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« Reply #165 on: Jan 19th, 2017, 04:40am »

Zyliria winced slightly at his joke, but laughed nonetheless, eyeing the walls of the large room they were in. They were lined with curiosities, thick glass cases filled with strange objects, vials of liquids that glowed gently, along with an assortment of creatures heads, some she recognized, some she didn’t, and some she was pretty sure weren’t even real animals. Instead of responding to Tobias’ wit she continued to eat, happy to get some food after their extremely busy day. In that single day. she realized, they’d fought off a couple of her sisters, arrived in the city, met Tobias, and walked in the presence of thousands of humans with nothing but her friends and a thick coat without her true identity being unveiled twice. And that had all been done off of a single apple, she thought, smiling as she tucked into the jerky, closing her eyes and savoring the smell of soup cooking.

Caitlyn, jerked from her reverie, nodded hastily, picking at a slab of bread and eating, slowly at first, but faster and faster as she realized how hungry she was. She’d simply been too busy, too preoccupied with her new fate and new powers, to much think about food. But, now that it was laid before her, the scent of even more soothing her, she felt the hunger that her nerves had been obscuring.
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« Reply #166 on: Jan 23rd, 2017, 01:11am »

As his little girl tore into the bread viciously, Christopher watched in sligh amusement before chuckling as he took yet another bite of his improvised sandwich. The jerky was delicious, and Seemed as if it wasn't only expertly dried, but seasoned to perfection as well. "This jerky is amazing Tobias, how'd you make it?"
The merchant smiled goodheaetedly and said, oh how I wish I could take credit for that. It's actually a gift from one of the merchants near my shop. He drops a small batch of jerky off at my shop whenever he has excess. Since you'll be staying here for a few days, I guess I could see if I could special order a batch for you three for on the road... assuming you'll all stick together," he said, looking towards the animus who he felt like he'd accidentally offended slightly by his joke."
"Thank you so much. I'd really appreciate it," the knight said, taking another large bite of the bread and jerky combo.
Tobias then asked, "how do each of you like your soup? Spicy? Salty? Sweet?" He would use this knowledge to tailor their soups to how they wanted it. Also, Tobias felt people's decisions in taste revealed their personalities.
"I'll take mine spicy please," said Christopher, looking over at his daughter, a small smile on his face as he looked at the young girl.
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« Reply #167 on: Feb 1st, 2017, 06:06am »

Caitlyn looked up from her bread to Tobias, who continued to stare inquiringly at her. “I’ll...um, I’ll have spicy too,” she replied, looking to her father uncertainly. She was never really very certain about food, so usually just went with her father’s judgement on that matter, which had yet to fail her.

Zyliria waved a hand indifferently. “I can have spicy too, it doesn’t matter to me,” she said. She offered a smile to Tobias, by way of indicating that she had not minded his joke. She wouldn’t have taken it from some scoundrel on the street, certainly, but, as he’d offered them his home and fed them, and as it had been her to have started the joke, she was fine with his continuation of it.

Despite the fact that her hearing had taken a significant shock that Zyliria had not yet entirely recovered from, it was she who first heard the sounds of newcomer riding over towards the house. Her ears perked up, and she turned, worriedly, towards the door. A moment later, there was a powerful, single knock. Both Zyliria and Caitlyn instantly turned back to Tobias. “Who is it?” Zyliria whispered, her eyes flitting between door and merchant, her thoughts instantly going to the worst, soldiers who were somehow aware of her presence, or, even worse, aware of Caitlyn’s presence. An animus discovered in the city would likely be thrown out, in all probability not without a severe beating, but a fire mage with no understanding or control over her powers? Zyliria had no idea how they might react to that.
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« Reply #168 on: Feb 3rd, 2017, 12:45pm »

Tobias turned around and informed them with a hushed whisper, "it's the guards! Quick! Hide that tail and those ears." The knight turned to Zyliria, and lifted the cloth back over the top of Zyliria to hide her telltale signs of her species. He turned to his daughter, and said, "sweetie, lay here and close your eyes." He pointed to his lap, suggesting she use it as a pillow. Her eyes, which Tobias had yet to notice were still a bizarre purple which would instantly give her away. Tobias walked over to the door and put on a smile. He knew it was the guards, since they'd usually come through the neighborhood to check in on things and he was a friendly person. They'd usually come for a mug of mead or some jerky, but never would they knock once. It was the guards code for official business. Something was wrong.

