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Kalia_Majere
07/09/2004 5:54 PM

His father stared down at him. The questioning glare of the gold dragons' emerald eyes made Kethriveris look away.

"Father, you've more than lost your sanity if you think that I have any hope on finding a mate within the Isles..." He growled.

Solaris looked at his only son and sighed in defeat. The crest of scales lying flat against his skull. He knew better to hope for 'grandchildren'. Keth was treated no better, and in some ways even worse than the great
Kilairiandralsilvantaslik.

Keth basked in the sun on a smooth, flat rock. His fifty-foot length lay as flat as he could make himself against the stone, the only movements he made were the darting of his icey-blue eyes and the heaving of his sides with each breath he took of the cool morining air.

Solaris admired his son for a moment. Keth's scales were a brilliant azure, gilded in bright gold. Each scale glinted in the sunlight, and Solaris once again thought of his beloved Talazemaska. Talaz was always unsure of her place in the dragon armies and had defected before the War of The Lance ended.

Talaz changed even further after the Chaos War... She repudated her kind and was killed in the infamous Dragon Purge by Kellendros himself, before Kethriveris had even hatched.

To Solaris, his son was beautiful, the combination of blue and gold striking. He watched with amusement as Keth stretched his wings, flexing the delicate membranes. His wings were semi-transparent, and shimmered with more gold than blue. Keth yawned then and looked up, cathing his fathers' gaze.

"Do stop that... you may think my coloring handsome...but it doen't matter what you think Father!" He snarled, growing irritated at this charade.

"Perhaps I should go... there is nothing really for me here, besides you of course, Father... I have no hope of finding even a friend here... most of them are chillingly polite at best, and openly hostile at worse... I really should leave the Veil and find a home off of the Islands...." Keth mused.

Solaris felt his heart grow heavy with every word that Keth said. THough it pained him greatly, he knew that Keth was right... and it was wrong of him to try to shelter Keth any further....

"Perhaps you are right...." Solaris broke off and looked into the distant horizon, where a winged shape was making its' way to the Isles....

Airiana
07/11/2004 8:45 PM

Liekelatier sighed as she made her way through the Veil. Now why did I have to come here again? Oh yes, to be formally recognized by the Council of Elders... as if that was necessary... I don't think Father ever came, and Gonowit and Taet haven't found the need to... and yet Mother insists that I do anyways... The hybrid dragoness sighed.

Her mother, known among mortals as Calista, was also a hybrid dragon, though of a slightly different sort. Lieke's grandparents on her mother's side were among the first hybrids to live... both of them were Silver/Reds. Grandfather never came either... The dragoness mused when she thought of Matthiass. He wasn't much fond of the Elders... She felt her stomach turn in fear, remembering stories her Mother and Grandmother told of their trips to the Islands... none of them had been pleasant.

I only have to come here once, she reminded herself when she felt the urge to turn around and leave again.

The hematite-colored dragoness winged slowly above the Isles and found one that looked nearly deserted to land on. The Silver/Black spiraled down as quietly as she could and her ruby-red eyes scanned the area that she was landing on. Only two dragons did I notice on this Isle... and they are on the other side of it... perhaps they will leave me alone for a little while at least. I want to rest before going to the Council.. and then I will leave as soon as possible!

With that thought the dragoness landed and folded her silver-shimmering wings. She layed down and wriggled in the sand, getting comfortable, and stretched herself out to absorb what heat she could. Her legs were tucked under her and her long tail was out straight behind her, while her neck lay in a similar fashion. In all, she was nearly forty-five feet from snout to tail tip. She sighed heavily and closed her eyes. Just a little bit of rest... a little bit of soaking the sun's warmth...

Kalia_Majere
07/12/2004 3:43 PM

Keth stopped and followed his father's gaze. Without hesitating, Keth Lept into the air, his wings giving a powerful downward sweep that propelled him easily into the air. While he wasn't respected in the isles, barely tolerated even... this was his home, and he wouldn't see interlopers invade it at any cost. Solaris mutters something about the impertinance of youth, and flies after him.

He circles once, and then lands on the sand with a fury of backwinging, his claws leaving deep furrows in the soft sand. His growls were soft rumbles in his throat, his icy eyes narrowed in suspicion as he stared at Lieke. "Who are you? Who are you to pass through the Veil??" He snarled.

Solaris landed behind his son, his eyes widening as he really saw Lieke... saw her color rather... he saw that her color was more metallic black.... who was this dragon, and why was she here?

"yes, who are you youngling?" Solaris asked, much less hot-tempered than Keth.

Airiana
07/12/2004 5:01 PM

Lieke was having a very bad day. The dragoness raised her head from the sand and looked from Keth to Solaris and back, then kept her attention on the other hybrid. "What do you mean, who am I to pass through the Veil? Am I not a dragon? Do I not have the same rights as you?" She asked as she stood. The afternoon sun made her dark scales glitter with a silvery sheen. She ruffled her wings, and their transparent, silvery-black membranes shimmered as well. She whipped her tail around dangerously and her ruby-red eyes narrowed.

She took a deep breath and then turned her attention to Solaris, bowing her head in respect. "And to answer your more politely phrased question, Elder... I am Liekelatier, daughter of Calistanoanlikathlik, and granddaughter of Kilairiandralsilvantaslik. My great-grandmother's name is of little consequence, though she was known as Lanista by what mortals she met." She informed him, touching a claw to her head and then to her heart in reverence of her lineage.

"I meant not to intrude, Elder. But if you know anything of my Mother or her Mother before her, coming here is not an easy task. I come to be formally recognized, as is my right. I make no plans to stay here; I will leave once I have sat before the Council. I do not wish to stay on this isle nor any other within the Veil."

Kalia_Majere
07/12/2004 5:43 PM

Keth swallowed hard... if he would only learn to look before he flew... All he had noticed was the near-black color of Lieke's scales... He had thought her a Black... and the Chromatics were forbidden the ancestral home of the Metallics.

Solaris glanced at his scion, and shook his heavy head. "Do forgive Keth... He can tend to act before he really thinks... If I am correct, he simply thought you were a black, but now, he sees differently... Am I right Keth?" He asked.

