Rex Draconis (A The Dragon Prince role play)

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"Sure! I can show you! I don't mind at all. I'll even teach you the enchantment so you can make your own with a hand mirror. Now, a full length mirror is ideal when you need to do conferences, but hand mirrors are good for mobile communications for when in the field." Zerina told her friends, her Aunt leading them to her communications room. 

"It's true, my niece is a clever one. She knows how to figure out a solution to everything! Especially when it comes to what people need." Lujane commented, making Zerina blush at the praise. 

"I just try to find something everyone can use. It's no big deal." She replied, feeling a bit modest 

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((@Wolf and Star: Don’t worry about it. Life happens :) ))

 

“We didn't have many books outside of the small ones my parents used to teach me to read. We were constantly travelling. We had no time for books. Why do you ask?”

Gale sounded too clueless and upbeat to not be telling the truth, which left Lathri with the unpleasant task of explaining the situation. She fumbled for a moment, trying to figure out a way to avoid hurting Gale’s feelings but coming up short.

“You said this was a historical ledger...” she began as carefully as she could, “but it’s actually...not. It’s a novel, a story. It’s fiction...and not particularly good fiction at that.”

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"Consider me impressed." Moremi said, folding her arms across her chest and giving the other elf a smile.

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“You said this was a historical ledger...” Lathri seemed hesitant to disclose this information, “but it’s actually...not. It’s a novel, a story. It’s fiction...and not particularly good fiction at that.”

Gale scoffed. She musterd a mildly offended expression and crossed her arms. "Excuse you. This happens to be the best darn book I have ever read! Granted, it is the only book I have ever read. But it is absolutely amazing." She turned her nose up slightly, clutching the book to her chest. 

 

((Gale really likes cheesy romance novels. She'd love Twilight. XD))

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“Excuse you. This happens to be the best darn book I have ever read! Granted, it is the only book I have ever read. But it is absolutely amazing,” Gale defended her book fiercely.

Lathri snorted, resisting the urge to roll her eyes. “To each his own, I guess. Point is, we can’t use the knowledge in this book as a guideline for how to handle humans. I’ve seen how people responded to how you acted around them. I didn’t understand why their reactions seemed off, but after reading the book I do. The way life is depicted in this book is as different from theirs as it is from ours.”

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Zerina grinned, poking her fingers together sheepishly. 

"The elf leaders asked me and a bunch of other craftsmen to come up with a style of long distance communication that everyone could use. I was still training under Master Ethari at the time and he was the one who submitted my design for the spell. It can be used by all magic once the mirror is charged with the user's Primal Element. They liked my idea best, so that's what they decided to use." Zerina admitted, opening the door to the mirror room where a full length silver mirror stood in the center. It was well made and beautifully etched with magic runes that served as a way to "dial in" the person you wanted to communicate with. 

(think of it like a giant cell phone with video chat active all the time: the runes etched in are basically bas relief so you can press in a certain combination along the outer edge of a mirror, whether handheld or not, but the smaller mirrors can only have a limited number of runes while a full length mirror can hold more and some can be decorated with jewels charged with different elements: moonstone, ruby, sapphire, etc for the elements they're related to) 

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Moremi nodded, once again impressed by the handiwork of the mirror. She wanted to reach out and run her hand across the embossed golden frame but drew her fingers back at the last second. 

"Okay, I'm ready." She said, straighening her tunic and running a hand through her locs in an effort to be a bit more presentable. Taking a deep breath, she flashed Zerina a quick smile, reminding herself that she would only be talking to the other elf's mother and not General Kheesa herself. 

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(please note that the mirror was silver, not gold) 

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 Loteva peered over Moremi's shoulder, stretching his neck so that when the mirror turned on, he'd be able to retract his head to keep out of sight. While waiting for the mirror, he peeped a look at all the other mirrors. They were all beautiful, and he'd even spotted his favorite; a hand mirror that had entwining silver metal branches as a frame. There were also some incredibly shiny gems on it too, which he was immediately attracted to. Sure, he may be twenty-eight in human years, but as long as he was alive no one could tell him what age he was. If you didn't know his true age, he'd probably tell you he was twenty-one, not like he didn't act like it. 

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Zerina saw where Loteva was looking as her Aunt dialed in the combination of runes for the mirror that connected them to her parents out in Lux Aurea. While the spell worked to connect to the other mirror, she smiled. 

"If you see one you like, you're welcome to it!" She told the gender fluid Moonshadow, figuring that was why he was poking around her other enchanted mirrors. She glanced at Moremi. 

"That goes for you too when we're done with the call." Zerina told her friends, figuring they'd need a way to communicate. 

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((ah! my bad, sorry! i'm terrible at remebering what happened in the above post when i'm writing my charecter)

"Really?!" Moremi said, excitment obvious in her voice. The idea of being able to actually have one of these mirrors in her possession seemed too amazing to be real. Despite being an elf, the actual presence of magic had been sparse in her life, witnessing a Sunfire use their transformative heat resistent powers only on occasion. "Thank you!" It was all she could manage to say, hoping that the joy in her face would better convey how greatful she was. Zerina truly had a talent. 

