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Lessons by Baroque Bay (Kelski)

Postby Vasin on May 4th, 2019, 7:57 pm

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Vasin had taken notice of Kelski's hesitation as he sat there in the chair opposite of her. He had hoped it had not been too personal of a question, but perhaps it was? He was hoping he had not dug too deep as he sat there waiting for a moment. The idea that his sword may be special, it was an intriguing one. How would he know? It was Cold Iron to be sure, and obviously good quality. But he didn't think that the weapons smith had imbued it with anything. Vasin glanced to the door, to the hallway thinking about where he had rested that sword on the rack. Then he looked back to Kelski as she had decided to tell him of her marks. Intently he listened, very curious of what she had to say in regards to them. The Gnosis of Semele, Gnosis of Xhyvas, and Gnosis of Akajia."Night Stalkers..." he quietly said almost to himself. That was the one she explained the most, and the Gnosis she had the most of? "I don't think I have heard of such powers before. They are good gifts, and sound really impressive." he said not knowing much about the subject.

"I am sure you will come to know them well..." he said trailing off a little at her next question. Crylon had asked him that exact same question before. Vasin shifted in his seat a little as he looked to her."I don't really worship anyone... I never really gave it any thought until after I met Crylon." he said breathing out a tad quietly."It's probably an odd thing for me to say. Plenty of places here in Sunberth where one can leave offering I know." he said with a slight shrug."Hearing what you and Crylon have said though..." Vasin said rubbing the back of his head."It's made me start thinking about it. But I haven't really been sure where to start." he said knowing that must of sounded odd and silly as well. it was obvious how one got started. You pick one, worship them, and give them offerings. But from what both of them said, it was a large commitment of one's self.


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As she explained the limits and rules of morphing Vasin listened in carefully to what Kelski had to say about it. Only things from the plant and animal world, nothing that nature cannot duplicate. Vasin nodded, though was kinda disappointed he couldn't use it to turn his skin into metal scale armor. Regardless, he reasoned that thing was not natural anyway and plus he could still fly."Will you be able to teach me how to fly?" he questioned."I'm not sure how I would even approach it when I get to that point." he said imagining himself jumping off a building only to face plant into a dirt road. Yeah, he wanted to avoid that happening."I'm really starting to see how that exercise of memory and mine comes into this. Being familiar with a substance and material enough that you can picture it perfectly in your mind... must really make it easier. Then, being able to quiet distracting thoughts and concentrate on it." Vasin said with a very quick nod understanding."I'll need to be careful though. Sounds like over giving with morphing can be really dangerous." Vasin confirmed.

Vasin would look to her outstretched hand, and at Kelski's nails."Right, one step at a time. Like starting with a wooden sword and then moving to a sharpened blade." he said knowing that making too far of leaps was a bad idea. His previous experiences making this obvious in his mind. Vasin blinked, however, his eyes catching and then watching as she transformed her nails into the talons of an eagle. He made a silent wow expression rather impressed with the partial transformation that had happened right before his eyes."There it is." he said now having seen it right before his eyes."Something familiar..." Vasin considered what she said. Nothing came to mind within the first moment of thought."All right, I will try..." Vasin said as a memory flashed through his mind. A memory in vivid detail from long ago, one that had never truly left him."Okay... I think I know exactly what to try." Vasin said now knowing he had to hold onto that memory, and not let distracting thoughts take it away. He breathed out, the image in his mind was that of two violet eyes staring at him.

Vasin breathed in slowly and then closed his eyes gently. He took a while to clear his mind, as he tried to fully bring the image from the depths of his memory. Sometimes it shifted or disappeared, but he actively tried keeping it from disappearing. Reinforcing it with what he knew from memory. It was different, trying to have a quiet mind and then bring up an image. It was difficult to go beyond those eyes, for everything else appeared as a blur to him. Vasin breathed, starting to lose track of time entirely. He had to get it right, Vasin could not let it go now that it had passed into his mind's eye field of view. Slowly as his mind calmed more and more he explored it as intimately as he could. The world around him began to fade as he lost himself in his mind. His memory now cooperating with him more and more. His breath controlled and calm as it all came together for him. Vasin had it, and now he just had to do as Kelski said. Now with it fresh in his mind, it was time to direct his djed to do as he needed it.