Keth lowered his head and nodded. "I... I apologise... I didn't mean to be disrespectful..." He said, as he raised his head, to stare unabashed at Lieke. so this was the granddaughter of the great Silver-Red, Airiana.

"I am Kethriveris... you can just call me Keth if you care to..." He mumbled, unable to really think of anything else to say.

Airiana
07/12/2004 8:21 PM


Keth lowered his head and nodded. "I... I apologise... I didn't mean to be disrespectful..." He said, as he raised his head, to stare unabashed at Lieke. so this was the granddaughter of the great Silver-Red, Airiana.

"I am Kethriveris... you can just call me Keth if you care to..." He mumbled, unable to really think of anything else to say.

Seeing the Blue/Gold’s switch in attitude, she nodded to him. So my Grandmother’s name holds some respect even here among those who banished her... interesting... she thought to herself and cleared her throat.

“Call me Lieke then, Keth. I never was too fond of using my whole True name... even among Metallics. And don’t worry about respect... I am too often given privilege that I should not have by my Grandmother’s name outside the Veil; I truly thought that it would have the opposite effect within, as would my Mother’s. From the stories they told me, none of their journeys here were pleasant ones.” She told him, relaxing some and sitting back on her haunches.

She looked at him more closely, her ruby eyes running over his scales. "But you must understand that. I can't imagine living here from what they've told me... not being what both of us are..."

Kalia_Majere
08/07/2004 10:11 AM

Keth lowered his head, not wanting to fully admit how difficult things were for him here. Solaris looked at his son, and shook his heavy golden head.

"My Keth has known little love from the dragons on these isles... Sometimes I think that the memory of your grandmother was the only thing that kept him going..." Solaris said, mischief glimmering in his emerald eyes.

Keth's head snapped up, indignation burning in his pale blue eyes. "Father!" He exclaimed.

Solaris only snorted and gave his head and mane a shake. "Well at least you have some fight in you son... most of the time you just sulk.." Solaris adimonished, wagging a single clawed finger at the young blue/gold.

Keth growled and mumbled something that neither could properly understand. Then he turned back to Lieke. "Well...shall we fly to the capitol? I heard that there was going to be some sort of meeting there anyway...." He asked her uncertainly.

Airiana
08/08/2004 12:07 PM


Keth growled and mumbled something that neither could properly understand. Then he turned back to Lieke. "Well...shall we fly to the capitol? I heard that there was going to be some sort of meeting there anyway...." He asked her uncertainly.

Lieke stood back up and stretched her wings, watching them shimmer silver. "Yes," she sighed. "That is why I came... I have to go and see the Elders... be recognized... have my name put in the registry and Gods know what else..." She looked from Keth to Solaris a moment, bowing her head in respect to the old Gold before turning back to his son. "Let us go, then."

Kalia_Majere
08/08/2004 12:26 PM

Keth gave his sire a nod, and Solaris watched with admiration as Keth stretched his blue tinged golden wings, the sunlight intensifying the gold. Without waiting for Lieke, Keth leaped into the sky. He circled twice and made a sharp bank to the north, his shadow large against the sparkling waters below. He kept to the coast, the wind of his wake making the waves crash all the harder against the sandy beaches.

Keth loved flying, it was the only reason he didn't revert to a human form... it was the only reason why he didn't regret being born... He tucked his wings in close and skimmed the water with his claws as they snapped open, gliding low over the water. With two powerful wingbeats he was hundreds of feet over the water, banking east over the land, towards the silver and gold towers that was the capitol... several smaller dragons could be seen, among others, dragons in the guises of Humans and elves.... the capitol was made so that only a handful of dragons could be there, the council... five elders of each metallic color... and whomever they where there to see...the rest usually stayed within some mortal form or another.

Airiana
08/08/2004 1:04 PM

Lieke watched Keth take off, and for a moment she just stayed there. He was quite handsome, she realized, and his coloring seemed to glitter in a way that no 'normal' dragon could. She blinked her ruby eyes and opened her wings, leaping after the other hybrid.

She smiled slightly as she flew alongside him. He had the same joy for flying that she did. It must be the reason why her grandmother never stayed in mortal form either... she did love to fly, as old as she was. And when her mother denounced everything she was... she had said that it was the one thing she missed, being able to fly.

Lieke dived down towards the water and let her claws skim it being spiraling upwards. She went back and forth and up and down a little, burning off nervous energy and laughing softly. "It's been ages since I've been able to fly without caring that some mortal would see me and scream!" She took a deep breath and flew higher, doing a lazy loop and returning back to the elevation that Keth was at.

She looked down then and saw the capitol. Her moment's gaiety vanished as she remembered where she was and why. She began circling to land and took a deep breath to settle herself, looking nervously at Keth. "You so sure you want to be here for this?"

Kalia_Majere
08/08/2004 1:24 PM

Keth's golden claws clenched spasmotically, and he nodded. "yes... It's about time they recognize me for what I am as well... I am leaving these Isles... Father and I were speaking of such before you arrived." He said as he dipped his right wing into a tight spiral that allowed him a quick decent. He landed with a single backwinging motion and shifted his form as quickly as his abilities would allow.

The half-elvan ranger stood in the clearing within the center of the circle of gold and silver arches. He had long blonde hair, the shade of gold matching the color of the early morning sun. His eyes were the same crystalline blue, he was dressed in richly made silks of gold, brown and green. He shivered once, and turned to watch Lieke...

Airiana
08/08/2004 2:33 PM

Lieke circled once more before backwinging and landing, first on her back legs and then on her front. She muttered a word that essentially meant 'change' and the beautiful hybrid began morphing smaller and smaller until she was human-sized.

