Vampire Hunters of Delmi, Part V
Posted 10 November 2009 - 12:29 PM
"Kitetchi gamoar teyrn?" Sephira did not understand the little female at all, though she was clearly asking a question. Sephira had lowered her weapon and her knife as soon as Jo had told them to hold, then she noticed the wound on their leader's side, and she put her weapons away entirely as she hurried over to her. "You're hurt." She said, putting her hands on the wound and concentrating until the bleeding stopped and the slashes began to heal themselves. She then bandaged her up as best she could until she could get her somewhere where she could properly clean and treat her. Then she turned and looked at the strange people again, noting the ragged clothes and the pregnant female, and she immediately became concerned about the baby.
"Um...hello." She ventured, pointing to herself. "I'm Sephira." She wanted to check out the pregnant female, but her mate-at least that's what she thought the dark-haired man standing in front of her was-didn't look like he was about to let anyone near her, and Sephira was not about to provoke someone holding a bow and arrow, ready to shoot anything that moved funny.
Adam had blinked in total surprise when he suddenly appeared in the brightly, lit room made of stone, and he looked around in total confusion. He heard Laura asking where they were and he had no idea, all he knew was that those strange big people weren't getting anywhere near Claudia, and he stood in front of her, loading an arrow into his bow, ready to shoot anything that might threaten her or their egg.
Vincent had prepared himself for another onslaught of Nanes when he suddenly had to close his eyes against the bright white light that had suddenly engulfed the entire room. When he was able to open them again, he turned and stared at the tiny green people in surprise. He heard the female as she asked a question, but he was damned if he could figure out what it was-he'd never heard that language before in his life.
All he was really thankful for was that he hadn't taken any more damage, though he noted Joanna had, as Sephira had immediately rushed over to tend to to her before she bled out all over the place.
He stood by with his sword lowered by his side since Joanna had indicated that they were to lower their weapons, and as he watched them, he could feel all of their confusion as they looked around the room.
Cameron blinked when they were suddenly not in the Nane realm anymore, but in some kind of temple, and he was just as confused as the rest of them there in the group that appeared with him and his mate Laura-who spoke for the group when she asked where they were. He replied in their language that he didn't know, but those other people were awfully big. He wasn't sure what to make of the one with the fangs, or the furry ones. but he wasn't about to let them get close enough to find out until Laura told them otherwise.
Posted 12 November 2009 - 07:47 PM
She thought hard about her beginning lessons all those years ago in reading the Kilairi language and tried to convert it to the spoken word...but all she could come up with was a translation of one word.
"Um," she began hesitantly, "I think she might have said something about 'where'...either that or I'm confusing the word with the one for ocean...which wouldn't make a whole lot of sense in this situation. Professor...? Tialyn asked quietly, still looking at the ragged group in front of them. "Do you or Eru have any ideas?"
Then Tialyn smiled hesitantly and gave a little wave to the green female that had spoken. "Hi," she said hesitantly.
Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 12 November 2009 - 07:48 PM.
Posted 13 November 2009 - 03:54 PM
Finally it was Claudia, the blond Kilairi who was pregnant, that answered her question. "I think we are in the land of the ancestors-Samsarra." Now things made a little more sense to Laura and she made a decision. The leader of these beings had shown a gesture of non-hostility so she would do the same. "Lower your weapons-just as they have done. If we're returned to the land of the ancestors let's not waste this good fortune by picking a fight." She lead by example and sheathed her crudely made knife and most of the Kilairi did the same. She continued studying large beings thoughtfully. There was still the problem of communicating. Following the healer's example she pointed at herself. "Laura." She said simply.
Much as the leader of the green people was doing, Joanna was studying them in turn. They spoke some more in their own language and the only word that Jo understood was 'Samsarra.' Apparently they used the same word for the planet as humes and elviri did. However she was relieved when they lowered their weapons after apparently being told to by the leader who introduced herself as Laura. She smiled and pointed at herself. "Joanna." She wasn't quite sure what would happen next, but it seemed that a fight had been avoided. These people clearly didn't want to fight.
Posted 14 November 2009 - 07:16 PM
Gaelan pointed at himself then at Sephira. "Elviri'" he said.
