Tag: Qadira

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  • Memories

    *_Tazkiah_: Hour 8* Faisal tore off another piece of _passef_, washing down the dry, flavorless loaf with a cup of water. The prescribed meal was unappealing, but tolerable, and he had endured worse in the Great Satrap's service. The Greater Cleansing …

  • Homecoming

    "_Assalamu aleikom wa rahmatoh Sarenrae wa barakatoh, feda-gahzi_", intones the guardsman, gazing up at Faisal sitting astride his horse. "_Wa assalamu aleikom wa rahmatoh *Sarenrae* wa barakatoh_", replies Faisal, bowing in response to the traditional …

  • Stonewalling

    "Thank you, _Feda-ghazi_", states the matronly woman in her condescending tone. "We shall investigate your _claims_ regarding the circumstances of the Dawnsister's death.  If the Dawnmother has any further questions, I am certain she shall request your …

  • Summons

    "SOLD!  For 85 gold to the House of Al-Bannak.  Thank you.  Up next, we have a fine specimen, taken from the northern wilds.  Don't let his slim frame fool you, this _kaffir_ is strong and wiry, very capable as a guard, hunter or craftsman.  I open the …

  • Warnings

    "Stand, Faisal", urges the young woman, smiling gently. "We are not in the Dawnspire today." The warrior rises slowly, still recovering from the surprise of seeing the Oracle in the dark warehouse. He swallows nervously and stares at the floor, unable …

  • Lessons

    bq. Stupid fool still thinks his strength and honour can overcome anything. Majid stares down at Faisal's sleeping form from the rafters, the vantage point giving him a good view of the entire room. The scarred man begins to chew a third beedlenut to …

  • 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 …

  • Guidance

    “And what was your response to their intrusion?”, asks Rabiyah, grimly considering the implications of the news. “I was too surprised to act, Dawnsister”, growls Waliyah, clenching her fists. “His sudden appearance was bad enough, but to have brought …

  • Sold

    Armando stumbles over heavy chains linking his wrists and ankles as the guard shoves him onto the platform. The richly dressed fat man begins shouting to the crowd in his harsh language, pointing to the captive sergeant. He is turned around several …

  • Tressage

    Ildrim sips the _Cerdyfgwîn_, sighing inwardly at the luxurious familiarity. Caladrel smiles and raises his glass in salute as the two _dîr_ relax on the platform, watching the sunshine filter through the forest canopy. "Civilization has its benefits, …

  • 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 …

  • Bodies

    Mehnaz slips carefully into the room where the child was to be protected, the scene confirming most of what she expects to find. The chamber is in as much disarray as the rest of the safehouse, the aftermath of battle apparent everywhere. The _isha- …

  • Preparation

    Ildrim continues to chant quietly before the silver mirror, incense curling toward the ceiling of the scrying chamber. The area provided by the emissary was luxurious compared to the wizard's workspace in Firenze, outfitted with small conveniences and …

  • 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 …

  • Decision

    "If I may sum up the evidence, Dawnmother", crows Rabiyah, certain of her victory. "The corrupted copies of The _Karain_ were modified by magic, not just mundane forgery. The apostate witch spouts heretical barbarian traditions in the Holy City, rather …

  • Purpose

    The massive continental map lays across the table, tiny markers denoting various military and economic resources in the many kingdoms. The attention of the war council is focused on a tiny area far north-northwest of the Qadiran desert, marked with a …

  • Bedtime

    Armando trudges down the dirty street, barely able to lift his feet. His exhaustion makes every dark corner of Firenze seem like an inviting place to curl up and sleep. Only the thought of lying in his own bed, with his wife, keeps the man moving …