The Emerald Song, Act I: Red

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Target Naivety

Act I: Red

Chapter 16: Target Naivety


"Have you much experience in the matter?"

Thaia glance sidelong at the man who had not two seconds earlier been beneath the surface of the basin. Wet. Long locks plastered to his sharp cheeks and curling at his shoulders. Formally dressed but sopping in limp silks and soaked linens. Dark eyes that looked much as the water beside them did, still but for the moment.

She let her fingers trail across that serene surface before flicking off the excess drops. "It isn't what I've always done, but I've always been able to do it."

"When you were still a member of your former court then?" He'd given his name; Kael, upon first rising out of the waters, and had even apologized for waking her at the time. Now though? Now she was simply tired of the company.

"It didn't interest me then. But there's a need for it now if I understood our queen correctly? Though perhaps now is not the best of times to preform such a complicated ritual."

Silent beyond the steady drip of water from the corners of his long coat, Kael inclined both his head and his gaze off to his left and hunched his shoulders against a chill Thaia could not feel. She waited for what ever had distracted him to pass, amusing her self with worrying a dainty white flower with small harmless gusts.

"A beast with three heads, you'd think they'd pay more attention wouldn't you?"

"I don't catch your meaning."

He smiled at that and Thaia couldn't help but bristle in return.

"I expect our lady to be here shortly. She can explain why it is necessary. Though I can see the point you attempt to make."

As surely as he had spoken, a pair of pale white hands alighted upon Kael's wet shoulders and delicate fingers wove through his hair.

"Oh how pleasant to find you both in a place as intended. So, has my ever handsome attendant sorted out the finer details concerning the Tithing ceremony? Or did he become distracted as is so oft the case when ever he wanders off from my sight?" Avelia's knack for materializing out of thin air was something Thaia was going to have to get used to if she was to serve this white clad woman of piercing eyes and soft, trailing words.

"He did, but if you'll indulge my curiosity. Why is there a role that needs filling in the first place." Maybe it was the noonday sun on her back or the picturesque scene she found herself in. What ever the case, Thaia felt little need to dance around within her words now that Avelia had arrived and Kael had turned into a statue in all but name.

"Ah it's a bother if I'm honest," Avelia sighed into Kael's hair before floating closer to the water's edge. "The petty squabbling of the lich and the cat while normally amusing to watch from a distance has claimed a few assets of mine recently. Your predecessor among them. What is worse, them seem to have found the secret to true death as none of those that have been killed have returned."

"You think they would interrupt?"

Kael shook his head as if remembering he was still in their presence. "It is doubtful they even know what the Tithing is let alone when it will take place. We would likely be fine with what we have already..."

"My adversaries' ignorance aside," Avelia's curt tone cutting through like the sound of a bell sharply struck. "It will be an excellent opportunity for you Thaia. Being such a recent addition to the court, I assume you will make the most of it." She shook her wings out and giggled before flitting towards them once more. "Which reminds me, we are still looking for guests to honor at the Tithing so if you happen across a choice subject be sure to let Kael or myself know. After all, there seem to be quite a few new faces to Tylarus as of late. So many tender forms to choose from."


Glossary - Day 9

UNALIGNED

- The Stranger / Race: Human / Status: Active

- Sakiya / Race: Human / Status: Dormant

- Zhei / Race: Unknown / Status: Active

- Akulien / Race: Unknown / Status: Active

- Maelomi / Race: Unknown / Status: Active, Tavern Mistress

- Vairnlor / Race: Lich / Status: Active

- The Father / Race: Unknown / Status: Active

- ? / Race: ? / Status: Dreaming

THE FAE COURT

- Avelia / Race: Fae (Fairy) / Status: Active, Fae Queen

- Kael / Race: Fae (Kelpie) / Status: Active

- Dimitri / Race: Fae (Faun) / Status: Active

- Thaia / Race: Fae (Sylph) / Status: Active

THE LEGION

- Garren Myzen / Race: Lich / Status: Active, Legion Tyrant

- Sirena / Race: Elf / Status: Active

THE FELINE ROGUES

- Zephryne / Race: Feline / Status: Active, Rogue Leader

- ? / Race: Feline / Status: Active

TERMS

- Tylarus: Name of land.

- The Tavern: Establishment in between the Fae Forest and Rogue Woods, south of the Graveyard and Basin.

- The Corrupted Tree: Black, deadened tree located in the Graveyard.

- The Graveyard: Plot of land between two rivers and in the center of the land.

- The Fae Forest: Eastern forests, surface world of the Fae Court.

- The Tithe: Fae Ceremony meant to bind Solitary Fae to the Queen’s rule through two sacrifices.

- The Wastelands: Northern plains, home to the Legion.

- The City: Capital of the Wastelands.

- The Rogue Woods: Western woods, home to the Feline Rogues.

- The Tithe: Fae Ceremony meant to bind Solitary Fae to the Queen’s rule through two sacrifices.

- The Raven: ?

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