Shattered Moon

Finally

The campaign against Moon Islanders was taking another turn, when soldiers on Devaturn’s side began showing up to the sky. Zalyanitha immediately recognized what it was. It was flying pyramids. Soon enough the rain of silver rays began piercing soldiers creating chaos and disorder. What is more Devaturn himself seemed to finish his ritual and was stepping in the pyre. But to everyone surprise he quickly jumped out of it screaming in pain. The fire birds were rising from the pyre but they did not attack the enemies of the Empire. They rather chose to kill the side of the master who summoned them. Zalyanitha was fast enough to find the shield in the center of all the chaos just fast enough to cover herself from the ray of fire from one of the fire birds. As Zalyanitha was moving out of the dangerous area covering herself with now hot shield from upcoming fire rays. She saw Ghatona emerging from her tent having a severed head in her arms. She was about to shout what is going on here. It looked that the chaos began to settle down but the battle was almost lost.

Meanwhile Bastyn was living in the tribe of people of wild lands. One of the times there was a festival of the hunt where the tribals did a very very successful hunt. Bastyn saw all the mood raised from the people up to the point where he spotted a very beautiful fur of the fox. To his sadness he realized that this was the very same fox that was his only sort of companion several season ago. This was the last drop on Bastyn ’s goblet of patients. He decided to leave the tribe.

In the island of virgins Rakshavyada was haggling with the Widow Weaver. She offered him freedom from his master. Rakshavyada asked if his companion Padme would be released too. Widow Weaver promised that since they are all connected only the stamina of deva can survive the cure she is having in mind so Paul will be the only one who will get the end worse than death while he and Padme will be touched by madness. The hunter agreed and felt the sharp pain where the Weaver bit.

Padme had been cheerfully woken by the woman assigned to watch over her. She prepared some food and bath for deva. And all the time she was so cheerful that she will be blessed soon. At first Padme was suspicious on food and without a reason as soon as she tried some of it she felt very dizzy and lost her consciousness. When she woke up she no longer could see through her eyes but rather feel the threads of everything. And everything was connected to one bright spot that was extremely beautiful. Padme was led to the entrance of the Weaver. And saw that it is coming out along with weaved figure that looked very very familiar. It was none other but Rakshavyada . He was different he was absolutely not himself and just moved blinded by madness. Rakshavyada previously was touched by madness yet now he is was completely lost.

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Flight back to the spirder web

The Master of the Hollow agreed to accompany Bastyntyn out, so they went together – all that time the bird talked to Bastyn about the old times, especially about the hollow of his Mother. Bastyn enjoyed the opportunity to talk and he just talked. In the process he got lots of information about his Mother, devas and the world his ancestry is from – how creatures lived between the roots of the great tree who gave them immortality and death and how they sacrificed their dreams to the trees. Also how devas fucked everything up.
After Bastyn separated from Owl – he found some tribe that he domesticated to himself and lived for quite a long time, transforming his names from “One who came in autumn” to “good hunter” to “the One who lives too long”. Sadly, he failed to civilize the tribe.

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Zalyanitha found new friend in Akhnat Fire Thorn, he is from the Purple Lands like Gatona and he’s 86 year old, so his life must be prolonged by miraculous fruits of emperors tree. He told Zalyanitha about mage uprising after devas passed the lands and looks like he’s a little bit grateful Zalyanitha, because this was the opportunity for his house to rise and they chose the right side.
Zalyanitha was questioned by generals about the Moon Island – looks like invasion is going to happen. The night before gruesome rituals were held and Valnal transformed into flock of firebirds in the process (he stepped into the sacrificial fires where the victims were burned alive) – he flew to torch the Mirror port. The advantage in numbers is on the Zalyanithas captors side, but the islanders have pattern stags for mounts and light arrows, so they are not helpless. At some point Zalyanithas master gets arrow into the heart, but she drags him to safety – he unnaturally arises after all healed, looks like he has some tricks hidden in his body.
More human sacrifice is held, but step after step Devaturns side gets exhausted a little bit and not so lucky – the pressure from the islanders is constant and Zalyanithas side loses troops constantly.

