The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:05 am

Zaryna gave Lya a small nice massage which she wrapped up with a whisper,” If you ever like to talk about it, know we are there for you… always.” She pecked Lya’s ear,” Oh… and I love that perfume…”

The red haired tiefling got up from the bed and kneeled next to the backpacks, quickly counting a few things before making some notes. “Hm, it seems I have overlooked a few things.” She rose to her feet and smiled at the two sisters on the bed. “I’ll be heading a moment to the evening market at the docks. In less than an hour I should be back, and then we can close up our nice stay here with a relaxed evening… small dinner and early sleep?”

She swung her cloak over her shoulders, got the short shopping list and stopped by the door to look at them again. She believed that Lurue has sent her into their lives to give her something to fight for as well as to show her she too was entitled to love. And love was more than holding hands or bedding people. Love is about accepting one another, being able to deal with each other’s flaws and weirdness. In a sea of people most are looking for perfection but many didn’t know it was about seeing and feeling imperfect people perfectly. It’s about telling or showing each other how proud you are of the other on a daily basis, or make them feel it at least. Several people tend to skip some of parts in that regard and thus when such told her how pretty and sexy and sweet she was, she only listened when it was said by those she loved. She smiled warmly at her lovers, and more particularly Lya as she placed her hand on the door handle…
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Postby Sunset Fallow » Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:21 am

Maharetii watched patiently, smiling as Zaryna left. Her smile was gone by the time she turned to Lyanthi. “Now, what are you doing...seeing Misari and pretending it didn’t happen?” Maharetii actually seemed mad.

“But...” Lyanthi looked stricken.

“No but’s...what...just what?” Maharetii’s fists were clenched tightly into little balls. “You LIED!”

“Crap..” Lyanthi slumped onto the bed.

“Crap...indeed.” Maharetii crossed her arms.

“I’m sorry.” Lyanthi dug in her pack she carried. “Here...Misari gave this to me before we left the Pampered Traveler.” She tossed a folded piece of parchment across the bed then fell back, staring at the ceiling.

Maharetii read through the note quickly. “So...what’d she want?”

“She wants me to help her escape during the trip to her home.” Lyanthi sighed in frustration. “Gods, what a mess.”

“What? Escape...she hired us to ...Geez, Lyanthi. What the hell have you gotten us into?” Maharetii began to pace.

Lyanthi sat up. “Not you...or us...me. But I guess, yeah...us. But I didn’t say yes...I ummm...I sorta said I’d think about it.”

“Sorta...what’s that mean?” Maharetii stood glaring at Lyanthi.

“Well...I said I wasn’t sure. I mean I didn’t know if she was telling the truth and so I was a little hesitant.” Lyanthi rolled her eyes.

“Ya think? Do you have any idea what kind of trouble we’d be in...kidnapping a noble’s DAUGTHER? DO you...!?” Maharetii leaned forward as her voice became strained.

“It wouldn’t be kidnapping if she wants us to help her.” Lyanthi leaned forward onto her elbows.

“It will to her father...”Maharetii was tapping her lip. “Now why does she not want to be at home...why why why?”

Lyanthi shrugged. “She said the man wasn’t her real father...her stepfather and he just wanted her back to marry her off. Anyway...that’s what she said.”

Maharetii stopped her pacing, turning her head to look at Lyanthi. “And you believe anything she says? Were you going to share this with us…sometime?”

Lyanthi made a face, but didn’t’ say anything.

“Well, we can use that...find out if it’s true.” Maharetii was pacing again. “Of course, we’ll need to tell Zaryna everything...she may have some ideas.”

“Is she gonna yell at me too?” Lyanthi sat staring into the floor...her head slumped forward.

“Probably...ya big dodo.” Then she came to sit close to Lyanthi and hugged her. “Your hearts way too big, Lyanthi...Gods.” Then she kissed Lyanthi’s cheek.

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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:09 am

More than an hour passed before Zaryna returned. When she listened at the door she noticed how silent the room was and hoped the sisters didn’t fell asleep as she had hoped for a small nice dinner with them later on. When she opened the door quietly and peeked in, her heart went completely soft at the sight of the two dozing off between soft pillows on the bed, pretty much like two kittens cuddling up in their nest to keep warm. They didn’t seem to sleep however as when the door squeaked Lyanthi broke the kiss with Reti.

“Hello sweethearts,” Zaryna said smilingly, hanging her cloak on the rack. “I have wonderful news!”

Lyanthi was about to say something but stopped as Zaryna came over to the bed.

“Tomorrow we won’t have to travel alone. While I was getting our last things, I overheard some small caravan accompanied by guards will be leaving right after sunrise. It seemed to me that it would be much safer for us to travel in group… not that the road is that dangerous, but you never know. And since we are escorting someone I figured that would be for the best. I mean, with all those guards around we kinda have extra eyes, don’t we?” She clapped her hands enthusiastically together. “Isn’t that wonderful news??”

