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Neden Wrel

"I heard the call, and I will answer it...Maybe they know of who my mother was, and who I really am..."

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a character in “Divinity Unbound”, as played by Wolf's Bane109

Description

Neden Wrel

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Age:

22

Race:

Draconian

Height:

5' 11"

Weight:

135lbs

Voice:

Neden

Magical Element:

Water: While she uses water, her specialty is turning her water into ice spikes and using them as offensive and defensive means

* Alternate Form:

Much like the other Draconians, she shifts into a slim yet muscular build, with a silver base set of scales, with an overlaying set of light ice blue scales on her face, arms, legs and back. As well as other Draconians, she lacks a tail, which she makes up for her swift and fast attacks.

* Alternate Form Attributes:

Height: 7' 5" when on hind legs, standing up

6' 8" when on all fours or sitting down

Length: 6' 9" from top of head to feet

Weight: 489lbs

School of Practice:

As Neden is from a clan of natural born warriors, her practice is combat. Whether it is hand to hand, melee, or longer ranged weapons such as bows or bow staffs, she is a deadly wielder.

Years of Practice:

10 years of constant and brutal training

Primary Focus:

Hand to hand combat, and sword wielding

Her gear:

Her manna infused shield that was gifted to her by her father, her black and purple Kusarigama that she has spent many years training with and perfecting the use of, which she managed to do at a rather young age, and lastly her sword that glows as if it has a special property, which she isn't sure if they hold a power or not.

Her Apparel/armor:

Neden's duel colored mask that she hand carved herself when she was younger, the gemstone necklace that her mother gifted her before she passed away, and her light armor, and lastly her cloak that she is almost never seen without.


Mentor:

Iven Kaldoras, he is her clans oldest mentor and teacher of their clan. He's an old, wise, fair, and mischievous man. While training he is serious, swift, and even at times brutal despite his ever growing age. But when he is not teaching he is kind and even caring at times as he has known all of his students and their families as long as he has been in the village.


Affiliation:

Her clan and herself, as she has become a bit of a loner in past few years

Personal Strengths:

| Combat | Training | Hunting | Fishing | Sparring | Gambling |

Personal Weaknesses:

| Being an introvert as much as she is | Her pride, as it's easily damaged | Her ego, has a slightly big head/over self confidence | Her anger, as she is prone to outbursts and fits of anger and rage |

Personality:

Neden is a fun loving, smooth talking, strong willed, and thick headed woman at times. She never stands down, and never takes no for an answer. She is more of the "No nonsense" sort of person and will go head on in a fight, and will usually think in the moment of what to do. While in combat she is swift and calculating, and will be as brutal as need be, especially since she is from the warrior clan. A natural born fighter, but has a sense that there is something else to be desired in life and is always looking for things to do. As she is a naturally curious person, her curiosity tends to get the better of her and will usually get her into messy situations, often leaving her in need of help and guidance from others. As well as her curiosity, she is always looking into things of the Old Ages, or things from the past to learn things from those that came before her, as it will be a driving point for her to want to discover where she came from, and how she came to have the abilities she has.

Biography:

Much of her history is left unknown (as much of it will be revealed and developed as the story goes on), she has always lived in the cold mountain village as that is where her warrior clan belongs to. Much of her life was spent in the ice capped mountains, fishing and going on hunts and training day and night with various weapons and fighting styles, much of which are melee and sword play for her. All throughout her life she proved to be a rather troublesome child, always asking questions of the "Old Ones" as that's what her people called them, and what became of said things, never getting answers as it was a forbidden subject. But that only caused the young girl to want to know more, and learn more she did, which eventually leads up to current date.

She finds herself in the upper forest behind her village on the hunt for training, and a certain event revealed to her that she contains a forbidden or more so forsaken ability, as she is a Draconian, she is able to wield water and ice spells as well as show her true form of which is her mighty Draconian form. Which is a banishable act in and of itself in her clan. Her true identity was revealed to her by her father, as he didn't know who her mother was. Only that she was left at e village with a necklace, clenched by her mother as she was taking her last breaths. She told the man to raise her as his own, and to make sure she never removed her necklace, for it was Dragon Heart Glass, which kept her powers locked away. But now that it was revealed and she was outted by her clan, forced to leave, she is now on an adventure, as she feels as though something ia calling to her and she will find the truth, and maybe find some others along the way.

So begins...

Neden Wrel's Story

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The sun was high in the light blue sky, with light gray wispy clouds scattered across the pale blue backround of which they were held. The day had already begun, people were tending to their fields, chores, animal hide tanning, and black smithing, among the young adults busily training in the snow scatterd training grounds. An old man with pepper colored hair stood with his arms crossed as he surveyed the students hard at work, "Marlush, poor foot work! You mess up like that again and it'll be your hide they're tanning!" he barked at the young yet to be warrior as he had tripped backwards. The young boy got back up on his feet and continued on with his training, while the old man watched. The man's name was Iven Kaldoras, and he was the Silverwind Clan's mentor, if not the best aged warrior they had. His silver eyes scanned the area as he continued watching the practice match unfold around him. Another man walked up beside him, "No Neden today? Or has she other duties to attend to?" asked the man with slicked back black hair and dark gray eyes. Iven chuckled and shook his head, "Sent her off for hunting and tracking today. Should be back soon enough." he said as he turned and placed his hand on the man's shoulder.

"You know she isn't like the others-She's...She's too rash. She needs more training, Iven. She isn't ready." said the other man, Iven turned to him and sighed, "Are you saying that because you care, or simply because you're her adoptive father, Alexander?" Iven questioned. Alexander sighed and crossed his arms as the two men conversed privately. "I say it because it is true. She has spent nearly half of her life training, and for what? She only wants to leave here.." he said with a tone of disapointment.

Iven shook his head silently and left Alexander to his thoughts. Alexander Wrel was one of the most well known and even feared among his clan's warriors. He was the best of the best and only wished his daughter withheld the same. But up the pathway and behind the village lead to a forest. Further along the path and past trees and stumps, animals, and the river that traveled from the village and up to the forest, sat a figure dressed in light armor and a cloak, she looked straight into the clearing that was before her. "...What....What is this feeling... " she mumbled under her breath as she stared blankly ahead as a cold winter's breeze swept past her. Her one silver and one light ice blue eye scanned the area, something didn't feel right to her, as she felt as though something was off and out of order. The young woman stood up and slowly began to make her way back down to the village, but little did she know that something was watching her from the shadows. Under the large wall of rocks, in the shadows of the formation two golden eyes scanned and locked onto the young woman and as she slowly made her way, as did the large shadowy figure from in the rocks emerge, slowly begining to follow its unknowing prey as it too felt something was a miss, about the wind and her...

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Unknown to the figure that was making her way back down to her village, a large and dark figure was sticking to the shadows and were busily watching her each and every movement she made. The dark shadow was confused, what was this...thing doing? The small figure was covered by a black cloak and appeared to have a mask covering its face. The larger and darker figure had never seen a creature like this before, from the way it moved to how it acted, it intrigued it more than anything had ever done before and it wanted to know more.

Neden was slowly walking her way back, her feet slowly crunching the snow under each step as she walked, her mind elsewhere. As she was going to take another step she froze, she heard footsteps somewhere behind her. Neden slowly reached for her sword by her side and once her hand made contact with the hilt she took a deep breath and quickly turned around to see...nothing. Nothing was there. Yet she could have sworn something was there, following and watching her as if something from the shadows itself was observing her. She sighed and shrugged it off, simply thinking it was her mind playing tricks on her in the otherwise silent forest. She turned on her heel and went to walk, but only walked into something. Neden stopped dead in her tracks as she saw nothing yet again, but it was literally nothing. No light. No snow. Nothing. Only darkness. But as Neden slowly came to the realization, that she had walked into something, and something was large, black, and....soft?

Yes, soft. Whatever it was, it was soft. But with shaky hands Neden slowly backed up and looked up, to only see two bright, big golden eyes looking down at her.

"Wha...what? N-no...Y-you're not...You're not real, are you??" she asked as she backed away, grabbing her sword and holding it in a defensive manner in front of her as she had a stare down with the giant, black wolf. A much larger wolf than she had ever seen before. The creature looked at Neden with a perplexed look on its face, if an animal could that is. The wolf's head tilted to the side and its ears flopped from side to side as it looked at Neden from different angles.

Neden stared at the wolf from behind her mask as it stared at her, "Wh-wh...what are you? Wh-why are you looking at me like that? Go away, shoo!" she huffed at the beast as she looked at it, then tilted her sword at it in an attempt to ward it off. But the wolf only sat down, head tilted to the left and stared at her more.

"I'm warning you! If you don't back off...I...I'll...I'll kill you, you hear me beast? Yeah, I'll kill you and take your head back to my father." she said with an even more opposing voice.

But the wolf only seemed to find amusement with her threat and inched closer, causing Neden to move back more as well, but only to trip and fall down a large, steep hill. Neden tumbled and fell, scraping her arm and face on the way down when she eventually stopped at the bottom, she landed in a large snow bank as her mask had come off as she fell, landing beside her.

But what Neden didn't know is that the wolf had followed her and was now sitting close in front of her, staring down at her with its golden eyes. As Neden's eyesight slowly came to and her eyesight regained, she looked up and saw the wolf staring down at her again. She attempted to scramble away, only for the wolf to come up right to her and placing its nose against her's and stopped, her eyes widened as the wolf made contact with her. They remained in a staredown for what seemed like an eternity but was only a short few seconds. The wolf slowly stepped back and gave a dip of its head, turned on its feet and looked at Neden, who looked at it in confusion.

The wolf sighed and nodded its head, which Neden tilted her head for a moment and then realized what the creature was trying to say, "You...You want me to get on..?" she asked, the beast nodded, and with shaky hands, Neden slowly approached the wolf. Slowly and with help, she mounted the beast, and with not a second delay the wolf jumped and landed back up to where Neden had fallen from which resulted in a yelp from Neden.

The wolf seemed to have been amused and seemed to have chuckled. But once they were on solid ground, Neden jumped off and looked at the beast, and gently placed her hand on its head and closed her eyes. But she soon felt nothing and opened her eyes to see nothing, as the wolf had disappeared. Neden stood in place for a moment and shook her head, "That...That was only a dream....right?" she questioned aloud. But she only shook her head and turned back and left for her village. After a few minutes, she was eventually back at her home and opened the door to see her father, standing there waiting for her, "Neden...We need to talk. Sit." he said as he motioned to the wooden chair. Neden sighed, placing her satchel down and walked over to the chair and sat down with her right leg tucked under her left, and braced herself for the lecture that was awaiting her.

Alexander stepped towards Neden with his hands clasped together firmly behind his back, staring her down. He easily loomed over her and was easily taller and stronger than her, but she simply looked at him with an emotionless and stone-faced expression. He took a sigh and after a few moments of awkward silence, he spoke with a rough but genuine voice one he wouldn't use when in the company of the clan, "Neden, I...I think it best for you to leave." he said plainly. Neden looked up at him with wide eyes, but then soon regained her composure, "You're joking..." she softly mumbled, which Alexander was only able to shake his head solemnly. Her eyes grew wide again and she sat up in her chair, "Y-you're not joking..? Y-you're serious? You...You really want me to go outside of the village? Is this one of the elder's tests or..." her voice grew softer and fainter as she spoke.

