Dawnspire the Halix
The Glacier Kumos
Age: 8 years, 1 week, 5 days
Born: April 6th, 2011
Adopted: 8 years, 1 week, 5 days ago
Adopted: April 6th, 2011
- Level: 14
- Strength: 35
- Defense: 35
- Speed: 33
- Health: 37
- HP: 30/37
- Intelligence: 8
- Books Read: 8
- Food Eaten: 19
It had been a grey dismal day, but now storm clouds grew heavy as evening encroached. The wind picked up and was spinning scents around left and right. Arlo had taken a wrong turn long ago and had no idea where the road back to the wizard city was. At some point it had become dirt, and then a smaller path, and now it was only a trail in the woods. His damn stubbornness had gotten the best of him again. He should have turned around hours ago but it was too late for that now. The rain would start soon, he could smell it. He needed to find someplace to spend the night. The lean, white wolf began to search for shelter in the forest as the light began to dim.
He picked up on an unusual scent and turned off the thin trail. He nosed his way through the brush and a few feet away he stumbled upon an old stone building, an old hermit or hunters hut. It was crumbling apart, a bramble of thorns and ivy all was he could see of it. It was better than nothing, he thought. Cautiously, he skulked inside the broken archway where the door would have been. The moment his nose crossed the threshold he heard a pop and the broken walls revealed themselves to be an old castle, more than fully intact, the illusion falling away like grains of sand. He hurried inside and shut the new, thick wooden door, against the growing wind.
The first thing he noticed was the stale air and the creaking sounds coming from the wind howling outside. A few minutes later and the rain began to pour, loud and hurried. He closed his eyes for a moment to concentrate on a spell and whispered the incantation in a hushed tone, unsure of what might be lurking. The words brought up a small, fuzzy blue light, to help him see by. The illumination revealed a long stone entryway, cobwebs laced the empty candelabras lining the wall, and tapestries hung in disrepair. He sent the light around the room and decided to continue onward. Perhaps he would discover who this belonged to.
He wandered the old rooms through the cobwebs and layers of dust. It was silent, the owners long gone. He found the study, a pantry, a dining hall, bedrooms and more. They were furnished but many things were covered in drifting sheets. Nothing indicated that it was anything but long deserted. In a hallway adjacent to a spiral tower he found a room different from the rest. Engraved on the doors were two glyphs he'd never seen before, blue moons and gold stars, so faded he'd almost missed them. Intrigued, he pushed open the two heavy doors. They groaned as they swung inward. He stopped and stared. The room was lit by the grey gloomy light of the rain clouds and the sporadic lightning coming through the many long, dirty windows. Shadows fell silently and moved as one as the trees outside shook in the wind. The room was two stories tall, with a round space in the center that held a few old tables, podiums, and chairs. Around them and filling the room were row upon row of old bookshelves, a treasure of knowledge. He picked a book off of the shelf and blew the dust off of it. The motes hung silvery in the still air. It was a book on wizardry. He gasped, he had only finished his second year studying magic but he knew this book was special. He had been meant to find this, he knew it.
Arlo was awake reading when he heard something in the hallway. Looking up from his seat, his ears flattened to his skull in apprehension. Green orbs of light glowed and dimmed in the doorway. It took him a moment before he realized they hid a shadow in their midst. Fighting the urge to hide he raised his head. Putting the book down he called forth his light once more. Blue haloed his head as he rose and stepped toward the library entrance and the hidden stranger.
As he neared he watched the creature, wondering which spells he could use if he needed to. Hopefully they would just want to talk... He’d convinced himself that the castle had been abandoned. He had some personal shields up, just in case, but he wasn't a battler, he was a researcher. The only reason he was here was because he'd been on his way back to start his third term at the academy. In the dim lights he saw she was a smoky brown kirin-like creature with armored scales on her back that were luminescent grey-green in the dark. She had the delicate but predatory face of a griffin, her body resembled a deer, and she had a crown of antlers over her brow. Her tail was an impressive blur of elaborate jade feathers, and emerald bright orbs blossomed and drifted into the air like ash from a fire. Beautiful but deadly, like a hawk or a scorpion, he thought. As her green orbs moved to light the room he realized she wasn't alone. A small black creature lurked behind her. It moved behind and under the drifting, glowing green and blue lights, in sync with the pooling darkness, following the shadows. He managed to see enough to know that it had a long snout and rows of teeth.
She claimed the land and the old castle belonged to her. Her tail whipped behind her in anger; he was trespassing. Calm and assertive he spoke up and explained that he was here by accident and would leave the following morning. He had thought the castle was empty, after all, it was in disrepair, and couldn’t have been used in years. Her green eyes sparked gold in anger. What was it to him what condition it was in? He tried to explain that he was a student and these books were valuable.. Even as he said it he realized something was off. The books weren't falling apart or even dusty. His eyes widened as he looked down at the ones in front of him that he'd been reading, his voice trailing off, the books gleamed in the light, the only sign of their age a slight wear and tear that any book might have from multiple readings. He'd been so preoccupied with what they held inside that he hadn't bothered to wonder how it was even possible that they hadn't crumbled at his touch. He swallowed as he looked back up at her, wary now. He should just leave, he thought, but she refused to let him pass until she questioned him, adamant that he was here to steal. He swore he didn't know how he found his way here; he'd been lost. Cackling, she shook her head, impossible. She blocked the door, refusing to let him leave. He could feel his chance to escape slipping away. He was over-matched but he was also stubborn.
"Let me go!" He demanded.
