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PostSubject: (Ch. 1) Iron Road   (Ch. 1) Iron Road EmptyFri May 31, 2019 2:12 pm

Every destiny was a different thread, and each one was coiled around her finger. One destiny controlled her - the correct one. Her dreams were of the correct future; her steps were on the correct path. Every stroke of her blade was guided by that singular thread, glowing with the promise of a future she was bound to reach.

She didn’t understand it. She didn't even think about it. As long as she was connected, the Grand System would guide her.


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“Looks like we’re almost done. In that case, I’m heading for a walk”

That was the last thing she’d said before casually abandoning the scouting force she’d been assigned to. High Mother Lyrei was an infuriating existence through and through, but even still, it was not the Father’s place to question someone that had been personally selected for this task. He knew what he had to do, and he knew perfectly well that he’d do it with or without her. Thus, he stayed put, watching over the vibrating spire of flesh as the High Mother vanished into the dense forest.

The noise was louder now. What had once been a gentle rumble of magical energy was now an iron screech of war, echoing through the expanse of Minri. It was possible that the sound had even reached the very edge of Gidespea’s borders - but even so, there was no need to worry. This hollow roar signified an oncoming storm, and soon, the entire city would be overtaken. It was too late for a military response. The men around him, lightly armored and swords in hand, all stiffened in anticipation. After all, this was their purpose. Only in motion, did their lives have meaning, and only in death, did they achieve fulfillment. A dozen pawns eagerly waited for the game to begin.

Father Garryth couldn’t excite himself in the same way. He simply twirled his hand idly, watching as the air near his wrist was disrupted by an invisible fluid, twisting around his skin. There was no reason to get excited over a guaranteed victory.


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Lyrei really did appreciate the forest breeze. The way it brushed against her form made her feel at ease, even in the face of oncoming violence. The High Mother wanted to dance to the rhythm of this gentle wind, not a care in the world, swinging her blade wherever the air told her to. Even within this impregnable cage of trees, where only dim light spilled through the gaps between leaves, she felt free to fly wherever she chose. Thus, she stood in blissful silence, hidden beneath the dark canopy some distance from the scouting force, embracing the life around her.

The High Mother truly felt sorry for the people of Sanc, but this breeze allowed her to come to terms with their fate.


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A force gathers beyond the gates of Gidespea. A small scouting party prepares itself within the forest of Minri, throughout which it is possible to hear a loud rumble similar to thunder which is clearly emanating from a single point in the forest. At the same time, the High Mother has separated herself from the group, and stands by herself somewhere else in the forest.
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PostSubject: Re: (Ch. 1) Iron Road   (Ch. 1) Iron Road EmptySat Jun 01, 2019 9:34 pm

Measuring the soundscape felt strange to her, its thrumming twisting through the air and around itself like a sinkhole digging into the forest's heart. It beat like a heavy drum, sung like a blaring horn, and yet the voracious howling that overtook the woodland left her heart sinking low. It sounded to her like it was crying, or perhaps mourning. A titan's wailing had erupted out from the Minri forest, not far from where she had rested her eyes and coo her empty stomach, giving cause for investigation.

Ginni had crept up a short sprout of a tree, one that twisted around its neighbors in a curved crescent in a desperate plea for sunlight. Despite the poor thing's best efforts, it remained short, stocky, and twisted. Perfect cover for the body of a petite woman prowling the shadows.


Tender winds slipped through her hair, within her loose garb, and around her exposed neck. From the deep tunes of the forest, its typically verbose melody felt somewhat aloof or perhaps, empty-- to her, today.

It's ugly.. There are people here-- none that I recognize. Could they be from Tsirini's functions..? Nobody from my family should be on the surface until next year, though. So..no.. The rogue girl kept herself distracted from the hunger pains with a flurry of contemplative supposition as to the origin of her forest's invaders. Still, the lack of meat and bread in her body felt like furious torture from her body's antagonistic attempts at barring another meal of boiled roots and rocks to suck on.

From the group some thirty meters away, a lone figure broke off from the assemblage. It seemed to her that this one was a being of rank or status by their dress. Ginni, dressed in her ragged grays and tattered garb, felt a moment of self-consciousness at her own display of something like a filthy tree girl smeared in dirt, accessorized by leaves. If her mother saw her right now, she'd probably..

A grimace contorted her previously critical countenance at the mental visage of her mother, mid lecture. Mid shoe throw.

