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The Hot Water Source of the Inn of Isis (RP)

Postby Xitaro » Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:30 pm

A small staircase inside the Inn lead down to a damp cavern lit by a phosporescent moss. The air is hot and humid with a faint scent of flower coming from some wild flower who are growing there magically. The rock as been cutted to offer place to sit inside or outside the hot bubbling freshwater. A small bar with bottles of a sweet liquor help you to feel relaxed in these warming place.
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Postby Aya » Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:51 am

Aniwyen was in her air form, no shape or substance to her, simply air flowing with the currents.

She was simply enjoying the setting sunlight when she passed over the Inn. She recalled the cavern with a hotspring just below the Inn. She also recalled a tiny hole on the surface that acted as ventilation and sailed down inside.

Upon entering the cavern she changed to her human form as she reached the water. She always enjoyed the feeling of a hotspring.

Clothed in a simple wrap around her chest and a second around her hips, she sat on the edge of the pool with her legs in the water as she reached for the bar to taste the sweet wine that was set out.

There was no one there at the moment, so she had no reason to hide. Imagine, a mortal coming down to see the mother goddess of life sitting in their hot spring.
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Postby TheForeigner » Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:45 am

(I suppose we can participate in two rp's at the same time?)

The Foreigner made his way to the hot springs of the Inn. The moisture and heat had drawn him to it. For a moment, he could almost sense an elemental like him. The currents were different, almost sweeter. His curiousity had gotten the better of him, in true Air Elemental fashion. It had quickened his pace. The Foreigner slid the door open to reveal an unexpected surprise. As soon as he became cognizant of who sat before him, he had collapsed to his knees, sending swirls about in the steamy mist.

"Lady Aniwyen."

Even as an exile, the Mother was still venerated. The Foreigner remained in deep bow, the Mother couldn't have been far from her sword, and he feared for the worst. His voice had been a little louder than it should have, her name hadn't been spoken from his lips in a long time, it seemed out of place and awkward.
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Postby Aya » Sat Feb 11, 2006 6:24 pm

Aniwyen smiled widely and spoke gently.

"Rise young one. You need not fear me. Technically I am not supposed to be here. So, if you don't tell, I won't mind your company." She chuckled softly, her sweet voice echoing lightly through the cavern.

She motioned for him to join her and offered him a glass of wine.
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Postby TheForeigner » Sat Feb 11, 2006 7:40 pm

The Foreigner slowly rose from his kneel. He politely took the wine from the smiling Goddess. Haven had not recieved any messages from the Elementals of the Plane since their defection. The Foreigner had only heard stories of the powerful Mother of the Elements, interpreting here as an omnipotent judgement of justice. He often wondered if the Exiles and the Elementals were on good terms.

Cautiously taking his seat, the Foreigner remained modest, still fully suited in his armor. The misty steam would not damage the cloud scale armor. He resisted a strange urge to blindfold himself even more, as he noticed the Aniwyen's dress.

Hesitantly, he regained his composure and voice. His eyes conciously avoiding Aniwyen, he gazed upon the mystical flora of the springs, and inhaled it's delicate aroma.

"What brings thee here, milady?"
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Postby Aya » Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:31 pm

Aniwyen, noticing his averted gaze, smiled again.

"I was simply passing through. There was no one here so I thought I would relax and enjoy my human form for a while." She took a sip of wine and sighed happily. "It's amazing how many of these sensations do not transfer to our natural form. There are so many experiences that our human form cannot experience either, but I think I enjoy human form a little more." She winked.

He was still seeming nervous and on guard around her, possibly because of who she was and her lack of coverings.

"My dear, please, be at ease. There is no need to be so formal. You came down here to relax as much as I. You may as well take off your armour and enjoy the water." She paused a moment before adding, "Unless there is some evil creature you hide in there that will devour us all if you relax." She winked, trying to liten his tension.

She took another sip of wine and slipped back into the pool.

"I wish you to tell me of Haven. How are you all faring?" She knew the answer, but it was something to occupy his mind and relax him.
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Postby TheForeigner » Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:57 am

He did not want to offend the Mother Goddess, and weakly admitted.

"To be honest, I came down here to enjoy the heat, I'm quite partial to the sauna qualities of this air you see."

