The peace that formerly reigned in Terra Nova has eroded, now little more than a memory. War ravages the continent. Disputes divide kingdoms; ideals divide families. The quest for power consumes absolutely and indiscriminately. None are immune to its allure.
Who will rise and who will fall? Only time—and ambition—will tell.
New gifted family of Lorendale added to the Families of Importance, the Decarlos!
At the beginning of February 2022 the site will experience a 5 year time jump! The IC year will jump from 822 to 827! This gives us about 8 months to prepare our characters for that jump. We plan to host very intentional planning sessions to help everyone get their plots and characters ready for this! As of this moment, one thing you should all start considering is making sure the threads your characters are in are furthering your character's stories.
There was a lot of movement. Had been since the dyr's spotted Coheed moving in on them. It wasn't the first time that Adoi had gone to war with Coheed. But it was the first time since they rid Coheed from the Cave of Names. She was busying herself as much as possible. Helping bring food to the earth Dresmondi who were working on mountains. Helping run through where the children would be with the elderly. She helped pull the wagons close together.
She had just finished with helping load some quivers with arrows when she spotted her driver. "Tempest!" She called out, snagging the appropriate quiver and bounding over to her, Raiden curled around her shoulders as he rested. "I have a full quiver for your crossbow." She said, extending it out towards the woman with a smile.
Tempest was seeing to her own earth tower, she needed it to be protected for her to fire down but high enough to see what was going on and easy enough as well to go up and down should she need to. It was a lot but it was needed and the woman was doing her best to keep calm. The Adoi were counting on her, even Boy, her son, was helping prepare things before going off with the other. He made her heart lurch in a weird way as she patted him on his head of black curls before he ran off.
A voice caught her attention and she smiled some, "Kezia, thank you, come up top with me," she told her, motioning to the tall tower that was going to be Tempests perch. Her eyes in the sky had helped them on a number of occasions and she was going to use that as her strength, "How are you and Raiden doing?" she asked, wanting to check on her. Like herself, Kezia had an electric dyr and she had to admit he was a cute little bugger- even if Alva thought he looked like a snack. As if on queue, the eagle would let out a loud sharp sound just to say hello from above to the other dyr- even if they couldn't understand each other.
Kezia smiled brightly, climbing up to the top of the perch that Tempest was having made. Kezia had one not too far away as well. She was going to help keep eyes out and release arrows as time went on in the battle. She got to the top and sat near the edge, her legs hanging off the side as Raiden jumped down to sit next to her. His head tilting in greeting as he looked up at Alva. Had this been the actual animal kingdom, an animal like Raiden would be hiding from Alva.
“Good. Just trying to help everyone prep. We got the wagons close together and helped the children and elderly get ready. I don’t think they should see much if we plan things right.” She said, swinging her legs lightly as she leaned back. Her curly hair brushing her shoulders and back. “How are you two doing? I know you guys haven’t stopped really since we starter.”
Once up top, she would be checking over the thickness of the earth that was going to bear the brunt of the attacks and protect her from any direct fire. It was the best protection up high that she could think of. After a moment, she would place the bolts by the crossbow she had up here. She had a stash of bolts, a second crossbow, water, and some pitch pots that she would pick up with rope and sit on the edge to start attaching them to.
"Good and no they shouldn't. We've had scuffles before but war...no, they need to be protected," she told her, "Both my children are in there...only a few more years until they go to ground and I want to see them make it to that day," she told her. Goal of all the parents, don't get attached and each year was a year closer to their naming ceremony. "What's stopping? I don't think I've truly rested since before their first attack," she said with a light laugh. Her gaze went up to her eagle, gliding above them before taking a nosedive down to earth to land easily on the wall my Tempest.
She smiled at him, "We'll make it through this, we're a strong people and even stronger together," she told her as she picked up another bolt and attached another pot to it, "I'll need you to be ready at a moments notice to help with the other electric users, right now we are planning as we go but were thinking of electrocuting earth to a hot enough point to turn it to crude glass," she told her, a little smile on her face. Coheed won't know what hit them.
Kezia nodded along to her words on the children and elderly. Kezia didn't have any children of her own. She wasn't sure why, everyone always said she should have them. But she felt like she had a bunch. With her working with the children (named and unnamed), she was known for having a way with kids. She helped the named with their dyrs and building those relationships. She was the welcome party all on her own after Conclaves, even though the others were just as excited behind her. But somehow, she hadn't had any yet in life.
