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The Guardian

'Our lives are given meaning in the beginning.. It just may take time for that meaning to be seen.'

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Knosis

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A gathering that seeks out the seven feathers of Dhaelhel in order to banish the taint of Naar on Terra.

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Tugark is the lost Guardian.

So begins...

The Guardian's Story

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The wind blew across the silvery landscape high along the mountain side. Many centuries had passed since the last time any living thing had set foot in this forsaken place. The temple was nearly completely hidden beneath the ice and snow, reflecting the dull rays of the sun as it began to fall below the peak of the mountain side.

The wind blew into the hole of which the entrance of the temple could be found, moaning a deep bellowing song that sounded almost sorrowful. Many had forgotten about this place, and its purpose was all but lost with time. But within its crystalline chambers, there was a secret within that slumbered, waiting for the day that it should be needed again.

On the top of the door way of the entrance of the temple were written in ancient tongue, meaning lost and faded away in time.

It stood as if waiting.

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A woman stepped into the temple with a rifle slung over her shoulder and a feathered hat upon her head. A brow was arched as she scanned across the inside of the temple. There was no one home, or at least that she could find.

Lady Samsara was here in order to investigate a lead that she had gotten wind of in the City. A meteor had streaked across the sky not a day before. A feather had floated right down into her hand and Lady Samsara knew that it was a sign of great adventures to come! So, she had placed the feather into her hat and let her feet guide her wherever they may.

That was how she ended up in the temple inside the mountains.

"Right then, show yourself," Lady Samara called out to the temple. "I do not have time to waste looking for you. No need to be shy." Of course she had no idea if anything was going to answer. There was just a feeling.

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Nothing answered the woman but a mournful sound that echoed across the crystalline walls. But there seemed to be something changing within. Soon, there was light reflecting within the temple, an luminous glow that seemed to lead within the temple grounds.

Should she follow it in, it would lead her deeper into the temple, the light disappearing as soon as she past it.

Soon it would come to a stone slab in a center of a huge room. The room was rather warm, considering the outside weather. Water surrounded the island that held the tomb except for a bridge on either side of the slab. The light led up right to the tall thing, ancient script written upon the stone glowing with the same ominous light that had lead her to this point.

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Lady Samsara's brow arched impossibly high on her forehead yet not a single wrinkle showed on the lady's face. "Oy, you can't scare me, guv," the woman said to the moan. Not even a single hair on the back of her neck rose from the noise. Most would have already dashed out the temple. A noise was just a noise and couldn't hurt Lady Samsara.

Shifting the rifle on her shoulder, Lady Samsara delved deeper into the temple, following a light that seemed to be guiding her. The feather in her hat jounced in rythym with the thumps of her boots.

When Huntress Lady Samsara reached the tomb she planted a hand on her hip. "Well, jolly good time coming down 'ere but this is anti-climatic if I ever saw." She was highly disappointed in her findings. It was just a stone slab with some silly symbols on it. She had expected action!

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The stone in the middle with the ancient writ broke in half and crumbled to the sides of the island. On the other side, a door opened slowly, a grinding sound of stone being rolled away.

There was a booming voice, speaking in the tongue that had been written on stone. The sound of chains and the rustling of feathers could be heard from the room behind the island as well as annoyed booming shouts.

Inside the room, a beast that looked part human, part wolf, and part falcon stood in the middle of a room full of glowing runes, chains about his wrists, his huge paw like feet, and his broad neck. His blue hues glowed in the dark room, shifting over to Lady Samsara in the distance. He seemed to be waiting for her to come closer, and even gestured for her to do so. "Ich a dose beleh." He said, although it was nothing but gibberish to Lady Samsara, it seemed to have a soothing tone to it as if meaning I won't hurt you.

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A trap!

Lady Samsara held the rifle in her hands ready to fire it at any given moment. She had wielded it as soon as things began to move. Erring on the side of caution was always the best route when in unfamiliar territory.

When the chained creature spoke it took a moment for Lady Samsara to put down her rifle. She had, at first, thought to shoot the thing and sell its pelt but something about the tone of its voice stopped the woman.

"Jolly good show, chap. Now let us have a good look at you," the Lady said as she approached the beast.

