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Valeria Pernilleas

"Once I decide to do something, you can't stop me"

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a character in “Dragon's Revenge”, as played by alitura

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Name:Valeria Pernilleas
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Description: Valeria is a woman who doesn't pay attention to her looks. Within her is a hint of beauty but it is hidden beneath the careless and roughish way she carries herself. Messily cut, mousy brown hair cascades down her face just up to her neck. The two most striking features of her face are big green eyes and well defined cheekbones. She is quite tall for a lady, outgrowing most of the men in her village. Valeria's built is quite average, made for swiftness rather than strength. She wears loose clothing, which allows her maximum mobility and speed.
Age: 24
Sex: female
Date of Birth:8 of Mahte, 750 Common Era
Height: 6'3
Weight: 169 lbs
Hair Color: brown
Eye Color: green
Birthplace: Aandural
Current Location/Residence: a small home in a village of Aandural
Body Type: tall, slender
Voice Type: contralto

Political Affiliation: Aandural
Social Class: middle class
Occupation: Her income comes in from working at a tavern
Religious Beliefs:Zenithar


Family:
    Father: Alive
    Mother: Alive
    Cousin: Alive
    Grandmother: Deceased


Personality: In every aspect of life Valeria is a very determined and passionate person. Once she decides upon a task she will do her utmost best to complete it. She feels that with hard work anything can be achieved. Her diligence isn't only visible when she trains, but in maintaining good relations and earning her meals too.
When it comes to interactions with others Valeria always acts cheerful and loves to have an interesting conversation with just about anyone willing to listen to her. She tries her best to be on good terms with everyone. She has a tendency to speak too much and go off topic if the talking goes on for a little too long. The energy she puts into making friends is her way of dealing with rejection from her father. The only time she has trouble with people is when they question her principles, which she really dislikes. She is a firm believer in her beliefs, and even if she won’t show Valeria is not one to give second chances if rubbed the wrong way or offended.


Strengths:
    Diligence: She is very hard working and does almost everything she can to reach her goals.
    Friendly: She can easily initiate contact with other people and act to fit their tastes which helps her get closer to others and gather information.
    Agility: With speed of attacks and quick feet Valeria makes up for her lakc of strenght
Weaknesses:
    Lacking physical strength: Although she is capable of fighting, she is definitely lacking in brute force. If put in a situation without her trusted daggers she would most likely lose the fight.
    Foolishness: She is not the smartest person around due to her simple upbringing which makes reading and solving puzzles difficult.
    Airheaded: Except for her main tasks at hand, Valeria easily forgets things and can lose track of herself sometimes.

Biograhpy Valeria was the first and only child of her parents. Her mother became incredibly ill after childbirth, which made her bed bound, so the responsibility for her was taken by her father and grandmother. Ever since she was little Valeria felt her father blamed her for the sickness of his beloved wife. In order to earn his love the little girl tried her best in everything she did, to please him. Her main support through all this was her cheerful grandmother who praised Valeria very often for her hard work. Her mother also tried to encourage her but due to her state wasn’t much of a motherly figure.

After Valeria turned fourteen her cousin Aaro began living with them as his parents died in a carriage incident. He was very shy and only opened up to the girl. Quickly they both became good friends. Soon after this Valeria first picked up a pair of daggers. From then on she knew that this was the area she’d wish to concentrate on. Even though she did it mostly for herself, the goal of satisfying her father circled at the back of her mind. Long evenings of her youth were spent training with Aaro on a hill just just outside the village. Although she didn’t wish for it, as Valeria focused on improving, she grew apart from her father even more.

When the young woman was just about to reach adulthood her grandmother died. It was incredibly hard for Valeria as she was her main support structure and they loved each other very much. Many nights were filled with tears and wails. During this time Aaro left the village and so Valeria was left almost completely alone. These incidents one right after the other broke her down but with time she managed to slowly get herself back up and took motivation from these people.

At the age of twenty she just about completely stopped communicating with her father and began living on her own. She often visited her mother, knowing she was the only person near her who still cared. Valeria also began working at a local tavern to get her mind off bad thoughts and earn some coin. There she quickly made many friends and gained popularity with the people in the village. She became more cheerful and busy with working, training and helping her neighbours with anything she could. Valeria’s combat skills also increased steadily. Her life was mostly peaceful and joyful but deep within her heart she wished for a challenge or adventure which would help her prove herself.

So begins...

Valeria Pernilleas's Story

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Valeria walked down a beautiful street of Zuthrunm, admiring the architecture of the buildings and the items on display in the many shops among the way. The woman came in search of a new pair of daggers, hearing the guilds here made some of the best. After reaching the city at the end of quite a long journey she was so amazed by the splendor of it, she nearly forgot about her task. The wide array of sculptures and paintings all around sent her head spinning. Never in her life had she seen such creativity among people. Then again, this was the first time Valeria had been this far away from Aandural.

After collecting her thoughts Valeria made her way forward in search of a crafting guild or weapon shop which could supply her with what she wanted. Yet when Valeria found them she wasn’t so sure about making a purchase too quickly. It wasn’t even about the price, which was indeed pretty high. The choice of different daggers was quite big, even knowing what type and size she wanted wasn’t much help in making a choice. After all if she was going to spend so much money on a trusted weapon it had to be near perfect. So, instead of spending time looking at the dazzling equipment Valeria decided to explore the city a little more. Taking a deep breath she decided the air felt different than it did at home. It wasn’t only the air, everything felt quite different.

Then as Valeria looked up at the sky she saw something she never even imagined. A ball of red floated above her head and the heads of everyone around her. She stared as the ball seemed to transform and a dragon appeared. She quickly rubbed her eyes as they must have been playing tricks, after all dragons should not have existed anymore. Believing it must have been a dream or a hallucination from lack of sleep she shook her head. Then came a roar which reassured her what she was seeing was definitely true. The roar of the dragon felt like it pierced through the woman’s body as it knocked Valeria off her feet.

Regaining her balance she quickly got up , shattered glass and panicking people all around. Citizens went in different directions. Some gathered weapons and charged towards it but many ran away as fast as possible. Valeria was still for a moment, watching the crazed streets and the mighty creature above. Suddenly as if something in her head clicked, Valeria swiftly pulled out her daggers and threw off her cloak. Then came another roar, shaking the ground where she stood. This prepared she didn’t fall but lost her balance. A third one, from a different location further away, was heard seconds after. It sent shivers down her spine and she knew it was time to get moving. Whatever was coming Valeria wanted to see it even if she was acting foolishly. This could have been the challenge the woman was looking for.

Catching up with the armed people wasn’t hard for Valeria and she joined them soon enough. She wasn’t exactly sure what she ran towards but never before had she felt so energetic and determined. This gave her an even bigger adrenaline rush than fighting her using daggers for the first time. As the two dragons flew above her and the sky seemed to darken, Valeria felt more alive than ever before. Still, even with all that, anxiety and fear circled at the back of her mind. It was obvious what was about to happen would not go smoothly. This was one hell of an experience for a first journey.

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Quickly Valeria passed the people and ran ahead of them. She was greeted with the silhouettes of two fighting dragons, a pile of ruins and a thick cloud of dust. She clasped her mouth spotting the bodies crushed under the rubble. As the air began to clear it appeared as if the dragon from the glowing orb was losing. Valeria’s subconsciously decided it was time to get out of the way. She headed towards a half crumbled wall which could provide a place to hide. The crimson dragon looked vicious and powerful, but the dark dragon seemed even scarier. While wondering why two dragons, which she thought were long gone just this morning, were fighting, she ducked and watch carefully.

Questions filled her mind. Why here? Why now? Is the dragon trying to help? But then why are people being hurt? Fury build up inside her as the fight continued. How she wanted to do something to stop the destruction and yet she stayed hidden, unable to move. For the first time in a long while she felt powerless. The situation reminded Valeria of her father. Just like with him, she couldn’t do anything to change the situation.

