Role-Play The Quest of the White Halls

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  1. Nevermore

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    Vare let a short chuckle escape him when Magus said the beast was connected to him. The hunter didn't see how that could be possible. He offered Magus an apologetic smile. "I did not mean to laugh," he said. "It is just that I cannot possibly imagine how the beast has any sort of a connection to me. I think it is more likely it saw something, though I could not say what that would be. As for its appearance..." He turned to face the mage, his expression thoughtful. "It was ethereal and shifting. I think if you tried to touch it your hand would pass through. The form did not seem set, like it could appear as it wanted, as anything. It was large, bigger than the largest buck I have ever seen, but it had a lean body like a feline, though the shoulders were higher than the rear and massive, muscular. The shape of it was like nothing you see in nature. It did not have a long head like the creatures it resembled, though it had a massive crown of antlers, far more than any deer. And the face looked almost human."

    He turned back to the fire and turned the rabbit again. When he spoke again his voice was quieter, "the eyes were intelligent. It knew me, and I think it knew I held a weapon. When I lowered my bow it made a sound like it was pleased. It was not a roar or a growl. The noise it made was gentle and quiet, like an instrument and a purr. And when it vanished into the will 'o wisps it made a sound like a crystal bell. I did not..." He was quiet for a moment. "I did not feel fear for this creature. It wants something, I think. But what that something is, I cannot say. It could mean us no harm, but that does not mean what it wants does not come at a great cost. Those men it killed, they died for a reason. How many more will it target? There is more-"

    He stopped mid-sentence when he heard the door to his room open and close. His gaze moved to regard the pirate and he froze when he saw her. Her appearance hadn't changed much, but for some reason, cleaned up as she was, she looked gentler than she had before. The wild mane of flames that swung down her back was fierce as ever, like defiance. Her skin still bore the marks from the night before, but the wounds were clean and had faded from a rough red to a soft pink. A sincere smile crept across his face before he could stop it.
     
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    The she-pirate raised an eyebrow, a smirk curling vaguely at her mouth before she folded her arms and leaned against the door frame, gesturing softly. Carefully, she tilted her hat at the group, eyeing them all, hawkish and slow. Soon enough, she held out her hand, making a short sweep to continue.

    'Don't let me stop you. You talking about what that thing was last night?'
     
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    It was impossible to see the hunters' face, but the pirates' act told Magus all he wanted to know about Vares' expression. He leaned back just a little, his position more balanced than before as he spoke plainly, saying "A spirit of sorts. It sounds too much like a spirit."
    He tried to think about what kind of spirit it could be but there were too many to count. He wiped his eye with his palm and groaned softly. He looked back at Vare, knowing he'll probably want to hear this and prompted "There is more what?"
     
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    "A-aye," Vare said before turning back to the fire and the cooking rabbit. "I was telling him what I saw in the forest." He hoped the ruddy glow from the flames hid the flush of his cheeks. The hunter was quiet another moment before responding to Magus. "There is more to this than we could possibly guess on our own. You may be right about it being a spirit, though." He took a platter from the mantle and began to remove the rabbit meat from the grate in the fire. "It was not of this world, and I highly doubt it was from Reier's world. It appeared and vanished without warning and did not seem to have a solid form. If it is a spirit and it wants something, I wonder for what it could possibly be searching." He stood and moved to place the platter on the table before going to the door.

    "Help yourselves, but save me some. I have to help Reier prepare a boar. When we have all eaten, we can go into town and see if anyone knows more about about the beast." The hunter opened the door and stepped outside. He moved towards Reier slowly. When he saw the boar's head laying on the ground he almost couldn't speak. He had only left the magician a small knife. It wouldn't have been able to decapitate the animal, let alone so cleanly. His expression was aghast when he spoke, "What happened?"
     
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    "Thought I'd use my own blade. I haven't used a regular blade since I joined the nights more than three decades ago I'm not sure I could clean it. Unfortunately the knot slipped while I was cutting, and well you can see the results." He paused as a thought occurred to him and he let out a small groan. "I was about to come ask you about this before I tried gutting the thing but do the creatures of your world have crystals or stones in them? If I sliced through one it's going to be harder than surviving a Highstorm to explain the cuts to a merchant."
     
