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Post by Ruslan Chergari on Wed Jun 14, 2017 8:21 pm

Ruslan was pleased with the simplicity of his room at the inn. He did not remain there long, however, before making his way back out into the light of the fattening moon.  It was after midnight by now; an hour late for some, perhaps, but for Ruslan it was no different than noon. He was a man of great energy who welcomed any hour, day or night.

His purpose had called him to this place that was a literal world away from his own, and his celestial master above had yet to provide him with any clues beyond the dream that brought him here. He would not allow that to deter him from putting the night’s moonlit hours to use.  Besides the inn where he would labor in exchange for his room he knew nothing yet of this land, so this was a fine time to explore.

Ruslan did not change his clothes, and had only washed his face and neck before departing. His brown baggy pants were made of light linen, the blue cuffs rolled up and tied below his knees because the weather was warm.  His simple cream tunic was without a collar.  His long vest had more colors and shapes than could be counted, and each was selected by Beebee Yonca for a reason.  Around his neck were several braided cords, a different talisman hanging from each and the same was true for both of his wrists but with beads of different colors and shapes.  The brown leather sandals on his feet had been repaired more than once but they still got him from here to there.

His bag on his back and the map E’Lara had given him in his pocket, Ruslan choose to walk north as it looked like it would take him away from the city’s center. He held no ill will toward cities, but their crowded, noisy nature made it difficult to access the veil. If he was brought here to provide some service connected to his calling, it was imperative that he find a place where it was easy to walk between the seen and the unseen. Back home, it was hard to find a place where this couldn’t be done. Here...here was proving tricky.

At least his travel away from the center of the city was bringing him to buildings that were smaller in size and had greater distance between them.  More open space increased his chances of catching a sighting. At least there were no longer lanterns lining the road, and there were few lights inside the buildings.  The ones through the veil, they did not like bright light. At least there were trees, bushes, and even small patches of meadow that seemed to be allowed to grow and stretch as they pleased here. Uncultivated land was always helpful for his gifts. And at least there was quiet, and Ruslan was able to tune into the subtle sounds that night made in this world so he could learn its music.  He had to familiarize himself with the melodies of the night here on a normal day, so that when there was an irregularity it would stand out to him.

“Del Dook, ne açabilirsiniz?” The language of his people was sharp, with heavy use of k’s and c’s and ch’s, so in those letters especially his accent was apparent. He did not whisper these words, but spoke them openly to the Good Spirit. The elders of his tribe were always quick to remind the young that if they did not ask, they could not be upset about a lack of receiving.  Ruslan was eager to be shown the way to a discovery. He could better introduce himself to this land if he was provided an opportunity to put his talents to use.
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Post by De'Ryanna Aybara on Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:46 pm


It had been quite a while since anyone had seen the young lady in these parts.  Not since that night in the Inn over a month ago where a pair of kind men had tended to her injury.  It had greater effect on her than they may have known. After a period of time she had snuck out of the building and had headed back out into the wild. And that's where she had been ever since.

In her current state - where she was engaged in an internal war between two sides of herself - it was comforting to be away from people.  Away from them and their buildings. Away from things of ‘man’ and to rest more among nature.  That’s what she was doing far out here.  Out where one could hear the creatures talking to each other, and enjoy an hour long performance from the crickets and beetles.

This young lady considered herself to be one of the wild creatures and, with how she looked it wasn’t hard to believe. Her dark thick hair came past her shoulders and was partially pulled back and loosely tied with a vine. Bits of leaves stuck out in random spots inner hair, looking almost as if they were strategically placed other than a random mess. A cloth wrapped around both her hands - keeping the fingers free - and midway to her elbows. It might have been white once, but now it was nearly black. Her nails were short and hands were dirty, but this she didn’t seem to mind. She wore a loose fitting simple dark tunic, torn and frayed in some spots but otherwise in tact and held with a worn leather clincher at her waist. Bare feet were something she didn’t seem to notice either.

