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Magi by Training: Strange Forms (Always Open)

Postby PKGriffin » October 2nd, 2011, 2:03:35 pm

The magi live peacefully as mediators of the magical world, resolving conflicts and attaining peace among magi, common folk, and the famed magical creatures. This is how it has always been, and how the story has always been portrayed. However, the Keep tends to keep with its tradition of secrecy, hiding any unfortunate events that may happen around the magi. One such incident involved a spell gone wrong, one which cast a faint charm on the air, and led to a strain of unusual curses on young common folk children.

It should be realized, of course, that magic is, and always has been, a rare trait; those few lucky young ones who show signs of a magical aura at birth are sent off to the Keep before their seventh year. The ability had been for centuries a nascent trait, but with the event of a poorly manufactured spell, this trend appeared to change. Though still uncommon, children who were most certainly common folk began to develop magical abilities; a child who was one year just a simple boy or girl could be well on their way to becoming a magi in training. Of course, the Keep had to take these unusual cases in, for training young magi was the Keep's purpose, but the legitimacy of these children's powers soon became a very important issue.

It was not long after the "new magi," as the developed magic users were called, appeared that certain magi began to show signs of a new power type. At some apparently random time, some magi (including the "new magi" who powers had appeared later in life) would very violently change shape into a magical creature. While shape-shifting magi, those naturally talented in the complex magical art of changing form, had existed in the higher ranks, these random shape-shifters could be young or old, well-trained veterans or new trainees.The shifting was also quite different, for the magi would be in pain for the transformation, and they often briefly lost control of their body, truly becoming the wild creature they appeared. It was uncontrollable, and though most of these transforming magi turned into peaceful creatures, like Jerboa Rats and Axolotls, the threat of uncontrolled, effectively wild Dragons and Hellhounds became unnerving to the Council of Magi for obvious reasons. It was deemed that any mage who shape-shifted like this would be confined as a creature and given guards as a human, in case of the transformation occurring again.

But these two instances were rare and recent cases; for the rest, the Keep has remained the safest haven in the world, for both magi and creatures. The students continue to learn and practice their magic, while the more experienced magi teach, and the creatures continue to bond with their owners, assisting them as they have for centuries. Now it is your turn to be a part of that community, but you are destined for something beyond merely being a part of the Keep's body of magi; you, and your companions, are destined for greatness.





Guides
You are a person in the Keep; I leave the rest up to you, whether you are a magi or not, dark or light, unique or not. Obviously, I would prefer if you begin either in or on your way to the Keep, as this will keep the plot easier. There is no age limit, but if you have a very young or old character with a certain degree of skill, please give reason for their abilities or lack thereof, however the case may be. You must be human, Naga, Centaur, or Mermaid; if the site gets more allies while this roleplay is active, then those will count as playable characters as well. Magi are included as humans, though the half-human allies may also use magic. In addition to the traditional magi, who are born with their powers, there are common folk, new magi (those who develop powers later in life), and the Cursed (magi who randomly shape-shift into one type of magical creature). New magi and the Cursed are unfortunately outcasts among fellow magi at the Keep due to their odd traits, but they are not the only unusual cases. There are always a few magi who stand out because of unique talents, skills, histories, or traits. Please only use creatures from the Magistream world as your companions; your character may have as many as they like, but it would probably be best to only have a couple of creatures out at a time. Remember that in a world of magic, nearly anything is possible. All that I ask is that you fill out all parts of the form, stick to the rules, create an interesting character, and above all, have fun.




(Now, onto the boring part. I do expect you to read these rules, though.)

