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The Birth of a Pillar

“Here is the book. I… Forgive me, Aiyanna, but… Is it wise to do this? The ancient magics have not been used in centuries. We do not know the price you will pay…” The book was passed in to her hands, he seeming reluctant to let it go.

She took the book, her serious face softening to a sad wistful expression. “We don’t have any more time to waste. I will fight a god if that is what it takes to save Marsyas.” Her words didn’t seem encouraging, judging by the grim expression on his face. Aiyanna lifted her hand to brush her fingers across his cheek in comfort. “Don’t worry, Cousin. It will work.”

They left the hall, walking in to a grand open room. White marble and tall stone pillars reached high to the vaulted ceiling. Across the floor lain in gold was an intricate circle design – an ancient symbol of the old magic, faded over time. Her footsteps echoed over the cold stone floor as she nodded to those that gathered around the circle. The book was placed on a podium and opened to a marked page.

Aiyanna moved back to the center of the circle, taking in a deep calming breath. “Begin.” she breathed, cupping her hands before her. The faded symbol on the floor began to glow, a brilliant white ball of light forming in her hands. Her eyes closed as she pulled it in… the offered power of all those surrounding her and that which she offered herself.

Please, Maker of all things, hear our prayer. Allow me your divine power to remove what threatens to end all our existence.

The light grew overwhelming, enveloping the entire circle and she along with it. Humming with an unearthly sound, her eyes blinked opened as the ball of light shattered suddenly in her hands! Everything was cold – like ice! Her body felt frozen, prickling needles before it all was numb.

It is said the whole world heard the sound of the crystal as it formed, shooting up in to the sky – a sight that could be seen for miles. A crystal pillar solid as diamond and cold as snow; clear blue with a single shadow inside where the Imperial Queen once stood. She had become the pillar of the world to save them all.

Aiyanna took in a sudden breath, as if she had been under water for ages and could just now breathe. Her eyes fluttered open, white spots dancing before them, now staring up at the strangest of things. Crystal pillars jutting out from the ground at all sides. Some straight and narrow, some short and thick. Tilted, or tall… They were surrounding her. On the ground she lay, her back against the cold stone of more crystal that seemed to form the very ground like sheets of ice.

Shakily moving to her feet, she glanced around wide eyed. Was this heaven? Could it be Marsyas? Something flickered in one of the crystals, her feet moving forward without instruction. A image – no, many images. Appearing suddenly and then going again just as quick as the next. It was herself as a child. Then it was an unfamiliar forest. There was a city in golden glory, and then another in ancient ruin. All around her the images would appear, in one crystal and then the next. Like a mirror reflecting the times.

Wind blew cold, she knew she could not stay there. Unsure of her heading, but moving forward Aiyanna left the crystal forest…

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Settings: Magical Fantasy Settings: Otherworld

Moonlight Shadow

Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: PG13
Location: Otherworld

Aurora Borae is the writer of a famous fantasy series called Moonlight Shadow but recently is seems her luck as taken a turn for the worse. She seems to be having all sorts of accidents, but even her own friends don’t believe her! Her Editor finally convinces Rori to take a vacation while she plots for the next saga of her series… While working, Rori falls asleep at her desk, only to wake up and find her home in flames! As she tries to escape, the floor falls from beneath her and she tumbles down in to a strange pool of water before she looses consciousness…

As she awakes, Rori finds herself trapped in the very story book world she created and everyone seems to think she is their goddess! Somehow she has to wake herself up from this strange dream, before she ends up being killed or worse… trapped forever in her own book!

CHARACTER LIST

Aurora (Rori) Borae: Rori Borae is a popular author of a long running fantasy series called Moonlight Shadow. She has just begun the planning for her 7th book when strange accidents start happening all around her. Car brakes failing, shelves tumbling over, accidents that always had to happen when no one else was around. Her editor insisting it was a part of her imagination, sent her home for a vacation away from work. Home all to herself, Rori sits down to draw an outline of the latest Shadow saga, only to fall asleep at her desk. As she wakes, she finds herself surrounded by flames… and then in another world? [DIANA]

Talin Darlandon: Talin was your typical adventurer, getting in to trouble and chasing quests from a young boy to a man. He was strong, capable, witty, and always filled with a wanderlust that never seemed to dissipate as he grew older. His life has been a never ending legend of great adventures… after all, he was the main character in a story he knew nothing about! When his own father was killed at the hands of Aonghus Aerleas over a struggle of the lordship, Talin was forced to grow out of his wandering ways and assume leadership of his clan. It took two years, but Talin earned the respect of his clan and led them into a battle against the Aerleas clan to avenge his father and return the lordship to someone more deserving. He was surprised and humbled when he was given the lordship over Ordhagan, but graciously accepted the burden. Talin eventually married, and had two boys that were the pride of his life. He raised his family well, and Ordhagan flourished under his lordship… Until he mysteriously vanished. [NPC]

Ronan Darlandon: Lord of Ordhagan. Ronan is very much the young rouge from a child to even now. He has earned the respect of his clan with the combination of good naturedness and being battle savvy. No one can remember a bet or a battle lost by Ronan, and if they did, they likly wouldn’t tell! Stories of Ronan’s misadventures like to be passed around and embellished on each time they’re told, much like his father. Ronan also has incredible luck, and has been deemed blessed by the goddess. He has escaped death on numerous occasions, and is joked to have more lives than a cat. He’s a trickster most of the time, preferring an easy nature over seriousness. Though when forced he will put aside his pleasures for the good of his clan.

