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Edyta Ciesynska [ Drakonya Krov ]
630 Posts  •  17  •  lesbian  •  played by Carys
  • My mom always says, "strangers are just friends you haven't met yet."
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  • Trophy Closet This character has started and/or participated in a MP thread! Participated at the Academy Anansi July/August 2001 Durmstrang Chip Contest - Drakonya Krov (2000-2001) Carys's FPP 2015 Sapphire Reward Georgia's FPP 2015 Sapphire Reward Inga's FPP 2016 Amethyst Reward Jenny's Holiday 2016 Prize Participated at the Academy Athena July/August 2000 Durmstrang Chip Contest - Drakonya Krov (1999-2000) Durmstrang Quidditch Cup - Drakonya Krov (1999-2000) Former Drakonya Krov Quidditch Captain/Co-Captain This member reached the Ruby level before July 2015!
No access to the Dragon stables unless no Klyks were present. What sort of a stupid rule was that, anyway? How was one supposed to know who was in the stables without actually going in there and checking? Did the new headmaster think they were some sort of fluffy southern school like Beauxbatons, where the students learned divining skills and hypnosis and how to tell the sort of soft lies that claimed to be known as diplomacy? Edyta was fuming, having once again attempted to visit her beloved dragons to no avail. She had assumed it would be simple, a small matter of slipping into the stables and having the flying professor turn a blind eye. But no, Oksana Viktorovna wasn't the dragon flying professor any more, apparently she'd had a job offer at a dragon preserve somewhere in central Mongolia that housed several rare breeds.

Oh, Edyta didn't blame her at all. She and the professor had hardly gotten along, for reasons the seventh year had never understood. But the woman would have turned a blind eye to her sneaking in to see the dragons, or else issued a 'punishment' that nonetheless allowed students to work alongside the dragons. As it was, it seemed likely that the Krovs would have to wait until after Christmas before they could visit the magnificent beasts. So it was that Edyta had taken to spending time at the port. Nautica was her favourite subject after flying, so it made sense that she would come here. There were usually less students around, and there was always work to be done, whether as mundane as coiling the ropes or furling the sails or as interesting as reading the nautical maps and plotting imaginary voyages.

But there had been rumours... as the month of October progressed, she had heard tales about the new school. This port lay in a sheltered bay with many small coves and caves with stark stone beaches that were already kissed with new ice each morning. It was a beautiful place, and she loved it. The tales though, spoke of beings – some said they were ghosts, some mariners drowned at sea, a few something else entirely – that made landfall once a year and brought with them untold treasures.

Edyta wasn't sure why the tale had captured her imagination, nor why she liked to slip down here and watch the last rays of the sun wink out across the waves. It was inadvisable, but not actually forbidden, so she kept coming. As a precaution, the girl set a simple illusion that would mean she appeared to be just another grey boulder on the stony beach. Wrapped in her thick cloak, she was just thinking it was time to head back when a ship appeared on the horizon. Now that was...unexpected. Just an ordinary ship of course, she told herself, as her heart began to race with excitement and she stood, squinting out into the growing darkness.

A dislodged pebble nearby told her she wasn't alone. Confident in her illusion, she turned her head in the direction of the sound, but the port appeared to be deserted. When she looked back, the ship was closer, much closer than she would have thought possible even with the use of magic, and she felt a tiny frisson of fear mingled with excitement creep up her spine. Probably it was unwise to still be out here, but whoever – or whatever – was on that ship would see her if she moved now...

[OOC: I'm figuring the sound *is* another curious student (or professor?), whether they've also cast an illusion or are just hiding very well...and now here come the ghosts!]
« Last Edit: April 03, 2019, 08:05:16 PM by Carys »

Gunner Sturluson [ Magical Creature ]
19 Posts  •  played by Draugr
Re: [MP] yet still you seek to find me... [The Hidden Port] [open]
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2019, 11:53:02 PM »
Untold treasures.

