Decided to take advantage of the vagueness of Day 1.
I thought it was funny, anyway.
I thought it was funny, anyway.
Seasons of War Episode 7-Theo and the Ashabellanar
Episode 7: Theo and the Asha'bellanar
10th of Frumentum
"Why do you need someone with knowledge of elven runes to save your comrades? It seems to me that you could do most of the work yourself. You're a military grade magician, after all." Aelita said. There was something strange about Theo, though she couldn't quite put her finger on it.
"My comrades and I were excavating an elven ruin—strictly educational, not raiding—and we came across these… letters that were unfamiliar to us. One of our younger members tried to touch them and activated a trap which trapped my comrades behind and under rocks. I only managed to escape because I fled using magic." Theo explained. "However, my military training didn't teach me how to move rocks. The elves teach it, don't they? I don't know if you yourself can but you must be travelling with your clan. Maybe your leader can help me?"
"No, I'm not travelling with my clan, but I am a magician trained in the ancient ways and I can move
Seasons of War Episode 6: Falling
Episode 6: Falling
21st of Parvulis
The vision came again, but more vivid. He could smell the death that lingered in the air, and he could hear the echoes of screams that should have died long ago. He heard water boiling and whips cracking. His vision locked in on a door, and he started to walk towards it. Looking down, he saw chains wrapped around his torso, binding his arms to his sides. He pulled against them, and they began to cut into his skin. Suddenly he fell and the door opened, letting in a light that shone like a beacon. He stood and walked towards it.
The passage of light led Jeremie back to consciousness. Slowly, he sat up and held his head, taking a long moment to recover and re-orient himself. The Wise Man heard Ulrich and Odd talking, and he concluded that he'd been asleep a lot longer than he had intended. He crawled out of the tent, hearing the back end of the other boys' conversation. "I'm telling you, Aelita will totally crack first!" Odd said.
Ulrich shook his head.
Seasons of War Episode 5-Catfight
Episode 5: Catfight!
15th of Parvulis
He felt pain; pain unlike anything he'd ever felt before, even when fighting Xana's constructs. He felt a whip being cracked against his back, and he felt himself being stretched on a rack. He felt hot iron burning his flesh, and chains pulling him back as he tried to reach the door. His vision blurred and it raced through a house that appeared to have been built inside of a cave, but not a cave—he could see the moon shining in the blue-black sky. Perhaps he was inside of an abandoned quarry? But there, resting on the edge was a woman. She had skin like the snow, and fingers that were clawed, like a monster's. Her hair was fair, and when she turned, her eyes were on fire with an orange glow.
Jeremie sat up with a jolt, his breathing heavy and his body covered in sweat. What had he seen? His back stung and his joints held traces of phantom pain. This wasn't an ordinary dream—no, this was a vision, like the one about Capital Lyoko. He hel
Seasons of War Episode 4: Dusk and Dhaune
Episode 4: Dusk and Dhaune
1st of Parvulis
As Ulrich took a match to the report and the book found in T.V's office, Yumi gave the letter written in the strange symbols to Jeremie. He read over them, and he nodded. "Yes, these are dwarven runes, and I recognize this word—amgarrak. It means victory. Where did you get this?"
Yumi was hesitant to admit it, but Ulrich held no shame. "From the desk of Thomas Vincent,"
Jeremie recoiled. "What? You broke into the magistrate outpost?!"
"Unlike you, I was not content simply waiting for him to kill us! At least we took action!" Ulrich shouted. "If you want to go back and apologize for our initiative, be my guest. I hope they throw you in the same cell they threw Aelita in!"
Yumi stepped in between them. "Boys, stop!" She said, and she looked to Jeremie. "The letter was attached to a satchel of gold. What could that mean?"
"I won't know until I've translated the letter, but it could be a donation from a private dwarven investor. There are qu
Seasons of War Episode 3: Fanning the Flames
Episode 3: Fanning the Flames
30th of Ferventis
Ulrich summarized Aelita's story to Yumi the next morning, and she cringed several times. "Poor Aelita. That must have been horrible."
The Mercenary agreed. "Anyway, we'll probably be leaving in a few days. I heard Jeremie say that he wants to get out of Thomas Vincent's district as soon as possible."
