The Glowing Plaza.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
Evarri Verleden
 player, 105 posts
 Nydelisien Force
Tue 27 May 2014
at 22:14
Re: The Glowing Plaza
“It’s something I can share and others can’t.” The broad smile remained, kept in place by the Goblins compliments. “If I can share them, I should! Right?” The child pushed herself onto the balls of her feet, positively elated that one would share the same thought of somewhere she thought so cherished.

Soon however the pixie’s questions came, the small auburn haired girl looking down and blinking as her mind tried to tally each inquiry. “I can, sort of. But, I wouldn’t want to stay. Only helps with passing time.” She answered, though vague her words were honest.

However Liandra hadn’t stopped there, and at the mention of the burning village the girl’s petite frame went rigid. A crushing weight seemingly thrust upon her. The root pixie leaned into her peripheral vision asking yet more questions, at the mention of ‘homesick’ the world around them went sickeningly quiet. The small girl kept looking ahead, eyes wide, a thin layer of watery vapour forming upon each eye slowly thickening. “I-.. I-..” The voice wavered before she swallowed, and the girls eyes clenched shut, her face screwing up in the process.

The ominous vacuum of noise was vanquished, and the sound of gulls calling to one another returned along with the lap of waves. The girl’s features loosened the contortions leaving before her eyes slowly opened to meet the Pixie; the child’s voice replaced by that of an adult. “You’re wrong. It is impossible to live for a past which has already been and gone, let alone inside it. You would see nothing new, just repetition it-.. everything comes to an end eventually.” The voice was surprisingly levelled, keeping its composure in the face of overzealous curiosity.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:40, Wed 28 May 2014.

Liandra Baobab
 player, 85 posts
Tue 27 May 2014
at 22:53
Re: The Glowing Plaza
The tips of Liandra's ears dipped. Her brows furrowed, trying to think of what to say. The physical change in Evarri's looks and demeanor as with the the slight pause in the illusion made Liandra's stomach pinch with guilt. The little pixie didn't mean to bring up bad memories, moments ago everything was fine. "But, but." Liandra's fists balled up tight, "If the past is better, so what if you live in your memories then?" The smallest amount of water started to blur Liandra's vision. She refuses to wipe them away. It was odd in a way. Evarri and Liandra shared a common past, both lost their homes and had to move far away, but Evarri has moved on in a way while Liandra clings so tight to her own past she bites back at anyone who comes too close.

"S-so what if the days repeat! So what if it is all in your head! Everything was better back then!" The tears started to build around her eyes. "I want to see my forest! Take me to my forest! I want to live in my head!" Liandra dropped to her knees. "I miss Grandidier's Baobab. The air was fresh, and and the trees weren't sick. The water was so clear you can see right through it." Liandra sniffled, and wiped her cheeks with her forearms. Trying to keep the red blush that was building it's way up from her throat down. "I want to go home..."
Manny
 player, 51 posts
 Minion for hire
Wed 28 May 2014
at 04:02
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Manny felt the dreamworld waver with sickening trepidation. Seized by an urgent, nameless impulsive he reached out to grasp the child's hand reassuringly. "Its okay, Miss. Honest it is. You doesn't have to explain yourself. Not to me, or to Mousey, or to anyone."

"What you can do, Miss... I'm right gobsmacked, I am. It really is the dog's bul- its downright beautiful is wot I means to say. I 'fink maybe we all got a little carried away. Mousey didn't mean no harm by it."


He smiled a homely sort of smile, but it was a heartfelt one all the same.

"And you, Mousey-Mouse. Chin up, hey?" he continued gently. "All 'fings end, but they also have to begin somewhere don't they? Ain't no use in tryin' to live in the past. All we has is today, luv. But wiff' a little bit of cleverness tomorrow can be any'fing you make of it. Maybe come a time some toof' pixie will lay down for a kip under the leaves of Mousey's Bapa... Mousey's Bobo... Mousey's soddin' big tree."

"Here then, I 'as a question," he exclaimed suddenly, clearly anxious to diffuse the pent up anguish before the bubble burst altogether. "This is like a memory sort of 'fing, right Miss? So what happens if I climbs them white cliffs in the distance and peak over the top to where no child e'er set foot?"

This message was last edited by the player at 04:03, Wed 28 May 2014.

Evarri Verleden
 player, 110 posts
 Nydelisien Force
Wed 28 May 2014
at 11:52
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Evarri’s brow arched as the Goblin put himself between the situation, acting as a mediator for both her and the pixie’s butt of heads. The solid grip on her hand drew her attention to it, flummoxed as to its purpose. So instead she turned her attention to that of the Pixie, her qualms building into tears which slid down either cheek. “You can’t go back, so you have to make use of today.” She added to Manny’s own speech, her words curt and brisk in comparison to Manny's own reassuring words.

