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Sojourn
07-01-2012, 08:51 PM
Planet Nero is a planet that has two extreme climates and kingdoms. The kingdom to the South is called Fotia and is mainly desert. It has blistering heat. The kingdom to the North is called Pagos and is full of snow and ice. It has freezing temperatures. The citizens of both kingdoms have long since gotten used to the climates. For much of Nero's history the kingdoms of Fotia and Pagos would go to war. This ended 25 years ago because of the Great War. Fotia and Pagos had a war so horrible and bloody it almost destroyed the planet. Children were orphaned and it was hard to find someone who had not lost a least one loved one because of it. Queen Ember of Fotia and King Lars of Pagos called a truce. Both had lost their families and almost their own lives in a war they couldn't even remember why it started. In the Mountains of Mesos, they built the City of Eirini. Built perfectly halfway between both kingdoms, it serves as a peaceful meeting point for the rulers and a place of trade between the kingdoms. Over time the wounds of the past have slowly healed the kingdoms live peacefully with each other until recently.

Previously on Nero: (http://quarrelsandquills.com/showthread.php/1991-Planet-Nero-Hidden-Motives)

The Royal Family decided to help Geoffers and Pembrooke and Dayana weren't content doing nothing. Dayana used the Aireens to try and start the war she wanted on Nero but it failed. Instead they became new allies. Selene discovered she was pregnant and Esaias learned that Lord Pembrooke was his biological father. However, he'd rather live with his new parents. Gordon was on the verge of a major discovery when the observatory was set on fire...

Sojourn
07-08-2012, 10:23 AM
Selene

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In the morning the guards, who had spent most the night trying to find clues about the arson committed on the Royal Observatory, where not any closer to finding out the who or why it had happened. Selene still couldn't figure it out herself. It was an act of treason but if someone wanted to take a hit on the Royal Family, there were other targets that made more sense to burn down. After breakfast she said to Barrett.

Shall we see if Gordon made any progress on his research?

He had told them he was still going to work on his research even though he had to use a telescope in his home.

Optimus Prime
07-08-2012, 10:33 AM
Barrett

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Barrett couldn't make sense of the attack on the Royal Observatory anymore then his wife could. It didn't make sense to attack something that wasn't of military or political importance. He nodded his head to Selene.

We should. Perhaps his research is why it was attacked.

Although he didn't really see what an astronomer would find that would warrant an act of treason. They headed to Gordon's home, they knew he had stayed up all night and didn't plan on keeping him long.

Hello Gordon. We're sure you are tired, so we'll only make it a brief visit. We just wanted to know how your research went last night.

Monkey Kitty
07-08-2012, 06:41 PM
Sir Gordon Carswell

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When Selene and Barrett arrived at Gordon's home, the astronomer was wide awake. He'd been up all night, but it scarcely mattered... and not only because of all the caffeine he'd taken in while he worked. Gordon had made a major discovery, and his excitement was too much to contain. He couldn't have slept if he'd wanted to.

"Your majesties," Gordon said with a rather giddy smile. "I am pleased to report that - in spite of the destruction of my observatory - I was able to make a major breakthrough last night."

Fortunately, all of his important notes had been at home. The papers that had burned up in the fire had been just backup copies. At the time, Gordon hadn't been thinking about security. He was just a workaholic, and he wanted to have his notes nearby so he could work any time an idea struck him, day or night. Sometimes Gordon regretted not leading a more balanced life; he regretted not having a family instead of prioritizing his research to the exclusion of everything else. Under the circumstances, though, today Gordon was glad that he'd taken his work home.

"I was able to get my first clear view of the anomaly in the Doriana Nebula last night. And your majesties... I'm fairly sure that it's some sort of portal!"

From the expression on his face, the king and queen would know what a surprising and potentially important discovery this was.

Optimus Prime
07-08-2012, 09:56 PM
Barrett

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It was very easy to see that Gordon had a good night despite the arson. Both rulers were very curious to hear what he had discovered. When Gordon said he discovered a portal, Barrett replied.

Really? Where do you think it could lead to?

He was shocked at the news, although he quickly realized that his question was silly. Gordon just discovered it, he would have no idea where it led to yet.

Sojourn
07-08-2012, 10:00 PM
Selene

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Selene could tell that Gordon had a major discovery last night, he was giddy as he shared the news. She was surprised that he believed he had discovered a portal in the Doriana Nebula.

That's amazing. I wonder if it leads to other worlds, where other First are.

She didn't believe Nero was the only planet in the entire universe with life on it and surely there had to be more First out there. Perhaps ruling other worlds like she and Barrett were ruling this one. She felt there were many more First out there then they knew of.

Honor's Angel
07-09-2012, 01:00 PM
Angel

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::The children all seemed pretty excited to have Marta living with them. Angel knew she would need to tell her she was a First, last night it would have seemed like too much information to dump on the woman. Although Angel knew she needed to tell her. The kids didn't really keep it a secret that she could heal their boo boos or that she could make bad magic go away. It was better Marta heard it from her then have Hadrian or Ellie tell her.::

Marta there is something I need to tell you.

::Angel told her and led her into a private room so they could talk with out the children interrupting.::

I'm not sure how much Lord Pembrooke told you about the First, the gods, but I'm one of them. I can heal people, create portals, and I can drain energy. The Royal Family are gods too, their powers are just different then mine. Since I discovered this about myself, I've only been using these gifts to help people but I wanted you to know from me instead of finding out from one of the kids.

Monkey Kitty
07-09-2012, 07:13 PM
Sir Gordon Carswell

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"I am trying not to get too far ahead of myself, your majesties," Gordon said with barely-contained excitement. "But I think that what you speculate is very possible. For many years, scholars in my profession have debated about portals between worlds. It is highly unusual to see evidence. So far, I don't know what would happen if something went through it. My guess is that it would emerge from another portal somewhere else. I hope to find that second portal too."

He added as a caution, "Of course, the Doriana Nebula is quite far away, your majesties. We have no way to reach this portal... so all our observation must be from afar. Still, the possibilities are fascinating!"

It hadn't escaped him that the observatory fire had coincided with this discovery, but he wasn't sure what it might signify. Who but another scholar would even know the portal might exist, let alone want to stop its discovery?

Monkey Kitty
07-09-2012, 07:34 PM
Marta

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Marta had gotten up at dawn to start cleaning; she wanted to make a good impression on her new employer, and she was used to rising early. Before long, though, the children were awake too, and duties as an aunt became more important than duties as a maid.

When Angel asked to speak to her, Marta was worried, because she assumed she had done something wrong. The actual subject of the conversation left her dumbfounded.

"I... Mister Arden never said much about the gods, Miss Angel," Marta said shyly. "I knew he wasn't a religious man, but he mostly kept it to himself."

Lord Pembrooke hadn't found it expedient to let his hatred for the Firsts become widely known prior to his treason at the wedding. Hating the gods was too polarizing. He'd ranted to Garnet in the same way he might have spoken aloud to an inanimate object, but he had never said much to the servants, and certainly not to his peers.

"I don't know... should I... worship you?" Marta asked anxiously. She wanted to do the right thing, but it was harder to know how to behave when you were living with a goddess without the barrier of temples and incense between you.

Optimus Prime
07-09-2012, 07:57 PM
Barrett

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Yes, yes you're right. It is fascinating that you found a portal and we can't help but wonder where it leads to or what could be on the other side.

Especially when Barrett felt there were far more First in the universe then they knew about. He knew there would be way to actually get to the Doriana Nebula, Nero didn't have the means for space travel nor could he and Selene teleport that large of a distance. Thinking about the fire, he was greatly confused why someone would set fire to observatory to try and prevent this discovery. It was fascinating from an academic standpoint but not a military or political one.

Sojourn
07-09-2012, 08:02 PM
Selene

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Selene felt a little embarrassed for getting so far ahead, although it was only natural to wonder where the portal would led. She nodded her head in agreement with what Barrett said and told Gordon.

Please do keep us posted on what else you discover. Also we'll post some guards around your home, just in case the fire had something to do with your discovery.

Not she was sure why someone would want to prevent it but it was a big coincidence when it happened as well. It was better to be safe then sorry.

Honor's Angel
07-10-2012, 12:51 PM
Angel

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::Angel had been surprised to see Marta already cleaning before the children were up. She appreciated it but she had hired her to help with the children not do all the cleaning for them. Although she felt that telling Marta she was a goddess was more important then telling her it was okay to sleep in. She nodded her head that Lord Pembrooke kept his viewpoints about the gods to himself. That didn't truly surprise her since he seemed like the type of man who liked to keep up appearances. Until the wedding, she never would have thought he was in on the treason plans. When Marta asked if she was supposed to worship her, Angel shook her head with a smile.::

No, I don't want or need any special treatment. You're family now and I didn't want to keep that from you. Or have you be surprised if something happens and I need to use my powers to help out.

Monkey Kitty
07-10-2012, 07:22 PM
Sir Gordon Carswell

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"I will continue to keep your majesties up to date about my progress," Gordon promised. "And I will gladly accept the offer of guards. I cannot imagine why my work would be targeted by anyone - but these are dangerous times. I'm no warrior, and I appreciate having people who are to defend me. Thank you, your majesties."

Gordon kept his promise to keep the king and queen in the loop about his progress. In fact, he contacted them much sooner than he expected to. The same day, he sent them a note that read:

Your royal highnesses,

I believe that I have calculated the location where the second portal will open, and that it is close enough to Nero that we will be able to see it with the naked eye! If your majesties or Lady Gwynn and Lady Garnet would have an interest in seeing it, please visit me at my home on any night of your convenience.

Sincerely,
Gordon Carswell

Monkey Kitty
07-10-2012, 07:38 PM
Marta

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"Well, thank you, Miss Angel!" Marta said, sounding surprised but pleased. "It's very nice of you to say I'm family. Thank you for telling me the truth. I won't get alarmed if anything like that happens. It's good that you have powers that can help people."

She paused a moment, as if weighing her words. Lord Pembrooke had been kind to the servants, but he had maintained a firm class barrier between the help and the owner of the estate. Angel talked to her more like an equal, and Marta liked that - but sometimes found it hard to know how to respond. It would take some time for her to get used to it.

"If I may say so, Miss Angel, I really like working here. The children are real sweethearts. I always enjoyed having kids around."

Marta had liked her job in Veilerian for the most part, but it had always made her sad that there was no younger generation of Pembrookes, and no real prospect of one. Having little ones around was a pleasant change from the quiet that had become oppressive since Lord Pembrooke left them.

Honor's Angel
07-11-2012, 01:00 PM
Angel

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You're very welcome Marta.

::Angel told Marta with a happy smile. She meant it when she told Marta she felt they were family now, Angel didn't just see Marta as her employee. She saw her as a friend and a family member. She nodded her head that she liked that her powers helped people. Angel was a very caring person so she'd much rather have the powers she did have to help out others.::

We like having you here too. I know the children already adore you.

::Hadrian was really excited to have an aunt now and the other children quickly warmed up to the idea as well.::

By the way, you can sleep in if you want in the morning. I don't expect you to clean up the whole orphanage by yourself.

::Angel told her with a smile, she wasn't going to stop Marta from cleaning if she truly liked doing it but she also didn't want the woman to think Angel expected her to do all the housework now.::

In fact, you could probably get the kids to help you. It's good for them to learn responsibilities like that.

::Angel felt it was important for the children to learn how to do things like clean or manage money.They needed to know basic skills when they were adults and taking care of their own homes. She had the oldest children go shopping with her and even as children as young as Hadrian could learn how to clean up after themselves.::

Sojourn
07-11-2012, 08:08 PM
Selene

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We have no idea either why they would target you but we'll try our best to keep you safe.

Selene replied. She and Barrett told Gordon they would appreciate updates on his progress and that he was welcome. True to their word, guards were assigned to protect Gordon. They checked on Geoffers, who still could not talk or move much, but he was making progress because of Angel's magic. They also paid Lord Riddarith a visit, the doctors said he and his aide were making excellent progress. The aide had awakened from his coma and could go home soon. While Riddarith would probably awake up soon as well. Selene wondered if the attack would make the lord nicer or nastier. Those were good things since the Royal Family had the funeral of Riddarith's bodyguard to attend to. It was a solemn affair but the family was grateful that Luca had arranged it. She had been happy to help but was also glad she could now focus on planning a party for the king and queen to celebrate the pregnancy. She liked planning happy occasions. Luca was discussing the party with the king and queen when they received Gordon's note.

That sounds exciting Barrett. We should go.

Optimus Prime
07-11-2012, 08:20 PM
Barrett

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After telling Gordon bye, Barrett and Selene went back to their duties. He was glad that Geoffers was making progress, perhaps someday he could tell them the name of the First who had hired him. Barrett hadn't forgotten about the woman who was trying to make him and Selene go to war with each other. He supposed she hadn't forgotten them either, she was probably trying to think of a new plan since her last one with the Aireens failed. He was also glad that Riddarith was recovering despite the fact he didn't like him. Just because Barrett didn't like him didn't mean he deserved to die. The aide, who was wake when they visited, was very thankful for the great medical care the Royal Family was paying for. He and Selene expressed their condolences to the bodyguard's family at the funeral. When they received Gordon's note, Barrett was surprised. He hadn't expected to hear from the man so soon. He nodded his head to Selene.

Yes, we should. Let's go ask Gwynn and Garnet if they went to go as well.

They went to find their little sisters and asked if they would like to come with them to see if Gordon had correctly pinpointed the location of where the second portal. would open.

Monkey Kitty
07-12-2012, 01:57 PM
Marta

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"Thank you, Miss Angel," Marta said. "I'm not sure I could sleep in, though. I've been getting up early for twenty-five years. It's gotten to be a routine now. I like the mornings. But I won't feel like I have to, if some morning I don't feel up to it."

Working at the Pembrooke Estate had been a good job, all things considered, but working as a maid anywhere was hard work. Marta was accustomed to it, and didn't mind. She'd been doing it since she was a teenager, and it just felt ordinary to her to be up and working with the sunrise. Marta wasn't getting any younger, though, and it was nice to know that there wasn't any pressure if she couldn't manage this pace forever.

She added, "I think it's a good idea about giving the kids chores, though, ma'am. You're right - helps them learn to be responsible, and being a grownup is going to be a rude shock if they've never washed a shirt or cooked a meal while they were young."

Giving children little tasks around the home was something Marta approved of, because she thought it was important preparation for being an adult. Young people didn't magically learn to run a household when they came of age, if everything had been done for them up till that point. She hadn't felt it was her place to assign any responsibilities, though, because some people of the upper classes thought it was beneath their children to do any work, and Marta didn't want to offend Angel. Now that she knew she had Angel's approval, she would encourage the kids to do some chores.

"I don't mind doing the work myself, but I agree that it's good for them to help with some little things so they learn. I'll see that they do."

Monkey Kitty
07-12-2012, 02:20 PM
Gwynn and Garnet

Gwynn was very excited about maybe seeing the portal. She had been reading to Geoffers every day as she'd promised, and when she returned from his room to her own and was told about the message, she grinned and clapped her hands. Gwynn had enjoyed looking through Gordon's telescope the night he taught her about the stars, and although she didn't really know anything about astronomy besides that brief introduction, she was curious to see more tonight. Lizard Dog didn't understand where they were going, but he was eager for the outing.

Garnet, however, seemed more ambivalent. At first she didn't seem to want to talk about why, but Gwynn was persistent and eventually wore her down. Finally, Garnet told her that Pembrooke had an armchair interest in astronomy, and it made her anxious to hear about it again. Gwynn convinced her they would have fun, though - and that Gordon was nothing like her cruel creator - and in the end Garnet agreed to come along too.

Gwynn couldn't help wondering if Pembrooke had been the cause of the observatory fire. If he knew about Gordon's discovery, he might have wanted to stop the researcher's progress. Gwynn couldn't figure out how Pembrooke would have known, though, or why he'd want to interfere with Gordon's work even if he did. Still, she mentioned her thought to Barrett and Selene, just in case it turned out to be true.

Gordon eagerly welcomed to his home, and showed them to an upstairs balcony. His telescope was set up, but he didn't think they would need it to see the portal itself, only to get a closer look. It didn't take long for the sky to darken sufficiently, and Gordon pointed to what looked like a faint purple ring high on the horizon, far away but visible to the eye.

"That is the portal," Gordon explained. "It is identical to the one in the Doriana Nebula, as far as I can tell. I believe they connect, and that matter could move back and forth between them."

Optimus Prime
07-12-2012, 07:08 PM
Barrett

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Barrett and Selene weren't surprised that Gwynn was eager to see the portal. She was a very curious goddess, so they knew even before they asked she'd say yes. Although they were a little surprised that Garnet seemed reluctant. They didn't pressure her into talking about it but when she said it was because Lord Pembrooke had an interest in it, they understood. Like Gwynn, they thought it was possible that Pembrooke had set the fire once they knew of his interest in astronomy. Although they had no idea why he would do suhc a thing. It still made no sense but Barrett and Selene decided to just enjoy themselves tonight then try to figure out how that man's mind worked.

Wow, that's cool.

Barrett said, he had never seen a portal except for the ones Angel was able to create. He always knew where hers led to. He was fascinated with it and wondered where it would go and what would be waiting on the other side. He looked through the telescope to get a better view and then let his family look through it as well.

Sojourn
07-12-2012, 07:25 PM
Dayana

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Selene was just as fascinated by the portal as her husband and took a turn looking at it through the telescope. Although she did wonder why in the world Pembrooke would have tried to stop its discovery, it didn't make sense to her. Meanwhile Dayana was outside of her hideout in the western glaciers, looking at the portal as well. She felt time was running out, she needed the gods at war and yet everything she tried seemed to fail. She was a stubborn goddess though and refused to give up. Then it hit her and she laughed out loud. She was thinking the breakup between Selene and Barrett had to be the result of something big. Goodness, she was silly. She remembered how the stories of the wars between the kingdoms originally started and smirked. She had heard the news that a big party was going to be held to celebrate the news of the queen's pregnancy. Pretty much everyone in Nero would be invited. That's where she'd spring her plan. Satisfied with herself that she had a new plan, she continued to look at the portal.

Honor's Angel
07-13-2012, 01:07 PM
Angel

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I understand, I just wanted to make sure you knew Milson and I don't expect you get up early every single morning.

::Angel told Marta with a smile. She understood that Marta had spent a quarter of a century getting up early and it was probably something her body was just used. Angel had just wanted to make it clear that she and Milson didn't expect Marta to be their maid or work at the pace she had grown used to. Angel was also glad they were on the same page about the children needing to know how to do chores around the house. Angel had grown up doing chores, it would have been a rude awakening for her to run a household full of children if her Nana had never made her do anything.::

I'll leave it in your hands. I trust that you'll figure out which tasks will be appropriate for each child to handle around the house.

Monkey Kitty
07-14-2012, 04:32 PM
Gwynn and Gordon

Gwynn enjoyed looking at the portal, both with and without the telescope. Through the telescope, it was easier to see the details - that it looked like a ring of purple jewels, with a softer shimmering shade of lavender in the centre. Without the magnification, though, it was easier for her untrained eye to get an idea of its true position in space. It was tantalizingly close to Nero, but still unreachable.

Much as Gwynn wanted to just enjoy the sight, she couldn't help wondering again about Pembrooke, and whether he had any connection to the portal.

Gwynn asked Gordon thoughtfully, "If someone could teleport to the portal, could they use it to travel to the Doriana Nebula?" She had seen Pembrooke teleport with stolen magic, and although she knew there was no way to reach the portal by conventional means, it seemed like it would be in teleportation range. Could Pembrooke be trying to protect his means of transportation, if he had some reason to want to go to the Doriana Nebula?

Gordon was shaking his head, though. "I do not think that would be possible, my lady," he replied in a polite but certain tone. "Someone like the king or queen would be able to reach the portal through teleportation, but the problem would be on the other side. The portal in the Doriana Nebula is even further from any planet or asteroid than this one is from Nero. A person would not only face a lack of breathable air, but also extreme cold and the violent forces of the interstellar vacuum. It simply wouldn't be possible to survive long enough to reach anything in the Nebula, even with a second teleportation."

"I see," Gwynn replied. "Thanks."

She couldn't see any flaw in Gordon's explanation. Even a First wouldn't be able to survive that, and Pembrooke was an ordinary human who stole magic. There must be another reason, if Pembrooke was even involved at all.

Monkey Kitty
07-14-2012, 04:56 PM
Marta

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"Thank you, Miss Angel," Marta said. "I appreciate your trust in me."

She paused, trying to frame her next thought, because she wasn't just talking about the chores. Her reason for gratitude went much deeper.

"I'm thankful that you trusted me after I worked for Lord Arden, too. I know he's your enemy. I never would have thought he'd do bad things, but what I've learned about him..."

Pembrooke had almost certainly been involved in tricking Marta out of contact with her nephew, and Esaias ending up on the streets. Marta had tried to come up with a scenario where her employer was innocent, where he'd been tricked too - and it just didn't work. He had to have been part of the ploy.

"I just want you to know that if he comes back, I won't take his side. I'm on yours now."

Honor's Angel
07-15-2012, 06:14 AM
Angel

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::Angel told Marta she was welcome that she trusted her to assign proper household chores for the children. Angel wasn't a control freak and she didn't need to supervise every single thing in the orphanage. She nodded when Marta thanked her for trusting her even though she worked for Pembrooke, who Marta had never thought was capable of such things.::

You're welcome. I'm sure Lord Pembrooke hid things for you and the other employees. I would never hold what he did against you. We each make our own choices.

::He had clearly made the wrong ones but that didn't mean she was going to assume that every single person associated with him was just like him. She'd always give them the benefit of doubt first. She smiled when Marta said that if he came back, she'd take her side.::

I'm happy to have you on our side. I'm sure he'll come back. He tried to take Esaias back and he was angry that Esaias didn't want him.

::Angel told Marta with an annoyed look on her face. Why the man ever thought Esaias would want him made no sense. After all he had tried to get Viola to have an abortion and frame him at the wedding.::

The Royal Family said they'd help protect us from Pembrooke but I think since he is getting less and less to lose, he's becoming more dangerous.

Optimus Prime
07-15-2012, 04:58 PM
Barrett

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Barrett was about to ask Gordon the same question Gwynn did. He wondered if it was possible to teleport to the portal and was half tempted to do it himself until he heard that even as a First he wouldn't be able to survive the conditions. The more he thought about it, the more likely it was that Pembrooke had started the arson.

Gordon, can you think of any reason that someone would want you to prevent discovering this? Garnet told us that Pembrooke had an interest in astronomy as well and...Perhaps it wasn't just a coincidence he tried to frame you right when you were so close to finding this.

Sojourn
07-15-2012, 05:06 PM
Selene

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The teleportation question was a good one, because Selene was curious about that herself. As much as she wanted to know what was on the other side of the portal, she definitely wasn't about to risk her health or her unborn child's health to find out. Although it did make her wonder if Garnet was right and Pembrooke knew of this discovery as well. If he did, why would he try to prevent it?

Do you think things, like meteors, could come through the portal and possibly endanger the planet?

As amazing as the discovery was, Selene was a little concerned about more natural disasters that might come to Nero.