She had been out in this area for more days than she could remember right now and she had been here when the earth told her someone was walking about at this hour. The young lady moved quickly and quietly along the forest floor until she spotted him not too far off.

Her nostrils flared as she sniffed the air seeking to catch his scent. It wasn’t one she was familiar with in this area. Perhaps he was new. What was this man doing here? He could be a visitor of the far off cottages and farmland, but she had been there one more than one occasion, and he did not smell as they did. Furthermore, not many came out this hour of night.

She crouched down low to the ground and sought refuge behind the underbrush and barks of trees as she made her way to a closer, but safe, distance.

Though he didn’t understand a word of what he uttered, her abilities were tied to the earth and there was something in the air that caused her to blink her dark brown eyes more than a couple times and take a step back in her hiding spot in the brush. When she did her foot snapped a twig and the sound was like a crack in the air. The young lady froze in place, even slowing her breathing as she wondered whether or not to flee. Where she had been hid her well. Now half of her face was revealed by the moonlight that shown on the undergrowth.





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Post by Ruslan Chergari on Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:01 am

So it was that the elders gave good advice and Ruslan’s request was immediately rewarded. His master in the sky shifted her beams, directing his attention to the thickening trees ahead where the road thinned and curved. That was where he would find a sought after weakness in the barrier.  Continuing down the road in that direction, there was now excitement in his stride.

When the moon shifted its light as it had just done for Ruslan, was this something the rest of the world could also see? He did not know. The only eyes he could look through were his own, and he was used to bearing witness to many things that others could not. His eyes possessed gifts more rare in his tribe than the Sight.  Even some that others considered a curse more than a blessing, but Ruslan was a merry man who’d learned how to keep hold of his joy in the face of horrors. His eyes were the gateway to his calling, and it was a purpose he served with all of his being.

It was true, Ruslan did not smell of the local farmland. He did smell of nature, however, including a musky blend of oils that were part of his practice each time he knelt in prayer. Was the one who watched him in tune with the mystical energies?  If that was the case, the area surrounding Ruslan was alive with them.  Part of inherent talents and the blood of his tribe, yes, strong today as the moon was waxing, but also because of what he wore and what he carried upon his back.  He also smelled of sugar.

Too much candy, eh?

Speaking of his clever confections. It was when he heard the snapping of the twig not far ahead on his left that his hand went into his pocket. The casual unwrapping of the paper was easily heard in the quiet of the night, and he popped the red candy into his mouth.

The taste had barely touched his tongue when he looked in the direction of the noise and spotted her.  The way his master was casting her light on his way, the parts of the female that could be seen were bathed in a silver glow.  Most would say this made her look like an apparition, but a man with Ruslan’s experience would call such a statement quaint.

Her stillness made he too go still.  That stillness, her positioning, her stare - these things told him that for her, he was a disturbance.  As he was new to this world only hours ago, it was hard for Ruslan to know more in this moment than that. “Sastimos, Gaja,” With the traditional greeting his voice was gentle like the crickets, but the lightness of heart that was Ruslan was still there.  He gave to her a slow bow of his head, it was the only movement he made besides to suck upon the candy in his mouth. “I must make apology, yes?  I am...trespassing? Or my late night steps are a disturbance?”  These were two of the most popular ways that Ruslan troubled those who lived in the lands he passed through.
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Post by De'Ryanna Aybara on Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:41 pm



Currently the one who watched him was mostly in tune with nature. The energy of the Earth. Spirit, too, was her forté though that was something too complex for her current mental state to grasp further than what was naturally done.

She had hoped that he wouldn’t have heard the break - it was a futile hope. The night had been still.  Of course he had heard her. Shame. Maybe this being was a forest spirit who had come to check on the land?