Kezia laughed. "Yeah, I don't think I quite understand it either. Stopping. But at least I've gotten a couple days of good rest since Conclave." Which seemed like such a distant memory now. Her brown eyes moved to look out towards where Coheed would be in the line of sight soon enough. The wind was a little more wild off the ground. And Kezia reached up to push back her mane of curls.
"Of course we will. We rid of them at the Cave. And now we have Kushti..." Her voice trailed off for a moment. They were not warriors, not like Adoi or Dijila, but they have been trying. And they were putting in just as much effort as the rest of them. That was all she could hope for. "I heard there were a lot of them." She looked up to Tempest from where she sat. This was her breather moment.
Her eyes flashed in surprise to Tempest, the fact that she was saying she'd trust her with directing others had her staring at her for a moment. It was an honor. Her full lips turned into a smile, flashing her bright smile as she did so. "I will be there however you need me. I was thinking we could even try to focus on bouncing the electric current off their weapons. It'll lessen the effort of having to strike multiple times. Raiden said he could handle it, so I'm sure others could as well."
Tempest never bothered why someone had children or not. She did but that was because she knew Stone made a good partner and would give her strong children and she had been right in that aspect for sure. She had two strong children who grew more determined as the years went on. She was thinking of more kids after this, that would be a good thing to look forward to is to adding to her family and the Adoi clan.
"Stone helped me relax for a day though when we came back," she told her, there was a mischievous smile on her face from that. It was relaxing for sure, he knew how to relax and care for her and she always looked forward to seeing that driver. "Good I don't think a lot of rest is going to be happening until we push them from our lands for good. We've always fought them but this...this is madness," she said with a shake of her head as she set the bolt down to pick up another to start attaching a pot too.
Slowly she nodded, "Yes Stone and I are working on a way to communicate easily so that we can get orders back and forth," she told her as she took another breath, "I'm used to fighting, I remember fighting and watching out for the smaller attacks but this army..." she said shaking her head some.
Tempest listened to her and nodded, "Yes and if the time is right we can couple in the light users to blind with the sun, they won't see much after that," she said with a bit of a smile, "Good Alva will be able to point out the weakest spots from above, just keep him close when the battle starts it will be chaos and I don't want either of you to be separated," she told her. That was a worry of hers, dyrs being separated from the humans, yes they could find each other but the panic to return to each other would make them vulnerable and she wanted everyone close and calm of mind, "Any other ideas, the more we plan and are on the same page, the better we will be since they have no idea we are preparing for them." Tempest said as she went to work on another arrow.
Kezia hit her with a knowing smirk. The Dresmondi were not ashamed of their bedroom activities. Everyone was able to do as they pleased. So she picked up on that smile right away and chuckled, shaking her head lightly. "Well, hopefully he will be ready to take care of you when it's all over." She brushed off a loose rock from the perch. "It is madness. I don't understand what they want. We have always driven them off our land. And they cannot be Dresmondi's, there are no dyr's for them. So why? What is the point of this?" She said out loud.
Kezia finally reached over and started helping Tempest with her task of arrows. Her eyes flickering up to the woman as she continued on. "Most of us are. It's just a pain when its all we have been doing it feels like." She groaned lightly, it was tiresome in a way. And she felt bad for how hard they had been training with the dyr's in a way. But each one seems to have taken it in strides. She was so proud of her people.
She nodded at the suggestion of keeping Raiden close. "He probably won't leave my shoulders." She told her confidently. The two knew each other well enough and knew how to fight around one another. So she was confident they would be together. "I mean, we all just need to work together. This is going to be rough at first. We have never fought in numbers like this. Nor with this many elements at our disposal. It's a lot. But I am sure we will find a rhythm. We have to."
"If he isn't I know where his caravan is and how to enter it," she told her with a rather playful smirk, "For a calm man he's not in that regards at least," she told her, not at all shy about talking about him. She liked that she brought it out in him, where he was calm she was wild and they balanced each other out. "I don't understand it either. I can see why they would want it but they can't have it, they aren't one of us." she said looking out to where they would come from, "Maybe they're jealous of the fact that us women can hold our own just as well as the men," she said, a light tease in her tone to her to lighten the mood a little.
"I know...I want to get us back to moving, just going where we go and seeing the seasons change... don't get me wrong I like a scuffle here and there but this. No." she said shaking her head as she finished one and smiled at her helping. She wasn't going to ask but would never say no.
