Kyou 16

[12:50] Happy: This can be when Aegnor, Simone, and Promise have gone out, leaving Cessie and Hope in the hut with the unconscious speaker.
[12:51] Shadowcaller: Sure, you get the powder there I guess
[12:51] Happy: "Cessie, can I use some of the red powder?" Hope asks.
[12:52] Shadowcaller: "Why exactly?" She says, glancing at the still sleeping speaker
[12:54] Happy: "I want to try to speak to Nega, to make sure Ai is safe."
[12:56] Shadowcaller: "Nega?… Well, if its about Ai." She picks up her packpack lying next to her bed and begins to dig in it.
[12:57] Shadowcaller: After a moment or two she picks up the jar with red powder "Not much left.." She offers Hope the jar "Just try to use as little as possible okay?"
[12:59] Happy: Hope makes a circle, trying to conserve the powder as best she can. When she is finished, she steps in front of it. "Nega? May I speak with you?"
[13:02] Shadowcaller: Two red eyes appears, floating in mid-air in the middle of the circle "State your bussiness with Nega and we will answer your call as soon as possible" Comes a metalic voice from within the circle
[13:03] Happy: "I was a friend of her Servant Ai. I wanted to see if his soul has made it safely back into Nega's keeping."
[13:05] Shadowcaller: The voice replies directly "Your application have been stated, please wait while we are stating your request. Your option matters to us. Would you like to listen to some music while you wait?"
[13:06] Happy: "Er… okay?"
[13:07] Shadowcaller: Music can soon be heard from the circle, don't sound like any type of music you heard before
[13:08] Happy: Probably compares unfavourably with Aegnor's
[13:08] Shadowcaller: (it dose, its waiting music after all.)
[13:08] Shadowcaller: Cessie: "Quite ordered for being the goddess of desire…"
[13:13] Shadowcaller: After a long time a vague female form appears in the circle along with mist, making her apperance very hard to see directly, "Hello… you look like you need something? Haven't we met before darling?"
[13:14] Happy: Is it Nega's voice?
[13:14] Shadowcaller: (it is.)
[13:15] Happy: "We spoke some weeks ago when I was near Caster's Tower. My name then was Happy, and your Servant Ai travelled with us until his death."
[13:17] Shadowcaller: It takes a while before the voice can be heard again "Ai… yes, my beloved Ai… I knew I never should have agreed to Casters request."
[13:20] Shadowcaller: The voice pauses, taking a while before it starts again "He could bring out the best sides in people, loved by all… I can't imagine anyone wanting to harm him, or any else of my servants, we only want to help people, we don't care about things that can get you killed, only desire."
[13:20] Shadowcaller: "He was too good for the world…"
[13:21] Happy: "Yes. I've never known anyone so selfless. I loved him very much."
[13:24] Shadowcaller: "What is your desire then? To bring him back?" The voice speaks a bit faster now, but remains ethernally beautiful, ecohing as it speaks
[13:27] Happy: "Is that possible?"
[13:30] Shadowcaller: "No! Don't you think I would have desired that?" He voice snarls at you, but soon appears to clam itself and continues "Servants can't be brought back from the dead since they already are dead… only mortals can."
[13:36] Shadowcaller: It sounds like the voice sigh "What do you desire mortal, I can give you everything you ask for…"
[13:37] Happy: "No, I hadn't thought to bring him back, until you mentioned it. I only wanted to know that he is safe. We destroyed the Legion that trapped him."
[13:38] Shadowcaller: "He is safe." The voice replies, "But I wanted him back, not his soul."
[13:38] Shadowcaller: "Why was he following you around? Why did he need to follow you to that place?"
[13:40] Happy: Hope is silent, blinking back tears. "I believe it was his desire to do so."
[13:40] Shadowcaller: The voice is once again silent a few moments
[13:41] Happy: "If you want, you may look into my memories of him."
