((A story of innocence lost, in Estara's
Perhaps not the most fitting title
But a fitting one. As a rogue, I marvel at the ingenuity that the others
classes at times demonstrate. This story especially caught my interest.
I am not one for close combat with creatures, preferring to use my invisibility
and traps to take care of them. Told to me by the brothers Soth and
Trinity Askosa, this is indeed a tale that bears to be told again and
again. It is not just a story of Aisling conquest over dark creatures,
but a story of Aislings fighting with each other. It is also a story
of a girl who lost her faith in her heroes, and about the young Aislings
who lost their lives. Bravery is an uncommon thing in our world, sadly
enough, and most truly brave acts are buried within even a short amount
of time. *sighs* Perhaps I'll be able to do this story justice. If even
one Aisling learns something from it, it will have been worth it.
One dark night, within the Ceannlaidir Temple, two Aislings were arguing.
There is nothing really unusual with this kind of behavior, but close
examination would find that perhaps the Aislings involved enjoyed the
argument. Soth, a Ceannlaidir priest, was arguing with Imajica, a warrior.
Not even Soth remembers why, other than to stop and smile and state
"It was funny". Soth received a frantic call from a friend
at Pravat cave. Seems that the Sgrios summoners had decided to sow chaos
in Pravat with a few Succubi they had called forth. No big deal, Soth
tells me. At the time this occurred, summonings were a dime a dozen,
occurring frequently. Little did either Aisling know what they were
in for, as Imajica checked her equipment and Soth grabbed reds from
the Piet bank. Immediately they were running for Pravat cave, intent
on battling the evil creatures that were right inside the entrance.
The scene Soth describes was truly horrible. "There were deathpiles
Little sets of second circle armors lying in piles
of gold and red potions
Higher insight Aislings meeting Sgrios
all around us
three Succubi in all, being healed by Samael, Sammul,
. Aislings being cursed, pramhed, and thrown by Taliesin
and another monk
Sgrios followers everywhere laughing and declaring
one more down, two- hundred more to go
It was an atrocity, even
In such a scene as this, most Aislings would have turned and run. According
to Soth, that was not an option as far as Imajica was concerned. "She
First time I had ever seen that. I mean, I had always
considered her weak by the standards of Ceannlaidir followers
She grew silent for a moment, I guess calling her motley, Aingeal Aire
When she turned to look at me, it was the first time I had ever had
the inclination to believe she was actually a warrior. There was not
just a spark in her eyes
It was a verifiable blaze. I decided
to test her resolve by casting armor spells on her. Before I was even
finished chanting for the first spell, she was in the fray
Now, a Succubus by itself is not so difficult for two Aislings to dispatch,
given the skills that this warrior and priest possessed. Unfortunately,
the Succubus they began to engage was being healed by Samael, a priest
with divine heal. This priest also used to be an old friend of Imajica's,
and Soth his subordinate in the hierarchy of the Ceannlaidir fellowship.
Not only were they to fight a Succubus, they were to fight a Succubus
being healed and blessed by one of the most powerful priests of the
"I never expected Imaj to come out of that in one piece. Could
you imagine explaining to your brother that his wife died? And explaining
how? Trinity is not a violent man; he's a monk
A tree hugger.
He'd kill me first, and then go after whomever was responsible."
Soth fought hard to keep Imajica alive, giving her all the hydele deum
potions he had, and exhausting his faith healing her. Other Aislings
were meeting their deaths around them, and Imajica's motley members
had come, but most were simply too low an insight to help. "Yeah,
Paladine and Allita came
but they were trying to put Samael to
sleep and defend themselves. Sgrios warriors were trying to paralyze
I'll never believe any Sgrios follower to be nothing more
than a coward after that day. Ginger, that wench
she came to assist
Samael. Now, not only were we up against a ninety- ninth insight priest
and a Succubus, but the most evil wench that walked the land".
