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Chel'el'sussoloth- Kyorl'solenurn fortress

Postby Alamandorious » Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:01 pm

It didn't take much for Alamandorious to notice how T'al seemed utterly horrified, disgusted and ill at ease at the mere thought of hanging onto the book. The tone of the Warden's voice, the sudden tension in her shoulders at the mention of the Vloz'ress also indicated some terrible event in the past, beyond the normal and natural hatred for tainted.

The young Templar may not have been one for socializing, but being almost always an outsider gave one a unique ability to pick up on little things. However, despite all of this, he remained silent. Alamandorious knew that he could say nothing to aid the Warden, and although it went against the very fibre of his being to not even try to draw attention away from the matter, his own way of removing tension, he had a feeling that this was something she needed to deal with on her own.

All of these thoughts passed through his mind in a few moments. At the very end of this chain of thought, he could hear his sister's voice scolding him for being too compassionate, too soft hearted...even when dealing with one of his own kind.

And thus he held his post, attentive and dutiful as ever.
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Postby Gelorn » Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:31 am

The Inquisitor once again did not take the book for a few seconds, looking at the driection of the warden and templar behind her. Then, she smiled and gently took the book from the wardens hands before saying "Thankyou warden, I will be sure to tell just who aquired this book when I give it to the right people."

She then layed the book down on the bed before saying again "Oh, young templar by the door, I do not think you need to be so protective as to try and listen if people are outside our door listening in on us. We are among friends here and should not have to be so alert, unless you have a reason to templar?" Once again, speaking camly but directily asking of his actions of that of the goddess or of someone elses.

However, she did not allow the templar to respond and instead finally turned back to Selun and Korlin who had been silent before saying "One last thing sister. How does going to the markets to get me some dye turn into yet anther demon hunt?"

Selun then froze up before quickly saying in her defence "Well, isnt it a wardens job to cleanse the people of this city from the demons that infester it? If I were to turn a blind eye then I would be forsaking the will of our goddess, something I would never do."

The inquisitor shook her head slowly before replaying "Still, you are still wounded and should not be actively searching for demons to purify... plus it seems that you have completely forgotten about the dye that I asked for, correct."

To these words Selun went completely silent, and Korlin next to Selun mearly started shaking his head slowly.
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Postby Alendara » Sun Jun 11, 2006 3:30 pm

"I thank you for deigning to give me such credit, milady..." The Inquisitor was, in truth, beginning to get a little on her nerves. However, that was a fact that T'al would never admit to herself. To think such things of her superior was near to heresy in her mind, so she remained quiet for a time, as the woman reprimanded Selun and Korlin for their efforts earlier in the day. In fact, the woman even seemed to question Alamandorious's actions, when all he was doing was standing guard for them. He was only doing his duty, and even that seemed unable to escape the Inquisitor's scrutiny.

As Selun fell silent, T'al took it as her time to speak up. "Please, do not hold such things against them, milady. They were sidetracked only because they were trying to help me against a Vloz'ress Berserker. They were only trying to help a fellow servant of the Goddess." She whispered a small prayer after mentioning the Goddess, but kept her eyes focused on the sitting woman.
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Eh...

Postby Alamandorious » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:24 pm

The Drowussu wasn't annoyed at the inquisitor's question, nor did it bother Alamandorious that he wasn't given a chance to reply. He did not, however, abandon his post by the door. Despite assurances that they were amongst friends, and his certainty they were, taking no chances had been drilled into him from the time he was young.

He could hear his father's voice,"Your duty is to protect. This duty cannot be shirked, even if you find yourself amongst an army of allies, behind the most secure fortress walls ever created. Remember that the knife can come at any time, even when it is the most unlikely. Be ready to defend at all times, for that is your purpose in the eyes of the Goddess."

The words echoed inside of his mind as the memory passed. Let the inquisitor attempt to find darkness inside of him; she would only find loyalty and duty.

Still, she was his superior, so he leaned his back against the door more casually, at least allowing a minimal amount of relaxation wash over his shoulders. Alamandorious lowered his guard slightly, but was unwilling to lower it completely.
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Postby Gelorn » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:27 pm

The Inquisitor turned once again to T'al as she shpoke to her once again, and replied to the warden with a small smile "Fear not warden, I am not questioning my sister, rather asking out of concern. You see she was hurt only a couple of days ago by a neither summoner who used earth magic and was in a dangerous condition when brought back here by Korlin here. Her wounds have mostly healed however thanks to the blessing of the godess but still she is fradgile. I actually wanted her to stay in the temple till she was at full strength again but she was getting restless so I allowd her to do a little errand for me so that she oculd get out and move a bit."