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Padme and Rakshavyada land on the shore and are met with lots of people and choir. The mood is cheerful, so they do not react when they are separated – Padme was led to “woman” side Rakshavyada to the other. Only after Padme gets locked in the room she understands her error. While Padme gets dressed and pampered (also provided with blood in form of the dull men) Rakshavyada gets into trouble – he is led to the cave of the Weaver. The cave is full of cocooned bodies and the stone is rolled behind him to block the way out. The cave is like the net of the wolf spider – with floor descending into web lined funnel – Rakshavyada bites of the flame of the candle he had and jumps into it.

Brave hunter hits his head on the way down and after getting back to his senses beautiful feminine voice
“I greet you ”/wikis/rakshavyada" class=“wiki-page-link”>Rakshavyada, I was waiting for you along time. Who could guess that the fly who broke out the net will come back’.

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... and on

Zalyanitha continues to serve Javraturn while having a lot of pressure from Gatona. It was a question who was the real master. Though the routine changed when shipbuilding had been finished and everyone important gathered. It was a time to move on. The statue that is the vessel of the essence of Mahormimat has been put on the flagship to guide all the fleet through the sea. During the voyage Zalyanitha had been summoned to one of the war meetings. Since she had visited the Moonisland she was interrogated on the war power of them. What sort of defenses they have. She shared her knowledge as much as she had been asked but no more. During the travel Zalyanitha found a new friend among the crew. His name was Ahrat the minor nobleman who’s fear of Zalyanitha was weaker then his interest.

Somewhere in the different end of the world Bastyn was witnessing emerging enormous owl from the hollow of the enormous tree. Fox encouraged Bastyn to talk with her. And he tried. At first the only response from the owl was to repeat the last line Bastyn said. But eventually he understood that owl repeats lines only when the topic is either not interesting or not known. The owl apparently knew Bastyn ’s mother. It feels a lot respect towards Bastyn ’s mother.

The last but not least part of this used to be awesome group Rakshavyada and Padme continues their voyage from the other side of the gates. The sea was swallowed by thick fog that would everyone get lost easily but not they. The magic of the skull still worked strongly guiding the ship though oblivion. Once again Pol has appeared. He was mysterious and poetic as always while delivering the warning “From this point on you are alone here, good luck, heroes.”

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Move on

Zalyanitha accepts to become the judge of the port, but not all verdict’s are passable by Javraturn. Deva clings to her’s legal paradigm and it seems that the deva’s judgements improves the psychological climate in the port. Master was very pleased with results. During this period she finds out that deva could mark the guilty man by touch or fire arrows which seeks condemned target and distance or obstacles is not the hindrance. In the lasts days of the mega ship construction new key persons of empire shows in the port. Gatona is one them… Zalyanitha does not obey to Gatona’s demands to slaughter innocent slaves and this decision enrages Javraturn. The master scourges deva and adds… „Obey or we both will die in very painful way“. It took up to three years to build current armada and the armies starts to pack stuff…

Padme and Rakshavyada. Devas gathering the crew for the new ship, but the lack of the human blood is not good for health of Padme. So, deva of caring awards her self with young slave. The journey to the great gates starts. During the trip the swarm demon appears on the ship’s deck. He tries to find more information about the shimmers in this ship, but „clown play“ tricks the demon to move further from this mad ship. It took some time to reach The Great Gate. The construction of the gates is at vast scales and beyond any human craftsmanship. It’s definitely build by devas. Padme and Rakshavyada detrain the ship and goes to find the way to open the gates. It seams that the place is abandoned for several centuries and there are no man to help them with the gates. Except few human incestoids… It’s very easy to make manipulations with them for some food and drinks. None of them holds the knowledge how to open that gates, but deva’s managed to get to the control room and break the mechanisms in order to open the gates…

It took several seasons to pass when Bastyn and Fox had reached the place where forest is so dense that sun light does not pass through the branches. The fox announce that they had reached the destination. After a few hours Bastyn’s eyes adopts to the murk and he sees the enormous tree before his him with wide hollow inside it. It seams that the rapacious bird is living here…

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New arrangements

Padme and Rakshavyada are making travel arrangements. Their mind is on a quest to come in a possession of a ship. Padme is given a brooch by a Warund and was instucted to show it in the house of Violen and she would be provided with assistance. On the way Padme is looking for animals to satisfy her thirst.

