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Zexen Tiberius Elen

We put a pearl in the ground that day, my heart's been in Autumn ever since.

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a character in “Crowns, Empires, Blood and Swords”, as played by masato22

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{ Q U O T E }

" I will admit that you're the closest I have come. There's just something about you that I trust. I didn't say but I was sad to see you go. You went back to the ghost, I went back to what I know."
-Vanessa Carlton


{ T H E M E S }

Nothing Where Something Used to Be|Vanessa Carlton

We Put a Pearl in the Ground|St. Vincent







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Name:
Title/or Moniker: The Young Lord of Valen Alus
Gender Male
Age: Appears about 23 (Actually a few hundred years old.)
Species: Faery (child of Wishing Star Faeries)
Class/Occupation: Lord’s Heir/ Noble, Sword of Magic Warrior/ General, Advisor
Description:
Zexen is a handsome Faery male with the appearance of a 23 year old. Zexen has dark cropped hair. He bears a youthful appearance, of average build and with a clean-shaven face. He is somewhat short in comparison to some taller men standing at about 5’8”. He is of a smaller frame but is fairly muscular. He wears short draped robes often in soft blue, red, and cream hues trimmed in gold. When in battle he wears a mixture of light and heavy armor. His chest plate is sculpted to his upper body frame and can absorb heavy damage. He has the ability to shift between small faery size and average human size but he almost never reverts to faery size. He can also sprout a pair of dragonfly-like wings for flight but rarely does thus he is pitiful at flying.




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Likes:
Sparring
Winning
Loyalty
Trusted friends
Wine
Blacksmith work
Cooking

Dislikes:
Weakness
Losing
Disloyalty
His inability to master is magical potential
Liars
Turning Faery Size
Flying

Strengths:
His Swiftness
Raw magic capability (Also one of his biggest weaknesses)
Tenacity
Cunning
Stamina (Often winning fights by outlasting the other party)
Very good with a sword and shield
Skilled blacksmith (Specializing in enchanting weapons with elemental magic)

Weaknesses:
Inability to control his raw magic potential (Better at utilizing magic channeled through a weapon rather than without one. His magic is extremely powerful but catastrophically unstable. He never casts spells anymore for fear of how they always backfire. He sticks to sword of magic skills instead. )
Pride (Constantly feels the need to prove his strength to humans)
Not as physically strong as he is fast
Inability to lie (He’s also poor at telling half-truths)
Iron
Confusion about his lineage
Poor flight skills (Never Practices. His father rarely flies anymore either.)
Difficulty fully trusting others

Personality:
Zexen has a tendency to act cocky and fairly spoiled. He expects things of others and has trouble being lenient when disappointed. He’s very passionate about the tiniest of feelings, often jumping to extremes. He has few close friends so he trusts people’s actions more than their words. His closest friend is his father as he feels he hasn’t and will never do wrong by him. He often presents himself as haughty and smug to hide his massive vulnerable side. He’s truly very timid and afraid at the root of it all. Naturally he is very kind and gentle. However he fights with himself to be tough rather than gentle because he feels people trample over the openly gentle.

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He tries his best in everything he does as he hates those that half-ass things. Either go big or go home is his motto. He will back out of a battle if he’s sure his chances at success are too slim. He often tries too hard to prove himself as being strong and on equal standing with his peers. Often feeling he doesn’t quite fit in as a Faery living amongst humans, even magical ones. Zexen often dreams of visiting Anansai because he knows that is where his ancestors are from as well as his other parent. He has dreams of the stars that he can’t quite comprehend. He feels they are linked to his mother but he knows little about her and his Valen insists that Zexen has no mother. This spurred quite the identity crisis for Zexen.
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In order to hone his physical combat skills, since his magical abilities are unstable, he was sent to a warrior nation in the south to train rigorously. It was there that he picked up a lot of his negative and brash personality traits in order to survive the tough love environment. He made a really close friend while abroad and through a series of unfortunate events was involved in his friend’s death. This did a number on his personality and how he handles relationships as never quite gotten over that tragic event. Once his trust is gained he is the closest and most endearing friend you could have. However to disappoint him is to suffer his lashing out. Although he’s much older than he looks his maturity is still that of a young man of his appearance (A 23 year old.)

Quirks and Habits:
Tends to underestimate others because he’s older and he’s used to people underestimating him due to his youthful appearance.
Tends to get emotional when he’s drunk too much.
Zexen is attracted to men.





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Land/Kingdom:
Valen Alus
History:
Zexen Tiberius Elen is the product of the magic bond of true love’s power. He is the son of Valen Mori Elen The Dark Faery and Luin Elen the Blue Faery. He came to be by enchanting two items symbolizing the True Love bond between two Fae. Both items were magic rings owned by the parents. Magic can hold a DNA like imprint and Valen used The Blue Faery’s ring, his own ring, and the book of cosmos to transfer this powerful imprint into an Anansai Tree of Life seed, once planted the tree grew and the Fae Child was born. Valen hid the news of Zexen’s existence from the Blue Faery. Valen also never told Zexen who his other parent was, simply stating that his family is originally from Anansai and refusing to say much more than that. No matter how much Zexen would ask about his mother Valen would only say that Zexen had no mother. Zexen knew that Faeries couldn’t lie because he himself couldn’t so his father must have been telling the truth. However his origins were still of great concern to Zexen yet had no answers.

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Zexen was raised in Valen Alus as the Lord’s Heir under his father Lord Valen Mori Elen. He was cherished by his father and was treated as a prince. Being the physical product of true love’s bond Zexen was gifted with great magic potential and his father had high hopes for him as a mage. Unfortunately Zexen had serious trouble focusing his magic as a child and his attempts to use his magic resulted in catastrophic happenings. One such event had serious effects on the weather in Valen Alus and is to date still irreversible. Because Valen Alus is a kingdom of magic users and Zexen was essentially unable to be trained in traditional magic, Zexen always felt out of place and defective. He did however find a way to use a minimal form of magic through enchanting weaponry. When he was old enough he was trained in weapon forgery and grew to like the craft. Zexen found his specialty in Sword of Magic skills. This newfound skillset helped Zexen not to feel as much like an outsider.

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Valen wanted his son to excel and noting that Zexen was timid he wanted to ready him for the brutal nature of the world. Valen figured, Since Zexen wasn’t able to become the best magic user he could become one of the best warriors. Valen himself could not train Zexen as a top notch warrior because he himself was a decent combatant at best. Thus Valen sent Zexen to the southern continent to train under some of the best warriors in the Warrior State Athedale. Zexen was nervous about leaving Valen Alus and his Father but he looked forward to what the experience would bring him.

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While training in The Warrior State of Athedale, Zexen was pushed to his physical limit and this forced him to toughen up personality wise. Weakness was easily targeted there, thus he learned to always seem strong and tuck away the timid and vulnerable aspects of his personality. This is when he developed his cocky disposition. Zexen met a young man by the name of Deias the two became best friends and looked out for one another.


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Zexen spent 5 years training in Athedale and fought in several battles in the Southern nations alongside Deias. However Deias was heavily wounded in a battle and his chances of surviving the injury were slim. The common practice was to let the soldier die honorably by putting him out of his misery. The commander ordered Zexen to finish Deias but Zexen refused.

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Zexen pleaded with the commander to find a way to save Deias’ life even suggesting calling upon Wishing Star Faeries (Something the people of Valen Alus were forbidden to do.) However the commander replied, “You’re a Fae use your magic, you save him. Why bother Faeries?” To which Zexen responded through teary eyes, “But I can’t! Something horrible will happen! Something always goes wrong!” The commander shook his head and replied “I guess you have your answer then. Besides, Wishes are for the weak willed. Now you help Deias die with dignity.” Zexen held Deias close and whispered in his ear “I love you Deias.” Then drove a dagger through Deias’ heart. Zexen never got over the tragic loss.

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Soon after the death of Deias Zexen returned home to Valen Alus. He was glad to see his father and be home. It took a while for him to get acclimated to his homeland again. Valen noticed a vast difference in Zexen. His timid and gentle son was now distant and bitter. Zexen began to work with the warrior mages of the Valen Alus Militia. He was ranked a general and serves as royal advisor to his father as well.

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So begins...

Zexen Tiberius Elen's Story

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Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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Zexen accompanied his father, Valen, on their journey to the Republic of Khaidor. They began their journey from the northern border of Valen Alus bordering Cinnabar and crossed a small portion of the Jade Ocean to the connecting peninsula connecting Cinnabar and The Republic of Khalidor. He was excited to visit Khalidor again. It had been a very long time since he’d been last. It was Khalidor’s wine that he loved most. He remembered meeting Arkaelus, the current King, upon his first visit. Arkaelus was younger at the time and Zexen still looked about the same, thinking about that fact made Zexen realize that this reunion may be a little awkward.

Valen noticed Zexen’s troubled expression, wondering why his son seemed bothered he inquired. “Zexen, what troubles you my son?” Valen asked from across the carriage they sat in. “You’ve been quietly festering for the past hour.”

Zexen seemed shocked out of his train of thought. “Oh, um… sorry father. I was just thinking about the last time I met the king of Khalidor, Arkaelus. I think he was about 16 or 17 at the time. I looked exactly the same then as I do now. I know people in Valen Alus grow older around us all the time but they are used to that reality. It just seems like it’ll be different for foreigners. I guess I’m just worried I’d look like some odd man child.” Zexen looked down to the floor his head heavy with worry.

Valen smiled sympathetically. He didn’t often see Zexen openly vulnerable anymore. Since his son’s return from Athedale, Zexen usually presented himself as being heavily fortified, however in this moment his sons former timid and meek disposition was clearly visible. Valen was somewhat relieved. Valen leaned forward and reached out to his son, placing his hand under Zexen’s chin. He lifted his sons head up and looked him in the eyes. “My child, you have and will always be the envy of all others. Your longevity is something to be proud of. You, my boy, are the product of strength.” Valen smiled proudly. Sitting back in his seat and folded his arms.

Zexen smiled feeling a little relieved. However his father’s comment on him being the product of strength only made him think of the secret Zexen knew his father closely guarded regarding his origins. “So are you willing to divulge any more information regarding my mother now?” Zexen countered. He was never ready to put down the metaphorical blade when it came to the battle for information on his mother.

Valen’s smile swiftly dropped and cheerful eyes began to glare at Zexen. “Zexen don’t you start this right now.” Valen replied in a tired exhale of a tone.

Zexen’s gaze became quite sharp. “No you were the one to start it. You started it years ago when you, for SOME reason, decided to lock away a piece of my origin that would mean the world to any child and swallow the key. I just want to be done with this constant wondering…” Zexen forcefully plopped back into the cushion of his seat and placed his hand on his forehead in frustration.

Valen sat forward in his seat once more and grabbed Zexen’s hands, gripping them pleadingly. “My boy haven’t I made you happy, given you the world as best a parent could?”

Zexen sighed heavily and looked his father in the eyes. “Yes father you’ve made me happy. You’ve given me everything I could ask for…., except for my mother.” Zexen’s eyes refused to break from his father’s.

Valen looked on in disbelief of how unrelenting Zexen was being. Zexen never pushed the subject this hard before. Valen shook his head and looked to the floor, something he often did when he was telling half-truths. “I told you, you’re mother doesn’t exist.”