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    For once, the pirate was profoundly quiet, her scholarly mind turning over the possibilities. The creature's presence had made her world feel as if the stars had fallen, her vision spinning in devastating light. Her insides had felt squashed and exposed, riveting chills up her back. Whatever it was, it seemed as if it wasn't out for blood - on first acquaintances. Her eyes narrowed, her thoughts becoming lost, turning over one another in puffs of cloud and consideration. When the hunter's jolt of movement came, she surrendered, glancing up and shuffling aside for the man to get through, her eyes falling on Reier.

    'Gall stones are probably the closest thing, Golden Boy. Though I hear that those are good at inflicting pain.'
     
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    Reier frowned and turned to the hastily wrapped remains of his pack. "Not exactly the same, I haven't been on your world long so I don't know what the creatures are like gallstones and kidney stones I'm familiar with though. I'm more concerned about things like the gem hearts of the creatures of my home or the blessing spikes like some creatures of Scadrial possessed. Things like this," He fished out the large ruby fabrial from at last glad to see none of the fragile wire framework had been damaged by the boars attack. Even for someone who had grown used to them seeing a ruby large enough he couldn't wrap both hands around it was still an impressive sight.
    "This was cut down, but even before that it was considered small for the great shell it came from. In a few years it will shatter and I'll loose this reminder of home unless I can find another sstone this size."
     
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    Hearing the offer Magus got up from his slouched position and walked to the table where he found a knife. He started splitting and slicing the dish equally making the food clear the way to an empty cross. He didn't understand what they might be talking about from what the pirate said but at this point he had something else on his mind.
    "Hey!" He called the elf "You might want to try it before it gets cold." And sure enough the moment he finished the sentence a piece from the part he decided to take over was on its' way to his mouth. It's been a very long time since he had a rabbit so he chewed a lot to cherish the taste. It was good, probably like the last one he had, if only he could remember when that was.
     
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    Vale stared at Reier as he held the gem in his hands. Part of her was fascinated - a jewel of such size and colour would set anyone up for life. The other part of her was slightly uncomfortable.

    'Don't ever tell me where you yanked that thing out of just now, Golden Boy. That thing is as big as my arse.'

    Vale glanced over at Magus and gave a brisk nod, grappling for pieces of the rabbit, wolfing it down. Her hunger had overridden any sense of taste. Afterwards, she rubbed the corners of her mouth softly with the back of her thumb, as if she were piecing back clay, rather than removing remnants of food.
     
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    Vare couldn't hide the confusion scrawled plainly across his face. Wasn't a knife just a knife? Reier's inability to use a normal blade over his magic ones didn't make any sense to the hunter. Luckily, the boar's head was unnecessary, but he was glad the strange man had refrained from trying to gut the beast himself. It was difficult to guess what the outcome of such an attempt would be. He heard the pirate behind him and turned to find she had followed him from his home, followed closely by Magus carrying the rabbit meat. By the time he turned back to Reier, the man had produced a ruby that couldn't exist in their world. Again he sprouted words that meant nothing to those gathered near him. He had accepted the fact that the mage was not of their world and he wished Reier would realize that their world's were vastly different. The knight continued to talk about his own world casually, but it was impossible to follow.

    "No stones," was all he could manage without adding something meaner. He took a piece of the rabbit and chewed to keep himself quiet before turning his attention to the boar. There was a bonus to the head being removed. The blood was completely drained already. He turned back to Reier and spoke calmly, "I need a pit for roasting this. Go there," he gestured to a spot of flat ground only a few yards from the treeline. "It needs to be about five feet around and half a foot deep at the center with sloped walls. I will finish cleaning the boar. Once this is cooked we can go into town and get the information we need."
     
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    "The thing was pulled out of the chest of a young chasmfiend. You'd have to ask one of the women of my world for details, I'm afraid my knowledge of anatomy is limited to humans. I wouldn't even have been allowed to learn to read if not for my position." He commented idly as he walked over to the spot Vare had indicated and scuffed at it with his foot before nodding.

    "Easier than digging a latrines on the shattered plains. I'm afraid I will need to borrow a shovel though. I've never gotten a shardblade to become anything but a weapon."
     
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    Magus walked to the door and leaned on it, wanting to see what the farse was about. His eyebrows jumped when he got a look at the gem "He's lucky elven arses are small." He murmured to himself. He glanced at the elf who was biting down her meal, a faint smile on his face. He took a few steps away from the door and announced "I'll go to back to the forest, see what I can find out with a little magic. I'll wait by the square, just past the inn we entered when we got here." He directed the next question at Vare "Think that's a good spot?"
     
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    On both remarks, the sharp-eared pirate glared at the pair before rolling her eyes - she'd remember that, she'd decided.

