first initial statement.

“If you are referring to my presiding over young Selina’s tests, I have asked Shanara to take my place, her skill with the art is considerable and I find her manner open and refreshing and that does good to ease the minds of the apprentices.” He added as he stood up and adjusted his voluminous white robe.

“I need to stretch my old legs, perhaps we can speak as we walk, seeing as though whatever it is that is troubling you is so urgent that you couldn't have even knocked." he muttered, "besides I don’t believe you have met Tassana’s young son as yet, well Olbarrion tells me not properly, anyway.” He said, the small globe of light flashing softly and chiming its strange ethereal motes.

Falagar strode over to his cloakstand and gathered his staff with one hand and his wide-brimmed hat with the other before turning and regarding the Silvanesti with a raised snowy brow as he placed the hat upon his head…



[Edited by Arandur on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 6:54 PM]

Cherizal
01/14/2004 1:35 AM

"Young Cherizal?" she raised a brow "I'm almost 200 years old, Falagar, I wouldn't call that young. But I'm surely younger than you, ain't I? No, thanks, I don't have time for a cup of tea now. There are more important things to take care of."

She shot the white robe a penetrating glance trying to figure out what to tell him. C'mon, Cherizal, why are you always so suspicious? Do you really think you can find someone more trustworthy than Falagar in the tower?! She thought.

Listening to Falagar's muttering Cherizal smiled, a flicker of genuine amusement in her blue eyes.
"Falagar, you should have your ears checked. I did knock. I was the one who welcomed Selina and Saegle to the tower, so I have met him, but you are right, not properly. And I am not sure I want to meet him properly!"

She paused and followed the old wizard out of the room.
"There's a lot going on in the tower, Falagar, and I don't know half of it. That's something that I don't like at all. I got an alarming message from my goddess and I am truly worried. Saegle shouldn't have been allowed to come here with his wife, if you want to know my opinion. He's dangerous and I am afraid he can't control his power and his temper. And now the gods want him to watch Selina's test..."

Cherizal thought about the part of the test she had prepared for Selina and shivered thinking of how Saegle would react watching it.
"I guess Solinari has been talking to you, as all the gods of magic seem to be extremely interested in Selina and Saegle. Do you know why we have to put the tower in such danger? Is there a reason?"

Arandur
01/14/2004 2:44 AM

…Falagar listened to the melodic voice of the elf-maiden as they walked through the tower,the old wizard’s staff clacking loudly upon the stone floors as they made their way through the Tower and towards the guest quarters.

As they walked he glanced over and raised a snowy brow in surprise, “What concerns you my dear?” he asked, rather intrigued by the topic of conversation. “I assure you, all steps will be taken to protect the Tower, I will see to it myself for I shall be with young Saegle when the Tests are conducted.” He said with a reassuring smile, for the old Wizard was confident in Selina’s abilities and in Saegle’s self-control despite the gnawing in the pit of his old his stomach.

“I would not refuse an apprentice from their right of Testing for the Order, and Selina has earned this right from what snippets I have heard of her life in this village of Fernwood. Positive thinking, young Cherizal, positive thinking.” He said patting her on the shoulder with an aged hand…

Cherizal
01/14/2004 3:16 AM

Cherizal rolled her eyes.
"I'm not questioning Selina's right to go through the Test, Falagar. I was just suggesting that we should not have allowed Nuitari's son to come here with her. I can't understand why the gods insisted so much. There's something you're not telling me, isn't there?"

She sighed and looked straight into Falagar's eyes.
"What will you do if Saegle goes nuts? How can you stop him? You know very well that you haven't got the power to prevent him from destroying everything around him. The tower is the only home I have and I don't want to lose it for some godly foolishness."

Arandur
01/14/2004 3:43 AM

…Falagar stopped walking and returned Cherizal’s stare solemnly from beneath his white brows.

“You need to have more Faith in the Gods young Cherizal, it is not our place to question their divine might but to serve them through our dedication to the Magic. If the Gods choose to allow Saegle into their Tower then it is not my place as a humble servant of Solinari to question that. Unfortunately humility seems to be yet another virtue lacking amongst the younger Wizards these days.” He said with more than a little sorrow in his voice as he spoke.

