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Elaine Gemini

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a character in “Out Among the Stars”, as played by Mineczka

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❝. . .❞ *Smile*

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~ Nickname ~". . ." *Shrug*
Elaine is often called the "Esper of the fields and forest"

~ Gender ~". . ." *Sigh*
Female
A voice sounds as a gentle breeze comes through: "How could one not be able to tell?"

~ Sexuality ~". . . . ." *Blush*
Elaine graciously swings both ways.

~ Age ~". . ." *Glare*
25

~ Role ~". . ."
Princess of Gemini

~ Distinguishable Features ~". . ." *Adverts eyes*
She has mainly a scar across her neck where her Larynx is. Because of this injury, Elaine is completely mute.

~ Personality ~". . ." *Nods*
To start off, Elaine is mute, completely mute because of an injury she suffered at a younger age while a group of bandits had attacked her. And though it's a huge setback for her to communicate, it honestly has no true effect on her, in fact, Elaine more just embraces it as a trait to her, almost like her hair colour or eyes. Though moving on, Elaine deep down is a very gentle, kind, and carefree person, always giving a smile to most, however, don't think she's a fool, though she has no way of showing it, but Elaine is intelligent, witty, and has knowledge in reading people and discerning false emotions and such. Though as the Gemini, there's a different side of her, while Elaine is a kind and nice person at heart, the reverse image is much scarier, and it flairs when she's angry. Elaine angry is a entity bent of destroying the target of that anger and rage, though it's uncommon, it has happened, and in one case, they never got the stains out of the rug.

Though flipping back to normal Elaine, with the challenge of her being mute, she managed to overcome the muteness, by controlling the wind magically to give a small message of her choosing, though it takes a while for her to do it again.

~ History ~". . ." *Nervous movements*
To be told when I have it fully written.

~ Likes ~
♥ Grasslands
♥ Faunas
♥ Tea
♥ Caramel
♥ Wind
♥ Musical Expression
♥ Painting

~ Dislikes ~
✖ Unnecessary violence
✖ Liars
✖ Being in a rut (Routine)
✖ Anyone whom threatens her People
✖ Confinement


~ Talents ~
✔ Painting
✔ "Talking" to people (Casually)
✔ Making tea


~ Hobbies ~
✔ Painting
✔ A little sword fighting
✔ Botany

~ Fears ~
✘ Letting her people down.
✘ Losing more than her voice.
✘ Getting Trapped.

~ Flaws ~
✘ Admittedly Indecisive.
✘ Her mute characteristics.
✘ Not the most physical


~ Side ~". . ." *Stern face*
Elaine doesn't wish to get involved at all, and probably won't unless her realm is attacked, though she has her doors open for refugees, being neutral.

~ Romantic Interest ~". . ." *Blush*
A wind sweeps through, you hear these words, from the 50's, "Golly Gosh, I don’t know"

~ Thoughts on Others ~". . ." *Silent Sigh*

Per each of the questions, a breeze moves through the room, forming responses to all
King Constellation "His response was valid, even I would war to protect my realm."

Queen Stars "I do not understand your motives. Perhaps we could talk over tea?"

Aries "Understandably, you love war, that is yours and I pray that your country remains, though I question, what lies inside her that allows her to go fight so quickly?"

Taurus "character thought"

Gemini "I have nothing to say for myself. I do not wish to blow my own horn."

Cancer "Devoted to the Queen like a puppy to a breeder. I understand that he's willing to protect the Queen without hesitation, but I yet cannot see why he's so fervently willing to be with her. Might he love her?"

Leo "Proud and stubborn. She's loyal, yes, but she is also a bargainer and knows her way around money. Well, as they say: To kill a country, kill it's economy."

Virgo "She's truly free and independent from the rest of us. She's caring and sweet to her people as well, without allowing herself to listen wisely to her people."

Libra "Character Thought"

Scorpio "A blunt, cynical liar. in all honesty I really am not fond of him. Though I feel like deep down he has some problems, I'd like to sit down and figure out why. Maybe with some tea with lemon."

Sagittarius [color=choice of color]"Character Thought"[/color]

Capricorn "Truly willing to protect your people, by choosing one side over another. Truly a cause worth fighting for."

Aquarius "Character Thought"

Pisces "A spritely young girl, whom knows her way in arts and sciences, though she may not be the greatest of warriors or leader, but I see promise with her. May the winds carry her farther."

Geography of land:
The kingdom of Gemini is mostly a forest, to be exact, and where said forest ends, lies the grasslands, with rich soil allowing for a plethora of crops and foods to be grown. Though most cities are hidden, for, instead of being build on or even in the ground, they're built amongst the great trees that the Varien forest provides with ease. Though out in the grasslands, where most of the Kingdom's revenue is, lies the Eye of Gemini, being that the whole grasslands is surrounded by the forest, it's often called the eye, and in the center of said eye, lies the Kingdom's largest city, Ikarii, named after the late Queen, said city is almost the Kingdom's heart, though hasn't ever been the capitol, instead, in the Elaindian forest, named by Queen Ikarii for her daughter, lies Mithuna, the capitol built into the trees, and especially into a massive tree, which Elaine lives in, protected by her forest, which few can travel without getting lost.

Economy:
The heart of the Kingdom of Gemini's economy is how much food it produces, it's fertile land and rich forests allow for the kingdom to export tons of food to the other kingdoms, though the food is mass-produced, they don't rely just on that, but they're also mainly wood manufacturers as well, keeping their economy balanced with food and lumber. Though for anything outside of food, animals, and lumber, the Kingdom of Gemini relies deeply on the others for help in that area. Thus Elaine and her Kingdom remain often neutral for the sake of the country.

Military:
Being how most of the Gemini's are farmers, Elaine has no real huge Military, rather, her military relies on moving swiftly and in mainly archery, since a head-on war would be disastrous for Gemini. However, those whom volunteer to be soldiers are skilled in fighting with a bow, and often a sword in the trees, on horseback, or while flying in an ambush. And those whom volunteer to be soldiers are often set throughout the country to be guards always protecting the people first.

Notable Locations:
The Gemini Forest: It's like the lost woods, unless you have someone whom can navigate the woods with you, you're likely to get lost.
The Eye of Gemini: A huge clearing in the forest which also hosts the most fertile land in the kingdom, it's the source of a lot of the food production and is the heart of Gemini's economy.
Ikarii: A gigantic city in city terms, located in the centre oft the "Eye of Gemini" it's a bustling city that is also the big trading area in Gemini, many roads lead in and out of the city, topping it off, it's also a huge cultural centre as it hosts many festivals.
Mithuna: The Capitol of the Kingdom of Gemini, Relatively hidden in the Elaindian forest, it's a city built into the treetops and throughout a plethora of trees, it encompasses a large area, and in the center is Elaine's castle, Yggdrasil. A huge spiritual centre and hosts it's own festivals, most notably, the Festival of the Wind.
Yggdrasil: Elaine's castle, and where one would likely meet with others in the Kingdom of Gemini, it's built into the tree it rests upon, with outcropping parts that more rest upon the branches of the large tree it rests upon.

Notable features of Gemini:
The Gemini Forest is rather wild, as in, there's a big reason that the cities and towns in the Gemini Forest are in and on the trees, is that the creatures and all are rather volatile, ranging from roaming packs of Dire wolves, to Aluarne plants, to even a few groupings of Cuckoos whom live in the forest. Though the few that can truly live in the forest are those like Elaine, the Espers, though, striking their wrath wouldn't be a wise choice.

So begins...

Elaine Gemini's Story

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'Twas a cool morning in the Geminian Kingdom, as Elaine looked out from her home, which sat high above most of the trees in the realm. Though there was a little instance with the weather, as normal, the morning fall mist had set in throughout the forest, and though the mist often burned off in the sun at this hour in the morning, it didn't, and a steady rain had set in through much of the land. As the rain had come down, Elaine sat in her respective Tea room, drinking her morning tea calmly while the rest of the castle scrambled, hearing that Princess Alexis of Aries was coming to talk with Elaine of the Gemini. Of course, the day's forecast just HAD to be rain. Though none the less, a cool breeze swept through as per usual on an autumn day. Though as Elaine sipped her tea, a woman stepped in, one of her council of eight, Aria, whom stood above Elaine's height, which isn't saying much to be honest. Though fromthe tall, and strong woman, came a more rustic voice, almost as if she was addressing someone whom worked in the fields, and had the hospitality to prove she's from one of the towns in the plains, though the voice made Elaine jump, as if being snapped from some Euphoric state,

"Now we can't have our lil' princess here dozin' off while we havin' company, now can we?"

