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a part of Arcanum, by Maree.

Old Quarter is considered a middle-class neighborhood, and is noted for its densely-packed houses and chaotic street design. It is composed almost entirely of middling merchants and the city's many tradesfolk and craftspeople.

Maree holds sovereignty over Old Quarter, giving them the ability to make limited changes.
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Old Quarter has long been considered a stronghold of the Order of the Hammer, and of Hammerite doctrine. The Order maintains an office here in the relative comfort of a middle class neighborhood, in order to provide services to the laborers and merchants in Old Quarter who can't attend service at the Cathedral of the Master Builder downtown.

Old Quarter also contains one of the city's most controversial and arguably most important features: the Shalebridge Hospital & Sanitorium. This facility is administered by the Bleak Cabal, and acts as their headquarters in Axis. Part of Shalebridge's mission statement is that all people, regardless of their background and ability to pay for services, shall be admitted. This ideology, coupled with Shalebridge's proximity to the Blackwall slums, makes the place hectic and full beyond its capacity.

Old Quarter is made up of a hugely diverse demographic. Almost all races, including a few Highborn, live here, much to the chagrin of those who are racist.

Pagans are reluctant to come to this district, although a small number do make their homes in Old Quarter.
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Old Quarter

Old Quarter is considered a middle-class neighborhood, and is noted for its densely-packed houses and chaotic street design. It is composed almost entirely of middling merchants and the city's many tradesfolk and craftspeople.

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The rain was pouring down!

One moment it was clear as a starry night, minus the ever persistent fog that laid overhead the city, and then it was raining cats and dogs! The more upper class citizens of Axis had their vassals procure umbrellas, suitcases, or even their ragged jackets to cover their patrons expensive hair. Those who were lowborn fled to awnings or inside shops along the streets.

And then there was Ellie. She stood in the middle of the street with a car putt-putting past her. The poor elf-girl's hair was matted against her skull and her ears drooped. Her clothes clung to her body and the rain was unforgiving with its cold.

"Alek! Alek! Aleeek!" she called, cupping her hands around her mouth. She had lost him. One moment he was there and the next, he was gone!

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The man seemed to have a particular talent for that. With a color shifting cloak, he seemed to blend into the area around him and go on unnoticed by many. But even then, it was a rare gift when he could manage to disappear in plain sight. With a sigh, the man turned to face Ellie, his bright glowing yellow hues glaring at her from the short distance he had gone without her.

The man look strange in this place. Alek stood at least 6 feet tall, his black shaggy hair shaping around his face slightly and a five'o'clock shadow a constant appearance on his face-- Even when he swore he had just shaven. But underneath his cloak, he work a matte black leather armor with a bit of silver trimming, that fit his form better than most, as if he had been born in it. But most strange of all was his bright yellow eyes against his unusually pale complexion and black hair.

"Ellie, will you at least attempt to keep up with me? And get out of the middle of the road before you get hit." He said, his voice deep and gruff with a slight commanding tone. He had never really remembered how he had picked up the strange elf that followed him around like a lost puppy. Just one day, he turned around and she was there. He hadn't been able to completely shake her off since. And so, he felt somewhat responsible for her now.

Alek looked tired, more so than he had in a long while. It was coming close to his hunt night. "And if you get sick, don't think I won't tie you down to the bed until you get better."

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter

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Oh, how, how, how could I lose him!

The thought rolled through her mind again and again. Ellie would never be able to forgive herself if she lost Alek and never found him again. Axis was a large enough city to do so. Most faces Ellie saw in passing on the street she never saw again. And Ellie would absolutely die if Alek had disappeared on her watch!

Tears glittered on her long lashes and obscured her vision, making it swim. Another car whizzed by and almost hit Ellie. "Hey!" she yelled at the driver as she kicked the bumper of the vehicle. "Watch where you're going! You could hit someone!"

Ellie raised a fist to shake but Alek's voice cutting through the rain stopped her. "Alek!" she yelled, once again back to her normal perky self. A smile almost split her face into two halves as she bounded over to him.

"I'm sorry," she apologized. "I just turned around for a sec-ACHOO!"

She sneezed all over his chest as that was just how high she reached on Alex, even in heeled boots.

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Mentally, he shook his head at the woman. She seemed so ditsy compared to most women. Maybe ditsy was not the right term.

Clumsy.

He nodded in agreement with himself. She was bright and cheerful for the most part, but there were days he wondered what she would break more, herself or the stuff she was handling. He placed a hand on her soaking hair and petted her slightly. Sometimes it annoyed her, he thought, but other times she seemed to like it.

