Role-Play The Shattered World

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  1. Xelhes

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    Elucio glanced at Garrett but didn't answer him. As the other's entered, she paid little attention to them, which was unusual for her. Not that it wasn't too much trouble. She soon found herself leaning against a wall, listening to everyone. She was still thinking, which in her case, could consume her for hours. She did have a one track mind, sometimes.

    Still, before too long she shifted gears and soon made her way back towards where everyone was. She glanced at the papers that everyone was translating and the such. She tilted her head and glanced at Bran. "When exactly are we leaving, though?"

    Not that she was in a rush to leave, it was just that she was getting exciting, thinking about it all. It had been a long time since she had been on a different shard and she was anxious to get going. She smiled at the thought of it.
     
  2. Isa

    Isa Dovie'andi se tovya sagai

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    "I guess if we're all ready to go then we might as well go now I know hoe to get to the Ipslore shard, maybe this guy Falmot was talking about will know a bit more the what's on the scroll. There are some trade goods at the next shard after the portal that we can take with us. It might be worth making a few gifts along the way to get information if we find any rumors worth following up. Garret you wanna hold onto those sheets for now? " He hefted his pack into place slipping his arms through the straps and moving towards the portal at the back of the room and got ready to open it once every one was set, it would take bout twenty minutes to get from this portal to the far end of the corridor on the other side, and then it would be another four portals before they got to Ipslore.
     
  3. Zyta

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    “Then let’s get going now,” Cloud said pushing himself off of the wall and stepping forward, but stopping not too close or far from the others. He always made it perfectly clear that there was an invisible barrier from him and them. He felt safe and that he could be himself from behind this fake barrier. “We’ve been training for this day ever since we entered this school, we might as well get it over with. I mean, it’s not like we didn’t know that one day we’ll be leaving; it’s kind of in the job to move around. Lead on, Bran.”
     
  4. Paladin_girl

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    Celeste watched as the others prepared – and before she too followed suit, she opened a window and threw out a piece of paper which was neatly sealed. She had thumbed it for a week – and now the revelation that they were to venture out into the “wide world” had suddenly become very daunting.

    Over ten years, the young scholar had forged an instinct (or rather, a force of habit) of being continually prepared. After dashing the letter out of the window, Celeste quickly, but thoroughly, rummaged through her leather satchel and the small pouches dotted across her belt. She peered at a few with suspicion, but seemed overall quite satisfied.

    With that, she shouldered her hand-crafted Whitewood bow and shifted her collection of arrows, gathering her books to hold tightly against her sleek frame. She nodded in silent agreement to Cloud, extending a hand towards Bran as a gesture of pursuit.

    Some may have been sad to leave. For a good number of years, the Great Library had been their home, their source of companionship and their school. Now it was to be left behind for some worldly pursuit.

    And Celeste couldn't wait.
     
  5. Isa

    Isa Dovie'andi se tovya sagai

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    Chapter 1: the hands of god

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    Bran nodded to the others as he drew in the tiny spark of undefinable power that all the inheritors had in them and pantomimed pulling back a curtain. The gesture was different for everyone, for some it was a curtain, some a door others simply a wave of the hand or a hand outstretched with fingers splayed against an invisible wall, the result was still the same. As Bran released the spark of power in him and opened the portal the tunnel appeared. as always he had to squint against the constant white glow in it.

    The tunnels were unnerving in his opinion, the floors and walls were solid and always straight, but there wasn't a corner in them. he'd tried when he was a boy to find the corner, after all the walls were flat the floor was flat there had to be a corner to a six year old boy the logic seemed flawless. but the tunnels didn't seem to agree his hand had simply gone from being against a wall to being against the floor, for a brief moment he had though he saw his hand -turn, not in the normal sense but something had changed. When he'd asked his mother about it she'd simply said that according to the discovered texts the tunnels were outside the world and worked on 'non-euclidean' laws, although he still had no clue what that meant. walls and floors should have corner where they meet, and walls and floors should definitely not glow as if all they were was solid beams of light.