"Did he say if we were reinstating Aelita in our group?" Yumi asked, leaning against the aravel. She crossed her arms, and Ulrich did the same.
He shook his head. "I don't know. I hope that he will, or we may have to smuggle her out of Falcon's Bridge." He laughed, and Yumi giggled in spite of herself. Ulrich took a step closer to the Colonist. "Listen, I think the best thing we can do is try to throw the magistrates off our tails. So far, none of them have approached us, but that won't last long. They must've gotten our description from a messenger of some sort. I'll bet that if we destroy the message, we may stall them."
Yumi seemed hesita
Broken Glass and Other Things that FallMelba pulled the tight black cotton over her marked arms, examining the swirling patterns on her skin as she did so. She pulled the hood over her short, fluffy pink hair, and she covered her mouth and nose with a black bandanna. She gather her things in her bag, and she wrapped her long multicolored scarf around her neck as she climbed to the windowsill. The full moon illuminated the village of Roseside, a textile mill residing on the edges of the Briar Forest. Melba looked back into her bedroom, a place where she had spent many a day hiding from the cruel words of her peers. She remembered the disapproving tuts that elderly women made as she passed, the rocks thrown at her by the village boys, and the superstitious newcomer who ran and shouted "witch" when she drew too close. She remembered the weak, smiling face on her father, and the death written on his face as he had passed. She remembered the anger on her mother's face, and the disapproval that had always haunted her gaze.
Seasons of War Episode 2-the Outcast's Past
Episode 2: the Outcast's Past
29th of Ferventis
Aelita bolted up and immediately grabbed her ribs as she huffed in pain. It took a few moments of controlled, labored breathing before she remembered why. Boulders hurt, she recalled, before looking out of the window to see that either much time had passed and it was nightfall again, or that no time had passed and morning had never come. She struggled to pull herself out of her bed. Her bed? She looked down to see the dusty white sheets from so long ago, and she started quaking in anticipation. Forcing herself out of bed and summoning Erahalam to give support, she limped over to the mirror near the door. It was as she thought—Aelita had returned to the apartment in Falcon's Bridge, and Eleanor's influence could already be seen. Her hair had been covered in a white bonnet, her facial markings covered with makeup and her traditional elven clothes had been swapped for a white blouse, a dark green skirt and a white apron, as well as a p
Seasons of War Episode 1-Aftershock
Book 2: Autumn
Episode 1: Aftershock
28th of Ferventis
The leaves had turned from fading shades of greens to yellows and oranges, though the red and brown leaves had not yet arrived. To keep warm as Lyoko grew colder, the Heroes had layered their clothes. However, no amount of layering could protect them from the cold atmosphere that had spawned around them.
After Aelita had been sent away, the teenagers had fallen into subgroups that took a different stance on her exile. Jeremie, Laura and William were for it, as they knew the dangers a blood magician posed. Ulrich was firmly against it, to the point that he'd spent hours trying to find her, as he knew Aelita would never hurt them. Yumi and Odd were being torn apart, for they were undecided on the issue. On one hand, Aelita was their friend and had shown no animosity towards them, but on the other, she had made a deal with a demon, and there was no telling if she would do it again.
This left the group in an awkward position. All of th
Seasons of War Episode 15-Into Chaos
Episode 15: Into Chaos
13th of Ferventis
The sun itself hadn't yet completely risen from bed when the Heroes awoke. Laura, since she had the most recent watch, had already been awake for hours and she used that time to make breakfast for the group. As they began to eat, William noted, "It's been three months since Capital Lyoko fell, and I don't feel any closer to a conclusion now than I did when we knew nothing about the attack except that it would occur."
Yumi smiled. "At least we know our enemy, and we're ahead of Xana. We're doing well to save many lives."
"It just feels like we're on the wrong side of a losing battle." William said.
His statement hung in the air as not one of the heroes felt able to challenge its veracity. Xana knew they were still together and she was doing her best to kill them. What felt worse was that it seemed they were giving Xana the best path to each of the towns they visited. Still, at least those places were not caught unprepared. After a long silence, L