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« Reply #120 on: Aug 4th, 2016, 12:16pm »

"Hmm, perhaps," Tobias said, pondering Caitlyn's suggestion. "Goblins were notorious for exaggerating things. But just to be safe, I'd refrain from using your powers unless there's a dire emergency in which your back is to the wall, alright Caitlyn?"he asked, bringing himself in close to make sure he heard her response. Christopher was thinking over and over again about how his daughter could be devoured by her own magic. Did his dream about her being a dragon have any significance to her situation? Also, fire is able to devour large forests within an hour. Would she perish in a ball of her own magical flame? He hoped this was the case.
"Umm, Tobias, I have a question. Would you say that she has a curse or a gift?" He wondered and hoped for the latter. Tobias turned, and said, "well, a curse afflicts the one cursed, or those around them with negative, and uncontrollable effects.. A gift however, bestowed upon the person whom is gifted, allows said person to control their magic. You know this Chris," he smirked, "so what do you think this is?" He went and started searching for another book in his bookshelf.
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« Reply #121 on: Aug 5th, 2016, 4:39pm »

Caitlyn leaned a little aways from the merchant. Tobias was best viewed from a distance. “I...okay, I’ll only use my powers in emergencies,” Caitlyn refrained to mention that not only did she seem to only be able to tap into her powers at times major crisis, but that the ability to spew great chunks of fire did not seem to be one with a use beyond major emergencies. She listened to Tobias ramble to her father about gifts and curses, not really understanding any of it. From what she understood, she had both aspects of the gift and the curse. She wasn’t really entirely able to control her magic, when thrown off, by Lyfiria, for example, she’d been unable to control her abilities. As for negative effects, blasting fire with varying amounts of control seemed to Caitlyn to be a fairly negative effect.

Zyliria still standing behind Caitlyn, was also both confused and nervous about the discussion the merchant and the knight were having. “She got it by touching a dragon scale,” Zyliria repeated. “Surely the scale wouldn’t have been cursed or...gifted. Who would have been able to curse the scale, or place some other kind of magic on it?” She paused. She did know a lot more about magic than she let on, she had spent her life with witches who’d stolen their powers after all. “This seems to be an inherent magic from the dragon, that’s been transferred from the dragon into her...I doubt the dragon’s lost much magical energy from getting a scale chipped off, so…” she paused for a moment, contemplating what she was suggesting. Her own family had done a similar process, by which they absorbed the magic another creature had. The dragon, it seemed, had enough magical power in a single scale to have given Caitlyn powers, and had likely not suffered a severe loss in magical ability of the like the passersby her sisters ambushed suffered from after they’d become witches.
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« Reply #122 on: Aug 10th, 2016, 02:26am »

Tobias nodded approvingly at Caitlyn, when he heard Zyliria speaking about the magic in the dragon's scale.
"Actually, miss, a dragon loses scales very rarely, and when they do get shaken loose, they are infused with a fraction of the magic they possess. You see they sort of work like snakes, where they put more magic into their scales when they're young, and the amount of magic stored in these scales affect the pigment, so these scales are not gifted, nor cursed. They are simply vessels."

Christopher sat down next to his daughter on the arm of the chair, and started stroking her hair. His anxiety had been calmed, and he was content to be in a place like this.
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« Reply #123 on: Aug 10th, 2016, 08:23am »

Caitlyn leaned back a little in the chair, content to allow her father to stroke her hair. She looked around the room, thinking about the city of Faela. Were she to stay in the city, surely she wouldn’t have to use her magic. Zyliria’s family wouldn’t be able to get past the city gates, she wouldn’t need to worry about being hunted by those witches. The city would be safe for her, surely. Of course, she reasoned, it would be difficult for them to stay in Faela, they had no money, and Tobias, friendly as he was, did not seem to the kind of person who’d left them stay with him indefinitely. And then there was Zyliria. Even inside the relative privacy of the shop, she seemed on edge to be in Faela. She, Caitlyn knew, would not feel safe in the city, for she’d be constantly at risk of her true identity of being discovered.

Zyliria nodded thoughtfully. “So in other words, depending on the color of the scale, the older the dragon and more potent the magic?” She knew admittedly little about scale magic, or whatever was the proper term for the magic Tobias described. “So, does that mean that Caitlyn here has a finite amount of magic? Could she eventually run out?”
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« Reply #124 on: Aug 21st, 2016, 02:28am »

"Well, you see, little lady, we don't really know very much about the magic dragons possess. Scales are very dangerous, and not much testing is possible." Tobias was flipping through another book, reading more about the phenomenon of scales. A frown on his face made it apparent he wasn't finding what he wanted. "hmm, there is definitely something strange, going on, because there's never really been any recorded event in which a person was infused with the magic of a dragon, without it absolutely destroying them immediately."

