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Kalia_Majere
04/16/2005 9:37 AM

Disclaimer/Warning: This thread contains mature content: Adult language and situations.



Hiaku concentrated on his Katas, each move executed in a fluid motion, this more precise form of fighting was one of two things that he was ever thankful that his former Sama had ever given him. As he pulled off a complicated Mawashigeri Rengeri (double roundhouse kick ;)) Hiaku found his mind turning once again towards Shijima-Sama...

He stopped in mid stance, knowing that while his mind dwelled in the past, there was no way he could concentrate on what he was doing. Shijima... He wiped the sweat from his brow, and blinked the sting from his golden colored eyes. His long black hair was damp with sweat, and it fell between his bared shoulders.

His eyes swept skyward, and he took a deep breath to calm his thoughs and his racing heart. The evil that Shijima had caused hadn't dissapeared entirely, just as Shijima himself hadn't dissapeared. He had to be around somewhere, biding his time and fortune.

"What's wrong? Why did you stop?" A soft voice intruded upon his thoughts.

He turned and stared at his mate, and smiled wanly, unable to force a genuine smile, no matter how much he wnated to protect her.

Wylin Majere, one of the children to Kalia Majere and Jet Nyte, better known as Glimmer and Navarre to most mortals, reclined against the entwined willows that had taken root at the edge of Crystalmir lake. The sun reflected brightly against the waters, and refracted light to dance across her face and through her silver hair. Her blue eyes held nothing but concern for him.

He thought of her, and the child she carried, and this time was able to produce the genuine smile he so much wanted to give her. Wylin met his smile with one that melted his heart and he walked over towards her, sitting beside her. His hand rested on her belly, only just now begining to show the life that she carried with her.

"It's nothing, just my mind wandering around in places it shouldn't..." He said as he raised his hand and cupped her chin, bringing her lips to his. "Come on, it's getting late and I'm quite sure that Laura is getting worried..." He stood and helped Wylin to her feet. His arm wrapped around her shoulders and they started back down the path towards Solace.

They hadn't even left the clearing when Hiaku felt it... His vision blurred, and he felt his strength drain as though it were water in a paper cup, seeping away. He stumbled and fell to his knees as Wylin tried to steady him.

"Hiaku?! What is it?" She cried, fear permeating her voice.

He couldn't answer, for as he stared at his hands clawing at the dirt below him, he saw that he was fading, as his strength was...

Oh now this was a disheartening and utterly panic filled feeling to watch yourself dissapear... He wanted to scream, wanted to fight... but he had no voice, no will to move.

Then as quickly as it happened, it stopped. While still feeling wrung out like last night's dish rag, he staggered to his feet.

"What happned? Are you alright??" Wylin cried, her blue eyes filled with fear. Hiaku shook his head, trying unsuccessfuly to shake the dizziness that clouded his mind.

"I-I don't know." He said and he started to walk, much slower this time, back towards the villiage, and hopefuly help.

[Edited by Kalia_Majere on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 8:43 PM]

PrincessOfDarkness
04/16/2005 11:22 PM

Karina paced in her hut boredly. Her mother was busy, her half-brother was busy, and everyone else was doing something. To make it simple, there was rather nothign to do. She could always go burn something down, summon a demon or visit the abyss, but that all got BORING after a while. And after a few decades of nothingness, life became hideous and stupid.

She did NOT want that.

It was this line of reasoning that drove her to drift amongst the planes, looking for excitement. It would be foudn when something spiked, something she very clearly recognized as one Zakuro Shijima.

The bastard just doesn't give up, does he...

Kalia_Majere
04/17/2005 8:42 PM

Wylin and Hiaku returned to the Village, and Hiaku's gaze flitted towards Karina's hut, his golden eyes narrowing. Wylin caught his gaze and glanced in the same direction and she frowned.

"You're not thinking that Karina had anything to do with it do you?" She asked.

Hiaku pulled his gaze back towards Wylin and he shook his head. "No... This isn't her style... But she may just know who..." He turned from the main path towards Karina's abode.

PrincessOfDarkness
04/18/2005 12:56 PM

Karina knew they were coming before they got there, as she returned to the material plane to pour herself a glass of wine. She sipped it, then set it down and lay back on the chair nearest the door. Even though the hut was hidden from prying eyes, she had allowed the dragonic couple to see it, and when they came, she noticed, interesting things happened.

"Hey!" She shouted, waving a gloved hand from a window over to them, "What's the occasion?"

Kalia_Majere
04/18/2005 6:12 PM

Hiaku's eyes narrowed in instant dislike, he didn't trust Karina, but she was the only one they could turn to at the moment. Wylin caught Hiaku's glance, and shook her head, she never could understand the odium and between the two, but she didn't want to pry either, Hiaku always avoided her questions regarding that matter.

They hadn't even quite made it to the foot of the stairs leading up into the Vallenwood when Hiaku froze, for the second time unable to move, feeling his strength drain from his form... He stumbled and fell to his knees, his arms crossing over his chest as he wanted to scream in agony, but had no way to voice the pain or the terror that gripped his very soul..

"Karina!!" Wylin cried, as she knelt at Hiaku's side. As quickly and as detailed as she could be as scared as she was, she told Karina what had happened at the lake. "What's going on? Do you know why he's collapsing like this?" Wylin felt torn, between doing everything in her power to save her mate, and the instinct to protect her unborn child.

[Edited by Kalia_Majere on Monday, April 18, 2005 6:13 PM]

PrincessOfDarkness
04/18/2005 7:11 PM

Karina let out a low whistle, shaking her head. The hood fell around her shoulder, revealing the grey skin and onyx orbs, "Oh, for the love of the goddess, he's really gone and stepped in it this time. No, I'm not SURE why he's collapsing like this, but I have this very odd feeling that it has somethign to do with your favorite demon's power spikes that are quite obvious when one is bored enough to travel planes. He just doesn't stop, does he?"

She grinned, taking another sip of her wine, then offered the bottle and a glass to Wylin.

Kalia_Majere
04/18/2005 7:37 PM

Wylin pulled Hiaku back so that he sat on the ground his head resting on her shoulder. She took the glass, and half filled it with the wine that Karina ofered. Karina's words set her nerves on edge, but her main concern was Hiaku.

She brought the glass to his lips, coaxing him to drink. A violent tremor that shook his frame knocked the glass from her hand, and Hiaku coughed and sputtered on what wine he had manage to drink.

"Shijima..." He managed. "It's got to be him...I just don't know what it is he's doing. Each attack feels as though I'm fading, I can see, and hear everything that's going on.. but I can't react to anything, not even this tearing sensation that seems to rip through every part of me." He pushed himself to his feet, and then helped Wylin up.

"No he wouldn't stop, not until he's succeeded in destroying me and everything I've held dear, or he himself is finally torn from this plane of existance, never to return. Most demons don't give up on their grudges. My freedom from his control is an insult to him, and as custom to my homeland, such a greivious insult is usually punishable by death."

PrincessOfDarkness
04/18/2005 8:04 PM

"Keep the wine." She said, frowning slightly at his condition. She turned back towards the rest of her home, towards where her divine objects rested, and set her hands upon the Orb of Godly Talking, closing her eyes. Almos inperceptively, darkness rolled into the room, but the magess paid it no heed. She was off in her own world. Or rather, plane.

She focused on the spike she'd felt earlier, like a dog on the scent, her mind and spirit tracing it to it's core, like a dog on the scent.

She tracked it finally to it's origin...to where she knew as what would be a small stream..

