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The Grænn Salur
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The Grænn Salur deep in the Rosewood's Western Expanse, is a series of long, labyrinthine, corridor-like avenues in the green gloom beneath the trees.  The massive trunks of the Rosewood's trees rise up like columns which have some open space between, but are covered over with the verdant understory of leaves and branches.  In places, the glow of the Sun above reaches farther into the twilit space beneath, where a branch or a treetop had fallen or was damaged.

The Grænn Salur pathways are most easily traversed by foot, as the massive roots of the trees that buttress each side of the pathway make wagon travel impossible and hoofed traffic slow and hazardous.  Without an excellent sense of direction, it is possible to wander in circles, although many of the pathways are marked with faint blazes that indicate their direction or destination. 

Hazards include packs of goblyns, local wolves and other predators, and fae of various types, especially devolved elf-kin, known as boggarts and other creatures that love Fae Magery and Darkness.

It can take many days to negotiate the Grænn Salur, it is an experience that leaves the traveler changed.

TranslationGrænn Salur = Green Halls of the Western Rosewood

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 [Duilliath OOC: from The Menhir]

For a time he walked in silence, down the hill of the Menhir to the deep growth just beyond.  Once past the edges of and clearing, the Rosewood opened up, becoming a series of Green Halls, where sunlight did not touch the forest floor save where a branch had recently fallen.  The mighty trees formed a cathedral-like space, acting as columns that held up the verdant green of its living roof.  

He made the best progress he could, but even he tired after a time, and set to find a place to make such a camp as he might.

The green halls between the trunks stretched for miles and miles.

The Sidhe began the mundane tasks of making camp, while Baun raised his mottled black and white head from the ruck, blinking his yellow eyes sleepily.

[OOC: sorry for that - I thought about that too late after starting this one. How do you get that great box around the description? I’ll write one - maybe we can pin it to the top of the journey? Or if the posts can be moved afterwards?  I’ll work something up, most of that description is in the body of my story 🐝]

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The Grænn Salur

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The Grænn Salur deep in the Rosewood's Western Expanse, is a series of long, labyrinthine, corridor-like avenues in the green gloom beneath the trees.  The massive trunks of the Rosewood's trees rise up like columns which have some open space between, but are covered over with the verdant understory of leaves and branches.  In places, the glow of the Sun above reaches farther into the twilit space beneath, where a branch or a treetop had fallen or was damaged.

The Grænn Salur pathways are most easily traversed by foot, as the massive roots of the trees that buttress each side of the pathway make wagon travel impossible and hoofed traffic slow and hazardous.  Without an excellent sense of direction, it is possible to wander in circles, although many of the pathways are marked with faint blazes that indicate their direction or destination. 

Hazards include packs of goblyns, local wolves and other predators, and fae of various types, especially devolved elf-kin, known as boggarts and other creatures that love Fae Magery and Darkness.

It can take many days to negotiate the Grænn Salur, it is an experience that leaves the traveler changed.

TranslationGrænn Salur = Green Halls of the Western Rosewood 

Duilliath Suilleach Seanake, Fool and the Traveler Who Lost a Kingdom


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Duilliath made his camp, scooping a shallow pit for his fire.  He set it alight with the barest twist of magic.  The wood from deadfall was dry, and the addition of a few twigs set the whole thing alight.  

It burned without smoke, but as ever, the faint scent of burning was inevitably trapped in the roof of trees.  The glow attracted moths, which entertained the feline Baun. He stalked them around the undergrowth while the dark-eyed Sidhe leaned against a set of buttress roots and chewed thoughtfully at a dried stick of food.  As he rolled it about his mouth, he was struck by the thought that whomever had made this journey ration was either dead or lost. The knowledge took what little flavor remained in the dried stick of pease and meat and bread- giving it an ashen, bitter savor.

He almost threw it away, but food was a gift, and food from the hands of the dead trebly so.  He forced himself, without relish, to finish the full portion.

Morosely, he huddled in the crook of the roots, staring at the weak embers and generally felt miserable.  

He knew what was happening, of course, apathy came before Hopelessness and after that… the Fading. 

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His morbid reverie was interrupted by the press of the black and white head against his arm and his chest.  Baun looked up at him, almost smiling, and dropped a still warm vole into his lap. “Ech, you blighted little pixie, that’s your dinner, not mine.”  He smiled, bad mood broken and with one hand put the bloody vole on the rock next to him and scritch-scratched the cat by his black ears.

 

The feline offered a loud “Miaow,” and considered that his work with his rather dim witted two legged associate was done.  He gladly accepted the petting as his rightful due, of course.  Then he devoured his bloody vermin prey.

Both the Traveler and the Cat were tired, so Duilliath set a minor spell around the camp that would wake him should the wards be discharged.  The wards themselves were not powerful, but they would compel any but the most determined intruder (or those too dumb) to move away and leave him be.

He normally did not need sleep, but crossing between worlds was tiring work.  He dozed, while Baoun made himself comfortable on his chest, and curled up to sleep.

 

That was how he spent his first night in Worlde Arcane in nearly 600 years.

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Hours later…

He started awake, shaking his head gently to clear the fog, all was quiet.  On his chest the sleeping cat breathed in the deep breaths of one that was so very comfortable.

He was content to lie against the roots of the tree for a few minutes, drifting in that half-realm of sleep, between waking and The Dream.

The fire had burned down quite low while he dozed, and he was contemplating pushing a piece of wood in with his boot, when he suddenly froze.  His dark eyes peered into the gloom and darkness, and suddenly he heard the cat stop breathing.  He was listening, too.

A faint tittering sound came out of the gloaming. Followed by the movement of many things. 

He put one protective hand on the cat, and reached toward his hip, sliding the gladius free of its sheath.

