Role-Play Dawnsnow

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    OOC: In the timeline, this would be just after BoK.

    Paladin disliked the cold.

    Unfortunately for her, the night brought its swift display of frost and a blanket of snow, turning Galahad's Lake into a sheet of hard Winter.

    For some reason, she left the warmth of her little home and made her way there, soft spots of steam spouting from her mouth as she moved, crumpling the furs and thickened linen to her body.

    The battle for the Haven had taken many things - but it hadn't claimed nature's capacity to heal. Despite the coming coldness, the half-elf smiled faintly at the clinging vines against the surrounding forest's trees and danced beneath the glaring moon.

    She sank slowly, bracing a knee against the firm soil, pressing a gloved hand against the lake's edge, staring across it, listening for the sounds of the night.
     
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    The landscape was bleak, though it held a quiet beauty about itself. The bitter cold and frost embraced the world like a lover, held it tight as it slept. A sound like small bells and broken glass permeated throughout the area. It was the ice and snow settling, thawing and refreezing slowly. The sound was surprisingly peaceful. Nothing stirred or scurried across the ground. It was too cold to venture outside.

    "If there was anything more beautiful than nature itself," A quiet voice, warm and handsome broke the silence of the night, though it didn't shatter it. "It would be you." The source of the voice was a man wrapped in crimson, leaning against a tree as he sat upon a large travel sack half buried in snow. Blue eyes regarded her tenderly. A soft expression that looked right at home on his handsome face was clear beneath the moon.
     
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    The half-elf retained a growing chuckle, raising her head to smile warmly at her old friend, bowing her head softly.

    'And if there was anything quieter,' she responded with quiet humour, 'then you would be a fox.'

    She stood carefully, gently brushing down the snow that clung to her furs, carefully making her way towards the red-garbed rogue.

    'A strange hour to be awake. Are you well? she tried to meet his face through the cold darkness.
     
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    Rath shifted, realizing that he actually hadn't moved for a considerable amount of time. A clump of snow fell from his shoulder just as a shout of pain shot through his lower back. He fought down the urge to groan while reminding himself to stretch at the earliest convenience. He regarded Niscar again, as if he could see her soul through the furs. The rogue offered a soft smile as she approached him. "Aye," his response was still soft as if he feared disturbing the night. "I am well. As to the lateness of the hour, the original purpose of my trip here was to talk with you, but it seems I was distracted by the scenery. The sound of the snow and ice seems to have lulled me into a relaxed state."

    He shifted again and this time he did groan. A sheepish grin spread across his face. "If I'm honest, I'm quite stuck."
     
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    Paladin hesitated a moment, raising an eyebrow at Rath's shout. Before too long however, she smiled faintly, folding her arms to regard the man.

    'Careful not to fall asleep in snow,' she said, crunching her bound feet through the snow, 'or you'll turn into a fairy.'

    A hand reached out, offering to pull him from his awkward situation.
     
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    Rath offered her a gentle chuckle as he took her hand firmly, though still delicately as if he feared breaking fragile bones. He knew he couldn't hurt the paladin, but old habits died hard. He used her pull to lift himself from the snow far more gracefully than his earlier stiffness would've suggested him capable. Her hand was warm in his and he realized it was the first warmth he had felt in a long time. The sky in his vision held their hands as a soft smile crept across his face before he realized what he was doing. His gaze turned to the trees in the distance as he quickly brushed snow from his cloak and dragged his bag from the mound of accumulated snow.

    "A fairy?" He asked, his voice playing with wisps of laughter. "I suppose there are worse things."
     
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    Once he was upright, Paladin address the man's pause with patience, raising a vague eyebrow before gently parting her hand from his. He seemed to have a moment where he was stuck in fascination, as if the concept of touch was new to him.

    Ah.

    She tilted her head, gesturing towards her home.

    'Come. I'll brew something warm.' She walked towards it, pausing to look behind her, 'You look like you need a stiff drink, old friend.'
     
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    Rath's gaze was brought back to her when she mentioned a stiff drink. The sky in his eyes lightening slightly as a half smirk crept across his face. It was almost his famous grin, almost. He moved past her, the soft crunch of the snow beneath his boots leading him towards her home. "How could I say no to that, old friend?" He said in a voice that was warmer than before. Playful tones crept into it as he added, "Though I must warn you. It is dangerous to invite strange men into your home, especially this late at night, especially a woman so lovely as yourself. What if the worst should happen? I hear tell that some men are such scoundrels. It's frightening to think about, my dear."
     
