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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:40 am    Post subject: A Visit to the Academy Reply with quote

Briarius walked into the Bristle Crios compound and approached the Academy. He entered the front Administration Building and hoped to easily find a way to find someone who was in charge.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lydia's secretary, Rebecca, had been lost to her own thoughts - in a manner of speaking - as she'd scanned the numerous files laid out neatly across the large, crescent shaped desk. In truth, it was the presence inside her in whose thoughts she'd been lost. The presence had been surveying the modifications to the Academy - or the plans for them, at least; at the same time it had been dutifully going about all of Rebecca's normal daily routine.

The presence within her usually maintained a closer watch around itself, but it thought itself relatively safe; in general it knew which threats to expect, while there.

Then Briarius entered.

Without even stopping to test his potency in any way, the presence fled.

Rebecca looked up from the desk, with a dreamy smile upon her face - until she realized she wasn't alone, and her face began to turn crimson as she tried to make sense of the situation.

"Oh, I'm sorry," she started to arrange some papers, somewhat absently - accidently stacking the wrong files, "I must have been daydreaming-" she stopped, and composed herself. The education options in RhyDin were constantly changing, learned folk coming and going; she'd never met him before, and she wasn't even certain Lydia had - but she'd heard about him enough that recognition slowly began to register on her face.

She felt even more incredibly foolish. It didn't help her demeanor at all.

"You're, I mean, aren't you," she'd stepped out from around the desk, making a small welcoming gesture, "here to see Lydia. I mean the Headmistress. Her office is right this way, sir. Sir? Professor? Or, sorry. Right this way." She turned, not leading the way unless she was certain he'd follow, but turned none the less to hide her embarrassment. Her hand moved to cover her lips as she mouthed, 'Oh god...' and silently wished she could sleep better at night and stop having these episodes.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Briarius smiled at the girl, but his senses which included his divine and magickal senses, were screaming. He sensed a powerful entity in this room which fled as he approached and he didn't notice anyone physically leaving the room. All that was here was this doe eyed girl. He gazed upon what she was doing and it was they typical day to day school administration fare. Transcripts, discipline reports, school renovation plans, lunch menus. She shuffled a discipline report together with another student's transcript which may well ruin that student's chance at acceptance. He was going to say something and that's when it hit him. His constant battle with chaos made him very sensitive to its manifestations. He sensed the residual presence. He studied the girl more intently as she fell over herself in apology. She seemed normal enough. She was obviously a thrall, but knowing what he suspected here, that was probably not unusual.

"My dear, there is no need for apologies. Without dreams, there can be no progress. Just take special concern in reorganizing those files there."
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Of course, sir." By the time she'd finished walking and turned back to face him, she was slightly flushed again and regarded him somewhat shyly - as if she'd become a teenage girl again. Hurriedly she collected herself and knocked on the door before taking the knob in hand and opening it.

"Ms. Tolmay? Headmaster of Ravensheart to see you," she walked in, beckoning for him to follow. "If there's nothing else..." she waited for the affirmative from Lydia before she left the Headmistress office, shooting Briarius a glance while his back was turned, then deliberately stealing a glance towards Lydia - looking her in the eye - before 'checking out' Briarius again with just the barest hint of a smile before she left them.

~~~

Back at Rebecca's desk, the 'entity' had ventured back inside and waited patiently for Rebecca to return; soon it would again wear her body like a meat suit, and scavenge through her mind for what little information she'd taken from the terse meeting with the Archmage. Rebecca, however, was largely mundane and had know way to determine anything about him, really. Thus, she would be a rather frustrating informant in this instance.

The entity brooded as it waited. If another Archmage were entering the picture, it would have to make some adaptations to its designs. The entity hovered near a mural on one of the walls - sightless it saw, and read the inscription on it.

'Welcome to the Academy of Bristle Crios'

Just as sightless it saw, now voiceless it laughed.
