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Post by Call Me Nefret on Sun Apr 03, 2016 4:56 am

Thorsten received the apologies with something akin to amusement. Truth be told, when the dragon had suddenly appeared in the hall he had been prepared to take action. His first instinct would be to rush into battle, but he no longer wore the trusty sword at his side. And with no heir, it would be more prudent for him to avoid conflict. But before he could decide whether or not to take action, things had settled down a bit.

"I hope your journey was comfortable, Your Highness," Rosaline said quietly. It hadn't taken her long to realize how few people were without magic in the room. She and Thorsten alone could speak of themselves without fear of giving something away. So it fell to them to distract the king.

Sydelle, on the other hand, was now staring at the ceiling. There was no more dragon in the room and she couldn't read anyone's minds, which made all of this boring. But then she heard something in her head. Something that was not her own thoughts. She sat up suddenly. Mirabel raised a brow at the action, but didn't say anything.

Sydelle took to reading not only the king's mind, but everyone around them. Her eyes widened as she saw the remaining servants thinking about the things the king had done in his anger. He's evil. She replied. He thinks everyone who's not a normal person are like animals. He throws them in prison and kills them. She was shaking in her fear as she reached for Mirabel's hands. The oracle thought reassurances at the girl as she leaned into her side.

"So many people with you," Thorsten said quietly. "I'm surprised it only took you two weeks to travel. DO you always travel so?" He was not unaware of the young mind reader's reaction, but he was smarter than to bring attention to it. Better to distract the stupid man with questions about his life.
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Post by Elowen-Astrid on Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:14 pm

Oliver saw the young girl's reaction and he knew exactly what Rainulf had done. He tried to contain his anger and kept his face as normal as possible. "Did you have to do it?" He asked Rainulf secretly without looking at him instead he was looking at king Thorsten and Rosaline who tried to keep a conversation with king Remraz going. He was glad they were there and hoped king Remraz did not notice what was going on behind his back. "She is just a young girl and now she is scared".

"She said he thinks persons who are not normal are animals and that he throws them in prisons and kills them". replied Rainulf coldy. He felt Oliver's anger towards him. 
"I figured as much. Go apologize to her, and tell her she can talk to me as well if she wants." said Oliver as he widened his consciousness. He would know if people were thinking of him but he also carefully made sure this own thoughts were well protected. 

Rainulf reached out to Sydelle. "Thank you and I am sorry this scared you" he said friendly. "If you wish you can also talk to Oliver. Just reach out to him the same way you do to me." 
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Post by Poetic-Jessie on Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:05 pm

Lumina noticed that Sydelle was shaking and holding onto Mirabel as if her life depended on it. She wondered what happened to cause the child to do such a thing. Remembering that Sydelle had mind reading abilities, Lumina wondered if the girl perceived King Remraz as a threat. She didn't want a child to be scared of this horrendous king and wanted to reassure her somehow that she was safe.

The phoenix looked at the odious king and wondered what she might be able to do that didn't cause him to suspect that she was more than he knew. She looked back at the child, still clinging to the woman with violet eyes and remembered how her birdsong had calmed down General Tullica after he had been tortured. The smile that graced his lips, the blissed out look that indicated she was helping him escape his troubles and trauma. The way he looked at her, as if content to just listen to her song. And when she finished, he commented that her beautiful song didn't mesmerise him like the vampire so enjoyed doing, just relaxed him, his thoughts his own and clear. She hoped her song would have the same effect and soothe the clearly distressed child, maybe the other humans around her too.

Lumina started up her sweet and melodious birdsong, trying to make it as gentle as possible. She didn't include any words in this song, knowing that she needed to continue the pretence that she was just a 'pet'.

A vein popped in her head and she squashed the heatwaves before they rose off her. She continued this calming tune.

The dragon had been inspecting the ceiling until that moment. Now he took his eyes off the ceiling and smiled at her. He raised his right hand, which was the only part of his body that still had some sun shining on it, and moved his fingers through the beam of light. Lowering his hand and resting it back on the golden armrest, he relaxed into the throne and closed his eyes, looking once more like a smug cat.