Christopher sat there on the couch with his daughter, and the now covered animus. He'd let Zyliria choose wether or not she would go hide or stay natural.
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« Reply #169 on: Feb 14th, 2017, 7:50pm »

Zyliria nodded thankfully to Christopher, though she brushed the hood she now wore slightly, for it to be a little more comfortable on her ears, and for it to fall a little lower over her face, obscuring her eyes to anyone taller than her which, she’d found, most of the city was. She remained seated on the long couch, her hands tightening around the slightly frayed edges of the robe she had on.

Caitlyn, on the other hand, slid down from the chair, walking towards a window curiously. “I just want to see.” She muttered quietly to her father, sliding the crooked pane of the window, already ajar, gently open. She peered out from the window, and gasped in surprise.

There was, as Tobias had said, the guards. However, he was mistaken to think they were alone. Indeed, the whole street was blocked by a mob of what seemed to Caitlyn to be angry villagers. Between the mb and the house stood about five thick, well built men, dressed in shining steel armor and dazzling white cloaks. They stood behind another man, this one astride a horse, a powerful creature that seemed twice as imposing as her own father’s horse. The man on top of the horse was no less striking. an ornate helmet, styled in the shape of an eagle’s head, the symbol of the city of Faela rested under one arm. His free hand rested lazily against his side, resting against the hilt of his sword, but Caitlyn could tell that, if the situation demanded, he could have his sword drawn at a moment’s notice. He seemed to not have noticed Caitlyn, who drew back sharply from the window, looking over at her father and Zyliria.
“There’s uh...a lot of people out there.” she mumbled, before dutifully walking back between Christopher and Zyliria.
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« Reply #170 on: Feb 15th, 2017, 10:20pm »

When Caitlyn rose from the couch, Christopher tried to reach forwards and grab at her to keep her from exposing herself. He failed and watched tensely as his daughter walked up to the window and peeked out, only to report the amount of people there, and come right back. When she got in arms reach, Christopher grabbed hold of her, and pulled her up onto the couch so she'd lay down. "Caitlyn, we don't know if these people are friendly to magic at all, let alone Zyliria for that matter. Keep your head down and your eyes closed." The knight feared this would be the day he would lose the last of his kin.

Tobias opened the door just a bit so he could poke his head out, and saw the large mob of people. It seemed as though the group had followed them home, but were considerably quieter since they were in the presence of the captain of the guard. "Why hey there, Cap'n," Tobias said cheerfully, using the nickname only close friends of the high ranking officer were allowed to use. "Tell me, would you mind telling that crowd back there to back off and shut their yaps? They're scaring the horse," he said referring to Christopher's steed. "Anyways, what seems to be the problem officer?"

Christopher was scared, but confident, as he'd seen Tobias barter with a blacksmith to a point where he'd believed a sword that was meant for the Jarl was basically scrap, and bought it for such price. Sure it may not have been legal, but still, it was a marvel to watch him manipulate and sway opinions in his favor. No doubt he'd be doing the same here today.
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« Reply #171 on: Mar 13th, 2017, 9:12pm »


Zyliria said nothing, her face still down, her eyes seemingly locked on her knees. Caitlyn, after having secured her look, sat next to her father, leaning awkwardly to the side so as to continue to watch through the side of the door, held open by Tobias as he called out to the Captain.

The Captain winced slightly as Tobias informally addressed him. While he might have, as far as Caitlyn knew, be close friends with Tobias, it was clear he did not enjoy having a nickname used in the presence of so many people. He slid down from his horse, his dark blue cloak ruffling slightly in the breeze as he landed on his shining silver shoes. He raised a hand, gesturing vaguely behind him, and his comrades turned, shooing the crowd away from him. Something about the way he kept his other hand lazily wrapped around the hilt of his sword told Caitlyn that Tobias was nowhere near a threat.