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By now, even the cat had woken, sensing the change in his Companion. The soft, breathy, sibilant chuckling came again, and it was the spoken word in the harsh goblyn tongue that sealed it.  As he peered into the darkness, he saw hooded and bent figures moving stealthily to and fro. He waited, willing them come closer…

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There was that strange, tittering laugh, breathy and otherworldly.  But it was the hunched figures that had his attention now. He tipped the piece of wood into the coals, flaring the embers and setting a shower of sparks as the wood began to heat.

The shadows moved.  They launched toward the dim orange glow of the fire, but the first two struck the ward and were rocked back by the uppercut effect of the expansion of air where the ward was focused.  The third was struck by the ward’s wave of pressure and pushed to the side.

It did buy him some time.  He stood with the cat between his feet and met the fourth and fifth as they staggered into range.

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Missing Toe, Goblin of the Night Claws

He had thought attacking this lone traveler should have happened during travel, not when he could sit and prepare a defense.  Still, Laughing Gull and Bleeding Tooth, had both strongly supported the rush while he slept.  He was only the Second. Laughing Gull was First and Bleeding Tooth Third, outvoted, they recommended the attack to their Leader Mawgrip that they move on the sleeping figure when they were certain of his slumber.

 

Missing Toe had seen much in his career of waylaying travelers, but it seemed to him that the target was not Man or Elf, but something else. it gave him misgivings.

Mawgrip gave the orders, giggling as he did so, and 5 of the twelve in their band surged into the stranger’s camp, three of them seemingly batted aside like game pieces. 

He watched the remaining goblins move in and heard the clashing of steel as they engaged in close combat.

 

Missing Toe led his group to the side, preparing to attack from the flank in force.  Whatever sorcery the stranger used to knock Laughing Gull and Bleeding Tooth around surely had been expended?  Just in case it had not, he had two of his group form up in front of him.

 

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As two more flew in even as the first three were swept aside, he grinned. The point of the gladius came up, taking the hook-like blade on its sharpened tip -even the false edge of the gladius could hurt… badly. The point slid up, striking the elbow and tearing a long strip of flesh, muscle and long chips of bone as his attacker fell back. A fountain of black blood welled from the mortally wounded goblin. The Sidhe kicked some of the wood at the other, raising a shower of smoke and sparks.  The attacker cringed, covering his eyes from the sudden stinging and waved his kopesh around in an attempt to ward off the implacable long-reached foe.

 

Duilliath laughed.  He felt changed by the blood, by the fight… by being opposed. He immersed himself in the Dream, moving like a shadow, flicking the blade out before, to the left and right to fend off and wound the attackers that swarmed in while his attention was on the first handful.

They could not stop him. They were less than any he had faced in years: they were not even lesser children. Insects, all of them.

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Baoun, The Cat, aka Just The Cat

 

Baoun had come fully awake and pushed back at the Sidhe's hand as he had tried to push him out of the way.  "As if," the feline considered, "I needed protecting."  The four-legged warrior that masqueraded as the Sidhe's pet or familiar resented being excluded from the action.  When he became aware that there were more of the vermin approaching, he jumped on top of one of the buttress roots, narrowed his yellow-green eyes and raised his paw. Claws extended, he hissed the blóðug dauðans hvæs.

 

One of the goblin attackers suddenly dropped his cleaver and clapped his oversized hands to his oversized ears.  Blood oozed from between his finger.

 

He then licked his paw fastidiously, pleased beyond expression that he still had it. 

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it had not taken long to dispatch another goblin pair with wounds that took them out of the fight, and possibly would send them to the next world.

Four had retreated from his flank, leaving one bleeding out from the backstroke of the gladius.  Whatever massive sound had struck that group from The Cat, coupled with the bloody death was enough to demoralize them.

 

Even as the Sidhe became aware that the leader of this band approach, he noted that the air was crawling with sorcery and in it, the cloud of smoke and sparks, his own aspect became dark-rimed and lit with a peculiar clear and blinding light. The sound around him built, like a hundred bells and a thousand voices raised, and the roar of a wildfire- thundering along as it fed and swirled around him.

Only giving a little restraint, he reached forward as the sorcery wielding leader and his bodyguards entered the fray.

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Missing Toe, Goblin of the Night Claws

 

Missing Toe backpedalled away from the glowing, dangerous form that seemed to grow to a huge height. This was far more perilous than anyone had imagined.  He gave Mawgrip credit though, the boggart leapt into the fray, swinging that bright glowing chain that burned and had shocks of electricity traveling down its length.

Missing Toe had had enough. He had seen enough.  Morbid curiosity made him hold back… to watch.

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He laughed - that bright, dark-edged scary laugh of the mad ones.  Here was an opponent that was a better challenge: though it was like facing a rat among mice.  

The Boggart was smarter, more cunning than its goblin band and opened the fray with a spray of colored fire whilst swinging that chain with its peculiar sorcery down at him with a slashing arc.

That chain, though, had an Elder spark about it, and briefly the Sidhe wondered from what tomb of an Ancient Hero it had come?

The two goblins, a different breed than most he had faced thus far pressed their own attacks using spears, first, to keep their distance and allow them greater freedom to act.

The Sidhe smiled: this was good, very good.  Then the battle joined…

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The battle, once joined, was a quick affair. He had begun to flare with the white fire shortly after the battle was joined in earnest.  

The three opponents of the Sidhe had moved in, cutting at him with steel and striking at him with the chain… and its gods-mote on its flailing end: he felt a few blows land. One that struck him in the shoulder and the other one his left lower arm. 

The point of the gladius found the one of the goblins and ended him, the boggart received a backhand stroke from his burning white hand that set him on his heels.  The last goblin broke and ran, even as the Sidhe pounced on the boggart and had his pale-fire rimmed fingers close on its windpipe.

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