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Silverfeather Keep - Christmas Talvi Chapter!

Postby Ricansea » October 5th, 2011, 1:00:11 am

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Welcome to Silverfeather Keep, home to Magi Ricansea and her feathered companions. Here you may read of her adventures alongside fellow mages Sorras, Torin, and Vizia.


All of the previous chapters will be written here, for your convenience.

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Prologue:


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Chapter 1:


Chapter 2:


Chapter 3:


Chapter 4:


Chapter 5:


Chapter 6:


Chapter 7:


Chapter 8

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Talvi Chapter #1
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Silverfeather Keep - Beyond the Castle Walls (Chapter 1 up!)

Postby Ricansea » October 5th, 2011, 1:18:08 am

The following section will give you a little information about those chosen by chance to save the Keep. The mages you must meet and understand on your own; you will find a bit more here for the creatures. But please keep in mind this information was recorded at the start of the adventure... things change. Nothing is set in stone.


Ricansea

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Ricansea with her Tylluan, Talon. She is an air magi. Common sight at both Remy's Inn and the Magical Experimentation Hall at the Keep.

Ricansea's creatures:


Sorras
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Sorras is a fire magi. Why he has silver hair is a mystery to everyone, including himself. He has always had it, but likes it; he feels unique. Is a proud member of the Dark Brotherhood.

Sorras's creatures:


Torin
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Torin is thin to the point of scrawniness, with ice-blue eyes and very yellow-blonde hair. Is most often - if not always - in the Keep's library.

Torin's creatures:


Vizia

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She is a fire Magi. Is also a proud member of the dark brotherhood, and refuses to raise any creature who does not have a root in darkness.

Vizia's Creatures:



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Silverfeather Keep - Beyond the Castle Walls (Chapter 1 up!)

Postby Ricansea » October 7th, 2011, 11:11:57 pm

Nothing to see here... yet.
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Silverfeather Keep - Beyond the Castle Walls (Chapter 1 up!)

Postby Ricansea » October 7th, 2011, 11:27:14 pm

Prologue:
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Silverfeather Keep - Beyond the Castle Walls (Chapter 1 up!)

Postby Ricansea » October 7th, 2011, 11:43:18 pm

Chapter 1:


I stared blankly at the gaping hole, unable to register anything but shock as a few pieces of charred rock crumbled and fell to the ground. How had I caused this?? How had this even happened? I looked away from the damage I’d wreaked and was surprised to see my hands were still smoking; I rubbed them hurriedly on my tunic, with no results whatsoever. This was not good.

Left with no place to look, I closed my eyes, trying to calm myself enough to remember reversal-magic – I couldn’t leave things as they were; I’d be flayed alive for it. Knowing those were the exact thoughts I shouldn’t be having, I shoved them away with difficulty and tried to picture the class. I knew Master Belmos had mentioned it, but I just couldn’t…

I was abruptly brought back to the present and nearly knocked out as something hit me solidly on the side of the head. An embarrassing shriek left me as I whirled about, trying to find my attacker, my dagger in my hand without a conscious thought. I frantically turned this way and that, trying to find him, when I heard a hoot… and looking up, I saw a very angry Tylluan glaring down at me.

“Talon!!” I snapped, feeling annoyed as I rubbed the sore spot on my head. “What was that for??”

He did tend to fuss and annoy me at times when he was bored, but I saw almost immediately this was something else. He circled above me before landing on the ruined wall, hopping about in agitation when I didn’t immediately follow. He looked almost… scared.

Talon was never scared - his expression alone was enough to throw me into a panic. He seemed pleased at my new expression and flew out the newly-made exit. Ignoring the charred and still-smoking bricks, I clambered out after him and hit the ground running.

He soared above me as I ran, hooting urgently as he flew as fast as I’d ever seen him go. I’d never seen my Tylluan so rattled before – what could possibly have gone wrong? Images of violence and horror flashing in my head, I sprinted towards my Keep, skidding to a stop in front of the door and bursting though. Talon swooped through immediately after me, flying inside and then disappearing from sight.

