Chapter 2 The Kanhai Jahndi.   Posted by Seeker of Truth.Group: 0
Edmund Kirby Smith IV
 player, 586 posts
 Call Sign: Arrowhead
Mon 16 Feb 2015
at 17:35
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
      They sat in the kitchen sipping tea with goats milk..."We'll need the jeep, if Topa can drive us in...,"Kirby stopped his unimportant conversation, he was hmm-hawin around what he really wanted to talk about.

     "Poppa, In light of what we just went through, and the fact that you called my Grandfather and his friends here...pardon sir, but I need to know what the hell is going on..."Kirby said just holding his confused feelings at bay.
Orlando Tibbs
 player, 494 posts
 Call Sign: Pythian
Mon 16 Feb 2015
at 22:24
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
     Orlando slept and slept, he was exhausted. He needed a drink, whiskey, he opened the cupboard doors in the kitchen more than once just to check. The problem with his homemade Hooch, is that drinking it never allowed him to kick his drinking habit and now that he was out it was all he could do not to relapse.

Later that day...

     Elsie, what is there to do with Elizabeth, nothing we've tried has any affect? Her body is fine, I sense no maladies," Orlando said perplexed after a day sitting with Elsie and Elizabeth. He had exhausted all that he knew, and she knew more than he. Maybe there was something in the text that he had given over to Aeviternus, maybe something in there?

Day 2...

     Orlando found who he was looking for the very next day..."Ace...are you in there?" He said to the body sitting on the floor comfortably seated next to Elizabeth Grey's bed.
Aeviternus
 player, 354 posts
 Call sign: Skyfall
 "Ace"
Tue 17 Feb 2015
at 04:56
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
The hood turned up to meet Orlando's eyes, the face under it seeming even younger than usual.  It was the same face, it was just missing something Orlando may have started to expect from the rare glimpse of it... weariness, perhaps?  Instead there was a gleam in the eyes, a curiosity and, dare he say it, a cockiness.

"What's up, 'Lando?" came the reply with a wry smile.
Seeker of Truth
 GM, 1179 posts
Mon 9 May 2016
at 02:46
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
Taking into account everything that had happened in the last few days, it felt like a year had gone by. So much had happened in such a short amount of time but seemed so hard to hold on to...

      Elizabeth Eh-eh Grey lay in her bed not getting worse, but definitely not getting any better. Elsie, whom seemed to be Elizabeth's long time friend continued to work night and day to keep the sinister disease from progressing. She could be heard talk constantly to Elizabeth, recounting old stories as if she were keeping company with someone in a coma.

    Kirby's Poppa JonKae had avoided their conversation at first, his condition had been an honest scape goat, but now he found himself eating breakfast with his grandson and The General. There seemed to be no where to escape to.  The three men were in serious conversation.

     Max and Xuan took turns with the sentinel otherwise known as The Bostonian out in one of the barns guarding the giant hulking man who still slept.

     Orlando and Aeviternus had found time to talk...

     Within the three days the Jahndi had repaired all damage from the storm and altercation, it was almost business as usual.

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Edmund Kirby Smith IV
 player, 589 posts
 Call Sign: Arrowhead
Mon 16 May 2016
at 22:45
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
Kirby looked deeply into the mug before him as if hoping he’d find the right questions to ask written on the surface of the now luke-warm tea. Where could he possibly start? The last time these three men had shared this table Kirby was just a boy, barely 13, meeting the grandfather he would forever there after call ”The General” for the first time. He had believed then that these two men were meeting for the first time but the events of the last few hours seem to prove that false.

The questions piled up in his mind, fighting to be first to find voice in the conversation: Why had they never told him they had met, and worked together in some way, well before that day so many years ago? Why did Popi JonKae let Kirby live his whole life without any notion of the talents his maternal grandfather possessed? When Kirby first showed signs of having his own talents, at 12, he said nothing and, making matters worse, shipped his grandson off to the United States with a grandfather he never knew existed. Why?

Kirby exhaled the breath he didn’t know he was holding. It was then that it occurred to him that he didn’t need to ask a question of these men at all. So all he said was “Yous know what ay going ta ask so just tell me.”  He looked them both in the eye before taking a sip of tea.
Aeviternus
 player, 363 posts
 Call sign: Skyfall
 "Ace"
Tue 17 May 2016
at 03:22
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
The boy seemed to sense Orlando's hesitation and, rather than exhibit the excesive patience he'd shown to the group to this point, he seemed just now interested in capitalizing for his own gain.  His eyes darted a scan over the man standing over him as Ace took a quick breath to jump in on Orlando.

