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  1. Hydrangeas

    [GS] Gemini

    Lumina quickly moved to help escort the villagers out of the city. She stood by the exit and blessed the villagers as they left. It was a small restorative spell that would help them maintain stamina as they journeyed to Darling’s Point. From the corner of her eye, she spotted the boy sitting with two people. She smiled and moved over to talk to them. “Are you his parents?” Lumina asked, looking between the two. The woman smiled, one protective hand wrapped firmly around the child’s shoulders. “Yes! And I take it you’re the woman he keeps speaking of? The one who healed him?” She asked, her eyes hopeful. Lumina nodded and the woman began to thank her. “Do not thank me. It is my duty. I couldn’t let him….go. He has much left to do in the world. As much as I would love to speak to you further, I think you should get going,” Lumina suggested, gesturing towards the gates of the city. The family nodded, slowly rising. The boy wrapped his arms around Lumina’s waist and gave her a swift hug. Lumina placed a hand on his head and whispered a prayer to herself. With that, the family moved past and joined the large group to leave the city. Lumina watched them carefully, her eyes moving thoughtfully between each member of the family. Lumina returned to Aedos, only caught off guard by the fact he was drenched in sweat. It warmed her heart to see all the work he had put in to moving the villagers to safety. Without him, Lumina couldn't see herself ever figuring out how to save them. “I blessed the villagers as they left. It will keep them from losing stamina too quickly,” Lumina commented. When Aedos mentioned their decisions, she thought them over. She hadn’t gotten the chance to see how fast the God traveled, but there was no doubt that once it catched up with them, it would be extremely difficult to lose. “I agree. There’s no saying how long we would last against it on our own. If we go with them, we can protect them better!” Lumina called out, her voice being drowned out in the winds that came with the God’s approach. She crouched down and began to trace a sigil into the dirt. It appeared to be that of the rising sun, with lightning bolt shaped rays protruding from its edges. After the drawing was complete, Lumina clasped her hands together and began to whisper to herself. “My liege. When the night begins to fall, let thou allow the dawn to rise once more,” She muttered, tracing a final slash through the dirt. The sigil began to pulsate quiet bursts of light. Lumina stood and glanced at Aedos. “When the Giant arrives, this will explode into a burst of light. The purpose is to help guide a lost traveler to a safe haven. Almost like a beacon! This could distract it, if not blind it for a while,” Lumina explained. With the first trap laid, Lumina smiled at Aedos, “I have faith in us!” She encouraged, the wind growing stronger with each word. It wouldn’t be long now before the beast arrived. Lumina’s sigil would only erupt when the God’s shadow loomed over it. With the right timing, it could provide Aedos, herself, and the rest of the villagers respite from the God’s fury. “Shall we join the villagers?” Lumina inquired, her eyes falling upon the last villager as they hurriedly left their home behind.
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    [GS] Gemini