Lyanthi looked from Reti to Zaryna, her mouth agape. “Uh…”

“Oh, and of course yea! I already sent a message to Misari in which I told her to wait for us at the northern gate since that will be the place where the convoy will gather.” Zaryna smiled brightly and plopped down on the bed only to lean over and kiss each on their bare shoulder.

“The only question now remaining… Shall we go have dinner now… or should I take off this dress first?” She giggled and looked from the one to the other, sliding her hands over their legs. Then, she observed their expressions. "... What...?"
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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Sunset Fallow » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:54 am

Maharetii put her hand over Zaryna’s. “I think that should wait.” Maharetii patted her hand.

“Zaryna, Lyanthi has some interesting information she found doing a bit of investigating. Seems she was right about Misari after all.” Maharetii took a couple of steps then turned back to Zaryna.

“What...right about what?” Zaryna looked confused, glancing between Maharetii and Lyanthi.

Maharetii smiled, handing Zaryna the note Misari had written to Lyanthi. “Misari wanted to meet with Lyanthi to persuade her to plan a very public escape in which she appeared to be kidnapped.”

Lyanthi raised a brow. Now what was Maharetii up to? That wasn’t what was said.

“To her father and those in her kingdom, it would appear as if we were the perpetrators of a crime while Misari would be held blameless, disappearing from sight again, or at least from her father’s sight.” Maharetii continued.

“Now, we can’t let this happen the way Misari has planned...” Maharetii continued as the three began to discuss their assessment of the situation, at least of what they knew and thought they knew. It wasn’t going to be easy. They couldn’t let on that they knew or Misari would simply vanish on her own and blame the three later. Yet if they went forward with the plan as Misari wanted, they’d be blamed as soon as she vanished. It seemed a quandary...at least by them knowing what Misari planned, they’d have some time to think of some remedy; a solution to avoid what appeared to be this woman’s intent to use them to cover her planned disappearance.

“So yes, I think we’ve been used.” Maharetii was pacing the floor again.

“I think the three of us have been set up to appear as if we’re kidnappers or at least complicit in her disappearance. She may even admit it at the end, but I have no doubt after thinking on this that we’re going to be played to her benefit. And, I think this was her plan from the very beginning when she asked for aid…we just happened to be the ones who volunteered.” Maharetii stopped her pacing to watch Zaryna a moment.

“I know Misari seems sweet and innocent...but we’ve been used by a very calculating woman.” Maharetii rubbed her hands together. “Now, we have to think of something so that we don’t appear to be the bad guys in all of this.”

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Postby Jain Zar » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:11 pm

Zaryna sighed and rubbed her cheek. “Ughh, if these assumptions are all true… Why is it then that people keep using us for their own goals? I mean, I really don’t understand, is everyone really this self-centered these days or what?” She looked apologetic at the others. “Sorry… now I fail. It’s Lurue who brings people like these on our paths and she does favor highly adventurous people. That doesn’t mean however that anyone can use us and if your analysis is true, Reti… then we have to make precautions.” She turned to Lya. “Make sure you keep all evidence close to you. For instance, the note Misari wrote you, Lyanthi, is an important one. What else do we have? Ah, witnesses… the ones at the House of Healing, the owner of the inn where she stays, and… hey? What about her servant? What do we know about that one?”

The others shook their heads.

“Hm, first of all, I say we move in cautious tomorrow morning. Lyanthi, you go first, in cover to see if Misari shows up at the gathering of the caravan at the northern gate. If she isn’t there, we may have to look for her in the city, but my gut tells me she will come after I sent her that note about travelling with a convoy. Seems to me this travel group would be for her the perfect opportunity to escape somewhere down the journey and have the attention of other people on us. We’d be too occupied with people questioning us, and by the time they all figure it out themselves, Misari will be long gone. So, if Misari shows up, which she high likely will, I’ll ask the guards to keep an extra eye on her and I’m even willing to spend a little coin on that. As for us, we’ll take turns in watching her during the nights. And you, Lyanthi… if she asks your help during the journey… help her, but warn us, so we'll all leave the caravan together, sort of.” She shook her head,” I feel mixed about this. On one hand I’d like to drop the entire Misari thing, but if on the other hand she appears sincere about her problems, we could prevent Misari from making bad… evil choices. We could... at some point... be all honest about this, have an open conversation... and perhaps offer her our help anyways?”

She dropped on the bed next to the other girls and sighed. “What do you think?”


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A rose colored glow illuminated empty streets and cast long darkly contrasted shadows across cobblestones still wet from the morning dew. The rattle of their carriage and loud ‘clop-clop’ of the horses hooves echoed eerily as they passed through nearly vacant streets and city squares only now slowly coming to life in those early morning hours.