I stopped a moment at the entrance, disconcerted. I looked about, expecting to see destruction, flames, something broken at the very least… but there was nothing. Ev, my cobalt wyvern, was lazily sunning himself in his normal corner, seeming unconcerned as usual. A few of the black winged kittens I’d taken to collecting recently had somehow escaped their pen, but they were just sunning themselves by Ev. My other creatures were idly going about their normal daily pursuits – I could see nothing out of the ordinary.

“Talon, there’s nothing w –“ I was cut off as a wing clipped the side of my head. I looked up to see Talon glaring at me, perched on a ledge above the door. Below him, swinging from the torch bracket, was….

“Talvi!” I called in exasperation, understanding at last. The little talvar gryphon seemed unconcerned with the fact that his tail was knotted impossibly around the hook and that he was hanging upside down – he just gave a welcoming little chirrup.

“Strange little thing,” I muttered to myself as I tried to remember where I’d put the ladder. It was clear now why Talon was so upset - though he was normally aloof and imperious, seemingly unbothered by everything going on around him, he’d taken up Talvi as his own. I didn’t know why – he hardly struck me as the parenting type, and it’s not like he showed any particular affection towards all the owlets we had running around the place. But whenever Talvi got himself into trouble (which was often) Talon acted like it was the end of the world. I was still surprised Talon had come running for me, though; he usually liked to get Talvi out of trouble himself.

“Relax, Talon,” I said soothingly as I finally found my rickety old ladder, buried under old cleaning clothes. I didn’t use it that often – the last time had been for putting up that stupid torch bracket, funnily enough. That thing was coming down as soon as Talvi was out of there.

I stood it against the door and shook it roughly to make sure it wouldn’t fall to pieces suddenly or anything. As I tested it, I sensed several of my creatures crowding around behind me, but I ignored them. My balance was awful enough without worrying about being self-conscious.

Talvi was still swinging gently by his tail, making happy little squeaks and waving his paws at me. Everything seemed to be fun for him, no matter how awful it actually was. He caught his claws into my tunic as soon as I was at his level, and he entertained himself with ripping the threads out of it while I tried to undo his hopeless tangle of a tail.

I still don’t know how he managed it, but this wasn’t the first time Talvi gotten himself into seemingly-impossible fits of trouble. I began to gently tug the end of it experimentally while Talon watched sternly from above me, making sure I wasn’t hurting his precious Talvi. I thought I understood now why Talon had come for me; there was no way that anyone with claws could have undone the knot without causing some injury. I smiled and continued tugging, glad that Talon apparently trusted me enough for something so serious - then again, he might have gotten me only because I had fingers.

I’d almost had it undone when someone knocked at the door. Cuvea, my direwolf, charged the door and started barking maniacally- the noise startled my dark peacock, who immediately started squawking his annoyance at the disturbance. “Don’t open the door!” I shouted. I was planted right in front of it, and the door swung inwards. Someone opening it now did not paint a pretty picture. Hardly anyone visited except for Sorras, anyways, and it didn’t matter if I was a bit rude to him.

Apparently he wasn’t keen on waiting, though. He knocked again, harder. “Keep that door shut! Would it kill you to grow some patience? I’ll be right there,” I said, annoyed. Talvi had started swinging in excitement at the prospect of a new visitor and had messed me up. Grumbling under my breath, I quickly pulled the last of his tail out of the curve of the decorative bracket and let him go. It probably wasn’t the wisest decision, but after dropping for a few feet he remembered his wings and glided upwards again. Talon quickly joined him in the air, but Talvi flitted back over to me, landing on my head and nibbling on my ear.