At her sneeze however, he sighed and began to unfasten his cloak and place it over her shoulders. The outside of the cloak was soaking wet, but inside was remarkably dry and warm. "There.." He would mutter. "That will hold you until we find an Inn to stay at. Put the hood up." He looked around, his yellow eyes searching the street. He had never been here before. "Have you some clue of a good place to stay here?" He asked.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter

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Outwardly Ellie groaned when Alek petted her, but secretly she enjoyed it. A small blush rose up on her cheekbones when Alek put his cloak around her shoulders. The elf-woman was dwarfed in it and it was heavy. She didn't complain. It belonged to Alek and, as far as Ellie was concerned, she belonged to him!

After all, he had saved her life. Ellie was never going to forget that night where Alek had killed the vampire who attempted to blood her. The vampire had slaughtered everyone except her. Why? Ellie had no idea why she had been chosen. All that mattered to her was that Ellie now believed there truly were vampires and Alek had saved her from one.

Shaking her head clear of memories, Ellie spoke up to Alek. "I thought you had something to do? Don't stop just because I sneezed. It was one sneeze! I thought you had to... you know..." Ellie whispered to Alek, "Feed yourself?" The pitch of her voice rose to extreme highs.

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His jaw clenched at the mention of feeding. He slowly glanced around, not noticing if any had heard. Not that they would, she had whispered, but you never know with some creatures who liked to snoop. "I will last a little longer, and you need a dry place." He said reassuringly.

Alek cringed still every time he admitted it. He hated who he was, what he was. "And a sneeze can lead to being sick in bed with a fever if ignored. You remember the last time you caught fever, don't you?" He hoped to have reminded her. If she still was not convinced, he was half tempted to pick her up and carry her. At least that way she wouldn't get lost again.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter

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"I am fine! I don't know why you think I need to slow down so much! I don't, Alek!" Ellie said, stomping her ragged boot down on the sidewalk. She didn't look very threatening with Alek's massive coat on her, hair dripping with rainwater, and pink cheeks.

"And I survived my fever," Ellie said, throwing her nose into the air to meet his gaze head-on. The elf-girl had barely survived her sickness, mostly due to Alek's nursing. She had been so close to death but one day, the fever broke and she had gotten better. Ellie had just recently got rid of her cough.

"Let's go, big guy," Ellie said, grabbing at his arm, trying to tug him down the street and failing.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter

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Uh-oh. She had stomped her foot. There was no convincing her otherwise now. With a intense stare, he watched as she tried to tug him down the street, although it seemed he didn't even have to try to remain in place. "You know, sometimes it disturbs me that you are more eager about my feeding than I am at times.." He said softly, and eerily calm. "Does it not disturb you of what I am? Considering your history?" He shook his head once again, walking down the street once again without waiting for her to answer.

He remembered what it was like to be alive. He had never given up the traits that had made him a man, although he only saw himself as a monster now. It was what confused him the most about Ellie following him around. Oh, he care for her. But he was frightened more than anything he'd lose himself to the monster he was and he'd lose her too. He wouldn't admit that to her, though. It was almost like admitting he had been wrong after a long and drawn out argument about who was right.

"Either way.. I need to wait until it is darker, and with the traveling we've done today, I need to rest myself." He stated, still hoping to convince her to at least consider an Inn. If he were to make it seem it was more for him than for her, then hopefully she would fall for it.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter

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Ellie followed Alek on his heel. His stride was longer than hers, but Ellie's endurance was unmatched! He was not getting away this time. She looked down at his arm and considered holding it. She hesitated and, seconds later, decided not to touch him. The elf-girl sighed and folded her arms across her chest beneath his cloak.

Ellie cared a great deal for Alek. She wanted to possess romantic feelings for him, and there was a small part that did too. And yet, she couldn't do it. He was after all, not human... or even living. He was a vampire. Alek was the very thing that had almost killed her. Ellie should have been terrified of Alek but she wasn't. There was no trace of fear at all... only worry.

"Maybe you could get some," she leaned over and whispered again to him," food, first." Ellie raised her eyebrows at Alek and narrowly dodged a street lamp. "We do, after all, have that meeting with that man, you know, the one that wanted to talk to us about that plague spreading in Axis?"