The man shook his head and turned away from her for a moment, then back at her, "You are well past the age of adulthood...And...There's not really much that we can teach you. You are a great warrior, and I am proud of you and proud to call you my daughter, but...I just think it'd be wise for you to go. See what's out there, what's outside of the village. It's what you want." he answered. Neden examined his face as he spoke, she would have believed him, if there wasn't one thing. She knew Alexander, and she knew how he acted. "That's a lie...What's the real reason? Is it because I'm not like the others? Because I want to know more and you know if I keep asking I'll be exiled or killed for wanting to know who I am?" she yelled.

Alexander looked at her with wide eyes, " What...? What do you mean who you are? " he demanded as he eyed her. Neden sighed and stood up, distancing herself from him, "I'm not like the others. I've always known that. I don't talk like them, act like them, or think like them. Or you. So tell me...Who was she? Who I am really?" Neden demanded, her eyes slowly filling with tears, not of sadness but of anger and confusion.

Alexander sighed and shifted his weight, "Your mother...She came to the village when you were just an infant. She asked me to raise you as my own, and so I did. Soon after, she died. She only told me to look after you and for you to never remove your necklace...Other than that, I know nothing. She said the necklace would keep you safe. That is all I know." he said as he looked back at his daughter.

Neden's mind was racing as well as her heart. She knew she was right, that there was more to her, to life and who she was. "Then...Then what now..?" she asked as she looked up at him. He remained silent for a few minutes, and then walked over to an old chest in the corner and shifted through it. He turned and walked back over to Neden with a shield in his hands.

He handed it to her, and she gently clasped it, feeling the thick and durable, yet surprisingly light metal graze under her fingertips as she looked it over, and the glow it gave off, which caused her eyebrow to raise, Alexander chuckled, "I knew you'd like it. And I knew you'd be confused. It was a gift from your mother as well, she said to give it to you when you were older. And now, seeing as you'll need it, I felt it was right. It homes some sort of unknown power...But I guess that is for you to discover..." he said as he stepped away. Neden placed the shield on the table and stood up, she gave her father, well Alexander a hug and then soon parted. She gathered her things, spare clothing, weapons, a skinning knife, compound bow and quiver with twenty arrows, a water skin pouch, some rations, and supplies of a tent, animal skin bedroll, and some obscure items and a map. Once her supplies were gathered, she gave the few people she knew in the village a farewell, as well as Iven and left.

She was gifted a large, and slender mare from the village as a parting gift, and she took her leave. She turned her back on the clan and rode off down the beaten and ice and snow covered path, with only snow and an iced over lake for the next few miles were ahead of her. She wrapped her cloak around her tightly, mask attached to her waist by a metal linked chain, and swords by her side, and a horse as her only companion. But little did she know that a familiar shadow was trailing from behind in the distance...

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Slowly the young woman cantered across the frozen over lake on the armored horse that she had been gifted for her parting. Neden sat relaxed on the back of the young mare as they took their time making their journey, wherever they'd be headed, and gently stroked the horse's nose as the horse named Amethyst gave her a huff. "What is it, girl?" she asked as she looked around them. Nothing was to be seen besides snow covering everything and the frozen lake under their feet as the hooves slowly and softly grazed the thick ice.

Amethyst huffed again as she trotted along on the ice, her footing slipping every few steps, Gonna have to get her some irons at the next village..., she thought as she took notice of the slipping hooves. As they continued on, yet again another cold wind blew, causing the young girl to shiver but not from the cold but from the dread and fear she felt when the breeze passed over her. C'mon, girl. Let's move faster." she said as she gently nudged the horse along as she realized she would have to hopefully set up camp as daylight would soon be lost while on the lake, meaning animals would be coming out and could mean danger as well as the need of a warm place to endure the night's harsh winds.

But one thing Neden hadn't realized was that the ice had begun to crack behind them, and where they were heading was a weak point in the ice as it had multiple thinning parts scattered throughout. Neden softly whistled a tune from her clan as the pair continued onward, unknowingly as the ice continued to crack behind them.

The dark and large shadowy figure continued behind the horse and girl, using the constant snow banks as its cover and hiding spot from the two. The wolf kept its eyes on the girl, not the horse but the woman on top of it. Something about her was special to the being and it wasn't sure why. What are you, young one...? the being thought to their self as it continued lurking in the background.

Some time passed as they continued, Neden yawned softly as she was slowly growing tired and stretched and relaxed on the back of Amethyst a bit more. But, as she did so she heard a noise. Something she recognized all too well, Neden turned her head behind them and saw the ice was slowly cracking behind them and was slowly edging closer to them as the seconds passed by. Her eyes grew wide as dinner plates back at her village and she immediately acted on instinct. She dug her heels into Amethyst's side and clicked her tongue between her teeth telling her to go and they took off like a rocket, the horse's hooves cut into the ice as they clambered on the thin ice sheet beneath them.

Neden nudged Amethyst's sides again, urging her to move faster, but that was a mistake. The next few feet in front of them were far thinner and weaker than the ice they had been on, and Neden hadn't realized it until it was too late. Neden pulled on the reigns, causing Ameythst to come to a screeching halt as the reigns were pulled backward. The young girl and horse breathed heavily as they had a moment of relief, but it was soon over as she heard another crack beneath them, and as she nudged her sides again, the ice gave out from under them and due to Amethyst's nature and how she was raised to help keep her rider alive more so than her, she bucked Neden off and forward as she herself fell into the cold water below. Neden landed on her side and rolled over, softly gasping for air as she landed on the cold and frozen surface under her. She quickly regained her bearings and scrambled over to the hole in the ice that Amethyst had fallen through, the horse doing everything in her power she could do to get out from the frozen depths. Neden reached for the reigns and pulled with all of her might as she could to help the poor beast who was slowly failing and slipping away due to the frigidness of the water she was in.

In the horse's panicked state she accidentally panicked and pulled Neden into the water with her. Neden managed to pull herself together and weakly tried to pull herself out of the water as her hands weakly and shakily attempted to grab for anything for her fingertips to only slip from their grasp and fall back into the water. She felt her resolve and will power slowly dwindling as she slowly began to sink into the depths, but before her eyes and mind went completely blank and silent she felt something grab onto her neck and slowly pull her from the water, and then everything went silent and dark.

What Neden didn't know is that the whole time the figure from before had been watching the duo and had witnessed the ice breaking beneath them and watched as the horse fell, her trying to save the horse and for her to only fall through the water with the horse. The wolf decided to help them if they could, by coming out of his hiding spot behind the snow banks and ran over to the hole in the ice and quickly grabbed her by the back of her clothing and pulled her out of the water and dropped her on the ice. The wolf examined her as her breathing slowed down tremendously and would easily die within a few moments after being exposed to the frigid water and the air. His natural instincts to help people kicked in for him and he helped slide Neden onto his back and decided to carry her the best he could until they managed to find shelter. The supplies that were on the horse were gone, meaning she had lost her map and tent and food, but everything else was in her bag and was thrown off when Amethyst threw her off and landed on the ice.

The wolf grabbed the bag with his teeth and looked around for anything else that was her's, everything that wasn't on her was on the horse which had fallen to the bottom of the lake by this time and sadly he looked down and gave the fallen beast a moment of silence as she had given her life to save her rider than her own life. Seeing as how the girl was something special, at least to his knowledge he had decided to help. Once he was sure he had gotten all of her things, he saw a small cave further up along the way and decided it would be the best option o help them stave off the cold for the night. Once inside, he lowered her onto the ground with her things and looked around and sighed. Slowly the wolf began to shrink in stature, losing his fur and golden eye color and stature, resulting in a smaller and wiry framed, black shaggy colored hair, pale skin, and a kind look on his face young male dressed in black stood before her.

He examined her face as he knelt down before her, his tail and ears swayed in the wind as he looked back out at the entrance, "We're going to need some heat if she is to make it through the night...Alright, Dreux." the male spoke to himself in a soft voice. He reached into his bag and took out some kindling supplies and began to make a small fire close to the back of the cave and next to the woman he had previously rescued, draping her animal skin bed over her to keep her as warm as he could, when he was sure the fire was stoked enough he laid down beside her and gently kept her next to him as he attempted to share his body heat the best he could with her as he planned to help pass the night the best he could, making sure to keep the young girl alive as the night's cold air raged on outside of their small cave and current safe haven.

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The sun had slowly begun to go down as the wind outside of the small ice cave began to pick it, sounding as if there were whistles and soft whispers from the outside calling to them. The young male that was sitting with his back against the ice wall sighed as he looked down at the sleeping girl with her head on his lap, fast asleep and occasionally making soft and small sleeping noises as she was clearly having a nightmare or terror. As much as Dreux wanted to wake her up and let her know it was okay, he knew that was the last thing he should do. Wake someone up after they had such a traumatic event as she had almost died, as well as seeing her steed perish in front of her eyes. He took part to blame, as he stayed in the shadows, he could help but feel guilty. He only sat there with his thoughts as he listened to the wind howl outside of their small cave. It sounded as though someone was whispering and pleading to them for help...

He remained still as the fire shone off of his face, the light of the fire flickering across his face as the embers danced and shot off across the cave. Dreux looked down when he saw Neden begin to stir awake, "Easy there...Everything's alright, young one." he softly whispered as he gave her a gentle smile, his teeth sparkled as he gave her a toothy grin.

Neden only blinked, and as she slowly took what was going on around her, her being cuddled up to some stranger in a cave on top of the fact she had no idea where she was caused panic to course through her veins. neden quickly açted on instinct and pushed herself off of him and against the wall on the other side of the cave.

"Wh...what? Wh-who are you??" she demanded as she instinctively kept widening the space between her and the stranger that sat before her.

Dreux's eyes opened wide when she had awoken and suddenly moved away from him, causing a small frown to appear on his face, "It-it's me! It's me, I'm not going to hurt you, I promise!" he exclaimed as calmly as he could, remaining where he was to not cause her any more stress.

Neden looked at him oddly, her right eyebrow arched when he said 'It was him'. She examined him as best as she could with the poor lighting from the fire. "Wh-what do you mean by you? I've never seen you in my life. So...explain yourself..." she said as she gripped her knife by her side, never letting him out of his sight if he tried anything.

Dreux sighed and nodded at her question of who he was. Which resulted in him to give a soft chuckle. "You do know me...Just not in this form, hun." he said as he slowly pulled back his hood, exposing his wolf ears to her, causing his face to grow a light pink as he was anxious and shy of showing his Miithi traits to strangers.

Neden silently watched as he removed his hood, revealing two black wolf ears atop his head. Her eyes widened, was he being serious? Were her eyes playing tricks on her? She blinked as she struggled with what to say, "Y-you mean...You're the wolf from the forest? B-but how...That's not...Is it? If so...what are you..?" she questioned.