Those words made Elaine jump, and if she had a voice, it most likely would have put out a small pitch that would be like a squeak, though Elaine looked at Aria, whom was a good friend of hers, and replied, having a more regal tone in the wind,

"I wasn't dozing off. I was but having my morning tea. And calmly thinking."

"An' I'm a pink Bear. Anyway, I reckon it'd best if you'd get dressed soon. We expectin' our guest to come here at any moment now. I say we put on a show."

With a hearty laugh from Aria, Elaine rose gracefully from the cushion she sat on in her tea room, and adjusted her hair, which still hung well past her knees. Only sharing a glance with Aria, Elaine walked into her dressing room, to put on something more suited for her guest.




Meanwhile, a little ways away, a elven-looking man sat upon the harness that mounted him to a dire wolf, in a overcoat bearing the royal emblem of the Gemini, being the woods are nearly impossible to travel, the man was dispatched to escort the envoy from the Aries kingdom. Yet he nodded, as if passing a checkpoint in his head, and soon turned back to speak to the envoy, his face being more tan in colour, the water dripped from his sharp chin, he spoke, the words coming out smoothly from a mildly-low voice, which hinted a slight accent, though was suppressed by the speaker,

"Excuse me, Madame, we should be arriving at Mithuna in about twenty minutes."

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A hooded cloak only covered so much of her hair, highly volumes from the humidity and its looseness. The cold sank through her skin despite the layers protecting it and the pitter patter of water droplets broke through the tree tops to hit the cloak supposedly protecting her from the rain. Despite this, Alexis grinned, looking up at the envoy from under the hood.

Upon hearing that she would need to travel more actively through the forests of the Gemini, Alexis excitedly pulled on her most formal travel gear which was ironically made for when she would fight against a challenger for the throne.

Her eyes glimmered at him, excited. "Pick up the pace and we could get there faster. I have a feeling this wolf can move at more than a trot." Her hand ran through the fur of the animal beneath her, the softness reassuring despite the viciousness the owner was known for. She had much in common with the creature. The wilder kind, anyway. Nomadic with a need for athleticism.

Alexis straightened, looking around the forest. At the turn of her head, the hood fell away, her bright red locks springing forth like a cloud. Alexis laughed, reaching up and undoing the fancy hair style Pilar, one of the head maids, had insisted on having. Tying it up in a ponytails, Alexis pulled up end hood and took hold of the reigns once more. "Ready when you are."


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The wolf rider nodded, "We can go faster, Ma'am. If you wish so." he said as the pack of wolves sped up into the forest with haste, breezing through the rain, mist, and cold air with ease. Soon enough they arrived at the giant tree that was Elaine's castle, the man nodded as he offered his hand to help the Aries princess off the wolf she was on, "Welcome to Mithuna" he remarked, knowing exactly where he was, though to someone whom had no idea what they were looking for, it just looked like a whole bunch of trees. After helping the Aries princess, the man walked to a tree, and opened what seemed to be a door, in which a knight came out. Her weapons were sheathed as she nodded and bowed to the princess,

"I'm Mineczka, Captian of the Geminian Knights, and one of the council of eight. It's a pleasure to meet you" she said at first, though continuing, "Now, if you'll follow me, I'll lead you into the castle, where you may speak with Princess Elaine."





Meanwhile in the castle, Elaine sighed, her attendees all around her, working on getting Elaine ready, though she thought to herself Is this all necessary? I was fine with what I was in earlier.... Though after a bit of preparation, Elaine was finally done and ready to talk, and in more regal dress, she stepped into her throne room to wait for Aries.

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A laugh of joy left her lips as they ran faster, her hood falling off her head and her hair trailing behind her. She felt so free… Sadly, the ride was faster than she’d like to say. As they slowed to a stop, Alexis examined their surroundings, whistling a bit. “Very impressive. Can’t even tell where we are.” She hopped off the wolf on her own, nodding to the Geminian in thanks before watching him open the door in a tree. As the woman stepped out, Alexis examined her curiously. Such an interesting dress for a knight. This whole kingdom seemed like a fairytale.

“It is a pleasure to meet you as well, Mineczka. Lead the way.” Alexis answered, readjusting the cloak to make her appearance appear more proper. It felt good to not have to meet a royal in a dress. There was much more freedom when she was dressed like this.


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With the sun rising, the city of Mithuna and the Gemini Kingdom was waking up for the work they do, whether it be that they're tending to the fields, orchards, or foraging food in the forest, the peoples were waking up without a shred of knowledge that a storm brews underneath their very existence, and in Yggdrasil that storm had all but begun. While Elaine was enjoying her tea, as per usual, there was a problem, a Messenger stepped in, bowing first, and then speaking in a tired, and low voice; "My Lady, there is a message for you" he said as Elaine gently took the message and read it, her eyes widen as a little more of anger sparked under Elaine, First the Queen starts a war threatening the King's life, and NOW someone threatens MY people's lives?! I will not stand for that. Elaine thought before turning her serious gaze at the startled messenger, a breeze blew through amidst this, carrying words that Elaine wouldn't be able to say again,

"Gather the Council of Eight Immediately.Tell them that I need to talk. Keep it under wraps for now, don't let the populous know just yet, I don't want to spread panic." she ordered as she rose from the table she was at, leaving the tea where it was, and entering the Council Room, and sitting in her respective chair. The first one to enter was Mineczka, whom lived in Yggdrasil with Elaine, thanks to her position as the general leader of the army, though Mineczka was worried, being that these meetings were never called this early in the morning unless something was horribly wrong, and judging by just Elaine's look, something was very much wrong,

"M-My Lady, Is everything alright? 'Tis a rare occurrence that you call a meeting this early, so I hope you understand my reasoning" She asked, feeling the swirling wind around Elaine that engulfed the room, though one-by-one the other council members entered, Aria included. As they took a seat and got settled, Elaine rose, slapping the sheet of paper down with near anger, and looked at the rest of the council,

"I was given this message this morning. A threat not on my life, or on the council's life, but to the whole Kingdom's life. If we do not join the war, we die is what it says. Now we must discuss what we do, for, this is for the country's life" the wind said as it swirled around endlessly in the room, though the council began to panic slightly themselves, which Elaine expected, that is, until Aria spoke up,

"Aight, Listen here everyone. We got a problem, an' it ain't fixin' itself. We have two choices, we fight, an' die weapons in hand, or we try to stay neutral, and risk death by this mystery paper, or by panicked countries. In my eyes, we between a rock and a hard place, wit' no way out other than strugglin' against foes whom would prolly kill us. Now in my opinion, we join the war, and on the King's side. What say y'all?"

After Aria's words, a small voting broke out, prompted by Erik, whom voted after Aria, and slowly went around the table until it reached Aria, whom sat next to Elaine,

"Queen" Erik said, "She has Aries helping her, we can't fight them"
"King"
"King"
"Queen"
"King"
"Queen"
"Queen"
"I said it once, I'll say it again. King."

With the Council's votes all tallied, Elaine nodded, one group wanted to side with Aries, and the Queen, while the others, including Aria and Mineczka said to join forces with the King. Leaving Elaine as the tie-breaker, and the one where the fate of her country hangs on the choice of it's Princess, whom sat, weighing every option against each other, as Elaine debated, the others sat, waiting in utter silence, almost scared to say anything, they knew the weight of Elaine's choice, though Elaine rose, walking out, followed by the council members, she had gone to the large window which stood by the Council chambers, and nodded looking out at the rising sun over her country, and her home. With that she turned, the light glaring over her body and face as she looked back with the wind sweeping through, Elaine bowed to the council for the help, and the wind's message had become audible,

"We shall wait and see what happens with the other kingdoms first, I'll decide when the battle-line are drawn I'll figure out where I, no we shall go as a country. Until then, Mineczka, mobilize the army onto standby and increase patrols in the forest. And Aria, be ready for anything in Ikarii."

And thus, begins the war for Gemini, unsure what may happen, there was one thing on everyone's mind, protect the people in the country.

