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Re: Powers Seduction
« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2022, 05:32:05 PM »
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I had a dream last night where Eros and I stood before this black duke. Eros seemed to control what I said with his hands moving my mouth to make me speak. I looked around and I could see my athame and it was dripping with the blood of one of the sisters infront of me. I woke up drenched in sweat and screaming. Fairly certain I woke up the rest of the patrons in the inn. Eros tried to pry the dream from me, I only told him what I've written here. The rest of that nightmare should remain in my mind. The atrocities that I dreamt have no place on paper or in reality.

Even when I weave my mind was drifting back to that scene. Is it just fear? There is this pulling in the back of my mind that makes me question what if. What if I followed them, they seem to want to ultimately alleviate some suffering, no, that's just me being hopefully naive. Reality is they killed many, and will continue to cause suffering until either they are victorious or they fail. But what if I could find a way to make their suffering stop.
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Re: Powers Seduction
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2022, 11:57:02 AM »
Narcissa lounged on the bed staring at the ceiling, she had been staring for the past two hours, unable to sleep. Eros perched atop the nearby bookshelf, watching over her and the room. Shaking his head the foot tall assassin imp fluttered his wings and flew to sit beside Narcissa's bed. She turned her head and stared at the imp with a distrustful glare, this caused the imp to smirk and chuckle. "What? Are you still thinking about the Black Duke? Or are you doubting me?" Somehow Eros managed to sound concerned and worried, as if he actually cared about the woman laying beside him. He picked up her comb and began to brush her hair for her. "I understand Narcissa. Feeling such power and seeing such might and fearsome details can be deeply unsettling, especially if you wanted them." With those five words, Narcissa grabbed the imp by his throat and tossed him against the far wall. A painting of her family clattering to the ground along with the cackling imp. "Oh ho ho! Look at you! That actually hurt." Narcissa took a deep breath, had she truly just done that? She was not normally violent like this. Why did she harm Eros?

"I've seen you heal on your own before Eros. Don't try to guilt me."

"Guilt you? Oh Narcissa you have it all wrong. I am praising you. Harming me is a sign of you beginning to understand your true nature. You liked what you saw, what you felt. "

"I saw an atrocity. It doesn't matter how powerful it felt, how the power held me to the spot, not entirely the fear. I saw dead children. That's not right, no one in their right mind could like what they saw there."

"You admit you felt the power." Eros chuckled with a grin as the injuries finally healed over.

Narcissa rolled over on her bed and sighed. She didn't answer her familiar assassin imp, she fell silent. Staring at the wall instead. She did not want to admit it, but Eros was partially right. She liked what she felt, but not what she saw. The power that swirled there was immense, it was intoxicating. She loved how it felt, how her skin tingled and the hair rose on the back of her neck. She could not ignore the cost. The cost was disturbing. Yet the way she could feel the weave being manipulated, it bothered her. She wanted to feel that power flowing through her, she did not want to pay his cost. "Yes, Eros. I felt the power, but his cost is too much. Killing children caused so much suffering, families grieve for their lost children. I don't want power if it comes at the cost of suffering."

With her back to him, she could not see the proud, devious grin that snaked its way across the imps face. Its greyish skin stretching as he smiled, this was a good step. She was admitting that she wanted power, now all he had to do was to work on her desire for it until she no longer cared the cost. The beings that created him would be pleased at this progress, he thought to himself. She was proving to be hard to sway, and hard to convince. She'd lost people she cared for, but that did not shake her faith or her desire to help. He'd get it though. Eros was set in his task to corrupt the young Halan sorceress. Sometime she would slip up and kill a creature, the same way she had reacted and hurt him. Yes, he would corrupt her, and he could see a wicked idea forming in his mind regarding the Halans and her mother. The devious imp chuckled quietly to himself as he watched Narcissa drift into sleep.
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Re: Powers Seduction
« Reply #27 on: August 14, 2022, 08:53:15 AM »
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I am unsure why I wanted to test his capabilities in battle. But regardless of why I did it, Eros proved capable. He was happy to put an end to the gremishka in Hazlan. Maybe he can be useful in helping me get spider glands when I can't find anyone else. But what if he's got bad intentions for me? Could he have been manipulating me all these years? I am unsure.

I've given my mother the antidote and restorative that Sister Fallieres gave me, but all it seemed to do was give her a brief respite from symptoms for a few hours. It was nice to speak with her and she told me not to worry before she felt herself grow too tired to talk. The doctor seemed hesitant in allowing me to give her the tonics, but he did relent and permit me to. Maybe it's a curse... Or maybe it's a poison that these tonics couldn't treat?
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Re: Powers Seduction
« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2022, 09:37:27 AM »
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I've been spending time weaving and tailoring lately. While I excell at weaving, it seems I need a lot more support and practice in making clothes. Further it seems people are only interested in the highest of quality items. At least Mr. Dirge has been helpful in supplying me with materials. He gave me two bags of braided cord, I suppose I should try to get some animal hide patches to make some slings. I don't think I will sell those though. I don't think it would be proper for a Halan to sell a weapon that can be used to harm others. Selling clothes, cloaks and hoods are fine though.

