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Discussion in 'East Hyrule Field' started by Alana Tetroa, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. Tiketh

    Tiketh Just Me and My Darker Side
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    Having knocked down his quarry, Tiketh seemed quite pleased. Kicking the creature's corpse for good measure, he snorted. Dead things were best off staying dead. If only Take had been able to understand and agree with that logic. These zombified whatever they were should never have been wandering the halls and Take should never have attached itself to a person. He was a bitter spirit that was far better off if only he had figured out how to properly pass on instead of sharing his torment with others.

    There was only one of them left from what he could tell. Teeth bared, the Hylian raised his scythe, plunging the blade deep into the being's chest, twisting and ripping back out. Taking a short pause, breathing hard, he leaned over to give the monster a look see, watching for any movement. "Are they gone?" he asked, "Is it dead?" Though, was that a good question to ask as they already were sort of... dead, weren't they?

    Calming down reasonably, his shadowy magic subsided, melting off into a soft vapor, gently wafting from his fingertips.
     
  2. The Forgotten Soldier

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    (Sorry it took over a week to post this)

    Cyrui walked over to the downed ReDead. “Do not worry, I am an expert in undead monsters.” Cyrui stared at the ReDead and began erm-ing and umm-ing, nodding and shaking his head. “Right I have come to my conclusion!” Without pausing, he rammed his spear into the ReDead’s skull. “It is dead.” He said with a deadpan voice. He turned to Tiketh. “I know I should congratulate us on a job well done or discuss why those things attacked us, but I think there is a more important question that must be answered.” Cyrui sheathed his weapons before kneeling next to Tiketh. “What was that dark stuff that was running through your hands? That feral form you took to rip apart those ReDeads? I am not angry,” Cyrui removed his helmet and set it on the floor next to him. His right eye socket had a scar, as if something crashed into it. In the darkness, his eyes glowed dark burgundy, partially illuminating his skull. “I just want to know the truth.”
     
  3. Alana Tetroa

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    Alana sank to the floor panting as the adrenaline faded from her veins. She felt sore, rubbing her shoulder, knowing that a bruise would probably start forming there from her fall. Her heart was still racing and her face felt flushed, but at least the danger was over. For now. But it didn't help that Cyrui was now questioning Tiketh.

    To be fair, Alana wasn't paying too much attention to Tiketh that fight. She kept him in the corner of her eye, but only enough to know if something was going wrong with him. The dark stuff and the feral form that Cyrui was talking about? Alana didn't see a single glimpse of it. It didn't help that the only source of light was a flickering torch in Tiketh's hands - just barely enough for her to even see her own hands in front of her. Cyrui though, with his night vision or whatever, probably saw much better.

    That being said, what did he mean by feral form?

    She looked over at Tiketh. "Is it not just magic?" He mentioned dark magic before. That was just simply dark magic right?
     
  4. Tiketh

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    Tiketh waited patiently while his companion checked the Redead to make sure it was dead... again. It appeared it was, but then wasn't it technically dead before? How did someone properly make such a thing certain unless they were going to dismember the bodies so they couldn't possibly hurt anything if they did decide to rise again. He wondered then if he should stop worrying and just accept it and hope for the best. There was something more important anyway.

    Shoving his hands into pockets, he wondered how much he needed to say. "My magic," he started, "Is not exactly... completely stable?" Not totally a lie. "It comes from darkness and it's sometimes dangerous. That's why I don't use it often. It didn't... It wasn't always like this though. I was never very good at magic. I can be good at a lot of things, but magic was never really one of those things."

    This part was going to be a little hard to say. He took a breath and began anyway, saying it as best as he could. "But that's beside the point. See, I encountered a spirit once in a ruin a few years ago. It attached itself to me and followed me around." He was banking on the hope that maybe the Stalfos companion might understand, being in a similar situation. Though... in truth, it wasn't so similar, was it? "The spirit spoke to me, told me things, taught me how to use this magic better by.. well by using it itself. I mean, we coexisted as best we could, but it was still a dangerous spirit, so I enlisted the help of an exorcist and some friends to remove it."

