♣ And so with both participants seated and their questions asked, Cheshire smiled, snapping his fingers as two cups of tea formed in front of them. In one cup was glowing amber liquid, the aroma akin to that of honeysuckles and raspberries. The glow was golden and alluring but something about would seem.....off. In the other cup was an emerald green liquid, one of which seemed to jump at the brim of the cup as if it wanted to escape. It held no scent, but one would feel lost in the reflection of themselves if they stared too long.
With a gesture to drink of either cup before them, the hatted male began to answer their inquiries. Starting with the ithecal his gaze fixed on the large reptilian male as he listened. With a sly and devious smirk, the man rose from his seat and went to one of the ghostly shadows. Upon placing a hand on the figure, it came to life in an instant.
The man before them was definitely a yari, but his face was gaunt and an expression of fatigue and fear hung on his face. These lovely party guest are those unfortunate souls who either piss off Victoria........or fail miserably at these games. You don't want to fail these games.
he said, releasing his grip, turning the whimpering male back into the smoky shadow he was. Taking his seat once again he continued to answer their questions.
I have been here so long I have forgotten who I am, what I was. I consider myself human as it is how I appear to be. As for Victoria...
he said with a concerned look in his eyes, almost as if he was worried she was listening Victoria is of emean nature, though a creature.......she is not.
he said, his expression lightening at the lizardman's last question.
Dont fail the games, you must play them no matter what else you will end up like the rest that have a seat at this table.
he said, turning his attention to the other one, the lively and bubbly one. A smile fixed itself on Cheshire's face as he listened to the man speak and inquire. With a chuckle, he found the boy to simplistic and almost childlike.
The break lasts for as long as it takes for Victoria to find another player for these games.
he said, his smile beaming at the next few questions. I am paradoxical because I say and do things that are either wildly absurd or contradictory to what you may think.
his smile faded a bit at the mention of her dialect, his face forming a frown of irritation. It's a deflection she uses to make herself seem less threatening than she already is. It's a silly thing I wish she wouldn't do.
he noted, as the last inquiry came, and his smile returned. Unfortunately she is older than I, she has been here for arcs on end it seems.
With all the questions asked and answered Cheshire looked to the sky above the table. It was almost time.
Meanwhile, in Yaralon, Victoria was on the prowl, looking for a suitable candidate to bring back in order to replace the one she lost. No one was piquing her interest, that is until she saw the most adorable looking child. She was so cute, and Victoria knew she was perfect for the games ahead. She followed the girl at a safe distance, and when the woman thought the time was right, sprung into action.
Would you like to play game with me?
she asked, not giving the girl time to answer as she hugged her from behind, and both vanished from the city at that moment.
Back within the fracture, Cheshire stood as it was time. Gesturing for them to finish whatever cup of tea they chose to drink, he snapped his fingers and a crimson door appeared. Though before opening it, he turned to them and at that moment everything seemed to stop. The sound of the waterfall ceased to be heard, the rolling of waves from the water vanished from the audible levels.
A word of warning before you go. Everything within these games is not as it seems, trust not what is told to you, nor what you see. Its all fun and games till your soul is bound here for eternity like me.
and with that, the landscape was engulfed in red light as Cheshire opened the door. Once it died down the two would find themselves in a grand hall
with a set of statues on either side.
On one side was Victoria, and with her stood a little girl. She waved them over and once they got near her she smiled. On the other side sat a woman clad in the finest of red and gold clothing. She was the personification of opulence and grace. She stood from her throne and addressed those present.
What an interesting group you have here. Very well let's begin. Before you are pieces to a game of chess, but these are no ordinary pieces. They breathe like you and I and move just the same. The game is simple, take out my queen piece and you are the winner. How you do this is entirely up to you. But fair warning, the damage you sustain here is real, and if you die, well you are just dead plain and simple.
she explained as she pointed to each piece as they came alive.
Each piece has a unique ability that comes with them. The pawns are brutes, capable of physical damage only. The rooks are defenders, able to withstand most abuse. The bishops are like mages, able to throw fireballs and lightning from their hands. The knights are our champions, wielding rays of light from their steeds. The kings are able to crush their foes with the might of the earth. And for the queens, they can wield the wind to shatter all who defy them.
she said taking her seat on her throne once more.
Victoria stood in the front of the three chosen players and to each she gave a single word.
she said pointing to Thysbae.
she spoke, poking Prae.
And you, you will be my Queen
she said to the little girl, a devious smile on her face. With that Victoria took to her own throne and the game was to begin.
Red pawn 3 to white pawn 4
the command echoed from the Red Queen's corner and the corresponding piece moved. Once it got in range, the blade at it side came loose and slashed down the white pawn, splitting it in two. Victoria smiled and gave a command of her own.
Bishop 1 to red pawn 3
she said, looking to Thysbae to see what he would do.