The Barbarian Proud – To Find A Warrior

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The Barbarian Proud

by DORAGON

EPISODE ONE

Episode II – To Find A Warrior

Proud and Seya made their way east through a white gray rocky terrain, Proud on a large brown mare named Heiress, and Seya on her grey stallion, Spirit.

‘So are you going to tell me about this dream?’ she asked him.

Proud was quiet for a moment more, then ‘We have to find a great warrior in a dark cavern east of here…’

‘The dream Proud?’ she repeated.

He looked over at her, ‘He was in it.’

She shakes her head, trying not to laugh, ‘This is so unlike you, you have no idea how strange this is,’ she replied.

‘I know.’

********

That night they set camp amongst the rocks.

Seya being a ranger, did all the cooking whilst traveling…

…while this night, Proud sat and looked at the sky.

Seya noted his odd behavior, but said nothing.

‘Two more days travel,’ he spoke.

She nodded, and began cooking the food over the fire.

They ate, then Proud took first watch.

********

In the morning they ate, then packed up and made their way eastward.

The sun beat down upon them, but they didn’t mind.

At one point a wagon passed by, they looked to be Bandits of a sort, but one look at Proud, and they dismissed any notion to circle back and attempt to rob them.

Barbarians were fairly rare in these parts, and one’s the size of Proud, well, lets just say there weren’t many.

 

 

The Barbarian Proud

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The Barbarian Proud

by DORAGON

EPISODE ONE – The Rise

“I Woke From A Dream, Covered In Sweat…

…this has never occurred…

…not to me”

Rising from his bed in a tavern in ‘Rusk’, is the formidable form of ‘PROUD’, a 7′ tall, golden haired barbarian.

Though he is muscular, he is more long and lean, than bulky.

Naked, with two girls passed out (Also naked) in his bed, he clothes in soft white armour, retrieves his enormous two handed axe, which is leaning against the corner, near the door…

…tosses two silver coins on the bed, and leaves.

********

‘BAM BAM BAM!’ Proud stands outside a door to another room, pounding away on it.

‘Seya! Rise!’ he hollers, awaking many other tenants, several opening their door to yell at whomever had woke them…

…then slowly closing their doors with one look at the enormity of Proud.

Meanwhile, inside the room, a red haired woman (Also naked), also with a woman in her bed, but only one…

…rises, wiping sleep from her eyes, and makes her way to the door.

She opens it, ‘Proud… What is it… You know we were up drinking all night…’

‘I had a dream…’

********

The two make their way to their horses, Seya wears a long rust colored cloak, over soft tan armour, and has an illustrious Elven made long bow on her back.

‘Couldn’t this wait until after breakfast?’ she spoke.

Suddenly Proud comes to a complete halt.

********

They eat breakfast back in the Inn.

Adventures Of Vilven Ledsong (Chapter XV) Windows

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The room of the inn was spacious, decorated in rich, natural colors. It emulated the rest of the Wood Elf village of Willant. The nights were quiet here, but for the occasional expression of life from the nocturnal critters who let their presence be known outside.

Vilven laid in bed, moving onto her back to stare at the rough, wood ceiling. She was restless, her mind unable to calm despite the peaceful environment. She was exceedingly thrilled Jo Jo Bar the Bard had agreed to join them in their travel. A smile coming to her even now thinking of his exceptionally warm music and presence. Another companion. It felt good to not feel so alone, as she had felt when she was first sent unknowingly to this continent of Varamore, but still, what was it that Areiden really wanted from her? She didn’t pretend to understand, and she was still wrestling with the conflict. Though the sadness in some ways was starting to ease, the questions still remained.

Grid, Cho, Beaden, and Jo Jo. These people had become something so dear to her, regardless of the short time they had to really get to know each other. They had discussed their plans and all agreed to adjourn for the night, largely because Beaden was too drunk to respectfully explore the village, and also to give Jo Jo time to prepare to leave. They were to then travel south to the village of Kort the next day, leaving shortly after noon. Grid seemed rather up to the task of being in charge of everything for their trip, so she decided to leave most of the logistical tasks up to him. In fact, she was relieved he was so willing to take leadership of those things. Yes, her and her group of friends were moving forward, but if she was being honest with herself, she felt directionless. Though she had drifted for years in Water Plane, that life had definitely not been fulfilling. Areiden told her that she was going to prove herself to all who doubted her. What was it that he meant? Most of what she was doing felt largely unimportant,  and this uncertainty of significance was not comforting.

