Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

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Post by Kolson on Fri May 05, 2017 11:50 pm

"No fourth or fifth vision? They always come in fives."
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Post by Rory on Sat May 06, 2017 12:02 am

"Oh. Uh..." Seeing the disbelieving looks on their faces, Hunter fesses up. "I saw you as a child playing with your mother. After she put you to bed, she snapped her fingers and then the vision ended. No big deal, right?"

"Oh, I missed one. I saw Zoe and Jojo alone, riding their wagon to the grove." And Hot Lips looked directly at me and said hello...
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Post by Kolson on Sat May 06, 2017 12:14 am

Allinandra isn't happy. "No wonder the water blew back. Goddesses don't like being spied on. We are lucky that's all she did."

Eni blushes furiously. "Sorry about that. Mother may have been in a bad mood. She's usually very kind."

Allinandra pointedly remains silent, but it's clear from her frown that she disagrees with Eni's excuse for her mother.
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Post by Rory on Sat May 06, 2017 12:31 am

"Spying? Sorry, I was just thinking of you, that's all. I can tell she loves you a lot. Does she still visit?"
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Post by Kolson on Sat May 06, 2017 12:33 am

"Not often, no. Her work keeps her very busy."
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Post by Rory on Sat May 06, 2017 1:05 am

"Oh, right."

Pause.

"Well, it's been nice, Eni. I have to say, you're a lot more chill than I expected from people who live on this plane. I'd love to stay and chat, but I'm in a hurry. I haven't seen my uncle in forever, and we can hardly wait around for that lamia to die eventually."
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Post by K on Sat May 06, 2017 1:08 am

Carlos looks at Liam - "¿Best go home, eh?"

Carlos will bow to Enihahes once more and leave, provided Liam is good to go too.
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Post by Kolson on Sat May 06, 2017 1:13 am

"Safe travels then, to all of you."

Liam nods at Carlos that he is done. Allinandra takes a moment to hug Eni goodbye and they share a few private words before she too heads for the portal. Liam is the last one through and he closes it behind them.

"A kind woman. I'll be sure to visit her when I can," says Liam.

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Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

Post by K on Sat May 06, 2017 1:14 am

Carlos goes to check on Zoe and the kids.
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Post by Kolson on Sat May 06, 2017 1:18 am

The kids are awake and studying in Dianne's room. Zoe is out front with Jojo sitting in the wagon. She's ready to go.
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Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

Post by K on Sat May 06, 2017 1:19 am

"¿Think we did all we could do here, eh?"
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Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

Post by Zeiss on Sat May 06, 2017 1:23 am

Kathryn went back to give Zoe her gift, and after talking a little with her, went back to the Feywild to relay the cleric's gratitude to Eninahes.
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Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

Post by Kolson on Sat May 06, 2017 1:38 am

K wrote:"¿Think we did all we could do here, eh?"

"I think so. We had to play catch up a lot on this one but things could have gone much worse." She looks over at Ludmilla, whom Jojo has set up in the rear of the wagon with some strategic repacking. She has some nice hay to lay on and a blanket nearby if she wants it. The old woman is asleep, her face peaceful. Zoe is wearing her new hat. It looks good on her.
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Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

Post by K on Sat May 06, 2017 1:40 am

Carlos climbs onto the wagon - "¿How's the hat working out for you?"
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Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

Post by Kolson on Sat May 06, 2017 2:02 am

Zoe grins mischievously. "See for yourself." She tips her hat and mutters a command word you don't quite catch and all of a sudden she looks just like Carlos. She makes a goofy face and says, "Not bad, eh?" It still sounds like her.
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Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

Post by Rory on Sat May 06, 2017 4:58 am

Man, that was getting weird. Good thing I wrapped it up.

When Hunter exits the portal, he goes straight to check on the Harkenwold ranger.