    After the group had their fill, Vale prepared herself, straightening her jacket and patting her pockets, checking everything. Despite the relaxed, if not slow pace of their ventures, there was no better time for items to go missing. She took care.

    Standing, she shoved her hands into her pockets, glancing around, uncertain of where the road to town was.

    A slight pang reached her; the captain missed her airship.
     
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    Vare nodded to Magus and Vale, "You two go ahead and see what you can find out. We will catch up later on." He retrieved a shovel and proceeded to dig a shallow pit. After all was said and done the boar was roasted and came out beautifully. He took an iron poker that was originally for his fireplace and stabbed at the logs in his roasting pit. The fire was eventually reduced to coals. "I do not have anywhere large enough to serve such a large meal so you will have to eat it from the spit. I suggest you eat quickly before it is overcooked." He was silent for a moment before offering an apologetic smile. "I am not accustomed to cooking this much food. I know this seems crude, but it is only me out here. At most I might cook a flank like this."
     
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    Reier shrugged and crouched down on his heels.
    "I wintered with the Horneaters and spent time with a group of creatures known as Koloss during my time on Scadrial, I assure you after those two most anything seems luxurious." He paused as he waved his hand for Stead and the spren settled into his hand in the form of on of the long narrow blades used for dinning by most Alethi. He flicked his wrist out scouring two slices along the boars side and then stabbed between them and pulled out a chunk of the meat before taking a bite.
    "Taste a bit like chull meat, although it's certainly easier to get to than having to cut through a foot a shell. If you don't mind me asking why do you live out here alone, even on some of the more peaceful worlds I've visited most of the people I meet prefer the company of others."
     
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    Magus trudged through the trees back to the small clearing where everything happened. The air in the forest was cool but the sky were clear and the sun protruded through leafs and branches. He smiled in comfort at that, seeing the light play with the uneven yet harmonic colors of the forest. The mage walked about in the clearing, circling it, breathing its' air and listening to its' sounds. Animals didn't come back to the area but the wind and trees kept on their business.

    He walked to the middle of the grassy patch and looked at where Vare was standing, then walked to where Vare stood and looked back, measuring his feeling with his instincts. 'Once the perceiver...'The thought came to his mind, and he decided to stay at Vares' spot.

    Sitting down, he closed his eyes and took a deep breath. He held it for a moment and released, letting his focus change and flex, tuning himself to the magic around him. When he opened his eyes he saw the two pools of energy that were Reier and the creature. He focused on the warriors' magic, seeing as it interfered with his perception of the other. Magus remembered him standing at spear length from their host, the other being must have been further away. A moment later his senses sharpened and the distinction became clear, the aura of the beast was there in detail while Reiers' was fading. Something definitely did happen there just a few hours ago.

    The so called beast was magnificent, and something he'd never seen before. It also felt complete, willful and conscious in it's actions. There was a transformation with the same energy of said beast and then it was gone. Now that he found the results of the nights' events in the clearing he walked to the middle and stood there. Not knowing when the next chance to examine the creature is going to come a better spell might help him return with something more helpful.

    He closed his eyes again, uttered a word and let go of his excitement. He wouldn't see it, but when he opened his eyes his pupils were gone and the white of his eyes turned a light blue. The world wasn't the same either - The trees were now pillars of green streaming up and back to the ground, splitting again and again into branches, dotted with circles with were made out of leafs. A couple of worms that wandered about near the roots of one of the trees were forms of rich brown, twisting and crawling, and a falcon that swooped above the treetops was beaming with the vitality of red. A thin shape caught his attention - The end of the transformation the beast went through which led him to look at the rest of its' remaining aura. A curse came to his mind when the shape was so very close to discernible, but he knew that his spell simply won't allow it. He noticed a thin line starting at the beast and going beyond Reier, to Vare. Looking around he couldn't find more clues and Magus decided to head back.

    He enjoyed the walk back. Using his sight like that wasn't something he got to do every day and seeing the world in it's pure energetic form on top of it's phisycal form gave him the feeling of honest and true receptivity. Seeing Vare's house as he came out of the treeline he changed his course and headed to the small city.
     
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    Vare was quiet for several moments as he watched Reier cut and eat the boar meat. The question was one that had been posed before. The people he met in town, those that bought his game wanted to know why he stayed near the woods. The hunting, he had said. He needed to be close to where he hunted to make his job easier. The words slithered from between his lips like an affront to the truth, devoid of concern, respect. Maybe he didn't know the true answer. Maybe he didn't think these people deserved it if he did. His verdigris gaze swept across the knight like a wave of curiosity, breaking upon the shore of his unyielding nature. "The town is close," he said, not meaning the proximity of his home to the town despite being on the outskirts. He was only a short walk from the Haven.

