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PostSubject: 11: Balance of Power   Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:24 pm


Ceridwyn bowed her head respectfully to Lady Rose, recognizing her as the Commander immediately based on the insignia on her lapel. It was also the logical choice being that there was only three Knights in the room and two of them she already knew. She turned and bowed her head respectfully to Trystan and Kellan as well. Though she did not belong to or take any assignments from the Knights of Solamnia they were allies in the cause and as such she responded to them in a respectful, appropriate way whenever she was with them. Turning her eyes back to Rose she spoke, “Commander Rose, I am Ceridwyn of Silvanost, this is Aeolis, Commander of the Gate and General of the Guard. It is a pleasure to meet you, Trystan and Kellan have mentioned you during our discussions in the past and their words have never been anything but respectful. Because we know and trust them we approach in the assurance that you are trustworthy as well. As Aeolis has stated, we apologize for our delay, there are so many that need aid we became caught up in the duties that called to us.”

Her face never flushed, it was obvious she was telling the truth and she looked at Rose with her soft, chestnut brown eyes. She was delicacy at its finest, a true representation of the Silvanesti Elves, every line of her face seemingly sculpted from fine porcelain. “We gladly offer our assistance, and I would be happy to give you a report of what we know.”

Ceridwyn went on to explain in detail all that she knew regarding the towers, the meeting with the council and finally that the three orders of Wizards had agreed to work together in order to combat this new evil. Even the Black Robes were on board to fight. This unification of the Orders was a unique event, having only happened one other time in Krynn’s history, during the creation of the Towers of Sanctuary. She didn’t know if Rose knew the significance of the three orders coming together, but the Commander’s slightly raised eyebrow gave a clue that she must know it was at minimum, unusual.

“As of this moment Rose, that is all we know. I am sure you are overwhelmed with the details coming in, and if I can assist you in bringing together the pieces, please let me know.”


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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:20 am


Rose nodded respectfully as Ceridwyn introduced herself and her companion. She vaguely recalled them mentioned in the past few months. More importantly they had Trystan's backing and that made a world of difference to her. The silvanost in particular were not to keen on working with other races, but the reports she had said it was otherwise with these two.

Rose sat quietly as Ceridwyn laid out everything on the table. The uniting of the three orders was not something that was lost on her. It only brought greater concern to the for front of her mind. She motioned for Ceridwyn and Aeolis to sit as she stood finishing her tea casting the glass aside.

"We have all had our distractions as of late... as it was I had private matters to discuss with my subordinates as it was."

Rose walked to a separate table reaching for a couple pieces of parchment and started to walk back towards Ceridwyn. "I can provide you with one bit of information..."

She set the pieces down showing two hand drawn pictures of two individuals one a bald man and the other a women. "Those are the ones responsible for this... Our men fought them at the northkeep. Two mages of terrifying power and skill. They tore apart the forces at the keep and the force sent to retake it all to harvest the souls of the fallen knights in what I assume was for use to do whatever it is they have done."

She placed her hand upon the image of the man "This one the bald man with a face tattoo and eyes like mirrors wielding spells of darkness and death... he was the harvester."

Her hand shifted to the other picture "This red headed devil wielded fire like no mage I have ever seen before..."

Removing her fingers she sat down leaning back with a light smile. "I'm not sure if that will help any but being a prominent mage as you are I wonder if you might be able to tell me who they are?"
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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:24 am


Ceridwyn’s face went pale when Rose drew out the image of the male mage. She listened but she was visibly shaken and was taking very slow, deliberate breaths until Rose finished and mentioned that Ceridwyn might know them. “Unfortunately I do…” She leaned back into Aeolis, feeling faint and light headed. Through a sob she leaned forward again and spoke, her voice was shaky and soft, “This wizard,” she pointed to the man, “He is only known as Fifth. There were at one time five magi known as ‘The Order of the Dragon’, They were direct agents of Tahkisis herself and they instrumented a reign of terror about 500 years ago that nearly brought Krynn to its knees. Three of the magi are dead, killed during a massive battle when Nim’Sul lead the charge of Silvanesti forces when the five attempted to bring our land into eternal darkness. The other two managed to escape, but they disappeared, and the knowledge of their existence was passed on through the order of wizards for the purpose of knowledge in case they resurfaced.”

She took a deep breath and started to regain some of the color in her face, “Fifth was as you might have assumed, the last member added to the order, and by all means he was the most evil and vicious of the five. No one knows his origins, which of course brought rise to rumors and speculation, however the best we were able to put together Fifth was not born but created. He is not a god, or demi-god, however he is not born of the mortals of Krynn. The details are shaky at best. One thing I can tell you is that there is no light in the man what so ever, life is not sacred to him, nor is death. He cares for nothing, and death always follows him. I can assure you that if he is involved in this situation it is for the intent of murder, he exists for no other purpose. What perplexes us all I assume, is why the towers, why here, and why the obvious structure of their design. My fear is…,” she paused a moment, “I don’t see how this fits into the movements we have witnessed of the Dark Queen’s army, based on what I have felt, and what I have seen, I think we have a wizard of Tahkisis’ army that has gone rogue.”

She looked up and stared into Rose’s eyes, she could see the contemplation occurring, it was obvious this woman got into her position less for the politics and more because of her ability to analyze and plan, but in this situation there was no sense, no purpose, no logic that could begin to glue together the pieces. To make things worse Ceridwyn offered her next statement, “As for this woman, the one of fire, I have no idea who she is, I have never seen her and couldn’t even tell you her name.”

She inhaled deeply and looked around the room, the Knights were visibly shaken, and she swallowed hard, wishing that she had the answers.


Trystan listened intently as Ceridwyn spoke and when she described Fifth he turned and looked out again at the towers, listening to her words as he studied the blight on the landscape. He focused on the shadows that swirled around the north most tower, his spirit began to seethe as he listened to the man’s description, the penchant for death, the disregard for life, the evil he brought with him. He turned as the she elf finished and watched Rose, his thoughts he kept to himself, it was not his place to offer suggestions or words unless asked, especially in front of guests. His mind was racing, but he wasn’t sure that he had answers, only more questions.



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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:12 pm


Rose regarded the two with a thoughtful expression noting how visibly shaken Ceridwyn became when she looked upon the sketch of teh wizard Fifth. Every word spoken about the wizard had a sense of familiarity laced within it. Simply talking about him made her uncomfortable. After seeing what these two did to her men she couldn't hold it against the elf. It had taken a great deal of her own will just to pen out the sketches.

Rose spoke softly after clearing her throat "It seems as though you have some personal experience in dealing with this... Fifth." she met the elf's eyes when they looked to her "It is clear as the nose on your face. However that is a different matter that is not my place to pry. As to his companion I am sorry to hear that nothing is known. To not be known by the order and wield such power makes her quite the wild card..."

Rose shifted in her seat as she contemplated her next question "What can you tell me of the Red Robes Rayann and Kali. I have been told that it may be in our best interests to seek out the aid of these two mages. While I generally trust Sir Trystan's advise I would like your expert opinion on this if you don't mind. I am also curious if we know of anyone that may have an incling of information about the other mage... I know it is a tall order but right now we need information before I go to high command."
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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:59 pm


Ceridwyn could only nod softly when Lady Rose mentioned she must have personal knowledge of Fifth, “Indeed you are in the position of the Rose because of your intuition Commander, you are correct, I have personal knowledge of this man, if you can call him that, and what he is truly capable of. I can assure you the sacking Northkeep, though a massive endeavor, is not the limit of his power. If he is responsible for that, and for the purpose you have stated, and then had a hand in creating these towers we have much more than a serious situation on our hands, we have a crisis.”

She looked across the table at Rose, the frailty that they had all just witnessed, the pale composure, the fear in her voice, it was all suddenly gone, in a mere second and what Rose saw was an Elf with conviction and determination, a strong creature of the Grey Stone staring back at her. “We strike first, and we strike hard, or I assure you the entirety of Krynn is in jeopardy.”

