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  1. Frostbinder

    Kaess Festival of Lights - Arcadia District

    Reyna frowned. It appeared that whoever was in her body spoke a different language. A different language… “Jinsoku!?” she cried out incredulously. Generally, body switches would randomly displace souls, but the odds of switching souls with someone were very low, especially in such a large crowd. She only knew one person who spoke in the manner that he did. Although she had never really heard the contents of what he had spoken, she remembered the style and the fast-paced way in which the syllables flowed. Reyna also recalled having heard him speak common on countless occasions. She did not remember what he spoke, but that he spoke it, and that was enough for her. The flames around the pair were beginning to close in dangerously, melting the ice and boiling it, sending torturously hot clouds of steam up into their faces. The Raiju was thrashing about inside the containment spell on Jin’s arm, releasing small charges of static in random directions. Over her shoulder, she saw a man-cow ramming squarely into a line of enforcers, slamming two of them out of the way effortlessly. Too much was happening. She grabbed the face of the woman that was herself. “I’m going to perform a spell to switch our bodies back. Stand still, and don’t panic,” she cupped her hands around her (Jin’s) neck, chanting unintelligibly. If Jin would try to resist, he would find himself struggling to break free due to the superior physical strength of his body versus Reyna’s. After two seconds into her spell, she would open her (his) mouth, white light glowing from inside. Several ethereal tentacles would shoot out from within, obviously drawn to the magical nourishment that they could feed on in Reyna’s body. They would latch onto Jin’s (Reyna’s) neck and face, sucking his consciousness out of her. The process would be a similar one on Reyna (Jin’s body), the tentacles feeding her consciousness back into her person. But as the spell went on, she found there to be an obvious problem. Jin’s body simply did not have the capacity to cast spells of even intermediate levels of difficulty. His reserves had already long been depleted after her last use of them, and now he was gradually going dry. The tentacles began to recede, and she panicked. “Shit. Your body doesn’t have enough energy to cast the switching spell. It looks like you’ll have to do it,” she gave Jin (herself) a pleading look. “Cup my neck, and open your mouth. You will feel a stinging cold, but don’t worry, that’s just my body reacting to magic,” she rested a (his) palm on his (her) shoulder reassuringly. “Trust me. We both serve the Empress. We’re running out of time, and we need to get this over with now!” @Twitterpated
  2. Frostbinder