She moved back on her side to stare at the Tigron sleeping deeply in the adjoining bed. His large, lion mane fanned out in a display of quiet masculinity. He looked the most peaceful she could remember, his stillness making him look undeniably majestic, soft even. Whatever Areiden did want from her, she was grateful that she had friends nearby. Friends. She decided to focus on the warm feeling. It helped her push passed the attack of overthinking.

She sighed deeply, her eyes moving above Grid to look out the window. A half moon floated in the air, as still as Grid was. She watched it descend for what seemed like hours before the tranquility of the night allowed her to finally fall into slumber.

She saw herself. The image of her body stood hazy surrounded by an impossible blackness. Her eyes were desperate, searching the emptiness. Her breath was shallow as she took a few tentative steps forward.  In an instant, like a flash, the blackness around her was laced with the beautiful designs of frost. She gasped in surprise, her breath releasing in a white vapor as the temperature slid lower. In a panic, she wrapped her arms around herself, a futile attempt at warmth. The chill penetrated her body to have her shiver uncontrollably. She ran, but only seconds later watched as her body began to stiffen, the cold becoming paralyzing, the floor becoming ice. Her body was soon frozen, statuesque as it became fully immobile. She heard a voice. It was female, chilling, colder than the air, more alluring than the fractals which surrounded her. “Auril”, it said. The word echoed, bouncing off the ice, playing over itself until it became an unintelligible jumble of sound.  Vilven’s image started to break apart, bone by bone, until it was nothing but a pile of ice on the floor. 

She frantically sat up in her bed, the dream still at the edges of her consciousness. Her large eyes were wild as they shot open. She was trembling violently, unable to shake the impossible cold. She wrapped her arms around herself, gasping at the feeling of her ice cold skin. A movement then caught the corner of her vision. On verge of screaming, her chest heaving, she slowly looked toward where it had come from. She saw nothing but the curtains moving, the wind blowing in from the now open window. Had Grid opened it? Was the dream prompted from the frigid air? She paused, then scanned the room carefully, inwardly terrified to see the something or someone who was hiding in the shadows. There was nothing but the laced, white curtains dancing, the crisp air rushing into the room. Vilven stared at the curtains for a long time, as if she were trying to figure out if  what she was seeing was actually a ghost. She let her body sink with relief after a few minutes and moved out of her her bed, quiet to not wake the Tigron who was still fast asleep. She walked almost methodically to the wide open window.

The windowpane was slightly illuminated as she ran her hand over it. She looked outside to see a richly dark blue sky just laced with golden streaks, the sun still not visible.The village itself was still and quiet in the early dawn, the ocean air whipping through the silent trees. Her eyes scanned the expanse of sleeping shops and homes, then hesitated as they met a lit up window. The candlelight in the shop was dulled by the sheer curtains that framed the inside of its window. She stared trance-like at the glow, leaning herself out the window of the inn. Her indigo hair swayed forcefully from the wind, but her body was motionless as she looked, transfixed. Her eyes widened as she saw a shadow, a figure, pass by, their silhouette blurred. She felt a profound beckoning and curiosity, a tug from something deep within her.

She was careful to not wake Grid as she moved swiftly to her things, putting on her boots, belting her sickle in its sheath around her hips. She wrapped her cloak around her body, looking over her shoulder to glance with troubled inquiry back at the window. Who had opened it? Her eyes looked once again around the room. With a half sigh, half laugh to herself she walked to the window and closed it with finality. The dream scared her, that was all. She looked back out at the window still glowing from the candle, the ever growing morning sun becoming brighter around it.

She turned and walked with purpose out of the room. She walked silently, on a mission that blinded her of reason. She felt a pull, like the answers would come if she simply followed this loud impulse. She felt more and more drunk with it as she made her way down the stairs of the inn. Her feet hit the wood with a rhythmic tap, then a light crunch on the crisp morning grass when she exited. She shivered as the chill of the morning stung her face. With effort, she forced the cold memory of her dream from entering her mind. She focused once again on the window illuminated by the single candle. It seemed farther than it did before. Almost impossibly far. It edged on the divine, the radiating golden sky somehow enhancing its hypnotic glow.  With something like tunnel vision, she wandered toward it, her mind unable to think of anything else. The window: a beacon calling desperately for her to come. She crossed the expanse of the village, never taking her eyes away, until she was standing right in front of it. She gazed in with revered curiosity at the dancing candle. She stood like this quite awhile before she managed to look away. The focus of her hypnosis shifting to the door of the building. She took the few steps it took to stand before the door. It was very ordinary in appearance, just a simple, wood door, but something inside her knew. Something inside her knew that if she opened it and walked in, she would never be the same. There was a intense, cold gust of wind that ran over her as she placed her hand gently on the handle. Taking her time to register her intention, she took a deep breath, and turned the knob.