Lyanthi poked her head to the windowed opening to watch the passing of the buildings and few people as they came closer to the North Gate. “This is close enough...stop.” Lyanthi called out to the driver above.

Lyanthi exited the carriage and trotted ahead. She was gone a few minutes then returned, speaking to the driver and pointing further down the street. Once finished, she returned to the carriage and explained.

“Kay...everything is set. I found the caravan and Misari. I didn’t see anything that was suspicious or out of place. They’re all just waiting around. I told the driver just to go ahead and take us in.” They all nodded and felt the carriage begin to move.

As the driver pulled into the staging area, Misari and her servant both turned to watch. Maharetii waved as they exited and began to get their baggage with the help of the driver.

“Is the caravan ready?” Lyanthi spoke to Misari as she approached.

Misari nodded quickly. “We’re ready, and the caravan is impatient to leave when you are ready Miss Lyanthi.”

“Fine...I think Reti got our bags, and Zaryna is speaking with the caravan master. I guess we’re ready as well.” With that, they three found their places near Misari and her servant and began their trip.


It was unusual quiet in the gently rocking carriage. At least compared to how they had been chatting last time at the Misari’s inn. Zaryna sat on one bench with the two sisters semi-snuggled up next to her, and Misari and her servant sat on the bench across them. Zaryna sensed Misari’s curious looks and her eyes met the half-elven’s.

Misari blushed some when she realized her observations had been noticed and thus started a conversation. “So you all three are… well, together? Since long?”

“Uh…” Zaryna glanced at the others “Not that long officially, but we know each other just a little bit longer than that. Actually I met Lyanthi and Reti around the same time and the same place, but seperately.”

“Oh..? Weren’t they then…. “ Misari coughed “ Well,... together?”

Lyanthi opened one eye to indicate that she was still awake, her arm around Reti tightening.

“Well, no, and they had no idea really about each other.”

“They had no idea they were sisters?” Misari practically blurted out.

“Does it matter?” Lya asked.

“Does it matter what, sweety?” Zaryna said, her hand moving lovingly over their arms.

“What we are. Does it matter?” Her eyes shifted to Misari who reddened.

“Uh… oh… no! No, of course not.” She stumbled a bit over her words. “Well, it is just unusual that sisters and such… you know…” Misari averted her eyes.

Lyanthi narrowed her eyes. “You know… what…?”

“I guess no harm is done there… I suppose…”

“Exactly…” Lyanthi said dryly before she leaned in and kissed Reti on her forehead.

The other tiefling purred softly as she dozed some.

“It doesn’t matter indeed, and even less to me.” Zaryna said. “I think we know people will talk but I don’t care at all. And it’s not like we are killing anyone, or are into harming anyone.”

“Yes… yes of course… and I know this story of a sister who…”

“I’m not interested in hearing that… I don’t like to be compared either.” Zarya said surprisingly firm. “And it probably isn’t like that at all.”

Misari gasped and then quickly nodded. “No, of course it isn’t…” Her gazed trailed off from Lyanthi to her servant.


Zaryna however was very perceptive today, paying extra attention to any nonverbal information as well. Where they indeed being used. Was Misari setting up a scene in which she would do something for herself, but at the cost of others, them? Lyanthi didn’t had had the change to talk things over again with Misari ever since they discussed it. Perhaps she would have to create a moment, an opportunity in which she would leave Misari and Lyanthi alone. Perhaps during the next stop… Yes… With an excuse she would lead Reti and herself away from them… and then later on she would see if Lyanthi had learned anything more. As another silence fell over them, Zaryna looked outside the carriage at the highlands covering the rolling landscape, and behind it Mount Waterdeep in the distance loaming above...
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Postby Sunset Fallow » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:53 pm

They were in the tunnels, a favorite spot where Lyanthi hunted. Zaryna was running. Lyanthi called for her to stop, it was dangerous and she’d run too far for Lyanthi to protect her. They came from the shadows. Lyanthi tried to run, to catch up to Zaryna. There was something dragging on her legs. She watched as one, then another struck at Zaryna, her defenses collapsing. She fell to the ground bleeding and still they struck at her. Lyanthi watched as they clawed her lover down, ripping at her flesh. She could hear Zaryna scream…a gurgling cry as they tore into her.

Lyanthi screamed, then opened her eyes with a sudden jerk. Zaryna lay next to her and was gently stroking her head.

“Shhhh...Go back to sleep, sweetie.” Zaryna placed her hand on Lyanthi’s cheek. She knew the irritation Lyanthi felt when someone would even think to criticize their relationship. It would bother Lyanthi for days as she thought about what she should have said or done. She wanted resolution to problems, and had little patience for waiting.

How Lyanthi felt about another person wasn’t anyone’s business but that person...or persons, in this case. She loved Zaryna and Reti, and no one was going to ridicule them, at least not to her face. She knew what people thought in private and what they’d say. And she’d be lying if she said it didn’t bother her. But since Maharetii had told her about their ‘origin’, who they were....at least as much as she knew, she loved the woman who looked so much like her even more.

