The Great Library of Palanthas

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Stories of Ansalon from the view of Arikaih.

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You note the spine bears the word 'Arikaih' scribed in deep green ink.

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Sun Sep 10 08:19:59 2006
Subject   Discomfort

She entered the city of Neraka, walking beside the Lady of Night
and her
wulfbunde companion, Eshri.  Yet for her training as a young
half-elf in
Silvanesti, she would have much preferred to have stayed in the
outside the place.  And she was not alone in her thoughts.  The
members of the Bundesphar and their wulfbunde companions felt the
same way. 
Yet they were the lucky ones.  They did not have orders from the
Voice of
Takhisis to accompany her into the city proper.  

She shuttered visibly and cursed inwardly to herself for Dante's
quest that absented her pack mate from her side.  So, now, here
she and
Eshri stood, cautious in Neraka.  She made passing glances around
her at the
people on the streets, as though daring them to step forward and

In the crowds, she spied hooded members of the Bundesphar, all
awaiting a
call from either her or Eshri.  That was true discipline.  Not
some made up
version of it.  It was how the pack should act, as one complete
unit.  One
unit to protect and watch over all other members.  She allowed
herself a
smile for only a moment as she knew that they had warmed to her
and Eshri. 
She was a mere mage, one who turned from the following her her
own father to
seek what her mother had known.  And she had found it.  

Her attention was drawn back to a massive structure before her. 
It seemed
to reach upward to tear at the clouds in the sky.  Arikaih
shuttered, but
kept her steadfast pace.  

Loud trumpets heralded the arrival of the Lady of Night.  Arikaih
out words to the young Knight who had met them at the city gate
about the
annoyance of sound, only to be answered by the Lady herself. 
'It's still
too much, ' she thought, but said nothing more.  

Then, the doors opened and the strange quartet entered the Temple
Takhisis.  The Lady and the Knight went forward to offer their
prayers at
the altar.  Arikaih and Eshri stayed toward the back of the
Temple, Arikaih
kneeling with Eshri laying beside her.  She, too, offered up her
prayers to

Then the Lady disappeared into the Temple proper.  The Knight
approached her
and offered her insult, thinking that she was to be dressed as
befitting a
simple courtesan.  The insult taken offensively, Arikaih stepped
forward to
show just why the Bundesphar had grown to accept her.  With
determination, she stood up to the Knight.  The only reason that
she retired
into the temple was the fact that the Voice of Takhisis wished
for her to be
there.  Otherwise she felt as though the Knight and his small
group of
squires would not have stood up to the forces of the Bundesphar. 

Now, standing in a confining room within the temple, she glared
at the
squire that had been assigned to dress her.  The squire stepped
forward to
start undressing her.  Eshri met the young woman with her hackles
Arikaih turned to the woman.  "Eshri, no.  Go outside the temple
doors and
call for Fron.  She will assist me.  I will have no assistance
from a puffed
up peacock."  The wolf seemed to nod and bounded out of the room.
moments, a Bundesphar and her wulfbunde accompanied Eshri into
the small
room.  The squire grew red in the face, but quickly left as the
wolves began
snapping at her.  Fron stepped over and shut the door.  

Arikaih looked to Fron.  "I am not some poppinjay who will be
dressed to
their amusement.  I am the Alpha Female of the Bundesphar."  Fron
Fron knelt beside her wulfbunde companion and spoke quietly with
her.  The
wolf growled her consent and Fron opened the door.  The wolf
bounded out and
Fron closed the door.  "Since you are needed to be clean, take
advantage of
the warm water, Alpha.  It may be some time until we find such a
again."  The cleric stepped forward and started unbuckling the
slight armor
that Arikaih had grown used to wearing.  

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Sun Sep 10 15:59:12 2006
Subject   Confining walls

She shook her head.  The Knight known as Itobi had entered the
rooms in
the temple to berate her for dismissing the woman from her
service.  Then,
he had the nerve to call her barbarian.  A smirk crossed her
face.  'Poor
fool, ' she thought.  'Perhaps it is best that I leave before
happens.  I'm not really needed here for anything.  I should
really be out
there, feasting with the Bundesphar.  ' 

She slowly approached the door, but it was swung open by Fron who
held up
the finished jerkin.  Arikaih shrugged into it and Fron belted it
Nodding, Fron walked to the door and bowed to Arikaih.  She
turned to Eshri
and spoke quietly to her.  The wolf nodded to Fron and forced
Arikaih to the
main temple area to await the arrival of the Lady of Night.  

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Sun Jan  7 07:04:38 2007
Subject     Sorrowful Howl

The red tinted walls of the mountain seemed to close in around
Eshri had gone off hours before, impatient to be out and hunting
again, and
Arikaih could feel herself get the feeling of being closed in and
surrounded.  She paced back and forth, her eyes closed, yet the
all too
familiar pattern of the walls of the chambers etched into her
mind.  She
longed to be outside and running over the grass with the wolves. 

The scratching of nails echoed throught the empty hallways and
bounced off
the walls in the empty rooms.  Arikaih turned her head as Eshri
followed by her 4 puppies.  She looked at them with a smile.  The
were growing, romping and fighting as youngsters would. 
Inwardly, she
worried about the little black male that had taken such a liking
to Lord
Saige before his abrupt disappearance.  For a while, the little
black was
moody and bit everyone around, but now he seemed to be focusing
on playing
and having fun.  Eshri approached Arikaih and growled softly to
her.  When
she was finished, Arikaih nodded and asked her to send a message
to her
bondmate, telling him to meet her outside the main gates to the
city of
Sanction.  It was time that they moved on and left the solemn
chambers to
the man who had deserted them.  

Her message in good hands, Arikaih and the wolf puppies made the
hike out of the volcanic mountains and to an open area near the
gates of

Once there, Arikaih sat down and threw her thoughts to the death
that she
had learned about.  Eventhough Maria'sana had not been a positive
attentive Thorn toward her, Arikaih still felt the loss of the
former Thorn
Leader deeply.  She thought of what might have been and how
things could
have been if the young mage had been taken by the Thorn
instructors.  She
could have been someone to be feared in the magic community,
instead of the
Commander of the WolfBound.  She closed her eyes and lowered her
head in
silence.  After a while, she lifted her chin and threw a solemn
howl into
the dark sky.  The puppies looked at her for a moment, then sat
on the
haunches and joined her in the requiem for the dead that they had
chosen to

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Sun Jan 21 08:21:13 2007
Subject     The call from beyond

With a forelorn wolf's howl following her, Arikaih set herself
back on
the path that she had started traveling.  It was as though there
were a pull
that forced her along this pathway, guiding her and setting her
feet one at
a time.  Before her loomed a cave, it's entrance dark and
mysterious, yet
the young mage was not afraid.  She entered the cave alone,
slipping down
the mossy, muddy entrance until the pathway made an abrupt turn
and sloped
sharply downward.  Losing her footing, she fell and slid
helplessly to the

Stars floating in her vision, she carefully stood back up and
arcane words, creating a small bubble of light that illuminated
the area
around her.  A jewel seemed to pulse in one corner of the room
and Arikaih
slowly made her way to investigate.  It was a mighty Ruby, as red
as blood
itself, sitting alone on a platform of snow white marble.  The
contrast of
the dark cave was sharp.  Surrounded by black and darkness, this
marble was
a strange thing to see.  In all this room, it seemed out of place
and alone.
Not even the Blood Ruby was strange to her.  

She walked around the marble platform, the instincts from the
wolves that
she traveled with strong and hinting at danger.  She felt drawn
to the Blood
Ruby, compelled to reach out and touch it, yet she held her hand
back and
only looked at it.  She finished the inspection of the platform
and walked
back to where she had first entered the room.  The passageway was
almost a
straight drop.  She would not be able to climb out of it on her
own.  She
lifted her head in a howl, alerting her bondmate, the golden wolf
Eshri, to
her predicament and asking her to bring Dante to her.  They howl
answered.  This answer heard, she sat down against the cave wall
watched, her eyes never stopping movement.  

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Wed May  2
11:53:29 2007
Subject     oops

Date:      Wed May  2 12:20:57
Subject     Blood Red

The wolf returned to her
side, her muzzle red with blood from her kill. 
The almost grown
wolf puppies followed their mother's suit, sitting at the
side of
the lone woman.  

Arikaih looked around, seeing the wolves and
smiling.  She looked down and
growled softly to her companion
wolf.  The golden wolf turned her head
toward Arikaih, seeming to

"Soon Eshri.  Soon it will be time.  I have already sent
the message to the
only one person I trust.  If he betrays me,
then the honor of the followers
of the Queen is lost and there is
nothing left of honor nor glory to those
following the once
calling herself the Voice.  I tell you, she's good.  She
me at one time, but the "False Voice" has shown her true colors
they are yellow."  

Arikaih moved quietly and quickly
towards her hidden location, disappearing
once again into it. 

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Fri May 
4 12:10:35 2007
Subject     The wonders of the

Night seemed to fall, yet to the dark accustomed
eyes of Arikaih, it was
as though everything was on display to
her.  She stepped out of the cave and
stretched, meeting the
fresh air outside her hiding place with welcome.  She
softly and was joined by her companions, the wolves with whom
traveled.  She quietly whispered words of magic and
shimmered, shifting her
shape to that of a red tinged wolf.  This
done, she turned to her companions
and growled.  