Zexen released his father’s grasp and folded his arms. “Okay, you cling to your beloved secret. I’ll find out the truth on my own. And when I do, you’re going to wish you had told me first.”

Valen’s eyes widened in shock at the threat spoken by his son. “ZEXEN!!”

Valen’s reply was cut short by the driver of the carriage. “My lords pardon my interruption. However we are at the nearing the kingdom line and our scouts report of another procession less than a half a mile ahead of us. The carriage seems to be of Cinnabar’s craftsmanship. They believe that it is carrying Noblemen. However our seers see that there are others of identical making on other routes bound for Khalidor.”

Valen flashed an upset look at his son before responding to the driver. “The others are decoys no doubt. I can sense a strong resolve in the air. The people protecting that carriage have hearts ready to die for a king not a double. Also I’m sure they know we are here as well. Cinnabar’s scouts are thorough. Send greetings ahead to them and make haste to catch up to them. I am eager to chat with the neighboring King. Conversation with my son has grown quite unpleasant at the moment.

Zexen looked extremely irritated by Valen’s snipe at him.

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Having reached the Cinnabar kings carriage with the okay from Cinnabar King Arim’s guardians. Valen and Zexen’s carriage rode alongside Arim and Aada’s. Valen waved in a friendly manner to Arim. The two nations, Valen Alus and Cinnabar, have for a long time maintained a peaceful coexistence. They have had only the most minor of disputes in the past and were usually cleared up with diplomatic efforts.

“Ah greetings my good neighbor! It would seem the Khalidor’s neighboring territories are both in very little rush toward the summit. Foreigners to our region of the world seemed to have jumped at the chance to visit” Valen said with a chuckle. Valen had known Arim’s late father and respected him. He on occasion saw young Arim. Valen and Zexen were present at the funeral of the late King as well as Arim’s coronation ceremony.

Zexen looked out of the other Carriage window and spoke as well, “How are you King Arim and Princess Aada? It has been quite a while since we last met.” Zexen was beginning to feel better now interacting with the Cinnabar Royals as opposed to interrogating and threatening his father. Thinking back on his actions he had begun to feel badly for speaking to his father the way he did. However it was way too late to turn back now. Valen never took lightly being threatened and Zexen knew this all too well.

The carriages were soon parading into Khalidor. Representatives from the large city began to approach. Several people rushed back and forth in an effort to coordinate a proper greeting for the Royalty of Cinnabar and Lords of Valen Alus. Zexen found it annoying that the King of Khalidor was not present personally to greet them however he quickly got over it as he knew omnipresence is an ability most rare. With that thought he smirked. Valen caught a glimpse of Zexen’s smirk and flashed a restrained smile of his own. Zexen tried to look away, attempting to keep up his brooding disposition longer.

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Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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Aada could feel her eyes growing heavy. The heavy velvet of her cloak was keeping her comfortably warm, making her wish for the warmth of her bed. Travelling always made her sleepy and bed would mean she could take this corset off. What she wouldn't give for that glorious moment to hurry up and arrive. Arim noticed his sister beginning to drop off when a guard galloped up by the window.


"Your Majesty, Lord Valen sends his greetings and wishes to journey to Jadon alongside our entourage."


"Lord Valen?" Arim asked. He looked to Aada who merely nodded. The kingdom of Valen Alus had long been allies of Cinnabar. Even in their great-grandfather's day, relations between Valen Alus and Cinnabar had been strong. If the agreements between the nations could withstand the siblings' father, they would no doubt remain strong for some time to come. Only an incompetent could ruin it. Valen's respect for the young king was clear since he had attended Arim's coronation.


"He's still king?" Arim asked Aada.


"Well, he is fae. They age slower and live longer than us mere mortals brother."


"His son must grow tired of waiting."


Aada stiffened. Not everyone would tire of having their father around. Arim didn't mean it that way though, of course he didn't. Aada wondered sometimes if her brother was capable of being cruel. She knew everyone was capable of good and bad, often to extremes, but Arim? She wasn't sure that he had that darkness in him. "Not everyone had a father like we did," she said eventually.


Arim closed his eyes. "He wasn't as awful as you make him to be."


"He's not the hero you make him out to be." Her voice lacked the bite it usually had when their father was the topic of conversation.


Arim sighed. Their father was clearly going to remain a touchy subject. He knew his sister well enough not to push it. This couldn't all come from him being the first-born though, he knew that. Before he could answer, Lord Valen's carriage rolled into view. Aada removed her cloak. It wouldn't do to look weary in front of Valen. The cool air hit her bare shoulders, making her a little more alert.


“Ah greetings my good neighbour! It would seem the Khalidor’s neighboring territories are both in very little rush toward the summit. Foreigners to our region of the world seemed to have jumped at the chance to visit."


Arim smiled. Valen's visits had been few and far between when Arim was growing up, but he had been privvy to meetings between his father and Valen. It was good to see him again. "I fear we have been ruined by familiarity Lord Valen. Perhaps haste would be our companion if the summit were happenng in the south. Although Aada seems to be eager to arrive."


"And finally see something beyond Cinnabar? Can't possibly imagine why I would be eager." Aada answered dryly.


Zexen leaned past his father. “How are you King Arim and Princess Aada? It has been quite a while since we last met.” 


Aada took a moment to observe the prince of Valen Alus. He was handsome, as were most fae. He looked young, perhaps close in age to Arim and Aada, although she knew this was no true indication of his age. His face was familiar though, no doubt more so to Arim. If Valen had been at the coronation, it stood to reason that Zexen had been there too. "We're fairing well, my lords." Aada answered, her smile feeling more natural now that they had company.


The journey passed by amicably as the neighbours spoke with one another. Although Aada had not planned on allowing her brother to form any new alliances at the summit, there was little harm in him cementing the long standing one they had with Valen Alus. 


As they rolled into Jadon, Aada's attention was focused on the new city. The people going about the normal everyday were fascinating. The buildings that they paid no attention to were as glorious as they were alien. Arim beamed as he watched his sister turn into a wonderous child once again, much like the sister he remembered in the lessons they had once shared. Her head turned and craned, trying to commit as much of the city to her memory as possible.


The carriages came to the palace and various dignitaries rushed, preparing a suitable welcome for the young royals and the fae. Aada wrapped her cloak around her shoulders again. Noticing the absence of Khalidor's king, Aada looked to Arim, who looked just as perplexed as Aada felt by the king's absence. Valen and Zexen's faces were unreadable, although Arim had the feeling that they knew more than they were letting on.

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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As Kallias was overwhelmed with questions from his Fae look-alike, Moloch could not help but commit said Fae's words to memory. While he did not intend to wage war against the Fae, it never hurt to store away knowledge for later use, particularly as not all Fae were a hundred percent obedient to their Empress. Take Severyn's father for example... He caught Tenanye's disapproving tone when she spoke of him.

Soon enough, Arkaelus ushered them into the palace for refreshments and entertainment. Moloch was grateful that he did not take the opportunity to embarrass himself or Kallias over Kallias' now questionable origins. He was no fool. There had to have been some Fae involvement in Kallias' development in the womb if not at his very conception.

Kallias, meanwhile, was shaking his head at Severyn's questions. Still, he grinning madly.

"I'm sure the Circle of Magi would be happy to examine the two of us. You must visit Drake City."

Moloch raised an eyebrow as he took a goblet of wine from a bowing servant.

"There are mages who can be trusted," he noted. He nodded at Severyn, Tenanye, and the Blue Faery, who had arrived amidst the excitement of Kallias' and Severyn's appearances.

"The invitation is open for any Fae who comes in friendship," he stated, measuring his words carefully. The lore was vague on invitations given to Fae, but he knew that they could not lie and to accept his invitation would entail accepting his parameters. Or, so he hoped. At any rate, he would note extend an invitation to openly malevolent or suspicious Fae such as the Dark Faery of Valen Alus or his blood.

He turned to Arkaelus and raised his glass in toast. It was only right and proper to acknowledge their gracious host.

"To the Khalidor's hospitality."

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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As Zexen and Valen exited their carriage Zexen took in the scenery. The city of Jordan was very large. Zexen admired the architecture of the structures. It had been many years since he had last visited Khalidor. He always noted it as being a land of stone. Valen Alus used a far different material for most of its structures. Sandstone was commonly utilized, many brick and clay structures could be seen in Valen Alus. However Khalidor was much different, stone paved streets and even the air was cold like stone. “Perhaps I shall go on holiday here one day.” Zexen said to his father Valen.

Valen smirked and replied, “So you can spend the entirety of the Holiday getting to the bottom of Khalidor’s wine vessels? Indeed.” Valen chuckled. Zexen rolled his eyes and smiled at his father’s joke. Zexen wasn’t initially thinking about the wine but now that it was mentioned that simply sealed the deal as to him making plans.

The Royals were ushered into the palace where a lavish banquet awaited them. Valen, Zexen, and the Cinnabar Royals Arim and Aada had arrived there after those hailing from Anansai and Drake City. Upon entering the grand room, Valen stopped suddenly. He could feel powerful Miracle Based Faery Magic. This magic he had not encountered in a very long time. His eyes darted to and from scanning all present in the room and his heart felt as if and arrow had pierced it. He saw the Blue Faery for the first time in over a century. “Luin…” he whispered to himself. Valen had not counted on anyone from Anansai being present at a human Trade Summit, however there stood Empress Tenanye and Prince Severyn alongside the very person he was afraid to face, The Blue Faery.

Valen also noted the presence of Moloch the King of Drake and his younger brother. Valen remembered the anxious and desperate nobles that assassinated the Drake king’s parents. They came to Valen wanting to strike a deal for a way to kill the former King and Queen. Valen remembered conjuring a poison that was swift and merciless. Looking upon the Drake King now, Valen could see that he was strong of heart but it was not without its fair share of darkness. He wondered what his future with the Drake king would entail.

Zexen noticed his father stop cold as if he were staring at death itself. Looking on curiously, he addressed Valen. “Father, are you alright?”

Valen quickly pulled himself together and flashed a quick smile. “Yes and no. I wasn’t expecting Anansai nobles to be present here. Seeing the young Empress and Prince brings back memories.” Valen’s reply heavily omitted his biggest cause of anxiety, The Blue Faery.

Zexen was excited to see fae from Anansai. He didn’t often encounter his kind elsewhere in the world. He was already cooking up a plan to speak with every person from Anansai present to get information on his origins. Surely someone knew something, he thought. He then noticed the Blue Faery. He turned to his father as he spoke, “It is The Blue Faery. I didn’t think he’d be here.”

Valen’s eyes widened in shock at what he had just heard. “How do YOU know of him?” Valen quickly inquired. His heart was racing. It was extremely rare when he felt nervous like this.

Zexen gave an arrogant smirk. “We’ve met before.” Zexen, like a rebellious teenager, took a little pride in the fact that he got around a rule.

Valen frowned angrily. “I had expressly forbidden anyone in Valen Alus to call upon Wishing Star Faeries. When did you,“ Valen was interrupted by Zexen.

“I didn’t call upon him in our kingdom. I was in Athedale at the time we met. I broke no law.” Zexen replied smugly.

Valen discreetly grabbed Zexen’s arm and pulled him closer. “What need had you of Father Superior?” Valen’s tone was quiet and dark. He was not happy at all. However his anger would turn into concern with Zexen’s reply.