They shared a common bond now, more than anyone could ever imagine. She didn’t know how it was done; to ‘grow’ a body, two bodies magically and form them so perfectly and identically as to be indistinguishable from that born of a woman. Then to instill a soul into each...it was amazing. She knew there was something different about her. She healed so fast and she never seemed to get older...and it’d been years. Ten years now and she still looked as she did when she was sixteen. She didn’t even have a scar where she’d been cut so many times. And Maharetii was the same...always young, always beautiful.

The thought, the idea, the odd feeling that something else could be inside her, possess her as a demon might possess someone...that was odd, frightening. She wanted to ask Maharetii more about it but didn’t quite know what it was she was even asking. Was there something more inside her...it seemed a stupid question. Yet the feeling that something very dark and sinister was there, just at the border of her consciousness...lurking like some hideous beast; barely contained, just out of reach. She could almost feel its hunger; a ravenous, slathering thirst that once released would rip through her body...and...what? She didn’t know. She shivered suddenly.

“Lyanthi...are you okay, sweetie?” Zaryna’s hand felt warm on her cheek.

“Ummm, yeah...just a dream.” Lyanthi’s eyes shifting slightly to see Zaryna.

“Wake Reti, Sweetie...we’ll be stopping soon. We can get something to eat, stretch our legs and stuff.” Zaryna's fingers played along Lyanthi's cheek.

Lyanthi reached over Maharetii’s shoulder and tickled the white haired mage under her chin. “Get up, fatty....time for the feed bag.”

“Lyanthi...that’s mean!” But Zaryna was smiling, and nearly laughed.

Lyanthi smirked giving Zaryna a sideways glance. “She knows I’m kidding.” Then she leaned further over Maharetii’s shoulder and began to kiss her face repeatedly.

“Okay...okay. I’m up already...geez.” Maharetii turned to face her twin. “You’re a pest, ya know.”

“I know.” Lyanthi looked down at Maharetii, then kissed her suddenly. “Gods, I love you.”

Maharetii placed her arms around Lyanthi pulling the tiefling closer, returning her kiss passionately, then slumped back into the long bench seat as the carriage came to a stop. “I know...it’s why they made you, silly.”

Lyanthi slid to one side as Maharetii sat up. “Huh...?”

Maharetii only smiled that tight lipped tiny smile, her eyes narrowed and brows arched as she exited the carriage. Zaryna laughed and shook her head, following Reti from the carriage.

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Postby Jain Zar » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:19 pm

Misari blinked a bit and looked from the two who had already left the carriage to Lyanthi sitting across her. Then she nodded to her servant to get out and prepare some meal before turning back to Lyanthi.
“You two are an extraordinary pair, you know. And Zaryna of course too.” She nodded quickly.

Lya lounged relaxed on the bench, her eyes meeting Misari’s. “You have no idea how extraordinary and special I think they are.” She narrowed her eyes slightly. “And if anything would happen to them, like ever… I can’t be responsible for consequences.”

“I can understand that. Oh…” She glanced at the door of the carriage. “Have you thought about our small conversation?”

“I sure did” Lyanthi pulled up one leg. “What are you up to?”

“Well, we… I don’t know yet. Zaryna made it a little harder by us joining this convoy. But to me it’s really important we … vanish.”

Lyanthi crossed her arms. “Why don’t you just tell me everything now we’re at it. Just tell me the truth, Misari. What’s going on? I sure may like to help if I only knew the details.”

Misari’s response was almost haughty. “What else do you need to know? My life is my life, and I just want to make an escape from it.”

“And make it look you are kidnapped from it.” Lyanthi whispered calmly.

The half elf widened her eyes some as she leaned over towards the tiefling. “Yes? That’s what we discussed? I don’t have a plan really yet…”

“Liar…”

Misari blinked. “What did you just say…?”

Lyanthi sat up and then leaned forward as well. “I -said-... liar. Of course you have a plan, and you have made us a part in it. And with us… I also mean the women who are dear to me in this life. You… you tell us this story, then… later on, you call me over and tell me another. I have to know… we have to know what we are facing. You asked us as an escort, to protect you, practically watch over you. And then, quite handy actually since I’m one of the ones watching over you, you ask me to help you vanish, escape, make it even look as you are kidnapped.” She shook her head.

“So, I see you have been thinking, and are having second thoughts on this.” Misari concluded. “Fine, I will elaborate though it ain’t much. When we make our stop for the night, maybe tonight, or maybe tomorrow, and you are standing guard to ‘keep an eye out’, you just close them for a brief moment and we’ll be on our way.”

“That’s a stupid idea, Misari. Where would you go, and how? We’ll be in the wilderness.”

“I’ll just steal horses…” but she quit talking as she saw Lyanthi shaking her head. “You have other proposals?”