From there she took the shape of a teenaged human girl of about 5'6" in height and a slender 125 pounds in weight. Her skin was very dark and her eyes and lips ruby red, as her eyes always were. Her hair was long and silver, though streaks of both red and black could be seen here and there, and it was bound in a single long braid that fell midways down her back. She wore the robes of a mage that were as dark as ebony. The runes sewn into its edges were of silver and red, and the rich velvet whispered softly around her boot-clad ankles as she walked. From each barely-pointed ear hung a dangling earring that showed the three moons: Solinari was full, before it was Lunitari, which could only be half-seen, and then Nuitari was in the fore in its crescent phase. She wore a ring on each ring-finger of silver; one held an onyx stone while the other a ruby.

She looked around the capitol a moment and then looked at Keth. She smiled at him before walking over; the guise of a half-elf fit him very well, she realized. "Maybe once we are both recognized, I could help you find a place in the world that is to your liking. I have traveled quite a bit," she smiled then held out her hand and waiting for him to take it. "Shall we go to see the Council then?"

Kalia_Majere
08/08/2004 6:21 PM

Keth smiled and took her hand in his, and he nodded, leading her towards the main archway. he blinked twice to adjust his eyes to the low light. the aging gold matriarch Auriana stared down at the pair as they entered the council circle.

A Silver male lounged to her right, Keth recognized him as Darlantius, he recognized the others as well, the Brass, Krullin; The Bronze Marlissa, and the Copper Alragan.

Auriana looked at Keth with interest in her golden eyes. "What brings you here Kethriveris, Son of Solarinsals? Who is it you bring with you?"

Airiana
08/08/2004 8:46 PM


Auriana looked at Keth with interest in her golden eyes. "What brings you here Kethriveris, Son of Solarinsals? Who is it you bring with you?"

Lieke bowed to each of the Elders in turn, to Auriana last of all. "I am Liekelatier, daughter of Calistanoanlikathlik." She bowed again to Auriana. "I believe you should know my mother. She came here some years back so that she could be put in the registeries, I believe. To be formally recognized in case what power she has should ever be needed." The woman looked at Auriana again and waited for further permission to speak.

Kalia_Majere
08/09/2004 4:07 AM

Auriana regarded Lieke for a long moment, her golden eyes flitted to Keth once and back again. The young copper that sat in the furthest to Auriana's left rumbled something that only Auriana could hear, for she shot the hot-tempered copper a scathing look. Though the copper looked properly abashed, he still gave both Lieke and Keth glares of disgust.

Auriana nodded, she of all the elders was the most tolerant.. she even cared for Keth when he was a yougnling... Her soft voice echoed through the chamber.

"I, Aurianasalinas, Matriarch of the Golds, recognize ye, Liekelatier, daughter of Calistanoanlikathlik, Grandchild of Kilairiandralsilvantaslik." The Gold bowed her head. The process was repeated with the Silver Male, The Brass Male, The Bronze Female, and finally, reluctantly, by the young Copper Male.

When the rite was finished, Auri turned her head to Keth. "You have come here for another reason besides an escort for Liekelatier.... what brings you to the council Kethriveris?"

Keth cleared his throat...he always felt nervous around his Father's nest mate... "I am leaving the Isles... I will make my way out into the world, I cannot stay here any longer."

The copper hissed in pleasure, and this time was shot a dark look by the Silver. Auri nodded slowly. "If that is your wish... only I warn you... we protected you here Kethriveris... the chromatics outside of the Veil will certainly seek your destruction... I only ask that you take Care, Youngling...."

Airiana
08/09/2004 10:53 AM


"I, Aurianasalinas, Matriarch of the Golds, recognize ye, Liekelatier, daughter of Calistanoanlikathlik, Grandchild of Kilairiandralsilvantaslik." The Gold bowed her head. The process was repeated with the Silver Male, The Brass Male, The Bronze Female, and finally, reluctantly, by the young Copper Male.

Lieke bowed her head to each of the Elders in turn, though the deepest of her bows was to Auriana, while the one she gave Alragan could scarcely be called a bow at all. "I thank you, Elders," she murmured as she took a step back to give Keth the floor.


Keth cleared his throat...he always felt nervous around his Father's nest mate... "I am leaving the Isles... I will make my way out into the world, I cannot stay here any longer."

The copper hissed in pleasure, and this time was shot a dark look by the Silver. Auri nodded slowly. "If that is your wish... only I warn you... we protected you here Kethriveris... the chromatics outside of the Veil will certainly seek your destruction... I only ask that you take Care, Youngling...."

Lieke stepped forward again, clearing her throat and bowing her head. "No disrespect, Matriach, but... my family has lived for their entire lives outside the Veil. And we are all still here. Well, not all... my Grandmother died about two winters ago, but aside from her, we all still live. And I believe that you would agree that Kilairiandralsilvantaslik lived a long and relatively happy life," Lieke ducked her head in memory of her grandmother and was silent for a moment. "But my point, Gold Mother, is that we can teach him to live in the world... I have offered to help him find a place to live myself. If not by you within the Veil, he will be protected by us who live without that protection ourselves."

Lieke bowed again and stepped back. Gods, what was I thinking to say that? If Mother recognized us still, she'd probably smack me for being a fool. Father would accept it, though... and Grandfather would do whatever he could. I think even Gonowit and Taet might even help him out, though Taet would not be too thrilled about it, she mentally sighed. But there's just something about him... I want to help him. The others be damned.

Kalia_Majere
08/09/2004 3:49 PM

Auricana lowered her head breifly. "I meant no disrespect Liekelatier, I merely wished to warn my Nestmate's Scion that he has been sheilded here on the isles most of his life... that things would be much different outside of the Veil..." It was the first time that Auricana mentioned her relation to Keth, and his surprise was evident in his posture.

Though that was nothing compared to his shock at Lieke's words. She hadn't openly offered to help till now... and this official offer left him dumb for words...His jaw gaped in astonishment for a moment before he heard Auri clear her throat in chastizement, and he closed his mouth with a snap.

He suppressed a shiver of joy, and lowered his head in respect to Lieke. "Thank you for your kindness, Liekelatier, I accept your offer." He turned his gaze towards his Father's Nestmate. "I suppose I will leave when Liekelatier is ready to depart..." He said with a slight nervous tremor, running his fingers through his blonde hair.

