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An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Caramina on Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:43 am

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The feeling of the surprisingly warm wind brushing past her brought a wide smile to her face, which broadened further as she anticipated the majesty of the library. Having grown bored of the books in the library closest to her home, she had decided to pay a visit to the library in the Twilight Palace, rumoured to be several storeys high and filled with books containing all types of books. Caramina had successfully emerged unharmed from the Tempest Ring - she did have her wind shields, but still, her heart kind of died each time she entered the Tempest Ring and braved its storms. Putting that behind her, she let anticipation wash over her the way the warm wind was currently doing, and hoped that the library wouldn't disappoint her.

A few minutes later, she was in the palace, feathered wings neatly folded by her side as she walked through brightly lit corridors, whose floors were tiled with simply decorated white marble tiles, gleaming brightly in the sunlight, which poured from the numerous windows dotting the cream-coloured wallpaper. It was obvious that this place was well-maintained, and Caramina's high hopes for the library rose even further. Eventually she came upon the library, her way blocked by a massive wooden door; like the floor, it gleamed, and Caramina was positive she could see a bit of her reflection in it. Shaking her head at the cleanliness of her surroundings, she pushed the door open, which swung away to reveal a massive room.

Caramina was not disappointed as she stared around at the shelves; the sight of row upon row of books of all shapes, sizes and colour, contained in tall, elegantly built shielves, awaited her, and she sucked in a gasp. Eventually her gaze, forcefully torn away from the beautiful sight of books, wandered over to the single occupant in the room - two, she corrected herself, as her gaze passed over to a dark lump in the corner. She'd greet him, or her, later -, sitting on a plush, mauve-coloured cushion, a worn book clutched in her hands. Imperia. Caramina made her way over, bowing her head in greetings. "Hello~" she greeted warmly, unable to resist adding,"This place is wonderful, it's like heaven to me. Do you come here often?"


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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Imperia on Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:56 pm

Imperia used some of her wind magic, subtly looping it around Cara and Rihz in order to bring their words to her clearly. She tended not to tell dragons she had this ability to eavesdrop on conversations, but if they looked for it then either of them could probably notice what she was doing.
It wasn't technically eavesdropping, though, as she was a part of this conversation. Still, she was content to just listen as she went and got meals for the three of them.

They were totally brother and sister, Imperia was instantly certain, and she would continue to feel that way until someone proved her wrong.
No need to mention that, though, she'd keep the idea to herself unless it looked like a good time to suggest it.

She got two plates of beef and one of lamb, the last of the lamb, and began to wander back to the table. She heard Cara quietly say she was Xoyan, even though she was too far away to have heard it naturally, and she couldn't help but speak up.
"Any dragon to think badly of another simply because of her tribe will regret it, I'll make sure of that!"
She managed to sound surprisingly intimidating, given her small size and figure, but the appearance of being threatening vanished a moment later when she got to the table and gracefully served them their meals.
"But no Stormcaller would do such a thing, so you needn't worry too much. Rihz, the lamb can be yours, but the chances of me stealing a few pieces over lunch are literally guaranteed. Cara, you feel free to steal his food as well."
She giggled and joined them at the table, lazily spreading herself out; her head next to Caramina's and her tail stretched out towards Rihzome, almost touching his paws.
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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Rihzome on Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:14 am

Letting out a small ‘huh’, Rihzome smiled at Caramina. Of course, he had no qualms with those from the Xoya… more so the Xoya as a whole. “I wish I could help you, I really could, but I don’t recall that many other R named dragons… There were a few, Ragnarok, Ragnar, Reave… But as far as I can remember, they either had no siblings or didn’t die in battle. Sorry I can’t really help you with your search…” He murmured quietly. Truth be told, he had tried to find his sister, but without stepping foot in Xoyan territory… it had been next to impossible. “No, no! It’s fine. I enjoy rambling. I love listening to the sound of other people’s voices… Especially when they’re as entrancing as yours.” He flashed her a grin at this.