Once he was paying her more attention she gave the attention right back and her nose twitched. He smelled really sweet. Overly sweet. It made her teeth ache a little and her stomach rumble at the same time as a distant part of her knew that long-forgotten taste. Memory tried to spark in her head until the man started speaking again.  

He was addressing her in a language she didn’t understand, but the way he said it, the tone of his voice, he could have been saying hello. Information stored away for later. The young lady blinked and him and then she moved.  A quick jerk of her head upwards to the moonlight which shone upon her face before she ducked down into the shadows of the tree and bush.

She didn’t make much attempt to hide her movements.  The rustling of the vegetation obvious and marked her passage as moving around to the other side of where he stood. She continued until she found an opening that lead out to the clearing he stood in and she slowly stepped out, crouching down, balancing on the heel of her feet.  

Her fingertips barely touched the ground and strands of her dark hair fell over one side of her face. To look at her she held the position of a wolf preparing to either strike or flee. The second set of words she understood. He wasn’t trespassing, he didn’t look like he wanted to do harm, so now she was stepping into where he was. A sign that he was okay. There was no hiding from the moonlight here, out in the open,

She was studying him more and her eyes stayed on him for a few moments then she pointed to the sky and spread her hands in the air before her.  Then she reached down and dug her hands into the earth, fingers digging up a bit of dirt. Cupping it in her hands she lifted her arms again and let the soil drop through her now slotted fingers and into her lap.


She nodded her head and appeared to relax as she sat back upon her heels. Back was perfectly straight and she brought her hands to rest in her lap.  The young lady waited and then turned her head to see  what he would do. She sensed something in the air.  Didn’t know what it was, but it wasn’t there until he had appeared.



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Post by Ruslan Chergari on Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:03 am

A forest spirit? Not so much, but to use the word spirit in relation to Ruslan was not entirely wrong. As for her, she was a mystifying creature, but so far this was a mystifying world. In that way, she did not shock him.  She sniffed the air, he did not hesitate to do the same. It was not a game to him. He trained hard to be able to find clues in the earthly banquet.  Would he find any now?

When she looked up at his master, he did the same. His smile wide, and full of gratitude. “Da, ves’tacha simurti.” Attention turning back to her as she retreated into the darkness, he translated this time. “My beloved moon. She is beautiful tonight, no?” By now he could not see this new friend, but he did hear her travels and he followed the movements of the brush as she stirred it. It was dark, yes, but the gifts of the red candy were generous. It bolstered all of his senses, including the elusive sixth.  He hoped the enhancements would help him gain knowledge in this time and place where he had much to learn.

His smile was still there for her when she reemerged. It had not changed and it wasn’t a fabrication. Unusual, maybe, that he was so at ease considering her appearance and the level of animal in her movements. But he’d seen many things over the course of his lifetime. Necessary evils, as the saying went.  It made it hard to give him surprise. If anything, he worried for her, but he did not know if this worry was founded yet. He was still too new to this world.

Ruslan watched her gestures with curiosity. A man who lacked the key to her code, his struggle to understand wore in the weight of his brow. “You are...waiting for a rain to bless your land?” It was his best guess. One thing was certain, she was not the terrible, ancient energy that caused his master to summon him here. This was good.
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Post by De'Ryanna Aybara on Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:17 pm



She knew that he was talking about the moon. That was a word he said that she understood and she gave a nod of understanding to the first thing that he had said. Though what she had first tried to get across to him was still lost in translation.

With a huff she sat back on her heels and put her soiled hands on her thighs as she looked at him. It's said, and many believe, that the eyes are the windows to the soul. The eyes of this young lady were very human, opposite of the animal nature her movements projected.  She turned her eyes to the moon once more, as if seeking an answer.  Then she raised her hands to the moon and afterwards patted her hands on her chest. She motioned to the moon and then to him. She tapped a hand on her throat and shook her head. The young lady pointed to him, patted her throat again and nodded yes. Was he following?

