× The Kingdom of Asteria takes up the largest of the sky lands in the eastern part of Chalcedonia. The oldest kingdom of the Sixth Era, its land was once the Kingdom of Triskel in the Second Area and comprises of the Auster Lands, the Chalcedon, and the Chalcedonian Jungle. Asteria is the most powerful of the three kingdoms though lately it relys more and more on trade for metals. It is also the most diverse of the kindgoms.

The capital of Asteria is Aureas, a city of the Second Era completely rebuilt and restored by Taal Zodo as his gift to his nephew Ian Mercleis. The current king, and only king in its long history, is none other than Ian Mercleis. Asteria has been regarded as the Holy Kingdom due to its king's close relationship to the divine Taal Zodo.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #146 by AnnaNadir
The woman's glee made Anna suspicious,but she had come too far to turn back now. “Others? Others have
heard him? There were rumors that a great cousin of mine once heard
him. But was driven deep into depression because of her inability to
help.”
Her intial shock past, Anna started toremember other things she had said. “You said others have broken
'the spell'? So Tann wasn't the only one trapped in the Sleep?” The
woman's hand on her chest somehow gave her a small surge of bravery
and desire to see it through no matter what was to come.
The hope in Anna's voice made Galen'schest tight. She wanted it so badly that hope was like a dagger to
his heart. He remembered stories of Tiania Na'Dir. A granchild of Nia
and Tann who had been the first to hear Tann's pleas for help. Her
young age and the lack of knowledge of what to do dropped the poor
woman into a deep depression till was little more than a waking dream
of a Queen. She ruled well enough, but it cost her dearly and she
died in childbirth due to poor health. Galen had spent his whole life
trying to make sure Anna didn't suffer the same fate. He stepped
forward as the woman bid Anna go see the man.
Anna glanced at her guard and gentlyshook her head. “Galen.. I have to do this. She is right. I have to
face whatever I must for Tannhauser.” She walked over and in a very
unprincess like gesture, pressed her palm to his cheek and smiled as
she lowered her voice for his ears alone, though not caring if the
others heard. “I am not Tia, Galen. I will be fine.” She dropped
her hand and smiled that smile meant for him alone when no one else
was alone. “Just be here for me when I come back... be here and I
will always be all right.” She didn't let him respond but turned to
Ky and nodded.
“I am ready to see him.” She noddedto the Lady, then Ian and without another look at Galen, headed back
into the garden where the Woman in White had directed her.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #148 by mythus
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The great garden sprawled before her with all manner of flora. It would have been enough to get lost in, but somehow Ky's direction persisted like a glowing beacon, unraveling a path forward. At the end of this path was a waterfall, but it was unlike any other. Instead of a cascading stream of water, it was names that flowed from it. Names of those who suffered and died during Taal's corruption and possession, as well as those who suffered because of his guilt and fear in the era following. Kneeling before it was a man who from behind would seem similar enough to Ian with his blond hair. Yet this man wore simple clothes and had an aura of light about him.

Sensing her coming, the man stood slowly, but for a moment didn't turn to meet her. It almost seemed like he was scared to do so. Slowly he did though, his ice blue eyes heavy and his face wrought with unspeakable pains. He could have been Ian's twin if not the effects of guilt and what Power had done to him back in the days when it was twisted and darkened by Will's malice.

"Princess Ann'hauser Na'Dir," he finally spoke with heavy words. "You have finally come."

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2 months 2 weeks ago #149 by mythus
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Anna followed the path, though she felt more like she was being led. The scene as she came upon it made her gasp. It was unreal in it's creation, yet somehow made sense to her.

She took a long look at the man god as he rose and turned. Her face an open book of surprise... and pity.

"I... I didn't know you were expecting me."

