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    [Job] Shadow of the Beast (Akeya/Solmar)

    Akeya
    Akeya

    Twilight Dragon


    Twilight Dragon

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    Lineage : Draconic Heritage
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    Guild : Onyx Moon
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    Post by Akeya on 27th November 2019, 5:33 pm

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    As was the case most of the time the library was quiet with few lifeforms present. One might think this was the reason for the lights all having been turned off, but the matter of the fact was that one of the few people utilizing the place currently preferred it that way. Where others would find themselves blinded she always found the dark to have a kind of clarity to it.

    In front of Akeya one of the reading tables was covered by three scrolls, each one carefully laid out so they parchments didn't overlap and hinder the reading of each of them. The dragoness was leaning over the table as her emerald eyes moved between the different texts without a pause, comparing the notes that each of the scrolls contained after already having read each of them several times.

    Despite being a dragon (or perhaps because she was a dragon) Akeya could be found in the library so often that it was practically her room in Onyx Moon's guild hall. She had a small room somewhere tucked away where technically she should sleep whenever she became tired, but more often than not she just made herself comfortable in one of the corners of the library and resumed her research once she woke up. This of course also meant that her interaction with the other guild members was often found lacking as their paths in life often didn't include many trips to the library. If she wasn't in the library Akeya was training or out on a job, with the occasional trip to somewhere as a way of broadening her horizons and enjoying herself with something different than the beauty of literature.

    This day however she definitely was focused on research for the sake of her job. Onyx Moon, with its front as the West Fiore Trading Company, was deeply tied with nearly all the trading routes in the known world. Ships were nearly constantly arriving and departing from the harbour, heading to and from destinations close and far. Because of this it was the first guild to receive news about a request from the Principality of Veronica. The people living in that seafaring nation were apparently beginning to reach a state of public panic as they kept talking about how it was almost time for the Storm King to rise up from the depths of the sea. It not being the first time for Akeya that people were worried about something dangerous emerging from the abyss the dragoness didn't waste any time searching the library for information on the creature.

    The three scrolls in front of her were the fruits of her research, the three pieces which contained the most detailed information about what the Storm King might be. Despite that she still couldn't find out what kind of creature it was: it looked like it was entirely unique, impossible to assign to any known species.

    The scroll on the left was a collection of mythological tales and folklore from Crescent Island and its surroundings. This scroll contained information about the cycle of destruction and quiet that the Storm King underwent every fifty years. Of course the myths included some suggestions that this was part of the natural cycle and a way to wipe the slate clean every fifty years, but Akeya hadn't been able to find any evidence suggesting that the Storm King really was anything more than some strange creature which had become too big and too powerful.

    The scroll on the right listed dangerous creatures known throughout the world, with suggestions of their origins, behaviour and how to deal with them. Whoever wrote the scroll hadn't known what the Storm King might exactly be, but their instruction for how to deal with it had been clear: keep track of its territory and make sure you're not in its territory around the time that it wakes up. More helpful was the information that the creature did in fact have a territory, and that you didn't have to worry about it aimlessly wandering from one side of the world to the other over time.

    The scroll in the middle was the retelling of a story of someone who claimed to have seen the Storm King. Not up close of course, because as the story quite vehemently stated the Storm King was permanently surrounded by an intense storm, strong enough to uproot the biggest trees and carve out hillsides. That did make any information from the scroll somewhat suspect given that the teller could only have observed the Storm King from a distance, but if the details were correct the Storm King was definitely some kind of physical creature with magical powers, and not some kind of magical embodiment of storms.

    Of course the information on the scroll also stated that it could fly, swim, walk on land, and while it usually just moved about without clear purpose whatever ended up in its path ended up flattened and ripped apart. So while there was nothing saying that the creature couldn't die there was plenty to suggest that it wouldn't die easily.

    Gathering up the scrolls and putting them back where they belonged the dragoness left the library, bandages wrapping around her body to conceal her appearance as she went to accept the mission to take care of the Storm King's ascension. Whether she would do that by killing it or forcing it back into the water would depend on what she'd find there.

    WC: 914
    TWC: 914/25,000


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    [Job] Shadow of the Beast (Akeya/Solmar) CADlsHa
    Between the Sun and the Moon, where it is neither Day nor Night, the Dragon of Twilight sleeps.