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It had hit three days time. Another letter was received at the break of day.

It seems you do not value your kingdoms as much as it seemed. Very well then. Have your punishment, bystander.


And as noon hit… The catastrophe occurred.


Reverie burned. Fire flowers destroyed, the Arian holy city decimated.

The Taurus Tierra Temple, a holy grounds to the Earth Goddess, exploded. Rubble remained in its place.


The fields of the Gemini kingdom withered. A strange, clear powder coated their soil.

Amore bombed. The city tree toppled and flamed, killing those around it.


The Leo Colosseum obliterated. Rubble left of the ancient monument.

Illuminans Flamma rotted. Carcasses lined the beaches of the Virgo kingdom.


The Gallery of Grass, the symbol of Libra pride, toppled. The building collapsed, the paintings damaged beyond repair.

Sapal’s waters blackened. Bodies rose to the oily surface.


The Hall of Warriors, paintings of Sagittarius heroes dotting the walls, destroyed. A strange device spreading an unremovable black liquid over the Hall.

The Castra Springs collapsed. The cavern filled with rubble and the deceased.


Pollux, the City of Frozen Stars, darkened. An impossible layer of snow over it and those inside.

The Aphrodo and Eras flooded. The waters carrying away those caught in it’s path.


The only kingdoms that remained unaffected:
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It seemed as if the land itself was rebelling against their… “apathy”.

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Elaine was frustrated. Though frustrated is a lighter term for her seething rage, how dare someone come into her home, and take away what her people existed upon, reports had come in that the other Kingdoms were in a worse shape than Gemini was, but at least there was the forest, though it's creatures were less than hospitable, the forest was rarely touched for food matters, since the Eye had been the main food source for both Gemini and the others whom relied on Gemini, which Elaine would have to deliver letters to, at the least it was late planting season, thus it wasn't the end of things. Elaine nodded as she turned to Aria with the wind swelling from her emotions,

"Alert those in Ikarii, the fields are no longer an option for food. Make sure each home has a raised bed garden for each family, have them grow smaller amounts of food for themselves, for we may be strapped for food until the fields are pure again." she then turned to Mineczka, the wind still swirling, "Mineczka, I want you to prepare the Army, have them create a patrol around the outer edges of our forest and trade routes, nobody outside of those in Gemini are allowed in or out, if they persist, detain them." Elaine nodded, turning to the rest of the council of eight, the swirling winds moving around Elaine, almost complimenting her utter fury, "Whomever wrote these notes did not act in a terroristic manner, but isntead decided upon an act of war against not just the council of eight or myself, but the people of Gemini themselves. And I will NOT stand for it" the wind said, it taking the place of Elaine as the normal fairy wings had spread, and Aria looked to Mineczka,

"I'ma need your help, we can't be fightin' against them creatures in the forest. If we to forage we in need of someone to help the matter."

"I'll see what guards I can spare, We'll have to call upon the hunters as well for support in foraging. But Gemini can last."

With those words Elaine walked into her room, and sat at a table, writing with her normal manner, which was using a paintbrush, and one-by-one she wrote out letters to each of the Kingdoms, especially to those whom trade with Gemini needing the food, the letters read:

To the other Kingdoms,
It is my apologies to report that my land is suffering from an unknown plague that has tainted the soil and thus does not allow for us to grow food in the quantities that we often expect, though we will still send what we can, hesitate to say that I cannot guarantee that we will have an abundance to send. My apologies for any trouble this will cause, for it was unexpected for our fields to die in the manner they did. I shall send another message if the problem is resolved. I apologize again, for I cannot do much about the issue at hand as of this time.


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After those messages were handed to several birds, whom were but trained falcons, whom would fly to each kingdom to deliver the letter, it was far faster and easier for Gemini to get and retrieve messages, though one was held back, as Elaine wrote another letter, this one being a little less formal, as if Elaine was addressing a friend,

Princess Alexis Conall Aries,
I have a favour to ask of you, I fear that the other kingdoms will not be happy with my message, which I am sure you have read, but I ask, that if you can spare any soldiers to help protect Gemini, you will be rewarded through shipments of as much food as I can spare, your troops are the finest I can ask for, and hope that you are willing to help. Any amount is acceptable to aid in our defense.

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And with the second message written, the Scarlet coloured falcon named Flare began her flight towards Aries, as she was so well trained to do, while Elaine debates the next move to protect her land.

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“Where is the Princess?!?”

“She’s been gone for hours!”

“This isn’t good. We can’t just have a leader that disappear in the middle of war organization.”

The commanders scurried about the palace in search of their Princess, having lost track of her a mere half hour after the war meeting. They gathered in front of her study, banging at her door. No answer was heard. They checked the training room, the weaponry, the barracks, the stables, the kitchen, the roof… They had checked nearly everywhere!

Gathering in the hallway, two soldiers pulled aside Gabriel, the messenger having been holding .

“You must know where she is!” One of the men insisted.

“I-I don’t!” Gabriel answered. “I told you! She just van-“

A door opened and the men turned their heads. Alexis walked out, grinning, as if nothing had happened within the last few hours. Her eyes no longer held that dangerous light, instead filled with light heartedness. “Hey, guys!” She answered, closing the door to the library. “You looking for me? Well, I’m right here!”

They stared, shocked, before yelling in unison.

“PRINCESS!?!”

She grinned. “That’s my name, don’t wear it out. Ok, boys, let’s walk and talk.” The Aries went forward, walking down the hallway with a hum on her lips. The commanders followed after her, Gabriel trailing behind. “Come on, don’t tell me nothing happened within the past few hours? I gave orders!”

The man who had interrogated Gabriel stepped up next to her. “Your orders were carried out a while ago, Princess! But you cannot just up and leave like that! You’ve received a message from Princess Gemini and the Queen left her supplies-“

“Dump the supplies. Do not use it at all costs.”

The man’s eyes flared and - out of nowhere- he grabbed her arm and pulled her to a halt. “Princess!” He yelled, a vein throbbing in his head. “Your actions have NOT been in the best interest of the Aries kingdom! An all out war? Throwing away needed supplies? Disappearing for HOURS? You call yourself the Princess of the Aries Kingdom but you cannot properly rule this kingdom if you- if you have a tantrum every time something does not go your way!”

Nadir, the man who had been accompanying him, stepped back, putting an arm in front of Gabriel who looked between Nadir and the commander. “W-What’s…”

“Stay back, Gabriel,” Nadir warned, his eyes narrowing at the cheery, unchanging features of their Princess.

Alexis looked at the man, a bit in surprise but not offense in her face. She began to smile, amuse at his ‘joke’. “You believe you can rule this kingdom better, Commander Cain?”

The man’s jaw tightened. “You damn well know I can. I come from the South and I know fucking well what you do to us down there. You send your troops. You act so tough. You think you’re really high on the totem pole, huh? Well, I know very well what you’re really like. I’ve seen your records.” He poked her chest, establishing his dominance. “You may have gone up the ranks before you met the Prince but you were mediocre at best. In addition, you’ve never even killed someone with your own hands. All you do is send people to do your damn dirty work. You’ve got no blood on your hands. You’re a yellow bellied coward. So why the hell should you lead this mighty country into a war?”

A hand reached up, patting his cheek. Alexis had a cheerful grin, nearly on the brink of laughter. “How’s this then? Let’s fight. You win, I give you the kingdom. I win… Well, I win. As simple as that. You have nothing to lose. I want you for this war. Oh, and use whatever weapon you have on you.” She stepped back, nodding. “Have at it, Cain. Come and attack me.”

Gabriel’s eyes widened, looking to Nadir. “B-But… the Princess doesn’t have any weapons or armor…? And Commander Cain has his sword!”

“Just watch. You’ll understand.”

The commander pulled out his rapier, the metal gleaming in the light. Letting out a yell, he ran at her, fury in his eyes. Alexis did not move from her spot. He slashed down with his sword, screaming, “YOU’RE MINE!”

In that instant, Alexis held up her arm.

The sword dug deep into her flesh, causing both Gabriel and Nadir to cry out in surprise. Alexis’s smile twisted with pain but did not fade, staring at the man who had dared to attack her. Cain’s eyes widened, shocked she had taken such a frontal assault. “A lot of pain… Is a hell of a lot better than no pain at all.” In his stupor, Alexis pulled the weapon from his hand and kicked him back, pushing him against the wall. She held the bloodied weapon against his throat, her right arm now hanging limp at her side.