At this point the inquisitor sighed before continuing, "However, her ability to run into demons has seemed to once again shown itself. You see she has a nack of running into demons whilst patrolling, nearly every hunt she has been on she has managed to purify atlest one demon. How she does it is still beyond me." The Inquisitor then starts shaking her head slowly.

Selun then spoke up, saying "Its the godesses will, nothing else. She watches over me and leads me to them, nothing more." before smiling an innocent smile. Korlin next to her during all this remained quiet... as usual.
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Hrm...

Postby Alamandorious » Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:36 am

OOC: This will be a short post; I don't know how many different ways I can post 'stands guard at the door quietly' ;P


Alamandorious quirked an eyebrow at the innocent smile of the other warden. Somehow...he got the feeling that the goddess had help in guiding her to demons. He decided, however, to keep his mouth firmly in the shut position, despite a brief upward quirking of his lips, indicating amusement at the proclaimation.
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Postby Alendara » Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:28 pm

T'al nodded in sincere apology, somewhat embarassed at having questioned an Inquisitor. It was not her place, and she should not have even considered it. Keeping her eyes lowered slightly, she replied, "My apologies Inquisitor- I was unaware of your sister's prior injuries. I am somewhat thankful for how things played out, though." With that she fell silent, crossing her hands over her thighs and raising her head back up to attention. Blue eyes twinkled with the flickering torchlight, but the rest of her face remained devoid of emotion. Her usual self seemed to be returning.

There was a pause, in which all stood unnerved, and then T'al bade herself to speak once more. She intended it to be the last time of the night. "If you've no other business with me, Inquisitor, Warden," she glanced to each in turn as she spoek their titles, "then I think I should return to my house's halls, and have a word with my mother. It is not right to be idle in the Goddess's house, and I intend to receive a new mission right away." She paused a moment for responses, then began to turn to the door.

If the Goddess is kind today, then mother will just give me a mission and be done with it. I'm in no mood of her lectures...
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Postby Gelorn » Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:13 am

The Inquisitor turned and smiled at both the warden and the templar after the warden had finished speaking before saying "Yes, that is true. Go, with the blessings with the goddess. I pray that she continues to guide you two with the diligence that you have shown here today..."

Selun mearly started waiving a hand, signalling goodbye, to her two new friends. Korlin still remained silent, but watched them with a friendly expression instead of a cold one.
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Postby Alamandorious » Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:46 am

Alamandorious straightened from his leaning position against the door when T'al indicated her readiness to depart. Although he wasn't truly her Templar, he felt that he should see things through to the end. He rolled his shoulders slightly, stretching his muscles lightly and grasping the handle of the door.

He nodded to the inquisitor,"Thank you for your kind words, however I merely happened upon the scene after the matter," he murmured, preferring honesty to taking part of the credit for someone else's work. Nodding and smiling to Korlin and Selun in return, Alamandorious focused his attention on T'al,"If you would like, Warden, I would escort you to your halls," he said, opening the door for her,"I would consider it an honor if you were to allow it."
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Postby Alendara » Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:45 am

"Thank you Inquisitor- I pray the same for all our brethren, every day of my life." She nodded, more to herself then anything, and started for the door again. She paused, however, when she found Alamandorious standing before it, barring her path. She was about to ask him to move, when she found him turning to grasp the door handle, opening it for her. She was surprised by the kind gesture- a gesture without a single order- and actually let the slightest hint of a smile slip across her face. Her boots rose again in turn...and then the Templar spoke, sending shock racing through her mind. An honor?

She paused a moment to consider, before replying. "That's really not necessary, but I do think you very much for the offer...and in the end I think I'll take you up on it." She passed by him and beneath the doorway, lingering outside only to give a wave of a hand at Selun, Korlin, and the Inquisitor. It was rare she received such kind gestures from anyone, so she thought it only right to return them. Turning upon her heel then, she began moving a few steps of her would be accompaneer. With every stride, her naginata clicked upon the stones of the floor, reverberating down the hall. It would not take long to reach the halls of her family. The thought actually brought a bit of weight upon her heart.
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Postby Alamandorious » Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:11 am

The tall Templar bowed respectfully to those remaining behind with the Inquisitor, and to the Inquisitor herself, as he backed into the hallway and pulled the door gently shut once more. Then he turned to follow the Warden, his movement so sharp and precise that his cloak billowed fluidly behind him in the artificial breeze created. Alamandorious fell into easy step behind and slightly to the left of T'al, matching her pace precisely, if unconsciously.

