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PostSubject: Formed With Red   Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:01 am

Invariably, the sun would rise after the slaying of the dragon. Inevitably, Iskra would awaken and stretch out to her full length, yawning in the morning of where the village either is or had been. It didn't matter, for invariably she would have slept the night before, and in that slumber, no matter where she was or the state, she would have dreamed of a world far removed from this one.

For Iskra's soul was a nexus of sorts... a place where her spirit-bearing prey could live on in her consciousness. It was a heaven of sorts for her murdered clan. They still got to be themselves when she slept, surrounded by the souls of numberless, tasty creatures that their host had consumed, while during the day they simply went into spectator mode, living out her life with her.

So perhaps because her friend had been so close to death when the Iskra tasted her blood, she found herself trotting the endless forests of her own soul, in beast form, looking for the knight woman. It wasn't anything external that told her that she might be able to find the woman there, but something surreal and a feeling of intrusion.

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PostSubject: Re: Formed With Red   Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:23 pm


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Sleep did not come easily to Alicia that night.

Visions of the burning village- of the earth racing toward her- of her body literally melting beneath the brunt of the dragon's inferno plagued the dreams of the Knight as she tossed and turned in her sleep, occasionally crying out at a phantom image or an imagined feeling of agony. The worst part of it all was that these were only the beginnings of the problems she faced in her slumber.

The truth of her father and the lies therein still haunted Alicia- regardless of what her emotionless facade the day before revealed. It consumed her thoughts, overwhelmed what was left of her mind after suffering the shock of nearly dying. It was all a terrible, waking nightmare for the Knight which she knew she could never escape from. It would be wrong- stupid of her to go back to believing in her illusions, no matter how painful reality was. And, while Alicia was many things, stupid was not one of them.

Opening her eyes and expecting to feel the warm rays of the sun and the sturdy cloth of her bedroll- the Knight was more than a bit surprised to discover that neither of these things greeted her awakening. Instead she was in some sort of foreign realm- somewhere she had never been before and didn't recognize. Alicia couldn't really explain the place either- it felt like a body of sorts- a place that belonged to someone else entirely, yet held many different things within it.

"Where on Terra...?"

Dropping her hand to wear she normally kept her sword, Alicia was surprised to feel the cool touch of it's hilt. She checked the blade- which resembled her original sword, Nyla, to a T- the only issue being that her weapon had been fused onto the arm of the great dragon they had fought the day before. She was also wearing her full plate and chainmail- much of which had been destroyed by the behemoth as well. Nevertheless, things felt like they were missing- Nyla was far too light in her hands and the armor she wore was all but transparent at points.

But- she didn't dwell on these thoughts. She was more worried about the fires she had suffered from under the mighty drake and about her current mental state than how she appeared in a dream. She moved to sheath her blade- but as she raised the sword to do so- it shattered into a thousand pieces, which disintegrated as they fell through the air. Gasping in surprise, she took a step backward- causing several pieces of her armor fall off her body and crash to the floor- covered in black soot. Fire overtook her person, causing the remnants of her armor to melt off and terrible burns to appear across her body. Searing pain coursed through her being and forced her to her knees, as her very flesh was stripped from her body by the intensity of the flames. Her beautiful golden hair crumpled and fell from her head in sheathes, burnt black before it even reached the ground. The very tears she wept from the pain immediately turned to steam from the heat, stinging her eyes with salt. The misery was maddening- worse than the flames she had ever felt from the dragon- yet she could do nothing- not even cry out in white hot agony as the flames hungrily devoured her body.

It all ended abruptly, with the Knight laying smoldering on the floor though she didn't feel the heat anymore. She was, however, still terribly burnt- even if she didn't feel the pain from her wounds- they still covered most of her body. What little bits of her clothes that hadn't been incinerated were now fused to the remains of her flesh- leaving her all but naked in her nightmare. She managed to pull herself into a sitting position, pulling her blackened and boiled legs close to her body and resting her head on her knees, quietly sobbing in the dream world.

While the Hyena had saved her life- her lick had, unfortunately, done very little for her sanity. Alicia was a loathesome, mad creature now- driven to such lengths by the pain of the fire and the truth of her father.

She was certainly no longer the Knight she once claimed to be.

