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King of Dreams

"I will grant any desire.........for a price."

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a character in “The Book of Fables”, as played by PersonaU

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Name:
"You may call me The King of Dreams."

Age:
"Thats more difficult to say than you would think."

Gender:
"I'll leave that to your imagination."

Appearance:
"Whatever I like. Though I do enjoy drama, so the crimson cape and the mask are a bit of a specialty of mine."

Kingdom:
"I currently reside in Liridale, but that's all I'm telling."

Race:
"I'm not telling...."

Side:
"I suppose you people might see me as Evil, but you should truly look at yourselves sometimes."

Weapon:
"Adorable, how you think your sticks of iron could actually do a thing. Then again, you are so fragile."

Skills:
-Shapeshifting
-Summoning
-Mind Alteration
-Illusions
-Telekinesis
-Telepathy
-Teleportation
-Matter Creation

History:
No one knows where he came from or what he is. He just showed up one day and began working his craft. He became known as The King of Dreams due to him granting the wishes of any who asked. Though, there was always a price, though it seemed small. A simple task is all that is required, or sometimes to answer a question or riddle. Though....not all have survived their encounter with The King. Many have disappeared or have fallen to far that they live in places that are dark for Liridale. He seems to dwell within Liridale in great comfort. If any in Liridale wish his services, he is always willing to listen. For, some have survived and are far happier than they ever were. So, he is not a death sentence or an outright liar, he grants you exactly what you want, if you do exactly what he says.

Personality:
To say The King is eccentric would be a blatant simplification of his character. He dresses in odd clothes and speaks in odd mannerisms. The King always wishes to be the center of attention in any situation. He always strives to act like a gentleman("act" would be the key word in that statement.), or at least a mad one. He is always very exaggerated with his movements and is very animated. He could charm a miser out of his last penny, or a nun out of her robes. He is also very vain and very arrogant. The King always has an ulterior motive when he helps someone for free, always. The King is fun to be around, for he is very lively and always ready to entertain people, for he loves it.

Though, he has a much much dark side that you never want to see. Crossing him is usually the last thing a creature does. Unless he likes you. He can be very intimidating when he wants to and few survive the experience. It's obvious he is not a benevolent being, but still, all are drawn to him.

Love Interest:
".........Please."

Other:

So begins...

King of Dreams's Story

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Character Portrait: Aleiia-Serria, Princess of Atlantia Character Portrait: King of Dreams Character Portrait: Keiran Ogygia Character Portrait: Lólindir Fëfalas Character Portrait: Vala Nonda (The Morning Star)
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As Aleiia and Keiran spoke in the dark depths of the waters of Liridale, one of them would perhaps notice a large creature silently slinking its way through the water. It was a rather large sea serpent. It wasn't even close to being big enough to destroy a ship, but it could easily swallow a human nearly whole. It approached them both with hunger in its glowing eyes. It got very close, opened its toothy jaws...........

And spoke in a rather deep Oxford English accent.

"Well well well. What do we have here? Why...if it isn't two proud citizens of the great kingdom of Atlantia! Wait a moment, if these old eyes do not deceive me...." It angled its head where one glowing orb was hovering in front of Aleiia's face. "Why.....yes. It is she! Aleiia-serria Nethunus, Princess of Atlantia! Ruler of all the seas! Beg pardon for my informality, milady. I hope this old sea serpent did not offend." It curled up it's body and bowed deeply before her and kept it's head low.

"I am called Barthulax, and if I may be so bold, I believe I can be of assistance." It then moved it's head back up to look at the two. It then looked about, to see if anyone was listening, then moved its head closer to the two. "I couldn't help but over hear your conversation, sound traveling in water an all that. I heard you are looking for your friend, which I assume to be a mermaid. You see, I have seen a mermaid not so long ago. Her hair was very light, as was her skin, I don't seen in color like you lot do." It paused, looking worried. "Though, I hesitate to tell you where she is, now knowing who you are. You are destined for great things, milady, and I couldn't knowingly endanger you. Oh, what to do!?" It said, whining a bit and looking conflicted.

