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Iolara continues honing her reimancy abilities; this time she has an audience

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Syka is a new settlement of primarily humans on the east coast of Falyndar opposite of Riverfall on The Suvan Sea. [Syka Codex]

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[Swine Swells] Sorcery and Swine

Postby Iolara Lyada on July 16th, 2018, 3:00 am


18th of Summer
16th Bell

Iolara took a moment to appreciate the oddity and humor of the sight before her: a tropical beach infested with pigs. A handful were taking the opportunity to nap in the shade of the nearby jungle while several others were out for a swim now that the tide had gone out. The Charoda woman had to admit that, prior to this moment, she had never seen this many pigs in one place before. Always there had been only one or two at a time kept for food purposes at the previous human settlements of her childhood. Nothing at all like this large herd of swine. Caiyha certainly has an odd sense of humor at times, the young witch thought as she surveyed the area from the sea. A handful of the pigs began swimming to investigate their newfound companion, snuffling their snouts against her rubbery skin. She didn’t need Caiyha’s gnosis to know that these pigs were a friendly sort!

Even still, looking into their eyes, Iolara got a sense of intelligence hiding behind their friendly demeanor, and only a touch of fear. While she had not been expecting the company of swine for her practice session today, Iolara would be remiss to say she didn’t enjoy the thought of an audience. Stepping out of the surf, Iolara picked out a small stand of palm trees, each with trunks about as big around as she was. Those should make suitable targets, she thought as she approached, accompanied by a small gaggle of curious pigs. Once within the relatively cool shade, somewhat removed from the heat of Syna’s gaze, Iolara closed her eyes, dug her toes into the soft sand, and began to slow her breathing, counting each inhale and exhale as she calmed her mind.

As her breathing slowed, Io turned her focus towards the pool of djed within her, the core of her identity and being. After a couple chimes of deep breaths and mindful focus, she felt her djed respond to her thoughts and began directing it down her right arm, manifesting as a cool gas, shimmering green beneath the shade of the palms, as res. Let’s start with a warm-up, Iolara thought with a warm smile as she opened her eyes. As she had done a few days before, the Charoda witch began by shaping her res into a shimmering ball that hovered above her hand. Altering her focus, Iolara willed the inner core of the res-ball to transmute into azure water, keeping the outer layer as unchanged res to allow manipulation without the water falling to the ground.

Iolara began floating the ball of water-within-res from one hand to the other, enjoying the pigs’ playful curiosity as she worked her magic. Calling it back to her right hand, Iolara cocked her arm to toss the ball towards one of the nearby palms, a new trick for her. However, just as her arm began its forward motion, one of the pigs, feeling particularly playful, nudged the back of her leg, causing her balance to falter. Stumbling to a knee, Iolara lost her focus on the res and was rewarded by a splash of water atop her head, soaking both herself and her small swine admirers. While Io herself was unfazed by the unexpected dousing, the pigs were decidedly less impressed as they fled from her squealing. Sorry little ones! she thought mentally as she gathered herself back to her feet. Nothing to do but try again, though!
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[Swine Swells] Sorcery and Swine

Postby Iolara Lyada on July 16th, 2018, 3:17 am


As her piggy friends continued watching, this time from a respectable distance, Iolara gave them a calm smile. Making eye contact with several of them, she tried to reassure them that she meant them no harm. Several of them relaxed, ceasing their nervous grunting as they approached her once more. One particularly bold swine, the one that had nudged her knee and gotten soaked for its trouble, even forced its hand beneath her webbed hands. Chuckling softly, Iolara reward the pig with a soft scratching behind its ears before she turned back to her task at hand. While she felt her goddess would certainly approve of befriending animals outside her own personal sphere of influence, Iolara had not come here to become a swineherd. Sending gentle thoughts of peace and relaxation, the young witch willed the pigs in her immediate vicinity to lie down and rest while she continued practicing. To her delight, a couple did just that, nestling down into the sand at her feet, while the rest lost interest and began meandering about the beach once more.

Lady Caiyha, still my mind and guide my hand, Iolara thought as she once more slowed her breathing, letting her mind wander away from direct thoughts. Envisioning her mind as a clear blue sky, her thoughts passed by as if they were clouds overhead. Present and real, but never lingering for too long. Opening her eyes with a soft focus on the palm grove in front of her, Iolara once more focused her djed through her hands, pooling the res into a small sphere about the size of her fist. Now for something a little different, she thought with a grin. Using her hands and mind to manipulate the res, she reshaped it from a sphere into a long, thin cylinder. Mentally, she knew that such physical gestures were unnecessary, but for now, they helped focus her mind on the desired shape.