    Kaess Festival of Lights - Arcadia District

    At first, her efforts seemed to pay off. She continued to circle around the outskirts of the fire, dousing any stray flames with a sharp icicle. But as she turned back to peer over her work, she was met with dismay. It hadn’t been enough. The fire was spreading faster than she thought she could contain it. It was hopeless. Whatever fire the infernian commanded, it was not of the ordinary type. It was far more aggressive and far more relentless. Reyna knew that there was only one thing that she could do to be able to counteract, or maybe even overpower his pyromancy. But at the moment where it seemed that she only had one logical choice, she became conflicted. What would Grant think of her if he saw what she really was? But if she didn’t do something, neither of them might live to see the other again. With shaky palms, she brought both fingers up to the amulet around her neck. She hesitated. Her mind was throbbing. Some voice in the back of her head spoke that she could evade Grant entirely. Just as she had made up her mind, the incantation to break the disguise already on the edge of her tongue, she felt a sudden wave of energy jolt her life force out of her body. It was disorientating. For a few seconds, she had left the material world. Or at least her consciousness had; her body was still where it was, frozen in time until her soul found it again. This wasn’t the first time Reyna had been here. She remembered when she was 23 years old that her soul had been detached from her body. And by some miracle, she managed to navigate her way back to her corpse, taking control of it once again. This time, however, it was different. The wave moved her against her will. She wasn’t being guided like the last time she had been here. She was being pushed. Forcefully. And forcefully she would be flung into a portal into the material world. She regained consciousness, somehow still on her two feet. “What-“ she began, before realizing in horror the sudden deepness of her voice. She knew the voice well. She had seen this man during her service to the Empress. She never really got to know Jinsoku, nor seen him in combat, but she had seen Raveena speaking closely to him and another man on countless occasions. Whatever power he possessed, however, was not fond of her spirit in his body. She immediately felt a powerful electrical surge lashing out across her - his chest. It surged out from random parts of his body, jabbing back into his skin like little serpents. She felt his hair begin to rise, and fall, which she assumed was due to the electric current that was beginning to coil itself around his body. Uuh hi. What was she thinking? How possibly could Jin’s body respond to her attempts to communicate with it? It did do so, however, the electric current ceasing abruptly. She could feel the pent-up energy coiling around his feet. It wasn’t stopping. It was giving her a chance to speak before it decided to fry her alive inside him. Listen. We’re all on the same side here. Just please, don’t electrocute me until I find a way to get your soul back, and I promise that I won’t damage the body while I’m in it. Whatever was inside Jin didn’t seem to like the proposition. It began to make a low growl, starting at his feet, slowly rising up his legs. Okay. I’m sorry about this. She had no clue whether or not his body was capable of casting spells, but at this point, it was her only way out. Lacing her fingers together in an odd ritual, she – he closed his eyes and muttered an incantation never before spoken on his lips. Although in a different body, Reyna still possessed all the knowledge that she had about the arcane. “Purge!” she commanded. Unlike in her host body, Jin’s did not require insulated gloves to cast such a spell, even though it may not have been his strong suit. His living body was stable and safe. Two intangible purple gauntlets of complex arcane locks formed around both of Jin’s hands, silencing the Raiju; it trashed about within its confines. But for now, Jin was incapable of using any of his abilities, much to Reyna’s relief. Now that she wasn’t fighting for control over the body, she felt what she hadn’t been able to feel in a long time. To be alive. Warm blood flowing through her veins, the semblance of mortality. It was glorious. And it was also depressing to know what she was missing out on. The cracking of an icicle next to his body broke her chain of thoughts. She looked around her and noticed that everyone else looked just as confused as she was. Some were touching their faces, others screaming. A few stuck their hands into their pants, obviously horrified by what they found. And in the corner of his eye, she saw herself. Stranded in the middle of a sea of flames, looking just as ghastly as every other person around her. Between Reyna and Jin, were three columns of fire that continued to expand. If she didn’t get to her body fast enough, she wasn’t sure whether whoever was in there would be cooked alive, along with herself once she was switched back. And she was pretty sure that by the end of this, Jin would want his body back, leaving her with… Nothing. She hesitated. She didn’t want to risk Jin’s body to the fire, not knowing what could come out of it. She looked at the people behind her. Then she looked at herself. She closed her eyes, taking a deep breath. She turned his head and saw a small part of a building that was on the verge of being lit ablaze as well. It was her only chance. Charging towards the building for momentum, she used Jin’s muscular legs to leap onto the wall, grabbing the window ledge as the flames licked the soles of his boots. He swung over one arm at a time, with both speed and stability. She had to get to herself as fast as possible. The flames chased him from behind, snaking across the walls. These flames were intelligent, there was no doubt now. But they would never be able to keep up with Jinsoku’s speed and Reyna’s desperation as she landed clumsily next to herself, just as a column of fire was about to consume the both of them. Instinctively, she grabbed her left arm, albeit roughly, squeezing her palm, before blasting a cone of ice at the column. She let go of her. “Hello! I know this may be very startling for you, but you are inside my body. Don’t worry, I know how to get us out,” she tried her best not to scare the shit out of whoever was inside her, but there was honestly no time for being gentle right now. @Twitterpated
  3. Frostbinder

    Dragon Knights Go! [Eldritch Quest]

    Luther’s instructions were broken by a low humming sound that drowned out his voice within the heads of those that he spoke to. The Sky Terror suddenly came to a stop, its entire mass giving off an unholy creaking sound. For a moment, everything was silent as those already in the air waited for the slightest sign of its movement. Reyna took the chance to join the dragon knight in the air, commanding Athari to take to the air. An eerie silence filled the battlefield. The only distinct sound was the soft beating of the wings of the dragons, but the Sky Terror had completely stopped moving. The soldiers looked surprised as if they weren’t sure what to think of what was happening. Suddenly, a painful grinding sound began to come from the Sky Terror, as the entire ball of eldritch monsters began to buzz to life once again. The collective group of monsters appeared to be sizing up the force before it. It behaved strangely, almost as if the entire mass of creatures was thinking with a single mind, deducing the best manner in which to assault the city. Some of the soldiers began to ready their weapons. Reyna trusted their instincts better than she did her own. Her bullwhip unfurled in her hand, its entire length dangling under the open sky. For a few painful seconds, everyone waited in anticipation and fear. Suddenly, two massive dark bolts of mass shot out from both sides of the Sky Terror, aimed not at the main bulk of Vdara’s army, but around them. As they began to snake around in their massive detour, their objective became clear. They were headed straight for the city.
  4. Frostbinder