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    She chuckled softly, a quiet sadness passing across her face, pulling the cloak closer to her.

    'They're frightened of the monster that comes out at night.'

    And they're wise to do so.

    As they approached the small cottage, the chunks of snow that snarled at their feet gradually gave way, quietly disappearing as the trees edged closer together, with a single pathway leading to the glowing little home. Behind it, Galahad's Lake glittered in its frozen state, the moon smiling down at its white surface.

    Despite nobody being indoors, the windows glowed from the light of the hearth, flickering softly. Paladin reached the oak door and pushed it open, gesturing the rogue to come inside.
     
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    "Not all men frighten so easily, my dear," He whispered softly, a playful expression countering her one of sadness. Rath could venture a guess at her meaning and knew exactly the monster of which she spoke. He wouldn't admit to her such a thing, but even he had felt shivers along his spine the last time he had seen it. The rogue wasn't sure if it was pleasing to her how effective it was, but judging by the sadness she seemed to wear like a cloak occasionally she had mixed feelings at best. He moved past her into the small cottage and heaved a heavy sigh as the warmth wafted over him. His body had felt frozen, crunched together roughly in the ice and snow. He was already beginning to thaw. His bag was placed near the door as he drew his cloak from his shoulder and cast a glance about the humble quarters.
     
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    On shutting the door behind her, Paladin retrieved a pair of metal mugs and a kettle. Setting them on the small table in the centre, the half-elf glanced at the Rogue, nodding towards the cloak.

    'You were freezing. How long were you out there for?'
     
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    Rath removed his cloak as he stepped across the room and laid it upon the stones near the hearth. It was soaked through with snowmelt. The heat would hopefully dry it out. "How long?" He asked, scratching the back of his head as he watched her curiously. The rogue tried to focus on Niscar because he didn't want to pry too much. He was curious about her home, as he often was about most things, but he felt looking around too much would be snooping. Then again, maybe snooping would be a better alternative to answering that question. He appeared meek when you spoke again, "How long ago did the sun set?"
     
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    The half-elf's expression was warm, briefly glancing at Rath to gesture gently to a seat beside the hearth as she tended to it, gently teasing the flames to life as she added wood to feed them and prodded them firmly with the metal bar. She hung the kettle over the fire, the water within clunking and swaying softly as it moved. She sat back, resting a hand behind her as the other perched across a raised knee.

    'I can't say I know,' she admitted, 'time tends to stop here. Especially when the winter sets in.'
     
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    Rath chuckled softly and nodded in agreement as he let his blue eyes take in the room slowly. He was quiet for a moment before his eyes came back to regard the paladin. "Aye, it seems so," he said with a smile. "The sun was still in the sky when I arrived. The darker it got, the less I noticed time's passing. It's pretty embarrassing that your home was this close to where I decided to rest." He glanced at his arm and fiddled with the armor plates and leather, adjusting a couple of straps. The Slaye armor had become loose in the cold and wet environment. "I was fortunate you decided to walk through the woods when you did. I'd prefer not to freeze."
     
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    Paladin looked away as Rath tended to his armour, instead focusing on bringing out two cups for the kettle and a jarful of leaves, all of which had been crushed into small, soft strands. She added them to the kettle, letting it boil away cheerfully.

    The room was threadbare. It was almost empty, had it not have been for the armour plate, simple table and a pair of chairs beside the fire. The other door led to her solar, which was as plain and simple as the area that the two were in.

    'I suppose it was,' Paladin answered, 'though it makes me wonder what you were doing there at all.'

    She looked over her shoulder and smiled.

    'Not that I can complain about the company.'
     
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    The rogue sat in the chair he had been offered earlier, continued to struggle with his armor before giving up completely, undoing the straps and buckles. He laid out the gauntlet, bracer and upper portion of the armor plating near his cloak on the hearth, but out of Niscar's way. It was weird to think about, but the rogue still struggled with adjusting to the armor again. He lost his arm pretty early in his life, adjusted to having just a gun in its place, and now he had his old arm back, good as new. Somehow, despite having it back all these years now, Rath almost felt like he preferred the gun-arm to the real thing.

