Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby Ben » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:01 pm

**Quayle gives Inglebert a quick glance at the presence of the Elf and carefully rolls the map up as he speaks** Please have a seat. **He pulls over a bowl of fruit and offers it to her**

Let me try to explain. Ever since Erathil's Betrayal sixty years ago, there has been a state of war between the, mainly, Elves who were loyal to Erathil and...well...a lot of other people. Our side in this war has been referred to as 'the resistance', 'everyone else' and 'The Free People' and doesn't currently have a name. The destruction of the Heartlands brought a rather dramatic end to this war but apparently it was just a respite for now Erathil and his forces have returned.

I only knew Warryn for a few days but I considered him a friend, I do not know why he now stands alongside his brother but I don't think we have ruled out magical control.

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby Sproglet » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:02 pm

**Coming from the direction of Sinya Palurin a dust cloud can be seen, the kind that is only raised by hundreds of soldiers on the march**

**Ahead of the cloud a group of horsemen approach Fort Drake flying a banner that hasn't been seen there for months**
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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby RDB » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:24 pm

"Thank you for explaining that. I have come from the isle of Dracos Tielvar seeking assistance to restore the dragons there to good health and return them to their mistress Eremine. I was dropped off at the location of Warryn. I fully expected him to kill me, undoubtedly the pretty unpleasant elves he was in charge of would have done so had he not commanded them to leave me alone. Warryn does not want this war. He feels his friends now hate him yet he saved their lives in making his choice. Erathil or whatever he is called is his brother, by offering his service to family he spared the lives of those he cared about knowing they would then despise him.

His wish is to be true to his god, true to his people and rebuild them a home city. Not war. War is the will of his brother. Warryn is not to be under-estimated. I feel he will do anything to protect his people and his god, even if this means betraying his brother. His god comes first. If it can be arranged that his people are assisted in having a safe place to live without fear, perhaps they and Warryn will join you in creating a force that Erathil cannot compete with and more lives can be spared?"


Wondering if her ranting might have seemed a bit above her station she added


"No offence meant, I just think fighting is not the best option here. At best you'll achieve huge casualties and temporary resolution, surely long term reolution is more suitable for the stability of these lands?"

Tucking into an apple, Celeste turned at the sound of horses arriving.

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby lews wright » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:36 pm

*Inglebert has a stund look on his face that quickly turns to anger. he pushes everything on the rable to the floor then looks at quayle*

"QUAYLE WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?*he turns to the elf with hand on his sword* you leave now or your bllod will be the first spilt in this war."

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby RDB » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:55 pm

Dropping her apple in suprise Celeste was now a bit naffed off. She was trying to help not hinder. She was hungry. She was tired and she was no closer to securing a future with the dragons. Still, he'd given her the option to leave just about alive. What good was that though when nothing had been achieved.

Hoping not all in the room were as unfriendly and unwilling to at least discuss a plan to save lives she answered back.

"You threaten with a weapon a creature that comes here unarmed and to assist you. Is this honourable and brave in your eyes? I can see no satisfaction in threats other than achieving anger in yourself and others. What long term solution do you have to this situation then? Death to all elves? What then? Fight amongst your own? If you look only at death as an answer to war then you achieve only death as a result. Not peace, not stability but what you gain by force you will lose in long term stability for those you make as enemies will uprise over time just as it seems is happening now.

I can leave if you wish, this war was neither my making or my main concern. If you have no interest in sparing the lives of your people then I shall go and find someone who does. Feel free to kill me if you wish. Your satisfaction will be short lived and your anger will remain".

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby Ben » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:08 pm

**Quayle stands up and looks Inglebert straight in the eye**

Captain, look at this woman, she's a Life Elf. They did not fight for Erathil before and I doubt they will again. We cannot...we must not make this a fight against all Elves. Have you ever been harmed by a Life Elf? A Light Elf? A Wood Elf? Some of my greatest friends and allies were Elves and they saved my life time and again. Remember Kalist? Aquilla? Lophaetus? My lord, when he walked these lands, was a Wood Elf.

How would you feel if an elf, an orc, a shirikan had been attacked by the Telerfret and decided that all humans were alike? We may look alike but we're not and nor are they.

What we have here is someone who may be accepted by both sides.

**He turns at the noise from outside** Is that thunder?

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby lews wright » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:44 pm

*Ingleberts eyes do not move from the elve nor his hand from his sword his anger still boiling over*

"shes a damn collaborator just admitted it herself. comes here from the enemies camp after speaking to warryn how stupid do you think we are and being unarmed in my experience makes you extremely dangerous.*he goes quiet for a second* actually come to think of it you might know something. GUARDS."