Ryven Darlandon: Younger yet more mature brother of Ronan, Ryven has made a name for himself in his own right. Since his years as a boy and lurking around the laboratories of Merioc, Ryven dreamed of wizardry. Becoming Merioc’s student, the pair have been on their own mess of adventures in Ryvan’s schooling of the magical arts. Unlike his brother, Ryven is slightly more serious nature. He is focused on his studies, though is willing to bend on occasion and escape for a romp or two. Ryven’s magical skills have become quite impressive and advanced for his age… though it seems the only time he botches his spells is when a women is involved. For this he catches alot of slack from Nova, Merioc’s grand daughter, who has studied along side him since they were children. When Nova is around, you can bet Ryven is not in the best of moods.

Demerick: A very powerful priest who has gained so much power/knowledge he has learned the “truth” behind their goddess. Hoping to take the kingdom for himself and revenge on the Darlandon family, he has tried to destroy the goddess in her own world. But when she somehow appears in Ordhagan he must quickly adjust his plans. He is, in secret, the son of Aonghus Aerleas who tried to take the lordship from Talin’s father and died by Talin’s hands. Demerick is smooth and has great talent in bending the truth and people’s will to his own.

Faolan: When Ronan and Ryven were playing out in the forest as children, they stumbled over a large silver-furred wolf caught in one of the village hunter’s traps. The boys worked hard to free the wolf and bandage his broken leg… and were quite surprised when he spoke his gratitude! As a gift of thanks for their kindness, the wolf granted Ronan his first born pup as a companion and guardian. Taking the pup home and dubbing him Faolan, the boys kept his true identity as a were secret and simply passed him off as a lost stray they found in the forest. Faolan has grown with the boys and has become a cherished part of the family, his personality and knack for getting out of trouble being just as slick as Ronan’s. He has a cunning wit, and is slightly mischievous often to the chagrin of anyone nearby. He is often called “that pesky pup” or “bothersome wolf” by the locals.

Merioc: Old elven wizard.

Nova: The brazen half-elf grand daughter of the infamous Merioc. Nova grew up with her parents in an elven village tucked away in the Floarea Wood, not far from the Ordhagan villages. Nova herself was a wee tomboy, preferring to hang out with the males of her village trying to dual with a variety of weapons, or simply annoying the mystics to learn spells or illusions. Her parents, thinking that something must be done with their girl before she caused any more upsets in the village, sent her off to be schooled under the charge of her grand father. Since then, Nova’s talents for weaponry and magic has only increased, along with her ability to get on the nerves of Ryven in particular. More amazing still, she seems to have a natural knack for dressing and acting like a real lady when it suits her purposes, often to the surprise of everyone that seems to know her.

DICTIONARY

Moonlight Shadow: The fantasy series by Rori Borae. It is a story of a high fantasy world of magic and mystics. It begins with the life of Talin and his adventures, and carries on to the life of his son Ronan. There has been six books, from Talin’s life as a boy, him becoming Lord of Ordhagan, meeting his wife, the birth of his sons, his disappearance and then Ronan becoming Lord. Rori had just sat down to plan the seventh book before things suddenly took a strange shift…

Urora: Goddess of the Moon, Sky and Night, or simply the Moonlight Goddess. The patron goddess of Ordhagan. In fun, Rori modeled the goddess after herself. After all, she did create the world! This is something she may soon come to regret. As it seems everyone in the land of Ordhagan believes she is their Goddess.

LOCATIONS

Ordhagan: A large and fertile land of forests, mountains, and majestic creatures. It is surrounded by the Infiniti Seas. This continent doesn’t have kingdoms so much as viking-like clans and large families that own the lands. When a leader’s time ends, all of the families come together to vote for the next Lord. A Lord remains in power until he is either to old to lead, or meets his death. There was recently (in the past 20-50 years) a vicious battle between the Darlandon clan and the Aerleas clan over who would make the more appropriate Lord. Darlandon won out in the end, the leader Aonghus Aerleas killed in battle. Since then, it’s been the men of Darlandon that have been named Lord.

