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Crowned (private/ask before joining)

Post by Athena on Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:48 am

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Kuz'a.


She stared down at the elaborate message, complete with fancy praises and elegant font. Her lungs had stilled moments ago and were starting to shrivel up and burn as she scanned the words on the page over and over again, completely still save for the occasional twitch of her tail. The sunlight that streamed through the windows of her house illuminated the expression on her face; shock, wrinkles of concern creating imperfections on the sides of her face.

Ruler of the Ki'sha. Queen Athena.


Queen. A title that she wouldn't have chosen five years ago. That word alone sent eels slithering up her spine and made her teeth feel like they were going to fall out of her mouth. Yet here she was. It was staring her in the face. A Queen once more.


Only this time, I'll do it right. Raising her head, Athena strode to the front door and opened it. The heat from the outside washed over her and she realised with a groan of frustration that she'd forgotten her heat gel, a special substance that made her resistant to the effects of the desert. Doesn't matter, I'll deal with it. Already feeling woozy, she took off from the front steps to her tiny shack of a home and towards the palace.


The wind helped to wash away the painful heat. It was cold and sliced at her scales like a kitchen knife, but it didn't have the chilly bite to it the Kaamil regions had. Ugh. Why couldn't this be a wintery tribe? Ah well. Athena's mind was overriden by thoughts like; this is MY tribe now. Mine. No one else's. I rule this now. Yet they weren't contemplated upon with a power hungry gleefulness akin to a theatre villain, more with shock and disbelief. A foreigner, ruling perhaps the toughest, most unruly tribe in Verula, maybe all of Nuira? Impossible!


Then again, she had a bit of a habit of breaking the rules.


The letter had mentioned the new rulers of the Stormcallers, Solarlight and Darksky, wanted to meet her at the palace. Athena's talons began to tremble in the air, her tailtip twitching violently as she soared towards the great looming shape that domianted the kingdom. It was all happening so fast and it wasn't even breakfast time yet. She hadn't even had breakfast yet. Her stomach warbled mournfully as the wyvern beat her wings and glided down towards the base of the palace, where the great, foreboding doors and uniformed guards barred the way for potential assassins to enter and kill their precious Kuz'a.

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Re: Crowned (private/ask before joining)

Post by Athena on Fri May 11, 2018 4:19 am

The Ugaans that approached exchanged glances, also observing the terrain around Vortex for flickers of motion in the landscape, to see if he'd been followed. They examined the letter, before nodding their approval.
"This way," one said, gesturing for him to follow. Twisting around, the Ugaans took off into the air, but kept to either side of Vortex in case he tried anything, only pulling slightly ahead to lead the way to the city.

Vortex would be led to the looming structure that was the Ki'sha castle and, after a few moments of quiet bickering between the guards, would be allowed inside, with a messenger sent into the depths of the castle to inform the Ku'za of the new arrival. He would be beckoned into the 'belly of the beast,' led down winding corridors and up and down long, twisting staircases.



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Athena remained relatively quiet, instead observing and scrutinising the words etched onto the paper, making sure no trickery or fancy words were used to twist the treaty. She liked the twins, but she still couldn't trust them. Not yet.

Just as Solar asked her what was bothering her, a dragon knocked on the door. Athena paused, then remembered she was supposed to grant permission and called out, "Enter." The messenger, a small, skinny creature, stepped inside and bowed low.

"Ku'za, Kommandant Vortex of the Xoya approaches," he said, voice laced with nervousness. Athena stiffened. I knew it.
"Okay, uh," she hesitated, then tried to shake off the feelings of uncertainty. Thanks." The small male arched a brow at her lack of formality, but didn't comment and retreated from the room, just as the guards leading Vortex strode inside.

All of these new faces set Athena on edge. She took a deep breath and sat up straighter to get a look at Vortex. He was a bit smaller than her, but that was all the information she was able to gather about him along with his appearance. He honestly looked... normal, unlike the Xoya's previous Kommandant, Haven. Athena briefly wondered what had happened to the mountain sized titan, then dismissed the question for now and focused on the present.

The wyvern was wary, though. The Stormcallers were one thing, the Xoya was quite another, commanding a vast legion of soldiers and a group of assassins called the Skyggers. That was all she knew about that old tribe and she didn't like it. However, she didn't want to appear easily intimidated or startled, (which she wasn't anyway) so she kept her thoughts and emotions concealed behind a careful mask of calm neutrality.

"Kommandant," she greeted him, unsure of whether to use his name or not. She inclined her head slightly."I hope your journey was not of much difficulty." She chose her words carefully, beginning with small talk. The twins were friendly enough that she could offer them a seat, not so much with this dragon.

