Waiting in the calm before the storm

Delfina

POSTED: Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:34 pm

Salsola August Thread Prompt wrote:“After the crescent moon goes down, another celestial event becomes apparent. The Perseids Meteor Shower occurs during this month, reaching its most active point the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. Sounds like a good time for stargazing, or for those more adventurous types, spooky witch activities.”


Optime | Millstone area; night | NPC: Cedar (+335)


She loosely led her horse by his reins through the forest that surrounding much of Millstone. The pair of them had been out on a late patrol started earlier in the late afternoon hour. Kamari had been more and more interested in bonding with her mount in every possible situation she could think of in an attempt to prepare them both for anything that might happen out in a field environment. Riding in the darker hours had had been what they had trained for that evening, and Kamari had been satisfied with both the patrol and the bonding exercise when the task had been completed.

Kamari had taken to walking for the final stretch home, wanting to allow Cedar to enjoy the last stretch of their journey that night without being burdened with her upon his back. The mustang moved in line directly behind his rider, truly having no need for the lead that drooped low with slack between them. They moved along in relative silence, the Shadow choosing pathways that would muffle their movement. Being that Cedar possessed hooves instead of paws though, one could still hear their approach if they listened beyond the other nightly sounds.

When they broke from the wood line, they were basked in the light of the stars up ahead. The Emissary happened to glance up as she moved along, and was forced to stop at the sight she had nearly missed. A blip, a streak of white, had zipped across the night sky. She had never seen anything like it before. Had it been a shooting star? She had only heard of them in stories. Her cornflower blue eyes watched the night sky, searching for another.

Maybe she had been wrong. Maybe it had just been her imagination or her brain telling her that it was in the beginning stages of shutting down. Still, she searched the starry sky in quite wonder. Behind her, Cedar waited patiently for her to finish so that they could move on home.

Kamari Kaiser

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POSTED: Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:35 pm

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The blood of her sister and brother-in-law were on her hands. Delfina could not muster a bit of energy to care about the violation of blood and family, something hammered into her by the Thistle Kingdom and her mother. It had been battered and slammed and it had been shucked as easily as one removed the husk from corn. It was a beautiful night to walk back to the pack, but she knew that she ought to rush to give more credence.

Whatever goods Janik had been carrying had been tossed into the Bay of Fundy unceremoniously. No reason to linger, either, so the woman had turned toward home. The strangely warm way her skin flushed as she walked made her shudder. The moon watched over her, the love of the Goddess like a drug that filtered through the surface of her body.

Auspicious, she thought, eyes cast to the horizon, following the sea’s edge toward home. Lines shot across the sky and her breath caught the first time she spied it, reveling in the glory of the display. If she had been in less of a positive mood, it would have easily been deciphered as the tears of the Goddess for a faithful daughter’s demise.

Through the trees, home she came. The sound of hooves caught her attention, spine stiffening. Her green eyes caught the sight of a little figure by a horse and her mouth split into a cat’s grin. Little nephews diminutive future wife. What fortune.

She had been meaning to ensnare the young woman into a conversation, especially knowing now that her nephew’s line had been salvaged through his father. That Elphaba intended to sully it once more with a slave’s get, it was far more important to see if the taint of slavery was truly present.

Through the darkness she moved, gliding like a phantom, smelling of river water and something spicy and sharp, her preferred floral oil.

The Goddess cries, such a propitious sign. Isn’t it, little niece? she said through the darkness, her voice like the honeyed tones of a cryptid snake.

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POSTED: Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:36 pm

NPC: Cedar (+288)


For someone skilled in the art of stealth, to have someone catch her by surprise was unnerving. The woman’s voice came before her scent, and it made the hairs stand along the back of Kamari’s neck in instinctual warning. Even Cedar seemed suddenly uneasy, rumbling lowly in his chest as he shifted his weight. Both turned towards the source of the voice, of their sudden audience, a woman with eyes of vitriolic green.

It was Krios’ aunt.

“Delfina,” the Kaiser greeted with a breath, moving closer to her stallion and placing a comforting hand upon his shoulder. Hardened, tense muscle relaxed a bit under her hand, though, his eyes and ears did not leave the taller woman. He had never met or seen her before, and, like with every new Luperci, he regarded her with caution.

She had seen the woman from afar a few times when she had visited the Portland Outpost. When she had returned to the Kingdom’s homeland, Krios had warned Kamari to avoid the woman for whatever reason. The Emissary would not run though, and she steeled her nerves for whatever danger or unease that her betrothed had tried to protect her from.

Cornflower blue eyes glanced towards the starlit sky once more, seeing another streak of light cross it. “It depends on what the sign is for,” she countered neutrally. Kamari had never been a religious individual, nor had she been a partaker in the Coven. To her, the shooting star had merely been something pretty to see, an anomaly, though a pretty one. The Shadow knew that there were many within the Kingdom that believed though, and she not one to trample on such beliefs without cause for it.