The grin disappeared as Rihzome yelped in alarm, Imperia’s voice carrying to them from much too far away. “HOW MUCH DID YOU HEAR OF THAT?” He practically yelled. By the goddess, if she had heard him compliment Caramina… he was a dead drake. She wouldn’t let it drop, and it would just be a source of even more teasing. Breathing heavily, startled, he just sat there stoically, before sliding the lamb over to Caramina and taking her beef one instead, as he watched Imperia out of the corner of his eye. “I really do hate your tricks sometimes…” He growled quietly, shadows whipping around his paw before forming into a small ball, which he promptly flicked at her, even as he stretched out, taking up an entire side of the long table to himself.
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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Caramina on Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:21 am

Caramina frowned. "Raeve? That name's pretty familiar...I think my brother mentioned him once or twice. Funny that you knew him as well. Who was he?" she asked. Pink tinged her cheeks when she heard Rihzome's compliment, announcing her embarrassment, and she ducked her head, eyelids lowering to veil her eyes. "Thank you," she murmured shyly, but all thoughts were wiped away when Imperia announced her presence, and she glanced up, breaking into a smile at the sight of food. Her stomach seemed to grumble in greetings, probably getting ready to receive that delicious-looking slab of cooked meat and digest it. She pretended not to have said anything about where she came from, but Imperia still had heard it anyway, and, hearing what she said, Caramina shot her a small smile, gratitude shining in her bright green eyes.

"Thank you, no one has ever stood up for me like that before...except for my brother," she said quietly, turning her gaze away, towards her food, for tears - she missed her brother so much...and at the same time was touched by what Imperia said - had rushed to her eyes, forming a layer of water that would likely break and flow down her cheek if she blinked. She kept her eyes down, fixed on the food, murmuring a thank you to Imperia before digging in hungrily, stabbing her fork into the delicious-smelling meat and tearing it away before shoving it into her mouth, blinking rapidly in an attempt to clear her tears away. When it was done, she looked up, only to see Rihzome fling a ball of shadows at Imperia. "Oh my," she giggled, taking another bite of her food and watching the two in amusement
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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Imperia on Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:00 pm

Imperia gave Rihzome a wicked grin. "Oh I didn't want to miss even a single moment of your entrancing voices, I heard everything you two said! I do have to agree, though, Cara does have a gorgeous voice, and is gorgeous in general."
Imperia glanced at the other dragoness and faltered as she suddenly realised how emotional she was. She panicked for about a second, blaming herself and fearing that she'd teased her new friend too much. However after a moment she thought more rationally, seeing that Caramina's feelings were at least mostly gratitude. That was a relief.
"I'd hate my tricks too, if they weren't mine. Probably. Actually I think I'd love them still; because they're just too much fun!" She took a slightly less playful tone as she smiled again at Caramina. "That's just what friends are for. Well, it's one of the jobs, other jobs include being highly entertaining."
Naturally it was at that moment when Imperia turned to look at Rihzome again, just in time to see him throw his shadows. Imperia could have dodged the attack without a great deal of difficulty, but due to a combination of arrogance, silliness and trust she simply stared at it. She had no idea if it would hurt, but she was perfectly confident that Rihzome wouldn't have used a really dangerous attack. "Uh oh..."
It hit her in the face.
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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Rihzome on Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:19 pm

With a soft squelch, the shadowy ball popped upon hitting Imperia’s snout. Instantly, a wave of almost liquid shadows spilled forth, covering her snout and face, extremely sticky, tasteless and non-harmful, but extremely annoying. Smirking and sticking his tongue out at her, Rihzome turned his head to Caramina. “Reave was… Kind of a brute, honestly, from what I can remember. Tall, dark and handsome was his thing, but he always had a soft spot for art. You wouldn’t tag him as a soldier, but on the battlefield… I… I think I’ll save this for when you’re NOT eating…” He muttered, as he used his talons to slice a chunk of beef off and popping it into his maw, chewing for a few moments before looking back up. He had heard the smallest… tremor in Caramina’s voice, one that resonated strongly in his own heart. He knew what it was like to be alone, without anyone… Shuffling around, he curled up closer to Caramina, his tail curling around comfortingly. “Stormcallers always look out for their own…” He said quietly, smiling at her.
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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Caramina on Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:14 am

