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Ayara Caladeria

"The journey may be long, but isn't that what makes it so exciting?"

1 · 77 views · located in Spiralis Major Galaxy

a character in “Somewhere Among the Stars”, originally authored by Gamer_Templar, as played by RolePlayGateway

Description

Ayara Caladeria





Race
Nilarian

Gender
Female

Age
Twenty-five

Occupation
Artificer and scholar



Appearance
Nilarians are humanoid amphibians with a generally slim and streamlined physique, with a head shape that shares more similarities with that of a lizard than a human. Much like a newt, they have long thick tails which can grow back over time if severed. Ayara stands at 5'10", with light blue skin and a white underbelly. On the sides of her head are two fin-like appendages, swept back so as to fit in with the rest of her streamlined form. Her large eyes are amber in colour, and seem to hold a glimmer of wisdom beyond her years.

Ayara's usual choice of attire consists of loose-fitting clothing, such as a robe and sandals. However, different environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity may direct her to go with something else instead.



Personality
Having been brought up in a monastery, Ayara is generally respectful and courteous towards others. As diligent as she is in her duties, she longs to explore the galaxy and experience its many diverse cultures firsthand. However, Ayara's secluded lifestyle means that she also feels somewhat nervous about the thought of traveling so far away from home.



Gear
Armed with a quarterstaff for general close combat situations and channeling magic, although should her magic prove to be useless she would instead resort to using a dagger and a laspistol. Asides from weaponry, she keeps her tools of the trade with her, namely a small toolkit and a case containing her scribing equipment. Carried by a shoulder strap is a waterskin which she uses to stay moisturised.

Skills
Ayara is an expert artificer first and foremost, not only able to build and repair some forms of machinery, but also imbue them with magical power to greatly enhance their performance. Starships in particular are her forte. She is an adequate scribe, good at taking notes and repairing books to some extent. In addition to this, she is quite literally a natural-born swimmer, and can stay underwater a lot longer than most other species.

Magic
Nilarians typically have an affinity to water, and those who are magically inclined tend to be good with water-based magic. Ayara is such a person, and is capable of casting torrents of water, shards of ice, or even a scalding jet of steam with little effort. However, water magic has many more uses than just offense; with the proper application, one can shield allies or heal wounds too.



History
Ever since she was a hatchling, Ayara was raised as an orphan in a monastery near a small settlement known as Orana, located on Nilar's single moon. As soon as she was old enough, she was tutored by several of the higher-ranking monks. They taught her how to read and write, how to protect the weak and heal the injured, and most importantly they taught her how to build machinery and imbue it with magical power. While it may sound like an odd thing to learn at a monastery, many of the monks there also acted as local militia to fend off pirates, and some were even starship engineers of a sort who could help repair and maintain ships that were passing through.

One day, one of the local patrol ships brought an injured girl to the monastery. While this in itself wasn't too much of an unusual event, the person in question was not a Nilarian, but an alien. Regardless, the physicians did their best to treat her wounds, although there was little they could do for her mind. The experience had seemingly rendered the girl mute, and it was only by inspecting the locket that she kept close by that they were able to determine her name, Asha.

Ever curious to learn more about this alien, Ayara would often try and start a conversation with Asha. While the human turned her away at first, she started to warm up to the young Nilarian after a while, and she eventually began to speak again. Over the years afterward, the two became close friends.

Having heard and read so much about the wide world beyond the monastery, it was only inevitable that Ayara would want to leave and see it with her own eyes. Though she was nervous at the thought of leaving her home behind, the Nilarian was thankful that her friend Asha was so eager to join her on her travels.



So begins...

Ayara Caladeria's Story

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Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria

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Ayara and Asha were at the counter having just ordered drinks when the fight broke out. Apparently some of the local riffraff were overstaying their welcome, and it was the person who had been doing the dishes who decided to take matters into his own hands, of all people. The Nilarian was somewhat puzzled at why the patrons decided to cheer so loudly. It was expected of the employees to keep a reputable establishment back home. Was it truly such a rare thing out here?