The man shakes his head,  "Expecting? No. More of a hope. I've had visions of a Na'Dir coming before me at a most crucial time, but as with all things the future remains ever in motion. The fears and doubt you'd have faced to even stand seeing me is not unknown to me, so it was just as likely that you too would not come."
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She understood his concerns. She'd been told many times that the future people saw were merely glimpses of various possibilities. "My fears and doubts have no place in this." Despite saying it, she couldn't quite put enough conviction behind it. "Tann is all that matters."Taal lowers his head, his gaze tracing back to the falling names behind him, ".... When I learned that he fell to Ablution's darkness... I...." He gulps, letting out a soft sigh, "Long have I prayed never to see his name fall. A name among names but one precious to me, to be another dear friend that had fallen to my madness... my darkness... Many times I've dreamt of seeing his name, and feeling only then why Will so sought oblivion."He looks back up at Anna, "But tell me please, why does he matter so much to you, a forebearer you've never gotten to know?"
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"He's in pain..." The answer seemed so simple to her. "He calls to me. How could I ignore him? He's my blood." She furrowed her brow slightly, wondering if he truly 'didn't' understand, or was merely seeking to find out if she 'did'."And what causes this pain?" Taal sighs, "The sleep.... it is ever so long and dark. Within you see, feel, experience with your whole being as if you were awake and alive. It may be a world of your darkest, worst memories, or it may be a world you knew not of but feels as real and as dark. Only briefly do you catch glimpses to let you know you are stuck in something not of your own reality - voices, feelings, pains and fears from the waking world. What is it that causes Tannhauser this pain that keeps him asleep..."He smiles as he recalls a distant memory, "When I first met him, he was dealing with a problem none of us should have to bear. His grandfather, Samhein, wanted him dead, and not just him alone. It would have been so easy for Tannhauser to have hid. None would have blamed him. But Tannhauser is of higher quality than that, so despite the deep wounds to his soul it would cause, he sought out his grandfather and delivered justice."

Taal sighs, looking down, "Such pain he felt. He was regarded as a hero, but ever did he feel like a murderer. It would haunt his dreams even to this day."

Taal looks back up at Anna, "Tell me please, what is going on now that could haunt him more?"
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Anna shook her head. "I don't know.. here comes to me. He says "I'm here". But there is anguish there.She closed her eyes trying to remember it deeper. Her head slowly shook from side to side as she tried to fight it off and seek it out at the same time.

When she opened her eyes they flattered with tears. "He feels alone... Abandoned... Punished somehow..." She didn't have the words and it troubled her that it might make the difference.Taal nods, "Yes.""I asked you why he meant so much to you. Such is not a question that should be so readily asked of anyone seeking their family, yet the question is a part of the very answer."

Taal waves his hand and current day Eleusia appears before Anna, "Tannhauser should not feel so alone, so abandoned. What family is it that would not seek out another that is missing, dead or alive?" He waves his had again and a dark cloud grows within Eleusia. Words of anger and fear populate this cloud and blood rains from it.

"A darkness has grown within your family and they have collectively not only forgotten Tannhauser, but made sure no one would know where to find him. If I were to ask any of them the question I asked you, what answer would they give?"
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The worlds he showed tugged at her like a long being torn off. The darkness and blood rain made her actually lift an arm as if she would be able to fend it off.His words made her think hard of her answer, this time. She shook her head as reality crashed down to crush desire a different answer. "They would day he is dead and there is nothing to be done. They say merely dreaming of things I read about. That I should settle to the crown resign myself to putting away childhood fantasies about a man I never knew."

She would never had admitted that to anyone before today. Even now she didn't know what made her say it out loud.With her revelation Taal lets slip a small smile, "You are wise Ann'Hauser Na'Dir. You understand well I think his pain."Taal sighs, "How disgusted I felt, and how saddened I was to know that not long after his collapse into the darkness, a generation removed had already forgotten him. No, it is perhaps better to say they virtually killed him. His own grandchildren, within them grew a darkness that tore your family and our country apart. One great land became four, each trying to undermind the other for a small advantage. It felt like the petty jealousy of Samhien all over again, though this time magnified."

He shakes his head, "Even now such exists. Never have your cousins sought to come together and find Tannhauser. No, it would seem they grew better benifit for him to remain lost."

Taal raises his gaze by to Anna, "There was another, a great grand daughter who remembered him. She was chastised beyond measure for her desire, her "foolish dreams". I am sure you know her story well."

Taal smiles faintly, "I am glad though that one is here who remembers, and cares. Your heart is pure. If you ask of me where Tannhauser slumbers, I shall tell you. But you must be prepared for when you find him, of not only how to save him from his darkness, but also of how to save him from your own."
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The history of her tainted bloodline, falling from his lips, brought a half forgotten pain to her heart. It was something she planned to strive for when she took the throne in a few years. To reunify the country and make it whole again.Taal's mention of Tia made her jaw tighten. The girl had ridiculed and ousted until she believed their words, thought herself mad, and allowed it to consume her. Anna refused to give in to those voices whispered behind her back as well as spoken to her face.