“You’re welcome,” I laughed, slowly making my way down the ladder without dropping the ungainly bundle on my head. Knowing Sorras must be getting pretty hissy out there, I pushed the ladder out of the way, not caring as it fell to the floor with a dull crash. It was time to get a new one anyways… one that I didn’t have to worry about breaking or falling every time I used it.

“Was that so bad?” I said as I opened the door. “Patience is a virtue, you know, one you really –“ I trailed off, my voice dying in my throat. It wasn’t Sorras at the door, but Master Belmos… and he looked mad.

“H-Hello, Master,” I said meekly, roughly shoving Cuvea back. Talvi slipped quietly off of my head and disappeared inside. “I…I’m sorry about earlier, I thought you were someone else…”

“I surmised that,” He said, talking over me. “I should hope you still have a modicum of respect for your professors. More, I should think, thank you do for the experimentation hall?” His tone was stern and disapproving. I gulped. What with Talon flying in all panicked, I’d completely forgotten what I’d done….
“Remembered, have you? Leaving without even attempting to mend it… did you think no one would know it was you, what with your magic’s signature all over the place?”

“I…I didn’t –“ I stammered awkwardly, but he didn’t let me finish. “Come with me,” he said. Before I could take even one step towards him, he grabbed me by my ear and dragged me behind him, clearly intent on adding public humiliation to my punishment for the damage I’d wreaked. My keep door shut behind me, but not before Talvi had slipped out, following me with bright curiosity, making the whole situation even worse. Did he have to be a witness to my shame, too?

He didn’t seem to take it as such, though. As I was hauled unceremoniously into the experimentation hall, Talvi hovered above me, watching me with interest and confusion in his eyes – most likely thinking why I wasn’t overjoyed at getting a free ride. Despite the pain and humiliation, I had to smile a little. Talvi seemed sure that there was nothing bad anywhere – not here, not anywhere in the world.

I could see that the Experimentation Hall was no longer empty as I was dragged in; but thankfully Belmos ordered them out so he could deal with me alone. My cheeks burned and I kept my gaze firmly on the floor as I heard the whispers and stifled laughter. This wasn’t the first time I’d gotten myself into trouble, but this was definitely one of the most embarrassing.

Once the room was empty, Master Belmos rounded on me – I quickly spoke up before he could get going and explained the odd situation - about how I'd been trying to fix a simple bow and had somehow... blown it up, and how Talon had come to fetch me to get Talvi out of trouble before I could fix it. To my great belief, he seemed to believe me – my story was helped by Talvi, who was in the corner and very busy digging around in one of the supply cabinets.

Though he accepted I hadn’t been trying to worm my way out of blame, I was still in trouble. After I had to fix the hole I’d blasted in the wall, he set me to copying out the new exam questions… he said he’d needed to have them done anyway and it saved him a lot of trouble, but I didn’t buy it. It would take him 5 seconds to do the entire thing by magic, whereas I just knew it was going to take me hours!! I fought to keep my face straight as I settled down to start writing, trying to ignore the fact that I was wasting hours of my life. at least I’ll have a head start on the exam, I thought bleakly as I resigned myself to boredom and an aching hand.

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I apologize for the length of the first chapter - my next ones won't be so mind-blowingly long, I promise. (And they'll be more interesting, too X3)
I welcome all comments, so long as they are polite! I want to know what everyone thinks! :3 Constructive criticism and anything positive is welcome and wanted! However, if you don't like it, please tell me why you don't like it, so I can improve. I don't appreciate mindless flaming - if you post saying, 'omg that's liek the wrst story EVAR u suck' you will be blacklisted and I'll send Talon after you. You have been warned. So no flaming, yes? :3 Everything else is great <3

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Re: Silverfeather Keep - Beyond the Castle Walls (Chapter 1

Postby NepetaLeijon » October 9th, 2011, 11:57:58 pm

That's really good! I think I've fallen for Talvi already, <3 (Although, I think I fell in love with him as soon as I started drawing him, lol)

