Safe Haven

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  1. Isa

    Isa Dovie'andi se tovya sagai

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    (OOC:While not strictly a 1x1 RP it is closed to those that have been invited, this seemed like the best place to put it.)

    Isa glared at the man standing over him. Forcing himself to focus on the tip of the sword pointed at his chest as he ran a checklist of his body. Hi legs were useless, one was hamstrung and the knee of the other had been shattered after the first guy’s blow had struck it at a sideways angle. An arrow in his side that had just missed his lung made it harder to breath than the three cracked ribs. A dagger in his bicep had effectively eliminated his left arm, and he was using his rapidly dwindling power to block out the pain that should have left him screaming. His weapons two wood staffs lay on the ground behind him, he'd dropped Andras halfway through the fight and Melltith was pinned under another corpse. His pouch of Runes had been dropped when he'd hastily attempted to draw one out and ripped it free from the leather thong that held it to his belt.

    “Give it up. You can’t stop me, much damage you have it would be a miracle to even think straight.“ The last of the bandits that had ambushed him drove a swift blow into his already shattered knee the flare of pain temporally overcoming the small shield he’d been using to ignore it.

    “I,” He paused as his chest and lungs spasmed around arrow in his side. He licked his lips and tried again.
    “I’m sorry.” A look of confusion crossed the man’s face for a moment.

    “Yeah not as sorry as my friends you killed are.” Isa closed his eyes and moved his hand the last few inches to grab the man’s leg giving him the physical contact needed to feed his hunger. The man screamed as the lethal cold of his life being devoured flashed through his blood. Within moments the small country road was full of dead and dying.


    “That’s why I’m sorry.” He mumbled as he felt his mind drift away, already the stolen life was beginning to mend him. He struggled up fumbling to retrieve his belongings and pull himself off the road. By the time the real pain of the healing set in he had hidden himself in a small hollow the two weapons he hated and admired clutched in his hands. This time he didn't fight the wave of pain, letting it carry him into the dark oblivion of unconsciousness. He Had suffered more Damage in the past without dieing, He felt it would be a few hours before the wounds had closed and he could move again, till then he would sleep through the pain.

    Though the road he'd been traveling was small and unfrequented he'd still taken the precaution of pulling out the Note that said to wait at least a week before performing funeral rights for him. He'd never forget coming out of a healing stupor in the midst of a raging fire. He planned to find food after waking and then bury the men he'd killed once he'd eaten. Till then the bodies would be a beacon to anyone that came near him, and the trail of blood leading to his hollow would likely stay fresh for another hour.
     
  2. Paladin_girl

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    The road had been empty for years. Now, with the arrival of the present calm of the Haven, Paladin could resume her rounds as best as she could, with the sagacity to begin with the least tended-to areas before exploring the busier routes which dominated the majority of her duties. Normally, she would not bother with the darker sides of the Haven – but something had tugged on the half-elf’s conscious. Something bothered her.

    And she was not the only one. On passing a particular edge of the road, Allyan suddenly stood still, breaking into a low whinny. The path was thin and unattended to, but there were marks on the path – it suggested that the dry soil had recently been disturbed. The half-elf dismounted, patting Allyan and tilting her head, clicking her tongue for him to leave – it took less than a second for the stallion to flee the area, leaving his rider to face whatever had penetrated the peaceful outskirts.

    Paladin ventured forth – and the more she advanced, the more her fears seemed genuine.

    A man lay dead at her feet.

    She narrowed her eyes faintly, but didn’t draw her swords, slowly looking left and right, before kneeling to inspect the damage.

    Looking up, she noticed a trail. One formed by blood.

    Her own went cold.

    She stood slowly, her ears twitching to listen for a trap, before trudging towards the dark recesses of the hollow. It seemed small, but habitable. She hesitated, unsure of whether to call out. For now, she stood beside the entrance, looking aside to listen out for any signs of life.
     
  3. Isa

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    Isa groaned as his mind came back together, he cracked his eyelids a bit enough to see that the plants around him had started to die, a sure sign his limiter had been knocked loose, but likely the reason he was awake sooner than he'd planned. His head throbbed and while predominantly healed most of his injuries were still tender. He felt a stirring from Andras that told him the sword was also beginning to wake up.
    Food! At the comment from the sword Isa felt the weapon reach out towards a body just outside his hiding place. Reflexively he reeled in the weapons impulse dropping both it and it's twin staff in the dirt he pulled out two runes, Ansuz for communication and Algiz for protection he moved out of the hollow the two runes focusing his power into a protective bubble around him. He glanced at the woman who stood beside his hiding place. His first impression was a sort of beauty though all his eye could show him at the moment was the nature of her power.