It was almost like all the energy she gathered upon seeing the majestic dragon for the first time, seeped away the second she saw the terror it caused. Then another loud roar hurt her ears. The crimson dragon won but Valeria couldn’t feel happy. Looking at the bleeding beast she tried to understand it most likely saved them but whenever her eyes drifted towards the crushed corpses, she couldn’t bring herself to be grateful.

Soon everyone came out of their hiding places in the distance. After examining the dark dragon’s corpse, the people came closer to the victorious dragon with their weapons out. Confused at what to do, Valeria just stood in the distance waiting to see what happens. She didn’t want them to hurt the dragon considering it defeated the darkness but it wasn’t her place to stop them or get involved, she was only a visitor after all. Then a man came running, a light flashed and he began shouting. What he said made sense. Even someone like her who looked for a challenge did absolutely nothing. She didn’t move a muscle to save the people, it didn’t matter that the opponent was too strong. Even now she just brushed the dust of her clothes.

When she was about to turn around from the commotion ,the dragon spoke. Again she froze as the voice rang through her head. She boiled anger at every word the dragon let out. It didn’t matter that what it said wasn’t fully wrong. The beast was threatening to kill even more people, it didn’t want to help them anymore either. Valeria was aware they didn’t deserve it but the strong should protect the weaker. They were innocent, they didn’t deserve this. The people screamed back at it and it in turn spit out more cruel words. Valeria didn’t want to listen anymore, she covered her ears but the words were still crystal clear. Then things went quiet for seconds and the man from before spoke again. He, just like the woman with the dragon, appeared human and yet he seemed to talk to the dragon with ease.

Suddenly, almost as if something pushed her to do it, Valeria decided to follow the dragon. There were a number of reasons for this but Valeria wasn’t fully sure herself. However if she wanted to find out more about what was going on it’d be the best course of action. She wanted to understand the words of the dragon and if it is was at all possible, to get an apology for the hurt it caused. After being so useless during the attack of the darkness, the woman was also curious if she could be useful if a situation like this occurred again. Of course she had no idea what the dragon would do now but she wanted a part in it. Maybe, she could even learn to become stronger and protect people. She was still mad at the dragon and trusting it wasn’t an option but asking some questions wouldn’t hurt. Anyway, it was necessary to follow it in order to tell it how wrong it's words were.

She slipped past the people and came out of the crowd. Now she could see the great dragon close up. It was beaten up and still majestic, so beautiful yet so destructive. A smile somehow appeared on her face. Valeria was determined once again. Determined to give the dragon a piece of her mind. Determined to be helpful. This time not even the darkness or winged beasts could stop her from at least trying.

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The fight going on between SIl’EPh and the Dark God certainly was a sight to see. The damage they dealt to themselves as well as to their surroundings was considerable but for the most part the city was alright. That is until the Dark God sent the hordes of demons on the city folk. Quite a few of them died some of the humans ran through the square screaming before being torn apart by a demon or two. On the other hand quite a big swarm went after her but Althea dealt with them accordingly. Thankfully SIl’Eh had lessened their numbers, so dealing with them wouldn’t be that big of a problem.

Althea truly hated the idea of being stuck in this human form. She should be up there fighting the Dark God, it may very well be the only chance a dragon could ever get. The blonde returned her attention back to the demons as she danced between them cutting at whatever flesh she could reach in time. In the end the demons were slain, their blood filled the square. It wasn’t just their blood however as Althea was seemingly covered in the same amount of wounds she had given her opponents.

To anyone else they’d wonder how it was the blonde woman was even standing. For the most part her entire appearance was horrid, her clothing torn while her hair had long ago fallen from the bun she put it in earlier. It was also slick with blood making her hair look more red than blonde. Bringing her arm up Althea wiped at her face with her sleeve but there wasn’t much sleeve left so it either smeared the blood on her face or wiped some of it away to show her skin. Frowning in disgust with everything about her covered in blood it was uncomfortable and it felt rather disgusting. So this is how a human woman would feel during that week. Althea was very much glad she was never born human. Had it been the same if she were a dragon she didn’t know what she’d do if her prey or opponent could smell the blood on her from miles away.

Snorting she saw movement at the corner of her eye and quickly stuck her sword through the demons head. Looking back up it seemed the fight had ended but she wasn’t certain who it was she was looking at. Damned vision is too blurry. she cursed inwardly. It soon became clear that it was Sil’Eph who was alive as she did not lose that feeling of being near a dragon. But then there was another feeling it was strange and she couldn’t quite figure out what to make of it. With a shrug of her shoulders Althea stalked off towards Sil’Eph’s direction but then paused halfway to where she knew the red head turned dragon would be.

She could easily hear the shouts of the people and it amused her to no end at their petty words. If she was the type of woman to applaud such a speech then Althea certainly would if it meant Sil’Eph knew of her approval on the choice of words she used as she spoke to the humans. A savage grin loosened her cold expression from earlier as she felt Sil’Eph’s rage from the short roar she let loose. In the end the blonde simply couldn’t understand why the girl didn’t just crush the damn people. The world would be better off without such cowards.

Noticing the humans looking at Althea merely stood where she was as the words monster and evil were muttered about at her bloody appearance. Smirking the woman walked back to the square just as Sil’Eph arrived followed by Cooper. Seeing the claw of opportunity Althea merely looked at it before poking it with the toe of her boot. She then fixed her cold yellow gaze upon Sil’EPh, “You really think I’ll just hop on then do you?” Her voice was somewhat bitter as was to be expected seeing as she still was without her own true form.

Even from where she stood with her bad vision Althea could tell the wounds Sil’Eph’s had were bad, hell she could smell the blood. Turning the other way so that she would be facing Cooper Althea still carried the sword she had with her and she still looked like a savage. The woman was rather unaware of how torn her clothes were as they showed her soft flesh underneath but even that too was smeared by some blood. Althea already knew where they were heading to but she was curious as to whether Cooper would follow after them, as well as why it was he wore no shirt. Humans are such odd and lewd creatures.

Folding her arms across her chest, in doing so it helped to hide her partly exposed bosom, Althea listened as the two spoke. She wasn’t aware of the conversation they had earlier but now she was, not that it bothered her really. However when Sil’Eph mentioned Cooper insulting them, especially when the boy agreed to her words, that was when their conversation bothered her. It was when Cooper finished his little speech that Althea finally stepped forwards letting her arms drop to her sides. By her body language it was easy to see she didn’t approve of Cooper coming with them. Mainly because he insulted them but because he’d certainly slow them down until his wounds were healed completely. Despite this Althea chose not to voice her ill-will towards him but instead added to the conversation with her own small piece. “You wish to change the image of your race do you? What a naïve little boy you are. Good luck in doing so with that weak and wounded body of yours. None the less I’m surprised you’d rather die amongst strangers than your own kind.”

Her words certainly were condescending but it seemed the older woman did her best to compliment him. Althea wasn’t sure why she even tried but the quicker they got this over with the faster they’d reach their kin. Finally stepping towards Sil’Eph’s claw, Althea climbed onto it letting out a small groan and hiss of pain. “By the gods I need armour if we’re to fight off more of those damned demons. Better yet I’d certainly love to be out of this disgusting body.” It seemed with pain and apparent blood loss the normally cold woman was a bit more talkative. Glancing in Coopers direction Althea asked a rather odd and difficult question. “Tell me boy just what is it about this female body that make men lust for it. It’s quite useless and weak.”

Picking at her clothing Althea eventually tore off parts of her clothing that were too soaked in blood allowing for her soft yet scarred flesh be seen underneath. “I suggest we get going soon least those humans foolishly decided they’d rather you not leave, although I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing them crushed.” Her tone dark by then it was quite obvious that Althea truly disliked the race that called themselves human.
It was then that a face appeared before them, a smiling face at that.

