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Toa Maunga

"They have brought about destruction to this land. I have no choice, but to answer them."

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a character in “The Tribes of Imos”, as played by Citadel

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Was once the friendliest tribe.

Description

Full Name: Toa Maunga
Age: 31
Gender: Male

Tribe: Earth
Position in the Tribe: Leader

Negative Traits: Hotheaded, Rough
Positive Traits: Strong, Respectful, Passionate, Fearless, Experienced
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual
Likes: Nature, Protecting Others, Having Fun
Dislikes: Those who harm the Earth
Fears: The wars of others bringing suffering to his land and people.
Personality Description:
In contrast to his imposing physical stature, Toa has a heart of gold, as well as being a loyal and grateful to his Tribe. Toa Maunga has also been shown to be a very forgivable person even if his friend is corrupt, or how evil they are, no matter how many innocent people they've killed, and even if they're trying to kill him. This may be considered a weakness to some, but it has earned him the adoration of many. He is not tough or cruel to his Tribe, preferring to lead them with an honest heart and in doing so, show them how to better the world around them. He has a very poor sense of direction, often going missing from the tribe for days when he was only supposed to be away for a few hours. Despite his gentle giant persona, Toa is a powerful fighter, with a feral cunning and knack for quickly exploiting openings his opponent gives him. He will never kill an opponent, no matter what their crimes as he believes everyone can be redeemed. He has stated that it is his duty to guard this land from the horrors others wish to bring upon it, but will not sentence them to death as he is not a fit judge for such a task. He will however allow his tribesmen kill others during times of battle or war as his belief is a personal code and not one he wishes to force on his people. When confronted, Toa is calm and collected, not allowing his emotions to get the better of him. However, when angered, he is like a mountain given human form, an unrelenting turret aimed directly at those who have upset him.

Biographical History:
Growing up, Toa was something of a troublemaker. He was known to lash out at authority figures and get into fights on a near daily basis. He parents were heroes within the Earth Tribe, but, like all great heroes, met their end when he was at an early age. A Landslide threatened a small village on the outskirts of the Earth Tribe, a tragic event that claimed both their lives but saved the village. Toa was treated well by those in the village, but he rebelled against this, not seeing what his parents saw in this place and why they had to sacrifice themselves for it. He was gifted in his ability to manipulate the earth around him, but he was unrefined, using his powers based purely on emotion and nothing else. This power, coupled with his size, made him an incredible asset to the Tribe if he was able to be tamed. The former leader would often send people to talk to him, but they would often returned bloody and bruised, indicating talks did not go well. Eventually, the Leader sent his daughter, Mora, a beautiful girl with a love of the tribe and the land. It was not the Leader's intention to try and have her woo Toa, but allow the natural charisma within her to shine through and maybe help him see the light. Toa was suspicious of the girl at first, but was willing to give it a shot if only to get everyone off his back.

Mora would often drag Toa around the land with her, forcing him to help her investigate situations and help those around the village. He was unwilling through most of this, often dragging his feet and refusing to do anything. He did however provide phenomenal back-up for her, often scary away any who would try anything. It took a few months, but Toa started to respect Mora, believing she would one day be a great Leader within the Tribe. About three years ago, Mora started to get sick. Toa by this time had developed into a strong, capable young man. He scoured the land looking for a healer for her, but it was not to be. Not long after she passed away, her father did as well. The Tribe believed it was of a broken heart, an assertion Toa could not argue against. In a rather odd turn of events, Toa was selected as the next Leader of the tribe as the heir apparent up until that point was Mora. Without a successor named, Toa accepted the responsibility of the Tribe. He was no longer the hedonistic troublemaker of his youth. He was a gifted man with a capable mind and unquestionable willpower. While many questioned the decision, his conviction and strength were something everyone could see.

Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Tattoos/Markings: Intricate tribal tattoo's on his left arm, shoulder and face.
Weight: 305 pounds
Height: 6'9"
Brief Appearance Description:
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Toa is a tall, muscular warrior with a wild and aggressive appearance. He has a dark, badly trimmed goatee with two braids on the end of it. Despite his position and personality, he is almost a wildman in appearance, donning fur greaves, boots, and bracers. He most distinguishable feature is his overall size, often appearing as a giant to those who first see him. He almost always has a smile on his face, but when he loses his composure the monster you would expect might end up rearing its ugly head.
Carrying:
Dragon Claw. A sword that would appear as a claymore to most, Toa is able to swing around with one hand effortlessly.

Notable Skills/Abilities:
Strength- Due to his large stature and natural prowess, Toa is incredibly strong.
Will of The Mountain- Toa's unique brand of terra-morphing. Toa is able to bring about large changes in the earth around him, often rising or lowering the rock as he sees fit.

So begins...

Toa Maunga's Story

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Fi Lynx




In the middle of the city, just by the tribe’s biggest house - the leader’s house, all the leaders live there while still ruling - sat Fi outside the vault. Or vault, it was a house where the tribe’s treasures were kept, things like gold, jewels, secret tunnels leading underground to the most secret things. The stones. Fi knew she guarded those stones but no one has ever told her why, they called them "The element stones" but there was only three of them. A blue, a brown and a deep red one.

Booring...

Fi looked up at the sky and yawned, it was nice weather today and here she was sitting all by herself with only a door and the scythe as company. She looked around at the people going around the square, looking at what the merchants had today, talking and having more fun than her. It was not like she was forbidden to talk with people while guarding. But she choose not to, she once nearly told a stranger about what she really was guarding. And since then she has only waved hi when people greeted her.

It was a peaceful day, some days where exhausting because people was bugging her about her job. Or just talking about how she should do more with her life than run around all day. Some days were a total chaos because someone had seen other tribes close by. When that happened she or someone else had to be inside that dark basement with the stones. She hated those days.

While she was playing around with the dust on the ground, making it fly around in circles one of the other guards came and smiled faintly. "Your shift is over, it's my time now."
Fi flew up from the chair, "Finally! Have fun." She smiled while grabbing her scythe and ran away as fast as she could.

Finally outside the village she exhaled, Free. She stretched her stiff body that was starting to hurt a little from sitting down for such a long time. No more chairs for today. She looked around at the forest surrounding her home smiling to herself, it was pretty. She ran a little further away from the village and then started climbing the highest tree she could see. It was a bit difficult because her body was still not that awake and she moved slowly. But she reached the top - or the highest place she could sit down at without breaking the branch, she looked out at the forest. The wind was swirling around her and tried to make her fall by pulling on her clothes. She looked down at the main road you traveled on to get to the village, Oh a person, oh... That's too bad, no white hair.

She closed her eyes and focused on dissolving herself, when she was completely gone or invisible she flew down from the branch and traveled along the road. When there was some space from her and the stranger she reappered with the scythe in hand smiling. "Well hello there stranger, may I ask why you are traveling on our land?"

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Character Portrait: Nero Reinhardt Character Portrait: Toa Maunga

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Nero Reinhardt

The forest was quiet, the sound of the morning animals filling Nero's ears as he pressed his back up against a large tree. He looked around, seeing his brothers hiding amidst the wilds. They had been there since the sun rose a few hours ago, none moving, none questioning what they were there to do. The sound of the wild fell on deaf ears, as Nero's focus turned to one solitary sound. He peered out from behind the tree, still hidden, amongst the forestry that surrounded the isolated road. There was a convoy, around twenty men in total. More than the amount of men Talon had. It did not matter though. Nero had the drop on them and his brothers did as well. The convoy moved slowly along the road, soldiers eyes fixed on the woods, but unable to see what was only a few feet from them. Ahead of them stood a tall gate, ancient in design, but fortified nonetheless. The soldiers of the convoy could see their fellows standing high atop the gate and on the ground below.

It was a supply line for the Water Tribe, one that had been a thorn in the side of the Fire for quite a long time. It was designed to be hidden, far away from the eyes of those who would look to destroy it, or use it for themselves. Nero had been tasked with finding it a few weeks ago, and since that time he has hardly rested a day. So much effort had gone into finding this route. Eavesdropping on conversations, calling in favors from Lakeshore, strong-arming people of suspicion, it was a lot of work for what Nero originally had deemed unimportant. However, as he investigated the case further, he began to understand why taking out this path was a priority. It was an emergency line, a well-guarded secret that allowed the Water Tribe to always have a backup plan in case things don't go their way. Based on what Nero had collected in scouting reports the last few days, this line had been here for a long time. He felt like applauding his adversaries for keeping it close to the chest for so long. But, all secrets are discovered in time, and it was Talon's job to figure them out, and crush them if need be.

Talon, the name given to the Fire Tribe's most secret group. They answer directly to the Leader, and no one else. Every brother within the group makes a vow when joining, that they will never betray, nor will they ever hunger for power. Their loyalty to the next Leader must be just as intense as their loyalty to the previous one, no matter the circumstance under which the succession occurred. A stabilizing arm of the Tribe that no one knows exists. Nero believed heavily in this ideal. As the current Captain of Talon, it was his duty to guide and support his brothers, as well as insure the list of people who know of their existence remains as short as possible.

The convoy approached the gate, Nero raising his arm to let his brothers know the time to strike was near. The soldiers in the convoy were beginning to get suspicious, as there was no visible movement from the guards ahead. As they drew closer, the soldiers eyes widened at the sight of their fellows propped up, mouths covered and weapons gone. As they begin to ready their arms, Nero dropped his hand, a flurry of arrows exiting the wilds and piercing the armor of several Water Tribe soldiers. After the hail of arrows, the armor-clad members of Talon emerged from the density of the trees, many of them already on top of the soldiers before their blades could be drawn. Nero moved from behind his tree, bringing up the rear of the ambush. Within a few seconds, the convoy was defeated, its men either dead or captured. The captured guards were put together with the surviving members of the convoy, making it easier for Nero to keep track of everyone. There were eight survivors, including the guards from the gate. All in all, less than half of the Water Tribe soldiers lived. Nero was disappointed, knowing there was no way else it could have gone down, but still saddened by the death of men who didn't even get to defend themselves.