Dreux chuckled as he looked at her trying to figure out what she was seeing. Clearly, her first time seeing someone that wasn't fully human. "I'm what we call Miithi. I can turn into that giant wolf, the one that you saw in the forest. I honestly mean you no harm. I saw you were in trouble and helped...Sadly...your horse wasn't so lucky. After this storm passes, by tomorrow morning if you want help or me to accompany you to the next town, I'd be glad to. But only under one thing, you tell me a little bit about yourself...You're not like the others in your clan." he said as he put his hood back and looked at the girl that sat across him, as she had obviously understood what he was saying the best she could.

Neden didn't know what he meant by Miithi, but she was relieved that she was correct about others out there, not like the rest. "Seeing as how I have no other choice, alright...But okay...It's a long story..." she started, but her attention was taken when she heard a voice call from outside. It was soft and barely above a whisper. But she knew it, she heard some voice call out for help from the wind, staring blankly outside of the cave.

Dreux took note of her too hearing the voice and nodded, "So you too also hear the voice? And feel the presence in the wind?" he questioned softly.

Neden only nodded silently at his question, staring out. Almost as though she was being pulled by some invisible force. she shook her head, and for the remaining hours of the two made small talk and told each other stories as a way to help pass the time as they waited for daybreak to come at last for them.

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Elena Character Portrait: Zaldir Kestal Character Portrait: Saewyn Anaya Ehrhard Character Portrait: Aznyxphia, the Pariah Knight Character Portrait: Pau'Ka

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From the center of the world, Dragon's Cove, home of Dragons and the slumbering Goddess unbeknownst to the world beyond, came a surge of black magic. The Dragons roared in pain as the darkness seeped into their flesh tainting their purity and benevolence, and transforming them into black, twisted versions of their original selves.

... All save a select few.

The handful of Dragons who shook off the magical wave swarmed to Sil'Eph Niir's head to protect her most sensitive area as the twisted Dragons took flight and began flying out towards all corners of the world. Their mission... Was anyone's guess. However, given the level of negative Mana emanating from their bodies, it wasn't hard to figure it out.

Sil'Eph Niir's body stirred, and her mouth opened slightly as she released a deafening roar shaking the ground for dozens of miles in all directions.

...

In her cabin, thousands of miles away, Elena's mind was suddenly overcome by a loud, clear message from a desperate and pleading source.

"Mortals! Hear my voice! The Evil King has unleashed a plague upon your world! My Children, the Dragons, have been tainted by his vile magic! Protect yourselves! And please! Save my Children! They mean you no harm, but they cannot fight his evil will! Save them! I beg you all!"

Elena fell to the floor from the magnitude of power emanating from that voice. If she didn't know better she'd think that voice belonged to-

...

Pau'Ka, a few hundred miles from Elena, heard the voice and fell to her knees as she walked the dirt roads of the countryside. The pressure. That's what it was. Pressure. Like the magnitude of pure Mana in that voice was weighing her down. Crushing her. But the voice seemed... So familiar, somehow.

Alas, Sil'Eph Niir's call would not reach everyone. Only certain bloodlines would be able to discern it from a whisper on the wind. But for those who could hear, it came without the need for further explanation. Sil'Eph Niir's telepathic powers sent them a clear visual of what happened to the Dragons. Their twisted, blackened forms. The dark Mana emanating from their bodies. The danger and terror they would soon unleash. They could see it all clearly in their mind's eye.

Elena and Pau'Ka, simultaneously despite their distance, turned towards Dragon's Cove with determination in their eyes. They had to find the source of this voice. This "mother" to the Dragons. Whoever she was. She would have answers, and she would know what to do to save them.

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Elena Character Portrait: Zaldir Kestal Character Portrait: Saewyn Anaya Ehrhard Character Portrait: Aznyxphia, the Pariah Knight Character Portrait: Pau'Ka

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As Aznyxphia was attempting to mime out a request from the weapons smith, she suddenly staggered back as if she had been hit, her eyes wide. The merchant was probably confused, but she could not see him. All she could see was great shadows rushing across her vision, attacking a... larger white shape? Wait... were those dragons?!
Within her mind a voice was screaming, but it was as if it were screaming from afar. She could only make out some words. "Mortals! Hear my ... The Evil King ... plague upon your world! ... Children, the Dragons, have ... his vile magic! ... please! ... They ... harm, ... they ... his evil will! ... beg you..." The voice got fainter and fainter as it went on until it was silent.
She had missed most of what the woman had said, but she immediately recognized the voice as the one that had spoken earlier, saying "Please... Save them... My children... Please."
Obviously, when she said "children" she meant the species living on this planet. Who else could she be talking about? The gods created the humans, elves, succubi, and all the other beings of this world. The dark shapes must have been these dragons she spoke of, and the white shape... could have been none other than the goddess herself!
Using all of this information, Aznyxphia was able to piece together what the goddess had really said: "Mortals! Hear my call, and heed this warning! The Evil King has brought forth plague upon your world! Children, the Dragons have gained usage of his vile magic! Please! They will do great harm, for they serve his evil will! Please... I beg you..."
Aznyxphia could already see it playing out in her head. She, leader of a group of a select few heroes of the divinity, would go on a grand quest to save the life of the goddess and the world itself, with all its inhabitants, slaying this "Evil King" - probably some powerful mortal sorcerer who'd acquired the power of dragon mind control - and any dark dragons he sent their way. I must lead these heroes. It has always been my destiny, but I have never realized it, the knight errant realized.
All thoughts of the merchant gone from her head, she took to the skies after a running start, flying in the direction she had first heard the voice - where she was determined she would find others to help her.

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As time passed, Neden and Dreux sat there in the cave as the fire cast its glow across the ice wall and across their faces, as if dancing in the moonlight that managed to peak into the cave. As they were mid-sentence, Neden and Dreux were taken out of their current train of thought as another gust of wind blew, but this time something else came with it, a voice. A voice neither of them had fully heard until now. But it was almost as if someone was shouting into their ears for desperation and sadness as the apparent female voice spoke to them from somewhere unknown in the world.

"Mortals! Hear my voice! The Evil King has unleashed a plague upon your world! My Children, the Dragons, have been tainted by his vile magic! Protect yourselves! And please! Save my Children! They mean you no harm, but they cannot fight his evil will! Save them! I beg you all! " the voice seemed to have shouted but as the two sat there and blinked, they realized it had only been in their minds as if someone was communicating with them telepathically.

Dreux was the first one to respond to it as he fell back from where he was sitting and felt as though he was light-headed from the sudden voice in his head, meanwhile Neden sat there in silence as she took in the words and what they meant. Dreux sat there with his hands on his head as if holding his ears from pain, "Wha...what was that? Wh-who's....who's voice was that? If not the voice of the almighty Goddess herself, I don't know..." Dreux seemed to have muttered out as he looked out from the cave and where they were hiding from the weather. He blinked slowly as he came out from his shock filled state and only sat there as he waited to see if Neden had heard it as well if it were only just him or not.

Neden sat there just as Dreux did, staring blankly out of the cave's entrance at the nothingness that existed out there. Whose voice was it and what did she mean by saving her children? Who? Who was this and who were the children she was speaking of? And...and did the voice say dragons?! Like actual dragons? With wings and fire breathing? Perhaps like the ones she heard of in story tales and fables from the supposed crazy elder in her village? She wasn't sure, but all she knew is that she had to figure out who the voice was, and what they needed. Who was the supposed evil king? And why did he want the voice killed? That was something she was too going to find out over time.

A few moments after they eventually came out of their state of shock and confusion, they looked up at each other and nodded. They looked out and saw that the wind was dying down, and in a few hours, the sun would begin to rise eventually. They packed up their things and Neden wrapped her cloak around her tightly as they exited the cave. Neden looked on as Dreux took a deep breath and slowly shifted into the same exact giant black wolf from the forest from before. She looked at him with a look of shock on her face, as well as a twinkle of hope in her eyes as he slowly walked over to her and towered over the already rather talk woman as he looked into her eyes, "So...it really is you, huh? I'm just happy that I was right...about everything...Now, how about we go and find out where that voice is coming from, huh boy?" she asked as she gently stroked his nose and chin, her fingers entangling in his dark and thick fur. Dreux gave her a nod and knelt down to let her onto his back.

Neden made sure she had everything she would need, her mask that hung tightly to her waist by the metal chain that it was connected to, sword that was in its sheath by her sight on the left of her belt, shield that she kept on her back by the leather strap that held her things, her kusarigama that were attached her to belt by the chain in a way for easy access to the weapon as well as keeping it safe, and lastly her bag that she kept on her back with small supplies that were rescued from the incident at the lake, and then the necklace that was given to her by her mother before her passing and apparent abandonment. Neden clutched the necklace in her hands tightly and mumbled something softly to herself and got onto Dreux's back with ease and with that, the duo made their way to wherever they were headed in search of the voice that called out to them, bringing them where it was, but little did they know they were headed to Dragon Cove at the center of the world.

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The day passed by slowly as Neden and Dreux slowly made the rest of their way across the frozen lake and into another set of woods and forests, passing by small villages and towns as they eventually came to their destination as the sun had begun to set. It was a small port town at the far of the small archipelago of small islands in the upper region of the world just below the mountains and frozen wasteland that was where Neden has spent so much of her life in the small and reclusive village in the mountains. Dreux huffed a sigh of relief as they slowly made their way into the town, it was small, and surrounded by a mountain range in the backside of the town, while the front and portside were open to the waters.

Neden looked at Dreux as they caught a moment to breathe as they had spent the whole day traveling to the small port, just to go to Dragon Cove the next morning. She looked at Dreux as she pat his side, "I'll go look for a place to find supplies and some new clothes...seeing as how I won't need these anymore. When I find them I'll let you know. I entrust you to look for a way to get to Dragon Cove in the meantime, alright?" she said as she gave him another stroke on his nose and left to find supplies.

Meanwhile, Dreux had shifted back into his more human looking form and stretched. He had been in his wolf form all day and needed to stretch his legs and arms, nevermind that he wasn't exactly used to carrying someone else for half of a day. He craned his neck to one side, and then looked out towards the ocean as ships sailed in the sunset of the sun's glow, and smiled. He hadn't been to a port town in years and it brought back many memories for him, mainly good but a mix of sadness was there. He shook his head and examined himself as he looked at the outfit he was wearing and dusted himself off, "I'm going to need a better outfit...But that's another worry entirely. Now, now we search for a way to get to Dragon Cove..." he muttered to himself as he bumbled along the port town for a way to find a ride to Dragon Port, asking several different captains and boatings for rides, and many turned him down as it was too late for them to leave port until morning. With many rejections or being told to wait until morning, eventually started to make his way back to where he would wait for Neden, that is unless another opportunity for him arrived on the way back to find Neden.

Neden, on the other hand, had managed to find herself wandering into a small shop on the east side of the port town, she rummaged through many of the outfits they were offering, but many didn't suit her until she managed to find one in particular. It had light barings of armor and metal but was for the most part fluid in how she would be able to move in combat. She nodded and asked if she could try it on, but at first, the woman had no idea what she was trying to say, as Neden had forgotten that she was speaking in her tribe's tongue without a second thought. She cleared her throat and spoke the best she could in the common tongue with a rough accent blended in, "S-sorry, I meant to say if I could try this on?" she asked as her face turned a light pink from embarrassment, how had she not realized she was speaking with her clan's tongue. She shook her head and was lead into where she could change into the outfit she had picked.