She hated this feeling of uncertainty. Of not feeling in control. She kept her cool, for right now, that was all she had. I am not a queen. I'm a soldier. Oh dear gods, why did visitors have to show up on her first day?!

Athena bit her tongue and felt blood seeping into the back of her throat. She didn't know what to do. Offer him a seat? introduce the leaders to each other? Ach! As her silence dragged on, the room seemed to grow hotter for her, more humid.


Then, her saving grace. Oseran swept into the room, bustling past the guards next to Vortex. "The food will arrive shortly, m'lady," he said. Athena swallowed and nodded.
"Chee- thank you. Have an extra plate prepared for the Kommandant," she responded, sweeping her tail across the floor.
Oseran nodded and turned, making a wide circle around Vortex to exit the room.
"Have a seat, Kommandant. We have much to discuss. Ugaans," the guards lifted their heads slightly. "Leave us." Without a word, they turned and left the room, leaving the three leaders alone.


Well this is awkward.
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Re: Crowned (private/ask before joining)

Post by Solarlight and Darksky on Fri May 11, 2018 6:31 am

Despite looking official, the writing on the paper was quite plain, and everything discussed was being added. The twins may have been raised by Scholars, but the group that raised them weren’t ones to twist words. Plus, they didn’t want either side to be able to twist what was written. But the writing wasn’t the most interesting thing right now.

The moment the twins heard that the Xøya leader wasn’t just coming, but was already there. The pair had their own reactions to this. Solarlight was somewhat intrigued, but he wasn’t sure how much he trusted the Xøya. He and his sister both knew they had a massive military force, assassins, and covert agents. Solar particularly hated the idea of covert agents. Yes, Stormcallers were everywhere, but they didn’t hide it.

Darksky, on the other claw, was wide eyed and worried. She was just getting use to being around Athena, and now a new leader was coming, and a Xøya at that. It made her worried about how this would go now. She had read of times that meeting between multiple leaders would end badly. She really didn’t want that to happen.

The pair decided, after learning who was coming, to quickly finish the writing the the rest of the... alliance agreement? That sounded right. They seemed to just finish as Vortex came in. The pair eyed him, but Sky seemed to lower her head some. Solar just used his horns to discreetly hook his sister’s own and lift her up. He silently reminded her she was a leader to, and to try stay tall. The dragoness just nodded.

The pair stayed mostly quiet, but both did glare at Oseran when he came in. After that, the pair watched the two other leaders. Solar noticed that Athena didn’t seem to like another leader coming. Once Vortex sat, however, the white scaled male final smiled.

”Kommandant,” He said in Universal, not wanting to reveal he and his sister knew Xøyain. Sky just stayed quiet, thinking Why did someone else have to show up?
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Re: Crowned (private/ask before joining)

Post by Vortex on Fri May 11, 2018 7:45 pm

Without hesitation, Vortex promptly followed the two Ugaans, not at all offset by their presence. In reality, he didn't need an escort to know where the palace was, as he already knew the Ki'shan kingdom quite well. We'll shy away from those details for now, since they aren't important. Returning his attention to the pointless bickering of the guards, he smiled in appreciation as he was let inside. Belly of the beast... Odd name. Suits it well, I suppose. He thought to himself as he was led through winding and twisting corridors and staircases on his way to the 'meeting'. He'd known what the Stormcallers leader was for a while, but had no idea about the Ki'sha. He'd heard a rumor or two that it was an ice dragoness, which surprised him slightly, as the desert conditions would be the exact opposite of the preferred environment for an ice dragon. Oh well. He wasn't one to judge.

Upon entering the chamber, Vortex halted after he'd passed through the entryway. He turned and looked the twins up and down, then turned and looked the wyverness up and down. After this, he smiled politely, knowing this would be easier than he had anticipated. He already knew plenty about Solarlight and Darksky, the rulers of the Stormcallers, as he had seen them before he was Kommandant, and before they were rulers. The Ku'za, however, was a different story. He'd only been told one or two things about her before he arrived, leaving him mostly in the dark as to what to expect. He wasn't surprised, per say, but he wasn't expecting exactly this. All he knew was that her name was Athena and that it was her first day. Perhaps she was on edge because of that. He didn't know, he wasn't one to prod around the minds of others.

"Please, just Vortex." He commented as both of them referred to him by his proper title. He would have been fine with it had they been in public, but it just sounded off since they were just the three, well four, of them. "Apologies for my slight delay, an issue arose." He lied. In reality, he had forgotten the meeting was even happening until about an hour too late. "Ku'za Athena, it is a pleasure to make your acquaintance. As goes for you, Rulers Solarlight and Darksky." He read out the formal greeting which he hay played over in his head a hundred times over.