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The growl caught Valeria of guard. She tried her best to stand up straight as the ground shook under her feet yet again. She didn’t know the dragon would spot her this quickly. Then again what was Valeria really expecting from such a powerful creature. It only made sense that it had good awareness of its surroundings. The woman took another step forward and looked up at the dragon, doubting if what she was about to say was entirely safe.

“My name is Valeria Pernilleas, I came to Zuthrunm and was a witness to the fight that happened here. I’d like to join you and your companions on your journey.” She held her head held high and did the best to keep her voice from shaking. She kept thinking about what the dragon could easily do, it would be a lie to say she wasn’t at least a bit scared. But she promised herself to do whatever was in her power and so she continued.

“I am unsure of the reason for your actions or the details of what happened here today. However, if you allowed me to follow you I could learn to understand. I promise not to slow you down and I’m quite good at fighting with a pair of daggers too. I’m not going to lie, I’m angry that this many people got hurt today, I’d like to think some of this could have been avoided . That’s another reason why I’d like to do something to help.”

Soon the words began pouring out of her mouth. She still felt a shiver down her spine whenever she caught the dragon’s eyes but somehow some of her anxiety disappeared with every sentence. Valeria hoped the dragon would somehow understand that she’d really do her utmost best. Her smile was replaced with a more serious look, one which was full of determination and energy. She had the hard part behind her, now she waited for the dragon’s response. If the dragon decided to give her a positive answer, Valeria was fully aware things would only become more difficult and there would be times when she’d struggle. The woman decided to get over them as they came rather than worry now when things were still undecided. Not knowing what to do, she lowered her head and extended her hand as a sign of her good intentions.

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”My kin and I have been here for a century searching for answers to our sudden predicament, and now we have a lead… It’s time.”





Sil'eph looked to the new arrival with a snarl, her lips curling back to reveal her human sized teeth as she took a single thundering step towards the woman and brought her head in close to loom over her. The heat of her breath, the glow of her eyes, the shadow of her body. All of it flooded over the woman as Sil's face came down to within mere feet of the girl as her giant golden eyes looked deep into the girl's own.

"You are quite bold to approach a Dragon in such an informal manner, mortal," She growled.

"The human race is the source of my kin's suffering and banishment from this world, our true home. Tell me, what makes you believe you are worthy of such trust so quickly? In my weakened state, it would take not but a simple thrust of your daggers into my back in human form to finish what the people here tried to start."

Sil's snarl intensified.

"Speak quickly, and speak honestly mortal. What makes you believe that I, or my kin, would ever trust you not to stab us in the back?"

The depths of Sil's throat began to glow in an ominous golden light, signifying she was beginning to charge her energy breath to obliterate the woman if she said even a single wrong word.

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This was becoming a much longer run than she had hoped it would be. The size of the dragon made it look like it had been so much closer. Hopefully she would have enough breath to make her inquiries once she arrived. Vilia was about to find out as she rounded the last building before her destination. Stopping at the corner to look up and take in the full size of the reptavian... Wow. It was hard to believe she had come from a creature that could get that big.

Apparently it did not seem that Vilia was the only one who's curiosity had gotten the better of her. With the dragon was a shirtless young man, and half naked, if not more so, blonde women, and a tall brunette. Though she did hope that nakedness wasn't going to present to be a pattern in this meeting. That would become awkward fast.

It was amazing, actually. The sort of presence that a dragon could have in this form. Vilia could not allow herself to be awestruck. The dragon could very well fly off any time and he would never get to ask her question. She knew it was terribly impolite, though it didn't quite matter at the moment. At least not to Vilia. The question was important. Though Vilia never did like to get in the habit of interrupting, from the looks of it the brunette probably would not mind that maw of that dragon's pointed the other direction.

Of course, it did occur to her that this was not a particularly nice dragon. Probably better off, Vilia could at least relate to that. She hurried up towards the dragon and the brunette, waving a hand above her head to try to get the large dragon's attention, though almost knocked her hat off in the process. "Hey!" She called out loudly in perhaps an also informal manner. Not quite sure if a dragon that large had a hard time hearing the little people, better to be safe than sorry. Though do ignore the contradictions of that statement as approaching a dragon in such a manner could hardly be considered as safe. "Hey! Excuse me! But before you kill her, could you please answer a question? You just took dragon form!" Obviously. "Are all the dragons fixed now? How did you do that?"

A little too impulsive, she considered to herself a little too late. The feeling, that unpleasant tugging sensation that coursed through her body. It was incredibly strong now. Made it kind of hard to think. However instead of just a general direction it had been, it was now seeming to pull her in two different directions. Towards the dragon, and towards that stripped down blonde. And as much as she wanted to keep her eyes locked on to the gargantuan beast, she could not help but steal glances towards the stripped down woman.

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To say she was startled would have been a huge understatement. As the dragon loomed over her, it’s golden eyes looked straight at her. It was the most intimidating experience in her life time. She gulped down whatever moisture she had left in her mouth and continued looking into the dragon’s mesmerizing eyes. Valeria wouldn’t have been surprised if her heart jumped out of her chest right there in front of everyone. The closeness of the beast made her realize one thing, this was an incredibly foolish idea. Yet since she already started, turning back wasn’t an option. She'd do her best.

The dragon didn’t seem too happy and Valeria imagined no matter what she said it wouldn’t end too well. She thought quickly about what to do. Never before had she feared death, but the notion of being killed here scared her more than a little. She looked around and wondered if any of her words would make a difference. The woman never imagined betraying the dragon no matter it’s power or form. She didn’t really have a reason for it, no backstabbing to her seemed like an unspoken rule when you ask to follow someone.

“I…um, I think hurting you, if by some chance you let me go with you, would be a pretty horrible thing to do, why would anyone attack someone who offered to let them join on their journey. Considering I haven’t left my home much either, with you dead I’d probably get easily lost too. And, ah your half naked friends seem pretty scary, I can imagine what they’d do if I even scratched you.”

Her reasons weren’t too convincing but they were true. She closed her eyes and flinched waiting for the dragon’s response. Then came a shout. The voice belonged to a short woman. She gave out a sigh of relief as the woman began speaking, even if she mentioned Valeria’s highly possible death. Maybe, somehow, things would actually go her way. As the lady talked about things Valeria didn’t fully comprehend it gave her a little more time. She was grateful for this opportunity to think, even if nothing wiser than what was already spoken came to her head.

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”My kin and I have been here for a century searching for answers to our sudden predicament, and now we have a lead… It’s time.”





Without looking to the new arrival Sil knew who was standing there. The girl's presence had felt off to Sil ever since she stepped foot into this city, but only now was it strong enough with her being this close to throw Sil's concentration just ever so slightly. Still, her upper lip curled slightly farther and the flesh/scales covering her nose curled and wrinkled as she kept staring at the girl in front of her while listening to her response coupled with the question posed by the new arrival.

"You humans certainly do like sticking your noses where they don't belong," Sil communicated harshly to the newer arrival who had asked her the question about her transformation.

Her head whipped towards the girl with the strange sensation pulsing about her, causing a small draft of wind to blow into both women before her. She brought her gaping maw down closer and opened it a bit wider exposing more of her teeth and the glowing from within her throat as it began to intensify.

"Fleshling, you are no ordinary human. That much I could sense about you from miles away. But even so you have no business here asking about my transformation. If you cannot give me a good reason to answer your question rather than just leave and let you continue to wonder, then you may want to reconsider asking at all."

Her eyes trailed slowly to the first girl again.

"Your heart speaks true, human, but your words themselves ring hollow to me... However, I am intrigued by the thought that you believe you can make a positive difference in what we intend to do. I will let you follow for now, but I will be keeping a very careful eye on you until you give me reason to trust you fully."