Keep up the good work, I want to see how the story goes! :lol:
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Re: Silverfeather Keep-Beyond the Castle Walls (Chapter2&3 u

Postby Ricansea » October 11th, 2011, 12:48:25 am

SilverTabbyCat wrote:That's really good! I think I've fallen for Talvi already, (Although, I think I fell in love with him as soon as I started drawing him, lol)

Keep up the good work, I want to see how the story goes! :lol:



Yaaay someone read it! Thanks so much! :t-glomp: (And I fell for Talvi as soon as I saw him, lulz. <3)

Here's Chapter 2! Pssst... if you're looking for exciting stuffs, stick around for chapter 3... but mostly 4!

Chapter 2

As predicted, the work for Belmos took hours. I dropped the stack of papers onto his empty desk and let myself out after picking up Talvi from where he'd been sleeping on the floor. I'd been working alone for the last hour or so - Belmos had gone who-knows-where, trusting that I would not want to risk further punishment by leaving. I suppose I deserved it, though. The walls of the Keep were fortified with spells, of course, and the Experimentation Hall even more so for learning magis to test their magic. I shouldn't have been able to blow a hole in it! But I did wonder if my punishment was so severe because the damage made him nervous... I was an air magi, not a fire magi, and an apprentice one at that. Explosions didn't come naturally to me. Besides, I was trying to fix something, not blow it into oblivion. The more I thought about it, the more it bothered me. I resolved to ask Belmos about it tomorrow, when hopefully his anger had abated somewhat. Maybe a more skillful magi had been there before me and had weakened the spells or something.

I forcefully put those thoughts out of my head as I walked towards my Keep, opening my door quietly with one hand. Apparently Talvi still heard the door, for he immediately woke up and shot into the air, disappearing into the enormous room that was my home.

Even late at night, my Keep was active and noisy. There were creatures scattered all across the cavernous room, playing, eating, bickering... their normal pursuits. I carefully sidestepped my two strutting peacock phoenixes and headed towards the nursery. The nursery was huge - it took up the entire back wall. The hard stone floor was completely carpeted in soft grass, kept alive by the busy little Vasant beetles. Arje had avoided the nursery like the plague ever since the beetles had taken up residence there - nothing could convince him there was nothing to fear from the little bugs... I'd long since given up. If he wanted to be scared of them, there was nothing I could do. I stepped into the enclosure, carefully watching for beetles underfoot. Hazel, my Kamar rabbit, was bouncing about, her normally dark fur snow-white. She seemed agitated, struggling when I caught her and refusing to calm down. She squirmed frantically in my grip until I set her in the grass, and then she streaked off again, racing around the huge enclosure and startling my kiwis, causing one to bolt and the other to morph to a shaking piece of fruit.

"Hazel!" I said in exasperation, but she paid me no mind, continuing to run about in frenzied circles. She always had a lot of energy at night, but not like this. I strode over and picked up the shivering kiwi, clucking my tongue when I saw there was still a beak protruding from the fruit. "Your beak's showing, Galen," I said to him, knowing the embarrassment of an incorrect transformation would turn him back into a bird. Sure enough, I was right - I blinked and found a bird in my hand instead, looking adorable but ashamed he hadn't turned into a proper fruit.

I went over and picked up his sister, putting them safely out of Hazel's way, who was still frantically racing this way and that. I sat down next to the kiwis and watched her, beginning to worry. "Taika?" I called softly. The gentle owl flew over immediately, landing on the grass without a sound. Hazel rushed by her, the wind from her speed ruffling her feathers - Taika gave a startled hoot and turned her head around to watch the rabbit's actions. "That's why I called you over," I said quietly. "Was she acting strangely today? Did something happen?"