    Kaess Festival of Lights - Arcadia District

    There was a sudden warm silence that lingered in the air. For a while, Reyna was lost in Grant’s eyes as he gazed back at her. The gentle night breeze whistled by, running through both of their hair. Then, he took her hand. She gasped, her mind telling her to pull away, but her heart pleading that he wouldn’t stop. "If your hands are dirty, then mine are equally so.” What did that mean? Reyna couldn’t think. Her heart pounded as her eyes followed the movement of his hand. It was almost as if he had her in a trance. Was her mind that weak? And then he leaned in, silencing all thoughts within her mind. In the back of her head, a weak voice willed her to consider the consequences of what she was about to do. But that voice had no power over her sudden overwhelming desire. She leaned in as well, her other hand reaching to touch his neck- “Master Knight!” an emissary yelled as he turned the corridor into the corner where they had been sitting. “Master Knight! This is very bad! Someone has attacked- Oh. Am I intruding, sir?” Reyna’s hand fell. She broke away from Grant, turning on the man. Dark purple streaks of mana formed in her eyes. The man turned in terror, trying to flee, but she had her grasp on him much faster than he could react. A small purple ring formed around his forehead. “Forget,” she said. She turned her fingers, slowly spinning him around, before breaking the spell. He continued to ramble as if he had seen nothing, “Master Knight! This is very bad! Someone has attacked the parade! You must return to your mother’s side immediately!” “What?” Reyna’s eyes widened. “A minotaur, and some… pyromancer blew up one of the floats. Everyone is trying to run away, but there are still some trapped in the fire,” the emissary replied. “Grant, go take your side by your mother. I’ll head to the floats and deal with the situation,” she began to leave. If Grant decided to follow after her, she would turn and take his hand, looking sadly into his eyes, “Your rightful place is by your mother’s side. I’m an expendable mercenary. Now go.” Then, she would turn to leave, her bullwhip unfurling into her palm as she hurried to the parade. The scene was one of utter chaos. The fire was spreading in every direction, although a single hollowed out area was visible, where a standstill between Xartia the Black and an unknown man was taking place. Partially obscured by the smoke was a gigantic treant creature that was beginning to lumber over to the fight. All this happened while the fire continued to spread to nearby buildings and vegetation. Reyna had heard stories of the legendary power that Xartia commanded at his fingertips. Intruding on his fight would be suicide. And at this moment, she realized the danger that such a powerful man posed to those around him. She didn’t have time to think, however, as a burning beam came crashing down nearby onto an injured woman. Reyna’s hand shot out, albeit a little late. The burning beam slowed down, before hovering above the woman. “Go!” Reyna yelled to her, her face contorting. Her entire body felt as if it was under the pressure of that single beam. The woman managed to squirm away before Reyna’s grip faltered, and the beam came crashing down just inches away from her. Bending over and panting, she whipped her head from side to side. This wasn’t working. There were simply too many people, and the area that the fire affected would just continue to grow. She had to stop, or at least slow down the fire. Removing her gloves, she would allow the magical energy to conjure fully in her palms. She needed gloves to maintain control over unstable spells like pyrokinesis that her body was not capable of performing. Ice was a different story; she had a natural affinity for it. Turning away from the battle and towards the edge of the fire, Reyna ran along the flames, blasting them with cocoons of frozen water, which when melted, gushed over the flames. As she attempted to put out the fire, she looked into the distance where she had last seen Raveena. She hoped that no harm had come to her. Then she thought about Grant. Then her mind went silent as she reflected on what had just happened as they were sitting under the stars. @danzilla3 @Deus Ex Aizen @Twitterpated @Bardic Knowledge @Grubbistch @King
  5. Frostbinder