Yet, even amidst all of this torture, a small light still shone from within the burnt husk of the girl. If there was one thing Alica could claim to have, it was inner-strength. If she were capable of shrugging off most injuries that weren't immediately life-threatening- she certainly held a lot of willpower within her person. And while she no longer believed herself to be a Knight- she still held the code instilled within her from once being such a woman. And it was that, beyond everything else, that helped her through the most difficult of times and her darkest of hours.

At this realization- the blackened flesh began to crumble and fall off of her person- shedding the dead skin and revealing Alicia beneath.

She seemed different somehow- older almost- like some great weight had been shifted onto her person despite the fact that she wore no armor (or anything else, for that matter). With what appeared to be a great amount effort on her part- Alicia stood. With a sigh, she looked around her, attempting to get her bearings before nodding and taking slow, deliberate steps forward, quietly whispering to herself:

"I've got a lot of work cut out for me..."

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PostSubject: OOC: Sorry my posts are so short compared to yours X3   Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:47 pm

Iskra, meanwhile, continued to walk about the living realm of her own soul, giving brief nods here and there when she lifted her nose from the ground to greet one of her fellows. One-Ear was there, as was Cookie, the mad prophet beast, Storm, Pai'ik, the others. They were lounging atop the long ribs of a dead devil snake and didn't really move to greet her, respecting her focus.

The way wound on across a frozen river, and in time she found herself in a dark place. Walking through the day into the blackness of a night where the forest had faded away.

For a minute, the large beast stiffened and raised her head. The scent she followed now came from all around. She inhaled as her eyes peered into the blackness. There was a smoke, not unlike the lazy heat of Barathrum Regnum. There was an ominous scent that made her mane stand on end, not unlike the frightening scent of the dragon.

But in it all, she could smell Alicia.

"Human?" she called out tenuously into the abyss. "I mean... Alicia?"

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PostSubject: Re: Formed With Red   Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:28 am


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A voice sounded out in the darkness, familiar- bestial and obviously feminine. Alicia recalled the familiar sound- grinning slightly as she continued to walk toward the source of it. Had the Hyena, perhaps, found her way into this place as well? Clearly it was a realm of existence on some level- though it also appeared to be rather connected to Alicia's dreams- at least here, at any rate. Or, perhaps she knew the way here all along and had been waiting for the Knight?

Catching sight of the Hyena, Alicia conjured some respectable attire from the aether- as she was relatively sure she wasn't entirely dreaming since she was capable of conscious thought. Now wearing the attire she would normally wear beneath her armor (a black tank top, tight-fitting khaki trousers, boots that protected most of her calves, and fingerless, black gloves), she approached Iskra- albeit, somewhat cautiously. She may have come to a realization of sorts as to the state of her life- but that didn't mean that the image of the Hyena wasn't another mental test or some sort of antagonistic being that lived on this realm of existence. Nevertheless, she was quite sure it was the bestial woman, for whatever reason- and would only react negatively if the situation forced her to do so.

"Lady Iskra? Is that you?"

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"In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength."
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PostSubject: Re: Formed With Red   Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:07 am

Iskra smiled and chuckled out a brief laugh of greeting, seating herself within a few feet of the newly-clothed knight. "It is. I've never been called a lady, but..." The beast tilted her head to the side, much like a parrot. "What are you doing here?"

At that point, the hyena was mostly talking to herself, but she continued on with her speculations for quite some time. "Only dead things come here... dead things that I have killed and eaten, but I've never really seen this part of this place." She stood and began pacing around Alicia slowly. She didn't mean to appear predatory, but she was using her senses and her sight to determine the "realness" of this person. "It is all darkness where the rest is places that are dear to my heart. There are forests and moonlit nights, but nowhere so black as this."

A silence hung in the air as she thought for a moment, even as she continued to quietly circle the woman. "Perhaps you have brought this place with you into my spirit? Well, you are still alive and I haven't eaten you. Maybe because you were so close to death, you lost a piece of your own soul and we now share it for this moment."

It seemed a sensible enough answer, but the mechanisms behind her own ability to hold multiple spirits was poorly understood.

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PostSubject: Re: Formed With Red   Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:16 am


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"Oh... well, it's nice to know that you've unwittingly taken a part of my being into your mind- and that a fraction of my soul is missing," she said, keeping an eye on the Hyena as she stalked around Alicia. "And that I appear to have a lot of nothing in place of my spirit. Rather heartening- that statement."