“You say I am no Princess. You say I will never kill another being. That is where you are wrong.” She stepped closer, the blade edge pressing against his throat, drawing slight blood. Cain pressed against the wall. He could overcome her! What prevented him from doing so? “I don’t kill because the ants don’t deserve my time. The very land itself chose me to be Princess. It never intended to have my brother take over - it was all for me. I had to grow. I had to die. I had to rise again. So what do you say that I am?”

“You are a monster,” he spat, his saliva hitting her nose. Alexis laughed.

“I am a monster. But I am the monster that rules this kingdom. The monster that is leading your home into this war. The monster that isn’t going to go away when the lights turn on.” She smiled, shaking her head. “Deal with it, you big baby.”

“You’re no different than the Prince before you.”

This made her pause, think a moment, before stabbing the sword right through his leg. He screamed in agony, falling to his knee and clutching the wound.

“There,” she said. “We’re matching.” Alexis turned, moving to walk away when Cain pulled the sword out of his leg and rose once more. Crying out, he swung at her again. The sword came down. She pivoted, kicking his injury. As he fell, she did an axe kick to the back of his head. He hit the floor and Alexis hmphed. “I am still Princess. End a fight with some pride.”

She smiled at the other two. “Ok, let’s keep walking and talking,” Alexis suggested, already moving down the hall way. Her blood dripped on the ground as she walked. Nadir and Gabriel caught up.

“Princess! Your arm!” Gabriel started, Flare still perched on his shoulder.

“Gem sent a message, right? That’s her falcon, too. What’s up?”

“She wants troops to protect her lands for extra food but-“

"Send them to her. We want supplies we earned. Not supplies we get as pity presents.”

Nadir stepped in front of her, stopping their walk. Alexis examined him, surprised. “What’s up, Nadir?”

“You need to have your arm bandaged. You may die of blood loss.”

Alexis stared at him before shrugging and sighing. “Guess I can’t over look that, can I? Heh, prepare an airship, I’m going to the Queen’s in an hour. Tell Draco to gather the troops for the Gemini kingdom and to depart when I do. Write a letter and tell Gemini we agree to the terms and if they attempt to use our troops for the King’s side, we will not show mercy.”

Gabriel glanced at her as she made her way to the infirmary. “Princess! Shouldn’t you write the letter?”

She grinned at him, raising her now limp and numb arm in a bloody wave. “Can’t really use my writing arm now, can I?” With that, she turned on her heel and went to have her arm bandaged.

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In the air ship, Alexis hummed as she walked back and forth across the deck. Her bloodied clothes were changed for a formal dress, her arm had been wrapped up in a cast. She looked down and watched them twitch slightly. Alexis knew she couldn’t feel or control anything in that arm. For at the least a couple weeks, the doctor had said. Alexis sighed. “Bad decision on my part. Oh well.” She rifled through her pocket, throwing a piece of gum in her mouth and chewing. “Wish this thing would fly faster. I’m getting bored."


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Upon her arrival, the daytime had nearly passed completely. Alexis made her way off the ship, servants taking her bags as she examined the Dominion. In all her travels, she had never officially been to the Dominion. It was rare anyone outside of royal blood did so from the Aries Kingdom. She did remember her time at the bottom of Titan Mountain but never going so high as she was now.

Coming out of her contemplative stasis, Alexis grinned from ear to ear. "All right," she called to the servants approaching to escort her, "To the Queen!"

She followed after them, making sure to take in the sights. The Dominion was no doubt 'pretty' with its strange hue. Stars on the earth? Possibly. Alexis hummed, her jaw still working on the gum in her mouth. Damn, how good that felt after what had just happened. As they neared the throne room, the one escorting her glanced back. Her eyes settled on the cast encasing Alexis's arm. Seeing this, Alexis raised an eyebrow before grinning. "T'is but a flesh wound," the Princess joked, using her left hand to raise and wave to the escort. She paused, finally taking notice that her hand was shaking. Shrugging, Alexis let her hand fall to her side. "Don't worry about it. Lead on."

Coming to the wide doors of the throne room, Alexis watched as they opened and revealed the Queen on her throne. Holding her head high, the Arian strode forward, halting at the bottom of the steps. She bowed, her left hand on her heart, the other hanging limply. "I apologize for the delay, Your Majesty. I had business in my kingdom." Alexis turned her head upward, not raising from her bowed stance. "For what does Her Majesty call me for?"

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Draco rolled her shoulder as he called his troops to a halt. They had been marching for a while and still were no where close to the Gemini kingdom. However, they had to take into account they would be traveling through several kingdoms to get to the Gemini forests- the route through Crocodelle was no option.

Waving her arm, he called for the one carrying Flare, the Geminian falcon. The troupe had decided it would be best if the falcon was sent during their trek instead of before. She grumbled a bit, scribbling out a letter saying the troops were on their way, currently traveling through the Sagittarius desert. Their arrival would take at least a day for them, especially since they would be traveling through enemy kingdom- the Libra kingdom.

Flare having been sent off, Draco sat down, sighing. "The Princess better know what she's doing... Especially when she might be sending troops to help the enemy..." Then again, Draco was a good choice. She had argued over the Capricorn kingdom's new status as "enemy" but there seemed nothing that would sway the Princess's mind. Draco hmphed, taking a draught of water. 'Wonder if she feels the same about Libra, biased little bitch.'

"Everyone,"she called, coming to her feet. "Let's move! You've sat your asses down for too fucking long." The troops groaned, coming to their feet and beginning their march once more.


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Another day had passed, and Flare had returned to Yggdrasil with the morning sun, a message from the Arian Brigade that had been sent out to assist Gemini had a message strapped in the message tube on Flare's back, the tube itself was light canvas with paper inside to support, while it connected to the rest of the bird's body through several straps that supported the message tube without hindering the flight movement of the bird, upon the tube rest a green emblem, that of Gemini and especially Elaine's family crest within it. Though Elaine had taken the message from the tube, feeding Flare at the same time and nodded to what it had said; the convoy was about a day out from reaching even the Kingdom. Upon reading this, Elaine went to another falcon, this one whose name is Keiira, whom was smaller than flare by a slight bit, with more cool colours with her feathers, Elaine had looked at a map thinking to herself, If they're from Aries, they ally with the Queen, which means going though Crocodelle would be a death march. Most likely they're heading through Libra then. I should send an Envoy instead of a message to Caeser, he's in good terms with me and this may ruin that. she thought before turning and walking out to Mineczka, whom had prepared to rush out on her wolf and with her small group, as a wind came through Elaine's voice could be heard,

"Mineczka, go out into Libra and find the Arians, try not to cause a scene with them. Take a few extra wolves and some rations, I'm sure they could use it." as the voice faded Mineczka nodded before responding,

"Right. I'll set out on the path that they've likely taken." she replied before her, and eight others with a few other wolves went rushing out into Mithuna and soon into the forest floor where they ran full speed towards the Gemini-Libra border, taking both Flare and Keiira with in case they had a problem.

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Damn it! Biting his finger, perhaps he was too indifferent to 'Pollux' and it's people within. It simply eradicated the extra struggle to remain leadership over his own people, but... Sigh, he wanted to have at least shown Dream such a beautiful location. Surely, Sangre would of liked it as well. In the end, that was the main way it hit close to home for Sterling. In the end, had it not been for that small attachment for the city, it would of simply been left completely alone. Luckily, Astaroth has brought up how the Queen had sent troops and supplies. Sending them to Pollux, with a few of the other clans, the eternal unrest between the clans of Aquarius died down. No doubt everyone else was in an uproar about their beautiful Pollux, of course.

This was a clear sign they needed to remain united. A clear sign that, had it been worse, they could of been in deeper trouble then ever before. Astar, order a stricter military regiment. This is no time for slacking, by any means." He didn't raise a voice, nor did he bother to look up from his paperwork as he finally signed off on the last document and rose to his feet.

"You're right, I'll send word immediately. Brother?" Astaroth began, suddenly turning around before she reached the screen, sliding door. "Will you be sending the letter to our neutrals? I believe Princess Leo has sent everyone a letter about troops, and most if not all sides are beginning to call meetings..."

