Guardians of Delmi: Part 10. Rated R
Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:27 PM
Vampires within the Guardians? It seemed impossible. They were remorseless killers overcome by their predatory nature and an unquenchable thirst for blood or life force. Her studies of them likened them to drug addicts. Their needs, thoughts, desires and plans all spiralled and focused around how they would aquire their next meal. Slightly confused, Emily voiced her thoughts. "As for vampires... I don't see how its possible for them to be given a choice. Any intelligence has been subsumed by the need to hunt and feed. Even if you've somehow managed to train a few to act as your guard dogs or whatever I doubt they're in a condition to choose." She said doubtfully. "I always thought it was better for them to regain their normal Hume or Elviri mind." She admitted.
Viella had been listening quietly for the most part but now felt that it was time to step in. She glanced at the Professor and shrugged. "I'm not really versed enough in philosophy to give a proper answer to the ethics of curing lycanthropy or vampirism but if they suddenly regain themselves and start feeling guilt over what they did as a supernatural being then might that not be punishment in itself?" She asked before returning her attention to Emily. "Thank you for the information. Its been very helpful. We'll be going to Neyru soon to try to deal with Jian and his vampires once you're recovered. If you're willing to join us and help us that would be appreciated." The older Hume nodded.
"I'll give it some thought." She promised. Viella was satisfied with that answer for now. Emily had several days to make up her mind while she recovered anyway so there was no need to push her. "But even if you decide you don't want to go, we may want to offer you a position within the Guardians anyway here at the HQ. Your alchemical knowledge is clearly advanced and we could use someone like you." She could see the surprise on Emily's face at the offer. "Think on it. You have time to decide. In the meantime I'd like to introduce you to Vincent here." She gestured to the vampire. "He is a Daywalker who retained his mind and personality. Its very rare. I know of only two vampires who didnt submit to their instincts."
Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:58 PM
Sephira smiled reassuringly at Emily after Viella introduced Vincent and told her that he was a Daywalker. "He's right, you don't need to fear him." She assured her. "Vincent has been with us for several years now. He was turned against his will over a hundred years ago and swore then that he would never kill to feed or feed on an unwilling person. He's kept that promise since I've known him."
Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:39 PM
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:14 PM
Tialyn could only hope so.
She felt Reece's hands on her shoulders. She knew he was thinking of the possible deaths...of hers or his...and what would happen to their children. Being a family made being a Guardian that much more difficult in many ways. Which should come first? One helped save the world, the other protected two small children from harm.
Edited by Nikki Peppermint, 20 August 2012 - 05:33 AM.
Posted 20 August 2012 - 09:21 PM
Time Stamp: 5:03 am
With the information obtained from Emily, the mission to send Viella's Guardian Unit to Neyru had been approved by Joanna. After thinking about it for the five days or so while she recovered from being bitten and partially drained by her vampire captors Emily had both agreed to accompany them on their mission and to join the Guardians. To the surprise of the trainers who had tested her capabilities she had proven to be competent enough with a sword, knife, rifle and pistol as well as in hand to hand combat as a result of her spoilt noble upbringing. As a general rule Guardians were more highly trained than she was but they'd deemed her competent enough to qualify at the lowest rank and participate in the mission.
So after the five days she spent healing and the two days being tested, the expedition to Neyru had finally set off. Because of the vast distance between Delmi and Neyru, Viella had decided that everyone was to travel by dragonback as it was the fastest and safest way to travel great distances over land. This had meant that the non-rider Guardians had to double up and ride on the back of a dragon. Even so the journey had taken them five long days of flying with only short breaks and staying overnight at the Inns of various towns and villages on the way. Now however they were on the final stretch before reaching Neyru...
Viella looked down from where she was riding Melenth with the other Dragonrider Guardians in formation behind her. She wasn't particularly a fan of night-time flying but most of their journey had been done at night because of Vincent's needs as a vampire. Still the lightening of the sky towards the east meant that dawn was finally coming and it would be time to find a place to land and rest soon. She squinted a bit as she thought she spotted the many tiny pinpricks of light that meant that there was a city up ahead. [Yes.] Melenth confirmed silently within her mind. [It is a rather large city full of Humes next to a large lake and a river feeding into it. It is full of squares with high walls.] An image of what her dragon could see with her multi-faceted sharp eyes appeared in Viella's mind. This had to be Neyru then. They'd finally made it. She nudged Emily who was sitting behind her and, from the way she leant against her back and the slackness in the way her arms were draped about her waist, Viella guessed she'd fallen asleep during the flight. "Looks like we'll be here soon." She told her passenger, indicating towards the pinpricks of light up ahead.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 10:55 AM
When they came into sight of Neyru he was grateful they'd made it before sunrise, though he could have traveled a bit just after daybreak. However, it would be nice to rest in a bed before continuing with the investigation.
Sephira and Azura were both happy to allow Vincent to ride with them on the trip to Neyru, and when she saw the lights up ahead Sephira was relieved. She loved riding Azura, but five straight nights of flying nonstop would wear out the hardiest rider. She was looking forward to a comfortable bed and snuggling up to her mate for a few hours before they started investigating what was going on.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:51 PM
'We'll get a rest soon,' Gaelan reassured the steel grey dragon. 'Rest and food," he added. Hije liked to eat, it was fortunate that he was such an active dragon because otherwise he might easily get fat.
Gaelan had enjoyed the down time they'd had at home. His young son was learning new things every day and Gaelan loved to spend time with him and Sephira.
