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PostSubject: Contentment is temporary [Open]   Contentment is temporary [Open] Icon_minitimeFri May 10, 2019 9:11 pm

Thin whisps of smoke escaped the corners of Anol's mouth, before he shaped his lips into an o and breathed a smoke ring into the night sky. He sent another tongue of smoke chasing through it, the stars disappearing behind a cloud of his own making. What a pleasure was a cold night, an expensive tobacco and an empty field?

He closed his eyes and rested his head back on one arm, letting his smoke hang loosely between his fingers. The air was cold, but that didn't bother him for now, tolerant of the change from the humid heat of the lower foothills. Sometimes it felt like it was getting hard to breathe with such thick air- and that was saying something when he was a demon of the wind and air. Where, if he had the whole world at his oyster- which he most certainly did, if he could be bothered with it- would he travel to? The desert appealed for its warmth, but not for its landscape; the far mountains were too cold. Perhaps the new central city for the culture, which he had heard was not quite as bland as the further reaches of the Isle. Yes, perhaps he would find himself there.. in a few years. No point in being hasty about it.

Anol opened his eyes again to put the roll-up to his lips, although he didn't get to them as a great fireball of light raced across the skies. What in the? Had magma dragons discovered the secrets of flight? Surely not. Some other dragon, some hoarder glowing in the last vestiges of sunset? But that hour had passed long ago. Surely not some idiot fire demon attempting flight through self-immolation... it had been tried before, to the woe of all involved. Not that it exactly could be called that when the moron had died by accident falling out of the sky.
"Skies above." He shook the grim thoughts from his head and regarded the gently smoking roll-up. "How I do question the innocence of your 'merely tobacco' to give me thoughts like these." He put it to his lips and took a long drag, filling his lungs.


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PostSubject: Re: Contentment is temporary [Open]   Contentment is temporary [Open] Icon_minitimeSat Jul 06, 2019 2:24 pm


He knew it was suspect to be out and roaming in the wilds at a time like this, but then, who was going to stop him? There was no trouble in an independent expedition with no ill-intent.
Light on his feet, with the dying light he had started with the simple plan to collect mushrooms after dark, especially as only at this time of day and in this place that the mushrooms Kaestrin had suggested for him to collect, although rare, would light up like a shimmer of sunlight on a lake at dawn.
But what did he know? Veceri hardly had a patch on Kaestrin when it came to toxic magic, let alone alchemy. Collecting ingredients was mostly just tedious for him.
Scanning the minor hedges and curled roots in the darkness for any sign of specks of light was not the sort of task he had hoped for when he had commented on the boredom of journeying between major sites.

What had caught his interest though, much to his surprise, was the curious feeling of a needling point of magic amidst the frankly bland fields in the Yarrowland. Unmistakably wind magic, and yet there was not so much as a gentle breeze or the stirring of the rough foliage at his feet.
Stopping his task without needing further persuasion, his basket empty, Veceri wondered what could cause such a phenomenon.
Dragons of wind? Very few depended on their arcane facets. The only other explanations were unusual too, and required too much to go guessing. He would simply have to leave the mushroom picking for now and apologise to Kaestrin in the morning. Such a shame.

He listened closely. The coming night was as silent as Yarrowland could be, a soft chorus from the nocturnal wildlife emerging, but otherwise nothing. Stalking along in his hooded cloak he followed his senses closer to the source, and was at first underwhelmed by what he saw, just several paces ahead. No mighty lurking dragon in his midst, no elaborate ritual from a rogue mage to be seen, instead: a man blowing smoke rings to the sky.
Would it be wrong to disturb him? Was he, a...? It was rude to ask, but that wasn't going to stop Veceri finding out.

"A good night for mushrooms." He said, supposing if Kaestrin had said so then it must have been so. Veceri approached from one side of the man, not wishing to startle him. He held up the basket. "Or, smoking?"
Veceri took a moment to observe the sky. Indeed, he was probably ruining a peaceful moment, but he smiled with mischief all the same. "I've heard, hm, things? About pipes from Yarrow. Are they true?"


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PostSubject: Re: Contentment is temporary [Open]   Contentment is temporary [Open] Icon_minitimeSun Jul 07, 2019 8:03 pm

Out in the sticks, in the late evening, Anol definitely didn't expect to be interrupted by anyone- except maybe a will-o'-wisp or midnight dryad moving across the hills. So to be found by another was quite the unusual occurrence. He'd done the same plenty of times before, and not been found until the next morning, or later even. And even if others were in the area, to exchange more than a nod, if that, was a rarity. Midnight business was best kept close and private, for all parties' sakes, Anol found.