There was a flash, and suddenly the darkness dissapated. Karina blinked, and turned back to them, asking, "A stream." She said, looking to Hiaku, "He's going after a river."

Kalia_Majere
04/20/2005 8:24 AM

"A river?" Wylin questioned, confusion evident in her blue eyes. She glanced at Hiaku and noticed he was quite pale, and his hands had closed into fists.

"He's going after the Seimiya kawa MY river. But it's got to be more than that... the reason my river exists where it does is because of the real 'Star-Shrine' a temple of Shinshin Or true faith. The source of the river is that shrine. the reality of the 'miracle' was that the shrine was built upon a natural spring, and when they dug for a well, the water flowed free. So they built a marble and crystal fountain that was the start of the river...."

Wylin frowned. "So he's going after the source? But to what end?"

Hiaku shook his head. "Don't you see? He's trying to destroy me, before I have even existed. If I have never existed, your whole world will be changed. Perhaps for the better... perhaps for the worse..." He said the last word while laying his hand on Wylin's belly.

PrincessOfDarkness
04/20/2005 12:15 PM

"We can't let him kill the little kid!" exclaimed Karina, standing up brusquely and whisking in a flurry of robes back to the back of her cottage. This was followed by ruffering and crash-banging, until she returned with a staff. Not the Staff of Dragons, but from the feel of it, still significantly powerful, "What sort of.." She paused to figure it out, "Great-aunt would I be if I let the stupid demon kill off my nephew in law! Before he even existed, non the less!"

She shot a look at Hiaku, looking quasi-amused, then sat down and let the staff lean next to her, "So? What are we waiting for? Let us embark on another fruitful adventure."

Kalia_Majere
04/27/2005 8:47 AM

Hiaku's golden eyes narrowed, his gaze fixed on Karina, as if attempting to figure out the true meaning behind her words. He still didn't trust her any further than he could throw her... his thoughts paused, well he supposed he could throw her pretty far... but that non-withstaning, he still didn't trust her.

"You're coming along?" Wylin asked softly, despite her calm words, surprise was evidant in her blue eyes.

Hiaku nodded slowly, to himself, admiting that they needed her help, no matter what... he wasn't even sure he could get them back to his homeland, as the first time was merely a pocket dimension.. not his real home at all, just a darkened mirror image.

"I can try to get us there, but I feel that it would be safer to move in one direction at a time. Moving through space, from this world to my own, then through time..."

Wylin's gaze slid towards him, for the first time realizing that he wasn't even fully dressed. "Perhaps we should get some supplies first? We havn't even broke our fast for the day... not to mention that Laura and the others will be worried if we leave..." Wylin added.

Hiaku followed her gaze, taking note of his bared chest, and smiled ruefully. "Alright... We meet say, in one hour at the Inn?"

[Edited by Kalia_Majere on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 8:49 AM]

PrincessOfDarkness
05/01/2005 5:07 PM

She shrugged, leaving the mystery of what she'd said for the dragons to figure out, as she often did.

"Sounds like a plan." SHe said, dissapearing in a woosh. There was only a moment of confusion to where she'd gone before there was a glance of black robes the next room over, the hurried collection of things, some of them most likely unpleasent, and muttered words in between.

The Orb remained with Wylin and Hiaku, and it swirled in angry black mist, as if the Queen of Darkness did not at all agree with the newest venture her daughter was going to uptake.

Kalia_Majere
05/03/2005 9:42 AM

Wylin looked warily at the globe and took a step backward, even though she was related to the Goddess by ties of blood, that didn't make her comfortable with the fact... She turned towards Hiaku, repressing the urge to run, and rested her head against his shoulder.

"I'll go to the Vale, get our lair prepared for our departure. I'll meet you at Crystalmir Lake...." She swept past him, and she moved down the path without looking back. Hiaku too felt uncomfortable around the Orb, and followed, only his path took him to the village of Solace.

He paused as he reached the central clearing, his gaze sweeping the town, stopping for a moment at the Tomb of the Last Heros. He had learned much of this world since he arrived, and was awed at the bravery of its people, and the tragedy of the world. He sighed and turned towards the Inn.

Climbing the stairs that spiraled up the huge vallenwood, he marveled again at the architecture that was required to build such a thing. He pushed open the door to the Inn of the Last Home and saw that the common room was quite packed. Luckily it didn't take him long to catch Laura's attention.

Laura wiped her hands on the apron, and smiled. "Hiaku, what a surprise." She said warmly. Hiaku returned her smile and then gestured towards the Kitchen. Laura nodded and preceeded Hiaku towards the kitchen.

"What's wrong?" Laura asked immediately once they were out of sight from the common room.

"Shijima... Wylin and I are going to be leaving for a while." Hiaku swallowed hard. "I'm taking her to my homeworld... to stop him once and for all."

"Wylin is going in her condiditon?" Laura questioned, obviously furious.

"She's insisting. And considering the stakes in this, I'm not about to stop her. If we don't do all we can, she'll loose the baby anyway, as if she never existed... your world as you know it is in jeparody... if we don't destroy him once and for all... I will cease to exist, and there is no telling what my absense on this world may do."

Laura listened to him and then nodded slowly, while she didn't fully understand what he had said, she remembered the War Of souls quite clearly, and her own brother's rantings about Tasslehoff. "Okay. I don't fully understand, but I'll do what I can."

"All that is needed from you, dear Laura, is food for the journey." Hiaku smiled and gathered his friend, foster-aunt into his arms. "Thank you for all you've done for me."

"Don't you dare talk that way Seimiya... you're coming back. Even if I have to drag your sorry ass out of the Abyss to do it."

SoaringEagle
05/04/2005 2:37 PM

Suddenly an explosion occurs in the common room. "What do you think you are doing Toranis!?. Hey, wait a minute.... that's one of my spell books isn't it!?" More crashes come from the common room.

"No its not! It was just lying on the ground and I happened to pick it up. Besides, your funny books are very hard to understand but this one I do. See?" A child like voice is heard as there are more crashes and grunts.

The crashing and grunting stop. "Wait, this isn't one of my spell books. It's a....... cook book? Then what about those explosions?"

"See I told you Leo! Oh and those explosions were these little circular objects that a gnome dropped. They're really cool!" The childish voice said.

"Drop those right now Toranis! Wait don't drop them.... no!"

A few more explosions occur as the door to the kitchen is blown off. A kender covered in smoke and ash stands there. "That was so cool!" All the while the rest of the common room is covered in ash. The patrons are either nocked out cold or are just now getting up and groaning.

Next to the kender, an ash covered mage is sprawled out on the floor before the kenders feet. "Urgh....."

"Oops, I think I over did it." The kender says as he begins to poke the mage with his hoopak.

blue_raven5
05/04/2005 5:24 PM

(OOC: Scratch that message about being buried alive in rps.)

IC: Aisha opened her eyes to a very dirty room. Ash was everywhere, including on herself, and a small kender poking a mage on the ground. She looked around the room, seeing all of the destruction, and her eyes began to water. All of a sudden, she burst out laughing, unable to contain herself. She finally got control of herself and brushed her clothes and face off. She walked over to the kitchen door and poked her head in, her curosity getting the best of her. She saw the stunned staff, the places where the explosions had originated, and the now ruined food. Once again, she began to laugh. She walked back over to her seat, pushing her plate to the end of the table, and took another look around the room.

"Looks like I need to find a better place to meditate."

Kalia_Majere
05/04/2005 8:17 PM

Hiaku and Laura rushed back to the common room. Ash covered everything, and even managed to extinguish the hearth fires. Hiaku suppressed a chuckle, but couldn't stop the smile that spread across his face.