Striking out her non held hand in the direction of the cliff face a smaller, welcome smile came one which was relieved for the change of topic. “If you climbed it, you’d meet what I found to be called a schema. It would show what I would believe to be up there at this point in time, my sub-conscious filling in the gaps.” Evarri took a second glance to the cliff, taking a moment to behold it before returning to face the Goblin. “I think you’d find a grassy meadow; never ending.” An abrupt halt came to her sentence as a state of bewilderment struck her. "Actually. As I'm a child in this memory. I haven't developed a well defined schema, so I'm unsure as to what would be behind it. Perhaps the void? or something I'd have hoped to be there."

This message was last edited by the player at 11:52, Wed 28 May 2014.

Manny
 player, 52 posts
 Minion for hire
Wed 28 May 2014
at 15:49
Re: The Glowing Plaza
"Isn't you the slightest bit curious what little Evarri 'fought was behind them bluffs?" Manny asked with a mischievous smile. "Come on, why doesn't we go have a butcher's, eh? Last one there is a ... a .... manky sock!"

And with that the little goblin took off like a shot, pausing only long enough to cast a wink back over his knobbly shoulder.
Arture Davoi
 player, 225 posts
 Loner Assassin
 Tea Aficionado
Thu 29 May 2014
at 02:03
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Arture was quickly becoming uncomfortable among the crowd, and decided it was in his best interests to slip back into the comfort of the shadows. He quietly munched on the remaining veggie shish kabob and headed back out of the plaza and into the slightly deserted street. He glanced back at the festivities and shrugged off the nostalgia, who knows, maybe I will be back someday. With all the grace of an alley cat, he vaulted up to the rooftops and sped off into the encroaching night.

>>>To Nothingness<<<

Liandra Baobab
 player, 92 posts
Thu 29 May 2014
at 03:00
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Liandra quieted down. Manny's and Evarri's words weren't as reassuring as they probably thought they were, but it calmed the pixie down. She flipped her rat skull hood back atop her head, readjusting it so that it obscured most of her face. Slowly, Liandra moved onto her side, resting on Evarri's shoulder's in a small ball. Beneath rat's eye sockets, Liandra kept an eye out watching the two converse.

She glanced back to the cliff. "If them schemas are made of what you imagine, what's stopping you from imagining the impossible?"
Evarri Verleden
 player, 113 posts
 Nydelisien Force
Thu 29 May 2014
at 12:16
Re: The Glowing Plaza
A grin surfaced just before Evarri broke off into a sprint, her run child-like with an obvious over-use of arm flailing as she tried to catch up to the Goblin. Still able to hear the Pixie's question you spoke between each of her harried breaths. "Sub-conscious.. I don't.. control it.. yet... I'm ... trying to learn." Once they neared the chalk white cliff face the very prospect of it was-.. daunting. The amount of debris and rubble beneath was enough to deter most, the cliff side was breaking and by the looks of it often at that.

The imposing wall was an intimidating structure, rising higher and higher as they neared. It was now to the point where they could no longer see sky, just a giant slab of wounded ivory rock with dents and chunks protruding outward. Evarri's run developed itself into a jog slowing down until she finally came to the foot of the wall, her breath regulating itself as she spoke up. "I have no idea how we're getting up there."

Manny
 player, 57 posts
 Minion for hire
Thu 29 May 2014
at 17:00
Re: The Glowing Plaza
The little goblin had begun scrambling up the heavily textured rock-face without pause when Evarri's voice reached him from behind and stopped him short. Letting go of the wall with one clawed hand he stared down thoughtfully at the girl from his nearly eight foot vantage, suspended in space like a tattered pennant with no breeze to send it aflutter. There was no point in looking for an alternate route. None existed in this place, for young Evarri had never discovered them. There was only the white cliff and whatever tantalizing mystery awaited them at the top...

"You know..." Manny exclaimed after a moment. "We goblins is actually a lot stronger than we looks."

Dropping to the ground like a cat he regained his footing and began to circle Evarri with a look of careful scrutiny. "What does you weigh, luv? Four stone? Five on a full stomach? That's easy-peasy that is."

Five-stone! Cor, but his legs would buckle under that kind of load. Only the girl didn't know that and her sub-conscious was up in the carriage seat holding the reigns. He just had to play his cards close to his chest and maybe, just maybe, this would work.

"I could 'aul that all day long," he said with a resolutely straight face. "Come 'ere, luv, lets have a try."