"You played ball, right?"

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JonKae
 NPC, 9 posts
Thu 19 May 2016
at 05:31
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi

     Ahegmmm, Edmund Kirby Smith the 2nd, A.K.A. The General cleared his throat and looked at JonKae briefly. Both men met eyes and looked down at their tea. It's taste was bitter and raw, almost as if the leaves were never fully dried. The General swirled his mug watching the small bits of tea leaf float and swirl in his cup. For a man that had all the answers, he couldn't find the right ones at the moment.  He gained information, it was apparent he wasn't accustomed to sharing it. The General's pause was too long, uncomfortable, he cleared his throat again even though it wasn't needed. "ahegmmm, Kirby, I want you to know...I didn't want this to happen...ahegmmm, there were many times that allowing you to know would have jeapordized...we all wanted to keep you from getting pulled...in the wrong direction....BLAST IT, WHY is this so hard," The General said as he looked into his tea cup for answers to be floating. He looked at Kirby with hard eyes, softening, holding sympathy for his grandson.





     "It was agreed upon, that we would raise you, to keep you protected and secluded from the world we were a part of as younger men. When you started to manifest powers and it was obvious that you had taken after your father; it was decided that going to live with Edmund would be best. This way you...JonKae choked up for a moment...you wouldn't be alone as you went through your changes. My plan was never for you to follow in your father's footsteps, at the time of our agreement, we both wanted to shelter you, to shelter you from our world. We had made a horrible mistake with our children..." JonKae spoke as Edmund began to interject.

     "WE don't know," The General interjected

     JonKae cut him off," Our children are dead, it is not by happenstance! We only have Kirby! And he is a man and needs to know, after the events of this week and what may come, he has precious moments to learn ALL of the truth. I know I'm tired of hiding it from him."

     The General stared at JonKae for a moment, these two men were pillars of leadership, each man unaccustomed to being challenged, but with all good leaders comes that knowledge that one must be a good follower in order to lead. The General found his tea leaves again, "I agree...hard to admit...go on," said The General to himself as if he needed convincing.

     "Your parents met many times as children, it was not luck that brought your father Kirby to the Kanhi Jahndi," spoke JonKae in a reverent voice. He looked at Kirby checking for understanding.



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Orlando Tibbs
 player, 500 posts
 Call Sign: Pythian
Thu 19 May 2016
at 13:03
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
In reply to Aeviternus (msg # 186):

     Huh? You pla... yeah I played football," said Orlando perplexed. That's an odd question Orlando thought. "Have you ever played football?" Orlando said fishing to continue the conversation.  Orlando closed his fist, trying to keep his hand from shaking. He had felt sweaty this morning, he couldn't tell if it was the heat or if he was getting a fever. A drink would fix his shakes, this was certain, but this wasn't the place or time to fall off the wagon.
Aeviternus
 player, 364 posts
 Call sign: Skyfall
 "Ace"
Sat 21 May 2016
at 03:58
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
The boy's eyes darted down to the recently made fist, having an optimum angle at it from his seated position on the ground, and seemed to consider the meaning though it didn't stop his line of questioning.

"No," he replied plainly and looked away briefly.  Returning eye contact once more he continued; "What's it like?"  The curiosity seemed sincere, the question seemed almost wistful.
Xuan Tien John Wu
 player, 698 posts
 Call Sign: TSUNAMI
Sun 22 May 2016
at 07:12
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
It was an odd sensation. There had always been a connection between Xuan and water, but this was different. While keeping sentry over the most recently subdued opponent, the dark warrior sat in silence and contemplated the change.

Was this how his father felt about the water, or how the water felt about him? Was it a spirit that imbued him with his strength and connection? The spirit was quiet now, but Xuan still felt it. If the water spirit decided that it wanted to be in charge, would he have to overcome it once again? The power he exerted over water to bend it to his will was remarkable, and it somehow made him feel closer to his father, even though they were nowhere near each other.