They had been at sea for months, or was it years, maybe centuries... honestly time wasn't even something Gunner considered anymore. There wasn't much he considered, to be honest, for he no longer needed things like mortals did. There was no food in his belly, no warmth of a witch in his bed, just the spray of the sea and the gold in his coffers. He yelled across the deck at the other skeletal figures, telling them to get back to work, as they sailed for the same shore they had been returning to for.... he wasn't even sure how long it had been. As the cove came into few he stood grimly, the same hallow feeling in his chest he'd had for since this whole damned business began. The ship was ghastly with tattered sails bleached pale white from the endless voyage. The ship, like it's crew, was falling apart with gaping holes and rotten planks and yet some how it did not sink. Cursed or Legend? Sometimes it was difficult to know the difference.

Gliding across the ocean an eerie fog carried them to the shore quickly, efficiently, and they let fall the anchors. The men barely touched the water as they began to carry boxes and trunks toward the cave they'd hidden their bounty many times before. A long winding path carved out of rock and stone led to a deep cavern lit by magicked lanterns and protected by a number of charms. Traps and enchantments made stronger each time a Swedish-born wizard died at sea and joined their everlasting crew. Gunner stood outside, watching the crew, until the sound of pebbles falling not far from where he was made him turn his head slowly. His ghost white hair blew from his shoulders revealing deep lash marks on his back and the bones that once held his flesh up.

Magic replaced the blood that once coursed through his veins, reanimation was black and strong and afforded him new abilities. Fog bound Gunner moved like the mist and before his gaze had even turned all the way around he was standing before a large boulder on the icy beach. He stood still, silent as the grave, and listened. Something was amiss and he would find it.

Kęstutis Astrauskas [ Klyk Vampira ]
19 Posts  •  16  •  Pan  •  played by [axel]Axel[/axel]
Re: [MP] yet still you seek to find me... [The Hidden Port] [open]
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2019, 08:14:49 AM »
With the move to the old locale of the school, Kes had to find a new place to relax. He had grown accustomed to the falls from the last location so the fact he had to find somewhere new was a bit arduous. Luckily for him, they were instructed to stay away from the port which meant, in his mind, solitude. No one would be there and if he just practiced a bit of magic he could get there undetected. Not that he much cared if he did get in trouble anymore nowadays. So long as he was able to avoid certain people he would be fine right? No, maybe he should face her eventually to correct his mistakes, but he wasn't ready to do so just yet.

Wearing a fur-lined coat he had he made his way to the port with his illusion set. He would practically be invisible as the world around him blended with his skin. Much like a chameleon, he blended in with surroundings which gave him free movement to do whatever he wanted. This spell was quite useful for pulling pranks when he needed to, but he hadn't done that in quite some time. With the adventures of the quidditch team, he hadn't had much time to partake in such extracurriculars. Kes had to keep a low head most of the time as he didn't want to get detention during a possible game cause he knew Lev would hold it over his head constantly. Kes sneered at the idea of letting him hold such a thing over him. He would replace Lev one day as Quidditch captain and maybe even beat him in anything he could do. Nothing was wrong with having a rival right?

Kes reached the port and sat down to meditate. Closing his eyes and opening his ears to the world around him. The crashing waves of the sea lapping upon the shore and the silent creek of the dock was beautiful and peaceful. It was a nice location and though it never was drowning like the waterfall it had its charms. Kes could collect his thoughts and calm his frantic brain.

That's when he could hear a change in the sea. The waves began to differ in pattern as if something was coming shore. Kes opened his eyes to check the horizon and to his dismay, he saw a ship in the distance.  His eyes widened in fear. Had the professor's been telling the truth about this port? Maybe he should leave? He got up silently as possible watching the ship as it docked and beings began to disembark the dismantled and decaying vessel. Kes was in shock when he saw such foul looking creatures entered the port that he fell down, illusion still cast, as a few pebbles shifted underneath him. One of the beings looked towards his location and Kes let out a, "Oh sh..." He quickly covered his mouth as he realized he gave away his position. He was in trouble now as fear began to settle into his mind. Paralyzed he couldn't move and though he was cloaked he knew he was in trouble now.