    Dragon Knights Go! [Eldritch Quest]

    @Ayden What else is in the sky, in terms of allies? Is there a rough gauge of how many other dragon riders there are, as well as the number of airships? I'm sure the soldiers aren't just going to be standing at the ground using their anti-air to shoot down the giant cloud.
  6. Frostbinder

    Kaess Festival of Lights - Arcadia District

    "I guess that's because it’s been a while since I've been in the company of a beautiful young woman.” Reyna’s cheeks turned bright red. Her eyes widened in her shock before she started laughing. She would take a few seconds to compose herself, her face still flushed. “I’m sorry, it’s just- We’ve only just met each other Grant!” she exclaimed, shaking her head. Every single word that he had just spoken about her being ‘beautiful’ or ‘young’ was most absolutely and depressingly far from the truth, apart from the fact that she was indeed a woman. “My god. Your mother would have my head for allowing you to speak to me in this manner. I’ll assume that you are aware of the kind of work that I did for her? It generally didn’t involve getting in and out with clean hands,” she now took a moment to look around, making sure that they were still absolutely alone. But while her words spoke in one way, her tone spoke in another. In truth, she didn’t want Grant to leave. She enjoyed his company, in some ways that she shouldn’t have. She was starting to feel increasingly warm in her dress. @danzilla3
  7. Frostbinder

    Kaess Festival of Lights - Arcadia District

    He looked at Reyna and smiled, "Just Grant is fine." She chuckled. “Not one for formalities, are you?” a bright burst of light from the parade lit up the night sky, consuming the stars and their beauty momentarily. “Your mother is talented and respectable, to have this large a following,” she gestured to the hundreds of lights within small cottages that were spread out across the plain, residents of Hyperion who chose not to live in the city. The city was homely and comfortable. It reminded her of the town in which she had grown up. By now, she had long forgotten its name, but the images were still etched painfully in her mind. She wanted to forget, but some things just never leave. For a while, their silence endured. It wasn’t an awkward silence, but a comforting and peaceful silence that was meant to allow one to clear the head. She still couldn’t figure out why the son of the Empress would have wanted to sit with her when he could have been in so many other places, doing so many other things that would have been worth his time. Huh. That brought a funny thought to mind. “I don’t suppose you could tell me why you followed me,” she gazed into his irises. Comforting green irises that she probably spent a little too long staring into. But now she was very curious. “Souji isn’t the only thing that’s bothering you,” she stated matter-of-factly. @danzilla3
  8. Frostbinder

    Kaess Festival of Lights - Arcadia District

    Reyna heard Grant’s footsteps as he came up beside her. She continued to gaze off into the stars in silence. Why had he followed her? "Can't blame you for wanting away from the fairy," he spoke, "I'd call him a narcissistic prick, but that would be an insult to the fine people of the narcissistic prick community." A grin etched itself across her face as she looked away from the night sky and back at Grant. “You must think you’re really funny, don’t you,” she teased. She scooted slightly to the side, leaving Grant sufficient space to sit down next to her- that was if he decided on it. “You don’t sound like you’re much of a fan of him either,” she sighed glumly, looking back up into the stars. The world around her had died down. Everyone was at the party enjoying themselves. Everyone but her would be, as long as Souji remained there to torment her. “Prince- Grant?” she would pause as she felt the name come off unnaturally on her tongue. Grant was the child of the empress so that technically made him a prince. She hadn’t really seen anyone addressing him that way, however. And let’s face it, he behaved and dressed more like a soldier than a prince. @danzilla3
  9. Frostbinder