There was a slip of grass, the sound of soft footsteps on the earth. Ginni returned her focus to the immediate task at hand. The target stepped with to a tempo, which she appreciated, a weapon stirring in their hand like a conducting baton. They passed under her, seemingly not noticing her under her Shroud, and settling under a curtain of lush flora.

The weapon left Ginni with a slight sense of unease, but the gentleness of her emptiness kept her calm. Should she grow worried, the Shroud would disperse in an audible whisper of silk, the Mental magicks well at work. With all the confidence of a veteran assassin, Ginni went to take a step towards another branch, completely hidden from the world. Then, her stomach let out an irate, indignant growl loud enough for anybody to hear in the nearing silence.


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PostSubject: Re: (Ch. 1) Iron Road   (Ch. 1) Iron Road EmptySun Jun 09, 2019 1:35 pm

The roar of a thundering beast! A battlefield worthy of feasts! Live and let die by the yeast! Truly, our hero cared the least!

After taking the caravan off a leisurely runway away from the city where gold yields blood, our best bambino found himself entranced by what seemed like a covert lightning storm in the woods! Entrusting the caravan to his most reliable retainer, Sir Manuelito, he decided to scout above the treetops for sneak peeks at what was to come!

With short wings, he fluttered and fluttered by, until a faint growl from the trees below snatched his focused mind... And what he saw was no strange situation! A lone dame by the woods? Perhaps a new heart to woo!


"Ah, a new mistress for my ranks! If what the Shadowman claims is true, I'll have the power to sway ladies' hearts at a handshake's whim once we nab a kingdom of our own... But to Paradiso with that! I'll grace this lady with an autograph before we reach fame, all so she has a sack of gold to sit on and play with! Heh."

Our hero took a turn, grasping the nearest leaves so as to make a fanfare of his arrival! He hastily climbed down, until all that remained between him and splatting demise was his fingers on a tree branch!

"Signora! Heed! Hail! For it is I, a spirit of the woods! Adored by fairies and brownies alike, my domain serves to amuse damsels like you!"

And as he spoke, his speech enforced its truth upon the nearby listeners! Amusing as his own tale, it was! Perhaps not enough to rip a cackle off the humored, but to amuse bylisteners of all ages and financial upbringings!

And thus, our hero let go of the branch, using his wings to attempt a flourished landing!

If all this rusing-up went according to our hero's fantastic daydreamings, then perhaps this famished lady of noble dressings and buttery knifeplay would fancy a picnic worthy of kings!
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PostSubject: Re: (Ch. 1) Iron Road   (Ch. 1) Iron Road EmptySun Jun 30, 2019 3:17 pm

Like a flash of light, a presence flared within the High Mother's bubble of awareness. Long before the sound of torn silk had reached her ears, a deathly chill had clawed its way to the nape of her neck; the instant she registered this crescendo of stimulation, Lyrei twirled her figure to face in the exact direction of the eavesdropper. Although her motion was sudden, her face visibly disturbed by some anomalous occurrence, her posture was still loose and at ease. She snapped her hand to the hilt of her blade, but rather than grasping at it, the High Mother merely allowed her palm to rest against the patterned surface.

Still facing the empty forestry, Lyrei's incredulous expression turned to something resembling admiration.
"Oh, you're very good..." she sang, with praise so earnest the sound of her voice was practically dancing. "I should have felt you far earlier... how did you manage that?"

While her mouth formed words her mind formed hands, and she reached out to a point she could only see through the System’s eyes. Then, in that fraction of an instant after addressing the lurker, the two were connected. To Ginni, it would have felt like a tingle rolling down her spine; to High Mother Lyrei, it felt like being submerged in a pool of warm water. She was floating in thoughts.

“...You know, you can still leave. If it’s just one person, you can still leave.”

Then, the bustling words of carnaval cut through the atmosphere and the forest’s rumble like a knife.

“Two is more difficult, though.”

A glimmer of unease flashed in her eyes. She could see the gentle pressure behind that man’s every word. She was familiar with his tongue, which was not one of sounds but of ideas that crept into the heart. Because she could see it, the High Mother began to back away. Careful, steady steps guided her along the grass. A few paces back, and she shot a glance to her side to make sure of something. Her movements were delicate and weightless, nigh imperceptible to the distracted. Once she was still, her gentle smile returned.

“There’s really no rush here. If you’d like to come out and speak, I don’t…”


The last word trailed into silence. It was becoming difficult to hear her now, as the vibrations dominated the forest’s soundscape.
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