"You are all chained up. I bet that is extremely uncomfortable. Let me see if there is anything I can do here to set you free, but," Lady Samsara said waggling a finger at him. "No biting or I will be forced to shoot you. Understood?" It was like she was speaking to a child.

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The beast looked at her with confused, yet kind eyes as she spoke to him. He could not understand her anymore than she could understand him. He ruffled his feathers of his wings and shifted them gently to lay comfortably on his back before walking up closer to her. He would reach out a hand, as if he expected her to take it. There were glowing tattoos on the underside of his palm, pulsing with power. "Tu aye laeb." He said, just as gently as before.

If she took his hand, there would be a rush of memories that would enter her mind, including understanding of his speech, and it would seem he would see how to understand her.

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"You really expect me to hold your hand?" Lady Samsara said as if the idea was absolutely preposterous! She had no idea where the beast had been or what it had touched. Her hands were a commodity and highly valuable.

She tutted her tongue and reached into her coat pocket. "Very well then," Lady Samsara said. "If you insist." The woman placed her hand into the beasts' grip. Her muscles tensed and Lady Samsara was ready to remove her hand at a moment's notice. There would be no crushing of her hand that day!

That eyebrow arched again as a flood of images poured into her mind. When it was over she chastised the beast.

"No time for shows. We have to keep a move on. I am a very busy Lady. No time to dawdle."

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"But now you understand me, and I you." He said, still in the ancient tongue. He nodded in approval. "It was necessary, I'm afraid. I am Tugark." He said, bowing slightly, his arm across his bare abdomen.

"Aye, I agree, we do not have time to waste. Please, m'lady, free me from this place." He said, his eyes full of pleading. One could almost call it the 'puppy eyes'. "There is reward of treasure, should you so desire. And I shall grant you one wish to the best of my ability."

"It is calling to me.." He murmured, blue hues turning towards the exit of the temple. "It has woken me, and it is calling me loudly now.. I must go. It is time.." He looked to her, his blue hues fierce. "Do you know where they have taken my blade and shield?"

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"I've already got the riches and rewards. I'm not keen on gaining more. Greed has never been my sin," Lady Samsara said, taking her hand away from the beast. She tugged off the glove by the finger and then tucked them back into her coat. The woman went back to her rifle and slung it back over her shoulder.

"What I value most is adventure. You say that you've lost your possessions then we shall go and find them, post haste. Now tell me Tugark, dearest, how does one go about freeing you from this chamber?"

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The wolf stood to his full height-- A good 8 feet tall-- and pulled on the chains as hard as he could. The rock holding him groaned, but as it had before, it held him tightly. Even the chains held strong, despite holding him here for centuries. "I do not recall." He said breathlessly, after he had given up breaking the things with his own strength. Looking down, he began to read the script that lined the room. "It just says that someone will free me when the time comes for the Guardian to rise again." He looked up to her. "You have awakened me. You are the only one who can release me. You should know how." He nodded, as if this was just plain logic.

"If it is adventure you seek, then it is adventure you'll find with me. My blade and my shield should be somewhere in this temple.." He muttered, looking around, wincing as if he were trying to remember. "I have slept long. Things have changed. Even the air seems colder than the last I remember." He muttered.

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The Lady Samsara nodded and pondered on this poor beast's predicament. Finally she came to a conclusion on how to free him. It was so simple. If he was chained there must be a lock and where there was a lock...

"You paid no witness to this. A Lady such as myself does not harbor the talents of common thieves and cut purses. A Lady always has exceptional behavior," Lady Samsara said. She reached up into her hair and pulled from her hair a common bobby pin.

Grabbing one of the chains that bound the beast to the rock, Lady Samsara followed it until she came around to the back side.

"Just as I thought," the Lady stated as she went to work on the lock. She hummed a small, sweet, tune and before she could finish the chains went slack on Tugark.

"That shall do I believe," Lady Samsara said as she came back around the stone.

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Tugark was thrilled to finally be free, even if the chains remained on the creature. He gave her a wolfish grin, placing his hand over his chest and bowing rather gracefully for a creature such as him. "I haven't a clue of what you are talking about, m'lady. The chains merely loosed themselves at your touch." He said. His tufted ears shifted from side to side, as if listening to the rest of the cavern.