She could not answer in words, but most of my creatures could usually understand what I was saying. Whether it was a product of me raising them or just the magical nature of the keep, I didn't know. Taika watched Hazel for a few moments, then turned to me and very deliberately shook her head. I bit my lip, wondering what had gotten into her. She ran by us again, clearly with no intention of stopping. I stood hesitantly and scooped up Galen and his sister. "Let's go practice transforming somewhere else," I muttered to the pair, leaving Hazel to her antics. Perhaps she was close to growing or something. It was strange and unsettling, but I could see no issue with leaving her be. "Keep an eye on her, will you?" I whispered to Taika as I carried the kiwis away. She fluttered to one of the many ledges on the wall and stayed there, eyes riveted on Hazel. I knew she would get me if anything changed. I headed over to the secluded koi pond, sitting by the very corner, by water in case my magic went haywire again. (Not that I expected it to, but still...) Galen and Hestia scampered about, seeming happy but not crazy like Hazel currently was. I pulled out one of my textbooks and settled down to help them with their transforming.


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Mainly wrote this one for fun because I love the kiwis, though there is something kinda important in there for those of you who read the prologue.... =P *smirk*

Yes, this is mainly a dither chapter... still cementing myself in the characters. But it was fun to write XD We'll start hitting the meaty stuff in next chapter and chapter 4 :srs:

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Re: Silverfeather Keep - Beyond the Castle Walls (Chapter 1

Postby Ricansea » October 11th, 2011, 1:15:43 am

The muse struck me over the head, it seems.... here's chapter 3!

Chapter 3

I spent longer than I realized helping teach Galen and Hestia how to properly change to their other forms. They were determined to succeed, and the happy task of teaching them fell to me, an apprentice magi with a doubtful history of paying attention to her lessons. Still, I did my best, and they continued to try again and again, not seeming discouraged in the least. I continued, only realizing the lateness of the hour when Hestia swayed and flopped into my hand, sound asleep. I stared guiltily at the sleeping bird. She was the one choosing to continue, not me, but I should have ended it sooner. I scooped up Galen and Hestia and placed them carefully within the knot of now-sleeping owlets. Taika was close by, not asleep yet but getting there. In her place, Talon was perched over the nursery, looking even more severe than usual as he watched Hazel in her frenzied sprints. "She still hasn't stopped??" I said in shock. I'd spent a few hours teaching the Kiwis, and I hadn't gotten home early.... I was worried she was going to drop from exhaustion at this point.

Talon screeched, startling me and a few of the creatures still half-awake in my keep. I did not have my usual group - most chose to spent the mild night outside in their enclosure. The few that chose to stay with me were currently either deeply asleep or glaring daggers at the noisy Talon. Hazel, however, did not even pause. Talon suddenly shot into the air, claws raked forward. Hazel did not stop running until she was in Talon's claws. The deadly points curved over nothing but air, holding the miniscule rabbit between the pads. Her paws flailed uselessly until she accidentally hit a pointed claw. Abruptly, she went limp. Talon dropped her unceremoniously at Taika's feet, who quickly caught her and held her down. Hazel struggled again for a few moments, then went limp. I stared at the tylluans as they completed their exchange, admiring their teamwork but eyeing Hazel with growing worry. What was the matter with her???

Still, the matter seemed dealt with for a moment. She was limp and still, hopefully sleeping and not just feigning to fool Taika. I resolutely turned my back on them so I wouldn't fret as I always did.

I picked my way around the sleeping creatures, picking up books as I went. For some reason my books (usually library books...) were considered great toys, and whenever I wasn't around my creatures were quick to play with them. I'd lost count how many times I'd been chewed out for returning a library book with claw marks.

I dropped my books carelessly on my desk, accidentally sending a pile of papers to the floor in the process. Grumbling, I kneeled and snatched them up into an untidy pile; I’d sort them later. I was about to put them back when a thin leather-backed folder caught my eye, looking out-of-place next to my exam sheets. My unorganized papers forgotten, I pulled out the folder and skimmed through it. Chandeliers…?