Her eyes trailed back to the girl who had asked her the questions.

"And you, fleshing... Something about you is familiar to me, yet so foreign that I cannot help but feel threatened by your presence. You wish to ask about my transformation? Then answer me this question first and I will satisfy your curiosity in due time. What is it about you that feels familiar to me?" She asked, leaning in even closer to the point where the tip of her snout was but two or three feet away from the girl.

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Cooper watched Slifer carefully for her response, slightly wincing at Althea's opinion on the matter. It was true that he indeed was injured and would slow them down slightly, but once healed he could most likely assist them with weaponry and trade. Along the way, he would have to learn to fight and get used to such a life style. His hand clenched tighter and a chill came up his back. He had forgotten his shirt and jacket back at Steven's house. Steven...

Tell me boy just what is it about this female body that make men lust for it. It’s quite useless and weak.

He chuckled as her words echoed in his mind. Cooper never had felt attracted to women in such a way. Anyone for that matter made him feel like that... With the exception of one. His mind seemed to blank out from the present as he remembered the way his heart raced and spending every moment with that person had become so natural. Alas, not to be. After all, he was not the settle down fall in love type. But for that person... Maybe. No, it was not possible.

A gust of wind came up his spine and again he remembered his bare back... As well as the scar that covered most of it. He felt a slab of shame before pushing it off. Cooper picked up his shield, flinging it on his back and looking up to realize two others had appeared. Both were women, both were speaking to Slifer, and both were enchanted by her magnificent form. Out of habit, he forced a polite smile from his face before letting it slip once more.

From a distance, he examined the two women carefully. The first, a woman taller than himself, had her eyes completely glued to the dragon with a passion. Her clothing hung loosely off her figure and he could see her lean figure, a woman prepared for swift battle. She stood sternly, focus seeming to come off of her in waves. The other, wore a hat and spoke informally. Cooper couldn't help but think her an airhead and immature. She reminded him of himself when he was younger. He didn't like the younger version of himself and the feeling immediately shifted over to her.

Yet he could do nothing but watch. Slifer knew what she was doing and she was calling the shots. If he wanted to travel with them, hell if he wanted to survive the Darkness, then he had to "behave himself." Ugh, he hated telling himself those words. Cooper shrugged his shoulder against the shield strap, looking over at the conversation. He would wait until they were done talking then ask once more to go with them. If they refused... No, he needed to go with them. Despite being a suggestion by Leo, Cooper had explored more of the opportunities they would offer him. But most of all, what he needed was to leave this forsaken place and be lost in the clouds. If he could fulfill that one wish... Then he'd do anything for it. To fly and learn to fly...

That was his everything.

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It had not yet dawned on Vilia that this was a bad idea. It likely would not either. "I have as little business of asking for such information as you do in restricting that information from those it could help, such as other dragons." Vilia would say in her response."I could give you a number of good reasons. Many of which you would probably not like to hear, given your familiar disposition. I would start by saying that my question for the direct purpose of helping a dragon recover her form." She told.

And Vilia did want to tell more, but her fathers words rang in her head, advising herself not to let herself be put under a proud dragons thumb, it becomes terribly hard to get out from under it. Her mother corroborated this. It was only natural for those in superior positions to want to take those below them for a ride. The threatening gestures and vague time frame of receiving answer made it quite easy to doubt the dragons sincerity. 'In due time' was easy to cheat someone with. And this dragon certainly did not seem the friendly sort, though there was plenty of reason why. But on the other hand it did seem willing enough to allow at least one or two humans travel with it. So perhaps she was not as close minded as she was trying to appear to be. Some things she was not supposed to let others know, as much as she didn't like it she did see the sense of it. But this time letting one know could bring gain.

As close the dragon got, it's breath knocking her hat off her head. Surely a tactic for intimidation, to make Vilia feel small, and it was working. Vilia really did not not want to be this close, the strange feeling was like the dragon was trying to suck her in. But still, Vilia was not to keen on submitting to any stranger, that particular stubborn streak helped to keep her head at the moment. And responded to the dragon regarding her question of familiarity with a vague answer. "I have been told I have my mothers eyes, and she was a very threatening sort. And judging from your words, you two were probably of like minds. I could have sworn that I was listening to her but moments ago." Except she wouldn't have been so patient with the humans. Come to think of it, she probably would have let the humans die, so maybe this dragon was not so bad after all. Not a clear answer, but she was intent on setting a lure to ensure at least a marginal amount of relevance so that she could go along as well to get her answer in detail.

"My presence is hardly anything for you to feel threatened by. I am simply a singular presence. Not the many that would be required to be of a threat, such as this city for example. Take me with you, I would quite enjoy being able to tell you the extent of this familiar feeling, as due time provides. It is quite an interesting subject, one that I highly doubt you have heard before. Though the conversation might prove to be longer than you wish to stay here." Vilia reached down and picked up her hat, not taking her eyes off the dragon, but did not yet put it back on. As far as reason went, Vilia could also list off reasons why this was a bad idea. Risk versus reward, as her father might argue if he was in her position.

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”My kin and I have been here for a century searching for answers to our sudden predicament, and now we have a lead… It’s time.”





Sil listened to the woman's response, and was incredibly intrigued by her answer. Something within this girl's mind was important not just to the girl, but to Sil as well. She could sense it. Something about this woman meant something more to all Dragon kind, and Sil's curiosity overruled her caution.

"Very well, fleshing. I will allow you to follow. Climb aboard my claw, and we will be off."

She looked to Cooper and the other girl, telling them the same as she let her claw down and opened it for them to sit in. It was more than large enough for all of them.

Finally, she looked to Althea.

"Whether you like it or not, elder, I must insist that you as well board my claw so I may fly us away from this place. Once we land, I will set you down first and will never ask that you do such a thing again. But please, put aside your pride and allow me to take us away from here. Time is of the essence, as you know." She said, extending her claw towards Althea.

Once Althea reluctantly climbed aboard, Sil's mighty wings began to beat. Slowly, then faster, then faster still. Finally, with one final powerful flap she leaped into the air, curling her claws in to help keep everyone in place as she raced into the skies at a rather blistering pace. Each flap of her wings was torture on her wounded neck and back, but she had to get them away from here.

Two hundred feet. Five hundred feet. Eight hundred feet. One thousand feed. Sil climbed higher and higher at a steady pace until she reached nearly one full mile in the air. The air itself was thinner up this high, but not bad enough to cause too many problems for the others. Nestled safely in her claw the speed at which she traveled would keep the wind from bothering them much as well so they could see down below as Sil flew them off towards their destination.

After around half an hour of flight, Sil began her descent into a lightly forested region at the base of a mountain a few miles away from a city just off in the distance. It was far enough away that they wouldn't notice Sil's descent, but close enough to only be about an hour's worth of walking which shouldn't be too bad for most of them. Sil landed softly and carefully, extending her claw down so everyone could climb off. Once they were all off, Sil took in a deep breath and let it out on a hiss with steam ejecting from the corners of her mouth as her body began glowing in crimson light. Bit by bit, Sil's body slowly shrunk until she retook her human form. Once the change was complete, the extent of her wounds became more clear as her crimson scales hid most of the worst of it from their eyes before.

Sil's neck had several teeth marks in it as well as a few small lacerations around her collar bone and upper back. Her sides were scratched and her right arm shredded at the shoulder where she had fallen on her wing during the fight. If there was a way to look like Hell, Sil looked the part. She walked forward, holding her arm as she approached Althea and bowed her head in apology for forcing her to climb aboard. She then walked to the others, wincing with every step as she approached the girl who felt so odd to her. She bowed her head and did her best to smile despite her injuries, and she looked to Cooper and the two women.

As she spoke, her voice was weak and thinner than normal.