[13:42] Shadowcaller: "If his desire lead him… then he was on the right path." It replies
[13:43] Shadowcaller: "I know what happend Hope, he reported back to me, we shared many moments, he told me about you."
[13:45] Happy: "I guess… that's all then. I wanted to be sure he was safe." The tears have started to fall. "I miss him so much."
[13:47] Happy: "I tried to save him. I would have done anything to save him."
[13:47] Shadowcaller: Cessie looks miserable, but tries to keep a straight face
[13:51] Shadowcaller: "I belive you hope, I have shed enough tears for seven mortal life-times and I can't shed any more…" The voice is calmer, deeper, like every word it speaks have a special meaning
[13:53] Shadowcaller: "Why do you serve a murderer Hope? Ai showed you the right way, he wanted to help you find the right path in life…"
[13:55] Happy: "Because there is a time when words fail and bloodshed is the only way to save lives. I wish it were not so, but since it is, I am willing to be the blade in Kuori's hand."
[13:59] Shadowcaller: "…any way is better that direct physical harm hope, I have other types of servants then Ai, diplomatics."
[14:00] Shadowcaller: "Ai had such high thought about you, just beacuse your tribe worshipped Kuori don't means you must."
[14:00] Shadowcaller: *high toughts
[14:02] Shadowcaller: *thoughts
[14:06] Happy: "I am sorry to disappoint him. But this is the path I have chosen." She pauses. "If there is ever anything I can do for you, in his memory, I would be honoured. Though I cannot act against Kuori or my tribe, of course."
[18:42] Shadowcaller: "Tell me Hope, who are a part of your tribe?"
[18:43] Happy: "Promise. Cessie. Aegnor." she pauses a moment. "Simone. Kuori. Helena. Spiritguard." Another pause. "Ai was as well."
[18:47] Shadowcaller: "Many names I know nothing about Hope, maybe you could tell me something about them? I wish to know more of you dear."
[18:50] Happy: "Promise is my mate. Ai was so happy for us." She wipes away tears. "Spiritguard is his brother, who was k-killed eight years ago. Promise r-rescued his soul when he c-cured Z-Z-Zubera's madness." She has to stop and try and recover her composure. Speaking of Zubera without panic is still hard for her.
[18:55] Shadowcaller: "Poor girl, such a harsh life… you are one of the reasons I exist actually, to have shoulder to cry on, to cure the fear, the sadness, to break out of the prisons we build around ourselves." he voice speaks with true compassion, as it feels your pain very deeply
[18:56] Happy: brb
[19:01] Happy: "I'm sure Ai told you about Cessie and Aegnor," she says. "Simone is an orphan child we picked up in Isandwana, who is very good with languages and cities. Kuori of course you know. Helena is an elven goddess who has helped us."
[19:03] Shadowcaller: "I understand… you must have lived a very strange life Hope…" She pauses, like she is about to say something very important
[19:04] Shadowcaller: "Would you like my help Hope?" The female form becomes clearer, it smiles a bit nervously at you, just looking at Nega makes you want to fullfill all your deepest desires.
[19:05] Shadowcaller: As Nega see your expression she adds "No strings attatched of course.." She sound ashamed of having to say that
[19:10] *** "Shadowcaller" signed off at Tue Apr 28 19:10:00 2009.
[19:10] Shadowcaller: (still here)
[19:15] Happy: Hope's desires bubble up inside. Her desire for Promise, still so new, is the strongest. But there are others - a desire for a place where they can all live peacably and happily, somewhere where city and wilderness meet, where she and Promise can live openly together. The desire to protect people and do good. The desire to hunt. A few frivolous desires, like a wish that she was as pretty as Cessie or could play as well as Aegnor or could speak languages as well as Simone. And of course some darker desires, like the desire to erase Zubera's mark from Promise and remove the goddess from their life. As well as the Kuori-granted desire to kill the girl who still lies unconscious in their hut, that fights with her desire not to disappoint her mate and her desire to do what Ai would have wanted her to."