Max had tried to make conversation with him, and although Xuan didn't want to be rude, he was simply not in the mood. He would be very happy meditating instead, though that would have to wait until later. Until then, he could easily stand vigil while using Tai Chi. If not meditating, it was too hard to stay still. He needed the clarity and control as his mind tried to wander. Normally he would work with his Chi, but now it seemed more appropriate to use water.
Orlando Tibbs
 player, 501 posts
 Call Sign: Pythian
Wed 25 May 2016
at 03:59
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
In reply to Aeviternus (msg # 189):

     "What's what like?" Orlando looked at his fist trying to relax. Can't let them see me like this. Pull your shit together Tibbs.
Aeviternus
 player, 366 posts
 Call sign: Skyfall
 "Ace"
Thu 26 May 2016
at 03:54
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
Avery's eyebrows furrowed, "Football.  Playing.  Take your pick.  What's it like to be given the choice to do something that's... fun?"

The tone was characteristically young adult; annoyed, earnest, ignorant.
Orlando Tibbs
 player, 502 posts
 Call Sign: Pythian
Thu 26 May 2016
at 19:24
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
     Orlando stopped. Suddenly perplexed, the person he knew as Aeviternus was different, he sounded young, not himself. Orlando blatantly looked at Ace's face trying to see the eyes. He ducked his head down to catch the face. It looked the same but there was something different for sure. "Are you...? A stupid question almost came out of his mouth. "In all the years you been alive you've never played a sport or game? Come on, be straight with me. I don't have time for games," Orlando said trying to figure out where Ace was going with this conversation. For the moment Orlando was baffled.
Seeker of Truth
 GM, 1184 posts
Fri 27 May 2016
at 03:45
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi





     At first Aeviternus left the confines of the Jahndi, seeing cattle, homes and a carefully planned out farm. It was tamed land that seemed to be its own village with roads and structures that held to it borders of jungle. Aeviternus floated, covering ground looking for clues, not sure what he was looking for in the spirit plane; he wandered observing.  Floating high into the sky he could see for miles, soaring higher he could see the distant Jamestown and the ocean to the North, turning south he glimpsed his first clue.  A grey-ish swath of land, like color fading from a picture. Just beyond the boarders of the Jahndi the first vestiges of jungle began, and it was there that Aeviternus was able to see a change in green.  The Jahndi was green, full of life.

     Aeviternus was in the mirror of the world, the spirit reflection of the real world. Here he could see his companions, the houses, the foliage, if he drifted further away from the material world the landscape would change and what he might find. In his past, the further he moved from the mirror the more desolate his surroundings would be.  Most often venturing away from the material was futile, but for this instant there was a pull to look.

     Aeviternus concentrated, allowing the tether to slacken, almost as if he moved to a deeper sleep. Edges blurred, color swirled and the consciousness of the forrest awakened. Here pain was felt, a numbing burning sensation drew him to the floor of the Jahndi. He felt the grass with his bare feet, warm and pulsing, he felt the life essence of the land. The slow ache of a illness, the chronic feeling of lethargy seeped into his feet. He walked closer to the jungle shifting his presence he was at its boarder. The ache grew.
Tiengue
 player, 5 posts
Fri 27 May 2016
at 04:07
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi







     Xuan turned quickly as he heard the creature move just slightly.

     "Water," the huge man spoke in Chinese.

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Aeviternus
 player, 367 posts
 Call sign: Skyfall
 "Ace"
Sat 28 May 2016
at 16:10
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
Aeviternus stayed himself for a moment, considering the possibilities and what lay beyond.  Could he cure the matriarch purely on the spiritual plane or would a strategy from the group make success more likely?  Recent experience told him the latter, however he would gain as much intel as he could before presenting the challenge to the team.  In the distance, like a quiet conversation in the next room, he could hear his hostmate battle his youthful emotions in a discussion with Orlando, but being this far into the spiritual plane didn't make it as easy to control both at the same time.  He would need to let the boy figure this out on his own.  For that reason, the decision was made to go as quickly as possible; Aeviternus scanned for the source of the ache in this land.



The boy looked over his shoulder though there was nothing behind him but bare wall, a tick as though he were looking for somebody to be there.  When his head came back around he looked straight ahead instead of back up at Orlando, putting the hood between them once more.  "No.  I haven't."  His tone could have passed for pensive but there was something else there.  Something more akin to angst.