“Solinari will try to help us in protecting the sanctity of the Tower by shielding the room, but this may not be enough. That is why I shall be inside the room with Saegle, to try to reason with the boy if things go badly for Selina. I am under no illusions as to be able to face the lad and I shall not even raise a hand against him. If Saegle loses his temper, then yes I will more than likely die. If that is Solinari’s plan for me then that is how it shall be.” He said matter of factly as he turned and began walking towards the guest rooms again, his Wizard’s Staff echoing downthe hallway as it struck the stone floor…

Cherizal
01/14/2004 4:46 AM

"A little lack of humility is better than blind faith, old Falagar. I serve my goddess, but I still think with my own brain." said Cherizal coldly "Now, where is Nuitari's son? I think I should have a couple of words with him before the beginning of the test."

tassanaburrfoot
01/14/2004 8:33 AM

Saegle looked at Aust and said sternly, "You are as stubborn as your brother, Aust. If I see you bow to me one more time I shall cast a spell upon you that won't allow you to bend for a week. We are friends. Friends don't bow to friends."

The demigod then smiled to the human and placed a hand on his shoulder. "I can't stand it when friends do that sort of stuff. It is so inappropriate. Unless of course, you are mocking me?" he asked with a single raised white eyebrow.

He entered the room and looked around at the magnificience. In awe, he whispered, "The mages have truly outdone themselves. I am not deserving of such a room."

The demigod walked around, examining everything with a kender's curiousity. He did not take anything however, just looked. It was clear he had never seen such riches.

He spent a few moments just to study the carpet. He did not know what place was which, but he smiled and pointed absentmindedly at particular spots. "I'm sure my mother has been there... and there.... and here... She's traveled the whole of Ansalon, you know, Aust. I don't think there is a single place on Ansalon she hasn't been..."

He then looked at the huge bed. His eyes widened slightly. "Am I even going to be able to climb into that?" he asked, surveying the height of the bed and his own height.

He walked over to the bed and surveyed it again. The bed came up to his shoulders in height. He turned the idea over in his head as to how he would get into the bed should he grow tired or weary. Then he forgot about it as his eyes went to the various pictures of the different mages throughout the centuries.

The demigod walked slowly around the room, examining each individual picture and calling out the names of the mages, none of which he had known from his mother's stories.

He then walked over to the table and sat in one of the chairs. He looked at Karina and Aust. "Please, have a seat with me?" he suggested, smiling at them and waving a hand at the two other chairs that were at the table.

He was content for the moment. Thoughts of his wife still lingered in his mind, but he had been confident in her. He knew she would pass, and that was all that mattered to him.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/14/2004 12:39 PM

Karina smiled at the scene, her quiet unusual, but her impaitnce at her brother growing. WIth a polite bow she excused herself again.

"Nui! I am acutally helping you so you better damn answer me!" She thought into the magical Orb with a growl.

Arandur
01/14/2004 1:51 PM

…Falagar shook his head sadly at Cherizal’s words, as the two wizards rounded the corner and the gilded doors to Saegle’s room could be seen.

“It is a shame Cherizal, that you seem to think Faith and Thought are mutually exclusive, there is room enough for both to exist, do not sell yourself so short.” He said as he patted her shoulder with his free hand.

“Ahh, here we are.” He said as the old Wizard stepped to the doors and rapped upon them with his staff of pale wood and waited patiently for a reply…

Cherizal
01/14/2004 2:19 PM

Cherizal shook her head and sighed a little exasperated.
"That was exactly what I was trying to explain to you. We must have faith in the gods, but we can't let our faith take all the decisions for us. Otherwise we would be nothing but puppets".

She stopped next to the old mage and waited impatiently to be let in.

Silvermagess
01/15/2004 7:33 AM

Because he didn't really think about the gods of magic in revernt terms as did some mages, Indalico's sense was a little off when it came to Nuitari's communication. Suddenly he felt it filter in.



Indalico Nuitari spoke to his mage. I have a job for you. You know the girl you are about to give the Test to. I have little to no love for this girl. You should also know that she has lived with the infamous Tassana Burrfoot. She also considers the kender to be her mother. She loves the kender as much as the kender loves her.

Why do you think my son was so enthralled with the wench? My job for you it to make this Test as difficult as you can. I don't want her getting off easy. I want her to suffer. I want her to realize just how bad and how tough things can be.

She was abused by humans as a child growing up. Before she met the kender, she had been raped, beaten, and tormented by a group of men and draconians.

I give you this information for I know how creative your mind can be. If she should pass this Test, it should be a difficult passing. So difficult, she will wish she had failed instead...


"So I'm a god's dog now. He should have realized that I'm tiring of blood shed. All because he has so much spite for one girl..." Indalico murmmered to himself.

But, he knew it was necessary. And now that Nuitari had given him this knoledge, he couldn't ignore it.