"I thought the City of Bells was supposed to be one of the nicer places to visit," Ayara said to Asha. "Did we somehow end up in the rough part of town?"

"You'd think this is an annual thing." Asha remarked, nodding as she and Ayara got served their drinks.

"Possibly. It seems like such a strange custom nonetheless." At that moment, a small group entered the inn. One of them, a Rengeku by the look of it, went up to the counter right next to Ayara and asked for a room for herself and her comrades, before ordering one of the stronger alcoholic drinks for herself.

"Having something so strong would lead me to believe that you may have had a most trying day, friend," Ayara remarked. "If, ah, it is not too rude to mention, of course."

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Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria

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Snowe just smiled gently at the Nilarian girl. "Not at all," she replied, her eyes betraying a sort of aged tiredness, "today has, shall we say, been rather upsetting. I got some news that I would rather not have heard."

The blonde rengeku looked over at her left shoulder to see Noramir perched there, stretching her neck to sniff the shot of vodka in her mentor's hand. "Don't do it, Nora," warned Snowe, "you won't like it." But the young dragon had already stuck her tongue in the drink. Noramir's eyes went wide and she fell off Snowe's shoulder, shaking her head.

"Anyway..." Snowe said, smirking and shaking her head at her draconic companion, "what is a young Nilarian scholar like yourself doing here, if I may ask?"

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Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria

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Ayara nodded understandingly at the Rengeku's reply. Must have been some bad news indeed for her to have decided to get a stiff drink. For a brief moment the Nilarian noticed that look in her eyes, and wondered just how old she actually was. After all, a Rengeku could look like a human in their mid-twenties and turn out to be several centuries old. Very misleading indeed.

She watched as a small dragon perched on the Rengeku's shoulder leaned forward to have a taste of the vodka, against the latter's advice. Ayara suppressed a giggle as the little one fell off, clearly unable to handle their liquor. Still smiling a little, the scholar listened to the question set before her.

"I must say, it's something of a relief to meet someone who actually knows who I am! Honestly, you would have thought that a city this large would have interacted with its fair share of other races." Ayara paused to take a swig of her lemonade. She had first tasted lemonade when visiting a human settlement not long after departing from her home system, and had quickly taken a liking to it for its refreshing flavour, and of course the bubbles.

"My sister and I are simply travellers passing through," she continued, indicating Asha. "It is our wish to experience the wonders that this galaxy has to offer while we are still able to enjoy them. We booked a room for the night here and we will most likely be heading out in the morning."

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Character Portrait: Delta Isolate Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Apollo Noire Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria Character Portrait: Adrian Retter

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"I regret to say that you and your sister have come at a rather bad time, as is probably apparent by the recent shenanigans," Snowe emitted, smiling grimly. She tilted her head inquisitively. "By the lack of resemblance, I assume your sworn siblings, and not blood relatives. Ahh, but that isn't really my business, now is it?"

The conversation was interrupted by a human boy, no older than seventeen years of age. He apologized for the earlier trouble, smiling cheerfully. Snowe wasn't quite sure why, but such cheerfulness grated on her nerves at the moment. "I'm not too bothered by it," she sighed, "unfortunately, I'm accustomed to far worse discord than that." She seemed to catch herself at something and shook her head. "It really isn't your fault, anyway, boy. These people are from Bekta, and have absolutely no regard for rules."

"Oh, and speaking of discord..." she started looking over at the lavender haired girl, "Delta, could I see the book I gave to you earlier? It's important, but not secret... at least, it shouldn't be."

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Character Portrait: Delta Isolate Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Apollo Noire Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria Character Portrait: Adrian Retter

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"To read it, of course, my dear," replied Snowe matter of factly as she stroked the book's cover, "this here is a one-of-kind volume written by Lady Memory herself. Gather round, children, and I shall teach you of things long since erased in your histories."

Snowe opened the book, flipping slowly through the pages as she explained its contents aloud. The handwritten text was faded and torn in many places.

