Special skill: good with swords/fighting
Two line backstory: Village got burned down for unknown reasons and now depressed traveelling to the capital when he encountered mellie
Owns: A horse and two swords :P and a tent :P
Special skill: Knows the plants in the forest extraordinary well
Two line backstory: Got kicked out of her village when her curiosity got the better of her and she wandered into a ruin of the ancients in search for some herb.
Owns: Nothing, but a bow and some clothes and stuff
Had it been a mistake? Had it really been so wrong to search in those ruins? It wasn't like anything odd had happened... and I even found the herb I needed! Why didn't they understand? A silent dry tear slowly rolled over my cheek and I picked it away. It had been a day and still I had these mood swings; doubting myself, getting angry at them, being lonely or even just being entirely apathetic. Being apathetic was best, nothing really mattered. Why would I even care about those idiots? I could take care of myself better without them then with them either way.
Suddenly I realize the sun is starting to drop behind the hills to the east, I come to a standstill and am surprised how quickly the day has passed. I must have ran nearly the entire day... which my muscles seem to confirm by with a painful ache. They are sore and painful and I would probably have to rest tomorrow. When I was out collecting herbs I used to sleep alone in the forest quite often and yesterday had been just like that, but it being the second night... it was weird. It was making all of this a reality. What am I even doing? I don't know where I am heading even! Where am I going actually? This is about as far as I had ever gone from my home village... and that had been together with two other friends for our maturation ceremony two years ago and far farther to the west. One of the tasks had been to spy on humans, so that we could confirm with our own eyes they existed and wouldn't get careless and let ourselves be seen. It had been a lot of fun and a huge adventure... now all of that seemed childish. All I knew was that I had to get away from the village, so that was what I was doing.
Either way, I have to focus. All of that didn't matter, nothing mattered. I snapped my eyes open, it would do me no good if I fell asleep standing here. Looking around I see an eldar tree. At least some luck on this stupid day Elder trees are great, because if – and that is a real if – you are able to climb and cut your way into them they protect you from all sides as the inside is this hallow space whereas from the outside it is a nearly perfectly round thick layer of leaves and twigs. So not only did it protect you from the cold, it also hid you well from unwanted eyes, be them human or animal. I always got in somehow, which I guess was in part due to my small form, but it still proved to be a challenge each time.
As always I started climbing into the tree forcing my feet into the small extrusions in the bark of the stem, pulling out my knife to slowly, carefully cut myself a path into the protective inside. It seems harder today... Damn it, why couldn't I have the stamina all the guys had! How did I even survive running all day? I was such an idiot... I sadly think to myself. Suddenly I feel the knife falling from my grip. `Damn it` I say out loudly this time. Nothing to do about it and I climb out of the tree again. At least the blade of the knife struck into a root of the tree, so I don't have to search for it inside the leaves. For half a second I consider getting back into the tree, but even thinking about it makes me fall asleep right there and there on the spot. Half stumbling I walk to some bushes a few steps away and drop dead in the middle of them. With my last remaining power I get my blanket from my pack and arrange at least some of the twigs to hide me from view. I wonder whether there are wolves here... is my last thought before I fall asleep...
Last edited by AlRoke; 10-24-2013 at 10:02 AM.
What happened? Where is everybody? Is there anyone alive? I’m still thinking of the same questions I had when I arrived at, what used to be, Emroii. I’ve been traveling for a long time now and want to go back. Meet my friends and have some fun. Why and how did this happen?
Now I’m heading towards Erillis. Hopefully I find someone there who came from Emroii and knows what happened. The only things that I have left are my horse, two swords and a tent. I can at least sleep inside but I need to find something to eat. The water in the old well in Emroii was still drinkable so I filled my water bags as full as possible. Food is the problem.
Far ahead on the left side of the road is the forest. Maybe I can find something to eat there. At least there is enough food and water on the way to feed the horse. Without my horse I would never be able to travel this fast and far. Thinking about my horse, I should give him half an hour rest. Looking at the sun, its later than I thought. I should set up my tent and make some fire to protect me from the beast in the night. Let’s see, here is some dry grass and no I need to find some branches.
Its dark, I’m alone. It’s cold in my tent and you can hear the animals outside. I hope the fire stays on and that my horse will still be alive when I wake up. Why is nobody around? Where is everybody? Where are my friends? Why didn’t they send a bird with an explanation on what has happened and what is going on? What is that? I hear something strange. It doesn’t sound like a normal animal. Where did I leave my swords? Oh there. Let’s see what is outside…..
Last edited by Kiro Taiyou; 10-24-2013 at 03:16 PM.
I walk through the ruins, the road is black, so very black it seems to swallow me, slowly drawning me in it's perfect black quality. Had it always been so black? I gasped for air, looking at the towering buildings around me. Small, so very small I am, drowning in this ocean of perfect black sticky water. I start running through the blackness, forcing my way up, away from it. I make it to a town square, but this one is made of solid stone. Like a rock cut into half, perfectly unnaturally flat. My attention is drawn to a door, it's calling me, but I don't want to go. The ancients build, I need to get away. Find the herb! I turn around... Find the herb! I start running... Find the herb and get away! The black road swallows me, but this time I don't have the strength. I gasp, drawning!
Still gasping I wake up, sweating all over. My muscles are sore as I try to figure out where I am. Ah, yeah, that's right, I had been so tired. The ruins of the ancients... I dreamed about them again though the dream was already fading from my mind. Only the fear stays with me. Drowning in blackness. What a scary place it had become.