"I apologize for my behavior back in Zuthrunm. I was trying to appear more ferocious and intimidate the people there into staying away so that I might buy time to leave without causing anymore trouble. I know the tone and aggressiveness in my words didn't inspire a lot of trust or pleasant feelings, so I do hope you'll accept my most humble apologies."

She bowed her head, leaning forward at the waist as far as she could go without tearing herself in half before straightening out with great pain. In human form, her body was much weaker and more receptive to the wounds she'd received in Dragon form. In this state, she'd have to get to the city before nightfall if she was going to survive. Her wounds were not closing properly and the clotting wasn't happening as fast as it should. Something in the Dark God's attacks had interrupted her natural healing ability, possibly his saliva or venom of some kind. Either way Sil felt worse than she had in a very, very long time.

She turned to Cooper and the others.

"The city ahead is sympathetic to Dragons and worships them. If you take myself and Althea there, we will be tended to and given the medical attention we need. As our companions, you will be treated the same and given whatever you need medically and fresh food to fill your stomachs. With my wounds being as bad as they are, I cannot lead us there. One of you will have to take point." She said quietly, fighting against her blood loss to stay awake.

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The blonde didn’t pay much attention to the conversation as the human who approached them introduced herself as Valeria Pernilleas. Althea couldn’t understand why anyone would want to join their cause not that it was really much of a cause to begin with. It has nothing to do with humans yet they have the gull to say they want to join. Rolling her eyes Althea shifted her clothing a bit so that the more erotic shows of skin were covered. She wasn’t sure why she did this, not once since the time she arrived here did she ever take on the notion that she was a woman and thus had to act like one. Growling a bit it wasn’t a threatening kind of growl but one that could be akin to laughter.

Out of everyone gathered Althea understood Sil’Eph’s words the most. She had made the mistake of trusting humans once and paid the price for it. In response to Sil’Eph’s words Althea looked at her hands before settling her cold gaze on Valeria. “Well if you’re so paranoid girl I can just kill her if you’d like.” Her words were blunt and held no remorse to them. The blonde took this very seriously but she saw no real reason for the younger dragon to show her power. Just crush her no use in wasting energy on her. Suddenly a presence became known, it was a strange one and it was similar to the one she had felt earlier.

Straightening Althea focused her blurry vision on a girl who wore a hat. A mage? For a brief moment Althea assumed it was because she was a mage that she felt weird but then she realized it was something else. The short girl certainly was interesting with her use of words and Althea had to respect her for that but that was about it. Growling again at the idea of having to ride Sil’Eph the blonde bite down on her welling pride and climbed aboard Sil’Eph’s claw.

As they ascended into the air Althea saw how high they were in the sky and for a brief moment thought of just slipping out of Sil’Eph’s grip and falling to the earth. It certainly would be the only way for her to “fly” in a sense but there were things that needed to be done. Ignoring Sil’Eph’s transformation Althea focused her attention around them trying to figure out the best way to get to the city. Once the younger dragon began to speak Althea turned around quickly and experienced the effects of blood loss. Biting on her tongue the blonde swayed a bit as she tried to regain her balance. In doing so pain erupted across her body but she managed to stay standing. Sil’Eph was worse off than she was and she could tell the girl was doing her best to stand.

Frowning she took a shaky step forwards and then another. As she did so her movements became sure of themselves until it almost seemed like she was fine. “Girl just succumb to it, you’ll only make it worse.” Reaching a hand out to the red head Althea thought of knocking the girl out but knew she’d probably resist. Yellow eyes focused on Valeria, “You seem strong enough you’ll have to carry her. I would do so but with my wounds I’ll probably just hurt myself. I’ll lead the way.” Her voice was unwavering as she gave them orders and it was obvious she wasn’t going to take no for an answer or any objections.

Breathing in Althea turned her back on them and led them to the city. It took them a bit longer than was necessary when they needed to figure out whether or not they were going the right direction but they managed. Finally the tree-line thinned out to reveal open fields and their destination just up ahead. “Let’s see if this’ll all go as you hoped girl.” In all honesty Althea did not care for those who worshipped her kind. She had seen temples erected to worship dragons but there those few worshippers who did so in a perverted manner that she found disgusting. Suddenly Althea stopped in her tracks as a wave of nausea overwhelmed her and she fell to her knees. “Shit.” Coughing up bits of vomit and blood Althea collapsed completely having lost consciousness. They were but ten minutes away from reaching the city gates and she wasn’t even able to make it.

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As he climbed onto Sil'Eph's claw, his heart began to race. Was this really going to happen? Before he could confirm this was definitely not a dream, massive wings pushed the mighty dragon and her load skyward. Cooper felt his breath taken from him, winds threw his hair against his face. His skin shivered as the temperature dropped the higher they rose and in all honesty he would be willing to freeze to continue going upward. He grew disappointed as the ascent ceased but at this point he had more to look forward to.

He was flying.

Well... Not technically. Sil'Eph was the one who was flying. Without her, he would not be in this state of elation. A smile crept in his face and he couldn't help but laugh as gales stung his face. The time flew by quickly, much too fast. As she alighted to the ground, Cooper reluctantly dropped to the ground. He felt his ears pop with the force of touching the ground once more yet excitement continued to course through his veins. Flight for non-magic humans must be possible. He would make it possible.

Slifer's massive form shrunk to her human form. His elation dropped from his face and his curved smile fell to a straight line. She was sustaining heavy injuries and it was a miracle she could even be standing. He listened to her words, more intently than before. Slifer was forcing herself to speak despite the heaviness that her eyes carried.

Althea took charge and the group began their way to the city. Cooper glanced occasionally at Sil'Eph then at Althea. Out of all of them, those two were the most injured. Here he was, having said he would slow them down with an injured arm when they were the ones carrying the most damage. Cooper said nothing to the other two, not really in the mood to put on the polite act.

As the city was just within reach, Althea collapsed. He stopped abruptly as he had been walking behind her. Bending over her figure, he frowned. "She fell unconscious." Glancing over at the other two, he could see the tall one already had her hands full with Sil'Eph and the other... Didn't look like the type to trust with an unconscious person alone. Sighing to himself, he wrapped his arms around her and lifted her up. He swore to himself when his left arm almost gave out but forced it back up. It seems he had healed faster than he assumed.

Looking at the others, he nodded forward. "We keep going." Cooper turned his blue eyes to the one carrying Sil'Eph. "We're almost to the city. If you need help, ask the one with the hat." Then he walked on. As they approached the city, there seemed to be a group of people gathering to greet them. As Sil'Eph said, they ran to help. Another man took Althea off his hands and several others ran to Sil'Eph. He sighed in relief as they were escorted to an inn without question.

Inside, he had immediately been thrown a beige, long sleeve shirt and told to put it on. Cooper started to remove the shield before remembering his scar. He went to the restroom and changed there before returning, the shield on his back. He returned to the main room of the inn where many people were tending to the needs of the others. One offered him a bowl of fruit and he nodded with a forced smile, taking one and biting through it's succulent flesh. He swallowed, turning his eyes to the other two humans. "How are you two holding up? You don't seem injured from the attack on Zuthrumn." Cooper asked out of courtesy, not concern. Plus, if they were injured, then they better get healed now. In any case, they were stuck here until Althea and Sil'Eph recovered.

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Valeria felt a rush of excitement as the dragon agreed to let her follow. She planned on gaining the trust of the dragon and showing she was worth the opportunity to go with it and its companions. She listened closely to the conversation between the smaller girl and the dragon. She seemed to know something Valeria didn’t but it didn’t matter for now. The beast allowed them to come.

With permission Valeria quickly climbed onto the dragon’s claw. Sitting on it made her even more aware of the dragon’s sheer size and power. As they went higher and higher she couldn’t help but be a little nervous. She could barely open her eyes, afraid of looking down. The air around her felt lighter and Valeria took deep breaths to calm herself down. After what didn’t feel like a very long, the dragon descended. She jumped off the claw and examined her surroundings. It seemed calm and she couldn’t see any signs of people around.

