Arcadia-Forest"Hey, hey wake up!" Cally shakes me awake. The aches in my body are still wearing away.
Shaking the sleep from my eyes I sit up, and she pulls me against the boulder she's leaning against. "Shhh. Nightfall... I didn't think you would want to miss this."
I turn my gaze to the wood line, small wisp's of light are illuminating the trees. They give the illusion of breathing to this mountainside forest. "Wow. It's... Beautiful. What are they?"
"Spirits of the forest. Where you are from they have many names. In Germany, they are the Waldgeist. In Sweden Skogsra, and in Japan they are known as Kodama. But those are just titles. They have no true names. Most of us derive our names from the words of ancient man, from a time before we were forced out of the realm."
A white wisp floats towards me. It lands in my outstretched hand and I draw it in close. It's light is nearly blinding, and I can almost make out a shape... But it flies off before I can memorize it. "So, how long has this
Arcadia-Pain"Know this," A rough voice whispers into my ears as I reawaken. "you are still mortal. And as such, this world is still a threat. But I have given you a great boon, at little cost. Do not be reckless." Old Terra helps me to my feet.
Cally pulls me in close, smiling. "We are going to go on a short trip North, along the mountain trails. I can explain a few things to you as we go along."
I smile. "Eager to head out already? I'm still terrified of going outside. Do we even have equipment?"
She taps me on the head. "You are the equipment. You are now hunter, scout, and warmth in one fleshy package. I am going to abuse this little gift of yours to no end!"
My grin fades. "Why? And how?"
"You are bound by a mystical contract to be my traveling companion. Think of yourself as a field butler. Hopefully I won't have to force you to do anything, if what you said at Bright's had any truth to it."
"I don't remember much of that night... Shit. Maybe I should have stayed home and watched crapp
Arcadia-ShifterThe world slowly seeps into my reawakened consciousness. At this point A hand strikes across my face. I jump up, the three people from earlier standing around me. I was lying on a stone tablet in a back room, one that reeks of blood an herbs... "What the fuck?! Why did you hit me? What did you do to m-" I stop, placing a hand on my neck. The scar tissue is gone, and my vision is clear. I stop shouting and embrace everyone thanking them. I can't stand being silent.
Cally doesn't seem to mind, Terra has no reaction whatsoever, and Vermina shoves me away, berating me. "Don't touch me monkey."
I let the elation flow over my mind, stopping only when I realize one thing. What was the price... "Hey, what exactly did you take... Everything seems to be working fine..."
Terra smiles, that craggy face stretching uncharacteristically. "Your blood. To be precise, when I need it I will dispatch one of my familiars to collect it. It was this condition, or your eyes.When they come for you, what
Arcadia-HagMy eyes adjust to the lighting, rather than "traditional" illumination (I did see light bulbs in Vermina and Cally's house.) there is an ancient oil lamp set up on a table in what I assume is the dining room. In the lamps flickering light I spot an equally aged woman with the palest skin I have ever observed on anybody, she must be albino. Her eyes appear to be a light blue or gray...
"I said come in you fool. No need to be nervous."
I glance towards Cally, looking for confirmation. She nods.
Not knowing what else to do I step forward and give her a slight nod of affirmation.
Her raspy voice takes on a mildly unpleasant tone. "You bring a human before me? Why?"
Cally steps up and takes charge. "Through my action he was taken from Mortale Regni."
"I was disheartened by the fact that my pass was approaching the terminal point. I spent half a year there, and I wasn't ready to come home. I took what little human cash I had left and had a few drinks when he walked in looki
Arcadia-OutsideMidday rolls around and everyone assembles near the door leading outside, Cally still keeping a firm grip on my lower body. Vermina shift's her tail into a shapely pair of legs, reaches to a coat-rack near the door, and snags a pair of sweatpants from it. I politely look away as she slides them on. A moment later she slips on a pair of yellow sandals, looking very out of place. She wears a disdainful grimace as she adjusts to moving in a bipedal fashion.
Cally releases me and slithers off to another room, presumably to change as well. I am alone with Vermina in the large "living-room" (there is no furniture...) Staring at the ugly lime green door, which clashes with the red brick of the house. Vermina begins tapping her left foot and impatiently flicks her shoulder length raven hair. "If you have such distaste for humans, why would you mimic us?"
Vermina's foot stops tapping. "It tones down old racial prejudices and conflict. Most of us over the millennia have adapted to human ways of
Arcadia-AwakeningIt's the middle of the night. I can hear something rustling around. I can't move, after passing out earlier one of my captors bound me with a length of rope. The rustling grows louder as A soft voice is quietly singing to herself. The words sound... Mixed, almost like a fusion of Gaelic and Scandinavian.
Opening my eyes I see a pale skinned woman scrubbing the floor where I made a mess of myself. She seems content... almost like she enjoys cleaning. Her eyes dull for a moment, irritated that I am watching. She crawls over and I try in vain to wiggle away. No good, they hog-tied me. I am going nowhere.
She gazes into my eyes for a moment and then tries several languages until I respond to a slightly accented English. "You should be asleep. I work better when I have no audience. Look into my eyes, human."
Still tense, I am wary about trusting anything I see for now. The pale woman mutters to herself "Tá sé an t-ádh ar do shon sin ní dóigh liom pionós a gh
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