Mother was doing well for a day when I gave her the tonics, but has since regressed back to being ill. I know that I am going to have to find someone to help me to get some ingots of copper maybe, or get someone to help me get more asbestos.

I've not seen Miss Eve for a few days, I hope she's alright. I guess I could make my way to dementlieu and see if the sisters are there, but... Going that far from home while mother is unwell bothers me. Hazlan is far enough.

There is a part of me that has been wanting to find a way to boost my power, maybe if I get strong enough I may be able to use the weave to see what is wrong with my mother.
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Re: Powers Seduction
« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2022, 12:44:49 PM »
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It has been a while since I gave mother the medicine Sister Fallieres gave me. It helped short term but it didn't help more than a day at best. She only had energy for a few hours before she needed to rest again and since that she's remained mostly asleep. I worry about her and I don't know how she will feel recieving help from a Halan. I am worried that it may be something beyond our knowledge, but then again, I remind myself that Sister Fallieres has training in Dementlieu. The medical knowledge there is much more advanced than here in Barovia. So maybe it will make all the difference.

Every time I've seen a flier that slanders Sister Eve I feel anger that I've never felt before. It makes me want to burn whoever is responsible for it. Makes me want to conjure coils of darkness to tether them in place while I hurl magic at them for the audacity of trying to accuse the Night Mother of betraying Hala. I told Eros, he laughed gleefully at the idea, but I know that doing that would be abusing the weave, at least that's what mother always told me.

Magic is not meant to be used to harm, only to help. But Hala help me, if I ever find that person responsible, I will need all the divine strength I can muster to resist the urge. Even just thinking of it makes me feel a new power trying to push through, a new pattern in the weave trying to reveal itself, something new and intoxicating. Powerful. I need to be careful though, as I've noticed that the patterns I gleam come based on my desire and needs. If I am not careful at controlling my desires and quelling that lust for power, I could comit atrocities and I don't want to.

Yet as I grow in power, and as I used my magic more and more, I feel drawn to use it further. To get more magic. Maybe this is why mother wanted me to avoid pursuing the magic. She is a Witch of Hala, and she knows the risks of using magic, but also the benefits it can bring and the temptation of power.

Eros is blabbering on about how she was afraid that my power would surpass hers, that I could be a better witch... Sometimes it feels like he speaks truths, other times it feels like those truths are laced wtih poison.
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Re: Powers Seduction
« Reply #30 on: August 26, 2022, 06:38:07 PM »
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I only wanted her to listen and stop. I didn't want anyone to get hurt let alone die. I tried to bring her back, but only ended up making it worse. And then the vampire. Why couldn't it of been a normal bat? I didn't want to see a bat turn into a man. I don't want to see that ever again. I'm still shaking from the terror of it. Bats were bad enough, and I mean I knew that vampires could turn into bats and back, but I never thought I'd see it. Hala help me, I cowered behind the rock and couldn't do anything for a few minutes. I was frozen with fear. I feel horrible that Miss Topaz was slain... twice... Why did everything bad have to happen at once?

I got angry and ended up putting only the humans in my group asleep. Elves don't sleep. Ever. They are not capable of it. No matter how many times you try. I learned that the hard way. And then Miss Ari chased her down and others hurt her too for her theft. I just wanted her to stop. When I tried to remove my sleep spell I could only remove the defensive wards, someone had to strike them to wake them up.

Then while I'm carrying her body down the mountain I see that terrifying scene. I am so tired and Eros is going to laugh at the scenario, or me, probably both when he learns of it, if he wasn't already watching. I'm spending the rest of the night in the church, I'm too scared to go outside again tonight.
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Re: Powers Seduction
« Reply #31 on: September 01, 2022, 01:23:05 PM »
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Things have gone smoothly after that mess. I ran into a nice Barovian man who offered to escort me to Krezk, I didn't want to pull him away from his work or cause him delays, but it turned out that we were going the same way. He seemed nice enough and seems Mr Ben has joined the city guard. They could use some good hearted people, I hope he's one.

I've been taking some time to tidy up the house and make sure everything is clean and neat. It's taking a little bit of time and work, and I'm taking breaks between doing it and weaving. I'm getting decent at sewing... But I still prefer weaving. I have paid the nurse who takes care of moher on the daily, and even the doctor, despite him getting no where in the way of finding out what is wrong. Ms Fallieres and Ms Eve are both knowledgeable and devout sisters. I am sure they can help figure out what is going on with mother.