The one-eyed man blinked, turning around. Were they really? How... interesting. Well, that supposedly gave him no choice, did it? Now, he had three letters to write. One to the Queen, one to Princess Leo, and... damn it, it was more then three! He had to write to each neutral damn party.

Grr.

Right, okay. This would be... fine.

First, he had to write something down for the general neutral invitation to a group meeting. It'd take place in the capital, Ai Haneul, considering it was a more secured city then the rest. With that done, next came a simple thank you note which didn't need much explaining to the Queen of Stars, and a 'Please refer to the letter attached to this one' for the Princess of Leo.

... So, that was a bit easier then he thought.

Depending on the outcome of this meeting, Sterling was already leaning heavily to the King's side after hearing a close friend had joined his guard, perhaps he'd be able to drag a few others over with him.

It was worth a shot, right?

Ah, this was beginning to seem like such a pain in the ass. By the time he was actually done, his eye had begun to twitch. Maybe it was time he took a break. Just who even sent those two letters in the first place? While, Sterling should of took their warnings seriously... It just... Well, clearly no one within the Land had that horrible of hand writing. Call him stupid, or even silly, but it just seemed too chicken scratchy. The Queen was too proper, and the King? Well, he had a good sense of writing.

This was was going to end up the destruction for many, and the salvation to none. Prince Sterling could only hope it was worth it.


It has come to my attention that we are all
currently being told to pick a side. Judging
by how we all have declared ourselves as
neutral parties in this war, I'd love to speak
to all of you, so I hope no one would mind an
official meeting between neutrals.

Please come as soon as possible, as rooms
will in fact be provided as you travel to the
capital. We will be providing a sign language
translator as well, in order to ensure a more
than perfect meeting.

I hope to see you all attend.

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'Wow, Virgo got here quickly.' The redhead shifted her gaze to spot the newcomer. She raised a brow when Cancer called her, about to call him out herself were it not the fact the Queen did so first. Alexis grinned, almost laughing at the little puppy getting scolded by his master. She waved eccentrically over to Virgo, waving her over. "Hiya, Virgo! Welcome to the team!” She laughed. Alexis glanced over at Cancer, grinning as she gave a playful punch to his arm. “Cancer, you gotta lighten up. A team’s a team and if we got another member, great!”

Then again, she wouldn’t disagree entirely with Cancer. Virgo fit the type of girl who would sit at home and sew little aprons or hair ties. She didn’t seem like the type able to hold up a sword let alone be able to lead a country in war. It was just a wonder what state her army could have been in. Then again, Virgo had her, Cancer, and the Queen. They had resources. They had strong militaries. Virgo would grow one way or another and Alexis would make sure she would. If anything, Virgo almost reminded her of...

Alexis shook her head and went over to the smaller Princess, patting her shoulder a little roughly. “Don’t worry, Cancer’s not gonna hurt a hair on your head.” Not when the Queen’s here, anyway. She gave a small thumbs up. “We’re your allies now. You gotta watch our backs so we’ll watch yours.” Alexis pulled away, standing next to Virgo and facing the Queen and Cancer. “That said, right now we’re trying to find a way to distribute the troops. I must report that I have sent troops to the Gemini kingdom for extra food. I’ll be sure to share that with the Cancer and Virgo kingdoms if need be. Possibly I could convince her to join our side but as for now, Gemini is declared as neutral.”

She held her hands behind her, thinking a bit. “Your Highness?” The Aries addressed the Queen, looking over to face her. “Possibly, is there a conference room where we could possibly organize our actions? If we have a place to visualize how to position our troops, it’d be better then walking around and talking about it.” It was nice to be able to walk and talk but when discussing war plans Alexis found it easier to visualize instead of oralize. Speaking off… She turned to Virgo. “Just to add on, in a couple weeks we plan on attacking the Capricorn kingdom. Right now we’ll work on getting kingdoms on our side. What’d ya think?”


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Elaine sighed as she was packing a few things for her trip, she was asked to attend a meeting in Aquarius. Elaine had few clothes that'd last in the land of winter, that is, outside of the one coat she has, which is seldom worn for it's more or less a coat she'd wear to battle, though to be fair, she was going to Aquarius after all, from her recollection it was constantly warring. I swear they'll war over the smallest things. I best be careful. she thought as she donned at least her minimum battle regalia, she didn't want to take any chances. Though she wasn't much of a fighter, she knew that anything is bound to happen on her trip, though soon a familiar voice came through, jolting Elaine back to her senses again,

"Well, where you fancin' yerself up for, highness?" Aria asked while standing at the door, before helping Elaine into the leather part of her armour, noticing Elaine's struggle. As she did, a wind swept through gracefully swaying the light curtains as Elaine's supposed voice was heard, gently replying to Aria,

"Sir Sterling has called for a meeting for those of us not on a side." the wind said as it continued, "I must set out immediately for Aquarius to attend, you shall be taking my place in my absence. I understand you know where I wish for the Arians to be, correct?" Aria had nodded, as Elaine had placed on her plated coat, she had it specially tailored for herself, since she personally hated the feel of armour, thus the coat was meant to keep Elaine's movement while protecting her.

Moving along, Elaine had walked through Yggdrasil, starting from the large branch towering over a portion of the city, slowly she reached the trunk, which had various floors for various uses. Yet eventually she had gotten to the ground (350 flights of stairs later). And soon she looked at the small group she was bringing with, about ten Elite Guards along with herself and each on a Dire Wolf, needless to say, that Elaine had enough weapons and teeth to make this journey as safe as possible. Especially with each wolf being armoured as well. And with little chat, they had set off.




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As the winds swept through in the forest, little is heard outside of the rush of the wind, and the forest seemed all but quiet. That is, also outside of what sounded like a pack of wolves, though, the sounds seem heavier than a normal pack of wolves, and upon a further analysis, it was a pack of Gemini Dire wolves, as they rushed forward along a path with their riders, towards the Aquarian capitol, leading was a rather large man on a wolf, his features were rather old, a gray beard could be seen from under his hood, judging by just his facial features, one could tell that he was middle-aged, his hood didn't fully cover his face, and one could see a full mustache with the beard, along with that there was a single scar across the left side of his face, before being covered by his beard. He looked back, as Elaine had called,

"Arturus. How far out are we?" the wind had blown through, those were the words that were heard as the man looked back, trusting his wolf, whom matched him with a grey fur coat over the wolf's body, though this one had a name, Herein, though the man responded, his gruff voice could easily be heard over anything else, he almost smiled while speaking,

"We're about an hour away, Kiddo." he said, while others would be yelled at by Elaine for even so much as calling Elaine in such a disrespectful manner, Arturus could get away with it simply for his age, skill, and he and Elaine have a close bond. After Lady Ikarii had died, Arturus had taken Elaine under his wing and more or less took the role as her guardian and personal shield, in memory of the woman he loved. Moving along, Arturus spoke again, this time with a little more serious tone, "Are you sure asking Aries was the best idea? I mean they've allied with the Queen and all."

"I did what I thought would be the best. Aries hosts a large military and a strong one at that. I understand your concern, but at the moment, we have to protect the people before anything. I've declared Neutral and asked for aid, since our Military, while good in Gemini, isn't in the same league as Aries." the wind replied in several fragments, Elaine knew that the winds here were messing with her control, which limited her. Though with that, it got silent again, and remained that way for the hour that they were running.

Upon arrival at Ai Haneul, Elaine nodded, looking at Arturus, whom walked with her as they entered the Asa House, her coat and hair covered by the snow which was kicked up mainly from the wolves as they ran. Though before Elaine and Arturus entered, in a more fatherly gesture, he brushed the snow off Elaine, and with a smile, he spoke, "Can't have our little Princess looking like she went and played in the snow, now can we?" as he said that, Elaine kinda pouted, though had fun building a snowman, the main reason why they're late being that Elaine literally stopped everything to play in the snow for a little bit, leaving behind three snowmen and several Snow Fairies in the snow, before moving out again. Brushing that thought aside, Elane gently walked in with a gust of wind flowing with her, with it, she spoke, gently,

"My apologies for our lateness. For, we were delayed by the snow. It is a pleasure ti see you again, Aquarius, and Leo."