    "Okay let's get this over with. I want to push straight through the first shard, we can stop midway on a shard and eat lunch, the second tunnel supposedly takes longer to cover than normal, add in travel time on the shard and it'll be about mid day library time when we stop" Turning back to the portal he tightened the grip on his staff and walked into it confident the others would follow. The next shard they stopped at was a flat grass covered expanse, while the grass grew easily and a few weeds managed to sprout on occasion the soil was to shallow for farming so the library had fenced in the entirety of the shard and set up small cabins around the various portals. often times when the animals went into heat they were brought out here to prevent them from getting loose in the corridors of the library. Bran waved to the Inheritor near the door to the cabin they entered from the portal, the man was already dressed for the day and the dog trained for herding was sitting at the door expectantly. Nodding to the resident he lead the way out of the small three room building and across the field to another identical building where he opened the next portal.

    After four hours of walking through a hallway made of light the group finally reached the next shard, The shard was not large and previous visitors had exercised care in surrounding it with a small stone wall and benches after filling the hole in the middle with thick panes of glass. The place had a tranquil if cramped feel to it and there was only enough space for them to split up two to a bench unless they blocked one of the five portals off the shard. Settling on the bench next to the portal they would need next he rummaged around in his pack and pulled out a piece of smoked ham wrapped in thick leaves tied with string.

    "Take your time eating I don't know what region Ipslore is floating in right now so we don't have to rush to get their before sunset or anything. now that everyone is a bit more awake we can take another shot at figuring out all those notes I got. with a bakers dozen pages written in a couple languages something has to stand out." He took a slice of the ham from it's packaging, the recipe wasn't something he tried often since he rarely had the presence of mind to prepare food hours in advance of eating.

    "Help yourselves I brought enough for everyone" He gestured towards his food. The meat had been coated in honey and then smoked before getting another coat of warm honey and spices and then wrapped in several of the larger herb leaves the Inheritors had found that could keep things warm for several hours. the result was a tasty and soft meat with a hit of spice, knowing that some of the others would likely want some he had packed it with the intent of others others besides himself eating it. He also pulled out a wine skin he had managed to talk the kitchen out of.

    "I realize we had a banquet last night for it but I figured this would be a good time for us to celebrate out graduation from the schooling as friends." He pulled the stopper from the wineskin and lifted it to the party. "To friends and memories. We all cause more than a few headaches among the teachers. some of us-" He gave a pointed look at Leon "-more than others. May we make many more pleasant memories on our travels."
     
  6. Paladin_girl

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    The journey, though not long, had been tiresome. Celeste had walked in silence and only when they had occasionally stopped did she avert her attention to the atlas in her arms. She made no comment about them and didn’t wish to discuss any part of the global litany, but a lot of it had already caught her intrigue. To continue onward was as thrilling as it was a disappointment. She could have remained standing for hours, simply reading.

    Arriving at their destination however, she was glad to finally place down the bound copies beside the bench, followed by her bow. She decided to keep her pouch of arrows, lest she find that some were missing, which often happened to her at the Great Library.

    She sat at the bench, but became far more intrigued with what was around her, more than the scent of food. She still felt the effects of the banquet prior to their departure, but more importantly, they were somewhere new, somewhere other than the twisting halls and clumsy shelving. She dared a small smile, her eyes averting to the floor, crossing her fingers against her knee.

    The air was so fresh, liberated from the scent of books, body odor and bustle. The waters which poured down the region’s edges bubbled and rushed musically, as if it were laughter and not liquid. Even the strict Celeste couldn’t help but recline, taking all the features of the stranger which the group had entered. Places had flashed by them, without giving a moment to explore or be settled. Here, there was a chance – and the rush of freshness was in her blood.

    It seemed ironic for such excitement to tire her.
     
  7. Shadow

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    Lucian still wasn't used to the portal travelling, as it made him feel uneasy, as if they were breaking the boundaries of physics, which they were of course. He leaned against a stone wall, taking some of the ham from Bran, thanking him politely. He had some still soft bread from his pack, and together, it made an excellent meal.