Valda Pavlycheva [ Klyk Vampira ]
159 Posts  •  18  •  Gio+Val=Valio  •  played by Livvy
Re: [MP] yet still you seek to find me... [The Hidden Port] [open]
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2019, 08:50:49 AM »
This was silly! It had to be silly. Valda found herself marching down to the secluded port that the school administration had warned them about. She wasn't fully aware of her actions at this given moment. All she knew was that she had gone for a walk to get some fresh air when she started to get a headache from her studies and the stuffiness inside. She had no plan as to where she would go, she just kept walking until she felt better. Consequently enough, she recognized where she was too late.

Well, she didn't recognize it, per se, but Valda had a feeling she knew where she was before she rounded the corner that would lead her down to the beach. She had never been to this part of the grounds. The smell of the salty air was particularly strong. There was a hint of a foul odor in the air. She scrunched her nose up when she noticed it but didn't think too much that it was the smell of decaying flesh. The thought never crossed her mind until she walked out onto the stony beach. When she noticed the black rocks beneath her, her eyebrows furrowed more in confusion. She was used to sandy beaches.

The foul stench in the air caused her to raise her attention to what was ahead of her. Valda froze in her steps. Her short red hair, too short now to remain in the clip she used to secure some of her hair back, whipped about loosely by her face in the bitterly cold wind. Immediately, it felt as if her body could no longer regulate its own head as she felt her blood run cold the moment her eyes rested on the skeletal figure. Her hands were already buried deep within her pockets to keep them warm, so thankfully, she simply wrapped her fingers around the wand in her pocket. After a moment of taking in the creature, she recognized just what the smell was coming from. It made her stomach turn, but she kept her cool.

In a moment, she heard it. Another student, at least she assumed it was a student. The voice sounded rather familiar, but she didn't see anyone else in her peripheral vision. Valda was smart enough than to make sudden movement by jerking her head about to see who else was there. Almost as soon as she had heard the voice, Val spoke up to finish the sentence. Hopefully, she could keep the skeletal figure and it's crewmates' attention on her and not anyone else who could have been on there. "Oh shhhhhheep's wool and wolf's skin," she said audibly enough for many of the draugrs to recognize she was the one talking. The word sheep was dragged out to help cover the fact that someone else had spoke and she had tried to figure out what else to say besides swearing.

Valda felt she was at somewhat of an advantage than anyone else whom she couldn't see. She'd fought a pack of wolves killing one and managing to seriously injure two or three more. Who was counting though? She wasn't. That event had been a blur but she had made it out alive. Her own mother was amongst the dead so maybe she could use that on her behalf in some way to help her gain leverage with them. Valda didn't know what they would do to her, or if she should speak and introduce herself. They had been human after all. Surely there were some instincts deep down like communication. A couple more things she had to her advantage were her age, being one of the eldest students in the school besides a couple more, and her hadn was on her wand. She was ready to pull it out should she need to, but that was going to be her last resort.