To her great surprise the dragon started to shrink and turned into a young woman with crimson hair. The transformation shocked her and she watched in silence. She then eyed her companions. Was it possible they were dragons too? As Valeria spotted the wounds on the woman’s body her curiosity was replaced with mild concern. The one who just minutes ago was a powerful beast now could barely stand, she wondered if this was why she had concerns with trusting her. Another surprise of the day, was the woman’s apology for her behavior. This Valeria really didn’t expect but it made her happy.

She nodded as the blonde lady, who seemed to be on friendly levels with the dragon, ordered her to carry the wounded woman. She gently picked her up and placed her in a comfortable position on her back, careful not to worsen any injuries. Once the way to their destination was determined, they walked at a steady pace, until their leader lost consciousness. Fortunately the man in the group took charge.

The city warmly welcomed them and there wasn’t a reason to worry as they took the woman of her shoulders. The inn was warm and Valeria sat in the main room waiting for news about the condition of the two women. After all this she hoped they would be fine. She looked at the woman in the hat sitting beside her. Were her feelings similar to Valeria's or was she thinking something completely different? Then she eyed the man who just walked in.

“I’m fine. Surprisingly better than I’ve felt in a long time. You're name is Cooper right? I think that's what the dragon called you.“ She wished to know her new companions better but considering she didn't even know their names that would be the right place to start.

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So it seemed that her request went over well, and Vilia soon found herself in the talons of the Dragon, and whisked away with the rest of the party. Flying high, there was little anxiety as this was not the Vilia's first time in the air. She had often asked her father to fly her around, and he just as often obliged. Strangely enough she never got to fly with her mother. She seemed to hate flying.

It was different riding like this, the thought of being in a dragons claw was a little disturbing. All it would take was a simple squeeze and they would all die. Or even just a detour to take them somewhere to eat them. Though that did not quite matter, as she did make the choice to trust this particular dragon to at least the extent of not eating her. It was amusing to think about as the scenery flew by. The wind did not sting her face, Vilia would not let it. It being a simple matter to divert the stronger forces of the moving air around her.

Vilia did not quite know where it was that they landed, but her attention shifted from that detail as the large dragon transformed into what was now an injured woman. Who, to Vilia's slight disappointment, recanted her earlier attitude. It was a curious move, it being all just an act back in the city. But it might make dealing with the dragon quite a bit more pleasant. She would have to see how it plays out. It very well could be the loss of blood that was speaking more than that of a heartfelt apology, not that she minded either way.

The blonde woman seemed to take charge after this, though she seemed to be a bit worse for the wear. And despite the young man's suggestion of the brunette getting help from Vilia in carrying the woman as the blonde collapsed during their trek, the man , the thought of it did make her smile in her amusement. But surely taller woman would be able to handle carrying the woman just fine. Maybe. As would, perhaps, the man carrying the blonde.


Upon arriving at the town, Vilia seemed perfectly content in waiting at the lobby of the inn, waiting beside the one who had introduced herself to the dragon before her. Vilia was not too worried, dragons were not a frail sort as humans were. Even if the injury of the two women were very serious in nature, there would be very little that she would be able to do about it. That is not to say that they didn't have her best wishes. Vilia was indeed hoping for the best.

"I do try to make an effort to avoid getting injured. I am doing very well. What about you?" she commented to the man whom she has yet to decide was sour or pleasant. An interesting combination of perceptions. At the other womans response, Vilia looked at her. The girl seemed chipper enough, and that was nice. "And if I heard correctly, I do believe you mentioned that your name was Valeria." She asked in search of confirmation.

Vilia noticed a stirring from where the dragon had been left to rest, sure enough it seemed that dragon were as resilient as she had assumed. That was rather fast. "Cooper, it does seem that your friend is waking."

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Cooper just nodded at Valeria's question then at the hatted one's. He raised an eyebrow at her comment, remembering something else that came to mind. Didn't Sil'Eph say that she is no ordinary human? Then, what is she? Pushing his original thought aside, he chuckled internally. Sil'Eph and Althea my friends. Well, then I'd have an excuse to act that way around them. But for now, I'll play nice.

He took another bite, chewing thoughtfully. "I'll assume you mean Ms. Sil'Eph." Most likely. Turning his head to the room where the rest of their companions lay at rest, he finished up the rest of his fruit, letting the dripping core lay on his palm loosely. ”She always does have a knack ending up injuring herself too much.” He chuckled to himself. He had known her barely more than two weeks and already he could say such things about her.

Walking towards the before mentioned room, he dropped the core in a disposal bin and leant against the door frame, letting his knuckles rap against the sturdy wood. ”Slifer, you better be decent because we’re coming in.” With that, Cooper gently coaxed the door open. He looked in carefully, making sure she was presentable before opening the door completely. ”Glad to see you didn’t take four days this time around. Care to join us or you want to rest a little longer?”

In his opinion, Sil’Eph should rest a little longer. The sooner she and Althea got better, the sooner they could get going. Oh, how he wanted to get a move on. Despite still being completely tuckered out from the battle, he felt restless. Again, that flaming feeling in his heart had started again and all he wanted was to snuff it out. The thought of flames in his chest always scared him, terrified him. His fist gripped and loosened in a slow repetition as he looked at Sil’Eph.

"As long as you’re up, might as well brief us. I’ll call someone to get you something to eat. How does fresh fruit sound, O Great Dragon of Never-Ending Secrets?” Cooper’s sarcastic tone was meant to sting, seeing as he was still upset over how she hid so much information from him in the first place. Not waiting for her answer, he walked to the other door and called for someone to bring food. The servant seemed ecstatic that their dragon goddess had awoken but he reassured them that she still needed rest and to not interrogate her despite doing so himself. Ah, the irony. He closed the door once they delivered the food, laying the overheaped platter on the table. Unlike before, there was more of a variety than just fruit.

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”My kin and I have been here for a century searching for answers to our sudden predicament, and now we have a lead… It’s time.”





Sil was a bit surprised when Cooper came in, but she was decent and had nothing to hide. As he came in, she kept both eyes on him. Inwardly she was still wary of him given his previous words but she tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. But it was proving difficult. Still, it was the last sentence he threw at her which she took to heart.

As the words came forth and the food was delivered, Sil found herself smiling softly as she looked up at Cooper with sweetness and sincerity in her eyes.

"I do apologize for keeping so much from you all. Truly, it is not my intention to make you feel like you are unimportant. It's just that the information I possess comes directly from the Gods, and such information is not to be shared lightly lest the wrong ears catch wind of it," she said softly and in a calm and gentle tone.

She looked down at the food, taking a piece and sucking on it to remove the juice from within the fruit before biting into it. She nibbled on a few more pieces, and then took in a deep breath before letting it out on a sigh through her nose. She set the fruit down in her lap, and her eyes softened a bit more as her expression turned to one of sadness.

"Our quest has taken a darker turn. As much as I do not wish to become a killer, the cult worshipping the ancient evil Dragon Lord Maglissos must be eradicated. To accomplish this, we must seek them out and that requires information which I do not possess. I know there is one of our kind in this city who knows the whereabouts of one such gathering of cultists, but all he will be able to provide is a location of one of their numerous meeting places. When they meet is unknown, so we must acquire more information."

She looked over towards Althea, who by this time was waking up herself. As soon as she was awake, Sil nodded to her.

"Now that the Dark God which siphoned our power is dead, your power to transform should return within the week. The energy he stole from us is slowly making its way back to our kin here in the Mortal Realm, but the energy of our kin in the Higher Plane is still being blocked through the gap between our dimensions. In order to return the power of transformation to all our kin, we must stop this resurrection of Maglissos and figure out how the cultists are siphoning our kin's power from here in the Mortal Plane."

She looked back to Cooper and the others.

