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« Reply #135 on: Sep 12th, 2016, 4:18pm »

Contented, Zyliria turned from Tobias to watch Christopher and Caitlyn, though she kept herself between the merchant and his paper. Looking at the two, she couldn’t help but wonder at the affection Christopher showed Caitlyn. It was a feeling of maternal affection she herself had never felt on herself. Mother was a different kind of parent, there was always an expectation from her, that, one day, you would ‘evolve’ as she called the terrible process Zyliria’s sisters had willingly undergone. Once that day came, and only until that day came, would one be deserving of her praise and affection. Mother had loved them, certainly, but there was a certain foreboding smile she gave those ‘unevolved’ children that had always slightly unnerved Zyliria. There was nothing like that in Christopher’s own expression as he looked into his daughter’s eyes. There was something pure about the way he looked at her, an expression not polluted by personal expectations like Mother’s, but unwavering, unyielding love.

Caitlyn reached upwards out of pure instinct, and rested a hand on her father’s cheek, her skin, somehow smooth despite being so easily combustible, caressing her father’s rough skin. “It’s okay,” she heard herself saying quietly to Christopher. “You did all that you could...all anyone could. You were there when I needed you most, when everyone else was gone.” She turned, slightly startled, as the stout merchant strode over past her to the lantern, and listened to him carefully. When he was finished, she stared at the metal helmet, set on one of the larger tables in the small shop. He was quite right, of course, though she hadn’t thought of it. She had been so focused on that great and terrible blaze that had wiped out her family, that she’d forgotten the dozens of other fires she’d seen and made. No place was more comforting than a seat close to the hearth. Nothing had ever tasted better than meat, simply flesh held to fire for a long enough time.

“You’re right,” she said, quietly. She gazed back at her hand, and at the small flame in the lamp, the tiny incomprehensible thing, dancing at her, death and life itself.
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« Reply #136 on: Sep 12th, 2016, 5:32pm »

Tobias felt happy with himself. He'd quite efficiently calmed the young girl by showing her a different perspective. She was unique, and all of this was new, foreign, and dangerous for a little girl, much too, in his opinion.

Christopher looked up at Tobias, and mouthed the words, "thank you." He'd done a fair job, and it reminded the knight why he'd found friendship in the merchant in the first place. That's when the door came open, and the sound of a man's boots thumped against the wood floor. Christopher froze up, he was hiding behind the chair, and Caitlyn was protected from sight by the back of the chair. Zyliria was able to see who it was, but it was almost definitely not someone she'd recognize. "I'm looking for a man and a girl, Have you seen them per chance" it was the man with the black hand on his face. His familiar voice rang out in both Christopher's ears and Caitlyn's.

"I'm sorry, but you'd have to be a bit more specific." Tobias said. He wasn't the kind of person that would give up his friends. "Now, I'm going to have to ask you to leave. I only tend to my patrons." just before leaving however, the man with the black hand print took notice of Zyliria, me saw her ears and wolf tail. "Shouldn't you be outside the wall squatting in your own filth you mangy cur?"
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« Reply #137 on: Sep 21st, 2016, 5:45pm »

Caitlyn did not quite recognize the man’s voice at first, and turned slightly to see him. Noticing the burn in the shape of her own hand on his face, she turned back quickly, scooting a little lower in the chair, hiding behind the impressively gilded back of the fourth throne of the Roteron Empire. She looked at her father, wondering to herself why some rogue bandit would still be looking for them. How could he have possibly known to start looking for them in Faela, surely there were other places they could have gone, the odds of them clearing the woods where Zyliria’s sisters roamed were low enough! Was it merely extremely bad luck that had prompted the man to come into the exact building the two people he was looking for and ask for them?

Zyliria, clear on the other side of the room, had no magnificent ancient throne to crouch behind, though that was admittedly not the animus’ style. As the man turned and hurled some juvenile indignity at her, her face betrayed little emotion, though her tail fluffed up slightly, indicating her anger. She had been told, time and time again by Mother, that the outer world hated them, and, in her extremely occasional interactions with humans, Mother had been proven right. “Shouldn’t you be outside, washing off whatever filth it seems you’ve gotten there?” she said, waving a hand over her own face, unable to resist a jab. She was, truth be told, more nervous for Caitlyn and Christopher than for herself. She was just some animus that his kind would always harass, but they were people it seemed he was actually hunting.
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« Reply #138 on: Sep 21st, 2016, 6:00pm »