She looked herself in the mirror and studied the way she looked after she fumbled with the armor and the straps it came with. As she looked into the mirror she fell into a trance-like state, only being taken out of it when she heard a knock on the door and being asked if she was alright, "I-I'm alright, thank you." she shook her head and looked back at herself in the mirror and stopped, slowly drawing closer to the mirror as she noticed something was off. She wasn't sure if it was just her imagination was playing tricks on her, but she could have sworn for a split second that her eyes changed colors. Not the iris, but the white part of her eyes flashed for a second into a more darker color, as if almost black in nature. She blinked a few more times and shook her head, seeing as her eyes were back to the normal white and mixed colors of grey and blue. She sighed and rubbed her face, "Get it together, Neden...It's been a long day but..calm yourself. You're just imagining things. You've been through alot...You almost died, and learned that magic exists...as well as dragons, and Miithis...Maybe I need a drink...or food...or both.." she mumbled and left the room, she handed the woman some coins for the clothing and left and eventually met back up with Dreux, the two discussing that they had no way of getting to Dragon Cove, not until they managed to find someone that was willing for the right price.

After a few more hours of sailors rejecting their need to get to Dragon Cove, they eventually say down at a small restuarant to gather their thoughts and think of something. Dreux was alone to his thoughts as was Neden. But she sighed and stood up and craned her neck and looked around.

"I'm gonna try to find one more person...maybe they'll agree to certain terms. I'll see what I can do." she said as she nodded and walked away, leaving Dreux to continue thinking of what to do.

Neden left Dreux along and walked down one of the pier's as she looked for someone to help, anyone at this point. And she'd be willing to help them in anyway that they could. Eventually she managed to find an older man by his vesssel. She took a deep breath and approached the man.

She remembered to speak in the common tongue allbeit with a minor accent, "E-excuse me, sir? Me and a friend are looking for someone to help us to Dragon Cove? Would you be willing to help us? We have money, and if that isn't enough, I'm sure we would be willing to do a favor for you?" she asked with a bit of a shakey voice.

The man looked up at her with his silver eyes and chuckled, "If it's a ride to Dragon Cove that you seek, you're out of luck, Lassie. I'm not a travel or luxary vessel. Try somewhere else." she said with a gruff tone in his voice as he went back to fiddling with his vessel.

Neden's hand twitched as she grew closer to him, "Please, sir...we have to get there. As soon as possible. Please..."

The man sighed and looked back at her again, "What about no do you not understand, love? I already said no, once. I'm not..." his voice drifted as a small smirk creased his lips. He looked back up at her and continued, "Ya know...there is, something that you could do for me." he said with a rather large and uncomfortable smile.

Neden's eyebrow raised she looked at him with confusion, "Like I said..Payment of any kind isn't a problem." she said again.

The man grinned and stood up, towering over her by at least a few inches, "I'll bring you and your friend....Only if you promise to...help me after I bring you there for your bussiness."

Neden awkwardly nodded at him as she began to walk away from the man to go get Dreux. A few minutes later she came back with him and they bordered the man's strange ship. After a few moments it began to move and bustle as water was used to propel it across the ocean. Neden sat down at one of the sides of the ship, her back against the edge of the ship at Dreux sat next to her. She explained what his agreement was, and he knew all too well what the man meant by favor, and if he could do anything about it, he'd make sure they got far enough away from him after they arrived and made sure that Neden was always next to him at all times, not willing to take a chance for him to make a move on her while they sailed across the ocean to Dragon Cove.

Dreux noticed that Neden held onto him rather tightly, "Are you alright?" he asked

Neden shook her head and held to his arm with her dear life, "I...I don't know how to swim...and I'm deathly afraid of it.." she said softly as she stayed close to him for safety and warmth.

Dreux nodded at her and held her tightly, understanding all too well what one's fear would do to someone, especially when they had nowhere to go and were only surrounded by it until they got off at Dragon Cove.

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After two days at sea, the sun was high in the sky, and Neden and Dreux were in their normal spot on the small vessel. They were talking about normal things between them, Neden telling him about her village and what it was like living in a warrior based village and how she was an outcast since she could remember. He nodded and comforted her the best he could letting her know she was not alone in being an outcast, as he too was an outcast in his village and people. They discussed their common interests in battle, travel, exploration, and things of the unknown and mysterious. Dreux helped explain to her how magic worked in the world, and how certain people were born with special powers and abilities, as well as special connections to their gods, depending on what race they were in they weren't human.

"So..What other kinds of humans or races are there? Aside from human like me and Miithi like you, Dreux?" she asked as she took some bites of her food as they were enjoying their breakfast alone on the deck as the captain that had introduced himself as Luther, captain of the Omen, a single pirate that roamed the seas. He had left them to their own devices as he simply didn't care and stayed to himself, as he kept the boat going to Dragon Cove as he manipulated the water with his powers. Which had in all truth intrigued Neden and slightly scared her at the same time, usually being told to leave Luther alone as she'd watch him as he worked.

Dreux chuckled at her question and nodded as he wiped his mouth after a mouthful of rice and fish, placing the napkin on his lap he spoke, "There are many different races, dear. There's Miithi, which is what I am. We can be any kind, differing in canine like me, or felines, or bears...too many to count, honestly. Then there's Orcs, Goblins, Hobgoblins, Elves, Dark Elves, and High Elves, each having their own attributes and such of the like. Faeries, Nymphs, Merfolk, Giants, Treants, and then there's the descendants of Dragons...Draconians. Those that appear human and are very much so human but can change into their dragon forms whenever they see fit. All races have a mana threshold, depending on the race, they have a certain level of power. Et Cetera, Et Cetera. Anything else, my dear?" he asked and took another bite of food as he listened if Neden had any further questions.

Neden sat silently there as Dreux spoke of all the other kinds of races and how magic worked, her eyes widened as he spoke. Her mind was going all over the place trying to take in all the information she was given, it was almost too much for her, but she managed to retain it the best she could. She nodded and then looked down at her plate and then back up, and was about to speak when she felt a shiver go down her spine again.

She looked out towards the sea as something was calling towards her again, Dreux too looked towards the water and went silent, as if they were entranced by something. Dreux looked at Neden with a serious look on his face as he spoke the following, "Get up and get your sword and shield. Now!" he exclaimed as he jumped to his feet and retrieved his own sword and shield he had bought at the port town, and got into a defensive stance as Neden ran back with her sword and shield and stood in the same position as Dreux, with her shield in front of her as well as her sword in an offensive manner. Her hands held tightly to her weaponry as she looked around and then back at Dreux in confusion, "What...what is it?" she questioned

Dreux gripped his sword tightly as his eyes remained glued towards the sea, "Any second now...I can..oh fu-" he was cut off as a large shadow dashed across the water, causing the ship to almost tip over, but due to the captain maintaining his composure, the boat didn't keel over.

"Wh...what was-"

A scream echoed out, causing all three of the party to cover their ears in pain as they crouched down, and stood back up as the cry ended, looking around as confusion and worry set in for all of them. Dreux turned his head slowly around but saw nothing. A few short moments later the dark shadow made it's appearance again and what lied before they made them all stop and stare where they stood. A few feet above the water hovered a large, black shadowy figure as it seemed to examine the three. A large, black scaled dragon was before them. Its black and golden scales reflected in the light, as its shadow like fog covered the nearby vicinity of the boat around them. Encasing the ship in darkness, meaning their visibility was now hindered.

Dreux stayed closely by Neden as he continued to look around in the encroaching fog as he had to know where the beast was, "Ever fight a dragon before?" he said with a teasing tone in his voice.

Neden gave him a look of confusion on her face, "Wh-what? Have I ever fought a what?!" she exclaimed as she looked back around, trying to find the sight of the creature.

"I'll take that as a no. Dragons are said to be the oldest living beings. I guess you could say, they're the children of the Gods and Goddesses, and if more correctly, all life itself in one way or another. Did your village not teach you of the Gods?" he questioned her as he remained looking out as the dragon could attack any moment.

"No...They forbade it...I was never taught anything of the Gods...I guess you could I'm naive to this world?" she said with a bit of a tone of embarrassment and sadness as the realization of her not really knowing much of the world set in.

"It isn't really anything to be ashamed of. You weren't allowed to know, it's understandable. It doesn't make you naive or dumb...Just ill taught. Nothing to blame yourself for-" he was cut off as the voice of the captain came from the deck of the ship.

"Enough of this shit! Keep your eyes open for this bastar- AGH!!" he was immediately blasted off the main and onto where they were by a blast of what seemed to be black and purple smoke. He stood up and dusted himself off, unsheathing his own weapons as the thee kept their backs towards each other and their eyes and ears all around them.

Another screech rang out as the dragon darted out of the fog and shot another blast at Neden. Neden's eyes widened as the blast rocketed towards her, instinctively she guarded herself with her shield and prepared to be thrown back from the immense force of the projectile. But as the blast made contact with her shield, she was only moved back by a few inches as the power and mana that was infused into the shield gave Divine Protection and lessened the blow. Her eyes widened, and her hands wrapped around her weapons tighter, realizing this was life or death, and whatever powers her shield contained, it was clearly strong enough to keep herself getting blasted by its breath. But, it would not be enough to help defeat it. If the ship went down, they would all surely die.

Neden looked towards the others and then trialed the beast with her eyes, "It's encircling us! Keep your guards up!" she exclaimed and made a dash for the back of the ship. Dreux's eyes widened as he saw her run, but he had to hold his ground and keep his eyes open and alert for the next attack from the beast.

But another screech sounded, and out of nowhere another blast shot out and was aimed towards Neden. She managed to turn on her heels quickly, but it was too fast, out of instinct she guarded herself with her arms. After a few short moments of her eyes being shut, she slowly blinked, seeing that the blast was nowhere to be seen. But what was before her, made her eyes widen and her hands began to shake. In front of her, suspended in water was the blast. Neden looked to Luther to see if it was him, but he had his sword and shield in his hands and was dodging the dragons rapid-fire blasts that were aimed towards him. Neden looked next at Dreux, who only looked at her with a small smile on his face, "I knew it..." he mumbled to himself, as it was revealed that it was, in fact, Neden herself that had caused the water to form and take control of the blast.

Neden blinked and her hands shook, and after a few short moments, the water lost its form and fell to the floor of the ship as Neden lost her concentration. Dreux ran over to her and helped keep her protected as Luther fought off the dragon as best as he could, using a combination of his weapons and manipulation of the water to fend of the beast.

Neden looked at Dreux as he helped her to her feet, "Wh...what was...Dreux..?" she questioned with a scared tone to her voice as she looked up at the male that loomed over her.

Dreux smiled at her and held her hand as they began to engage the beats in combat again, "I will explain later, but now...We need to get this beast out of here or we will die! Pray to the Gods that we don't perish this day..." he said softly as the beast roared and sent several more blasts aimed towards them. Dreux sighed and sheathed his weapons. He dodged a few of the blasts, and as he saw an opening, he took a deep breath, planted his feet to the deck of the ship and sent a bolt of lightning at the beast, it managed to hit the right wing of the beast and it faulted for a few moments as it recovered from the attack. Luther took the moment as an opportunity and used his power to force a wave to smash into the beast, staggering it for a few moments until it recovered and flew up higher into the sky.