Eros teased me about what happened with Ms Topaz. When I was upset he told me that it could of been worse. I could of conjured up something that caused harm, all I did was make them all sleep. I should steel my mind so I don't succumb to my own magic... Again.
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Re: Powers Seduction
« Reply #32 on: September 05, 2022, 11:02:10 AM »


Narcissa had been an only child, and growing up with her magic was not a simple childhood. She felt disconnected from the other children around. She had to make sure that she controlled her emotions when she was about, less she loose control and let an outburst of magic happen. It had happened once when she was 4, it was the first time she had displayed any magic.

Her mother and father had been discussing how to educate her and had broken out in a small dissagreement over it. Her mother wanted to keep her daughter home to teach her, while her father had wanted to send her away to study at a school abroad. Narcissa had heard this and burst into the room sobbing and wailing about not wanting to leave home. Cosmina and Fredek stopped their argument and tried to comfort their daughter, who only got more upset.

This was the moment that changed things, as the doors all around began to open and shut, repeatedly. Increasing in speed as their daughter got more and more upset. Naturally this caused some fear and concern with the two parents who stared at each other dumbfounded for a few moments before they embraced their daughter tightly, comforting her enough to stop the slamming of the various doors. Narcissa was frightened and didn't understand why her parents reacted so, it wasn't until her mother sat her down and explained what happened. She told her daughter about magic and how it came from the weave and how the Goddess Hala had once come down and taught people how to use it. Her father told her a different tale, about how magic was dangerous and powerful and she should be proud that she can wield such power, he told her about all the things she could possibly do. Gave her the idea of a better Barovia where those who wronged others were punished, while her mother tried to encourage her to focus on how her magic can be used to help. It was confusing and the four year old child didn't really understand it. She was upset, scared, intimidated and wanted to be normal.

Narcissa had planned to run away from home a few days later. She had packed a loaf of bread and some apples, a blanket and a waterskin and was sneaking down the stairs in the late night. Her plan was to stay hidden in the basement until her parents had gone looking for her, then she'd flee. She just wanted to be normal. So she did, she sequestered herself away in the basement of the house. As she huddled in a corner in the damp basement she cried and begged for someone who would understand, someone she could trust who wouldn't hate her for her magic. She didn't want to hurt people, and she was terrified of her magic. She thought, perhaps, she could flee the city, maybe she could find somewhere else to go. Somewhere where people wouldn't be frightened by her magic, and that was when she heard it. A rustling in the far right side of the basement.

"He-hello?" A frightened voice called out, as she muttered a few words and conjured a light. Her eyes went wide and she covered her mouth to not scream as her eyes spotted a foot tall, flying creature who grinned at her.

"Shh little dear. My name is Eros, and I want to be your friend. I'm not afraid of you. Are you afraid of me?" The blackish greyish imp asked as he flew over towards the little girl who recoiled in fear. The imp frowned. "Don't be afraid of me. I want to help you. Please?" the imp grinned deviously as the child approached him and touched one of his leathery wings. "I heard you wanting a friend, someone who wasn't afraid of your magic, is that right?"

"Y-yes... That's right Mr uh... Eros..." Narcissa said timidly, her fear of the creature dissipating as he spoke to her.

"I can do magic too, see?" Eros said, making himself invisible and visible again. This made the little Narcissa giggle and smile. Someone who was like her!

"Wow!! That's amazing Mr Eros! Can you teach me to do that?"

"In time, I think you'll be able to do more than what I can!"

"Really? You really think so? But... What if magic is bad like people say?"

"Ignore them child, they just fear what they don't understand."

"Alright. My name is Narcissa. It's nice to meet you Mr Eros."

The imp bowed in the air, eliciting another giggle from the girl, which drew her parents attention. Eros could hear them walking towards the basement hatch. "If you ever get scared Narcissa, just call for me and I'll come. I promise."

"Really?" She asked looking up at the imp with her wild, innocent child eyes.

"Really, now best go be a good girl for your mother and father, hm? No need to run away now, alright?" Narcissa nodded eagerly and rushed up the stairs, startling her parents.

"Mommy, daddy! I made a friend! His name is Eros and he lives in the basement and he's not a scared of me!!" She said proudly to her parents, who just assumed their daughter had created an imaginary friend.
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Re: Powers Seduction
« Reply #33 on: September 05, 2022, 06:29:41 PM »
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Mother would be happy. It's been a long time since I've been asked out for drinks. At the Blue Water no less. He is a nice looking man too, Barovian, in the garda. The only thing he wouldn't check off on her list is I don't think he's from the upper class, but she can't really argue too much. I mean look who she married, she can't say anything. I'm excited.

