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Airiana
01/10/2004 8:37 AM

OOC: This thread’s time frame is the Fifth Age, shortly before the War of Souls. It will have a couple functions… first and foremost, it will be to end the life of my name-based, as well as most played and favorite character, Airiana (duh!). Secondly, it will serve as an opening into a War of Souls thread.

I would like a few things to maintain a constant throughout most of this thread: 1.) this will not be a comedic thread, so unless specified, there should be no insane characters (Case in point, Tharr’s character in a Ship Bound for Sanction on the DL.com board…). 2.) If you don’t plan on staying dedicated to this thread, don’t join. If you must leave for an extended period of time, please let us know. 3.) I would like 3-6 companions (minimally) with Airiana, someone to play Takhisis (I don’t play Gods very well… see my attempt with playing Lunitari in Fernwood Village thread on the RPGC…), and some of Takhisis’s disciples.

The objective of the companions: to prevent the further rise of Takhisis. Predetermined outcomes: Airiana will die, Takhisis rises, War of Souls begins… anything else is up to those who decide to RP! Also, I will DM, but loosely, as I don’t enjoy this task. Feel free to help out wherever! ^_^

And unless COMPLETELY necessary, there will be NO OOCs posted in this thread. All questions, comments, "Can I Join?"s, etc. are to be posted in OOC: Airiana's Demise. Are we all clear on that one? Good.

Okay, now that we have all of that out of the way…

IC: Airiana sat quietly in the corner of the Inn of Last Homes in Solace. Her Silvanesti form's slender fingers extended to the table before her, rubbing the crystal of her glass. Her large, silver eyes were closed and a small smile graced her scarlet lips as she listened to the soft humming of the glass's resonance.

Hearing footsteps come towards her, she stopped and opened her eyes and her smile widened as the barmaid brought over a steaming plate of spiced potatoes. "I thank thee," she murmured quietly.

The girl smiled back and giggled softly. "You're welcome. It's always nice to have you here, Lady Airiana."

The dragoness-in-disguise took a bite of the potatoes and sighed. "Dost thou know… thy spiced potatoes are almost as good as Otik's, thou hast done a fair imitation. Would that he were still alive to make them as only he could," she said somberly.

The girl, realizing that this was quite the compliment, bobbed her head and smiled. "Aye, I am sure many others feel the same, ma'am. Thank you for the compliment."

Airiana nodded her head and took a sip of the fine elven wine and sat back in her chair as the girl walked back towards the bar, weaving between the tables and chairs expertly. I only wish that this visit was only for pleasantries… there is so much that must be done…

Kalia_Majere
01/10/2004 10:28 AM

decending the stairs that lead to the living quarters of the Majere family, Kalia looked around the common room of the inn. She idly brushed a strand of silver hair away from her gold eyes as she allowed her gaze to slip across the room. She sighed, it felt so good to be home again, and smiled. Then her gaze fell on one who seemed familiar.

She decended the last step and moved closer for a better look.

"Airiana? Is that really you?" Kalia asked, smiling.

Airiana
01/10/2004 12:07 PM


She decended the last step and moved closer for a better look.

"Airiana? Is that really you?" Kalia asked, smiling.

Hearing her name and a familiar voice, Airiana looked around. At the bottom step stood the last daughter of Paladine in her human form. Airiana recognized her immediately. After all, how many others disguised themselves with silver hair and golden eyes, let alone that her crystaline nature shown through her human guise so brightly. Smiling, Airiana stood and walked over to the dragoness.

"Yes `tis I, dear Kalia. How hast thou been? It has been so long since last I laid eyes on thee...."

Aeramae
01/10/2004 1:43 PM

A young woman entered the Inn of the Last Home, skirt swishing, belly bare, and her long auburn hair seeming to flow about her. She was Aylith Goodwin, and many of the inns patrons hailed her. She smiled at them and made her way over to the bar.

"Greetings Aylith," the inns owner, Caramon Majere said.
"Greetings Caramon," she said with a smile. "Where's Laura?"
"She's waiting on customers as usual. I think she's currently in the kitchen."

Aylith nodded and looked around the inn. Her gaze landed on the women who stood at the foot of the stairs. She tapped the big man on his arm and motioned towards the women. She didn't think she had ever seen either one of them before.

"Caramon, do you know who those two are?"

Kalia_Majere
01/10/2004 2:17 PM

Caramon's gazed followed Aylith's gesture and his eyes warmed. "Of course. The silver haired girl is Kalia... one of my fosterlings..." He said smiling.

Kalia held out her hands to Airiana. "Yes it has been very long. The last time you saw me was when I re-tested my wings so to speak." She laughed and motioned towards the table. "Mind if I join you? It has been many years since I've managed to come home, and to find an old friend at the same time requires a celebration of sorts." she turned and caught Laura's gaze.

Her foster sister nodded and returned with an extra glass and a bottle of wine.

"What brings you to Solace Airiana?" Kalia asked casually, though she noticed an air of urgency about her friend.

Airiana
01/11/2004 6:06 PM


Kalia held out her hands to Airiana. "Yes it has been very long. The last time you saw me was when I re-tested my wings so to speak." She laughed and motioned towards the table. "Mind if I join you? It has been many years since I've managed to come home and to find an old friend at the same time requires a celebration of sorts." she turned and caught Laura's gaze.

Her foster sister nodded and returned with an extra glass and a bottle of wine.

"What brings you to Solace, Airiana?" Kalia asked casually, though she noticed an air of urgency about her friend.

"Yes. Yes, of course. Do join me!" Airiana smiled, sitting down. She smiled again when Laura brought over the glass and bottle. "Thank thee, dear." She said to her before turning her attention back to Kalia.

"What brings me back? Well, I wanted to see Solace one more time before the darkness that is descending is here in full. Canst thou not feel it, Last of Our Father's Blood? The darkness that comes closer by the moment? I fear that the Dark Queen is preparing again to enter the world… I have noticed many more clerics to her order and mages of the darker robes of late. And the goblins are again amassing and going after travelers…" At this she shook her head in despair and took a sip of her wine. "I wish my purpose was not such a one as this, but I feel that I must do whatever I can to bring my Dark Mother from arising again. I do not think Krynn will be able to last against the suffering she will bring again into the world."

Aeramae
01/11/2004 6:22 PM

Aylith watched the women from her place at the bar, yearning to go over and at least introduce herself to them. She made a move to do so, and was stopped by Laura. Caramon was no longer sitting at the bar, having decided to go say hello to what he called his foster children. Therefore it was up to Laura to make sure the other young woman didn't do anything rash.

"Don't go over there. Wait until you are invited," she advised.
"How do you know if I'll be invited or not?"
"Because I know my father," Laura said with a smile. "He's got more than one reason for going over to them, and I'll wager that one of those reasons has something to do with you."

Without another word, Laura turned and left to make her rounds. Aylith sipped on her wine, surreptitiously watching the happenings in the inn.

UndeadDragon
01/11/2004 6:28 PM

Geiren walked through the door into the Inn of the Last Home. He was carrying his staff, and his face was enveloped in the shadows of his black robe's hood. As the aroma of Otik's famous Spiced Potatoes entered his nose, his stomach silently grumbled, causing him to smile.

Looking around the room for a place to sit, he caught sight of her. He could tell it was Airiana, he always could. It must have been her eyes, or maybe even the mere feeling she emitted.

The dark elf briskly walked to the table she was sitting at, just brushing past Kalia. After slipping off his hood, revealing his long white hair, Geiren took Airiana's hand in his and bent to kiss it.

"Lady Airiana, it is so good to see you."

Airiana
01/12/2004 12:00 PM


Caramon was no longer sitting at the bar, having decided to go say hello to what he called his foster children.

As the burly man walked over, Airiana stood and hugged him soundly. "Ah Caramon! `Tis so good to see thee... how hast thou been?"

Caramon smiled down at the elven form of the dragoness-in-disguise. "Oh well, very well... same old, same old..." He said absently with a smile, now looking over his shoulder at the girl standing at the bar.

"Who is she?" Airiana inquired, following his gaze.

"Oh, a local girl. Would you like to meet her?"

Smiling, Airiana nodded her head. "Of course."

And with that, Caramon waved Aylith over.


Looking around the room for a place to sit, he caught sight of her. He could tell it was Airiana, he always could. It must have been her eyes, or maybe even the mere feeling she emitted.

The dark elf briskly walked to the table she was sitting at, just brushing past Kalia. After slipping off his hood, revealing his long white hair, Geiren took Airiana's hand in his and bent to kiss it.

"Lady Airiana, it is so good to see you."

Airiana had to do a double take. "Geiren? Is it really thee?" She said smiling, raising the dark elf up to hug him. "It is good to see thee as well, dear heart."

PrincessOfDarkness
01/12/2004 4:17 PM

OOC: YOu asked for Ankh, right? Well here we go anyway.

BIC~

Slowly the scaling the steps to the Inn of the Last Home, she opened the door with an easy push. The first thing one would notice is that the woman did not make eye contact with anything other then the floor, the other was the complete and total grey that the woman wore. The warrior typical warrior would notice the exotic sheath that seemed to have a blade sticking out of it as well.

Eyes still on the floor, she sat down at a table. When the warrioress looked up, one would see why her glance was downward.

Those eyes were of shockingly cold ice, solid pillars that froze with a glance and would kill with a stare. The two grey glaciers peered around, having the same effect as a petrifying stare would, as those she had eye contact with could not break the frozen gaze until the woman herself turned.

Those eyes peered around the room, drilling holes into the backs of heads and petrifying those who looked back. They stopped on a a girl, apparently elven, who was now looking at a white-haired man. There was one more girl there, a human with silvery hair that she didn't recognize. Though the elf was showing up also as a red/silver dragon in her magical sight, she knew there was only one who was like that. The woman next to her seemed to be showing up strangely in the true sigh as well, and the last man she didnt' even bother, given the company he'd probaly be odd too.

She didn't feel like talking to the dragon right now. As a matter of face, she ddidn't feel like talking to anyone. She felt the rise of darkness, and it had put Minoa in a nasty mood indeed.A mood that she had reflected upon a few now dead people, which she also regretted.

Ankh sighed and looked back down at the table, tracing the lines of it with a grey-gloved finger.

(OOC: Will post Tahky part later, right now i have to go to Karate..ps, what is Geiren?)

Arandur
01/12/2004 5:07 PM

…In the darkened halls of the Temple of Tahkisis, deep in the heart of Neraka, a figure walked clad in darkened robes the color of Nuitari, a shadow upon the darkened gloom as it proceeded towards the great five-headed edifice that depicted the Dark-Queen, looming in all her terrible majesty high over the supplicants that viewed her and in detail so meticulous it seemed to move in the shadowed gloom.

The figure stopped and drew back the ebon hood revealing a long draconic snout, filled with vicious teeth and darkened eyes that seemed black and lifeless, what precious little light filtered from the sputtering torches glinted wetly from the almost metallic sheen of the draconian’s red scales. A serpentine tongue tasted the air as it dropped to one knee in reverence before the great edifice adjusting it’s barbed sword at its side so that the fell-weapon did not scrape the ground and defile the temple of the Dark Mistress.

“My Queen.” It hissed, low and menacing “I, your servant Serikuhl, bring you newsss of the armiesss. The hatcheriess once again produce draconian ssoldierss loyal unto you my Queen, taken from the forgotten lairss of Dragonss killed in the dragon purge by agentss of thiss temple for a great many yearss awaiting your return. We have gathered in ssecret asss per your insstructionss and await your commandss.” It finished reverently, the draconian’s head was bowed in submission to his Majesty, the ancient Dragon rune for Death clearly seen branded upon the creatures brow as it awaited the voice of its Queen…

[Edited by Arandur on Monday, January 12, 2004 5:13 PM]

PrincessOfDarkness
01/12/2004 7:21 PM

Good. Commanded a voice, that seemed to echo from all around. It bounced off walls and corners, seemed to richochet around the room until finally it centered upon the five heads of the giant dragoness. How many of what do we have, Serikuhl? Who are rising as leaders? Where? When will we have time to strike? Speak! She demanded, the entire room seemed to tremble.

Behind the draconian came a mage, a mage in robes of deepest ebony, with oynx jewels inlaid within the hems. He bowed on one knee to the statue, "My glorious Queen, your orders have been completed. The hatcheries far ahead of scedule with their production. I come to ask what my queen desires what be done with the finished hatcheries."

Let the troops that are created there grow there. When they are done growing, move them to the other troops.

"Of course, Majesty."

The man stood up and bowed again, exiting. As his robes flurried, you could see a rune burned into his neck, a rune that read 'Death' in old draconic script.

Aeramae
01/12/2004 9:25 PM

Aylith carried her glass over to the table where Caramon stood, trying to look calm and collected on the outside, when on the inside she felt anything but calm and collected. She smiled at the small group (another person, a dark elf from the looks of things had now joined them) and glanced at Caramon.

"Aylith, I'd like you to meet Airiana, Kalia, and Geiren. Ladies and sir, this is Aylith."

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Mae Silvas stood in the shadows of the inn, watching the small group. They looked like the ones she was supposed to keep a look out for. She smiled darkly to herself, her eyes hidden by the hooded cloak she wore. If this was indeed they, then she would need to go make a report.

She made her way out of the inn, careful not to draw any unwanted attention to herself and walked out to Crystalmir Lake. She stood by the water, and gazed upwards at the sky.

"My Queen, I think I have found them for you. What should I do?"

Airiana
01/13/2004 8:40 AM


"Aylith, I'd like you to meet Airiana, Kalia, and Geiren. Ladies and sir, this is Aylith."

Airiana inclined her head respectfully to the young woman. "It is nice to meet thy acquaintance, Aylith. It seems that our dear Caramon here thinks quite highly of thee. Tell me, how long hast thou lived here?"

It was at about this time that Airiana's eyes roamed the common room, landing on Ankh. She knew the double-entity must have noticed her, but as the immortal had made no move in her direction, Airiana decided not to draw attention to her at the moment. 'Greetings, Ankh. How dost thee fair?' She asked quietly.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/13/2004 9:09 AM

Ankh did not turn to face Airiana, but the warmth in her voice was evident, "I am decent. The dark force is rising all around. It sets him on edge. Easy to awaken." She threaded her gloved fingers, a symbol of an accidental life taken by the Shadowlord, "Life could be better, could be worse. Tis only a day." She chuckled, "And yourself? Who are these amusing companions you carry?"

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"My Queen, I think I have found them for you. What should I do?"



As she felt the insignificant voice in the back of her head, the fury that seemed almost innate to room itself everything, as you must, and are ordered too. Tell me of their plans, of their weaknesses, of everything. Slip in amogst them. Do not make any hints twas lifted, her attention turned elsewhere.

Watch. She commanded telepathically back. Tell me who they are. Tell me what they do. Tell me hat I am your Master and Mistress. Now go, Mae. My blessings go with you.

[Edited by PrincessOfDarkness on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 9:15 AM]

Airiana
01/13/2004 9:36 AM


Ankh did not turn to face Airiana, but the warmth in her voice was evident, "I am decent. The dark force is rising all around. It sets him on edge. Easy to awaken." She threaded her gloved fingers, a symbol of an accidental life taken by the Shadowlord, "Life could be better, could be worse. Tis only a day." She chuckled, "And yourself? Who are these amusing companions you carry?"

Airiana nodded her head. "I have sensed the darkness as well, I hope He can be calmed, though the forces seem to be spreading, so I am not so sure if it will be possible... I myself am doing well, for the moment at least. My companions? Well, please come over and meet them. Here," she said with a smile, indicating Kalia. "Is my friend Kalia," Paladine's last, she added mentally, unsure if Aylith knew of this. "And here, one of my dearest friends, Geiren," she gestured towards the dark elf. "I believe thou wouldst know Caramon, one of the Heroes of the Lance." She smiled, "and this is a local Solace girl, Aylith."

PrincessOfDarkness
01/13/2004 2:57 PM

"A pleasure to meet you all," She said, turning around and bowing quickly, again avoiding eye contact, "My name is Ankh. I have known Airiana for not too long, but we have been close friends. A pleasure to meet all of you. If you wonder why I do not meet your eyes, well, it is becuase...I have an icy glance, to say the least." She chuckled softly to herself.

Kalia_Majere
01/13/2004 2:57 PM

Kalia watched this newcomer closely, feeling the darkness that was part of this being before her. She regarded the woman for a long moment before nodding. "Pleased to meet you...Ankh" She said and smiled.

UndeadDragon
01/13/2004 3:18 PM

Geiren smiled at Airiana's warm greeting, and nodded to Aylith and Ankh. He shuffled a little uncomfortably. There was a strange feeling in the air, and he didn't like how it felt. Hoping it was just him, the dark elf took a seat at the table.

Kalia_Majere
01/13/2004 3:30 PM

Kalia turned her gaze to the elf, Geiren... and couldn't help but notice that he had seemed to ignore her on both introductions...

UndeadDragon
01/13/2004 4:35 PM

Noticing he was being looked at, Geiren turned to Kalia. His eyes widened and he quickly stood.

"Forgive me, my lady. I did not mean to be rude... My awareness isn't... focused as normal." He glanced at Airiana, then looked back to Kalia.

Airiana
01/13/2004 6:29 PM

Airiana smiled at all around, for a moment forgetting her purpose of coming to Solace.


"Forgive me, my lady. I did not mean to be rude... My awareness isn't... focused as normal." He glanced at Airiana, then looked back to Kalia.

Airiana chuckled softly at Geiren's words, "Aye, with so many people making introductions and appearing, I have been as much," she said to cover what he said, though she knew well his meaning. She looked around. "Well, shall we all sit and have a glass of wine?"

Avenging_Angel
01/13/2004 6:36 PM

The door into the vallenwood inn opened, and a woman slipped inside, shivering.

Her almond eyes and slender build gave her away as an elf immediately, and she darted over to a table, drawing her cloak tighter, as if to be unnoticed.

She got a strange feeling off of the woman who she sat next to, who was talking with a man.



Airiana chuckled softly at Geiren's words


She frowned.

Dragon?
Dragon.

She cringed, fearing the dragon had heard her tiny interaction with the cat lounging in a corner, and asked for a plate of spicy potatoes.