"That is all the information I have for now. I am certain the Gods will commune with me again, as they do so every so often even if there's nothing to be said but a "hello." If I find anything out, I will be sure to inform you."

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Valeria made a note in her head to remember the man’s name. She brightly smiled at the woman in the hat. “Yes. You’re right. And you are….?” Although just like herself she just joined the dragon, she seemed just as strange as them. The short woman seemed a little different to Valeria in many ways. Maybe, it was just something she had to get used to. This whole situation was strange in itself after all. With time she could hopefully grow accustomed to these people. Yet the aura the woman was giving off wasn’t by any means a bad one and Valeria felt like she could definitely like her. She wanted to talk to her more but as the waking of Sil'Eph was mentioned, Valeria forgot entirely what she was going to say.

She stood up and followed the man to the door. She leaned against the wall as he knocked. Once again Valeria was surprised by the familiar tone he used to speak to Sil’Eph. She had no idea how long they travelled together, it was most likely quite normal but for some reason it still felt a little weird. It made feel Valeria that one day she could possibly be on similar friendly terms with the lady dragon too. Even if she did indeed have a chance to get closer to Sil'Eph, it would definitely take time and wouldn't be that easy to do. For now it was probably best to focus on the task at hand and proving herself worthy.

She listened closely to what the injured woman had to say while looking at her through the doorway. Doubt momentarily filled her mind. Was she really prepared to do this? Then she remembered what happened in Zuthrunm and what she promised herself. It was time to stop being useless and like she said she would actually help. No matter if it was now or in many weeks, once it was time to fight she was ready. While she never imagined killing people like herself, if they were even partly responsible for what happened to all those people they deserved it.

“While you rest, I’d like to go explore the town more. I am certain the Gods posses a lot of information they can share with you, rumours and local people can tell a lot too.”

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Cooper Zephyrus

As he listened to her apology, he internally scoffed. Of course such reasoning would keep him in the dark. But now that she was starting to explain things, he felt a little more assured he could be part of this... 'Quest'. Her eyes settled on him, a soft light in them, and he could only stare back with a hard light but softened, to understanding. She continued with her explanation and he found they had much more to expect. More fighting, more death. The thought sickened him.

All his life, he had thought of himself as a no strings attached man. He was a free spirit, being nice when he felt like it, being a douchebag when he felt comfortable enough. It had been his attitude through his whole life. Now, he was tied up. He had thrown himself into the middle of the fray and would not be able to leave anytime soon. Clenching his jaw slightly, he only nodded at her response.

Anything for flying, he thought. To discover the secrets of non-magical flight would be all he needed. But the price for such a thing... If he had to be part of this mission to save the human race, then so be it.

At hearing Valeria's comment, he turned over to her, picking up his shield and strapping it on his back. "Rumors are just that. You can only trust them so much so don't delve into them too deeply. But I'll go too, since we'll need supplies." He looked over to Sil'Eph. "You stay with the other two and rest up. After all... You seem to have a common background." Cooper turned his eyes to the one with the hat. Again, a sense of anger came over him. Her care free attitude would probably get her killed. "Just make sure our dragon empresses don't over exert themself," he commanded cooly. His voice softened, in reminder that they would probably be working together for a long time. "Plus... You probably have some personal questions, too."

He started towards the door, throwing the door open. Leaning on the doorway with his good shoulder, he looked back to Valeria. "Coming or what? You'll be left behind if you take too long." Cooper went out onto the street, making his way to the market idly. His hand then shot to his pant pocket, remembering how he had grabbed a brown pouch before the fight. Taking it out, he looked inside to find gold coins. In all the clamor, he had not remembered it. Putting it back in his pocket, he thought quietly to himself.

This is going to be a long journey. Hesitantly, he reached for his heart. But as long as I can get rid of this burning sensation... It'll be worth it.

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Care-free. If it had been spoken, Vilia might have been a little insulted if it would not have been partially accurate in it's literal sense. There were many things that she didn't care about. He own well being, on the other hand, did not make that list. But she was getting a read on the young man, he seemed like a smart ass. Or at the least having such tendencies. This tickled her. The girl was proving to be civil enough, so she might as well repay the attitude in kind, "My name is Vilia Gluumenthrel." She told.

There was much Vilia wanted to say, about the willingness to get hurt, and talking to the gods, and rumors. All sorts of delicious subjects to ponder over. As Cooper addressed her, Vilia simply shrugged, "And what would you have me do should she commit such a grievous thing? Scold her?" she asked with a smirk as she stood up from her seat as the brunette and the young man made their plans to go into town. This was fine, as Vilia was not to keen on going with them. "I am sure I can think of a few questions. Do be sure to enjoy yourself while you have the chance." She told the two as they left.

Now came the more interesting of subjects in her vicinity. This dragon empress. Upon listening to what she had said, Vilia thought it was the most fascinating news. Better than what she was hoping to hear regarding her earlier question... But that did mean the reasons for her coming along were dwindling. It would be such a shame to just part ways now so soon. And here she had expected some resistance. As Sil'eph got up to go about her way, Vilia figured she could very well do the same. To just leave and return with the news to her mother, who would surely be overjoyed to hear that she would be able to cast away that silly body. Home life would surely be more interesting.

But there was still the matter of the dragons question going unanswered. Well, fair was fair. And there was no sense in cheating a dragon and getting it angry with you. So Vilia would follow. It was a little difficult at first, but eventually she learned that the pulling was guiding her. As well the feeling of magic in the air. As clambered up the roof, she paused to watch the display the the dragon seemed to feel was necessary.

When all was said and done, there was a question that could not bite back. "If you are some mighty dragon empress with the power to kill a god so easily and bring yourself back to life... Why then do you have companions, or need help from the gods?" She asked. It was a sincere question on her part, as Vilia did want to know. Why? With so much power, others would surely get in the way or slow her down. "And you have answered my main question already, I just can not but throw another at you. And you had a question of your own, back at the town. You asked me about me. Why I seemed of felt familiar, or something along those lines, I can't quite remember. But to sum up the answer. My mother is a dragon and my father is not." Vilia explained shortly.

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Valeria Pernilleas


A slight scowl showed up on her face as Cooper spoke. She didn’t need him to teach her about rumors. Valeria wasn’t stupid enough to trust everything people told her. She was fully aware that rumors were just that but she also knew they all have to stem from some sort of truth. The woman decided to ignore his warning for now. He’d do his job of getting supplies and she’d try get some information.

“I’m coming! Why are you in such a hurry anyway?”

She half ran to catch up with him. Even if she wasn’t sure she liked the man, his company wasn’t exactly unwelcomed. If she followed him the chances of getting lost would be much lower than if she went on her own. Valeria always had troubles finding her way. It wasn’t exactly as if she had bad orientation skills, she just got distracted a lot. Once she saw something that caught her eye, Valeria’s mind usually went off track and any hope of remembering the way around was usually lost. So, she walked just a step behind the man, her arms swinging back and forth. She assumed Cooper wasn’t exactly the talkative type and sighed getting bored of the silence between them.

“The quiet act isn’t doing you any favors, you know. Such a negative attitude will make you age quicker,” she stopped for a moment to think about what she could ask about. “Why are you with the ‘dragon empresses’ as you called them?” Maybe, the question was a little too personal but it was the only thing Valeria could come up with at the moment.

As they reached the market more and more people surrounded them. She noticed they looked in their direction and whispered among each other but nobody approached them. The city didn’t seem overly big but it was much bigger than Valeria’s village, it was very different in other aspects too. She suddenly remembered her home. It was far from perfect but it was mostly peaceful. Valeria never imagined she’d go from working in a little tavern to trying to bring down some dark cult with dragons. If a month ago you even told her she’d leave Aandural she’d have a hard time believing it, much less any of this. Yet here she was.