    Lumina nodded as one of the men in the Gathering Hall spoke to her. He told her of a village down South that would be an optimal place for the injured villagers to retreat to. The man seemed to struggle with keeping eye contact with Lumina, and instead kept glancing between her and Aedos. She chalked it up to be pure nervousness due to the current situation and ignored it. There was no sense digging into smaller details when the task at hand was much dire. “I don’t know if we have the choice not to, sadly,” Lumina responded to Aedos, shaking her head. If the villagers stay here, the giant would no doubt return and lay waste to the entire town in an instant. The only chance they had at survival was making it to Darling’s point. It would be up to her and Aedos to distract the Giant long enough for them to make it, but she knew the villagers wouldn’t be as fast as they needed to be with the injuries they had. “We will have to find a way to distract it. Even if we can’t physically harm it, there must be some way to stave off an attack even for a little bit. By the time it loses interest in us, the villagers should be far enough away that it won’t matter,” Lumina reasoned, glancing between the man and Aedos. She looked around again, her eyes taking in all the people around her. They watched her warily, fearing for the choices being made for them. It reminded Lumina of her own village, in a way. The fear that the choices being made for you would ultimately lead to your undoing. It was a blessing Lumina had been able to realize the truth before it claimed her, but these people didn’t have that decision. Do not worry, darling. It will all be over soon. “Excuse me! Excuse me, sorry!” Lumina suddenly called out, her voice becoming much louder than she was used to. The quiet murmurs fell silent, and the people in the room looked towards Lumina. “I am Lumina. I know many of you do not know me, and I do not know many of you. However, I do know of the fear in your hearts right now. It’s a wretched thing, that fear. You cannot allow it to consume you. I do not mean to scare you even further, but death is eclipsing us. You must stay strong, for your ends will not come as long as I am here. I am here to protect you, and I will not let that beast destroy it all. Please, stay strong. There is another outpost just South of here: Darling’s Point. That is the end goal. Do not lose hope, because that is exactly what it wants,” Lumina spoke, her gentle voice carrying through the room. Her mother’s speeches came to her then. The way she would speak and make people fall in love with her. It was impressive, the way her mother was able to switch the mood of a whole room. “Sorry, I couldn’t stand seeing them so upset. They all look so scared. We have to help them, Aedos,” Lumina said, her voice growing serious as she turned back to Aedos. Seeing the villagers begin to lose hope was the tipping point for Lumina. That hopelessness would lead to ruin, which Lumina wouldn’t allow to happen. “Sir, I believe it is best that we begin the evacuation now. I’m sorry if that speech wasted precious time, but I wanted to speak with them all directly,” she finished, her eyes moving from the man to Aedos. Outside, the thunder roared on, becoming just a bit louder.
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    [GS] Gemini

    “Aedos, it is nice to meet you!” Lumina responded, a faint itch tugging at her mind. The name rang familiar in her head, but she couldn’t quite place it. Her eyes ran over his noble clothes again. The solution was somewhere in her mind, but it was neither the time nor place to think about idle gossip she had heard. Her mother had always told her to never believe anything about a person unless you obtained the information directly from that person yourself. So, it didn’t matter who Aedos was. The main focus right now was evacuating the villagers. “I think I have to warn you, my powers aren’t very….aggressive. I’ve tried more impactful incantations but they always bring about these horrendous headaches. I hope to study more into the matter to help solve the issue. I may have to rely on you for most of the fighting, I’m afraid,” Lumina said, seemingly ashamed of her abilities. It had always been that way for her. Even when she was a little girl, shining small rays of light on grass almost knocked her out for the day. Her more helpful spells, like the healing or the shielding, always came much easier to her. The village was eerily silent when the two finally returned to it. Lumina searched for any signs of life, but the bodies of those caught in the disaster’s line of fire still laid in the streets. “When I left, that building was full of survivors. They were using it as a makeshift hospital, I believe,” Lumina commented. She slowly pushed open the door to the Gathering Hall, praying the villagers had managed to stay safe after she had left. Much to her surprise, things seemed to be a lot calmer than before. Many of the makeshift beds were still filled with the sick, but no one seemed to be rushing around anymore. The little boy Lumina had healed earlier sat in the corner of the room, silently eating what could have been his first meal of the day. “Thank the gods. They’re safe!” Lumina spoke, a smile forming on her face, “I’m going to go around and see if there’s anyone who’s in critical condition,” Lumina concluded, leaving Aedos and moving towards the boy in the corner of the room. “Hello, how are you feeling?” She asked, crouching down to sit in front of him. He looked up at her and continued to eat, “May I see your stomach?” She asked. He hesitantly nodded and lifted the hem of his shirt up, revealing a silver scar where the once deadly wound had been. “It is healing. Excellent. I would tell you to rest, but I’m afraid we need to get you out of here. It isn’t safe with that beast around,” she warned him, standing up. She proceeded to ask if there was any family with him, to which he nodded. Lumina then went around and checked on the rest of the people in the beds. No one seemed to be completely unable to move, which was a much better outcome than she had expected. “I do not know the area as well as you do, so it is probably best if you lead the evacuation attempt,” She suggested to Aedos when she returned to him.
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    [GS] Gemini