"        Father Time (Chronos): The first of the Ten and of the dragons, Chronos, is the Keeper of Time. Though he has the power to manipulate time, his duty is to keep it flowing at a steady pace and prevent paradoxes. He has very little direct role in the worlds.

·        Mother Space (Maria): Maria is the second-born of the Ten and is the Keeper of the Universe as well as the first vilgenus. Her duty is to create and destroy worlds throughout space and help control the Balance of the Scales.

·        Discord (Loki): First of the tricksters and Keeper of Chaos, Loki presides over the Negatives of the Universe. He is known for creating mischief and instigating trouble in the worlds. Despite this, he is not evil.

·        Solace (Onari): Onari presides over the Positives of the Universe and is the first of the sil. Rather than take matters into her own hands, she often inspires goodness and bravery throughout the worlds. She and Loki have been rivals from the beginning of time, but harbor no hatred for each other.

·        Brother Darkness (Ta'kal): Keeper of the Night, Ta'kal is the first of the makora. He aids Father Time by bringing night to the Worlds, and Mother Space by extinguishing dying stars.

·        Sister Light (Akari): She is the Keeper of the Day and the first of the elves. She assists father time by bringing day to the Worlds, and Mother Space by giving light to the stars.

·        Reaper (Orbis): The first of the Angels and the Keeper of the Veil. Though Life and Death are often viewed as separate entities, they are one in the same. He is often seen in the form of one-winged twin angels- one in black and the other in white.

·        Emotion (Raimei): Raimei is the first human and taught all races of happiness, sorrow, and anger. She tends to play a higher direct role in the Worlds than many of the other Ten.

·        Lady Fate (Helena): Helena is the Keeper of Red Strings and the first fayde. She weaves the threads of fate into a web that spans throughout the universe and is easily angered when they are tampered with. Because of this, she is often at odds with Emotion and Lady Memory.

...But the pages regarding Lady Memory are mysteriously absent. All that is left is a note scrawled on the back cover. It is written in Reith, the tongue of my people. It simply says... 'We never claimed to be gods...."

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Character Portrait: Delta Isolate Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Apollo Noire Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria Character Portrait: Adrian Retter

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"W-Woah!" Adrian was gotten by surprise by the sudden appearance and disappearance of the maid-ish person, but it immediately changed to a look of awe, acting like a country bumpkin he is. Technology is still quite uncommon for him. "So cool! How did you do that little girl?! Is it that bracelet?! Is she inside there? Are there other things you have in there? Where did you got that? can I touch it?" Adrian asked her in succession as he points his finger on the bracelet and is urged to push a button. Already forgetting the fact that she doesn't like being called little or short, and she being of the same age as him. He was not quite as interested in the book as much as he is interested on the bracelet.

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Character Portrait: Delta Isolate Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Apollo Noire Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria Character Portrait: Adrian Retter

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Snowe shrugged and handed the book back to Delta. "Aren't you curious about the implications of the note?" she asked, placing her knuckle on her lips, "I propose we travel to each of the temples. I believe there's something that every other Seeker missed... There is a passage within the tome that speaks of fragments of a 'key'. It suggests that each temple has one."

Snowe put her hands behind her head and leaned back a bit in her chair. "Of course, each of you may do what you will with this information. However, I cannot promise we won't end up on opposite ends of each other's blades, should we choose to part ways," Snowe paused and looked to Asha and Ayara, "Ah, forgive me, I am merely assuming you are Seekers. If not, you need not worry yourselves."

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Character Portrait: Delta Isolate Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Apollo Noire Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria Character Portrait: Adrian Retter

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"Eeek! Sorry!" Adrian immediately pulled his hand back after her comment. Then he pondered for a moment. "Eh? Nano? Particle? Micro? Eh? What?" He thought, looking quite puzzled. Not having the slightest idea, he just shrugged it away with a content sigh. Relieved that he stopped thinking about it. After remembering the fact that he made the girl angry he started a silly attempt to explain himself. "O-oh yeah. You know, it's not all that bad being short. It is kinda cute and all, you know? And that's what make you unique! Your height suits you! Being tall isn't all that better actually, if you're as tall as your friend there, you might hit a door frame and all..." He explained, starting to have a bit of cold sweats, his face turned stiff.