The wolves
hunted together, bringing down small game for their meals. 
a familiar smell assaulted her nose and Arikaih crept toward
a dark place. 
There stood large hairy beast.  She stayed in the
shadows of the building,
watching.  The beast did not notice her,
or at least, did not let on that it
noticed her.  She shimmered
and returned to her elven form and pulled a
piece of paper from a
pouch and wrote some words on it.  She then nailed it
to a tree
and returned to the wolven state.  That deed done, she
on her hunt.  

The meal caught, the wolves pulled the
carcasses to where they had been
living since the problems in the
camp.  Arikaih returned to her elven form
and pulled her dagger
out and started to skin the carcasses and clean them
for eating. 
The meal eaten, she sat by the entrance to the cave and
waiting to see if the one she left the message for would come,
if what she feared was true.  

Author:    Arikaih  
Date:      Thu May 31 22:24:16 2007
Lonely howl

She stood near the edge of the woods, looking
at where the battle had
taken place.  She shook her head and sank
down on the ground.  A golden wolf
walked from the woods and sat
beside her, looking at her with a slight
growl.  Arikaih turned
her head and looked at the wolf, nodding.  "I agree
Eshri.  There
is few places where we will be accepted or wanted.  I
that it's time to step back and return to where we are

As she stood up, she removed a lightweight grey
colored cloak from her
pouches.  "I have no use for this either,
they don't seem to care."  She
took one last look at the
battlegrounds, sighing.  "If we are needed, then
let them come to
us.  Let us find my mate and be done with this farce."  

said, she laid the cloak on a tree branch and disappeared into

Author:    Arikaih        
   Tue Jun  5 23:39:39 2007
Subject     A forest run

felt natural, running as a wolf.  The form itself presented no
harm to
her, or those around her.  The wolves accepted her as
both half elven and as
wolf, so, why not run with them.  

streaked along, the four of them; her bond mate and three of
puppies.  The other puppy she had asked to remain with the
traitor turned
follower in case he needed their help.  

could not locate the scent of her life mate.  He had his own
travels to
make and she could not wait.  She had smelled
something familiar from her
past.  She had taken blood once
before, now this one traveled through the
woods and she had heard
that he did; the other wolves had told her.  

She reached the
woods where the familiar thing walked.  She slowed the
scenting the air with her nose.  It was not as keen as the
real wolves, but
she still sensed things that were near.  She
shimmered, returning to her
humanoid form and sat on the ground,
waiting in the shadows of the tree to
see if she was correct. 

Her red tinged eyes caught movement.  She tensed her hand on
her dagger. 
She glared at the thing, wanting it to be like the
one she had killed many
years ago.  She wanted the blood on her
hands to show them that she was not
to be found.  And it came
into view.  

She growled in her frustration.  It was a mere
human child; not an adult elf
like the bastard that had sired her
and turned her away when all that she
wanted was his acceptance
and love.  He had turned away from her because of
the taint of
human blood in her.  He blamed her for his own lust.  

She sat
on the ground beside the tree, angry with herself for wanting
death of a pure blood so bad.  She tossed her head against
the tree, seeing
stars as she connected with force.  With pain in
her forehead, she
whimpered.  The child heard her and walked her
way, seeing her and cocking
his head to the side.  "Are you
hurt?"  The child asked in his little voice.
She looked at the
child, not understanding the human words at first.  She
believe that the child would not have run from her.  She was
abomination to the laws of nature; her father had told her

He asked her again.  She shook her head.  "I am
fine, just hit my head on
the tree," she said, looking away from
him.  The child smiled.  "If you need
it, mommy can put a bandage
on it and make it all better," he said the smile
on his face
brilliant and bright.  She shook her head, suddenly afraid. 
can't go there, they won't accept me.  I'm tainted," she said,
her father's
words coming out of her like a litany from the past.
 The child looked at
her strangely.  "What's tainted?"  He asked,
a frown on his face.  

She looked at him with confusion.  She
had never heard of a place where she
was not accepted with not a
thought towards what she was.  Even at Storm's
Keep, she was
treated as an outsider, not accepted by those of the magic
nor the leader that was in charge when she was admitted into
Knights of Takhisis.  The only one who accepted her was
Dante, and he became
her mentor and lifemate.  And he was gone,
not at her side any longer.  In
fact, she did not know where he
was.  Again she looked at the child.  "I
don't know, little one. 
I was told that many years ago by someone who
should have cared
for me.  It's just stuck with me," was the only response
Arikaih could tell the child.  He smiled joyfully.  "My name is
What's yours?"  He asked in childish glee.  Arikaih
smiled.  "I'm called
Ari."  The child clapped his hands together
in glee.  From the distance a
voice called out for the child to
come wash up for supper.  Maddy frowned. 
"I have to go, but I'll
be back tomorrow.  You will here Ari?"  He asked,
turning to go. 
Arikaih nodded.  "I will be here."  She watched as the
called Maddy ran away from her, not in fear, but in
childish abandon.  

Author:    Arikaih       

Date:      Fri Jun  8 12:02:11 2007
Subject     Times

She ran, her heart pounding in her chest, trying to
escape from its

She ran; the hope that the
nightmare deamons from her past would not catch
up with her and
torment her any more.  

She ran.  She had been foolish enough to
think that she would not encounter
one of THEM there.  

She ran,
hearing the howl of her companions running behind her, trying
catch up with her hurried flight into the forest.  

Yet she
still ran; the memory of what he had said to her running
through her mind.  

He had found her secret, the buried
desire that she had hidden for so many
years.  He probably didn't
even realize it; she had left quick enough to
make sure of it. 
Yet a small part of her still wanted to return to him; to
with the full blood elf more, hearing and learning about the
moons he
spoke of; to know more about the son of Her Queen. 

Her Queen; the very thought of the hatred and anger that might
befall on her
because of her thoughts and almost betrayal caused
her to shiver, slip, and
lose her footing.  She tumbled in the
wet underbrush of the trees and
groundcover, sliding and slipping
as she tried to stand back up.  Finally,
she sat there, wrapping
her arms around her shoulders to ward off her
personal deamons. 

She vividly remembered the other one, the dark one, the one
like him that
had said things to her.  He was the one who had put
her in the darkened
chamber by herself, alone with no one to talk
to.  He promised things, just
like the others like him she knew
and remembered.  She had gotten free, but
at her Order's expense.
 She had been a foolish child, but still old enough
to have the
regrets of her stupidity.  

It was not cold out, but she
shivered, wrapping her arms more tightly around
her and she
pulled her legs up close to her.  It struck fear in her,
mention of THAT forest; Wayreth Forest, the towers and home
of the Conclave
of Mages.  Her young life had been filled with
the hope that her own father,
a White Robe Magus, would look
favorably on her skills, seeing that she was
like him; her dream
to follow in his footsteps.  That he would place her on
pathway to follow.  Yet it was not to happen.  

His hatred of
what he had created in her by her birth had clouded her
and her learning.  He had hated her and her mother.  He
from her presence at every chance, teaching the sons and
daughters of full
blood elves like him while ignoring her.  So
instead of studying, she gave
up trying to please him and show
him what she could do, heading to the
forest that surrounded
Silvanost; the creatures becoming her friends and

they had hunted her, called her an abomination and her blood
tainted by
the blood of the human woman that had bore her.  And
she ran, hiding in
caves; the caves that seemed to speak to her
and call to her to seek her way
in the world.  Until the day she
had found him in his tent and had snuck up
behind him.  She
closed her eyes, shaking her head in frustration as she
the memory of her dagger sinking into his heart and the
covering her hands.  She had killed him, using her
self-taught skills in
magic to burn his corpse.  

She shook her
head, the memories of the past burning in her mind; the hope
training in her skills and art from the promise of Lord Saige. 
remembered her fear as she stepped onto the deck of the boat
with her
savior, afraid of what lay ahead.  Then there was the
thrill; the excitement
of not being able to stop the wind that
pushed the sails, nor the water that
the boat moved over.  

the training promised to her had been replaced by yet
disappointment; she had been ignored by those she had been
left with; She
did what she was used to; exploring and learning
and making friends with one
who would later become more than a
friend; more than a mentor and protector.
Then the other one had
sent her away from him; she still had no knowledge
why it
happened, but it was a good thing, bringing to her the wolves
she called companions.  

A twig snapped nearby, drawing her
from her closure.  She slowly knelt up,
calling on her feeble
attempts and succeeding in cloaking herself.  She
waited, her
hand on her dagger, her mind trying to call on something she
saw in the books she took from her father to protect her. 
The flash of
golden fur seemed to settle her.  Her bond mate
walked into view and Arikaih
returned to sight, sinking back down
under the tree.  Eshri walked up to
her, laying down beside her,
the golden wolf's head on Arikaih's leg.  

The wolf growled
softly.  Arikaih shook her head.  "No Eshri.  I don't know.
one was different.  It was like he saw directly into me and
pulled out
what I wanted.  Not even the ones before him did that
to me."  She wrapped
her arms around her shoulders, pulling
herself tight in a hug.  

