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Úlfur sat at the tavern booth sipping his mead trying to make sense of the faded map The temple of the moon lies within her shadow. He read the line over and over and it never seemed to help, no matter how many times he did. Placing his cup on the table Úlfur picked at the last of his meal. Music started in the background, a soft and gentle ballad that Belatona was quickly becoming known for. All the way from Isenstar to be stopped by a piece of parchment He sighed aloud and pulled his cloak against himself. He began muttering "Her shadow. Her Shadow. Her. Her." His eyes grew heavy and sleep came to him.... Úlfur jumped awake seconds later and swore as he knocked the table with his knee. Dammit, you fool don't draw attention to yourself. He looked out the window and watched the sliver of a moon pass through the clouds I still have at least three weeks before the new moon His last change had been a close one, he had to spend it in the Spine I'm running out of options. Úlfur folded out the map again and began his study again

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Post Re: Riches in the Shadows
Illuna jumped and blinked, looking at the man in the booth behind her. She scowled at him and turned back to her table, wiping up the cider she had spilled when she had jumped. She tossed the sopping rag to a maid who was walking passed, then picked up her mug and walked over to the man. Sasha stood up and walked beside her, the white wolf's eyes taking in everything, yet still managing to look disinterested about it all. He smells funny... Like a wolf, but not quite, the blue-eyed she-wolf said. She trotted ahead of Luna and stopped in front of the man, cocking her head and wagging her tail slowly from side-to-side.

Illuna looked at her friend in surprise, normally Sasha stayed by her side or behind her, she never directly approached anybody, except Lu's twin Soleil. "Well... Here I was coming to give you a talking-to about having your nightmares outside and away from people trying to eat in peace, and then my friend here takes a liking to you. That's really rather unusual, especially since you haven't even introduced yourself yet," she said quietly, her earlier annoyance fading to curiosity. "I'm Illuna, and that beautiful mess is Sasha," she said, sitting down at his table.

She held up her cup and another maid appeared suddenly and refilled her cup with more cider. Lu waited until the girl had left before speaking, she didn't bother to lower her voice much more than she already had, nobody was close enough to hear. "So who are you? Sasha says you smell like a wolf, but not exactly. You're not a hunter are you?" she asked, eyeing him closely. It wasn't uncommon for hunters to come along seeking the pelt of the beautiful white wolf that traveled with the strange, white-haired teenage girl.


OOC: If you've read the rp Masquerade, I feel inclined to mention this is before she gets the ring that negates her powers on her finger. I'm still working on the rp where that happens. :) Pm me if I need to edit this.

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Post Re: Riches in the Shadows
OOC:Well if you're in need of a particular item this could be the RP, most RPs involving Úlfur will be him searching for magical artefacts to help his curse

IC: Úlfur stared at the young girl's tattoo A perfect crescent moon? Curious indeed.... realisation dawned upon him slowly and he shook his weary head. "Greetings, I am Úlfur and no I am not a hunter, well at least not of animal hide, I seek artefacts and knowledge on old deities, religions and cults." Úlfur stared at the wolf's clean white fur. She was a normal wolf from what he could tell but all wolves serve the moon. "I came here seeking some items that were of interest to me. The only thing is now I am stumped by this piece of paper and it is beginning to look like a nightmare.When I was younger I once located a gem that was lost for three centuries with only a fragment of a fairth...... and now I babble about the glory days to a young women" Úlfur smiled and raised his drink. He gazed again at Sasha. "I am looking for a place called the temple of the moon. It is an old and dead deity that worshipped the beast of the moon, particularly wolves and, well if you believe it, were-wolves. I am hoping they left behind some spell or trinket of value. What brings you and your companion here? She looks like a wolf but clearly has a greater knowledge to tell you what I smell like, especially when you yourself are clearly more than just a human." Úlfur let the statement lie in the air as he took another drink. Maybe he had pushed her too far but he needed to show her that he was not normal and that maybe she would be better returning to her own booth

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Post Re: Riches in the Shadows
Lu didn't need to see the way Sasha's ears pricked forward to know she was thinking the same as the half-Shade. "Aaaaahhh, so that's what you are. A werewolf. Hmmm... Never met one of your kind before," she said, leaning forward. Maroon eyes stared into green as she surveyed him. "You know, if it's a cure you're looking for, I don't think you need it. There's something of the wolf about your face now that suggests you were born for it," she said, still staring intently at him. She sighed suddenly and leaned back. "Or maybe I'm just seeing things," she said and took a sip of cider.