"Hey, you feeling okay Caitlyn?" Christopher said, putting a hand on her shoulder, and cocking his head to one side. He regarded his daughter with a gentle smile, and a confused stare.
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« Reply #125 on: Aug 23rd, 2016, 12:52pm »

Zyliria was silent for a few moments, pondering what Tobias had just said, looking thoughtfully up at the dozens of books packed into the narrow shelves of Tobias’ stall. It seemed that, despite Christopher’s confidence in Tobias, he, and indeed, the human world itself, knew little of the magic of dragons and their scales. She doubted whether more than a handful of people had even been infused with dragon magic, trying to come up with a successful understanding of how it worked from such a small amount of instances would be flawed to say the least. Nevertheless, Tobias books did prove that Caitlyn’s magic was one of a kind. She would be a powerful asset on for any team, and her abilities would be sought for, by Zyliria’s mother for one. “Do you know of anyone we’d be able to go to who might know more about this kind of magic?” she asked. “I understand that it’s something rarely written about, but a magical practitioner, someone who works magic on a regular basis, they might know a little more about magic, and might be able to figure something out if they were to witness her power.” She refrained from mentioning the person she knew would have an explanation of Caitlyn’s power, Mother. Mother would certainly know, but Zyliria was entirely certain that she would not explain, or even keep Caitlyn alive for a very long amount of time once she’d gotten her hands, paws, or those white ribbons of hers, on the girl.

Caitlyn was almost entirely silent in her own meditation. Despite her father’s assurances, Tobias seemed to have little idea what exactly her contact with the dragon scale would do to her. All she knew was that, judging by the historical record, she should be dead, something that was not at all comforting to the girl. Why was she alive? She thought back to the day, when her home, family, and indeed her entire life had been destroyed in a single terrible blaze, and tried to remember what she’d done when she’d touched the scale. It felt as though it had happened months ago, so much had happened since that terrible day. She’d touched the scale for only a moment, perhaps that was why she wasn’t dead? No, that was ridiculous, this was a powerful magic she’d touched, it surely only needed the slightest touch to be able to consume her...and yet, it had not.

Caitlyn was jerked out of her thought by her father talking to her. She looked up at him, feeling scared and confused. She wasn’t supposed to be alive. The Dragon should have killed her, along with her friends, family, neighbors, her home, her city. The scale should have killed her, as it had her grandfather and everyone in history who’d ever come into contact with one. “No,” she said, a little shakily. “I’m afraid.”
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« Reply #126 on: Aug 26th, 2016, 12:21am »

Christopher felt the same way about his daughter, and held her hands in his, "Caitlyn, honey, I'm sure we'll figure this all out. Right Tobias?" He asked, turning around to ask him directly. Tobias was gone however. Looking down the hall, one could see him looking frantically through the bookshelves. He came back with another dust coated book, and started flipping through the pages. "Usually when someone whom isn't born with magic powers is infused with a sort of magical energy, a physical attribute of them changes. In your case, I can tell its your eyes. But also, these physical changes can come out in the form of scars, or markings on the skin. I believe this one," he said tapping the branding Caitlyn had received from touching the scale, "may be one such marking. That's when he flipped the page, and found the exact same symbol, and his jaw dropped. "How is this possiblehuh" He stared at the page mind blown, and uttered, "she's got the mark of an arch Mage!"
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« Reply #127 on: Aug 26th, 2016, 09:21am »

Caitlyn nodded at her father, not entirely comforted. He hadn’t known what was going to happen to her, and the contact he’d reached in Faela, Tobias, also seemed stumped by her power, scuttering around his little shop for some kind of hint, throwing out bits of information that Caitlyn had not quite understood, but had not seemed, to her at least, directly related to her. He’d thrown information about scales and curses at them, but he hadn’t answered the most important question...was she going to die? As Tobias flipped through another book, her hopes weren’t exactly high. When he proclaimed her an Archmage, she looked at him, confused, before looking down at her hand, where the scale-shaped burn had been seared into her. She’d thought that mark of her own stupidity and desperation would fade with time as most scars did. To think that that would be the sign of an archmage, whatever that was, surprised her. “What does that mean?” she asked, already harboring some suspicions.

