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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ildran River

At her question, he looked up at her and saw a skeptical look in her eyes. He gave her a rather relaxed grin as he nodded, “If you know how to use them, yes.” He replied, reaching out further with his hand now that she had shifted closer. He took hold of the shackle, peering closely at it for a moment to assess its condition now that he was closer. It was in reasonably good condition, which meant that the locking mechanism would no doubt be perfectly intact which would make it easier to deal with. If the lock had been rusted, it would have been harder for him to pick. He inserted the lockpick into the hole of the lock that was on the left shackle, his ears twitching and focusing entirely on the shackles as he twitched the small tool around as he searched for the right spots to push the pins up and lock them in place. With his extremely sensitive hearing, he was able to hear the very faint click when a pin was locked. Finally, the lock itself clicked loudly to indicate that it had been unlocked. He opened the shackle, before giving her another grin,

“See.” He said, before he moved onto the right shackle and repeated the process until her right hand was free as well. He gathered up the chains, putting them aside as he said, “Those sores should heal relatively soon. They aren’t too bad, all things considered. Here.” He then handed her the rest of the loaf of bread that he had been eating. He then turned his attention to the collar and frowned. He didn’t touch it, he simply observed from where he was but even then he could tell that it wasn’t something he could deal with. Daedrin, a talented blacksmith he knew might be able to deal with it but he wasn’t heading back to Selil right now. He was heading North, and he rather doubted this young lady knew the way. Not to mention it would be dangerous to walk there on her own, especially as there was a slavers market near the city meaning there was quite the population of slavers which would eye her up.

“I… I have never seen a collar like that before. I have a blacksmith friend who might be able to do something about it, but he’s in Selil and I’m not going that way at the moment.” Rowan said, his frown deepening, “Sorry I can’t help you with that. I don’t even see a lock to try and pick on it.” He said. It was unlike anything he had seen before, and that made him wary, as he wondered if it was some kind of magical artefact. If that was the case then he definitely wasn’t qualified to play around with it. Not only would he be worried about hurting himself, but also her. There was no telling what anti-tampering spells surrounded it. It could kill her, or both of them, and that was one thing he wasn’t willing to risk.

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ildran River

Natia felt a wave of relief as the heavy shackle fell away from her delicate wrist. Although the dark red mark that remained on her wrist concerned her without her ability to heal it instantly, Rowan's assurance that it would heal naturally. She could vaguely recall her father teaching her about how wounds naturally heal over time due to nature's tendency to keep the elements in very specific balances. Foreign elements get ejected and missing elements get replaced over various lengths of time. She nodded in agreement as Rowan handed her what remained of the small loaf. She wasn't quite sure if she should eat the bread at all. She didn't want to be too much of a burden to this man, especially if he really was as friendly as he seemed to be. As she stared at the bread, she heard Rowan comment on her collar and she reached up with one hand to touch the gem in the front.

"I think... this is the lock..." she started. "Every time I try to use my magic, it counters it immediately... If I could just get home, surely my father could help me to remove it, but... well..." She frowned as she scanned the horizon in all directions, but as far as her eyes could see, there were only trees that extended for miles. Normally, if she ever got lost, she would simply climb a nearby tree and peak over the horizon, using nearby landmarks to guide her way back to the camp, but any landmarks near here were completely foreign to her. "Where... am I?" The small girl had never felt so lost and hopeless. This Selil place Rowan mentioned didn't ring any bells. Had she really been taken that far away from her tribe? Her father had her study up on the local cultures wherever they traveled in order to understand their customs and any potential dangers to her and her tribe, but not once had she gone over any place called Selil in her studies, meaning she must have been quite a long way away from where she had been abducted. She had no idea how long she was unconscious, either. For all she knew, she could have been cursed to remain asleep for days, weeks, months, maybe even years... That thought alone made her heart begin to sink again. She continued staring down at the loaf of bread in her hands, tears beginning to well up in her eyes as she turned the loaf over. She was hungry, yet she also felt like she would throw up with nerves if she even tried to take a bite. 

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ildran River

When Natia indicated the crystal and told him that she thought it was the lock, Rowan’s frown deepened because she had confirmed what he had thought. It was a magical lock, far beyond his capability to deal with. But he did gleam the useful knowledge that she was a magic user, which would explain why the slavers would use such a collar on her. They wouldn’t want to risk her using magic and harming not only them but the people they intended to sell her to. He let out a sigh through his nose, wishing he could do something for her but feeling powerless to do so. He observed her closely for a few moments, and wondered how old she was. She didn’t look that old. She looked almost childlike, as if she had yet to reach full maturity. If she was indeed a child, then it would not have surprised Rowan in the slightest. Slavers didn’t care what gender, race or age you were. If they could sell you, they would and it was clear it was those kinds of slavers she had encountered. There were some slavers Rowan didn’t mind so much, but they dealt only with consenting slaves. Slaves that wanted to serve others. 

At her question, Rowan once again focused on her face and noticed the expression on her face, and the tears welling in her eyes. He reached out and put a comforting hand on her shoulder before he said in a soft and compassionate voice, “I’ll try and help you the best I can. If we aren’t able to find your father, I do know someone that might be able to help with that collar but unfortunately you’re going to need to wait for when we return to Selil. Right now, I’m travelling up North, on my own father’s request. He wanted me to look into something for him, and I can’t turn back. But I will at least, try and keep you safe.” He then removed his hand and turned to his bag to pull out a rather worn looking map which he unrolled for her to see. He looked around for a few moments before he pointed along a river that was hidden deep in the forest in the South West section of the map,

“We’re in the Rosayia Forest, by the river Ildran. I’m heading up here, near the Terarr Mountains.” Rowan said, moving his finger to tap on a town that was labelled as “Dragons Eye”. He then paused before smiling, “Actually that might work out for you, too.” He tapped on another location nearby the town, marked down as ‘Vorserend’ which was hidden deep within the mountains. To that he said, “Vorserend; The Eldyrannth have a fair number of magical users. They might be able to do something about that collar. They’re a rather skittish people, but I think we could get them to help. I’ve been there before. They are nice people, as long as you don’t anger them but generally they’re quite peaceful.” He then looked back up at her and asked, “But are there any of these landmarks familiar to you? Especially when you were separated from your family?”

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ildran River

 

As Rowan explained the situation to her, Natia nodded slowly in understanding. "Okay... thank you very much for helping me." she sniffled. Of course, she would have preferred being able to go straight to this friend of Rowan's, but clearly he had priorities that couldn't be altered. She still didn't want to be a burden to him, so she would simply have to understand and accept his conditions. Besides, he didn't have to help her at all, so she was more than grateful that he was even offering. Rowan soon rolled out a map and held it out so that she could see as he pointed to a few landmarks to explain where he was headed and where she might want to go. It looked like quite a long trip. While the two of them were currently near the southern border, this Dragon's Eye place seemed to be almost at the north-eastern corner of the entire nation! With how exhausted she had been just travelling along this river, she could tell it was going to be a very exhausting trek. Would she even be able to handle something like this? What was worse was that this Verserend place he was suggesting seemed to be even further away. Perhaps she would be better off just trying to travel to Selil on her own...  yet the thought of remaining alone sent a chill through her body. Although she would have more understanding of where she was, she would still be scared and helpless... 

Rowan then asked her if anything seemed familiar to her. She took a few moments to scan the map, but she only frowned and shook her head.  "No, no... nothing looks familiar at all, and my tribe studies up on the surrounding areas while we travel, so surely I would be able to recognize something..." She could only feel the despair welling up inside of her as she stared blankly at the map. Just how far away from her home had she been taken? She looked around again. "When I was captured, I was in a forest, but there were different types of trees than this. The plant life was a lot more vibrant and colorful. Looking at this map, I can only guess the caravan I was locked up in was traveling along this river to reach Selil when it was attacked by some monster, so I would assume that I was brought here from the eastern border, perhaps? Even still, I was unconscious for most of the trip, so I have no idea how far I've been taken..." She swallowed hard before glancing back to the horizon with a defeated sigh. "Maybe if I can get this collar off, I'll be more capable of finding my way home. You said the people at this Verserend place might be capable of helping me? But that seems so far away, surely you have plans to get there other than simply walking, right? I mean, you don't seem to have a wagon or even a horse! Is there a faster way to these mountains?"

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ildran River

“Vorserend.” Rowan corrected her pronunciation absently as he frowned down at the map, pronouncing it as ‘Vore-Sea-rend’. The only other significant forest on the mainland was the Ildgara forest. It was far more friendly than this one, filled with many different plants and usually the worst thing you would encounter there is an angry bear so it was less dangerous than this forest. He then said, “You must have been unconscious for a long time. It can take weeks to travel from the Northest most part to the Southernmost part. So it’s possible that you were out for a week or so? Slavers like to keep their victims asleep like that… it makes them far less trouble and helps prevent escape. But, of course, this land has a mind of its own like always.” Rowan smiled slightly, before his ear twitched as he heard a distant howl in the forest. He glanced in its direction, wondering if he could convince the girl that they should move soon, especially if that howling came any closer to them. He turned back to the girl before breathing through his nose,

“It’s very possible to buy horses at Ryn’tur which will allow for faster travel. I don’t have a horse or wagon because… I don’t need them. Not when I’m travelling alone. I have a much faster method of travelling, but I can’t use it with you unfortunately…” He trailed off as he studied her, wondering. She was quite small, so it made him wonder if she could actually ride on his back. It would be quicker than walking but he wouldn’t be able to move as quickly as he normally did. But it would still be much faster, and it would save him money on horses. Then of course, he didn’t show off his ability to anyone. Not even his father knew about it. He would have to trust this stranger to keep quiet about something he didn’t want nosed about since he used his ability to his advantage whenever possible. It was a fantastic way of gathering information because his targets had no idea he was listening to them, even if he was sitting right beside them. But for this purpose, he could just turn himself into a horse, but that would cause more trouble than it was worth. Horses were natural prey to many animals and monsters. He didn’t fancy having to run away from them because they thought he would make a fantastic dinner. A wolf, on the other hand, was often avoided by most predators except the meanest.

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Natia blushed slightly with embarrassment as Rowan corrected her pronunciation. "Well, I can't say for sure if I came from the northeast. It looks like that area is mostly bordered by sea, desert and mountains, none of which I recall from where I was captured... and if they could travel by sea and their goal was to bring me to Selil, surely it would have been easier to take me there directly by sea, unless maybe I had already been..." She froze up at just the thought of being sold and potentially used as some product all while completely unconscious and unaware, but she quickly shook her head. She didn't want to focus on that possibility. Besides, right now, where she came from was a pointless question. Her first priority should be to figure out how she could get this collar removed so she could actually be of help to herself and Rowan if needed. What was more troubling was Rowan's suggestion that it could take weeks to travel from the north to the south, which likewise meant it could take an equally long time to travel in the opposite direction. Could she really be stuck with this horrible collar for that long? Would she even be able to survive that long?

It was then that Rowan suggested he had a more efficient way of travelling that he couldn't do with her. That certainly didn't help her fear of being a burden to him. She bit her lip and nodded.  "I-I see..." she looked back down at the map.  "Well then, if I'm only going to slow you down, maybe I should just go to see your friend in Selil? It doesn't look nearly as far, and hopefully, I'll be able to have this collar removed much faster. If he can't help, then surely I can find someone who could..." She trailed off again, knowing she really wasn't comfortable at all continuing to travel on her own, especially knowing now that these slavers were so commonplace in this area. With how high-demand her people were for slavery, she could be grabbed the moment she turned her face up near that city. Not only that, but the monster that attacked her slavers seemed quite fearsome. No doubt, there would likely be others nearby. She wasn't particularly concerned about wolves, like the one whose howl completely went over her head, or other familiar animals, but there was nothing more dangerous than dealing with a beast one knew nothing about. She was quite hesitant to walk away from Rowan. She knew she wanted his protection, his care... not unlike a lost child, she was scared to take a single step on her own. She hated feeling so helpless and needy, but the truth was she didn't have even the slightest bit of confidence that she could handle her own under the circumstances. Still, the last thing she wanted was to make this man's journey unnecessarily difficult. She bowed to him.