    "Greetings and salutations? I pray your not a friend of those bandits."
     
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    Paladin’s armoured fingers twitched momentarily as the being within the hollow now came to light. Looking over her shoulder, she smiled sagely, not replying straight away, lifting her chin in pride. Did she look like a bandit?

    ‘As I can see that you are not either,’ she responded warily, folding her arms slightly, ‘as I can also see that you are armed stranger. Why hide yourself, if they are indeed bandits?’
     
  5. Isa

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    He stood gesturing to his cloth, the holes and tears that marked where his injuries had been and where a number of bruises could still be seen.
    "I am not particularly skilled when it comes to fighting with weapons I can do well enough against one or two but more than that is difficult even with my magic. Besides, I was not in any shape to travel or fight earlier." Though the process was still slow the now non-lethal injuries could be seen slowly healing over, a bruise on his forearm had faded from an ugly purple to a dark yellow in the time since he'd awoken. He hadn't realized in his haste to stand that the quartz belt around his waist had slipped farther out of place rendering it useless and allowing his power to build drawing in life and magic from the space around him, It wasn't till he realized the air had begun to cool that he noticed the problem.
     
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    Paladin’s eyebrow faintly creased – she made no movement of judgement, but her questions were sternly pressed. The stranger was encouraging her to speak her mind –and despite the impending danger which her gut feeling suggested, she did not appear on guard. Her eye dropped to the man’s injuries – the body outside was fresh. These wounds were not.

    ‘Yet,’ said she, ‘for a man untalented with battle as you imply, you were able to kill more than one man.’
     
  7. Isa

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    He grimaced at her comment.
    "I've always been a fast healer. You wouldn't believe the state I was in a few hours ago." He couldn't help cringing inwardly as he felt the leading edge of his accursed hunger's reach touch the woman. she has a lot of power, surely a little bit...? Isa stopped the line of thinking before he could act on it, he felt starved but that was no excuse for bad manners, if she was willing to share what she had he would take it but for the time being he could simply let nature take it's course and skim the unused power from her that leaked out.
     
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    Paladin smiled sagely, shaking her head. She doubted that she would – but the regeneration which he showed was bizarre, rather than abnormal. Then there was the...

    The link to the Whitelands had suddenly shuddered.

    ‘No,’ she replied, ‘I probably wouldn’t – but if I were in your shoes, I would not hide. There is a Haven nearby. Did you not think to go there, rather than deeper into the woods?’

    Her eyes faintly narrowed. Granted, if he was not a criminal, he would not be the first that she had approached so calmly…

    ‘Or is there a reason why you keep away?’

    Her eyes faintly narrowed before a sword was drawn, pointing towards the dark form's neck.

    ‘Stop what you’re doing. I can feel it... and I would ask you not to drain my links.’
     
  9. Isa

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    Take a look at the trail to my hiding space. It's dragged. At the time both legs were too badly damaged to walk and I only had a limited time before my own power left me unconscious. He frowned for a moment at her last statement and then nodded unfastening the limiter belt for a brief moment that was accompanied by the appearance of a wave of aging spreading out a foot from him he quickly refastened it in place and sighed.
    "And now you know the reason I don't spend much time around others. If I'm not careful eventually my hunger get's the better of me, but I do apologize. After healing so much damage I feel nearly starved and that always loosens my control. Still if the haven near here is indeed a good one I would like to go there, I have been chased out of far to many such places with accusations of being a demon."
     
  10. Nevermore

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    "You'd love this friend I have then," came the cool, quiet voice from beyond the pair, "He's got an almost unlimited amount of energy all the time, the explosively powerful sort. I bet he could feed you for a whole year with only a day's worth of his energy." A soft breeze blew through the area and the tail end of a crimson cloak flew up from behind a tree. The soft snap of fabric in the wind was the only sound besides the breeze for several moments before the voice sounded again and the rogue within the cloak rounded his tree. He approached the paladin slowly, eying her drawn blade without a care as he came within slashing distance. He cast his arms about her shoulders and embraced her gently, grinning as he did so, "Well, well! It's been a while young Paladin. What are the odds?"

