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  1. I came across your Instagram @callmedan! And I saw Talia's faceset! Sooo excited for this! and yes goodie caves are awesome!
  2. Aerith is driving me mad here!! WHO IS SHEEEEEE and Lars T.T poor bby Lars, so much angst!
  3. One Last Night Characters: Rhen D., Lars T. Idea: I wrote this in under 3 hours because I had sudden RxL feels. This happens the night before they face Ahriman for the first time. Rhen has a tiny moment of weakness but i got carried away and added more Note: Ahem... suggestive themes ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) they are human after all ehehe I was trying SO HARD to cover the fact that I was a hardcore Rhen x Lars shipper but as you can see from the titles I've written, well, not doing a very good job at that lol ---------- The sorcerer sat on a ledge by a window, staring out into the dark Southern night. They'd retired to an inn in Veldt just a while ago and as always, the party separated and had gone about their own business. Lars chose to watch the sky and brood about what they were to face the next morning. Escorting the last druid to Aveyond had been exhilarating. But the quest wasn't over and he knew it. They all knew it. The real danger was out there; ready for them to face it, ready for them to face him. Rhen was handed the legendary Sword of Shadows and Eithera had given them the location of Ahriman's Lair, and then they were promptly kicked out of Aveyond to finish the job. It turned out the demon's lair was in the basement of Eithera's Temple, which was in the Southern Isle, and the party headed there (perhaps for the last time) with heavy hearts. And as he stared out into the purple night, Lars couldn't help but feel as if the end had come. The sound of footsteps echoed in the corridor and Lars looked up to Rhen turning the corner. She hadn't noticed him. He watched silently as she approached him, her feet dragging against the floor. Then she looked up and blinked, surprised to see him. "Hey," he said. "Hey," Rhen replied. "What's wrong with you?" he asked, then quickly rephrasing his sentence, "I mean, what's the matter?" "You wouldn't believe it if I told you, Lars." "I've seen a lot of unbelievable things throughout this journey, Rhen. Try me." She sighed, almost sadly, and clasped her hands together. "I am afraid, Lars. We've come so far. We defeated daevas, we saved druids. We encountered goblins, wyverns, werewolves, three-headed snakes, demons... we've met the Elf people, we've seen vampires, we've been into the nightmare realm..." Rhen trailed off. Lars said nothing and waited patiently for her to continue. "We've done all of that and yet, I've never felt afraid. Scared, yes, I've felt scared. I felt scared when this quest was bestowed upon me. I felt scared when we faced Nanghaithya for the first time. I felt scared when I found out I was the lost Pendragon. I felt scared when I thought the clock was a fluke and couldn't slow Aesma down." Lars laughed. "Yeah, I remember that." Rhen smiled a distracted smile. "But that was nothing, nothing compared to the fear I got when I held the Sword of Shadows, Lars." "What happened in that room?" he asked gently, referring to the secret room Rhen had entered to retrieve the legendary sword. "Fear, fear is what happened. I saw it on the pedestal and I reached out for it. The minute my fingers curled around its hilt I felt this immense fear within me, Lars. I was afraid. I mean, this is it. We are finally about to face him. Ahriman. But what if we fail? What if we are not able to stop him, to bring him down? All of the things we've done up until now will be, would be, for nothing," Rhen exclaimed, flinging her hands up in the air in exasperation. "At this point, I truly understand if any of you were to back out of this quest. You can leave too, Lars, please, I don't and won't hold it against you. Ever." By now Rhen's eyes had gone as wide as saucers and had filled up with tears. "Rhen. Stop it. Listen to me. You are not alone and won't ever be. We are with you, all of us. We will face him and bring him down together. You're the Chosen One. You will be able to finish this. You were prophesied to bring down the Dark Lord himself. Please don't think of yourself that way." "I am also human. This is a matter of life and death. We might die, Lars. We might die, right there, in his lair and that scares me. No, it terrifies me. What about you? Doesn't that scare you?" "It... it does. But we would have done our best. So if we fail - if we die - then so be it; we die together." Rhen looked down. "Why are you doing this? I'm giving you a way out. Please don't make this any harder," she whispered. "A way out?" Lars gave a soft laugh, shaking his head. "I've been with you since the very beginning and trust me when I say this: I will continue doing just that, every step of the way, until we kick Ahriman's ass. Besides," he said, winking, "I don't want you hogging all the glory to yourself." Rhen let out a sad, relieved laugh, her tears finally spilling down her cheeks from the corner of her eyes. In a sudden bold move, Lars got off the ledge and placed a hand on her cheek, cupping her face. Rhen closed her eyes (causing more tears to spill out) and pressed her face against his hand, saying nothing. "Please don't cry," he whispered. Rhen continued to say nothing. Watching her cry reminded him of the old days. Pained, Lars hesitated, then opened his mouth to speak. "I- I am sorry, Rhen, for what I did to you in the past," he said in a broken voice. She opened her eyes and gazed at him curiously, tiny teardrops stuck onto her eyelashes. "Lars... why this again? You've apologised in Sedona. And you've done so much more to prove that it wasn't mere words." "Because... because I think about it every day. Every single damn time I think about the abuse and the torture I inflicted on you, every time I think about how I did nothing while my mother hit you - oh God, Rhen, I am so sorry..." Trailing off, Lars looked away painfully, unable to meet her gaze. Rhen reached up to touch his face. "The slave trader captured me, not you. It wasn't something you could've controlled." "But after that, Rhen! After that! When you came to our house..." "Back then, you were a child, Lars. An ignorant child, but a child nonetheless." "That is not an excuse, Rhen, and you know it." "Okay. Yeah. That was... pretty bad. Horrible, actually," she said in a low voice. She held his face so that she could look at him. "But I've forgiven you for that. Yes, it was traumatising, it was painful, but I've forgiven you. You changed. You apologised. You're my friend now. Please don't beat yourself like this up anymore." Lars held her gaze, giving her a small nod. "In a way, in a weird kind of way, if the kidnapping hadn't happened, I wouldn't have met you. All of this wouldn't have happened," Rhen continued. Then, on a sudden impulse, she tiptoed and pressed her lips against his'. Lars remained still and she pulled away to find him gaping at her in stunned silence, his lips parted and his eyes wide. "Oh. Oh. Oh shit. I'm so sorry. I don't know why I did that," Rhen stammered. She pulled away from him, wringing her hands nervously. "I... I'll leave now. I am so sorry." She started heading down the corridor. Lars quickly grabbed her wrist, stopping her. "No, wait," he said, "don't go." "I shouldn't have done that," she said, avoiding his gaze. "No, you should've, and sooner, too," he replied. He slipped his arms around her waist and pressed his lips on hers. Rhen returned his kiss and wrapped her arms around his neck. Hidden longings and desires were affirmed as the teenagers enveloped into an affectionate embrace. The sorcerer deepened the kiss and the sword singer tightened her hold around him, as if afraid he would slip from her grasp. "I've... I've been wanting to do that for a very long time," Lars said breathlessly, once they broke apart for air. He pressed his forehead against Rhen's and closed his eyes, his arms never leaving her waist. Sighing, he whispered, "Rhen Darzon, I trust you with my life." Being so close to him for the first time, Rhen studied his open, honest face. His brown skin was tanned a few shades darker (thanks to the vicious Southern sun) and he had a scar on his eyebrow, given to him by a wild bat when they ventured into Halloween Hills. His brow was strong and his jaw was firm and rough under her fingertips. He had a slight frown on his face and his thumb rubbed the small of her back. Exhaling and closing her eyes, Rhen placed her hand on his heart. "Lars