Pulling back his hood, finally, to reveal his long white and silver-streaked hair once more, he took a moment to assess the woman in front of him. In his mind, she seemed as driven for duty as he was, but instead of finding release in accomplishing her duties as he would, T'al seemed to become more and more disenheartened as they walked. It wasn't that hard to guess...a slight stiffening of her posture, a slight slump to her shoulders...it was as if some weight were settling on her the closer they got to her dwellings.

The male Drowussu thought it was a shame; one who served the goddess was burdened with duty, but it was a burden all those loyal to Sharess were more than willing, even eager to bear. No, this was something outside of that burden...something else...and likely, something private.

Alamandorious cleared his throat slightly, his mind trying to come up with appropriate words...unfortunately, as observant as he was, his social ability was lacking...it made speaking comforting words difficult at best, especially with someone whom he just met.

"Warden...T’alisania," he began, his voice halting and somewhat uncomfortable, but at the same time as warm and compassionate as the expression in his aqua eyes,"I know...that we have just met, and perhaps we will have the chance to become better aquainted in the future, I hope...but if you ever need to relieve a burden you are carrying and require a sympathetic ear...I would gladly be that ear. As my older sister always told me: carrying ones burdens for too long will cause pain and sorrow throughout ones life, and much regret," he finished, his cheeks tinging pink as he looked slightly off to one side,"Even if you do not accept now, even if we remain complete strangers, my offer will always stand."

With that, he fell silent, worried that perhaps he had overstepped his bounds. It was against his nature to see good people suffer without at least trying to help.
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Postby Alendara » Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:43 am

Goddess, may you walk before me, eternally my shepard. Goddess, may you stand before me as a fortress, and shield me from harm. Goddess may you be my blade... The old quote echoed through her mind, a memory of happier times from her childhood. A memento from the days when her sister had still walked the world, slaying Demons and chastising T'al for slacking in her duties. A memento from the days when dear Zhin'toro had stood firmly at her side, ever filling her life with joyful laughter. Yet, one can never bring the past to life again.

Blue eyes darkened as she wandered down old white halls, faces growing more familiar as she went. Most kept their posture straightened, heads held high as they walked, regardless of her passing- but the occassional servant would pause as she moved by, stooping low in a sort of bow. So many ghosts lingered here- tormenting visages of days long gone- so many things she wished to put behind her, but she knew it would never be to any avail.

Then, from the darkness of her own mind, T'al heard a familiar voice calling her back. She blinked, realizing she had missed a turn required to reach her mother's quarters. No matter, though, that could always be corrected later- for now, she needed to deal with the Templar. Turning, she tossed a patch of her snowy white hair over her shoulder, and out of her eyes- sparkling eyes of ocean blue, that watched Alamandorious unwaveringly. Many a man had found them quite intimidating, even amidst her own house, even when she wasn't trying. Perhaps she was just naturally unsociable.

In silent consideration, she took in all the Templar's words. She watched his eyes light up with hope, even as his lips quivered with the terror of possible rejection. She heard his request, poked and stabbed at it with her mind, weighing it under thorough examination, before giving him her reply. The cold look in her eyes seemed to lighten slightly as she did.

"Dear Templar," she began, "you are quite sweet for offering, and I will always keep that notion close at heart. However, I will have to pass on it for the moment. As you are not of my house I don't expect you to know it- but I don't generally have a reputation of sociability. I am a cold killer, honed in service of the Goddess, and dedicated to fulfilling her commands. I am...little else, and thus I keep my feelings to myself. They have not hurt me yet, so far as I can see...hopefully it shall stay that way." She sighed, shaking her white locks, and started past him towards the missed hallway.

Turning right, she paused, eyes flicking to the two stone-faced guards at her mother's door. Naginatas in hand, they looked as statues, fierce and uninviting. Turning back to the Templar, she continued, "I would be honored to work with you though, Templar. These are my family's halls now...and this, my mother's room. I thank you agan for the escort." Slapping a fist to her breast, she bowed to him cordially, bangs dropping over her face. "May Sharess guide you, sir."
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Postby Alamandorious » Thu Jun 22, 2006 10:46 am

There was no disappointment, nor intimidation, in his eyes as his offer was kindly, if only partially, rejected. Instead, as T'al mentioned her lack of sociability, his lips quirked upwards into an ironic smile...he had the same problem, although his manifested through sometimes incoherent speech and nervous stuttering. However, the smile lasted but a brief moment as he nodded, saying no more as she walked past him again.

He followed her to the doors of her house, returning her bow with one of his own, fist-over-heart as hers was, and not a hair falling out of place,"May the Goddess forever light your path, good lady," he replied, almost ritualistically, as he straightened and regarded her with surprising warmth,"I would be honored if you were to call upon me, Warden...I am certain we will meet again, regardless," he added, his lips quirking upwards into another brief smile.