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 9:16 pm    Post subject: An Honor Reply with quote

Lydia had been seated at her desk in the sizable office. The elevated ceiling gave way to massive bookshelves covering every other wall of the octagonal shaped room, displaying a modest collection of ancient texts and tomes as well as a few antique small busts and vases. Converted antique oil lamp sconces hung on the walls between each bookcase. Below each lamp was an aged portrait or landscape painting, providing several focal points around the room. Unless one was purposefully looking for it, they might not even notice there were no windows in the large office. What might be noticed instead was the massive wood burning fireplace on the back wall. From the cleanliness of the fireplace, it was apparent it had never housed a fire. In front of the fireplace was Lydia’s substantial desk with two arm chairs facing her.

She had looked up from her paperwork to greet her trusted secretary when she entered, but she never would have been prepared to see the man following her. He needed no introduction. Staring at him with wide eyes, Lydia nodded in acknowledgement to Rebecca, not realizing her mouth was slightly open in disbelief. She quickly closed her mouth, jumped up from her seat, and walked up to greet him.

“Headmaster Ravensheart,” Lydia said with a smile, offering an outstretched hand to shake his, “Your presence is truly an honor. Please, feel free to sit.” She nodded towards the two arm chairs facing her desk.

Under her normal sense of decorum, she would have waited until he sat to begin with questions, but she was too excited. “May I ask what has brought you to Bristle Crios?” She winced slightly at her own question. She probably should have worded that better. Maybe she should have asked what she could help him with today. That would have sounded more welcoming. Her question almost sounded accusatory, which was not her intent. She may have dressed the part, with her business professional attire and her black hair pulled back into a stern bun, but she never felt comfortable with the diplomacy side of her position.

Her excitement turned to panic. Why was he here, now, of all times? The school was still in the reconstruction phases after a slight daemon kraken ‘incident’ in Mage Hall. Water had only been restored to the main buildings a little while ago. The first two floors of Mage Hall were still closed for repairs, and the top two floors wouldn’t even be open until the fall term. She tried to hide her embarrassment. She was sure he would have seen the construction crews coming and going. It was just her luck that important company would come to visit when her house was at its worst.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2015 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Briarius' magickal and divine senses were still appraising everything as the Headmistress spoke. As an archmage, necromancer, and deity of death, he knew what he was dealing with here. Not to mention some of his retainers in Noledor gave him ample (and probably overbearing) warning about the Headmistress. That combined with the fact that his magicks seemed fully functional here, put Briarius at ease, which allowed him to note the subtle behavioral cues and psychic impressions which both women were giving off. Although he would not embarrass either of them by bringing it up, it was something to note.

Although he knew what the intent of the outstretched hand was, he instead took it and kissed it as a proper gentleman should.

"You may ask. My legs brought me to Bristle Crios. I find walking is a skill that many who study magick slowly lose over their lifetime."

He smiled at her, hoping his humor would allow her to relax a bit.

"I have also brought you a gift I had specially made for you."

He seemed to pull a small wooden box out of thin air and presented it to Lydia. Inside the box was a seemingly delicate gold necklace with a bloodstone set into it. Auspex would show it was magickal and the bloodstone actually contained blood.

"As long as you wear this and the stone is red, accidental forays into the sun will not prove fatal. Be warned that its power is limited and is only intended for protection from accidents. My Tremere tell me that you will know how to re-enchant the stone once used."
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 12:33 pm    Post subject: Denial Reply with quote

Lydia seemed startled as he took and kissed her hand. Her look of surprise turned to one of dismay from his initial response, until she realized he was joking. With a slight smile, she nodded, and watched as he pulled out a wooden box. Not fully understanding why he would need to bring a gift, she listened intently to his explanation.

It took her awhile to process what he was saying to her as she stared at the necklace. Certainly he wasn’t trying to imply that she was a vampire. She tried hard to maintain her secret. Of course she had her oddities, like working at night or within windowless rooms during the day, but she tried to live as normal of a life as possible. Even if people had picked up on things, no one had been as brazened to throw it in her face before by implying it with a gift.

Oh my God,’ she thought, ‘If he knows, does his whole Academy know? Does my whole Academy know?’ She was scared that she had been identified for what she had tried to hide for so long. Would they make her leave the school? Of course no one would want to send their child to a school where the one in charge was a deadly vampire.