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Loteva tangled his hands behind his back. "Ah, as kind as your offer is, I'm afraid I'll have to decline. Besides the occasional traveler and the discussions I have with an elf who requires my criminal hunting talents, I haven't had much time for friendly interaction with other elves in years. My time with you guys has been the longest in a very, very extensive period of time. But perhaps I could use a mirror to contact you two." He wiggled his pointer and pinky finger at his friends. 

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"Well, you can use it as a way to stay in touch with people either way. You can use it for business or for communication with friends! As long as someone knows what runes to use and has access to a mirror, they can cast the enchantment to use the mirrors." Zerina replied, just as the full length mirror connected with the one in Lux Aurea where her parents lived, revealing an older female elf, not as old as Lujane, but old enough to clearly be Zerina's mother. Aside from being a few skin shades darker than her daughter and streaks of gold in her silver hair and bands of pure silver on her horns decorated with Moon opals and her clothes resembled Zerina's, except the colors were reversed.

"Hi Mom!" Zerina greeted, a male elf with pale skin poking his head into view from where he was working at a nearby desk. His horns were bare, but he wore a moon opal lunar steel circlet, his face lighting up when he saw the face in the mirror. The tattoos on his face were a bit more elaborate, looking like tiger stripes on his face, while his wife was a bit more subtle, like her daughter, just a dragon scale patterned diamond on her forehead. 

"Zerina! To what do we owe the pleasure? Is that Lujane I see in the background? Don't tell me Xerxes is causing trouble with the hatchlings again! Honestly, I swear that bird just likes being a bully." The female elf asked, earning a laugh from Lujane.

"I'm afraid it's not bird related, Kahla, Jazir. We have some young elves here with news that they wish to pass on to the interum leader of the Sunfire elves." Lujane replied, effectively introducing the two elves in the mirror. 

(please note that anything in italics and quotes is what's being said from the other side of the mirror!) 

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Moremi stepped forward into full view of the silver mirror when Lujanne introduced her. 

"A pleasure." She said, curtly yet politely. "My name is Moremi, and I am a Sunfire Elf from Lux Aureua. I have a message I need to relay from my brother, Caziam. I traveled here in his place to notify the keeper of the Moon Nexus that Lux Aurea remains strong and ready to transfer power to General Janai following Queen Kheesa's passing. We don't know what sort of magic killed the Queen, but it was undoubtedly dark magic, the likes of which hasn't been seen in Xadia for centuries." Her shoulders relaxed as she finsihed, having rehearsed this message countless times on her journey to the Moon Nexus. 

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"To each his own, I guess. Point is, we can’t use the knowledge in this book as a guideline for how to handle humans. I’ve seen how people responded to how you acted around them. I didn’t understand why their reactions seemed off, but after reading the book I do. The way life is depicted in this book is as different from theirs as it is from ours.” Lathri explained 

Gale pouted slightly,  "whatever." She mumbled and rolled on to her side. "We should get some sleep now." 

 

((I hope you dont mine if we time skip to the middle of the night? I wanna do a short thing where Gale feigns going to sleep and waits until Lathri is. Then she tries to ditch Lathri while she is sleeping))

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“Whatever,” Gale mumbled grumpily, rolling onto the side facing away from her. “We should get some sleep now.”

“Night, Gale,” Lathri said softly, closing her eyes and dropping off in minutes.

 

((And probably steal half her belongings while she's at it XD sure, go ahead))

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A horrible jolt of jealousy crept in Loteva's spine when he heard the proud, glad voices of Zerina's parents. Only several times had he heard that kind of warm tone. It only got worse when Moremi mentioned she had a brother. He thought there was at least one other lone elf here like him. 

"We don't know what sort of magic killed the Queen, but it was undoubtedly dark magic, the likes of which hasn't been seen in Xadia for centuries." 

Loteva scooted away from the room, sighing at himself. Hadn't he told himself not to get his hopes too high? Maybe a check up on Diana would lift his spirits more. 

 

(If you guys don't mind maybe we could have a part where one of us asks if there are any other infected Nexus's, and something attacks? If not that's fine too :) Just to speed things up a bit)

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(sure! And I'll post my offical reply either tonight or tomorrow) 

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Zerina noticed Loteva leave, but didn't stop him. She made a mental note to ask if he knew Master Ethari's husband, Ruunan. She turned back to her parents. 

"We were hoping you could ask General Janai to investigate." Zerina agreed as her parents absorbed the news. 

"We'll look in to it. I'll go ask Janai now. I've known her since we were kids. I'll be back in a few minutes." Jazir replied, getting up from his desk and leaving the room, leaving his wife to talk to their daughter.

"Caziam....Caziam....oh! I know where I heard that name! He's in my class on metal works. He's got quite a talent for making jewelry in the forge. So what message do you want to pass on? I can deliver it for you before class." Kahla asked as a Moon Phoenix poked it's head into view, cawing in greeting followed by another head, effectively shoving Kahla out of her seat in surprise. That made Lujane and Zerina laugh when they saw the two birds.

"Apollo! Artemis! You two are always sneaking in on our calls, aren't you?" She teased, earning happy caws from the birds in greeting in two part harmony. 