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As Lolindir walked through the halls in contemplation, a figure appeared leaning on a pillar he was just now at. It was tall, rather tall. Standing over 7 feet tall, but very slender. It was adorned with a blood red cape and hood and a very odd mouthless mask. Glowing orange-yellow shone through the peepholes of the mask. "Master Elf.......don't you ever get tired of hearing that? Though you know they mean no offense by it, but doesn't that just make it worse?" It rose from the pillar and approached him, hands behind his back, it's walk more of a stroll. "It means that they don't see you as a fellowMage or even his own being. Your just an Elf. Thats all they see you as, so they adress you as such. Not Master Lolindir. Not Master Fefalas the Wise and Respected. No. Master Elf.

Speaking of respected, how can you be? They only see Ears, not your lifetime of achievement. They might as well be calling you Master Knifears, I see no difference."
It then paused and stared at the Elf for a time. "Though, I'm wasting my time, aren't I? You care little for the thoughts and motives of the every day's about you. No, you look more towards........The Morning Star? Am I wrong?"

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Character Portrait: Aleiia-Serria, Princess of Atlantia Character Portrait: Ice Kiran Character Portrait: The King of Elvae Character Portrait: Maedwen Character Portrait: King of Dreams Character Portrait: Nerine Character Portrait: Keiran Ogygia
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Keiren Ogygia


Beren listened to the Midgard Serpent, in awe despite the current situation. He had never seen such a creature in all his years under the Sea or outside of it. He listened as Aleiia spoke with it, though it appeared to be hesitant in putting the princess in danger, which was understandable. He may well have felt the same in its place. Perhaps a little charm was in order. He bowed.

"Oh, Great Midgard Serpent! We are thankful for your concern about our lives, but we cannot abandon a friend and ally. For, what is a future ruler of a kingdom if she will not risk herself to save even a dear friend? I, of course, pledge to defend Princess Aleiia-Serria with my life, but maybe you can be of some assistance as well. Great Serpent, will you not lead us to Miss Nerine? Surely you are more protection than we will ever need."

As he spoke, Beren allowed a little of his magic to seep in his voice. Not enough to dominate it, but make it more inclined to listen.

Beren Kiran


As dusk approached, Beren gathered a retinue of his royal guards. His daughter was still not home and he was determined to find her. He nodded at his wife as she approached. His expression softened, if only for a moment.

"Do not worry, my Queen. I am certain our daughter is well," he told his wife. He kept to himself the promise that if Maedwen was threatened, no force in this world would stay his hand from punishing those who would harm her. When Ice sat upon her steed, he signalled the others to follow him as he urged his own steed to canter in the direction of a section of the forest that was near Elvae's borders, the place Maedwen most often frequented.

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The Great Serpent listened to the Princesses words carefully, seeming to contemplate them thoroughly. When it heard what she called it, it chuckled a bit. "None have called me Master ever, milady. You do an old Serpent honor." It's smile disappeared when it heard the great concern she had in her voice for her friend. It was about to speak, when the male spoke up.

It smiled a bit when it mentioned Midgard Serpent, though it's countenance was suddenly filled with iration. The end of it's tail swirled up and began to poke Keiran in the chest harshly. "I come here with intentions of help and aid, and you try and CHARM ME, boy! Such arrogance!" Its voiced boomed throughout the water, causing some fish and other creatures to scatter about.

It then seemed to calm. "Though, I know you only did it to aid your friend, therefore I forgive you. Besides, you named my race, I have not heard it's name in quite a time, you must be a learned fellow." It then turned back to Aleiia. "Milady, you really should better inform your betrothed on how to deal with allies, but you are both young..." It stopped and thought more. "Though his words were tipped in magic, they still ring true. I will tell you where I saw your friend, this, Nerine. Though, if I was to actively aid you, then you would be in my debt, Princess, by Law of Nature do we Midgard Serpents take our debs highly. I would love to help you of my own free will, but it would fight my very nature, and this is something I can not do. So.....so you agree to be in my debt?" It asked cautiously, the end of its tail raised in front of her, like an out stretched hand.