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ildran River

Rowan had opened his mouth to say something when she had bowed to him, causing him to pause as he felt a small involuntary flash of irritation, although he kept his face well masked. The irritation wasn’t directed towards the young girl, more the bow itself since that was one of the things that he hated about his position back at home. It was why he was eager to make himself as un-eligible for his father’s throne as possible. The last thing he wanted was to become King. He shook those thoughts from his mind, before saying, “I would not recommend you going on your own. The slavers that had captured you, were taking you to the Selil Slave Market. It’s where the richest people live in Craethiel… So it’s the very centre of the slave trade. If you go wandering around there on your own, you can guarantee that you will be captured again. And the closer you get to Selil, outside of this forest, the less chance you will have of escaping.” He once again looked carefully at her very exposed body, before saying, “If it puts your mind at any ease, I don’t think you’ve been violated in any way. You don’t have any of the signs.” 

He rolled up the map again, still thinking about their current problem. He noticed that she hadn’t eaten the bread he had given her, but then he figured she was highly stressed from her situation. He couldn’t blame her, honestly. He reached into his bag, pulling out a tunic which he held out to her, “Here. It would be quite big on you, but at least it would cover you up. It would just be like a dress on you. We can get you some proper clothes later. I think it might be possible-” He started to say but stopped when there was another howl, this time a little closer. Rowan’s Keza ear twitched towards the source of the sound, and he looked over in its direction. He knew for a fact that wolves were very rare in this forest, as their preferred habitat was the Ildgara forest, further up North. He was worried that it was a Hound, coming straight for them. If it was, they were both in very serious trouble. He looked back at the girl with a serious look,

“Okay; if you’re not going to eat the bread, put it into my bag for now and eat it later, then put on your tunic. I don’t think that’s a wolf. They’re rare in this forest and if it is what I think it is, we need to move before they find our trail. As I was saying, I think it might be possible to carry you without too much of a slow down. It depends on how well you can keep your balance. But I’m going to have to trust you with something I’ve never shown anyone else before. Do you understand?” He asked, as another howl drifted towards him. To his dismay, he heard a second one responding to the first howl, and they did not sound like wolves.

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Natia nodded in response as Rowan confirmed or concerns about traveling to Selil. It would seem that traveling with Rowan was her only option. She would just have to find some way to be of use to him at some point down the road, but until then, she would just have to rely on his friendliness and hope he wasn't merely taking advantage of her. She was somewhat relieved that Rowan suggested she likely hadn't been violated, although it still didn't ease her tensions completely. She accepted the tunic the man offered her with a smile and looked at it up and down. Obviously, it was far from the type of clothes she had ever worn before, but she was most certainly in no position to complain. Her smile soon faded, though, when she noticed Rowan curtly stop talking. It was then that she finally took notice of the howling. Unfamiliar with the local wildlife, to her it just sounded like a typical wolf so she hadn't thought much of it before, but once Rowan suggested otherwise, she began to grow nervous. It was clear this must have been some other monster. Considering how fearsome that previous beast was and the tone of Rowan's voice, this was likely another creature that was probably just as dangerous, perhaps even of the same kind for all she knew. Without hesitation, she nodded and stuffed the bread back into Rowan's bag. 

"B-balance?" She blinked for a few seconds in response to Rowan's last few statements. She couldn't quite put two and two together just yet, but she nodded again. "Y-yeah, I can balance, I used to climb trees all the time, although I did always have my magic as a safety net, but I'm sure I could balance." She hadn't the faintest idea just what secret Rowan felt the need to hide from the world, but it was clear whatever it was would be quite helpful under the circumstances. "I understand, I give you my word that I will tell no one. It's the least I could do for all you've done to help me." As she spoke she fit the tunic on. As expected, it came down to about halfway between her knees and feet and hung very loosely off of her shoulders and arms. She was ready to go anytime Rowan was, although she wasn't quite sure if she would be capable of running on her own.

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ildran River

“Good.” Rowan said, both in response to her answer about balance and her word that she would keep what he showed her to herself. There was another howl that drifted through the trees, sounding even closer this time, causing Rowan to think that they were most certainly heading towards the two of them. He watched as the girl pulled on her tunic, which made the corner of his lip twitch slightly in a smile. She was small beforehand. Being dressed in his tunic made her look even tinier. He couldn’t help but to think of how adorable she looked. He reached into his bag, pulling out a piece of rope, sliding out a dagger that was hidden on his waist before using the knife to cut the rope down the size. He put the dagger away, before saying to quickly explain as he didn’t have time to reassure her that he didn’t bring out the dagger or rope to harm her, “It’s a belt. It should help keep the tunic from riding up too much.” He reached forwards, winding the rope around her waist before tying it at the front so that the material hugged her form a little closer. He nodded, satisfied with his work before he put his hands on her shoulders and looked her dead in the eye,

“Listen. Once we get started, we won’t be able to talk. I will be able to understand you, but you aren’t going to be able to understand me. I’m going to change my appearance, and when I do, you need to climb onto my back and hold on to me-” His voice was cut by the sound of several howls, each raising the hair on the back of his neck. Ignoring it for now, to help prevent the young girl from panicking as he knew she was looking towards him for guidance, he continued in the same firm, authoritative voice that showed no hint of panic or worry, “-as tightly as you can. Don’t worry about hurting me. As long as you stay on, it will be fine. I’m going to take us across the river, to try and lose their trail.”

He then let go of her shoulders and picked up his bag, pulling the string to close it back up before throwing it back onto his shoulders. He then straightened so that he was standing tall again and closed his eyes as he filled his mind with the shape that he wanted to assume, before he began to pour his being into it. As always, it was a strange sensation, as if he was melting into the shape. It almost felt as if his entire body had turned to liquid, before it poured into the mould that he had outlined. To the young girls perspective, his body seemed to blur and waver for several moments before Rowan disappeared only to be replaced by a large black wolf, with distinctive lighter fur on the tips of his ears and tail, much like what Rowan had on his Keza ears and tail. The wolf lay down on the ground, before looking at the girl with an expectant look.

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ildran River

The site of the rope and dagger that Rowan pulled out quite understandably made her nervous. While she had been abducted by slavers who used chains, she knew that some preferred rope. She drew back slightly even after Rowan explained his intentions. Hearing the howling, though, she was reminded that she wasn't quite in the position to resist. At this point, all she could hope was that Rowan was being truthful with her, even though he clearly lied already about having no weapons... She blushed slightly in embarrassment as Rowan tied the rope around her waist, although the embarrassment was more so due to the fact that she had to trust this stranger to protect her than the size of her clothes. To her, clothing was normally more of an accessory than a means to cover her body. However, without her magic, she likely would need some form of clothing to keep warm.

Shortly after he finished tying the rope around her waist, she felt his hands on her shoulders. It wasn't hard enough to hurt or intimidate her, but it was enough to demonstrate just how important his next words would be as he looked into her soft purple eyes. Somehow, she found this position to be quite reassuring. It didn't feel like he was trying to control her, she had enough freedom to try to run at any point, but it was also firm enough to convince her that she should trust him. It almost reminded her of the way her father would calm her in stressful situations. When the howling began to grow in number and volume, she began to panic for just a moment before Rowan continued talking, allowing her to focus once again on staring into his warm, golden eyes. She nodded quickly, trying to shake away her blush as well.

Soon, she watched as Rowan suddenly began to blur. Natia's eyes widened in shock as she watched the man transform into a wolf right before her eyes! She hadn't expected Rowan to be a magic user at all, much less one so advanced to be capable of shapeshifting! Considering she had only grown up knowing the system of magic that the Aequu used and wasn't quite familiar with other forms of magic, merely assuming they all functioned identically, this was particularly shocking to her. Transfiguration was a forbidden ability that required manipulation of the forbidden element of space. Considering he explained that he would be unable to understand her, it must affect the element of mind as well! Could this man be against Cera? Suddenly, she found herself questioning whether or not she should trust this man, or beast, but as the howling only drew closer, she was forced into a decision. She quickly hopped onto the wolf. Perhaps she could get an explanation later when they reach somewhere more peaceful.

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Rowan waited until the girl was firmly on his back before he slowly stood up. He paused, making sure that she was still holding onto him before he began to move, walking over to the edge of the river. His ears swivelled forwards as the black tip of his nose twitched repeatedly before he glanced over his shoulders at her again before he slowly began to ease into the cool water. He moved forwards until he could no longer touch the bottom with his paws and he was forced to swim forwards and against the current which was trying to pull him down river into the Ageon river. But he was a large and strong wolf, able to easily swim against it. He made sure that his back was well above water, made easy by the fact that the girl barely had any weight. There were more howls behind them, getting closer with each one.

When they reached the otherside of the river, Rowan pulled them up onto the shore, giving himself a little shake to make sure excess water was not clinging to him. He then trotted away from the riverside, slinking into some bushes. There, he paused, peering through a gap in the bushes as he could hear movement on the otherside. He was relieved that he had convinced the girl to come with him, because after a moment a huge Hound emerged from the foliage, looking around as it sniffed the air. It looked roughly the size of a small horse and its fur was a dirty black in colour. Its fur was darker, shorter and coarser, with patches that made it looked scabbed and diseased. As it looked out across the river, they could almost feel the malice and hatred in its blood red eyes. It was no doubt, in Rowan’s mind, hunting the two of them down. It wanted to kill them, and not simply because they might make a tasty meal. It wanted to kill them because it hated them. Another Hound joined the first, growling in a deep, menacing fashion before it moved forwards with its head down as it sniffed at the ground.

Knowing it was only a matter of time before they realised that they had crossed the river, Rowan turned and moved off. At first he started at a slow walk so that the girl would keep her grip before he sped up to a trot as he easily weaved between the trees. He kept all of his senses alert, because of the risk of running into some kind of monster. If he was on his own, he wouldn’t have been so worried, but with the girl with him he needed to be extra vigilant. He was also worried that there could be more Hounds on this side of the river already that would be attracted by the howling of the other pack. He moved as quickly as he could without risking the young girl from falling off. The howling behind them seemed confused for a few moments before there was a triumphant one. Clearly they had found their trail, or at least the girls, and would now start trailing them. Rowan angled closer to the Ageon River, where they were less likely to encounter monsters that would slow them down. If they were unlucky, then this pack was going to track them for weeks. He hoped that either they would grow bored, or get interrupted by something a lot more interesting.

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Natia clung tightly to Rowan's fur as he began to cross the river. She could feel the waters splashing onto her arms and the sides of the tunic she had been given were dipping slightly into the river as well, but Rowan had managed to keep her mostly dry. As the two reached the other side and hid in the bushes, Natia had foolishly hoped that would be the end of their escape, but Rowan seemed far less convinced. Rowan peered through the bushes while she waited nervously. Due to her position, she wasn't quite capable of looking through the bushes herself, but with how quickly Rowan decided it was time to leave, it was clear that this was something they both had reason to fear. If she could summon the strength, she might could push away some of the leaves so she could see more clearly, but even then, that would probably be a bad idea as it might make unnecessary noise that could catch an animal's attention.