Further into the south, wolves are heard here too, a smaller dispatchment moved through the tall grass of Libra's plains, following Flare, the falcon had circled overhead where the Arian camp was, and the wolves moved faster, with Minna on one of them, she looked back at another rider, he looked a lot like Arturus in face and body, though had the difference in he was much younger, and had no scar. As he looked at Mineczka she spoke, "Enick, bank off slightly to the right. Ensure that the Aries soldiers are safe, I don't want any of them getting hurt. If Librans are here, tell them we're here to meet a dispatchment we sent."

"Got it." Enick replied before his wolf moved slightly to the right. As Mineczka moved she crossed through the grass, though not to her surprise, her wolf leapt into the air, well over what Mineczka noticed were the Arian troops, as they landed she spotted Prince Caesar of Libra, This just got worse.... she thought as a bead of sweat rolled down her face, the five others outside of Enick had caught up with plenty of wolves, Mineczka nodded, looking at whom she guessed was the Arian commander, and Caesar, and spoke, her tone sounding official as she could in her exhaustion,

"I am Mineczka, Captain of the guard of Gemini. I am here to meet the Arian dispatchment to aid them to Gemini. I apologize for the lack of notice, Prince Caesar, we are doing all we can at the moment. And to whom I'll guess is the Arian captain, sent to aid Gemini, I have brought extra dire wolves for you, since, you must be exhausted." Mineczka nodded, looking at the other wolves whom were trained well. While the situation wasn't the best, it wasn't exactly the worse either, then again, this was involving another country after all.

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Sterling listened cautiously to the woman's words. Perhaps, she misheard him? It didn't matter, considering he'd be discussing such a plan with only the Princess of Leo. He had heard that Gemini had finally been spotted in his Kingdom a few moments after the doctor had left. "Well, we don't have long, but I want this plan of sorts, this deal, strictly between us. No other. Consider it an oath, or a blood deal until this flimsy excuse for a war is over." He started strongly, his left arm draping over his knee, sword balanced and slanted against the left cravis of his neck and his left foot.

"You see, like I said a few minutes ago, it is for another Kingdom. I'm afraid Aquarius will no longer be able to perform their duty to protect Virgo in order to go through with this Plan. If you'd allow this discussion to continue in private later, the general details are this, and I'll be damned if I don't give this a good expansion in private, but the gist is to protect the Princess and Kingdom, while we both spy within the sides we choose for additional details on whoever attacked our Kingdoms. If it's what I think it is, there's bound to be someone, somewhere that knows."

His voice fell, and there was few more moments before the Princess of Gemini and her escort entered the room. Beautiful as ever, it appeared he was in a room filling up with quite the attractive guests. Of course, he still respected them highly or lowly depending on skill and rulings. It was nice to be able to discuss things with almost everyone together... But there was still that darn Princess Taurus. Tch, it might end up being an entire day before they got anywhere in this meeting. No wonder they were so... boring from what he's heard.

"Princess Gemini, it's nice to see you. Please have a seat. Your companion as well." With him at the head of the table, and Zari to the left seat closest to him, there were about six more seats, just in case everyone had brought a companion. It was clear there wouldn't be that many empty spots besides the one next to Zari. Even if their back hurt, however, the floor cushions didn't provide the back support they'd unfortunately need. "If any of you need another seat, please let me know. Now, we're just missing the Princess of Taurus."

Now came the question of trying to start off a meeting that was still missing a participant. "Shall we start without her?"

Even if she did show, no more than one other person would be able to accompany her inside the Asa House. It was simply polite, anyway. The rest of them would be allowed and able to stay in one of the other notable locations of the capital under strict supervision.

They could trust the Leos, due to the small amount, but it were the Gemini people and all those who came with more then three that could trigger another Clan's rage.

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Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Amalia Virgo Character Portrait: Elaine Gemini Character Portrait: The Queen of Stars Character Portrait: Theon Cancer Character Portrait: Caesar Libra Character Portrait: Tuliza Winden
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Cancer’s words came at her- hard. ”You better have the guts to kill him, if need be.” Before she could respond, Virgo jumped in, completely oblivious of her slip up. Alexis glanced at the Queen to see if Her Majesty and noticed it as well. Nothing. Ugh, she couldn’t believe herself! No, back to the meeting. Pay attention.

She leaned back as Virgo began talks of negotiations, only barely catching what Cancer said about the new Scorpio. Her eyes stared at her neighboring country. Two of her allies, or rather, business partners, had shifted to the King’s side. This was horrendous. She was bordered on all three sides. Not that it would do anything to the Arian’s pride. She would not shift her loyalty. Her eyes moved down to Sagittarius, glad that it remained vacant. After all, it was just a site of archaeologists. No one lived there excepts “intellectuals.” Then again, they had discovered a past of great warriors. Could they have possibly contributed to the Aries attitude of life?

Wait! Nope, back to the conversation. No side tracking. She looked back up at Virgo, getting some wind of what was happening. Negotiations with the enemy. Alexis felt the large need to NOT do such a thing. She was powerful enough to deal with Cap and they definitely did need such a weakling on their side. Pisces would simply hold them back. Then again, less people on the King side to worry about. Then again… ”I’m not all ecstatic about having them join us. If Cap joins us, then I’d have to send troops up to defend his country. Pisces would be the same. Those two countries are known as ‘fortresses’. They’d be good on the defensive but I’m not sure on the offensive. If they stay on the King’s side, their troops would be more dispersed. Then again, if you do that, The water ways would open up for Cancer. More accessibility and we wouldn’t have any trouble if we were to attack Scorpio via water.” She leaned back in her chair, examining Virgo with a small grin. This girl had spunk, well, wrongly placed spunk but still spunk. ”Sway them with your words, Virgo. I want to see what happens.”

As the food came in, Alexis perked up. She examined the blue haired girl that came in, meekly. She tilted her head. This girl was cowardly and needed toughening up. Of course, not now. As the Queen asked for any other questions, Alexis’s mind returned to the Cancer’s words. ”I’ll have some strawberries,” she mentioned, waving the servant to give her some. As she sat back in wait, her eyes turned to Cancer. ”You asked if I had the guts to kill him if the need be? Or rather, threatened I do so.” There seemed to be a red glow to her eyes as she smiled. ”I have sworn my loyalty to the Queen. If the time calls that I must kill him, I will do so, no hesitations. He is simply an obstacle in our way now.” That said, she leaned back in wait for the snacks. [color]”That’s it for my part as well.”[/color]

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As something caught her eye, Draco turned her head away from the Prince Libra to the source. Ah… So these were the dire wolves they had heard about from across the long dessert. The troops began to tense at the unfamiliar creature only to have Draco glare at them once more. They called themselves Arians when they got scared of a little dog? Ok, not little but the gist of it anyway. She waited for the Geminian to finish before turning to her. ”My name is Commander Draco of the Aries Kingdom. I come with the requested troops as well as in place of the Princess for negotiation terms.” Ok, those are mostly settled but why else would the Princess send me of all people? ”We are in the service of the Gemini kingdom, solely for protection purposes.” She fought the urge to glare at the Prince Libra. ”As stated by the request.”

She could hear a sigh of relief go through the troops as they heard of the dire wolves. Draco glanced at the troops, wondering their capabilities to ride such a creature. It would be a disgrace if they did not know how. Then again, she needed to put faith in her troops. Draco turned her attention to the Prince Libra once more. ”Prince Libra, we were not here to attack but to protect. I ask that you give us passage to the Geminian kingdom.” There wasn’t really any permission needed up she needed to make sure that her Princess wouldn’t get pissed when she filed a report on what happened. Damn politics.


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Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Princess Zari Leo Character Portrait: Amalia Virgo Character Portrait: Elaine Gemini Character Portrait: The Queen of Stars Character Portrait: Theon Cancer Character Portrait: Sterling Salvador Aquarius XIV Character Portrait: Tuliza Winden
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Zari listened as the Prince Aquarius spoke. She couldn't be noticing how he was holding his sword, close to him and in a position it would be relatively easy to draw out in case of attack. He clearly had prepared to everything. When he had finished she nodded sharply in understanding. "Correct me if I'm wrong, but I have understood Princes Virgo has sided with Queen. And I agree with you that someone must know about the attacks and I have my own reasons to believe it's someone from Queen's side so this opportunity is a good way to find more information. But do not understand wrong, that's not a problem. I will make sure the deal will be taken care of properly and no one else will know about this." She looked straight at Sterling's eyes - or eye in this case - as she spoke to prove she wasn't hesitating or going to back off or betray him. She wasn't bothered by his missing eye in the slightest, she wasn't feeling sorry for him. The man had proven himself to Zari and everything else was irrelevant.

