Fathomless Sunset - Letramenia

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Akana heard a voice below her as she was enjoying her apple, and first food in days. Looking down, she sees the grey moron staring up at her, asking for her to toss down an apple. Why should she help him? He was a pompous git who had a very high sense of self righteousness. He practically stunk of the holier than thou cologne, only found in a specific stall in a specific market in a small village called Betterthaneveryoneelseville. Ignoring the grey moron, Akana instead turned to the conversation. Jemina had stated they were part of an order called the Arínaleca. Akana didn't remember joining any order like this. She had almost become her town's maintainer, but that wasn't exactly an order. If the old women had their way, Akana would have been in the tea and games order, a boring prospect in her opinion. But what was this Arínaleca Order? The Nostrum thought it was an order of gods, and that they weren't those gods. Why not? According to the historian, there were those who people called gods. Immortals who walked the earth, helping people with their problems and watching from above for any sign of danger. Like any legend, this may not be true, but could be rooted in the fact that there were people, them, that didn't die. The man with the strange knife believed Jemina had wanted them there for something. Akana guessed that was true. She waited for Jemina to reveal that answer.
 

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Gemina had waited patiently as some of the members of the group voiced their questions. Now though, she appeared almost amused, a wide smile appearing on her face. Kaiden's response had obviously amused her "The Arínaleca are not gods. They were, and to an extent...still are, an order of immortal humans granted unique strength and charged for eternity with the task of safeguarding Letramenia." Gemina sighed, as if musing over something, then continued, "However...an age ago, nearly all of our order was wiped out, due to a certain...imposter. Now though, a spark of light permeates the hidden darkness surrounding us."

Leaning forwards, Gemina once again props up her chin on her hands. Looking at Arkadi, Gemina makes a dismissive gesture with her left hand. "The reason why you are here is quite simple. We don't intend to use you at all. On the contrary, we intend to help you all... Don't be concerned. I'm sure you can all spare some moments of your precious lives to meet your true destinies." Pushing herself up, Gemina walks slowly over to where she had previously dropped her collection of blackberries, and sets about collecting them all up. Once finished, she returns to the table, albeit this time she remains standing. "Now, if you would all please follow me. You all took the time to travel here, so I don't see any problems with my taking up some more time. All will be revealed soon enough." Upon saying this, Gemina walks over to the dense section at the northern end of the glade, and turns around. "Come."

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The Writing Room

In a small room in an unknown place, a man sits writing poetry. The room is sparsely furnished; it's uses being few. It is obvious upon first glance that this room isn't meant for comfort, rather for intense concentration, or perhaps meditation. The door is closed, and the man sits alone. He had been sat there for a few hours now. Perhaps it was time to go and get something to munch on...or perhaps he could write a few more lines... Yes, that would be good. A few more lines, then he would make for himself a light midday snack.
 
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Iatairris had been about to scold Jokir for lying when Gemina had agreed with him, and judging from the serious looks around the table, including Kaiden, the man hadn't been kidding. This served the purpose of actually rendering the energetic girl speechless. How could they be sure? How could she have become immortal? Surely she should've been informed of this?? She listened quietly as the scythe-wielding woman explained that they were supposedly all part of a secret group that she had never heard of, and that they were being helped by having them all brought here together. She then asked them to follow her, heading towards the north end.

Iatairris rose, then turned and hissed at Kaiden. "This is all a big joke, isn't it? You're all trying to play a trick on me…I'm not immortal, because that's impossible…this order doesn't exist…you're just trying to see how far I'll go along with it, right?" She didn't seem angry…rather, she sounded excited that she'd figured out the group's game and was glad she'd done so.
 

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Jokir listened to the woman, Gemina and nearly laughed again. "I have heard of many things during my travels, but not of this order. But indeed, I have already taken time to come all the way here I may as well find out what this is actually about." He proceeded to cross over. He laughed as Iatairris still refused to accept who and what she was. "Girl this is no joke, I was at events that you would have learnt of as a girl if you lived in my area, do not be so stupid and stubborn, accept what you are now, you are no different from the rest of us sitting round this table, apart from the fact that we have all come to terms with what we are." Usually he'd try and handle the situation with slight more tact, but the girl was annoying and so he figured that this would help quieten her a bit.
 