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Character Portrait: The Queen of Aravale Character Portrait: The King of Aravale Character Portrait: Sorceress of Dunmarr Character Portrait: King of Dreams Character Portrait: Lólindir Fëfalas Character Portrait: Casper Lazurus
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Katrin Bade, Queen of Aravale


"My Dear I have not seen the lightness in you step in many moons. Tell my love does the life of a queen been so unhappy." At his words, Katrin slowed her walk to meet his pace and continue alongside him. She thought for a moment, taking the apple from him and biting into it. She smiled a thank you as she savored the taste in her mouth. After swallowing the bite she took, Katrin licked her lips and let out a small sigh.

"You know, it's a tough job ruling. And Theodred, you know how I can get. Always wanting to be a few moves ahead of an opponent." She started, then took another bite of her apple. After the brief pause, she went on. "It gets worrisome, you know? You can't help but to anticipate when the next issue will arise." She finished as she glanced off into the gardens. She rose from where they sat in the gazebo to stand at a railing and look into the garden further. She noticed a few monarch butterflies congregating around some milkweed just a couple feet away.


Era Kodes, Sorceress of Dunmarr


As Era followed this stranger who's ears were as sharp as knives, she figured he was born of the Elvae kingdom. Immediately, she was even more curious than before. Except now, Era remembered seeing a man with ears like his before. Somewhere in the kingdom, she recalled. She was about to speak when she noticed another figure come from what seemed like out of nowhere and walk alongside him. Her steps fell shorter and slower at the sight, this figure however, was extremely strange to her.

Is this my lack of sleep? Am I dreaming? Hallucinating? She squinted her eyes trying to figure out what exactly was going on. She was feeling paranoid now, one of very few emotions she still felt. She was about to demand the two to stop on their stroll so she could investigate this further, when something tugged at her heart. Someone was after her staff.

A spell she had cast on the weapon connected her to the small dark red gem that hovered in a small circle at the top of the staff. She let out a loud gasp, "Close the gates." She ordered to nearby guards and took off running towards her private quarters. It wasn't too far, but far enough to have her in a full blow sprint. Shoving the door open to her quarters she rushed into the room to find a man in her presence.

"One more move, vermin, and I will have you dead!" She shouted as she moved into a stance showing that she was ready to cast.

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Character Portrait: Aleiia-Serria, Princess of Atlantia Character Portrait: King of Dreams Character Portrait: Keiran Ogygia
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Aleiia-Serria



"None have called me Master ever, milady. You do an old Serpent honor."
Aleiia smiled graciously just as Kerian spoke.

"Oh, Great Midgard Serpent! We are thankful for your concern about our lives, but we cannot abandon a friend and ally. For, what is a future ruler of a kingdom if she will not risk herself to save even a dear friend? I, of course, pledge to defend Princess Aleiia-Serria with my life, but maybe you can be of some assistance as well. Great Serpent, will you not lead us to Miss Nerine? Surely you are more protection than we will ever need."

Aleiia looked over at Keiran with a bemused expression. He pledged his life in her defense? He was not a Knight, or ever a Squire, he needn't make sucha pledge. Her expression dropped as the serpents tail whirled around and poked Keiran hard in the chest. "I come here with intentions of help and aid, and you try and CHARM ME, boy! Such arrogance!" He boomed causing Aleiia to grip on to Keiran's hand a little harder. She relaxed when the serpent did.

"Though, I know you only did it to aid your friend, therefore I forgive you. Besides, you named my race, I have not heard it's name in quite a time, you must be a learned fellow." He said and then turned it's attention back to her. "Milady, you really should better inform your betrothed on how to deal with allies, but you are both young..."

Aleiia's eyes went wide. "B-betrothed?" She looked over at Keiran and saw her hand, and pulled away bashfully. "We are not betrothed, Master." She said, she was a princess and to most the mistake wouldn't have caused such a reaction, but since she knew soon she would have to take a mate, A King. The idea scared her. She felt her life would no longer be hers once the mate was chosen, and it would be chosen for her, rather then a choice of her own. Though his word were tipped in magic, they still ring true. I will tell you where I saw your friend, this, Nerine. Though, if I was to actively aid you, then you would be in my debt, Princess, by Law of Nature do we Midgard Serpents take our debs highly. I would love to help you of my own free will, but it would fight my very nature, and this is something I can not do. So.....so you agree to be in my debt?"