Aeramae
01/13/2004 9:02 PM


"It is nice to meet thy acquaintance, Aylith. It seems that our dear Caramon here thinks quite highly of thee. Tell me, how long hast thou lived here?"

Aylith didn't hear the question at first. She had been lost in her own thoughts for a moment. She started, her face gaining a slight blush in her embarrassment.

"I've lived her my whole life, but only in the last few years have I started to frequent the inn," she said softly, her thoughts going back to the past. She had fallen in love with Tanin, one of Caramon's sons. After his death she came to the inn more often for the companionship of the surviving members of his family.

Aylith missed Tanin very much, and had to get out of Solace for her own sanity. Or so she felt. As she was thinking these thoughts, and elven woman joined their table without a word of introduction or permission to join them. The human woman gave the newcomer a slightly dirty look before turning her attention back to the strange trio.
"So, how do the three of you know each other? How did your tet join?"
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Watch. She commanded telepathically back. Tell me who they are. Tell me what they do. Tell me hat I am your Master and Mistress. Now go, Mae. My blessings go with you.

"Yes my Mistress. Thank you," Mae said humbly, and bowed in deep reverance. She straightened up and went back to then inn. She walked in the light of Solinari, a black smear in the silver light. Many people avoided her, but at least they noticed her this time. She allowed herself another dark smile. Good, she had been seen. That should make things easier.

She entered the inn, refusing to take her cloak off, and sat down at a table nearby the group that she was sent to follow. Mae was in not one to hurry a mission, especially one as great as this. She heard the human girl asking questions of the group as she ordered a mug of dwarf spirits.

This was perfect. She would stay right where she was for the moment, and learn a little more about her prey before she made her introduction. It would make things that much easier for her.

Arandur
01/13/2004 11:40 PM

...Serikhuul held his head low in the presence of his Queen’s voice, both terrible and majestic as he kept himself from trembling by force of will and discipline alone.

“My Queen, the armiess of the Dark-Knightsss have losst their way and now are held under the ssway of a toady who worshipss nothing but coin, known as Targonne. Loyal Knightss stand ready to deal with this impudent worm and sseize control of the Order throughout their outpostss.” He hissed, his tail swaying slightly on the cold stone floor as he thought of the small human Targonne and throttling the life from his weak body.

“We have mercenariess from Nordmaar and Khur in the thoussandss, loyal to the coin but what better to blunt the sswordss of your enemiess before our own troopss engage than faithlessss rabble. Ogress from Blode patrol the borderss of Ssilvanosst at our requesst and the sstanding armiess of Neraka sstand sstrong at ten thousand, both man and goblinss.” He added, his head still bowed in the darkness of the ancient temple.

“We have alsso brokered a deal with a general of the Minotaur isless, a Hotek misstresss for minotaur troopss to deal with the elvess of Ssilvanosst. We have found it necesssary to dispose of Emperor Chot esss-Kalin, in favour of this General who is more ssympathetic to your Majessty.” he continued, moving slightly and causing his metallic-red scales to glisten wetly in the shadowed gloom.

“And finally my Majessty, we have the Dragonss that were hidden asss per your insstructionss following the war of Chaoss, they have sslept protected from the Dragon Purgess. As we sspeak they are beginning to awake and are eager to earn glory in your name.” He finished with a predatory grin, the enemies of his Queen would now fear and suffering before they died, at last Tahkisis would reign supreme…

Airiana
01/14/2004 10:36 AM


"So, how do the three of you know each other? How did your tet join?"

Airiana looked from Geiren to Kalia, and then from Kalia to Ankh. "These are friends that I have gathered over many years... in fact, I believe that this is the first time they have all been in my presence at once," she smiled.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/14/2004 12:18 PM

Very good. I want all of the mercenaries from Nordmaar and Khur to meet and gather into ranks. I will send a servant there to order them to get where I want them. They will be a very good shield for those loyal to me as well, I want them to be firstly attacking everywhere there is a battle. The Ogres will stay and keep those wretched elves beat down and in their own lands. I want all that step even an ear out of line to be eradicated in any means you see fit. The armies of Neraka should stay there in secret until we are ready, like the first War. Bring the minotaurs into Silvanost as soon when everyone else attacks, until then I want their numbers and their faithful alliance to me. Do away with this idiotic faithless Emperor immediately. Send my loyal servants to destroy this Targonne. I do not know who he is but in my absence if he has taken power, he must be removed from it as well. Only that of which I see fit should lead. My minions will not be lead by a common banker, nor will they be after coin rather then blood and glory! He who is worthy will place himself, and if not I will speak of the new leader of my armies.

The goddess paused for a moment, almost reveling in the next subject. The room filled with her power.

Ah. The dragons. The dragons, my loyalist of them all, my greatest and most feared of them all. The dragons will stay hidden until I see fit. They will be the last to awaken, after the elves are crushed. Go and speak this all immediately, Serikhuul. My blessings go with you.
With that, her focus turned from the draconian, vast senses that expanded through every heart and mind of all and everything in her temple.
Sai! I want Sai, immediately! She demanded, and before long the mage from before appeared, his onyx-jeweled robes sparkling mysteriously in the non-light. He bowed to his goddess.

“What does my majesty wish of me?” He asked reverently.

Find a servant that bears my mark. They must be inconspicuous, of little notice, not looking as if I am their Mistress.

“I do not mean to question My Queen’s orders but---“ As he opened his mouth to continue, he was thrown back by a wave of darkness that send nausea through Serikhuul and knocked Sai unconscious against the obsidian wall, the carvings in the stone shifting, as if to become real. Another fierce wave of evil came, and as the walls shifting more, they seemed to suck in the ill-fated black-robe, leaving only his expensive robes. With a short and antagonized scream, Sai was gone.

Astar! I seek Astar! The voice of the Queen shouted through the hearts and minds of all.

Another black robe, a nondescript man that seemed to be of little value, came in with his head bowed. Sinking to a knee, he looked up at the statue and could not help a small shudder.

At first, one would think Astar’s left eye had two pupils. A long scar ran down the length of his face, from his hairline, running down his eyelid and through the corner of his mouth, ending near his chin. The second pupil was an extension of the scar, dark magic that healed his eye and gave him sight. His hair, long, ebony and straight, fell into his black robes and seemed to surround his face in a cradle of onyx. His angular features suggested some elven blood, but from the absent of elven ears sticking out of his hair, it seemed he was a mixed blood indeed. He seemed no older then twenty, though his elven blood could have tricked one into making him think he was younger or older then such.

“What does my queen wish of me?” He asked softly.

Take the robes. She ordered.
The wall that had once been moving had straightened out again, and the mage obeyed this immediately.

Put them on.

This too was done without question.

You are now my voice through the mortal world. Serve me faithfully and unquestionably and I will reward you beyond your dreams and everything you ever want will be yours.

“I would not think of any other, Majesty,” He responded, the gems in the robes twinkling again in the non-light.

Good. Now search through the halls and find a servant that bears my mark of obedience. He must be inconspicuous, looking like one who does not follow my lead. Send him to Solace, where he will meet a woman named Mae. Is that understood?

“Perfectly clear, My Queen.”

Good. Now go.

Astar stood up and bowed again, giving the draconian a curt nod before exiting, and the Queen’s attention was again turned.

Mae! She roared within her servant’s mind. One of mine will be coming to Solace. You will know them when you see them, as they will know you. If you follow the companions to anywhere else, tell me immediately. When he arrives, tell him all that you know of these fools. Is that understood? She asked more like a command then a question, before returning to the room, deeply brooding.

UndeadDragon
01/14/2004 5:32 PM


Airiana chuckled softly at Geiren's words, "Aye, with so many people making introductions and appearing, I have been as much," she said to cover what he said, though she knew well his meaning.


Geiren inwardly grinned at Airiana's cover-up. "Yes, it is quite odd meeting so many new people... a rarity for me."


"So, how do the three of you know each other? How did your tet join?"


Hearing Alyiths question, the dark elf responded, "Well... I only really know Airiana here. I dont think I can say I've seen these two before now." He gestured towards Kalia and Ankh.


She looked around. "Well, shall we all sit and have a glass of wine?"


"Ahh... wine!" Geiren simply exclaimed, and then proceeded to sit back in his seat.

Aeramae
01/14/2004 7:21 PM


Mae! She roared within her servant’s mind. One of mine will be coming to Solace. You will know them when you see them, as they will know you. If you follow the companions to anywhere else, tell me immediately. When he arrives, tell him all that you know of these fools. Is that understood?


Mae winced in pain, the Dark Queen's voice exploded in her mind, making it seem as if her head would split in two. She put a hand up to her head and rubbed a temple.

Yes my Mistress, it is understood, she sent back. A small sense of relief filled her as she felt the attention of the Dark Lady shift from her to somewhere else. She sipped her dwarf spirits and listened closely to the conversation at the other table. So far she hadn't heard anything useful, but perhaps she would find the right moment to make their acquaintance.

And hopefully, if all went well and her Queen was well pleased, Mae would get a fair reward...

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Aylith sipped her wine, and glanced at the elf woman who had, thus far, kept silent since she had joined the group at the table. She wondered briefly who she was and what she wanted before she turned her attention back to the original trio.

They had all known one or the other for a while, but they didn't all know each other as a group. It was a mutual friend sort of thing. That was interesting. Aylith, having lived in Solace all her life, had never had that kind of experience. She hoped that would change soon.

"I wish to ask you all a question, and I hope I don't sound to forward, or offend any of you," she began, "but when will you be leaving Solace?"
And can I come with you, she silently added.

Airiana
01/15/2004 7:13 AM


"I wish to ask you all a question, and I hope I don't sound to forward, or offend any of you," she began, "but when will you be leaving Solace?" And can I come with you, she silently added.

Airiana looked around at her companions, new and old and sighed. "Well, I shall be leaving soon, though I do not know if all of my friends here shall come with me or not. I plan on doing whatever I can to stop the darkness that seems to again be engulfing Krynn. If they come or not, `tis their choice, child, not mine."

PrincessOfDarkness
01/15/2004 12:28 PM

Ankh chuckled softly, "I will be leaving.....when I get angry, I suppose. Perhaps I'll go with Airiana, I could do well fighting the darkness." She smiled sadly, and with a quick glance at Airiana, winked, and then shrugged, "I'll just have water, though it is kind of you to ask...and I acutally have met not Kalia nor Geiren, though I have known Airiana for some time now, we often have the same troubles indeed."

"Has your chromatic side felt the same way he does?" Ankh asked the dragoness silently.

Airiana
01/15/2004 1:35 PM


"Has your chromatic side felt the same way he does?" Ankh asked the dragoness silently.

Airiana sighed mentally. 'Aye, that it has... my darker half has been trying to take control all the more... that is why I wish to put an end to all this... my Father's blood will have little it can do if the dark forces no longer exist,' she told her friend silently, sorrow in her mindvoice.

Arandur
01/15/2004 2:43 PM

…In the darkness of the night, a lone figure knelt on one knee before the tomb that held heroes of both the War of the Lance and Chaos War, his head pressed against the cold steel cross-guard of the sword that rested blade first before him as he said a silent prayer to those within.

The scant moonlight that streamed sporadically from behind darkened clouds reflected off the etched and filigreed plates of his armor wetly in the dim light, the cooling breeze of nightfall caressed his long black hair and blowing it lightly across he cheek and revealing a slightly pointed ear that marked him as one with elf in his human bloodline

The figure raised his head and craned it towards the distant light, high in the branches of the Vallenwoods, his azhure eyes narrowing at the sight of the building known as the Inn of the Last Home…

Arandur
01/15/2004 2:56 PM

…Serikhuul kept his head down, determined not to tremble in fear despite the unnerving sensation of panic and the wave of sickening nausea that ran through his spine as Tahkisis dealt with the human filth. Serikhull was glad the toady Sai was dead, these humans were weak and foolish and if Serikhuul had his way he would burn the world until only the faithful of Tahkisis were left and humans, dwarves and elves were slaves under their yoke.

He was the first of the new breed, and an anomaly amongst his kind, born by the foul dark sorceries of Tahkisis clerics and sorcerers and the corruption of not one, but two dragon eggs in the hatcheries deep within the earth under Neraka. One of bronze and a second of Crimson had forged this dark servant of his queen, giving him his unique coloring and marking him as a powerful vassal in her armies.

“My queen may I bring to your attention one lasst matter?” he hissed, his draconic head still bowed in supplication, the rune of death seeming to drink in the shadowed gloom. “Another unit sshould be brought to your attention my Queen, esspecially itss commander. For a lessser race her devotion to you is exceptional. Sshe is a dark elf from what I undersstand, and wass placed in command of a ssmall company of white dragonss performing sspecial tassks over the last few yearss. I have taken the liberty of ssummoning her here today on the chance you had a tassk for one sso loyal. I believe her name is Nyara.” He hissed, his massive scaled hand glinting wetly in the gloom as it waved forth a figure from the darkness…

Prophacy
01/15/2004 7:34 PM

Out of the darkness, comes the light of elves but instead of it being a warm comforting light it is a cold hateful light.

Nyara walks with confindance beside Serikhuul, and bow to one knee. Only then bowing her head: "My Queen, only say the word and your will shall be done."

PrincessOfDarkness
01/15/2004 8:24 PM

The Queen glanced (or rather, it seemed like she did) down at Nyara, staring deep through the dark elf's soul , pushing her way through all the mortal was made of. Deeming her satisfactory (for an elf, at least), the statue glared down at her. Do not give yourself the liberty of anything ever again, Serikhuul. You are of a favored race and I grant you forgiveness, but I will not be so lenient next time. Nyara, an dark elf, commander white dragons...what can you do you make yourself useful to me? There seems to be little room, everything seemed to be taken care of, with Astar looking over the...aaah, yes. You can go see Mae in Solace. Strip yourself of that armor and act as if you one of Her voiced filled with hate those good elves.

Astar She told thee mage seperately, There has been a change of plans. You will go and oversee the hatchery production. Make sure nothing goes wrong, for if so you will be held responisble. If you had a servant to do my bidding, kill it immediatly. We have found a new one.

Yes, My queen. You will shall be done. Came the faint voice of the mage in reply.

Serikhuul, escort Nyara outside and send her on her way to Solace. Give her some more...... Again, her voice filled with hateful disgust, light-elf clothing. As to you Nyara, you are too speak not a word of your loyalty to me until you reach Mae? If one comes and suspects you, kill them. May blessings go with you both.
*~*


Airiana sighed mentally. 'Aye, that it has... my darker half has been trying to take control all the more... that is why I wish to put an end to all this... my Father's blood will have little it can do if the dark forces no longer exist,' she told her friend silently, sorrow in her mindvoice.


"As I suspected. We should most certainly go together, for if we cannot keep eachother in check, " There was a mental image of her grimacing, "We can rule the world together, at least."

"Do you wish to come with us, Aylith? You seem most eager." Ankh replied quitely, smiling down at the floor.

Prophacy
01/15/2004 10:14 PM


Serikhuul, escort Nyara outside and send her on her way to Solace. Give her some more...... Again, her voice filled with hateful disgust, light-elf clothing. As to you Nyara, you are too speak not a word of your loyalty to me until you reach Mae? If one comes and suspects you, kill them. May blessings go with you both.


Nyara let a smile cross her face: "Thank you, My Queen. I will not let you down. As for any who suspects, I will show them why they should not cross the Dark Queen."

She then stands, bows her head to the Queen again. Then waits for Serikhuul to take his leave.

Arandur
01/17/2004 7:23 PM

…The draconian bowed his head lower in penitence for his slight to her Dark Majesty. “Yess, my Queen asss you wish it sso sshall it be.” he hissed and rose fluidly from where he knelt, turning to leave his taloned claws clicking and scaping the stone as he walk as the darkness enveloped him.

He beckoned for the dark elf to follow with a wickedly curved talon, walking in silence until they had left the audience hall of the Great Temple before craning his serpentine neck and regarding the dark elf with his dead black eyes.

“You undersstand her Majesstiess wishes, Yess?” he hissed. “Find thiss agent and help them however you can, her Majesssty will not tolerate failure. Take thisss dagger it is coated with the venom of the wyvernsss, itss slightest cut will causse ssuffering and death.” The draconian hissed as it drew a black-bladed dagger, that glistened wetly with the venom in the dismal light.

“Go now, take your leave of me and head to the armory for ssuitable ssupliess, and then make with all haste to this accursssed village of Ssolace.” It hissed waving a dismissing hand to the dark elf. There was much to be done, before the return of her Dark Majesty and Serikhuul had a prisoner waiting in the dungeons, captured near the Silvanesti border and believed to be part of Alhanna Starbreeze’s renegades. As the draconian stalked off towards the darkened stairs that led to the cells he hoped the torture blades were sharp and the irons were hot…

QueshuWarrior
01/18/2004 10:48 AM

Deep in the Darken Wood, a meeting was coming to closure...

"Geo, you must embrace the fact that we are deeply involved in the conflict which lies ahead. The Forestmaster has ordered the exodus of the forest. When the Forestmaster leaves, we must go with her." A centaur within the council said urgently, addressing Geo, who was the head of the council.

"Tormere, isolation has served us well in all outside matters. Yet, I believe you when you say we are in deep trouble and that our fate lies in our decision to stay or leave our beloved forest. Gather the centaurs, my friend. We will ride..." Geo started in a sad tone. He was interupted by a burly, older centaur than Tormere.

"Lord Geo, this is madness!..." The centaur shouted.

"Come to me Korana." Geo calmly called to his steed. A beautiful white stag came in front of him.

"Sir! We must stay here and fight!" The old centaur shouted now stomping in Geo's way as he mounted Korana the stag. Geo sighed, looking straight forward.

"Do you truthfully believe that we could win, Sargor? This army of Takhisis...no...we cannot win. Not alone.... We must find hope in the outside people of the world." Geo calmly stated. Sargor groaned.

"So, Sargor, will you come with the rest of us? Or will you stay here and fight alone?" Geo said with a smirk. Sargor humphed and turned himself around, following the younger Tormere, who was grinning. Geo waited for all the forest animals at the meeting to follow them before taking up the back of the group.

