A long way to go.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Azailah
 player, 474 posts
Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 03:20
A long way to go
Azailah crossed her arms and looked straight ahead now. She pondered if she should mention his name but she chose to.

"A man named Sable came to me. Brought me here and told me to survive."
GM
 GM, 452 posts
Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 03:26
A long way to go
"An alley cat."

"A powerful one."

"A good one."

"Truly?"

"Yes. He helped me. We take her to the master."

The two men swept in beside Azailah on either side. They guided her through the halls of the house and eventually ended in a room with an old lady doing yoga.

Yes?

She continued her yoga as the two men spoke.

"This girl was brought by Sable. She isn't whole."

Obviously, the woman looked BBC up at Azailah. What do you have to say?  Cub.
Azailah
 player, 475 posts
Tue 9 Jan 2018
at 03:45
A long way to go
Azailah flinched at the name, but gathered herself quickly."May I?" Azailah stepped up and copied the same poses the woman does. It was a show of her aptitude and willing to be a pupil.

"I have to say that...I need help.
I believe you can see why."

This message was last edited by the player at 21:06, Tue 09 Jan 2018.

GM
 GM, 453 posts
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 00:44
A long way to go
What are you willing to give? The woman continued her stretches allowing Azailah to follow along.
Azailah
 player, 476 posts
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 01:05
A long way to go
Azailah kept in pace with the Master.

"I've already given a lot which got me in the position I'm in now. I'm not sure what else there is..."
GM
 GM, 454 posts
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 01:17
A long way to go
Would you give up your eyes? Would you go blind for your powers?
Azailah
 player, 477 posts
Wed 10 Jan 2018
at 01:32
A long way to go
Azailah paused in her movements. She held her eyes on the woman beside her watching her. At length she finally spoke, and for the first time her voice was not firm.

"No." She swallowed. "No. I need to see certain people suffer by my hand..." She remained standing now.
GM
 GM, 455 posts
Thu 11 Jan 2018
at 01:40
A long way to go
Your magic will let you see what your eyes have been lying to you about. She turned away from Azailah and continued her exercise.
Azailah
 player, 478 posts
Thu 11 Jan 2018
at 03:42
A long way to go
Azailah moved to face the Master. "I have lost everything. My Father was murdered and I almost died trying to save him, and by coming here I have stripped myself of all the comforts I had remaining..." Her words came out in a quick slurr. She fell to her knees before the woman. Her voice finally weakened, "And now I sacrifice my pride. I beg you... Please help me become whole again. I feel so broken...I need my powers back to continue."
GM
 GM, 456 posts
Thu 11 Jan 2018
at 23:40
A long way to go
Child. The old woman came over and laid a hand on Azailah's shoulder Life is pain. Life is loss. You will regain your sight. But for now you will embrace the darkness.

Without warning Azailah lost her vision.
Azailah
 player, 479 posts
Fri 12 Jan 2018
at 00:12
A long way to go
Azailah panicked at the sudden loss of sight. She started breathing fast and held her hands out trying to find something familiar. At length she dropped her hands to the floor to stabilize herself and steadied her breathing.

Her eyes kept wide as she tried to see but other than that she calmed herself. When it was apparent she would not see with her physical eyes, she jumped to her astral view.
GM
 GM, 457 posts
Fri 12 Jan 2018
at 18:07
A long way to go
The world lit up with color. Astrally she could still see. The master stood over her woth her aura wrapping around her like a cloak. The two others were still behind Azailah near the wall.
Azailah
 player, 480 posts
Fri 12 Jan 2018
at 19:41
A long way to go
Azailah stood up wearily. Her body was trying to get used to the lack of detail and depth perception. She wobbled a bit but was able to stand straight pretty quickly.

She let out a deep breath and didn't even try to hide the scowl on her face.
GM
 GM, 458 posts
Fri 12 Jan 2018
at 20:53
A long way to go
Hate me if you wish. But your powers will not return until you master yourseld. You say you have given up your pride. You are now my pupil and will do as I saw. For now you sweep.

Azailah felt a broom handle forced into her hands.
Azailah
 player, 481 posts
Fri 12 Jan 2018
at 21:13
A long way to go
Azailah swallowed hard. She was reminded of her punishment at the ERT. All she did was nod. She used her astral perception to find her way clumsy out the door and began to sweep. It was a mindless task and so to keep her occupied she focused on the area world, wanting nothing more than to have her power back.
GM
 GM, 459 posts
Sun 14 Jan 2018
at 16:54
A long way to go
Azailah had never used her Astral sight for that long before. At first she could only keep it going for a few minutes at a time before it would fail, plunging her into darkness. Each night she went to sleep on the stiff mat they assigned her with a splitting headache.

It was rare for someone to talk to her. However she soon discovered that people would carry on sensitive conversations in her presence. It was this way that she overheard what different groups were up to both inside the compound and in the outside world.

As the weeks went on she was able to keep her Astral sight going longer and longer with the headaches decreasing. Eventually she could go all day without darkness overtaking her. She was also able to get better at interpreting auras and uncovering who was trying to hide or change their auras.