Nero and his brothers wore distinct black armor, far more reminiscent of a band of raiders or sellswords than members of the Fire Tribe. Nero began inspecting the contents of the supplies. It was mostly weapon and food, nothing worth burdening his brothers with carrying. "Ah, finally find a target in these woods and it ends up being a military transport. Just our luck." Nero took a heavy sigh after uttering the words. Everything was deliberate, dropping just enough clues that the soldiers would make their own assumptions about who they were attacked by. "Well, might as well let them go. We got their supplies and we want to move on before more military-types show up." Just like that, the soldiers bindings were cut and they were free to go. When, or if, they managed to make it back to the city, it could only be reported as a group of raiders hitting them on their way passed the gate. No use of fire-manipulating, or any tribal identifiers as to who they were. This is the way Talon operated under Nero. He wasn't in the killing prisoners business, it just wasn't within him to be. As the Water Tribe soldiers disappeared from view, Nero had his men throw the supplies into the forest and break down the gate. This would make it look like they stole the resources, and covered their escape route. With criminals in the woods and the only way through to the other side destroyed, the route would be abandoned. Nero was content with calling this mission complete, and eager to return to Murtovaara for the first time in weeks.

Toa Maunga

Toa sat in front of the tree, though at his stature he might look like an average size man standing. Mora's tree, the one he planted for her the day she died. It had grown massive in such a short time, easily rivaling any within Shadowfen. Normally, trees don't grow so tall so quickly, but it would be lie to say Toa didn't have a hand in this particular ones development. He would come here sometimes, to reminisce, meditate, or just simply get away from the troubles of the world he lived in. It was his predecessors decision to go to war with the Water Tribe, but it was a decision he respected and chose to honor. Toa chuckled to himself when he thought about how he got to this place. He had been called many things; The Goliath of Earth, The Mountain, but he never thought leader would be one of them. For a few months now, Toa has contemplated sending an envoy to the Air Tribe, hoping they would side with them and bring life back to the land. He didn't believe allying with the Fire Tribe would get him anywhere, nor would attempting to battle the Water Tribe on his own. While he was feared for his might and abilities, they could only take this war so far. His people wanted a healthy, full land. Not one scared by the ignorance of those who dwell on the surface.

After a few more minutes of pondering his situation, Toa stood up and politely bowed to the tree, the feeling of warmth coming over him like it did every time he returned here. Stretching his arms out and yawning heavily, a large growling sound began to emit from his stomach. Letting out a hearty laugh, Toa decided that all he could do for now was eat until he felt right with the world, even if only for a few minutes. He began to make his way back toward his home, a home that still echoed with the losses he had suffered only a short time ago. But, it was also a place of warmth and care, the memories of times he spent there drowning out any negative feelings. As he made his way through the tribe, he acknowledged every person he passed with a friendly smile and kind greeting. More than once a child ran up to him asking to be lifted up by the almost larger than life man. It was odd for many to see the once defiant Goliath now appearing more like a teddy bear. This trait had earned him the adoration of many over the short time since his leadership began, but as with any leader there were dissenters who felt he was too soft for the job. Toa would ignore these voices in favor of trying to teach the young and weary about the pleasantries of life, and that the world will not always be as ill a it is now.

When he arrived at his home, Toa let out a deep breath as he made his way to the kitchen and began to prepare his breakfast. As he prepped the food, thoughts crept into his mind about the best course of action in the coming days. Would he be able to reach a peace treaty with the two opposing Tribes? Or would he have to bring his full might down upon those who wish to harm to harm the land. Hell, is the Water Tribe even aware of what they are doing? Fire is destructive and chaotic. Water is serene and life-giving. Toa thought it ironic that the one meant to give life was bringing the most harm to it. If Mora was alive to see this, what would she do? Toa chuckled to himself, as he realized that she would probably end up kicking him in the butt and making him man up in the face of this situation.

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Character Portrait: The Undying Inferno Character Portrait: Nero Reinhardt Character Portrait: Raven Character Portrait: Toa Maunga Character Portrait: Vicnin Pherith

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Nero could hear what was occurring within, coming to the realization that Zeddicus was taking the news even harder than he had anticipated. Nero stealthily entered Zeddicus' place of power, sneaking by the guards who were avoiding the sounds of what sounded like a slaughter coming from behind them. Nero entered the room, only to see Zeddicus standing over the man's corpse, his hands blooded and his face red with anger. Nero walked to a point about five paces away from Zeddiccus, taking a knee and bending his head town. "My lord, I have come to report that Talon has successfully disabled the Water Tribe supply route. Should they send more convoys that way, they will find it unable to pass through." Nero raised his head. He did not know how to deal with Zeddicus' anger, nor how to calm the man down. Him and his men were but a tool for the Leader of Murtovaara, and could not offer anything but their blade and a direction to swing it. "I also bring news that an outpost has fallen, but it looks like I am not the first one to tell you. My sources within The Water Tribe also tell me that Raven has been captured by the one known as Vicnin Pherith, a highly talented general of Lakeshore."

There was no reason to doubt Nero's words. If anyone knew just how far Talon reached beneath the surface, it was the person they answered directly to. "Based on what I could gather, Her identity remains intact. The Water seems to only know that she is a high ranking member within our military." Nero was careful not to say anything that might reveal he had been at the scene himself. Even if Nero sent Raven to the outpost to evacuate people and not to fight, he didn't know how The Undying Inferno would react to this knowledge.

"My Lord, I propose an alliance. As you well know, The Earth Tribe has declared war against The Water Tribe. However, Toa Maunga, is still indecisive. Thus, he has not started any major action against The Water Tribe. I suggest you send me as an enovy to Shadowfen. I will not go there as the Captain of Talon, but merely a diplomat. I will convince Maunga to side with us, and if he doesn't... I will make it to where he has no choice." At this point Nero stood up, but still kept his body slightly tilted to show respect for his Leader. "While I am away securing this alliance, My Lord and Mazus can discern how we will go about rescuing Raven. If need be we might be able to use the Earth Tribe to rescue her. What do you day to this, My Lord? As always, I will carry out thy command."

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Character Portrait: The Undying Inferno Character Portrait: Nero Reinhardt Character Portrait: Raven Character Portrait: Toa Maunga

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The Undying Inferno
"There is no power without pain."



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Hearing of Raven's capture the Undying Inferno dragged the direction of his head downwards in grief. Zeddicus was no longer vexed but inside he crawled into a pit of sorrow. He closed his eyes slowly gulping the hot saliva raveling down his throat. Zeddicus then zoned out of the conversation with Nero while thinking to himself, How could I be so foolish to let her slip away from my grasp. The only soul being responsible for her tragedy... is me. And I will not die believing that I am who damned her to the Water Tribe.

The only words Zeddicus collected was 'Earth Tribe' and 'Alliance'; assuming that Nero was purposing that the lord be teamed up against the Water Tribe with the Earth benders, he responded in a way as if he were in dire need for air, "Whatever... it takes... Talon Captain."

Zeddicus rose up slightly staggering as he walked a couple a steps before he stopped and glanced at the soldier which he so brutally slaughter.

"Poor soul, I should say. I should of given him a second chance so that he may redeem himself before the spirits judge him. It would be in an act of mercy. I wish there existed such a thing, I wish I knew of such a thing. But as times twisted as they are now, mercy is a hard thing to come by."

The Undying Inferno rotated his body towards Nero continuing to speak, "And Reinhardt, I desire to join you in seeking an alliance with Toa Maunga, if you are so certain that their aid will defeat the Water Tribe. As much as I would wish to, rushing in and trying to grab Raven from the enemy's grasp is quite foolish if I don't exactly know who we are allying ourselves with. And, I am sure the Earth tribe leader will lean on the alliance even more if I, the leader of the Fire Tribe humbled himself enough to approach Toa. This quest to gain the Earth Tribe's assist will either make the Fire Tribe go down in history as cowards or wise-men. And you, Reinhardt, will be known as a paragon or a great error to your people. But surprisingly, the punishments or rewards, held on my head are much greater.

There is no time for delay, we leave in two hours. Give me time to gather and prepare myself, unless you disagree against my wish to accompany you. Which of course I have no problem with if you bear a reasonable excuse. This is wholesomely up to you, whether or not I should come. So, what will it be?"

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Character Portrait: The Undying Inferno Character Portrait: Nero Reinhardt Character Portrait: Raven Character Portrait: Toa Maunga

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General Vicnin Pherith
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Vicnin Pherith sat making last touch-ups at the fort giving last orders. "Burn the bodies of there dead... I am no butcher I will not dishonor their dead. Send our dead to sea, these last words pained Vicnin to say slightly. But death was something he had become accustomed to so he hopped aboard his horse and prepared his personal items.

"As for the prisoner make sure she is taken care of, I want no harm to come to her. If any harm does then you will be harmed by me..." his hands tightly gripped the reins while on the horse as gathered a group of 50 men to escort him home. He would be sending vast amounts of troops to the fort as it was one of only 3 ways into the water tribe lands the others being via the ports and waterways leading into the land. Vicnin had plans to return to his home of Lakeshore where he would raise the armies should the fire tribe retaliate but where he would first take a much needed rest from war.

Vicnin knew that the water tribe had to be united one way or another by either putting someone in the seat of power or if he had, taking power himself. He knew if not the tribe would fall soon and he wouldn't let this happen while he still lived. He sent a courier to Lakeshore to inform the people of the capital of his victory which would surely call for celebration of some sort in the return of the grand war hero and great general... the general had a plan for Lakeshore and its surrounding lands as they finally departed.
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Character Portrait: The Undying Inferno Character Portrait: Nero Reinhardt Character Portrait: Toa Maunga

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Nero

Nero's eyes widened, surprised that Zeddicus wished to join him on the voyage to Shadowfen. "That is an excellent suggestion, My Lord. Then I will travel as your guard. I am sure Mazus will be able to take care of matters here while we make the voyage. I will return to Talon and gather my gear. If we are able to leave in two hours time, we should arrive in Earth Tribe Territory within a day." Nero stood straight up, looking over to the corpse of the survivor one more time before leaving. It was not a shock to him that Zeddicus had killed the man, given the circumstances. Nero thought Zeddicus at least seemed remorseful about it, which was a good thing given where they were going. "I will see you soon, My Lord. I will be waiting just beyond the gates for you, away from the eyes of common soldiers." Nero left Zeddicus and returned to the streets of Murtovaara. The Undying Inferno, being who he is, made it easier for Nero to contact him without raising suspicion. He wasn't a man who needed guards, or even seemed to desire having them around. Nero often contemplated if it was confidence in his own strength, or paranoia due to how the system of the Fire Tribe worked. 'You keep what you kill,' was a phrase the culture they lived in was all too familiar with.