Without another thought, she continued speaking. "I'm sorry. That was rather rude of me. I've just never met draugr before." WHAT ON EARTH WAS SHE DOING? Valda couldn't stop. In a panic, but yet, cool and collected way, she found that the words just kept spilling from her mouth. There was someone else here, at least one other person that she knew of. No was would she leave them behind. As she spoke, she started to get an idea that perhaps the person who was there would be smart and would sneak away while she distracted them. Perhaps they could go grab the headmaster and bring help. "Sketches in books really don't do you justice. My name is Valda. I'm sorry to be intruding. I didn't know anyone was here. I thought I was alone. You know, I can come back if this is a bad time. I just wanted to go for a stroll along the ocean, but I can do that any time." That was a lie. She knew she was near the ocean, but as stated earlier, Valda didn't know where she was until it was too late. Suddenly, she had an idea come to mind though. Perhaps he rmother would be a valuable asset to her and the other person's escape. She managed to bite her tongue though, waiting to see what the draugr's next move would be before she said another word. Cautiously, Valda took a step back to give them the impression that she wasn't wanting to stick around, and that she meant them no harm. Valda wouldn't leave whoever was here behind. Hopefully, they had enough sense to trust her. She was smart. Clever. Her house's traits were starting to show in this moment.
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Edyta Ciesynska [ Drakonya Krov ]
630 Posts  •  17  •  lesbian  •  played by Carys
  • My mom always says, "strangers are just friends you haven't met yet."
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  • Trophy Closet This character has started and/or participated in a MP thread! Participated at the Academy Anansi July/August 2001 Durmstrang Chip Contest - Drakonya Krov (2000-2001) Carys's FPP 2015 Sapphire Reward Georgia's FPP 2015 Sapphire Reward Inga's FPP 2016 Amethyst Reward Jenny's Holiday 2016 Prize Participated at the Academy Athena July/August 2000 Durmstrang Chip Contest - Drakonya Krov (1999-2000) Durmstrang Quidditch Cup - Drakonya Krov (1999-2000) Former Drakonya Krov Quidditch Captain/Co-Captain This member reached the Ruby level before July 2015!
Re: [MP] yet still you seek to find me... [The Hidden Port] [open]
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2019, 05:03:35 PM »
Edyta wasn't often scared these days.  After six years at Durmstrang she imagined that she'd seen most things that could frighten her. Dragons, ghosts, reanimated corpses... all of these she'd encountered and survived. But as the ghostly figures made their silent march across the water she felt a shiver run down her spine. There was something about the eerie procession that felt wrong, and she was already wishing she was somewhere else, somewhere... and a figure she hadn't noticed before turned its head, slowly, looking in the direction the sound had come from. And then somehow it wasn't standing watching the other dead sailors but approaching on a wave of fog, and then it was standing directly in front of her, and Edyta had always thought the expression 'heart in one's mouth' was an exaggeration, but it wasn't; she could feel the lump at the back of her throat making it hard to swallow, hard to breathe....not that she wanted to breathe anyway in case the draugr heard her and...

Who was that? Sudden words that made no sense, and the white-haired apparition had heard as well as she. Logically Edyta should have been pleased. Let it carry some other poor soul away, someone who didn't have the sense to stay silent and hidden. It made no sense, who would someone draw attention to themselves....why would they say... that?

She let out the breath she'd been holding, drawing in another as silently as she could manage, and immediately wished she hadn't. The air crawled with the smell of decaying flesh, and Edyta knew she would never be able to forget it. Far more shocking though was the realisation that someone was talking, continuing to talk - trying to engage the creatures in conversation? The seventh year risked turning her head in the direction of the sound, even as logic told her that even if her illusion wasn't as good as she'd intended the draugr would be distracted now. Pavlycheva. She recognised the other girl, though they had rarely interacted beyond a few curt words in the corridor or classroom. With the recognition came a small measure of hope, though. At least here was a fellow adult witch, someone who apparently had a plan beyond hide and wait for the potentially violent ghosts to come and find me.

Edyta just wished she knew what that plan was. Her only consolation was that she perform a decent amount of magic non-verbally now, though she'd never tried under such straining circumstances. Taking advantage of the fact that the other girl was still speaking, she widened her illusion to create a replica of that part of the beach, before taking a tentative step backwards. The draugr didn't immediately react so, emboldened, she took another and then another, moving farther away from the ocean. She had the idea to continue in this fashion until she was completely out of range; but...that would mean leaving Pavlycheva behind. They may not have been friends, but Edyta disliked that idea. And the decision was made for her as her heel touched something hard and immovable. Slowly turning, she found herself facing a chest-high boulder, similar to the illusion she had cast. Good.

