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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:43 pm

The princess's eyes trailed off in embarrassment at the mention of 'intimate explorations'. It's true there was nothing out of the ordinary with the slave girl's body, but still something upset the dogs. Sera shook her head.
"No, the hounds act no different around Hamilcar and his men than they do around the castle guards. More attentive possibly, for the barbarians are to be treated as allies at arms length. Yet with you...I am not sure what troubles them. I trust them, and their senses are never wrong." she turned back to Elysia, an expression of hurt and longing on her face. She didnt want to raise any walls between them, but the odd behavior of her dogs told her to be cautious. The slave girl had been in the castle only a few days, and intimacy aside, Sera realized she knew very little about Elysia.
"I do not mean to intrude, Elysia," she started, hesitantly. "But can you tell me more about yourself?"
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:57 pm

The past of Elysia. "Myself? Well .... my favourite colours are yellow, blue, and red. I don't have a favourite food, I just eat whatever I can get or am given. I enjoy the sound of birdsong and recited poetry. I wish I could be a poet myself, a poet and a writer. I used to want to be the most beautiful dancer in the world, but one of my former masters became displeased with me one day and being the ruthless man he was decided the sever some of the muscles in my leg, which as you can see has not healed, in fact walking on it becomes painful some days still."

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:31 am

Sera sighed and dunked her head into the water. The slave girl had her likes and dislikes, ambition and dreams. She was human, in all its frailty and vulnerability. She heard of the tale of Elysia's former master before, but the bile that rose at the back of her throat still burned at the mention of such cruelty. The princess vowed to herself, once more and silently, that she would never let the lash of a whip taste of Elysia's bronze skin again.
"A writer and poet, you say? I read your note." Sera said with a soft smile. "You're very talented with words."
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:29 am

Elysia turned to face the Queen with a light blush on her cheeks, "Mi'lady you think so? I thank you it took me a while to think of the proper words, I wanted it to be more than perfect." Taking one of her hands her began to absent-mindedly twirly a strand of her red hair in her fingers. "Aye a Writer and Poet would be wonderful I find, because I can create marvellous tales that would entertain and poetry that lovers would whisper to one another in the nights and it all would be wonderful I think. To create something that earns the adoration of the people."

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:17 am

"Write for me then. Please." Sera said, a pleading look in her eye. She slid a hand through the water to grasp Elysia's. "Stay with me, here, and you can do whatever you like, create as many tales and poems as you wish."
As Sera spoke, one of her dogs broke from the back and wandered towards the back of the baths, sniffing at the walls. The shadow who paced behind the wall's hidden panel stopped and stared at the large dog, praying it would not notice her.
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:48 am

Elysia looked at Sera with a full smile and a glowing warmth to her eyes. "You truely mean it Mi'lady?" swiftly moving her body through the steamy water she clasped onto Sera's hands with both hers and looked into her eyes, a moment of sadness flickered through them, "Even if your dogs do not like me Mi'lady, you would let me stay here with you? and write?"

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:54 am

"Truly, I would not have it any other way." the princess gently kissed the top of Elysia's head. "The dogs will become accustomed to you, in time. And even if they dont, you have nothing to fear."
Sera pulled the slave girl closer, wrapping her arms around her and holding Elysia close. "Stay here with me and write, my love."
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:58 am

Tears welled up in the corners of Elysia's eyes as she stared deep into Sera's. "You truly mean that? I am so overwhelmingly happy Sera I .. I .. I Thank you so much my heart bursts with love you for you! I promise I will do everything I can to earn the trust of your dogs as well." Lunging forth into a Hug that held tight and her lips pressed against Sera's.

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:06 pm

When the slave girl lunged onto their master, the hounds stood. They crept closer to the edge of the baths, a low growl issuing from their throats. Sera paid no mind to the dogs; she eased into the kiss and pulled Elysia so close, there was no part of their bodies that was not touching. Pressing against Elysia's soft lips opened a floodgate of emotions in the warrior-princess. Sera poured all her sorrow and grief, happiness and hope, into a kiss that started hard and fierce but became gentle and comforting. She slid a hand up to the back of Elysia's neck, holding her gently.

The dog at the back wall barked once, sudden and loud. Haedria fixed her icy stare on the mutt and it quelled, sitting down with its ears folded back.
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:13 pm

Elysia's arms wrapped around the shoulders of the Princess. They were strong, muscular, powerful. In a sense they represented the Princess, for she was powerful both in body and in emotion. Elysia felt the surging tidal waves of emotion crashing over her body and it quivered against the tidal battering. A light creaking gasp erupted from her lips in response. Arms holding tighter against the Princess, bracing herself. As the tidal surge receded into a gentle touch Elysia's eyes flickered open Sera was thrilling. Her lips pulled into a wordless, perfectly content and lazy smile. Placing her head down on Sera's shoulder she stroked the Princess' hair and whispered, "You. Are. Wonderful." Saying each word with Lover's Authority.

