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tassanaburrfoot
01/17/2004 1:46 PM

Tears wet Gail's face as she bent to hug her kender friend. "I don't want to leave you, Tass. You have come to mean so much to me," she whispered.

The kender returned the hug with tears as well. "And you have come to mean much to me too. You are my best friend, Gail. I wouldn't trade you for anything. But you and Darrel must go. As do Garthalas and I. I am to journey to the Tower of High Sorcery at Wayreth."

"You are mad!" the dark knight said. He looked at Garthalas, "You aren't really going to let her go, are you? She can't compete with the mages of the gods."

Tassana shook her head. "Either way, I'm going. I must go. Something tells me I should be a mage. It's what I've always dreamed of doing."

"You gonna turn me into a frog when you become a mage, Tass?" Tiger asked, twirling his topknot to keep back tears.

Tassana giggled, "No, Tiger. Though, if you want, I'll turn you into a mouse."

Tiger shook his head. "That's ok. I'd rather be a frog.... oh well. I suppose it's off to Palanthas for me.." Tiger said, starting to walk to the south.

Darrel stopped the kender by placing a hand on the kender's shoulder. "Palanthas is that way, Curlknot," the knight said, pointing to the north.

Tiger laughed, "I knew that. I was just making sure you did. Well, see you all later. Don't forget to come visit me in Palanthas."

Gail and Tassana stifled their giggles as the unkempt kender jumped on his shaggy little pony and trotted towards the north. The companions sat for a while, no one saying a word. Then, sighing, Darrel stood up.

"Come, Gail. We still have a journey ahead of us. I wish to get to Kalaman before too long," the knight said, checking his weapons.

The human girl nodded slowly and then looked at Tassana. "Will it ever be the same?"

"The gods are back, Gail. Tahkisis is dead and Paladine is a traveling bard. Things will never be the same. Qualinost is gone. Silvanesti is overrun by minotaur. Alas, time will grow on us and you will find your routine. And though things may be different, time will move on. We will move on," Tassana said.

*And move on we should, m'lady,* Brightsky interrupted.

Tassana nodded. "Farewell, my friends. May the gods guide you through your journey."

"You as well, Tassana," Darrel said as he hoisted his new bride into the saddle with him. He looked at Garthalas. "May our paths cross again, Elf. Never did I imagine befriending one of your kind."

The dark knight and Gail waved to the kender and elf and then kicked the horse into a gallop.

Tassana leaned into Garthalas before mounting her little pony, Dareana. "Well, we best be off. If I remember correctly, the Tower is near the Qualinesti forest."

Brightsky nodded. Tinsel and Coby, both of whom had been quiet the whole time, preened their wings. When Tinsel spoke, it was with a sadness in her voice. "Lady Tassana, Lord Garthalas. I think it is time for Coby and I to depart. While we wish you both good luck in your adventures, we cannot help but think our time with you is over. Farewell, kenderkin and elfkin. May Mishakal bless your lives with happiness and peace."

And the dragons opened their wings, jumped into the air and flew away. Brightsky snorted, *Cannot believe those two did that.*

Tassana smiled sadly, "If ever I need them again, I have my pendent. I can easily call upon them. If you are coming along, let us be on our way. I hate to waste time."

Atmabahamut
01/18/2004 4:24 PM


Tears wet Gail's face as she bent to hug her kender friend. "I don't want to leave you, Tass. You have come to mean so much to me," she whispered.

The kender returned the hug with tears as well. "And you have come to mean much to me too. You are my best friend, Gail. I wouldn't trade you for anything. But you and Darrel must go. As do Garthalas and I. I am to journey to the Tower of High Sorcery at Wayreth."

"You are mad!" the dark knight said. He looked at Garthalas, "You aren't really going to let her go, are you? She can't compete with the mages of the gods."

Tassana shook her head. "Either way, I'm going. I must go. Something tells me I should be a mage. It's what I've always dreamed of doing."

"You gonna turn me into a frog when you become a mage, Tass?" Tiger asked, twirling his topknot to keep back tears.

Tassana giggled, "No, Tiger. Though, if you want, I'll turn you into a mouse."

Tiger shook his head. "That's ok. I'd rather be a frog.... oh well. I suppose it's off to Palanthas for me.." Tiger said, starting to walk to the south.

Darrel stopped the kender by placing a hand on the kender's shoulder. "Palanthas is that way, Curlknot," the knight said, pointing to the north.