Now -that- was maybe something the others may liked to hear, Lyanthi thought. Having Misari ‘escape’ by their rules. Still, she didn’t know if they could trust the half elf entirely even if they’d agree upon a plan. And then, there was also still that servant who barely had said any word ever since they got to know her. Lyanthi gazed thoughtfully out of the carriage in the direction where her lovers and Misari’s servant had walked.
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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:28 pm

“I’m not going along with any plan that involves me...us, becoming suspect in your disappearance. You want our help, then play by my rules.” Lyanthi glowered at Misari, then left the carriage before she had time to respond.

Lyanthi dropped to the ground and walked over to where she saw Zaryna and Reti sitting in some shade. She looked back at the distant carriage where Misari still sat, obviously thinking over what Lyanthi had said.

Zaryna motioned the two tiefling’s to walk with her some distance away. “Well...?”

Lyanthi spoke quietly, turned away from the distant carriage. “She going to frame us. She’ll try to escape while one of us, probably me, is on guard. It’ll appear as if we’re complicit in a kidnapping.”

Maharetii crossed her arms. “I knew it...she’s using us.” She paused to look at the other two. “They’ll be so busy chasing us to exact some retribution for this supposed abduction that she’ll get away again. By the time she’s caught or found, whatever...we’ll be dead or rotting in some cell.”

Maharetii began to pace, then turned back to the other two. “This is very bad. You know we’re stuck with being the bad guy in all of this. If she leaves for any reason and spreads rumors that she’s been kidnapped, we look bad. Even if we were to leave now, we’d still be blamed.”

“So, what...she’s a spoiled little royal brat who thinks we’re all completely enthralled by her beauty and royal heritage. HA! I say we deliver the brat to her father.“ Lyanthi smiled mischievously, playing idly with a dagger. “Everyone thinks she’s more than happy to return home...even said as much publicly to several people. I say we do just that. It couldn’t be that hard to prevent this waif of a girl and her servant from escaping.”

“And what if she does try to escape?” Zaryna nodded toward Lyanthi. “What then?”

Maharetii took a step toward the two, her eyes narrowed and a hard look on her face. “Zaryna and I can stop her...and she’ll never know what happened.”

Zaryna turned toward Maharetii, a skeptical look on her face. “Reti...if we use magic on her she’ll know.”

Maharetii raised her chin, becoming somewhat aloof. “No she won’t...not if she’s sleeping. She’ll wake never knowing what happened. After a couple of nights, she’ll catch on, but the only way to stop us is to lock herself in her room. Even then, I don’t think she could keep me out. And so what...is she going to tell someone we’re preventing her from escaping? I’ll lock her in the room magically myself...she’ll never get out.” Maharetii rolled her eyes.

Lyanthi grabbed the dagger from the air and plunged it into the tree behind her. “I say we do it. Anybody have any better plans...speak now...” She smiled and wiggled the dagger blade free of the trunk. “And don’t forget the servant...she’s in on this. We do the same to her.”

Maharetii had come up to sit next to her twin, placing her hand on Lyanthi’s to stop her playing with the dagger. “Right then...Zaryna? Anything...other thoughts, ideas...whatever?”


(( Note : I keep posting the rest of this story written quite a while ago, with a thanks to Sunset for contributing back then. ))
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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:16 pm

Zaryna rubbed her cheek thoughtfully. It was hard to say what the spoiled brat was up to, but if she had some brains, and Zaryna believed she actually have some… Misari would chose for an escape that made sense. That is if she were to act without Lyanthi. She still had to overthink some of the possibilities of how they could prevent it and thus shook her head lightly.

“Lyanthi… I want you to keep gaining her trust. Use whatever means necessary, but make sure we somehow learn how it will be done if she truly decides to involve you. But I like you to try hard that she would involve you. Do you understand what I am saying?”

The tiefling glanced at her sister and back to Zaryna with a nod. “I’ll think about how.”

“Excellent. Let’s make sure then she isn’t getting away as we speak. Go and find her again. We try and keep an eye on the servant.”

All around horses were unbitted, fed and watered, and it was like everyone had this mental checklist on things that mattered and needed be done. The animals and carriages awaited in the friendly cover of the trees, out of the sun, and that is exactly where Zaryna and Reti waited for the others to return. The servant had fetched some fresh water from a nearby stream and came calmly walking back to their carriage. Silently as always the girl poored the sack in a barrel on the back and waited for the return of the lady she served.

A few minutes later people started to show up from their little walks, and so did Lyanthi who appearantly had found Misari. Zaryna saw the two close talking to each other but pretended she didn’t notice. Only when they got closer Zaryna greeted them with a warm smile. “Great, just in time. I overheard we’re about to go on the move again.

And thus everyone got back on their horses or carriages and not much later the first chariot rolled over the gentle rise in the road and disappeared from sight.