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Gemina responded by speaking first of the Arinaleca, who she described as an ancient order, but Kaiden described as gods. Apparently the Arinaleca (who definitely weren't gods, even though a god was merely somebody whom others worshipped) were an ancient sect of Undying who safeguarded Letramenia, who were destroyed a long time ago. She then spoke of lights penetrating the hidden darkness, as if she didn't think that they had not sufficiently deemed her as mad already.
She then looked straight at Arkadi, and spoke again. "The reason why you are here is quite simple. We don't intend to use you at all. On the contrary, we intend to help you all... Don't be concerned. I'm sure you can all spare some moments of your precious lives to meet your true destinies. Now, if you would all please follow me. You all took the time to travel here, so I don't see any problems with my taking up some more time. All will be revealed soon enough."
As much as he didn't believe her, and detested the notion of destinies and fates, he could not disagree with her closing statement. He didn't listen to the others as Iatairris presumed that it was all a jape, and Jokir rebuked her, instead Arkadi ground his teeth together and sheathed his blade, before getting up and following the woman.
 

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Despite receiving the revelation that the beings he and his people had worshipped as gods for the past five centuries were in fact immortal’s like himself, Kaiden listened patiently as the woman answered the questions posed to her before inviting them to follow her stating quite rightly that they had the time to spare.
Gracefully sliding from out of his chair he retrieves the bow from where he’d left it upon the table, the fingers of one hand lovingly caressing the wondrously smooth, dark wood before hanging it over his shoulders.
Looking over at the still bubbling Iatairris he offers the girl a friendly smile as he speaks to her “I am a little old to be playing jokes at my age and seen as the only person I know here is Emdi it seems rather unlikely, don’t you think?” he said raising a single eyebrow with the question knowing it to be pointless to try and force her to see the truth of who she truly was but hoping that with the right hints she may work it out for herself “I’ll let you come to your own conclusion’s but for now let us see what our new friend has to tell us.” He said before turning to continue walking towards the back of the clearing where the trees grew thickest there’s something not quite right about those trees, they’re too close together he mused to himself quietly confident that he would discover the truth behind that particular mystery soon enough
 

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Jokir attempted to restate that she was just like them, to which Iatairris was going to laugh again, but then Kaiden agreed with the other man, although he took a different track, countering her thoughts on the matter. For the first time her cheerful demeanor slipped slightly. "But…could…how…" The woodsman then mentioned that she should focus on where they were going and she perked right back up again. "Of course! I'm sooo excited…what're we going to be doing, do you think? It's probably going to be fun…ooh, maybe a grand adventure…that'd be AWESOME!" She continued in this manner as they walked, clearly deciding that focusing on something easy to discuss was better than worrying over this complicated issue of immortality.
 

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Name: Whisper
Age of Choosing: 15
Real age: 425
Gender: female
Appearance: 5’7”, thin with light brown hair. Soft raspy voice, looking something like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/44332377552257033/
Unique Natural Element: Wood
Specialised Weapon: Wooden staff
Skills: Can make plants grow rapidly, befriends animals easily, communicates with birds, and “blends” into wood.
Weaknesses: Won’t go indoors, doesn’t speak much, and can’t read
Partner-of-heart:
Your biography: Whisper’s parents died when she was very young, and lived by herself in the Dark Forest. She had to provide for herself. She would climb trees, and study the animals, and learned to stay so still, that the local animal’s accepted her as one of their own. She saw no living people, so she occupied her time by learning to recognize all the birds’ songs, and could imitate them.
On her 15th birthday, the birds started warning of danger. She became so afraid, and backed into a tree, and the tree actually absorbed her, so that she was barely visible until the danger passed. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/44332377552041618/
After some time had passed, the tree “released” her, and she felt refreshed, as if she had slept a full night. And, in her hand was a wooden staff. She was then able to make flowers grow, fruit would ripen, and saplings grew to trees. In a pouch that she had attached to her waist, she had accumulated seeds of all varieties.
She found a letter tacked to one of her favorite trees, and it was marked with a G. Fortunately, it had a map, to the meeting location. For a few days, she wasn’t sure what she should do, as she knew this would change her life forever. But, something inside was telling her to go.
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Whisper had been resting on the thick branch of one of the nearby oak trees for over a day. Staying still and observing was nothing new to her, as this was one of her favorite pastimes. Whisper never wore shoes, as it was easier to climb trees without them. She had long brown hair, and could whistle every bird’s song. Sometimes as she sang, they flew to her and landed on her outstretched finger.
She first saw the man named Kaiden arrive, and take a seat, followed by Jax, then Arkadi, although it wasn’t until [FONT=&quot]Iatairris arrived that she learned their names. It is good that Iatairris only stayed in the lower branches, or she might have spotted Whisper. My goodness! How that girl could chatter. Whisper grinned and found it amusing. Wallace was next. Emdi didn’t introduce herself, but Kaiden seemed to know her. Whisper observed she who would be called Akana/Red scout the perimeter, and then enter the clearing, but was totally unprepared, and was quite startled to see her jump high in the trees above her, and then float to the ground. Whisper thought that was a neat trick. Then Arkadi addressed the next arrival as Jokir. They certainly were trying to persuade Iatairris of her immortality. Whisper found that humorous as, a few hundred years of living might well be all that it took to convince her.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]“Well...hello there everyone... I see that you received my letters... I am Gemina. Anyway, enough of the small talk...For now, we have more pressing matters to attend to…. For causing me to spill my blackberries, you will all perish! Oh, this will be so much fun!” So, this was the one that sent me the map. Whisper didn’t know what the letters were scratched on the paper. She couldn’t read, but she could follow a map. Some of the group seemed alarmed, and started to attack, and then Akana told her to pick up her blueberries. The lady with the long nose was able to move very quickly, and she avoided Jokir’s knife. This was good, as Whisper was almost ready at that point, to jump down, and offer to grow her fresh ones.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]When Iatairris pulled out her Crystal Staff, and awashed herself in sunlight, Whisper almost fell off her branch. The light was blinding. [/FONT][FONT=&quot]"Stop!...Enough. This will go on no longer, else someone will die, and that would be unfortunate. Come, let us all converse at the table." Gemini said. Gemini appeared to be testing them, and Kaiden was asking for an explanation.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Gemini started telling the group about how they were all immortal, and all members of the Arínaleca. Whisper knew that she had lived many long years. But as she had no real contact with people since she was small, she had thought everyone else lived forever as well. I wonder if that means they can’t grow their own food, how unfortunate that would be for them.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Whisper sees that Gemini is going to lead the group away from the clearing, and decides it time to show herself. “Wait please!” Whisper climbed out of the tree, and a slow smile spread across her face.[/FONT]
 
