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Post by Jun on Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:54 am

Nichol Shard waited by the road, on top of a tree. He was told to go escort a Lillian Toral to the Hold, while Kairi Thorne was doing a quick errand. He wasn't entirely sure why he was chosen to do this. Since he was both new to the place and his age was young. Certainly the youngest that pulls his weight with the military. Even if he didn't have an official rank. He didn't boss people around, and did help guide people to the base here and there. He'd learned the surrounding area well enough. Not enough to be the go to person, but he was getting there. He'd asked about shadowing Shran tomorrow. And hopefully learn a few things from him.

The boy had brown trousers and cloak that hid his shirtless torso. It was still fairly temperate here, so it didn't bother him at all. On his back was a quiver of arrows, his short bow within easy reach. His short sword was hidden at his hip, and his goggles were on top of his head like normal. Also at his hip were various pouches of crystals.

The pale blond saw the woman. A mechanical arm, crossbow, sword, brown hair, fairly well dressed, if practical for combat should the need arise.

Once she was in range, he spoke in a quiet voice, but hopefully loud enough for her to hear. "Lillian Toral?" If it was her, he'd jump down. "Nichol Shard. I was asked to escort you to the Hold. And entertain you until Kairi Thorne comes back from her quick errand." He assumed that meant showing her around. Which he would do. He also sounded almost expressionless and monotone. Even his dead, dark blue eyes seemed a little out of place.

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Post by Zenke on Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:09 am

Lilian had decided to ditch her light armor, stowing it in her bags, and wear a black tunic and gray pants, with brown leather boots. White armor was... not meant for travelling in. Atleast if she fell in a mud puddle, again, it wouldn't be as noticable. Lilian's mind was wondering as she walked along the road, and she didn't spot the boy waving at her. She jumped a mile in the air when he made himself loud enough to hear. She had her short sword drawn before she realised who was talking to her, ready to activate the enchantment that would skewer them.

However when she realised he'd mentioned her name she hesitated, and when she seen he was only a young boy maybe around the same age as Lucus she lowered her sword. "Jeez kiddo give a girl a heart attack why don't you." She said to him sheathing the shortsword. She watched him drop from the tree and introduce himself, explaining that Kairi had asked him to meet her on the road. That was nice of her. Lilian looked the boy up and down, noticed the bow and sword, and smiled. "Well its nice to meet you Nicol, even if you did scare me half to death." She offered her hand for him to shake. "How old are you? I have a brother around your age. Are your parents soldiers of the sunhold?" She asked him, following if he started to walk.

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Post by Jun on Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:33 am

It seemed he scared her as she drew her sword. But soon relaxed and confirmed his suspicions. She took in his appearance, said the pleasantries, and asked a couple of questions. He started to walk, and answer them. Though again, he was quiet and monotone. "Fifteen years old. One parent is dead, the other...I don't know, but if my half-brother is any indication, I wouldn't want to meet him anyways. My half-brother is a soldier here. I help out when I can. I mostly explore and guide people to the Sunhold."

And Arthur was gracious enough to let Nichol stay with him. Though he kept his surname Shard. It became fairly common knowledge around the place that the two were related. And he was learning more and more about the surrounding areas by the day. Though he'd like to go out further.

The walk wasn't terribly long. He was only about an hour and forty-five minutes away from the place, but the road was a winding one through the forest. Even if it wasn't dense. Still, unless she asked questions, he'd be pretty quiet.

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Post by Zenke on Wed May 01, 2019 5:33 am

Lilian walked and listened to him quietly explain his situation to her. He was the same age as Lucus, though he seemed a bit smaller than the average fifteen year old. She didn't comment that, but he mentioned his parents and she felt pity, but also understanding. "I'm sorry. I lost my mother too, in the contact war." She said. She understood what it was like without your mother around. Fortunately her father was one of the best men she knew, and she had a bit more family than this poor kid. Atleast he had somebody to look after him.

It was probably tough growing up with an absent father, who by the sounds of it had cheated on the kid's mother. It annoyed her to know end to see people have children and refuse to take responsability. Maybe he was better of not meeting his father, but if she were him she'd make the man pay for every bit of suffering he'd caused. "Where are you from? what about your half-brother? I'm from Mondolin, obviously. I grew up in Mith Silvanus." She said.

She looked him over again, noticed the goggles. "Well they look interesting. Is that rune work I see on the rim? I'm a bit of an enchanter, when my knightly duties allow for something else to do." She said to him, hoping to get a bit of interest out of the kid. He seemed nice, but quiet and shy and she couldn't help see a bit of Lucus in the kid.