She could assume that the creatures were canine due to their howling, so they likely required a scent to track the two of them effectively. Second to that, their hearing would probably be their best bet. A canine's eyesight was typically quite limited. So, if Rowan could get enough distance and the two of them could find some way to cover their scent, perhaps with mud, flowers, or even urine if they got really desperate; and remained quiet, they could potentially evade these creatures. Considering these canines were more interested in hunting, perhaps the scent of fruit or honey could help, too. Unfortunately, she couldn't convey these ideas to Rowan who clearly knew more about the creatures than her. She would probably just have to keep her eyes open for anything that could potentially cover her scent. With that in mind, she would likely be best to avoid the idea of flowers since any local plant may be deathly poisonous for all she knew. Fruit or honey might attract the attention of other dangerous animals... Mud would probably be her best bet. Although she would hate to ruin Rowan's tunic, it would most certainly be worth it if it could save their lives. 

She continued to cling as tightly to Rowan's fur as she could, knowing if those creatures were hot on their trail, that her falling could mean the difference between life and death for the both of them!

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ageon River, heading Northbound

Rowan moved as quickly as he could, however he was all too aware of the fact that they were being trailed. He could hear the howling behind him, but unlike before it was spread out a little as if they were attempting the flank the two much like an army would. To catch them in a pincer grip of which there would be no escape. It meant that the Hounds were very firm on their trail and it made him worry as to whether or not the two of them were going to make it out of this alive. With how firm the girls grip on him was, Rowan risked moving quicker at a fast trot that was just short of a run. Despite his evasiveness, he knew that their speed was a disadvantage to them, as the Hounds could outright run. But they needed to try and cover some distance before they could stop and try more sneaky attempts to evade their pursuers.

They had been moving for what seemed like a few hours when Rowan came to a sudden stop, his paw raised in the air as a sound before them startled him. He focused his hearing in front of them as he tried to identify it. It sounded like the growling of a huge creature. The forest then went completely silent which made him feel very uneasy. Slowly, he moved forwards, placing his paws very carefully on the ground as he moved completely silently. He got closer to where he heard the sound, before peering out around to tree only to be greeted with the sight of a Wyvern curled up on the ground, fast asleep. His eyes widened a little and he was about to turn back but paused at that thought. An idea came to him, one that would hopefully solve their current problem. If they were silent, they could sneak their way past the sleeping beast. The Hounds, because they were so noisy, would possibly wake it up while following their trail. The enraged beast would likely turn around and attack the Hounds. He turned his head, giving the girls leg a light lick that he hoped would express to her to keep calm and to trust him, before he looked back towards the Wyvern again.

Very slowly, and with steps like smoke, Rowan emerged from the tree and slowly moved past the sleeping beast. He paused when it took in a deep breath, before letting it out in a long growl that caused the ground to tremble slightly. When the sound died down, Rowan continued moving around the beast until they were past it and they moved back into the forest. At first, he kept up at a slow walk, but gradually sped up again to move off. They had barely started moving when they heard a startled bark behind them, following by an enraged roar, followed by more howls and pained canine sounds. Rowan paused, looking over his shoulder before letting out a loud snort through his nose to express his amusement before he turned forwards and continued just in case some of them circumvented the beast and continued the hunt. 

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Natia, too, began to grow increasingly worried as the beasts seemed to be attempting to surround the two of them. They were certainly far more intelligent than any wolves she had ever heard of before. She then noticed that Rowan seemed to be walking slowly to make sure she didn't fall off, even after he began to speed up. If this man ended up dying because of her, she would never forgive herself. She griped Rowan's fur tighter and clung harder to him.  "D-don't worry about me too much... If it gets too dangerous, just leave me!" She knew Rowan couldn't understand her words, but it just didn't seem right to simply allow him to risk so much for her sake when she could offer so little in return.

She was startled even more when Rowan suddenly came to a complete stop. She was unable to hear the growling as her ears weren't nearly as sensitive as his. Her heart began to race almost in a panic as she knew the beasts were rapidly gaining on them, but she could only hope Rowan had noticed something that could potentially save the two of them. As Rowan slowly creeped up to the source of the sound, however, she began to pick up on the sound of a wyvern snoring and growling. Immediately, she began to grow even more worried, as dragons were known to be quite violent and unpredictable. She could soon see the massive creature which was thankfully asleep at the moment. Her whole body began to tremble at just the idea of this monster waking up with event he slightest of noise, but she then felt Rowan's warm tongue gently flick along her leg. She couldn't help but feel somewhat calm after that. Rowan clearly knew what he was doing. She just continued clinging tightly to him, careful not to make even the slightest of noise. She had never encountered a dragon herself, so she really had no idea how likely they were to accidentally wake it up. She certainly wasn't going to take any chances, though. 

After several minutes, Rowan had managed to smuggle her past the sleeping giant and only seconds later, she heard the commotion behind them. It was quite disturbing to hear the pained wails of the creatures and she couldn't help but feel sorry for them, but she most certainly had no plans of becoming food for the wilderness any time soon. Relieved, she loosened her grip on Rowan and instead gently wrapped her arms around his neck, pressing her face into the back of his head.  "Thank you for everything you've done for me already..." Again, she knew he couldn't understand her words, but at the very least, he would recognize her hug. Never in a million years would she have expected herself to hug an outsider, yet she couldn't really think of any other way to express her gratitude. This man just saved her life twice!

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(OOC: Rowan can understand Natia, but she can’t understand him while in this form. I think she might have misheard him lol That’s fine; she was in a bit of a panic after all)

Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ageon River, heading Northbound

Rowan felt the girls arms wrap around his neck before he felt something press against the back of his head, before she thanked him for what he had done for her thus far. He wished he could respond to her, but speech was impossible in this form. Instead he let out a low, friendly growl as his tail wagged, to let her know that he heard her and he appreciated her thanks. Really, he would have been in trouble regardless with how quickly those Hounds had found them. If neither of them had met one another, they would have gone for either one. Or split up and stalked both. Granted, she would have been the main target but the Hounds were a nasty piece of work that hated anything living. He felt it was better for them to stick together plus she didn’t seem like the kind of person that wanted to hurt or harm others. He wouldn’t have felt right about leaving her to die in the forest. There were few enough of those people in the world. Even Rowan had hurt people. He knew he wasn’t entirely a good person, and while he lived by a code of Honour, he wasn’t entirely morally virtuous and would never claim to be.

As he continued moving through the forest, a new scent came to him. The smell of damp air, which caused him to look up to see dark clouds gathering which indicated that it might rain later. This pleased him immensely, as it would wash out their trail if some of the Hounds had escaped the Wyvern. From the intensity of the dark colour, it looked to be some kind of storm meaning it would be advisable for him to find them some shelter, as the rain was going to be very heavy and while that would be good for their scent trail, it was not good for them. The young girl was barely dressed, not to mention weakened and thus she was vulnerable to the elements right now. He picked up his pace, keeping his senses alert for anything that they could use for shelter. 

The two of them hit lucky, as after they had continued for a while Rowan paused as he spied something in front of them. He moved forwards at a brisk walk as every sense was alert for anything unusual but all it appeared to be was a small cave within a rocky outcropping. It would be suitable shelter from the rain although to Rowan it still felt a little exposed. But if that rain starts up soon, then they wouldn’t need to worry. His ear twitched as he heard a distant rumble of thunder, suggesting that the rain was going to come sooner than later. He needed to get some firewood so that they would at least be warm. He walked into the small cave, his ears and nose twitching in his caution but there was nothing within, much to his relief. He then lay down on the floor before turning his head back and nudging her leg with his cold, wet nose to silently tell her that she can get off.

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(OoC: Y-yeah... that's the explanation I'll go with...)

Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ildran River

As time went on, Natia grew more and more weary. Her grip on Rowan's fur started to loosen and she almost slid off his back a few times before being shaken back to reality and quickly readjusting her balance. As a result, she was relieved when Rowan had decided to take shelter inside a nearby cave. She slowly rolled off of his back and onto the ground with a sigh. "Are we safe here?" she asked, unsure if she would have a chance to relax and help herself to recover. She was also still quite hungry. No doubt her stomach had been rumbling the entire trip. She definitely felt that she should have eaten when she had the chance, but she just wasn't sure if she would have been able to keep it down in the moment. Perhaps now that she felt a bit more trusting of Rowan, she would be a bit less tense and her body wouldn't immediately reject whatever food she swallowed. 

Natia reached down to gently scratch behind Rowan's ear. She hadn't cared much for predators in her life, so she didn't know much about wolves beyond how to avoid them, but it seemed like something they enjoyed and perhaps Rowan would enjoy it, too, in this wolf form. Although she still had a number of questions that she would have liked to have answered, but those questions would probably have to wait until he transformed back into his more humanoid form. "I truly appreciate everything you've done for me so far, and with so little reason to do so. If it wasn't for you, I'm sure those monsters would have gotten to me... I-I've never been so scared in my life..."

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ageon River, heading Northbound

Rowan felt the girl roll off of his back, and he turned his head to watch her to make sure that she was fine. His ear twitched when he heard a distinct stomach rumble, which made him feel a little amused. But he wasn’t surprised considering that they had been travelling for several hours and she did not eat when she had the chance to. When she scratched behind his ears, his tail wagged from side to side as there was a tingle of pleasure from where she scratched him. He snorted softly at what she said, nudging her gently with his nose before, in an action born of mischievousness, he raised his muzzle before giving her a long lick on her face from her chin up to her temple. He then pulled away from her as he started to blur slightly as he changed back into his Keza form with a slight grin,

“Sorry; the longer I spend in that form the more wolf-like I become and they’re quite mischievous.” He told her as he shrugged his bag off of his shoulder and onto the cave floor. He opened it up and pulled out the bread from earlier which he handed to the girl, “I need to go and get firewood before it starts raining. There’s a storm brewing that, while uncomfortable, will work to our advantage as it will eliminate our scent from the forest. So even if they escaped that Wyvern, they won’t have a great time at tracking us down. I hope I didn’t scare you too much with that little stunt.” Still kneeling in front of her, he put his hand on the top of her head, “And you’re welcome. I couldn’t in good conscious leave you there in this forest. It’s a very dangerous place to be, especially on one's own. Now. Stay here. I will be back soon, alright? If you get cold, there’s a blanket in my bag. Help yourself to it.” He said, using a tone he often used with his young brothers and sisters to help stop them from panicking or being scared when he had to leave them on their own. He didn’t want the girl using up more energy by moving around picking up wood for a fire. She was weak as it was, and he wanted her to rest.

Getting up, but still hunching down to avoid scraping his head against the ceiling, Rowan left the outcropping. Once outside, he straightened before he glanced around to see what was immediately available to him. Thankfully there seemed to be a lot of sticks and other woodfall around, so he wouldn’t have to stray too far. He moved around the trees, picking up as many sticks as he could get his hands on, garnering a rather large pile in his arms. Once he could no longer pick any up he returned to the cave and ducked inside before putting the wood up against the wall of the cave where it would be accessible but out of the way. He sat himself down with a soft grunt, before looking outside as he heard a rather sullen rumble of thunder before he started to hear the soft pattering as the rain started. He had come back just in time.

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Natia couldn't help but giggle softly as Rowan licked her face. Her people were never particularly concerned about hygiene considering how easily all of such problems could be solved with their abilities, so she didn't really think twice about the trail of saliva that lingered on her face until the stickiness bothered her enough to wipe it off with her hand. She blushed softly when Rowan transformed back into his more humanoid form. She had already gotten so used to the wolf that she had nearly forgotten about this form. 

"I-I don't mind." She spoke in a soft tone in response to Rowan's apology. "I thought it was cute." She continued, her lips curving into a subtle smile. 