    He turned his grin upon Isa and gave the man a once over before his grin faded into thoughtfulness, "So you've got an interesting power there, what exactly is it? I've never seen anyone who can drain power from the surrounding area, or people for that matter. This one here," he said as he gave one lifeless bandit a tap with his toe, "has no wounds at all, and you're not carrying poison, plus, all the plants in your little hiding place are suddenly dead, not to mention, it's damn cold here, despite being warm just over there," he pointed in the direction he had come from, "so, what exactly are you?" He grinned.
     
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    Isa glanced at the newcomer sensing him, his life was strong, but he didn't have the sort of magic that could protect him from Isa without the limiters in place.
    "My power, as you put it, hasn't been used, my nature though is to take energy from things, be it life, magic, or even heat. While I need a small amount of solid food, what I take from others is vital to stay alive. A day or two without drawing the life or power from anything and I loose control, It causes a blackout that let's instinct take over. That fellow though, he got to close, I think he was the leader of these bandits cause he didn't show up till most of the other were dead. I couldn't risk the sort of disaster my death always brings so I took everything he had, foul man he was, it's going to be hard to stomach food for a few days till I work his life energy out of my system." He tapped the clear crystal belt at his waist.

    " As for your friend, I'm doubtful without this my hunger extends nearly a mile in every direction with even my best control and I still feel hungry after that range is emptied of life. It's a curse, and I can't even remember why I have it." he raised his arm the band of pink quartz with it's hypnotic pattern in plain sight.

    "The lack of control extends to my natural power, I create cold this band is designed to restrict that power. otherwise I burn through any power I have rapidly creating it, but what I can use is my magic, I taught it to a man a while ago, from a tribe to the north, found him hanging on a tree in punishment for something or other and showed him how to use the sigil runes to cast spells. But when magic fails, or I don't have the power for it these two." He gestured to the hollow he'd been in and Andros and Melltith both slid out across the ground towards him.

    "These weapons help me fight and give me some added skill in a fight, though they have unpredictable nature so I use staffs keeping these as a last resort."
     
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    Paladin peered from the corner of her eye at the resounding, familiar voice of her old friend. What were the chances? Before she could stop him, she found him embracing her, encouraging a small smile from the half-elf. It was a pleasant surprise, given the circumstances, but the she-knight wouldn’t dwell, her eyes looking back to the tall stranger with a solemn look. If she wasn’t careful, this man could be the death of her. It would only take a bit more and her soul would be in the Whitelands.

    For good.

    ‘So you are skilled with a weapon. Why did you insist otherwise, stranger?’
     
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    Rath eyed the giant of a man with skepticism, even taking an involuntary step back as he spoke. His expression was dark as he looked from Niscar to the large man with the strange powers, "That's a pretty nasty ability you have there. If you lose control you can feed off people for over a mile? That's a scary notion. Is this hunger of yours ever satisfied? It would be bad if you lost control and suddenly killed everyone within a mile or more just because you didn't have that belt. Also," he looked Isa up and down, "You're a damn big bastard too."
     
  14. Isa

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    "I don't think I'm skilled, at best I'd say I was a decent fighter, but these two nuisances can make anyone a better fighter when they want. And no my, hunger isn't satisfied. but I can take the edge off it. as for if I loose the limiters, I feel sorry for whoever removes them but I'd create a shielding spell to keep the power in as soon as possible, assuming I could do it in the first minute or two... Well the damage sustained wouldn't be permanent but anyone in range of my power would be tired for several days. He glanced at the young woman again as a thought passed through his mind.

    "Perhaps your understanding f my skills would be more accurate if you tried using these weapons. Try and take them. Thrusting both sword and staff into the ground he watched as Melltith lengthened and he sharpened himself to a razor's edge. the response alone was enough to tell him that if either made a move to touch them the blades would move away from them. "Help yourself I'll do nothing to stop you" HE prayed for a moment that neither weapon would try to attack the two.
     