Monkey Kitty
07-15-2012, 10:08 PM
Sir Gordon Carswell

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Gordon replied to Barrett, "It is difficult to see any reason for him to do that, your majesty. I do not see how the discovery of the portal could be used for war, or for making a profit, or any sort of personal gain. Perhaps another academic could sabotage the research so he or she could be the first to announce the discovery - but my understanding is that Lord Pembrooke is very much an amateur in astronomy. I do not think it is a career for Pembrooke, so I don't see how a fairly obscure astronomical find would be a source of advancement for him as it is for someone like me."

Selene's question took him up short, though. Gordon hadn't really considered that angle; when he had explained the results of travel to Gwynn, he had assumed that Nero was the point of origin. Reversing that was a different question. He had to think it through before giving an answer, since he wanted to make sure his response was accurate.

In a careful tone, he said, "Your highness, I believe that would indeed be possible. However, I would not call that particular scenario likely, because the trajectory of a meteor would not be under anyone's control. The odds of a meteor chancing to travel at the precise correct angle to enter the portal are minuscule. In more general terms, though? Yes, an object could come through the portal, and it could endanger Nero. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, and I hope it is not the case."

Monkey Kitty
07-15-2012, 11:23 PM
Marta

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Marta nodded, "Yeah... I mean, yes ma'am... he hid a lot from us." She was clearly becoming more comfortable with Angel. "I always thought he was such a nice man, and I never understood why people were saying he did all those terrible things. Now I realize I never knew him at all. We only saw what he wanted us to see."

She was startled that Pembrooke had come back for Esaias. "He never seemed to have one bit of interest in his son! Fancy him coming back now, after all this time."

Marta's already pale face drained of colour as she added, "That must have been the guest Mister Arden was expecting. He told us maids to make up a room for someone who was staying, probably for a long time. He never said who, though. Must be he was planning on taking Esaias."

"If I may be so bold, I'm glad he didn't get him, ma'am. Esaias is much better off here with you. I'll keep an eye out for if Mister Arden comes back, and tell someone right away."

Pembrooke would probably come back expecting to find Marta still loyal, and would get quite a shock.

"Ma'am, I was wondering if I might by your leave return to Veilerian for a day, sometime soon. I think if I told the other servants what I've seen and heard here - and about what Mister Arden did to poor Esaias - some of them might change their minds about him too."

Honor's Angel
07-16-2012, 12:51 PM
Angel

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I'm sorry he did hide things from you. That won't happen here.

::Angel told Marta, she didn't like keeping things from people. Angel had no plans of hiding things from Marta like Pembrooke did. She nodded her head that Pembrooke only let people see of him what he wanted them to see. Angel was sure that the lord was angry that Esaias picked her and Milson over him, especially when he told the maids to have a room ready.::

That must have been, I think Esaias is much happier here as well. Thank you for keeping an eye out for him.

::When Marta asked if she could go to Veilerian for a day, Angel nodded her head.::

Of course you can. Just let me know when you'd like to go so I can make sure I'll be home to watch the kids. Oh and you don't have to call me "ma'am" if you don't want to. Calling me Angel is fine.

::Angel told her with a smile. She was Marta's employer but Angel considered Marta her family now and there was no need for formalities between them.::

Optimus Prime
07-16-2012, 08:07 PM
Barrett

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I don't truly see why either, it's just too big of a coincidence he tried to frame you and then the arson happened.

Barrett replied with a frown. He couldn't truly see what the gain was in preventing the discovery and it was possible that another academic had done it but still arson was pretty far to go to just say they discovered it before Gordon. Selene definitely had a good question, one he had no considered himself. He had just been fascinated by the portal, he didn't think what could actually go through it...

There is no need to be sorry, we should be prepared for a worst case scenario.

Sojourn
07-16-2012, 08:17 PM
Selene

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Selene didn't believe in coincidences anymore then her husband did. When Gordon said it could be possible that something could be sent through the portal and endanger the planet, she frowned. She wasn't sure how Pembrooke would do it with stolen magic but if it was possible then they needed to be prepared. She hoped it wouldn't be the case either but it could explain why someone wouldn't want the portal discovered. If they hadn't discovered it, then they couldn't monitor it to prevent another disaster.

It's okay, I asked and I appreciate an honest response. We'll have to monitor the portal for activity so we can be prepared.

Monkey Kitty
07-16-2012, 10:55 PM
Sir Gordon Carswell

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"I think that is wise, your majesties," Gordon replied. "Fortunately, I don't think the risk is a great one, because it would take an incredible coincidence for something capable of harming Nero to enter the portal by mere chance. If it hadn't been for Pembrooke, I wouldn't think there was any serious cause for concern at all. With him involved, though..."

Gordon couldn't help shuddering. Pembrooke wasn't a popular man in general in the twin realms these days, but Gordon had particular reason to despise him. It still galled him that Pembrooke had attempted to frame him for treason. If the king and queen had been less wise, Gordon could have lost his head for someone else's crimes. Gordon had never given Pembrooke any reason to dislike him; he barely knew the man. The betrayal had seemed even worse because it was so undeserved. The Royal Astronomer would not forget that any time soon. Nor would he take any chances when it came to Pembrooke.

"Well, I think you are doing the right thing by keeping vigilant. I will keep my eye on the side of the portal that is in the Doriana Nebula, as often as I can. I'll ask any other astronomers who still have telescopes powerful enough to help me keep the watch. Unfortunately, the portals are only visible at night, but it's better than nothing. If we see something enter the portal on the Doriana side, it will at least give us a few extra minutes' warning to prepare. Sometimes even a few minutes can make a difference."

Gordon told them, "I will also continue my research as planned. If we can discover the origin of the portals, it may help us understand how - or if - Pembrooke is involved."

Monkey Kitty
07-16-2012, 11:09 PM
Marta

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"Thank you," Marta replied when Angel said she could call her by her name. She didn't mind using the "ma'am," but she liked the idea of being family as Angel had said, and it would be harder to feel that way if she always addressed her as servant to mistress.

"I think I should go to Veilerian soon, Angel. Whichever day is convenient for you is fine. I don't think I should delay, though, because Mister... because Pembrooke might try something."

Now that "Mister Arden" had proven so untrue, Marta no longer wanted to call him by the name he'd been called as a boy. This man was someone different. This man was a stranger.

"I'm afraid he'll come back. If he does, he'll find the servants still loyal and working for him. I'd like to try to change their minds before they get that chance. I don't want him to have any help, and... they aren't bad people, ma'am. I mean, Angel. They're mostly good folks, they've just been taught never to question their superiors. I wouldn't want them to get caught up in a traitor's mess, when all they want to do is their jobs."

Honor's Angel
07-17-2012, 12:44 PM
Angel

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::Angel replied that Marta was welcome. If Marta wanted to call her "ma'am" then Angel wouldn't stop her but she didn't want the older woman to assume she had to always address her formally. She nodded her head that Marta would like to go back to Veilerian soon and talk to the other servants. She noticed that Marta referred to her former employer as "Pembrooke", which obviously meant her opinion of him had changed. Angel was sure the people still there weren't bad people. People only knew what they were taught and Pembrooke had done a good job hiding his true nature for a long time.::

I wouldn't want them to be caught up in it either. If you'd like to leave tomorrow, you can. I could create a portal for you get there faster, that way you won't have the long travel.

Sojourn
07-17-2012, 07:50 PM
Selene

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It's better to be safe, then sorry.

Selene replied to Gordon. If there was some way to use the portal to endanger the planet, then Selene was sure Pembrooke would find a way. Or perhaps that mystery goddess who hired Geoffers to start a war between her and Barrett would use it as well. Selene hadn't forgotten about her, although they hadn't heard anything thing since her failed attempt to get the Aireens to go to war with them.

That sounds like a good plan.

She replied when Gordon said he'd keep up his research but also have other astronomers help as well. If something was coming, the sooner they knew about it, the better. Especially when innocent lives were at stake. Selene gave him a smile.

By the way, thank you for inviting us to see it.

Sojourn
07-17-2012, 07:58 PM
Dayana

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Pleased with a new plan in mind on how to break up the happy little union between Barrett and Selene and have them finally at war with each other, Dayana decided to take care of some other business. Too bad Geoffers was under protection of the Royal Family, she'd just kill him. Since he had wasted her time and ruined so much by getting that fool Pembrooke involved. A supposed ally, she could laugh at that! Pembrooke had made everything worse. She didn't like he was messing up her plans, bringing the king and queen closer. They were supposed to go to war not be united against him! Plus how dare he steal her magic and use it?! Well she'd show him. She teleported herself to the Veilerian Estate. The Royal Family might have left his home and his loyal servants alone but Dayana wasn't as kind. She walked up to the first person she saw and told that servant.

I have a message for your boss.

Optimus Prime
07-17-2012, 08:07 PM
Barrett

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Barrett agreed hundred percent with his wife that it was better to be safe then sorry in this situation. If there was some way to manipulate that portal and endanger Nero, then he was sure at least one of their enemies would try it.

We appreciate anything you can do. If you need more funds for equipment or even for us to just have servants assigned to help you monitor the portal, let us know.

Barrett was willing to dedicate as many resources that they could afford to prevent another disaster on Nero. The people and the planet had had enough of that to last for a while.

Yes, thank you for inviting us. Despite the potential risk, it's still amazing to see the portal.

Monkey Kitty
07-18-2012, 12:14 AM
Sir Gordon Carswell

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"You're very welcome," Gordon replied. "I was pleased that you were interested in seeing it. Not everyone takes an interest in astronomy, and it's gratifying that the Royal Family wanted to be part of this. I'll contact my colleagues and see who still has telescopes that weren't destroyed in the observatory fire. My guess is that many of them have some at home. Not all will be powerful enough to see the Doriana Nebula, but those with weaker telescopes can still watch the closer portal. If I need anything more, I will let your majesties know."

Gordon showed them out, pausing at the door to thank them again for coming. When they had gone, he returned to his work, peering through the telescope lens and making calculations.

Monkey Kitty
07-18-2012, 12:20 AM
Marta

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"Tomorrow would be good," Marta said with a smile. "I've never traveled by portal before. That'll be exciting!"

To the Firsts, magic might have become mundane, but Marta had rarely seen it used and was still quite fascinated by it. Focusing on that helped calm her nervousness. Marta had never been nervous about speaking to the other servants before, but in the past she hadn't had an important message to convey to them. Winning them over could be a matter of life and death. She just hoped she could make them see the truth before it was too late.

Monkey Kitty
07-18-2012, 12:27 AM
Belinda

Belinda was automatically suspicious when Dayana approached, because the last unexpected visitors had asked lots of rude questions about Lord Pembrooke, and had taken Marta away with them. The last thing they needed was a repeat, or eventually there would be no servants left. Belinda wished her employer would come home; she didn't like his absence, or having to take responsibility for the visitors.

"Mister Arden hasn't been home, ma'am," Belinda replied. Her tone wasn't impolite, but her hands remained on her hips. She was clearly wary. "If you leave him a message, I'll see that he gets it whenever he comes back. We don't know when to expect him, though, so I can't be sure when it'll be that he receives it."

If there was a deadline on the message and Lord Pembrooke didn't get it in time, Belinda didn't want to be held responsible just because no one knew where he was.

Sojourn
07-18-2012, 08:50 PM
Dayana

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Yes, I know. If he was then I wouldn't be talking to you deary.

Dayana replied to Belinda. She didn't care for the woman's wariness. She wasn't outright being rude but Dayana could tell she didn't want her here. Another ungrateful mortal, not realizing she could kill her with a simple snap of her fingers. After everything she was doing for them you'd think people would show some respect to a goddess. Her hand started to glow purple.

You can tell him he needs to stop stealing from me because I'm done sharing my magic.

Pembrooke was using her magic to avoid capture and do whatever stupid ideas he had in his head. She was sick of it! She never should have involved mortals to begin with. She realized that now and she needed to get the situation back under control. Pembrooke wasn't here to punish but she could punish his servants instead.

Monkey Kitty
07-18-2012, 11:10 PM
Belinda

Belinda's wariness turned to outright fear when she saw Dayana's hand glow. In spite of who she worked for, Belinda had, up till now, had a very ordinary life. She was a widow, without children, and she had a very conventional job working as a servant in a nobleman's house. Belinda knew next to nothing about magic and, as such, she feared it... particularly when she was faced with an obviously threatening display.

She raised her hands as if in surrender - not that Dayana would expect her to go for a weapon, but the gesture was just a reflex. Somehow she didn't think that hitting the stranger with the broom she had propped up against the wall by the rock garden path would benefit her.

"I'll tell him whatever you want, ma'am," Belinda answered with an helpfulness motivated by fear. "I don't know nothing about no magic, though, ma'am!"

In the years she'd worked for Pembrooke, Belinda's speech had become somewhat more refined, but as frightened as she was, her city slums accent was slipping back into her tones.

"You can just go on home, and I'll take care of telling him. Never you worry."

Honor's Angel
07-19-2012, 05:03 AM
Angel

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It is fun.

::Angel replied to Marta with a smile. She didn't know how the other gods thought, but Angel still found her own powers pretty fascinating. Before her powers were awakened she had lived quite an ordinary life. To know she could make even more of a difference in the world that she had already did made her happy. Which was why she'd never use her powers to harm other people. It was always in her nature to help others, being a First just helped her do that more. The children quickly liked the idea of having Marta live with them. They knew that biologically she was Esaias' aunt but many of them were also thinking of her as their own aunt as well. They eagerly told her about their day at school or wanted to tell or show her things just as much as they would do with Angel and Milson. Corla made Marta a necklace made out of seashells and told her.::

Here, so you can show your friends that living here is nice.

::Corla didn't really understand why Marta felt the need to go to Veilerian but she thought if she could help, she would. When Marta was ready, Angel was ready to create a portal for her.::

Sojourn
07-19-2012, 06:20 PM
Dayana

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Dayana smirked when she saw Belinda's reaction. Yes, she still had it. It was quite easy to make humans afraid. And why shouldn't they be? After all, the First were powerful and if the Royal Family wanted they could easily run this planet as a dictatorship.

But you just said you don't know when he'll be home, remember?

She looked over at a statue in the garden and with a small flick of her wrist, shot an energy bolt at it. Destroying the head of the statue. She needed to leave a big message for Pembrooke that she was tired of him screwing up her plans and stealing her magic. Terrorizing his servants and vandalizing his home would be a good start.

I think I shall make myself comfortable in the house.

She said and gave a Belinda a look that dared the woman to try and stop her.

Monkey Kitty
07-19-2012, 06:32 PM
Belinda

Belinda might be scared, but this was just too much. Who did this stranger think she was, butting onto Belinda's turf... erm, Mister Arden's turf, that is... and acting like she owned the place? That statue had probably been expensive! And Mister Arden had probably liked it! Belinda wasn't going to sit back and let this hussy keep wrecking the estate that she took so much pride in helping to maintain.

Her expression became fierce, and her hands on her hips balled into fists. "Now then! That won't do at all! I said I'll give Mister Arden your message, and I will. You can't stay here and make a mess, though. We aren't prepared for guests just now. Mister Arden will get in touch when he's back, I'm sure. Get gone with you, or I'll call the guards!"

That was somewhat of an empty threat, since Veilerian was so remote. The guards had been out to search for Pembrooke, but they didn't come by regularly, and Belinda had no way to contact them. Still, maybe it would put some fear in the magic woman.

Monkey Kitty
07-19-2012, 06:39 PM
Marta

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Marta knelt so she was at eye level with Corla, and said, "Well, that necklace is just lovely! Thank you! Once I show them that, I'm sure they'll understand how much fun we have here, and they'll want to have fun themselves."

That might be true. Of course, she wouldn't have told Corla the opposite either way, but by now Pembrooke had been gone long enough that the Veilerian estate was starting to seem rather empty, and eerily quiet. Maybe seeing an innocent token from a child would remind the other servants that life could be... well, more lively.

She said goodbye to each of the children who had come to see her off, then said, "I'm ready to go now, Angel."

Marta stepped through the portal, back to her old home.

Sojourn
07-19-2012, 06:56 PM
Dayana

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Dayana busted out laughing at Belinda's "fierce" look. Seriously did this woman really think she could scare her? Dayana wasn't scared of some guards either. She knew most of them were out searching for the owner of this estate.

I'm a goddess honey, I can do whatever I please.

She said pushing Belinda out of her way and threw some more energy bolts around, destroying random things that got in her way as she made her way into to the house. She grinned seeing all the expensive stuff inside.

Look at this as a favor. I bet he'll come home faster to you if he knows I'm ruining all his nice things.

Monkey Kitty
07-19-2012, 07:15 PM
Belinda

Belinda was fuming now. "You are not a goddess, either!" she insisted. "Goddesses are fancy and float around on clouds and things. And no real goddess would come in someone's house and wreck it up. You're just a vandal who happens to have a bit of magic! Now, you stop it, and get out of here!"

She picked up the broom, and attempted to use it to block Dayana's way so that she couldn't proceed further into the house to cause more destruction.

By now, other servants had heard the commotion and were coming to investigate. They too moved into position to try to intercept Dayana and push her back outside. Although some looked very wary of her magic, it was clear that none of them had any idea what they were dealing with.

Sojourn
07-19-2012, 08:10 PM
Dayana

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Any amusement Belinda's anger was giving Dayana was destroyed when the mortal woman claimed she wasn't a real goddess. Her eyes were flashing a dangerous purple as she replied.

Don't you dare tell me what I am mortal! You know nothing about the First.

She would probably wouldn't have harmed the servants too much if they had been smart enough to stay out of her way. Which apparently they weren't. Dayana grabbed the broom and snapped it in half.

You should have stayed out of my way.

She told Belinda as she threw an energy bolt at her chest. She turned to see other servants coming and attacked them as well.

Monkey Kitty
07-19-2012, 08:27 PM
Marta

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Belinda clutched her chest as the energy bolt struck her straight to the heart. Her lips moved, but she didn't make a sound. Belinda's last thought was that she had been wrong after all, and this was a goddess - but an evil one. Most of the servants weren't as invested in protecting the property as Belinda had been, but Belinda herself was popular and well loved. Seeing her die whipped her friends into a frenzy, attacking Dayana with their fists and with whatever blunt objects they could lay their hands on. A handful of human servants were no match for a goddess, though, and soon they lay still and dead on the floor of the luxurious entry hall.

Only two people had escaped with their lives. When one of the older maids, Charelle, saw a younger servant take an energy bolt to the shoulder early on in the very asymmetrical battle, she pulled the young woman behind a wardrobe to try to tend to her injuries. Out of the fray, the two managed to survive the onslaught.

A moment later, Marta stepped through Angel's portal, expecting to find the house as it had always been. Instead, she found smashed furnishings and statuary, and... and the bodies of her friends. Marta gave a wordless cry. Then, she spotted the two servants crouching in their hiding place.

"We have to get out of here!" Marta told them urgently. The younger servant was paralyzed with fear, but Charelle took one of her hands and Marta took the other, half supporting and half dragging her.

They were almost back to the portal when Marta spotted Dayana.

Optimus Prime
07-20-2012, 08:32 AM
Barrett

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Barrett and Selene told Gordon that if his colleagues needed more powerful telescopes to let them know. It wasn't like money was an object for the Royal Family and the safety of Nero was far more important then worrying about the cost of a few more powerful telescopes anyway. They headed home and thanked Gordon again for inviting them over. They went back to their duties on the planet, unaware that the mystery goddess Dayana was making herself known in Veilerian. If they knew what she was doing, they would have been there in an instant to help the servants and try to stop the goddess.

Sojourn
07-20-2012, 08:46 AM
Dayana

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Dayana didn't even bother to see if her energy bolt killed Belinda or not. She didn't care either way. She wasn't intentionally going out to kill people today but since they were insulting and attacking her, she wasn't going to stop. Ungrateful creatures these mortals were. They didn't deserve to live if they dared to attack a goddess. This would be nice scene for Pembrooke to return home to. That would show him to mess with a goddess. She turned her head in surprise when she saw a portal open. She thought perhaps it was one of the First on Nero but was surprised to see Marta had gone through it. She knew the woman was a mortal, which meant one of the gods had created it for her.

Who did that trick for you?

Monkey Kitty
07-20-2012, 05:16 PM
Marta

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Because of Angel's explanation earlier, Marta had somewhat more of an idea than the others about what she was dealing with. Charelle and the girl whose name Marta didn't know stopped dead when they saw the woman who had caused the destruction, but Marta managed to keep her head. She shoved them both, and they stumbled and more or less fell into the portal - but they got through, and that was the most important thing.

Marta knew there was no answer she could give that would satisfy Dayana without endangering the people at the orphanage. She moved her lips like she was about to speak, then suddenly dodged backward, tumbling through the portal as quickly as she could before another energy bolt hit.

She landed in a confused pile on top of the other two servants, but there was no time to sort themselves out. "Hurry, close the portal!" Marta begged Angel, looking flushed with exertion and trembling with shock. "There's an evil goddess who will try to come through!"

Honor's Angel
07-21-2012, 07:40 AM
Angel

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::Corla was very happy that Marta liked her necklace. She hoped it would help the other people at the bad man's estate realize they were all nice. Angel created the portal when Marta was ready. She stayed in the same room to keep it open but was helping Mara and Ananda play with Tia and the other babies they were currently taking care of. She didn't want to be pushy and she thought if anyone could get through to Pembrooke's servants it would be Marta not the goddess who gave her a new job. She was shocked when she saw two women come through the portal and then Marta quickly come out on top of them. She got up and ran over to the portal. On the other side she could see Dayana but wasn't sure if she could see her. She quickly closed the portal and told Ananda.::

Ananda, go tell your dad that the king and queen need to come here right away.

::Ananda was quickly out the door to look for Milson and Mara helped Angel get the three women off each other.::

What happened?

::Angel asked and immediately saw that the younger servant had taken an energy bolt in the shoulder and started to heal her. As soon as Ananda found her father, Milson was immediately getting a hold of the Royal Family.::

Sojourn
07-21-2012, 10:35 AM
Dayana

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Dayana threw an energy bolt towards Marta for not answering her but Angel closed the portal before it could go through. Dayana had caught a glimpse of Angel but didn't know which blond haired First in Nero it was. She wasn't sure if she was Angel or Selene. Either way Dayana knew she'd better leave. No matter which one it was, people would be coming for her and she wasn't ready yet to confront them. She surveyed the damage she had created and was pleased with herself. A message had been sent to Pembrooke and anyone else who dared to cross her. Dayana was not one to anger and she would get her way in the end. She teleported herself back to her hideout before the Royal Family and guards came looking for her.

Optimus Prime
07-21-2012, 10:49 AM
Barrett

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Barrett and Selene were both shocked when they received word from Milson that something horrible had happened at the Veilerian estate. Just because they obviously wanted to arrest Pembrooke and put him on trial for his crimes, that didn't mean they wanted something bad to happen to his servants. They didn't know exactly what kind of man they truly worked for. The Royal Family quickly teleported themselves to the orphanage to find about the evil goddess who had attacked the home.

Are there other people still there that might be alive?

Barrett asked although he had the feeling if Marta had found more people she would have shoved them through the portal to safety. She wouldn't have left them behind.