I haven't been excited and nervous in years. Maybe my luck with men will be better than my mothers. I mean she picked those men, maybe she has some innate attraction to "bad boys". That might explain why the men she picked for me ended up dead and insane. Sister Eve has alluded to the fact that her group may allow marriage, which I thought was forbidden to followers.

I'm going to have to make myself a proper dress for the Blue Water... I don't think my green one would be suitable. I do want to impress him.
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« Reply #34 on: September 10, 2022, 07:50:47 PM »
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The night felt like it lasted only minutes. I wish it was longer, or that he had the day off. His smile is beautiful... Maybe I will have good luck in making my own choice. Surely mother would be happy to know I chose a Barovian, and he's in the guard, which is a very respectful job. I don't care that he's from the village or that he's not some lingering wealthy family line, he seems like a genuinely nice person.

I wonder how he'd react if he knew I was a witch, or half Gundarakite. Maybe those things wont matter to him. Maybe I'll even be able to become a full fledged follower of Hala and be married. I could make mother happy and myself. Speaking of... I came home and she has not woken in a few days. I've done what I could to make the house presentable. I hope the Sisters can help her.

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Re: Powers Seduction
« Reply #35 on: September 18, 2022, 04:15:51 PM »
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It's a relief to know that we found the source of the illness, but why was the perfume from Papa poisoned? How long has it been poisoned and how did it get poisoned? What sort of thing is behind the blue toxin? I admit I know very little about poisons but what I do know makes me think it's not from something in nature. It's unnatural in source, it has to be.

Mama and I have never allowed people upstairs, and the only living thing that's been up there is Eros....
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« Reply #36 on: September 19, 2022, 10:52:23 AM »
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Dear Papa,

I took your advice and brought some Halans to check on mother, and it turns out that she was being poisoned. The strangest thing is that the poison was in the perfume you gave her. I'm worried that someone whom you know who also knows mama may be trying to kill her. The sisters suggested that maybe it was from the Halans whom she had a falling out with, but I'm not sure on that. We never let anyone go upstairs except for us and the only people who have had any access to the house has been the local doctors and healers that I hired.

I know the rebels can be good at sneaking around and breaking into places. Is it possible someone wants her gone so they can have you all to themselves? Papa I'm scared for her now. How did a blue poison end up in the perfume you got her? Do you or anyone you know know anything about a blue poison that causes a wasting like condition?

-Your loving daughter,
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« Reply #37 on: September 22, 2022, 07:13:34 PM »
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« Reply #38 on: September 29, 2022, 05:54:38 PM »
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I didn't think I'd end up feeling like this again. Augustus was the last time, but this time... I'm starting to love Benedikte, after the attack he endured, I spent the night with him tending the injuries he sustained and making sure he was alright... There was a lot of blood that was washed off. I've told mama that I'm starting to fall for a man, she pressed me for details but I told her not yet. I don't want to introduce her until I know what this blue toxin is for sure.

I know that I am going to have kill or sever the bond Eros, and I have never intentionally harmed anything, this will be the first, and truthfully, it makes me feel sick thinking about it. Yet if Eros is behind the poisoning of my mother, then that means he may of been behind my suitors deaths and madness. If it is... I will have to visit the asylum to apologise to him and see if we can get him released.

The more that I think about Eros and my relationship, the more I am fearing the truth. Maybe he isn't as he has claimed. Maybe he is harming people, and if that's the case, the Mother dictates that I do something about him. Maybe I could find a way to contain him? Trap him somehow so I don't have to hurt him. I don't know if I can bring myself to do that, and I understand that severing the bond of a familiar is painful, and I guess that pain would be my penance for whatever horrible things that flying rat has done to the people I love.

I really want to be able to do both, marry and become a full fledged sister. I enjoy helping people greatly, and I truly believe that no one should suffer, regardless of what they have done if they seek out aid they should get it. At least that is how I feel. Whenever I think of harming something I feel sick. I asked Benedikte how he does it... He says that when the risk to others is present the threat needs to be dealt with. I've explained Eros to him as a childhood pet and he offered to put him down for me, but... I don't know if he would stay with me if he saw Eros. Or if he knew everything.

I know that I don't know him that well yet, but I really want to get to know him better especially since he's brought up marriage. Marrying a guard has its risks, but there are many who live long lives. I love seeing him smile, looking into his stunning rare hazel eyes, how fair he is with enforcing the law. He's not lost to power, or scary like the corporal. That man terrifies me, even his smile didn't seem genuine. Ben has worked hard every day, and not just that, but he has risked his life to deal with a deserter who sold his soul to a fiend.