While the news that one was travelling with an archmage would fill the average person with a sense of safety and security, Zyliria was far from comforted. She’d heard of a couple arch mages, and they’d all met a terrible fate in the woods they’d only just barely managed to escape, thanks to Mother and her siblings. If Mother found out that she was an archmage, and who was to say she hadn’t known that the second Lyfiria and Imbyria had gone to her, she would pursue them relentlessly. Mother had not left the forest since she’d settled there with her children years and years ago, but an Archmage and Dragon magic wielder would doubtless be enough to pull her from the grove she’d spent her years in.
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« Reply #128 on: Aug 26th, 2016, 4:16pm »

The stout man was pacing excitedly, "My young girl, an archmage is a sorcerer who has almost complete control over their power. I may have to retract my earlier warning about not using your power. You have to practice as much as you can!" He read more into the description, "an archmage has to develop their powers so they don't lose control. Its better if they start training at an early age..." His eyes widened as he came to an epiphany, "maybe that's what happens when a person touches a scale! They are turned into an archmage, and are destroyed by the power they can't control!" He stroked his chin curiously, the shopkeeper paced through the room.

"What does this mean? She's safe?" Christopher asked hopefully. He had his hand on Caitlyn's shoulder, and said, "please tell me she's safe."

Tobias shrugged, and said, "I don't know, this theory has to have more testing, but I don't think it would be very humane..." He was deep in thought.
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« Reply #129 on: Aug 30th, 2016, 1:05pm »

Zyliria looked at Tobias, still flipping through another of his books, and Christopher, his hand still on his daughter’s shoulder, looking nervous, and couldn’t help but feel touched, in some way, to see the both of them struggling with complex magical theories to try and understand what exactly was happening to Caitlyn. Zyliria herself thought to herself, wondering if Caitlyn had indeed undergone a process not at all like that her siblings had undergone, for none of them paused for a moment, before smiling slightly. “I think you’ll find Caitlyn’s powers are quite...incendiary. It would be dangerous to stay in Faela, if we want her to both regularly practice and be in a position to not hurt anyone.” She would be quite happy to protect Caitlyn outside of the city, but she knew that, within the city walls, she was more under threat than the girl.

Caitlyn looked at Tobias, beginning to feel mildly frustrated with the merchant. Despite the trust her father seemed to have for the merchant, she was starting to develop some doubts. Each book he flipped through seemed to change his opinion of what would happen. One moment he was recommending that she not practice her magic, the next, he was suggesting that she practice as much as possible. She was, truth be told, getting very confused. Looking at Christopher and Zyliria, however, she realized that she was the only one who looked extremely confused. She sighed. “So, what should I exactly be doing here, then? Should I stay in Faela? Should I leave? Should I not use my powers at all? Should I Fight?”
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« Reply #130 on: Aug 31st, 2016, 10:44pm »

Tobias stroked his chin in deep thought. "Hmm, maybe just outside the walls would be a great place to practice. It's just outside the city, and you'd be under the protection of the guards. Also, judging by the state you were in, I can't imagine you'd be outside the walls for too long. How many times are you able to practice your magic before you pass out?" he asked curiously.
Christopher looked down at his daughter with a bit of pride, and said, "I can't believe it. My daughter, an Arch Mage! This is amazing! you're the most famous member in our family. More famous than even your great great grandfather!" He beamed down at her.
"We don't know for sure if she is an Arch Mage, but it all depends. Has the amount of time between when she falls unconscious become longer or shorter?"
"Um, shorter I think," Christopher said, unsure of himself. He was pretty sure it was true. She did seem like she was waking up quicker and quicker each time. The first time, she was unconscious for a day. Then, only a couple hours. She truly did seem to be getting stronger in Christopher's opinion.
"Then I think it is apparent, that Caitlyn truly is an ArchMage, given this information. This is astounding! This is incredible!" Tobias started getting excited, and he dove to his desk for a paper, so he could write down their findings.
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« Reply #131 on: Sep 3rd, 2016, 8:18pm »

Caitlyn took a deep breath, trying to focus as her father and Tobias chattered with pride about her, now a designated archmage. She looked over at Zyliria, who was silent, staring at the two of them, ideas whizzing behind her eyes. Caitlyn took another deep breath, looking back at her father. “So...so…” she attempted to come up with some question, some set of words that could convey the confusion and fear she was feeling, but her vocabulary failed her. She simply sat there, trying to form a coherent sentence as Christopher and Tobias celebrated her.