She nodded as Rowan explained his plan, he really sounded a lot like her father. He seemed to know a lot about the monsters and hazards of the land. Perhaps that was why she found herself being able to trust him despite the suspicions she still had. Either way, his tone only helped her to relax and he's done nothing but help her this whole time. "You didn't scare me too much, in fact, I thought it was quite clever. I was thinking more along the lines of using something like mud to cover our scent, but I suppose it was Cera's guidance that we happened to stumble across a dragon to fend them off for us!" She almost sounded excited in a way, although the more she thought about it, the more concerned she felt for the beasts. However, she didn't want to bother Rowan with concerns such as those at the moment. She probably shouldn't keep him too long before he could go collect firewood.

As Rowan left the cave, Natia began to eat the bread. Being used to foods such as berries and fruit, the bread was unexpectedly dry to her. Yet it also had a light and fluffy texture to it. For a moment, she even found herself questioning if it was even food at all, it almost felt like some sort of fabric, but she knew that bread was quite a common food among most species. Besides, Rowan generously offered it to her when she had nothing else to eat, so she was more than grateful enough to finish the small loaf. 

By the time Rowan returned, Natia had dug out the blanket that he had told her about and was curled up in it, fast asleep. She hadn't rested at all since passing out from pure exhaustion before, so it hadn't taken long at all for the small girl to fall asleep.

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ageon River, heading Northbound

Rowan spend several minutes watching the rain, before he noticed that the girl had not said a thing since he had returned. He turned his head to look at her, only to see that she was fast asleep. He blinked before he smiled slightly. He couldn’t blame her; she had, had a very exciting day and she had been exhausted when he had first stumbled across her. So he decided to leave her to her rest because she needed it. Instead he began picking up the sticks and, as quietly as he could, snap them down into smaller sizes as he placed them in a small but neat pile near one side of the cave. He picked up several stones and ringed them around the sticks so that the sticks, nor the coal when it had burnt down, could get kicked easily around the cave and hurt them. Once everything was in place, he pulled out a flint and steel from his pocket as well as a box of tinder. 

He pulled some of the tinder out, placing it on the ground in front of him, stowing the rest away, before striking the flint against the steel to produce sparks that descended onto the tinger. After a couple of tries, the tinder started to smoke and Rowan put the flint and steel aside before gently picking up the smoking tinder and gently blowing on it to make the fire start. Once it was going merrily, he moved it over to the small campfire he had made and place it among the sticks, shifting them so that they caught alight. He tended it for several moments until they had a good fire going, the smoke rising and coiling around the ceiling before leaving the cave. He had deliberately picked up the driest sticks he could find to create the least amount of smoke as possible. The fact that it was raining would help as well, since it would dampen the smoke and not let others see it either which will prevent anyone from figuring that there were people here. But the most important thing about it, was that it was going to help keep them warm while waiting for either the rain to stop, or the next morning.

Rowan sat back against the cave wall, crossing his legs as he turned his gaze outwards. Despite the fact that he had not slept since he had left Selil, he wasn’t going to let his guard down. Not after they had just so narrowing escaped the Hounds, something that they were extremely lucky to do. He was glad that he didn’t frighten the girl too much with the Wyvern, but unfortunately the Hounds were too clever for the usual tricks to avoid detection from predators. Their human-like intellect made them extremely hard to escape from if one was not properly armed to deal with them. And even then the chances of survival dropped dramatically the more of them there were in a pack. Thankfully, the girl had remained calm despite the bizarre situation she found herself in… Rowan paused in his thoughts, glancing at the sleeping girl as he realised that he didn’t even know her name. He couldn’t simply keep calling her ‘that girl’. Surely she had a name… he would ask her when she woke up, providing she was willing to hand over that piece of information. 

He knew little about her, or her culture. He certainly wasn’t familiar with this ‘Cera’ that she had referred to. Perhaps some deity that she worshipped, but it was of no religion he knew about. Her culture might be of the opinion that names held great power. It certainly wouldn’t be a new concept. He turned his head and stared at the girl, wondering exactly who she was. She appeared to be some kind of elemental, perhaps. Like how his people had elementals among them… But he had never heard of human elementals. But then again, elementals had never been widely accepted and were often targeted. It was why he kept his ability to himself, because it would strike many as too close to that of an elemental, which would likely make him hunted. He knew his father wouldn’t, and wouldn’t stand for it either. His father was quite a fair man, and was well known for taking a shining to eccentrics. Despite her youth, she also had white hair which was very unusual for humans. Either she was human-like and not human at all, or she was a very rare human. Either way, sitting here thinking about it wasn’t going to provide answers for his questions. He would wait until she woke up later. He turned his eyes back to the rain outside, which was now like a solid curtain of water, as he stood guard over her.

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After a few hours, Natia slowly awoke to the warmth of the campfire enveloping her body along with the already-quite-warm blanket she had snuggled so comfortably into. In the moment, she didn't think much of the fire, although a man made fire was quite an anomaly for her. She had no idea how one would even go about starting a fire without the use of magic and, had she been awake, she probably would have been interested in watching the process. The small girl slowly sat up with a soft yawn, stretching her arms before she noticed Rowan sitting against the wall across from her. She rubbed her eyes. "O-oh, I'm sorry, I must have dozed off at some point..." she spoke with another warm blush across her face already. Although she didn't seem to have been disturbed at all during her sleep, not that she would expect Rowan to take advantage of her at this point. It just went to further reassure her that this man truly had no intention to harm her. 

She wanted to ask him about the magic he demonstrated to her, but she also figured opening up with such a question would be quite rude of her. "Thank you very much for the bread." She gave another bow. "I hope I can find some way to be of use to you. I regret that I've been such a hindrance already..." she touched her hand to her collar once again with a frown. "If it wasn't for this... I'm sure I could have protected us from whatever threat we would have faced back there..." She still didn't quite understand what the two of them had been fleeing from, and perhaps she was a bit too overconfident in her abilities, but she had fended off quite a number of animals and other attackers in her time. It was often very easy to scare them away with contained explosions if all attempts to calm the creature end in failure. She had never been in such a position that she would have killed or injured an animal in the wild. She didn't like the idea, but she supposed that in such a situation as this, she may find herself in a life or death encounter in which she'll have to make such a decision. It was a very difficult burden considering life was such a precious and delicate balance of elements. Just like a perfectly bloomed flower, it is always tragic to see a creature, no matter how dangerous, lose its life. "I hope those wolves weren't hurt too badly by that Wyvern..." She glanced back at the entrance of the cave. She knew whatever the monsters were, they weren't just wolves, but she was partially hoping that she would get a correction so that she could have a better understanding of what was going on.

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ageon River, heading Northbound

During those few hours that the girl had been asleep, Rowan had not moved from his spot. The only times he had stirred was to tend the fire to prevent it from going out, and to eat a strip of dried meat from his bag when his stomach had grumbled at him, annoyed with being neglected. When he started to hear the shifting of the blanket, he turned his head from looking outside of the cave, to look at the young girl. At her apology, he smiled at her and said, “Don’t apologise. You needed the rest quite badly. I was more than happy to let you sleep.” He shifted slightly, stretching his long legs in front of him to stretch the muscles before he re-crossed them which helped stir him. He picked up a couple of sticks, throwing them into the fire and making it snap and crackle.

His ear twitched towards her, and he looked at her again when she thanked him for the bread, to which he simply nodded at her to show he accepted her thanks. His eyebrows then twitched up a little when she said that she wished that she could be of some use to him. His brain, being what it was, immediately leapt to the thought of sucking his cock but he pushed that aside. He highly doubted this young girl was the type to fuck a stranger, besides this was not exactly an appropriate time for things like that. Sometimes being the kind of Keza he was, was annoying at times especially when he was supposed to be on an important mission, and things like sex really were secondary concerns. His eyes were drawn back to her collar when she had reached up to touch it. He privately doubted her word, unless she was a lot stronger in her magic than she appeared to be. There wasn’t much that would deter those monsters from their path once they started on it.

At her next comment, his eyebrows rose even further, and the corner of his lip twitched, “Okay; I’ll forgive your ignorance in this case. But those things were not wolves.” From his tone, it was clear that he felt quite insulted by the comparison. But he didn’t dwell on it and said, “They’re called Hounds. They’re not only dangerous, but they’re malicious. Unlike a wolf who would only hunt you if their other food is scarce, Hounds will hunt you down simply because you exist. They hate anything living, and kill simply for the pleasure it gives them.” He ran a finger over his lips for a moment before pulling his hand away from his face and saying, “The legends say that they started off their lives as humans, but were forced into the shape they inhabit now by an evil God that resided with Rosayia Forest… at a place called Ashaba. He used them to guard his home, where he and his devout followers could sacrifice people to their leisure…” His lip twisted slightly in disgust as he continued, “The sacrifice involved bending the victim over a sacrificial stone, before their heart is cut out while they are alive, before the heart was given to the God in offering. Luckily this God seems to have gone now… brought down by a Daedra of all things. But the Hounds have remained, and they roam throughout the forest killing anything and everything they can. I wouldn’t advise feeling sorry for them. They would tear out your throat the moment you show them mercy. They feel no compassion, love or empathy. All that drives them in a mindless hate and desire to destroy. The fact that they keep their human-like intelligence makes them even more dangerous, since you cannot lose them the same way you would lose a wolf. And they’re not so easily dissuaded.”

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"Hounds..." she repeated. She had never heard of such a terrifying creature before, but after her previous experience, perhaps she should take his word for it and hope she never comes into contact with these hounds again. The story behind their creation only saddened her more. "I can't believe there would exist such a cruel god out there in such a beautiful world that would turn something as perfect as human life and turn them into such horrible monsters. I'm glad to hear that at least that god has been stopped..." she turned her attention back to the crackling fire, which she had now begun to realize was quite different than the type of fire she was typically used to seeing. "You're... burning sticks just to maintain a fire? You're a magic user, aren't you? There's no need to hide it anymore, you've already revealed it to me when you transformed..." non-magic users had very inconvenient ways of maintaining their fire. There was a reason it always burned out on its own over time. Once the fire runs out of material to burn, it disperses back into its normal state as heat, leaving behind the broken down bits of earth and smoke left by whatever was fueling it. Any magic user wouldn't even need such a raging fire for any purpose other than self defense. If they were cold, they would just have to gather whatever traces of heat were nearby. She wasn't sure if Rowan was just being extra careful not to use his magic or if perhaps there was some reason he couldn't manipulate the natural elements. He certainly didn't look like an Aequu. Could Cera's gift have gone to races outside of her own? She had never heard of such an occurrence, but she supposed it could perhaps be possible if there was another race as perfectly balanced in the elements as the Aequu. Alternatively, if there were other gods, then perhaps there were also other sources of magic? Maybe even with different sets of rules and limitations...

"Can you not control the elements?" She found herself asking. "Fire, water, earth, air, aether... can you not manipulate those at all?"

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ageon River, heading Northbound

Her response to his explanation caused the corner of his lip to twitch slightly, before he shook his head slightly, “I would hardly call these people perfect. The ones that were turned, were all this God’s worshippers. They volunteered to be turned into the Hounds, because it was one way to show their devotion to their God. They revelled as much in death and misery as their God did.” He told her, to make it clear that her sympathy was wasted on them. They were as evil as humans went, who delighted in the death of others and had a towering arrogance and an ego bigger than the city of Selil. Rowan despised people like that, and if those Hounds had died at the Wyvern’s hand, then he did not regret their deaths. 

He turned his attention back to her when she spoke again, frowning a little when she assumed that he was some kind of magical user, before asking if he could manipulate elements. He shook his head yet again before he then chuckled, “No, little lady. I cannot. I can understand your confusion though. I’m not an Elemental, as my people call them. No, my shape-change is an ability that I have. It allows me to change my form into whatever I wish. It seems like magic, but I don’t think it is. At least not that I am aware of. Elementals can perform magic and manipulate elements but as far as I am aware, I’ve not heard about my particular ability cropping up. My people have ancestral links to the Eldyrannth, which is where I think it comes from and for them it’s one of their natural abilities like my hearing is to me. It’s just something that everyone can do, except not as broad as mine.” He told her, to dispel any theory that he was a magic user. He doubted he could cast the simplest of spells.