Monkey Kitty
07-21-2012, 07:03 PM
Marta

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"There was another First there," Marta said shakily. "I don't know who it was. A woman, with brown hair. She wasn't good like you. She was evil."

Marta was still frightened and shocked. She'd expected an awkward conversation, not a scene of chaos, wanton destruction, and loss of innocent life.

She shook her head in response to Barrett's question. Under the circumstances, she was able to forget to be nervous to talk to the king. "No, your majesty. No one else. I looked at all their faces to make sure no one got left. All of the servants at the estate were dead except Charelle and...?"

"Doriana," the young woman introduced herself quietly, her eyes still wide with pain and fear as Angel tended her injuries.

Charelle nodded her agreement. "She's right, your majesty. All dead. We didn't know who she was. We didn't know why. She said she wanted to send Mister Arden a message not to steal his magic. We didn't know what that even meant, but she killed them anyway."

Optimus Prime
07-21-2012, 09:02 PM
Barrett

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I'm sorry to hear that. We'll make sure they all get proper burials.

Barrett replied sadly when Charelle and Doriana both confirmed they were the only surviving servants of the evil brown haired goddess' rampage. He had no doubt that Dayana was already gone but they would have to go there and look for clues about her. He frowned when Charelle said Dayana had a message for Pembrooke. He looked over at Selene and said.

Obviously he's been using her magic to get around Nero.

Sojourn
07-21-2012, 09:16 PM
Selene

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Yes and they aren't "friends" now.

Which if they went after each other, then more innocent people could be killed. It seemed very likely that Dayana was the goddess who hired Geoffers in the first place. Pembrooke had gotten his magic from stealing some from him. She was a dangerous person to have running around Nero and they needed to catch her soon. Despite the news that they would need to perform a proper burial for Pembrooke's servants, Selene was a little surprised at the one survivor's name. It could just be a coincidence but Selene wasn't a huge believer in those.

Your name is just like the Doriana Nebula that Sir Carswell discovered last night.

Honor's Angel
07-23-2012, 07:46 AM
Angel

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I think she saw me before I closed the portal.

::Angel told the king and queen as she healed Doriana. All she could confirm about the other goddess though was she thought the woman had brown hair. She had only seem a glimpse of her before closing it. She was worried though that perhaps Dayana had better memories then the other First did on Nero and might know who she was. If so, then the children could be in danger.::

You can both stay here until we figure out what is going on.

::Angel told Charelle and Doriana. Since they all knew Pembrooke was not a magical being himself it seemed this was the goddess he had taken magic from. Quite possibly the one who started all the treachery in the first place.::

I should see Geoffers soon. He's making progress. Perhaps we can find a way to communicate with him about her.

::The more someone knew about their enemy, the better.::

Monkey Kitty
07-23-2012, 07:13 PM
Doriana and Marta

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Marta, Charelle, and Doriana all thanked Barrett for the offer of a burial for the other servants. They were of course sad to have lost so many friends, but that was the best comfort possible at this point.

"Many of them have families," Marta said. "I'll write to them and let them know."

Doriana blushed when the queen noticed her and commented on her name. "I don't know why I was called that, your highness," she said shyly. "There are a lot of things about my past that I don't remember. I was found wandering around a village near Veilerian after a fever outbreak, when I was just a child. All I knew was my name. Everyone figured my parents must have died, and that I had the fever and got better, but it affected my mind. I don't have any idea why my parents chose my name for me, and there's no one alive to ask. I'm sorry."

The girl wasn't any older than Mara, but when she'd been apparently left without any family, Doriana hadn't been taken to an orphanage. Instead, she'd been taken in to work as a servant. Although there were things she'd missed out on - like the chance to finish school - overall Doriana considered herself lucky rather than unfortunate. She'd been given plenty of food and a roof over her head, which was more than some could say they had, and she had learned an honest if not very lucrative trade. Those were all things to be thankful for.

It was only recently that Doriana had been invited to work for Lord Pembrooke, and it was considered quite an honour. She wasn't sure why she had been chosen over older, more experienced servants - Pembrooke tended to hire for skill and efficiency rather than good looks, unlike some employers who preferred youth - but it had improved her status tremendously, and she was grateful for that too.

Of course... that was then. Now the estate was essentially wiped out, and Pembrooke was on the run. Doriana wasn't quite sure where she'd go now. Maybe she could find a job as a maid here in the city. That would be a step up.

"Thank you for letting them stay here," Marta told Angel, and Charelle and Doriana added their thanks too.

Sojourn
07-23-2012, 09:32 PM
Selene

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We will make sure you and the children are safe.

Selene told Angel when she said that Dayana saw her. If Dayana was willing to slaughter a bunch of mortal servants to "send a message" then who knew what she'd do to a bunch of innocent children? It was better to be safe then sorry and make sure Milson had some backup to protect Angel and the kids. She nodded her head to Marta when she said the victims had families.

Thank you, that will help.

She felt bad for what happened and felt bad that she'd be asking Luca once again to help plan the funerals. She knew Luca would much rather plan happy events then this but it was necessary and it would help the families mourn. She smiled to Doriana.

It's okay, I don't remember that much about my past either. I'm sorry about your family though.

Her own childhood was a collection of stories other people told her. She did find it interesting that this girl had the name as Gordon's recent discovery and that instead of being sent to the orphanage, Pembrooke let her in his house.

Optimus Prime
07-23-2012, 09:39 PM
Barrett

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Barrett agreed with Selene they would make sure that Angel and the orphanage was safe and he told Marta.

You're welcome. It's the least we can do.

He might not like Pembrooke but he didn't hold any ill will towards the victims of today's attack. They were innocent people and they hadn't deserved to die just because Pembrooke was their employer. He did find it interesting that Doriana shared the same name as Gordon's discovery that Pembrooke might have tried to prevent. He told the girl it was okay that she didn't remember much, he didn't remember much about his own past either. Right now though, he knew he should see if Dayana left any clues about herself behind. Angel was right they needed to see if Geoffers could possibly talk.

Selene, I'll take a group to Veilerian and see what we can find. How about you take Angel to see Geoffers? He might be capable of telling us more now.

Besides, he'd much rather is pregnant wife handle that then possibly encounter a hostile goddess.

Sojourn
07-23-2012, 09:44 PM
Selene

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That sounds like a good idea.

Selene replied to Barrett when he suggested she take Angel to see Geoffers while he went to Veilerian with some soldiers, hopefully the evil goddess left something behind. She knew without asking he'd rather she stay out of danger as much as possible. She gave him and kiss and told him to be careful. She then turned to Angel and asked.

Are you up for seeing him? If you need more energy, I'm sure we can get a few guards to provide that.

Selene would normally provide the energy boost herself but Dr. Cierce had warned Selene she needed to converse her energy as much as she did to ensure the safety of her growing baby. A mortal wouldn't provide a giant energy boost for Angel like a First did but it would still help out.

Honor's Angel
07-24-2012, 12:59 PM
Angel

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::Angel felt awful for the victims of Dayana's massacre and their families. There was no reason to kill a bunch of innocent people. Whatever problems the First had with Pembrooke, it shouldn't be taken out on innocent people.::

Thank you, I appreciate that.

::She told the king and queen when they told her they would make sure the orphanage remained safe. If Dayana was willing to kill all those people to send a message to Pembrooke then Angel was sure she wouldn't have a problem killing little kids either. She smiled at Marta, Charelle, and Doriana.::

You're welcome.

::When Selene suggested they see Geoffers and see if he could communicate with them, she nodded her head. She was feeling a little weak from healing Doriana's injury but she'd be okay. She wouldn't ask the queen for energy since she was pregnant. If Angel needed more energy, then she could just take some from the guards.::

I am. Marta, feel free to show Doriana and Charelle around and introduce them to the kids.

::She trusted Marta and when Selene was ready, they headed to see Geoffers after getting Gwynn. Angel had been seeing him every day since the Royal Wedding, healing him a little at a time. The curse Dayana had put on him was strong. However, slowly but surely, it was getting broken and he could move a little more and more.::

Hi Geoffers, Queen Selene and Gwynn have some questions for you.

::She told him and she sat down on a chair next to his bed and touched his chest as she healed him.::

Sojourn
07-24-2012, 08:06 PM
Selene

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Great. Let's tell Gwynn and Garnet what is going on as well. Marta, I'll have Luca get in touch with you. She'll help with the planning.

Selene said to Angel and Marta. Selene knew her little sisters cared about the people of Nero just as much as Selene and Barrett did. She sent Luca to the orphanage to talk with Marta. Luca was deeply saddened to learn what had happened in Veilerian and said, without being asked, that she'd help plan a memorial service. When Selene and Angel filled the girls in on what happened, Selene wasn't surprised that Gwynn wanted to come with them to try and communicate with Geoffers. She knew that Gwynn had some kind of a bond with him from all the reading she was doing for him. Selene teleported them to Geoffers' room and once Angel started to heal with him, Selene said.

Hello Geoffers. I hope you can help us. An evil goddess attacked Lord Pembrooke's home and killed almost all of his servants today. She claimed he was "stealing" her magic. Do you know who she is?

Geoffers was surprised at the news, Dayana was stubborn and seemed to have a cruel streak but he had never seen her kill anyone. He wasn't capable of talking yet but he had formed a type of sign language to communicate since his hands were the first parts of his body that had been freed of Dayana's curse. He tapped his fingers against his bed sheet to answer he thought he did know her. Selene and Angel wouldn't really know what it meant but Gwynn might, since she spent a lot of time with him reading.

Monkey Kitty
07-24-2012, 09:40 PM
Gwynn

Gwynn wasn't sure whether or not she had a bond with Geoffers. She did care about him; at first it had only been on principle that no one deserved to suffer that much, but as she spent time reading to him, she had come to think of him as sort of a friend. Whether that thought was mutual, though, Gwynn didn't know. Before he was cursed, Geoffers hadn't liked her. Just because being read to was better than lying there doing nothing didn't necessarily mean he'd changed his opinions about Gwynn herself. She probably wouldn't really know one way or the other until he had recovered more fully, because the sign language system he could manage with his limited mobility wasn't really very complex.

Still, she figured it might help him if he saw another familiar face, another who, like Angel, clearly didn't hate him. Besides, she understood his sign language better than most people in the palace did, so she could translate. And, to be frank, she wanted to hear what Geoffers had to say.

"He says he thinks he knows," Gwynn told the others. "Can you try to tell us who it is, Geoffers? I promise we'll do our best to keep you safe from her."

Optimus Prime
07-25-2012, 09:11 PM
Barrett

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Barrett promised his wife he would be careful and headed to Veilerian with a group of soldiers. The scene they arrived to was horrible, he knew from Marta and the two survivors it was bad but he hadn't imagined this. Dayana had just destroyed the place and murdered people for no apparent reason other then Pembrooke had crossed her. Pembrooke had crossed him and Selene too but he never would have done this to the servants. He ordered the guards to take care of the bodies and give them the proper respect they deserved. They shouldn't just by laying there as he and some other guards searched for clues. Unfortunately Dayana left after Marta went through the portal and she didn't leave much behind other then her destruction. He hoped Selene, Angel, and Gwynn could get more information out of Geoffers since Dayana was too dangerous to let roam around Nero.

Sojourn
07-25-2012, 09:55 PM
Selene

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Selene was glad they brought Gwynn with them to talk to Geoffers and Geoffers was glad as well. He didn't know if they were actually friends but he felt more comfortable "talking" with Gwynn there. Angel was always kind to him but she didn't always have a lot of time to "chat" and he certainly didn't know how Selene felt about him. He had been trusted advisor and friend, he had stabbed her terribly in the back. She might be nice to him right now but he was sure that a jail cell was waiting once he was free of the curse. Which he accepted, he had committed terribly crimes and deserved to be punished for them. Besides it was good Gwynn was here, she was the best translator for his sign language. When he was asked if he knew the goddess' name, he replied he was told to call her Dayana. Whether that was her true name or not, he didn't know. That's what she told him to call her. After Gwynn told them his reply, Selene asked.

Do you know where she is hiding herself?

Geoffers replied he didn't. Dayana never let him see her "home base". Although she seemed to like the western glaciers a lot. She had made him meet her there a few times.

Monkey Kitty
07-28-2012, 10:34 AM
Gwynn

Gwynn had to focus closely on Geoffers' hands as he signed. Although the man's condition was improving, he still didn't have much range of motion, so the movements he used to communicate were fairly subtle.

"He says she told him to call her Dayana," Gwynn told the others. "But he doesn't know if that's her real name or not."

When Selene asked her question, Gwynn watched Geoffers sign again and said, "She didn't ever tell him where her main hideout was, but she asked to meet a few times on the western glaciers."

Gwynn didn't know if that meant that was where Dayana lived. If someone could teleport, meeting location wasn't exactly a big deal. Still, Gwynn thought the fact that Dayana had brought Geoffers there more than once indicated some connection to the place.

Sojourn
07-28-2012, 09:47 PM
Selene

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It was good to have a name for the goddess who had caused so much trouble for them since they had awakened as First. When she learned that Geoffers met Dayana at the western glaciers a lot she said.

Not much is out there, so it would be a good place to hide.

Obviously Dayana was comfortable there if she made him meet there. She knew she would eventually have to let Geoffers rest, thanks to the curse even his version sign language was draining and she didn't want to exhaust him but...She did have one question she just had to know.

Did she say why she wanted us to go to war so badly?

Geoffers replied that Dayana said fire and ice had to go to war. It was the only way to protect the planet. He felt ashamed to admit that he said he'd help because she promised a great fortune and fame and he had been greedy. He was sorry for that now. And his betrayal had nothing to do with how Selene ran Pagos. For a long time he felt King Lars had not appreciated him and had grown bitter to everyone connected to power in general.

Monkey Kitty
07-28-2012, 10:39 PM
Gwynn

Gwynn repeated what Geoffers said as accurately as she could, making sure Selene knew that the betrayal wasn't about her, and that Geoffers was sorry. Hearing his reasons made it a little easier for the storm goddess to understand.

Even such a short conversation seemed to be exhausting for Geoffers, and Gwynn knew they would need to let him get some rest. Before they left, Gwynn gave his hand a gentle squeeze. She had never made physical contact with him before in all the time she'd been reading to him, and she wasn't sure if he'd appreciate it now. Gwynn felt like she needed to do something though - something to show Geoffers that they appreciated his honesty.

"Thank you," she told him quietly. "I know this wasn't easy for you, but knowing this may help us save a lot of people. So thanks."

Sojourn
07-29-2012, 08:57 PM
Selene

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I'm sorry he made you feel under appreciated.

Selene replied sadly to Geoffers when she found out the reason why Geoffers had worked for Dayana. It made her a little happy to know it truly had nothing to do with her. She knew from Luca and Jared that Dayana had been "recruiting" before she and Barrett woke up from their comas. So she was glad to know she hadn't personally done something to make Geoffers bitter. She didn't remember her adopted father, she only knew what others told him about him. She had been told that he had been a good king but even good rulers could make mistakes. She and Barrett had done that. She would make sure that the people who worked for her knew that she and Barrett did appreciate them. Geoffers replied it was okay and was surprised when Gwynn squeezed his hand. He squeezed hers back and did feel very tired. He was ready to sleep now, even Angel's healing wasn't enough to keep him feeling drained.

Thank you, Geoffers. We'll try to stop Dayana before anyone else gets hurt. Try to get some sleep.

She told him goodbye and said to Angel.

Thank you for coming with us. As tired as he got from that, I'm sure he wouldn't been able to provide that much information without your healing.

Honor's Angel
07-30-2012, 07:23 AM
Angel

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You're welcome. I'm glad I could help.

::Hopefully the information Geoffers provided would mean that the Royal Family would catch Dayana soon and put one part of this whole traitor mess into the history books where it belonged. She felt a little tired herself from healing Geoffers to help him talk but since even that conversation had tired him out quickly, she didn't need to drain someone. After a short nap, she'd be fine.::

I should head back and see how Charelle and Doriana are doing. Unless you needed me for something else.

Sojourn
07-30-2012, 11:05 AM
Selene

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Selene was sure that Angel's healing had helped. She and Gwynn had some information to share with Barrett right away. She replied to Angel.

No, not right now. Thank you again.

Since Angel was tired, Selene teleported her back to the orphanage so she could get home faster. She then said to Gwynn.

Want to come with me to tell Barrett what we found out?

She knew he wouldn't be thrilled with her probably showing at Veilerian but she didn't want to wait to tell him what Geoffers had told them.

Monkey Kitty
07-30-2012, 07:05 PM
Gwynn

"Yeah, I'll come along," Gwynn agreed. As always, Lizard Dog was tagging along at her heels.

It made her happy that Geoffers had squeezed her hand. That told her that he was her friend after all, and that pleased Gwynn. She'd been alright with him disliking her - they didn't spend enough time together before his curse for his attitude to have bothered her - but being friends was always better than being enemies.

Sojourn
07-30-2012, 08:58 PM
Selene

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Selene teleported Gwynn and Lizard Dog with her to Veilerian. To see Dayana's destruction first hand made her angry and upset at the same time. Those poor people, they hadn't deserved that.

Hey, we found out somethings...

She said to Barrett when they found him. They filled Barrett on what Geoffers revealed to them about Dayana and Selene asked him.

Did you find anything?

Optimus Prime
07-30-2012, 09:06 PM
Barrett

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Barrett didn't want Selene to put herself in danger but after searching the estate, Dayana was no where to be found. So Barrett wasn't upset that Selene, Gwynn, and Lizard Dog joined them.

It was good you two found some things out because Dayana left us nothing but proof she needs taken down.

She had killed people for no reason other then she could. People like that didn't deserve to have power. She was dangerous and they needed to deal with her soon. He thought a moment and said.

We should take a trip to the western glaciers again...We should have Lizard Dog sniff around, maybe he'll be able to detect her scent.

He had been able to identify Geoffers for them, perhaps Dayana left something with her scent behind as well that would help them track her down.

Monkey Kitty
07-31-2012, 02:05 PM
Gwynn

By the time Gwynn, Selene, and Lizard Dog got to the estate, the guards had already removed the bodies. That was good; Gwynn had been nervous about seeing them. The chaos left behind was enough to tell her just how horrible the attack had been. If Dayana had been able to do that much damage to the walls, decorations, and furniture, then it was all too easy to imagine what her magic could do to a human body.

Lizard Dog whined nervously, and crouched at Gwynn's feet. He could smell what had happened there, and it was very unsettling for him.

"It's alright, Lizard Dog," Gwynn said quietly, patting him, which seemed to reassure him a little.

"I think we should," Gwynn agreed when Barrett proposed the glaciers trip. "Maybe Lizard Dog will smell Dayana if he smelled her here. I'm not sure if he'll be able to, since there was so much chaos, but it's worth a try."

She added with a frown, "And if we don't find her today, I bet we'll see her again at the party."

Sojourn
08-01-2012, 07:45 PM
Selene

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Selene realized watching Lizard Dog's reaction to the scene, how much animals could sense what happened. She hoped he would be able to pinpoint Dayana's scent but so much chaos had happened here. She frowned at the thought of the party.

Yeah, I'm sure she'll show up there.

She didn't like the idea of Dayana going there but she had a feeling this goddess was stubborn and wouldn't accept defeat. They teleported to the western glaciers to see if they would have better luck the second time around. Dayana's magic was strong though, she had been awakened much longer then the First on Nero had been. Her hideout was cloaked by magic. They could walk pass it and not realize that.

Optimus Prime
08-01-2012, 08:34 PM
Barrett

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I agree it is worth a try. Even if he doesn't smell her there, if she crashes our party then he might know her.

Barrett hoped they found Dayana before the party but she was pretty good at hiding and escaping so he wasn't going to hold his breath. The western glaciers was just as cold and empty as their last trip here. Although Lizard Dog wouldn't be able to find Dayana he might be able to smell the body of a woman was in a coma. The Goddess of Order had found Airee's missing priestess but was holding her captive in her little hideout. Figuring she could use the woman for another power play if her plan at the party failed.

You got anything boy?

He asked Lizard Dog.

Honor's Angel
08-02-2012, 06:30 AM
Angel

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::Angel told Selene she was welcome for her help and appreciated the queen teleporting her back to the orphanage. She did feel she needed a nap but she was more concerned about how Charelle and Doriana were feeling. They had both survived something horrible, she had seen a brief glimpse of the chaos when she closed the portal and she was sure surviving that was horrible.::

Marta? How are they?

::Angel asked her when she came back.::

Monkey Kitty
08-02-2012, 12:34 PM
Gwynn

Lizard Dog crossed back and forth on the ice, pausing to sniff sometimes, turning in a circle, staring off into nothing... then running off again to smell another patch of terrain and repeat the process. Eventually, he gave up, and came back to sit dejectedly at Gwynn's feet.

Gwynn shook her head. "He smelled something, but whatever it is confused him and he couldn't track it. Maybe she's been here but teleported away again, or maybe she's hiding her tracks with magic. Either way, I don't think Lizard Dog is going to be able to find her."

They'd asked Lizard Dog to follow a scent enough times by now that he knew what they wanted and how to do it. The fact that he couldn't find anything here told Gwynn that the situation was too complicated to be resolved by a dog's nose.

Monkey Kitty
08-02-2012, 12:38 PM
Marta

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"They're alright," Marta replied. "They're resting now. I made them some chamomile tea, and took them to rooms where they could lie down. I don't think Doriana is in any physical pain, after you fixed her shoulder. Emotionally, though...?"

She sighed sadly. "They've been through a lot, and they're still very afraid. They're afraid of the future, and of that goddess coming back. They're still in shock over watching their friends die. I think they'll be okay, but it'll take awhile before they can rest easy and stop looking over their shoulders."

Optimus Prime
08-02-2012, 09:05 PM
Barrett

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It's okay boy. You tried.

Barrett told Lizard Dog and petted his head. He was sure that Lizard Dog smelled something and that Dayana had either teleported or covered up her tracks with magic. She had obviously been awakened longer then the rest of them. Although he hoped that didn't mean she was more powerful. He was about to suggest they go home, when something caught his eye. He wasn't sure why it did. It was the same area that Lizard Dog would sniff and turn around at it. Nothing was there but open an open field of snow and ice but...Something about the scene looked odd to him. He created a small fireball and threw it. He expected it to hit the snow and melt some of the ice. Instead it hit the blue sky in front of them and when it did, the illusion Dayana had created disappeared. A small building was there, she had hidden it in plain sight. He looked at Gwynn and Selene.

Let's see what's inside.

Although they should be careful. He led the way inside the building in case Dayana was inside.

Sojourn
08-02-2012, 09:12 PM
Selene

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Yes, you did a good job.

Selene told Lizard Dog, she could tell he was disappointed that he hadn't found Dayana. Selene was a little as well but she knew that they might not. She was confused why Barrett threw a fireball at what seemed like nothing until she saw the building that appeared.

Maybe this is the place Geoffers met her at.

Selene said and followed Barrett inside. Lizard Dog would be able to tell that Dayana was living here but right now she wasn't home. Priestess Ceeila though was. She was kept chained to a small bed in the back room although she had been in a coma since that day in Airee where she fell. Dayana wasn't about to let her escape if she woke up from her coma in case she needed to use her.