He rode alongside his mate and was looking forward to spending some time alone with her.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 05:50 PM
"In the meantime we'll head into Neyru and find an Inn or rented accomadation to stay in." Viella stretched her cramped muscles from long hours of straight flying while she waited until the dragons had launched themselves into the skies to hunt for food before walking up the road to the gates that lead into the city of Neyru. She found the architecture amazing with the bright red columns and distinctive yellow sloped roofs with intricate designs. It was nothing like she'd ever seen before. In the days before they'd left while Emily was recovering and taking her tests she'd taken the time to briefly study Alswyr culture. She found it interesting that they worshipped dragons although the thin snakelike version of their was clearly mythical. Nothing like the real dragons at all. The city was walled with a moat surrounding the walls with wide arched gateways. But she didn't want to explore. Not yet. The prospect of a warm meal and a bed was far more alluring right now.
After several days of long, hard flying riding on the back of a dragon Emily had eventually learnt to sleep while resting against Viella's back. Even so when the Guardian leader nudged her awake shortly before descent and landing she still felt tired and sleepy. She found herself stretching and flexing her muscles while the dragons took off and faded into the pre-dawn skies. Then she put on her backpack and followed Viella as they walked up towards the city of Neyru.
OOC: For visual aids, google image search the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Posted 23 August 2012 - 09:28 PM
Vincent pulled his hood over his head as they walked into the city. With the sun coming up, he didn't want to expose himself to too much sunlight, as tired as he was from all the flying. He did appreciate the different architecture that abounded in this city, surrounded by a moat teeming with the strangest, pretty fish he'd ever seen, though they seemed to be more for decoration than consumption, some of them looked almost large enough to eat, if he still consumed food, which he didn't. Still, he did miss food once in awhile, but since it offered him nothing by way of nutrition anymore there was no point. He was looking forward to lying down for awhile and so was the females he brought with him. He had his arms around them as they stumbled a bit from weariness and assured them that they would be resting soon.
Posted 24 August 2012 - 05:38 PM
"Food," Reece mumbled as he walked beside Tialyn, towering over her, feeling his stomach rumble.
"Shower and sleep," Tialyn laughed back, feeling dirty from the days of flying on her dragon.
Posted 26 August 2012 - 02:39 PM
Emily followed Viella into the Inn and waited in the reception area while she arranged for rooms for all the Guardians. She took the key to her room when it was handed to her and acknowledged the instructions to meet in the restaurant across the street for lunch. Like Viella she went into her room and locked the door behind her. For now she was glad to eat familiar food from her pack rather than try the local cuisine since she was tired. The bed was a welcome place for her after she'd changed into a soft set of nightclothes and crawled in. It seemed she'd barely had time to make herself comfortable before she fell asleep.
Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:21 PM
Nodding emphatically at Arjhay's comments, Eru looked back and forth from building to building, statue to statue, cart to wagon, pedestrian to horseman, trying to take it all in at once. She also strained to overhear the snatches of foreign dialogue from the people as she passed them by-- hopefully they had translation scrolls available so that she could start to learn the language.
Suddenly she was startled by a tearing sound as one of the seams in her robe started to rip. She had grown so excited that she had started to change into her Werewolf form. Quickly taking a deep breath, she forced herself to relax. It certainly wouldn't do any of them much good if she suddenly transformed in the middle of the street.
Maybe that cure wasn't such a bad idea, after all.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 02:03 PM
Time Stamp: 1:15pm
The Guardians of Delmi rested and slept well into the morning after their long flight to Nayru. At lunchtime they got up and had breakfast then bathed if they wanted. The dragons had successfully hunted, eaten then found a cave where they had suitably settled overnight. Now the search for Jian began...
Viella had taken the Guardians around the back of the Inn they were staying at in a secluded alley where they could talk without being observed or overheard by the locals. The dragons were content enough to hide out in the wilderness and their cave until they were needed. She glanced around discreetly to make sure none of the locals in their peculiar styled clothing were able to see them then began the meeting. "I think we should head to the palace and check the area around it. I'm not sure we'll be able to sneak in and while we probably have the authority for a public visit I'd prefer our arrival wasn't publically announced." She told them. Emily nodded. "Seems like a good place to start." She agreed. "Based on Tialyn's information it seems logical And if I remember my geography studies properly the palace will be at the centre or rear of the city." Viella considered for a moment then agreed. "All right, we'll head for the centre of Nayru and start from there. We pose as tourists." She indicated hers and Emily's casual mode of dress and concealed weapons over their normal uniform.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 03:07 PM
"A good plan." She said. "Jian likely has eyes and ears everywhere, even among the local mortals."
"Agreed." Vincent said. "It likely won't be long before one of his vampires notices the new one wandering around." He would need to keep his affiliation with the Guardians a secret until they did find the ancient vampire, which shouldn't take too much time. He was wearing his normal clothes, as the others were, to hide his uniform while they cased the city for the palace.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 07:19 PM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:19 PM
As he stared up at the impressive fortress that was the castle he thought that maybe they would need more help, if they could find it.
Sephira was sorry to see Tialyn and Reece leave, but if the Dhaskans needed help with their dragonlings then it was up to them to go help. She walked along with the others, 'sightseeing' and admiring the unusual architecture and dress styles, then they finally found the palace.
It was quite impressive and well-guarded, but they had to find a way inside. Jian could not be allowed to continue.
Posted 09 September 2012 - 04:51 PM
Posted 09 September 2012 - 05:12 PM
Now if he could only think of an excuse to have Eru sent away, too.
Hugging Tialyn and Reece good-bye, Eru waved and said she was sorry that they were going, but she was secretly very happy. She had come to love the alternate Tialyn as much as her old friend and she wanted nothing more to happen to her. After being taken away from her life and her friends and her love, she deserved a chance to start over and be happy.
Now if she could only think of an excuse to have the Professor sent away, too.
Posted 12 September 2012 - 03:36 PM
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