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Watching the guests closely Ado had noticed it all seemed to procced smoothly. The public talk of seasons passing, harvests, and festival planning, even the recent raiding of the goblins and the tactics many used to deal with them. It seemed the elves had no problem talking about decent things when around others, but Ado wasn't interested at all with those minor things it was more the side room and dark corner talks that had drawn his attention to many of the guests. Perhaps it was his super sensitive hearing that allowed him to pick up on many of the conversations, or his keen ability to fixate on a person and hear them clearly like they were standing next to him.
Many of the Nobility talked more in private about allies of houses and potential declarations of war upon other houses. Trade agreements, bargains for land or use of an army or navy. There was even more darker talk of marriages. To elves to marry off a family member to another house was a private matter, as it would show the public and even the other houses what house could call another as allies. Ado knew this well and it was a good show in public that his Grandfather had married his parents. While the Thaelyr family was not considered high nobility, due to only being of house rank fifteen. Their mother's original house of Maser was a very high house, considering they were house rank one and have held that position for quite some time. Below them was houe Verdia. which while ruled currently by Lady Saer Verdia. The oldest of the Thaelyr family were to be wed into the house to the Verdia heir. The oldest Taraern would be known as Taraern Verdia upon his marriage. His twin Bastaer would marry into the third ranked house, House Per, he would upon his marriage be known as Bastaer Per. fitting they would go to different houses.
Their mother had hoped to strength house Thaelyr's position by marriage their royal line off to other houses, and potentially one day have all the top houses under their name, of course that would be long in the making as that would require many nobility to yet see house Thaelyr under their mother's rule. While she was a figure head and probably the public ruling, it was actually their father Lord Systar Thaelyr who ruled the house.
Many eyes were scanning around when Ado was watching, many looked up to the Royal family and words formed, but Ado could only pick up minor things such as how many there were and what was their mother plan? That is what drew the young prince's attention to himself. What was his mother's intention for the rest of the siblings? She could marry them all off to other houses and have her youngest child she was carrying now to take over the house, but that would yet require her to strength the bond between her children, as they could still yet wage war upon each other for the same reasons many nobles do now. Money, land, power, resources.
It was then the sounds of music came across the young male's ears which had caused them to perk up. He couldn't pick up any more talks besides the ones he could hear clearly and that was only of the nobility once again returning to public talks, and if it wasn't public talks it was the nobility asking each other for a dance here and there or asking for a refill upon their drink. Servants scuffling about and the nobility had stood up and so did Ado and his family. It was then the tables and seats had all been moved to the outside of the room. of course it was time for dancing. It wouldn't be a festival without dancing involved. It was then the music had drowned out everything else, and so Ado watched as the nobility glided around the floor just like swans on a lake, if that lake was as dark as the night sky and as passively bright as a thousand stars.
The dancing and music continued for what seemed a long while before the door's busted open with a bang upon the twin iron doors hitting the walls behind them. A single knight in white stepped forward, fully armored head to toe Ado turned his face to look at his family, but none of them acknowledge his presence only watched as the knight proceeded forward. Ado's attention turned back to the knight when the Captain behind him shouted. [b "State your purpose here."] the knight seemed to pause for but a second before continuing his slow pace towards the end of the room.
It was only upon the knight reaching farther into the room that the captain said something else. [b "Stop or you will be put to death."] This once again paused the knight for a little bit, but not completely. continuing he seemed determined to finish whatever he came here for. It was upon him reaching halfway down the hall that the Captain gave the order for his men to stop the knight, but he only swatted them away like little kids did with just about anything. Going for his own blade Ado just gripped the wooden handle of his fake blade. Just as Ado was about to have the servant fetch his blade Anjui had already sent a servant to receive his own.
It was then Ado watch his twin brother stand and step in the way of the knight as he kept his dreaded foot falls towards the end of the hall where the family sat. [#b62e11 "Enough."] the young male wanted to grab his twin and drag him back to his chair, but he could not he was frozen in his own chair and it confused him. Why was he so frightened of this single knight? Was it the fact he beat so many of their guard that had him scared? no that wasn't it. It was the fact this knight had gotten through their guard on the wall above the gate, through several patrols, and even through the guard placed upon the hall with ease that had scared him most. And now he would watch as his twin fought the man single combat.
[#b62e11 "what is it you want?"] Anjui would get to the point without bloodshed it seemed. The knight stopped dead a few feet from the noble that now stood between his family and the knight. The knight's gaze yet the noble in front of him, but all eyes were drawn to his hand as it pointed to their older sister, Shaelia Thaelyr. [#b00c19 "I have come for what is mine."] silent a moment the knight's voice drew in a breath to let out more words. Anjui's eyes even followed the man's finger to gaze right at his sister. [#b00c19 "My bride, as was promised."] Ado and Anjui's eyes both went back to the knight.
The click of metal coming out of it's sheath drew the rest of the room's attention as the white figure pulled his claymore blade and dropped into a battle stance with the words pouring out [#b00c19 "Any who stand in my way shall meet their end."] Every noble in the room shuffled on their feet careful not to trip over their own feet or others as they backed up almost being on top of the table now at the edge of the room. The male's eyes never left the knight half expected his brother to move as well, but what dawned upon him that Anjui didn't move was the knight turning to the family and spoke clearly. [#b00c19 "Watch as your child dies now."] Ado stood from his chair as the knight swung his blade down and threw up dust from the floor connecting with his blade. Anjui's fast reaction had allowed him to dodge the blade.
Watching as the fight went by it was but a few seconds. At first nothing seemed to move, but with the words his brother spoke of getting to their sister Ado had the servant retreive his blade as well incase Anjui needed help. Now focused on the battle more so the knight inflicted the first wound, but it seemed it was intentional. He nearly took off the young male's left hand which forced him to switch to his right. The knight however got cocky [#b00c19 "Give up, you will never beat me."] It was with those words the servant had returned and placed Ado's own blade in his hands.
His head whipped around however hearing Anjui give out a warcry and charged the knight. Forcing the man's blade out of his grasp as it dug into his shoulder. Anjui landed a deadly blow with his rapier. Piercing the man through the right side into his lung and heart and out of his left side just below his armpit. He however seemed to take the end of the battle as nothing more then a scratch to his person, that was until Anjui withdrew the blade from him. It had forced the man to stop fighting and hold himself upright. All the eyes in the room watched as the knight stood there for several more minutes, but once he fell to his knees the room seemed to ease a little bit. It was the man's body falling face forward into the marble of the floor that the nobility began to shout and scream over one another.
Looking around Ado's gaze fell upon his sisters, whom was focused on their mother. Her voice drew everyone's attention to silence. [#1ba77f "Lords, Ladies, Please calm yourself. It was a minor incident that shall be taken care of."] while the yelling and whispers became quiet one voice was heard. It was that of Lord Seilaes Maser from house Stardust. [#103dbc "Tell us then Lady Thaeyr, how is it a single knight got past your guards and into your home with not a single warning, not a sound, nothing?"] Anjui could tell this would become an uproar and no one would wish to be an ally to the house again, but he had to act fast.
Ado's attention was more focused on the nobles who were once again starting to yell, but out of all of it his brother's voice drowned them out. [#b62e11 "The mark of the Templar is upon this man's armor."] The Templar, they were the guards to the Aeraesar Maelolaer, The Eternal Sentinel. the elven tree of life upon the lands they claimed. It was to the south of where they now stood and upon its own isle. [#103dbc "How can this be? No Templar is allowed to leave the grounds unless permission from the Highest order is given, and that is only given by the king. We haven't had a king in centuries. Not sense the time of Eci."]
Ado like the rest of his siblings looked to their mother for answers yet even in her eyes was confusion. Turning his attention once again to the nobility it was Anjui standing up walking back to his seat that had kept Ado's attention. What was it that he was planning to do? seeing the look of determination on his brother's face it was the silk voice that came from Anjui that once again held the room at silence. [#b62e11 "Here me Lords and Ladies of Taerael Airi. The Crescent Isle is under threat; Allow my brother and I to go to the Shaeraer Saesti. The Blessed Temple will give us the answers we need to understand why this templar left their post on the isle."]