"A debt." Aleiia frowned. She knew of trickery, she once made the mistake of crossing a Fairy ring in Morinae, she was stuck answering riddles and evading half truths until dawn. " How do I know you have even seen Nerine? you described her well enough, but it isn't hard to describe an Atlantian? Most of the women match that description." She said, proudly. She may be free spirited but she wasn't a fool. She was to be queen some day, her father made sure would make a good one. "Prove yourself, Master, and perhaps I shall take you up on your offer."

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Character Portrait: Sorceress of Dunmarr Character Portrait: King of Dreams Character Portrait: Lólindir Fëfalas Character Portrait: Vala Nonda (The Morning Star)
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Lolindir Fefalas

Lolindir then heard a voice in a particular accent speak to him. "Master Elf.......don't you ever get tired of hearing that? Though you know they mean no offense by it, but doesn't that just make it worse?" a figure appeared leaning on a pillar he was just now at. He was tall, rather tall. Standing over 7 feet tall, but very slender. He was adorned with a blood red cape and hood and a very odd mouth less mask. Glowing orange-yellow shone through the peepholes of the mask. It rose from the pillar and approached him, hands behind his back, his walk more of a stroll.

“Perhaps so” Lolindir replied. Lolindir had never seen this man before. He was quite strange and intimidating. Lolindir wondered where this man came from and whether or not he had been watching him for some time.

The mysterious man continued, "It means that they don't see you as a fellow Mage or even his own being. You’re just an Elf. That’s all they see you as, so they address you as such. Not Master Lolindir. Not Master Fefalas the Wise and Respected. No. Master Elf. Speaking of respected, how can you be? They only see Ears, not your lifetime of achievement. They might as well be calling you Master Knifears, I see no difference." The mysterious man then paused and stared at the Elf for a time. "Though, I'm wasting my time, aren't I? You care little for the thoughts and motives of the every day's about you. No, you look more towards........The Morning Star? Am I wrong?"

Lolindir’s eyes widened as he was shocked that this strange man knew of Vala, the morning star. Had he met Vala before? How much did this stranger know? Lolindir focused his gaze on the man and replied, “Who are you? How do you know of the Morning Star?” Lolindir replied in a serious tone.

Lolindir could sense that he and the stranger were not alone. In fact it seemed that the sorceress had been following them. Her gasp made Lolindir turn his head slightly to acknowledge her presence. However she rushed off before she could be addressed. He quickly turned to look at the crimson stranger again. “What business have you with Vala the Morning Star? What business do you have with me?”

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It looked back and forth between them when the princess mentioned they were not betrothed. "Oh, apologies milady. It's just, the way you look at one another. There is a glint within your eye when he speaks, and he looks at you with a deep affection, anyone would've guessed so." The Serpent stated casually.

The Princess then began to question whether it was lying about the information it had said about their friend, especially about the debt. It's tail came away from Aleiia and came up to it's jaw, it then began to do a motion that would be the Sea Serpent equivalent of stroking a beard. "Hmmm. Well, as I mentioned before, I did not know she was your friend, in fact, she may not be. I just saw a young mermaid of light hue who swam through some tunnels that lead to some dangerous parts of Liridale. You stated you were looking for a friend, being mers yourselves, I simply assumed it was she. It very might not be." The serpent stated in a very conversational tone.

"I also wonder why you question me, in fact. If these old ears hadn't deceived me, I believe your tone was very accusatory. I should be very offended! I only offer assistance in the custom of my people, only to be accused as a charlatan and a trickster!" It turned away from them and began to slither away at a slow pace. It then turned back to them. "Offer kindness to strangers as you would to your friends, and what do you get? Treated as if you were a Sea Witch offering pearls and power to the ignorant! Some fine ruler you'll make! Treating kindness with suspicion and aid with doubt. " It then continued to swim away slowly, it seemed to be mumbling to itself, like an old man would when miffed.