Warund talks to Rakshavyada and Padme about the world without devas and the prosperous future. He also insists that devas are in debt to shimmers and they should prodive their services. Rakshavyada is discusted by those arguments. Then, he vanishes.
The people of the town are singing and chatting to Rakshavyada. Padme is teaching them games. On the way to the tavern Padme attacks a hound. Devas were warned not to eat tavern food, so Padme packes it and leaves. The town has some occult sculptures – one of them pictures an elk with a sun in its antlers. In the town hall they find Zalyanitha’s bow.

Finally they arrive at the house of Violen and Padme shows her brooch. A girl welcomes them, offers some wine, and gives guidelines for their voyage. They were offered food and a bath. Padme aches for blood. She ventures into the harbour and agrees to buy the ship on a very reasonable price (the girl helps to set the agreement). The crew is also available for hire.

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Mahormimat does not remember being on the Moongate after they split up. Zalyanitha goes into the tent and meets his master. The master offer her a deal – to be a judge and to serve him. He also promises to bring justice to thieves in Moon Island. After shot negotiations they come to agreement. Zalyanitha feels piercing pain in her chest and sees a arrow in it. She finds herself in a new body – middle aged short-haired woman. The body feels tortured and Zalyanitha gradually starts feeling pain. Javraturn’s apprentice tends to the woulds and comforts her.

After some sleep Zalyanihta is intoduced to the city of Mahorninvela and her position of judge. Javraturn asks her about Moon Island and wants to know where Padme is. Zalyanitha shortly briefs him on her adventures and situation in Moon Island. The city is building a large fleet and preparations for a conquest of Moon Island are rapidly progressing. In the meantime, Zalyanitha complies with justice to establish a reputation.

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Doe-maiden and the Hunter god

Bastyn was preoccupied with beekeeping, so he passed his time peacefully until his fox came back wounded. The right side of fox face was scratched with talons of unknown beast – Bastyn tried to bandage it, but fox went away, passing around all the traps he devised for her. After some time fox brought her cubs to Bastyn cave – the cubs were likely half artifact beasts themselves – with streaks of silver fur and bigger than usual foxes.

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Padme and Rakshavyada gets to “Silver Anchor” tavern and tries passively to scout for some help. Actually Padme gets noticed by local nobleman (?) Warund. exDeva bluffs that she’s a poet from Iron islands and is sent by her kin on a Grand tour with her iron bodyguard Rakshavyada to bring stories and information about the outside world. Warund muses and toasts for the unspoken secrets (looks like he did not buy her bullshit).
Man invites devas to his villa for night stay and promises to help with the ship in the morning. They pass though the city where devas see sculptures of local gods, hunter and the doe maiden – later Warund tells their story that hunter is gifted with the blood of the female goddess witch is water in exchange of his protection. Padme thinks to herself that she must be careful not to bleed, as it is known that her blood now is water-like, it would bring some amount of huge trouble to them. After Padme spends some quality time with Warund and is scolded by presence of Pol in the morning on their behavior that draws attention also reminded of nature of her human body.
Later on the same morning Padme and Rakshavyada meets possible buyers of their ship: Ryanoki, Klays and Efernal – the last one is fair skinned and apparently from city or Vorl, because his choice of jewelry. After some awkward bullshiting sells it to Klays (one of three – woman).