“Sorry about all this, Tobias.” The Captain said, his voice quiet but firm. “We came to see what all the trouble was about. The commoners, they come up with such wild stories.” He took another step towards Tobias, one foot resting in the doorway of the residence. “The tale these folks seem to be telling is that our old friend merchant Tobias is harboring an animus and...well, no one really seems to be able to agree one what else you’ve got in there. I’ve heard a demon, a witch, I don’t know why they can’t stick to one story.” He smiled dangerously. “So, my dear sir, what say you you show me this little menagerie you’ve been keeping from me.”


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« Reply #172 on: Mar 13th, 2017, 11:41pm »

As the large group of people backed up away from the house, Tobias started feeling a bit more comfortable, preparing himself for a quick farce to convince the cap'n to leave without a second thought.. hopefully. When the heard the official's statement about claims by the mob, he simply let out a chuckle. "Oh you mean my guests? Heh, no they're not creatures. Quite the contrary. In fact, it's just an old friend and his daughters. I'm letting them stay here for a while," he leaned in close, and whispered, "they came from Hostar Cap. The only survivors..." he put on a bit of a sad face, and turned around, glancing over his shoulder for a moment at the trio on his couch. "Yup. Just as I thought. They're asleep," he said, just loud enough for the words to fall upon the three sets of ears, especially Zyliria's, as her ears were hypersensitive.

Just as Tobias says this, Christopher immediately pulls Caitlyn into his lap, and gently puts an arm around Zyliria , urging her to take a similar position to his daughter, before falling limp himself with his mouth wide open. In order to keep this charade up, they'd have to play along perfectly.

"Mhm... I really don't think it'd be fair to wake them. They have just gone through a traumatic experience after all. I'll let you take a peek at em, but I don't believe that they'd take kindly to being snuck up on in their sleep. It is my understanding that they had a run in with a string of bandits recently." At this, he pulled the door open just wide enough for the Cap'n to peek inside. He let out a fake, but convincing little chuckle as he peeked back into the home, "that older daughter's an interesting one ain't she? She goes around picking up pieces of fabric and wires to make ears that she can wear on the top of her head. What an interesting place Hostar must have been." He says, knowing full well that this high ranking official had never stepped foot in another city. "I think it's some sort of a fashion trend. You have to admit, it's kinda cute." Just as he says this, he pulls the door shut a little once more to hide the three once again. "Now, might I ask from where did these allegations find their origins? I wish to find the slanderous wyrm who claimed I'd break town law. As you know, I take my dignity seriously."
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« Reply #173 on: Mar 15th, 2017, 1:31pm »

The Captain nodded, his expression grave. “I have heard of what happened over there. From what I heard, there weren’t any survivors at all.” He straightened imperceptibly, and waved his hands to the guards, who set about dispersing the mob even further. The Captain himself, however, did not budge, continuing to stare at the merchant, growing increasingly suspicious. He shot the three visitors in question a glance. They were barely visible from his angle, cloaked in shadows, but they seemed still, and fairly human. As Tobias continued talking about how one daughter folded fabric into his ears, he scowled. He had never travelled beyond the shadow of Faela’s battlements, it was true, but he was not a fool. He scowled, but did nothing, looking over the mob, largely cleared away but still large enough to make trouble. He was charged with keeping the peace and upholding the law, in that order. He nodded, turning slightly to go. “I wish to meet with them. Shall we say dinner at my place, in three days time?” He turned, cloak swishing in the doorway, as he marched off, his guard following him back up the way.