The wolf raised her head, a howl
coming forth as she called to those like
her.  Then she pressed
close to Arikaih, offering the comfort that was the
eternal bond
between the human and wolf.  Arikaih pressed close to the
"The choice is mine, but will you honor the choice I make?"
 She said, her
voice quietly pitched to the wolf.  The wolf
lifted her head, seeming to
nod.  Arikaih smiled.  "That is good.
 I don't even know what I am going to

Date:      Thu Jun 14 11:25:51
Subject     Grumblings and mischief

She was
feeling a bit angry.  The walls of the small room seemed to
closing in on her, but it was her own fault that she had drawn
her weapon
against the minotaur who was a Master of Magic.  As
was her custom, she had
surrendered her weapon and her freedom to
him.  And he had taken her from
her bondmates and from the
freedom she was accustomed to.  Instead she now
sat at a table
with spell books, forced to dress in a grey robe that was
uniform of a Thorn knight.  

She shifted on her seat,
wishing for the leggings and sleeveless tunic she
always wore. 
The mage to whom had been assigned to teach her this
walked behind her and grumbled about her.  She turned her
head slightly,
growling under her breath at him.  It was moments
of circulating glares
between the two of them before the mage
walked out of the room and Arikaih
sighed, returning to studying
the same book that she had been looking at for
the past hours. 

More time passed, causing more friction in the already hostile
room.  The
mage shoved a piece of parchment in front of her,
telling her to scribe a
spell.  Arikaih looked up at him and
pointedly crumbled the parchment in her
fist, lobbing it at his
head.  He stood taller, his face contorted in anger.
He pointed a
hand at her, whispering.  She stood quickly, herself
and shimmering, her form changing to that of a wolf. 
She bounded out right
in front of the lightning bolt that the
mage sent toward her as a teaching

She continued moving,
slinking in the shadows until she reached the safety
of the
outdoors.  She ran quickly, moving along the wall of the castle
she reached the rocks on the beach.  There she shimmered,
returning to her
humanoid form and she sat, looking forlornly
across the water toward the
bank nearby.  

After a few moments,
she sighed, pulling a well worn spellbook from one of
the pouches
they had allowed her to keep.  Finding a more
position on the rocks, she opened the book and began
studying, knowing that
the mage that had tried to teach her would
go find the minotaur and then
there would be hell to pay.  She
should at least give him some reason to
think that she was
trying.  He did promise her that if she indeed studied,
he would
allow her to see Eshri, and that kept her sane and sated, but
time would come soon when she would need the open air and the
run.  Time
indeed would come sooner than she wanted.  And neither
her human form, nor
the minotaur would be able to stand in her

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Fri
Jun 22 03:05:48 2007
Subject     A simple step

She sat
in that same room, the same book in front of her, the same
old boring mage glaring at her from the corner of the room.
 She asked to be
let out for a break.  The mage agreed.  

walked quickly out the southern gates, looking to see if her
senses were
correct.  Indeed they were as she spied the ship that
would be leaving for
Kalaman.  She shrugged out of the grey
colored robe.  Underneath the robe
was the leggings and shirt she
usually wore, her belts at her waist.  She
smiled and walked to
the gangplank.  She slipped the man at the gangplank a
few coins
and the man looked away.  She walked aboard the ship and

The ship set off from the dock.  After a while,
she walked out onto the
deck, glaring back at the fading dock. 
She snarled her nose, growling and
hissing.  She walked toward
the other side of the deck and tilted her head
back, a full
wolfish howl coming from her throat.  This was her call
freedom and the personal promise of things to come. 

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Mon Jul
23 00:22:15 2007
Subject     Boredom

Sitting quietly in
a quiet room, Arikaih studied the open spellbook on
her lap.  Her
studies and her outings to the forest nearby was the only
that she did.  She waited for the day that one of the two elves
return to speak with her.  

Her thoughts drifted to the
letter that the unfamiliar wolf had delivered to
her.  She had
lost the one man who was important to her.  He had died,
returned, but it was not him.  She shook her head, angered
that the thoughts
of what she had once had was now gone to her. 
She felt down in a pouch at
her side, her fingers rubbing over
the ring that the false he had tried to
hand to her.  She had
refused it then.  She did not want it now.  This
althought the reincarnation of her life mate, did not know her.

He did not know what she was, nor what she had been through. 
All the
knowledge of this imposter did was to make her angry. 

She shook her head, trying to clear her memories and her head. 
She had more
important things to do.  She had asked the Highlord
for someone to undertake
her instruction, only to be met with the
warning to not overtax them so that
they could not perform their
assigned tasks.  She snorted derisively, her
eyes flickering to
ruby red.  

She closed the spellbook, setting it on a nearby
table.  She rummaged
through a bag at her waist, pulling from it
a large red ruby.  She laid it
on the table in front of her,
pushing her spellbook aside.  She leaned down,
looking directly
at the ruby, the images within it showing her the glory
that had
once been the Knights of Takhisis.  Her mind wondered, thinking
what the knighthood had now become.  Loss of true leadership,
followed by
false voices pretending to speak for the Queen,
followed by another leader
that had vanished.  And now, her own
mentor had left the falsity of these
followers to become
something else.  Yet he told her nothing.  Nothing
because she
had been sent on a fool's mission by the minotaur.  

She picked
up the ruby, placing it back into the pouch.  She stood
retrieving her spellbook.  She walked out of the quiet room,
casting a spell
before her to move her to another place.  She
stepped through and found
herself in the familiar temple of
Takhisis.  "One day, all will be memories.
Nothing will remain." 

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Wed Jul
25 22:03:32 2007
Subject     Something to do

She stared
at the dust that covered the grey cloak that she wore over
clothing.  Then to her hands she looked, the dust coated her
fingers.  She
shook her hair, sending a cloud of dust billowing
around her.  She turned
her head and looked to the wolf beside
her.  Eshri too was covered with
whatever had been at the bottom
of the chasm.  

She sighed, her voice sounding strangely
wolfish.  An angry snarl, Arikaih
sat down on the ground and
rummaged through a pouch.  From the pouch she
pulled out
parchment and ink.  With grim and determined look on her
Arikaih carefully composed notes.  She whistled for Eshri's
offspring and
gave them specific instructions.  The young wolves
listened to her
directions then took off for their destinations. 
Arikaih turned to Eshri. 
"This is what I need to do."  The
golden wolf nodded in agreement, laying
down beside her companion
to wait for whatever came.  

Author:    Arikaih       

Date:      Tue Aug 21 12:17:43 2007

The pathway grew longer, denser with trees and
foliage.  Arikaih shook
her head.  "Well," she said in a quiet
voice.  "I have really done it this
time.  I honestly can saw
that I don't know where I have brought myself to."

She continued
walking, her steps followed by her wolf companion and
remaining 2 puppies that called the wolf mother.  She sighed
and sat down
near a large tree.  She looked accusingly at the
golden wolf.  "Eshri, you
knew I would get myself lost down that
pathway, didn't you?"  The wolf
seemed to growl softly, a sort of
laugh from her as she laid down next to
the half-elf and lay her
head down on Arikaih's knee.  The puppies followed
surrounding the young woman.  

Arikaih shook her head.  "I don't
know what I was thinking by trusting that
pure blood.  He is no
better than my father.  The lies, the promises,
disappointment, I should have expected every one of them.  He
played off my
want to learn.  He is no better than the false
voice, nor the ones who tried
to teach me after the minotaur
bested me."  She turned her head toward the
sky.  "At least the
minotaur was honest in his promise before he left.  He
said that
he would place me with mages who could teach me.  Too bad he
unable to stay to see what they 'tried' to teach me."  

wolf growled softly, causing Arikaih to look back down at her. 
about Lord Saige?  He deserted me too, just as they all
did.  I have not
heard word from any of the young I placed, not
from Lord Saige, Kailith the
bastard, nor from Mrizen.  Perhaps
this is the Dark One's way of saying
she's angry at me."  Arikaih
shrugged her shoulders.  "She's angry at me, oh
well.  The
problem is, I really don't care.  What can she do to me?  Send
to the Abyss?"  Arikaih snorted.  "The Abyss would be a
welcome change to
what I walk through here."  Arikaih started
laughing, quieting down after a
bit.  "Would she send a loyal
follower to the Abyss and allow another dark
god the chance of
'tempting' me.  She doesn't have that much meddle in the
ways of
the mortals on the face of Krynn, Eshri."  

Arikaih stood up,
wiping the tears of laughter from her eyes.  She turned
walked back down the trail, stopping.  She turned her head back
the dark, dense foilage.  "You know.  There is always an
ending to a trail."
She turned back around and continued into the
darkness.  "I've been lost for
a long time now.  What does it
matter that I can't be found?"  

Author:    Arikaih   
Date:      Mon Nov 12 10:21:33 2007
Subject     The
way of the scout

Arikaih walked quietly into the center
of the camp as the sun rose. 
Twenty-two of the twenty-four
scouts stood there waiting.  As she walked
along in front of
them, the final two scouts tried to sneak into the line. 
allowed it, but kept note of their scent and their looks.  
'Those two
will be the first ones to die.  I will not keep those
who cannot show up
when they are required, 'she thought as she
walked toward a spot near the
center of them.  