Tenobor, I, too, trust you with mine," she replied sincerely. Lars pulled his face away, an amused laugh escaping his lips. "That... that sounded like we were exchanging vows of some sort," he said playfully, his face pink. Rhen laughed and her cheeks turned red. "It does, doesn't it." "Yeah," he replied, then lowering his face for another kiss. Rhen stood on her toes, her lips meeting his. Then she pulled away despite his protest. "So, um..." she whispered. "What?" "What do you suppose people do after exchanging vows?" "I don't know," he replied, impatient to kiss her again. Rhen smiled and murmured, "Well, they..." She left the sentence hanging and leaned forward to kiss Lars, slowly and surely, on the neck. His skin was warm. Her hands moved up his chest and he did not stop her; instead, he inhaled sharply at the unexpected move and made an inaudible sound. Gathering all self-control, he gripped her shoulders and looked at her, wildly searching her face for a clue to her thoughts. "Rhen... surely you don't mean..." If Rhen's face was red before then it was burning now. She wrapped her arms around his waist and hid her face in his chest, blushing furiously. That alone gave him confirmation on her thoughts and all doubts he had were gone in an instant. "Are you sure...?" he asked carefully, sincerely, in a low voice. "Only... only if you want to," she replied. Lars didn't need to be asked twice. Assertively, he pinned her against the wall and kissed her hungrily. Rhen giggled against his lips. "Is that... is that your answer, Lars Tenobor?" He responded by tightening his grip around her waist. Then he pulled away, eyes heavy-lidded. "Let's find someplace more... comfortable," he said. He turned away from her. "Wait!" Rhen cried, grabbing the front of his robes. He stopped and watched her, wondering about the sudden redness in her cheeks and ears. Lars pressed his forehead against hers once again, cupping her face. "What? Having second thoughts?" he asked, amused. "No! Not that," Rhen said huffily. She patted his robes, stalling. Lars waited patiently, watching her with a crooked smile on his face. "Um... this is, this is really dumb - and not at all relevant - but uh... this... this..." she stammered. "Yes?" he cajoled. "Well, this... this is my... uh... my first time," she blurted out, rushing the words. Groaning in frustration, Rhen buried her face in his chest. Lars' mouth turned up into a wicked grin. He enveloped her in an embrace and whispered in her ear, "This is my first time too." "Really?" she asked curiously. "Really," he confirmed, "and... thank you for telling me. You told me it wasn't relevant but your face said otherwise. If it is relevant to you, then it is relevant to me. And by the way, you look absolutely dashing with those pink cheeks." Rhen groaned again. "Let's go," she whispered, breaking away from him and walking down the corridor. Lars went after her and linked his hand with hers. Grinning, they ran down the corridor with their linked arms swinging between them, their anxieties and burdens disappearing for the night.
  4. Hahaha! Thank you! I love it too and I really wanted to elaborate more on that, for comedic purposes lol, BUT I know next to nothing about dances and balls and stuff, so I didn't. maybe I should've researched more haha Thank you!! Glad you enjoyed them hehehehe and yes, Lars x Rhen are forever in my eyes! Also, if anyone notices any grammar mistakes/game inconsistencies eg: name of places, name of people, do let me know, thank you
  5. Lord Gavin's Ball Characters: Rhen D., Lars T. Idea: I just wanted to write something light-hearted and fluffy, also to finally use the "fake relationship" trope I've been wanting to use for a long time. I might have accidentally made them OOC, I don't even know, sorry Note: Imagine "Minuwaltz" playing as you read this. ---------- "Enjoy the ball, Rhen," Elini said, amused. "Yeah, and make sure you come out with the key to the manor," Lars added, snickering. "I hate you," Rhen replied, frowning, "I hate you, and you, and you, and most definitely you." She huffed, tugging at the figure-hugging gown. "Why is this so tight?!" "Cheer up, lamb, I'm pretty sure it's not that bad," Te'ijal drawled. "Not that bad? Do you not see what I'm wearing? This... this monstrosity is restricting my movements and it's covering my tattoo... Hey," Rhen cried, "Where's my sword?" Elini held the sword up but stepped back when the sword singer attempted to grab it. "You are most definitely not bringing this into the ball, Northerner. But, you may borrow this." She held out a lacey fan and the sword singer snatched it. Rhen studied the frills and lace and frowned in disbelief. "A fan?! Now, this is ridiculous," Rhen complained. She made a frustrated sound, flinging her gloved hands in the air. "Perhaps we shouldn't force her," Dameon said suddenly. "Yes, yes! Finally! Thank you! Somebody is actually making sense, and very good sense, that is!" Rhen exclaimed. Lars let out an obnoxious bark of laughter. "Nah... she'll be fine. She's not a pansy," he said, side-eyeing Dameon. "What's that supposed to mean?" Dameon replied, almost angrily. "Shut up! Both of you," Rhen cried out, "Just shut up. Don't start anything, shut up. My head hurts enough as it is. Why did you have to tie my hair up so tightly, Elini?" "It is all part of the show, Northerner, and you have your own part to play. You have to look like a noble for this ball. And yes, you look the part, so don't worry," Elini replied, still amused. "But what do I actually do?" Rhen asked as they headed toward Lord Gavin's manor. "In case you've all forgotten, I am not a noble and I've never attended functions like this before." Lars handed her a leather pouch containing gold and said, "Just butter Pemberlin up. Get him to lower the price. Do whatever it takes. Use your womanly wiles - although I highly doubt that would work -" At this Rhen gave Lars a hard whack on the arm, earning a strangled cry from him. --- The party stopped in front of the manor. A butler was standing at the door, looking bored. The words "Lord Gavin" were etched across a golden plaque in the garden, surrounded by tulips. "How tacky," Elini muttered. "Good luck," Te'ijal whispered. "You can do it, Rhen," Dameon added. “Imagine, a warm and soft bed,” Lars said, grinning, “and an actual fire.” Rhen rolled her eyes. “I’m starting to think sleeping on the ground and freezing to death is better than pretending I’m a noble and attending a dumb ball just to purchase a manor.” Lars tried not to laugh. "Gee, what a killjoy. Anyways, remember, womanly wiles. And don't leave the ball without the keys, Rhen. Think about the soft, lovely bed you'll be sleeping in tonight. That should keep you going." Rhen scowled at him and he gave her a push toward the butler with a grin. She stumbled into an abrupt stop in front of the old man and quickly straightened herself, patting her dress. She cleared her throat nervously. The butler stared at them. "Yes, may I help you?" "Just escorting this lovely young lady to the ball, my good man," Lars replied smoothly. "Ah, I see. Ticket, please?" "Oh, um... right," she stuttered, handing him the ticket. "Enjoy the ball, m'lady," the butler said in a bored tone. "Yes, enjoy the ball, my lady," Lars mocked, laughing to himself. “Why you little…” Rhen glared at him. “This’ll be good to see,” he continued, still laughing under his breath. He made a move to join the others but Rhen, extremely annoyed, grabbed his arm and yanked him back. "Oh no, you don't, Lars Tenobor," she growled, "I am not going in there alone." "What are you doing!" he cried, but she ignored him. Instead, she flashed her sweetest smile at the butler. "He's with me, we came together." "What?! No! No, don't listen to her. Wait, I am just her escort-" Rhen slipped her arm tightly around Lars' and gave the butler a forceful laugh. "He does this all the time; he thinks it's sooo funny! Oh darling, it is getting so tiring indeed," she exclaimed, directing the last sentence at Lars and rolling her eyes in mock exasperation. The butler stared at Lars, who desperately shook his head and mouthed "No, no, no". Then he stared at Rhen, whose smile never wavered. There was a moment of awkward hesitation before the butler shrugged and waved them in. --- "You are so dead, Rhen Darzon," Lars hissed into her ear as they entered the manor. "All's fair in love, war and dumb elitist balls," she replied with a smirk. "Are you listening? You are going to pay for this." "Make me, sorcerer." "Oh, I will, just you wait, sword singer." "Looking forward