[#652376 "How can we take your word for it? The felwood family would rather lie and keep their position then admit they had a Templar here on the grounds the entire time ready to kill us all."] [#42f5e8 "Careful where you Throw your accusations Aelori, for all we know it could have been you who had the Templar with you."] [#652376 "You must be in league with the Felwoods Myrdar, why else would you defend them so readily?"] slowly the room once again erupted into screaming and yelling, only it was far different then before this was shouts. This time war was being called for, as the Templar were one thing no one would dare to use, and even less likely then mercenaries from the other races, but yet here lay one dead. Ado's eyes fell upon the body and back to his brother. He must have been planning something. his eyes caught movement from the edge of his vision and so Ado turned his head to the interior of the room again, but saw nothing. That was until the door's once again seemed to stand wide open.
It was then the room fell silent as a deep earthly voice could be heard. [#2ca30f "Silence All of you."] Looking around the room all the elves stopped once their eyes hit the doorway. Another figure yet appeared within the frame of it to the outside world. The only thing visible to it was that of an outline. What looked like four legs, a tail, a human torso, and horns, hands that ended in claws instead of fingers. [#2ca30f "The Sentinel has become corrupted. It is why the Templar is here, he stood guard over a corrupted tree and became so himself. If you do not work together to fix this all the elves here on the Isle will be lost and Corruption will spread from here across the world infecting everything."]
It was then the brilliance of the moon shown the white stag of the elven god of the forest. [#2ca30f "You must reunite the elven people. Get the Tylshaer Maelolaer, Shori Maelolaer, Shyr Maelolaer, and the Melshaer Maelolaer all together. With power drawn from each of them you can cleanse the Aeraesar Maelolaer."] With those words the great creature was gone and the room seemed almost empty, the air was tense, but if one focused enough they could hear everyone's breathing or a pin drop in water. Trailing his eyes around the room many nobility were stunned. Had they just seen the god of the wilds? Many couldn't believe it, but they couldn't deny it either.
The group once again started screaming and shouting only to once again be overshot by a single voice. [#b62e11 "Shut up all of you."] Anjui's voice drew the attention of the room. He was standing there his hand gripped into a tight fist his knuckles turning white. The guards from the nobility of course all went into a defensive stance standing between their nobles and the rest of the nobles including the family guards that were not in the center of the room their blades drawn as well. [#b62e11 "I offered to go to the tree, I shall be the one to reunite the elven people under a single banner."] So that was his plan then? To follow what the great god had said. Turning it over and over in his own head it seemed the logical thing to do.
Laughter busted forth from the nobles, even from their own family. it was then Ado and Anjui's eyes locked. The younger had a plee in his eyes for help, but yet Ado remained silent. How could he side with his brother over the rest of the family? how was it he could follow the words of a brother over elven customs? [#b62e11 "Very well you will all pay for this. Guards see our guests out of our lands in the morning."] the laughter stopped abruptly and many of the guards went back to a defensive position. [#0a8a39 "Son what are you doing? You are not ruler here in Felwood lands."] The words came from their father. Of course Ado's attention was still upon his brother, who had his back to his family until that moment. Anjui had turned to face the family a devilish smile upon his face.
[#b62e11 "Captain Tystalaes, see to it that my family is also escorted off the lands. We are no longer House Thaelyr, From now on these lands shall belong to Masjhol, The banner of House Starlight will claim the elven isle and expand beyond like the White stag has commanded."] Those words had finally set Ado's mind in place. He would side with his brother and so Ado called to his twin who now stood in the middle of the hall. [#f5990a "Was this your plan all along brother? To take the house from under our family's feet?"] Shaking his own head the young male stepped down the steps to stand in front of his brother. He had placed his left hand on his brother's left shoulder. It was a gesture of connection to the two of them.
Ado knew his brother would be cautious around him, why wouldn't he be? this was the first time he had after all done something without Ado knowing anything at all. of course shaking his head no Anjui had his golden eyes locked to Ado's. The younger twin seemed to be searching for words to say, but yet not a sound came out. Without hesitating Ado spoke even more [#f5990a "Then allow me to stay by your side. Together we shall unit the elven people once more. The Mas sol will not be split. We shall forever be twin stars. Shinning brightly next to one another and there to support each other."]
Watching as his brother Anjui smiled, the wet moisture of tears glittered at the edges of his eyes. speaking with their foreheads connected [#b62e11 "Thank you brother."] Pulling his head away from Ado's Anjui snapped his fingers, the house guards within the hall seemed to double in no time, and now there were ten guards for each noble that was there if not more. [#b62e11 "Pandryl jhaendrol escort the guests to their quarters. They will be leaving in the morning."] The dragon legion did as they were ordered. Watching as the guards escorted the family out first through a door to the left of the rise they sat upon. The nobles' watched as they were forced to leave their own hall. After them the nobility were lead out of the room, Ado watching as each small group left and were likely lead to their rooms and the guards stood on guard just outside the door.
Watching as his brother returned to the seats their family had recently vacated Ado came up to his brother sitting on the chair next to him. Looking upon the wreath crown that was once upon their mother's head. A simple design in consideration of the crown his brother would carry upon his head if the dreams he had would be seen to fruition. To unite all of the Soraer Thysaer would be a hard task in its own right, but to unite all the elven people again under a single banner would be a miracle one would aspire to accomplish in their life.
The party seemed to be going well. For the most part it was just like a normal day at a court for the elves. Nobility talked to one another about trade, Potential allies and silently planning and plotting their ways of war to take over the little tiny piece of the world they had. Of course there was also the talks of increasing the navy around the sea borders as more and more human raids on the north were happening. Not to mention if it wasn't the humans raiding what little bit of land the elves had it was the goblins popping up in the cave systems that lead into the underway.
The tunnels under all the lands were known as the underway. Usually filled with a constant fighting between orcs, goblins, Drow, and any other race that prefers the darker pretense of the world, but on the rare occasion the races of the underway come to the surface and raid where ever the come up. Recently a lot of goblin activity on the elven isle has been seen, and so many nobility have recently raised an army out of season to defend their lands. Not to mention it was known that the dwarves in the east did not like the elven people, and so a constant watch was posted to make sure no dwarven fleet would sail across to invade as well.
The day seemed to drag on and on in an endless time, but shortly the calls of the night gale could be heard. Instead of retiring most of the nobility stood up and allowed the tables to be moved farther apart and closer to the walls. The ceiling faded away as if by magic to reveal the bright starlight and the first of many rose moons. Anjui had watched the moon go from its dull dusk gray color to a shine of a redish pink. It was the blessing of Luna that they would have another year. The music had begun to play softy from one corner of the room. Slow and quiet at first, it seemed like thousands of instruments began to play all together to cover the room.
The nobility that had arrived all stepped out and started dancing. It wasn't long however before Anjui could see something magnificent. The dance floor had in a sense become even more glittering then the night sky above them. The shimmer and gloss of the gowns and jewelry and armor; even though fake; would sparkle just like a star. If one could see from above he would guess that it looked even more magnificent then the sky itself which would make the gods themselves jealous. The party could have lasted hours and yet still the night would be forever young in the hall. That was until something happened.
It was then a loud boom came from down the hall. The doors had busted open, and in came a single knight. Covered in what appeared to be White armor the knight strode forward in slow sluggish steps almost like he was tired, but could not stop. On the other end Anjui stood from his chair his hand on the fake rapier he had at his hip. [I Blasted these damn customs, This thing wouldn't do any good.] he thought, While not an effective weapon their fake ones would do more then just a little tickle. It would be like taking a fork and stabbing really hard into something it could potentially cause damage, but not much. [b "State your purpose here."] came a booming voice from behind Anjui he could only guess was the Captain of the guards.
The knight yet stayed silent and strode forward, it wasn't however until he reached halfway down the hall that he was stopped. Spears were around him and bows with loaded arrows from the guard were all pointed at this single intruder, but what made anjui curious was how was it he was allowed past the gate? Past the guard at the door? or even past the guards between the two? There had to have been at least what three or four patrols that would have seen him on his journey between the gate and the feasting hall?
