Tag: Deirdre

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  • Parting Gift

    Deirdre pokes at the food, shuffling the ample, if unappetizing, meal around the tray. Endless waiting for the Council to decide on her sentence was draining the young woman’s will. It was bad enough when Scarlet had presided over a farce of a trial …

  • Saviour

    Deirdre huddles in the filthy wagon, resting fitfully against the harsh wooden planks, trying unsuccessfully to sleep. Ten days locked in the slaver’s chains with the rest of the survivors was taking its toll. Two more had died yesterday during the …

  • Charity

    Deirdre sits huddled in the ragged blanket, staring at the townsfolk who excitedly stream into the carnival gates. Most of them barely look at the beggars as they pass, glancing away or pretending not to notice. The few who do acknowledge the ragged …

  • Reawakening

    Deirdre sighs contentedly as she walks through the crisp morning air. The bright rays of the morning sun reflect her mood as she makes her way into town. bq. Another day of work means another day of eating, and a little extra saved for tomorrow. …

  • Jealousy

    "But The Karain specifically lays out..." "Yes, Deirdre", interrupts Scarlet, "But this is _not_ Qadira. The Book of Forms is a text from the southern lands and *does not* reflect how The Goddess is worshiped here." The younger woman grits her …

  • Assertion

    "But Scarlet claims that the Karain is..." Faisal's stern voice interrupts Deirdre's complaint. "Yes. _+Dawnsister+_ Scarlet has differing opinions on the Proper Forms of Worship and the truth of the Karain's teachings. _However_, you would do …

  • Dilemma

    "And thus, when the sun rises, we see the dawning glory of The Goddess in all her magnificence. But, we must always remember..." Scarlet's sermon is interrupted as the shrine doors burst open, causing the congregation to gasp and turn in unison. …

  • Dancing

    “…and it was my idea to send the troops for extra training with the kobolds…” Deirdre sighs to herself as Captain Carson continues his monologue of accomplishments. The officer had cornered her nearly twenty minutes ago and there had been no polite …

  • Unexpected

    "Thank you for the suggestion, Marshal", says Faisal, nodding in Nicholas' direction. "I shall speak with Captain Carson about better coordination of our patrols." Walking beside Scarlet and behind the two men, Deirdre glances surreptitiously at the …

  • Blessings

    "May The Eternal Light of Truth and Compassion smile upon you." Deirdre once again repeats the ritual words and the old woman rises from the shrine's floor to leave. The next of the temple's followers steps forward to kneel before the young woman and …

  • Seeds

    "Captain Carson", says Deirdre, looking up from her book. "How nice to see you _again._" The little man bows deeply to the young woman, allowing her a brief glimpse of a bouquet of flowers held behind his back. She sets aside the scripture and rises, …

  • Pronouncements

    "If you truly feel he is ready for such a responsibility", says Faisal, "I would have no objection to Jonas assuming the mantle of High Priest." "I'm glad that you see the wisdom of my suggestion, Faisal", replies Scarlet, casting a glance back at …

  • Promotion

    "She's banishing me?!?", cries Deirdre, her fists clenched in anger. Faisal shakes his head, "No, _talib_. The Dawnsister feels that you have made great progress and that you are ready to take on additional responsibility. The Shrine in Abu-Al-Bazit …

  • Paths of the Heart - part 1

    Later than night, Diedre is still seething at the machinations of that filthy whore of a ‘High Priestess’, Scarlet the Harlot, as Deidre considers her. bq. How dare she?!? And how can I turn this to my advantage. That trollop isn’t worthy of my …

  • Teaching

    “I think that’s enough for now”, sighs Deirdre as she stands from the steps of the shrine. “We’ve discussed much today, and you should think on it.” The giant stares at the young woman for a moment before speaking in halting Common. “I no tired. I …

  • Wretched

    Deirdre struggles to retain her composure as she gently trickles the warm water over Jonas’ blackened hands. The poor man had screamed himself hoarse as the frozen flesh rewarmed, and has now lapsed into delirious moaning, broken by the occasional …

  • Interrupted

    Scarlet sighs to herself as she gazes into the mirror, brushing out her red hair. It had been a long, tiring day of dealing with decisions for the Kingdom, petitions from various citizens and squabbling between Council members. Everyone had their own …

  • Gathering

    Mehnaz crouches in the shadows of the shrine, cursing her failure in the castle. She had carefully planned each step, from her entry into the fortress to the timing of her strike. There should have been no-one in the passageway to hear the false …

