[MH] Into the veil... again. (Te S2:4.6 Ho S2:4.11)

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  • Holly
    Giving Fairy King a string on Holly to use Bought Loyalty for a +2
    Manipulating Gwynn:
    #DiceRoller( 2d6+3 )
  • The dogs pause, Gwyn's eyes shift to you, Holly, studying your face. In this moment you can remember quite clearly the experience between you earlier in the apartment.

    "You will agree to take your sister's debt?" He asks softly. If you do, he will listen.
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    Holly
    Holly hesitates for a moment, then nods until she finds her voice. "Yes. I'll take her debt. But please, Dora, don't go!"
  • Gwyn nods his acceptance, and the dogs lay down again. The amount of threat in the air recedes a great deal. Teddy you hadn't actually started to run yet, so I think Holly must've gotten in your way.
  • Holly
    "Dora," Holly continues, seeing Teddy's hesitation. "Help me fix this. We can heal the Queen and the King. We can do it together." Her voice falls slightly, "I can't. I can't do it alone."
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  • Holly
    Holding Teddy's eyes, Holly explains quickly, "The Queen can return through me, Dora. She's chosen me as a Vessel. If... if Myrii bonds with me, then we should be strong enough to survive the Queen's return together. We know the marble and the dagger are two halves, one is the Queen, the other is her Magic. Her Magic has soured." She looks to the King, "If you would forgive her, my lord, we could reunite you. Acadia is broken when you two are apart. Your grace can make it right."
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    Holly
    "He'll tell her," Holly says softly, turning to look at Gwynn. "He'll tell her he loves her."
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    Gwynn raises an eyebrow, cooly, standing with his feet apart, lifting his chin and crossing his arms.

    "Promises were made. Promises were broken." He says darkly. "Recompense must be made."

    Teddy, Myrii grips your hand tightly in return, she's keeping her eyes averted from the king though, her head tilted towards you.

    Holly, your mother steps up behind you. "Holly, no, I didn't do this just to lose you."
  • Holly
    Holly looks to her mother, then to Teddy. "I think.... it's the only way." She returns her gaze to the Fairy King, "What is fair recompense, my King?"
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    The entire forest is eerily quiet. Your collective breathing the loudest thing.

    "She must admit her fault, and beg my pardon for it." Gwyn says softly, evenly. "And fulfil the promise of joining with me, as we were destined."

    Holly, a figure flickers into being next to you, even as something deep inside you pulses in a similar way. The figure is ghostly, transparent. It's Renna. Child Renna, as she was when she died, and she's glaring at Gwyn.

    "My fault?" She says coldly.
  • Holly
    Holly looks at Renna, a look of wonder slips onto her face, even now. "Yes, my Queen. That is the last hurdle. If you will make amends, you can be free of your prison, Arcadia can be free. Please, Renna. We all suffer for this separation. He wants to... to be with you."
  • "He wants to consume me." Renna says, looking at you with big brown eyes. "It has never been about an equal joining. He manipulates me into promises, locks me away, divides me from my magic, and torments my descendents: a strange way to engage my affection. If an apology is owed, it is not mine."

    She looks to where you are, Teddy.

    "You, child, give Holly the athame."
  • She looks at you for a moment. She has a six year-old's face, but her eyes are bottomless.

    "Because it is mine, and so is she, and she has already accepted your obligation, much as I would prefer otherwise."
  • edited January 2015
  • That sounds like a manipulate to me, Teddy.
  • Teddy,

    Myrii squeezes your hand, her fear bumping up a notch through the bond.

    Gwyn contemplates you with dark, glittering eyes, then nods, slightly, smiling as if he' s won. "Very well, granddaughter. I promise. Show me."
  • edited January 2015
  • He apparently believes you’re on his side up until the last moment. When you cut your thumb on the approach his focus intensifies. You’re right of course about the fairy relationship with blood. The idea that this thing is some kind of blood ritual only makes sense, and he extends his own hand towards you, thinking, since you are moving towards him that you probably need his blood too to do whatever it is you are doing.

    Then you stab him, like you said, right through the gut and twist. There’s a short almost scream from Myrii, and certainly a cry from Holly’s mother. And there’s a reverberation, like a deep gong being struck. The shock on Gwyn’s face is almost comic. The athame is powerful. It has some of the power of an almost godlike being inside of it, and the King has been careful about not touching it himself up to now. The kings own blood, an unnaturally rich red, wells up around the blade. He touches the blood with a hand and holds that hand up in wonder to dazed and suddenly strangely vulnerable eyes as he begins to stagger backward, collapsing awkwardly to his butt on the ground. The dogs… they whine seemingly unsure what to do.

    None of you are sure he’s going to die, or anything like that, but it’s bad. This would certainly have killed a lesser being immediately. You remember shooting Marsha, right Teddy? That look she had after you shot her, you’re seeing it again here. Holly, you too, when you killed Liam.

    ”What have… you… done, you foolish creature.” He gasps out, his abdomen turning into something of a horror show as he shudders.

    Uncertain figures creep from the edge of the woods, watching only. All kinds of human and inhuman shapes.

    Renna goes over by Gwyn and kneels next to him, sighing ”You’re the foolish one.” She says, in a gentler voice than you expected maybe. ”I warned you that treating mortals the way you do would be your undoing.”

    She looks up and behind, at you Holly.

    ”I need to incarnate, Holly. It is time.”

  • Holly
    Holly watches the macabre scene, sees Teddy stab Gwyn, watches him fall, his shock plain. It's all so sudden, Holly gasps in surprise, hands over her mouth.

    Then, Renna is there, demanding that Holly allow herself to be subsumed, to die for her as she was promised. "I... I have a sister, and a mommy. And-and a lover, now. I don't want to leave them, Renna." Her voice wasn't pleading, it was emotional, but certain. "Gwynn, my King." she said, facing the fairy on the ground, looking down at him with respect, "You should, uhm, take another Queen. Renna will never forgive, I see that now. But there is a fairy who is tied to a mortal and the mortal won't join with her. She's loyal and true, loving and kind. She serves you well, and would be your best good Queen. Join with Myrii, my King. Make Arcadia whole!"
  • And that is a manipulate from you, Holly. Roll it please.

    Renna stands to face you. "And you can have them all, Holly. We can have them together, together with more power than you can possibly imagine."

    She looks at Myrii, who shrinks back wringing her hands that are slick with Teddy's blood.

    "Do you think this stripling can take my place?" The queen continues calmly, turning back to you and tilting her chin in contempt at the notion. "Do you think she can take my power? Forgiveness is very much beside the point. I have won the game. Do you think I have played with every shred of cunning at my disposal to be displaced by a child? " She laughs a child's laugh as if he heard the funniest knock knock joke ever. " It's ridiculous! Inconceivable. The merge will be on my terms, his body is no longer suitable, and I do not yet have one again. Besides, that one." She indicates Myrii again with a contemptuous wave, " She is bound to merge, unless your beloved sister gives her up which she does not look wont to do. I have won."

    She kneels again, reaching out to stroke Gwyn's face, down his chest, her fingers trailing through the gore without disturbing it, and speaks like an excited child. "I have won, haven't I, my love? Concede that I have won and we can finally have an end to this business." She glances down his body. "Oh, to have a form... how I ache to taste you again."
  • Holly
    Giving the King another String for +2 for Bought Loyalty.
    Manipulating Gwyn:
    #DiceRoller( 2d6+3 )
  • Holly
    "Dora," Holly says urgently, "Please, let Myrii go. She'll die with you."
  • edited January 2015
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