Ah. I smiled as I remembered. During one of Sorras’s and my… sloshed escapades, we’d accidentally smashed Remy’s chandelier. Well, I’d done it accidentally. I’m still not sure about Sorras – it was known by everyone in the pub that he’d hated the bulky thing. Anyways, I’d promised Remy a chandelier catalog from when I visited the Callisto islands, sure that the sunny tropical islands would proffer a different style of décor. I’d picked this up weeks ago, but it just kept slipping my mind.

I sighed, frowning now at the papers in my hand. It seemed that whenever I went to Remy’s for the sole purpose of a drink, the catalog was forgotten. I glanced at the small clock I had on my desk. Just after 2 o’clock… Remy’s was open till four, and I wasn’t exactly tired yet; I’d always been a bit of a night owl. And I just knew that if I didn’t go now, Remy would go another few weeks without a replacement for his chandelier. “I do owe him,” I said to Talvi, who was sitting on the chair to my desk, watching my every action with bright curiosity. He didn’t seem very tired, either.

I looked about at my keep. Most of my creatures had recovered from Talon's untimely screech and were sleeping again; Arjeyoun, however, was still awake and looking at me. He always seemed like a bit of a mind-reader; before I had even properly decided to go somewhere, he was up and ready to go.

“All right, Arje. You awake enough for a trip to Remy’s?”

It was a silly question. He leapt to his feet at once and shook out his feathers, looking way too excited, as usual. “You know you can’t have any,” I said sternly. Most creatures had no interest in Remy’s ale (probably a good thing) but ever since he’d gotten one taste out of my tankard he was always hankering for another. “I’m not going for a drink either, so don’t think about sneaking anything from my cup. I just need to drop something off.”

He seemed undaunted. I shook my head in defeat as I clambered on his back. Much like Talvi, Arje was impossible to dissuade. Not that I was going to give him any – it was just no use telling him otherwise.

Talvi, of course, took off as soon as he saw me on Arje’s back. His chubby little body shot through the air and hovered above Arje, clearly intent on going with us. I saw no reason not to let him go, but then I heard a disgruntled hoot and Talon came from nowhere, landing on Arje’s head. I sighed. “This is just a quick trip!” I said in exasperation, but Talvi just twirled about in the air and Talon didn’t move an inch. Again, no point. Maybe I wasn’t a good magi – my creatures didn’t really listen to me, did they?

“Whatever. Let’s go, guys.”

Arje barreled through the door at once, throwing it open with a bang and causing several startled yowls to echo from my keep. I scowled; he’d probably woken up half the castle with that. Arje didn’t seem to care about the disturbance, though, as he quickly made his way towards the Remy's Inn.

It was shorter by flight, but I didn’t feel comfortable in the air at night – something could swoop out of nowhere. Not that they couldn’t do that when we’d landed, but I still felt better on the ground. “Bring it down, Arje. Might be enoxes about.” And many other things, I added mentally. Arje gave a hoarse roar, sure he could take them, but he did as I’d asked. I snatched Talvi from the air as we descended, holding him securely in my arms. Though I knew Talon and Arje could hold their own against an irritable Enox, I wasn’t so sure about Talvi.

We landed roughly, Arje probably taking his annoyance out on me. Talon soared low over us as Talvi rolled over on his back, waving his mismatched paws at my crystal pendant. Ignoring Arje, I pulled it out of my tunic and dangled it over Talvi, throwing him into a frenzy of delight as he batted it this way and that, the light of the full moon making the clear stone sparkle.

I was pulled out of my little game when I felt Arje begin to slow. I peered forward into the darkness and saw a hulking shape heading towards us. I quickly flipped Talvi the right way up again and then tried to calm myself enough to call my defensive magic to me.