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    Thagirion
    Thagirion

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    Post by Thagirion on 17th May 2020, 6:59 pm

    Strolling about as he usually did, Thagirion had made his way from the mainland towards an island out in the ocean. Having ventured around the mainland for some time now, there were a good amount of places that he had already seen, at least to some degree. While most of these places had way more to offer than he had seen, part of the reason why he had come to it in the first place was to find new restaurants, diners or vendors offering new takes on food he had eaten before, or food he had never even heard of. As it were, sampling new things was one of the only things that Thagirion considered worthwhile in this world of mortals. As a being that had been around when the universe itself had not even formed yet, he had been on the frontlines, fighting those beings that would see the empty and dark void filled with the light of creation.

    Through the decades, his kind eventually lost the war, lost their realm of infinite darkness to the invading beings of light, got sealed away for millennia and eventually found himself awakened inside of a somewhat mortal body. With the body belonging to the elven mage Solmar, a former member of the Wizard Saints, it seemed that he could not use the full brunt of his power that was at his disposal while in his true form. Thanks to the trickery that got him sealed away in the first place, there had been no doubt in his mind that the same trickery was what got him to the world of mortals after such a long period of time. Thankfully, through months of wandering among humans in their cities, towns and settlements, as well as sifting through the memories of the former wizard saint, he got to learn many of the things that made the humans into what they were.

    While there would always be more to learn, it wasn’t just the humans that he was interested in. Their creations were very interesting as well, as he came from a realm where all was dark and nothing was three dimensional, which was perhaps the thing he had to get used to the most in this world. One of the things these humans did best was how they managed to turn carcasses of other life forms and parts of plants into something much more tasty. Many of the places he had visited up until now had their own takes on food or had things the other villages, cities or entire countries did not possess, making them far more unique. Making himself into somewhat of a connoisseur, it was just one of those things along his travels that made being stuck among creatures born to die a lot more wholesome. Which brought him to the other thing he liked about the mortals that inhabited these continents and islands.

    A great deal of them possessed one or various types of magic, as well as a variety of spells that allowed them to do a great deal. It was likely one of the reasons why they had managed to assert themselves as a dominant species on this planet, even though there were monsters and beasts out there that were far more equipped to rule over the planet through sheer power. Truth be told, that was part of the reason why he had come to this island in particular. Though he did not know it at the time, it was only when he arrived here and managed to orient himself that he realized he was actually on the crescent island. From old memories, he had come to learn that there was supposed to be a truly magnificent and powerful being somewhere in the depths here. As it turned out, Solmar had always been more focused on creatures that were not humans, so much so that it brought him to learn things some would sooner choose to forget.

    Judging by what he had learned, it seemed that this creature had not been named by anyone as most that knew about him had long since died or simply chose not to speak about it in fear of foolish people seeking it out and waking it from the slumber that kept the surrounding areas safe. While it did not seem to be a particularly angry being, it was described as being fairly territorial and not caring about humans a whole lot. After all, what was the life of an ant in the eyes of a human being. Finding it to be a fair comparison, it was in fact something Thagirion himself could compare himself to as well. He did not care about human life much either, though he did not care about taking it either. The way he saw it, humans were great for amusement in all of their strive and struggles. That said, these struggles did make their powers in the field of magic that much more interesting to him.

    Walking around the island while sticking fairly close to the shore, the combination of an ancient and powerful beast sleeping in the nearby ocean trenches, the potential for new food that had yet been untasted by his mouth and the forms of magic practiced by the local mages provided him with plenty of incentive towards staying around for a bit. Usually, if he wanted to see people he had confirmed to be mages use their magic, he would just cause some form of calamity that would force them to show it in order to protect their fellow man. But in a place like this, causing a ruckus that was big enough in scale might go about upsetting the ocean dweller, thus causing far more of a shock than he had initially bargained for. Confident as he was, Thagirion was far from stupid, so he knew better than to go around starting things that he might not be able to undo without there being a lot of collateral damage.

    For the time being, he would make due just with finding the nearest dining location and seeing what it was this particular island had to offer him before he would go about setting up some kind of antics that were of a small enough scale to keep the great beast from getting upset. From what he could sense from his current position, the nearest inhabited spot was not all that far away, meaning he could probably get there in very little time if he were to head towards it straight away. Before he did though, he wanted to see a bit more of the landscape, as well as the local flora and fauna. From something that had been used to living inside of a void for untold amounts of years and had eventually been ousted from it by an invading force that wished to inhabit his home realm with planets such as the one Thagirion currently found himself on, one would most likely not imagine him to be so interested in it.