    [Antigone Isle] Raid: Into the De-Magicked Zone

    Clasping her face with her palms, Reyna felt with her feet: the movement of the ship. It bobbed ever so steadily, cutting through the water at a constant pace. Gradually, the ship’s movement began to change as if the seas were getting choppier. Reyna remembered something that she was taught when she was in school. The sudden feeling of choppier waters was because the boat was passing something that reflected the waves back into it. She looked up from her hands to see the mighty metal wall that surrounded Antigone Isle a stone’s throw away. The boat was moving parallel to the wall which appeared to have absolutely no opening in it. She got up, careful to stay out of sight of the guards on the wall. “Psst, hey!” she whispered to a sailer that was organizing a few boxes of shipment due to the Isle. The sailor gave her a puzzled look and came over, “How can I help you, Miss?” “How many entrances are there into the city?” she kept her voice low, slinking against the wall as the soft beating sound of the propellers of an airborne patrol vehicle passed overhead. “There’s only one,” he replied, “all goods that enter or exit Antigone Isle have to go through the back entrance. The rest of the island is protected by a metal wall that nobody has ever gotten through.” Suddenly, the boat bumped into something abruptly, causing Reyna to bump into the wall which she was leaning on. The impact on herself wasn't big since she was already in an accidental brace position. The sailor wasn’t so lucky though. He was thrown off his feet, lying in a painful heap next to the door. Hurriedly, she peaked out from the enclosed room that she and Souji were in, carefully scanning the environment for any patrols or sentries. When she felt that the coast was clear, she dragged the sailor in and propped him up on the hammock that she had once been lying on. “What was that?” she heard a man yelling at the front of the ship. “Sir, we’ve hit a massive underground sewer pipe! The damage is not irreparable, but we’ll need someone to check if the crash has caused any leaks.” This time, Reyna came out from under the cover completely. Covering her face with her hood, she joined the two men and whatever crowd had gathered in inspecting the crash. The ship had ploughed into a massive metallic cylinder that was barely visible under the darkness of night. For a moment, the weight of what had just happened sank in on everyone. If the ship didn’t make it to the port before daylight, there was no telling whether or not they would be able to make it off without getting caught. And at this moment, an absolutely ridiculous idea occurred to Reyna. The sailor had mentioned that the only way into the city was the back entrance port. Well, that was only for ships; humans were a lot smaller. Peering over the edge of the boat, she saw the entrance to the sewer tunnel, a massive hole that was she would have to bend down just a little bit to fit into. She turned to any of her crew members who had gathered there, “Maybe we can go through the sewers… It’s not like they have guards patrolling the drainage system like they do in the streets.” The sewer system was by no means primitive, however. The hole was blocked by what appeared to be a vacuum lock, which would require someone with a skillset orientated towards the technical side to disable and then re-enable to prevent them from being washed down the sewer once they were inside.
  10. Frostbinder

    Kaess Festival of Lights - Arcadia District

    Every time Souji opened his mouth, Reyna tensed up. It was like every word he spoke was targeted at her, even if he wasn’t speaking to her directly. And this time, when he offered the vial to the Empress, mentioning some “cure to undeath”, she knew that it was merely just another jab in the ribs. He had been a new experience for her, given that she was used to being a diamond in the rough under high-pressure circumstances. Yet somehow, Souji knew how to get to her, in every way she knew and hated. “I will take my leave now, thank you for your council, Empress” she smiled half-heartedly at Raveena. Barely noticeable, the edge of her lip began to twitch from all the pent-up energy. She clasped her hands together and bowed, before turning away to leave. As she cut through the crowd, she constantly turned her head to check if Souji was following her. Meeting him had been nothing but a curse. She didn’t know how Raveena had been able to stand him, much less so to be on good terms with him. He had shown that he was willing to openly expose Reyna’s secrets for a bit of fun, and she didn’t intend on letting that happen ever again. At last, she found a quiet corner that overlooked the plains from a vantage point. Holding her dress to her knees, she sat down quietly and stared off into the sky. The stars were shining so brightly, symbolic of the hopes and dreams of every living man or woman, as her parents had told her. So many stars in the night sky. But not a single one shined for her. @danzilla3
  11. Frostbinder

    Dragon Knights Go! [Eldritch Quest]

    @Spyfox31 I'm sorry if I made it a bit ambiguous, but Reyna has a layer of skin covering her bones, although what appears to be her "flesh" is actually just air. But no, Liandri would be unlikely to realize that Reyna is a skeleton xd
  12. Frostbinder

    Dragon Knights Go! [Eldritch Quest]