Arje stopped suddenly and spread his wings out, nearly unseating Talvi and me. I couldn’t see Talon, but I was sure he was above us, waiting for the opportune moment to attack. What I didn’t expect was to have him give a loud hoot, completely giving away his position. I couldn’t hear his flight, but I saw a dark shape flit out and land on the beast’s head

I laughed, and Arje put down his wings. Talvi squirmed out of my arms and took to the air after his protector. “Sorras!” I cried in welcome, finally recognizing the pale form of Kanthos, Sorras’s enormous Nandi Bear. “Say something before you just come charging at us like that – we nearly attacked you!”

“Sorry – didn’t see you,” his voice was slightly slurred but understandable. “Kanthos wouldn’t –“

“Yes, I know Kanthos wouldn’t. He’s not the one who’s trigger-happy with their magic,” I grumbled, letting go of the power I’d gathered; I had no need for it now. “Tell Kanthos to roar or stop or something next time before I accidentally blow both your heads off, okay?”

“I’ll get right on that…” His voice sounded more than slightly slurred that time. I peered at him through the darkness, and could just barely make out his slumped form. He seemed to be swaying even though Kanthos wasn’t moving.

“Sorras, your Keep is on the other side of the castle. How do you plan on staying on the entire ride?”

“S’no problem,” he groaned. “I’ll just –“

“ --Fall off halfway and end up sleeping in the courtyard,” I finished. “Listen, you’re in no state to get there tonight. I’m going to Remy’s anyways – and you are coming with me and renting a room with Timothy. You can’t do another half-hour’s ride.”

He made a feeble protest, but I cut him off. “No. And I’m paying for it, so you can’t use that excuse either. I don’t want to wake up tomorrow morning and hear you’ve been snatched up in the night by a manticore.”
He made no more noise that I could hear, but Kanthos slowly turned and padded his way back towards the Inn. Arje cantered forward a few steps to catch up, then trotted side by side with Kanthos. They were used to each other by now. Not quite friends, but they seemed to tolerate each other’s presence.

We were silent the rest of the way there. Sorras was conscious, but barely so; I contented myself with watching Talvi gambol about on Kantho’s broad back. The Nandi was so large that Talvi had more than enough room to play about. Kanthos didn’t seem to mind.

We finally made it to the inviting lights of the Inn. I dismounted and helped Sorras off of Kanthos. “Stay out here,” I instructed my creatures. Arje growled sullenly, but settled down on the ground to wait. Talvi blatantly ignored me and floated in the open doorway. Ever-present Talon soon followed.

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Feedback, anyone? Is everyone scared off because of the length? I'll try to cut it down next time... probably talking to myself here, though. No one's gonna read this. D:

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Re: Silverfeather Keep - Beyond the Castle Walls (Chapter 3

Postby Gingy » October 11th, 2011, 3:17:22 am

I've read the first two chapters so far, good start. Will read the third tomorrow when I am more awake. :lol:

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Re: Silverfeather Keep - Beyond the Castle Walls (Chapter 3

Postby Ricansea » October 12th, 2011, 1:34:45 am

yaaaaaaaaay another reader! Thanks, Gingy! :t-glomp: I'm hoping to move from a good start to actually having something viable going here eventually... we'll see ^^;

And now for Chapter 4! Dun dun dun... what's gonna happen?
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Chapter 4

I put my arm around Sorras to keep him balanced as we entered the Inn. Talvi was idly circling the area where the chandelier used to be. Talon was perched on the newly-reconstructed banister, watching him. I winced, remembering suddenly that I’d accidentally destroyed the stairs too, during that same night as the chandelier. That had been a rather wild night…. I’m honestly surprised Remy still lets me through his door.

Remy was standing at his usual place behind the counter, polishing a glass. It was off-season and certainly off-hours – the vast room was empty.

“Good evening, Ricansea,” He greeted me, his tone definitely wary. I smiled cheerily back. “No need for worry tonight, Remy. I’m not here for a drink – I just needed to give you this.” I drew the catalog from my pack and handed it to him.