Airiana
08/09/2004 9:57 PM

The hematite-colored dragoness bowed to Auriana again. "If any in the world beyond can take care of your nestmate's youngling, it is most certainly my family. If not them, the only others I can think of are Crystalamira and her kindred. He will be in the claws of the best protection outside of the Veil, and he'll learn while he's there, to be sure. Please do not worry for your nephew's safety overly much, Elder." The dragoness smiled reassuringly at the Matriarch before looking at Keth again.


Though that was nothing compared to his shock at Lieke's words. She hadn't openly offered to help till now... and this official offer left him dumb for words...His jaw gaped in astonishment for a moment before he heard Auri clear her throat in chastizement, and he closed his mouth with a snap.

He suppressed a shiver of joy, and lowered his head in respect to Lieke. "Thank you for your kindness, Liekelatier, I accept your offer." He turned his gaze towards his Father's Nestmate. "I suppose I will leave when Liekelatier is ready to depart..." He said with a slight nervous tremor, running his fingers through his blonde hair.

"Well, if that's the case, let us go back to your Isle so that you may say farewell to your father... no disrespect to any of you here, but I could not live here on the Isles... I haven't the strength of character; I could not tollerate being treated as if I were of a lower caste simply because I was not purely of one species." She bowed again to all of the Elders and waited politely for Keth, smiling slightly as she did so.

Kalia_Majere
08/10/2004 2:48 PM

Keth nodded, and turned towards Auricana, and bowed in reverence. He glanced and nodded to the remaining Elders, then turned and led Lieke from the Council Circle. when he had taken less than a dozen steps outside, he returned to his true form, Azure scales gleaming, gilt in gold. He turned his head to Lieke, and then spreading his blue tinted gold wings, leaped into the skies... heading south and west, for the Isle that he called home....

Airiana
08/10/2004 9:00 PM

Leike transformed herself as soon as there was room for her to do so and leapt into the air after Keth, winging towards the isle she had first landed on. The dragoness was having a mixture of confusing emotions... she was excited, nervous, anger at the lesser Elders, and calm all at the same time. She blinked and furrowed her brow as she flew, trying to figure out what was wrong with her.

She kept up with Keth without a problem, but her earlier arobatics seemed to have disappeared, and she flew straight.

phauran73
08/11/2004 10:50 AM

The last few months had been a frugal one for Terlin. Having bene out at sea now for several months he had used up nearly all of his food. The water, that by now was bad, was already starting to leak out of its barrel and several large gaps had been made in his sails after weathering out one of the worst storms he had seen in his life. Then again he hadn't been bred for life out on the seas. "Leave that to those in Egroth my sun, what place do you have out there? You have been bred for a life that will put you on the fields of battle her in Solamnia, not on the floor scrubbing someone decks." That had been his mother before he had left. "Well...perhaps....mother....you...were right." His voice was soft, almost an incorherent whisper as he lasy there sprawled on the deck like a drunk in a tavern. His well fitted, and tailored clothing was in tatters revealing the well tanned and well muscled body of a twenty year old human male. His face, besides the overgrowth of beard, was something that on rare occasion even elves had said was not ugly. Yet, for all of this he lay there on thr ground panting for breath, nursing a wound in his side and dieing of hunger and thirst. "By the gods...I am going to die out here...." Almost immediately a small prayer to Paladine reached his lips, something that he had learned long before leaving his homeland and traveling to egroth. Odd that he should think of it now when his family had long worshipped Kiri-Jolith but fitting for the moment at hand. "Paladine, my thanks for this time that you have given. To Paladine I ask that my soul be forgiven. I can only..." He winced as his wound flared up again and, forcing himself to move, he glanced down at it. "Damn it...." It had started bleeding again. It was then however, that his resolve failed..."Please....I dont want to die....."

And then he felt the fear, a singular feeling of complete insignificane as the darkness of a large shadow passed right over head. Whimperintg faintly to himself, mostly abut the pain, he tried to glance upwards. He tired to peer at the thing that was scaring him yet alluring him at the same time but he could not. And then, he knew. He had missed his chance at seeing a dragon... or perhaps....it was Paladine coming to save him! HE stuggled upwards, pushing himself up to his hands and knees as the wound began to bleed freely through the badage on his side. "Paladine.....I......am....here!" He gasped just before he lost consiouness.

Kalia_Majere
08/11/2004 1:47 PM

Keth's farewell to Solaris was brief, but emotional...more emotional than either of them had imagined it would be. Keth turned away with an uncomfortable feeling constricting his chest.... one that did not lessen with the motions of flight.

Keth flew ahead of Lieke..his speed considerably greater than hers.. and right now he simply needed to think... his eyes scanned the waters below him, and he stared at the ship that he passed... his accute hearing picked up a prayer to the now mortal God, The Platinum Father... or as humans called him, Paladine. Keth pulled up and circled, his azure scales glittering in the sunlight. The scent of blood reached Keth and he dove in a tight spiral, decending to the ship below...

Airiana
08/12/2004 10:32 AM

Lieke flew along, lost in her own thoughts, barely noticing that the faster Keth was getting far ahead of her. It was not until she saw him going down towards a ship that she even realized how far apart they'd flown from each other. Seeing the ship and Keth's alarming speed to get to it, the Silver/Black dragoness put in a burst of speed to catch up to the other hybrid dragon, spiraling down to meet him just above the ship. By that time, she heard the last of the human's prayer and the scent of blood. When she was just above the ship she transformed, falling into a kneelig position when she landed.

The dark-skinned girl went over to the human male, looking him over. "By the fallen Gods," she murmured. "What happened?"

Kalia_Majere
08/12/2004 2:07 PM

Keth followed suit, transforming as he backwinged to land, his feet lightly touching the deck. He didn't say anything, and knelt by the human's side, his hands skimming over his form lightly, using what healing power he possesed to try and assess what the problem was....

phauran73
08/12/2004 6:49 PM

There was a moment of breif and pure peace. A feeling of complete tranquility as the warmth of healing spread through his entire body. How could this be? No one had been about for miles....except for that shadow. Almost immediately his eyes fluttered open as the healing powers brought him back form his last drop into oblivion. "How....?" He gasped reaching out to place a hand on Keth. The hand never made it however, falling feebly to the deck with a hard slap evan as the deep wound in his side finally slowed and managed to close. "Where.....what......can it be...? Have you returned...I was told....the old gods......gone.....?" Finally his exhaustion and blood loss got the better of him. Sighing weakly, and once more reaching out to the now transformed Keth, he gave a small smile, "I.....thank you........" And once more he was los to darkness.