This time Lyanthi was sitting next to Misari and her servant.

“The leader of the convoy, that long captain guy…?”

Reti looked curiously at Zaryna as she spoke. “What about him?”

“He said we are in for a storm perhaps for the night. We may stop a bit earlier to make sure we have the time to set up tents. He seems to know the road well and has a perfect spot for them. Near a tiny little forest and a glade surrounded by some large rockery and boulders to stay out of the wind. “

Misari glanced at Lya.
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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:36 pm

Thunder rolled ominously across the narrow vale. Far across the valley, the distant horizon was obscured by billowing dark clouds lit from within by bright flashes of light that outlined fanciful shapes and bizarre creatures. Like ancient giants they marched along the valley, roaring and hurtling their spears into the gradually darkening sky. Lyanthi stood on the crest of a small hill overlooking the caravan’s encampment, watching the inevitable advance of the storm. Nothing moved in its oncoming tide. Overhead, the sky had turned a lavender orange as the sun slowly dipped behind the darkening horizon.

She wanted to stay to watch the storm slowly crawl along the valley, to feel the winds and the smell of rain as it poured from the sky. But she’d promised Zaryna she’d watch over Misari...like she was her babysitter and the only one capable of watching the rotten little misfit. If it wasn’t for Zaryna and her willingness to accompany this piece of royal trash we’d not be in this situation. But then she and Reti never got a say in these things.

She looked down at the camp wondering where Misari was now. Most of the tents had been erected and everything that could be tied down was. She looked back at the horizon and took a deep breath. The storm was approaching quickly. She hurried down the hill to find their small tent and waited outside. Three voices...good. At least Misari was still inside.

She knew the storm would be a perfect time for Misari to try to escape. Vision would be limited and the sounds of the storm would mask anything going on outside. The guards would be more concerned with staying dry than actually patrolling. If MIsari needed to go outside during the storm, it’d be up to her to go outside with her and get drenched in the rain...that figured, of course.

That Misari had initially confided in her was a joke. She viewed Lyanthi as the most gullible...which was a mistake. Now it had become her job to convince the woman to continue to confide in her. She tired of these little games. She was a fighter, of sorts, and hated this cat and mouse intrigue. Of course, what she wanted to do was to tie the little wench up and haul her back to her father...but that would probably not end well with the three of them in a jail, or worse.

She pulled back the flap of the tent. Reti had lit the interior very nicely with a couple of spells. Reti, Zaryna and MIsari were all talking and playing some sort of card game. Misari’s servant sat at her side, but didn’t play.

“Hey...storms getting close.” Lyanthi sat down cross-legged next to Reti.

Zaryna smiled and Reti just leaned into Lyanthi, showing her the cards she held.

“I’m gonna win.” Maharetii whispered with a devious grin.

“Can I play?” Lyanthi tugged at the cards Reti held playfully.

“The game is a series of hands. Miss Lyanthi. It requires strategy and some bluffing to win, but takes several hands to complete. We cannot take another player once the game begins.” Misari bowed her head as she finished. “I am sorry”

“That’s fine...Reti and I will just play together.” Lyanthi began to tug on Maharetii’s cards again laughing.

“MINE!” Maharetii jerked the cards back. “You can watch till you get the hang of it...and don’t lose! Or I’ll have to beat you.” Maharetii smiled as she laughed and rubbed shoulders with Lyanthi.

Misari gave the two a rather unpleasant look but didn’t say anything.

“It’s getting late, we should all finish the game and tie the tent flap closed and get ready for the storm before we get into bed. Remember to place everything you don’t want to get wet off the ground.” Zaryna looked around at the other three.

“And we should go outside in pairs.” Lyanthi added.

Zaryna nodded. “Alright then...your play, Reti.”

Reti laid down three cards, discarded one and gave the last to Misari. “Out...!! I win!”

“But...I wanted to play. “ Lyanthi seemed quite disappointed.

“You did and we won....TA...DAAAAA!” Maharetii was smiling broadly, her hands in the air.

Misari just glowered and dropped her cards on the blanket. “My servant and I will returns shortly.” They both took up a small bag and headed for the door to the tent.

Lyanthi looked at Zaryna, her eyes wide and questioning.
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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:19 pm

Misari and her servant didn’t wait for an answer, not even when Zaryna started to say,” But it can be dangerous out there, and the storm is really really close, and a big one.” How could she ever explain to them that she could sense it through powers obtained long ago. She could sense the incoming violence, a diabolic rage that was gathering into the clouds now almost above them, ready to be send out into the world below, faceless and randomly lashing out and spreading destruction. A brilliant light flashed through the tent, and two figures silhouetted against the canvas as Misari’s servant opened flap and let out the half as first.

“We’ll be just fine…” the tieflings overheard as Misari’s servant followed her.