The vampire also smiled, sitting back in his chair and staring at her as if, for once, she wasn't a meal.
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Post by Sophie on Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:07 am

In fact, the reality was far worse than that. Elves, dwarves, and other "unsightly creatures" were condemned to his mines. There in sunless caverns that stretched down for miles they dug for darkdust, the precious material which fuelled the great city above.

Wizards, witches and other magical practitioners, recreational or otherwise, met with an even worse fate. These miscreants were condemned to his “Vault” where they are sent to be “transobliterated”, a horrible process that separates the magic from an individual and then consigns them to an object of the implementor’s choosing. If one were lucky, they’d be stuck in something useful like a lantern, or perhaps a nice book. However unlucky offenders found themselves trapped in bars of soap or caretaker mops. From there they were put on display in a multi-levelled gallery in King Remraz’s “Hall of Ignominy”.

Both outcomes were surely a fate worse than death… although yes, they sometimes also eventuated in death.

He was however, not the worse that Egonia had to offer.

The Grand Advisor surveyed those around him with a dark, suspicious gaze. The encounter from the dragon had left a single bead of sweat at his temple but otherwise he had been unmoved. The same could not be said for the king’s courtiers, most of whom had made a hasty departure. Kane’s gaze moved from person to person until it finally came to rest upon the girl whose eyes shone lavender. A crease formed between his blonde eyebrows but he said nothing. His gold-ringed fingers drummed against his crossed arms as he stared; although his mind appeared to be vacant to a casual observer, his eyes flitted in deep thought.

The King was now being thoroughly distracted by pleasantries with Rosaline, and Thorsten. He hadn’t even noticed that most of his entourage had left, and those who had lingered out of a fearful loyalty now collected around him like moths.

’Ah yes, simply can’t travel without Our best. Of course, good help is hard to find so We must take so many. Travel by float is also rather strenuous work. All that rocking about! One can hardly nap under such conditions.

‘We were rather naughty though. We traded all Our camels on the journey for this very fetching float rug. So very naughty, but between you and Us, it seemed a good deal. Travel through Our lands is very quick though, We have many great inventions for this. No use wasting days at a time on such a foolish thing as…

Oh,’ his babbling trailed off as the phoenix sang her sweet song and he turned his gaze to Lumina, ‘that melody. We are in shock! How wonderous its song. It’s fab. So fab!’
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Post by Call Me Nefret on Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:55 am

Sydelle heard Rainulf stretch out his mind again and tell her he could also talk to Oliver. The girl nodded slightly, but she didn't respond. She didn't know how to. She had grown to like the phoenix and the mages. And if this man found out who they were, really bad things would happen. She was near tears at the idea and wanted out so badly.

But then the phoenix started singing. It was a wordless melody, but Sydelle knew it was for her. She managed a tiny smile as she leaned against Mirabel. The oracle smiled up at the princess, mouthing a "thank you" to the phoenix for her efforts.

Thorsten found the king's tendency to use the royal "we" unsettling. Of course he was a king himself, but he didn't want to pretend that he spoke for every person under his command.

"Have you ever considered a carriage?" Thorsten asked. "A good carriage on good roads can make travel rather enjoyable." We heard the phoenix sing. The young mind reader was finally relaxing. He was beginning to question the decision to bring her along. Such a variety of intense minds in one room could not be easy for the girl. Mirabel was still teaching her how to control herself.

"Yes, the song is lovely," Rosaline added. "Do you have much music in your land?" She asked the king. As odious as he was, it was rather easy to distract him.
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Post by Poetic-Jessie on Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:02 pm

The shaft of light was no longer on Milorth. He popped an eye open and inspected the light beam to his right, warming a dragon-vacant tile. He flicked his eyes to the ceiling. Lumina, having noticed this, didn’t pause her song but sent him a warning glare.

The dragon just smirked at her. He covered his hands with some spare material and Lumina couldn’t see what he was doing. She suspected that even if he was doing magic, she wouldn’t be able to see it.