Rules
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Form
(This is an example for with what should be filled out in each section. Please do a good job on the form, and post it in the OOC thread.)
Username: (Your Username. Hint: it is that second word in the "Welcome _____" on the main page when you are logged in. If you have trouble remembering this, I fear that I cannot help you in any way, shape, or form.)
Character Name: (Please put something that you would want your character to be called here. If you put something that you do not want your character to be called, then I reserve the right to call your character exclusively by that name.)
Age: (If you can't decide, that your best guess; I will allow unusual ages if you give me a good excuse.)
Gender: (It will usually be one of two things.)
Appearance: (Minimum of one paragraph; picture may be included as well, but please list the site and/or artist of the image.)
Personality: (Minimum of one paragraph; like the above traits, this is fairly self-explanatory.)
History: (Minimum of one paragraph; this can include your character's personal history, background, family history, ect.)
Favored Creature: (If your character has one creature that they travel around with, add them here; if not, then give your character's most desired creature.)
Powers and Skills: (Any spells, abilities, or skills that your character specializes in; each physical skill has a limit, and every magical ability has a weakness; if you do not include a weakness, I will make one for you >;} ...)
"Achilles Heel": (Your character's greatest weakness; if you would like to include all of their weaknesses, go ahead, but remember that this must be a challenge for your character to deal with regularly.)
Rank: (Magi can be ranked from one to six; one is a new arrival to the Keep and a training magi; two is a magi who has covered the basic spells and is working on their specializations; three is a magi who has nearly mastered a specific skill and is sent on more dangerous quests; four is a magi who tutors younger students and works at specializing in several different fields of magical studies; five is the rank of a teacher and a masterful magi, one who has advanced control over every basic realm of magic, as well as a unique specialization; six is the rank of a Council of Magi member, the highest rank attainable by anyone other than an Archmage, who is also ranked at six, even if their skill is higher than any of the other council members. Most of us will be level four or lower.)
Favored Magic: (Which area of magic does your magi hope to study and master? Or, which one do they have the most talent in, or, which one do they find the most interesting? This can be anything, but you may only list one type)
Character Type: (Is your character a traditional magi, a new magi, an ally, or a cursed? Or are they something else entirely? If you would like your character to be a unique type, like a non-magic user or a permanently-shifted magi, then PM me.)
Other: (Again, self-explanatory; if you want your character to carry around a weapon, jewelry, have a crush, or use or do anything else unique, then write that here.)

(Here is the actual form)
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[b]Username:[/b]
[b]Character Name:[/b]
[b]Age:[/b]
[b]Gender:[/b]
[b]Appearance:[/b]
[b]Personality:[/b]
[b]History:[/b]
[b]Favored Creature:[/b]
[b]Powers and Skills:[/b]
[b]"Achilles Heel":[/b]
[b]Rank:[/b]
[b]Favored Magic:[/b]
[b]Character Type:[/b]
[b]Other:[/b]


*Also, if you would like to be a shape-shifter, know that you must be a Cursed or a rank-four+ magi. Cursed can only take on one creature form, rank-four+ magi can take on one small (cat-sized) and one medium (horse-size) creature form, and any rank above four can take on up to three forms. You may chose more forms if you want to be able to turn into a plant or an inanimate object.

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Re: Magi by Training: Strange Forms (Open)

Postby PKGriffin » October 2nd, 2011, 2:04:09 pm

Characters:


Username: PKGriffin
Character Name: Raylone Sham



Username: PKGriffin
Character Name: Saimlee Courge



Username: Woxai
Character Name: Thal Siband - inactive



Username: Magius
Character Name: Ancient



Username: Twiggy
Character Name: Idin Gale



Username: Twiggy
Character Name: Shay Oxro



Username: Mathcat - inactive
Character Name: Rykian



Username: Mathcat
Character Name: Larathen



Username: Euphoria
Character Name: Kia Desiren



Username: ChibiAsh
Character Name: Cade


Username: Piney
Character Name: Hsina



Username: KKGrey
Character Name: Thupelli Cuarden


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Re: Magi by Training: Strange Forms (Open)

Postby PKGriffin » October 16th, 2011, 1:40:35 am

Characters Cont.

Username: TheStrangeWierdo
Character Name: Carrow


Username: Payton
Character Name: Payton


Username:Ittybritty196
Character Name:Danton


Username: DoctorAwkward
Character Name: Solstice (Soli for short)