Monkey Kitty
08-03-2012, 06:15 PM
Gwynn

The praise seemed to improve Lizard Dog's mood, and his tail began to wag again. When Barrett shattered the illusion, Lizard Dog's confusion wore off too, and he began tracking again, sniffing the ice and following the scent to the door of the building.

"I agree," Gwynn said when Barrett suggested they go investigate. She moved cautiously, though, and got out her compass to check for magnetic interference so she'd be prepared to use her powers. The glaciers were different from other places in Nero in their magnetism and atmosphere, but Gwynn was confident she'd be able to conjure a storm if she needed to.

Lizard Dog sniffed around and barked, confirming Dayana had been there.

Gwynn knelt by the woman on the bed, and tried to rouse her. "Hello?" she asked. She shook the woman's shoulder to try to wake her, but got no response to either her words or her touch. Gwynn even conjured a small cloud to drop some water on the woman's face, but that had no effect either, so Gwynn patted the moisture away with her sleeve.

"I can't wake her up," Gwynn said. "I think she's in some kind of coma."

Sojourn
08-03-2012, 09:22 PM
Selene

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Selene took Lizard Dog's bark as confirmation that Dayana had been here before. She was surprised that instead of the goddess they found Ceeila chained to a bed. She and Barrett broke the locks while Gwynn tried to wake her.

She looks like the woman the Aireens have been searching for.

They had all seen pictures of Ceelia when they visited the city. Their missing priestess, the woman Dayana claimed Barrett was keeping as a prisoner to start a war.

Optimus Prime
08-03-2012, 09:26 PM
Barrett

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She does. We can't leave her here.

Whether or not this woman was Ceelia, she was clearly a prisoner of Dayana's. He picked the woman up and told Selene and Gwynn.

Perhaps Dr. Cierce can see what is wrong with her.

She was obviously in a coma and he knew Angel would help as well but sometimes he felt like they relied on her too much. If Ceeila's coma was magic related, then they would need Angel's help to break it. Although if it was just a physical condition, then the doctors could treat her.

Honor's Angel
08-04-2012, 10:46 AM
Angel

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::Angel was sad as well thinking about what Doriana and Charelle had survived. She could heal their physical wounds but she couldn't do anything about their memories or survivor's guilt.::

I think so too. The guards are going to be keeping an eye on us in case Dayana recognized me.

::She filled Marta in on what she had learned with Selene and Gwynn from Geoffers about the goddess.::

...Hopefully they'll find her soon and that will be one less thing to worry about.

::She was still concerned about Pembrooke making good on his threats since Esaias rejected him. She had a feeling he wouldn't be happy to know that Angel was housing his former servants either.::

Monkey Kitty
08-04-2012, 08:25 PM
Gwynn

Gwynn hadn't really noticed the woman's appearance - she'd been too focused on trying to wake her. When Selene identified her, though, Gwynn realized that the queen was right.

"It must be her," she agreed. "She looks like the woman we saw pictures of, and it would be too big of a coincidence if two women who happened to look alike were both missing."

She also agreed with Barrett that they should get her back and have Doctor Cierce look at her. If Cierce couldn't help her, maybe Angel could.

"I think we should tell Viren, too. I wouldn't want to announce it to all the Aireens until we're sure what actually happened, but the leaders should know what's going on."

Monkey Kitty
08-04-2012, 08:32 PM
Marta

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"I'm glad the guards will be around," Marta said. "With this Dayana and Lord Pembrooke running around, you can't be too careful. I hope they're both caught soon."

Cautiously, not wanting to overstep her boundaries, she said, "Angel, I was wondering what will happen to Charelle and Doriana. In the long term, I mean. Charelle will probably want to get another position as a servant here in the city, but Doriana... well, she's only Mara's age, and she's an orphan too. I was wondering if maybe we could find some way of getting her in school, instead of in another job. She's smart. I think if she went to school, she wouldn't have to spend the rest of her life scrubbing steps and dusting furniture in someone else's house."

Marta had never minded being a servant, but she felt bad that Doriana had never really gotten the chance to explore anything else she might have wanted to do instead. Doriana had started earning her keep at a very young age - several years younger than Esaias was now - but it didn't seem too late yet.

Sojourn
08-04-2012, 09:21 PM
Selene

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I agree. It's too big of a coincidence, especially since Dayana chained her to a bed.

Selene said with a nod to Gwynn and agreed with Barrett they should take Ceeila to see Dr. Cierce. She would give them a clue on whether or not Angel would need to get involved as well. When Gwynn said they should tell Viren and the leaders, she replied.

Yes, we should. Right away.

The whole reason they had even meet the Aireen leaders was because of this woman. Hopefully she would be able to wake from her coma. They teleported to Dr. Cierce's office and apologized for the short notice. The doctor said it was fine and had Esaias assist her in examining the woman. While the Royal Family waited for news, Dr. Cierce asked Esaias.

What do you think?

It was amazing that Ceeila had survived the fall at all. It was obvious from bed sores and the stiffness of her limbs she had been in a coma since the weather attacks on Nero. Her coma was likely a result of her injuries, she had a nasty scar hidden by her long hair. However, her lack of responsiveness to anything seemed to be magic induced. Like Dayana wanted to make sure she kept her a prisoner.

Optimus Prime
08-04-2012, 09:27 PM
Barrett

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I've never believed much in coincidences.

Barrett commented, especially not when it involved the mysterious Dayana. He nodded his head when Gwynn said they needed to tell Viren and the Aireen leaders.

I agree. I'll get Viren while Dr. Cierce is examining her.

Barrett told Selene and Gwynn. When Barrett arrived in the City of Airee, Viren was shocked to hear what the Royal Family had discovered. Barrett warned Viren they weren't a hundred percent sure the woman was Ceeila but it seemed likely. Viren went with the king to see.

Honor's Angel
08-05-2012, 04:05 PM
Angel

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I hope so too.

::Angel hoped that soon they wouldn't have to worry about Dayana and Lord Pembrooke causing problems around Nero anymore. Angel didn't feel Marta was overstepping her boundaries at all, in fact, she was glad to hear her opinion.::

I agree with you. There's nothing wrong with being a servant but Doriana has never been given a chance to find out if there was something else she would want to do. To be honest, I don't understand why she wasn't brought here when she was found to begin with.

::Considering how Pembrooke had treated his own son, Angel didn't quite understand why he had brought Doriana into his home and made her a servant instead of sending her to the orphanage. Knowing what she did know about the nobleman, she was sure he had some ulterior motive for it even if she wasn't sure what it was.::

Let's go talk to her.

::She had Marta come with her since Marta knew Doriana and she might be more open to the suggestion from both of them. Angel asked how she was feeling and told her.::

Doriana, Marta and I were talking and we thought that it might be nice for you to go to school instead of you having to worry about finding another job right away.

Monkey Kitty
08-05-2012, 09:47 PM
Esaias

Esaias looked Ceelia over carefully, as Doctor Cierce had taught him to do.

"Some of her injuries are from being in the bed so long," he said. "The sores, and the fact that her muscles have atrophied."

He never would have heard the word 'atrophied' as an orphan on the streets. Already, Esaias had learned a great deal.

"It looks like she hit her head before that, and that might have made her unconscious. I don't think she'd still be completely unresponsive after this long, though, if nothing else happened after. The fact that she's still not waking up and still isn't responding to anything... I think that might be from magic."

He suddenly looked self-conscious, and asked, "Did I get any of that right, Doctor?"

Monkey Kitty
08-05-2012, 09:54 PM
Doriana

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Doriana looked startled by the offer. She really should have been in school long before this - she'd still been just a young child when she was found. The villagers had seen her as a source of cheap labour, though, and Pembrooke hadn't objected when he gave her her second job. No one had brought her to the orphanage because she was useful. At the time, Doriana had been glad, because she'd heard scary things about orphanages; now she was starting to realize how much she'd missed out on.

"I'd like that, ma'am," she replied eagerly. "I think I might have gone to school before I got sick with the fever, because I could already read and write when I was found, so someone must have taught me. I'd like to learn more. I'd like to go to school and actually be able to remember it this time."

She blushed, and added, "I don't have much money, though, ma'am. I'd need to work too, to earn my keep somewhere. Maybe I could find a few hours here and there to study, though."

A piecemeal education was better than no education at all, Doriana told herself. At sixteen, she thought her childhood was already long over.

Honor's Angel
08-06-2012, 06:07 AM
Angel

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::Angel could tell her offer had startled Doriana and she gave her a smile.::

You don't have to worry about money or worry about earning your keep. If you want to help out, you can help with chores but I don't expect you to pay me rent or anything like that. I'd rather you just focus on school and spend your free time doing things you like.

::And knowing that Esaias was out of the house a couple days a week for his internship, she told her.::

Esaias works as an intern for Dr. Cierce because he wants to be a doctor. Not because Milson and I make him work. If you want an internship, we could find you one but I'm not going to make it a requirement for living here. Mara is the same age as you and she doesn't work. She goes to school and takes care of her baby. Oh and you don't have to call me "ma'am". You can just call me Angel, everyone else does.

::Well that and "Mom" but she wasn't going to expect Doriana to call her that either.::

Monkey Kitty
08-06-2012, 03:17 PM
Doriana

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"You'd let me stay here, Angel?" Doriana asked doubtfully. "I thought that this was only temporary, until I could find another place."

Doriana was, as far as she knew, an orphan. She didn't think of herself as a child, though. She'd been working as a servant for six years, ever since she'd been found after the epidemic. At the time, the local doctor in Veilerian had estimated her age at about ten years, and she'd accepted that guess because she had no evidence to the contrary. After that many years in the workforce, Doriana had simply assumed that the orphanage would be a mere rest stop until she recovered enough to find a new job.

"I'd be happy to help you with chores and things, ma'am. I mean, Angel. But... it would be nice to go to school. And to have some free time. Working as a servant isn't bad, but I never had much time to myself."

Doriana didn't really have any interests or hobbies, because she'd generally fallen into bed exhausted at the end of a day's work, no matter which employer she was working for. Then she needed to be up again at dawn. Leisure activities hadn't been a priority.

"An internship sounds like it would be interesting, but I don't know enough about different jobs to choose one. If I went to school for awhile, then I could decide on something. Maybe I could even make some friends, if... if I can really stay here?"

Honor's Angel
08-07-2012, 09:01 AM
Angel

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You can stay with us as long as you like.

::Angel told Doriana with a smile. She wasn't going to kick a teenager out on to the streets, especially one that hadn't had the chance to actually have normal childhood experiences. Like going to school or having friends. It made her a little angry that someone would take a child and just make her work. Children shouldn't have to grow up faster then they needed to. She nodded her head when Doriana said she hadn't had much chance to find out what she liked.::

There'll be no rush to find an internship. You can just go to school and figure out what kind of things you like. Both as a career but also as hobbies. And I'm sure you'll make friends very easily.

::Angel said with a smile. The younger children were already quite interested in Doriana. Ananda wasn't much younger then her and Angel was sure Ananda would introduce her to the kids at school like she had with Mara.::

Sojourn
08-07-2012, 06:18 PM
Dr. Cierce

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Dr. Cierce smiled at Esaias. He was an excellent intern. A quick learner and also a natural at this. She had the feeling he would be fine doctor one day. She nodded her head to him.

You got it all right. Your diagnosis is the same as mine. Let's tell them together.

She said, inviting Esaias to come with her to tell the Royal Family and the new arrival Viren about the woman's condition. Selene wasn't too shocked to hear that Ceelia had been unresponsive because of magic.

If Angel was to break the spell, do you believe she would wake up?

Yes, I believe that is safe to say. If not for Dayana's interference, I feel she would have already awakened from her coma.

May we see her?

Of course.

Dr. Cierce replied and led the group to the room she had Ceeila resting. Selene and Barrett wanted to make sure the woman was the missing priestess before the rest of Airee knew. Either way they would make sure Angel saw her to break the sleeping spell and that she also had good medical care.

Optimus Prime
08-07-2012, 06:26 PM
Barrett

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Viren was shocked to hear what the woman had been through. She was lucky to have even survived her fall. Barrett wasn't anymore shocked then Selene was that Dayana had put a sleeping spell on Ceelia to keep her in the coma. She was probably using her for yet another plan to get Nero at war. They followed the doctor to see the patient and Viren looked like he was seeing a long lost friend.

I take it this woman is your missing priestess?

Yes, oh yes. Thank you for finding her.

He was relieved to see her and Barrett said to his family.

I'll see if Angel is free.

He teleported to the orphanage and asked to see Angel. Zander told him that his mother was talking with Doriana and the boy would just went and got her, but Barrett said he was fine with waiting until their conversation was over. He might be a king but he wasn't full of himself. Nor did he think his time was more important than anyone else's. He sat down in the living room and was entertained by the children as he waited. They were happy to see him but a little sad he didn't bring his sisters and Lizard Dog this time.

Monkey Kitty
08-07-2012, 08:57 PM
Doriana

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"Thank you," Doriana said with a smile. "I'd like that. It's nice here. I'll enjoy living with you."

She looked forward to getting to know some of the other kids in the orphanage. It would be nice to have friends of the same age, and she also liked the idea of helping with the younger kids. Doriana had never really been around small children, but she thought she would enjoy taking care of them.

The immediate problems were solved, so Marta and Doriana told Angel they'd see her later, so Angel could go help with the injured priestess.

Honor's Angel
08-08-2012, 06:04 AM
Angel

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You're welcome. We'll enjoy having you here.

::Angel told Doriana with a smile and left her with Marta to see what Barrett needed. She knew it wasn't a social call since the rest of his family wasn't here. She greeted him and once he told her about the missing priestess, she immediately said she would help. She went with Barrett to the doctor's office and touched the sleeping woman's chest with a glowing red hand. Since Dr. Cierce and Esaias told her the reason she was sleeping was magic induced, she figured the best way to wake her was to drain the magic out of her.::

Optimus Prime
08-08-2012, 09:55 AM
Barrett

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Barrett knew Angel wasn't about to say no to someone on need and after thanking the children for keeping him company, he went with her to the doctor's office. They all watched as Angel drained Ceelia to break Dayana's spell. The priestess eventually opened her eyes and was greatly confused about where she was.

Where...am I? Who..are all of...you?

She asked, her voice was hoarse from how long she had been sleeping. The last thing she remembered was Gale throwing her off the floating island. How was she even alive?

You are with friends.

Barrett told her and introduced her to the people in the room. She looked over at Viren in surprise that she was on the land with their rulers. Viren assured her that the Royal Family was their allies and she relaxed. Viren said he was going to stay with her while the others left the room to let her rest. After being in a coma so long, she had a lot to be caught up on and Viren was her friend so it was best he filled in her in. Barrett turned to Angel and told her.

Thank you for coming.

Honor's Angel
08-09-2012, 05:52 AM
Angel

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::Angel had been tired from healing Geoffers but helping Ceelia was different. Draining her of the magic had actually re-energized Angel. She smiled, glad that the woman woke up and couldn't be used for whatever trick that Dayana had up her sleeve. She left with the Royal Family to give her and Viren some privacy. She was sure Ceelia had many questions and someone she trusted would be the best person to answer them. She smiled to Barrett.::

You're welcome, I was happy I could help her. Do you have any leads about Dayana?

::She knew she had offered her and the children protection but she also didn't want to have to look over her shoulder forever either.::

Optimus Prime
08-09-2012, 07:40 PM
Barrett

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We know where she likes to hide but she wasn't home. I'm sure she'll show up at the party though.

Barrett replied to Angel. Ideally he would like them to deal with Dayana before that but the goddess had already shown she was good at hiding herself. He didn't want to endanger the innocent people who would be going to the party.

Sojourn
08-09-2012, 07:48 PM
Selene

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I'm sure she will, but we'll be ready for her.

Selene added when Barrett told Angel he was sure that Dayana would show up at the party they were throwing to announce her pregnancy. They were both certain that the troublesome goddess would not pass up on a great opportunity to cause some problems. Hopefully though she wouldn't escape this time and hopefully not too many people got hurt in the process.

How are Doriana and Charelle?

Selene asked, she was a little concerned about the only survivors of the recent attack.

Honor's Angel
08-12-2012, 07:23 AM
Angel

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::Angel was sure that a big event, like the upcoming party, would motivate Dayana to make a move. She just hoped that a lot of people wouldn't be hurt by the goddess. They didn't need anymore people dying because of that First. When asked about Charelle and Doriana, Angel replied.::

They're doing okay, given what happened. Doriana's going to go back to school and eventually I think Charelle is going to look for a new job.

::Not that Angel would force Charelle to leave any sooner then she wanted to. Angel chatted with the Royal Family a little longer before she headed back home.::

Sojourn
08-12-2012, 07:55 PM
Selene

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Selene was glad that despite everything that Doriana and Charelle were doing well. It was good that Doriana would be going back to school. She and Barrett told Angel bye for now. They would see her at the party, if not before. They went back to see how Ceeila was doing. Viren had been very kind in catching her up with all the things she had missed in her coma.

Do you know what became of Gale?

Ceelia asked them. Selene didn't realize the mysterious young man who had showed up during the weather attacks had a name. Selene shook her head.

No, we haven't seen him since Angel said she yelled at him.

Which was true. Apparently Gale liked wherever he decided to hide out. He wasn't hurting anyone though, so they just let him be. Ceelia nodded her head and told them.

Thank you for rescuing me.

She felt tired from having been asleep so long but she didn't want to rest.

You're welcome. I'm sure your people will be very happy to have you back.

It will be nice to go home.

Optimus Prime
08-12-2012, 08:08 PM
Barrett

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Barrett was glad that Charelle and Doriana were doing okay. As much as he didn't exactly want the party that was being thrown for his unborn child to be ruined, he also didn't want Dayana running around killing more innocent people. The sooner she and Pembrooke were caught and dealt with, the better. He was happy to see that Ceelia was doing well. He had almost forgotten about Gale until Ceelia mentioned him. He was surprised that he was the reason she had fallen from the City of Airee.

If you want us to find him and have him be punished for his crimes, we will.

No, it is okay.

No? But he attacked you!

Viren replied, shocked that Ceelia would refuse.

I don't think he really knew what he was doing. He's very childlike.

But-

Ceelia shook her head. She had survived and she didn't truly believe Gale had known what he was doing. Barrett could see they both had a point and said.

We'll let him be for now. If he hurts someone else though then he'll be dealt with.

Ceelia and Viren agreed that was good idea. She was eager to return home and Viren knew that Airee would probably be throwing their own party to welcome her home.

Sojourn
08-16-2012, 07:26 AM
Selene

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From the time when they found the missing priestess until it was time for the party to announce the baby, not much happened in Nero. Which was good in a way but also not good since Selene and Barrett wanted to find Dayana and Lord Pembrooke and stop them from hurting anymore innocent people. Everyone was invited to the party, nobleman and commoners alike, from all parts of the planet. Even people from Airee were here, including Ceelia. After being in a coma for so long, it was nice for her to be in a social environment again. The baby would not only be the future ruler but also proof that the kingdoms were united and that there wouldn't be anymore wars. Luca had done a fine job as usual on the party planning. She had games for the children and lots of food, music, and dancing for people to do. Gifts weren't expected but still given. The son or daughter of the king and queen had months before his or her arrival and already it was a spoiled child at this rate. People told the rulers congratulations and wished for them to have a healthy baby. Selene was happy at the well wishes, but she couldn't help but look at them a little closer to make sure they weren't Dayana in disguise. She said quietly to Barrett when they had a chance alone.

Do you think she'll show up?

Optimus Prime
08-16-2012, 07:36 AM
Barrett

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Barrett had been a little hopeful that Dayana or Pembrooke would have tried to make a move before the baby's party but it didn't happen. He was happy so many people wanted to congratulate and celebrate his and Selene's child but he also hoped that one of them would try to make a move because there was a large group of people gathered here in the same place that their wedding reception had been held at.

I think so. It's too good of an opportunity for her to pass up.

Like his wife, Barrett also paid great attention to every person they talked to. Dayana could change her appearance with her magic. But she couldn't change her scent or her voice. They had found her hideout in the western glaciers, Lizard Dog knew what she smelled like. Viren had heard her voice and he said he would never forget it. He was here at the party and he told the rulers that if he talked to a woman who sounded like Dayana, he'd let them know.

Honor's Angel
08-16-2012, 12:39 PM
Angel

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::Angel, Milson, and the children were thrilled to go to the baby shower. Although some of the younger children were confused where the baby was since the party was for him or her. They didn't quite understand the concept of the queen being pregnant, especially since they lived at an orphanage and knew people got children by adopting as well. Angel was sure that Dayana and possibly Pembrooke as well would try to pull something here. They had tried to ruin the king and queen's wedding after all. She was nervous and hoped she didn't show it as she looked at people she didn't recognize. She had spent her whole life in Eirini and didn't know many of the people from the other cities. She also told the older children to help her keep an eye on the little ones. She wouldn't put it past Dayana to go after them to get to her. She wasn't sure if Dayana had saw her through the portal but Angel had seen the cruelness that woman was capable of. Milson handed her a glass of punch and she told him quietly.::

I wish she'd just show up already so we can take her out.

Me too, Angel. But I'm sure she wouldn't want us to actually enjoy the party.

::Milson replied to his wife. It was hard to just enjoy the party when you were just waiting for something to happen.::

Monkey Kitty
08-16-2012, 04:45 PM
Gwynn, Garnet, and Sir Gordon Carswell

It took a lot to prevent Gwynn from having fun, and although like everyone else she was worried that Pembrooke or Dayana would show up to ruin things, Gwynn was enjoying the party. As always, Lizard Dog was by her side, and for the occasion she had tied a blue and pink bow around his neck. If one of their enemies showed up in disguise, Lizard Dog would help them identify the culprit. For now, though, nothing seemed to be catching the attention of his nose except the food table. Gwynn circled around the room, talking to the guests and occasionally taking to the dance floor, either with Garnet or just by herself.

Garnet was edgier than Gwynn was. She was having a good time too, but she was much more afraid of Pembrooke than her sister was; the rogue noble had made her, and he could unmake her too. So far, she had seen no sign of him, but Garnet was wary and kept close to potential cover when she could.

Gordon Carswell was having fun, also. In spite of his workaholic tendencies, he'd made a lot of friends in the city and knew a lot of people. He was happy to see them all, and made sure to offer his congratulations to the king and queen about the subject of the party - the son or daughter they were expecting.

Sojourn
08-16-2012, 08:50 PM
Dayana

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Dayana wasn't about to miss a good party, especially when she had an idea in mind. She was in disguise as usual. Her illusion this time gave her flaming red hair. Since all First could sense each other in a way, she made sure to avoid them all for now. Any time that blasted dog of Gwynn's was in her eyesight, she'd hightail it for another part of the reception hall. She needed to avoid him at all costs, she had seen what he had done to Geoffers and she knew the First had found Ceelia. The priestess wouldn't be here with her people if they hadn't found her. That made her angry because Ceelia had been part of an insurance policy for Dayana if this plan failed. She had a great amount of patience when she needed it and when Barrett separated himself from his family and the guests, she followed him. She threw her arms around his neck and told him.