to it," Rhen replied with a satisfied smirk. A burly, moustached man and a dainty woman approached them. Getting an idea, Lars faked a bright smile. "Good. You don’t have to wait long now," he said, a sly smile on his face. "Welcome! Welcome to the grandest ball Sedona has ever seen! I am Lord Gavin, and this is my wife, Lady Gavin. And you are...?" the man exclaimed, arms extended and looking at them expectantly. Flashing them a charming grin, Lars replied, "I am Lord Lars Tenobor and this is my wife, Lady Rhen Tenobor." "What?!" Rhen sputtered. "It is so nice to meet you, Lord Gavin, and you Lady Gavin, so very nice indeed," Lars continued. Seething and controlling the urge to strangle him on the spot, Rhen plastered a smile on her face and did an awkward curtsy. "Yes... nice... nice to meet you," she said in a strained voice. "What a lovely couple. So young," Lady Gavin drawled. Lars wrapped an arm around Rhen's waist and pulled her close. "Yes, we were married a few sunsets ago." "Ah, young love," Lord Gavin said. "Yes, it is lovely," Lady Gavin added, nodding her head. Then she frowned. "Enjoy the time while it lasts, though, before the children start arriving." Her upper lip turned up in a sneer at the word 'children'. Lars smugly placed a hand on Rhen's abdomen. "Ah, about that... well, my wife is already expecting, so we will be sure to take your advice, Lady Gavin." Rhen's strained smile slipped a notch and Lord Gavin threw his head back in laughter. "Splendid! Absolutely splendid! Well, congratulations again, Lord and Lady Tenobor," he said, then turning to his wife, "Darling, I think I just saw Rupert walking in. Let us meet with him." Rhen waited, with a polite smile on her face, until their hosts were out of earshot before turning angrily to Lars. "Your... wife? Married? Expecting?" Rhen hissed. Lars gave her a nonchalant shrug, a satisfied crooked smile on his face. He bent close and faced her, their foreheads almost touching. "All's fair in love, war and... what was it... 'dumb elitist balls', you said?" Rhen glared at him. "Cat got your tongue?" Lars said, provoking her. "Fine!" she said, huffing. "Truce it is, then," he agreed, "and since we're already here, we might as well enjoy it." "I still mean it, though. Stupid, dumb elitist ball," Rhen muttered. A waiter walked past, carrying a silver tray of various fruits and tarts. "Ooh, tidbits," she said, snatching a few and stuffing them into her mouth, "the only good thing about this ball." "You're disgusting," Lars said, watching her. She rolled her eyes and swallowed. "What? I'm hungry." "Well, hurry up with that," he urged, eyes on the dancefloor, "because, I think, there is going to be a dance." Rhen choked on her tart, her eyes watering. "What? I don't know how to dance!" "I do." "Well then, you go ahead, Lord Lars Tenobor." "I can't be dancing by myself!" "Then ask a girl! I don't know!" "I can't do that! We've introduced ourselves as a couple, a married couple, and tongues will wag if you are not out there dancing with me. And we really don't want to bring any attention to ourselves and risk not being able to buy that manor." "Well why can't we just stay here? It's out of the way and we don't have to dance with anybody and all we have to do is look out for Pemberlin-" "Yes, and risk having people looking at us, this weird couple, this weird married couple, wondering why they're not dancing when they’re at a ball. Remember, Rhen? We’re at a ball?" Rhen groaned and let Lars lead her out onto the dancefloor. "I really don't know how to dance," she said through gritted teeth. "Just follow me," he replied, slipping an arm around her waist. --- A couple of dances and sore feet later, they found themselves stumbling toward the table of refreshments. Breathing heavily, Rhen fanned herself with Elini's fan and clung onto Lars' sleeve. "I am never... don't ever... not... good dancer... can't," she said in between gasps. Nodding, Lars grimaced as he rubbed his bruised feet. "Yes, I can see that. I can feel it too.” "Sorry." Rhen suddenly tugged at his sleeve. "What?" She pointed to an old man dressed in bright red in the crowd, surrounded by nobles. "That's him! Pemberlin! He's the one who's selling the manor! Lars! Now is the time for you to shine and get us a sparkly new manor. Don't disappoint me!” She pushed him toward the direction of Pemberlin but Lars grabbed her hand and pulled her with him. "Now wait a minute, you're supposed to be the one doing it. Let's go." They approached the crowd, just in time to hear Pemberlin announce, “And… sold!” “Wait, what?” Rhen said, stopping in her tracks. A pink-haired woman exclaimed, "Oh thank you, Sir Pemberlin. It is such a lovely house!" "What… It's been sold?!" Rhen cried. She groaned and pinched the bridge of her nose. "We're too late! All of this, for nothing!" "You're forgetting something, Rhen," Lars said smugly, with the familiar crooked smile on his face, "I'm a noble, remember? I know how to handle this." "Oh, good," she replied, almost sarcastically. Lars interrupted the crowd easily. "Excuse me," he said. All eyes turned on them and Rhen felt her face heating up. "And who might you be, young man?" Pemberlin asked. Lars flashed them a charming smile and bowed graciously. "My name is Lars Tenobor, of the noble Tenobor house in Ghalarah, on the Eastern Isle. This is my wife, Rhen. I'd like very much to purchase your manor, Sir Pemberlin." "Oh, I'm sorry, young man, but I've just sold it to that lovely lady over there." "That's a shame," Lars said, shaking his head and feigning disappointment, "you see, my wife and I have just gotten married a while ago and have always been interested in settling down in this beautiful city. Sedona and Veldarah have always been on good diplomatic terms and my cousin, the Empress, have told me nothing but lovely stories about this city." "The... Empress? The Empress of Veldarah?" Pemberlin choked. Lars nodded curtly. "Also, with the little one on the way..." At this everyone looked at Rhen and she gaped, frozen in place. He nudged her. She stared at him. Lars tilted his head urgently, mouthing "Your turn". "Oh! Er... um... yeah!" she said, clearing her throat. Rhen puffed out her cheeks. She held her breath and tried to look as bloated as possible. She arched her back and placed a gloved hand on her hip, topping everything off with an exaggerated wince. Choking back his laughter, Lars continued, "... we thought it would've been amazing if we had our family grow up with the Sedonian environment. But alas, I see it isn't to be." Pemberlin's mouth opened and closed like a goldfish's as Lars made a move to leave. "W-wait! Young man!" he cried. The old man quickly snatched the manor key from the pink-haired woman's hand and pressed it into Lars'. "It's yours! The manor is yours!" Lars plastered a smug and satisfied smile on his face. "Oh, you really shouldn't..." "Oh, yes I really should; who am I to deny the cousin of the Empress of Veldarah and his growing family a lovely manor to live in? Take it, Lord Tenobor, the manor is yours," Pemberlin gushed. "Hey!" the woman cried. "You'll get your gold back!" Pemberlin snapped. "Well then, if you insist. Here's your payment. Thank you again for the manor, Lord Pemberlin," Lars said, dropping the leather pouch of gold into the old man's hand. Turning to Rhen, he said with an exaggerated drawl, "Come, darling wife, we must check out our new home." Hearts beating fast in their chests, they nimbly headed toward the front doors. --- "Call me 'wife' one more time and I'll perform Blade Waltz on you," Rhen whispered once they were a distance away. "Also, that was the dumbest and most humiliating thing I’ve ever done.” Lars laughed hard, clutching at his sides. “Y-yes… your face when you… when you puffed out your cheeks… did you think that by doing that you’ll, somehow, convince people?” he exclaimed, gasping between barks of laughter. “Shut up! I’d like to see you do better.” “I did. And I got us a sparkly, new manor, even without your womanly wiles. Try topping that, Rhen.” She crossed her arms and increased her speed, walking past him. “You cheated," Rhen simply said. Lars caught up with her and smirked. He dangled the keys in her face. "Yes, I did. But, mission accomplished, no? That's the elitist way for you. It got the job done. And anyways we need it more than that woman. I heard she's got other manors in Veldt." "Really?" "Yes. Now let's go and check out our manor." "Gladly," Rhen said, removing her gloves, "I can't wait to get out of this stupid dress." "Yeah, you look like a cake in it." "I do not!"