Zexen’s smug smile faded and was replaced with a melancholy stare. “I tricked him into helping do something very dark. And I regret that I did such a heart blackening thing.” Zexen lowered his eyes to the floor now feeling ashamed of his dark secret.

Valen worried about what his son had not told him. Something bad had happened that he was not aware of. However they had not the time to deal with it at the present moment. Valen placed a hand on Zexen’s shoulder reassuringly. “My son, whatever it is we will conquer it together. You needn’t worry anymore. Now let’s not be bad guests hm.” Valen wanted to make sure his son was at peace so he set aside his anxiety. Zexen felt relieved and returned to a more normal disposition for himself.

Valen and Zexen approached the Nobles of Anansai. Valen bowed to the Empress. “Greeting Empress Tenanye. It has been many years since we’ve last seen one another. I regret not being able to attend your coronation as Empress. Majesties and Luin appear to be well.” Valen tried to hold it together and keep composed in front of Blue. It wasn’t very easy.

Blue was heavily flustered to see Valen. He wanted to shed tears but he held them at bay. However he couldn’t mask the look of longing on his face. “Valen…” Blue spoke quietly as he gazed upon his former lover. “How are you?” Blue continued.

“I am very well. I’d like you all to meet my son. He informed me that you two have already met apparently.” Valen replied. He had gained his fortitude back. He knew flaunting a son in front of Blue would make him assume that Valen had fallen in love with another and produced a child.
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__Luin Elen/ Father Superior__
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When Zexen had stepped forward and Father Superior saw him he remembered him and the event in which they met. “I do indeed remember you child. I had no idea that Valen was your father.” Father superior began to recall the vent in which they met.

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It was a night bathe in blue moonlight. Much was quiet in the atmosphere of Athedale. Zexen had wandered out side into the night’s forest. Zexen was desperate for a way to get his revenge on the commander for making him end his friend’s life. However the commander was slowly dying of a poisoned wound. Zexen knew he didn’t have much time left if he was going to make the commander Suffer the same feeling of loss he had. Zexen, needed to save the commander so that he’d have more time. Zexen sought out the Blue Star and called out “Luin Elen, I call upon the Blue Faery.” Father Superior had heard the call of his name, Luin Elen. He soon appeared before Zexen. Zexen looked in amazement. “Wow you really came.” He said sounding in disbelief.

“I know when I’m needed.” Father Superior replied as he, in pixie size, flew before Zexen. “I can see child that you are not untouched by darkness. What is it that I can do for you young Fae?” Father Superior asked. It was highly unusual for a Fae to ask for a wish from faeries. He knew that Zexen was definitely a Faery but lacked the feeling of one that dwelled in Anansai.

Zexen replied, “I want to save my commander. He’s been mortally poisoned and I don’t think there is a remedy to cure him of it and to save his life. Please help me save him. He can’t be allowed to die.” Zexen was desperate. He needed to keep the commander alive so he could one day have his revenge. “He can’t die.” He pleaded again.

Blue held his wand clasped in between his clasped hands and responded in a nurturing manner. “It is the way of the world young one.”

Zexen stepped a little closer. “There must be SOMETHING you can do.” Zexen was nowhere near ready to give up. He was going to have his way one way or the other. Father Superior averted his gaze to the side and shook his head. Zexen knew that mannerism well. His father would do it when he wanted to refrain from divulging information and he couldn’t lie. “You know something don’t you? What aren’t you telling me?” Zexen pushed the matter further.

Blue was couldn’t get around granting the wish as Zexen used his full name to summon him. Father Superior let out a heavy sigh and replied. “I may be able to conjure a remedy that will save his life using magic that is forbidden to faeries in all but only the most dire of circumstances. You must promise to never tell anyone about this. No one must ever know.”

Zexen shook his head in compliance. “Yes anything!” He responded eagerly.

Father Superior continued, “To save a life that is beyond salvation is to cheat death, one of the darkest of undertakings. Alas all magic comes with a price.” Father Superior pointed his wand and a double sided candle began to hover in front of Zexen. It had white wax on one end and dark colored wax on the other. Zexen grabbed it and began examining it. “This candle will allow you to trade the life of one for another. You must hold the candle over the heart of the one you wish to sacrifice and whisper their name. Once the candle is lit that person’s life will be traded for the person you wish to save.”

Zexen replied, “Wait I have to choose who dies? What if I can’t do it?”

Father Superior looked Zexen in the eyes. “Then the commander will die. However death is a part of the natural order of things. You shouldn’t interfere. You will darken your heart if you do this. I beg you not to use the candle.”

Zexen had an idea. This would essentially solve his problem. The sacrifice would be someone important to the commander, his son. Zexen held the candle close to him. “I can do this and I will do this. Thank you for your help. I must go, I have a sacrifice to make.” Zexen said, he then ran off with the candle leaving Father Superior with a heavy feeling of regret.

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The setting changes from the-new-world to The Republic of Khalidor

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Skandar, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Kiran, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Dorian Ursuul Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen Character Portrait: Akhil, Prince of Ashkara

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Arkaelus drank with the rest on Moloch's toast. The food had been brought out. Large servings of meats, potato, and wine were brought out to enjoy. He looked around at his guests. He was surprised by the turnout since many nations didn't take Khalidor seriously as it was not yet a military power. He was particularly interested in the fae of Anansai, even more so with his neighbor, Valen. His son looked strong, just as rumored. A strong, fit warrior. His cousin, Dorian, enjoyed meeting new challenges in his sparring matches.

"Zexen..." Arkaelus began, as the prince was closer to his chair. "I've heard that you're quite the warrior and I was wondering if you would hear out a request? My cousin Dorian is always looking for a good sparring partner and I think you would be just right. I don't believe you've met him, but he'll be here later. Anyway I'm sure that both of you could learn some new techniques from one another, after all it would be the best of Khalidor and the best of Valen Alus." Arkaelus did hope that Zexen would except. Sparring was one of the few things that Arkaelus knew Dorian could still do that truly made him happy, even if for a short while.

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Dorian ordered his officers to search the city for the young prince. "If even a single hair on the princes head is harmed, decimation will be your last concern!" He shouted to the soldiers who then quickly hurried off to find the boy. "We'll find your brother soon." He said to the other princes. "I'm sure he'll be fine, hopefully he won't be part of the collateral."

After about ten minutes an officer came to him with the with news of the search. One soldier had found a tan boy. He also reported that they had found the merchant who caused the revolt, pointing to the prisoner near some of the soldiers. Dorian recognized that man. To his surprise it was one of senator Grido's men. "Bring the boy here." He told the officer in a grim voice. Then quietly added "Bring a cannonball and chain." So powerful rogue senator was conspiring against the republic. His day just kept getting worse by the moment.

The setting changes from the-republic-of-khalidor to The New World

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Dorian Ursuul Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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__Zexen Tiberius__Elen__

__Valen Mori Elen__


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Zexen was in awe of the Empress of Anansai. She was very beautiful and graceful. A funny little smile crept across his face as she nodded to him. He could see that there must have been some form of dynamics between her and his father. It was becoming really apparent that Valen had not left Anansai of his own accord. However what exactly happened to spark his departure and migration to present day Valen Alus?

Zexen thought back to the moment Valen and Father Superior greeted one another. He noted the odd exchange between the two. Zexen was beginning to see that the two had some form of complicated history. He knew that Father Superior seemed to make his father nervous seeing that Valen was aggressively against the summoning of wishing star faeries. But the real question was why. Zexen’s eyes toggled back and forth between the two and he noted, that they acted like separated ex-lovers. Zexen’s eyes narrowed. He tapped his father on the arm lightly, “Father a word.”

“Yes.” Valen replied as he was beginning to sit down.

Zexen took his seat next to his father, and made sure that Father Superior would sit on the other side of him. “What’s the nature of your relation to Father Superior?” He asked quietly.

Valen rolled his eyes slightly, his attempt at belittling the inquiry. “Long and extremely complicated.”

Zexen smirked, “I figured that would be your answer. Very well, I just wanted to get hear your response to the question before I asked him.” Zexen immediately looked over toward Blue, who was getting settled in his seat. Just before Zexen could ask a question he saw a beautiful young fae woman enter the room. She caught the full attention of Empress Tenanye who immediately stood to her feet. Zexen felt that the Empress, in that moment, resembled his father when he was impatiently awaiting Zexen’s return from an excursion. The young man snickered a little looking at the event.

Tenanye rose then. "My Lord, Arkalus, In honor of our first venture out unto your world, and you, so graciously hosting us, We, The Fae of Anansai, have brought you the gift of our song." She announced, " With your blessing, once the other Lords and Ladies arrive, My sister, The Princess and the Finest Singer in Anansai, shall sing and dance it for you." She said and Xiao Jingshen, the young fae woman, shot to her feet. "My sister is much too kind, I shall do my best." She said, bowed and sat down again.

Zexen was much interested in seeing the young sister of the empress sing and dance. He wondered if the dances of Anansai were anything like the dances of Valen Alus. Moloch proposed a toast and everyone drank to it. Zexen couldn’t help but notice an exceptionally pleased look fall upon Valen’s face. He knew his father was interested in consulting for the Drake king. Zexen looked Moloch up and down in assessment. He had heard a lot about that man but had never before seen him in person. Zexen could tell that Moloch earned every bit of respect he commanded. The revelation only made Zexen begin to feel a bit in over his head.

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Father Superior leaned a little closer toward Zexen. He spoke quietly, “With you always is a king’s heart. Never lose faith in that strength dear. It’ll carry you through the darkest of moments.”

Zexen felt like he saw a light at the end of a dark tunnel. He looked over to Blue and smiled. “Thank you Father Superior. I needed to hear that.” Zexen took a moment and then spoke again, “I also wanted to apologize to you for what I asked you to do before. You were right it was a heart darkening deed I set out upon and I regret having done what I did.” Zexen took a big drink from his glass.

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“Worry not, you may have lost your way for a moment but you are back on the right path. No one is immune to darkness. I myself broke a rule doing what I did that day. You reminded me of a time when I could have held on to someone dear to me by breaking a rule and fighting for them. Instead I gave up on them, something I regret doing.” Blue responded with a melancholy expression. Valen overheard the conversation and upon hearing Blue’s words he quietly closed his eyes to take it all in. Trying to keep up the appearance that he wasn’t listening he turned to look about the room.

Zexen replied, “I’m sure you did the right thing back then. You’re not head of the Nuns and Monks of Anansai for nothing.” Zexen said with a chuckle. The wishing star faeries were known to be something akin to monks and nuns in the Anansai realm.

“Well dear that is what I tell myself.” Blue responded with a light smile.

Valen took a moment to approach Moloch. “Moloch Markus, King of the magnificent Drake City. May I express my sincere desire to one day serve as a consultant to your cause whatever it may be. The magic of Valen Alus may be of service to you. You remind me of your parents, strong of both heart and will. I owe a debt to them, I would like to repay that debt by assisting you. If you decide on it, let me know.” Valen soon returned to his table.

"Zexen..." Arkaelus began, as the prince was closer to his chair. Zexen was a bit surprised to be called. He turned to address the voice and it was of the King of Khalidor himself Arkaelus. He looked far more mature and had much more presence since he last saw him years ago.

Zexen responded somewhat shyly, “Yes your majesty.” Zexen knew he wasn’t technically royalty like many of the others being kings, empresses and the like. His father simply claimed to be the Lord of his nation and Zexen was a young lord, a noble in their kingdom. Zexen tried to make sure he addressed people properly and in a way befitting his status.