    He still didn't know if it was been entirely successful. He was very sure it had not worked in the slightest. "I don't hear it speaking anymore, but I think a part of it is still with me, like I can still feel its power."
     
  5. The Forgotten Soldier

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    Cyrui sighed. “Just because you cannot hear a spirit’s voice, does not mean it is not there.” He pulled out his watch. “Spirits have other ways of communicating, be it via visions, happenings, or even written words.” He jingled the watch. “I understand that part.” He let go of the watch and let it fall back to his waist.

    Cyrui tapped his scarred eye socket. “You know how I got this scar? Sword through the eye. It should have killed me, and maybe I would have died of that wound but adrenaline is one hell of a thing. I was unphased by my new found blindness in my right eye, I continued fighting.” He pointed to the broken lower half of his chest piece. “Then a hammer slammed into my stomach. That killed me. Unfortunately, that is not where my story ends. Somehow, I reanimated. Be it dark magic, a spirit cursing me, or even the Goddesses giving me a second chance, I was ‘alive’ once more. So I understand your curse and the pain it brings you.”

    “However,” Cyrui glared, “When I tried to return to a normal life, one similar to the one I had when I was a young boy, I was deemed a monster. People hated me, despite the armor I wore. I was a fiend, an agent of darkness, the boogeyman. So I avoided civilization and tried to help a different way. Now, You may wonder why I bring any of this up.” He raised two of his fingers. “Because your story fails to answer two key questions. One, where are your friends now. Two, how did you get that wound on your leg.”
     
  6. Alana Tetroa

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    A spirit he said? Alana mused silently as she watched Tiketh explain himself. Even though she would have like to consider them acquaintances, Alana also hadn't originally planned to stick around with him on such a journey when they had first met.This spirit brought out... complications. Certainly there was more to the story than he was letting out if he took so long to even inform them of the spirit. There were questions that she wanted to ask, and answers that she wanted to know, but Alana decided that it would be better if she just simply stayed silent.

    If Cyrui wanted to be the offending party he could do what he wanted, but Alana's only job was to make sure Tiketh's leg healed and then move on her way. Until that happened was her responsibility to keep him safe. Of course that was if he didn't become a safety hazard himself.

    Who knew how spirits worked.

    Alana leaned up against the chair and watched on.
     
  7. Tiketh

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    Tiketh nodded, understanding that better than anyone. "I've never hurt anyone," he confirmed, "Not intentionally. I've never been so... not myself.." Sure, Take had assumed control a few times, but Tiketh had always been there in the background. They'd worked together, they'd talked, they even might have shared the same interest once or twice. As much as Take talked about one day taking over his body fully... it had never happened. "No one trusts me," he finished aloud, not yet ready to voice all those thoughts.

    "As I tried to get this spirit exorcised, I think.. I think it failed. At least my friends assumed it had. I was attacked after we made our way back to Rauru. My friend she... she seemed to believe I was evil and needed to be destroyed... and she came after me. I didn't want to hurt her, so I ran, but I was wounded." He looked to Alana, a sympathetic look on his face. "That was right before you found me."

    He sighed, shoulders slumping. "This friend of mine.. she works for the Order so I'm almost certain they've been told about me. They'll probably be after me now." Rauru was the closest place he had to home. Now he could never go back there again and he'd have to be careful anywhere else he went as well.

    "Now I tell you this, but I'm insisting I'm not going to hurt either of you."
    Possessed or not, he still had control of himself and his feelings.
     