The battle between Imajica and the Succubus went on, and Soth knew
he had met his limit. Imajica had run out of hydele, and Allita and
Paladine were exhausting their mana trying to help keep her alive as
well as prevent Samael and Ginger from blessing and healing the Succubus.
Soth, knowing he was no longer going to be able to help Imajica, ran
home to get Trinity. "What else is there to do? You've got all
these priests trying to heal and curse, I was almost useless. Besides,
Trinity had hydele potions, and that's what she needed. I was out of
heh, a priest out of reds. Imagine that. I ousted him out
of his studies, and sent him packing to Pravat. I had not seen him move
that quickly since Imaj tangled with a servitor in Astrid, during the
eulogy." Trinity Askosa, at the time a Draco form monk, ran for
The battle was still going on in Pravat, and it was down to one Succubus.
Imajica had been pinned between the mundane and a tree. "When I
got there, she was still swinging
I had never seen my wife cry
Samael was promising to kill her and anyone else that tried
to kill his pet. I knew Samael, but only through her. I knew she held
him in the highest esteem. She looked absolutely crushed. I thought
Soth was kidding, that it was some sort of sick joke. It wasn't, obviously."
Trinity fought his way through the crowd to get close enough to Imajica
to give her hydele potions. Twila and Drakkarim were both fighting the
Succubus as well, trying to keep its back to her so she could do the
most damage. Samael and Ginger continued to heal and bless the Succubus,
cursing all Aislings who engaged it.
Paladine and Allita were still frantically trying to heal all the Aislings
fighting, and put Samael to sleep. "It was absolutely mad
and I had no idea when it would all end. Guards were there banishing
Samael and Ginger, but it was a neutral territory, so that had no effect.
Exile would not have worked either. I had never seen anything more hopeless
in my life. There were deathpiles everywhere, high insight Aislings
had died in what was supposed to be a simple fight.". Trinity,
Twila, and Drakkarim managed to get the Succubus to move, letting Imajica
out of the corner she had been backed into. More priests arrived, and
managed to help engage Ginger and Samael in a battle of spells. "Yeah,
I remember Yohko being there
All of a sudden, the Succubus started
taking damage. We were able to kill that beast finally
tells me Imaj had been fighting it for a full day. No warrior had ever
fought with any creature that long. I had heard Samael talking, but
I was more concerned in killing the creature and making
sure my wife was all right. As soon as the creature fell before us,
she kind of crumpled. Lying there unconscious on top of that thing.
Ginger cursed her one more time, so I cast beag nochd on her. Ginger,
ever the coward, ran."
The creature had finally been killed, but it was a hollow victory for
Imajica and Trinity. Trinity watched Aislings young and old come to
claim their deathpiles. So many deaths occurred at Pravat that he wondered
how many would actually remember the Aislings who fought there. Imajica
woke up finally, in the arms of her husband. Family and members of Aingeal
Aire surrounded them. Many of them had met Sgrios as well. "I never
want to see that again
I never want to see the utter loss in my
wife's eyes as she cried because she could not save any of the kids
who were trying to recover their things
It's crazy, but she broke
one bramble during the fight and cracked another
of fixing her equipment were unreal
. And she was more worried
about the kids, and Soth. She had forgotten that Soth had come to get
. And there was Samael, gloating over the mess he had made.
It made me sick, sick that Aislings were capable of such atrocities."
A few more Sgrios followers showed up to summon, but they were pupas
and gargoyles. Easily dispatched by the Aislings present, those creatures
were sent as quickly to their creator as they had arrived in our realm.
Trinity and LeGalle, his blood brother, picked Imajica up and carried
her to Mileth. Xilan was calling for the trail of Samael, asking that
all memories and Aisling accounts be set forth before him so he could
determine what had happened, and Samael's punishment if found guilty.
"I had no idea that Samael was a guard at the time
guards took oath to protect Aislings, not kill them off for entertainment
And Ginger a respected citizen as well
This totally crushed my
belief in the political system. I knew then that none of us were safe
. I had talked Imajica out of switching citizenship to Rucesion
I knew then that when she did that, I wouldn't talk her out of it again."