    With the rest he raised his flask with the wine, nodding a polite smile as Bran spoke his words. Something felt off to him, and he wasn't sure what. It felt like dangers were lurking in the nearby future, and it haunted his mind constantly. It was something Lucian had been troubled with the moment he started studying at the Library, gaining this faint and odd sensation about something bad happening. At first he thought it was coincidental, but when he managed to predict a headmaster coming to a room where Leon, Garrett and himself were in (they were setting up a prank, involving a bucket of mud), he realized it wasn't just false alarm. The same went for when he got the odd feeling again at the archery range during practice, when a student accidentally misfired. Lucian had ducked when the feeling became stronger, and an arrow barely skimmed him as it missed him by a hair.

    Every time they traveled through the portals, he got the same weak, lingering feeling, and he didn't like it. But for now he was content, being with the people he considered friends and enjoying a good meal at this odd location.
     
  8. Lotheral

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    Deus though no accustom to portal travel was ratehr calm about it since had seen it done many times before. Traveling from shard to shard only peeked his intrest as first. Each time he hoped to find a new magical device or something strange but after a while he lost his interest. Though one each shard he had grabbed a few rocks and put them in a bag when he thought no one was looking

    When they finally reached the rest stop he had choosen to stand with his back to the bench and waves the ham away. With little intrest in what was going on he stared off and started to think of his home and of Ixtli. Unconsusly started to fiddle with the stones around him.
     
  9. Doc

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    Garrett's face paled visibly upon taking in the sight of the food, one hand unconsciously coming to grip softly at his abdomen as the other rose to cover his mouth in the shape of a fist. Something about those damned portals always made Garrett sick as a dog, the still-lingering remains of his breakfast now feeling as though they had begun to bubble within his stomach. He managed to stifle an awkward burp as he held up his hands in a halting motion, stepping backwards uneasily from the meal.

    "Nah, reckon I'm just fixin' to catch'uh spell o'er thar," He declined the offer while gesturing over his shoulder with a thumb to a patch of comfortable looking grass, forcing a relaxed smile before turning away and grimacing slightly. He was quite content to drop his backside down upon the grass and allow his stomach to settle, several blades of green billowing about his frame in a wild frenzy before gently wafting down upon the air. He took a moment to glance skyward and take in the sight of the sun overhead, squinting and raising a hand that cast a thin shadow across his face. Now this was something he could get used to. Without any more interruptions, the Inheritor removed his large back-sack from where it sat strapped about his shoulders, a large, steel pick-axe fixed firmly across its top. From one of its side-pouches he removed the document with which Bran had entrusted him earlier, blinking several times to adjust to the light of the outdoors before beginning to look over his work.
     
  10. Nevermore

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    The travel didn't bother Leon because he felt excited floating in the middle of seemingly endless light when in the tunnel produced by the portal. He could admit that walking for four hours had been boring, but choose to stay silent as they traveled. When they reached the resting shard and food was offered, he ate eagerly, having worked up an appetite during their travel. He took the wine, but glared slightly at Bran, "It's not my fault. I don't really do anything wrong, the teachers just worry too much. They should know by now I can take care of myself, you know. It's so troublesome."
     
  11. Isa

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    "I don't blame you for anything Leon. I just know what the instructors and researchers complained about most." He paused as he took another sip of wine from the skin. "After all my whole life I've slept on the other side of the wall from the office of the Library's Head. We've all been complained about; me for my willingness to stand up for anyone no matter who it put me against, thinking I'll cause a division among the inheritors; you for your recklessness, although most of them are more worried someone else could get caught in the backlash of your actions; Deus for his tendency to tinker with every relic they gave him, always afraid he'd destroy whatever shard he's on; their afraid Lucian neglected his studies in favor of his archery; Celeste puzzled them because she never spoke much and was always apart from everyone else; They worried Garrett's language would offend a shard he was sent to trade with; Elucio scares them because she learned so quickly. They had a thousand complaints about each of us. Even cloud used to worry them with his apparent hopelessness." He took a bite of meat before the few cups of wine that had been drank from.