"Fine. I hope you realize what your doing. Honestly, all this to torment your son's wife." He felt a bitter smile form.

Skystrike
01/15/2004 9:17 AM

Aust moved in, and sat down at the table with Lord Saegle. He gave Saegle a bit of a smile through his entire speech, but didnt say anything. He knew that he would sooner die, then break with protocal for royalty, so Saegle would just have to live with it. Lords were respected with bows, it's how things worked, and if he didnt like that then oh well.

"I hope your room is too your satisfaction Lord Darktime." Aust said, smiling as he watched Saegle point out all the places his mother had been. Aust had never really known his mother, for she died shortly after labor.

tassanaburrfoot
01/15/2004 9:27 AM

Hearing the knock at the door, Saegle stood up and walked over. He opened the door curiously and smiled when he saw the white robe and the red robe. "Master Falagar, Mistress Cherizal. It is a pleasure to see both of you again. Please, come in," he said, politely.

The demigod stepped to the side to allow the two in and closed the door behind them. "Is there anything I can get you? Wine? Tea? Some water? I think I saw a plate of cookies... Ah, yes," he said, walking to the table and picking up a plate of chocolate chip and macadamian nut cookies. "I knew I had seen them. Please, have a seat and a cookie."

The demigod drew out a chair for Cherizal and allowed Falagar to take his seat. He then went about walking the length of the room, pretending to study the paintings again. However, his nervous mind could only think of one thing. "Selina is about to start her Test, isn't she, Mistress Cherizal? Are you here to lead me to the place where I am going to watch it?"

Cherizal
01/15/2004 10:07 AM

Cherizal smiled briefly to Saegle, when the demigod opened the door and showed her and Falagar inside. She nodded at Aust and Karina, then turned to look at Saegle again, but didn't sit down. Her eyes caught his and she studied him for a long moment before she spoke.

"It's not time for Selina's test yet, but it will be soon. I came here to see how you are doing and ask you if you are completely sure that you want to watch your wife's test. I am confident that you know how this kind of Test works. Your mother might have told you. I just wanted to warn you about what you are going to see.

It can be very distressing to watch a Test. A Test always leaves its scars. And even if you will be only watching and not participating, you will go from here scarred in your soul, almost as much as Selina. I want to be sure that you understand and accept this."

Arandur
01/15/2004 2:22 PM

…Falagar smiled good naturedly at Aust and Saegle as he entered the room, his snowy brow rising in pleasant surprise as the plate of cookies was thrust before him, of which he selected one and bit into it listening to Cherizal words.

“Now, now Cherizal there is no need to further cause the boy any angst.” He said in between bites of the cookie. “I think we all already understand just how dangerous the Test can be, but it matters not -for young Selina will pass the test.” He said with a smile as he waved away the thought of her failure with his old hand, though inside he dearly hoped it was the truth despite the face he was putting on.

“Ahhhh. I see Aust has given you the room with the Northern balcony, good choice my boy. Good Choice.” He said walking over to the two large glass doors while giving an approving nod to Aust and then throwing them open to reveal a large balcony with an ornate balustrade that surrounded the edge.

“Enough room to entertain guests, even those of the winged kind. At least now your companion can speak with you and Selina, I will have the cook bring up a haunch of venison. A noble creature the Griffyn.” he said with a wink to Saegle as he turned back to the those at the table and ambled across the room, his white robes trailing and staff rapping upon the floor as he made his way, his elderly face growing serious as he approached the table.

“Young Saegle will remain here to view the test, I will weave a scrying spell so that he may watch the Test from these very chambers. I am worried that being closer to Selina may distract her, and she needs to maintain her focus.” He said. The old Wizard hated to lie, especially to Tassana’s son, but it was necessary and was what Solinari had commanded.

“With Saegle’s permission I will remain here with him, to answer any questions he may during the Test.” He said as he slowly reached across the table, his old hand searching for another cookie…

Cherizal
01/15/2004 2:43 PM

Cherizal turned slowly to face Falagar. Her face didn't show any emotion, but her blue eyes had darkened so much that they almost seemed to be black.

Oh, shut your mouth up, you old fool! she thought, but aloud she said, with only a slight trace of impatience in her voice:
"I'm just being honest, Falagar. I think he ought to know what he can expect. He must not be deceived. Maybe you are too old to remember your own Test, but any other mage would surely agree with me. I'm just showing my concern."