Username: Spectrospecs
Character Name: Thalia


Username: TangleLore
Character Name: Minerva D. Ralia
Age: 13
Gender: female
Appearance: figure thin and milky pale she seems to have a somewhat bluish unhealthy glow as if she's constantly sickly. Her hair a lovely brown and is scattered with silver and grey and hangs about her head in waves reaching to her shoulders but no further. Having no bangs her hair sweeps about her face in a oval showing off her pale face all the more and black rings under her eyes. Having been around the keep for many a year most people are use to her appearance as she isn't really all that sickly at all it's just she appears so. Her clothing always seems a bit ragged as she loves to run about and curiously poke her nose in every place she can find dangerous or not.
Personality: friendly and happy she is slow to respond but easily able to grow excited and speak rapidly. Clumsy to a fault she will wring and worry at the hem of her shirts or robes and shift from foot to foot when shy or stressed in some manner. When angry she'll grow a sudden temper, shout and yell before bursting into tears and refusing to listen to another for awhile. Eventually when calmed or soothed enough she'll pout and then mumble an apology followed by more tears and sniffles.
History: At a very young age she typically like other magi was found to carry a strange. .. aura, one that made the area around her dark or seem deeply shadowy. This disturbed a bit of her family and maybe the magi who gathered her up a little as well, for a magi with a dark affinity. . .it wouldn't be all that strange if she chose a darker path. But with the advice of the magi and careful raising from her parents Minerva turned out to be a friendly kind child who once was old enough was sent to the great keep for new training.
Favored Creature: Male Lunestre Dragon (green) name of Rue
Powers and Skills: dark smog: Minerva is capable of creating a dark pitch black fog capable of stopping the brightest light from penetrating and blinding all who stand within it. The only side effect is any magical orb of light created can weaken and eventually displace the darkness. Sapping mist: Minerva can also create another type of smog much lighter in color that surrounds plants and animals capable of sapping their life away unfortunately this smog can work on her too. black eye sight capable of seeing through the darkest recesses including magical darkness she is capable of dispelling such darkness easily with a mere tampering of her own dark magics. Her ability's are still growing thus only these three are available to her right now.
"Achilles Heel": Light the brighter it is the worse it is on her, she winces and grows headaches often having to shield herself from the sun she is somewhat depressed by this unable to play and laugh under the sun just as carefree as other children. Her dark fogs and mists plus other abilities makes the strange dark aura around her grow worse and seeming to sap the strength straight from her, the magic she has is raw and uncontrolled thus takes all of her energy at this moment to use making her very tired and somewhat sick as her constant ability to see in the dark is always active. Not only is natural light a problem though but magical is far worse, this in itself makes her sick and feeble thus why she seems somewhat sickly at all times, so much magic good and bad floating about it's bad for her light allergy.
Rank: one
Favored Magic: dark magics though only because she feels knowing them can teach her how to counter act them. . .she wishes to learn how to cure curses when she is older.
Character Type: Normal, but cursed in a different way.
Other: loves blackberries but strangely hates sweets and sugary things.


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Re: Magi by Training: Strange Forms (Open)

Postby RewinAncient » October 16th, 2011, 2:21:20 am

[[Oh ok, I'll post it in the OOC thread]]
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Re: Magi by Training: Strange Forms (Open)

Postby PKGriffin » October 16th, 2011, 2:56:48 am

Magius wrote:Username: Magius
Character Name: Ancient
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Appearance: http://cdn.myanimelist.net/images/clubs/1/91624m.jpg (general appearance) He has light silver eyes with a piercing gaze. He is 6'5, 280 lbs, muscularly built but doesn't look very large. He has tanned skin, but it is not very dark. He usually has tight black short sleeve t-shirts on, with baggy black jeans that sag and black converse. He wears a glove like in the picture on his right hand, as that is where his power is contained. Ancient also has a 5 ft long black dragon tail with silver spines that are 2 inches long protruding from the top of it due to his history. Both his hands and left foot are dragon parts also, black scales with shiny 4 in black claws that he can retract with ease.
Personality: Gemini, adventurous, loyal, quick to act.
History: He was brought up around the idea that dragons were his kin, as he spent his entire childhood around them and being taught around them. He accidentally injected himself with a small vile of the leader's blood, and therefore became one of them. His parents made him an outcast as they couldn't stand to see such a sight, and Ancient has been an outcast ever since the age of 12, and has even taken the leader's name for his, Ancient.
Favored Creature: A rewin ancient named Zenic, although his most desired creature to have is a Valcerian dragon
Powers and Skills: Shape-shifter, teleportation, invisibility, calling on the air element.
"Achilles Heel": Cold climates, icey attacks, polluted or filthy air.
Rank: 4
Favored Magic: Any concerned with dragons or air.
Character Type: Cursed
Other: Ancient has these creatures with him:

An ember drake named Kunera (female)
A dragon koi named Watson (male)
A hellhound named Quill (male)
A regular rewin named Shayan and another named Yentai (both male)
A soulflame cerberus named Ryperes (male)

Is this an ok entry PK?