It was during this time when she was first noticed what others had said about her aura.
Azailah
 player, 482 posts
Sun 14 Jan 2018
at 17:21
A long way to go
She had never noticed the intricacies of others auras. She had always just looked at the basics to gather the information she needed. Now the auras were more vibrant, more detailed. She knew when someone was hiding their powers or when someone had used theirs and was able to follow them.

She finally looked at her own in detail. She knew hers had flowers in the past but now, looking at her arm all she saw were brown petals trapped under green and brown vines with sharp thorns.
GM
 GM, 460 posts
Sun 14 Jan 2018
at 18:09
A long way to go
The more she studied her aura the more she felt in control of it. She started to be able to move her aura around and change the shape of it.

One day the master came to Azailah and took her to the room in which they first met. They say down facing each other. Azailah could see the master's aura was a panther wrapping around her body and moving about. As they sat in silence the panther detached from the master and went over to Azailah. It slowly circled her then settled its head into Azailahs lap.

The master started talking to Azailah. Instructing her. She taught her exercises to control her magic like a yoga master controls their breathing.

That marked a change in Azailahs time at the compound. She was moved to a nicer room and was awarded with nicer food. She no longer had to sweep but was instead included in group exercises both physical and magical. The Panthers didn't focus on large magical explosions or showey magic. Instead they used hidden and subtle magic.

While she couldn't do the spells that others were the various instructors gave her an equal amount of time. Though none so much as the master. Each evening she was taken to that same room and given exercises.

As Azailahs body was growing stronger and tougher from all the exercise her control of her aura also grew stronger. She learned to fight using just her Astral sight and, at the instructors' orders, with no sight at all. The technique was definitely different focusing on first getting a hold of her opponents and then using pressure point strikes to neutralize them.

One evening three months into her training Azailah made a breakthrough. While the master sat across from her Azailah coaching her Azailah felt an entirely different layer of control. Slowly, painfully, she removed one of the vines that was wrapped around her arm. For the first time in a long time Azailah felt access to her magic. Not the entirety of it but definitely a portion of it.
Azailah
 player, 483 posts
Sun 14 Jan 2018
at 18:42
A long way to go
Her arm tingled with a mix of pain and magic. Her arm stung as if she had been scraped by real thorns. But with the opening of the vines her aura burst with blooming flowers.

It was only one or two flowers but they rotated around her arm continually. The two flowers went through a cycle, budding, blooming, wilting, falling, budding and so on.
GM
 GM, 461 posts
Sun 14 Jan 2018
at 20:48
A long way to go
Azailah was moved to guard duty outside of the clan's building. Her new job was to decide if a non associated was worthy of meeting with the master. Usually they would send the newcomer off on a task to prove their worth. Typically the task was to sneak in somewhere and steal something. Or they would have to fuel someone in front of the guards.

During these duels Azailah got to see even more of the intricacies of magic. While with the naked  eye it looked like flying fireballs and invisible shields astrally it was like two energies dancing. The auras would whip out out and entangle together. The stronger aura didn't always win, sometimes it was the one who used their magic in creative ways. Those mages were always taken to the master, even if they lost.
GM
 GM, 462 posts
Sun 14 Jan 2018
at 21:13
A long way to go
As she saw more and more of the mages duel and grew to know more and more about magic she slowly unlocked more of her own power. The physical exercises made more sense as she felt her magic shifting and moving throughout her body. The magical exercises that she could finally participate fully in took her to another level.

She was forced to use her powers more subtly to make up for her not being at full strength. The more of her raw strength she unlocked those effects were multiplied exponentially. She started out pacing students that had been there much longer then her. Then she outpaced the instructors.

Azailahs powers fully came back with a fury of her fighting a fuel against an instructor. As subtle as he was Azailah had lived completely submerged in magic for months and used her magic to wrapped around him like vines. When this happened Azailah felt the last vine fall of her. She finally had access to all her magic.

The instructor stumbled back and fell on the ground. As Azailah stood triumphant her aura grew. And grew. And grew. She felt more power coursing through her than ever before.
GM
 GM, 463 posts
Mon 15 Jan 2018
at 00:09
A long way to go
At her evening meeting with the master instead of going to the exercise room the master took her beyond it to her private quarters. They were sparse with a few chairs and a table in the center of the room with a bed along the eastern wall under a window.

The master sat Azailah at one of the chairs then she sat across from her. The master poured them a cup of tea then sat silently.

After a long break she asked, You have become one of the most powerful mages in the compound. Do you feel like you are ready to leave?
Azailah
 player, 484 posts
Mon 15 Jan 2018
at 00:54
A long way to go
Azailah thought for awhile. Her powers had certainly grown but she had grown too. She was more confident in herself with and without her powers.

She nodded and sipped her tea. "As I said when I came to you, there are things I must do."
GM
 GM, 464 posts
Wed 17 Jan 2018
at 00:17
A long way to go
The longer you stay the !more powerful you'll become. I had hoped you would realize that. The master drank her tea. Intently watching Azailah.
Azailah
 player, 485 posts
Wed 17 Jan 2018
at 02:30
A long way to go
Azailah smirked. "If i stayed, what would become of you?"