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magic in the mountains

magic in the mountains

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Long ago, when the Vitalis Empire was but a small and budding kingdom, magic ran free within its lands. The witches and sorcerers were the backbone of the country’s creation, and served many functions within society; including the protection of the weaker human civilians. Yes, even Kalgiraz, the Ender of Kingdoms, was once the trusted advisor of the royal Thelesse family, a trusted and beloved sorcerer.

The first trial of this new kingdom was the Founding Battles. Vitalis was surrounded by enemy lands, being an union of villages and towns that broke off from those very enemies. They wanted their land back, whether the civilians were alive or not. But being a safe haven to witches and sorcerers alike, they wholeheartedly fought for their haven to stay under the rule of the Thelesse family who protected them. The kingdom started to grow after years of battles and taking over the lands of those they beat. Vitalis outgrew the original kingdom, which became a bustling capital for the expanding country. But the royal family wanted more, and with all the powerful magic under their disposal, they used every resource to divide and conquer the lands that defied them.

Kalgiraz stayed by the side of the Thelesse family, keeping them in the dark of his true nature. He helped them amass these lands, take in the most powerful witches and sorcerers from all over the world, so that he could have everything.

Magic had been so ingrained into their society that it was almost too easy for him to destroy everything. Vitalis descended into chaos the moment he slaughtered the entire royal family and declared himself the new king. The witches and sorcerers at his disposal turned the land to waste, doing whatever they pleased under Kalgiraz’ direction. Many called him the Ender of Kingdoms with the amount of destruction he caused. This was the second trial of Vitalis, The Fall of Thelesse. The humans were helpless to the destruction and chaos caused by their most trusted sorcerer, and prayed to the gods for help. What wasn’t planned for was the exiled son to return.

Tjorven Thelesse, the eldest and exiled prince of Thelesse, came back to Vitalis as soon as word spread that his entire family had been murdered by their own trusted sorcerer. He made his mission to kill Kalgiraz with his own hands, and ensure that magic never hurt his beloved Vitalis again.

There was only one way to defeat the malicious sorcerer that plagued the lands. The legends told of an ancient rune called The Soul Keeper, the only magical item that could take hold of even the most powerful magic soul and lock it away for eternity. It was kept in the protection of the Elder Witch, only to be used when the fate of the world depended on it. Although Prince Tjorven had no faith in witches, he needed their help, and the Elder Witch did provide the Soul Keeper on one condition: that he wouldn’t blame the atrocities of one sorcerer on the entire magical population. Soon she would realize that only one of them could keep their promise.

Tjorven and Kalgiraz met on the battlefield, where the evil sorcerer was weakened by his own fellow witches and sorcerers that took the side of the exiled prince and helped the prince capture the soul from Kalgiraz’s body. He wouldn’t be able to kill him as he wanted - no being was powerful enough to end his life - but it was the closest he could get, and it was a victory for Vitalis.

Now the lands had to recover. King Tjorven Thelessee’s first act on the throne was publicly murdering the Elder Witch. His purpose was clear: magic was no longer allowed in his kingdom. He created the Royal Hunting Party, which was dedicated to the eradication of every magical person that dared to live in Vitalis. They paid for Kalgiraz’s crimes and even his name was forbidden in fear of summoning him or his evil energy. By the end of his reign, magic appeared to be fully ostracized from the kingdom, and magic was officially outlawed within the bounds of Vitalis.

But there were a few survivors. They fled to the mountains, which served as a barrier between Vitalis and a neighboring country but neither laid claim to the mountains as they were deemed too dangerous to sustain life. The small group of witches that survived created the secret village of Desdarea. They wanted magic to live on, to honor the promise made to the Elder Witch despite the prince rescinding his word. They practiced only in the safety of Desdarea, and outside of its protecting arms, they pretended to be human.

Generations passed and Vitalis remained under the rule of the Thelesse family and the prohibition of magic. Desdarea has flourished thanks to the travels of other witches and sorcerers to help build the small coven in the mountains. There were still witches lost to the Royal Hunting Party, who now served more purpose as an image to the people that all magic would be destroyed once they found it; even with how little they actually found these days. Many of those within Desdarea wanted to live a normal life, as their ancestors did before the Fall of Thelesse, but this was the only safe option.