The Khalidor King continued, "I've heard that you're quite the warrior and I was wondering if you would hear out a request? My cousin Dorian is always looking for a good sparring partner and I think you would be just right. I don't believe you've met him, but he'll be here later. Anyway I'm sure that both of you could learn some new techniques from one another, after all it would be the best of Khalidor and the best of Valen Alus."

Zexen felt flattered to be called the best warrior in his country especially from a foreigner. It was true that he rarely lost a match with some of the best warriors in Valen Alus. He was excellently trained by Peregrine Le Buque. Zexen was unaware that he had a reputation of combat prowess abroad. He hoped that he wasn’t blushing. “I am most honored by your request your majesty. I accept. I can only hope that I am a challenge for Sir Dorian. I look forward to meeting him. I also wanted to express how much I admire the architecture here in your kingdom. It is very regal. I would like to visit here on holiday sometime soon.” Zexen took another drink from his cup.

Valen was most proud of his son. He gave a glance toward Father Superior who quietly watched Zexen with a smile. Valen couldn’t help but wonder how much, if anything, did Father Superior actually know about Zexen. Given Blue’s rule as the Superior sage of wishing star faeries he had a connection to a higher powered entity in Anansai that gave him insight on certain things that others didn’t have. However Valen seemed sure that Father Superior had no knowledge of the truth behind his secret.

Valen took this moment to present his gift to Arkaelus. “King Arkaelus, Zexen and I would like to present you with a gift for your invitation to this summit, and for being a kind host to us.” Valen then presented the ring. “This, my lord, is a magic ring most rare. It is called Binding Agreement. When wearing this ring any deals you make become binding when you and the other party shake hands. The party who breaks their end of the bargain with suffer an unfortunate happening as punishment. May your future deals be honest and true.” Valen handed the ring box over to Valen with a relaxed smile.

Father Superior cringed a little, “I see some things seldom change with time.” He said quietly as he folded his arms. He decided that he no longer wished to watch Valen back in his old habit of dangling darkness in front of mortals. He stepped over to the royals of Cinnabar. He bowed, “Greeting your majesties. I’m Father Superior of the wishing star faeries of Anansai. I wanted to express to you that your people are quite the dreamers. The wishes that come from the citizens of Cinnabar are so full of hope and pure intention. That is a sign of a gentle leader. I felt that was something you should know, to cherish and to nurture within your kingdom.”

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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Arim looked around the room. Nearly every major power was represented. He felt a gnawing in his gut. Aada's hand rested on his arm, "Relax brother," she said quietly, "everything will work out as it will. There is no need to be anxious."

Despite himself, Arim chuckled, "You were always better suited to the court Aada," he took a moment to look at Aada. She was wearing a dress he hadn't seen before. It was red for the most part, although the skirt seemed to shift in colour as Aada moved, panels of material flickered like a..."A flame?"

Aada looked down at her dress, "That was why I chose this particular material. Fire is my strongest suit of magic after all."

"Oh, really? I would never have guessed that," Arim said, remembering all too often the times he had walked in on Aada manipulating the fires in the hearth. Once, when they were children, he had seen her coax a dying ember into a roaring fire. Fire had never been his strong suit. The air was where his strengths lay when it came to magic.

"Yes, it came as quite the surprise to everyone," Aada lowered her voice as the Fae girl began her performance, "Mother most of all."

"It's beautiful, Aada."

Aada smiled at her brother's unexpected compliment. She murmured a quiet thanks, before returning her attention to Empress Tenanye's sister. Arim watched, too, as the girl moved with a grace beyond any mortal man or woman. As her performance came to a close, the Funar siblings politely clapped. Aada leaned over to Arim, "The man Valen is speaking with is King Arkaleus, our host."

"I know who he is," Arim answered, trying, and failing, to keep the tension from his voice.

Aada looked up at her brother. "Of course." Aada saw Valen present something to Arkaleus, but from this distance, she couldn't hear what was being said. They would have to be careful, as much as Cinnabar and Valen Alus were allies, Fae magic had a habit of biting people when they least expected it. Aada forced her features into a more neutral expression when she saw one of Empress Tenanye's party heading towards them.

“Greeting your majesties. I’m Father Superior of the wishing star faeries of Anansai. I wanted to express to you that your people are quite the dreamers. The wishes that come from the citizens of Cinnabar are so full of hope and pure intention. That is a sign of a gentle leader. I felt that was something you should know, to cherish and to nurture within your kingdom.”

Depends on who you believe the leader to be, Aada thought, silently willing her brother to say something. He was, technically speaking, the leader of Cinnabar. Their just and noble King Arim.

"Thank you for your kind words, Father. I hope that my people are content, it's all a King can truly wish for. An angry populace makes for uncertain times, something we could all do without." Arim answered, surprising Aada with how smoothly he spoke. He had made it through an entire exchange without making himself look like an idiot. Perhaps this was a sign that he was finally learning.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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Moloch was surprised to find that he felt a certain amount of sadness as he saw the brief look of distrust on Empress Tenanye's before she returned his toast and offered a gift of song and dance to their host. He did not feel any malice towards the Fae. He simply couldn't afford to leave himself or his people vulnerable. Still, wariness on the part of one's peers was good, Moloch reminded himself. It meant that there was respect there and with respect came fear, unfortunately, but fear was necessary. If that lunatic in Valyria did not fear Moloch, then his people would be in danger.

As they moved to leave, Kallias opened his mouth to say something to his new Fae twin, but words failed him, particularly as the singing and dancing began. He felt something grab hold of his heart as his mind turned to memories of simpler times. A gentle laugh, a strong grip on his shoulder, the gentle teasing of a voice before it lost its innocence and laughter... He felt a single tear run down his cheek, but he did not move to wipe it away. He looked upon the Fae with a new appreciation. Even his brother looked impressed, though he still maintained a regal expression, never forgetting that he was a king. Again, Kallias felt something clench his heart, but there was no pleasure in it this time. Could Moloch ever really let down his guard.

The sound of clapping interrupted his thoughts.

"Remarkable, simply remarkable. The Fae are, as always, beyond this world," Cyrus mused, clapping his old hands together. Kallias looked at his old tutor in surprise.

"Have you encountered them before?"

"Oh, a few times. Each was more magical than the others," Cyrus stated with a small smile. Kallias opened his mouth to say that that didn't make any sense whatsoever, but the old man waved him away.

"Later, my prince, later..."

Kallias nodded, but was surprised to find that a man had approached his brother without him noticing. He shivered. Kallias wasn't sure he liked the man.

“Moloch Markus, King of the magnificent Drake City. May I express my sincere desire to one day serve as a consultant to your cause whatever it may be. The magic of Valen Alus may be of service to you. You remind me of your parents, strong of both heart and will. I owe a debt to them, I would like to repay that debt by assisting you. If you decide on it, let me know.”

Moloch looked thoughtful and very suspicious, but Kallias knew that he would speak to him later. It wasn't like him to pass over a new ally without a thought. Cyrus had frowned. That magi obviously did not think much of the man.

"Come, now, my king. This isn't the time to ask the Darkness what favors it might grant you," the old magi half-teased, half-warned, "Instead, take a look towards the Light. That must be the Princess Aada of Cinnabar. She has created quite a stir, even among the Circle of Magi."

Reluctantly, Moloch felt his gaze shift from the Dark Faery and over on to the Royalty of Cinnabar. His gaze fell upon the princess, as Cyrus had intended. She was quite beautiful, he noted, and he dress was designed to accentuate the beauty, giving her the appearance of a flame. He felt himself raise an eyebrow during the course of her and her brother's conversation with Father Superior. Her expression matched her appearance if only a for a moment. It was like a fire trying to break free from its confines and one need only look to her side to find what those confines might be. He found it intriguing.

"Kallias, you seem subdued. Go, enjoy the celebration..."

"But, oh, yes, of course, brother," Kallias murmured, attempting to reach the Fae. He wanted to see if Severyn enjoyed the same type of wine he did anyway.

Cyrus smiled mischievously and Moloch gave his old tutor a look. Nonetheless, they both rose to meet the Royals of Cinnabar. The magi chuckled.

"Believe me, you do not want to face an angry mob, Your Grace. One can be more dangerous than a hundred knights. May I present King Moloch Markus of Drake."

"It is a pleasure," Moloch greeted, his eyes still favoring Princess Aada, though he took a moment to take the measure of King Arim. He looked the part of the king, but was he really one in spirit as well as fact? He bowed his head respectfully.

"Your fire is most delightful," he told the princess, "Though, I confess, I know little of Cinnabar."

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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Nemu approached the gates of the castle in which the trade summit was taking place, her duel pairs of bodyguards in their dark cowls obscuring her and guarding her from prying eyes. The guards who stood at attention to their approach eyed them suspiciously, clearly unwilling to allow the darkly clad strangers entrance to a summit of royals.
"Beat it you lot, only royalty and their representatives are permitted access to the summit, take yourselves elsewhere." Their leader said, a burly man in a slightly more ostentatious version of the guards apparel.
"I am here representing my master." Nemu said, coming to a stop before the growing crowd of guards, her four mammoth attendants dwarfing even the largest of the cities watchmen.
"Oh yeah, and who would that be darling, your pimp?" One of them said, eliciting a scattered mutter of laughter amongst the group.
Nemu waited for the noise to die down before answering, her voice toneless, "I serve my master, Tsarvin Sphex, lord of the Wyrmspire and Master of the Wastes."
There was a collective paling of faces and mutters of disbelief, the name was a byword for terror and agony, her masters unnaturally long life allowing plenty of time for the cultivation of rumour, of myth, of nightmares.
"I am to believe the summit is open to all rulers? My Master is indisposed, and has sent me in his stead. I assume there is no problem with this?" Nemu said, oblivious to the effect she was having.
"How Do I know you're telling the truth?" The guardsman said, rattled but not shaken from his duty.
Nemu reached up and removed her cowl, causing a collected gasp of horror and a few gags of lost stomachs. Beneath her cowl, her face was its usual appearance, but above that, six, four inch long glass capsules stood in duel lines down her shaven skull. Each one was two inches in diameter, and contained a virulent green fluid with swirls of red blood, but it was what floated within each capsule that horrified the guards. Inside each glass container, floating in the green fluid, was a chunk of brain matter, connected up to various tubes and sinewy strands of organic matter that lead down into her skull. The horrific pieces of neuro-synaptic tissue twitching occasionally. A last minute addition to her body from Sphex, he had deemed that when working on her own, She would require the extra grey matter to assist in understanding and adapting to changing intellectual discussion.
He would remove it once she returned. The heightened mental capacity was not something she needed on a permanent bases.
"I trust this will suffice as proof of whom I serve?" Nemu said, her head cocking to the side.
"Ye-... uh, Yes, Yes, please, enter, the rest of the delegations have almost all arrived."
Nemu replaced her cowl, much to the thanks of the green city guard, "Thank you." Without another word she strode past the guards and into the castle, her accelerated brain capacity whirring as she took in the unnatural stimuli from her secondary brain segments, processing feelings and emotions she had not encountered in an age. She did not like it. She wished for the simplicity of her purpose, when there was only the master, only he that mattered. It was alright, he would relieve her of them once her task was complete. Maybe he would even reward her.
Against all of psycho-conditioning she had been subjected too, the influence of her secondary brains influenced her muscular movements.
She smiled.
Her movements were unimpeded as she and her cohort moved towards the hall where a mortified servant had told her the royal dignitaries were meeting, only being stopped in a chamber before the hall, where a number of palace guards tentatively stopped her. Once her own guards were given the order to remain outside, and she had been checked for any OBVIOUS signs of armament, she was permitted to enter.
The doors swung open and she was led in by man in fine robes who announced her arrival, as no doubt he had done all the dignitaries before him, "The uhh... The Lady Nemu, representing the interests of her master... Tsarvin Sphex..." He finished with a half terrified, half disgusted look upon his face. Sphex was a creature of nightmares, a monster children were warned of, some did not believe he even existed.
"Greetings, my lords and ladies," Nemu said, stepping forward with short, jerky steps, her elbows bent and hands clasped before her, stiff and artificial, "I am here so I may convey the will of my master." She bent and gave a jerky, stiff curtsey, which inadvertently pulled back her hood to reveal the grisly augmentation along her scalp, "It is a honour."

