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PostSubject: Re: (Jiluria) Fate Without Magic (30th Board)   Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:08 pm

It was not the answer that Kassandra had wanted, but it was a rational one, rather than the vague fantastic hopes she had mumbled. A little irritation crept though her mind though, selfishness whispering that Armeno was doing nothing to help her, and doing everything to help the Defenders. Had he not ]seen how they would happily lynch anyone against their cause, no different to the Surahnians? Where was the lesser evil?

She supposed at least the Defenders had free citizens at the heart of their cause however, unlike the seemingly tyrranous Surahnians, working to the benefit of their own people, and disregarding those that had joined their cause the moment they had what it was they wanted, Racksom. The Defenders were transparent in their dislikes, at least. Kassandra was quite aware of thoose that would draw a sword against her, rather than being lulled by false smiles before she got shot when her back was turned.
"I can't come with you if you are determined to help the Defenders." It was a simple truth, no frills or fear encompassing this one. "Your comrades will kill me." She refused to give in to her emotions again, but felt her voice wobble at the end all the same. Swallowing her upset, she moved on before it could consume her. "If east is where the Defenders are, then I know how things lie. You can't protect me from everyone, even if you try." She picked herself up off his shouler again, sitting rigidly with her hands in her lap. "I'lll... continue toTarz. I have... friends there. It's far enough away from the Rebels and the Defenders." Was it? Not really, but she at least knew the city. With any luck she would make it there; the thought of crossing DDC land put a lump in her throat, when it felt all too likely to be intercepted by fighters who had seen her on the wrong side at Racksom.

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PostSubject: Re: (Jiluria) Fate Without Magic (30th Board)   Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:38 pm

He may have been trundling his way up the inn, and his senses were numbed and occasionally distorted, but he still heard voices all the same.
It was late, so they were not hard for him to pick out and only one more floor up. It was agony to climb the stairs but some things were more important than what pain he had now, or could yet have when he found them. If it was them. He heard a hissing in his ears, and a sharp jab of pain at the back of his head, seeing the floor bubble beneath his feet and change colour vividly.
Extremely bad, Rintho. What would your mentor say? Rintho would have shook his head, thinking about all his mistakes so far, if it wouldn't also make him feel like his brain would fall out.

As he pulled himself up to the final floor, he became level with the voices. They quivered in the air, striking him painfully on the left side of his head, making him flinch as a shiver took hold of his arm for a moment. Then the sound became ordinary again, if only a little muffled.

Rintho now took one step close to a wall and listened. It was unmistakeable, it was them. Straightening up his posture as much as he could, he then edged to the door and lifted his withered arm to knock twice on it before he paused and then knocked twice more.

"I wish to speak." He said softly. "Nothing more. Only words, to make amends." He then said, before adding more. "You understand, I did not mean for...all of this, this catastrophe." Rintho then rasped, clamping a hand to his throat as he watched the closed door before him shake violently.

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PostSubject: Re: (Jiluria) Fate Without Magic (30th Board)   Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:16 pm

Unbidden, Armeno’s hands climbed to his hair and rumpled it in exasperation as Kassie shifted her weight from his shoulder; how could she still not see? Fear he could understand, but he couldn’t see how it could cloud her mind to such an extent- but then, Kassandra had never been exactly reasonable, had she?
“You were there at Racksom,” he pointed out, his voice catching in frustration at the end of the sentence. “How can you not understand? Tarz isn’t far enough. The Ice Plains aren’t far enough. Bloody Surahnia itself probably isn’t far enough! This war- it’s going to be like nothing we’ve ever seen. Nobody will kill you. I can’t deny there’ll be some questions raised at first, but the Defenders aren’t exactly-”

The knock at the door cut him off mid-sentence. Instantly he cursed himself for being so distracted by his annoyance- hadn’t he been listening to the footsteps outside just moments ago? It wasn’t hard to remember why he and Kassie had parted ways in the first place, at times like this; nobody else he’d ever met (except maybe Talos) could get under his skin in the same way, making him lose all rationality. For a moment he couldn’t seem to process the knock, instead sitting rigid on the bed- then as the rapping sounded through the room again he shot to his feet, snatching up his sword from where he’d dropped it unthinkingly on the floor. He made a brave attempt at holding it like he knew what he was doing, but his muscles shook with fatigue; he could hardly cut an intimidating figure, as he was. But then, based on the alarming noises coming from the other side of the door, perhaps Rintho wasn’t on his top form either. On this note, Armeno took a step forwards and threw the door open, jaw clenched as he advanced on Rintho.
“There’s no making amends now. You should leave here… or I’ll find a way to kill you despite your magics, I swear it.”

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PostSubject: Re: (Jiluria) Fate Without Magic (30th Board)   Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:41 pm

The Defenders aren't exactly defenders of all. Just those that fit the mold. Sure they had a few dragons, plenty of humans and avians too, but even with a limited knowledge, Kassandra could see they didn't like elves- or Armeno, at least- and she didn't like the idea of siding with "defenders" who had let wild dragons to ruin villages, violence rule whole cities, and prejudiced against untamed magic. Only half of these thoughts made it through her mind however, before the knock at the door whipped all thought away, rational or otherwise.
It was like all her worst nightmares wrapped up into one delightful bundle of a night. Suddenly her heart was pounding in her ears and she couldn't breathe properly, throat constricted, skin cold like she'd been dipped in ice.