Shaking her head, looking at him in disbelief at his sudden bluntness about her ‘condition’, she took a step back. Never being able to really hide her feelings, she looked visibly distraught. The terror of being faced with something from that world was too much for her.

“I don’t know what you are talking about,” she said defensively. She was a terrible liar.

He wasn’t the only one with contacts. Her sister had warned her of the Tremere. From what Lydia had recalled, her twin had mentioned that the clan was, at one time, composed of magical scholars who excelled in their magic long before they were vampires. They pushed their studies even further by using blood magic, known as Thaumaturgy. She wondered if he, as such a scholarly figure himself, would have dabbled in the practice, and if he was secretly a vampire too. Lydia was already more than suspicious that the bloodstone contained blood enchanted with this dark magic. Even if it was something she could take advantage of, she would refuse to exploit it. She may have been a vampire, but she could still choose whether she acted with good or evil intentions. She saw firsthand how blood magic could negatively affect a person’s soul, or what was left of it.

Not long after the War of 1812, Lydia had followed her sister to New Orleans. Instead of finding her twin, she found a young Aristocratic woman in need of her help. The girl had been rendered unconscious in a scuffle and was to be offered as a blood sacrifice in some dark magic ceremony. With the girl being drained of most of her blood by the time she found her, Lydia felt she had no other choice. She ‘embraced’ her, as they called it. Part of her always regretted cursing the girl in order to save her life, if it could even be called a ‘life’. Over the centuries, Lydia tried to help guide her, but the woman chose her own path… to the insidious call of thaumaturgy’s dark blood magic.

Unfortunately the Aristocrat wasn’t the only one she had lost to the dark side. Lydia’s identical twin, Leta, was the one of the two siblings who had less restrictive morals. Leta may have known about the Tremere, she may even know how to re-enchant the necklace like Briarius mentioned, but Lydia knew little to nothing of that world she rejected so long ago.

Although she wore her emotions on her sleeve, Lydia’s deepest inner thoughts and memories would be close to impossible to dig into. Consider it a gift from her sister to protect her weaker sibling. Especially now that she was on the defensive, Lydia would have her own mental blocks to hide what little she could from this man-who-knew-too-much. But there was a slight glimmer in her eyes that she couldn’t deny as she looked at the necklace… Part of her wanted that bloodstone.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Briarius bowed his head in apology.

"I am deeply sorry if I have upset you. Some of my powers are both a gift and curse."

He cast a simple enchantment to confuse any attempts at scrying in this area for the next few minutes.

"You see, I have centuries of experience with the undead. I know habit and tell tale signs that no other would ever see. This is reinforced with my divinely granted abilities and casting discipline of necromancy. If this is a secret or I am just plain wrong, I apologize profusely. My intent in coming here was not to offend or upset, but rather to build trust. If you do not have the proper abilities, the blood that currently fuels this artifact is mine and even a hedge mage knows the power you have over someone if you posses their blood, which I am freely giving to you."

Briarius set the box down on her desk and sighed.

"Headmistress, I am afraid that my attempts at diplomacy are not going well. I will just state my reason for coming here and leave you in peace. You may have noted a large increase in transfer requests from Ravensheart Academy to Bristle Crios. The reason for this is that Ravensheart Academy will not be resuming operations with the new term. I am transferring all students to the most appropriate school for their studies and referring all new students to appropriate schools."

Briarius moved towards the door and reached of the handle. He stopped with his hand still on the handle and spoke to Lydia without looking at her.

"You are a competent and remarkable individual. Running a school with any secrets puts those in your charge in danger from those who know those secrets. I would hope that you trust in yourself. If you need an ally or even a friend, I would be more than willing to help. My reputation, like my abilities, are a blessing and a curse. I am well respected within academic circles here, but my powers put my students in danger from those who hold my secrets. I cannot put those students in danger any longer.

I will not risk offending or upsetting you any further. I wish you peace."

