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Old October 27, 2014, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Dagger [Mastery] “For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world …?”

”... and lose his soul?Mark 8:36 NIV”. A long time following the Siege of Medonia.

A beggar walked the ashen plains of the Enamorian Midlands.

This wretched creature had no mount and hardly any other belongings. He was haggard, his bearded countenance grim and harsh. His hazel eyes looked onward, though, as if carried by some purpose or possessed by some ancient demon. Upon closer inspection, the weary traveler might have been a veteran of some distant war. He carried twin blades sheathed and bundled beneath his dirty wool-lined cloak. Reacting to the chill from the Sea of Diana, he pulled on his hood again to cover his matted hair.

His fingers curled into claws instinctively and the man made an exasperated noise when the wind and chill did not obey him. It felt like a lifetime ago when all of nature, her creatures, and power bent to his will. Now, the wild things avoid him; and remnant contamination hover beyond his periphery like wraiths, haunting him, following his every footstep. He shivered at the presence of these foreign entities, these shadows of extraplanar power were akin to countless invisible needles pressing against his flesh at every turn. They inflicted their annoyance upon his mind, body, and soul without cease. So much so that each time he lashed out against them, they merely burrowed deeper into his bones.

Straylor growled, a sound akin to a wounded animal in frustration. He half drew one his blades, his hand falling upon Leviathan’s hilt with expertly ease.

But the void greeted him, an emptiness that he could neither ignore nor fully understand. They mocked him, these dastardly things. And in his mind, they were laughing at him for what he lost and suffered and sacrificed for naught.

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Straylor may have not noticed it from earlier but with the sound of coughing he may find what seem to be a corpse lying on the ground. If he decides to approach it he may discover the body of a mer with a golden tail. If he is familiar with merfolks, he might also recognize that this one is the tropical kind of merfolk. Near the merman is probably the mer's weapon, a trident.

The merman is still breathing and from the looks of it he is not just exhausted but also wounded.
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The coughing drew Straylor's attention, his hazel eyes turning toward its source.

A mer?

The former Royal-then-Imperial Governor of the Eunesian Isles knew of these fairer folk, of course. These were the staunchest of the tribes that ruled below the waves. Their complexion and flamboyant colors were legendary among sailors and seafarers. But to find one so far from the sea and wounded like so ... well, it was suspicious.

Straylor approached the fallen creature, wary of its place among the ruins of Enamoria. Still, he retrieved a waterskin from his person and uncorked it. Kicking away the mer's trident so that it was beyond reach, Straylor bent down and offered the dying man some respite.

It was a poor omen to let someone who was to perish suffer. So Straylor waited until the mer had his fill and readied his dagger.
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His wounds don't seem to look fatal. The Mer would open his eyes.

"Water." The half-fish would utter clearly as he try his best to get up from lying on the dry ground.
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Straylor poured some water into the Mer's lips.

He eyed the man's wounds, then slipped his dagger back into the sheath behind his boots.

"Can you get up? You are far from the sea, stranger."
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The mer would try his best to get up and sit. With his tail not yet transformed into that of a land dweller he could not stand up yet. It would probably take a candlemark to morph it into legs.

"Pirates." He would speak.

"I traveled to this land to seek for help." He'd look down and look for his trident.
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"Pirates?"

Straylor removed his cloak and laid it across the mer like a blanket. While the chill bit into his arms and legs, he knew that this wounded warrior needed it more than him.

"Tell me about them. Why wander so far inland? Are there no hamlets or villages closer to the Sea of Diana?"
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"Thank you kind land dweller." The mer would appreciate Straylor's offering of his cloak.

"Pirates, their men are all over the coastal areas. I have to swim up the river to find my way further where the mer hunters won't find me." The mer's scales are starting to wither off and his tail is starting to form legs.

"My name is Frey, warrior of a southern mer tribe, you are?"The mer would ask.
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"Well met, Frey", Straylor said with a stiff nod. "I am called Felix."

He did not announce the name of his House or his tribe, for truly, Straylor was alone. Not since the Eclipse had he felt death's presence so close by. The realm of the paranormal and magical seemed to haunt him now, rebuking him for his betrayal.

