Factions, Families, Clans, and Empires
Rei is, for lack of a better term, a demon, though he is technically Avian Beast-kin as well. He has long, dark red hair, which is usually left loose, and violet eyes which can often look as though he is staring right into your soul. Chances are though, he is. Usually wears a long travelling cloak, under which a pair of dark blue/black, feathered wings are concealed. His body is covered in scars, and though he claims they are from previous battles he has fought, and indeed some of them are, he knows that to be a lie. He will never reveal what the majority of them are from, not even under torture.
To say that Rei is a difficult person to understand, let alone get along with, is a blatant understatement. He is guarded and secretive about his own life and past, but is capable of being social on occasion. If someone were to ask him of his past, then he would either ignore the question and walk away, or kill them. Something which he is more than capable of doing. At his best though, he is generally an alright guy, if a little cocky. At his worst, he is rude, violent, and just downright unbearable.
Weapons: He normally uses a longbow for sniping (which is preferable to him), and a short sword for close combat. If he can't use these for whatever reason, then he will readily use any other weapon he can get his hands on.
Magick: Is adept with illusions and darkness magick, and can make the very shadows solidify to do his bidding, either as an attack or as part of an illusion. Due to his unique heritage, he is also gifted with air magick, but was never formally trained in it, and only uses it out of instinct.
Rei is unique in the fact that his father was a demon, and his mother an Avian Beast-kin. This means that, while he can't shift into the raven form that hi mother held, he still possesess the wings. Unfortunatly, he can't make them appear and dissappear at will, as they are part of his form. His unique heritage makes him somewhat of an outcast, and he actually enjoys the freedom that comes with it, and uses this freedom in it's entireity, by becoming a mercenary.
"Fine. Alright then, fair enough. Wis gonna do sumthin like that anyway. Ya just saved me the trouble.", Rei replied, shrugging in a non-commital way. He knew that these two didn't trust him, and that his constant mood changes would be confusing to them. One minute challenging, next minute relaxed. That was just how Rei worked though, he had gotten used to doing this. Just to keep people on their toes. He was annoyed that the Magi had decided to be such an ass about putting up the barrier though. He was just making it obvious that he didn't trust Rei not to slaughter them in their sleep. Rei wouldn't do that though, not yet. Not until he got paid to anyway.
Kiri sat down on the ground, glad to be off the horse. Her legs were sore now, because she wasn't used to it. She was glad that Kuen had decided that they would all get some sleep, but didn't like the look the other man was giving him when he thought Kuen wasn't looking. Not so much as if he were going to kill Kuen, more like he had a problem with him. As if there were something about Kuen's attitude that annoyed Rei.
She watched as the male demon in question proceeded to set up a fire, though the wood he used was odd. It didn't give off any smoke for one thing, and the flames were a dark blue colour, not the orange she was accustomed to. The colour was proably a good thing, since it was quickly getting dark, and such dark flames wouldn't be noticed outside of their little 'camp'. Rei noticed her staring and grinned, and Kiri noticed that his teeth were oddly sharp and pointed. Probably because he was a demon.
"Shade-oak, if you were wondering, or Shadrin, in the demon language. Useful for us right now. Means we won't be seen.", he explained, confirming Kiri's theory. She nodded in response, then looked at Kuen. He seemed tense, which was probably how she looked as well. Completely at odds with Rei's calm demeanor.
The magi had turned his back to both Kiri and Rei, while he checked Perch over for any wounds. He noticed a new nicks on his legs from the twigs lashing at him during their gallop, but all together deemed that the horse would be perfectly alright by morning. It was not hard to notice that his shoulders and back were a little tense, but that was normal for a horse that was near a demonic presence. Kuen rubbed his hand down the horse's now bare back and legs to clam him a bit before thinking of Vira. It was not often that the woman of the ocean came to his thoughts, but it seemed that Kiri and stress was starting to bring her up more often.