“I… I’m coming with you, just in case... “ Lyanthi said as Zaryna motioned her with her eyes.
Swiftly Lyanthi rose to her feet, bent her head and stepped through the small entrance just as another forked lightening was spit from the black sky lighting up the lands that were now shrouded in an unnatural darkness.

Zaryna leaned in and whispered. “And we… sweet Reti… are going after them. I’m a bit tired of having to take into account so many possibilities and though I really can kick on a good adventure, I rather don’t like see us involved in something we may not be able to win. Especially not when we keep waiting for their first move, we will always be behind by at least one step, even with Lyanthi there. Also… I trust your sister blindlessly, but I have no idea what Misari and her servant have up their sleeves. I only wished that they would have waited a little bit longer with what could be their first step, especially since we have still a few days to travel. Now, sit still, I’m going to make us both invisible.”

Zaryna mumbled the words of an arcanic, to Reti familiar spell, and a second later their bodies were rippling like water, turning transparent like a spirit before disappearing from sight.

Both girls got up and went out. Zaryna swallowed when she saw the black clouds, and there were like gigantic claws ready to consume everything on their path. They had to have move fast as it wouldn’t be long before the storm would flood these lands.
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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:43 pm

Wind buffeted them like tendrils grasping at their clothes and hair as they exited the tent. Maharetii shielded her face and eyes from the driving rains as she searched the area for Misari and Lyanthi.

“I can’t see anything.” Maharetii yelled into the wind trying to make herself heard over the roar of the storm. “Wait...wait...over there.” She pointed in a southerly direction away from the camp. Zaryna turned to see where she indicated.

“Let’s follow...” Zaryna lowered her head and turned away from the buffeting winds and flying debris.

They had walked some distance when a sudden bolt of lightning ripped through the sky striking a nearby tree, shearing off a large limb that crashed to the ground in a shower of leaves and smaller branches. Maharetii stood stunned, her hand clutching her chest as her heart pounded and ears rang from the deafening strike.

“Can you still see them?” It was all she could do to make herself heard over the storm around them.

“Yes, they’ve stopped” Zaryna turned back toward Maharetii to shelter her face from the wind.

They walked some distance toward three figures that had stopped near a large tree. One lay prone on the ground. As they approached, they saw Misari’s servant lying face up slumped at their feet. Blood covered her face and matted her hair.

“Misari....we have to get her inside.” Lyanthi shook the young woman who stood staring at the prone servant. “Misari...now!”

Misari nodded as she suddenly roused. Lyanthi was bending over the unconscious woman, examining her neck and eyes. “Misari....damn...MISARI!” Lyanthi nearly screamed at the young woman.

“Yes...yes, Miss Lyanthi. Tell me.” Misari moved to Lyanthi’s side as she bent to lift the servant carefully.

“Hold her head and neck straight as I lift her. Don’t let it bend. We have to get her to the tent. Don’t rush.” Lyanthi lifted the young woman slowly and carried her toward the tent as Maharetii and Zaryna watched unseen from a short distance away.

“We should help.” Maharetii stood close to Zaryna.

“No...Hurry back to the tent. We’ll stand just outside as if we’re watching and waiting. I’ll dispel the magic once we’re there.” Zaryna replied, leaning close to Maharetii to be heard.

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“It was a tree limb. It must have hit her just before I caught up.” Misari was kneeling at the side of the young servant, gently holding her hand. Lyanthi stood talking to Zaryna and Maharetii while the storm continued to rage outside their small tent.

The three stood for a moment watching the prone servant and Misari. Maharetii quietly motioned the other two to the side. Misari had started to quietly cry over the prone servant.

“Zaryna...do you have any idea how much longer the storm will be?” Maharetii knew Zaryna could sense these things.

“A few more hours, probably just after midnight. It’ll be clear by morning.” Zaryna glanced at Misari before returning her gaze to Maharetii. “We should get something to eat and then sleep, it’s late. Misari, you should eat too.”

“I’m not hungry, Miss Zaryna. But thank you.” Misari continued her vigil of the young servant.

Maharetii motioned to Zaryna and Lyanthi, then turned her back to Misari and held up a page from her journal. Written in large letters on one of the pages was a single word; “Geas”
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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:09 pm

Zaryna however crossed her arms as she watched the half-elf. “Misari…” She hadn’t raised her voice but to all it was clear a sternly worded statement was about to follow.

“It’s been enough already for me. These tricks have to stop. Not only are you exposing yourself and loyal servant to danger, but us as well. And you are risking of jeopardizing any friendships you may encounter in this life if you keep this up.”

She glanced at the tiefling sisters. “We are willing to offer you friendship if you quit these games, but only today. First of all, there is no need for you to escape.” She nodded. “Yes, Lyanthi told us and I asked her to stay near you, not just to keep an eye on you, but also to bloody protect you. You hear that? I’m asked my lover to do that. For what? You?” She shook her head as she watched Misari shrink and turning pale.