Recently, rumors spread that the Soul Keeper was missing. All this time it had been kept in the palace dungeon, buried underground in a location that was said to only be known by the king. Citizens became concerned that the sorcerer would reincarnate and bring magic back to destroy Vitalis for good, and the witches of Desdarea had their own concerns about the sorcerer that caused the almost extinction of their people. Everyone had a reason to find the Soul Keeper, and find it intact. Time would only tell whose hands it would fall into.

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the time of year when the coldest peak of the Cleif Trye Mountains melts into green grass, the Summer Solstice


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The witch village of Desdarea was always blanketed in snow, aside from one day of the year. On the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the witches of the weather specialty would rid the village of any sign of snow for one true day of summer. It was a sign of hope, that the witches and sorcerers of the world would continue on even in the harshest of conditions.

The village center was the heart of the festival. The weather witches and those involved with preparing the festival made sure that every inch of the square was filled with colorful lights and mind-boggling decorations that made the usual dullness turn into an actual dreamland. There was nothing more sacred to witches than celebrations, and Summer Solstice was no exception. It was the one time outcast and beloved were in one area to live as witches were meant to - without any abandon. There were even travelers that came in just for the Solstice, bringing in merchants and entertainers alike to partake in the memorialized day.

Cassian would have been completely content watching the festival from the comfort of his bedroom. His room in the house had a great view of the village center, but his parents knew very well that if he was left in the house, his eyes would not move from the pages of his books. So he trailed behind Nandor and Ilari, hoping to find some shadowed corner in the bright festival where he wouldn't be bothered. "Isn't it exciting to see all the grass again, Cassian? This is my favorite day of the year," His mother tried to encourage him, but he merely shrugged. This day, while joyous for many people, served as a reminder for just as many that they were trapped here in the snowy mountain top and could only enjoy this green grass through the efforts of their own magic, not from nature itself.

But his father gave him a look to play along, and Cassian finally murmured, "It's great, mom." His parents were also much more friendly and talkative with the members of the village, which was more of a struggle for Cassian. There were a few people his age that he could hold a conversation with, but a few of the older witches in the village always acted strangely around him, which made him feel even more self-conscious than usual. As his parents fell into different conversations, he moved to a more secluded area of the festival where he could read and hopefully avoid any further disturbances.

Year after year, Elewin had grown bored of the Summer Solstice. The only thing it was good for was keeping the Elder Witch and her council preoccupied with the event that they didn't bother with her or her family for one night. Engel and Lyris had stopped participating a few years back, leaving Elewin to wander out on her own to have a little fun for the night. There was no way Venus was going to miss the Solstice festival, so she wouldn't be completely alone. Most of witches in their generation would be there, including Cassian and Paxton - who she preferred not to associate with but Venus always enjoyed messing around with the two sorcerers.

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One day a year, the snow melts in Desdarea allowing for the grass to flourish. One day a year, sorcerers gather to celebrate the sun shining brighter on their small village. One day a year, Paxton is anxious about his appearance before the people in his village. The Summer Solstice is very important to not only the villagers but to his mother. The people gather around to celebrate while his mother announces another year being in charge of the village. People gather from all over to take part in the festivities and feast their eyes on the powerful witch.

Paxton does not want to embarrass his mother or tarnish the reputation of the witches that had previously been so horribly tarnished. Though years were to pass before Paxton would be in charge of the village, he was still next in line. The people were watching him. His mother held him to an exceptional standard. Paxton couldn’t afford to let her or any of them down. ” Paxton?” His thoughts quieted as he turned to look at his mother, a bright smile on her face. ”Sorry, mother. I was daydreaming.” He explained simply. She giggled and linked arms with her son. ” Try to have fun on this Summer Solistice. If I need you, I will summon you.” She placed a kiss on the top of his head and split off from him, heading towards the center of the village. Paxton wasn’t familiar with the fun his mother was referring to, but he took this opportunity to find his friend Cassian. It wasn’t hard to spot him, he was face-deep in a book.