Shaking his head, the dark haired man let the horse go to graze in the grasses near them before looking at the the Shadrin fire that the demon made. He was happy to see that he chose a wood that produced a dark flame instead of a bright one, but was not happy that it was Shadrin. Some people reacted poorly to the dark demonic wood, though he doubted that Kiri would be exposed to it like a normal human. Her magic should keep her safe from the deep poisonous dreams Shadrin could produce.
"Kiri..." Kuen held his hand out to her. "We will came out near Perch, away from the demon and his wood." He said, his voice staying calm but untrusting. He waited for her to take his hand before drawing her in close and walking out a far distance to be in the open next to Perch before beginning a spell that made a tent for them both to sleep in. Though the tent was very deceiving, being that it was small on the outside but was as big as a two-bedroom town house in Raz'ira.
"Sure, fine...Suits me better anyway. Just don't make too much noise in there, kay?", Rei couldn't resist making a snide comment about the tent thing that Kuen had set up. Those two made a cute couple, Rei had a sense about things like that. This arrangement worked out better for him though, it meant he could check on his newest injury without it being noticed. He had hidden his wings for quite a while now, he had no intention of revealing them at this stage. Best that these two didn't know too much about him.
Kiri was grateful to be away from Rei, he was creepy. To say the least. She knew she shouldn't be surprised at anything Kuen did by this point, but the weird thing he did with the tent was just...well...weird. At least there would be no worries about privacy. Not that Kiri's childlike body had anything that she would need to hide just yet (she could easily pass for a boy if she had to), she was still uncomfortable at the thought of sharing the same space with an older male, one that wasn't her father or brother. She and Mikuo had shared a room up until he got married, houses on the islands tended to be small.
Kuen ignored the comment that Rei made as he entered the tent behind Kiri. He was happy to see her relax a little more now that she had a wall between her and the demon outside, but it was no surprise to him that she was impressed and confused by the largeness of the inside of the tent. He pointed out toward a room that was decorated in light blues and greys to mimick the sea. "That would be your room over there." He stated, then started toward a large black door that was shut tight. "If you need me knock." He said, opening the door quickly and disappearing inside without another word. Just as he closed the door though, the tent's door closed behind them and locked, leaving them inside and leaving the demon tightly shut on the outside.
"Thank you...", Kiri said, watching Kuen go into his room, glad that Rei was to be kept outside. She felt a little guilty about that though, even though she had a feeling that the demon would prefer to be left alone. She just got that impression from him.
Best not to worry about it though. She'd never get any sleep if she did. And she needed sleep, even if she was too rattled to actually feel tired just now. She entered her room, the light blues and greys instantly calming her down. It was as close as she would get to being home. She missed the islands, as much as she had been glad to get away from them. Home was familiar, not like here, where so many strange things happened.
Laying on the bed that was in the room, she stared up at the ceiling, trying to get to sleep. Her mind refused to cooperate though, and she ended up singing to herself again, trying to lull herself to sleep.
"Close your eyes, little darling
Evening is here
Close your eyes little darling
Mama is near
Go to sleep little darling
There's nothing to fear
Go to sleep little darling
Your mama is here
Close your eyes . . .
Go to sleep . . .
Mama is here. . ."
She had always liked that song, her mother had often used it to get her to sleep as a child. Mikuo as well, though her brother was a good deal older than she was, and so she only knew that from what she had been told. At least six years older, now married with a child...a little girl, who looked more like Kiri than she did her own parents. Kiri had always liked that fact, and had carried on the tradition of singing that song to the baby.
Weirdly enough it seemed to help, though she still couldn't sleep. She was a bit calmer though, and that was the main thing.
Once he was sure that the two teenagers wouldn't leave the tent again, Rei pulled his cloak aside to examine the injury to his wing. Yipes...worse than I thought..., he thought as he examined his wing. The wound was pretty deep, and his blood had stained the already dark feathers to an even darker black. He would have to put up with it though, he couldn't heal himself. His demonic blood had closed the option of healing magick off to him. He healed pretty quick on his own though, so he would be fine in a few days. It just meant he couldn't fly for a while. That annoyed him, he liked flying, liked the feeling of freedom it gave him.