"Nothing wrong with two young things chatting up their adventures to each other, if I were to tell you half of what I've done and can do, you'd turn tail, literally, and run," she said, blinking. For a brief moment, the image of the raiders that attacked her home flashed across her eyes, but then she blinked again and it vanished. "Temple of the Moon you say? Sounds like my kind of place. Seems like the most logical place to start would be somewhere high and near the sea. High so you get the clearest view of the moon, by the sea so you have a constant reminder of the moon's power, which seems like something those moon-worshiping types would appreciate," she said quietly, frowning at the table while she thought.

"Well aren't you the observant one," Lu chuckled, registering Ulfur's final words. "Actually, Sasha is your average wolf, beautiful and intelligent though she is. I raised her from a pup when she was shunned by her pack for her coloring. White is hard to hide on a hunt. Anyways, closeness like that engenders some understanding, so it was only natural that she eventually learned to speak with her mind," she said, smiling as the she-wolf grinned at her.

"And obviously I'm not what I appear to be. How many teenage girls do you know with white hair and red eyes? Not very many I'd imagine," she added, chuckling. "But suffice to say my father was a very bad man, who changed and now here I am," she concluded. If he was half as intelligent as he sounded, he wouldn't need her to reveal her most dangerous secret aloud, even though it was plain to see. If she didn't say it where people could hear, they could just shun her for being strange, instead of killing her for what she was, which they would if they had proof.

"As for what I'm doing here... I'm just traveling," she said, looking over his shoulder and out the window.



OOC: Sure, but it requires another of my charries, who isn't too fond of Lu. Check out Blake. :)

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Like the majestic dragon, Saphira, you are brave and ferocious in battle but also deep in ancient wisdom. You think before flying headfirst into battle. You prefer the solitude of the wilderness to the populated cities of Alagaesia.

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Lee & Melanthor, Silas, Asa & Naor, Darian, Illuna, Blake, Anastasia, Luka, Rok, Gwen, Ryker

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Post Re: Riches in the Shadows
OOC: Seems fine by me, anyway I don't have any villainous characters to hinder this quest, he can be our man.

ICÚlfur couldn't help but laugh, "You got it in one go" he smiled broadly and continued on "I met a dwarf craftsman about six months back that pestered me every night in a tavern trying to get why his dogs were afraid of me. He eventually succeeded the night before my change and I was run out of town with pitch forks and torches. Just to be on the safe side." Úlfur liked this one, she was smart, unlike most of the people he passed by, and training a she-wolf to open it's mind was a fair accomplishment. "I am glad you think I was born for it, but unfortunately even after three decades I still lose control every new moon. If I can find no cure maybe I can find a method to keep myself tame and calm during the forced changes." He unclipped his brooch and placed the green silk cloak beside him. He offered his scraps to Sasha and looked around the bar, judging the people. No-one was paying them any attention, which was usually a good sign. "As for my kind, well I didn't know I had a kind. Unlike most people who are infected I change at a new moon not a full moon, and from what research I've done I am the only known werewolf that can change at other times as well. But any night other than a new moon I retain control over myself. On those night's I am forced into the beast, I am a danger to most and usually stay as far away as I can from society." He felt like he could share with her, after all she too had a secret.