She leaned back when Rose mentioned Rayann and Kali. For the first time today the three Knights saw a smile cross the she elfs face and a sense of relaxation in her voice, “You could nay find two more noble women of genuine heart and mind as Rayann and her daughter. Not only are they gifted wizards, they are personal friends. If not just for their knowledge of magic you would be wise to seek their alliance in this, though I have the pledge of the head of the red order, Rayann and Kali do not necessarily subscribe to the will of the council. Their loyalty is pure and true but they also have a special gift which allows them to walk to the beat of a slightly different drum. Kali was once known as Shulamite, the Dark Lady, you may have heard the name. She has since in the last year been the physical voice of Lunitari, and I would caution you to not allow the youthful looking body to falsely lead you into thinking she is not extremely powerful. Rayann is, well she was one of ‘the bond’, a gift that was given to the world of magic, a gift that would restore the balance in the whole of Krynn, and sparing you the details she has lived up to the prophecy that had been spoke about her. Yes, the family you seek is worth the effort, and I would accompany you to speak on your behalf should it be your wish.”

Lady Rose had not posed the question but Ceridwyn had been in enough of these conversations that she could see it coming. The look on Lady Rose’s face before her statement was out inferred that should Ceridwyn say yes to getting Rayann and Kali involved, she would next be asked to accompany someone to meet them. She glanced at Aeolis, the look on her face telling Aeolis everything she was about to say before saying it, “There is one other thing you should know before you send Knights or yourself to meet them, Rayann’s husband, a Silvanesti Elf is a former agent of the Dark Queen. I only tell you not because I think it is my place, but I do not want to lead you there and trouble brew. You might or might not have met with him at one point, on opposite sides of the battlefield, and if you have I can give my personal vow that he is no longer an agent of darkness. I also bring it up because if it be the case, and for your honor you seek battle to redeem some lost war, you would end up facing the entire family. They do not bow to the aggressions that have been brought against them, and I assure you that what they have faced far outweighs anything that Knights of Solamnia could ever throw their way.”



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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:35 pm


Roses brow furrowed slightly as Ceridwyn spoke of the former agent. An elf among the dark forces was an oddity to say the least but a Sylvanesti elf was something that garnered notice. Her eyes shifted to Trystan and Kellan to see if there was recognition there. For her part Rose was very careful that her eyes did not reflect her knowledge of who it might be. There was a chance that her assumption was wrong but she could not be certain.

"Your warning is duly noted lady mage... If what you say is true then I have limited options as to whom may be sent to seek aid." She rose slowly from her seat and brushed her uniform straight. "It would appear that I shall have to see to this matter personally."

She knew this was not going to sit well with Trystan. She had men designated for such jobs but in this case the situation was going to require someone capable of not letting their honor cloud there eyes. Her chosen diplomats had seen many fights and had long memories. If she was right in her assumptions she couldn't trust anyone else to this trip. Her eyes settled upon Trystan making it clear there was a reason. She rarely made a choice like this without discussing it first."I am going to need a special detail on this.... my usual entourage of guards may not be perceived as... friendly, despite our elven friend's presence. I want two soldiers geared and ready to depart his evening."

Rose walked across the room taking up her sheathed sword. "I apologize for my lack of decorum... I have been out of sorts since the fight at the keep and I believe that time can be better spent making progress if I cut out the pomp and circumstance. If you have need of anything for this journey or have any other details to discuss please talk to Trystan and Kellan..." Slipping her blade into place at her side Rose strode towards the door "

"Now if you'll excuse me I need to go see the smith about my gear." As she slipped out the door there was a glimpse of her face. Where she seemed casual and lack luster in her decorum in their presence her face snapped to full bearing as she came within sight of her knights. It was clear in certain company she was more willing to drop the military face when the situation suited it.
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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:26 am


Trystan shoke his head and shrugged slightly when Rose looked at him, he could not remember any confrontations with an Elf during his commands. He had heard rumors of one that was referred to as ‘Myth’, but he had no personal knowledge or experience with the fellow. When Rose made her statement that she would see to the matter personally his eyes went slightly wide. He did not break protocol or make any large gestures of surprise but Rose knew him well enough to give him her own look that spoke volumes. He could see that she had her reasons for delegating this mission back upon herself, and though he didn’t understand he did trust her command, she had never let them down before, and he left it at that. He could see Kellan was particularly disappointed by the news. Her shoulders slumped slightly and he knew she had been hoping to leave for a while. It was never spoken between them but it was clearly understood that a break from the Keep was in order. He watched as Rose crossed the room and made her farewell’s, and he excused himself a moment, following closely behind.

“Commander Rose, If I may,” Rose turned her head to look at him as they walked to the Smitty, he got to the point, “I don’t need to understand your reasons, but if I could make a request, Kellan would be an appropriate escort for you, she is well trained and capable of security detail to assist you in your journey.” He looked at Rose and dropped the formalities, “Quite frankly Ma’am, Kellan needs to be away from these walls a while. The death of her brother has hit her harder than she will allow the others to see, I think, if I may request it, that she would benefit personally and gain some good experience in diplomacy if you would allow her to accompany you to visit the Red Robes. I have no knowledge of this Elf they spoke of, so Kellan won’t either as she has been under my command her whole career. All I ask is you consider taking her with you, she is young I understand, but she has a good head on her shoulders and would be more than willing to assist you. I can take command here and make sure the Keep stays in order.”




Ceridwyn watched as the Knights discussed the details of the assignments. When Rose made the statement she would go personally, Ceridwyn smiled and nodded. They were playing a high stakes game, and to keep all the chips on the table the highest in rank SHOULD be the one to make the journey, at least that was how the Elves did it. To her this made sense but she could see the looks on the two younger Knights faces, and she turned to look at Aeolis, slight confusion in her eyes as to why they would show signs of disagreement. She shoke her head very softly and then turned back to the room and addressed Lady Rose as she was leaving. Standing Ceridwyn nodded her head and spoke, “I suggest we leave sooner than later Commander, as I said, we need to be making our moves before the other side has a chance to put all their pieces on the board.”

Ceridwyn left it at that. It was becoming clear that she was not your average Elf, she was more than just a white robed mage, she had the ability to walk the walk, she was more than a politician or a diplomat, she was a doer. “Send a runner when you are ready to depart, and we will leave at once. Aeolis and I can be ready on a moment’s notice.” She nodded respectfully and watched the Commander exit the room.


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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:59 pm


Aeolis left the talking to Ceri. After all, he wasn’t as versed in talking about such things with the finery she was. His tactics would have been more forward and less diplomatic. In most cases he would have come across rude and arrogant when in fact he was just stating the facts as they were without sugar coating them. It was an asset and a liability all at the same time. It just depended upon who he was talking to how it would be perceived. In this case he was quite certain Lady Rose would have found his manners offensive.

What made the Elf break his usual stoic appearance was when Ceri spoke about this mage called Fifth. He could feel her tremble when she back into him and he instantly reached out to support her trembling body. He’d only felt this from her one other time and that was when she was describing to him what she had suffered the last time she had fallen in love. It didn’t take a learned scholar to figure out this Fifth was the one that had taken her first love and child from her. Knowing what she had been through at this mage’s h and already made Aeolis’ arms hold her closer to him while at the same time want to rip the mage’s head from his shoulders.

As Ceri regained her composure Aeolis released his firm hold on her but kept his hand centered on the small of her back just to let her know he was still with her no matter what. When the Commander mentioned Rayann and Kali, Aeolis’ eyes looked from Trystan to Rose to Kellan then back to Rose. It was no surprise these Knights had heard of the two. But he wasn’t sure if they realized who Rayann’s husband is.

When Ceri looked at him he knew she was about to enlighten them. He studied the three faces of the Knights before him to see how they were going to take the news. He caught the slightest spark of recognition in Rose’s eyes but there was nothing to note in Trystan and Kellan’s eyes. Obviously they had never dealt with Myth. As Rose announced she would be the one to take on this task herself, Aeolis’ was not surprised by her decision. After all, it would only be right for her to do so considering the magnitude of the meeting itself. Already Aeolis’ mind was working and he knew the one Lady knight would be a good member to join Rose. With no preconceived notion or agenda, she would approach the meeting with an open mind and be less likely to be so defensive.

As Trystan excused himself and followed closely behind Rose, Aeolis glanced over at Kellan and smiled ever so slightly as he and Ceri stood with her. As Ceri asked them to send a runner, Aeolis nodded to the Lady Knight as he recognized the disappointment in her body language. His accented words were spoken with sincerity.

”Safe journeys to you, Lady Kellan. May the stars light your path.”

With that said, he turned on his heel and followed Ceri back to their room as he began gathering his things. Using their native language, he spoke to Ceri.