'Its a good thing Ol' Manny can cheat at cards wiff' the best of 'em' he thought as he completed his 'survey' and stepped in to lift the child off the ground.
Liandra Baobab
 player, 93 posts
Thu 29 May 2014
at 18:18
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Liandra had to hold on tightly as Evarri sprinted off with the goblin. Consciously, Liandra made sure to dig in her claws into Evarri's shoulder. Half out of spit for nearly knocking her off her perch, and half because she would have fallen right off otherwise. Scrambling to the top of the girl's head, Liandra stared up at the giant white cliff. She scoffed at the height, unimpressed at it. "I climbed things higher than that." Liandra jumped off of the tuft of red hair, and reached up as high as she could against the white rocky wall.

The rocky surface made it very easy for the little pixie to latch on. From her higher vantage point, Liandra watched as the goblin tried his best to carry the young Evarri. She ignored them for now and jumped to a higher hand hold, choosing to be somewhat alone. Her mind was still lingering on her old tree. Liandra reached a small ledge, only wide enough for a pixie to sit on, and sat down. She leaned forward and watched the two as if they were tiny.
Evarri Verleden
 player, 115 posts
 Nydelisien Force
Thu 29 May 2014
at 21:16
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Claws dug deep but little Evarri appeared unaffected in her own sanctuary; the ease in which both Manny and Liandra had used to scale the wall which she had thought unclimbable in youth was uncanny. At her statement the goblin seemingly took pity upon the clawless human below, taking to level their height and even the problem ahead with a proposal of his own. The suggestion alone widened the girl’s eyes in disbelief, it may have been a child’s body but Evarri’s mind and logistics were still firmly settled behind the pools of liquid steel. “I’m just about twice your size. Plus those arms ain’t all that big! I doubt you could carry me Mr.” Heaving a sigh she brought her gaze up to the wall shoulders raising and falling in unison.

As Manny came forth to pick her up Evarri took one back, denying the ease to lift her as she shook her head once more.  “You go up and tell me what’s up and over will you?” The girl bobbed her head forcing a smile which didn’t reach her eyes. “You as well Pixie.” She called above, fully aware of the watchful eyes upon them

This message was last edited by the player at 21:17, Thu 29 May 2014.

Manny
 player, 59 posts
 Minion for hire
Thu 29 May 2014
at 21:32
Re: The Glowing Plaza
The grin which spread across Manny's previously staid facade threatened to split his upturned face in twain. "I can't fib you, Miss," he said with a wink.

"You sure then?" he asked, waiting only a moment for confirmation before turning back to the wall and clambering up.

"Come on then, Mousey. Lets not keep Miss Evarri waiting!"

The battered cliff face with all of its handholds posed little challenge to the likes of the agile goblin, especially once he accepted that the more precarious looking rests were actually as solid as granite. More so in fact as he couldn't physically alter the landscape in this dream realm if he tried, much less through careless scrabbling.

Slowly but surely the ground fell away beneath him as he worked his way ever skyward...
Evarri Verleden
 player, 116 posts
 Nydelisien Force
Thu 29 May 2014
at 22:41
Re: The Glowing Plaza
The wall stood resolute as they climbed, the suns heat never waning as they climbed higher and higher. It was a long trek even for skilled climbers such as these and with an infinite number of footholds to use without fear of it crumbling beneath them. Nearest the peak the bird’s caws and chirps became an orchestra of melody and tune, some high in pitch and some low.

The peak finally came, tufts of unfelt grass found and they were – texture less. They were neither hot nor cold, morning dew wasn’t hanging from each blade and the moisture couldn’t be felt. They were just there, an oddity to all senses but sight alone. Beyond those few feet of grass was – nothing.

The world stopped, an endless blue sky without a cloud in sight, an abyss with no life or anything of substance. The gulls which swooped through the air overhead shattered as they hit the invisible barrier, their essence splitting into a trillion shards simply ceasing to exist. That or to reform a meter down this empty scape, light dappling the white feathers as they clung to one another in rapid pace a Seabird swooping out and over the cliff for Evarri’s eyes to bear witness.

Apparently Evarri didn’t imagine what would be beyond, focused on her own world the one which brought her such joy. Why would there have been a need to think of what could be at such an age when wonder and amazement surrounded you at every glance, every touch, and every foreign stench or sound. It was a disappointment to see the memory’s world end so abruptly, but it showed what it focused upon. A place in which a child was happy, not one who longed to be somewhere else.

If they were to reach out or lean over this fixed wall they found that they couldn't. It was just that, a wall. No matter how much you pushed or pulled or scratched or sliced at this never ending pane of glass. It would not part nor scratch or dent, for this was an area the child could never explore and never wished or willed to be a part of.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:45, Thu 29 May 2014.