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He had thrown her, the silence that for most people would only be seen as a pause for breath, not even noticed by many was like an endless gulf for a girl seemingly incapable shutting up like Iatairris was. However even that silence was short lived as she began to speak of what Gemina had in store for them causing Kaiden to wonder how her lips were able to keep up with her brain as there seemed to no discernible pause in her speech just a constant stream of conversation “I don’t know, but I’d keep an eye on her because she wants something and I don’ know…” hearing a rustling of leaves and the small voice coming from behind them Kaiden whips around with alarming speed to face the newcomer with a horrified look on his face; bow in hand with an arrow knocked and drawn “how did you do that?” he asks clearly unnerved by the girls sudden and unexpected arrival to the clearing “…who are you? and why the hell didn’t the trees tell me you was there!”
 

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Whisper’s grin grew broader, as she cocked her head to the side. She turned to face the slim man with the golden eyes, as he had his bow fixed on her. “Greeting’s Kaiden, I mean you no harm.” Her hazel eyes twinkled as she spoke. She slowly turned her palms outward to show she had no weapon. Her voice was raspy, as it was not used to speech. She tried to decide which question to answer first. And, figured it was best to do them in the order asked. “How did I do what? I only climbed out of that very beautiful oak tree. It is quite old you know, and very wise. It was happy for my company this last day. I would be happy to teach you how to climb. My name is Whisper. And, apparently the trees chose not to tell you, as they felt no threat.” The soft way she had of speaking took any possible sting out of her words. That said, she turned to each, and gave greetings to all. She then turned to Gemina, and nodded deferentially.
 

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"That was not what I meant and you know it!" Kaiden snaps irritably upon hearing the first reply given however realising that he was perhaps being a little too harsh closes his eyes and takes a few deep calming breaths before speaking again "Apologies I didn't mean to snap I am just not used to being caught unawares" he explains lowering his bow and returning the arrow to the cloth bag hanging over his shoulder before giving Whisper a curious look "Am I right in thinking that I am not the only one the trees are capable of speaking to then?"
 
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Gemina was talking about them being unknowingly part of a group of immortals called Aren-nickel or something, Wallace wasn't really all that interested in that. No, he was more interested in getting something to eat and the look on the woman in the tree who called herself Red gave him the impression that she wouldn't help him and apparently already didn't like him. "I don't know what I did to offend you but I'm sorry for it." He says to her cracking his shoulders. "I'm also sorry about what I am about to do." He says grabbing the trunk of the tree intending on rattling some apples down. Before he can get much further than this he feels movement from up the tree that is decidedly larger than most animals and watched as a girl climbs down it.