”Lady Kellan would be a good person to send with Rose. She does not know who Rayann’s husband is. She would have no history to cloud her judgment of him. But I will respect who ever the Commander chooses.”





Kellan smiled at the Elves when they entered the room. She could see by their interaction they were both quite taken with each other and she was glad to see they were reunited. As they sat listening to what Rose and Ceri conveyed to each other, Kellan kept her hopes high as the discussion of the Red Robes came up. But when Rose stated she would take on the task herself and have only two others with her, Kellan felt her hopes dashed upon jagged rocks.

Unable to prevent it, her shoulders slumped slightly and she cast her gaze down at the floor. While she would stay and do her duty to the fullest and then some, she was hoping to get a break from this place and perhaps a change of scenery would do her heart and mind some good.

As Rose stood and excused herself, shortly followed by Trystan, Kellan stood as well and gave a salute to both. As Rose and Trystan left the room, leaving her with Ceri and Aeolis, Kellan suddenly felt very isolated. Not that she feared for anything, but she was now alone with the Elves.

When Aeolis turned and smiled, Kellan felt her lips curl up slightly in a smile of her own. As he parted with his words, she found them strange but smiled even more all the same. Something about them brought hope back to her again. Perhaps she wouldn’t be able to accompany Lady Rose but perhaps something else will come up she could help with. As the Elves departed the room, she called after them remembering a phrase Liam taught her Elves were fond of saying to each other.

”May your ways be green and golden.”

When they left the room, she cast her eyes towards the ceiling and whispered softly.

”I’ll bring you peace, Liam. I give you my word I will.”

Nodding her head to no one in particular, she made her way out of Rose’s quarters to once more aid the citizens of Heartlund any way she could.

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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:54 am


Almost on que she heard Trystan following behind her. She slowed her pace turning to listen to what he had to say. Her eyebrow raised slightly as he recomended Kellan join her on her trip, but the reasons that followed made a great deal of sense to her. Though young she had a way with words and she could be as diligent as her mentor. More to the point Trystan was right, she needed to get her mind off her brother and she wouldn't be able to do that here staring at those infernal towers.

"Your recomendation is duly noted then Trystan... I think that I would prefer to have you both at my side but you are needed here in my absense. Kellan will make a fine replacement. Be mindful that whoever joins her has a similar war record. I do not want someone with a history of battles under their belt. People may not agree but trust me it is in our best interest not to have someone on this trip that could complicate things."
It was clear she had a clue who the elf might be and she was taking steps to minimize confrontation.

As they approached the smithy she smiled to Trystan and gave a sharop salute "Now I believe you have preperations to make Sir Trystan... I suggest you be quick about it cause I want to leave the moment my gear is ready."
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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:33 pm


Trystan hid his smile of relief that the Commander had listened to his words. It was not so much that she was taking Kellan, in fact he would secretly miss her very much, but more that she trusted his judgement and listened to his words even though she greatly outranked him. He returned her salute and spoke, “I will inform Lady Kellan that she will be accompanying you, and I will inform the Elves, though knowing Ceridwyn and Aeolis as I do I can almost guarantee that they will be ready in the next 15 minutes.”

He released his salute and turned on his heels, heading back to the room where the group had just been meeting. He stepped in just as Kellan was preparing to leave, he nearly hit her with the door as he pushed it open and she stepped back with a look of surprise on her face. He smiled as he shut the door behind him and then suddenly realized they were alone. The curtains were still drawn and he felt himself flush slightly as the reality came over him. Leaning against the only door out he smiled warmly and spoke, “I have spoken to Lady Rose, you are to accompany her to the Glen Durel region to speak with the Red Robes. I felt you could use the break, though you will still be working you will have a two day ride to just relax and let your mind rest. I apologize that I jumped to react before speaking with you, but I felt if I didn’t speak quickly Lady Rose might find people to go and you would be left behind. This is a big assignment for you, I recommend you watch, listen, and learn all that you can. Lady Rose is a sharp negotiator, and she is a fantastic leader as you know. You will learn a lot from her in a very short time if you open yourself to the opportunity.”

He smiled warmly, she could see in his eyes that he would miss her and then she heard the latch to the door lock and would see his hand withdrawing from behind him. After having locked the door so no one would enter he took a dangerous step towards her and swallowed hard. “I am about to break protocol as well as jeopardize my command, so I suggest you step back if you don’t agree with my next maneuver…,” He grasped her strongly by the shoulders and pulled her towards him, his lips closing the gap towards her rapidly.


Ceridwyn slung her small bag over her shoulder and tucked her spell books neatly into her robes. They disappeared into the secret folds of her robes and she turned, looking at Aeolis. He was already packed as well. “I suppose we should go get some rations, though I don’t doubt we could easily find food in the forests along the way it might be easier and more restful to rely on rations instead of foraging.”

She walked forward and gently placed her hand into his, looking up at him and waiting for him to lead the way.



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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:21 pm


Kellan was ready to waylay whoever was barreling through the door and had even put her hand on the hilt of her blade when she saw Trystan’s face appear before her again. The fact the door was closed behind him didn’t go unnoticed and as he began speaking, her eyes were focused on that door over his shoulder. But when he explained to her what transpired when he left to follow Lady Rose, her eyes found his once more and she could hardly believe her ears.

She was going to accompany Lady Rose after all? By the Gods! Her prayers had been answered! And she had Lord Trystan to thank. Of that she was certain. Her face broke into a bright smile the more he talked and as he explained to her she needed to pay attention and learn from this experience, she nodded her head enthusiastically. She would gladly use this opportunity to learn more from one fo the greatest commander’s she’d ever known.

Kellan’s smile faded though when she heard the door latch behind Trystan and saw his hand retreat from his back. She heard his warning but it didn’t register or she simply refused to hear it. Either way when he grabbed her by the shoulders and brought her towards him she didn’t try to fight the kiss. Her lips touched his and she felt as though the world stopped spinning. Instinctively she melted into him and returned the kiss with her own fire.

As much as Kellan would have loved for that kiss to continue and never stop, and even share more, her mind came back to reality and as much as she didn’t want to break the contact between them, she knew, for his sake more than hers, she needed to stop things from going any further. At least at the moment. Pressing her hands against his chest, she reluctantly broke the kiss and pushed herself back away from him. She felt his resistance at first but then reality must have set in for him as well for she felt his hold on her loosen allowing her to step back away from him.

Her lips still tingled and her heart was racing. Her cheeks were flushed while her face retained a pale look. Her light brown eyes were wide and held a look to them Trystan had never seen before. One that would remind him of what a caged animal looked like. Frightened yet fierce all at the same time. Her hands now rested at her sides curled into loose fists and her chest rose and fell rapidly with her quickened breath. She didn’t say anything at first and it seemed as though she didn’t know what to do. And that was so close to the truth.

Finally Kellan took a deep breath and let it out slowly. When she spoke, her voice had changed. It now held a slight huskiness to it as she talked to Trystan. Even as she kept her voice low for his ears only in case there were others close by. He would now see, for the first time, the depths of her feelings for him she had been able to keep so well hidden for so long. While they both knew there was SOMETHING there between them, they had never acted on it. Until now.

”I’ve waited for this moment for so long and I would give anything for it to not end. What I feel for you I can’t explain. I will miss you greatly while I am away, Trys. So very much. But….I can’t let you ruin your career. You’ve worked too hard for this. Don’t throw it away because of me. Even though I want nothing more than to feel your arms around me again. One day…..I pray we will have our time for I want that more than anything. But right now…..our duties prevent us from that. Promise me you will be safe while I am gone. Please.”

She dared to step up to him and take a hold of his hand in her trembling one then quickly release it knowing if she didn’t she would say to hell with protocol and kiss him again.





Aeolis nodded in agreement with Ceri then leaned closer and kissed her forehead before pulling back and smiling.

”Finding food will not be an issue for us but I would think our Solamnic friends would appreciate your forethought. As do I.”

Closing his hand around hers, he led her out into the streets of Heartlund and waited for the commander to arrive letting them know she was ready to go.