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Character Portrait: Delta Isolate Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Apollo Noire Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria Character Portrait: Adrian Retter

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There were too many dimwits around for Asha's comfort. The human hadn't spoken a whole lot, and as per usual it was her sister who made the attempt to start a conversation with one of the less... obnoxious patrons, to which Asha only nodded briefly when her name was mentioned before resuming her silent drinking.

The surgeon only looked up from her glass and took actual interest in the conversation when a peculiar looking tome was handed to the Rengeku. It looked old, very old. The kind of old that you wouldn't even find in the darkest corners of a library. Shifting a little to face the Rengeku, Asha pitched in to listen as some of the pages were read aloud.

Likewise, Ayara listened carefully to the passage being read from the tome. Much of it she and Asha had already been taught, but the missing pages regarding Lady Memory were quite... intriguing, to say the least. We never claimed to be gods? It sounded so ominous.

Sadly, many of the others present didn't have the sense to pay attention, and would rather disregard the importance of such an old tome. One of them was gooing over a shiny technological bauble, and another did not seem to fully comprehend what the note could mean.

"You would be better off not taking the gods so lightly." Ayara warned the lavender-haired girl. "Many's the mortal that has done just that, only for it to result in their undoing."

"What my sister means is that some of us are actually interested in this sort of thing." Asha growled. "So if you brats could bugger off and practice your idiocy elsewhere, that'd be great. Otherwise, shut your gums and listen. You might learn a thing or two." She shot the three young ones an angry glare, before turning back to the conversation at hand.

The Nilarian nodded in wholehearted agreement before directing her attention back to the Rengeku. "Seekers, you say? Well, we aren't, but you certainly have our interest. I assume it would make sense to begin our investigations at Lady Memory's temple, yes? We can begin travel at first light tomorrow morning."

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Character Portrait: Delta Isolate Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Apollo Noire Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria Character Portrait: Adrian Retter

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Apollo listened to the conversations carefully. He couldn't help but chuckle when one of the girls claimed their "idiocy". He knew for a fact that Delta could walk circles around these two. Sure, one of them was a scholar, but Delta was the first human to accomplish Mana Storage. He looked over at Snowe, "The book is quite right. Delta told me the stories about the 'gods'; in fact, Lady Memory is her patron. However, they never did state they were gods. Right, Delta?"

Delta looked up from the book she had been examining with close detail as she took out a pair of special glasses she had created for closely examining things. "Well, yes. I have read over two thousand volumes, tomes, publications, and essays about the gods. They never truly claimed to be gods. Yes, they are immensely powerful- more so than any creature in the universe-but when something doesn't make sense, it is easiest to call it divine or to call it evil."

Apollo nodded in agreement with the lavender-haired girl. She put the glasses on, bringing the book closer to her face. The redhead turned to the boy, "Don't mind Delta. She has a bit of a temper."

There were a few moments of silence before Delta finally looked up from the book, "The page was torn out. Well, cut out, actually. If I had to guess, it was with a silver tipped blade, about half a millimeter thick and not made by anything on the next twenty planets over. Snowe, I do think we should visit all of the temples, but it might be best to check a bit more on the outer ones?"

Apollo simply smiled.

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Character Portrait: Delta Isolate Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Apollo Noire Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria Character Portrait: Adrian Retter Character Portrait: Zyperious Folkvar

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“Since we’re on Verelden already, I think we should stop by the Temple of Emotions first. It would be more efficient that way.,” Snowe began, “But each temple deserves an equal amount of attention. We won’t be able to just waltz out with the key fragments, there will be some sort of test for each of them.”

Snowe looked around at the group, gazing into each pair of eyes as if searching them for something. “Now, I must warn each of you that this journey is not for the faint of heart. Some of the places we will have to go to are VERY dangerous. I urge you to think it over tonight.”