*with that 2 men run in*

"this elve is under your guard if she does anything suspicious chuck her in the jail."

*the guards take up postions near celeste and Ingleberts eyes do not move*

"now quayle do your diplomatic thing"

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby RDB » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:57 pm

Celeste stood between the guards as it seemed was required. This Inglebert creature was most tiresome but shew would not allow herself to show her frustration. Her mission was long term, securing the safety and return of the dragons, ensuring Dracos Tielvar never becomes like this horrid place and along the way ensuring lives were not lost when possible.

"Of course I knew something" she muttered quietly but firmly to Inglebert. "Why else would I have come here? If you find me being unarmed such a threat that it warrants two guards then this is your decision but really, you have nothing to fear from me. If I wished to decieve you I could easily have done so on arrival. I have nothing to hide and you should realise that I have no desire for loss of any life, including yours. Whilst we may not agree on many things, perhaps the preservation of your own life is one we can agree on wanting"?

At that Celeste felt a bit better. She'd never been so frustrated with anyone before. Unlike Warryn who remained impartial to anything in particular, this being was passionate about the war and she wondered what had made him so full of hatred for the lives of creatures he had never met before. So sad. If he'd let her she'd show him a vision of her home but feared he'd wish only to claim it for himself in the name of achieving assets in the war. Her homeland's future would not be safe with this one so she would remain silent about that for the duration of his presence.

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby lews wright » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:26 am

*Captain inglebert stays motionless her words not registering through his anger. his eyes that are so intense tell her hes a man full of hate, loathing and fear.*

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby Ben » Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:01 am

**Quayle sighs**

Just a minute ago you said you might be prepared to accept Wood, Water and Air Elves and now an Elf of a species even less likely to side with Erathil shows up and you immediately threaten her. You can't call every elf who doesn't want to side with him a collaborator, if you do you slap away the hand of friendship they offer and send them back to Erathil. Perhaps you don't want to fight alongside them but do you want to fight against them?
Spies don't tend to just walk in, they would receive the welcome you've already laid on.

**He turns towards Celeste and his eyes close with concentration as he senses the magic in the elf.**

She's a magic user of light, life and...pure magic. She is not undead, demonic nor an outlaw. She is religious...not a god I recognise, almost like Eremine but not quite...but she is not a Celebrant nor Paladin

**He opens his eyes again**

Captain, instead of focusing on the shape of her ears, try using your own. Nothing she has said is threatening, she isn't an invading army and she seems to have information that may be useful. if there are any questions you wish to ask I can check to make sure if the answers she gives are true.

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby RDB » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:32 am

"Excellent obervations Quayle, you have an ability there that impresses me. Now can I please it down and have another apple? I am happy to help where I can, I am however also concerned for Warryn. I know this is probably what your colleague does not wish to hear but he is a life, and one that is precious. I worry he may be in danger not just from this side but also perhaps from Erathil if he realises Warryn's heart is not really in this war. Time is precious".

Feeling the intensity of Ingleberts glare Celeste's tone softened. Not sure what had happened to this being to make him so full of hatred that he could not trust even a life elf. His heart seemed cold. If she thought for a second he'd not kill her she would instill in him a sense of warmth and wellbeing from her homeland. Her master would expect her to do this but her life had to come first. Maybe if he calmed down a little she would be able to help him.

"Inglebert, you may distrust me but I am willing to prove I can be trusted if it's possible and you are free to personally accompany me on any visits to Warryn or indeed any other party that I need to visit. Your life is as precious to me as any other".

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby lews wright » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:26 pm

*Ingleberts furious rage subsides just enough to let common sence in. his hand moves from his sword. he closes his eyes takes a deep breath then looks at celeste*

"your right i do distrust you and any other elve. you may stay and talk but every where you go in this fort they escort you till you leave.*he puts his hand to his head as if a migrane was coming* say what ever you wish."

*he then moves to the side with his back to them he grabs his hip flask and takes a few huge gulps. its clear things are getting to much for this humble farmers boy to handle. he is not a chosen hero with great strengh, skill and abilities like all the other leaders of men. he still nurses his head*

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby RDB » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:08 pm

"your head? It hurts? Will you let me see to that for you?

I'm sorry you distruust me but over time we'll see. Anyway, crucially, this war is getting out of hand. On my way here I came across peoples of all races gathering together in small groups, wandering round without direction and fleeing if they feared the fighting that will inevitably follow.

