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The Northeastern Rosewood: The Twisted Spine [Ap bryniau y Sarff]

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Here, arising in the forested shoulder of the Rosewood, is a strange and undulating ridge.

The Northern snd eastern Rosewood is a bit higher in elevation, rising up to meet the plateau moors and hills of The Reach’s Heathlands.

Oddly, the hills and ridges were reported to have appeared recently, less than a thousand years ago…

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(OOC: Duilliath,Baoun, Doré, Marigold and Arrhan fromThe Glow)

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The two horses carried their riders northeast, quickly putting the meadows and trees of the Glow behind them.  

As the ground began to rise, the strange nature of the topography began to manifest: the hills themselves seemed to undulate like a living thing deep in slumber.

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The Nathair 

The Nathair had not spoken to the Sidhe in some time, but though he spoke not, he was still very much alive, in a sense.

While the Sidhe was unreachable in his newfound power, he murmured in the Void, speaking spells and lies and mumbling under his breath.

Well, if he could not torment the Sidhe, he could reach The Other.

Time to speak to the Drear One…

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Baoun, the Ur-Cat

Baoun sat on the pommel of Doré’s mount and wound his little clawed feet into her mane to hold on. This was more like it, new friends and old friends… and the Fool, of course, who seemed intent on creating more havoc wherever he went. They were off on another mad flight. 

It was good.

Baoun approved.

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Duilliath - Devil’s Ride

The Sidhe, now mounted on Arrhan rode with his knees gripping the steed. She had only a bridle without a bit and he held his gloved hand loosely around his reins.

The ridge they rode upon was occasionally wide, sometimes narrow and marked by strangely curved large spikes of stone taller than Duilliath in horseback.  The path rose and fell slowly in long rises and swells.

The surface of the ground fell away from the path steeply, and the whole experience of riding along the crest of a miles long wave that fell away to either side into unseen troughs.

The pair of horses moved steadily northeast, climbing and declining as the path went on. The overall effect was to rise to the northeast, though. 

In the distance hills or an escarpment were visible. 

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Along the Dragon's Back

It was good that none of them were fragile or delicate of nature for this was challenging terrain. She and Baoun kept one another entertained. Even when he slept, she kept him close by, watching out for his safety. Marigold was sure-footed, but on rare occasions even her broad hooves slipped on mossy slate or the like. A good rider shifted to assist the mount, and Doré did all she could to help out as they trekked along the stone 'dragon's back' formation. 

Their surroundings were like none she had ever seen before, and generally captivating. There were a number of birds, including jolly yellow finches, highly-focused hawks, and even an occasional jolly midnight and moonlight Jackdaw. Briefly wistful, she wished for wings. 

However, her favorite method of entertainment was trying to steal glimpses of her Sidhe's hind quarters as he rode Arrhan. It was harmless enjoyment that helped pass the time, and she secretly believed that Duilliath might know what she up to.


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The Wyrm Turns

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Hey you, get offa my cloud

The Sidhe’s party moved onward, the path rose as the day wore on. About them stretched a cloudscape like a cottony plain.

Soon, it flowed away from the ridge in an cascade, leaving the horses and their riders isolated above the silent landscape.

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The world above the low cloud deck was cool and moist. The fabric of the clouds created a strange muffling and echoing of noises and sounds.

The riders slowed their pace and their breath showed white and misty in the cooler air, clouds in miniature. Alongside the road, near some of the strange stony spires were clusters  of holes about the size of two handspans.

They were high above the ground, but he had been higher in the Central Dares, that was a long while ago… and it had been nearly cold enough that Benben Ben almost froze his hoofs and horns off…

OOC: hmm. Two paragraphs disappeared in last night’s post. Here they are from memory.

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Baoun

The Ur-Cat was very pleased that they were on the move, he liked Agacea and even Galecord in their own way, but even he, who held no Purpose but his Own, was feeling the need to be on the move again.  