Then, turning on his heel, he strode away, his cloak and hair billowing momentarily in the breeze created by his sudden, sharp movement. When his face was no longer visible, his expressive aqua eyes became blank walls as his attention focused inwards.

"Truly, Warden, you are far more than you give yourself credit for...far more than a simple minded killer. One day, I hope that you will see for yourself..." he thought, briefly, before his mind began to work out his routine for the next day.

OOC: Sorry if this isn't overly good...going on 24 hours of being awake after a full 8 hour shift of work :P
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Postby Alendara » Tue Jun 27, 2006 6:35 pm

T'al watched in silence as the Templar strode away. Blue eyes followed his every step, staring longer than she should have. How could she help it though? In him she could see a reflection of poor Zhin'toro...she could see his smile, and the twinkle in his eyes as he made his silly little jokes. Age-old laughter flooded through her ears, and she felt goosebumps spread up her skin. In her mind she could almost hear the boy's voice. She cringed, hearing that sweet sound whisper, "T'al, why didn't you help me?"

She brought a hand to her face, wincing back the pain that shot through her mind. When she pulled it back, she found it wet from tears, and quickly dragged her sleeve across her face. Servants of the Goddess, especially Wardens, were not supposed to let emotion slip...let alone tears. Why must I always be so weak? The thought echoed through her mind as she turned, Naginata clicking on the floor as she moved. Emotion drained from her face once again, and by all means, she grew cold.

The guards at her mother's door parted when she looked to them- they made no effort to bar her entrance. Pressing open the door after a simple knock, T'al slipped into the room unannounced. Her eyes quickly laid upon the form of her mother, stooped over a desk, furiously writing off a note- probably to some fellow noble.

"Mother?" She asked after a moment had passed. The woman's quill stopped, and her head rose, though she didn't turn.

"T'alisania. What news does my daughter bring me?"

"My patrol of the Black Dragon Tavern went well. By the Goddess' will I slew three of the tainted as they left the place. In addition, due to assistance from a Sarghress, and two fellow servants of the Goddess, I was able to slay a Berserker." The final word seemed to strike her mother's interest, her head turning slightly, that she might look over her shoulder at her daughter.

"What was a Berserker doing in the middle of the city?"

"I don't know mother- but he and two mercenaries were aiding a Vloz'ress noble esc-"

"A noble? Escape?" Her mother interrupted. "Was he one of the three you slew?"

"No, mother. They succesfully retreated with him, but I did obtain his diary and notes. It seems he was a Demonologist." She felt her mother's stare darken, and realized she had to better explain herself. "I-I gave the book to an Inquisitor, at her request, mother." The woman sighed, and rose up, crossing the room towards her.

"Very well. I'm sure it will come up soon enough then. Meanwhile, I have a new job for you."

"Yes, mother?"

"A Vloz'ress Scourge was sighted around Ssussunui recently, with several Mercenaries as escort. If they're going to be so stupid as to think they can hide in plain sight, they are wrong." She straightened herself up, taking on an almost regal pose, her long white hair billowing down her back. "Take any additional people you might need, and hurry over there. Letting this creature escape would tarnish our house's credibility. Go." With a wave of her hand, she dismissed T'al, and headed back for her desk.

Bowing, T'al headed for the door, only to be stopped by one last query from her mother. "T'al...I know you came back with several of our number. Tell me- did you find a suitable blade amongst them?" THere was a moment of silence, and then a loud creak as she slowly pulled the door open.

"No." That was the last thing she said before disappearing back out into the hall. Scurrying off after Alamandorious, hoping to catch him before he was vanished into the many halls of the citadel. A heavy sigh filled her mother's room, and then the old woman went back to writing.
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Postby Alamandorious » Tue Jun 27, 2006 8:11 pm

As the Templar moved through the crowded corridors, his height and bearing gave him a fairly clear path. Even so, he had ample opportunity to demonstrate his nimbleness as he shifted his weight to avoid coming into contact with others without slowly his forward progress. He virtually glided along the smooth surface of the floor beneath him, movements honed by daily training.

Despite all of this, his attention was focused inward, thoughts of no significant importance concerning matters of routine playing one after the other in his mind. Coming to an intersection, Alamandorious paused, his attention once leaving his inner mind to view the world around him. A decision needed to be made.

"I still haven't eaten yet," he murmured to himself, glancing first along the north corridor, then down the southern,"Have something prepared at home...or go to one of the public eateries..."

Yes. Even someone as duty-bound as Alamandorious has mundane thoughts such as these.
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