[b "Stop or you will be put to death."] came the booming voice of the guard captain again. Thinking about it Anjui looked to a servant on his left. He had only lipped the words go get my sword before the servant was gone. The creature seemed determent however and kept pushing its luck as it strode forward into the circle of spears around it. Swatting away the heads of the spears like they were nothing more then flies buzzing around his head. [b "Guards stop him."] called the captain.
With that order the guards placed within the hall converged upon the single soldier, but it seemed to no avail he swatted them away like flees to a dog. [#b62e11 "Enough."] the young elf prince called as he strode from the chair now behind him to stand between his family and the new comer. [#b62e11 "What is it you want?"] That seemed to strike home as the knight stopped just outside of blade's reach [#b00c19 "I have come for what is mine."] The knight's gaze met Anjui's, but it was his hand that drew the attention as his finger was pointed directly at Shaelia Thaelyr Anjui's older sister. [#b00c19 "My bride, as was promised."]
it was then the white knight drew his blade out and dropping into a battle stance. [#b00c19 "Any who stand in my way shall meet their end."] With those words many of the nobility quickly skitted to the outside of the room giving the warrior a clear view of the noble family, but yet Anjui still stood in his way. The knight looked up to the Felwood nobility. [#b00c19 "Watch as your child dies now."] Diving at the boy the knight only chalked up the floor with the dust his blade caught up. The prince had moved in the nick of time out of the way to his left.
[#b62e11 "If you wish to have my sister you will have to go through me."] having the servant he sent off earlier appear at his side with his actual rapier Anjui placed himself also in a battle stance ready to fight. The knight once again charged only to predict the prince would move, and so with the boy's movement the knight's blade changed course. Landing a blow on Anjui's left arm it forced him to change his blade to his other hand. [#b00c19 "Give up, you will never beat me."]
Anjui had let out a single war cry, no words only a sound all the force he could muster and with it he charged forward blade ready. The intruder of course followed suit heaving his blade above his head, this time however the unthinkable happened, Anjui allowed the knight to land a blow just deep enough not to loose his limb or a lot of blood, but far enough to force him to let go of his blade as he spun around. Landing his rapier right into the man's right side just above his diaphragm the rapier had an upward angle to it, but it did what needed to be done. It had punctured the man's right lung, and pierced into the heart.
While the knight knew he was defeated he still held himself up for several more minutes everyone just stared at him. Finally he fell to his knees drawing in grasps of breath as the blood started to fill his lung. Anjui stepped up to the man and pulled his rapier out. Falling face first to the floor many whispers and shouts started to come across the hall, but none seemed to matter as all of the felwood nobility were looking at the oldest daughter to the house. Her eyes wide eyed, her face never left their mothers.
[#1ba77f "Lords, Ladies, Please calm yourself. It was a minor incident that shall be taken care of."] while the yelling and whispers became quiet one voice was heard. It was that of Lord Seilaes Maser from house Stardust. [#103dbc "Tell us then Lady Thaeyr, how is it a single knight got past your guards and into your home with not a single warning, not a sound, nothing?"] Anjui could tell this would become an uproar and no one would wish to be an ally to the house again, but he had to act fast.
Flipping the body over Anjui's eyes went wide and many sharp gasps could be heard. [#b62e11 "The mark of the Templar is upon this man's armor."] The Templar, they were the guards to the Aeraesar Maelolaer, The Eternal Sentinel. the elven tree of life upon the lands they claimed. It was to the south of where they now stood and upon its own isle. [#103dbc "How can this be? No Templar is allowed to leave the grounds unless permission from the Highest order is given, and that is only given by the king. We haven't had a king in centuries. Not sense the time of Eci."]
Anjui looked to his mother for answers yet even in her eyes was confusion. There had to be a single answer to this, but what could it mean. Standing up Anjui walked back to his seat, but did not sit like how many of the nobility were now proceeding to do so. If it was the surprise of the intruder or perhaps the surprise it was a Templar which knocked sense out of most of them was unknown, but he would have to solve it. [#b62e11 "Here me Lords and Ladies of Taerael Airi. The Crescent Isle is under threat; Allow my brother and I to go to the Shaeraer Saesti. The Blessed Temple will give us the answers we need to understand why this templar left their post on the isle."]
[#652376 "How can we take your word for it? The felwood family would rather lie and keep their position then admit they had a Templar here on the grounds the entire time ready to kill us all."] [#42f5e8 "Careful where you Throw your accusations Aelori, for all we know it could have been you who had the Templar with you."] [#652376 "You must be in league with the Felwoods Myrdar, why else would you defend them so readily?"] slowly the room once again erupted into screaming and yelling, only it was far different then before this was shouts in an argument. The potential now was a war could break out and the elves once again would be within a civil war, and not likely survive this one.
It was then the room fell silent as a deep earthly voice could be heard. [#2ca30f "Silence All of you."] Looking around the room all the elves stopped once their eyes hit the doorway. Another figure yet appeared within the frame of it to the outside world. The only thing visible to it was that of an outline. What looked like four legs, a tail, a human torso, and horns, hands that ended in claws instead of fingers. [#2ca30f "The Sentinel has become corrupted. It is why the Templar is here, he stood guard over a corrupted tree and became so himself. If you do not work together to fix this all the elves here on the Isle will be lost and Corruption will spread from here across the world infecting everything."]
It was then the brilliance of the moon shown the white stag of the elven god of the forest. [#2ca30f "You must reunite the elven people. Get the Tylshaer Maelolaer , Shori Maelolaer Shyr Maelolaer,, and the Melshaer Maelolaer all together. With power drawn from each of them you can clense the Aeraesar Maelolaer."] With those words the great creature was gone and the room seemed almost empty, the air was tense, but if one focused enough they could hear everyone's breathing or a pin drop in water.
The group once again started screaming and shouting only to once again be overshot by a single voice. [#b62e11 "Shut up all of you."] Anjui had his hand gripped into a tight fist his knuckles turning white. The guards from the nobility of course all went into a defensive stance standing between their noble representative and the rest of the nobles including the felwood family and the guards that were not in the center of the room their blades drawn as well. [#b62e11 "I offered to go to the tree, I shall be the one to reunite the elven people under a single banner."]
Laughter bursted forth from the nobles, even from his own family behind him. Anjui looked to his twin brother a plee in his eyes for help, but yet he remained silent. [#b62e11 "Very well you will all pay for this. Guards see our guests out of our lands in the morning."] the laughter stopped abruptly and many blades still drawn. [#0a8a39 "Son what are you doing? You are not ruler here in Felwood lands."] It was then Anjui turned to his family a devilish smile upon his face almost like the corruption from the Templar had seeped into him from the wound inflicted upon his person.
[#b62e11 "Captain Tystalaes, see to it that my family is also escorted off the lands. We are no longer House Thaelyr, From now on these lands shall belong to Masjhol, The banner of House Starlight will claim the elven isle and expand beyond like the White stag has commanded."] It was finally then the voice of his twin that came through to his ears. [#f5990a "Was this your plan all along brother? To take the house from under our family's feet?"] shaking his head back and forth Ado stood up and stepped down the few stairs to stand in front of his brother.
Anjui was cautious around his twin, this was the first time he had after all done something without his twin knowing anything at all. of course shaking his head no Anjui looked to his brother, no words came to him to figure a way to convince his brother to join him. It seemed however it was already decided [#f5990a "Then allow me to stay by your side. Together we shall unit the elven people once more. The Mas sol will not be split. We shall forever be twin stars. Shinning brightly next to one another and there to support each other."]
Anjui smiled a wet moisture came to his eyes to know at least one member of his family would be there to support him. [#b62e11 "Thank you brother."] Snapping his fingers the house guards within the hall seemed to double in no time, and now there were ten guards for each noble that was there. [#b62e11 "Pandryl jhaendrol escort the guests to their quarters. They will be leaving in the morning."] The dragon legion did as they were ordered. Anjui stood in the hall, a crown now in his hand forged original for his mother, now removed from her head.
Like the rest of his family the crown was a single thing. a wreath of gold meant to wrap around the head, however the crown was different. It was several cords of gold woven together into the wreath. and in the middle of the forehead the wreath would hold a masjhol kaes, a starlight gem. to the elves the most precious gem next to that only of amber.