With a slight frown, Alicia turned to face the Matriarch, bowing to the woman, "I don't remember if I thanked you, by the way. If you hadn't been there... Let's just say I'd be a little less corporeal now." She looked the demon in the eye before continuing,

"I owe you my life, Iskra."

This statement seemed to cause a small amount of displeasure in the Knight- though it was by no means because she owed the demon something. It was more because she was forced to rely on another for her own safety- and that she was not good enough to protect the people of the village like she had wanted to. Regardless, she continued onward, keeping a steady gaze with the beast-woman, "I owe you a major boon for that, Lady. If it is not too much to ask, I would be your shield in times of danger. It's the least I can do... and the only service I can offer in return for your kindness."

"I would, however, ask to be given a short amount of time before aiding you. I must return to my village and reconcile for my past mistakes with them. You're more than welcome to come with me, if you so wish- but Medius is quite a long journey from here." She looked a bit embarrassed to be asking of a favor while she was essentially prostrating herself before the Hyena, but her features remained adamant and it was clear that she needed to do this. "After that, I shall serve under you until I have repaid my debt- whenever that may be."

"Of course... I also understand if you would not take me- after all I failed in protecting the village from the dragon. I guess I'm a lot weaker than I ever thought I was..."

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PostSubject: Re: Formed With Red   Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:02 am

Iskra blinked as the she-knight's eyes met her own.

This wasn't the first time this thing had happened. Something in her mannerisms reminded her strongly of Lethe. Perhaps it was the warrior ethos that bred itself so strongly in some humans. Perhaps it was simply that they were both her servants now.

They differed in one area, however. Alicia spoke in a somewhat defeated manner, recounting her failure with the dragon.

Yes, it was true, the knight had failed rather spectacularly, but the dead people weren't on Iskra's mind. The fire and the other's inability to persevere through the flames and stab the stupid beast was the disappointment on the demon's mind.

"If you wish for me to come to your village, it will... honor me to accompany you. However." She walked towards the woman a bit and sat, her head tilted to the side and her snout inches from the knight's nose. "How much experience do you actually have fighting? Have you fought demons before? The things you call spirits?"

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PostSubject: Re: Formed With Red   Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:47 am


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Being so close to the Hyena was more than a bit unnerving- yet the Knight maintained her steady gaze and composure. She was quite glad that Iskra had agreed to return to her village with her- but at the same time, she wasn't exactly sure how well her people would take Alicia bringing a demon back with her- not that it much mattered, since she was heading back to cut ties with them- at least for the moment.

Regardless of all this, the Knight faltered slightly- averting her gaze when she was asked as to whether or not she had any real experience in battle. "Back at home," she began, looking back to Iskra, "We didn't really have many troubles with the like. Spirits were avoided and demons were few and far inbetween. The only true experience I've had in battle has been against un-enlightened mortals and monsters. That being said- I did recently clear a rather hefty beast out of the Village of the Earth- though, that being said, I think it was little more than an abnormally large wolf that had taken a liking to man-flesh."

She sighed slightly, averting her eyes again and looking into the darkness around her- unsure of where to go with the Hyena so close to her face. "I am ashamed to admit that I have very little experience in the "real world". I didn't even know magic existed until a little more than three months ago. I've lived a rather sheltered life, unfortunately..."

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PostSubject: Re: Formed With Red   Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:16 pm

Iskra's tongue lolled out (though the blast of breath with its permanent scent of putrefied flesh this would put in Alicia's face was unfortunate), and she grinned.

"A lack of experience is nothing to be ashamed of," she said in a tone that might have come off as comforting if it wasn't so bluntly dismissive. "Even the massive dragon was an egg once. All oak trees come from acorns that are threatened by the most harmless of squirrels."

She stood to her four feet and trotted off a short distance, perhaps a few meters.

In a flash, her fur had taken on an ethereal hue and frost shed from her form as though from a snowstorm. Indeed, the blackness of the abyss around them became presently claimed by the ethereal, grey light of a snowcloud.

But she wasn't finished changing. The animal stood up on two feet like a man, and under the light of its own form it quickly transformed into one, the fur shifting into armor and the muscles and sinews and flesh warping as it did when she turned into a woman, though this time her transformation was obviously male.

"I can give you experience," Iskra said in a low baritone, reflecting his new form. "Will you let me be your teacher? If so, I will allow you the first strike."