Kalia_Majere
08/13/2004 2:55 PM

Keth cradled the human's head in his lap, and his ice-blue eyes scanned the deck. "He must've gotten caught in the Veil's enchantment...chasing a mirage of the Isles... there's no telling how long he's been circling out here..." He eased the man to lie prone on the deck, and stood.

"well... I won't leave him out here to die, no food no water... even though the Sea Dragon Tempest was killed years ago, who knows if there are any of her spawn left out here. He dissapeared below deck. He searched the cabins, and realized that this man had either traveled alone all the way here or they had died in the journey. He made quick stock of the supplies, and noted the single barrel of water remaining in the Hold... this would not last long... perhaps Lieke could enchant the sails, and they could reach Palanthas Harbor as fast as they could...

He could hunt, he had grown quite adept at snatching large fish out of the sea... Quickly he returned topside.

"We have to get to Palanthas as soon as we can with this ship...it's not much but I'm sure that he doesn't want to leave it behind... can you enchant the sails or something? to speed our journey?" He asked, as he studied the water around them... noting a pair of swordfish below the surface..."I can 'fish' us something to eat..."

Airiana
08/13/2004 3:11 PM

Lieke looked at Keth questioningly for a moment, as if to say 'this human has lost his mind' when she heard the injured man's ramblings. When he fell unconscious she pulled a flask of water and a bandage (that she kept in case she got hurt), wetting the cloth and placing it on the man's head.


Keth cradled the human's head in his lap, and his ice-blue eyes scanned the deck. "He must've gotten caught in the Veil's enchantment...chasing a mirage of the Isles... there's no telling how long he's been circling out here..." He eased the man to lie prone on the deck, and stood.

Lieke kneeled down to hold the human, having to push her braid of long hair back over her shoulder before she could do so. Her natural wariness seemed to increase at Keth's words. "Why would he be out this far anyways? There's no reason for him to even get close to the Veil..." she looked over the man with her ruby eyes, taking him all in and calculating.


"We have to get to Palanthas as soon as we can with this ship...it's not much but I'm sure that he doesn't want to leave it behind... can you enchant the sails or something? to speed our journey?" He asked, as he studied the water around them... noting a pair of swordfish below the surface..."I can 'fish' us something to eat..."

When Keth returned from below-deck, she looked up at him and nodded at his words. "That should be easy enough," she said, gently lowering the man back onto the deck and standing. She brushed herself off and inspected the main mast of the ship.

A moment later and she had hopped up and was on the riggings. She climbed up until she sat on the main mast's boom. From there she felt the texture of the sail and nodded to herself. She traced runes around its edge, then scooted along until she was on the other end of the boom and repeated her rune-tracing.

She looked down at Keth from where she sat, "if you're gonna fish, you'll need to be in your true form, or else you won't catch up with the ship again. I'm about to finish the enchantment..."

Kalia_Majere
08/13/2004 7:11 PM

Keth nodded and stepped up to the edge of the rail, his long blonde hair trailing out behind him... Without a word, he leaped from the rail, the flowing silk of his shirt and trousers lenthened, flowed, and became golden wings, rimed in blue. With a single downward thrust, Keth was airborn, his head held low, staring into the waters below him.

He circled twice before he found what he wanted... and folded his wings, falling like a stone into the waves below. He resurfaced, his wings slapping the water as his powerful tail drove him through the water, to once again take to the air. Within each gleaming claw hands, was a huge, struggling swordfish... Keth wheeled about, and stretched his wings wide to catch the wind, his lithe form, and narrow wings allowed him to catch up to the speeding ship with little difficulty.

Airiana
08/13/2004 8:54 PM

Lieke made the power sigil in the center of the sail just as Keth took off, and then the ship seemed to fly it moved so fast. By the rate the ship was travelling, they would be in Palanathas within a few short days. She dusted her hands and jumped down from the boom to land on the deck a few feet away from the human. "Wish I knew his name," she frowned as she went over to check on him.

She looked over him, then extended her senses in his direction. Both inspections proved that he wasn't getting any worse, so she shrugged and stood. The dragoness looked up in time to see Keth coming in with the two swordfish and she smiled. "That's quite a catch!" She called to him.

phauran73
08/13/2004 10:24 PM


The dragoness looked up in time to see Keth coming in with the two swordfish and she smiled. "That's quite a catch!" She called to him.


"Catch?.....Catch me?...Capture me!?" Almost immediately his eyes flutttered again. Someone was making off with his ship. Yet how? There was no one about for miles. Almost immediately his hand went to where the ancient two-handed war hammer would be on his back. Nothing....it had been taken! "N....no....I.......wait....." He shook his head trying to clear it of the grogginess and the strange image of a dragon fishing from his mind. The shaking however proved a bt to much for him and with a groan he fell backwards moving to lay on his back. Sighing slightly he reached down, feeling the place where the wound should have been....Thats right! there was someone else on this boat with him! And....they were moving!!!! "Hello.....?" He rasped out casting his still unfocusing eyes about the deck. Not that it did him much good but for the most part he did notice a dark-skinned person nearby. The voice, perfectly feminine must have been what snapped him back but as to how she got there and why it was beyond him. "How....how did you....?" A spasm of coughing racked his body before he could speak again, "on the...boat...?"

Airiana
08/13/2004 11:23 PM

Lieke spun around and saw the man try to sit and the deliriousness that ensued thereafter. She looked back at Keth and sighed a moment. "Don't you just love when they wake up all crazy?"

She moved over to the man and made soothing noises. "It's alright... You've not been captured, you've been rescued. You almost died out here. We are taking you to Palanthas as fast as we can, but in the mean time, you need to rest." She rubbed his back to quite the coughing and sighed. "I'll see if you have anything below-deck to help out with that cough of yours."