{For future reference, I would prefer that forms be posted in the OOC Thread. Here are a few other slight problems that I would like you to deal with before being accepted:

You may want to change his clothing a little, as I don't think that "Ye Olde Magi" had jeans. I would also like you to explain more about his powers and possibly his history at the Keep, if you could, just so that I can get an idea of how he developed his powers. Is he a shapeshifter because of his being a Cursed? If so, then explain what creature he turns into.

Once you fix these up, re-post the form and I will add it.}


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Re: Magi by Training: Strange Forms (Open)

Postby PKGriffin » October 26th, 2011, 8:00:39 pm

Interest bump: Just one more player and we can begin.


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Re: Magi by Training: Strange Forms (Open)

Postby PKGriffin » December 14th, 2011, 2:38:14 am

Bump, again. Still need one more player.


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Re: Magi by Training: Strange Forms (Open)

Postby PKGriffin » January 1st, 2012, 7:34:12 pm

{Now we shall begin.}

Just as the sun was setting on the first day of the New Year's Celebration, the Arkai Magi came out onto the clear wooden stage and prepared to send up their renowned firelights, as was the traditional starting ceremony for the celebrations. The eldest chanted in a little-known tongue known only to those from the far south of Voltar, and a dim orange globe formed in front of him, illuminating his hands. The elderly magi smiled at the eager crowd, and winked playfully, as his younger apprentices and companions began their own magical lights. Tensions rose in the Keep's audience as the lights grew brighter, first slowly, then faster, with more energy, until they burned bright like little suns and coughed out sparks from all sides. The master magi stopped chanting, and his companions followed, until at once they all yelled a simultaneous musical word and threw their lights into the sky in unison. The orbs flew high into the air, above the tallest walls and towers of the Keep itself, until they reached a particular height and exploded into spectacular plumes of color, fire, light, and magic. Even as the first firelights faded, more formed in their place and exploded with the same tenacity, illuminating the euphoric faces of the vast crowd below. The New Year's Celebration had begun.

* * * * *


The festivities were a short relief to one particular magi of the Keep, whose duties were tied short because of the party. Raylone Sham, for all of his appearance a simple Anaugi, was lying on a barrel next to a warm stall. The stall sold freshly-roasted meat on sticks, lightly salted and seasoned. The smell was heavenly, even for the Anaugi magi who only ate vegetables, but he preferred the warmth of the magical embers that kept the meat heated. Ray closed his eyes lazily, basking in the heat as the firelights went up with loud whistles and long, drawn moans.

The Anaugi magi was pleased to have this time to relax, as he rarely had time to himself on ordinary days. Always busy and running about, sending this message here or there -- every minute counted in the courier branch, and there were never fewer than a hundred messages or packages to deliver each day to the magi around the keep. But while everyone was celebrating the winter festivities, Ray could finish his duties early and rest alongside the other party-goers.

He grinned to himself, rolling to one side to make the barrel more comfortable. His long tail thrashed on its own a few times, eventually landing in the hot embers. He yawned happily, shifting his legs and twirling his tail around the hot embers. As a fire-lizard, he was resistant to the coals, and rather enjoyed them. "Hey, you," the man behind the counter grumbled at the Anaugi magi. "Get out of there, you silly beast, you'll catch fire."

Hardly, Ray yawned, disinterested in the gruff, young cook's antics. Anaugi are flame-resistant. Surely you would know this, as a Keep cook? I hear that the fire-loving beasts often go down to the kitchens and play around in the coals of the fires after a meal. He turned and sneaked a look at the cook, opening one light blue eye, glinting with joy at the surprise on the man's face. The cook was young, likely a few years short of Ray himself, and a surprisingly thin man for his low voice. This cook had not been briefed about the Keep's magi, at least not well enough to know of those who could shape-shift. This was hardly surprising, though, with the true shape-shifters few and far between.