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:21 pm

Sera blushed at the proclamation. She didnt think she was anything special, yet here was this gorgeous, sweet girl saying she was wonderful. The princess ran a soothing hand down Elysia's back. "As are you, my love." a soft, peaceful smile came on Sera's face as she leaned into Elysia.

The hounds sat back down, concern and confusion shining in their eyes. There was clearly something wrong with the girl, yet their master took no notice. Maybe master didnt know? The larger hounds sat, vigilant and watching, while the smaller, younger ones curled up to sleep.
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:29 pm

"You are ever kind Sera," Elysia placed her lips on Sera's cheek for a peck of a kiss and eased her body into Sera, allowing herself to soak up the water. Relaxing, skin pruning slightly in the water.

Yurean clapped looking around the hall with delight and cheer, the decor was perfect, fake and illusory, but perfect nonetheless. Skulls and Sagnian Banners hung as well as ribbons and Stetchripper flowers, a necrophiliac of a flower that blossomed wonderfully upon corpses pulling apart the skin to root in the veins and muscles. They were coated into a painful layer of tiny thorns with a slick wet stem of something foul and deadly to the maggots that thought to nibble upon it. It was a purple flower with long triangular petals. They were beautiful in Yurean's eye. Everyone else had to pull their weight and quickly so he could show Queen Haedria's Triumphant return.

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:35 pm

The guest list for Queen Haedria's funeral was short. Most nobles who came to the court of the Red Sisters did so to ask for favors from the queen. Having rebuffed most of them with threats of death or torture, there were few friends of Sagna. King Hamilcar came immediately to the castle with a handful of men, to pay his respects to the queen and keep his tenuous friendship with Sera. A dozen or so minor nobles were invited as well, and were sure to arrive for the funeral to keep within the good graces of the remaining Red Sister.

Kerza fashioned a handsome coffin of darkwood and red silks, but said very little when delivering it to Yurean. He was pale, eyes wide as if some lingering horror still danced in his mind.
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:40 pm

Yurean teetered on the edge of an excited spasm the coffin was exactly the colour he wanted it to be, it was wonderful and perfect. Amazing that it was the work of the Houndmaster, Yurean practically developed poison glands in which to spew toxic projectiles at the Houndmaster for daring to make Yurean indirectly compliment him. It was almost ready, the food would be ready soon.

Yurean marched out muttered to whoever was around that he was fetching one last detail. He Set off to find the Queen, using his magic to sense her location, and compel her to him. hopefully they would meet halfway.

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:05 pm

Queeh Haedria emerged from the shadows of a little used hallway in the castle, just as Yurean approached it. She had been wandering for several hours, left to her own devices. A good while of it was spent watching Sera and Elysia in the baths, and having a staring contest with a dog.
"Master. You called." she said, eyebrows lifting in surprise at herself. It was so easy to call this man master, almost second nature. "Is it time?"
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:08 pm

Yurean nodded, quite pleased with how his creation seemed to be holding up, "Yes Your Majesty, the time is now, let us grace the funeral with your presence and show the rumours of your final end to be false." Raising his hand in n outstretched fashion he smiled eerily.

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:18 pm

Haedria spared a glance down at Yurean's hand. In another time, she would not have even thought of touching him. After all, what was a guard to a queen? She placed her hand in his, and nodded. "To my funeral, then."

Sera stood in her room, facing the full-length mirror. The princess cut a dashing figure in a Sagnian surcoat over a padded jerkin. Her fiery hair was tied back, a couple of loose locks framing her face. She buckled on a leather belt to hold her swords and spared a quick glance to the dogs by the door.
"Go to the grand hall and station yourselves there. Be vigilant, be quick to snap at anyone who dares to cause trouble." she said, and sent off a dozen dogs through the castle. A couple stayed with her in her room, to escort her later. Turning back to the mirror, she sighed. Sera looked like a knight of the court, some warrior in his finest clothes for a formal occasion, hardly the queen she was supposed to be in Haedria's place. But perhaps it was better this way. Royalty armed to the teeth.
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:24 pm

Elysia came up from behind Sera and began to adjust the few loose locks the Princess had. Elysia herself was dressed modestly in a floor length red and black dress, it was awfully frilly. "Mi'lady you look splendid, let us not keep the esteemed councilmen waiting, after all they are certainly lacking in patience." With a flick of her own Hair Elysia took Sera's hand and gently lead her out.

Yurean smiled keeping out of sight with Haedria, "Princess Sera has not arrived yet, I hope she does soon I cannot wait to see the looks on everyone's faces."