"Apollo and Artemis are my parent's personal birds and trained for combat. Those collars they wear? I designed those to hold the power of the moon nexus so they could travel. They're always pulling stunts like this." Zerina hissed to Moremi as her mother managed to push the two birds out of the way.

"OK, knock it off you two! Go play or something!" Kahla playfully scolded the two birds, earning a nip to the ear from Artemis before the two animals darted off. 

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Moremi nodded, rocking back and forth on her heels as she waited for the other elf to return. She smiled seeing the two Moon Pheonix's on the other side of the mirror. She would miss these creatures when she returned to Lux Aurea. 

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(please note that Apollo and Artemis were with Zerina's parents on the other side of the mirror) 

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 Diana squawked eagerly as Loteva did a spin and a leap in front of her. The genderfluid Moonshadow stretched his graceful arms, and pointed his toes. 

"And scene." He said, bowing. "Thank you, thank you." 

He'd gotten to the stables just a moment ago, offering the Moon pheonix a piece of frut. He'd brought his bag with him too, just in case. 

"I wonder if you birds like music," He pondered. Loteva peeped his head out the stable doors, looking to the mirror structure. He shrugged, they were probably doing alright without him. 

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"Sorry about that! So what's the message that you'd like me to pass on to Cazaim for you, Moremi? He talks about you all the time, you know." Kahla asked, the birds darting off to go play with a tug rope. Off to the side, Zerina subtly checked one of the smaller compact mirrors that she had linked to one in the bird stables and aviary where she could see Loteva was practicing with Diana observing 

(I figure Zerina would find a way to use smaller mirrors to keep an eye on her birds :P)

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((Moremi was trying to pass a message along to General Jani for Caziam, not pass one on to him))

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The moon drifted high above the horizon, a dull mist weaved its way through the village. All was quiet save for the crickets cirping their melodic tune. Not a single bird cried, not an animal stirred, the very world seemed to slumber on this quiet night.  Except for Gale. 

She lay on her side, facing away from her companion. Her elven eyes discerned the darkened details of the room perfectly well, she didn't have the pathetic night vision of humans. She had to have boredly counted the spices on the wall at least a hundred times by now. She finally,  as she listened to the rhythmic breaths of Lathri, decided to make her move. Gale sat up, turning her gaze over to the SkyWing Mage. She tilted her head as she observed her friend's eyes fluttering beneath their lids.

She was in a deep sleep. Perfect. 

Slowly rising to her feet, Gale grabbed her satchel and crept towards the door, pausing when she reached the edge of the couch. Under foot was the leather bag that Lathri often carried.  Unable to resist the temptation, she crouched down and opened it up. She rifled through her bag, pausing when she located the book of spells. Smirking,  Gale opened it up and was surprised to find it.... blank? 

How was that possible? Was it some kind of magic? 

She flipped the book upside down, shaking it quietly.

Well, this is worthless. 

Gale sighed and was about to place the book back when she recalled a particular human magician who owed her a favour.  They might be able to break the enchantment... could be worth the risk. Besides. You miss every shot you dont take.

Slipping the journal into her satchel along with a few other of Lathri's items, Gale moved across the floor on expertly silent feet. She slowly pushed the door open, then stepped outside.  She gently closed it behind her and then locked it from the outside by sliding a wooden branch between the door handles. That should buy her some time if Lathri happened to wake up.

Gale took a step forward before breaking off into a light jog, her body being swallowed up by the fog around her

 

 

 

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Loteva sighed, and sat down, gripping his lyre tight. 

It was probably time to leave for Xadia. Although the large and proud elven cities and towns kept saying "Xadia is not at war with itself", criminals and thieves ran around untamed. You'd be surprised at the amount of rouge Moonshadows and Skywing elves there were. Also a few Tidebounds. 

Maybe he'd stay at the Nexus for another day or so, but until then....

"Ne dashabu, lobe jundu. De shu't--" His singing and strumming was cut off by a horrible noise. 

SCREEEEEE

He covered his ears, and tossed his intrument back into his bag. It sounded like the noise was coming from the Nexus ruins and the caldera. If he remembered corectly, the Nexus was used for the travel between life and death before it was destroyed by the Moon druids. If a soul jumped into the caldera waters, the magic of the ruins and the Moon touched water would act as a portal to them.

 

(I just decided to put a bit of stuff in there from Through th Moon (The graphic novel that came out last week) because it explained more about what the Nexus does)

 

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Lathri wasn’t sure why she woke up. Maybe it was the sudden disappearance of the steady background noise of Gale’s breathing. In any case, wake up she did, only to discover her companion was gone.

“Gale?” she asked futilely into the empty room, shaking her head to get rid of the residual sleepiness and think clearly. She couldn’t see any sign of a struggle, nor did she think she would have slept through it had there been one. So Gale had to have left of her own accord...but why would she do that?

Maybe a call of nature? She reached out to feel the tangled blankets making up Gale’s bed, but it was too cold for her to have left less than fifteen minutes ago, leaving Lathri with only one logical explanation. She sighed, feeling a stone drop into her stomach.

Gale must have taken Lathri’s comments about her beloved book so negatively, she decided to continue on her quest alone.