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  7. @blackprincess hahahaha thank you!! Glad you like it. I try my best to keep them in character
  8. The Right Way Characters: Lars T., Dameon M. Idea: I started laughing when I got this idea. I'll post the rest after the story because I want ya'll to read it first heehee. ----------- Nobody knew how it really happened. If you asked the locals, they would mumble and give different interpretations of the incident; one would say the hot-headed sorcerer started it, another would say the patronising sun priest started it, and some others would scoff, saying that it never really had a starting at all and they were already at each other's throats before anybody could say "by the Goddess". Which one should you believe? Well, dear reader, let me tell you what exactly happened. You see, having just bought their only means of transport over deep waters and having no experience of handling a ship among them, the group of Northerners (with the exception of an extremely powerful demon-summoning Southerner) soon grew sick and docked at the nearest land, after having only sailed a pathetic amount of distance, and that is between the Veniara Islands and the Western Isle. Had a pirate been travelling with them he would've shaken his head in disbelief and, in his or her own words, called them a bunch of "weak louts". Heck, had a pirate travelled with them, they would've docked at their intended destination, the Southern Isle, without anyone being sick or green in the face, before the day ended. But, of course they didn't, and they came stumbling out of the ship, with their leader, the sword singer, rushing to the nearest bush to empty her stomach. The odd party, having regained the stability in their legs, then proceeded to make their way into town, or what you call, the settlement, since there weren't many buildings around to be called a town to begin with. And, as with every town (or settlement) they visited, they argued and insisted on doing things their own way. The sword singer insisted on checking what new supplies the local market offered while the paladin insisted on staying by her side, muttering about how "a maiden should not be allowed to traipse around, alone and unescorted, in such a sleazy place", much to the sword singer's annoyance. The vampire, on the other hand, was unwilling to do anything else but explore every nook and corner of the newfound town. The sorcerer insisted that finding an inn should be their first priority and the sun priest, as always, said nothing. And as usual, without the others realising, the demon-summoner had disappeared without a word, off on her own extremely personal and important quest to find a new husband. Anyways, arguing brought them nowhere and the frustrated sword singer gave up and headed toward the market, with the paladin hot on her heels. The vampire wandered off and the sorcerer entered the nearest inn. The sun priest remained on his spot and watched the party disperse. At that moment, had the sun priest decide to follow the sword singer, things would've gone on as normal, dear reader, and this would've been nothing but a boring tale, and deemed unworthy of retelling. However, on that day, Fate herself was feeling mischievous, and the sun priest decided that he was tired and wanted to rest at the inn… although the sorcerer he disliked, and who in turn disliked him, had just done the same. The sun priest entered the inn and headed straight to the innkeeper to enquire about a room. What the odd party didn't know when they docked is that the Veniara Islands were not ashamed of their availability to mead and ale and of their loot of illegal wares and items. The Islands were after all, heaven for pirates, and crowded with said loud-mouthed pirates and ill-mannered locals. The inn the sun priest entered had a bar and when there was a bar, it was usually followed with a crowd of sweaty rowdy customers, occasional fist fights and loud drunken laughter. This, dear reader, was where it all started. The inn had no available rooms. That caused the sun priest to take a seat miserably at one of the sticky tables, coincidentally next to the equally miserable sorcerer, who was also unsuccessful in getting a room. What happened next was unclear, but witnesses said both men started "being snarky" and sarcastic and things escalated fast between the two Northerners as tempers flared and spells were casted. Mugs, plates and chairs went flying and crashing into walls and the rowdy crowd sobered and went fleeing for cover under the tables, with the exception of the burly innkeeper, who did not appreciate the two Northerners' disruption of his business. He made his way in big strides toward the Northerners amidst the spell-casting and punched them both squarely in the faces. "Ya wanna fight loike magical pansies, ya do it outside ma place. Ya wanna do it in ma place then ya gotta do it... the right way." At that he roughly shoved the sorcerer and the sun priest down onto the rickety chairs and slammed two large, tall mugs of steaming ale in front of their bleeding noses. The Northerners did nothing but glared angrily, defiantly, at each other over the top of their foamy mugs. "Here, ya do it our way, Northerners. May the best man win." The crowd (who had emerged from their hiding spots and had circled around the newcomers) vigorously chanted: "Drink! Drink! Drink! Drink!" while slamming their meaty fists into every available table and countertop surface. The sorcerer, fire in his eyes, was the first to grab his mug and down his ale. Meanwhile the sun priest crossed his arms and refused to touch anything. He thought himself to be above such petty things. But he gave in eventually, due to the increasing pressure from the rowdy crowd and had taken a huge swig from his mug, choking on the foul-tasting ale in the process. The sorcerer, ale dripping down his chin causing his robes to stain a darker blue, slammed his empty mug down on the table, earning another choke from the sun priest. The crowd roared with approval and the innkeeper placed another ale-filled mug down in front of the sorcerer, who took to it like a moth to a flame. The sun priest, whose ale mainly ended up on the front of his robes, clearly struggled and the crowd egged him on, with occasional smacks on his back. This went on and the sorcerer had downed six, maybe seven mugs of ale and the sun priest had downed five when suddenly, she appeared. It is said that the door to the inn slammed open with a loud bang, sending vibrations off the walls. Every head, with the exception of the two Northerners', turned to see a beautiful but extremely furious sword singer glaring at them all, taking in everything; from the smashed chairs to the empty mugs then to the two idiotic Northerners who were clearly much too out of it to notice. The woman stepped in, seething, and the crowd parted and backed off as if she were the plague. She headed straight for the men. "R-Rhen... what are- urk!" "M... m'lady... how beautiful you lo- yah!" The sword singer pinched both of them on their ear and twisted hard, cutting them off mid-sentence. "What. Do. You. Think. You're. Doing?!" she said through gritted teeth. Still boiling, she pulled them, both of them, by the ear and dragged them away from the sticky table, with surprising strength. Spent and heavily drunk, both men tried to keep up with her, stumbling over their own feet. Their robes were drenched and sticky and their faces were flushed red from the ale and the punch they had earned earlier from the innkeeper. The stunned crowd roared with laughter and cheered as the sword singer and two idiots exited the inn. Oh, it was indeed a funny sight, dear