She had never wanted to be an archmage. To have power, this power, the power of the very thing that had levelled her home, killed her family, killed virtually everyone she’d ever known, to have that same power coursing through her veins, to be able to use that same power to fight other people, to be able to become the very terror that she had felt…She had never thought of it before. She’d of course connected the fire she could now conjure to the dragonfire, but she’d never internalized what that meant, that she, in a way, had the potential in her to be as dangerous, as much of a monster, as the dragon that had taken everything from her. To think that she could become more powerful, could develop that same destructive power. How could she practice that same magic, how had she even dared use it!

She realized that she’d forgotten her deep breaths and gasped, struggling to take another breath. She coughed for a few moments, and finally managed to inhale. She felt a hand on her shoulder, and looked down to see Zyliria, not smiling like the rest of them, but looking fairly somber. She, it seemed, understood something of what she was feeling.

“It’s okay,” she said, quietly, her face still. Caitlyn took another few deep breaths, steadying herself, and swallowed. Perhaps there was more to being an archmage than simply this kind of magic. Perhaps there were other kinds of magic she could learn to use. A thought came to her, a wonderful, wonderful thought.

Perhaps...
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« Reply #132 on: Sep 4th, 2016, 01:13am »

Christopher turned from the jovial celebration he and Tobias had been sharing, with a look of glee on his face. As he looked in his young daughter's direction, he noticed the look on her face. It wasn't a happy look. One might think the news of something with this magnitude, and such an overwhelmingly fantastic outcome would bring joy to ones face, but it didn't seem the case. He quickly joined Zyliria's side, taking his child's hand in his own. "Honey, what's wrong? Why aren't you happy?" That's when he followed her gaze down to the marking on her hand. It all came flooding back to him. He felt a lump form in his throat, and remembered what she must have went through in order to obtain this power. They'd both lost the people that had meant the most to them.
"I... I know... I know," he felt his heart aching, and put a hand to his chest, "I miss them too."

Tobias looked up briefly, and saw the look on Caitlyn's face, and seemed puzzled by her reaction. Instead of coming over to console her though, he started documenting Caitlyn's reaction.
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« Reply #133 on: Sep 5th, 2016, 9:41pm »

Zyliria turned away from the two of them as they had a moment, father and daughter. Her eyes instead fell on Tobias, scribbling away as he watched the two of them. Her annoyance got to her and she walked over to him, plucking the quill easily from his hands and snapping the writing utensil in two. “Give them a moment,” she whispered dangerously, before returning to her corner, tossing the quill halves down onto a table as she passed it.

Caitlyn said nothing, but her arms wrapped around her father’s neck, pulling him down and hugging him, sobbing quietly into him. “I...I don’t want this power. I don’t want the power that killed them...everyone,” she whispered into Christopher’s ear. “I want to go home...but we don’t have any home.” she said, sadly. She broke from the hug, looking into her father’s eyes sadly. “What do I do now? Train as an archmage? How can I practice this?” Caitlyn’s magic, as far as she was concerned, had only one purpose - destruction. She had no desire to be able to become better at levelling cities as the dragon had. “Why would I practice this?” she asked, sadly.
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« Reply #134 on: Sep 6th, 2016, 11:46am »

Tobias backed away from the desk with his hands in the air by his head. There was something about Zyliria's voice that inspired a bit of fear in him. He admired that greatly. It showed him that she really cared for her friends.

Christopher looked up at his daughter and realized how upset she must be by the new power she possessed. He looked at her hand. And took it in his own. "I-I don't know. I don't know why you should. I just want to know wherever you are, you're safe. I feel I've failed to protect you and your mother and brother, and now I feel I've failed you as a father." Tears welled up in his eyes, as he began to silently cry, looking down at the floor.

Against his better judgment, and ignoring Zyliria's imminent threat, Tobias stepped forward towards his desk, "Caitlyn, Christopher, may I shed a little light, on this?" He said, lifting a lamp up, letting the light from the flame dance across the walls. "You see, Caitlyn, you seem to have forgotten that fire has many different purposes. For example, lighting the way, when it is too dark to see. "He walked down a dark aisle, before reaching up to grab something. He returned with a metal helmet. He set it down with a clunk, and said, this helmet was forged in the fires of mount black-rock. You see? Fire doesn't always have to be a destructive force. It has the power to create." This was his best attempt at making The little girl in his shop feel better. He hoped speaking out of turn wouldn't anger Zyliria.
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