When I saw his head crash into the ground and that stone, I was terrified that he was going to die. I am so relieved though that the outlanders were able to help. They gave me time to tend to Ben, but I know that he will face more dangers in the garda. I also know the risk that being my fathers daughter poses in this. He is a rebel soldier, and I am likely going to wed a garda. It will bring scrunity on me and mother if I am not careful. Maybe Ben wouldn't care about these things though... For now I'm just glad that he survived that attack. My own burns have healed wtih the help of some medicine.
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« Reply #39 on: September 29, 2022, 05:55:04 PM »
Narcissa had been spending more time with Benedikte, and she knew she would have to give her mother some more information about the man that was taking up her time. Tonight, Narcissa was staying home and having a good dinner of Sarmale and potatoes with her mother. They sat across from each other at the table, Cosmina smiling as she picked away at the meal. It had been a while since she was cured, and it had been slow but she was recovering, her appetite was the first thing to return. Each day Narcissa had been sure to make her mother take the medicine Marissa and Eve had given her, and that she had a good breakfast to go with it. She was happy to see the colour returning to her mothers face, and her mother was happy that her daughter had a man in her life. Cosmina was hopeful that Narcissa would settle down and retire from travelling with outlanders.

"Dear Narcissa, when are you going to introduce me to this new man of yours?"

"Soon Mama, I want you to be recovered first."

"Narcissa, sweet heart, you care so much about me.'' Cosmina said with a small smile as she began to slow her eating. "Did you find anything about the blue toxin yet?"

"No, not yet. I've been busy and I haven't seen Miss Fallieres yet. I think she's still abroad researching it, but... We do have some ideas. Are you full Mama?" Narcissa asked, looking at the half eaten dish that had been untouched for a few minutes.

Cosmina smiled sadly and nodded, "I guess I am. I'm sorry dear, my appetite isn't fully back yet."

"It's alright. You go rest up Mama, I'll clean." Cosmina nodded and made her way up the stairs to her room to rest. Narcissa stayed down and sighed. She muttered something and glared to the top of the shelf. The imp fluttered down and perched on her shoulder.

"My my, guess I can't hide as easily from you anymore. I'm so proud your magic is growing Narcissa." Eros cooed as he stroked her hair possessively. "Seems that you've got the ability to see those who hide behind the veil of magic."

"True. Eros..." Narcissa began in a sad voice, "I know you protect me, but... What about the people I care about?"

"Hm? You mean those witches and that garda?"

"Yes Eros. I mean them."

"What about them? Do you really think they care? That garda is probably only getting close to you to find out your fathers rebel connections. He's going to have to throw you in jail when he finds out that you're not a full Barovian, pretending to be above your station and all. And those witches? Have you ever noticed that -your- magic is different? They just want to control your magic, use you for their own benefit."

"Eros shut the hell up.'' She snarled, grabbing the tiny imps head and ripping him from her shoulder. She held him infront of her face, "I do not care what you think about them anymore. I do not care if you think they will betray me. I trust them. I will not tolerate you harming them, or causing them any trouble. You will not touch a hair on their heads, nor will you harm them. Or I will have no choice but to kill you."

Eros gawked at his mistress, a slight tremor in his tiny, foot tall form. He'd never felt her grab him with this level of force before, nor speak to him in such a way. Infact, in all the years he had been with her, this was the first time she ever threatened to kill. It was a threat to his life, but she made it. The demure, kind, caring, sweet and innocent Narcissa had finally threatened to kill something. Despite the fear that coursed through him, and the pain from her iron grip on his head, the little imp was proud. She was coming along in her path. He had got her to accept and use her power, to allow it to grow, and now, she had threatened to kill. How much more would it take to achieve his goals?

"Are you even listening to me you pathetic worm!?" Her sharp, angry voice brought him back from his thoughts.

"U-uh, ye-yes! I promise you I will not touch a hair on their heads or will I cause them any harm." The imp agreed, a devious twinkle in his eyes that Narcissa missed. He would stay true to his exact words. Eros would not cause them direct harm, nor would he touch their hair, but he would protect his mistress from them even if she didn't believe him. Busy with his thoughts, he almost fell to the floor, having reacted slowly to Narcissa dropping him. His wings fluttered coming to life to save him from the cold stone floor.

"Good. Bring me the hot water." She ordered, watching the imp struggle with the heavy pot of water. When he had finally managed to get it over, Narcissa began to wash the dishes, not saying a word further to the imp. He could tell she was mad.

'She really shouldn't be mad. It's not my fault she can't see the truth. Those pathetic people don't care about her. When that garda learns the truth my dear Narcissa will be so crushed when he throws her in jail. I really can't let that happen, and I can't let the witches control her magic either. She needs to let it grow without expectations. Now that she can see me when I'm invisible that'll make it harder, and I bet at least one of those witches can see it too, that's where she learned it I'm sure. But I bet the garda can't. I should spend some time around him, see what I can learn so I can prevent him from learning the truth about Narcissa.' Eros thought to himself as he watched Narcissa clean. He would have to be careful now, it seemed that his deeds may soon come to light if he didn't do something.

