Seasons of War Episode 8-CortexEpisode 8: Cortex8th of VerimensisYumi walked around the camp, her unnaturally sharp eyes turned up to look into the mostly cloudy sky above. A steady, cold breeze chilled the night air though Yumi did not shiver even though she knew she should. Instead she brought her gaze back down to earth and examined her pale hands as she made her way around the camp. A creature of the night, she had agreed that it was pointless to have any of the others stay up to keep watch when she needed no sleep and was immune to the biting cold. She agreed with the logic but it felt wrong all the same. A shared burden pressed on her because of her misfortune. Or perhaps the constant reminder of no longer being human was the reason watch duty sat so heavily. She longed to sleep properly, and sighed bitterly as she glanced around the collection of tents and thought of the warm, fresh blood filled- Quashing the thought she turned back towards the fire.As she walked she focused on her enhanced senses. Even at
Seasons of War Episode 7-a Change in the Wise ManEpisode 7: a Change in the Wise Man31st of CassusIt was New Year's Eve, but none of the Heroes felt particularly cheery. The roads had been unusually quiet that day, and as they began walking on the path between two fields, they learned why—they were on the grounds of a plantation run on slave labor. No slavers seemed to be in the area, except the Overseer scouting the fields on his horse. The rest of the security was provided by guardsmen from Cortex, which was strange because they were still several days away. "They're here to stop any vigilantes who might try to free the slaves," Laura explained, though her voice shook. It seemed even she was disturbed by the sight—several dozen slaves worked fields of winter plants that had mostly died due to the drought. The Overseer was not gentle, shouting constantly and snapping his whip. Every time the crack reverberated through the air, Aelita visibly flinched. She walked in between Jeremie and Ulrich, her shaking hands holding
Seasons of War Episode 6-MonstersEpisode 6: Monsters!20th of CassusThe camp was still as they picked up after breakfast, and the quiet was driving Odd mad. He was getting antsy as he waited for someone, anyone, in the group to begin speaking, but they all remained stubbornly silent. So rather than just calmly break the silence, he decided then that he would make his own fun. He sized up his friends and after evaluating who was most likely to drop what they were doing to have fun, Odd prepared a snowball and threw it at Aelita. She yelped when it struck the back of her neck, exploding and sending icy crystals down her coat, and she glared at Odd. Aelita lifted the snow from the ground and collected it into a snowball that was easily twice the size of Odd's head.Cursing himself for having forgotten she was a mage, Odd sprinted away from her. She raised her snowball magically over her head and chased after him. He shot up a nearby tree and perched on a branch out of the way. She stopped at the base of the tree, lookin
Seasons of War Episode 5-Elder and ApprenticeEpisode 5: Elder and Apprentice29th of Matrinalis, 5:03 GuardianAelita waited patiently as Edna redid the braids in her hair, or as patiently as she could. She looked at her feet, which were caked in a thick layer of dirt. She summoned a small wisp of water and cleaned them before she slid on her shoes. Aelita looked up at the sky, and Edna looked up as well. The sky was beginning to grow dark, and the stars were beginning to show."Edna?" Aelita asked, not moving her eyes."Yes, da'len?" Edna responded, secretly conjuring a yellow mountain flower to tuck into her braid."Why does the moon change its shape?" She asked, kicking up the dirt. Aelita knew that Eleanor would have a fit when she returned late and covered in dirt, again. But she'd stopped caring.Edna took in a deep breath. "Before the Creation Father designed our world, he created the Destruction Mother to help him bring balance to the world, so she was called the Balanced One at that time. They worked together to create a
Seasons of War Episode 4-Tales of HalamshiralEpisode 4: Tales of Halamshiral15th of CassusThe Heroes, excluding Aelita, sat around the table eating the breakfast prepared for them by servants of the Sarethari family. Jeremie had just finished informing the others that Aelita was Anthea's daughter, since the Outcast had been out late that night with her mother and had yet to return. As if on cue, Aelita walked in, obviously tired. Before Jeremie could ask her if she was feeling alright, Ulrich teased her affectionately, "So, milady Kitten, what is your first act as a noblewoman going to be?"Aelita laughed weakly. "A noblewoman abandoned as a babe and raised by humans, thus having no claim to the title of scion?" She paused dramatically, "looking for work, probably."Ulrich laughed. "Practicality is for peasants, milady. You must do something frivolous to celebrate your birthright.""Such as…?""Go down to the marketplace and complain that there are no Nihonjin silks that match your eyes."Aelita tilted her head slightly.
Seasons of War Episode 3-the Changeling's MotherEpisode 3: The Changeling's Mother12th of Matrinalis, 4:86 EastAnthea covered the chain sickle with a white blanket. Her father wished her a pleasant walk, and told her to be careful, as activity near Bastium had been rumored to have increased. Anthea promised to be careful, and she left the gates. In those days elves were always allowed in, though few were allowed out. The gates weren't hidden to those who had earned their vallaslin, regardless of their magical prowess—luckily for Anthea. She was one of the Blind, and could not use magic. Her vallaslin marked her as a true da'len elvhenan, and the stylized magenta marking on her forehead—her brother had claimed it looked like a halla skull, and she agreed for the most part—meant atisha, or peace.The scion of the Sarethari family sat in the clearing, enjoying the summer sun. She stretched out, picking a flower and plucking off the petals idly. She folded her legs and opened up her lunch, beginning to eat in the sun