"These pirates", he continued after a moment. "Why do they hunt you?"

Straylor was familiar with bandits and other unsavory characters. He spent the first half of his career catching and arresting them. But to spend so much time and effort to find one Mer? There was something more to this stranger's tale.
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"It is not just me that they are after, they have all been catching merfolk for many eras now. They sell us as expensive exotic displays or as slaves or fates worse than even death. The matriarch does not know and us merfolk would not want to inform her for it would bring us land and sea dwellers to war again." The mer would answer, his arms shaking in cold and fear and his eyes reflect worry.

"They have my wife and daughter.."
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There were few things Straylor found more deplorable than slavery. The worst of humanity, for all he was concerned, were those who would profit from the suffering of others. His expression hardened at the merman's mention of his wife and daughter.

"Can you stand?"

He eyed the mer's legs, which were fins not long ago. He wondered how well a wounded creature could travel. He no longer possessed magic to mend the man's wounds. So they would need to find a healer before they could go further.

"There is a town not far from here", Straylor said as he gazed out toward the riverlandsStraylor is Medonian and he grew up around Medonia. I am assuming that he would recall landmarks, etc, from the many years he lived and traveled here. If not, I can edit..
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The mer would try his best to stand up, like most merfolks, getting used to the legs after tail transformation is quite difficult. Frey would fail for a few before actually having himself able to stand up.

"I need to find help, fast. My wife and daughter are in more danger for every candlemark that pass." He doesn't seem to want to visit the healer.

"These wounds are nothing."
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Straylor regarded the mer, stubborn and wounded as he was. With a light bounce of his shoulders, he dismissed the man's cause for anxiety and motioned for him to lead on.

"If you are so inclined to die before saving your wife and daughter, please take the lead." The former politician's words were harsh and lacked any finesse. Wandering the wilds gave Straylor insight into the rawest pits of existence.

"If you want help beyond what two strangers can accomplish, then we must seek assistance. You can barely stand, let alone fight. We have no horses, no men. Even one pirate ship can house dozens of pirates. You are blinded by vengeance. We can see this through, if you heed my words. Otherwise, it would be suicide."
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Frey would pick up his trident and look at Straylor. "You are right, however, despite my dire need of assistance from land dwellers, I am much uncomfortable in box builders societies" The mer would start considering Straylor's words and allow him to lead the way to the nearest town he knows of..

As they made their way, Frey would narrate what he knows and what has happened to his village. How he escaped from captivity and how he learned what the pirates are making of their captive merfolks. He would even narrate the gore of his fellow mer being cooked like fish by the pirates.

".. the pirates dwell on an island in the southern sea." He would mention.

They would then arrive at a small farming community and arrive at the local healer's house where Frey's wounds are patched up. Frey would be allowed to rest for the brightening.
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The next phase would be preparation for your journey. You can look for men, get a ship, or do some other preparations. Do keep in mind your wealth level though.. which you don't really need to worry about.

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Straylor considered the merman’s words. His tale, while harrowing, was not exactly uncommon in these dire times. Yet the flames of anger in the pit of Straylor’s stomach continued to burn well into the darkening. He no longer slept nor drank from the soil as he had for nearly a decade. Instead, Straylor eclipsed into the void and was haunted by an emptiness that consumed him everlasting.

The following morning while Frey rested, Straylor emerged from the healer’s hut and paid a few silver coins for information. Mostly, he was looking for any fighting men willing to make a name for themselves. He produced his signet ring, marking him as a man of great wealth and of a noble house.

“Fight with me”, he beseeched those willing to hear his terms. “And I will grant you honor and a chance at a knighthood.” Straylor knew that any man could be purchased with gold. But he sought only those honorable enough to fight for what was right. Then he retold Frey’s tale about the slavers and how one man’s wife and daughter would soon fall victim to torment unimaginable. “These slavers will not stop. Once the mer are gone, what will stop these pirates from attacking your homes? And taking your children and loved ones?”

“They must be stopped. We leave at midday.”
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