Congratulations on the baby. Since the queen will be losing her figure though, I'll be more then happy to please you, my king. She doesn't even have to know.

Dayana told him with a wink and tried to force Barrett to kiss her. She needed to act fast before that dog found her. Selene had needed to use the restroom and was shocked to see some red haired woman trying to force herself on Barrett.

What the-

Oh shoot, now she found out about us.

Dayana replied with a smirk to Barrett.

Optimus Prime
08-16-2012, 09:10 PM
Barrett

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Barrett hadn't realized he had been followed until Dayana was throwing herself at him.

Thank-

Barrett was about to thank her for the congratulations until she threw her arms around his neck and tried to say Selene would no longer be attractive because she was carrying a baby. Actually knowing she was carrying their child made her even more attractive to him. She had a glow about her and Barrett certainly did not like what Dayana said.

No, my wife is the only woman I want. Pregnant or not.

He said and grabbed Dayana's wrists to try and force her away from him. He was angry and when Selene came upon them, he told her.

It's not what it looks like.

He glared at Dayana's smirk and told her with anger in his voice.

No, she found you trying to force yourself on me.

Monkey Kitty
08-17-2012, 08:24 AM
Gwynn

The scenario Dayana was trying to imply went completely over Gwynn's head. The young goddess was still learning about human interactions, but she knew that Barrett was devoted to Selene. Because Gwynn had so little frame of reference for mortal behaviour, she always had to watch body language carefully and was very tuned in to what people were saying without words - and Barrett was saying he didn't like this woman touching him. His body was tense, and he was pulling back from her.

Gwynn smiled sympathetically at the woman, and said, "I know the customs here are very hard to understand. Normally people don't grab other people and kiss them, though. They just say hello and shake hands."

The storm goddess simply assumed that the redhead had just run afoul of a human social custom, as Gwynn herself sometimes did, so Gwynn genuinely expected her explanation to be helpful to the stranger. Lizard Dog, however, was eyeing the woman edgily. He backed away, closer to Gwynn, and started whining and barking because he recognized Dayana.

Optimus Prime
08-17-2012, 07:43 PM
Barrett

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Especially not people who are happily married.

Barrett commented in anger. He was certain what Dayana was trying to pull went completely over Gwynn's head. Unlike his little sister, Barrett knew this woman completely understood normal human interactions. He was about to let go of her when he heard Lizard Dog barking. He kept a tight hold on both of Dayana's wrists to try and keep her from escaping. Now that she wasn't forcing himself on him, he felt the familiarity that she was a First.

You just won't accept that this world won't be having another war.

Sojourn
08-17-2012, 07:53 PM
Dayana

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But this way is funner.

Dayana replied with a smirk when Gwynn naively misunderstood what she was trying to do with Barrett. Selene was angry about the whole situation. Which would have made Dayana happy if that anger had been directed at Barrett but Dayana quickly realized the queen was angry with her, not her husband. That wasn't supposed to happen! Selene and Barrett were supposed to get into a fight. Dayana frowned at the dog and was going to try and escape when Barrett grabbed her wrists. It made it harder for her to use her magic if she couldn't use her hands. She tried to pretend she didn't know what Barrett was talking about.

I...I don't know...Look I'm sorry. I made a mistake...I need to-

You need to stay right here, Dayana.

I've never heard that name before.

Yeah right. Don't lie, we know who you are.

Dayana was going to argue with the queen more when Angel came up. Selene turned to Angel. She and Barrett had discussed with her the idea of her trying to drain Dayana if she made an appearance at the party.

If you would please.

Dayana tried to struggle to get away but Barrett's grip was too tight.

Monkey Kitty
08-17-2012, 09:11 PM
Doriana

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It was the first time Doriana had actually been invited to a party. She'd been to parties before as a servant, of course, making sure the guests had plenty to eat and that their cups were always full, but she'd never been asked to attend as a guest. Doriana was enjoying herself, but she wasn't quite sure what she was supposed to be doing, without any plates to carry or cups to fill. When a handsome young man asked her to dance, she grinned, not just because she thought it would be fun, but because she felt she would be doing a party activity properly if she took to the dance floor with a boy of about her own age.

There was something almost familiar about him... but no, she couldn't possibly know him. Doriana had never been to this city before. All her memories were from Veilerian. It must just be a coincidence, she decided.

His eyes were his most intriguing feature, and she couldn't help staring into them as he lithely led her onto the dance floor. She was too distracted to notice that the steps of the waltz were taking them closer and closer to the doors of the hall... or that there was a commotion going on at the other end of the room when Dayana was found.

Doriana felt strange. Drunk, almost - but she hadn't had any alcohol, only a glass of fruit juice. Her head felt light, and the room started to spin. She was about to tell the young man whose name she'd never quite caught that she needed to go sit down and rest, when she slumped unconscious in his arms, and he used the distraction to haul her quickly outside into the street.

Once they'd left the hall, the young man exchanged the unconscious girl for some coins and disappeared down an alley, leaving Doriana with Lord Pembrooke.

Honor's Angel
08-18-2012, 04:17 PM
Angel

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::Angel and Milson were keeping on guests acting oddly in between keeping an eye on the kids. Milson muttered to Angel it was odd that the redhead was following Barrett and Angel agreed. She followed and knew something was up when she heard Lizard Dog barking. She didn't know what all had been said but she had gotten the gist of it. She didn't care for anyone who tried to force themselves on a happily married person. When Selene asked her to drain some of the woman's magic, Angel stepped forward and said.::

With pleasure.

:: Dayana struggled but Barrett kept her in a tight grip. Angel's hand glowed red as she touched Dayana's upper arm. As soon as she started draining her, Angel knew this was their mystery First. The magic signature was identical to what she drained before. As she drained Dayana's magic, her illusion faded and her true self was shown. Angel looked at her in anger. Since the king and queen awoke from their comas and came into power, this woman had been trying to start another war on Nero. People had lots their lives because of her.::

Why do you want this world to go to war? Why did you kill those innocent people in Veilerian?

::Angel didn't truly need to drain her now that they knew she was Dayana but she didn't want the First to teleport away and kept draining her so she couldn't escape this time.::

Honor's Angel
08-18-2012, 04:27 PM
Milson

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::While Angel was helping the other First with Dayana, Milson was keeping an eye on the kids. They all seemed to be having fun, the older children were dancing with people their own age. He saw Doriana dancing with a young man he didn't recognize and was keeping an eye on her until Arik needed his attention because he dropped his food and drink on the floor. Milson told him it was okay when the little boy got worried that everyone would be angry that he made a mess. Milson helped him clean it up and was going to see how Doriana and her new friend were doing when he realized she was gone. He panicked and asked all the older kids if they knew where she went. Mara said she thought she saw Doriana and the young man head outside but Tia had started to fuss about a dirty diaper so she wasn't a hundred percent sure. Milson thought that was at least a start and told the older kids to watch the younger ones and let Angel know what was going on. He enlisted Nevek's help to find Doriana and they headed in the direction Mara thought they went. They found a set off footprints and headed down the alley.::

Doriana!

::Milson called out as they searched.::

Optimus Prime
08-20-2012, 10:02 AM
Barrett

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Figuring that Dayana would continue to deny who she was, Barrett had a guard get Jared and Luca while Angel drained some of her magic. He wasn't about to let the goddess go. When Jared and Luca came, Barrett turned to them.

Is this the woman who "hired" you to help Selene and I discover our powers.

Yes, your highness.

Jared said with a nod of his and Luca agreed as well. Barrett turned his attention back to Dayana and said.

Now answer Angel's questions. Why do you want this world to go to war? Why did you kill those people?

Sojourn
08-20-2012, 10:28 AM
Dayana

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Dayana was angry, she didn't want Angel touching her but Barrett's physical strength was stronger then hers. She couldn't get out of his grip, especially with her magic being drained. She did try to deny she had no idea what Angel was talking about until Jared and Luca came. They gave her up easily and if looks could kill right now, both would be dead. She held her chin up in defiance and told Barrett.

If this world isn't at war then the God of Chaos will come and try to destroy it by stealing it's natural energies to give himself more power.

What the hell are you talking about?

Selene demanded to know and Dayana told them.

You've encountered one of his agents before. Maverik, the hunter. He was sent here to evaluate the world. How much magic it has and the First who live on it. The weather attacks have deterred him for now. If the world is at war with itself, then the energies will be of no value to him. Although he's circling back and if Maverik sees that Nero has peace, he'll bring his armada and try to destroy you all if he cannot get you to fight for the Chaos King. Angel, the man who attacked your little orphan was that God, he wants you on his side because you can heal him and drain the magic of other First.

Dayana told Angel. The Goddess of Nurture was a valuable soldier to either side. It hadn't gone under Dayana's radar that her enemy had tried to recruit Angel already. Hopefully his attempt at killing Arik had convinced the goddess to never work for him.

Why do you care what happens to Nero?

Because I'm the Goddess of Order and he is my natural enemy.

Selene didn't really care for that answer. It sounded like Dayana and this other god were using planets and First as pawns in their own war.

Why did you kill the people in Veilerian?

What?! Haven't you been listening to me?! I said that-

I want to know why you killed them!

Selene yelled and her eyes turned ice blue as a ice spear started to form in her hand. Dayana rolled her eyes. With the whole world, universe possibly in danger, she didn't see what the big deal was about some humans who worked for their enemy.

I killed them because they got in my way. Pembrooke needed to be taught a lesson and they tried to stop me.

Monkey Kitty
08-21-2012, 09:22 PM
Doriana

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When Doriana woke, the first thing she felt was cold. An instant later, her dulled nerve endings alerted her that she was in fact in intense pain, from the base of her ribs all the way down to her feet. She almost gagged as she realized she could smell her own blood strongly in the damp air.

Where was she?

Doriana glanced down to try to determine the source of the pain. All she could do was glance; she was restrained so tightly she could barely move. Thick leather straps held her down. The girl startled, realizing Lord Pembrooke was in the room with her. What was he doing here? Then Doriana realized she was stark naked, and she started to form a mental picture...

...One that turned out to be completely wrong. Pembrooke actually seemed uninterested in her nudity. He was regarding her not with desire, but with the same concentration a composer would expend on a piece of music, or as an artist would stare at a canvas. An artist... that was where the pain was coming from. Even as fuzzy as her brain was from being drugged, Doriana finally realized he had carved some sort of strange arcane runes in her skin, from the tops of her feet right up to the base of her rib cage. He'd taken her clothes off to get access to more skin to carve on, not out of any carnal impulse. Doriana felt like throwing up.

There was a sharp knife still in his hand. He'd only paused to clean the worst of the blood from the blade so he could see what he was doing; Doriana realized he wouldn't stop until her whole body was engraved with those runes. She was too freaked out by the immediate fact of blood and torn skin and flesh to even begin to worry about why he was marking her.

"Let me go!" Doriana demanded weakly.

Pembrooke shook his head. "I can't do that. You have a purpose here."

"Why are you doing this to me?"

He smiled, and said, "Because you're going to help me open a door."

Doriana didn't know what that meant, but when he was talking, he wasn't cutting her, so to buy time she tried to keep the conversation going. "That boy I danced with...?"

Pembrooke shrugged. "I paid him. I knew you wouldn't leave with me willingly. He was a criminal already; he didn't mind committing a crime for the right price. I lent him some of my magic. Perhaps you saw it in his eyes. He proved surprisingly talented with the magic. Some kind of innate gift. Perhaps I'll hire him on a more permanent basis. That won't concern you, though. This is your last night..."

"Why? Why do you want to kill me?" Doriana was crying now, tears of pain and fear rolling down her cheeks. "I worked for you. I never did anything wrong..."

Pembrooke nodded sympathetically. "This isn't a punishment. Just a necessity. You aren't actually a person, you see. Not really. You were left here for a purpose. No past, no name - one task."

"I have a name!"

The nobleman laughed. "Doriana? That isn't your name. The villagers just assumed that because you muttered it over and over. It isn't, though. It's the portal you were designed to open. The runes will do that. And the blood..."

Doriana screamed.

Honor's Angel
08-24-2012, 05:21 AM
Angel

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::Angel didn't like Dayana's answers to any of the king and queen's questions. She was normally a nice person and pretty forgiving. Despite what Geoffers had done, she was willing to forgive him after the way Dayana punished him. But...the way Dayana went about trying to protect Nero was messed up in Angel's mind. She remembered the man's "visit" all too well. Arik had almost died just so her healing powers would be awakened.::

I won't help him or you in your cosmic war. My loyalties lie with Nero, its people, and its Royal Family.

::Angel wanted no part of a war that had nothing to do with her and she wouldn't helping either the God of Chaos or the Goddess of Order try to kill each other. Innocent people had been hurt and killed already because of this possible war.::

You should do us all a favor and find some remote corner of the universe and blow each other up.

::She frowned when Zander came up and told her that Doriana was missing and Milson and Nevek had already left to look for her. She turned to the king and queen.::

I know we should deal with her but Pembrooke probably has Doriana.

::There wasn't too many options of someone who would kidnap the girl.::

Optimus Prime
08-24-2012, 09:29 AM
Barrett

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I think that's a great suggestion for them, Angel. Because we're never "working" for you.

Barrett replied. He would have been perfectly fine with Dayana and her enemy killing each other. He didn't care what they did to each other but he sure was hell cared that innocent people were getting hurt and killed because of them. When Zander came and told them that Doriana was missing, Barrett said to Selene.

Perhaps it was more then just a coincidence that her name is the same as Gordon's discovery.

He turned to the guards and told them.

Arrest this woman, we'll deal with her when we come back.

Sojourn
08-24-2012, 09:41 AM
Selene

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Dayana was a little dumbfounded that the First on this planet didn't understand that what she was doing was trying to protect Nero. If her enemy and his hunter thought the planet was to at war with themselves then they'd see no point of trying to take it over. Sure some people had paid a price for her actions but wasn't that better then the whole planet being attacked?

What I did-

Save it. If you wanted to protect Nero, you would have came to us. Warn us about this outside threat so we could protect the people. Instead your actions of gotten people hurt and killed.

I did what was-

You are trying to a puppet master and we won't let you pull our strings. We'll deal with you once we find Doriana.

You are seriously going to drop everything to look for one girl?

Dayana replied, not understanding how one girl's life could be so important when she warned them about a threat that could destroy the planet.

Yes. Because every life matters.

Selene replied and she could see Dayana had rolled her eyes again as the guards took her to a jail cell. If Angel hadn't drained her then she'd just teleport away from this planet. She tried to help them, these First were stubborn and didn't want it. Fine, let them deal with Maverik and his armada. As soon as she had regained her energy she'd be long gone from this place and when they were attacked, she wouldn't be coming back. The guards showed her to a cell and Dayana prompting went to sleep. Taking a nap was the only way she knew of regaining back her energy that Angel stole from her. Hopefully she'd have enough to teleport away before they came back for her. Selene and Barrett headed out to help Nevek and Milson find Doriana. They only hoped they found her before it was too late.

Monkey Kitty
08-24-2012, 09:16 PM
Doriana

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Once Doriana started screaming, she couldn't stop. The drugs had worn off completely now, and she felt every cut, although she couldn't move because of the restraints. Blood flowed freely from the wounds, staining her pale skin and the wood of the table she was bound to.

Pembrooke didn't seem to mind the screaming. He ignored it, and sometimes whistled or hummed under his breath, like he was enjoying the process immensely.

"Not long now," he told Doriana cheerfully.

She knew he was right. He had cut runes all the way to her neck now, and her blood volume was dangerously depleted; she felt light-headed and desperately cold. Her vision started to go bright and dark in spots. Doriana tried to cling to consciousness in the hopes that she would live, but it was a losing battle. She drooped against the table as she started to black out.

Her blood flowed across the runes carved into the wood, and onto chalk symbols traced on the floor. Very softly, the floor began to shake, but Doriana was too drained of blood to notice.

Honor's Angel
08-26-2012, 06:01 AM
Milson

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::At first Milson and Nevek were having no luck finding Doriana. Most people in the city were attending the king and queen's party. That discouraged the knights but they didn't give up. They both knew if they stopped looking for the girl, then she would probably be dead. An older woman, who had generally ill all the time and thus hadn't attended the party very long, rushed out to find them. She told them she had heard a bunch of blood curling screams. They thanked the woman for the information and rushed in the direction she was certain the screams came from. As much as the knights hated hearing that anyone was in danger, it was hopefully a lead to Doriana. They broke down the door and both were shocked at what they were seeing. Doriana was bleeding out on a table and the floor seemed to be shaking. Milson drew out his sword and charged at Pembrooke.::

You leave her alone!

::The girl hadn't lived with him and Angel long but he already viewed her as one of his kids. Someone he needed to protect. Milson trusted that Nevek would help Doriana and get the gods here. Whatever was going on was probably above both mortal men's heads. Plus Doriana would need Angel's healing touch right away.::

Sojourn
08-26-2012, 08:58 AM
Nevek

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Nevek was having a good time at the party with Bree before Milson realized Doriana had went missing. Between the recent weddings and the news of a baby, it made Nevek think that perhaps he and Bree should get married. They had talked about in the past, before she broke up with him to be a priestess. Now that the people knew the gods lived among them, the temples were being reconstructed. No longer did priests or priestesses have to be single. Thoughts of bringing that up to Bree were forgotten when Milson asked for his help. Since Dayana had been found, then it was pretty safe to assume Pembrooke had Doriana. Thankfully that woman had been ill and left the party early, Nevek and Milson might have never found the girl. Especially since she had stopped screaming before they were in ear shot. Nevek didn't know what to think of the whole scene. While Milson went to confront Pembrooke, Nevek rushed to Doriana's side.

Hey, you'll be okay.

He told her even though he wasn't sure if she could even hear him. Since he had been taught the mirror trick by Luca, he had been keeping a pocket mirror in his pocket. He got a hold of her, who quickly told the First where Doriana was and that she would need Angel's healing right away.

Monkey Kitty
08-26-2012, 09:04 PM
Lord Arden Pembrooke and Doriana

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Pembrooke laughed and darted away from Milson, obviously using his magic; he would have been much slower than the knight with nothing but his own physical prowess on his side.

"It's too late," Pembrooke chortled. "It's already done. And unless you kill the girl, it can happen again, any time anyone wants it to."

Without providing any explanation of these crytic words, Pembrooke drew his cloak around himself and vanished, using borrowed magic to teleport away.

Doriana moaned, only semi-conscious. She started to panic, fighting against the straps that held her, terrified and just wanting the pain and the fear to be over.

"Home..." she begged weakly, wishing she wasn't naked and wasn't so cold.

Monkey Kitty
08-26-2012, 09:11 PM
Sir Gordon Carswell

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Gordon rushed up to Selene, out of breath with exertion. He bowed slightly, and said, "Your majesty, I know this is a bad time, but I've discovered... well, you must see. It was very sudden, your majesty. I was watching as it expanded; it took less than a minute. The one in the Doriana Nebula is the same."

He led her outside, and pointed up to the night sky. They didn't need a telescope to see the portal clearly. What had previously been a purple ring on the horizon was now a violet, mauve, and dark red splotch like a wound in the night sky. It radiated outward like tentacles, and had increased ten times in size. Nero's sky seemed to have a bleeding hole.

Sojourn
08-27-2012, 02:44 PM
Nevek

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I hate cryptic people.

Nevek grumbled when Pembrooke said they were too late and used magic to disappear. Nevek pulled off his shirt, it wasn't much but it had to be better for Doriana then to be there naked.

We'll get you home soon.

He didn't want to move her though until Angel came to heal her.

Sojourn
08-27-2012, 02:51 PM
Selene

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Selene helped search for Doriana for a little while until word came that Pembrooke was the one who had the girl and he was trying to kill her. She knew, without Barrett saying it, he didn't want her coming along. She told Barrett to be careful and headed back to the party. When Gordon found her, she got very concerned and followed him outside. She looked up at the sky and got worried. The sky of Nero had a bleeding hole and she wondered what dangers could come through it.

How is that possible?

Optimus Prime
08-27-2012, 02:57 PM
Barrett

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Barrett was glad Selene already knew the answer to her coming along. Until she gave birth their child, he wasn't about to let her be in harm's way if he could prevent it. He told Angel.

I'll teleport us so you can conserve your energy for healing Doriana.

He hoped they weren't too late to save the young woman's life. He teleported himself and Angel to the room Pembrooke tried to sacrifice the girl in. He was angry, not at the knights, but at himself for being too late and that Pembrooke escaped yet again.

Honor's Angel
08-28-2012, 12:52 PM
Angel

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Thank you King Barrett.

::Angel told Barrett when he said he'd teleport her to Doriana. She need to converse her energy for healing. When they arrived, she immediately ran to Doriana's side. Nevek had tried to give her some modesty but seeing the young woman like this made her very angry.::

It'll be okay Doriana. I'm here.

::She told her, freeing her of the restrains and touching her carefully with her glowing yellow hands. Milson was angry that Pembrooke had gotten away. He knew the only it was possible was because the lord used magic. In a normal situation, Milson could have easily taken him on. Instead his sword that he threw at the man before he disappeared just hit the floor. He picked it up and looked at Barrett.::

I'm sorry your highness, I failed.

No. You didn't fail. She's still alive.

::Angel told her husband as she healed Doriana. Pembrooke might have escaped but he hadn't killed her. That had to count as a win.::

I know...He said it can happen again.

What can?

I don't know. He just said that unless Doriana was dead, it can happen whenever someone wants.

That makes no sense.

::Angel replied and her husband agreed with her. He hated cryptic people just as much as Nevek did.::

Optimus Prime
08-28-2012, 04:35 PM
Barrett

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Barrett told Angel she was welcome and then said to her husband.

There's nothing to apologize for, Milson. He's just a slippery snake.

Barrett did wonder what the heck Pembrooke could have been talking about it. Could it be more then just a coincidence that Doriana had the same name as Gordon's great discovery? As they waited for Angel to heal the girl, Nevek got a message from Jared. Jared needed to speak to Barrett right away.

What is it, Jared?

Your majesty, you won't believe this.

He moved his own mirror to show the king what happened to the Doriana Nebula. Barrett's eyes got wide and he looked over at Doriana.

She must be the key to it.

How he didn't know but it had to be the only explanation for why Pembrooke had tried to kill her.

Monkey Kitty
08-28-2012, 09:17 PM
Sir Gordon Carswell

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"I don't know, your majesty," Gordon replied honestly, although he was rather chagrined to have to admit such complete ignorance. "I have never seen such a thing before. I've read of something that might be similar, but the account was sketchy and fragmented, and... well, it would take the addition of an incredible amount of energy to the portal. I'm not sure where a sufficient power source would even be found on Nero, unless it was one of the Firsts, but... I don't know how even that would work, your highness. I'm sorry."

Gordon was worried about this, and it showed. He was used to the heavenly bodies behaving in fairly predictable ways. This was a complete departure from the usual order of things and that concerned him quite a bit. Gordon was a scientist, not a mage, and the idea of a blood sacrifice hadn't even crossed his mind.

Monkey Kitty
08-28-2012, 09:23 PM
Doriana

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Doriana became a little more focused as Angel healed her, and she reached out to take the goddess's hand, needing comfort now as well as just magical repair of the damage.