He peered intently through his glasses. “There’s quite a good choice here, lass. You’ll be covering the cost for this, yes?” he said, his tone brighter as he examined the new chandeliers. “I already agreed, Remy. I’ll buy a replacement for the one we broke, so long as Sorras and I agree to it.”

“Humph,” he said, turning back to the catalog. He wasn’t pleased with that stipulation.

I waited for him to wave us off, or say something, but he continued to peer at the pages closely. Did he want us to wait here until he made his decision??

“This one looks rather inviting,” He said slowly, pointing at a seaweed-green ensemble. I cringed; it was wet and slimy-looking, complete with strands of kelp hanging from the sides. “Inviting for a dungeon, maybe,” I retorted. Remy shot me a glare but snatched the catalog back and continued browsing.

“What was that?” Sorras said after several minutes of awkward silence. Remy and I both looked over at him; I wondered if he was so far gone he was beginning to hallucinate.

“You’re hearing things, dear boy,” Remy said, his tone bored. “Not unusual for –“

He broke off and looked up at the same time I did. This was no hallucination of Sorras’s – I had distinctly heard something. All three of us raced forward as the door crashed to the floor, ripped clean off its hinges - Arje had forced his way in. He screeched urgently at us, looking panicked. Before I fully knew what I was doing, I was running towards him. I left Remy and Sorras behind and leapt on Arje’s back, holding on tight as he immediately whirled about and took to the air.

The world outside was no longer calm and quiet. Light now flared erratically in the air, unnaturally bright against the black night… and it was coming from the direction of the Keep. The strangest noise was echoing towards us – a cracking, tearing sound. I couldn’t properly describe it, but I knew it couldn’t be good.
I screamed at Arje to land. He did so immediately, completely aware that something was dreadfully wrong. I dismounted as he was still moving and ran to the door of Remy’s, where both Remy and Sorras were standing open-mouthed.

“I don’t know what’s going on, but we have to get over there,” I said tersely to the pair. “Sorras, leave Kanthos with Remy and come with me – Arje’s faster in the air. Remy, are there any magis staying at Timothy’s?” Remy slowly shook his head. “No, lass…” he said. “We haven’t had any of your sort stay with Timmy in a few days. Seems most have wanted to stay cooped up over at the Keep. Off-season here, you see.”

I was nodding impatiently, having had all the information I need at the ‘no.’ “Take care of Kanthos,” I said to him as I pushed Sorras onto Arje and jumped on a second later. I shouted to Talvi and Talon – they flew through the open door in seconds, Talvi seeming scared for the first time in his life. I caught him and bundled him up in my cloak as Arje took off into the night, streaking towards the eerie white light.

As we drew closer we could hear screams and shouts, all mixed up with bangs of magic and the cracking of falling stone. “It sounds like the Keep’s under attack,” Sorras said slowly. His did not seem scared – just blank with shock.

Unlike Sorras, I was terrified. I willed Arje to go faster as we sped across the countryside, even Talon falling behind in Arje’s mad dash. The idea of attack seemed to have awakened Sorras somewhat from his drunken haze – he sat straight now, no longer swaying. I could already see the dark gleam in his hands as he prepared for a possible fight. I tried to gather my magic about me, too, but it was hard to concentrate as the screams grew closer.

As Arjeyoun continued, I lost my bearings as to where we were. The countryside below us was completely swathed in a haze that seemed too thick for cloud. Arjeyoun continued on without pause, and I hoped he could lead us home.

With a sudden and unexpected screech, Arje tilted his wings and dove downward, puncturing the dense cloud that filled our lungs like smoke. He flared his wings the moment he was clear, halting our descent and hovering over the scene. I gasped involuntarily. It was immediately obvious that we had arrived, and that Sorras was right – the Keep was under attack.

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that was actually pretty short! :woo: The spacing made it longer, but I'm improving slightly on the concise thing, I think. :bounce: Chapter 5's gonna be fuuuuuun. I hope.

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