Neden watched as the other fought to the beast, doing their best to drive it away if they could. She looked towards the sky and closed her eyes for just a moment and spoke a soft prayer, "I don't know who's listening...But please...Please...Anyone...help us...Please!" she cried out in her mind as she joined the others to engage in a more than likely losing battle against a beast that was far more powerful than they were, but it did seem to be getting ready to leave, but they continued to press on. Dreux and Luther sending bolts of lightning and water against it whenever they had the opening to and dodged out of the way as more bursts of shadow magic were aimed at them. All they had to do was hope to the Gods that they could either tire it or by some miracle it would turn tail and leave them alone, as the ship had begone to become rather damaged from the magic of the beast.

As they continued what seemed to be their endless fight against the beast, Neden felt a breeze graze their skin and toss the boat to one side for a moment and all was still again. "What the bloody hell..." Luther muttered as he remained vigilant and looked around for the beast. Dreux looked at Neden as she looked at him with wide eyes until she collapsed onto the floor of the ship as a sharp pain found itself in her head. It was a voice, no...It was the same voice she had heard from before, the one calling them to help come to Dragon Cove. The very reason she was on the mission with Dreux at this very moment.

"My Child. Take this. My Power. Protect yourself from the Darkness!" the voice sounded as it reverberated through her head.

Dreux ran over to her as she fell, looking at her with concern. "Neden, are you okay? What happened?" he said with worry as he looked down at her with compassion and worry written all over his face.

Neden looked back up at him slowly, causing Dreux to draw back as he saw that her eyes were now black instead of white as they normally were, "A-are...are you alright-" he was cut off as Neden slowly rose to feet and brushed past him as her eyes trailed the beast in the sky as it circled above. She looked at him and shook her head, turning back towards the monster a light growl erupted from her throat as she fell to the floor once more and convulsed as she could feel something overtaking her body from within. Dreux rushed towards her and laid his hands on her gently, "It's alright, Neden...Just breathe...Breathe, and you'll be okay. Just...Just let the power flow..." he softly spoke to her and rose back to his feet, and turned to engage with the beast again.

As the two engaged in combat yet again, they were too busy to notice what was going on behind them. Suddenly something rushed past them and engaged in combat with the beast itself, it was a blur as it happened so quickly. But after a few moments of them recollecting themselves, they realized what it was. They watched as the dragon was busy fighting something else, it was smaller than the beast itself but larger than them. It was human in stature but was covered in light ice blue and silver colored scales, but it was lacking wings and a tail, unlike the beast they had been fighting.

"Is...Is that...?" Luther mumbled as he looked at Dreux who was in just as much shock as he was.

Dreux looked at him and nodded, "Yes...Yes, it is." he said with a small smile across his face as he watched the two creatures fight.

The black dragon shot up into the air as the smaller blue and gray one clung tightly to it, as it started crawing higher onto the beast. As a ditch attempt to shake off the smaller being, the dragon soared up into the sky and spun around, trying to shake itself free of the dragon. After what seemed to be an eternity of shaking it free, the beast shook itself free one more time, the smaller one digging its claws into the beast, blood oozing out of the small puncture wounds that were now dotted into its flesh. The large beast shook the smaller one off and it slammed onto the deck of the ship, as the larger black dragon had enough and flew off and eventually out of sight, taking the black and dark purple smog with it.

Luther and Dreux looked at each other, and then back at the beast that was smashed into the boat and ran over to it. It was crumpled into a pile, its arms and legs were curled up as it laid there silently, not moving. Luther looked at Dreux, then back at the beast and then back at Dreux, "Do...do you think it's de-" he was cut off as Dreux shook his head and knelt down beside it, gently placing his hand on the creature's shoulder.

"No. She'll be fine...She just needs to rest." he said calmly as he looked over the creature.

"But...That's a..A Draconian..It hit the ship rather hard..."

Dreux chuckled, "Just give her some time. She'll be back to her normal self after some time."

"She? You...You've seen these things, haven't you? Dragons and others?"

"I've seen a lot of things in my time...Draconians like Neden here are nothing new to me." he stated plainly as he looked at Luther, then back at the Draconian as it slowly began to lose its scales and reptilian features and turned back into the human form that dominated its body for more than twenty years. "She's been in her human form for twenty years...Those that possess dark magic or are corrupted by it will seek out beings with power, and since Neden here has been in her human form for the majority of her life from my assumptions...The dragon sensed her power and attacked us. This is why we need to get to Dragon Cove as soon as we can. For our safety's sake, as well as fixing up the ship, and Neden."

Luther nodded and turned his back as he examined his ship, "This is going to cost you two...But I appreciate what your friend here did...I think without her, we would have...well...ya know.." he murmured the rest of his apology and went to go see what would need to be fixed.

Meanwhile, Dreux attended to Neden and her wounds and would have to explain what happened to her when she came to, this was going to be a long story..

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(OOC: Skipping ahead to the date of arrival with Kumori's permission. If anyone objects, talk to him in the discord.)

Finally, the Dragon's Cove. The thing everyone had been searching for. It has been many days since they first left, but at last their long journey is over. But little did anyone know that it had only just begun.
As the hardy group of travelers arrived on land after so long, the first thing they would encounter would be a woman sitting on a large boulder, cleaning her sword. She wore black armor and had large, raven-like wings sprouting from her back. As the group approached, she looked up and smiled, sheathing her sword. She jumped off the boulder and landed softly on the ground, using her wings to slow her descent.
The woman pulled out a large piece of parchment. Written on it in dried ink was this message:
"Hello. My name is Aznyxphia. I have been waiting for all of you here on behest of the gods. As decreed by our Lord and Creator, I hereby announce myself as leader of this band of hardy adventurers. I cannot speak, so if one of you knows sign language it would be handy. In any case, you shall follow me to our grand destiny."
After they all got a good look, this Aznyxphia woman rolled up the parchment and then stood waiting for a response, smiling faintly.

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The islands came into view on the horizon, and everyone's hearts were erratically beating in their chests. Elena's heart was in her throat while Pau'Ka rubbed her back and helped calm her with a softly hummed melody. Korose, meanwhile, was arriving as well on another boat just beside theirs.

As the boats touched down, they all disembarked and met for the first time as they all acknowledged they were there for the same reason: They heard the voice of the Gods.

"So you all heard the voice as well."

"Yes. Both of us."

"I see. Does she speak?"

"She does, but she knows very little of the modern tongue. She speaks in the ancient language of the High Elves."

"Understood."

As the trio walked forward, they beheld a woman with black wings who approached them and held up a parchment detailing that she was declaring herself the leader. Something about the Gods wanting it to be so. But given what they'd heard, they couldn't really dismiss the thought. They didn't know what she was told compared to themselves, so they agreed to go with it for the time being.

However, they were all noticing something rather... Ominous.

The Dragons who were present were all watching them like hawks. No blinking. No signs of even breathing. If they were, the breaths were so subtle and well controlled it didn't look like they were. They almost looked more like statues glaring down at them. But they weren't attacking which was... Interesting.

"Wonder why they're being so passive?"

"I sense concern in their hearts... They're scared."

"What did she say?"

"I don't know. She usually writes it down on parchment or signs."

Elena approached the black-winged woman and signed: Have they said anything to you?, motioning towards the Dragons.

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Elena Character Portrait: Zaldir Kestal Character Portrait: Saewyn Anaya Ehrhard Character Portrait: Aznyxphia, the Pariah Knight Character Portrait: Pau'Ka Character Portrait: Vernon Shulls Character Portrait: Carmen 'Ruffles' Rufferones Character Portrait: Korose Character Portrait: Aranaea Kestal

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Aranaea’s boat arrived to Dragon’s Cove, and the Fire Mage used her spell to jump off the ship and fly to the Beach and land, approaching the gathering group. Out of the corner of her left eye she saw another elf taking a rowboat off of another ship and arriving as with the rest of her gaze, spied several others. One of which was a dark haired elf that, to say in short, took her breath away by his appearance.

”He’s handsome, I’ll give him that.” Aranaea thought. She watched as the winged woman held out a parchment introducing herself. She raised an eyebrow at her apparent declaration. Whilst she may have also heard the voice of some of the Gods, it was apparent that somehow, she may have interpreted it with her own beliefs in mind.

That was when fate gave her the shock of her life.

”Leader? You? You take off and leave someone without a word of thanks for attempting to help you for some delusion? What kind of leader would be that rude to a person?” said the elf she saw before. Aranaea turned to face him.

”Don’t be rude to someone you just me-“ She shouted on Elvish before she stopped short. She stared at the Amulet around his neck and slowly reached for it.

”Paws off you crazy lady! That amulet’s the only thing I got left of my sister!” the elf declared, making her gasp even more so.

”I know. She gave it to you when you were seven years old. It was your birthday present from your big sister. A sister who was afraid she’d never see you again, Zaldir.” she said, switching back to common as she pulled back her hood, revealing her face, now showing that there were tears openly flowing. ”But I finally found you, after fifty long years I’ve found you.”

Zaldir’s eyes blinked once, twice before they widened. ”Aranaea? S-Sis? Is it really-agh!” he couldn’t say anything more, as the embracing hug surrounded and crushed him like a snake. Something they were both very afraid of. But soon, Zaldir returned the embrace.

”I have so many questions.” He said, voice cracking with emotion.

”All in good time, little brother. We have a much more pressing matter to tend to.” Aranaea replied, wiping her tears and looking up to eye the dragons currently watching them.

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Zaldir Kestal Character Portrait: Saewyn Anaya Ehrhard Character Portrait: Aznyxphia, the Pariah Knight Character Portrait: Pau'Ka Character Portrait: Vernon Shulls Character Portrait: Carmen 'Ruffles' Rufferones Character Portrait: Korose Character Portrait: Aranaea Kestal

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The days slowly passed by for the duo and Luther, who as usual left them alone for the most part. All the while on their trip to the cove they kept their weapons close and always kept an eye and ear out for any possible future dragon attack, thankfully there was none. As the days had passed, Neden had asked Dreux several times what happened when the dragon attacked, and he only ever gave her the same answer, that she'd find out in due time. That it'd be better she found out by someone that wasn't him. Reluctantly she listened to him and they continued with their daily things, sitting down for breakfast, chatting, talking about their pasts and home life, more so Neden on the latter than Dreux.

But eventually, a small island appeared in the distance, that only grew larger and large the closer they got to it. Neden's eyes widened as they slowly grew closer to the island, this was the first time she was outside of her village back in the mountains, and everything amazed her, from the color of the skies to the smells, to the sights, the people she had brief encounters with back at the port. But not all was well with her, all the way from the port to now, she had been sick to her stomach whenever she looked at the water. She had never learned to swim, and as she had almost drowned as a child years ago, it further cemented her fear of water in her, even now. And for well over a week she was surrounded by dark, deep water and nowhere to go.