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Characters: Fantasy

Imperial Queen Aiyanna

GENERAL CHARACTER STATISTICS

Character Name: Imperial Queen Aiyanna

Gender: Female

Species/Race:

Age: 26

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

General Appearance: There is an otherworldly elegance about Aiyanna that is contributed to her royal bloodline. An unspoken presence about her that seems to command the attention in any room. She stands at about 4’8″, with a small frame and thin body like most typical Orenda. Her skin is a opalescent rose with silver glimmer tones. Her hair is snow white and very, very long. She pulls most of it up in a round arrangement along with a silver and gold diadem (a symbol of her royal status.) Eyes are a pale shade of ice blue. Aiyanna’s clothing are in the traditional style and wear of her people, but with the added trim and decor of being Imperial Queen. She favors light jewel colors, pinks, rose, lavender, mints and sky blues. Jewelry and other accessories are favored too. Gold bangles, drop earrings, rings, ect. Not gaudy or over done, but tasteful.

Distinguishing Marks: None.

Strengths: Light on her feet, and quick to move.

Weaknesses: A low tolerance for pain. Fragile bone structure as most typical for an Orenda.

MENTAL CHARACTERISTICS

Current Goal/Purpose: To seek one of the Divine and discover what has become of Myridian and how she can return.

Talents: Aiyanna has yet to discover what she really has a talent for (besides ruling the world?).

Inabilities: The list would be long and daunting. It’s best not to bring it up, or she’ll get cranky.

Fears: Being helpless and out of control seems to be a recent growing fear! Big loud storms also makes her uneasy.

General Personality: The world (of Marsyas) sees Aiyanna as an ever lasting pillar of grace and strength. She seems to naturally draw a sense of loyalty and respect to her person without having to ask or demand it. Her actions themselves, of benevolence towards her people and the fearless way she stood against the Sayune, just fortified that adoration. On Krunthi, with out the fame and history of her person she seems to be lost in the crowd. There is still that grace, but there is something missing. (Perhaps because she herself no longer feels she must demand it?)

Inner Personality: Aiyanna’s entire life was wrapped up in one day becoming the Imperial Queen, and when it happened sooner than anyone had expected, there was just no room for discovering ones self. She knows what she should be, and what is expected of her and she does it without question. But she has ideas… Ideas that she never before was able to consider, until suddenly this whole new world has opened up and the possibilities have become overwhelming. Her duty comes first, but there’s this tempting curiosity of whether or not there could be more…
Her interactions with other people are distant, but kind. She’s not particularly charming, but she is an ease to speak to. Aiyanna is used to being treated with certain levels of respect and decorum. She understands that in the Krunthi world she is not the Imperial Queen, and doesn’t expect to be treated like one.. But she has high standards on how she should be treated. She doesn’t take well to being joked with (especially if she’s the subject of the joking.) She isn’t comfortable around loud or obnoxious people. Her temper is always perfectly controlled, but hitting one of those “no breach” points could incite her in to a very uncharacteristic fit.

Secret: There is no secret to Aiyanna that SHE is keeping or is aware of.

ABILITIES

Other Abilities: Aiyanna’s power seems to work like a battery. She can draw in energy from within herself and an outside source, and then release that energy with a single specific goal in mind. (Example: Expel the Sayune from Marsyas.) It is not an ability she uses on a day to day basis (as more often than not, it would be a severe drain to personal energy/health) but more like an “emergency” moment where something very great must be done.

HISTORIC BACKGROUND

General History: Aiyanna was born to the Imperial Royal Clan, which is the ruling family to the world of Marsyas. There were at one time many family members, and several qualifying heirs before her, but the Sayune came to be an unexpected plague in Marsyas not long after she was born. Many family members were killed in quests and wars to try and discover the source of the Sayune and how they might have been destroyed. She and many others of the younger generations were thus kept close to home to avoid any more of the royal line from dying. This became a strict no-break rule after the death of her father and her uncle (the then Imperial King) when they tried to battle the Sayune head on with an army at their disposal.

Aiyanna was named Imperial Queen being the closest blood relation of age. Theere was no time for remorse or fears, as she stepped into the role without question. With Marsyas under constant attack, it was imperative that she took up where her father and uncle left off – Only, she no longer had an army to command. Instead, she used her people as eyes, ears, and knowledge, drawing from ancient texts to find a way to fight the Sayune.

The solution came in the form of trying to invoke the powers of their god, The Maker, in hopes that the power would be strong enough to force the Sayune out of their world. There was the old-magic rune circle that she and the last of her family gathered around. Pulling their collective power within herself, she prayed to the Maker to help protect their world.

It was an ice cold flash and the crystal pillar formed over the entire circle with Aiyanna in the middle. It was so tall that it reached right up through the very top of the castle and could be seen for miles. Those that lived, believe the Imperial Queen had sacrificed her own body and soul to become the pillar that protects Marsyas. Since that time the Sayune have yet to make any more attacks on their world…

Present Life: Aiyanna was not frozen in the crystal. She awoke to find herself in a crystal forest. Seemingly enchanted, where pictures and imprints of events, people… everything would flash in the stone and disappear just as quickly. It was an entirely different world. With no idea if she were dead, or if time had shifted, she knew had to seek out information. She learned of the Nine, and if she could find them, even just one of them… maybe she could have her answers.

Special Historic Notes:
– Becoming Imperial Queen of Marsyas
– The invoking of the Maker to save her world.
– Reawakening