Tempest nodded at that, "Good. I'm going to keep Alva as high up in the sky as I can...I don't want to risk an arrow of their hitting him," she told her. That was her worry with him and with it earn his head bumping up against hers and playing with her hair. She reached up and rubbed under his chin, "It will be but... we will find a rhythm and use our elements to their fullest advantage and for as long as we can," she said confidently as she continued to add to the pile, "I have others who are good with bows using pitch pots to spread the fire, that's what in these," she explained as she held the little clay pot. "I do have one other request, this one, a little larger," she told her calmly, casually even. It was something on her mind and something she often thought of now that they were at war.
She let out a burst of laughter. "Well I am glad you have someone like that!" She couldn't quite contain the laughter after that. It was great to know there was a deeper passion and love out there. And that the two of them had found one another. Gave them some extra things to look forward to at the Conclaves. "So I assume you both are pleased with the caravan pairings then?" Because it meant more time together. Though maybe the reason their passion was so strong was because of the time apart? She wasn't quite sure. Kezia didn't know much about those of Coheed, just enough to know not to engage hand to hand with them. "So they think women are weak?"
She snorted lightly. "This is something I am sure not many would ask for. Except maybe Coheed. Maybe they have been so lonely over there because no one goes to bother them. That's why they come to us." She half joked. It was better than thinking of the worse things out there.
She looked at the large bird, marveling at his exceptional eye sight. "Well I am sure the air elemetalists can try and help push them away. Or, hey!" She pointed to a rogue she knew who was jogging by. "We do have a few ore elementalists! Maybe they can focus on the weapons?" She let out a small huff of a breathe, her hands resting on her hips as she turned to look up to Tempest. Another request? She blinked once, and then she nodded. "I will do my best..." She said to her, uncertain of what was going to come out next.
Tempest laughed and smiled, "Same, it's nice to have," she said just smiling. She didn't mind it in the slightest really and what was there to mind? Ask Stone, he would say the same, "On both a personal and safety level, yes. I won't lie, I've been spending time with him. He's good to bounce ideas off of since he's more grounded than I am,' she told her with a laugh. It was true, she was a passionate woman and sometimes needed to be reminded that her feet were on the ground and not in the sky, "They do yes. From what I've learned about them is that they don't care for them or let them take on roles other than mother or wife...I don't know much more but being a woman there would be a nightmare," she said with a wrinkle of her nose, "I can't imagine just...listening to a man and doing what he says just because he's male," she said with a roll of her eyes as she finished another bolt.
Now that earned a laugh from her, "Maybe. Explains why they always want to pick a fight, just bored and need to be shown that maybe if they lived like us, they'd be happier," she told her with a bit of a smile. Tempest would never change how she lived, her home was on wheels and that's how it would stay.
That made her look up, tapping the bolt against her lips, "Yes! They can manipulate the metals in their weapons, bend and warp them to being unusable- Clever Kezia, clever!" she praised. This is why she liked to bounce ideas off of others, hearing what they had to say always helped. "Should I die in this, I will need you to lead the Adoi through the war. I won't pretend to know what will happen but I need someone I trust and who is as feisty as myself to be able to take the lead for the time." she told her, "I know how smart you are, you're clever and so is Raiden but I ask you this because if you can handle all those children, then you could handle this position as well- at least for as long as you are able," she told her. it was like leading children at times, telling them where to go but this was so much more and Tempest would rather go into a fight knowing that there was a secure back up should she fall.
Kezia watched the way the woman spoke of Stone. It was a beautiful thing in a way. She had met the other driver. He was calm and collected, and she could see how he was the anchor for Tempest in the wildest of storms. She felt her nose scrunch up is distaste as she told her about how the men of Coheed looked at their woman. She felt a pity deep in her gut for them. For woman to think that they were good for nothing besides providing pleasure and babies for the men. "Without it being earned... that sounds like a sad life. Like all they do is just... survive."
Kezia brightened a bit. "I'm not sure how well they would mesh with our livelihood though. They might like some of it," like the fact that there wasn't a pressure put on for marriage or anything of the sorts. "But at this point, they might not even know how to dance around a campfire. And that might just make them a lost cause."
A large grin appeared on her face, glad that she could be of some use. Some idea that might help them in the coming days. Though the smile slowly faded the moment 'should I die in this' came out of Tempest mouth. Kezia immediately wanted to silence that thought. Tempest would not die during this. She was strong and she was smart and fiery. But she couldn't help but feel moved by the rest of what she had to say. She searched the woman's face for a moment. For any sign of her being uncertain in the words she had just spoke. When she was satisfied, Kezia would move forward to hug her tightly. "I don't think it'll come to that. But if it does, I will take care of them and lead them through this." She promised.