Then he said what she wanted to hear. All she had to do was ask. The warning brushed side though she heard it and would heed it. "I am willing to do whatever it takes. I would even trade places with him." For the first time since leaving home, the conviction in a stolen statement had no waver, no hitch, no feeling of pulling it back. She truly would trade places with him.

She took a step closer till they were barely an arms length apart. "Where does Tannhauser Na'Dir slumber?" It wasn't a command to be told, so much as doing exactly as he said."There." Taal states solemnly, his right arm flinging out and his index finger pointing with purpose to the image of Eleusia. The image grew as he spoke, zooming closer and closer to where his words described, "Near the mountains of his namesake filled with mythril and west of his forest with the last reminder of his last act to save the kingdom is one of the great trunks of Tre'Eryn. Like a protective mother, it shelters Castle Na'Dir, its opening lost to all except those who remember his words and his heart. Within the throne room he is entombed, watched over by an ancient spirit willed in existance by his mourning wife."The area was in full view now and soon to was the gate to the castle. Just beyond it, even though it were but a meer image, one could almost here Tann weep. It was within the Sundered Lands, the surface of Eleusia enveloped by the darkness of Tre'Eryn's shade - within the Kingdom of the Underdark.
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Anna too a step towards it, hand out as if you open the door. Biting her lip, she drew her hand back, crossing her arms as an imagined chill ran down her spine. "Tre'Eryn... In the old Castle..." Defeat and chastisement colored the words. "Why didn't I think of that?" She whispered as if wanting to beat herself for the lack of foresight. She turned to Talk to and tilted her head. "He was your best friend once... Wasn't he?" Her hand rose as her voice did. "You claimed you sit here to wait for how name to drop. Proof he's truly dead because of you. Why didn't YOU go find him!?" She was shaking now. Anger replacing earlier helplessness.

Without realizing it, she had stepped into him and shoved hard with both hands. The palms thumping against his chest. "You could have saved him long ago!" The held back tears fell. All this time... He had known and done nothing! She had thought he'd give a riddle, a clue, a shrug to its meaning. But no... He knew... Showed her the door! Suddenly she felt like the whole world had turned upside down. That Fate was mocking her... Laughing... Rolling over at some great cosmic joke, and she had somehow become the punch line. She felt betrayed more than anything else."I..." he tried to speak as she shoved into him, both physically and emotionally. He felt deeply the very feeling behind her words. They were like sharp daggers burning hot with holy fire. The guilt grew within him rapidly, like a green climber wishing to cut off his airway and devour him whole.(more coming)
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(C)Finally his voice cracked, "I... I... couldn't...." Taal wanted to yell, to scream, full of Anna's torn emotions. He held them back but he could not hold back his own tears. Looking down, he finally stated, "I... I did try." His gaze raised back to meet hers, "I tried, and I failed. What good is it to have the very powers of creation and destruction if you can't use it to save those who you care most about?" He shooked his head, "The torment I feel, on a daily basis, over the fact that I know where he is and can do nothing, it is perhaps greater than any other guilt I have experienced. Before I became.... became this again I looked hard for him and could not find him. When it happened though and the aspects of Zodo split between Tyrius and myself, I was flooded with such knowledge, including Tann's location. I raced there immediately, only to be repelled!"

Taal sighs, "I have only dominion of the light, which does not reach the surface in this day. Such lands belong to the darkness. So.... I tried to raise Castle Na'Dir. I grew the Na'Dir Root, wishing to bring the castle and its sleeping guest upwards through Tre'Eryn to the light. But.... that too failed."

Taal turns to the falling names, "My name should be there. Feel free to blame me, to hate me. It is well justified. I know where my friends are, and I am powerless to help them. Instead I must pray that someone comes alone who can do so in my stead." He spits, "Pathetic. Useless. I've done so much to them both, and now that I have the power to make things right, I can still do nothing but wait."(done)
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She had turned away when he stammered. Unable to even walk, she'd collapsed on the bank of the name fall and rested on her knees, spent. She was going to yell at him, tell him he didn't deserve to live... Tell him she hated him.But then his confession slipped into the hardened shell of her self righteousness. He was a god. He should have triumphed. But he had limits.

Hey voice was soft, designed, apologetic. "I'm sorry..." She didn't look up at him. But she said what needed saying... To save them both. "I'll go."

She blinked and looked up at him. "I'll bring Tann home... Awake." Slowly she stood up. She sighed tried to imagine what her name would look like as it tumbled from the cliff the swirling mass below.