"Get them out of here you grinning oaf!" Laura snapped, slapping Hiaku's shoulder. Hiaku raised his hands in defense and moved over to where the Kender was poking the semi-concious mage.

"Alright mischeivious one. Lets get your friend up and I think it would be best that you leave."

reaching into a pocket, he pulled out a small crystal vial. Inside was a yellowish powder. He popped the waxed cork out of place and an acrid smell wafted from the vial. "Alright, come on now wake up...." He murmured, knowing that the sulphur smell would wake up the semi-concious mage.

PrincessOfDarkness
05/05/2005 6:17 PM

Karina threw her bag over her shoulder and looked at the Orb as it swirled at her.

I do not approve.

"I figured that, Mother." She said with a half-grin, "SHall I take the Orb on this little adventure?"

It will have no power outside of this world. Once you leave, you have only your divine blood and magical items. With no gods, you will have no arcane magic.

"Look on the bright side. If I dont' come back, Nui will have no one to argue with. He'll finally shut up."

A younger, cooler voice: Don't call me that!

She scoffed at it and made the motions to retreive her favorite staff. It didn't come.

You will not be taking the Staff of the Dragon Goddess with you on this one, as not only do I not approve, it will be relatively weak. It is fueled almost directly by my power.

She nodded and shrugged, leaning on her next-best before discarding spell components and taking a third blade with her, in addition to the two she carried and teh staff she held. A number of wands rested in her backpack, as well as scrolls by the dozen and of course, her own inborn half-goddess magic.

Impaitiently, she whisked down to the Inn of the Last Home, waiting impaitinetly outside, hidden in robes. She didn't much like going inside these days.

SoaringEagle
05/16/2005 1:41 PM

The kender looked up at Hiaku as he kept poking his mage friend. "Wha? What did I do? All I did was play with these circular things." The kender showed him the bombs and then quickly pocketed them.

"Wha? Hmm?" The mage opened his eyes to see what he was smelling. He jumped up rather quickly and ran outside screaming, "The smell! The horrible smell!". He breathed deeply of the outside air and waited as the kender came bounding out laughing.

"That was funny Leo. Do it again! Do it again!" The kender jumped up and down around the mage.

"Toranis stop for a moment please!" The mage snapped his fingers and the kender froze in the air. "That's better." He turned and waited for Hiaku to come outside. He hoped that Toranis had not caused too much damage.

OOC: Sorry about not posting sooner.

Kalia_Majere
05/18/2005 2:23 PM

Hikua bit back laughter as the mage rushed out of the common room. Glancing back at Laura, she was waving him out impatienly, he followed.

Pushing the cork into the vial firmly, Hiaku slipped it back into the hidden pocket and then turned towards the mage and the Kender. "You two created quite a ruccous." He tried to be firm, but couldn't help but smile. "Don't worry, Laura has all of her mother's fiery spirit, but also all of her father's kind heart. She'll get over it."

"We don't see too many mages here any more, even since the War Of souls ended... What brings you two to Solace?" Hiaku then caught sight of Karina, knowing she would probably be getting impatient and ready to leave.

SoaringEagle
05/23/2005 1:04 PM

"Well thats good to here, I think. Eh, what brings us here?" The mage scratched his head. "We just sort of travel around. We can't stay in one place because Toranis can't stay still." The mage looked over at Toranis.

"What?! I can't help it if I get bored."

"BORED?! The last place we went was a Gnome village, you do remember what happened don't you?" The mage had a shocked and very angry look on his face.

"Oh yeah, that place was fun. And I found some interesting things, like those circular objects!" Toranis smiled and laughed.

"Lets just pray that those bombs were the worst thing you 'found' there." The mage said as he slapped his hand against his face. "Oh, I totally forgot to tell you my name." The mage bowed and said, "My name is Leo Nadeka."

The kender then approached Hiaku and bowed also. "My name is Toranis Dreaken." When Toranis came back up, he had the vial in his hands. "Oh, I wonder what this smells like."

Kalia_Majere
05/23/2005 4:08 PM

Hiaku, like his mate and her family had grown accustomed to and actually liked Kender, and only smiled at Toranis when he noticed the vial of sulphor was in his hands.

"Not pleasant little friend, but you're free to keep it." Hiaku frowned as for the third time this day, his strength was drained from him. With a hoarce groan, he sunk to his knees, agony spreading through his entire being...and again unable to cry out past it. His gaze settled on Karina's shadowed form, and his thoughts focused on hers....

::Th-they're getting w-worse....:: it was even getting difficult to control his thoughts...

SoaringEagle
06/04/2005 2:31 PM

Toranis face lit up. "Well you dropped it anyways, so I'll just keep it." Toranis pocketed the vial. "Hey, whats wrong?" He had noticed that Hiaku was in pain.

"Move aside Toranis." Leo pushed Toranis aside and examined Hiaku. "What in the world is happening to you?" Leo was not sure what was happening but, he knew that some evil entity was behind this.

PrincessOfDarkness
06/21/2005 12:00 PM

Karina blinked, her staff dissapearing, and she sunk down, catching the man before he hit the floor. She held his face in her gloved hands, murmuring something inhuman and without magic, but it soaked into him, dulling the pain some, her divine blood assisting magic not known my mortals, "Be healthy, Hiaku Seimiya." She murmured, brushing her lips over his forehead, it glowing slightly where they touched. With that, she stood, offering her hand, "Up, Hiaku, we've got places to go. Dickheads to stop."

Kalia_Majere
06/21/2005 12:29 PM

Hiaku blinked as the pain faded, not completely, but enough for him to stand... He clasped Karina's outstretched hand, and stood, albiet shakily, and looked at Toranis and Leo.

"It's nothing you need to concern yourself over, something that I and my... family, must take care of. Enjoy your stay in Solace..." He managed as he turned back to Karina.

"Wylin must be waiting for us by now."

Wylin was waiting, completely packed and ready. She held two packs, one for herself and one for Hiaku. She stood staring over the waters of Crystalmir Lake, allowing the reflection of the sun sting her eyes.

her hands splayed across her belly, and her mind turned inward, searching out the tiny life within her and smiled. They would make it through this, somehow.... if only for the life of this child. this tiny babe was intended for something special...

PrincessOfDarkness
06/21/2005 12:49 PM

Karina made sure he was okay, then headed down to Crystalmir Lake. On a whim, she decided to walk, and did, so letting her hood fall down and ignoring the stares. Daylight was too rare, and she enjoyed it on her grey skin nevertheless as she headed towards Wylin.

With a little grin, she murmured something, noting Wylin was on the other side of the lake - she ran and dove, dissapearing under the crystal water, swimming. If you were to look down at her, all of her artifacts and components had gone, and she was wearing only a skintight bodysuit of some material.

Kalia_Majere
06/21/2005 1:14 PM

Hiaku turned and began to walk away, careful not to use his magic around strangers. The people of Solace were familiar with his comings and goings, but strangers were often startled, if not terrified by his true appearance.

Once out of sight, he broke into a run, their time was running out.

Wylin, however had now begun to draw intricate runes in the sand circling the entwined tree that shaded the northern bank of the lake. Each rune burned a bright silver before fading back into non-descript marks in the sand.

PrincessOfDarkness
06/21/2005 8:00 PM

Karina dove out of the water, dripping wet, barely missing Wylin's circle. She beams at the elven woman and looks at the runes, nodding apprasingly. For some reason, it's hard to take her seriously, even if she is frightening-looking. The dripping wet thing must be the reason.

"What're you doing?" She asked, dripping on her.