"As for your hair, I seen a young man play in this town only a short while ago who was younger than you and had stark white hair. He had a great voice and I was sad to hear he is not around any more, apparently he disappeared with an elf awhile after I left." Úlfur voice still contained the disappointment at meeting the Elf who had travelled thus far alone into the Empire. "You're eyes are your main betrayal to a normal magician or scholar or learned bard, but I can smell the difference in your blood, the same as a half-elf or half-dwarf who are common enough in the Varden. You smell like salty waves and a furnace in use. A curious combination, but both powerful elements." Úlfur tipped his chin towards her and then pondered what she had said. "Who was your father? He must of been a good man to cope and deal with that burden, almost all lose themselves too much to hope for a family."

I suppose the ocean is a good a place as any, and I already had guessed Her Shadow ment a mountain with a name, so which mountain in the Spine has a name? He finished his mead and left the cup down. Closing his eyes he inhaled deeply but his mind drew a blank I don't know enough about the mountains, I grew up in a forest and live by a lake. "Tell me Illuna, Do you know much about the Spine? Are there any mountains that carry names? I'll admit I try to avoid them as much as possible, I prefer a lake and plains to those things.And you said you are travelling, so help a fellow traveller out." Although he did not point out he could smell her blood change as she had told him her alibi

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Post Re: Riches in the Shadows
"How strong is your wolf Ulfur? You could always try binding yourself with chains on the new moon. That way you don't risk running into a wayward hunter or merchant. And I've never heard of a man-wolf changing on the new moon either, it's unusual for sure. More than unusual," she said. "Oh, and changing at will isn't all that unheard of, you just haven't been reading the right books or talking to the right people. I've never seen it myself, but I know it happens. I'm more interested in the new moon thing," she added.

Sasha sniffed the scraps the man gave her, then daintily pushed them away with her nose. I already ate, but thank you, she said to him.

"Well I didn't say it was unique, I just said it was uncommon enough to make me stand out. And that's not what I would imagine moonlight to smell like, but okay," Lu said, rolling her eyes and smiling. "I wonder what he did to make an elf spirit him away," she said, looking around the tavern. She was starting to get a restless feeling in the back of her mind, the kind that she had learned meant it was best to leave wherever she was, quickly. She shifted restlessly, but she was having fun talking with Ulfur and ignored the warning. Whatever it was she could easily escape it, it was nighttime after all. "Well thankfully I don't ever let them get close enough to see my eyes. My father? His name is Tedren and he had a harder time of it than you might imagine. He did many bad things in his life, as you can imagine, but something changed him. If I were romantic, I would say it was my mother, but it wasn't, he was a different man already when they met. Anyways, they fell in love and had me and my twin. He was always leaving though, for long periods of time. I think he felt it was too dangerous to be around him constantly for fear he would lose control and hurt us," Illuna said, her eyes unfocused as she drifted among her memories.

Sasha nudged her arm with her snout, snapping her out of it. She blinked and looked down into the she-wolf's dark blue eyes and smiled. "So far as I know, most of the larger peaks in the Spine have names, but I don't know any of them. You might be able to find them in a book on Alagaesian geography or such," she said to the werewolf. Tipping her goblet up, she drained the last of her cider and stood. "This was fun, but I have to be going. Feels like trouble on the wind," she said to Ulfur, nodding at him and setting her cup down. She turned and walked towards the door.

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Like the majestic dragon, Saphira, you are brave and ferocious in battle but also deep in ancient wisdom. You think before flying headfirst into battle. You prefer the solitude of the wilderness to the populated cities of Alagaesia.