As she heard the door shut, Caitlyn made to sit up, only to feel Zyliria’s hand press sharply on her head. “Not yet” she breathed at Caitlyn, her eyes still shut. “Wait until we’re sure he’s gone first.” Caitlyn blinked by way of nodding while not moving her head, and shut her eyes. Zyliria closed her own eyes as well, leaning against Christopher’s shoulder, painfully aware of how awkward she felt, pretending to be his sleeping daughter.
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« Reply #174 on: Mar 16th, 2017, 02:13am »

When the captain suggested that he meet the trio, no, stated that he'd meet them in three days, without waiting for an answer and turning around to leave, Tobias reached out, and placed a hand upon the official's shoulder piece on his armor. Now, to any other citizen, an action like this, laying a hand upon a city guard, no less the captain, would be a capital offense. But Tobias knew that he was above most citizens in social stature. He may not have the most money, but he was still a close acquaintance of the high ranking officer.

After a few moments of silence with his hand on the man's shoulder, the merchant said, "I don't know if you'll be able to meet all of them. The youngest one's not in the best mental state. Watching everything and everyone you know and love be taken from you, being unable to do anything... tends to do a lot of damage to a young child. I'll let them know of your wish to meet them, but I can't promise that they'll all be present for this dinner. I do hope you can forgive them if they're not all present." He removed his hand from the shoulder piece and looked upon the captain's face, noticing the skepticism and suspicion he held on his face. "And have I ever deceived you before? Have I not proven myself to be trustworthy of you?"

Christopher winced as he heard this statement, as it seemed very forced, as if he was begging to be trusted. Like a man holding a bloody sword in front of a dying man claiming it wasn't him.

"I may just be a shopkeeper, but I do right by my friends, and maintain trust by only speaking true. Are we not friends Cap'n?" He stood there, leaning up against the frame of his door, with a calm and collected look on his face.

To the knight sitting on the couch, it sounded like an amazing and compelling argument made by the salesman. It took guts to lie straight in the captain of the city guards face. Perhaps he'd actually be able to pull this off! He could tell Zyliria was feeling awkward there, but it was a necessary uncomfortableness. Despite the fact that Zyliria was feeling uncomfortable however, he felt a wave of nostalgia as he was reminded of how Caitlyn and her brother used to snuggle up to him like this back when they lived in Hostar. Still it was different, as Zyliria was more the size of his wife. Then a terrible wave of sadness rolled over him as he remembered that inescapable fact that he'd never get to hold them again. He choked it down, trying to keep silent as he waited for Tobias to return.
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« Reply #175 on: Mar 17th, 2017, 4:03pm »


The Captain froze in the doorway as Tobias rested a hand on his armor plated shoulder, and Caitlyn could sense the man stiffen, his hand clenching around the the hilt of his sword. It would have been easy for him to turn, draw, and slice the merchant where he stood. But no, captains of law enforcement do not regularly slay their charges in their doorways. When he turned, his lips were curled in a sympathetic smile. “I can only imagine what this family of yours has gone through. Surviving such an event...of course it can...change people.” he said, quietly. He straightened slightly, several inches taller than Tobias, the steel of his armor shining in the dipping sunlight, formidable and dangerous. His smile might have attempted to convey some kindness, but the Captain’s grey eyes offered no emotion. “I do not wish to frighten your family, the father or the daughters. I still will meet with them. Faela is tough place to get accustomed to, I’m sure you’ll agree, a little more...sophisticated, shall we say, than Hostar is...was, I suppose now. I intend to...talk with them about what will be...expected of them here.” He turned again, his guards returning to his horse, and mounted the gray creature, before offering a sweeping nod back towards Tobias. “Three days, then.” he said, turning the horse, and riding back up the way, the troops falling in behind him.

Zyliria and Caitlyn opened their eyes a fraction of an inch as they heard the clatter of horse hooves that must have meant the Captain was finally leaving, but did not yet make any movements, still on their guard. “Why does he want to meet us so badly?” Caitlyn whispered, barely audible to any but the fine ears of Zyliria. She scowled slightly.