He enjoyed his station, getting the best scratches from Dore, who was an excellent rider.  She was able to do her scritching whilst controlling Marigold with her knees, as any good rider should.  The Sidhe was uncommunicative, it was as though the reservoir of all the verbose nonsense he had been spewing since he woke in the Dolmen Hill was tapped and needed to be refilled.  It was a different side of the Fool, certainly, and Baoun's Phouka senses identified the change as a necessary progression along the Sidhe's Journey of restoration. 

When they paused for a short break, Baoun leapt down from the saddle and in the manner of Cats and almost Cats everywhere, he began to poke about curiously at the terrain.  It did not take him long to find those very intriguing dark holes...

holes.drawing

 

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The Hole Dweller

Rhythmic pounding.

The vibrations increased, then slowed.

Soft sounds, melodic, one masculine… and one… feminine.

The voices moved off a ways and then… soft breath, a disturbance of dark, inky air…

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Duilliath -

The Long and Winding Road

The Sidhe drew Doré aside a little, to regard their progress. With little deviation, they had progressed ENE for the several hours of their ride.  Looking about them on both sides the the world was not featureless, though it seemed so at first. Each cloud had texture and was its own artistic topography.  It looked solid enough to stroll upon; perhaps in another moment one might ride out on it like a sward of meadowland.

Off into the distant blue Duilliath gazed, past the spines, past the rocky shoulder of the hill… even with his eyesight he could not see the edge of the cloud, but at the edge of his vision was a dark smudge and the mirror bright flash… of what? That might be Azibarînîl, the highest peak in the Central Dares. He had climbed it, not to its peak, but to a col that he and the Golden Elf had used to escape Noitnetta to head South.

Now he held a different Golden Girl’s hand, a millennia later, and he wrapped her fingers in his. 

“See how far we’ve come? I wonder if our sleeping hoofed brethren have woken yet?” The road disappeared into the cloud bank behind them.

He put an arm about her waist and regarded the path ahead: it still seemed level enough. The dips and climbs were mostly zero sum: by the time they made it to the horizon, they might climb another 100 feet.

 

 

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The Climb

The horses drank and grazed while the two-legs stretched, drank, and took care of other needs. Baoun immediately departed for exploring purposes. She watched him a moment with a smile before looking at Duilliath, who seemed to be having a conversation with Arrhan. It occurred to her belatedly that Arrhan was the same color as the mists. For all she knew and, 'Arrhan' could mean 'Where the clouds touch the land with joy.' Or something along those lines.   

Alongside her Sidhe, they were connected whether they touched or not. Yet when she held his hand, she felt an energy and awakening of her senses. She looked along the path they had come and considered his words.

"They must have awoken."  She leaned into to his cherished form, kissing his shoulder, her hand resting on one hip, and threating to stray down to the beloved curve of his ass. She was certain that the centauress and satyr would go on to others adventures together. However,  she hoped for their sake they had not followed, for Duilliath was always walking, riding, or falling into danger and chaos. 

With a small sigh, she forced herself to action and crossed to the narrow stream. Doré crouched and splashed water on her face to remove some grime and freshen up. The water was icy, but fresh and elementally delicious, so she refilled her flask. A flash of silver in the stream bed rocks looked to be a minnow. Rising, Doré looked for Baoun to show him the tiny fish.

Looking back to where she had last seen the black and white feline, her hazel eyes scanned the greyscraped surroundings for the familiar form. A turn left and right did not reveal him either. "Baoun?" she called. "Where are you, Baoun?"


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Such Inky Darkness

Holes were filled with all kinds of things.

Air.

Darkness.

Delicious moles.

Strange smells.

Strange echoes.

All were filled with secrets.

The sensitive Ciliae on his corona twitched: this hole had all those things except the moles.

It had two other things to make up for its lack of mobile chubby morsels: danger and Something Else.

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The Hole Dweller(s)

“Come into my parlor.”

Soft breaths, warm and moist, the sound of snuffling and a very puzzled exhortation.

The Dweller silently lifted one of its appendages and very subtly scratched the wall of its lair. Far above, it sensed the pause in the investigator’s breathing and felt its gaze shift suddenly.

It shifted upward the softest of snicking sounds accompanied its rise. He felt the warning rumble of a Miaow from the throat of the investigator…

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