Jump to content
Aveyond Studios Community

Leaderboard


Popular Content

Showing most liked content since 10/25/2017 in all areas

  1. 4 points
    PiPeter

    Goodday!

    Heya! I'm not exactly new, not exactly old, except kinda? I'll explain later but first of all, I'm PiPeter, and i started following Aveyond when i was 12 (6 years ago, darn i feel old). One of my dad's friends was a massive keyboard warrior and got me introduced to forums when i was 10 , and then eventually another friend of his introduced me to Aveyond 2. To be honest, i was AMAZED by the amount of english i couldn't read. However, I loved the game. It was visually appealing, and child me really liked the gameplay as it was my first RPG maker game. I did get stuck however at one point: The Beast's lair. Looking back now, I feel silly , because I kept thinking: "Maybe I can find dynamite in the house in the forest", "Maybe I can find dynamite in the city of love?". I remember having vivid hatred for the beast, because I found out later that he was hiding the dynamite, but i rage-quit the game without me even knowing the game tells you the beast has it. 1 year and a full playthrough of Bookworm Adventures later, and i went back to it. After trying 4 or so times, i finally got it and I finished the game. I then tried to 100% it over the course of many days and then I noticed something. When you start up the game, it said "Amaranth Games" (Which is what the site went by at the time). I decided to look into the forum part and I kinda liked it, so i made an account (Sorry @Aisling Yinyr Ngaio for making an account while 12), and I kinda liked it for a while, until the site sorta silenced out. I came back Once every year, followed the development of new Aveyond games aaand yeah . Aveyond was the main reason I didn't have to worry in English class, and my first introduction to RPG's. And that about sums it up. I used to have another account (PiePeter), but due to provider reasons, i lost acces to that e-mail account. So yeah, good day.
  2. 4 points
    Ant

    Ant's Journal

    Made good progress with the platform movement actions last night. Originally, the ability to control a hero object with a platform controller or via movement actions (platform movements) were completely separate scripts. I didn't like this because most of the code was the same, so I created a third helper script (movement2D) that contains all of the settings and functions that are needed by both platform controller and platform movement scripts. This is important because when something happens in the platform controller AND the platform movement scripts, the resulting physics needs to blend together. So far, the platform controller script is complete and I have "move left" and "move right" actions for the platform movement script complete. Next, I'm going to add "jump" to the platform movement script. This script will eventually contain additional platformer-specific actions (attack, defend, crawl, climb, etc). BUT, don't expect a bunch of these actions soon. I have to get the basic functionality complete for platformer movement and top-down RPG-style movement. The good news is that you will be able to add these yourself via your custom created actions.
  3. 4 points
    Queen-of-Ice101

    Lest We Forget

    Lest We Forget
  4. 4 points
    So I had two art pieces to share today but one of them was to fill the Aveyond prompt meme so I shared it in that thread but now I just have one piece for here so XD XD I should really plan these things better. Their first meeting, when he kisses her hand, and then she blushes, and he smiles~~ Argh it's so adorable, I cry a little everytime. It's just that she hasn't been complimented or respected like that for longer than a year and she's so precious and genuine, and this is probably the first time he has smiled in a long time, and they are just-- Perfect. P.S. Have some more sparkles
  5. 4 points
    Mu11berry

    Mu11berry's Art-ish Looking Things

    @Rodania Thank you!! I love all the fancy stuff you did with the text XD @everyone HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! I have a thing to share with you in celebration of this most spooky of eves. Ahem !!!!! Aren't they so cute!! I mean terrifying obviously. I mean... I'd better shut up XD Anyway, their costumes were my roommates' ideas. My roommates know nothing about Aveyond and these were the suggestions they gave me so I obviously couldn't resist haha. I enjoyed drawing sulking Te'ijal and happy Galahad, they should do this more often XD And I have another non-Halloween thing for you guys too: I found a sparkly brush. I regret nothing. NOTHING. Here is Dameon holding Rhen because sometimes it's nice to have someone just hold you and listen and let you cry. And Rhen's been through so much and it was making me sad so. Clearly I had to draw RxD. I tried a new method for this. I traced over my sketch and then drew under the tracing instead of drawing right under the sketch so. Maybe I'll do this again, maybe not >.>
  6. 3 points
    Ishti

    A Forum Game Project!!

    Oh my GOSH, this is so cool. I wish I'd seen it sooner!! @Honey Butter Chloe, my personal philosophy is that if someone isn't paying you or relying on you to give them something, there's no need to apologize. You're working hard in your spare time; I know you still have school and stuff to deal with! You and @Queen-of-Ice101 have all my support!
  7. 3 points
    Ant

    Ant's Journal

    Continuing to work on 2D integration. I'm not happy with the 2D player controllers. My first thought was to create one controller that could be configured for platform-style games and top-down games, but I've come to realize that these controllers are, in fact, very different. The platform controller needs gravity and it needs to work closely with the ability to jump, crawl, climb, etc. It's more likely that the player will simply "flip" the sprite from left to right instead of creating different sprites for left and right-facing movement. The top-down controller for RPGs needs the ability to have a sprite face four to eight directions. It may or may not need gravity. Gravity may need to come from another direction. Research is needed. I'm re-working the platformer controller now.
  8. 3 points
    Ant

    Roadmap

    1.05 is out on the asset store. This is the second part of the 2D preview. All of the 2D actions are complete, but we're going to polish them up in the next release. Release Candidate 1.05 Change List Top changes: Unity 2017.2 produced an issue with rotation and movement. An object could not rotate and move at the same time. This issue affected 2D and 3D movement (it stopped you from moving your characters). We’ve patched this problem for 2017.2 users. Added 4 2D miscellaneous movements: float, jump rise Added 14 2D movement settings: Animate Move On 2D, Animate Move Off 2D Off, Change Jump Animation 2D, Change Jump Surface 2D, Change Move Animation 2D, Change Move Duration 2D, Change Move Settings 2D (updated), Change Move Speed 2D, Face Move Direction On 2D, Face Move Direction Off 2D, Go Through Objects On 2D, Go Through Objects Off 2D, On Collision Keep Moving 2D, On Collision Stop Moving 2D Added 3 2D Player Controllers (expect changes): Platform Controller, Shooter Controller, Top-Down Controller. Unity fixed a bug that was causing problems if you attempted to drag a hero object from the project window to the hierarchy window. Please update to Unity 2017.2 to fix this bug.
  9. 3 points
    Isabelle

    MAPS, GUIDES ETC - The Darkthrop Prophecy

    Here are the maps for The Darkthrop Prophecy I had on my computer. They are not my work. I hope they help you. Almirk Jungle Ashera's Tomb Bluebeard Blueleaf Forest Clearwater Darkling Hall Demon Caves Demon Plains Dire Woods Dreamland Ghed'ahre Harakauna Marauder's Cave Marauder's Cave to Ashera's Tomb Mount Orion Mount Orion Cave System Mysten Far Riven Forest Sedona Shadow Aveyond Shadowwood Academy Sheian Lyr Thais Thais Castle Thieves Cave Thornkeep Thornkeep Well 1 Thornkeep Well 2 Underfall Veldarah World Map Wyrm Forest East
  10. 3 points
    I don't need Rhen x Dameon... I need Rhen x Dameon.
  11. 3 points
    Ant

    FPS tutorial?