Bored with singing, Kiri had moved off the bed and started stretching, trying to relax her body as much as she could. She was flexible to start with, so could bend her little body into highly complex stretches, something that Mikuo had always been jealous of. He was the stronger of the two, and better at magick, but what he had in strength he lacked in agility. Not to say he wasn't fast, but certainly wasn't as fast as Kiri was, or as agile. Kiri was better at climbing as well.
Rei stretched his wing out a bit, the movement opening the wound a bit more. That had hurt. A lot. But the only sign that he was in pain came from the slight frown that had formed on his face. He was pretty used to pain, he had been in plenty of fights before. Then there was his scars. Many of them were from fights, but not all. Some of the older ones were from...other things...Things he didn't want to think about right now.
Leaning back, he kept his wings out, figuring he was safe for now. he might as well get a nap, while he was here...
Kiri snuggled further into Kuen, not realising he was awake. Unconsciously, her hands found themselves gripping onto the front of his shirt, and entwining in his hair. She didn't realise she was doing it though, her sleeping mind just registered him as something warm, and was trying to keep ahold of it.
She sighed in her sleep, and a small smile played on her lips, as if she were having good dreams.
Rei woke with the dawn, as he often did (whether he did so willingly or not was another story), and stretched. Ouch...not one of my better ideas..., he thought, wincing as the movement hurt his still-injured wing.
"Note to self: don't do that again...", he muttered as he made sure his wings were hidden again, and went over to the tent, rattling the door a bit.
"Hey! Rise 'n shine, kiddies! We got a long trek ahead of us!", he shouted, his voice unusually cheery for it being so early. that was unusual in itself, Rei had never generally been known as a morning person.
"Kiri... time to wake up..." , Kuen said, and it made Kiri stir slightly.
"...Hm? Oh...morning, Kuen...", she said sleepily, then yawned, stretching her arms up behind her head as she sat up. She tried not to pout, she had really been quite comfy there, lying on Kuen like that. Probably more comfortable than she should have been, but she didn't care. Her face started to go red though, would he think it was weird for her to be so comfortable around him?
Rei heard movement from the tent, so he assumed that the two inside were awake. Satisfied that they would probably surface soon, he went back to his belongings, checking that they were stowed away properly, as well as making sure that there was no evidence of the fire from the night before. That part was fairly simple, Shadrin was a demon wood, and so it responded to his own abilities.
It was strange, Kuen thought. That the girl before him resembled Vira so much and seemed so comfortable around him. It was not often that he would tell someone that he believed in re-carnation, but at that moment, with the girl waking in his arms, looking up at him, and even blushing made him all think about his love. And somehow that made him sad and happy. His heart fluttered with the same joy he had around Vira, but his brain was filled with sadness, as he thought of all the differences the woman also had compared to the one he once loved.
"Morning," he said, still hazed a bit from waking up. He unwrapped himself from her and then slowly moved over her so that he was not longer on the couch with her in his arms. It was starting to hurt to much to have here there against his chest. How could it be that Vira would find him in a second life? Did she want him to live in regret for what he had done so many years ago? Shaking his head, he snapped his fingers and soon he was in a new outfit, one similar to the last but the color was much darker, giving him a little more depth and sadness to his look than he had earlier. "It seems that the demon outside our doors is ready to leave. Just come outside when you've gotten cleaned up, changed, and something to eat. Everything should be provided for you." He said, his voice slightly off, not exactly filled with cheer as it had been the days before.
He then stepped toward the front door, unlocked it and left her alone in the tent. He immediately spotted the demon trying to hide the fire. Deciding to allow the man to do his own work, the magi began to focus on the barrier he had put up to protect them the night before. Nothing had tried to get through except animals, which were allowed, and nothing tried to leave, which meant that Rei stay within the barrier limits the whole night. Interesting, thought the magi.
"The fire giving you troubles yet?" Kuen called over to the demonic man that was still not completely trusted. "Or are you just teasing it?"