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The man wanted to groan, but kept it in. He had honestly forgotten. His fangs even lowered at the thought of feeding, but there was no time for that now. And he did not want to do so in front of Ellie. For some reason, he wanted her to view himself less of a monster than what he considered himself to be. "Maybe later then.." He murmured. "That is important. I shall last as long as he wants to meet with me and then you will find us an Inn while I find food for us both." He muttered.

His yellow hues gazed blankly down the walkway. What could this man possibly want with him about some plague? It could mean only a few things. "Come on, Ellie." He started down the street once again towards the building he had intended to go to before Ellie had lost herself.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter

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It was several seconds before Ellie spoke up to Alek again. "You know..." she said. "You could possibly, you know, with me. I don't think I would mind if you... you know". Alek probably had no idea what Ellie was talking about. She was being vague enough for him to misinterpret or even completely miss what she was attempting to offer him.

"I could eat and then we could get a room and, you know..." Her cheeks flushed an even deeper pink. "You could do it with me." Ellie needed to learn how to speak outright what she wanted. It almost sounded like she was propositioning Alek for sex.

"I mean... if you want. It would be better. We'd be in privacy, alone, you know. There wouldn't be a risk of you getting caught... eating." she whispered, finally clarifying what she was speaking about.

"Oh! There it is! The Whistling Pipe!" Ellie exclaimed. "See? I'm sure that place has rooms and food. I can smell the grilled pigeon from here!" Ellie's stomach rumbled and she grabbed Alek's arm, attempting valiantly to tug him along to the bar.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter

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Alek had misinterpreted what her meaning was at first, turning his gaze to the woman. His eyes seemed to glow even more brightly as she spoke, although none to pleasantly. If the vampire could blush, he probably would have, giving away his thoughts. It wasn't until she mentioned eating that he realized fully of what she was speaking of. He turned his gaze away from her and even the air around him seemed to grow darker.

"No." He stated firmly, harshly. "I will not do that to you, for many reasons Ellie.." He muttered. "There is a reason why I don't even eat in front of you.. Do you really wish to have my shame sink lower by reminding me of what I am..?" He said, a bit more sharply than what he intended. "There is more risk than just getting caught.." He added a bit more softer than he had before. Risk of losing what was left of his humanity was probably what he meant. Or risk of losing her. He physically winced at the idea and swiftly shrugged it off.

His hues shifted over to The Whistling Pipe slowly as she tugged him towards it. He even heard her belly protest. "Speaking of food..." He teased her gently, hoping to keep her mind off the fact the vampire was in need of food as well. "Well, let's get you some." He said, letting her tug him to the bar.

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Character Portrait: Xavier Skywalker Character Portrait: Otto Bumgarner Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter Character Portrait: Talos Character Portrait: Merrak Hunt

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Cold. Hard. Dead.

Ellie didn't even take two steps out of the Whistling Pipe before cold, hard, and dead hands seized her. The girl realized her mistake too late. Her screamed was cut off as the vampire's hand came down onto her mouth. The heart in Ellie's chest pounded so hard she was sure that it was going to burst out of her chest.

There was no fighting the preternatural creature that held her captive. Ellie smelled its rotting innards as the vampire opened its mouth to hiss in her ear. It dragged her across the street, backwards and never took it eyes off of The Whistling Inn. Ellie's feet dangled off the ground and tried to kick at the monster's heels to no avail.

Ellie felt the scrap of its fangs against her shoulder as it watched for the others to come rushing after its prey.

The rain poured down in sheets and lightning raced across the sky in an impressive display of the raw power of nature. The streets were beginning to fill with a few inches of rain water. The entire city had gone dark and none but the supernatural were to be out tonight.

Beneath the raging storm was a hint of magic; powerful thaumaturgical magick. It left a dark, evil, taint in the atmosphere. Someone had summoned the storm purposefully.


Inside the tavern, the Priest had disappeared.

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Character Portrait: Xavier Skywalker Character Portrait: Otto Bumgarner Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter Character Portrait: Talos Character Portrait: Merrak Hunt

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Outside, Alek saw what he feared the most. Ellie being dragged away by a vampire. The man gritted his teeth and raced towards the pair, pulling out pairs of blades he kept within the folds of his cloak. He now wished he had brought more, but Ellie had assured them that they would be home before the evening was done.

Now he had to save her life with only a few knives.

The rain felt unnatural, unsettling. But so was Ellie being held captive by a vampire. Half hissing, how growling, the man charged forward as fast as he could without thinking towards the vampire that held Ellie, wanting to get to it to rip it to shreds for even daring to touch her.