Valeria almost forgot why she even left the inn but the abundance of sounds stopped her from reminiscing about home and reminded her about the task at hand. She was determined to get any sort of information to help out.

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Hearing Valeria right behind him, he did not slow. Instead, Cooper continued onward until Valeria caught up with him. Through the corner of his eye, he could see her come beside him and slow her pace so she remained just a step behind him. He sighed to himself, choosing to stay within his own thoughts and leave her question unanswered. No one needed to know any more about him than they already did.

As Valeria spoke up once more, Cooper felt himself automatically smile politely, as was his custom to do around others. "There's nothing more to talk about. And I do need to look a little older, considering people think I'm around 20." Her question followed soon after and he raised his eyebrows in interest. He should have been expecting such a question from his new companions, especially one of the human ones... Unless she wasn't one? No, then she'd probably be more like Althea or Sil'Eph, looking down on humans in one way or another.

"Our dear leaders and I," he started slowly, choosing his words carefully, "Met at Tyaznarak a week ago. If you heard anything about what happened there, I would bet they are not rumors." He chose to say no more on the subject, not so much because it was personal but more so because he did not feel like saying more. His relationship with the dragons was superficial at most and he preferred keeping all his companionships as such. He enjoyed working alone, doing what he needed on his own terms. Now that he was part of this group, he needed to show he could get along.

The marketplace seemed abuzz about the talk of their dragon visitors and the humans that accompanied them. Gladly for him, they did not stand out to them too much, only worth whispers and glances were thrown their way. If he had to answer questions about Althea and Sil’Eph, Cooper would probably throw a fit. Wait, actually, he’d make fun of them. Probably. Rumor spreading wasn’t really his forte but if it meant annoying Sil’Eph he might do so.

He glanced back at Valeria to see her zoning out. The impressiveness of the marketplace caused her to place her mind elsewhere. Sighing, he tapped her shoulder lightly before directing her to a stall. "We should start gathering supplies. Food will come last, of course, so it'll be fresh before we go off. Come."

Cooper approached the stall, smiling politely. His demeanor seemed to have made a 360 in a matter of seconds. Within moments, he had started kindly conversation with the stall owner, comparing traveling sacks to water bottles through quality and volume.

"Pardon me for asking..." the woman started, "But are you two by any chance traveling with the dragons?"

A flicker in Cooper's eyes came and went. He smiled bashfully. "It's hard to keep these things secret, isn't it? We are indeed traveling with several, special, individuals."

"Then you too..."

He shook his head at her widened eyes. "Sorry to disappoint. Plain human, through and through." Cooper looked over at the bundle of goods. "So, how much for the supplies?

"Oh!" The woman exclaimed. She pushed the goods forward with the shake of her head. "Assisting these dragons are all the payment I need." Cooper's eyes widened and the woman reached across the stall, taking one of his hands in both of hers. "Please, protect them. Dragons left because the human race was so horrible to them. You must show them that we can be better." She squeezed his hand a bit tighter. "To make up for all that we've done."

Cooper let his smile grow faint and his eyes lower to meet hers. "I shall do my best." She nodded thankfully and he removed his hands, using his good arm to carry large bundle. He turned to speak to Valeria before stopping and turning back. "A very silly question, but do you celebrate Dovbok here?"

The lady straightened, offended by the question. "The nerve! That hated ceremony is not allowed in this city! We wouldn't spare a spark for a bonfire!"

Cooper felt a small smile come to his lips, a true one this time. "Then, after all this is over and Dovbok comes around, may I come back to this city? It's rare to find a place which doesn't celebrates it."

"Come back then, and stay for a while! You and your companions are always welcome!" Cooper nodded before turning to Valeria.

"Wanna help with the supplies? There's something else I want to check out before we go back."

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Valeria Pernilleas


“You’re not actually twenty? Well, consider me suprised. Maybe you should bring back that serious face then.” Valeria said a little jokingly although her surprise was genuine. She would have never given Cooper more than twenty one, maybe twenty two and the most. It made her wonder what age he actually was but she got too distracted by his talk of Tyaznarak. She heard of what happened from some travellers but she thought it was nothing but made up rumours used to get a discount in the tavern or to help in wooing the ladies. The more they talked, she grew fonder of him, but she wasn’t sure if she could consider him a friend.

The further they continued down the market place, the louder and more colourful things became. She kept closer to Cooper, careful not to lose her way among the busy people making their way around. Like her companion she also smiled at the woman at the stall. Altough Valeria’s expression was leaning closer to that of a bright grin. She was overjoyed by the kindness of the lady. She also had to admit even with his attitude which she considered cold at times, Cooper wasn’t bad at talking to people.

“Sure thing! I hope I can be of use,” she agreed to helping quite happily. On their way around she tried her best to remember the original purpose of going to the market. Valeria did her best to get back on track whenever a bright display at a stall caught her attention. She stopped a few times to talk to people about the cult Sil’Eph mentioned but she didn’t get much back. Unless they were hiding something, which Valeria assumed they weren’t considering where they were, no one knew anything of value. Valeria wasn’t exactly disappointed. She’d continue questioning people if a chance occurred but it was no longer her main objective since she did try her best. Once again she began a conversation while she examined her surroundings.

“Don’t you think this place is amazing?,” she asked Cooper, looking around yet again, “I mean it probably isn’t that great but for someone like me it's fantastic. Have you travelled much in your life?”

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At her response, he nodded and together they set off through the streets. Valeria flitted about like a sparrow, chittering here and there with people. At times, she would be drawn to the many enchanting products offered by stalls. Cooper watched from a distance, letting his gaze wander about but his attention to those speaking to Valeria. Judging by Valeria's looks, he could see her expression drop a bit when those questioned yielded no information of value. Such a thing was expected from a cult. Secret societies by principle were supposed to be secret. Hell, it even said so in the name. If they were able to gather information of value through a little walk, then they were a worse cult than expected.

Valeria spoke up once more, seeking to initiate conversation once more. Cooper cursed beneath his smile, of course not letting it leak in his smile. He even kept his eyes in front in case she may catch him. Damn, this girl asks too many questions about my personal life. Either way, he thought a moment on how to phrase his answer. "I've been living in the middle of Zuthrunm for the past month so I'm used to these kind of places. Being related to merchants, I spent quite a lot of time delivering their wares. Travel wise, I've done quite a lot but I haven't travelled up to the northern kingdoms."

His eyes went over the passing buildings, trying to discern their desired location. Spotting the location, he veered right sharply, making a beeline for the door. As he entered, the sounds of laughter and merriment greeted the duo. The tavern was well lit and groups of townspeople huddled together on wooden benches, talking excitedly between draughts of beer. Luckily, Cooper led her to a small table on the side and sat down, sighing slightly before lowering the bundle and rubbing his left arm.

Cooper waved over to a boy serving drinks, requesting a jug of ale. As he returned, he nodded to her with a smile, slipping in the price and a tip. The boy brightened a bit, nodding in gratitude before running off to the next paying customer. Cooper leaned forward, resting his arms on the table top as he drank his ale. He sent a small smile to Valeria, his dark blue eyes exuding friendliness."Don't be afraid to buy a drink yourself. We're not on the clock just yet. And since you're so keen on talking, tell me a little about yourself. Doesn't have to be specific nor does it need to make sense. Little facts, random anecdotes, your whole life story, a dream you had last week, last night's dinner, anything."

In reality, Cooper was trying to get a take on Valeria. He had seen her flit around in the marketplace where various distractions took her off task. Here, in a more controlled environment, he may actually get to see if she carried a little more... Tact. From what he knew already, she could approach people easily which he at times struggled to do. Her extroverted and cheery demeanor also drew people into a feeling of security. However, in the marketplace, where others could hear easily and there were products to be bought, they weren't as likely to slip up. Being in a closed area with a drink and a sense of more security, Cooper wanted to see if she could speak differently.