    "The buildings, the people, the stone. Too close. I like air," he made a sweeping gesture with his arm. "I like the grass and the trees. I do not feel comfortable around people. I never have, honestly. I can deal with them, but living close to them, or with them, it hurts my head. I feel like a bird that cannot fly. It is why I had to leave my family. My family is old, and we are bound by honor and ancient words to fulfill our duty. It is considered a great honor to serve. I was next in line. My father was furious when I left. I cannot serve." He was quiet again, jasper orbs fixed on Reier like resolute stone. His voice had been quiet, unwavering. It was like a rumble of thunder, but he did not speak harshly.

    "It was like shackles, my old life. This is freedom. This is all I need."
     
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    "Journey before destination." The phrase was unmistakable as a quote. "I suppose I can understand that to an extent. If I'd stayed with my family I would be a surgeon or the ninth or tenth dahn now, instead of being outside the teaching or vorinisim. But instead I wanted to serve my Highlord, ran off to follow the camps and ended up picking up a spear one day to save a man. If I'd stayed in that little village I never would have met Sun and Stead and discovered my surgebinding, never joined the other Knights Radiant or seen the end of- I suppose that doesn't matter. How we live out lives is more important than what others intend for us or how they may end. Although unlike you I'm bound by ancient words to my own duties I've actually come to value them." He paused as he sliced off a bit fist sized chunk of meat and devoured it in greedy bites. cocking his head to the side before looking back at Vare.

    "I'm sorry about last night, Sun and Stead are part of me. Without me they'll eventually loose their minds and fade away, and without them I'd loose my surges, beyond that though they've been my companions for nearly thirty weepings, more than half my life now. I paid a heavy price to ensure I could never betray my spren the way the first Radiants did theirs, and when I feel one of them in danger I tend to loose myself." He took another fist sized chunk of meat off the boar gulping it down and liking the juices off his fingers.

    "Rei, you can trust him if you want. I think he'd be a Radiant on Roshar." Reier laughed at Sun's comment and grinned.

    "I suppose so. You've seen my shardblades haven't you Vare? Those are these two, that's what makes them so lethal, it's a creature of the mind made solid to cut the physical that's what scared my last night, a shardblade is the only thing that can truly kill a spren and for a human it's an instant death if it hit's our spines. Even then I've only seen a few powerful magics than can repair the damage to a limb from a shard."
     
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    Vale raised an eyebrow, but didn't respond – she glanced at the mage for a moment, her face betraying vague scepticism before shrugging and shoving her hands in her pockets, stalking after the quiet figure.


    Her skin was already starting to itch – the man had power, no matter the limit. It was already starting to cause a flare. Sure enough however, he had already began to cast – and the pirate didn't want to hang around for long. She kept a distance, watching him fall into the full embrace of the power's ether, quietly creating bindings that brightened his vision and called forth deeds from the Beyond.


    What Magus saw the elf couldn't say – but the scent of magick stung her nose, momentarily causing her senses to thunder and shake. When she regained focus, she went after Magus, journeying with him towards the city, her eyes narrowing slightly.


    'So. What did you see?' A pause. 'What... are you seeing?'
     
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    Vare was silent the entire time that Reier spoke. He believed in listening to someone fully before responding, plus he never knew how to respond to the knight anyways. He spoke of things that could never happen in their world, but he also knew that Reier came from a different world. It was the hunters fear that he would never know enough about that world. If only a book or two existed that described it properly. Talking to someone never seemed to work for him. It wasn't the magician's fault. Vare cursed himself but kept his face blank. His poor social skills were causing problems again.

    Reier's apologies were waved off. The man had said enough of fear and the hunter could tell he cared deeply about his companions. There was no reason to hold anything against him. The knight's words did intrigue him, however. Staring at the embers below the boar he spoke, "If only a shardblade can kill them, why were you so concerned for their safety? I do not blame you for your reaction. You care deeply about them, this I can see. However, it seems to me that they were in no danger."

    But, he thought, perhaps the beast had powers they could not hope to understand. It looked like some type of spirit and gave off an aura like nothing he had ever felt. Had Reier sensed that? Did he know something the others didn't? Vare considered asking that next.