There was books.

Vilven blinked in surprise as she entered. Books of every size and condition were stacked in piles, placed on shelves covering every wall. She wasn’t quite sure what she was expecting, but it definitely wasn’t this. A bookstore? Or a library of some sort? The single candle that seemed so bright before masked the space in mostly shadows. Her eyes scanned to see if she could see anyone. A chill climbing up her spine as her dream again tried to encroach it’s way into her mind, the familiar feeling of searching for a stranger in the darkness. Vilven shook the feeling off.

“Hello?” She called out into the empty, dark store. It was so quiet she thought she could hear an echo of herself. She waited, but no one answered. With a mix of confusion, fear, and disappointment she turned to leave.

Then she heard light footsteps behind her, her whole body tensed at the sound. Anticipation and panic making her heart beat rapidly. With a slight hesitation, she slowly looked over her shoulder to see who she was to meet on the other side of the window.

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Adventures Of Vilven Ledsong (Chapter XIV) He’s Good

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At Beaden’s disgruntled request they made their way to the tavern of Willant, Beaden pushing his way past them to lead like a dehydrated horse.

Vilven stared at his back as he rushed through. She went along with the group decision, though she wasn’t sure she was all that excited about it. Vilven had never seen a tavern before the one in Warden, and after that experience she felt taverns were nice enough, but she found herself more fascinated by the people of Willant. It was as Grid had told her, these elves seemed to hold no initial resentment toward them. Instead, they looked pleasantly toward them with gentle, peaceful eyes. Though, Vilven noticed, they did look at her with slight fascination and bewilderment.  She had become more and more aware that as far as she could tell there were not many like her here. Not many Genasi. And though the people seemed to regard her kindly, it still made her feel strange, and surprisingly sorrowful, to become aware of her obvious minority in the Material Plane. It reminded her all over again the rejection she had faced from those in the Plane of Water. Sadness gripped her and she was swarmed with feeling of estrangement, but just then, she heard the most beautiful sound, which seemed to cut through her emotions. It wailed out in a joyous glitter, it hung there, and seemed to fill the air with inspiration and light.

Vilven smiled as it seemed to twirl into her and ease her worries.

As they stepped into the tavern, modest and made of a deep, rich wood, she found the source of the music.

He was was short, smaller than a man. He was dressed in bright clothes, reds and yellows and gold. He bounced around on one of the tables as he played his fiddle, shimmering coins sparkling around him, like something out of a beautiful children’s tale. Vilven was mesmerized.

“He’s good” Cho’s voice resonated behind her.

She looked over her shoulder to see Cho’s wholesome face nodding in approval at the little man.

“Good?” Vilven said almost confused.

“Yeah.” Cho responded as he gripped her shoulders gently, and urged her out of the doorway to a nearby table, where Beaden and Grid were already sitting.

Vilven felt a wave of butterflies come to her, making her feel ridiculous, at the feeling of the strength in Cho’s hands. She nearly blushed as he pulled out a chair for her and eased her into it, before taking a seat beside her. After a moment of panic by her feelings, she decided to turn her attention back to the musician.

He was good. His fingers seemed to tickle the strings in a technically difficult manner, urging them to burst out the bright sound. Vilven smiled again.

Grid seemed as pleased as she was at the musician’s talent, even Beaden couldn’t help but shoot a glance at the fiddle player between long gulps from his tankard.

A few patrons flicked some coins in the performers direction. Vilven’s eyes grew wide with realization and she plunged her hand inside her bag, to take out a fistful of coins. Grid, Cho, and Beaden looked at her, then at each other, with slight concern.

“What in the hell are you doing?” Beaden said insultingly at Vilven.

Vilven looked at him, surprised for a moment, then she narrowed her eyes in challenge.

“I’m giving him money.”

Grid leaned toward her to place his paw on her shoulder, speaking in a gentle tone. “Well, at least take out the gold ones, that should be enough.” He said reasonably.

Vilven sighed, then grudgingly began to sift through the coins, putting the gold back into her bag.

“Clueless…” Beaden whispered under his breath.

“Beaden.” Cho said through a wince.

Vilven laughed reproachfully back, “And how much will your excessive drinking cost us, Beaden? What is that, your third ale already?”

Beaden just grunted distastefully, and returned back to chugging his drink

Vilven shook her head as she stood, the copper and silver still a sizable amount in her hand. She walked happily to the table where the fiddle player still danced around, and placed the money gently at his feet. She looked up at him, to meet his gaze, his purple eyes twinkling at her. He smiled graciously, and nodded in thanks. Vilven could feel his deep warmth and laughed with happiness at his presence.

