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[The Midnight Gem] Bending Ones Body To One's Will IV

Postby Kelski on February 28th, 2019, 5:13 am

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Timestamp: 55th of Winter, 518 A.V.




Kelski napped then, moving from her meditation into Nysel’s realm of dreams. She rested, the magic having taken its toll on her. The couch was comfortable and sometime during her bells of rest, the throw blanket over the back of the couch took on a life of its own and snaked its way down the couch and across her prone form. She snuggled in deeper, sighing softly as the warmth surrounded her and deepened her rest.

The Gem took care of its Mistress, understanding inherently that the mage was learning new magic…. magic that The Gem was watching closely and learning as well. It could already mimic Kelski’s gemstones, turning its walls into slices of smooth Lapis Lazuli or rough amethyst geodes at will. It could mimic any wood it saw and had seen quite a bit of wood from the fine grain of its inhabitant’s tools and weapons to the wood that was washed up along the shore or brought into its walls in the form of furniture.

All of it, the Gem loved.

And as Kelski learned to Morph, The Gem began to learn as well. She understood Djed, not only because of all the mages living in her walls, but because often her Mistress touched her, feeding her Djed and hurrying along her growth.

The feedings Kelski provided were beneficial. The sessions both helped fuel The Midnight Gem’s growth but it also circulated the djed within the Kelvic and got the mage to be more reactive with her djed, pulling it and utilizing it and then refilling her own personal djed from her well.

It was as a muscle was, unused and brought into use suddenly and repeatedly which made it … stronger. Equally beneficial were the times The Gem was linked to Kelski and she was learning or dreaming – like now. As the Kelvic learned, so too did the building. It’s understanding was directly proportional to the Kelvic’s awareness of how the magic worked.

And so, as the woman slept, The Midnight Gem learned. It learned to paint its walls with the colors of sunset as it had witnessed Kelski doing. And because its form was inorganic, the same rules that the Kelvic knew from morphing did not apply to it. Its magic was older, more flexible and not bound to the flesh of a mortal.

And as the Kelvic had done, letting night fall over her skin, so too did The Midnight Gem… and instead of her ceiling being dusted with a spackling of white stars, the stars on her ceiling glittered like the real stars The Midnight Gem lived under and witnessed every night.

Kelski dreamed she slept under the stars yet still cocooned by the blanket the Midnight Gem had wrapped around her without using arms…. with only a power like projection born of need. And as the Kelvic slowly woke, she stretched, stared at her arms and legs, and seemed to be startled they were their normal pale white.

Even still drenched in sleep, Kelski infused her flesh with djed, pulling it with an awkward jerky syphon and infusing her flesh with power. She darkened her skin from its pale natural ivory to a more muted neutral flesh tone. She felt sun-darkened and bronzed, though in truth her tone only became that of a more normal human like Anja or Vasin. She didn’t darken her skin to Ixzo’s depths because Ixzo’s coloring was as rare and exotic as her own.


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[The Midnight Gem] Bending Ones Body To One's Will IV

Postby Kelski on April 27th, 2019, 5:35 pm

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The Kelvic rose, opened up the big double doors to the balcony, and walked out on the structure. She leaned against the railing and studied the sea. Though still nude, the weather did not bother her nor did the late evening light. She wanted to study forms and for that she would need some models. And as long as she’d put it off, she knew it was time to go find some eyes. Exchanging bare skin for feathers in a swirl of light, Kelski winged her way into the sky and decided to scour the city for bodies.

Stretching her feathers out, Kelski headed into the sky, catching an inland draft off the ocean and soaring up and over the city. As she flew she darkened her feathers, actively concentrating on it as she made a larger and larger circles… focusing on her coloring. Once she thought she had it, Kelski switched her mind over to a different thought process, while still holding the black feathering in her mind.

Where would bodies be? She circled again over the Proving Grounds this time, then looped back towards The Gem to sail over Tall Johnny’s. No… that wasn’t right. She winged around again, still thinking, and her eyes lit on The Blood Pits. There were fights that night… for certain. Not to mention there were fights all day as well sometimes.

The place was full of people and there was a morbid cart of sorts hitched to an old set of draft horses resting in the back. It was stacked with bodies of all types. Young, older, mostly men though a few women… they were stacked up high. Some of them were still warm, all of them had most likely died that day sometime during a fight. Kelski thought it was such a waste. It truthfully was. The wagon was unguarded; the horses tethered tight.

Kelski dropped down, perched on the bed, and grumbled. She’d come without anything but a beak and nothing to carry eyes in. What she needed was human hands, a razor sharp dagger, and something to carry the eyes in. The Sea Eagle with her feathers still blackened took off again, headed for home. Once there, she shifted, gathered supplies and put a razor sharp dagger in its sheath in a small oilskin bag with cheesecloth and shifted once more to return to the wagon.

It took her only a half bell to leave, retrieve her items, and return.