  8. The Forgotten Soldier

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    Cyrui looked at Tiketh with a comforting gaze. “Yeah, the Order is full of zealous men and women. They usually mean well, but beings like us,” he waved is index finger back and forth between himself and Tiketh, “are attacked often. We are a ‘danger’ to settlements. I mean, almost everyone is like that, exact Dragmir. Those freaks take any bloodthirsty beast and give it a sword then send on a raiding party. But we do not have to be like the Dragmirans. We do not have to be monsters. The Old Hyrulean Army hates beings like me, but I still recover artifacts from Hyrule’s past. Why? Because I am a ‘monster.’ No one is going to morn my loss. Plus I am undead.” Cyrui paused, realizing the speech was more of a ramble. “What I am trying to say is that I understand you. You may be an outcast due to your curse, but so am I.” He ruffled Tiketh’s hair as he had no idea how to end the conversation.
     
  9. Alana Tetroa

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    The tension in the air seemed to dissipate slowly as Tiketh explained his story and the events that followed up to Alana running into him. Whether he was telling the truth or not, only time could tell, but for now Alana found it satisfactory. If Tiketh was truly a wanted man for a crime, that would be a problem she could deal with another time. If anything conflict would be the last thing they wanted here in the middle of a dark crypt, and Alana was glad that things turned out the way they did.

    "Well," She cleared her throat, "Not to interrupt or anything, but we've been down here for a good while, I say it would probably be a good idea to call it quits for the day and come back tomorrow." She stretched her arms. "Plus we should probably take a look at that wound Tiketh after that fight. Don't want it to become infected again or something."

    She shrugged. "Though if you guys really want to keep exploring, I can't stop you."
     
  10. Tiketh

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    "They hate... what they don't understand," Tiketh replied, giving a shake of his head. He didn't think he was evil. He had never done anything remotely evil. All he had done was try to survive, as had many remnants of the war just the same. They weren't so different after all. They were different. They were strange, sometimes scary or potentially dangerous. But wasn't that the same of any human or zora or goron? Anyone could be dangerous if they were pushed hard enough. Why did some get free passes while others were hunted down?

    It was just another reason for him to dislike the Order. He tolerated and accepted it for his friend Zimo's sake. Then she turned on him like he was nothing.

    He smiled though as both here seemed to at least accept him for the time being. There was no way of knowing if they might take the same path and turn on him in the same way, but he was okay for now.

    "You're right,"
    he said then, "We should get out of here soon. The air is stale and thick." It was hard for him to breathe down here. His head was still pounding, limbs tired and aching. "There's no reason we can't rest and start again some other time." This place wasn't going anywhere any time soon.
     
  11. The Forgotten Soldier

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    (Sorry it took nearly a month to post. There is no excuse for this)

    Cyrui stood up. “Alright, then it is agreed. We shall leave and return tomorrow.” He made sure to collect a chest piece of one of the ReDead, so that he could try and identify the symbol later, along with other smaller items of value, which there were next to none. “We can look over our findings at a proper camp. As long as there are no more ReDead, we should be fine... minus that stair that broke earlier. Alana, if something attacks you, just give me a shout, ok?” He readied his shield and spear and began walking up the winding path back to the entrance. “I am going to scout ahead, just to make sure there are no more of these beasts waiting for us.” His armor clinked and clanged as he slowly advanced, its sound getting further and further away. He was going to have to be more vigilant if he was going to be the group’s shield.
     
  12. Alana Tetroa

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    Glad that everyone agreed to call it a day, Alana let out a small sigh of relief. She could not deny speculating, even just for the slightest moment, the thought of both of them disagreeing with her, deciding to press on, getting in more danger and someone getting more hurt than they should be. Today was only the first day, there was no rush, they were just here to test the waters.

    "Well..." She paced forward behind Cyrui, making sure Tiketh followed along. "Now that that's over," She patted her growling stomach, "I could use a good meal."

    She rest a finger on her chin in thought. "Any suggestions? I'm sure we'll be able to hunt something up one way or another, and I brought some spices in my pouch..." Surely they could catch a rabbit or two. Unless the town was so cursed even animals stayed away. Alana heard somewhere that animals had some sort of 6th sense. They knew when to run when there was an earthquake about to happen, or a hurricane. Maybe curses fell under the same category??
     
  13. Tiketh

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    (Major apologies for the delay! I've been super busy!)