They rode to a clearing where hundreds of stags, hares, and boars were gathered. In the center on a giant rock was the Forestmaster. Geo nodded to her, and she nodded back to him with a grin.

"So, you are coming afterall, Geo." The unicorn said, not moving her lips.

"Yes, Forestmaster, there is no hope here." Geo said, bowing his head with respect. "When do we leave, and where will we go?" Geo asked. Hundreds of birds were perched on surrounding trees and soaring in the blue sky. 20 centaurs adorned in leather armor and carrying spears waited behind Geo. Sargor was at the head of this group and wore a cloth around his head. Geo and Sargor nodded to eachother smiling, making amends. Tormere rode to the two, behind him were ten centaur archers. Tormere, Sargor and Tormere met hands in a salute.

"We will leave now. We will go to places in need. First, we head to Solace..." The Forestmaster said in a booming, yet angelic voice. She walked out of the clearing, followed by her unicorns. Geo held his staff high and shouted a command. All the animals of the forest followed the Forestmaster. Geo and the centaurs rode forward beside the Forestmaster.

"The human who cared..." The Forestmaster remarked, staring at the barechested Geo. Geo nodded, looking at the animals with sympathy.

"We will return, Forestmaster. We will..." Geo said softly. His hair was bright blond and fell down his back. He wore nothing on his chest, but wore deerskin, leathery pants. Along a belt on the pants were a dozen small daggers. He bore a staff which could do the will of nature. He was granted the life of a unicorn by the Forestmaster for his devotion to life and love of the forest, unique in humans.

The large exodus of animals were at the edge of he forest. Many animals backed away in fear. Before them lie the town of Solace. Even The Forestmaster looked fearful.

"Geo." She said, her voice wavering. Geo was scared and shocked by this. "The animals will die here... We will wait deeper in the forest. We cannot come out until we see our help in needed. Call to us with the staff. I will also have hawks scout the surroundings. Go to Solace with your centaurs. Come bearing peace and assistance. There are some in the Inn who know of the darkness that is coming. Find them...they will understand." The Forestmaster ordered. She turned away, sulking, and led the hundreds of animals deeper into the forest. Geo nodded in understanding. He rode Korana out of Solace. Sargor and Tormere followed with their fleet of leather clad centaurs bearing spears and bows.

They trampled through town. The shocked, fearful townsfolk screamed and ran.

"We come in peace! We come from the forest, bearing assistance!" Geo shouted over the pandemonium of their entrance. He turned to Sargor and Tormere.

"Keep the centaurs here. I will go to the inn. If you are in trouble, remind these men you come in peace and explain. We do not want trouble with these men." Geo ordered hastily. He rode Korana towards the spiraling staircase leading up to the inn. He stopped her at the terrace before the doorway and calmed her. The stag was very unsettled and nervous, being surrounded by all these men. She did not trust them like she did Geo.

Geo entered the inn. Many men turned to look at the oddly dressed man. He carried the staff in his hands. A burly man approached him.

"Do you need something?" The man asked.

"I am Geo. I come from the forest. At the edge of town I have 30 centaurs. I come bearing help to the outside world. Who here knows of the oncoming darkness that endangers this world?" Geo said loudly. Men and women looked at each other in confusion, others laughed. They were not accustomed to such blatant language and urgent talk. The burly man looked very confused.

"Hmmm. Im Caramon, and this is my inn. Your talk is disrupting the peace here. If you wouldnt mind changing your tone, or leaving." Caramon said as kind and understanding as he could. Geo walked around the man, not even acknowledging him.

"Anyone here understand?" Geo asked in impatience.

Airiana
01/18/2004 11:43 AM


"Anyone here understand?" Geo asked in impatience.

Airiana rose and nodded her head to the golden-haired man. "Aye, stranger... that I do. I can feel the darkness as much, if not much more, than thee. Thou hast thirty centaurs with thee? Then the Forestmaster must also see the evil coming into the world... come," she said, beconing him forward. "Let us talk here amongst my friends, where prying ears may not hear so readily of what we speak."

PrincessOfDarkness
01/18/2004 1:15 PM

Ankh stood next to Airian, fixing her icy glare on the man as well, "The darkness lives within, I feel it grow very much. I would gladly lend my aid to your centaurs if you are going somewhere, her and I are close friends," She motioned to Airiana, "If you are bringing her, I'm coming as well. The evil you see in me is something I cannot help." She looked down, sadness marking her face for only a moment, "I would like to hear what you have to say...," Her voice lowered, so only Airiana could hear, "centaur."

QueshuWarrior
01/18/2004 2:20 PM

Geo followed, eyeing the customers at the inn with wide eyes and fear.

He took a seat next to Airiana.

"My name is Geo. I was raised in Darken Wood with the Forestmaster. I am no centaur, but a human like the ones in Solace. However, the Forestmaster gifted me with traits unknown to man. I was sent here with my centaurs to report that the fleets of the forest are willing to help Krynn in defending its home against this army of Takhisis, whom she fears. It will destroy us if we do not ally ourselves into one army and fight together." Geo explained, trying to be urgent but quite at the same time.

"The Forestmaster is close to Solace, hidden by the trees of the forest. With her are the animals. Hundreds! Thousands! I have been sent with centaurs to help defend Solace, for her scouts soaring the sky have seen the army is ready to move. We came here because Solace is the most closely related town to the forest and the animals would seek more comfort here than anywhere else. Plus, it is close, and a trip to Qualinost or Silvanesti would wear out most of the animals.

"I understand I know little of the world outside the forest. I understand there is hatred between the races of this world, and that it is nearly impossible to join them all together under one command." Geo said, with dissapointment. He looked to Ankh.

"Lady, we are not strategists. We have come out of isolation to help fight. The only way to destroy this army of destruction is with growth. We supply that. The animals will fight at my command. This staff has that power." Geo explained.

"Who are all of you? The Forestmaster told me to speak with the ones who know of the growing darkness. There is something different about you people than the others in this inn." Geo said, looking around at the staring patrons.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/18/2004 5:23 PM


"Lady, we are not strategists. We have come out of isolation to help fight. The only way to destroy this army of destruction is with growth. We supply that. The animals will fight at my command. This staff has that power." Geo explained.

"Who are all of you? The Forestmaster told me to speak with the ones who know of the growing darkness. There is something different about you people than the others in this inn."


"My name is Ankh Shadowlark. I am....a very unique creature in the fact I am...two creatures. I would explain it....had I felt you would comprehend it. Not that I am say you are stupid...it is.....very....complicated. Suffice it to say that I am very powerful, though not all of me is good. Perhaps when I get to know you better, I will explain." Ankh muttered quietly , looking back at Airiana, "Or she can. It doesn't matter." She shrugged to herself slightly.

Aeramae
01/18/2004 6:25 PM


"Do you wish to come with us, Aylith? You seem most eager."


Aylith was struck silent when Ankh asked her if she wanted to go with them. She had been about to answer when the stranger who called himself Geo entered the inn, making a loud announcement about darkness and centaurs. He was invited over to the table and told his story.

Aylith frowned slightly and then cleared her throat.
"Excuse me," she said. "But I'm coming with you. I was invited to leave Solace with these people and I am going to accept that invitation."

___________

Mae found the moment she was waiting for. If the Forestmaster was recruiting this group to do something about her Queen's return, then she had to go with them. After all, she was positive that she would earn at least some small favor in her Queen's eyes if she was able to give over very important information...especially if it related to her Dark Mistresses plans.

She got up from her table and approached the group. She kept her hood on her cloak on her head. Her head was lowered and she stopped behind the local girl, Aylith.

"I too feel the darkness..."

Prophacy
01/18/2004 7:38 PM


“You undersstand her Majesstiess wishes, Yess?” he hissed. “Find thiss agent and help them however you can, her Majesssty will not tolerate failure. Take thisss dagger it is coated with the venom of the wyvernsss, itss slightest cut will causse ssuffering and death.” The draconian hissed as it drew a black-bladed dagger, that glistened wetly with the venom in the dismal light.


Nyara just gives him a cold stare, and eventually gives an evil smile: "Yes, I understand, and I will never fail the Dark Queen. For I will take my own life if I even do. I only ever serve her." She looks at the dagger, then takes it: "I will take it, but I doubt I will ever use it. I do so enjoy causing suffering and death by my own ideas rather then someone elses. But I will take it, for at some point it maybe the only thing I have to assure success."



“Go now, take your leave of me and head to the armory for ssuitable ssupliess, and then make with all haste to this accursssed village of Ssolace.” It hissed waving a dismissing hand to the dark elf.


She walks to the armory, where they have quite a time finding what she needs. They eventually find some elven clothing and weapons, she slips it all on feeling strange in the thinner material, her scars tingling at the air that was coming through. She takes the sword and the bow, along with some arrows. With a nod she leaves, looking like any other Qualinesti elf except for the fact of the scars on the right side of her face. Sighing wishing there was a way to cover it up, she walks out heading for Solace.

Arandur
01/18/2004 10:49 PM

…The young knight began his walk towards the Inn of the Last Home but stopped short as his more astute half-elfin hearing caught something of the cool night breeze. He tilted his head slowly, not moving but listening for the noise to come again as he tucked his long ebony hair behind his ear with a gauntleted hand, the steel cool against the warmth of his cheek and listened to the night. Nothing.

He took a quick look at the shadows that surrounded Solace but saw nothing. He sighed heavily and held his hand out before him and watched the steel encased palm quiver slightly before he balled his fist and snatched it back to his side.

I have fought in battles for the knighthood and yet coming…home…makes me more anxious than anything I have ever faced.

The young knight shook his head the thought of home. An alien concept to him for he had called naught but home save the Headquarters of the Knights of Solamnia in Solanthus and the saddle of his steed, the reins of which he held and followed his steps as faithful as ever.

As he reached the bottom of the winding stairs, the young knight tied his horses reins to the hitching post and absently patted the beasts nose as he looked to the lights above, desperately trying to work away the growing restlessness the stirred in his very being.

With one last deep breath, the half-elf began his way up the winding steps towards the Inn of the Last Home, and the only thing left he could call family, despite the fact they know not that he even drew breath…

[Edited by Arandur on Sunday, January 18, 2004 10:53 PM]

PrincessOfDarkness
01/19/2004 12:30 PM

Seeing Nyara enter the armory, Astar intervened, "You're the one then?" He asked, a hint of distate in his voice, "I will be magicking you to near Solace. That means don't bother to argue with me."

Pulling out several spell components, he mumbled something magical and threw the components at dark elf, hoping the spell woudl take the dark elf to Solace as he wished it.

Prophacy
01/19/2004 12:48 PM


Seeing Nyara enter the armory, Astar intervened, "You're the one then?" He asked, a hint of distate in his voice, "I will be magicking you to near Solace. That means don't bother to argue with me."

Nyara looking back at him with the same amount of distaste, and not willing to have magic used on her for anything. Puts her hand to where the dagger is.



Pulling out several spell components, he mumbled something magical and threw the components at dark elf, hoping the spell woudl take the dark elf to Solace as he wished it.


Just as she pulls the dagger out, the world around her starts spinning. She starts feeling queazy, so she shuts her eyes which helps a little. She eventually feels everything stop and hesatently opens her eyes, to find herself at the edge of the forest that leads into Solace.

She walks into town, she sees that there is more going on up in one big then there is in the rest of the town. So she follows some people heading up the stairs figuring that this maybe the best place to try first , as she heads up the stairs she notices a sign with "The Inn of the Last Home" written on it. She puts on her best innocent elven smile, and then says to the air: "Ah yes the famous Inn, where else would we find heros willing to save the world." She then heads up the stairs, smiling at her little joke.

Airiana
01/19/2004 12:50 PM


"Who are all of you? The Forestmaster told me to speak with the ones who know of the growing darkness. There is something different about you people than the others in this inn." Geo said, looking around at the staring patrons.

Airiana listened to Geo's words, and when he finished, she sighed heavily. "Well, let us say that we are… not exactly ordinary. I am called Airiana, and am a dragon of both Silver and Red blood… that is why I feel the darkness that is coming. Ankh here," she said gesturing to her friend with a slight smile, "is as she explained, both a creature of light and of darkness, as both reside inside her. The others… well, if they wish to tell anything about themselves, they are welcome to do so, or not… as they choose."


"Excuse me," she said. "But I'm coming with you. I was invited to leave Solace with these people and I am going to accept that invitation."

Airiana frowned at Aylith slightly, shaking her head. "Yes this is true… but art thou quite sure that thee still wish to come with us? We will, eventually, be fighting the Armies of Takhisis… and possibly even Takhisis herself. This is very dangerous, thee understand. Thou might very well be risking thy life in the journey."


She got up from her table and approached the group. She kept her hood on her cloak on her head. Her head was lowered and she stopped behind the local girl, Aylith.

"I too feel the darkness..."

Airiana looked up at the cloaked woman, eyeing her suspiciously. I hate when people listen in on conversations like that… she thought absently to herself, and sent the same message to Ankh a moment later.

The dragoness-in-disguise cocked her head to the side, tendrils of her long, ebon hair falling over her shoulder to reveal the Silvanesti ear beneath. "Dost thou truly? Tell me… how does this darkness feel, and how didst thou come to know it?" She asked, motioning for the woman to take one of the last available chairs at the table.

UndeadDragon
01/19/2004 1:57 PM


"Who are all of you? The Forestmaster told me to speak with the ones who know of the growing darkness. There is something different about you people than the others in this inn." Geo said, looking around at the staring patrons.


Geiren looked at the man, his eyebrows furrowed. "I am Geiren... A dark elf, obviously. I would tell you more... but, to be straightforward here, I don't trust you. I find it odd that you come here with a large group of centaurs," He shook his head. "It just seems out of place."

PrincessOfDarkness
01/19/2004 3:04 PM


Airiana frowned at Aylith slightly, shaking her head. "Yes this is true… but art thou quite sure that thee still wish to come with us? We will, eventually, be fighting the Armies of Takhisis… and possibly even Takhisis herself. This is very dangerous, thee understand. Thou might very well be risking thy life in the journey."


"Was it not a bunch of normal people who set out and defeated the Dark Queen during the War of the Lance? Normal people doing extraordinary things. Not to say that extraordinary people can do extraordinary things as well," Ankh replied with a grin at Aylith.


I hate when people listen in on conversations like that… she thought absently to herself, and sent the same message to Ankh a moment later.


"I cannot say she was listening in.....for he was offering it to anyone...forgive me for being defending of her but it seems that way.." Ankh responded back.

Arandur
01/19/2004 4:57 PM

…The young half-elfin knight reached the door to the Inn of the Last Home and with one final breath for courage turned the brass handle quickly and stepped into the light of the common, feeling a tingle across his skin as the warmth of the room touched his cool cheeks and forehead.

Once inside, his clear blue eyes searched the strange array of patrons, noticing that many of the villagers seemed to be eying a small congregation of folk that stood around one of the tables. He rested his hand casually upon the hilt of his forefather’s bastard sword and tokk a step into the room, his expression one of nervousness that was worn plain on his handsome face…

QueshuWarrior
01/19/2004 5:22 PM

Geo looked at Geiren in confusion.

"Elf, I do not know this talk of 'not trusting'. I am wondering what you dont believe in my words. My straightforwardness may shock you, but it comes from being used to a world where what is said is said, and nothing stands in its way. This world, being the forest." Geo explained.

"I am here with centaurs because I do not trust any outside people, as you are. Also, as a sign of how we could help. You doubt I come from the forest, I can prove to you I do. You can all meet with the Forestmaster if you do not trust me...Unless of course, you dont trust the Forestmaster either?" Geo said to Geiren with a smirk. "I think Im getting the hang of this sarcasm idea..."

"But, this is no joking matter, I apologize. Perhaps the Forestmaster would explain better than I. Basically, we are here to supply unbias assistance. Us people of the forest know nothing but love and protecting that love. We know nothing of discrimination or hate. Yet, we are willing to fight for what we love at the cost of our passive history. Our love being the forest. If Takhisis took over, the forests would be replaced by mines of steel and smoke to maintain a powerful force in this world. We come without stradegy, but simply to offer our assistance, in a hope to strengthen the defense of Krynn. If we are not trusted." Geo said, eyeing the dark elf. "Then we have not found the hope we were looking for, and we will return to the forest and fight against the evil as it came. Basically, it would be because nobody would come to help. If the world believed as you, dark elf, then we would all be picked off one by one, race by race, city by city. At these times, we must join as one, trust or not, as us forest folk offer. Trust is beyond the point. Do you think the bears, the stags, and the hares trust the men who have been chopping down their homes for thousands of years? No, they do not. Yet, to protect our home, we are willing to join together, and if we live past these dark times, perhaps create a new trust between the races. But first, we must focus on one thing at a time. First off, we must survive this attack on Krynn." Geo said, taking sips of a mug of water every now and then. He grabbed a spiced potatoe and shoved in into his mouth.

Prophacy
01/19/2004 7:47 PM

Nyara finally gets up the stair, and goes through the door infront of her she sees what appears to be a very nervous half-elf, who held his hand on his sword like an enemy was going to jump out of no where.

Nyara quietly makes her way over to him, and gets close enough to his ear to talk quietly to him without him noticing: "Why half-elf, you look as if the Dark Queen might be standing right at your heals. What is the worry, you are safe. This is the Fabled in of the last home is it not." She says in the softest and sweetest voice she could manage.

[Edited by Prophacy on Monday, January 19, 2004 7:49 PM]

Arandur
01/19/2004 8:17 PM

…The young Knight of the Sword, turned to regard the elf woman with the raise one on finely sculpted dark brow. “Nay, lady elf, it is not the Dark Queen that I fear for I know in my heart that her wickedness can never succeed in a world such as this. I am here seeking an audience Master Caramon Majere, or one of his family. Pray tell could you tell me which of these folk are Majeres.” he said with a nervous smile as he placed a lock of errant hair behind his ear with his gauntleted hand before dropping it casually to the hilt of his ancient blade…

Prophacy
01/19/2004 8:43 PM

She smiles, entertained with the half-elf. She reaches out her hand and take the piece of hair that he just put back behind his ear and plays with it for a moment stairing into his innocent and nieve eyes and chuckles: "You are so cute and adorable, perhaps our path will meet someday again I truly hope. But I cannot help for I have never met him, and I have someone of my own to look for. But I have heard that he is a very big man, perhaps you should look for the biggest man here, and perhaps you will find him. I shall take my leave now, and search for the person I am looking for. Goodluck, stranger." She bows her head, taking in the rest of him. She meets his eyes again with a smile, then turns and walks through the crowd heading for the group that the Half-elf was looking towards earlier.