Manny
 player, 60 posts
 Minion for hire
Thu 29 May 2014
at 22:55
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Manny stood on the edge of oblivion staring out into the hidden mists of the mind. Nearby a seabird materialized from the void and went about its business as though the occurrence were perfectly natural. To Evarri's mind it had been, and such was the only mind this figment of a bird would ever possess.

"Well..." he exclaimed after a moment. "I dunno wot I was expecting to find..."

"Seems about right. I don't suppose no one ever promised her a castle just the other side of the cliffs or nuffin'," he said with a sniff.

Peering back down along the long descent Manny could faintly see a crown of copper staring back up at them. He waved meekly.

"I guess we 'eads back down then? Or maybe its time we says goodbye to this place..."

This message was last edited by the player at 22:59, Thu 29 May 2014.

Liandra Baobab
 player, 94 posts
Thu 29 May 2014
at 23:33
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Liandra stared wide eyed at the endless abyss of blue. She had never seen anything like it, even in her dreams where she could imagine near impossible things. She scurried closer, as close as she could get before she hit an invisible wall. She ran a hand against it, pushing it to see if it could give underneath her strength. It was kind of disappointing and at the same time more than she expected.

"Thought there would be more though." Liandra bent down to examine where the ground had come to an end. She couldn't even lean over the edge to peer underneath it. "Could've thought there was a giant meadow or something."

Liandra returned to the cliff's edge, and looked down. She could see Evarri's red hair from up here. Looking at the cliff, she saw a small ledge and jumped down to it. "I'm bored with this place, let's go."
Evarri Verleden
 player, 118 posts
 Nydelisien Force
Fri 30 May 2014
at 00:22
Re: The Glowing Plaza
As if the world could hear their pleas to leave it decided to answer. The sight of the world shuddered, black claws cracking through its surface as if it were a beautifully intricate stain glass window being broken before you. Then just like that, it fell away, the smells and sounds and taste of salt on your tongue all gone to soon be replaced by the dreariness of reality.

The cold slick cobble could be felt underneath, both now on the floor bodies curled into the most comfortable positions they could muster without blanket or warmth. Eyes closed, they would have to force them open and push away the blur to come back to the sounds and smells of the alleyway. “You two alright down there?” The voice was the same, just with a different backdrop the original one. “It’s a bit groggy the first time, no worries though. You’re alive nothing gone.” A smile was mustered at the comment; it could’ve been a moment to steal certainly though not much. “Just think how hard that is to explain without showing people.” She added, smile turning into a grin because she had tried and inevitably failed in not so wondrous colours many times before. She was tempted to ask what was on the other side of the cliff, but giving them a moment to figure out what had occurred appeared to be the wiser option.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:20, Fri 30 May 2014.

Manny
 player, 62 posts
 Minion for hire
Fri 30 May 2014
at 02:06
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Eyes blinking groggily in the grey light of day, Manny struggled to make sense of his surroundings. His mouth was as dry as paper, and his cheek was stuck to the cobbles with a shiny film of drool. This at least was not an unfamiliar experience for the little goblin. It was - rather more to the point - something reassuringly solid to grab hold of.

"What... pretty little 'fing.... and the ocean..." he muttered sleepily.

All of the sudden he sat up with a start. Taking note of Liandra's still soundless form beside him and Evarri's smiling face overhead Manny heaved a deep sigh of relief. As if in answer a smile began to blossom upon his own face as well, slowly at first but steadily building.

"That was wonderful, Miss," he said appreciatively. "Really special sort of place."

"The, ah, the milit'ry pays pretty well for that sort of 'fing does they?"
Manny's tone sounded almost leading. He didn't ask why the army might have a need for Evarri's particular talent. He could come up with plenty of reasons all on his own.
Evarri Verleden
 player, 124 posts
 Nydelisien Force
Fri 30 May 2014
at 02:42
Re: The Glowing Plaza
The grin was vanquished at the question toward her occupation, her brow furrowing in doubt. “I think I get paid the same as the other recruits.” She recalled herself asking the others out of mere curiosity to find the meagre wages between them. It apparently had something to do with the war being so taxing, which would be a given. “Gets me by though, that enough has me not complaining.” It didn’t however stop her from asking about every detail when possible, she had been chastised on that a couple of times beforehand though. The very thought brought a smile back to her lips, though hardly noticeable.