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Raven & Oceanis, Tobias & Avalon, Taren, Valora, Liam, Aero, Arston & Arturos, Jason,
Lee & Melanthor, Silas, Asa & Naor, Darian, Illuna, Blake, Anastasia, Luka, Rok, Gwen, Ryker

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Úlfur stood and shook Illuna's hand before she left, "Trouble is hard to out run, but I hope you get a had start" He watched as she left, his curiosity ablaze Well she is a strange one, and she knew more than enough of werewolves for someone you has not met one.... Turning back to his stuff he pulled out an old and tattered map. After a few minutes gazing at it he knew it was no help. So I must travel Kuasta, there is my safest bet in finding a person with the knowledge I seek. He sat awhile longer, judging which path is quickest to his destination, in the end he decided Leona Lake's edge until he found a pass. A journey of many miles, if I must set off I should do it now but travelling will be tough without a full supply of rations

Within an hour Úlfur had purchased food from the bar and acquired the location of a tradesman that stayed open at all hours to accommodate such travellers as himself. He walked along the moon lit streets greeting the people on their way to the music session when he heard the thud-dud, thud-dud, thud-dud of a heart beat racing. I suppose Illuna got more of a head start then me. He continued on his way and decided to leave town immediately.

Although the gate guard was not keen to let him pass Úlfur just told him that he was the guest of a local farmer and he was late home as it was. The guard gave him a pat down to see if he had anything he shouldn't on him and then let him pass. As Úlfur came to Leona's edge, far enough away from the city not to be noticed, he slipped into the forest and tied his cloak about him. concentrating his energy and focussing his mind the change began. Soon a large grey wolf stood in his place, his green eyes flashing brightly in the night. Now to cover some distance Just as he was about to take off he heard the rustling of some leaves, a few feet right of him

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You cut it pretty close back there, Sasha said, trotting alongside Illuna as they walked through the village. In the dark, she looked like a regular dog, though a big one, so people didn't swerve to avoid them as they walked through the streets as they normally would. As it was, they seemed to sense something was strange about Lu, even though the hood of her cloak was up, and there was a clear space around them for about two feet in every direction.

Not really, I'm not sure what it is that's got my dander up, but I don't think it's got anything to do with our personal problems. Let's just get out of this town, I'm sure I'll feel better once we're out of these walls, she replied, tugging her hood down more securely before slipping down a side street.

Before long they were out of the gates and beyond the view of the guards. The half-Shade glanced around, shifting restlessly. She still had that gut feeling of trouble coming. "You know, I'll be able to travel quicker on four feet than two," she whispered to her friend. Closing her eyes in concentration, she picked a form she liked to use whenever it was just her and Sasha.

A soft glow radiated around her body as her form blurred and flowed like water. She sank towards the ground, seeming to fall forward and catch herself on her hands, but they weren't hands anymore, they were paws. A feeling like cold water running over her skin spread from the tip of her nose all the way down her body, culminating in an odd tugging sensation as a tail sprouted from the small of her back.

Less than a minute after starting her transformation, a small, pure white wolf stood next to Sasha, blinking it's bright maroon eyes as it took in it's surroundings with increased senses. There was a patch of silvery fur, barely visible against the white, on it's left cheek in the shape of a crescent moon.

Ahhh... That's better. You know, of all the forms I've learned to do, I think this is my favorite, Lu said to Sasha, wagging her tail. She trotted forward and was about to leave their secluded hiding place when she heard something crashing through the forest beside them. Lu froze, sniffing the wind. Sasha stepped in front of her, the larger wolf protecting the smaller. Wait, Sasha, I think... Do you smell that? Like a wolf, but not quite... Oh good grief, it's Ulfur! What's he doing out here? she said to the other white wolf.

She trotted through some bushes, ignoring Sasha's worried whine and almost stumbled right over the top of the man, now in his wolf form. So you weren't kidding, you can change whenever you want! she exclaimed impressed. She eyed the grey wolf in front of her curiously, then sat on her haunches. Before you ask, no, I'm not a werewolf like you. Courtesy of my odd heritage, I have some odd powers. One of those is shapeshifting, she said to him.

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Like the majestic dragon, Saphira, you are brave and ferocious in battle but also deep in ancient wisdom. You think before flying headfirst into battle. You prefer the solitude of the wilderness to the populated cities of Alagaesia.