"I am Arikaih.
 You have been given to me to train a scouts.  We leave now
the forests."   She said slowly.  She turned and headed toward
the edge
of the camp.  A hesitant moment passed, then, slowly,
the scouts followed

The small group walked deeper into
the forest.  As they reached a spring,
the bushes started moving.
 A few of the scouts drew their weapons, drawing
an angry glare
from Arikaih.  "The noises in the bushes have followed us
we left the camp.  They are noises that you WILL grow used to. 
noises will guard you and protect you."   She turned and
let loose a loud
wolf's howl.  From the bushes, four wolves
emerged, walking up to Arikaih. 
One of the two scouts who had
arrived to the assembly late snorted, shaking
his head.  That was
the last mistake he would make.  Arikaih lifted her
whispering.  The man grabbed his throat, trying to remove an
hand as it choked the life from him.  Moments later, he
dropped to the
ground.  "Is there anyone else?"  {nShe asked,
her eyes traveling over the
faces before her.  Seeing no
resistance, she shook her head.  "I command the
WolfBound.  We
are scouts.  You will train with us to learn how to do this
in quiet.  It is up to me who will return to the camp to continue
serve Lord Saige's Queen.  Your lives belong to me."   She
turned and
continued into the forest, the wolves ranging out
around her.  Slowly the
scouts from the camp followed her, some
of them with curiousity, the rest of
them with fear ranging from
mild to extreme showing plainly on their faces.

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Sat Nov
24 13:51:03 2007
Subject     Scout's Return

She sat
quietly on the limb of a tree, watching the activity near
The final assignment of the scouts she had been training was
for them to
find her. She watched with mild amusement as Eshri
and the pups led the
scouts astray. She laughed to herself as
Fron, another of the returning
WolfBound who had once been
Bundesphar under the Knights of Takhisis, sent
forth her report
of her misled scouts.

She stiffened as a group of two scouts
neared her location. They had done as
she had asked and had
taught. One followed the trail while the other
protected them.
The tracker looked up the tree, peering into the coverage.
bowed deeply as she saw Arikaih, pointing out the hiding place to
other scout. This scout too bowed deeply. Arikaih slipped
down the tree,
standing before them. "You are the only ones who
have not been led astray by
the sounds that protected me. Use
what I have taught you to return to Lord
Saige,"  she said
quietly. She reached into her pocket and pulled a
parchment, handing it to the tracker. "You will both
have to do as His
Lordship's scouts until I can get the others

She watched as the two scouts disappeared into the
trees. When they were
gone, she whistled, imitating a bird.
Moments later, Eshri appeared. Arikaih
turned to the golden wolf.
"I have sent two ahead to Lord Saige. Let us
round up the
failures and make sure that they are well prepared for their
training. Arikaih and the wolf seemed to disappear into the
forest. A
bit later, screams and yells came from all directions
as the WolfBound and
the Companions rounded up the scouts and
took them back to the camp. 

Author:    Arikaih       

Date:      Sat Dec  1 12:14:56 2007
Subject     Missives
and movement

Arikaih stood quietly hidden in the trees
and foilage with Fron, her eyes
watching the progress of the
scouts she trained as they struggled to find
the wolf that was
their target. She shook her head, quietly whispering to
the woman
at her side. "I see better progress, but not what I want to
They are becoming more aware, but I see that your own
companion, Ice, walks
around and throws them off the main trail."
Fron nods, a smirk on her face.
"We were trained differently,
Commander. These 'humans' know little, but as
you say, they
learn." A smile crossed Fron's face. "I remember your
under Captain Dante. I was for certain that you would
not survive that, but
look at what you have managed to become."
Arikaih nodded, her mind quickly
and momentarily taking her back
to the time she had spent when she had first
met Eshri and was
slowly learning what she now knew.

Sound of movement from the
trail behind her saw Arikaih turning to face the
footsteps with her hand on the dark obsidian dagger in a sheath
her side. Instead of moving for attack, she stood still. A
small bit of time
passed when one of the two scouts she had sent
ahead to Lord Saige stepped
out of the bushes. The young man
bowed deeply and was soon joined by the
young woman who was the
other scout that she had sent ahead. Arikaih nodded,
their formal greetings. The young man pulled a rolled
from a pouch at his side and held it out to her. She
nodded, taking it from
him. She broke the familiar wax seal and
skimmed the words on the page. She
rolled the parchment back up,
turning to Fron. "I leave you in charge of
these scouts. I also
will leave you part of the wolves. I have been asked to
return to
Lord Saige." Fron nodded, a smile on her face. "The Queen of
World calls to her those who ARE truely her minions. We have
Lord Saige. He
is truely Her Representative here on
Krynn....better than others." Arikaih
shrugged her shoulders
slightly. "I still have yet to know of the one you
speak. I
follow the orders of the one I trust. There are none others
have my loyalty." Fron nods again. "One day, Commander,
you will learn more
about HER. Those who were charged with your
first knowledge of HER were lax
in their teachings. Mark my
words, one day SHE will make herself know to you
and you will
understand." Arikaih nods once, turning her head. Taking in
deep breath, she tilted her head back and released a howl.
Moments later,
wolves seemed to appear, walking to her side. She
knelt beside them,
exchanging growls and motions. Three slightly
small wolves walked to Fron's
side, sitting on their haunches
beside her. The large golden wolf called
Eshri turned to the two
scouts nearby and growled. The scouts bowed deeply
to the wolf,
setting the wolf to ease. A smaller white wolf and a
colored wolf remained at Eshri's side. "Train them to
do what is needed.
Lord Saige passed on the orders to me. I now
pass them to you. They must be
ready. Do what you MUST. If they
are not capable of doing what he needs,
kill them." Fron
nodded, her eyes seeming to glow. "They will be ready. But
all of them will make it back." 

Arikaih nodded, turning to
the scouts at her side. "Come, we return to Lord

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Wed Jan
30 03:38:35 2008
Subject     [FWD] Seeking

[FWD Note] - [ 52] Arikaih: Seeking
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Arikaih stalked away from the bloody mess she had left on
the training
field by beheading the former Field Commander.
Behind her she heard the
footsteps of the scouts that seemed
intent on following her every wish and
command. She stopped,
turning to them. "Find the rest of the scouts and
them into the troops. You are the leaders of the scouts. Keep
on their toes and make sure that they do NOT get sloppy and
lazy,"  she
said, the same hint of anger and malice lightly
hinting in her words. Sciath
and Teryn nodded, bowing deeply as
they backed away from the young mage. 

Arikaih turned,
continuing her stalking. Not knowing where she walked,
suddenly stopped, realizing her feet carried her back toward
Sanction. She
shook her head. "There is no reason for me to
return to that city. There is
nothing that binds me there," 
she thought, shaking her head. "Perhaps it is
information you
seek, information denied to you by those who filled your
with nonsense and kept you from your rightful place, my child,"

whispered a dark voice deep inside her head. Arikaih turned,
her hand
gripping her dagger tightly. Seeing no one, she shook
her head. "You can't
get rid of me that simply, child. Have you
question, seek you an answer," 
the voice continued, causing
heat and pain to throb from the fresh wounds on
her chest and
stomach. Arikaih gasped, clutching the area, falling to

Slowly the pain subsided. Arikaih slowly stood up,
careful not to cause more
damage. Again, she shook her head.

After standing for a bit, her mind turning over thoughts, she
shrilly. Almost immediately, two wolves seemed to appear
before her. She
knelt slowly. "Return to Fron and tell her that
I return to Sanction. I must
speak with Lord Saige,"  she
growled quietly to the younger of the two
wolves that answered
her whistle. The wolf turned and disappeared into the
trees. Arikaih then turned her attention to the golden wolf
remained at her side. "Eshri, we must return to Lord Saige.
I must speak
with him. There is much I do not know,"  she
growled. The wolf seemed to

Arikaih stood up slowly,
pulling a stone from a little used pouch at her
side. She held
the stone, her voice speaking little used words, causing
formation of a shimmering hole before her. She shook her
head, stepping
closer to the gate. She slowly took a deep breath
and nodded to the wolf
beside her. Together they took a step into
the gate.

Stepping directly in front of the guards at the gate
of Sanction. Arikaih
gave a huge sigh of relief. The wolf at her
side growled. Arikaih looked
down. "Honestly Eshri, I didn't
know if that spell would work or not. That
is the first time I
have ever used it,"  she growled, a bit more relaxed. 

turned her attention to the guards at the gate. She walked
her head held high. The guards saluted her as she
passed. She gave the
briefest nod to them.

Her feet carried her
to the pathways leading to where she would find Lord
Saige. She
nodded to Eshri. "Seek him out. Let him know that I have
injured and must speak with him about these injuries," 
she growled, sending
Eshri to deliver her message. She sat down
on the ground, putting herself on
guard against any and all who
might cause her harm. 