She repeated the action: Pointed to him, tapped the throat, nodded yes.  Then she raised her hands to the moon again, perhaps in prayer before indicating herself.  She scooted an inch closer to him, looking to see if he understood what she was trying to say.

He was out here in the night. He wasn’t human, she saw him looking at the sky. Maybe he was a messenger from above or had a connection to the moon.  If so, maybe he could ask for the moon’s blessing upon her as she had no words to do it herself.



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Post by Ruslan Chergari on Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:05 am

Eyes were of great importance.  The seat of a being’s spirit, but also the seat of will and power. Ruslan did not hesitate to look into the eyes of any being, human or otherwise, but he was not foolish. He knew as well as any of his tribe what mighty and sometimes terrible magic could be made invoking the eyes. He was also a man who moved through all manner of gateways.  Eyes were gateways for those who knew how to activate them.  He had both the knowledge and the ability, but he did not use his eyes in such a way now.

He saw the humanity in hers. He knew it was a detail of importance when weighed in contrast to the way she moved, which was more like animal. How she was attempting to communicate, that was more like human than animal as well. Back in his realm, there were unfortunate explanations for this mystery that often did not have a good ending.  Those explanations didn’t fit in this situation. He was glad for that.

Ruslan closed the distance between them by a few steps and sat down in the grass. There was still distance between them, but he made this gesture to show her that he was willing to have conversation. He watched her series of gestures closely this time. Where he was from, some nights the tribe sat around the fire telling stories of their people; one member of the tribe would tell the story through the drum, a second through the dance, and a third through the words. It happened simultaneously, the parts complementing one another.

He had no drum but he attempted to treat her gestures like the dance. He would play the part of the words. “The moon, she has a connection to you, and you to her. Like the connection she has to me, you wonder? You have tried to speak to her, but you cannot find your voice so she cannot hear your call. You have seen how I can call to her, and she responds.” Attempting to speak the translation gesture by gesture was helping him. It made him wonder the nature of her connection to his celestial master. It was a new lens to look at her behaviors, the cross between animal and human. Animal, human, and the moon…

“You wish me to call to her for you.” His eyes were narrowed in thought. With what ran through his mind, Ruslan wondered what giving her the attention of the moon would do. He nodded, however, and he felt no fear. While his bond with the moon allowed him to do a great many things, he would take this one step at a time. Start simple.

First he retrieved a pouch from the bag on his back. Many symbols were embroidered into its cloth. Pouring out the contents, he held up one of several stones so she might see it. Milky white with traces of blue iridescent flash, the moon’s light hitting the stone created a subtle glow. “Moonstone. Do you have these here?”  He lightly tossed the polished stone in the grass in front of her so that she might examine it. Then he stood, walking around her and dropping more of these stones in the grass. Eight to be exact, one for each direction of the compass. He was placing her, and the stone he gave to her, at the center of a circle.

When he was done he stood in front of her again.  Outside of the circle he’d just created. Then he spoke the words. “Del Dook, Hizmetçin pooker adre bu daire, vermek bu chavi senin jekhipe torarti.” The request was a simple one. Drawing down the light, and so the attention, of the moon to the circle. The moonstones serving as the signals, letting the celestial body know where to cast its beams. Between the shining of the stones and the intensity of how the moon shone its light, the area within the circle would be filled with a brilliant glow.  

Besides this, there was only one additional thing that Ruslan had asked of the moon. Jekhipe was a complicated word. A communion that for many was a lifelong journey to achieve. But if that journey was made? A being could move in tune with the land so absolutely that they could float from one mountaintop to the next.  Jekhipe was state of being One.

*Good Spirit, your servant asks you inside this circle, give this girl your oneness tonight.

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Post by De'Ryanna Aybara on Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:53 pm



He was understanding her. At least this man was grasping the general concept of what she wanted. It was the most she had felt able to communicate while trapped in her current state and there was a hint of a smile over her features. He had spoken while she moved and when all was done she sat back on her heels and waited, looking at him expectantly.