Out of good (or perhaps bad) humor, Ray slapped his tail hard on the young cook's embers, sending ashes around and up in the air. "Hey, quit that, you!" the man yelled, nudging the lizard's tail away with iron cooking tongs. He seemed keen to ignore the magi's comment, perhaps thinking it a figment of his mind that a lizard should be capable of human speech, but the frightened caution with which he pushed Ray away was a sign enough that Ray had upset this man. Good, he thought to himself, this time refraining from speaking aloud. He should think better of all of the Keep's creatures, shape-shifters or not. Hopefully he will learn in the coming weeks.

How undignified, he sniffed playfully at the man, pulling his tail off of the stall, and clambering down the barrel. Ray shot another mischievous glance at the cook, smiling as a true Anaugi never could, before running off between the shuffling feet of the Keep's crowd. He eventually came to a fence, the outreaches of the training grounds where the celebration was currently being held, and clambered up onto it, relieved to be out of the reach of clumsy feet.

* * * * *

Siamlee Courge stood some distance away from the crowd, watching the lights with half-irritated, half-tired eyes. She wasn't in any way opposed to the festivities, and in fact enjoyed such colorful celebrations in her home town of Karenth, to the southwest of the keep. But this was not Karenth, and she was not among her friends and family. Saim was also unfamiliar with the magical lights that the Arkai Magi sent up into the sky, and preferred to keep her distance until she could confirm that the falling embers were in no way harmful. These Arkai Magi were recent visitors to the Keep, travelers from a good distance to the far south, yet when Saim had seen them in the Keep, their master seemed cold and only spoke to the higher-ranking magi -- magi whom Saim had always mistrusted. Whether they were unrehearsed in the central land's customs, or were merely sour in personality, Saim could not tell. Regardless, she was wary of the Arkai for their dealings with the Council members.

"Magic," she grumbled,rolling her eyes to the sky and pulling up her doeskin hood. The magic was only a small part of her poor temperament toward the celebration; day in and day out, Saim spent her hours training it this training field, which at the moment was cluttered with local villagers, magi, stalls, banners, creatures, and performers. This made it rather difficult to play around with her weapons, as Saim enjoyed when others were fooling around at parties, and because the next few days were set aside for celebration, the Quest Organizers had made it clear that no menial adventures would be put out for at least a week. Thus, Saim had to find her own unique forms of entertainment.

She ventured to the stalls along the edge of the dancing area. Bloody fools, she thought bitterly as she watched the dancers running about to the faint music played from behind the wooden stage. They're scuffing up my training arena. When Saim reached the meat stall, she spoke to the cook. There were numerous non-magical people around the Keep, or those with weak abilities, who stayed around to perform simple tasks like cleaning and cooking. Saim often talked to these people rather than the flashy magical students. "Ronshen," she called to the flimsy new cook. "I'm heading out again. Do you need any venison or rabbits. Pheasants, wood-chickens, perhaps?"

The man turned away from cleaning his stall -- a large amount of ash had scattered around the ebony-wood rim -- and looked at Saim with surprise. "Oh, I didn't hear you come up. Shouldn't you be dancing or celebrating? It's the New Year in a few hours, after all." He beamed happily, enjoying the hungry and appreciative looks of the younger magi as they ravenously wolfed down his treats. Ronshen was becoming known around the Keep as one of the best butchers and meat cooks.

"Naw," Saim huffed. "I'm heading out. Keep you and the others stocked. Not everyone can be lollygagging all of the time here. So I didn't hear an answer; how much, and what do you need?"

"Nothing, really. We have everything we need for tonight. Everyone'll be stuffed with snacks and treats within the hour, so I don;t want any of your hunting to go to waste." He smiled sympathetically and with good intentions, though his forehead was creased with wariness. Many of the people who talked to Saim wore the same expression.

She smiled warmly, and then said in a rough voice, "I'll bring your two stags and some rabbits. Maybe a boar, if I find one. They're rare, but I think I can manage. Yes, yes I think I'll bring you a nice, strong boar." She began to walk off, relishing the hunt that was to come soon, and the smile quickly faded from Ronshen's face.