    Made the first portion of it. There are so many ways this could go. Let's start with bare basics. Download the ZIP attached here. Unzip project and import the unity package into your unity project (it's a sample game). In Unity, go to New Unity Project (HeroKit) > Scenes > City. Open this scene. In the Hierarchy tab, take a look at three things: Crosshair Canvas, Player, and Enemy. The Player and Enemy are hero objects. All of the logic is on the Player. Observe how I have these two Hero Objects set up. There is a LOT that can be done here, but this is the absolute basics. To play the game: Use your mouse to rotate the camera. Use arrow keys (or WASD) to move the player. Use the left mouse button to shoot. There is a red block in the game. If you shoot it, it will disappear. I'm going to put the final version of the tutorial on Youtube, but we have a ways to go. In the next update, I'm going to add fire animations, modify the camera, a few other things. If you have something specific you want me to add, let me know. Small steps to build something large and complex. FPS-Stage1-Tutorial.unitypackage.zip
  12. 3 points
    I'm done with exams, which means more time to write. I have like six stories for other fandoms lined up right now, but an Aveyond Halloween idea just struck me... I must write it!
  13. 3 points
    Here is a prompt:D Elini is battling Ahriman who is trying to possess her to regain control of the daevas. However due to an accidental slip of tongue on one of the words...he is instead the one being possessed
  14. 3 points
    Okay I am so excited for this, and I am an old lady mentally so I am a little confused on the rules but I know I post prompts here and then do a prompt so that's good enough for me!! So prompt #1 for my favorite fandom: The AV2 characters find a puppy/kitten/tiny cute animal and have to take care of it. Chaos. Destruction. Adorableness. Go, go, go!! bonus points if chocolate is involved and somebody has to explain to the animal lover that no the puppy cannot have that treat
  15. 3 points
    Meroko

    Introduce Yourself :)

    Thought I'd re-introduce myself again (formally) since I've went on hiberation for like 3 years (uni life devoured my teenage years why thank you) and I doubt anyone here remember me (or if they're still here lol and I totally should stop writing in bracketssss) Ahem, hi, I'm Meroko. In my early twenties rn. Am a dentist in the making. AV1 was my fave old school rpg and unsurprisingly it still is. Am also a huge fan of To The Moon, Ib, The Witch's House and almost every Japanese horror rpg (if you guys are familiar with vgperson and her translation works) I'm still in contact, on other social platforms, with some of my very best online friends I made here. It's amazing how friendships do last So yeah /off to explore the forums.
  16. 2 points
    Ant

    Ant's Journal

    Hi everyone, between releases, I'm going to update this thread with where things are at in the development lifecycle every few days.
  17. 2 points
    Ant

    Ant's Journal

    Finished the Platform actions. Everything works as expected now. I've moved on to the RPG top-down actions. I have them all finished. Tonight I test. If everything looks good, I'm going to refactor the 3D movements so the controllers and movement actions all reference the same movement script.
  18. 2 points
    moonpeace

    Aveyond Winter Exchange (again)

    Those of you who were around last year may remember this: By popular demand, I've decided to do it again this year. For those of you who don't know: it's gift exchange, kind of like a secret Santa. Everyone posts their favorite characters and pairings, I randomly assign a "giftee" to everyone, and you have about a month to craft a gift for that person. The gift can be art, fic, edits, music mixes, even something with RPG Maker - as long as it can be transmitted over the Internet. Make sense? I'll open sign-ups now, and sometime at the end of the month I'll give out assignments so there's plenty of time to make the gifts. This time of year tends to be crazy with school, work, and family stuff, so I don't want this to be a burden on anyone - it's supposed to be fun, after all! That's why I'm trying to get started so early. If you're interested, make a post here with your favorite characters and ships (OTPs, BrOTPs, OT3s, etc), plus anything else you think would be useful information, so your gifter will know what to make you. Try to give at least a couple of options. If you haven't played any of the games, make sure to mention it so I know what not to give you. I'm really excited to run this again, and I hope lots of people participate I'm not a fan of Tumblr, but I have a blog just for the winter exchange to connect with the fandom there and archive all the gifts. If you blog Aveyond, look out for the post here: http://aveyondwinterexchange.tumblr.com/ and reblog it so other fans can see! It'll probably also be cross-posted to @Queen-of-Ice101's DeviantArt group, so take a look for that here: https://aveyond-kingdom.deviantart.com/
  19. 2 points
    darwin

    Aveyond Winter Exchange (again)

    I would love to participate! (Actually, I made an account on this site largely to do so, lol.) My favorite characters are Te'ijal, Galahad, Mel, Stella and Myst. I'm a huge fan of Te'ijal/Galahad (mostly with a frenemy dynamic) & Mel/Stella/Lydia (or any combination of those three; romantically and/or platonically)! I would be equally happy to receive something ship or character based. I'm also invested in a lot of friendships but that list could go on forever, highlight being I'm really fond of Te'ijal, Galahad, and Mel as a sort of found family. I'll also go ahead and highlight Boyle & Myst so I have something more grounded including her. I've played all the games but despite Myst being in my top faves, I have not finished Aveyond 4, so if the person who gets me decides to go that route, I would love it if you could avoid spoilers! (Anything before the Demon Island?)
  20. 2 points
    Zebbi

    FPS tutorial?

    I was wondering if a quick start tutorial for an FPS is planned? I'm working through the videos and the manual, but it would be cool if you had a tutorial on making a simple FPS camera, enemy, basic gun and an elevator or some such? Loving HK so far!
  21. 2 points
    AK-i

    Game Idea Doodles

    Some doodles for a game idea I had where you live in a society of mythological beings, live in the city, make friends, get a job, and go to battle to defeat baddies with your new friends. I draw and have ideas faster than I can make games, so it helps to at the very least draw them out. ;w;/ Maybe I can try to use HeroKit for this game in the future!
  22. 2 points
    Tested and it works with HeroKit. To use on the Player Knight in Spriteman3D: In the Project tab, open SpriteMan3D > Demo > Scenes > Simple Demo In the Hierarchy tab, select Player Knight. In the Inspector, click Add Component and type Hero Kit Object. Select the component with this name to add it to Player Knight. In the Inspector, in the component called Hero Kit Object, click Create & Assign Hero Object. This adds an empty hero object to Player Knight. Press play. Everything should work smoothly. And that's it! A few notes & warnings: When you create states for your hero object, do not assign visuals for the object. This is very important. If you do, it will erase the components on Player Knight. Actions for movement that come with HeroKit will not work on this hero object because it's using a custom player controller. This shouldn't be a problem with a decent player controller which should hopefully have everything you need all set up. You can create custom actions specifically for your custom player controller. That's another subject to tackle once you're comfortable with C# and Unity.
  23. 2 points
    It's that time of year! Pumpkins, sweater weather, leaves turning the color of sunsets and flames. (Well, unless you live in a tropical climate or in the Southern Hemisphere... ur there's still Halloween, right?) To celebrate the season of autumn, we believe a celebration is in order. An extravaganza, rather. The School of War and Magick guild would like to proudly present... A prompting meme! The idea behind this is that each of the guilds would host a fandom event to kickstart the forum and have a little fun. My idea is this: anyone who wants to participate posts a relatively general prompt. This could be a pairing, an AU idea, something related to a specific game, maybe even fall/Halloween related stuff. Be creative, but not so specific that the person filling it can't be flexible. If you post a prompt, fill someone else's! Although say that you intend to write (or draw) it so that we don't get double fills, of course. Prompt fills don't have to be long, either -that way the meme keeps moving along. The thread continues for the duration of the season, or until we run out of things to suggest This probably sounds a little confusing, so feel free to ask me any questions. Happy prompting! Prompt masterlist: The AV2 characters find a puppy/kitten/tiny cute animal and have to take care of it. Chaos. Destruction. Adorableness. Go, go, go!! (currently being filled by @Scrivener of the Gods) Crackship the h--- out of AV1!!! GhalahadxRhen, Te'ijalxLars, ElinixDameon, JohnxBeatrice, you name it! (Filled) Elini is battling Ahriman who is trying to possess her to regain control of the daevas. However due to an accidental slip of tongue on one of the words...he is instead the one being possessed (currently being filled by @Scrivener of the Gods) Kids of whatever ship. Like if Dameon and Te'ijal had a kid, then how would that look? (Open) The misadventures of Te'ijal and Galahad going trick or treating! (currently being filled by @moonpeace) I just need to see post-AV2 Nicolas, Gavin, and Ava all together on her ship (basically the canon ending if you have both of them in your party). Pairings between any two (or all three) of them are optional - but appreciated! (Open)
  24. 2 points
    Ishti

    Randomized Cast Game!