Turning to face him, she turned her palms up in surrender. "What do I need to do?" (E)Taal slowly turned back to her, "Finding him is perhaps the easy part, though full of danger. Of all the elven kings, it is Malnor Na'Dir, King of the Underdark, that would wish nothing more than the final death of Tannhauser. And you would be in his kingdom.Taal smiles thinly, "The tricky part is waking him. You are the key, but there is another part of the puzzle. One of which through my other aspect, spirit, I have been working on. A particular namara youth has been born with a special toxin. This toxin can help you awaken Tannhauser by taking you to him once you've found his body. So, I've had this Namara youth share in your dreams. It will make finding her and convincing her all the more easy."

He sighs, "She is within Asteria's capital city now, sleeping in a bookstore. But you should make haste. The shadow, it too knows of her and hunts her."

He smiles, "It was truly a pleasure to meet you again. Take care, and don't give up."

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3 weeks 5 days ago #157 by mythus
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Anna knew a dismissal when she heard it. "I will find him... I promise..." She turned and disappeared back down there path she'd come up just a free minutes earlier. A moment later, her head still spinning, she stepped up to the King and her guard. She looked a little worse for wear, but nothing so bad a good sleep couldn't fix. She glanced around then both and shrugged. "Apparently I'm supposed to visit a bookstore..." Anna laughed but it came it more like a clipped giggle. (E)
"A book store?" Ian looked perplexed. Why a book store if all places, he wondered. "Surely he gave you more than that to go on?" Sighing, Ian could see the wariness all over the princess's face. "Maybe you should rest? We could discuss this further in the morning." He smiles, " besides, I often find revelation within my dreams."

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((are you going to fill her dreams with info?))

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Anna nodded. Galen frowned. "I think you need to retire, An.. M'Lady. Please." He stepped up close enough to make her realize we sincere. Glancing at the King, he nodded, "With his Majesty's permission of course," he bowed realizing that perhaps he'd crossed a boundary he shouldn't have.Anna glanced up with a lot of controlled surprise. Galen wasn't usually this hold when others were around. And he was concerned more than usual or he wouldn't have almost accidentally dropped her first name in such a familiar manner.

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Ian nods, "Please, be my guest to show her to the ambassador suite. It is rightly prepared with guard quarters connected for you to keep an eye on Lady Anna."

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Galen didn't give Anna a chance to object. "Thank you, Sire. Princess..." Galen heard Anna murmur her goodbye and thanks and took her to the room one of the King's guards had shown them. The guard departed with a promise to send dinner for them both.

Galen got and settled and sent a passing servant for one of her ladies and her overnight things.

After eating and Anna telling what she knew, she finally let Galen win the argument and turned in for the night. Galen retired the heavy room, but he left the door open and only stretched out on the bed because two more guards from Anna's entourage were outside the door.

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Anna closed her eyes and was soon asleep. (E)

"Dir... " A dark voice whispered in the strange subconscious dreams of the sleeping princess. It would be a dream like any other, a dream of sitting in a courtyard both alien and familiar, a courtyard in some forgotten elven castle. Tannhauser was there, but a dark shadow seemed to keep him from noticing Anna.The shadow, however, noticed her.

"Na'Dir..." It whispered again. " He's mine. You've lost him. You can't have him. You don't deserve him."

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She was sitting on a bench, needlework sitting in her lap as if she had been working on it. Setting the needlework aside, she stood up and tried to move towards Tann. "No... Please... How can I not deserve him? He's my grandfather. Well me what to do. What do you want?"The questions and statements were jumbled, stuttered by choked back tears and a voice cracking helplessness. "Please...TTAANNNN..." She tried to reach out towards him.

The shadow laughs, rising quickly to both block Anna and somehow increase the difference between her and her king. *Elf queen and elf daughter. Traitor and daughter of traitors. Deserve the man you've given up on thrice, deserve the king your kin wish dead? He's mine, his suffering is mine to savor."

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"No... I'm not a traitor!" She shook her head and tried running for Tann. The distance never seeming to close. "I've never given up on him... Please... " She was crying now.**
On her bed, and turned fitfully in her sleep. A single soft whimper coming out of her lips. Not yet loud enough to rouse anyone.

If a shadow could grin, it would. A dark, sinister grin. "A repeat princess, his eternal willing slave, always putting on the good face but I know your secrets... Even those you've either forgotten or yet to realize. He's mine."The room seems to spin as shapes quickly change, "The girl of the open book, she too will be mine. Use her you will not, not to enter his nightmare, not to free him from me. She knows me, she fears me, and I'll have her before you find her."