"Screw you, Magi.", Rei muttered, just loud enough for Kuen to hear it. He really couldn't be bothered with any of this, he just wanted to get these kids where they were supposed to be and get paid. preferably without getting hurt. Again. He finished with the remains of the fire, it now looked as though no one had been there.
"Where's the girly? We gotta head soon", he asked the magi, looking towards the tent again.
Kiri went back into her room, and sure enough, Kuen was right. There was spare clothes and food there for her. Even a bath! That made her happy. She had been away from water for too long...She couldn''t take too long though, Kuen and Rei probably wanted to get going...
Once she felt that she was clean enough, she got dressed, surprised that the clothes were the right size. She now wore a dark blue dress, which reached to her knees, and had short sleeves. Under that was her usual shorts, she did far too much climbing to risk not wearing them.
"Where's the girly? We gotta head soon", she heard Rei saying as she left the tent. He seemed annoyed about something. Then again, it seemed that was normal for the demon.
"I'm ready...shall we go?", she asked.
Kuen was entertained by Rei's frustrations with Kiri and the fire. He was not sure why he found it amusing, but it brought his spirits back up from the memories he was feeling only moments before. Perhaps this man was not to be trusted, but what did it matter now? He could have easily told Kiri to go her separate ways in Ra'zira, but instead he asked her to come with him. So he had to at least keep her safe.
His attention turned to the woman as she spoke up behind them. She had done everything so quickly that it was rather surprising, for a woman that was. He took in a deep breath and then whistled for Perch, who came running over the hill side. "I'm ready as well..." he stated, just as the horse's nose nudged his shoulder with some annoyance. "I know. I know, you're ready as well." He chuckled.
Kuen seemed rather surprised at how quickly she had gotten ready, for some reason that amused her. Rei, of course, looked livid at the further delay to their journey. Good.
"Okay...let's go then. Kuen?", she asked, looking towards Perch, as if to ask for a hand up. Perch was huge, and Kiri was tiny, and while she probably could have climbed up on her own, she didn't want to risk the horse throwing her off, or risk herself falling and/or looking like an idiot.
((sorry these are so short, and that they took so long. Loads of stuff happening lately...))
"Not too far. 'Bout another day's travel, I reckon. Maybe less if we keep up the pace.", Rei explained, in an unusually chatty mood today. These two younglings were amusing. How could the Magi not see who his little friend was? Her soul resonated with another's energy. It was quite odd actually...but still funny. He wondered how long it would take for the Magi to realise...
At Rei's explanation of how long it would take, Kiri groaned. She didn't want to spend any more time in this demon's company than was neccessary. But there was another reason for her suspision, aside form what this man was.
She couldn't shake the feeling that he wasn't taking them to where they were supposed to be at all, or that he was, but was going to betray them...
Kuen sighed as well. He was not exactly happy about having to be on the road again for another day. He knew this would only make his mission to find his parents even hard. He wrapped his arms around Kiri so he had a better hold on Perch's reins and followed after the demon who was leading the way. Unlike Kiri though, he did not have a bad feeling, he had already noticed that the other was up to no good, but he was ready for this. He was waiting for something terrible to happen because of the islands they were looking to go to. The camps were not a happy place to be and the only means to get there was through some harsh areas especially people.
Rei, making sure his motion wasn't noticed, stretched his wings a little under his cloak. Not using them much lately was making them stiff and sore. Damn, he just wanted to fly. But he couldn't risk his secret. Hybrids like him were abominations, at least to everyone outside of Reeper's Lands. And to some within them as well.
As he walked, he was subtly leaving signs, a small scratch on a tree, a shifted pile of leaves, that kind of thing. That way, those that were following their progress would know the trail. He just had to make sure that Kuen didn't notice what he was doing, and he would be golden. They would be here soon, but he wouldn't give the order until they had stopped later that night. Earlier that morning, he had left three of his feathers at their previous campsite, a sign that one of the brats could use magick. One feather meant there was no danger, two meant that their target was a good fighter, Three meant one or more magick user. It was a code he had used for years...