    Lumina winced at the sound of the man’s bones cracking back into place. She thanked the Gods her landing had been relatively smooth. One wrong tumble could have sent her into a spire of jagged rocks, forcing her journey to come to a sickening end. She pushed the thought aside and looked inquisitively at the disks the man was holding. Such technology was still foreign to Lumina, and it amazed her to see how far the world was advancing. “Innate? How fascinating! I’ve never meant someone with the ability to passively heal. It makes my power seem quite useless in comparison,” she laughed, wiping her hands on her knees. “I specialize in light magic, more specifically its protective properties. I heard of the invasion and rushed to help the villagers that were injured due to it. I hadn’t quite expected this, however. This is unlike anything I have seen before,” she continued, gesturing to the area around them. “I do believe introductions are in order! I’m Lumina. A shame we had to meet under such...uncertain circumstances, but a friend is a friend nonetheless!” She gushed, tilting her head and smiling. The man then suggested that they head back for round two against the higher being. Lumina was caught off guard by the wording of his last statement. His people? Just who exactly was this man? He also said that the giant was some type of higher being, which confused Lumina even further. What would cause such a being to resent these mortals so horribly? Lumina nodded and began to climb back up the hill the two had just fallen down. If they could get some type of vantage point, it may be easier to determine exactly where they were. Once she reached the top, Lumina realized just how horrible the destruction of the invasion was. In front of them, miles of land sat scorched and destroyed. Villages once booming with life were reduced to empty ruins. The voices came back then, taunting her. “You could have saved them. You could have saved all of them, but you ran. You ran and left them to fight it on their own,” The voice remarked, it’s voice raspy and threatening. Lumina froze for a moment, the wind blowing her hair behind her. She thought back to her own village, her own family. They had succumbed to a force that still tainted Lumina to this day. She would not let another village fall from grace like hers. “I apologize, I was distracted by something. I believe our foe is just past those trees,” she suggested. Pointing a finger toward an area of dead trees. Behind them, pillars of flame licked the sky, followed by what sounded like thunder. She prayed that the beast had lost interest in the village after she and the man escaped. “If we move quickly, there may yet be time to distract it,” she affirmed, moving to begin the walk back down the hill. It was uncertain to her just how long it would take to reach the beast, but a second gone by is a second an innocent life loses. They would need to make haste if they wanted any chance of stopping the rest of the assault.
  5. Hydrangeas

    [GS] Gemini

    The shield reverberated again, the fissures growing larger and spreading above them. Lumina continued her spell, channeling her remaining energy into attempting to repair the cracks. The man behind her began to speak, drawing her attention from the spell. She dropped her hands for the moment and turned to look at him. He held out one small disk to her and ordered her to throw it as far as she could. Her attention turned back the shield. The timing on this would have to be extremely precise if they wanted to escape this. She wasn’t exactly sure what the disk would do, but their options were severely limited. Another boom. The shield disappeared as the giant retracted its foot. Her connection to it was completely lost, and there was little time left to restore it. She glanced down at the disk in her hands and felt something strange about its aura. It was a queer feeling, neither evil nor good. For the moment, she would have to trust the man behind her. Lumina eyed the large hole in the roof and tossed the disk through it. Despite her weak throw, the disk flew easily past the giant and somewhere out of view. For a moment, there was nothing between them and the giant but a destroyed house. “What did that-” Lumina’s vision erupted into a bright light and she felt her veins run cold. In one brief moment, they were in the house. In the next, they were somewhere else entirely. Lumina tumbled down a small hill and landed roughly on her stomach. She let out a strain of coughs and breathed heavily, repaying the oxygen debt she had gained on her way here. Eventually, she managed to roll on to her back and look up at the sky. It was the color of fire. Lumina quickly sat up, her eyes frantically searching for some type of familiarity in her surroundings. What had happened to the Giant? What became of the injured Villagers? If they had abandoned them, Lumina would never be able to forgive herself. Retreating and leaving the villagers to fend for themselves would weigh heavy on her heart. Her eyes fell upon a familiar sight, the noble man with crooked limbs. “What….what just happened? Your injuries….how are you healing like that? My magic’s regenerative properties aren’t that efficient,” she inquired, rising to her feet. Had she said something in her own incantation to heal him? There was little chance she was strong enough to both construct the barrier and heal at the same time. Just who was this man?
  6. Hydrangeas