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Tszarvin Sphex Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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"Thank you for your kind words, Father. I hope that my people are content, it's all a King can truly wish for. An angry populace makes for uncertain times, something we could all do without." Arim responded as he and Aada spoke with Father Superior. Blue had high hopes for the Kingdom of Cinnabar.

Father Superior turned to acknowledge the King of Drake as he and the older magi approached. “May I present King Moloch Markus of Drake." Cyrus introduced Moloch. Father Superior looked upon the magi curiously. They had met once before a very long time ago. Neither party seemed to let on that they’d ever encountered one another before.

"It is a pleasure," Moloch greeted, his eyes seemingly favoring Princess Aada, though he took a moment to take the measure of King Arim. He bowed his head respectfully.

Blue bowed to the Drake King respectfully, “Your Majesty, it is an honor.” he said to Moloch. Blue could tell that the king of Drake City was taken by the Cinnabar Princess. He smiled kindly. “If you’ll excuse me please.” he said politely as he shifted to his pixie size in a blue flash. He bowed once more as he hovered in the air and then flew towards Zexen, Tenanye, Xiao, Valen and Arkaelus. Blue felt he had been human size long enough and wanted to return to what was more comfortable.

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Soon the door to the grand room opened up and another guest was about to be introduced. Father Superior could immediately feel a rush of darkness flood into the room. It was as if this cloaked person carried the energy of hell itself on their presence. He hadn’t felt this sort of dark energy in quite a long time, not since the before the Wastes were closed off to the rest of the world.

Zexen looked over toward the floating Blue Faery that hovered about shoulder height and asked, “Father Superior what’s wrong?”

Father Superior kept his eyes fixed on the figure and its entourage as he replied to Zexen. He materialized his wand into his hand and readied himself for the worst. “Dear child something VERY dark has come into our presence, hailing from a land long since closed off to the world.”

The Khalidoran man dressed in fine robes nervously announced the cloaked guest. "The uhh... The Lady Nemu, representing the interests of her master... Tsarvin Sphex..." He finished with a half terrified, half disgusted look upon his face.

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Valen’s face couldn’t avoid displaying the shock he felt in the pit of his stomach upon hearing the name Tsarvin Sphex. That was an entity that freaked even him out. The presence of a representative of Sphex meant that the Wastes were no longer in an isolated state. The world would once again see a new form of horror that it had long since almost forgotten. Valen hoped that the invitation sent to Tsarvin Sphex was in error. However at this point it mattered very little.

Zexen looked on curiously. “Isn’t Tsarvin Sphex some scary story adults tell children about to keep them from getting out of bed in the middle of the night and go wondering around? But that’s just a scary fable.” He said to blue.

Father Superior replied quickly with an unusual hit of nervousness in his voice. “Oh… dear you don’t know what you’re saying. Tsarvin Sphex is a scary reality that I had hoped the world had seen the last of. Unfortunately I was wrong.”

Zexen seemed a bit more concerned than he was previously. Realizing that the beautiful and talented Fae Xiao was still relatively close to this feared entity he grew protectively concerned. Zexen took a few steps forward in an effort to reach Xiao. He felt compelled to safeguard the young woman. After the cloaked figure made a few obscure movements toward Xiao she stopped and spoke.

"Greetings, my lords and ladies," said the lady presented as Nemu. "I am here so I may convey the will of my master." Nemu bent, pulling back the hood she wore revealing a horrible disfigurement. "It is a honour." She said.

Xiao Jingshen gasped. “By the Mother!” She rushed to her sister’s side, clinging to her while Tenanye held her tight, shushing her softly. Her sister looked to their host then at the girl. Xiao Jingshen hid her face for her fear. Zexen was relieved that Xiao got away from Nemu. However he honestly felt sick looking at the disgusting state of Nemu’s body. He tried to be tough and keep eyes on the tortured physical form that was Nemu but he could no longer manage it and averted his gaze.

“Greetings, Lady Nemu,” Tenanye said, “You say, your master sent you? Tsarvin...? Who is that?” She asked, her tone even, and unwavering.

Blue realized that the young Empress of Anansai had never before encountered the likes of Tsarvin Sphex. Blue remembered a time when the warring was strong in the Wastes and cries and prayers went up into the skies for days. The torment the souls there endured was immeasurable. The darkness enveloping those lands repelled any chance of the faeries to help. That realm was beyond salvation.

Valen stepped beside his son and the hovering pixie sized Father Superior and added on to Empress Tenanye’s inquiry. “And what intentions does your master wish for you to convey? What possibly would a representative of the Wastes desire to give and gain from a trade summit?”

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Tszarvin Sphex Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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"My Master is the Alchemancer, Tsarvin Sphex," Nemu said in response to the two faeries questions, "Due to historical embargoes on my Masters realm, we have shrunk from the eye of the other nations, but we are still very much... alive." Nemu strode towards the gathered nobles who stood in attendance, particuarly the small group of various Faeries, who fascinated her greatly. Sphex had procured few Fae specimens in her time, and each time coveted them as a rare resource, as were their magical items.
"My Masters reasons for sending myself to represent him, are the same as yours. We seek trade. As you may know, Father Superior, the land that my Master controls is of little agricultural worth, and as a result of this and said... embargoes, we have had to adapt to survive. But Merely surviving is something We would wish to move on from. Despite the Wastes lack of useable lands, there is much we have to trade." She looked around at the arrayed nobles, eyeing each carefully, "Assuming you are not as squeamish as your vassal, Queen Tenanye."
Her scan of the nobles complete, her gaze jerked back to the Fae, her mouth forming a mechanical approximation of a smile, "But such discussions should be held for the summit."

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Tszarvin Sphex Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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"My Master is the Alchemancer, Tsarvin Sphex," The creature spoke causing Xiao Jingshen to whimper. Tenanye hushed her softy "Due to historical embargoes on my Masters realm, we have shrunk from the eye of the other nations, but we are still very much... alive." she said approaching Tenanye and Blue, who floated nearby.
"My Masters reasons for sending myself to represent him, are the same as yours. We seek trade. As you may know, Father Superior, the land that my Master controls is of little agricultural worth, and as a result of this and said... embargoes, we have had to adapt to survive. But Merely surviving is something We would wish to move on from. Despite the Wastes lack of useable lands, there is much we have to trade." She said and Tenanye narrowed her eyes. There was something omnious about this creature, twisted and broken. "Assuming you are not as squeamish as your vassal, Queen Tenanye."
"Hardly." Was Tenanye's response.
"But such discussions should be held for the summit."

Xiao Jingshen rose up some, nearing Tenanye's ear. "She scares me, Meimei." She whispered, and Tenanye, never taking her cold eyes from Nemu.

"Be at peace, Little Sparrow, We are spiders." She told her. Her House saying, hoping to instill some family pride and strength to the girl. Severyn, seated beside Tenanye, eyed the creature as well. "Did your master, make you this way, Lady Nemu?" He asked, calmly but Tenanye could see the tension in his body. "Did you choose this?"

Severyn was always quick, and sometimes his intuition was frighteningly accurate. She didn't know how he came to this conclusion, perhaps the term "Master" but it was clear that Severyn was under the impression that this "Lady" was in fact, a slave of some fashion.

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Tszarvin Sphex Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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There was not much that surprised Moloch, but the appearance of this "Lady" from the Wastes threw him off balance. Even not taking her appearance in account, he felt something sinister in her very essence. Moloch resisted the urge to shiver. He was no true magi, but the dragonblood in his veins made him sensitive to certain things.

If Moloch was uncomfortable, Cyrus was furious. Moloch could see the old man practically shaking, his usual amused expression wiped away, replaced with a grim frown and eyes as hard as daggers made of dragonbone. Cyrus stood up to reach his full height and recited bitterly,

"Oh Avalon, Avalon! Land of lush meadows and crystal streams.
Who among the living remembers your bountiful yields,
The creatures in your heart,
Or the people you took to your bosom?
Oh, Avalon, Avalon!
If I cease to sing of your memory,
Let my right hand no longer remember its strength,
Or my mind heart, mine own children!"


The old man sighed and looked upon the woman with some pity. Yet his tone broke no argument as he spoke once again.

"What can your Master offer but blasphemy, distortion, and destruction?"

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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"Believe me, you do not want to face an angry mob, Your Grace. One can be more dangerous than a hundred knights. May I present King Moloch Markus of Drake."

Arim turned his attention away from the Father Superior to the two men who had now joined them. One was an older man who carried the wisdom of his years about him, the other a much younger looking man, no doubt King Moloch. He felt Aada's hand tighten on his arm. The change was slight but noticeable enough. Don't mess up, it said, for the umpteenth time on their journey. Creator help her children with all her fretting. Aada's hand left his arm as she dipped in a curtsy. Arim inclined his head.

"It is a pleasure," Moloch greeted them.

"An honour, Your Majesty," he said as Moloch's eyes flickered over him and onto Aada.

"Your fire is most delightful," he said to Aada, "Though, I confess, I know little of Cinnabar."

Arim looked between his sister and Moloch. Surely she wouldn't...

Aada took a moment to look at Moloch. It was rare that someone paid attention to her when her brother was also in the room. Well, they certainly looked, but they saw an instrument, a means to end of getting into Arim's good books, or getting a woman in their bed. She was rarely their sole intention. And here was Moloch, King of a great nation, ignoring her brother and looking to her instead. She wasn't about to spurn him, no matter what her brother might think of the men at this place.

"Then I apparently have you at a disadvantage Your Majesty. Drake is a land that has held much of my curiosity since I was a child. The Circle of Magi particularly, though what we hear of The Circle in Cinnabar is little more than whispers."

Apparently she would, Arim thought. What happened to worrying about the men? Or was this different because Moloch was 'handsome'? It couldn't have been the power he wielded, Aada was a Crown Princess, she was yet to be seduced by power. Aada's intentions might have been innocent, but Arim was certain that Moloch's were not so innocent.

The doors swung open and a woman was lead in. "The uhh... The Lady Nemu, representing the interests of her master... Tsarvin Sphex..."

"Greetings, my lords and ladies," the woman, Lady Nemu, said, in a voice that sounded near unnatural. Combined with her jerking movements, there was something truly unsettling about the woman. "I am here so I may convey the will of my master." Nemu curtsied, or at least tried to, the motion pulling her hood from her head, revealing a grizzly addition to her scalp. "It is a honour."