With that, he began dismantaling his armor. He took off only His chest plate, allowing the steam to collect on his skin, with tiny droplets forming. He carefully placed his armor ontop of a stone ledge, gradually enjoying the soothing spa.

"Haven is doing great. The Exiles are enjoying their lives on Isis. I've long since left Haven, but at the time of my departure the world has been good to us all."

The Foreigner paused, for a moment his adoptive Lianese accent had faded, revealing a slight sense of nostalgia. At times his emotions got the better of him, a mark of the innocent air elementals. Regaining his stature, and manipulating wisps of steam into the faces he knew, he began to speak again, with his Liang conversationalism intact.

"It's a pity, I've lost contact with Mikael, the Fire elemental. Liang really is secluded from the world, it's not much different than Haven. And what about you, milady, how fares matters of the Plane?"
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Postby Aya » Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:11 am

"Matters are... well enough. I grow more concerned about the Void each day, but if the day comes that it decides to act, we should be ready." She looked away and played with the rim of her glass a moment.

Something was on her mind and she hesitated to mention it. One thing about human form was that it was harder to hide emotions.
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Postby TheForeigner » Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:23 am

The Foreigner sensed the Void was a sensitive subject, and contemplated whether or not to speak about it. Instead, he took a seat by the pool, inhaling the warm aroma. He swung his foot about for a moment, being around Lady Aniwyen had brought out his inner youthfulness. The hazy clouds that hung above her head seemed to caress her face. The Foreigner played with them, like ever light clothes on a laundry line. Delicate ribbons, flowing in a hypnotic soothing fashion. Mere tricks, but they brought comfort, and the Foreigner sought to comfort the seemingly sullen Mother in his subtle ways. He shaped the air, depicting a mighty Seawolf man-of-war, and sent it sailing about the surface of the hot-springs.

"What troubles you?"
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Postby Aya » Fri Feb 17, 2006 3:32 am

She smiled, watching his manipulation of the steam.

"It's more a personal matter really. You have no idea how lucky you are, the exiles, to be able to live your lives as freely as you wish... to have families... someone to care for you..." She added, her expression fading. "It is so tempting to simply leave it all behind. Renounce my position, my powers... and simply..." Her words trailed off as she shook the thought from her mind. "Nevermind. It is my burden and you don't want to hear of it."

She moved to the bar again to fill her wine glass.

"One good thing about us is that we don't get drunk." She tried to smile.
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Postby TheForeigner » Sat Feb 18, 2006 2:59 am

The Foreigner took a short cup from the bar, filling it with an amber blue fluid, Xitaro had come across an impressive collection, one of which happened to be a Liang fragrant tea. The tea has a cleansing effect, hollowing out his nasal passages. Here, in the hot springs, the experience was enhanced. For a few seconds, all he could smell was the sweet necter.

"Tis good, our lives. I thank thee."

The Foreigner thanked the Mother, for life, on behalf of all elementals. Simply, directly, devoid of any poetic structure. His remark was plain and simple, sincere from beginning to end. But it was shortlived, as was the Foreigner's mind. After tangents upon tangents of restless contemplation, he had reached a dead end.

"The world is composed of the elements. If the Void is not of this world, what is it composed of?"
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Postby Aya » Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:04 am

"Evil. Pure and simple, though there is nothing simple about the Void I fear." She responded.

The sun was beginning to fade and the natural glow of the cave got brighter, as if it sensed the fading light and compensated for it.

"This is the best part of being down here at this time of night." She smiled, watching the brightening glow.
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Postby TheForeigner » Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:13 am

"I'm sure it is."

The Foreigner shifted his stance, a stone pillar casted it's shadow onto his face. He found comfort in this darkness, though he regretted it. There are many things that are simply too beautiful for him to see, such a curse hurt him more than he cared to show. He took a sip of his tea, swallowing his pain, letting the knot in his throat slip away.

"Milady? You've been alive long before any of us has seen the light. Is this the first real evil you have encountered?"
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Postby Aya » Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:19 am

"No. I am sad to say it is not." She responded, taking a sip of her wine. "The one who created the Void was the first. He was far more powerful and far more evil than anything you will ever know in your life time."

"Does something trouble you?" She asked, niticing something distant about his stance.
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Postby TheForeigner » Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:50 am

"My eyes. I wear a blindfold because I cannot take in the daylight as others do. My father said I flew too high, too young, and was blinded by the clouds and sun. I don't think I've ever seen the daylight without the pain though."