  • Explanations

    “Exactly what were you doing in my chambers, Deirdre?”, demands Scarlet, standing over the younger woman, hands on her hips. “I…”, begins the acolyte. “You’re supposed to be in the Holy City caring for the Shrine and fasting for your Rite of Purity. …

  • Paths of the Heart part 2

    p(. %{font-family:sans-serif}"Excellent my dearest, that is what I had hoped to hear. Now listen carefully and do as I command. First of all, you are going to accept the position in the Holy City. You will "welcome the challange" and show Scarlet how …

  • Awkward

    "Councillors." Scarlet raises her voice slightly to gather the attention of the room. "Thank you for your input and guidance once again. I am pleased that we have been able to come to a consensus on these matters. If there is no other business for …

  • Wounded

    Deirdre stares at the saddlebags, loath to call a porter to carry them down to the courtyard. She hates the long trip back to the barren loneliness of the holy city almost as much as she delights in the weekly journey to the capital. If it were not for …

  • Awkward 2 - Continuation

    Scarlet’s face flushes red with humiliation, as she stands transfixed gazing at the little sweaty man kneeling in anticipation before her. She mutters something under her breath regarding the need to modify the screening process to eliminate …

  • Solicitation

    The camp is quiet after the battle with the barbarians and delve into the temple of Gorum. The exhaustion of the day and the body of the dead noble girl cast a pall across the gathering. The campfire blazes, chasing away the chill of the spring evening. …

  • Missing

    “I KNOW THE OUTLANDER IS AWAY! THAT’S THE PROBLEM! YOU’RE THE HIGH PRIEST OF +HIS+ GODDESS AND YOU’RE +HERE+! DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!” Jonas steps back from the screaming man, holding his hands up in front of him. “Sir, please. Your daughter is …

  • Persistence

    "...and then she allowed me to hold and comfort her for some time while she cried", concludes Carson, offering more tea to the young woman. Deirdre nods her head in response, setting her cup on the table. "Thank you, Captain. I'm sorry your grand …

  • Confirmation

    “And what have you determined from your questioning of the girl, _feda-sayyid_?”, asks Rabiyah, sitting back with her arms crossed. The holy warrior bows to the dawnsister, despite the implied insult in her posture. “The child has been taught well, …

  • On the Test

    Armando suppresses another yawn as he tries to pay attention to the young woman. It had been a hard day of travel, the heat sapping their strength quickly. The soldier was not looking forward to the desert. The southern heat was already uncomfortable …

  • Searching

    "I am indebted ten thousand-fold for your assistance, Magister", says Faisal, bowing to Ildrim. "Your support in this matter is most appreciated." The elf nods to the dark-skinned warrior. "Of course. Now, you have something connected with Deirdre …

  • Reunion

    "Try it, my dear." Deirdre takes the proffered bread, nibbling the corner more out of politeness than any desire to eat. Her eyes widen in surprise at the taste, and she takes bigger bites, unable to believe that she is actually enjoying the flat …

  • Return Engagement

    "So the poor creature latches itself to the top of Faisal's head, and he spends the next ten minutes running through the middle of the Great Market, screaming at the top of his lungs, while Majid and I are running behind him yelling 'Stop Faisal! What is …

  • Completion

    Ildrim utters the final phrase of the spell, and the mists covering the mirror begin to dissipate, revealing a scene of chaos. The image is centered on a hunched man in white robes, wielding a pair of the curved daggers favored by Qadirans. He stands …

  • Rescue

    "You know what to do. When I finish my spell, go.", Ildrim notices the nod as he starts casting. "Argghhh", Ildrim feels the spear go in his side and a rough hand reaches out to grab him. The hunchbacked man has pulled him behind the three warriors. …

  • Desperation

    "Oracle! He has _seen_!" The cryptic words of the Oracle's servant go almost unnoticed as Deirdre cringes from the shouts and chaos of the battle. The young woman is as terrified as she felt when the barbarian undead worshipers attacked her village …

  • Necroliloquy

    "This is a foolish waste of time, Dawnsister", insists Faisal, arms folded across his chest in defiance. "We should set off to Restov immediately. I am certain that Brother Morric will be eager to restore the Oracle as soon as possible." Scarlet …

  • Relaxation

    Scarlet trudges to her chamber door, exhausted by another council meeting and day of thankless leadership. Being Duchess _was_ less stressful with Faisal and Deirdre out of her hair, but she missed Ildrim's calm advice and level head. The chance to have …