"However I must admit I'm surprised for your proposal. I haven't been aware of this contract of protection between you and Kingdom of Virgo you just referred to. And let me say this job you're offering is to my liking." She was speaking firmly but with a hint of excitement. For one it was sure to give her opportunity to slash a head or ten and for second getting information of the moron going against the Kingdoms and maybe having a chance to slash the head of the person. She then placed her right hand over her heart and bowed to him while sitting. Since she had already sat down she saw no point in standing up again. She wasn't doing from disrespect. It was just her style to act. Just like she preferred bowing instead of curtseys and armor over dresses. "The Leos are in your service." she said politely and respectful. The demeanor of the Prince Aquarius was telling her he was serious about doing business with her and as so was no hesitating to pay. That was why she was agreeing before the negotiation of the pay was done. "We will talk about pay and details later."

Just as she had said that Princess Gemini walked in. "Ah, Princess Gemini, pleasure to meet you." Zari bowed slightly. She bowed out of manners, but not really from respect like for Sterling. She admitted that Princess was a good leader but that was all she saw in her. And coming in with a companion would have made her roll her eyes but the manners she had been taught prevented her from doing it. She would also have preferred to continue the business with the Prince.

As Elaine sat down and Sterling asked to start with the meeting Zari leaned back on her chair. "I'd say yes." She didn't explain herself. Just answered straight to question.




























































Tuliza Winden
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Tuliza was trying to keep herself together focusing her thoughts on Queen. She was surprised to hear Princess Virgo's kind words. Or at least Tuliza assumed she had meant them in kind way. It was a encouraging sentence in the atmosphere filled with dark and bloody plans. The thought of war was something she couldn't handle well and knowing that was exactly what was the subject in the room. She was hoping she had gone to find one of her cats before coming in and taken it with her so she could have had something nice to hold onto. As the Queen asked her to serve the berries Tuliza made another curtsy. "Of course my Queen." she said and turned towards Prince Cancer as he was the first one to ask for them.

That was a mistake. She froze in her place the basket shaking even more now. Despite she had seen Theon many times before facing his deep eyes staring at her was causing her memories to come back in her mind. In captivate, taken advantage by the bandits in every way possible, and getting hit daily if she made the slightest mistake, not even getting to eat every day. The pictures flashed in her mind one after another. She was breathing rapidly but knew she had to do her job and avoid getting panic attack. She took another careful step closer to him. "Come on now, you can do this. It's not like you hadn't seen him earlier." she was telling her in her mind. But then as she was offering the strawberries to him she made the mistake of looking in his eyes again and that's was when her mind broke down. In front of her was now standing the lead of the bandits, staring her with the golden eyes and in the background she barely heard Alexi's words. "guts to kill --- threatened --- I must kill him --- no hesitations --- obstacle in way"

Suddenly the tears filled her eyes as she was shaking hard and stumbled backwards falling on the floor the basket dropping down and the berries spreading all over the floor. "P-Please, don't hit me. I'm s-sorry. Please, I'm sorry. I'm sorry." she was repeating herself talking quietly and scared all while still watching Theon as she was crawling further away from him. Expect she wasn't seeing Theon or anyone else in the room. She was alone with a bandit leader that wouldn't hesitate to kill her and there was nothing she could protect herself with. Nothing but her begging words.

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Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Elaine Gemini Character Portrait: Caesar Libra
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Caesar whistled slightly as he listened to the commander. What a drag. He couldn't believe that they thought they could just march on through these lands of the Librians. Even though they were a spacious people and often didn't stay in one place, this land was still their land. He smirked slightly as he gripped the cloak around his shoulders.

"Yeah. I know you don't mean harm. However, your not allow around here. I would have imagined you would have known by now." He raised his arms behind his head and stretched. "This is the path to the farm lands. If you go that way, your gonna be walking through field after field of crops and my people work way too hard for militia to come and ruin our food. And if the foods ruined, guess what, that means all of your food is too."He smirked deviously as he saw a bird fly by dropping off a large scroll. He waved his hand pushing the scroll to his hand with a small gust.

"Heh. Don't worry, you could always pass through Crocodelle if you want to head that way. But as I said, these parts are off limits." He opened the scroll and smirked slightly. The king wanted a meeting! This was very exciting.


Caesar paused slightly as he began to watch the Gemini appear. Caesar folded his arms. "Uh yeah as I was saying to the sheeps here, none of you are allowed anywhere in these lands. Seriously, were in war times and you all find it proper to just show up near the fields and converse like this. It's not that simple." He whistled waiting for his horse appear. "Listen as much as I'd like to stay and listen to reasons as to why you have to pass or why this and why that, I got other stuff to do. So I best advise you all be taking your leaving now and finding a new route and finding a new place to have your fun parties. Like I said, Crocodelle's another way there and I refuse to let you all march through our hard earned crops. We don't want any trouble so get stepping."

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Character Portrait: Princess Zari Leo Character Portrait: Elaine Gemini Character Portrait: Princess Silvestra Taurus Character Portrait: Sterling Salvador Aquarius XIV
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At dawn the next day Silvestra left Iradena accompanied by her brother and his eight chosen soldiers. The journey leaving Taurus was pleasant as always though a bit fast paced, Silvestra anticipating the rest of their journey might take longer with the current conditions. During the beginning of the journey Silvestra questioned whether she should really be going to Aquarius but quickly shook of her doubts, knowing it was the right choice. It taking only a few hours to leave Taurus the rest of their day was spent traveling through Gemini. Much to Silvestra's surprise they were only stopped twice in Gemini, causing Silvestra to assume Princess Gemini had known they would pass through Gemini on their way. Despite their lack of interruptions Silvestra quickly grew sick of the journey as Bevan decided to use the time to lecture Silvestra about how bad of an idea it was to have left Taurus. While she knew he made a few good points Silvestra tried her best to block him out.

The second day of traveling started in Gemini but they soon reached the border and crossed into Aquarius, Silvestra taking in the scenery as it changed from grassy fields to the snowy terrain of aquarius. As they started their journey through the snow covered mountains and forests Silvestra was amazed. Despite it being spring it was as cold as Taurus mid-winter and there was much more snow, what Silvestra assumed was at least two feet.
At one point of their snowy forest trek Silvestra stopped and jumped off her horse, intending to walk in the snow for a bit, but sunk in waist deep, managing to have found a dip in the ground that had filled with snow. Stuck, Silvestra had to be pulled out by Bevan and a few of the laughing soldiers. Glaring, Silvestra remounted her horse, refusing to dismount again despite Bevan’s attempts to get her to.

Not having realized how much the snow would slow them down they had to stop at a Tsukiya village. Leaving, once again, at dawn they arrived at Ai Haneul mid-day. Stopping at an inn on the way to the residence of Prince Sterling, Silvestra paid for a handful of rooms for her men and, much to her brother's disbelief, insisted upon leaving five of the eight guards at the inn. Having to hear about it the entire way through the city Silvestra could feel her patience crumbling under her like an old bridge. Reaching the Asa residence, which was extremely beautiful her opinion, Silvestra's party was greeted in the courtyard by who Silvestra assumed was the steward. Speaking in the Aquarian language Silvestra greeted the man, thanked him for meeting them, and requested if her men could be brought somewhere to wait until the meeting was over. Surprised by her ability to speak his language the man nodded and got someone to bring them to the barracks. After a ten minute argument with her brother the three men left with two Aquarian soldiers, chatting amiably.