    Hey, everyone! I just had the most fun idea for a writing game, and I want to share with y'all! The premise is that you have to figure out how a totally random cast of characters interact and work together. The result is total crack! The first thing you're gonna want to do is compile a list of the main characters in each of the Aveyond games you've played. (By "main characters", I mean characters who are part of your fighting party.) Then, you randomly select eight of them. You can do this by putting the names in a hat and drawing 8, or you could find some way to use random number generation. I'm a fan of the classics, so I'd use the hat. Next, you do the same with the PLOTS of the games you've played (for this, I'd write "Rhen's Quest", "Ean's Quest", and "Orbs of Magic" on my list). You draw one game, and that's the plot you have to work with! For instance, I might randomly draw Elini, Ava, Nicolas, Mel, Dameon, Ulf, Emma, and Iya as my main cast. Then, I draw Rhen's Quest as my plot, so I have to make my cast fit the plot of Rhen's Quest. Since Rhen isn't in my party, I should choose a different party member to be the prophesied royalty... maybe Mel. Dameon is in my party, so I might keep him in his normal Rhen's Quest role - but he'd be trying to tempt Mel instead of Rhen! What would that look like? So, to recap: List all playable characters from Aveyond games you've played Randomly select 8 List the names of the Aveyond games you've played Randomly select 1 Use the plot of the random game and the 8 random characters to write some quality fic of any length! I get a little obsessive, so it'll be tough not to write a full-length AU fic, but I'm going to try a random drawing & a drabble tomorrow! I super duper encourage everyone else to give it a shot, too, and I'd love to see your fic posted in this thread!
  25. 2 points
    Ant

    How to recognise animations?

    Not a problem.
  26. 2 points
    Ant

    FPS tutorial?

    Just finished the tutorial.
  27. 2 points
    Here are the maps I had on my computer for Aveyond Lord of Twilight. I hope these help you. They are in no way my work. Aveyond Brightwood Forest Catacombs Chateau Lenore Darkthrop Keep Puzzle Rooms Dwarf Mines Ghed'ahre Gheledon Harburg Ice Caverns Istir Forest Mire Woods Moo Hatchery Naylith Summit Red Rock Pass Ruins Shadow Woods North Shadow Woods South Sinoa Plains Spider Den Stormbend Thais Thial Mountains Cave System Thial Mountains North Thial Mountains North with paths Thial Mountains South Witchwood World Map Wyrm Forest East Wyrm Forest West
  28. 2 points
    Anything that can be moved from the 3D player controllers to MoveHeroObject should be moved. This has already been done for the 2D player controllers.
  29. 2 points
    AK-i

    Game Idea Doodles

    Thanks guys! >w</ And yeah! Unity is really nice because it's very versatile in what it can do, and because there are a TON of tutorials for it. Not to mention AddOns that make it a lot easier to use. (Including HeroKit! Which is why I joined these forums! >w</ ) Here are a few more: You probably noticed they all have white hair! I'm thinking if this were a game with a character creator, then you could probably change the hair color on your character. I'd probably do that by tagging objects with "haircolor" and making it so anything with that tag the color will change to whatever color the player sets.
  30. 2 points
    Mu11berry

    Randomized Cast Game!