Just as it was about to leave conversation distance, it stopped and turned back to them, it's expression.....reminiscent. "You know.....I met a young human once......what was her name? Ah, damn this addled mind! Well, anyway, she was set adrift on the open ocean on a small plank of wood. You see, I thought her an enormously fat mantath, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a bite. Though, when I got close, I heard a scream, and I realized she was not a mantath, but a woman.

She shrieked in horror at the sight of me, but after minutes of coaxing I calmmed her and she began tot ell me what had happened. Apparently her lover and her were on a jaunt around the coastal isles Xindu'atha, when a powerful and fierce storm hit. They had survived, but the ship had not. They were floating together on the raft, when a Sea Witch emerged and offered them aid. Her lover exclaimed 'Yes, anything for food and water!' She then grabbed the mans hand stated it was a deal. She took his love for her and made it her own. She then dragged him to the bottom of the sea, where there was plenty of food and water."
The serpent now had a lazy smile on, eyes half closed from reminiscing.

It then caught the two staring at him, he then readjusted himself. "No, wait. I shouldn't be telling you stories of my past. I'm angry with you......wait. Why was I angry? Damn this salt addled brain!" The Serpent then began violently shaking it's head. It swam back forth as if pacing. "Something......something to do with a deal, no! A debt! The debt! She didn't like my debt.....what was my debt? I don't believe we decided....OH OF COURSE!!!"

It then moved from where it was, to it's head being right in front Aleiia as if in a flash of lightning. "You were questioning me not because you thought me ill-willed, the debt was too open. You weren't being rude, you were being shrewd!! Easy how I can mix those two up, ha ha!" It bobbed up and down in a happy fashion. "Well how about we hash it out right now? Lets see.....how about......oooh! How about you come visit me and sing for me when you find the time! Ive heard tales of your voice milady, and it would be a privilege. Then perhaps we could have a chat or something? I get very lonely in these waters, but it's the only place where I am not hunted actively. So, would that be alright? Or am I asking for too much?" The Serpent seemed rather excited now, even eager.

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Character Portrait: Sorceress of Dunmarr Character Portrait: King of Dreams Character Portrait: Lólindir Fëfalas Character Portrait: Vala Nonda (The Morning Star)
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“Who are you? How do you know of the Morning Star?” Lolindir replied in a serious tone. The Stranger looked somewhat satisfied with his reaction, but how one could tell the expression from behind a mask, who could say? It looked as if the stranger was about to speak, but he saw Lolindir look towards the Sorceress of Denmar. "Pay her no mind, let us instead talk."

He quickly turned to look at the crimson stranger again. “What business have you with Vala the Morning Star? What business do you have with me?” The eyes behind the mask seemed to glow a bit, as if he was smiling. "Now there's an interesting word.....business. Yes it is business that brings me to you, and it is you, and consequently your lover, that I wish to do it with. But come, these halls have eyes and ears that are too annoying for me to waste time on. Perhaps you would feel more at ease in your own home. " The stranger then waved his hand, as if drawing a curtain, then, the world changed.

It looked and felt as if the two hadn't moved at all, yet the scenery swirled with colors and motion, until not even a moment later, they were standing in Lolindir's study. "There we are, now......you know what." The stranger said with a pause looking about. "You must think me incredibly rude, coming into your house uninvited, come lets away to a place that is owned by no one, therefore none can be offended." Then, the Stranger did as before and the world changed again.

This time, they were on top of a cloud. Not a particularly large cloud, but big enough. It was high in the sky, looking over the land. what land was uncertain. Suddenly, columns and awnings morphed out of the cloud and formed a sort of half circle room around the two, the front opening leaving a breath taking view. A table then materialized with four chairs. The table and chairs both looked to be made out of a white wood of unknown origin.

"There we are," The Stranger said. "Much better. Now, down to business." He sat down across from Lolindir, hands in a pyramid. He motioned for Lolindir to sit. "Now, Master Fefalas, I know a lot about you. I know you bear the Star Rune and were banished from your homeland and condemned to the Land of Mages where you could be properly contained. I know, you've found a somewhat life in this land, but you always feel.....distant. You have friends and colleagues but you do not feel like you belong. In fact, you have never had that feeling, even with....No, especially with the Elves. But.....you have found something, in Vala Nonda, a Chooser of the Dead. To which I give my blessings onto, it's beautiful."