But as their boat came to a stop as it made a soft thud as it hit the sandy shores of Dragon Cove, Neden looked around, seeing several other boats large and small beaching as well. Clearly, they heard the call as well, as no one would normally come to this place, and as she looked up she clearly understood why. The name gave it all she needed to know, there was indeed a cove, but more so awe-inspiring to her, was the fact that on the cliffs above, there loomed large and frightful and otherwise beautiful beasts. She couldn't help but have her jaw drop as she looked up at them, something familiar, and almost safe made her feel at ease being with them. But she couldn't place her finger on why. She looked up at the large beasts once more as the others began to gather into a group with a large rock before them, she smiled at them then looked back down and felt her stomach turn.

"You alright, Ne?" Dreux asked as he had stayed back with her by the boats.

Neden looked at him and shook her head, "I-I was on the water for so long...It feels weird to be standing on-wh-what is this?" she asked as she looked down, and knelt, taking some of the golden colored texture in her hand and seeing as it seemed to fall like water between her fingers, but had a texture she had no familiarity with. It was warm and soft, but also brittle in a sense.

Dreux looked at her and chuckled, shaking his head as he answered her question, "It's what is called sand, Neden. It can be found on beaches like this, or in vast majorities in deserts, completely made of this. Have you never seen this before?" he asked, with genuine curiosity, for how little did Neden really know of the world outside of her village, it anything.

Neden's eyes widened a little as he explained what it was, she squeezed it in her hands a little, and as she unfolded her hand, she saw it had formed into a compact texture and appearance. " I...I didn't mean to-" she started as she dropped it and looked at Dreux with a slightly sad look on her face as if she had done something wrong.

Dreux shook his head yet again and chuckled as he knelt down beside her, gently placing his hand on her's, "It's alright, Neden. It's what sand does. It can be molded into many shapes, or even smelted down with enough heat to make glass. You didn't do anything wrong." he gave her a smile and gently ruffled her hair as he stood up, and helped her to her feet.

Neden nodded at him and gave him a shy and bashful look on her face as a slight blush covered her cheeks. She shook her head and looked at the slowly forming group that was up more against the rocks and cove itself, "W-we should probably meet up with the others now..." she said softly in her clan's tongue, and quickly tried to recorrect herself by speaking in the common tongue, "I-I mean-" she was cut off as Dreux gently took her hand.

"It's alright, Neden. I can understand your clan's language, if not perfectly. It'll take you some time to learn to speak with the common tongue but don't be ashamed." he gave her a kind smile and led her to the others.

They stood in the back of the group, eyeing the others and seeing who the others were that heard the voice. Dreux recognized the fact that there were a few elves, a succubus, which he noted was a rare sight indeed, what appeared to be a female dark elf, which was another rare sight, and two human looking people that stuck together, a male and a female. But what struck him as odd, and caused a small smile to spread on his face, was the scent of a Draconian, not Neden, but another one. He looked where the scent came from and saw that it belonged to the rather tall woman with blonde hair and dark red eyes, another rare sight, a Draconian with red eyes. He turned back to Neden and smiled, now seeing how she wasn't alone.

His attention was taken from the Succubus who had apparently decided she was to be the leader, to the female elf with blue hair and the man she was speaking with, the male elf. From what transpired, the tears and hugs, clearly a sign of that they knew each other, which brought a smile on his face.

Meanwhile, Neden was currently not feeling very well and had to excuse herself as she quickly ran to the boats, knelt down and emptied the contents of her stomach, and stayed near the water's edge for a few moments in case nausea came back to her. But after a few moments, she dusted herself off and cleaned her mouth and regrouped with the others, remaining silent as she stood with her arms crossed over her chest and her eyes darting over the others, and her eyes stopped as her eyes scanned the woman that made Dreux smile. She felt a small blush cover her cheeks and immediately looked away from her and back to the woman with wings, as the others spoke, deciding on what to do.

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Zaldir Kestal Character Portrait: Saewyn Anaya Ehrhard Character Portrait: Aznyxphia, the Pariah Knight Character Portrait: Pau'Ka Character Portrait: Vernon Shulls Character Portrait: Carmen 'Ruffles' Rufferones Character Portrait: Korose Character Portrait: Aranaea Kestal

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Vernon Shulls / Carmen ‘Ruffles’ Rufferones
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It had taken some convincing to have Vernon take her to Dragon’s Cove. After all, the crew had a close enough call in their first dragon encounter; not to mention their ship was in a state of disrepair thanks to that monster. Still, with enough pleading and the promise that they’d at least be able to moor and conduct repairs, Vernon relented. He didn’t exactly believe her nonsense about some ‘voices in her head calling for aid’ - after all, she was a bit of a ditz – but their personal lady luck had never lead them astray since her arrival. He’d have to trust that there was some reason she felt compelled to go there.

Docking near the beach as they dropped the anchor, Vernon looked with some trepidation at the number of other boats that had arrived. Dragon’s Cove wasn’t exactly a common trade route, so the fact that so many ships were here was an omen indeed. Assigning the crew to their repair tasks and promising to be quick, Vernon and Carmen dropped the rowboat and began to head for shore. Not that Vernon needed to do any rowing. Sliding gracefully off the back of the boat and holding onto the stern; there was a brief flash of pinkish red light before Carmen underwent her transformation. With her large tail, it was a simple matter for the mermaid to push the small ship to the beach, the girl changing back to her human form once she could get some traction in the sand.

After securing their ship into place, the duo slowly made their way over to the others – Vernon with folded arms and Carmen with hers eagerly in front of her. Seeing so many people, Vernon subconsciously felt the weight on his back, the bundle of weapons ready to be used at a moment’s notice in case things turned sour. Still, these individuals didn’t look particularly threatening, except perhaps that winged woman or the elf with the faint red eyes. No, the more pressing concern was the den of beasts behind the winged woman, the dragons eying them all with caution. If they decided to attack, things could get ugly, so Vernon, despite his nonchalant posture, remained ready. Not being particularly social, Vernon took place following just behind Carmen as the Mermaid hurried forward to introduce herself.

“Hey everybody! I’m Carmen and this is Vernon. I was having these weird dreams and things, but like, this proves I’m not crazy, right? Something’s going on here, yeah? Does anyone know what’s going on? Who’s in charge?” At those words, there was some ruffling as a parchment was flapped a couple of times in the wind. Looking over, Carmen made her way over to the somewhat intimidating looking woman holding the paper and took hold of it to have a read. The opportunity was short lived, as Vernon moved up and ruffled her hair, distracting the mermaid long enough for him to pilfer the parchment and give it a read.

Ignoring the already present squabbling between what appeared to be some reuniting siblings, Vernon gave his own ‘insightful’ comments to their supposed leader. “How do you even pronounce that? I almost suffocate just looking at it.” Grunting a bit as Carmen shoved him in the side with a look that said ‘don’t be rude’, Vernon sighed. “More importantly, I don’t believe or care about gods, lords or any of that crap. What I do care about is some young broad who can’t even give orders without a parchment trying to play Captain. You want me to follow you?” Vernon took a step back, cracking his knuckles. “Then make me submit.”

“Vernon! Stop being an ass! Geez!” Carmen huffed, tugging on Vernon’s arm and waving her hand in a calming gesture. “Ignore him. He’s uh… Special. Dropped on the head as a baby. Real Tragedy. We’re all coming to terms with it…” Trailing off mournfully, Carmen was clearly poking fun. Soon enough, Vernon shrugged free of Carmen, shaking his head and turning his back to the group. “Whatever. Once we find out what you’re here for and the ship is repaired, we’re setting sail.” Taking a few more steps away onto a rock, Vernon took some time to appraise the group, but all the while, his eyes continued to watch the dragons. Perhaps there would be some challenge here after all.

Still standing and grinning to herself happily, Carmen briefly glanced behind her to see a couple more newcomers. Seeing as the Elves were having a hugfest, and the other trio with the pink haired lass were already talking amongst themselves, maybe she’d go make friends with the latest arrivals? Skipping over towards the beach, Carmen went to make her intentions known. “Yo! I’m Carmen, what-“ Cutting herself off as the pretty lady ran off to… Return favour to the ocean. Not wanting to draw attention to her failed conversation starter, the mermaid kind of awkwardly stood between all the parties, only slowly making her way over once the woman returned.

“Take two! Yo ho ho, I’m Carmen. Do you guys hear voices in your head too?” Not paying attention to how bad that sounded out of context, Carmen continued, leaning in towards the female of the pair. “Also, you’re looking a bit pale. If the sea ails ya, I probably have some home remedies back on my ship. I’m like, second in command and the navigator, so I’m kind of a big deal.” Attempting to talk herself up, Carmen had her hands on her hips standing proudly. After all, she’d recently stopped a dragon attack. She was totally officially a big deal now. Hopefully they’d be impressed.

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Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Vernon Shulls Character Portrait: Carmen 'Ruffles' Rufferones

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Neden and Dreux stood silently and occasionally whispered to each other as the others seemed to have an issue with the Succubus assuming leadership, which Dreux did have an issue with, but wouldn't want to bring it up now to stir up strife, nor would Neden. Neden was about as oblivious to everything that was going on, as usual, looking to Dreux for some confirmation as to what was going on. But before they could speak, a younger looking girl ran up to them and introduced herself rather energetically and openly.

She introduced herself as Carmen and apparently the second hand of the ship off in the distance, and with the man that seemed to start some strife with the woman from earlier. They turned their full attention to Carmen and listened as she asked if they too heard voices, meaning the voices that called them here. They both silently nodded and when she mentioned Neden's green complexion, Neden's face took on a light blush of embarrassment.

Dreux stepped forth and gave her a nod of his head and small bow at the waist, " Hello there, Miss Carmen. It is a pleasure to meet you. My name is Dreux, and this here is Neden. As for the voices, yes. We too heard what you could refer to as The Call that brought us all here?" he said with a small chuckle and awkwardly rubbed the back of his neck under his cloak, as he kept the hood up to cover his ears and hail from sight and possible discrimination from the others.

Neden looked at the woman with the pink hair and smiled awkwardly at her as her rather strong accent took hold as she remembered to speak with the common tongue, "H-hello, C-Carmen. As Dreux here said, we too heard the voice I suppose? A-as for the medicine....I-it would be appreciated. I'm not...not very fond of wanter, nor the sea." she said as she felt herself slowly become more awkward and shy the longer she spoke.

Dreux took pity on Neden as she was clearly uncomfortable with the current situation and attempted to help relieve the awkwardness his young friend was feeling, "She means she has a slight fear of the water...Seeing as how she lived in a snow-covered mountain village, she never really learned how to swim...So, seasickness is a new experience for her. So, the medicine for her, if you wouldn't mind would be lovely, my dear. We'll repay you with whatever it is that you may need in return for it." he said with a small and friendly smile and bow again as he looked at Carmen, and stayed close to Neden as he was the only one she really felt truely comfortable or safe with, seeing as how they were with each other for a week. They looked back at the others every now and then to see if anything became of some of the others not being happy with the Succubus, or the bigger threat, the dragons that seemed to be afraid of them.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Elena Character Portrait: Zaldir Kestal Character Portrait: Saewyn Anaya Ehrhard Character Portrait: Aznyxphia, the Pariah Knight Character Portrait: Pau'Ka Character Portrait: Vernon Shulls Character Portrait: Carmen 'Ruffles' Rufferones Character Portrait: Korose Character Portrait: Aranaea Kestal

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As Saewyn arrived at the cove she realized just how bad a bunch of fools she could've been trapped with. A hefty sigh left her lips, as did a well-needed sum of her mana, used toward the end of masking her presence to the others. A few steps forward and she already found herself evading one of the... people... on their way to the ocean. Oh good gracious. What HAVE I gotten myself into? , She asked herself as she studied the others. With a second of hesitation, Sae stopped and wondered if taking down her cloaking was a good idea, but it would have to be done if she was to truly decide if the fools around her were just that.