[Edited by Prophacy on Monday, January 19, 2004 8:44 PM]

Airiana
01/20/2004 6:01 AM


"If we are not trusted." Geo said, eyeing the dark elf. "Then we have not found the hope we were looking for, and we will return to the forest and fight against the evil as it came.

Airiana placed her hand on Geiren's and whispered a word of calm to him. "He can be trusted... he smells of the forest and the only fear he seems to have is concern for the forest, worry not."

Having said her peace to Geiren, she turned to Geo. "Please forgive my friend, he is not a trusting person... it is against his nature. Now, for a plan... if we are to do this, then we should probably go to see the rest of our forces, the centaurs at least," she said, looking around the circle of people for affirmation.

Caramon nodded his head to all those at the table and turned back towards the bar, seeing the newly entered people. The large man smiled broadly as he walked up the the Knight of the Sword. "Welcome to the Inn of the Last Home, what can I get you?"

Aeramae
01/20/2004 10:58 AM

Mae thought for a moment, praying to her Queen to guide her in choosing the right words. She sat in the proffered chair, and took a deep breath.
"I know not how I have come to feel this...thing, this darkness. I only know that to me it feels as if I am being smothered with a very heavy, very dark blanket, one which makes me feel on edge all the time," she said softly. "My apologies, if it seems as though I make this up, or if I was listening to your conversation. I assure you that I am telling the truth about the darkness, and that I wasn't eavesdropping."

Aylith looked at Mae, who still hid her face from them. She found that most odd and disturbing of all about this strange woman so far. She then turned to Airiana, and thought about her question. Was she willing to fight the Dark Queen and possibly die? Of course she was. After all, there was no life for her here without Tanin around.

"I still wish to come," she said. "I wish to fight Takhisis and do honor for one that I have loved."

Prophacy
01/20/2004 11:16 AM

Nyara walking closer to the table with the group, you could only say looked like a bunch of wanna be heros. As she was checking them all out carefully though not to be seen, she noticed the dark smuge of a person. One who didn't quite fit in the light of the rest of these people.

Nyara then knew she had found Mae, while the others were talking she walk to Mae and loud enough so it companions could hear she says trying to look under Mae's hood: "Mae is that you in there, it has been a while hasn't it? You don't recognize me do you?" With a fake pout, and a look of "go along with this, we will talk later".

QueshuWarrior
01/20/2004 2:52 PM

"I suppose that is worth doing." Geo said sighing, he took his staff which was leaning on the wall and waited for the others before heading for the door. He trusted Airiana the most out of all of the group. There were a couple whom were very shady in the way they just walked up to the group. Geo took this into consideration. He stood beside Airiana.

"Though, I believe the best offense is a good defense. I belief we should be like the rock fish, and wait for our enemies to come to us..." Geo said, acting out the motion with his free hand.

"The Forestmaster believes Solace is the first place to go down, since there is so much pride and love here compared to other areas of Krynn. She believes Takhisis hopes to squash the last remaining beauty in this world. Perhaps, we should stay and wait for the enemy to come. It is easier to defend a home than to invade someone elses. Sooner or later, war will come to this beautiful vallenwood town. Better it happens now, and to our advantage. The dark forces will not expect the forest to strike back..."Geo said, looking off into the fireplace as he said the last line, a vengeful expression on his face. He snapped out of this and head for the door.

Airiana
01/20/2004 6:43 PM


"Though, I believe the best offense is a good defense. I belief we should be like the rock fish, and wait for our enemies to come to us..." Geo said, acting out the motion with his free hand.

Airiana nodded her head in agreement. "Aye, and here thou hast led me to believe thee to have no strategy," she said with a wink. Putting up a hand in signal for Geo to wait, she turned abruptly, looking at the cloaked woman who was being beckoned by a Qualinesti. "Thou art with us now, or not at all. This is not a game, child... make thy decision. We fight against the Dark Queen herself, and those who would rather be doing something else have no place among us." She said curtly before turning back to Geo. "I agree with thee on this sir... Solace is like a bright star in a sky devoid of any others... she will try to obliterate this wonderful place soon, if it is not the very first place she attacks. If we can rally the townspeople to our caust, this will be a much easier thing done. Making a defense of the city would be wise. There are plenty of places among the trees and below them where troops could be hidden, and on the outskirts we should have no problems making a patrol." She said as she got to the door. She turned around once again, this time addressing the entire group of her companions. "As I told this cloaked one here," she said, gesturing to the woman. "Thou art with us now, or not at all... please, let us see what we can do to protect the city."

Prophacy
01/20/2004 7:29 PM


"Thou art with us now, or not at all. This is not a game, child... make thy decision. We fight against the Dark Queen herself, and those who would rather be doing something else have no place among us."


Nyara, rather the waiting for an answer, turns to Airiana. When she sees her she puts a hand up to the right side of her face, where her scars are she feels the same tingle that she feels upon seeing a good dragon. Quickly taking her hand away hoping no one noticed. She looks back to Airiana, with a serious and hopeful look on her face: "Then I am not the only one. I had hoped to come to Solace and find others who could sense the darkness coming." She looks at the others: "The rest of you can feel it also? This is more then I could hope for."

QueshuWarrior
01/20/2004 8:10 PM

Geo smiled at Airiana with an angled eyebrow.

"Of course, the 'trees' will be doing some fighting for themselves. We are the forest. The 'forest' has come to help Solace." Geo said, emphasizing the word forest. He literally meant it as well. Geo grinned.

"I suppose it is safe then. I will tell the Forestmaster to move the 'forest' into position. The elders and I will work our magic tonight..." Geo said with an excited confident grin. He walked to the door and opened it. He turned back to face Airiana.

"Remember, it is our pride that will strengthen this city. Find only those with pride. Let the hopeless stay at home. Meet me at townsquare in an hour. I will bring the animals there to get them settled and in trust with your humans. I warn you, if one animal is harmed by Solace hands, you will witness the vengeance the forest has long wanted to release upon selfish humans. The animals would be beyond my control if they decide to let loose, yet they are afraid, and you should not worry unless you intend to harm them." Geo said, making sure the people at the inn knew. Many patrons looked at him in confusion, not sure what he was talking about. Geo sighed at this.

"War is coming people, now come and fight for Krynn." Geo said very blatantly, then walked out the door, carrying his staff. He mounted his white stag and trot down the spiraling walkway leading back to the ground. His centaurs were all gathered near the edge of the town. Sargor was talking to a group of men who were gathered with shields and swords.

"Welcome back, Geo." Sargor said, bowing his head.

"Sargor." Geo returned the salute. He stared at the men ready for battle. "Looks like you've done well Sargor. Hope you made a more promising speech than I did." Geo said with a smile. Sargor laughed deep in his throat.

"Uh-oh, I know that smile...." Sargor said, grinning. He turned around to his fellow cenhtaurs. "Tonights the night men. Tonight, we get revenge on the miners and the lumberjacks who have been taking away our land and freedom. Good thing Geo, I was getting tired of this passive attitude we've been living by for centuries." Sargor said in a booming voice.

"Well, now we have good cause, Sargor." Geo said. "I go to the Forestmaster now. There is one here who is as hopeful as we are. Meet her in townsquare. Do not worry, she will earn the people of Solaces trust. Her name is Airiana. She will restore these men with hope and pride, equal to what we of the forest have. Then, when the time comes, we will fight along side, against the dark powers that threatens both of our existence." Geo said, very thoughtfully. He turned his stag around and rode into the forest. To the direction of the Forestmasters waiting area.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/20/2004 8:44 PM

Watching Geo leave, Ankh gave Airiana a crazy grin, "Well, what are we waiting for? Let's go kick some ass or something. Makes me edgy just standing here waiting for the world to end," She winked, an expression that did not quite fit the innate cold of her permenant glare, "So, fearless leader...are we just waiting for Geo to return and tell us what to do?"

Arandur
01/20/2004 9:59 PM

…”Master Caramon Majere…” he started hesitantly, his hand upon the hilt of the ancient sword and his posture clearly displayed the young half-elf’s anxiety. “I know of no other way of telling you what I have to say, for matters such as this are not included in the Oath and the Measure nor in the trials of knighthood, escept to be blunt and honest.” He said looking at the older man with some degree of both awe and trepidation.

“I believe sir that you are the last of my family, in a manner of speaking.” He said as he swallowed his nervousness. “My name is Storm. Storm Brightblade, my father’s name was Steel and his mother was Kitara uth-Matar…” he said looking at the old man and then glancing around at the patrons…

[Edited by Arandur on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 10:02 PM]

Aeramae
01/21/2004 9:39 AM


"Thou art with us now, or not at all. This is not a game, child... make thy decision. We fight against the Dark Queen herself, and those who would rather be doing something else have no place among us."


Mae had noted the Qualnesti's look, and smiled to herself. It seemed her ally had arrived just in time. Looking once more at Airiana, her dark eyes shining in the depths of her cloak, she rose from her chair.
"Aye, to that I agree. Those who would rather do something else have no place here. I will go with you. I know that this is not a game. I have made my decision."

Aylith rose from her chair as well. She motioned for Laura to bring her a travelling cloak, which she did. Caramon's daughter gave Aylith a hug before she left. Aylith smiled after Laura. Both girls knew it was unlikely that they would be seeing each other again.
"Well, even though I have no armor or weapons, I feel as though I'm ready to leave," she said, looking at the group. She looked over at Caramon. She wanted to say farewell to him, but it looked as though he was having his own problems.

Indeed, the large man was now sitting in a chair, looking very pale. Aylith frowned in concern and went over to him, meeting Laura on her way. The local girl looked at her friend, concern written on both their faces.
"What's wrong with him?" whispered Aylith.
"I don't know," Laura said. "Father, what is the matter?"

Prophacy
01/21/2004 11:00 AM

Nyara smiled hearing Mae, she then takes her place beside her: "Well who am I to just stand around, while the Hero's go to save the day. I'm in also."

Airiana
01/21/2004 3:05 PM


“I believe sir that you are the last of my family, in a manner of speaking.” He said as he swallowed his nervousness. “My name is Storm. Storm Brightblade, my father’s name was Steel and his mother was Kitara uth-Matar…” he said looking at the old man and then glancing around at the patrons…

Caramon sat in his newly found chair, a bit dumbfounded. "Kit's... grandson?" He looked up at the half-elven knight with tear-swollen eyes, seeing both his dear friend Sturm and his half-sister Kitiara in the young man's face.


"Father, what is the matter?"

Noticing Laura, Caramon beckoned her over. "You may want to sit down yourself... this is Storm, Storm Brightblade... your Aunt Kitiara's grandson."

Airiana
01/21/2004 3:09 PM


Watching Geo leave, Ankh gave Airiana a crazy grin, "Well, what are we waiting for? Let's go kick some ass or something. Makes me edgy just standing here waiting for the world to end," She winked, an expression that did not quite fit the innate cold of her permenant glare, "So, fearless leader...are we just waiting for Geo to return and tell us what to do?"

"I think that Geo has a good idea... or rather, the Forestmaster does... We will defend the city. Let us gather together all those with pride and hope in their hearts... we shall need only the faithful to protect the city. All others, well... they will not help us. So, those of thee that have already pledged to join me in this quest, do what thee can, and bring those faithful to the townsquare in an hour. We have much to do... so much to do..." She said absently, her silver eyes staring at a spot on the floor while her mind worked.

Arandur
01/21/2004 10:16 PM

…Storm bowed, his gauntlet pressed firmly against his breastplate as a sign of respect as he was introduced to Laura as he rose he swept his silken black hair from his eyes with a steel encased gauntlet that glinted in the light of the common room fireplace.

“It is indeed an honor to meet you milady, as it is also a pleasure to meet you Lord Majere. I have long thought of traveling to Solace but was unsure of what to say or whether…” he let the sentence dwindle to silence, unsure of what to say, instead glancing to the others in the Inn gathering to leave. Speaking of his emotions was not something the young knight was comfortable with.

“Is there trouble Lord Majere?” he said eyeing the small coterie with a raised ebon brow and more than a little relieved to move the focus from him to the others. Despite his courage and training, Storm felt as if he was about to collapse, he was unsure of Caramon’s reaction, whether good or for ill…

Airiana
01/22/2004 8:18 AM


“Is there trouble Lord Majere?” he said eyeing the small coterie with a raised ebon brow and more than a little relieved to move the focus from him to the others. Despite his courage and training, Storm felt as if he was about to collapse, he was unsure of Caramon’s reaction, whether good or for ill…

Caramon looked at the group and nodded to Storm. "Aye, they believe that the Dark Queen is trying to rise again, and they intend to stop her." He said, still stunned at the revelation that was before him. "I could introduce you if you like... my adopted daughter and a friend or two is among them..." He smiled, glad to meet this new member of his family. "I am glad that Kit had a kid... and that the result of that kid stands before me," he said softly.

UndeadDragon
01/22/2004 10:23 AM


"I think that Geo has a good idea... or rather, the Forestmaster does... We will defend the city. Let us gather together all those with pride and hope in their hearts... we shall need only the faithful to protect the city. All others, well... they will not help us. So, those of thee that have already pledged to join me in this quest, do what thee can, and bring those faithful to the townsquare in an hour. We have much to do... so much to do..." She said absently, her silver eyes staring at a spot on the floor while her mind worked.


Geiren stood out of his chair and moved to Airiana's side. Lightly placing his hand on her shoulder, he said, optomisticly(sp?), "We may have much to do, but we will do it all. We can. I will be there to help you... and the rest... each and every step of the way." After giving her a slight, reasuring smile, he removed his hand from her shoulder, flipped up his hood, and stepped out of the Inn.

QueshuWarrior
01/22/2004 4:03 PM

Geo returned from the forest line. Sargor had gathered about fifteen Solace men armed and waiting around the centaurs. All of these men watched Geo ride into town from the forest line. Geo pulled to a stop, a huge grin on his face. His staff glew bright green at the top.

The humans of Solaces watched in awe as the Forestmaster stepped into the clearing of town. Surrounding her were a dozen unicorns. Behind her came hundreds of animals in rows. All of them seemed scared, yet they trusted Geos judgement of the humans in Solace. A few black bears in the ranks snarled at the humans, but they were kept in the middle of the rows and calmed by Geo. The hares hopped around waringly looking around at the humans. Hundreds of birds flew overhead and perched themselves on the giant vallenwood branches. Geos grinned turned to a dissapointed frown as he saw mothers rush their children into their homes, and men looking in fear.

"People of Solace. You now witness the power of the forest. Yet, do not fear it, but cherish it as we want you to. We are here to help defend this beautiful city of nature. If you have yet to hear, war is coming. The Dark Queen, Takhisis has sent out her armies to strike Solace, one of the last beautiful places in this world. We come bearing assistance to swat away the dark hand that reaches out to grasp Krynn and squeeze out its beauty. Let man and beast forgive one another for past conflicts, and come together, as one world!" Geo shouted, in a booming voice, raising his staff high, the green light pulsing. As his speech went on, more and more people came out of there homes and gathered around town center. There was a loud roar of cheer throughout the town. People cheered from high up on the vallenwoods and scattered among the marketplace.

Airiana
01/22/2004 4:50 PM


Geiren stood out of his chair and moved to Airiana's side. Lightly placing his hand on her shoulder, he said, optimistically, "We may have much to do, but we will do it all. We can. I will be there to help you... and the rest... each and every step of the way." After giving her a slight, reassuring smile, he removed his hand from her shoulder, flipped up his hood, and stepped out of the Inn.

Airiana smiled at Geiren and nodded her head. "Aye, that we will... that we must," she said with a sigh. "Well now, I suppose I should start gathering people up!"

With those words, Airiana walked out of the inn and across one of the large boardwalks, pausing at one doorway after another and judging those who should be spoken to. Those she felt could help their cause, Airiana asked to join in the square. All of those she mentioned this too agreed and promised to convince others if they could.

When she was able to go to the townsquare, she found the forest creatures already there, and bowed her head in respect to the Forestmaster. She went over to Geo with a smile. "I think," she said with a glance around the town, "that we have our army."

Prophacy
01/22/2004 8:58 PM

Seeing Airiana leave and hearing the commotion outside, Nyara turns to Mae: "Mae, perhaps we sould reminess about old times before we join them?"

Aeramae
01/23/2004 10:09 AM


"Mae, perhaps we sould reminess about old times before we join them?"

Mae gave Nyara a dark look. Talk about their mission in here? Where people could over hear them and report to Airiana? Was this girl crazy?
"Now would not be a good time," she said, voice matching look. "Things are transgressing, and we cannot be left behind. Perhaps we can talk about past times as we travel."

She turned from the elf and walked outside, glancing at Storm as she passed him. He did bear a slight resemblance to Kitiara uth Matar, a woman whom Mae had heard much about. She had a feeling that she would have liked the woman had she met her. It would have been a first for the dark woman if they had gotten along.

Mae exited the inn and stood outside in the cool night air. There was a large gathering of people, and she wondered what they were doing there. She looked over, saw Airiana, and guessed that the strange woman had something to do with this.

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Aylith watched Airiana walk outside. She looked at Storm, then at Caramon. She had to leave, but didn't dare leave the father of one of her dearest friends like this. She touched his forearm, and the big man looked at her.

"We're going to have to leave soon," she said. "Are you alright?"
"Yes, I'll be fine," he replied. He looked at Storm. "Do you think he could go with you guys and help out?"

Aylith looked the young man over. He looked sturdy and able enough, plus he was armed and knew how to use a weapon. She was sure that Airiana wouldn't mind having him along. The local girl nodded her head.

"I think that his help would be most appreciated," she said. "Of course, you'll probably have to check with Airiana, but would you like to come with us and face what is more than likely going to be certain death? I don't mean to scare you, but according to Airiana, we're all probably going to die."