Author:    Arikaih       

Date:      Thu Jan 31 04:52:55 2008

The portal opened, swirling near two scouts.
Arikaih stepped out of the
portal, Eshri at her side. Teryn and
Sciath, the first two scouts that
Arikaih had trained, startled
in the disturbance. Arikaih glared at them. "I
could have been
someone else. NEVER let your guard down," she snarled,
the area. Not seeing what she looked for, she turned toward
scouts, anger showing in her face. "Where is Fron? I sent
her a message to
assist you both and to keep an eye on Field
Commander Jonis," Arikaih
snapped. Teryn bowed deeply. "I
have not seen her since you ordered us to
leave, Lieutenant. We
returned here as you commanded and set the scouts on
missions to
further their skills," the young scout replied. Arikaih
"Find her," Arikaih growled, lifting her head and
throwing a howl into the

Moments later, the children of
Eshri came into view. Arikaih growled toward
the puppies. They
growled, setting off on the mission she set for them.

turned and headed toward the field where her chosen Field
Jonas worked at training the troops he now oversaw. He
heard a noise nearby,
turning. When he saw Arikaih, he
practically fell over himself bowing and
saluting. Arikaih
smirked, stopping close to the man. "Were Lord Saige to
for a search, you would be killed,"  she said, her eyes
beginning to
glow red. She turned, looking at the troops
practicing. She watched for a
bit, her eyes taking in the works.
She turned her attention to the Field
Commander. "Get them
prepared. If they do NOT perform up to my expectations
soon, you
will NOT live to remedy your mistake," she said, turning
walking away from the startled Field Commander who turned and
bellowing orders to the troops below. 

Arikaih walked
slowly to the woods nearby. Her wolf-mate, Eshri, sat quietly
her haunches. Arikaih slowly sat down beside the wolf. She turned
attention to her friend, growling softly to the wolf. The
wolf answered,
whinning softly. Arikaih shook her head, whinning
back. The wolf growled,
pushing her nose into the wound on
Arikaih's stomach. Arikaih gently shoved
her away, growling. 

rustling nearby sent the wolf to her feet in front of Arikaih,
growling in
protection. Arikaih moved quickly, hiding the wound.
She drew her dagger,
waiting. Sciath slipped through the trees,
her own weapon drawn. Sciath
bowed deeply. "There is no sign of
Fron, Lieutenant,"  she said. Arikaih
nodded. "Then lets do
this my way,"  she said turning to Eshri. She looked
at the
wolf, growling. She turned to Sciath. "Assemble the scouts," 
growled. Sciath nodded, turning and heading to where the
scouts gathered. 

Author:    Arikaih       

Date:      Thu Jan 31 05:26:24 2008
Subject     Seeing
is believing

Arikaih followed Eshri, her dagger lightly
gripped in her hand. She
glanced around, watching for sign of
movement. From up ahead, she caught a
glimpse of what she was
looking for.

She growled quietly to Eshri, sending the wolf to
intercept the others and
to keep them back. She stood quietly and
listened to what was happening in
front of her. And the more she
listened, the angrier her glare became. After
a bit, she turned
and walked from the area. "Deceit is more the work of
followers of Hiddukel, Fron, not those pledged to do the work
of Takhisis," 
she said, pitching her voice to carry to where
Fron stood over a pit of

Arikaih slipped as she walked,
ignoring the pain that radiated from her
stomach area. She sighed
in relief when she saw the scouts and Eshri. She
walked directly
to them, nodding. "Fron is just ahead. She should join us
When she does, send her to Sanction to get more training as a
She is not to destroy the safety of these troops in ANY
way,"  Arikaih said,
turning and walking away, leaving
questions in the eyes of all standing

Climbing a hill,
Arikaih stood, watching her troops. She glared as one group
troops made a mistake, but smiled a bit as her chosen Field
bellowed orders to fix the problem and punish the idiot
that caused it. 

Movement to her side caused her to turn her
head. Sciath and Teryn
approached, bowing. "She has been
escorted to Sanction,"  Teryn said
quietly. Arikaih nodded,
returning her gaze to the troops nearby. 

Date:      Wed Feb 20 02:51:53
Subject     Supply lines

Sets of eyes peered out
of the heavy brush, watching the barbarians gloat
over the
supplies they had stolen from the Armies of the Queen. No
stirred from the bodies owning the eyes, but each being
was tense and ready,
waiting for the small signal from the leader
of this group.

A lone young wolf walked quietly toward the
brush, listening for a certain
sound. When it heard the sound it
waited for, it entered the brush, stopping
in front of a hooded
figure. It quietly growled its report. The figure
returning the growl. The figure slowly stood up, pushing the
back from its head. Beside the figure, two other humanoids
also stood up,
flanking the first human. 

The first human,
turned to the rest of the eyes, motioning with a hand. The
of the eyes stood, numbering 12 humans and 4 wolves. With a
single hand
motion, the group started moving out. One part of the
group headed toward
the out lying people, dispatching them with
quiet ease. More of the group
started dispatching more of the
barbarians. The last group, consisting of
the first person, the
ones standing at the flank, and a golden wolf. They
forward, taking out more of the barbarians.

After a bit, the
group returned moved to a bonfire in the center of the
camp. All the people and wolves stood around quietly, waiting
the final group to make it to the bonfire. The central figure
nodded. "That
is what what we need to do to each and every
supply line. Highlord Saige
needs the supplies for the Armies,"
Arikaih said quietly, her red-tinted
eyes moving over each
member of her scouting party. "This MUST be stopped."

turned and walked back to the brush, the troops following her.
abruptly stopped and turned to a few members of her scouting
party. "Go back
to the main body of troops and bring them here.
They will take these
supplies to Highlord Saige. Once that is
done, you and the troops with
return to me," she said to the
scouts. The scouts bowed and took off to find
the troops.

have done what you have set out to do, Lieutenant Arikaih," one
of the
scouts flanking her said. Arikaih turned to the scout.
"Done what? I am only
doing what no one else has set out to
do," she said, her eyes narrowing as
she looked at the
supplies. The scouts stood nearby, quietly shaking their
head as
Arikaih turned back and walked to the supplies. She picked up
empty supply pack, throwing it into the bonfire with renewed
anger. The
scouts watched. One turned to the other. "She is not
taking this well, is
she Sciath?" he asked. The other scout
shook her head. "Fron did something
that should have never been
done. From what I understood, the Lieutenant was
devistated when
her lifemate died. The shell returned, but was not the same.
knew that, but kept pushing. The issue should have been dropped
ago. From what I'm seeing, Fron got exactly what she
deserved," Sciath said,
her eyes never leaving Arikaih. Teryn
nodded, returning his gaze to

He took the move first,
walking to Arikaih. He bowed deeply to her. "What
would you have
me do, Lieutenant?" he asked. She turned toward him, glaring
him. He nodded, reaching over and picking up an empty supply
package. He
handed it to her. She yanked it out of his hand and
chucked it into the
bonfire. "I need no help from anyone. Do what
you are ordered to," she
growled at him, stalking into the
underbrush. Teryn walked back to Sciath.
"I tried," he said.

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Wed Feb
20 12:41:00 2008
Subject     Returning the

Arikaih stood on the top of a small hill,
watching her troops, under the
command of her chosen field
commander. The troops packed up the supplies.
Behind her stood
her trusted scouts, Teryn and Sciath. Without saying a
Arikaih knew they were there. The golden wolf at her side told
her so.
Arikaih looked down at her bondmate and nodded. The
golden wolf stood up and
loped down toward the troops. Arikaih
turned toward the scouts at her back.
"They will finish soon
and take the needed supplies back to Lord Saige. We
must find the
next barbarian camp,"  she said, her red tinged eyes
angrily. "Send out the more knowledgeable of the
scouts and have them find
the next encampment,"  she said,
turning back toward the troops. She
listened as one of the two
scouts bowed to her, then moved down the back of
the hill. She
turned back around to see Sciath standing nearby. Sciath
one hand, palm forward toward Arikaih. "Forgive my
Lieutenant, but you seem troubled. If you need to
speak with anyone, I am
here,"  the young woman said quietly,
lowering her hand. Arikaih growled at
the woman. "I need
nothing from anyone. I gave my trust a few times, for
Unless you can tell me what the Queen plans for me. Not even
cleric that was assigned to the troops can heal this wound
She gave to me," 
Arikaih growled, her voice becoming more
harsh and anger filled. Sciath
nodded her head. "Perhaps I
could try something my parents did when I was
injured,"  the
young woman offered. Arikaih sighed and nodded, lifting the
of the shirt she wore. Sciath stepped forward and looked at the
wound on
her commanding officer's stomach. She stepped back and
nodded. "I shall
return with what I need, by your leave," 
she said, bowing deeply. Arikaih
nodded, turning back to watch
the movement of her troops. 

Teryn watched the hill from his
post with the troops. He smiled as his
companion scout, Sciath,
spoke with the Lieutenant then left. He turned back
to the field
commander, issueing his commands. Teryn allowed a smile to
on his face as the commands were carried out. He glanced
toward the hill,
smiling as he saw Arikaih nod her approval in
his direction. 

Author:    Arikaih        
     Sun Feb 24 22:51:07 2008
Subject     Movement and

The mountains seemed to loom in the distance,
desert and oasis around.
Troops marked with the Green of the
DragonArmies moved as a cohesive unit, a
trio of people standing
nearby and watching.

Arikaih watched as the assigned troops
marched their pathway toward their
destination. Arikaih turned to
the scouts at her sides, speaking with them
in quiet tones. The
scouts, one male and one female, spoke to her with
respect and
truth. At times she would not, other times she would glare at
troops below. 