    "You would not believe the shouting matches that were started because they found out we were sneaking off the library shard. We've had some fun times growing up in the library though, and between me and Leon I don't think anyone but the builders of it know more about the great library and it's hidden spots than this group. More than that this group really does display the best of the Great Library, Celeste and Elucio are some of the brightest students in it's known history, Garrett may well be the best translator when it comes to old languages, Master Bryn declared Lucien to be the greatest archer he's trained or worked with, and Deus has more skill with deciphering the uses and purpose of the old relics than any two members of the research groups. And Cloud is a better problem solver than any of us, a lot of people had hoped he would take charge of trading and supplies for the library after he graduated thinking he wouldn't have any trouble managing all the issues it comes with. If you had all stayed in the library instead of coming with me to search out the world seeds in a few years you would have been running the place without anyone complaining."
     
  12. Shadow

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    Lucian raised an eyebrow as his hand was leaning on the bow that was hanging around his shoulder, as he listened to Bran. He wasn't sure why he brought all of this up, but it sounded to Lucian that either Bran or the teacher didn't really knew their students. Lucian always had max scores on his exams simply because he devoted all the time he had on it. In the little time he had left, he went out to shoot some arrows to become better at it every single day.

    The fact he studied so hard and could see connections and strategies so quickly was simply because he promised his mother and little sister before he left them. They wanted a better life for them, and he vowed he would do his best to become someone they could depend on. The archery he had thought himself was a result of a shadow from the past, looming over the present and his future. It was those two things he devoted his life on, which caused him to not be as social as the others, since he spend so much time in the library or archery range.

    He looked up at the sky, sighing softly, smiling gently. After this trip was over, he was sure to pay a visit to his mom and sister. It had been to long. Maybe the others would want to join?

    His eyes dwelled to Leon and Garrett, wondering if they would come along if he would ask them. He was friends with them both, but because he was studying all the time and practicing his shot, he didn't see them as much as he wanted. It was because of that he doubted if they would come with him.
     
  13. Lotheral

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    Bran's little rant pulled Deus away from his thoughts. "You know they never gave me alot of devices plus how they used some of them so ineffiecently. Trying to tell them anything about one of them was like talking to a wall though the wall might pay attenetion a little more." he said from behind teh bench. "Asking how teh shards float but when you throw something off it falls is like asking if a god exists. Diggingmakes everyone worried, trying to look for spells make people think your nut and using a device makes them think you'll blow everything up. I say just leaving that place did us a favor in keeping out minds open."

    Deus began to ramble about his problems with closed box thinking and step by step analisis of all things. He stopped himself before getting to deep. "Sorry for the ramble but the only thing keeping me from actually doing anything dirastic to get what i wanted do was Bran and Leons constant distraction. Note the distraction normally wasn't a good thing but made the stupid rules a bit easier to deal with." Dues was more open teh usual, maybe becuase he was away from rules he found no use for or maybe becuase he knew his home was near, eaither way he spoke openly to those he so rarely talked to.
     
  14. Zyta

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    Cloud remained a short distance away from the others, separated by them by a single chair. He had the look of someone composed and thoughtful, but inside he was nervous being around so many at the same time and expected to talk. His eyes would occasionally swivel between some and envied the way they interacted, as if it was the easiest thing in the world to do. He sighed and drank his drink. He heard Bran, but said nothing, did nothing to acknowledge that he was spoken of, or that he was listening in on their conversation.
     
  15. Isa

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    Bran dusted his finders off on the trim of his shirt with his characteristic absentmindedness of the action as he stood up slipping the remaining bits of the food back into it's packaging as he cleaned up.
    "Well I suppose we should get on with our current distraction. You would not believe the shouting match the instructors got into last night about the 'impetuous' decision to drag the brightest minds in the library on a wild goose chase." He hefted his pack into place and casually ran his staff through the pack loops around his arms, not for the first time he considered finding a more compact weapon, or at least one that was a bit easier to put away than a length of wood taller than most people.