As she washed the dishes from supper, her mind drifted back and forth between her goal to be a Halan and the love that was growing for Benedikte. She did wonder what would happen if he learned the truth, but she wanted to believe that he would accept her regardless of the fact she was a witch. She was also beginning to understand why some sisters did not allow for marriages to happen. Benedikte hadn't been the only one injured that day, but he was the only one she cared about. Although she did try to stop the death of that traitor, but words weren't enough when that man clearly wanted to die, he had injured a lot of people.

She sighed and stared into the dish water, what would she do if he rejected her because of her magic? She'd never been rejected before, but then again, none of her other fiances had lasted long enough to learn the truth. She had been hurt by their loss, but that was not a rejection. Yet, when she thought back to the night she told him she was starting to love him, and the worry he had for how she would live if he died made that thought vanish pretty fast. She dried her hands on her skirt, grabbed Eros by his neck and headed to her bedroom, a book of ghost stories sat open on her bed, waiting for her to pick it back up.

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« Reply #40 on: October 03, 2022, 02:51:42 PM »
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I never thought I'd be this nervous about introducing a man to my mother. But here I am, it's been a few days since I've been planning it and I've felt sick to my stomach every day I wake. I'm so nervous, I really hope she'll approve, and I also dread what would happen if he were to meet my father. This mix of dread and anticipating is downright nauseating. I'm sure mama will approve, marrying a Barovian family is what she wants for me. She may be hesitant because he is in the garda...

This has become confusing. I've fallen for him, and I had never planned on pursuing affairs of the heart after my last fiance. Yet here I am, thinking about marriage, about marrying Benedikte. I want to make him happy, and I'll even happily move out of the city for him. I don't mind really. I have not felt like this since my first fiance, the one who's now in the asylum. I don't want the same fate to come to Ben, and more and more that I think about the past, the only constant has been Eros. If I kill him he wont be able to cause any more harm, but I do not have proof. I can't act until I know for sure.

I've been debating on asking one of the sisters to hold Eros still while I figure out how to harvest some poison from his tail.

Oh why did that man have to suggest Benedikte and I having many children? That was so embarassing. My own mother doesn't even know yet, but she will tomorrow. Goddess I'm nervous. I have tried ginger tea to settle my stomach but that hasn't helped.

My thoughts are so disorganized. Eros, the poisoning of my mother, what if a rebel was responsible, Margit... Oh Margit... You worry me. She does not seem to fully grasp my warning. I know the heft of the threat of being marked. They will watch her every move, listen to her every word. I think Benedikte is right... Maybe people are inhertantly corrupt.
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« Reply #42 on: October 05, 2022, 11:44:45 AM »
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I did try to warn him that she'd bring up marriage... She gave him the bride quest though. The sisters still haven't figure out what this poison is other than knowing that it's not from something "natural". Eve wants to see if the alchemist at the Baratak mages retreat can determin anything, I'm going to ask Ben first though. With his connection and interest in nature and animals maybe he will be able to figure it out, if not we'll check the alchemist.

I know mama and papa haven't always agreed on what they want for me, but I know what I want, I think. Papa wanted me to accept outlanders, and embrace their help so my magic can grow, mama wants me to avoid all that danger and risk and get married into a good Barovian family, one who will take good care of me. Up until I met Benedikte, I wanted to devote myself to Hala, under the understanding that I could not be married and be a sister. I was fine with that, with what had happened to my previous fiances I felt that I was surely cursed and that avoiding the longings of the heart I could preent others suffering the same fate, but now if I can do both...

If this poison turns out to belong to Eros... Well I will know that I'm not cursed, persey. I am terrified that I'll have to kill Eros though. I know Benedikte has offered an I am sure the sisters would too, but... It almost feels like something I should do myself. I don't want anyone else to bear the weight of killing a sentient being.
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« Reply #43 on: October 06, 2022, 10:36:54 AM »
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I met the strangest of lady yesterday. Although she probably did spend time in a asylum she seems nice. She's funny and very childlike. I guess she's a performer of something, I suppose it's puppets that she uses in her performances since she asked me to make her one. I've never made a puppet before, but she has a design in mind and is going to provide me with the frame for the marrionette. I can use wool for padding and stuffing and I guess I should prepare some samples of fabric for her to look through. Or maybe I'll decide that based on her design?