Once they were gone the steward offered to lead the way to the room where the Prince and other Princesses were meeting, assuring her that her horses and belongings would be taken care of. Looking down at herself she sighed at the dress she wore and rolled her eyes before nodding and thanking the man. Being intimate with her distaste of dresses Bevan had insisted she change at the inn and though she had picked the plainest of the dresses Silvestra had forgotten to supervise when Kareen packed her clothes and therefore even the plainest dress wasn’t as comfortable as her usual pants and blouse. Following the man she asked him questions about Aquarian culture and for tips on her pronunciation. Reaching the room he moved to open the door but she stopped him and asked him for a moment alone and he nodded and walked down the hall. Turning to Bevan Silvestra led him back to the end of the hall. “I want you to wait here while I speak with the others.” Bevan immediately started to argue. “Absolutely not! I will not let you be alone in there!” Turning away Silvestra shook her head and started back towards the room, trying to keep hold of her patience. “That wasn’t a request Bevan it was an order.” Following her Bevan reached out to grab her and Silvestra spun on him, not noticing they were so close to the door. “Bevan just shut the hell up and listen for once! I am going into that room alone and you will stay where I tell you! I am sick of you not following orders just because you are my brother! Go and wait at the end of the hall or go back to Taurus and make yourself useful!” Turning Silvestra noticed the door was right behind her and winced, hoping she wasn’t as loud as she thought she had been. Approaching the door Silvestra sighed and took a deep, calming breath before opening the door and walking into the room. Looking around she noticed Aquarius, Gemini , and Leo all in the room and smiled. “I am quite sorry for my lateness, the situation in Taurus is rather strenuous at the moment.” After a pause Silvestra closed the door behind her and then walked into the room, making sure to seem like incident in the hall had never happened.

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Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Princess Zari Leo Character Portrait: Elaine Gemini Character Portrait: Princess Silvestra Taurus Character Portrait: Sterling Salvador Aquarius XIV Character Portrait: Caesar Libra
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Elaine bowed as she took her coat off, as to say "It's a pleasure" to both before sitting gently on the seat, moving her fragile wings gently, keeping her balance as she sat onto the floor cushion, though Arturus shook his head, smiling a little he responded to Sterling, "I appreciate the offer of sitting with the like of you all, but I'm no good in politics. I'll remain outside for y'all." he remarked with his gruff voice resounding through the room before he opened the door to exit. Though Elaine remained, looking rather calm in demeanor, she looked for said Sign Language translator so she wouldn't have to use her magic all the time, though as Princess Taurus was entering, Elaine bowed her head again, as a hello to the new entrant. Though Taurus wasn't exactly someone whom Elaine had constant contact with, she knew the princess of Taurus was an alright person, though Elaine took a breath as the wind swirled through, and a voice through it had spoken,

"It would seem Princess Taurus is here." the wind said whilst Elaine gave a gentle smile, noting that the meeting would begin soon.




Mineczka nodded, responding in a more respectful tone to Prince Libra, "Lady Elaine has deemed Gemini a neutral country. We have no quarrel with Libra. And our wolves are trained around Gemini's crop. They aren't going to damage the crop of Libra. Secondly, I had thought I had sent a messenger to request permission to transfer the Arians through your kingdom." she paused, with an annoyed sigh, Mineczka wasn't one whom liked when people didn't listen, "But it appears that said messenger had not come. And I apologize for the trespassing, and I'm sure Lady Elaine will send a more... Formal apology." Mineczka took a breath again before looking at Draco, her calm demeanor resonating through her troops and wolves, "As for you, Miss Draco, I've brought extra wolves, and if Prince Libra is kind enough, I can get you and your troops to Gemini much faster than you can on foot. The wolves are trained and adapted to new riders, so do not fret that you cannot ride them.

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Character Portrait: Princess Alexis Conall Aries Character Portrait: Amalia Virgo Character Portrait: Elaine Gemini Character Portrait: The Queen of Stars Character Portrait: Theon Cancer Character Portrait: Caesar Libra Character Portrait: Tuliza Winden
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Princess Alexis Conall Aries

A sound made her turn her head immediately, reaching for a chair arm to use as a weapon if possible. Her vigilance turned to confusion as she looked over at the servant now on the ground. Was she… Panicking? Alexis’s eyes narrowed as she listened to the girl’s words. She was in utter shock or something as she cried out. Alexis followed the girl’s gaze to Cancer, staring at him. “What’s this all about, Your Majesty?” She asked, turning to the Queen. She never expected such a response to such a truth. Was the girl some coward, easily scarable? How disappointing. She would have thought the Queen would have had around better servants. Then again, the girl was just doing her job.

Alexis trained her attention on the panicking girl, frowning. People like her died in training or in the front lines or somewhere useless. The servant’s weak attitude was only a hinderance in Alexis’s way. What was even the matter with all these people? But the apologies… They reminded her… No! No, that was not something she cared about. She had grown past that weakness, of apologizing for something that was never her fault. This disgusting act before her made her want to puke. It soured her mood. Alexis watched, stone faced, for the Queen to act on the matter. That was the Queen’s servant after all, not her pet… Like Cancer.

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She frowned. Did he just deny them entry through this Kingdom? Huh, at least she knew he would not be swayed by her Princess. Disgusting if that were a truth. But the real matter at hand were her troops. They needed a way through to the Gemini Kingdom. The only other way would be Crocodelle or the Aquarius kingdom but that would be too much time wasted. Did it even matter to bring troops to the Gemini kingdom? No, the Princess had given her word.

As the Gemini commander attempted to reason with the Libra Prince, she allowed her thoughts to fall silent. Would this Prince shift his decision or stay head strong? Either way, she would have to plan another way through. She would not risk her troops if the monkey said no. They were heavily outnumbered, she realized this. These troops were not set to invade let alone fight to the Gemini kingdom. Then again... Draco looked back at her troops who clenched their weapons with tightened jaws. There was that bloodlust that resided in the Aries people. If she couldn't control them, the troops would most likely riot. She could see them marching through the crops, burning them with reckless abandon. Draco needed to keep control or else what would these two nations think of the Aries kingdom?


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Character Portrait: Princess Zari Leo Character Portrait: Elaine Gemini Character Portrait: Princess Silvestra Taurus Character Portrait: Sterling Salvador Aquarius XIV
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Princess Zari Leo

As Elaine's bodyguard left from the room Zari's expression did not change seemingly not paying any attention to it. However she had to admit it was a wise desicion was it Elaine's orders or the guard's own. It would make this discussion to stay inside the room and only between the rulers more likely.

Zari turned to look as she heard familiar sound behind the doors. She immediately understood what was going on as she gathered a few words from here and there. She had made business and deals with Princess Taurus in several occasions and had met Bevan almost every time despite if she had been there or if Silvestra had come to her Kingdom. Zari had never really appreciate that way of work, as often it seemed Bevan made the decision for his sister. She had always thought Silvestra was under his feet which definitely hadn't made Zari respect her highly. As Princess Taurus stepped in, Zari bowed to her again from manners. "Pleasure to see you again, Princess Taurus." Those with keen eyes might notice she bowed a little deeper to her than to Elaine mostly just because they had done business. In reality she was just waiting Bevan to burst into room after the Princess. At least he would make her tell every slightest detail to him later. In Zari's opinion either Bevan should leave Silvestra alone or Silvestra should give the throne to him. Now there was two rulers for one Kingdom and it wasn't working.

"May we start now?" she looked at Prince Sterling as waiting his agreement but not waiting his answer. It might have been rude from her but seeing as he was already ready to start the meeting without Taurus, she assumed he wouldn't be offended. She turned to look at the others. "I assume you all have got my letter, but let me do a quick recap. My main target right now is to find the moron who attacked to my Kingdom and according to my knowledge to yours as well. If any of you have information of these events or the person behind them I would appreciate if you're willing to share them. And as mentioned in my letter for those able to share pieces of information with me, no matter how small, I will keep my word and offer you a discount for my services in the upcoming war. And my services are pretty much limitless when it comes to war zone. I can offer my military for defense or offence as well as armory and weapons. And it's not limited to only one Kingdom, I can split my army for all those of you who wish to take this deal. " Her voice was formal, one of a business woman's. It wasn't anywhere near the slightly enthusiastic voice she had had with Sterling and she didn't give the slightest hint of their deal, telling her side of business like it would still be open - and for her it was. The pay and details were still open and as long as there wasn't black on white it would stay partly open.

"Oh and one more thing. Even if that person would happen to be someone close to you, I don't hesitate to kill them." She spoke perfectly calmly looking all three of them but there was a deeper meaning hidden behind her words. She wouldn't hesitate to kill even if it was one of the rulers sitting in the room with her.