Kalia_Majere
06/22/2005 5:35 PM

Wylin looked up, and smiled, managing not to laugh aloud. Her aunt did look a little silly, and she noticed how light-hearted she had seemed lately.

"I'm working on the gate to send us to Hiaku's homeland... The tree he and I created will be our anchor home."

PrincessOfDarkness
06/22/2005 8:21 PM

Karina nodded and, with a muttered set of words and a few gestures, dramatically regarbed herself, dry again, minus staff. She shook her hood down and watched Wylin, 'hmm'ing thoughtfully, all the while noting that perhaps she should get more sun.

"Nifty." She said, examining it from a few different angles, "Nice piece of magic you've got here."

Kalia_Majere
06/28/2005 9:05 PM

Wylin nodded. "Hiaku taught me. He'll augment what I've done when he shows up." She spoke as she traced the last rune, a rush of silver burned brightly around the entire circle then faded.

Hiaku approached the lake then, his dark gold eyes making a sweep of the lake. "We should get going soon. Time is running short." He muttered, and took the stick from Wylin's hands. The runs he traced outside of her circle were more complex, each rune different from the last, glowing with a blue flame. When the final rune was completed, a rush of blue fire raced around the circumference of the circle.

The sound of water filled the clearing near the lake, rushing whitewater, followed by the sound of roaring winds. Hiaku focused on his past, the home he thought he would never again see....

"Hurry!" He called to his mate and Karina. Wylin reached out and took his hand. Hiaku didn't hesitate to gather her to him, her head resting on his chest as he concentrated on one single point in time....

Kalia_Majere
06/28/2005 9:06 PM

Wylin nodded. "Hiaku taught me. He'll augment what I've done when he shows up." She spoke as she traced the last rune, a rush of silver burned brightly around the entire circle then faded.

Hiaku approached the lake then, his dark gold eyes making a sweep of the lake. "We should get going soon. Time is running short." He muttered, and took the stick from Wylin's hands. The runs he traced outside of her circle were more complex, each rune different from the last, glowing with a blue flame. When the final rune was completed, a rush of blue fire raced around the circumference of the circle.

The sound of water filled the clearing near the lake, rushing whitewater, followed by the sound of roaring winds. Hiaku focused on his homeland, the home he thought he would never again see....

"Hurry!" He called to his mate and Karina. Wylin reached out and took his hand. Hiaku didn't hesitate to gather her to him, her head resting on his chest as he concentrated on one single point in space...

Airiana
07/01/2005 10:11 PM

Airiana loved to travel. It was in her nature, and even as old as the dragoness was, she never tired of it, nor did she tire of the lands she saw. Krynn was always changing. She remembered how it looked when she was just a dragonet, and in all the years since. The mortals always kept things entertaining.

As it was, the ancient dragoness made it a habit to stretch out her old wings whenever possible, and this day was one such an occassion. She had just flown from Qualinesti, and was about to touch down in one of her favorite places in all of Ansalon, Solace. The Vallenwood-top town was always beutiful, and the people of good stock, who didn't raise the alarm every time a dragon's shadow passed.

Truth was, she was flying towards Solace for a purpose. There had been a disturbance in the air that she had felt rising for a couple days now, and while she couldn't quite put her claw on what it was, she was starting to get a feel for where, and she was being pulled towards Solace.

Being ever curious, the dragoness decided to figure out exactly what was going on.

Presently, she was landing near Crystalmir Lake, as she never liked to land in her true form in town... what travellers there were generally were a bit alarmed by seeing a dragon touch down nearby... and she felt the pull of strong magic nearby. Across the lake she saw three figures she recognized immediately; a demi-god that, if she remembered right, wasn't particularily fond of her, and two dragons... the daughter of Crystalamira, Wylin, and her other-worldly mate, Haiku.

She climbed into the air again, knowing the flight over the water would be the quickest way to get to them, and landed nearby a few moments later. "I should have known that if there was a disturbance in Solace, it would be at least one of thee three involved." She rumbled, her draconic voice being so much louder and lower-pitched than her elven.

Her keen eyes noticed the runes traced into the sand, and a moment's inspection confirmed that it was one of teleportation. Quite a strong one, in fact, meant to push the three over a huge distance. "I am terribly sorry to interrupt thee... when I started over the lake I could not see the runes..."

PrincessOfDarkness
07/03/2005 10:12 PM

Karina eyed Airiana with distaste and said nothing to her, preferring silence over impoliteness this particular time around. She instead decided to focus on the circle, trying to make sure it wouldn't interfere with her own various wards and things. Though the magic was obvious and strong, the lack of her Mother helping nagged her, and altogether decided that she was simply too lazy to work on real magic.

"Wylin, will this upset any of my own wards and stuff? On my personal self and my belongings, I mean."

Kalia_Majere
07/06/2005 4:18 PM

Hiaku's concentration broke, and the sound of rushing water subsided. He blinked and looked to Airiana, again awed by the dragons of this world. He kept forgetting that Wylin was an anomaly among the dragons here, with her crystalline scales and feathered wings. "Greetings, Lady Airiana." He said with a weary smile.

"Airiana! it is good to see you!" Wylin exclaimed, stepping outside of the circle to rest a hand on one massive claw. Wylin rested her hand on her belly for a moment, looking thoughtful at Karina's question. "I don't know... It took me quite some time to become accustomed to Hiaku's magic." She whispred, then glanced at Airiana.

"Hiaku?" She called out. "Do you think Airiana could help us?"

Hiaku looked up at Wylin. "I'm sure Shijima wouldn't be anticipating a forien dragon coming to help us... that is of course if she would be willing to help us."

Ove the next few minutes, Hiaku explained what had brought them to this course of action, and what they had planned on doing. When he finished, Wylin looked up, for the first time true worry and fear shone in her blue eyes.

"Will you help us?" She asked, her voice tremulous.

Airiana
07/07/2005 8:06 PM


"Greetings, Lady Airiana." He said with a weary smile.

"Airiana! it is good to see you!" Wylin exclaimed, stepping outside of the circle to rest a hand on one massive claw.

Airiana smiled warmly to each of them, bobbing her head in way of greeting. "It is good to see you too, Wylin, Haiku... and even you, Karina," the dragoness said with a draconic grin at the demigoddess. "Again, my apologies for interrupting thy magics... `twas not my intention..."


Hiaku looked up at Wylin. "I'm sure Shijima wouldn't be anticipating a foreign dragon coming to help us... that is of course if she would be willing to help us."

Ove the next few minutes, Hiaku explained what had brought them to this course of action, and what they had planned on doing. When he finished, Wylin looked up, for the first time true worry and fear shone in her blue eyes.

"Will you help us?" She asked, her voice tremulous.

Airiana listened quietly and nodded her head. "I came to find the disturbance, and now that I know what it is, I will most certainly do what I can to help! Give an old dragoness a moment to transform, wilt thee?" She said with a smile before closing her large, silver eyes and murmuring words of magic to herself.

She transformed quickly to what was one of her least favorite guises, that of a middle-aged human woman. She wore a simple dress of dark red and her skin was darkly tanned. Long red hair was gathered in a French braid that trailed halfway down her back. Streaks of silver could be seen throughout it. Her eyes had changed from their usual bright silver to a dull gray.

"Well then," she said, clearing her throat once the transformation was complete. "Thou wouldst not mind if I added my own runes to thy transportation spell, wouldst thee, Haiku? It could prove to lessen the drain on thyself if mine own magics were incorporated in with thine..."