She nearly skipped back to the table, and sat gingerly into her chair, feeling very satisfied.

She smiled at her three companions, her eyes resting on Beaden’s miserable face.

“Here, Beaden, you can have my ale.” She said as she pushed it toward him.

***

“Hello there, hello, hello” the halfling performer said in a cheerful, bright voice to the four of them as they were getting ready to leave, “I just wanted to make my way over here and thank you for your very generous contribution! I’m Jo Jo Bar. And… you are?”

Grid smiled warmly at him as he shifted his bow on his back. “Hello Friend, I’m-”

“Oh, Jo Jo Bar!” Vilven interrupted as she swooped down and hugged him. “You are so very amazing. My name is Vilven.”

“Oh, ho ho ho ho” Jo Jo Bar giggled.

Cho waved graciously at him, “I am Cho, this is Beaden, and this is Grid.”

Beaden stared. Grid nodded, “Well met.” he said formally.

“Do you live here, Jo Jo? Or are you travelling? We are going south, do you want to come with us?” Vilven said quickly, each phrase vibrating with more and more excitement.

“Well, he he he, I don’t really live anywhere, but I have been playing here in Willant for several months now.” Jo Jo responded heartily.

“Forgive my pretty friend, my fine fellow.” Grid said as he leaned gracefully toward the halfling.

“Forgive me for what?” Vilven responded. “He said he doesn’t live here, and could very easily travel with us, right?”

Grid shot Vilven a tolerant glace, “She’s new to this land, and is very… enthusiastic.”

“Ugh, I’m leaving” Beaden spat, and staggered out of the tavern.

Vilven rolled her eyes behind him. Cho gently walked forward, as he ran a hand through his blond hair to push it out of his face. “Perhaps we can continue this outside?” He suggested pleasantly, though he looked a bit anxious.

“That would be fine!” Jo Jo Bar said joyously, unfazed, and then walked through the doors outside. Vilven narrowed her eyes at Grid, plainly aggrieved, then followed suit.

Vilven was embraced by the afternoon sun and the penetrating scent of the sea. She looked over to see Beaden leaning up against the wall of the tavern, Jo Jo standing next to him, and walked over to them. Grid and Cho were closely behind her.

“So, what do you think, Jo Jo Bar?” Vilven started. “I’m sure there are other taverns for you to play at wherever we are going?”

Jo Jo scratched at his chin, looking thoughtfully into the distance. “Well, an adventure does sound appealing…”

“Then you’ll come with us?” Vilven said hopefully.

“An adventure?” Beaden questioned quietly to himself.

Jo Jo thought for a moment longer, then grinned, pleased “Why not!” He elbowed Beaden’s leg “This one is certainly in need of good cheer.”

Vilven grinned back at her new companion.

The Paladin & The Rogue – Episode III

THE PALADIN & THE ROGUE

by DORAGON

Episode I

Episode II

EPISODE III

The Rogue Girl appointed herself as ‘on watch’, being the Paladin Sir Stalos had laid down and gone straight to sleep.

“He hasn’t even asked me my name yet, what kind of Knight is this…” She spoke, as she sat and leaned back against the main tree that kept them from the rain.

An hour or so later, her gut told her she was being watched…

…when suddenly a crossbow bolt struck the tree right by her head!

Her eyes went wide, “Sir Stalos! We have company!”

With this the Paladin systematically rose from his slumber, clutching his long sword with both hands, and eyes glowing white glancing at the bolt in the tree, “Hobgoblins…”

At his feet is his breast plate, but he’s still wearing his chainmail.

He looks over at the girl whose climbing the tree at an unnatural rate, his eyebrow raises.

Suddenly three Hobgoblins emerge from the rain and mist, run into the camp, scimitars raised above their heads, “Ahhhh!” they howl.

Sir Stalos speaks words under his breath, and his sword begins to glow a blue and gold, as the first one gets within range he strikes it down with a single swing…

He then swipes at the second one, but it strikes its chainmail, it does not penetrate.

Suddenly a fourth Hobgoblin enters the camp from behind the Paladin, and as he’s about to stab him in the back, the Rogue drops from the tree plunging two daggers into its’ throat “GURPTT!” its last sound as it falls to the ground

Sir Stalos glances behind him, noting the girls kill, “Hmm”.

The Hobgoblins swing their scimitars at the Knight, but he does not allow them to hit, he grinds his teeth, and with two more exact swipes, takes the last two Hobgoblins out…

He looks to the girl, “Get your things, there’s likely more nearby!”.

She does as he says, “Not sure we’re the ones that should be running…” she says under her breath.

He mounts his horse Odin, and reaches for the girl…

…she mounts.