WORLD SO COLD

Past the Kingdom of Ashwood and deep in the desert, you might stumble on some ruins. It was once a vast city much like Ashwood, but now, it’s nothing more than rubble most covered by sand. Not even water resides there; just forgotten memories, sand, rocks, bones, and the occasional fox or scorpion that you might stumble upon. Much like the Forgotten War Battlefield, nothing good came come out of these lands except shade from the sun.

WORLD SO COLD

Fenrir Jade
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November 18th, 2013, 5:09 pm #1

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December 4th, 2013, 9:00 pm #2

The girl on the horse had come to a stop for the night. It was nearing dark, and though the caravan never stopped near the ruins because they had small children that they feared would be carried off in the dark, Glass was not afraid of the things that went bump in the night.

"Come now, Tel'Nair." She murmured to the horse as she unloaded the wood from where she had lashed it behind the saddle. The horse was large, the kind usually reserved for soldiers or pulling carts. But when Glass sold her cart and left the caravan, she kept him. She only came up to his shoulder, which made it rather comical to watch her mount him. She ran her fingers through his mane as she unsaddled him and picketed him near a bit of grass before moving back over to where she had stacked the wood. She knelt down and set to work to get the fire started as a large dog came padding out of the ruins. Were Glass standing, the dog's back would have come up to her waist easily. Clasped in his jaws was a large antelope stag, which he dropped before laying down near her packs.


"Good boy, Del." she said, watching as her fire took and grew larger. Once she was certain it was steady, she took the stag and began to clean it, setting aside the entrails for Del before portioning it out and setting it up to cook. One by one, as the sun went down the stars and lightening bugs came out, setting the ruins a-twinkle. Glowing algae in the walls and pillars blinked and glowed around the bugs as they flew by, and Glass was almost content to stay there for forever and watch the world pass by. Bioluminescent butterflies landed in her crimson hair, reflecting off her milky blue eyes and her pale skin. They alighted on her sleeves and shoulders, making her look even more fae-like than she did in the daylight.
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December 4th, 2013, 9:27 pm #3

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December 4th, 2013, 10:00 pm #4

A deep, rumbling snarl was emanating from Del as he heard Fenrir approach. Glass had found the ruins with the highest walls, it even had a bit of roof. It had looked like rain earlier, and she wasn't fond of the idea of losing her fire or getting drenched. Del got up from near her packs, fur on end to go stand near Tel'Nair. Glass turned her head sharply, her milky blue eyes searching the dark until they alighted in his form near the edge of the fire. "You may not be armed, but I am. I'm letting you know that now." she said, holding up the dagger so he could see it before she sheathed it. "I'm not into random acts of brutality, though. It looks like it's going to start pouring soon, you're welcome to share my fire and meal until morning." She couldn't see him yet, just the outline if his shadow against the pillar he stood in the shadow of.

Tel'Nair snorted and stomped a couple of times as a deep roll of thunder pealed. "Strange, isn't it? Just about to be the rainy season. Seems like it just got over with." Glass drew her dagger and cut into the meat, checking to see how red it was. As she did, she murmured to the fire, watching as the flowed up the stick to coat her arm like water before sliding to puddle up in her palm without burning her. She poured the fire back into the coals, watching as it flared blue and then crimson. She rubbed her eyes, blinking a couple times as they readjusted to the firelight.
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December 4th, 2013, 10:56 pm #5

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December 4th, 2013, 11:25 pm #6

Del snarled, showing her teeth as he grew closer. As he crouched down, she snapped once. More of a warning that she would bite than a lunge towards him. All she was doing was letting him know that she meant business. She kept growling as she sniffed him, her hair lying flat as she did. She laid down, growling softly but letting him be. Glass sheathed her dagger, the blade glinting in the fire light as she did so. A steel blade, with lines of silver, copper, and iron scrawled across the blade. Effective against humans and a whole host of other beings.