"Sorry," she murmured. "Should not have danced with him, I..."

As Angel healed Doriana, she would see that the wounds were not behaving as ordinary injuries did. Although they closed so they weren't bleeding, they left distinct purple marks on her skin that wouldn't go away even with healing magic. The runes were still clear and visible.

"He said I was supposed to open a door. A..."

She struggled to remember. By that point, everything had started to blur together in a haze of pain, fear, and blood.

"A portal," Doriana finally recalled. "I didn't understand, but that's what he said. That he was opening a portal with my blood."

Honor's Angel
08-29-2012, 05:00 AM
Angel

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There's nothing to apologize for.

::Angel told Doriana with a smile and squeezed her hand. Doriana should have been able to have fun and not think that someone who wanted to dance with her had some ulterior motive. She was confused as she healed the young woman. Her wounds were no longer bleeding but normally Angel was able to make most wounds go away without a mark. If they were really serious, they left a faint scar, but Doriana's...She couldn't make the runes that Pembrooke carved into her skin disappear. Milson was relieved that the king wasn't angry with him. He knew it wasn't his fault Pembrooke disappeared but that didn't mean he liked that the lord was so close and had gotten away. Both Angel and Milson frowned when Doriana said she was a portal. Angel stopped healing her and gave her a hug.::

I won't let him hurt you again. Let's get you home.

Optimus Prime
08-29-2012, 07:45 AM
Barrett

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Barrett frowned when Doriana said she was supposed to open a portal. Obviously it was the portal of the Doriana Nebula but the more Barrett learned, the more he didn't understand. How did Pembrooke know about it to begin with? And how was this girl the key to anyway? Obviously the portal was open now and he couldn't help but wonder what Pembrooke had planned for it. He had a feeling it would be worse then what Dayana had been planning. He agreed with Angel that they should get Doriana home. He teleported the group back to the party hall, the party was essentially over. People were too busy staring in the sky to have fun. He told a servant to get Doriana some proper clothes as he walked over to Gordon and Selene.

There has to be a way to close it that doesn't involve killing her.

Sojourn
08-29-2012, 07:55 AM
Selene

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Selene knew that Gordon wouldn't have an answer for her about this portal any more then she could give him one. It was confusing how it happened and it was frightening to think of what it could mean for the planet. This portal was large enough for many things to go through now...When Barrett returned he told them what had happened with Pembrooke. She was shocked to hear why Pembrooke had kidnapped the girl and what had done.

Well she isn't an ordinary girl that's for sure.

Selene mused and she didn't like the idea of killing Doriana anymore then Barrett did.

There has to be another way.

How or what it was, Selene wasn't sure but she wasn't going to kill the girl if she could anything to prevent it.

Optimus Prime
08-29-2012, 08:01 AM
Barrett

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If there is, we'll find it.

Barrett told his wife with a nod of his head. He wasn't going to kill Doriana and he also didn't truly believe Pembrooke that the only way to stop this was killing her. He wouldn't trust that man as far as he could throw him. Jared wished he could help but this was way outside the realm of things he could provide advice for. Barrett thought for a little while and then said.

Let's ask our new "friend" Dayana.

Do you think she'll help you?

Jared asked, surprised the king would even consider talking to the goddess who had been trying to send Nero to war since Selene and Barrett came into power. Barrett shook his head.

Not really, but it's worth a try. We can't just stand around and do nothing.

Monkey Kitty
08-29-2012, 11:49 AM
Sir Gordon Carswell

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"Please don't think that I'm advocating this, your majesties," Gordon said carefully. "But even if hypothetically the girl were to die, I don't think it would actually close the portal. What has activated it is an influx of energy, and it will deactivate when the energy is used up or drained. Mind you, I am a scientist, I know next to nothing of blood magic and am uncomfortable with the concept - but I don't see how the child's death would reduce the level of energy already fed to the portal."

He tried to think of what Pembrooke could have been talking about, and then added, feeling rather out of his depth, "I think that her death would simply prevent another person from reopening it in the future. I don't think it would affect the current situation at all."

Sounding more confident, he added, "But we will find another solution, your majesties. One that doesn't involve spilling an innocent person's blood. There is always a solution, I believe."

Monkey Kitty
08-29-2012, 12:24 PM
Doriana

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"Home sounds good," Doriana said. The events of the past hour seemed like a nightmare; she wouldn't have believed any of this was real if it weren't for the pain and the marks on her skin.

She returned the hug, but asked hesitantly, "Are you sure you want me to come home, though? He might come back for me. Having me there might put all of you in danger. Maybe I should go..."

Doriana didn't know exactly where. She could always go back to Veilerian and get another job, but her presence would put her new employers in just as much danger. It seemed like going off on her own was the only way to make sure no one got hurt because of her. She hadn't yet seen the portal, but when she did, it would only reinforce to her just how much of a risk it was to have her around.

Sojourn
08-29-2012, 08:16 PM
Selene

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I don't think it would close it either and we aren't going to harm her to find out anyway.

Selene wasn't going to hurt an innocent girl just because of Pembrooke's claims. She didn't trust him at all. If he told her snow was white then she'd still look outside to check. Unfortunately Selene and Barrett didn't know much about blood magic either even if as First they had magic.

Let's see what Dayana has to say.

It was a long shot but worth a try. Dayana was not in a pleasant mood. She wanted out of here. Angel had drained quite a bit of energy from her making it impossible to teleport away. When the king and queen arrived, it didn't take them long to realize the Goddess of Order wouldn't be much help.

About time! Now listen here-

No, you listen. What do you know about that?

Selene retorted, pointing out Dayana's window at the portal in the sky. Dayana looked at it and shrugged.

It's some kind of portal.

We know that! What do you know about it?

Nothing.

Nothing?! Pembrooke didn't mention that "thing" to you?

No. Geoffers was our go between since Pembrooke doesn't like gods. I think he said that Pembrooke liked stars but that it's. You could ask Geoffers about it, well if he could talk.

Dayana replied with smirk and Selene rolled her eyes.

You've been no help.

She said and spun around quickly on her heels to leave with Barrett. Dayana had been a waste of time, like they both felt she would be. She yelled at them to come back and let her out but the king and queen pretended not to hear. Right now they had something more important to deal with then the Goddess of Order.

Optimus Prime
08-29-2012, 08:31 PM
Barrett

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You're right, Gordon. We will find another way to close the portal.

Barrett would never order the death of an innocent life, there had to be some way to close it. The visit with Dayana was a waste of time. He let Selene talk to her because he was still very angry with the goddess for throwing herself at him to break them up. He yelled at her to enjoy her cell. They did visit Geoffers, who could only tell them that he knew Pembrooke was interested in astronomy. They weren't best friends and Pembrooke kept a lot of things to himself. He apologized for not being able to help more. This left them back at square one. A giant portal was in the sky and they had no idea how to close it.

Gordon, in your opinion as a man of science, do you think that magic could close it since it was magic that opened it?

He wasn't about to sacrifice Doriana but maybe the other First could use their own magic and cause it to close.

Honor's Angel
09-01-2012, 07:28 AM
Angel

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Yes, I'm sure.

::Angel told Doriana. She knew it could be dangerous to let Doriana return to the orphanage but it would be just as dangerous to let her go off on her own. The girl was the key to that portal and without someone protecting her, this could happen again with worse results. The next time...Angel didn't want to think about what could happen.::

Let Milson and I worry about that, I'd rather you be with us then on your own.

Monkey Kitty
09-03-2012, 12:52 PM
Sir Gordon Carswell

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"I believe so, your majesty," Gordon replied. "Although I fear that is not my area of expertise, so I couldn't say exactly how that could be accomplished. Adding more magical energy to the portal will only make it stronger, but if there were some magical way to drain off the energy - as Lady Angel does - I believe the portal would shrink or even close entirely. The problem is that we can't physically reach it because of its location in space."

He added, "Of course, the portal will also eventually run out of energy on its own. That isn't ideal, though, because something or someone may come through it before then. Closing it by magic would be better, but we must be careful not to make the problem worse in the attempt."

Monkey Kitty
09-03-2012, 01:04 PM
Doriana

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"Thank you," Doriana said. Her teeth were chattering; she was still a little cold, but it was more of a reaction to fear. Now that her ordeal was over - for now - she felt herself breaking down as she hadn't been able to when Pembrooke stood over her with the knife.

"I'm so scared. I'm afraid something bad will happen because of me, and it'll be all my fault. He said I'm not even a person, just... just a thing to open the portal, and that's why I don't have any memories. I feel awful that this is because of me, but... I really want to go home."

In spite of everything, Doriana was just a kid, and this was all becoming too much for her.

Optimus Prime
09-03-2012, 04:48 PM
Barrett

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I was afraid you'd say that.

Barrett said with a sigh to Gordon. Even if Angel could drain the portal, there was no way to get her close enough to it to do so.

We'll monitor it. If a threat comes through, we eliminate it.

That seemed to the only thing they could do. He'd rather close it but that wasn't a viable option. The next thing was to stop a threat before it became a disaster. Hopefully nothing would come through but he doubted that Pembrooke just opened it up for the heck of it.

Sojourn
09-03-2012, 04:58 PM
Selene

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Selene agreed with Barrett the only option available right now was to keep an eye on the portal and make sure any threats to the planet were eliminated before they caused havoc on Nero. She didn't like the option but there was no way they could possibly get close enough to it for Angel to drain its magic.

We need to post more guards around the orphanage. If it closes, Pembrooke will just try to take Doriana and open it again.

She wasn't naive enough to think he wouldn't go after her since she was the key to opening it in the first place. Thankfully they had the clay army to help with portals because it would take a lot of man power to keep an eye on portal and keep the orphanage safe.

Honor's Angel
09-05-2012, 04:51 AM
Angel

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::Angel told Doriana she was welcome and gave her another hug. She could tell Doriana was upset but she also knew that whatever came through the portal, no one would say it was her fault. It had been opened by force and Doriana was a victim in this.::

No matter what happens, no will blame you. And you are a person, it doesn't matter about your memories. You are here and you are real to me.

::How dare Pembrooke say that Doriana wasn't a person? The king and queen didn't have that many memories either and no one said that about them. She put her arm around Doriana's shoulders.::

Going home sounds good.

::She told her with a smile, it didn't long for Milson to gather the other children. As always, the couple thanked Barrett and Selene for being willing to have extra guards portal the area near the orphanage. Angel wished they wouldn't need them but until Pembrooke was gone, she wouldn't feel safe with out the added protection. The children were happy that Doriana was alive and Angel told her as she helped into bed.::

You need to get some rest. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask.

Monkey Kitty
09-05-2012, 09:16 AM
Sir Gordon Carswell

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"I will continue to work on this problem, your majesties," Gordon promised. "Until we find a solution, I will prioritize it above any other work."

When the conversation turned to guards and arrangements for protection, Gordon took his leave; he had nothing to contribute on that particular subject. He went home - to work rather than to rest, but the observatory was not yet fully rebuilt after the fire. After a brief look through his telescope, he went to search for his personal library for books, mostly older tomes that mixed magic and science. Gordon had never had much interest in the magical side before, but as of tonight he was going to need to develop that interest.

Monkey Kitty
09-05-2012, 09:21 AM
Doriana

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Doriana managed a weak smile when Angel said she was a person, and she snuggled into the First's arms when Angel hugged her. It was easier to believe Angel than Pembrooke. Dorianna had liked the nobleman fine when she'd worked for him; truth be told she'd had very little contact with him, because although he was cordial with the servants, he never spent time with them aside from managing their employment. Tonight, though, he'd seemed crazy.

"Thank you," Doriana told Angel. "I will."

She fell asleep almost instantly, but her dreams were haunted by a knife and dripping blood, and a gash carved into the sky. Insects crawled through the hole in space, swarming Nero, and it was all Doriana could do to stifle her screams with a pillow when she woke from the horrific images.

Optimus Prime
09-05-2012, 01:28 PM
Barrett

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Thank you, Gordon. We appreciate that.

Barrett told Gordon with a thankful smile when he said he'd prioritize this problem over his other work. Guards were assigned to watch the portal and alert the First immediately if something came through it. Other guards were sent to portal the area around the orphanage in case Pembrooke came back to kill Doriana. He and Selene thanked the guests for coming to the party for the baby and apologized to them it got ruined. It seemed like any party they threw on Nero always had something happen. At home, he wrapped his arms around Selene told her.

One of these days we'll actually have a party that ends because it is time for people to go home and sleep.

Sojourn
09-05-2012, 01:34 PM
Selene

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Thank you, Gordon.

Selene told Gordon with a smile. She wished they had to close the portal so all they had to worry about was Pembrooke but that wasn't going to happen. All they could do was try to prevent something terrible from happening in Nero. Unfortunately there was nothing more they could other then just eliminate the threats when they came through. She and Barrett headed home and she wrapped her arms around him.

That would be nice.

She told him with a smile, they headed to bed and hoped to not be awakened in the middle of the night because some terrible threat came through the portal.

Sojourn
09-05-2012, 01:44 PM
Dayana

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Dayana was yelling at anyone who would listen to set her free. Unfortunately for her, no one was listening. All the guards would say was to keep quiet and the king and queen would deal with her when they saw fit. Well she didn't want to "deal" with them. Selene and Barrett were idiots. How could they not see that everything she had done was for them? To protect their precious little planet...They'd regret it when Seth, her enemy attacked this planet. He went by many names, like she did. She was frustrated that she could not teleport off this awful rock because Angel had drained so much magic for her. Because she was frustrated, she couldn't sleep. She looked up at the sky and saw the portal. Seth and Maverik would definitely take advantage of that if they were smart. Let them. The First here were ungrateful, they deserve whatever was coming to them. Although...She knew as the Goddess of Order she couldn't just let the God of Chaos take the planet's energy no matter how angry she was with the First that lived here. If she did, then she wouldn't be able to stop Seth, even if she needed to recruit other people in her war against him.

Honor's Angel
09-06-2012, 05:22 AM
Angel

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::Angel held Doriana as long as she needed to be held. She wished she could take away what happened tonight but all Angel could do was try to comfort her.::

You're welcome, it'll all be okay.

::Angel told her and let her get some sleep. Angel had to believe it would be okay because she didn't want Doriana or any of the other children to be scared. Although privately with Milson they both confessed their fears of what could come through the portal and that even if it closed, Pembrooke would try to take her again. Angel was sure there were heartless people in the world that would say it was easier to get rid of the girl, she wouldn't be worth the risk keeping her around. Angel and Milson didn't see it that way. Doriana might not have lived with them long but they cared about her. They would protect her and be there for her just as much as they would any of the other children. Ananda's room was next to Doriana's. She couldn't sleep well because she was scared about the portal and was going to get something to drink when she thought she heard something and went to check on Doriana.::

Doriana? Are you okay? Did you need me to get Mom?

Monkey Kitty
09-06-2012, 06:03 PM
Doriana

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Doriana shook her head, and tried to smile at Ananda.

"I'm alright," she said. "It was only a bad dream. There's no need to bother Miss Angel over it."

She realized that her nightgown had ridden up around her calves as she tossed and turned, and she'd kicked the blankets off, so she'd just given Ananda a good view of some of the runes that had turned into dark scars. Doriana pulled the gown down, embarrassed and worried that Ananda would think she was a freak - and that come breakfast time, all the other kids would think it too.


***


It was long after dark when the first two fell through the portal. The streets were empty and nearly deserted at that hour, aside from the occasional guard on rounds. Two jet black shapes that seemed to be rocks dropped into an alley, cracking the cobblestones slightly with the force of their impact.

The rocks that weren't rocks unfolded, stretching out spiky limbs. They looked like insects, segmented and armoured with exoskeletons, but they were as tall as humans. When the faint light shone on them from a distant window, they looked slightly purple in colour.

They scuttled off in different directions, moving on the lower four of their six appendages. These two were the advance scouts. Soon there would be many more.

Honor's Angel
09-07-2012, 05:10 AM
Ananda

::Ananda wasn't entirely sure she shouldn't get Angel after hearing Doriana screaming but she accepted the other girl had a bad dream.::

Okay, I won't wake her then.

::She replied with a smile and that turned into a slight frown when she saw the scars that were on her legs. She didn't think Doriana was a freak but instead felt awful for her that Pembrooke did that.::

I'm sorry he hurt you. But don't feel embarrassed about the scars, you aren't the only one who has them.

::Ananda turned her back and lowered her nightgown's straps to show Doriana the scars on her back that her stepmother had left on her.::

My stepmother did them....She said I was a bad kid.

::Before coming here, Ananda had been abused by her stepmother that her father had married only a few months after her mother died. She loved living here because no hurt her. She pulled her nightgown back up and turned around.::

Zander has scars too and so does Arik. No one will make fun of you.

::Zander had been abused as well and Arik had a big scar on his chest when the "God King" had tried to kill him to awake Angel's powers. Ananda didn't want to Doriana to feel alone or think they would make fun of her because of it.::

Sojourn
09-07-2012, 11:46 AM
Selene

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In the morning Gordon and the clay soldiers who were on duty last night reported that a couple of rocks fell through the portal. That wasn't surprising by itself since it was very possible for space debris to come through the portal. What worried Selene and Barrett was that no one could find the rocks. Normal rocks didn't have legs and just went off on their own.

Do you think we'll find them?

Selene asked Barrett as they searched the area themselves where the reports of the fallen rocks were. They took the threat to their world seriously and if these rocks were of some of kind of magical nature, then the gods were the best ones to find them.

Optimus Prime
09-07-2012, 11:57 AM
Barrett

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Barrett would have been more surprised if there was no reports of things coming out of the portal. Although, he was shocked to hear that rocks fell from the sky but couldn't be found. He and Selene thanked Gordon and the clay soldiers before they headed out to see if they could find the "rocks". They found where the "rocks" had hit the cobblestone. They had left it slightly damaged when they fell from the sky. Unfortunately other then that there was no clue where the "rocks" went. He sighed as he replied to Selene.

I hope so but I'm not going to hold my breath.

And he knew his wife wasn't going to either. They would try to find the "rocks" but both had the bad feeling they wouldn't find them at all.

Monkey Kitty
09-08-2012, 06:16 PM
Doriana

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Doriana drew in her breath and winced sympathetically when she saw Ananda's scars.

"That looks like it must have hurt," she said. "I don't understand why people hurt other people. It doesn't make sense to me. Especially a parent - they're supposed to love you, step or not. I think so, anyway. I don't remember my own parents."

At least, that's what she'd spent the past six years believing; her parents had died in the Veilerian fever epidemic, and she couldn't call their faces to her mind because the disease had affected her brain too. What Pembrooke had told her tonight called that into question, though. According to him, she didn't have parents. She'd just been created to open the portal. It was hard to believe - but she'd seen the open portal when Angel and Milson were taking her home.

"I'm sorry you, Zander, and Arik got hurt. But... it's kind of nice not to be the only one with scars."

Monkey Kitty
09-08-2012, 06:21 PM
Gwynn and Garnet

Gwynn and Garnet spent the morning helping to search for the rocks that fell. As always, Lizard Dog was by Gwynn's side, and he was doing his best to help. Even the dog wasn't having any easy time of it, though, because he didn't know what he was supposed to be sniffing for; this time Gwynn didn't have a sample to show him. The streets were so crowded and so many feet had passed, that it would be difficult to get him to focus on a single scent anyway. It was easy to see where the rocks had fallen, but Gwynn saw no sign of where they had gone, even though the clay soldiers had gone to try to collect them immediately to make sure they weren't removed by curiosity seekers.

At least nothing terrible seemed to have come through the portal during the night, though. Gwynn, Garnet, and Lizard Dog returned to the palace after their fruitless search.

"I hope that First from the party is still in her cell, if nothing else," Garnet said in a resigned tone.

Sojourn
09-08-2012, 07:38 PM
Selene

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Selene and Barrett didn't find anything either. It was frustrating because rocks couldn't just get up and walk away. Which made both rulers think that portal that Pembrooke had opened was going to bring on a bigger threat then the war between the kingdoms Dayana had tried to pull. She could see Gwynn, Garnet, and Lizard Dog hadn't found anything either.

I hope so too.

Selene said in agreement when Garnet brought up Dayana. The last thing they needed was her going back to trying to start a war. The Royal Family learned from Bree that Dayana had been trying to re-enact the story of how the kingdoms had first started their bloody wars at the party. The story went that wars all started because the Goddess of Ice thought her lover, the God of Fire, had cheated on her. They had a huge fight and gathered the armies of the kingdoms to go to war. Well that wasn't going to happen now. Selene trusted Barrett and he had no interest in straying. She looked over at Barrett.

We should pay her a visit.

Optimus Prime
09-08-2012, 07:46 PM
Barrett

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Barrett didn't expect to find these "rocks". He was sure if the rocks were easy to find, then the clay soldiers would have grabbed them right away. Knowing that didn't make him feel better that something came through the portal that was probably going to endanger Nero. In the search for rocks, he almost forgot about Dayana. Although he knew Selene was right, they needed to deal with the woman who threw herself at him because of an old story. He didn't remember his past but he was sure if he was the same God of Fire from the story Bree told them, then it was a misunderstanding. Probably caused by Dayana or her enemy. Because he loved Selene and he'd never cheat on her.

Yeah, we should. So Royal Ambassador, do you have any suggestions on what we should do with her?

Because truthfully he was at a lost of what to do with the woman who had been trying to start a war in Nero since he and Selene had awakened from their comas.

Honor's Angel
09-09-2012, 10:13 AM
Ananda

::Ananda had a slightly haunted look on her face as she told Doriana.::

It did and...I don't really understand it either. I guess she just hated me because I was proof my father loved someone else before her.

::Ananda never wanted to see her stepmother again as long as she lived. Although she wasn't the only one to blame for the abuse, her father let the woman hurt her. She shrugged told Doriana.::

But it's okay now because I have parents who love me.

::Angel and Milson weren't biologically her parents but they loved her and protected her. They felt more like her parents then the ones in her past.::

I'm sorry you don't remember yours.

::She still felt Doriana was a person no matter what Pembrooke had tried to say. Sometimes Ananda wished she didn't remember her past but she supposed remembering the abuse was better then not remembering anything. At least she knew her life was better here then wondering what could have been. She gave Doriana a smile.::

I'm sorry about what happened to you too. I'm sure it is scary but Mom and Dad will protect you from that man and no blames you for what happened.

Monkey Kitty
09-09-2012, 01:39 PM
Doriana

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"Thank you," Doriana said sincerely. "It feels better to talk about it. I feel less alone. I'm glad you're safe here, and that you have parents. Angel and Milson seem really nice. I feel almost like they're my parents, too."

She realized how late it was, and said, "I guess we should try to get some sleep. I don't want us to both be exhausted tomorrow. If you want, you can stay in here, so you don't have to walk back to your room."

What Doriana was really hoping for was not to have to be alone, but she didn't want to sound like a scared child, when she was a young woman who should be brave.

Monkey Kitty
09-09-2012, 06:55 PM
Gwynn

Gwynn's brow furrowed as she tried to think of a solution, and her mouth crinkled into a frown of concentration.