After this Warund brings them to see the means of transportation that they should take for their trip to the other side peninsula. Padme declares that she want some traditional drink of her islands – ox milk mixed with blood. Later she gets it. But she needs to tell specifically what place this drink is native… so she admit that it was from Teus Ver, she is given beautiful ornament for herself and is toasted “For the truths never spoken clearly”. Blood tastes as shit, but at least she is not frowning it up.
In the morning devas leave the dog sled like transport.

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Bastyn is hoarding narcotics and scheduling the dosages. He is confronted by the voice – that by taking the venom of the bees he’s giving his own body away to Him and killing the speaker. Fox is speaking with him – she says that he is rushing to the Twilight of the Wizard with his poison intake. Bastyn says that he must go out of it (wildlands), fox opposes that there is no way out and if he waits until her cubs are grown, she will take him to the master of the Hollow. But he must wait a year or so.

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Zalyanitha is in no better place, she is chased by whispers. If she stops and tries to sleep it feels like someone is standing around her and whispering – it brings great fear to her – all is left in her head are words “killer, punishment, thief”.

Mahormimator sees how Zalyanitha is dragged into the void by black tentacles. He gets her and takes away, but she is somewhat lost in her mind, only whispering “Thieves, punishment, slaughter”. Deva sees silver thread and goes holding into that with Zalyanitha on his arms, Mahormimat also tries to bring Zalyanithas sane mind back by reciting devan poetry that is known to both of them and may resonate with her being. After Zalyanitha manages to her back to herself they talk – Mahormimat says the he was sent by Devraturn (child of the steppe) from the lower realm to get her, also that 90 years passed from the time they left.

Devas climb the hill and see yurt and steppe behind it – so they go to the yrt and see a man almost of devan proportions and Zalyanitha thinks she knows his face…

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The journey

Bastyn was struggling continuously on the land of the wild. The one and only consistant thing in his life was the fox-like creature that visited him from time to time. There was no way to calculate the time how much he spent in this land of chaos. Little by little Bastyn ‘s appearance turned similar to Rakshavyada ’s. His experience sharing the consciousness of deva of the hunt was more then helpful for him to survive. There was not entirely complete chaos in the land. There was seasons, pretty in much in order all 6 of them. Bastyn tried to hunt some food by digging the hole and with success, only he entrapped his only companion – fox-like creature. He did not dear to eat it. He rather helped it to climb out. Naturally he got no thank from the creature. It just ran away in the jungle. Later in his journeys he found some bee’s nest. Like a real professional he extracted some poison for drugging himself to reach such state of the mind to reach his warren. Unfortunately he had not reached warren. Only dreamless sleep. Bastyn woke up just to find out that he is frozen and covered in snow. Not even able to move.

Padme suddenly was saved. She was pulled to the ship that looked like Aturn’s and soon the savior appeared. That was none other but Pol. He greeted Padme the demon and asked for help to save the world. The only thing she has to do is to make a contract with him. Padme could not cope with the fact that she is in a place of demon and refused. She would rather return to her torment than serve to mortal. And so she jumped through the window back to the silver sea, back to the glyph fiends.

Rakshavyada suddenly was saved. From the cold oblivion where he could comunicate only through pain he got the glimpse of light and warmth. Little by little he was drawn to the light and finally he could move. The only thought imprinted through pain to his head was the mantra from the dreamless sleep: “What is – is. What is not – is not. When what is not meets that is oblivion wakes up so it devours being. When oblivion devours the being remains nothing”. The one who dragged Rakshavyada to light and warmth was none other but Pol. He asked former deva to help him to save the world and persuade Padme to join the cause. Rakshavyada could only say his mantra but agreed to the contract. Former deva was allowed to enjoy the comfort of warmth and light while Pol summoned again Padme. Rakshavyada successfully persuaded Padme to take the contract as the only way of existence, as the only way to be able to change something. By the contract Pol promised to release both devas to roam free in the world if they fulfill the only task – to bring one person from the island of thousand virgins. They will be provided with new bodies to be able to walk on physical world and for now they can finally rest. Former devas rested. Finally no longer in torment.