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Post by Jun on Sun May 05, 2019 11:18 am

He shrugged. Nichol wondered why that was one of the first things people did, apologize. It seemed super odd to him. He did give her a quizzical look about a contact war of sorts. Still, he answered her resulting questions. "Crystal Isles. A two island chain if you consider the first island an island and not a fort. My half-brother is also from Mondolin. His name is Artorias Ferrum Aurora."

And the man was popular with the soldiers. And people in general. He was...trying to learn...but dealing with people just wasn't his forte. She then mentioned his goggles. His eyes actually showed some emotion, narrowing at her in suspicion. But took them off and handed them to her. "They were expensive. They have three vision modes. Eagle Eye, Night Vision, and Heat Vision. The daughter of one of the minors my mother sacrificed herself for made them. They would have cost me more if it weren't for that." Little favors.

Although...enchanting work. Holding out his hand, crystals of all sizes from his pouches flew out to form a small buckler. After a few seconds, he put them back into their respective pouches. A diamond tattoo on his forehead glowed while it happened. But it was more a statement than anything. "I've been reading about magic...is that how this was made?" He tapped lightly on the metal arm. He was still every bit monotone and soft spoken, and maybe even a bit awkward.

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Post by Zenke on Mon May 06, 2019 2:32 am

When he mentioned the Crystal Isles, she took a moment to think about it. She'd read something about the crystal isles in her fathers notebooks, but couldn't recall exactly what. "I think my father might have been there. I remember reading about the Isles in his notebooks. This is my first time outside of mondolin though, so my knowledge is limited in regards to various locations." She explained. She did recognize the Aurora name however.

"I know that Aurora is a noble name. I've never met any of them though." She said. Though he looked skeptical, he handed her the goggles and she took them, examining them with facination. "Three enchantments? That's Impressive. I can only manage one on a single item. Last time I tried adding a second it melted. I do know most individual items can only hold three enchantments. To many enchantments causes confusion between the different runes, resulting in a very large boom." She said. She handed the goggles back to him. She'd have to convince him to let her borrow and study them further.

She watched him manipulate crystals, a grin spreading across her face. "Very interesting." She said, and generated a small metal star. She threw it and it hit a tree, before slowly disintegrating. "I can also do some nifty stuff with lightning that's probably a bit to dangerous to show off right now." She said.

He mentioned he'd been reading about magic and asked if that was how her arm had been made. "Magic and metal working. My father had started the designs years ago, but it was just for prostetics. My brother and I redesigned it and I enchanted it. It's a complex enchantment that simulates what happens when your brain sends messages to your body. I can feel it move, though I can't actually feel anything with it yet. I think I might be able to manage that one day, if I can figure out how to send messages back to the brain.." She spoke fast, enthusiastically and then stopped herself. "Sorry, I'm very enthusiastic about enchantments." She said.

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Post by Jun on Tue May 07, 2019 12:51 pm

Oh? "If you go there, feel free to swing by and take me with you. You'll find no one that knows the Crystal Badlands and the Magma Fields better than me. I will charge you though." That's how he made enough money for the goggles.

His brother's name sounded familiar to her. Nichol nodded in response. That was what his brother had said. She commented on his goggles, giving them back. "Crystal Isle is home to artisans of most kinds. Primarily jewelry and metal working." Magic users were rare, but there were some dotted across the lands. Crystal Isle just happened to have two people running a shop together.

Lilian did her own magical demonstration, forming metal to throw. She had some other abilities, but he didn't inquire specifics. Her father was some sort of blacksmith it seemed, but it was her and her brother who improved on the design. It was interesting to hear. He wasn't a blacksmith, didn't have the strength for it. But she was also enthusiastic about the subject.

"We all have our passions." He waved away her apologies. He could never be that talkative. He was very quiet already, often hard to hear.

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Post by Zenke on Wed May 15, 2019 7:44 am

Lilian nodded agreeably. "Sure that would be fun. I'll put it on my list of places to visit when I get my next leave. Likewise, if you ever decide to go to mondolin. I don't get out of my country often, but I'm familiar with both Mith Silvanus and Mith Verdanus. And if you decide to confront your father ever, bring me along. A knight present will keep him in check. Noble or not." She said.