The creature hissed, her back arching as her beaked head bowed down, threatening. Angry now and fighting panic, his lips came back, showing his fangs in silent resistance. Her tail flicked and he saw the smaller shadow stalking away, her guard pet he assumed, as it paced back and forth. If he could get her to move as it walked away, he might be able to make a run through the door. Quickly, he pulled up an aggressive spell, cold as lightning, his paws flashed and he jumped forward sending the power through himself and at her. Thrown off guard by the ball of crackling energy hurling towards her she shrieked and shrank back to the left. This was it.
He flung up the only shield spell he knew under his breath even as he bolted towards the door. Leaping, blue streams whirled out from his fur and swirled about him, he was almost at the door, two strides, one more. It banged shut and he barely managed to turn but still he hit it hard. NO.
He pulled himself up and lunged at her, snapping his fangs. It was life or death now; he was close enough to hear a hiss escape her beak as she snaked back from his jaws just in time. He'd missed, and as he came down to the ground again he saw the little creature was running for him, it's orbs were already destroying the last of his shield. He had to get to her first, he leaped at her again with all his strength but not in time, not before he heard her whisper those few, final words.
His eyes went dark and it felt like he was looking through a narrow window. He started to gather a spell to wash it away but he didn’t get far. Glowing lights swirled in front of him and he felt dizzy suddenly. His mind hyper-focused on the lights and though he tried to fight the spell, she was too strong. He growled, crouching, blind, ready to snap at anything, though he could hardly move. But she had other plans for him. The sorceress gestured towards the ceiling and the green lights flew up towards the high, dark reaches, like falling stars in reverse. They spread and turned into even smaller lights which swirled around the young wolf and he lost consciousness.
This may seem familiar to you.. Perhaps you've heard this Story about friends or The Athenaeum before..
A magical tone chimed, faint and haunting, as the door marked with a blue and golden moon and stars motif, opened fluidly. The white wolf's head turned, his sharp hearing picking it up from the tall stacks at the back of the library. A few moments later two blue translucent foxes raced up to him, stopping and sitting. They spoke every word one after the other, as one, letting him know that Iridestra had arrived. He took another sip of his coffee, relishing the deep rich flavor. He liked to make her wait.
The library was built with honey warm wood, shelves stretching from floor to floor to ceiling, over at least two stories. It was circular, with desks situated in the middle of the room. Big open windows let the breeze in on the right. The ceiling was a deep navy blue and was overlaid with a beautiful golden display of the constellations, which lit up, and moved. The center spire was spelled to become opaque when needed at night, and a large gold and brass telescope looked out above. He walked out from between a stack of books beyond the foyer and went forward to meet her. She sat near the front of the library, obviously here for him and not to browse, her green feathered tail twitching impatiently. He had pulled up the hood on his robe as he came down, disliking the bright sunshine. He was usually awake at night, insomnia keeping him from dreams he could never quite remember. He blinked his bright blue eyes at the afternoon light. He wondered what she needed today.
"Iridestra," he said, stopping next to one of the tables, "What brings you to the Athenaeum today?"
She looked annoyed, per usual. His furry dragon familiar, Dawnspire, did a slow circle around the room, looking warily down at Wrassa, who was standing at the door. Wrassa was Iridestra's small, deadly protector. She had quite a few strangelings, but that one was always nearby. In addition to sharp claws, teeth, and being solid muscle, the black cat-like creature emitted glowing orbs that could hypnotize or blind. They were weak and barely visible now in the middle of the days light. He was a creature of the night as well. He was watching her too, ears forward, but only curious, not threatening. Dawnspire only looked like a cream-puff on the outside... On the inside she was equipped with a burning acid that even Wrassa knew better than to mess with.
"Bespelled," Iridestra nodded to him, "The library is looking well. The reason I'm dropping in is to find information on the "Harrows". Have you ever heard of it?"
"I've heard the word used before but nothing that would stand out. My own studies have taken me elsewhere. I was never much with the histories or superstitions."
"Hmmm... I've seen the word before, in an old book. I'm not even sure if it's the same thing. Well, I'll find out what I can today. I'm going to need you to look for any clues about them. Do you think you could handle that?"
Of course he could handle that. She always had such an attitude. But that was fine, he had one too. She was lucky that he'd agreed to be her research assistant. Really though, he couldn't have said no to all those books to read in trade. How long ago? Wait.. His mind skipped away. Of course he could handle that. He pretended to think about it and smirked at her.
"Maybe, haha. Is there a reason for this newfound interest?" He asked, arching his eyebrows.
"You know I like a good mystery, and if my hunch is right then maybe the Harrows aren't just a vague something. Maybe it's something very real."
"Well, that'd be interesting. The City Wizards wouldn't allow something that powerful to exist though. It's impossible that they wouldn't know about it."
"Perhaps. However, how would we even know? If they didn't want anyone to know, they wouldn't. Or, maybe they aren't as all-powerful as they think, and they don't know it yet."
"You'd like that, wouldn't you?" He smirked as he caught her eye.
She shot him a look and said, "Would serve them right."
He chuckled softly. It would, it truly would. Those pretentious wizards in their great city, thinking they were better than everyone. He'd never go there. Ever. And he had the Athenaeum, everything he could want was right here... He was curious about this subject, it must be important if she needed help with it. He wondered if it had anything to do with the reading he'd gotten on the stars the other night. They were shouting so loud it was deafening, and the charts were nothing like they should be. No one could predict the future but the stars almost always had a pattern, in their movements, sounds, lights, radiation, rotations, auras, and so much he couldn't even describe but only felt during a working, anything, something, to connect the cosmic dots.. And they were just different now or completely out of any patterns he'd seen before. The ones that were supposed to have been waiting on the horizon, just gone.
"I'll look through the library, see what I can find. The planets are louder these days. Check the astrological mapping up in the alcove, I think your questions might have something to do with the current chaos. Little is coincidence, you know," he said softly.
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