I wonder how long it will take Ben, and what he'll bring back. I hope it will good enough for mama, hopefully it will all go smoothly. I am going to ask him if he is able to determine what this poison is. Admitingly I know that will open a line of questions if it is the imps. I'm terrified of revealing that I'm a blooded witch to him. He seems not to mind it, and it's not like I can harm things with it. I can protect and that's it, I can't heal, like when that man asked me to fix the womans eyes...

I almost cried, I could see the pain she was in, every sound seemed to cause her to twitch and she clung to Mr. Slade like a frightened child. I wasn't able to heal her but I at least was able to buy her a staff to help her walk until they could find a healer. Mr Slades disdain of Sister Eve has affected others, making them leery of all Halans, under the presumption that she is in charge.
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« Reply #44 on: October 07, 2022, 12:10:44 PM »
Narcissa sat on the bed in the room, she had grown to dislike being alone, Eros tended to take any chance when she was alone to speak to her, to whisper misleading ideas in her ears. He would remind her that her magic was different than the other sisters, ask if she had yet met one with magic like hers, remind her of the threat that would loom should her Gundarakite heritage become known. There was always a hint of truth in his words, however misleading they were, for the assassin imp had to obey his mistresses order, but that would not stop him from trying to protect her from them regardless. He was not permitted to harm them, but he could surely convince her of the threat they would pose to her. Eros had a deep desire to protect her, and to see her magic grow. He hoped that with his pushing, and his guidance, she could achieve such greatness the very world would respond. She had that capability in her, she just needed the right guidance, it was with this in mind that he shed the concealment and came out of the shadows under the bed.

"Of course you're here." His mistress sighed.

"Of course I am, sweet Narcissa. How does it feel learning that one woman could possibly destroy everything and get you banished?"

"It feel awful Eros. It really does. Why do people continue to cause suffering?"

"Because they like it. Look at Margit, you've watched her provoke the guards and done nothing but gossip about it afterwards. Even though you're fully capable of talking to her about it. Even you seem to like to cause some sort of suffering." He chimed.

Narcissa remained silent for several minutes, simply staring at her hands as if they were covered in blood. "She doesn't listen."

"Of course not. As far as she knows you're Barovian and with a garda. Why would she? And what about Eve? The Slade fellow seems to be sowing hatred for all you halans, he's going to put you back in hiding back to being hated. You know, the thing your mother wanted you to avovid? Why continue with that? I mean, what are you going to do if someday your magic turns up as something wicked, or reveals a painful truth?"

"I don't even know what I will do if I have to kill you Eros, so why don't you shut that gaping hole you call a mouth and crawl back to where you were hiding and stay there."

"What if something terrible happens to the man you love? What if he doesn't come back from the hunt?" He said maliciously, chosing to leave his mistress to dwell on those words. He tried to speak truth, albeit coloured by his paranoid mind. Paranoid it was indeed, for what he spoke though truth, was from his view, and to this little assassin imp, unless they allowed his mistress to grow within his own goals, they were a threat. Pure as Narcissa was, even she was not immune to the temptation of power. She knew it too, she had known it since that moment she stepped beyond the gates of Zeklos Keep. She could feel the power that eminated from the Black Duke, it was like a tangible force that she could reach out to grab for herself. She had resisted it then, but for how long could she resist it?
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« Reply #45 on: October 09, 2022, 06:04:09 PM »
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Eros is dead. My oldest, best friend is dead. I know this had to happen, he confessed to poisoning mother. How he got his hands on Mauskull mushroom powder is a different story... But Eros is responsible for all that tragedy and suffering. He saw Augustus locked up, two other fiances killed, he poisoned mama, he manipulated me... But he was still the first person to accept my magic. And now he is dead.

These past weeks I had begun to loathe being alone because he'd torment me, now I sit in silence knowing that my ever present companion is no longer. It is bittersweet. On one hand I am relieved, my mother is healthy, Benedikte wont be harmed. On the other hand Eros helped me pursue my own path and helped me accept my magic, yet he caused so much suffering.

I've known this was going to be the outcome for a while, but I had just hoped that it would not be the case. Eros is dead, or maybe sent back to whatever it was he served. Whatever has happened, the constant companion and friend I knew for ages is gone.
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« Reply #47 on: October 12, 2022, 06:14:31 PM »
Three sisters stood in the center of a small orchard under the stars of a moonless night. They had gathered to garner the sort of poison that had plagued Narcissa's mother, and so each of the sisters cast their spell to detect the poison. A mushroom from Forlorn, Musskul mushroom powder, that was the toxin that had been slowly killing Cosmina Bogdan. Of course, a mushroom from another land being in the perfume gifted by Fredek, Comina's husband, and Narcissa's father, brought up a lot of questions, the most important being how. How did it get there? There had been no trespasses on the house, and Fredek and Cosmina were in love, so how did such a vile and strange fungus end up in a Barovian womans perfume? They had no answers, nothing except guesses and assumptions, but there was one that had an answer, one that would surely know: Eros.