Nero made his way outside of the city limits, returning to the headquarters of Talon within the woods. Most of his men were sleeping, a few still awake to see the return of their Captain. Nero walked over t his gear and began changing once again, slightly irritated at the loops he often had to jump through in order to maintain his anonymity. "What is our next move, Captain?" Nero turned around to the voice to see Rourke standing behind him. Nero smirked, putting his hand on his comrades shoulder. "You and the others are to remain here. I am going with Zeddicus to Shadowfen to speak with Toa Maunga." Rourke widened his eyes, unsure of what this news meant. "Captain, are you sure this is wise?" Nero let out a laugh and continued putting his gear on. "Not sure yet. The Earth Tribe would not bring harm to us unless provoked. However, if we do not return within a few days... believe the worst has happened. Even with our combined strength, I do not know if we could topple the giant should we anger him. If things go that way, get in touch with Mazus. But, for now just get some rest. I feel as if the fighting is only just beginning in earnest." Rourke simply nodded and returned to his cot.

Nero attached his sword to his hip and left Talon. He took a heavy breath as he made his way back out of the woods. It had been a long time since he had gone far off without his brothers to back him up. But, this is the way it had to be. Before leaving, Nero unhitched a horse from their stables. Talon did not often use them, as they made too much noise for their liking. But, better have have one and not need it than the reverse. He led the horse to the road leading out of Murtovaara, coming to a stop at thee edge of the trees. Nero turned his eyes to the sky, seeing a bird emerge from the city and fly high into the sky. It was obviously a messenger, being sent to Shadowfen to relay that Zeddicus would be traveling there. A necessary step given the fact that if he just decided to show up, it might be seen as an act of aggression and not peace. Nero still had time before his arranged meet up with Zeddicus, but he choose to use this time to meditate on the events that had transpired the last few days.

Toa

Toa emerged from his home, rubbing his stomach and grinning widely, throwing his traveling cloak over his body. Shadowfen was bustling given the time of the day, Toa seeing this as a sign as a return to normalcy for a change. He tried to create a air of peace within the village, hoping it would distract them from the follies of the outside world. Not everyone agreed to this, some believing that they should be devoting more time to prepare for war. But, up until this point, the Water Tribe had not shown any hostility to Shadowfen. This was in no doubt due to Toa's presence. Given his age and attitude, it was difficult to discern the man's true abilities. Toa decided to take a walk around Shadowfen, hoping he would pass by more than a few generous enough vendors willing to give their leader a free sample. "Toa! Toa!" Toa turned to the voice, looking straight up to see a scout high atop one of the trees. "A messenger bird approaches!" Toa raised an eyebrow, unsure of what could be on its way without it being expected beforehand. Toa walked up to the base of one of the tallest trees and simply pressed his hand against it. Taking a few quick leaps, he found himself atop the tree, using the upper branch to support his massive frame. Sure enough, his eyes also saw the bird approaching at an incredible speed.

Holding his arm out, the bird landed on his bracer, Toa removing the message wrapped to its leg. He released the bird back into the sky, the animal flying back the way it came at just as fast of a speed. To unrolled the letter and read the contents, his expression revealing his distrust of the contents. "What is it, Toa?" Toa looked over to the scout, his eyes stern and his face serious, a sight most weren't use to seeing fro the man. "The Undying Inferno, Zeddicus, is coming here with only one escort guard. He hopes to discuss a possible alliance." Toa dropped from the tree, landing hard on the ground below, enough to cause a noticeable shake in the ground beneath him. He immediately found a nearby guard and relayed the message to the man. "Go inform the others that they are not to be touched once they enter our Land. Now, go." The guard simply bowed and took off, realizing his task would not be an easy one to complete. Toa predicted they would be there within a day or two depending on how they are traveling. This was the first time Toa was to meet another Leader, so he had no idea of protocol or what precautions he should take. But,, what was this about an alliance? Would that be even possible? Sure, both Earth and Fire had declare war against the Water, but thi did not mean that the Earth supported the Fire's "tactics." Toa began thinking too much about the situation and started pacing back in forth, thoughts of what to do overloading his politically inexperienced head.

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Character Portrait: The Undying Inferno Character Portrait: Nero Reinhardt Character Portrait: Toa Maunga

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Nero

Nero road on his horse alongside Zeddicus, though there wasn't much conversation to be had. Nero wasn't much of a small-talker, and he had a feeling that Zeddicus was not one either. Despite answering directly to the man for close to a year now, Nero had not spoken to The Undying Inferno much beyond what was required to relay details and plans. Nero stopped his horse, looking far ahead their path. "We have finally arrived in Earth Tribe land. If I remember correctly, Shadowfen should not be that far. This is good, we are making excellent time." Nero's horse began to walk again, the young Captain starting to feel confident in their chances to secure an alliance with the Earth. Despite the fact Nero had planned on this happening all along, he was still surprised Zeddicus was going along with it. It is often believed that the downfall of the Fire would not be a sword at its throat, but its pride. Nero did not exhibit this trait the same way his tribesman did, the Captain coming across as someone more practical.

If all went according to plan, Zeddicus would secure a temporary alliance with the Earth, and their combined forces would begin a campaign against Lakeshore. He did however worry what repercussions would come about when the Water falls or surrenders. Would Zeddicus be merciful? Would Toa Maunga agree to whatever Zeddicus would want done with the higher ranking members of the Water? The Earth did not have anything the Fire valued, and it seemed the Earth harbored no ill will toward the Fire. Hopefully, with a little bit of luck, everything would play out perfectly. Though, Nero had been playing this game for too long to know that was unlikely.

"My Lord, would you answer a question for me? When all is said and done. When the Water falls, what will be the next move?" It was an odd question to ask, but Nero felt he was never more likely to get an honest answer than now. "Should the Earth agree to our terms, Lakeshore would not be able to overcome our combined forces. But, once we achieve this goal, will we continue with the other Tribes?" Despite having fought for the Fire for close to a decade, Nero truly never understood why they fought in the first place. He had heard stories, but they were just fairy tales told to children. Nero wanted the truth, but he didn't know if Zeddicus even knew the truth himself. Was the man he followed simply doing what those before him had done, or was there something deeper to it?

Toa

Toa had just been informed that The Undying Inferno had entered Earth Tribe lands. The man was making impeccable time, but that was throwing Toa off his game more and more. This would be the first time Toa ever had to make a decision as a Leader that truly mattered. Even the decision to go to war was more of a group coming to a consensus than it was Toa's own will. Hell, the seeds had been planted by the previous Leader and now Toa was expected to water and nurture them. Telling his men to leave him for a few hours while he meditated, Toa began wandering around the far outskirts of Shadowfen, preferring the quiet of the forest to the liveliness of the world he had grown accustomed to since meeting Mora. Toa was an anomaly within this world, often described as a beast incarnate. He tried his hardest to appear as if the civilized world was one he felt comfortable in, but his childhood and early years made such feelings difficult to bear. His responsibility was not one he asked for, but one he knew he had to take on. Still though, his tribesmen did not question him when he went on his own, a respect that Toa desperately needed to maintain his own sanity sometimes.

Toa walked amongst the untouched trees of the forest, far outside the eyes of Shadowfen. Though he had always wandered areas like this, More taught him to see them a different way, a way that made the atmosphere surrounding him all the more calming. Picking a spot as good as any, Toa sat done on the ground as the earth underneath him raised up, forming a round platform upon which he sat. He rested his hands upon his lap and took a deep breath, exhaling slowly as he closed his eyes. Like this, Toa felt as though he could hear the heartbeat of the world. Every pulse, every root acting like a blood vein, was audible in his mind. He pondered not on the soon to be arriving Zeddicus, nor on the memories of a life he still clings too. But, instead he pondered on the dirt beneath him and the air around him. He pondered on what lengths he would go to to protect it, and what he would have to do to those who would bring harm to it.

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The Undying Inferno
"There is no power without pain."

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As Zeddicus was informed that the two now step in the lands of the Earth tribe he simple nodded. Though the lord owned a horse, he never was really fond of them and rather felt comfortable walking on foot. Yet traveling on foot would take much longer than ever wished for. So Zeddicus considered himself a horse for journeys like so.

When Nero gave his question to the Undying Inferno he not turning his head to answer it,

"I almost seems like you are asking why I fight, or where my fighting will lead us. I do swear that I am not insulted, therefore have no worries that I'll break your neck or kindle your flesh into a smokey pile of ashes, or whatever those foolish rumors say I do to my men. Yet, I will confess that I was born a boy of course, though as soon as I took my first step a blade was shoved into my arms and my fath-- trainer, ordered me to kill. It was as if I were an attack-dog, commanded by my master to tear apart whatever made him, the tribe, and me stronger.

But anyways... A very special... girl. Once told me that every soul belonging to the tribe is a spark. And if the sparks are combined together we are unstoppable, we are an inferno. But if we separate and lose faith in each other, than passion burns out and so does that inferno. And I believe her, but even our own damn people won't stand together."

Zeddicus chuckled before continuing, "Us fire wielder, we're so bloody stubborn and arrogant. That is probably why we are begging the Earth Tribe for assist. It honestly pains me to do so. But it wounds me even more to see those bastards snatch away my heart, not aware of how they toy with her."

The Undying Inferno turned his head sharply to Nero.

"But if the Earth Tribe, Toa Maunga, is going to be who brings Raven back into my arms. Then I can tell you decades from now and I will do all in my power to make sure that none of my people will harm his. With the water tribe fallen that would only leave the air tribe, I have no worries for them now. But if those wind lovers ever cross the line the way the water tribe did, then the best they do is drop dead. Because when I get to them, death will be what they'll be desperate for.

Hope that answers your question, boy.

Now my turn. What about you? If you were leader, the water tribe is nothing but rumors in our children's stories. What then?"

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Nero

Nero quietly listened to his Leader, surprised just how important Raven really was to him. Usually, Zeddicus appeared cold and distant to him, but for now at least, he appeared just as human as any other. Nero smirked widely in response to Zeddicus' hypothetical question. "My Lord, I honestly have not ever given one thought to such a situation. But, if I was to speak truthfully, I would burn the Air Tribe to the ground." Nero's words were icy and pale, no emotion or hesitation to them. "Before your time as Leader, and mine as a man, I lived with my parents far from the hustle and bustle of Murtovaara. My father was a diplomat, quite a powerful one, or so I am told. He was also honorable. He could not be bought, bullied, or corrupted. Raiders from Air Tribe lands decided our secluded home was a target worthy of plunder. At least, that's what we were told. My brother suspected more was at play. Our father believed that there was a reason the Air Tribe was staying neutral in matters of war or politics. The Earth Tribe hoped to avoid harming the land, but the Air... the Air was different. Their reasons weren't so clear, shrouded in mystery. My father believed they were hiding something within their indifference. My brother believed this as well and would not let such thoughts leave his mind." Nero gripped the straps of his horse tightly, surprised he was telling someone else something he had kept close to him for so long.