As he was beckoned to have a seat, he obliged, sitting comfortably and curling his tail around his paws. Despite the mildly menacing appearance, he seemed to be good-natured. "Of course."
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Re: Crowned (private/ask before joining)

Post by Athena on Fri May 18, 2018 4:32 am

The wyvern nodded at Vortex's request, her falcon-like eyes roaming over the mask that disguised the face underneath. What was he trying to hide? Surely not his identity, now that he was the Xoyan Kommandant. Had his face been torn apart in battle? She scanned his body for signs of previous fights, but if there were any telltale giveaways, they were concealed thanks to the ebony scales that gleamed like shards of black diamond.

Her suspicion of Vortex rose to even higher levels, but she was careful to keep her thoughts hidden, both in her expression and in her body language. She glanced at Solar and Sky, and noticed the former seemed skittish of the black dragon too. She observed out of the corner of her eye as her brother lifted her head with his golden horns, and felt the age old spear in her heart give a little twist.


Returning her gaze to Vortex, Athena swished her tail as he spoke."No problem," she responded, keeping her deep voice level. "The pleasure's all mine," she tilted her head. "And it's Athena while no one else is in the room." Her scales itched whenever someone called her that. Ku'za. The whole thing felt surreal, as if she were in a dream.


Vortex, despite his rather... conspicuous looks, appeared to be mild and friendly enough, but Athena knew looks could be deceiving. She made a mental note to not trust anyone now, especially not him.

Instead of discussing further awkward pleasantries, Athena got straight to business.
"You didn't miss much. Solarlight, Darksky and I were just discussing the terms of our alliance." Her blue eyes narrowed slightly.

"Is that why you're here? To discuss a potential alliance?"

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Re: Crowned (private/ask before joining)

Post by Solarlight and Darksky on Fri May 18, 2018 12:37 pm

The two Rulers both looked at Athena. Solar could tell she didn't quite trust Vortex, and, honesty, he didn't either. Sky had been eyeing the Xøya since he enter, and while she didn't mistrust him like her brother and Athena, but she was still wary. Both heads had begun to realize they had seen the Kommandant once or twice, but this was the first time they had actually met him.

When the twins both smiled when they heard their names said by Vortex, though they were both confused at first when he said "Rulers." Both twins were still getting use to the title, and it was still hard for them to believe it. Thankfully, what Athena told the other leader made them more comfortable, and prompted Solar to speak up after her.

"As Athena said, it is a pleasure to meet you too. And you can just call us Solarlight and Darksky." Once Solar finished, Sky gave a nervous nod of agreement with her brother. She definitely liked the less formal nature of the meeting, but she still wasn't use to the new dragon. Even with that, the dark scaled dragoness still gave her own response.

"A-agreed. No real need for t-titles right n-now."

The ice wyvern then mentioned the alliance and eyed the black scaled leader. The twins also gave Vortex a discerning look, waiting for what he would say.
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Re: Crowned (private/ask before joining)

Post by Vortex on Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:38 pm

(Shoosh, I forgot this existed.)

Vortex was genuinely waiting for them to continue their ramblings, but after a few moments of silence, it became apparent that they were instead waiting for him. Also, there was something scratching at the back of his mind, but he couldn't quite remember what it was. As if he were meant to be doing something else, but was missing it completely.

"As a matter of fact, yes, that is why I am here." He answered, making it up as he went since he really didn't have a plan for how the situation would play out. "I'd prefer to ensure that this is done before any... conflicts arise." Again, there was that thing he couldn't quite remember, but he shrugged it off for now. If he couldn't remember it, surely it couldn't be that important, right?

"Anyways, how do you want to go about this, paper, or blood, or something?" Vortex asked, wondering how these two very different tribes would initiate an alliance. Personally, he'd prefer to do paper, but blood worked too. Plus that way was a lot more foolproof. Of course, many saw the method of peace as cruel, or barbaric, but then again, wasn't that what the Ki'sha was all about? At least that's what it looked like. Though, having an ice wyvern in control of the desert tribe could prove to provide a multitude of... interesting times.

"I'm down with howeve-" He cut himself off. THAT was what it was. The little sensation at the back of his mind that he should be doing something was correct. He was missing a certain something which was apparently 'extremely crucial'. Oh well. How inconvenient. But perhaps it was more important than some lousy peace negotiations.


"Apologies, but there is something dreadfully vital I must attend to. Perhaps another time." He said as he got up and departed from the room, navigating back up through the winding passageways and disappearing into the desert sands.
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