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Raven & Oceanis, Tobias & Avalon, Taren, Valora, Liam, Aero, Arston & Arturos, Jason,
Lee & Melanthor, Silas, Asa & Naor, Darian, Illuna, Blake, Anastasia, Luka, Rok, Gwen, Ryker

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Post Re: Riches in the Shadows
Úlfur yelped in a way that closely resembled a throaty laugh Oh you are a curious one, half-Shade, shape-shifter, animal tamer. No offence Sasha. he nodded his head in the direction of the larger wolf Events seem to bend around you youngling. And I think I'd like to see them unfold. He shook himself out and sniffed at the air. It is a clear night and I was hoping to cover some distance before the sun rose. I am hoping to make it to Kuasta and find someone who knows more about the mountains. As a wolf I can travel much faster and a great distance without bother Úlfur gave her a wolfish grin. You wouldn't be following me no? Úlfur stretched himself out and looked at the moon as it reached ever closer to midnight Never mind I've wasted enough time talking tonight. Now I run! and hopefully I reach the mountains by tomorrow night With that he released a long husky howl and ran through the trees Stay or go but a caravan of men are coming along the road about half a mile away he told them as his tail disappeared into the undergrowth. His nose led the way and his paws followed. He pricked his ears to see if he could her the foot falls of the other two She could be a good ally He though to himself

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Lu's wolf form grinned at Ulfur. And that's not even the half of it, she said cryptically. Following you? Huh, never. I think you're the one following me, after all, I was already here and changed when I heard you stumbling along, she scoffed, still grinning at him, her crimson tongue lolling from her mouth. Sasha walked up beside her and sat, her nose flaring as she sniffed the air curiously.

Now he smells more wolf than human, though that's hardly surprising, she said to Lu. She was a little annoyed that the man seemed to think Lu had tamed her, but didn't comment. It was an easy assumption to make and one she had forgiven many times before. Her ears pricked forward when he took off running through the undergrowth. I know what you're going to say, and yes, Kuasta is very nice this time of year, she said to Lu, feeling the half-Shade girl reaching for her mind.

Well then, let us be off![/] she said to her companion, laughing. She surged to her paws and took off running, covering the distance easily. Before long they had caught up to Ulfur and were barely panting from the exertion. [i]Don't tell me you honestly thought we'd sit out on an adventure like this? she laughed, Our own travels are dull compared to this. It's always good to have a reason to go somewhere, because after a while, traveling aimlessly gets depressingly dull.

Lu! Watch where you're going! Sasha shouted in alarm, leaping forward and pushing the girl to the side with her shoulder. She skidded to a stop and growled at the man before her. She couldn't see his face, but the glowing orange eyes peering down at her from the back of a horse had her hackles up as far as they would go. The white she-wolf crouched low to the ground and backed away, her eyes never leaving the man's face.


Blake stared down at the three wolves before him coldly. They were beautiful animals, well fed and with full pelts, unlike most of the scraggly beasts around these parts. He eyed the big grey one carefully, deeming it the biggest threat and completely ignoring the white wolf growling and snarling at his feet. He assumed it was a small pack, a mother and father with the one pup judging from the protectiveness of the larger white one.

His gaze flicked to the small pup, smiling humorlessly as it shrank away from his gaze. "Be gone mutts, I have no quarrel with you," he said, spurring his mount. The chestnut jumped forward on tight legs. Though it's eyes rolled in it's head and sweat poured down it's side, it knew better than to act on it's instinctual fear while this man was riding it.

He estimated he was little more than a mile from the town. He wouldn't stop until he reached it.


Lu shivered as the man rode passed her, her eyes never leaving his back until he had disappeared into the dark trees. I think trouble caught up with us, she said, still shivering. Something about the man unnerved her greatly, and she knew she had been wrong. The trouble she had felt was personal.

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You are most like SAPHIRA

Like the majestic dragon, Saphira, you are brave and ferocious in battle but also deep in ancient wisdom. You think before flying headfirst into battle. You prefer the solitude of the wilderness to the populated cities of Alagaesia.