    If anything, it should be raising his ire to the point where he should just go about destroying things and people alike. In truth, the thought had crossed his mind a great many times before, though he always came back to the same conclusion. Even if he managed to destroy everyone and everything, there was nothing he could do on his own that would bring back his realm to the way that it was before. Even if the entire universe was destroyed, that would just create a space filled with rubble and debris, as opposed to the sheer nothingness in which he and his fallen kin used to dwell. Being the last of his kind, instead of focusing on vengeance, he decided it would be better just to stick around until this universe came to a natural end. After all, all things in creation would end at some point. Eventually, the suns would die out, the universe would grow could or implode, and all would be returned to nothing. All he needed to do was wait.


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    Akeya
    Akeya

    Twilight Dragon


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    Post by Akeya on 25th May 2020, 4:21 pm

    In the shadow of a tree near the cost the air shimmered, light and dark warping and twisting until a figure stepped out of the miniature distortion. Wrapped in bandages and with no discernible features , they hid their identity completely to the extent that even their gender would be unknown to the outsider.

    Akeya walked out of the shadow of the tree and looked out over the beach where soon the Storm King would be surfacing.. or at least would be heading towards. It was still a question what kind of creature the beast exactly was, and whether it was truly capable of flight. If it was then redirecting it could become an even bigger issue, as flying things had a habit of going wherever they pleased, especially if they were so big that they could ignore the weather. And in this case they were talking about a creature which controlled the weather, so all bets were off on how you were supposed to steer it away from the island and the people that lived on it.

    The fact that Akeya didn't care much for the lives of others was irrelevant here. She had a job to do.

    Folding her arms she considered her approach. Her magic didn't allow for terrarforming or large scale constructions, so she couldn't just create a big barrier and hope that it would discourage the Storm King. Most likely the creature would just go straight through anyway. The only thing that was working in her favour here was that the monster was supposedly not very aggressive and didn't have any real destructive tendencies: it just so happened that it was so big and powerful that its mere presence was enough to cause trouble for everyone in the area.

    But that meant that a possible solution was to create a better path for it to follow rather than trying to block the path it would normally walk. Or fly. Or swim. The point was that if you gave it a better alternative it might just go for the path of least resistance, even if it could easily take the harder path if it really wanted to.

    If the Storm King had been openly hostile towards everything it encountered things would have been different, as in that case she would have no choice but to resort to more drastic measures. She still wasn't entirely certain what approach she'd take, but at least she had a variety of options.

    But first of all she'd have to find out where the Storm King currently was. Once she knew its location she could start planning the route it would most likely take and figure out how to respond. With some luck it was far out at sea, deep below, and she could get by with using light and dark to confuse it and make it head in the opposite direction until it was tired and fell asleep again.

    The wind picked up as she stood there, tugging at the ends of the bandages that concealed her identity. There was nobody else here, so maybe her disguise wasn't necessary... except it was easier to just keep it on just in case. It would be rather awkward if she got so careless as to just reveal her true identity just for someone to show up who she'd happened to overlook. If that happened she might have to kill and hide their body, which would just be the beginning of a list of problems a mile long. Even if you made someone disappear perfectly people would remember them, and Akeya didn't have access to magic that allowed her to smoothly remove someone's entire existence out of the minds of others. She wasn't even sure if magic like that existed: there were legends about that kind of thing, but to make it as if someone had never existed was difficult. The average person already had more of an impact on reality than they realized, so if you were talking about removing their existence what you were really trying to do is explain away all the things they did that changed reality.

    As she briefly pondered this she noticed the magic presence of another powerful entity. She turned her head sharply, but she could already tell that it wasn't the Storm King. For one thing the aura had nothing to do with storms or the sea. Another thing was that the trees were still standing there instead of being rudely ripped out of the ground and launched into the distance. Or just ripped into small pieces. Storm gales were merciless.

    Instead she saw a humanoid figure walking along the beach, heading towards the nearest town if her memory of the geography of the island was correct. He was alone, but walked with a certain kind of confidence you could only find in people who knew that they could look after themselves. There might be fools who believed that they could look after themselves only to be rudely awakened from that delusion, but those that knew it for a fact behaved differently. It was hard to explain, it was something you had to become aware of yourself.