    Reyna was noticeably surprised when Luther mentioned that he was the brother of Athari’s previous rider. His reaction surprised her even more. She had never expected that people would be open to necromantic practices. This just showed that in times of need, even the biggest political assholes were willing to play nice. She would have tried to ask questions about Brax when another woman suddenly appeared behind her. Reyna took a step back, smiling warmly at the newcomer who introduced herself as Liandri. This one was far more militaristic than herself, and it showed in her confidence and how comfortable she was in the environment. Reyna gave her a nod of acknowledgement, extending her arm once again to shake hers – it was the only practice that she knew to have any manner of formality. “I’m Reyna. It’s a pleasure to be working with you,” she smiled dryly because quite frankly, what they were about to do was going to be far from pleasurable. No further introductions were possible, however, as Luther seemed to be in a hurry to go. She didn’t blame him. The eldritch horror was already looming dangerously close to the city. Following his instruction, she ran over to Athari, still lying stationary as a corpse on the ground. Upon placing her hand upon its powerful snout, the dragon roused, cold icy breath seeping out from between its jaws. “Come on big boy, let’s see what you can do,” she pushed herself up onto his back, freezing her clothing to the dragon’s hide so that it stuck her to it. Reyna’s relationship with the dragon was not one that many would’ve expected. She knew not if Luther was aware, or if he would approve. But if one looked deeply into the dragon’s eyes as it rose, they would see blank, dark pupils, under the complete and absolute mind control of the lich girl. Perhaps in due time, Athari and Reyna would be able to work together on better terms. But under circumstances such as these, one couldn’t afford to be soft at heart. With its rider securely fastened to its back, Athari flexed its legs, pushing itself off its stomach. Its powerful wings furled up close so as not to collide into Kenthu as it went to stand next to Luther.
  13. Frostbinder

    Kaess Festival of Lights - Arcadia District

    “He’s not chasing me away Empress, I’m not offended by him,” Reyna’s cheeks turned bright red. She hadn’t expected the queen to come to her defence. Although Souji wasn’t the most pleasant of folks, he certainly didn’t deserve to get snapped at just for teasing her. “I’ve caused enough inconvenience already. I’ll just finish up what I was here to say, and I’ll be off on my way,” she would be in the midst of opening her satchel to reach for something when the man returned shortly after leaving. "Well, if it isn't my least favourite person in the world," he spoke, addressing Souji, "I see you're minding your manners. A little more practice and you'll have reached the level of decorum of your average baboon." Reyna smiled somewhat awkwardly as she greeted the son of the Empress, “Grant Knight. I am humbled by your presence.” Even now, she continuously eyeballed Raveena, who seemed intently waiting for the response of Souji in all of his half-assed methods of communication. She imagined Souji jabbing the Empress in the ribs with a stick. And as she stared at his maniacal expression, she started to believe that it could very well have been on his mind. And then there was Grant Knight, son of the King Consort and the Empress, another snide comment already on the verge of slipping off his tongue. The tension in the air was painful. Today was supposed to be a happy day, not just for the Empress, but for herself. It was meant to be a new beginning for her. This wasn’t how it was meant to have gone. “Please… This is a Festival. If I am the cause for any of this, then I will leave promptly,” she turned to Raveena, “as soon as I have settled this.” She took out a folder that she had compiled, offering it to the Empress. It contained information on Reyna’s skillset, her successful espionages, as well as a bit of information about her childhood. It hadn’t however, mentioned anything about the accident, or that she was eighty-nine years old. She stepped away now, giving Raveena space to look through the folder. “I wish to apply to be an enforcer,” she eyed Souji suspiciously. Would he tell them what she really was? He somehow seemed to know, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he did. It was likelier that she’d get him to seal his lips by acting like it didn’t bother her than by attempting to plead with him. “It was a nice feeling, doing something fulfilling for a while. This looks to be one of the few limited choices that I have that can offer that same feeling of fulfilment.” Everything was in place now. As long as the fae couldn’t smell the fear in her blood. @Deus Ex Aizen @Bardic Knowledge @danzilla3
  14. Frostbinder