As a finishing touch, Iolara pinched one end of the cylinder and twisted it into a tapered point, so that her cylinder now somewhat resembled a blunt arrow. Cocking her arm back once more, satisfied now that the pigs at her feet would leave her be, Iolara brought her arm forward in a throwing motion, propelling the res forward from her hand as if she had thrown a physical object. As the small bolt of res traveled through the air, Iolara willed it to transmute into water from the inside out. At this range, her res responded almost immediately, and she was rewarded with a wet thwack! as her water impacted the tree trunk. Unfortunately, the net effect was less visceral than she would have liked. More res? she pondered while allowing her breathing to return to normal, no, I could use too much. There has to be some other way…. Taking a seat in the sand, Iolara reached out to stroke a nearby pig belly as she allowed her gaze to wander up the palm towards the bunch of coconuts at its crest. Ah! That’s it!

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[Swine Swells] Sorcery and Swine

Postby Iolara Lyada on July 16th, 2018, 3:40 am


Inspired by the coconuts above her, Iolara decided they would make an excellent target to test her new idea. Allowing the gentle sea breeze to wash over her, the Charoda witch once more closed her eyes, slowing her breathing to focus her mind. At her feet, the pigs chortled in a mix of amusement and curiosity at this strange new creature performing seemingly impossible deeds in their midst. Focusing on her inner pool of djed, Iolara took a moment to assess her state.

Her recent castings had been rather small, fortunately. While she was certainly no marathon mage, the Charoda girl was pleased to find she still had plenty of energy, with her djed lively and responsive to her thoughts. Even still, the memory of her recent bout of Sweet Whispers gave her a minor pause. Using too much djed was an ever-present danger of personal magic, this much she knew. But the occurrence of such vivid hallucinations, manifesting as actual voices in her head? That had unnerved the young girl.

Even still, Caiyha protects me, Iolara reassured herself, allowing her thoughts to grow still and away from the unpleasant memory. Drawing out her djed once more into her right hand, Iolara formed the sphere first, then shaped that ball of shimmering green res into a bolt, about the same length as her hand, from wrist to fingertips. This time, as she transmuted the inner layers once more into water, Iolara willed the outer layer of res to shrink and compress, pushing the water tight against itself.

With the inner layers of water thus compressed, Iolara took care in orienting the bolt to point upwards, towards the coconuts. Keeping her gaze on the furry brown fruit above her, even as her mind focused on the outer layer of res, Iolara made an upward tossing motion and willed the res-bolt to rocket upwards. With surprising speed the bolt of water shot up towards the coconuts. Iolara used the intervening moments to transmute the rest of the res, hitting the bunch of coconuts dead center with a rewarding smack of compressed water.

To her delight, the waterbolt impacted with enough force to dislodge the coconuts from their perch. Her happy squeal was accompanied by surprised grunts from the pigs at her feet as Iolara hopped from one foot to the other, clapping her hands together in an unrestrained demonstration of joy. Now that she had enjoyed some success, Iolara felt it was time for a well-earned respite. She could feel Syna’s heat parching her skin, even here in the shade. Offering a smile and a gentle caress to her pig companions, Iolara strode into the sea.

As the waves lapped around her stomach, and then over her shoulders, the young Charoda was pleased to see her swine friends following her even here. Although a flash of concern touched her features, Iolara reminded herself that it was still low tide. The most vicious of ocean predators would still be lurking further off shore, which meant her piggy friends were unlikely to become shark food just yet.
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[Swine Swells] Sorcery and Swine

Postby Iolara Lyada on July 16th, 2018, 3:55 am


Iolara dived beneath the waves, reveling in the feeling of being once more in her natural environment. While the beaches of Syka were certainly beautiful, Syna’s heat made the days more than a little difficult for the aquatic Charoda. The humid air helped a little bit, but eventually it would be inevitable that the young witch would need to take shelter beneath the waves once more, even if only for a short time. Still riding the high of her successful trial of her water bolt technique, Iolara looped and swirled through the water, twisting around onto her back to chuckle at the sight of pigs’ hooves protruding from above the surface.

Truly she had stumbled upon a magical place! And it was only fitting, for magic was what she had come here to practice. And I’m not quite done yet, Iolara reminded herself as she swept through the ocean currents, giving herself a double kick to propel her lithe body out of the water, arcing gracefully over a pair of friendly pigs. For their part, pigs responded with a mix of fear and amusement at the wondrous creature that bedazzled them first with magic, and now with her prowess within the sea. While racing through the ocean waters was exhilarating, Iolara had to stay disciplined if she was to be the best possible steward of the gift Caiyha had bestowed upon her.

Iolara emerged from the surf dripping sea water and surrounded by admiring swine. She chuckled as they nuzzled against her legs and reached down to stroke their hairy bodies. While she had had little direct contact with such creatures before coming to Syka, Iolara found she was quickly developing a fondness for their carefree attitude, as well as the intelligence she felt simmering behind their eyes. Refreshed by her dip in the ocean, Iolara once more turned her mind to her reason for coming to this relatively secluded section of the beach. As of now, she wasn’t entirely sure how Sykans reacted to the presence of magic, and while she had been met with no hostility thus far, taking precautions was rarely a bad idea.