    [GS] Gemini

    Lumina continued her trek towards the giant. As she approached, it became clear just how large the figure actually was. It easily towered the mountains she had seen on her journey here, and the ground shook with each step it took. Just behind the beast Lumina could make out another, much smaller figure. Almost like a nat, the person seemingly pestered the giant in an attempt to gain its attention. It hadn’t hit her how much the temperature rose as the giant grew closer. Beads of sweat rolled down Lumina’s forehead, cooling her for the moment. Again, the commentary in her head began again. This time they warned her that getting closer would kill her. They told her getting closer would end with her guts being thrown across a scorched battlefield. One cried, one screamed. No. While she was distracted, the smaller figure in the sky had disappeared just as quickly as Lumina had spotted it. Beside her, a house seemingly blew up. Pieces of debris were sent soaring into the air, causing Lumina to let out a gasp. The giant’s attention was now fully turned back towards the town. The girl quickly made her way over to the now destroyed house out of fear that there was a family in it. Instead, she found a single, blonde haired man. He looked different from the other villagers she had encountered. Almost...noble? What was he doing in a place like this? “Are you alright?” She questioned, carefully stepping over the debris and kneeling by his side. It was an idiotic question, she had realized. The way his bones bent and twisted signal that he most certainly wasn’t alright. If she risked healing him here, then it was possible they both would end up as dirt underneath the Giant’s feet. The ground shook again, signaling that they didn’t have much time. Lumina turned towards the sky and realized the severity of the situation. The time she had wished for was gone, and now the giant was looming over them. “Oh dear,” Lumina mumbled, rising from the ground. She clasped both her hands together and began to whisper silently to herself. She focused her energy into the prayer and felt herself begin to become lost in it. Around them, the air would begin to seemingly twinkle and shine. Slowly, a spherical shaped dome grew around the two. The colors of the rainbow danced around them, but still allowed one to see outside of it. The shield solidified just as the giant’s foot came down. The shield wavered, but held strong against the impact. Lumina felt the air leave her lungs as the first impact occurred, but remained strong in her duty. Another impact, this time the shield began to slowly crack. “I….I don’t think it will last much longer!”
  7. Hydrangeas