"If she was human, I'd say she should just stay in jail," the young storm goddess finally replied. "But she's a First, and she'll just use magic to get out of it when she's strong again. We can't just let her go either, though. She killed people. Maybe she had her reasons for trying to start the war - maybe she thought she was doing the right thing - but she murdered those people at the estate, too, and that can't just be passed off as a mistake. Obviously killing is part of her operating methods."

A moment later, an idea occurred to Gwynn. "We could keep her in the cells if we had Angel drain her regularly. Then Angel would have extra energy for healing, too. We could sentence the goddess to imprisonment and donating her magic to people in need."

She added hesitantly, "We should probably give her a trial, though. I know she did it, but just so the people don't think it's unfair."

Honor's Angel
09-10-2012, 04:12 AM
Ananda

You're welcome.

::Ananda told Doriana with a smile. She was glad that the other girl didn't feel as alone now. Ananda knew how that felt all too well when she was younger. Angel and Milson couldn't make her past go away but they made it hurt a lot less.::

They are nice and they'll be your parents if you want.

::Angel and Milson were willing to be any kid's parents who wanted them. Some people might think taking care of the orphans made Angel some kind of saint but she didn't care of them to be praised. She loved her job and the children she took care of. Ananda nodded her head that it was late and that they should both go back to sleep. Ananda's room wasn't too far from Doriana's room but she caught the real reason Doriana asked her to stay. She didn't want to be alone and Ananda didn't want her to be alone either.::

That's a good idea.

::Ananda said with a smile and laid down next to Doriana in her bed so they both get some sleep.::

Optimus Prime
09-10-2012, 08:47 AM
Barrett

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The problem with Dayana was that it would be difficult to keep a powerful goddess imprisoned against her will but after all she did, there was no way they could let her go. People had lost their homes and been killed because of her. Letting her go would show the citizens that the First didn't care about how they had suffered and there was no way Barrett or Selene would do that. Barrett nodded his head at Gwynn's suggestion.

I think that is a good punishment and I agree she needs to be put on trial. Let's go talk to her.

The Royal Family headed to Dayana's cell and told her what they had decided her fate was. Obviously she wasn't pleased hearing she was going to in jail forever.

At your trial you can plead your case to the people. However, considering how many of them lost something because of you, I'm sure what we came up would be fairer then what they would want done to you.

Sojourn
09-10-2012, 09:01 AM
Dayana

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Dayana wanted out, she was anxious and she hadn't regained enough energy to teleport herself out this horrid jail cell. When the Royal Family told her that she'd put on trial and their recommendation would be for her to remain in jail with her energy being constantly drained, she was angry.

What?! That is-

It's a pretty nice offer given what you've done.

Selene told Dayana with a glare, while she agreed with Gwynn's suggestion, she still didn't like this goddess.

Oh, really?! Letting you people steal my energy so you can be saints is not "nice"! I need to get out to stop-

Tell it to the people.

Selene replied, let the citizens of Nero decide what they truly wanted done with Dayana. She was sure from how some of had suffered, they'd think the Royal Family was being to nice to her. Dayana glared back.

I will! Those stupid mortals will see that-

Calling them stupid won't help.

Selene replied and shook her head. Dayana clearly thought as a goddess she was better then the people of Nero which wasn't going to go over well at her trial.

Monkey Kitty
09-10-2012, 03:33 PM
Gwynn

"Taking your energy against your will for no reason would be terribly mean," Gwynn agreed solemnly with Dayana. Although she knew they were doing the right thing punishing the other First, that didn't mean she was happy about it. Gwynn would rather have friends than enemies any day of the week, and she liked the outcome with Geoffers much better - but although Geoffers had committed serious crimes, he hadn't done even a fraction of the harm Dayana had.

"But there's a reason. You hurt people. You took things from them that can never be replaced. Their lives. Their homes. Their families. Some of them were injured and will never be the same again. No one can fix that. Not even gods and goddesses. Taking your energy to give back to them as repayment is the best we can do, to give back all that you stole from them. It isn't enough, but nothing would be."

Gwynn met Dayana's eyes, to make sure the rogue First was listening. "We aren't stealing from you. We're trying to give back a little of what you stole. There's a big difference."

Not that Gwynn expected Dayana would ever see it. The outcome of the trial would likely be predictable, Gwynn thought, especially if Dayana didn't change her tune and show the common people of Nero more respect. It was in those common people's hands that her fate rested now.

Sojourn
09-11-2012, 11:43 AM
Dayana

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Dayana might have been listening to Gwynn but she truly wasn't paying attention. Dayana didn't care about the humans she had hurt and she didn't really see why the other First did either. They were gods, they were better then those people who shared Nero with them. The humans weren't equal to them and she didn't understand why the Royal Family cared what the people thought when with their powers they could just be dictators on this planet.

Why do you care what I did to them? They are just peasants, they should be honored to be in our presence.

Monkey Kitty
09-11-2012, 06:02 PM
Gwynn

Gwynn cocked her head at Dayana with a birdlike expression of confusion.

"Do you know any?" she asked rather pointedly. "Any humans? Any common people? Have you talked to them? I don't just mean addressed them in passing, or gave them orders. I mean really talked to them, and tried to make friends?"

She shook her head, and said, "I can tell you haven't. If you had, you'd know they're not much different from us. They have different powers than we do, just like different Firsts do. They know how to do all kinds of things. They have memories. We should be honoured to be in their presence, as much as they should be honoured to be in ours."

Sojourn
09-11-2012, 08:00 PM
Dayana

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Dayana looked at Gwynn like she lost her mind. Not just because of what she claimed about mortals but also because of the birdlike way she looked at her. Why in the world would she ever deal with common mortals? Dayana was very conceited about herself and didn't have a very long list of people she'd even call her friends. People only mattered to her if she could get them to do what she wanted.

They have no powers! All they do is complain how we should fix all their problems for them and die. We could squash them like insects if we wanted.

Well those "insects" are the ones who will be deciding your fate.

Selene replied to Dayana, not caring for her attitude about her and Barrett's citizens. Dayana rolled her eyes.

They probably can't even comprehend the situation.

Maybe but it's your job to convince them how you were acting in Nero's best interests at your trial.

Selene replied, although she was certain that Dayana would portray the same attitude she was right now and that would mean the people would find her guilty of her crimes.

Optimus Prime
09-11-2012, 08:13 PM
Barrett

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Barrett admired Gwynn for even attempting to talk to Dayana. The goddess was very arrogant and he was sure she'd win no fans at her trial. He felt a little bad for Angel that she'd have to deal with this First constantly to keep her drained. They had sent word to Angel after Gwynn came up with the suggestion and before coming here, and Angel had agreed to do it.

I don't care what you think of them because they are the ones who will decide if you get your way or not.

Barrett told Dayana and when his family was ready to leave this goddess' presence, he was as well.

Honor's Angel
09-12-2012, 04:17 AM
Angel

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::When word had reached Angel about what the Royal Family planned to do with Dayana, she immediately agreed to keep the goddess drained. The woman had hurt so many people on Nero and Angel didn't want her teleporting away and not being punished for her crimes. Some of the children that had recently arrived at the orphanage were orphaned because of her. Plus taking Dayana's energy would off set the energy she lost healing Geoffers and other people. Angel still felt tired from yesterday but she was a busy person and couldn't just sleep at her heart's content. Although she knew Marta and Milson would have let her if she wanted. She and Milson made breakfast and she smiled at Doriana when she came down stairs.::

How are you feeling?

::She wasn't just concerned about the girl's physical well being but also her mental and emotional well beings as well. She had been through a very traumatic experience thanks to Lord Pembrooke. Some of the kids saw Doriana and gave her hugs. Telling her that they were happy she was okay.::

Monkey Kitty
09-12-2012, 01:46 PM
Gwynn

Much as it might have been Gwynn's wishful thinking that Dayana would start to show an inkling of understanding - that she might see the error of her ways and feel sorry, as Geoffers did - that possibility seemed to melt away as Dayana replied. Gwynn felt like there was a chasm in between them, so that they would never understand each other. They might as well be speaking another language. The words might be in the same tongue, but the concepts were not.

"We should go," Gwynn said. To Dayana, she added, "If you ever want to talk more about what I said, ask for me."

She doubted Dayana ever would. Gwynn felt a little sad as she left with the others.

Monkey Kitty
09-12-2012, 01:51 PM
Doriana

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"I feel better, thank you," Doriana said shyly. In spite of everything, she was still shy around Angel. For the past six years, Doriana had been a servant. While none of her employers had been unkind or even acted particularly superior compared to what they might have done, there had also been no alternative to knowing her place. Doriana had never gotten in trouble because she had never challenged the social order that put her at the bottom of the hierarchy. Being talked to as an equal by someone like Angel was something new, even though Angel didn't put on any airs.

"Ananda helped me feel better," she added. "She was very nice to me."

The hugs from the other children made her smile, and soon Doriana was feeling almost like her old self again.

Optimus Prime
09-12-2012, 06:56 PM
Barrett

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Barrett didn't have high hopes for Dayana having a change of heart. If she kept up this attitude then she'd be calling that cell home. He agreed they should go and told Gwynn as they left the jail.

You're sweet Little Sis, but talking to her is like talking to a brick wall.

Sojourn
09-12-2012, 07:00 PM
Selene

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It was useless talking to Dayana, she couldn't believe that she'd be stuck in a cell with her energy constantly drained. Or that these First actually thought the opinions of mortals mattered. She shouldn't even bother trying to protect this stupid planet! Selene agreed it was a good idea to leave and added to Barrett's comment.

Actually I think a brick wall is more willing to change then her.

Monkey Kitty
09-13-2012, 04:57 PM
Gwynn

Gwynn nodded. "I tried talking to a wall once," she said thoughtfully. "When I first became whatever I am now, instead of a lizard. It was less frustrating, because the wall doesn't talk back. When someone talks, it seems like we should understand each other."

She shrugged. "It was worth a try. If she won't listen, though, there's not much I can do."

Somehow she didn't think that Dayana would allow herself to be defeated this easily. Gwynn couldn't help wondering what else the goddess had in store.

Sojourn
09-13-2012, 06:56 PM
Selene

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Selene smiled when Gwynn said she tried to talk to a wall once and it had been a better experience then talking with Dayana.

They should but some people are extremely stubborn. You did try and that's all anyone can do.

She did think Dayana would try to pull something and said to Barrett.

Perhaps we should always come with Angel when she drains her? The more First around Dayana, the less likely she might attempt something.

Dayana was a dangerous and powerful First, they couldn't take her lightly.

Optimus Prime
09-13-2012, 07:02 PM
Barrett

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Barrett smiled when Gwynn said she tried talking to a wall once, he could see her doing that. And honestly, that was probably more fun then talking with Dayana. He nodded his head to Selene when she suggested they go with Angel when she would have to drain Dayana.

That's a good idea, I'd hate to see Angel get hurt and I could see that woman trying it to get away.

It was no secret Dayana hated her new "home" and she'd try anything to get away.

Honor's Angel
09-14-2012, 04:24 AM
Angel

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Good, I'm glad.

::Angel told Doriana with a smile when she said she was feeling better and Milson agreed with her. Last night had been very scary all around but the couple was glad that she seemed to be doing better. Angel's smile got bigger when Doriana said that Ananda had helped her feel better.::

That's wonderful. Your dad and I are very proud of you, Ananda.

::Angel told her adopted daughter and Milson again agreed. Ananda blushed that the praise, being told people were proud of her for anything was something that she wasn't still used to. The other kids didn't think Doriana was a freak or anything for having scars now. They had just be scared she'd die and they were happy she was alive. Angel had to head out to heal Geoffers and drain Dayana. Milson said he'd come with her.::

You don't have to.

I don't trust that goddess, she's dangerous. I don't think you should be alone with her.

::Milson said, he wouldn't take no for an answer and Angel had to agree she was dangerous. Of course, it made Milson happy to hear that later the king and queen didn't want his wife alone with Dayana either. No one would put anything pass that woman.::

Optimus Prime
09-16-2012, 07:06 AM
Barrett

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As much as Barrett didn't want to have deal with Dayana twice in one day, he wasn't going to let Angel have to see her alone. He'd rather he go himself then have his pregnant wife or little sister have to deal with the rogue goddess.

Thanks for being willing to drain her, Angel. Although I have to warn you, Dayana is not fun to deal with.

Actually he might invest in some earplugs so he didn't have to listen to the arrogant First complain. When Angel was ready, they headed to Dayana's cell and he warned her.

Don't you dare try to pull something.

Sojourn
09-16-2012, 07:15 AM
Dayana

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Oh joy, you came back.

Dayana replied with disdain in her voice when she saw Barrett had returned with Angel.

And this time you brought Little Miss Energy Stealer.

She didn't like Angel since she drain her yesterday and was the reason she was stuck here. She would have tried to make Angel get in the same cell as her and try to escape but Dayana hands were handcuffed since she had woke up this morning. When the guards were informed that the king was returning with the orphanage caretaker, she was then cuffed to her cell's door. Although it did take five men to move here there and she put up a fight. One had a busted lip, another a black eye, and a third had a broken nose because of her.

So tell me, why is it that you married a mortal? Was a god not man enough for you or do you feel the need to constantly be worshipped day and night?

Honor's Angel
09-17-2012, 04:24 AM
Angel

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::Angel and Milson were glad to see that the king and queen were already thinking the same thing they were, it was dangerous to see Dayana alone. This was different then healing Geoffers, he was a mortal and he also seemed to regret his crimes. Dayana had no remorse and had proved she'd take out anyone to get what she wanted. Angel smiled to Barrett.::

You're welcome. I'm not looking that forward to dealing with her, so thank you for coming with me.

::She chose not to acknowledge that Dayana called her an energy stealer. Angel could care less what Dayana thought of her. She touched the goddess's forearm and started to drain her. She had planned to do this without talking but when Dayana tried to insult Milson, Angel replied with a glare.::

I married him because I love him. But since you only love yourself, I'm sure the whole concept of love is above your head.

Sojourn
09-17-2012, 07:06 PM
Dayana

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Dayana hated being drained by Angel. This was ridiculous to her. It was clear that all the First here were mortal lovers. Didn't they realize mortals had short life spans and easily reproduced? So some died, others took their place. It wasn't a huge lost and in a few generations they were forgotten about by their own people unless they were royalty or nobility. She rolled her eyes at Angel and said to her dryly.

Love, oh cute. You plan on keeping him young and healthy with my magic forever? Because he's going to die a lot easier and a lot sooner then you will. Of course, being the Goddess of Nurture you can just cheat death with him and those little brats you call children.

Honor's Angel
09-18-2012, 05:04 AM
Angel

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::Angel thought it was a shame none of the First knew a spell that could mute Dayana. She knew what the rogue goddess was trying, she was trying to make Angel angry by insulting her family. The children were not brats but Angel was sure Dayana didn't think much of childrenanyway since she insulted mortals in general.::

My family is none of your concern. At least I have people in my life who I love and care about, unlike you. No one likes you and have to use force to try to get what you want. If you were kinder and asked for help against this Chaos God, then perhaps you wouldn't be in jail.

:: Dayana's ego reminded her of some of the parents who lost custody of their children. It amazed her sometimes how people could act. However, she wasn't going to even give her a response to what she said about Milson. Angel had fallen in love with him before she realized she was a First. She knew they wouldn't technically grow old together. Milson would grow old but First were a lot harder to kill. She knew someday he'd die and she didn't like thinking about that. She loved him but also knew it wouldn't be right to intentionally keep him alive because she didn't want to let him go. She'd rather have him in her life for a short time then to have never know him at all. She finished draining Dayana and told Barrett.::

I'm ready to leave. Geoffers is much better company then her.

Sojourn
09-18-2012, 09:25 AM
Dayana

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Dayana could tell Angel was trying not to get angry and that alone was amusing. Dayana didn't have much to amuse herself with in jail, so hitting someone's nerves was as good as it could get right now.

Honey, no one won wars being popular. I don't give a rat's ass if you people like me, I was trying to protect this world but since you all are too stubborn to see that, I hope it gets conquered.

Dayana replied with a smirk. She was over this world. Once she was out of here, she'd find a different world to protect from Seth. Maybe those people would actually appreciate her.

You can't leave, we were just starting to get to know each other better.

Dayana said with an over-dramatic pout when Angel said she was done draining her. She felt very tired now and didn't want to go to sleep.

Geoffers is only good company because I made it so he can't talk!

She yelled out as Angel and Barrett started to leave. Gods...she hated this place so much.

Optimus Prime
09-18-2012, 09:33 AM
Barrett

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Barrett had nothing to say to Dayana as he watched Angel drain her. He was only there to make sure Dayana didn't try to hurt Angel and then escape. He leaned against the wall and could tell Dayana was trying to make Angel upset but it wasn't working.

No one won wars without having people willing to fight for them either. You keep that attitude up and you'll definitely be calling that cell your home.

Barrett told Dayana when she claimed she hoped the world would get conquered because they put her in jail. He didn't know if she was just conceited or stupid for talking like that. She had already been informed that she'd be on trial and the citizens would decide her fate. If she talked like that to them then they weren't going to let her go. He nodded his head when Angel said she was done and they could leave. He was glad to go and told Dayana they'd see her tomorrow.

Thanks for being willing to drain her. I apologize that you have to deal with her at all.

Honor's Angel
09-19-2012, 04:40 AM
Angel

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::Angel had no interest in knowing Dayana better. In the short amount of time she had been in the rogue First's presence, Angel felt she knew all she needed to know about her. Unless she had a very sudden chance of heart, Dayana would be calling that jail cell her home for years to come. Once they were away from Dayana, she smiled at Barrett.::

You're welcome and there's no need to apologize. I'm happy to help, I only wish I knew how to mute her.

::That would make draining her more pleasant. Oh well, she got it out the way first and now she could go enjoy seeing people. She chatted with the king a little longer before heading over to Geoffers and healing him. He was slowly making progress and then she went back to her normal duties.::

Optimus Prime
09-19-2012, 02:14 PM
Barrett

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We do appreciate your help. I would gladly mute her as well, if I knew how.

Barrett told Angel with a smile and headed back to the villa to rejoin his family. At least Dayana wasn't going anywhere for another day. Now if he just knew what to do about that damn portal in the sky.

Sojourn
09-24-2012, 08:03 AM
Selene

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Selene felt bad for her husband for having to deal with Dayana twice in one day but she did think it was important that Angel not have to see her alone. And Selene also knew Barrett wouldn't want her going since she was pregnant. When Barrett came back, she gave him a hug and a kiss and asked him.

How did it go?

After getting his reply, she told him.

Well I hope you can handle more annoying people today. Lord Riddarith has woken up from his coma and he is requesting to see us. I have no idea why though.

Optimus Prime
09-24-2012, 08:16 AM
Barrett

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As painful as earlier. We should look into muting her.

Barrett replied to Selene after he happily returned her hug and kiss. Dealing with Dayana was definitely something he didn't care for but he knew it was necessary. He was shocked that Lord Riddarith wanted to see them.

Oh joy.

Given the last time they met with the lord before their wedding, he didn't have high hopes that the meeting would go well. They teleported to Fotia, were Riddarith had been placed in a private recovery room.

You wanted to see us?

He asked him and was shocked that the lord smiled at them. He wondered if perhaps the lord he knew had been replaced by someone else.

Yes, I was told you two insisted that I get care after I was attacked.

Of course we did. We might not be friends but you didn't deserve to die.

I appreciate what you have done. Although I still think I could rule this kingdom better then you.

I'm sure you do.

Barrett replied, although he thought that comment sounded more like the lord he knew until Riddarith added.

But the people chose you and I will respect that.

I...I'm a little speechless now.

Barrett admitted, unsure how to reply to that.

I understand. We didn't get along before but you still helped my aide and I. You arranged for my bodyguard's funeral. You didn't have to do any of that and no one would have expected you to. Especially when I was running around Fotia telling anyone who would listen why I should be king and not you. But you and Queen Selene still helped me and only good rulers do that. I can't admit I would do the same, so thank you.

You're welcome.

Sojourn
09-25-2012, 10:24 AM
Selene

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Selene wasn't surprised that dealing with Dayana was not any funner the second time around and she agreed it would be nice to mute her if possible. She also wasn't looking that forward to seeing Riddarith. He had been quite a pain before his attack. So she was speechless a moment when he thanked them and thought they were good rulers for helping him even given how he had acted before. Perhaps it was true that people could change because she never expected him to say he respected them.

You're welcome. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

Thank your highness.

Riddarith replied and actually had a smile on his face. They chatted pleasantly with him for a few more minutes before taking their leave. Once they left the lord, Selene said to her husband.

Wow, I can't believe he was actually nice to us.

Optimus Prime
09-25-2012, 10:37 AM
Barrett

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For the first time since Barrett met Lord Riddarith, he could honestly saying talking to him was pleasant. Barrett also wished him and his aide a speedy recovery as they left to them to rest and continued healing. He nodded his head to Selene.

Oh, I know. It was very surprising.

Barrett wouldn't go as far to say they were friends with the lord but they seemed to have a respect now for each other and the lord said he had no intentions to try to take the throne now. Almost dying taught him that his past attitude and tactics were not the best way to approach life. They headed home to tell their little sisters about Lord Riddarith and his change of heart.

...It was almost like talking to a different man. And I guess it goes to show you that being nice to people, even if they aren't nice back, is the best to approach things.

Monkey Kitty
09-27-2012, 11:44 AM
Gwynn and Garnet

Gwynn beamed, and replied enthusiastically, "That's great! Just like Geoffers! We were nice to them, so they decided to be our friends instead of hating us."

By now, Gwynn had spent enough time reading to Geoffers that she had decided he was definitely her friend.

Garnet was pleased too, but said, "I just hope he sticks to this new leaf he's turned over."

Gwynn frowned with puzzlement, and asked, "How come it doesn't work with everyone? The being nice thing? I tried to be nice to Dayana, but she still hates me as much as she did before."

Sojourn
09-27-2012, 05:55 PM
Selene

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I hope he does too.

Selene said in agreement with Garnet. Riddarith being nice would take some time being used but Selene would rather have friends instead of enemies. She sighed at Gwynn's question.

I don't know, people just have to open to it, I guess. Geoffers and Riddarith almost died and we showed them kindness even though they never showed any to us in the past. I think that's what helped.

Optimus Prime
09-27-2012, 06:00 PM
Barrett

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Barrett hoped that Riddarith's change would stick because he'd rather not have to have more war of words with that man again. He sighed as well at Gwynn's question and nodded his head at what Selene told her.

Don't forget that Dayana's also very arrogant. She thinks she's above the law and better then all of us. In her mind she did nothing wrong, so she doesn't like us for putting her in jail.

Monkey Kitty
09-28-2012, 08:36 PM
Gwynn

Gwynn absorbed this, and then just nodded. "Still, I wish they all turned out like Geoffers and Riddarith," she said sadly.

There was a series of strange sounds - a thud, a clicking, and then a skittering - and suddenly, Lizard Dog went crazy, barking and whining, chasing something he couldn't quite seem to identify.

"I wonder what that's about!" Gwynn said, struggling to keep up with him. When she caught up with her dog in the hall, though, Lizard Dog looked confused and disheartened, having lost his quarry.