Tiger laughed, "I knew that. I was just making sure you did. Well, see you all later. Don't forget to come visit me in Palanthas."

Gail and Tassana stifled their giggles as the unkempt kender jumped on his shaggy little pony and trotted towards the north. The companions sat for a while, no one saying a word. Then, sighing, Darrel stood up.

"Come, Gail. We still have a journey ahead of us. I wish to get to Kalaman before too long," the knight said, checking his weapons.

The human girl nodded slowly and then looked at Tassana. "Will it ever be the same?"

"The gods are back, Gail. Tahkisis is dead and Paladine is a traveling bard. Things will never be the same. Qualinost is gone. Silvanesti is overrun by minotaur. Alas, time will grow on us and you will find your routine. And though things may be different, time will move on. We will move on," Tassana said.

*And move on we should, m'lady,* Brightsky interrupted.

Tassana nodded. "Farewell, my friends. May the gods guide you through your journey."

"You as well, Tassana," Darrel said as he hoisted his new bride into the saddle with him. He looked at Garthalas. "May our paths cross again, Elf. Never did I imagine befriending one of your kind."

The dark knight and Gail waved to the kender and elf and then kicked the horse into a gallop.

Tassana leaned into Garthalas before mounting her little pony, Dareana. "Well, we best be off. If I remember correctly, the Tower is near the Qualinesti forest."

Brightsky nodded. Tinsel and Coby, both of whom had been quiet the whole time, preened their wings. When Tinsel spoke, it was with a sadness in her voice. "Lady Tassana, Lord Garthalas. I think it is time for Coby and I to depart. While we wish you both good luck in your adventures, we cannot help but think our time with you is over. Farewell, kenderkin and elfkin. May Mishakal bless your lives with happiness and peace."

And the dragons opened their wings, jumped into the air and flew away. Brightsky snorted, *Cannot believe those two did that.*

Tassana smiled sadly, "If ever I need them again, I have my pendent. I can easily call upon them. If you are coming along, let us be on our way. I hate to waste time."


Garthalas gave a half smile to Darrel. It was the smile that someone might give to comfort someone in a hopeless situation. It wasn't rude nor was it patronizing. It was a smile of someone who knew he had lost even before he had begun. The Elfman gave a gentle laugh, placing a hand upon Darrel's shoulder.

" I have no more power to stop her than I do to make the moons hang in the sky or make the rivers flow back into their keeps. One might as well try to tame the oceans as to try and stop Tassana once she has her mind set on things. ", said Garthalas, though he added in an undertone, " If anything I feel sorry for the mages of the gods.. They haven't saw Tassana in a bad mood armed with a hoopak. If it 'tis the will of the gods, we will meet again, friend. "

Gathalas paused here to bow to his friends. Inside he didn't know when he would see them again, or even if he would. That was the spirit of adventure, the thrill of the unknown. Even with the sadness riding slightly into his mind, the tall Elfman mounted upon his horse, following after Tassana. He only paused to look at the Dragons, giving them a gentle smile.

" And may you both have blessings upon you from all the gods of light. For all you have done for Tassana I can never repay you except with my deepest gratitude and thanks. Take care of yourselves. I'll watch after Tassana -- not that I think she needs it. ", he amended, not wanting the Kender to think that he had anything less than full confidence in her.

With all the goodbyes said and done, his attention turned to the woman in the saddle of the pony. Garthalas bowed his head slightly to her, speaking in his softest tone, " Yes, beloved, it is time for us to go. The path lies upon the earth before us, we only need to follow. "

tassanaburrfoot
01/18/2004 4:52 PM

Tassana rolled her eyes and laughed. The day was spent in merry conversation. The small family had forgotten their troubles and the eerie Test on the way.

As the night came into the sky, they camped on the side of the road. "I'm going to miss those people. After my Test, I simply must go visit them. Especially Gail. She'll be so proud of me."

Atmabahamut
01/20/2004 2:48 AM


Tassana rolled her eyes and laughed. The day was spent in merry conversation. The small family had forgotten their troubles and the eerie Test on the way.

As the night came into the sky, they camped on the side of the road. "I'm going to miss those people. After my Test, I simply must go visit them. Especially Gail. She'll be so proud of me."


Garthalas had made a small fire by the road to keep them warm. Every now and then the firelight would sparkle off of his eyes as if he had the essence of flame within him. It didn't make him look happy, it only made him look as though he were deep in thought. Such was his expression when he heard Tassana's comment.