The Charoda sat cross legged in the surf, allowing her breaths to mimic the in and out motion of the waves as they rolled in from the sea. With each exhalation, Iolara willed wisps of djed to emanate from her lungs as res, shimmering grin in the air before her. Willing the magical substance into a flat disc about the size of her hand, the young witch began to focus not on transmutation, but on the water itself nearby. As she focused, the water beneath her disc began to swell upwards, building slowly on itself until a short pillar of water had been formed.

Allowing a soft smile to spread across her face, Iolara raised the disc upward and was pleased to see the water rising with it. It’s working! Iolara thought with joy, though it was at that very moment that her concentration slipped. The disc of res dissipated, and immediately the pillar of water came crashing back down to the sea. Once again, her piggy companions found themselves unexpectedly soaked, and let their disapproval be known. “Sorry friends,” Iolara spoke in the Common tongue, which sounded much better above the water than her native Char. “Just one more time, and then I’ll leave you be!”
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[Swine Swells] Sorcery and Swine

Postby Iolara Lyada on July 16th, 2018, 4:17 am


While her hooved companions squealed in protest, Iolara did her best to tune the noise out of her mind. Allowing her eyes to come to rest on the horizon with a soft focus, the young Charoda stilled her mind and reached once more into her pool of djed. She could feel exhaustion setting in from using even the moderate amount she had practicing in such a short amount of time. But she was determined to get this last thing right before she allowed herself to quit. Once again exhaling her djed into wisps of res, floating on the air before her face, Iolara focused on her desired outcome: a rotating pillar of water, rising from the sea.

Forming and shaping her ball of res into another small disc, Iolara set about putting the disc into rotation. As it spun, she willed an attraction to her element, and was pleased to see the sea respond again. This time, as the water beneath her disc bulged upwards, it began to rotate in time with the spinning disc of res. Exhaustion gnawed at the edge of her mind, but Iolara strove to keep her focus. As the water met her res, the young witch began willing the disc to rise once more, taking the spinning column of water with it.

The progress was slow. Slower than she would have liked. Before her eyes, the rotation faltered and slowed further. Then it stopped. The attraction, however, did not. More and more water rose to meet her disc, until a mound of water stood before her, equal in height above the surface. Iolara’s heart began to beat faster as she realized she had lost control of her own spell.

“More. It needs more!” came the voice from within her head, along with a feeling that was near euphoric. In her panicked and bleary state, the young Charoda was unable to distinguish the whispers from her own internal voice. She desperately wanted to cast more, to feed the euphoria in her own head. But today was the day that her mental exhaustion won out. Her focus lapsed. The disc of res evaporated into the air. And Iolara fell face-first into the waves, unconscious.

When she finally awoke, Syna had gone to rest and Leth had taken her place. His pale, silver light cast the beach around her in an eerie light. Iolara sat up slowly, a pounding headache reverberating between her eyes. As she sat up, her hands fell to push up from the ground. But rather than sand, there was only soft, hairy flesh. Io started in fright before being greeted with a familiar grunt, almost a chuckle. It was just a pig. The same pig that had nuzzled her knees and hands earlier that same day.

The tide had come in, washing Iolara further upon the shore than she remembered being. From the pig beside her, Caiyha’s gift allowed her to sense its concern, as well as joy now that she was awake. Iolara sent back similar feelings, fighting through the throbbing pain in her skull. Ruffling the pig’s pink ears gently, Iolara stood in a series of jerking, halting motions. As she stood, a metallic twang within her mouth gave her pause. Blood, she thought with a frown. I’ll need to be far more careful in the future. For now, though, her only concern was returning to her secure sanctum beneath the waves by way of the village. The pig accompanied her a short way down the moonlit beach, sticking close to the surf so as to avoid the dangers of the jungle. Iolara felt it was going to be a very unpleasant next few days.
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[Swine Swells] Sorcery and Swine

Postby Okara on July 17th, 2018, 11:10 pm

Grades and Awards


Iolara Lyada


Experience
Observation 5
Meditation 4
Reimancy 5

Lores
Syka Location: Swine Swells
Meditation: Envisioning Your Thoughts as Clouds Floating Away
Reimancy: Shaping Res into an Arrow
Reimancy: Throwing Res to Hit a Target
Meditation: Imagining Your Thoughts are Waves Rolling Away


Misc Rewards or Injuries
Effects of Overgiving:
- Metallic taste in mouth for next 2 days
- Moderate pain for 3 days

Notes
It’s been fun to see Iolara’s skill with reimancy grow and her spells get more complicated. I appreciate that you always push her a little further and give yourself appropriate consequences in return.


Please edit your post in your grade request to reflect that it has been graded. PM me with any questions.
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