Vasin followed that stream, it did not take as long to find it as he would follow that stream of power. Now more familiar to him, easier to follow to the shores of that well like a lake to him. Slowly from within he submerged himself in it and tried to influence its flow. Vasin could feel the power rising up through his core, up to his spine and to his head. Vasin took it slowly as he pushed and pulled the djed. Pulling that power from within himself he imagined what he had before. While he was interacting with the djed he began to imagine those violet eyes once more. But now, instead of merely picturing them he pictured them on his face. Or rather, in the place of his own blue eyes. Vasin tried to actively will them into place, and he could feel the djed slowly but surely pour to that point. Flowing to his eyes remained closed as he took his time wishing for it to happen. He wished to have the eyes of his mother, even if it was just that one hue.

Vasin kept the flow going for some time, not counting time by minutes or seconds. He kept directing the power unsure of when it would be finished. Vasin just had to go by his gut in this case, and slowly breathed. It took some time, that is for certain, and he wasn't sure how long it took. But, eventually, he eased up on pouring the djed to that point and willing the transformation. He had a feeling that it was ready. Pulling back into the world Vasin would slowly open his eyes looking at Kelski. His eyes were now a brilliant violet as he looked at her."Did it work?" he asked her unable to confirm for himself at that exact moment. The eyes were that of his mother in that particular hue, but perhaps further. It was the one thing that he could still picture oh so clearly in his mind of her. It had taken time to craft and make sure it was right, but here he sat now looking at Kelski hoping he had done all right.
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Postby Kelski on June 9th, 2019, 6:07 pm

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She was enjoying herself. Vasin was always good company and she had nothing bad to say about his ability to listen and absorb new information. And the conversation wasn’t just about magic. It drifted all over, filling in micro gaps in their knowledge of each other that hadn’t had a chance to be discussed before. Kelski found it odd Vasin seemed to have no knowledge of the Gods though and didn’t worship any of them. It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, but considering how much Akajia had gotten her through hard times in her life, she wondered if Vasin had ever had anyone to lean on in a similar way. “You start by following your heart. You have a lot of good qualities the Gods and Goddesses would acknowledge and admire, Vasin. You should sometimes soon see if you could get some learning on them. I don’t know if our library here has any books on religion, but even just talking to people about religion is helpful.” Kelski advised, knowing that was true enough. The people that had gnosis mark tended to know about those that marked them. “I just find it odd how many people disbelieve in the gods. They don’t think of them as real creatures. But the truth is they are people like you and I… just extremely powerful people.” Kelski added, looking thoughtful.

The talk continued, more about magic than anything else. Archanology was useful in so many aspects and if someone could discipline their minds to utilize its knowledge, they could then use those skills on almost anything. “Sunberth confuses me often. They hate mages, but they don’t understand how much magic is so much like anything else in the world. If you can discipline yourself to focus… to concentrate… to learn… you are going to do a lot towards improving other things in your life… like even your weapons work. Mages do a lot of things that swordsmen do. There’s very little difference. And if you think about it, when practicing Morphing, it teaches you how alike everything in the world is…” Kelski said, understanding that was one of the key ways Morphers really understood morphing.

When Vasin started to concentrate, she watched him closely. They were sitting in two wing-backed chairs, side by side, but she slipped out of her seat and moved to his feet where she kneeled and studied him as he concentrated. Kelski watched up at him, no indication of what he was morphing. He meditated for a great while, silent and focusing. She could almost feel his internal well overflow and flood his senses as his djed came to the surface. He all but glowed with it when Kelski concentrated and flooded her vision with auristics power. She pooled her own djed in her eyes, concentrating on switching to the magesight that so many people of power relied on. She could see the thread of djed pulling from deep within him and pooling in his eyes. Kelski watched, mesmerized because she’d never seen this process before outside of her own body and with Auristics firmly in place.

And when Vasin opened his and asked if it worked, Kelski’s eyes widened. She saw the change in the color of his orbs. And she studied what he had done quite carefully before she nodded. “I think so. If you were going for different colored iris’. They look violet.” She said, rising from her crouch in front of him and slipping out into her master bedroom to get a hand mirror. She returned in short order and handed it to him so he could see for himself.

She let him take the change into himself, absorbing just what it was he could do now, and then shifted into her seat. Kelski tucked her legs beneath her and nodded proudly at him. “You did well, Vasin. You really did. But this is just the beginning. You are going to have to practice this magic, not just when you think of it, but daily. You need to practice and practice until you can do these changes in your sleep. Eyecolor is a lovely start, but you need to go bigger, stronger, fiercer… you’ll have to study me as an eagle… learn what I look for if you want your own wings. And you’ll have to be able to morph to reduce your size… which will come after you learn a lot more morphing.” She said softly, then smiled.