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Character Portrait: Xavier Skywalker Character Portrait: Otto Bumgarner Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter Character Portrait: Talos Character Portrait: Merrak Hunt

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Talos had exited the building just a few moments after Alek. He'd seen everyone except the Priest inside, which was both a matter of no concern, and yet, very worrying. He couldn't place why, but it seemed... convenient.

Outside was little better than in. The bird icon had followed him out, illuminating his immediate surroundings (though leaving those inside in the dark), and he could see that Alek was bolting through the rain towards...

Ellie and another Vampire.
It was starting to make sense, something was falling into motion here. There was a trap, and they were walking right into it.

He would not let Alek walk into it alone, however. Loosing his hammer from its place on his back, Talos cries out a benediction to the Light and charges after Alek and Ellie.

The Vampire may have been out of both of their physical reaches, but Talos was possessed of the Light, and by his spirit it could be used. While still running forward, he points with his hammer towards the Vampire down-range and shouts a word of Divine power; the Bird icon grows brighter and abruptly launches forward, seeking to blow through the Vampire with its holy energy. It was not infallible, and it may be avoided, but it would if nothing else prove an immediate distraction.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter Character Portrait: Talos

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There was so much pain that Ellie's scream didn't make it past her throat.

The vampire bit into her shoulder with its needle-point canines and tore the flesh apart. In less than a second Ellie's shoulder was mauled and a sheet of red ran down her chest and back. Glinting off the eerie light of the icon, intricate machines inside of Ellie's body had been revealed from the damage. Internally Ellie was not all bone, flesh, and sinew. She was part machine too.

The cold, hard, dead hands released Ellie and she dropped to the ground like an old fashioned rag doll. She was aware that her head had impacted the concrete sidewalk but there was no pain; she was in shock.

Above Ellie as she lay on the ground, the vampire dodged the icon of light but miscalculated for Alek. The knives in the hunter's hands tore into the undead flesh of the unnamed vampire but struck no vitals that would kill it. Even in the dim light, it was obvious this vampire was starved. It was weak and desperate. Despite the wet of the rain, the vampire was dry as a husk. Its hair was like straw and its skin like wrinkled parchment paper.

Blood dribbled from its maw, making the immediate skin around his mouth more supple.

A slice at its belly from Alek's knives stopped the vampire from going for the fallen Ellie. It collapsed onto the ground, clutching at its gaping stomach as what little blood left in it drained away. The vampire tried to crawl away knowing that its death was soon to come.

It shielded its eyes from the light that burned its skin, curling away strips of flesh like burned paper.

"I... have... inform... ation..." the husk wheezed out. "Don'... kill... light... stop... light... burns..."

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter Character Portrait: Talos

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Hell hath no wrath like Alek had at that very moment. All Alek saw before the burning light was Ellie's flesh being ripped open, the world seemed to stop for that briefest of seconds. His breath caught. He had failed to protect her from harm. His golden yellow hues averted as soon as the light went off and he tore off towards where the vampire began to crawl away too.

The man, in his rage, would lift the dying vampire up by the collar of whatever clothes it wore and slam it to the wall of the building nearest them. Hearing the husk speak, he hesitated only a moment to hear what it said. "You have three seconds to tell me why I shouldn't kill you this very instant. The light might burn our flesh, but it is I whom you should fear the most." He said, a forced calm voice barely suppressing a growl. "If you don't tell me, I'll make sure your death goes by slowly. Painfully. And trust me, I know -all- the tricks of the trade to make you live just long enough to regret the day you ever laid eyes on that girl. Start talking."

Alek's cloak was special. Although light burned at his exposed flesh, the cloak would both protect and contain the dying vampire and himself within its folds. It was something he needed to survive other hunters, such as Talos, in order to live long enough to fulfill his goal.

However, if the vampire did not talk soon after, Alek would attempt to slit the man's throat.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter Character Portrait: Talos

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Talos had followed Alek, filled with rage. He would have crushed the Vampire's head himself, had Alek not decided to question it. Instead, he turns his eyes towards the wounded Ellie.

She had some manner of strange... components inside of her. Talos had never seen the like before. He wondered, darkly, if that would prevent her from turning.

If not, he would have two Vampires on his hands soon.

Stooping and picking her up, he looks down at her. "Now we need a doctor," he rumbles angrily.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter Character Portrait: Talos

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Pure terror showed in the immortal's eyes at Alek's threats as his hands attempted to hold its rotted entrails inside of his dead cavity.