  • Acceptance

    "She can't _refuse_ to allow me to complete the _tazkiah_!", exclaims Deirdre, jumping up from the chair and glaring down at Faisal. "I have completed all the training and tasks required by the _Karain_!" Faisal stands as well, bowing to the young …

  • Answers

    Deirdre jumps at the knock on her door, grumbling to herself as she crosses the room to answer. She is already speaking angrily as she reaches the portal. "Why are you disturbing me at this hour?! Can't you handle anything yourself? This is the …

  • Consecration

    Deirdre stands on the small platform at the very tip of the Dawnspire's tower, watching the false dawn slowly brighten in the eastern sky. She gazes down at the body of the Oracle laying atop a small bier of twigs and fuel. A lit torch sways in the …

  • Conflagration

    _“...*Sarenrae* humma iyyaka na'budu wa laka nusal-lee wa nasjudu wa ilayka nas'a wa nahfidu wa narju rahmataka wa nakhsha 'azabaka inna 'azabaka bil kuf-fari mulhiq.”_ Faisal completes the _fajr-salat_ as the crowd gasps in awe at the sight of the …

  • Immolation

    Screams erupt from the watching crowd as the acolyte’s flaming body plummets toward them. Most are too surprised to do more than stand rooted to the spot, watching the grisly sight. Faisal swallows his rising bile and watches helplessly, only …

  • Finally!

    "The goddess' blessings upon you, Oracle." Deirdre smiles and replies to the guardsman's blessing, "May the *Eternal Light of Compassion and Vigilance* guide you." The young woman was adjusting well to her new role in the the Duchy. Although she …

  • Denied

    SLAM! The door to the Oracle's chamber rattles with the violence of her entry, the iron-shod wood groaning in response. The chambermaid gives a startled cry at the sudden sound, squeaking in fear as she sees the look on Deirdre's face. " …

  • Discovery

    The surprise of seeing the former Oracle's servant at her door is enough to shock Deirdre into regaining control of her anger. "Not at all... Majid, was it not? How may I help you?" The man bows again. "I do not seek your assistance, but rather …

  • Reconsider (Part 2)

    Scarlet stares thoughtfully at Faisal’s chair carefully contemplating the General’s last suggestion. She finally returns her focus to the Dawnwarrior and flashes him an approving smile, “Not a terrible idea, Faisal. Sometimes you surprise me! "There …

  • Reconsider (Part 3)

    Scarlet bites her tongue. No longer able to suppress her anxiety, she blurts out, "I have a confession, Deirdre is responsible for the death of the Oracle of Katheer and Brother Morric. "And I can prove it."


    Faisal eyes widen. He …

  • Séance (Part Two)

    Scarlet is unaware that the connection with Faisal has been severed and leaves her arms dangling in the air as the force of the wind lifts them higher and higher along with her chiffon dress. The young man can feel his face flush at the shocking sight. …

  • Faces

    Deirdre's meditation is interrupted as an acolyte arrives in the small audience chamber. The boy clears his throat softly and waits for acknowledgement before speaking. "A thousand pardons, Oracle. The _feda-ghazi_ begs a brief audience with you." …

  • Unfathomable

    Faisal steps out of the Dawnspire and inhales deeply. The midsummer air still feels chilled to the Qadiran warrior, although somehow more familiar and comforting. The warming rays of the sun help offset the confused and tumultuous feelings inside as he …

  • Encouragement

    Deirdre continues to climb the tower stairs, uncertain what has brought her to the highest point in the castle. The building is quieter than usual, many of the council members away trying to find Brother Kavken. She had planned to return to the holy …

  • By The Way

    Faisal takes a deep breath before knocking. As the door swings open, Scarlet's smile fades slightly at seeing the warrior. "Oh, Faisal. I thought you were Abigail. We're going for a ride in the country today." "A thousand pardons for the …

  • By The Way (Part 2)

    The intrusive humiliating memory of her time spent with Carson resurfaces and Scarlet stares fixedly at the floor reliving her traumatic experience. Her belly begins to ache at the thought of Carson without his pants in bed with her while she was naked …

  • First Seed

    "...dragged him straight to the house and he married us on the spot!" Tamara spreads her hands wide, an incredulous smile on her lips. Deirdre claps her hands together, also smiling broadly. "Even more romantic than the first try! There was no doubt …