He looked back outside to the pouring rain which still wasn’t letting up despite how long she had been asleep. He then looked back at her and said, “I can’t keep calling you ‘girl’ or ‘little’ lady. Do you have a name that I could call you? In our rushed introduction, you never let me know your name. You don’t have to tell me your real name. I just don’t want to keep calling you ‘girl’. I find it very rude.” He then gave her a warm smile, to help coax her into giving him a name.

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Natia could understand Rowan's hatred of the people as he described them, however, even after his explanation, she still couldn't find it in her heart to hold any particular grudges against them. Violent solutions were never an option in her mind. She had always been raised to resolve conflict peacefully and better the lives of all parties involved. In the event that a conflict grows violent, she was raised to escape rather than fight back. It was all part of her tribes' method of avoiding contact with those who would seek to take advantage of their abilities, as fighting would lead to antagonizing, which would lead to generalization, then tension, then war when the fear on both sides reaches its peak. With the mindset Rowan had against these Hounds, it would seem that fear was already rapidly approaching its peak and that fight was not something that would need to stop. However, she decided to remain quiet on these thoughts at the moment. She didn't want to make it seem like she was trying to boss him around, it would probably come off as quite rude.

She nodded as he explained how his transformation worked. It was bizarre to her to think of such an ability as any sort of natural ability such as walking and breathing. It certainly seemed like magic to her, but he seemed insistent that he wasn't an 'elemental.' "Well, I'm not sure how much you know about us 'elementals,' but transfiguration might theoretically be possible with the manipulation of certain forbidden elements... You see, there's the basic, natural elements of earth, fire, water, air, and aether. Those are considered the white elements and they are all reliant on the laws of reality to exist. Everything that exists is made up of some combination of those elements. But there are also the forbidden, black elements of Time, Space, Mind, and Spirit. Only deities are normally permitted to manipulate those elements. In order for something like transfiguration to work, the space your body takes up would have to be manipulated. But even the greatest minds of the Aequu would never even begin to fathom how that would even begin to work, although some theorize that the black elements are manipulated through extremely advanced techniques regarding the element of aether..." she shrugged, realizing that she had just been talking a lot with no real direction to her words. "I don't know, I just thought maybe you might be capable of some form of magic that you didn't even know about. When you really get down to it, I suppose my magic isn't much different. It's only possible because my people, the Aequu, were created by Goddess Cera with a perfect balance of the elements. I don't fully understand it myself, but that perfect balance allows us to manipulate the elements around us by adjusting the levels and puppeteering them. I suppose if I were to compare it to something more natural, it would be magnetism. We can control the elements by attracting or repelling them from the environment around us. We can control which elements we are attracting or repelling, too, allowing us to break down objects into their basic elements as well. For example, if I could use my magic at the moment, I would probably be able to break that stack of firewood into a pile of earth and a small amount of water. I would also be able to repair all of the burned firewood to its original condition and create warm air around us by manipulating the natural heat from the sun and bringing it into this cave. But, unfortunately, I'm still relatively inexperienced when it comes to this kind of thing. The most complicated thing I can do is create fruit and flowers from earth, water, and aether. Some of the Aequu can do incredible things, though, depending on what fields they've devoted their lives to. Some can manipulate the weather, for example."

Again, she had caught herself rambling, so she stopped talking and found herself staring out at the rain, which she had always found oddly calming, although she did always have the concern that some helpless creature might be stranded out there. It was then that Rowan asked for her name. She responded with a nod. She had already decided that she could trust Rowan, so she saw no problem with volunteering her name. "My name is Natia. I'm sorry, I should have introduced myself earlier." she bowed her head slightly once again as she apologized.

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Location: Rosayia Forest, along with Ageon River, heading Northbound

Rowan sat and listened closely to her rambles, but some of it made little sense to him. He wasn’t sure what she meant by ‘magnetism’ as it wasn’t a concept he had encountered before. It sounded like something his father’s scientists would babble on about, and he had little time for that kind of thing. Rowan was someone who was more physically active than studious. What he did gleam from it, was that she called herself an ‘Aequu’ which was a species, or group of humans he had never heard of before. He gathered from what she was saying, that it was more likely a different species, like how he was different from a Neko. She had also confirmed that this ‘Cera’ was some kind of deity to her as he had thought, and he felt pleased that he had correctly assumed. From the way she was rambling, she clearly had a passion for this kind of thing. Either that or she felt so lost and lonely without her people that rambling like that was one way of offsetting it. Either, or both, could be correct. When she told him her name, he smiled at her,

“Natia… that’s a lovely name.” He complimented, opening up his bag and pulling out the wineskin that his servant Charles had put in there for him, before taking a swing of it to help keep him awake. He then put the wineskin down next to his bag before saying, “Honestly, I have little idea as to what you were chatting about. I’m unfamiliar with that school of magic. But I don’t think it works like that for my people. I’m, er, not a Neko. I’m a Keza’maraki-” He had pronounced the word as ‘Keh-zeh-mah-rar-kee’ “- and we have elementals among us. But they’re few in number and…” He frowned, clearly looking displeased, “... not well received by the majority. People are scared of those that can manipulate magic. It’s why I usually keep my ability to myself, because it smacks too much of magic like you assumed. Things would get… awkward if people found out about it. Personally, I’m not bothered by magic users. As long as they’re not using their magic to hurt people, I don’t care what they do with their lives. I don’t know how Keza Elementals work, either because I’ve never had the chance to meet one and ask them about it. But I doubt it’s the same way. I highly doubt they worship this ‘Goddess Cera’ either.” He closed his mouth on that, since he was about to ask if she was actually sure of this ‘Cera’s’ existence and he didn’t want to seem rude by implying that she was lying. He himself wasn’t particularly religious. He never had the time to devote to that, and he was never sure which Gods were the real ones. Everyone had a different opinion on that and everyone was so sure of their belief. So who could be trust to be right? He couldn’t. Not unless their Gods came to stand right before him and it wasn’t some kind of hallucinogenic trick.

Rowan let out a breath through his nose to still his thoughts, before he looked out at the rain, “I don’t think that’s going to let up anytime soon. I think we might be here all night long.” He looked back at her, “Luckily I have food on me that I can share. I have more than enough money to buy more supplies when we reach Ryn’tur along with horses. I have some dry meats, fruit, dried vegetables… oats, too for porridge in the morning. So if you get hungry, let me know. I also have a waterskin… and some wine.” He said, smiling to let her know that he was more than happy to share. He would have had to buy more supplies at the village either way, so it mattered not if he shared or made her get her own food. Not that she could in this heavy rain which made it difficult to see more than a metre in front of you.

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    • Neptune
      By Neptune
      Character Identity Information
      Name: Lord Alistair Blackwood. He also has another name; Xenoth.
      Age: 27
      Date of Birth: 29th September 1173AD
      Gender: Male
      Religion: He has no religion, but poses as a Roman Catholic.
      Species: Originally, he was a simple human however he has been taken over by a spirit who has now taken complete possession of him.
      Origin: Selil, Craethiel Kingdom.
      Nationality: Craetharian.
      Occupation: Business Empire owner. He develops and trades in war weaponry, as well as several other business ventures such as food, and mining materials.
      Rank/Title: Lord
      Physical Appearance
      Height: 6’2”
      Weight: 70.6kg
      Eye Colour: Gold
      Hair Colour: Blonde
      Physical Description: Xenoth’s physical appearance is greatly deceptive. His human form is quite tall, and is quite slender. He is well toned, with a decent amount of muscle mass on him although he looks weaker than he actually is. His blonde hair is very light, almost to the point of being white. It is cut short, only going down to his neck and clinging to his head tightly. He has some hair framing his face, as well as some hair that comes down over his forehead and between his eyes. His eyes are as golden as the sun that shines down upon Craethiel, and filled with malice and contempt for everyone and everything around him. He has a slender jawline with a rather pointed chin that give him a somewhat pretty-boy appearance. He tends to wear either smart formal, or smart casual clothes and he will always carry himself tall and authoritatively. He is also often seen wearing a set of black armour, with red decoration. 
      He has a secondary form which appears to be some kind of demon, however it is actually his natural spiritual form in a physical manifestation. He stands at ten feet tall, towering over any mortal. Unlike his more human form, he is absolutely huge in terms of muscles with a very heavy set chest and bulging muscles on his arms and legs. The nails of both his hands and his feet are long and claw-like. His skin is a purple-blue in colour in colour, showing off his well defined muscles. Generally, his body is rather humanoid in shape however emerging from his back are three sets of wings. The top set are made from black feathers and are the largest, allowing for supported flight. The bottom set, however, are more bat-like in appearance with thin ‘fingers’ with black membrane between each one. The middle set are a mix of the two, beginning as feathered wings which grow into more bat-like ones. His face is humanoid in design, although his features are twisted, with cruelness etched into every line. His eyes glow a deep, menacing red that radiate hate. He has two horns that emerge from the side of his head before curving up in two majestic and sharp points. His hair is snow white in colour, in stark contrast with his complexion. His has natural plated armour on the skin of his arms, legs and the side of his torso. He seemed to have a strange kind of crystal that is embedded in his chest which looks almost like a tree with a central trunk and branches coming off of it.

