Author Topic: Lorennia Nailo-- "The Night the Universe Cried Musica."  (Read 1041 times)

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Lorennia Nailo-- "The Night the Universe Cried Musica."
« on: March 02, 2020, 07:25:21 PM »
Summary of the story so far:

After the events of the mountain war between dwarves and orcs, seperated from her ally Aurumvorax and fleeing capture yet again, Lorennia has stumbled into a magical realm in what remains of the forest Keltormir in Northeaster Calimshan.   Somehow treading between the Prime Material and Ethereal realms, she has come to an errie forest clearing that she has surely never been to before, though it is curiously familiar.

Once within the boundries of the grove, having been guided by a young elven sentry, she found herself in the midst of a strange elven celebration.  Instruments had been risen from the creek surrounding the place, with thick, heavy reeds forming an organ and almost every elf wielding some sort of horn, picolo, clarinet or flute.  There was dancing and music before she arrived, though she did not hear it before entering the grove.

Everywhere was elvenwine, and as the sentry went back to duty, Lorennia was approached by none other than Elaith Craulnobar.  He suggested that they form an alliance, but Loroennia rejected him coldly and he stalked away.  She attempted to spot the young sentry, but she must have already been back in the woods.  Lorennia was contemplating the puzzle of why nobody seemed to be able to hear or understand her name when she introduced herself when a ridiculous human introduced himself with some inane rambling.  He claimed to be the nefew of the Blackstaff, who he pointed out is present at this strange gathering, and asked to dance with her under the premise that he was attempting to avoid a conversation with the stern archmage.  Lorennia agreed, thinking she would be able to glean some information from him.  He guesses more than she might have expected, but she does learn by giving him a fake name that it is specifcally her real name that others cannot seem to hear.

The music changes to a communal dance, a circular affair where you are supposed to spin around to different partners.  Lorennia's next partner, however, jerked his hands back in surprise at her rough hands, but Danilo Thann, still watching her curiously after their conversation, thought quickly... He stole everyone's attention away from Lorennia's possible awkward moment by trying to entertain the crowd himself, to their humorous delight and his uncle's ultimate ire.

The music and dancing changed again, to a more intimate, slow song, and Lorennia moved closer to hear Khelben chide his nefew, but quickly found her head swimming in a fog as she danced with the most perfect elf she had ever known, whose presence she had not known before these moments could even exist.  He seemed to be the reincarnation of King Zoar, but somehow even in his perfection, he could not hear her name.

Stumbling away from him after the song ends and he bows deeply, Lorennia recaptures herself and finds that she, Danilo, and Elaith are all frustrated.  Something is wrong about what is going on here, all of it.  Khelben and Laeral, Eliminister himself, so many elves of obvious power and human archmages that were known to have close ties to elven history... What were they all doing here?

The song ended, and there was an errie silence.  The roots of the trees seem to grow the stage larger, and Amlaruil Moonflower, Queen of All Elves herself, walks to the center of the gathering.  Her two handmaindens follow confidently, and the music begins anew.

The power of it slammed into everyone present, consuming all of their attention.  All of the elves were thrown into wild excitement, waiving their arms and screaming at the top of their lungs.  For a moment, it was deafening, but dired to a merely loud roar quickly, and the music took over once more.  Lorennia looked to the fierce Elaith, he seemed stunned into obsession with the song.  Danilo Thann fell to his knees with all other elves, leaving only Lorennia and Elminister standing.  Elminister seemed to be attempting to teleport away, but was pulled back with a green puff of smoke, as though a door had been slammed shut on him.  He cursed, but was quickly overtaken by the music as well, and fell to his knees in obsession with it.

Danilo had his hand on his sword, but could not hold it.  Lorennia attempted to hold his hand around it, he seemed to be trying to draw it forth, but lost the strength.  Lorennia when to slap him across the face, to no avail.  She would have attacked more sensitive areas of his anatomy, but it was protected by his current prone position.  His hand slipped free of the sword, and her own slipped onto the handle during the struggle.  She still felt the pull of the elven song that had begun, but a faint whisper from his sword sang in her mind.  She couldn't make out the words, but she felt it's attempt to protect her.

And then that magical abjuration broke, and she fell into the music with everyone else.
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