    With her disguise on Akeya was confident that at least this stranger wouldn't recognize her: it was specially made by the researchers of Onyx Moon, designed to completely obscure the identity of the wearer on the physical, magical and spiritual levels. In a world where magic was rampant a big organization like her guild wouldn't neglect to take into account the fact that some people had ways of perceiving the world around them beyond their five senses.

    So it should be fine to ask him what he was doing here... she didn't think he was in any way connected to the Storm King, but he was powerful enough that she couldn't just dismiss his presence.

    As Thagirion made his way along the coast he'd see a figure completely wrapped in bandages walk up to him, the loose ends of the strips of cloth swaying lightly in the breeze that travelled across the sands of the shore. They didn't emit any hostility, but they were clearly guarded. Once the bandaged figure was close enough they would speak with a monotone, emotionless voice.

    "What is a man doing, walking along the beach by himself? The Storm King will arrive soon." Here on the island everyone knew about the Storm King, and the destruction its presence brought. If this man was a native he should know what was going on here.

    WC: 1,090
    PWC: 2,004/11,000
    TWC: 3,352/22,000


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    [Job] Shadow of the Beast (Akeya/Solmar) CADlsHa
    Between the Sun and the Moon, where it is neither Day nor Night, the Dragon of Twilight sleeps.

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    Thagirion
    Thagirion

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    Post by Thagirion on 26th May 2020, 11:25 am

    Wandering the beach, his senses struggled to pick up whether or not someone was coming his way or not. Under normal circumstances, there would not have been any need to question whether he sensed someone or not due to the sheer accuracy of his senses. So when a person covered in bandages was making their way into his line of sight, it seemed to him that someone had been going through a great deal of trouble just to make sure no one would be able to sense their approach. Instinctively utilizing his sensory spell when his passive sensory perks had been bypassed, there was really no way to hide from his mind’s eye. What was odd however was that this person had managed to move under the figurative radar made up from his natural magic sense and his nose. Luckily for him, unless they were invisible and weightless, there would always be a way for him to find out whether someone is on his tail. Because of his physical and spiritual make up, Thagirion did not possess magical power in a way that could be sensed by your average human mage.

    It was like looking at a demigod: they looked mortal, though the full scope of their power could not fully be grasped by mortal means. The same could be said about Thagirion. He looked plenty human, though his magical powers were linked directly to his origin in a dark universe, unbreached by the light and free from creation. There, he was merely part of the primordial void, more or less existing that way for thousands of years. To say that he existed for millennia was neither a lie nor an understatement, having existed here before the universe as people knew it these days had been birthed. In that sense, someone trying to hide their presence from him entirely was quite funny, though it was a very solid attempt to be certain.

    If I told you I was merely taking a walk on the beach, I imagine you would most likely not believe me or take my word for it. Most people do not believe me when I say these things, even though I am being quite truthful. It must be something related to my tone or the way I am saying it… something to think about at a later time..

    While the former was most certainly directed at this strange appearance, the latter was more or less a mental note to himself, albeit spoken out loud. So many humans believed that he was being sarcastic, even though he was merely being blunt about his actual dealings. He had no reason to lie to them, because if he was doing something he did not want to share with someone else, he would merely tell them to vacate the premises or get rid of them entirely. To Thagirion, it was truly just that simple. His intention was not to sound mean or degrading, though the fact that he did not really care about his tone with someone who was trying to sneak up on him was not something he was trying to hide.

    That said, I came here because I heard stories about an ancient behemoth that has lived in this part of the world for a very long time. It supposedly slumbers in the oceanic trenches, so actually seeing it might not be all that easy. Still, I had hoped to get a glimpse of the beast before I return to the mainland.. though it’ll have to wait until after dinner.

    Divulging enough of his plans to this wrapped up person, it might again have sounded like sarcasm coming from behind his lips. But as things were, his main reason for coming here had been to get a taste of the local cuisine that could not be had anywhere on the mainland. These kinds of islands that were separated from the rest of the world by vast quantities of water usually had their own native dishes made from something that they were able to acquire in abundance. In a place such as this, that was likely some kind of landlocked bird that was only found here due to evolution, some kind of fish that could be found in large numbers in this particular area, a type of vegetable or kelp or maybe even some interesting and new kind of fruit. Whatever it might be, it was the one thing that interested him more than the ancient monstrosity resting beneath the waves, though they were very close to being evenly matched in his mind. Depending on what this mummy wanted from him, checking out the local town was next on his list.


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