reader. If only you were there to witness it. It isn't clear what happened to the Northerners outside the inn after the incident; some people reportedly heard a woman screaming about being "in top shape", "defeating demons" and "we don't have time for this", followed by the sound of someone retching and emptying their stomach. But what is known is that the odd party left the next morning, some of them sluggish and stumbling as they boarded the weird-looking ship. After that life returned to the usual on the Veniara Islands and they never saw the Northerners again. "Whadda shame though, they was fun and t'was one helluva night. Best fun we got ina looooong time," a local told me, finger rooting around in her nose. So... believe me when I say that this is the true version of what really happened that night, dear reader, about how two idiotic Northerners stirred up some short-lived fun for the Veniaran locals and how they were taught to fight it out the right way. What? What do you mean? Of course that's what really happened. I was there, at the back, taking a break from my important search. Now, I'd love to tell you more, but alas, I do not have the time. We did not stop by Veldt for a holiday; we have urgent things to do… so, please excuse me, I have to look for my friends and continue on my search for a fourth husband. Perhaps I will tell you more when I return, and hopefully with the husband I am looking for. Goodbye, for now, dear reader. ----------- Idea (continued): I figured Lars would've had a higher tolerance for alcohol than Dameon (being a noble and socialising and stuff) and so when this idea came to me I couldn't resist it... but ended up making them both drunk anyways! (Galahad was supposed to be in there somewhere but I decided to remove him from the story because it didn't fit)
  9. @ruffi - ahhh! Thank you very much! And worry not my notepad is filled. I don't know why but I'm on a roll! Heehee @BlackPrincess - thank you! Might be posting another one today
  10. You're Bleeding Characters: Rhen D., Lars T. Idea: What happens when Rhen gets seriously injured? ---------- “I’m fine. Seriously, I am,” she said. “No, you’re not. You’re bleeding.” “I’m fine. It’s fine. Just a scratch; shut up about it.” “No, you shut up. And stop squirming!” Lars Tenobor exclaimed, pushing the lilac-haired girl down onto the wooden stool by the shoulder. “Ouch! Why’d you do that for?” Rhen Darzon cried, rubbing her hip. She made a move to get up, but was stopped again by the same hand on her shoulder, this time with an iron-like grip. Lars glared at her. “Sit down.” “You don’t get to tell me what to do. Besides, like I said, it’s just a scratch. I get it all the-” Lars ignored her and pushed the front of her hair aside. His fingers grazed the bloody wound at her temple and Rhen winced, automatically recoiling from his fingers, glaring at him. “Ow! What are you doing?” “Stop moving about so much. You’re losing blood.” Rhen narrowed her eyes. She quickly patted her hair and then stared, fascinated, at the blood on her fingers. “Whoa. But I didn’t feel a thing. When did I get this?” Lars shrugged. “Determination, maybe. I saw Saurva hit you right here,” he said, pointing to Rhen’s injury, earning another wince and glare from her, “but you carried on as if nothing had happened, so I assumed… I didn’t realise it was this bad. Hold still.” Rhen obeyed his orders, only because she was starting to feel a little light-headed. She watched as Lars covered her head wound with his palm, his lips moving to the ancient spells of old arcane magic. The throbbing pain subsided into a weird tingling sensation but Rhen still felt faint. “What did you do?” Lars reached behind her and grabbed a bottle of tinctura and a few cassia herbs from the table. He then fashioned a poultice mix with the two ingredients and slathered it onto a folded cloth. Satisfied, he pressed the cloth against Rhen’s head wound firmly, making her wince again. “Hold it firmly. And what I did was close the wound. Numbed the pain and stopped the bleeding in the process too. You lost blood, a lot of blood. I can’t heal you completely; there’s only so much a healing spell can do, sorry. And do you know that you’re really pale right now? What you need is proper rest and a lot of liquids," he replied, turning away to gather up various bottles and herbs and stuffing them into his knapsack. "Also, your hair’s an ugly mess.” Rhen rolled her eyes and replied, “As if you look any better.” “At least I wasn’t all clumsy and got hurt by a demon,” Lars snapped. “I wasn’t clumsy! I had a mission! And that was to destroy him; so what did you think I was doing?” “Well, you should’ve been more careful then!” Lars retorted, raising his voice. “We don’t want the Princess of Thais getting hurt, no, getting killed before-” Rhen clamped a hand over his mouth, her eyes wide. “Shh! Shut up! Someone might hear you, idiot!” Lars stared daggers at her until she removed her hand, sighing. “You’re right. Sorry… and thank you,” she said sincerely, “Didn’t know you cared though.” “Well… you’re right, I don’t. I don’t care. But I just didn’t want the fun to end so early for me, you know?” Lars said. The edge of his mouth twitched. Rhen felt herself smiling as well. “Why didn’t you call for Dameon? He’s more of the healer, not you. He could probably zap me back to full health in an instant. Where ARE the rest anyways?” Lars’ shoulders tensed. “They’re at the inn. Probably getting Galahad’s shoulder tended. Dameon… he didn’t notice your wound and I didn’t want to wait until we were at the inn to look at your injury; you might’ve lost even more blood,” he replied, turning away from her. “Also… healing magic doesn’t work that way. I don’t think Dameon could’ve done much himself anyways.” Rhen felt the tone of his voice change. There was tension in the air as Lars continued packing bottles into his knapsack. “Lars…?” She started, hesitantly. “What?” He snapped, turning around. There was fire in his eyes she had never seen before. “What’s going on?” “Nothing. Why do you ask?” “Because you’re acting this way. What’s bothering you? Just tell me.” “Seriously, it’s nothing, everything’s fine,” he muttered, mirroring her earlier words. Rhen dropped the soggy cloth onto the table and looked up at him. The action brought about another wave of dizziness but she ignored it. “No, it’s not. So tell me, what is going on?” Lars glared at her. Rhen kept his gaze coolly, challenging him. And then, suddenly as if all life was drained from him, his shoulders slumped dejectedly and his stare softened. “I just… I just don’t… don’t… I just don’t trust him okay?” Rhen widened her eyes. “Dameon? Why?” “There’s something about him. Some vibe I get from him. Don’t you feel it? Something’s not right. I don’t trust him. I feel like he’s up to something. I don’t know what, but I don’t like this feeling. I don’t like not knowing.” “I… didn’t know you felt that way.” “Well… it’s nothing, really. It’s nothing. In fact, you know what, this was a mistake, talking about this. We’re wasting time. We should’ve been heading to the inn instead of all this rubbish talk,” Lars said. He mounted Rhen’s shield and sword onto his back and grabbed his staff from the table. “Can you stand?” Rhen gingerly lifted herself up from the stool. “Yeah.” “Can you walk?” “I think so. Yeah, I’m good,” she replied, taking a few steps. She stopped, suddenly dizzy. “Ugh, what did Saurva do to me?” “He hurt you pretty bad. It’s a deep wound. Come on,” Lars draped her arm around his shoulders and wrapped his free arm around her waist. They headed for the door. “By the way, your hair’s all bloody,” he said pointedly. “Well, your hair stinks.” “Shut up.” “You shut up.”