"What do you want to talk about then?"
Xuan Tien John Wu
 player, 699 posts
 Call Sign: TSUNAMI
Sun 29 May 2016
at 13:43
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
Xuan had just moved into Second Fair Lady Weaves Shuttle when he heard the brute speak. It was the 30th step in a long list of forms, and although he skipped the beginner forms 1-24, so far  it was doing very little to assuage his unsettled mind. Pausing, he half wondered if the voice was once again the water spirit guiding him, but quickly realised how ridiculous that would be. The water spirit hadn't spoken to him like that.

Breaking form, Xuan moved swiftly to large man while glancing to see if Max was still nearby. There was no pretence of amiability as Xuan looked him over. Mask or not, this was the same big bastard that required a group of extraordinary men to put him down. It wasn't easy for Xuan to let his guard down, and with this one, there seemed every reason not to.

"You can speak," Xuan replied in Chinese, "so you are obviously not dying. We have yet to determine whether or not this is a good thing for you. You have much to answer for. But we are not without mercy here. I will fetch you your water, and in return you will tell us everything you know. Understood?"

Xuan held a firm gaze as he attempted to gauge the brute's response. He knew he might not be able to speak well yet, considering his condition, but the terms were always best presented clearly and immediately. There was simply no sense in dragging things out.
Seeker of Truth
 GM, 1189 posts
Tue 21 Jun 2016
at 16:07
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
     The Beast rattled his chains, as if feeling the weight of them. The tractor had been placed over the creature, chains on each of his appendages connected to an axle on the trailer. He laid on his back, leaning his head to the side, he spoke with Xuan.
     "Friends gone, you me, SHIN...water," said the creature in broken Chinese. His Chinese wasn't miss spoken, or bad, it just lacked the proper syntax, which still made it hard to understand. He turned his head back to look at the tractor, as if he were resolute in his captivity.
     Xuan looked around, his friends were no where to be seen...


     Orlando knelt down, "take your hood off so I can see your eyes, you sound pouty like a teenager right now?" "I was hoping you could tell me anything you know about the scroll my brother was protecting? Lets get outside and walk for a bit," said Orlando offering his hand to Ace.
Seeker of Truth
 GM, 1191 posts
Tue 21 Jun 2016
at 17:10
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi

Aeviternus continued on, slowly at first and noticed that the deeper he went into the jungle, the darker it became as if someone were dimming the lights. Foliage began to show visible sign of wither and decay, it continued on for some time, what seemed like miles and miles.



Xuan Tien John Wu
 player, 704 posts
 Call Sign: TSUNAMI
Thu 1 Sep 2016
at 23:19
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
Xuan considered the request. Or if it even was a request. Was his captive speaking of him as water? Or even both of them? If it was a request for water, Xuan was hesitant to abandon his post to retrieve any. Then again, did he really have to?

Drawing upon the power of his new connection to the water spirit, Xuan concentrated and reached out. He felt the tug of the water all around him, the earth still damp from the recent storm. Partly pulling as if holding a rope, and partly requesting like that of a favor from a friend, he attempted to bring the water to him.
Aeviternus
 player, 369 posts
 Call sign: Skyfall
 "Ace"
Fri 2 Sep 2016
at 03:39
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
Aeviternus took a closer look at the withering boscage he was already near, figuratively squatting down low between his knees and seeing if the dying plants could tell a story of their own.  The Chinese, from many years before even Aeviternus was born, had three characters for garden, typically carved into toroise shells;  you, pu and yuan.  You was a royal garden where birds and animals were kept, while pu was a garden for plants. During the Qin Dynasty, almost a thousand years later, yuan became the character for all gardens.  Everything in the pu garden was purposeful and placed while each had meaning; the pine for longevity and constance in friendship; the bamboo, a hollow straw, represented a wise man, modest and seeking knowledge, and was also noted for being flexible in a storm without breaking; the Chinese Plum revered as the symbol of rebirth after the winter and the arrival of spring; the three together considered to the be the "Three Friends of Winter."  Then there was the peach tree that symbolized immortality, the apricot tree that represented the governement official and the fruit of the pomegranate tree that was offered to young couples so they would have male children and numerous descendants.