" Yes, they will be proud of you, but no matter how you fair. That is the spirit of friends and those who care for you. " However, inside he knew the sickening reality. Even if Tas could take the test, he knew the penalty for failure. All he could do was hope and pray that the gods watched over her.

gait_firestorm
01/20/2004 10:21 AM

The fire was well tended to in the forest. Azkur watched the flickering lights of the fire and the ashes that floated in the air with his best friend, Azure Lin'Talisk, a silvanesti elf.

"The war is once again over, the smell of flowers fill the air." said Azkur. "I cant smell flowers, all i can smell is the smoke from the flames." He watched the fire carefully, dazed by the light. His mind rushed with memories of great friends and all the battle he had been through. Maybe this time, i can rest forever, he thought.

"Hm...hey look!" Over head, both of them spotted dragons flying low to them. "Watch the fire." ordered Azkur. Drawing his sword, hoping nothing bad would happen, he climbed a tree quick to sight the riders.

"What is it?" Azure waited for a long reply but Azkur was silent. "Its...a kender...and they are heading towards the way of the tower of high sorcery." Azkur sheathed his sword.

"Well, we might meet this kender. Your going to become a mage arent you, Azure?" She nodded. Azkur came down from the tree, hearing the eerie sounds of the night winds as he landed. The fire had gone out.

tassanaburrfoot
01/28/2004 5:17 PM

"The spirit of friends..." Tassana echoed her husband. She giggled merrily. "I'll have to remember that when I get my inn."

*You are planning on getting an inn, m'lady?* Brightsky asked.

Tassana nodded. "One day. Palin has an inn. And he does well with it."

*Yes, but,* the pegasus stated, *that inn was given to Palin from his father. Not to mention, Usha takes care of the inn more then Palin does.*

Tassana's smile widened, "Then my inn will be better then his. Because my inn will have me there!"

The pegasus shook his head. Somehow he doubted the kender will ever own an inn. Even if she passed her Test. After all, magic was intoxicating. The stallion knew this. Once she had the magic, that will be all that matters to her.

The kender curled up in Garthalas's arms and rested her head on his chest. "You'll help me run my inn, won't you, Beloved?" she asked, sleepily.

The sound of Garthalas's heartbeat soothed the kender and soon she was sleeping in her husband's arms. Like all her kind, she looked most peaceful when she slept. The whole world could be in chaos and in that moment, it wouldn't matter.

Atmabahamut
01/28/2004 6:32 PM


"The spirit of friends..." Tassana echoed her husband. She giggled merrily. "I'll have to remember that when I get my inn."

*You are planning on getting an inn, m'lady?* Brightsky asked.

Tassana nodded. "One day. Palin has an inn. And he does well with it."

*Yes, but,* the pegasus stated, *that inn was given to Palin from his father. Not to mention, Usha takes care of the inn more then Palin does.*

Tassana's smile widened, "Then my inn will be better then his. Because my inn will have me there!"



"Aye, that it will. Palin will be very jelous of you. You'll not only have the magic he desires so, but you'll have an inn that will be known throughout the whole of Krynn. ", replied Gathalas, not even giving a slight amount of doubt in Tassana's abilities.



The pegasus shook his head. Somehow he doubted the kender will ever own an inn. Even if she passed her Test. After all, magic was intoxicating. The stallion knew this. Once she had the magic, that will be all that matters to her.


He had had many of the same thoughts and discussions with the pegasus, but he wouldn't say it out loud to Tassana. He knew it would only crush her dreams and break her heart. Knowing Tassana had often been looked down on for being a Kender, it would have broken him inside to have to take away the only things she found hope in away from her.




The kender curled up in Garthalas's arms and rested her head on his chest. "You'll help me run my inn, won't you, Beloved?" she asked, sleepily.


" Yes, I will help you run your inn, dearest.. We will have all our friends over and celebrate the day of opening.. It will be a grand occasion, one you will never forget..", he replied once more, smiling.

The elf held her as she slept, sighing softly. Inside he wondered really what the gods held in store for them. A passing thought crossed his mind, unspoken to the world..

" If a kender could grow to such status and show the world such change, then would it not make the greatest story ever told? Even from the most humble beginnings one could become so great.. It would inspire so many.."

Then with the thought passed, he allowed himself to rest, only moving to stoke the fire every now and then..

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