Prophacy
01/23/2004 11:04 AM


"Now would not be a good time," she said, voice matching look. "Things are transgressing, and we cannot be left behind. Perhaps we can talk about past times as we travel."


Nyara had a nervousness in her that she doesn't tend to feel that much, her thoughts racing *Will I actually fail the mistress?*

She nods her head to Mae, then follows her out. On the way seeing that Storm must have found who he was looking for, she gave him a slight nervous smile that turned sad as she turned away *Will I not beable to see this man again? And if so, why is it bothering me so much?*

She makes it outside, to see the ones who have joined. To see the group who would defeate The Dark Queen, seeing them gathering she had the urge to laugh. Instead she just let a big smile come onto her face, trying to keep her voice even to not give who she was away: "This is the army, and the heros, how wonderful"

Arandur
01/23/2004 2:37 PM

…Storm bowed his assent to Aylith, “Death is not a thing that I fear Lady Aylith, for it comes to all men eventually, it is how one lives while he draws breath that shows the true mettle of a man. Of course milady I shall present my sword to this Lady Airianna.” He said with a respectful nod to Aylith before turning to Caramon once again.

“I am indeed honored to have met you Lord Caramon, perhaps one day I shall return and then perhaps…” he said his voice once again trailing as he looked to this stranger that was all the family he had. He bowed low, his hand pressed against breastplate, before straightening and looking to Aylith.

“I take it Lady Aylith that you are also lending your strength to this Airianna?” he said as he walked to her side, adjusting the heavy weight of the ancient blade that hung at his side…

Kalia_Majere
01/23/2004 2:47 PM

Kalia listened carefully to everything that had transpired, though she herself kept tactfully silent. "Of course I am coming as well... I grew up here, so to speak, and this is as much my home now as it was then." She said as she absently twisted the black crystal ring on her right hand.

Outside of the Inn, another figure moved silently through the darkness... His dark clothing kept him in the shadows, his dark hair gathered at the nape of his neck, his dark eyes glittered for a moment in the light of the rising moons (If I goofed and it's not night then I'll change it.)

Absently he touched a pale crystal ring on his right hand, and smiled. Together again....

Navare turned his eyes towards the Inn of the Last Home and began towards it.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/23/2004 3:25 PM

Ankh watched Airiana and Geiren leave, then stepped out behind them, casting a cold glance at Mae and Nyara before leaving. She didn't like those two. Not at all.

Looking at the crowd, she smiled slightly to herself.

"I do not think I would attract many...my power does not come with the beauty and charisma you have." She sent to Airiana, "I will stay in the shadows that I am part of until we leave. Do you mind? Forgive me if I sound unwilling, but those who work with me so closely often do not last long if they are not.....close friends of...hers. Of Krystal's."

Standing outside the inn, she spotted the dark-haired figure entering Solace. Her magical vision split the man into two, one of them the figure that was walking, the other a dragon remarkly resembled the girl called Kalia. They were undoubtable related, though the man himself merited some curiousity. She watched him entire, her glaciers on his every step.

Kalia_Majere
01/23/2004 3:30 PM

feeling he was watched, Navare stopped, and looked up at the stairs the circled the vallenwood to the Inn....and his dark, nearly black eyes met the icy stare of Ankh.

without saying a word, he studied her for long moment, then continued along his way. He paused again when he stepped upon the first of the stairs, his hand resting on the golden wood of the guardrailing. His eyes again locked with the woman's icy gaze.

"For someone I've never met, you are terribly forward with your staring." He said, his voice deep and velvet smooth.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/23/2004 3:36 PM


"For someone I've never met, you are terribly forward with your staring." He said, his voice deep and velvet smooth.


"If I could help, I would not stare so. I am cursed, you see. For one i've never met, you are terribly rude to just comment on my staring," She smirked at him, a smirk that completed her face rather well, "And you're also more then you seem. I may stare but...let us say I can just as well pierce illusions..."

Airiana
01/23/2004 3:40 PM


"I do not think I would attract many...my power does not come with the beauty and charisma you have." She sent to Airiana, "I will stay in the shadows that I am part of until we leave. Do you mind? Forgive me if I sound unwilling, but those who work with me so closely often do not last long if they are not.....close friends of...hers. Of Krystal's."

A ripple of light laughter filled both Airiana and Ankh's minds as Airiana replied, 'No, I hadn't thought of that... I am sorry, but thou must admit, it would be a funny sight seeing thee try to convince others to join our cause,' she sent, then the image of Ankh's cold stare resting on some poor individual as they slowly backed towards the door to flee.

Kalia_Majere
01/23/2004 3:47 PM

Navare shrugged at her comments, and made a shallow, mocking bow. "This is mearly of conveniance, Lady I hide nothing." He said cooly. "If you don't mind I have business inside." He said sweeping past her.

Just before he entered the inn, Navare spotted someone that he recognized.... one of his mother's followers...Mae...

Navare opened the door to the Inn, and immediately spotted Glimmer.... their gazes met instantly. She made no motion to join him, nor did she say anything... so he simply made his way to her side without greeting any of those he walked by.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/23/2004 4:06 PM

"Of course not..." Ankh replied, watching Navare sweep up next to Kalia. She smiled at the female, "He is your friend then...Kalia?" She asked, "Quite a fellow indeed."

Aeramae
01/24/2004 7:26 AM


“I take it Lady Aylith that you are also lending your strength to this Airianna?”


Aylith blushed slightly as she looked at Storm. He seemed to be more handsome than Tanin had been. It would make sense, in away, if the stories she had heard from Caramon about his friend and sister were true. She walked with the man outside and nodded in response to his question.

"Yes, I am lending my strength to Airiana as well. It's my wish that I will honor my lost loves memory best this way," she said.

They walked up to Airiana, and Aylith tapped the other woman on the shoulder.
"Airiana, this is Storm Brightblade. He wishes to join us in our quest."

Kalia_Majere
01/24/2004 11:25 AM

Kalia only nodded slightly in answer to Ankh, her head rested back against Navare's arm, and glancing down at her fondly, his arm curled around her shoulders possesively.

"Forgive his intrusion my friends... this is Navare. My Mate." She said softly, her silver hair and ivory complection a stark contrast to his dark hair and clothing. Her gaze slipped to Airiana, wondering what, if anything, her old friend knew of him.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/24/2004 2:57 PM


"Forgive his intrusion my friends... this is Navare. My Mate." She said softly, her silver hair and ivory complection a stark contrast to his dark hair and clothing.


"I see." Ankh replied, smiling now at Navare, "I am Ankh. It is a pleasure to meet you." She nodded her head in welcoming, "I am sorry fro scruintizing you before. More then normal, at least."

Kalia_Majere
01/24/2004 3:14 PM

Navare acknowledged Ankh, nodding once, slowly. "No apology needed I suppose..." He said. "I am often the object of such scrutiny..." He added thoughtfully.

"Indeed, my Moth- rather, the Dark Queen's power is rising... though her influence has long thought lost to our world, I personally know that she has never left it. And you are correct in your previous assumptions that she would strike here first..."

His dark eyes flitted first to Nyara, then casually to each of the others in turn. "Her faithful are closing here, and some are already here. Solace, an ancient word for "help". It is no wonder why She would strike here... since those who have thwarted her before came from this very villiage."

He paused for a moment, taking a moment of pleasure from the fact of how nieve these would-be heros could be... even his own mate.... He sighed inwardly, his hand gently squeezing Kalia's shoulder. He wouldn't, couldn't do anything that would specifically endanger her. However, that didn't mean he had to point out the foxes in the henhouse so to speak.

Airiana
01/24/2004 8:25 PM


They walked up to Airiana, and Aylith tapped the other woman on the shoulder.
"Airiana, this is Storm Brightblade. He wishes to join us in our quest."

"Storm Brightblade didst thee say? I once knew a young knight by the name of Brightblade. A fine young man... pity that Khellondros did what he did," she said with a shrug before looking at the young man before her. "If thy heart is pure and thy intentions true, I cannot see any ill thou couldst harm us. If thee wouldst truly put thyself in danger for the sake of this town, its people, and all of Krynn, then young warrior, I accept thy sword and thyself unto our noble cause." She said with a smile before turning to Kalia and Navare. She recognized the black crystalline dragon, having met him once, though brief it was. "Navare, Last Son of Our Mother?" She questioned amiably. "`Tis good to see that Crystalamira's mate has come... tell me Last, on whose side art thou on?"

Arandur
01/24/2004 10:54 PM

…Storm bowed low before the dragoness, his intense blue eyes fixed upon her. “My grandfather I believe you speak of milady. I swear to you Lady Airiana that I will continue to fight the forces of darkness until my heart no longer beats and breath no longer passes my lips.” He said as he straightened, casting his long air from his eyes as he glanced to the others that had assembled there was a promise behind those blue eyes, daring those assembled to question the conviction of his words.

He stepped back away from Airiana to stand beside Aylith, casting a glance to the local girl and to give her a solemn nod. Here in Solace, where his grandfather Sturm began his quest and where his father Steel had been laid to rest, Storm Brightblade had sworn himself to something larger than he could have imagined…

Kalia_Majere
01/25/2004 4:18 AM

Navare returned Airiana's gaze cooly. Unlike his mate, who didn't particularily care about Airiana's lineage... He was one of the many dragons on Krynn who thought her an abomination. Then again, considering his own Mate, and their children, he wasn't about to speak his predjudices aloud.

"I am simply on my own side... but you can take comfort in this, as long as I am by Glimmer's side, I would not directly harm any of you."

Navare turned his gaze to Kalia, and though her eyes where troubled, she smiled at him. She knew as well as he did, that their balance in the world was precarious they had to be within a certain distance of each other nearly at all times... the soul-bond between them was that strong. To kill one, would mean almost certain death for the other....

(At least that was my original intentions...when he dies at the end of the WOS, Glimmer's strength has grown through their children, and her balance is restored through them...though she is never quite the same after his death)

Airiana
01/25/2004 2:16 PM


…Storm bowed low before the dragoness, his intense blue eyes fixed upon her. “My grandfather I believe you speak of milady. I swear to you Lady Airiana that I will continue to fight the forces of darkness until my heart no longer beats and breath no longer passes my lips.” He said as he straightened, casting his long hair from his eyes as he glanced to the others that had assembled there. There was a promise behind those blue eyes, daring those assembled to question the conviction of his words.

Airiana nodded her head to the young man, again reminded of his grandfather in his mannerisms. Seeing his look, Airiana smiled, knowing how pure the heart that beat in his breast truly was. "None here will question thee, youngling. Thou art a knight, and thy honor is thy life, and so none here, least of all myself, will question thee. Especially myself in fact," she said, smiling again. "For I am one whose vision goes far past that of the outer appearance. I can see thy heart, dear child, and it is a pure one." Her glance flicked to Mae and Nyara momentarily. "I know those among us whose heart is not so, and little trust do I put in them, though even those of a darker heart may come towards the Light."


Navare returned Airiana's gaze coolly. Unlike his mate, who didn't particularly care about Airiana's lineage... He was one of the many dragons on Krynn who thought her an abomination. Then again, considering his own Mate, and their children, he wasn't about to speak his prejudices aloud.

"I am simply on my own side... but you can take comfort in this, as long as I am by Glimmer's side, I would not directly harm any of you."

Airiana made a quick bow to the black-crystal dragon. "I accept thy words, Navare, for truth, though I fear whenever thou hast left thy lifemate's sight."

Kalia_Majere
01/25/2004 2:23 PM

Navare chuckled, amusement clear in his expression. "Indeed. At least I am open and obvious in my deception. Better the devil you know than the ones you don't..."

PrincessOfDarkness
01/25/2004 4:06 PM

Ankh glanced to Airiana and Navare, catching the cool look on his face and knowing that there was something between these two. Her expression remained the same, but if she had not been cursed, her eyes would have filled with confusion.

"I suppose you couldn't explain who Navare is...and why he gave you that look...to little old me? " She sent to Airiana.

Airiana
01/26/2004 6:41 AM


"I suppose you couldn't explain who Navare is...and why he gave you that look...to little old me? " She sent to Airiana.

'He is the Dark half to Kalia's Light, Last Son of Takhisis... the Black-Crystal Dragon. And he, like many other of my kindred,' she mindspoke bitterly, 'considers me an Abomination, and therefore he thinks that I should not be permitted to live... though his own hatchlings, the Dragons of Balance, are the same as I... it is difficult to explain, I am afraid,' she sent with a weary sigh.

She glanced at Geo for a moment. "So, what dost thee think? Have we enough forces to protect the town?"

QueshuWarrior
01/28/2004 3:24 PM

Geo grinned as Airiana approached him on his stag in the market place. The question vanished the smile. He looked upon the people of Solace standing around, and the animals massed behind him and the centaurs.

"From what I have heard, this army is unstoppable. But that is said by those who do not know the meaning of hope and the power of companionship. Under one nation, we can bind and possibly survive. What saddens my thoughts is the thought that it takes terrible war and danger to bind us, and why we couldnt get along before this." Geo said on a side note.

"But thats not what we are here to discuss. I must go awake the trees if we hope to win." Geo said with a mysterious smirk that left the centaurs laughing and he nearby humans looking at each other in mystery.

"Get your men ready, Airiana. Sargor, get the animals into position. Im gonna take some with me. I'll be back..." Geo instructed and rode off to the forest line. There were three aged elves dressed in auburn robes that were visible at the tree line. They held staffs similar to Geos and nodded to Geo as he rode his stag to them. He dismounted and clasped hands with the " elders". The elders were three elves that were friends of the Forestmaster and helped rebuild the forest. They could perform wonderful magic, as could Geo with his staffs help. Unlike mages, this power did not tire out the elves or Geo. It was simply communicating with nature.

The four walked deeper into the forest. Geo and the elves nodded their heads and clasped hands in a circle. One after the other they chanted words. Simultaneously the four shot their heads up. Glorious green rays shot around about them. The trees around them began to glow for a second. Wind blew about the four.

"The time has come brothers of the woodland..." One of the elders spoke, all of their staffs glowed green at the tip. The trees around them started to creak.

"Our lives our threatened, as is the life of the creatures on this earth. We will help protect our world..." A booming voice spoke to the four. It came from the trees they all knew. Around the elves and Geo, hands began to pop from the ground. A dozen 7 foot tall tree-men rose to standing positions. Leaves spotted the top of their heads and their eyes glew yellow. Their limbs were wooden branches with the strength of ten avergage men. They nodded to the elves and Geo, then the group walked to a path at the end of the forest which led into Solace.

Airiana
01/28/2004 8:03 PM


"Get your men ready, Airiana. Sargor, get the animals into position. I'm gonna take some with me. I'll be back..." Geo instructed and rode off to the forest line.

Airiana nodded her head to the man and turned her attention to Solace's inhabitants. "People of Solace!" She shouted over the voices of many, and hearing her cry, they quieted. "As thou shouldst know, we are in danger, and must fight against the dark forces. Thy hope and thy will shall be more vital in this battle than any of thee could ever know… Those of thee who would step up to protect thy home, come forth!" And at these words, about three-quarters of those gathered in the marketplace came forward. "I charge thee to return to thy homes and gather what weapons thee have—we shall need them, I fear—and report back here. All of thee will be formed into groups for patrols and other duties, and those with the capability and strength to help lead, I urge thee to speak unto me." She said, and noticed that the group began to shuffle off to their homes, some returning faster than others, and most carrying knives and the like, though almost every man had at least a short sword or a bow.

Airiana
01/28/2004 8:03 PM


"Get your men ready, Airiana. Sargor, get the animals into position. I'm gonna take some with me. I'll be back..." Geo instructed and rode off to the forest line.

Airiana nodded her head to the man and turned her attention to Solace's inhabitants. "People of Solace!" She shouted over the voices of many, and hearing her cry, they quieted. "As thou shouldst know, we are in danger, and must fight against the dark forces. Thy hope and thy will shall be more vital in this battle than any of thee could ever know… Those of thee who would step up to protect thy home, come forth!" And at these words, about three-quarters of those gathered in the marketplace came forward. "I charge thee to return to thy homes and gather what weapons thee have—we shall need them, I fear—and report back here. All of thee will be formed into groups for patrols and other duties, and those with the capability and strength to help lead, I urge thee to speak unto me." She said, and noticed that the group began to shuffle off to their homes, some returning faster than others, and most carrying knives and the like, though almost every man had at least a short sword or a bow.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/29/2004 5:08 PM

WIth a curt nod to Kalia and Navare, Ankh stepped out to catch the last part of Airiana's speech.


"I charge thee to return to thy homes and gather what weapons thee have—we shall need them, I fear—and report back here. All of thee will be formed into groups for patrols and other duties, and those with the capability and strength to help lead, I urge thee to speak unto me."


"If this what is saving the world, you'll forgive me if I say we are no doubt doomed," Ankh muttered to Airiana with a lopsided grin, "Pessismistic, I know, but I can't help it. I declare the rank of head disciplinarian....and we'll need it if we're going to work with this and attempt to save teh world."

Arandur
01/30/2004 12:36 AM

…the knight of the sword looked to Ankh for a moment and then back to the people of Solace with no small amount of pride in his eyes. “Milady, then we do indeed see a different view before us, for I see a village ready to fight against the darkness. I would not take lightly the courage a mortal heart has, for mortals such as these have cast even gods from their plans. ” He said bowing slightly to the figure of Ankh before looking up and smiling slightly.

“Besides it is only the first village you have asked to fight as yet.”

The son of Steel, turned to Airiana “Lady AIriana, where do you wish my blade?” he asked, his hand upon the heavy sword worn by his grandfather and named for their family line.

From some distance in the East came the call of a horn, and then a second from somewhere in the south in answer, a low dull note that struck fear into the hearts of those who heard it for under the cover of darkness the enemy had arrived...

Airiana
01/30/2004 6:00 AM


…the knight of the sword looked to Ankh for a moment and then back to the people of Solace with no small amount of pride in his eyes. “Milady, then we do indeed see a different view before us, for I see a village ready to fight against the darkness. I would not take lightly the courage a mortal heart has, for mortals such as these have cast even gods from their plans. ” He said bowing slightly to the figure of Ankh before looking up and smiling slightly.

