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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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Re: Powers Seduction
« 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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Re: Powers Seduction
« 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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Re: Powers Seduction
« Reply #37 on: September 22, 2022, 07:13:34 PM »
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