"Vampire!" it hissed out, trembling in the grasp of the other. "You... dare... slay... me... brother?" A questioning look intermingled with the look of fear. It was unfathomable for the vampire to see another of his kind was threatening to end him.

"It is... true... the day... walker... has... come..."

It's eyes flicked to Ellie laying on the ground where she laid. Her mouth moved as if trying to say words but no sound came forth. The bricks began to crumble where Alek pressed the vampire into the wall.

"It... is... as... Amelia feared... I... can... help... you..."

"Tink," Ellie said. It was the last word she uttered before the girl's eyes closed, losing consciousness from her blood loss.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter Character Portrait: Talos

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Narrow slits of golden fury was all in Alek's eyes. "I am no brother of yours.." He hissed. "I am to slay you, and all the rest of your miserable kind."

He let out a slow growl as the husk continued to talk. "Luckily for you, I don't have time to spend all night torturing you. But I'll make sure we meet again in hell where we will be great buddies, you and I." The man threatened. "You don't have long left to live, you're nearly drained as it is." He tossed the vampire down to the ground, hard.

Alek was by Talos side soon after that, his eyes on the mechanical parts that showed from her injury. It was the first time he had seen this too, and it disturbed him more than just a little bit. "Dammit Ellie, why did you run.." He hissed, his voice pained. He looked back and forth. "I haven't the slightest clue where to find a doctor, and she won't last much longer.." He murmured.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter Character Portrait: Talos

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"Back in the Tavern," Talos suggests, not liking it one bit. "The man who tried to help you. Blind as a bat, but he at least seemed willing to tend a wound." He gives Alek a hard look, then transfers it to Ellie. "We need to have a long conversation about our future tactics," he growls, willing her to hear him.

"Come on," he orders as he walks back towards the door to the tavern. He was alert, wary, expecting an attack at any moment, and praying it would not come.

He hadn't missed a word of what was said prior, but he did not feel now was the right time to go about dealing with it.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter Character Portrait: Talos Character Portrait: Calhoun Linfael Aldon

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Watching, from the shadows. Waiting, for his target. She was wounded now, a soft and supple woman, with a hard secret. Not so secret now, though.

Beings with metal in their bodies were so unappetizing, though. Perhaps he would simply hunt her. The weakling he sent to draw her out overstepped his boundries, but it was part of the game.

The two men were a problem. One was a Templar, The other a Vampire too, Traitor to his kind.

So he simply watches. His hand crossbows were loaded, slotted into the belt around his waist. Slinking into the shadows, he waits for his chance to strike. Vampire, Templar, Woman, were all juicy prey.

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The vampire dispersed into a millions motes of muddy ash after Alek had thrust it to the rain soaked ground. A broken crate created a stake and the vampire had landed directly onto it. He had been an older vampire, perhaps the first or second generation due to how quickly the corpse had disappeared.

Whatever other information or "help" the vampire had to offer Alek was gone. Lost. All traces of it had disappeared in the running rain water.

Alek. It hurts.

The sun was shining on a clear day. The birds were singing their melodies and the scent of lilies was heavy in the air. It was the most beautiful day.

Alek, standing in the sun, smiled at her.

She smiled back.

He was standing in the sun, naked to the waist, and laughing. He beckoned Ellie to come to him and with a smile on her face, she did.

Alek looked so beautiful in the sun.

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Character Portrait: Alek Constantine Character Portrait: Ellie Coulter Character Portrait: Talos Character Portrait: Calhoun Linfael Aldon

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The pale man pulled up his hood to cover his head. He didn't like the prospect of going back into the tavern either. But Ellie did not have much time, and he would risk everything to make sure she would survive. But the man pulled back the corners of his lips in a slight snarl. "Alright.. But first, we make sure she is protected and alive first.." He said, worry in his tone. He would never show this side of him if Ellie were awake.

He was on Talos' heels when he felt it. He turned his golden yellow hues back out to the street, looking to the shadows mostly to see if he could find who was staring at him. Through the rain that poured, nothing could be seen. His color-shifting cloak seemed to blend him into the the background standing still as he was. They had attracted too much attention. There was too much in one spot. A priest on the inside, and an uneasy feeling on the out. Alek was beginning to feel cornered, and he was injured. This did not bode well for the small party.

Slowly, convinced that he couldn't be seen now either, he turned back to try to follow Talos into the inn once again. "Next time, I'm going to bring the whole damned arsenal, Ellie.. Not just a few pick knives.." He muttered mostly to himself, convincing himself that she would be alright. And she would. He would guarantee that.