Kamari Kaiser

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POSTED: Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:49 pm

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The girl was not fazed by her, which both pleased and irritated her. Delfina quite liked to see the averted gazes when people were intimidated by her presence, her tall physique that was all angles and sharp corners. It was her eyes that were far more unnerving, she thought, with the gilded green ring that only gave her an even more supernatural air. At least, these were the words that she used to describe herself, but she was nothing if not in love with her own appearance.

Kamari was much like her nephew, much like the more unintelligent brutes of the Thistle Kingdom. There was always a place for strength, but Delfina found it to be boring and unimaginative to focus on such a thing. Where was the wisdom? Where was the thrill? It was just a bunch of mushy minded fools smacking each other with swords and shields.

No, it was not true. Kamari was the Emissary, which meant that there was far more darkness to her purpose in the world. She was not entirely like the smashing monkeys that screeched for battle. There was perhaps some more respect for the girl that was to be bound to her nephew, even if her blood was tainted by the parents that bore her.

Delfina reserved judgment, for a change. Kamari was a slave’s get but she worked hard to get to where she was, throwing away the chains that shackled her parents to their lowly rank earned from a generous man’s foolishly loose fingers.

Krios. Nephew twice over. Her grin widened dangerously as she cocked her head at the younger woman, whose eyes went to the skies.

I find it odd that you’re out here alone. Does not your betrothed need you at such a time? she asked curiously, prodding and needling. Something about her voice was smug while being rather condescending. Or are you so easily tired of him that a nightly walk is needed?

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POSTED: Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:13 pm

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The woman reminded her of Elphaba, but worse—if there could be such a creature of this world. Her eyes were sharper, hungrier, and her teeth much more intimidating. While she was pretty—as many were of the Heiwa bloodline—there was a sort of darkness to her that made Kamari’s instincts warn her to be wary of Delfina, regardless of her ties to Krios and his family, regardless of the fact that they were subjects of the same Kingdom. The knife that was least expected was the one that came from one’s back.

“Krios is not the one that rules over me,” she stated, her brows furrowing at her betrothed’s aunt. She was unsure if Delfina was digging for information, or was trying to get a rise out of her.

There were only two Luperci within the Kingdom that had any power over her, but even then, Kamari was still ultimately left to choose whether she would obey or not. As things were, she stood above Krios in rank even if her low birth put her beneath him socially. Even so though, rank had never put them at odds with one another before. Krios had never made demands of her, had never forced her into doing anything.

And like hell Kamari would have let him anyway.

“Our jobs within the Kingdom keep us busy,” she continued, her voice less defensive and more conversational this time as she tried to remain civil with the Heiwa woman. The Kaiser took a breath before trying to steer their conversation back to what Delfina had opened with. “What signs do the streaks in the sky mean by your goddess?” It would be safer to speak on than where Delfina had branched off to regarding Kamari’s relationship with her nephew.

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POSTED: Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:55 pm

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Delfina was not fazed in the least by the girl's proclamation. She seemed so certain that she was not going to bow to the whims of her husband and the woman could not help but admire that tenacity perhaps even a little bit. Kamari might do well in their blood soaked family and she would need that determination to succeed, and clearly had succeeded if she was so far along the path upward. There was a pleased twist to her smile, as though Kamari had passed some sort of a test. Everything was a test, in reality that one survived to be stronger.

She was talented in the skills of conversation, for all that she seemed determined to steer clear of society proper. Did she think they all would look down on her? How droll. How on earth did Elphaba think that Kamari was so well suited to her precocious half-brother? It was clearly an opportunity to harass the two of them. Clever, too clever, since it seemed they were quite comfortable with each other.

Delfina chuckled as the topic changed, shaking her head at the deft way the girl tried to maneuver. The Goddess cries for a very clear reason, little niece. And it's obvious that Elphaba has not said a word to you or to my nephew, she said boldly, unafraid of using their Boss's name. What would Kamari do? Report her for brazenness? Unfathomable.

She moved closer, gliding across the dewy grass as another meteor streaked overhead in a white glow. Delfina towered over the small creature, a true wraith of the night. She made as though to reach out to touch the girl, thin fingers threatening but pausing a moment in the air.

You should go home to your future husband. The Goddess cries for her murdered daughter, killed in the night. It was plainly spoken, without true grief, and yet somehow full of malice and mocking. The Seer is dead and your betrothed is orphaned. Her fingers ran through her hair, almost uncaring.

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POSTED: Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:32 pm

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Her reply seemed to satisfy the Heiwa, for her teeth-filled smile only grew at Kamari’s defiance to be ordered around like the lowborn she was. Kamari was at a loss for the reason why though. Did Delfina not think much of her nephew? Had there been more to Krios’ warning to her to avoid his aunt from the Outpost? She knew so little of this woman and her ways, and from their meeting thus far, her instincts told her that it was perhaps for the best if she didn’t try to learn in that moment, alone, at night.