Our key to all of this has to be Warryn. If we can get his people on board then we have a chance of his loyalty. Without him, Erathil is surely less organised. He'd have to hold three forts himself and control invading further afield. He may have immense armies, i've seen them and their aggression but without Warryn, how powerful is he? I knew nothing of this until recently so am unaware just how mighty his strength is.

Where are Warryn's people? If all he wants is to provide them with a safe place with which to re-build a homeland, can we offer them such a place? I know little of the geography here but there must be an area somewhere we could offer? It would at least spare some lives and reduce Erathils army accordingly".

Celeste took a deep breath. For once she was actually proud of herself. In a short space of time she had left Dracos Tielvar with minimal information, not been killed by Warryn and now not been killed by Inglebert and Quayle. Not bad for an elf that was used to dealing with dragonkin bickering over nectar rights as the most serious issue. She looked at Quayle and wondered where his wisdom came from, he had her sussed in seconds, then looked back at Inglebert with his back to her, he was more attractive now. Partially as his angry face was concealed and partly because it must have taken a lot to show his back and not feel threatened. He had a certain vulnerability. Clearly he was a brave man and perhaps nicer than she'd given him credit for.

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby RDB » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:12 pm

"oh and incase it means anything, as I left Warryn a cloaked being arrived, I rushed off to escape and left Warryn a note but did hear this being mention he was Karoisil, Kazrazil or something like that. Does anyone know him? I didn't hear anymore as I fled to come here before the guards stopped me".

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Re: Fort Drake, The Final Bastion

Postby Ben » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:50 pm

**Quayle moves over to where Inglebert is and gently takes the flask and sniffs it before handing it back**

This really isn't helping you. The time is coming where we're going to need every man and I want you standing alongside me.

**He sits down again**

Celeste, consider yourself a guest of the...**he looks around** Larkant people. It looks like Fort Drake is going to be our home away from Mahtar for the time being.

Now, let me tell you all a story. For nearly a hundred years all the people of the known world, save the orcs and goblins, built a great city within the Heartlands: the area in the centre of this great continent where the earth between us and the jewel of Eremine is thinnest. In the one hundreth year of this world, Erathil betrayed all those who had helped build the city and drove out, slayed or imprisoned all who refused to follow him. The Jehovern and the Light Elves were almost wiped out in the great betrayal as were many of the lesser human tribes.

The Shadow Elves made their first appearance, before then having been hidden in the catacombs below the city, and followed Erathil, as did the High, Earth and Fire Elves. The Wood Elves, lead by Erathil's brother Danahil, formed the first resistance in the woodlands of the Heartlands but accepted members of many other races in time. The Air Elves and Water Elves took no formal part in the war to my knowledge and the Life and Death Elves had yet to be created.

Some may feel that the Heartlands are the Elven homeland, but the only reason this was ever even possibly the case was because Erathil stole them from the people of the world. Sinya Palurin is generally considered human land but only because the majority of us were driven from the Heartlands and made the best of the situation. The Elves may not have any other lands of their own but that is because they took the land they wanted by force and gave us what they didn't want. Should we hand them the Heartlands, let bygones be bygones? To me that feels as if we are accepting the actions that lead to this becoming the case and I cannot allow that.

For fifty years Elves were welcomed in Sinya Palurin, though most High Elves, Shadow Elves and Fire Elves were distrusted. We did not get the same treatment in The Heartlands. I was born there, grew up there and us non-Elves were treated like slaves...worse than slaves...like animals...worse than animals...like excrement. When we retook the Heartlands, we didn't declare them human lands, the newly formed Free People as we called ourselves, welcomed all within that land: human, elf, dwarf, orc, goblin, halfling.

Warryn may want to gather his people to him and build a city or something for them, but as far as I am aware he has never tried. He cannot say that the Heartlands are the rightful home of his people as the only reason the Earth Elves could ever call it home was because they killed or subjucated the other races. Zemelia understood that and that's why they built the village of Nartulin for them to live but accepted other races. We can offer him other lands in return for his loyalty but I think this goes deeper than just land.

Kazrazil I have heard of. He's a Fire Elf, a mage of some power from what I hear. I believe someone said he could not be killed, like a phoenix he would rise from the ashes. Kazrazil...Erathil...Danahil...another brother perhaps? If so...and Warryn's a brother as well, I wonder if there are others? If so, and we could find them, perhaps they could rally their respective peoples?

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