Carefully, cautiously, she slipped behind this new hiding place, thinking she might just get away with this. Unfortunately the illusion she had cast was now larger than any she had attempted before, and what she didn't realise was that the edges were beginning to shimmer noticeably. Oblivious to this, she kept her eyes on the Klyk, ready to react at a second's notice if they got the chance to get out of here.

Gunner Sturluson [ Magical Creature ]
19 Posts  •  played by Draugr
Re: [MP] yet still you seek to find me... [The Hidden Port] [open]
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2019, 11:15:19 PM »
They had been human after all.

The look on Gunner's decaying face could only be described as incredulous. His decaying flesh some how held a mix of annoyance, confusion, and curiosity with a little bit of rage sprinkled on top. How dare this witch approach his ship, approach him. How dare she speak to him as if they were equals. He remained silent, chin lifted as his white hair blew in the cold north wind, watching her with soulless eyes. When she took a step back he took a step forward, following her footwork as easily as he used to breathe. For a moment he wondered if she would ever stop talking as his head began to tilt sideways to look behind her. There was something shiny not far from them, something shimmering on the edges and not like treasure. It was magic and he would not be fooled by it.

"Your plan is failing."

He told her solidly, without emotion, as the wind kicked up again and whistled through the cavities in his rib cage. "I know you've brought others." Short words followed by another step toward her. Close enough now that if she wasn't already retching from the smell of his rotted self she would be soon. He was a good foot or two taller than her, despite the fact that she seemed taller than the witches he remembered from his time walking this Earth and he used it to look down upon her. "Tell them to come out." He demanded, pointing toward where one of them was trying to move away and where the other had kicked the pebbles.

"Now."

Kęstutis Astrauskas [ Klyk Vampira ]
19 Posts  •  16  •  Pan  •  played by [axel]Axel[/axel]
Re: [MP] yet still you seek to find me... [The Hidden Port] [open]
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2019, 06:59:20 AM »
He was terrified, to say the least. It was like he was facing a monster who could in one swift motion lead to his death. His life couldn't end like this right? He was too young to die, wasn't he? How was he supposed to get out of this? He could just try and stand-up and leave as quietly as he possibly could. Yeah, that was a half decent plan if not the smartest. He was alone after all and if he could not move any more pebbles he could probably make it out of here safe and sound right?

That's when he realized he wasn't in fact alone with this draugr. He had been joined by another student of the school and it was someone he wasn't hoping to run into any time soon. Why was she here? Of all people, Valda had to be the one to arrive on the scene of this atrocious monstrosity. She had even heard him speak and tried to cover for him. Did she know the hidden figure was, in fact, someone she knew or not? Could this be his opportunity to escape? Wait doesn't this mean he could kill two birds with one stone? If he just left and forced her to deal with the creature on her own she might possibly die. This would mean he wouldn't have to worry about facing her again and having to explain his actions over the summer. Yes, this was turning into a favorable option for the young man. He got up from his sitting position doing his best not to move a single pebble. Kes would make a break back for the school and hide in his house commons and calm himself down. It was the perfect option for him.

Until the creature spoke. There was another? Who? What if they knew he was here and had followed him here? If he just left they could spread rumors about his cowardice and he would probably be shamed to so much degree. Kes could imagine the laughter from his peers already and his friends. He would never be able to live it down if he just up and left without trying to do something about the situation. But what could he do? If he revealed himself he would just be playing into the creatures hand and Valda would know that he was hiding here. He had to be smart about this. He had no clue who was the other person that was hidden was so he couldn't help them even if he wanted to. So his only option was to help Valda, but how? He could try and distract the creature for her, but that could put himself in danger. He could try and make her invisible which was a good option, but with how close the creature was to her he might hit him and that would just make matters worse.