      Personality, Traits and Abilities
      General Overview: Xenoth is a cruel and ruthless individual. He completely lacks any form of empathy towards other people as he cares for one person, and one person only. Himself. He is very self-centered and selfish, only doing things for other people if it benefits him in the end. Otherwise he will refuse to do it, and not kindly either. He laughs at the misfortune of others, and will torment and taunt them for his own amusement. Xenroth likes to be in control of a situation, and if he feels that he has lost it, then he will become exceptionally angry and far more cruel and ruthless than what is normal for him. He feels that the people around him exist for the sole purpose of pleasing him, and he will take what he wants from them without thinking of the effect it has on them. He does not respond well to threats, and will quickly show you why it is a bad idea to threaten him.
      Strengths, Skills and Abilities: 
      Change form: Xenoth has two forms. His human one, and one that resembles a demon. He becomes taller, stronger, faster and a lot more deadly. Superhuman strength: He is at least ten times as strong as a human, and thus he can move objects that a human would not possibly be able to. People are often extremely surprised by how strong he is due to his slender body. Superhuman senses: All of his senses are more sensitive than a humans, although not by much. Telekinesis: He is able to telekinetically move things with his mind, that are a maximum of twice his weight. He imagines them as extra ‘hands’ which he can use to manipulate the environment around him.  Telepathy: He is able to communicate with his mind by creating a bridge between his mind and the mind of his target. He can implant his own thoughts into their mind, allowing him to talk to them without saying anything out loud. He can also read the surface of their mind with ease but it does require some effort to dig deeper into their mind to get more information. Illusions: Xenoth is very skilled at creating convincing illusions that one cannot tell the difference between reality or not. He uses this on his victims to force them to see what he wants them to see. To manipulate what they perceive and to generally mess with their mind. He uses this to twist his victims into believing what he wants them to believe, as well as to make his victims suffer. Dream Manipulation: This is part of his illusion manipulation, which he can use when the target is asleep. He can manipulate their dreams, to either give them the best dream they have ever had in their life or give them the worst nightmare of their life. He often uses this ability to cause his victims to fixate on him, to make their affection bond to him… or to give them such terrible nightmares that they no longer sleep at night. Fast healing: Due to the supernatural nature of his possession, it has given him the ability of fast healing. Weaknesses: 
      Change form: He can only do this for a limited amount of time due to the energy requirements. At most, he can only spend a few hours in his second form. Superhuman strength: He could accidentally break something, or harm someone without intending to. Due to his personality, he would only lament the former and only if it was his property in the first place. But he can do unintended damage. Superhuman senses: As there is much of an increase, he has similar weaknesses regarding his senses as humans do. Telekinesis: Trying to lift objects beyond his ability will greatly strain his mind and could even cause brain damage if overused too much. This can result in headaches, strokes, unconsciousness and perhaps even death. Telepathy: Similar to his telekinesis, if he uses it too much he will strain his mind with similar consequences. Illusions: He needs to maintain his concentration in order to maintain this illusion. If it is broken, then the illusion drops and the target will be able to see the real world again. A person may be able to find small flaws within the illusion which they could use to identify it as such, however Xenoth is extremely skilled so it would be hard for them to do so. A strong telepath would be able to resist, or outright stop the illusion from working on them. Dream Manipulation: This only works on individuals that are asleep. It doesn’t require as much concentration as his illusions, as the dream eye is unfocused regardless, but he still needs to concentrate enough to be able to manipulate the dreams. The dreams also do no physical harm to the target, although repeated nightmares may have a psychological effect on them. Fast healing: This takes up a lot of energy, and if he has been badly injured he will need to eat a lot of food to be able to make up for the shortfall. Ambitions (Hopes/Dreams): He is trying to find the perfect host that is well able to handle the power of his spiritual form. 
      Hobbies and Interests: When he is not running his business empire, or entertaining himself with his slaves, he can often be found in the King's Court, interacting with the King or the other Lords and Ladies. His only genuine hobby is playing the piano. It is something he really enjoys.
      Personal Sexual Information
      Sexual Orientation: Pansexual
      Turn ons:
      Inflicting pain on others. He likes to make others suffer, finding it not only amusing but also sexually satisfying. Being extremely rough with his sex. He does not have a gentle switch. He will beat his partners, cut them, choke them, pull their hair among other things. Dominating others. He will never submit to someone else. He loves having control and dominance over others. Unprotected sex. He does not pull out, either. Being involved in orgies, gang bangs, threesomes, etc. Basically having multiple people in a single sex session. Turn offs: 
      Submitting to others, as well as taking it. Experiencing pain himself. Penis Length: 16” in length, 5” in circumference. In his demon form it can grow up to forty-three inches in length.
      Breast Size: N/A
      Sensitivity: Average
      Additional Sexual Information: Xenoth will refuse to submit, to anyone. He will always play the dominant roll. His human dick, despite the monstrous size, is a normal human cock in appearance. His demonic-like one is not. It had a pointed tip to the mushroom head, as well as a spine that runs along the underside of his cock with several hard protrusions. He also has ribs that curve up around his cock, with nubs running between them. He also has a series of very thick veins.
      STD History: Clean.
      Extra Information 
      House: He has a large luxurious manor in the city of Selil which is situated in the richer part of the capital city, near the King's Palace. He also has his own private estates outside of Selil which is guarded by his own private guard.
      Pet: He doesn’t keep animal pets. 
      Additional information: He smokes tobacco quite often, and he also takes various drugs.
      History
      Awards/Commendations: None
      Criminal Record: Thus far he has kept if quite clean.
      Medical Record: The body he is inhabiting is quite healthy.
      Bio: His host, Alistair Blackwood, was born into a rich and wealthy family who were part of Selil’s Elite Class. His father was a businessman, who worked with the King and his General to produce fine weapons for the King’s army. As such, his wealth only increased as time went on, as there was always need for weapons to be supplied to not only the army but the general population. So Alistair was raised in a very well-off environment and attended a private school with the best education that Craethiel had to offer. To his father’s delight, Alistair showed a lot of promise when he was a young child when it came to business. His father began to introduce him to the family business and taught him everything that he knew. Alistair was the second oldest son out of five children. His older brother had no interest in the business, and was much more interested in being enlisted in the King’s army so Alistair became his father’s progedy. By the time Alistair was eighteen, he was working full time within the business, working for his father. Unfortunately, his father met a rather undesirable end when he was attacked by bandits one day while travelling and brutally murdered and any money and possessions he had on him, stolen. Despite his grief at his father’s passing, Alistair took over the business and continued in his father’s name. He expanded it, moving into the field of food so that he could provide cheaper food to the army. He also cut the price it took to manufacture his weapons by moving into the mining business and sourcing his own materials for his weapons and selling any surplus. By the time he was twenty-two, he was given the full title of Lord by the King and welcomed into his court due to the hard work that he had done for the Kingdom.
      Unfortunately for Alistair, this caused him some unwanted attention by Xenoth, a malevolent spirit that was searching for a perfect host that would allow him to have fun with the mortals that amused him. One night, while Alistair was pleasantly asleep, Xenoth took possession of his body and took complete control. The process was painful for both of them, but Xenoth successfully suppressed Alistair’s consciousness and was able to hide it away in the furthest corner of his mind to gradually fade away into nothingness. Unfortunately, it had the result of turning Alistair’s blue eyes gold with slits for pupils. At first, Xenoth wasn’t sure what to do about this, but it wasn’t long before he noticed that one of his servants was acting strange as if she was afraid of him. She would keep conversation to a minimum and always eyed him with suspicion, as if she knew what he really was. He realised that this could be turned into an opportunity, and he quickly convinced his guard as well as the King that his eye change was the result of this servant who had been operating as a secret witch, who had done some kind of spell which had resulted in said change. Due to how people viewed witches at the time, and this was the word of a Lord over that of a Servant, the guard quickly put her on trail and found her guilty before burning her at the stake, which allowed Xenoth to completely secure his position. Since then, he has been pretending to be Lord Alistair Blackwood, using his position of wealth and power to do what he wants and using his business as a front as he also secretly sells military weapons to bandits and thieves that are able to pay the price for them. He also has a group of spies that spy on his competition companies and sell the information on shipments to these bands so that they can attack and loot them at will. As such, some of the bandit groups are very loyal to him as he is a good source of money for them.
    • Neptune
      By Neptune
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    • Neptune
      By Neptune
      Character Identity Information
      Name: Talivana Eldyrannth
      Age: 3315
      Gender: Female
      Species: Eldyrannth 
      Origin/Nationality: She originates from the lost city of Vorserend, which was destroyed in 1200 AD (Human Calender), located in the Craethiel Kingdom. She is now a UFF citizen.
      Occupation: Prime Minister of the United Federation of Families (UFF).
      Physical Appearance
      Height: 6’4”, or 195cm
      Weight: 154lbs, or 69.85Kg
      Eye Colour: Gold
      Hair Colour: Pitch black, slightly curly and to the waist. It is sometimes tied up at the neck with a golden hair tie.
      Physical Description: 
      Human form: Talivana is slender, yet she has the body of a fighter with toned muscles. She has a full and curvy figure with D-cup breasts, flat stomach and lush thighs on her long legs. She is very beautiful looking- delicate and exotic, almost cat like with a graceful looking angled face. Her eyes are slightly angled with a nose that has a small flick at the end, and full mouth that are proportional to the rest of her face. She has pointed ears which are large enough to reach the top of her head, with a few bone spikes along the lower rim of the ear. On her arms are gold gauntlets that go up to her elbow. They cover the back of the hands and cover her fingertips. Embedded in the gauntlets are various coloured crystals.
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      Personality, Traits and Abilities
      General Overview: Talivana is a rather calm person, rarely allowing her emotions to get the better of her. She will rarely raise her voice, or use a hostile tone even when someone is being aggressive towards her. She will always think before speaking and will always strive to keep situations calm, especially if there is the potential for an explosion of emotion, or violence. She is rather centred, as she knows her own limits well, and knows her purpose in life which is to help drive the UFF forward. She is very content with how her life is at the moment as she has the job that allows her to help the UFF, and she has a loving family. She isn’t very materialistic in nature, thus she never strives to surround herself with material wealth as it means little to her. She does not derive happiness from it, and instead gets her happiness from helping others and making them happy. Talivana is very disciplined; never allowing her emotions or impulses to control her. She is not easily distracted from whatever task she is doing and will rarely allow herself to be pulled away unless it is something a lot more urgent. She has a very strong sense of duty to those she considers her people (The UFF) and will refuse to give up in this task. This duty is very deeply ingrained in her from her earliest childhood, thus she will not accept it when someone attempts to make her forget it. Talivana is rather independent, and self reliant. She is comfortable with her own company, and doesn’t feel the need to have people around her all the time. Before she makes up mind about something, or someone, she prefers to have all the information presented to her. She is very honest, with both herself and others. She will never lie to someone, although she may decline to answer or not reveal everything. She does not like it when people are dishonest with her and will make it very well known if someone is. Talivana will own up to any mistakes that she has done, and apologise for them but she will thank someone for being honest especially in a difficult situation. Talivana is very friendly, and will usually greet people warmly and will often invite them into her home. She always sets aside time for her friends to come and talk to her, about any problem. She will patiently sit and listen to them, and offer any advice if she feels that it might help them. She is always polite, and she rarely swears or raises her voice. Talivana is also quite kind and gentle with those she cares about. If they are in need, she will not hesitate to offer her help for example if they are sick, she will help nurse them back to health. As stated before, she will rarely raise her voice, and usually speaks in a calm, gentle tone. She is also quite generous, and will give freely to those that have less than herself especially in terms of help, time, or even money. People often think of her as unselfish, she she will never take from others and will always offer things to people first. If there is a situation where a load of food is being shared between her and others, she will always allow others to take first. 