Suddenly, everyone and every object levitated a couple of millimetres off the floor and moved a meter and a half (5 feet) to the right, then were gently lowered back to the floor. This shift to the right was done in the space of a millisecond.

Those who were sitting on the chairs were still comfortably seated, same with those who were standing, all were comfortably standing. But cloaks and hair were settling back in place. Lumina, unfaltering in her peaceful tune, smoothed her ruffled feathers and shook her head to clear the beat of the wind in her avian ears. She blinked, her eyes watering slightly to compensate for their sudden dryness from a face full of wind. She sent Milorth a glare, certain that the subtle green light that flashed around the feet of every person and the bases of objects was not an odd trick of the light.

“Wow, what strange weather you have here!” said the dragon, now basking in the sunbeam on his left hand. “To think that a gust of wind could come in through that hole in the ceiling! Amazing!”

Lumina continued to glared at Milorth. He wasn’t doing a very good job of covering up that he was one who just did that!

“Yes,” said Lothaire. “I noticed that the weather here is very different to the Land of the Phoenix. It’s incredible that anything gets done with such unpredictable winds. And did I feel an earthquake too? It’s rare for them to occur in the Land of the Phoenix.”

Lumina also glared at the vampire.

“Incredible the things you learn and experience when you go to foreign countries,” said the dragon, his eyes closed and lazing on his golden throne.
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Post by Elowen-Astrid on Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:51 pm

Oliver was happy to see Lumina's song made Sydelle relax. The song was beautiful and had a calming effect on him and the other mages as well. Then there was a sudden gust of wind. 

Heliarde looked at the dragon and the vampire, who started talking about the weather. She couldn't be fooled by what just happened. She had the ability to move objects and was usually very connected to the objects around her just in case she needed them. However, the scale of what the dragon just had preformed was incredible. To move that many objects and persons with such precision, at such speed, was a thing she only could dream off. She leaned back in her chair and closed her eyes to listen to Lumina's beautiful song.

It took Oliver and the others a little longer to figure out what happened. Máerwynn and Rainulf felt the magic and Oliver felt the sudden change of location. But the realisation they had actually moved only came moments later, when their hair and clothes had settled. He looked at Heliarde who had taken interest in Milord's and Lothaire's conversation and then leaned back to relax. She must have realised what was happening when it was happening he thought. It was her specialisation after all. 

"Then what kind of weather do you have in the land of the Phoenix?" he asked pretending what happend was just an actual gust of wind. Their party had been quiet for a while now and it seemed safe to talk about pleasantries. It would only be suspicious to keep their mouths shot any longer and as a prince it was often expected of him to be sociable.
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Post by Poetic-Jessie on Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:11 am

Lumina sent Oliver a grateful look for not calling attention to Milorth's wildly inappropriate use of magic.

Lothaire picked up the conversation and said, "Well, the Land of the Phoenix is this horrid, humid place."

Lumina sent the vampire a glare for calling her homeland 'horrid.' She loved the weather in her kingdom.

Lothaire ignore her and continued, "It's hot and sticky in the summer, and regardless of how many times you change or shower you still feel sticky. Summer thunderstorms hit every day at three in the afternoon like clockwork. Routines are built around those storms."

"And the heat waves," said the dragon.

"Argh, and the heat waves," Lothaire spat the words out as if they tasted foul. "They're the worst part of it! I don't know how the People of the Phoenix even function in summer!" He covered his face with his hands. "It's amazing anyone can even live there!"

Lumina scowled at the vampire out of the corner of her eye.

"It took me a long time to get used to it, but I put up with it," said the vampire as he lowered his hands from his face and focused his red eyes focused on King Remraz, "as there are many benefits to it."

Lumina sent Lothaire a warning glare and he met her eyes, smirking and shrugging.

The vampire focused back on Oliver. "The winters are more bearable." He widened his eyes and put his hands on either side of his head, "But the locals get so cold they have fires going at night. Fires! Honestly, why you would need to wrap up in warm clothes and have fires going when it's only eighteen (64 farenheit) degrees is beyond me!" He threw his hands up in the air.