The Stranger then shifted in his seat. "Unfortunately, your relationship might not survive the coming days. You see......I am very familiar with Vala's kind. I actually know his forebear personally. Though, he and Vala's kin are not of this world, nor am I. Vala is alone here. And, in this world, few die. Even when they should, it seems a force here keeps death balanced. Which is why Vala has such a prominent personality and kind heart, he can afford to. But, in the comings days, war will be upon this world. War like none have ever seen. Lines will be drawn, sides will be taken and blood of all colors and creeds spilled. Vala will change. Slowly at first, he will get frustrated at the senseless death, then sadness, then, he will become tired. It always happens. And the war will go on and on and on and on and on for generations. No stop in sight......unless. Unless his heart is shielded. I can do this for you for a price. Or...with your help, I can perhaps end the war in few days. All I need......with your permission....

Have access to the Star Rune. Not take it, of course, just grant me but access to it, limit the number of times, if you wish. I need your strength to stop this, together we can save both Vala and this world.....and to you, there is no difference is there?" The Stranger then stood and appeared behind Lolindir.

"Or I could do a more direct favor for you.....such as, I don't know. Help you gain revenge. The Elven Elders that banished you still yet live. As do their spawn. In fact......the Princess is out and about right now, playing in the fields and dreaming of true love. She feels so alone, even though she is surrounded by love. Think of me as a tool. I have no thing within as a heart or morality, I am not mortal or of this world. Whatever you desire, I can give it you. Revenge, Immortality, Divinity, Peace, Knowledge, offspring of your own. I can make it happen. Just help me stop a war and give me access to the Star Rune, even if it only be once. I believe it's a good deal."

He then faced him fully. "What do you say, is it a deal? You don't have to answer now, but I'll need an anwser soon." The Stranger extended a hand to Lolindir.

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Keiren Ogygia


Keiran couldn't help but blush when the serpent assumed him to be Aleiia's betrothed. That was impossible. He was just a peasant who made his living telling stories, singing, or playing his flute. She was a princess who no doubt was introduced to multiple suitors. No matter how he wished it to be otherwise, he would never be permitted to court her even if she thought of him that way. He listened as Aleiia conversed with the serpent and smiled slightly. This was a kind creature. He felt bad for them being so jaded.

"I will be more than happy to visit you as well, Great Midgard Serpent."

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Character Portrait: Nieve, Lady of The Forest Character Portrait: Con'ken Character Portrait: Roxy De Landra Character Portrait: King of Dreams Character Portrait: Faramir the Unicorn Keeper Character Portrait: Lólindir Fëfalas Character Portrait: Emeror Dredenthin Character Portrait: Vala Nonda (The Morning Star)
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Lolindir Fefalas and Vala the Morning Star

Now there's an interesting word.....business. Yes it is business that brings me to you, and it is you, and consequently your lover, that I wish to do it with. But come, these halls have eyes and ears that are too annoying for me to waste time on. Perhaps you would feel more at ease in your own home. " The strange man said.

Lolindir’s gaze zeroed in on the crimson stranger. “So he knows of Vala and my relationship. What sort of supernatural insight does this man possess?” Lolindir thought to himself. Before Lolindir could say anything, the stranger then waved his hand, as if drawing a curtain, then, the world changed.

It looked and felt as if the two hadn't moved at all, yet the scenery swirled with colors and motion, until not even a moment later, they were standing in Lolindir's study. Lolindir looked about in amazement. They now stood in his own home. “This man must possess strong magic.” Lolindir thought. “Even Vala’s teleportation abilities aren’t on this grand a scale.” With every display of ability the stranger gave Lolindir became further apprehensive.

"There we are, now......you know what." The stranger said with a pause looking about. "You must think me incredibly rude, coming into your house uninvited, come lets away to a place that is owned by no one, therefore none can be offended." Then, the Stranger did as before and the world changed again.