It took some mental strain, but he decided in the end if he listened to the creature that might put them in the least danger. Still in danger, but at least they could appease his demands and maybe get out of this sticky situation. Taking a gulp to calm himself he pulled out his wand and released his invisibility charm. His red hair popped out from the bleak surroundings. Kes quickly put his wand away and raised his hands to show he meant no harm. He didn't speak but kept his eyes fixated on the creature. Not so much in fear, though he was still scared, but because he didn't want to make eye contact with Valda yet. He knew he couldn't keep the silence forever though so he said with his calmest most respectful voice, "I don't know who else is here or why, but I can assure you we never meant to insult you in any way." Well, he didn't know if this was true for the other two, but for him, he just wanted to find a place to relax so he was truthful for at least his own actions.

Edyta Ciesynska [ Drakonya Krov ]
630 Posts  •  17  •  lesbian  •  played by Carys
  • My mom always says, "strangers are just friends you haven't met yet."
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  • Trophy Closet This character has started and/or participated in a MP thread! Participated at the Academy Anansi July/August 2001 Durmstrang Chip Contest - Drakonya Krov (2000-2001) Carys's FPP 2015 Sapphire Reward Georgia's FPP 2015 Sapphire Reward Inga's FPP 2016 Amethyst Reward Jenny's Holiday 2016 Prize Participated at the Academy Athena July/August 2000 Durmstrang Chip Contest - Drakonya Krov (1999-2000) Durmstrang Quidditch Cup - Drakonya Krov (1999-2000) Former Drakonya Krov Quidditch Captain/Co-Captain This member reached the Ruby level before July 2015!
Re: [MP] yet still you seek to find me... [The Hidden Port] [open]
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2019, 04:24:26 PM »
The beginnings of a plan were forming in Edyta's mind. It was risky, and she would probably land herself shovelling dragon dung until next Easter, but she thought it would be workable. All she needed to do was just get a little closer to the older girl and...

The thing spoke, and it pointed at her. From her position behind the boulder, even hunkered down as she was, the seventh year could see the decaying fingers as they pointed in her direction. Somehow it knew she was there. Before she could react, someone else appeared, dropping their own disguise and standing upright. A boy, a klyk, one she recognised yet couldn't place his name. Maybe Astralakos or...something that reminded her of Greece, for some reason. His tone of voice impressed her; she couldn't imagine he wasn't feeling terrified and yet he was facing down the creature. In that For a moment Edyta actually considered remaining where she was, not moving, and pretending she didn't exist. Let the other two talk their way out of this, and once they'd escaped, she could get away and...

That thought didn't even last as long as it took her to complete it. Whatever else she was Edyta had never been a coward, and she wasn't about to start now. She concentrated firmly on her illusion, then rather than dropping it entirely, pulled it in carefully, knowing the edges would shimmer as it moved. As she did this she too stood up, though at least she had the boulder protecting the lower half of her body as she revealed herself. That part was deliberate; whatever happened, at least the creature and her companions would know she had reasonable skill with her wand. She doubted it would intimidate the draugr, but the three of them together yet might manage to make their way out of this. She also decided on a slightly different greeting.

"Forgive me, Sir. Allow me to introduce myself. Edyta Ciesynska, of Drakonya Krov house, Durmstrang. As you can see, I came to the beach to mediate and practise my illusions. I always find it easiest to concentrate when I'm alone, and until a few moments ago, I believed I was alone. I assure you, I had no knowledge of the other humans' presence here. Please do not blame the woman for bringing me." She deliberately kept her language formal and tried to make it sound a little archaic; for who knew how long this being had been dead for? She wondered about saying something like what an honour it was to meet the draugr, but keeping her breathing even with the stench of death and decay on the air was already hard enough, so she fell silent. Waiting to see what would happen next, wondering how to convey her semi-plan to the others, an whether they would have a chance to carry it out.

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