Once there, she shifted to skin, concentrated for a few moments to flood her skin with darkness. It was slow and Kelski stayed in a shadow cast by lantern light while she morphed the change. And once she was all black, she climbed up onto the wagon and started looking around. Soon enough, she found an Akalak towards the bottom of the pile and relieved him of his eyes with a deft twist of her wrist, slipping them into her bag. She was glad the dagger she brought was sharp. Kelski was careful to carve out the flesh around the eyes as well, not just the organs themselves.

Aer’wyn had a membrane she wanted to harvest off this corpse that fell over his eye that allowed his infravision. Kelski wanted to recreate that inner lid and try to gain that sort of sight for herself as well. She single knotted the Akalak nerve strands together to remember which eyes were his and carefully packed the tissue in cheesecloth that was inside the oilskin bag. She found more bodies, but truthfully nothing she wanted to learn from. The Akalak eyes were far and enough as interesting as she wanted to go for morphing tonight.
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[The Midnight Gem] Bending Ones Body To One's Will IV

Postby Kelski on April 27th, 2019, 5:37 pm

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Once her treasures were neatly packed, the Kelvic switched skin for feathers, took up the bag with its contents in her talon, and winged for home. The return trip was faster though the bag was no more burdened than it had been. Eyes weighed next to nothing. She was simply lucky she found an Akalak corpse. They weren’t common in Sunberth, not like they were in other places. But evidently they weren’t impossible to find either.

The Kelvic landed on the balcony, swiftly changed to her skin, and took up the bag once more walking into the common room of the Midnight Gem. She shut the door behind her, set the bag on the table, and stoked up the fires. She figured she might be here a while studying, so she wanted the place warm. Then she padded through the study, into the master suite, and slipped on leggings and a shirt. Then she ducked into her master bathroom, plucked a mirror off the vanity, and returned to the large table.

She retrieved a plate from the kitchen, laid it carefully out on the table, and upended the bag over the plate. Two tied together eyes tumbled out along with cheesecloth bound tissues. Kelski headed back into the kitchen, came back with two skewers she could use as teasing probes, and began her careful observation of the inner eyelid, how it was formed, what it looked like and its functional structure. She used the probes to set the eyes up, and to study how the extra lid slipped across the organ.

Tapping her Auristics, Kelski studied the items with her magesight as well, flooding her vision with djed and then reaching out with the power to do with djed what she’d just done with the thin skewers turned teasing probes. She meticulously picked the pieces apart with power. Looking at layers and layers of tissue and how organ and eyelid fit together. There were a million little details, things she hadn’t thought about, wouldn’t have visualized, and hadn’t even dreamed of being there when one thought about an ‘extra eyelid’.

Kelski immediately understood how come Aer’wyn’s journal emphasized models. One needed a model. Even if she didn’t understand what she was looking at, she could still copy what she was looking at with djed and get the mechanisms to work with. And the study was something Kelski loved. She simply adored learning. Sitting at the table and teasing apart this tissue was a lot like breaking down a new piece of jewelry to see how the other jeweler had put it together and if she could improve on the aesthetics or strength of the design. It was almost as if she were doing the same thing to her body. She was improving on the original design.

It was no wonder mages were hated, Kelski thought. Equality among the races was fairly common. Some were more beautiful than others. Some stronger. Some smarter. Some could climb better or fly better or even shift their shapes. Morphers changed all the predetermined rules. They could take the best traits of every race and apply them to their own bodies. And if they did so carefully, they could become stronger, faster, more gifted with abilities than others. Never mind that training magic took as much work as say bodybuilding or sitting at a jeweler’s bench learning to cut stones.
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[The Midnight Gem] Bending Ones Body To One's Will IV

Postby Kelski on April 27th, 2019, 5:39 pm

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So… pass or fail. Kelski sat back, having studied as much as she thought she could, and cleared her mind. She dismissed her magesight, got more comfortable in the chair by wiggling into position, and began deeply breathing. She concentrated, pushing all thoughts of equality and leveled playing fields out of her mind as she slowly reformed the structure of the inner eyelid in her mind. She new its attachment points, how it moved, and the muscles that drove it. She tapped her well when the image was firmly in her head, and poured power into her inner sight. The Sea Eagle felt the flesh around her eyes tingle, thicken, and she breathed again, not wanting to panic as her djed strove to weave what she’d pre-programed it too through her visualization.

Kelski lost all track of time as she concentrated, pouring djed into the endeavor like she’d fuel a run with a light meal. She ignored the ‘different’ feel around her eyes. They were warmer, different – thicker, stronger, more layered than before. She simply concentrated, locking the image of the eyelid and the Akalak eye structure into her mind as the djed did its work.

Finally, after more than a bell, Kelski opened her eyes. Nothing looked different, thankfully, so she hadn’t made herself blind. But she could feel the thickness of something new behind her eyelid. Concentrating, she thought of dropping the second lid, not sure how that would work. Nothing happened at first until she decided she had a real desire to see what infravision was like. Then, as if on que, the second djed-formed eyelid dropped and everything about her vision changed.