    This looks fun!! I'll probably be just an observer but it'll be interesting to see how people do this!
  31. 2 points
    I love how Gyendal is like, "Mel! What are you doing? So not cool." And Mel's just like, "Chill out. You can now because you're not wearing this warm fluffy cloak."
  32. 2 points
    I created a system like this for Pixel Pygmies (Non-released game built in Unity that I'm going to re-code in HeroKit). This is something I also need to add for my own games moving forward.
  33. 2 points
    So this is a fun little halloween doodle I did for Halloween:D I was bored and thinking about how funny it would be if one halloween Mel stole Gyendal's cloak an used it for a costume and then he found out and got all irked because he's all protective of his cloak and then decided it would be a blast to draw XD Isn't the best drawing I've done in my life but it was great for passing the time and sharing a laugh^^
  34. 2 points
    Hello all! Now presenting the grand finale of my Halloween fanfics:D This is actually the fanfic that started my sudden desire to write stuff for Halloween, so you can thank this one for anything you have suffered thusfar XD I had said I'd write something creepy to make up for fluff overload and I think I delivered on that for the most part in this one. So yes, enjoy!! _____________________________________________________ Fortunes of Fear _____________________________________________________ Night had fallen over the massive city of Sedona, one of the biggest trade cities in the eastern isles. The humans inside the city who had a place to call home were long since tucked safely into their beds, safe from what lurked outside. But not all were granted such security, left to huddle fearfully in the pitch darkness as they gazed up at the clear sky that held no night. It was the new moon, and whatever protection light had at one time granted them was now gone. A man huddled in an ally glanced around warily before relaxing when he was unable to sense anything nearby. His eyes were just beginning to drift shut when the small sliver of light from a window above vanished. The man's eyes snapped open, sucking in a panicked breath that would be his last. The sound of teeth sinking through flesh was the only sound that could be heard in the ally as life was drained out of the man, several minutes passing before a figure cloaked in deep scarlet red stood and dropped the pale body to the ground. "Foolish creatures. You should know by now that you can never see us coming." A deep male voice said in disgust, stepping backwards and into the small sliver of light that illuminated his paper white skin. As silence once again took over the alley the creature raised his face to the sky, inhaling deeply. His appetite burned, his snack only just taking the edge off as it cried out for something more. Something none but one could provide. "I can sense her, hidden in this place. I will find her!" _____________________________________________________ ANOTHER DEAD BY VAMPIRE! There was a heavy sigh as a black haired young woman glanced over the headline at the top of a newspaper that her roommate had set in front of her. "Another one dead?! What are these vampire hunters doing with their time?! It should not be this hard to catch one vampire for highly trained mages!" The black haired woman said, shoving the paper away from her. "Mel, whoever this vampire is they are incredibly skilled. They're able to completely wipe their tracks from the hunters." A violet haired young woman said, finishing the braid that hung over her shoulder and snapping the elastic on. "I know that it's hard Rhen, but there has to be something more they can do to help all the people out on the street. Five years ago that could have easily been me..." Mel said with a sigh, taking a drink of her coffee. Her roommate and friend shot Mel a sympathetic look. "It would be hard knowing that you at one point could have been living that. I wish they would do something for those poor people, even at least until the vampire is gone." "But they won't, they never do bother for the "expendable ones"." Mel muttered, standing and setting her cup in the sink as she grabbed her jacket from the back of a chair and started for the door with a wave over her shoulder at Rhen who smiled before vanishing into her room to change. Mel whistled as she jogged down the stairs, only slowing as she caught sight of a familiar brown eyed man climbing the steps. "Hey Dameon!" She called, slowing to a halt in front of her roommates fiancé. "Whats up?" Dameon smiled softly at her, smoothing his fingers over his jacket instinctively as he shrugged. "Hello Mel. I'm just here to pick up Rhen to take her to her meeting so not much is up." Mel nodded, glancing up the stairs at the edge of her and Rhen's door that she could just see before reaching into her pocket to pull out her house key and toss it to him as she began to head down the stairs. "Here, she's getting ready so just let yourself in while you wait. Just make sure to stick the key on the table, I'll use the hidden spare to let myself in when I get home." Mel tossed over her shoulder, giving a teasing salute as she jogged to her car. Quickly she was on her way, glancing up at the overcast sky above. "Hope it doesn't rain today..." She muttered to herself, "I'd hate to miss the last day of the visiting fair." When she finally pulled into the parking lot a grin flit across her face as she watched a figure at the front of the walkway leaping around. As she climbed out of her vehicle she could hear the sound of exuberant shouts, her name being the main subject of said reaction. "I'm coming already, chill!" She shouted at her friend, locking the car behind her as she jogged across the parking lot to where he stood with Stella and Lydia. "You know, telling Edward to "chill" when he's excited about something is rather like telling him not to breathe. It isn't going to happen." Lydia quipped, smirking slightly at her cousins outraged squawk. "Lydia! Shut up!" The three girls burst into laughter, Edwards gentle girlfriend Stella reaching over to gently pat his back. "I'm sure you'll grow out of it one day." Was the soft tease, Mel nearly doubling over at the look of comical betrayal on his face as the four of them headed towards the fair enterance. Once they had gotten in the four of them wandered down the isles, stopping at the game booths to take their turns throwing darts at balloons and playing the shoot and aim game. "Hey, look it's a fortune tellers booth. We should check it out." Stella exclaimed softly, pointing at the tent draped with strings of beads along the entrance. "No way! Those guys are just a bunch of rip offs, so real seer would ever travel with some fair or circus." Edward scoffed. Stella let out a giggle and linked her arm though Edward's before grabbing a similarly unimpressed Mel by the arm. "Oh come on, it'll still be fun. And it's only a few gold anyway." They were dragged rather unwillingly into the incense filled tent with a smirking Lydia following behind. It took Mel a few seconds for her eyes to adjust to the smokey atmosphere before she took note of the woman dressed in loose flowing robes sitting before a low table. She looked up at them from under half lidded lids and smiled dreamily. "Welcome to my abode, you wish for readings do you not?" Stella nodded and took her seat before the table, pulling Edward down next to her before the woman who laughed softly at Edward's grumble. "You are not a believer in my abilities, that is fine. You are a lovely individual for humouring your love anyway." She murmured before reaching forward to take one hand of Stella's and one of Edward's before closing her eyes. "You have a life of peace before you, there is success in your future and dreams that will come true. However I do sense a hidden pain in both of you, a remorse and guilt over some event. There is a missing place in each of your hearts, as if someone has left or passed on that was important." With that the fortune teller opened her eyes and released their hands, Mel exchanging a roll of the eyes with Lydia at the slightly awed look on Stella's face. "I felt the magic working through my system, you truly are one who can see snippets from the future!" "Uh yeah, can we go now?!" Edward pleaded, clearly uncomfortable after the mention about guilt and loss. "Oh but Mel hasn't had her turn, and you couldn't possibly deprive her of that." Lydia snickered, gesturing at Mel who had been trying to slip out of the tent unnoticed. "No way do you get to get out of this, I did and now you have to." Edward announced, grabbing Mel and pushing her down in front of the table. "Let's see what your future holds my dear." "I'm good not knowing, thanks." Mel muttered, placing around as she considered how she could escape the situation. The fortune teller laughed again before grabbing Mel's hands and pulling them into the middle of the table, effectively ending her ability to leave. Seconds later she felt the tingle of magic crawling up her arms and enveloping her whole. She watched carefully at the fortune teller who closed her eyes and soundlessly mouthed something. Mel expected a similar tale to Edward and Stella, success and maybe some suffering, the usual. She did not however expect for the Fortune Teller to let out a blood curdling scream and tumble backwards as all the magic shot out of Mel leaving her feeling cold and empty as she struggled to gain her bearings again. "N-no! In all my years I have never seen- how is it even possible that you cannot feel the call!" The woman stuttered, eyes wide with fear and shock. "You are in such great danger, it can only be fate that brought you here! So close to losing everything, you have mere days to save yourself you must heed my warning!" Mel scrambled to her feet, backing away as she gaped at the Fortune Teller. "What the hell is wrong with you?! What danger, you're crazy!" "You don't understand!" The woman shrieked hysterically, lurching around the table to grab Mel's shoulders. "He's coming for you, he's been chasing for so long and finally he's found your essence in the city!" "Who- There's nothing you-" Mel was cut off as the woman began to shake her wit a feverish desperation in her eyes. "You have but days before it's too late, you must escape here and leave this town, before All Hallows Eve and the new moon when his power is at it's strongest or you will be sentenced to a fate worth then death!" "LET ME GO!" Mel finally shouted, ripping free and shoving the woman away as she quickly backed into Edward and Stella. Edward wrapped a protective arm around Mel and guided her towards the door of the tent, ignoring as the woman called after them. "Please! You don't realize-" She never heard the rest of what the crazy fortune teller had to say as they rushed from the tent, her voice becoming muffled and indistinct by the thick fabric of the tent. "What was wrong with that woman?! She completely lost it in there!" Edward exclaimed to the group, arm tightening protectively around Mel when he glanced behind at the tent once again. "I haven't got a clue, but that was freaking weird. I'm done for the day, I'm gonna go home early I think." Mel muttered, pulling free from her friend. "We understand, gave a good rest of your day." Lydia said, unusually curtious as she reached over and rubbed her shoulder as she walked past. "I'm really sorry, if I hadn't suggested..." Tears filled Stella's eyes and despite Mel's current mood she reached forward to awkwardly hug the girl. "It's fine Stella, you didn't know. Catch you guys later." Mel dismissed gruffly before starting back towards the fair entrance. What an experience, why did this kind of crap always happen for her?! _____________________________________________________ Whistling under her breath Mel strolled through the marketplace, glancing different ingredients as she passed. Chatter echoed through the market stalls and she let out a relaxed breath, enjoying the peace of the early morning. "GODDESS HELP US!" The frightened shriek filled the market and all over people paused to turn towards a nearby alley, a panicked man racing out and nearly falling flat on his face as he abruptly came to a halt. "The vampire got another one! And this time there's a message!" Shocked and horrified cries filled the air and Mel felt her eyes widen, her legs carrying her along with the small crowd that rushed to the front of the alley. A man dead, drained of all blood and slumped against the wall. That in and of itself was not nearly shocking for Mel, she had seen her own fair share of passed on homeless from her time on the streets. She was not however prepared for what covered the wall above. It was like something out of one of Lydia's horror novels, slanted words painted in