Kalia_Majere
07/25/2005 9:45 AM

Hiaku nodded, his acceptance of Airiana quite plain. He waited patiently as she added her magic to his and Wylin's. After she finished he raised his hand and spoke three sharp words.

" Kasei! Kaze! Kawa!"

As the last syllable left his lips, he made an exaggerated slashing motion and the encircling runes pulsed a fiery red, then glittering silver, then cool blue then finally settled on a blinding white.

"Everyone, take hold of my arm!." He shouted over the abrupt roar of magic. He could feel Wylin and Airiana each claim an arm, and then Karina's cool palm against his back. He could feel the force of the magic pushing back against them, resisting his control.

Exerting his will, he shouted a sharp command: "Tabibito rikujou!" And the pressure ceased. He felt the familiar pulling sensation as the world outside of the circle fell away. The moons and stars spun wildly in their view till all they could see was flashing light...

Avenging_Angel
07/25/2005 10:46 AM

The setting sun threw shadows of the tall buildings over the streets. Skyscrapers, mountains of metal and glass clawed to the sky, twinkling in the reddish light, the monuments of Tokyo.

Kameryu slouched down the street, her short black hair with blue streaks hanging over her face. Equally dark clothes completed her semi-goth look, as well as the almost-permanent glare she seemed to have. Her black backpack had buttons pinned on it with various messages..."Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup"....."Eat the rich"....

The 14-year old was on her way home from school, with a note from her teacher to her foster-parents. This was hardly unusual, since Kame had something of a reputation at her school and earned a lot of "comments" because of it. And few things pushed her buttons quite like these "comments".

Kame didn't purposefully fight; it just seemed to happen. Her foster-parents tried to love her, but they didn't understand her violent reactions, and Kame withdrew from them into her own little world.
She sighed, and turned into a convenience store. She was hungry, and anything that delayed taking the note home was welcome.

The girl picked out a bag of pocky and a can of ramune soda, heading back out after a tired-looking man accepted her yen. The street outside was deserted, and Kame sat down on the top of the stairs leading down to a subway stop, leaning against the rail. She sat her backpack down and opened the soda with a loud hiss, pulling out a stick of pocky to chew on.

I've got to get out of this place.... she thought to herself, not for the first time. It seemed like she just didn't fit anywhere, not at home, not at school, not anywhere in Tokyo. And it drove her nuts.

She sipped the soda and sighed, leaning back and closing her eyes. Then she frowned. Was it her imagination or had the wind just suddenly changed direction?

Airiana
07/25/2005 1:45 PM

Airiana traced her runes quickly and joined the trio inside of the circle, focusing her magics to augment Haiku's own. At his command, she took hold of one of his arms, knowing well the need for contact for such a journey.

`Tis been a long time since I journeyed to this planet... though I do not believe I have ever journeyed to Haiku's homeland. This should prove to be an interesting journey... the dragoness thought to herself as she began to feel the familiar pull of the magic taking them from their location on Krynn to another world entirely.

Kalia_Majere
07/29/2005 6:21 PM

Abruptly the magic release him, and Hiaku realized firstly they were missing someone... Karina had not come with them. Secondly, he noticed that this wasn't the home he remembered.

Ah, that was right, when he had been born from the river, it had been over five hundred years past. A blaring sound startled him out of his memory...

A huge metallic 'beast' could be the only word that came to Wylin's mind at the sight of the Bus barreling down on them. Hiaku shouted something in his native language, which she had never been able to grasp, and pulled her quickly out of the way. She clung to Hiaku's Samue, her fingers crushing the silken fabric, her heart pounding in her breast.

"What was that?" She gasped in common.

"It was a bus, a transport for people without means of transportation of their own. Are you alright?" he asked softly, wrapping his arm around her waist.

"I'm fine... What happened to Karina?" She asked, looking around.

"I think that perhaps her magics, her make up wouldn't let her travel such magical paths such as mine... or even yet, I think that her Mother decided to ground her." He smiled.

Wylin nodded, and felt Hiaku take a deep breath, and she smiled, staring around this very crowded, and very loud city, knowing how happy he was in his own way to be home.

"This city is huge! It makes palanthas look like a tiny back-woods village...." She gasped.

Avenging_Angel
08/02/2005 10:41 PM

Kame craned her neck around, standing up to look up the stairs onto the street above. Had she heard voices?

She sipped her soda and shoved the pocky in her backpack. The girl, being the all-too curious creature she was, bit her lip and finally decided to head back up the stairs, just to make sure she wasn't going crazy and hearing voices.

The skinny, pale girl headed up the concrete stairs and peered over the edge of the wall onto the street, standing tiptoe. Wow....she had been right....there were people up there....but they definitely weren't there a second ago.....or speaking japanese.....or wearing normal clothes for that matter. She ducked back into the stairwell. Was it some sort of weird club or something?



[Edited by Avenging_Angel on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 1:15 PM]

Airiana
08/03/2005 11:11 AM

Airiana remembered suddenly why her journey to Earth had been as brief as possible before... the transportation that the humans used... buses, cars, airplanes, and the like had nearly frightened her to death on more than one occassion. A car or even a bus did not pose much of a threat to her, but they were so... unnatural that they irked her to no end.

The dragoness shuttered involuntarily and tried to pull herself close to a nearby building. "Yes, many of the cities on this world are very large... and very dangerous. Haiku... where do we go from here?"

Kalia_Majere
08/03/2005 1:20 PM

Hiaku looked around, finally spotting the stairs that led down to the subway tunnels. "There... I can't use my magic in full view like this.. too many people. Come on.. follow me."

He turned and spotted the girl coming up the stairs. Breifly startled, he blinked then bowed. "Konnichiwa..."

Wylin clung to his arm, the noice of this time and world made her head hurt. When he stopped, she looked the girl over. She looked much like Hiaku did in the respects of her dark hair, petite build and almond shaped eyes.

Avenging_Angel
08/03/2005 1:24 PM

Kame froze. The guy had spotted her before she'd ducked back down onto the stairs. Eh, well. Maybe she could find out what their club was....

She stood up and stepped out onto the sidewalk. They looked even odder close up, and the woman standing next to the man looked like she was about to faint. Kameryu knew she looked a little odd, but c'mon, she wasn't ~that~ scary....(at least, she didn't think so)

"Erm, konnichiwa." she replied, bowing politely.

[Edited by Avenging_Angel on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 1:27 PM]

Kalia_Majere
08/03/2005 1:59 PM

Hiaku smiled charmingly at the girl, but quickly turned his attention to Wylin. "Are you alright?" He whispered in common, noticing how pale she had become. She took a deep breath, and rested her hand on her stomach for a moment before nodding.

"Yes... I'll be alright, but our time is running out..."

Hiaku frowned, the rounded back to the girl. Bowing again, he returned to his native language...

"Watashi wa Seimiya Hiaku desu. Seimya Kawa doko ni imasu ka?"**



** to those who have no inkling on what was said, here ya go:

"I am Seimiya Hiaku. Where is the Seimiya River?"

Avenging_Angel
08/03/2005 2:08 PM

Kameryu was still confused by the odd people, but the man seemed fine as he smiled politely at her.


"Watashi wa Seimiya Hiaku desu. Seimya Kawa doko ni imasu ka?"**


Kame frowned. Seimiya....that sounded familiar.....now she wished she'd stayed awake in Geography....

"Kameryu desu*. Seimiya Kawa?"

The girl frowned at the pavement....

"Seimiya....Atashi omou minami."**

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Translations;
*"I'm Kameryu."