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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:01 pm


The fires of the smithy roared and hamers beat away as Rose entered. Her eyes drifted around the room for a moment till someone called her name. She could barely here it over the hammers as the smith's apprentices worked. She smiled as a bushy bearded dwarf strode up with a grin. "Yer impatient as ever aren't ye lass... "

Rose chuckled happily as she shook her head in response. "You know me to well Flint... I feel absolutely naked without my gear when I am away from home." Her smile faded slightly "Sadly though it is duty not impatience that has brought me here. I have a line of inquery to follow about those towers and I am afraid time is of the essence. I wanted to see how close you were to being doing because I intend to leave the moment you finish."

Stroking his beard the smith Flint sighed lightly spinning on his heel. "C'mon commander... I was just finishing with the leather straps and then you'll be good to go. I don't know what kind of scrap you were in but you had one to many close calls from the looks of things. What in blazes were you fighting? gnolls? Trolls?"

Her response was quiet but clear "Mages Flint.... two mages."

The old dwarf slowed looking back at her and shook his head. "Aye I've heard the tale from your guards. They told me about it when they came in for their gear so I won't be askin fer more details." They approached a large table where Rose's armor was laid out and Flint sat reaching for pieces as he began to reassemble the verious parts. "I'll not ask ye about your business then... wouldn't be proper of me... but I will say watch yer back. Mages are right nasty business."

"A fact I have become all to familiar with I am afraid..." Rose sighed looking away from the table as Flint worked. It would only take him a short period of tie to finish reassembly of her armor. She excused herself and went to her quarters getting out of her formal attire donning instead the underlayer of her gear. As she finished there was a knock at her door and in came larrisa with Rose's finished armor.

"Your uncanny ability to be on top of things will forever astound me." Larrisa only smiled and stood waiting to help Rose get her gear on.

In all it took only an hour fromt he end of the meeting for Rose to be ready to go. She emerged from her quarters armor newly repaired and freshly polished. Flint was an amazing smith and she was ever greatful for his efficiency. Larrisa had already provisioned her horse so all she had to do now was wait for the party to assemble. Larrisa was already on her way to let the others know she was ready to leave.
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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:20 pm


Trystan felt like his body had been blown from a canon. The scent of her, the warmth of her lips and the quick breathes that were escaping her nostrils and tickling his cheek were moments that fleeted all too fast. When she broke away he did not stop her, but he regretted that he could not grab her and pull her in close once again. The sensation was like one who was starving and had stared at a delightful plate of food for days, now that the taste was in the mouth, he yearned for more.

Clearing his throat he unclasped the lock and returned her words in a soft whisper, “Kellan, my career is not in jeopardy, only you staying under my command. I cannot be busted down in rank for falling in love, but you will be removed from under my command should our feelings be known. Lady Rose already knows of the feelings between us, it was obvious the way she questioned me when I recommended you for accommodation. Her look upon me was all telling, she knows that I care for you deeply, and you for me. She is a wise commander, and she won’t do anything unless we act inappropriately, which unfortunately is all I want right now.”

He smiled with a slight flush of cheeks and continued, “I will promise to stay safe only if you return the favor, please come back, I will be waiting for your return, hopefully with a couple wizards.” He winked and opened the door, speaking in his normal voice, “That will be all Lady Kellan, report to Commander Rose when you are ready to depart.”


Ceridwyn walked with Aeolis to the mess tents and selected rations from the wooden crates, placing them methodically into her shoulder sack. She hummed softly and several of the soldiers as well as Knights looked and smiled as the tiniest shard of hope hung on the air within her tune. She was oblivious to the onlookers and moved about her business, taking enough rations to sustain them for a few days. She turned to Aeolis and spoke, “I just love the rugged, rawness of human military rations, there is something primitive in their creation, yet they can satisfy to the fullest.”

She turned and walked with him towards the Commanders quarters, she had no idea if Rose was available yet or not, but her instinct told her that was as good a place as any to be. They arrived and the two guards eyed her and Aeolis, their stone faces suspicious of anything that would approach. “Take ease soldiers of Heartlund, we are accompanying Lady Rose to Glen Durel in search of aid to this crisis.”

The two soldiers looked at one another and then back to the Elves, “Commander Rose is inside but cannot be disturbed, she is making preparations.”

Ceridwyn smiled warmly and spoke, “Of course she is, as I said, WE are the accompaniment.” Without another word she glanced and noticed two small benches off to the side, presumably for people to sit and wait when coming to have audience with Lady Rose. “Is it safe to assume we can sit there and wait for her?”

The soldiers looked at the benches and one responded, “Of course, that is what they are there for.” Ceridwyn smiled again and nodded politely, “Well then, if that is their purpose then who are we to deprive them of their functionality. I thank you gentlemen.”

She gently tugged Aeolis, feeling his tension at the men’s curt behavior, she sent him a missive, ~ “Go easy on them beloved, they have been through a lot these last few days.” ~

As they waited a young girl came with what was obviously Lady Roses armor. She entered as one of the guards opened the door for her and the door was snapped closed quickly. Ceridwyn removed one of her spell books and was reading, the constant study of magic was the life of any wizard. She did take a moment to glance up as the young girl went inside and she spoke again to Aeolis in missive, ~ “The assistant comes with the Lady’s armor, shouldn’t be too long now I suspect.” ~

She turned and smiled at Aeolis as they sat on the ornate iron bench. She sighed softly and leaned her head onto his shoulder and brought her feet up and under her, going back to the study of magic. After some time the Commander appeared and Ceridwyn stood, tucking her spell book into her robes and bowing her head respectfully, “Lady Rose, good to see you again. Your guards felt it best you not be disturbed so we waited outside and I must say, your benches are very comfortable.” There was a playful lilt in her voice, a lilt that Aeolis had come to know. It was the inner spark within her, the cheer that couldn’t be extinguished. “My escort and I are without mounts as we came here by magical means, might I request that we be lent horses to carry us along? It is a good two and a half day’s ride to Glen Durel and if half of us are walking it will most certainly take longer.”


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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:05 pm


Kellan wasn’t sure her legs would support her walking but she knew she had to at least try. If she stayed in this room, locked door or not, she’d say to hell with protocol for another moment like she just had with Trystan. Finally she nodded and gave a salute before she forced her legs to move her. Still, as she passed by him to exit the room her hand reached out and brushed his hand. She knew the silent message she sent to him would be received.

”Yes sir, Lord Trystan. I shall be ready in less than half an hour.”

Kellan maintained an unreadable look on her face until she reached her room. Once inside she closed the door behind her and leaned back against it closing her eyes and taking huge gulps of air. She was startled out of her moment when she heard a voice speaking to her.

You alright, Kellan? You look like you just had contact with that fear from the towers again.”

Kellan’s eyes flew open and she turned her head to see her fellow knight, Asria standing there looking at her concerned. Laughing nervously and giving a small smile, Kellan nodded.

”I’m fine Asria. I’m just excited I’ve been chosen to go with the Rose Commander. I guess I was just more excited than I realized.”

Asria had been affected by the fear she ran into when they went to investigate the towers and she glanced towards the window then back at Kellan with a frightened deer look.

"Oh….well….be safe. I heard rumor your going to speak to Red Robes. Knowing it was mages that caused all of this, I’d be a little leery around them from now on.”

Kellan nodded.

”I’ll be fine. From what I understand these mages are not your typical magic users. While they have extraordinary abilities, it seems they have level heads about them as well. I pray that’s the case. And the fact the commander is taking this task on herself tells me they must be something.”

Asria glanced at the window again and merely nodded again.

“Still. Watch your back.”

Kellan nodded.

”I will. Promise.”

As quickly as she could, Kellan packed for her trip. She put on her armor with Asria’s help and made sure she had a change of clothes. Packing everything neatly so she could maintain a good representation of the Knights, Kellan folded each article of clothing carefully and placed it in her traveling kit. Packing a few small blades for personal protection and placing them in different places about herself and her things, she finally decided she was good to go. With one last farewell to Asria, she left her room and walked towards the stables. Reaching Smoke’s stall, she prepared the horse for light traveling. Once the mount was ready, she led him out of the stables and walked to the mess tent to gather up some provisions for the trip, she saw the Elves were of the same mind set. Giving them both a smile and nod, she selected the food items she knew would last for the trip.

Once she had Smoke prepared and packed, she walked close to Lady Rose’s quarters to await the command to mount up and head out. Her eyes caught sight of Trystan as he walked from the opposite direction. She felt her heart skip a beat as she remembered what his kiss felt like and the way his arms felt around her. Feeling the heat rise in her cheeks, she did her best to push those thoughts away and keep them for another time when she could recall them in private. Clearing her throat softly, she maintained a normal stance and look about her face.