Xilan conducted the trial in the Lore classroom at the Mileth College.
The mundanes had yet to fix the courthouse, so they had no other choice.
Surrounded by guards and witnesses, Imajica, Trinity and LeGalle watched
the proceedings. Samael refused to plead guilty, claiming that he had
mistakenly healed the Succubus. "Many members of Aire were there
Sarc had died in the battle. Why he was not in a group I'll never know
All I know is that Samael stood there and lied to Xilan
became totally unreasonable
Justice had to be served; there were
no two ways about it
That so- called Aisling was responsible for
more murders in that one instance than even MaX." Imajica, still
being held up by Trinity and LeGalle, was called upon to testify. I
could never get her to tell me about the battle at Pravat, she always
looked away and muttered to go ask Trinity about it. But she did speak
of the trial one day, under the influence of some strong brandy. "I
was weaker than I had ever been before, Marla
and instead of being
in bed like I should have been, here I was trying to put into words
what I saw and felt
Here was this Aisling that I had respected
my entire life, and he had promised to kill me
He killed children
and laughed about it
One of those kids could have been you or
Or even Soth
I could not let him get away
without paying some price
I stood and faced Sam, looking for the
friend I used to have, and it was gone. I was looking into the eyes
of someone else I didn't know. I told the gathering of Aislings that
I had respected Samael
I told them he had promised to kill me
I told them what he did. What they did next was their choice."
Trinity seems to be proud of Imajica, but at the same time, he seems
to be angry that she spoke at all. "You know Imaj, Marla
She always looks you square in the eye when she speaks to you
One of my favorite things about her is the fact that she has no fear
of telling the truth
. That night, she didn't stand like an Aisling
with any dignity. She was broken
. But she did what had to be
done. Anyone in his or her right mind would know that. I just worried
what it all would cost her in the end. Whether or not this one thing
would scar her for life." Xilan, as acting judge of Mileth, decreed
that Samael would be exiled from Mileth for his crimes. The witnesses
and list of Aislings killed were woefully incomplete, but Xilan did
his best to render a fair judgment. Upon asking Soth about the judgment
passed, he replied: " It disgusted me to see Samael act like a
petty Sgrios summoner. He shamed the name of Ceannlaidir and deserved
to be tossed to his true master, Sgrios. Let him rot with that which
I cannot say whether I agree with Soth about the judgment. I am
far too young to have an opinion, and only heard this story second hand.
I don't know that Imajica was permanently scarred by the events, but
I do know that she still runs when a summons has been sighted. Trinity
manages to keep up with her, and her mother and father are never far
behind. It saddens me that this ever occurred in the realm I live in,
but it no longer surprises me. I just pray that Imajica and Trinity
are blessed by their God, and others. To see normally happy Aislings
fall serious and even cry pains me, as we are the light of Temuair.
We are the flame that burns bright in mundanes' eyes, bringing them
hope and joy. When an Aisling turns to murdering their own, they not
only hurt other Aislings, they hurt the mundanes who work hard to care
for us, and the Gods who bless us with so much. What a loss it must
be to see someone whom you respected turn to evil actions. Even more
so of a loss to see stories of bravery and determination disappear into
time. Although Trinity and Soth could not remember all the names of
those present during this one battle, they must be deeply respected
by their own friends and family. I know I have a deep amount of respect
for the Aislings I know that were at Pravat. Even more importantly,
I carry a deep amount of respect for younger Aislings. They are our
future, and without them, our world would fall into entropy.
(( Estara's opinion: I wasn't there, so I can make
no judgment on the truth of this tale, but I do publish it here, because
no matter if this happened just as it is written, or not - these things
DO happen. It serves well to reflect on how we deal with our world,
no matter what the actual reason for it. Action out of boredom destroys
the precious spark that used to flame, and it does not stop at the disillusion
of the bored person. As they say: this is our world too, and our children's.
Please keep that in mind, when you lose your spark for whatever reason.
Just my two gold coins, as always ))