"If you could imitate Alli, that hat would come in handy more potently than even Eninahes might have predicted... but if I know you, you'll find a million and one other ways to use it for the purpose she vaguely stated."
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Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

Post by Zeiss on Sat May 06, 2017 5:07 am

Kathryn and Eninahes:

When Kathryn steps through the portal again, she finds Eni alone, crying. She is initially shocked to find the eladrin lady in this state, and for a few seconds, she can only stand there, incapable of moving. Her instincts however soon take over. She slowly approaches the chair, bends one knee, and puts her arms around the shoulders of Eninahes. Eni is surprised when Kathryn shows up and hugs her. She hugs her back but says, "Hello Kathryn. Why are you back here so soon? You should be on your way to Harkenwold."

Without letting go of Eninahes, the young fighter whispers in the lady's ear, "I told you I would come back, remember? I wanted to see you again."

"No, I forgot. I got caught up in the party," Eni whispers back.

Kathryn gently caresses the back of the eladrin to comfort her. "You liked seeing so many people here with you, right?"

"Yes. It was great. I got very happy and when it ended it just hit me how awful it is being stuck here. Most of the time I can ignore it, you know?"

"Yes, I know what you mean." Kathryn pull back a little, looks into Eni's eyes, and puts a peck on her forehead. "Don't worry. Soon, you'll be able to go wherever you like." She then gives her a smile full of confidence. There's no doubt in Kathryn's mind that she will fulfill her promise.

"I know you'll try and that will be enough for now." Eni sighs and wipes away her tears, the fit passing. "I have a gift for you."

"Oh, right." She completely forgot about the reward. Again. "I was surprised you didn't want to give it in front of the others..."

"I didn't want this gift to overshadow the others. They all fought bravely for people they didn't know. They deserved for their achievements to shine brightly."

"Oh, I see." The white-haired mercenary is somewhat puzzled. "A gift to overshadow the others? But... I haven't freed you yet. Why would I deserve such a gift?"

"Because you are my friend and you promised to free me without a second thought, with no demand or expectation of reward. And because, well, your promise was very rash. I'm afraid you might die trying to keep it. Let me do this for you, so you might live."

"Right. I didn't know I was going to oppose a god." She laughs at herself a little. "Still... even if you had told me beforehand, I would still have done it. Like you said, we're friends!"

Eni hugs her. "I have a few questions for you before I give it to you. Is that okay?"

"Uh?" That takes her off-guard. "Uh, yes, of course."

"Where did you get your armor, Kathryn?"

"My armor?" She looks down at it. "Oh, in a burned down manor near Harken, not far from where I was born. It was put away in a chest, in the basement. Lucky find, right?"

"Yes, very lucky. Is there, anything special about it?"

"Hmm." Kathryn thinks about it for a short moment. "Well, the others seemed surprised that I was able to clean the blood off it with just water..."

"That's good. Anything else?"

"I'm not sure. There's a three-fold crown emblem on the inside of the chest piece, and it fits me super well... what else..." She continues to think about it.

"May I see it?"

"See it? Uh, sure... but you'll have to help me take it off. It should take a least a minute or two, even with your help."

"I'll help. But you'll need to walk me through it." Eni isn't very skilled at the task but she gets better at it as they go. She looks at it very carefully and is sure not to touch the symbol directly. She starts casting spells at it. After cycling through a few spells she says, "Hmm. It's resisting my spells."

"Uh..." Kathryn is looking at her armor over Eni's shoulder. "I'm guessing that's not normal...?"

"No, it isn't. It's frustrating but it doesn't really change what I was going to give you. I believe your armor carries several enchantments but that almost all of them have been sealed away. I think it's because you've failed to attune with it in some way. Have you ever tried?"

"Attune with it? Wait, the armor is enchanted!? Wow, I never knew." She looks at her prized possession with a different eye.

"Why don't you try doing that now?"

"Oh, okay. Wait, how do you do that? Robert never taught me the specifics."

"That's because he didn't need to. The magic item teaches you how to on its own. I think if maybe you try asking it, perhaps it will work."

"That's easy peasy then." Kathryn picks up the chest piece of the armor, holds it in front of her, and says, "Hi. Would you let me attune to you, please?"

Nothing happens.

"...I don't think it's working," she tells Eni. "Maybe it doesn't like me?"