“At the beginning, you can only do small changes, Vasin, like your eye color and hair color, skin tone.. maybe growing scales or fur or claws. When you get more confident and competent, you can transform your whole body. I’m at that point now. I just learned how to become a dolphin… and swim in the sea. I’m not very good at swimming yet, but I will learn. I found a dolphin’s corpse washed up on the beach. It had been killed by a shark I think since it had a big bite out of it. I studied it intently, dragging it up to the barn, and practiced and practiced until I could shift into its form. I picked a dolphin because it was about the same size as my body… and it was handy that a model presented itself. You can change into another human – someone who’s looks you’ve studied. But remember, you can’t really change size or mass… I’m a hundred and fifteen pounds at the moment. I need to change into something that size.” Kelski added.

Then she took a breath and continued. “When you get to be an expert, you can turn into things of different sizes… a small mouse, a large draft horse. Things get more real. If you turn into a bat, you can see with how they see… their ears and their weird clicking’s. Things that can see in the dark will lend you their ability to see in the dark when you take their form. Snake? The snakebite will be real without you consciously producing poison.” Kelski added.

Then she continued. “And when you master morphing, you can turn into things that are truly amazing. They can be massive creatures…. maybe a blue whale or even something like one of Lhaviku’s children such as a giant squid. Maybe you can take on the shape of a Velispar. You can be a tiny little ant. And you just need to see a creature to model it.” Kelski said gently, knowing she was preaching what Aer’wyn had told her to another. In a way, it was an unsung djedline that had no markings or no mystical recognitions.

“Its important… this magic. Its important to practice and be safe with it, Vasin. I’m entrusting you with its secrets. Don’t pass it on unless you are sure of the person… certain of the outcome of their mindset. They need to be open to mystical things… and they have to have power. I don’t know how to describe how to know people have power… but you can tell. You really can.” Kelski said softly, watching him, wondering how he felt about that. It was important to say, but she didn’t now how to describe what she was trying to teach him.
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Lessons by Baroque Bay (Kelski)

Postby Vasin on June 14th, 2019, 10:09 am

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"I don't know why that is, I know that the gods are real. The world we are living in now is proof of it. How many years without winter have we had? Anyone who doubts the existence of gods at this point... surely they have not been paying attention?" he said with a shake of his head."I did speak with Crylon a little while ago. He told me about his god and how he worshiped them. It was rather... positive?" he said recalling how the worship of that god, in particular, seemed to bring out a hard-working aspect in people. Whether it be seeking excellence in fighting, or in the building."From what I have found though, the majority of the collection at the library is journals. It might be hard to find something... but I don't doubt it exists. Probably the best for me to ask around as you said." Vasin said with a nod. He was curious and interested in learning more. What traits of his would a god appreciate? As well as vise versa? He would only learn by looking.

Vasin would smile when Kelski essentially confirmed it had worked."That is indeed what I was going for!" he smiled pleased that it worked. Now all that was left was to see how it looked. He then followed her with his eyes closely watching as he saw her leave and then return with a hand mirror. When she gave it to him after a brief pause he would look at himself in the mirror. There they were, those striking eyes he could picture oh so vividly in his mind's eye and memory. He blinked absorbing the change in happy with how it had turned out."Thank you." he would say in gratitude to both when she told him he did well, and also to how she had taught him to do it."I will make sure to do it every day. "Though I should probably avoid doing it in public around here." he said being mindful knowing that the superstitious people of Sunberth would not pass up the chance to lynch a magic user."Study you?" he questioned glancing past the mirror. His eyes darted over her and paused with realization."Oh! Right. I'll need to if I want to be able to fly... to replicate all the details to do so."

Vasin listened intently as Kelski spoke, carefully so captivated by the things she told him, the things that were possible."So if I studied you, I could make my self appear like you? Not just your eagle form?" he questioned curiously."It took a lot of effort... concentration... to change the color of my eyes... so I can only just imagine what it will take to make those kind changes. To turn into a dolphin, mouse, snake... or an eagle." he said thinking it over."All I need is to study the shape of what I wish to turn into?" he said trying to take it all in."Right, it makes sense." he said knowing that is what he had to do for the eyes and it was what that exercise of memory was based on,

"I'll keep it secret... I'll keep it safe. I promise you this." he said with sincerity knowing that Kelski would not say to be careful without good reason."I will only pass it onto people who can be trusted and I know can keep safe. I am not sure though..." Vasin paused glancing off."About how I would know... if someone has the ability or talent for it. Is it something that will become obvious? Once I learn more?" Vasin questioned curiously.
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