“I don’t show people usually, being swept off your feet into dreams isn’t.” Hesitation met her as she grasped for the correct word. “Let’s say a lot of people disapprove of it, suspicious sort.” Years of experience had taught her that keeping cards close to your chest was the way to get around people. Sadly she never knew which people she was supposed to get around. “But if you ask, I won’t deny you an answer.” It was her own curiosity which had led her to that conclusion; it was inconvenient when you met a dead-end out of someone being uncooperative.
Liandra Baobab
 player, 95 posts
Fri 30 May 2014
at 06:11
Re: The Glowing Plaza
The brief nap left the little pixie groggy. Liandra's eyes fluttered open, taking in the familiar scenery once again. The alley way looked the same as before, Liandra had to guess how long she was out. Her eyes widened and she sprung to her hands and feet, like a cat with its back arched and ready to pounce. She looked over to Manny then turned back to see Evarri nearby. Relaxing a little, Liandra took a moment to stretch. There was a tiny satisfying pop in her spine as she bent backwards. "The ocean looked really pretty. Shame we couldn't see over the cliff."

Liandra jumped up to Evarri's shoulder, taking her usual spot on the red head. She started grooming her rat cloak, running her claws through the fur and picking out any gravel bits stuck inside. "Don't see why the army needs to see another bigum's memories." Liandra took her foot and scratched the under her arm. "What good is it to poke around someone else's head."
Evarri Verleden
 player, 126 posts
 Nydelisien Force
Fri 30 May 2014
at 14:03
Re: The Glowing Plaza
“They’re more interested in my more-.. recent memories.”  She offered the words in Liandra’s doubt of reasoning. “You couldn’t see over the cliff though? That’s a shame; it would have been nice to know something was there.” Pausing, Evarri found herself momentarily lost for words once again. The point of her ability didn’t really need to be discussed again. “You two are really good climbers. I doubt I could climb that cliff even now.” Feats of physical aptitude weren't going to be Evarri's strong suit in the nearest coming future.

As yet another fleeting breeze brought along the sounds of the carnival Evarri turned to meet its gust, bangs whipping to each side before she returned to facing them. “Do you need to be anywhere? I have sort of just stopped you both in the middle of a dark alley way.”
Manny
 player, 63 posts
 Minion for hire
Fri 30 May 2014
at 15:55
Re: The Glowing Plaza
"Nah, Miss. Just emptiness on the otherside," Manny answered distractedly. He stuck a clawed finger absently into a broad, fan-like ear and began to dig about industriously. "Ain't got no place to be neither," he mumbled.

"Only... only I don't suppose you needs like a... like a cultural attaché or nuffin', Miss? I'm very cultural I am." He paused to inspect his finger before resuming his careful excavation. "I'm a reg'lar polyglot too. That means I 'as lots of glots, it does," he finished proudly.
Evarri Verleden
 player, 127 posts
 Nydelisien Force
Fri 30 May 2014
at 17:14
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Initially Evarri wondered why that might be, but she had already known the answer before the goblin had ran up to the cliff side. It might not have been a certainty, but the likeliness of it made it so, and it had been the case. “Cultural attaché?” She repeated nonchalantly. “I only do what my superior tells me. Well along the lines, and I think he would prefer me not taking someone he doesn’t know that well.” The girl replied disheartened at the answer she knew all too well the Goblin would receive. “Even someone good with languages.” She added.

“I could take you to him though, if you want to appeal to him yourself. He talks a lot about defending the Green Kingdom so if you’re really from here I’m sure you would get some form of job. Perhaps.” She continued with renewed zest. It was true she hadn’t seen a goblin prowling the recruitment area but it was a possibility for a job if the Goblin was indeed a polyglot.
Manny
 player, 64 posts
 Minion for hire
Fri 30 May 2014
at 22:19
Re: The Glowing Plaza
"Oh I'm from everywhere, Miss," Manny replied earnestly. "Not a lot of goblins is wot you might call patriotic. Hard to get excited about a place that chases you out at the point of a pitch fork e'ery couple of months, but Nydelisien is as fine a home as any. At least a city goblin here is safe enough most of the time. And besides, three meals a day and a nice warm bed sounds pretty princely to me."
Liandra Baobab
 player, 96 posts
Sat 31 May 2014
at 08:50
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Liandra scoffed at the mention of the army. Either army, green or white. She was fighting for her own side against both. "The army is made up no good bigums. You are nice enough, can't see why you want to work for them." The pixie crossed her arms over her chest. "I need to get to the border, though. Could use the company to travel with. Beats flying on my own."
Manny
 player, 66 posts
 Minion for hire
Sat 31 May 2014
at 13:20
Re: The Glowing Plaza
Manny looked up at Liandra on her perch.

"I 'fought you lived 'ere now, Mousey. What does you need to go to the Border for? Its dangerous round those parts."