    Kaess Festival of Lights - Arcadia District

    The pleasant atmosphere was comfortable yet unnerving. Reyna had forgotten what it was like to be among sophisticated people. For sixty years, she had run from sophistication, knowing that it had a tendency to weave her out of society. In a field of grazing lambs, she was the one black sheep. But for once, nobody really seemed to notice. The mood was peaceful and jovial. Everyone was just trying to enjoy themselves and make new friends, and that unnerved her even more due to the nature of the news that she was to break to the Queen of Hyperion. When she had first seen her face on the holographic display that had been spread far and wide in the criminal underground of Genesaris, every detail was etched into her mind. She wouldn’t forget the face of the one who had given her a chance to assimilate into society. It was a shame that she had messed that chance up so badly. A platter of drinks passed by and Reyna scooped up a piece of sponge cake. How interestingly the pastry felt in her mouth. She hadn’t tasted anything this soft and sweet for a long time. It reminded her of her childhood, now long gone and never to return. Her siblings must’ve been in their eighties by now, and here she was appearing to be in her youth, only just beginning the first page of her second chance at life. Around the next bend, she caught a glimpse of something in the crowd. An eye. She remembered the eyes, beautiful olive green eyes that she would never forget. She weaved her way through the crowd, careful not to bump into any of the servers that hurried past. At last, she came face to face with the Empress herself, accompanied only by a single servant and another man. They seemed deep in conversation, initially failing to notice Reyna’s presence. She was afraid. She didn’t know how Raveena would react to seeing one of the mercenaries she had hired appear at one of her formal events. Reyna was aware of her insignificance. She had always been aware of it. But at this moment, she struggled to open her mouth, to catch the attention of the one that she had spent hours preparing to speak just a few simple sentences. “Empress,” she would bow her head respectfully, avoiding her gaze. She could feel the power radiating outwards from Raveena, like water from a fountain. It was no wonder that she travelled around with such a small escort. She would probably be able to handle herself in a fight if a threat did come upon her. She would wait for the other to acknowledge her, before shuffling around uncomfortably in her place, struggling to find the right words for a few seconds. "I'd... Like to tender my resignation from your mercenary crew. I was wondering if I could have my records wiped so that nobody ever learns that I was involved." It had been one of the hardest decisions she'd ever made, but the amount of bullshit that she was getting from her colleagues wasn't worth the fulfilment that it gave her. @Deus Ex Aizen @danzilla3
  15. Frostbinder

    Kaess Festival of Lights - The Atrium of Lights

    The pleasant atmosphere was comfortable yet unnerving. Reyna had forgotten what it was like to be among sophisticated people. For sixty years, she had run from sophistication, knowing that it had a tendency to weave her out of society. In a field of grazing lambs, she was the one black sheep. But for once, nobody really seemed to notice. The mood was peaceful and jovial. Everyone was just trying to enjoy themselves and make new friends, and that unnerved her even more due to the nature of the news that she was to break to the Queen of Hyperion. When she had first seen her face on the holographic display that had been spread far and wide in the criminal underground of Genesaris, every detail was etched into her mind. She wouldn’t forget the face of the one who had given her a chance to assimilate into society. It was a shame that she had messed that chance up so badly. A platter of drinks passed by and Reyna scooped up a piece of sponge cake. How interestingly the pastry felt in her mouth. She hadn’t tasted anything this soft and sweet for a long time. It reminded her of her childhood, now long gone and never to return. Her siblings must’ve been in their eighties by now, and here she was appearing to be in her youth, only just beginning the first page of her second chance at life. Around the next bend, she caught a glimpse of something in the crowd. An eye. She remembered the eyes, beautiful olive green eyes that she would never forget. She weaved her way through the crowd, careful not to bump into any of the servers that hurried past. At last, she came face to face with the Empress herself, accompanied only by a single servant and another man. They seemed deep in conversation, initially failing to notice Reyna’s presence. She was afraid. She didn’t know how Raveena would react to seeing one of the mercenaries she had hired appear at one of her formal events. Reyna was aware of her insignificance. She had always been aware of it. But at this moment, she struggled to open her mouth, to catch the attention of the one that she had spent hours preparing to speak just a few simple sentences. “Empress,” she would bow her head respectfully, avoiding her gaze. She could feel the power radiating outwards from Raveena, like water from a fountain. It was no wonder that she travelled around with such a small escort. She would probably be able to handle herself in a fight if a threat did come upon her.
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