But she couldn’t. Even with her illusion necklace, if the humans were really as bad as Gale’s story made them out to be, it was far too dangerous for her to sneak into their territory without someone who had her back. And despite the fact that Lathri could admit she wasn’t much help in that department, she couldn’t just abandon Gale to her fate. Even though she’d abandoned Lathri first.

So that settled it then, she concluded. She’d go after Gale and apologize profusely for insulting her book and, indirectly, her, and hope Gale’s pride wasn’t too badly damaged for her to accept Lathri’s company again.

Fortunately, being a mage had its perks. And even more fortunately, Gale was a Skywing elf just like her, meaning she left a trail of Sky energy behind. A trail, no matter how faint, that Lathri could follow to track her down. She reached down into her bag, smiling. Her spellbook wasn’t the only thing in there, after all. She just had to find the right…

Her thoughts screeched to a halt. She grabbled around inside her bag, trying to ignore the dread rising in her stomach. She jumped off the couch, crouching on Gale’s abandoned bed and upending her bag, wincing as assorted knickknacks clattered onto the wooden floor. But there were far fewer items than there should be. It seemed about half her belongings were gone, and her spellbook was one of them.

Lathri sat back, trying to process what this meant. If Gale had still been here, she’d have assumed the humans had stolen her things, and she’d have cursed them creatively after taking them back. But as it was, she’d be a fool to ignore the glaring signs.

Gale was gone. And she’d betrayed her trust and taken Lathri’s possessions with her.

She felt tears burning behind her eyes, but blinked them back angrily, rage beginning to drive away the crushing sadness. She was usually one to forgive rather than avenge, but some things were unforgivable. And playing her, betraying her and stealing from her all definitely fell in that category.

Okay, let’s think, she thought, her more practical side beginning to take over, stowing the emotions away to deal with at a later date. She laid out her stuff, cataloguing what Gale took and what she still had.

The most important thing missing was her book. She wasn’t sure why Gale had taken it, not knowing the Sky Arcanum and thus unable to cast any spells, but for now she’d have to hope her pass phrase enchantment would hold and prevent Gale from carrying out whatever nefarious plans she undoubtedly had with it. A few more magic items were gone as well, including the small mirror she used to communicate with her mentor back at the Sky Nexus, as was all her coin, but fortunately the item she needed right now was still there. As she picked it up, she suspected its inconspicuous appearance was what had saved it from Gale’s sticky fingers.

It looked like an ordinary pebble, but its actual violet gem-like interior was revealed as Lathri murmured “Ad aera ductum,” to it. Something dark indigo darted from one side of the stone to the other, as if trying to get out, but when Lathri put a finger on the stone’s surface it stilled underneath it.

She closed her eyes and focused on Gale as hard as she could, trying to convey the winged Skywing’s unique aura to the stone, and when she felt the stone vibrating under her finger she knew she’d succeeded. She opened her eyes to see the indigo blurb whizzing around the enclosed space, as if it couldn’t wait for them to depart. The stone was a quaera, used to find potent sources of magic so mages could harness it to cast spells. This use was a bit…unorthodox, but she was fairly certain it would do the trick.

She swept the rest of what was left of her belongings into her bag and hoisted it onto her shoulder. She glanced at the bedroom door, wondering if she should tell the humans anything. But she couldn’t very well wake them and tell them her companion had ditched her and by the way, everything we told you is a lie. No, better to leave them oblivious. Eventually, the memory of their mysterious guests would fade. It was a shame though. They seemed nice, and she would have liked to interact with them further.

She crossed the room towards the door, grabbed the handles and pushed, but apart from an alarmingly loud creaking, nothing happened. She tried again, pushing with her shoulder this time, but the door still wouldn’t open, and now she could hear alarmed murmuring coming from the bedroom too. D.amnit, Gale!

She looked around frantically, spotting moonlight streaming in through the window. She dashed over, jerking open the window and launching herself through it just as she heard footsteps coming from the bedroom. She raced away from the house and into the woods, counting herself lucky that it was a foggy night, which would hide her from the house’s inhabitants. She could hear them shouting panickily at each other, no doubt wondering where they had gone, and felt a guilty pang in her stomach. Maybe she should have left them a note or something. Sorry, humans…but I’ve got bigger problems to worry about.

She wandered further into the woods, until she was sure she was out of sight and earshot of any humans. Then she took out the pebble again, now with the indigo spot pointing resolutely west. She nodded and slipped it back into her pocket, brandished her arms and whispered “Manus, pluma, volantus,” turning them into wings. She walked a bit further until she found a spot where the canopy opened to the starry sky and took off, flying west. It would be a long flight…which gave her plenty of time to think about what to do once she got to her destination.

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Gale glided forward, piercing the cloud coverage just as the sun began to burn away the morning mist. She was a few hours ahead of Lathri whom she assumed was in pursuit. Gale had stripped her of anything that she felt was remotely magical but she wouldn't put it past the young mage to have a few extra spells up her sleeves. She would have woken up and realised the betrayal by now. Few things could stop a vindictive elf.

