Kasai-no-Shima.   Posted by The Wild.Group: 0
The Wild
 GM, 16 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 03:01
Kasai-no-Shima
Looking vaguely like a mountain wearing a crown, the black citadel of Azuma towers over the nearby peaks, its ancient black minarets perched like serene but black-hearted birds of prey over the fertile mountain valleys that feed its populace. The soil, rich from volcanic ash, provides grapes, root vegetables and (at a lower elevation, closer to the western coast) rice to the hungry elves of Azuma and, to a lesser extent, its neighboring cities of Hoseki and Boro.

At Azuma's heart, one can clearly see from a dragon's-eye view the Ward-Maker's palace, near the ever-smoldering Aa Gardens.

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Kameko, Child of the Turtle
 player, 2 posts
Fri 16 Oct 2015
at 22:45
Kasai-no-Shima
Beneath the hot smoking sands of the upper slopes of one of the mountains a sinuous form emerges, black scales glinting strangely in the light of a nearby lava flow. With a shake of her delicate frame Kameko lets her gaze slowly take in the shards of glassy rock around her and the minarets clinging to the slopes opposite and far distant. She smiles as she takes them in, whiskers tasting the burnt-rock taste of wards at work, and her smile broadens at the carefully tilled valley between them
Kameko, Child of the Turtle
 player, 3 posts
Sun 18 Oct 2015
at 19:08
Kasai-no-Shima
With a powerful thrust of her haunches and an audible snap of her delicate wings the nielle-scaled Kameko takes flight, though her altitude is low and she lets the warm updraughts of the region buoy her slow glide towards the Gardens. Black form against the black fields, she is difficult to spot until she is close by. She smiles as she spots the commotion on the walls of the city and figures scurrying within the minarets, smiles and spirals straight up for several hundred feet to circle it in plain sight. Finally, satisfied enough have seen her she lands in one of the ornamental gardens, atop one of the aa outcroppings and as careful as she can be not to disturb the raked sands with their spirals and whorls and wards.

Delicately, she cleans a single fore-claw and watches for their reaction
The Wild
 GM, 39 posts
Mon 19 Oct 2015
at 03:48
Kasai-no-Shima
 

20:53, Today: The Wild rolled 4 using 1d4.  Kasai-no-Shima resistance roll. [Development Levelx4 - 2 Magic Penalty]. Unfortunately, the civilization rolls really good on their resistance roll. They get a 54 on their resistance roll.


The hot, cindery AA Gardens are carefully sculpted patterns of sand, ward and magma, woven into a beautiful if blisteringly hot tapestry on fire, earth and magic. Of course, Kameko didn't take the time to notice this. Instead, she simply landed on the cindery hot lava, barely even registering the heat.

The elves of Azuma, mostly sacred caretakers of the Aa Gardens and a few visiting nobles and patrons, looked on with astonishment. The elves stood frozen with indecision, fear and awe, perhaps unable to make out Kameko's glorious form fully beneath the veil of smoke and cinders she wore as she squatted in the lava sculptures.

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:54, Mon 19 Oct 2015.

Kameko, Child of the Turtle
 player, 4 posts
Mon 19 Oct 2015
at 20:24
Kasai-no-Shima
Picking out a small party of those standing stupified, Kameko writhes through the smoke and the flame to appear before them, rising to her full height before descending until her maw is but yards from them, the golden-green orbs that are her eyes catching the light of the sun and the fire in their many facets.

"Ahh", she breathes, before taking a long inhale of their scent, "You are the ones playing with the earth's blood"
The Wild
 GM, 42 posts
Tue 20 Oct 2015
at 02:20
Kasai-no-Shima
18:57, Today: The Wild rolled 1 using 1d4.  Kasai-no-Shima resistance roll. [Development Levelx4 - 2 Magic Penalty]. The mortals put up only 14 for their resistance roll. Things should go a bit better for Kameko this time...

Kameko, by pure luck, chose a party of sacred earth-tenders to "introduce" herself to. Upon seeing her approach, the majority fled in a blind panic, but seven of them stayed, holding rakes and silvery styluses in addition to more esoteric, obviously-magical tools. They stood transfixed, Kameko's umbral pigmentation allowing her to blend in with the haze of ash and basalt-black crust of the aa. It was difficult to tell where Kameko ended and the lava flow began, and as she slithered up to her quarry, more than one of the elves believed they were speaking to a raw manifestation of mountain's power.

And in a way, they were.

Before she spoke, the (remaining) earth-tenders consulted one another in hushed and panicked whispers. Kameko's sharp senses could make out the elven word for "dragon" repeated many times over. The elves hissed it sharply to one another, and with palpable fear. Finally, one of the elves, an ancient-looking male who has somehow retained his coal-black hair even in his advanced age, steps forward to address the mighty dragon. "I am Yasuharu, high priest of Hikaru and appointed First of the Earth-Tenders. If anyone here has "played with the earth's blood," it would be I, for I have even imbibed the sacred blood of Hikaru in the Rite of Heart-Embers. Moreover, if anyone is responsible for the Aa Gardens, than it is I. Do you find these works of stone and fire pleasing, lady dragoness? It is my sincere hope that you do, but if you do not, I ask that I, and I alone, am punished."

With that, Yasuharu lowered his torso in a sweeping bow. The other earth-tenders accompanying him (those who had not fled, at least), followed suit, and actually a took a knee, kneeling before Kameko. Yasuharu remained upright, however, straightening up after his bow in order to wait Kameko's judgement with the sort of serenity befitting a high priest.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:13, Tue 20 Oct 2015.