The room darkened strangely, grew almost blue, and images of reds, yellows, whites and even violets infused her vision. She held up her hand and it was red tinged with yellow in an otherwise blue background. Blinking, she glanced around, the hearth blazed white-hot with red at its core. The walls of The Gem were orangish red too, as if it were a living being. The furniture was shades of cool blue and violet. Kelski slowly stood and looked around, noting the differences in what she could see.

There was a noted lack of detail in her vision which she had come to rely on as an Eagle.

Infravision was less precise, but as she stepped out onto the balcony and looked into the darkness, she could immediately tell the land was warming than the deep blue-violet sea lapping the sand below. In the tall grass, which she could barely make out, she could see bright red dots of color scurrying in and out of the tall thick blades, sometimes disappearing behind miniature dunes in the sand where the grass grew.

Looking up the sky was cold and dark, but she could see nightbirds flying. Refocusing her vision, she could also see sandpipers chasing the waves, digging out bugs the water exposed. Her lips formed an O of surprise as she took in all these sights. The world was beautiful like this, reduced to shades of red and blue, displayed by temperature rather than light. Kelski slipped further out onto the balcony and climbed up onto the railing then onto the roof. She walked across the ridgeline to see the city on the other side of The Gem.

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[The Midnight Gem] Bending Ones Body To One's Will IV

Postby Kelski on April 27th, 2019, 5:40 pm

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That was a stunning surprise. The slag heap lit up like a red ruby in the distance, towering over most of the ruined city, its smoke rising yellow gold into the night. Other buildings were warm and cold depending, and she could see back alley fires in barrels and people sleeping here and there on the streets. There were also figures walking about – one down the very street the Midnight Gem stood on. He left ghostly footprints where his boots struck the broken cobbles and mud… footprints which faded as the slight heat from the soles of his boots faded. Kelski marveled at the change. So much was revealed that was normally hidden.

She could see which buildings were occupied and which lay cold and empty.

The occupied ones were a different color, warmed by the braziers and fireplaces burning inside and by the occupants changing the structures temperature. If they were brick, little was revealed. She could even see brats rummaging in the distance, their red/orange bodies standing out in the chilled night. Kelski even looked towards the Temple of the Unknown, wondering if it shown different in Infravision. It did not. Its stone was cool and lifeless, striking disappointment into her heart. For some reason she wished it would have been as alive as The Midnight Gem.

Speaking of the Gem, Kelski looked down. The roof tiles she was perched on were warm and vibrant. The building stood out in infravision! Panic encased her. How many Akalak had seen the Midnight Gem? Did they look at night using this sort of vision? Sure they did. It would be so easy to tell The Midnight Gem was different.

Kelski laid her hand on The Gem and the building answered her immediately.

What? What has you upset?

Kelski showed the Gem what she could see with her Infravision, how much the building stood out from the others. How worried she was that people would see this as different and that it would draw the wrong sort of attention to her building… attention that would get it plied with fire or bespoke of being cursed or housing mages. She could see a crowd so furious that if they couldn’t break in, they’d tear the building beam and brick by brick from its foundations. Her panic rose…

Calm yourself. I can be cooler. I just have to think on it. Show me what the normal buildings look like… the ones that have hearths and people in them.

Kelski did, fighting down her rising fear as she scanned the area and focused on The Drunken Fish. Its hue was more muted, tinged with warmth but not glowing with life like The Midnight Gem was. She fixed the picture in her mind and the Gem tapped it, studying it until Kelski could feel the building physically cooling beneath her feet.

The Kelvic sat down abruptly, putting her hands on the roof, flooding the building with love and djed, helping it make the change, helping it hide itself from those that hated. Sunberth was full of hate. She had no idea how they had dodged this particular arrow, but it drove home to her the point that Sunberth wasn’t safe.

She needed to leave. There was no reason to stay. She had a life and a business here, but doing so had proven to her if she could build a life and a business in one of the most inhospitable cities in the world, she could do that elsewhere as well, and far more easily. Then and there Kelski decided she needed to go see Goldfinger and see if he’d make an offer on her business.

Where, go where though? She glanced about, as if she could see all the cities in all the lands from the roof of the Midnight Gem, and sighed. Lhavit was too far. She wanted a city free of slaves somewhere near, somewhere that had a government and learning and people that were happy. Did such a place exist? Kelski decided she knew who she’d ask…. the librarian’s owner. Remy would know if anyone would. And if she knew of a place, close…. where Kelski could start over, the Kelvic was determined to start packing immediately.



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[The Midnight Gem] Bending Ones Body To One's Will IV

Postby Kelski on May 26th, 2019, 7:54 pm

G R A D E S
Meditation +2, Architectrix +2, Morphing +5, Scouting +1, Scavenging +1, Research +2, Auristics +1, Teaching +1

Scavenging: Models For Morphing, Morphing: Gives Mages An Advantage, Morphing: Infravision Capable Inner Eyelid, Scouting: Utilizing Infravision, Midnight Gem: Lit Up In Infravision, Achitectrix: Teaching The Gem To Be Cooler So She Doesn’t Show In Infravision




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