Aada watched Nemu. There was something about the woman, a perverse darkness that Aada didn't trust. Apparently, neither did anyone else in the room. The Fae seemed the most unsettled. She reached for her brother's hand, the way she had done when they were children. Before her fingers could brush against Arim's hand, Aada dropped her hand away. He had been little use to her then, she doubted he'd be much better now.

Empress Tenanye was the first to speak to their new arrival. “Greetings, Lady Nemu,” Tenanye said, “You say, your master sent you? Tsarvin...? Who is that?”

“And what intentions does your master wish for you to convey? What possibly would a representative of the Wastes desire to give and gain from a trade summit?” Valen added.

Aada had heard stories of the Wastes. Dark, horrifying tales that 'young ladies shouldn't hear'. But that was all she dismissed them as. Mere fairy tales meant to scare children into being good and fanciful tales to pass among friends. It had never occurred to her that there might be some truth to those stories. Looking at Lady Nemu, evidently there was something deeply wrong happening there. She felt Arim's hand on her shoulder, pulling her back as he stepped forward to shield her. A stupid thing to do, since she was the stronger mage, but she wasn't about to start arguing about it now. A single look at his face told her that he could feel it too. Even though his magic was weaker than Aada's, he could feel the darkness that moved within her. And it scared him. Aada had seen Arim be many things; elated, shamed, desperate, content, grief-stricken; but never afraid, not like this. And that worried her more than anything.

"My Master is the Alchemancer, Tsarvin Sphex," Nemu said in response to the Faes' questions, "Due to historical embargoes on my Masters realm, we have shrunk from the eye of the other nations, but we are still very much... alive." Nemu began to move around the room. Arim forced himself to look back at her when she passed them. The closer she got to them, the more he could feel the wrongness of what she was, of what had created her. Aada felt nauseous from the sensation. As she moved, she kept going back to the Fae. Apparently, they were her main concern. "My Masters reasons for sending myself to represent him, are the same as yours. We seek trade. As you may know, Father Superior, the land that my Master controls is of little agricultural worth, and as a result of this and said... embargoes, we have had to adapt to survive. But Merely surviving is something We would wish to move on from. Despite the Wastes lack of usable lands, there is much we have to trade." Nemu looked around the room, slowly taking in each of them. That was probably more unsettling than anything she had done thus far. Again, she looked back to the Fae. "Assuming you are not as squeamish as your vassal, Queen Tenanye." Nemu's scan of the room complete, her head jerked back to the Fae, her mouth forming a gross approximation of a smile,"But such discussions should be held for the summit."

A man with Tenanye continued questioning Lady Nemu. Aada turned to Arim, "Do you feel it, Arim?" she whispered.

He nodded. "Are you alright?"

"It's manageable."

"If you need to go-"

"I will let you know, Arim. I am not a delicate flower."

"Its master can offer us nothing." Arkaelus's voice rose across the room. "Sphex makes only weapons of war, tools of destruction for those desperate enough to use them. Begone monster and return to that wretch of man you serve!" Arim looked back to Nemu, seeing what the woman would do.

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Skandar, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Kiran, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen Character Portrait: Akhil, Prince of Ashkara

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"Its master can offer us nothing." Arkaelus's voice rose across the room. "Sphex makes only weapons of war, tools of destruction for those desperate enough to use them. Begone monster and return to that wretch of man you serve!"
Nemu cocked her head at King Arkaelus, the man who had summoned them all there that day, her look inquisitive.
"My lord Arkaelus, it is true that my master is skilled in the creation of the tools of war, but they are far from his only skills. My master through the ages has discovered poultices and potions, elixirs and tonics that can heal the body, strengthen the mind and enhance the senses. War is not my masters goal, Lord Arkaelus, only enlightenment."
Nemu turned back to Tenanye and her entourage, and responded to the males question, his name not present in her memories, "In answer to your question, Faeling, my will is my masters will, what he desires, I desire. I serve him willingly, and my body his his to fashion."
She turned back to Arkaelus, whom still had is arms raised, ready to call down his guards should they be needed, "My lord, would you turn away those who come with the offer or peaceful trade, because of child-hood stories of monsters and demons?"
She turned and walked towards the door slowly, deliberately mocking the ensemble of lords and ladies, "Such actions are belittling of a king."

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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"Its master can offer us nothing." Arkaelus's voice rose across the room. "Sphex makes only weapons of war, tools of destruction for those desperate enough to use them. Begone monster and return to that wretch of man you serve!" Arkaelus snapped.
Nemu seemed uninterested in this but still moved to the door.
"In answer to your question, Faeling, my will is my masters will, what he desires, I desire. I serve him willingly, and my body his his to fashion." The poor creature said and Severyn frowned, casting a gaze back at Tenanye. "His to fashion...?" He said and Tenanye only shook her head. "Leave it, we can not help the slave who loves her chains." She said as she watched Nemu speak to Arkaelus. "My lord, would you turn away those who come with the offer or peaceful trade, because of child-hood stories of monsters and demons?" She said. "Such actions are belittling of a king."
Tenanye stood then, Xiao Jingshen clinging to Severyn now as Tenanye rounded the table.
"If that were true, Nemu...." She said, allowing her irises to disperse within her eyes, like an drop of ink on parchment. She wouldn't show the fullness of her true form, but close enough. "We Fae would not be here. We are the creatures of childhood nightmare and dreams...we too come in peace, however." Tenanye said, her fingers elongating, the tips turning black and shining at the nails, that dripping with acidic poison. "We do not mock those we come to make peace with...." She said, her voice an eerie calm, like the static before a storm. "You should know this, if you intended any progress with your masters so called peaceful trade." She said, then shrugged,. "But you are only a slave, how could you know anything beyond what he tells you?" She said and with that she slide back on her Fae Glamour. She tossed her hand and took a seat. "All the same, I believe you were asked to leave."

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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__Zexen Tiberius__Elen__

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__Valen Mori Elen__
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"Its master can offer us nothing." Arkaelus's voice rose across the room. "Sphex makes only weapons of war, tools of destruction for those desperate enough to use them. Begone monster and return to that wretch of man you serve!" Arkaelus snapped. His guards rush forward and pointed rifles at Nemu ready to fire upon Arkaelus’ command.
Nemu seemed uninterested in this but still moved to the door.

"In answer to your question, Faeling, my will is my masters will, what he desires, I desire. I serve him willingly, and my body his his to fashion." The poor creature said and Severyn frowned, casting a gaze back at Tenanye. "His to fashion...?" He said and Tenanye only shook her head. "Leave it, we can not help the slave who loves her chains." Tenanye said as she watched Nemu speak to Arkaelus. "My lord, would you turn away those who come with the offer or peaceful trade, because of child-hood stories of monsters and demons?" Nemu said. "Such actions are belittling of a king."
Tenanye stood then, Xiao Jingshen clinging to Severyn now as Tenanye rounded the table.


"If that were true, Nemu...." Tenanye said, allowing her irises to disperse within her eyes, like an drop of ink on parchment. She wouldn't show the fullness of her true form, but close enough. "We Fae would not be here. We are the creatures of childhood nightmare and dreams...we too come in peace, however." Tenanye said, her fingers elongating, the tips turning black and shining at the nails, that dripping with acidic poison. "We do not mock those we come to make peace with...." She said, her voice an eerie calm, like the static before a storm. "You should know this, if you intended any progress with your masters so called peaceful trade." She said, then shrugged,. "But you are only a slave, how could you know anything beyond what he tells you?" She said and with that she slide back on her Fae Glamour. She tossed her hand and took a seat. "All the same, I believe you were asked to leave."

Father Superior, Zexen and Valen watched the happening. Father Superior was surprised to see the empress resort to showing a portion of her true form however she was proving an important point. Zexen was beginning to feel a little bad. He knew that Nemu was not being given a fair chance. He wasn’t fond of her demeanor nor her appearance, nor tales of her malicious master but that didn’t mean she should be turned away unfairly. One of the guards, nervous and frightened by the happenings, accidentally pulled the trigger of his rifle causing the other riflemen to fire their rounds. Zexen yelled “STOP!!!” aloud.

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Father Superior quickly flew forward and pointed his blue wand at the bullets and a blue aura surrounded them. The bullets halted in the air and soon fell to the ground. He turned to look towards the riflemen with a heavy exhale. He held no faith in anything or anyone from the Wastes yet he knew right was right and that Nemu deserved to be treated fairly. Zexen was right.

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Zexen stepped forward as he said, “This is not the way.” Valen looked upon his son at a loss for words. The pixie sized Father Superior hovered not too far from the rifle bullets that lay upon the floor. Zexen walked towards Nemu and as he reach her he kneeled down before her. ”I believe that you have been mistreated. Even if no one else agrees to listen to your master’s propositions, I, as a representative of Valen Alus, will agree to hear you out. You have my word, although I cannot promise that we will reach an agreement.” He then turned to look upon the faces of all other rulers present after standing. ”I urge you all to follow suite. Although I am but a lowly ambassador and not a ruler, I beseech you to be fair to all present here. For is it not the general premise of our gathering and negotiations?”

Blue flew beside him and Nemu. ”The young fae is right. We should exhibit fairness at such a time. For there may come a day when we regret having not listened to each other when we had fair chance.”

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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Arkaelus listened to the others discuss on whether or not Nemu should be allowed to stay. The one that caught his attention was the Empress of Anansai, Tenanye. She had taken his side in not allowing Sphex's servant to treat with them. However, it was the way that she said it that mesmerized him the most. As she spoke, small, minor physical features began to change. From what began as an attractive elegant woman had transitioned into a striking figure. Arkaelus had never interacted with fae before so he had no clue whether it was normal to change or not.

His wonder on Tenanye was broken when the load thunder of gunshots rang through his ears. The guards had open fired on their target without orders, only for Father Superior to stop the bullets with his fae magic. Arkaelus glared at them, Dorian would need to teach them how to maintain upon his return. Zexen rose up to speak.

”I urge you all to follow suite. Although I am but a lowly ambassador and not a ruler, I beseech you to be fair to all present here. For is it not the general premise of our gathering and negotiations?” Then Superior chimed in with agreement. Half the table wanted her to leave, while the other half wanted her to stay. Arkaelus had made his decision.

"It has been rumored that your master accepts slaves. Such serious accusations usually hold a kernel of truth. As such I cannot have you treat with us within the palace. However, you may go to the gardens and any who wish to speak to you may see you there. That is my only offer."