[19:19] Shadowcaller: (Hm, do you actually saying anything?)
[19:19] Shadowcaller: (I see a " mark, but nothing else.)
[19:20] Happy: (No, she didn't say anything)
[19:26] Happy: "Your help for what?"
[19:28] Shadowcaller: Nega becomes even more clearer, the mists around her are fading, but her exact outlines are still blurred, her smile can be seen clearly thought, its neither amused or false but the smile that only wants to make you happy. As you look her into the eyes, for a brief moment its like you are the exact same person, like she understands you perfectly and likes the same thing you do.
[19:30] Shadowcaller: Then as the moment is over, you can still see her looking directly at you, as she can't bring herself to look anywhere else, "Hope…" she finally says "I could give you so much… but that would not be true, its the road to our dreams tha makes them worthwile after all." She pauses
[19:31] Shadowcaller: "But I can give you a push if you like…"
[19:31] Shadowcaller: *them
[19:32] Shadowcaller: *that
[19:33] Happy: "What do you mean?"
[19:36] Shadowcaller: "The choices are our own after all, if you could be set on the path to one of your dreams, what would it be?"
[19:39] Happy: Hope thinks for a long time, then answers, "To find a place where elves and humans and Wolfen can live together in peace and where we could be happy."
[19:42] Shadowcaller: "Hope… lets say there was a way to make the whole world as understanding as you are? To make it such a place where you and Promise could be anywhere without the fear of being hunted down, if Elves, Humans, dwarves and Wolfen all could live together, side by side without any trouble.."
[19:42] Shadowcaller: "What would you do to make the world such a place?"
[19:48] Happy: "Hunt down and kill those who stand in the way," she says, with a wry smile.
[19:51] Shadowcaller: She grins, "Exactly my answer… its Kuoris take on it yes? To kill those who cuase trouble?"
[19:54] Happy: "His way alone isn't enough. I know that. If everyone with the power and the will to harm people were gone, it would still not create the world I would choose to live in. But I was trained for the Hunt, and that is how I can best serve."
[19:56] Shadowcaller: "No, of course not, only killing people solves nothing, that is the flaw with your god Hope, he only see things like that."
[19:57] Shadowcaller: "While the end don't always justify the mean, how many mortals would you sacrifice to make such a world? I would sacrifice none."
[19:58] Happy: "The only life I have the right to sacrifice is my own."
[19:59] Shadowcaller: "But yet you kill people don't you? You have plans and kill people for that cuase, I would call that sacrificing."
[20:01] Happy: "No, killing those who kill others isn't a sacrifice. It's justice."
[20:03] Shadowcaller: "Justice… a word all to often used by Norhold, at least Kuori isn't hypocritical about it, justice is these days used to justify everything…"
[20:03] Shadowcaller: "All the gods are going in different directions and that costs so many human lives…"
[20:03] Shadowcaller: "Mortal lives." She corrects herself
[20:04] Happy: "Or perhaps the word I seek is prudence. If Reorn had succeeded, the deaths would have been untold."
[20:05] Happy: "Of course he wasn't a mortal."
[20:06] Shadowcaller: "Well, religion costs a awful lot of lives don't it? Ai told me that the servants in Casters tower could hardly be in the same room…"
[20:08] Shadowcaller: "Kuori against Artaris, Artaris against me, Artaris against Helios, Kuori against Zubera…"
[20:10] Happy: "You should ask my mate to mediate between you," Hope said. "He already convinced Kuori to end the hunt of Z-Zubera."
[20:12] Shadowcaller: "Really? Well, I'm afraid words are not enough here… no amount of diplomacy is going to end our conflicts. I know that, I have tried and tired and tired…"
[20:13] Happy: "An outsider may be able to do what you could not."
[20:13] Happy: (when's Murska coming online? -.-)
[20:14] Shadowcaller: "My dear… Artaris don't listen to anyone, Kuori is too stubborn, Norhold is a fanatic…"
[20:14] Shadowcaller: (He said he was going to be late.)