  11. Welcome to Ghed'ahre Characters: Rhen D., Lars T., Te’ijal R. Idea: I'm pretty sure the party faced conflict when they first entered Ghed'ahre also tweaked a bit of things, such as not buying the garlic necklace. This happened after they defeated Nanghaithya, so their relationship would've improved after realising that they shouldn't take their lives for granted. ----------- The town was quiet when they reached its gates. Rhen Darzon thought it odd and surveyed her surroundings. She nudged at a weathered signboard, the words "Ghed'ahre" hastily scribbled across it in drippy red paint. Her companion, Lars Tenobor, looked up at the sky. "Since when did it get so dark?" he asked. Rhen followed his gaze. She stared up into the sky then back to the road from where they came from. They'd left the tavern just a little after morning, she was sure of it, and then trekked across Halloween Hills. It had been a bumpy journey but it couldn't, shouldn't, have taken them the entire afternoon. At most, they'd travelled three hours, maybe four, tops. So for it to be dark so quickly, it was indeed strange. "It's the hills," she said, pointing, "they cast really long shadows, and we've been going downhill, maybe that's why it feels like night." Sure enough, if they'd paid attention earlier they'd realise that the town was nestled away in the dark shadows at the foot of Halloween Hills, on a downward terrain that made it difficult for the sun to shine across, even in the hottest of afternoons. "Well... this place gives me the creeps," Lars said behind her. He kicked a rock, sending it flying. She nodded. "Yeah. It's so strange. Where is everybody? Vohu Manah said the druid Rashnu resided in this town, didn't he?" Rhen looked around the quiet town again, frowning. Lars didn't reply. Rhen suddenly felt uneasy and swiftly unsheathed her sword, whirling around in the process, only to see Lars' arms held behind his back in a tight one-arm grip, his silent captor's other hand clamped firmly on his mouth. Rhen saw Lars' eyes widen in a wild panic and his irises darting about as if to warn her of something. The warning came a tad bit too late and Rhen felt someone kick the sword out of her hand. The sword went clattering to the ground and before she could go after it she felt the sharp tip of a blade pressing against her neck. "Don't go having any ideas, missy," a voice said from behind her. Rhen stood completely still; the blade was extremely close to severing her neck and she didn't want to risk anything. The person holding the blade against her throat laughed, and it wasn't a pleasant one. "What's this... Overlanders?" Rhen saw two, then three, and then a huge number of people approach them from the shadows of the houses. They emerged as if they were the shadows themselves, soundlessly and wordlessly. Their skin were stretched and pale to the point of being grey and their eyes, hooded in their sockets, were now staring intensely, with an uncomfortable interest, at the newcomers. A woman stepped forward from the crowd, smiling. Her hair was black as night and her skin was a pasty, sickly grey. She laughed and said, "Overlanders again. Do you people never give up?" "It seems they never do, Eva," a man in the crowd said. "What are you talking about?" Lars growled, managing to free his mouth but not his arms. Rhen struggled too but quickly she realised it was no use. She saw Lars' staff lying a distance away from him and her sword laying nowhere near her. They were done for. Ignoring Lars, Eva laughed a high, chilling laugh and turned to Rhen, smiling. Rhen decided instantly that she did not like that smile. The woman waved at the person behind Rhen to move the blade away from her throat. The person complied, then grabbed Rhen's arms and gripped them tightly behind her back. "Look at you... so beautiful, so alive..." "Listen, we're not here to harm anybody, we swear, we just-" Rhen started, but the woman cut her off. "Ahh yes, yes, I'm sure you're not, whatever," Eva replied absently, tracing a cold finger down Rhen's temple to the base of her neck, the action sending chills down Rhen's spine, "... you see, girl, we were always, ALWAYS caught off guard. But this time... we were READY." "What are you talking about?" Rhen cried. "It matters not, now," Eva said, grinning. Then, quick as lightning, she gripped Rhen's cheeks and tilted her head up, exposing Rhen's neck. The milky white skin of Rhen's throat, flushed red with her struggles and anger, seemed to glow bright in the low light, and Eva was not displeased. "Mm... it's killing me that I can hear your blood rushing through your skin so clearly... what torture. And it's also not helping that you smell... so... tasty," she murmured, bending close and sniffing Rhen's exposed skin. "What are you doing-" Rhen felt the woman lick her neck and she flinched. "Don't you DARE try anything," Rhen spat. She struggled, again, to fight off her captor but was held back by the same extraordinarily heavy grip, one she couldn't understand. Rhen knew she wasn't THAT physically tough, but the countless training at the Academy under Lorad had made her not only strong but had also heightened her agility and speed. She knew she could've easily taken one person down, even with a blade pressed against her neck, if she were quick enough. She did, after all, defeat the demon Nanghaithya with Lars... so why was it so hard this time for this bunch of crooks? "Hey, leave her alone!" Lars said angrily. "What do you want with us?" The woman straightened herself and laughed, revealing two elongated canines, sharp and eager. Rhen gaped, realisation dawning upon her. They’re not crooks; they're Vampires! "Vampires!" Rhen echoed her thoughts. "Vampires," Lars repeated faintly, all colour leaving his face. The woman narrowed her eyes, which Rhen now realised, were blood red. "Oh, as if you didn't know, Overlanders. Drop the act; we know you're here to stake us... one by one," Eva snarled. "Stake you? Why would we do that?" Rhen said incredulously. Eva hissed. "Isn't that what all of you Overlanders do? Come into tiny little Ghed'ahre, kill us and make us your trophies. Is that not what you're here for? Too many times have we been unprepared, too many times have we lost our brothers and sisters. Well, not this time, right?" Eva directed the last sentence to the crowd, who murmured in agreement, eyes glittering. "Are you crazy?!" Lars cried. "Yes, are you crazy?" Rhen repeated, glaring at Eva. She let her temper get a hold of her, a grave mistake Rhen later learns she should not have made. "Why would we do that? Trust me when I say this; we're not here to kill anybody! We're here on a mission and I'd like very much for you and your friends to let us go or I swear to the Goddess I will-" "You will... what?" Eva interrupted quietly. The atmosphere changed and Rhen immediately regretted her words. The vampires did not like and did not take to threats lightly; it was obvious in Eva's steel-like gaze. Rhen's heartbeat quickened. "Oh, oh it's not good, dearie, to throw threats when you are so pitifully outnumbered and helpless, you know," Eva drawled. "No, wait! I didn't mean I was going to kill you. I'm sorry! I swear we are on a mission! We're here to see-" "Lies!" Eva hissed, cutting Rhen off. Deciding she was done speaking to Rhen, the woman turned away and focused on the struggling Lars. Smiling, Eva gripped his face firmly. "Hey, don't touch me," Lars snapped, but Eva ignored him and pressed her lips against his. Lars made an inaudible sound and Eva released him, licking her lips. Then, without any warning, the woman threw a lightning quick punch at him, hitting him hard in the gut. Lars fell to his knees, the wind having knocked out of him. With his arms still held behind his back, Lars was unable to do anything but wheeze and double over in pain. Seeing this, Rhen panicked. "Lars!" Immediately, all the training and lessons she learned with her professors back at the Academy on how to face or react during tense situations like these flew out of the window. She turned to Eva just as the woman was about to throw another punch. "Stop! Stop it! Don't do