After a bit more talking thing's quieted down a bit between them. However the silence was pleasent and short lived as she caught sight of the hold ahead. Part fortress part town, the Sunshield Hold was a testament to all that was good in the world. It was pretty obvious who the patron goddess was, though she did wonder why no organisation had risen up in the name of Na'Kora. Though maybe that had more to do with heanta and their dislike of sharing.

Just seeing the hold got her all excited and full of energy, and she was practically chomping at the bit to sprint off and start exploring the place. But she held herself reserved and stuck with Nichol. The soldiers at the gate watched them approach, and eyed her warily. She let Nichol handle them, and flashed them the crest of the knights of Mondolin just to help along proceedings. She was expected by Kairi after all. After the guards let them pass, she turned to Kairi. "So while we wait for Kairi, what's there to see around here?"

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Post by Jun on Wed May 15, 2019 9:57 am

He had no plans to meet him now. Maybe his half-sisters, assuming Arthur let them know he was here. Then they were in silence. Though that was short lived when they caught a glimpse of the fortress and town. He almost took a step away from Lilian when she seemed like she had a bunch of energy, just ready to bound away. He hoped she wasn't always this hyper.

He showed the guards the copy of his orders, along with Kiari's seal. That let them through pretty quickly and easily. The woman then asked if there was anything to see around here. "Plenty. Look, there's a house there. A blacksmith there. And lots of people. But first, to get you set up with a place to stay." Was he a little sarcastic? Yes. Was he still as monotone as before? Yes. This was a question that always annoyed him. He still might get in trouble for that though...not like he'd care much.

He first showed her where she was to stay, all according to Kairi's orders. Then he'd show her the temple.

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Post by Zenke Yesterday at 9:17 am

Lilian looked at the kid as he replied sarcastically. "Wow I've never seen so many interesting things." She said in reply. Atleast he had some sort of sense of humor, but his voice was still monotone. When he said he was showing her to where she was staying she nodded. He showed her to a guest room in the fort, not far from Kairi's own room. Lilian left her belongings and followed the kid back out to the temple.

She of course expected the temple to Na'Sora, but it was actually far grander than the size of the settlement would have led her to believe. She wondered when Kairi would be back. She'd been traveling for a few hours, but honestly she was all pent up since her stay in Zadartis. She wanted to get into the training ring and have a good spar with somebody, or kick some bandits in the face, or even teach some of the soldiers to use crossbows like Kairi wanted.

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A white horse trotted briskly across the plain, its rider's white cloak billowing out behind her. The rider smiled as she spotted the fortress growing larger in the distance. Sunshield Hold was a place of hope and safety for many, but for Kairi Thorne, it was also home. She was running an errand in southern Mondolin for Randalla Thorne, her adopted mother, when she received a message that Lilian Toral was on her way to the Hold. Lilian was a friend of Kairi's for a few years now, though they hadn't seen much of each other until a chance encounter in Mith Verdanus recently, where they caught up and made plans to visit Kairi.

Kairi had to finish her errand, but she sent a message back to have someone meet Lilian and escort her to the Hold to rest until Kairi returned. She was almost there now, just hoping that she hadn't kept her friend waiting too long. Kairi offered a wave to the guards at the main gate, who bowed politely in response. "Welcome back, Miss Thorne." The stables were her first stop, and she carefully dismounted and led her steed into the enclosure and through to the barn. The horse was Randalla's, a mare named Lily, and she gratefully entered the barn and made her way to the water trough. Kairi gave the horse a quick scratch behind the ears before leaving.

Kairi made her way to the main keep, dropping in her report of her mission. She asked the guards at the gate if there had been any sign of Lilian. "Yes ma'am. Young Shard traveled out to meet her. They got back just a short time ago." Kairi nodded and smiled. "Ah. Thank you." The guard bowed and Kairi then turned to the issue of finding out where Lilian and her escort might've gone. Young Nichol was a recent addition to the the Order, having arrived only weeks ago. He was the long-lost half-brother to Arthur, one of Kairi's former trainees. Given his fascination with religious symbolism, one of the few traits Kairi had managed to learn about him, she took a gamble and decided that the young man might have shown Lilian the temple first.

Upon arriving, Kairi blessed herself with a small incantation as the temple came into view. She was not especially religious herself, but the intricacies of how faith affects life always gave her something to think about. She reached the building and spotted a pair of familiar heads standing nearby. Grinning broadly, Kairi approached the two and bowed politely. "Feeling pious?" Kairi looked at Nichol and beamed with gratitude. "Nichol, it's always good to see you. Thank you for meeting Lilian for me." She looked around. "I hope I didn't keep you waiting too long?"

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