Gale felt the beginning pangs of a sudden onset of guilt rise within her, a feeling she struggled to quell before the floodgates opened. She usually had no qualms with stealing... but she rarely did it from those as kind as empathetic as Lathri. Those who Gale actually was beginning to like. Really she only stole from the rich and pompous or out of pure necessity. But this was far too tempting to pass up. She refused to allow herself to regret it. Besides. Gale couldn't allow Lathri to accompany her on this task. Not because she... embellished certain aspects. But because it was genuinely dangerous.  

Gale gently pressed her finger against the glittering moonstone fixated to her choker. Her more shimmered briefly before she vanished entirely, gliding completely unseen in the humid morning air. In front of her, hulking mountains loomed, leading her deeper into human territory.

Even though she knew that she was invisible, a part of her still feared an attack from the Humans.

Gale released a breath the moment she crossed the hilley range. Almost immediately,  she felt the distinct lack of primal energy in the area, especiallyas she strayed further and further from the moon Nexus. And how it made her skin crawl. How could humans live like this? The very air felt heavier without the invigorating force of magic. It felt... empty. Completely devoid of life. It was horrible.  All she could do was hope that it may cover up her trail a bit... especially if Lathri was using some form of magic to track her. Or it could also make it easier... she was not too sure.

Shaking her head, Gale picked up her pace. She had a destination in mind and she mad to make it there before the sun rose to its peak if she were going to stay ahead of Lathri. And currently,  she was ahead of schedule. 

With renewed vigor,  Gale doubled her pace, making a straight line for the Kingdom of Katolis.

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Lathri blinked tiredly as the rising sun peeked over the horizon and warmed her backside. She’d been flying in the dark for several hours, and not even her bitter thoughts were enough to keep her awake. She’d caught herself nodding off several times, dropping dangerously low before snapping awake again.

The quaera pointed her to Gale, but it couldn’t tell her how close she was. She paused in treetops periodically to check whether she was still going in the right direction, since she couldn’t hold the quaera while flying. Otherwise, she tried to make use of the air currents as much as she could. She didn’t know exactly how much of a headstart Gale had, but the sooner she caught up to her the better.

And she still couldn’t understand why Gale had done it. Maybe that was what stung the most. She’d tried to help Gale, even began thinking of her as a friend, and the other elf backstabbed her without a second thought. She kept thinking back, trying to figure out if there had been any warning signs, but...nothing. The vibe she got from Gale had been completely genuine. She just didn’t understand it.

She still wasn’t sure what to do when she found her, though. Confronting Gale head-on wasn’t a great idea, considering Gale was much more proficient with weapons than she was. She was fairly sure Gale wouldn’t k.ill her, but without her spellbook she wasn’t much of a match. Actually, as much as she hated to admit it, she wasn’t even with her spellbook.

So fighting Gale wasn’t an option. Pretty much the best idea she could come up with was copying Gale’s tactics and stealing her things back in an unguarded moment. Preferably before Gale broke the spell on her book or sold her things or whatever her plans were.

Yup. Great plan.

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It was few hours before noon by the time Gale had reached the dazzling kingdom of Katolis. 

Sunlight glistened off the pristine rooftop of the castle which cast a gargantuan shadow over the sprawling city beneath it. An entirely unnecessary and gaudy display of human wealth in Gale's opinion. 

Imagine all the good that could have been done if all of the effort and resources invested into the creation of such an ostentatious structure was instead applied elsewhere. Such as feeding the under privileged or funding Healthcare research. The Kingdom could have been better off. But instead, humans saw assigned greater value into this massive building which essentially amounted to a glorified cage for a king to peacock around his wealth and power

Tsking in disappointment, Gale extended her wings into full mast, using the natural updraft surrounding the island that the castle was located on as a method to lazily glide over the roaring waves below.

Despite knowing that she was entirely invisible due to the magically enchanted necklace she wore, Gale still found herself incredibly nervous as she approached the castle.

She had no particularly fond memories of this place... not to mention it was in the heart of hostile human territory.  Which is what made it the perfect place for Gale to hide from Lathri. But Gale had no intention on staying. She would be in and out. After she collected something that belonged to her.

Angling her wings downward, Gale softly landed in the castle courtyard. She teased up as a pair of crownsguard stalked past her, paying her no mind. It was really quite unnerving. 

Gale stood out in plain daylight, not remotely trying to hide. And every all eyes saw straight through her.

She catched the heavy oaken doors before they shut entirely and slipped through. Treading on masterfully silent feet, Gale slunk through the stone corridors, the only indication of her presence being the slight flickering of the hallway torches caused by the draft as she passed them by.

A small number of servants mingled to and from, busily making preparations for one thing or another. Their presence startled Gale every time as if she were just waiting for the spell to fail...

But it never did.

"This. Is. Awesome." Gale whispered under her breath, her fingers once again flitting towards the choker.  

After quite the lengthy stroll down seemingly endless corridors, and quite a bit of turning around and backtracking (Gale quite did not know where she was going), she finally reached her desired location. 

The dungeons

Rusting metal bars blocked the entrance of anyone who wanted to stray inside. And the key was in possession of the guard posted in front of it. Tilting her head, Gale took a few steps back, ducking behind a stone column, her brain already churning as she devised a way to get inside.