scarlet red across the wall. The sickly smell of blood reached Mel's nose and she gagged, stumbling backwards and out of the crowd before pushing away as she gulped in fresh air. The scent had been so cloying...yet something in the back of her mind felt as thought it was stirring. Something akane to...excitement fluttered before dying out as Mel waited for the rolling nausea to fade. She glanced back at the alley, thinking of the message painted on the wall and shuddered. Something had changed, this vampire wasn't randomly feeding. After all, only someone with a purpose would paint the words "I'm coming" across the wall above their kill. _____________________________________________________ The sound of crackling magic in the duelling rooms was a sign of a battle underway, two students training intensely as they sparred with their magic. Mel danced sideways with her staff at the ready, watching Lydia warily as the green haired Mage girl blasted her with another spell. Quickly Mel raised a sheild to deflect, grinning when the spell spiralled harmlessly away from her. "Good block, but you'll have to do better then that Darkthrop." Lydia said with a haughty smirk. "I'd get off that high horse if I were you, I'd hate to see the damage you'll take when I win this match." Mel bantered back, grinning as Lydia's laugh. It was enjoyable, sparring like this. Lydia presented a huge challenge to her skill wise making their matches about even with wins and losses. It drove Mel to learn more and that was exactly what she needed so close to graduation from the school of War and Magic. Lydia raised her staff once again, preparing her next spell and Mel readied her shield again. Then it happened, it was like a lightning strike that pierced through every magical barrier she had up right into her mind. A howl of pain sounded, Mel only just registering that the sound belonged to her as she tripped forward and landed on all fours. "...MEL!" Shouts of her name sounded around her, her unseeing eyes not moving from where she was staring straight ahead as her body shook. It was dark magic, so much deeper and more evil then anything she had ever felt in her life radiating out from a blast far away. She could feel it in her bones, making her limbs feel like jelly. "Mel! What's wrong?!" The voice was closer now and she felt her mind relax as the magic faded, allowing Mel to turn slightly to see Lydia kneeling next to her with several teachers surrounding her. "That dark magic, something's happened." Mel croaked, one of the professors looking out the window in alarm before sprinting from the room. "Dark magic? What are you talking about? I never used any dark magic!" Lydia protested. Mel shook her head as she pushed herself to sit back, rubbing her face as she tried to focus. "Not you, something out there. I don't know what happened, but I felt it. So powerful..." "Mel can you stand? We have a Professor Toledo is going now to see what's going on." One of her professors asked, Mel nodding and shrugging off the hands that reached to her as she slowly stood to her feet. After a moment of gaining her bearings Mel made her way over to the couch, dropping down heavily as she muttered about having really awful luck to herself. The universe owed her roast rat and all the chocolate they could find, it was only fair after the streak of rotten events that had hit her this week so far. "Well that was certainly a way to concede defeat to me." Lydia finally quipped, Mel snorting and rolling her eyes. "You wish." The professors were gathered by the door talking in a low tone with occasional glances back at Mel, although they said nothing to her. She exchanged looks with Lydia who had gracefully seated herself next to Mel as they waited, both of them picking up on the sound of running feet through the halls towards them as they waited. Suddenly Professor Toledo burst through the door, pale faced and panting. "They somehow fracked the vampire and cornered him in the south side near the forest, the hunters had gotten so close to getting him. That blast of magic was him getting fre and escaping, he levelled two small buildings and every single last one of the hunters that had closed in on him are dead. Vaporized on the spot. The ones that had held back to monitor the situation say they've never seen such dark magic used before, and on that scale of power." He blurted out, clearly relaying everything he knew. All the professors turned at once to face Mel, faces concerned as Professor Gastor who had been overseeing the training match took a step towards her. "That would explain why none of us felt it, even that level of powerful magic would have been cloaked from our senses the way all magic used by supernatural beings is." His eyes narrowed slightly then in thought as he studied her. "Which begs the question of how Mel was able to sense it, and why it impacted her so powerfully." _____________________________________________________ Mel hooked her legs on the bar across the bottom of her chair as she waited at a local cafe for Rhen. A half eaten cinnamon bun sat before her that she absently picked at, waiting in the fading light until they could get their groceries and head home for a late dinner. "Hey Mel!" Said black haired female looked up to see her friend rushing towards her slightly out of breath, sliding onto the chair across from her with a smile. "You look happy, did you and Dameon get more wedding planning done?" Mel enquires curiously, Rhen's face lighting up. "We did! Dameon loved the dresses I found for the bridal party, he thought they were so pretty and flattering." Her purple eyed friend exclaimed, reaching into her bag to withdraw some magazine clippings. "What do you think of this! Each person can choose from these three styles and they all will be this lilac colour." Mel accepted the clippings to study them, smiling at the flattering cut. "These are perfect Rhen, they'll suit everyone in the bridal party." "Right? Let me know which one you prefer and since I already have your measurements I'll put the order in tomorrow. Oh and-..." Rhen's voice faded into the background for Mel as suddenly she felt what could only be discribed as the sensation of the tempature around her dropping and a full body chill washed over. Mel had never truly understood the term of feeling someone watching her, but as the hairs on the back of her neck stood up Mel could feel eyes burning into her back with such a malevolent intent. She let out a ragged gasp and whirled, eyes wide as she scanned the streets around her for someone, anyone, that could possibly be the cause of this. Yet she saw no one, no one so much as glanced at the two young woman as they hurried through the streets on their way to their homes. "...what are you looking for?" The slightly louder voice of Rhen jerked Mel's attention away from her surroundings and she turned back to her concerned looking roommate with a slight shake of her head. "Sorry, I-..." "Mel, what's going on? You've been acting strange for the last couple of days, even Dameon's noticed and he's seen you for all of maybe ten minutes in total over the last bit." Rhen prodded, leaning forward on the table to study Mel. She exhaled a long side, absently smoothing her fingers over the side of her hair ribbon as she contemplated how to answer. "Some really strange things have been happening, little things that set my nerves on end and just a moment ago I could have sworn I could feel someone watching me." Mel said haltingly. "Strange things? Like what?" Rhen prodded, Mel taking a deep breath before explaining what had happened at the circus before going over the different events. Rhen listened intently to Mel's explanation, eyes widening when she had explained about feeling the magic from the fleeing vampire. When she finally finished Rhen nodded slowly, a contemplative look flickering over her features. "Mel...have you ever considered that maybe that fortune teller may not have been all crazy" Quickly her roommate held up a hand to stop the protests that were rising on Mel's lips. "Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying she's all right. But you know as well as I do that in our world coincidences like this don't just happen. You mentioned a pull, so did she, and the way this is all adding up together...I don't know but something feels off about this too me. Maybe consider talking to Dameon about what it could all mean?" Mel reluctantly nodded, glancing away from Rhen's worried look as she grabbed her stuff and slid off her seat. "Let's head home, I want to eat and watch a movie tonight I think." Rhen nodded, the two girls strolling back towards their home. _____________________________________________________ Neither of them saw the glowing red eyes in the shadows fixed on Mel, a feral grin bared at her retreating back. "You're mine now, lamb." _____________________________________________________ Cloud swirled around Mel, drifting softly along her skin as she drifted along on a pleasant cloud of nothing. Peace washed over her and she basked in that, her brain only just registering that sense of calm in the midst of her sleep. The came the darkness, washing over her and holding her immobile. Layers of magic seeped into her mind, her consciousness struggling against the pull of sleep that tried to tug her under. A chill washed over the room before what felt like velvet ice touched down on her, settling on the inside of her wrist before drifting slowly up her arm and over her shoulders to settle on her neck. Panic throbbed through her, Mel unable to truly wake or open her eyes to confront the situation. A part of her fought, terrified of what felt very much real. But another part of her pulled Mel deeper down with an unrelenting grasp into the blissful nothing of sleep, promising dreams if she simply gave in. No. Mel struggled within her own head as she fought the unknown enchantment. NO! She struggled, her mind forcing it's way through what felt like mud with the way it dragged her ability to think and process. The struggle felt as though it was overwhelming her, and Mel was so close to giving in and believing it was a dream she was feeling. Then came the heat, blazing in her neck before rapidly travelling through her veins. It was as though her blood had been set ablaze, her body feeling no pain as everything in her ignited and her body instinctively surged up with the call of the fire inside. The Fire seared through the spells holding her mind down and she rapidly began to take control of her body once again, a scream ripping from her lips as she flailed out against the strong hands holding her shoulders down. Sleep still weighted her down like led weights but it could not contain her power, raw magic blasting out from her and erasing the pressure on her shoulders as she felt what only could be described as being cut from the inside of her neck. Awareness came to Mel in a flood and she bolted upright with a terrified and choked gasp. Her eyes darted around wildly seeing nothing in her room from the dim moonlight that provided dull illumination, but she could feel them. She could feel the emotions and the power, heavy and oppressive with bloodlust that filled every crevice of the room, and she could hear the sound of breathing. "Mel!" Rhen's muffled shout of alarm could be heard within Mel's bedroom as thumping footsteps raced towards her room. Desperation flooded her and without thought for consequence she lunged for the door to her bedroom, feeling a gust of air pass over her left side as the presence suddenly faded as if flying right out her open window. Her bedroom door was flung open with an explosive bang, Mel nearly falling into Rhen as her roommate slapped the light on and caught Mel by her shoulders with a look of alarm. "Mel, what happened?! I heard you scream!" Her friend demanded, her purple hair tangled and sticking up all over from bedhead. "I-I don't know!" Mel hissed out, feeling herself shaking. Rhen looked her over for signs of harm, glancing just below her ear before going wide eyed. "Your neck!" Mel reached a hand up to touch where Rhen was looking, gasping when her fingers touched a warm wetness. She wrenched away from her friend, scrambling to the mirror on her wall to stare in mute horror as she pulled her fingers away to reveal two small holes on the side of her neck sluggishly trickling blood. "What in the name of all things sacred." She breathed, her eyes meeting Rhen's who had come up to stand behind her. "Great goddess! Mel, they're going away!" They were indeed going away, the two holes suddenly beginning to shrink on the side of her neck before fading into nothing more then twin pinprick scars then vanishing altogether. Her hands shook as she stared at the wound and she stared silently at Rhen for a moment, the two of them