Aeolis was more than aware of the looks Ceri was receiving. He did his best to maintain neutrality but it was difficult when so many looked at her with….longing in their eyes. Still, he bit his tongue rather than say anything to them. After all, they were the guests of these Knights.

As they left the mess tent, after spying Kellan, he spoke quietly to Ceri in their native language.

”It appears as though the Lady Kellan will be accompanying us on our journey. A wise choice indeed.”

As they reached the commander’s quarters, Aeolis furrowed his brows as he heard the way the guards spoke to Ceri and looked at both of them. Had they not just shared the same duties after the appearance of these dreadful towers? Humans, He would never figure them out.

He was just about to say something to them when Ceri tugged him towards the iron benches to wait for Lady Rose. Her missive brought an even deeper scowl to his brow.

~It would serve them right to be reminded they are not alone in their trouble. Did we not stand in the trenches with them and assist their frightened citizens?~

He shook his head and sat down, stiff backed, next to Ceri. As she took out her spell book, Aeolis gave each guard a hard look letting them know, silently, he didn’t care for the way they had treated them and spoken to Ceri. When the assistant came by with Rose’s armor, he arched a brow and realized the same thing Ceri had sent to him in missive.

~It is only about time. My arse grows sore from sitting on this damn uncomfortable bench.~

When Rose finally emerged and he heard Ceri’s words of praise for the comfort of the bench, Aeolis rolled his eyes and nudged her gently. When she glanced back at him he was looking at Rose and not paying attention to Ceri at all.

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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:57 pm


Rose turned to greet Ceridwyn and Aeolis with a smile. Despite Ceridwyns heart felt greeting Rose could see the displeasure on Aeolis' face. Elves could be so odd sometimes and could be angered by such trivial things sometimes. Her eyes shifted to the benches for a moment before she turned looking to her guards. "I am afraid that their unwillingness to let anyone in had more to do with the fact I was changin my attire entirely. My door is generally open to all at any time save for when I am sleeping or changing. After all a lady does need her privacy."

Putting ona bright smile she stepped past Ceridwynn and Aeolis. "Now as to your request for mounts I think we can handle that easily enough." As they wouold turn to foollow her they would see Larrisa approaching with three horses. One was clearly Roses as it was obviously already packed with gear for travel. The other two had the basics and room for other items. The fact Rose had thought ahead like this should not be a surprise. How Larrisa had passed by them all unnoticed was a different matter entirely. With a slight nod Rose sent her off to attend to duties before returning her attention to the group once more.

"I believe these two should suit you well for this journey. I believe we are only lacking the presence of Kellan and whom ever else Trystan saw fit to send along for this trip. I amgine they will be here momentarily."
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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:34 am


Ceridwyn smiled whimsically as Lady Rose mentioned a woman needing her privacy. She winked a gesture of understanding and responded to Rose, “Thank you, I am sorry that we have to inconvenience you by requesting horses, as I said, we traveled by magical means to get here as quickly as we could.”

Turning she saw Kellan and spoke cheerfully, “Ah, here is our lady knight now” she suddenly switched to empathic speech and spoke to Aeolis mind, “and with a bit of a glow to her cheeks no less. It seems that love blooms despite the death all around us, eh?” When Aeolis looked, most likely having caught her double entendre she winked to him and gently slipped her hand into his. Turning back to Rose she smiled and spoke, “I know you may be hoping this trip is not in vein Lady Rose, I am confident it won’t be. The lady magi are destined to bring balance to this world, and these towers are certainly the opposite of that. Rest easy, I would not venture us forth if I felt that we our journey would be a waste of time, heavens knows the last thing we need to be doing now is wasting resources.” Rose would see that Ceridwyn was more than a diplomat in these statements, there was true sincerity in her eyes that the right things were being done, and that she was approaching this journey full hearted.


Trystan combed the area for a second knight that could go see the red magi. After an exhaustive search there was not a single trooper or knight to be found suited for this type of journey. He struggled in his mind with the right choice, but he was forced into a corner on this one. The experienced knights that had fought in the shadow wars had all most likely encountered this mysterious elf that Ceridwyn had spoken of. The youngest were either too rattled or too inexperienced to be given this sort of assignment. With so few available, healthy Knights he knew there was only one viable option, himself. He went to his lieutenant and spoke with him for a half hour, discussing what was happening, and that he was now in charge of bolstering the defenses of the Keep. Trystan wrote out the contacts necessary to bring new provisions into the walls and what signs to watch for. With some confidence that things were taken care of, at least for a few days, he gave a salute and made his way to the stables. He rode out of the stables on Glaive, his trusted and beautiful war mount. He made his way down the cobbled streets and appeared, coming around the corner, his armor flashing in the morning light.

He rode up to Lady Rose and dismounted, giving her a sharp salute he relayed the information he had surmised. He made the case that he was the only suitable ‘other’ Knight in the area. With 85% of the Knights dead or injured beyond ability to fight, it was pretty obvious that his conclusion was the most logical choice. “I have placed Lieutenant Riggs in charge of the details, and given him a well thought out list of the necessary steps that will need to be observed to maintain the Keep for a week. I assume that will be enough time to get the job done, and if not, I will return to assess the situation here. I do apologize Lady Rose, it was not my intention to come along on this journey as I know that good leadership is needed everywhere, but with a mission of this sort of diplomatic importance I am honestly the only viable candidate besides Lady Kellan.” He watched and waited for the Commander’s response, and he would respect any decision she made. She could just as easily take only Kellan, the truth was there was probably very little danger along the journey, but a band of three Knights was the typical protocol for these sorts of things. He watched her face, awaiting her final decision on the matter.

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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:58 pm


Kellan smiled softly at Ceridwyn and Aeolis as she approached. She refrained from mounting her beloved steed, Smoke, until Lady Rose gave the order. And she was all the more grateful for it. This gave her more time to get her mind in order. After everything that happened between her and Trystan in the past few hours, Kellan wasn’t sure what end was up right now. So she took the time to bring her mind into focus on the task and assignments ahead of her.

She was in the midst’s of just such a moment of concentration when she heard the sound of hooves coming quickly across the ground. When she saw Glaive round the corner with Tyrstan mounted and ready to go on his back, her momentary surprise couldn’t be hidden. Her light brown eyes widened in disbelief and her heart dropped to her feet then returned to her chest and began beating wildly. Just like it did when he drew her near for the kiss they shared an hour ago. Even now she could still feel his lips on hers and taste his kiss on her lips.

Feeling her cheeks flush, Kellan quickly brought her shock under control and concealed it from view. Her hands held tight to Smoke’s reins a little tighter as she listened to what he said to Lady Rose. She dared not hope the Commander would accept Trystan’s logic for bringing himself along yet she couldn’t help but hold her breath as she too awaited the Commander’s final word on rather or not Trystan would be accompanying them or not.




As Aeolis watched this sudden turn of events unfolding, he couldn’t help but give a little smirk as he watched Lady Kellan’s reaction to the arrival of Sir Trystan. Speaking empathetically to Ceri, he squeezed her hand just a little tighter as he watched with baited breath to see rather or not Lady Rose would accept Sir Trystan’s proposal.

~Well, well, well. It seems we have a bit of ‘can’t go without seeing you for that long’ going on here. I wonder if Lady Rose will allow these two to accompany her or if she’ll make one of them stand down and remain here. Decisions….decisions…~

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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:25 am


Rose nodded slightly to Ceridwyn "Trust that it is no trouble at all Lady Ceridwyn. You set out to get to the bottom of this mystery and took the most expedient route possible to get here. I am only happy I have the horses to provide."

Rose noted a slight change in Kellan's demeanor and it made her furrow her brow slightly. She put the notion off to the back of her mind for another time. Now that Kellan had arrived Rose began to grow impatient but only inwardly. Trystan had his work cut out for him finding a suitable third for the trip to the home of the mages. Patiently she made sure that everything was in order and that the horses for Ceridwyn and Aeolis were ready. The sound of approaching hooves drew Roses attention and when she saw Trystan on Glaive rounding the corner ready for travel her eyes shifted to Kellan. The woman was not able to hide her cheeks fast enough to escape her notice. With a quiet sigh Rose's face became an impassive mask. She was certain there was going to be quite the explanation for Trystan deciding to go himself.