The creators of the Chinese garden were careful to preserve the natural appearance of the landscape. Trimming and root pruning, if done at all, tried to preserve the natural form. Another important garden element was concealment and surprise. The garden was not meant to be seen all at once, it was laid out to present a series of scenes. Visitors moved from scene to scene either within enclosed galleries or by winding paths which concealed the scenes until the last moment. The scenes would suddenly appear at the turn of a path, through a window, or hidden behind a screen of bamboo. They might be revealed through round "moon doors" or through windows of unusual shapes, or windows with elaborate lattices that broke the view into pieces.

It was from this study that Aeviternus now applied what knowledge he could, hoping the plants could speak enough clues.



Ace didn't move at first as the hand hovered near his head.  In a fluid movement he was on his feet, athletic and dextrous without a sound made, Orlando's hand not so much as brushed by clothing.  The young face afforded Orlando one good solid look as he locked eyes with the bigger man.

"And you sound like a doddering old man."  His exit from the room was purposeful though not speedy.  Unclear if the move was to be an acceptance of the invitation to take a walk or simply leave.
Seeker of Truth
 GM, 1194 posts
Sat 3 Sep 2016
at 04:18
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi

Aeviternus noticed the colorations of the foliage, and could tell that the energy of the forrest was fleeting, as if leaving. Here Aeviternus could feel the jungle's life force transferring to the afterlife.  Yet this was different somehow, not natural.

Aeviternus continued through a briar of vines and dying trees, they became dense, blocking his path. Each of his turns through the jungle took him thicker and more laden with debri. At one point he turned back only to find the way blocked.  Aeviternus recognized the dream change, this place flowed, like a dream, not as concrete, and apparently unpredictable. It was then that he noticed a finch, sitting on a branch, cocking its head in rotation and puffing its little wings. The bird, hopped a few steps and flew up to a higher branch and gently chirped excitedly. .



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Aeviternus
 player, 370 posts
 Call sign: Skyfall
 "Ace"
Sat 3 Sep 2016
at 17:35
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
Perhaps there were connections between the spirit plane and consciousness that powerful beings could invoke for far reaching impacts, multi-planar or even dimensional impacts, Aeviternus wondered as he patiently observed the fluidity of his surroundings.  If Kirby's grandmother was truly connected to the land around her, and the island truly flourished in her care, it would stand to reason that a possession could reach out and destroy the surrounding acres in much the same way a demon spreads throughout the creature it intends to inhabit.  But there seemed more, like a disease left behind, a potential cancer that hopefully could be extricated if it could be located.

Aeviternus watched the finch dance, musing about its symbolism of happiness and energy while simultaneously used in literature as a representation of vulnerability in the wild.  It occurred to him this was the only sign of life he'd noticed during this trek and marveled at its resilience.  Could that be Eh-eh leading him to the answers that would save her and the surrounding wilderness, her family and their legacy?

Drifiting up to meet the bird, prepared to follow, Aeviternus said simply; show me.
Xuan Tien John Wu
 player, 706 posts
 Call Sign: TSUNAMI
Sun 4 Sep 2016
at 03:12
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi
The water gathered into Xuan's hand as if it were a gentle animal easing in for affection. The flow never faltered as it curled in upon itself and swirled into a ball, cascading over itself until it became about the size of a grapefruit. It was what he was used to when making a ball of Chi, so the shape came naturally. So much so that Xuan marvelled at the water-ball momentarily before remembering the purpose of it.

His attention returned to the large captive, Xuan toyed with the idea of juggling in front of him. However, those childish impulses were drilled out of him years ago, especially in circumstances of a more serious nature. He wondered why the thought even came to him. Instead the water-ball floated gracefully to the big man's face, Xuan careful not to slam it down his throat or up his nose.

"Drink or dowse. Your choice," he said in his native tongue.
Seeker of Truth
 GM, 1197 posts
Thu 29 Sep 2016
at 00:23
Re: Chapter 2 The Kanhi Jahndi

     Aeviternus followed the little bird which was out of place for this jungle, his assumptions were correct and he followed the hope through the dense thicket.

     After climbing and maneuvering Aeviternus was able to get towards the tops of the trees. His weight holding no bearing in this place he stood on all too thin branches swaying with the trees, drinking in the sunlight. Here the forrest was vibrant and life played at the tops of the trees, It was a stark contrast to the withering maze below.  The finch chirped and flew off in the distance.




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