Caramina managed to keep her cheeks clear of any red this time, and bent a small smile upon Imperia, thanking the latter quietly and wondering whether any more compliments would come her way. Then, to Rihzome, she nodded. "That's what they said about him; apparently he was completely different on and off the battlefield," she remembered, stiffening in surprise when Rihzome curled a tail around her. She quickly relaxed though, allowing a smile to slide into place, as she continued, "Have you fought beside him before?"

Her question trailed off into a soft gasp as the ball of shadows hit Imperia's face; for a moment she thought the ball would do something bad, perhaps, but all it did was to allow shadows to creep and latch onto Imperia's face, and she giggled again. But the 'attack' was familiar, and a memory tickled her brain. As hard as she tried to grab and pull it towards her, she failed, and the memory faded away. Huffing, she gave up and returned her attention back to Rihzome, grinning. "Nice."
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Post by Imperia on Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:13 pm

Imperia panicked for the briefest of moments, as the shadow filled her mouth and nose. She breathed out as hard as she could, forcing the shadow out of her nose, until eventually it popped and allowed her to breathe.
She began to mumble grumpily at Rihzome, her mouth currently too full to speak.
Rihzome's comment about eating reminded her that she had a full plate of food that she could not currently have. She whined in disappointment, then remembered that if she didn't have shadow on her face she'd probably be talking instead of eating anyway.
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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Rihzome on Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:33 am

To emphasise Imperia's plight, Rihzome reached out a talon and deftly cut a chunk of her beef off for himself, popping it into his maw. "I thought you would have been more hungry than this." He mused cheekily, a small smile on his maw. Letting her suffer for a few more minutes, as he knew how important speaking was to her, he reached forwards, the shadows leaping from her face to his paw, where they swirled for a few moments, before forming into a knife and fork, which he deftly set to using, carving up his beef in a more precise and refined fashion.

Taking a few small bites before opening his maw again, Rihzome looked up at Caramina. "I did, yes… But I left that life a long time ago. I don't know what's happened to him since I did leave." He answered simply and truthfully. "I know you want to ask questions… but may I simply ask that you try to keep away from the subject of war?" He asked her softly, seriously, his eyes locked with hers. "Please?"
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Post by Caramina on Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:25 am

Caramina rolled her eyes in mock exasperation, but an amused smile was fighting its way onto her face, hinting at what she was actually feeling. She clicked her tongue like a disapproving mother hen, pretending that the small smile was nonexistent as she waggled a talon at Imperia, who whined and made faces at Rihzome. She watched in amazement and curiosity as the shadows sticking to Imperia's graceful snout recede from her face like the tide from a beach, swirling around Rihzome and eventually taking the form of a fork and a knife.

"Cool~" she said, beaming, and again felt a memory tickle her brain, but it slipped out of her reach when she tried to grab hold of it. She growled internally but showed no sign of her frustration on the outside when she responded to Rihzome, sounding apologetic: "Fine with me, I'm sorry if I made you uncomfortable..."
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Post by Imperia on Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:55 am

Imperia watched with horror as Rihzome stole some of her food. She gave an outraged gasp and took some of his food as well in revenge. She rubbed her nose gladly as the shadows dissipated off of it; then quickly wolfed down most of her food, sacrificing her normal polite way of eating for the sake of being able to talk more. Cutlery wasn't her style anyway.

