Most esteemed Maiden Jupiter,
In these uncertain times, when the Solars are hunted, I fear there isn’t many confidants that a Twilight can have and be assured that their secrets will remain just that…secrets. I have great respect for the Maidens and their purviews and trust that my confidence in you isn’t unfounded. I wish no intercedence or assistance from you, I simply hope to catalogue my endeavors as so many Twilight before me have. I hope that one day, when my Exaltation begins anew, that my collection of writings might one day find their way to my reincarnated soul. If and when that soul is ready for my words, well, I’ll leave that decision to your infinite wisdom.
I arrived with my fellow Tya, Iron Saika and Saber Lotus, for the Summer Swell Solstice. It’s a tradition among the Tya to offer themselves up as mercenaries during the festival in part to appease and honor the Storm Mother, but also to earn a few extra pieces of Jade. Upon arriving I intended to assist the Tya working after a brief look through the festival since I’d never been before. Honestly, I haven’t been around others, aside from the Tya, in about 6 months. The solitude and commrodery they’ve provided have truly helped heal the wounds the Realm left behind. While glancing around I noticed an unusual figure…he commented on my falcon armor and we bantered for a bit. He was pleasant conversation and I enjoyed the teasing manner in which he addressed me. It wasn’t the condescending way in with the Dragon Blooded speak, no, his manner spoke of confidence and ironically, some gentleness. And for some reason I found myself at ease with him. He caught me off guard when he told me I would be interested in the woman he had left in the tea house, one he thought was poisoned. I could tell he was no longer joking or teasing and now began to wonder if he wasn’t a more nefarious figure than I’d realized. And as he was striding off he mentioned I’d be interested in something in the western part of the city.
I made my way to the tea house to find another Solar passed out, presumably poisoned by what the man in black had told me…and I began to wonder if he himself had poisoned her and now simply felt guilty. Although he had paid a worker of the tea house to watch her. Knowing she could be spotted and would be in danger if anyone else saw her for what she was I carried her off to a remote area in the city and stood guard until she woke. We had brief words and I was able to learn that the boy was a Night Caste, though I would later learn that the “boy” Cas was simply clever with disguise and was in fact a boy. Quite the disguise really, a testimate to her capability. Cas and I went for tea and shared a few brief stories, I divulged that the man in black had told me something would be interesting at a certain location in the city in about an hour. Cas agreed to go, her curiosity peaked as well, and we ventured to the location the man had mentioned. Cas also assured me that my suspicions were wrong and that the man in black hadn’t poisoned her, but rather that she’d had a vision from a past life. She seemed interested in the Lore behind that and I find myself looking forward to conversing with another Solar about our shared history. It would be nice to discuss our heritage without the Dragon’s tainted view.
Cas and I arrived at the location the man in black had given me and once Cas pointed him out I could see him in the crowd. He stood out in the way that he didn’t stand out. He blended too well and if not for Cas’ keen eyes I wouldn’t have spotted him. I whistled a bird call and with a smirk he walked in our direction. Turned out that the festival also houses a large slave market every year. I know slavery is legal in the West…but being with the Tya’s I hadn’t encountered it outside the Realm yet. Almost instantly I knew I was going to have to abandon the Tya’s as I had no intention of letting the “market” go unchecked. Truly the first time I’ve felt I was strong enough to stand against the wrong in creation…and my loyalty to the Tya couldn’t supress that need that burned hot like the Sun in my veins. We spoke with the man in black, who told us his name was Eirik, and developed a plan. He revealed that he was a Lunar, while not a shock given my feeling of ease around him, it was a pleasant surprise. I’ve read much about Lunar’s, but have not met one before. It was truly an honor…and from the “vision” Cas mentioned of her past life and the looks floating between the two of them I knew fate had worked some destiny bringing the two of them together. It was most interesting my Maiden seeing the loom at work and I thank you for the opportunity to watch the fates bring their exaltations together and for placing me in the city precisly at the right time to stop the slave market.
Cas and I were tasked with buying the slaves prior to Eirik’s plan to kill the slaver lady. Cas skillfully performed the heist from under the guards very noses and emerged with four resources worth of Jade tablets…from my viewpoint I could even see the guards assist her in carrying the loot out of the courtyard. Honestly, it was rather humorus to watch. After we were back at the villa that Cas rented she examined the Jade and told me that the serial numbers on the tablets would give us away. I asked that she trust me and dump the money in the ocean, which she did. I had the water elemental I summoned earlier (for our distraction) help me haul it further down and then ripped a tear into the Wyld. I used my shaping ability to reforge and restamp the tablets. We then realized we’d need someone strong to help carry the loot to buy the slaves as well as some body guards as we were carrying a small fortune.
I was able to locate some capable looking individuals from the dock. One proved to be a water aspect, but we did need “capable” and the Dragon Blood would serve his purpose. Eirik asked that I lure a guard away from the villa and not to kill him, I did as he requested, but watching the Lunar eat his victim’s heart…something I’ve read much on….was horrifying. I had told myself they were slavers and deserved to die, but as the Eirik ripped the man’s heart out I realized that my hatred for slavery had just murdered this man. A man who was likely a slave himself and being forced to be a guard. Aside from that shock, everything went according to plan and while the elemental laid siege to the basement, Cas and Eirik ambushed the slaver and killed her in her own Villa. They left, Jade tablets in tow, and we skipped away from a successful endeavor.
The Dragon Blooded and his 1st Mate, Galvan, got noodles with us and chatted. Turns out Galvan is quite the sorcerer for a human and with Cas needing to go to Onyx a ride on their ship, especially with a water aspect, is looking like her best bet. I always knew the Tya weren’t forever, and being able to travel with another Solar and possibly a Lunar as well is certainly an ideal situation for me. There are strength in numbers during these dangerous times. But…I had to confirm that the women on the DB’s ship weren’t hostages and demanded that Galvan tell me the secret. He relented and we went back to the ship. Turns out he summoned 1st circle demons to be the crew. Quite the feat for a human, I was rather impressed. Galvan was a bit leery of showing me and very worried about what I’d say. I definitely understand his worry over being ridiculed, as I myself have been in that position for many years courtesy of the Realm, so I showed him I’m a Twilight and that I understood what he was doing. He was relieved and we developed a friendly raporte. He even offered to help with the removal of my Tya tattoos, which I accepted.
Galvan and I returned to the villa and discussed Onyx and traveling with Zale and Galvan for a bit. Everyone seemed to agree. I asked the Eirik to slit my tattoos off and Galvan suggested Bright Morning so it wouldn’t hurt. After successfully removing my tattoos and Galvan summoning a bottle bug to heal me I drifted off for the night.
In the morning the group visited the the festival and restocked the ship. We ran into a thaumaturgist and bought talismans from him, I’m very excited to examine them further. We also visited a Godblooded who gave Eirik a Raiton and Cas a water elemental infused wolf. He offered up a gift to us for gracing his city, but none of the animals called to me so I thanked him and we moved on.
We had almost wrapped up the day when we ran across a strange little girl with a game board wanting to challenge us to a game. She offered to play for stakes…a charm or spell….and I was too curious to pass the opportunity. She let me choose the rules and we played a game of essence fueled Gateway. My Lore charms helped me to secure the win and I was awarded a charm. After, once Cas was already playing her, I learned it was actually a demon of the second circle, Sigereth. He told me to summon him again when I was more powerful and although he is a blight on creation as the rest of his kind are…I cannot help but be curious and wonder what information could be gleamed by conversing with him.