Posted 14 November 2009 - 09:56 PM
Vincent was very intrigued by the little green people, identified by the one called Cameron as Kilairi. "So these are Kilairi?" He thought to himself. He'd wondered what they looked like, but he would have never thought that they would be so tiny and.....green. Their eyes were the strangest, unearthly gold that he'd ever seen. he figured he better at least introduce himself, though they appeared to not suspect, or know what he actually was, but that didn't matter, they were perfectly safe around him since he could wait until he got home to feed. He pointed at himself and simply said "Vincent."
Adam listened as the little pointy-eared, silver-haired female apparently introduced herself as Sephira, then Laura followed with her name, and Cameron with his and their race. When he was told to lower weapons, he did so with some reluctance, but kept a wary eye on them as he continued to stand in front of his mate. He did point at himself and say his name like the others appeared to be doing.
Sephira smiled when the one called Laura, and their apparent leader, introduced herself and also apparently told the others to lower their crudely-built, but probably effective weapons. She continued to watch the pregnant one, wanting to find out if she and the baby were all right, but she still didn't think the black-haired mate standing in front of her would let her within arm's reach-at least not yet. She simply stood by Jo while they tried to figure out a way to communicate with the little green people-who were apparently of the lost race of Kilairi, since the one called Cameron said so.
"Kilairi" She said in an almost-whisper. "I guess they aren't lost anymore."
Posted 16 November 2009 - 08:30 PM
Eru could hardly believe her eyes. The Omsolesi Viuqip had actually worked-- the Nanes had vanished into thin air. But, unexpectedly, the fabled Kilairi had appeared out of that same thin air. "I'm not sure, Tialyn," she said, as some of the others made the first halting attempts to communicate. "We're familiar with the basics of their language, but only in its written form. The Kilairi language has not been spoken aloud in ten thousand years. Although it seems we have inherited some of their proper nouns. Professor, do you understand any of what they're saying? Professor?"
"Er... just a moment," replied the Professor as he stood up on wobbly legs, blinking rapidly. "Pardon me while I regain my vision. The Omsolesi Viuqip produced quite a formidable glow." Groping blindly, he found his way to Eru and Tialyn. "As you say, we have achieved a respectable understanding of the written Kilairi language, but our theories as to the spoken form are mere guesswork derived from studies of what we believe to be related languages. This is not an insurmountable barrier, however, as we should be able to facilitate communication through the use of notes."
The Professor leaned forward, squinting and blinking. "My vision may be permanently damaged," he said. "They appear to be green."
Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:06 PM
"Um, Professor, your vision is fine...they are green. And short, with gold eyes," she whispered.
The Elviri smiled encouragingly at the Kilairi. "Tialyn," she said, pointing to herself, then to the Professor and Eru, "So...do we write a note to them, then? Hopefully they can read and write."
Posted 22 November 2009 - 02:27 PM
Laura understood that the ones with pointy ears were called Elviri and she thought about what her parents had taught her, true they had been sealed in the Nane realm for generations but they had been educated from one generation to the next. Everything that was known had been carefully passed down. Some had inevitably been lost but some knowledge was still retained. "I believe they are descendants of the Elvirhan and Humae that once inhabited the world with our ancestors. Judging from their weapons they have advanced a bit from the primitive tribal creatures of legend." She frowned. "It doesn't explain the furry variations though."
Edited by EvilMikoto, 22 November 2009 - 02:32 PM.
Posted 29 November 2009 - 05:07 PM
"Green? With gold eyes? How very interesting!" the Professor said to Tialyn, as he attempted to blink the spots out of his eyes. "There was no indication of that in the research whatsoever. Writing to them in the dust until proper implements can be obtained is an excellent idea." He moved to an area on the floor where the ancient dust had remained untrammeled, using hand gestures to draw the Kilairi's attention. "I shall ask them why they are green!"
Eru moved to the Professor's side, moving slowly and non-threateningly so as not to alarm the Kilairi. "Uh, Professor, maybe we should start by asking if they're okay and if they need anything," she suggested.
"Hm, yes, well, of course," replied the Professor. "They may be green because they're not feeling well."
Posted 01 December 2009 - 12:44 PM
"It doesn't explain the furry variations though."
"Or the one with the fangs." Theodore said, speaking up, indicating Vincent. "I've never heard of a humae with fangs before."
Adam watched as one of the humae bent down and looked like he was about to write in the dirt. He didn't know what it was about, but Laura would know what to do, he just stayed by Claudia and watched everyone, only relaxing a bit more since Laura said it was all right. He did keep his eye on the silver-haired healer, as she kept looking at Claudia and he wasn't sure if she was just curious or what.