A different room shows, an ancient throne room forgotten by time with a crystal enclosed tomb. What's within comes racing to the forefront, tannhauser sleeping with a skeleton in a dress embracing him. "Behold princess, see your truth, your past and your future."

The shadow laughs, "he's mine and so to shall you be."

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"NO! I'm no repeat... I'll save him. Them both!" She added the bookstore girl to the list, somehow not wanting to offer her up in choice. She tried, once more, to reach for Tann. As the room spins and changes, and starts to feel unbalanced. "No... Please..." But seeing the dress, she shook her head as panic set in. "No... It's not... That's not me. No..." She ran straight for the coffin. She wanted to break it open... Save the occupant... Prove the spirit was lying. "You can't have him!"

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Her movement got a bit more erratic in her bed, the whimpering growing but not enough to bring anyone yet.

A strange fire erupts around the coffin, but despite the intensity it doesn't burn. Instead images strange, foreign, and yet familiar show within them. Images of LieAnna and her relationship with her shard when she thought her husband dead back in the fourth era. LieAnna and TaalZodo. LieAnna and the poison as she laid herself to rest one last time with her husband many many many years after the castle was forgotten, the taste almost present in Anna's mouth as Tira finally gives up and the grandchildren forsake them both. "Mine mine hehehe. Things off this world forgotten laying to be found in another. A key hidden, a power worth a bother? Sleeping king sleepless squatter, rising only if forgotten remembered."

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Anna choked as the poison flavor tainted her tongue and throat. Her grandmother laying with Taal, his vision so bright it could have been yesterday for all that he had aged in appearance from then till today when she'd seen him. Her arm still raised in reflex to the flames flaring, not remembering having raised it to begin with, she shook her head. "A key... A power..." She murmured the words, her mind more riddled with confusion. Surely Lie'Ania hasn't lain with Taal... Or her guards. "It's lies!" She screamed at the vision and shook her head vehemently.

"Liar!" She screamed, as this time she spun to lunge at the demon vision. If she couldn't reach Tann, she would reach it.

The shadow laughs, "yes, Na'Die, continue to deny and never learn the truth. Of kin who brought on terror and death just as they do not and of sins of the past you seem so ready to repeat now. He waits while you flirt Queen, but have him you can not. He's mine. ""Xodod is filled with 'innocents'. Answer the riddle. Find the girl of the open book. Change and acknowledge the truth. Or face your fate."

The tomb slams shut trapping Anna within with the sleeping king. Faces of her family, her father, an ancient shard, and Galen turning away from it...

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Her scream then permeated both waking and dream world. Her body flailing in the coffin, trying to escape, denying the demon's words even now. "No! You can't keep me here... Let me out!"The tangled blankets in reality only reinforcing her limited movement in the glass coffin. "Galen! Don't leave! I'm in here! I'M IN HERE!!"

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3 weeks 1 day ago #158 by Tiana
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Tana was sitting on the floor, meditating while waiting for her lady to return, something was different about today.  Normally when she was separated from her mistress she felt a sense of something was wrong, that there was more to do and that she had to figure out what and do it.  

Today, it was strangely calm,  that sense of that one of the Na'Dir family was in danger was strangely quiet.  She a-kinned it to Sheilis's voice nagging her to be better at fighting, better at the graces toi blend in with others, fading into the shadows with perfection to always be close to Anna and to keep her safe.

Her eyes opened when a knock came at the chamber door and one of the maid girls answered.  She overheard the servant asking for one of the maids and their ladies night things to be brought to her at Galen's request.  She stood up, "I'll go," the maid glanced at her, slightly perturbed but nodded.

Tana quickly gathered Anna's night things, and followed the servant back to where her mistress was sleeping.  As they walked, a sudden unease passed through her, 'To late, to late, can't be to late' echoed through her mind.  

"Can we please hurry?  I am sure my mistress needs her things, and I do not want to keep her waiting," Tana said in polite but firm tones.

They soon reached the Ambassador suite, and as she entered she heard Anna whimpering and she quickly came in as Anna sat up, screaming.

"Anna!" She said as she rushed to her side, placing her hand on her shoulder gently, "m'lady, I am here, Galen is here."  She didn't have to look to know that Galen was probably already in the room.  "We are here Anna, and we will not leave you."

