Event Trial by Starlight

Three citizens who have been investigating the Magekiller are called to a trial to finally put the murderer to rest.

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The Diamond of Kalea is located on Kalea's extreme west coast and called as such because its completely made of a crystalline substance called Skyglass. Home of the Alvina of the Stars, cultural mecca of knowledge seekers, and rife with Ethaefal, this remote city shimmers with its own unique light.

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Trial by Starlight

Postby Luminescence on March 24th, 2020, 1:25 am

Trial by Starlight
5th of spring, 520 AV


It was late into the evening, a few bells from the midnight rest when the knock came at the door.

Madeira was the first to be summoned. A gentle knocking came from the front door as Talora cautiously lifted the okomo head knocker and let it fall softly, then took a step back to wait patiently with her hands clasped in front of her waist. A small, amused smile played at her mouth as she read the plaques on the front door, and it remained when the door was finally opened.

In her mortal form, Madeira would recognize the Ethaefal regardless, for it was the form she'd been in the last time the two had met on a tragic and bloody night. Talora nodded to Madeira. "Hello again, Madeira," Talora said, seemingly expecting the spiritist to have remembered her from the lack of introduction.

"Your presence has been requested at the Twuele for a trial." Talora paused slightly, straightening up slightly. "The Magekiller's trial, specifically. It's a shame we keep meeting over spilled blood," her voice was tinged with sadness, a shadow passing over the woman's face before it was gone as quickly as it had come.

"Please, get anything you need. I'll be waiting by the gate, but don't take too long, we have someone else to pick up before we can return to the Twuele." With that said, Talora nodded and turned, leaving Madeira to digest the information she had been given and prepare as she needed.


Dev'Ania was next. The Konti would receive a knock at her apartment door in the Solar Winds, quick but quiet, and open it to find a young woman with short blonde hair and Madeira. Talora smiled at the Konti.

"Hello Dev'Ania. My name is Talora. You've been requested at the Twuele, along with Miss Craven here," Talora motioned to Madeira standing behind her. "There's a trial going on tonight. For the Magekiller." Talora paused to allow Dev'Ania time to adjust to the new information before continuing. "I will be waiting downstairs. Please, gather whatever you may want or need, but try not to take too long. Madeira, if you wish to remain here you can, or feel free to come wait downstairs."

With that and another nod to Dev'Ania, Talora left; if Madeira remained, the two would have time to talk a little between themselves before having to go downstairs to meet up with Talora again.


Meanwhile, while Talora was collecting Madeira and Dev'Ania, Aysel was making his way across a skyglass bridge towards the Sharai Peak. Wandering between the few grazing okomo that were still awake, Aysel found his way to the cottage he was looking for, and rapped his knuckles sharply on the door, alerting Octarus to the presence of a late night visitor.

The two Lethaefal would come face-to-face as Octarus opened the door. Aysel towered over the other Eth, more than a foot taller than him, his face as impassive as the gleaming marble it looked like it was carved from. Seeing another Ethaefal was no longer a shock for Aysel; he had been around for a very long time and met many Ethaefal while living in Lhavit, not to mention his co-ruler who he spent many of his waking hours with.

It still sent a deep-seated twinge through him, prickling uncomfortably at his chest, but the feeling was familiar and dull and easy to ignore. The same might not be said for Octarus, however; so Aysel allowed a beat or two of silence to pass for the other Ethaefal to adjust to the sudden and most likely unwelcome visit.

"Octarus," Aysel greeted the other Ethaefal by name. "My name is Aysel. You've been requested at the Twuele to attend the trial of the Magekiller occurring tonight." Another few moments of silence as Aysel allowed Octarus to adjust to the new information.

"Please, make whatever preparations you need to quickly. We have a long walk ahead of us to return to the Twuele. I'll be waiting outside." Aysel nodded, taking a few steps back from the door and turning to walk a few feet away, folding his arms across his chest as he stood, seeming to absorb the moonlight around him as he waited for Octarus to join him.

Technically the Sharai was only a peak away from the Shinyama, same as the Zintia; but while the Zintia was also bigger, houses on the Sharai tended to be more spread out, with many of the cottages of the Okomo Estates towards the edge due to much of the land being used for agriculture or greenhouses, so the walk always ended up being longer.
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Trial by Starlight

Postby Madeira Craven on March 27th, 2020, 11:39 pm



Someones here.

The small warning brushed the back of Madeira's mind, and she looked up from her intent study of Autumn's book of fairytales in her lap. She was alone by the fireplace on the first floor, the rest of the family asleep for the night upstairs.

"Who?" she whispered, mindful of Spooks asleep on the rug in front of the crackling fire. In answer she was given a series of impressions rather than a name, which made her suspect this person had never been a guest of her house before. Madeira stood, dusting off the skirt of her white lace dress and smoothing back her loose hair before meeting the mysterious stranger at her door, only to realize it wasn't a stranger at all.

"Talora", she said by way of greeting, and in obvious surprise. The mortal-seeming Ethaefal looked exactly the same as she had last seen her over a year ago. Madeira never forgot a face, especially not one that belonged to one half of the pair that ruled Lhavit.

But she wasn't here to chat. Madeira could feel the presence of the house leaning in, reacting to its makers' spike of fear and excitement, as the Eth announced that she had been summoned to testify at the Magekiller's trial. She asked Madeira to gather her things and meet her by the gate.

Madeira worked moisture into her mouth. "Yes, of course, I'll be there momentarily", she inclined her head respectfully. Then as Talora descended the porch steps Madeira quietly closed the door and leaned against it, processing what was happening.

"A trail", she whispered into the excited hum that was thrumming through the walls. She had been to trials before, of course. But she somehow doubted the public spectacles put on by the Alvadas Speakers was what she could expect here. Truthfully, she had no idea what was about to happen. If that was the case, it was best to be prepared. She checked her rings, and found them freshly stocked and glistening. Her hypnotic gloves were still tight over her hands, her bracelets heavy against her wrists and the djed stone still concealed in her left palm. She eyed the bracer crossbow that was set on the table by the door, but decided against it. That would send entirely the wrong message when she was sure to be surrounded by Shinya.

"Goodnight, Infinity. Take care of the family, hopefully I'll be back before they wake." She stroked the handle before pushing open the door and heading out into the night. The leaves on the trees rustled their goodbye as Madeira met Talora by the gate.

They would be collecting Dev'ania next, she was told on the way to the Solar Apartments. Madeira expected as much, and simply followed along behind, standing demurely behind the Eth when they eventually knocked on the Konti's door.

Talora explained the situation again, and went downstairs to wait. Madeira elected to stay with Dev, and stepped inside the small apartment and shut the door behind her. Leaning back against it, her mouth twisted into a sardonic little smile for the Konti.

"So it begins. Ready for this to be over?"
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