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Offline DragonSong

Silent Storms
« on: December 06, 2017, 12:53:53 PM »

The public gardens were a nice enough place to loiter, if one had the time or inclination. Lily Hartnet didn’t necessarily have either, but she did have the wherewithal and ability to slip away from her siblings and their chaperone.

She just needed a few moments to herself, a minute where the constant fussing of her family was the furthest thing from her mind.

The sun was creeping toward the horizon. They’d realize she’d slipped away soon enough and come to collect her. But for the moment at least, tucked in the lengthening shade of a blossoming pear tree, she closed her eyes and just basked in the sensation of solitude.

Offline Wycliff

Re: Silent Storms
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2017, 11:23:42 AM »
Jace appeared from thin air on the inside of the garden walls, clutching his side as he stumbled against the hard brick. Crimson was blossoming across the white silk of his robe, a testament to the severe injury below. His teeth gritted as a fresh wave of agony washed over him, and with his eyes shut tight, the flesh below began to knit itself back together.

It wasn't the first time he'd regenerated an injury, but at most they'd been scrapes or cuts. The pain was incredibly more intense, almost enough to make him pass out as nerves and flesh reconnected. The worst part? He wasn't even in the clear, the guards of Uthlyn still hunting him mercilessly. How they'd gotten word about his bounty in Reahj so quickly he'd no idea, but he needed to leave Connloath as soon as possible. If only he knew where to go!

A quick cough yielded a glob of blood and bile, splattering on the ground in front of him. His legs gave out, and he collapsed onto his knees, eyes catching sight of a woman sitting below a blossoming tree before him. Oh god, there were people here?

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Offline DragonSong

Re: Silent Storms
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2017, 11:47:10 AM »
"Oh!" The sound of a wet, ragged cough had Lily's eyes flying open and she looked around. She'd through she was alone in the gardens. "Hello?" She got to her feet- a little less than gracefully perhaps- and flicked her eyes around in search of the source of the sound.

Her breath caught in her throat when she saw him. "Oh- oh my God!" Almost stumbling in her haste, she ran to the obviously wounded man who seemed to have appeared out of nowhere, kneeling beside him and gripping his shoulder in a frail offer of support.

"Sir, can you- what happened. Oh goodness. Can you move?" She lifted her head, looking around for help. God, a moment ago she'd wanted her family miles away, now she wished they were here to help her. "Jorris! Jess, Dorian! Someone, we need help!" Turning her attention back to the injured man, she bit her lip and tried to lean him back against the brick wall of the garden.

"It- it's going to be alright. I'll get you some help, I promise," she babbled, slightly panicked.

Offline Wycliff

Re: Silent Storms
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2017, 08:39:34 PM »
Jace coughed again, this one slightly drier as his internal organs repaired and halted the bleeding. The touch of a hand and her voice told him that the woman was friendly, at least for now, but a different sensation soon told him more. Instinctively, his body began to quickly drain the poor woman's magic energy. The surge of power was pleasant as always, but as she tried to prop him up against the brick wall, it began to escalate, sucking more and more. He quickly broke away from her grasp. It was dangerous for mages to touch him, and he wished no harm on the girl, especially since she was so kindly trying to help.

He craned his head up at her, getting a better look at her face. A mistake: his face began to flush, she was so close! He scrambled backward, to no avail, trying to get his bearing. "Um... thank you, Miss. For your concern, I mean." He glanced down at the wound, now completely healed. "It's really nice of you to try and help me and all, but it's dangerous for mages to touch me, I wouldn't want you to get hurt." His father, Aven, had taught him that mages couldn't normally utilize all the magic energy in their systems, as it's presence is interwoven with their life force. If drained of all magic, mages incur serious physical detriment, even sometimes resulting in death.

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Offline DragonSong

Re: Silent Storms
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2017, 08:51:40 PM »
Oh good lord he was delirious.

And she was...suddenly not feeling so well herself. She’d almost call it one of her fainting spells approaching, but it was...different. Less like a wave drawing her under, more like the energy was being pulled from her body.

“I...” she swayed where she sat and removed her hand from his should to press her pal against her forehead. “You’re...mistaken, sir. I’m not...”