The dragoness-in-disguise walked down the steps of the hatch and made her way to the galley. After rummaging around a little, she found a sparse collection of herbs that she thought would do the trick. She got water from the barrel and started it to boil. When it was ready, she mixed the herbs in a cup and added the boiling water.

She carried the cup back onto the deck and handed it to the human. "Here," she said as she helped hold him up so that he could drink. "It's bitter, but it should help. Once you have that down, we should probably move you to a bunk. The Gods know that having you sleeping on the deck'll do no good for you."

She waited patiently for him to drink, her red eyes watching him intently. She smoothed her ebon robes and the light glinted off the two rings she wore; it seemed to be absorbed by the onyx stone, while the ruby seemed to glitter with an inner fire. "I am called Lieke, and that dragon over there is Keth. What is your name?"

Kalia_Majere
08/14/2004 5:18 AM

Keth watched their charge wake, and while Lieke spoke to him, Keth gave each of the huge swordfish a sharp shake, snapping their spines... tossing the fish so that they skittered across the deck, Keth circled once more to fly straight for the ship...shrinking in size, once he passed over the ship, his wings once again became flowing silk... his face flattened, and his long blonde hair flowed free.

Keth moved over to their charge. "yes, it would be nice to know the name of the human that we rescued." He said smiling faintly.

phauran73
08/15/2004 1:01 AM

Gulping down the bitter tasting drink as if it were the finest elven wine in the wolrd he gave a small sigh, coughed once more then glanced at Lieke. Almost immediately the slight glaze in his eyes and the confused look on h sface broke into a short smile, "Rescued......thanks be to Paladine......" He glanced over at Keth for a moment the same weary smile never leaving his face, "Terlin, Terlin Uth-Drenal from Solamnia, recently left to die but some untrustworthy companions. Might I ask whom I have the priveldge to be saved by?" He placed the cup down next to him half empty, keeping the rest just incase the cough started to act up again. He was feeling a bit better now, still ragged and tired but he was alive. Lucky for him they happened to be sailing nearby. He glanced around for a moment trying to locate thier ship and upon not noticing one shook his head once more, "Excuse me if I am mistaken but......your ship is somewhere nearby correct? Or have I started to get delirius form the heat?"

Kalia_Majere
08/15/2004 9:42 AM

Keth chuckled as he bent down to gut the fish. "No, not delirious, and no ship either..." He smiled as he produced a small hooked dagger that seemed to be made out of golden glass (Sand actually ;)) and proceeded to gut the fish.

Airiana
08/15/2004 11:35 AM

Lieke smiled. "Well met, Terlin Uth-Drenal. As I said before, I am Lieke and the blonde man with the fish is called Keth." She smiled warmly and pulled out a silver dagger to help Keth. "We haven't the need of a ship," she told him over her shoulder. "Magic is a very useful thing."

'One thing that must always be remembered outside of the Veil... dragons of any kind are usually something that the mortals would rather kill and ask questions about later. They try to be friendly with Metallics, but even then they are usually wary. Unless one remembers seeing you in your true form, it is generally better to pretend you are mortal. It makes things easier that way. Of course, if I take you to my home, Fernwood Village, that won't be necessary... everyone there knows what my family is, and they are quite used to it.' Lieke spoke softly into Keth's mind as she helped gut one of the swordfish.

phauran73
08/15/2004 9:26 PM


She smiled warmly and pulled out a silver dagger to help Keth. "We haven't the need of a ship," she told him over her shoulder. "Magic is a very useful thing."


He nodded slightly watching as they started to work on the fish. " Ah yes or course. That would expalin it." He glanced around once more taking stock of his situation. "Well it's a pleasure meeting both of you, and once more i give my thanks. Now, you said we were heading to where again?" A hand came up to run absently through his hair as he glanced about the ship. How had he let it get this far into disrepair? He remembered the storm, the battle with the crew....the lightning.....then nothing after he fell to that swordthrust until he woke up. "You didnt perchance see how i got out here did you?" He asked turning his eyes in thier direction once more.

Kalia_Majere
08/16/2004 4:13 AM

Keth shook his head. "no, I'm afraid I didn't.. though it couldn't have been straight mutiny... or you would have been set adrift on the longboat...or several leagues under..." Keth mused, though he was now intently curious on what had happened.

Airiana
08/16/2004 1:52 PM


"Well it's a pleasure meeting both of you, and once more I give my thanks. Now, you said we were heading to where again?"

Lieke pulled a cloth from a pouch at her waist and cleaned her dagger. “We are taking you to Palanthas... it seemed the most logical place,” she smiled again and sighed as she stood, looking around her. They were leagues away from where they’d found the ship, and looking behind her, the dragoness could see that the Isles were so close to the horizon that the human would not be able to see the Veil any longer. “And I do believe that we’re making wonderful time in doing it, too.”


Keth shook his head. "No, I'm afraid I didn't... though it couldn't have been straight mutiny... or you would have been set adrift on the longboat...or several leagues under..." Keth mused, though he was now intently curious on what had happened.

Lieke nodded. “Aye… generally mutineers’d steal the ship and dump you overboard, not leave you on the ship and desert. Very strange. Do you remember what all happened?” She asked, going over to him and wetting the rag on his forehead again.

phauran73
08/16/2004 11:26 PM


Lieke nodded. “Aye… generally mutineers’d steal the ship and dump you overboard, not leave you on the ship and desert. Very strange. Do you remember what all happened?” She asked, going over to him and wetting the rag on his forehead again.