He releases his hold on the tree an back up to allowing the girl to reach the ground. Wallace watches worriedly as the ranger pulls up his bow and in turn summons his shield to block the arrow should the man decide to just attack this newcomer who was either one of them or skilled enough to fool that man's powers. When Kaiden lowers his bow and replaces his arrow Wallace desummons his shield. "So, Whisper I assume you are one of us? So I guess now we can all go to this meeting of yours Gemina? Or should we expect more people to arrive?"
 
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Sorry? He was sorry for being a pompous romantic with too much charisma and an ill placed sense of self righteousness? HA! Like she would accept an apology fron someone like that who wouldn't change his annoying ways. But what was that bit about apologizing for what he was about to do? Akana looked down to see the Grey moron grab the tree, in an attempt to shake it. So he wasn't all righteous; shaking a fellow human(oid) out of a tree like that. Akana prepared to tackle the Grey moron from above as soon as he began shaking, but before he did, a very young looking woman appeared from the tree. This caused quite the commotion.

As Akana watched a fight almost break out, the new woman introducing herself as Whisper (maybe she was from the same village as Akana), and displaying that she had no weapon. A silly move, for she could summon her weapon, well Akana called it materializing, just like everyone else here. As the threat of battle passed, Akana thought about what was said about the trees. Talking with trees, as if they had, what was the word Práp̄sáryn Vanna said? Sentience. Trees had no sentience. No brain. But Práp̄sáryn Vanna had said it might be possible to use lodestone forces within plants to detect animal life nearby. The technical words were over Akana's head. Akana jumped from the tree and floated to the ground. She spun her hand around, the last two fingers upright, indicating that it was time to get on with it.
 

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“Yes Wallace, I believe I am one of you. “ She looked to Gemina for verification. It felt good to be among her own kind. And there was Akana, doing that floating trick again. That would have come in handy, back when she was learning to climb. Well, the climbing up was easy, it was the coming down that Whisper used to struggle with.
Whisper thought about Kaiden’s question. “I am right in thinking that I am not the only one the trees are capable of speaking to?” Did the trees speak to her? No… she ‘felt’ them more than heard them. “Kaiden, no. The trees do not speak to me. At least, not in the way I think you mean. The trees and I are…well, it is hard to explain. I have never had to express it before. It’s more like, the trees ‘accept’ me. I have spent a few hundred years, just laying in their branches…observing. Watching the animals play, mate, raise their young, grow old, and die. Birds taught me their song.” She trilled a little chickadee melody for a moment, to show her point. “To better describe it Kaiden, I feel the trees ‘need’. When they have a vine wrapped around them, I feel their pain, and remove it. Providing water for the young saplings, planting more when the area is sparse, these things I willing do. Some of the trees in the region where I lived, I have watched grow from seed, to sapling, to an adult tree over 400 years old. If I do hear anything from them, it is more like rumblings, or vibrations if you will. Almost like a rumbling in your stomach, when you hunger. The older trees have a deeper vibration, and the younger ones, well…. is higher. No, higher is not the right word… faster perhaps?” Whisper really found this difficult to explain. She felt more like a forest shepherd than anything. Carefully nurturing, and tending them. Removing a broken limb here, pruning a bit there. ….After all, most of them she had grown up with, and considered them her family. But how do you say this without sounding silly? Whisper decided not to try. “In return for this care, they…. protect me. Their leaves shield me from the weather. Their branches keep me safe. And, when there is a threat, their bodies ‘protect me’.” Should she talk about ‘that day’? No, not yet, Whisper decided. It is not the right time. Besides, she had talked more here, than in all her 425 years’ worth of talking.
“Anyway….” Whisper said, to change the subject. “Who is hungry?” Whisper decided to show her talent. She opened her brown pouch that she always had at her side, and pulled out an odd shaped seed. Actually this one was a corm, but one needed to be knowledgeable about seeds and plants in general to realize this. She reached to the ground for a very small bit of dirt, and placed the corm in it. She then grasped her canteen, and sprinkled a few drops of water. Whisper grins broadly, and her head to one side. She turned to Wallace and winked. Next her wood staff appeared, and she focused. Nothing happened for a moment. And then, one tiny leaf appeared through the dirt. And then more rapidly a stem formed, and another blade-like leaf appeared, as the first one gathered more mass. The leaves formed as cylinders that gradually opened up into long wide leaves. Whisper could no longer hold the plant that was now growing at an alarming rate, so she gently lowered it to the ground. At the top of the stem a small cluster formed, and small little green finger sized green objects formed around the cluster. These grew to a few inches long, and within a minute turned yellow, as it ripened. The plant was now as tall as Whisper, and she easily reached for a bunch, and said “Banana anyone?” She remembered before she walked away, to reach down, and grab one of the small corms that had attached itself to the root. She neatly tucked it into her pouch for the next time bananas were needed on the menu.
 