      Along with her independent nature, Talivana is quite confident. She will take criticism well, and will not become upset if she has something that she clearly needs to improve upon. She thinks of none as her inferiors, and none as her superiors. She treats everyone around her as equals. She is not afraid to face unknown situations. She does not allow others to intimidate her, no matter their power, stature or wealth. If she lacks education in a certain area, then she will do her best to make up for it. She is never afraid to try something new, within reason. Talivana is also very courteous towards others. She treats others with kindness, and she always has good manners towards others and treats everyone with respect. She is rarely rude, and will apologise if she seems to be, especially due to some of the communication problems she has with other people. Talivana is also very diplomatic, listening to all sides of a situation and being able to help guide them towards an agreeable solution. She always speaks in a tactful manner in these situations, and always tries to avoid it becoming too emotional and possibly aggressive. While she is very honest, she always tries to put it across in a way that is kind and tactful. Talivana is a very honourable person, along with her strong sense of duty. She is extremely loyal to the UFF, and will even die if it meant protecting the people. She will never lie to anyone, and will be completely open with her intentions, and her reasons behind them. She will never hide anything from the people especially if it affects their lives. She will always help those less fortunate than herself, offering a helping hand even if the person doesn’t ask for it. That said, if they refuse she will respect their need for distance. If she makes a promise, she will never break it, thus she makes her promises carefully and she will always keeps to them. She accepts full responsibility for her actions, even when things go wrong. She will own up to it. Talivana is also quite humble, and will never boast or use her status or superior knowledge to look down on others. She will always give credit where it is due, and will not accept people trying to foister credit onto her that she did not earn. She is also very patient with others, making her a good listener as she can patiently sit there for hours. Talivana never rushes things, and tends to take her time especially if she wants to do a good job of things. She can remain calm even under strain or a large amount of pressure, as she knows that becoming excited will only cause more harm than good. Due to her age, many consider Talivana to be wise and mature, as she has many years of experience to draw upon and that time has allowed her to become an introspective thinker. She has realised her faults and has strived towards improving upon them. She tends to see the world as it really is, without the comfort of a false lense that would prevent her from seeing what is really going on. Instead of rushing into things, Talivana prefers to think her way through it before taking action. She always takes a chance to learn something knew, and to expand her knowledge as she is of the opinion that no matter how old you get, you never stop learning. She can set aside all emotions to look at a situation in an objective manner, as emotions can sometimes lead to disastrous results. Even though at times she seems like a serious and sombre person, she does know how to laugh and, more importantly, she feels, and she can laugh at herself. Talivana is very hospitable, and will not hesitate to welcome someone into her home and offer them food and drink. She doesn’t mind various people coming over to visit, no matter what the reason is. Her home usually has numerous people at any given time, even when she isn’t there. As long as they respect her home, and the people that do live there, she doesn’t mind them visiting and doesn’t mind them eating her food. Sometimes Talivana may appear a little vain. She does not like to have a messy appearance, and does not like going out if she looks anything less than good. Similarly, she does not like to have a messy home and will always take time out of her schedule to make sure that it’s tidy. 
      Talivana is a very tolerant person, and will accept the beliefs and ideas of other people, even when they oppose her own. Due to her studious nature, and her natural curiosity, she will seek to try and understand opposing opinions to try and understand where they are coming from. She might sometimes debate with others, but she will never try and force someone to change their mind or opinions. That said, the one thing she does not tolerate in regards to ideas and beliefs, is those ideas and beliefs being forced upon her even when she disagrees with them. She will resist very strongly. Talivana is very supportive of close friends and family. As stated with other personality traits, she is an attentive listener and gathers all of the facts before deciding on a course of action, or deciding on what advise. She will sometimes call someone out of the blue just to see how they’re doing and to just talk to them. She does a lot of charity work, often offering to take part and helping raise money. She is very kind and compassionate with those that are close to her but she will give tough love where it is needed, if it helps them in the long run. Talivana has lived a long life that has been filled with war, grief and hardship. As a result, she has become courageous in the face of hardship. She will face them head on, and will strive to go about improving the situation. She will always do what is right, even if it isn’t the easiest thing to do. If others remain silent on an issue that she feels needs to be addressed, she will not hesitate to speak up and out about it to make others aware of the problem. She is very resilient in the face of problems and hardships, and will not allow her failures to dissuade her. She will persist until she has overcome any hurdles. One of the most known about traits with Talivana, is the fact that she is merciful. She has shown forgiveness for things that most people could never do, for example she forgave Devlyn after he had killed her people and destroyed the only Eldyrannth City, essentially wiping them from Earth History. She will give out justice, but she is able to do so with compassion. She would rather someone learn from their mistakes, than to just give out justice as she feels that everyone deserves a chance to be able to better themselves and improve. She will always help those in need, and would prefer to help raise people instead of tearing them down. Talivana has a very strong sense of justice, and will not tolerate someone violating the rights of another person. If she witnesses a violation then she will speak out about it although she would gather as much information on the situation before doing so, as it could be more complicated than it seems. She doesn’t like including feelings, or emotions, in a court of law. In her eyes, the only thing acceptable is the Truth, and nothing but the Truth. With her sense of justice, she will never actively seek to harm others, or to restrict their rights. She wants people to be as free as possible, without infringing upon others. If she feels that justice if not being met, then she will speak out. For example if the Police aren’t doing their jobs and people are hurt as a result. That said, Talivana is very discreet. If someone discloses private information to her, she will not tell others unless express permission is granted. She deeply respects the privacy of others and will never seek to disturb it. She will not ask personal questions unless she needs to or she is told it is alright to. Even though her telepathic abilities would allow her to sense the emotions of others, she usually cannot use it due to how dangerous it is for the person she would be reading from. However, she is empathetic in nature; easily understanding and relating to the emotions of others. She can understand their pain and their happiness. She can sometimes sense when someone is not being genuine with their emotions and trying to cover up their real ones. Talivana is also a very nurturing person, especially when it comes to children. She desires to see them grow and mature into good, stable adults. This goes hand in hand with many of her other character traits such as being empathetic and supportive. She will help anyone that needs it, whether it’s children that need a new home or adults that want to try and improve themselves. 
      Talivana holds herself as a very proper and professional person. She will always speak in a controlled manner, keeping her emotions in check. She will always speak with proper grammar, making her sound almost posh, no matter the language. Her home, and her appearance are very tidy, as she cannot stand to have her home, or her appearance, being a huge mess. She takes her responsibilities very seriously and will not allow herself to fail at them. Not only does she take her job seriously, but she also gets involved with the community around her. She always offers a hand to help anyone within her neighbourhood if they need it. She is usually very well dressed and does not tend to wear anything too revealing. The most she would go is to wear a dress but even then most of the obvious features are covered up. People sometimes tend to think of her as sophisticated, as she is very well read from subjects all over the world. She speaks multiple languages and her clothes are always very proper and professional. Some observe her as being very ‘polished’ as she will always sit in a graceful manner, and being careful not to allow her clothes to become unmanageable. Talivana is a sensible person that always puts her responsibilities and duties above herself. She will always look at all the possible options before coming to a final decision. She always puts aside emotion in order to deal with a situation in an objective manner. Often she replies on common sense, or practicality, to help her arrive to a decision. She never overindulges, such as drinking or eating too much, as she knows that it would have a negative effect on her which she honestly doesn’t want to deal with. Another of her very notable traits is that she can put aside all of her personal feelings, beliefs and bias in order to reach an objective decision, or opinion. She rarely jumps to conclusions and prefers to have as much information as she can, especially if it is objective facts. Her emotional control of herself really helps in these situations as she can easily hold it back and decide on a course of action without the emotions influencing her. Talivana can be very perceptive, noticing new details about people such as a new hairstyle or colour, or a change in clothes style. She can read people well, often being able to gauge their mood as well which allows her to be able to deal with them in a manner that is the most friendly and diplomatic. She can get a lot of information from just a small period of observation which she can use to her advantage especially with interactions with others. Sometimes she might see something that others do not, so sometimes she might come out with something that sounds outrageous but later becomes true. 
      One of the things that people find most surprising about Talivana is the fact that she is quite creative and imaginative in the artistic sense. She has a love for art, especially paintings although she doesn’t seem to be impressed with ‘modern’ art. She loves to immerse herself in art, especially when she is feeling creative. Sometimes the urge to paint will hit her out of nowhere, and little can curb that urge. She can come up with some creative and imaginative solutions to problems that people might not expect. She can always picture in her mind the art that she wants to create and she is able to paint it without aid from sketches or other pictures. Talivana can be quite optimistic at times, seeing things in the best possible light such as thinking of the best possible negotiation deal and striving towards it. It helps that she is not easily dissuaded by failure; in fact she sees failure as a chance to try and again and improve. When Talivana sets herself a goal, she will persist towards it in an almost single-minded fashion even if she knows that there will be setbacks in the future. That said, she isn’t so driven that she will refuse to listen to the advice of others. If she is doing something wrong, she would much prefer to know about it. With failures and setbacks, she will persist on finding a way around it so that she can continue on towards her goal. She never gives up, unless it’s for a good reason such as she is doing more harm, than good. Talivana is also adaptable. She is able to think quickly on her feet and adapt herself to new situations. She has no fear of facing the unknown and is always prepared to think quickly. 
      Talivana is an intelligent woman, who is naturally curious and inquisitive. She loves to learn new things, and will go out of her way to do so. She relies on logic, reasoning and objective evidence. She likes to have intelligent conversations with people, on a wide range of topics. She especially loves talking about something she doesn’t know so that she can have the chance to learn something new. As an Eldyrannth, she is extremely good at being able to process information; far better than other Earth species. Especially if there are other Eldyrannth around that can spread the workload. When Talivana gets into a project, or task, she becomes extremely focused. It is hard to distract her from the work at hand and even harder to pull her away from what she is doing. If she can, she will always plan ahead, and plan for contingencies just in case anything goes wrong. When it comes to her work as the Prime Minister, she is very industrious. Even when she is outside of office hours, she will always accept calls in regards to it, and will always make herself available to people. She works extremely hard at her job, and is extremely dedicating, even to the point of forgetting to eat when she is extremely busy. As mentioned before, Talivana loves to learn, and she is quite studious in regards to it. She always loves to learn something new, and will strive to learn as much as she can about it. She loves to engage in open debates, especially with those with an opposing opinion. She absolutely loves reading, and will read her way through various books in an attempt to understand and learn more. When given information, Talivana can be analytical; she prefers the hard raw numbers to shift through and analyse. This is made easier for her, due to the processing abilities of her Eldyrannth brain. When she encounters new ideas and theories, she will not take them onboard unless she has conclusive proof. She is a big believer in the motto of many UFFians ‘Trust, but Verify’. Talivana is a very organised individual. She always plans in advance, and tries to prepare for every eventuality and always looks at the smallest of details and will draw up lists to ensure that everything is done in a timely, organised manner. She always keeps the places that she occupies neat and tidy, so that she can easily find everything again. When dealing with her work, she prefers to make quick, decisions, that have no delay and begin things moving quickly although she will not allow for a poorly organised decision to go through but she prefers things being done as quickly as possible. Due to the emotional control Talivana has over herself, many people mistake her for having little to no emotions. Nothing could be further from the truth. She is very deeply emotional, and passionate. In fact sometimes her emotions are so profound that people cannot even begin to understand their complexity. When she is involved in a project, she focuses in an almost single-minded intensity and will persist at it until she has completed it. Talivana is a pensive person; sometimes being lost in thought or thinking deeply about something. She values the opinions of others, even if she doesn’t agree with them, and seeks to understand why they think that way. She always thinks her way through something, whether it’s an idea, or action, and always second-thinks herself to try and look at it from all angles.
      Strengths, Skills and Abilities: 