Another scout approached from the direction the
troops were traveling. He
stepped before Arikaih. "Lieutenant,
we have them. They are 1/2 day march in
the current direction,"
 he said, bowing. She nodded. "Find them, watch
them. When I
return from Alek-khan, we will finish this and find
Saige," she said with a nod. The scout nodded, heading
toward the troops. 

Author:    Arikaih       

Date:      Tue Feb 26 14:52:47 2008
Subject     Healers
of Alek-khan

Arikaih walked quietly into Alek-khan, a
dirty cloak pulled around her.
Still weary of many people, she
seemed to avoid them when she could.

Flanking her, but far
enough back to leave her "alone" walked the scouts she
trained, Sciath and Teryn. Their duty to her, in their mind, was
to keep
an eye on her. 

Arikaih turned her head slightly,
catching a glimpse of the scouts. She
stopped, growling deeply in
her throat. The scouts froze, hearing the
warning in her voice.
They looked at each other, then turned and walked
briskly from
the city. 

Arikaih turned her head again, nodding at not seeing
the scouts around her.
She sighed and continued on her walk.

carefully walked the street, looking for something that would be
to her. She stopped in front of a small shop near the
center of the city.
Taking a deep breath, she entered the shop.

Inside the shop, a man stood dressed in robes of suet black. He
looked up at
Arikaih and nodded, his eyes taking in her clothing.
"What you want?" he
asked. "Cleric of the Queen?" she
asked, her eyes glaring at him. He
returned her glare, not
backing down. "It depends on who's asking for what
he said, his hand slowly moving toward something under

Arikaih watched his movements with a careful eye.
"Would it help to know
that I am a Lieutenant under the command
of HighLord Saige?" she said, her
own hand moving slowly out of
the dirty robe.

The cleric lifted his hand to the top of the
counter. He smirked. "What
proof do you have of this?" he
said, looking at her. She opened her cloak,
showing her hands to
the cleric. "Do I need to show you?" she asked, her
starting to glow red. The cleric nodded, smiling. "Now I truely
who you are, Lieutenant Arikaih. What can a humble cleric of
Our Queen do
for you?" he asked, giving a slight bow to

Arikaih slowly lifted the hem of her shirt to reveal the
bottom curve of the
bloody crescent carved into her stomach. The
cleric nodded. "You have been
marked by the hand of Takhisis.
She sent you a message, Lieutenant?" the
cleric asked. Arikaih
nodded. "Her message was sent, and received very
However, I can't perform the duties set upon me by Her
HighLord with such a wound that never heals. The clerics
assigned to my
troops are unable to do anything to staunch the
flow of blood and this has
caused me to collapse in following my
given orders," she said, pulling her
shirt back down. The
cleric smiled. "And you wish me to commune with Her to
you?" he asked, walking around the counter to face her. With
left to say, Arikaih simply nodded, pulling the cloak
around her once

The man nodded, his hand pointing toward
a back area. She nodded, walking in
front of him. 

She stepped
into the back room and her eyes were met with familiar signs
Takhisis. Symbolic items of the cleric's worship of Takhisis
lay everywhere.
She looked around, stepping forward slightly to
allow the cleric to join
her. He stepped around her, motioning
for her to follow him. With a quick
look around, she did.

He led
her to the corner of the room. He waved his hand and steps
downward appeared. "Go below, I'll be with you in a
moment,"  he said,
looking back toward the front of the

She walked down the steps, into complete darkness. She
growled, scenting the
air. She whispered uninteligable words,
causing her eyes to cover with a
hazy red film. Her eyes tingled
for a few moments, gradually becoming clear
in their sight. 

cleric walked down the steps. He muttered a couple of words,
causing dim
lights to light the area. Arikaih stood in the center
of the room, near a
red gem. "I have seen these before. What
are they cleric?" she asked, her
head turning towards him. The
cleric shrugged his shoulders. "I have yet to
figure that out,
Lieutenant. All I know is that they enhance what I am able
do,"  he said, stepping around her. He motioned for her to join
him in a
room farther from the gem. She took one last look at the
gem and followed

They entered a small room. He motioned to
a table in the center of the room.
"Disrobe as proper as you
see fit and lay on the table I will do what I can
to heal your
wounds,"  the cleric said, turning his back to her.
sighed, dropping the cloak to the floor. She pulled her
shirt off, dropping
it on top of her cloak. She lay on the table,
her arms crossed over her

The cleric twisted his arm
back, holding a blanket. Arikaih saw it and
pulled it from his
grasp. She covered herself, looking away from the

cleric turned back around, his hands toward Arikaih. She sighed
closed her eyes as he gently touched the bottom curve of the
crescent on her
stomach. "Her agent did a number on this wound,
Lieutenant. I will do my
best,"  he said, beginning his

Pain coursed through her body, causing her to bite
down on her lower lip.
Arikaih fought to hold her body still
under the ministrations of the cleric.
She opened her eyes,
forcing herself to look directly at the cleric. He
looked at her,
returning her red tinged gaze with his own gaze, his eyes
red also. He laid her hands on her stomach. Again the pain
excrutiating, causing her to black out. 

Date:      Wed Feb 27 12:36:13
Subject     Was it all a dream?

A breeze seemed to
flutter through the room, hitting Arikaih and waking
her. She
slowly opened her eyes, looking around her. She lay on the
furniture in a falling down building.

She jerked to her
feet, aware that her stomach and chest no longer pained
her. Her
eyes quickly scanned the area around her, seeing only a pack on
ground near where she had dropped her own dusty cloak and
bloody shirt. 

She looked down, realizing for the first time
that her shirt was back on.
She slowly and carefully lifted the
hem on the shirt, seeing the curving
crescent of a newly healed
scar. She gently touched the new skin around the
wound and felt a
twinge of pain, nothing more.

Her curiousity led her to the
pouch. She lifted it and set it on the table
she had woken up on.
Opening it, she noticed dark cloth in the bag.
Wondering, she
pulled it all out.

At the bottom of all the cloth in the bag was
a folded note. She picked it
up and carefully opened it.


have done my duty to Our Queen. It is now time that you take your
place as
Her loyal follower. Shed that which you knew and start
fresh. She has seen
fit to spare your life this time, but WILL
NOT be so lenient the next.


Shocked by the wording of the
note, Arikaih lifted the cloth and set it out.
She stared at the
cloth for many minutes, contemplating the meaning of it,
nodded. "Thy orders obeyed, My Queen,"  she said quietly as
she slowly
removed the clothing she wore and replaced it with the
cloth in the bag. 

Finished dressing, Arikaih looked around her
at what she could see of her
new look. She felt a bit conscious
of herself, but made the decision to drop
the uncertainty.

stepped out of the collapsing building, meeting the rising of the
She smiled, looking upward and seeing the familiar sight of
the Queen's
likeness in the sky. She placed her fist over her
heart and, with her head
raised, walked from Alek-khan to return
to her troops. 

Author:    Arikaih        
     Thu Feb 28 18:05:18 2008
Subject     Supplies to the

Arikaih walked out of Alek-khan, a cloak thrown
haphazardly over her
shoulders. She casually laid a hand at
sheath of the dagger at her waist.

Her footsteps soon carried
her to the outskirts of troops of the Green
Dragonarmies, under
the command of her field commander. She walked into the
center of
the troops before anyone realized she was there. The anger on
face was apparent as she sought out the commander. He never
got a chance to
turn to salute her as she plunged her dagger into
his spine at the base of
his neck. He crumpled to the ground,
sightless eyes staring at her. She
knelt and pulled the dagger
from the corpse. 

Standing, she turned to the first soldier.
"You are now field commander," 
she snarled at the young
female soldier. "Don't disappoint me. You see what
she said, spinning on her heal and walking away from the

Sciath approached her, bowing deeply. Arikaih glared at
the female scout.
"Find the scouts and get them on the
perimeter, NOW,"  she growled deeply.
Sciath bowed, backing
away, sending a whistle into the air to call the
scouts to her.

Still angry, Arikaih stalked to a nearby tent, sending the
occupants out.
She shouted orders to the nearby soldiers, sending
them every which way.
After nearly an hour of angry shouting,
Arikaih called the new field
commander to her. The woman entered
the tent, knowing full well that her
life could be

While the situation in the camp was hectic, the scouts
hustled to secure a
perimeter around the camp. Teryn and Sciath,
the lead scouts, met each other
briefly. "That's new from her,"
 Teryn said, casually. Sciath nodded.
"Something has happened
to cause this sudden change. Right now, we do what
we must. She
will soon call for us and we MUST be ready for anything," 
said, moving away. Teryn nodded, looking back toward the camp
center. He
shook his head and continued his duties.

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Tue Mar 
4 11:49:11 2008
Subject     Taking over the barbarian

Tugging at the clothing she now wore, Arikaih
watched the barbarian camp
with hooded curiousity. On her right
side stood the newly appointed field
commander, Andra. Andra
watched over Arikaih's shoulder, determined not to
follow in the
footsteps of the former commanders. She whispered questions
the young mage, which were answered in hushed tones. The
scouts stood
nearby, listening closely.

After a while, Arikaih
called the scouts to her, issuing orders for claiming
the camp.
The scouts bowed deeply, backing away. She then turned to
"It's time." she said with a nod.