This time, they were on top of a cloud. Not a particularly large cloud, but big enough. It was high in the sky, looking over the land. what land was uncertain. Suddenly, columns and awnings morphed out of the cloud and formed a sort of half circle room around the two, the front opening leaving a breath taking view. A table then materialized with four chairs. The table and chairs both looked to be made out of a white wood of unknown origin.

"There we are," The Stranger said. "Much better. Now, down to business." He sat down across from Lolindir, hands in a pyramid. He motioned for Lolindir to sit.

Lolindir took in his surroundings once more. He was completely unsure of where this location was or how it was possible for them to stand in the sky, on a cloud. However this seemed to be the tip of the iceberg for he had bigger things to focus on. He then sat down as instructed. “What is all this about? How do you know of my connection to Vala or of me?” Lolindir asked. He desperately wanted answers.

"Now, Master Fefalas, I know a lot about you. I know you bear the Star Rune and were banished from your homeland and condemned to the Land of Mages where you could be properly contained.” The stranger began. Lolindir felt a pain in his heart upon hearing words ‘properly contained.’ It brought back memories of being locked away in one of the mages’ towers upon his arrival at Dunmarr and simply giving star readings and astrology reports for the Dunmarr magistrates. It was truly a sorrowful time for Lolindir then.

The stranger continued, “I know, you've found a somewhat life in this land, but you always feel.....distant. You have friends and colleagues but you do not feel like you belong. In fact, you have never had that feeling, even with....No, especially with the Elves. But.....you have found something, in Vala Nonda, a Chooser of the Dead. To which I give my blessings onto, it's beautiful."

Lolindir replied calmly, “I see you indeed well informed. However, you must understand that Vala does not choose who is to die but he is a liaison for the next realm. He meansthe world to me.” Lolindir paused a moment and smiled. “I’ve never been able to speak to anyone about him before now and to be able to admit how dear he is to me aloud to another... It’s such a relief honestly.” Lolindir felt a bit of relief in the thought of Vala, the only person Lolindir could draw strength from.

The Stranger then shifted in his seat. "Unfortunately, your relationship might not survive the coming days. You see......I am very familiar with Vala's kind. I actually know his forebear personally. Though, he and Vala's kin are not of this world, nor am I. Vala is alone here. And, in this world, few die. Even when they should, it seems a force here keeps death balanced. Which is why Vala has such a prominent personality and kind heart, he can afford to. But, in the comings days, war will be upon this world. War like none have ever seen. Lines will be drawn, sides will be taken and blood of all colors and creeds spilled. Vala will change. Slowly at first, he will get frustrated at the senseless death, then sadness, then, he will become tired. It always happens. And the war will go on and on and on and on and on for generations. No stop in sight......unless. Unless his heart is shielded. I can do this for you for a price. Or...with your help, I can perhaps end the war in few days. All I need......with your permission....”

As the stranger spoke of Vala’s supposed fate, Lolindir’s heart was flooded with visions. He saw Vala descend from a cloudy gray sky, beams of sunlight punctured through the thick clouds. The angel was landing over a warzone. Being from all over, fighting and dying. Vala embraced an elf who’d been run through with a spear, left for dead. A warm light consumed the crying elf warrior as Vala embraced him and the elf faded into sparkles of light. Vala looked heavy laden for the elf’s time was sooner than it should have been.

Vala was next to embrace a wicked mage of Liridale who had been dealt a mortal wound in a wizards duel on the battlefield. Vala stood over the dying wizard yet his warm light turned a grim and pale blue color. “You have not atoned for your many depravities and sins sewn into this world by your hands. I Vala, the angel of death, punishment, and atonement, offer you wicked one, one final chance at atonement. Should you repent from the heart now, you can receive death’s warm embrace and be renewed with light in the next realm. What say you? Repent and atone.” Vala spoke with an ominous disposition, the vision frightened Lolindir as he had never seen Vala in such a manner.

The mage replied, “Never, I’m proud to have left my wicked mark of this pitiful world. I’ll be a king in the next!!!” The wicked mage cackled in a painful manner as he was dying.