coming to a mutual agreement without having to speak a word. "I'll call Dameon right now." Rhen stated, starting for the door with Mel right behind her. "I think this situation calls for coco. I'll make it while you call. It's the closest I can get to a drinking myself into oblivion after what just happened." _____________________________________________________ It hadn't even taken Rhen a full sentence before Dameon was coming over, ten minutes all it took for the Mage to go from dead asleep to walking into their apartment flat and heading straight to Mel. "Let me see your neck." Mel obediently tilted her head and touched where the two holes had been, feeling Dameon probing her skin and deeper with magic. "I don't understand this, there is absolutely no sign of where you were bitten. But I can feel something different in you, as if something in your essence has shifted. Yet you've come to no harm, I can't sense anything wrong with you." Dameon said, sounding utterly baffled. The sun priest moved back, settling himself down on the loveseat next to Rhen who was sorting through history books and old transcripts of records about supernatural creatures. She was compiling a list of all the magical beings that could have bitten her and restrained her mind with magic, yet not killed her with their natural venom. "Explain again what you felt with what we figure was the moment of the bite?" Rhen asked, looking up quickly to watch Mel. She hesitated before explaining once again the fiery feeling that had taken over her system and the strange reaction she had to it before falling silent. "Well I have several different possibilities to why that happened, one is that you were just bitten by a pixie. When they are going into people's homes for little magical artifacts they can sometimes be drawn to the pulsing magic of a Mage, especially one who possesses different magic kind then themselves. If trapped or alarmed they will bite and it will result in a bezerking spell being transferred via the bloodstream." Rhen explained, double checking her notes as she talked. Despite the tension of the situation Mel couldn't help but smile at the mushy look on Dameon's face. Generally his lilac haired fiancée avoided reading a research since it held little appeal to the sword singer but when given a problem she wanted to solve she was certainly capable of achieving that goal and it was clear that Dameon was utterly charmed by this rarely seen side. "Another one is that you were bitten by a magical beetle, however unless the bug was at end of life there should be traces of venom still in your blood. And if it was end of life the carcass would still be there." "Yes, both of those are a possibility I guess but neither of them explain the presence I felt afterwards." Mel pointed out. Rhen nodded reluctantly, exchanging a look with the suddenly serious Dameon before letting out a sigh. "I know, which brings me to my last result. I didn't want to bring this one up since it's nothing more then legend but it's the only other thing I could find on the topic. The final creature that matches this is a vampire." Mel opened her mouth to point out the impossibility but she was cut off as Rhen reached under the pile to pull out a thick book and open it to the marked page "I know it seems unlikely with your bites Healing and the fact that you're still alive but hear me out. When I was looking through I found this small passage that I remember reading months ago for a school report. According to these records of legends there was once humans who were involved with vampires that were fed upon, yet never were turned or killed like other victims. Some marked as immortal, seen by those living with these humans with bite wounds on their neck that would heal themselves as if never having existed." Mel stared at Rhen, reaching up absently to brush her fingers over her neck. "How is that possible though? That goes against everything we have ever seen of the species." Mel said quietly. "That is true, however when we think about it how little do we know of their kind? A society hidden from our sight, there is most likely countless secrets they have held." Dameon pointed out softly. "And I can offer the explanation of their existence if they're legends do somehow hold truth. These humans are said to be incredibly rare, according to the legends their existence is only birthed by the necessity of the existence of an incredibly powerful vampire. The more powerful the vampire the more they need to feed, and eventually even blood is not enough to sustain them. They require blood that holds a high quantity of magic essence, and that magic must directly compliment their own. If they go without this highly specialized blood, they will in time die." Mel was beginning to understand where they were going with this and she shrunk in her chair, hands clenching into fists in her lap. "These humans are born with the fate of being tied to one of these powerful vampires. Upon being found and bitten their life force is tied to that of the vampires, cursed to walk alongside the vampires for their immortal life. These humans are known in the legends as Blood Brides, a title that applies to both male and female. That fiery feeling would have come from the mixing of magics during the bite and the feeling of your blood being drained while simultaneously replaced by your system in accordance to the magical situation between Blood Bride and Vampire" Rhen finally finished, setting aside the books. "Well that's all good an interesting, but it's a complete impossibility! Blood Brides? Magic blood to sustain vampires? If this is real why have there been no recorded happenings of this taking place, and why would it take such a powerful creature this long to find me?!" Mel snapped, fear and nerves coming out in her biting tone. "Mel, we aren't saying this is what's happening. Like you said, this is just legend but even you have to admit that everything recorded here lines up to what happened tonight..." Dameon said, quickly intervening to calm the situation. "I don't care, that legend most likely came into being during the vampire wars when they were searching for anything and everything to indicate ties to the vampires. You know as well as I do that hundreds upon hundreds of humans died after accusations of being sympathetic and in aid of the vampire cause, Blood Brides would have been just another perfect excuse to get rid of "threats to the humans cause"." Mel scoffed, arms crossed defensively over her chest. "It was probably a dark pixie, there's no other logical explanation." After a moment of hesitation Rhen nodded in agreement, pushing aside her research. "You're probably right. Well at least we found a reason, now we'll just have to ward your room against pixies so it doesn't happen again." Her roommate said, Mel nodding and leaning her head back with a sigh. Dameon and Rhen across the way fell into quiet conversation them, leaving the dark Mage to her own thoughts. Anxiety swirled through her as she stared at the living room ceiling above her. She was good at faking confidence in her conclusion, verbally dismissing Rhen's other research. But even as she tried to ignore it, a traitorous part of her mind reminded her of what the Fortune Teller had said, and of the events that had happened around her. If Mel was honest, she wasn't entirely positive it had been a pixie. But she couldn't acknowledge the other possibility, it was far to terrifying to even consider. It didn't matter, what happened couldn't have been something else, it was impossible. _____________________________________________________ Laughter filled a cozy house several blocks away from Mel's shared apartment as four friends gathered around a board game. Tomorrow was All Hallows' eve which meant that school and work were cancelled due to the significance of the holiday for any mages that use some form of dark magic and they had decided that a wonderful way to ring in the holiday would be to stay up as lasted as possible playing boardgames. Mel grinned as Stella took one of Edward's pieces out with a little giggle, reaching over to steal a handful of chips from the bowl in front of Lydia. "Hands out Darkthrop, these belong to me." Lydia snapped, pulling to bowl into her arms protectively. Mel smirked and made a show of munching on the handful of goodies in her hand as Edward let out a loud sound of protest before arguing the legitimacy of the move. "Oh stop complaining Edward, just accept the fact that your girlfriend has a better strategy then you and come help me get drinks." Mel mocked, getting to her feet with a sulking Edward behind her as Stella and Lydia burst into laughter. "I still say she miscounted somewhere. There is no way I should have lost that piece so easily." He muttered sullenly, Mel patting his shoulder with a snort as she headed to the cupboard with the glasses. "Keep telling yourself that Edward. Can you grab the bottle from the cupboard?" Standing on her toes Mel reached up to grab the glasses off the shelf, only to on the last glass lose her grip. She swore as it fell from her fingers and smashed all over the counter in front of her. She moved to yank her other hand back but was too slow as one of the glass pieces pierced her hand, blood welling to the surface. "Ow!" "You alright?" Edward instantly asked, quickly coming over to her side. "I'm fine, but that hurt like hell." She muttered, glaring down at her wounded hand. "You're bleeding pretty good, we should get the glass out." Edward said, reaching out and pulling the glass free in time to Mel's hissed curse at the feeling. He set aside the glass and pulled her hand under the tap, turning on the cool water and watching as it rinsed off her hand. "Let's see how bad it is, the glass looked surprisingly deep into your hand." He pointed out, Mel silent as he pulled her hand out and went to gently use his thumb to move the skin around her cut ever so slightly. "AAAAAAAH!" It was magic, that was for certain, but Mel had never seen anything of the like before in her life. Just as Edward set his thumb down, more blood had beaded to the surface and touched him. The sizzling as the magic in her veins suddenly sparked beneath her skin made both Mel and Edward flinch before he had suddenly let out a pained shout, ripping his hand away as if she had burned him, and then when she saw his thumb it became clear that was exactly what had happened. "Edward!" "What's going on?!" Stella and Lydia burst into the kitchen as Edward shoved his hands under the cold water, Mel flinching back with her hand held to her chest as she watched the water cascade over the magical burn. "Her blood, it burned me!" Edward exclaimed, Lydia grabbing Edward's wrist to jerk his hand out of water. Clear as day anyone could see the small burn, black webbing across the damaged skin shifting and moving to form patterns and runes before fading into something new. "This is the result of a dark magic attack." Lydia reported, both Stella and Edward turning to gape at Mel. "What?! But I-I never-" "I know it wasn't you Mel, this is...different." Lydia said, her voice shaking ever so slightly. "This isn't just any magic, this is far far more powerful. They call it black magic, dark magic used to work spells through the blood of a being in Aia. It was forbade centuries ago which is why it's called black magic, there aren't even records existing on how to use it anymore. The only records of use since it was forbidden was by vampires during the war, how in all Aia is it connected to you?!" Used by vampires, a vampire skill that no other kind had been recorded using. Mel felt her face go white as she stared in absolute horror at Lydia. "Only vampires?!" She whimpered, her friends reaching out towards her as she staggered backwards. Reality slammed into her like a train, everything that had happened coming together to form a picture that made her stomach roll. "The fortune teller was right, Rhen was right with her research about Blood Brides. I need to get out of here." She babbled, bolting for the door. "Mel! Wait! What are you talking about, where are you going?!" Stella cried, trying to stop Mel who only jerked her arm free and grabbed her purse as she headed out the door. "I have to leave before All Hallows' Eve Stella, I'm sorry." Mel had never peeled away from a curb so fast as she stomped on the gas. She still had several hours, which meant that she had just enough time to grab a few necessities from her apartment and get Rhen to leave and go stay with Dameon where she would be safe. When she reached her house and had gotten to the door she didn't even bother knocking to give Rhen a chance to react as she fumbled her key into the door to unlock and let herself in. "Rhen! RHEN!" She shouted as she hurried down the halls towards her own