Kameko, Child of the Turtle
 player, 5 posts
Wed 21 Oct 2015
at 12:41
Kasai-no-Shima
Impressed by the elf's bearing and demeanour Kameko leans closer, her maw mere feet from the priest, before whispering, "It pleases me.."

With that she retreats back into the smoke and fire, drawing strength from them
The Wild
 GM, 52 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2015
at 18:08
Kasai-no-Shima
The Wild rolled 5 using 2d4 with rolls of 1,4.  Kasai-no-Shima resistance roll. [Development Levelx4 -2 Magic Penalty]. This gives a total of 56. Keep in mind that magical civilizations get 2d4 Fortune dice to resist any Prey actions that use Mystery! If it wasn't for that, Kameko would have succeeded...

While Kameko could feel the respect and awe of the elves washing over her as clearly and distinctly as she could feel the churning volcanic heat all around her, it wasn't quite enough for what she intended to accomplish. Trying to contort her physical form to match the might and grandeur the elves expected of her proved too trying a task. The distraction in fact made Kameko linger overlong in the hot, cindery aa, forcing her to slink back to her subterranean burrow to allow her singed scales to recuperate. The sacred caretakers simply looked on in confusion and shock, making no effort to impede her egress.

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:15, Fri 23 Oct 2015.

Kameko, Child of the Turtle
 player, 7 posts
Thu 29 Oct 2015
at 06:33
Kasai-no-Shima
Within the lair a breeze stirs the smoke and ash
Kameko, Child of the Turtle
 player, 8 posts
Fri 30 Oct 2015
at 07:28
Kasai-no-Shima
Within her lair, Kameko begins to hatch a plan and calls upon the lava flows and sulphurous fumes of the region to construct a series of baffles and false caverns and poisonous sinks
The Wild
 GM, 62 posts
Fri 6 Nov 2015
at 03:12
Kasai-no-Shima
OOC: 19:05, Today: The Wild rolled 4 using 2d4 with rolls of 3,1.  Kasai-no-Shima resistance roll. [Development Levelx4 - 2 Magic Penalty]. The elves roll decently on their resistance roll.

Rock boils to tar and then magma around Kameko's form. Here, in her lair, she feels refreshed and reinvigorated, even though she has difficulty fully extending her will into the roiling mass of metamorphic rock.
Kameko, Child of the Turtle
 player, 10 posts
Fri 6 Nov 2015
at 15:35
Kasai-no-Shima
With her scales glowing dully from bathing in the lava of her lair, Kameko took wing and sought out the elves of Kasai-no-Shima once more. She made no effort to conceal herself once she was sufficiently far from her home, enjoying the bite of the high altitude winds and the tease of the world currents. Gliding on them for a time, she spotted the temple she required and folded her wings tight to her body so she plummeted towards the city like a bolt of black lightning, unfurling them at the last moment to snap open with a break that would summon her priests and allow her to alight daintily on a small minaret close to one of the many open balconies. Close enough for her to speak and be heard in return.

Whilst she waited for the elf to find his way to her, she perched, tail curled round the smaller tower and picked fastidiously at her fangs with a single razor sharp claw.
The Wild
 GM, 66 posts
Sun 8 Nov 2015
at 22:18
Kasai-no-Shima
OOC: 13:58, Today: The Wild rolled 3 using 1d4 with rolls of 3.  Kasai-no-Shima resistance roll. [Development Levelx4 -2 Magic Penalty].

As Kameko fluttered to a perch on one of the many minarets of the High Temple to Hikaru. Before long, Yasuharu approached, apparently having been summoned by the temple sentries. Several guards accompanied him, clad in finely-wrought elven chain and wearing flowing scarlet robes. In their hands they held long, silvery swords, a slight curve to their blades. None made any threatening gestures, however, and Kameko could easily sense their fear.

"Lady Dragonness," the high priest Yasuharu said as approached. "You return to us. What can we do for you?"

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Kameko, Child of the Turtle
 player, 11 posts
Mon 9 Nov 2015
at 21:02
Kasai-no-Shima
"You impress me, Yasuharu", murmurs Kameko, "You have strength of will and presence of mind You may be my voice or choose another in your place"
The Wild
 GM, 67 posts
Tue 10 Nov 2015
at 06:45
Kasai-no-Shima
OOC: The Wild rolled 2 using 1d4 with rolls of 2.  Kasai-no-Shima resistance roll. [Development Levelx4 - 2 Magic Penalty].

The faces of the gathered elves quickly grew furrowed with concern. Yasuharu puffed out his chest and shouted, "No! You speak blasphemies, lady dragoness! I am the voice of none but Hikaru, the god that broke his bones and spilled his blood to gift magic to elvenkind! I cannot be your proxy among our kind, lest I break ancient oaths."

At this, Yasuharu let out a heavy sigh. "And it pains me to say so, lady dragoness, for I personally believe you to be but a manifestation of the infinite might of Hikaru. Trust me when I say I have no desire to run contrary to your will. If only one of my attendants accepted your noble missive, and came forth to represent your interests in Kasai-no-Shima."

At this, Yasuharu glanced (rather conspicuously) at one of his apprentices. Somebody nudged the unlucky soul forward with an elbow, and a female elf with waist-length raven black hair came forth to bow before Kameko. "My name is Kazue, and I will gladly serve as your intermediary and translator among my people, lady dragoness."
Kameko, Child of the Turtle
 player, 12 posts
Fri 20 Nov 2015
at 19:51
Kasai-no-Shima
Arching one eyebrow, Kameko studies the young elfess for a long moment, "Come to the place of earth-fire where we first meet, Kazue Dragon-Voice. We will speak of your duties"

She turns, poised to take flight, "You will instruct me of the ways you honour Hiraku, Yasuharu Steadfast-Heart. But later"