[20:14] Happy: (:()
[20:15] Happy: (It's already late!)
[20:15] Happy: "And Zubera was mad."
[20:15] Shadowcaller: (Well, he said he was lucky if he got to play at all.)
[20:17] Shadowcaller: "Well, thats the thing, Zubera wanted to be cured, but Artais and Kuori WANTS to hate each other and Norhold would not listen to reason for a minute."
[20:20] Shadowcaller: "Artaris is afraid of change… he wants everything exactly as it is, and I doubt he would have time for any conversation then with his high priest."
[20:22] Happy: "Then I suppose it's up to us mortals to do our best," she says.
[20:23] Shadowcaller: "But should you have to pay the price for their ignorance? Their petty arguments cuases WARS hope."
[20:24] Happy: "What would you have me do? I offered the only suggestion I could think of."
[20:25] Happy: phone
[20:32] Shadowcaller: "Nothing yet… I was just caught up in the moment I guess, I just need to get off some of my frustration…"
[20:37] Shadowcaller: She looks like she realized something, "Ugh, I must have pladdered on for hours? And this was only supposed to be a short meeting." She looks at you exhusingly but then seems to get an idea "I know how I can make it up to you." She smiles and uses some type of magic upon you "You should thank Helios for that gift, he and I often share similar intrests… anyhow, I need to go dear, you can thank-
[20:37] Shadowcaller: me later." She dissapears without a trace

[21:38] Happy: Hope blinks at the suddenly empty circle. "What gift? Do you have any idea what she meant by that?"
[21:39] Shadowcaller: Cessie looks doubfound at the now empty circle "I have no idea, getting your desire granted could be dangerous thought."
[21:40] Shadowcaller: ""She sure had a lot of opinions…"
[21:40] Happy: "You didn't suddenly gain a love of the outdoors or anything, did you?"
[21:41] Wolfbane: (hehehe)
[21:41] Shadowcaller: "Not exactly…"
[21:41] Shadowcaller: "And that would be mind mixing, I hope no enitity would ever be so forceful."
[21:43] Shadowcaller: "Hope its nothing… kinky."
[21:44] Happy: Hope suddenly looks alarmed. "Cessie, please check on the girl. Make sure she's still alive," she says in a horrified whisper.
[21:45] Shadowcaller: Cessie looks shocked and rushes to the girls side "…she is still breathing," She turns to you again, "Tell me you didn't… want her dead?"
[21:50] Happy: Hope looks ashamed. "There's a reason I'm not armed. I feel the same need to kill her as I did to kill the worms."
[21:53] Shadowcaller: Looking at the weapon in your hand, Cessie appears quite alarmed by this, "There is a huge difference between worms and a unconscious girl…
[21:53] Shadowcaller: "
[21:54] Shadowcaller: "I can't belive I'm hearing this…"
[21:55] Happy: (*not* armed)
[21:55] Shadowcaller: (Oh, I thought you were armed, lets say she looked at your empty hand then.)
[21:55] Shadowcaller: (imagined a weapon there…)
[22:00] Happy: "I know there is. That's why I gave Promise my sword and why I wouldn't keep watch alone. I don't want to kill her, but I don't know how to turn off my prey sense."
[22:01] Shadowcaller: "You don't belive you have the will power enough to not kill someone in cold blood?"
[22:02] Happy: "I think I do. But I'm not willing to risk it in case I'm wrong."
[22:04] Shadowcaller: "But still… I think Nega was right about Kuori at least, I'm actually a bit worried of your service to him."
[22:07] Happy: "I know you are. But I believe it's the path I am meant to follow."
[22:08] Shadowcaller: "Why? Beacuse your tribe followed it? I know I'm supposed to be the traditonalist here, but at least my traditions don't give me the urge to kill people."