The camp knew
little as to the situation as the troops under the command
Arikaih swept down upon them, this time, with Arikaih in the
middle of the

As the fight began to subside, the troops of
the DragonArmies stood a bit
taller, seeing their Lieutenant
among them. Some of the troops cheered as
Arikaih raised her
hand, calling for the appointed commanders in the armies
to her
side. She spoke briefly with them, her eyes flashing amber and
tint. After she finished talking to the commanders, they
bowed deeply,
heading back to their individual assignments. Those
assignments were carried
out swiftly, bring order to the

She walked through the center of the camp, flanked by the
field commander.
She entered a large tent, looking around. She
smiled slightly, seeing the
supplies that had not made it to
Sanction. She nodded to Andra. "Gather the
wagons we hid in the
woods. Load these supplies. We travel to meet up with
Saige,"  she said, turning her back to the woman. Arikaih did
see the bow, but heard the woman move out of the

Arikaih stepped out of the tent, nodding to Sciath and
Teryn. "Do we have
captives? " she asked. The scouts nodded.
Arikaih smiled, an evil gleam in
her eyes. She again nodded,
resuming her walking excursion of the camp. 

Date:      Sun Mar  9 14:43:43
Subject     Remnants of the past

Arikaih stepped
into the beginnings of her troops camp, the scouts ranged
behind her. Amongst the 10 remaining members of the scouts, they
8 large deer. She nodded to Teryn and Sciath, and headed
toward a tent
toward the center of the camp.

Alone, she entered
the tent. She looked around, shaking her head. 'It
reminds me
of the time that I woke up the scouts of Lord Saige's camp, '
thought, smiling at the memories of the reactions of the
so-called scouts. 

She stepped to the desk in the center of the
tent and removed the belt at
her waist, dropping it on the
scarred top of the desk. She moved across the
tent, pulling back
a division to reveal another small room. A large backpack
lay on
the hastily erected cot. She upended the backpack, tossing
clothing onto the bed. Quickly she used a nearby pitcher of
water and the
shirt she was wearing to take an impromptu

That finished, she stepped out of the small room, closing
the curtain again.
Her belt and the pouches had been pushed
aside, a steaming bowl of soup
placed in the center of the desk.
Arikaih grumbled angrily, seeing the
pouches on the belt, their
contents scattered around.

She hastily started to return things
to the pouches. She picked up the red
crystals she had found in
the cave, looking at them with hidden curiousity.
Without a
second thought, she returned them to the pouch.

A shimmer of
blue caught her attention. She picked it up, looking at it
amazement. She turned the strange sapphire over in her
hands. "Is it
possible that he still exists?" she asked,
looking into the sapphire. "He
probably lied to me, just like
the others,"  she pondered. Shaking her head,
she closed her
eyes. "Will you still answer me after all this time?"
asked, remembering what he had looked like.

Sighing, she
opened her eyes and shoved the newly re-colored sapphire
into a pouch. She closed the pouches and gently set the belt
on the ground,
returning to the present, leaving the past behind

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Mon
Mar 17 22:19:43 2008
Subject     Movement and

Shouts filled the air, commands coming from
voices new to their role. A
young man, whiskers still new to his
face, stood with grizzled med whose
faces showed the battles they
had been in. The young man would turn to an
older man, speaking
quietly to him. The older man would, in return, speak to
young man. This finished the young man would lift his voice to
the air,
giving orders to the surrounding troops.

A lone figure
stood atop a nearby hill, watching. To anyone watching from
it would have seemed as through the figure were spying on
activity. However, this was a misleading train of thought.
Upon closer view,
the figure seemed to radiate anger. She stood
as still as a statue, just

Scouts returned to the camp
area, their spirits low after witnessing one of
their own beaten
for failing in her orders. Teryn, the other lead scout,
dazed as he walked, stubbing his toe occasionally. He caught
glancing around. He looked up, catching Arikaih's glare
on him. She made a
sharp gesture at him, calling him to her. He
bowed slightly, altering his
course to climb the hill to her. He
bowed deeply to her, straightening
himself to a stiff attention,
his eyes focused behind her. 

Arikaih looked at the scout before
her, her red tinted eyes seeming to
simmer in anger. After a bit,
she turned her attention back to the activity

"Have you
problems, scout?" she asked, her voice tinged with malice.
dropped his gaze to her face. He watched her for a moment,
gathering courage
for his next action. "Premission to speak
freely, Lieutenant?" he asked, his
voice faltering a bit.
Arikaih looked at his and nodded, her eyes not
leaving him. "I
disagree with what has been done, Lieutenant," he said,
keeping an eye on Arikaih. "How so?" came the snarled reply.
sighed inwardly, continuing. "Lord Saige would have been
well aware of any
scouts assigned to watch him. Sciath did as she
was ordered. There was no
call for the punishment given to her,"
he said, diverting his gaze from

Arikaih snorted,
stepping closer to Teryn. "She was seen, scout. She was not
only one ordered to keep eyes on the Highlord's party. The
reported back and were never seen. Sciath got sloppy,"
Arikaih said, turning
her gaze to the troops. Teryn swallowed
hard, pushing his fear away. "What
about the Field Commander
you seemed smitten with, scout?" Arikaih asked,
flowing throughout the question. Teryn looked at Arikaih, his
coming forth. Arikaih walked past him, her back to him.

turned his head to look at her. A growl nearby caused him to snap
head back around to attention. The golden wolf bound to
Arikaih walked up
the hill, sitting in front of Teryn. "Answer
the question, scout," he heard
from behind him. The golden wolf
growled, emphasizing the command. He
sighed. "Her death, to me,
is a great loss. It, however, was her fault that
she died, this I
cannot find fault," he said, clearing all emotion from

Arikaih turned to face the back of the scout. She
watched his body language
as he spoke of the death of the female
field commander. Silently she moved
behind him. 

Teryn tensed as
Arikaih's hands closed around his neck. He struggled to
catch his
breath as she tightened her grip. Then, without warning,
released her grip. He dropped to his knees, gasping for

Arikaih knelt beside Teryn. "Never forget this lesson,
scout. Return to the
others and tell them to make ready to move,"
she hissed, turning and walking
down the hill, the wolf

Arikaih shook her head as she walked down the hill.
Eshri growled softly to
her. Arikaih turned, stopping to look at
her companion. She knelt beside the
wolf, speaking to the
companion in soft growls. After a while, Arikaih stood
continued toward the troops. Eshri remained where she was for a
then raised her muzzle, releasing a howl into the air.
Arikaih continued
walking, ignoring the haunting accusation that
followed her.

She walked to the newest field commander, glaring
at the veteran soldiers
that surrounded him. The soldiers backed
away, leaving the field commander
to face their Lieutenant, his
knees trembling as he moved to stand at a
rigid attention.
Arikaih watched him, her red eyes seeming to show a hint

Finally, she turned, looking to the east. "Move
the troops slowly eastward.
Make it a leisurely movement,
allowing anyone in the area to see us. I will
leave scouts with
you for messages to be passed," she said, turning her
slightly. "Don't follow in the footsteps of your
predecessors," she growled,
watching the young man's face drain
of color as her words sank in. She
turned abruptly on her heel
and headed east, away from the center of

She stopped
a ways from the camp, reaching into the pouch at her
Smiling, she pulled out the glowing sapphire. "What would
you teach me, pure
blood?" she asked in a snarl. She shoved the
sapphire back into her pouch.
She waited a few moments, the
released a shrill whistle into the air,
calling the scouts and
WolfBound to her side.

She watched as all of them approached.
She looked over the 10 humanoid
scouts and 7 wolves, her brows
narrowing as her gaze passed over Teryn and
Sciath. Her face
returned to a stony faade as she turned slightly. "We head
by the orders of the Highlord. Part will move forward, seeing
ahead. Others will remain with the camp, and forward
messages. The rest will
remain one day behind and guard the
rear," she said, looking over the group.
"Two will travel
with me, being my eyes and ears." The group looked toward
and Sciath, as though guessing the choices. However, Arikaih
forward, laying her hands on the shoulders of two other
scouts. "You will
remain at my side," she said, surprising
the entire group. 

She gave the assignments to all the scouts,
separating Sciath and Teryn.
This finished, she and the lead
group headed out, moving to the east. 

Date:      Sat Mar 22 01:45:32
Subject     Back to nature

Still shifted in her
shape, Arikaih loped along, the path she traveled
taking her back
to where the scouts waited. She stopped a few yards from
camp, resuming her elven form. She turned, looking behind her
for Eshri. Not
seeing her companion, she shook her head and
looked ahead.

She moved forward quietly, looking for the sentry
scouts she had assigned.
She saw the first one, the scout's
weapon in hand. Arikaih smiled, stepping
into the open. The scout
bowed deeply, moving out of Arikaih's way. Arikaih
nodded as she
walked past the scout.

Before her loomed the opening of a cave.
She entered the cave, nodding to
the remainder of the scouts and
wolves assembled there. 

Sitting down near the fire in the
center of the cave, she opened the pouch,
pulling out the strange
blue sapphire. She held is gently in her hands,
sending her
thoughts toward it. 'Do you still walk among the living, or
another hold the mate to this stone?' she thought, her
curiousity pushing
toward the stone and the being in possession
of the other sapphire. 'Do you
still offer what you once did?'
she thought, cautious of her thoughts,
remembering her
conversation with the HighLord.