Kuen's eyes watched the demonic closely. There was just something about his patterns that did not make sense to the magi. He kept his mind off of it though, hoping that his judgement was not completely wrong in this area. He did not want to cause problems for Kiri at any time now. Their horse trudged on, and he kept his mouth shut while he paid close attention to their leader.
"We should be coming close to the area now... don't you think. The travel plans I had toward the shore of Reeper's Land should have gotten us there almost an hour ago," he mentioned, showing that he was suspicious of the man now.
"That might be the case, Magi. But your plans involved ya goin' through the main gate, right? Trust me, that ain't the best o' plans jus' now. Better to go round the side, less chance o' gettin' caught, eh?", Rei's answer would no doubt annoy the Magi, but it had to be done. Plus, Rei enjoyed pissing the guy off. Meh, he got bored easily.
"'Sides, if yer goin' straight ta the Camps, then ya wanna be rested up, right? 'Specially the girlie. The Camps are rough places, or so I've heard, and she ain't gonna last long without her magick, are ya, girlie? ", he asked without looking back, earning a small squeak from Kiri, as she jumped at being adressed. That was just plain cute, in Rei's opinion, and he laughed at the image in his head of what the girl looked like. Though she might have been even more nervous if he'd actually looked at her, due to his eyes.
"Just chill, Magi...I don' mean nothin' by it. Not really. 'Sides, ain't my fault she's scared of me, is it?", Rei asked nochalantly, putting his arms behind his head as he walked in front, his whole demeanour reading 'cocky'. As if he didn't realise what this guy could do to him. He did know though, more than he perhaps wanted to. Oh well, it would all be over soon, and he would get paid by that woman, and hopefully get the hell out of there unscathed.
Sitting in front of Kuen, Kiri shivered a little. The air was colder here, colder than she was used to, having lived on the islands her whole life. It wasn't just the change in tempereature that caused her to shiver. Rei had glanced back at them for a few seconds, before turning back and scanning the area for something. The demon's odd violet eyes frightened her, but it was the expression in them that scared her more. Rei looked like he was in pain and, while Kiri was slightly pleased at that, the image was almost...sad looking. The expression only lasted a few seconds though, and the strange, purple eyes hardened again, as he removed his intense gaze.
"Ah...stupid Magi...I've been doin' that anyway. Just try usin' your magick, aside from scannin'. Guarantee it won't work, and neither will the girly's. Since we met, I've been leechin' power off of ya both. I figured that ya'd try ta escape, so I did what I had ta. And it wasn't so much about gettin paid...it was more ta keep me alive. No point in hidin it now, I guess...", he almost sounded sad as he threw his cloak back, revealing his wings.
"Ya see, Magi, I'm in a bit of a difficult sitch here. If I don' turn ya in, I go ta the camps instead. And I like bein' able ta stretch ma wings, thank ay very much. Sheela's gonna be happy tho'. She'd rather a Magi ta play wi, than a half-breed anyways...", he stated, then let out a high-pitched whistle. A warning for those on his side, that he had been found out. Not that These two would be able to put up much of a fight, not with their power drained so much...
Kuen did a scan over his own body to see what magic had been leeched from him. It was often that he noticed, considering that he was a being of pure magic. This meant that without it he often felt completely helpless or sick, but something was different. Though his power was missing, it was not causing his natural being to be flaky, instead he felt more human than anything. He pulled on his horses reins once more and clicked his tongue. "Hold on..." he told Kiri. The horse reared then galloped off in a direction that was not toward the men in front of them or behind them. He knew that if they were taken to the camps with the captors knowing exactly who he was it would be bad news for both of them. So off then went, holding onto the horse dearly as it trudged through the forest making its way so to put distance between the captors and the two helpless magic users.
Rei sighed, "Why dae they always run?", he asked himself, before giving chase. He was fast on his own, but what he was tying to do was build up the speed, spreading his wings behind him. The movement hurt, as they still ween't healed completely, but at least he'd be able to fly. The trees would be a slight problem, but he could deal with that. He'd practiced flying in different environments. Forests being the one he tended to focus on. The shadows helped, they told him where the two were headed, so he decided to try and head them off at the end of the trail.