In the back of her mind she heard 'stay close, stay vigilant, stay to the shadows, stay close...."

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2 weeks 9 hours ago #162 by mythus
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Galen shot up straight, soaked in sweat, just moments before Anna's scream would shatter the silence. Throughout the night he tossed and turned, his blankets twisted around him like a green climber ready to feast. Shaking the sleep from him, he muttered to himself, 'Shh Galen, Its just a silly dream. No need to wake her like a foolish boy.' Sighing, still uneasy from the terror that woke him, Galeen was just about to convince himself to return to sleep when he heard Anna scream.

Quickly, the trusted guard tried to rush to his feet and the door separating himself from his terrified lady, only to be undone by the trap of his own night adventure. The entanglement of the twisted sheets quickly sent the elf guard hard to the hardwood and tile floor, a heavy fall that threatened to send him quickly back to the shadows of his own mind. But Galen wouldn't allow it, his lady needed him!

Struggling with all his might against the vertigo and the blanket serpant that had hold of him, Galen forced himself from the grips of his velvety foe and lurched forward towards the heavy oak and cherry door. Within mere heartbeats, the valiant guard burst through the room to his lady's side.

Upon entering, at first he swore he saw a strange woman in white with black and blonde hair caressing his lady's forehead. He quickly reached for his sword, but just as quickly as he had realized he didn't have it, the woman he thought he saw vanished. Taking a quick gander about the room again, and noticing nothing out of the ordinary, Galen thought that it must be both the enduring visions of his own nightmare and the recent hard fall that caused him to see something that just wasn't and couldn't be there.

Galen quickly went to Anna's side and gently grabbed her hand, "Anna, I am here. Wake up, its just a bad dream. " He never noticed when the shard entered the room, or if he did he never gave any indication. Anna was what was important right now.

Still, Galen couldn't get the dream out of his head, nor could he the girl he thought he saw...

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1 week 4 days ago #163 by AnnaNadir
With a hand on her shoulder, thePrincess shot up and swung towards Tana. She was off balance enough
that the swing never hit its target. While it was Tana's hand she
took as she started to wake from the haze, it was Galen's voice, then
is embrace that chased the last of the shadows away.
Still holding Tana's hand, she letloose the held back tears against her Captain's shoulder. “You left
me! You all left me...” she glanced to include the other Shard in
the accusation. “I was locked in Tann's coffin and you all walked
away.” She closed her eyes a moment and sniffed. Her voice, when it
spoke again, seemed aged, tired and near defeat. “Should I give up?
Do you all think I'm foolish for looking for him?”
She squeezed Tana's hand harder and allbut collapsed again Galen. Her whimpered words were jumbled and
senseless. It amounted to her following a fool's errand, being stupid
enough to think she could succeed and worrying that if she 'did'
continue.. she'd be all alone. Her free hand, clutching the front of
Galen's shirt, tightened till her nails dug into his skin... almost
as if afraid he would walk away at this moment.

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1 week 1 day ago #166 by Tiana
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Tana sat down on the bed next to Anna, clasping her hand in both of hers and thanking the Saints and powers that be that she was safe.   The accusation in Anna's voice only echoed her own reprimands that she had left Anna.

As she looked at Anna clinging to Galen, she had a strange sense of deja'vu, but it wasnt Anna and Galen she saw in her minds eye, but Lady Na'Dir and Jaab Shard. Her Grandfather Sheilis had been Lady Na'Dir's greatest protector only second to Jaab.  And to Jaab he was fiercely loyal and a protector of him as well.

She knew Galen and Anna were close, and some of the maids whispered that Tana was jealous because Tana loved Galen,  but it wasnt true. She saw Galen as a true friend, one of the very few she had. The consequences of a lady of Anna's position have a relation with a guard, were harsh, and she was determined to protect them both from them.

"I almost failed you, Anna," Tanna said in a soft voice that she only used with Tanna.  "Never again, your shadow will always be by your side. " She lifted Anna's hand that she was holding and touched it to her forehead, before lowering it again, "if anyone can find Lord Tannhauser, it is you my lady. Not only because he comes to you in his dreams, you are far stronger then many give you credit for. You seek for truth from the past instead of turning a blind eye and allowing it to die."

She looked at Galen over Anna's head, "I will follow you anywhere, and help you find Lord Tannhauser." 

She knew Galen's reservations about it, he and her had arguments over it a few times before reaching a understanding and agreement. 

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