  • Witness

    Mehnaz stands by the entryway, studying the Oracle in quiet meditation. The assassin is certain that this is the same girl who interrupted the attempted assassination of the heretic witch. bq. No doubt one of the first manifestations of her latent …

  • Miscalculation

    Waliyah stands in the air, looking down on the flaming battlefield and shivering in the frosty northern air. The smoke and flames of multiple conflagrations obscure much of the Emira's view of the distant conflict, but it seems clear that the Pitaxian …

  • Clean-up

    As the fog of madness lifts, Deirdre glances about at the carnage before the Dawnspire. The body of the massive spider-being towers uncomfortably close as dozens of undead monstrosities are scattered about. Grok’s smoking corpse lies surrounded by more …

  • Holy War Aftermath Status Update

    The next morning the restless Scarlet approaches the weary Duke-Regent Faisal. It had been a grueling evening and morning tending to the wounded, consoling the mourners and burying the dead. “I have several announcements to make” Scarlet explains. “ …

  • Visitor

    "I'm sorry, your Ladyship, but no-one is allowed to see the prisoner." The guard bows uncomfortably. The young woman shifts her basket to the other arm and smiles disarmingly. "I commend you on your duty, Guardsman Telleric, but I must insist that …

  • The Truth

    Faisal scans the scroll carefully. The warrior is unable to read the mystical writing inscribed upon the yellowed parchment, but the taint of evil is clear. _"You found this within the Oracle's possessions?"_ Majid nods solemnly. _"I believe that …

  • Protest

    "And Dorian told me about how you were right in the midst of the battle, protecting the soldiers and blowing up the enemy!", exclaims Abigail, almost bouncing with energy. "It sounds so exciting!" Scarlet is about to speak when a frantic pounding …

  • Determination

    _“It was Deirdre’s hand wielding the spear that pierced Jaiyana’s heart.”_ The words seem to hang in the air between the two men as Faisal stares at the yellow parchment, his fist slowly crushing the scroll. His dark eyes close and he takes a deep …

  • Sorrow and Fear

    “And then…[mmmf]…she just…[fffmmf]…just kept hurting me!”, sobs Deirdre, crying around a mouthful of cake. Tears stream down her cheeks, leaving bright tracks in the dust and grime. Her robes are only slightly dirty, but stained with multiple spatters …

  • Protest - Dilemma

    The angry crowd murmurs in confusion at Scarlet’s entreaty for calm. Several of the louder rabble-rousers are shushed and various half-formed questions are all shouted at once. p(. “Where is she?”
    ”Why did you attack her?
    “What’s a compulsion?” …

  • Courage

    The door of the cell smashes fully open at the duke's entrance as Tamara rises from beside Deirdre. Her friend cries out in fear and scuttles back into the corner of the room, fresh tears bursting forth. The look of fury on the tattooed man's face is …

  • Confrontation

    "...put this woman to The Question of the Holy Flame." All heads turn to regard the burly Inquisitor, considering his suggestion. Majid reigns in his annoyance, reminding himself that the outlander can hardly be blamed for his ignorance of Qadiran law …

  • Goodbyes

    Deirdre’s vision is clouded with tears and pain as she watches the massive flaming blade arc through the air in slow motion. The furious expression on the dark-skinned warrior’s face triggers a memory, long forgotten, of the first time she had seen him …

  • Goodbyes - Part 3

    Mehnaz turns as the chamber door opens and Faisal steps in, quickly followed by Majid. The warrior's robe is spattered with blood, as are his hands. Disturbing questions jump to mind, but the young woman decides that patience is the better choice. The …

  • Semantics

    As Majid finishes recounting the events in the dungeon, Mehnaz looks back to the blood-soaked warrior slumped in the chair. <Meting out justice to a blasphemer and double murderess hardly constitutes a mortal sin, _feda-ghazi_. You had testimony …

  • Reprobation

    Faisal kneels before the small altar, trying vainly to focus his thoughts on meditation. His mind races with considerations of phrasing the request, the likely responses, and how he will handle the answer he expects to receive. The sound of quick …

  • Concern

    "Duke Regent Faisal, may I have a word?", Soletha asks from the door to Faisal's chambers noting thankfully that Lilith wasn't present. "Baroness Soletha, you may enter", Faisal closes the box which was before him where he had sat on the floor and …

  • Senior Management

    "%{color:mistyrose}I have failed you, my lord%", says the smaller devil as it bows low. Asmodeus gazes down at the minion, his expression inscrutible. %{font-family:sans-serif}Yes. Convincing him to continue using the blade was a gross …