The bandit sneered at her for a second, before laughing a small chuckle, and saying, "You know, I'd always thought your kind was an unintelligent bunch of filthy mutts, but it seems you're different. How would you like to join us, little lady? You could be my pet, and I could scratch between your ears." He laughed at himself. Tobias stepped between the two of them, and said, "I think it's about time you left." It was more of a warning than anything. He placed a hand on the man's chest and began pushing him back, only for the bandit to slap his hand away, and reach for the sword at his waist. Tobias instantly reached for the whistle he wore around the neck, and said, "I'll call the guards unless you leave right now." The bandit spat in his face before turning around and storming out of the shop. Tobias simply grabbed a towel and wiped his face off.
"I curse his name day." He muttered under his breath.
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« Reply #139 on: Sep 21st, 2016, 6:30pm »

Zyliria, significantly more annoyed by the suggested of being the bandit’s pet than some feral creature felt her ears twitch, slinking further back on her head. She bared her teeth, readying for the fight, only to be intercepted from attacking the stuck-up medium rare annoyance by Tobias, who managed to send the bandit back out without any merchandise-damaging fight breaking out. Once the door was safely shut and the silhouette of the burnt man had passed the door, Zyliria turned to Christopher and Caitlyn, looking worried.

“He seems to be looking for you two.” she said, taking a few steps towards them, leaning slightly against the throne Caitlyn was sitting in. “I’m afraid that this is more than just some grudge between he and you because of,” she waved a hand over her face again.

Caitlyn shifted a little further up in the throne, looking similarly nervous. “I didn’t know he was here, in Faela...how did he find us?” she asked, looking at her father for an answer.
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« Reply #140 on: Sep 21st, 2016, 7:43pm »

"I'll bet he's trying to find you so he can take revenge. I'm guessing that his face tattoo was a gift from you little girl huh." He stroked his chin thoughtfully. "Whatever his reasons may be, if be careful about that man. He's the kind of person to stab someone in the back and leave them for the Carrion fowl."
Christopher gave Tobias a stern look, telling him to tone down the comparisons.
"Zyliria, would you feel comfortable staying in the city for the next few days?" Christopher asked. He didn't want to make any hasty decisions about staying if Zyliria didn't want to stay. He sat on the arm of the throne, looking back at Zyliria. He affectionately placed his hand on Caitlyn's head, stroking her hair back.
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« Reply #141 on: Sep 29th, 2016, 11:48am »


Caitlyn looked at her own hand again, thoughtfully. Here was, it seemed, the first time she’d ever used her magic come to haunt her, someone literally bearing her fingerprints imprinted on his face. It was, she supposed, somewhat reassuring, to have someone after them, something to force her to keep going rather than simply giving in to despair, and that it was her own fault. It was Caitlyn personally marked that person out herself, albeit accidentally. When Christopher asked whether Zyliria would like to stay in the city, Caitlyn look up sharply.
“Do you think it’s safe to stay here? What with him out and about, looking for us?” she shot a slightly nervous glance at at door, as if she expected to see his charred silhouette lurking behind the door. Faela was a large city, it was true, and there were surely a great many places to hide from but, she reminded herself...he had gotten astonishingly close within a very short time of them arriving in the city. He most likely knew the city far better than they, in any case, she herself had never been to the city, and Zyliria wasn’t even allowed within the city walls.

Zyliria also glared at the door, thinking of the bandit she’d just met. As the anger that came just before a fight dissipated, she felt her nerves returning to her once again. She had been recognized for what she was, and it would be only too easy for that man to report her to some authority and have her thrown back out of the city. She would be easily recognizable, which would surely make Caitlyn and Christopher all the more easily found by him. Then again, she thought, if he did go to the authorities, they would surely prevent the man from killing two refugees, one of them a young girl, though, if they were known to have brought in an animus, that might change their opinion of them. Zyliria frowned at Caitlyn.
“Well, Faela’s a pretty big city. There are a lot of places we could hide from him, you know.” she said. She looked over at Tobias. “I’m sure you know of a few places we could hide,” she said, smiling slightly. “But,” she said, turning back to Caitlyn. “If you are to practice your magic, there’s no chance of being able to do that here without being found at the very least.”