Skystrike
01/15/2004 3:18 PM

"Mistress Cherizal, if I may..." Aust said, bowing respectfully to the head of the red order, "Perhaps it would be possible if I might be able to stay here and watch the test with Lord Darktime and Master Archmage Falagar? My own master has not left me with any orders reguarding what I might do while he is test Lady Darktime, and I have allready done all that I can do as a student, save my daily practice and meditation. If I was welcome, might I be able to listen in on these two fine masters..."

Aust was careful to avoid Saegle' view as he stressed the term 'masters' and then he continued, keeping a steady voice, trying to sound as respecful as possible, "I think I have alot to learn from these fine people, even if only for a little while."

Cherizal
01/15/2004 3:26 PM

Cherizal frowned at Aust's words. She was worried about what would happen in that room when the Test started and she didn't want Aust to be harmed. She thought about it for a couple of minutes, then she sighed and nodded.

"You may stay, Aust. I'm sure it will be good for Saegle to have a friend by his side."
But be careful, very careful, child she added silently.

Arandur
01/15/2004 3:40 PM

…Falagar raised a brow at Cherizal’s anger, once again shaking his head in despair at the elf maiden. “His mother has taken the Test, his wife is on the verge of taking the Test, the lad is quite clever and he is the son of Nuitari. That in itself should tell you the lad knows that this test will indeed be dangerous, so there is no need to ponder upon what only might be unnecessarily.” He said his brows furrowed with displeasure, in the closest thing to anger as anyone living could remember Falagar attaining.

“As for the Tests young elfling you seem to forget that as Master of Apprentices I have overseen more Tests than anyone in this Tower could possibly imagine and have shed more grief over lost pupils than you shall ever know. I recall my Test all too clearly as I also recall yours. Do not take my age or appearance or lack of pleasure at provoking my brethren as a sign of weakness or senility. It seems that patience, manners and faith have been cast aside for pride, arrogance and petty insults by the Orders since the War.“ he said sternly and with a great deal of regret as he recalled the unity and brotherhood the Orders had once displayed.

The old Wizard turned to Aust and Saegle, his expression softening. “My apologies young ones, this is an argument between Wizards of the Order and should have been discussed in a more appropriate setting. As you can see no one is infallible to anger, it is a natural emotion. The most important thing to remember is not to let it get a hold upon you no matter what you believe or feel.” He said, his gaze firmly fixed upon Saegle, he hoped the small demonstration had been the first small steps in a long journey for Saegle to control his darker emotions…

Cherizal
01/15/2004 3:55 PM

Cherizal stared at Falagar in disbelief. She had only tried to be kind to Saegle and to make sure that his decision to watch Selina's Test had been a well pondered one. And now the old goat was lecturing her! A part of her wished to hurt the white robe, but she was the Head of the red robes and she knew she could not allow herself such a childish behaviour.

She bit her lip, attempted a sad smile and then walked out of the room feeling the tears sting in her eyes. After so many years and so much work she still felt unwanted and misunderstood, even in the tower.

tassanaburrfoot
01/16/2004 1:24 PM

Saegle was over-whelmed at the arguing about him. He sat down in a chair and put his head in his hands. Reaching his fingers up, he stuck his fingers in his ears and tried to block out the argument by humming an incoherant tune.

Finally, the argument ceased. Saegle looked up slowly to see the red robed elf was gone. He looked at Falagar. His liquidity brown eyes seemed to grow even more liquidity as his face softened to almost teary. "Why do you have to argue over me? I'm not some piece of furniture. I'm a person. Just like the two of you," he whispered. His tears turned to anger as he thought about it. "In fact," he said, standing up slowly," who's right is it to fuss over me like an animal? I'm not a wild animal who doesn't know which way is the right way. If you don't want me to watch my wife's Test, then I won't watch it. However, I know the dangers of such a Test. I know the hardships. I know what could happen. I know what's not going to happen. I don't need someone telling me what would be or would not be best.

"You both forgot one important thing. I am the son of the dark god of magic. I've seen Tests played out before my eyes. I've seen people both pass and fail. I'm not as ignorant as people in this Tower think I am. I was born and raised by two of the greatest mages in the world. And grant it, one of them is a god, but doesn't that count for something?!" the demigod exclaimed, throwing his hands in the air before pounding his fist on the table.

Not having realized his own strength, a dent formed in the size of his hand on the table. Cursing under his breath, the demigod whispered words of magic to fix the dent. His eyes had glistened red during his rant and his teeth had slowly gotten sharper. But both were now back to their normal colour and size as he sat back down.

Saegle sighed, "I just want to get Selina's Test over with. Can we please watch and see what's going on? Or am I denied that privilage?" he asked a little sarcastically. He was aggitated and a bit annoyed at the long delay.

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