it! Why can't you just believe us when we say we come in peace?" She paused, but when Rhen saw that Eva was not listening and was in fact, lifting her arm up to give Lars another hit, she panicked again. She started talking again, words flying out of her mouth. "We're not here to kill you! We're sent by the Oracle! On a quest, on a mission! Ahriman! Demons! Attacking the druids! Must warn them, must save them! We're here to see the druid Rashnu!" Rhen exclaimed in a rush. Then, taking a deep breath, she screamed, "AND HE MIGHT BE IN TROUBLE!" For a moment a heavy silence hung in the air. Breathing heavily, Rhen risked a glance over to the crowd. Mention of the druid's name seemed to have an effect on them for they started murmuring. Even Eva lowered her hand and turned around to face her. "Don't lie. You're just saying this so we'll let you go," Eva said, voice dripping with malice, "And then when we let you go, you'll turn around and stab us in the back with a stake when you think we're not looking. Don't think we don't know these tricks of yours." "It's the truth!" Rhen pleaded. "Nice try. Oh well, it's been good knowing you like this, girl, but I think it'd be greater knowing you as my dinner." "No!" Eva approached Rhen, baring her fangs, and Rhen squeezed her eyes shut. "That's enough, Eva," a clear voice rang out from behind them. Another silence hung in the air. Rhen opened her eyes but in her position, was unable to turn around to put a face to the voice but the look on Eva's face made her wonder who it was, for the person made Eva sneer, and if Rhen hadn’t been so close to death just a moment ago, she would’ve smiled at that. "Oh, you." "Let them go. I believe that they are speaking the truth," the voice said again. "Oh, you're so sure, are you," Eva replied sarcastically, "...but then again, someone like you would believe all the hogwash escaping from this girl's mouth." The owner of the voice stepped into view, and the first thing that Rhen noticed was the lone streak of white in the shocking red of the woman's hair. "Let them go, Eva. Seriously, do they look dangerous to you? They're children. And are they even carrying stakes with them? Go on, go ahead, check their things," the red-haired woman said. Two men stepped forward and ransacked Rhen and Lars' knapsacks eagerly, only to be disappointed when they found nothing but bread, folded cloaks and aquifolium. "Well, then, there you go," the red-haired woman said, with a smile. The crowd, Rhen noticed, had slowly started disperse when the two men could find no stakes in their knapsack. Eva noticed this too, and turned back to the red-haired woman. There seemed to be a moment of uncertainty, but finally she spoke. "Alright then, fine. I don't believe a word she says but I'll let it go, just this time, just this one time. If anyone dies today at the hands of these two humans, it will be on you, Te'ijal, remember that," Eva said, then turning to Rhen, "How unfortunate, girl... and I was looking quite forward to knowing you better... as my dinner. Don't think I've let you off the hook; I'll be watching you, oh yes, I'll be watching you very closely indeed." At this Eva stalked off and Rhen felt the grip on her arms loosen as her captor ran after Eva. In front of her, Lars was also released and the man disappeared off into the shadows silently. Lars fell to his feet, groaning. Heart in her throat, Rhen grabbed her sword, tucking it in her scabbard. She then grabbed Lars' staff and ran over to him. "Lars! Speak to me!" Lars laid down on the grass, turning onto his back. "Damn that woman... she's crazy," he muttered, "and that hurt like hell." Groaning, he placed his hands over his abdomen and started murmuring the words of white healing magic. A faint white glow emitted from his palms, swirling and wavering as it came in contact with his clothing. It then absorbed into him and disappeared. Rhen watched quietly, still gripping his staff. When he was done, Rhen handed him his staff and Lars accepted it gratefully. "Feel better?" she asked. "No... just numbed the pain. Pretty sure she broke my rib," he said, getting to his feet. "I'm sorry, Lars, it was because I threatened her she did this to you." He was just about to wave off her apology when someone cleared their voice. Rhen turned to see the red-haired woman, standing in the same spot. Suddenly feeling awkward, Rhen got to her feet and slowly approached their saviour. "Thank you... for saving us. If you hadn't come, I do not know what would've become of us," Rhen said, gesturing to herself and to Lars. "Well, I believe you, humans. Besides, you don't look like the usual vampire hunters we see. You're much too... soft," the red-haired woman said, "Let me introduce myself. My name is Te'ijal Ravenfoot." "Rhen. And he's Lars." "Hi," Lars said, giving a feeble wave. "Well then, Rhen and Lars, best you be off on your mission, what is it, to warn Rashnu? To save the druids?" Te'ijal said, starting to walk away. Rhen frowned. "Wait! Why do you believe us?" "I know Rashnu. In fact, the whole town does. He's a good person. He protects this town. And if he's in trouble, as you said, we would want him to get all the help he needs. Speaking of which, we haven't been seeing him around, so he might have landed himself in some trouble. That's why I believe you." "Thank you," Rhen said, "wait, please, how do we repay you? We don't have much gold, and well, we don't have much actually but..." Te'ijal laughed. Rhen decided instantly that while she did not particularly like this woman’s laughter, she did not hate it either, and she was fine with that. "Foolish human, I have no interest in gold. I do however, long to walk the lands of the Overworld," she said, looking up into the dark sky, "but the sun will surely kill me." Turning to Rhen, Te'ijal continued, "But I have heard of a lotion that deflects the sun; if you find such lotion and give it to me, I'll consider that as repayment. How's that?" Rhen grinned in relief. "I will! I'll keep a lookout for it." "Great, looking forward to it, human. Oh, and, Rashnu’s shrine can be found in that cathedral, over there," Te'ijal said, pointing to a distant church in the middle of the town. She then turned her back and walked away. Rhen watched until Te'ijal disappeared into shadows, then turned around to see Lars shaking his head. “I don’t trust her either,” he said. “She saved us. She saved our lives. You and I would’ve been vampire dinner if it wasn’t for her." "But still, vampires. I only read about them in books; never expected to encounter one in my entire life," Lars muttered, as they began making their way into town. They didn't meet any more of the vampires on the way but curtains twitched and shadows flickered, making Rhen feel uncomfortable. She knew the locals were watching them, watching their every move. "Yeah, I still can't believe it." "Well, believe it. She almost ate you," Lars said. "Don't you think I know that," Rhen snapped, recalling the moment where Eva licked her neck. Instinctively, she pulled up the collar of her uniform around her throat, hiding any exposed skin. "That was very, very close. Much too close for comfort. I really thought I was going to die.” “Imagine that, the Chosen One, dying at the hands, at the fangs, of vampires.” Rhen made an annoyed sound. “I didn’t know they were so hostile about Overlanders. I also didn’t know about the whole staking of vampires being an issue in these parts. How barbaric. You know, now that I think of it, I don’t really blame them for behaving the way they did.” “Ever the kind-hearted one,” Lars said, rolling his eyes, “After what she did to me? I’m never letting that go.” “That was because I threatened her first. I’m sorry, Lars. But, er, you know, she kissed you," Rhen said, looking around absently. She noticed, not for the first time, at how quiet Ghed’ahre was, not a sign of crickets or critters alike as they approached the looming Cathedral. "Don't. Don't remind me. Her lips were cold. It felt like death, actually. You know what, let's just rescue the druid and get out of this place. Like I said, it gives me the creeps." "Couldn't agree more, Lars."