    He paused at the half-elf's question. A soft smile crossed his calm features. "I came to see you," he said gently as he shrugged the half-breastplate over his head and placed it with the rest of the armor. The Slaye armor was at least ten years old, but looked brand new aside from nicks and scratches on the shiny metal. It was polished and beads of melted snow clung precariously to the smooth surface. The leather had the look of something used, but well oiled, not a crack anywhere on it.

    He stretched with his arms high above his head and his back arched sharply. The rogue twisted and turned until he heard a few things crack. He sat back with a sigh as his earlier stiffness was all but gone.

    "I was hoping," his words were measured more than would be expected. He spoke slow and watched the flames rather than his host. "You could tell me where I might find Dain."
     
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    Paladin sat back, eyeing the rogue for a moment as he settled himself more comfortably, setting out his armour as neatly as possible. Whilst some of it had a touch of familiarity, she was surprised with how well-tended it seemed.


    Carefully pouring out the tea, she offered a cup out towards Rath with a faint smile, only for her expression to be marred with some concern.


    'Has… something happened?' Paladin's voice betrayed her worry, causing her to frown faintly.


    My friend. Tell me. What has happened to her?


    Or is something going to happen…?
     
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    Rath took the cup from Niscar, and upon noticing the grim expression of concern upon her face nearly dropped it. He set the vessel gently on the table before turning to her and offering a sincere smile. "I'm sorry," he said quickly. "I guess I must have been too serious. Nothing's happened to her," that I know of, he thought, but that concern he kept hidden because it was needlessly worrying. Dain could take care of herself, so there was no cause for concern. "She's just vanished. It's not the first time, either. I've had to track her down a couple of times." He offered the half-elf a rueful smile. "It seems the idea of settling down or sitting still too long doesn't appeal to a Midgardian. Things always seem to be going quite well for us, but I can't figure it out. Or maybe," he paused to take a drink of his tea. It was delicious and warming.

    "I think I can guess what goes through her mind. She's afraid of the danger that follows her. She doesn't want to see me get hurt." He clenched his fist. "But we're both warriors. We've seen and survived it all. I don't know what to do to make her understand that."

    He relaxed, took a long drink of his tea. It calmed him. When he spoke next the edge had worn away from his voice. "Either way, this time I can't find her. I figured you are probably the only person she may consider a friend. You must know something."
     
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    Knowing that her friend wasn't in immediate danger, Paladin's expression softened with relief. Taking the seat opposite the rogue, she cupped her hands around the warm container, enjoying the emanating warmth from the liquid inside. She listened to Rath patiently, a grim look passing her features as he expressed his frustrations, allowing herself to nod faintly.

    For all of her moments of blunt honesty, Dain was a woman filled with secrets. She rarely talked about her work, even when it was just mercenary work. Paladin knew that it wasn't out of shame or fear; Dain was a warrior who killed for coin. It was simple.

    At least - it should have been.

    Having killed her father, Dain had changed. Paladin simply assumed that was because of how much it mattered - and yet here was Rath, fretting over her disappearance.

    Curious.

    'She was with you whilst we were busy battling Nikolai, wasn't she? I'm sorry that we couldn't help you both.'
     
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    Rath was silent for a long moment, his eyes fixated on the tea in his cup. His fist clenched again but he released it quickly. The tension couldn't be so easily cleared from his voice, however. "No," he said with gravel in his throat. "She was gone then too. I don't know much about the fight you guys had, but I heard you went through hell. I'm sorry I wasn't here to help you more." He turned his gaze towards Niscar, offering her a sincere smile. His voice softened, but it was still heavy when he spoke again. "I was here, briefly. I helped where I could, but my search took me away quickly. A part of me knew I should've stayed. If only I had known..."

    The rogue shook his head. Niscar was a paladin. She was fierce as they came, despite her normally calm and kind demeanor. She wouldn't want these platitudes, didn't need them. What had happened was in the past and there was no changing the role any of them had played. He needed to respect that. The cup before him was drained and he sat back, swallowing the last bit slowly to give himself another moment.

    "I happened to chance upon her on my way to Midgard. We traveled for a while," his smile was full of fond memories. "But when our journey ended and we tried to stop, we couldn't." A bitter smile now. "We can't change who we are, it seems."

    "Niscar," he spoke again quickly. "Please, tell me. Where could Dain have gone?"