He nodded slightly, waiting for her to finish before speaking. "Aye a little.....there was a storm the night that it happened. One that even the veterans onboard had been watching with something more than a little concern. 'Ya think were gonna weather it?' I had heard more often that once but after repeatedly asking my first mate if he thought so I decided to go with his responce that the men would be able to handle it. After all they had gone thorugh everything else. Well aparently...I was wrong. That night...just before I went to sleep the storm hit. Well as you can see it did some considerable damage to the ship but what was straneg about it was, just before I was about to fall asleep there was a flash of lightning and one of the men uptop screamed. Naturally I ran upstairs thinking one of them had fallen overboard but when I reached the deck there was nothing there. I mean no one....the ship had been completely wiped clean of any human existance.....everyone except for my first mate Zaerin....and me...." He furrwowed his brow and a far away look came into his eyes as he spoke, "I knew it was him the moment that I saw him. Huge man, probably come ogre blood in him with the strength he commanded but not dumb like thier kind. He was standing near the mast, a bloodied sword in his hand but no bodies around him to claim the blood. 'Zaerin?' I called out to him but he he didnt make a move to respond...well....save with that sword of his. He tried to murder me then....attacked me right then and there and me without my war hammer.....I managed to beat him off a few times but it was inevitable," He gave a dry laugh, "I was going to die and I knew it. He had always been better with a sword.....but yet...there was something strange about it....as if he wasnt the one behind the controls of his own body.....not that it mattered at the time....he managed to put that wound in my side and after tistsing that blade in me a few times to make sure the wound stayed he staggered off back towards the mast again....and then there was a flash of light....the figure of a large shadow leering over Zaerin before both he and it were gone....the storm got worse then and for hours I merely lay on that deck...then finally it gave....I bandaged my wounds but as you saw it did me little good....from there I dont remember to much.....living off what I could catch before finally I ran out of food and the energy to try and get it.....and then you arrived." The smie had returned to his face once more, "And yet I still dont understand how you found me and why you save me. Why? Have I met either of you two before?"

Airiana
08/17/2004 11:16 AM

The dragoness listened to Terlin, a sense of unease growing in her as his story continued. Was someone possessing this Zaerin? And if so, why? And who could it possibly be? They would have to be very powerful... Demons? An Archmage? A dragon? Lieke's mind raced through the possibilities, but she couldn't find one that made any sense.

"It sounds like your first mate was being possessed. But... who do you know that is powerful enough to do that, or have someone do it on his behalf, that would be after you or your crew?" She looked down at the deck, but her mind was not on it. The look of her eyes was distant and calculating.

She sighed a moment at the man's questions, looking up at Keth. 'Your turn to pull the wool over his eyes, Kethreveris. He probably won't accept that we are dragons, so you'll have to come up with a plausible excuse. Good luck.'

phauran73
08/18/2004 8:37 AM

"Thats what I dont understand. The only person that I know of who might be able to accomplish such a feat would be Azloth, a member of one of the neighboring communities who we had heard had taken on the black robes. Yet if it is he how in the name of the true gods did he become this powerful this fast? And why come after me? I havent seen him in several years...as a matter of fact the only time after he left for the academy that I glimpsed him was in Panthalas but that was several years ago. Can mages make jumps of power that big in that short of time?" He was gazing at her now ocmpletely confused. Obviously the altercation had him worried but stranger was the fact that he did not know why it had happened. It was as if soemthing in his mind was blocking him from seeing the truth. There had to be something more, someone in the shadows. A famiiar face in the flashing lightning....something that might aid him. For a moment he fell silent, his mind racing, running over each moment in his mind carefully yet to no avail. Finally with a sigh and a slight groan he shook his head then turned to look back at the both of them awaiting thier responce.

Arcturus_Dan
08/20/2004 9:41 PM

Krai sat leaning against a wall in a dirty street of older Palanthas. His rags lay in a bundle around him and he sat with his head bowed to every passing person, his long black hair falling over his eyes. He could feel the disgust and even hatred coming from some of those people, while pity, one of the strangest emotions, coming from most. Sometimes one of the people dropped a piece of steel before Krai's legs. Krai would never move to pick it up and found that someone else, finding the piece there, untouched, would either take it and run off, or drop another next to it. Humans were strange, he had decided, and couldn't be trusted to do anything he thought they would.

Krai had heard that his chromatic counterparts loved wealth and would bask in as much gold and jewels as they could possibly get. He found that he could not place any 'value' in these objects in front of him. Pieces of metal, cooled. How could he possibly find value in that? Magically enchanted items, though, he could understand.

Power. He had fought for it. he had killed. But, in the end, it was all futile. It only stirred the wrath in him.

Slowly standing, he picked up the steel piece and began to walk aimlessly, not knowing where he was going, not caring.

Kalia_Majere
08/21/2004 8:29 AM

Keth shook his head. "I'm afraid that I don't have much to do with Arcane Magics... don't understand it at all, never have... Clerical is one thing...but Arcane? I think that Lieke can help more on that than I can. "What I want to know is how you came to be on the course you were on, most ships that come out that way are never heard from again...." He mused. He really was curious on why the ship was headed for the veil... very few humans were allowed through the veil, only those who lived there to begin with, and they rarely left...

Airiana
08/21/2004 11:37 PM

Lieke listened to Terlin and shook her head. "Well, does this Azloth have a grudge against you? Maybe you took something he wanted or something of the like?"


"Can mages make jumps of power that big in that short of time?"
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Keth shook his head. "I'm afraid that I don't have much to do with Arcane Magics... don't understand it at all, never have... Clerical is one thing...but Arcane? I think that Lieke can help more on that than I can. "

Lieke nodded to Keth and sighed. "Well, it depends on a few things, but yes they can... The mage's ambition and natural ability play a large part in how strong they'll become, but some can grow remarkably fast if they put their minds to it." The dragoness squinted and looks around them. "But we'll be in Palanthas by tomorrow morning, it looks like... we are moving faster than I had anticipated. I suggest you go belowdeck and lie down. We'll bring food to you when it's ready, alright?" She said, helping the human to his feet.

Kalia_Majere
08/22/2004 8:06 AM

Keth nodded his agreement, he knew all too well about ambition. He grasped Terlin's arm, and helped steady him. Turning his icy eyes to Lieke, he carefully mind-spoke to her, as he was quite out of practice.