Landing in front of them, looking almost like a sarcastic Angel of Death, he smirked at them, "Thought ya could run, huh? You know, that just annoys me more than anything.", he explained, while the men he'd hired caught up to them, leaving the Magi and girl surrounded.
Perch stopped, his head coming back as he halted so quickly. It was not the first time Kuen had been caught in the middle of a situation that look grave for his future, but this time he had someone with him. He was not sure what he would do. He should have thought more about Kiri's safety during this time. Perch kept pawing at the ground in irrotation due to no escape form the demons. "You don't have to do this Rei..." he said softly, cooing at the horse to calm it.
"There are nations other than the Reeper Lands that will accept a hafling like you. The sins don't tend to go into those nations either, due to the security. Have you thought of that." He tried, keeping his eyes on the other men to make sure they did nothing. While he spoke he kept his arms closer around Kiri, hoping to find a way out of the situation so that they would both be safe in the end.
"I think you'll find, Kuen...That I have to do this. That woman, Sheela, she did something to me. She said...it would kill me if I didn't do what she said. I don't want to do this, but I want to live.", Rei said, his usual casual speech disappearing for a while. To explain what he meant by Sheela doing something to him, he pulled back the collar of his shirt to reveal a dark blotch over his collarbone, one that looked as though it was spreading over the rest of his body.
"I was given a month, to find you and bring you to the Camps, before the poison activated. I'm out of time. This thing...It'll kill me within the week. Only Sheela can cure it, she developed it after all.", he explained, drawing his sword.
"I'm sorry, kids.", he said sadly as he flew forward, knocking The two off the horse, who bolted. Figuring that Kuen would be more cooperative if Kiri was in danger, he roughly lifted her and placed the sword against her throat.
"Now do you get it, Magi? And if you wan the girlie to live, you'll come with me without any trouble..", he threatened, pressing the blade a bit deeper, forming a small, thin cut across Kiri's neck.
"K-Kuen...please...just run. I'll be okay, just run...", the blue-haired girl pleaded, tears starting to form.
Kuen was able to break the fall for both him and Kiri when knocked off Perch. He was upset that the horse he had trained so wel ended up bolting shortly after being riderless. But the demon was enough to spook Kuen let alone a simple animal like Perch. Within the short amount of time he had been thinking about his cowardly horse he found himself in a new uncomfortable position.Kiri was in the arms of the demon pleading for him to run while taking a knife to the throat.
The magi took in a soft breath. He had less magic than he had before they started their trip, but still enough to use simple magics, after all he was very old and could keep most of the magic down, but at the same time he was not risking Kiri. Running a hand throug his black and red hair, he held his hands out. "The spot on your neck, it is called Velsa, a disease the Sin put on prey that they want to slowly die before they consume your soul energy. Not often do they redeem such a mark," he said simply. He was a scholar and knowing everything about the Camps was something he had strived for in the past ten years. "It has been said that Sins often use this mark to get what they want out of lower level creatures, and promise them freedom from the curse. But they tend to eat on their prey anyway."
He took a step forward and kept his hands out to show he was of no harm. "Do you think she will really let such a divine creature get away from her dinner plate?" he stated, ignoring the knife to Kiri's neck and ignoring the pleads to run away. He was a simple target and knew he could not run away from this situation.
((Sorry i took so long...been busy with work and stuff. My hours have just changed and i'm still getting used to doing nights...so yeah, if this is crap, i'm sorry...))
"Divine creature? Hah, yeah right...I'm a freak, an abomination. And Sheela...she promised...", Rei looked as though he was faltering, starting to doubt what the demoness had told him. Starting to actually believe this boy...
"What can i do though? If i let you go, then she'll find you anyway. I don't want to die, Kuen, however cursed my life may be.", he explained, an oddly vulnerable look in his strange eyes. A look that should never be in the eyes of a demon. It was fear.