First one to wake in physical world was Rakshavyada. He woke up in heat, in very pleasant heat after eternity of absolute freeze. He open his eyes to see enormous pyre. Pol approached by the safe distance smoking a pipe. The smoke from the pipe formed patterns giving the idea that it must be an artifact. Rakshavyada also spotted that Pol’s beard is also tangled in patterns that prolonged his life. He promised after the task would be done Rakshavyada will get more comfortable body for now he asked him to rest. Then former deva realized that his body is metal. Pol asked Rakshavyada to follow him. As they went former deva noticed many dead bodies. Pol as soon as realized that Rakshavyada noticed that explained that he wanted no witnesses. They went to the furnace and then Pol asked Rakshavyada to rest. Rakshavyada did as he was told.

Padme woke up in the cage. Pol approached her and explained all the details how she with Rakshavyada should travel and reach the island. They had to move quickly and draw as little attention as it is possible. He would drag senseless Rakshavyada ‘s body next to the cage. He said that Padme can find the key out of the cage in the cage itself and they will find modified Aturn’s ship on the shore. There will be an artifact that would allow them to sail the ship without a crew. They will need to go to nearest harbor where they have to sell the ship and walk by dry land to the next harbor where they have to buy a new ship and sail to the island. Rakshavyada woke up. Pol then explained that he took some precociousness for insurance and revealed his body. There was part of the body missed where you could see two hearts beating. “If you think to betray me, remember that your lives are in my hand”. And then he disappeared. Padme with no difficulty found a key and freed herself. They boarded ship. They had found all the things needed for the travel and even some weapons. Weapons were a bit alien to them. They looked like little cannons. At one of the rooms Padme found some drugged girls. So they began their journey.

During the journey they found out other limits of their bodies. Padme as many years ago had to drink blood for food. That’s where those girls came handy. First she tried to resist, tried to feed from herself just to realize that she has water for the blood. She felt in despair and was constantly crying. Then finally she persuaded girls to give away their blood voluntarily in exchange of freedom. Rakshavyada was a little bit easier to adapt. He tried some food to find that it is useless. It was always too cold for him until he finally he found that nothing else keeps him alive but the fiery coals. So he sat through the journey in his chambers next to furnace fearing to get any closer to water which could kill fire of his life. And after a long time they finally reached the harbor. Just before they boarded the ship ghost of Pol appeared and offered another help. He summoned the illusion of the crew so they won’t look suspicious. And that is how they reached the shore. And as promised released the girls.

Next time Bastyn woke it was spring and he finally could move. Not too far from his resting place he saw the fox creature. It was looking somewhere above him. Bastyn raised his eyes to notice a huge figure of some creature that embodied the wildness itself. It had constantly shifting wines and trees for the arms and legs. It had huge green eyes that were looking at Bastyn. And then it moved away. Bastyn followed the green eye monster which wasn’t easy as it’s steps took distance that needed some time to overcome. Finally he reached the lake with island in it. When he swam to the island he found a huge bee hive. Bees where alerted by Bastyn ’s presence and began to act aggressively so Bastyn had to run away from them back to main land where he dug a hole to stay for some time.

Zalyanitha was chasing her child through all the hills. Finally she found a place where a drop of water and a small piece of food was left. As she was very hungry she ate it. And then Chandrakridalu immediately came to her. “You ate my food, you killed me!”. Zalyanitha tried to explain that she was hungry as well and he used to feed from her but Chandrakridalu did not want hear anything. He blamed her and little by little faded away. Only blaming whispers left. Mother who killed her child from greed. Son killer. Mother who took the last bite of the food from her child.

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New adventures

Paul brings back Padme from the silver maze to his warren. Pain withdrew from the mind of the deva. One more time goddess feels alive very alive. She wakes up in the ship cabin. The room looks very familiar… Whait? Maybe I had been dreaming all the time and Aturn just left me to the rest a little bit. The doors to the room opens and the man with long white beard enters the lodging. He looks very closely to the Padme. These strange eyes looks familiar too.

- Paul? It’s you?
- I haven’t been called in that name for many many yeras. So, I’m Paul.