"I'm afraid my possessions are no longer within the temple.." He murmured, his voice a small boom compared to the quiet of the temple. "I do not feel them. They are not here." He seemed saddened by this revelation, as if he had lost a piece of himself. "No matter. I am yours to command until I find the one whom beckons me." His blue eyes shifted to a wall of ice, his ears straight and his eyes full of concern. "Unfortunately, I was not the only one in this temple that was forced to sleep and if I am awake, then she shall wake in time as well.." He murmured. "We must leave this place, m'lady."

He took a step towards the exit, the chains that still held his massive hands and legs clattered together. "I will need my sword and shield in order to do battle with her.."

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Lady Samsara tucked the pin back into her immaculate hair and dusted her gloved hands. "Oh never you mind. You are most welcome," the woman said in her brisk tone as usual. It was almost a chastisement as if Lady Samsara was pointing out that Tugark did not thank her for releasing him.

No matter. Such things were small, trivial, things to Lady Samsara. All in a days work.

"You say you need your possessions, well I do believe you will have to think back on where you placed them before you ended up here in the cavern," she said. Her eyes darted around to the other tunnels as Lady Samsara attempted to decide which one to leave by. They could lead anywhere, but of that she was unafraid. It was merely the need to choose that made the woman take pause.

"And who is this female you are speaking of," Lady Samsara asked as she walked toward a random tunnel. She was done here and there was nothing more to see. It was time to go.

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Tugark followed swiftly behind, the chains rattling loudly behind him, but to her question he only answered with trivial words. "Where there is light, darkness is sure to follow." He stated softly. "They took our weapons away. I do not know where they placed them. I assumed they would put them somewhere within the temple so I would be able to find them easily once I woke. To have an advantage over her." He said.

His clawed hands ran over the frozen walls of the temple, as if reading the script that lined the walls. "Yes, it is much colder than I remember.. Much has been lost.." He murmured, although it wasn't clear on what he meant. "Tell me about the state of the world, m'lady."

He then paused and looked backwards towards the tunnel in which they came, his wings shifting awkwardly. He scratched at the base of a horn that rose from his hair-like fur and shrugged, following close behind Lady Samsara once again. "There were many predictions about the future, but most unsure as a lot contradicted each other. As if there were many paths in which this road could go." He said.

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"The world above is best seen and not described, my dear beast," Lady Samsara said. It was true. Terra was a world that was unexplainable and so full of events it would have been impossible for the woman to fulfill Tugark's request.

"I am sure much has changed since you were last awake so do be prepared for a shock. I do not believe that I could catch you," Lady Samsara said as she stopped and looked at the creature, "if you were to faint." Her eyebrows rose on her forehead and the woman trekked ahead once more.

"I do not know where this tunnel leads but we will learn when we reach the end," Lady Samsara said excitedly. Her pace was fast and the sound of her boots echoed along the walls. Due to his size, Tugark would have no troubles following after her at Lady Samsara's pace.

"Tell me how it is that you ended up here, beast."

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Tugark flinched at the word 'beast'. "Please do not call me that." He pleaded.

"I do not remember where these tunnels go either.. My memory is foggy in some parts, clear in others.. And some seem to be like a dream I had while I was in my deepest slumber. So this is a mystery to me as well as it is for you." He said mostly in a whisper. Well, as close as a whisper something as huge as he could manage.

But suddenly he stopped, his eyes widening as they came upon a room similar to the room with the island and stone within that had released him. "We must turn back now." He stated. "We should not be here. You, more so than I." He said, gruffly.

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"You are what you are as I always say," Lady Samsara said before she continued. "But if you prefer that I not call you what you are then I shall refer to you by your chosen name. I am a lady and a lady can compromise even with... creatures of your stature." Lady Samsara had almost called him a beast again but refrained.

When Tugark warned her of the room they were about to enter, Lady Samsara loosened the rifle from her shoulder. The woman held it in her hand in a way so that if she needed to do so the rifle could be used in a very swift manner.

"Dangers are a part of discovering secrets and histories of the world. I am not afraid of a little danger. I will, however, leave if you insist, Tugark," Lady Samsara said, taking several steps into the room.