Apelatia

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The Forest Glade

Gemina seemed highly amused by Whisper's sudden appearance from the tree and the reactions of the others in the group, especially Kaiden, laughing softly to herself. "Of course, I forgot about you... I must have miscounted... I'm sure the group wouldn't mind having another member along for the...expedition..." Gemina shuffled uncomfortably for a few moments, then addressed the congregation. "Now, allow me to invite all of you into my home, Eldaríl Hall" Lifting both of her arms above her head, she began to talk in a strange lilting tongue, the words undetectable to the people gathered in the clearing. Having completed the seemingly endless sentence, Gemina uttered a short, sharp command in the same language.


Eldaríl Hall

Where before there had stood what looked to be an extremely dense patch of forest trees, there was now a large, wooden doorway, covered in beautiful, curved glyphs of what must have been the mysterious language that Gemina had been chanting in... The branches of two trees had twisted and parted to uncover the entrance to the hidden abode.

Smiling, Gemina motioned for the group to follow her. Placing both her hands against the doorway, she pushed, the doors opening inwards smoothly to reveal a staircase, also made from wood. "Be careful on the stairs. They are narrow, and I will not be held responsible for any accidents. Guard your energy Arínaleca." Moving quickly, the slim woman jumped forward, bounding up the stairs which twisted around the trunk of a large oak tree. Upon reaching the top, she brushed herself down, before walking purposefully forward into the elaborately decorated, enormous hall. towards a circular table, which looked like it was fit for a banquet. Around the room stand numerous furnishings and chairs. Adorning the walls are carefully decorated paintings of forests, grasslands and streams... Apart from the main entrance to the hall, there lie four other exits. Another large door opposite the main entrance, two small alcoves opening into corridors on either side of the room, and another door at the top of another staircase situated in the northwestern corner of the room.

Gemina walks over to the table and places the basket filled with assorted berries in the centre, before sitting down in a comfortable chair covered with some sort of fur. She sits in a relaxed position, waiting for the travelers to make their way over, having comprehended what would have been the most extravagant, beautiful room that any of the Arína had seen to that day.
 
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Kaiden watched with interest as Whisper caused a seed of some kind of exotic fruit to grow before their very eyes no mean feat considering that the soil and climate were so wrong for the plant in question "impressive" he conceded plucking a banana from off of the plant and tucking it into a small bag for later. He'd never tried to make anything grow like that before, oh sure he'd given the odd plant a helping hand though that was more knowing what it needed and then adding it to the soil, no, his forte was more getting the trees to do what he told them to do.
Watching as the trees parted at the far end of the clearing to reveal the large wooden doors Kaiden found himself feeling rather satisfied that he had been right about those trees although he’d never suspected the true extent of what the hidden entrance had contained.
Returning both bow and arrow to the cloth bag hanging over his shoulder Kaiden proceeds to follow their host through the doors and up the narrow staircase to enter a lavish dining hall the like of which he hadn't seen in a very long time. Looking about at the artwork displayed upon the wall Kaiden takes a seat at the table and wait for the others to do so as well.
 

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Shortly after Akana’s alightment from the tree and indication that the time was ripe for the group to leave, Whisper decided to do something magical. Asking if anyone was hungry and not waiting for an answer, she took out a seed and made a small tree grow, fast enough that the eye could actually see the progression of growth. Akana was brought back to a scene from her past, shortly after the Disappearance of the People of Christiansfeld (was Akana the only one who remembered this village now? Hmm…). “Though we have known about time since we first began to learn, we have not been able to control it. It is said to be impossible to vary the flow of time. Yet, have you not found yourself in a moment that you felt was passing by too slow?” Here, an orange was dropped out of the man’s hand, yet fell at a speed slower than gravity would dictate. “Or a moment that you felt was passing by much too quickly?” Now, a seed, taken from a vest pocket, was placed in a pot. A moment of the hand over the pot produced the beginnings of a tree, which grew into a small orange tree in a matter of seconds. “I propose that we may all control the flow of time, if only slightly.”