First, she needed that key.

Then, she needed that guard to leave post. 

Gale tapped her choker and her form shimmered before beginning to alter. It fragmented like refracted light off a tranquil lake, the shimmering progressively extended along her arms and legs. Where Gale one stood now stood a petite human maid. Nothing about her features were entirely remarkable. 

She had unastonishing brown eyes and brunette hair tied up in a standard bun. Mousy features matched her unassuming expression. A face so completely normal that it was almost unrecognizable. 

Gale tilted her chin, a shadow obscuring part of her face as she turned to peer at the guard. Gathering herself, Gale hurried forward, a panic stricken look on her face.

In her frantic rush down the hall, she "accidentally" collided with the guard. 

"O-oh!" Gale gasped, nearly finding herself knocked off her feet in the impact.

The guard was quick to react,  steadying her with a firm grip around her shoulders. "Careful there, little lady."

"Oh, oh!" Gale continued to gush, gasping heavily as tears glistened in her eyes. "I am so glad to see you! Y-you have to listen." Gale gripped the guard, the panicked look in her eyes seemingly set him of.

"Is everything alright?" He asked,  a frown forming along the edges of his lips.

"No, no, no! Everything is dreadful! Absolutely dreadful! Oh- poor Sammie." Gale's voice cracked.

"Sammie?" The guard echoed.

"You have to help her!" Gale exclaimed.  "There is blood... so much blood."

The guardsman's frown deepened.  "You have to calm down, miss. Tell me what happened."

Gale chose this moment to burst into tears, sputtering incomprehensibly. 

"Oh my." The guard blinked.

Gale, whilst still sobbing, lifted a shaky finger down the hall. 

The guardsman seemed to ready his resolve. "We will help Miss Sammie. You just stay here and collect yourself, alright?" And with that statement, he took off down the hall.

Gale paused,  she wiped the tears from her eyes. A smirk coiled her mouth as she slipped her hand into her pocket, pulling out the key she had removed from the guard between two elegantly poised fingers. She inserted the key, turned it, and then slipped inside. 

Gale ran down the stairs, her footsteps echoing off the stony ground beneath her as she entered the sprawling dungeons that sat directly under the castle. Already, she could feel the off-putting presence of dark magic emanating from the walls. All she had to do was follow it to its source. Turning, Gale ran down the corridor, following the stench of death and darkness.

Her breaths were coming in labored huffs by the time she hit the wall. Literally. Dead end. But the sensation of dark magic was stronger here than anywhere else in the maze of tunnels behind her which caused gooseflesh to prickle across her spine. This was it. All she had to do was remember how to get in. Easier said than done.

Gale pressed her fingers to her lips. What was the combination again?

Rock, stone, stone, stone, rock, stone?

No.

Stone, rock, rock, stone, rock, stone, stone?

Again. No.

rock, rock, stone, rock, stone, stone, rock, stone, rock, rock

Gale jumped back as the stones began to fall away from the wall, crumbling backwards and leading down a sloping staircase. 

Steeling herself, Gale walked inside, spiraling down into the abyssal darkness below. The grotesque sensation of dark magic was oppressive this far down, it was almost sickening. Nightingale never understood how humans could wield it so lightly. It was so twisted... so instinctually wrong.

Were humans really so blind to its malevolence? 

Gale passed by an ancient mirror on her way,  just the sight of it caused jolts of alarm to run through her body. She passed it by, not wanting to spend a second more down in some place so perverted. 

Finally she reached the main study. No one was here. And judging by the state of dust collected on the books, no one had been there in quite some time. Excellent. 

Gale wasted no time, she immediately began to tear up the place, frantically searching for something. 

~

     By early noon, Gale had completely demolished the study.  Not a single paper remained where it had originally been, scattered books and artifacts lay in disarray,  it looked as though a tornado had swept through the area. 

And Gale?

Gale was empty handed. 

A frustrated cry rose in her throat, falling from her lips as she chucked a purple glass orb at a nearby wall where it shattered. 

"Where did they take it?!" She snapped, slamming her foot rather painfully against a wall. 

Wincing, Gale stepped backwards,  her breaths ragged and hazy. Well. If it wasn't here... then obviously they took it with them. But where? There had to be something here. A tracking spell she could use....

Once again, Gale rummaged through the discarded mess she made. Her finger jabbed against something metallic and she grasped it. A compass.

Flipping it over, she read the inscription on the back.  A shiver coursed down her spine. It was dark magic. Of course it was. Was she really desperate enough to use this device powered by dark magic? 

Yes. Yes she was.

By Gale's own recollection, elves could not use dark magic. But the spell was already on the compass. All she needed to do was power it. Gale pocketed the item and stood up, gazing around at the mess she made.

She had spent too much time here. If Lathri hadn't already caught up to her by now, she'd be close. And now was not the time for that confrontation. Gale needed to buy some time. But how?

She gazed around the room, blinking when she noticed a pair of chains by the door. Perfect.

~

The actual set up didn't take too long. Gale just rigged the door to cause the chains to drop and latch on to anyone who opened it. But she wasn't going to just let Lathri perish at the hands of whatever human happened to stumble across her. Gale left the key.