Narcissa called out to him, the imp coming out of the shadows it hid in. She had been reluctant to bring him about, having already known deep down that there was something foul with the flying fiend. Nonetheless she called upon her familiar with a question in mind. "Eros what's Musskul powder?"

"Wh- why do you ask? I don't know anything about a mushroom."

"None said it was a mushroom."

Eros was a cowardly creature who had a perverse idea of what it was to care about another. He avoided providing a clear answer, trying to turn the sisters into villains, insisting that her mother had not died, and that because of the poison, Narcissa was able to pursue her life how she chose. He swore he cared for her.

"She didn't die, did she? It didn't even hurt her, not really!" Eros whined, looking at his mistress in a pleading state, begging her to believe him.

As the Night Mother watched, she drew a staff from her bag, and with a thud, she stomped it into the ground. "Answer, or I shal compell you to do so. And you will be forced to answer any question put to you." The Night Mother would find out if the imp had put that poison into the perfume one way or another.

"I was helping you! You got to make your own choices without her always nagging to tell you what they should be!"

Narcissa had heard more than enough from her familiar and her hand shot out in anger, reaching for his throat. A surprising move from the normally docile woman, but her imp was familiar with such antics and swooped out of her grasp. "Get back you flying rat!" Narcissa sneered as she reached for the imp who gleefully was avoiding her attempts to catch him. "Enough!" She roared.

The staffs of command was triggered by the imp would not be controlled, instead he did what he would normally do in such a case and shield himself with a spell of invisibility. But that was never enough to protect him from the lashing of the darkness controlled by the Night Mother. Without having so much as a chance to express his surprise or pain, Eros fell to the ground, limp.

Eros was dead. The Night Mothers power too much for the little fiend to witstand. A hand clutched her heart as Narcissa dropped to the ground in shock, pain and sadness. Tears welled up in her eyes as the truth settled in, her familiar seemed to be the one poisoning her mother, the one responsible for the fates of her three fiances.

Eros dissapeared in a puff of red smoke, leaving nothing behind but the sobbing woman and the two Halan Sisters. Perhaps the imp had not perished, but the connection between him and Narcissa was absolutely gone. She was free from the imps influence, and those she cared for would be safe going forward. A bittersweet feeling for the witch.
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« Reply #48 on: October 18, 2022, 06:24:10 PM »
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Sister Amelia seems like she's very worried about me. I know that because I can cast magic inately that I am probably more enticing to a hag than other sisters. It has worried me ever since Sister Eve told me that the hags will abduct sisters of Hala to corrupt and turn into hags. Beyond that I know that I need to be careful because Ben is a lance corporal now, and it's possible that people may come after me to sleight him. I don't want that to happen, so I suppose it's good that I can use Boreal Wind to knock and freeze anyone who would harm me.

I found it out after I punched Selwynn. I can call upon the bitter wind three times and it is dangerous. I like the power behind it. However, I know that liking power is the first step down the road of being corrupted by it. Eros would of been so proud. I will have to watch myself, I don't want to allow myself to become corrupted, or get abducted by a hag. I truly am starting to understand why mama didn't want me to pursue this path...
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« Reply #49 on: October 21, 2022, 04:13:04 PM »
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This is what I know of the hag around the outskirts as of late.
This is most likely an annis hag, as the description is that of a tall, dark hued skin, woman with claws. She also seems to have a fondness for turning people into toads. She has stuck to attacking at night, and the sisters tell me that hags enjoy playing with their food, beyond that they enjoy causing chaos and harm. It would seem, thankfully that this is only one hag. A covey, is what a group of hags is called. It's a perverse coven.

Annis Hags are one of the, if not, the, most powerful of all the hags. They have dark skin and claws that are sharper than steel. Capable of slicing through their enemies like a hot knife through butter. I really do not know why one is around the outskirts...

I have a nightmare that all the sisters gathered together, regardless of our views to seek to deal with the hag, but, we learned that the hag was drawn to us. I woke up screaming. I'm glad that Ben had already left for patrol at that point.

Soon he says that he will take a vacation to the Village, and I'll go with him. I would like to meet what remains of his family, which I think he said was cousins. I guess, if mother agrees with what he hunts, they will be my cousins too.

I thought that I would feel better after he met with mama, but for some reason still I feel sick to my stomch. Sisters have impressed on me the danger that a hag poses, and one worries about it more than the other. I do not know how I would handle the hags test.

I've not slept well since the hag arrived, each night has been filled with mostly nightmares. Especially the nights when Ben is not with me, when he is with me though... I think I am far too exhausted to have any horrid dreams, or perhaps it's because he makes me feel safe when I am nestled in his arms.
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