Soraer Thysaer, the Twisted Forest was the home of the wood elves. While considerable smaller then the other elven realms across the world, the Twisted Forest was very well guarded and considered the most deadly of places unless you are invited in. Within the branches themselves of the giant green woods the wood elves are always watching hidden away from the rest of the world. While here in the Twisted Forest one looses sense of clarity. The elves use this as a weapon of their own. In the middle of the Twisted Forest stands the Great White Tree seen from anywhere within the forest if you were high enough. Built into the tree itself was the wood elf city Tarys, The capital. Build from the base of the tree all the way up into the branches the tree folk were to be little trifled with.
The starlight yet lingered on the treetops as the golds, amber, and ruby colors of first light began to appear on the horizon. a silent breeze blowing through the trees, bird songs starting off to mark the dawn light. The crunch however of sticks and fallen leaves would draw a person's attention. It appeared at first to be a single orc like creature strolling through the forest, but it was frantic like it was trying to escape. Black blood rolling down from a fresh wound upon its arm made by an arrows which stuck out of it like a thorn from a rose vine. running while looking over its shoulder the orc ran right into a tree that had blocked its path.
Dazed after landing back side into the dirt the orc looked confused for a moment as it's eyes adjusted to the blues and whites in front of him instead of the different shades of greens browns, yellows, and reds. Blinking several times the creature sat up. Looking around then to its arm the creature gripped the arrow and pulled it out causing the wound to bleed worse for a few moments before it could cover the wound. [#9dcc38 "You are done for orc. Now before I kill you what is it you were trying to do in the Forest?"] the clear words of an elvish voice came across the orc's ears, but yet his eyes still could not see him.
It was after he let his hood fall down that the elvish figure finally appeared to the orc. The male had long flowing golden blonde hair like many of the elven people found within the woods. His leather pants clung to him just like a second skin, it seemed even at the knee where normal clothing would wrinkle there was nothing. His blue eyes matched that of the glowing sunlight patches that came through the top of the trees it seemed his clock was even the same way. His white cotton shirt covered in the brown leather armor allowed him flexibility without straining him. Bow and arrow already knocked and ready to fly. The orc looked worried as he knew this elf never missed.
Rumors had had it of a single elven Ranger that would match what now stood in front of him, but to send such a skilled hunter against the band must have met something. [b "I will tell you nothing you scum."] Stepping even closer to the orc the elf drew out one of their blades and put his bow and arrow away in a single cat like movement. [#9dcc38 "Then you will die just like your warband kin. Your body will be burnt to ash and scattered across the winds to honor those who you have killed, and so your body does not spoil the earth where you would be put to rest."]
Flashing back to a few hours ago the orc was one of fifty members traveling all together in a warband trying to get across the forestlands to the great gathering of Orcs that would be waging war upon the moon elves in the far south. It would have been an honor, but the great band would have left before they could have gotten there by sea or by the tunnels, so their only option was to go through the forest, but it was their mistake. About half way through their journey was when things started happening. The first was that the band started hearing voices in the forest, they begun to believe they had gone mad or they were hearing the voices of the dead in the forest; perhaps their gods even? no it was the voices of the wood elves they were hearing.
It was after that the arrows started flying, not many, but very slowly long and drawn out between each death blow. It was like a single elf was pushing them away from the tree, he was drawing them to him, no he was doing far worse; he was toying with the orc band taunting it. The orcs all spun around looking frantically for their attack at least then they could hope to defend themselves from the agonizingly slow onslaught. The first to die of the orc band was a pair of orcs that had been lost to the forest, they had been left behind as they fell behind. They died however to arrows to their heads from above. Next was another set of orcs that had tried to turn around and run back to the side of the forest they came on, however their heads where cut clean off. Several died by blade, but more died to arrows like the one the orc now held in his hand.
[b "The Great war is coming, and your forest will burn. There is nothing you or anyone can do to stop it."] The hunter stood there and pulled the blade across the orc's juggular to let fresh black oil thick blood ooze out of the creature [#9dcc38 "I am Javi Twinshade, Slayer of Orcs and men, there is no force that cannot be stopped in the forest while I protect it."] the creature grew old but heard fading out foot steps come close by. [#9dcc38 "Valaeses, take care of the bodies. I want not a single one left in the forest. Burn them, then pitch them into the sea. Let the Great waters cleanse their filth from this land."] bowing several other elves set to work while a few more appeared from around the forest itself. [#108417 "You taunt them to much. Had they gotten any farther they would have been at the city gates."]
Placing his hand upon the elf that spoke Javi only gave a fake laugh. [#9dcc38 "Then we know your father would have my head for allowing it. I am blessed as the ranger general of the forest we call home. I would not allow such impure creatures near our home. I only meant to find out why they had come."] Nodding the elf placed his hand upon Javi's shoulder as well. [#108417 "And what did you find out?"] [#9dcc38 "That your father needs to be informed of. Let us return to the halls. There we can discuss it with your father the best action to do. Prince Vyr."] both elves let their hands return to their sides.
Javi wiped clean his blade on what little bit of fur the orc had on it. Shortly after he returned it to its sheath and made his way back to the White tree. at first glance the tree appeared to be nothing more then another giant world tree. In fact it was the wood elf one they had planted so many years ago that sprouted the forests that now held to the land. The Shori Maelolaer, The White Sentinel. Standing a massive sixty miles high from base to top it held the great halls of the capital within. The outside world however couldn't tell without being trained to see it or without a guide. The wood elves were devilishly clever and hid their homes away from prying eyes by using the very essence of the world around them. The entrance stood bare and just inside stood the same pearl white as the outside of the tree.
once inside one could tell the tree was bursting with activity. Elves could be seen far and wide embezzled in their daily lives, of course many paused as the ranger passed by and gave him a quick glance. Recently many rumors within the court had came up about Javi, and none of them were good. Keeping his head leveled, eyes forward, and mouth shut Javi stepped up the stairs to the throne and to the king Shol. [#7f2f30 "Javi, I thought I ordered that party destroyed not even hours ago, yet I hear it came within inches of our home.
Javi just went down to a single knee and went to speak, but was cut off by the prince Vyr [#108417 "he did so on my orders. I told him to get information out of them before killing them."] Javi's eyes glistened with gratitude, but his head was still down in a bow. [#7f2f30 "Well what did you learn?"] Javi stood up and looked between the king and his son. [#9dcc38 "The orc before I killed him said there was going to be a great war that would burn the forest and there was nothing we could do to stop it."] the king just looked at Javi expecting more. [#7f2f30 "Was that all?"]
Javi once again went back and forth between the two. [#9dcc38 "It also said something about a great warband gathering to the east that would be marching for the Moon elf Dreamwoods in a few days. The band we had come through was trying to go to the gathering they were having."] nodding the king leaned forward placing his elbows onto his knees. [#7f2f30 "Do the moon elves know of this? Have messengers been dispatched to tell them?"] Javi just put plainly. [#9dcc38 "No my lord. I had come to report to you first."]
Nodding The elvish king leaned back it seemed he went deep into thought of what to do. [#7f2f30 "Javi, you and Vyr will go to the moon elf forest and deliver the message that orcs are marching against them. If they call upon us we will help them."] both the prince and Javi put their hands to their chest and bowed. [#7f2f30 "Javi You are dismissed. Prepare for your journey as it will be soon."] The elven ranger once again bowed; turning he walked away and back to his chambers.
Everything he needed for the journey he already had on his person, all but save perhaps rations, but the wood elves never usually traveled outside of their forest and going a few hours without a meal did not hurt anything. it would be a long trip to the moon elf court in the Dreamwoods. It would take at least a week to get there and another week if not longer to return and that would be if they did not stay a few days, which would be a basic requirement especially if the High Priestess was still as traditional as she had ever been. It was the knocks at the door that had drawn his attention. standing there in his door was the prince who was dressed in armor with blade and shield upon her person.
The two gathered the rest of the things they needed in silence. Supplies such as food rations, arrows from the armory, sleeping cloths, and Mounts. The wood elves like their moon elf brethren choose to ride an animal besides a horse. Instead they rode on top of a creature known as Orns. The creatures were naturally found within the woods, and so they came in handy as they traveled just as fast as frost worgs and unicorns. They also traveled faster then normal horses, but slower then say flying.