The Foreigner could see, his blindfold merely shaded his eyes, filtering the hot pain of brightness. His eyes were still sharp, and by night they were uncomparable. But only under the soft glow of the moon and stars. His shortcomings never got to him, where his day vision failed him, his sense of air currents made up for.
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Postby Aya » Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:55 am

"I see." She put her glass down and moved towards him.

She sat next to him and removed the blindfold. She gently held his face in her soft hands, turning his face to her and looked into his eyes.

"I can fix this for you if you wish it." She smiled sweetly.
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Postby TheForeigner » Sat Feb 18, 2006 4:01 am

"No milady. Tis a curse, and a gift. Bestowed to me by a life of mortality. I carry it with me, as a reminder of Haven. Thank you."

Without flaws, the Foreigner thought the world would be full of gods. A place where tyrants ruled with impossible egos. What made him who he was, was his humility.

Aniwyen's touch was soothing though, if not unnexpected. A muscle along the Foreigner's back twitched when she made contact with him. He longingly gazed at the spectrum the colors made in the refraction of the water.

"Perhaps, if I could see this sunset, just for a short while my condition would subside, it would be enough. If I may so humbly ask."
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Postby Aya » Sat Feb 18, 2006 4:06 am

She smiled again, her eyes sparkling with the kindness a loving mother would show her children. She told him to close his eyes, then she leaned forward and kissed each eye. A moment later she told him to open his eyes as they sat a top a mountain to watch the sun set through the clouds.
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Postby TheForeigner » Sat Feb 18, 2006 4:21 am

At first he winced at the light, a surge of forgotten colors had caught him off guard. But he could see. In his exilheration, he had forgotten his breath. Searching this new world of vibrance, his head swiveled as he rose to his feet. He looked hungrily at everything, a starved dog in a butchershop. The light seeped through the clouds, rays of brilliance and life. The sky was ablaze with all the hues he had once known. His eyes brought him down below the mountain, at the amber fields of grass. He watched as each of the blades swayed in waves, flickering billows of luminence danced about. Far away, his eyes could magnify the icy blue streams of a frozen glacier. He turned about, to look at the sitting Mother Goddess. A sight that blessed him, from within. He said nothing, for Aniwyen's presence was greater than the sights of this world. She was a companion, and what is beauty if you had no one to share it with.

He drew a deep breath, seating himself back on the rocky cliff, childishly, and faced the sun as it began dipping itself behind twin peaks, changing the colors in the sky ever so slightly, the saturation in the clouds waltzed in their variation. The world was aglow, and the Foreigner's grey eyes were wide open.
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Postby Aya » Sat Feb 18, 2006 4:28 am

Aniwyen delighted in his excitment. It was like watching a child tear open a present they had waited for for so long.

She sat there, next to him, her legs bent up beside her and she was leaning her weight on the opposite arm. She watched the sun dip below the clouds and turn them a brilliant shade of fuchsia and firey red. As it set farther, the colours changed to purple and soon the stars were about them. Aniwyen looked up to them and smiled, and they shone brighter.

"Are you sure you wish to give this up?" She asked him.
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Postby TheForeigner » Sat Feb 18, 2006 4:39 am

"Of course. The night and moon is enough for me. I am no god, I will live the life that has been given to me. Thank you milady for your offer and kindness."

The Foreigner did not expect her to understand him. He didn't expect any of the Elementals of the Plane to understand him. Only the exiles knew what simple pleasures there were in the suffering in life. They lived a humble one, as did the Foreigner. At any given time, he could have single handedly defeated the entire Nation of Liang with only his kin of Haven. Instead, he chose this life, one that was self made, a product of his diligence.

The sun dissappeared below the peaks, a flame being reduced to embers in the coal. The final breaths of vivacity licked the darkening sky. A cool breeze swept from the leeward side of the mountain. It was short, but it was enough. A forbidden joy, now to never to be forgotten.

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Postby Aya » Sat Feb 18, 2006 4:51 am

Aniwyen could not understand, but in a way she did. She knew it was something she would never know because of what she was. She wanted to understand his point of view. There was something about him she felt she had to know, to be a part of and understand.