"I, however, believed my brother delusional. Sometimes, you are just a target. No malice, no ill will... just something worth taking from. There is no great secret to the Air Tribe. Just cowardice. I would be lying if I said my intentions weren't born of vengeance. I know Airedale had nothing to do with the attack against my home, but I also know they did nothing to prevent it. There are many plagues upon this land, My Lord. Apathy. Indifference. Such plagues often go unnoticed, but for some they are never forgotten." Nero looked forward with a thousand yard stare, one of confidence and anger. "But, such thoughts will forever stay in the land of hypothetical, and it is best that is where they stay." Nero looked over to Zeddicus, his eyes reverting back their normal gaze. "I refuse to kill captured enemies unless they leave me no other choice. Yet, I would burn the Air to the ground if given such an opportunity. That's a paradox, My Lord. It is why I find comfort in Talon. For there is no room for a paradox atop the mountain. I would argue such things make me the perfect soldier, but a rather lackluster man." He chuckled a bit and turned back to the road ahead of them. "As I'm sure you've noticed, Earth eyes are all around us. Watching. We're getting closer."

Toa

Toa perked up at a sound in the distance. It was faint, but in his current state he could make it out without much concentration. It was not an animal, but none decides those of Shadowfen would be in the area. He took a drawn out sniff of the air, unable to recognize the scent as one he had grown accustomed to. It was a stranger, but nonetheless, the scent it gave off was familiar. This perplexed him just enough to warrant investigation. Toa opened his eyes and his platform began to recede back into the ground. He began following the scent, curious as to what would be on the end. It wasn't long before he found its origin, standing on the opposite side of an ancient tree of the forest. Whatever was on the other side of this tree, Toa had at least discovered why the scent seemed so familiar. The tree had a similar scent to it, almost as if whatever this thing was had once been a part of the tree. It was a hard thing to describe, but all Toa knew was that if it shared a scent similar to one of the trees, it was not something to fear. Well, for him at least... hopefully.

Toa began to walk around the tree, the sight of a woman sitting on the ground surprising him to say the least. It wasn't her gender that surprised, mind you, but instead her overall aura and appearance. She had intricate tattoos and more than a few burns covering her body. Toa first thought she was a refugee from a neighboring land, but something about her seemed off. Despite being relatively young in appearance, the scent she gave Toa seemed older. Much older. For now, Toa decided to attribute this to the tree, as he found himself simply staring rather than investigating. He kept his difference from the woman as he slowly made his way to her front, knowing that she had to have noticed his presence. He held his hands up, hoping this would help him lower her guard. But, his massive size would make even his best efforts often prove fruitless. My name is Toa, Leader of Shadowfen. First, you appear out of thin air. Then, I find you in tatters. So, forgive me, but you have made me quite curious as to who you are and how you got here." Toa looked over the woman and quickly turned around. "Sorry, I often don't pick up on things right away." He removed his traveling cloak and tossed it back to the woman. "Well, good thing I decided to leave with that on today. It might be a little... big. Well, probably a lot big." Toa laughed a bit to himself, not having really dealt with members of the opposite sex beyond Mora, and usually by this point she would have hit him so hard he wouldn't b cognitive for over a week. "You appear out of nowhere and bare a scent similar to one of our oldest trees. May I ask who you are?"

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Enir Vidic



It was not as if Enir had fallen hard or anything like that, she didn’t hurt herself either. She had only some abrasions on her knees and hands, but still the stabbing pain she got from them made tears burn in her eyes. It was humiliating and so she clenched her mouth so that she would not start to cry. She was a grown woman, and grown women don’t cry by just tripping. Still pain was not something she had experienced in a long time so it took her by surprise. It’s embarrassing to admit it but she was more like a baby than an adult at the moment, not knowing how to walk, crying for something as pathetic as falling to the ground just like a little kid. Irritated she wiped her eyes thinking of all the times she had been hit by blades and other far worse things than this. Did she cry then? No. But here she were now being pathetic.

Still sulking about everything and nothing she heard it, even if it was faint but there wasn’t that much sounds in the forest at the time, footsteps. Well at least her ability to hear was still intact. Startled she looked around not being sure where the sound came from, it sounded like it was coming closer however so she fumbled at the ground without looking trying to find her own blade. With it in hand she felt a little bit more secure, even when she knew that if there would be a fight she would be losing. Not being able to move around quickly, no she had no chance.

While tightening the grip around the wakizaki she studied the ground, her bag was completely burnt and so was probably the seeds. And if you think about it, if she can’t even walk properly at the moment, how would she be able to control the plants? Still she looked for something she could be able to use to trap the person with. The footsteps had stopped. And she actually knew where they came from now, but too afraid to look at what caused them she continued looking at the ground more desperately now. As the footsteps was heard again she froze in her position, being absolutely positive that this was her last seconds. She couldn’t see who it was that was standing in front of her but by the looks of the lower half of the body it was a man. No woman had such rough feet’s and legs.

“My name is Toa, Leader of Shadowfen. First, you appear out of thin air. Then, I find you in tatters. So, forgive me, but you have made me quite curious as to who you are and how you got here.”

Enir wrinkled her forehead. That was strange, she didn’t hear anything that sounded like anger or anything close to it. Maybe she was a bit to insecure and jumpy since the last incident. Maybe she had just exaggerate everything, it was a bit too much for her to take in all at once really. But what had he said, Shadow… fhen? Fen? What was that, or how long had she been gone really?

Surprised when the cloth landed in front of her she looked up, he had turned around so she couldn’t really see who it was that talked to her. Well she didn’t need to see because the size made her flinch, but when she thought about it she was sitting down so it’s not that strange he appears to be huge. Slowly she lifted the cloth and took a closer look, it was a cloak. That made her realize how she looked at the moment and extremely embarrassed she swept it around her as quickly as she could. Noticing how tiny she felt in it.

“Thank you.”

“You appear out of nowhere and bare a scent similar to one of our oldest trees. May I ask who you are?”

Enir started to crawl back up, you could not introduce yourself sitting down. She had been humiliated far enough by now. On shaky legs, she managed to finally get up with the help of the tree as support. It felt good to be standing up again, she didn’t feel as pathetic now. Maybe she couldn’t walk that well but she could at least stand up without problems. But the man she thought would seem a little bit tinier once she stood up didn’t seem smaller at all. Flustered by that enlightenment she swallowed and looked up at the back of his head since that was the closest to a face.

“My name is Enir Vidic, I am one of the great Uberto Proctor’s disciples and by that I share his gift. Perhaps this will sound like something I have concocted but I have been spending some time inside this tree… because of some circumstances. So it is not that strange if we share the same scent. One of the oldest you say…?”

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Nero

Nero faced downward, surprised at hearing a side of Zeddicus that he did not know. He smiled a bit, wondering how the the common soldiers would react if they knew their Leader had gone through such trials and was not simply born who he is, but became it. "I will take what you have said to heart, My Lord. Sometimes I ponder... how will I fit into a world without war. Its what I was bred for, what I was trained for. I cannot see my life without a sword held against an enemies throat. Though, that makes me more so willing to do whatever I have to to achieve such a world. The me now is curious as to what the me then will be. Many would calm me an idealist, but I believe there is a difference between delusion and hope. There will always be those who wish to wage war, and there will always be those who wish to wage it against them. Well, at least its something to ponder, anyway." Nero faced forward, taking a deep breath as if he now felt refreshed. Night was falling upon the land, but the two of them just had a short ways to go before reaching Shadowfen.

Nero was correct in his guess as the tall trees that surrounded the Earth capital of Shadowfen came into view. "My Lord, we will be arriving soon. No doubt an official escort will meet us at the entrance to Shadowfen. Toa Maunga is a young leader with many supporters within the Earth Tribe. I've never seen the man personally, but rumors say he resembles a mountain. While that is most certainly not the case, I do not believe we should underestimate him. He seems to be an honorable man, but even men of honor can bring about misfortune." Nero was somewhat excited, having never traveled to any land in an official capacity. Usually he had to sneak in through forests and river, often finding him and his men smelling of all kinds of foul things once they emerged. It was a different feeling to just walk right into a place.

"I believe it best we play this as close to our chests as possible, My Lord. Normally, I would say to share the circumstances surrounding Raven to him. It will likely have an effect on him. Based on my resources, Maunga was once involved in a non-romantic relationship with a woman, but she died several years ago. It seems cold, but this will most likely give a common understanding between you two. However, the decision is up to you. We could hide this information. There is the possibility that if he knows he will try to leverage it against us. Both paths have their pros and cons."

Toa

Toa slowly turned back around, looking the woman head to toe and chuckling a bit. "Uberto Proctor? The name sounds familiar, but I can't place where. You say you're his disciple? Oh, could it be that you belong to a religious group somewhere close to here?" Toa shook his head immediately after saying that, knowing it was almost certainly not the case. "Anyway, Yes. To answer your question, that tree has been here for a very long time. Ancient by most people's standards... well, at least mine anyway." To looked over the woman once more now that he could see her face. Just as he thought, she had been burned, likely attacked by raiders from Fire Tribe lands. "You spent time in the tree, you say? Ah, well then that must make you a member of the Earth Tribe, like me. Though, I think I would remember you if you were from Shadowfen. Well, your scent would be what I remember. Could you possibly be from one of the small villages?"

The woman was different, and Toa knew it, though he could not place the reason why. She was of the Earth Tribe, at least that's what Toa surmised from what she had told him. He was still curious as to who this Uberto Proctor fellow was. Toa wasn't exactly known for his knowledge on things of history and legend, having hardly ever paid attention when being instructed on such things. He looked over her blade as well. It was weird to say the least, as it didn't necessarily look old, but the design was not something Toa was familiar with. "Well, whatever the case may be, I don't think we're going to be able to do much out here. Do you want to return to Shadowfen with me? There we can get you some clothes and a meal to go along with it. Generally, we tend to be suspicious of people we don't know, but since you can manipulate Earth, everything should be fine." Toa smiled, seemingly forgetting that one of the most feared men in the lands was about to be on his doorstep. His one-track-mindedness was one of his most endearing qualities, but also one of his most frustrating for his people to deal with.

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Enir Vidic



“Uberto Proctor? The name sounds familiar, but I can't place where. You say you're his disciple? Oh, could it be that you belong to a religious group somewhere close to here?”