Optimus Prime
09-28-2012, 09:10 PM
Barrett

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I wish so too.

Barrett replied to his sister. He did wish Dayana would have a change of heart like Geoffers and Riddarith had but he wasn't about to hold his breath about it. He and Selene both frowned at the noises and ran after Lizard Dog. He obviously lost whatever he had been chasing and Barrett said to the guards.

Did anyone see anything?

They shook their heads, not sure what the dog had been chasing after either.

Honor's Angel
10-01-2012, 04:57 AM
Angel

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::Angel quickly got over how annoyed Dayana tried to make her. The goddess was the type of person who would go through life alone and never truly happy. Healing Geoffers was more pleasant. Not just because he couldn't talk yet but because he actually seemed grateful for company and was regretful for his past. After healing him and running some errands, she headed home to see how Doriana was doing. Eventually she thought the girl should go to school but after almost dying, Angel wasn't going to force her to go yet.::

How are you feeling, Doriana?

Sojourn
10-01-2012, 08:27 AM
Selene

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Selene wished that Dayana would at least show remorse for everything she had done in Nero but Selene wasn't going to expect that any time soon. She was sure what Barrett and Angel dealt with was the first of many more days to come. She frowned when Lizard Dog chased something. She kept up with her family despite her pregnancy. She was sure he chasing something, they had all heard the noises. When the guards said they hadn't saw anything, she told them.

Well go look anyway please.

They replied "yes your highness" and tried to see if they could find whatever caught the dog's attention.

Monkey Kitty
10-01-2012, 08:03 PM
Gwynn and Garnet

Gwynn and Garnet helped with the search, and Lizard Dog continued to sniff, but they didn't find whatever they were looking for. Lizard Dog stopped at a section of hedge and whined; there was a ragged hole through it, as though a creature had scrambled through. Whatever had made the hole would be no bigger than Lizard Dog, but must have been incredibly strong.

After bursting through the hedge, whatever it was seemed to have scaled the outer walls and left the palace grounds. Gwynn briefly wondered why it hadn't just climbed the hedge too - the hedge was much lower than the wall - then realized it was probably too heavy for its weight to be supported by the branches of a bush even if it could climb stone.

"I don't have any idea what it was," Gwynn said. "But I'm pretty sure it's gone now. It's somewhere out in the city... and I have no idea how to find it."

Gwynn hoped the creature wouldn't be a danger to the citizens, but without knowing where it went, there wasn't much the Firsts could do either way.

Monkey Kitty
10-01-2012, 08:21 PM
Doriana

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"I feel better, thanks," Doriana said. "I feel... almost normal. Everyone has been so nice to me. It's fun being around kids. There were only adults at the estate."

Sometimes, Doriana forgot she was a kid. When you were a servant, age didn't really matter, and she had been a servant since she was ten. It was good to have a fresh start. She was actually looking forward to school, but she didn't want to seem presumptuous if Angel had changed her mind and wanted her to just do housework instead.

Optimus Prime
10-01-2012, 08:52 PM
Barrett

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I have no idea either.

Barrett replied to Gwynn as they came to the end of their search. It worried him that whatever Lizard Dog had found was his size but stronger and it was loose in the city. He agreed with her it was gone.

All we can do right now is have the guards be on alert for whatever it is.

Not that Lizard Dog could give them a detailed description of what the thing was.

Sojourn
10-01-2012, 08:55 PM
Selene

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And hope it doesn't wreck havoc on the city.

Selene replied grimly that their search ended without them finding the thing that Lizard Dog was causing. It was obviously not much bigger then the dog but stronger given the way it escaped. She had a bad feeling it was connected to the portal and that made her worried about their citizens. She hated the idea of just waiting for something to happen but without any idea where it went, there was nothing any of the First could do right now.

Honor's Angel
10-02-2012, 04:23 AM
Angel

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I'm glad you're feeling better.

::Angel replied to Doriana with a smile. She had been a little worried about her given that she almost died. The kids did have a good habit of making everyone feel welcome and making you forget your problems for a little while. She thought it was a little sad that Doriana had pretty been expected to grow up once Pembrooke made her a servant. At least here she could make up some lost time in her childhood.::

Milson and I were talking and I want you to know you are welcome to stay with us as long as you like. We would like you to go to school though. There is nothing wrong with being a servant but since you were never given a chance to be anything else, we both think it would be good for you to go to school. There you can know for sure what you'd like do for a career. Plus you'll get to make some new friends.

::Not ones that just lived in the orphanage but obviously Doriana would know a lot of the people at school anyway. Ananda, Mara, and Zander were all close in age to her plus the younger ones running around the school.::

Monkey Kitty
10-02-2012, 07:25 PM
Gwynn

Gwynn wished there was more they could do, but she couldn't think of anything.

"At least the guards know to watch out for something..." she said, trying to sound hopeful, although she wasn't sure that was really going to make any difference. Since their job was guarding, presumably the guards would have been watching out for threats anyway.

During the day, the portal was less noticeable. It didn't seem to have dimmed - it still pulsed with red and purple light - but it didn't show up as well when the sky was blue. There was another shower of rocks, though, this one estimated at between ten and twelve objects falling. Although most had mysteriously disappeared again by the time they showed up, the guards were able to haul one back.

The rock wasn't terribly large - it would only have come up to Gwynn's mid-thigh if set upright at ground level - but it was extremely dense and heavy. It took two strong guards to lift it, and even between them they were huffing and puffing. The surface of the rock shimmered jet black and dark purple, making it seem almost alive.

Monkey Kitty
10-02-2012, 07:32 PM
Doriana

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"I'd like that," Doriana said. "I've always wished I could go to school. I used to think I had for awhile, but..."

Everyone had assumed that because Doriana could read and write, she must have been educated at some point, although she had no memory of it. Now that she knew her real background, she realized that knowledge must have been innate or implanted.

"Anyway, I'd like to. And I'd like to stay here until I'm an adult, like Ananda and Zander are, if I may. I didn't mind being a servant, but I might not want to do it all my life. I'm not quite sure what I want to do instead, but... I like helping people, and I like kids. Maybe I could find some sort of job working with children."

Doriana said this shyly, hesitantly, as though she feared she was overreaching her station in life or her capabilities.

"I mean, assuming... assuming nothing goes wrong with the portal."

By which she really meant, assuming she lived to adulthood.

Optimus Prime
10-02-2012, 07:57 PM
Barrett

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Yeah, they do.

Barrett replied with a sigh to Gwynn. The guards were always alert for threats but he wished they knew where the "thing" had went so they could take it out before people got hurt. The Royal Family went back to their day, they couldn't do anything about it until it was found again. If it was found. Barrett was shocked that more rocks came through the portal but at least the guards were able to capture one. He looked at it and had no idea what to think of it. It was small but heavy and he didn't think it came through the portal for a good reason. He threw a small fireball at it to see if it would react at all.

Sojourn
10-02-2012, 08:03 PM
Selene

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Selene hoped the guards found the thing soon. She was worried about what it would do the planet and the citizens. It wasn't like Pembrooke had opened the portal for a good reason. She knew they could do nothing right now and tried not to worry too much. When the guards brought one of the latest rocks to them, she wasn't sure what to think of it. It was small but clearly heavy. And it seemed almost alive...She created a long ice spear and poked the rock with it.

Honor's Angel
10-03-2012, 04:19 AM
Angel

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::Angel nodded her head in understanding that it had always been assumed Doriana had went to school but memories were implanted. Well Angel was still going to treat her like a young woman no matter what other people said about her.::

You may and you've already shown you are good with the little ones here. I'm sure you could do well in a job with children.

::Angel gave Doriana a hug. The goddess was trying to remain positive but who knew what would happen with the portal.::

Try not worry about that, Doriana. We'll do everything we can to keep you safe.

Monkey Kitty
10-03-2012, 07:05 PM
Gwynn

Gwynn stared intently at the rock, but it didn't do anything. It looked odd, being so shimmery, but it didn't respond any more than an ordinary rock would do.

There was a sound from out in the corridor, though, the same shuffling and skittering that Lizard Dog had been upset about earlier. This time, it sounded like three or four of the creatures, and their sounds echoed off the stone. Lizard Dog started barking and howling, scratching at the door.

Monkey Kitty
10-03-2012, 07:08 PM
Doriana

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Doriana beamed when Angel complimented her on her ability with the children. She wasn't used to receiving compliments about something so important to her. She returned the hug, and said, "I know you and Milson and the other Firsts will protect me. If anyone can keep me safe, you can. I trust you. I hope that I can make you proud of me someday."

She had never really thought beyond being a servant, but after coming so close to death last night, somehow life seemed much broader and fuller today.

Sojourn
10-03-2012, 07:42 PM
Selene

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Selene frowned at the rock, it didn't respond to what she or Barrett did to it anymore then a normal rock would. She turned her head at the noise and created a cage out of ice just in case the rock decided to get up and disappear. Normally she'd think that was silly to think a rock was capable of that but then this wasn't an ordinary rock and the rocks from last night had disappeared. Hopefully this time they'd catch one of the creatures.

Optimus Prime
10-03-2012, 07:51 PM
Barrett

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Barrett wasn't sure what to make of the mysterious rock. It didn't respond to fire or ice but he didn't think it was any ordinary rock. It fell out of the portal for a reason. He turned his head at the noise as well and told Lizard Dog.

Let's get them, boy!

He opened the door for the dog and ran after him. Hopefully they would be able to catch one of those "things".

Honor's Angel
10-04-2012, 04:45 AM
Angel

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You already do. Despite what happened, you've remained strong, positive, and happy.

::Angel told Doriana with a smile. She was glad that the girl still trusted them even though some could say it was their fault Pembrooke was able to grab her because they hadn't watched her like a hawk. And some people would be negative or think they had no future if they found out what Doriana had. Angel was proud of how she was handling the whole situation.::

Monkey Kitty
10-04-2012, 07:08 PM
Gwynn

Once again, the sounds led them a merry chase, and Lizard Dog was running up and down the halls howling, but they never managed to catch the creatures. On a whim, Gwynn went back into the room where the rock had been left.

"Um... hey!" she called. "You'd better come back in here!"

The rock was as motionless and silent as ever, but the bars of the ice cage had been attacked from the inside, and one section was nearly broken through.

Monkey Kitty
10-04-2012, 07:11 PM
Doriana

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Doriana blushed, and looked surprised. She hadn't expected to be complimented on being happy, when they were giving her so many things to be happy about.

"It's easy to be positive here," she said. "I guess that... I never had parents. I used to think I just didn't remember them because I supposedly had an illness that affected my mind, but now I know I wasn't born like normal people, and... I guess that means I didn't ever have a mother and father. If I did, though, I would want them to be just like you and Milson."

Sojourn
10-04-2012, 08:26 PM
Selene

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Selene was annoyed that once again the creatures had gotten away. In frustration, she threw an ice spear at one of the walls and it shattered on impact. When Gwynn called for them to come back, she and Barrett teleported back into the room they left the rock. Her eyes got wide seeing that the bars of her ice cage had been attacked and one section was nearly broken.

How is that even possible?

She asked but knew no one else would know either.

Optimus Prime
10-04-2012, 08:35 PM
Barrett

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Barrett didn't care for the little chase. He was getting angry that these "creatures" had invaded his home where his family lived. When Selene threw an ice spear at the wall, he threw a fireball at another one out of frustration. Later they would apologize to the servants for having to clean up the mess. He teleported with Selene to see the rock and frowned at what happened. How could a freaking rock destroy part of a cage?

This is getting weirder and weirder.

He said, pointing out the obvious. Where ever this rock came from, it was definitely from a planet much different then Nero.

Honor's Angel
10-05-2012, 04:45 AM
Angel

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Well if you'd like, Milson and I can be your parents now.

::Angel replied to Doriana when she said that if she had parents she'd want them to be like Angel and Milson.::

Even teenagers can use parents but that's only if you want, of course. Either way we'll still take care of you.

::Angel added, not wanting to pressure Doriana into something she wasn't comfortable with. Even if Doriana would never view Angel as a mother figure, Angel would still care of her and protect her just as much as she did the children who viewed her as their mother.::

Monkey Kitty
10-05-2012, 07:35 PM
Gwynn and Garnet

Gwynn and Garnet stared at the rock, but it just sat there as rocks were prone to doing. Experimentally, Gwynn slipped her fingers through the bars and touched its surface, but it felt exactly as she would have expected - cold and lifeless. She just shrugged, unsure how to proceed. Unsure if there was anything to do.

Lizard Dog started barking again, though. He yipped at the rock, ran around in a circle, then stopped and yipped at it again.

"He's acting like it's the same kind of thing we were just chasing," Gwynn said. "But how could we have been chasing a rock? And even if it could move somehow, what we were running after sounded like it was on legs. I wonder if there's some way to... convince it to do something. But I don't know how..."

Monkey Kitty
10-05-2012, 07:40 PM
Doriana

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Doriana grinned. "I'd like that," she said. "You and Milson are great parents. I'm tired of being an orphan, but obviously I have no blood family if I was created instead of born. That's like Garnet, though, isn't it? One of the guards told me Pembrooke made her, but she found a family anyway. I'm glad I found one too. Thank you."

She added cautiously, "I won't have to go, though, will I? I don't mean never live anywhere else... when I'm an adult I'll probably have a home of my own... but I mean to another family. I know I'm probably too old for anyone to come and want to adopt me, anyway, but if they do... could you say no? They might just want me because of the portal, but that's not the only reason. I want you and Milson to be my parents for good. I don't want to have to adjust to someone new again. I want a family for always. I mean... if it's not too much to ask."

Sojourn
10-06-2012, 10:45 AM
Selene

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Selene frowned more when Lizard Dog barked at the rock. Obviously it was connected to the creatures they had been chasing and had escaped.

I'm not sure either...Unless we make it think we're leaving it alone.

Maybe it would do something if it thought the First had given up on it. That was assuming a rock could think anyway.

Optimus Prime
10-06-2012, 10:50 AM
Barrett

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It worth a try.

Barrett said with a shrug. He wasn't sure what to make of the rock but it seemed to him Lizard Dog thought it was connected to those other things that were roaming around. He threw a fireball at the ice cage to melt it and told his family and the guards to leave the room. There was a mirror in the room and he enlisted Jared's help to keep an eye on the rock through it. Maybe it would do something if it thought it was left alone. A rational part of him thought it was crazy to think a rock had thoughts or feelings but then rocks didn't just destroy cages from the inside either without being thrown at the bars.

Honor's Angel
10-07-2012, 06:35 AM
Angel

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::Angel nodded her head to Doriana.::

Yes, it is. Garnet was created but she's still a person and has a family. She just came into the world a different way, like you did.

::Garnet might have been "made" by Pembrooke but the Royal Family still treated her like a sister. Angel didn't know exactly how Doriana came to exist but she still felt she was a person and would treat her as much. She smiled at her when she asked that she could stay here until she wanted to leave on her own. It was possible that someone might want her to control the portal and Angel would make sure that didn't happen. But even if there wasn't a portal involved, Angel would still say no if Doriana didn't want to be adopted into another family. She always did what was best for the kids and for some, spending the rest of their childhood here was best.::

Of course, I'll tell anyone who tries that you aren't up for adoption. You may live with us for as long as you like.

Monkey Kitty
10-07-2012, 05:20 PM
Gwynn

Gwynn stood with Jared and Barrett, watching through the mirror, waiting to see if the rock would spill its secrets. Nothing happened. There was no sign of movement or life.

After awhile, she said, "I don't think it's going to do anything. Maybe it heard us talking and understood us, and knew it needed to stay still."

It was easier for Gwynn to believe a rock might listen and comprehend. So much of Nero was new and strange to her now that she was no longer a lizard, that it didn't seem particularly unbelievable that this could happen too.

Monkey Kitty
10-07-2012, 05:46 PM
Doriana

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"Thank you," Doriana said with a smile. "I think it's wonderful that people adopt children. I think it's wonderful that you're... that you're sort of adopting me, aren't you? But I just want a family I can call my own, for good. I don't want to have to change again. I just want parents who will always be there for me. If no one here wanted to be that for me, then I'd want to be adopted. But since I can have you and Milson for parents... you're what I want. Thank you."

Optimus Prime
10-07-2012, 08:14 PM
Barrett

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Maybe.

Barrett replied although he thought it was a freaking rock. Rocks didn't think, at least not rocks from Nero. Although this rock came through the portal, so who knew what type of things rocks were capable of in other worlds.

We'll see if it can feel.

Barrett said as an idea came to him and he ordered some guards to find him some sharp tools. He took a hold of an ax and told the rock.

Let's see if you move now.

He slammed the ax on top of the rock, feeling kind of silly for thinking a rock could even understand what he was saying. Well maybe he'd break it open.

Sojourn
10-07-2012, 08:20 PM
Selene

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I guess I shouldn't have said it out loud.

Selene replied with a frown. She didn't think rocks could think but then who was to say that rocks from other worlds weren't different the ones on Nero. All she knew was the rock was weird and they needed to figure out what it was and what those little creatures were and where they went.

Be careful, Barrett.

Selene told him when he took the ax and decided to attack the rock. She didn't want her husband to get hurt trying to get a reaction out of it.

Honor's Angel
10-08-2012, 04:49 AM
Angel

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You're welcome. Adoption is a wonderful but only if it is the right thing for the child as well.

::Angel replied to Doriana with a smile. Many children came through the doors of the orphanage and now had new homes. Angel still love them but knew it was right for the child to be adopted into another family and not remain with her until they were adults. Every child was different with different needs. It was obvious to her that Doriana needed to remain here, not just to be safe but also loved.::

We'll always want you and no matter where you go, we'll always be your family.

::Angel told Doriana and gave her a hug.::

Monkey Kitty
10-08-2012, 07:21 PM
Doriana

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"Thank you," Doriana said. "That's good. I'm glad I can have you and Milson as parents and have a home here without having to worry about what's coming next."

Marta joined them and said, "I'm sorry to interrupt, but there's a visitor. He's here to speak to both of you."

One of the guards who had brought the rock to the palace had entered the room with Marta. "Sorry to disturb you," he said. "But we found one of the rocks that came out of the portal. The king and queen are examining it now. I just thought the two of you might be interested."

It didn't necessarily affect them directly, but since there was some sort of connection between Doriana and the portal, the guard thought she and Angel might want to be kept up to date on what had been found.

Monkey Kitty
10-08-2012, 07:27 PM
Gwynn

Gwynn watched expectantly as Barrett took an axe to the rock. It didn't crack, nor did it move, but there was a faint purple glow along the surface where the blade struck.

"That's interesting," Gwynn said. "It's definitely doing something. I don't know what it means, though."

The blade of the axe would dull before the rock sustained any visible damage; there was just the faint glowing.

"Maybe a stronger tool?" Gwynn suggested.

Honor's Angel
10-09-2012, 04:51 AM
Angel

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::Angel told Doriana she was welcome and the First was glad that the girl wouldn't have to worry so much now. When Marta came, Angel told her the interruption was okay. When she saw the guard, her first thought was that Dayana had tried to escape. So when he told them about the mysterious rock, she replied.::

I see, thank you.

::That could or not be a danger to them but that rock could be connected to Doriana since it came out of the portal. She turned her newest child and asked her.::

Did you want to see if we can help the king and queen with that?

::Angel might be able to drain it but she wasn't sure. She did think it might be important to Doriana to see the rock though but she wasn't going to force her to go. That would be her own choice.::

Optimus Prime
10-09-2012, 10:31 AM
Barrett

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Barrett smirked when the rock glowed. Maybe he wasn't even close to breaking the damn rock but he was getting some kind of a reaction out of it.

I'm not sure either.

He replied and took another swing of the ax at the rock. He had feeling the ax's blade would get dull before he made a crack in the rock. He thought a moment and said to Selene.

Selene, could you get us some mining tools from Pagos?

Those would be surely stronger then the tools they had around the place that the gardeners used.

Sojourn
10-09-2012, 10:37 AM
Selene

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Selene thought that it was progress that Barrett had got the rock to glow. Although it would take stronger tools then what they had here to break that rock open. She nodded her head to him.

Yes, I'll be right back.

She said and teleported herself to one of the mining communities in Pagos. Given the snowy mountains that surrounded the kingdom, mining was a big industry and sharp tools were needed to break the ice and rock. The foreman was very happy to provide his queen with some of their best tools. Tools that could break some of the hardest rocks in Nero. She just hoped the space rock wasn't harder then rocks found here. She wasn't gone too long and teleported back with a large box of tools.

Try some of these.

Selene told Barrett when she returned.

Optimus Prime
10-09-2012, 10:45 AM
Barrett

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When Selene returned with some more tools from Pagos, he gave her a kiss and told her.

This might work better.

He picked up a heavy pickaxe and started to hit the rock with that. Hoping to see it do more then just glow.

Monkey Kitty
10-09-2012, 10:03 PM
Gwynn

The rock shuddered when Barrett hit it with the pickaxe. It seemed to be breaking apart...

Well, Gwynn thought. I guess we broke it...

The rock hissed.

Gwynn jumped back in fear, and Lizard Dog started barking.

Abruptly, she realized the rock wasn't actually falling apart. It was shifting, reforming, unfolding.

The creature that uncurled was Gwynn's height, but it didn't look human at all. It was a large, purplish black insect with pincers and a smooth exoskeleton. Its compound eyes stared at them, and it raised its pincers defensively.

"Rocks don't normally do that," Gwynn said. "Um... right?"

She'd never hit a rock with a pickaxe before, so maybe this was standard behaviour.

Monkey Kitty
10-09-2012, 10:08 PM
Doriana

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"I'd like to go," Doriana said. "I probably can't help much - I have no memories about the portal. I've tried, but it's just not there in my brain. I still want to know what's going on, though. Maybe I'll find some way to help after all. Even if not, though, this is... part of me. It's what I came from. The portal isn't all of who I am, but if I ignore it, then I'm ignoring a piece of myself. I don't think that's a wise thing to do."

"I'd be happy to escort you over," the guard said. "Or perhaps you'd like to bring Milson? We aren't sure what happened to the other rocks, and we're concerned that the people Pembrooke has tangled with in the past may be in danger. I know that sounds silly. They're rocks. But better safe than sorry."

Honor's Angel
10-10-2012, 04:49 AM
Angel

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I think it's important for you to know what is going on too. You might be more help then you realize.

::Angel told Doriana with a nod of her head. She turned to the guard and said.::

You're right, it is better to be safe, then sorry. We haven't seen one of these "rocks" yet, so it would probably best for Milson to come and see what one looks like. Just in case one comes around here.

::Marta was left in charge of the children as Angel, Milson, and Doriana headed to the palace to see the mysterious rock that the guards had found and brought back for the Royal Family to examine.::

Optimus Prime
10-10-2012, 07:08 PM
Barrett

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Barrett thought now they were getting somewhere. The rock did more then just glow when he hit it with the pickaxe. He was about to swing the tool at the rock again when it hissed. His eyes got wide and he jumped back when the rock turned into a creature. He held the pickaxe as a weapon now and cursed seeing it.

Umm...no...At least not rocks from Nero....

Barrett replied to his little sister. He wasn't sure what to do now.