A black-haired human man interrupted before Snowe could say anything else, “Are you going to be going to all of these temples? If so I would like to accompany you if permitted. I have...something around that area which I would like to take care of.”

Snowe’s eyes went wide as the man approached and rose colored heat bloomed on her cheeks. She cleared her throat in a poor attempt to regain her composure. “Y-yes. We will be going to all of the temples,” she replied shakily.

The man nodded his head and then began “That’s just what I was hoping to hear, my name is Zyperious. I mainly work as an engineer of sorts, and I have some things around a few of the temples I would like to take care of. Seeing how you are already heading that way I figure no better way to get there than help others along the way.”

Snowe folded her arms, “Well, then, Zyperious... I’m sure that as long as you can make yourself useful while you are with us that the others would not mind having you around.” She looked to Delta and Apollo, then at the Nilarian and her sister, as if for approval.

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Character Portrait: Delta Isolate Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Apollo Noire Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria Character Portrait: Adrian Retter Character Portrait: Zyperious Folkvar

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The two sisters watched as the lavender-haired girl blathered on about how many books she'd read about the gods. Anyone could tell she was being little more than a childish windbag, and by the time she was going on about a knife being only half a millimeter thick, they knew something was up. Didn't she know anything about measurements? Any material that thin would either fold like paper or snap like a dry leaf, especially silver. Odds are she was merely trying to sound intelligent, and failing at it.

At this point Asha was fed up with these kids more than anyone. With nothing more than a discontented sigh, the woman seized the opportunity to snatch the book from incompetent hands lest they continue their ridiculous theorizations that, quite frankly, made her head throb. "Here." Asha handed the book to her sister, knowing that she wouldn't make these illogical assumptions.

Ayara quickly thanked Asha, although she couldn't help but wince at the book's rough treatment, especially given the condition it was in. Time hadn't been kind to the tome, that much was certain. Carefully leafing through the pages, the Nilarian eventually found where the pages regarding Lady Memory had been removed. She frowned. Something was not quite right here...

"And?" Asha asked, leaning in to take a look at the pages, or lack thereof, herself.

"I'm trying to concentrate." Ayara blocked out any distractions and focused her attention on the pages. They had not been torn out by hand, nor had they been cut out by a knife or any sort of implement. She could sense something that still lingered where the pages had been removed. It was very faint, but it was still there...

"Magic," she said, after a time. "These pages have been removed by magical means. How or why, I don't know, but whoever did it failed to completely cover their tracks."

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Character Portrait: Delta Isolate Character Portrait: Snowe Silverlake Character Portrait: Apollo Noire Character Portrait: Noramir Character Portrait: Asha Character Portrait: Ayara Caladeria Character Portrait: Adrian Retter Character Portrait: Zyperious Folkvar

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"Ahh, but perhaps those tracks were not meant to covered completely," Snowe said musingly, "but I suppose that is a question for another day. We should all be getting to bed." It had been dark for a while and it was getting late. If the party was going to start their journey first thing in the morning, they would need their rest.

After bidding everyone good night, the group had parted ways and headed into their respective rooms. Snowe lay curled up in her bed, holding her dragon companion close to her side. As usual, sleep did not come easily for Snowe, but, tonight, Noramir seemed to find that it eluded her as well.

"Snowe?" Noramir spoke to her in telepathy.

"Yes?" She replied.

"What happened when the dark-haired man spoke to you.. was something wrong?"

"It's… Complicated… He's not even supposed to be here…"

"Snowe…."

She sighed softly. "Noramir, do you know what a soulmate is?"

"I am.. familiar with the concept."

"Well, he and I met a very… very long time ago."

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The next morning, Snowe stood at the front of the inn, waiting for the others. She gazed into the still dimly lit sky and she could already tell that it was going to be a long, hard day. There was a heaviness to the air. She felt as if she had lost something. Something very important. "I think our trial has already begun," she whispered, "this is going to be a lot harder than I thought..."