She sat back on a rock that was nearby, examining him as he began tearing into the carcass. "Fire nymph? No." She chuckled a bit, taking her long hair and beginning to weave it into a bun on her head. As she did, she paused to rub her eyes again. Changelings could see in the dark as well as they could in the light, but the contrast of the two lights was making it hard for her glassy-white blue eyes to focus. "But, as I'm sure you can guess, I'm just as human as you are. What's your story? Ifrit? Djinn?" She asked, securing her hair with a knot. "And I'm just traveling. Left my caravan, decided to explore the world on my own without being burdened with superstition and fear. I'm not afraid of the things that go bump in the night. I'm just as bad as they are."
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December 5th, 2013, 5:38 am #8

Glass tilted her head to the side as she studied him. As she did, the firelight caught her eyes, flashing white, then blue, then back to white. Like an animals did in the night. Perhaps not blind, but her eyes had developed a way of shielding themselves from the harsh sun. A trait she got from her mother, given that hags preferred the dark underground or dimly lit swamps. But they were native to Zhuriya, where the deep forests offered them protection from the sun. Not Ashwood, land of nothing but sun. That wasn't the only trait she had garnered though. Green Hags were known to change into pretty young maids to lure their prey away, or to have children. If needed, Glass could simply talk her way out of a bad situation by batting her eyelashes. Or, if necessary, gouge out the eyes of her opponent with her unnaturally sharp and hard nails. Like under-developed claws they were. "I know you're not human. You don't...feel..right." she said, rising off her stone to pad over to him, her bare feet making almost no noise in the sand. She knelt down, studying his features. Looking for scars, telltale signs of dark magic, strange tattoos and hidden features. She searched her memories, for clues that could help her think.

That's when it hit her. Del was never taken by surprise by anyone, unless they were incredibly light on their feet, which narrowed it down to a handful of races. Then the eating of raw meat? Narrowed it down to a few more. But what struck her even more, was the hostility Del had shown him. Del was friendly with people unless they directly threatened her. She just wasn't fond of other canines. Bingo. Glass smiled, a wry, knowing little smile. "I'm not quite afraid to be out here alone. What's going to get me? A spirit or wraith? Maybe an angry djinn or sand scorpions? Jackals don't scare me either. After all," she said, rising to check on the food again, "Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" she turned her head back to wink at him as she said this. "Ah, but I'm afraid you've still not guessed me yet. Go on, take a stab at it."
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December 5th, 2013, 1:39 pm #9

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December 5th, 2013, 10:34 pm #10

"Overconfident?" she gasped with mock indignation, a musical laughter escaping her as she pressed her palm to her breast, a wide-eyed grin spread across her face. She just couldn't help it, she was a friendly person. Cautious, but friendly! "Oh you wound me, sir! But, I suppose I can answer your question, solve the mystery and all that." She said with a toss of the head as he scooted closer to be out of the rain. "But it's quite a story to be had. I didn't even know myself until a few months ago. Lucky I had Del with me, or I doubt I would have escaped that sticky situation."

The rain began to come in harder, going from a light shower to outright dumping buckets. It wasn't windy, thankfully, but the thunder and lightning were fierce. Rippling across the sky, seeking out points of earth for miles in every direction. "I'm the product of an unlikely night of drunken revelry. Not unusual for my father, I'm told. But unusual that he survived. I'm sure you've heard stories of the Sea Hags by the ocean, the Night Hags of old dungeons, Swamp Hags in their bogs, the Anise Hags of the caves beneath earth mountains and the Green Hags of the forests. Hulking, horrible looking creatures the lot. I'm the unlikely offspring of a Green hag and an elven mercenary. A Changeling. Dropped to live in an orphanage as an 'elf' of some sort." She smiled and stretched her arms above her head and leaned back as she did so, looking as thin and lithe as a cat as her clothes pulled taught against her frame before she leaned back forward to check the meat again, pulling one stick from the ground and offering the meat in it to him as she took her own.
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