Vala looked fiercely at the wicked dying mage and frowned. “So be it.” Vala replied and swooped down and grasped the mage tightly. The mage screamed horridly and promptly turned to ash in Vala’s arms. Vala turned toward Lolindir and tears welled up in his eyes. He held his hands outstretched. “Lolindir… help me. Why must the light of love turn to ash in my hands? I’m tired of death and sorrow. Please…”
Lolindir’s vision ended and he let out a deep sigh. Vala would indeed be in peril should the war come to pass. He’s do anything to protect Vala to protect his love, his heart.

The strange crimson continued, “Have access to the Star Rune. Not take it, of course, just grant me but access to it, limit the number of times, if you wish. I need your strength to stop this, together we can save both Vala and this world.....and to you, there is no difference is there?" The Stranger then stood and appeared behind Lolindir.

"Or I could do a more direct favor for you.....such as, I don't know. Help you gain revenge. The Elven Elders that banished you still yet live. As do their spawn. In fact......the Princess is out and about right now, playing in the fields and dreaming of true love. She feels so alone, even though she is surrounded by love. Think of me as a tool. I have no thing within as a heart or morality, I am not mortal or of this world. Whatever you desire, I can give it you. Revenge, Immortality, Divinity, Peace, Knowledge, offspring of your own. I can make it happen. Just help me stop a war and give me access to the Star Rune, even if it only be once. I believe it's a good deal."

He then faced him fully. "What do you say, is it a deal? You don't have to answer now, but I'll need an anwser soon." The Stranger extended a hand to Lolindir.

Lolindir was filled with many emotions. There was much to consider. However he snapped to his senses as he thought about the offers and the wager, the Star Rune. Lolindir needed to be careful. This man offered no information about himself and now he was asking for use of a powerful tool. Lolindir remembered that he needed to be careful. He regained his composure. “Just a moment sir. I am much concerned with the wellbeing of Vala, I love him. However, I must trust that he can handle the responsibility bestowed upon him. I want to protect him, but I must also adhere to my responsibility and that is to guard the Star Rune. What do you intend to do with the Star Rune? How can it prevent the war that both you and I have foreseen? If you would forgive my apprehension, however, what is your exact meaning of saving the world? I believe it could mean different things for different people.” Lolindir wanted so badly to give in to desire, he would love to live happily and peacefully, with a child and his love Vala but things were most never picture perfect. A sad reality but Lolindir was a man well acquainted with grief and sorrows.

Vala Nonda

Vala had flown into the territory of Dunmarr and hovered above the kingdom looking down on Lolindir’s home. He happened to reach his love’s abode just minutes after Lolindir and the mysterious crimson stranger disappeared into the clouds. He lowered down to the ground and knocked on Lolindir’s door. There was no answer. Vala turned the doorknob and stepped inside, a curious look on his face. “Lolindir are you here? Tis Vala.” Vala could see that Lolindir was not there yet he felt even more unsettled. “The energy here is off. The atmosphere is quite unsettled. Where are you Lolindir, what happened?” Vala said to himself as he stood in Lolindir’s home.

Faramir the Unicorn Keeper

"Ah, Indeed, I do, How nice it is to see you again." Nieve said. "I will call Council in regards to the Kingdoms matter but as for the human, the portals. It seems they have opened up again. You have an Other Worlder in your company." She said and nodded her head toward the girl with the ability to speak with the animals.

Faramir raised an eyebrown as he looked toward Roxy. He looked at the young woman with curiosity. He had not noticed that she was not of this world. He was most sure that he would have picked up on such a thing yet he had not. He turned toward Roxy and observed her silently. He was sure he had seen enough to know that he was of no harm to the unicorn forest. Therefore there was no need for him to go on the defensive. “So she is of the other world… Quite interesting. I thought she was a bit aloof of this world’s ways.” Faramir said in a thought filled manner.

"Faramir, you are more than welcome to stay and assist in our investigation of this portal matter if you like. I will need this to be handled before we move on to the matter of the Kingdoms." She said calmly.

Faramir nodded in agreement. “I understand and agree. I shall assist in investigating the matter. I can trust the Unicorn Forest in the care of the other keepers for now. I have not met the boy that has appeared in our world long ago. I should speak with him. I’d like to know more about him.” Faramir replied.