SF Facebook

Raven & Oceanis, Tobias & Avalon, Taren, Valora, Liam, Aero, Arston & Arturos, Jason,
Lee & Melanthor, Silas, Asa & Naor, Darian, Illuna, Blake, Anastasia, Luka, Rok, Gwen, Ryker

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Well hello Captain Obvious...Nice to meet you, I'm Lieutenant Sarcasm. >:)
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Post Re: Riches in the Shadows
The ladies soon caught up with Úlfur as they were faster than him, but his longer footfalls allowed him to keep pace with the light-footed she-wolves. Just before they burst through the under growth Úlfur halted his strides but Illuna just burst past him, almost straight into a horse and strange man on top of it. Úlfur sniffed at the man but could his scent betrayed nothing of what he was doing, he smelled as a man upon a horse after a long journey would. The horse's scent was overpowering, the fear at being confronted by three wolves looked like it was almost too much for the poor creature. Within seconds Sasha's hackles were raised a growl escape her lips. Úlfur bared his teeth and stayed ahead of the females, as a pack leader would in the wild.

The man spoke to them and then rode on, in to the darkness, pushing the horse pass it's limits. Úlfur could here Illuna's heart as she regained calamity. Come on, let's leave this place. I don't like the look he was giving us and I'd rather put some miles between us and the city before we rest. Úlfur shook out his fur once more and yawn.It has been a long day already he thought to himself. He sniffed at the air, trying to remember the man's scent. Just in case the meet again. We'll rest at Leona Lake's most eastern edge, between the lake and the mountains, few us that route so it should be safe With that he took the lead and followed the lakes rim to his right.

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Post Re: Riches in the Shadows
Sounds good to me, Lu said, charging after Ulfur. She had a hard time restraining herself and not taking off at a full run, which would have left him behind. It felt good to run through the forest, the clean smell of trees and water passing through her nose, clearing away the smell of the man on horseback. He had smelled like darkness, blood, and cold steel, all jumbled up in a confusion of scents. The very memory of it made her hackles rise again, and she had to remind herself that they were far away from him now. Sasha bumped her shoulder, a light, encouraging yip echoing from her throat.

Lu smiled at her friend. Hush now, he might hear you. Thank you though, she said, bumping her shoulder in return.

Don't make me laugh, he was heading in the opposite direction. I doubt he's reached the town yet. Even if he was already on our trail, assuming it's us he's after, he wouldn't be close enough to hear that, Sasha snorted.


"You say she was here only a few hours ago, but you didn't see where she went when she left?" Blake asked coldly, glaring at the tavern keeper before him. The man mumbled something and continued to stare at the floor, every now and then a shiver of fear would rack his body. "Speak up peasant!" he snapped, taking a step closer.

"I said no, I didn't see where she went. Why don't you go trouble the guards, perhaps they saw her leave," the older man said loudly, daring to look up at Blake. He flinched and away when he saw the glowing orange lights glaring down at him from underneath his hood.

"I'll do that. Do you know the man she was with?"

"No, never seen him before. He seemed a little odd though," he replied, scratching his chin in thought.

"Thank you for your help," Blake said, then slipped one of his knives out of it's sheathe. The bar tender's eyes widened with fright, almost seeming to bug out completely as the knife approached him. Blake watched his face, smiling coldly, then at the last second altered the course of the knife, impaling a gold coin with the point and then offered it to the man.

When he took the coin, Blake jerked his knife free and sheathed it, then walked to the door. Outside he swung up onto his horse, turning the beast's head towards the gates of the city. Before long the wood-and-iron gates were before him and he was glaring at the guards. "Let me out," he hissed menacingly. The guard operating the controls was young and easily intimidated, as was his partner. He squeaked with fear and started pulling the wench that would raise the gate.