It was then they were off on their adventure.
The moon had shown so bright within the Paestyr. The Dreamwoods were the home of the moon elves. Once apart of the elves now trapped on the island lands far to the west. The moon elves had also once been apart of the Dark elven people, believing in the cause behind Eci when he claimed the throne for himself, however it was this mistake that had driven them away. The moon elves while seeing the iron first of their overlord and his malicious nobility that followed him through and through they would have no part of the war upon their own people. This had caused issues for the moon elves in years to come, as shortly after the fall of Eci they were treated like second citizens, worse then even the slaves. Almost like they were untouchable.
It was their religious leader the High priestess to Luna that had brought them from across the water to the land they now call home. It was known as Bondradi, Nightglade. it was in the southernlands of Abor. It was a large country with many different kingdoms and races upon its, but the elves tend to stick to their forest and watch in seclusion from the rest of the world. The Moon elves once were a might above all others and were the reason the elves had held their empire together for so long even after the fall of Eci. It wasn't until the banishment of the dark elves and half of the elven population at the time that the problems of outside started to take its payment from the elves.
The moon elves however were derived from the Dark elves; After being driven away from their home realm of Taerael Airi, to the far frozen waist lands of the northeast Hardship fell upon them. It had taken them years to finally find a place within the barren and crude realm to call a peaceful place. They had started their own homes near Shaloli Jhaji, the Blackice lake however was unfruitfal even in their times of need. The dark elves however trived just like the humans of the north. They build their lands up to span across much of the barren land, but eventually the food became sparc and rare to the point where the Dark elves began fighting among themselves.
Eventually a much larger scale civil war happened with the dark elves, and out of it came the Tyl aer, Pas aer, Pyrn aer, and Bol aer. The moon elves and night elves quickly learned that no matter how much fight they put in they were always in danger and could never reach heights they wished to obtain, and so they had left the frozen lands to seek shelter among the forests of the world outside of the realm. The Night elves took it upon themselves to plant a seed from the world tree just off the Coast of Arath and the world would call it Tylshaer Maelolaer, the Moonwell Sentinel. their version of the elven Aeraesar Maelolaer, Eternal Sentinel. However it did not bode well for the elves, as while it grew to a great height of well over sixty miles from the ocean to the top it was hard to not notice a giant tree that was now off the cost of one of the six continents of the world. Of course the night elves would guard it quite well and build several villages and a major city for themselves upon it.
Abor was one of six continents in the world. It spanned like the other two from north to south and may kingdoms were found upon it, Forests, deserts, mountains, and all kinds of terrain were found on it. The only thing that was not were the frozen lands of the great north or south. Both of which seemed to be ravaged by wildmen or animals. The middle country was known as, the others like Abor with few acceptations were Iporis, Ulesh, Tocren, Osoya, and the Elven home country of Taerael Airi or more commonly referred to as Akura to the other races.
The moon elves however did no such thing instead they stuck to the traditional forests and were active usually during the night, but some could be seen during the daylight hours. There was one such elf his hair had grown out just like all night elves to be below his shoulders, but above his back. He had more muscle tone to his body then his High elf counter parts, but his ears were shorter. His hair a raven black and his eyes matched the white blue glow the moon gave almost like they were reflections of it. his skin was a dark Carmel with a tint of green and blue to it. Unlike his people however this elf had no tattoos given to him from birth, or any markings of any kind upon his person.
The single male elf was sitting on one of the grassy cliffs overlooking the forest itself when he heard something approaching him. [#9138cc "Who is there?"] he said swinging his head backwards over his shoulder. His eyes looked right into a golden pair from a Moonsaber. A very large panther, standing a little larger then a bear. [#9138cc "Ai mi O Solia. Have you come to keep me company my sweet cat?"] It seemed the Black moon saber stepped out from its hiding spot fully dressed in armor and ready for war like it could happen at any moment. Smiling the young elf looked back to the forest. [#9138cc "We leave for war soon don't we?']
It was a quiet night, the sounds of the night touched his ears and made it peaceful for one last time. [#6d3b87 "Ah there you are Lunas. The Priestess is looking for you."] came a familiar voice from the cliff below. [#9138cc "Please inform her I will be there shortly."] standing up the night elf named Lunas returned to his companion and scratched her behind her left ears right where her ear and head meet. [#9138cc "It's time."] Rummaging around the bags that were placed upon her back the male pulled out his own armor and dressed. He was the Commander of the army of moon elves and would uphold the name he was blessed with. The Goddess of the moon was watching. After finishing adoring his armor on Lunas turned to the great cat; without words the cat pawed the ground in approval. Of course the elf male pulled his glaive from her side and spun it around him to check its balance.
Placing the blade back into the straps on the side of the cat he hoped up onto her back and with another pat the giant cat leaped over the cliff and Stroud through the forest to stop dead about three miles in just outside a giant temple where it seems a bunch of moon elves armored up and ready for war had gather waiting for words from their great leader. It wasn't until Lunas came into view that the group were nothing more then a bunch of ragtag elves gathered up. Upon his appearance they all stood like the military they were. Giant war cats to the side, war machines ready to roll out with the order, and several supply wagons that would be going with them.
It didn't look like enough to Lunas, but they would likely be sent more supplies as the campaign went on. It was however the appearance of the Priestess that had made the entire group fall silent and look up to the entrance of the temple. She stepped down the ramp about half way down when she called out across the entire gathering so everyone could hear her words. [#df24eb "May the Great Lady's Blessing be upon you. May She give you an honorable death if you are to fall in the war that is to come. The Orcs have invaded our lands to the north and we will not have them chopping down our forests not when we still have an army that can fight them back."]
The army only answered back with their Battle cry "Paer shaerysi porylys". Death before dishonor was indeed the way of the moon elves and they were held in high standards to it. The priestess waved the sign of the moon in the air and the call of the war horn blew through the elven ranks and now they were on their march to the north. To the north was the rest of the country. The orcs in the north had been troublesome for so long, but now they would know the wraith of the moon elves when they went to far. There would be a camp already set up for them in the north after so far, however they would have to go beyond even the cities to fight the orcs and stop the deforesting of their own homelands.
Inside the Dreamwoods there were Seven major elven settlements all of which were spread out from one another but close enough to trade with each other, it was like the moon elves had built up their own society within each city and they would trade with other moon elf societies for what they needed. The only acceptation to this was when they went and were forced to retreat to the citadel they had built Teirar tali Toradaer, The Crystal cave Citadel had been carved into the only mountain found within the Dreamwoods, as it had a gem mine like that of the nightsky inside of it, and so it was deemed that they would use it as a point of defense for its people. They had sealed it off from the rest of the tunnel systems built around it by dwarves, orcs, goblins and the like and fortified it with stone and stockpiled it up with weaponry that it could withstand a siege for a decade if it needed to.
Lunas was on the ride to the first city when he could hear the words of the priestess play in his ears again. The goddess was watching now more then ever, which meant that the other gods were also watching them. If the god of death was watching then Lunas would give him a sight to watch. While many elves believed Luna was the Goddess of the moon she was also known to be the Goddess of death and riches. Lunas would make her proud to call her his champion and allow him to wear her symbol upon his banner and chest.
The young male hoped that perhaps if honored by death in battle he would be allowed to see his father once again. The man had fallen back in the age of civil war when Lunas was but still a young lad, so he had grown up not knowing his father all to well other then that he was a great man and a very exceptional general and an advisor to the elven king Casha before his death even. He had been an advisor to Eci until his dethroning and was the leader of the rebellion against Eci when the dark elves had been banished.
the silent chirp chirp of the night Heron had drifted the elf male to sleep. His body fresh from the bath and the stench of the day gone. He had dreamt of a land of peace. One day returning the elven people to be united under a single crown, but that dream was far in the future and unlikely to happen unless he was given the crown to House Thaelyr. house Felwood had followed the tradition of succession sense its time as a part of the High noble houses. Those noble houses who are ranked above twenty in standing are High noble houses, anything from twenty- one to one hundred were noble houses and anything below one hundred was considered a lesser noble house, if a noble house at all.