**Seimiya....south, I think."

Airiana
08/03/2005 9:10 PM

Airiana just stood there, uncomprehending of what the young girl and Haiku were saying. She had learned a little English on her last journey to Earth, but knew nothing of this language, which sounded completely different. Almost Draconic, actually... save for it missing the hisses and clicks.

'When thou art done with this youngling,' Airiana mindspoke to Haiku, 'Thou wilt have to translate all of this... I know none of thy native tongue, I am afraid.'

Arandur
08/04/2005 6:03 AM

An Earlier point in the River of Time...





...The figure gazed out over the lands below the battlements as the last dying rays of the setting sun struggled to shed its brilliance from behind the distant peaks of the western mountains. Pale blue eyes like slivers of chipped ice regarded the village below as the heimin peasantry toiled in their daily lives.

Kenshiro Kessai, heir to the Kenshiro Clan, and loyal vassal to the Light of Heaven allowed himself a small smile as he closed his eyes and let the late afternoon breeze caress his cheek, its light touch rustling long ebony hair about his face.

The young samurai's attention was dragged to the sound of a pale banner rippling in the wind. A Golden serpentine dragon on a white field and surrounded by a ring of chrysanthenum blossoms was emblazoned upon the material. The symbol of his lord and master. The symbol of the Emperor...












[Edited by Arandur on Friday, August 5, 2005 6:15 PM]

Kalia_Majere
08/10/2005 6:58 PM

Hiaku glanced at Airiana, a smile ghosted across his lips. "She says that the Seimiya river is to the south. I asked her simply to find out if the river still exists, or if she had a lot of trouble trying to remember it. The worst is that Zakuro is tampering with time, my river was filled in many years ago to built apartment buildings."

He bowed, giving Kameryu a smile. "Domo Arigato. Sayoonara..."

"Come on... we should hurry... but I don't know if we should attempt to get to the river first, or move on from here."

Wylin watched the conversation, listening wtih her heart rather than her mind, as her grasp of the actual spoken language was limited. The girl was open and honest, but there was something about her.

"What about the girl? Our appearance is obviously and sorely out of place with this world..."

Airiana
08/11/2005 5:21 PM

Airiana looked around, seeing the clothing of people passing on the streets and their face structures, so different from her own and from Wylin's. She nodded, "she is correct... we stick out greatly here... maybe we should alter our appearances, Wylin and I, to better suit that which is around us... and as well... our clothing is as much out of place as our faces." She stated simply, looking around at the people again and trying to get the configuration of how she would change her guise to better suit her surroundings.

Kalia_Majere
09/29/2005 8:20 PM

Hiaku was about to respond to Airiana when he felt a shiver rip through him, as he felt Karina's barrier falter. His breath hitched in his throat, and he froze, hand clenching the silk of his haori in his fist. Wylin stepped forward, her hands gripping his shoulders tight as the feeling passed, their eyes locked.

Reluctantly, he tore his gaze away and stared towards Airiana. "No... We have no more time..." He gasped, as he began to move on, sweeping past Kameryu without even looking back towards her.

Kame watched them speak in their strange language, and was vaugely suprised at the expression on Hiaku-san's face, a faltering expression of pain... and she wanted to say something, anything... but it passed before she could make up her mind.

It wasn't until he started past her that she felt it, felt her heart lurch in her chest, her breath hitch almost painfully. A if in a dream, she turned to watch them leave, her jade-coloured gaze fixed on Hiaku-san.... then she saw something that tore her between two actions, running, or screaming....

A ghostly image of a blue and silver dragon was superimposed over him, bright amber eyes seemed to stare all the way to her soul... Then she did neither....

She reached forward, as if to grasp the trailing silver Obi from Hiaku's Kimono, and her voice, seemingly harsh in her ears....

"Ryuki-Sama!"

as if doused with cold water, Hiaku froze, his golden gaze narrowed as he turned, ignoring the questioning glances from Wylin and Airiana.

"Hai." He breathed, wondering how she knew.....

Avenging_Angel
09/30/2005 7:44 PM

Kame staggered, her head suddenly screaming in pain. Red flashed across her closed eyes, and tears welled up from the pain.

Wha....what happened?

She stared at the strange man, her streaming eyes still seeing double. Bizarrely, overlaid across the man she saw and knew was there, was a blue dragon, both staring at her.

"Ryu...aoi ryu..."* she mumbled, her eyes rolling into her head before the concrete jumped up to meet her and darkness fell.

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*"Dragon.....blue dragon...."

[Edited by Avenging_Angel on Friday, September 30, 2005 7:44 PM]

Kalia_Majere
09/30/2005 8:21 PM

Hiaku reacted quickly, catching Kameryu before she could hit the concrete. Wylin gasped at his swift action, and then stared at the girl in curiosity. "What did she say Hiaku?"

Hiaku stared at the girl as well, wondering just how she knew.... "She said 'dragon, blue dragon.... and she called me Dragon Spirit before... she knows... somehow she knows what I am."

Wylin didn't know what to say to that, but she fixed the girl in her blue gaze, instintivly knowing that this girl had power of her own. She wanted to know what they were going to do now, but Hiaku stood before She could ask.

He held the girl in his arms, cradled like a child. "We're taking her with us... I can't let her wandering around babbling nonsense about a dragon wandering the subway systems... Anyhow, I think she's going to prove useful to us."

Wylin blinked in surprise. "Taking her? With Us?" She was dumbstruck, and had trouble it seemed forming her thoughts coherantly.

"Yes.... We should hurry though... Let me see if I can get us closer to the shrine..."

Arandur
10/01/2005 6:37 AM

[align:center]...Hundreds of years earlier in the River of Time...[/align]

...Kessai walked slowly through the village, heedless of the peasantry that bowed to him in his wake, waiting for him to pass before their scrabbled about on their daily business. His journey took him out of the village to an ancient shrine, long forgotten by those who had taken to following the new religion favoured by the Emperor.

The samurai knelt and bowed respectfully to the worn stone of the shrine, its carvings long since faded and unreadable as he took a moment to listen to the river and breath in the incense that burned in the stone holder. He had always liked the simpler pleasures in life, the soft caress of the breeze or the sound of running water, but his life had taken a different path. A path of blood.

Kenshiro Kessai raised his sun-darkened hand to clear the vines which had grown across the stone shrine and frowned. He had not come as often as he would have liked, but his duties to the Light of Heaven seemed to leave the young man with little if any time.

He lit one of the incense sticks, a tribute to ancestors he had never known but believed guided his hand and soul in their duty. For duty was everything to a samurai, indeed the very word samurai meant 'to serve' in the older writings. He bowed his head in silent prayer and closed his eyes losing himself to sounds of the river and the gentle breeze...

[Edited by Arandur on Saturday, October 1, 2005 6:40 AM]

Airiana
10/01/2005 9:51 AM

Airiana looked down at the girl with a mixture of concern and wonder. "The little one saw through thy guise? What a shock the girl would have if she had done likewise with Wylin and myself as well," she murmured, then nodded her head when Haiku said that the girl would come along. "He's right, Wylin... we canst not leave her here. And besides... who else might she unmask whose guise hides them from even us? She may prove valuable."

The dragoness looked around and frowned. "This seems an unlikely place for a shrine of any nature... how far off is thine, Haiku?"

Kalia_Majere
10/01/2005 3:53 PM

Shijima watched the samurai approach the shrine, a smaller shrine on the way to his destination.... The daiyoukai watched impassively as the Samurai lit the insense and prayed to ancestors long dead in their graves.

A smirk twisted Shijima's lips and his silver eyes narrowed. perhaps a little while longer...