"Could be, but I don't think so. If you were entirely unable to attune to the item, none of its enchantments would work. And clearly it's enchanted to always stay clean. No, I think we are doing it wrong. Perhaps you should touch the Crown of Nerath?"

"The Crown?" She turns the armor to look at the inside, and as she extends her hand to touch the emblem, she says, "You mean this?"

"Yes." As Kat moves to touch the Crown she is filled with an overwhelming need not to. Like it wouldn't be right. Like it would be disrespectful.

She stops her hand. "Uh, Eni? I feel funny. It's like taking a cookie from the cookie jar when you've been told not to."

Eni's eyebrows raise up. "Best not to then." She then laughs in triumph. "You got it to react!"

Kathryn withdraws her hand. "Oh, that's a good thing?" She examines the emblem more closely. "I didn't know that armor was so special... It wants me to wear it, but I can't touch the emblem."

"Maybe it means you aren't supposed to yet. But yes, this is good. With your permission I'd like to consult with some professors that I correspond with. We need to do more research."

"Sure thing! I trust you with it." She smiles. "Uh, can you help me put it back on? I can do it myself, but it would save some time if you helped me."

"Of course!"

"Thanks."

They put the armor back on. Eni does a much better job this time.

"Before I forget, let me get you your gift," says Eninahes. "My father's sword wasn't the only weapon I've been entrusted with." Kathryn feels a presence to her left. When she looks the tallest lady-in-waiting is standing there, holding a longsword in its scabbard.

The young woman's eyes widen. She is amazed by the quality of the weapon. "Wow. Thank you Eni. Can I... hold it?"

"In a little while. You need to answer one more question first; are you really a knight? When I saw your armor, I assumed you were."

"A knight?" Kathryn can't help herself but laugh at the notion. "Nope! I'm just a normal girl. I'm sorry if I made you believe I was one. I lived most of my life on a farm with my parents, near Harken. Then I found the armor."

"I see. This sword is a knightly weapon. If it is to be yours we must remedy that. Please, go to one knee."

This seemingly simple request has had a more profound effect on Kathryn than even learning about the armor's mysterious capabilities. She can only stare at the eladrin in disbelief, her mouth slightly open. Eninahes smiles and lightly guides her friend down to one knee using her hands. Kathryn obediently does as she is told.

"Repeat after me. I will develop my life for the greater good. I will place character above riches, and concern for others above personal wealth. I will never boast, but cherish humility instead. I will speak the truth at all times, and forever keep my word. I will defend those who cannot defend themselves. I will uphold justice by being fair to all. I will be faithful in love and loyal in friendship. I will abhor scandals and gossip--neither partaking in nor delighting in them. I will be generous to the poor and to those who need help. I will forgive when honestly asked, that my own mistakes will be forgiven. I will live my life with courtesy and honor from this day forward."

Kathryn repeats the oath word for word with as much conviction as she can muster.

Eni draws the sword. It rings out, clear as a bell, announcing itself proudly to the world. The eladrin woman carefully places the blade on either side of Kat's shoulders, saying, "I name you Ser Kathryn Elwin, meaning Elf-friend. Rise Ser Knight!"

The white-haired woman, now a knight, slowly rises from the ground, deeply moved by Eninahes' words.

The sound of thunder rings out across the Feywild as a new knight takes their oath. The just know elation as another force for good enters the world, while the wicked know fear and then hatred, already determined to meet this new foe. But all that's a story for another time. For now, Eni presents the sword to Katheryn. "Its name is Durandal, and it has been wielded by many great knights. It is said that it will never break so long as its wielder never does."

"I'll try to prove myself worthy of the honor," replies Kathryn. She extends her hand towards the sword, at first with some hesitation, and then with absolute confidence.

"How does it feel?"

"It's... like a dream. I'm not dreaming, am I?"

"....No."

Kathryn notices the hesitation. She slightly tilts her head, and asks, "Is everything okay? Did I do something wrong?" And with a caring voice, she adds, "Are you okay Eni?"

"Just something I've been wondering for a long time. Is this a dream? Or is this reality? The years go by and it's sometimes hard to tell which is which. I choose to believe this is not a dream. But I have no proof beyond my own faith."