Locked in a 6 digit combination box. With over 720 possible combinations, Gale figured that it would buy her at least an hour before Lathri guessed the right one. Just to be sure, she placed the box with the key inside just out of Lathri's reach.  The mage SkyWing would have to get clever. 

Of course, there was a chance that this was all just a monumental waste of time and Lathri would not fall for her trap. But that was a calculated risk Gale had to take. 

She had spent a lot of time down in the study. If Lathri was tracking her scent or magic somehow, it would be very concentrated there. And if she wasn't tracking Gale using any of those things, Gale hoped that the potent feeling of dark magic would at least spark Lathri's curiosity and prompt her to investigate. 

Just to be sure, Gale moved all other objects she could escape with completely out of reach. Save for the box containing the key,  of course. And for double insurance,  Gale scattered a few of her feathers around to reveal that she had been there. 

And she left the secret magic door wide open. But she wasn't going to make it too easy. Then it would be obvious. Lathri would have to figure out a way to get into the dungeon on her own. 

Gale even plucked another one of her feathers, crusted in blood, and wedged it between the dungeon bars as though Gale struggled to get inside. Should be clue enough.  To most humans it would appear as though another bird got into the castle... but any SkyWing was clever enough to know the difference.  

As Gale, once again invisible,  rushed down the hallway, exiting the castle from a different way she got in, she found herself hoping that she did not just waste all of her time. There was a strong possibility that Lathri would be smart enough to avoid the castle all together and continue on Gale's trail. All of this could easily have been futile. So Gale would have to keep an eye peeled. 

She followed closely behind a servant, slipping outside. 

Gale stretched her wings for the first time in hours. But she didn't have long to relish the feeling. Making haste,  she lifted her wings and lifted up. Hay and leaves stirred under her as she sprang into the air, catching wing and taking g off. She continued on her journey,  now heading in the opposite direction.  Towards the border between Xadia and the human kingdoms. 

 

((Got super llazy towards the end there. I hope it still makes sense xD))

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(Hey y'all, I've been on a little hiatus. Can we ignore my last post? I didn't really like the outcome.)

 

Loteva left the stables after a while, seeing that Diana was good and well. After a day or so, he was planning on leaving. A pity, really. It was nice to be at such a serene place for so long. But, he did miss Xadia. 

Best to leave the future alone for now. He thought. It was still morning, so maybe he'd go down to town. And that reminded him to ask Zerina if she had any solid, working Skywing wings. That would definitely help fast travel. 

"Hey, Z!" He yelled, coming in earshot of the mirror house. "I'm heading to town in a few. Maybe I'll pick up our other friends." But something told him they didn't necessarily want to be found. Those kinds of elves were carefree, and unteathered.

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Zerina was adjusting Aquila's girth when Loteva called out to her. She turned and grinned at the gender fluid elf. 

"I was just heading down myself! I've even got an extra illusion necklace if you want to borrow it! We can take the moon phoenixes. I can get Diana saddled up for you if you'd want to borrow her." She offered, figuring it would be a faster way over the barrier than walking through it. 

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Loteva placed his hands on his hips and smiled excitedly back. "Sounds like a plan!" He stretched one arm. "Is Moremi coming too?"

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"I'll be honest, I'm not sure. Oh and I hope you don't mind, I adjusted the spell on the necklace I had as a backup to match your gender fluid aura. Took me all of two seconds to do." Zerina replied, Aquila cawing happily before nudging the other elf in greeting as her elf handed over the simple silver charm on it's deep blue ribbon. A whistled command brought Diana to the tack area, the five year old bird cawing happily, rubbing up against the currently male Moonshadow and nibbling his hair in a birdy show of affection while Zerina ducked inside and came back out with her saddle

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Loteva took the charm, and nodded his head gratefully. He was so bewitched by the tinkling silver, he didn't notice Diana chewing his hair. He chuckled lightly, and pulled several wet strands from her beak.

"Well, we best be off then," He smiled to Zerina.

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"Ready to go when you are." Zerina replied, already in her human guise, a teen girl of about 18, pale skin, and platinum blonde hair with blue eyes. Just a basic enough look to keep from standing out. 

"I try to stay as close to my original appearance as possible. Platinum blonde isn't all that uncommon a hair color in this region, so nobody really pays attention." She explained, pointing to her pixie cut.

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Moremi froze for a moment before her curiosity got the better of her. Nodding, she crossed her arms over her chest, excited to try out illusion magic for the first time. She took the illusion necklace and was pleased to see that her human form was not too different from her elf form. Her dark brown skin was still woven with patches of creamy white, and her red hair was pulled back into a tight bun instead of hanging lose around her shoulders. Her eyes were no longer golden, instead a dark brown, and she held her fingers in front of her face in amazement. 
"This is...incredible" she said, unable to form the words to describe the moon elf's magic. 
 

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Loteva grinned at his friend's new disguises, and was thoroughly ecstatic to see what his would look like. The necklace did its job, turning his skin into a warm brown, and hair to a light bronze. The elf found that there were a few strands of silver, but he didn't mind. His horns were gone, and his markings faded away; he could repaint them after their trip. Even his eyes were different: both of the pupils were now darker, so his gaze didn't look so piercing. 