Kassandra flinched as Armeno leapt to his feet, ripping open the door before she could stop him. And the nightmare restarted. Somehow she found herself following him, if only for the protection of a sharp sword. Or perhaps it was once and for all to land the killing blow on Rintho, but as she rose one hand to draw magic, it was if she were drawing on her own life force instead. She staggered against the door, the edges of her vision turning white. Her skin protested in pain as she tried to summon the last few dregs of magic.
"What do you want? Just leave us alone." It came out as a croak.

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PostSubject: Re: (Jiluria) Fate Without Magic (30th Board)   Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:57 pm


As the door opened, he startled a little, half expecting Armeno's sword to connect with his face. It looked like they were all on bad form however, as Armeno was evidently weak and Kassandra struggled to gather any energy as well. No more tricks, no more fighting. Rintho had squirmed his way out of uncomfortable situations before, but in this part of Dragons' Cove, the last thing he needed was another pair of roaming enemies. He wanted to keep his quiet life in tact, and not even the Surahnian army was going to disrupt that if he could help it.

"My behaviour has not been savoury, I know." He flinched a little, still standing in the doorway, eyes flitting between them both, even if it also made him feel a little ill. "But I truly do want to see this come to an end. I want to finish this now, calmly." Rintho spoke, as polite as he ever was, and this time sounding a little more kind than his usual tone of cheerful-indifference to others repulsion of him.
"I don't know what will come of you both in these times, but we shouldn't need more foes. I'm sorry; I was afraid and struck out unwisely." He put one hand on to the door frame slowly, focusing on Armeno.

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PostSubject: Re: (Jiluria) Fate Without Magic (30th Board)   Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:17 pm


Not savoury? Armeno could say with some confidence that that was the understatement of the century (after all, he’d been around for most of it.) Kassie swaying beside him was an alarming sight to say the least; even as he glanced over at her, she folded against the doorframe, apparently unable to support her own weight. Tired as she may have been though, she was still speaking reasonably enough- more so than their former conversation, anyway. He couldn’t think of any reason why the lich would pursue them so persistently- unless he still wanted whatever it was he’d been trying to take from Kassandra in the first place? Armeno still hadn’t managed to get the full story out of her, but whatever it was, he was sure it was to do with her magic- powers which, he had to admit, he hadn’t observed in many others. Kassandra’s innate command of her magic with no use of spells or other framework was almost reminiscent of a dragon’s powers. A horrible though occurred to him, a moment later- was that what Rintho meant by “finishing” this? Armeno knew little of magic, not really- it might be that Rintho had a spell prepared and just needed to step a little closer…

As Rintho leaned on the door frame, perilously close to where Kassie was still supported against the door, Armeno slashed his sword at the man’s hand, teeth gritted in a rather unpleasant grimace.
“If you want to avoid any more unwise moves, you won’t take another step closer,” he spat. “Enough pleasantries- what do you want?” He knew he was echoing Kassie, maybe uselessly- the lich hadn’t answered her, after all- but what else was there to say? Even if they could fight Rintho off or outrun him, which he wasn’t at all confident of in their current states, the man would presumably continue to follow them until he got whatever he was coming for; he had so far, after all.

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PostSubject: Re: (Jiluria) Fate Without Magic (30th Board)   Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:24 am

What did 'finish it now' mean? What did Rintho mean by bringing it to an end? Kassandra didn't know what finality he was looking for, what he needed to end the whole nightmare and leave them be. But she didn't like the thought of it, she mortal, facing up against this man who seemingly refused to die. That didn't stop her from trying to send him to the hellish depths he resided in for her. She lunged forwards as Armeno swiped at Rintho with his sword, her fingers clenching around the lich's thick cloak and shirt.
"I don't want any more of your words. I want you dead and gone so I know you can't do this any more." And she didn't care about the technicalities of the matter either, although no doubt she'd be called up on it by the lich. "You've done your damage already. You've broken my magic, and stolen my magic, and what more do you want? You want this?" She summoned the last dregs of her lightning, her brows furrowing with the effort of making it light up her fingertips, crackle against her skin. The world seemed to narrow to the point of light, her will intensely focused. Everything felt heavy and laborious, seconds ticking by slowly, like the world was moving through thick liquid and she could barely make sense of it.

Outside of this time loop, the door opposite flew open, revealing the shape of a woman oozing with barely-restrained fury. Her voice came in a sharp chatter, foreign words spoken that Kassandra couldn't catch a single word of, but the meaning was abundantly clear. Her sharp gestures towards their room and the paleness of her skin was even clearer in meaning if they didn't take their argument elsewhere- her aggression would pale in comparison to anything she could bring down on them through summoning Surahnian troops. There was no room for anything other than obedience.

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