While she was devouring the meat on her plate Imperia listened curiously to the other two dragons. "I'm expect we've all had unpleasant experiences in the past with war; but we're safe here and now."
Imperia gave Rihzome a comforting smile before looking back at Caramina. "So... tell us what you remember about your brother."
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Post by Rihzome on Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:46 am

Shaking his head slowly, Rihzome huffed. "It's fine… I just… Don't like talking about it. I left that part of myself, and my past, behind long again and I don't like speaking about it… Even Imperia here knows very little." He muttered, the shadowy eating implements he had shuddering for a moment as they contorted and expanded to sets of shadow claws, before morphing back into utensils, so fast that even watching intently, it would be hard to say what really happened.

Turning his head to Imperia, he smiled, before turning his gaze back to Caramina. "Please, do. We might be able to help you find him, if he is still… Never mind. Even if he's not here, our diplomats should be able to catch wind of him somewhere." He told her with a smile.
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Post by Caramina on Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:08 am

A barely repressed shudder rolled through Caramina's body, and she set her lips in a thin line, her gaze hardening as a dark expression crossed her face. "War took my brother away from me," she said, her eyes still fixed on the table in front of her. However, when she looked up again, the brief moment of anger had faded away, and she flicked her gaze towards Rihzome, just in time to see shadows moving around his paw, but quickly melting back into the utensils he had been using for eating before she could actually tell what had happened.

"His name starts with a R, I think; I'm not so sure about that. He was a soldier. Missing in action, my parents said. I don't believe them. I don't quite remember how he looks like though - because they tried to wipe my memories - only that he had the western dragon genes of our dad. Sounds familiar...?" Hope flickered and quickly died in her eyes, squished down by herself, because she didn't really want to get her hopes up only for it to be shoved down.
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Post by Imperia on Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:40 pm

Imperia missed the shadow flickering completely, but she knew Rihzome well enough to know how he felt without needing to look closely. She did her best to guide their conversation away from depressing matters.

"Now that you mention it, I know a few dragons who's names start with R. Most soldiers who go missing in action are deserters, although a soldier who deserts a bad cause certainly deserves no shame. Hopefully your brother is living peacefully somewhere."
Imperia tried to get them to make the same link that she had. And besides even if they weren't brother and sister they would still make a wonderful pair of adoptive siblings.
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Post by Rihzome on Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:20 pm

Reaching out, Rihzome lay one of his paws over Caramina’s, giving it a soft squeeze, having noticed the dark expression, and shudder. Not knowing what to say, he simply offered her some small comfort in his company, and the small act of support. “Not anyone specific, but I mean, there’s quite a number of Western dragons with a name starting with R… I’m sure we can find him.” He told her, the flicker and disappearance of hope in her eyes only urging him to help her more. Holding her paw, her looked her dead in the eye, and said it again, with more conviction. “We will find him.” He said simply, before turning his attention to Imperia, still holding her paw, finding it oddly… Comforting. And… old?

“More than likely.” Rihzome replied, flashing Caramina a smile, as Imperia spoke. “The Xoya have so very few deserters that they don’t really hunt after them. Once they get out of their territory, they are pretty much free. The others… Well. He obviously did get out. That’s all that matters.” He finished. “Imperia, are any of those dragons previous soldiers? I know it would be prying, but could you ask them? Or maybe give me their names so I can?”
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Re: An Unexpected Meeting [Private/Rihz, Imperia]

Post by Caramina on Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:37 pm

Caramina smiled at her newfound friends, and squeezed back Rihzome's paw, which was comfortable and oddly familiar. Maybe it was because the gesture was so similar to her brother's; he'd held her paw a lot, whenever she was upset or distressed.
"Thank you for trying," she said softly. "I'll try to call up more details about him. I haven't thought of him in quite a while, actually; I was busy with other things." She chuckled at Rihzome's mention of Xoya. "Xoya? I know from my brother that the Xoyan commanders ensure that all their soldiers have this way of thinking: 'What I am doing is right, and deserting would be a dishonour and a show of how ungrateful I am. They will hunt me down if I do. And they will torture me.' My brother, however, was an exception." She said this a bit proudly, then flushed in embarrassment, muttering a 'sorry' for boasting.

"He has Chaos and possibly Shadow abilities, I'm not sure. That's all I remember..."
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