Reaching behind his back, the lightly armored warrior withdrew two bladed chains that had ostensibly been hidden on his form prior to the transformation.

"You needn't fear me, but if I cause you pain, it will only make you stronger."

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PostSubject: Re: Formed With Red   Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:16 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Formed With Red   Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:47 pm


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The breath of hot, dead air caught Alicia off-guard, causing her to turn her head and begin coughing for a short period of time- her features contorted in disgust at the rancidity of her breath. "Fates above..." she managed inbetween coughing fits, "I'd ask what you ate, but I most certainly don't want to know..."

Regaining her composure, the Knight nodded as Iskra spoke- glad that the Hyena didn't simply dismiss her as a waste of time. She waited in silence as the Matriarch took several paces into the darkness and became encased by frost. Amazed by this sight, Alicia could only watch in awe as the darkness around them was overtaken by the white-gray of a great snowstorm. And while she had seen Iskra transform before, it was still just as amazing as it was the first time she saw her- as fur gave way to flesh and armor and her muzzle shifted into the facial features of a man. "I will have to learn how to do that at some point..."

She nodded as Iskra offered to be her teacher and, with no hesitation, responded, "I would be honored to learn how to fight under your tutelage, Iskra."

Reaching down to her side, Alicia drew out a sword that strongly resembled Nyla from the aether around her before dropping into a practiced stance- here blade out before her with both arms holding the hilt. Raising her sword slightly to note she was ready- the Knight took a quick few steps forward- making a sideways slash at Iskra's torso with a swift- trained blow; exhaling and letting out a small shout as she did so.

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PostSubject: Re: Formed With Red   Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:57 am

Iskra's eyes narrowed and followed the knight. Slowly, he began to twirl his blades, the chain singing at the start and falling silent when the centrifugal force drew them taut. An icy electricity, an extension of the glow about her transformed form frosted the chains and crackled at the four-pointed tips of her weapon, snapping and hissing with the coldness as they cut through the air, their progress marked by a sound not unlike a winter wind blasting among cheerless, frozen trees.

Alicia's thrust was swift enough. Iskra wasn't expecting much more than what he'd seen during the battle with the dragon. The sword came swiftly, but surely towards his torso, and Iskra simply attempted sidestepped the gesture with his superior speed. His heritage as an onikonjou helped her in this instance.

There was no flash of supercooled steel towards the woman's back, however. He wasn't going to injure her immediately, as he didn't want her morale to fade until she'd clarified something.

"First lesson," the man began, his blades still spinning, but his voice serene. "Humans are very smart, but easily outclassed by spirits like myself if you aren't careful. Hell-demons especially are built to kill. That alone. Most of them aren't built to think or defend. If you want to actually hit me, you're going to have to wait for an opening."

The swinging picked up slightly in pace, the wind howling off of the blades becoming more urgent and hungry. "I want you to practice hitting me at the same time I attack you. This will keep me from dodging your counterstrike, and it will work with most other weapon-bearing spirits you encounter, even if you're faster. Ready?"

The devil didn't wait for any confirmation, instead swung the chain forward, the tips slicing through the air with a terrible force.

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PostSubject: Re: Formed With Red   Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:44 pm


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Alicia was about to protest- having been more of a defensive fighter for most of her life- she worked to protect and parry- rather than strike at the same time as someone else. She was more of a master of the parry and counter than the dodge and strike methods of swordplay. However, Iskra, it seemed, had other plans, lashing out with her blades with enormous force and speed, completely catching the Knight off guard. She barely had enough time to move her sword to deflect the oncoming chain- which broke through her guard and caught Alicia in the shoulder, spraying blood across the inky blackness.

Wincing with pain, Alicia dashed forward, dropping into a low two-handed stance immediately before the Hyena and making a mighty upward slash at her; before immediately spinning on her heel in a complete circle and thrusting forward with her blade fully extended. She had never fought someone so brutally fast and strong before- and the Knight knew her skills weren't much match for such a beast. The woman hadn't even hardly begun to use her power, and Alicia was already faltering before her strength. It was a rather big eye opener for Alicia- who had always been considered a phenomenal swordsmen by her people- unless that were another lie she created for herself?

Regardless, the Knight fought on- ignoring the inner turmoil and focusing on the battle before her. There'd be time enough for worrying later, after her bout with the demoness was through and sharp deadly things weren't flying directly at her face anymore.

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