“He wants to make sure we actually are all human.” She hissed down at her. “He wants to prove Tobias’ story at a time when there isn’t a mob outside, I suppose.” Caitlyn looked fearful for a moment, but quickly regained her composure.
“Then I suppose we’ll have to leave Faela before then.” Caitlyn replied, confidently. Zyliria frowned again.
“That won’t work either, the guards will be on even higher alert with these rumors about. We were lucky to get in, but getting out, I don’t know if our luck will last.” she hissed back.Caitlyn was silent for a few moments, trying to figure out their way out of their predicament.
“Then...then…” she was silent again, unable for the moment to come up with anything.
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« Reply #176 on: Mar 18th, 2017, 01:21am »

Tobias drew away from the knight as he rode off, and returned inside to see Zyliria and Caitlyn conversing over the top of Christopher. "I see you know the news then. The captain of the guard wishes you come to his home for dinner."

Christopher nodded in understanding, knowing what this entailed, as the captain of a city guard would not take no for an answer. "Perhaps going to meet with him won't be too difficult a task... however I have no idea how we could be capable of hiding Caitlyn's eyes from plain sight. Tobias, you came up with a great way of hiding Zyliria's ears, and I'm hoping a sundress would be large enough to cover her tail... I don't suppose you would have the materials you'd mentioned for crafting some ears would you?" He asked hopefully, as purchasing the required materials would be a red flag.

Tobias nodded, and said, "though I'm in short supply of copper, you'll find I'm in no shortage of leather and velvet." He smiled, and said, "honestly, I can't think of any way we could hide Caitlyn's eye color. The only idea I can think of would be to go to a glasses artist, as he's the best with making wearable art." Tobias pondered for a moment before saying "I have however heard about a court made dabbling in the magic of color, and discovered that colors such as blue or Even purple. It seems that blue has the greatest effect in calming victims of damaging experiences."
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« Reply #177 on: May 3rd, 2017, 08:26am »

Caitlyn and Zyliria shared another nervous glance as Tobias and Christopher discussed how they would plan to fool the Faelian Captain. As far as Caitlyn could tell, this plan was tenuous at best. Close scrutiny would likely show that Zyliria’s ears were extremely real, Caitlyn was more confident in her own disguise. Of course, it was easier to hide eye color than an extra pair of ears.

The next three days were a hasty blur for the four of them. Zyliria and Caitlyn were kept in the house at all times, generally behind as many doors and walls as they could be kept behind. Christopher spent most of his time with them, though there were moments when even he had to leave them for several hours at a time, leaving to get the various things they needed if they were going to pull off his plan to fool the Captain. Tobias had given Zyliria strings of wire and silks for her to learn the basics of how to create the ears he had ascribed to her, though he was getting a local craftsman to create the actual pair she’d be holding during their evening, something for her to play with and to lend the story that her ears were in fact of her own creation credence. Zyliria has spent much of her time alone anxiously playing with the strings of metal, and, while she had yet to come up with anything even slightly resembling her ears, she had snapped about half of the wires she’d gotten. Caitlyn’s glasses took a bit longer to get, she only got it the afternoon before their scheduled dinner with the Captain, so she was still getting used to them as they stole their way up the streets towards the city walls, along which the Captain’s quarters were posted.

Sunset on the third day found the four of them outside the thick wooden gates to the Captain’s quarters. It was part of one of the fortifications set around the city walls, though it served little defensive purpose, a set of wide, short rooms within one of the castles, accessible from within the city but connected to the gates and the outposts there. Caitlyn was wearing her glasses, the wire of the lenses cutting unfamiliarly into her skin, the entire world tinted a curious tinge of light blue. While not entirely pleased with her disguise, Caitlyn was not envious of Zyliria’s disguise. The animus’ entire face was hidden under a thick, dark hood, and in one of her hands she clutched the fake ears. Tobias had insisted on fitting some wire on her own ears, which dimmed her hearing terribly. Everything echoed slightly; she wasn’t quite able to pick out sounds as keenly as she usually could. Tobias knocked on the door, and it instantly flew opened. Zyliria instantly looked down, her hood hiding her face from whomever was about to receive them. She breathed deeply, and realized that she was shaking under the cloak and hood. She hoped her nerves would go unnoticed by the captain.