    "Well if every one has had some food and we don't have anything else to work with, Let's make a quick trip of the next few portals and get to Ipslore in a rush." He opened the portal and lead the way through as he had before, he rushed the group through the next shard they reach since no one was dressed for the blowing snow they encountered on it and then down the hallway of the last portal. He took a deep breath of the warm humid air of Ipslore as he stepped out of the portal onto a gently rocking wooden platform. Wading through the water after a heard of some creature or fish was a group of children that shouted excitedly as they spotted him leaving the portal. A few of the children began climbing the thinker vines of the trees while the rest began moving towards the platform shouting eagerly.
     
  16. Lotheral

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    Deus reached for a rock instinctively when he heard the shouting. Not much of a people person when it comes to first meetings. " Bran, I hate to point out we could be in a very bad situation here. In a worse case senario we should be ready to leave." Deus narrowed himself to the children and squared up in case something did happen. Machines made sense they had a disignaged perpose that never changed but people their purpose changes all the time.
     
  17. Isa

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    "Peace Deus. I doubt a batch of children would attack us without reason, but if a fight does start I want you all to go through the portal first. In the mean time, lets assume those are shouts of welcome."

    OOC: Sorry for the brief post but was hoping someone else would have replied before now
     
  18. Paladin_girl

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    Celeste listened to Bran as he spoke of complaints raised against each person. When her turn came, her eyes dropped to the floor, her eyebrows twitching very slightly, as if for a moment, they would crease intensely, followed by the rest of her features, into a painful expression. Just as her eyebrows did not, this never happened. Her opinion for people was beginning to diminish.

    She wondered whether to be upset or amused at the notion – it had been too long since a smile edged onto her lips… and therefore, did not start now.

    “… I see,” she uttered softly before standing up and leaving the table, not waiting for an answer. She would be sad to leave this little place.

    After this intriguing journey, she thought, I may return here.

    Then the blur of portals began again.
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    Ipslore greeted them with a burst of humidity, which wafted over the journeymen like an unwanted curtain of moisture.

    When she heard the excited chatter, she looked around before seeing the children usher towards the platform – her eyes caught some climbing the vines, which made her tilt her head in curiosity.

    “They are children,” she said, “we are more of a threat to them. Encouraging a fight encourages nothing.”

    Extending a hand out, she waited for one of the children to take it, in an attempt to pull them onto the platform.
     
  19. Doc

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    "Ay, c'mon naw. Just a bunch'uh o' whipper-snappers, lookit," Garrett laughed as he stepped to the edge of the platform and bent at the waist, reaching out and allowing two of the rapidly ascending children to latch themselves onto his forearms. He grinned as he straightened himself out, raising the now giggling youngsters to his eye level.

    "You talk funny," exclaimed the raven-haired youth who hung contently from the right, his legs waving to and fro as the other child nodded fervently, laughing all the while, "Spin! Spin!"

    "Daw, ya'ller askin' fer it naw," Garrett offered in warning before stepping backwards from the ledge, pivoting about slowly upon his left foot and extending his arms in either direction. He spun slowly as not to risk the children falling, his grip upon them firm regardless of how tightly they clutched onto him. However, eventually the miner-turned-student's endurance began to wear thin, his spinning slowing gradually until he finally set the still giddy adolescents down upon the ground.

    "Mistah Spin! Mistah Spin!" They chanted as he exhaled deeply, wasting no time before climbing up his legs and coming to rest atop his shoulders. He steadied them each by wrapping a hand about their ankles, still smiling even as they began to poke incessantly at his cheeks from where they sat perched upon both sides of his head.
     
  20. Nevermore

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    "Now this is more like it!" Leon exclaimed, leaving the portal at a run. He dove from the platform and latched onto one of the vines. He took a deep breath of the fresh air and let out a content sigh. He turned to look at the others and grinned broadly as he began to swing from vine to vine. The children laughed at his antics. When one of the vines he was swinging from broke he landed safely on a pile of leaves. "Wooo! What a rush. You guys should try this!" He turned to Garrett with a look he knew the young man would understand. It was an old look, a classic Leon look that spoke of challenge. He ran to the nearest vine and jumped over a thick, thorny bush to catch it. He kicked off a tree and jumped to another vine and climbed up it. He was soon sitting on a thick branch, leaning back and teasing the children below him.