"Why do you hesitate? Shijima-sama?" said a soft, lilting female voice. Zakuro Shijima didn't glance at the young girl by his side, but continued to watch the Samurai.

The girl appeared to be about twelve, with long black hair and startling scarlet eyes. Koitsuki frowned, as she turned her unnerving gaze towards the Samurai as well. Unable to find anything to her interest, she turned her gaze back to Shijima.

Abruptly the Kaze Daiyoukai frowned, his silver eyes narrowed as he felt something tear through the fabric of the world... and knew then that the game had finally begun.

"They're following... just as planned..." He growled, a smile plaing across his face as thoughts of the battles to come crossed his mind.

[Edited by Kalia_Majere on Saturday, October 1, 2005 5:28 PM]

Kalia_Majere
10/01/2005 5:13 PM

It is about three days walk from here..." Hiaku said, his gaze flitting to the abandoned subway tunnel... "Perhaps it would be best that we find some place that is fairly quiet... some shrine of sorts..." He turned and looked around. Thankfully their was a Shrine not to far, and easily spotted by Hiaku.

"There...." He breathed, and a silver wind rose around them all, shielding them from the view of normal humans....

"I think it would be best that we go back now, I think, Five and a half centuries... that is where I feel the pull.... it may be easier to travel on foot in such an era...."

Airiana
10/01/2005 10:04 PM

Airiana nodded. "First, methinks Wylin and I need to transform ourselves some... else I fear we shall stand out far too much." Having said that, Airiana closed her eyes and whispered words of magic.

Her silver eyes darkened to a dark gray and became more almond in shape while her hair became black and straight. Her skin tone altered slightly, paling some, and her facial features softened while her the folds of her eyes changed. She also adjusted her height so that she was smaller.

"There," she said, opening her eyes. "Is this better?" The now very Japanese-looking Airiana asked. "The clothing I am unsure of... but I am sure that thee couldst help me some in that," she said, looking at Haiku.

Kalia_Majere
10/02/2005 1:07 PM

Hiaku considered Airiana's words and studied her changes with approval. With an almost nonchalant gesture towards her, Hiaku focused on changing her attiare.

Her hair twisted up as if ministered by unseen hands, and a silver pin appeared to hold it in place. Her clothes, so out of place, fanished. In their place was the traditional garb and armor of a Taijiya, a demon slayer.

Armor and skin-tight silk in scarlet and black; over this, a simple Kimono of scarlet and white, with an obi of black silk, with tiny scarlet and silver dragons stitched on it. A Katana and Wakizashi appeared at her hip, tucked under the Obi, completing the guise.

"There...." He breathed and his gaze flitted towards Wylin. She smiled and nodded, at the changes to Airiana's garb, and then looked to her own clothes, while clean, the short kimono and haori were old, and starting to become snug in the middle. She looked towards her mate, wondering what he would do.

Hiaku studied his mate for several moments, before finally making up his mind. "When we traverse back in time, Wylin's appearance will not seem so unusual. We can pass her off as a high-level Youkai, or even a Hanyou at the very least." He took in Wylin's elven features, her almond shaped, cobalt blue eyes, silver hair and pointed ears, she wouldn't have any trouble keeping the ruse up.

"Yes, that will work fine, it will help keep other, lesser, Youkai off our trail, and would help explain her power....however a change of clothing is in need...." he mused.

Abruptly Wylin's old clothing vanished, to be replaced by another short Kimono. A silver and sapphire pin kept her heavy, silver hair away from her face. The Short kimono was made of heavy blue silk, patterned with white and violet flowers along the shoulders. over this an armored chest-plate, then a silvery-white Haori. A silver and blue Obi finished it off, patterned with silver dragons and gold Phoenixes.

He looked to the girl he held, and decided to wait to do anything about her clothes, and began to lead the others towards the shrine... they had to start moving...

[Edited by Kalia_Majere on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:17 AM]

Kalia_Majere
10/04/2005 7:51 AM

Without waiting for a response from either Wylin or Airiana, Hiaku led them to the shrine, and moved silently inside. "I can move us on from here...."

Wylin was about to ask if he needed any help this time... but the determined look on his face silenced the unasked question. She had never seen him so... animated...

Hiaku didn't ask for help, because he didn't need it. Here in his native land, his power was nearly limitless...something about being near his ancestors... That random thought tore through his mind like a sword-blade. Irrationally, he found himself thinking of his parents... creatures of myth that he had never known....

Irate, he thrust the thoughts from his mind and began the spell... Silvery runes and Kanji appeared in the air around them, and the sound of rushing wind and water permeated the room. A shimmering sheild appeared over them as abruptly it grew dark and light in alteration... people walked around them, oblivious, moving backward through their lives.

The main part of the shrine they stood on eventually vanished, and a thick forest surrounded them, trees blocking the light of the sun and alternatively, the moon....



Shijima froze, and Koitsuki began to feel the faintest glimmer of the presence that he was tracking. The power was alarming to Koitsuki, not quite into her full power yet. While she didn't show any outward sign of this panic, Shijima smiled.

"yes, he is quite powerful, more so than you at the moment, but that will be soon rectified.." He turned, and began to walk away. For a moment, Koitsuki wondered if she should follow.

"Come" Shijima beckoned. "They will be here soon, and it is too early to bring this game to its dramatic end..." He chuckled softly, and Koitsuke followed.



The magic Hiaku created abruptly let them go, the sound of rushing wind and water vanished and they stood in the middle of a wood, looking down a small hill to what was the beginings of the shrine they were once standing in.

"We've made it..." He breathed, breifly disoriented and dizzy from the rush of power. He blinked and looked around.... stepping backward a pace, as he saw the Samurai senshi kneeling at the small shrine.

Wylin had taken a deep breath and sighed in relief at the silence of this time... but she had caught Hiaku's sudden tension and turned her gaze to the Samurai as well.

Arandur
10/05/2005 10:31 AM

...A uneasy feeling caused the hair on the nape of the young samurai's neck to stand on end as the faint rasp of silken cloth caught Kessai's ear. The kneeling figure craned his neck, his midnight lacquered armour creaking softly with his slight movements.

He regarded the newcomers, taking in their finery, the strange almond features and ears of Wylin and the unusual appearance of the young girl before his pale eyes came to rest on the pair of swords known collectively as daisho province of those of the upper class, more specifically samurai.

A sculpted eyebrow rose in surprise as he straightened and stood in one languid movement, the back of his right hand resting easily upon the hilt of his katana as he eyed the group suspiciously.

"I am Kenshiro Kessai, hatamato to the Light of Heaven and magistrate of this province. I know many of the samurai of this region but I would recall such people as you had my eyes seen you before. Nor do I recongnise any clan of family kanji upon your attire. What brings you here?" he asked in a flat monotone voice...

Kalia_Majere
10/05/2005 1:07 PM

Hiaku's gaze narrowed, knowing that Wylin and Airiana couldn't understand the man's words.

"Iie... No... or we are not from this area. Nor are we Samurai... but Ronin." Hiaku passed Kameryu to Wylin and stepped forward, bowing formally at the waist.

"Sumimasen, Sorry for startling you, it was not our intention. As for the lack of Kanji, this is my family, as we travel together, we need no need for such crest recognition."

He paused and bowed again. "Forgive my rudeness.... I am Seimiya Hiaku, Ronin.... The silver-haired is my wife, Seimiya Majere Wylin. The girl in her arms is a foreign Miko, named Kameryu. The dark haired is a Taijiya, by the name of Airiana." He paused wondering just what sort of magics he would have to work to get them to understand and speak the language....