"Whoa!" He exclaimed. "These are awesome.Thanks, Z!"

 

((Also it's fine, I've been really busy as well :) Also a quick question, have any of you guys seen Merlin? I finally rewatched it after a few years having forgotten almost everything, and bawled my eyes out.))

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(I saw it a long time ago) 

"Feel free to keep those when we're done. The spell's permanent and will adjust based on your needs. I did the spells based on your personalities." Zerina replied, swinging on to Aquila's back as the bird squawked at her fellow birds, fluffing out her feathers in approval of the new looks the humanized elves had so they could go in to town without being harrassed 

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Lathri arrived at the castle around noon, still blinking sleep out of her eyes. As she landed in one of the trees in the forest surrounding it, a wave of despair washed over her.

She checked the quaera despite knowing beforehand what she would see: the indigo blurb pointing firmly at the castle.

There was no way she was going to be able to get in there, find and confront Gale, and sneak out again unnoticed. That wasn’t even being pessimistic, it was just the truth. She wasn’t a Moonshadow elf, trained in the art of silent assassination. She was a Skywing mage, with no way to hide her elvish features and no experience sneaking around unfamiliar territory. If she went in there, she might as well be waving a sign saying “Please capture me”.

Why oh why hadn’t she asked Lujanne for an illusion spell for herself, too?

Well. Because she hadn’t expected her travel companion to betray and rob her, that was why.

And on top of all that, the castle reeked of Dark Magic. Which was probably why Gale went here in the first place. She likely needed a Dark mage to crack the spell on her book, and she’d probably give them one of Lathri’s magical trinkets in return.

There was no way she could follow Gale in there. No way at all. She couldn’t understand how the humans could go about their daily business, when in the castle the Dark energy would almost certainly be strong enough to make her physically ill. Even in the forest, she could feel nausea creeping into her stomach. She was fairly sure the only reason Gale could stomach it was because she was less attuned to magic.

She was out of options.

Her eyes filled with tears at the thought of having to return home in shame, having to explain to her mentor how she got tricked and lost nearly half of her magical items. Most importantly her spellbook. Her mentor had never been happy with her carrying it around like she did, saying it was too great a risk. He had only allowed it because he trusted her, and because he knew she needed it. And now she’d betrayed his trust, allowing the book to fall into the hands of a rogue Skywing who would carry out who knew what kind of schemes with it.

She climbed out of the tree and slumped against the trunk, so depressed she didn’t even care if someone saw her. What would it matter? She had brought disgrace upon her family, there wasn’t a place back home for her anyway. The quaera tumbled out of her hand and onto the ground, pointing resolutely at her failure.

She stayed there for a long time, half hoping someone would actually see her. With any luck, they would put her out of her misery and k.ill her on the spot.

But no one came, and she had no idea what she would do now.

And then suddenly, past noon, the quaera whizzed around and pointed 180 degrees in the opposite direction. She stared at it blankly, uncomprehending what it meant for what felt like an eternity. Finally, the realization seeped in. Whether she achieved what she went to the castle for or not, Gale was on the move again.

Lathri looked up at the cloudy sky, imagining she could see the winged Skywing flying overhead, gloating at her own success. She felt a burning hatred rise up inside her, enough to propel her to her feet and into the sky, hurtling into the clouds to stay hidden.

If she couldn’t change the events of the past, she could at least exact revenge on the one who had taken her future from her.

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Gale glided through the clouds, she still had a ways to go but if her new found comoass was any indication,  she was on the right path.

That was when she heard the distinct sound of wingbeats behind her and her blood froze. It seems like Lathrop hadn't fallen for her trap. It was a long shot regardless. 

Gale picked up the pace, circling higher. What were her options?

She couldn't rest

She couldn't sleep

Lathri was too close

She could turn back to the castle and wait the SkyWing out. But that would waste precious time. And she had a few days journey ahead of her. So she'd have to hold her up... somehow. But how?

 

 

((I'm gonna be honest,  I completely forgot what all my plans were. Lol))

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Loteva grinned at Zerina in a silent thanks, and saddled up on Diana. The Moon Phoenix unfurled her majestic wings like a paraglider, and with a little squawk, backed up, taking to the sky with grace and ease. Loteva let a whoop of joy escape his lips, as the thrill of reaching to the sky sparked an adrenaline rush. He looked back at his friends, eyes twinkling with mischief as he thought of what they could do in their disguise.

 

(Gosh, I am so so sorry for not replying. My life is kind of in flames lately, and it hasn't been the easiest trying to cope with stuff going on right now. I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving. I'll try to be more active, but I'm really trying to juggle things around.)

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(no worries dude, we get it! Everything's a little crazy right now) 

Zerina nodded, smiling as she mounted Aquila, the bird cawing eagerly once her rider was settled in place among her multitude of saddle bags. This wasn't the first time the bird had been to town. She cawed at Moremi, as if telling her to hurry up as Diana hovered above them, waiting for her fellow birds to take to the sky. 

"You coming Moremi?" Zerina called, Aquila giving the Sunfire a questioning look as well.