Before she took her gift away, she did something she never thought she would ever have the courage to do. After returning them to the hot spring, she stood in the middle of the pool with her arms spread out at her sides, palms down and resting on the surface of the water. With her head tilted down and eyes closed, she chanted something in her language. It was quiet, very soft, but resounded in the cavern as a whispered melody. The water began to glow and the light enveloped her. As it died down, she moved towards the edge and up the steps out of the water to stand next to him again.

Dressed in white silk, a dress of greek style, She was now mortal. Her powers diminished greatly, but still there. She sought to understand the exiles and their way of life, perhaps to understand herself a little better in the process.

"I wish to walk with you in your life. I wish to know your ways and understand. Will you show me?" She asked, her hand held out to his.
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Postby TheForeigner » Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:16 am

The Foreigner could tell something fading away from the Mother Goddess. She was mortal. His fear got the better of him, he spoke without thinking.

"But Milady, you are vulnerable now!"

He held out his hand in a daze, in wholly disbelief. The Original had just shed her unpiercable armor. He did not know what to say, but sworn to protect her until she regained her immortal self. He sensed he could not argue with her, even in her mortal form, she was still the Mother Goddess in his eyes. Reluctantly, and with an uncertain voice, his thumbs wrapped over the back of her hands.

"Very well milady. Let me tell you why we have chosen to exile ourselves. But first, forgive me."

The Foreigner grew in strength and confidence, slowly drawing a sword from his sheath. Circling behind the mother goddess, he made small slow gestures, subtle pleas that asked her for her trust in him. He took the blade, resting it on her right shoulder, letting the gravity delicately scraping her skin, revealing a thin shallow cut, no longer than an inch.

"I'm sure, there will be no scar, forgive me, let me explain."

As he did, he cleansed the trickling blood from her shoulder. Mortal blood.

"Milady, feel how it is like to bleed, how it is to hurt. This was the part of life that had become a mystery to the Exiles. In the life of the City of Light, they grew afraid of living eternal lives, doomed to a facade of happiness. They lacked understanding of true happiness. What is happiness, if there is no sadness? As elementals, we know the duality of the world. The Balance of Four, the Balance of Two. However, the Immortals lacked the balance of life. My ancestor left the Plane for that very reason. To find balance, to find this pain, in pursuit of happiness."

The Foreigner held the blood stained cloth, Lady Aniwyen was still regal, an all powerful as she ever was. He hoped she could hear his anguish through mortal ears and finally understand. He glanced at the cloth again, and in his retrospect, shocked at what he had done. He wiped his blade clean of the red blood, and dropped to the floor, kneeling in a position of forgiveness and surrender.
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Postby Aya » Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:37 am

She stood still as he circled behind her and placed the blade to her shoulder. She trusted him and allowed him to continue what it was he was to demonstrate. As the blade cut through her skin a shock shot through her body, a sensation that for the first time nearly paralized her. She had never felt pain before. Only then did she flinch. She grabbed her shoulder, shaking slightly, and looked in his eyes. He dropped to a kneel and ask forgiveness.

She pulled her hand away, her finger tainted in blood. It was a curious sensation. The pain had dulled and she stopped shaking.

"Rise young one, you needn't fear me. And there is no need for forgiveness. I understand your point. Please, stand." She held her hand out again.

After bringing him up from his knees she went to the pool and washed her hand. Then placing the same hand back to her shoulder, she tried to heal herself, she could not as easily as she could before. She couldn't heal it completely, but it was enough to stop the bleeding.

Now that she was mortal, the gift she granted him would wear off. His sight should have returned to normal by now.
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Postby Zapheres » Thu Feb 23, 2006 2:10 am

Dako trotted slowly down the stairwell. The only part of the Inn he'd not yet explored. As he came down, he felt something strange. Like power...but...small. Or shrunken. Did something lurk in the springs? It did seem scary, since it was nightfall. He tiptoed down the last few steps. And as he saw everything, he shuddered. This day was just getting stranger. He bowed low to Aniwyen. Was it really Aniwyen? She didn't have the feel of power...her inner strength seemed diminshed somehow. And the Elemental he met in the bar, too. They looked like they were having some sort of confrontation.

"Lady." he spoke quietly, as if a minor interruption. "Um...excuse me. I shall go. Forgive my intrusion." he said, and began to move backward, still in a bow.
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