Standing behind the door was not the Captain himself, but a woman. She was tall, and wore a dazzling smile as she stared at the four newcomers. She smiled down indulgently at Caitlyn, who shied back slightly, a little nervous of the new, happy face. Caitlyn stared at the girl, taking in her bizarre appearance. She was in a long, turquoise dress with an exceptionally wide trail and a strange, oddly transluscent, blue tinged ruff. Her eyes bulged slightly, and were a dark shade of brown. She fixed them all with her piercing eyes, smiling, before talking. Her voice was surprisingly low.

“Hello! My name is Mareena, and I’m work for the Captain. Come on in, he’s been expecting you!” She turned in the threshold, a bad idea, and her dress blocked the doorway for a few moments as she navigated through the narrow entryway, but soon she was through, beckoning for them to follow. Zyliria was still shaking, her ears ringing from the voice, not quite hearing the words she had said, but following the group into the captain’s lodgings nonetheless.
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« Reply #178 on: May 21st, 2017, 01:05am »

It was more than obvious that Zyliria was uncomfortable with her disguise. Not only was her tail crumpled and hidden away from view beneath the fabric of a sundress that Tobias had been so gracious and generous to purchase, but her ears were also encased in wire and cloth as well. Tobias had requested she carry two pairs, one on her ears, and one for if the captain wanted to investigate their structure.

One thing was for sure, however. Christopher was worried even more than his daughter or Zyliria combined. He cared for both of them, and if some tragedy were to befall them, he would not be able to live with himself. Tonight was a make or break event. If all went well, they'd be able to go along with their original plan of waiting around for the bandits to leave, but perhaps there could be a way he could swing this meeting in his favor. If he were able to carefully phrase each word.

As the door swung open, it was dreadfully apparent that the captain was not the one greeting them, as a peculiar looking woman had taken the initiative of opening the door. She made her position in the house apparent by declaring that she worked for the captain, but she didn’t specify how exactly she served him. still, the extravagant garb she wore suggested that not only was the captain a strong man, but a wealthy one as well, outfitting his staff with beautiful clothing.

“It is a pleasure to meet you Miss Mareena. Do tell, are you the only worker here?” He looked around the corridor as they headed towards a door at the end of the walkway, a separate hall leading off in different directions, perhaps for different guest rooms, or facilities.

Christopher made sure his “daughters” were behind him, as to make sure they were safe. As they went further into the home, he could feel his chest closing in upon itself, the gravity of the situation finally sinking in, hitting him like a sack of bricks.
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« Reply #179 on: Jun 7th, 2017, 12:45am »

Mareena led them down the wooden hallways of the captain’s residence, which creaked noisily as they passed through, easily alerting the captain, and indeed anyone on the surrounding battlements, that his guests had arrived at last. “Correct, Sir Knight, I am the only worker here. The Captain lives by himself, so he does not require much in the way of staff. These chambers were made for a man with family though, so much of it is uninhabited. It still creaks quite a bit though, I’m afraid.” She flashed Christopher another winning smile. “The Captain will be seeing you in the dining room, I do hope you won’t mind, he has already begun eating.”

Caitlyn stared in mingled curiosity and anxiety at their guide. Mareena had been unnervingly happy when she’d met them at the door, but something was off, though Caitlyn couldn’t quite tell what it was. Perhaps it was the overwhelming sense that they were walking into some kind of trap. The Captain, no matter how certain Tobias and her father were sure they could fool him, must have something up his sleeve they had yet to anticipate. She turned to Zyliria, hoping to communicate this to her without detection from Mareena, but the animus’ face, covered by most of the hood she had on, was unreachable. It was clear that the wiring in her ears was having some unintended consequences on her senses.

Zyliria looked up at their host’s assistant, squinting slightly. Perhaps it was the wire and cloth over her ears, but the interference with her hearing seemed to be throwing her other senses off kilter as well. Trying her best to snatch a glimpse of this Mareena while keeping her head mostly covered, she was just able to make out the blue green of her thick dress before they had rounded a corner and entered the dining room, where, she assumed, the captain would be waiting.
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