It's still dark as I look around and although I am really tired I don't feel like sleeping anymore after that nightmare. I slowly stand up nearly falling down to the ground again. "Auch!" I cry out loud. This is no doubt the worst muscle pain I ever had I think to myself angrily. Oh well, only thing I can do about it is to move about... it will pass as it always does. And either way, it's not like it matters. Nothing does. Again I try standing up, this time holding onto the bushes to prevent myself from falling. It occurs to me that I could just settle down here, live here for the rest of life and probably never meet anybody again. I guess that would be a good thing, the farther I am away from those idiots the better... which makes me remember Lyan... he had been the only one to cry when she had left. He even had openly opposed the village father after he had declared she was banished. Quietly I wonder to myself whether I would have fallen in love with him if I had stayed. Oh well, not much point in thinking about that anymore. With a force of will I start walking. Away, farther and farther away from home.
Left. Right. Left. Right. I want to sleep, yet time after I time I keep on making another step. Why am I still walking, in the middle of the night. So tired and yet unwilling to sleep. I must be going crazy I think to myself. As I look up from the ground below me I find myself on a clearing... wait, is it a clearing? I can't see the forest anywhere... I could have hardly gotten out of the woods yet, that should still be another day of walking. Though yesterday I had been running like crazy... could it be I really had gotten out of the forest. I fall to my knees, tears spilling once again on the ground. Forsaken. Alone. Frustratingly I cry out at the moon. Shouting profanities and curses at it. How could I have ever ended up like this? "Screw it!" I cry out as I punch the ground with my fists. I lie down on my back and stare at the sky. You know I think to myself I could just lie down here and stay here forever, maybe I will be eaten by wolves or I will die from thirst, does it even matter? My family and friends probably expect me to be dead already. Why hadn't I committed suicide yet? After being banished that's what you were expected to do. Not that anybody told you so, but I knew that more than well enough. I wonder what it had been in me that had pulled me south? Had it been fate... or just the craziness of youth? I look at the stars as slowly sleep is starting to grab me again.
With one sword in my hand and the other attached to my waist I slowly crawl out of my tent. I see that my horse is tense and is trying to walk away. It’s a good thing I tied him to a tree on the side of the road. It’s really dark out here. Usually I sleep somewhere near a village or town. It’s my first time actually sleeping in the middle of nowhere. When I look up I can see the stars shining. Oh wait, the sound. What was that sound? I need to check. Slowly I let my eyes go around the tent and toward the fire. It’s still burning, but to make sure it doesn’t go out I put some extra branches on it. What’s that? I saw something moving in the dark. I grab my sword really tight and start walking into the dark. It came from the other side of the road.
It is difficult to keep my eyes in the direction I want to go and at the same time look where I put my feet. I need to be as quiet as possible. If it really is an animal I can catch it and I’ll have meat for breakfast in the morning. But what if it is a wolf or a bear. Then I will be in trouble. There is no way I could ever win against such creatures. I can see it happen before my eyes. Me, who just found out his village is burned down to the bottom and nobody is there. Me, without having a clue if anyone was there when it happened or if everybody died. Right now I don’t have a home, no family, no friends. It is best to think of the worst. Nobody will know that I died, eaten by a bear or wolf. I really need to stop thinking like that.
I stepped on something. Don’t make a move. If it is still there it probably can’t see me. Or that is, I hope it can see as much as I can and that is practically nothing. It’s still quiet. I’m slowly moving forward trying not to stand on something again. What is that? Something is there. Is it a rock? For some reason I don’t feel like it’s dangerous. I’ll look a bit closer. Why is it so dark. I can only see a shadow. It’s long and…. It looks like a human. Is it an ambush? I raise my sword and grab it with two hands. I look around me and see nothing else moving nor do I hear any sounds. My horse, my tent. I turn around and I can see the fire still burning and the shadow of my tent and horse are still there. It’s time to be brave. I take a deep breath and say with a loud voice “who is there!”. For some reason I don’t expect to get a reaction and I’m hoping I am talking to a rock. But I’m pretty sure rocks don’t move….
Startled I look up. Did I sleep? I heard something. Somebody said something. I look around without moving my body and then I spot him. Against the sky I see the silhouette of a man. For some reason my heart skips a beat, but then everything hits me again. It's not like anything matters I think to myself. Be him human or elf, let him just kill me. For all our speed and agility, even a human child could overpower an elf... especially me. I am fair with bow, but he would have crossed the distance before I would have drawn it. It's odd, one part of me is wondering how to survive, whilst another has already accepted death. And even if he's an elf and not a human, by the decree of our village father they have to kill us if ever they were to meet us. Of course I could try running away, but sore as I am I know I don't even make the smallest chance. So I close my eyes hoping he will just kill me without raping me like the humans in all the stories do. Why do humans even exist? I shouldn't have gone out of the forest I think reflectively.
It really is moving. Now I know not it’s not a rock. Why is it still so dark? I can’t see it clear. What do I do. I could kill it, without knowing who it was. Or I could try to figure out if he or she is ill. For both I need to get just a little closer. Slowly.. Slowly… Is that a bow? I need to get that away. What if he or she attacks me? I could still be an ambush. Maybe I can stand on the bow so he or she won’t be able to pick it up. Looking at how it’s attached to him or her if I do keep my feet on it, he or she won’t be able to get up quickly. So if he or she is in any way dangerous I have a bigger chance of killing him or her. My sword points to his or her face, let's wake him or her up. “Hey, wake up. Who are you and what are you doing here?”. With my feet I’m kicking him or her. “Wake up already or I’ll just kill you now!”.