Enir got slightly offended, okay very offended, by what he said. He didn’t know who Uberto was? A religious group? How dare he! It was not some low cast religious group! It was her family, friends and so much more. While giving him a harsh look she noticed that he shook his head, maybe he came to realize how stupid it sounded, so she shut her mouth. Satisfied by the fact that he had come to his right senses by himself.

“Anyway, Yes. To answer your question, that tree has been here for a very long time. Ancient by most people's standards... well, at least mine anyway. You spent time in the tree, you say? Ah, well then that must make you a member of the Earth Tribe, like me. Though, I think I would remember you if you were from Shadowfen. Well, your scent would be what I remember. Could you possibly be from one of the small villages?”

While uncertain leering backwards at the tree she thought about what he said, ancient? But when she saw it that last time it was far from something you would call ancient. Did that mean she was something ancient too? Well… her hopes to meet Uberto was dead by now, as he probably were. And everybody else. Sighing to herself she came to the conclusion that she probably was the only one still alive. It tore her heart to pieces. If the man, Toa as he had called himself, wasn't standing in front of her she would be crying by now. But this was not the right time to let that despair show.

“Well, whatever the case may be, I don't think we're going to be able to do much out here. Do you want to return to Shadowfen with me? There we can get you some clothes and a meal to go along with it. Generally, we tend to be suspicious of people we don't know, but since you can manipulate Earth, everything should be fine.”

Enir nodded humbly, “Thank you for your hospitality.” She took a deep breath and concentrated at trying to remember how you walked properly, she took a shaky step. It felt weird, but she did move forward so it was an improvement. She probably looked crazy too so she smiled apologetic, “I apologize that I am a hindrance. But it seems like it was a very long time since I used my legs so I am not that familiar with how they work at the moment.” She lowered her head in embarrassment, “I will try not to slow you down too much.”

Still walking slowly with legs that felt like something that wasn’t even a part of her own body she inspected him, as much as she could because she needed to know what was in front of her or she would fall. When she thought about it she had a feeling she had seen him before. She just couldn’t decide why, but after another reflection she came to the conclusion she had seen many others pass her by while she had still been in dormancy.

“I have never heard of anything called the Earth Tribe or Shadowfen, is it something new? It does not sound new when you talk about it”, Thinking to herself she got quiet again, that must have been what the trees had been talking about. “I can not manipulate the earth? The only thing Uberto showed us was how to control the plants. I do not even know how I came to come inside the tree, I fell and suddenly I was inside not knowing how to come out.”

She stopped talking again, maybe she had said too much. But she didn’t think about it when she said it, she just spoke what was on her mind. She had many times wondered how everything had happened. It was strange, when she tried to think about it her head started to hurt. It was too much and this was tiring. Walking was much harder than she remembered and it made her exhausted, she would never say that out loud however.

She turned her head up again and wrinkled her forehead while she tried to remember if she had seen him before or not. Well she would probably remember him if she had seen him, his features was not something you would forget. Or the size stood out if you need to be precise. And that was when it hit her.

“Ah! I knew I had seen you before! But you were a lot younger then”, She got quite again, it didn’t feel right to say that. It made her feel old. “Am I right when I guess that you used to walk around this part of the forest with a lady? It could have been another, remembering faces is not one of my stronger features.”

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Nero

Nero nodded to Zeddicus, turning forward toward the direction they were heading. "As you wish, My Lord. Then we will move forward with the hope that a common enemy will drive our alliance." The two men continued on their path, the entrance to Shadowfen coming into view not far down the road. Awaiting them at the gate was a group of Earth Tribe soldiers. Nero stopped his horse just short of them, bowing his head respectfully to the one who seemed to be in charge. "My name is Nero. I bring before you the Leader of the Fire Tribe. The Undying Inferno, Zeddicus Thanos. We humbly request that you bring us to your leader, Toa Maunga for the purpose of negotiations." The soldier looked the two men over, Zeddicus in particular. "Welcome to Shadowfen. Toa, I mean, Leader of the Earth Tribe, Toa Maunga is currently away. However, he should be returning soon." Nero raised an eyebrow and looked over to Zeddicus before returning his gaze to the soldier. "I don't understand, is Toa Maunga currently away on some pressing matter?"

The soldier looked to the others, uncertain how he should really answer the question. "Our leader has a tendency to wander into the depths of the forest alone when he wishes to ponder on things of great importance." The soldier said it as if he didn't believe it himself. Still, that answer sounded better than the truth, which was that Toa would often venture away purely because he decided to and would go missing for days because of it. No one in the tribe feared for his safety as he was more than capable of handling things himself, but this time was a little different given what now awaited him at Shadowfen. "If you wish to dismount your horses, we will have someone take them to the stables. Then, we'll go to the meeting hall where you can eat and await our Leader to return." Nero looked over to Zeddicus, realizing this whole alliance wasn't off to the best of starts when a tribe can;t even seem to locate its own Leader, nor care where they have wandered off to.

Nero dismounted his horse and handed the reigns to a soldier. He didn't have any particular attachment to the beast, so he was more than willing to give up the reigns to someone else. The soldier's request of taking the horses seemed more like a demand than anything else so Nero thought it best to go along with it. The commanding soldier lead them into the heart of Shadowfen, a city unlike any Nero had seen before. Well, to be honest, Nero had seen it before, but formally entering a city and sneaking into it through a swamp are two different experiences. The homes were the trees themselves. It was all together a totally different atmosphere from Murtovaara. Walking this place, one might not even know that there were others in the world outside this forest. Nero could feel the stares from the common folk, something he was not use to. Lucky for Nero, most of the stares were in the direction of Zeddicus. The soldier eventually stopped motioning toward a door way that lead into one of the larger trees in the area. "I ask that you patiently wait on our Leader here. There is food, though I don't know how it will compare to what you are use to." With that, the soldier walked away, leaving Nero and Zeddicus "by themselves," despite the fact every eye was upon them. Well, how do you wish to proceed, My Lord? They are understandably suspicious, but overall do not seem too alarmed. But, we do not know how long Toa Maunga will be."

Toa

Toa smiled at Enir, though his face seemed lonely to say the least. "You speak of Mora. Aye, she was the daughter of Shadowfen's former leader. She returned to the Earth some time ago. As we all do." Toa shook his head and let out a small chuckle. "Anyway, Enir, you say you saw me then? From that tree I presume?" He tilted his head a bit, putting the pieces together himself. He may have been a little too laid back for his own good sometimes, but he wasn't stupid. He realized he could be totally off the mark, but Mora use to talk of such things, though only in rumors and old tales. Nothing he ever paid much attention to if he was to be honest. "You must have been in that tree for a very long time indeed, Enir. Well, for now let's return to Shadowfen. There we can get rest and hopefully someone will be able to explain what exactly I seem to not be getting. You're going to like Shadowfen, though. Its a very serene place... well, it was until we received news that the Fir-." Toa stopped moving entirely, palming his face and letting out a heavy sigh.

"This is bad. This is very bad. Well, maybe not that bad, but definitely not okay." He turned to Enir and smiled, realizing he couldn't pick up his pace until she regained full control of her legs. He half contemplated carrying her, but apparently people find that embarrassing, or at least, that's what Mora told him. "Shadowfen is not far from here, but once we arrive I may have to leave you for awhile. There is some... business that I have to attend to." He let out a pretty pathetic laugh, scratcching the back of his head. He wasn't positive, but the first rule of being a leader was probably being there when others show up to speak to you. He didn't remember it being written down anywhere, but it seemed like something you were probably just supposed to know.

"So, no reason for there to be dead silence while we walk. You say you were in that tree for a long time. Why? Fro how you speak, you must have really looked up to this Uberto Proctor guy. What made you want to retreat into that tree for so long?" Toa kept an eye on her as he led the way toward Shadowfen, mostly just making sure she didn't lose her footing. He felt like he could guess the reason based upon her battle wounds, but Toa was never one to trust his own assumptions. He preferred to hear it directly from the mouth of the one involved, rather than creating an opinion that could be totally off base. He found what she said earlier about only being able to manipulate plants to be rather interesting. Just how old was she truly? This was the question that ate at Toaa the most, but he doubted any interaction between the two of them could come to the answer. She had been absent for too long, and Toa, well, Toa was just a little bit too uninformed to make anything out of what she told him of her time.

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The Undying Inferno
"There is no power without pain."

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Zeddicus was pleased to be acknowledged that they would be approaching the city gates of Shadowfen, to finially move in action, making sure this alliance would fall in its place.

"My name is Nero. I bring before you the Leader of the Fire Tribe. The Undying Inferno, Zeddicus Thanos. We humbly request that you bring us to your leader, Toa Maunga for the purpose of negotiations," the Undying Inferno's so called guard spoke for him while Zeddicus stood stiff as a statue, posture straight and eyes staring coldly at the soldier. The leader gave an intimidating look, not because he wanted to terrify the people of the earth tribe, but simply because he was nervous himself.

The Undying Inferno allowed the two converse further more, though Zeddicus did not enjoy hearing the soldier say, "Our leader has a tendency to wander into the depths of the forest alone when he wishes to ponder on things of great importance."

"I hear this 'Toa' is a young leader, I can tell by the way he handles pressing matters," Zeddicus insulting spoke, however he hoped that the soldier or any of those watching would take as innocent teasing, or perhaps a joke. You see, Zeddicus is not known to bite on his tongue, he is a very impulsive and spoken man.

Thankfully Zeddicus was only ignored for his words, and cursed himself for unleashing the slander at such a moment. The soldier then suggested or maybe really pressed on that they were to disembark from their horses. As stated before, the lord disliked horse-riding, it was never his strong skill. But Zeddicus still loved the horse called Cole, because the stallion held much history. And he was also smart enough to keep himself alive and be owned by Murtovaara's past two leaders.

Walking through Shadowfen, Zeddicus thought he would feel uncomfortable and queasy though the little boy inside of him was adventurous more than ever. He chuckled quietly to himself as he thought of climb upon the trees and dash all through the bridges, wondering how much fun it would be to jump on them. Yet, at the same time, Zeddicus felt the eyes directed on him, though he understood knowing that he was a man of great importance.

When the Undying Inferno arrived at the meeting hall he leaned over the table grasping a cup of red wine, sniffing its richness. He put it down however without spilling a drop not because it was cheap or had the aroma of mold, but that he was still cautious and concern whether the earth tribe was a friend or a foe. It was not that he ever hated the foreign tribe but that he was always on alert and prepared on matters as such.