“Besides it is only the first village you have asked to fight as yet.”

The son of Steel, turned to Airiana “Lady Airiana, where do you wish my blade?” he asked, his hand upon the heavy sword worn by his grandfather and named for their family line.

Airiana smirked sardonically at Ankh after the young knight's words. "Thou must admit, he has a point, Lady Ankh. And if thee wish to be a disiplinarian, then be my guest... but remember, these are civilians, many are farmers... thou shouldst be gentle with them at first..."

Turning to Storm, Airiana paused a moment. "Thou art used to structure and discipline, art thou not young warrior?" She questioned, already knowing the answer. "I think thy sword would be best used to direct the people."


From some distance in the East came the call of a horn, and then a second from somewhere in the south in answer, a low dull note that struck fear into the hearts of those who heard it for under the cover of darkness the enemy had arrived...

Airiana's spirits sank momentarily, hearing the horns of battle. She moved to a place where all could hear her and got their attention. "The battle will be upon us soon, I fear... those with bows and arrows, take to the trees... any with spears and the like as well... those of thee with any other weapon, I want thee to get organized into groups of twenty or so, line up behind thy leader and be ready for the signal. And of thee who are skilled in the art of magic, come to me, for I have a special place for thee." She said, and watched as the paniced people calmed slightly, having been given some direction, and they moved about, forming into groups or climbing the stairs to the town above. Others, though they were few, came to Airiana.

"How many of thee can shield?" She asked as they assembled, about a forth of the few gathered either nodded their head, rose their hand, or mumbled a word of agreement. "Well then, I shall assist thee, but together all of thee will try to form a shield over what will be the front lines. My magic and those of some of the others," she motioned to Ankh and Kalia specifically, not sure about Navare, "will strengthen it. The rest of thee, use what spells thee have to keep the enemy at bay. Fire, magic missiles, anything that can be used offensively." She said with a quick nod of her head.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/30/2004 6:50 PM

"His magic will be less effective then normal," ANkh muttered to Airana, "He does not approve of this 'escapade' or so he calls it, to stop the Dark Queen. So I will not be at full strength. however....I am still impressive, not to gloat, and I have you at my side......what could go wrong?" She winked again, and then shrugged, "My Pessismism. Comes with the package."

Airiana
01/31/2004 3:44 PM


"His magic will be less effective then normal," ANkh muttered to Airana, "He does not approve of this 'escapade' or so he calls it, to stop the Dark Queen. So I will not be at full strength. however....I am still impressive, not to gloat, and I have you at my side......what could go wrong?" She winked again, and then shrugged, "My Pessismism. Comes with the package."

Airiana nodded slightly and sighed. 'Since when hast thou liked Takhisis, Shadowlord?' She asked the other half of Ankh telepathically, her mental voice growling as only a dragon can.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/31/2004 7:35 PM


Airiana nodded slightly and sighed. 'Since when hast thou liked Takhisis, Shadowlord?' She asked the other half of Ankh telepathically, her mental voice growling as only a dragon can.


'The great dragon bitch is better then you or her,' Replied the angry elemental, 'besides...she holds ill will to her own son as well."

Minoa would have continued, had he not been squashed by Krystal.

PrincessOfDarkness
01/31/2004 7:35 PM


Airiana nodded slightly and sighed. 'Since when hast thou liked Takhisis, Shadowlord?' She asked the other half of Ankh telepathically, her mental voice growling as only a dragon can.


'The great dragon bitch is better then you or her,' Replied the angry elemental, 'besides...she holds ill will to her own son as well."

Minoa would have continued, had he not been squashed by Krystal.

QueshuWarrior
02/01/2004 12:55 PM

Geo and the three elders walked with the tree-folk to the path leading south of Solace. There was a loud horn blow in the distance. One of the elves turned in the direction, much alert.

"I hear thousands of pounding feet, heading this way." The elf said with haste. The treefolk began their ritual. They went on their knees, their wooden limbs creaking as they moved. The elders and Geo rose their staffs together and created a green aura, which spread across the dirt floor of the path. The treefolks branchlike arms became part of the ground on the path. The dirt path flourished with grass, then seedlings. Slowly, trees began to sprout from the newly formed grass. It was a beautiful sight. In a matter of minutes the path was gone, and now there was about 70 yards of thick forest. Geo grinned and nodded, looking at his work with satisfaction. He turned to Airiana as he rode back to the center of town.

"Well, the forest will serve as our wall. I will station the animals within the woodland. I believe it is our best bet. The army is marching closer. They will have trouble in the woodlands facing the ferocity and vengence of nature. Then, whatever makes it out, will have to meet the pride of Solace and the magic of man on the other side of the trees. I make it sound far too easy." Geo said, grinning with confidence. "I am only confident because it is a waste of time and hope to be fearful." Geo said, he rose his staff to the animals and they began to walk to the forest.

Airiana
02/01/2004 7:07 PM


"Well, the forest will serve as our wall. I will station the animals within the woodland. I believe it is our best bet. The army is marching closer. They will have trouble in the woodlands facing the ferocity and vengence of nature. Then, whatever makes it out, will have to meet the pride of Solace and the magic of man on the other side of the trees. I make it sound far too easy." Geo said, grinning with confidence. "I am only confident because it is a waste of time and hope to be fearful." Geo said, he rose his staff to the animals and they began to walk to the forest.

Airiana nodded her head to Geo, ignoring Minoa's silent words to her, though she wondered about this business of a son. She resolved to deal with it later... when they were not being attacked by only the Gods know how many warriors. "We are putting shields in place as well, which should help," she informed him. "We already have bowmen and spearmen up in the Vallenwoods, and the others are organized and waiting."

The dragoness sighed to herself. We have yet to leave Solace and already we have a battle... I wonder how many She has sent for us here?

Arandur
02/02/2004 1:01 AM

...Through the darkness came the first horrific screams, a bloodcurdling shriek that ended all to abruptly, and was followed by dozens more from the darkness of the woods to the south. The cacophany of animals sounds mingled with the death screams of the goblins as they died buy the hundreds, driven forth by the cruel whips of their hobgoblin masters and teh Will of the Dark Queen.

…The first of the goblins, wearing only a grimy loincloth of human-skin leather, their mottled green skin blackened with charcoal and mud burst forth from the darkness of the foliage, many wounded, some stumbling and falling from injuries caused by the nightmare living forest.

Others of their kind charged down the main roads into the town, their tactic little more than that of a disorganized mob, but their wide-eyed screams and cries in goblin could be heard plainly amongst the citizens of Solace who stirred nervously. In their three-fingered, clawed hands were poorly made goblin blades and spears, laid to rest in stagnant pools of brackish filth for days before the attack, the metal of which was wickedly cut to hook flesh and bone and glinted wickedly in the light of the twin moons...






[Edited by Arandur on Monday, February 2, 2004 1:04 AM]

PrincessOfDarkness
02/02/2004 7:20 AM

Attack! She commanded angrily, stirring bloodlust in every mind that had been previously crushed, Destroy them, for me! So that I am take this village and make it a home for yu, so that you make loot and plunder and take your prizes as you wish!

~

Ankh's hand twitched, "She's here...the Dark Queen is here. I sense her.....he senses her.......Airiana...if I....if he takes me...I need you to fight me. You're the only one here who can compete...I dont' know what Kalia and Navare can do. Please, do this for me as a friend. I don't know how well I can hold up against his wake, and her words......She can feel him, Airiana. She knows he's here........"

Airiana
02/02/2004 7:43 AM

Airiana heard the screams in the forest and nodded her head in satisfaction. At least the forces would be deminished on its trek.


Ankh's hand twitched, "She's here...the Dark Queen is here. I sense her.....he senses her.......Airiana...if I....if he takes me...I need you to fight me. You're the only one here who can compete...I dont' know what Kalia and Navare can do. Please, do this for me as a friend. I don't know how well I can hold up against his wake, and her words......She can feel him, Airiana. She knows he's here........"

Airiana sighed, dispatching the magi to go to their work. She portioned off a small amount of her powers to strengthen the work of the other magi before turning to Ankh. "Aye, friend... I will that, though `twill pain me to do so... but as long as thou art in control... try to help us in whatever way thou can, wilt thee?"

Prophacy
02/02/2004 12:01 PM

A smile escapes on Nyara's face as she feels the darkness of her Queen surrounding her. She then bows her head in thought to her Queen *My Queen, your wish is my command. Do you want me to accidently take out some of the goody-goodies, or knock some of our own heads in?*

PrincessOfDarkness
02/02/2004 12:26 PM

Both. Take out the others inconspiciously, for althought ---- Her voice cut off, Navare! She hissed in anger How DARE he show his face here....

Nyara, I want you to take out both. Take out the magi so that my warriors may reign untrampled. The one with the glare and the elvish woman leading them must be avoided, they are too powerful to be reckoned with. Is that understood? Before waiting for an answer, she then turned to the being she had not met for eons......

~

"Oh course I will, Airiana, though I do not think I can be much help..I will work offensively, as best I can."

Minoa....Shadow Lord....I did not expect you. She spoke to Ankh, drilling inside the dual being's head.

"Ah...Takhisis...what a pleasent suprise."

You are not as once were.......how did you escape your prison, Minoa? And...I sense another within you. HOw did you get into this mess, my friend?

"Lir's daughter....a light slyph named Reiha. I do not believe she was around when I fought Lir, but I managed to...the saying is...."push her buttons" for her to accidentally free me. The other you sense is a human called Krystal...I share this form with her."

You must explain this to me, Minoa....and just why are you fighting us?

For indeed, Ankh was taking down goblins left and right, afraid to use her shadow magick, the pain of the goddess' voice weakening her to an extreme, but she still fought. She stumbled, occasionally, and didn't blocked weapons she should have. As a result, she was numberously cut and weakened by the goblins and hobgoblinks.

"The only being within me...Krystal. She does not approve of you, even less then I. I am in a weakened state, it is amazing I am even able to speak consciously...it must be you, Takhisis, that brings me out."

The goddess laughed inside Ankh's head, causing her to wince, The great Lord of Shadows, Minoa, beaten by a mortal human woman! How amusing! If they had been back when we fought, we would not of had to resort to trapping you inside your blasted instrument!

Minoa snarled to the goddess, "It is becuase you trapped me within my blasted instrument that I was forced to contend with her at all! Now quiet your loud goddess mouth and let me fight her so I can fight WITH you!"

The goddess must have agreed with this, becuase she retreated from Ankh's mind.

Airiana
02/02/2004 6:54 PM

Airiana muttered a few words and a staff shimmered into being in her elvish hand. She neatly tripped the nearest goblin and with a quick swipe to his temple, killed him outright. After fighting a few more in this manner, the dragoness decided that magic would be a better bet, and so muttered a prayer under her breath to the Gods of Light to aid her. First a lightening bolt from seemingly nowhere struck the oncoming forces, then bright, shining energy balls fled from the dragoness's elvish hand, catapulting each target backwards about ten yards before they landed, dead. Despite all the forest creatures were able to do, the number of goblins and hobgoblins that made it through to Solace's forces were numerous.

Behind her, Airiana was aware of her own troops breaking ranks to better kill the putrid being that were like the ocean's tide sweeping across a beach. She knew that the inexperienced farmers and merchantmen were not faring as well as they could be, but that they were, in fact, beating the odds. She was amazed to find many more goblin and hobgoblin bodies littering the battlefield than human or elf.

She glanced over to Ankh long enough to see the double-entity's many wounds and wondered why the experienced fighter was having so much trouble. She sent her silent question to her friend mentally as she continued to battle on, using a blast of energy here, a knife thrust there, the occasional blow with a staff…

Aeramae
02/02/2004 6:59 PM

Mae heard Takhisis' command and frowned. It wasn't up to her to question her Mistresses orders usually, but she had to wonder about this one. What was she thinking, attacking so soon? Perhaps she had thrown her lot in with the wrong crowd.

Aylith wondered where she was going to get a weapon, when Caramon came out of the Inn, carrying some armor and a sword. He motioned for the young woman, and she walked up to him, a puzzled look on her face. As she neared him, she passed Nyara and Mae. Mae looked troubled, and when she noticed the girl looking at her, drew her hood down further onto her head. The other, Nyara, looked pleased about something. Aylith had a feeling that whatever the elf was thinking, it wasn't pleasant.

"Yes Caramon?" she asked when she got near the big man.
"Come inside for a moment," he said, and led her inside. Aylith followed, more puzzled now than she had been moments before. Laura closed and bolted the door shut behind them and joined Caramon.

"These belonged to Tika," Caramon said slowly. "She knew how to use these about as well as you do when she first got them."
"Which is to say, she knew nothing," Laura said with a smile. "I've heard the stories before."
Caramon smiled. "Yes, but she learned with time and exposure to battle," he said. "I hope you picked up something from when you used to watch Tanin & Sturm practice."

Aylith looked at Caramon, tears in her eyes. She'd had no idea that anybody had known about her spying on Tanin, but apparently the gentle giant before her had. She wiped her eyes and took in a deep breath.

"Thank you," she said. "I'll do my best to protect this town from being overtaken by the dark forces. Could you please help me into the armor?"

Between the three of them, getting the armor on took very little time. Aylith stepped out of the inn once more, and walked over to stand by Storm's side. She saw Airiana rallying the townsfolk, and said a quick prayer that she hoped wouldn't fall on deaf ears.

QueshuWarrior
02/02/2004 10:14 PM

Geo snapped his head in the direction of the forest as screeches echoed through. He listened closely and heard the roars of the treefolk. The bears in the animal army fearlessly charged forward, mauling the first goblins to escape from the forest wall. The other invading goblins attacked from the streets leading from the hill opposite the forest wall. Sargor and his centaurs charged at the huge mass of goblins, trampling the unfortunate enemies that got in their way. They caused a gap within the fleet. The centaur archers shot with incredible accuracy at a the more threatening enemies. Three archers aimed for a close ogre. All three arrows struck the in the heart, causing the ogre to fall to the floor and die.

Geo rode his stag shortly behind Sargor. Behind him was a wave of stags and the Forestmaster with her unicorns. The goblins backed away from the unicorns. Stags and centaurs were brought down gradually, but overall it was a successful stradegy. The huge wave of centaurs, stags, unicorns, and a human, sped past goblins and killed many quickly. The three elder elves stood by the weaker defensless creatures of the forest, huddled in a mass. They worked magic, creating thorned vines that shot out of the ground. Goblins unexpectadly were hooked and torn by the sharp thorns of the vines. These vines curled up and choked at the ones they latched. The Forestmaster and her unicorns rode to the elders side and helped work more magic. The hundreds of birds circling the sky massed together and dove at the goblin horde, pecking at their flesh. Geo and the centaurs found their way out of he goblin masses. Geo called a dozen boar to him, which crashed through armored goblins to reach him. Geo cast an enchantment with his staff. The boars began to grow until they were enormous, almost 10 times their size. A number of goblins gasped and ran for the trees, where they were mauled and torn to shreds. The boars took many spears to the body, but ran around, smashing and trampling. Flame arrows was shot at one. The boar was soon engulfed and slowly died.

The treefolk slowly began to filter out of the forest, some covered in black blood, and green skin here and there. A few of them pointed to a giant vallenwood tree that was inhabited by Solace townsfolk. They sprinted towards this one tree. Geo knew what they were up to and ordered the centaurs to give them cover. They rode alongside protecting the treefolk from flame arrows. The Forestmaster met the treefolk at the large vallenwood. With the Forestmasters magic to help, the 12 treefolk placed their hands on the treebark. They began to be absorbed by the tree and were ,in a way, sucked in. The closest goblins stopped attacking and watched in fear. Two glowing yellow eyes appeared high up on the 100 foot vallenwood. Two thick trunk sized legs grew out of the ground. Two giant branchlike arms swept down at the goblins, tossing them hundreds of feet away. It roared and stomped with giant, groundshaking steps. The ground boomed with every step. Goblins who could not escape in time were squashed. These goblins were only an appetizer for what was to come, so Geo and the elders braced themselves, and decided to let the giant animated vallenwood and the many treefolk deal with the goblins.

Prophacy
02/03/2004 11:49 AM


Both. Take out the others inconspiciously, for althought ---- Her voice cut off, Navare! She hissed in anger How DARE he show his face here....

Nyara, I want you to take out both. Take out the magi so that my warriors may reign untrampled. The one with the glare and the elvish woman leading them must be avoided, they are too powerful to be reckoned with. Is that understood?


"Yes My mistress." Nyara's head then came back up pleased. Then not bothering to wait for Mae she heads out to the battlefield, not used to having to be inconspicious about killing she was happy to have been given the poison dagger. As she got closer she took out her sword, making her way through the fighting taking out goblins and hobgoblins here and there to make it look like she was fighting on the right side.

She then made her way close enough to some of the mages, where she then took out her poisoned dagger. She started a kind of fighting dance, with some of the goblins where she seemed to be fighting with them. But in reality she had landed many scratches with the dagger to as many of the mages that she could get near, hoping that it would work like Serikhuul had said.

PrincessOfDarkness
02/03/2004 12:51 PM

"The Queen and the Shadowlord.." Ankh could only reply weakly, fighting both forces that raged inside her and the once externally. As the treefolk began, she felt the rage of Tahkisis inside her, her mind detectedly realizing that if Minoa could argue with this kind of power, perhaps even SHE had underestimated him....

The combined forces of the dark powers figurately tripped and pinned Krystal as MInoa hurled his own power at the treefolk. Sending spiraling blasts at the gargantuan vallenwoods and the treants running around gave the goblins time to get out of the way.

Ariana!!!!!

Airiana
02/03/2004 5:14 PM


The combined forces of the dark powers figurately tripped and pinned Krystal as Minoa hurled his own power at the treefolk. Sending spiraling blasts at the gargantuan vallenwoods and the treants running around gave the goblins time to get out of the way.

Airiana!!!!!

Airiana heard Krystal's mental call and grimaced, knowing that Minoa was in complete control now. She paused a moment to gather a much larger energy ball in her hands and threw it at her friend/nemesis. It was not nearly enough to harm the Shadowlord, but it was enough to get his attention.