Then he started talking to her and making his own movements. She leaned forward when he reached into his bag and then blinked when he brought out the stone. Reactionary, she leaned away from what he tossed before her. It was glowing. Her head tilted from one side to the other as she crept closer to it and finally picked it up in her hand, encasing her fingers around the smooth stone. Almost immediately she dropped it for it felt like it was buzzing in her hand. She looked up and saw that he was placing more of these stones around  her and all of them were giving off a glow of the moon.

It was a strange feeling which was washing over her now, with the concentration of the moon bearing down. It almost felt electrifying. It made her afraid though she was drawn to its power as well. The young lady retrieved the moonstone he had tossed at her and clamped both hands around it before she curled into a ball on the ground. The light as bright and she closed her eyes.

As a child she had never acknowledged the moon and the role it had over her life. She had done things to prevent its influence over her, but that had all changed years ago. Since then she had been a prisoner to the moon and without any means to communicate with it.  Until now.

There, in the glow of the moon reflected by the moonstones, she felt connected and pleaded silently to it for what she wanted. From within the circle, if he could hear, came a low, hoarse voice. “Thank . . . you.”



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Post by Ruslan Chergari on Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:06 pm

“The stones, they will not harm.” He said this to her with a smile when she dropped the polished rock in the grass. “They are her...eh...magnetics.” Ruslan didn’t look convinced that he found the correct word, so he would demonstrate what he was talking about with his hands.  Holding them up, he closed the distance between his palms to mimic the force of magnets drawn together. “Only this way, yes?” He turned his hands so that one was on bottom and one was on top. His upper hand above moving down to his  other hand below. “They draw her down to you. So you and she can speak.”

He crouched down a few inches outside the circle. The glow of the moon was bright around her but it didn’t bother his eyes. In fact if one was looking, there was an effect happening in their coffee brown iris. White flecks cascading...like stars falling. Which made his next words not a surprise, maybe? “I too, am a magnetic for her.” Ruslan chose to use the stones instead of himself as the channel for a reason. If he had channeled the moon through himself it would have created different circumstances for her.

Long ago the moon had chosen him to be a Walker. On the physical plane, he could cross through the veils to access the worlds of spirit, of the nether, and other such realms that were layered on top of reality but just out of reach. On the mental plane, he could connect to another person’s mind to help them shift between the many layers of consciousness. Among many other states this included helping them to sleep, after which he could walk their dreams. In his tribe, this ability was one of the most uncommon to possess. Seen once very few centuries, usually when there were cracks threatening the veil and the balance was at risk.

Whatever she spoke, the moon listened.  If Ruslan’s master could provide what was being requested of her, she would.  If Ruslan could provide what was being requested, the moon would give a clear signal to that effect. While the communion happened, he remained still and let things run their course. Smiling when the woman spoke. “You are welcome, Gaja.  To tell the moon you wish her to go away, disturb the circle by removing one of the stones.”  The energy was running strong around this one, he wanted her to know how to put an end to it if it became too much.
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What she wanted, needed, from the moon was for it to keep her wolf side dormant. That was her plea to the moon for when that part of her was resting she found that she was then able to take more grasp of herself. The battle between girl and wolf is one she had been fighting for so long now she could hardly remember a time before it. That she had been able to communicate with the man thus far had been a boon to her.

She had felt the wolf in her sleeping and it had enabled her to talk. Her own voice a stranger to her ears. Still, it was a delight to hear.

“No!” yelled out. The word was strong and definite. He told her how to make it stop, but if this feeling was what it took to subdue the wolf then she as willing to endure the internal vibrations running inside of her. She curled even tighter in her ball and not wanting to move out of it.

When she spoke again her voice was lower. “Need . . . Gaia,” she spoke softly if he could hear her. There was an added edge of pain in her words. “Wolf sleeping.”



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