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen

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Tenanye had just sat down when all of a sudden, loud banging rang out. Xiao Jingshen shrieked out, covering her ears. “Not again.” She cried. Severyn yanked Tenanye down with Xiao Jingshen in his other arm.
Thankfully, Blue froze the bullet’s mid air with his wand and Zexen with a surprising amount of diplomacy, approached Nemu, begging the ensemble to reconsider. Standing, and taking her seat again, Tenanye decided she would not, she had no interest in Slavemasters and would not trade for goods forged off of the backs of slaves. She abolished this in her own empire. To top it all off this Sphex had the audacity not to show his face and send this poor half automaton girl in his place. No. She would not stand for that. She appreciated Zexen’s open heart, he seemed less like his father in that regard. It didn’t matter that Valen would be speaking to her, she had no plans on trading with those exiles anyway. "It has been rumored that your master accepts slaves. Such serious accusations usually hold a kernel of truth. As such I cannot have you treat with us within the palace. However, you may go to the gardens and any who wish to speak to you may see you there. That is my only offer." Arkaelus said, and Tenanye cast a small smile, barely visible in his direction but it vanished as she turned to address the others. “We of Anansai, shall not partake in such trade with a Taskmaster, who does not give us the time to address us himself and sends this poor creature to do his leg work. “ She turned her attention to Nemu. “If this was meant to let us know he exists, then his point has been made. His wicked presence has been felt.” She said with a nod to the creature. “You can relay this message to him, from me, Empress Tenanye of Anansai," She said, looking the creature in the eye from where she stood.
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"I fear no monsters, for I am one.” She said, and turned her head from the girl, ignoring her from this point on.
“Empress...?” Severyn asked, clearly unsettled by Tenanye’s show of strength. “Yes?” She asked casually. “Nevermind.” He said with a swallow. He had something on his mind, but Tenanye didn’t have the energy for it now. Not in front of them anyway, she had a feeling what he was thinking. He did not think it wise to openly call out this Sphex character but she needed to not only show him, but the others as well. Most didn’t know what to make of the Faeries, some thought them sweet and kind creatures, others thought them dangerous. Tenanye needed to make sure these mortals knew, she was both.

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Skandar, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Kiran, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Dorian Ursuul Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen Character Portrait: Akhil, Prince of Ashkara

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The Princes of Ashkara
Akhil || Skandar || Kiran



Kiran supposed he should count himself lucky. For a split second, he was half-sure that that was it. He was going to die with his head blown off raining bits of skull and brainmatter in a filthy market halfway across the world. No matter how skilled he might've thought he was, swords were just no match for rifles at such close range. He'd be dead before he could even touch the hilt, let alone pull it free from its scabbard.

But to his immediate surprise (and relief), the arquebus shoved at his nose was instantly drawn back, and he was instead greeted with the stricken face of a young, ruddy-cheeked soldier. It was when the soldier began apologising that he figured the young man had probably been part of a search party of some sort—no doubt sent by his brothers—because even though the man was clearly from Khalidor, he called Kiran by name and hurriedly urged him to follow him back to the docks, muttering something about decimations and the like as he did so (he hadn't really bothered to pay much attention to the man's blubberings, as he too still hadn't quite recovered from the shock of having a bloody rifle aimed between his eyes).

Several similarly-dressed men joined them as they approached the harbour, and soon, some of Ashkara's own soldiers had weaved their way between the Kiran and the Khalidorians as well. Honestly, he thought it was a bit much. Sure, a bit of chaos went down by the marketplace, but surely it wasn't bad enough to send nearly a quarter of the Ashkarazi Royal Guard and a good chunk of Khalidorian soldiers to come looking for him.

At least, that was what he thought before he saw the bodies.

He could barely make them out from between the wall of guards gathered around him, but the air itself was thick with the sharp tang of blood, and through the gaps he could see Khalidorian soldiers tossing them into piles by the side of the road. Men, women, and children alike, bathed in red, their bodies riddled with holes the size of pebbles.

He was no stranger to death nor violence, but the mere thought that he and Jingshen might've ended up exactly like those bodies was enough to make his head spin and his stomach lurch. Whatever it was that went on there, he was only thankful that he and his new Fae friend had emerged from it with their skin unbroken and their limbs intact, even if it meant having to suffer the indignity of being frogmarched back to the Ishtar like a prisoner.

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As predicted, Akhil was none too pleased with his little disappearing act, and Kiran now bore the mark of his eldest brother's displeasure: a fresh burn, shaped just like a hand closing around the length of his left forearm. Granted, it was only a light one, as Skandar had stepped in before Akhil could do any real damage. Nothing a few days couldn't fix. Still, it pained him nonetheless. Enough to have to bite back a wince every time his sleeve brushed against the raw skin.

General Ursuul, cousin to the King, had agreed to accompany them towards the palace at Jodan, though most of the journey was spent in silence—tensions between the three brothers still singing hot as they journeyed towards the capital.

Akhil had ridden far ahead of the train with the General, the prince appearing rather magnificent in his scarlet robes and pitch black charger as he laughed along with something the General must've said—looking almost as if he hadn't attempted to burn his own brother alive not half an hour prior. Skandar and Kiran were left a ways behind. A group of guards surrounded them, both to protect the princes and to serve as watchdogs over the Kiran to ensure there wouldn't be a repeat performance of that morning's incident.

None of his brothers had said a word to him throughout the duration of the ride, which was just as well because while Skandar had yet to utter a single sentence, Akhil had lashed out in a fury as soon as he set eyes on him, letting loose sharp, cutting words that halted whatever explanation Kiran had prepared.

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That silence persisted until they reached the palace, when, just before entering, Akhil paused and turned to face his younger brothers, "Not a word about the incident at the harbour, are we clear?" He told them, "Should anyone ask, you are to tell them that we departed from Akhzarun behind schedule." He instructed further, "I'll not have the Northmen know that the cause of our delay is due to the sheer stupidity of our dear little brother here." Akhil practically spat, directing a mocking sneer at Kiran's direction before turning heel and continuing on through the entrance.

Skandar followed wordlessly after his eldest brother, not even bothering to spare Kiran a glance as he walked past.

Kiran balled his fists at his sides, uncaring of the fact that it only deepened the throbbing in his arm. He could feel his patience wearing thin, but he knew that acting upon his anger would only cause him more grief. After all, what could he do? He was only human. Akhil was practically Djinn, and the blood shared between brothers meant next to nothing in Ashkara. If he displeased him further, Akhil could just as easily kill him the way Skandar did with the rest of the princes that came before Kiran.

Kiran took cold comfort in the fact that the only reason he hadn't been killed along with them was due to his father's love for his mother. If his mother hadn't been so beloved by the Sultan, Kiran highly doubted if he would've even made it past infancy.

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As they entered, the princes were immediately lead towards where the rest of the delegations were gathered. However, when the doors were flung open, they were instantly greeted with the jarring noise of gunfire. Some of the guards moved to cover them, but quickly returned to formation because as quickly as the banging began, it stopped, and they were instead treated to the sight of several balls of ammunition hung suspended in mid-air. But while it made an uncommon and altogether fascinating sight, nothing caught the princes' eyes quite like the creature standing in the middle of the room.

"What in Ishtar's name is that?" Akhil uttered lowly, not even bothering to hide the disgust colouring his tone as he stared incredulously at the various strange and foreign implements jutting out of the not-quite-woman's body. "It's hideous." Skandar's eyes narrowed a fraction as it raked over the creature's form, the subtle furrowing of his brows the only indication that he found it's presence odd as well. "It's not an 'it'. It's a she." Kiran muttered, also transfixed by the unknown being.

None of them had ever seen anything quite so strange. Monstrous, even. And while Kiran looked at it with a tinge of fascination, all three could silently agree that whatever it was, it had to be some sort of abomination.

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Skandar, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Kiran, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Dorian Ursuul Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen Character Portrait: Akhil, Prince of Ashkara

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The ride to Jodan was a long one. The company of the crowned prince had made it more bearable. Usually the only thing that one could do was dig themselves into their coat and the soldiers weren't up for much talk at that point. Dorian let out a sigh of relief as they went through the gates of Jodan. He had been out training the reserves and various militias for nearly a month. It would feel nice to take a dip in the palace's bathhouse or eat a warm meal for once.

As they rode up the city he had ordered an officer to report to the Khalidoran Arsenal within Jodan. The arsenal was to stop the production of ships and immediately shift to the production of rifles. Most standard and a quarter of them using his lock design. If a handful of senators were indeed conspiring against the Republic, those guns would quickly put an end to it.

Finally they had reached the doors to the palace. Upon entering all seemed normal, except that one of Sphex's slaves were there. He was supposed to meet outside of the city instead of with the king. Dorian was too tired to care at the moment. As he walked with his wet, muddy boots, he signaled an obviously annoyed servant to fetch him a pitcher of his personal wine. Scanning the table he found a chair across the darker woman.

After sitting Dorian realized that he hadn't a clue who most of these people were. He new of the Markus' and of the Ashakara brothers and the newly crowned king of Cinnabar, Arim, but no one else. His only job was to know of the nations that could endanger Khalidoran interests, which their were only three to his knowledge. The dark woman in front of him had some interesting friends, one even had odd ears, perhaps a deformity. There was a bald man and a young man there too.

Dorian took off his fur coat and drank his wine. He realized that his plain white tunic and trousers were little more than peasant clothing and could be considered inappropriate for the meeting.

"I would ask for my lords to excuse my poor manners. The journey has been a long one and I have been looking foward to a hot meal for quite some time. I am Dorian Ursuul, Grand General of the Republic." He smiled as he said it. He looked up at Sphex's creation. He had no clue what it used to survive, but it looked tired. "Come!" He called out to the creature. "It looks like you could use something in your belly!" He pulled up a chair for it to sit on. He looked at Arkaelus only to the a sour look on his cousin's face. "Did I do something wrong?" Dorian thought to himself.

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Skandar, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Kiran, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Dorian Ursuul Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen Character Portrait: Akhil, Prince of Ashkara

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Xiao Jingshen was glad Tenanye didn’t want anything to do with that creature. It wasn’t really fair though, she was only a slave, she didn’t have a choice in anything she did so they should be atleast nice to her, her master though, if someone could do that to another---
“Ow...!” Xiao Jingshen felt a burning on her arm suddenly. “Meimei!” She whimpered, causing Tenanye to whip around. “What...what’s happening?” She asked her, as Xiao Jingshen held her arm. “My arm...it burns.” She whimpered. Severyn was up and out of his seat in an instant. “Is it Iron?”
“I was just sitting here, there is no iron here.” Xiao Jingshen sobbed. Tenanye gingerly rolled up her sleeve, and sucked in a breath. Xiao Jingshen followed her gaze to a large red burn in the same of a hand curling around Xiao Jingshen’s arm. “What sorcery is this?” Tenanye breathed, the red stark against Xiao Jingshen’s unmarred porcelain skin.
Xiao Jingshen frowned at the burn and then an image came to her mind. A man, dark of skin, black of hair, holding her arm...but it wasn’t her arm at all. It was tan, and decidedly male.
“Kiran.” She breathed and Severyn and Tenanye both looked at her strangely. “What?”
“My friend, the one I gave the kiss to, He was hurt.” She said, and Tenanye set her jaw. “Well there is nothing we can do for you, You silly girl, I told you not to use magic without me present.” She said and Xiao Jingshen nodded, she knew better then that, but she wanted to help him, repay him for helping her. “But he helped me.” She said softly, looking down at her feet. “ I know that, Little Sparrow, I know, but you did not take in to account the cost of that kiss. You can sense him when he is dire need, yes, but you also feel his pain, even if he is not in dire need, you take that pain unto yourself...A Fairy Kiss, is strong magic and which means it has stronger reproductions.” She said with a sigh. “It gets stronger when he is closer, if he has an itch, you will want to scratch, that’s what that bond is. He may call you and break the bond but until then...you are bound to him.” She told her and Xiao Jingshen nodded solemnly then realized. “ You mean he is close?” She asked with a smile she tried to hide. Tenanye’s face went blank. “That would be the part you heard, yes, this means he is near, that’s why you felt the pain so suddenly.” She said and sat back in her seat. Xiao Jinghen all but forgotten about the pain in her arm, and looked toward the door, hoping Kiran would enter. She would be happy to see him again. “Will he feel my pain?” She asked. Tenanye gave a simple nod. Xiao Jingshen really hoped to see him again if only to tell him what she really did.
It was at the moment that a man entered the room, taking a seat in front of Tenanye who gave a soft nod in greeting.
"I would ask for my lords to excuse my poor manners. The journey has been a long one and I have been looking foward to a hot meal for quite some time. I am Dorian Ursuul, Grand General of the Republic." He said and Tenanye gave a smile in return.
He then looked over at the creature again and waved it over "Come!" He called ” It looks like you could use something in your belly. Xiao Jingshen stiffened. She did not want that thing anywhere near her and neither did Tenanye.
“Grand General, Greetings, I am Tenanye Ananse, Empress of Anansai, this is my sister, Princess Xiao Jingshen and my Advisor, Prince Severyn Alderson of the Seelie Court, the King,your brother? I am assuming. He has declined the creature entrance to this meeting, but has allowed her to stay in Khalidor should anyone else wish to host her.” She said calmly. “So If you would be so kind, as to allow her to leave, I would be grateful as this creature unsettles my sister, and I would very much like her not to be anywhere near her.” She said and Xiao Jingshen brow creased bashfully.