His dreams however were interrupted abruptly as he was vigorously shaken awake. At first the world was nothing more then a blur to the elf. [#0a8a39 "shaji iar tor, Wake up child."] was called repeatedly with more shaking from left to right. waving his hand in the air to try and swat away whomever it was trying to wake him. [#f5990a "But the sun is not yet even awake. Why must I be?"] It was then the world came into focus and the young male elf was staring right into the face of a fully dressed older elf. To be exact this face belong to his father. [#0a8a39 "Ado, You will awake, or I will send in a maid with a bucket of cold water."] It wasn't even the threat that had awoken the male, but the face of sternness his father had given him.
[#f5990a "I'm awake I'm awake."] Rolling from his stomach to his back Ado looked over to his right to see a female within his bed, both confused and happy with the ordeal it must have been another night of conquest for him, but he couldn't remember it like he usually did. Perhaps it was the dwarven ale that had gotten to him. They knew how to brew the good and strong stuff. Eistaes eili, Amber ale was a craft he would one day learn from the dwarves, but for now the elves would trade for it. Wiggling out of his own bed Ado began to dress even with present company still asleep. Pulling on a simple white cotton shirt and pants.
He had just finished dressing when he heard the voice call from behind him. [b "You left bed so soon?"] Stepping up to the female Ado placed a kiss upon her lips for a few seconds. After releasing her from the kiss she was flushed red, but Ado still couldn't recall anything from the night. [#f5990a "I must go. Lord Thaelyr calls."] nodding the women began to look around and paused a moment her face returning to Ado. [b "Wait, Your the Prince aren't you?"] Ado just had his usual devilish smile on his face. [#f5990a "Prince Ado Thaelyr at your service."] [b "I can't believe I slept with the prince. The Lady will have my head for sure."] laughing Ado sat down on the bed again. [#f5990a "Don't fret, As long as she doesn't see you she will not be told."] [b "How can I get out without her seeing me?"] the girl pleaded her eyes full of fear to the point of almost crying out. [#f5990a "The servant entrances tend to be vacant at this time. You can use them easily to get out of the citadel and the noble quarters even."] nodding the girl didn't stay long enough for Ado to tell her where they even were, but she seemed to know exactly where they were as she disappeared out of the bedroom and was gone like a puff of smoke.
Ado had just finished tending to his room when he heard a knock at the door. [#0a8a39 "Ado are you awake?"] calling back quickly [#f5990a "Yes father I am awake."] [#0a8a39 "Good when you dressed your mother is waiting for you in the dinning hall."] The dinning hall a marvel all its own. designed like the rest of the city. Its walls white alabaster, the pillars visible for everyone to see. The ceiling a red tint to match the roof outside with a few holes in them to let in the natural sunlight and small pools at on the floor where the ceiling opens up incase it rained. Stepping into the room Ado was greeted with a hug from his sister Shaelia. Her Bright blue eyes looking into his own Ice blue ones once their hug was finished. She spoke with a smooth calm voice like always, [#08541f "Mother is over there."] she pointed to the farthest part of the room near the throne and the seats for the family. Giving his sister a nod Ado left her to find out what his mother needed.
Before he could even speak to her she was saying something else to the servants close by. [#1ba77f "Be sure everything is ready for guests. We need Meals prepared Housing for the night, The tables pushed together, chairs brought out.."] it seemed like she would go on forever, but it was not so. She only turned her head slightly to the right and she about said more to the servants, but Ado caught her attention. [#1ba77f "I need you to go find Anjui."] Confused Ado looked to one of the servants who stood close by. [#1ba77f "Before you ask, no he was not in his rooms. He was last seen by the wall guards outside in the fields."] stifling a yawn Ado bowed to his mother without a word and left. It wasn't a long journey from the citadel to outside the walls, especially with no one in the streets as darkness was still yet in the air. On his journey out of the city the sunlight had started to show brightly from the peaks of the mountains. It meant that people would soon be waking up to start their daily tends. Hearing the songs of the morning birds and the cooing of roosters the farmers were starting their work already. Children of course running around the fields with each other gleefully.
After reaching the field lands outside the city Ado found his twin brother easily, he was after all the only figure out in the field. His figure being the give away. Like Ado Anjui had a slim build with a milky cream skin tone, only Anjui's was more milk then cream. His hair was cut short, but was white silver color like that of their grandfather. His golden eyes seemed to be looking up at the moon which surprised Ado, after so long ado would never get use to his brother looking up at the night sky just to look at the night's eye. Holding up his hand in the air Ado called out [#f5990a "Kaerol Shyraes"] His brother jumped a little and Ado had to stiffle down a laugh.
Anjui had called back his greeting after holding his own hand in the air. [#b62e11 "Kerol Shyraes Ado."] Letting his hand fall down to his side Ado had replied only with [#f5990a "Mother is looking for you Anjui."] Turning around and headed back Ado had left his brother there a few more moments before looking over his shoulder. His brother was following close behind. Anjui had returned to the city, but not to the fortress right away, instead he went to the northern wall guard. [#ae0f1c "Prince Ado this is a surprise."] Holding his hand up to stop the commander. [#f5990a "My mother has asked I deliver this to you."] pulling a sealed scroll from his tunic the prince handed it to the Captain and stepped away. [#ae0f1c "I will follow it to the letter my lord."] Nodding Ado left and returned to the citadel.
It wasn't long into the dinning hall that his sister had pulled him aside. [#08541f "Father wants me to make the seating arrangements, so no house feels insulted here. Can you help me please brother. Your always more knowledgeable about this stuff then I am."] smiling and patting his sister on her shoulder he answered back [#f5990a "Of course I will help you sister of mine. We don't need anyone starting something here at the festival after all. That would be so rude of them, but rude of us if we put them into such a thing"] Allowing his sister to lead him off to part of the hall Ado had stopped in front of a placement board with all the nobility houses on it. Looking it over a few times Ado took a deep breath in and cleared it off. [#08541f "What? What was wrong with it?"] his sister pleaded her hands pushed together like in a prayer. [#f5990a "I would rather live this night through. several of these placements are all wrong, we have to start fresh."]
Nodding her acceptance of the task the two got to work. It had taken perhaps a few minutes to get everyone seated just right.[#08541f "Thank you so much for your help brother."] smiling he was about to say something, but his attention was drawn elsewhere when the horn went off from the northern wall. At first Ado wanted to run to his room and grab his blade and armor and lock the city down for invasion, but it was not what the horn call was for; he knew that it meant the guests for the festival was arriving soon. Looking at himself he was still in his comfortable clothing he would ware if he was allowed to have but a few moments to himself, but that was not to be the case.
It was the appearance of Anjui that had startled both Ado and Shaelia. he didn't say anything, but instead grabbed Ado and ran out the hall and into the fortress. being forced to follow close by at a quick pace or have his arm dislocated or worse ripped off his body entirely it wasn't until they reached the Third floor that Anjui released his arms which he rubbed slightly before returning to his rooms. It was the smell of roses and vanilla that had drawn him in at first. It must have been from the women the night before still lingering in the room, but whatever it was it made Ado not want to leave his room until the scent faded. It was the click of the servants door that drew Ado from his daydream. [b "Sir you need to get ready."] shrugging and rolling his eyes Ado face into his room at first it seemed almost identical to that of the other rooms, a single square room of twelve by twelve with a single window, bed, dresser, and other furniture, but it was his personal touch of where they where that allowed Ado his room its personality.
Going to the dresser Ado pulled out his more fancy armor. Allowing the silver to shine like a bright diamond. The house symbol of a single tree split down the middle adorn the breast plate. Stepping into the hall while strapping on his rapier to his left hip the male looked up to see his brother was also just now finishing up getting ready for the feast. Anjui and Ado held a moment's glance at each other which had been broken when Anjui smiled his pearl teeth showing. The words [#b62e11 "You look good brother."] came across to Ado's ears in their twin dialect. He didn't want to say it back, but the words just escaped from his lips. [#f5990a "You look good yourself brother."] it was then Ado felt how close Anjui really was to him. They were basically only centimeters from touching their shoulders.