It seams that Paul now is full flagged sorcerer and he was in the rescue mission of the deva’s. He described to Padme that many years passed till the last meeting. Deva’s body had deteriorated and she had lost in the silver maze, but he managed to find her in those many years. The world still need to be saved an it still falls to the hand of the dreamless dream. He could to return deva to reality for a small amount of price. It’s just another mockery of The Mad One. I will not follow him… I need get out of this vision. Padme returns to the agony once more.

Meanwhile in The Wild One realm. Bastyn regains consciousness. Pain is all over the body. One leg is twisted in very „uncomfortable way“. The immortal man restores his leg in the normal direction and lose his consciousness once more. He wakes up in the middle of night. The pair of green eyes monitors him from the darkness. Bastyn takes a stick lying nearby for defense, but it seams that beast retreats. In the morning gathers some food and water and starts to march in the direction of the Tree monster, but he is moving to fast for him. Immortal man stops for the short rest and Yapvdanyasa kicks in… And chant begins… Dead fauna and small insects are all around the Bastyn. One night Bastyn decided to catch the beast which is following him and managed it perfectly. The beast maw is big enough to nip off the leg. This strange green fur hides her in the jungle very well. The creature has three tails covered in the patterns. After a short communication the green fox announces that help is needed from the immortal man, but no more hints.

- I could not help you if you can’t tell me what I need to do. I will want to get back to the shores of the river.

Bastyn starts his long journey to the shores of river.

Rakshavyada had been found by Paul too. This time deva accepts the terms of the sorcerer and recovers new body of metal golem. Only fire heat could feed his body now. Paul convince him to help to recoup Padme. Maybe she will listen to him. At last Padme accepts the offer of the sorcerer and gets new body too. Paul explains the mission to the new born devas and gives some advice how to travell through the lands. The geography of lands has been changed due to new realms or natural disasters. This world gives more threats then shelters. Paul gives them money and a ship.

Bastyn travel is hard enough and very, very long. Immortal man tried to find the journey pattern of this realm, but without a success. All man maid stuff had broke-down. Any attempt to settle down is doomed too.

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The dream of Unmandin

The river raft wanderers had established the camp to let through the night. The raft sailors had shared weed stuff with Bastyn, but still the immortal man did not forget to look for the moon gates. It was awkward to see the unbroken and so coloured satellite. It was like a dream… When all camp felled to sleep, the the merchant decided to make some calculation how to find the place of his birth. He was stopped by voice of Paul. The prince sailor reminded him that they still in progress of the journey to the Unmandin. Every moment is very precious. After short conversation both of the them agreed that they need to continue the journey right know. So, they resumed travel in the middle of the night. In the first sunbeams the crew had reached the other bank of the river. Bastyn, Paul, Med and Pehr moved to the direction of Unmandin through jungle.

Bastyn announced that Paul cloak lost his greatness after a few days of hard marching and the moon gate returned to the shattered state. Nothing good will come out of this… The crew entered the area of the endless moonsilver see. It’s seems that the sea cutted down the jungles. At last the depth of the sea is constant and manageable to go through it. After a few hours of wade the Paul started to see the thin and lackluser thread of the moonsilver. The rest of the team decided to go by this thread… Few more hours, days – no one knows how long it took to start to see the long towers, impressive walls of Undmanin. The great city had been guarded by man of moonsilver. This guardian did not allowed to pass to he great city at any cost. He even easily cutted down Paul and Pehr… Even immortal man had troubles to get loose of the demon. It seams that Med made the arrangement with monster that live crew members will leave the place and never comeback again. The silver thread started to fade. Bastyn had started to to go again by the thread, but Med announced that he does not want to reach the Unmandin. Immortal man gathered the rest of his strength and slayed down the sailor for his treason. Merchant had noticed that Paul is still alive, but in very bad shape. It will took few days to reach the painful death. The second attempt to reach the Unmandin was very successful even the guardian does not showed. Both of them enters the city…