:: Perhaps I should scout ahead? I can fly circles around this ship I could get to Palanthas and back before you even dock... just to see what sort of condition the city is... something tells me that we're in for rough waters....:: He mused, using a human cliche.

phauran73
08/22/2004 10:13 AM


Lieke listened to Terlin and shook her head. "Well, does this Azloth have a grudge against you? Maybe you took something he wanted or something of the like?"


He allowed himself to pulled up his mind once again running back past anything that might give him an answer. A heated debate...anything that might give Azloth a reason to.....His eyes widened "Oh gods...."

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“Be gone Azloth! Those who wear the black robes have been forbidden by my father to enter our palace!”
“I will not be held back Terlin, Analien was promised to me long before you even set eyes on her.”
An involuntary shudder passed over Terlin’s body, “He promised her to you?” The velvet robes mage gave a greedy grin and nodded, “Of course, you didn’t think that he would pass up the opportunity for more power did you? Now come, stand aside before I start to get angry.”
“Never….” His hands were sweating inside his leather gloves now. His father wanting more power? From whom? And why would he promise Analien to member of he black robes? “You waste my time Terlin.” A sudden deathly cold chill passed over his body, stinging him and sapping the strength from his limbs. “NO Azloth….I will not let you take her….”
“You cannot stop me Terlin….”
“I already have Azloth…she isn’t here…..I sent her away when…..I knew…..you were coming.” His teeth were chattering now as the black robed figure raised his hands once again. “No!’ Missiles of pure magic streaked forth towards his body. The light was blinding and then there was warmth…the ancient war hammer started to glow…..a filmy barrier appeared between him and his death refracting the magic…..Azloth screaming for a moment and then an odd red colored smoke dissipating into the air…

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"He wants Analien, my sister. I had recieved a missive saying that if he did not find her within several days he would come and persuade me to make me give her up. That was several weeks before I left....now...." He shuddered, "If he can do that who knows whats happened to my house or Analien...." NOdding sloghtly to Keth as he came over he once again thanked them for all of their help. It was going to be a trying next few weeks and getting some sleep was probably the best thing for him at the moment. Patting both of them on either shoulder he pushed gently away, steadying himself on the dock before slowly walking towards the doors to the cabins below. "Oh and yes, if you might get me when the food is prepared it would be greatly appreciated, once again my thanks to both of you." And with that he disappeared down the stars and into the closest cabin he could find. Leaving the door open so they would know which room to find him in he lay down on the bed, glancing about the sparsely furnished room before slipping immediately into a very restless sleep.

Kalia_Majere
08/22/2004 10:25 AM

Keth looked at Lieke, he had seen every image that flashed through Terlin's mind, his abilities as a psionic were that strong.

::This does not look good Lieke, if such a mage were to unleash his power on Krynn, it would be Raistlin Majere all over again... I want to help Terlin, if not for his sake alone, then for Krynn itself... I may be a 'abomination' amung dragons, but this is my home, and I will do all I can to defend it. I will try to get him to tell me where his home is, and I will go there... ahead of you...::

"Terlin, where is your home? I suppose I can try to see what may await us there with my prayers to My Lady of Light... Mishakal has always answered my prayers before, I can see no difference now..." Keth asked, he hoped this tiny lie wouldn't hurt his standing with his Goddess....

phauran73
08/22/2004 6:43 PM

*He paused just before heading down the stairs to go to sleep.* "Solamnia, literally in the very center of the countryside you will find me home. We used to joke when we were little that all the Knights would have to one day pass by our Palace in order to get where we were going, so hence we should be the rulers of that great Nation. A small joke but far from the truth......" *He sighed then gave a small smile.* "Look for the palace bearing the mark of the Phoenix as its standard and one of is four towers in ruins, there shall you find my palace. It's the easiest way to describe it for The Lady of Light. If you find anything please let me know." *And with that he disappeared down below.*

Kalia_Majere
08/22/2004 8:17 PM

Keth nodded, then turned his gaze to Lieke, wondering if she approved of what he would really do, not what he said he would. He knew a few magical spells, enough to speed his flight so that he would be at the location with a thought, and back again.

Airiana
08/23/2004 10:42 AM


::This does not look good Lieke, if such a mage were to unleash his power on Krynn, it would be Raistlin Majere all over again... I want to help Terlin, if not for his sake alone, then for Krynn itself... I may be a 'abomination' amung dragons, but this is my home, and I will do all I can to defend it. I will try to get him to tell me where his home is, and I will go there... ahead of you...::

Lieke watched Terlin go down into the ship with a worried glance and nodded her head to Keth. 'I understand, Keth... I believe we must help him... no good can come of a powerful black mage with revenge on his mind.'


Keth nodded, then turned his gaze to Lieke, wondering if she approved of what he would really do, not what he said he would. He knew a few magical spells, enough to speed his flight so that he would be at the location with a thought, and back again.

Lieke nodded again to Keth. "Go, it must be done," was all she said before turning to slice up the swordfishes into easier portions. "I have learned that one must often conceal the truth from those you try to protect... especially mortals. Feel no shame or disappointment in yourself for doing so... this is a better way, and if he could realize and accept what we truly are, he would understand."

phauran73
08/23/2004 7:54 PM

A lone figure stood amongst what used to be the manor of the Uth-Drenal family. Brushing a lock of jet black hair from his soot coveed face he gave a strangled cry before falling to his knees a burying his face in his hands, "All lost....it's all lost....everyone gone...." He had been a servant in the house of Uth-Drenal. His family, and those who had come before him had always been close to those within the Uth-Drenal family. He had been there when Terlin had been born along with his sister Analien. His old eyes had seen the falling of the fourth tower and his former master ride off to battle several times with his son at his side. Never however, in his long years had he forseen this. A man, in black velvet, crossing through the portcullis leaving a trail of dead in his wake. Darts of flame and conjured minions brought forth to dispatch all those inside the manor. He had been down in the cellar when the wizard had arrived, but had watched from his place with in the smoking rubble as the figure had walked away. The manor now was ruined, the stench of burning flesh and the sight of the broken home and charred family crest almost too much to bear for his old heart. And so he remained, the shock of what had just happene dplaying upon him till there was nothing more he could say but, "All is lost.....there is nothing we can do......all is lost...."

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