    [GS] Gemini

    The recent destruction of Nu Martyr had proven to be disastrous for its inhabitants. The riots that had occurred after the PRIME’s assassination had left entire towns in shambles. Children and adults alike were left injured and scarred. Beasts Lumina had only heard of in idle whispers ran rampant, mutilating anyone caught in their path. She caught wind of the invasion mere days ago, but decided that she could prove useful in helping the province and its residents. The building that had once been some type of gathering hall proved useful to be a makeshift hospital for the sick and the injured. Volunteers flew around with bandages and medicine to help combat the constant influx of patients. The building could only hold so many people; only those that had the chance of being saved were being treated. The elderly and those too far gone were being left on the streets to succumb to their injuries. Bandits and thieves broke into houses, stealing whatever they believed would aid them the most. Lumina placed herself beside a young boy with tear-stained cheeks and a large gash stretching across his stomach. The bandages that had been hastily applied to his wound were soaked with blood. He did not have much time left. Lumina placed a hand on his forehead. His eyes slowly slid open, barely able to focus on the girl's face. “Hold on, little guy. Your end is not yet near.” She placed a meticulous hand on his stomach and closed her eyes. She said a silent prayer, and felt a warm sensation travel from her heart, down the length of her arm, and into the palm of her hand. The boy let out a gasp, but his breathing began to steady as his wound began to seal itself closed. Lumina felt something in her head calling for her stop. Dark thoughts tugged incessantly on the edges of her mind. She ignored them and pressed on. They cried and pleaded for her to stop, growing louder and louder. Eventually they overwhelmed her, snapping her out of her spell. Lumina shook her head and began to slowly remove the bandages. In place of the wound was a silver scar that stretched along the boy's stomach. The pounding in her head stopped, and she rose again to survey the situation. She could hear loud booms echoing outside. From the window, she could see towers of flame climbing buildings. She left the room for a moment and caught sight of what was causing the commotion. Large craters with rims licked with fire surrounded the outskirts of the town. Bodies of the those old and young lined the streets, sending a chill up Lumina's spine. She swore there hadn't been so many when she arrived. What had caused such a massacre in such a small amount of time? Her eyes rose upwards to the skies. “By the gods, what is that?” Lumina cried to herself. There, standing in the distance, was a large being Lumina had never seen. It reminded her of the gods her mother had spoken of in old tales. Those gods would come and seek retribution towards those who have done wrong. This wasn't right. A whole province of people didn't deserve this retribution. This was the work of something scorned, something so enraged that everything would be reduced to ash in its wake. It seemed the being was coming towards the town. If it managed to arrive, all the dying would surely meet their end. With that in mind, Lumina raced towards the beast, saying a silent prayer and silencing the thoughts in her mind.
  8. I'd love to join you for that one! It fits in nicely with her past/motivations I'm currently working on!
  9. Thanks again everyone for the help and warm welcomes! @Ataraxy, thank you for pointing out those areas to me! I managed to construct the basics of my first character so at the moment I'm just waiting for a quest/event that would suit her character. Very excited! 😀
  10. Hydrangeas

    Lumina

    beautiful art by GUWEIZ "𝕋𝕙𝕖𝕚𝕣 𝕨𝕙𝕚𝕤𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕤 𝕔𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕥𝕠 𝕞𝕖 𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕝𝕝, 𝕓𝕦𝕥 𝕀 𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪 𝕥𝕣𝕦𝕝𝕪 𝕒𝕣𝕖. 𝕀 𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕕𝕖𝕔𝕖𝕡𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕚𝕟 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕌𝕥𝕠𝕡𝕚𝕒 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪 𝕤𝕡𝕖𝕒𝕜 𝕠𝕗." ( 𝒲𝐼𝒫) ~ GENERAL ~ Age: 24 Years Old Race: Elven, but is aware of some human lineage. Place of Birth: A small village in the wilds of Fracture (No longer lives there) ~ PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS ~ Height: 5'7'' Weight: 120 lbs Hair Color: Platinum blonde Hair style: Usually kept undone and messy; reaches halfway down her back Eye Color: Blue-grey Skin Tone: Pale, appears flushed when overwhelmed ~ SKILLS / ABILITIES ~ Lumina possesses novice magical abilities in the form of light manipulation. She attributes her power to her heavily religious upbringing and seeks to develop it further. Her abilities, while lacking in offensive capabilities, protect and heal those around her. This can range from constructing a barrier to shield herself and others to using a warm, inviting glow to help soothe injuries.
  11. Thank you for the warm welcome! I'd say my favorite genres are definitely fantasy and horror. I've always been a big fan of the Lovecraftian horror genre and the thought process behind it. I do have one small question: what would be the best way to go about creating a character? I'm currently reading over some of the lore and would love to dive into shaping one!
  12. Hydrangeas

    Hello!

    Hi everyone! My name's Hydrangeas. Life has been hard lately so I figured that writing might be a good distraction from all the craziness happening in the world. I'm a little overwhelmed with all the content but very excited to jump in and write again!
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