With that, he opened the door.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 11:22 am    Post subject: An Offer Reply with quote

Lydia quickly jumped to catch him before he went any farther. Without thinking, she placed a hand lightly on the back of his while it was still on the door handle and said softly, “Please. Wait.” She then realized what she was doing. Embarrassedly, she let go of his hand. She was the one who was brazened, and completely foolish.

“I am terribly sorry. You came with a gift and I was too caught up in my own insecurities to be able to see that. I hope you will be able to forgive me. I am not usually faced with my own… limitations. When others know about my secret, it is hard for me to deny the truth to myself. I admire your ability to be able to discuss these types of matters so directly and eloquently.”

She looked out the open door to see Rebecca diligently working at her desk in her small office that separated Lydia’s office with the hallway. She looked down for a moment, far from proud to be saying such things in earshot of Rebecca, although Rebecca knew. She had been working with Lydia for quite some time now. Lydia grew to trust her and eventually Rebecca her know of her condition but it was more of a decision of necessity than one of camaraderie. Lydia was grateful that Rebecca respected her enough to help her move appointment times, change classroom locations, plan her occasional outings, and other things people took for granted during daylight hours. But no matter who knew, Lydia was always hesitant to voice it out loud.

Lydia continued to Briarius, “I thank you for your gift. It is a wonderful sentiment, truly appropriate given my… situation, and to say it is personal would be an understatement. Thank you.”

“I hope you would allow me to make an offer in return,” she paused, hoping to gain his attention.

As he said, she did observe a rise in transfers from the Ravensheart Academy to the Academy of Bristle Crios. She recalled thinking how unfortunate the timing was given all of the closed classrooms of Mage Hall due to the incident a few months back. As a result of the temporarily overloaded class sizes, she better understood the concept of ‘when it rains, it pours’, but she also knew that things could always be worse. It appeared as those things had gotten worse for Briarius and his own secrets.

As evidenced in her change of tone, it was clear that what she was about to say, she didn’t take lightly. Lydia said softly and sincerely, “I will not pretend to imagine all that you have been through in your tenure as Headmaster, nor in your lifetime, but I do believe those with a passion for teaching will always be teaching. Whether it is explaining something read in the news to a friend or describing directions to someone on the street, teaching takes many forms. I would hope that if you decided to return to teaching on a wider scale once more, even on a temporary basis, that you would feel welcome at Bristle Crios. It would be an honor to have you involved in the Academy in any capacity.”

She bowed her head slightly in respect, then looked back up to him.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Briarius did not appear mad.

Briarius did not seem upset.

In fact, Briarius smiled softly as Lydia apologized. After she thanked him for the gift, he closed the door.

"Headmistress, I will take the offer to heart. However, right now, I think that I want to get other affairs in order first.

He stopped for a moment.

"Headmistress, is your assistant...and please excuse me if I step out of bounds. If your assistant under your personal control?"
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:16 pm    Post subject: About the Incident Reply with quote

Lydia turned her head to the side slightly, obviously puzzled by his question.

“Under my control? No, I would never do anything like that…” she said while looking at him and shaking her head. Not appearing to be offended by the question, she instead seemed to be thinking.

Not knowing how much to say, she began, “I know she has been in the past. My… associate will influence her mind on occasion.” She didn’t want to say that it was her sister just yet, though she wondered if Briarius had already sensed it anyway.

“I do not believe that my associate would do anything to purposefully hurt her, or endanger the academy.” Even though Lydia tried to dissuade her twin from using her abilities, Leta seemed to dominate Rebecca’s mind at times that gave Lydia reason to believe Leta was just trying to help protect her sister and, to some extent, the school.

If he was sensing something more sinister, there may be more at work here than her sister. “A few months ago, there was an incident at Mage Hall. You probably have observed our renovation crews…” She felt herself already getting off topic. Getting back on point, she continued, “We have several people looking into what caused the event, but it is currently unresolved. There was an apparent suicide of one of the security guards after the attack, but as you can imagine, many of us suspect fowl play.”