The two descended the stairs and returned to the hall. None of the guests had yet arrived, but it wouldn't be long before they did. walking down the room Ado first noted how the room seemed to change. Everything had. The guards were found in front of each pillar were no longer there. The house banner found between each pillar was now gone save for the one that would sit behind the family itself. The room seemed bare in comparison, but the table took up most of the room. Shaped to form a U the nobility would sit on the outside of the shape, their guards behind them, where the servants would be working in the middle of them all refilling cups, or replacing food that would be eaten during the feast.
What had however drawn Ado's undivided attention was his older siblings; Not his sister mind you, but the older twin brothers. Taraern and Bastaer, Ado hadn't seen them in a few days now as both were out with the military mostly now taking on patrols and learning to one day take over the house. Many believed Taraern would take over the house, but he was arrogant and acted as such, so many of the nobility found on the land leaned more towards Bastaer becoming leader, but he was just as bad as his twin. He had little intelligence in political affairs and either would be the cause of the house to fall. Of course he always kept his opinion to himself as it wasn't his duty to put in for succession.
The twins however were described as oddities to the family as they didn't appear to have any traits from the family. Both were tall and slender like all elves, both had long hair down to their mid back to show their age. Their hair however was that of a Dark black, their mother's was a golden brown and their fathers was a bright fire red. Both of father's parents had red hair as well, where as Mother's father had silvery white hair, and her mother had the golden brown hair color as well. The twin's eyes were that of an chocolate brown. Their father had green, and his mother had blue, his father had green. Mother had blue, her father had a golden amber color. Her mother's were also ice blue.
It was then his attention was caught upon his sister and parents, but his feet kept walking forward. It wasn't until he was to his seat that he realized that he had kept walking. He had in fact banged his knee right into the chair. Grabbing his knee and plumping himself into his chair Ado watched as the houses arrived. The first few he didn't know other then the fact they were around them by land. It wasn't until close to the end that he finally recognized the houses.
The first that he recognized was that of his mother's original house. House Maser, Stardust. Found across the [#103dbc "Greetings from across the Waters of Olael mi."] Wondering if his mother recognized her own brother after being gone from him for nearly three centuries Ado was about to speak when instead his mother did. [#1ba77f "I'm glad you could make it brother. It will be a relief to have some friendly faces here. I hope the Ocean Sea treated you well."]
After their uncle Seilaes had bowed and turned to take his seat another familiar house came to Ado. It had been the Lady of the house verdia, Ruby. [#910811 "Greetings from the Ice peaks."] It was however not Lady felwood that answered this time, but Lord Felwood that spoke. [#0a8a39 "Greeting's great lady We hope your stay here is a comfortable one."] the reason House Verdia was known was because they were the farthest north elven house, claiming the Ice peaks of Thyr kadi, Frost glade mountains as home. They were also Thyr aer like that of House Myrdar. They were relatives mostly, but distant ones at that.
The next pair of houses that entered together were that of house Parn, Dawn, and house Per, Dusk. Both were houses of Blood elves. Tricky things who were always thirsty for magic or power. They had been almost removed from the history books at one point by Eci, but they thrived in secret and eventually reclaimed their lost land. They worked well together. stepping to the throne together the first to speak was Lord Parn. [#f494f0 "Greetings from the sands of Shas Peraes."] Next to speak was Lord Per [#f69079 "We greet you from the Molael Bali."]
Before anyone could speak however Shaelia spoke up. [#08541f "We hope that the journey from the Black Desert and the Silent vale were not to taxing upon you lords."] both shook their heads no and went to their seats. The rest of the houses that had come up Ado couldn't recognize, but it seems all of them had arrived within a few hours of the ordeal starting which was a good thing as it meant they could start drinking soon.
Hearing a bell from his left Ado watched as servants flooded into the room placing empty cups plates and freshly wrapped silverware with a napkin in front of the nobles. A second bell ring and jugs of liquids of all kinds were brought up. Each nobility was given the option of what liquid they would drink. Of course Ado had paid close attention to what his family was drinking. The oldest sibling twins were both drinking a fruity water elf made cherry wine. Their father was drinking a human made beer. The older sister was drinking a gnome made brew. Their mother was drinking a diluted version of a high elf white wine. Anjui was drinking only water. Ado himself was drinking a dwarven made ale. It seemed the night would proceed quite smoothly.
A lone figure stood in the middle of a golden field of wheat. His hand passing over the crop as the wind gentle blew it back and forth and his slow paced walk across. The bright shine of the copper rays of the sun chased away the starlight sky. The figure seemed to have his head skyward looking at the last trace of night, specifically the silver eye of the moon in the sky. He traced it as it went down below the horizon of the distant mountains. They were a few miles away, but very visible from where he stood for one simple fact that he was standing on the farmlands of his home. In the very center of the Elven lands was the lands of the Felwood house.
House Felwood was one of the last remaining original houses from when elves had first become something more then just a band of people, but an actual race and kingdom. They were the house the Original King of the elves came from. Casha had been a long lived man and a forgiving one, but his name would go down in records as Casha the Uniter. He had gotten all the elves to band together and take the world and forge an Empire. It was however his downfall that had seen to the end of the elven empire. and it would be his demise that would cause a civil war between the elven people. At first the nobility thought nothing of it until it was to late.
The elves had been split in two. Casha's own child Eci had lead one side of the fight. The other was the noble whom history has long forgotten. Eci had lead a deadly massacre of his own elven brothers and most of the nobility stood by and did nothing as Eci had taken the crown and ruled with an Iron fist and would see the Empire's military strength, their Navy lacked and so did most of the good living that Casha had founded for his people. Eci's reign was a short one as he was dethroned after ten long years of his rule, however not by his own people the elves, but by those who he would make an enemy of. Humans, Dwarves, Old ones, Beast-men, Dragons, etc. While they thought him defeated Eci returned with a vengeance and an army behind him made of nobility who believed him to be the rightful leader. The nobility that did not follow him however fought him and won. Eci and the other nobility were forced out and would forever be known to the world as Dark elves, Banished to the Northwestern lands of Ice.
[#f5990a "Kaerol Shyraes"] Turning the figure spotted another male elf from his home standing behind him. This elf had a slim build his skin a pale new cream completion standing at the height of 6'5" with ice blue eyes and long blonde hair as is custom to High elves of nobility. Upon his head lay a wreath of gold twin to show his rank of Prince to the house. Upon his neck lay a leather cord, upon the cord lay a single piece of amber etched to have the symbol of the house upon it. his ears would be pointed like that of the sun elf nobility. While Felwood was believed to be a house of wild or wood elf, but no their race was in fact that of the Mel aer or Sun elf to the common language.
[#b62e11 "Kaerol Shyraes Ado."] pulling his hand from the wheat and up into the air the younger male just smiled. [#f5990a "Mother is looking for you Anjui."] That was the male's name Anjui Felwood. He was the younger of the twins born to his mother, of course she had several children before. Their older siblings all ready for power where the two of them were mindful and dutiful to their parents, as tentative as they were allowed to be at least. Their oldest Siblings a set of twin males as well named Taraern and Bastaer. They were constantly seen together it was like they worked as a single pair, but Anjui and Ado were the same way, inseparable. then below the twins you had a single girl, Shaelia, who looked so much like their mother it was hard to tell the two apart the only difference was their mother had blue eyes where their sister had green ones inherited from their father.
Turning around to head back the way he had come the sunlight had finally peaked over the mountains in the distance to light up the fields of the Felwood homelands. They were bountiful and full of life. Children's laughter could be heard in the distance. Animals began their daily duties just like the common folk found tending the fields and animals themselves. Off in the distance by a few yards was a single solid wall of milk white Alabaster. It was the city of Masol Thysaer, or Starlight Fortress in common tongue. It was the capital to the Felwood's lands and probably the most important city they had as it was the center of their trade.