      Strengths: In terms of physical strength, she is several times stronger than an average human male which means that she can easily overcome them. Her reaction times are faster, and she can move quicker on her feet so it would be extremely difficult for a human to gain an advantage over her.  Eyesight: Her eyes are extremely powerful and and can see for miles in any given direction. If she was to be sitting on an aeroplane, she can easily see a mouse moving about the grass. Thus there is not much that she misses. She can also see in a much broader colour range than humans can as she has six types of colour receptor cells within her eyes.  Multi-liqual: Talivana can speak several languages fluently including; Epsian, Eldyrannthian, English, French, German and Russian. Turn into an Eldyr dragon: She is 66 metres [216.6ft] in length and has 264metre [886.1ft] wingspan. In this form, she can breathe fire, fly and use her claws for lethal attacks. Her tail, with the shark like fin, can be used as a rudder to steer in both aquatic and aerial situations and is extremely powerful. Crystals [For more information, consult the Extra Info]: The coloured crystals that she has are as follows: White: This crystal vastly improves the telekinetic abilities of the user when energy is supplied to it, allowing them to lift objects that they normally wouldn’t be able to move. While this crystal is in use, there is a marked decrease in their physical strength as well as stamina. Grey: This crystal vastly improves the telepathic ability of the user when energy is supplied to it. When used along with a control crystal, it would allow them to interface on a telepathic level with their crystals, allowing them to interact with their technology on a telepathic level. While this crystal is in use to enhance the telepathic ability, there is a marked decrease in their physical strength as well as stamina. Pink: When attached to a gauntlet, it acts as a portable storage device, allowing them to carry around data from one place to the other. Has no other function other than that. Can be linked to a control crystal to allow for information transfer or to use as programming storage. Gold: Arguably one of the most important crystal attached to the gauntlets. When integrated with a Grey crystal, it allows the gauntlet user greater control over their crystals. It allows them to channel energy more efficiently and to program their crystals to do certain functions like programming their Red crystals to allow them to create fire tornados. It also allows for greater customisation on their abilities.  Orange: This is a common crystal used by gauntlet that can be used to store extra energy that they can use to prolong the use of other crystals. They can transfer energy from an outside source, or in their free time use their own energy to feed into it to store for another time as they can recover the lost energy. Spectrum colours in irregular veins: This type if crystal is usually crushed into a fine powder and laid in special wires inside of the gauntlet, allowing for easier energy transfer as well as much more efficient energy transfer. Black: When connected to other crystals to change its properties, this crystal can be used to put up a defensive shield around the user, and anyone they want. The more energy they pour into the crystal, the larger the shield. This can be used to defend against a wide variety of attacks. Black with white veins: This crystal is seen on every gauntlet. It allows them to change the metal encasing their fingers so that they can touch surfaces with their fingertips. The fingers are completely covered due to the nano-scale hairs that cover them, allowing them to stick to surfaces. Light purple: When energy is channelled through this crystal, it allow them to create a beam of focused energy, or a less focus blast of energy. This allows them to attack enemies and injure them severely.  Deep Keza Blue: When this crystal is used in the gauntlets, it allows the user to scan the surrounding area. There is a limit to this, as the more area they scan, the more energy it uses.  This crystal can be integrated with other crystal to scan for specific things. For example, it can be integrated with the Healing crystal to scan wounds and do a body scan to determine the severity of injuries.  Azure: Allows the user to create a pulse of energy that is strong enough to push people away, but not enough to harm them severely unless they fell into something. When integrated with other crystals, the type of pulse can be altered such as being able to create a pulse of fire, or even an electromagnetic pulse. Dark grey: The primary use of these crystals in gauntlets is to open up a rift between their dimension and the dimension of Hell. With this they can send Daedra back to their own dimension. Brown: This crystal allows for the manipulation of the element ‘Earth’. Yellow: This crystal allows for the manipulation of the element ‘Air’.  Red: This crystal allows for the manipulation of the element ‘Fire’. This crystal in particular can be used in combination with other elemental crystals, even ones that most would think of as incompatible such as Water. This is because it isn’t really manipulation of fire, but of heat. This can give the illusion of controlling fire, however the effects are a lot more wide spread and an Eldyrannth can take heat away as well as put it into an environment. Eldyrannth have been known to use both red and blue crystals to use the element of ice, which is a perfect example of the way that the crystals can be combined. Blue: This crystal allows for the manipulation of the element ‘Water’. Hand to Hand combat: She can fight hand to hand and in tight quarters, she is very athletic, however, she is not good at long range fighting. This can be used in conjunction with hand held weapons like daggers. Telepathy: As a naturally Hive mind race, Talivana is an extremely powerful telepath. She can handle the weight of tens of thousands of active minds. She can also communicate with people not of her species, but rarely opens her mind to them for fear of the damage it could do to them. She can also bridge a non-telepathic mind into the mind of another (Either telepathic or not). With her being a Royal Eldyrannth, she has more enhanced telepathic abilities than other Eldyrannth. Telekinesis: She is able to move objects that are as much as ten times her weight. She has to concentrate very hard otherwise she will not be able to do it, or at least not very well. It is so precise that she could rupture a vein or artery inside someone's brain. However she has never used this ability due to the moral and ethical ramifications. Fly high and tolerate low oxygen levels: Due to her one way breathing system (Like a bird), she is able to fly higher than other winged creatures as she is able to tolerate lower oxygen environments as she is able to extract oxygen more efficiently than beings with a two way breathing system (Like a human). Scales: Her scales are as hard as diamond. You would need a lot of energy to break through the scales. The scales are small and layered in such a way that allows her to move. The scales themselves are not flexible. These are pigmented. Skeleton and Super-Human strength: Strengthened skeletal structure that has a high tensile strength and yet is nearly 20% lighter than a mammalian skeleton. In human form she can lift about 4 times her weight and in her dragon form she can lift twice her weight. Ichor and healing: When she bleeds the scab forms a resin looking covering over the wound (like a tree). This is to protect the wound from infection. She can heal in nearly a fraction of the time of a human and this includes broken bones. The Inchor in her blood is broken down to Chor (What she uses for the fire. See extra info for more detail) and stem cells. When in a battle and breathing fire a lot, her body goes into overdrive to produce more Chor. This in turn produces more stem cells for healing, and thus heals slightly faster. However this puts a huge tax on the bodies resources. Fire: Her body breaks down Inchor into stem cells and Chor. The stem cells go off to heal while the Chor reacts further to produce the flammable Gas of Chor. This is stored in a gland at the edge of the lungs, with tubes going up the throat to the top of the mouth. There is a small spark producer here, that ignites the gas to produce the flame. Inchor can he spat out alongside the gas, creating lethal napalm effect. The vapour from the liquid is also a heavy irritant and any unprotected eyes can be affected. This is why when producing flame the Eldyrannth closes their third eyelid which they have in both forms. The third eyelid is used in both aquatic and aerial activities. They can also spit out Inchor without igniting it to put a waterproof layer in something. However this is highly flammable. Stomach Acid: Their heart contains a left aortic valve so they can, willingly, redirect blood flow to essential organs like the brain. Also they can redirect it to the stomach increasing their stomach acidity so they can digest bone. When they produce too much they will sometimes throw it up. As they can do this on command they can use their own digestive juices as a defensive option. Senses: She have very keen eyesight and have advanced night vision. She has sensitive hearing and they have a sensitive sense of smell. Not only this, they can use their tongues like a snake and further distinguish scents from each other. They can do this on land as well as in water making them deadly hunters of all environments. Flexibility: She is very flexible and can climb trees easily, which she very much does enjoy doing. Weaknesses: 
      Dragon Form: The under-belly is her weak spot as it is not made from the same material that the rest of the scales are made of. It is more softer and more hide like to allow easier breathing without hindering her performance. If she were to be struck at the right place (in between the rib bones and into the heart) it would mean instant death. Or a slow, painful one if the Inchor glands were struck as the Inchor is essentially their immune system. She cannot remain in this form for very long periods of time as she becomes more animalistic the more time she spends in this form. Flying: When flying, she is using up her energy and working her muscles. She must fly often to keep her endurance up so that she is able to fly for extended periods of time, and even then she needs to stop to prevent passing out or straining her muscles. Her wings may become damaged which will impede her ability to fly. If they are damaged severely enough, she will not be able to fly and will have to wait for the membrane to re-grow before she can fly once again. Cold (In dragon form)/Hot(In humanoid form): She slows down in colder weather, but also suffer when it becomes too hot. This is due in part of her cold blood as she does require the sun to regulate her temperature and if she is too cold, she tends to slow down. In hot weather, she becomes sluggish as she gets to hot and must cool herself down some way as she does not sweat like other humanoids. If she does not cool down, it could potentially be life threatening. Inchor and the Crystals: In return for the large amount of power gained from using the powers, over time, the crystals power turns the Inchor into crystal itself from the exotic radiation that the crystals give off every time they are used. As Inchor is a constant presence in the blood, this essentially crystallises the blood. In the later stages of this illness, as the blood thickens and the crystals scratch them from the inside out, it can become very painful. If death does not occur soon, the victim can ask another to end their life to end the suffering. The more the Eldyrannth uses their crystals, the quicker the blood turns to crystal. They are also more susceptible to infections the further down the illness they are. Most hope that they die of a virus then the crystallisation of their blood. Stomach Acid: This can burn their throat and leave it raw and irritated for a few hours or even longer making it painful to eat or drink. Combat: She is not a good long range fighter, so she is vulnerable to an attack from far off. Crystals: In order to use the crystals, she will need energy to do so. The more she uses them, the more energy she uses up. If she exhausts herself, she can pass out and leave her open to attack. Or she will lose so much energy that she no longer has enough to keep her heart beating and die. Telepathy: The Eldyrannth are a race that has a natural, telepathic, hive mind. This means that Talivana is an extremely powerful telepath and can hear a thousand voices at once. With people not of her species, she will not open her mind to them unless they gave her express permission. Her mind can overwhelm other races, and they can become lost in her mind easily. Telekinesis: If she tries to move more then she can handle, she can use up a lot of energy and pass out, even strain her mind. To be able to use telekinesis if she concentrates and if someone distracts her, she can lose what grip she had. Also, she may accidentally trigger it when she is angry and cause the person she is angry at fly away from her. Her telekinesis can be so precise that she can use it to crush veins and arteries inside someone else's mind. This can be taxing on her due to the fine control, but she never likes using this ability anyway. Fire: She only has a limited amount of Inchor at one time and must wait for her body to produce more. Ambitions (Hopes/Dreams): To lead the UFF into the next Golden Age.
      Hobbies and Interests: In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends. She also loves to spend her time in study, and learning new things so she might often spend some time on the Internet or reading books to learn as much as she can in the time that she has. One of her favourite hobbies is painting. Her style is a realistic style, painting people, objects and landscapes with as much accuracy as possible. She isn’t one to like abstract, or modern art, so trying to get her to compliment some will be a fruitless endeavour. 
      Sexual Orientation: Bi-sexual (Males and Kays only).
      Personal Sexual Information
      Turn ons:
      Having unprotected sex, especially if it results in pregnancy. Having loving, romantic sex with someone she loves. Having sex with a stranger. Hard, almost animalistic sex especially with a Mako or Zeta. Having sex with an Eldyrannth in their Eldyr form, in both her Tarunoid and Eldyr form. She especially loves being chased. Turn offs: 
      Gore and Vore. Scat and golden showers. Her partners being violent or controlling. Being degraded and humiliated. Penis Length: N/A
      Breast Size: D-cup
      Sensitivity: She has usual Eldyrannth sensitivity.
      Additional Sexual Information: Like all Eldyrannth females, her breasts and pussy are more sensitive than Tau’ri. As an Eldyrannth, she has the nanohairs on her hands and she will only hold hands if she is being intimate with someone she loves. She doesn’t do it with those she doesn’t. In sex, she’s more of an equal partner and doesn’t submit easily.
      STD History: Clean.
      Extra Information
      Father: Kayrin, a Professor at the Vorserend University. Deep purple eyes. Deceased.
      Mother: Jyavana, the Queen of the Eldyrannth. Golden eyes. Deceased.
      Siblings: Lyravana, her older sister, Golden eyes. Presumed Deceased. She also has a twin brother that she refuses to speak about.
      Grandparents: Zaeravana, ex-Queen of the Eldyrannth. Golden eyes. Deceased. Graerin, Eldyr High Guard Leader. Blue eyes. Deceased. 
      Children: One daughter, Triavana Eldyr'maraki (Talivana and Tripp Keza'maraki). Golden eyes. One male, born 2011, Zairin Eldyr'demeri (Talivana and Zaine Mako'demeri). Rainbow eyes.
      Grand-children: One male, born in 2011; Dezrin Eldyr'maraki (Triavana and Tripp Keza'maraki). Deep Keza blue eyes.
      House: Owns a Keza Corp: Housing Estate Agents property on the Unity Estate.
      Car: None.
      Pet: None.
      Additional information: On her desk in the PM office, is a small Crystal tree. The crystal trunk is clear in colour, with gold and white leaves. It is about twelve inches high and looks like a fully grown tree (Think Bonsai tree). She often sings to this tree, songs that usually sound sad, and rarely she will sing something that sounds happy. While she does not sing often, she has a remarkable singing voice but this is not unusual for an Eldyrannth. 
      History
      Awards/Commendations: None.
      Criminal Record: Clean.
      Medical Record: Talivana is in Stage III of Inchor Crystalisation. Stage III is an mildly advanced stage of the Inchor Crystalisation. 16-22% of the Inchor in their blood system has crystalised by this point. Cutting of the blood vessel walls happened often, resulting in internal bleeding. There are still enough stem cells around to heal as these occur. Risk of other complications such as a stroke is between 2-4%.
      Bio: 
      DOB: 4th January, 1300 BC.
      (Bio temporarily removed due to Description limitations with IPS)
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