"N-no, wait!" he called back, waving scarred and burned hands. "Wait, I don't need all of that, honestly! I'm fine, I have plenty of game stocked up! Saimlee!" She wasn't quite out of hearing distance yet, but she ignored him all the same. Ronshen grumbled something, and then weakly called again, "Leave the Kirin and Jackalopes alone this time, will you?"

Saim laughed richly. He was joking, as was she, but the threat of accidentally harming one of the Keep's magical creatures was something of an issue. There were numerous Keep creatures that, at a distance, much resembled the ordinary animals that Saim hunted as a young girl. The difference was always apparent, however, when the animal burst into flame or vanished into thin air. She had never had the bad luck of accidentally hitting a Keep creature.

But as Saim was heading off past Lake Lakira and into the first patch of forest, and dark figure crossed her path. A wigged cat, black and silken-furred with a few light patches, arched its back and mewed playfully. Saim sighed, shooing it away with her hands. The cat was Suvon, one of her own, she was sure -- somehow, magi could always tell their own creatures apart from the thousands of others around the Keep -- but Saim never particularly liked this cat. Suvon was mischievous and cold-hearted, as far as Saim could tell, and not the adorable, fluffy cat that Liyla was. Saim attempted to step past the cat, but Suvon jumped and caught her boot, grabbing at it with sharp claws, mewing again.

"Let me go!" Saim growled. She considered shaking the cat off of her boot, but Saim was not so harmful to the Keep's creatures. Suvon looked at her with mismatched eyes, revealing her teeth and moaning like she was in pain. "What do you want? I don't have food for you. Go home!" The cat continued to yowl and make all of the various cat noises that she could, and Saim still tried to get past. "Fine," the magi yelled. "You don't want me to go into the forest, you want me to stay at the party? Fine! Just shut up already, will you?"

The cat hissed, then mewed gently, rubbing along her master's foot like there was nothing wrong. She then sped off up the hill, back to the Keep and its loud celebrations. Suvon sat about thirty feet away, watching Saim and licking her paw. The magi took a step forward, thinking, I must be mad to follow a cat around, but doing so anyway. Suvon sneezed once, then ran off at full speed, heading for the party and its beautiful firelights.


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Re: Magi by Training: Strange Forms (Open)

Postby Twiggy » January 2nd, 2012, 12:13:34 am

Out of all of his years at the keep, Idin could never bring himself to stop feeling a sense of joy and wonder when ever the new year lights light the sky. Not once in his life had he ever seen such a wonderful sight, not even during his own training. Shouting and cheering with the others the lively 21 year old soon went to join the other dancers and magi on the wooden dance floor and swung his arms about the other dancers and joined them. Locking arms they soon took part of a ever circling dance.

Sure, he could not see half of the world that the others were enjoying, but the part that he could see without a doubt he was enjoying. Moving back and forth with the others in the circle the groups quickly spun which way and that making them laugh and holler in fun. "Lets speed it up!" he shouted as everyone started to moved faster and laugh as some stumble and bumped into another.

Unlike any New Year Celebration that he had celebrated back on the out skirts of the jungles of Raza, this was a nice change of pace. One thing that was for sure was the fact that there was a lack of danger to their celebration, no one had to worry about cobras or panthers coming into the village while they had their fun. The food wasn't turtle or fish with fruit but an open variation of food and drink items to enjoy. But most of all there were fire works provided, that quickly laid any fire dances and poles to shame.


Laughing and dancing until the faint music came to an end, Idin was almost lost on what to do as he stumbled around laughing with a few friends as he looked for a safe place to lean on.

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Meanwhile in the on a nearby hill, unseen by most of the party goers, was a cloaked member of the keep. With the distance sounds of the party echoing up from the keep as well as the faint light shining down on the hill a spooked teen clung to his cloak as he looked at the festival taking place. Not once had he ever seen such a large amount of people gather in one place as lights glimmered and danced in the air above them. But perhaps it was best for him to keep his distance from the crowds with his curse.