Rose listened patiently to his explanation and carefully thought the matter over. There were many things to consider about this situation. A month ago she would have nodded and accepted his explanation without a second thought, but her gut said something had changed and she needed to think on this carefully. In truth there was little to think about. Protocol demanded she take two others with her in escort on this mission of diplomacy. However because of one person who might be there she had to be very limited about her choices. She cursed mentally and shook her head in resignation.

"I am going to allow this begrudgingly Trystan... I would prefer that you remain here in my absence but if you think Lieutenant Riggs can handle things for the week with your instructions then that will have to do."

Rose said little more on the matter and was up in the saddle of her horse. Her posture was rigid and her tone of voice was flat. "Now that we are assembled we had best get on our way." Taking up her reins she nudged at the sides of her steed and began moving. Something was eating at her but she couldn't put her finger on it and it was making her irritable.
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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:38 am


Trystan barely chanced a glance at Kellan as he passed her, he saw the Commanders face and was aware she was annoyed to say the least. Lady Rose was many things, diplomat, warrior, strategist, but he had grown to see the occasional small cracks in her demeanor, and her displeasure at the situation was obvious. “Again I apologize Commander, it was never my intention to accompany you, I had planned to stay behind and see that the necessities of the Keep were attended to. We are just so … limited in available man power. I…” He stopped realizing that he was sharing information she probably was already well aware of and he needn’t bother her with the same information over and over again. He cleared his throat and looked Rose dead in the eyes, “I assure you Commander, all my duties along this journey will be done with diligence and under the strict protocol’s of the Knights of Solamnia, my word is my bond, my life is my honor.”

His words hung in the air, and he could feel Kellan looking at him. He said what he did not only for Rose, but for Kellan to hear as well. He hoped she understood that he was drawing a line in the sand not to temporarily turn his back on her, but because the situation dictated it as necessary. Commander Rose was under enough pressure right now, she didn’t need to also police two of her Knights and keep them from locking lips at every opportunity. As Rose turned and lead them out Trystan turned his head slightly to Kellan, braving a slight smile of reassurance and then nudged Glaive to move forward and follow the Commander out the gates.


Ceridwyn listened as the Knights talked. She could see the conflict on Rose’s normally stone face. As Rose agreed to the arrangements Ceridwyn interjected before she mounted up, “Respectfully Lady Rose, should it be necessary I can vaporate Trystan back to the Keep.” She noted the look on Rose’s face at her words and looked back with a soft smile of assurance whispering, “In the darkest of times it is sometimes necessary to work with tools not necessarily the best ones for the job.”

Trystan turned and looked at her curiously, but Ceridwyn noted that Rose understood completely. With a respectful nod she mounted up on the provided horse and nudged it forward to follow Rose, Trystan and Kellan. She kept her eyes forward but spoke to Aeolis empathically, ~ “This is a dangerous situation brewing. I don’t know all the Knight’s codes but I do know that once Rose is certain these two are pursuing intimacy she will move Kellan out from under Trystan’s command. We would do the same thing, however there might be additional punishments, I am not certain. We can only hope that the two can behave themselves and do their mission without letting budding romance interfere. Luckily Trystan has always shown himself to be an honorable and reliable man.” ~

She turned and looked at Aeolis and smiled softly, then nudged her mount up to ride alongside Rose. She spoke as they rode, “So, to give you a little background information on the trio you are about to meet…”

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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:48 am


Since the disturbances Kali and Rayann had been making preparations to depart and investigate. They hadn’t heard from Ceridwyn for many days, which was odd. Since Shaeraer's birth Ceridwyn had come almost every single day to visit “for tea”. Rayann and Kali always giggled knowing it was really to see the baby whom she held in her arms and never took her eyes off during the entirety of her visits. The fact she wasn’t showing up regularly made their suspicions grow that something was out of sorts in the world, and even though Rorie had been defeated and the tip of Tahkisis spear was shattered there was still unbalance in this world. They weren’t planning on leaving with haste, in fact they had both almost begrudgingly been packing over the last two days, neither of them excited about the prospect of strange lands and meals instead of hearth lit dinners as a family at home. Their calling however was the foremost purpose of their lives, and as such they had to do what was necessary to preserve the balance of magic, and life on Krynn.

What was making things even harder for Kali was that Nol had been gone for almost a month. She was longing for his presence, and it ached a little more every day that he was gone. She cursed herself for feeling this way, but the trembling in her heart would not cease, and she felt unhealthy as a result. The repairs on the castle had been completed and he took his contingency of silver dragons on to aid in other parts of the world, departing with a deep kiss since neither knew when they would see each other again. She always had one eye on the horizon in the hope she would catch a glimpse of sunlight reflecting off shiny silver scales as he returned to Glen Durel. Walking over to the window she stared into the distance. Her soft, velvet, blood red robes swirled and fell all around her like a calm sea and her deep blue eyes watched the late morning breezes move the late spring grass across the hillside. She felt the breath of that same air caressing her cheek and she exhaled slowly. Whispering to herself, “Why is there so much that keeps us away Nol, why must duty supersede life and love. More importantly, why do I let it distract me, why do I linger in the hope of the future rather than seizing what lies before me and giving it all I have?” She spoke these words, unaware of all that was coming, unaware of the dangers that lurked under the surface of three towers in Heartlund, unaware of the five who were on their way to make their case and seek the aid of her and her family.

She turned and looked at her travel bag in near disgust and walked out of her room, grabbing her spell book off the bedside table as she passed. Making her way down to the kitchen she took some bread, cheeses and smoked beast from the food stocks and went out onto the back porch. She set the food down and slowly brought some of the bread to her mouth as she opened her spell book and began to study.

This, magic, it was her constant. No matter what, she always had her magic, even in her transformation, even during the darkest, the steady, and the lightest times of her life, magic was the companion which never stepped aside nor allowed her to walk alone. She lovingly and absent mindedly caressed the blood red, leather cover of her spell book as she studied the ancient and powerful words held within. She smiled into the crease of the binding like a hungry lover, desiring for more revelation of the deeper knowledge only a true relationship can bring. Her eyes moved deliberately and patiently as she recorded the words to memory, deeply seeding them in her mind so she could recall them on a moment’s notice should she need them. Her chewing was slow, almost non-existent as she read, hours went by and she once again was centered, balanced, at peace with the situation around her, and the unknown future that lay ahead.

She closed the book and tucked it into the secret folds of her robes, and stared out into the sunny day. Clouds, almost appearing to be lost, drifted slowly across the horizon line and were swallowed up by the large mountains far to the North of their home. She watched them, feeling that she must not allow herself to get fuzzy, unfocused, or become blind like the clouds which could only move where another force took them. No, she was the master of her life, and only Lunitari would guide her, not passion, not desire, and especially not love.

Did she love Nol? Did she really? Yes, she could answer that question, yes she loved him. However, she could not love him fully, she could not devote herself to him completely and whole heartedly, because the one true romance she could never cheat on or remove herself from to engage in another’s company, was magic. It continually called to her, it moved through her with a loving caress and always comforted her, even now, while the physical being whom she yearned for was drifting somewhere in the world on the same winds that pushed the clouds, the true lover in her life, magic, embraced her and held her tightly in the warm afternoon sun.


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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:36 pm


Kellan released the breath she’d been holding waiting for the Commander’s final decision on rather or not Trystan could accompany her or not. When the word came down he would, the knight in training felt a flood of relief followed by a wave of uncertainty. What happened between herself and Trystan earlier couldn’t happen again out here on this mission. It would jeopardize her placement with him. But….could she trust herself enough NOT to let anything happen?

She mounted Smoke and took up position at the rear of the group making sure the Elves and Lady Rose were protected from behind. Her question was answered by Trystan when he made the statement to the Commander about his duties being performed with the strict diligence and protocol called for by the Solamnic order they belonged to. While Kellan still felt a little unsure of herself she knew Trystan wouldn’t allow them to do anything that could be called into question.

When he glanced back at her and offered the small smile, she nodded ever so slightly and returned the slight smile letting him know she completely understood. In fact, she felt more relieved than anything. Another lesson he was teaching her without even realizing he was doing it yet again. One day, she vowed to herself, one day I will be as good a leader as Sir Trystan.