Masol Thysaer, the City of Starlight was the highest altitude city from sea level and closest to the stars, it was why it was given Starlight as its name. It was like a Star on the land itself. Its buildings were Milk white Alabaster, with the roofs being made of a Coral colored stone to make the red and white pop. It was the house Colors. It was a magnificent city. At the very center laid the Fortress, inside was where the High Nobles of Felwood house and ruling member's lived. Also found inside was the Throne to the house, along with their small Thyrdaes si. The Flower tree is what linked the elves to that of the Eternal Sentinel tree which granted them all their magic, and their long lives. Around the Citadel in a clock like set up was the noble houses of Felwood, built for the lesser nobility of the house, distant family from the ruling family, or for the houses that merged into the higher house for rank. There are a total of twenty four of them all designed specifically by those who reside within them. Around them stood a wall which separated the noble quarter from the rest of the city. To the north of the city was the Market, and the only gate into the city. To the west was the academies found within the city to teach young elves the ways of war, or an artisan skill both of which were required, even for nobility. Many elves however picked up more then one artisan skill along the way. To the south part of the city lay the military district, the barracks, armory, stables, and the store houses all of which were fully stocked and checked regularly. To the west laid the commons, the housing for the common folk who worked the fields or tended other professions. It also housed the Tosys jhaji, The Mirror lake. The source of water for the city that ran into the river that flowed freely to the cliffs in the south and on into the sea.
To the north nuzzled in between the mountains was a small pathway guarded by Pandryl Shar, Dragon Watch. A fortress they kept up, but beyond that was the Forests of Molaes shyr, the Silver woods. The people that owned it was the house of Aelori,eclipse. High elves in their own right, but stubborn neighbors as they controlled the sea around them along with the passages of trade to the northern houses.
To the East was more mountains, but in the southeast was Ialolys Syrdaes, Unicorn Tower. Another Fortress that house Felwood kept up to watch the house to the east. The swamps of the east held the Shor aer house of molaes, Silver. Wild elves were unpredictable of their location, and many houses of the wild elves were hard to find because of their constant movement. The only known thing is they prefer swamps and uncommon places for elves to call home.
To the south was a cliff that lead right into the sea, go a bit farther out and one would reach the Isle of the Templar. On this island was the Temple dedicated to teaching the young elves of their past, and the customs of their people. Also found on the island was the Aeraesar Maelolaer Tree, Eternal Sentinel Tree, The last remaining Tree of Eternity besides the one found in the wood elf lands.
To the West was also mountains, only these were known as Moli vael, Spine Peaks. A series of mountains that are so tall their peaks are past the clouds and they are always covered in snow. Between them is several pathways that lead to the lands of Felwood, but they all connect to a single route and on this route is col Kes, High Guard. It would keep trade with the low hill lands of house Myrdar, Snowfall. Frost elves while less tricky then wild elves were still always on the look out for an opening to take the high land that Felwood sat upon and use the position to dominate the other houses either through economical use or starving them out.
[#1ba77f "Ah there is my boy. I began to worry when you were not in your rooms."] Anjui just smiled to his mother. [#b62e11 "My apologies mother. I had to see the starlight before we began the day."] a smile played across the women's face. She was a great lady to look up to Lady Felwood, and she was very diplomatic with the other houses around them. Pulled into a Hug Anjui wrapped his arms around his mother, only to release them a few moments later and to be released himself. a few moments of silence passed before either of them spoke. Of course Lady Felwood spoke first.
[#1ba77f "Today is the Masol Thaer. We shall be hosting the Starlight Feast this year for all the other houses. It means we will have many guests, and I need to be sure my children and people are safe while other nobility are inside my country. They will be accompanied by two guards and so I must ask you and your brother stick close by each other."] Nodding Anjui looked to his brother Ado who seemed to be in deep conversation with their older sister about the festival arrangements. [#b62e11 "Mother, When are the guests expected to begin to arrive?"] It wasn't long before a horn call answered that call. [#1ba77f "It seems that would be in a few moments. The Northern Guard has let us know they see a different banner."]
Nodding it meant he had little time left. [#b62e11 "If you excuse me mother. I must get ready for our guests and I am sure Ado does as well."] bowing to his mother Anjui turned to his left and went to his twin. Grabbing him and running out of the room and up the stairs in strides of twos and threes they made it to the third floor and to their separate rooms. Both went to their rooms and would be dressed in their more accustom finery. It consisted of Decorative armor, and a dull set of blades. Of course all nobility would be dressed as such, and so would have to rely heavily upon their guards to keep them protected, and within the city House Felwood would house its small Army of six hundred men and women. Most of which occupied their patrolling the city or guarding the walls. Those who were not doing either had their own free time and were allowed to do whatever they wished as long as they did not abuse their power as military Personnel.
The Palace Guards of course were an acceptation to this as many were trained to be military, but were hand picked by either their King, or a noble house to be a Guard for them. Many found it as an honor and did the duty full heartedly, of course the noble house that they guarded also gave them food and board and paid them for their work. Stepping into his own room Anjui stopped first after shutting the redwood door behind him. His room was of simple design. a squad room of twelve by twelve. A single window adorn with fine white silk curtains. his bed off to the left, At the foot stood a dresser which he went to and dug through until he found what he was looking for. The armor of gold and black with the house crest upon its breastplate. Along with the fake rapier blade he would carry on his right hip like always.
Dressed in his finery Anjui stepped out of his room and back into the hallway to find Ado had done the same. They were now indeed twins, the only way one could tell them apart was their eyes. Anjui had a golden color to his given to him by their Grandfather. Ado had his Ice blue eyes given to him by their mother. That and the twins were like a mirror to one another. Anjui was left handed while Ado was right handed so Ado's rapier would be found on his left hip. Smiling Anjui said in their twin tongue [#b62e11 "You look good brother."] Ado smiled and answered back. [#f5990a "You look good yourself brother."] Anjui of course mirrored his brother's smile. Taking up next to one another the pair descended down the stairs into the main hall to receive guests.
Shortly after the twins sat down upon their seats to the right of their mother and father guests from the other elven houses began to arrive. More importantly Key houses began to show up. To the elves there were several thousand houses that made up their people, however many were lesser nobility and aligned themselves to a higher noble house. The Higher noble houses were limited to a single one hundred. And at the top of those houses was the council, the first three houses that made the laws and decisions of the elven people. It was their judgment that could damn a house, but the three were constantly in a disagreement so nothing changed in centuries for the elven customs. and many laws were made by the ruling noble houses on the land.
The first of the houses to arrive was that of their northern neighbor from The Silver woods, House Aelori. Their banner was that of a green background with a white sun in the middle. The fair high elves stepped up and spoke the words [#771390 "It's a great honor to see you Lady Thaelyr."] She took her time in answering back [#1ba77f "I am glad you came Lord Aelori."] Next to arrive was their neighbors to the east, House Molaes. The wild elves were just that wild. They dressed in their tradition garb of wraps and loin cloths the nobility carried a staff, of course fake. placed in her hair was feathers that Anjui guessed were from a bird they considered valuable. The guards were dressed the same accept for the feathers. It must have been a way to show statue to their people. [#c9c9a6 "Its a great honor to be here Great Lady Thaelyr."] nodding this timeshe spoke softly [#1ba77f "I hope my home can compare to yours."] it seemed Anjui's mother was very clever, as she offered no words of insult to them. Next to arrive was the house to the west, House Myrdar. Like most elves the Frost elves war a traditional armor, only theirs was made from crude materials like Iron and steal. Their leader didn't wear a helm, but instead a cord of silver upon his head he also carried with him a polearm. looking around the Head of House Myrdar kept his eye on everyone. His gaze however fell upon Anjui for a moment before it turned to the lady in front of him. [#42f5e8 "Greetings Lady Thaelyr. Its a great blessing to be in your home."] to which she quickly replayed [#1ba77f "May you find it as fine as your own home Lord Myrdar."]
The other houses had all arrived within a few hours. It was magnificent so many elven houses that could be found. High elves, Sun elves, Blood elves, Frost elves, water elves, wood elves and even wild elves. and they had all gathered to partake in the Starlight feast. It was really a festival, but they called it the starlight feast, as the Elves all gathered and ate and partied during the night of the midwinter. It was the mark of their year was a quarter way over. Elven years did not start during the spring, like humans. It didn't start during Summer like that of the Gnomes and dwarves. It didn't even start during the Fall like that of the orcs, goblins, and the like. It started in Winter like those of the Old ones, Lizardmen to the common folk.
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