After all looking part mist stalker and yet part human was something that would make him stand out of the crowd. But then again there was the lies that he was fed over the years, even after his master's death he knew that hanging out or near non magical people was dangerous. Yet he couldn't even think as to why he was brought here in the first place and out from the swamps he was hiding in.

Hugging his cloak he rubbed himself lightly feeling normal skin as well as thick winter fur that covered his lower body. Flicking his ears back he soon blinked as a few twig snaps were heard behind him and looked around only to spot a small pride of mist stalkers and cubs who were giving a few purrs and growls in welcome to him. With the large green fur stalkers coming up to him and rubbing against him the cool air was broken as he soon laid with them as the cubs quickly took to playing on the adults including himself.
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Re: Magi by Training: Strange Forms (Open)

Postby Mathcat » January 3rd, 2012, 10:15:34 pm

Left to his own devices, Rykian would have gladly spent the entire New Year's celebration either in his favorite alcove in the Keep's library or in his quarters. He hated noise and crowds, and the evening's celebrations were full of both. Rykian stifled a curse as yet another person jostled him and straightened his robes, more as a nervous reflex than because of any great care for his appearance.

Cerulean squawked a complaint as he was jostled, and Rykian reached a hand up to soothe the rewin. He'd have preferred to have Kestrel along, but the training grounds were crowded enough without adding a gryphon to the mix. A small, noisy rewin was a poor substitute, even if Cerulean had proven himself a useful guard in the past.

Rykian glanced around for Tobran, not wanting to get too far separated from him, even if (he reminded himself) the man was perfectly capable of taking care of himself. Tobran was the only reason Rykian was here tonight, really - he'd wanted Rykian to come along so badly, and Rykian hadn't had the heart to say no, not after so nearly losing him to firebane fever earlier that year. Besides, he knew Tobran well enough to know that he'd have just convinced Malice to not-so-gently persuade him to leave his room - Tobran's habitual sweetly vague expression masked surprising depths.

He finally spotted Tobran's unmistakable hair - so pale a blond as to nearly be white and looking perpetually like he'd just gone walking in a windstorm, no matter what he did to it - not far away. He'd found a booth selling skewers of meat, and had just bought one. Tobran looked up as Rykian approached and frowned slightly. "You're not enjoying yourself," he said. There was no accusation in his voice, only a mere statement of fact. The illness had left him looking even more ethereal and less of the vagueness was feigned, now, but the excitement of the festival seemed to have restored some of his lost health.

"I'm enjoying watching you having fun." That was true enough - Tobran had approached everything with childlike glee, from the fireworks on. Rykian sighed. "Look, you know this really isn't my kind of gathering - I can hardly think with all this noise. It's not like Gryphon's Roost - they knew how to celebrate the new year properly." It was an old complaint, but one he was glad to see could still bring a smile to Tobran's face. "After a night of quiet reflection on the past year, they light the bonfire, make a wish for the new year, and then all go to bed. No fireworks, no noise, no bother."

Tobran chuckled. "And half the town wakes up the next morning with headaches, as I seem to remember, from all of the...quiet celebration. Besides, I thought you liked the fireworks."

"Oh, I did, but that's not the point." Rykian was about to continue when Cerulean nipped his ear. Sometime during the conversation, Rykian had inexplicably acquired the meat skewer, and the rewin was letting him know he wanted his share. Sighing, he pulled off pieces of meat and fed them to Cerulean. "Look, I'm glad to stay here as long as you want me to, but don't expect me to display my usual sunny good nature," he said at last. Tobran smiled, patting his shoulder meaningfully - Rykian had wondered why Tobran hadn't brought any of his own rewins to the celebration. "Careful - I might just abandon all dignity and take you up on that, and then you'd have Cerulean and myself to deal with," Rykian said. He didn't really like taking on rewin form, though at least unlike when he took on gryphon form, it was more because of loss of dignity than loss of self. He'd taken to being a gryphon like a capricorn to the ocean, but could barely fly as a rewin. "For now, though, I'll just display my usual sweet disposition to any revelers who get impossibly annoying." Tobran chuckled at this, draping an arm around Rykian's shoulders, and the two moved on.

((I'll either edit in Larathen's intro later or make a new post. Writing time is slightly limited at the moment, but I wanted to at least get half my intro post up.))
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