[22:10] Happy: "Have you forgotten what this girl has done? It's because of her that Ai is dead."
[22:11] Shadowcaller: "We don't know that, for all we know, the Yuki-jiro did it on her own, we know nothing of this girl and to me at least it looks like she was being used by Reorn."
[22:14] Happy: "Perhaps she was. We won't know until she can speak for herself. But people died because of what she did, whether she meant to do it or not."
[22:16] Shadowcaller: "People died beacuse of what we did too, whatever we meant it or not."
[22:17] Happy: Since we left the tree, and the bandits, and the undead behind, we've killed twice. One was a murderous spirit who was using another man's body, and the other was a god who wanted to kill millions."
[22:22] Shadowcaller: "And we didn't exactly kill that god did we? But thats not my point, we have killed people for one reason or the other and that you are willing to kill a person that can't even defend themselves or let them speak their mind chills me to the bone…"
[22:22] Happy: "No, I'm not /willing/ to! How could you say that when I'm taking every precaution to keep her alive?"
[22:24] Shadowcaller: "Yes, since you are afraid of killing her! You accepted that prey sense without even know who you were killing, before you had even met her."
[22:25] Shadowcaller: "You should not make assumptions, not when it comes to such things…"
[22:31] Happy: "And if it turns out she was telling the spirits to kill all humans because she wanted us dead?"
[22:32] Shadowcaller: "Then we will know, then I would send her to prison or whatever punishment then have for such things around here, but *until* we know that, we are NOT going to kill her in cold blood."
[22:34] Happy: "How does a prison cell stop her from setting spirits on people? If she still means to kill, then we must stop her."
[22:37] Shadowcaller: "Well however we should stop her killing-spree then, but my point is still that you don't kill people just beacuse you suspect that they are murderers."
[22:37] Happy: "And I didn't."
[22:37] Happy: Hope is obviously angry that Cessie keeps accusing her.
[22:39] Shadowcaller: "You did when you accepted that prety sense, you made a pact, that you not in any way are allowed to break with Kuori to kill that girl."
[22:40] Shadowcaller: "How do you know Kuori will even accept that you are keeping the girl alive right now?"
[22:40] Shadowcaller: *prey
[22:41] Happy: "He'll have to accept it. It's my decision."
[22:41] Shadowcaller: "So you would be ready to break your connections with him if he didn't?"
[22:43] Happy: "No. If he doesn't accept it, then he can break the connection himself."
[22:44] Shadowcaller: "Then, if the girl would prove innocent, you would be willing to keep the connection with someone that demands a innocent life?"
[22:45] Happy: "I don't judge your choices, Cessie."
[22:47] Shadowcaller: "I'm just asking, not judging you here, now, are you willing to answer my question please?"
[22:49] Happy: "I can't answer hypotheticals. When I need to make a decision, I try to choose what I believe will produce the best outcome for my clan."
[22:53] Shadowcaller: "I could go much futher with this, but I won't for now, but I still want you to break off with Kuori if he makes these types of demands."
[22:53] Wolfbane: (back)
[22:53] Shadowcaller: (You were gone?:P)
[22:53] Shadowcaller: (There are some major arguments going on here^^)
[22:54] Happy: "we never would have defeated the worm without Kuori's help."
[22:55] Wolfbane: (Yeah, I just forgot to hit enter on my message)
[22:55] Shadowcaller: "That changes nothing, a few good deeds still don't make up that you are willing to take innocent lives beacuse of the "hunt"."
[22:58] Happy: Hope just looks at Cessie silently for a moment, but is too angry at being accused again to say anything else. She turns and walks out of the hut.
[23:03] Shadowcaller: Cessie sits down on the floor besides the sleeping girl, she is not too happy about Hope's decisions either, refusing to admit that she might have taken this a bit too far, she got a bit worked up about Kuori
[23:04] Happy: (and I guess that's when Promise returns, except that she's outside instead of in the hut)

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