She sighed. “My secretary had her own ties to the incident, as her husband was one of two that were killed during the initial attack. If you don’t mind my being so bold, would you be willing to tell me what you sense about her? If you feel as though there is something here with malicious intent, I would rather know so I may contact those working on this to give them more information… and to warn them.”
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"You need not apologize for being bold. It is I who broached the topic."

He looked at the door and frowned slightly. He could open his senses and get to the bottom of this, but that was extremely impolite and terribly risky. Having powerful magick that could practically do anything was more of a responsibility than people thought.

He looked back at Lydia and smiled.

"I am certain it's nothing. I felt something powerful when I approached her, but noted that she was conditioned to be controlled mystically. It's probably residual from her past."
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:04 pm    Post subject: Worth The Trip Reply with quote

Lydia simply nodded, not wanting to press him for more information than he was willing to comfortably offer. He had already given her more than enough for a starting point. She decided she would have those looking into the incident investigate any further connections to Rebecca. She would also be keeping an extra eye on her herself until the matter was sorted out.

Assuming she should speak up in order to let him know that she intended on looking into it, she said seriously, “I appreciate the information. I will make sure her actions are monitored until I can be certain of her motivations.”

She continued in a friendlier tone, “May I offer to show you around the campus, or recommend a class to observe? May I answer any questions about the facilities or the style of classes we offer?” Not knowing how much time he had devoted for the visit, Lydia didn’t want to keep him longer than he intended to stay, but she was hoping to make the visit worth his time. She didn’t exactly help their initial introductions go smoothly, but she did not want to end on bad terms.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Briarius smiled at her.

"What are you most proud of here, Headmistress?"

He wanted Lydia to relax and be herself. He did not feel comfortable being fawned over or catered to. Well, maybe he did enjoy it a little bit as it was a nice change of pace, but on the whole, he didn't want people tripping over themselves to make him happy. He also preferred to be judged on his own merits and not his reputation.

"I noted the construction. I am certain there is an exciting story behind that."
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:03 am    Post subject: Achievements and Accidents Reply with quote

Her eyes widened in surprise by his question. She was always striving to better the staff, the courses, the buildings, and everything else she could think of in order to help the students be all that they could be. But in focusing on what was lacking, she never considered what had been achieved.

Lydia thought for a moment, then answered, “Bristle Crios was founded on the idea of acceptance for all, despite age, race, background, abilities…” She trailed off for a moment considering how she could certainly be judged for most, if not all, of those descriptions, then continued, “I had always believed in that sentiment and wanted to reflect its principle in the Academy. As a result, we try to cater to many needs and offer a wide array of classes. Although, in providing so many courses, they are often generalized. I feel as though we have only recently begun to delve into the more experienced levels of education. Of course, with the recent incident, that objective has been set back a bit.”

She segued, “The construction is now limited to Mage Hall and is expected to be completed by the fall term. You see...” She began to explain, “At the beginning of the spring term this year, in the winter, there was an episode involving a summoned creature by one of the students during an alchemy course. Although we believe the action of the student was accidental, we suspect that the incident itself was premeditated. As I mentioned, we have a team of staff and security investigating. If you think you may be able to lend your talents to that project in any way, I hope you will feel free to contact me.”

She purposefully didn’t like to reveal as much information as she knew, even during the many meetings she held for the staff and students to keep them updated on the Academy’s renovations. She believed that only those working directly on the investigation should be privy to every detail of the information in the off-chance that someone might reveal more than they should know, ultimately condemning them and their involvement. But at the same time, she wanted him to be cautious, for the safety of his own students. “I would suggest you be extra vigilant in your Academy for the time being. I am unaware if this was a one time event, or if it is even isolated here. Once we find conclusive information, I will certainly let you know.”
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I assure you. Ravensheart is safe. The Academy itself is within my own domain of Noledor. I have absolute control of all aspects of my domain. I would gladly aid you if you wish my aid, Headmistress."

Briarius shifted a bit.

"However, I am interested for academic and philosophical reasons. How do you reconcile being most proud of being accepting and keeping the secret you carry regarding yourself. In my mind, I wonder how should one feel accepted by one who feels they can't be accepted."