Sephira continued to watch the pregnant female, but she kept her distance as she listened to Jo talking to the professor about how best to communicate with the Kilairi. When it was settled upon to try writing she hoped it worked, because she wanted to check them all out and see if they needed any healing help-they were all so small and vulnerable-looking that she was getting a bit worried that they might be malnourished or something.
Posted 12 December 2009 - 09:00 AM
Joanna smiled as their leader approached and read the message that Eru and Arjhay had written in the dust. "What did they say?" She asked and nodded when Eru translated what Laura had written for them. "We have some supplies with the horses, we can give them that." She sheathed her sword entirely, trusting now that the Kilairi wouldn't attack them, except perhaps the male guarding the pregnant one anyway. He still looked wary. But their question was reasonable. "Okay Eru, Arjhay, can you tell them that we have food outside the temple and that we're going to take them to a safe place. There are a lot of dangers in they might not know about and we'll want to teach them." Jo hoped that the Kilairi would listen. If they weren't taught about vampires and werewolves at least and went their own way they'd likely be extinct again within a year.
Edited by EvilMikoto, 12 December 2009 - 09:03 AM.
Posted 13 December 2009 - 04:00 PM
"Of course," replied the Professor, once again bending down and tracing hieroglyphs in the dust. "We have food for you," he said aloud, pointing at each symbol in turn, associating the Kilairi concepts with spoken contemporary language, as the green people watched intently. "We will bring you to a safe place. There are dangers here you do not suspect, but we will protect you and teach you." He tapped the floor to emphasize key symbols. "Safe. Protect." He drew an additional hieroglyph, larger than the others and underlined it. "We are friends."
The Professor turned to Eru and said, "Despite the great antiquity of this temple, we shall soon run out of dust to write in. We must have an alternative soon."
Eru nodded. "We need writing tablets and styli," she said. "Or chalk. I wish we had one of those wheeled blackboards that you used to use in class at Theseus."
"An excellent idea!" replied the Professor. "There are craftsmen in Delmi capable of making just such an implement. We must commission one to be made immediately upon our return."
Posted 13 December 2009 - 10:14 PM
Jo smiled desipite herself when Laura finished reading and apparently translating what Arjhay had written, then apparently turned to consult her followers' opinions before making any final decision. Patiently she stood and watched, and waited for the little green people to make their decision about whether to accept the help the Vampire Hunters offered or not. "Speaking of which..... just where are we going to house 30 little green people?" She mused out loud thoughtfully.
Posted 14 December 2009 - 12:19 PM
Adam nodded. "Why does she keep staring?" He asked. He'd been watching her to make sure she didn't make any suspicious moves, but she stayed where she was and only seemed to watch them all-especially Claudia.
Theodore listened to everyone and thought about what Laura said. Her ability to sense danger was infallible, and if she sensed not danger, then the silver-haired one probably didn't mean them any harm either. "Perhaps she's curious." He said. "Or, since she's a healer, she might be concerned about Claudia's health."
"Speaking of which..... just where are we going to house 30 little green people?"
Vincent listened to all that went on, not understanding what the green people were saying, but they were obviously discussing what the professor had written, and apparently Sephira, since one was pointing at her. When Joanna wondered out loud about where to keep them, he had an idea, though he wasn't sure if they would accept it. "If I may." He ventured. "I have an empty building-a bunkhouse-that is only used during harvest, it would hold them comfortably and we have plenty of food until a more permanent solution becomes available."
Sephira listened to everyone and watched as the pregnant one said something and pointed at her. She wasn't sure why, unless she made her nervous because she was watching. All she could do was stay still and not make any sudden moves.
Posted 18 December 2009 - 11:29 AM
Claudia glanced at Laura after she made her suggestion, then back at Adam. "It might be all right." She conceeded after a few moments of thought. The silver haired one was making her slightly nervous but she was confident that Adam and the others outnumbered these strangers if something went wrong. She hoped it wouldn't, she was so very tired of fighting.