"You! All of you. Why are you here, if not for a summons." she said rather loudly, whilst moving from spot to spot hoping to remain hidden for the time being. Her cover now mostly blown by her own choosing, she stepped out from behind Dreux, dropping her use of mana to upkeep the illusion of being part of the surroundings.

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Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Elena Character Portrait: Zaldir Kestal Character Portrait: Saewyn Anaya Ehrhard Character Portrait: Aznyxphia, the Pariah Knight Character Portrait: Pau'Ka Character Portrait: Vernon Shulls Character Portrait: Carmen 'Ruffles' Rufferones Character Portrait: Korose Character Portrait: Aranaea Kestal

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Aznyxphia stood shocked as everybody started complaining to her. One angry fellow lashed out at her, saying she could not be leader with her traits. Two people were hugging, one was barfing, and pretty much everyone either ignored her or were angry with her for some reason.
Personally, Az did not understand all this. She had a decree from the Great Goddess; how could these people dare defy the orders of a god? Such blasphemy!
As the others squabbled, Aznyxphia wrote down yet another decree, and when she was done, she began stomping her foot to get everyone's attention. Once she did, she held up the scroll once again, the peppy smile gone from her face and replaced with a stern frown.
"To the young brown-haired woman, no, those are simply statues. No fell magic can cause any creature to be so stalwart and still. It is probably either an illusion, or perhaps an enchantment to create golems we must fight to gain entrance. A test from the gods, I assure you, to weigh our belief in their strife. I thank you for taking concern in your new leader's well-being, however. And I can hear what people say, so do not feel the need to sign at me. However, it would be useful if you could serve as my translator so I don't have to keep writing these big posters.
"You, merchant. I apologize for my sudden urgency to leave our matters behind, but the call of a goddess cannot be ignored. I was sent a calling by her, as all of you were, that we must save her from the vile sorcerer who calls himself The Evil King. All earthly matters are behind us now in the eyes of the gods, and I hope you may put our grievances behind you as I lead us on to divine glory. Also, I congratulate you on being reunited with your family member. May your platonic love for one another never falter.
"You there, one who calls himself Vernon." As he read this part, Az glowered at him with all of the holier-than-thouness she could muster. "How dare you blasphemy the gods who have sent you on this grand mission. If not for them, you would be a measly, unimportant sea urchin squalling around the world with no purpose in life. Fortunately, the Great Goddess, my queen and fearless leader, is ever-forgiving, and forgives this grand insult you have placed upon her daughter. I am not as forgiving. But, as the Goddess wills, I relent. But I will bear your harmful words in mind, and I promise you - there shall be retribution. I will lead all of you to victory, whether you like it or not. As the gods command."
After that, she rolled up the parchment and began walking off towards the entrance to the cove, not looking back to see if any of them were following her or not. At this point, even in spite of her goddess' decree, she had no interest in travelling with such dull, spiteful folk. They were the ones who you could make a mistake with once and would never let it up to you, always carrying that grudge. Especially that pirate lad, Vernon. She did not like him. Not at all.

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Elena Character Portrait: Zaldir Kestal Character Portrait: Saewyn Anaya Ehrhard Character Portrait: Aznyxphia, the Pariah Knight Character Portrait: Pau'Ka Character Portrait: Carmen 'Ruffles' Rufferones Character Portrait: Korose Character Portrait: Aranaea Kestal

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Elena was rather perturbed by the exchanges. Such hostility. They were in a foreign land after all of them had heard the voice of a Goddess, so there was an element of understanding within her heart despite her wish to speak out. But it was Korose, the elf behind her with the glowing red eyes, who spoke first.

"We may as well follow her for now. Standing around bickering about who is or is not 'in charge' isn't going to help anything. If we all heard the voice of the Goddess Sil'Eph Niir, then it stands to reason that she's here somewhere and can clear everything up."

"I can't say I agree with you about the leadership role, but I agree we should find the Goddess if she's here."

Elena turned and nodded her agreement. It was time to move, not bicker.

However, before they could go much further than the edge of the beach, one of the dragon statues suddenly shifted. Its eyes darted downwards and, in an instant, it leaped from the hilltop it was perched on and landed before the woman with black wings.

The creature stood, at least, 20' tall at the shoulder alone not including its neck and head which made it look even bigger. With its massive forward swept horns and elongated claws, it was not a creature either Korose, Pau'Ka, or Elena dared wish to tangle with. Nevertheless they all stopped and remained very still as the creature growled and hissed at them. An obvious indication that they were not to proceed.

But a moment later a soft rumbling in the Earth caught their attention. The dragon seemed to hear something they didn't and turned its head around to look down the path Az had previously been walking. When its gaze returned to the newcomers, it seemed to carry a softness to it as the creature walked back up to its hilltop and laid down. The other dragons around it also laid down, a clear indication that they'd dropped their hostilities.

"Looks like they're letting us pass after all." Korose said.

Together the group walked on down the grass-bordered dirt path. As they walked, they passed by an expanse of grasslands framed by mountains which seemed to go on forever into the horizon. And yet, somehow, despite how far they walked they never seemed to tire nor feel the burn of fatigue. There was something about this place which seemed to preserve their stamina and vitality. And for Elena, it was obvious.

As a High Elf with the greatest sensitivity to mana, she could feel the weight of mana in the air as they walked pouring through her body. The sheer magnitude of it is what preserved them so. But what she didn't know was why the area was so thick with mana. Was it the dragons? Their magnificent existence possibly fueling the mana's pooling here? Was it the presence of the Goddess? Her massive energy and divine presence? Or was it just the nature of Dragon's Cove as a location?

Whatever the reason soon became irrelevant, as the group rounded the bend in the path and, from behind the edge of a mountain up ahead they beheld a massive red wall crossing the Cove. Partially submerged in water, this red wall looked, at first, like it was curved. But surely it was not, right? No. It was curved. This was no "wall." This was a tube of some kind, surely. But then... Why did it seem to have scales?

Pau'Ka felt something from the structure. A kind of... Sense of "home."

"Is that... A dragon?" She asked quietly.

Elena felt the mana emanating from it, even from this distance, and she was all but overwhelmed by it and became light headed and somewhat unsteady on her feet. Pau'Ka helped lend her shoulder so she could walk easier, but still Elena seemed to suffer from the sheer magnitude of mana pouring free from whatever that was.

As they drew closer, the tube appeared to, ever so slowly, stretch and relax. Like it was breathing.

And, at long, long last... They beheld Her.

Crossing a bridge and coming free of a line of trees, the head of a massive dragon the likes of which the group could not even imagine in their most lucid dreams emerged. Partially submerged in water, laying on Her side, was the massive body of the Dragon Goddess Sil'Eph Niir. Her long, serpentine form stretched from her head all the way to the far side of the Cove. And it became clear to them that her body nearly lay across the entire thing.

"She's... I can't even..." Pau'Ka whispered to herself.

"Is this the Goddess?"

Elena nodded.

"She's sleeping, but it's her. The Goddess Sil'Eph Niir. I can sense it." She said in High Elven.

A pair of mighty dragons lay to either side of her massive head which had to be the size of a small mountain. Her enormous form was miles long. At least two by the looks of it. The sheer scale of Her was... Staggering.

"Incredible." Korose said quietly.

The group approached as far as the two dragons would let them, and then stopped... Waiting.

And finally, the head of Sil'Eph Niir stirred and one of Her eyes partially slid open. Glowing with golden light, it pierced through them all at once before her head shifted slightly, putting Her more on Her stomach.


"You have come..."

Her mouth didn't move, but they all heard Her voice in their heads.

"You all have my eternal gratitude."

Korose, Elena, and Pau'Ka were all slack jawed as they watched the Goddess and heard Her voice. It nearly brought tears to Elena's eyes, and a sense of comfort and warmth to Pau'Ka like none she'd ever felt before.

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Zaldir Kestal Character Portrait: Saewyn Anaya Ehrhard Character Portrait: Aznyxphia, the Pariah Knight Character Portrait: Pau'Ka Character Portrait: Vernon Shulls Character Portrait: Carmen 'Ruffles' Rufferones Character Portrait: Korose Character Portrait: Aranaea Kestal

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The unlikely duo silently watched as the others bickered and talked, mainly arguing with the woman with the wings. But suddenly a voice spoke up, and out stepped a woman behind Dreux, who only almost jumped out of his skin when he saw her suddenly appear, clearly she was the voice that asked why they were all here. Despite her surprisingly tall stature, her voice and face looked much younger and softer than he would have expected. But something then happened that got their attention, a rumble that caused the dragons to move out of the way and let them continue with their meeting with who called them there in the first place.

Slowly they made their way down the path, and down the middle of grass-covered valleys and mountains. And eventually to the heart and center of Dragon Cove. In the center was something far too large to be real, or what they thought to be real. It was at least two miles long in length, red and golden colored what seemed to scales, and if they paid attention to it, seemed to be...breathing? Yes, it was breathing...Wait a minute. Neden and Dreux stopped in their places as they realized what they were actually looking at, it was...a Dragon. A massive dragon, one the size of a large mountain, and it slowly began to awaken, as it lifted its head. Three smaller dragons were now awake as well and looking at them, which caused Neden and Dreux to keep their hands close by their sides, next to their weapons in case they wished to turn against them or start strife, which they honestly did not want.

But as they continued to look on, the dragon looked at them with a surprisingly calm look and spoke, not with a physical voice, but the same voice they had all heard earlier, the one that called them here. Dreux' eyes opened when he made the connection, this was who called them, the very dragon goddess herself. She called them, and that meant, the one that Neden called upon at the ship the day the dragon attacked, this was who answered her cry for help. Dreux looked upon the dragon as she spoke and gave her a bow, in pure awestruck surprise and amazement, as he was now face to face with a Goddess.

Neden, on the other hand was silent as well, in awestruck and amazement as she looked at the dragon that was before them. She was something Neden had never seen before, and her eyes slowly began to swell up with tears. Not from sadness as someone else would think, but due to the fact that this meant she was right. All of her questionings, wondering if there really was anything out there other than just her and the village. That her constant asking would indeed be answered, and now, if not later would slowly begin to be answered. And something about this dragon felt, familiar to her, as if she somehow knew this beast that lay before her.

Neden slowly walked past Dreux as she felt the strength in her legs again and walked up to the front of the group and looked on at the dragon, her eyes slowly trailing over every part of this creature, everything she ever hoped and dreamed of was now before her very eyes, and she couldn't help but form a small smile on her face as she looked on as the dragon spoke, and gave a silent nod, smiling all the while.