"It's like they've never experienced true cold in their puny, short lives," said the dragon, basking in the sunbeam, eyes closed.

"Exactly!" said Lothiare, waving an arm towards Milorth as if he was the only one who understood his troubles.

Lumina glared at both of the immortals for their biased answers. She ruffled her feathers and shifted on her feet, thinking that if she could answer, she'd paint a very different picture. She'd explain how the plants don't have a particular season for flowering, but flower whenever it rains, even from the odd shower in the winter. She would talk about how the rain in the summer was so warm, you could walk in it and stay in those wet clothes for the rest of the day and not worry about getting sick. She'd talk about how good it felt to have the wind cool your cheeks on a particularly humid day. She wouldn't just complain about it and her people!

Seeming to have calmed down, Lothaire asked, "And what's the weather like in Rovèll?"
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Post by Elowen-Astrid on Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:49 pm

Oliver looked back at Lumina and smiled. He would prefer if the situation stayed in control. It would be unwise to make enemies of king Remraz and the dragon. But at least he knew what he could expect of the dragon now. King Remraz was a whole other matter.

“Well, if you like cold weather you must come to visit the Northern Ice Plains. They are absolutely stunning and the temperature hardly ever gets above the freezing point.” Said Rainulf to the two immortals. He had watched the interactions of Lumina’s party with something akin to amusement.

“You have been to the Ice Plains?” Oliver asked. The man never ceased to amaze him.

“Yes I have” answered Rainulf. “My journeys took me to many places, as you already know. But the weather in Rovèll is much more temperate.” He added taking up on Lothaire’s question. “Especially near the coastal areas. The summers are soft and warm; the winters are cool but not harsh. There you can expect rain every day, but most rain falls during the cooler seasons. Weather in the onshore areas is more diverse. Summers are warmer and winters are harsher. You can expect snow, especially in the mountain areas. The mountains themselves are unpredictable. You can expect summer and winter on the same day depending on the position of the sun and winds. The summer in the mountains is bearable but during the winter passes can be blocked by heavy snow fall leaving traveling nearly impossible.”

“Hmmm I love the mountains” said Heliarde dreamily. “I love how you can climb up in the morning and look over the mountain valleys and see nothing but clouds drifting below and hours later when the clouds have disappeared you have this incredibly view.  It is surreal and truly beautiful. Once I met a woman who could fly and she took me with her to fly above the clouds and through the valleys. It was truly magnificent.” Her voice faded away and It wasn’t clear anymore whether she was speaking to herself retrieving old memories or if she was speaking to the company. But there was longing in her voice and her eyes were distant.

“Heliarde” Maerwynn’s soft voice woke Heliarde from her memories. Suddenly she realised what she had done. She had mentioned magic. She just hoped king Remraz would not pick up on it.

“The southern coastal area is also quite spectacular” added Oliver, hoping Heliarde’s mention of magic would go unnoticed. “Especially on cool summer days. When there is a soft breeze bringing cool air from the sea rustling through the grass covered dunes and below there is a view of the lush sand beaches and the sea. And then, only a few miles to the east there is a sudden change of landscape and the dunes and the beaches have turned into cliffs, standing majestically beside the sea. Legend has it there once was a miraculous city standing on those cliffs which extended much more into the sea. But the sea had swallowed it and now the city remains lost forever.”

“Well we almost sound like a post card. But please do come visit us when you have the chance. We would love to have you over.” Maerwynn added. She hoped, just like the other mages, the pleasantries were enough to distract king Remraz from what had happened. She felt a little uncomfortable. Their party had been focusing on the vampire and dragon for a while now and she had lost track of what was happening with the parties of King Thorston and King Remraz, in their efforts to act as normal as possible. She had noticed Rainulf glanced in their direction a few times, but it was not reassuring her. “The weather in the land of the Phoenix can not be all bad, can it? She asked Lothaire. “There must be some bright sides to it as well."
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