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"There are even more dangers in uncovering things that should never have been brought up from the past.." Tugark hissed, his ears folding back against his thick mane. He would hesitantly follow her, his eyes on the stone with glowing red text in the ancient tongue he spoke in. "There are some secrets that should never be awakened.." He muttered.

"And some that have been waiting for you to wake up for ages, Tugark~" A voice echoed off the walls, although it started off as a whisper before it could be understood. Tugark's fur stood on end. "We are too late.." He murmured, his voice disheartened. "We must go now, m'lady..!" He urged Lady Samsara. "There is no time, we must go!" He rushed over to her, and willingly or unwillingly, he would pick her up in a fireman's carry, careful with his claws, and begin to barrel the opposite direction.

The beast would not stop until they were completely out of the temple.

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Tugark and Lady Samsara ended up on the mountain side, exiting the temple inside the mountain through a tunnel. The entrance was surrounded by several thick pines and created a small grove at the tunnel's mouth.

"Put me down! Put me down right this instant, Tugark. I am a Lady and I should not be handled in such a manner. This is disgraceful!" Lady Samsara argued. She had been saying the same thing the entire trip through the tunnel, banging her small fist on his back.

"By the gods sweat I will put you back where I found you if you do not put me down this very instant!" Lady Samsara demanded, punctuating her words with a hit of her fist on his back.

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Breathing heavily in the cold air, the beast finally came to a stop. Steam rose from his white fur and he looked around himself. They seemed alone. Slowly, carefully, he placed Lady Samsara down. "I apologize, m'lady.." He boomed his apology. "But you were in danger.." He held his tongue about how ladies do not hit. Or carry guns. "I needed to get you out of there as fast as I could.."

The chains rattled and then disintegrated up to the cuffs around his wrists and legs. "That is handy.." He admitted, noting that he was no longer being held back by the chains. "I must protect you from the darkness that is overshadowing this world, m'lady. Please do not be angry with me.."

"Please forgive me for being so hasty.." He said, falling to his knees and hands in a low bow, his wings spreading wide in respect.

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"You are forgiven," Lady Samsara said straightening her clothing. She swept her hat off of her head and brushed it off. Several spiderwebs had been collected in their foray through the tunnels. The feather was safe and sound however and that was what mattered most. Lady Samara did not know why but she felt as if she needed to protect that feather.

"Just never do that again, do you understand?" the Lady placed her hat back onto her red hair and picked up her rifle.

"Now then, chap," she said. "Where are we off to this time? And what precisely was that voice we heard, and why was it so imperative that we need leave so soon?"

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The beast picked himself up slowly, his blue hues looking up at the lady. "I will not do that again unless the need arises." He promised. "If you were rendered unconscious in a dangerous situation, for instance. I will not leave you laying there unprotected, m'lady. I will guard you until the end of days." He stated.

To her questions, he tried to explain. "I do not know. I do know that I am needed close by.. I feel it, but I do not feel it up here... It must be down there.." He pointed down the side of the cliff of the mountain. A day's climb for normal people. "The voice was from the very reason I was trapped down there.. The servant of shadow.." He turned back to Lady Samsara. "And you are one of the Releasers. Although you released me, you have the ability to release her as well. I cannot allow that.. Not right now. There cannot be more shadow in this world right now.. Prophecy states that she will be released as well in time.. We have no time. We must find the one who awakened me.."

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Lady Samsara dusted off her clothing and straightened them back into proper order. Once her pants and shirt were perfectly aligned it seemed that Lady Samsara was ready to get back to their adventures.

"Well then, chap, what are you waiting for then?" Lady Samsara asked hefting her rifle back onto her shoulder. It seemed the weapon was an extension of the woman; an extra limb. She was always shifting it, checking it, or aiming it at something.

"Off we go unless you've business to attend here," the woman said, propping her booted foot up on a rock near the mouth of the tunnel.

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The beast turned around, only to face the temple for a minute. "I do not wish to linger here." He stated, starting down the path down the mountain. "You have not yet told me your name, m'lady." He chuckled, reaching over to help her down gently.

"And what would someone like you doing in a place like this?" He asked, purely out of curiosity.