He wasn't smirking or showing aggression of any sort. He was warm and genial, but seemed honestly curious.

"Again, if the subject is off the table, then so be it. I was only idly wondering."
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reflections Reply with quote

Lydia looked down, dumbfounded. He was right. The Academy, like all of Bristle Crios, was supposed to be founded on tolerance, yet she went to great pains to hide her own abilities. She was silent for a moment, embarrassed, realizing she must have looked like a hypocrite. It was fitting as how she felt like one.

Looking back up to him, she said solemnly, “That is a valid and fair point. I have no real defense other than the fact that the image I portray reflects on the Academy, for better or worse. If I appear to be as mundane as possible, my acceptance of others means something. It shows the students, even the staff, that they can be accepted by an ordinary person, not just by another ‘freak’ like them. If I air my own list of extraordinary abilities during every parent teacher conference, people would say, ‘she is only as accepting because she is inhuman too’. Not only would everything I have worked towards become meaningless, the Academy would also take a hit. It would be labeled as a school of monsters.”

She certainly didn’t want to seem like she was giving excuses for her decisions and actions. She knew she probably didn’t handle things right, if there even was a right way and a wrong way to handle things like this. She just didn’t want to hurt anyone.

Lydia sighed, then admitted, “Honestly, I have always hid what I am. I wouldn’t be able to live any other way. It’s not who I am. I never wanted this exceptional life. As a result, I reject as much of it as I can. I hide it as much for selfish reasons as I do to protect my students. I hope you would be able to sympathize with wanting to hide certain personal traits and abilities in order to protect those in your charge.”
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Headmistress, what is my primary casting discipline?"

He waited for an answer.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:03 pm    Post subject: An Undead and a Necromancer Reply with quote

Blinking, she thought for a moment. This was just as a test in one of her courses. He had mentioned casting discipline before, though at the time, she paid it little mind. As much as she hoped people would not hold her instinctive abilities against her, his personal skills held little weight to her in determining how she viewed him as a person.

Lydia ran the conversation back in her mind. He had mentioned his ‘centuries of experience with the undead’ and his ‘casting discipline of necromancy’.

“Necromancy?” she asked, not quite as confident in her answer. It was certainly one of his specialties, but she was unsure if it was it his primary skill set. Even more confused, she did not know what it had to do with what she had been talking about.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He smiled at her.

"Yes, Necromancy. The darkest of magicks. Yet, parents and students respected me and my abilities as an educator. I never hid the fact that I am a Necromancer. I am not intimidating, am I? You do not fear me for the fell magicks I am privy to?

Again, if you see yourself as a 'freak', then how can you truly accept others?"

He sighed a bit.

"However, if you truly do not care for your abilities, I may be able to help you. I know a ritual that will turn you back to the human you once were before your Embrace."
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:35 pm    Post subject: Regret Reply with quote

She was a little intimidated. Maybe not intimidated per se, but it wasn’t exactly soothing to have someone knowing your darkest secret. He was making a solid case though. Part of her considered his offer, but another part was hesitant.

“I’m not sure,” she began timidly. “I’ve heard of many rituals and practices that could grant me my life again. I regret to say I’ve even tried some. They only served to… make things worse. I became worse. I’ve been to others that require a soul in sacrifice. Those, I could never follow through. I’m not trying to imply your ritual would do such a thing, but…” She trailed off, her eyes betraying her sadness over the prospect.

“I thank you for your offer, but it is not something I would like to pursue. I have a handle on my life now, the good and the bad. I may not be as proud and willing to display all of my attributes as you are, but I have enough to be proud of in my life. I just choose to focus on those things instead,” she said with a slight smile. She hoped he knew she was talking about the school. Uncomfortable talking about her personal life, she purposefully shifted the conversation back to business.

“But I am intrigued by your abilities as a necromancer. I understand that there is much potential in the power. I hope that even after the final term at Ravensheart Academy, that you will continue to teach others the skill. As I mentioned, you will always be welcome at the Academy of Bristle Crios, whether it be as a experienced instructor, an honored administrator, or any path you might wish to follow in the future.”