Her magic, unknown and unchecked, twisting and writhed in an effort to protect her from this strange new development, even while it was desperately trying to recover what power had been lost. Steel gray clouds began to roll in overhead- and with a rather understated little gasp, Lily fainted onto the grass beside him.

“Lily?” Her eldest brother’s voice rang through the garden as he came hurrying around the corner. “What happened? I heard you shout-“

Jorris fell silent as he took in the image of a bloodied stranger and his sister’s pale, unconscious form. His eyes grew very round.

“What the hell happened?!”

Offline Wycliff

Re: Silent Storms
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2017, 09:09:35 PM »
Jace was as shocked as the man who'd just shown up. He hadn't drained too much, had he?! His eyes grew wide in terror. No, no, no... It wasn't happening again, he couldn't be responsible for killing another mage! Wait, what had she meant that he was mistaken? Did... did she not know she was a mage?

It had never occurred to him someone could have magic and not know. In a place like Connloath, though, it made all too much sense: and if she didn't know, her brother might not either. "I- I'm so sorry! I was hurt, and she tried to help me, but then she got pale and fainted!" It was always important not to lie, that much he knew, but omitting facts for the sake of protecting others was no crime of character.

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Offline DragonSong

Re: Silent Storms
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2017, 08:37:08 AM »
Already kneeling at Lily's side, Jorris let out a soft breath when he pressed his fingers to her throat and felt her pulse fluttering against the pressure. A little faster than normal, but otherwise alright.

"I'm sorry, sir," he murmured, gathering the unconscious young woman into his arms as he looked up at the stranger. "My sister- she isn't well. Ever since she was a child, fainting spells-" He cut himself off with a shake of his head. "No time for this, forgive me. You're hurt. Here."

Two other well dressed figures had poked their heads into the gardens, a man and a woman with almost identical faces, and behind them a rather dowdy older woman in a dress so full of ruffles it was amazing she had yet to be mistaken for some decorative pastry.

"Dorian!" Jorris called as he shifted his sister carefully in his arms. "This young man needs help, get over here!" He looked back to the wounded stranger. "We can get you to a doctor, or a faith healer if that is your wish."

Offline Wycliff

Re: Silent Storms
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2017, 10:32:38 AM »
Jace shook his head. "Don't be sorry, she's very thoughtful." His eyes hardened. Should they be told? It was obvious that the girl- Lily, her brother called her- had a magical disorder. More specifically, it seemed her power was intuitive, a serious problem in a place like Connloath. Unless she learned to control it, she'd be outed as a mage without even knowing herself, and possibly even put to death. Just like my father...

Jace picked himself up, holding his hand over the now healed wound. He wouldn't tell her family, but Lily deserved to know. He'd been too late to save his father, but he'd be damned if he walked away from another mage in need. With a small press of his hand against his skin, Jace caused a laceration along the area, gritting his teeth as unseen magic sliced his skin apart, and blood began to flow once more. They'd need to think he was still injured for him to stay near enough to Lily to break the news, and the only way for that to happen was if he truly was injured. "I'd rather a regular doctor, I don't trust those faith healers, too close to magic for comfort." It wasn't a lie, holy magic wouldn't help him at all, and could even cause him harm if they were skilled enough.

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Offline DragonSong

Re: Silent Storms
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2017, 10:39:21 AM »
Jorris gave him a sort of approving look and nodded. "Here, don't stand," he said, holding a hand out as Dorian seemed to finally realize he was actually needed and moved forward to offer an arm to lean on.

"Easy, friend," the younger man said with a kind, encouraging sort of smile. "We took a carriage here, it's not far. Let me help."

Dorian's twin had come up behind him, peering over his shoulder curiously. Their chaperone seemed to have vanished, and at Jorris's questioning look, she said, "Melanie went to call a doctor, she said she'd bring him back to the manor. What happened?"

"I...don't rightly know," Jorris sighed as he stood, Lily cradled carefully against his chest. The middle Harnet sister was breathing a little shallowly, her head resting against his shoulder and her hair tumbling down around her, pulled free from its loose bun and braids by her slight fall. Jorris shot a look at the stranger. "How were you hurt, sir?"