Soon she tired of the
conversation. She returned the sapphire to the pouch
and lay
back, waiting for the start of the next day. 

Date:      Thu Apr  3 11:43:22
Subject     News

Arikaih sat quietly in the cave,
her eyes glaring at the red Wolfbound
puppy known as Tolinar. In
return, the puppy kept his head low, as though a
child in
trouble. She looked across the cave at the intruder she had
captive. She looked back at the puppy, growing at him. The
puppy walked
slowly out of the cave, his head held low.

outside brought one of the scouts. He entered, bowing deeply.
message from the Highlord," he said quietly, handing a
rolled parchment to
her. She nodded, taking the roll. The scout
bowed deeply, backing out of the

She opened the parchment,
reading the words carefully. After reading the
message, she rose
to her feet and stepped to the mouth of the cave. "Call
scouts to me, we return to the Southern Troops," she said
turning her
head toward the captive in the cave. "Make sure
that he follows us closely.
If he tries anything, deal with it,"
 she said, walking out of the cave. The
nearby scout bowed,
then stood and entered the cave. 

Author:    Arikaih  
Date:      Thu Apr 10 11:31:45 2008
Back to the Borders

Arikaih walked a steady pace, keeping
her eyes trained on the
surroundings. Behind her ranged the
scouts and her captive. She glared
around her, catching glimpse
of the red WolfBound puppy. Narrowing her eyes,
she growled,
sending the menacing warning to the puppy, who, upon hearing
tucked his tail between his legs and took off to do what he was
to do.

She caught sight of the Border three days into
her journey. Instead of
calling for a halt, she continued ahead,
apparently eager to take command of
the troops stationed

Hours until the Border, sounds of battle caught her
ears. She held up a
hand, halting the band of scouts. Whistling,
she called the WolfBound to
her. Kneeling beside a large golden
wolf, Arikaih spoke to the wolf in soft
growls. The wolf returned
her growls, confirming her thoughts. She stood,
turning to the
scouts behind her. "Prepare yourselves. Both Eshri and I
the sounds of battle ahead. It may be nothing but practice,
but it may also
not be,"  she said, her voice quiet. She looked
to the captive nearby,
shaking her head. "I have no time to
watch over him. Untie him. Should he
fall in the skirmish, less
for me to worry about,"  she said, her eyes
boring into the red
WolfBound puppy. The puppy, again, bowed his head, but
walked to stand beside the young man. Arikaih shook her head
continued on her way. 

The closer the scouts got to the
Border, the louder and more agressive the
sounds of battle were.
Arikaih frowned as she smelled the first scent of the
battle, the
blood. She hastened her pace, moving more quickly toward what

She entered a clearing near where the Border troops were
to be stationed.
Here lay the skirmish. Barbarians clashed with
the troops of the
Dragonarmies. Arikaih smiled slightly, drawing
the weaponry from her waist.
She hissed through clenched teeth
and the scouts ranged out, joining in the
battle with quiet

Arikaih drew back her arm, and threw one of the
daggers that she carried. It
hit a barbarian, causing him to turn
around. He laughed a horrible sound as
he advanced on her.

was a bit quicker than she as he unleashed his sword on her. The
bit into her left upper arm, creating a gouge in her
shoulder. She dropped
the weapon in her left hand, yet remained
quiet. She kicked up dirt from the
ground allowing the breeze to
carry it into the barbarian's face. He backed
off, wiping at the
dirt that entered his eyes. This gave Arikaih a few more
She stepped back, sheathed the weapon in her right hand,
withdrew spell components from the pouch at her waist. She
releasing the spell at the exact moment. Takhisis
seemed to be looking down,
guarding her path as lightning from
the sky struck the barbarian, frying

As their leader fell
to the ground in a crispy shell, the barbarians slowly
retreating into the surrounding area. This gave Arikaih the time
survey the damage surrounding her. Bodies of both DragonArmies
soldiers and
the Barbarians lay scattered around the area. She
turned, looking for
someone in charge of the troops, then caught
sight of familiar beings.
Sciath, Teryn, and Fron stood nearby,
their eyes watching her. Arikaih
forced her face to become
unreadable as she moved toward them. "A status
report,"  she
ordered, her voice remaining impassive. 

Teryn nodded, standing
taller and saluting her. "They caught us as we were
guard posts. There was little we could do except fend them off.
clerics and magic users with us did give us a slight
advantage, but their
numbers were greater than ours. The field
commander did a good job keeping
everything together, but he was
cut down near the middle stages of the
battle. Now, we rely on
the veteran officers for commands,"  he said, his

Arikaih nodded. She turned and headed toward a group of
older men gathered
together. Teryn turned to Sciath and Fron.
"Should we tell her, or wait?"
Fron shook her head. "It is
my duty to tell her. I will do it when the time
is right."

Author:    Arikaih        
Date:      Mon May
12 03:21:18 2008
Subject      It is time...Part 4

bright fire seemed to burn from within the safe confines of a
cave set
in a mountain base. Various humanoid figures seemed to
make their way in and
out of the cave with little effort. Higher
on the mountain, a lone figure
stood, watching everything around.
To the east of the mountain cave, in a
slight depression in the
land, a ring of well-armed troops stood, ringing a
band of
prisoners. To the west of the mountain cave, in another
another ring of troops stood guard over supplies. 

lone messenger approached the cave, handing something to a nearby
This guard read through the missive. He nodded, handing
the message back to
the messenger and motioning toward the figure
standing watch.

The messenger trekked up the hill, stopping. He
bowed formally, handing the
missive to the lone woman standing
watch on the hill. The woman took the
missive, nodding at the
messenger. She opened the notice, reading through it
When she finished, she turned back to the messenger. She
walking past him and toward the bonfire. "Gather the
troops. We head toward
Kortal and the rest of the troops of the
Highlord,"  she said, her voice
quiet but seeming to ring with
authority. The troops near the bonfire bowed
deeply, turning and
heading different directions. Almost immediately, word
passing to ready themselves for the move.

Arikaih stood quietly,
her back flanked by the bonfire as she watched the
troops ready
for movement. Two figures moved quietly, bowing deeply
her. She turned toward them, her expressions neutral. The
figures bowed
deeply. "The scouts are ready to move forward,
Major,"  the closest figure
said quietly. Arikaih looked toward
the figure. She nodded, her expression
remaining impassive and
stonelike. "Move the forward scouts out now, Teryn.
Sciath will
lead the rear scouts when the troops move out,"  Arikaih
her voice ringing with the hint of mistrust and malice. The
scout called
Teryn bowed deeply, turning and moving down the
hill. The scout called
Sciath also bowed, yet remained, returning
to a strict attention. Arikaih
looked at the woman, her eyes
seeming to change color to reflect a more red
tint. "What is on
your mind, scout?" she asked. The woman nodded,
forward and whispering something to Arikaih.

glared at the woman, then nodded.  "See to it. I want NO
from that one,"  she growled. The scout bowed deeply,
this time turning and
heading down the mountain. 

Arikaih stood
quietly on the mountain, watching the movement below her.
took in all the movement around her, her eyes constantly
moving. At a
beckoning motion from the field commander, she
started down the
mountainside, coming to stand before the man. He
bowed nervously. "All is in
readyness, Major. We await your
command to move out,"  he said, his voice
cracking. Arikaih
nodded. "Give the command,"  she said in a quiet
walking away from the man. She let forth a shrill whistle.
Movement from
nearby brought wolves to her side. She nodded
toward the movement. Wolves
moved forward, with the exception of
an older golden wolf. Arikaih looked
down, a smile crossing her
face for a moment. She moved forward with the
troops, her eyes
scanning the horizon. 

Author:    Arikaih       

Date:      Thu Jun 26 14:19:03 2008
Subject     Waiting,
merely waiting

The darkness crept closer to the mouth of
the cave near Kortal. Inside, a
troop of people, all wearing the
marks of the DragonArmy, milled around.
They seemed to wait for
something to happen, the boredom showing through
some of them who
made the decision to try their skill at hand to hand
Training exercises, they seemed to call them.

A select few
people stood outside the cave, cloaked in the darkness.
watched with curiousity as another person wandered the hill,
looking around,
as though searching for something. Movement from
around the figure caused
noone to jump or be scared. Wolves
wandered around, strangely helping the
figure look for whatever
it was that it wanted to find. 

With a grubby, dirty hand, the
figure, a woman called Arikaih, stood up,
triumphant. "I have
found another one of them," she said, a chipper laugh in
voice. The figures with her came to her side, looking into the
hand. A glowing red stone lay in the open palm of her
hand. She picked it up
between her fingers, looking into it.

Almost instantly, she was whisked into dreams. She walked in
the dreams,
looking around. They were whispers of the past, she

She came back to the darkness, looking around her.
'Strange. They keep
coming, but none of them answer why," 
she thought. 

The Storytellers of Ansalon, The DragonLance MUD

Astinus points to the massive wall of books behind him and bids you to make a selection.

Authors: All|A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M|N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

Astinus sighs as he recants 'We saved 855 books from Ansalon from before the great Cataclysm through today.'