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Severyn Alderson; Seelie Prince Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Skandar, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Kiran, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Dorian Ursuul Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen Character Portrait: Akhil, Prince of Ashkara

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__Luin Elen/ Father Superior__
__(The Blue Faery)__

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__Zexen Tiberius__Elen__

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__Valen Mori Elen__
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Valen glared at his son for offering Valen’s listening ear to the servant of Tsarvin Sphex. He could see the longer Zexen spent in the presence of The Blue Faery the more he began to exhibit his benevolent demeanor. Valen wasn’t quite sure how to feel about such a phenomenon. However he’d have to deal with it later. Zexen turned toward his father with a hopeful yet sheepish smile. He knew he would have piss his father off royally but he felt it was worth it to do the right thing.

"It has been rumored that your master accepts slaves. Such serious accusations usually hold a kernel of truth. As such I cannot have you treat with us within the palace. However, you may go to the gardens and any who wish to speak to you may see you there. That is my only offer." Arkaelus said.

Zexen turned back toward King Arkaelus and kneeled down as he said, “Your majesty, thank you for your generosity and fairness in the matter.” He rose to his feet and joined his father once again. Blue as well followed the young warrior, his dragonfly like wings fluttering swiftly in the air.

Valen stepped closer to his son when he was near and said quietly, “I will grant no audience to that abomination. You and Father Superior have been more than FAIR by allowing it to live.” He then glared at Blue, “You should have let those rifle rounds tear it to shreds, rid the world of an evil.”

Blue folded his arms in a huff as he floated at shoulder’s height. “If you recall there are forces of great power in the world that would like to see a similar fate bestowed upon you. You above all others should exhibit some compassion.”

Valen snapped back sharply, “I suppose I can count you among the ranks of those that would relish in my destruction?”

Blue looked over with an obvious look of hurt on his face, “You KNOW that’s not true.” Father Superior replied.

Zexen cringed hearing the two argue. “What is it with you two?! Care to explain to me what this bickering is about?” He fussed. Both Valen and Father Superior abruptly halted in their argument and said nothing more. This annoyed Zexen even further. He shook his head in frustration at the two Faeries silence on the matter and then focused his attention on Tenanye.

Tenanye turned to address the others. “We of Anansai, shall not partake in such trade with a Taskmaster, who does not give us the time to address us himself and sends this poor creature to do his leg work.“ She turned her attention to Nemu. “If this was meant to let us know he exists, then his point has been made. His wicked presence has been felt.” She said with a nod to the creature. “You can relay this message to him, from me, Empress Tenanye of Anansai," She said, looking the creature in the eye from where she stood. "I fear no monsters, for I am one.” She said, and turned her head from the girl.

The announcer informed the room of the arrival of The Princes of Ashkara and well as General Dorian of Khalidor. Zexen looked over in anticipation. He was eager to lay eyes upon the man the King of Khalidor requested he duel. Dorian seemed formidable. He looked as if he’d been traveling for some time, muddied boots and non-regal clothing. Zexen was reminded of the men he trained alongside in the Nation of Athedale under commander Peregrine Le Buque. Zexen watched with a grin on his face as Dorian signaled an obviously annoyed servant to fetch him a pitcher of his personal wine. Dorian found a chair across the Anansai Empress.

Zexen looked to Blue with an excited smile, “I’m going to have a seat. You should return to human size. I don’t think there are pixie sized accommodations here.”

Blue snickered at Zexen’s recommendation, “Unfortunately young one, you’re right.” With that he altered his size once again. He with the shake of his shoulders his dragonfly like wings faded away like pixie dust in the air. He took a seat next to Zexen, reluctantly not far from Valen.

Blue noticed that the Empress, Severyn and Xiao seemed somewhat distressed. He leaned a bit in his chair as they examined Xiao’s arm. He hoped the innocent young fae was alright. When he looked upon her he could tell she was now different, bonded to another. He could also tell that it wasn’t just a magical bond but one of the heart. With that, he smiled and felt she’d be alright. He thought to himself, ”Her journey begins now.”

"I would ask for my lords to excuse my poor manners. The journey has been a long one and I have been looking foward to a hot meal for quite some time. I am Dorian Ursuul, Grand General of the Republic." Dorian smiled as he said it. He looked up at Sphex's creation. "Come!" He called out to the creature. "It looks like you could use something in your belly!" He pulled up a chair for it to sit on. He looked at Arkaelus only to the a sour look on his cousin's face.

Zexen watched Dorian with unbiased invite Nemu over to eat with the group. His smile and liking for the general grew. Zexen turned to his father and snickered. ”See, Dorian gets it.” he took another sip of wine.

Valen looked over in annoyance, “And so will you if you press the issue any further.” He said with a huff.

“Grand General, Greetings, I am Tenanye Ananse, Empress of Anansai, this is my sister, Princess Xiao Jingshen and my Advisor, Prince Severyn Alderson of the Seelie Court, the King, your brother? I am assuming. He has declined the creature entrance to this meeting, but has allowed her to stay in Khalidor should anyone else wish to host her.” Tenanye said calmly. “So If you would be so kind, as to allow her to leave, I would be grateful as this creature unsettles my sister, and I would very much like her not to be anywhere near her.” She said and Xiao Jingshen brow creased bashfully.

After a moment, Father Superior decided that he should introduce himself. This would lessen the tension involving Nemu’s presence and possible departure. He stood to his feet and with a humble smile he spoke, “Grand General, Princes of Askara, Salutations, I am Luin Elen, Father Superior of the wishing star faeries of Anansai. It is an honor to meet you.” He took his seat.

Valen and Zexen stood to greet the general as well. “I am Valen Mori Elen, of Valen Alus. This is my son ambassador Zexen Tiberius Elen. Greetings to the Princes of Askara, and the Grand General of Khalidor, from my humble nation.” Valen greeted with a bow.

Zexen said with a sheepish smile, “General Dorian, I have been honored by King Arkaelus in being asked to participate in a friendly sparring match with your grace. I much look forward to learning from you Grand General.”

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Kiran, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Dorian Ursuul Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen Character Portrait: Akhil, Prince of Ashkara

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It was quite a show, Moloch thought wryly, as the various people there felt the need to bluster at the appearance of Sphex's monstrosity. Of course, Cyrus felt the need chime in, but Moloch understood. The old man's family had come from what was now the Wastes long ago. He sometimes forgot they were not originally from Drake and not many remembered their homeland after so many generations, but Cyrus never forgot. It was a trait he admired.

Moloch felt no desire to treat with Sphex or his monstrosities. There was little he could offered him. Drake already had the finest army in the world. Even ignoring the price the madman would demand from him, integrating the monstrosities he would offer him would be more trouble than it was worth. Instead, as the commotion died down and Moloch filed away the words and actions of his peers for future consideration, he turned to Princess Aada, continuing their conversation.

"I would be happy to tell you about my homeland. Would you like a drink? A little wine does wonders to ease the shock from... unexpected guests."

"I am far ahead of you, Your Grace," Cyrus said with a sigh as he gestured for servant to bring them refreshments, "I believe I will be drinking a bottle of Cinnabar Red myself."

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Character Portrait: Tenanye Ananse; Empress of Anansai Character Portrait: Moloch Markus Character Portrait: Arim Funar Character Portrait: Nemu Kizomuri Character Portrait: Xiao Jingshen Ananse Character Portrait: Kallias Markus Character Portrait: Arkaelus Ursuul Character Portrait: Father Superior The Blue Faery Character Portrait: Valen Mori Elen Character Portrait: Aada Funar Character Portrait: Kiran, Prince of Ashkara Character Portrait: Dorian Ursuul Character Portrait: Zexen Tiberius Elen Character Portrait: Akhil, Prince of Ashkara

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Nemu gave an artificial approximation of a smile and nodded her head deeply to the Lord General. He was the only one with whom she truly had any business, but it would be unseemly to make obvious such things. Her enhanced cogitators ensured that she understood as much.
“Grand General, Greetings, I am Tenanye Ananse, Empress of Anansai, this is my sister, Princess Xiao Jingshen and my Advisor, Prince Severyn Alderson of the Seelie Court, the King, your brother? I am assuming. He has declined the creature entrance to this meeting, but has allowed her to stay in Khalidor should anyone else wish to host her.” Tenanye said, clearly eager to see Nemu gone from the proceedings, “So If you would be so kind, as to allow her to leave, I would be grateful as this creature unsettles my sister, and I would very much like her not to be anywhere near her.”
The Father superior similarly introduced himself, but managed to refrain from accusing her, “Grand General, Princes of Askara, Salutations, I am Luin Elen, Father Superior of the wishing star faeries of Anansai. It is an honour to meet you.” He took his seat.
Valen and Zexen stood to greet the general as well. “I am Valen Mori Elen, of Valen Alus. This is my son ambassador Zexen Tiberius Elen. Greetings to the Princes of Askara, and the Grand General of Khalidor, from my humble nation.” Valen greeted with a bow.
Zexen said with a sheepish smile, “General Dorian, I have been honored by King Arkaelus in being asked to participate in a friendly sparring match with your grace. I much look forward to learning from you Grand General.”
“I do not believe your sister’s comfort is the reason for this meeting, Queen Tenanye." Nemu addressed to the Fae Queen, "Perhaps instead of sending away the emissary of a nation not under your control, you should excuse your weak blooded kin. The reason my master sends me in his stead, is due to the exact discrimination you show me now. Never forget, Queen of Anansai, it was your kind that drove him to such lengths, to survive, to prosper.” Nemu said with a blank look, but a twinkle of malice lurked beneath her placid eyes, she turned towards King Arkaelus, bowing deeply, if stiffly. “My Lord, King Arkaelus, should YOU, request my absence, I will oblige, as is your right as host of this summit,” She looked back over at Dorian her eyes connecting with the rough, handsome man, unknown and unusual chemicals flooding her body from her auxiliary cortex’s, “However, your brother has offered me succour, and it would be rude to refuse the kindness of a Lord, especially when he is of the few present who do not appear to judge me based on rumour and myth.”
Her head pivoted back towards Tenanye like the head of a doll, “Yes, lord Dorian, I would very much like a drink.”