“Talos had mercy on you both today. Your servant will be fine, but it could have been worse. Now, listen to what I have to offer and listen carefully. I serve Lurue and everyone who feels he or she has to be on the road should not be kept from that. You obviously didn’t want to sit home, for whatever reasons that may be. I don’t even care. If you want to be free, you are free. But making it look like you actually wanted to return home, and then planning to set us up as you escape, drawing everyone’s attention in our direction… Well, in short? That’s a very very bad idea.”

Misari became even smaller.

“Yea, if it weren’t for my lovely Reti here, we perhaps wouldn’t have figured out that one yet, but as far as I can see…” she overlooked the half elf extensively,” it appears to be true.”

“But Zaryna…” Misari started weakly but the red hair raised her hand.

“Don’t but or Zaryna me, just offer your apologies. Tell us what it is you want to do and each of us will see if they want to help you. We stick to that plan and since we aren’t here to frame you, you will not deceive us once more. Do we have a deal?”

Misari just glanced too many times at her servant when Zaryna talked and the confident half elf had just somehow changed in an uncertain little thing.
“How long will she be out?” Misare practically squeaked.

Zaryna checked the young woman. “She will be fine in the morning, perhaps a little headache but nothing that cannot be repaired. So… do we have a deal? And no more lies?”

Misari nodded weakly.

“Well? What is it you want to do?”

Misari wrapped her fingers around her servant's and squeezed them gently. She was a moment thoughtful before she looked at the others. “People are searching us indeed, several parties actually. We figured if we could let them know where we are, while we aren’t…”

“Oh gods…” Zaryna smacked her forehead with an open palm. “You spread some information, letting ‘them’ know you were in this caravan… and you were planning to escape tonight.”

It became silent in the tent before Misari replied to that, somewhat ashamed. “We were planning to head south. Not north.”

Zaryna started to shake her head,” I… cannot help you there. I can only make you disappear from this caravan perhaps, make it look like you went east or something. But I can’t come with you.” She looked at her two lovers as the storm raged outside. With this weather any possible pursuers would be seeking shelter as well.
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Re: The trip home ... A Faerun tale ... (by Jain & Sunset)

Postby Jain Zar » Thu May 04, 2017 11:10 am

“I can make simulacrums of both and make it appear as if they’re leaving the caravan in whatever direction you want.” Maharetii dug through her small pack. “Ummm...yeah, I have everything I need. The spell won’t last overly long...perhaps an hour or two. But I think that’s long enough to fool anyone following or watching. I’ll also make Misari and her servant invisible for about the same amount of time. I can’t do anything about their footprints or their scent if they have trackers, though.”

Zaryna nodded. “Good...and that’s okay, Reti. Lyanthi. I need you to disable the guards along the path of the simulacrums, but not before they’re seen. Don’t kill them, for heaven’s sake...” Zaryna rolled her eyes.

“Yeah.” Lyanthi nodded. “I can do that. When is this happening?”

Zaryna looked over at Misari still hovering over her sleeping servant. She’d not said a word during the entire conversation. That was a little worrisome. The woman was not being forthcoming and that bothered Zaryna. Gods, if she could only get inside that little brat’s head. Lyanthi was saying something she missed.

“What? Sorry, I was think about the plan. “She tried to appear apologetic knowing Lyanthi’s impatience with being ignored.

“I said...” Lyanthi began rather forcefully. “When are we planning to do this?”

“Sorry sweetie.” Zaryna shrugged. “Unfortunately, that’s up to Misari and her servant. Once she wakes, it’ll be a day or so before she should travel. We can put her in the carriage as she recovers to move with the caravan.”

“What about horses? If they’re to get very far, they’ll need to ride.” Maharetii sat on her cot. She was scrapping mud slowly from her boots with a small knife as she talked.

“Yes, but I don’t think they want to labeled as horse thieves.” Zaryna watched Maharetii then looked at her own boots. “They’ll just have to walk. And I’ll not be party to helping them do so...just in case we’re somehow implicated in this whole thing.”

Lyanthi walked over to Maharetii and sat next to her. She held out her feet and boots with a wide smile.

“Not happenin’...and don’t smile at me. You can clean your own boots.” Maharetii didn’t look up from her work.

Lyanthi shrugged and kissed Maharetii’s cheek. “Worth a try.”

“I’m getting some sleep.” Zaryna sat on her cot and pulled off her boots and gloves. “Reti, can you make that light go dim or shade it?”

Maharetii looked up. The light spell she had cast was on a lantern that had a shade. She dropped the shade and the light dimmed to leave the tent in near darkness. She saw Misari lie next to her servant. Misari had remained silent this entire time. What a mess...and all because this young woman didn’t want the responsibilities that came with the money she spent and her station. She didn’t like Misari much, and the sooner they could be rid of the pair the better, she thought.
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