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Zaldir Kestal Character Portrait: Saewyn Anaya Ehrhard Character Portrait: Aznyxphia, the Pariah Knight Character Portrait: Pau'Ka Character Portrait: Vernon Shulls Character Portrait: Carmen 'Ruffles' Rufferones Character Portrait: Korose Character Portrait: Aranaea Kestal

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The reunion of the Kestal siblings was brief, however as they agreed to follow the succubus for the time being to get to the answers they were indeed looking for. The moment the dragons moved however, it put the younger Kestal on the alert as he recalled the Dragon he scarred in the Port town. He feared one day he’d run into that beast again.

But so it was, the group began to make their way into the cove as Zaldir and Aranaea walked side by side, taking in the sights and sounds of the Cove. ”So, Uhm... is there anyone else from our family still living? Or am I getting my hopes up?” the young brown haired elf asked as he walked. He glanced briefly towards the more silent elf, and felt a small bit of himself feel at awe. She was elven but she seemed more radiant and beautiful then other elves. Could she be a High Elf? He wasn’t too sure.

”Father died fighting the greenskins. Mother is with Grandmother’s Clan. She’s been... unwell since fifty years ago. You may not remember Zaldir, or maybe you do, but the Scattering was too terrible, even for a simple Orc Raid.” Aranaea replied. She Said nothing more and the sharp spring in her step caused her brother to think that now probably wasn’t a truly good time to converse about what happened that day.

As the siblings walked on with the group they began to realize how mana rich the environment was, before noticing at last the various sections of a scaled serpentine body.

“Could it be...?” Zaldir said aloud as Aranaea was slowly looking astonished as now the group came into view of the massive dragon. Before either sibling could reply they heard the voice in their heads again, now realizing at last they were meeting the Dragon Goddess who summoned them here.

“Sil’Eph Niir.” Aranaea uttered with a look of shock and wonder to her eyes. Zaldir’s eyes became wide as tears began to well up in them. For a long time, he thought he’d never be assured the Gods cared. But today, with the reunion of his sister and now coming face to face with the Dragon Goddess. He had now come to a conclusion.

“They do care.” He whispered to himself in Elvish. He silently let the tears flow. A part of him now felt regretful of how cynical he had become in his life.

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Elena Character Portrait: Zaldir Kestal Character Portrait: Saewyn Anaya Ehrhard Character Portrait: Aznyxphia, the Pariah Knight Character Portrait: Pau'Ka Character Portrait: Vernon Shulls Character Portrait: Carmen 'Ruffles' Rufferones Character Portrait: Korose Character Portrait: Aranaea Kestal

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As Aznyxphia approached the statues, they immediately leapt down to confront her, making predatory hissing noises. I guess that young woman was right about them being statues, the knight thought to herself, drawing her azure steel longsword. Very well; a battle it shall be.
But she never got the chance to do any combat. The dragons cocked their heads, as if they could hear a sound she could not. Then, they stepped to the side, resting docilely. As the others walked past, the dragons did nothing but stare and blink slowly. Aznyxphia sheathed her sword rather hesitantly, fearing a trap, but as nothing happened, she willed herself to move back to the head of the group. She was their leader, after all, and leaders must appear strong (especially with such mutinous folk like Vernon among her group).
As they entered the fertile valley, everyone felt the rush of strong winds over their head, and anyone looking up would see Aznyxphia swoop by on her ebony wings, leading them onwards in the air - at least, in her mind. The air blowing by her usually felt good, but today it was... different. The air felt almost... heavier. Thicker. Sweeter. As if it were drugged. As she traveled farther, the sensation became greater. She did not like it. Not one bit. I knew this was a trap, she thought. If anything happens, I must protect my vassals - even if it means my death. Just in case the drugged air got too much for her, she touched back down to the ground and continued walking from there.
As she travelled forwards to almost certain doom, Aznyxphia uttered a prayer to the Gods of Light, the creators and protectors of the humanoids of the world - gods who, ironically, did not actually exist, though not to Az's knowledge, of course. Great Goddess of Light and all the lower gods of Light, here my prayer. I cannot remove thy cup from mine lips, so I shall uphold your duty to the best of my honor. Mark my words, this day the Evil King and his vile dragons shall fall, and the world shall be safe again. If I may die, I pray I shall be forever rewarded in the shining Halls of Valour. Amen.
Finally, the group reached the source of what they had been looking for. What first appeared to be a rounded red wall reared its ugly head and stared the intrepid adventurers down. Soon, everyone began to fall to their knees from the aura of unholiness the loathsome creature generated. At once, Aznyxphia knew this was the Evil King, the Plague Upon the Land, the King of the Dragons. The monster the Great Goddess had sent them to slay. Their doom, and their salvation.
Even as she realized this, the dragon spoke lies of power: words to coax her chosen warriors into betraying their goddess and join his side. One of her subjects, a young, pretty blonde-haired lass who had apparently lost all rational thought, began approaching the Evil King on weakened legs, tears streaking down her eyes.
With the sweep of a dark gauntlet, Aznyxphia pushed the girl back, out of harm's way. There was both fury and fear in her eyes, and everyone could tell what she meant: "GET BACK!!!"
Then, the Pariah Knight turned back to her sworn enemy, swiftly drawing her sword again and spreading out her wings to form a shadowy wall that would protect her chosen from the evil sorcery the dragon could work.
EVIL KING! Aznyxphia snarled mentally, using the two-way telepathic communique the fell monster had set up with them. BY THE ORDER OF THE GREAT GODDESS OF LIGHT, YOUR TYRANNY SHALL BE VANQUISHED. THIS DAY, YOUR PLAGUE UPON THE WORLD SHALL BE ENDED! THIS WORLD SHALL SURVIVE!!!

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel

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As she began to walk closer to the being, Neden was forcefully pushed back by the self-proclaimed "savior" of the group, which caused a soft hiss to escape her lips as she looked at the woman in question. Ever since they got onto the island, she had been nothing but rude and a bother to everyone else, and she wasn't going to stand for it. But something told her to stand back and wait her turn to talk to her, as it appeared that the woman with wings was communing with the great beast that was apparently called Sil'Eph Niir.

Once it appeared to be over, and the woman with the raven black wings took off in flight again, Neden turned back to the being that was clearly the kind voice she had heard before, once back in her village as just wind and a feeling, to the frozen lake as a soft and unclear whisper, to the call at the boat as she cried out for help, and then just now. She had heard what the being said in her mind, confirming that this is who called them. Neden silently stepped forward, finding new courage and curiosity filling her veins, taking a few more steps forward until she felt she was close enough. She took a deep breath and with as confident of a voice she could muster, she spoke to the being in question.

"E-excuse me, Sil'Eph Niir? If I may ask you a question if you wouldn't mind...There is something that I have wanted to know for a long time." she started as she slowly moved a few steps closer to the being, remembering to speak in the normal tongue, not caring if the others overheard her end of the conversation with the being.

"And I'd understand if you don't know, which...I wouldn't be surprised because I am a nobody from a small village in the frozen mountains...Which, I'm sure you know. Since, well...I guess I've always heard, or at least felt your voice my whole life. If that was you...A-anyway, my question...Is...Do you know who I am? Am I really a no one from a small village in the mountains that was just born too curious for my own good, or...Am I really not one of them? Not one of the people from there, and if I'm not...Then who? Who am I, and who was my mother and father, if you even know...I don't expect you to understand or know, but my life has always been nothing but unanswered questions and mysteries I've always wanted to know. So please, if you know anything at all, it would help fill that void that I feel..." she pleaded as tears slowly filled her eyes, if this being knew anything at all, it would help settle all anxiety and emptiness that this poor young woman ever had and hopefully, they'd be relieved.

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel

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The Dragon's eye shifted slightly in the socket, almost as if to look at Neden.

"I know not where you were born or who your parents were, dear one. I know only that you are Draconian. A distant descendant and evolution of my Children, the Dragon Race. The blood of my blood. You are one of my Children. You and the young woman standing near the elf with red eyes." Came a voice in her head that was almost a whisper.

"But not matter where you come from, the most important thing to remember is that you are who you choose to be my Child. So forge your own identity and destiny in this world. Your life is yours to live. But know that I will always be here for you if you call to me... Always."

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Character Portrait: Sil'Eph Niir Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Pau'Ka

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Neden looked up as the being spoke to her in a calm voice as she did before, nodding silently as she listened intently to every word that was spoken. To hear that she didn't know who she was, did indeed break her heart a little to hear that, but to know that yes indeed she was a part of her descendants, that part relieved a little of the tension and emptiness that she felt in her heart. Once Sil'Eph Niir had finally finished speaking, Neden gave her a solid nod as a few stray tears ran down her face.

"Thank you, Sil'Eph Niir. Thank you for letting me know that much at least, thank you...I will do whatever it is that you ask of me, I owe the Gods that much." she said softly as she looked up at the being and nodded once, and finally turned to rejoin with the group.

She stood with Dreux as the others either communicated with the Goddess or each other, she wasn't fully paying attention as she started talking with Dreux, explaining what she was told.

Dreux gave her a small and ruffled her hair a bit, "I'm glad that you at least found out that you are also a Draconian. Thought I was going to have to tell you myself." he said with a chuckle, which caused Neden's eyes to widen.

"You knew this whole time??" she almost yelled at him as they continued to talk.

"I only knew when you changed forms on the boat that day, until then I didn't really have a solid idea. I knew you were special, or at least different than the rest." he said rather plainly.

"You mean at the village, when you were watching me. That's why you did it, didn't you?" she asked.

"Yes..I sensed something in you...I didn't know what until that day...I'm sorry." he said as he hung his head and looked away from her, feeling as though he betrayed her trust.

Neden nodded and sighed, stepping forward she gave him a gentle hug and then spoke again, "I'm not angry...Just, try living your whole life not knowing anything about you, and then finding out like this...Finally knowing that you were right...And not only that, that someone else in the group is just like you...The woman standing by the male elf over there, the pre-the one with the red eyes I mean. She's just like me...Well...same race..." she said as she turned and looked away, feeling her face turn a light pink as she almost called the other woman pretty without knowing what she was even talking about.

Dreux chuckled and shook his head, "I know she is, I could smell it as soon as we got onto this island. You should go say hi and introduce yourself to her." he said with a smile and gentle push, as the other woman was only a few feet away from them.

"N-no, that...That sounds like a bad idea, Dreux. I don't know her. She could probably kill me with ease if I said the wrong thing!" she said as she looked at him with a nervous look on her face.

Dreux chuckled and gently grabbed her by the arm, "I'm sure everything will be fine. Besides,I'll be right beside you if she were to try anything. Now, come along." he said as he began to walk over to the other Draconian female in question, dragging Neden along as she tried to struggle out of his grasp.

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Character Portrait: Neden Wrel Character Portrait: Dreux Andica Character Portrait: Pau'Ka

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Pau'Ka and Elena remained together as Elena slowly recovered from the overwhelming mana in the area and from the Goddess before her. She was magnificent. The sheer scale of Her. It was breathtaking. Finally Elena managed to stand on her own without help, and Pau'Ka noticed a pair of individuals approaching her.

"Can I help you with anything?" She asked.

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