She made her way through the battlefield, taking out any of Takhisis's minions that got in her way and stood face to face with Ankh. "Well," she said, reflecting the perpetual(SP?) icy glare. "I think that the two of us have a little... unfinished business, m'lord. Shall we dance?" She smirked, a longsword materializing in her elvish hand.

Arandur
02/03/2004 5:41 PM

…Storm Brightblade blocked the clumsy blow of a goblin and responded with a savage backhand swipe that almost took the goblin’s head from it s shoulders, the small misshapen creature holding its throat and gurgling its last death screams as the knight leaped over it and unto more of the goblin foes.

He had fought like this since the beginning of the engagement his last few years had taught him to handle a blade well until it seemed an extension of himself, and the ancient weapon seemed eager to taste the blood of its foes. Once again the Brightblade stood against the forces of Tahkisis.

He hacked his way through the enemy, goblin blades striking his armor or jostling the knight as he pressed his way into the goblin ranks, swinging the ancient blade before him until suddenly he broke though and staggered a few paces before he realized he was past his foes. He looked up, his blue eyes catching the Tomb of the Heroes, the resting place of his father who had fought in the service of Tahkisis. He shook his head and turned to face the goblins that moved against him now, taking a few steps back until he could feel the cold marble of the tomb at his back.

A shudder ran involuntarily though his body, his father had died in battle and his grandfather before that, both in the defense of what they believed in, both men of honor who died for their cause. And here, in the shadows of his father’s tomb, Brightblade blood fought and was again spilled in battle…

PrincessOfDarkness
02/03/2004 8:20 PM



She made her way through the battlefield, taking out any of Takhisis's minions that got in her way and stood face to face with Ankh. "Well," she said, reflecting the perpetual(SP?) icy glare. "I think that the two of us have a little... unfinished business, m'lord. Shall we dance?" She smirked, a longsword materializing in her elvish hand.


"You should know, Kilairiandralsilvantaslik, that I despise honorable combat," Ankh unclipped his own exotice weapon, one blade glowing shadow, the other solid steel (No doubt one for physical pain, the other for mental and soul-shredding pain), "But for you," He spun it around in his hand and gave a mock bow to Airiana, "I'll make an exception......let us dance."

He spun towards her, both blades flying in rapid motion, a flash of grey and black. He didn't care what goblins (or magi, or humans) got in the way...his prey was this dragon. Just like old days, when he and his Mistress would go Dragon-hunting. He jabbed and spun and lunged, hoping to open just a gash in the dragoness so that he could bring his most devastating magicks into play....

Airiana
02/04/2004 6:46 AM


"But for you," He spun it around in his hand and gave a mock bow to Airiana, "I'll make an exception......let us dance."

He spun towards her, both blades flying in rapid motion, a flash of grey and black. He didn't care what goblins (or magi, or humans) got in the way...his prey was this dragon. Just like old days, when he and his Mistress would go Dragon-hunting. He jabbed and spun and lunged, hoping to open just a gash in the dragoness so that he could bring his most devastating magicks into play....

Airiana returned Ankh's bow and her blade flew up to meet his. She countered his every move, still being fresh, though there were a few near-misses on her part. She juggled the weight of her longsword easily, though she knew that, in time, it would break and she would have to replace it with something stronger lest the Shadowlord do away with her: the bastard double-sword was strong, and she knew it.

She lunged and parried(SP?) and dove to hit the Shadowlord, putting the thought out of her mind that inside this being was a friend of hers alongside the nemesis that she now fought. She wove from side to side, missing the thrusts of the bastard sword by inches, and muttered an incantation under her breath.

As she continued to battle on, she released her spell on her opponent, a burst of Light to his Shadow, and with the enegry and strength of the ancient dragoness behind it. She smirked as it neared and lunged in to attack physically at the same time as her magic hit...

PrincessOfDarkness
02/04/2004 8:12 PM


As she continued to battle on, she released her spell on her opponent, a burst of Light to his Shadow, and with the enegry and strength of the ancient dragoness behind it. She smirked as it neared and lunged in to attack physically at the same time as her magic hit...


As he raised a hand to block the magic, the blade was only half in control. It spiralled into his shoulder, causing Minoa to snarl. He threw a blast of energy at the dragoness, standing up and watching the gash heal again, "I was going to be nice to you, dragon," He growled, "But I suppose you don't want to play it that way..."

Both blades glowed with magical energy. For that matter, it seemed as if his entire body glowed slightly. He furious glared at her before going back to attackign her relentlessly.

Airiana
02/05/2004 8:19 AM


As he raised a hand to block the magic, the blade was only half in control. It spiralled into his shoulder, causing Minoa to snarl. He threw a blast of energy at the dragoness, standing up and watching the gash heal again, "I was going to be nice to you, dragon," He growled, "But I suppose you don't want to play it that way..."

Both blades glowed with magical energy. For that matter, it seemed as if his entire body glowed slightly. He furiously glared at her before going back to attacking her relentlessly.

Airiana was grazed by the blast of energy as she dodged out of the way, but only enough to cause her momentary pain. "Thou were going to be nice... to me? Surely thee jest, Minoa... I have never known thee to be one for compassion," she said with a smirk, still playing light-heartedly to nettle her opponent--which she knew it would. After parrying his furious attacks with both swords she called a momentary hold. "My blade is far too weak," she explained and called forth another which resembled Minoa's in every way save one... that which was Dark energy on his blade was Light energy on hers. "Now, let us continue," she smiled as she launched her own attack on Minoa, wondering how the others were faring.

Once the Dark Queen retreats, she told herself as she battled on, Krystal will be able to take control of him again... I just have to keep him busy until that happens....

PrincessOfDarkness
02/05/2004 9:20 AM

"I wanted to play with you, dragoness," He growled back, "And THEN I would have my fun." He blocked her attacked, as the goblins and warriors around him seemed to realize that it was not a wise thing to get in the way of these two beings. A few goblins (and some humans) who had gotten in the way of the angry Shadowlord had learned the hard way that a nonmagical being, touching the glowing figure, would not be lasting long. Neither his weapon.

"Tahkisis, I have her for now. Concentrate on Kilairiandralsilvantaslik now. You may also be able to sway her influence."

When did I start taking orders from you?

"Do you want me to fight her or fight humans, with her at my side? My point is clear."

Of course, Minoa...but do not expect this to happen often

"You're as arrogant as I am, Takhisis."

And with a laugh, the goddess retreated from Ankh's head. Now able to fight, Krystal launched back at Minoa, hbut his attacks weakened only slight.

She now focused her attack on the dragonness.

Kilairiandralsilvantaslik.........the famous silver/red. What an honor we finally meet.

Airiana
02/05/2004 9:36 AM


She now focused her attack on the dragonness.

Kilairiandralsilvantaslik.........the famous silver/red. What an honor we finally meet.

Airiana snarled at the voice in her head, jabbing at Ankh with her own bastard sword. 'Ah, so `tis the Dark Queen herself who intrudes upon my battle... funny, being thou art the one I truly fight, though now through the Lord of Shadows...' She said, her mindvoice and attacks both growing weak as the Goddess focused her powers on her. 'What makes thee think I would go against my companions in service to thee? I am the one who gathered them against thee!' She said vehemently, though her defenses against the Dark Queen were growing slighter by the second, and she could feel her darker side taking control little by little...

PrincessOfDarkness
02/05/2004 11:00 AM

Don't be foolish, Kilairiandralsilvantaslik, you are the same as Minoa's counterpart. You carry red blood, which I call to...I feel it, trying to break free of this prison you've set in it. Just as that snivelling human, Krystal, holds the Shadowlord, so a silver can only resist a red for so long, especially in such direct presence......and you fight against the darkness, for it is that simple....

Even as she spoke, she could hear her former ally-turned-enemy's words in her head..how long ago it had been when she had first met the Shadow and his companions, his vehement arguement against his darkness.

I am not light, Takhisis, I am of Shadow....

Yes, yes, that was Minoa indeed. What truely amazed her was how the powerful Lord had managed to get himself so mixed up in a strange crowd. She pondered the thought deeply to herself, making note again to ask exactly how Minoa had screwed himself over so badly.

The Age of Starbirth, yes, that was how long ago she'd worked with and against the Shadowlord. It would be interesting to see how much he'd changed within his millions of years of imprisonment.

Kilairiandralsilvantaslik, I feel you growing towards me....Your attacks are weaking, even as that human fights against Minoa...yes, you two are welcome equals, what two fabulous allies you will make....

Arandur
02/05/2004 2:36 PM

...From amidst the enemy lines came the glint of metal in the darkness, a small knot of confusion amidst their ranks as a lone figure stood above the Tomb of Heroes, hacking savagely at the goblins which scrambled over the edge of the tomb only to die upon the blood spattered ancient sword, the Brightblade.

Covered with numerous superficial wounds from goblin blades that had slipped past his armor, the young half-elfin knight continued to fight though he was surrounded by the enemy, so tired that every movement was agony as he almost staggered to meet each new attacker, though he did with a grim will that kept him moving where other s would have fallen.

He looked to the Solace lines quickly, a look that almost cost him his life as a goblin lunged at him, the dagger slipping past his thigh greave and into his flesh causing the knight to wince and bring the blade down upon the goblin splitting its warty skull like firewood as he pushed the goblin away and dropped to one knee.

Despite his pain and the threat of death and dying, calmness came over him, he held his family’s ancestral sword, given unto him by the spirit of his grandfather in the High Clerist’s Tower, stood upon the Tomb where heroes of yore once lived and now rested. He felt pride surge through his heart and pushed himself to his feet, parrying and cutting another goblin from his perch.

He thrust the Brightblade high in the night sky, the twin moon glinting of its silvered blade, sending a myriad of broken reflections out upon the tomb and the goblins arrayed beneath it and bathing the bleeding knight in a silvery hue.

“For Solace and Solamnia! Est Solarus oth Mithas preyo Draconis Cardara!” he shouted aloud in Solamnic, the sword raised above his head drawing eyes to him as the shouted the rallying cry.

My Honor is my Life, Strength of the Dragon’s Heart…

Airiana
02/05/2004 6:27 PM


Kilairiandralsilvantaslik, I feel you growing towards me....Your attacks are weakening, even as that human fights against Minoa...yes, you two are welcome equals, what two fabulous allies you will make....

Airiana gritted her teeth, trying as best she could to force both the Goddess out of her mind and the evil in herself back down into that little prison she'd kept it enclosed in for most of her life. By this time, she had stopped fighting Ankh altogether, her sword wrought of steel and Light lying on the ground beside her. "No," she said through clenched teeth, stinging tears coming to her eyes. "Not now… I've worked so hard…"

But the Red inside of her was laughing manically, given extra strength by her Queen. She burst through the door to her prison and roughly began to shove her Silver half inside of it. 'I am sorry, so sorry! Forgive me, my friends!!! I am not in control!' She screamed out to every mind in Solace as her Red side slammed the door of the cramped little prison, enclosing the side of Airiana that most of Krynn knew so well inside, trapped for only Takhisis knew how long.

The darker side of Airiana stood, a smirk on her elven face. "Well, this will have to be the first thing to go…" she muttered to no one in particular as she noticed her pointed ears, her voice a little deeper and gruffer than usual. Now she looked at Ankh with a sigh. "Why is it that she always picks elves?" She asked with a shake of her head.

She closed her eyes and a moment later her ears lost their pointed quality, her skin began growing darker, and her height increased. Her hands grew less elegant and refined and her hair shorter and curlier, though its dark ebony color remained the same. In place of the mage-like robes, a scant leather shirt and breeches seemed to materialize from nowhere. Over top of this silver armor sprouted to make a breastplate, thigh and shin guards, as well as chain mail. The now human-looking dragoness stood with one hand on an out-swung hip, the other hanging at her side.

"Ah, much better," she sighed, placing her free hand over her heart, the Heart-Emerald that lay so gently on her neck just under her rough fingers. "Hello," she said, picking the jewel up to inspect it with her keen eyesight, "what's this?"

Usually the Heart-Emerald's color was every-changing—pulsing from one color to another with its wearer's mood—but now… now the beautiful jewel was black and still as the great Void before time.

"Oh, the precious Heart-Emerald that my other half seems to love so much… it was given to her by her 'dearest friend'" The Red said, mocking her other half's voice perfectly. She looked at Ankh from the corner of her eye, ignoring the battle around her. "You know, she's never taken this thing off since Furanthas gave it to her. She loved him, even thought he could be her soul mate… pity he was a dragoman and not a full dragon! Matthiass wouldn't've had a chance!!!" She said as she jerked the necklace off her neck, diamonds from the chain flying everywhere. As soon as she did so, the Emerald again looked like an emerald, and was the deepest, purest green you could imagine. She tossed it up in the air and caught it a few times. "Well, it should fetch a good price… might as well save it." With this she shoved it into her breastplate, lodging it firmly betwixt her rather large bosoms.

She went to pick up her bastard sword, but jerked her hand back at the last moment, her fingers seared from the energy of Light that surrounded it. "Well, that won't do," she muttered as she healed herself. She looked up into the sky a moment and then back to the sword. "Well Mother… Dark Queen… do be a dear and make this useable, won't you?"

Glancing at Ankh with a sweet-yet-sadistic smile she winked. "By the by, you can call me Anairia…"

Aeramae
02/05/2004 7:10 PM

Aylith had no idea how it had happened, but she was suddenly fighting off goblins, and somehow managing to hold her own. She had just clumsily chopped the head off of one goblin, when she was pushed from behind. She whirled around, and was face to face with Mae.

Mae looked at the village girl. She wasn't one of the ones Mae was sent to take care of, but that didn't matter now. She was an enemy of the Queen, and as such deserved to die.

"Mae, help me fight these fiends," Aylith said, holding out her hand. Mae simply looked at the hand, pulled back her hood and sneered. Aylith gasped in horror. Standing before her was a woman who looked like she could be the embodiment of Takhisis herself. With unruly black hair, pale skin, and black eyes, Mae was an imposing creature to the young woman.

"Why should I help you? After all, you are my enemy, as are all others who oppose my Mistress," Mae said. "Nay, I won't lift a finger to help you fight. But I will help you to die!"

Mae threw off her cloak, revealing the black leather armor on her, and the sword that hung off her hips. She drew her sword and advanced on Aylith. The village girl screamed and ran away from her opponent. She had no hope of defeating Mae, and hoped that someone would come to aid her.

PrincessOfDarkness
02/05/2004 8:53 PM

''And I am Minoa. I believe we will have to aquaint some other time, however. A pleasure indeed to meet a fellow.....half-being, shall we call ourselves? No matter, I suppose," He shrugged, "And by the way, I much approve of the shapechange. Elves are nasty little things. And I will call you...yes, Anairia should do. And....here, take this."

From a pocket in his cloak, he pulled out a pair of daggers. Both glowed grey, inscribed with ancient runes, "See, Krystal thinks I can't hide things fom her on her own body. Goes to show you how niave humans really are. You can use these. He tossed the pair to his ally.

"You know, I hate goblins," He said, almost causually, as if there wasn't screams of death and stench of blood and dagger all around, "I hate most mortal races....and dragons. I hate your kind..but you know..for you....I'll make an exception." He sneered, repeating the same words that he had just used not an hour ago.

Airiana
02/06/2004 7:12 AM


“And I am Minoa. I believe we will have to acquaint some other time, however. A pleasure indeed to meet a fellow… half-being, shall we call ourselves? No matter, I suppose,” He shrugged, “And by the way, I much approve of the shape-change. Elves are nasty little things. And I will call you…yes, Anairia should do. And…here, take this.”

From a pocket in his cloak, he pulled out a pair of daggers. Both glowed grey, inscribed with ancient runes, “See, Krystal thinks I can’t hide things from her on her own body. Goes to show you how naïve humans really are. You can use these.” He tossed the pair to his ally.

Anairia caught the daggers one in each hand and inspected them for a moment. “Yes… elves are definitely not one of my favorite races… but then, come to think of it, I really don’t have one. Humans work well enough most of the time… but I am not particularly fond of them either,” she threw one of the daggers in the air, watching it twirl before catching it neatly. “Yes, these will do just fine…”


“You know, I hate goblins,” He said, almost casually, as if there wasn’t screams of death and stench of blood and dagger all around, “I hate most mortal races…and dragons. I hate your kind… but you know… for you…I’ll make an exception.” He sneered, repeating the same words that he had just used not an hour ago.

“Ah, well I am the same as you then… I detest the mortal races, and I don’t have much love for my own kindred either… not after all they’ve done to me,” she commented bitterly. “Funny how many exceptions you seem to make… if I didn't know any better, I'd think you might have some sort of crush on my other half,” she laughed, giving Minoa a sly look from the corner of her eye. “But, I am afraid we will have to chat later… we have mortals to kill.” She said with a sadistic grin. She looked at the sky that was clear, for the most part, and frowned. “I think a storm would be appropriate for this…” She said, tucking the two daggers in her belt and raising her hands to the sky.

Her eyes changed rapidly from their usual silver color to a deep, blood red as she lifted her head to look at the sky. “Gods of Darkness… I call and invoke you to me… Takhisis, my Queen of Darkness… I am forever your servant. Sargonnas, Dark Vengeance… consort of my Queen; I call upon you to aide in the darkness that gathers here. Morgion, Black Wind… weaken the mortals here, take their will to fight. Chemosh, Lord of Death… may you smile on this battle with all your power. Zeboim, Darkling Sea… bring forth your worst storm to Solace! Nuitari, Devouring Dark… let your follower’s power shine through the Light,” she intoned in Draconic, knowing the Gods knew how faithful she was and that they would grant her request.

She smiled as dark clouds rolled in from the horizon moving quickly towards them. Within minutes the sky could no longer be seen for the thick black clouds. Anairia lifted her hands to the sky again, praising and thanking the Gods for their favor, and pointed to the large Vallenwood that was being controlled by the treefolk. A lightening bolt burst forth from the clouds and struck the tree as Anairia got out her daggers. The rain began to pour down and the wind whipped violently.

“Now, let us have some fun…” she muttered, twirling the twin daggers in her hands and proceeding down into the mêlée.

The first group of townsfolk she came to was a group of farmers, armed mainly with pitchforks and daggers. Recognition flickered across her memory as she saw their faces, and she realized that these were some of the men Airiana had spoken to just before the battle began. Anairia grinned and looked from one farmer to the other, her blood eyes never blinking. They stood immobile, startled by her appearance.