” We only get to grass once a year and you prefer to read.” He stated with a small smile. ” I was told to ‘have fun’ today and I would like you to join me on that. Preferably before Venus finds us both.” He stated hoping his friend would agree. Paxton did adore Venus, more or less, but she enjoyed rule-breaking and doing things outside of her comfort zone. Paxton needed his structure and rules. It kept him sane, more or less.

Venus loved the Summer Solstice more than anything in the world. The sun was high in the sky and she could feel the grass between her toes. She didn’t bother with shoes. Frolicking about in the grass without them, sounded like a better time. Her parents were hosting a booth telling the fortunes of travelers for extra coins. Venus eventually would help to provide blessings, but she wanted to enjoy the festivities first. She had been ready for this event when she watched the weather witches melt the snow. Venus genuinely did not know where to start, but she wanted to meet as many new people as physically possible. But she was going to start with someone she knew.

She tiptoed up to her friend Elewin, covering her friend's eyes with her hands. ” Guess who, love?” She questioned, a smirk appearing on her lips. Venus didn’t wait to hear her answer, she was too excited to get started. ” If you had guessed anyone other than me, I would have ended our friendship.” Venus linked arms with Elewin and started tugging her towards one of the merchants to see what they were selling. Venus always acquired the most items during this event. Some she purchased, others she swiped. Merchants never knew better and she loved shiny magical objects. ” Are you ready for the best day of your life, Elewin?” She asked, with the enthusiasm of a small child.

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His reading was interrupted, as expected, but at least it was Paxton. He was the closest Cassian had to a "best friend", so it was unsurprising that he was able to find Cassian first. He rolled his eyes as Paxton mentioned the greenery around them. "Right, the reminder that we only see this once a year. Unlike those people down the mountain that get it for most of the year," Cassian huffed back. He didn't mean to sound so resentful, especially when Paxton was just trying to be nice, but the Solstice had lost its glamour long ago. But he pulled himself from the corner he was hiding in, dog-earing the page he'd settled on before the interruption and stuffing it into his satchel. "For you, I will try to have fun. But I make no promises," Cassian said with a hint of a smirk, showing that he was teasing Paxton.

His parents liked that he was friends with Paxton, being the leader's son and the expected future leader of the village. Cassian's parents always had high expectations for him, despite his poor affinity for the magic he could control, and always believed he would continue their family's history of being one of the trusted families of the town. But it wasn't just that for Cassian. Paxton had no expectations of him, which made him feel more at ease and himself when they were together.

Cassion surveyed the stalls around them, wondering what would be the least likely to summon the two troublemakers that liked to bother Paxton and Cassian. "Did your mother mention anyone new coming in this year?"

Elewin had barely wandered into the festival when she felt two hands wrap around her eyes. She couldn't help but grin, knowing who it was before Venus revealed herself. "Who else would it be?" Elewin asked in return, letting herself be tugged towards the vendors. Truthfully, there weren't many people in the village that would openly associate with her family, but she had an easier time than her parents or other members of the Dame family. Plus, she had Venus too, and it felt like there wasn't a soul in the village that disliked Venus.

Looking around, everything looked the same as always. "I don't know how you get so excited about this every year. It's always a bunch of traveling merchants trying to take advantage of the 'mountain folk' and those storytellers who always exaggerate," Elewin commented on Venus' enthusiasm. It never ceased to amaze her the energy that Venus had every day, especially on events like this. Some of the objects caught her eye, but she would wait until the end of the festival where merchants could be haggled down to get the rest of their stock sold off so they wouldn't have to carry it down the mountain.

"You know what would be the best day of my life?" Elewin said in a low voice, making sure that no one else would hear her. "If we visited the Capitol one day. I bet if we follow the merchant paths it wouldn't be that dangerous," Elewin said with a mischievous grin. Leaving Desdarea for anything other than a life-threatening emergency that couldn't be handled by magic was basically out of the question, but it didn't mean Elewin would stop dreaming about it.

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