The city was completely lifeless and horrific structures were more intimidating then ever. The Mad one manuscript had been imprinted on the walls and Bastyn took advantage of every moment to read it. It took a while to reach the centre of city and Paul started to fall unconscious more and more. Bastyn had dragged him to the pool of the moonsilver. It was the last moments of his life. Paul’s eyes locked on the throne when sailor had entered the pool and touched the black obsidian obelisk. It took several minutes when he returned to the reality. Sailor explained that The Mad One is very weak. Only shimmer body could feed him and restore his strength for a little. Adi’s body could help him… Bastyn could take weaponry to take down the demon. The Mad One will give the reward to immortal man. So, merchant started the hunt.

It was not very long time when the hunter found his prey. Adi had noticed the hunter and settled up some traps for him. The enormous Treant catches the hunter and carried him away to the Wild One realms.

Meanwhile. Rakshavyada, feels cold and pain in his body. Lots of glyphs are spinning inside the blackness and tries to make this painful communication. It’s seems that the dreamless sleep is very concerned that the nothingness could not be without existence.

Padme. Small creatures prey on her flesh and strong pain ripples through her body every time when they bites. Deva had lost his consciousness many times until the stranger saviour appears besides her.

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Yet another dream

While Zalyanitha and Padme were at the Observatory, music and fest of the Moongate passing continued outside. Padme with great effort searched the sky near the dead star for their friend, after some time she managed to focus into the hollow of the star and see lifeless Rakshavyada spinning inside – she directed Zalyanitha into that direction, to shoot an arrow. To get the better shot devas went outside the observatory, but here some older deva tried to be the nuisance and distraction (not from evil intent, just annoying over concerned deva). Padme took entertaining the deva, his name was Kalpana , onto herself and had a good chat with him. Zalyanitha meanwhile attached the thread onto the arrow and shot it into the Rakshavyada. Almost all the other Devas went to the moonsilver to make a leap during Moongate passing. Some acquaintances of Zalyanitha passed near them, and there was a little fuss about the fate of Rakshavyada
Moongate jumps, threads on the visible sky appear and everything is overwhelmed by the white light.

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Bastyn sat enjoying his smoke, but heard someone rattling teeth from cold or fear – that was Pol, hidden inside the boat. Pol fussed that this is the last night and they will wake up at the desert and be left to eat the dust and blood until the very death, that was nice, because Pol could die, but Bastyn – no (hahaha). So Bastyn got some ideas to move toward the place where something has fallen to “find the Unmandin”, Pols cloak still looks splendid, and Moongate is still in the sky, bus descending rapidly. Per was bit by a nasty centipede and the journey got less pleasant every minute.

-X-

Rakshavyada woke up in agony – something is very wrong. He is not at the Caretakers tower, he is somewhere. He is frozen into stone, so when he tries to scream his jaw shatters.

-X-

As Moongate leaps Pols cloak drops and the regal feel on it is gone. It starts to get dirty. Bugs bite. Pol declares that Moongate is no more.

-X-

Zalyanitha is blinded by the light so she closes her eyes, when she opens them she finds herself on a grassy hill and on the other hill she sees ChandRakshavyadaridalu, he is calling her and there are towers of Moonvilla behind him. So deva walks toward him, finding that she cannot approach, as she tries to get nearer – he slips to the other hill and so on in never-ending cycle. The grass looks to perfect to be real, and everything gives off a false feeling. Zalyanitha tries to approach her kid and tries some clever maneuvers, but with no luck, she has a feeling that her patterns lag behind.

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Meanwhile Padme is in even less pleasant setting, she get devoured by glyph creatures again and again, in the same cycle as Zalyanitha, but with pain and agony. She is left on a plane that consists only of the shallow moonsilver sea and the beings that pursue her. After some attempts to run or to fight she is left screaming and only with accumulating fatigue and pain.

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Bastyn with the party reaches moonsilver sea, he tries to summon some physical object from moonsilver and simple pattern… Moonggate rises in the sky.

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