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:36 pm

Sera nodded dumbly as Elysia led her out. She grabbed her swords from their places beside her door and fastened them to her belt as she walked. Her heart was heavy; she had to appear before the councilors, some nobles, possibly other guests who could make it on such short notice. Her eyes were glazed, her face expressionless. Guards posted at either side of the great hall bowed before her and Elysia, and hauled open the doors. Her hounds had stationed themselves at intervals along the walls, silent and still like statues, although one did stoop to scratch behind its ears.

"Princess Sera." a deep voice said, and Hamilcar came into view. "I suppose it is queen now. I am deeply troubled by your loss. My condolences." he said in his gravelly tones and bowed. The barbarian king was dressed quite smartly for a large man in skins and furs. Sera nodded but did not speak. She cast a weary glance at the decor. It was quite grand, though the purple flowers struck a cord. Corpse flowers, Sera thought bitterly.

The meager crowd fell silent as they caught sight of Sera. She grabbed Elysia's hand in a strong but shaking grip as her eyes fell on the coffin. From where she was, she could not see into it. By the wall, Kerza stood silent and motionless, his eyes darting between Sera and her consort, and what he knew was an empty coffin.
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:39 am

Elysia gave Sera's shaking hand a supporting squeeze and glace a slight glance in her direction.

Yurean waited for the perfect moment of reveal, when Sera was at the coffin.

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:53 am

Sera breathed deeply, steeling herself. With one last squeeze of Elysia's hand, Sera let her go and began the climb to the dais and the coffin of the queen. The crowd watched her, silent as can be. Her footfalls rung out in the eerily quiet hall, the last step echoing as Sera stood before the handsome darkwood coffin. It was closed, with the viewing postponed for the princess. As sister of Haedria and next in line, she was to have first rights. Her hands shook as she held them out, grasping the edge of the lid and opening it slowly, so slowly.
Sera stared into coffin with its beautiful the scarlet silk lining and a small pillow at the head. She blinked once, the veil of confusion underlying the slow boil of anger.
"Where is Haedria?" she asked bluntly, pushing the coffin lid up to reveal the empty vessel. "Where is my sister?"
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:59 am

Yurean smiled as the sounds of confusion erupted throughout the Funeral hall formerly a throne room. holding back the beginnings of laughter he cleared his throat quite loudly as he entered the throne room, "Thank you all for coming during this tragic time and under such short notice. However unfortunate I must say that the rumours have been perhaps slightly creditless, I am proud to present to you all Queen Haedria!" He called forth to summon the corpse of the Queen.

The Eyes of the Skulls watched with interest.

Elysia felt her stomach turn, Haedria had better be dead.

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:05 am

Queen Haedria stepped out from the shadows and took her place at the dais as she did so often before. The heavy black and red gown trailed elegantly behind her. Sera stared, wide eyed, as her sister stood before her.
Haedria's eyes crinkled in a smile. "Hello Sera." she said, rather shyly.
Tears welled up in Sera's eyes and her mouth opened and closed as she struggled to find words. Her sister was her, in front of her. Walking, talking, and alive. Sera threw herself at the queen, arms draping over her sister's frail form and burying her face in Haedria's soft red hair. She couldnt speak, only choke out sobs of overwhelming relief. "Haedria.."
The queen returned the hug, weaker and gentler, but leaned against her sister all the same. "I am here, Sera. I'm here."
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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:54 am

the space around Elysia suddenly felt empty as Sera leapt towards her sister in an embrace. The Queen was alive, of course she was alive. Damn magic, damn magicians and their convoluted spells always embracing Order and method to their work, it was revolting. Of course the sudden reappearance of the Queen was chaotic, so it wasn't like Darkmin could be entirely angry, but he couldn't help but wonder why.

Yurean clung to the shadows after his dramatic reveal of the Queen he eyed the crowd, he eyed the concubine, he eyed everyone quietly.

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PostSubject: Re: Veiled Chaos   Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:38 am

It was as if a great weight was lifted from Sera, and she was a child again, wrapped up in the heavy folds of her sister's gown. Haedria was back. Sera was no longer the sole ruler of Sagna, no longer the queen. A weak pat on the back caused Sera to look up, straight into Haedria's eyes.
"Haedria, how...?" Sera's throat tightened. She couldnt say the words, couldnt ask how her sister lived when she was so sure that Haedria died in her arms. The queen smiled and shrugged.

The crowd was a mix of shock and relief. After Sera threw herself upon the queen, a few of those assembled broke into hesitant applause. A shifty eyed noble or two silently cursed the gods for Haedria's survival. Hamilcar saw the houndsmaster by the wall and approached Kerza.
"This isnt what I expected when I was invited for a funeral!" he said, clapping Kerza on the back with a large hand. "But that's just grand now, isnt it? The queen lives, the princess is happy again." Kerza could only nod, and cast a wary glance at Yurean.

"The queen lives! Long live the queen!"
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