room. "Mel?! What's going on?" "Go get yourself a bag and pack what you need for an overnight stay, we need to get out of here in the next ten minutes so I can get you to Dameon and then get myself the hell out of this town before midnight." Mel ordered, her hands shaking like a leaf. "What h-" "You were right Rhen, about the vampire thing. My blood burned Edward, Lydia said it's been changed by black magic. Get your things and meet me down at my car now." Mel snarled, cutting her off as she ran into her room and shoved her most important things into a old duffle bag. As she strode through the hall towards the door she could hear Rhen hurriedly packing in her room and Mel blinked back tears as she took the outside stairs two at a time to get down to her car. "I can do this, I can get out of the city before it's too late." She murmured to herself as she opened her trunk. Carefully Mel slid her bag into her trunk, movements suddenly beginning to slow as in her chest she began to feel the strangest sensation. A warming and fluttering, the sensation making Mel brace herself against the lip of the trunk as she pressed her hand over her heart. "What the..?" Deep inside her magic flared, power coiling through her as if in reply to an unspoken order and Mel's eyes widened, glowing swirls moved beneath her skin as her magic reacted and strained to break free. "No..." She whispered, feeling a pulling at the very core of her being that drew her towards the sparse grove of trees just behind their apartment building. She stumbled back from her trunk, desperation fuelling her as she lunged for the drivers door of her car. She could feel the oppressive magic swirling through the clearing, leaves swirling off the ground and whipping around the outside parkade and she knew what was coming. Mel wrenched her door open, but never got any further then that as a sensation far more terrifying then even the magic in the clearing could be felt. There was a gust of wind over her from in front and she staggered back as the world misted over. "You thought to escape did you?" A deep voice murmured, a hulking figure shrouded in darkness standing before her. Mel dragged in a gasp, fear stealing her voice as she felt the edges of her vision begin to darken. She felt the magic pulling her under, a single tear leaking out of the corner of her eye as she collapsed into a pair of waiting arms that lifted her off the ground to hold her to a hard chest. As the world around her began to fade she heard but one more statement before the world around her ceased to exist within her consciousness. "Oh little lamb, you are far too late" _____________________________________________________ Rhen hurried down the stairs with her bag over her shoulders, phone to her ear as she called Dameon. She knew he would understand what was happening and be able to tell her what to do, tell her what was needed to help Mel. "So she's fleeing in fear of being caught by the vampire?! Do you really think that she's a Blood bride?!" Dameon asked, voice baffled and concerned. Rhen reached the ground in record time and ran through the parkade to where Mel's car was sitting. "I don't know! She just-..." "Rhen? Rhen what's wrong?" The lilac haired young woman stared at the car with dread, the trunk open and bag still partially caught on the lip of the trunk. Driver door hanging open and a few quick steps to that side of the car also revealed the keys lying on the ground. "Oh goddess..." She breathed, the subtle feel of magic coming from the drivers seat making her peer inside to see something lying on the seat. Carefully she pulled the door fully open to allow moonlight to illuminate the seat, revealing a black rose with blood dripped over the silken petals. "Rhen?!" Dameon shouted into the phone, panicked by her sudden silence. Tears filled her eyes as she stood staring at the flower in the seat. "It's too late Dameon. We're too late, she's gone." _____________________________________________________ The first breath in was so cold it burned, Mel's lungs protesting slightly against the unusually clean and fresh air. Her eyes fluttered slightly, as she slowly returned to herself and opened bleary eyes. Almost instantly the events of earlier hit her and she whipped her head up to stare around her as she tried to gather her wits to evaluate the situation. She tried to move but found her muscles not holding, Mel slumping back down onto the stone slab that was attached to the wall behind her. As she waited for her body to recover she did a quick scan of the room, her observations showing her stone walls and a black chandler hanging from the vaulted ceilings that lit the room with an eery glow. Other then that lighting the circular room was completely empty. Then her eyes landed on a window across the way that was complete open, hope leaping in her chest that perhaps she had been left hear by someone who didn't anticipate her waking when she did. "Come on Mel..." She breathed to herself, pushing upright and sighing in relief when her body obeyed and held her upright. Carefully she rose to her feet, the sensation of the cold floor against her feet making her flinch and look down only to gasp at the sight of what she wore. No longer was she dressed in her usual pants and vest, rather a loose and flowing black dress that rippled in the breeze coming in the window causing the hem to brush against her ankles. Carefully she moved across the floor to the window, grasping the ledge and leaning out eagerly to see what laid below only to gasp at the dizzying drop revealed to her. Mel jerked herself back and glanced around her surroundings in shock, unbelieving of the sprawling forests surrounding her as far as the eyes could see. "Where am I?" She breathed, unable to tear her eyes away from the view. "You, my dear, are in my home." A strangled gasp escaped Mel and she whirled, eyes widening as she took in the imposing figure several feet away from her. Tall with broad shoulders and cloaked in a deep red, paper white skin directly contrasting the black strands that fell loosely along his angular features from the ponytail at the base of his neck. Her frightened blue eyes snapped up to meet scarlet ones and he smirked slightly, taking a step closer. "You seem so shocked to see me, I truly thought you were smarter then that. I know you figured it out, I heard everything you said to that pretty little roommate of yours." Mel stared at the vampire before her, the fear in her so overloading her senses that she felt a sense of numbness beginning to set in. "The Blood bride legend." Fell from her lips without her consent, unable to look away from his piercing gaze. "Legend? Oh no lamb, that is no legend. But I think you already have realized that, haven't you?" He purred, eyes glittering with darkness and heat. Mel's heart raced, her pulse pounding in her ears as she slid sideways and began to edge along the wall away from the vampire before her. "I'm not a Blood bride, you've made a mistake." She forced out, her mouth dry. The vampire chuckled, licking his fangs very deliberately as he began to prowl towards her. "Trust me darling, I have made no mistake. Even as we speak you already beginning to feel the results of our connection, you can feel the very blood in your veins heating and rushing through you. My magic runs through you now, it is calling to me just as is the scent of your blood and you can feel it." Mel shook her head violently, denying his claim even as she felt her magic swell like a tidal wave inside. Ribbons of light rose out of her, dancing through the air as the vampire raised a hand. Red tendrils of magic nearly blasted free of his palm, racing for her own magic and twining around it. She felt the magic bleed together in every part of her magic, a cry of shock escaping her. "W-what have you done?!" She choked out, grabbing onto the wall to hold herself upright. "I have marked what is mine, the supernatural world can never mistake your for anything other then the Blood Bride of the great Lord of Twilight." The vampire Mage murmured, a look of dark satisfaction flitting across his cold features. "I'm not yours." Mel spat, shoving herself off the wall as she glared at the vampire lord with fury in her gaze. "I will never belong to you, I'd rather die!" No sooner had the words had left her mouth she lunged for the window, desperation driving her. She would never allow herself to be trapped eternally in the home of a being who fed upon her kind, and he had made a decision that would cost him his precious blood bride by holding her in this room. "No." Her fingers had just brushed against the window ledge when an arm grabbed her and ripped her right out of the air. She slammed backwards into a hard chest, cursing as he wrapped one long arm around her from behind and trapped both arms against her sides, holding her immobile. "You have been mine from the moment I fed off of you that night in your apartment." He hissed, icy breath washing washing over her ear. "You will always belong to me, you were destined to belong to me from the moment you were born. You shall live your eternity alongside me, there will be no escape after I finish the bonding ritual by feeding that will tie us together for the rest of our immortal lives." "N-no! I won't let you do this! HELP!" The panicked screams echoed futility around the chamber and the Lord of Twilight laughed cruelly. "No one will come for you, there is no one that can save you." Was the silky purr in reply to her call. "And it won't be long before you won't want saving, even one such as you cannot resist the call anymore then I was able to." Mel knew he was right, she had started to feel it from the moment he had pulled her too him. Her struggles slowed as lethargy settled over her and her head lolled sideways, resting against the shoulder of the vampire at her back. "I'll make you pay for this, I promise." Her half hearted words were met with a chuckle that vibrated against her skin, cold lips touching on the pulse under her ear before dragging down her neck. "You can try, I welcome your attempts." He whispered. Mel watched through half lidded eyes out the window, taking in the moon high in the sky. All that time the fortune teller had been right, had she only listened... But it was too late now, she felt lips still on her neck right above where the bite mark had been that night. Then fangs pierced her skin and Mel jerked in his hold, crying out in shock at what felt like raging fire in her veins. It was too late now, she hadn't left in time to escape before All Hallows' Eve and now she was fulfilling her fortune of fear.
  35. 2 points
    I'll take it. It'll have to be a drawing, since I've already enough on my plate. Prompt #2 for my only fandom: Crackship the h--- out of AV1!!! GhalahadxRhen, Te'ijalxLars, ElinixDameon, JohnxBeatrice, you name it!
  36. 1 point
    Chapter 2: Gevolda When Spook returned to his house, his grandmother wouldn’t even let him talk. She told him that it was impolite to make up stories about villagers, and refused to consider that he might have been telling the truth. She quickly sent him to Gevolda, earlier than she had planned, to get his “senseless” fantasies out of her house. Spook quickly made his way through the forest, making it a point to avoid Gyendal’s farm. Upon entering Gevolda’s cave, he notice that all the stories about the withered old hag who'd just as soon eat you as look at you, were not true. Gevolda was remarkably nice, and to Spook’s comfort, she didn't stare at his neck. It was then that she had him look into her bathtub (couldn't help it). At first he saw a large, forested land. Then came the voices. It took him a moment to realize that they were chanting something: Seren… Serendipity. The vision shortly changed to that of a small cathedral type structure. In the vision, he noticed two men, one in a dark cloak, and one wearing bright yellow and brown clothing, with a large mustache. As Spook watched, he gathered quite a bit of information from the conversation the two men had. The mustached man’s name was Gubbins. He was trying to raise from the dead a fairy queen, who had ruled a land thousands of years before. From what Spook gathered, this queen was the most evil, and most powerful queen ever to rule any land. Gubbins stiffened, as Spook faintly saw a strange figure in the center of the room, and said that they were being watched. Gevolda was quick to push Spook away from the bathtub, and as she did, a strange bolt of magic shot toward her. Spook was again spooked, although this time for a different reason, and he could barely stop talking as Gevolda told him to go to Thais, and talk to Vohu Manah, headmaster of the Collegium of War and Magic. Spook left her with more questions than answers.
  37. 1 point
    Scrivener of the Gods