"Reinhardt, things seem bad... very bad. Rumors say Toa is a man of great strength and stature but where in the spirits' names is he now? I play with fire in my free time, and he plays with the forest. However I know when to attend to pressing matters. Its childish, I've got to say," Zeddicus spoke in a low whisper mixed with a hiss so that the guards would have a hard time trying to understand what he was saying. "And did you see those guards? If strangers from other lands approached my city, I would not allow them to take their weapons. And did they do so, no. I see the lack of discipline in this place."

Zeddicus paced for a little bit thinking until he turned back to his companion asking quite rudely, "And what if this doesn't work, Nero? Do you know what a laughing-stock I would be made of? I trust you, but don't see my trust as a weakness. And if you dare think of betraying me, I won't only go for you.... How are your Talon friends doing?"

The Undying Inferno now in a cruel sate of mind smirked, implying that he would harm Nero's comrades if the Talon captain betrayed him. Zeddicus was just plainly scared out of his boots and attempted to find comfort with empty threats. For inside the lord did not mean that he would really hurt those of Talon nor did he distrust Nero. He was just simply frightened for his people and for himself.

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Enir Vidic



“So, no reason for there to be dead silence while we walk. You say you were in that tree for a long time. Why? From how you speak, you must have really looked up to this Uberto Proctor guy. What made you want to retreat into that tree for so long?”

Enir smiled politely at him, “Since you show me such hospitality by letting me stay in Shadowfen I feel that it is my obligation to tell you what you want to know.”

Silent again she looked down at the ground and thought back, you couldn’t blame her for not having everything in her head and it was not like she had rewind everything all the time. She actually tried not to do it so everything but Uberto and the end was kind of cloudy.

After thinking long and hard she opened her mouth and spoke slowly like she still had problem figuring everything out. “I was born in Tanzai, I do not even know if that country still exists… But I left and started to travel the land.” She laughed without the least hint of amusement before continuing. “I was a mercenary when I met Uberto, well I passed his and his followers camp without paying them much attention until the trees hindered me from continuing. I had never seen anything like it before, it was… horrifying.”

She didn’t want to speak too much but the words just popped out of her mouth, she was actually enjoying it. Speaking to a human was different than speaking to a tree. Now when experiencing it she felt how much she had longed for this kind of company. Only having a voice to listen to and not being able to move felt really lonely now, she didn’t want to go back. It felt so great to be able to stretch her body and actually hearing her voice again. It sounded different then she remembered it, maybe it felt older now? She couldn’t place the difference.

“I got a second chance at life, you could say that I was born again. After that Uberto learned us about his ways, no it was not a religious group. I can not explain it to you because you would not understand, it is something you need to experience.”

Heartache. Biting her lip not to cry, she really wanted to meet the others. She had missed them so much inside the tree but she waited for too long. So typical.

“Uberto was our leader, we met three other groups. The leaders could control one of the element you could say, I think it was so… I do not really remember how it came to that the followers learned their powers… We just did… Ah, I have not thought about it for so long. I know I know it but it do not want to reveal itself.” She sighed irritated, why couldn’t she remember it? She felt it, that she knew it, but it just didn’t want to show up. “Well, I got into an argument with one of Lajla Murto’s disciplines and it did go well until he just… I think you know. He just snapped his fingers and I lost.”

Sighing again, heavy this time she hugged her self under the coat. So dishonoring, why did she say it. She could just have lied. No, that’s wrong, he showed her hospitality so she should answer his questions without lies.

“I tumbled inside the forest and fell onto a tree, it was a lot smaller back then. Suddenly the pain was gone and I was inside the tree.” Blushing heavily she murmured, “The reason I did not dare to go outside was because I was scared. Their magic scared me, so effective and powerful. I never had a chance and I knew that if I met him again he would probably finish it.”

Smiling sadly she looked up at Toa, “I watched my own parting ceremony. Everyone thought I was dead and I decided that it was for the best. Since then I have been inside and seen a lot of things.”

Suddenly the forest didn’t look like it had just a moment ago, Enir’s eyes got bigger as she tried to see everything at once. It was the first time seeing something like this, she had seen bigger city’s before. But that was in her own time, and big cities didn’t look like this back then. The houses were included with the trees and by that she knew she had come to the right place, this must be the descendants of her group. So much it had grown. She watched the humans that moved around intensely, trying to see if someone looked like someone from her group. But sadly no one did, slightly disappointed her face stiffened.

“I am sorry for talking so much but I could not stop myself, talking to a human is more stimulating than a tree. But go on to what it is you need to do, I think I can manage by myself now.”

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Nero

Nero merely bowed his head in response to Zeddicus' comments. "If that is what My Lord wishes, then that is what shall be done. I must confess that I do not feel at ease myself with this current situation we find ourselves in. Even with the stares, this place feels to lax." Nero's eyes shot round the area, but they appeared as more of a casual glance than him checking up on anything in particular. The that Zeddicus made in regards to Talon did not faze Nero for the lives of its members were for the Leader to do with as he saw fit. It wouldn't be the first time that a Leader had taken the life of a member of the group, and Nero was certain that such things would continue to happen so long as the Fire Tribe carried the culture that it did.

Nero peered inside the window to the meeting area they had been led to. Much like how it was described, the room was empty with nothing identifying it to be a trap. Though, the odds of Earth betraying them at this point seem nigh improbable. If they wanted them dead, it would have happened at the entrance, away from the common folk. This small fact brought a little bit of relief to Nero as he now knew that at least they would leave Shadowfen with their heads still on their shoulders. Of course, at this point that still hinged on Zeddicus being able to keep his cool.

Though Nero understood Zeddicus' outburst, he felt a slight worry that it could be a preview of things to come. The Stubborn Inferno, angering the Sleeping Giant by speaking words out of spite or unintended malice. Nero began to contemplate an alternative course of action, one that would involve a more aggressive approach in gaining the support of the Earth. It was obvious that, while the Earth had declared war on the Water, they were not fans of the Fire.

Truthfully, the Earth might see the Water as a better ally. If the Fire Tribe were to be defeated, the Water would no longer have a reason toe harm the land. The Earth could side with either side and reach the conclusion they desired. Nero hoped this fact was not one the Earth had considered, or realized. If Nero was to somehow make the Earth have no choice but to attack the Water, it would benefit the Fire greatly. His head raced around ideas, eventually coming to a sound plan should these negotiations fail.

Toa

Toa kept quiet as Enir spoke, feeling like she had things to say that she had kept locked up for a long time. After all, he was the first human she had spoken to in a very long time. When they arrived at Shadowfen, a guard immediately approached Toa to let him know the Undying Inferno was awaiting him, along with a single bodyguard. Toa turned to Enir an nodded. "Fair enough. You will find food and clothes in the market. If anyone asks, tell them Toa Maunga said to help you. I doubt you have currency, but they are all good people and we try to help each other here. Also, while I might not be the best option to try to get a grasp on the changes to the world, I do know who is. You should speak to The Chronicler of Shadowfen. She can be found tending to the archives. I'm sure she will have everything you need to understand what has transpired in the world while you were away." Toa gave a small wave to say good bye as he began making his way to the meeting area, the churning feeling in his stomach getting heavier with each step he took.

Toa arrived within a short distance of Nero and Zeddicus, the hulking man sticking out like a sore thumb. He straightened his shoulders and cleared his throat as he walked over to the two. He was surprised to see how... modest the Undying Inferno was in size. Truthfully, he was expecting someone ten feet tall with flames for hair. But, Toa could see the fire in the man's eyes, a fire that looked like it could scorch most enemies in an instant. "You must be The Undying Inferno, Zeddicus Thanos." Toa took a polite bow. "I welcome you to Shadowfen. Forgive my delay, but something came up that required my attention. But, I promise that I have given much thought to your proposal." Toa walked over to the meeting hall door and opened it, bending down just enough so he could enter. "Shall we? There is much to discuss and my tribesmen have very curious ears to say the least." He laughed a bit and continued into the meeting hall.

The hall itself was as basic as it appeared through the window. There was just a round, wooden table with about twelve chairs "This is where myself and advisers within Shadowfen meet to talk about the village and certain policies." Toa walked up to a random chair and sat down, the chair creaking a bit from his weight. He was a little happy with himself in how he was handling the situation so far. Usually, the host waits for the guest to enter and take their seat first, but hey, Toa was doing most things right. Your... guard is welcome in as well. In this room, title matters little. At least, that's the way I prefer it."

Nero

Curiously enough, there were no Earth Tribe guards within the room and none outside it seemed worried about their Leader being alone with two from the Fire Tribe. Most would view this as poor training, but Nero knew better. This Toa Maunga was nervous, but did not seem to feel any sense of danger, and neither did his guards. Nero chuckled under his breath a bit, thinking that perhaps it was them who needed to be fearful of the giant before them.

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The Undying Inferno
"There is no power without pain."

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So far, so good, Zeddicus acted respectively, he bowed when bowing was implied, and obeyed any friendly commands. Only occasionally did he mutter sarcastic and smart remarks to an inaudible volume. As for Toa Maunga's size and height, Zeddicus was not fearful, for the fire lord is known to be a rather short man barely reaching 5'5. It was no great achievement to tower above the Inferno; just about everyone that worked under him was, such as Nero, Raven, or even Mazus. But the measurement of how tall a man is does not matter in the heat of battle, or simply life.

However, Shadowfen, the earth tribe, felt strangely much more lax as Nero claimed before. The foreign land wrapped itself in odd garments of friendliness and welcome towards strangers. Perhaps this was because their lands have not been tainted by the same warfare and bloodshed the fire tribe embraced. Zeddicus hungers for many things leading to an unholy life of sin and destruction, power, glory, praise, but above all of this he yearns for peace, and maybe, just maybe, peace cancels out his selfish desires. The more he remained in Toa's land, the more he envied them and their serenity. However, now that they have been thrown into a war, that may be snatched from their grasp.

The Undying Inferno sat in a position screaming out how tense he felt. His posture was stiff and straight, the way he breathed seemed like he was not breathing at all- he was just still, until he loosen up and spoke.

"Toa Maunga, I am man who delights in getting straight to the point. And the point is that I am tired. I tire of this war that forces young girls into womanhood to borne boys ripped from their mothers' womb and thrown into training. And this boys fighting to be soldiers, fighting for a hope that their future sons will not have to rise in the morning wondering whether or not that they will live to see the next day. But as soon as I hear about the horrors these ten, nine, and even eight year boys have suffered, I pray that they are fighting and not digging their graves!