Blake didn't wait for them to raise it all the way, as soon as it was high enough to clear his head, he spurred his mount forward. From what he had learned from the young sops, his prey had indeed left the city some hours before. He grinded his teeth as a flash of memory came to him. The wolves. It was her and her blasted pet! But then who was the other one? he snarled to himself, gouging his horse again and sending the animal into a headlong gallop. It was dangerous to push the animal so fast in pitch black, but he couldn't wait. He needed to find that clearing again so he could pick up their tracks.

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February 1st, 2012, 4:53 pm
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Post Re: Riches in the Shadows
Úlfur shivered even as he ran and almost lost his footing for a moment. That man was defiantly someone to avoid in the foreseeable future. Although I believe Sasha is right and we are out of his grasp at this moment there are other things lurking about. He as he said this an owl hooted over head and flew into the night's sky. Úlfur thought back onto the man's gaze. Not unlike a Shade's would you say? Whatever his heritage magic was involved of that I am certain, and not the kind to help a woman through the birth either. Úlfur continued to take long strides beside his new companions and his mind began running through all the spells of alteration he knew, a comprehensive list as it was he could think of nothing that cause such side effects. Maybe he did it to himself to look more menacing, such a thing is not uncommon among magicians. He was talking to himself now and the only other sound was their footfalls and the panting of their breaths.

As just as dawn began to tint the edge of the velvet blue sky he began to hit his barriers. Unlike you two I am not able to run all today without a break, I suggest we rest for an hour or two, take a morning meal and try to pass through the mountains by mid-day? His strides weren't as powerful and the younger wolves were pulling ahead of him. Then he heard horses hooves and vigour re-entered his body like a flame to oil. Yet there was more than one horse and the smell was not that of the strange man. Why was it I felt compelled to run because of hooves? he asked himself quietly. Maybe we should find a more secluded place first though. He glanced at the other two wondering if he should let them go their own way. Then he doubted the man was there for him, Perhaps I'll drag this quest out until I am sure that man was just a coincidence and not a threat He gazed at young Illuna She is a curious one, as I have said before. Úlfur realised that by keeping his mind blocked while having internal debates was rude when the others couldn't hear him, again he opened his mind and waited for their input as he slowed to a gentle jog

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February 1st, 2012, 5:43 pm
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Post Re: Riches in the Shadows
I agree, even if he was after one of us, he wouldn't be looking for wolves, he'd be looking for people. Well, unless he's after you and knows you're a werewolf. Not many people outside of my family know I can shapeshift, Illuna said. I'm not sure about his eyes.... With magic he could certainly change the color of them, but I'm not sure about that glow they had. That wasn't natural, and it felt like there was something so... wrong about it, she continued, shivering at the memory of the man's evil gaze.

Lu barely managed not to sigh with relief when Ulfur suggested they stop and rest. She had plenty of stamina, but between the burst of speed it had taken them to catch up with him and not stopping at all during the night, she was feeling the toll on her energy. I was starting to think he could run forever, she whispered to Sasha. The she-wolf tapped her mind in agreement. I wouldn't say no to a bite of breakfast and some tea, Lu said, directing her words to both of them.

She was about to step into a dense grove of trees that looked like a nice place to camp, when she heard hoofbeats approaching. Without thinking, she lunged forward and hid herself in the trees, cowering next to one of the trunks. It took her a moment to realize she was hearing more than one horse. She coughed a nervous laugh and stepped out from behind the tree. Well, I guess that man had me more wound up than I was willing to admit, even to myself, she said, forcing a chuckle. She knew she hadn't fooled Sasha from the look in the she-wolf's eyes.

The half-Shade frowned at the wolf, then looked at her other friend. He was watching her and seemed to be thinking about something. What is it? she asked nervously. Perhaps he's thinking about leaving so he doesn't get caught up in whatever mess is chasing us, she thought to herself. That didn't bother her, she understood the need to protect one's self above all others, even if she wasn't that way herself. She just wished he'd wait until they were sure that man was long behind them.