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Briarius smiled a smile that said that he would respect her wishes for now, but he was far from finished with her.

"Headmistress, it is because of that power that I do not teach Necromancy. The lure of the darkness is too strong for too many. There aren't many Necromancers that do not follow a path of wickedness.

As far as doing something after Ravensheart, I will consider your offer, but I have some other affairs I would like to pursue first. It has been a long time since I wasn't important."

He laughed a bit.

"Not to sound too pompous, which I fear it may be too late, but my recent life has been nothing but one thing or person relying on me. With the school gone, I relieve myself of that burden for a small time."
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:34 am    Post subject: The Honor of the Title Reply with quote

Lydia laughed lightly with him. She doubted there would ever be a time he was not important. He was certainly important to her. All of his achievements with his academy acted as inspirations for hers.

Her smile faded into a look of thoughtfulness as he continued. When he finished speaking, she admitted, “I believe I can understand. On some occasions, I consider quitting as Headmistress and, instead, fulfill my true passions as a teacher. There seems to be so much politics, economics, customer service, and red tape involved in our position. … I just wanted to teach.”

Lydia paused, shaking her head a moment at how naive she sounded. She continued, “Here I complain, and the Academy will have been open only three years in the fall. I can not imagine how you have been able to hold on as long as you have been.”

“In truth, I told myself that I would quit in the fall, just in time for the three year anniversary. Oddly enough, once the incident happened earlier this year, I realized how much I loved being there for my students in this role. It is still conflicting for me, thinking as an administrator yet feeling as a teacher, but I do think this is a good fit for me, at least for now.”

She realized she was probably rambling, so she concluded, “But yes, if I can grow wary of the position after only three years, I do not blame you for wanting to take a much needed break after how long you have had the honor of the title.”
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"You honor me far too greatly!"

Briarius laughed.

"I held the position as long as I have completely out of stubbornness."

He paused and grew slightly reflective.

"The position comes with a price. You do realize this, Lydia?"
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:56 pm    Post subject: Guilt by Association Reply with quote

She was all too aware of the price, at least the price in her eyes. Every day Lydia was in charge at the school, was another day she was putting the staff and students at risk due to her ‘associations’.

Lydia knew her twin was a powerful player in The Company. She wasn’t even sure of what The Company or her sister did, but what little she did know wasn’t good. As identical twins, Leta would often masquerade as her sister but Lydia knew Leta could be a potent threat if she ever started impersonating her at the Academy, changing protocols and school policies to benefit The Company.

Lydia was sure Leta had been there during the incident at the Academy, though she didn’t know exactly how much she participated, for better or worse. She suspected, but couldn’t confirm. Lydia just hoped that those tasked with investigating the incident would not find out about her sister’s involvement. If so, everyone would know about the threat her sister held to the Academy. That is, if they even believed she had a twin. Due to her powers of illusion, Leta had a habit of disappearing and leaving Lydia to suffer the consequences.

And the threat didn’t stop with Leta. Leta had made enemies as she gained ground in The Company. Before the founding of the school, Leta had gotten tied up with some pirate. She and a small crew broke into his ship and stole some precious artifact. A soul orb, Lydia believed Leta had called it. The pirate went looking for her and found Lydia instead. He kidnapped her and brought her to a shack to torture her into telling him where she had taken it. She tried to explain how her sister was to blame, but he wouldn’t hear it. He left, giving her a warning to return the artifact to him, as well as a scar from his blade that he pierced from her cheek down her neck to her collarbone. She told Leta what had happened after the episode, and Leta returned his merchandise to him, but the damage was already done in Lydia’s eyes. By now, the scar had healed completely, but she still lived with the reminder.

“I know that I have some things, and some people, from my past that may present a potential threat to the Academy one day. It could turn very ugly. People might… People would undoubtedly get hurt. That would be the price that I’m afraid I may have to pay.” She wondered if that’s what he meant, though.
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