As they exited out the gates of Heartlund, Kellan glanced back at the horrific sight of the triple towers that now marred the beautiful land she called home. A shiver of fear slipped down her spine as she glared at the hateful spires. With any help and blessings from the Gods, these Red Robes they were heading to see would have the answers they needed in defeating those things.

And their creators.





Aeolis watched Rose’s facial expressions as Trystan made his announcement then shifted his gaze to the other two Knights. There was no doubt something happened between Tyrstan and Kellan earlier. Something down right scandalous. Kellan had that frightened deer look for an instant while Trystan looked like a child seeking reassurance for something he’d done but hadn’t gotten caught yet. No doubt this journey was going to definitely be interesting. As Ceri spoke of her own suspicions, Aeolis kept moving his eyes from Rose to Trystan then back again. Especially now that Kellan had taken up the rear flank of the group.

~Let us hope they are able to put a cap on their passion for each other and keep their mind focused on the mission they have been chosen for. Things are tense enough in Glen Durel without adding jittery nerves due to trying to not get caught exchanging kisses.~

AS Ceri moved forward to speak to Lady Rose, Aeolis smiled to himself as he saw the sun play off her brown hair. It almost seemed to form a halo around her head. Oh if they only knew the side of her that caused that halo to dim slightly, he thought to himself.

Glancing behind him he saw Kellan looking behind her at the towers. His eyes drifted to the abominations then back to her. When she turned around he saw the raw pain and growing hatred in her eyes. The pain would never really go away but the hatred could wind up blinding her to things she needed to keep alert about. Slowing the pace of his horse so that she drifted up beside him, he looked over at her and smiled.

”Strange how the turn of such terrible events could offer some respite from things one needs a break from. While the journey we are embarking upon will not be danger free, it will offer a change of scenery and I have to say, Glen Durel is one of the most beautiful human places I have ever seen before.”



Kellan looked over at Aeolis and raised her brows in curiosity.

”Oh? And what is THE most beautiful place you have ever seen before, M’Lord?”


This is exactly what Aeolis was looking for and his smile broadened as he looked over at her with a twinkle in his eyes now.

”Why....Silvanost of course, my good Lady Kellan.”

While Ceri told Rose about Kali and Rayann, Aeolis spoke to Kellan about his beloved Elven home hoping to help her find some solace in the tragedy of her life.

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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:54 pm


Rayann was glad for the Silver Dragon’s assistance in getting Glen Durel back to its former beauty and splendor. Had it not been for their help, she was certain the place would have become a ruin for others to explore as the years passed by. But it also gave her time to tend to Shaer as well as reconnect with her magic.

The baby seemed to have such a light and beautiful outlook on life, even at this young age. She prayed each day he would always retain that outlook but somehow she knew he would lose some of it. As long as he could keep most of it, she would be more than happy.

Myth had returned to Silvanost soon after the towers had appeared. Once he made sure his family was doing well, of course. Still, Rayann, like Kali, missed the man she loved more than she cared to admit, even to herself. So while Myth was away, Rayann turned to the first love she had in her life. Magic. And she found herself absorbing new spells and studying the neutrality of Lunitari as though she were a sponge that hadn’t been near water in years. As Shaer napped or played, Rayann had her spell book out reading every word she could see and committing the spells to memory.

She noticed her daughter was doing the same thing. Rayann knew Kali missed Nol very much and she understood her daughter more than Kali would know. It was another bond that drew them closer to each other. Even as they grudgingly packed their things, they made sure they did so at a snails pace. Rayann wasn’t ready to leave Glen Durel just yet and she could feel Kali wasn’t quite ready either. Rayann knew when the time was right for them to leave; they would know it in their hearts. But for now, that moment had not arrived yet.

So as each day passed, Rayann and Kali moved about the castle and tower preparing to make a journey to someplace they weren’t exactly clear as to where yet. But with each passing hour, Rayann knew, somehow, that moment was drawing closer and closer to them. And like the setting sun each day, she knew she couldn’t prevent it from happening. But that didn’t frighten her as much as losing a member of her beloved family.

As the warm breeze drifted over the now peaceful lands of Glen Durel, Rayann walked up behind her daughter and looked up at the same sky of drifting clouds Kali was admiring. Shaer cooed softly in her arms as they stood there just looking at the sky. There was no need for words. Each knew what and how the other was feeling. It was something no one could understand between them yet for them it was as natural as breathing.

Rayann looked over at Kali and smiled lovingly at her daughter. Kali had come so far so quickly and she was more than proud of the young woman standing beside her. Reaching up and moving a stray strand of hair from Kali’s face, Rayann tucked it behind Kali’s ear then leaned forward and pressed her lips to Kali’s temples. With that same loving smile, she nodded slightly then slipped back inside to tend to Shaer and spend some time playing with the growing child not wanting him to miss out on a moment with his mother and vice versa. All too soon her attention would be taken by the needs of others….many, many others who would look to her and Kali to save a hurting world.

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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:27 am


When Rayann came out and stood beside her, Kali instinctually laid her head sideways on her mother’s shoulder. They stood in complete silence for a long period of time, simply taking in the peacefulness of the moment. Ceri’s words, “It’s the simple things….” Kept echoing through her head and when she felt Rayann shift she stood up and saw her mother’s smile. It was the same reassuring smile she had seen so many times in the past year. As Rayann reached up and tucked the hair behind her ear she closed her eyes and felt the tingle of her mother’s fingers. There was a connection between them that could not be explained or understood by others outside their relationship. Even Myth, her father, who understood that it existed and to what depths it brought the two of them together couldn’t truly know without experiencing it. The kiss was still moist on her temple and the spark still lingered as Rayann withdrew back into the house. Kali didn’t turn to watch her, she didn’t need to, she knew exactly where her mother was without looking, it was part of that connection, the awareness of each other was a constant, as well as Shaer, she could see him in her mind, rolling onto his tummy as Rayann kept giggling and tuning him onto his back. She could hear her brother’s laughter behind her, but she couldn’t smile, she wanted to, but she simply couldn’t right now.

Looking up across the horizon again she saw a twinkle, and her eyes caught the movement. She didn’t feel the happiness she thought she would, she felt sadness. Everything seemed to be happening in slow motion, and in fact, it was. Magic was beginning to instinctually swirl up around her, the wood on the porch was bending to her unconscious will, the furniture all around her began to shift, the blades of grass bent towards her. It was like a vortex had developed around her and the world was closing in. She blinked, her eyelids felt like they weighed as much as a mountain, it was easy to close them and it took every ounce of her strength to reopen them. Nol was closer with every blink, his massive wings beating the air, his head bobbing with the movement of his body behind him. Rayann would feel Kali’s heart beat, it was increasing with every second. It wasn’t a beat of excitement or nervousness, it was more anticipation of the unknown, the realization that she didn't know what was going to happen next. What was certainly absent was any joy or happiness that Nol was returning to Glen Durel.

When he was still several kilometers off Kali stepped off the porch, the area around her snapped back to normal, the furniture screeched as it pushed away from her and scattered across the flagstones and one of the beams cracked as it was thrust unwillingly back into position. Her voice entered Rayann’s mind, she could feel her mother’s eyes looking at her from behind, ~ “Mother, if you don’t mind, please don’t listen in on this. I will explain things to you later.” ~ It was an unusual request, she didn’t normally ask that they close each other’s minds from one another. Before Rayann could even respond she would feel Kali’s connection with her disappear, and not like normal, there was nothing, as if the girl didn’t even exist. The sensation of her heart beat, the presence of her spirit, everything, it was gone from feeling.

Kali walked through the late summer grass, it was almost up to her waist. The juxtaposition of green against her blood red robes caused her to appear even more vividly as she made her way from the castle. Nol landed in the field and flashed to his Elven form. He ran towards Kali who simply stood and waited. He embraced her and lifted her off the ground, spinning her and then set her down gently as he looked down into her eyes. Kali looked up at him after she returned the embrace, but his face suddenly drooped and he furrowed his brows, “What is it Kali? What?”

She looked up at him, her crystal blue eyes shimmering in the sunlight. “Nol, I need to talk to you.” He instantly stepped back slightly and exhaled, his face downcast and suddenly sad. “Nol please, you have to listen. This is not easy for me either. There is love in my heart for you, honestly, I love you more than I ever thought I would love another. But as much as I love you, it is a moon cast shadow to the real love in my life, the one thing that will never leave me, the one thing I can rely on to always be there, to never be sent on a mission, to never fly off for months at a time…” He gently pressed his finger to her mouth and whispered, “…magic.”