Joanna looked over at Vincent as the Kilairi discussed amongst themselves and half-smiled. "If you're sure, I think it's a good idea-provided we can get them to agree to it. But it would provide a warm and safe place to house them for a while until we can figure out what to do with them. Somehow I doubt they'll be safe in Delmi even if we did have a place to put them. Humes are used to Elviri, but not little green people with those unusual gold eyes." She approved of the idea but she was still trying to figure out where they would live on a more permanent basis. They would need their own home at least. Jo then watched as Laura wrote out her reply in the dust. "We'll need to convey Vincent's offer and take them there-provided they haven't just told us to leave them alone of course." She said to Arjhay.
OOC: Please see my latest backstage post for more general information about the Kilairi as this arc will be finishing soon and a new one starting up.
Edited by EvilMikoto, 18 December 2009 - 01:57 PM.
Posted 18 December 2009 - 06:13 PM
Then Tialyn glanced around thoughtfully and a crazy...or maybe not so crazy... idea began to form in her head.
"Hmmm," she said softly and tried to envision what she was thinking. It could work.
"Hey, Jo?" she called out. "What if we worked together to fix up the temple for the Kilairi to live in...provided they want to stay around at all, of course," she amended. "We could put in some doors, fix up everything that's falling over and that we sort of destroyed in the battle with the Nanes, brush away the dust, put in some furniture. I mean, surely they lived here at some point...or at least stayed at the temples."
Posted 18 December 2009 - 07:22 PM
Posted 19 December 2009 - 09:39 PM
Joanna then watched as Laura wrote out her reply in the dust. "We'll need to convey Vincent's offer and take them there-provided they haven't just told us to leave them alone of course." She said to Arjhay.
The Professor nodded and paused contemplatively, rubbing his chin and pushing his glasses back up on his nose; not only did he need to guess at much of the correct Kilairi syntax, but proper names were an issue. He gestured to Laura to come closer so that he could write smaller in the diminishing available dust. "I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to communicate proper names in Kilairi hieroglyphs, but I think I can make myself clear," he mused aloud.
Eru said, "What about Birmingmeister's conjecture that the presence of Popolonian-like symbols interspersed among Kilairi hieroglyphs indicated the use of a secondary alphabet as a syllabary? I did a dissertation on that last Octobuary."
"Interesting thought," replied the Professor, arching one eyebrow quizzically. "And which syllabograms would I use to communicate the name 'Vincent,'" he asked, though he knew full well the answer.
"Phverip, Siphno and Tron," replied Eru without hesitation.
"Very good," said the Professor with a smile as he turned back to write in the dust. "Our friend," he said aloud to Laura as he wrote, so that the Kilairi could associate the modern spoken words with their own hieroglyphs, "whose name is Phvin-sen-tuh"-- he pointed at Vincent-- "offers you hospitality in one of his houses. You will be safe from the cold and other dangers. You will have food. We will teach you modern language and skills. In return, there are many things we are curious about that you can teach us. You have nothing to be afraid of."
"That's a very nice message, Professor," said Eru. "I wonder why all the Kilairi are suddenly staring at me like that, though."
"I suspect it's because that you've become so distracted by our linguistic exercises that you have allowed yourself to revert fully to your human form."
"Is that a problem?"
"Only in that you are still quite naked."
Posted 21 December 2009 - 09:43 AM
Laura listened intently to what Arjhay was saying and read what he had written in the dust. What he was saying seemed vaguely familiar here and there and she wondered if their languages had been one and the same at some point far back in forgotten history. She glanced at Sasha and smiled when she offered a blanket then nodded her agreement, writing her response in the last of the available dust. Yes. Thank you.
Joanna didn't need the final translation after Arjhay had written in the dust, Laura nodded and she knew that they had agreed. "That's a kind offer Vincent." She noted as they prepared to leave. "They have a lot to learn." Once they were ready, Jo lead the vampire hunters and the Kilairi out of the temple and into the forest. All the Nane bodies had vanished and it was only the occasional spatter of blood or disturbance in the snow that gave any indication that they had ever been there.
Posted 21 December 2009 - 09:56 AM
Of course, it wouldn't be long before rumours would start to spread all across the known world. Rumours and tales of little green people showing up at all of the larger ancient temples in Talmia and Rivisia. Tales of how they would raid camps and travellers but oddly killing no-one and taking only what they need and disappear again. It seems things had changed when the Vampire Hunters had repaired the device in the Delmi temple...
OOC: And that's this arc finished. Nikki, can you lock this thread after 48 hours please? If anyone needs to do some closing posts for this arc, that's the time to do it.
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