So it was a surprise when his musings were interrupted, not only by a passer by in the darkness, but one who wanted to strike up a conversation. It wasn't that Anol objected to it; more than it was an unspoken courtesy to ignore one another at such an hour.
He sucked in a thick lungful of smoke and let it drain from the corners of his mouth, contemplating the man who had come to visit his patch of meadow. A rather plain looking human, somewhat lacking in flair. A naive child, by any standards.
Looking up to the sky again, he jetted smoke high above him, flickering like the fire of a dragon- although white and ghostlike, of course. The stars winked at him one by one.
"I would hazard that, for most mushrooms in general possession, it is a little early in the season for good foraging," he eventually mused, spent ashes dripping from the edge of his pipe. "Hence I assume you are not searching for the edible kind; the kind which you would serve in a family meal." One eyebrow raised a jot, slitted eyes moving towards the man. Then, a snort of derision.
"Pipes from Yarrow. There is not one jot of finesse on them to pipes from the Amellian. A pipe from Yarrow is piss to the wine of the eastern forests. But, for a collector of mushrooms in the heat of summer, then yes, a pipe from Yarrow would be a trustworthy servant to hold." He wafted away the grey ash collecting in a small pile on the edge of the scarf strewn across the grass beneath him, sending the flakes twisting away into the night.

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To his answer Veceri could only smile. Whatever he was smoking, the man's mind didn't seem at all dulled.
"You're an observant one, hm?" He agreed, lowering the empty basket to his side as he tried to get the measure of him. A wild blue streak was in his hair, odd, and his skin seemed to have a sheen about it, ethereal. Veceri could only chortle to his comment, having earned it.
"You got me exactly right, I'm not one for all that." He paused, thinking how best to continue his intrusion on the peace without earning too much derision.
"But I try to avoid the Amellian parts anyway." He spoke frankly, with a shrug of the shoulders. "Their problem with dragons and magic, is...odd. I expect you'd know that too." He held back a choke in his throat from the plumes of smoke winding their way to his nose. The smell was enough to make his eyes water as he half turned away, looking instead to the near outcrop of rocks, claimed by the persistent growth.

Funny how the Amellians just stuffed their 'magic' in pipes instead, if this was weak then that must have been awful. Dealing with dragons while travelling was just Veceri's lot in life, but understanding Amellian hypocrisy was a task and a half, and it didn't help when they sought dragons out, antagonised and even killed them. No wonder they were confined to their dark bit of woodland, the backwash of Dragons' Cove.

That hardly bothered Veceri now. No, much more pressing was coming up with ways to correctly speak to a demon in spite of himself and the ever-growing tree of questions. Veceri scolded himself for not thinking of it immediately. He had to be, absolutely no one else, even an expert, could project a magic field like that. Why else would this enormous pulse of energy be here specifically, with no sign of mimicry? What was more, it had the feel, he thought, of the wind, despite what his common sense told him. That was the main part that didn't add up with his reading, having only heard of demons as beings that couldn't help but leak their magic.
Or an arcanic, of course. Or an exceptional man. I will just have to confirm. What if, what if...

"It must be tricky." Veceri looked away unassumingly as he put his hands to his hips, not having the gall to just sit himself down on the dried grass and reddened dirt.

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PostSubject: Re: Contentment is temporary [Open]   Contentment is temporary [Open] Icon_minitimeMon Jul 08, 2019 7:50 pm

"I just pay attention to more than what is before my own nose," said Anol, tapping the end of his in demonstration. "And that which is, when appropriate. A few await you along the next hedge there." He gestured vaguely towards his toes with his pipe, and the hedge not far off down the slope in that direction.
"One should, of course, consider the history of the Amellian tribe when observing their traditions. Not that these things should dissuade questioning of their beliefs. History is, after all, history, and we step forward into tomorrow. They prefer to... linger in this morning." A wave of the fingers, each switch in thought accompanied by gesture after gesture. "Which helps me in no way to the procurement of their wares. On behalf of your fellow humans, I find it behooves me to give thanks to you for appropriating me it."

He stuck the pipe between his teeth and dragged in another long breath, stretching catlike across the grass with arms above his head, bangles chinking. What a curious soul this man had. He gently puffed smoke rings into the sky, letting his body slump again from his full stretch.
"Tricky, though, I wouldn't say. Patience is all that is required to trade with the Amellians." And reasonable charm never went amiss, either from himself or his human operatives.

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Veceri glanced in the direction the man pointed, trying not to seem too disinterested in the mushrooms. He smiled as the man, the would-be demon, elaborated on the Amellians.
"It seems you are very polite. Lingering in the morning indeed." He echoed, then, almost missing it, he caught just the signification he needed.
"Us humans?" His tone was inquiring, and while he feigned not being too intrigued, making as if to resume his mushroom hunt again, his shining eyes gave away his thoughts in an instant.

"My, that would imply you are not human." He announced, and then a small smirk played on his lips as he righted himself. "Sorry. I tend to state the obvious, my acquaintances, friends, family...they all find it vexing." Veceri briefly paused. "Your aura is quite something. Actually, I have to say I'm impressed." His pretense sloughed away. "Possessing that kind of elemental energy, but expressing it with such precision. That's something a human could spend a lifetime chasing and never attain, even with talent." Veceri himself may have been talented for a human, or it may just have been his early start, but he knew with certainty that this type of simple magic aptitude was beyond him and all of the tutors, maesters and priests he had met for that matter. "Would it be correct to suggest you are innately arcane, perhaps even, a demon?" He floated the idea inoffensively. Of course, why should the idea offend at all? Only people with no love of magic would wrinkle their face in disgust at the word.



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