She looked away and backed into the trees. Focusing on her human self, the sensation of cold water started again, this time starting at the tip of her tail and the pads of her paws. Before long she felt her tail shrinking back into her spine and stood up. She looked down just in time to see her blurred body come back into focus. She shrugged and adjusted her tunic, pulling a dead leaf from her hair. "I've never understood why, if I had to learn to shift with my clothes and gear on, do the leaves and other things I acquire in my animal forms, stick with me when I change back?" she asked, pulling a wooden comb from her packs.

She pulled it through her short, white locks, wrinkling her nose when it bogged down in a mess of knots. She attacked it with undue ferocity, smiling with grim triumph when it pulled free. When her hair was back in order, she looked around. "Well, guess it's time for that breakfast. I think it's safe to start a fire, after all, there's got to be half a dozen camps around here, he won't be able to pick us out just by our campfire smoke," she said. Neatly piling brush, twigs, and limbs into a pile, she pointed at the lot and said "Brisingr." A brief flare of silver fire formed in the heart of the flames, then changed to more natural colors as it started to hungrily consume the tinder.


Blake scowled, staring at the animal that had hindered his progress. Sometime during the night while he was charging down the road, his horse had thrown a shoe. In the relatively rough terrain of the forest, it hadn't taken long for it to go lame. The chestnut stood before him now, sides heaving, standing awkwardly as it tried to keep weight off of it's lame foot. "Well that's that. Off to the sale for you," he snarled in frustration. He had been so close to finding her!

He grabbed the mare's reins and tugged sharply on them, heading back to town to find a suitable replacement.

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Like the majestic dragon, Saphira, you are brave and ferocious in battle but also deep in ancient wisdom. You think before flying headfirst into battle. You prefer the solitude of the wilderness to the populated cities of Alagaesia.

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Raven & Oceanis, Tobias & Avalon, Taren, Valora, Liam, Aero, Arston & Arturos, Jason,
Lee & Melanthor, Silas, Asa & Naor, Darian, Illuna, Blake, Anastasia, Luka, Rok, Gwen, Ryker

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February 1st, 2012, 6:14 pm
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Post Re: Riches in the Shadows
Úlfur watched as Illuna backed into the trees and Sasha followed her. Then he found his own sheltered area. Slowly he found that piece of humanity that pulled him back into his human form. His skin itched as the hair shrunk into him, his jaw cracked as it was pulled back into itself, his spine felt like it was on fire and within moments he was more human than wolf, and he was in a cold sweat on the leafy floor. His cloak feel about him and it took the usual amount of time until he could regain the strength to stand. As he began to dress himself he felt his leg muscle tighten Well at least my legs don't hurt as bad as I thought they would from the running He stood tall and stretched himself out before he looked through his things. I am forever thankful I learnt the spell that keeps my things in my cloak He smiled seeing everything was still intact. Reaching in for an apple he nit into and located Illuna and Sasha as Illuna began a fire. The warmth felt good and stood with hands facing the fire for a few moments.

After awhile Illuna set about her business so Úlfur located his map and compass. He turned to Illuna and pointed out where he guessed they were. "I'd say we covered just under half the distance from Belatona to Kuasta in a single night, not bad." He smiled, proud of their progress already made. He reached for his water skin as he began to judge where would be the best route through the Spine. To follow Leona Lake all the way to Toark River would take too long, as would be to head to Feinster and waiting for a boat. He looked up at the mountains in the distance. Another few leagues and we'll hit the other foot hills, and there is bound to be game trails. I reckon I could make it through Illuna was preparing her breakfast but from what he had seen he did not doubt her ability to cross through the mountains. Looking towards the horizon he noticed the peaks dipped a little bit to the north. "I think that's our best bet on making it through, other than going to Terim or Feinster, which I'd rather not. What do you think, straight through the mountains? It should only take a day of two?" He gazed at his new companions once more thinking to himself about how a rider would have trouble getting a horse through the mountains, but not saying it out loud

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