    Full of this relief, Tiketh could relax a little more. Only time would tell what the future would bring and if this possession would get worse, but for right now he was relaxing more and more the longer the minutes rolled on. The mention of food has his stomach going at it, growling loud enough that he was sure everyone must have heard. Considering everything else that happened, this one happened to be the thing he could a bit embarrassing. "S-Sorry," he said in apology for his complaining stomach that he could do nothing about.

    Following behind to the entrance, he gave a nod. "There must be something around here. Cursed or not, this place is being reclaimed by nature and these abandoned buildings would make ideal nests and dens for animals." There was a very good chance there was still something living and edible around these parts. "I'd be happy to help catch and cook it if you need me to." He couldn't say if he'd be any good at it, but he would still offering his help and not sit around like a bump on a log.

    "So where's everyone headed after this?"
    He had to ask. Were they going to part ways here or would they continue to travel together? Tiketh had no idea even where he would go or what he'd do... only that he needed to avoid major towns for a while. Especially Rauru.
     
  14. The Forgotten Soldier

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    “Me?” Cyrui was not that far ahead. “I plan on going back to searching ruins for artifacts, if you refuse to let me assist you in dealing with the spirit that torments you, Tiketh. I plan to stick by your side, may actually do some good for once.” He tried spitting before sighing. “Right... no saliva.” He muttered.

    “I consider myself an expert on avoiding towns and those who would try to hunt me. I am not proud of that, but I have been doing it quite well for nearly a decade now. Also, I am good at getting into towns without people bothering me. You may have seen me without even knowing it. A robe and a mask usually keeps prying eyes away.” His armor kept clanging and rattling.

    Eventually, he arrived at the area with the sign. The corpse was still there, unmoving. Cyrui walked up to it and stabbed it through the skull with his spear. “I almost feel disrespectful doing this, but I do not want more ReDeads.” He said more to the corpse than anyone else. “How about you Alana? You are not cursed like us, so you can easily just head back to town and continue living your life.” He sounded envious.
     
  15. Alana Tetroa

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    "Cursed?" Alana chuckled listening to their conversation, the regret in their voices from being unable to return to town. As if town is all that matters to a person. Alana supposed there was something charismatic about towns and bustling lively areas where you could sit down for a moment and know that you were safe. Safe at least in the sense that no animal was going to come out of the trees to tear apart your limbs. "I might not be cursed like you guys. But I don't exactly have a place to call home either." She shrugged. "I just wander from place to place. The world is my home."

    "Though.." She paused for a moment, "I don't plan on heading anywhere until your leg's healed." She frowned at Tiketh. Stopping at a small clearing, she looked around. This seemed to used to be a small fire pit. A couple tree stumps littered the area, covered in leaves. This would be good enough for tonight.
     
  16. Tiketh

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    (Bleeeeeh I'm sorry! Been crazy busy!!)

    The world is my home.
    That was a mentality Tiketh loved to have. He himself who hadn't had a permanent home in a long long time, it was perfect, a great way to go about saying it.

    "I think I'll be alright in.. most places,"
    he said, face pulling into a frown, "But I'll never be able to go back to Rauru. At least, not for a long, long time." Being cursed was just such a hard burden to have to live with. If he could find more people like this, more folk and friends that would understand him and not try to hack him down on sight... then he might be alright. This burden was far easier to deal with when he realized there were people out there that wouldn't straight away fear him.

    Being reminded about his injury, he gave a sheepish smile. He should have been resting and not putting too much stress and work through his leg. He could only imagine now how inflamed it must be from the exertion. "I don't mean to make it so hard on you, I'm sorry. I promise not to push myself too hard any longer until I'm better healed."

    Slowly, he managed to take a seat, setting his scythe right up beside him, blade on his lap where he could clean and polish it off as need be to be sure it didn't get too dirty and rust. "I'm not sure if you could help me deal with this spirit as I'm not sure myself yet... what it is and how to deal with it... but if there's anything to be learned of it, I'm grateful for the help and I'm honored to accept."
     

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