You may ask yourself, 'isn't the water tribe undergoing the same agony?' And I will stand strong with a definite, 'no'. Because we do not only wage in a external war but internal war. Sure, the water tribe may have their selfish desires in their politics, but that is what politics was created for- a man to shame another man, but a nation was not created for that purpose. A nation is forged so that her people could come as one and fight as one. But since the beginning of time my people have been known to despise each other because of what? Because of pride, therefore that is the reason why we hold the history plotting against each other for leadership.

But why am I different then the self-seeking low outcasts of my people? Because I don't care about pride or power, for I have been hit with a hard tragedies that causes me to cry out in desperation for peace. And there is not other way to end this war without violence because long ago it is unknown whether we choose to act in violence or whether they did, but it does not matter, violence was chosen and now we must be burdened with it.

And I beg you, as long as I must not harm my people, I will do anything to have you on my side, Toa Maunga. Because your war may not seem terrifying at first, but perhaps you may find yourself at the aftermath of a battle. Staring at the bodies of men that were once fathers, brothers, sons, and the irony of it is that you've won the battle. But unfortunately you feel like no victor, because how can any man feel victorious knowing how many deaths it took to win one battle. How much more must it take to win a war?

Stand with me, Toa Maunga, and you will not have to go through that... at least not alone. Stand with me, Toa Maunga and I will guard your heart, in return that you will guard mine."

The Undying Inferno, spoke with his mind, with emotion, hoping that Toa took no offense.

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Enir Vidic



“Fair enough. You will find food and clothes in the market. If anyone asks, tell them Toa Maunga said to help you. I doubt you have currency, but they are all good people and we try to help each other here. Also, while I might not be the best option to try to get a grasp on the changes to the world, I do know who is. You should speak to The Chronicler of Shadowfen. She can be found tending to the archives. I'm sure she will have everything you need to understand what has transpired in the world while you were away.”

Enir nodded as Toa left, well she was here at least. And she somewhat knew where to go now? Confused she looked around her, well… Let’s just follow the noise and hope for the best or something. There wasn’t much noise to be heard, this city was way too different to what she was used to. She started to walk slowly forward while studying her surrounding, if she was lucky she would find something.

After walking around in circles for much longer then her newly awaken legs could take she sat down on the ground while exhaling. “This was much harder than I thought, I do not know where I came from anymore.” Annoyed and exhausted she rested her head on the tree behind her and closed her eyes. Maybe she should just ask someone for directions? When the legs had stopped hurting to much she stood up again ready to take on the task once again. She could do this! It shouldn’t be too hard.

Finally she found the market, it wasn’t that hard actually, well it wasn’t that hard when you walked in the right direction. Slightly unsure she stopped and looked at the people, Toa had addressed himself as their leader and he was nice? Then his people should be nice to right? While walking into the crowd she gazed around her as soon someone moved beside her, it was scary to be around this much people. She wasn’t used to it and because of that she tightly gripped her blade under the coat. No one would probably do anything but past events has shown her that you never was completely safe.

Strangely enough, she got the clothes she asked for when she mentioned Toa’s name, well she couldn’t change into that right here and now but now she had something else to put on later. If she could she probably would have changed his cloak into the new one because it felt a little fun going around in it. But she didn’t want to show what was underneath, that would probably draw attention she didn’t want towards her. She was fine being just another shape in the crowd, it was calming.

What had he said, The Chronicler of Shadowfen? Archives? Well that was probably something she couldn’t find on her own. After gathering the courage she needed to approach one of the stranger she asked, and actually got the direction were she should be heading. Maybe she wasn’t surprised by that but it still caught her off guard, it felt like meeting one of her own comrades. During the walk to the archives she thought of them, she felt lonely in this “new” world. This wasn’t what she had expected. A heavy sigh slipped through her lips before she went inside the archives, she wasn’t looking forward towards this. It just felt like a bad idea, she didn’t want to know how much time had passed or how much the world had changed.

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Toa

Toa quietly listened to Zeddicus speak, never breaking eye contact with the man as a showing of respect. When Zeddicus finished, Toa crossed his arms and bowed his head slightly, his eyes closing as if he was deep in thought. "Lord Zeddicus, your words seem heartfelt, and I can sense the sincerity in your voice. The Earth Tribes current declaration of war focuses on the land. The land The water Tribe sees fit to harm for their own purposes. This war between Fire and Water has been going on longer than any Leader has reigned. I do believe if we were to combine our forces, we would be more than a match for the Water." Toa raised his head up, and opened his eyes. They were stern and focused without any sense of anxiety or indecision. "I ask you this, Fire Leader, why have you not simply made peace with the Water Tribe? Would that not end the suffering you described?" Toa uncrossed his arms and shot a quick lance over to Nero, who was standing by the door with his gaze fixed on the young Earth Leader.

"There has been suffering on both sides on this conflict, and I wish for an end to it. Not just for the safety of the innocent within your tribes, but for the land as well. Let us make peace with the Water. If they shun us, then so be it. We will do what must be done. However, that path will only be taken should a peaceful resolution be impossible." Toa looked at Zeddicus, matching the man's gaze without hesitation. Toa hoped for peace, not more bloodshed. But to him, it sounded as if Zeddicus could only find peace through more suffering. Toa wished for another way, to at least try and reason with their adversary. He did not wish for any of his own people to die, nor for the land to suffer more. He also felt for the members of the Water and Fire, who were waging a war for a reason they probably couldn't even remember.

Nero

Nero listened to the two Leaders speak, his gaze fixed on Toa Maunga. Zeddicus gave an impassioned speech, one Nero felt would hopefully tug at the soft heart of the Earth Leader. Once Zeddicus finished, Toa retorted with his own desires and hopes for an alliance. Nero tried his hardest to hold back a smirk, the black and white view Toa seemed to have of the world being almost refreshing to the Talon Leader. Nero had no hatred of the Water Tribe, so if a peaceful resolution was founded then it would just mean less work for him. However, the odds of that succeeding were not in great favor. Nero often viewed the situation as an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. Water and Fire were destined to battle until one finally extinguished the other. So it was in nature, and so will it be in life. Nero was however curious as to what Zeddicus would say in response to Toa's demand. If he agreed, it would be taken as a sign of weakness, one others within the tribe would try to capitalize on to end Zeddicus' reign. If he didn't agree, they might end up losing Toa's help. Even if an alliance would be in his best interest, Toa was clearly a man of honor, the type of which can be foolish when dealing in politics.

After all, the Earth had declared war on the Water, but until this point it was in nae only. No actual fighting had taken place between the two tribes. Nero had always been interested in seeing the fighting capabilities of the Earth, but based on what he had seen, he was not impressed. This tribe seemed a little too reliant on the supposed strength of its Leader. Nero began contemplating ways he could make To see their side should Zeddicus not agree to attempting a peace treaty. Staging a Water Tribe Attack? Stealing important historical artifacts and transporting them to the Water Tribe? Many options were available should things not go their way, but for now, Nero was content to waiting for his Leader to decide their next step.

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Peace the word struck the Inferno like a single beam of lighting propelling against the wet grass. And like lighting it stung; formed with a shocking and tormenting experience. Enraged, veins homed to his forearms boiled in a orange glow, as his palms began to heat. Zeddicus's fingernails dug into the wood fibers of the table while his teeth hammered shut.

Standing up, Zeddicus implusively snarled, "Peace? Do mock my birthplace-- No, I meant instead, do you believe in peace? Perhaps for your countrymen, but the children born of fire and ashes were cursed with bloodshed and war. Fire and water will do merciless battle for all of entirety. And you shalln't believe for a moment that I will surrender."

Turning towards the exit he slightly faced Toa saying, "How can I stretch out an open palm to the beast that will only swallow it whole. Toa, you have a bright soul, but this damned world will one day shut out all light leaving you cold and empty inside. And by the time that happens, it will be to late to undo what has been done.

Toa Maunga, I have no quarrel with you, I leave with no intention to harm you are your people, but compromising with my enemy will only lead to surrender. And surrendering is an insult to any true warrior. I slander you not, for we do not share the same path, you may be capable of agreeing on peace with the detestable Water tribe, though there is no hope for me in that."

Zeddicus made eye-contact with Nero motioning his head that it was time to leave.

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Toa

Toa simply bowed his head as Zeddicus left the room. "I am sorry you have wasted a trip, Zeddicus Thanos. Please do not let this failure hinder any future talks between our Tribes." Once the door shut behind them, Toa let out a heavy sigh and scratched the back of his head. "Well, that could have gone smoother." Toa realized he was maybe a little too much of an idealist, but his goal was to save people and this land upon which they live. Peace should be the goal, not destruction. He also had a fear he did not make vocal. What would happen if the Water Tribe was destroyed? Would the Fire simply resign itself now that its foe had fallen? Or, has it reached a point of no return? When one grows up in battle, to accept peace is not such an easy thing. Toa feared that the Fire would begin a war anew if only to appease its own nature. The same could be said about the Water Tribe. The only difference between Fire and Water was that the Water was actively harming the land. In all honesty, Fire was just the lesser of two evils to Toa. He sat back down, feeling the stirrings of a headache approaching. The talks were short to say the least, but it was clear they were not going to reach an agreement. The Undying Inferno wants to destroy the Water to protect his own. At least, that's what he said. It was difficult to discern the true intent of a man with so much hate in his heart.

Toa took a deep breath and stood back up, hoping that The Undying Inferno would hopefully see his side and do what is best for the everyone involved. Even with talks over, the thought of "Where to go from here?" kept popping into his mind. The only course of action he could see as viable was to approach the Water with the same proposition he offered to the Fire. If they agreed to the terms, maybe Zeddicus would as well. Thanos seemed to believe that the Water would never hold up their side of the deal, but things can change, right? Toa chuckled a bit to himself, realizing he might be a little too nice for a Leader. A guard entered the room and approached Toa. "What should we do, Toa?" said the guard, his voice shaking. Toa put his massive hand on the man's shoulder and smiled. "I will wait til morning, then I will make for the Water Tribe." The guard grew wide-eyed. "B-but, Toa, they might kill you!" Toa began making his way toward the exit. "I believe they will not."

Nero

Nero took a slight bow toward Toa before following Zeddicus out of the meeting hall. He closed the door behind them and began following his Leader back the way they came. "My Lord, forgive me. I had been informed that Toa Maunga had a soft heart, but I did not realize he would be this naive." Nero looked around the village as they left, guards were still watching them, only now with a little more intent than before. "We should wait to continue speaking until we have left the village. The aura of this place seems to have changed now that negotiations have fell through." Nero kept his hand tense, but did not touch his sword for fear that an inexperienced soldier might perceive it as an attempt to attack rather than a desire to defend. Once their horses were returned to them, Nero waited for the Shadowfen gates to shut and the soldiers to turn their gaze away from the leaving men. Nero mounted his horse and it began walking at a slow pace.