Caitlyn nodded, a thoughtful frown on her face. She looked up at her father and Tobias. “Are there places in Faela where I can learn to hone my abilities? Surely they would be able to give us protection from him?”
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« Reply #142 on: Oct 1st, 2016, 12:42am »

When Caitlyn mentioned her worry about the bandit returning to the shop Tobias let out a short chortle, and said, "Don't worry about him coming around again. I've got something that'll make sure he stays clear," The merchant lifted up a crossbow and set it on the counter in front of him. "He's in for a nasty surprise if he doesn't keep away."

Christopher smiled at Tobias's confidence. The way he talked was comforting in a way, and it allowed him to breathe easy.

"Hmmmm..." Tobias said, scratching his chin the way he did, "There's a few places you might be able to do it, but I'd think you'd want to practice somewhere open, so you don't overheat... Maybe somewhere behind my shop. You could practice small. Possibly if you can manage."

Christopher nodded. He understood Caitlyn might not be able to control the volume at which she used her flames, but hopefully she could try. He looked over to Zyliria, and offered her a smile. The knight wished the animus didn't have to meet that bandit.

"Zyliria's right," Christopher said, "We can hide out here for a while, and that bandit will probably leave in a weeks time, thinking we've already left for another city. Tobias, do you think it would be possible for us to stay with you for the next week or so?"

Tobias, being the good natured friend he was, nodded happily, "Of course! anything for a friend!"
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« Reply #143 on: Oct 6th, 2016, 10:26pm »

Caitlyn smiled, but, inwardly, was not entirely comforted by Tobias. Knowledgeable as he might be, she had some doubts about the rotund merchants odds against a hardened, albeit singed, criminal. She looked towards the back of the shop, somewhere behind the cluttered shelves of mismatched artifacts of all manner. “I don’t know if any space in the city is really safe for me to practice my magic,” she said, thoughtfully. Having only conjured highly dangerous flames for combat purposes, and even then only in desperate situations, Caitlyn wasn’t sure she would even be able to practice, and, if she could, she had no idea how much control she would have in the likely combustible city.

Zyliria nodded at Christopher, smiling at Tobias. He was certainly an extremely helpful contact, and a good friend to have, it seemed to the animus. She had never spent as much time with any human as she had with Christopher and Caitlyn, and some part of her had believed that they were truly rare exceptions to the general vulgar nature of the humans that generally crossed her path in the woods. After meeting the merchant, she couldn’t help but wonder if mankind was, as a whole, more friendly than Mother had been letting on for all of her life.

She straightened, abruptly, realizing that she’d zoned out mid meditation. “Yes, thank you, Tobias,” she said. “Where would we be staying, exactly?” she asked, looking around the cramped shop. She doubted that there would be room for the four of them in there, though she doubted that this was Tobias’ only property in the city even more.
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« Reply #144 on: Oct 7th, 2016, 9:42pm »

Tobias, offered up a friendly smile to Zyliria, and said, "Perhaps I could offer you room and board in my home. It isn't too far from here." He chuckled at Caitlyn looking at the back of his shop.

"I don't mean back there silly child," he chuckled, and headed back to the back of the store, "Here," he says, as a door opening could be heard, and a breeze blew through the shop, "I'm the only one with a backyard for my shop. This used to be a home, but now, it's my shop, and I haven't had a use for this yard. The walls are high, and made of cobblestone, so it isn't likely you'll burn anything, or be seen." He looked over to Christopher, "Do you think this would be good?" he asked, making sure Christopher approved of this.

Christopher nodded happily, "Thank you so much for this Tobias," he said, pulling the man into a hug, "I really appreciate it," he pulled away, and smiled at his daughter, "Well? What do you say? Would you like to practice out back behind Tobias's shop?"
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« Reply #145 on: Oct 22nd, 2016, 7:28pm »


Caitlyn smiled, but did not rise out of the throne of the Roterons. True, she was conscious, and felt like she had the physical energy needed to walk and talk, but, in terms of magic, she still felt depleted from the fight that morning. “That’s quite all right,” she said, smiling thankfully at Tobias. “I don’t think I’m quite recovered from this morning.” She leaned back in the throne. “Thank you, though...it will be a good place to practice, I’m sure,” she said.

Zyliria, back to Caitlyn’s side by the throne, nodded understandingly. Her sisters, when they’d used their magic, were often tired out for some time. She specifically remembered Lyfiria who, after growing a tree for the first time, had slept for two straight days. Mother had seemed to know it would happened, and did not seem nearly as surprised as her or the rest of her sisters. Caitlyn had used a lot of magic. Had she had the same kind of power that Zyliria’s family wielded, she likely wouldn’t be able to use magic again for a week or so. Caitlyn, however, was very different, more powerful, for a beginner at least, than her family.
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« Reply #146 on: Oct 25th, 2016, 02:12am »

"Shall we depart?" Tobias asked with a friendly smile. It was a personal joy in life for him, to assist friends in need, and Christopher, his peculiar animus friend, and the child were no exceptions.