Stone was someone Tempest would die for, she cared for him to the point it was almost love but she did not want to cross that line. She liked her freedom, liked to be able to enjoy her life the way she did and let him do that as well so she happily kept it the way it was. The answer made her nod to her though, "It most likely is what they do, just survive to stay alive. I would like to find one of their women one day and learn the full extent of what they do, it would give us a better insight to them as well I think," she told her. It sounded horrible though, she couldn't think of just bending to a man because he was just that, a man.
"Well everyone is teachable I think, they could learn to like it," she told her with a bit of a smile before making a face, "Ugh true! Man...when this is all over, we are having a on fire and dancing, that's it," she told her with a smile. Something fun to look forward to, dancing, feasting, and just being with friends and family.
Tempest was happy to see the smile on her face though watching it fade as she spoke, she understood the weight she was placing on her shoulders but she trusted her with this. Nothing of what she said was fluffed, it was from observation and learning about Kezia in the Adoi that brought around this decision of hers. Wrapping her arms around her, she hugged her tightly, "I don't think it will either...but anything can happen. Thank you, I want to still lead you all but I have to be prepared for what might come from this as well," she told her as she held onto her. She wasn't worried about her children, Tempest knew they would be fine without her and well cared for but it was everyone as a whole she was worried about.
While Tempest seemed to want to talk to one of those women, Kezia almost did not. She had a feeling all it would do is make her want to free them all. Or that they would be so blind to another way of life that they would fight to keep it as they were. Would they be so damaged that even if freed, would they know how to carry on? She looked over to Tempest. "Do you think they'd actually talk? I feel like they would be loyal." she told her.
She grinned. "We will do one with all the caravans together. Jaskier will sing for us and tell us stories, and we can all dance and drink and do what we please!" She exclaimed, throwing her hands up in excitement before she bounced on the balls of her feet.
Kezia wrapped her small arms around the taller woman and held on as they spoke. She hated the idea of Tempest not being there. But she was realistic enough to know that it wasn't bad to have a back up plan. Just in case something happened. Didn't mean that she liked the idea of it. "I understand. And you have all my support. Point me in the right direction and I've got your back." She told her, leaning back to grin up to her from their embrace.
That was a fair question and she gave a small shrug, "I don't know honestly but it would give us a better insight into their ways from their perspective. And a beaten animal is loyal until you open the fence to show them freedom," she told her. You could beat anything into submission but show them a way to be free, most took it with gusto but that also depended on the animal or person.
Tempest smiled at that, "I love listening to him sing, I'll break out my drums and we can dance to the beat. The way we're supposed to be- free and alive. I want a dance with you by the way, you're not escaping it," she said with a laughing smile. Women danced better than men at times anyways but she'd also probably steal Stone as well for a dance.
Her arms would hold onto her, resting a hand on the back of the young woman head. She hated to think of what the possibilities were that she might die and leave them alone through this war but it was war and people died. "Thank you, I will. Just be safe, I refuse to let them take any of you," she told her stubbornly. Whether that meant by death or imprisonment was up for interpretation but she selfishly would keep them all and give up herself to protect them. Tempest would place a soft kiss to her temple, "I will let the others know that if I fall you are going to step in, I know they wouldn't question it but best they hear it still," she told her as she gave her a warm smile after a moment. She wanted to go back a year to where they were traveling and sparring for fun. With another squeeze she would let go of her.
"Hey, you remember when it was raining nonstop for a week? We could barely go anywhere because the wheels kept getting stuck in the mud?" she asked her, a bit of a smile on her face again.
Kezia nodded her head at the mentioning of Jaskier singing. She loved listening to him to. He had a great voice and his story telling through song was unmatched. And Clementine had the best little dramatics to add to the song and dance that was always provided. "I can't wait to hear what he is able to make up for our battles. About the Tempest storm who blew Coheed away with the strikes from her powerful Alva." She looked up to the large eagle with a grin. "And I wouldn't dare think about denying a dance with you." Kezia would dance with everyone after this. Once they won, in celebration.
Kezia tightened her grip on Tempest with the kiss placed on her temple. She smiled lightly up at her, nodding lightly at the mention of telling others. Kezia was well known already and she got along with just about everyone. Her bright personality and big energy, though small frame, made her hard to miss and hard to ignore. But it was good to hear that she was going to have the backing from their Driver. Not that she'd be hoping for this. She was easily saying this was the back up to a back up plan.
Kezia laughed lightly at the memory. "Oh, I remember. That was the biggest mud pit of all time, I swear. I don't think I was clean for weeks after. Constantly finding dried mud in my hair. The curls hold everything!" She laughed.