"So, My Lord, what would you have of me? Should we return to Murtovaara after such a quick and unsuccessful negotiation? We could simply continue to fight the Water on our own." Nero cracked his neck, looking back toward Shadowfen with a smirk on his face. "Or, I could create a situation where Toa would have no choice but to side with us. I can make him realize that the only course of action to protect his land and people is for the Water Tribe to be defeated, not negotiated with." Nero's voice was calm and had an air of absolution about it. As if there was no doubt in his mind he could make this happen. "However, such tricks can return to haunt us... normally. However, I have faith in my skills and would not offer this option did I not know I could handle it." Nero simply waited for Zeddicus' response. If returning home was what he felt was best, it was not Nero's place to judge.

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Walking through the city of Shadowfen, Zeddicus felt the weight of failure and defeat pound against his shoulders. Time in war acts so precious, and here he has wasted a day only to gain nothing. Zeddicus was angry, at Toa for his naive and ignorant mind, at Nero for misleading him, but above all for himself. The Inferno thought to himself, I have too equipped myself with both of their weakness. I like Toa, was too childish to believe that an alliance would actually bond. And like Nero, I misguided my kingdom. I, unfortunately, have not a right to be angry.

Once upon his horse, Cole, Zeddicus whipped his hood against the hairs of his head. Zeddicus was unusually quiet, often when failure srikes his path he blames someone anyone, but now he only stared downwards in disappointment. He then muttered, "Damn... I thought maybe... Maybe this whole alliance would be a reality, and not just an idea. That we would be cheering and drinking till we could barely see straight, and all in favor of a new found alliance. What a bloody dream."

So, My Lord, what would you have of me? Nero asked. "Should we return to Murtovaara after such a quick and unsuccessful negotiation? We could simply continue to fight the Water on our own."

"I've learned that doing the same thing, but expecting different results is insanity. Thus, if we could to fight the Water tribe with tactics just as before; would we not be running mad? I desired to say I won against the Water tribe fairly, but the only way we will ever end this damnation of a tribe is if we... got our hands dirt."

"I could create a situation where Toa would have no choice but to side with us. I can make him realize that the only course of action to protect his land and people is for the Water Tribe to be defeated, not negotiated with."

"Aye, anyone could, boy. But not everyone could do it without being caught. The last time I took your advice, I ended up wasting my time. But I guess I am at a position with not many options. Listen, this will be your call, and if any disaster comes of this, I cannot be apart of it. I apologize if it sounds cruel, but I cannot put the tribe endanger. However, if you are successful, I will reward you secretly with anything you want, as long as it is just, You must want something, every soul does...

Though, I must return home. I pray to the spirits that Mazus has proven himself with be trustworthy yet again. But tell me, before I depart, what is your decision?"

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Nero

Nero smirked to himself, reigning his horse to make it stop. He proceeded to motion the horse toward the forest, stopping just short of the end of the trail. "Return where you are needed, My Lord. I shall stay here. Talon will likely ask you for my whereabouts. No need to hide it from them, but I ask that you do not send them my way. The steps I may have to take to insure this goes in our favor... they would just hinder my progress." Nero looked back to The Undying Inferno, bowing his head politely. "I do not know what will come of this. If the worst should happen, I ask that you make Rourke the next Captain. He would by far be the best suited candidate. Even if things did not go the way we intended, I enjoyed the time, My Lord. It was refreshing to hear things from a perspective different from my own." Nero kicked the sides of his horse, the steed disappearing into the forest with Nero on its back. Its feet could be heard for only a few seconds before the sound disappeared altogether.

Nero eventually stopped the horse, dismounting it and tying its reign to a nearby tree. He removed his cloak, revealing the black armor of Talon. He slid his face cover up from his neck, concealing everything from just under his eyes. He patted the side of his horse and began his trek through the trees. Though he was not familiar with the lay out of the forest, he knew the general direction of Shadowfen. The darkness of the forest was a welcome aid to the man as he continued on his path deeper and deeper. It wasn't long before he came upon the tribe, not having traveled far with Zeddicus before breaking off. He hid in the darkness, away from the light of Shadowfen. His plan was simple. Wait a few days and find something he could use to stir up the aggression of the Earth toward the Water. Before Nero could concoct his schemes any further, the massive frame of Toa Maunga appeared within his sight. The Leader seemed to be reading his own horse, along with several of his men. They seemed to be preparing to leave, but at this distance, Nero could not overhear where they were going.

Toa

"Make sure we have enough food. The last thing we want is me showing up on their doorstep hungry." Toa through sacks into the back of the wagon like they were nothing. A soldier approached him, an anxious look on his face. "Toa, the message has been sent to the Water Tribe. They should be expecting your arrival tomorrow. Are you sure this is wise? And are you sure you are only going to take four men with you?" Toa scratched his chin and smiled, throwing one last sack into the wagon. "Nope to both questions. However, its all I can do. If the water agrees, hopefully that will convince the Fire as well. If they don't... well, we'll just go from there." The soldier sighed and walked away, unsure if his Leader was brave, or just dangerously stupid. Or both.

"Okay. Food, check. Supplies, check. Sword, check. Horses, check. We are good to go." The four soldiers each mounted their horses, looking at Toa with suspicious eyes. "Why are we leaving so late? Can't we wait until tomorrow." Toa clicked his tongue and looked at his men. "The sooner we leave, the sooner we might be able to stop more bloodshed. Besides, I'm more of a spur of the moment kind of guy. If we waited until tomorrow there's no way I could sleep tonight." The soldiers simply shrugged and prepared for the journey ahead. Toa was about to mount his horse when an idea popped into his head. "Oh, I should see if Enir wants to come along. Getting out and seeing the world might be good for her." Toa grabbed the nearest guard he could find and ordered them to send for Enir, but only after he finished explaining who she was and what she looked like. "Quickly now, we must be off soon." Toa would be lying if he said he wasn't excited. This would be his first time acting as a representative of the Earth Tribe and it would also be the first time he went to Lakeshore.

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Character Portrait: Toa Maunga Character Portrait: Enir Vidic

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Enir Vidic



Sitting on the ground surrounded by the books the Chronicler had picked out for her Enir tried to read these strange creations. Well she did know how to read... kind of... That was never something she had prioritized since books were a rarity before. The only time she needed it was when the contractors sent letters, so her knowledge was... limited. And it took her quite a while to read only one page, so when the guard showed up she hadn't even gotten an idea about what she was reading at the moment.

Enir was surprised by the fact that Toa had invited her to come along, to Lakeshore? Another strange place she didn't know of. Well... it couldn't hurt. But still, why did he invite her? She knew she wasn't going to be that helpful more like a nuisance. But her curiosity took over the reasoning. She wanted to see what all of them had strived for, she wanted to see if it had turned out to such a beautiful land they imagined. So she left the books on the floor and followed him after thanking the Chronicler for the help. And the generosity to let her change clothes in her private room upstairs.

Once again she had to walk with someone who was stressed, well she could understand why. He had said something about leaving right now because of some urgent business. War, Fire, Water and so on. That she didn't understand, but if it was urgent then she had to stumble after as fast as she could. She didn't want to cause more trouble today just because her curiosity got the better of her.

It wasn't that hard do spot where they were heading, Toa stood out to much. And the horses showed that the trip probably was a lot longer than she had thought it would be, she imagined it to be he nearby city or something - but to that you didn't need horses right? The horses made her nervous, was she going to travel on the same horse as someone else? Or do they expect her to ride one on her own? She had never done that... She was always too poor to own a horse.

Enir approached them nervously and glanced at the horses before she stretched out her hands with Toa's cloak towards him, "Thank you for borrowing it to me and inviting me. I would love to follow."

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Character Portrait: Nero Reinhardt Character Portrait: Galene Thalassa Character Portrait: Toa Maunga Character Portrait: Enir Vidic

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Toa

Toa grabbed the cloak and swung it around his shoulders. "Great! Hopefully the traveling will help you feel more comfortable in this world, or something..." Toa trailed off, looking back to make sure everything was ready to go. A guard brought a horse to Enir, handing the reigns to her. "You have been on a horse before, right?" Toa chuckled as he lightly tapped the sides of his horse, signaling their small company that they were off. As the group began to venture out, a guard released a bird into the sky, a small note attached to one of its legs. It didn't take long for them to get out of Shadowfen and into the wide expanse of the lands that separate the Tribes.

"You should know something before we truly begin our journey. We are on our way to Lakeshore, the capital of the Water Tribe, but there is more to it. You might have heard already, but we have declared war on the Water. In their fighting with the Fire, they have brought serious harm upon the land. One would think the Fire would be far more destructive, but the Water has been robbing the land of its life. While you were exploring Shadowfen, the leader of the Fire approached me about possibly allying ourselves against the Water."

Toa took a heavy sigh. Even thinking about the meeting was exhausting him to a degree. "I wanted the Fire to negotiate peace with the Water, but, Fire didn't see it as an obtainable goal." Toa smiled and continued facing toward the dark horizon, the moon and torches of the guards being the only thing lighting their way. "However, I think peace can be won. But, I believe we do not have much time before the fighting continues, which is why I wanted to leave as soon as possible." Toa was hopeful they would reach Lakeshore midday tomorrow, but he didn't want to push the others too far tonight. "So, do you have anything to ask of me? I understand, its a lot to take in at once."

Nero

Nero watched as the group left Shadowfen, choosing to keep his distance for the time being. He followed on the outside of the trees, watching the group head out of the forest and into the open expanse of the lands. Nero was curious as to who the woman was that had joined the group. She didn't look like a guard, nor a soldier. An Advisor, maybe? Nero turned back toward the forest and returned to his horse. He didn't need to follow too close as he already knew where they were going. Lakeshore. The Water Tribe Lands were in that direction and it was the only path that made sense given what had transpired only a short time before. In that moment, Nero came to a realization. The woman with Toa could have been from the Water Tribe. It would explain why him and Zeddicus did not see her. But, Nero thought she didn't seem Water Tribe in origin. Her dress and overall appearance seemed far more "wild" than what was custom in the Water Tribe.

Shaking off his worries for the time being, he mounted his horse and made his way out of the forest. He wasn't within eyesight of the group, nor did he need to be. He knew their destination and that was all that mattered. This was becoming far more perilous than he originally thought it would. Truthfully, the thought of having to work harder to attain his goals made him more excited.