He started walking around the shop, locking things down, already anticipating Christopher's answer. "I believe it would be wise, plus I'd feel much safer in a place where that bandit isn't as likely to come snooping. Tell me Tobias, is it as quaint as I remember?" Of course, Christopher was joking, for Tobias had one of the larger homesteads in the city of Faela, with multiple floors heading up like a grand tower, yet modest in size compared to the other surrounding homes, as they weren't dwarfed by his home. Most vendors were better off than the farmers, so their houses would naturally be larger.

"Perhaps just a bit smaller," Tobias chortled, playing along with the joke. In all honesty, it was just code for heck no.

Tobias turned and gave a quick glance at Zyliria, and said, "I know the two of us may not know each other very well, but I'd like to ask for the opportunity to learn a bit more about the animi race, and I feel this may be my only chance at learning about your species... I mean no offense, if you were about to take any from what I'd just asked of you."
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« Reply #147 on: Oct 28th, 2016, 10:28pm »

Caitlyn smiled, and, understanding that Christopher and Tobias meant to leave, slid out of the Roteron throne to stand, somewhat shakily, on the wooden floor of the narrow, cluttered room. She stretched luxuriously, the only person really able to do so in the cramped quarters of the room given the girl’s small size, before looking up, slightly concerned, at Zyliria, who reflected her concern back at her.


The reason for Zyliria’s sudden distress was obvious. Her cloak, which had been a meager disguise at best, had been torn right down the middle, and was now hardly an effective disguise at all. Were they to attempt to leave the city, they would certainly be caught, never mind if they were to head to the area where the wealthier residences stood. She would be thrown out in a heartbeat. Zyliria scanned the shelves, trying to find something to wear that wasn’t extremely conspicious, before turning to Tobias nervously.


“Well, Tobias, before we leave, I’d really like to have something else to wear. Your floor has shattered by disguise, and I don’t think I’ll last very long looking like...well” she gestured vaguely over her face. “But,” she said, trying to look encouraging. “I would be happy to discuss my...family with you, once we get to somewhere safe,” she said, curtly.
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« Reply #148 on: Oct 30th, 2016, 01:51am »

The sight of Zyliria being more comfortable and open towards Tobias brought a smile to Christopher's face. He liked how open she was being. The way her ears twitched a little made him chuckle a little. Still, the fact that she'd torn his cloak made him a bit upset.

With a smirk and a smile, Tobias simply went over to the coat rack, and picked up a coat from off the wall. "Here you go," He said with a smile, "I knew there was something I should have done a while ago." He reached behind her, and grabbed a hammer, taking it to a nail that was protruding out from the table Zyliria had leaned up against, tearing at the cloth from her waist down, revealing her tail. He hammered it in so it was no longer sticking out dangerously tipped with rust.

The portly vendor bent over, putting his hands down on his knees, so he was on eye level with Caitlyn, "So, what do you say little one? Ready to go somewhere you can rest easy?"

Christopher put a hand on Caitlyn's shoulder, feeling very safe with Tobias. He knew that he'd probably have to give Tobias a whole bunch of help with anything he wanted.
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« Reply #149 on: Nov 5th, 2016, 11:40am »

Zyliria nodded, taking the coat from Tobias and slipping it over her shoulders. She would look strange, wearing a large coat on this sunny day, but at least the looks she would get would be those of curiosity, instead of the hatred she was certain she would likely garner if she stepped outside with her tail out in the open. She gave a slight shout of surprise as the remaining cloth was torn off of her by Tobias’ hammer, and moved away from the man, ruffling her new coat as she stepped swiftly to safety.


Caitlyn nodded at Tobias, taking a step forward, towards the exit. She took a deep breath, steadying herself. It was strange to think that only two days had passed, when so much had taken place. She’d lost so much, more than she could ever replace, but even after that, she had an opportunity she had never imagined. It was the only thing she could do, for her mother, and her brother, for all the people of Hostar, to become develop her own power. It would never balance out, but it would offer some ‘positive’ repercussions to the destruction of her hometown. She walked towards the door, and clasped the handle gently, pausing for another moment. She smiled, and opened the door. “Let’s go.”
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