A tear rolled down her cheek and she nodded without a word. He smiled and leaned forward, pressing his lips against her forehead. There was a light click as he released the kiss and he hugged her tightly, whispering, “I always had a lingering feeling that this would happen, that you would feel that you need to chose between me or the Art. I want you to know I am ok with sharing you.” She moved with her single sob, her body shoke slightly and she spoke, “Nol’Lore Silverclaw, I can’t be everything for you, and you will never be everything for me. I know it sounds so poetic to tell me that you are willing to share me and that you can fit yourself into my life where you can, and truly the notion is a beautiful one, however it’s not as realistic as it is romantic.”

He leaned back and smiled sadly, nodding his head in begrudging agreement. She spoke softly, “I still want you in my life, I am not saying to leave. I am just asking that we step back, and remove the romance from between us. Trust me, I know it is easier said than done, gods knows my physical desire is still strong, but we can’t cloud the issues of this world with that, not now. Maybe things will change someday, maybe we can settle down sometime and finally enjoy life as a couple, but there is a pending storm, I can feel it, and there is too much at stake to let romance cloud our minds. We can’t be concerned about one another, we need to stay focused on the now, and not allow the possibility of personal outcomes get in the way. A day may come where a personal sacrifice needs to be made, an ultimate sacrifice…” She paused, “If one must die for the many to live and for balance to be restored then it will have to be so.”

Nol nodded and reached into a pocket on his vest, removing a small silver dragon. He held it up and then rotated it around. He pinned it to her red robes at the shoulder and leaned in, kissing her gently on the forehead, “Whisper my name if you need me, I will always come for you. Do you understand?” She nodded. “Good. Your instincts and insights are amazing Kali for you are correct in your feelings, there is a storm coming… I came baring news from Heartlund.”


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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:37 pm


Rayann felt the turmoil within Kali and as she watched her daughter knowing Nol was approaching, she found Kali’s request odd but she understood it more than anyone could imagine. More than once she had to ask Rorie to do the same. Especially because of certain situations regarding the heart.

As Kali stepped away from the castle, Rayann wasn’t sure the structure and furnishings would be able to survive the void but as things began to snap back to normal, Rayann simply nodded to Kali knowing the girl knew her mother would in no way intrude on anything Kali didn’t want her to. As she watched Kali walk through the tall grass, Rayann used her magic to set things back the way they were prior to Kali walking away to meet Nol.

Once things were back to normal, she walked back in with Shaer and resumed playing with him but kept an eye on Kali and Nol as any mother would do. Kali had been so deep in thought lately Rayann knew it was more than just magic that had her attention and now she knew what it was. Now Rayann knew exactly what. It was not easy dividing your time between your Art and a physical love. Sometimes Rayann herself felt as though she were cheating one of the two out of quality time with her but somehow she and Myth found ways to balance their lives so that they each spent equal time with their other families. His the people of Silvanost and hers the Art of Magic.

Looking down at Shaer she smiled glad her son would not be called upon in the way Myth was being called upon, While his mixed heritage could be considered a curse to some, she would teach him it was nothing but a blessing. Regardless of others ignorance and intolerance. Somehow she would find a way to make him the exception to being a child of mixed blood instead of the sterotype.

Glancing out at Kali and Nol once more, she sent a silent prayer to Lunitari that her daughter would hopefully be able to find time for love like Rayann herself had. It wasn’t easy but as Lachlan had said many times before, nothing in this life worth having was easy to get and even more difficult to hold onto.

Her mind then drifted to Myth and she smiled at Shaer seeing how much he resembled his father. She didn’t let herself dwell on his absence. If she did she knew she would find herself in a place she didn’t want to be. She simply looked forward to the next time they would see each other and let that be her inspiration for rising each morning and laying down to sleep each night.

As well as the beautiful children she and the warrior prince brought into the world. After all, nothing showed the depth of love they had for each other than to look upon the faces of the daughter and son. In Rayann’s mind anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: 11: Balance of Power   Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:13 am



Nol walked up to Rayann and smiled, she could see there was sadness behind his eyes, but he maintained his composure. Kali walked behind him and then side slipped to the kitchen to get the tea kettle on, glancing at her mother and disappearing behind the stone wall.

“Rayann, I bring news from Heartlund. I have already told Kali some of the details, so I will start with what she knows until she returns with the tea. There has been a major disruption in the fabric of Krynn, to say the least. I have witnessed it from the air with my dragons and I can tell you that for the first time I am concerned about what is potentially going to happen. In the region of Heartlund, just north of the keep, three spires have arisen from within the very earth and now blight the landscape. They pulse with sickening power, one of flame, one of shadow, and one that draws from the first two and becomes shadowflame. Whatever has caused this phenomenon has yet to reveal itself, but the towers are surrounded by a field of protection that even causes the gods of magic to shudder.”

“I came as messenger and as friend to give you the news. The high council of Wizards has been assembled to try and make sense of it all, but as of yet nothing has even surfaced that gives to what might be happening out there. Several thousand Knights of Solamnia are dead, and no doubt the placement of these towers in the epicenter of their operations was not accidental. It is unclear if this is just an attack on them or the whole of Krynn, however I can personally tell you that such raw power was not intended for that purpose alone. The Council is in complete disarray, not just because of this sudden disturbance but because Ceridwyn resigned from leadership just the day before it happened. Obviously there was no time to change over the leadership before this happened, so now the Council is in an absolute mayhem over what side is up. Rumor was that Ceridwyn left town this morning with three Knights and the elf Aeolis, I can only assume to come here. It makes the most sense, where else would they go?”

Kali returned with a tray of tea, delightful bread and lightly roasted meat for Nol. She set it down and then sat with them. Nol looked at her sadly and nodded with a quiet smile, turning back to Rayann. “Well, now that you are both here…” He sighed and spoke, “What we dragons have been able to assess is that this magic is deep magic, magic never seen before on Krynn, the same magic that the gods themselves learn from. It is the universal power that is yet untapped. It is an ancient power so potent that no mortal should be able to wield it, for the gods of magic themselves have not the ability to control it. I have felt this power only when I was in the company of Paladine and Solinari themselves, and even then it was a minuet occurrence. As you both know, even the gods continually seek the secrets of magic, but it seems that someone has discovered it, and has pulled the plug to make it pour out onto Krynn itself.”

He looked up at Rayann and then turned his head to look at Kali. Kali’s face was deep in thought and concentration. She blinked slowly and looked up at Nol, “Obviously this is the disturbance that Mom and I have felt, but why wasn’t the draw stronger? Why did we not feel sick or get deep disruptive feelings?” Nol looked at Kali and spoke, “This is not Ambient magic. Ambient magic is best described as residue from the flowing river of magic that the gods of the moons allow to flow across Krynn. The devotion of their wizards, those of the three orders is what causes that river to flow. Ambient magic is the magic which is drawn directly from Krynn itself, either through Mysticism or directly from the wielders soul. This is why the two magic’s are incompatible with one another. This magic however, is neither ambient nor godly magic, it is the deeper magic of the universe. It is purely neutral in its existence…” He paused and stared at the two of them intently, the implications of that last statement more than obvious.

It had been the contention of the red robed wizards since as far back as recorded history that they were the “true” wizards of Krynn. They practiced the Art for the sake of magic itself, not for good or evil, but simply for the love of their craft. It was becoming clear to Rayann and Kali now that this was the reason why, that the root of magic itself was neutral, and that even the gods were not above using that magic for their own purpose, either god or evil. Lunitari was the center of that scale, balancing the two and creating a harmony of balance between them. Kali turned and looked at Rayann, her eyes swirling with thoughts, “Mother, it seems that there must be some manuscripts, or runeings of some kind to this end. Somewhere, somehow there must be artifacts or ancient texts from the earliest wizards that can give us insight into how you and I can achieve this perfect harmonic balance. I suggest that we not venture to Heartlund, but to find those artifacts.”

Nol chanced a small smile and instinctually reached for Kali. She hesitated but took his hand and smiled a half smile at him. “You are correct Kali, there are such fragments and artifacts, but it won’t be easy recovering them.”

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