Kalia_Majere
10/08/2005 2:42 PM

Koitsuke frowned in concentration as she moved through her Katas. Her dual-bladed halbert in her hand. She couldn't help but be prideful of the weapon.

A legendary weapon, said to have been forged at the begining of the world. Created in the Mainland of China, Forged from the fangs of two opposing spirits, Seiryuu, and Byakko, Gods of the west and eastern skies respectively. Once known as the halbert of heaven and earth, it was a formidable weapon.

Koitsuke knew that Shijima-sama was watching her closely, and she struggled to keep that knowledge from seeping into her movements. The firelight caught and flared off of the blades, one smooth and dual-edged, the other sharply jagged, wickedly barbed. She spun, as Shijima pitted her against lesser youkai, each met their end as the blade ripped through them.

As the last one screamed in torment, torn in two by the halbert, she froze and watched Shijima expectantly. He did nothing for almost a minute, then nodded. Slowly, very slowly, Koitsuke began to relax.

"Good... much better." He drawled, then fixed her with his piercing silver eyes, and every muscle tensed. "But not yet good enough."

He circled her, studying her stance, her wary gaze as her dark amber eyes followed him. "Transform...." He growled. Koitsuke's eyes narrowed, but she acquiesced. She held up the halbert, and as she let go, it hovered in the air for a moment before vanishing to a location where she could call it forth at will.

A roar of flames rushed around her, and her human form vanished, replaced by her true form. Sinuous and lithe, she arched her long neck proudly, baring her fangs in mock-defiance. Her head was vaugely wolf-like, with long ears laid against her skull, away from the spiney ruff around her jaw and eyes. Coal black along most of her body, the spines along her spine were a dull red, while her underbelly was a bright scarlet.

Her tail lashed impatiently as she watched him, the two long whiskers that nearly trailed the ground twitched as their eyes met.

Abruptly the wind in the area changed direction, blowing in her face as Shijima walked in front of her, and she caught a scent that was faintly reminiscent, and her mind struggled to figure it out as he circled her again.

Shijima Stopped, and nodded. Reaching out, he traced several complicated runes around her, each blazing a sullen red. As he finished he again stopped before her, holding out his hand, chanting under his breath.

Each rune blazed bright and then encircled his palm with power, till all six were gone. His hand was nearly ablaze now, with a heatless flame. He stepped forward, and she tensed, but never flinched as he placed his palm on her forhead.

Pain blazed through her, as bright and red as the fire that had encircled his hand. She blinked once, then backed away, roaring. Was this to be her reward for submitting her will?

While she thrashed in pain, Shijima watched with cold detachment as the magic spread through her body. A rush of sparks seemed to dance along her scales as her body changed. The reddish fur on her belly darkened to a near blood-red, fading to orange then white on the edges, while her body remained coal black. Claws were a bright pearl, as the ridge along her back seemed to take a life of its own, a living flame that didn't burn nor consume.

Finally the spell completed, and Koistuke lay still, panting from the exertion. She blinked eyes that had turned a deep reddish amber, and while her body ached, she forced herself to stand.

"Better... Much better." Shijima stated, as she studied herself in the reflection of his eyes.

Airiana
10/09/2005 12:57 PM


Hiaku considered Airiana's words and studied her changes with approval. With an almost nonchalant gesture towards her, Hiaku focused on changing her attiare.

Her hair twisted up as if ministered by unseen hands, and a silver pin appeared to hold it in place. Her clothes, so out of place, fanished. In their place was the traditional garb and armor of a Taijiya, a demon slayer.

Armor and skin-tight silk in scarlet and black; over this, a simple Kimono of scarlet and white, with an obi of black silk, with tiny scarlet and silver dragons stitched on it. A Katana and Wakizashi appeared at her hip, tucked under the Obi, completing the guise.

Airiana looked down at her clothing and the two swords at her left hip and nodded in approval. The garb both reflected well on herself, as well as blended much better with those around her.


Silvery runes and Kanji appeared in the air around them, and the sound of rushing wind and water permeated the room. A shimmering sheild appeared over them as abruptly it grew dark and light in alteration... people walked around them, oblivious, moving backward through their lives.

The main part of the shrine they stood on eventually vanished, and a thick forest surrounded them, trees blocking the light of the sun and alternatively, the moon....

As Haiku began to take them backwards in time, she stood perfectly still as not to disrupt him, but watched his methods closely; she never missed an opportunity to learn something.

As the spell was completed and they arrived into a wooded area, Airiana looked around herself, taking the scenery in. It was a quite beautiful place.


Hiaku's gaze narrowed, knowing that Wylin and Airiana couldn't understand the man's words.

"Iie... No... or we are not from this area. Nor are we Samurai... but Ronin." Hiaku passed Kameryu to Wylin and stepped forward, bowing formally at the waist.

"Sumimasen, Sorry for startling you, it was not our intention. As for the lack of Kanji, this is my family, as we travel together, we need no need for such crest recognition."

He paused and bowed again. "Forgive my rudeness.... I am Seimiya Hiaku, Ronin.... The silver-haired is my wife, Seimiya Majere Wylin. The girl in her arms is a foreign Miko, named Kameryu. The dark haired is a Taijiya, by the name of Airiana." He paused wondering just what sort of magics he would have to work to get them to understand and speak the language....

Airiana stood back with Wylin, watching the man before her interact wth Haiku. She did not understand what was being said, but she got the feeling that this man was not exactly pleased at seeing them, and that Haiku was paying obsequious to him, and introductions were made.

When she heard her name, Airiana bowed stiffly and formally towards the man.

Arandur
10/10/2005 8:48 AM

...The samurai nodded slightly his lips twitching with disapproval as the word ronin spilled from Hiaku's lips but as etiquette dictated the look was gone as quickly as it came like a ripple over a still pond. His pale eyes followed as introductions were made but his hand never strayed from where it rested on the hilt of his katana.

As Hiaku finished, he gave a nod, little more than a bob of his head.

"Your kind have not been seen in the open for many moons, they are little more than superstition and tales told to children." He intoned his eyes once again taking in Wylin's pointed ears.

"I would suggest staying away from the villages. The old religion and worship of ancestors has given way to the One God and few if any still follow the ways of old." He said sorrow creeping into his voice as he absently half turned to lay his free hand upon the small shrine, his armour creaking softly.

"I guess that is the way of progress. Perhaps someday the Samurai will also be gone." He mused, the ghost of a smile flittering across his features before he raised his head to regard the small party.

"Where are you heading?" he asked simply as if remembering himself.





[Edited by Arandur on Monday, October 10, 2005 8:52 AM]

Kalia_Majere
10/11/2005 9:04 AM

Wylin had noticed the samurai's wary looks in her direction. Cautiously, she reached out mentally, and merged herself wtih Hiaku's mind. She'd never done this before and she searched Hiaku's mind for the meaning of the words the human spoke. She quickly surprised both Hiaku and Airiana as she began to speak the unfamiliar language.

"Arigatou.... Thank you for the warning. We are headed south, towards a shrine that holds some significance to us."

Hiaku started, his gold eyes searching her face, watching carefully for any sign of strain, wondering how much this new little trick would drain her.

Airiana
10/11/2005 9:20 AM

Airiana looked at Wylin curiously, trying not to let her obvious shock show to the human just a few paces away. Then she sensed the energy around Wylin and Haiku increase, and she understood, though she dare not try it herself. Though the dragoness wondered if something like this process could be used to make the both of them understand the language... perhaps Haiku extracting his knowledge and implanting the information in both his wife and the dragoness's own minds.

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