[Haven] Serenity & Serendipity

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[Haven] Serenity & Serendipity

Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:58 am


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Arc 721, 17 Ashan

The Garden was something of a wonder. For everything they gave up for being in a remote, somewhat inaccessible area on Faldrass, was made up for by the presence of the Serenity Garden. The young woman visited it almost every trial, meditating and considering some of life’s bigger questions. Doing anything more than that seemed like it would be disrespectful.

She visited often with Balthazar as well, sometimes talking. Sometimes not, just enjoying comfortable silence with each other. After arriving in Haven, both of them had endured hard landings in the settlement, trying to figure out what the new normal was – at least for the time being. It meant a shadow for him and no privacy for them. To her, however, it was worth it just to be with him and helping Haven begin to find its footing.

Sitting on a small patch of grass under the beautiful pink tree overlooking the cliff, eyes closed, Elisabeth listened for air, the soft laugh that always greeted her when she visited that spot. She would listen for elements, certainly…but the young woman never manifested magic within the Garden – something else she felt might be a bit discourteous.

That trial, mostly, she just wanted to sit and think about how grateful she was to be on the island with Balthazar. Sometimes she considered grand questions of life or contemplated smaller subjects with more direct impact, but not that trial. Gratitude was what she wished to think about. Thankfulness that she had been afforded the opportunity to live in such a wondrous place. Appreciation for being given the chance to help people….and all of it she was able to do with the one she loved.

She had wanted a life with him. The Universe had decided to grant her that wish, and she wouldn’t take a single trial of it for granted.

Taking a deep breath in, she held it for a moment or two, doing a few breathing exercises while she considered whether it was time to wander back to the settlement.



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Re: [Haven] Serenity & Serendipity

Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:38 am


17 Ashan 721
Every trial was spent working, this trial being nothing special to warrant any sort of break from the work. Balthazar spent most of the time finalizing the houses of the settlers and helping the builders put up the base of the windmill. It had been a long trial and the man began to wonder, after breaks of talking to builders, where exactly Elisabeth had gone off to. It was never hard to find anyone in Haven for Balthazar. Everywhere he walked it seemed like all fingers pointed directly towards the person he was looking for but that was jut because his people were eager to provide him with any information he asked for. He enjoyed it but he also worried they might be as willing to share with someone else as persuasive as him. He would have to work on countermeasures to ensure people couldn't track him again. The pointing fingers and friendly faces directed him towards the Serenity Garden which had become one of Balthazar's favorite places in the prison island Faldrass.

It sat just outside of Haven, protected from the Badlands by the growing settlement and providing respite to those in need from the settlers. Balthazar thought he made more progress sitting in the Serenity Garden and meditating on his own than he did with the man from the Order. It was strange. On the outside he presented himself as if he strongly disliked the man but there was something about the way that Elliot challenged him in conversation that he found intriguing. Elisabeth probed him about feelings and he never wanted to share his feelings with the Elements so he often felt frustrated but Elliot probed him about... something different. It was hard for Balthazar to explain but it felt like sparring with words.

He found Elisabeth exactly where he thought she would be. The Serenity Garden was large but it seemed that almost everyone ended up beneath the pink tree when they visited it. It was a beautiful sight and in Balthazar's opinion, if you were going to visit the garden you did not have a complete trip without visiting the tree. She was meditating and so he tried his best to be quiet until she was done. When she moved, he spoke, "This is a nice place. I hope to keep it exactly like this as Haven grows around it." He mused before looking back at the shadow following him. It was Trean totrial and sometimes Balthazar amused himself by saying things just to confuse them. One trial he'd hate apples and the next he'd love them, he he'd always love Elisabeth. "You should try meditating by the jubiplant field, I find it easier and let go of everything I'm holding onto while I'm there."

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  • Mass Mutation Summary: He glows faintly, his skin is warm and sometimes hot to the touch, and when he gets angry sparks literally fly off him. He's a the middle of a field of static electricity so every once in a while when you touch him, you get shocked. Fire leans towards Balthazar and droplets of water seem magnetically attracted to him. He has a series of cracks on his right pectoral that glow of soft emerald. His eyes and the cracks reaching down to his cheeks glow a dark blue. The etheric cracks spiderwebbing up his arms glow orange.

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  • Oops, Oops, Ouch: Balthazar Black has twenty scars across his back from a lashing as well as scars on his hands and arms from jagged rocks in Faldrass. There are two scars on the sides of his abdomen from being stabbed and a slash across his back which blends in with the whip scars.
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Re: [Haven] Serenity & Serendipity

Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:56 am


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There had always been something about Balthazar’s voice that she loved. Especially when she wasn’t expecting it. Maybe it was the tone or timbre, or the manner in which sometimes it lowered, just for her. Maybe it was because he could be a man of few words, so when he spoke words, Elisabeth listened.

She had just begun to stretch, eyes still closed, when he spoke. He couldn’t see, but a beautiful smile slipped free as she heard him, replying softly without turning. “It will. We will make sure of it. This place should remain just as it is for future generations…”

Haven was small, but sometrial, it wouldn’t be. It would grow, expand. People would have children, raise them there and life would go on. Serenity Garden needed to be there for them as well.

Rolling back a bit, she quickly unfolded her legs and gracefully rolled up onto her feet, stretching a bit more as she turned to look at him, smile still present. “This is a surprise – a wonderful one at that. I always enjoy visits from my favorite person.” Striding over to Balthazar, she gently reached out to squeeze his hand before releasing it, listening to him tell her of the jubiplant.

“Well, why don’t we come together sometime and mediate?” It might not have seemed like a great date plan but something the young mage was finding out very quickly is that it mattered not what she did with Balthazar – only that she was with him.

Almund had taught her that.

She was also learning that words weren’t necessary between them. It was an interesting lesson for her to learn as words were one of her greatest weapons, but Balthazar – in a few different ways and instances – had conveyed to her that her presence in Haven, with him, showed him more about how she felt then presents or words.

Poking him gently in the stomach with a grin, she gazed up at him. “So, what would you like to do with our unexpected time together?” Balthazar always had ideas and plans. Always. He had come looking for her for a reason, even if that reason was that he missed her. “Training of some sort? Talk? We can meditate again if you need to? Take a walk on the beach? …”

She didn’t care what they did. Next to him was where she was happiest.

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