At the time, Akana thought he was a real magician. But seeing Whisper produce the same effect, if with a banana herb instead of an orange tree, made Akana realize that he may have been another person like these people gathered here. Akana didn’t know if this man was alive still, or even what his name or location may be. Maybe it didn’t matter, but maybe he should be here too if there were this many old people gathered together in one place. As Akana grabbed a couple of the bananas (which really shouldn’t be able to survive here [where did Whisper get this seed? The Hot Archipelagos?], nor the oranges really), the thickly clumped trees began moving on command from Jemina, spoken in a language that had absolutely no relation at all to Akana’s native tongue. Which meant that it was never present in the City before it fell. Another settlement with an entirely different language, bearing no relation to the City languages. The Speech Keeper, Dottore Bhāṣaṇa, would have been most interested in this.

As the trees parted, they revealed very large doors covered in glyphs, possibly corresponding to the language Jemina was speaking. Jemina pushed the doors open, either a monumental task, or some sort of force reduction device was attached to the doors (this Akana would love to see), to make their operation easier and less strenuous. Behind the doors was a narrow, railless, staircase, all made of wood, that wrapped around an old oak tree, and led up into some unknown place. As Jemina bounded up, she gave warning to be careful, to avoid having an accident. After Kaiden had begun his ascent, Akana headed up as well, going as fast as inertial forces would allow her without falling off the staircase (which wasn’t very fast, Kaiden beat her by a few seconds). Upon entering the hall, Akana was greeted by the sight of a very large dining hall, larger than any Akana had seen. The walls were adorned with temperate landscapes, very good paintmanship, and there was a large, round table with many chairs, far outnumbering the people present (thankfully). Jemina and Kaiden were already seated, allowing Akana to pick a chair (a very comfortable chair) far away from them. Now, Akana had to play a waiting game, to see what Jemina really wanted.
 

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Arkadi hardly moved as another Undying (this one called Whisper) revealed herself from within the big tree, offering fruit to them all as she turned a seed into an exotic fruit in a matter of seconds.
Meanwhile, Gemina invited them all to 'Elderil Hall', her home, which she revealed from within the treeline. A great wooden door covered in strange carved glyphs.
She bounded over and opened the door, revealing a great staircase leading up into the treetops. Finally, they were getting somewhere. Following her, Kaiden and Red were soon up the stairs. Arkadi went up not long after, not taking much notice of the narrow, twisting, open staircase. He would be surprised if any of them were stupid enough to fall off.
Atop the tree lay a great feasting hall, resplendent with comfortable chairs and pictures of green lands. Slipping his kukri back into its' sheath, he picked one of the comfy chairs at random and waited to hear what 'G" had to say.
 

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Jokir stepped forward as the door revealed itself, seemingly unsurprised on the outside but quite awed inside, that was a nice ability of deception, if he could hide among the plants... He slipped inside behind Arkadi and followed him up the stairs and slumped in a seat next to the other Arina, that was what the woman had called her, and although he rarely believed strangers, it did make some form of sense what she had said. He waited until they had all entered and then spoke "I assume that you have some sort of task, out with it."
 

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Whisper harvested the remaining bananas, and brought them to the wood table that was under the apple tree, in case others wanted some. She grabbed a couple for later herself and put them in her backpack. With her wooden staff in hand, she focused once more, and the banana tree shriveled and died, as if from old age. Soon it would decay back into the dirt that created it. Whisper grinned as she thought that it wouldn’t be proper to have a banana tree in the front of Gemina’s home.

With interest, she watched as the others slowly climbed what Gemina had referred to as “stairs”. Even though she had never seen any, she grasped the concept. Whisper lightly touched the trunk of the large oak tree, and felt reassured, as she climbed the narrow twisty stairs. This seemed a silly way to climb a tree, but she understood that some the others might find climbing awkward.

Whisper peaked her head in, and gasped at the enormity of the room. How did the tree support it? She almost raced back down the stairs, but then….something on the walls caught her attention. Little bits of outside were captured on the walls. How did the outside get on the inside? Miniature trees and little streams, trapped. Whisper was captivated, and had to see these closer. She really wanted to touch them but they seemed so fragile, she thought she might hurt them. Ahhh, someone had made drawings of the trees and streams, captured their essence, and put them on the wall. How clever!

Whisper looked at each in turn. She then quietly returned to the wall near the stairway, and sat cross legged on the floor to wait for the others to arrive. Inside was not where she belonged, and she hoped this expedition would start soon, so she could be outside once more.
 
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