This kind of existential question is one that Kathryn has never asked herself before. But as she observes her surroundings, the landscape in which Eninahes lives, she immediately understands what her friend means. She attaches the sword to her belt, and approaches Eni to embrace her. "I'm real. And you are too, Eninahes." By pronouncing her name, Kathryn actives the necklace and lets her compassion and love flow into her friend. She pulls her head back a little to face Eni. "I'm not going to just let it be a dream. Count on it."

"Thank you."

"... I didn't sound too corny right now, did I?" She widens her eyes in horror. "Oh no. I totally did."

Eni laughs. "Corny is good."

"Good, good." With a serene expression on her face, she admires the starry sky, and says, "The others are probably waiting for me."

"I know."

"Well, they're gonna wait a little longer! I still have a ton of questions to ask you."

"You can ask on the road you know."

"But I can also ask you right now," she retorts with her usual smile. "Besides, we don't know when we'll see each other again."

"Well, okay. What do you want to know?"

With renewed energy, Kathryn begins to asks her numerous questions about Eninahes' family, her friends, and her life.


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Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

Post by K on Sat May 06, 2017 5:31 am

Carlos blinks a few times, then chuckles - "Heh. Could have picked someone better looking there, but i can see you having all kinds of fun with that."
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Post by Zeiss on Sun May 07, 2017 12:25 am

Approximately one hour later, Kathryn finally appears out of the grove with a magnificent longsword on her waist and a big smile on her face.

"Hey guys! Sorry for the holdup!"

She waves happily at her companions before joining them.
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Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

Post by Rory on Sun May 07, 2017 3:08 pm

"Hey there! Huh, nice sword. Like, that's a really nice-looking weapon. Let me guess, did you just wipe it clean on the grass?"
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Post by Zeiss on Sun May 07, 2017 3:36 pm

"Oh no, Eni gave it to me. She also made me a knight!" Kathryn is clearly proud to make this announcement. She then puts her hands on her waist, and says, "I'm now called Ser Kathryn Elwin!"
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Re: Prologue: To Boldly Go Where People Have Not Been in a Good Long While!

Post by K on Sun May 07, 2017 5:27 pm

"Nice to meet ya. I'm still just Carlos."
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Post by Kolson on Sun May 07, 2017 7:36 pm

K wrote:Carlos blinks a few times, then chuckles - "Heh. Could have picked someone better looking there, but i can see you having all kinds of fun with that."

"What? I think I look quite handsome." She pirouettes in place, showing off her new Carlos look.

Rory wrote:"If you could imitate Alli, that hat would come in handy more potently than even Eninahes might have predicted... but if I know you, you'll find a million and one other ways to use it for the purpose she vaguely stated."

She changes into a female ogre, an extremely ugly one at that. One eye is lower than the other and the nose has been battered to mush. "Me put to good use. Me find ogre mate and make lot's of ugly ogre spawn."

Zeiss wrote:"Oh no, Eni gave it to me. She also made me a knight!" Kathryn is clearly proud to make this announcement. She then puts her hands on her waist, and says, "I'm now called Ser Kathryn Elwin!"

"Wow Kat, that's awesome! Good on you." She reaches out with a meaty ogre hand and claps Kat on the back. It feels like it usually does. The "arm" of the ogre passes through the knight's armor a bit, revealing it for the illusion it is.


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Post by K on Sun May 07, 2017 7:46 pm

Zoe wrote:"Me put to good use. Me find ogre mate and make lot's of ugly ogre spawn."

Carlos snorts as he fails to suppress a laugh - "No wait, i gotta find a name for that...... Zorgulmira?"
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Post by Kolson on Mon May 08, 2017 1:56 am

K wrote:Carlos snorts as he fails to suppress a laugh - "No wait, i gotta find a name for that...... Zorgulmira?"

"Grah. Me am Zorgulmira! She begins dancing around, popping her butt and gross ogre boobs while singing a bawdy song. "Grah, me milkshakes bring all boys to yard, and their like, it's better than yours! Damn right it's better than yours! Grah! I teach you, but me have to charge!"

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