  12. Hello! I love Aveyond 1, it's my favourite, and have always wanted to write fanfiction about it. Never had the courage to do it but recently something prompted me and I decided to post them here! I tried ff.net but it was too complicated for a first timer like me, so I decided to post them onto none other than the official website itself! I will update this first post with the titles I've written every time I post a new drabble in this thread. Also, there will be character names so you can know who to expect. ----------------------------------------- Author's Updates: - (12 April) Hey guys, I've just gotten a job in real life + I'm helping to edit a game so I might not be posting any short fics as often anymore. I'm still writing but just won't be updating as often. I'm sorry! Fics Written (click on the titles to jump straight to the posts!): Welcome to Ghed'ahre (Te'ijal, Rhen, Lars) You're Bleeding (Rhen, Lars) The Right Way (Lars, Dameon) Lord Gavin's Ball (Rhen, Lars) One Last Night (Rhen x Lars) might be too mushy for some Trouble At Sea (Everyone) I feel like this one is the best out of all the short fics I've written A Moment Of Solace (Rhen) I Know (Rhen x Lars) A Bad Idea (Rhen, Lars) Challenge Accepted (Rhen, Lars) Today was supposed to be good day (coming soon) Heights (coming soon)
  13. I have an honest review about AV4. I posted a long meta about it in my blog, but I'll post a shorter version of it here. Before you read, please note that every word I write is based on my gameplay and also from the heart; I mean it wholeheartedly, I don't mean to offend anybody and criticise anything. I'll start with the things I didn't like about AV4. Negative 1. I'm going to go with the no. 1 thing that irked me the most: (highlight to read spoiler) The Final Boss. WHY? Why Hercules? Why him? Why? He is the most annoying character, EVER. I really disliked him in AV3 and when I found out he was AV4's big baddie,I just... sort of tuned out. I was so disappointed. I really, really dislike him. If only AV4's big baddie was someone new and unknown, like Mordred Darkthrop. 2. Journal/ Quests - Quests were branched out too much and it got complicated very fast. - The Journal, on the other hand, was not clear enough. For eg: in AV1, "Save the world from Ahriman" was constantly there and was drilled into your mind the entire game. In AV4, however, it was "Boyle's Redemption". So... what exactly was Boyle's Redemption? I just find it... a bit unclear. And referring to what I said about the quests, once it branched out too much and by the time I got back to my actual quest, I was lost, like, wait who am I supposed to save again?/ who was I supposed to fight again? At one point I seriously thought the main, main, main quest was to find Fang (because the plot seemed to keep coming back to Fang) and when I found him early in the game, I was confused "Hang on... this can't be right". 3. Plot - I don't know, but the game lacked something somehow, lacked what AV1/2/3(1-3) had (note that I left out AV3-4 because AV3-4's plot made so sense whatsoever considering it's part of the Orbs of Magic series) - Plot hole? (highlight to read spoiler) It is hinted that Boyle is a Pendragon. Ingrid asks him what his last name is, and he goes all flustery and says "...the Horrible...?" Now I found this weird because, isn't he Boyle Wolfbane? If he had answered "... Boyle Wolfbane...?" and I would've nodded and gone " Ahhhh.... nice twist, nicely played Amaranth Games, nicely played." but because he answered "the Horrible", it just didn't make sense, context-wise. Perhaps I'm reading too much into this? Would love some input. 4. Closure/ Ending - I loved the cutscenes; I swear, I do. I love it in all the previous Aveyonds. And I loved them in AV4. But, but... I felt a bit let down when I realised we couldn't play the game anymore. In the previous games after defeating the baddie, we could still walk around and interact and get different endings and choose our destinies and there were even the "epilogues", something about Mel marrying Edward/Lars the 8th or "Rhen did not marry Lars, or maybe she did". I, for one, LOVED those epilogues and loved playing a while more to complete my side quests before ending the game. For me, that was the "denial" stage. "What? No, I have yet to complete the game, what ARE you talking about? Look at these side quests!" even though I've defeated the baddie. AV4 ended so abruptly I almost cried. It was like a smack to the face. I literally sat in my chair, mouth open, saying, "Wait... wait!! That's it? No!!!" I'd like repeat myself; it's not that I didn't like the cutscenes, I LOVED them (in fact AV1, 2 and 3 do not have enough cutscenes hehe) I just felt it ended too abruptly. 5. Final Battle Music (this is personal preference) - I am a huge fan of each and every Aveyond's final boss music. That's one of the main things I look forward to when I play the AV series, to be honest. To my surprise, it was just Boyle's Theme, which was played throughout the game here and there. Lol it felt a bit anti-climatic. 6. It did not feel like Aveyond. - If you asked me to describe why I said it didn't feel like Aveyond, I, honestly, am not able to answer, because I don't know. But it just... didn't feel like Aveyond. - It's called Aveyond 4, but had hardly any Aveyond in it lol at least in AV1 it was constant, and it least in AV3 it had a "shadow" version which was so cool... (forgot what's Aveyond's role in AV2) Anyways, now on to what I loved about the game! Positive 1. Character Backstories / Development - It was amazinggggg in AV4. So rich, so detailed, it made me do something I never did before for the other AV games; it made actually CARE for ALL of the characters in the party, equally! (sorry Haddan, Mad Marge, Emma, Ulf) And for the first time I was seriously sad that I couldn't have ALL of them in my party at the same time (darn you, limited space of 4 characters, haha) - Rowen's backstory was my favourite. She intrigued me and made me crave for more of her story, why is she doing this? What's that? What's this? I was weepy throughout her arc and was so happy to see a happy cutscene of her at the end. - I love Myst and Ingrid's dynamic, like how Ingrid's mischief seemed to be rubbing off on Myst heehee! What a treat! - Robin made me laugh the most. He was so... innocent, so hilarious, the idea of him is just adorable. His actions and reactions really spiced up the game for me. He was valiant and it was adorable, it made me want to squish him, as opposed to AV1's valiant Galahad, where I rolled my eyes ( High five, Lars!) and I could barely tolerate him. - Hi'beru. OH MY GOD. HI'BERU. What a lovable dork! THE IDEA OF HIM! Original, fresh, amazing. Nightmare detoxifier? Fights demons in your dreams? Count me in! 2. Character Interaction - Now out all of all the AV games I've played, I am a HUGEST fan of AV1, mainly because of the interactions. AV4 did not top it, but was very close. I, for one, love Rowen and Hi'beru's interactions a lot. I really did. So weepy, like I said, during Rowen's arc. Also, I loved Ingrid and Te'ijal's EXTREMELY SHORT CONVERSATION > - I enjoyed Robin and Myst's friendship. I found myself going "Aww..." a lot of times during the game. 3. Concept / Design YOU GUYS OUTDID YOURSELVES~! - THE MENU! Equipment, Profile, Save etc. It was a bit hard to get used to in the beginning but when I got used to it, wow! Just wow! (Scripting it must've been a huge pain!) - I loved it so much, I even wish it was the same for AV1! So I made this to comfort myself, haha! - I loved all of the character designs; they were beautiful, detailed, fresh and eye catching. Kudos to the artist! Again, I wish that AV1 had the same thing, then perhaps we'll get to see the details on Lars'/Dameon's outfits, and also Elini *.* - Also how cool was the battle system? Different angles and different situations, certain powers/spells had to wait 2/3 3 turns before being casted again. Also loved the idea of Robin pairing up; when I had him, Myst and Phye together, they were unstoppable! 4. Puns/Jokes/ 4th Wall - As per usual, Aveyond didn't fail at this aspect. I can't remember much now, but they were extremely funny. One I clearly remember was after joining the Night Watch, and Banana Boy was saying something about "you can check your night watch status in your profile menu" or something like that... and then continues on to say something like "although, I've been trying to figure out what profile menu means". I remember this well because I actually burst out laughing. They broke the 4th wall! I loved it. ------- Yikes, I didn't mean for it to be so long! Anyways, that's my take on AV4! Overall it's a good game and I'm going green for this clocked at 31 hours and with my members being around level 50+.
  14. I... I love this! There are not enough fanfics about Rhen being Kelloth and ahhhh this one is just awesome! My baby is fighting with herself and it hurts ;_; thank you for these emotions
  15. OH GOSH!!! This looks amazing!!! I can't wait!
  16. Ah!! That's good to know! Thanks for clearing my doubts! I do wish it contained the complete OST though. I just managed to save up some spare cash and am extremely eager to purchase the album. But I guess I'll have to wait and see what he says! I was quite surprised that the major ones like Clearwater/ Battle Music / Final Boss music were not in the album. Oh, the Darkthrop Prophecy OST! So far the only AV3 albums I saw released from Aaron are the LOT and GON ones. I hope he does release it too
  17. Hey guys! I've fallen in love with the Aveyond 1 soundtrack and to my delight, there's an actual album of it so I checked it out on Amazon. Luckily there were samples and I was just grinning ear to ear listening to some of them. Oh I was SO READY to purchase said album! Until! I realised some tracks that were in the game were not in the album, hmm, for eg: Ghalarah, Clearwater, Veldarah, Battle Music and my favourite one, the Final Boss music and a few others. Just wondering why is this so? Were they not composed by Aaron? Would love to hear back from you guys. (also if I have posted in the wrong forum, do tell me/ move it to the correct one, thanks friends!) I really, REALLY want to buy the album so I can listen to it in my car (my car's kinda my personal space) but I don't want to buy it if it doesn't contain all the music. I'm seriously willing to pay more than the stated $8.99 if it means you guys put all of the OST in it this is the link I was looking at btw: (x) Also, is there a difference in the number of tracks in the CD version and the mp3 version? I don't really need the physical CD so mp3 would be fine for me, but IF the CD has the extra/complete tracks then I'll be getting the CD. Anyhoo, thanks in advance!
  18. I just found out that there is a new quest in Build C. So I was just wondering if you guys could fill me in? (I'm really sorry if this has been asked many times before; I can't seem to find any threads here on said topic)
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