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    Rath grinned fiercely as his aura seemed to soar at the challenge. He was unaware of the change to his aura, but the crimson pendant around his neck flickered slightly. He made to grab the sword as it seemed the more 'stubborn' of the two weapons. As the weapon made to slide away from him his form shifted slightly as he vanished from where he stood and reappeared just before the weapon with his fingers curled around the hilt. He quickly tore the sword from the ground and held it aloft, eying the stubborn weapon with a dark glint in his eyes. The rogue could feel the stubborn, childish attitude behind the weapon as it seemed to vibrate in his hand. It seemed to pull towards his face as if it wanted nothing more than to split his head asunder. He tightened his grip around the hilt of the weapon and ground his teeth together as he focused on keeping the sword from attacking him. It surged with a powerful thrust that broke his control over it and shot straight for his head. He kept his grip on the weapon and turned his body to the side, moving his head back just in time for the blade to pass him by barely.

    A few strands of black hair fell to the ground as he grunted roughly. The knuckles of the hand holding the hilt turned white as he struggled to maintain his grip on the sword. A roar escaped his lips as he reared back as far as he could, stretching his arm and chest to their fullest to take advantage of the slack before the sword made up for it and slammed the limb forward with all his strength, bending at the waist as the blade whistled through the air. He let the blade go and sent it soaring through the air until it thudded heavily into the bark of a tree. His shoulders heaved slightly as he took several deep breaths before lifting himself and standing full upright again. He grinned at the giant before him as sweat dripped down his forehead, "It's not so tough."
     
  16. Isa

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    "He's still tired." he faced the tree as Andros slid free and moved towards him on it's own. If you ever offer me up as a test again I will make sure to personally kill you in every life after that.
    "Andros said he doesn't like being forced. And um, he''ll kill me if I do that again. But I think you can understand why weapons like this can make a decent fighter seem like a skilled one if they work with him rather than against." Sliding the sword into the sheath he hefted the staff and slipped it into the soft leather case across his lower back, making sure Melltith had shortened down to an arm's length before he began moving among the bodies.
    "I need to bury these men before I go anywhere. Since I don't currently have the magical strength to use ING to do it I need to find my pack, there's a small shovel in it."
     
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    Paladin abstained from the stranger’s offer, not reaching out to touch the weapons, but seeing her old friend do the complete opposite, leaned against the side of the hollow to watch in abject sternness. She was uncomfortable with what she was hearing, especially with the notion of a man with limited ability, but with deadly weapons. His height did not worry her, although it was easily noticed, but it was clearly unnatural for a man to be taller than most.

    Seeing Rath struggle, the she-knight stepped forward, showing some concern.

    ‘Are you all right?’

    She looked to the stranger as he spoke, hesitantly nodding.

    ‘If you are to bury them… then do it swiftly, if you please. I am willing to accept your explanation… for now. The other guards may be less than understanding.’
     
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    "There are several men here, unless one of you feels like offering up the power I need to work my magic I'll be left to the task with a shovel, and for this many men the number of graves needed could take time and that is not accounting for the funeral rights due every soul.If you wish to help I won't refuse it, but no matter my problems with a soul when living I will not disgrace them after they have moved on." Finally locating his travel pack beneath a body he took out the small camp shovel normally used to dig fire pits and the moved towards the side of the road, tapping the ground with his foot in a few places to test the firmness of it.
     
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    Rath grinned at Niscar as he mopped the sweat from his brow with the sleeve of his right arm, "Aye, the bastard put up a fight, but he didn't get me. He just wore me out a bit, that's all." He looked back at Isa, frowning at his height, "Sorry, I don't like the prospects of offering my energy to a man who's talent is sucking the life from everything around him. I can help with the graves though, but it won't be individual ones. A mass grave for them would be easiest." He drew the large, rectangular-barreled revolver from his belt and pulled back the pistol slide to reveal the ballistamancy loader. A solid black shell was loaded into the gun and the slide snapped back into place.

    He took aim at an area that was a safe distance from them and pulled the trigger. Darkness swirled around the barrel and chamber of the gun as it glowed slightly. A ball of black energy roughly the size of a fist shot from the gun and struck the ground where it exploded outwards into a sphere that was several feet in diameter. The sphere was only half visible above the ground as the rest of it extended below ground. All at once the sphere shrunk in an instant and vanished to leave behind a perfect crater in the ground large enough to house the bodies.
     
  20. Isa

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    Isa frowned at the man's actions then glanced at his gun.
    "Easier or not a mass grave isn't exactly the way you pay respect to the departed. How were you able to do that? I couldn't see you move your life fore or energy around the way a magic user would."