When Delfina spoke of Elphaba not informing them—her and Krios—of something, Kamari’s eyes narrowed. Had this something to do with their betrothal? Or was it something else? The Kaiser could not think of anything that would be kept secret from the two of them that Delfina would know beforehand. Kamari was the Boss’ elite spy, if it was something of utter importance for the Kingdom, surely Elphaba would have told her?

This had to be some ploy. Perhaps she was trying to turn Kamari against their Boss, to plant the seed of doubt and mistrust. Maybe she sought to ruin and undo everything the lowborn had done.

Delfina moved closer, sending off alarms in the Emissary’s head. When she reached out, her clawed fingers hovering, Kamari fought the instinctive urge to reach for her knife. Cedar snorted and pawed the earth, clearly not liking the new proximity of this deadly woman to his rider. She was a denizen of the Kingdom though, and Kamari would not be so quick to spill blood and soil the Kaiser name by acting too rashly.

The words that dripped from Delfina's lips were not what the Emissary had expected to learn. “What?” She hissed in a breath, her features twisting into a stern disbelief. Ondine? Her sister, Krios’ mother? She was…dead? How?” Kamari found herself demanding, her spine rigid and her cornflower blue eyes narrowing sharply up at the tall woman.

Her words had not been of someone that was grieving. They were cold, unattached, sounding as if she found the unfortunate tragedy to be fitting, justified, long awaited.

“Who killed the Seer?”

Kamari’s heart was beginning to pound in her ears. Krios…

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POSTED: Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:38 am

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Delfina's lips spread ever wider and she finally laughed. It was tinkling, but tainted, like glass trembling as the earth shook rather than anything truly melodic. So, Elphaba was not as eager to share the information, yet, which only amused the Heiwa. It was clear that the Boss was a clever, manipulative thing and that only gave some odd pleasure to her. A true connection, she thought, perhaps even borne in their shared bloodline.

She clearly has not come to you. It was not a question, merely a comment that was accompanied with a shake of the head. Her hair moved in waves, long cascades down her back. Ondine felt her husband's scorn and was pushed over a cliff on the way to the Outpost. Her eyes glittered with false sadness. It was more of a pity that the woman had forced her sister's hand, but Janik got what had been coming to him. Delfina was not one to accept rejection well.

Don't get thoughts of revenge in your little head, niece. Janik went in right after her, she added, curling a hair around her finger as she looked down on the young woman. So young and not made for true manipulation in Salsola. Clearly she had learned the ways of the Thistle Kingdom, but it was also very clear that she might have done just as well anywhere else.

You should go tell my nephew. His grandmother is in no condition to share the news herself. Her brow raised in clear dismissal. Delfina was far outranked by the younger woman but there was too much attitude in every fiber of her being to accept such a clear difference between the two of them.

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POSTED: Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:36 pm

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Thanks for the thread!

Her own silence was telling enough that she had not been informed of whatever vague mystery that Delfina spoke of, and the Heiwa seemed positively amused by this. The laughter that spilled from her lips made the hair on Kamari’s spine stand on end and her muscles tense with sudden irritation. It made the Kaiser feel defensive, particularly when she felt that their conversation thus far did not warrant such an action. And when information that had been kept from Kamari and Krios was revealed, the Emissary had not been prepared for it.

The Seer had been…murdered by her own husband? Though she had never met the fellow that Krios’ mother had taken for a mate, Krios had never spoken ill about the man either. Surely that had meant he had been alright? What scorn must have been between them to warrant pushing the kind-hearted Heiwa off of a cliff?

How long ago had this happened? How long had Elphaba neglected to keep this a secret? Surely little more than a day?

Kamari’s thoughts shifted to the consideration of tracking down Ondine’s husband that night, perhaps to find some answers. Her intentions, however, were easily read by the older woman. Her eyes focused sharply on the woman, steadying her and the movements she made; cool, in control, and maybe a bit arrogant.

…how had she known all of this, but Krios, Shield Apprentice, Son of Pentiti Lokr Revlis and Seer Ondine Heiwa, and heir to the Heiwa line, had not? Surely Elphaba was not being so petty as to keep her half-brother in the dark? Had Delfina been there when the event happened?

There were so many treacherous questions that had started to bubble up in the Emissary’s mind.

But, the Heiwa was right. Krios needed to know about what had happened to his mother before the rest of the Kingdom learned about it before he did. Only after he was notified would she be able to investigate matters. Kamari swung up into Cedar’s saddle easily, and the stallion seemed eager as ever to leave the dark woman, shifting his weight and waiting impatiently for his rider’s command to go.

Cornflower blue eyes looked down at the woman. “The Boss has her reasons for everything, I’m sure. While I see to it that my betrothed is notified, perhaps you should return to comfort the Warden in her time of grief.” Kamari had not missed the dismissal, and while she was a lowborn, she had scratched and clawed her way up into the rank that she now wore. The Kaiser was leaving on her terms, not because the Heiwa wanted her gone.

“Thank you for informing us.” With that, she turned and dug her heels into the mustang’s side, spurring him into a gallop into the starlit night.

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