    Randomized Cast Game!

    Woah. That's good. I really hope you continue with the rest of AV3.
  38. 1 point
    Zebbi

    FPS tutorial?

    Looking forward to seeing the YouTube video explaining the FPS movement!
  39. 1 point
    This is so beautiful, I'm really in love with the background. It depicts the temple really, really well! And of course, the centre of this beautiful scenery is the beautiful couple themselves~ ahhhhh also you should have added lars fuming in the background
  40. 1 point
    PiPeter

    Randomized Cast Game!

    @Ishti I'll do my best to make it hilarious xD Also I didn't use Excel to make an RNG program, but i do for a fact know it's possible by making excel run a code in a cell with the basis of making a calculation from one cell into another. Also question, where should i post the story when i'm done? I've been quite inactive the last year and the entire site got re-constructed.
  41. 1 point
    PiPeter

    Randomized Cast Game!

    Heya! This idea is pretty sweet. I've compiled an Excel list alongside of a RNG-program and I ended up with: So yeah that's Lars, Emma, Lydia, Iya, John, Ava, Yemite and Nox in the AV1 setting. That'll be insane since there's no real protagonist (Ean or Mel etc.)
  42. 1 point
    Ishti

    Randomized Cast Game!

    Okay so I have possibly the worst luck ever... My cast: Spook Marge John Nox Nicolas Yvette Mel Dameon My game: Lord of Twilight This... is gonna take some thought. Whew. At least I don't have to think too hard about who the main character is gonna be. That said, I drew several of my least favorite characters in the series. I'm gonna have to take a little time on this one! Here are pics of my tribulation so you know it's legit.
  43. 1 point
    Queen-of-Ice101

    Aveyond Winter Exchange (again)

    Yaaay I'm so excited to do this again this year!!! Okay so my OTP is predictably MelxGyendal, which I adore so much. My brOTP would have to be Mel, Stella and Edward since their friendship is awesome and I also really love sibling fluff for Te'ijal and Gyendal or Uma and Nox Favourite characters would be Yemite, Gyendal and Mel^^ I haven't played AV4 yet sadly, I hope to soon but unfortunately I wouldn't be able to write for anything AV4. Other then that thought I'm good to do a thing for any of the other pairing/game/character options:D
  44. 1 point
    @moonpeace I'm super glad you like my random doodles:D Haha yep she be a cloak thief!! I hoped it would be funny XD XD @Rodania I'M SO GLAD YOU LIKED IT XD XD @Mu11berry LOOOOOOL I love that characterization XD XD that is hilarious
  45. 1 point
    Ant

    Game Idea Doodles

    Love the world you've created. How long did it take to draw these?
  46. 1 point
    DKDHODGDOEBEIWSISGIWCSIWSOS I must be dreaming! This. Is. Pure. Gold. No, not gold! Platinum! Whatever! Diamonds! Whatever! Mel and Edward were acting a little too sappy for my tastes, but otherwise, this was amazing! I really, really, really liked how you made out Eliza and Markus' characters. They perfectly mirrored both Mel and Edward. It's honestly amazing. Also MxE i love you so much for this! I must repay you with some strange MxG prompts... When I can find the prompts. XD Isn't there a button where you can fave this!? Oh my goodness omg I love this is this posted on Fanfiction? Can I please read this a gazillion times more? All in all... BEST AFTER EXAM GIFT EVER I LOVE YOU
  47. 1 point
    Queen-of-Ice101

    Introduce Yourself :)

    Hi @Meroko!! Welcome back to the forums! I remember seeing you around when I first joined:D
  48. 1 point
    Honey Butter Chloe

    ... Hi, hi!

    Soooooo... I can't say I'm new, nor can I say I'm an old-timer. But I saw that everyone was introducing themselves here, so I thought... Hey, why not? (After reading every single one XDXD) It could be fun! -- So, hey, hi, ho, hello, my name is Honey Butter Chloe, but please, just call me Chloe. It's the only place where I'll ever be called Chloe. (My classmates and teachers refer to me using my surname. ) As I've probably said in the last introduction I did in the old introduction thread, I've been a fan of Aveyond since I was seven years old, when I played with my elder sister. Now she's in university and I'm stuck as a first year in secondary school. (I'm twelve now xD) Since then, I've been a HUGE fan of anything Rhen x Lars and Edward x Mel, and (much to Berry's chagrin at times) a hater of Rhen x Dameon. BUT NOW I HAVE BEEN CONVERTED. This fanbase is nuts for their creativity. But yeah. Besides that, I write trashy fluff and random one-shots. When I'm not lazy. But don't read them they're terrible omg— And I draw. Chibis. Which is not at all professional. But I still do it anyway. I'm such a good girl. *Sarcasm* Soooo, I hope to get along with everyone! ^,^
  49. 1 point
    Scrivener of the Gods

    Picturis Scribarum

    And an eagle dagger from an image from Google.
  50. 1 point
    Scrivener of the Gods

    Picturis Scribarum

    Just made the currently official desktop icon:
×