“That won’t do,” she told them, “if you want to live… you must charge into battle and not give fear a chance! Here, I’ll show you!” She said as she ran to them, slicing and stabbing in turn until they finally began fighting back. By that time, however, it was far too late, and as the last one hit the ground, she kneeled over him. “Now that’s how you fight,” she told him just before he died.

PrincessOfDarkness
02/06/2004 10:04 AM

Minoa raised an eyebrow and growled, "We have had previous aquaitences...but I had felt something for your Silver, I would have made her my whore rather then wife."

Seeing Anairia take care of others, she strode through the crowd. Goblins scampered away from her and decided on other targets. She came across more farmers, looking at her.

"Is he good?" Muttered one after stabbing a goblin with his spear.

"Is she bad?" Replied another, catching hint of Ankh's cold glare and nasty sneer.

"How about you concentrate on the goblins first!" Shouted a third, who was obviously acutally a warrior.

"Good point.." commented the first and second, turning back.

She crept up behind the three and chuckled, "Have any of you ever heard the phrase, 'Know your friends well, know your enemies better?'"

"SHut up, Takaar, and yes, have!"

"I didn't say anythign!" Replied Takaar.

"Well what happens....if one is both?" Before he could respond, he shoved the blade straight though the man, and then kicked the body off the blade.

"get it!" Shouted Takaar.

"It, am I now?"

She parried the man's spear, then slit his arm onto the ground. This was was also impaled upon the bloody blade, and pushed the body onto the third farmer, who tumbled with the dead weight onto of him. Quickly dismembering the last living man's face and leaving him to bleed to death, Ankh peered around for more humans. Goblin and human dead littered the ground, but she quickly noticed two treefolk and ran over to them. Both trees cast an eye at her, attempting to swing branches and topple the Shadowlord.

He muttered an incantation, then stabbed the ethereal blade into the bark. With a roar, the tree caught fire, black flames travelling up the trees and leaving nothing behind. The treefolk roared and thrashed, taking out goblin and human alike.

"Where are the forest animals?" He spoke to no one, "The centaur and the human that leads them? I would like a true combantant, if none are two scared to do such..."

QueshuWarrior
02/06/2004 12:34 PM

Geos attention was sent to the two beings that seemed to be undefeatable. Their power was immense and brought the first fear and doubt to Geos mind. As the lightning bolt came down upon the giant animated vallenwood, the tree toppled over on many goblins. The forest animals all surrounded Geo, the centaurs, and the Forestmaster. The treefolk were fighting with rage, and taking out any dark enemy that met their path. Geo kept his eye on Ankh as he took out two treefolk. He called to Sargor, who was near.

"Sargor! Forestmaster! Pure darkness has come to fight. They are aided by the Queen of Darkness, I assume." Geo shouted over the booming thunder and the falling of heavy rain from the horrific storm. Ankh was now alone, waiting for a fight. Geo kept calm as he rode his stag over to about 20 yards from Ankh, nothing between them.

"I wouldnt be so confident, dark lord...For now you face the very base of Krynn itself...nature!" Geo shouted. Behind him was the thousands of animals. The hundreds of birds flew overhead. Many goblins began to back off from Ankh and the army of animals. The Forestmaster stepped forth to Geos side. The three elven elders were mounted on the gigantic boars, enchanted by Geo, waving their magical staffs about their heads. The animals followed the three elves as they made a circle around Ankh. The Forestmaster and her unicorns were next to Geo. Treefolk began to take out the fearful goblins who were caught by suprise, and sandwiched the mass of goblins between themselves and the massed army of animals. The Forestmaster stepped forward, and with unmoving lips, the unicorn spoke.

"Mortals? Would you be so bold to call us of the forest mortals? Or Geo, the gifted human? Here, there is no difference between mortal and immortal. It is what you can and cant do, or what you can and cant think." The Forestmaster spoke, with a peaceful, calm tone.

"What does your Queen expect to accomplish once all forest life is gone? Truly, she must know that without the forest, their can be no pure life, only whatever she conjures with her dark magic, and even that will be destroyed once it suites her fancy. You, Minoa, are her toy, and you will not exist to see a life of conquest and power that you dream of. It will be hers, and she will not share power in the end. For, she desires ultimate self control. So, do you see now? You are just as valuable as a single goblin in the end, simply used to get what 'she' wants. Mortal or immortal, you are her slave. For once she is done with the life of mortals, she will have her way with you self-proclaimed 'immortals'!" The Forestmaster spoke, getting into Ankhs mind with the power of truth and reality that the Forestmaster excels in knowing. The thousands of animals waited for their command. Geo held them, waiting for Ankh, or any other enemy to make their move, before releasing the full power of nature upon them.

PrincessOfDarkness
02/06/2004 5:14 PM


"you, Minoa, are her toy, and you will not exist to see a life of conquest and power that you dream of. It will be hers, and she will not share power in the end. For, she desires ultimate self control. So, do you see now? You are just as valuable as a single goblin in the end, simply used to get what 'she' wants. Mortal or immortal, you are her slave. For once she is done with the life of mortals, she will have her way with you self-proclaimed 'immortals'!"


"The Forestmaster.......I have heard quite a lot about you. A pleasure, indeed," He bowed mockingly, "But for all I have heard about you, I expected you to know of the Shadow Elementals, and their Lords, Ayran, Minoa, and Taiagal. I am Minoa, the ShadowLord, and the Dark Queen and the Platinum Dragon had to work together with the Light Slyphs to capture me. Your birds and bees can do nothing to me. The Queen knows who I am, what I can do....."

Ankh closed his eyes and whispered something dark and evil. Over her standard clothing grew armor, spiked metal armor that reeked of evil. Two large ethereal spikes protruded out of each knee and each elbow. Three stuck out of the back of the full plate.

(Think lead Naz'gul in lotr)

In his hands materialized a musical Ocarina, jet black, and began to play.

His song was in music, of course. but there were words in that music.

Everyday is a new day
I won’t take it for granted
So I learn from my mistakes
It’s beyond my control
Whatever happens in this lifetime
So I trust in strength
It have given me peace of mind

I feel so alive for the very first time
I can’t deny you
I feel so alive
I feel so alive for the very first time
And I think I can fly

Rainfall upon my face
A new song for me to sing
Tell the world how I feel inside
Even though it might cost me everything
Now that I know this, so beyond, I can’t hold this
I can never turn my back away
Now that I’ve seen you
I can never look away

I feel so alive for the very first time
I can’t deny you
I feel so alive
I feel so alive for the very first time
And I think I can fly


The optimisim in the song was obvious, though it was stifled. It weighed down the heart with the darkness, the pessisism that was somehow overpowering to all that didn't follow the Shadow..

Kalia_Majere
02/23/2004 6:47 AM

It was Navare who saw Aylith's plight, and moved to her rescue. A staff of onyx appeared in his hands, blocking Mae's attack on the girl.

"I think not Mae..." He snarled, his amber eyes alight.

Kalia stood stunned at the events that had unfolded before her, Airiana had turned! The red blood that coursed through her had swayed the silver... now they had lost two of the greatest powers they had...

Tears stood in her eyes, as she watched, and her hand clasped the crystal medallion that hung around her neck....

"Platinum Father... Oh ye who brightens the dawn and forces darkness away, hear my plea. Guard those who have light in their hearts, no matter how small that spark of light. Guide our blades to strike at the darkness that rushes against us!"

A shimmer of light seemed to surround nearly every member of Solace... Including Ankh and Airiana.... though the glow that surrounded them was faint and flickering...

Airiana
02/23/2004 6:39 PM

Anairia was battling on, taking down one human after another. She worked meticulously and seemed devoid of all emotions save hatred and lust for power.

Thou canst not win, even with the Queen aiding thee, Airiana whispered to the methodical Anairia. For even as She helps thee now, she will shove thee aside when her conquest is complete… Mayhap she shall keep thee around for a time, but then she will get rid of thee… thou should know how she is by now, the caged Airiana told her, pleading with her other half.

Anairia ignored her Silver side and the words that she knew were true. She continued striking down the inhabitants of Solace with her twin daggers, glowing with Darkness and dragon magic.

Then something happened: Airiana was given strength from somewhere and she was able to unlock her cramped prison. The Light was a divine glimmer from the Platinum Father that had been called by Crystalamira, Airiana realized as she came out fighting against her Red side.

Anairia stopped in her external battle, frozen while she fought inside of herself for control. No! she screamed at Airiana. I will not give up control! Anairia dropped the twin daggers and clutched at her head, long fingers weaving through dark hair as she did so. Inside she could hear her other half chanting a prayer to the Gods.

“Paladine, Platinum Father… grant me this wish I beg of thee! Mishakal, Mistress of the Sky… heal the wounds that are and will be! Kiri-Jolith, Sword of Justice… aid me so that I might conclude this battle once and for all! Habbakuk, Fisher King… grant me this creation! Branchala, Song of Life… let thy music sing again and create two separate souls where once there was one! Solinari, Mighty Hand… let thy magic flow through my veins! Gods of Light, grant me separation from Anairia—make us two separate dragons where once there were one! Gilean, I plead thee… preside over these working so that the balance remains intact!” Airiana pleading, calling out to the Gods using what little control she was able to muster from Crystalamira’s aid.

And so there in the middle of the battlefield, the body that held the Silver/Red dragon began retaking her true form. Soon the large dragoness stood, silver-hued red scales glistening despite the lack of sun due to the storm. The dragoness closed her eyes and sighed deeply as she felt herself separating, the Gods fulfilling her request.

The silver sheen seemed to disappear from her large scales leaving a blood red color for a moment. Then the scales seemed to lose all color altogether, the dragoness taking on an opaque color for the briefest of instances. If one had looked at her head on, the sight would have been one to remember. The left side of the dragoness changed from the opaque to the purest silver you’ve ever seen, while the right changed to a dark ruby. She raised her head a moment, bellowing in pain and then the two sides pulled from each other as hard as possible.

As the two sides pulled away, it seemed that there had indeed been two dragons crammed into one body, for as they separated two different dragons emerged: one silver and one red.

For a while the twin dragons stood unmoving, eyes closed, wings tucked neatly to their sides, and heads bowed—perfect mirror images of each other in all save color. Then gradually, the silver dragoness opened her eyes, which now shown an unmistakable sapphire color. A few moments later the red dragoness did the same, though her eyes were the deepest forest green.

The red and silver looked at each other for a moment, blinking. Airiana cleared her throat, trying to get used to her new-yet-the-same body. “The Gods have granted my wish,” she murmured to her other half in Draconic.

Anairia only nodded and a sadistic smile spread across her reptilian visage. “Yes, that they did… sister,” she smirked as she stretched her new wings wide and whipped her tail about. She glanced back over her body, satisfied with the deep ruby of her scales. “And better for me to serve my Queen… no more will I have to fight both inside and out,” she said with a satisfied nod. She opened her wings and leapt into the air, powerful wing beats carrying her high in the air and back towards the majority of the Dark Queen’s forces.

Airiana only nodded, stunned by the fact that she was now only half of what she had been. She too looked over herself a moment, and content filled her as she marveled at her all-silver scales. The dragoness closed her sapphire eyes a moment. And now, back to the battle… she whispered to herself.

She looked across the battlefield, her eyes resting on Kalia. “I thank thee, my friend… had thee not given me strength, I do not know what would have happened,” she sent to the Crystal dragoness before turning back to the battle. “Now,” she said in the minds of the townsfolk, “fight with all that is in thyself against the gloom… take strength in the Light and together we shall turn the Darkness aside.”

PrincessOfDarkness
02/26/2004 12:49 PM

A scream from Ankh split the air. THe light was not his sheer enemy, but the PLatinum Dragon was most certainly close enough. He fell to his knees, using his blade to hold himself up. The armor slowly faded away, seemingly black sand on the wind and rain around them.

Paladine...Crystalamira..I will NOT let you stop me here! The voice of the goddess thudded, lightening striking trees with every word, You will NOT hold me back!

I could...get rid of him... Krystal whispered dully to herself. I could be normal....

"Paladine....grant me my wish," She sputtered, pain coursing through her veins like fire, "Please...."

She waited for the light to come, to end this madness she'd lived with.

But nothing came.

Theharsh, laughing voice of the Shadow weakend her further, though now, with his pain and her broken spirit, neither had control.

"It's the freaky girl!"

"Get her!"

The remaining populace charged at the weakned Ankh, ready to strike her down for who he was.

Kalia_Majere
02/26/2004 1:04 PM

Kalia spun, hearing the people shout at Ankh... "NO!" She cried, knowing full well that this was someone who could help them all... Someone who didn't deserve such treatment, not even with the actions she commited.

Kalia's form seemed to pulse with light, then shimmered and wavered like a mirage in the desert heat... it lengthened, her wings spreading to shadow the earth below her crystalline claws. Her form coiled loosely around Ankh... sheilding the dual beings' form.

"Stop this madness.... Look there... That army is your real enemy... go for them, not poinless slaughter!" Glimmer snarled, her golden eyes narrowed.

PrincessOfDarkness
02/26/2004 2:12 PM

Ankh looked up at Glimmer and the light, "I......" She slumped back down, hearing Minoa's auguished cries and knowing that it would be impossible to fight with them.

The mob blinked at the appearance of the crystal dragon, then turned. Goblins and Hobgoblins were still in their stupor, not to mention the dragonfear the giant feathery wyrm was exuding. They raised their spears and charged to the true enemies.

"How....can I thank..you...." Ankh whispered softly to Glimmer.

Kalia_Majere
02/26/2004 2:38 PM

Glimmer looked down, a tired kindess shone in her bright gold eyes, then as before, the light pulsated, and her form changed.

Kalia held out her hand to Ankh. "Don't worry about it... who is in control?" She asked, she didn't need to be told of Ankh's dual personality...

Airiana
02/26/2004 6:36 PM

Anairia flew off to the back of the invading army. The sweep would be over soon, that much she knew. 'How now my Queen?' she mindspoke to Takhisis, still revelling in her glistening red scales.

Airiana snarled at an oncoming troop of goblins and hobgoblins, the sight alone of the large dragoness with her viscously(SP?) sharp fangs enough to make them think better of attacking at the moment. Instead they turned back, looking for easier prey.


Kalia held out her hand to Ankh. "Don't worry about it... who is in control?" She asked, she didn't need to be told of Ankh's dual personality...

Airiana walked over and looked at Ankh. "It is hard to tell at the moment, but I think it might just be Krystal..." She smiled as she morphed quickly to her elvish form.

PrincessOfDarkness
02/27/2004 12:49 PM

Crystalamira.... the Queen sputtered, still in complete rage, I want that feathery bitch dead! She growled, her attention mostly on Ankh And I want him to quit whining.......this is most certainly not the same Shadowlord I fought against, Minoa never cowered under the power of my brother.....

Ankh stood up on her own, ignoring the outstretched hand. She glanced around, looking into the sky.

"By the gods minus those here, if I survive this, I'll survive anything..." She muttered to herself.

"Tis I, Kalia, though I know not how long..your magick and the Dark Queen do not do well as far as keeping me together, if you catch my meaning....." SHe then glanced back into the ground, her blade still sticking up out of it, "Nor do I know why my wish was not granted when Airiana's was..." She tried to keep the spite out of her voice...the silver/red was never in as much trouble as she was.

"Glimmer, Crystalamira.........He speaks little of you, yet you seem old as if he would know you......did you not fight in his war?"

Kalia_Majere
03/03/2004 8:51 AM

Kalia looked at Ankh, and shook her head. "No, I did not fight in his war... I only learned of it by heresay. My body is only a handful of centuries of age... but my spirit, my soul.... ah, that would be the real question wouldn't it?"

Aeramae
03/03/2004 8:54 AM

Mae's eyes narrowed and she growled her frustration. She pulled her sword back and kept it ready to swing again. She felt her queen's fury surround her, her body felt hot, yet she would not back down. She looked past Navare and at Aylith. The village girl looked lost and confused, not a very worthy sacrafice, but it would be something nonetheless.

"Why do you stand in my way?" she snarled at Navare. "My business at hand is with that girl."

And with that short speech, Mae lunged, swinging her sword in a wide killing arc, straight at Navare. Aylith cringed, expecting to be killed soon. To keep herself calm, she closed her eyes and knelt on the ground, thinking of her lost love. She heard nothing around her as she waited for the sound of one body falling, and the deathblow for herself.

Kalia_Majere
03/03/2004 10:04 AM

The sword connected solidly with the onyx staff held tightly in Navare's hands. "You really don't want to fight me Mae..." He said calmly. "In a test of strength, you'll fail miserably.... and your magic cannot harm me... I still have many of my Mother's powers..."

With a snarl, he pushed Mae backwards, sending her reeling.

Prophacy
03/04/2004 1:20 PM

Nyara looks around as she is getting caught in this madness, good and evil are fighting everywhere. She take out her sword and starts hacking away at what ever gets in here way. She cannot believe all that just happened, everything has gone to madness.

She finally gets to a less crowded area, and takes a look around again. She spies Mae, who has now reveled herself to be working with the queen. And seems to be attacking an innocent girl, then she spies the Solomnic looking hurt but doing his best to fight. She sighs and thinks to herself *This is a fine mess we have gotten ourselves into.*

She then goes into her mind seeking her queen: *My Queen, I will not fail my mission for you. But in order to not fail, I will have to get them to trust me. And to do that I will have to take this upon myself, for Mae has failed. Forgive me for what I may do,but sacrafices need to be made, and good people need to be saved for this cause.* Once Nyara finishes, she trys to block the queen out of her head totally.

After she does this she makes her way over to the girl that Mae is trying to get at, and stands inbetween her and Navare. She looks down to the girl, and taps her on the shoulder: "Stand up."

Misty_Darkness
03/09/2004 7:25 PM

the whole time Nyara is doing this a spy watches from the thicket, her name is Jocie Mahari, she takes incredible interest in this Nyara, stares a bit longer before a hand clasps down on her shoulder, noone ever sneaks up like that on her. She was taking by surprise fell out of her hiding space into the frey.....

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